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Before the talk: the ascent of Tarana Burke and MeToo

Tarana Burke was brought up in the Bronx in a “Pan-African liberation family,” as Burke shared in a lecture at Iowa State University. Her family was poor, but hardship was always met with resilience and pride which Burke carries with her to this day. One of Burke’s earliest forays into activism occured via The 21st…

Macalester’s parental leave policy changes are more generous
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Macalester’s parental leave policy changes are more generous

“It was complicated,” Provost Karine Moe responded when asked about the parental leave policy at Macalester. She said the policy was, “outdated,” and was ready to be, “better for parents, better for kids.” So, when the Faculty Advisory Council asked Moe to look into changing it, she began working with Employment Services. Then, in spring…

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Way back at Mac: Mac Moments thoughout our history

The most recent college campaign, the Macalester Moment, highlights the moments that make a Macalester education unique. A term originally coined by actor and playwright Danai Gurira ’01, a “Macalester Moment” is “that single moment of realization and self-discovery that may stay with you the rest of your life.” We can, I think, all agree…

Evangelical leaders hit the road for the Common Good
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Evangelical leaders hit the road for the Common Good

In the lead up to midterm elections, a caravan of evangelical religious leaders are traveling around the country calling for a bold change in congressional representation: for Americans to vote Republicans out of Congress. The bus tour is led by Vote Common Good, an organization using religious and political activism to call for a more…

Max the Cat: Where is he now?
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Max the Cat: Where is he now?

Late last fall Max the Cat made national and international news. The Washington Post, The Independent and even Belfast-based The Irish News wrote about Max and his escapades at Macalester. Max went viral when the library employees posted a sign disallowing Max inside. Max was a frequent visitor around campus before the sign went up….

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Jewish Voice for Peace Brings a New Perspective to Mac

One of the new clubs making waves on campus this fall is a Macalester chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP). JVP’s broad mission statement is to “work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine.” Similar in principle…

SPACES: a new Mac literary publication by students of color
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SPACES: a new Mac literary publication by students of color

Tori Gapuz ’21 and Swopnil Shrestha ’21 reflected on their first years at Macalester and felt as though something was missing. They both felt there wasn’t really a place on Macalester’s campus for students of color to express their creativity, and they were struggling with feeling undervalued outside of academic settings at Macalester. SPACES was…

Suicide Survivors’ Club offers new perspectives on grief
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Suicide Survivors’ Club offers new perspectives on grief

Content warning: mentions of suicide On the evening of Wednesday, Oct ’16, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Weyerhaeuser Chapel for a panel featuring the authors of “Suicide Survivors’ Club,” a five-book series written by Rebecca “Becky” Anderson and her three children after Becky’s husband, Don, died by suicide in 2002. The student organization…

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DML Land Acknowledgement created this summer

We ask that you take a moment to honor that we are on Dakota land. Macalester is situated on the ancestral homeland of the Dakota people, particularly the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands, who were forcibly exiled from the land because of aggressive and persistent settler colonialism. We make this acknowledgement to honor the Dakota people,…

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