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Macalester students drive campus sustainability

By Molly Flerlage, Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Lydia Sulik mflerlag@macalester.edu shansen2@macalester.edu lsulik@macalester.edu Students have long formed the backbone of sustainability efforts at Macalester through student organizations, work study positions, student government and academic projects. Their efforts lead to policy changes, projects and sustainability education. As the Sustainability Office turns 10 years old this winter, the Sustainability…

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A Statement on Labor at Macalester College

The following is a statement composed by MacPIRG (Macalester Public Interest Research Group) students and delivered to Vice Presidents of Finance at Macalester, Patricia Langer and David Wheaton. It outlines the larger goals and immediate objectives of our campaign for a $15/hour wage for all work on campus. We, a growing coalition of Macalester students,…

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Changing Our Culture: Men Can and Must Do Better

The #MeToo era is momentous. Many courageous people, the vast majority of them women, have come forward with stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment. They have been believed more than ever before. The consequences for the perpetrators, almost always powerful and prominent men, have been larger and swifter than ever before. Victims now have…

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The Trump Administration, One Year Later

One year after Donald Trump took the oath of office, a popular take among the savviest members of the chattering classes is that the Trump administration is in disarray, historically unpopular and unaccomplished. This assessment is not entirely baseless. Trump’s approval rating has fluctuated between 35 and 40 percent for most of the past year,…

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The Limits of the White Institution

By Henry Aoki haoki@macalester.edu The Nov. 16 walk-in, like most Macalester protests, was burdened by a cloak of fatigue. Cynicism echoed around the campus — emerging, even, in the walk-in’s speakers. What was the point of it all? The appearance of a swastika is a semesterly tradition, and we have yet to uncover a single…

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An open letter to the Macalester administration

Editor’s note: This is a reprint of a letter distributed on Macalester’s campus earlier this week. Other students have contributed, but do not feel comfortable being acknowledged as co-writers. by Santiago Padrón, Adriana Saso and K. Bieger We, as members of the Macalester student body, are writing with concern for our safety and wellbeing on…

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Talking about swastikas and anti-Semitism

On Nov. 16, at the invitation of the awesome Jewish (Mara Steinitz and Maxine Freedman) and Muslim (Tasneem Issa) student organizers, I spoke to those of us who gathered as members of the Macalester community to object to recent (and ongoing) expressions of hatred on campus. I started off by identifying myself as Jewish. I…

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The Village Idiot

These drawings are echoes of an ugly and despicable history, but they are less about resurfacing that history than they are about getting a reaction out of the student body.

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