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A Novel Idea: Mac’s book club reviews “Skyward”

A Novel Idea, Macalester’s student-led book club, is excited to follow up on our reviews of “A Very Large Expanse of Sea” and “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue” with one more book review this semester. This time we’re back to share with you our review of Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. This review is…

With Fashion at a Crossroads, Sustainability is a Guiding Light
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With Fashion at a Crossroads, Sustainability is a Guiding Light

“It should just be the standard,” Yael Afalo, CEO of Reformation, a sustainable women’s clothing line based in Los Angeles said in a blog post for Time. “I hope that, moving forward, sustainability isn’t seen as an added bonus for companies.” By every measure, the global fashion industry is a goliath. Valued at nearly $2.4…

Way Back at Mac: Top Secret! A Look into Macalester and the FBI
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Way Back at Mac: Top Secret! A Look into Macalester and the FBI

In our world of location tracking, Facebook privacy breaches and webcam security concerns, it is sometimes interesting to consider what the government (and Mark Zuckerberg) doesn’t know about us. We may never know. However, I recently discovered that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) FBI has files on Macalester College within their archives, collected between…

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Open Pantry addresses food insecurity at Mac

Did you know that Macalester has a student pantry in the basement of Kagin? Open Pantry carries nonperishable goods like pasta, beans and rice as well as basic toiletries. “The Open Pantry is a space that provides essentials to anyone with food and ‘basic need’ item insecurities,” Ariana Hones ’18, who ran Open Pantry during…

Karinna Gerhardt awarded Truman Scholarship
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Karinna Gerhardt awarded Truman Scholarship

Each year, hundreds of students apply for the Truman Scholarship, a program that gives 55 to 65 students $30,000 for graduate school. The program looks for students who have shown a dedication to public service. This year, Karinna Gerhardt ’20 was awarded one of the scholarships. For Gerhardt, the award opens up a wide range…

Canada’s golden boy tarnished: Trudeau’s fall from grace
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Canada’s golden boy tarnished: Trudeau’s fall from grace

Justin Trudeau has been faced with the biggest scandal of his career. On Feb. 12, 2018, the former Canadian justice minister and attorney general, and the first Indigenous Canadian to hold the position, Jody Wilson-Raybould quit her cabinet position. She alleges that Prime Minister Trudeau’s Office inappropriately pressured her when she was the Justice Minister…

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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….

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Green Dot trainings and shared spaces in the LC

Earlier in the semester, Julia Moran ’19 posted signs in the Leonard Center (LC) to express her annoyance at signs that had recently been posted to reserve space for athletes. Questions of an athlete and non-athlete divide aren’t new at Macalester or other colleges, but, with a new athletic director, a new director of club…

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Style File: four tips for professional dressing

It’s that time of year again, when bright, aspiring college students gear up to take on interviews for summer jobs and internships. This exciting, albeit scary, time conjures up feelings of anxiety about what to wear for the big day. I’ve brought together some important points to weigh when making your pertinent sartorial decision. Overdressing…

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