TMW senior editors say their goodbyes, joyously reflect
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TMW senior editors say their goodbyes, joyously reflect

By Meg Britton-Mehlisch and Celia Heudebourg This week The Mac Weekly bids farewell to its own seniors. The incoming Editors-in-Chief talk with Rachel Wilson, Jamie Goodin, Ellie Fuqua, Jake Greenberg, Max Horvath, Maddie Jaffe, Eliza Ramsey, Allie Korbey, Kate Rhodes and Esha Datta. They discuss office memories and the Wac Meekly. TMW: This is the…

Welcome to my crib: Professor Teresa Mesa of Hispanic Studies
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Welcome to my crib: Professor Teresa Mesa of Hispanic Studies

Professor Teresa Mesa is all smiles. After giving a warm handshake and gesturing to a comfy armchair, Mesa, a senior lecturer in the Hispanic Studies department, is off and running, talking about the various objects in her office. Mesa doesn’t think of her office as “decorated,” per se. Rather, it speaks to who she is…

Welcome to my crib: Political Science professor Patrick Schmidt
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Welcome to my crib: Political Science professor Patrick Schmidt

The first things you notice upon walking into Patrick Schmidt’s office are the two opposing couches—one orange, the other blue, in the center of the room. Patrick Schmidt, Chair of the Political Science department, has ambient lighting on almost every surface to create a very welcoming environment. Schmidt happily gestured to the blue couch, as…

Welcome to my crib: Religious Studies Professor Jim Laine
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Welcome to my crib: Religious Studies Professor Jim Laine

Jim Laine led me into his office, and promptly took a seat in his La-Z Boy recliner, stretching out and making himself comfortable. With a grin on his face, he asked, “What can I do for you?” Laine is an Arnold H. Lowe Professor of Religious Studies and also the department chair. Upon first entering,…

Spring break with Students Today Leaders Forever
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Spring break with Students Today Leaders Forever

Over spring break, a group of six Macalester students headed to warmer weather and participated in various service projects in multiple states with the group Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF). The trip, affectionately termed the “Jackson Five” included stops in Jacksonville, IL; Jacksonville, MS; Jacksonville, TN; Jacksonville, MO; Jacksonville, LA and Pensacola, FL. The leaders…

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Odd one out: Macalester conservatives share their viewpoints

Macalester College has a reputation for being one of the most liberal colleges in the nation. Within the Macalester community, conservatives act as a political minority. Often times, the ideological differences between the two groups becomes a barrier. “This is a place that boasts its quality of open-mindedness, which most of the time is true….

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Pass/Fail: Mac students handpick prospective professors in hiring process

Student involvement has always played a central role within the Macalester community. This has recently been on display during the turnaround of professors in various departments, such as English, History and Economics. Daylanne English, Chair of the English Department, explains the process as “always centrally involving students.” In short, search committees are found in every…