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Macalester EMTs to recieve NAMI training
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Macalester EMTs to recieve NAMI training

Macalester is joining forces with Minnesota’s National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) this February to bring a Mental Health First Aid training to the campus community. The initiative will give community members – especially first-aid workers – the tools to respond to mental health crises as they occur on campus. According to NAMI Workshop Coordinator…

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Snyder lectures, reads poetry in Kagin

Acclaimed poet and environmentalist Gary Snyder visited Macalester last week, and, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, delivered the annual Engel-Morgan-Jardetzky Distinguished Lecture on Science, Culture and Ethics. Snyder has published 20 books of poetry and prose in total and, in 1975, won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his book Turtle Island. Snyder’s work centers around…

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Sparks fly as Cuban emissary speaks at Mac

Macalester hosted First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy Miguel Fraga in the Olin-Rice Science Center on Monday afternoon. Fraga’s visit was part of a larger diplomatic trip to Minnesota, where a number of state elected leaders – including Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – are vocal advocates for lifting the 58-year embargo on the majority of…

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DML’s Trenzas program discusses prison reform

On Tuesday evening, over hot soup, breadsticks and Oreos, a small crowd of students and administration gathered in the living room of the Cultural House to discuss the failures of the U.S. prison system and the ramifications of the August 2018 prison workers’ strike. The event, hosted by the Department of Multicultural Life (DML), was…

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MCSG Overseer: Mac Rocketry launches effort for official charter

This week’s MCSG meeting began with a presentation from James Cannon ’20, Maya Wills ’21 and Alyssa Bulatek ’20 on their new student group: High-Power Rocketry at Macalester, or “Mac Rocketry.” Mac Rocketry formed after the physics department sent out an email in the spring of 2017 to its majors asking if there would be…

Swastikas found in library, college responds
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Swastikas found in library, college responds

On the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4, two swastikas were found carved into a study table on the fourth floor of the DeWitt Wallace Library. This marks the third consecutive year that swastikas have been found carved into desks in the library, and the first appearance of the anti-semitic and white supremacist symbol on campus…

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Activists discuss health reform in South Africa

Two celebrated advocates for accessible HIV/AIDS treatment in South Africa visited Macalester on Tuesday, Sept. 25 to discuss their work. Vuyiseka Dubula and Mandla Majola both partner with Acacia Global, a nonprofit that works to support NGOs in South Africa on issues of social justice and cross-cultural understanding. The organization’s Executive Director Kevin Winge introduced…

Naca suit dismissed, appeal forthcoming
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Naca suit dismissed, appeal forthcoming

In a summary judgment decision dated Sept. 20, U.S. District Court Judge Patrick J. Schiltz dismissed the remainder of former English professor Kristin Naca’s discrimination and wrongful termination suit against Macalester. However, the more than two-and-a-half year legal battle between the two parties is not over just yet: Naca plans to appeal the decision to…

Community rallies for Boyd Park build
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Community rallies for Boyd Park build

Over the week of Sept. 24, a number of Macalester students, faculty and administrators joined nearly 1,000 other community members to build a new playground in Boyd Park. The project will culminate with a grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 30. The playground is the result of over 14 months of fundraising, community engagement and volunteer…

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EPAG mulling changes to requirements

On Sept. 25, during MCSG’s weekly meeting, Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) Chair Kofi Ofosu ’19 discussed possible changes coming to distribution and major requirements at the College. “Over the past few weeks I’ve been talking to EPAG [Educational Policy and Advising Group] about distribution requirements and the graduation requirements,” Ofosu said. “They think there’s a…

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