Fifth Week Newsletter

As the academic semester picks up speed it is important to remember that college is more than just the classroom experience.  Intramural sports and student-run clubs are a great way try new things and meet new people. Beyond Macalester, the Twin Cities offer a wealth of engagement options to escape the "Macalester bubble."

Macalester College Student Government (MCSG) is the organization to join if you wish to participate directly in campus policies and events. MCSG's elected student representatives govern the budgeting of student groups, facilitate discussion on campus issues, and act as a liaison between students and the administration.

There are over 100 student organizations at Macalester. For a list and brief description of these student organizations click here.

 CLUB SPORTS: to hear the perks of being on club sport team from fellow Macalester students watch this video 

The Student Organization Resource Center (SORC), also called the "SOURCE", is housed in Campus Activities and Operations. Paint, paper, glue and a die-cuttiing machine can be found here and are available for use by student organizations.

From the Library to Cafe Mac, the Alumni Office to Facilities, the Sustainability Office is making a difference, many projects at a time! For a list of current endeavors click here. 

The Office is always looking for ways to make Macalester more sustainable. If you have a good idea, the office may be able to provide you with funding to make it happen. Or you could get involved in one of the student projects that are currently in progress.

To learn about student experiences abroad watch this Global Learning Video.

Local Attractions!

In addition to all the ways to get involved on campus there are a wealth of interesting places to explore in the twin cities. Fortunately getting off campus is easy with the help of the metro bus line! Here is a list of  some local Twin Cities attractions:

Grandview Movie Theater is located at 1830 Grand Ave (0.5 mi west of campus) and has new movies available just moments from your doorstep. Check out the website for showtimes and coupons.

Dunn Bros Coffee has live music tonight. In fact they have live music every night. Located at 1569 Grand Ave (just east of campus) this is a great place to relax, do homework, and enjoy local musicians.

Tea Garden is located at 1692 Grand Ave (0.25 mi west of campus) and is open until 1am on the weekend. The Tea Garden is a fantastic alternative venue to late night clubbing with a live DJ and jazz entertainment. Offering lavender tea shakes, passion fruit coolers and much more.

The Mississippi Riverfront is just 1.5 miles west of campus off of Grand Avenue. Grab a friend, lace up those tennis shoes, and take a walk down to the riverfront for a spectacular view.

One of a kind shopping is just a few blocks away. Head down to the shops on Selby, Snelling, or Grand to shop major name brands, hole-in-the-wall vintage and thrift shops, and maybe grab some frozen yogurt while you're at it.

Poetry Slams are a great way to expand your cultural horizons, explore the Cities, and have a good time with friends. Check out the website above for some great events coming up this year.

Pedal Minnesota is a great resource for the outdoorsy types. Grab a bike, a couple friends, and head out on all the beautiful trails Minnesota has to offer.

Check out the Metromix website to see what events are happening in the cities. You can find everything from comedy shows, to free movie showings, to special deals on ethnic cuisine.

Citypages is the one stop shop for finding out what is happening in the Cities. It includes all the music, arts, and culture the Cities have to offer.

 Here are some local favorite spots of Macalester Students!

 Safety and Security

At Macalester, we truly value your safety and security and want to make sure that you increase your safety on and off campus.

 If you have any issues with your room, roommate, or residence hall, there are several options for you. First, utilize the Residential Life Staff. Each residence hall has a Residence Assistant (RA) on duty every night, as well as an on-call Residence Hall Director, should you need assistance.

Here's a quick list of the on-duty phone numbers for each residential area:

  • GDD, GCA, Houses, Veggie Co-op and Stadium - 651-696-8210
  • 30 Mac, Bigelow, Wallace, & Cottages - 651-696-8222
  • Doty & Turck - 651-696- 8237
  • Dupre - 651-696-8239
  • Kirk- 651-696-8269

 Locked Out of Your Room? Here are the steps to take if you get locked out of room:
1. Call any RA, they will call or page the Hall Director on duty
2. Stop into the hall office if it's open and have the office assistant help
3. During regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call the Res Life Office at 651-696-6213.
4. Call Security 651-696-6555 (Emergency only or if all else fails, a written report will be sent to Res Life Office)

Macalester First Aid is a student organization that has assembled a team of EMTs and first responders to respond to medical emergencies. The Macalester College EMS (MCEMS) crew is on-call from 6pm-2am on Fridays and Saturdays (excluding breaks) on the second floor of the Campus Center. Call Security at 651-696-6555 if there is an emergency. MCEMS is equipped to provide basic life support until care can be transferred to other medical personnel.

 Another important resource on campus is Campus SecurityTrained security officers are on duty 24 hours a day to assist in case of an emergency or to report criminal activity. Campus Security can always be reached at 6555 from a campus phone or 651-696-6555 from your cell.

Beyond Campus Security, we also have the St. Paul Police that routinely patrol the surrounding neighborhoods. All Minnesota and US Federal laws apply on and off campus. To reach St. Paul Police from an on campus telephone dial 9-911 (the first 9 is to get an outside line from a campus telephone).

 We are fortunate to have a St. Paul Fire station just blocks north of campus on Snelling Avenue. Paramedics and Fire personnel respond to treat illness and injury as well as fire safety.

 If you ever feel unsafe on your way home from a movie or a late night study session, SAFEwalk Service (Safe Arrival For Everyone) provides an escort to students, faculty, or staff within one mile of campus. SAFEwalk students are located on the 2nd floor of the Campus Center. SAFEwalk operates 7 days a week from 9pm until 1am and can be reached at 651-696-6699 or by calling Security at 651-696-6555. Walks requested off hours will be provided by Security within a few blocks of campus. SAFEwalk students wear orange or blue shirts or a yellow vest when it is cold. At least 3 students provide a SAFEwalk. 

In the event of an emergency on campus, MacAlert is a text messaging system that notifies you of important emergency information requiring immediate action. You can sign up for MacAlert at 1600grand then go to the "Campus Resources" tab to find the link to sign up.

 Healthy Relationships are something we hope you experience while in college. Here is a site to explore for information on healthy sexuality. 

Have you or someone you care about experienced personal or sexual violence? Do you know how to get the support you need for yourself or for a friend? For more information you can visit the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support website. You can also contact the Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: 651-643-3006 (24 hours), Campus Security: 651-696-6555 (24 hours), or contact a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team.