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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. We, as members of the Macalester student body, are writing with concern for our safety and wellbeing on this campus. There have been nine incidents of…

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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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Open letter regarding racist graffiti at Macalester

Editor’s note: The following letter was created by visiting professor Althea Sircar of the Political Science Department on Nov. 4. The Mac Weekly has agreed to publish the letter and the signatures to the letter as of print time. We, the undersigned, condemn in the strongest terms the repeated appearances of swastikas and other racist…

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Whither the modern anti-nuclear movement?

The Nobel Committee’s decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) presents a felicitous opportunity for us to consider anew the problem of nuclear weapons. While the prospect of nuclear annihilation hangs over us perpetually like the sword of Damocles, most of us choose the serenity…

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The racist legacy of Edward D. Neill

Twice in recent weeks have we been informed through the Mac Daily that swastikas had been found in Neill Hall. Twice in recent weeks, this announcement has been accompanied by the claim, “Actions and behaviors such as this are unacceptable and can have a wide range of negative impacts on the community. The swastika is…

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Indigenous population at Mac deserves better

Macalester College was built on land that belongs to the Dakota people. The Dakota, an Indigenous sovereign nation, were forced into exile after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. This exile is much more complicated than Minnesota history chooses to remember: it is a direct result of the settler colonialism that continues to displace Indigenous communities….

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Macalester needs to become fossil free

As the United States shies away from the commitments outlined in the Paris Climate Accord, decisive action to combat the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels is more important than ever. Incoming students may be surprised to discover that Macalester still has significant funds invested in these destructive energy sources. Through superficial sustainability measures, Macalester has…

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