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    • Alvarez Blanco speaks on street children

      Carleton brings a variety of speakers to campus, but on Thursday, May 29, José Álvarez Blanco, President of the NGO Voces Para Latinoamérica, gave a different type of presentation—in Spanish. Álvarez Blanco’s speech was entitled “Niños-as y adolescentes en la situación de calle,” or “Children and adolescents in the street situation.” The discourse referred the negative impacts of the capitalist and neoliberal systems on children around the world.

    • Foro Latinamericano 2008

      Annual forum examines “Costa Rica at the Crossroads”

      Costa Rica claims the longest consolidated democracy in Latin America, yet the country has come to face new political and social challenges in light of the recently passed Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Last weekend, members of the Carleton community examined the unique situation of modern Costa Rica in a series of events for the forum “Costa Rica at the Crossroads.” The events were part of the College’s annual Foro Latinoamericano.

    • Big Woods State Park faces possible re-zoning for industrial purposes.

      Threat of industrial zoning in state park proves controversial

      In recent months, Rice County has seen much debate surrounding the possibility of the re-zoning of Nerstrand-Big Woods State Park and the allowance of light industrialization, and on Tuesday the Board of Commissioners discussed the issue. The board denied the proposal of Pyrotechnics to house fireworks and related products in the area by with a 5-0 vote. While the possibility of re-zoing the northeast corner of the park has not been overruled, the Commissioners have the final word on the Pyrotechnics proposal, which follows another unanimous denial by the Planning Commission in January.

    • Love-hate relationship? Revitalizing the underlying importance of Valentine’s Day

      Two years ago, I found myself in Puebla, Mexico for Valentine’s Day. In a foreign country and without boyfriends, a few friends and I decided to do what any red-blooded American girls would do on Valentine’s Day; get some chocolate-peanut butter Hagan Daaz, slip into sweatpants, and enjoy and evening with the spicy Mexican soap operas. However, we failed to anticipate the scene we would encounter when we arrived on our university campus the morning of Valentine’s Day.

    • Riley has been involved politically since he was a teenager.

      “Boots” Riley brings hip-hop activism for Black History Month

      On Friday, February 1, famous hip hop artist and activist Raymond “Boots” Riley spoke for a crowd of students in the Concert Hall as part of a series of events taking place at Carleton in honor of Black History month. Traveling from the West Coast, Riley is famous for combining his two passions, music and activism, in a new medium he has dubbed “Raptivism”; hip hop for social justice.

    • Americans around the nation recalled King’s legacy on Monday.

      King’s message resonates in modern politics

      At Carleton, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candlelight Service of Celebration and Remembrance featured guest speaker Reverend Oliver White of Grace Community Church in St. Paul. White, who marched with Dr. King in Detroit, is a veteran of the civil rights movement.

    • Hunger Banquet highlights rising homelessness

    • Wellstone week brings senate candidates to Carleton

      As influential politicians in the Carleton, Northfield, and national realms, the Wellstones have left a legacy that many commemorated in the last week.

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    • An open letter from the Carleton community

      Throughout our time at Carleton, we have become aware of the need to address sexual violence on campus. Making our community a safe place for all is a priority for us and we know it is for you as well.

    • Editorial: “Not on Our Campus:” standing together against sexual violence

      1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). Such startling statistics reveal that the issue hits closer to come than we may believe. Rape can often seem an obscure and distant concept—it’s not.

    • Redefining expectations placed on mothers in the United States

      Mothers in the United States face the judgments of a culture that hesitates to consider the work of a mother as a legitimate job. There exists a general acknowledgement that the “work of a mother is never done” and yet there remains a crippling double standard faced by women who choose to become mothers.

    • Editorial: Mistaking violence as part of the “American Dream”

      The release of Grand Theft Auto IV has received significant media attention in the recent weeks. Critics are hailing the game as one of the best in industry history. For those of us who are not video game aficionados, Grand Theft Auto IV is a game where, according to IGN reviewer Hillary Goldstein, players will “blow up cop cars, run down innocent civilians, bang hookers, assist drug dealers and lowlifes and do many, many other bad deeds."

    • Forty reasons to love spring term at Carleton

    • Earth Day: reconsidering environmental values

      April 22 commemorated the 39th anniversary of Earth Day. Observed in 175 countries, Earth Day is the "the largest secular holiday in the world, celebrated by more than a half billion people every year" (Earthdaynetwork.com). Internationally recognized, Earth Day emphasizes the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. It also reminds us that these issues are a universal concern.

    • Safe at home? Evaluating assumptions of security.

      At the Carletonian, we share a wall with the campus security office. One of the first things they asked us upon return from spring break was, “Why don’t students lock their doors here?” The practices that are acceptable and are considered safe here at Carleton are not necessarily safe in the real world.

    • Is the rehabilitative promise of the American prison system still valid?

      “For the first time in the nation’s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report.” Conducted by the Pew Center and published by the New York Times, this report points to a steady rise in incarceration rates in the United States. Interestingly, the report also states that the rate of violent crimes has actually decreased, indicating that the number of non-violent prisoners has increased substantially in recent years.

    • The future of Carleton: collective thoughts on policy

      Carleton started off a 2008 with a serious mistake – the elimination (though the college, in an attempt to soften students’ reaction, has not called it “elimination,” though that’s exactly what it is) of the Pre-Frosh Trips. The decision itself was bad enough (made for the wrong reasons, ignoring the benefits of the trips), but the way the college handled the decision – making it behind closed doors and keeping it a secret to students – is actually insulting.

    • Some small gems of wisdom for Valentine’s Day

    • Voters reclaim their right to optimism in 2008

      Earlier this week, we sat in separate cars, facing bumper to bumper to traffic for almost an hour, to travel less than five miles to the Northfield Middle School. Why take nearly three hours out of a busy night? In order to participate in Super Tuesday’s Minnesota Democratic caucus.

    • Separating the personal and political spheres

      The presence of the mass media has undeniably affected the way that this country relates to politics. Candidates live and die by the power of “media spin.” One scandal, one misstep has the potential to derail a seemingly solid bid for office. It is the unfortunate truth that the personal lives of politicians can draw more attention than the details of a political career.

    • As we honor history, let us not forget the present

      We want to believe that we are a progressive society. However, it is important to recognize that while we have seen progress, some issues, though improved, elude resolution.

    • Editorial; Making poverty a priority as inequality

      According to a 2005 World Bank study, the United States has the highest income inequality gap out of all of the developed countries in the world.

    • Breaking the silence on the controversial topic of religion

    • Editorial: Looking beyond college to long-term effects of alcohol

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