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News

MacPIRG hopes to stay afloat with additional allocation funds

As the semester ends, the long term future of Macalester’s MPIRG chapter is still undetermined. However, immediate efforts by students are focused on preserving and securing the student org’s funding and accessibility to resources for next semester. “We are working hard to find an alternate funding mechanism that is acceptable to both MCSG and the…

Opinion

Responding to the MPIRG referendum results

The results for the MPIRG referendum came out today. Thank goodness this clusterf*ck is over. Nobody is blameless why this went so bad—MPIRG, MCSG, the “opposition,” the Electoral Procedures Committee and the student body all had parts in this. Let’s start with MPIRG. Back in April, when they had their first referendum, fewer than 253…

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MCSG will not renegotiate contract with MPIRG

A majority of students voting in this week’s referendum chose not to renegotiate MCSG’s contract with MPIRG. The total number of students voting in the referendum was 1,229, with 501 voting in favor of continuing the contract with MPIRG and 727 voting against. While it remains unclear exactly what will happen to MPIRG on Macalester’s…

Opinion

A scientifically non-biased view of the MPIRG contract

I am a senior chemistry major who has managed to avoid the spotlight of political onslaught during my time at Macalester. I prefer concerning myself with the fields of science and mathematics, areas based heavily on objective truths and observations. However, the unfairness of the MPIRG contract is as objective as possible within the political…

Opinion

Leave MPIRG the chance to politically assist our community

Next week, students will have the opportunity to decide if MPIRG should retain its current funding structure. As a part of a statewide coalition two years ago, MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) helped defeat two constitutional amendments that would have cemented voter ID laws and institutionalized marriage as only existing between a man and…

Opinion

What a “No” vote means

Do you carefully read every email you receive each day? I know I don’t, especially all those listserv messages. If it weren’t for a friend mentioning it in passing, I would have missed an important one–it was just one of the 31 emails I received in my Mac account on October 27. It was this…

Opinion

An argument for the accountability of MPIRG

Full disclosure: I really, really love MPIRG. For a lot of reasons, and for a long time. My love for MPIRG began my first year. It was the first org I joined, and by far the one that has impacted my life the most. I was a co-chair last year, and now I’m managing MPIRG’s…

Opinion

Yes vote for dialogue

If you vote yes next week to keep MPIRG on campus, as I hope you will, it is not the end of a conversation. Rather, you’re allowing conversations about MPIRG’s role on campus to continue. Our purpose is to represent the student voice. We know we haven’t been perfect in fulfilling this role. In recognition…

Opinion

Go far with MPIRG

Since graduating from college, I have had the privilege of doing work that I care about and doing it professionally. I was hired as the Regional Field Director for the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign less than a year out of college, in charge of a large part of the largest grassroots ballot initiative in the…

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