Spring Sightings: The Early Birds at Gustavus

Geena Zebrasky – Features Writer With the arrival of warmer weather comes the arrival of the sounds and sights of many different organisms. You might have noticed that you can hear the birds every morning again and that there’s buds on the trees around campus. The squirrels seem to be more active, and there are perennials poking out of the ground. I could take you down a … Continue reading Spring Sightings: The Early Birds at Gustavus

Seasonal Change: The Vernal Equinox

Geena Zebrasky – Features Writer This Saturday, March 20th, marks the official beginning of spring, at least for the hemisphere we occupy. For the Southern Hemisphere, it’s officially the first day of their autumn. Match 20th is the vernal equinox–which happens every year between the 19th and 21st of March. The word equinox comes from the Latin words aequus, meaning “equal,” and nox, meaning “night.” This … Continue reading Seasonal Change: The Vernal Equinox

Do you even Thrift?

Corinne Stremmel – Editor-in-Chief For some, thrifting acts as a relatively inexpensive hobby to add unique pieces to one’s wardrobe or home decor, but for others, thrifting is a way to access basic necessities. As thrifting cycles back through what is deemed as “trendy” and has its own fifteen minutes of fame from influencers on TikTok, students may find themselves needing to become more conscious consumers … Continue reading Do you even Thrift?

Where in the World Are You Living Next Year?

Geena Zebrasky – Features Writer Figuring out housing can be stressful. Even if you’re not a first year, you might still need roommates, there’s several forms you have to fill out, and the whole process can feel like another thing to add to your growing spring semester to-do list. And as much as I hate to mention the pandemic in yet another article, COVID-19 clearly hasn’t … Continue reading Where in the World Are You Living Next Year?

Helium: a little-known limited resource

Geena Zebrasky – Features Writer Helium: the lone element resting on top of the rest of the noble gases on the periodic table, best known by the average person for its balloon-filling abilities. Well, that’s unless you’re talking to a scientist–then, helium is best known for its ability to reach near absolute zero temperatures (and other incredible properties). When some materials are cooled to these … Continue reading Helium: a little-known limited resource

Native American Heritage Day: Significance & Symbolism

To begin this article, it is important to acknowledge, as we should always do whether written or not, that Gustavus lies on the land of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ people. Last Thursday was Thanksgiving, and despite COVID, for many of us this meant a celebration of some sorts. We understand it to be a day to spend time with others and eat good food. However, for … Continue reading Native American Heritage Day: Significance & Symbolism

The Great Gustie Bake-Off: Best Autumn Recipes

Recipe: Pumpkin Snickerdoodles Servings: 18 Ingredients: – 1 1/2 cups flour – 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice – 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon – 1/2 tsp. baking soda – 1 tsp. cream of tartar – 1/4 tsp. salt – 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened – 1/2 granulated sugar – 1/4 cup light brown sugar – 1 egg yolk, room temperature – 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract … Continue reading The Great Gustie Bake-Off: Best Autumn Recipes

Self-care Spotlight

We’re over halfway into the semester, and following Tuesday’s elections, I’m sure we’re all in need of some personal time. Whatever you’re feeling, it’s important and valuable. Not everyone is affected the same either; be conscious of the spaces you are creating, and make sure that the people around you feel safe and cared for. Mental health and self-care is incredibly important any time and … Continue reading Self-care Spotlight