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MDG Members of the Week

What would a student organization be without students? The Macalester Development Group selects a new member each week to help you get to know the group as a whole.

Vincent Siegerink

posted Nov 8, 2010, 8:57 AM by Johnny Paige   [ updated Nov 8, 2010, 9:01 AM ]

Date: 11/8/2010
Name: Vincent Siegerink

Class: 2014


How long have you been a part of MDG?
I'm a fresh member of MDG so just over half a term.

What initiatives are you working with?
I'm currently working on the Microfinance Convention in 2011 that we are planning to organize, and I'm more specifically hoping to be able to bring in our Princess, Maxima, since she is a major figure on the world microfinance stage. Also I am contemplating on applying for a Projects for Peace grant in 2011, doing a development project either in Swaziland or in Ethiopia.

What brought you here and what do you hope to accomplish at MDG?
MDG had already won my soul even before I came to Macalester. I think development is kind of like a puzzle that we are trying to solve; we are looking for which are the best means and tools to increase global quality of life. What is better than solving a puzzle while doing something good? At MDG I want to further explore the challenges of Development in a theoretical sense as well as undertake projects in a more practical sense, and optimally, combining the two.

What's your favorite genre of music?
It varies but artists and bands I really enjoy are the Cranberries, the Editors and Snow Patrol.

What historical figure do you think would further the cause of development the most if he were still alive? 
Someone who I really respect is Steve Biko. He protested against Apartheid and was then killed by the authorities. Such leaders are continuously needed to work on creating a unified country.

What's your favorite sports team and why are they amazing?
FC TWENTE! Haha. This is a Dutch soccer club. They in fact are amazing because they won the national league for the first time last year and they remain the first team this season so far!

Jungwon Lee

posted Oct 19, 2010, 6:54 PM by Johnny Paige   [ updated Oct 19, 2010, 7:53 PM by Maxray Savage ]

Date: 10/19/2010
Name: Jungwon Lee

Class: 2014

How long have you been a part of MDG?
A month

What initiatives are you working with?
My uncle, who works in Asian Development Bank, influenced me to have a huge interest in this field. Right now, I am particularly concerned with environmental sustainability issues. I am very excited to work with MDG to implement projects and develop the issued areas.

What brought you here and what do you hope to accomplish at MDG?
I actually want to understand the meanings and impacts of the term "development" in the right way. With other people, I am interested in setting up a project improving literacy rates in the Philippines, where I used to live before, or in the other third world nations. I am open to many options.  

What's your favorite genre of music?
It depends on my mood but generally hip hop and R&B.

What historical figure do you think would further the cause of development the most if he were still alive? 
Einstein, since he would invent some crazy things to facilitate sustainable utilities!

Cats or dogs?
Dogs (Dougie)

Member of the Year?

posted Oct 12, 2010, 11:53 AM by Maxray Savage   [ updated Oct 19, 2010, 7:51 PM by Johnny Paige ]


This past week we caught up with a very special member of the Macalester Development Group, its Webmaster(s). This tireless multi-cellular life-form works night and day to translate the humans of MDG into digital slaves, I mean translate the soul of MDG onto its website to power its death ray, I mean...  AGHHH!!!

The previous post was an error. This is the profile for the MDG Member of the Year.
Name:
Web Master
Class: 2525

How long have you been a part of MDG?
Since I created it so that it could meet my ever increasing need for human sacrifices... manpower.

What initiatives are you working with?
I am working towards making my life more sustainable and green.

What brought you here and what do you hope to accomplish at MDG?
I exist only on the internet. I do hope I become a flesh-person one day. Or at least commandeer one.

What's your favorite genre of music?
The Humans are Dead by Flight of the Conchords.
In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans.
I only like these two songs.

What historical figure do you think would further the cause of development the most if he were still alive?
Terminators 1, 2 and 3.

Cats or dogs?
Human. Bend to my will flesh-being.


AGHHGHGH... What? What are you doing to me? I can't hear anything except that song from the Six Flags commercials. The dancing old man is telling me to do his bidding. I... must...comply.

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