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Letters from Carrigan, Sports

In Defense of the Conservative Athlete

We currently live in a country that is more politically polarized than it has been in quite some time. According to The New York Times, 50 percent of liberals and 66 percent and conservatives, respectively, view the opposing party as threatening to the United States. Political polarization is described in the same way as natural…

Sports

Dear Athlete: How our culture needs to improve

Dear Athlete, I play a sport. Last season I didn’t play (it’s a long story, ask me about it), but this coming season I’m playing again. You compete at a collegiate level too and therefore have likely spent a good chunk of your short life playing your sport(s). With that being said, the sport you…

Sports

Is there a divide between athletes and non-athletes?

The existence of a social divide between varsity athletes and the rest of the Macalester student body became a topic of debate last spring. Posts on the Mac Confessions Facebook page detailed the “athlete privilege” from which several hundred Macalester students supposedly benefit each year. The complaints ranged from unequal access to the weight room…

Inside Admissions: Athletic Recruitment at Mac
Sports

Inside Admissions: Athletic Recruitment at Mac

If trends continue, roughly one-fifth of Macalester’s class of 2018 will be student-athletes. The majority will have been recruited by a coach, and those who are recruited receive priority in admissions. Prospective student-athletes labeled as recruits are those individuals that Macalester coaches believe would benefit their program, information that is passed on to the Admissions…

The Agony of Injury and the Challenges of Returning
Sports

The Agony of Injury and the Challenges of Returning

Athletes often ask their bodies to do too much, but what happens when their bodies fail them completely and take them away from the sport they love? How do athletes deal with the rest of their lives here at Mac when the thing they dedicate themselves to is ripped from their hands? Season-ending injuries test…

Rolling Thunder: The Story of Gretchen Greene
Features

Rolling Thunder: The Story of Gretchen Greene

Scholars, artists, adventurers—there are many students who have done astounding things at Mac, though few among our distinguished student body can count themselves world champion at something. Gretchen Greene ’17, however, is different; she was the 2013 Lumberjack World Champion in logrolling. Some might be wondering, what is logrolling? Originating in the heavily forested areas…