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Death in a Landslide and Alumni Cabaret
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage

See Jay Martel's political satire, Death in a Landslide, performed by Macalester students and directed by Jack Reuler '75, followed by a special Alumni Cabaret.

Jay Martel co-produced Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911 and Jack Reuler is the artistic director for Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis. The play spoofs current events as the Grim Reaper makes his bid for President of the United States.
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Macalester Art Gallery Presents “Faketure”
Now - Dec. 2

“Faketure” explores the relationship between nature and art using a variety of mediums and methods. The 17 artists question our sensory, mythical and assumed ideas about the concept of “nature” and our role within it. Gallery hours: Mon.-Wed. & Fri.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun:  Noon - 4 p.m. FREE. (651) 696-6416.

(Circular Reasoning Series: Item 1797, unmanipulated photo, David A. Parker)

Memorial Service for
Chaplain Russell Wigfield

A memorial service for retired Macalester Chaplain Russell Wigfield will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel. Mr. Wigfield died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease Oct. 3 in Silver Spring, Md. He was 84. A much loved figure on campus who was a friend and mentor to many students, Mr. Wigfield was a 1947 graduate of Macalester. He served as the college’s assistant chaplain from 1956 to 1964. He returned to Macalester in 1979 as chaplain, retiring in 1986. He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Mattern Wigfield `48, sons Allan and Mark, and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N . Michigan Ave ., Fl. #17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or at, or to the Office of the Chaplain at Macalester.

Former Biology Dept. Chair,
Claude A. (Scotty) Welch,
Dies at Age 83

Photo of Prof. Claude A. Welch.Professor Emeritus Claude A. (Scotty) Welch, who served as chair of Macalester’s Biology Department from 1969 to 1982, died Oct. 16. He was 83 and lived in Green Valley, Ariz.

An Army veteran of World War II, he narrowly survived the sinking of the troop ship Leopoldville in the English Channel on Dec. 24, 1944, by a German torpedo.

He began teaching at Macalester in 1969 as chair of the Biology Department and O.T. Walter Professor of Biology. He retired from the college in December 1982.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by two sons, Stephen and Glenn ‘81, and three grandchildren.

Dennis Czech Steps Down
as Football Coach

Dennis Czech ’83 resigned as Macalester’s head football coach at the conclusion of the season, following the team’s season-finale on Nov. 5 at Ripon College. Most of the college’s single-season and career passing and receiving records were established during Czech’s tenure. Czech was hired as head football coach in 1998 and has served Macalester in that capacity for eight years. He will be missed by many in the Macalester community.

Men & Women's Soccer Teams
Make the NCAA Division III Playoffs

Macalester's soccer teams have made it to the NCAA Division III playoffs, with the No. 3-ranked women's team making it for the 12th time and the men for the ninth time.

The Macalester women's team plays its first playoff game on its home field Saturday, Nov. 12. The women's soccer team has a 19-0-1 record and is one of four unbeaten teams in the 60-team bracket.

The men's team will travel to River Forest, Illinois for its first playoff game against North Park (Ill.) on Saturday, Nov 12. the Scots take on North Park (Ill.)on enters with a 13-4-2 record.
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Minnesota Economic Association 2005 Award Winners

Several Macalester students received awards at the 2005 annual conference of the Minnesota Economic Association at the University of St. Thomas last month. Hazem Zureiqat `06 came in first place and Jon Einar Flatnes `05 came in third in the association’s Term Paper Contest. Matija Vodopivec `05 received second place and Andrew Goodman-Bacon`05 received third in the Senior Thesis contest. Professor Karine Moe supervised Goodman-Bacon’s thesis and Professor Gary Krueger supervised the papers of the other three students.

Conscientious Objector, Camilo Mejia, Visits Macalester

"By putting down my weapon, I chose to reassert myself as a human being," says guest speaker, Camilo Mejia. He served a year in prison in 2004 and 2005 for refusing to return to the war in Iraq and is the first Iraq War veteran to file for discharge from the army as a conscientious objector. He spoke about the war and his experiences on Friday, Nov. 4 on campus as a guest of the Twin Cities-based Iraq Peace Action Coalition and Macalester College Program Board.

NYC Alumni Chapter Hears Professor Sukhatme speak

Over 30 Macalester alumni living in New York City and surrounding communities heard Macalester Economics Dept. Chair Vasant A. Sukhatme, talk about the economic challenges and opportunities the U.S. faces in India and China on Oct. 27. The visit was part of Macalester’s Road Scholars program, providing alumni chapters opportunities to hear current faculty speak on a variety of topics.

Upcoming Alumni Trips

One cabin remains for January's Amazon Journey on the ship, La Ammatista. Reservations are now being taken for July's wagon train camping adventure in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
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Mac Gumboot Dancers

The Mac Gumboot dancers perform at a local elementary school.The Macalester Gumboot Dancers, a group of students and alumni from the African continent, have been performing traditional gumboot dances or isicathuloas (Zulu) for elementary schools around the Twin Cities. The gumboot dance was started in the 1880s by South African gold miners. Faced with a repressive regime, the gold miners adapted traditional dances to the only instruments available: their boots and bodies. The dancers teach students about African traditions, history, current issues and performance arts. For more information about the group, e-mail Thamsanga (“Tammie”) Khumalo.

Come back to Macalester.
Learn something new.

During the month of November several guest lecturers will be on campus.

  • Is Our Democracy Unraveling? A Talk with Richard Harwood
    7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9
    Alexander G. Hill Ballroom,
    Kagin Commons

    Richard Harwood talks about his new book, Hope Unraveled: The People's Retreat and Our Way Back. Free, but reservations required. Call the Citizens League at (651) 293-0575, ext. 10 or sign up at
  • David Carr from the New York Times
    7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
    John B. Davis Lecture Hall,
    Campus Center

    David Carr, New York Times media columnist and former editor of the Twin Cities Reader, will be talking about "From Iraq to Katrina: Have the Media Gotten Tougher?"
  • Islam Colloquium with Michael Sells
    5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14
    Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel
    Michael Sells, John Henry Barrows Professor of Islamic History and Literature at the University of Chicago Divinity School, will speak on "The Politics of the Qur'an."
  • Alex Chadwick
    7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17
    Alexander G. Hill Ballroom,
    Kagin Commons

    Hear National Public Radio's award-winning journalist Alex Chadwick. Free, but tickets required. Available at all Twin Cities Whole Foods Markets.

Scots Pride Plans First-Ever Reunion for Macalester's LGBT Alumni

Scots Pride—Macalester's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni organization—is planning the college's first-ever LGBT reunion for the weekend of Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2006.

Co-chairs Richard Dowdell '99 and Andrea Koemptgen '98—working with an enthusiastic committee of over 17 alumni—are hard at work planning the event.
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MacReads Reading Group
4:45 p.m. Wed., Nov. 30
Harmon Reading Room, Library

The Macalester community is invited to our last reading group for fall semester. The group will discuss Don Quixote and begin talking about the spring selection, Wisdom for a Livable Planet. more »

Young Alumni Happy Hour & Bowling Night (Minneapolis)
5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10
Bryant Lake Bowl,
810 W. Lake St.
, Minneapolis

Join other recent Macalester graduates at the Bryant Lake Bowl in uptown. Free munchies and bowling. E-mail Dameun Strange for more information.

Women's Soccer NCAA First-Round Playoff Match
6:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12
Macalester Stadium

Macalester will host an NCAA Division III first-round match. Tickets $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens and $ for children ages three to 12.

Mac-Obie-Carl-Grin Happy Hour (San Francisco)
6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16

Join us for an annual mixer for alumni from the best liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Long live Macalester, Oberlin, Carleton and Grinnell. Contact Andrew Kaufteil at for more details.

Scots Pride Coffee Hour (Minneapolis)
7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29
Wilde Roast Cafe -
518 Hennepin Ave E

Join Mac's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender alumni organization, Scots Pride, for a coffee hour with special faculty guest.

Men's Basketball Team vs. Bethel
7:30 p.m. Wed., Nov. 30
Macalester Gymnasium

Cheer on the men's basketball team as they take on our conference rival, Bethel University. Face painting will be available in the foyer of the natatorium.

Macalester Night at the Ballet (Orlando, Fla.)
5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2
RSVP by Nov. 29
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre - 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando

Russell P. Allen '74, executive director of the Orlando Ballet, welcomes Macalester alumni to a special evening at the ballet. $55 per person, includes supper, ballet and reception. To order tickets, send a check payable to Orlando Ballet to Russell P.  Allen, 1120 Schultz Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 by Tues., Nov. 29.
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Alumni in the News

Actress Danai Gurira '01, technology-pioneer Jeremy Allaire '93, media maverick John Forde '83 and others are all "Alumni in the News” last month.
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Prepare for Reunion 2006

Alumni from the Classes of 1946, 1951, 1956, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1996, and 2001 will return to campus in June for Reunion 2006. Read and share reunion notes now.
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Listen to Special Events and Speeches On-line

Miss an on-campus speaker? Visit the audio archive to hear recent guests.
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