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New Mutual Aid Thrift Store

On February 27 and 28 from 1-5pm, the Carleton Mutual Aid Fund (CMAF) will hold its first ever Mutual Aid Thrift Store in the Little Nourse Theater. CMAF was founded in May of 2021, with the intention to alleviate the harms of wealth inequality and create a means of support…

Accreditation in the Era of Online Class

After the pandemic prompted a move to online instruction, accreditation—usually not an issue for established institutions like Carleton—has come to the foreground.  Accreditation is a process by which the Department of Education (DoE) ensures that institutions of higher learning, like Carleton, maintain certain standards of educational quality. Accreditation agencies are…

We’ll be meeting on Zoom today: online classes and a liberal arts education

Colleges across the country have been navigating the jump between in-person and online teaching, and Carleton is no different. Navigating this situation begs the question of how these decisions are being made and where the policies lie.  According to Dean of the College Gretchen Hofmeister, somewhere between 10-15% of faculty…

CSA concern about transparency in body camera rollout

On November 15th, college security officers began wearing front facing security cameras as they patrolled campus. Increased accountability and transparency along with the cameras’ value as a tool for de-escalation and training were among the reasons cited for the change. The policy change was announced on November 5th in the…

Security’s new body cam system, explained

On November 5th, after almost two years of review, Security Services announced that all officers would begin wearing body cameras as they patrolled campus. “The body camera program helps Security Services add an additional level of transparency, promote accountability, add a tool that may de-escalate situations, and add a training…

Rap has a misogyny problem

The impetus for this piece came in two distinctly different parts. First was my friend William Brewster’s KRLX radio show that showcases “the greasiest of classic rock” (KRLX, Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30). The second was an op-ed in the New York Times this week by Jennifer Finney Boylan titled “Should…

Schuler Education Foundation pledges $50 million for undocumented, DACA and Pell-Grant students

On September 29, the Schuler Education Foundation pledged $50 million to Carleton and four other liberal arts institutions—Kenyon College, Union College, Bates College and Tufts University—to support DACA, Pell-Grant and undocumented students.  The Schuler Education Foundation was co-founded by billionaire healthcare investor, philanthropist and Carleton parent Jack Schuler. The foundation’s…