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Gustavus Adolphus College

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Big donations help Gustavus grow
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Dec 08, 2007
“Steven Palmer
Weekly Staff Writer
Financial aid, for many Gusties, is an important component in their ability to attend college. Some students, however, do not fully understand the process behind the money— where it comes from and how the college decides to use it. A number of recent endowments and gifts to the college this fall from various alumni will fund financial aid, scholarships and new campus initiatives.
Endowments are funds controlled by an institution: money primarily intended to be invested, with the original amount remaining intact. This allows long-term growth and provides a stable base of funds. These are often used to fund scholarships and provide money for departments on campus. Many donations go into the general pool of Gustavus’ endowment. “The College’s endowment is currently 114 million dollars. Our current spending rate is 4.5 percent, and we will stay there in the immediate future,” said Associate Vice President for Advancement Teresa Harland.
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The Money Question
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Dec 08, 2007
“Sam Grace
Weekly Staff Writer
As Gustavus seeks to elect a replacement for President Jim Peterson, many are left wondering how big of a salary the new president will expect to receive.
“Compensation will not stop us from getting the best possible successor of Jim Peterson,” said James Gale, chair of the board of trustees, which will ultimately decide not only the new president, but also his/her salary. Peterson currently has an annual salary of over $300,000, a lower salary than presidents of some similar institutions in Minnesota, such as those of Carleton and Macalester.
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Wanna get away?
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Dec 15, 2007
“Gusties face challenges and bonuses living off-campus
Becky Krocak
Weekly Staff Writer
With housing assignments approaching, many students have to make the choice whether to stay on campus in dorms, apartments or to live off campus.
Currently, about 400 Gustavus students choose to live in off-campus housing each year.
“The way we determine the number of off-campus students is to subtract the number of beds on campus from the total student body and subtract one percent from that. In other words, we have 99 percent of the beds filled on campus,” said Charlie Strey, Director of Residential Life.
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Senate cabinet stipends
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Dec 15, 2007
“Mary Cunningham
Weekly Staff Writer
After facing potential budgeting woes last spring, one may be surprised to hear that discussion at the last full Senate meeting focused not on allocating money to student organizations; but on allocating money to the Cabinet of Senate. The Cabinet, which includes the positions of the Co-Presidents, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Administration, Director of Communications, Controller and Floor leader, will become paid positions starting in the spring 2008 semester. While this move certainly will have seven Senate members seeing green, the move may not make Gustavus student organizations feel quite as content. This controversial move certainly has students raising their eyebrows and asking “Why now?” but it also has some student organizations concerned about their future funding.
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The Fellowship Returns
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Dec 15, 2007
“The Fellowship of Christian Athletes returns to Gustavus after a long absence
Jacob Seamans
News Editor
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the nationally renowned ecumenical prayer and Bible study group for young athletes, is getting restarted by a group of students looking to bring its unique mission and programming back to Gustavus after a long dormancy. Its return, however, is not without controversy.
“There was talk among the Proclaim leaders about starting up FCA, and I had been involved in [FCA] in high school,” said Delphine Broccard, junior communication studies major.
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Giving the Grade
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Nov 09, 2007
“Luke Garrison Weekly Staff Writer
Every student dreads it—registering for a class only to realize that the professor is anything but what they expected. But what if there is a legitimate complaint, and how is it addressed by the college?
The issue of evaluating faculty has been a debate for many years. As Provost Mary Morton said, “Processes across the country vary considerably. Gustavus does an amazing job with pre-tenure reviews in ways that I haven’t seen at other institutions. As for post-tenure review, it’s talked about at most schools and it’s on the books, but it may or may not actually be done.”
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Bookmark bandits busted
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Nov 09, 2007
“Steven Palmer Weekly Staff Writer
With rising textbook prices troubling students nationwide, the theft of college textbooks has increased significantly in recent years.
This trend was evidenced at Gustavus recently when a group of thieves was stopped last week at the Bookmark.
“[On] September 20 of this academic year, we got a call from the Bookmark employees that [there] were two males entering the Bookmark, specifically in the textbook area, [who] were acting strangely. When they left, the bookmark alarm system went off, indicating that there was merchandise leaving the store that hadn’t been paid for,” said Safety and Security Director Ray Thrower.
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Chinese-Gustavus student exchange
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Nov 02, 2007
“Steven Palmer
Weekly Staff Writer
Studying abroad is often viewed as a crucial aspect of the college experience. The rise of China in the global economy suggests that some students will want to know and understand the country better.
That is why, said International Studies director Patrick Quade, the setting up of a new exchange program between Gustavus and United International College, a Chinese liberal arts school, was a “priority” for the International Studies program.
“This is the first of new inititives for the International Studies program, because Gustvaus needs more ties with China,” said Quade.
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The Human Sexuality Study Group
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Nov 02, 2007
“Rebecca Krocak
Weekly Staff Writer
Human sexuality means different things to different people. For some, it is a question of contraception; for others, it is a question of freedom to choose their own partners.
This is why the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) aims to make a social statement about human sexuality. Gustavus is participating in the ELCA’s study about the issue.
“The purpose [of this study] is coming up with a social statement that is a guiding document for the ELCA,” said Chaplain Rachel Larson, one of the coordinators of the study.
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Providing Protection: To be free or not to be
by Gustavian Weekly - for more articles and features, subscribe to the paper edition of the Weekly!
Oct 12, 2007
“Luke Garrison Weekly Staff Writer
Two years ago, a committee of college officials was formed to discuss whether or not the college should continue to provide free condoms for students— a service traditionally provided by the Peer Assistants (PA's), the Diversity Center and Health Services.
Residential Life and the Collegiate Fellows used to distribute condoms to residents, but they stopped as a result of the “condom” committee.
Descriptions of the “condom” committee's decision regarding the funding of condoms may differ, depending on with whom you discuss.
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