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From Professor Fred Hagstrom: a message to seniors

To the Class of 2021, I suppose that I would feel unusually close to your class since this is my last year of teaching. You are the last class I have been with for all four years. But my respect for you as a group is not just based on…

On pre-med culture

Years ago, I, having read Oliver Sacks’ “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” as well as Paul Kalanithi’s “When Becomes Air,” and having thought to myself, “Hey, that seems legit,” decided that I was going to be a doctor. What I did not initially realize was that…

No nuance between life and death

Last week, an unsurprisingly-anonymous op-ed in this paper bemoaned the lack of “nuance” regarding what the author referred to as “the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.” The article was fairly long, but a key sentence in this article read.: “I cannot understand this complicated geo-political and ethno-religious conflict as the ‘good’ versus the…

Divest from Israeli war machine: an open letter to the Carleton community

Dear Carleton Community,  This past week, more than 10,000 Gazans have been displaced from their homes, and at least 137 are confirmed to have died as Israel intensified bombing campaigns and threatened to launch an all-out ground invasion. Among the dead, at least 27 are children. Though the Israeli government…

From reader to writer: an impassioned plea

It’s official: Loud chewing, the king of pet peeves, has been dethroned. In its place? The insidious, mind-numbing horror that is collegiate academic writing. I decree, a new king is named! Despite the novelty of his reign, we have suffered for far too long under the tyranny of seven-syllable words,…

Unwanted, discarded, and ignored indeed: a reply

I am someone who loves to read the Carletonian. I have a ritual of picking up the newspaper from Sayles every Friday and sitting to read what looks interesting to me. And since The Distance started being published online, I have been able to share and engage with articles I…