If You Rip a Juul and No One Sees, Are You Really a Smoker?

Let me start by putting it out there that this campus is ostensibly not, and likely never will be ,“smoke free.” That’s entirely okay, since…

A New Set of Priorities for Colorado College

If you’re looking for continuity in your college experience, Colorado College is probably not the right choice. Classes, schedules, and even the weather all change…

The Benefits of a Ninth Block

“As eighth block comes to a close, I cannot help but think of The Ninth Block,” said sophomore Mary Kate Maloney, as she walked past…

What’s Wrong, Mr. West?

As long as we’ve known Kanye West, he’s been a wild card. From telling the world that “President Bush doesn’t care about black people” on…

Letter to the Editor: In Response to ‘Drop out of School? Great Idea!’

College is tough. Many students, I’m sure, have felt the urge to toss a textbook or two over the Tutt Library balcony out of frustration,…

Better Late Than Never: Eliminating West In Time

Last week, the Colorado College faculty voted to eliminate the West In Time from CC’s critical perspectives requirements following student outcry. Then, President Jill Tiefenthaler…

Hope in the Middle East

Recent chemical attacks and missile strikes thrust the now seven-year-long Syrian Civil War back onto the front pages and into the opinion columns of American…

Half-Baked Understanding: Why men don’t ruin everything, but ignorance does

“Men ruin everything. Think you’re having fun? Just you wait—a man will come in and ruin it.” I say these words nearly every other day.…

Drop out of School? Great Idea!

Seniors—this is your last block. Juniors—you are almost seniors. Sophomores—soon, you will be out of your “sophomore slump!” First-years—you’ve almost completed your first year of…

The Surmountable Influence of Money in Politics

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone argue that money controls politics in the U.S., I’d probably have six or seven…

Letter to the Editor: A Response to “Conversations on Privilege > ‘Frankenstein’”

By JARED S. RICHMAN To the Editor, In her recent opinion piece in The Catalyst, former Editor-in-Chief Samantha Silverman expresses disappointment over the college’s decision…

Collusion Across the Country

What do the NFL, the NCAA, the Trump administration, and Facebook have in common? They all handle a lot of money. They’re all headed by…

Ending the Waiting Game Around Housing

Following the articles I wrote about limited food options on campus, a student’s inability to retrieve ice from Benjamin’s, my dislike of our school’s logo,…

Conversations on Privilege > “Frankenstein”

Last week in First-Year Experience mentor training, we learned that the first-year common read would be “Frankenstein,” the 1818 English novel by Mary Shelley. I…

Pesach: Beyond the Free Food

Last Friday, Cornerstone Main Space was packed with faculty and students dressed in many versions of the Colorado College version of formal attire. Students scavenged…

A Subconscious Addiction: Why We Can’t Put Our Phones Down

It happens every day. You reach into your pocket, pull out your phone, unlock it, and then find yourself scrolling through social media wondering why…

Aspiring for National Affordable Housing

On any given night in 2017, 554,000 people in the wealthiest country in the world were homeless. Of those, about 193,000 had nowhere indoors to…

A Limited Response To Last Week’s Email

Almost no Colorado College students are going to speak in favor of the hateful, racist, white supremacist email sent over Spring Break. Undoubtedly, it was…

The Illicit Nature of Implicit Bias

“If you track mud on someone’s carpet, they don’t care about your intent, they look at the consequence ... And chances are, you won’t be…

The Criminalization of Homelessness in Colorado Springs

Part Three of a Three-Part Series You don’t need a degree in sociology to know that Colorado Springs has a large, visible homeless population. Anytime…

Letter From the Editors

Our intention with this week’s issue of The Catalyst was to try, in whatever small way we could, to cast light on the hateful, shameful,…

An Intersectional Approach to Filmmaking

My reaction to Black Panther (Spoiler Alert) The “Black Panther” film strives to do superhero and science fiction cinema the right way. By putting black…

When 40 Fewer Points can Cost $30,000

The unconvincing switch to semester registration Recently, the Office of the Registrar emailed the Colorado College student body and faculty announcing that not only will…

Let Me Get Ice!

Colorado Coffee rests a few steps away from the quaint Colorado College eatery of Benjamin’s Grill, fondly known as Benji’s. The juxtaposed food locations provide…

A Step in the Wrong Direction: Why the New Deal on Banning Lewis Ranch is a Bad Idea

(Part Two of a Three-Part Series) In the year and a half I’ve written for The Catalyst, I’ve opined about a number of contentious city…

Affordable Housing Shortages and the True Cost of Development in Colorado Springs

(First of a Three-Part Series) Colorado Springs has a serious affordable housing problem. The city is facing a projected shortage of 26,000 affordable units in…

Virtues of Volunteerism

By MATTHEW SIMONS As college students, we often get caught up in our own little worlds in which we don’t retain much of a connection…

How “Broke” Are You Really?

How our campus equates financial modesty to poverty You’ll hear it in regard to almost all facets of campus life, from discussions of meal plan…