FFM triumphant in student referendum
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FFM triumphant in student referendum

After an extensive campaign on social media and on campus, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) secured the support of the student body in an MCSG referendum calling for a moratorium on fossil fuel investments. A resounding 96 percent of respondents, or 1,009 students, voted in favor of the measure. According to the terms of Fossil Free…

Admissions rate drops
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Admissions rate drops

This year, students from 86 countries and all 50 states received offers of admission to join Macalester’s incoming class of 2023. Due to a steep increase in the number of applications, Admissions saw the acceptance rate plummet to 31 percent from the 41 percent where it had stayed for the previous two admission cycles. “To…

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MCSG: LB reconsiders Jewish Voices for Peace charter

Presentations of student organization charters and budgets dominated this week’s meeting of the MCSG Legislative Body (LB). The first organization to present its charter for consideration, Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP), had previously been denied a charter at a Nov. 15 MCSG meeting. At that meeting, the LB cited two main reasons for denying the…

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Lowe Lecture contextualizes Muslim activism and FBI suppression

Members of the Macalester community braved the freezing wind this weekend to attend the annual Religious Studies department Lowe Lecture on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 24. This year’s speaker was Dr. Sylvester Johnson, professor of religion and culture at Virginia Tech. His lecture, entitled “State of Exception or Modus Operandi? Religion, National Security, and…

Adventures in Arden: “As You Like It” plays at the Guthrie
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Adventures in Arden: “As You Like It” plays at the Guthrie

Over the four centuries since Shakespeare’s plays were first performed, artists continue to find new insights into the original texts, interpreting and reinterpreting the classic plots for new generations of audiences. This is the beauty of Shakespeare: stories so specific yet so universal that we cannot help but find ways to see ourselves in them….

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Macalester considers updates to 50-year-old Weyerhaeuser Chapel

As Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel is approaching the 50th anniversary of its construction, it may be time for some big changes. This spring, Macalester is undertaking a feasibility study to determine the future of the building. As part of the study, all members of the Macalester community are invited to attend focus groups on March 5…

Macalester campus unites for  walk-in against hate
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Macalester campus unites for walk-in against hate

As morning classes let out on Nov. 16, Macalester students, faculty and staff moved en masse toward the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center for a campus-wide walk-in against hate. Attendees packed the balcony, the staircase, the atrium and the entryway to, per the event’s description, “stand up and speak out against hate in our community.”…

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