By: Morgan Ross
In reaction to the election of President-elect Donald Trump, Carleton College has taken big strides to keep its campus a safe space, prohibiting students, faculty, and visitors from talking to anyone at any time about anything.
This has led to a number of changes for the students. Classes have been cancelled, causing hundreds of students to mill about in Sayles and the Bald Spot during class times in search of a purpose. The Internet has been shut down, sparking a sudden wave of interest at the Libe. LDC and Burton do not provide menus, forcing students to figure out what is being served on their own. But all of these changes are necessary.
“The country we live in contains good, law-abiding people that feel left behind in our country’s pursuit of globalization. They are not educated, and therefore rightly feel that technology may render their jobs obsolete. They have families and children to provide for. And they ignored the misogyny, xenophobia, and hate that spewed from Trump’s mouth,” explains Carleton President Steven Poskanzer.
“Clearly we need to protect ourselves from these absolutely terrible people. And that starts by completely cutting ourselves off from reality in order to avoid their perspective at all costs.”
The Salt reached out to numerous students and faculty for their opinions on the new safe space, but they did not (and indeed could not) answer.