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Twin Cities home sales fall again as inventory dives in April | Twin Cities Business Journal | May 22,2018
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Home sales fell again in April as inventory remains low, according to the latest Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors report. The number of homes for sale was 25.1 percent lower last month when compared with April of last year, with 8,958 properties available. David Arbit ‘07, director of research and economics for the association, said that's the lowest inventory of any April it has seen since at least 2003.
Calculus Is the Peak of High School Math. Maybe It's Time to Change That | Education Week | May 22, 2018
Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:09pm
For more than 30 years, calculus has been seen as the pinnacle of high school math—essential for careers in the hard sciences, and an explicit or unspoken prerequisite for top-tier colleges. But now, math and science professionals are beginning to question how helpful current high school calculus courses really are for advanced science fields. David Bressoud, Math professor and former president of the Mathematical Association of America, was quoted.
Tue, 05/22/2018 - 2:37am
“The House of Tomorrow,” which was partly filmed in Minnesota in 2016, opens this week in Minneapolis. Starring Ellen Burstyn and featuring Nick Offerman and Asa Butterfield, the movie is based on a novel by Macalester grad/English professor Peter Bognanni ‘01. A coming-of-age drama about a kid, his grandmother, his new pal and the relationships all of them have with theorist R. Buckminster Fuller and with punk music, “Tomorrow” is set in and around North Branch.
Mon, 05/21/2018 - 6:25pm
The Microsoft cofounder has just published his list of summer reading recommendations for 2018, including "Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved" by Kate Bowler '02. "I wasn't surprised to find that Bowler's book is heartbreaking at times," Gates said. "But I didn't expect it to be funny too. Sometimes it's both in the same passage."
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 8:18pm
With just weeks left before Minnesota regulators decide the fate of Enbridge Energy's contentious Line 3 oil pipeline proposal, activists are gearing up their years-long fight against the project. Climate activist Akilah Sanders-Reed ‘16 was there and was interviewed.
Fri, 05/18/2018 - 1:19pm
There can't be too many pieces of music written for a pair of trombones and a didgeridoo, the Australian aboriginal instrument resembling a length of wooden gutter piping. Studio Z in lowertown St. Paul, is the home of the New Ruckus Composer Nights. Emceeing the evening is Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Visiting Instructor Paul Cantrell, who has been the point man of New Ruckus for most of the 15 years the organization has been operating.
In massive street protests, Nicaraguans are using Ortega’s revolutionary symbols against him | Washington Post | May 15, 2018
Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:00am
Ortega’s regime has taught generations of Nicaraguans about the revolution. Protesters are throwing that back at him. Eric Mosinger, a visiting assistant professor of political science, is one of the co-writers of this analysis.
Mon, 05/14/2018 - 2:47pm
A North Dakota company that has been at the center of the market for Upper Great Plains specialty crops such as buckwheat, mustard and safflower is stepping forward with new management after the death of its founder. The new general manager is Jim Blair '85.
Rash Report: 'In the Intense Now' of political protest, in 1968 and today | Star Tribune | May 11, 2018
Sun, 05/13/2018 - 5:59pm
Walker Art Center's "Legacy of '68" film series sparks comparisons to current world turbulence. Rash quoted former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan from his recent Books for Africa event, when he urged politicians “to have a little courage...and to stop thinking about the next election and think about the next generation.” Now that would be revolutionary.
Windham teen, a local Philly fan receives game-worn gift from NBA star | The Eagle Tribune | May 10, 2018
Fri, 05/11/2018 - 3:29pm
Jeff '87 and Beau Freedman went to Boston's TD Garden recently hoping to see their beloved Philadelphia 76ers extend their series against the hometown Celtics. A former college basketball and tennis player at Macalester College in Minnesota, Jeff has shared his love for hoops with his son, and the Sixers have served as a vessel for their love of the game.
Fri, 05/11/2018 - 2:31pm
Nobel laureate and former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan '61, said last week the world is squandering the potential of African children by not giving them access to education. Annan, co-chair of the Books for Africa Law and Democracy Initiative alongside former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale '50, was speaking during a reception to mark the 30th anniversary of Books for Africa, the St. Paul non-profit that ships millions of donated school textbooks to the continent.
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 1:46pm
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., wants the federal government to guarantee a job for every American willing and able to work. The proposal sounds compassionate and enlightened, but in practice, it would almost certainly be a disaster. In this opinion piece, Samuelson refers to Timothy Taylor, the longstanding managing editor of the "Journal of Economic Perspectives" based at Macalester, and his "always-useful and strictly nonpartisan blog, Conversable Economist."
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 9:46am
PHOTO GALLERY. Macalester College alum Kofi Annan '61 visited Macalester for the renaming of an institute in his honor.
Thu, 05/10/2018 - 12:03am
Kofi Annan ’61, was secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006 and is a co-recipient with the U.N. of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize. He sat down with The WorldPost editor-in-chief Nathan Gardels for an interview, which has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 8:27pm
“And then you realize that almost everything that makes your life work is contingent on factors that you have almost no control over, and usually no control over at all.” An interview with author and Macalester alumnae Kate Bowler ‘02.
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 5:43pm
Weaving together ideas of home and the braiding ritual, a 30-minute film called "Braids" played on a loop at Walker Art Center recently as part of "Choosing Home: A Right, a Privilege or an Act of Trespass," presented by the Walker's MN Artists program and guest curator Speller. History professor Crystal Moten was involved with the program, pictured and quoted in the article.
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 5:13pm
BREAKING BIG, a 12-episode documentary series premiering Friday, June 15 at 7:30 CST, explores the unexpected journey to success of some of the world’s most influential artists, innovators, political leaders, athletes, authors and entrepreneurs. Danai Gurira ’01 is one of those profiled.
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:38am
Former UN Secretary-General and 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan says the characteristics of good leaders are judgment, discipline, compassion, a keen sense of what's right and wrong, concern about community and a dedication to service. He was back in Minnesota on May 7, 2018, to speak at his alma mater, Macalester College, for the dedication of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship. He graduated in 1961. After the dedication, Macalester President Brian Rosenberg and Annan held a conversation at the Leonard Center Fieldhouse with approximately 3000 people in attendance, including students, alumni, faculty, staff and people from the Macalester community.
Wed, 05/09/2018 - 1:04am
Political analysts Julie Dolan of Macalester College and Chris Chapp St. Olaf College join Tom Hauser to discuss Gov. Mark Dayton's push for MinnesotaCare buy-ins, school funding and more.
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 5:38pm
Political Science professor Andrew Latham was interviewed re President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, thereby unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of President Barack Obama.