Many students are attracted to Mac because it’s one of the few topnotch liberal arts colleges located in the midst of a vibrant urban area. They imagine attending Guthrie Theater productions and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts, seeing bands at First Avenue, dining at Afghan and Japanese restaurants, hitting major league ball games.

But the panoply of offerings found in Minneapolis and St. Paul doesn’t mean that things are slow on campus. Most weekend nights, in particular, life at 1600 Grand is very busy indeed.

To prove it, we sent out two photographers to capture one November night, when the campus was hopping with everything from a German student film festival to a production of Romeo and Juliet.

So yes, Mac students can head downtown any time they like. But they can also find plenty to do right here, in a few magical blocks between Summit and St. Clair.

January 30 2013

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