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 She said the policy was, “outdated,” and was ready to be, “better for parents, better for kids.”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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On Hope

On December 26th, 2017, protesters in Henoko, Okinawa, Japan reached their 5000th day of protest against the ongoing presence of the U.S military. With over 500 protesters, the people of Okinawa continued their fight against U.S. military occupation. Transferred from one imperial power to another, Okinawa represents a forgotten space of colonial conquest. Once the…

Home magazine showcases international students’ talents
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Home magazine showcases international students’ talents

When Annie Sumpunkulapak ’19, who hails from Bangkok, Thailand, first came to Macalester, she found it difficult to be an international student. She thought that it could be challenging to connect with domestic students and that she didn’t have an outlet to express her voice. Determined to increase the visibility and recognition of students from…

Professor Cecilia Espinosa on conducting and Colombia
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Professor Cecilia Espinosa on conducting and Colombia

Professor Cecilia Espinosa Arango is an imposing, aristocratic figure. She has wild, short bobbed hair, in the style of Fran Lebowitz and Beethoven. Like many other Latin Americans who earn the title of orchestra conductor, in her professional context she translates to the eye as both animated and serious. Think of “The Incredibles’” Edna Mode,…

Class of 2018 makes their last headline together
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Class of 2018 makes their last headline together

Each year, the final Senior Spotlight is dedicated to the departing Mac Weekly seniors. Here, the group of 14 discuss their experiences working on the paper. TMW: In a word, how would people describe their Mac Weekly experience? M.L. Kenney: Exhausting. Josh Koh: Besides journalistic? Photographic and exploratory. Maya Rait: Hectic. Meg Britton-Mehlisch: Formative. Max…

Record-setting blizzard rocks Springfest
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Record-setting blizzard rocks Springfest

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, the Twin Cities experienced their first blizzard in nearly thirteen years, as a foot of snow fell on the area in a 14-hour period. The snow provided the backdrop for Springfest, and necessitated that Program Board (PB) hold the event inside the Leonard Center and not, as is traditional, on…

Ruppersberg channels Rauschenberg in new Walker exhibit
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Ruppersberg channels Rauschenberg in new Walker exhibit

The Walker Art Center’s “Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018,” about the California-New York-based conceptual artist, is the first major retrospective of Ruppersberg’s work in 30 years. His body of work, eclectic and erudite, doesn’t follow one specific thread of thought, but is always deliberate. There is no piece empty of meaning in this exhibit. A…

Smallpools warms  weather-beaten crowd
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Smallpools warms weather-beaten crowd

Saturday brought a record-breaking April snowfall to the Twin Cities, right on time to push Springfest, Macalester’s annual outdoor event with food, music and end-of-semester stress relief, into the Leonard Center fieldhouse for the second year in a row. Students trailed in throughout the afternoon drenched in snow, pairing spring-themed outfits with thick snow boots…

Art Gallery Progressive to showcase student art
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Art Gallery Progressive to showcase student art

On April 21, Halley Norman ’19 and Diana Stone ’19 will put on the first Student Art Gallery Progressive. An artistic take on the progressive model, which has partygoers “progress” from house to house, the Art Gallery Progressive aims to showcase student art across a variety of mediums as attendees journey between the participating houses….

as if they were bears. prepares to play Springfest
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as if they were bears. prepares to play Springfest

Each year, Macalester bands compete for the coveted spot of opening for Springfest. On March 30, a five-piece group, as if they were bears.— consisting of Austin Dischinger ’18, Jack Lickerman ’21, Kevin Omodt ’20, Karl Schuetzle ’20 and Rob Stokes ’20 — reigned victorious. The band’s unusual, enigmatic name is intriguing, and makes one…

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