The Commons: Opinions from Across Campus

Global Studies House

The College’s decision to not renew Global Studies House next year deeply saddens me. I have been fortunate to live in the house for three years, and I am currently serving as the house leader. Bregenzer has been such a place of comfort for me and the community we built has been one of my best experiences in college. I’d like to acknowledge Grace Bushway ’21, who served as the house leader for three years and has impacted the growth of the house and its relationship to the college immensely.

I understand the decision Gettysburg has made but I would love to see the house brought back in the near future. Global Studies will hold a special place in my heart for the rest of my life, and I only hope that other students can receive the same feeling of community and home that I did. As an International & Global Studies (IGS) major, looking forward, I see the possibility of collaboration with the IGS department to reassert the house’s mission of global interaction and responsibility, as well as cultural learning and the continued discussion of the individual role in a globalized world. I will miss the house dearly, and I intend to make this last semester the best for me and my residents.

Halal Cart in Bullet

There are plenty of things that make Gettysburg wonderful—the committed professors, the beautiful campus and the abundance of history, to name a few. But none make Gettysburg feel like home more than two people in particular, and their Halal cart on the corner of Carlisle and Water. I am, of course, speaking of Billy and Moe. Of all the sights and sounds that come to mind when I think of this school, none are quite as heartwarming as the taste of lamb on rice. Many late-night study sessions have been energized by a trip to the cart. Though my waistline may not appreciate Billy and Moe, the student body certainly does.

It’s only right that Gettysburg College give back. What better way than by allowing them to sell at Bullet? They could continue to serve students and alleviate the notorious lunch rush, freeing up current employees to speed up the process at the registers. Billy and Moe are closer to the customers, and the College can take a small portion of the profit. Perhaps they could even be incorporated into the meal swipe economy. It’s good for everyone involved, and it brings the best part of the town together with the school. The school really ought to let this happen. Gettysburg College, bring our boys home.

Student Pay

The student wages are way too low but they work students hard. The CUB desk makes $10 but barely does anything, while Bullet workers who do a lot get paid only $8. Also the portion sizes at Bullet are getting smaller but still being rung up the same. It’s not right and it’s not fair.

Religious Vaccine Exemptions

One of the most important rights we have is that of religious freedom. Your religious rights have few boundaries, but they do have some. There should be no religious exemption from the vaccine. We do not have religious exemptions that allow you to speed. We do not have religious exemptions that allow you to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater. We do not have religious exemptions that allow you to threaten people. Why do we not have those things? Because they put the public in danger. Gettysburg College has a responsibility to keep its students, faculty, staff and community safe. Your religious rights end where the safety of others begins.

This article originally appeared on page 5 of the February 22, 2022 edition of The Gettysburgian’s magazine.

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Author: Gettysburgian Staff

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