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Carleton must expand diversity requirements

Carleton, like any self-respecting Liberal Arts college, pays lip service to diversity. That is true inside the classroom as well as outside it. I remember that when I was applying to colleges, Carleton, again like peer institutions, made a big deal of describing its distribution requirements for graduation. They guarantee,…

Publication gatekeeping

Freedom of ideas doesn’t mean what it should mean. At Carleton and other peer institutions, most of them liberal, liberal arts colleges (and I mean “liberal” in the literal sense, valuing liberty), people all the way from administrators to students center the importance of sharing ideas. This is noble in…

Student trainings fail to address college’s structural failures

CW: mentions of suicide and sexual assault This summer I, like many of you, received an email from the college asking me to complete a new online mental health training course before returning to campus. The training touched on territory familiar to the Wellbeing CarlTalk, Mental Health First Aid, and…

Northfield needs comprehensive housing reform

Only in the past year did I learn that Northfield is the third least affordable area to live in Minnesota, after the Twin Cities and Rochester. As a junior here, on an almost exclusively residential campus, I once rarely thought about housing in Northfield, mistakenly assuming that the city was…

Understanding the age of social media

As Viewpoint section editor I often find myself in the unusual position of asking questions I find myself unable to answer. I wrote this week’s topic, in large part because I find its implications fascinating and far-reaching, but at the time I hadn’t considered that I might have to scrape…

Who can use tactics shows double standard at play

Let’s not kid ourselves: the question of what politics are, as this week’s Viewpoint theme asks, underhanded has little to do with actual tactics and everything to do with power. A few days ago, noted Assad supporter, homophobe, and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard suggested that her fellow Democrats bore…

A year of personal growth

Before I say anything else: I am very wary of sounding like an admissions poster. I don’t want to be that person. But that being said, of all the ups and downs I experienced in 2018 I don’t think any had as large an effect on me as the spring…