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…

Way Back at Mac: Sheep! Our Scottish roots
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Way Back at Mac: Sheep! Our Scottish roots

Where could you find bagpipers, sheep herding and Scottish Highland dance competitions in the ’70s? You did not have to go all the way to Scotland. Try the Macalester Scottish Fair, an annual on-campus celebration that featured the best of Scottish music, dance, art and sport. Beginning in May 1972, the fair drew thousands of…

Way Back at Mac: The Best of the Fest
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Way Back at Mac: The Best of the Fest

There are a couple of things that indicate “spring” at Mac: hammocks on Old Main lawn, chacos — a.k.a. Macalester students’ favorite warm weather footwear — a longer line at the Café Mac soft-serve machine and, of course, Springfest. April 15, 2017 marks the 45th celebration of everyone’s favorite spring festival and all of the…