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A hard look at Carleton’s endowment

At the May 21 Convocation, climate action leader Ayana Elizabeth Johnson wasted no time. “Has Carleton divested its endowment from fossil fuels?” she asked with a knowing smile. “Not completely yet, no,” came the response from Kerry Raadt, Director of Events and moderator of the discussion.  Carleton’s endowment, currently valued…

Remembering the joyful life of longtime Carleton custodian Teresa Pittman

It’s hard for anyone to picture Teresa Pittman without a smile. She carried it with her everywhere, so much so that her husband Mark Pittman, thinking about something to dedicate in his wife’s memory, said, “is there such a thing as an everybody smile and get along day?”  After 23…

Journalist Isma’il Kushkush talks Malcolm X, personal evolution, and globalization in Black History Month chapel service

After decades of foreign correspondence for major American and international news outlets, Isma’il Kushkush has learned that local stories are never just local.  “Many of these stories are interconnected, so when we talk about national stories, sometimes they have international elements to them. The future is in having a global…

Is this how Carleton responds to nonviolent demonstrations?

For several months, we as members of the Sunrise Movement, along with other climate justice and Indigenous groups, have led sustained actions against Wells Fargo because of their investment in Enbridge, the company building the Line 3 pipeline. When the Career Center hosted an event titled “Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity…

Navigating spacetimebodymind with Postdoctoral Fellow Lizbett Benge

To be clear, Lizbett Benge was not a theater kid. The stilted nature of a scripted theatrical production never interested her. It wasn’t until she started her doctorate work that she realized she could “just make things with the people and things that you have, and that’s art.” Then it…

Student workers quarantined without pay after positive cases at LDC, Sayles

A dining services employee tested positive for COVID-19 during the October 23 round of random surveillance testing, sending a number of close contacts “from the work environment” into quarantine, according to an October 28 email from Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston.  A student familiar with the matter said that the…

Bring-your-pet-to-school day is every day with Carleton professors

One bright spot in the bleak Zoom landscape of online school is the appearance of a dog or cat (or bearded dragon?) wandering through the frame. We asked professors to sit down for a chat with their pets to see what life is like with their human companions home with…

“We’re just students fighting for other students”: the Ujamaa Collective works to dismantle racism at Carleton

As Carleton and the nation reeled from the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, leaders of the Black community on campus knew they had to unite in a new way to create the change they wanted to see. Thirteen Black students came together to form…