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Community forum discusses impact of Mac Confessions

About 25 people attended the forum, which was put on by the Race, Sex, and Work in the Global Economy class. “I’m jealous of all the students who can simply travel the world every summer while I’m stuck at home working 60 hours a week to almost afford tuition.” This recent post on Facebook page…

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Strategic planning process prepares for move into next stage

Throughout the semester, the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) met and gathered information as they develop a framework for Macalester’s vision and institutional direction over the next 10 years. Now the SPC is preparing to move into the next stage of strategic planning. The administrators, faculty and student members of the SPC began soliciting community feedback…

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MCSG amendment addresses eligiblity requirements

Macalester College Student Government passed a new amendment recognizing representatives’ duty to understand the leadership eligibility requirements outlined in the Student Handbook last Tuesday with a 17-6 vote, just exceeding the two-thirds minimum for an amendment. President Kai Wilson ’14 drafted the amendment in response to the Community Forum on Nov. 14, where students expressed…

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Longer Thanksgiving break, more study days approved

Following last month’s open town hall meeting, senior staff approved the Educational Policy and Governance Committee’s (EPAG) recommendation to amend next year’s academic calendar. The changes include two new days off: an additional study day before finals and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; both approved for the Fall 2014 semester. While EPAG discussed other changes, such…

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Follett fires Highlander textbook manager

The end of last month marked the one-year anniversary of Macalester’s contract with Follett Corporation, one of the largest textbook providers in the country. The decision to use the company’s services came along with the move to the new Highlander store in Lampert, a momentous occasion in the school’s history that marked the first “official”…

Police arrest suspects in string of on-campus instrument robberies
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Police arrest suspects in string of on-campus instrument robberies

The St. Paul Police Department arrested two suspects in connection with multiple robberies of musical instruments out of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center over the past few weeks. According to the latest reports from the Pioneer Press, two suspects were arrested for the thefts last Friday and were identified as Michael Joseph Lippert, 33,…

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After 12 years, Cindy Haarstad leaves Mac

After twelve and a half years at Macalester, Cindy Haarstad, the Director of Campus Center and Conferences, will depart Macalester for a new position. Haarstad is moving to Alexandria, Minnesota, a small town of about 11,000 people and around two hours northeast of the Twin Cities. A few years ago, Haarstad bought a cabin in…

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Faculty committee proposes changes to writing requirement

Macalester’s general education requirements on writing proficiency could be overhauled as soon as next fall, pending approval of a faculty committee’s recommendations. The proposed recommendations, developed by the Faculty Learning Committee on Writing Pedagogy, call for replacing the current two-course writing requirement with a three-course requirement that provides focus in three separate areas: argumentative writing,…

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Benefits expanded to married same-sex couples

Effective for the 2013 school year, Macalester is now able to recognize equal insurance benefits for same-sex partners of staff and faculty members without tax penalties. On May 14, Minnesota voted to legalize same-sex marriage, which made the change in policy possible. “From a benefits perspective, nothing has changed,” said Director of Employment Services Bob…

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Spirited community forum discusses MCSG removals, probation

As Bassem El-Remesh ’16 spoke into the microphone at this past Thursday night’s community forum on recent MCSG resignations and suspensions, supportive snaps echoed through Kagin Ballroom. “I believe that the only people who are allowed to decide my eligibility to serve or not are the students,” El-Remesh said. “I don’t get why anyone other…

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