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MCSG streamlines budgeting process

Over the past several years, Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) and the Financial Affairs Committee (FAC) in particular have seen a level of discontent from student organizations in regards to the current budgeting process. The FAC, too, has felt their role change from one of simply funding events to one of micromanaging the programs that…

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Engage with the Board of Trustees

Are you excited for Founder’s Day? This celebration of our school’s history falls at an exciting time for our future as well – the Strategic Planning Committee has just officially begun its work and Mac’s Board of Trustees will be meeting on campus all day Thursday and Friday of Founder’s Day Weekend. Who knows –…

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Integrating liberal arts and STEM

If you follow the online journal Thought Catalog at all, chances are you’ve read Matt Sacarro’s piece “The Case For Removing (Almost) All Liberal Arts From College,” a critique of the post-secondary education system and the pitfalls of a liberal arts education. Essentially, Sacarro deems the liberal arts as useless in an increasingly technology-dependent society,…

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Put your money where your mouth is

I have a confession to make. Despite signing several letters addressed to President Brian Rosenberg explaining why Macalester should divest from Wells Fargo; despite being a member of MPIRG which is a member organization of the Kick Wells Fargo Off Campus coalition; despite being supportive of the national Kick Wall Street Off Campus campaign happening…

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Macalester enlists alum in higher education donations race

The letters, emails, and calls began a few weeks after graduating from Macalester. It’s not too late to donate to the Macalester annual fund, they said. Your contribution can still be tallied on the senior class gift! I declined. I was sure I’d donate to the college eventually. But hearing how much Mac needed my…

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Concrete step to fight for the planet: divest!

I haven’t experienced a “real” Minnesota winter during my two years at Macalester due to disappointingly sparse snowfalls. Last summer was equally outside the norm, as the Midwest was hit by devastating drought. Our East Coast counterparts have had similar problems recently, but at the opposite extreme: last week’s blizzard left the region immobile for…

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Obama and the current state of migrants

In President Obama’s latest State of the Union address, the President cursorily paid lip service to an important, insidious problem in America: our failing immigration system and the uncertain futures of undocumented migrants. In only two sentences, Obama told Congress that immigration reform “means strong border security… [and] putting more boots on the southern border.”…

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A retort: Positives of gun bans

“If you ban guns, criminals will just get them anyway,” is a statement frequently made by those opposed to gun control. For the frequency this statement appears, however, it’s almost never backed up by any data, or indeed by any further statements at all. The mere formation of that sentence is apparently enough to settle…

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Unlearn what you have learned about academese

Bruce Lee had a philosophy about fighting. Although loathe to try to quantify and stratify the world of martial arts, he believed that there were three general tiers a fighter would occupy in his lifetime. In the beginning, prior to any training or conditioning, a normal person, pushed to fight, would fight not with skill…

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Bans don’t address root of gun problem

In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut, many have suggested banning what the media calls “assault weapons.” President Rosenberg has declared he won’t help fund the campaign of any candidate who doesn’t vow support for a ban on “military-style assault weapons.” After all, the Connecticut shooter had a .223 tactical semi-automatic rifle when…

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