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An international student’s perspective on Family Weekend

It was so nice to see so many happy faces on campus last weekend. Everything seemed a little bit brighter, not only because of the apocalyptic return of summer weather in mid-fall, but because of the lively atmosphere as people reconnected with their families. Even the longer lines were somewhat…

Breaking up Facebook: Through the divide

Within the past several, eventful years, large-scale technological conglomerates, collectively known as the now-menacing “big tech,” have received rampant public criticism following years of nearly unquestioned loyalty and love by both the federal government and a multitude of daily users.  Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018, where the…

Is it all what you imagined it to be?

“Is it all what you imagined it to be?” Whether it is a close friend, a former teacher or my own father, I feel like I have been asked this question, or a variation of it, way too many times to count. While one might think that sheer frequency of…

Titane: fast cars, titanium plates and inherited trauma

Julia Ducournau’s “Titane” is finishing its first month of American showing to the delight and horror of audiences. On July 13, 2021, Ducournau became the second woman to win the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and the first woman to win this award solo.  While this prize…

My quest for Icelandic and meaning

Before droves of rain-cloaked tourists attired the landscape in Land’s End reds and blues, before the destination weddings hit the waterfalls and glaciers, before the flood of images of volcanic eruptions graced the likes of Facebook and Instagram, I loved Iceland like she was my own.  Walk through the aisles…

Exhibit Review: “Why Treaties Matter”

Stepping into the “Why Treaties Matter: Self Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” exhibit, visitors find themselves walking through a carefully constructed master narrative with an ethical dimension. “Why Treaties Matter” is a story of victims and asserts the victimhood of Native Peoples, specifically the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,…

Assuming the worst

I promised to reinvent myself when I got to Carleton. I overthink and stress out about everything, from the prompt of an English essay to what flavor of ice cream to order. (Are these the best examples? Maybe I could think of something funnier, or more relatable). What I need…

The Theranos scandal

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had no real interest in podcasts. I would listen to the occasional episode of whatever show my dad was following on a long car ride, but I had never gone out of my way to find one. I’m a more visual person; I need…

The real cost of vaccine resistance

The results were in. Positive for stage three ovarian cancer.  My grandmother had been struggling healthwise for a while, but I never would have expected the results to be this severe. This was in March 2019, far before the looming COVID-19 Pandemic would strike the globe. Like many people, this…

Generation Z: a generation of security

It is never a pleasant experience to come across less funds in your checking account than you’d hope. It is even less enjoyable to find that several charged purchases are not of your doing – a situation I unfortunately found myself in last week. After several moments of eerie elevator…