Mac to wait on Bon Appétit negotiations
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Mac to wait on Bon Appétit negotiations

Macalester, fast-approaching the end of its ten-year contract with Bon Appétit, has elected to extend their contract renegotiation period for another year in an attempt to better incorporate student feedback. “Our intent is to just take a longer time to get possible changes or improvements that we might choose to make — get them right…

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Students share what they would put on Mac’s empty lot

Check out what Mac students want to do with the empty lot at 1661 Grand. Transcript of 1661 video The Mac Weekly: What would you put on the empty lot between the C-House and Pad Thai? Zahara Spilka ’21: A cat café. [Cut scene. On-screen text reads “Last January, Macalester acquired the vacant lot at…

Will Macalester require a  3-year residency?
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Will Macalester require a 3-year residency?

It has been just over a year since Macalester acquired the vacant lot behind the Cultural House at 1661 Grand Ave. After 30 years of attempting to purchase the property, which was condemned and razed in 2016, Macalester successfully closed the deal in January 2018. Thus far, the college has used the lot for little…

Gun control activists start new SDA chapter at Mac
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Gun control activists start new SDA chapter at Mac

Just one day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year, Macalester students gathered in Theater 200 to share stories of how gun violence has affected their lives. The Feb. 13 event was hosted by the founders of a new Macalester chapter of Students Demand Action…

Parents and educators petition for hearing on student homelessness
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Parents and educators petition for hearing on student homelessness

With rent on the rise and a 40-day average wait for placement at family shelters, the “most liveable city in America” is struggling to serve its homeless population. In response, two Macalester-Groveland residents have started a petition asking Mayor Melvin Carter III to hold a hearing on what they call the crisis of homelessness in…

Polar vortex brings campus to a two-day standstill
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Polar vortex brings campus to a two-day standstill

In anticipation of windchill temperatures expected to reach as low as 70 degrees below zero, Provost Karine Moe canceled Tuesday and Wednesday classes on Monday night. At about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, Moe canceled Thursday morning classes as well. The cold spell has brought several Midwestern cities to their lowest temperatures in decades, with…

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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…

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