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I have a confession: I like political correctness, and you should too

In last week’s issue, Roger S. Peterson ’67 expressed concern that Macalester was “a black hole of political correctness and leftist nonsense; everyone who enters gets sucked in and no light comes out.” … One of the things frequently lost in discussions of broad assessments of cultural ideas like political correctness is any sort of specificity or definition.

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MacGOP Chair & Marriage Equality

We are at a pivotal point in history. Since Gallup began polling Americans on the subject of recognizing same-sex marriage in 1996, we have seen opposition consistently fall and support consistently rise. In 1996, more than two in three Americans opposed same sex marriage, and fewer than a third were supportive. Nearly two decades have…

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Small Cents Make No Sense

In this time of massive budget cuts and a crushing national debt, you’d think Congress would be looking for non-controversial, easy ways to save money. Yet an option remains that no one has taken real interest in which would save the country sorely needed millions: the elimination of small value coins. As of September 2012,…

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IGCSC Support Letter

In light of the recent news that Macalester will not be able to fund Chaplain K.P. Hong’s position as Assistant Director for Religious and Spiritual Life for the 2013-2014 academic year, we, the members of the Institute for Global Citizenship Student Council (IGCSC), are writing in support of Chaplain Hong and the importance of his…

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Latitude—the choice to study abroad

The opinion piece below is an updated version of the article entitled “Facing pressure to study away” that appeared in the print edition of The Mac Weekly on Friday, March 8, 2013. What would we get anything done if we didn’t have social pressures? There’s no getting around the fact that they exist—and college campuses…

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In support of the administration

In the 10th grade, I sent an email to the IT staff of my high school calling them communists. Specifically, I wanted to know why websites with flash games were being blocked. This, I had decided, was proof of an authoritarian state more like the ‘great firewall’ of China than the way a school should be run.

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Caring about the conclave

When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation on February 11, he created a vacancy in the Roman Catholic Church that can only be filled by a conclave. He also made my March that much more exciting. You see, I was raised Catholic, and although I am no longer a Catholic, I am still pumped about the conclave.

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