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CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin to deliver commencement address
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CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin to deliver commencement address

Jeffrey Toobin will deliver this year’s commencement speech, Communications announced. Toobin, a senior legal analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, is regarded as an expert on contemporary legal issues. He was formerly an assistant U.S. Attorney and legal analyst for ABC. During his time as a television legal analyst, he has…

Proposed tax to support public transit
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Proposed tax to support public transit

View full-size PDF of image On top of the 6.875 percent sales tax all Minnesotans pay every time they make a purchase, residents of Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka, Dakota and Washington Counties pay an additional .25 percent in sales tax which goes directly towards funding public transportation in the region. The money helps maintain public bus…

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Nielsen files appeal

The contention over theatre professor Lara Nielsen’s tenure decision reached a new concrete stage the week prior to spring break, with Nielsen officially filing an appeal with the Faculty Appeals Committee. Nielsen was denied tenure last December, and students have been working to support her since then with letter writing campaigns, art installations and other…

Looking for potential new residents, Mayor Coleman comes to campus
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Looking for potential new residents, Mayor Coleman comes to campus

The conversation had already been going for a good 30 minutes when one student worried he might be striking a note of discord with the mayor. “I have to be honest here,” said Hossein Alidaee, a senior from Irvine, California. Mayor Coleman started laughing. “That’s why we’re here!” he said. Last Tuesday Saint Paul Mayor…

IGC cancels Perspectives On Globalization Netherlands program
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IGC cancels Perspectives On Globalization Netherlands program

Nine students who were expecting to be in the Netherlands this fall will have to make other plans. Perspectives on Globalization, one of five study away programs directly administered by Macalester in conjunction with a foreign university, was canceled for the fall semester by the Institute for Global Citizenship (IGC), citing lack of necessary applicants….

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MCSG votes to implement block budgeting for student orgs

At their meeting last Tuesday, the MCSG Legislative Board passed a restructured financial code that alters how chartered student organizations are funded. The new plan, which is effective immediately, shifts the current funding system from detailed, itemized budgets to a system of block budgeting. Under the previous budgeting process, organizations would plan events and estimate…

MCSG, K.P. Hong supporters call for greater transparency on staff cuts
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MCSG, K.P. Hong supporters call for greater transparency on staff cuts

MCSG made its position on staffing cuts official during the most recent Legislative Body meeting on March 12. The resolution, “In Opposition to Staffing Cuts in Critical Areas on Campus,” states, “MCSG calls on Macalester College to consider fundraising for crucial student needs commensurate with increasing demand.” The resolution was approved in response to the…

HOURCAR plans expansion using grant funding
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HOURCAR plans expansion using grant funding

HOURCAR, the car-sharing network run by the Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC), announced Wednesday that they will be expanding from 39 to 70 cars throughout the Twin Cities. The expansion is made possible by two grants, one from the McKnight Foundation and one from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative, and will take place over the next…

KWOC student activists on their arrests, civil disobedience
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KWOC student activists on their arrests, civil disobedience

Minnesotans for a Fair Economy’s Week of Action had a presence at Macalester as part of Kick Wall Street Off Campus’ continuing movement to end the college’s banking relationship with Wells Fargo. Throughout the week, students and community members moved their money to different banks and credit unions and rallied on Bateman Plaza, in addition…

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Residential life plans ‘Spring Break and Stay’ program

Spring Break is nearly upon us, and Macalester students are finalizing their vacation plans. Many are headed home for the week, while some are planning trips to the world’s Spring Break hot spots such as Miami and Cancun. This year, a few students will also be participating in a new “Alternative Spring Break” right here…

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