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FFM triumphant in student referendum
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FFM triumphant in student referendum

After an extensive campaign on social media and on campus, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) secured the support of the student body in an MCSG referendum calling for a moratorium on fossil fuel investments. A resounding 96 percent of respondents, or 1,009 students, voted in favor of the measure. According to the terms of Fossil Free…

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MCSG Overseer: FFM’s referendum on divestment gets go-ahead

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a vote on Fossil Free Mac’s proposed student referendum. The referendum will add a question to the ballot for MCSG’s student representative election next week and students will be able to vote for or against divesting Macalester from direct private partnerships with oil and gas companies. The referendum was…

FFM seeks feedback on proposal
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FFM seeks feedback on proposal

Fossil Free Mac (FFM), seeking student feedback and support before the board of trustees debates their proposal in May, hosted a town hall on April 1 in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall. The student organization is asking the board to place a moratorium on Macalester’s private partnerships with oil and gas companies. After classes…

Why divestment won’t affect your financial aid
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Why divestment won’t affect your financial aid

In conversations about our fossil fuel divestment proposal, students ask one question more than any other: “Will divestment hurt my financial aid?” This is an extremely important consideration, as roughly 70 percent of Macalester students rely on financial aid in order to pay for their education, including the majority of Fossil Free Mac members. We…

Trustees consider FFM’s divestment proposal
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Trustees consider FFM’s divestment proposal

On their years-long mission to divest Macalester from private oil and gas partnerships, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) saw their proposal make it to the Board of Trustees last week. The Board of Trustees met in Palm Springs, CA last week for their biennial spring retreat. FFM submitted both the fall 2017 proposal for Macalester to…

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MCSG Overseer: Fossil Free considers referendum on divestment

This week’s MCSG meeting featured a presentation from Emma Harrison ’21, Emily McPhillips ’19 and Sasha Lewis-Norelle ’21 of Fossil Free Mac (FFM) – a student organization urging Macalester to divest from the fossil fuel industry. McPhillips began the presentation by outlining their organization’s history. “For basically as long as there have been international divestment…

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After midterm elections, climate fight becomes more urgent

In the Tuesday midterm elections, Democrats gained control of the US House and Republicans strengthened their majority in the Senate. It remains to be seen what this new balance of power will mean for U.S. climate policy over the next two years, but we are running out of time for decisive action. On October 3,…

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A Crucial Step for the Partial Divestment Proposal

On the fifth of April, Fossil Free Mac heard back from Macalester’s Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) and President Brian Rosenberg regarding our proposal to place a moratorium on the $40 million the college endowment invests in private partnerships with the oil and gasindustry. We are incredibly excited to report that the members of the committee…

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Divestment proposal recommended by SRC, will go to Trustees

After several months of deliberation, the Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) has unanimously voted to recommend Fossil Free Mac’s (FFM) proposal of a moratorium on the college’s direct private partnerships with oil and gas investments to the Board of Trustees. The SRC, comprised of five voting members and three ex-officio members, issued an official report on…

Fossil Free Mac proposes divestment to SRC
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Fossil Free Mac proposes divestment to SRC

On Wednesday Jan. 31, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) presented their latest fossil fuel divestment proposal to to the Social Responsibility Committee (SRC). The SRC was supposed to hear FFM’s presentation last fall, but due to scheduling conflicts, was unable to convene before winter break. The proposal presented on Wednesday calls on Macalester to divest the…

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