Tag: 2016 election

Opinion

Vote like your whole planet depended on it

Even a cursory examination of recent news regarding the environment reveals that our planet is in dire straits. This year, Earth experienced the hottest August documented in history, its sixteenth consecutive record-warm month. The past few decades have seen an increase in extreme weather events, including heat waves, coastal flooding and droughts, which scientists believe…

Mac students show lackluster turnout in previous elections
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Mac students show lackluster turnout in previous elections

Macalester is proud of its identity as a politically active campus. Mac students are vocal about their ideas in class, Café Mac and online. But when it comes to voting, Mac falls drastically short of its civic duties. The NSLVE Campus Report showed that in the 2012 National Election, only 45.5 percent of eligible students…

First presidential debate screening draws excited crowd
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First presidential debate screening draws excited crowd

John B. Davis Lecture Hall (JBD) was packed full on Monday September 28, where MacDems hosted a screening for the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with a discussion afterwards led by Macalester political science professors Michael Zis and Patrick Schmidt. The crowd was full of people excited for the debate. “All…

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FAC funds The Mac Weekly, Turbovote

The main focus of the evening, Sept. 20, was on two additional allocations. The first one was for The Mac Weekly, and the FAC recommended that the paper should be given $1408.42 for two issues this Fall. The original amount asked by The Mac Weekly editors was for $2816.85 for four issues they did not…

Opinion

Democalypse 2016: Macalester’s problem with conservatives

It pains me to admit how many times I’ve been told, “for a republican, you’re actually really sane.” I have been complimented by my peers numerous times on my ability to respect and hear out liberal positions while arguing for a conservative cause. Due to these facts, I have a question for Macalester: if this…

Opinion

Simply voting third party won’t change our democracy

We have one candidate running for president in this election with a surprising lack of foreign policy expertise and another who could be arrested. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Last week, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson received a question during a television interview about the situation in the city of Aleppo,…

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Elephant in the room: In defense of the third party candidate

There are only two good flavors of Goldfish: Original and Flavor Blasted. Yet when I entered a gas station this summer in search of a nice, fish-shaped cheddar cracker, I found neither of the acceptable varieties of my favorite snack were available. Instead, the shelves were lined with flavors that, frankly, were disgusting. “Xplosive Pizza”…

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosts RiverCentre rally
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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders hosts RiverCentre rally

On Tuesday afternoon, hordes of eager Macalester students sporting Bernie Sanders gear filled several Metro transit buses as they headed to hear the presidential candidate give a speech at the RiverCentre in downtown Saint Paul. The students joined over 15,000 other supporters, who packed into the RiverCentre and an “overflow room” for a chance to…

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