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Bringing Sexy Mac! Farewell to a Beloved Community

As a first year, I had been invited to a pre-orientation retreat with the Bonner Scholars Program, a civic service engagement that I would spend the next four years a part of. I waited months to meet my cohort, but then heavy rain cancelled my initial flight. The 24-hour delay meant I missed the ride…

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Bringing Sexy Mac! A search for just restoration

Growing up,* I have seen women who have been with violent men; seen women who have survived men’s awful hands and/or strict tongues; women who were sometimes violent to men who were also violent to them; women who have left men; women who became mothers, household heads, caretakers and fighters. These women left for their…

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Bringing Sexy Mac! Hurt People Who Hurt People

My birthday was a few weeks ago. Most people did not know because I hide the date on Facebook so no one can receive the reminder in their feed and feel encouraged to leave me a message on my Timeline. With such a limited Facebook fuss, I enjoyed the introspective day I had, which was…

Columns, Sexy Mac

BRINGING SEXY MAC! A Loving TDoR

There is a certain solemn immediacy with which I pause over November 20, Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). Started to memorialize the 1998 death of Rita Hester, a Black trans woman from Massachusetts, the texture of TDoR has gained more traction for me as I reflect more maturely on my presentations, identities and experiences through…

Opinion

Striving for something better – The exclusion of people of color from campus conversations

In last week’s op-ed piece “Transgender-inclusive Changes at Mac,” Oliver Schminkey ’16 (they/them/theirs), Grey Myers ’17 (ze/zir/zirs) and Amy McMeeking ’15 (she/her/hers) discussed Macalester transgender activism of the last year. About recent trainings to support future transgender international students they wrote, “In the coming years, we hope that Mac can be a place where transgender…

Columns, Sexy Mac

Bringing Sexy MAC! The art of accepting a compliment

Occasionally, other people pay me a compliment, like “Ariel, you look great today.” At one time, I immediately responded to compliments with some variation of “Oh no, no I don’t.” But that was a while ago. These days, compliments still humble me with how gracious I am for the person’s kindness, but I have changed…

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