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Farewell, Macalester

Dear Macalester community, In the fall, I will start teaching at Rutgers University where both my husband and I have been offered faculty positions. Those of you who have been my advisees or students know that I encourage students to write to scholars who have written something that opens their minds or stretches their thinking…

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The Mac Weekly needs a crossword

The Mac Weekly is relatively small in staff, scale and circulation. We publish once a week and produce 900 paper copies, yet many copies from throughout the semester pile up in the Campus Center. For 105 years, The Mac Weekly has brought independent journalism to Macalester’s campus, a fact that will not change in the…

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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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