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Former editor-in-chief reflects on her Carleton experience

It feels false to announce resolutely that “I love Carleton.” As well-educated students, we are inclined to qualify and hedge everything. As it should be. Nothing is perfect; everything has flaws; we must be skeptical. Still, I’m flummoxed that, even after four years, I cannot pinpoint exactly what I think…

Neighbors not psyched for Weitz extension

“It’s our baldspot,” said Jerri Hurlbutt ’76, president of the Northfield East Side Neighborhood Association (NESNA). “It’s the neighborhood’s baldspot.” Hurlbutt is referring to Central Park, which many Northfield community members currently feel is threatened by the upcoming addition to the Weitz Center. The addition, made possible through a recent…

Magical Microcosm or a Small Town Struggle

There are many reasons to hate Carleton’s location, and many reasons I personally do. As an outdoorswoman, southern Minnesota leaves something serious to be desired. The state parks are small, the climbing is limited, the Boundary Waters are supposedly amazing, but they’re so far north I’ve never made it there,…

Northfield Option kids reprimanded

“As you can imagine, these reports are disheartening and do not adhere to the standards of reasonable behavior established by the City of Northfield and Carleton College,” Associate Dean Cathy Carlson wrote in an email on October 23rd to all students living off-campus. The reports in question were of inappropriate,…

Drinking culture crackdown, or just paranoia?

On September 23rd at 9:30 pm, a Saturday night, the men’s club soccer team–a group of approximately twenty students–gathered on Bell Field for a ritual beer before the beginning of their first year’s social. AJ Van Zoeren, senior and social captain, said they were just opening the cans when they…

Enjoy the view

I didn’t especially like freshman year. I felt placeless and without a sense of belonging. My classes bored me; the classrooms seemed lifeless and stifling. I didn’t know who I wanted to be friends with. I spent a lot of time running in the Arb, and many Saturday nights in…

Cooped up in Musser

Two weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, sophomore David Goodell helped junior Malcolm Fox carry a hefty package back to his room in Allen House. While walking back up the stairs behind Musser, he looked to the right and saw a “really strangely colored bird.” “It was black — I…

Editorial: The stewardship of ideas

A few years ago, I went to dinner with my parents at a hunting club they had recently joined in Chappaqua, New York. It was the Campfire Club of America, which some may know as the hunting and conservation club established in 1904 that was frequented by the likes of…

Republicans, Nature, and the Costs of Complacency

The second issue of the term, The Carletonian’s viewpoint section tackled the theme of “Environment and Habitat: protecting—or not protecting— where live.” While the responses were, as always, thoughtful and eloquent, I remember feeling at the time that none were angry enough given the issue at hand. Well, now is…

McDonald’s Meets McActivism: A nugget size protest

Tuesday afternoon a small group Carleton and St. Olaf students stood outside the Northfield McDonald’s, holding signs that read, “END ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM” and “RURAL DESTRUCTION ONGOING.” The protest was one of sixteen occurring across the state of Minnesota on October 28th as part of a campaign organized by Toxic Taters,…