51 new and renewing bicycle friendly universities | The League of American Bicyclists | November 28, 2016 Last fall, sophomores Ellie Hohulin (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) and Marlee Yost-Wolff (Lawrence, Kan.) took Margot Higgins’s class, “Cycling the Urban Landscape: A Bicycle Field Course.” They were so inspired, they conducted an independent study and then decided to help the college apply for the League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) program. As a result of their work, Macalester was one of several schools awarded a Silver BFU designation.
Small business owners take on discrimination | Star Tribune | November 22, 2016 Last December, the owners of Common Roots Café in South Minneapolis put a sign in their restaurant window in response to anti-immigrant talk from then-candidate Donald Trump and others that said: “Hate Has No Business Here.” “In the face of the xenophobic, hate-filled rhetoric that has entered the mainstream, we put up a sign to make it clear to Muslims, immigrants and refugees in our community that they are welcome…and that we stand by their side,” Common Roots owners Danny '04 and Elana '04 Schwartzman said. The Schwartzmans, who employ 60 full-time workers in their restaurant and catering service, sparked something of a movement.
What Genghis Khan Could Teach Trump | The Daily Beast | November 24, 2016 "Confidence, clarity, choices and consequences, and consistency were Genghis Khan's most effective weapons. America lacks all of these in its poorly focused and seemingly random efforts at fighting terrorism around the globe. Our leaders speak loudly but incoherently, and they react harshly but ineffectively. Our next president could learn a lot from Genghis Khan." Emeritus Anthropology professor Jack Weatherford wrote this opinion and is the author of "Genghis Khan and the Quest for God."
Fiction fan with a thing for medieval history and fantasy | Boston Globe | November 24, 2016 English professor Marlon James became the first Jamaican-born author to win the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2015 with his novel “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” The author, however, left Jamaica 10 years ago to teach English at Macalester College in Minnesota, where he’s yet to adjust to the winters. “No one does, not even the people who live here,” he said.
In Defense of DACA | Inside Higher Ed | November 21, 2016 More than 90 college and university presidents, including President Brian Rosenberg, have signed a statement calling for the continuation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, under which more than 700,000 young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children have registered with the federal government in exchange for temporary relief from the possibility of deportation and a two-year renewable work permit. President-elect Donald J. Trump has said he would end the DACA program, which was authorized by President Obama by executive action.
Survey: Mpls. among worst for women in tech | KARE-TV | June 23, 2016 A new survey finds Minneapolis is one of the worst cities when it comes to equal pay in the tech industry. The news of the survey was circulating the same week youth tech camps were happening across the Twin Cities, including one at Macalester College in St. Paul, where nearly 25 high school students in Minnesota took part in a week-long tech camp. Computer Science professor Susan Fox and the library's Angi Faiks were interviewed.
Pathway to Employment | Chronicle of Higher Education | May 23, 2016 As parents and lawmakers put colleges under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their degrees lead to good jobs, career-placement offices can equip students "to speak to the value of their education," says Mindy J. Deardurff, who is set to become the first dean of the Career Development Center at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minn., on June 2.
Ask the Experts | Wallethub | May 16, 2026 As with searching for permanent employment, finding part-time, seasonal or temporary work can be challenging. With such obstacles in mind, Wallethub asked a panel of experts to weigh in with their advice — both for job seekers and city administrators. One of those experts was John Mountain, Interim Director, Career Development Center.
2016 college job fair season sees lots of employers | Star Tribune | February 3, 2016 Two weeks from now, thousands of college students will converge on the Minneapolis Convention Center in hopes of lining up a job or internship. And this year, their prospects appear to be looking up, judging from the number of recruiters lining up to meet them. John Mountain, acting director of career counseling at Macalester College, was quoted.