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Is my career path shiny enough for Carleton?

As internship season has come into full swing, the rush to show off bright and shiny summer opportunities has arrived. And the rush is accompanied by stress, anxiety and feelings of belittlement if you haven’t received an internship offer yet. After two months of pure horror of still being unemployed…

From the Archives: Ask the Ethicist: Buying a car at Carleton

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 of Carleton faculty, staff, students, administrators and alumni who take turns responding to submitted…

Janus, justice, and dealing with what’s before us

I want to frame this question awkwardly. I want to press into something unspoken, unseen, invisible in its obviousness. When I was asked what to make of our democracy, of this democracy, in the face of the president’s acquittal, I was hard-pressed to find a clear, concise answer. Do I…

Why social justice is the lens we need to approach environmentalism

We know that communities comprised of people of color (POC), Native peoples, and low-income folks bear the harshest consequences of climate change and environmental health hazards, experiencing higher mortality rates from pollution, water shortages, and rising sea levels—to name a few. Yet, for too long, environmental movements have largely ignored…

Meatless or less meat: the case for a sustainable diet change

Hello, please, if you would, consider eating a little less meat—or maybe none at all. (I know, I know. This topic rarely wins me Miss Congeniality, but hear me out.) Arguments for eating plant-based usually fall into three categories: ethical, health-related and environmental. I personally find all three convincing, but…

Divesting: Carleton’s time is now

Carleton is committed to a sustainable future, and the College’s website says so: “Carleton’s official colors might be maize and blue, but look around campus and you’ll be seeing green.” The College has made great strides toward its 2011 commitment to be carbon-free by 2050. Several halls on campus have…

From the Archives: dealing with the SARS virus in 2003

Note from the editors: The Carletonian is 133 years old, with over 3,400 issues published since its inception. To reflect and learn from the newspaper’s substantial history, pieces from the archive will be republished that have particular relevance either to the viewpoint topic or current events. We hope that these…