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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…

Sunrise Movement rallies at Minnesota State Capital
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Sunrise Movement rallies at Minnesota State Capital

Members of the Twin Cities hub of the Sunrise Movement attended a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Monday in support of the Minnesota Green New Deal. The event was organized by Minnesota Can’t Wait, a youth organization that champions bold climate action across the state, and co-hosted by nine other environmental and social…

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James Forman Jr. to speak at 2019 commencement

Pulitzer Prize-winning criminal law scholar James Forman Jr. will deliver Macalester’s 2019 commencement address at graduation on May 18. Forman Jr., who is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School, his alma mater, won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment…

38th annual Mitau Lecture welcomes Cathy J. Cohen to Mac
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38th annual Mitau Lecture welcomes Cathy J. Cohen to Mac

Macalester’s political science department hosted the 38th annual Theodore Mitau Lecture in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall last Tuesday night, featuring prominent academic Cathy J. Cohen. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green professor at the University of Chicago and has received acclaim for her work studying gender and race politics. Cohen also…

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MCSG Overseer: Wheaton discusses budget, 2023 admissions

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a presentation from Vice President of Administration and Finance David Wheaton. Wheaton discussed the college’s projected budget and expenditures for next year, along with admissions prospects for the Class of 2023. Wheaton gave the same presentation to faculty on Feb. 11 and in a public forum on Feb. 13….

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MCSG Overseer: Fossil Free considers referendum on divestment

This week’s MCSG meeting featured a presentation from Emma Harrison ’21, Emily McPhillips ’19 and Sasha Lewis-Norelle ’21 of Fossil Free Mac (FFM) – a student organization urging Macalester to divest from the fossil fuel industry. McPhillips began the presentation by outlining their organization’s history. “For basically as long as there have been international divestment…

Lydia X. Z. Brown talks life in academia at the “margins of margins”
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Lydia X. Z. Brown talks life in academia at the “margins of margins”

Last Friday, an audience drawing from both the Macalester community and the larger Mac-Groveland neighborhood crowded Davis Court in Markim Hall to hear prominent disability activist Lydia X. Z. Brown speak. The talk, titled “Cripping Intersectionality: Neurodiversity and Disability Justice,” addressed the unique issues presented by the intersection of disability and other marginalized identities. The…

Keillor selling Common Good Books, Mac looks forward to change
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Keillor selling Common Good Books, Mac looks forward to change

Former Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor is selling his Grand Avenue bookstore and “leaving town,” he told the Pioneer Press in early January. The campus-adjacent Common Good Books has been a pillar of the Mac-Groveland community for 12 years but has suffered significant losses following sexual misconduct allegations against Keillor that surfaced in November…

Parents and educators petition for hearing on student homelessness
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Parents and educators petition for hearing on student homelessness

With rent on the rise and a 40-day average wait for placement at family shelters, the “most liveable city in America” is struggling to serve its homeless population. In response, two Macalester-Groveland residents have started a petition asking Mayor Melvin Carter III to hold a hearing on what they call the crisis of homelessness in…

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