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    On Fiscal Incentives for STEM Degrees

    This past Wednesday, CNN contributor and columnist for ESPN the Magazine and LC Granderson called attention to a disturbing move on the part of Florida Governor Rick Scott and Texas Governor Rick Perry to interfere with college curriculums.


    Climate Change: A Note from an Alumna

    On February 17  I was in Washington D.C. with 50,000 others trying to draw attention to climate change. As an alumna, I was surprised to learn that Carleton College is not listed as one of the 200 colleges where students are petitioning for divestment from Big Oil, Gas and Coal.


    Online Education: Bridging the Education Gap

    Most mornings, I pick up the New York Times and read the front page, skim the international and domestic section, and then skip right back to the Op-Ed pages, because I always find the letters to the editor interesting.

  • David Gergen

    Compromise and Dysfunction in Washington: Thoughts on Convo

    I found Convo disappointing. The speaker seemed particularly compelling. The posters in Sayles advertised: David Gergen, adviser to four presidents. And given the larger than usual Convo audience, lots of Carleton students thought along the same lines as me. This was one Convo to crawl out of bed for.


    A Challenge to the Carleton Community: Help End Gun Violence

    After the Newtown school massacre, people all over the country -- including many Carleton students – grieved for those who were gunned down and the young lives tragically cut short.  And many of us experienced, yet again, anger and frustration that our country leads the developed world in lives lost to gun violence.

  • Valentine's Day

    Connecting Through Friendship

    Once again, Valentine’s Day has come and gone, leaving everyone with sugar crashes and visions of idyllic amour. While I’m personally against the consumerist culture surrounding this fairly trivial holiday, it is admittedly good at re-enforcing relationships of all kind, whether it’s connecting with your friends, telling your family how much you love them, or finally asking out your long-term crush with chocolate and roses.

  • John Kline

    The Peace Corps at Carleton: A Letter from John Kline

    I would like to congratulate Carleton College for being ranked eighth nationally among small colleges in the number of graduates serving in the Peace Corps. The latest rankings clearly reflect the high caliber of alumni from Carleton as well as St. Olaf, which was ranked second.


    Staying Alive During Flu Season

    By now, you’re probably sick (pun intended) of hearing about how to avoid catching whatever bug is currently infecting every student on campus. If you’re not licking the ground or blowing your nose with your flu-infected roommate’s used tissues that you picked out of his trash can, you’re probably just as likely as the next fellow to catch whatever is being passed around the student body.


    Embracing a Complex Convocation

    “Drew, this a huge bummer,” read a text I received during Helene York’s Friday Convocation. It was from a friend I’d convinced earlier in the day to come to the speech. Despite my previous enthusiasm, however, I was now inclined to agree with her: this was depressing.

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    On Room Draw (Or, How to Add Extra Stress to Your Midterms)

    Room draw numbers came out this week. I was sitting in the Libe, studying for an exam (number two of the week!), when suddenly the library broke into a furor. I’d completely forgotten (somehow...), but it was the night that room draw numbers had been released. It was 12:01 AM.


    Poll: Do you think the government should regulate guns more tightly?

    “If you do need one, you should be able to express clear reasons why you need it, and should be willing to have regulations.” Shanna Yang ‘14

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    Fourth Week and Beyond: On Stress

    Fourth week tends to be when everything suddenly picks up: midterms begin, papers are due, readings intensify.