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Trina PaStarr ’10 driving the ball in for a shot.
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The Mac women's basketball team has won four of its last seven games. As of Jan. 16, the team is 5-8 overall and 3-7 in the MIAC. The team has won three more games than they did all of last season, when they finished 2-21.

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Campus News

Careful deconstruction begins on old athletic facilities

To accommodate the recycling and reuse of up to 95 percent of its materials, crews have started to methodically deconstruct some of Macalester's old athletic facilities. During this process, the parking lane on the west side of Snelling  Ave., from the southeast corner of Kirk Hall down to the very north end of the stadium parking lot, is barricaded off from traffic and street parking. The same span of public sidewalk will be blocked off for safety reasons and pedestrians will use the blocked off part of Snelling in its place. The northeast event entrance on Snelling will only be available for the Scots remaining home basketball games.

Public broadcaster Ray Suarez to speak at Macalester

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Senior correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” and author Ray Suarez will talk about his just-released book, The Holy Vote, which examines the way Americans worship and how organized religion and politics intersect in America at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom of Kagin Commons. Suarez claims that the United States has not been so polarized — politically and ideologically, since the Civil War. The award-winning journalist has 30 years of experience including being host of American Public Media’s American Radio Works documentary series and the former host of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. This talk is part of the Broadcast Journalist Series and is sponsored by Macalester College, Minnesota Public Radio and Dorsey and Whitney. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available at all four Twin Cities Bibelot Shops.

Professor Paula Cooey to lecture at San Antonio interfaith center

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Paula Cooey, Harmon Professor of Christian Theology and Culture, will give four evening lectures at the SoL (Source of Light) Center in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 24-28. These lectures, each running from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will explore topics from her new book Willing the Good: Jesus, Dissent, and Desire. The SoL Center is “an ecumenical education center for adults who seek to explore the full dimensions of religious faith in the 21st century” and is located at the University Presbyterian Church near the campus of Trinity University. For cost, registration deadlines and lecture titles download the current course schedule from the SoL Center.

Abe Woldeslassie '08 puts Macalester Basketball in the news

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Abe Woldeslassie '08 was named to the five-member National Team of the Week the day after being selected MIAC Player of the Week for the talent he exhibited Dec. 31-Jan. 6. During that week, Woldeslassie guided a Macalester offense which put up 90 points in wins over Concordia and Augsburg. He shot 70 percent from the field, 62 percent from three-point range and averaged 29.0 points, making him the MIAC's new scoring leader.
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EXCO to offer 19 courses for spring semester

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The student-led Experimental College (EXCO) will offer 19 courses to the community this spring, up from the six offered last semester. EXCO strives to offer the Macalester and surrounding community opportunities to teach or explore a range of subjects, including and beyond the academic variety. The spring line-up includes courses including American Indians and Their Lands, Fundamentals of Longform Improv., and Working for a Sustainable Saint Paul. An info session will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall.

Campus News

Alumni bring dogs to campus to help students through finals

Twin Cities alumni, along with their canine companions, met on campus to provide students relief from finals stress with some fur-petting rather than hair-pulling during Dog Day Afternoon. During the two-hour event, about 175 Mac students petted and hugged about 15 dogs of different, sizes, colors, ages, fluffiness and dispositions. The unseasonably mild weather for December made for a lovely sunny afternoon.

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Abby Tofte ’09 enjoys the company of four collies during Dog Day Afternoon.
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“I heard over and over again, students saying, ‘This is the best thing ever!’ and I agree,” Katy Brukardt ’07 said. “It was a blessing to pet all those dogs. Sometimes it's just the little things. Thanks for thinking of a way to get the students and alumni together.”

Alumni also got a lot out of the day. Kate An Hunter ’78, who brought her dog Ansel, said “Thank you! It was so fun and gratifying to connect with the students.”

Eliot Brown ’06 wins Chronicle of Higher Education student journalism award

The Chronicle of Higher Education awarded its fourth annual David W. Miller Award for Student Journalists to Eliot Brown ’06, former editor of The Mac Weekly. The $2,500 prize was given to Brown for three articles he wrote for The Mac Weekly last year. According to The Chronicle, Brown's reporting explained “different aspects of the complex financial issues that face American colleges in general, and small colleges like Macalester in particular.” The basis for the award were articles on the many roles of Macalester’s Board of Trustees, “Wealth, giving and the Board of Trustees”; a St. Paul city council member’s plan to charge colleges a $25-per-student fee, “St. Paul considers fee on students”; and the financial pressures faced by Macalester and other small liberal arts colleges “Under Pressure”. Brown has just completed an internship at the Journal Star (Peoria, Ill.) and will start an internship at The New York Sun later this month.

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44 alumni volunteer at annual Summit Society Phonathon

Two alumni make calls for phonathon.

Brittany Anderson ’01 and Steve Cox ’76 calling alumni during the Phonathon.

Macalester’s annual Phonathon, hosted by the Macalester Summit Society and the Annual Fund, took place January 8-11. Over the course of four evenings, 44 alumni volunteers made calls to alumni of their own class years and set a new record by producing 111 gifts made on cards totaling $6,700. Because of Phonathon, many alumni also made pledges that are arriving daily at the college.

The Summit Society’s goal is to further alumni participation in building Macalester community and to increase the number donating regularly to the Annual Fund. The Summit Society made its goal of acquiring 20 new Annual Fund donors during the Phonathon.

“I'd like to thank all of the volunteers and all of the alumni who answered our calls this week,” Phonathon organizer Paul Odegaard ’04 said, “Thank you for your time and passion in reconnecting with and re-energizing our Macalester community.”

To learn more about the Summit Society, email Paul Odegaard ’04.


Winter Sports Day
Saturday, Jan. 27
Macalester Gymnasium

M-Club invites alumni to enjoy Winter Sports Day. The day starts with an alumni game of basketball at 10 a.m. A brief luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Scots Men’s Basketball game at 1 p.m. and Women’s Basketball game at 3:30 p.m. A farewell ceremony for the old gym and fieldhouse will be held between the Men’s and Women’s games. Limited tickets for the luncheon and the afternoon games are available and must be picked up by 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25. Call Travis Feezell, 651-696-6366, or Deanna Cahoon, 651-696-6260, to reserve tickets.

Los Angeles Happy Hour at Miyagi’s
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2
Miyagi’s on Sunset,
8225 W. Sunset Blvd.
(Cross Street: Roxbury Rd.)

Kick off the New Year and enjoy fine Japanese cuisine with Mac alumni at Miyagi’s on Sunset. Friends are welcome. RSVP to Jerry Darko-Appianti ‘05.

Get Ready for Reunion
1- 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3
167 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul

Join other alumni for an afternoon of inspiration and perspiration! Become inspired and informed about exercise alternatives, try out some of the latest ideas with experienced instructors, and learn about the special "Get Ready for Reunion" package offered by this establishment run by Gayle Winegar ’75. We will learn about nutrition and finish up with tasty and healthy snacks, green tea and red wine. $25 per person. Questions? E-mail Stephen Sporer.
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“These Days in the Liberal Arts” with Emily and Norm Rosenberg
10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego

Tom Fudge ’82, the acclaimed host of “These Days,” a two-hour talk show keeping San Diego in-the-know on everything from politics to the arts on KPBS-FM, will join Emily and Norm Rosenberg, his former Mac professors, to discuss, informally, “These Days in the Liberal Arts.” Emily and Norm taught History at Macalester from 1975 until 2006. More information coming soon.

Founders Day Celebration
8:30 p.m. Friday, March 2
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

2007 Founders Day is a celebration for the entire campus: students, faculty, staff, as well as alumni. We will dance to the music of Salsa del Soul. The whole campus center will be set up with food, beverages, Macalester history and student entertainment.






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