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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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