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Jay Levi name change shows college protects itself before students

Shortly before course registration opened for fall term 2019, Anthropology professor Jay Levi’s name was changed from “Jay Levi” to “Jerome M. Levi” on the Carleton Student Hub. Thus, when students went online to register, the classes slated to be taught by Levi were listed under the instructor name “Jerome”…

Letter to the President, from the Carleton Democratic Socialists of America: cancel trip to Israel

Dear President Poskanzer, We are extremely disappointed with your decision to attend Project Interchange, an educational trip to Israel sponsored by an organization that takes pride in support from Israel’s violent rightwing government and trumpets its record of political accomplishments against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In the words…

Prospective CSA Senate member outlines recent meeting

Hi, everyone. I’m one of your College Council Liaison-elects and a prospective member of the CSA Senate. Something I noticed when I was campaigning is that a lot of people feel unclear on what CSA actually does; some doubt it does anything at all. Since my election I’ve begun attending…

Senior reflects on growth and change at Carleton

As I try to write something to sum up my senior reflections, I think back to how often I wrote for the Viewpoint as a first term, first year student and wonder how I had the confidence to write in the opinion section. I remember thinking at the time that…

A former Editor-in-Chief looks back

When starting to write this reflection, I didn’t know whether to focus on my time at Carleton or the Carletonian itself. Then I thought that it’s possible I might be too jaded at this point to focus on either. Then, finally, I realized that the story of my time on…

A reflection on confidence

As I finish up the last few weeks of my senior year at Carleton, I have been wondering what my incoming first-year self would think of where I am now. What feelings would have run through my 19-year-old head if I had known where I’d end up academically, personally, creatively,…

You & not & what have you become?: the isolation of quirkiness

Having spent the majority of my more formative adolescent years in Brookline, Massachusetts—a suburb surrounded by Boston—much of my personal and intellectual growth occurred in the maw of America’s academic mecca: Harvard, MIT, BU, BC, etc., etc.—essentially, an ego-squashingly successful, ivory-tower atmosphere that fervently valued prowess over vitality.  My Illinois…

Doula perspective: response to abortion bans

When I witnessed an abortion procedure for the first time, I was shocked at how swift and commonplace it felt. As an abortion doula with CAN-DO (Carleton Advocacy Network of Doulas), I’ve witnessed and assisted in countless abortion procedures, and given recent rhetoric surrounding Alabama’s abortion ban, I wish more…

Predicting Yesterday : speculation about Beatles-inspired film

Yesterday, the Beatles looked as though they were here to stay. But now, at least in Danny Boyle’s new film, Yesterday, they’re nowhere to be seen. When Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) wakes up in the hospital after a nasty bike collision, no one around him had heard of “Strawberry Fields”…

Marketable evil and the search for God

Last Friday, May 10, marked the 25 year anniversary of the execution of American serial killer John Wayne Gacy—which was fitting, given the day was clear, warm and blisteringly sunny. Though, yes, May 10, 1994 marked a triumphant day in American history, it also calls for solemn contemplation: specifically, that…