A Note from the Editor: Reflections on Year One
May22

A Note from the Editor: Reflections on Year One

By Benjamin Pontz, Editor-in-Chief The world has a strange way of humbling people. Last May, I took over as editor-in-chief of The Gettysburgian brimming with confidence and excitement about what the future would hold. I had inherited leadership of a newspaper whose organizational structure and capacity I had helped build, but whose focus and temperament I knew needed to be refined. One year later, it has become clear that, as much...

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Letter from the Board: The Impact of Our Faculty
May10

Letter from the Board: The Impact of Our Faculty

At our May meeting, the Board of Trustees asked a panel of faculty, representative of each academic division, to join us and participate in a dialogue to deepen our understanding of the work and lives of our faculty members. The Trustees, including myself, left the conversation with even greater respect for our faculty and the work that they do each day. The genuine commitment our professors make to their students—both in their...

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Letter from Dean Ramsey: Moving Forward to Stop Sexual Violence
May08

Letter from Dean Ramsey: Moving Forward to Stop Sexual Violence

The Gettysburgian recently published numerous pieces regarding the implications of an article written last year by the chosen student Commencement speaker, Joshua Wagner, in which he utilized satire to highlight the topic of sexual assault on campus.  Some have expressed the article was an effective use of satire to discuss the important issue of sexual assault, while others have shared it is never appropriate to talk about sexual...

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Opinion: 13 Reasons Why Rape Culture Has Persisted, and 13 Ways to Fix It
May04

Opinion: 13 Reasons Why Rape Culture Has Persisted, and 13 Ways to Fix It

By Emma Stejbach, Guest Columnist Because it’s a hard thing to fix. Many were deeply hurt or offended by Josh Wagner’s satirical article, and felt like there were more tactful ways to approach the issue, especially because the article didn’t have a specific call to action.  Josh can have the best of intentions, and still have his medium spark the worst of reactions.  At the end of the day, it is not our responsibility to each other to...

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Opinion: In Support of Joshua Wagner as Commencement Speaker
Apr30

Opinion: In Support of Joshua Wagner as Commencement Speaker

By Hongyan Zhou ‘17 and Dawei Xue ’17 We are alumni of the Class of 2017. Recently, we heard about the ongoing campaign against Joshua Wagner as the Commencement speaker for Class of 2019 and we first felt utterly confused about the whole situation since we got the feeling that it must be a different Joshua Wagner from the one we’ve known for so long. After we figured out what it is all about, we felt nothing but disappointment....

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Opinion: Time to Communicate with the Changing Times
Apr29

Opinion: Time to Communicate with the Changing Times

By Nick Rollo, Guest Columnist Gettysburg College prides itself on its liberal arts education. Students engage in a rigorous curriculum focused on critical thinking, creativity, and informed action. This liberal arts standard has been the framework of the college’s outstanding majors and minors available to students, including some modifications, since the college was founded in 1832. However, times are changing and Gettysburg should...

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