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Election 2020: A case for Bernie Sanders

I must admit that I am reluctant to choose a candidate to support. None of the Democratic candidates should be anyone’s be-all-end-all for the presidency, for the stakes are too high. Frankly, any one of the candidates would be better than President Trump. As the 2020 election roars ahead, many…

On writing anonymously for a publication

Publishing an anonymous article. We’ve all seen them, whether it’s in the Carletonian or a major news magazine. In fact, the Carletonian website lists no fewer than eight articles written anonymously. Each time I see an anonymous article, I, and frankly, many other readers, feel a mixture of irritation, confusion,…

Finding Bliss in Busyness

In short, I’m definitely still struggling; I’m convinced that anyone who is fully functional after just 6 weeks is lying. Don’t get me wrong — I’m not dysfunctional; however, midterms were… something. Things are looking promising, though. Six weeks in, I am already really feeling like part of the Carleton…

Do you belong at Carleton?

When first posed that question, “Do you belong here at Carleton?” it seems inevitable that we sink into a moment of reflection. Some people will begin to count how many friends they’ve made or how many clubs they’ve joined. Others, perhaps, will begin to build a defense based on their…

We need to talk about Synchrony II: Viewpoint

When I texted a friend from home a video of a Synchrony dance I’m in, she immediately wrote back, “WHY IS EVERYTHING SO SEXUAL?” I stumbled over explanations—that undulation on all fours like a crazed hypercaffeinated yoga teacher doing cat-and-cow pose is a time-honored traditional move known as the synchrony…

Rochelle Gutiérrez: Shaking Math Education to the Core

As somebody who is passionate about math education reform, I was excited to hear that Rochelle Gutiérrez, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois, was coming to speak about “Rehumanizing Mathematics” at convocation. Most people would agree that the way we teach math in this country is…

Searching for optimism amidst social media’s failed utopia

Perhaps Facebook first comes to mind. Upon its inception, the social, cultural, and political possibilities of Facebook as a vehicle for profound human connection seemed limitless. Both the fledgling company itself and popular discourse seemed assured of the platform’s unparalleled capacity to transform the qualitative nature and quantitative scope of…

Barefoot @ Carleton: A statement or a lifestyle?

Going barefoot at Carleton is not always a statement. If it were, there would probably be a club for it. But for some no-shoers around campus, it’s really just about feeling the surface they’re walking on. For others, it’s something they would do only on Carleton’s campus. What is so…