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Way back at Mac: Tuition woes (the highs and lows)
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Way back at Mac: Tuition woes (the highs and lows)

The cost of U.S. colleges and universities are shooting toward the moon with no sign of returning to Earth anytime soon. Seemingly unfettered by gravity, college tuition prices inch incrementally higher each year as students and families struggle to breathe at higher (financial) elevation. When my parents attended college in the late 1970s to early…

Way Back at Mac: Winds of (Sustainable) Change
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Way Back at Mac: Winds of (Sustainable) Change

Does it power Olin Rice? A lightbulb in Olin Rice? Does it power anything? One of the most visible landmarks on campus is shrouded in mystery. I’ve heard students claim the wind turbine is just for show and others swear it drops our energy bill — big time. I hope to shine some light into…

What is the true history of the campus rock?
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What is the true history of the campus rock?

I have often wondered about the origin of the rock that sits on Old Main lawn. There are several campus-wide legends surrounding it, but really, what truly happened to the rock and how did it end up in its current location? According to “A Century and Beyond,” a book of Macalester’s history, the rock was…

Way Back at Mac: the history of finals week
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Way Back at Mac: the history of finals week

It is a make-it or break-it for your final grade, a main course in a feast of anxiety. “It is the time of victory or failure; it is the end of a long journey,” as a 1956 Mac Weekly article stated. And what is this mysterious menace? Why finals time of course! Finals are finals…

Way Back at Mac: Dewitt Wallace is not guilty
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Way Back at Mac: Dewitt Wallace is not guilty

We are guilty, here at Macalester, of falsely accusing a man for a crime he did not commit. Namely, bringing a cow to the fourth floor of Old Main and leaving it for the administration and facilities to deal with. This man, as many know, is Dewitt Wallace. If you took a tour as a…