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My medical leave of absence: a tale of bureaucracy at Carleton

Like most things at Carleton, my decision to take a medical leave of absence—and its aftermath—was fraught with difficulty. It’s not so much that the decision itself was tough to make; in fact, the relevant college administration was delightfully helpful in working with me to figure out the logistics of…

Bald Spot announcement: Jack Brown is concussed

Jack Brown What a clown He got concussed He lost our trust He’s now a Libertarian. Bald Spot Brain rot If not before Then surely henceforth. Then it’s official, now: We’re having a cow The Bald Spot’s lost its leftist lean It’s achieved a capitalist gleam: Arma virumque canō, Trōiae…

Michel Gluecault

The Carletonian was granted exclusive access from the Foucault Estate to publish this 1982 transcript of Michel Foucault, on tape, discovering what glue is. The monologue is roughly translated below. Happy Glue Spot Day! Glue? Hah, ehh I hes never heard of such a thing… hon hon… One might have…

Glue: Trivia n’ Jokes

Trivia: What was the first bottle of glue? 😂 [LAUGHING_EMOJI] Who invented glue? 😏 [SUGGESTIVE_EMOJI] What was the first glue company? 😺 [SUGGESTIVE_DOG_EMOJI] After whom is glue named? 😜 [BOO_HAHA_EMOJI] Why choose glue over, say, tape? 🤓 [NERD_EMOJI] Why must you never utter a Bad Thing about glue out loud…

But still, he is doing it: an exegetical look at the Garfield comix

The Garfield comics reek of a dogmatic ideology. They formulate and endorse a brand of lazy cynicism that not only encourages readers to accept the status quo, but also frames the concept of going against it as imaginative and fantastical—in Garfield’s world, impossible. This is all the more frightening keeping…

Books in quarantine

They’re like pacifiers. Though it’s more involved than that; bad comparison. Something distracting and thought-provoking enough to avoid ennui,insulated enough to quell anxiety, and hopefully original enough to battle against the cliché that seems to be permeating this pandemic. More or less. Context: Online learning has been one of my…

The danger of comparing national tragedies

News fills our house 24/7. I’m almost not exaggerating. In the daytime downtime, approx. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., my dad, working from home, will play NPR on the radio and, around our characteristically Midwestern dinnertime of 5:30ish p.m., he’ll switch on the TV to a generous mix of the…

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…

50 Shades of Mad libS

Dear Physical Education Teacher, Please excuse my son/daughter from missing sexy class yesterday. When Lewis Tomelson :$ awakened yesterday, I could see that his/her nose was hot. He/She also complained of *aches and having a sore Harry Styles, and I took him/her to the family god i just really love…