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Racing My Heart: On Trans Identity

I am deeply afraid of my heart beating inside my body. It beats harshly, loudly; I get scared hearing it slave away at making my body breathe, move, think—almost as if neither party deserves the other. It feels unnatural. Let me try to clarify why this is. This has been…

College rankings and their propensity for enhanced facts

One of the more frustrating things about capital-L Life is the persistent, complete human inability to capture and understand every single detail. More specifically, how every medium seems to fall short in some key way in truthfully portraying all possible details or minutiae of a situation. In writing, for example,…

5 takeaways from Kanye’s “Jesus is King” album

Kanye West is a hip-hop artist (as some people might call, a “rapper”). He is pretty famous and a lot of people love him a lot and thinks He’s good at making music. He’s pretty good. He was born December 4, 1969 in N.Y.C. (New York City) under the name…

All 159 Rottblatt innings, ranked

152 36 28  5 131 157 105 140 144 117 121 11 66 13 18 84 45 143  7 17 126 104 87 63 77 32 106 136 54 146 37 101 150 110 95 44 31 42 56 120 108 149 35 128 68 124 86 138 81 102…

Senior spotlight: Q&A with Saul Wildavsky, GOP captain

NC: How long have you been on the Gods of Plastic (GOP) team, and what did your path to that position look like? SW: I’ve been on the team since I was a first year, and, going into my junior year, myself and two seniors were named captains. Going into…

You & not & what have you become?: the isolation of quirkiness

Having spent the majority of my more formative adolescent years in Brookline, Massachusetts—a suburb surrounded by Boston—much of my personal and intellectual growth occurred in the maw of America’s academic mecca: Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, etc., etc.—essentially, an ego-squashingly successful, ivory-tower atmosphere that fervently valued prowess over vitality.  My Illinois…

Alumnus involved in black hole research returns to speak

On Tuesday, May 14, Carleton alumnus and former physics major Andrew Chael ’13 visited  campus to lecture regarding his ongoing research into the science and imaging of black holes. Chael is a one of the leading members of the Imaging Working Group of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a global…

The top ten room draw numbers

In order to maintain peace and enforce Greek life–esque upperclassmen superiority, the Carleton College administration employs a system of “random” room draw lottery numbers to decide which students get to choose their rooms and in what order. Here is my personal ranking of the top ten room draw numbers at…

Marketable evil and the search for God

Last Friday, May 10, marked the 25 year anniversary of the execution of American serial killer John Wayne Gacy—which was fitting, given the day was clear, warm and blisteringly sunny. Though, yes, May 10, 1994 marked a triumphant day in American history, it also calls for solemn contemplation: specifically, that…