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My "Me Too" Coming Out, Jennifer C. Balter Apr 2019

My "Me Too" Coming Out, Jennifer C. Balter

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The words “Me too” litter my Facebook page,

no trigger warning, no apology.

Mothers, including my own,

friends, neighbors, aunts, teachers.

“Me too.” [excerpt]


When You Love Physics, But Physics Doesn't Love You, Anna K. Perry Mar 2019

When You Love Physics, But Physics Doesn't Love You, Anna K. Perry

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I am a physics major. Or at least, I was. My class year was an average-sized group of majors; mostly cis men, mostly people I do not feel comfortable around. Jokes straight out of a Big Bang script were constantly being cracked; and though I tried to join in on the fun, I never seemed welcome in the conversation. I could act exactly like my male classmates, but something about my voice, my body, the way I carried myself, was not enough for them to accept me into the boys’ club. If I tried to be my authentic self rather ...


This Is How You Lose Me, Anna Cincotta Mar 2019

This Is How You Lose Me, Anna Cincotta

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I liked the intimate setting of the class at first. The silence before the professor walked in. The cramped room. It always smelled like citrus cleaning products. Some hair gel mixed in there, too.

There was peanut butter stuck on the roof of my mouth — from my sandwich at lunch — when he walked in that day, throwing a stack of Junot Díaz’s short story, “Alma,” onto the center of the shared table.

I liked Junot Díaz’s writing. Loved it, actually. The way he captures pain and molds stories by weaving together the language of diary entries and love ...


Value Is Subjective And Other Fallacies In Economics, Anonymous Mar 2019

Value Is Subjective And Other Fallacies In Economics, Anonymous

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“Before I hand back your exams, let’s review the overall performance of the class. Listed here are the median and mean scores. You can also see the grades of five highest scores on exam…”

I sat anxiously in my chair as my economics professor shared class statistics before finally handing back our tests.

After he distributed them to a number of students, they mingled at the front the room, speculating who earned the top scores.

“Dude, who do you think got the 101?”

“I bet it was *David?”

“Or maybe Mike? He’s always answering questions correctly.”

“Could be ...


Distancing Strategies, Exclusive Clusters And Other Ironies Of My American Peers, Mai Trinh Feb 2019

Distancing Strategies, Exclusive Clusters And Other Ironies Of My American Peers, Mai Trinh

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Being able to study abroad is a huge privilege. I am very lucky to have been given that privilege twice. I was accepted to Gettysburg College two and a half years ago, and studied abroad in the United States. Now, I am studying abroad again in Copenhagen, Denmark with a program that connects many colleges and universities in the US. It has been a month now and I am having a good time.

But my first few weeks in Copenhagen were not the same as my first few weeks in Gettysburg. Strangely enough, it was much more uncomfortable and harder ...


Fearless Friday: Anna Perry, Anna K. Perry Feb 2019

Fearless Friday: Anna Perry, Anna K. Perry

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This week, Surge is recognizing Anna Perry ’21. Anna is a physics major with minors in philosophy and peace and justice studies. They work for the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, complete research in the physics and philosophy departments, work with the Women’s and LGBTQ+ Resource Center, and are a DJ for Voice of a Generation radio show. [excerpt]


More Than Birds And Bees, Katie O. Estell Feb 2019

More Than Birds And Bees, Katie O. Estell

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Conversations about sex start as early as middle school, with preteens learning about “the birds and the bees,” sexually transmitted infections, and (hopefully) contraception and safe sex. These conversations continue into high school sex education, which has proven to be crucial in decreasing rates of unwanted pregnancies and STI’s. But something important is missing. These programs never mention, and certainly don’t include, LGBT/Q people. LGBT/Q teens are not taught how to have sex, and how to have safe sex. This leaves us to explore our sexuality on our own terms, which is both awkward and dangerous ...


Speaking Out, Mariam J. Martinez Feb 2019

Speaking Out, Mariam J. Martinez

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Why can we not take action now? I asked myself this question when, as a program coordinator for the Women’s Center I decided to take part in the Vagina Monologues because I wanted to change them- monologues that are centered on the experiences of white, upper-class cis-gender women. [excerpt]


Fearless Friday: Ivana Lopez Espinosa, Ivana A. Lopez-Espinosa Feb 2019

Fearless Friday: Ivana Lopez Espinosa, Ivana A. Lopez-Espinosa

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Today we honor Ivana Lopez Espinosa ’19, a senior Sociology major. Ivana is a student assistant at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, belongs to the Campus Climate Study Implementation Group as well as and the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advancement group. She is also a student senator, Vice President of LASA, violinist in Symphony orchestra, an active participant in BSU, and a member of the newly formed Muslim Student Alliance. [excerpt]


Caravan I Do Care, Melanie Pangol Feb 2019

Caravan I Do Care, Melanie Pangol

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A pair of legs that breathe in

Strong feet that has cross endless borders

Hands that have cultivated millions of trees

For you to take away the fruit

Traveling on the path of the wind

Coming without warning

Each day had begun enthusiastically and happily

Even though they hate us because we represent dreams of aspiration

Of being something more than just work labor

Of daring to dream as brown and poor [excerpt]


The Rapid Evolution Of Queer Language, Elijah Cormier Feb 2019

The Rapid Evolution Of Queer Language, Elijah Cormier

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**This essay contains terminology that may be considered offensive to some. Names have been changed to protect identities.

“You remember Kayla?”

“Kayla Riddle?”

“Yeah. You know she’s a boy now?”

“Oh no shit! Not surprised, kinda saw that one coming.”

As I sit with a high school friend on back porch of her trailer, I quickly realize that most of my middle-class, leftist/liberal friends would jump on how we phrase Kai’s coming out. But sitting here, helping Amber figure out how much dope she’d need to sling to make rent this month, calling out mildly transphobic ...


In The Wake Of A Report, Rebecca L. Holden Dec 2018

In The Wake Of A Report, Rebecca L. Holden

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**TW: Sexual Assault

Earlier in the semester, many students and professors gathered in the Junction from 10 am until well into the evening to watch as Christine Blasey Ford and now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh were each questioned at length. In all that has happened in the past two years, the looming feeling that spread through campus on this day was the closest rival to that which invaded campus on the morning of November 9th, 2016. [excerpt]


Fearless Friday: Hannah Lebovitz, Hannah M. Labovitz Nov 2018

Fearless Friday: Hannah Lebovitz, Hannah M. Labovitz

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This week, we recognize the work of Hannah Labovitz ’21. Hannah is currently pursuing a history major, a Spanish and Public History double minor, and a teaching certification. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been very involved in the Jewish community here at Gettysburg. She is the secretary and communications chair of Hillel, works as an assistant to Stephen Stern in the Judaic Studies Department, serves on the Judaic Studies committee, acts as co-President of Democracy Matters. She also participates in Alpha Phi Omega, College Democrats, and Dance Ensemble. [excerpt]


Fearless Friday: Melanie Pangol, Melanie Pangol Nov 2018

Fearless Friday: Melanie Pangol, Melanie Pangol

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Today, we celebrate the work of Melanie Pangol ’21. Originally from Ecuador, Melanie was raised in Philly, and has been living in New York in the last few years. On campus, Melanie is part of the Brown Nipple Collective, works for the Center for Career Engagement, and acts as program coordinator for the Painted Turtle Farm through the Center for Public Service among many other activities. [excerpt]


Fearless Friday: Raegan Gawronski, Raegan Gawronski Oct 2018

Fearless Friday: Raegan Gawronski, Raegan Gawronski

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This week, we are honoring Raegan Gawronski ’19. Raegan is a Women and Gender Sexuality Studies and Philosophy double major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On campus, she works as a senior intern for the Office of Multicultural Engagement, and is currently in the process of starting a First-Generation Student Organization on campus. [excerpt]


Crumbling The ''Oreo'' Cookie, Lillian Cadet Oct 2018

Crumbling The ''Oreo'' Cookie, Lillian Cadet

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They will treat you as if you have come from an outer space planet. They will be amazed by how much you are different from others. People will make jokes about how much of an “oreo” you are. How your chocolate cookie layers are thinner than your cream filling. [excerpt]


Fearless Friday: Candice Montenegro, Candice Montenegro Oct 2018

Fearless Friday: Candice Montenegro, Candice Montenegro

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This Friday, we’re honoring Candice Montenegro ’20, for her incredible work in the Gettysburg College Community. Candice is a junior from Los Angeles, and a double major in Psychology and Spanish/Latin American Caribbean Studies. In her first year at Gettysburg College, she became a member of Latin American Students’ Association (LASA), and is now president of the group. Along with her involvement in LASA, she is an employee for the Center for Career Engagement, a psychology research assistant for Professor Sahana Mukherjee, a program coordinator of Sunday Swim with Casa de la Culture through the Center for Public ...


Attention Seeker, Anonymous Oct 2018

Attention Seeker, Anonymous

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“Why are you such an attention seeker?

What pain?

Where’s the sorrow?

You’re just an attention seeker!”

I just sat there, in the bathroom on the ground alone.'' [excerpt]


More Than A Hot Neighborhood, Gisselle Flores Oct 2018

More Than A Hot Neighborhood, Gisselle Flores

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Maybe you don’t have to care about what goes on outside of your little bubble, whether that’s Gettysburg or your hometown. After all, ignorance is bliss. But while you find comfort in your home, I find my comfort slipping away more and more each time I go back to what is supposed to be my haven. Where I once saw the small, familiar-looking apartment buildings, I now see daunting, tall buildings with impenetrable glass windows. Where I once saw local businesses thrive, I now only see the old rusty overhead doors with a bright red sign that says ...


The Rush To Fit In, Kate M. Delaney Sep 2018

The Rush To Fit In, Kate M. Delaney

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A week ago, I had been dead set on not rushing. I had heard the rumors and beliefs of my peers, that Greek life encouraged excessive drinking and partying, that hazing was still incredibly prevalent and demeaning, that Greek life worked only to discriminate and exclude members of the campus who refused to take part, promoted unfair gender roles, and encouraged pageantry and forced conversations between strangers. Still, the call of philanthropy, having a group of sisters, and finding a home on campus appealed to me. In the end, it felt like I was choosing between rushing with my friends ...


Fearless Friday: Class Of 2018, Anonymous May 2018

Fearless Friday: Class Of 2018, Anonymous

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We recognize all of the Gettysburg College graduates who will use what they learned and experienced over the past four years to fearlessly promote change, seek justice, and challenge inequality after leaving Gettysburg College. The following list contains the names of members of the Class of 2018 who have been recognized by other members of the campus community as leaders for change, and we are proud to claim these fearless and inspirational students as our own. We know, however, that we do not have everyone who deserves to be recognized listed below, so feel free to continue nominating your friends ...


Frats And Faggots, Anonymous May 2018

Frats And Faggots, Anonymous

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I’m a flamboyant gay man. I was at FIJI on Springfest Friday and some brother over the microphone called his friend (presumably a fellow brother) a faggot. This moment changed a lot for me in terms of my relationship to my own identity as an other, my relationship to the word “faggot,” and my relationship to the identities I surround myself with in frat basements. [excerpt]


My Mother's Body, Anika N. Jensen Apr 2018

My Mother's Body, Anika N. Jensen

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On Friday, April 20, 2018, Gettysburg College students organized a campus-wide walkout to protest all forms of gun violence as part of Gettysburg College’s first annual Peace and Justice Week. Over the next several days, SURGE published the poems and personal testimonies of the student speakers who participated in the event.

Begin in sukhasa–easy pose–with your legs crossed the way children used to sit during show and tell before they had to worry about what position gives them enough time to stand and scramble toward the door when the shooting starts. [excerpt]


The Bravest Woman I Know, Alexa Laboy Apr 2018

The Bravest Woman I Know, Alexa Laboy

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On Friday, April 20, 2018, Gettysburg College students organized a campus-wide walkout to protest all forms of gun violence as part of Gettysburg College’s first annual Peace and Justice Week. Over the next several days, SURGE published the poems and personal testimonies of the student speakers who participated in the event.

Just imagine witnessing your best friend’s boyfriend beating her, beating their children.

What would you do?

My sister is the bravest woman I know. She came in between the blows to her best friend’s face and his fists. My sister is scared of nothing and of ...


I Have Not Lost Someone To Gun Violence, Mattelyn R. Wadley Apr 2018

I Have Not Lost Someone To Gun Violence, Mattelyn R. Wadley

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On Friday, April 20, 2018, Gettysburg College students organized a campus-wide walkout to protest all forms of gun violence as part of Gettysburg College’s first annual Peace and Justice Week. Over the next several days, SURGE published the poems and personal testimonies of the student speakers who participated in the event.

I have not lost someone to gun violence, but

When I hear the word gun…

I still picture children’s bodies lying lifeless on the floor of a blue-carpeted classroom [excerpt]


Gettysburg Against Gun Violence, Chentese Stewart Apr 2018

Gettysburg Against Gun Violence, Chentese Stewart

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On April 4th, the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Saheed Vassell, a 34 year old black man, was shot nine times and killed in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY. Plain clothes police officers responded to several calls complaining of a man walking through the streets pointing gun at people. They later found out that Saheed was unarmed, and the object in his hand was merely a showerhead.

Saheed had a history of mental illness, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder years prior. He was well known by longtime residents of the neighborhood who described him ...


Why I Am Against Guns, Anonymous Apr 2018

Why I Am Against Guns, Anonymous

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I am a suicide attempt survivor. And I am for increased gun control reform. And the reason why this is my position is because I know, if my parents had owned a gun, there is an 85% chance you wouldn’t be here reading my story. [excerpt]


Stop Pretending To Be Like Me, Brianna O'Boyle Apr 2018

Stop Pretending To Be Like Me, Brianna O'Boyle

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I was scrolling on my Facebook feed when I saw a post that appeared to be a proposal featuring two women captioned: “She said yes!!!!!!” My first thought was how wonderful it was to see a happy, loving gay couple, and how heartening it is that they can be open and out about their relationship. As a queer person, it is always nice to see people who share that part of myself being visible. However, upon closer examination it was obvious that it was two straight best friends, joking. [excerpt]


That Time I Was Harassed By The Man In The Corner Office, Claire A. Aljian Apr 2018

That Time I Was Harassed By The Man In The Corner Office, Claire A. Aljian

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Last summer I worked as the marketing intern in my father’s office, keeping mostly to myself in a small cubicle that I was proud to call my own and conversing daily with the female marketing director. Aside from her and the vice president of human resources, the office remained a sea of trimmed white hair and casually tucked in dress shirts. Within a few weeks in the office, both of these women took me aside to explain that they were careful never to overstep the line between aggressive and passive. [excerpt]


When "Straight" Is The Default Setting, Katie Estell Mar 2018

When "Straight" Is The Default Setting, Katie Estell

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Coming out was never something I pictured myself having to do. Did I plan on being in the closet my entire life? Not exactly. I hardly had a clue that I was gay until I was eighteen. My friends and family sometimes struggle to understand that I am “suddenly” gay, after having dated boys since I was a freshman in high school. Their common misunderstanding is one of many that result from living in a heteronormative culture. [excerpt]