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The state of our union is divided

On Tuesday, January 30th, President Trump gave his State of the Union Address. The president covered a range of topics from tax reform to health care to the unity of our government and our country. Overall, the president seemed very pleased with the progress he had made in his first…

Trump year in review

Whether you loved it or hated it, 2017 was a wild ride. Donald Trump is president and new norms are being set daily. Trump has been creating controversy after controversy with every passing day. He has set many goals for his first year of presidency, listed in his first 100…

Sexual Assault: Change has to come

Two weeks ago, I wrote a story explaining why the mass female power displayed at the 2018 Golden Globes was so important. A few weeks before that, Cristina Tuser, another Opinions writer for The Observer expressed the necessity of listening to the Hollywood stars that had been coming forward about…

“America first” should put Dreamers first

Just last week, the government shut down on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Democrats and Republicans could not come to an agreement regarding immigration, which kept them from passing a budget for the new year. After three days, Congress was able to come to pass a…

Environmental Waste Issues are not a Waste of Time

Prime Minister Theresa May has recently pledged to eliminate all unnecessary plastic waste in the UK by 2042. In her plan, Prime Minister May aims to extend the charge of 5 pence for plastic carrier bags to all retailers in England, encourage government funding for plastics innovation, and help developing…

Queer characters in media need to be human first

A girl came out to my class with the simplicity of an “I’m bi,” and it changed the course of my identity. I was in Language Arts class my junior year of high school. We were having a discussion about the harm that certain words have. Our conversation quickly steered…

The biggest issue at Augustana

This year, I’ve written many articles about topics I find interesting and important, usually things that affect everyone, and they’re usually political. Often, these topics are so broad that they don’t seem to matter and their effects are subtle. For my last article of the year, however, I’ve decided to…

So, can we take a joke?

An advantage of attending a Liberal Arts College gives you the opportunity and push to explore many different viewpoints that may be far from your own. Being a biracial liberal, when asked to attend the “Can we take a Joke” event hosted by the College Republicans and Haywire to write…

Embracing freedom of speech

Numerous news outlets have recently covered the clash between students at UC Berkeley and conservative commentator Ann Coulter. Simply put, Coulter was scheduled to speak at the university until news of her arrival sparked fear of potentially violent protests. Though Coulter insisted she speak regardless, she ultimately backed out of…

Augustana needs a Director of Greek Life

The Augustana College community learned early last week that the Director of Greek Life, Katey Bignall, will be leaving her position after the 2016/2017 school year. As stated in Marlen Gomez’s Observer article from last week, “Students react to Bignall’s departure”, Bignall is leaving because her values and the values…