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Faculty Appreciation Nominees – Voices on Mental Health

First, We’d like to thank all those who helped distribute this survey out to the student population. Specifically, we want to thank all the department coordinators for really get the word out to the students in their department(s). The success of this project is in no small part to your help. So, thank you. Throughout…

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Pay attention to Pete Buttigieg

The first votes of the 2020 presidential primaries are about 10 months away, early to stake out camps, but not too early to watch the field. There is one candidate that Mac students should pay attention to and learn how to pronounce: Mayor Pete Buttigieg (boot-edge-edge). A quick Google search will reveal a flood of…

The limiting nature of credit maximums
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The limiting nature of credit maximums

Macalester students know that the registrar’s office maintains several guidelines for credit distribution through general requirements, such as four semesters minimum of a language. Other distribution requirements include eight credits in the social sciences, eight credits in the natural sciences and mathematics and 12 credits divided between the humanities and fine arts. However, in addition…

Beto O’Rourke offers neither policy nor vision
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Beto O’Rourke offers neither policy nor vision

Beto O’Rourke is mounting a presidential campaign without policy substance. The former three-term Texas representative speaks in platitudes about coming together to fight for better things; the nature of those things and how we will fight for them are yet to be determined. He acknowledges the impact of climate change and likes the concept of…

Why divestment won’t affect your financial aid
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Why divestment won’t affect your financial aid

In conversations about our fossil fuel divestment proposal, students ask one question more than any other: “Will divestment hurt my financial aid?” This is an extremely important consideration, as roughly 70 percent of Macalester students rely on financial aid in order to pay for their education, including the majority of Fossil Free Mac members. We…

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In defense of Macalester’s two-year residency

For most of my four years at Macalester, I have heard rumors about the college adopting a three-year residency. Last week’s The Mac Weekly article, “Will Macalester require a 3-year residency?” solidified those rumors. I believe that the two-year residency requirement played an instrumental role in forming my Macalester experience. While Macalester may stand to…

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Time for Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to publicly endorse the BDS campaign

Two weeks ago, Representative Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) tweets about Israel sparked a wildfire across the internet. Critics denounced her as anti-Semitic, while supporters of Palestinian human rights praised her for speaking out against the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a deeply influential lobby group that seeks to secure and enhance the US-Israel alliance. With…

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Why you think you don’t belong in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies courses and why you actually do

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) has become increasingly popular in the last decade as the benefits of the courses such as critical thinking skills, social justice engagement and empowerment become more widely known and sought after. But schools and departments have been running into persistent barriers that have prevented them from truly prospering. Most…

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Make capitalists frightened again

To paraphrase Gerald Ford, the state of the world is not good. Oxfam announced last week that the 26 richest people in the world own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population – about 3.8 billion people. Carbon dioxide emissions accelerated like a “speeding freight train” in 2018, as one researcher told…

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Washington needs to hold corporate polluters accountable

President Trump’s decison to pull out of the Paris Climate Accords marked a depressing change of attitude in the rising young generation: a loss of hope. Climate change is arguably the most important issue to students, but the news is increasingly morbid. It does not appear reform is coming any time soon. Every “damning new…

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