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Supply chain breakdown and economic downturn hurt Northfield-area farmers

COVID-19 has created a bleak economic outlook for Rice County farmers. The pandemic has paralyzed the global economy and disrupted critical supply chains, preventing farm products from seamlessly reaching consumers. Coming at the heel of a year when American farmers suffered from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, the…

“I’ve Got Enough of That”: COVID in the Classroom, Part One

COVID-19 is many things: a public health crisis, a revealer of social inequality, a life-changing personal experience. But to Daniel Groll, Associate Professor of Philosophy and chair of the department, it’s also been an educational opportunity. This term, Groll is teaching a 200-level philosophy class called Topics in Medical Ethics.…

Disability Services looks to update name, asks student body for input

Disability Services, a branch of the Division of Student Life, works to provide Carleton students with equitable access to academic, social, technological and physical elements of campus life. And while the office works closely with students who have documented disabilities, “disability” as a nominal term has come into question in…

Drive-through voting, PPE donations, and a 63-person committee: Local institutions form cooperative COVID-19 response

As of April 24, there are 3,185 reported cases of COVID-19 in the state of Minnesota and 220 reported deaths. In Rice County, home to Carleton, there are nine reported cases and one reported death. Based on an April 10 model created by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which…

In the face of a COVID-hampered job market, Career Center reaches out to seniors, offers remote programming

Last week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that the global economy might be facing its worst recession since the Great Depression, reports Bloomberg. The IMF predicts that the global economy will contract by 3 percent this year—compared to a January projection of a 3.3 percent expansion. Such a downturn…

Hopeful words in a wrenching moment: Q&A with President Poskanzer

On March 12, 2020, President Steven Poskanzer announced that Carleton would be moving to remote instruction for the first half of Spring term, with the intention of reconvening on May 5 if the state of the pandemic allowed it. On Friday, April 10, Poskanzer announced that Carleton would continue with…

Grandparents now welcome: student clubs adapt to online environment

Next Wednesday from 5-6p.m. and Friday from 6-7p.m., over 60 students will be dancing simultaneously to the song “Boss B*tch” over Zoom.  Some students may be accompanied by siblings, others by grandparents. Two weeks into online classes, Synchrony II—a student-run dance company—is just one of many student organizations that are…

“70s Alabama in modern Minnesota”: Q&A with “Tuscaloosa” director Philip Harder

If you were on campus during Fall term 2017, you may have noticed that for a couple weeks there, Carleton seemed to have been turned into a Hollywood film lot. Cameras were everywhere: crews capturing vintage scenes in front of our beloved Laird, old-fashioned cars loitering around the Weitz and…