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EU Ambassador discusses future of transatlantic partnership

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Macalester alumni, students, faculty and staff gathered in the Weyerhaeuser Boardroom for a discussion featuring European Union (EU) Ambassador to the United States David O’Sullivan. A native of Dublin, O’Sullivan has served as a member of the European Commission since 1979. He has held a number of notable positions during that…

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Activists discuss health reform in South Africa

Two celebrated advocates for accessible HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa visited Macalester on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to discuss their work. Vuyiseka Dubula and Mandla Majola both partner with Acacia Global, a nonprofit that works to support NGOs in South Africa on issues of social justice and cross-cultural understanding. The organization’s Executive Director Kevin Winge introduced…

Dawes addresses empathy in “The Novel of Human Rights”
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Dawes addresses empathy in “The Novel of Human Rights”

On Thursday, Sept. 20, members of the English department and broader community gathered at Common Good Books for the launch of DeWitt Wallace Professor of English Jim Dawes’ fourth book. Titled “The Novel of Human Rights,” the book attempts to define the genre of human rights novels – stories that describe war crimes and atrocities…

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…

Community rallies for Boyd Park build
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Community rallies for Boyd Park build

Over the week of Sept. 24, a number of Macalester students, faculty and administrators joined nearly 1,000 other community members to build a new playground in Boyd Park. The project will culminate with a grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 30. The playground is the result of over 14 months of fundraising, community engagement and volunteer…

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EPAG mulling changes to requirements

On Sept. 25, during MCSG’s weekly meeting, Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) Chair Kofi Ofosu ’19 discussed possible changes coming to distribution and major requirements at the College. “Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking to EPAG [Educational Policy and Advising Group] about distribution requirements and the graduation requirements,” Ofosu said. “They think there’s a…

WMCN implements new structure in effort to strengthen content
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WMCN implements new structure in effort to strengthen content

WMCN station managers Dan Szetela ’19, Phoebe Mol ’20 and Matthew Howland ’19 have initiated a series of restructuring efforts this semester in a campaign to make the school’s radio programs more accessible to all members of the community. The most notable change will be requiring DJs to move from one-hour to two-hour shows. “The…

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MCSG Overseer: Queer Faith Community seeks org charter

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a presentation from Queer Faith Community (QFC) co-leader Amelia Gerrard ’20 on why the organization should be chartered by the Student Organizations Committee (SOC). “Queer Faith Community is a group for students who identify with LGBTQ identities and with religious or spiritual identities,” she said. “We talk about conversation…

Pollinator Path launches to promote sustainability
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Pollinator Path launches to promote sustainability

Standing in front of the prairie behind the Olin-Rice Science Center on September 12, two students – Collin Dobie ’19, dressed in a beekeeping suit, and Aubrey Arnt ’21, wearing a bee costume – officially inaugurated Macalester’s new Pollinator Path. The Pollinator Path is a Sustainability Office initiative to create a map outlining the eight…

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MCSG Overseer: Brown previews Macalester Moment campaign

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a presentation by Vice President for Advancement Andrew Brown on the public launch of the college’s new fundraising campaign. Titled “The Macalester Moment,” the campaign will attempt to reach its $100 million goal over the next two years to support access and excellence at the college – access meaning…

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