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Judging a book by its cover in the library

This year, the Macalester library unveiled a new project: the Idea Lab. The space was immediately repudiated by much of the student body. Why? Why would a major investment in the Macalester library that brought students new opportunities to collaborate, experiment and learn be so thoroughly rejected (at least at the level of public debate)?…

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A Defense of Patriotism

In the tense, convoluted and often outright absurd political world of today, certain terms have become separated from their actual meaning. In many circles, particularly at Macalester, it has become fashionable to detest the idea of patriotism, and in particular, patriotic sentiment within the United States. Although there are certainly problems of racial and economic…

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Ideological purity tests are short-sighted

Lost in the bedlam of the current administration—and more broadly, the modern Republican party—is the fact that Democrats may be in more disarray yet. The strategy for 2018 at this point seems to be rudimentary: we are not that guy. That strategy rests on the assumption that the American voter has learned from their mistake…

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Two Macalesters: why Mac needs more shared experiences

If you picked a random name of a Macalester student out of a hat, do you think you could have a conversation with them? What would you talk about? Macalester College is an institution that promotes diversity, a goal most — if not all — of us can get behind. Demographic diversity within the student…

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On entrepreneurship at Macalester and the library remodel

This article is in response to complaints that the Macalester Entrepreneurship Department’s expansion and relocation to the second floor of the library undermines the mission and identity of Macalester as an institution. Macalester’s identity as a liberal arts institution does not change the fact that the application of education, the development of marketable skills and…

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Trump’s unclear stance on Syria: CRSA’s response

On April 4, a chemical attack was carried out in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, killing upwards of 70 civilians. The U.S. was quick to blame Syrian Dictator Bashar al-Assad, and, just a day later, President Trump launched 59 tomahawk missiles at the Shayrat airbase in retaliation, the first attempt by the U.S. to oust…

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In defense of the offensive

As most Mac students know, Facebook has recently become the preferred forum for Macalester dialogue. Between the resurgence of Mac Confessions and the Meatless Mondays controversy, social media has housed more open political discourse than my poli sci class during the last few months. Earlier this week, one of these arguments began over a meme…

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