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Gettin’ Fresh

November 15, 2013

The slow jam and I go way back. Like any normal 7-year-old, I had a soft spot for Motown. And the slow jam trend continued as I got older. Though I discount my middle school years, as they were peppered with a whole Jansport fu...

Love thy neighborhood: Advocating pedestrian improvements

November 8, 2013

For most Macalester students, being a pedestrian is a part of everyday life. Macalester’s location in an urban neighborhood provides more busy streets and potential pedestrian problems than colleges in rural areas. Recent projects on camp...

The inaugural winter bike storage program: The sustainability office and MCSG team up to prevent bicycle icicles

October 31, 2013

Winter is fast approaching in Minnesota. Before too long, we’ll all wake up to find a few feet of snow on the ground and black ice on the street—which makes the Twin Cities, for so much of the year a paradise for bicyclists, le...

Sustainability Update: Mac seeks cost-effective compost bags

October 31, 2013

If you’ve been at Macalester for a while, you’ve probably noticed the new compost bins around campus. Hopefully you’ve done more than notice them, as composting is the best available option for disposing of paper and or...

Bringing Sexy Mac: Awareness and sex positivity in BDSM

October 31, 2013

Considering that my readership may be more concerned with paying for books and rent than establishing a Domination dungeon, I talk a lot about BDSM in this column. Admittedly, the research I have done on Fifty Shades of Grey pr...

Gettin’ Fresh: Holding onto high school relationships

October 31, 2013

Coming to Minnesota with a girlfriend in college in Connecticut, I thought I would be an outlier in the freshman class. Boy was I wrong. While my high school freshman class had the distinct and widely-endorsed honor of being th...

Baby, you can ride my bike: Outings for two on four wheels

October 17, 2013

Besides the obvious contributions to your physical and mental health, biking also carries social benefits—bike “dates” are a great way to get to know your neighborhood and your neighbor better. When I say “date,” I mean it...

Hegemony, heteronormativity and amoeba

October 17, 2013

With any shared environment and a population as large as Macalester, you are bound to end up with a few inside jokes, traditions, rituals and perspectives. For example, when I’m in Café Mac, I love being able to recognize th...

Putting the pedal to the metal on plans for streetcars

October 17, 2013

A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the transit revolution that is going on in the Twin Cities, but I failed to mention the current proposals that are being floated for the reintroduction of streetcars in St. Paul. The last time...

Focusing on building healthy communities, lifestyles

October 10, 2013

Healthy communities are not hard to come by, but they aren’t highlighted often enough. News, statistics, conversations—they mostly focus on the negative and the unhealthy. The FDA finding trace amounts of arsenic in chicke...

Gettin’ Fresh

October 10, 2013

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