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Mackey Chair/ Mackey Professor—the Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing brings an author of distinction to the Beloit College campus for all or part of one semester to teach an advanced course in creative writing. The person who holds it is called the Mackey Professor or, more formally, the Mackey Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. Previous chairholders: Denise Levertov, Edward Hoagland, Peter Matthiessen, Carolyn Kizer, Rick Bass, Ursula K. Le Guin, William Stafford, Tess Gallagher, Raymond Carver, Amy Hempel, Li-Young Lee, Ron Carlson, Bei Dao, Patricia Hampl, Pam Houston, Billy Collins, William Least Heat-Moon, Robert Stone, Richard Bausch, Scott Russell Sanders, and Linda Gregerson.

  NOTE: When writing about the Mackey Chair in press releases, attribution for the genesis of the gift should be made. (e.g.: The Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing brings a distinguished author to Beloit College for all or part of one semester to teach an advanced course in creative writing. It was established in the late 1980s by Beloit College alumnus Willard Mackey, of the class of 1947, in honor of his late wife, a member of the class of 1945.)

Marshall Scholarship—Marshall Scholars are chosen from a national pool of students to live and study at a British university. Selection is based in part on their potential for contributing to society.

Martha Peterson Prize—awarded at Commencement to a student who best exemplifies Beloit's liberal arts traditions. Established by the class of 1981 to honor Beloit's seventh president. Faculty nominate four students and members of the graduating class vote on the recipient.

Marvin Field House—the original part of the Sports Center, with the indoor track. Use this formal name in official presentations and fundraising materials; otherwise, reference to the Field House may be used. See appendix.

Master Calendar—capitalize when referring to Beloit College's master listing of events.

Mathers Room A & B—large conference rooms in Pearsons Hall; always list with the building name. (Example: Mathers Room A in Pearsons Hall) see appendix.

Mayer Hall—correctly pronounced "my-er" as in Oscar Mayer foods, even though most people say "may-er." Includes ISR, Morgan Room, Wilson Theatre, and Wood Room. See appendix.

McNair Program—the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. See TRIO Department.

McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute—the summer component of the McNair program, which pairs students with faculty mentors in conducting research.

Mead Room—small conference room on the south side of Pearsons Hall; always list with the building name. See appendix.

Memorial Hall—more commonly referred to as the Logan Museum of Anthropology; for older audiences, it might be well to use both: Logan Museum of Anthropology in Memorial Hall. See appendix.

M-I lounge—often referred to as the fireplace lounge (but use M-I lounge instead), it is on the second floor of Morse-Ingersoll Hall. See appendix.

mid—no hyphen when used as prefix, unless it precedes a capital letter or numerical figure.

Middle College—built in 1847; main administration building, housing the Visitors Center, the offices of the president (President's Office), provost and dean of the college, chief financial officer, vice president for human resources and operations, vice president for enrollment services, the Office of Admissions, and Institutional Research and Planning. The vice president for development and alumni relations is in the Alumni House (613 College Street) and the dean of students (Dean of Students Office) is in Pearsons Hall. See appendix.

midnight—use this rather than 12 a.m. to avoid confusion.

midterm—for mid-semester breaks, use midterm break for the one that occurs in autumn; spring break is more commonly used for the other.

Midwest—all regions should be capitalized (the Northeast, the South).

Miles Music Center—the lower level of Eaton Chapel, featuring music offices and private rehearsal areas. Always tell the reader it's in Eaton Chapel. See appendix.

money—Use numerals. When forming a compound adjective, use a hyphen.(Examples: He gave $50. His gift was $1 million (simple nouns). He presented  a $1-million gift (compound adjective). The year-end total was nearly $1.5 million.) The decimal system (taken out 1,2 or 3 places) is usually preferred for numbers above $1 million. (Examples: $1.123 million, or better yet: more than $1.1 million, nearly $1.2 million) (Symbols: ¢ = option-4; £ = option-3; ¥ = option-y)

months—capitalize the names of months in all uses. When a month is used with a specific date abbreviate only Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec.

Harry C. Moore Circle—a gift club within the Chelonian Society for donors giving the college $25,000+ annually. Named for longtime board member, former chair of the board of trustees,and founder of the Moore Scholars program.

Moore Lounge—main area on the second floor of Pearsons Hall; always list with building name. (Note the intentional absence of the word "Study.") See appendix.

Moore Hall—a 12-unit townhouse residence hall with apartment-style units for 48 students. Built in 2002, it is located at the northernmost edge of campus, west of Chapin Hall. See appendix

Morse Librarysee library and appendix.

Morse-Ingersoll Hall (M-I)—a major classroom building constructed in 1931; includes Richardson Auditorium and a lounge on the second floor (M-I lounge is the preferred generic name, though it is also referred to as the fireplace lounge). see appendix.

Mortar Board—honor society of senior students chosen for excellence in scholarship, campus leadership, and service to the College.

mortarboard—the cap worn at Commencement.

mottoScientia Vera Cum Fide Pura translates to "true knowledge with pure faith." This motto appears on the College seal, which was adopted by the board of trustees in 1850. The motto is believed to have been drawn from President Chapin's inaugural address.

Mounds—see Indian mounds.

—no hyphen; refers to three or more disciplines.

multimedia—no hyphen.

museums—generally, use lower case when talking generically about the college's two museums. Capitalize when talking specifically about the Logan Museum of Anthropology and Wright Museum of Art, both referred to as "the museum" in subsequent reference. "Beloit College Museums" (upper case) as one entity may occasionally be used for promotional purposes. See appendix.

My Academic Plan (MAP)—the name of the document students complete as part of the Intitiatives program, which charts their course to graduation. Called Comprehensive Academic Plan until 2006.