Sustainability Office’s Zero Waste by 2020 initiative faces challenges
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Sustainability Office’s Zero Waste by 2020 initiative faces challenges

With several of Macalester’s self-imposed sustainability deadlines rapidly approaching, the college is struggling to meet its Zero Waste by 2020 goal. To achieve “zero waste” status, Macalester would have to divert 90 percent of its total waste away from landfills and incinerators. The college made steady progress towards this goal until the 2014–2015 academic year…

Mac drivers exhausted by snowfall
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Mac drivers exhausted by snowfall

In the midst of a record-setting month of snowfall, Macalester students have struggled to keep up with frequently shifting snow plow routes and parking regulations. Several students have ended up with tickets for parking in the wrong place at the wrong time around campus. “I got a ticket during the last Saint Paul snow emergency…

Protesters honor missing and murdered Indigenous women
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Protesters honor missing and murdered Indigenous women

Hundreds of people gathered at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Thursday, Feb. 14 to listen to speakers and march through the streets, raising awareness for the many missing and murdered Native women, children and LGBTQ+ people whose cases remain unsolved by law enforcement. This marked the fifth year that the Minneapolis American Indian Center…

Marlon James drops new book
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Marlon James drops new book

Last week, Macalester’s author-in-residence and English professor Marlon James published his fourth novel, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.” James read passages from the novel and signed copies at a reception on Tuesday night in Mairs Concert Hall. The novel – the first of a trilogy – follows the protagonist, Tracker, on his search for a missing…

Human Rights Watch official discusses Israel, Palestine in JBD talk
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Human Rights Watch official discusses Israel, Palestine in JBD talk

On Tuesday, Dec. 4, Eric Goldstein, deputy director of the international NGO Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division, visited Macalester to give a presentation on his organization’s work in Israel and Palestine. The presentation, sponsored by Macalester Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (MacSUPER), focused on several major Human Rights Watch initiatives…

Jinci Lu’s commitment to mental health reform
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Jinci Lu’s commitment to mental health reform

Since high school and throughout her time at Macalester, Jinci Lu ’20 has dedicated a lot of time and thought to studying mental health. “I was drawn to mental health because of personal experience with a family member who suffered from depression,” Lu said. She was interested in how different cultures handle mental health –…

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Snyder lectures, reads poetry in Kagin

Acclaimed poet and environmentalist Gary Snyder visited Macalester last week, and, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, delivered the annual Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky Distinguished Lecture on Science, Culture and Ethics. Snyder has published 20 books of poetry and prose in total and, in 1975, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his book Turtle Island. Snyder’s work centers around…

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Activists discuss health reform in South Africa

Two celebrated advocates for accessible HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa visited Macalester on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to discuss their work. Vuyiseka Dubula and Mandla Majola both partner with Acacia Global, a nonprofit that works to support NGOs in South Africa on issues of social justice and cross-cultural understanding. The organization’s Executive Director Kevin Winge introduced…