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Macalester alumni extend an invitation to KWOC students

We are alumni who have graduated from Macalester over the last half century, and we support students who are upholding the longstanding tradition of advocating for social change through campus activism at Macalester. As students, we participated in movements that brought about social change— for civil rights, human rights, peace and workers’ rights, to name…

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Bagpipes are awesome

Bagpipes are awesome. How can an instrument that can be described as “squeezing the cat” fail to bring a smile to the face of any people who hear it? I can totally understand not wanting to wake up to the sounds of a bagpipe at 8:30 on a Saturday morning—after all, how can you feel…

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Complexities of commemorating a tragedy like 9/11

Twelve years have passed since the 9/11 attack that left our nation heartbroken with anger and grief. However, with each passing year, people become less and less certain of how to commemorate a day full of tragedies. Of course, more and more people believe that the best way to commemorate what happened is to let…

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Tokyo placed on the world stage over Istanbul

The location of the 2020 Olympics was announced a few weeks ago, and Tokyo won the bid to host the summer Olympics. The two other contenders were Madrid and Istanbul. The host city is chosen by the International Olympic Committee, in as many rounds of voting as are needed to reach a majority. Madrid struck…

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Staff Editorial: Conflicts of Interest in The Mac Weekly

As a student run publication at a school the size of ours, conflicts of interest frequently arise. We all know that last semester was an intense one for Macalester, from actions taken against KWOC to Wang Ping’s lawsuit to Lara Nielsen’s denied tenure appeal. Here at The Mac Weekly we are very aware that much…

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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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