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Letter to the Editor

U.S. District Court Judge Wilhelmina Wright is a superb choice to be Macalester College’s 2017 Commencement Speaker. Not only is Judge Wright a highly respected jurist, she is gracious and engaging in manner and has a sparkle in her eyes. It is evident she enjoys the serious public service to which she has dedicated her…

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In response to Kate Ryan Reiling’s “Letter to the Editor”

In the liberal spirit of recent definitions of the word entrepreneur, I apply to myself the same label (now gimme some money, BriRo). The definition of “solv[ing] significant problems” authorizes me to do so, as I myself am trying to correct a huge one that currently besets the Macalester community: that of entrepreneurialism. The way…

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Letter to the Editor

I would also like to respond to the article published regarding the second floor space in the library. For those I have not yet met, I am a 2000 Alum (Political Science major, minors in Women and Gender Studies and Spanish). I’m grateful for what I was taught here and the way it shaped me….

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Lego of our books: on entrepreneurship and library space

Macalester recently announced its intention to convert the second floor of the library into an “entrepreneurship space.” I am saddened by this decision, but not surprised. Macalester administrators dote on trustees and donors while leaving student needs unmet. The repurposing of library space is no exception. The library is not an entrepreneurship space. Administrators and…

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Trump time and American Muslims

At first blush, President Donald Trump is correct to identify the safety of the American Republic and its citizens as a top concern for him and his administration. On this, there is no daylight between him and his predecessor, as well as the vast majority of the American people. But on the heels of such…

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Be wary of unintended consequences: against test-optional

MCSG President Merrit Stüven, together with Ari Hymoff and Remy Eisendrath, published “Going test-optional: we are lagging behind” last semester in The Mac Weekly. As I care a great deal about the issues our president highlights in her article (chief among them diversity), I cannot help but be distressed by her proposition to eliminate the…

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Panel on Islamophobia: failure of the ivory tower

The Institute for Global Citizenship recently held a panel discussion titled “Islamophobia and the Challenge to Civic Life in America,” co-sponsored by the President’s Office, Provost’s Office, International Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, American Studies, Religious Studies and Political Science. Not included was the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, whose chaplains are central to conversations concerning…

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