The Gustavian Weekly


Is News Even News Anymore?

In today’s world, what people account for and call ‘news’ is questionable. Often times people are only interested in what might be called “shock news”: information that is so outrageous that we can’t but help to click on the website […]

Technology: A Tool for Taking Over

Students are easy to see with their heads in laptops and phones.

Throughout the past twenty years technology has continued to amaze millions of people throughout the world. Today, most people have iPhones, Androids, or other types of smartphones. These smartphones were created to help reduce the need for a computer, and […]

Protecting Hateful Speech

Freedom of speech is one of the most fundamental rights , yet presents the challenge of tolerating and dealing with hate speech.

In 1977, a neo-Nazi group announced its intentions to march through a predominantly Jewish community in Skokie, Illinois. The marchers intended to wear Nazi uniforms and display swastikas through a neighborhood where one in six people were Holocaust survivors. Speech […]

(White) Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean (above) played teenage rebel Jim Stark. Media and popular culture often downplay or admire rebellious white teens, while convicting minorities that act similiarly.

There’s something delicious about hometown drama after you’ve gone off to college. My high school years were hard enough without all the shenanigans going on in the hallways. But when my school started popping up in the local news last […]

What’s the Rush?

This past week a friend of mine posted a meme on my Facebook wall. The meme read, “there are two kinds of people when Christmas decorations appear in the shops.” Below was a picture of Buddy the Elf and King […]

The Perks of Being a Collegiate Criminal

How illegal use of drugs and alcohol is handled on campus differes in signifigant ways from the way it’s handled in the “real world” by city, state, and federal law enforcement.

Laws, we are told, apply equally to all citizens. If you break a law, you’ll get punished for it regardless of social standing, race, sexuality, religion, etc. Justice is blind. Or at least that’s what the government wants us to […]

The Illusion of Choice In Politics

Third Party candidates tend to be largely unkown in part due to the rules operating the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Though the 2016 election is almost a year away, it is still a popular subject in the media. The media creates an illusion that voters have only two choices in candidates: Democrat or Republican. The media also narrows the field […]

Federal Drug Laws and Federal Student Aid

Every fall, students at Gustavus receive an email informing them that any federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student from receiving federal student aid grants or loans. This policy is the result of a 1998 amendment to the […]

Game On! Deer Opener and Safe Hunting

This week starts the beginning of a new month, which has all sorts of festivities. Thanksgiving is celebrated, Black Friday happens, and deer hunting season starts. An estimated 34 percent of Minnesotans hunt or fish which leads to our state […]

The Novelty of Banned Books

Many popular books such as those pictured above have been banned or challenged in the United States.

Books that are considered immoral and banned are the books that show the world its own shame. They can “damage” a person’s lifestyle, they include racial terms, some mention sexual situations, some include witchcraft, others have the audacity to include […]