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The Tariq Nasheed controversy

Unless you’re a Twitter enthusiast or someone who happens to catch some of the most obscure news, the recent Tariq Nasheed scandal likely passed you by. Nasheed is an American movie producer and Twitter activist/social commentator. Interestingly, he describes himself as the “World’s #1 Race Baiter,” and sees himself as…

India: my personal dystopia

When I came to campus for Spring Term, India seemed to have the COVID situation under control- cases had decreased, public places were opening and restrictions were being lifted. But within a couple weeks of my return, my country sounded like the setting of a dystopian novel. Hearing about the…

A cry for help

By the end of January, India had finished its dry runs and put vaccine centers all over the country with a plan to roll out 50 to 60 million doses per month. If all went according to plan, around 300 million people (basically the size of the entire US population)…

What a rejection letter taught me about failure

I was in eighth grade when I received my first rejection letter. I had applied to a public magnet school in my area, and I really (really, really) wanted to attend. On the long-awaited Decision Day, while receiving texts from my friends sharing news of their acceptances, I went to…

How isolation ought to be improved, from a guinea pig

My name is Caroline Saksena. I was a guinea pig in the Carleton Isolation Experiment at the start of Fall Term 2020. It was miserable. Here is what can and should be done to make students’ experiences in isolation and quarantine better: To SHAC and the administrative authorities involved: If…

A peek behind the curtain of quarantine

I was one of the people quarantined as part of an effort to contain The Fourth Goodhue Outbreak (you know the one). When I got the call that I was being moved into one of Carleton’s reserved quarantine spaces, I really had no idea what to expect; no one I…

The college caste system

We all have in our heads the pantheon of great American colleges: Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, the list goes on. But these schools aren’t the true gems of our education system. Our truly great schools have names like East Los Angeles College, University of Central Florida, UC Irvine, and the…

Notes from the ether: a failed re-entry into campus life

“Welcome back to hell on Earth!” was a text I got from one of my friends first week Friday, as I checked into Fairfield to isolate before returning to campus. I snickered at the message, not knowing that just five days later, I’d be thrown into the most traumatic botched…