Breaking: Governor’s Order Will Prevent Students from Retrieving Belongings, But Students Approved to Stay Can Stay

(Photo Allyson Frantz/The Gettysburgian)

(Photo Allyson Frantz/The Gettysburgian)

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief

An order from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf requiring the closure of all non-life sustaining businesses by 8:00 p.m. Thursday will require Gettysburg College to close. Students will no longer be able to return to campus to retrieve belongings, an email from Dean of Students Julie Ramsey said.

Previously, the college had planned to be open through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. for students to move out of their rooms and would work to ship boxes to students who could not return.

Students approved to continue to live on campus will still be able to do so, college spokesperson Jamie Yates said.

See updated story on how the news has affected Gettysburg College students

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Author: Benjamin Pontz

Benjamin Pontz '20 serves as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian. Previously, he served as a staff writer, event coverage coordinator, news editor, and managing news editor. During his tenure, he has written more than 200 articles on topics ranging from sports to faculty meetings (which, truthfully, are not all that dissimilar). He led the team that won first place in the 2017 Keystone Press Awards for ongoing news coverage of Robert Spencer's visit to Gettysburg College, co-wrote the package of editorials that won first place in the 2018 Keystone Press Awards, and led the coverage that won both first and second place for ongoing news coverage in the 2019 competition. His review of a Sunderman Conservatory Wind Symphony concert, an ensemble in which he formerly performed, also won accolades. He has interned with "Smart Talk" at WITF in Harrisburg and with PA Post. Ben is a political science and public policy double major with a minor in music, he reads up to seven newspapers daily, and his next step is law school. Follow him on Twitter @benpontz.

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  1. All through this it is sad that not one message from College, GETTYSBURGIAN, or comments, has it been suggested that power of prayer might be useful.
    Where is the chaplain of oldest Lutheran college in the country during this true crisis?
    Is it possible that we all should just hunker down, quit second guessing, go along with national plan—and pray?

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