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Re: COVID-19 core team raises campus alert level to medium again

Carleton’s current COVID-19 response scares me. Student attitudes toward it scare me more.  Last week, a news article was published in the Carletonian describing the current COVID-19 situation on campus with quotes from four students. The first described COVID-19 as a cold, the second equated it to other infectious diseases…

Reflecting on now and revisiting the past: The IDE plan

I would like to remind folks that just because we cohabitat in a so-called “liberal haven” does not mean that there aren’t problems that marginalized students encounter at this predominantly white institution. Once we acknowledge the inequities in our space, we then have to recognize the need to become an…

Open letter to President Byerly and Carleton trustees

President Alison Byerly and Carleton Trustees, As some of you may or may not know, Carls Talk Back originally began as a silent protest at the convocation speech of Arno Michaelis — a former white supremacist — in February of 2018. Later, it evolved into an all-encompassing movement that advocated…

Carleton’s acceptance rate drops: we care about prestige, not people

Carleton recorded a record- low 17.5% admissions rate for the class of 2025. While this news was probably accompanied by cheers in Scoville Hall, it shouldn’t be a cause for celebration.  Carleton has not magically become a better school because we rejected 1,000 more applicants this year than last. Our…

Smile! You’re on camera: Carleton’s video surveillance jeopardizes trust, community and student privacy

When I first toured Carleton’s campus as a prospective student, I was told that Carleton was special because of the tight-knit community and deep levels of trust maintained across the campus. This promise carried serious weight as I considered attending Carleton — I was impressed by the unattended laptops and…

A slippery slope: abortion now, what next?

Few, if any, women come to the decision of an abortion lightly. It is an extraordinarily difficult and emotional choice to make, but for the women who choose abortion, it is necessary. No woman’s neighbor, friend, colleague or local representative is entitled to her reasoning; nor is the mayor of…

The real source of “Stigma:” schools, mental health, and neurodivergent

I recently discovered I have a mental disorder. The truth is, though, this isn’t my first rodeo with the mental health industry. I received my first diagnosis when I was in third grade. It was for something called “nonverbal learning disorder.” Apparently, I was reading too early, socializing too late…

Carleton wants Rotblatt dead

For those who find themselves blissfully unaware, last week the Carletonian revealed a set of changes to our yearly tradition we so love and adore: Rotblatt. Gone are the days where Rotblatt was truly a celebration of Carleton’s life from sunrise to sunset. Now we are only able to drink…

A response to a response to calls for intervention in Ukraine

Last Friday, I was greeted by a copy of the Carletonian with a response to my Viewpoint article that I published on April 8. The Viewpoint article in question raised some excellent points about the dangers of moving into Ukraine and criticized the notion of military intervention. I find it…

Dune is overrated

A two-and-a-half-hour ode to Timothée Chalamet’s jawline, the 2021 Dune remake did nothing to ease the discomfort of the cramped seating in the Weitz Cinema, to say the least. But film reviews aren’t written by those who aim to “say the least.” So sit back and relax as I, your…