Meal Plan Should be an Opt-in/Opt-out System

My friend told me she is $50 under where she is supposed to be with her Tiger Bucks. Last year, I heard that Bon Appétit…

How Singapore Maintains Harmony Within Diversity: Strict Laws on Salacious Speech

I come from Singapore, a tiny country in Southeast Asia, well-known as having restrictions on free speech. But what is not so well-known is that…

Pre-Something-or-Other: The Subtle Joys of an Unformed Future

He, a retired doctor, and I, a bubbly high-school senior, both clutched our books excitedly as we waited in line for author Annie Proulx to…

A Ruthless, Useless Educational Hegemony

The last fifteen years or so of education policy in the U.S. have been a whirlwind of standardized tests. Between No Child Left Behind, Common…

DREAM Snatchers: Assimilation, Immigration, and the Right to Be Here

Trump’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) means that the program’s 800,000 beneficiaries have six months to leave the country, or otherwise…

Money Down the Drain? The Essential Nature of Stormwater Infrastructure

On November 7, Colorado Springs residents will vote once again on one of the most contentious issues in the city’s recent history: the management of…

Learning Empathy Through Fiction: Fine-Tuning Your Feelings

Between lazy beach days and morning train commutes, hopefully this summer has not passed you by without offering up a good read or two. I…

Making a Deal with the Devil: Donald Trump, North Korea, and Nukes

When what started as a totally unrelated press conference somehow became the most direct—and accidental—threat to North Korea in a long time, we shook our…

A Privatized Military Industrial Complex

There are no clear paths that lead to peace and stability in Afghanistan. If the US stays, Afghanistan will likely continue to deteriorate and the…

Erasing and Removing, Rather than Rehabilitating

The erasure of history is nothing new. White people erase history every day by denying the role of their own elected policy—from government law-and-order initiatives…

Improving the Flow of NSO: A Sophomore’s Reflection on New Student Orientation

While a first year may feel overwhelmed when they see 500 new faces trickle in slowly to our small campus, as a returning sophomore, I…

Consulting the Conflicts: America Preventing Peace in the Middle East

Ask anyone in the U.S. Department of Defense why there are American troops and planes fighting in the Syrian Civil War. They’ll probably talk to…

We’re all Gonna Die (Maybe): The All-Too-Real Perils of Mutually Assured Destruction

Nuclear weapons are one thing when handled by calculating, loquacious politicians, and another thing completely in the hands of today’s leaders. If the tensions between…

The Pros and Cons of a New You

What I heard time and time again as I headed into my first year of college was that it would be a chance for me…

Consumerism Intersecting with Activism

It’s my last full week of my first year at Colorado College, and I think I’m beginning to understand elements of the school’s culture—positive and…

Race, Politics, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

The complex and often problematic identities associated with modern music Classic rock is “the music that defined a generation”—and that rock and roll came to…

Letter to the Editor

Regarding the labeling of first-year Mekael Daniel as junior Rachel Hyppolite in Vol. 47, No. 9 of the Catalyst, which was released Nov. 11, 2016,…

The Perilous Race to the Top of College Rankings

Every September, college presidents, administrators, and trustees await the release of next year’s list of “Best Colleges” from U.S. News and World Report with bated…

Connecting the College to its Carbon

Written by Kelsey Maxwell Transitioning to renewable energy (RE) is one of the most significant ways Colorado College can reduce its carbon footprint. CC currently uses…

The Favored Punctuation of Try-Hard Intellectuals

“Here is a lesson in creative writing,” Kurt Vonnegut writes in his book of essays titled “A Man Without a Country.” “First rule: Do not…

The State of the College’s Carbon–Literally

At the end of Block 7, I sat down with Ian Johnson, the Colorado College Director of Sustainability to ask him about the college’s goals…

Eighth Block Shouldn’t be Easy

As I walk through Armstrong Hall, the Registrar’s Office is flooded with students attempting to figure out their class for Block 8. Perhaps, the overflowing…

Why We All Need to Visit the South

He stands at the southern edge of the square in downtown Oxford, Miss. Below the stone figure of the soldier, these words are engraved: “In…

Is Nutrition a Right or a Privilege?

The Farm Bill is a notoriously bland piece of legislation, and Congress’ inability to pass and reform it has come to symbolize the political polarization…

The Unevenness of School Funding

In some public schools in America, every student has access to a personal computer. In others, leaking ceilings go unfixed for weeks. In the U.S.,…

Colorado Springs isn’t for Us

While I was walking into town this past Sunday, a young man, around 30 years old, stopped me and asked if he could talk to…

Crocs and Shorts or Suit and Tie?

As an organismal biology and ecology major, after college, I intend to pursue a career in science, and perhaps even a doctorate. By all rights,…

Decategorizing the Human Experience

Human beings possess a tendency to break everything into an “either or” scenario—a cat or dog lover, a science or English person. And the list…