The Mac Weekly

Despite record EMT calls, Winter Ball hailed as a success: Staff volunteers still seek to change Winter Ball drinking culture

December 6, 2013

Staff members and students described Macalester’s fifth annual Winter Ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 22 as well-planned despite a record number of responses by Macalester College Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS). “It was overa...

Community forum discusses impact of Mac Confessions

December 6, 2013

About 25 people attended the forum, which was put on by the Race, Sex, and Work in the Global Economy class. “I’m jealous of all the students who can simply travel the world every summer while I’m stuck at home working 60...

Strategic planning process prepares for move into next stage

December 6, 2013

Throughout the semester, the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) met and gathered information as they develop a framework for Macalester’s vision and institutional direction over the next 10 years. Now the SPC is preparing to...

MCSG amendment addresses eligiblity requirements

December 6, 2013

Macalester College Student Government passed a new amendment recognizing representatives’ duty to understand the leadership eligibility requirements outlined in the Student Handbook last Tuesday with a 17-6 vote, just exceeding th...

Longer Thanksgiving break, more study days approved

December 6, 2013

Following last month’s open town hall meeting, senior staff approved the Educational Policy and Governance Committee’s (EPAG) recommendation to amend next year’s academic calendar. The changes include two new days off:...

Follett fires Highlander textbook manager

November 22, 2013

The end of last month marked the one-year anniversary of Macalester’s contract with Follett Corporation, one of the largest textbook providers in the country. The decision to use the company’s services came along with the mo...

After 12 years, Cindy Haarstad leaves Mac

November 22, 2013

After twelve and a half years at Macalester, Cindy Haarstad, the Director of Campus Center and Conferences, will depart Macalester for a new position. Haarstad is moving to Alexandria, Minnesota, a small town of about 11,000 pe...

Faculty committee proposes changes to writing requirement

November 22, 2013

Macalester’s general education requirements on writing proficiency could be overhauled as soon as next fall, pending approval of a faculty committee’s recommendations. The proposed recommendations, developed by the Facul...

Benefits expanded to married same-sex couples

November 22, 2013

Effective for the 2013 school year, Macalester is now able to recognize equal insurance benefits for same-sex partners of staff and faculty members without tax penalties. On May 14, Minnesota voted to legalize same-sex marriage,...

Spirited community forum discusses MCSG removals, probation

November 22, 2013

As Bassem El-Remesh ’16 spoke into the microphone at this past Thursday night’s community forum on recent MCSG resignations and suspensions, supportive snaps echoed through Kagin Ballroom. “I believe that the only peop...

Common App glitches affect Mac admissions

November 15, 2013

This year, both applicants and colleges have reported serious glitches in the Common Application (Common App) system. The Common App serves over 500 colleges and universities, and the glitches have affected thousands of applicants, ad...

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