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Congress needs to stop playing the blame game and grow up

Congress tried to force itself to make a plan for the deficit by putting a punishment in place if they failed to come to an agreement: the sequestration, or forced budget cuts. Predictably, given the general incompetence of Congress, no agreement was made and the budget cuts, amounting to $85 billion across the board, have been put into effect.

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Mac Mental Health Tumblr

I write this at six o’clock AM Sunday night (Monday morning?), with no sleep and no chance of stopping for breath until, well, tomorrow morning at six o’clock. And I’m not the only one. As students, we often get caught up in the over-achievement whirlwind, so hectically busy we forget ourselves. Sometimes slowing down or…

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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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