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The Dalai Lama’s journey to Macalester
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The Dalai Lama’s journey to Macalester

Though students have known about the upcoming visit from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet for a little over a month, the series of events that brought the buddhist leader to campus began about five years ago. It all started in a conversation between a high school student from the West Side of…

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Follett hires back Carey Starr after campaign from professors, administrators

Three weeks before Thanksgiving break, Macalester’s textbook manager Carey Starr was fired from the Highlander by Follett, the textbook purchasing company that Macalester contracted to provide the college’s textbook services in 2012. By Thanksgiving Day, Starr was reinstated into her former position, which she held for 26 years, with little communication from Follett and no…

Cold snap leads to Monday evening class cancellations
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Cold snap leads to Monday evening class cancellations

The second semester began on a chilly note, with extremely cold temperatures and high winds causing Monday night classes to be cancelled. A winter weather system arrived in the area over the weekend, which brought a few inches of snow and a sharp drop in temperatures. According to the National Weather Service, Sunday’s high topped…

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Paul Farmer selected as Commencement speaker

Partners in Health co-founder Paul Farmer will deliver this year’s commencement speech. Farmer, a physician and medical anthropologist, is regarded as an expert in global public health. Partners in Health is a nonprofit organization which has worked extensively in Haiti and is committed to providing high-quality medical care to poor and marginalized communities worldwide. Farmer…

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Despite record EMT calls, Winter Ball hailed as a success: Staff volunteers still seek to change Winter Ball drinking culture

Staff members and students described Macalester’s fifth annual Winter Ball at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 22 as well-planned despite a record number of responses by Macalester College Emergency Medical Services (MCEMS). “It was overall a little more rowdy than last year,” said Jolena Zabel ’16, who helped plan Winter Ball this year. Assistant…

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Community forum discusses impact of Mac Confessions

About 25 people attended the forum, which was put on by the Race, Sex, and Work in the Global Economy class. “I’m jealous of all the students who can simply travel the world every summer while I’m stuck at home working 60 hours a week to almost afford tuition.” This recent post on Facebook page…

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Strategic planning process prepares for move into next stage

Throughout the semester, the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) met and gathered information as they develop a framework for Macalester’s vision and institutional direction over the next 10 years. Now the SPC is preparing to move into the next stage of strategic planning. The administrators, faculty and student members of the SPC began soliciting community feedback…

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MCSG amendment addresses eligiblity requirements

Macalester College Student Government passed a new amendment recognizing representatives’ duty to understand the leadership eligibility requirements outlined in the Student Handbook last Tuesday with a 17-6 vote, just exceeding the two-thirds minimum for an amendment. President Kai Wilson ’14 drafted the amendment in response to the Community Forum on Nov. 14, where students expressed…

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Longer Thanksgiving break, more study days approved

Following last month’s open town hall meeting, senior staff approved the Educational Policy and Governance Committee’s (EPAG) recommendation to amend next year’s academic calendar. The changes include two new days off: an additional study day before finals and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; both approved for the Fall 2014 semester. While EPAG discussed other changes, such…

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