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A Crucial Step for the Partial Divestment Proposal

On the fifth of April, Fossil Free Mac heard back from Macalester’s Social Responsibility Committee (SRC) and President Brian Rosenberg regarding our proposal to place a moratorium on the $40 million the college endowment invests in private partnerships with the oil and gasindustry. We are incredibly excited to report that the members of the committee…

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To Tink or Not to Tink? Defending the Idea Lab

Last week, The Mac Weekly included an opinion article expressing distaste for the Idea Lab. The article focused on the chaotic and childish nature of the space, lack of organization and the need for a more “collegiate” focus in our library. I would like to recognize that Noah Elkins, the author of the article, is…

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Idea Lab’s Detractors Should Learn What and Who It Is

The Idea Lab is at once an art studio, a research facility, a collaboration venue, a social nexus and a grand experiment. It is also perpetually a punching bag for the malcontent. Those doing the punching should understand exactly what and who they are hitting. I run the Dev Garden, a service for students of…

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The Idea Lab: Not an Ideal Image for Macalester

Walking from the first to the second floor of the library is like walking into another world. The reference texts and printing stations all vanish as you walk up the first flight of stairs, and what you’re met with doesn’t look like a library at all. For some, the fact that the college provides hot…

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Thrive: Developing a Community of Strategic Thinking

Macalester’s Strategic Plan has remained stationary on the President’s website page, forgotten by many students, faculty and staff whom it affects. Thrive: The Future of Macalester is a 33 page document that outlines and directs the priorities of Macalester College: internationalism, diversity, entrepreneurship, academic programs (e.g. concentrations), urban sustainability, vocation and the liberal arts, technology…

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Dismembering the Entrepreneurial Dream

I am writing to you all, on the threshold of my graduation from Macalester, about something that affects all of us, a culture and a world we’ve inherited. I come to you from the throes of paralyzing fear for many futures: for my own, that of my friends and loved ones, for that of our…

#CuffingSeason: A Few Thoughts on My Arrest
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#CuffingSeason: A Few Thoughts on My Arrest

Minneapolis police arrested four protesters from IfNotNow outside the offices on the JCRC on Tuesday morning. – https://t.co/FfDqrec9HG pic.twitter.com/mtARHcNXMs — TC Jewfolk (@TCJewfolk) April 11, 2018 On Tuesday I was arrested as part of a protest with IfNotNow. IfNotNow is a mass popular movement seeking to end the American Jewish community’s support of the occupation….

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Re-revolutionize Springfest

Two years ago, at the 2015 International Round Table, I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Chris Ward ’76. Mr. Ward is currently an executive at the consulting firm AECOM, based in New York City, but his background includes some far more important accolades and accomplishments. Namely — in his sophomore year at Macalester…

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The Cambridge Analytica Wake-up Call

One of history’s great ironies is that the powerful individuals who warn us about national or even global conspiracies are often operating conspiracies themselves. So it is that over the weekend The Guardian and The New York Times reported the extent to which Steve Bannon led an effort to manipulate votes through secret Facebook data…

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