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Reactions to Midwinter Ball 2022 Cancellation

Due to high rates of COVID-19 on campus, the Carleton COVID-19 Core Team has decided that large non-academic social gatherings are not feasible. This decision means that, for the second year in a row, Midwinter Ball will not take place.  Midwinter Ball is a Carleton tradition that dates back to…

Lack of communication leads to tension regarding IDE ten-year plan

What is the IDE Steering Committee? When former president Steven Poskanzer took his role in 2008, Carleton had no committee dedicated to implementing Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (IDE) goals. In light of George Floyd’s murder, national support for the Black Lives Matter movement and rising agitation among students, faculty, staff…

Carls in confinement: the isolation process

For most people, getting a positive test result comes as a complete surprise. Yet with rising cases on campus, positive test results have become a reality for over 150 Carleton community members this term. Students have become accustomed to being tested, and know what to expect when they open their email. But once they read a positive test result, they’re…

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…

New isolation experiences as case count grows

The Omicron variant has caused surges in COVID-19 cases throughout the world, and Carleton is no exception. Since students returned from winter break, the rate of positive tests for Carleton students, faculty, staff, and regular contractors has reached 6.88%—a jump from the positivity rate in the fall, which remained under…

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…

First frost marks the end of farm season

After a long, grueling spring and summer of farming, Jack Frost finally exhaled here in Northfield, Minn. In Northfield, the first frost typically occurs during the first week of October, but it appeared late this year, on October 21.

Boosters at Carleton: a conversation with COVID Core Team member Eric Egge

We all remember the hassle of registering for the COVID-19 vaccine. Sparse availability, registering at midnight on pharmacy websites and driving hours to vaccine rollout locations––it certainly wasn’t easy to get an appointment. Now, with booster shots coming around, the question of whether or not we will find ourselves in…

COVID cases rise on campus

Chances are high that Carleton students know of at least one person who has been listed as a COVID-19 close contact in the past two weeks. After a relatively COVID-free start to the term, with an average of 1.7 cases per week since September 15, cases have drastically risen, with…