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A case for mandatory S/CR/NC

At 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, CSA President Andrew Farias notified the student body that the Education and Curriculum Committee was considering options for changing the grading system during Spring term.    The ECC hoped to accommodate the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic using either of two proposals: “A)…

Remote systems can help support students’ mental health

After reading through the Moodle forum on Monday, I had an idea. What if instead of coming together online to debate, we could come together to create new student support groups? For instance, several students mentioned their current struggles with anxiety in the forum. To address the needs of those…

Love in the age of COVID

What do you love? Still, despite it all?  I have a hard time accepting that I can be loving of anything anymore. Days spent in Hell will do that to you. You think you can hold onto the feeling you had as a child. The wonder, the joy, the feeling…

Making the most of education beyond Carleton

In that fateful email to Carleton students, faculty, staff, and parents last month, President Poskanzer suggested that Carleton is “not just a physical place centered on the Bald Spot; it is also a culture and spirit that transcends campus boundaries and physical proximity.” I found much to value in the…

CSA Executive annual report

Dear Carls, It is with great pleasure that I write this CSA Executive Annual Report on behalf of the CSA Executive team and the entire Student Government. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished over the past year in service to the student body. I am equally proud…

The beauty of learning foreign languages

I am often asked why I decided to learn Chinese, why I’m just so into it, and why I like foreign languages so much. The answer is simply that I fell into these studies arbitrarily, the result of a desire to expand my boundaries beyond the required four years of…

A letter to Carleton voters

Never have I seen red “I Voted” stickers worn with such pride. But then, rarely does it come with such a sense of victory and achievement. For managing to vote amid the press of 9th Week, “I Voted” not only signifies a successful and meaningful act of civic engagement but…

“But you can’t vote”: Why international students should care about US politics

It was ten minutes into the lunch hour and Ms Iyer, my biology teacher, at my international school in Japan, announced to a packed cafeteria that she is suspending the class for the day. A few sighs of relief in an otherwise tense environment. The projector was displaying the live…

From the Archives: Ask the Ethicist: Substance Use in Sub-Free Housing

Note from the original 2003 publication: The purpose of the “Carleton Ethicist” is to provide insight and reflection on everyday dilemmas facing individuals on campus. The “Carleton Ethicist” is not one person, but instead a group fo Carleton faculty, staff, students, administrators and alumni who take turns responding to submitted…

Reflections from summer research at a funeral home

The following text derives from a lecture I gave at the end of last summer. After working at a Jewish funeral home, designing a map of Jewish places in San Francisco, I spoke before a group of interns and staff at Jewish Bay Area nonprofits sharing my experience. These reflections…