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Facilities Factsheet: getting to know Macalester by the numbers
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Facilities Factsheet: getting to know Macalester by the numbers

The care and keeping of Macalester College is no small task. Who makes sure campus buildings are properly cleaned, maintained, heated and cooled? Who keeps the grounds groomed and looking beautiful? Facilities Services. The department employs more than 70 people, including: 44 custodial staff, 12 mechanical/maintenance (boiler operators, plumbers, electricians), six carpenters and five staff…

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Turnover brings fresh faces to facilities

There are people working in Macalester’s facilities department who have been there for over 30 years. A lot of precise knowledge can be garnered in 30 years, from the nooks and crannies in a building, to the best way to set up an event, to what type of cleaning product works best where. The problem,…

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Facilities pursues alternatives to card access

Macalester’s current card access system has malfunctioned regularly this semester, creating both annoyances and safety issues on campus. Sarah Wescott ’19, a resident of George Draper Dayton (GDD) Hall, is among the many students who cannot use the card access system to enter residence halls. “[Card access] worked for me for about one day and…

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Green Matters: Dorms battle it out in The Energy Wars

It’s time to start paying more attention to how your daily choices impact the planet because the Dorm Energy Wars have begun! The Energy Wars are a competition to see which students can reduce their dorm’s energy use by the largest amount per capita. The competition runs from Friday, February 19th to Friday, February 26th….

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Carnegie, Olin-Rice will receive all-gender restrooms over break

When students and faculty return for the spring semester in January, there will be three more all-gender restrooms at Macalester, on the third floor of Olin-Rice and in the basement of Carnegie. The renovations will be made over the course of winter break and be finished before the semester begins. According to Nathan Lief, director…

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Facilities to add card access to residences, select academic areas

Next fall, students will have to keep track of one less key. Facilities staff have started putting infrastructure in place so that students will use their ID cards to unlock residence halls and several academic spaces. Implementation will continue through the end of the summer. According to Director of Facilities Nathan Lief, Residence Halls and…

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MCSG passes resolution seeking to make Mac a safe space for TGI students

On Tuesday, MCSG passed a resolution that will hold Macalester accountable for providing a safe and inclusive environment for students who identify as transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming (TGI). Authored by Samuel Doten and introduced by Doten, Dan Bomberg, Oliver Schminkey, and Amy McMeeking, the resolution directly addresses expressed concerns of TGI students. “This resolution…

Expansion to composting program to continue after early success
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Expansion to composting program to continue after early success

The cross-campus composting program implemented over the summer will likely continue after meeting expectations for the first month of the academic year. “Everything is going the way it should be,” Facilities Second Shift Supervisor Kyle Wright said. Currently, there are containers for disposing compostable material in all buildings on campus, an increase from the four…