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“Life, Life”: Living in the Process of Dying

It’s been both surreal and intensely frightening watching the cultural change that has surrounded nicotine consumption the past couple years. In my memory a complete societal-cognitive shift like this—youth addicted en masse, and a general OK-ing of such a phenomenon—is unprecedented. It has been about nine months since I’ve had…

Alum perspective: toward a more inclusive progressivism

It’s November 2017. I’m walking back from Farm House to my townhouse at 4 a.m. My last fall term at Carleton is over, and I just need to catch the Northfield Line bus at 5:30 a.m. I just said goodbye to the girl whom I went on screwdate with at…

The Case of Professor Levi: Have we served justice?

The following piece was written in advance of the Carletonian’s publication of the article “College Finds Prof. Levi guilty of sexually inappropriate conduct.” Does Professor Levi’s absence signal the delivery of justice? My intention in this piece is not to point fingers, but rather, to make possble an exercise of…

Small campus makes dating life and hookup culture visible

Carleton’s small campus creates a unique dating experience and hookup culture that I can’t imagine is found at larger colleges and universities. At Carleton, thanks to prying eyes, the “private” can easily become “public,” awkward encounters with an ex or ex-fling are inevitable, and Tinder only makes matters more convoluted. …

Professor reflects on Tuesday Group polar vortex email

Answer to the question: “how the polar vortex is affecting your commute and/or anything pertaining to work-life balance?” There are certain personal sacrifices one may be making for one’s job. What those sacrifices might be are, all too often, invisible to the student body, and so this provides an opportunity…

Prof Allegedly Implicated in Title IX Case to Return

Professor of Anthropology Jay Levi will return to teach during the 2018-19 academic year, according to next year’s course catalog. Last April, the Carletonian reported that Levi’s off-campus studies (OCS) program in Guatemala, originally slated to run this winter, was cancelled the same day that complainants in a Title IX…

A bag full of nothing

I hate that being an older virgin is part of my identity, because it’s an identity that’s been forced on me by society. It’s something I’ve struggled with for most of my college career, with part of me being sure of my choice not to have sex until I’ve found…

Feeling disenfranchised

The lack of plurality in the U.S. party system has resulted in the production of very unlikeable candidates by both major political parties. Indeed, to many on the margins of society, namely people of color, both the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees were extremely undesireable. Not only were (and are)…

I wish could admit it, I believe in God

I used to hate going to church. The early mornings. The old women pinching your cheeks. The songs that lacked a beat. Only the promise of weekly chocolate chip pancakes forced me out of bed and into nice clothing. Now, I could go through the timeline of religiosity that transported…

Depression: You’re Not the Only One

Picking a college is a disorienting experience. Be it a campus tour, an overnight visit, or a brochure in the mail, everyone has a different path to where they are now. And no matter how many data points are accumulated or how many student reviews are read, no one knows…