Of all the human activities that contribute to the warming of our planet, perhaps none contributes as much as our burning of fossil fuels. It thus makes perfect sense that we at Macalester should focus our efforts on trying to curb their consumption as we try to halt climate change. There are many ways for us to do this, and most of them are strategies I support. However, I want to focus here on one that I do not: divestment.
Last Thursday, April 4, I attended the Strategic Planning Committee’s Listening Session on the topic of College Governance. I attended because I want Macalester to be a more transparent institution and I believe students need a larger role in processes that affect them directly.
President Jeff Garcia ’14 Hello everyone! My name is Jeff Garcia, and I hope to be your next MCSG President. In my time here, I have felt that our student government has not done an adequate job representing student values in spending, outreach and activism. After leading organizations, founding a political group, and advocating civil…
As the Senior Class Gift (SCG) committee members begin to talk to fellow seniors about participating in the Class of 2013 SCG, we hope you understand why we are filling your inbox with emails, saying hello to you in the Mac the Scot costume, and planning cool events like a Surly Brewery tour.
In an otherwise stagnant national and international discourse on climate change, there has been a groundswell of grassroots student action to push the conversation in new directions. Last Tuesday, Fossil Free Mac (one of over 300 similar student coalitions across the country) proposed a resolution to our student government that calls upon Macalester College and the Social Responsibility Committee “to initiate a process to explore socially and fiscally responsible divestment from the fossil fuel industry.”
This is it, my final semester at Macalester. While I enjoyed my time here and have many fond memories (mostly at Kagin), I would say that some of my best college times were from when I was abroad.
My initial response after I read your opinion piece “Macalester is to Liberal Education as Creationism is to Inquiry” was one of complete disregard and dismissal of your argument.
Upon coming to Macalester, I was surprised that MCSG elections would take place a few weeks after I had arrived. It surprised me that we could have impartial elections when people barely remember each other’s names.
We are writing on behalf of Macalester’s Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus (KWOC), a coalition of students, alumni, and community members who have come together to demand that Macalester end its relationship with Wells Fargo. We target Wells Fargo because its reckless and greedy foreclosure practices are devastating Minnesota.