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Follett fires Highlander textbook manager

The end of last month marked the one-year anniversary of Macalester’s contract with Follett Corporation, one of the largest textbook providers in the country. The decision to use the company’s services came along with the move to the new Highlander store in Lampert, a momentous occasion in the school’s history that marked the first “official”…

Police arrest suspects in string of on-campus instrument robberies
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Police arrest suspects in string of on-campus instrument robberies

The St. Paul Police Department arrested two suspects in connection with multiple robberies of musical instruments out of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center over the past few weeks. According to the latest reports from the Pioneer Press, two suspects were arrested for the thefts last Friday and were identified as Michael Joseph Lippert, 33,…

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After 12 years, Cindy Haarstad leaves Mac

After twelve and a half years at Macalester, Cindy Haarstad, the Director of Campus Center and Conferences, will depart Macalester for a new position. Haarstad is moving to Alexandria, Minnesota, a small town of about 11,000 people and around two hours northeast of the Twin Cities. A few years ago, Haarstad bought a cabin in…

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Faculty committee proposes changes to writing requirement

Macalester’s general education requirements on writing proficiency could be overhauled as soon as next fall, pending approval of a faculty committee’s recommendations. The proposed recommendations, developed by the Faculty Learning Committee on Writing Pedagogy, call for replacing the current two-course writing requirement with a three-course requirement that provides focus in three separate areas: argumentative writing,…

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Benefits expanded to married same-sex couples

Effective for the 2013 school year, Macalester is now able to recognize equal insurance benefits for same-sex partners of staff and faculty members without tax penalties. On May 14, Minnesota voted to legalize same-sex marriage, which made the change in policy possible. “From a benefits perspective, nothing has changed,” said Director of Employment Services Bob…

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Spirited community forum discusses MCSG removals, probation

As Bassem El-Remesh ’16 spoke into the microphone at this past Thursday night’s community forum on recent MCSG resignations and suspensions, supportive snaps echoed through Kagin Ballroom. “I believe that the only people who are allowed to decide my eligibility to serve or not are the students,” El-Remesh said. “I don’t get why anyone other…

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Common App glitches affect Mac admissions

This year, both applicants and colleges have reported serious glitches in the Common Application (Common App) system. The Common App serves over 500 colleges and universities, and the glitches have affected thousands of applicants, admissions officers, teachers, counselors and anxious parents. Though issues were first reported in early August, problems continue to occur. “On our…

On-campus thefts down from last year
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On-campus thefts down from last year

Toward the end of October, a man entered the Link and asked a student if he could borrow her cell phone. She said yes and gave him the phone, and he then walked out of the Link, still talking on her phone. Over Fall Break, someone entered the men’s team locker room in the Leonard…

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Sophomore class waits for results of MCSG special election

Update: Results are in, and Nandita Elijah is the winner with 52.25% of the vote in the final round. Harrisonford Fauni came in second with 47.75% of the vote in the final round. After ballots for the third special election of the semester closed Monday night, sophomores had to wait an unexpected two more days…

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ACTC task force discusses transportation options

An Associated Colleges of The Twin Cities (ACTC) Transportation Task Force met in late October to discuss transportation needs of ACTC students and to enhance communication about transportation between the involved colleges. ACTC Project Specialist Stephanie Zimmerman said that the task force meeting was essentially an “exchange of data to understand what happens on each…

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