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‘Winnie and the People’ winners of first annual MacroBurst competition
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‘Winnie and the People’ winners of first annual MacroBurst competition

On Friday, Feb. 16, 11 teams of students gathered in Lowe Dayton Arts Commons to participate in Macalester’s first annual MacroBurst competition – an event which challenged participants to develop an original artistic performance over a sleepless 24 hours. MacroBurst replaced Funkathon, which focused exclusively on musical performances. Its rebranding reflects the school’s decision to…

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Trads confronted after classroom upset

The Macalester Traditions (Trads), an all-male a capella group famous for their innuendo-laden performances, has agreed to stop performing two of their most well-known songs after their Valentine’s Day performances last week left some students and teachers upset. The Trads – along with the Sirens, Macalester’s all-female a capella group – traditionally offer students the…

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Students call for $15 minimum wage at Mac

The Macalester chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MacPIRG) is leading a campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 for all workers at Macalester. MacPIRG announced its intention with a change.org petition launched Feb. 6 that demands a livable wage for all employees contracted or subcontracted with the college and increased financial…

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Community gathers in remembrance

Just after 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 18, the Macalester community received an email from President Brian Rosenberg with the news that Matias “Tea” Sosa-Wheelock, member of the class of 2020, had suddenly died. A memorial service on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the Weyerhaeuser Chapel offered more than 100 students, faculty and staff an opportunity…

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MCSG Beat: Mental healthcare at Mac discussed

This week’s meeting of MCSG began with a moment of silence for Matias Sosa-Wheelock, a sophomore who died unexpectedly on the evening of Feb. 18. After the moment of silence, the Legislative Body (LB) segued into an unscheduled, 30-plus minute discussion of mental health and mental health resources – or the lack thereof – at…

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MCSG Beat: Maeda visits, Dean’s List proposal discussed

This week’s MCSG meeting began with the first Cornerstone Forum. The Forums are bi-weekly gatherings organized by Mara Steinitz ’18 and Malik Earle ’18 that feature a member of the administration speaking and answering questions from students about their work on campus. Donna Maeda, Dean of the Institute of Global Citizenship (IGC), was present to…

Years of planning brings MacSHARE to Macalester
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Years of planning brings MacSHARE to Macalester

On Friday Feb. 9, students gathered in the lower level of the Campus Center to participate in the first distribution of locally-sourced organic food and produce from the MacSHARE grocery cooperative – a project three years in the making. MacSHARE buys its food in bulk from Co-Partners Warehouse on Vandalia Street in St. Paul, and…

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Three-way race for MCSG president

When Macalester students place their votes for a new MCSG president on Monday, Feb. 19, they’ll be faced with three choices: Andy Han ’19, Malik Mays ’19, or, Jed Buchholz ’19. The candidates, all rising seniors, have been engaging in an intense, week-long campaign. All have reached out to students in the community, hung flyers…

Three months on, administration and students shape walk-in response
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Three months on, administration and students shape walk-in response

In the late morning of Nov. 16, 2017, a massive crowd of Macalester students, faculty, staff and administrators filled the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center for a walk-in against hate. What started as a student-organized response to anti-Semitic and anti-Arab graffiti on campus became a rupturing event – sparking broad conversations about equity, diversity, cultural…

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Students and staff rally for Muslim political empowerment

On the afternoon of Feb. 1, a small group of Macalester students and staff drove 20 minutes south of campus to attend “Dignity in Our Democracy: A Solidarity Rally and Phonebank” in Bloomington. The event was organized as a response to recent Islamophobic rhetoric from state GOP legislators. On Tuesday Jan. 30, Congressional District 4…

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