Opinion: Facts are Stubborn Things
Sep23

Opinion: Facts are Stubborn Things

By Christopher Condon, Columnist Sexual assault is one of the scourges of the global social order. One out of every five women and one out of every 71 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes; the statistics regarding children are even more gut-wrenching, with one out of four girls and one out of six boys sexually abused before reaching the age of 18. Whatever our opinions on politics or other matters, it is a near unanimous...

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Opinion: Seeing the Other Side of the John Dean Retort
Sep11

Opinion: Seeing the Other Side of the John Dean Retort

By Alex Romano, Associate Editor At the end of summer break, there arose a new kerfuffle in the news, courtesy of- surprise, surprise – Donald Trump’s legal team. The president posted a tweet, this time coming from the boss himself in response to a New York Times article reporting how White House Counsel Don McGahn testified for hours in front of the Special Counsel: Trump called McGahn a “John Dean type RAT,” prompting the...

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Opinion: The Problem with Rushing–Friends are the Family We Choose
Sep08

Opinion: The Problem with Rushing–Friends are the Family We Choose

In Harper Lee’s classic American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem Finch declares that “Atticus says you can choose your friends, but you sho’ can’t choose your family, an’ they’re still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge ‘em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don’t.”  This literary quote has been paraphrased and/or shortened by many over the years so that people who are disillusioned or disappointed with...

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Opinion: Before the Redhead Goes Rogue, Some Thoughts on Study Abroad
Sep08

Opinion: Before the Redhead Goes Rogue, Some Thoughts on Study Abroad

By Rebecca Montross, Guest Columnist If you’ve ever worked at a summer camp, you’ve probably sat through counselor orientation – hours and hours of unpaid manual labor, paper work and PowerPoint slides. With any luck, the directors of the camp will try to relay the countless nuggets of information they need to in an entertaining way. The camp I’ve worked at the past two summers has done just that. They’ve brought wacky stories from...

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Opinion: An Unconventional Proposal to End School Sanctioned Greek Life
Sep05

Opinion: An Unconventional Proposal to End School Sanctioned Greek Life

By Liam Kerr, Columnist I would like to begin by stating unequivocally just how fortunate and happy I am to have attended school at Gettysburg College.  I am about to enter my last year, and truly believe that the school has prepared me for the personal and professional challenges to come.  I would be remiss, however, if I did not reflect on the exclusive, misogynistic, and irresponsible culture perpetrated by Greek Life on campus. ...

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Opinion: Wrong Lessons from the Tibbetts Tragedy
Aug30

Opinion: Wrong Lessons from the Tibbetts Tragedy

By Jay Hauser, Columnist The death of Mollie Tibbetts was a tragedy, no doubt. But it shouldn’t enlighten discussions about immigration, as Republican politicians are trying to do. There is no epidemic of immigrants murdering citizens. It is simply a result of the cultural staple of the “weak, white woman” being brutalized by the “big, scary, man of color.” This trope isn’t new in American racism (the Scottsboro Boys), nor is it new...

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