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5 things to know about clowns on campus

In recent days, reports of clowns around campus have sparked an uncomfortable feeling among students at Augustana. With hopes to inform our community on what is actually happening regarding clowns and to help put some rumors to rest, the Observer is sharing these five facts about what is happening regarding…

University of Chicago is not attune to “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces”

I 100% believe in the power of conversation with those who have opinions opposite of your own. In fact, I think conversation with the opposition would solve a lot of the problems causing America’s current hyper-polarized society. There is power in understanding. Nearing the fall semester, the dean of undergraduate…

New SGA leadership must keep promises

Election results for the 2015-2016 Student Government Association were announced on April 9, naming David Sommers and Jackie Jastrzebski as the next SGA president and vice president. The Observer endorsed Sommers and Jastrzebski in the April 2 edition. We would like to congratulate them on winning the election. The Observer…

Observer endorses Sommers, Jastrzebski

Due to their experience, knowledge of campus issues, goals for the future of the Student Government Association and an unparalleled speaking ability, the Observer has decided to endorse the David Sommers/Jackie Jastrzebski SGA Presidential ticket. The opposing ticket, junior Peter Siepiora and Danica Gray, who currently serves as the senator…

Advisory council lacking in diverse representation

I’ve never been one to hesitate to be a representative of the student body. However, when debating accepting a position on the president’s advisory council, my decision to decline membership marks a frustrating trend on Augustana’s campus. While glancing at the list, I couldn’t help but be perturbed by the…

From the Editor’s Desk: our challenge

The Augustana Observer has been serving as the information hub for the Augustana community since 1902. However, we’ve noticed a shift in the culture of our reception. While we have a loyal readership of proud parents, Augustana faculty and staff, we seem to be missing something essential: a supportive student…

Editors-in-Chief on: Transparency

After multiple emails of concern sent by the administration, the Student Government Association, etc. concerning Yik Yak, the Observer editors set out to form an opinion concerning the occurrences. While at first we were in opposition to each other, we came to a realization. How can one defend a stance…

Editorial: Lack of justice impacts all

The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. decided not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson on Nov. 24. This decision was a miscarriage of justice. A grand jury indictment does not decide  innocence or guilt; it merely moves a case on to a trial, where the accused can face justice before…

Editorial: Costumes trivialize struggles of real people

Halloween is fast approaching, and students are gearing up for finding the perfect costume for the holiday. Characters from pop culture and historical figures are popular choices for costumes, as are costumes that imitate a stereotype, such as nerd costumes or jock costumes. Stereotype costumes that target personality traits or…

Editorial: 4chan's reaction proves need for feminism

Emma Watson was appointed the U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Gender Equality six months ago. Her first address to the General Assembly on Sept. 20 focused on feminism and launched HeForShe, a new campaign aimed at helping men and boys find an active place in the feminist movement, often criticized for…