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Macalester’s stylized shield was introduced as
the College’s signature, or visual symbol, in the 1990s. Its origins,
however, reach back to the College’s Presbyterian and Scottish roots.
Like other Scottish families, Macalester has its own official woven pattern
called a tartan. For decades, the College used a rendering of an
old-fashioned tartan-covered shield as its visual symbol.
The shield now in use is rooted in this tradition but
is open and forward-looking. One can see in it the streets of our city, the
crossroads of the world, and the threads that make up the fabric of the