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A message to the Class of 2017

First years! What’s up? I hope your first two weeks have been going well. Seeing the campus brimming with new faces and fresh optimism refills mine and many others’ hearts with the kind of hope and vigor that many of us can’t remember feeling, if at least only for a little while. Many of you,…

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Ditch cliché social niceties

“How are you?” “Good.” Among other social atrocities, like “‘Scuse me” and “Thanks,” this interaction is one of our culture’s most superficial norms. It’s exchanged thousands of times each day, like a virus sweeping from one apathetic individual to another. These words are tossed around the Mac campus, delivered again and again to acquaintances whose…

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Sharing a degree with your rapist

What does a college degree mean when it’s shared with your rapist? This is a question I’ve been asking myself recently. In the beginning of my sophomore year at Macalester, I was raped by a friend and fellow student. It took me a year to report him to the school, not only because it took…

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Are you as moral as a 7th grader?

Since graduating last May, I have been working in my hometown of Oak Grove, MO as a full-time special education paraprofessional. My job consists mostly of reminding 7th graders about the difference between their, there and they’re. However, last week I had the unique opportunity to connect my student’s lesson on nonviolent protest to my…

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KWOC deserves respect for putting activism into practice

Last week, the Macalester community witnessed the culmination of KWOC’s yearlong campaign to demand that the administration move its p-card money from Wells Fargo to Sunrise Community Banks. As many of you already know, President Brian Rosenberg did not ‘cut the contract’ with Wells Fargo. I found this out while reporting on the rally held…

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Staff Editorial: The future of this newspaper’s publications

One of our proudest achievements this semester as a paper has been our new website and improvements to our web presence in general. Our WordPress-hosted website, designed and implemented by our own Kyle Rosenberg ‘13, is both attractive and user-friendly. Last Friday, we had 4,576 page-views on the site, the highest daily total so far….

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Having worked at Wells Fargo

Dear Editor, The Mac Weekly: I was encouraged to hear of Mac students protesting Wells Fargo. Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus made news across the state. As a former employee in Wells Fargo’s Eagan foreclosure facility, I can offer a perspective of the bank’s misdeeds. I hope that my insights will encourage the student movement….

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Asking my mother for money: Discussing donation practices

My time at Macalester has been a roller coaster of self-discovery and finding my voice, and in all honesty I am ready to leave. I’ve learned so much, but I also learned that my voice is needed and is valued more elsewhere. As a senior I have been e-mailed constantly about donating money and incentivized…

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Parting palabras: A Chicana’s Macalester Reality

Four years here and I am grateful, blessed really, to have learned so much, met so many inspiring people, and accessed so many resources. I have met those who will remain lifelong friends and mentors, and had more Grille mozzarella sticks than are humanly healthy. But while I have come to appreciate the opportunities of…

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