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OneCard: the loss of community and spontaneity

What is the first thing you do upon arriving at Carleton College your freshman year? Apart from ogling at the gorgeous, verdant campus at the end of a summer, you take your school photograph (that, alas, for some, will be with them forever) and obtain your precious OneCard. The OneCard…

A response to calls for intervention in Ukraine

We have grown up in an age of unprecedented peace and prosperity, an age which has allowed economic growth for every country of the world, an age in which poverty, famine and disease have been consistently decreasing. Last week’s Carletonian featured a demand for U.S. intervention, a call to not…

The Good Life: Understanding Italy One Dart at a Time

I am fascinated by the way Italians live. For that matter, most Europeans — but the Italians are in a class all of their own. After spending nearly a month in Rome on the Carleton Architectural Studies in Europe Off Campus Study (OCS) this winter, I felt like I had…

Feminism, Girlbosses and Elizabeth Holmes

Over spring break, my mother and I decided to watch the new television series on Hulu “The Dropout” which discussed the story of Elizabeth Holmes, founder of ‘Theranos.’ Prior to this, we had listened to the podcast together, read every bit of news on her, and were constantly staying up…

Don’t let Ukraine become the next Bosnia

This Wednesday marked the thirty year anniversary of the Serbian invasion of Bosnia, where the ethnically charged Army of Republika Srpska waged total warfare against the Bosnian countryside. This invasion would mark the beginning of a three-year-long conflict that would see the destruction of millions of homes and a genocide…

Pandemics don’t end along with mask mandates

I was going to write an article about my thoughts on Carleton removing the mask mandate. The main idea was going to be that I personally wouldn’t be wearing my mask any less, but that I understand why Carleton ended the mask mandate. Then I tested positive for COVID-19.  I…

The Research Internship Hunt

When it was time to pick my major in my sophomore year, I decided to choose something that was just STEM enough to make my parents happy and just humanities enough to make me happy: psychology.  It was all fun and games until one of my professors shared the recipe…

What Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine Reminds Us

Two weeks ago, the world changed irrevocably. On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a massive, unprovoked invasion of its neighbor, Ukraine. With millions of people displaced, thousands killed and Ukraine’s cities under indiscriminate shelling by Russian forces, Putin is well on his way to carrying out the complete destruction of…