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  • U.S. has moral obligation to Afghan interpreters | Star Tribune | December 5, 2016
    At a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric is running high, we must keep our doors open, and widen them, to allies who helped the U.S. at great personal risk. This opinion was written by Kristina Doan '10, a student at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • East Side Freedom Library continues to reach new audiences | Star Tribune | December 2, 2016
    Peter Rachleff, a former Macalester College labor historian, and his wife, Beth Cleary, chairwoman of Macalester’s theater and dance department, have established the East Side Freedom Library. Ask them to explain their goal of helping people connect to the history of their community and they begin to answer with a tour.
  • Philando Castile’s killing follows familiar pattern, journalist says | Pioneer Press | November 30, 2016
    Journalist and activist Shaun King told several hundred Macalester College students that Philando Castile’s fatal shooting by a St. Anthony police officer last summer was the product of an American criminal justice system that is biased against people of color. “The system is not broken,” he said. “It’s functioning exactly like it was designed to function. This was not an accident; this was deliberate.”
  • Explaining the new numbers on homelessness in Minnesota | MPR | November 28, 2016
    Homelessness in Minnesota is down for the first time since 2006, according to a recent Wilder Research report. Michelle Decker Gerrard '89, research manager at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, was interviewed.
  • 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.
  • Marlon James is named Macalester writer-in-residence | MinnPost | November 22, 2016
    Macalester College English professor Marlon James made literary history in 2015, when he became the first Jamaican to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction. And now, James has been named Macalester’s first-ever writer-in-residence. His appointment begins Jan. 1.
  • Marlon James named Macalester's first writer in residence | Star Tribune | November 21, 2016
    Marlon James, the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist, has been named Macalester College’s first writer in residence. His appointment will begin in January. James, a native of Jamaica, joined Macalester’s English Department in 2007.

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  • Philando Castile’s killing follows familiar pattern, journalist says | Pioneer Press | November 30, 2016
    Journalist and activist Shaun King told several hundred Macalester College students that Philando Castile’s fatal shooting by a St. Anthony police officer last summer was the product of an American criminal justice system that is biased against people of color. “The system is not broken,” he said. “It’s functioning exactly like it was designed to function. This was not an accident; this was deliberate.”
  • I-94 reopens in Minneapolis after anti-Trump protesters shut it down | Pioneer Press | November 10, 2016
    Macalester first year students Tulsi Patel and Theo Bilski were quoted.
  • Wallin’s legacy: Relationship-driven scholarship program proves effective | MinnPost | November 2, 2106
    The scholarship program that the late businessman Winston Wallin co-founded with his wife, Maxine '48 in 1992 has become the embodiment of “pay it forward” in more ways than one. Wallin scholars and Macalester students Lisa Levoir ’17 and Emely Mancia Chavez '18 are pictured and featured.
  • Edwin Herrera’s letter from college | Sonoma Valley Sun | October 31, 2016
    Edwin Herrera, in his first year at Macalester, was The Sun’s student reporter last semester. Here he writes about his impressions of college, the Twin Cities and being away from home.
  • Mellon Mays Fellows @JXTA | Juxtaposition Arts | October 3, 2016
    Six Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows from Macalester participated in JXTA’s Free Wall: Intro to Aerosol Painting three-week workshop this summer. American Studies professor Duchess Harris, a Mellon Mays Fellow in 1991 who connected Macalester's fellows with Juxtaposition Arts, said that “the purpose of the program is to mentor undergraduates to become graduate students, and eventually faculty. We are interested in enhancing the numbers of faculty who come from under-represented backgrounds.” The fellows were Malik Earle '18 (Hancock, NH), Ayaan Natala '18 (St. Paul, Minn), Andrea Kvietok '18 (Lima, Peru), Tracy Pham '18 (Bloomington, Minn) Jordana Palmer '18 (Kingston, Jamaica) and Ryan Harris '17 (Philadelphia, Penn).
  • Macalester on the Orientation Express | Smart Trips | September 26, 2016
    The first year of college is an exciting time for students at Macalester. In the first week of school, Macalester helps students explore the Twin Cities by encouraging them to form relationships within the community. “Into the Streets” began in 1988 as a unique event designed to introduce new Macalester students to the Twin Cities. This year, students went to the Frogtown neighborhood, the State Capital, the Green Line and many other Twin Cities locations. In recent years, Macalester has integrated public transit into these tours.
  • Beta Byte: Sittereco | Tech.MN | September 28, 2016
    Interview with Mana Sanghvi, founder/CEO at Sittereco, word-of-mouth mobile app network of recommended parents and sitters. In this article, she mentions Paul Cantrell, visiting instructor in the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Department, and student Cody Molho '18.
  • Powerful show against strength for cancer | WUSA-TV | September 13, 2016
    Hundreds of cancer survivors and loved ones of those who lost their battle gathered on Capitol Hill recently to remember the lost and to keep battling the disease. Ian Lock '17, a survivor, was interviewed.
  • Giant Coral Reef in Protected Area Shows New Signs of Life | New York Times | August 15, 2016
    William Feeney '18 was part of the SEA Semester voyage that discovered good news regarding coral health in the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) last month, a discovery that was featured in the New York Times. He was a member of a larger group that gathered data on the health of the islands’ coral reef ecosystem in order to recommend policy implementations to the PIPA management office in Kiribati, an island nation in the central Pacific Ocean, all while sailing as an active crewmember aboard the tall ship research vessel.
  • Macalester fellow brings new ideas to open farms | Open Arms of Minnesota | July 26, 2016
    As Open Farms expands to two brand new plots this year, there’s a greater need to introduce the organic farming project to neighbors near the new sites in Phillips and North Minneapolis. That’s where Laura Abril comes in. Laura is a rising senior studying economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, and she comes to Open Arms through a unique program: the Chuck Green Fellowship.

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