Macalester Welcomes Class of 2014
This fall Macalester College celebrates the arrival of 545 new members to its community. These include about 520 first year students and 25 transfer students (final, official enrollment figures are calculated two weeks after the start of classes).
Taking on the Gulf Oil Disaster
John Simkins ’08 Galesburg, Illinois; now living in Manhattan Environmental Studies, concentration in Economics On the scene: Cleanup of the Gulf oil disaster that resulted from the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon. Simkins worked for EMR, Incorporated, an environmental company based in Lawrence, Kansas.
Major Metro Perks
I’m not really sure how I ended up in Minnesota, it all happened so fast. One minute I was stressing out over college applications, and the next I had signed up for a four-year excursion in a part of the country that I knew next to nothing about. The Twin Cities were pretty much a mystery to me, but coming from New York, I figured that any city would be better than going to school in the middle of nowhere.
Macalester's location—minutes from downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis—offers students a wealth of opportunities. more
Theater in the Cities
I came to Macalester never having been to Minnesota. When I arrived, I was surprised by an orientation experience called “Into the Streets,” in which members of each first-year course go into the Twin Cities community to see how their course topic connects to the Cities. My class, “Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities,” visited a handful of the numerous theaters here. We met the owners—and often the directors and actors— of these places and learned about volunteer and internship opportunities.
John Cage's Sonatas, Interludes and Accumulations
The Theatre & Dance and Music Departments collaborated on a significant choreographed performance of John Cage’s landmark 1948 piece, “Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano.”