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Why did you become a Senator?

Why did you become a United States Senator, Joe Manchin? The question may sound aggressive, but I’m genuinely curious. What drew you to run for Senate in 2010, and again now? Was it, as your official website suggests, to do what is best “for West Virginia and the nation?” Or perhaps you wanted to come…

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Re-revolutionize Springfest

Two years ago, at the 2015 International Round Table, I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Chris Ward ’76. Mr. Ward is currently an executive at the consulting firm AECOM, based in New York City, but his background includes some far more important accolades and accomplishments. Namely — in his sophomore year at Macalester…

Judging a book by its cover in the library
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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…

Opinion Roundup: convocation conversation
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Opinion Roundup: convocation conversation

What did you think of the Convocation speaker, Daniel Gilbert? “He was cool, but I think he was kind of culturally biased. This idea of marriage, he kind of took it for granted that everyone thinks of it in the same way. I’m from the Netherlands, and there many people are still together, just not…