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Web server hacked, Sisk urges caution

On Monday, April 2, an unknown Chinese entity attacked Macalester’s web server, briefly disrupting internet access. The network outage lasted seven minutes, but no Macalester accounts or servers were hacked and no information was compromised. The outage was caused by a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack, which, according to the Information Technology Services (ITS) Notices and Alerts…

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New Disability Services director to start by July

Macalester has chosen its next new Director of Disability Services and will likely announce its hire for the position by the end of the semester. The office of Student Affairs hosted the three finalists for the position – Melissa P. Malen, Melissa Fletcher and Shammah J. Bermudez – at the college in late March. Students…

Murphy holds town hall on gun violence
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Murphy holds town hall on gun violence

Nearly 100 Minnesotans gathered in a conference room in the basement of the Wellstone Center on April 7 for State Rep. and DFL gubernatorial candidate Erin Murphy’s town hall meeting on gun violence. The meeting was organized as part of the national Town Hall For Our Lives effort led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas…

Mac GOP chair, opposing party’s direction, resigns
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Mac GOP chair, opposing party’s direction, resigns

Amidst growing concerns about the direction of the Republican party and his place in it, Mac GOP chair Cody Olson ’18 resigned earlier this week. Jed Buchholz ’19, formerly the vice chair, has taken his place. Olson’s resignation comes just more than two years after he led the push to recharter the organization, which had…

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MSCG Overseer: Climbing budget appeal, Times going online

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a discussion regarding Climbing Club’s increasing budget and MCSG’s plan to fund it. Members of the Climbing Club ride in vans to Vertical Endeavors Rock Climbing every Tuesday and Wednesday, and students are free to use the facility from 6-9 p.m. Since its founding in the fall semester, the…

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Another theft: laptop stolen from French department

On Monday night, April 2, an unidentified individual broke into a locked office in the French department on the fourth floor of Neill Hall and stole lab instructor Aminata Sall’s laptop. “Just to let you all know, Aminata’s laptop was taken sometime during the night,” department coordinator Theresa Klauer wrote in an email to all…

Former EPA head McCarthy on environmental policy in Trump era
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Former EPA head McCarthy on environmental policy in Trump era

Gina McCarthy, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Barack Obama, spoke last Thursday in Kagin Commons as the Lectures Coordination Board (LCB) spring speaker. During her time in charge of the EPA, McCarthy – who is now a professor at Harvard University – made significant progress on initiatives to cut…

SAT scores up, rank down for class of ’22
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SAT scores up, rank down for class of ’22

Last month, 2,453 students – representing 88 countries, 53 states and territories and 1,445 high schools worldwide – were admitted to Macalester’s class of 2022. A total of 5,985 applicants applied, meaning the college maintained its 41 percent acceptance rate from last year. The geographic profile of Macalester’s class of 2022 varies only slightly from…

Panel honors MLK’s legacy
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Panel honors MLK’s legacy

50 years ago last Wednesday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. King was in Memphis to support black city sanitation workers striking over unequal pay and unsafe working conditions. The night before, King gave one…

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