On the BEAT: What’s happening around campus and the region


MCSG approves new student organizations, events

Black Liberation Affairs Committee (BLAC) was approved $912 to show Roots. Roots is a television miniseries in the USA based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots: The Saga of an American Family, a novel based on his family’s history, going back to slavery days. BLAC plans to show it over the course of six nights at Macalester.

The motion passed to charter the Jewish Council for Progressive Action (JCPA).

The Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) created a ranking index for the textbook reserve program which accounts for book price and number of students enrolled in order to reach a large spread of academic departments and classes. Also under the new system there is a stipulation that four different academic departments must be covered by each semester’s purchases. Each semester the textbook reserve program gets $5,000 to spend.

The motion also passed to charter the Musical Theater Group. Alternative Faith Association introduced their charter, which aims to be a student religious organization catering to minority faiths and non-abrahamic faiths.

There are still four student organizations that have not made contact with the Student Organizations Committee (SOC), and thus will be unchartered in the coming weeks. The four orgs remaining are: Consonant, Cricket, No Labels and Mac Review. If anyone would like to take over these orgs, please contact the SOC and James Lindgren as soon as possible.

Mac Slams and Outing Club are also planning a collaborated event, in which they will go on a five mile hike and stop halfway to host a poetry workshop.


Knight Foundation grant to enrich city with art, creativity

Benefiting from $1.4 million in grant money from the Knight Foundation, 42 St. Paul artists who won Knight’s recent Arts Challenge will enrich the city with an intriguing array of works and projects.

Teatro del Pueblo and producer Barry Madore, for example, were given a $50,000 grant to develop 20 15-minute radio novellas based on Latin American soap operas, or telenovelas. The episodes are to be written and also performed by members of St. Paul’s Latino community, and broadcast on community radio station WEQY, which will open in October in Dayton’s Bluff.

This arts program is one facet of a much larger monetary investment in St. Paul’s arts scene, with a total of $8 million being distributed by the Knight Foundation over a three-year period. This past January, the foundation gifted $3.5 million to five larger cultural organizations.

The largest grant from the Arts Challenge, of $125,000, will assist the Twin Cities Jazz Festival with expanding its outdoor stages for the free summertime event in St. Paul’s trendy Lowertown neighborhood.


Haunted house, personality workshops coming up

Campus Activities and Operations is hosting a haunted house in the Loch. On Friday and Saturday there will be alternative ways to access SPOs because the area will otherwise be blocked off for the haunted house. There will also be a photobooth and other festivities on the second floor of the campus center during the Halloween event.

The Myers-Briggs workshop led by Mary Emanuelson will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7 in Markim Hall, Davis Court. The second workshop, based on the Strengthsquest test, will be held Thurs., Oct. 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.


MJO potluck tonight, MSA hosts dinner tomorrow

Mac Jewish Organization (MJO) will be celebrating Yom Kippur. Tonight they will be holding a potluck dinner before beginning their fast and will be holding a service at 7 p.m. On Saturday, MJO will be celebrating Yom Kippur at different synagogues around the Twin Cities. They will then regroup before heading back to campus to break their fast with the Macalester Jewish community.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) will be observing the Day of Arafah and Eid-ul-Adha today and tomorrow, the ninth and 10th days of Zil Hajj, respectively, of the Islamic lunar calendar. MSA will be breaking their fast together today and will be celebrating Eid tomorrow morning by attending prayer at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium and then going out to dinner later in the day. You are welcome to join the MSA for dinner. Contact Asra at [email protected].


Invasive zebra mussels penetrate further into lakes

Zebra mussels, one of the fastest proliferating aquatic invasive species in Minnesota, have been found in yet another metro area lake. The mussels, native to lakes in southern Russia, were first found in Minnesota at the Duluth/Superior harbor in 1989, and have been spreading steadily ever since.

This past week, mussels were found in Lake Independence, in the west metro, and were discovered in Lake Waconia and White Bear Lake the week before that. In early August, the mussels were spotted in two other area lakes, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is attempting desperately to stem the spread of this harmful invasive species. A lack of funding for further watercraft inspectors and treatment programs has not helped the cause.


22 Jump Street showing, visit from petting zoo next week

Program Board is showing 22 Jump Street at 8 p.m. tonight in JBD. Next Friday will feature the Petting Zoo at 4:30 p.m. on Old Main Lawn. The first annual fall carnival will occur alongside the petting zoo where caramel apples, pumpkin spice lattes and other fall themed goods will be served.

Program Board has three new members, including one first year representative and two first year assistants who will help the on- and off-campus coordinators.


CSA chill-out, Ferguson discussion, Kol Nidre tonight

Macalester’s Caribbean Student Association (CSA) will have a Chill-Out from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the C-House.

At 6 p.m., Fresh Friday will center on the recent events in Ferguson, MO. There will be an overview of the events that led to Ferguson’s present condition and a discussion of what will follow. This is an opportunity for students to share their thoughts on race and the police force within the context of Macalester.

The Chinese Culture Club will also be holding a karaoke night in the Loch from 8 to 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, another installment of “In the Kitchen With . . .” will be held in the C-House from 6 to 8 p.m., this time focusing on Students for a Free Tibet.

Mac Redefines Masculinity (MR M) will be meeting on Monday nights at 9 p.m. in the Campus Center, room 215.


Wellness Wednesday on Zumba, 5k run next Saturday

A group run to the river will meet outside of Dupre on Summit Avenue at 3 p.m. on Sunday. On Wednesday, Shannon Mahedy ’17 and Julia Eshaghpour ’17 will lead a discussion on the physical and emotional benefits of Zumba as part of this week’s Wellness Wednesday. It will be held at noon in the Wellness Lounge. A What the Health event will take place later in the day at 4 p.m.

Next Saturday, Oct. 12, Macalester’s annual 5k run/walk will take place. All participants in the event will receive a free T-shirt and breakfast. Check in begins at 8:15 at the Leonard Center and the 5k will begin at 9 a.m. at Shaw Field. Participation is free for Macalester students and $10 for others.

Students are invited to stop by the Wellness Lounge from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday nights to relax, study, drink tea and hang out.