Home, News / November 8, 2018 Voter turnout up at Macalester

Almost two years to the day after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Americans took to the polls in one of the most critical elections in recent times. The results they delivered on the federal level were mixed: Democrats won the popular vote by a substantial margin and easily reclaimed control of...

Home, News / November 8, 2018 DFL celebrates in St. Paul

The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) celebrated statewide victories Tuesday night in the Grand River Ballroom of the InterContinental Hotel in St. Paul. DFLers gathered to watch the election returns and hear several of their candidates make victory speeches. Throughout the night, party-goers crowded around televisions broadcasting MSNBC’s coverage around the hall, cheering on congressional candidates...

Features, Home / November 8, 2018 Macalester’s parental leave policy changes are more generous

“It was complicated,” Provost Karine Moe responded when asked about the parental leave policy at Macalester. She said the policy was, “outdated,” and was ready to be, “better for parents, better for kids.” So, when the Faculty Advisory Council asked Moe to look into changing it, she began working with Employment Services. Then, in spring...

Home, News / November 1, 2018 Mac mourns at Mount Zion, readies for road ahead

On the morning of Oct. 27, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh and started shooting. The gunman, who believed the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) to be responsible for bringing “invaders in that kill our people” and reportedly told an officer that he wanted all...

Arts, Home / November 1, 2018 Be the Cowboy tour: Mitski wants your love, but doesn’t need it

“Be the cowboy you wish to see in the world.” This is the motto that indie-pop artist Mitski has adopted for her newest album, aptly titled Be the Cowboy, released this August through Dead Oceans. The twist on the popular saying came to Mitski as she watched another singer perform with remarkable flair that she...

Features, Home / November 1, 2018 Evangelical leaders hit the road for the Common Good

In the lead up to midterm elections, a caravan of evangelical religious leaders are traveling around the country calling for a bold change in congressional representation: for Americans to vote Republicans out of Congress. The bus tour is led by Vote Common Good, an organization using religious and political activism to call for a more...

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Students take to the polls
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Students take to the polls

Macalester students headed across the street to Macalester Plymouth United Church on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to cast their votes in the St. Paul mayoral election. Of those students who voted, many found the process relatively easy. “A decent amount of people told me if you lived on campus you could vote,” Jessie Lu, ’21, originally…

Club rugby culture accepts, empowers its members
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Club rugby culture accepts, empowers its members

Editor’s note: There are two rugby teams at Macalester, with players of different gender identities, not all of which are binary. Rather than referring to the “men’s team” and the “women’s team,” players from both teams will simply be referred to as Macalester rugby players. Anyone who has attended a Macalester student organization fair at…

Alvvays and Jay Som perform at 7th St. Entry
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Alvvays and Jay Som perform at 7th St. Entry

The lapse in snowfall last Thursday brought something new to the Twin Cities: Alvvays, a band of five based out of Toronto and touring the country after the September release of their second album, Antisocialites. They performed with Jay Som, a band from Oakland, CA, who returned to Minneapolis after a concert last March. Prior…

Bittersweet endings: A review of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
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Bittersweet endings: A review of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard

“All things must end,” asserts Boris Semyónov-Pischik, played by Michael Karadsheh ’18, in a rare moment of solemnity for Karadsheh, the perennially hilarious Urinetown veteran. Make no mistake; although Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, directed by Beth Cleary, is adorned liberally with humor, the fact remains that it is, at its heart, about endings. In…

Innerbloom: Exploring Silence
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Innerbloom: Exploring Silence

Innerbloom is a weekly series dedicated to creating an artistic dialogue around our mutual connections with nature. The series is submission-based, and seeks to bring a diversity of artistic voices to reflect on the ways we shape nature and nature shapes us. Each week, I introduce a theme that pertains to the overarching concepts of…

Cross Country teams reap rewards at MIAC Championship
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Cross Country teams reap rewards at MIAC Championship

On Saturday, Oct. 28th, the Macalester Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams competed at the MIAC Championship meet. The women’s team raced across the finish line in sixth place overall, while the men took seventh place. The women’s team had several strong finishers as Marlee Yost-Wolff ’19 led the way in 22nd place, earning Honorable…

Peace writer Tim O’Brien ’68 discusses war at Macalester
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Peace writer Tim O’Brien ’68 discusses war at Macalester

Tim O’Brien, celebrated author of The Things They Carried, once lived in Dupre Hall as a Macalester senior. This was how President Brian Rosenberg introduced O’Brien last Thursday, Oct. 19, to a full house in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom. Students, alums, faculty and staff members all came to see “Tim O’Brien and Marlon James…

A “Superior” Fall Break
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A “Superior” Fall Break

Two of our photographers, Josh Koh ’18 and Summer Xu ’20, headed north to Duluth for Fall Break. While visiting, they explored Gooseberry Falls State Park and the waterfront of Lake Superior. The scenery they encountered and the images they captured are a stark contrast to the urban landscape of the Twin Cities. The shores…

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