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An open letter to Macalester College: Addressing racism
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An open letter to Macalester College: Addressing racism

I hope to address Mac’s failure to retain students, faculty and staff of color on campus and question its structural polities, such as a majority white faculty personnel committee. I hope to put these failures in light and context of the national, historical and institutional oppression of people of color in academia. I will also add in my personal experience with racism at Mac, as well as talk about the security I found with advisors, faculty and staff of color which ultimately led to my retention.

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I have a Confession, too: I wrote that Hegemonocle article

I wasn’t going to write this. Actually, the week before we released the latest Hegemonocle issue with the formal apology for “Macalester Students Crave More Diversity in Bed” I admitted to one of the editors that I had thought many times to write an apology myself, but had decided against it for a variety of…

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Come rally on Earth Day

Earth Day is on Monday, April 22, and the Clean Energy and Jobs coalition is hosting a lobby day and rally to show Minnesota’s state legislators the importance of increasing the renewable energy standard to make our state more sustainable and energy independent. The campaign answers Governor Dayton’s call to establish Minnesota’s sustainable energy future…

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The detrimental effects of macdix.tumblr.com on our community

When I met some of my friends for dinner last week, our casual conversation turned to an unanticipated topic—a website called macdix.tumblr.com. As the name suggests, the site features photos of penises of a number of Macalester students. A quick Google search with slang names for other sexual organs at Mac will leave you all…

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A feminist’s growth at Macalester

When I was called a feminist my junior year of high school, I was shocked, upset and embarrassed. To me, a feminist was a crunchy granola, Birkenstock-wearing, unshaven bra-burner of the 70s. In her bygone era she (because logically men could not be feminists), of course, was important. For a kid of the 90s she…

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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.

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