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The Obies are Coming
Where will you be?

It's that time again. Mac Football will look to start the season off with a bang as they take on the Yeoman of Oberlin. Show 'em that old Oski Wow Wow! That Scot Spirit! Wear your Mac gear.
Come out and cheer.

Join alumni from Macalester and Oberlin on Friday, September 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a kick-off happy hour at Plums Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 480 Snelling Avenue S.

Macalester will hammer it out with Oberlin, Saturday, September 19 at 1 p.m. on Macalester's field.

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Travel with Macalester to the Amazon, January 13-22, 2006
Journey through vast rainforests and untamed waters with an expert naturalist who will lead you on hikes through lush rainforests and on special excursions. more»
Contact Carol Polk in the Alumni Office for more information.

The Macalester Community
responds to Hurricane Katrina

The Macalester community is attempting to reach out to students, alumni and friends of the college who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Mississippi and Alabama.

Laurie Hamre, vice president of student affairs, is leading efforts to reach Macalester's four students from Louisiana and seven from Mississippi, including four first-year students. The Alumni Relations Department is reaching out to an estimated 80 alumni who reside in the impacted regions. more »

Ellen Thompson Named New
Macalester College Head Coach

Macalester College has selected former University of St. Thomas assistant coach Ellen Thompson as its new women’s basketball coach, Athletic Director Travis Feezell announced today.  Thompson replaces Jeannine Ruh, who resigned earlier this summer after one year in the position. more »

Assistant swimming Coach Tina Neill sets world record

Monday, Aug. 22, was Tina Neill Day in Minnesota, as declared by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Neill, an assistant swim coach at Macalester, backstroked her way across the English Channel to a new world record, according to the Channel Swimming Association whose records date back to 1875. Bob Pearson, her coach and Macalester's head swimming coach, was with Tina when she set her record. Tina's time for her backstroke was 13:22.

Welcome new and returning students

Student orientation begins Saturday, September 3 and classes will resume on Wednesday, September 7. President Rosenberg will speak at Open Convocation on September 8 at 11:50 a.m. in the chapel. Also speaking will be Provost and Dean of the Faculty Diane Michelfelder and Ben Johnson '06, Macalester Student Government president. Following the convocation, the community is invited to a welcome picnic outside Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

President Rosenberg's speech, "Unconventional Wisdom: Citizenship and Community at Macalester," will be posted on Macalester's web site the next day.

Twin Cities premiere of TransGeneration

TransGeneration documents the lives of four transgender college students. This documentary will air on the Sundance Channel in the fall. This series is a moving portrait of four fascinating people at a dramatic time in their lives. "TransGeneration" also offers an engaging first-hand look at the current trend on college campuses of confronting gender issues and politics head-on. The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 13 in the campus center.

Alston speaks at Macalester

Ashanti Alston, a former member of the Black Panther Party who served 14 years as political prisoner for his involvement with the Black Liberation Army, will speak at Macalester at 8 p.m., Thursday, September 15 in the chapel.

Alston will speak about what it means to be moved by the idea of new, radical possibilities- from Black Power to revolution. Alston says,"Though I never finished my senior year in high school I have always been a grassroots intellectual and always push students in the universities to be excited about the new ideas, the perspectives that CAN be open to them." He will also talk about current social movements and the possibility of liberation in (or from) contemporary America.

Ashanti Alston is now active with Critical Resistance, a national radical prison abolitionist organization. He sits on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies, authors the zine "Anarchist Panther," and works with Anarchist People of Color (APOC) and Estacion Libre, an organization that works to strengthen ties between people of color in the U.S. and people in the liberated Zapatista territories of Chiapas, Mexico.

Meet the World Press Institute

The Alumni Association is offering an evening of food, socializing and discussion with the Journalists of Macalester's World Press Institute at 6 p.m., Wednesday, September 21 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. The journalists, from nine countries, will present their impressions of current events and life in America, gained after traveling throughout the United States this year. Hors d'oeuvres/informal mixer at 6 pm. Speakers will begin at 6:45 p.m. Cost is $10.00 per person. Contact Sarah Puro '99 for more information.
Phone: 301-779-8154.

Mac in the media

•The Star Tribune wrote a story about the newest college rankings, featuring Macalester in the story. "Macalester is the ratings darling among Minnesota schools. Last year, it was one of just seven schools to get a full story in the U.S. News survey. This year, Mac is singled out by Newsweek/Kaplan as the nation's hottest liberal arts college. It is ranked 25th among liberal arts colleges in U.S. News, 16th by Washington Monthly and is cited as one of the top 10 'most intellectual schools' by the Students' Guide." more »
read what the guides say »

Tricia Heuring created and runs a bi-monthly magazine that was a feature story in the Star Tribune. more»

Janet Grove ‘80 and Jerry Irvin host annual backyard musicals like some neighborhoods hold block parties. more»

Looking for someone?

Macalester's online directory can help. Find classmates, update your personal information and utilize career networking resources. E-mail forwarding is also available. more »

The online directory is password protected. If you need a username and password, email the Alumni Office.

“Meet the New Athletic Director” Luncheon

Meet Macalester's new athletic director Travis Feezell on Wednesday, September 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Weyerhaeuser Board Room. He will speak about his vision for Macalester athletics. A complimentary lunch will be provided.

Show your support by attending this luncheon hosted by the M Club. Call Eric Solberg in the Development Office at (651) 696-6476 or e-mail him at for more information.






Mark your calendar and make an evening of it!

September 29

Arthur Serota, human rights lawyer, will discuss the issue of child soldiering in Uganda and other parts of Africa as well as human rights protocols, peacekeeping and the role of the International Criminal Court from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Social scientist and bestselling author Barbara Ehrenreich has spent considerable time examining the trials and tribulations of the working-class and working poor. Now she takes a look at the financial vulnerability of those who have seemingly done everything right at 7 p.m. in Kagin Commons. This event is free but tickets are required and can be picked up at area Whole Foods Markets and the Campus Center information desk (for students, faculty staff and alumni) beginning September 14.

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Chicago/Madison/Milwaukee Alums Tailgate Party
Macalester's football team will compete in Lake Forest at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 3. The tailgating party will start at 11 a.m. in the parking lot left of Building 7. There will be refreshments. Bring a lawn chair and side dish (potato salad, chips, veggies, etc.). Lake Forest does not allow kegs on its campus.

MacReads: Prof. Juanita Garciagodoy on Don Quixote
7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12
Old Main, 4th Floor
Prof. Garciagodoy will provide insight and guidance for readers in a lively conversation about Don Quixote. All are welcome.

Macalester Soccer vs. Wheaton
5:30 p.m., women's; 7:30 p.m., men's; Friday, Sept. 16
Macalester Field

African Music Ensemble
Potluck Extravaganza

5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
Dan Handeen and Autumn Compton's House, 3608 14th Avenue S., Minneapolis,
Connect with old friends, meet new ones and maybe play a little music to boot. Bring a dish and drinks to share and ideas for the 2006 African Music Ensemble 20th Year Reunion. RSVP to

Bonfire Wolf Howl
2:30-5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24
Wildlife Science Center, 5463 West Broadway Avenue, Forest Lake, Minn.
Bring your well-socialized dog for off-leash fun. This park is enclosed and fenced so your dog can be near wolves without being a "snack." RSVP to Andi Wulff.
Cost: $8

Swing Night
6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29
Wabasha Street Caves, 215 Wabasha St., St. Paul, Minn.
Dance lessons begin at 6:15 p.m., live music from 7 to 10 p.m. RSVP to Andi Wulff.
Cost: $7

Mark Your Calendar
Kara McGuire will talk about "How to Manage Your Money" on October 8.