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Gordy’s Transportation Tales: Final message to Mac

This week’s edition of The Mac Weekly is the very last of my college career, so it is fitting that in it I will discuss one of the central issues I’ve studied during my college career: transit and transit funding. To put it bluntly, Minnesota Republicans have drafted a bill that, if put into law,…

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Gordy’s transportation tales: pedestrian rights

Hey Mac! After a lengthy hiatus, I’m back with my long-promised column on pedestrians’ rights. Full disclosure: this subject is near and dear to my heart, as I wrote my capstone in transportation geography on the evolution of pedestrians’ rights and rhetoric from the pre-auto era to today, so I have more than a few…

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Fossil Free Mac changes tactics in fight for divestment

Building off a successful engagement during the Board of Trustees’ (BoT) visit to campus last semester, Macalester’s student divestment organization, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) will meet with the BoT’s Student Life Committee in May. Since its formation five years ago, FFM has advocated for Mac to divest its endowment from the Carbon Underground 200, the…

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Sustainability Summit unites MN colleges

On Saturday, April 5, Macalester hosted the first-ever mass gathering of sustainability-minded Minnesota college students. The freshly formed Twin Cities+ Student Sustainability Network, created this semester by Sam Zieve ’17, Shelby Witherby ’18 and Ana Diaz ’18, kicked off with a day-long summit held at Mac last Saturday. After a morning keynote, the 70-plus student…

New theatre, dance building to be built after years of promises
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New theatre, dance building to be built after years of promises

The third and final piece of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center renovation and expansion is on target to be completed by the spring of 2019: after years of waiting, Macalester’s Theatre and Dance (THDA) departments will gain a brand new building. The first two phases of the project — the combination music-commons area and…

Proposed Snelling developments to accommodate growing population
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Proposed Snelling developments to accommodate growing population

More large apartment buildings might be coming soon to Macalester’s surrounding neighborhood. Plans have been submitted to build a five-story condominium and a 60-unit apartment complex at two separate locations along Snelling Avenue. Snelling and St. Clair The proposed mixed-use development will be built on a lot diagonally opposite from the southeasternmost end of campus,…

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Gordy’s Transportation Tales: A better 63? Transport updates

This week, I decided to focus exclusively on local transportation news and updates! There’s been a recent spate of announcements and some fresh controversy, so I am going to lay it out for you all. I’ll be discussing a wide variety of ongoing and proposed transportation projects in the Twin Cities—here goes nothing! To begin…

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Original therapy dog takes sabbatical to deal with fatigue, stress

After delighting the Macalester community since the fall of 2015, Kevin, the original Macalester therapy dog, is heading into a “doggy sabbatical” of indefinite length, as a result of repeated incidents of “leash aggression” against other dogs. On January 30, a post on the official PAWS@Mac Facebook page informed community members that Kevin would no…

Library hosts conversation on development in recently updated space
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Library hosts conversation on development in recently updated space

Macalester’s DeWitt Wallace Library is a constantly evolving space, changing through the decades with shifts in both technology and student needs. A recent alteration to its interior was the conversion of a third floor reading room into the Barbara B. Davis SPACE (Scholarship Partnership and Collaborative Engagement) last summer. This Tuesday, the new hybrid room…

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