Chair of the history deparment Professor Timothy J. Shannon's recent op-ed was published on Philly.com, and was then picked up and reposted by newspapers around the country. The article was on Thomas Jefferson and what he meant by the pursuit of happiness.
On the Fourth of July, many Americans will take the opportunity to read the Declaration of Independence. The passage most likely to stir feelings of patriotism comes early, at the start of the second paragraph: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
As unalienable rights go, the meaning of “life” and “liberty” are indeed self-evident, but what did Thomas Jefferson mean when he inserted the “pursuit of Happiness” into this very short list? And 240 years after he wrote it, does that phrase still hold meaning?
Director of the Civil War Era Studies Program at Gettysburg, Professor Allen C. Guelzo was published in Philly.com for a column he wrote on what it means to be a citizen. The article was picked up by newspapers across the country.
It was one of the great shocks of my life, and it came early. In fifth-grade government class. Though I can't remember much else that we learned then, a detail in Article 1, Section 2, of the Constitution reached out and grabbed me like the hound of the Baskervilles:
"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."
With that one sentence, the ambition that fires the imagination of every red-blooded American youth was snuffed out. I was not a natural-born citizen. I had not been born on American soil. I could never be president.
English professor Robert Garner's article on remembering the Battle of the Somme 100 years later was published on Philly.com, and was picked up by newspapers around the country.
One hundred years ago today, the greatest battle of the First World War began - the Battle of the Somme.
Hope died that day, and the modern age began.
The River Somme wanders through bucolic countryside in northern France, lazily winding toward the English Channel. The river's name is said to derive from an ancient Celtic word meaning "tranquil," and even in today's glossy, high-tech Euro-world, the banks of the Somme remain quiet and rural, "flyover" country.
By June 1916, the war had been underway for almost two years. The allied French and British armies were preparing a major push to break out of deadlock.
Forbes annually produces a list of "financial grades" for private colleges to measure tuition and other expenses. Gettysburg College was featured, and given an A grade.
Gettysburg College was featured in Forbes' 2016 ranking of the Top 200 "Show Me The Money" schools, coming in at number 134.
With what is the best measure of a college’s return-on-investment or ROI? Forbes has a simple solution. The best colleges produce crop after crop of successful graduates that show their appreciation by giving back in the form of donations to their beloved Alma mater. Our Grateful Graduates Index ranks private not for profit colleges with more than 1,000 students by analyzing two important variables : private donations and gifts per student over 10 years, as reported to the Department of Education and the alumni participation rate, or what percentage of its graduates give back in the form of donations to their colleges.
Alex Jones, a former postdoctoral researcher at Gettysburg College, wrote an article published in the EconoTimes for research he performed at Gettysburg, on our faces and the state of our health.
From the EconoTimes:
Our facial appearance influences how we feel about ourselves – and other people’s faces influence who we choose to approach or avoid and who we’d like to form romantic relationships with. At a glance, a face reveals a wealth of information about how we are feeling, or the kinds of behaviours we might be about to engage in – but what does it say about us when we aren’t expressing emotion? As it turns out, it’s more than you could imagine.
Over the past few years I’ve learned how aspects of our personality are present in our faces, how symptoms of depression cause faces to appear less socially desirable, and how wearing make-up changes perceptions of social traits – but the most important signals that our faces can give are of health.
The Evening Sun featured health science professor Amy Dailey in an article investigating the lack of healthy eating in Adams County and York County.
From The Evening Sun:
Linda Sterner, of Hamilton Township, doesn't like shopping for vegetables at the grocery store.
Instead, she solicits her weekly supply of fresh produce from farmers' markets and her own personal garden. However, she said she often travels to markets in Lancaster County to buy her vegetables.
The Adams County Farmers' Market Association is aiming to keep both consumers and suppliers within the county.
This is because, unlike Sterner, many residents of Adams County too often leave vegetables off the shopping list. At least that's what a recent study suggests.