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Re: COVID-19 core team raises campus alert level to medium again

Carleton’s current COVID-19 response scares me. Student attitudes toward it scare me more.  Last week, a news article was published in the Carletonian describing the current COVID-19 situation on campus with quotes from four students. The first described COVID-19 as a cold, the second equated it to other infectious diseases…

Reflecting on now and revisiting the past: The IDE plan

I would like to remind folks that just because we cohabitat in a so-called “liberal haven” does not mean that there aren’t problems that marginalized students encounter at this predominantly white institution. Once we acknowledge the inequities in our space, we then have to recognize the need to become an…

Open letter to President Byerly and Carleton trustees

President Alison Byerly and Carleton Trustees, As some of you may or may not know, Carls Talk Back originally began as a silent protest at the convocation speech of Arno Michaelis — a former white supremacist — in February of 2018. Later, it evolved into an all-encompassing movement that advocated…

Carleton’s acceptance rate drops: we care about prestige, not people

*Correction: The following article claims that US News and World Report Rankings uses acceptance rate as a main criteria to judge college rankings. This practice stopped in 2019, meaning acceptance rates no longer affect a school’s rank. Carleton recorded a record- low 17.5% admissions rate for the class of 2025.…

Smile! You’re on camera: Carleton’s video surveillance jeopardizes trust, community and student privacy

When I first toured Carleton’s campus as a prospective student, I was told that Carleton was special because of the tight-knit community and deep levels of trust maintained across the campus. This promise carried serious weight as I considered attending Carleton — I was impressed by the unattended laptops and…

A slippery slope: abortion now, what next?

Few, if any, women come to the decision of an abortion lightly. It is an extraordinarily difficult and emotional choice to make, but for the women who choose abortion, it is necessary. No woman’s neighbor, friend, colleague or local representative is entitled to her reasoning; nor is the mayor of…