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Frans de Waal presents his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist

Last Thursday night, students in JBD were watching funny videos of animals on Youtube. This wasn’t procrastination, though. Instead, they were attending a lecture by primatologist Frans de Waal on the content of his new book, The Bonobo and the Atheist. The lecture dealt with the evolutionary basis for morality and referenced on various animal…

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Strategic Planning Committee strategizes for years ahead

Most students are only on campus for four years, but Macalester is often in the midst of projects and goals that last much longer than that. Planning for many of these begins in the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), a group of administrators, faculty and students who meet over the course of three semesters to develop…

Macalester celebrates its anniversary with annual Founders Day
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Macalester celebrates its anniversary with annual Founders Day

On Friday, March 8, Macalester will celebrate its annual Founders Day event in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. This year’s Founders Day theme focuses on simple elegance. Students, faculty and staff can expect black and white decorations in the Campus Center during the dance. “We want the Campus Center to feel special, but the…

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Res. Life to increase all-gender housing and open up room draw

As the annual room draw approaches, Residential Life has made changes to incentivize on-campus housing for juniors and seniors and expand the number of all-gender living spaces next academic year. Building on the progress that Residential Life has made to make all-gender living spaces available in the past three years, new developments include changes in…

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K.P. Hong’s staff position to lose funding, students react

With additional reporting by Joe Klein Due to budgetary limitations, Macalester decided to eliminate the position of Assistant Director for Religious and Spiritual Life last week. The position is currently held by K.P. Hong, a Protestant chaplain and spiritual liaison who is well known for his regular addresses to the student body, leadership roles in…

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Update on Wang Ping lawsuit

A trial date has been set in the discrimination lawsuit that Creative Writing professor Wang Ping, Ph.D., is bringing against Macalester. According to a scheduling order filed in the Ramsey County district court on Wed. Feb. 27, the trial will commence Mar. 3, 2014 and is scheduled for 3 to 4 days. The scheduling order…

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“Alternatives in a changing food world”

Continuing this academic year’s theme of discussions at Macalester surrounding food and its complexities, this years American Studies Conference, entitled “Alternatives in a Changing Food World,” took place this past week on Feb. 21 to Feb. 22. Its keynote speaker was Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in American Studies at…

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