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Responding as a community

Content warning: themes of racism Prof. Adriana Estill is the Director of American Studies and a professor of English and American Studies at Carleton.  Prof. Anita Chikkatur is an associate professor of Educational Studies. At the beginning of this term, we learned about a video in which a Carleton student…

Combatting stress culture

Move-in day is stressful–special, yes, but mostly stressful. We dress it up with mascots and activities and traditions, but really it’s a mess of boxes and last-minute Target trips and realizing that you don’t know anyone here. Of all my chaotic memories, though, one stands out in particular.  It’s nearing…

Go green, cut milk

Milk has been a part of many cultures for as long as milk-producing animals have been around; there is even a National Milk Day, January 11, in the United States. Some milk products, such as cheese, have even developed a sort of personality cult. However, the environmentally conscious person knows…

Perfectionism

A few years ago, I went to go see a therapist because I had become depressed to the point of dysfunction. One of the critiques she gave me was that I “had perfectionism,” and this was something I desperately needed to overcome in order to live a fulfilling life and…

Revising history is not wrong

Last week, a Dominican artist unveiled a public piece where she had covered a statue of Christopher Columbus in a sheet painted with native traditional medicinal plants. On social media, it proved to be divisive.  Many argued that the act was disrespectful, as the statue meant a lot for the…

Carleton and anti-Blackness: A letter to prospective students

Prospective Carleton students, Have you considered searching for a school that is active in fighting anti-Black racism? I know that for me, coming to Carleton meant having expectations of conduct and policies within the institution which would reflect my values. Something to note: Carleton is a Predominantly White Institution (PWI),…

Encouraging political diversity on campus

Since starting at Carleton in 2019, I have felt very privileged to go to a school with such smart, passionate students. I learn so much from the people around me, and find my peers to be the greatest asset to Carleton’s outstanding academic environment. That said, there is one area…

On last week’s terrorism

As was the case for many of you, the terrorist attack at the Capitol last Wednesday did not surprise me. Indeed for the past couple of months, I had been ambulating about the house, murmuring, “I hope they’ll be safe,”—“they” meaning Biden, Harris, the Democratic lawmakers and those running for…