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2013

Surge

Civic and Community Engagement

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Fearless: Yaou Liu, Yaou Liu Dec 2013

Fearless: Yaou Liu, Yaou Liu

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Humbly and passionately serving the campus community as a true “servant leader” for the past three-and-a-half years, actively engaging in dialogues and initiatives to promote awareness about social injustices, and constantly striving to learn more, act more, and teach more, Yaou Liu ’14, is a fearless role model for the campus community, showing in everything she does a restless passion to see the injustices in the world righted, awareness increased, and the future changed for the better. She is an inspiring, courageous student who has enriched the lives of many both on campus and in the greater Gettysburg community, using ...


Fearless: Melissa Rich, Kathryn E. Bucolo Nov 2013

Fearless: Melissa Rich, Kathryn E. Bucolo

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Consistently striving to take what she learns in the classroom and apply it to her life, whether in terms of her interest in Native American issues or her passion for animals and desire to go to veterinary school, Melissa Rich ’14 serves her community humbly, respectfully, and with the intent to educate those around her. [excerpt]


Challenging Homelessness, Elizabeth D. Marshall Nov 2013

Challenging Homelessness, Elizabeth D. Marshall

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I had been homeless for about 28 hours. I sat on a sidewalk in Georgetown with a friend holding a cardboard sign that read, “Put a Smile on Our Faces” with a Dunkin Donuts cup at our feet. In the two and a half hours we sat there, hundreds of people passed, hundreds of people avoided eye contact, hundreds of people detoured around the lamppost on the street side of the sidewalk. A few people glanced at our sign. [excerpt]


Fearless: Eric Lee, Eric J. Lee Nov 2013

Fearless: Eric Lee, Eric J. Lee

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Snapping pictures of his fellow Gettysburgians around campus as the visual communications intern, and fearlessly working with other students to create, organize, and lead the new Asian Student Alliance (ASA) group on campus, Eric Lee ’15 finds himself at the crossroads of art and activism.

New to campus this year after two years in the making, the ASA is a student-led, -run, and -organized group focused on celebrating different Asian cultures and heritages, closing the gap between international and domestic students, and creating a social, cultural, and political forum for students to dialogue, specifically about issues facing Asian communities. [excerpt]


Fearless (Saturday): Michael Hannum, Michael W. Hannum Sep 2013

Fearless (Saturday): Michael Hannum, Michael W. Hannum

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In celebration of Alumni Homecoming Weekend and Hispanic Heritage Week, we proudly feature Michael Hannum, member of the Class of 2011, for his fearless commitment to fighting for social justice issues and his continued involvement in serving the Adams County community. Currently working with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit’s Migrant Education Program as a Recruitment Coordinator, Michael began finding his passion for helping identify families in the migrant community who need extra educational support when he was a first-year student just looking for something to do. [excerpt]


Fearless: Jessie Pierce, Jessie M. Pierce Sep 2013

Fearless: Jessie Pierce, Jessie M. Pierce

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A vocal advocate for socio-environmental justice issues and a believer in the potential for social change in the developing world, Jessie Pierce ’14 fearlessly travels, volunteers, and researches to promote awareness and change. Studying abroad last year for both semesters, spending one semester in Denmark and one in India, gave Jessie the interest, skills, and drive to continue pursuing a deeper understanding of these issues while at Gettysburg. [excerpt]


What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, And Understanding, Jordan G. Cinderich Sep 2013

What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, And Understanding, Jordan G. Cinderich

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Last Saturday I stood on Stine Lake with a group of friends to pray and spread a message of “Peace for Syria.” This event was sponsored by the Newman Association in response to Pope Francis’s request that “Christians, and our brothers and sisters of other religions and every man and woman of good will, cry out forcefully: Violence and war are never the way to peace!” Students of all religions and backgrounds came to support us, and it was a very rewarding day for me as a Catholic and as a human longing for world peace and understanding. [excerpt]


Fearless: Aleksandra Petkova, Aleksandra V. Petkova Sep 2013

Fearless: Aleksandra Petkova, Aleksandra V. Petkova

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Consistently serving the campus community, conducting new research in psychology, and leading younger students to realizations about their own roles in fighting for social Justice, Aleksandra Petkova ’14 has fearlessly pursued opportunities to promote social change all four of her years here at Gettysburg.


What It's Like To Be A Radical Conservative, Stephanie K. Adamczak Sep 2013

What It's Like To Be A Radical Conservative, Stephanie K. Adamczak

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“What is your major?”

“Environmental Science.”

The snarky retort, “Don’t go joining GreenPeace now, you’re becoming a radical.”

I know there are many uses of the word “radical,” but in this context, I know that it is not meant as a compliment. Because I study environmental science and global climate change, this person associates me with radicals – those utilizing extreme methods to bring about extreme changes. [excerpt]


Fearless: Raksmeymony Yin, Raksmeymony Yin Aug 2013

Fearless: Raksmeymony Yin, Raksmeymony Yin

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This summer, Raksmeymony Yin ’14, otherwise known as Rex, fearlessly taught from his own lesson plans, graded students’ papers, and organized brand new curriculums as one of twelve interns at the Breakthrough Collaborative in Philadelphia. During the nine-week program, Rex worked long hours in and outside of the classroom, effecting change by investing in the education of dozens of middle school students.


Fearless: Maurice Phiri, Maurice W. Phiri Aug 2013

Fearless: Maurice Phiri, Maurice W. Phiri

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As the class of 2017 joins Gettysburg College, we recognize first-year student, Maurice Wezi Phiri, who already has already showed his fearless commitment to social justice. [excerpt]


Six Months In: We Surge On, Laura J. Koenig, Emily M. Lindholm, Hannah M. Frantz, Elizabeth A. Rupert Aug 2013

Six Months In: We Surge On, Laura J. Koenig, Emily M. Lindholm, Hannah M. Frantz, Elizabeth A. Rupert

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Steve Jobs created Apple in a garage. Facebook emerged out of a college dorm room. And so, like all good (and equally famous) things, the idea for Surge began in the Plank basement.

As seniors, and admittedly all bonafide social justice enthusiasts, we wanted to expand the movement at Gettysburg College and leave our mark. [excerpt]


Fearless: Nadejiah Towns, Nadejiah Z. Towns Aug 2013

Fearless: Nadejiah Towns, Nadejiah Z. Towns

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This week we would like to recognize Nadejiah Towns ’15 as a fearless fighter against poverty. This summer she has served as a Heston intern for the South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) and has spent the majority of her time with the Work Ready program, a “welfare to work” organization that helps low-income community members gain the skills needed to by obtaining a reliable, professional job and become self-sufficient.


The Forgotten "-Ism", Eric P. Harris Aug 2013

The Forgotten "-Ism", Eric P. Harris

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“I’d rather not. I don’t like to talk to old people. They make me uncomfortable. They kind of smell weird and make me think about death. Some of them are even racist, so I’d just rather not.”

As part of my internship this summer, in which I helped to coordinate the Friday evening dinners at the Gettysburg Senior Center, putting out advertisements to “hang out with old people” wasn’t exactly an easy task. [excerpt]


Fearless: Professor Janet Powers And Linnea Goebel, Janet M. Powers, Linnea C. Goebel Aug 2013

Fearless: Professor Janet Powers And Linnea Goebel, Janet M. Powers, Linnea C. Goebel

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This week we would like to recognize Professor Janet Powers and recent graduate Linnea Goebel ’13 for their work in Bosnia this summer helping to set up a group of female embroiderers with an Amazon Marketplace account to sell their wares on the internet. [excerpt]


Fearless: Heather Thomas, Heather L. Thomas Jul 2013

Fearless: Heather Thomas, Heather L. Thomas

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This week we would like to recognize recent graduate and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer Heather Thomas ’13, who is returning to Gettysburg as the fearless new coordinator for the Adams County Food Policy Council. [excerpt]


Milking The System: Do Poor People Deserve Fresh Food?, Melanie M. Meisenheimer Jul 2013

Milking The System: Do Poor People Deserve Fresh Food?, Melanie M. Meisenheimer

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Poor Americans are all lazy, selfish people who must first prove their worth as human beings if they want to be able to feed their children.

It sounds harsh, stereotypical, and judgmental when you put it like that, and few people would feel comfortable saying that exact phrase. However, it’s a perception of poverty in America that I’ve found still has a strong grip on our way of thinking. [excerpt]


Fearless: Mauricio Novoa, Mauricio E. Novoa Jul 2013

Fearless: Mauricio Novoa, Mauricio E. Novoa

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This week, we acknowledge Mauricio Novoa ‘14 as a fearless advocate of social justice through his use of the power of words.

Mauricio, an English major with a writing concentration, keeps a personal blog called Greasy Frijoles where he has been posting original poems since January 2012. Aside from being a very talented writer, Mauricio writes in various styles and on a number of topics. Many of his pieces confront racism and classism head on. [excerpt]


Fearless: Christine Serwan And Sam Holmes, Christine M. Serwan, Samuel R. Holmes Jul 2013

Fearless: Christine Serwan And Sam Holmes, Christine M. Serwan, Samuel R. Holmes

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This week, we’re recognising the fearless work that Christine Serwan ’13 and Sam Holmes ’13 will be doing over the next two years during with the Peace Corps. [excerpt]


Fearless: Hannah Grose, Hannah B. Grose Jul 2013

Fearless: Hannah Grose, Hannah B. Grose

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In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we are pleased to recognize Hannah Grose ’13 as this week’s Fearless Friday for her work with the Sherfy Farmstead Community Garden, a historic spot located on the battlefields. [excerpt]


Brown Eyes, Brown Mind: What We Learn From What We See, Mauricio E. Novoa Jul 2013

Brown Eyes, Brown Mind: What We Learn From What We See, Mauricio E. Novoa

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My summer days aren’t spent in a house on the beach or travelling to different states or countries with my family or friends, forgetting about the worries of the rest of the year and wondering what could be better than life under the sun. They are spent in a school building, the first place my younger self would have been eager to escape during off time. This is the second summer I am working at the LIU Migrant Education Summer School of Excellence. Unlike normal summer school, which usually consists of remedial classes for students who can’t seem ...


Fearless: Melanie Meisenheimer, Melanie M. Meisenheimer Jun 2013

Fearless: Melanie Meisenheimer, Melanie M. Meisenheimer

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After returning from a year in France and Cameroon, Melanie Meisenheimer ‘14 is fearlessly taking on the responsibility of running The Gleaning Project for the South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP) in Gettysburg this summer. She’ll coordinate the collection of gleaned fruits and vegetables from local farms and the distribution to emergency food services - making fresh, local healthy food a reality for low-income families! [excerpt]


Fearless: Kevin Lugo, Kevin B. Lugo May 2013

Fearless: Kevin Lugo, Kevin B. Lugo

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This summer, recent graduate Kevin Lugo will bike over 4,000 miles across the country to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. His choice to bike for seventy days from Baltimore to Seattle makes him fearless! His goal is to raise $7,476 for the organization, and he reached that goal last night (although more donations are always welcome in support of fighting cancer)! Kevin explains that when he studied abroad in Denmark in the fall of 2011, he “fell in love with sustainable transportation, especially cycling.” Not only does his fearless endeavor raise money to fight cancer ...


Fearless: The Class Of 2013, Center For Public Service May 2013

Fearless: The Class Of 2013, Center For Public Service

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This week Surge wants to 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 all of the members of the class of 2013 who have been recognized by other members of the campus community as leaders of change, and we are proud to claim these fearless and inspirational students as our own. [excerpt]


Fearless: The Next Wave Of Insurgents, Katherine M. Patterson, Rashida Aluko-Roberts, Stephanie K. Adamczak, Kathryn E. Bucolo May 2013

Fearless: The Next Wave Of Insurgents, Katherine M. Patterson, Rashida Aluko-Roberts, Stephanie K. Adamczak, Kathryn E. Bucolo

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As we close out on another school year, the Surge staff is looking back on an awesome semester and preparing for a new year with new leadership. Katie Patterson ’15, Rashida Aluko-Roberts ’15,Steph Adamczak ’15, and Kathryn Bucolo ’14 are fearlessly taking the reigns and will continue bringing thought-provoking, challenging, and creative articles each week to Surge, and we can’t wait to see what they will do! [excerpt]


Fearless: Cassi Franz, Cassi L. Franz Apr 2013

Fearless: Cassi Franz, Cassi L. Franz

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Cassi Franz ’13 has been fearlessly leading this year’s Day of Service. The Day of Service occurs annually and honors Emily Silverstein, a student who passed away in 2009. Emily contributed to Gettysburg’s campus community and beyond through her compassion as well as her passion for social justice. Noor Oweis ’11 started the day of service in 2010 to honor her friend, and now Cassi carries on that tradition. [excerpt]


Fearless: Allan Kawala, Allan I. Kawala Apr 2013

Fearless: Allan Kawala, Allan I. Kawala

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Allan Kawala ‘13 does not stand on the sidelines. He is an agent of change and is a leader at Gettysburg College and in his home country of Malawi. He has dedicated his life to making social change a reality. [excerpt]


Fearless: Mike Altman, Michael A. Altman Mar 2013

Fearless: Mike Altman, Michael A. Altman

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After participating in the 2011 Heston Internship in Uganda working in a community on clean water projects, Mike gained a new interest in Global Health. His interest grew and a few months ago he started an internship with charity: water, an organization working to bring access to clean water throughout the world in a way that attempts to break the traditional donation model. At charity: water, Mike is part of a greater group that is working to more closely connect people to specific water projects through financial transparency and innovative fundraising campaigns. [excerpt]


Fearless: Immersion Projects, Center For Public Service Mar 2013

Fearless: Immersion Projects, Center For Public Service

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Students on an Immersion Project in New Orleans are definitely doing some great work this week! The students spent part of the week working with Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans City Park, an organization that hires youth from the city to work at the farm. They sell 60% of their organically grown food at whole food markets and restaurants and they donate the rest to their student workers. The organization strives to teach their volunteers responsibility, team work and commitment. [excerpt]


Fearless: Steph Adamczak, Stephanie K. Adamczak Mar 2013

Fearless: Steph Adamczak, Stephanie K. Adamczak

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Steph Adamczak ’15 has been shaking things up on campus by having some fearless conversations about the current investments Gettysburg College is making in fossil fuels. Steph hopes that by opening these important conversations, the college will consider divesting from these specific investments, especially with increased support from the Gettysburg College student body. [excerpt]