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MCSG Overseer: Trueblood on campus culture, JVP returns

This week’s meeting of MCSG’s Legislative Body (LB) – hosted in the DeWitt Wallace Library this week – began with a presentation from new Dean of Multicultural Life Marjorie Trueblood about her role and perceptions of Macalester thus far. “Coming to Macalester and thinking about what this dean position should be about is thinking about…

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Bon Appétit procedures, dining plans cause campus controversy

This year, Macalester welcomed its biggest-ever first-year class. The 612 students in that class, all of whom are required to live on campus, are also required to purchase a full college meal plan. In anticipation of the arrival of so many students, Bon Appétit, Macalester’s food service provider, worked with the college to make adjustments…

MCSG Overseer: LB votes down Jewish Voices for Peace funding
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MCSG Overseer: LB votes down Jewish Voices for Peace funding

This week’s MCSG meeting featured a presentation from Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) co-chairs Freddy Barragan ’22, Saskia Bernstein ’21, Adelaide Gaughran-Bedell ’21, Serena Touqan ’22, who asked the Legislative Body (LB) to charter their organization. Jewish Voices for Peace is a national organization that collaborates with the ‘Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions’ (BDS) movement that aims…

Lack of Title IX screening for student employees, leaders leaves college scrambling to formulate new policies
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Lack of Title IX screening for student employees, leaders leaves college scrambling to formulate new policies

The failure of multiple departments on campus to screen students for Title IX complaints prior to hiring them into leadership positions has left the college scrambling to draft a new comprehensive policy for vetting student employees and leaders. Currently, there exists no college-wide policy requiring student employees to be screened through the Title IX office,…

Active shooter training added to orientation
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Active shooter training added to orientation

This August, first-year orientation featured a revamped security training session that included a presentation of how to respond should there be an active shooter incident at Macalester. Associate Director of Security Bill Collumbien gave the presentation, which featured a rundown of the responsibilities of both the Residential Life and Security departments, a review of college…

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Trueblood visits Cornerstone Forum

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 8, students gathered in the Harmon Room of the DeWitt Wallace Library for the second Cornerstone Forum of the semester – featuring new Dean of Multicultural Life (DML) Marjorie Trueblood. Trueblood began by describing the responsibilities associated with her position, which include supervising five staff members who are split…

Voter turnout up at Macalester
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Voter turnout up at Macalester

Almost two years to the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Americans took to the polls in one of the most critical elections in recent times. The results they delivered on the federal level were mixed: Democrats won the popular vote by a substantial margin and easily reclaimed control of…

DFL celebrates in St. Paul
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DFL celebrates in St. Paul

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) celebrated statewide victories Tuesday night in the Grand River Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul. DFLers gathered to watch the election returns and hear several of their candidates make victory speeches. Throughout the night, party-goers crowded around televisions broadcasting MSNBC’s coverage around the hall, cheering on congressional candidates…

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MCSG Overseer: Bradley discusses changes in Health & Wellness

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a presentation from Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students DeMethra Bradley. The presentation’s main focus was the changes that have been made at the Laurie Hamrie Health and Wellness Center, which has increased their number of counselors, extended counseling hours, and added group counseling sessions since the start…

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El-Kati lecturer discusses black-Palestinian solidarity

Macalester faculty, students and guests from around the Twin Cities gathered in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom last Friday night for the annual Mahmoud El-Kati Distinguished Lectureship, this year featuring Dr. Marc LaMont Hill. The Lectureship was established in 2006 to honor former Macalester professor Mahmoud El-Kati’s 33 years as a lecturer, writer, and commentator…

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