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 She said the policy was, “outdated,” and was ready to be, “better for parents, better for kids.”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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College struggling to meet carbon neutrality goal
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College struggling to meet carbon neutrality goal

Miscalculations made early in the projection process could derail Macalester’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2025. In 2007, President Brian Rosenberg signed onto the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 at the latest. Two years later, relying on the calculations of an environmental studies senior…

Voices preparing awareness events
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Voices preparing awareness events

This October, the student organization Voices on Mental Health is expanding its effort to combat the stigma on campus connected to suicide. As part of its observation of Mental Health Awareness Month, the group, informally known as Voices, is set to sponsor a series of events that all emphasize coping with grief after suicide. “We…

Swastikas found in library, college responds
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Swastikas found in library, college responds

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4, two swastikas were found carved into a study table on the fourth floor of the DeWitt Wallace Library. This marks the third consecutive year that swastikas have been found carved into desks in the library, and the first appearance of the anti-semitic and white supremacist symbol on campus…

External review highlights concerns with sustainability program
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External review highlights concerns with sustainability program

Macalester has long prided itself on its commitment to sustainability. But a new external review suggests that a number of systemic problems are imperiling the college’s ability to accomplish its more ambitious sustainability objectives. In June of 2014, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation awarded Macalester the Educating Sustainability Ambassadors (ESA) grant to support its faculty…

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is not okay, and neither are we
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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is not okay, and neither are we

Content Warning: This piece contains information related to sexual violence and the assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Before beginning, please be aware. On Thursday, September 27, as the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimonies from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the world was watching. Here at Macalester, students huddled around their screens…

DeWitt Wallace, Carleton, and Mac’s historic fundraising woes
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DeWitt Wallace, Carleton, and Mac’s historic fundraising woes

On Oct. 4, Macalester launched the public phase of its $100 million fundraising campaign, The Macalester Moment. It’s an important time for the college – in more ways than one. “At Macalester, fundraising is not easy,” President Brian Rosenberg said at a town hall event in Kagin Ballroom on Sept. 20. “We have historically been…

Naca suit dismissed, appeal forthcoming
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Naca suit dismissed, appeal forthcoming

In a summary judgment decision dated Sept. 20, U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz dismissed the remainder of former English professor Kristin Naca’s discrimination and wrongful termination suit against Macalester. However, the more than two-and-a-half year legal battle between the two parties is not over just yet: Naca plans to appeal the decision to…

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