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…

Don’t Be Neutral on Net-Neutrality

Two years after the Federal Communications Commission took comprehensive and far-reaching steps towards making net-neutrality the law of the land, the internet in the United…

Crises Beget Consciousness

By Wayan Buschman I am ashamed to say that I have never been the type to pick up a newspaper in my free time. I mastered…

The Tricky Definition of Third World

The problematic nature of “third world,” and how we might go about correcting it. The “third world” has long been a mystery to those discussing…

Failure to Rise to the Challenge of Reform

Last Friday, Republicans pulled the health care bill that would have replaced Obamacare and fulfilled their mission of repealing it after many promises to do…

A Necessary Redefining of Failure

As babies and toddlers, people are encouraged to venture outside of their comfort zones in order to learn. While learning to walk, parents cheer their…

When Tomi Lahren Brings Individual Thought to Politics

Written by Wayan Buschman Who is the loud, blond, far-right, and widely despised political television personality on the mind of many Americans? If it’s not…

The Complex Task of Unpacking Oppression

Two weeks ago, I wrote a piece on the coexistence of oppression and privilege at the Planned Parenthood rally in Denver. It contained an implicit…

Cutting Off America’s Nose to Spite its Face: Reductions in the Foreign Aid Budget

Last week, between tweeting that the DNC election was rigged and accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping his phones, President Donald Trump announced his…

The Dangerous Crossroads of Passion and Vocation

Written by Wayan Buschman It was the spring of my senior year of high school. I had submitted my college applications, and the only thing that…

Messiness: The Key to Creativity

More often than not, cleanliness is associated with a certain quality of life. No one ever encourages another person to “be messier” or “less organized.”…

City Council Endorsement: Richard Skorman

In about a month, as residents of the third district of Colorado Springs, Colorado College students get to vote again. The April 4 municipal election…

The Trumpian Diaspora

Written by Carter Ivey '16 The second I step out of my building to bask in the gloomy cloudiness of the London sky, the barrage…

Allowing Our Female Identity to Cloud our Perspective of Privilege

Less-than-subtle signs peppered downtown Denver last Saturday as thousands of protestors gathered in support of Planned Parenthood. “Our lady parts aren’t up for grabs.” “If…