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MCSG tackles menstrual product funding issues

For the past several semesters, the Student Services and Relations Committee (SSRC) of MCSG has advanced a program that uses money from the student activities fund to finance the provision of free menstrual products across campus. Former SSRC Chair Ariana Hones ’18 first proposed the initiative to the Legislative Body in the fall of 2017….

Faculty struggle to address violence in classes
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Faculty struggle to address violence in classes

Please be advised: this article contains discussion of violence, hate speech and suicide throughout. Sitting before her class on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 30, political science professor and director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching (CST) Adrienne Christiansen was caught in two minds, unsure of what to do. The previous Saturday,…

Lack of Title IX screening for student employees, leaders leaves college scrambling to formulate new policies
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Lack of Title IX screening for student employees, leaders leaves college scrambling to formulate new policies

The failure of multiple departments on campus to screen students for Title IX complaints prior to hiring them into leadership positions has left the college scrambling to draft a new comprehensive policy for vetting student employees and leaders. Currently, there exists no college-wide policy requiring student employees to be screened through the Title IX office,…

Active shooter training added to orientation
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Active shooter training added to orientation

This August, first-year orientation featured a revamped security training session that included a presentation of how to respond should there be an active shooter incident at Macalester. Associate Director of Security Bill Collumbien gave the presentation, which featured a rundown of the responsibilities of both the Residential Life and Security departments, a review of college…

DFL celebrates in St. Paul
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DFL celebrates in St. Paul

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) celebrated statewide victories Tuesday night in the Grand River Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul. DFLers gathered to watch the election returns and hear several of their candidates make victory speeches. Throughout the night, party-goers crowded around televisions broadcasting MSNBC’s coverage around the hall, cheering on congressional candidates…

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Sparks fly as Cuban emissary speaks at Mac

Macalester hosted First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy Miguel Fraga in the Olin-Rice Science Center on Monday afternoon. Fraga’s visit was part of a larger diplomatic trip to Minnesota, where a number of state elected leaders – including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – are vocal advocates for lifting the 58-year embargo on the majority of…

College struggling to meet carbon neutrality goal
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College struggling to meet carbon neutrality goal

Miscalculations made early in the projection process could derail Macalester’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2025. In 2007, President Brian Rosenberg signed onto the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest. Two years later, relying on the calculations of an environmental studies senior…

External review highlights concerns with sustainability program
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External review highlights concerns with sustainability program

Macalester has long prided itself on its commitment to sustainability. But a new external review suggests that a number of systemic problems are imperiling the college’s ability to accomplish its more ambitious sustainability objectives. In June of 2014, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation awarded Macalester the Educating Sustainability Ambassadors (ESA) grant to support its faculty…

Pollinator Path launches to promote sustainability
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Pollinator Path launches to promote sustainability

Standing in front of the prairie behind the Olin-Rice Science Center on September 12, two students – Collin Dobie ’19, dressed in a beekeeping suit, and Aubrey Arnt ’21, wearing a bee costume – officially inaugurated Macalester’s new Pollinator Path. The Pollinator Path is a Sustainability Office initiative to create a map outlining the eight…

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