Opinion: Arming Teachers Is Not the Answer
Sep13

Opinion: Arming Teachers Is Not the Answer

By Emma Canfora, Guest Columnist In the time that it takes me to write this, eight people will be shot and four of them will die. According to the Gun Violence Archive, 10,289 people have been shot and killed in America this year. From the period of January 1, 2009, to May 21, 2018, America has had 288 school shootings. The other G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and the United Kingdom) have had a total of three...

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Opinion: From the Diaries of a Weary STEM Student
Sep08

Opinion: From the Diaries of a Weary STEM Student

By Olivia Chatowsky, Guest Columnist It was a week into classes, and I had already spent a Saturday brooding. I finally broke down and decided I had to tell someone—I couldn’t keep it in any longer. My mom told me not to call her to complain or cry. This is college, after all. I have come home and told my friends that I’m having an existential crisis so many times I’ve lost count. Each time it’s the same: am I on the right track? Is...

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Opinion: The Time for Gun Safety Reform is Right Now
Aug20

Opinion: The Time for Gun Safety Reform is Right Now

By Emily Dalgleish, Columnist After years of training, I know what to do if a shooting began at school. I’ve never practiced a shooting drill at a concert, a festival, a grocery store, or walking around my town. The tragedy of mass shootings is not simply a problem with school safety, it is a problem with guns. It is a problem with our legislators’ inability to choose the safety of our people over the support of gun lobbyists. It is a...

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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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