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Zenon Dance Company receives standing ovation for dynamic performance

This past week the renowned Zenon Dance Company shared its tips and talents with Carleton, teaching dance classes and performing at the Weitz Theater on Friday evening. Now in its 36th season, Zenon continues to create a unique blend of modern and jazz that captivates audiences worldwide. The company is…

From a year full of lasts to a year full of firsts

New Year’s Eve is a tricky, emotional holiday. It is a day full of bittersweet lasts—the last sunset of the year, the last candy bar—but as soon as the clock strikes midnight it is time to start celebrating firsts—the first kiss, the first trip to the gym. Like New Year’s…

Snapchat is a harmful social media app

Social media is both the biggest blessing and curse of our generation. While it allows us to establish connections between friends and family across long distances, it can also quickly become addicting and overwhelming. One of the most widely used social media platforms among young people is Snapchat, which I…

Lowering the drinking age leads to safer alcohol use

As an 18-year-old, I take pride in being regarded as a full-fledged member of society who is therefore allowed certain rights such as buying fireworks and spray paint, voting, getting a tattoo, suing someone (or getting sued), adopting a child, and joining the military. While I may not choose to…

Carleton Cupboard combats food insecurity over breaks

Down in the winding underbelly of lower Sayles, inconspicuous room number 20 will soon fulfil a new purpose. Starting this upcoming winter break, Sayles 20 will become Carleton’s new food cupboard containing free non-perishable items available for student access over breaks when dining halls are closed. The Carleton Cupboard aims…

Young people must take the time to vote

As a college student, I was made well aware that this past Tuesday, September 25, was National Voter Registration Day, designed to increase voter turnout for the November 6th midterm elections. A history of low voter turnout amongst young people has made college students a heavily targeted demographic in this…

Students benefit from bilingual education

The only Spanish words I knew when starting kindergarten were “pineapple” and “bear”—“piña” and “oso.” Therefore, it was with great fear that I boarded the bus to Francis Scott Key School (“Escuela Key”), the public bilingual Spanish-immersion elementary school in my hometown of Arlington, Virginia. Ever since then, however, I…

First impressions of Carleton and its students

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard “it’s cold in Minnesota” after having mentioned Carleton, I could buy myself a nice parka. Yet somehow, despite having received such warnings, one of my first impressions of Carleton was that it was cold. Heavy rain, thunder, and cool temperatures…