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An explanation of Macalester’s Endowment from the SERC

In our recent survey to the student body, 84 percent of students self-rated their understanding of our endowment as poor to very poor and over 90 percent indicated that they wanted to learn more. The nuances of an endowment are illegible to most, because the specific mechanisms for accruing profit from our endowment are incredibly…

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Community leaders call for a stand against Wells Fargo

As representatives of community organizations working for social justice in Minnesota, we were looking forward to meeting with you and KWOC students this past Monday to discuss Macalester’s banking relationship with Wells Fargo. We are disappointed that it was canceled and are using this letter to convey some of the information we had planned to share with you at the meeting.

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“No” to Mac fossil fuel divestment

Of all the human activities that contribute to the warming of our planet, perhaps none contributes as much as our burning of fossil fuels. It thus makes perfect sense that we at Macalester should focus our efforts on trying to curb their consumption as we try to halt climate change. There are many ways for us to do this, and most of them are strategies I support. However, I want to focus here on one that I do not: divestment.

MCSG Spring 2013 Executive Candidate Platforms
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MCSG Spring 2013 Executive Candidate Platforms

President Jeff Garcia ’14 Hello everyone! My name is Jeff Garcia, and I hope to be your next MCSG President. In my time here, I have felt that our student government has not done an adequate job representing student values in spending, outreach and activism. After leading organizations, founding a political group, and advocating civil…

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Reasons why we give

As the Senior Class Gift (SCG) committee members begin to talk to fellow seniors about participating in the Class of 2013 SCG, we hope you understand why we are filling your inbox with emails, saying hello to you in the Mac the Scot costume, and planning cool events like a Surly Brewery tour.

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Put your vote where your mouth is

Last time we did this elections thing, 493 of you voted. That was back in February when we elected Program Board and Financial Affairs Committee Chairs. 493 people. That’s about 25 percent of the student body.

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Divestment foremost an opportunity to lead

In an otherwise stagnant national and international discourse on climate change, there has been a groundswell of grassroots student action to push the conversation in new directions. Last Tuesday, Fossil Free Mac (one of over 300 similar student coalitions across the country) proposed a resolution to our student government that calls upon Macalester College and the Social Responsibility Committee “to initiate a process to explore socially and fiscally responsible divestment from the fossil fuel industry.”

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