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Putting Carleton into perspective

Studying at Carleton generally means a curriculum filled with rigor and accompanying sleepless nights. Studying at Carleton as a marginalized student generally means becoming an expert on life before stepping on campus. Becoming  an expert on financial aid, housing, internship and externship resources, DACA laws and those for uncodumented students,…

CSA and its shortcomings

What I’ve learned from three years as a senator: CSA is not always the productive force for change that I know it can be. We take a long time to get things done and are sometimes afraid to take firm stances on important issues. This is not a failure of…

When did we stop believing in restorative justice?

A significant ideological divide between progressives and conservatives has been the issue of justice. Conservatives often emphasize the need to punish wrongdoers, support mandatory minimums and think that despite some flaws, our criminal justice system works quite well. Progressives have generally favored restorative justice, which emphasizes the rehabilitation of offenders…

The woes of “health education”

A hand shot up in the air, grubby and painted with blue nail polish, the way kids’ hands sometimes are. “Yes, you there,” called the old woman sent to our 5th grade class to divine our fates as beings blossoming into human females. Rebecca leaned forward, poised and ready. “Well,…

A letter to the editors: remembering Carleton’s past

Prof. Fred Hagstrom is the Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art at Carleton. Thank you for the recent “Banana Sweats” article, that really was about the important contributions to this College made by Ele Hansen and Pat Lamb.  Their passion for opportunities for women in athletics is a legacy at…

Is this how Carleton responds to nonviolent demonstrations?

For several months, we as members of the Sunrise Movement, along with other climate justice and Indigenous groups, have led sustained actions against Wells Fargo because of their investment in Enbridge, the company building the Line 3 pipeline. When the Career Center hosted an event titled “Wells Fargo: Conversations on…

Mainstream media: the unsung MAGA crusaders

In March 2016, a media executive put in a phone call to Michael Cohen, attorney to then-Republican primary candidate Donald Trump. The media executive remarks that he is “fond” of Trump, whom he calls “the boss.”  “I want to do a weekly show with him and all that stuff,” the…

Responding as a community

Content warning: themes of racism Prof. Adriana Estill is the Director of American Studies and a professor of English and American Studies at Carleton.  Prof. Anita Chikkatur is an associate professor of Educational Studies. At the beginning of this term, we learned about a video in which a Carleton student…

Combatting stress culture

Move-in day is stressful–special, yes, but mostly stressful. We dress it up with mascots and activities and traditions, but really it’s a mess of boxes and last-minute Target trips and realizing that you don’t know anyone here. Of all my chaotic memories, though, one stands out in particular.  It’s nearing…