Tuesday, November 17, 2015

DML: An(Other) Story Circle: Feminisms & Religion

On October 20, 2015, the Department of Multicultural Life (Staff is pictured) hosted our first An(Other) Story Circle program for the semester in collaboration with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life(CRSL).
An(Other) Story Circle is a once-a-semester program where a group of community members are asked to share their experiences, or stories, with the campus community around a particular theme on identity, self, and society. The Story Circle program aspires to encourage the Macalester community to talk across difference and get to know each other through sharing personal narratives. This semester our topic was Feminisms and Religion and we invited four story-sharers who are passionate about their identities as feminists and how that relates to their religion and spirituality.

Set in the beautiful lower level space of Weyerhaeuser Chapel, nearly 30 participants attended the event over the lunch hour munching on sandwiches from Jimmy John’s. Chaplain Kelly Stone welcomed everyone to the space, followed by an overview of the program and community guidelines by the DML student staff organizers. Our four story sharers were a nice mix of students, faculty, and staff across multiple faith backgrounds: our very own Afifa Benwahoud, coordinator of the DML; Rachel Fogel ’16; Gao Thor ’18; and Lin Aanonsen, Professor of Biology. They each shared thoughtful and quite moving stories, and tears might have been shed. Afterwards, the room divided into small groups of four to reflect on the stories, resonance, and own relationships with faith and feminism through some guided questions. The event was a success and a beautiful collaboration with the CRSL. We hope to work with them more in the future.
Jinath Tasnim '16

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

An Introduction

Hi, everyone.

This is my first blog post for the Orange. I’ll mostly be uploading photos with short descriptions. But since this is the first post, I’ll do an intro.  

Facts about me:

  • I study psychology and environmental studies. 
  • I’m a senior.I do research at a cognitive psych lab that uses an eye-tracking device that can record your eye position a 1000 times a second) 
  • I’ve spent all three summers in the Twin Cities, interning and working at awesome places.  
  • I live off-campus right now with two of my good friends. I thought I would want to live on campus for all four years because I loved my residential experience here, but living off campus is amazingly fun and useful for acquiring life skills (*see note about squash soup below). 
  • Oh, and I’m from Yongin, South Korea. 

This photo is of where I spend a lot of my time, the Psychology Department. Our hallways don’t always look like this. Last Friday, the day before Halloween, the department hosted a Halloween lab tour, which meant that students, staff or anyone in the community were welcome to visit the labs, participate in fun experiments and eat chocolate. I had to miss it because I have a volunteer shift at the National Institute for Mental Illness (NAMI) on Friday afternoons. But my lab had eyeball candy (cause we’re an eye-tracking lab remember) and eyeball cookies that you could decorate. If you ever want to know more about my experience as a psych major, I could go on for hours, so don’t hesitate to contact me even if it’s not psych-related (mkim1@macalester.edu). I could tell you all about our Halloween eye-tracking experiment that involved looking for an angry looking pumpkin among a sea of happy pumpkins (but there’s a twist because in one condition all of your periphery view is blurred and then in the next condition, everything you focus on gets blurred, and you see ONLY your periphery, and yeah you betcha that’s disorienting). 

*One last thing I want to share! I made acorn squash soup for the first time today. I’ve never really had to cook for myself in high school (it’s typical for South Korean students to return from school at around 10 or 11 pm, so dinner is typically served at school there). So I’m a novice at cooking, which is why when I tried to puree my soup in the blender earlier, 1/3 of the contents flew out. “Small batches,” is the key to pureeing I think. Now I know. Maybe I’ll have a picture next time. 

Bye for now.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Summer in the Cities Recap

This past summer, Mac student workers and interns working in the Admissions Office joined forces and created the Summer Orange Crew. They explored some of the many great places to visit in the Twin Cities and our neighborhood. Scroll down to see their stops.
Lisa, Zane, Eloise, Connor, Dan, Atticus, Ben, Morgan and Angela


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Meet the 2015-16 Global Ambassadors

Meet the 2015-16 Macalester Global Ambassadors! The Global Ambassadors program provides a uniquely personal lens through which to see the college. Current students and alumni serve as resources for prospective students around the world who wish to learn more about academic opportunities and community life at the college. 

Alizee Vignon ’16
Pino Torinese, Italy

I am originally from France, but I grew up in Italy, moving around a lot for my parents’ work. I am an International Studies major with a Political Science and Portuguese double minor, and a Human Rights and Humanitarianism concentration. In addition to being a Global Ambassadors Coordinator, I am one of the co-chairs of Europa, the European cultural organization on campus. I also work off-campus as a Model United Nations trainer for middle- and high-schoolers, and as a classroom assistant in a Preschool. I chose Mac because I had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished high-school, and I knew that a liberal arts college like Macalester would enable me to explore my options before committing to a certain major. I was also attracted to the large amount of international students, small class sizes, and the many student organizations that exist at Macalester.

Nuoya Wu (Nora) ’17
Wuhan, China

I was born and raised in Wuhan, China, and spent my last two years of high school in Norway. I am majoring in Educational Studies, Applied Mathematics and Statistics and Economics. I have been involved in the Global Ambassadors Programs since my first year at Mac. I also co-founded an organization called “Aware-Asia” to promote social, economic and political awareness about the Asian region. I have led workshops for the last two International Roundtables. I am also interested in photography, singing and dancing, and have performed in cultural shows on campus in the past two years. Together with Alizee, I also work as a MUN trainer for United Nations Association in Minnesota. I chose Mac because I wanted to have a liberal art education but in an urban setting. I want to have a supportive environment as well as academic rigor. Mac’s focus on Internationalism and Multiculturalism also makes it easier for me to build up relationship and communities here.

Lutfe-E-Noor Rahman ’18
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Before I Macalester, I attended the United World College Costa Rica. I am currently interested in biomedical sciences and hope to major in a subject related to it. Besides offering excellent academic programs, Mac is a small community that values diversity, cultural differences and social justice and that is what drew me to Mac. Even before I stepped onto campus, International Students Program (ISP) mentors and staff have been helping me to make my transition into Mac a smooth one. I absolutely love my First Year Course called 'Bodies on Fire' and the professor who also happens to be my academic advisor. I am very excited to be an assistant ambassador for the Global Ambassadors Program at Mac. It will hopefully allow me to reach out to other international students and help them figure out how Mac could be perfect for the college experience they want!

Tina Esmail ’19
Copenhagen, Denmark

I was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, but spent my two previous years in The Netherlands, where I studied IB at United World College Maastricht. As a new-coming first year I have yet to decide what I want to major in (perks of Liberal arts). However, I have no doubts that it would be in the natural sciences. I am the newest member of the Global Ambassador program, and I also work at the admission office. I am slowly transitioning into the Macalester environment, and spend time exploring different clubs and organizations. I am looking forward to becoming a first aid responder at Macalester, and enjoy spending my time swimming and dancing Salsa. I chose to enroll at Macalester, because I wanted to go to a small liberal arts school in an urban environment. I was very intrigued by Macalester’s focus on internationalism, because as an international student, I wanted to ensure that I wouldn’t feel alienated in any way, and I surely didn’t. More importantly, Mac would give me the chance to grow intellectually due to its academic rigor, but still allow me to engage in a broader community.

Jonathan van Arneman ’16
Philipsburg, St Martin

I’m originally from the US Virgin Islands but I grew up on the beautiful island of St Martin, where my family still resides. On coming to Macalester (via UWC Pearson in Canada), I knew I wanted to major in Economics and surprisingly I’ve stuck with it the entire 4 years. Within that time frame, I also picked up a Latin American studies minor and an International Development Concentration; all of which have contributed tremendously to the way I see the world. Outside of Academics, I’m apart of Mac Christian Fellowship (MCF), Macalester’s Hip Hop Dance group (Bodacious), and the Caribbean Student Association as well as the Global Ambassador Coordinators team. Joining orgs on campus is a great way to make lifelong bonds with people you otherwise may never have interacted with and I’ve met some amazing people as a result. Coming to Macalester was a complete risk as I knew (almost) nothing about the school before I arrived and could only rely on what the people I knew here had told me. That being said, it turned out for the better because it’s actually a great place to be and I can’t imagine a better way of spending the last 4 years of my life.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Meet the 2015-16 Tour Guide Coordinators!

Around 50 Mac students volunteer to be tour guides for the over 400 tours offered each year (check out the calendar). The following 5 Tour Guide Coordinators are responsible for scheduling and training our guides for the 2015-16 academic year. Requirements for the job include expert walking backwards skills, profound passion for color coordinating Google docs and a love for Mac!

Sudbury, MA

Orgs/sports: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, Musical Theater Org

Something about yourself
My birthday is on Leap Day, so it only comes every four years… and 2016 happens to be a Leap Year!!

Best part about being a Tour Guide Coordinator Meeting people from all different classes and being part of the Admissions community.

Chicago, IL

Orgs/sports: Varsity Baseball, Club Volleyball, NÜDL Host, Food Columnist for the Mac Weekly, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Something about yourself
I have two loves - baseball and biking - and the Twin Cities have absolutely spoiled me on both. On a somewhat connected note, I currently have 31 ½ real teeth! Can you guess which one is half fake? :D

Best part about being a Tour Guide Coordinator We get to interact every day with all sorts of folks representing the next generation of Mac students! Plus Lucy sometimes buys us ice cream.

New York, NY 

Co-chair of Macalester Investment Group

Something about yourself I play the bagpipes because my love for Macalester is out of control.

Best part about being a Tour Guide Coordinator Getting to train all the fledgling tour guides and turn them into beautiful
soaring guides.

Madison, WI
Economics & Geography

Orgs/sports Varsity Cross Country and Track, intramural Ultimate Frisbee, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Co-Chair of Macalester Democrats

Something about yourself  
Crossword puzzles are my true love. I can complete up to a Friday New York Times puzzle but have never (yet!) finished a Saturday puzzle, which is the hardest.

Best part about being a Tour Guide Coordinator The other wonderful people who work in Admissions! And a chance to influence the next generation at Macalester.

St. Louis, MO
Computer Science

Macalester Democrats, Club Volleyball

Something about yourself
I’ve been a vegetarian since the day I was born. I’ve never eaten a piece of meat in my life.

Best part about being a Tour Guide Coordinator During my first week of work as a coordinator, I had two first-year students come up to me and tell me that I had been their tour guide when they visited Mac. They also said that they also wanted to become tour guides here because of that. It was one of the most rewarding moments I’ve had here at Mac.