Home, News / December 8, 2017 Semester riddled with hate markings ends with two more swastikas found in library

Timeline by Celia Heudebourg ’18. In light of the administration’s decision to stop publicizing incidents of hate speech in the Mac Daily, The Mac Weekly is committed to covering these acts of hateful vandalism on campus. Campus Security discovered two swastikas drawn on a study desk in the library on the morning of Nov. 30,...

Home, News / December 7, 2017 New Cognitive Science concentration opens doors for Mac students

By Lindsay Weber lweber1@macalester.edu At the beginning of this academic year, a group of dedicated faculty and staff were pleased to offer a brand new concentration in cognitive science at Macalester. Cognitive science is the study of systems, both natural and artificial, of knowledge and how knowledge is acquired, stored, and represented. The concentration’s webpage...

Home, News / December 7, 2017 Mac responds to Keillor allegations

On Thursday Nov. 30, amid allegations of sexual misconduct, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) cut ties with Garrison Keillor, the creator and longtime host of “A Prairie Home Companion” and one of Minnesota and public radio’s most recognizable figures. A St. Paul native and resident, Keillor’s connections to Macalester are both historic and current. Keillor produced...

Home, News / December 7, 2017 Evaluating campus sustainability progress

By Hannah Catlin and Rebecca Edwards hcatlin@macalester.edu redward1@macalester.edu For nearly a decade, Macalester has been actively working towards achieving six concrete sustainabilty goals: Zero Waste by 2020, 30% Real Food by 2020, Carbon Neutrality by 2025, Wellness, Education for Sustainability, and Urban Sustainability – but opinion remains divided on the college’s approach to environmental issues....

Features, Home / December 7, 2017 Macalester alumnus fills new store with 20 years of finds

Katie Woodhouse kwoodhou@macalester.edu Against the Current is easy to miss: this used bookstore on Grand Avenue, tucked between French Meadow and Zimmerman’s Dry Goods, is deeper than it is wide. Inside, its walls are lined with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Most books lack price tags – if a customer is interested in purchasing one, they must make...

Arts, Home / December 7, 2017 A road-weary Whitney shrugs through a First Avenue performance

By Alexander Marketos amarketos@macalester.edu Life on the road for a touring band gets inevitably strenuous. They play the same songs every night for months on end and answer the same questions from interviewers, not to mention how they spend their time between cities crammed like sardines in a tour bus or van. At First Avenue’s...

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Locals divided over plans for abandoned Ford plant
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Locals divided over plans for abandoned Ford plant

When the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant closed in 2011, it left behind a large plot of barren land in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul. For the last six years, it has stood vacant while city planners, Ford officials and local representatives have debated its fate. On Wednesday, Sept. 20, concerned citizens packed…

Professor Lisa Mueller discusses summer in Niger with USAID
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Professor Lisa Mueller discusses summer in Niger with USAID

Assistant Professor of Political Science Lisa Mueller spent several weeks this summer in the West African country of Niger as part of a team working for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID is the United States agency responsible for administering civil foreign aid. In order to most effectively distribute that aid, the…

Obituary: celebrating the life of Cassini (1997-2017)
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Obituary: celebrating the life of Cassini (1997-2017)

The Cassini spacecraft, aged 19 years and 11 months, died in a powerful display of heroism. The late astronomer, author and science communicator Carl Sagan once said that “for small creatures such as we, the vastness [of the universe] is bearable only through love.” Cassini’s life mission was to bring a pocket of that vastness…

Mac football makes history with rivalry wins
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Mac football makes history with rivalry wins

The Macalester Scots football team made history at Macalester Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 9, when they defeated the Hamline Pipers 23-14. The victory moved the Scots to 2-0 on the season following their 31-20 opening weekend victory over the Carleton Knights. The Scots had not pulled off this double act since 1985. They had also…

CEO of Jeremiah Project Gloria Perez speaks at First Thursday
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CEO of Jeremiah Project Gloria Perez speaks at First Thursday

The sound of bagpipes called to attention the large crowd assembled for First Thursday convocation on the morning of September 7. Everyone, from students and faculty seated in folding chairs to latecomers sitting in the bleachers, rose to greet the procession of students holding flags entering the room. They had assembled for the annual ceremony…

Lydia Ainsworth to perform new record at 7th Street Entry
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Lydia Ainsworth to perform new record at 7th Street Entry

Overlooking Los Angeles’ Echo Park is the statue “The Queen of Angels,” which became the inspiration for Lydia Ainsworth’s new record, Darling of the Afterglow. Ainsworth, a Torontonian electro-pop singer, released her album on March 31. She recorded the album in the same Toronto studio where she made her 2014 debut album, Right from Real….

Women’s Water Polo wins championship
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Women’s Water Polo wins championship

The water polo team poses for a picture together. They beat the Washington & Jefferson Presidents 10-9 in overtime to win the CWPA Championship for the first time in college history. Photo courtesy of Patti Andreski.[/caption]This weekend, the Macalester Women’s Water Polo team defeated Grove City College, Carthage College and Washington & Jefferson College to…

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