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Trustees consider FFM’s divestment proposal
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Trustees consider FFM’s divestment proposal

On their years-long mission to divest Macalester from private oil and gas partnerships, Fossil Free Mac (FFM) saw their proposal make it to the Board of Trustees last week. The Board of Trustees met in Palm Springs, CA last week for their biennial spring retreat. FFM submitted both the fall 2017 proposal for Macalester to…

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MCSG Overseer: LB debates best uses for student activity fee

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a presentation by seniors Andy Han ‘19, Erika Aguilez ’19, Min Hee Cho ’19 and Channelle Ndagire ’19. They introduced a resolution aimed at addressing the needs of undocumented students at Macalester. The students targeted five facets of Macalester in their resolution – Admissions and Financial Aid, the Career…

Protesters honor missing and murdered Indigenous women
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Protesters honor missing and murdered Indigenous women

Hundreds of people gathered at the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Thursday, Feb. 14 to listen to speakers and march through the streets, raising awareness for the many missing and murdered Native women, children and LGBTQ+ people whose cases remain unsolved by law enforcement. This marked the fifth year that the Minneapolis American Indian Center…

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Award-winning activists to speak on campus in April

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Sonia Nazario and chemist, author and Holocaust survivor Inge Auerbacher are coming together in conversation this April at Macalester’s Kagin Ballroom. Nazario received national acclaim for her coverage of youth social issues for The Los Angeles Times, including hunger in California schools; daily life for the children of drug addicts; and the…

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Will Macalester require a 3-year residency?

It has been just over a year since Macalester acquired the vacant lot behind the Cultural House at 1661 Grand Ave. After 30 years of attempting to purchase the property, which was condemned and razed in 2016, Macalester successfully closed the deal in January 2018. Thus far, the college has used the lot for little…

Gun control activists start new SDA chapter at Mac
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Gun control activists start new SDA chapter at Mac

Just one day before the anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year, Macalester students gathered in Theater 200 to share stories of how gun violence has affected their lives. The Feb. 13 event was hosted by the founders of a new Macalester chapter of Students Demand Action…

In response to homophobic picketers, Mac says “love wins”
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In response to homophobic picketers, Mac says “love wins”

Two traveling evangelical activists held a protest on the sidewalk parallel to Grand Avenue during the late morning and early afternoon of Monday, Feb. 18. The picketers carried signs with homophobic and anti-abortion messages and verbally harassed passersby. Though technically off campus grounds, the picketers were positioned adjacent to the Campus Center and soon attracted…

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Macalester considers updates to 50-year-old Weyerhaeuser Chapel

As Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel is approaching the 50th anniversary of its construction, it may be time for some big changes. This spring, Macalester is undertaking a feasibility study to determine the future of the building. As part of the study, all members of the Macalester community are invited to attend focus groups on March 5…

Marlon James drops new book
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Marlon James drops new book

Last week, Macalester’s author-in-residence and English professor Marlon James published his fourth novel, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf.” James read passages from the novel and signed copies at a reception on Tuesday night in Mairs Concert Hall. The novel – the first of a trilogy – follows the protagonist, Tracker, on his search for a missing…

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