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A new approach to ~procrastination~

You may not realize that you struggle with procrastination. After all, most of us have learned to put off doing our homework, answering our emails and every other thing imaginable with only the faintest awareness that we are procrastinating—and many would consider this the epitome of skillful procrastination. While I…

Toxic gratitude

Let’s face it: we were never meant to be happy. The gods made us when they realized that with so little to do on Olympus, they would never stop bickering among themselves until they found some other source of entertainment. There were plenty of intelligent creatures nearby on Earth, but…

Leadership transition in Disability Services

Carleton’s Disability Services Office—which provides student accommodations and support and works to improve understanding of disability in the campus community—has just begun a major transition this winter: the search for a new director. Ever since former director Chris Dallager left Carleton at the end of January, Accessibility Specialist Samantha Thayer…

On-campus studies at Carleton

Carleton College has proudly announced the establishment of its brand-new Office of On-Campus Studies, or OCS. (The process of naming the new office was delayed when several staff members expressed concern about using a name with the same abbreviation as Off-Campus Studies, but they were soon persuaded that context could…

Where to Zoom? The Quest

For my first online lecture this fall, I sat at a picnic table on the Bald Spot. It was beautiful. I decided I had found the perfect place to Zoom. So the next time I sat there, I had high hopes—and that was certainly part of the problem. No sooner…

the Intellectual Spot RIDDLES

◉ Who is Lincoln’s logger? ◉ What has three legs, balances on a stick, and reads the newspaper? ◉ What’s extremely flat, likes attention from strangers, and feels most at home on the floor? ◉ Take the hole out of it and it’s half. Read it a bedtime story and…

okay, boomer

So little attention has been focused on toxic youthfulness that many people—the current reader perhaps included—still mistake the term for a satire or parody based on related terms such as toxic masculinity. It’s time for a change, and this article is a step in the right direction. Toxic youth culture…

Side effects of liberal arts majors

Numerous treatments have been proposed in response to the ongoing epidemic of EAT, or Excessive Awareness of Triviality, a condition associated with unwanted recognition of life’s meaninglessness and inability to function without the prospect of reward. The most effective treatment is not new but has been used by some subsets…