Opinion

Two Macalesters: why Mac needs more shared experiences

If you picked a random name of a Macalester student out of a hat, do you think you could have a conversation with them? What would you talk about? Macalester College is an institution that promotes diversity, a goal most — if not all — of us can get behind. Demographic diversity within the student…

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Elephant in the room: No one’s fault but her own

“It was in Spain that my generation learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.” -Albert Camus…

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The Mac Weekly wants your election opinions

Our campus on Wednesday felt different. Tuesday night’s election results surprised much of the Macalester community. Regardless of how you processed the results, the coming administration marks a palpable change. This change will be felt in the spaces we share, as well as in the other communities we are each a part of. Since Tuesday,…

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Elephant in the room: James Comey must resign from the FBI

If there were truly a bombshell, this announcement would have been warranted. If the election were not just days away, this announcement would have been more appropriate. If James Comey were non-partisan, as he goes to great lengths to try to prove, this announcement would have been defensible. None of these hypotheticals has any basis…

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What has happened to real substance in foreign policy?

This election cycle has put a major outlier on the fun/scary political matrix. With 31 days to go, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve wished it were over and we’ve made some great jokes in the interim. There is, however, one aspect of the election with no humorous side to it whatsoever: the lack of cogent…

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Elephant in the room: In defense of the third party candidate

There are only two good flavors of Goldfish: Original and Flavor Blasted. Yet when I entered a gas station this summer in search of a nice, fish-shaped cheddar cracker, I found neither of the acceptable varieties of my favorite snack were available. Instead, the shelves were lined with flavors that, frankly, were disgusting. “Xplosive Pizza”…

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#PrayForParis, Facebook activism and how we react to tragedy

In the week following the attacks on Paris last November, Facebook was awash with users adding a watermark of the French flag to their profile pictures as symbols of solidarity. #PrayForParis was ubiquitous on social media, and the story dominated the news cycle. Although lacking its own profile picture watermark, the bombings in Brussels elicited…