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Way Back at Mac: sexual assault awareness over the decades

Please be advised, this story contains discussion of sexual violence. In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this article explores two experiences of Macalester community members surrounding this issue. Both of these perspectives were captured in letters to the editor in 1977 and 1991, respectively. The second piece refers to a lawsuit against Carleton College….

Way back at Mac: Tuition woes (the highs and lows)
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Way back at Mac: Tuition woes (the highs and lows)

The cost of U.S. colleges and universities are shooting toward the moon with no sign of returning to Earth anytime soon. Seemingly unfettered by gravity, college tuition prices inch incrementally higher each year as students and families struggle to breathe at higher (financial) elevation. When my parents attended college in the late 1970s to early…

Way Back at Mac: Comic Sans context, what we laughed at
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Way Back at Mac: Comic Sans context, what we laughed at

Numerous artists and philosophers have declared that art transcends time. Stirring our emotions and engaging our intellect, art connects past, present and future generations within the human experience. That being said, it can also apply to more niche intergenerational groups, and, since this is The Mac Weekly, let’s focus on the Macalester experience. Though much…

Way Back at Mac: Tunnel vision
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Way Back at Mac: Tunnel vision

“Wouldn’t it be convenient if we could get to class without going outside in the winter? Without setting foot in the polar vortex?” asked countless Macalester students. Some students may know that there actually is a way to get to any building on campus without subjecting a single toe to sub-zero temperatures. How? Tunnels, of…

Way Back at Mac: An aquatic anecdote of Mac Mermaids
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Way Back at Mac: An aquatic anecdote of Mac Mermaids

Though Macalester still boasts a Swim and Dive team and a Water Polo team, the formerly known Macalester Aquatics League used to feature several other events including interpretive diving and musical swimming. Founded in 1926, the League included all things aquatic: competitive swimming, diving and synchronized swimming, among other underwater artistic activities. Despite this vast…

Way back@Mac: Fire! Fire!
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Way [email protected]: Fire! Fire!

In the 1930s, Macalester campus fire drills were signified by five short bells according to a Nov. 1, 1934 edition of The Mac Weekly. With guidelines such as “there shall be no talking while leaving the building” and “women wearing high heels should use caution on the fire escapes,” it is safe to say that…

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Way back at Mac: Mac Moments thoughout our history

The most recent college campaign, the Macalester Moment, highlights the moments that make a Macalester education unique. A term originally coined by actor and playwright Danai Gurira ’01, a “Macalester Moment” is “that single moment of realization and self-discovery that may stay with you the rest of your life.” We can, I think, all agree…

Way Back at Mac: Winds of (Sustainable) Change
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Way Back at Mac: Winds of (Sustainable) Change

Does it power Olin Rice? A lightbulb in Olin Rice? Does it power anything? One of the most visible landmarks on campus is shrouded in mystery. I’ve heard students claim the wind turbine is just for show and others swear it drops our energy bill — big time. I hope to shine some light into…

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