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MCSG Beat: Maeda visits, Dean’s List proposal discussed

This week’s MCSG meeting began with the first Cornerstone Forum. The Forums are bi-weekly gatherings organized by Mara Steinitz ’18 and Malik Earle ’18 that feature a member of the administration speaking and answering questions from students about their work on campus. Donna Maeda, Dean of the Institute of Global Citizenship (IGC), was present to…

Years of planning brings MacSHARE to Macalester
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Years of planning brings MacSHARE to Macalester

On Friday Feb. 9, students gathered in the lower level of the Campus Center to participate in the first distribution of locally-sourced organic food and produce from the MacSHARE grocery cooperative – a project three years in the making. MacSHARE buys its food in bulk from Co-Partners Warehouse on Vandalia Street in St. Paul, and…

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Three-way race for MCSG president

When Macalester students place their votes for a new MCSG president on Monday, Feb. 19, they’ll be faced with three choices: Andy Han ’19, Malik Mays ’19, or, Jed Buchholz ’19. The candidates, all rising seniors, have been engaging in an intense, week-long campaign. All have reached out to students in the community, hung flyers…

Three months on, administration and students shape walk-in response
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Three months on, administration and students shape walk-in response

In the late morning of Nov. 16, 2017, a massive crowd of Macalester students, faculty, staff and administrators filled the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center for a walk-in against hate. What started as a student-organized response to anti-Semitic and anti-Arab graffiti on campus became a rupturing event – sparking broad conversations about equity, diversity, cultural…

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Students and staff rally for Muslim political empowerment

On the afternoon of Feb. 1, a small group of Macalester students and staff drove 20 minutes south of campus to attend “Dignity in Our Democracy: A Solidarity Rally and Phonebank” in Bloomington. The event was organized as a response to recent Islamophobic rhetoric from state GOP legislators. On Tuesday Jan. 30, Congressional District 4…

Fossil Free Mac proposes divestment to SRC
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Fossil Free Mac proposes divestment to SRC

On Wednesday Jan. 31, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) presented their latest fossil fuel divestment proposal to to the Social Responsibility Committee (SRC). The SRC was supposed to hear FFM’s presentation last fall, but due to scheduling conflicts, was unable to convene before winter break. The proposal presented on Wednesday calls on Macalester to divest the…

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Johnson leads GOP race

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson won a commanding victory in Tuesday night’s gubernatorial straw poll at Minnesota’s GOP caucuses, taking just under 50 percent of votes cast across the state. Following Johnson’s lead were undecided voters at 16 percent, former Minnesota Republican Party Chair Keith Downey at 15 percent and former Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani…

Walz wins DFL straw poll
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Walz wins DFL straw poll

Macalester’s John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD) played host to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party on Tuesday night, as voters gathered here and across the state to pass resolutions, volunteer as delegates and participate in straw polls for governor at precinct caucuses. With incumbent DFL Gov. Mark Dayton not seeking a third term, the preference vote…

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Trustees approve new stadium turf, grant tenure to three

Macalester’s Board of Trustees reconvened from Jan. 24-25, participating in a two-hour long diversity training, approving the installation of new turf at Macalester Stadium, and granting tenure to three faculty members. The new turf will be installed over the summer, and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018 fall season. It…

Keillor harassed Mac student in 2012, college standing by bookstore
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Keillor harassed Mac student in 2012, college standing by bookstore

Former “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison Keillor wrote a sexually charged limerick about a Macalester student on the whiteboard behind the counter at his bookstore, Common Good Books, in 2012, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News reported last Tuesday. Despite this, Macalester has no plans to end its business relationship with the 75-year-old Minnesota-native. Keillor’s…

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