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Why did you become a Senator?

Why did you become a United States Senator, Joe Manchin? The question may sound aggressive, but I’m genuinely curious. What drew you to run for Senate in 2010, and again now? Was it, as your official website suggests, to do what is best “for West Virginia and the nation?” Or perhaps you wanted to come…

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is not okay, and neither are we
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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is not okay, and neither are we

Content Warning: This piece contains information related to sexual violence and the assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Before beginning, please be aware. On Thursday, September 27, as the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimonies from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the world was watching. Here at Macalester, students huddled around their screens…

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Censoring art does not allow for productive discourse

Liberals and conservatives are once again screaming at each other over matters of artistic censorship. This time, they are both wrong. Artistic censorship in the United States has been going on since the country was founded, despite the First Amendment guaranteeing freedom of expression. The publication of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” was blocked in 1921 due…

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Wholesale reforms to Macalester pass/fail system still needed

This year, Macalester changed its rules on designating grading options, moving the deadline to decide whether to pass/fail a class rather than receive a letter grade to the 10th week from the fourth. Although this is an important step in creating an academic structure that properly incentivizes students to fully engage with their classes, Macalester’s…

On Hope
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On Hope

On December 26th, 2017, protesters in Henoko, Okinawa, Japan reached their 5000th day of protest against the ongoing presence of the U.S military. With over 500 protesters, the people of Okinawa continued their fight against U.S. military occupation. Transferred from one imperial power to another, Okinawa represents a forgotten space of colonial conquest. Once the…

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Should White Authors Write Characters of Color?

In the spring of my sophomore year, I took a class where we read Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue. The novel tells the story of two male record store owners – one white and one black. One of the first questions that came up during our class discussion of the book was whether a white author…

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A Crucial Step for the Partial Divestment Proposal

On the fifth of April, Fossil Free Mac heard back from Macalester’s Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) and President Brian Rosenberg regarding our proposal to place a moratorium on the $40 million the college endowment invests in private partnerships with the oil and gasindustry. We are incredibly excited to report that the members of the committee…

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To Tink or Not to Tink? Defending the Idea Lab

Last week, The Mac Weekly included an opinion article expressing distaste for the Idea Lab. The article focused on the chaotic and childish nature of the space, lack of organization and the need for a more “collegiate” focus in our library. I would like to recognize that Noah Elkins, the author of the article, is…

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