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Yes, STEM is harder.

This past September, Carleton held its annual Opening Convocation. Between numerous speeches, dedicatories and other processions, Dean Hofmeister recognized students on the Dean’s List, those who achieved academic excellence in the past year. This prompted me to think about my own standing. Where do I, an Art History and Computer…

Housing plan proposes massive changes to interest and cultural houses

In a meeting with Resident Assistants (RAs) on October 12, Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston unveiled the college’s new housing plan, which entails renovations and the rebuilding of certain interest houses and all cultural houses.  The rationale behind the project includes replacing small, inefficient houses that are expensive to maintain…

Faculty speak: Professors react to new mask policy

As of Wednesday, October 6, vaccinated members of the Carleton community are no longer required to wear a mask in any indoor or outdoor public spaces. However, a professor may individually choose to retain masks in the classroom—a policy that has received mixed reactions from faculty.  According to Assistant Director…

Women’s and Men’s golf spring into action

Both Men and Women’s golf teams’ seasons are now well underway with the Men’s team having played two tournaments as of now, while the Women’s team has played one, with their home tournament slated for this coming weekend.  Women’s golf had an early start to the season, playing their Spring…

Let’s start the conversation… or not?

We’ve all seen it before. Social media posts discussing taboo subjects such as privilege, oppression, abuse. The colorful post will read “How to have meaningful conversations on racial inequality”, “Talk to your kids about mental health issues”, or “Let’s start the conversation on abuse.” It’s unlikely that you’ll find this…

I’ll pick your major if you pick mine

As of the time of writing, there is a month and some until the Class of 2023 has to officially declare a major. I find that this deadline is an interesting one, not because of what it is, but because of the differing emotions sophomores feel towards it: anxiety, worry,…

How Medicare for All prevents cancel culture

What is wrong with cancel culture? Many things to some, but at its core, cancel culture is a manifestation of punitive justice. In other words, it discourages the amelioration of the damage caused by the offender. Usually a lacking attempt at ‘an eye for an eye.’ When a celebrity’s racist…

Revising history is not wrong

Last week, a Dominican artist unveiled a public piece where she had covered a statue of Christopher Columbus in a sheet painted with native traditional medicinal plants. On social media, it proved to be divisive.  Many argued that the act was disrespectful, as the statue meant a lot for the…

America has a voter suppression problem

Like many others across America, I exercised my right as a citizen to vote. Also like many, I did not do this on Election Day, but rather participated as an early voter. I walked to City Hall, with what I thought was everything I needed. My student ID, and another…