A Parting Reflection from Gettysburgian Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Pontz
May16

A Parting Reflection from Gettysburgian Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Pontz

By Benjamin Pontz, Retired I’ve always loved newspapers. When I was in fourth grade, my teacher Mrs. Brown suggested that I start one. Almost surely, she was exasperated at my constant pestering and needed something to occupy me for a while, but start a class newspaper I did. Brown’s Clowns Monthly, as it was called, was (very briefly) the talk of Hans Herr Elementary School in Lampeter, Pennsylvania. We published weather...

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Analysis: For Iuliano, a Year of Laying Groundwork Upended by a Global Pandemic
May14

Analysis: For Iuliano, a Year of Laying Groundwork Upended by a Global Pandemic

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief The morning of July 1, 2019, Bob Iuliano sat at his kitchen table and wrote an email to the Gettysburg College community. It was his first day as the college’s president, and, as he noted in the message, the 156th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg. A student of history who has often cited the college’s connection to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower,...

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Fritz Gaenslen, Ambassador of the Liberal Arts, to Retire from Political Science Department After 29 Years
May02

Fritz Gaenslen, Ambassador of the Liberal Arts, to Retire from Political Science Department After 29 Years

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief When Fritz Gaenslen was in first grade, the school nurse discovered that he had moderately severe hearing loss. He began to sit in the front row of all of his classes, and, in time, he became a voracious reader. By junior high school, he realized that he had a deep interest in learning how other people lived. That “romantic adolescent interest” stayed with him, and, by the time he was in...

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College Institutes Reduced Hours, Furloughs To Address Budgetary Gap Caused by Coronavirus
Apr27

College Institutes Reduced Hours, Furloughs To Address Budgetary Gap Caused by Coronavirus

By Benjamin Pontz and Gauri Mangala Gettysburg College will furlough a “small number” of administrative employees, reduce the hours of some support staff, and reduce its contribution to employee retirement accounts to help offset financial effects of closing campus due to COVID-19. The announcement came Monday afternoon in a message to all employees. “We will be more closely aligning the pay with the actual working...

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From the Editor: A Change to How We’ll Handle the Crime Log
Apr25

From the Editor: A Change to How We’ll Handle the Crime Log

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief Since the fall of 2016,┬áThe Gettysburgian has, on a weekly or a biweekly basis, published the Daily Crime and Fire Logs exactly as reported by the Gettysburg College Department of Public Safety (DPS) both in print and on our website (and exclusively on our website since fall of 2019). This is not the first time in the publication’s 122-year history that some facsimile of the crime log has been...

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