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Why you should fill out the Presidential Search Survey

I want people to have three takeaways from this article: (1) Go fill out the Presidential Search Survey emailed to all faculty, students and staff by Joe Hargis last Friday and express support for diversity goals if you believe they’re important. The survey must be completed by next Thursday, November…

Voting is not harm reduction

The timing of this article is a bit late, but nonetheless it must be said. Whether or not your electoral, or uninformed, heart can take it, voting is not harm reduction. Thus, your centering of voting in your “activism” or organizing, which inherently pressures, harasses, and scapegoats voter-suppressed marginalized communities,…

The difference in “vibes” of America’s political parties

The office of the President of the United States finds itself facing a unique transferral of power. The chair of the President is an embodiment of our national values and determines the respect that our country deserves. Joe Biden and Donald Trump represent two parties with two very different attitudes…

My medical leave of absence: a tale of bureaucracy at Carleton

Like most things at Carleton, my decision to take a medical leave of absence—and its aftermath—was fraught with difficulty. It’s not so much that the decision itself was tough to make; in fact, the relevant college administration was delightfully helpful in working with me to figure out the logistics of…

What happens next? An electoral reflection

Election times are stressful under the best of circumstances—and 2020 has hardly been the best of circumstances in any sense of the phrase. It was a long year leading up to Tuesday’s election, with the coronavirus’ devastating effects on all aspects of life, and with Trump stirring up fear regarding…

There can be no rest for Democrats

Let’s start off with a collective sigh.  Election Day is over. This round of voting is over. I’m closing tabs on my computer and deleting notes on my phone with titles like “GOTV plan” and “CarlDems/Sunrise To-Do.” I’m ripping off sticky notes that say VOTE from my dorm room door.…

An electoral victory is not enough

This Tuesday, I again witnessed this country’s willingness to toy with the rights and livelihoods of the most vulnerable as I sat on the couch watching the screen switch from red to blue like an ambulance light.  The United States had its perfect candidate (and I don’t mean that as…

America has a voter suppression problem

Like many others across America, I exercised my right as a citizen to vote. Also like many, I did not do this on Election Day, but rather participated as an early voter. I walked to City Hall, with what I thought was everything I needed. My student ID, and another…

Why not voting in this election would be unconscionable

Mary Lewis Grow is a Northfield resident and a long-time member of the extended Carleton community. She was Associate Director of the Carleton Career Center in the early 80’s and wife of the late international relations professor Roy Grow, with whom she helped lead eight off-campus programs in Beijing.  She…