The Gustavian Weekly


Reading-in-Common and the Value of Book Clubs

This year’s “Reading-in-Common” focuses on issues of ethics, race, and medicine.

Every year at Gustavus, as most of the people reading this probably already know, a “Reading-in-Common” book is selected and assigned as summer reading to every incoming first-year student. There are a number of things I love about this tradition. […]

How God Works and His Plan for You

Have you ever heard the saying “God has a plan for you?” Lately, I have been hearing it in conversations about people going through struggles. When something bad happens we sometimes find comfort in saying whatever happened is part of […]

Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

“Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn a person because s(he) doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.” Malcolm X once said those very […]

The Fight That Didn’t Save Boxing

Many fans were upset with the way the big fight went. Most people expected a slugfest that would bring out the barbarian in us all. What most viewers don’t understand is, that is simply not how Floyd “Money” Mayweather fights. […]

The Importance of Proper Grammar

One of the jokes I am constantly faced with as an English major is the most annoying phrase “grammar Nazi.” This annoys me first and foremost because people who use this phrase are accidently comparing people in the world who […]

Assembly Line Music

Music is my life. Not so much in that I play or perform it, but I love music, and I love listening to it. It’s how I relax and how I get pumped up to do stuff. I even use […]

Seeing With New Eyes

Ditch the shades, open your eyes, and use the eyes of your heart so you can see God who is alive in us.

A theme in recent church services I have attended lately is how God shows up in our lives. The question “How has God shown up recently in your life?” gets asked. How would you respond to that question? Is that […]

Reflections From A First-Year

There are plenty of ways to say that something is coming to a close—the curtain falls, the end is near, and for the fans of Game of Thrones, winter is coming. This is precisely where we have found ourselves, nearing […]

A Breath of Life

There is a difference between breathing in air and breathing in life. Not too long ago I found myself gasping for air. I had just gotten back from Spring Break in California with the tennis team, and was adjusting to […]

How To Get Things Done

As students at a Liberal Arts college, it is basically guaranteed that you will end up taking a class that you do not love. Sometimes, in the efforts to broaden your horizons and gain experience in a variety of disciplines […]