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Editorial: CORE benefits students

Augustana’s newest office, CORE, standing for Careers, Opportunities, Research and Exploration, is attempting to prepare students for the professional workforce, an idea many students should take more seriously. A recent New York Times article cited a poll conducted by After College that found that 83 percent of college seniors graduated…

Editorial: New year, new goals

Dear Readers, This year you may notice some changes to the Augustana Observer. From the front page to the website, our mission is to modernize one of Augustana’s longest standing organizations throughout the year. The Observer has served as Augustana’s news source for 112 years and while we will continue…

Editorial: Unchecked privilege leads to discrimination

Recent events on Augustana’s campus have caused an ongoing issue to surface, not only concerning the multicultural incidents, but the factors that lead to discrimination, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, politics or socioeconomic status. While Augustana provides a diverse academic program, its ability to create an environment of inclusiveness…

Editorial: Themed housing would kill student diversity

Augustana is currently discussing the idea of themed housing in Residential Life next year. Swanson would be for Leadership and those partaking in the Emerge program, Andreen for Performing Arts, Seminary for Adventure, Westerlin for Wellness and Erickson for Internships and Careers. Housing segregated into characteristics such as these would…

Editorial: Athletic success puts spotlight on student athletes

The Observer would like to congratulate the Augustana athletic program on its combined success this past weekend. Six Augustana athletic teams combined to go 11-2 in action on Saturday and Sunday. These teams include men’s tennis (2-0), softball (3-1), baseball (3-0), women’s lacrosse (2-0), men’s lacrosse (1-0) and women’s tennis…

Editorial: Step toward pot decriminalization also step toward less racist society

Recent ordinance amendments made by the Rock Island City Council have made it possible to receive only a city citation for marijuana possession of 10 grams or less. This shift toward decriminalizing recreational marijuana is a positive move for both the city and the college. The “War on Drugs” dating…

Editorial: Student health services on campus lacking

A possible case of meningitis has struck an Augustana student, causing them to be hospitalized.  In light of this health concern for the campus, questions about the way Augustana promotes and provides for student health are arising. Students are already aware of the mandatory student health insurance, which costs $1,500…

Editorial: University of Illinois reveals racism, sexism

Sunday night, students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign turned to racist, sexist and threatening remarks aimed at Chancellor Phyllis Wise over their disappointment at the lack of a snow day. This behavior will not be met with disciplinary action from the university, but it raises important questions. Why…