First Surfing Class

The first class in the creative fiction workshop begins in a dungeon of a room in Loeb and we’re immediately told we’re switching over to a new room in Paterson. You get the feeling Rick, our workshop instructor, wants to deconstruct this shuffling of rooms. He starts in with us comparing the Loeb hole as something we would dig out of if we were Counts of Monte Cristo.

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Registration 101: A User’s Guide for 2009

Here I am, registering as a special student in a creative writing course, summer session. I have an existing three-year BA from Carleton, having graduated in 2004. I first started courses in the mid 1970s, so my original student number is an “historic” one – it didn’t start with 100. A few years ago, my number was challenged in the registration office because “there weren’t enough digits.” That’s a euphemism for “you’re old.”

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Beating around the bias-bush


Our reporting tends to follow the “objective” model at the Charlatan. That is to say, we try to be fair to our readers and sources, and not subjective in how we relay that reporting.

This is the typical model of mainstream journalism in Canada.

We follow it because we think it’s important for the Carleton community to have a news source that can deliver facts and stories as objectively as possible.

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The gourmet pizza pocket experience


One of the biggest challenges for me this school year was the introduction of cooking. Though I had worked in a few restaurants during high school, I had never actually prepared dinner on a regular basis for myself. The daunting task of creating different meals, seven days a week, had me worried that I might slip in to the "frozen veggies and Mr. Noodles" meal routine after the first few weeks. Fortunately that didn’t happen.

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