Life at Mac

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A Multicultural and Diverse Campus Community

Macalester is a place dedicated to providing space for its community members "to become intellectually vital and productive citizen-leaders in a world that includes a multiplicity of cultures, perspectives, and needs." Macalester embraces the complexity of the various races, cultures, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, genders, religious and class backgrounds of our members. Learn as much as you can about the resources available to you at Macalester.

They include:

Department of Multicultural Life
International Center
• Cultural House
Center for Religious and Spiritual Life
Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
LGBTQ Resources

There are also a number of faculty and staff members across campus, throughout different departments, focused on multicultural life. Also, be sure to consult the student organization guide, included with your Orientation 2014 materials, for a listing of student cultural, religious, political, and social justice focused organizations. For more information, contact the Department of Multicultural Life.

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Food at Mac

Bon Appetit, our campus dining service contractor, is nationally recognized as a leader in providing high quality dining experiences. All first year students are placed on a 19 meals-per-week plan for the fall semester.

Please visit Bon Appetit for more information, including a weekly menu. Dining on campus takes place at Cafe Mac located in the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

Thanks to the class of 1999 there is a JukeBox you can use for free at dinner time.

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Student IDs & Card Services

In order to enter Cafe Mac, you will need your Student ID. Card Services will provide information about other uses of your ID card.

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Mac Weekly

Read all about it! Mac Weekly

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Highlander - The Shop at Macalester

You can find all the supplies you need for school right on campus! Highlander - The Shop at Macalester is located in the Lampert Building on Snelling Avenue. It houses the school store and the bookstore. Check out all the information about books for school through this attachment.

Visit their website!

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Student Government & Program Board

Macalester College Student Government (MCSG)

Meet your Student Government! Want to get involved?

Visit the MCSG Homepage

Program Board (PB)

Program Board plans a diverse array of educational and social activities throughout the year for the entire campus. These include concerts, Winter Ball, off-campus outings, Springfest, and more!

Visit the Program Board website and join in the fun!

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Student Organizations and Clubs

Mac is home to over 100 Student Organizations and Clubs!

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The Orange

Read students' stories about their college life experiences at this blog, The Orange.

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Mac Lingo

SPO is the term commonly used for campus mail, Student Post Office. This term can be used as a verb (“I have to SPO a letter”) or a noun (“Let’s check our SPOs”)

IGC is the Institute for Global Citizenship, located in the newly constructed Markim Hall. Housing the Civic Engagement Center, the International Center, the Lilly Program, the Internship Program and the Dean for Global Citizenship, the IGC is your one stop shop for discovering your place in the world a on a global scale.

THE LINK is the skyway between the library and Old Main (the oldest building on campus). It is used as a 24-hour study area.

FISHBOWL is a link between Doty and Turck Residence Halls. It is a common place for students to gather, and is also a frequent pizza delivery area.

C-HOUSE (Cultural House) is a residential and programming space dedicated to the promotion of cultural awareness for all students. Its address is 37 Macalester Street.

AUX POINTS refer to the money you add to your student ID. They can be used at the Grille, inside Café Mac, at the Highlander store, at the Info Desk, at several local stores and restaurants, or to do laundry in your residence hall. You can put money on your card in one of two ways: (1) online with a credit card via Manage My ID or (2) at the Card Value Center in the lower level of the Campus Center with cash.

6000 is the number for the campus switchboard operator. Give them a call and they can provide you with the phone number for students, faculty or campus offices. Or, better yet, use the Macalester online directory  to find phone numbers, locations, and email addresses of Mac departments and people.

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Mac Rouser

An arrangement of the Mac Rouser and Dear Old Macalester sung by The Traditions, a student a cappella group.

Mac Rouser words and music by Lucille Farrell, Class of 1919.
Dear Old Macalester words by Bertelle Barker Marvin, Class of 1909.

You hear of the colleges and of the U's
Whose students are loyal and true
Of Hamline, St. Thomas and old G.A.C., St. Olaf and Carleton too,—
But there is one in St. Paul that beats them all,
Far-famed is her good name,—
Now cheer for our Alma Mater—
Rah Rah for Macalester.

Rouser Chorus:

For we are loyal—to dear old Mac,
And college spirit—We never lack—
We always fight to win the game,
In every sport it's just the same
We wave our pennants the gold and blue,
and to these colors—we're ever true;
We proudly give an Oskie Wow-Wow,
For our dear college Macalester.

Cut to Dear Old Macalester:

Dear old Macalester, Ever the same;
To those whose hearts
Are thrilled by thy dear name.
Cherished by all thy sons,
Loved by all thy daughters,
Hail! hail to thee,
Our college dear.

Repeat Rouser Chorus:

For we are loyal—to dear old Mac,
And college spirit—We never lack—
We always fight to win the game,
In every sport it's just the same
We wave our pennants the gold and blue,
and to these colors—we're ever true;
We proudly give an Oskie Wow-Wow,
For our dear college Macalester.

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