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Letter to the Editor: No human is illegal

When The Augustana Observer delved into the topic of DACA last week, seeing the terminology used in several articles was very discouraging. The term “illegal immigrant” is absolutely incorrect and is considered by many to be a racial slur. While the majority of DACA recipients are Latinx there is a significant…

Letter to the editor: Words mean everything

Alex McLean offers his 7 September column (“Conservative, not conniving”) mostly as a plea to avoid generalizations. As an example, he concedes that “not all Democrats are Antifa members.” Yet it is not granted that not every “leftist” (a compliment, by the way) that he encounters will necessarily equate him…

Letter to the Editor: Kellyanne Conway

Last Thursday, March 30, the Observer published an article titled, “Kellyanne Conway disappoints feminists,” written by Ila Mostafa. The article dealt with Conway and her role in the Trump administration, as well as her role in the feminist movement. Written here is a response to said article, as I believe…

#notourlockerroom

Earlier this month, we all learned of a private conversation, caught on tape, between two tv personalities, one of whom is now running for President. This conversation included one man boasting about sexual assault, and the other man laughing along appreciatively. In the days after the tape was released, the…

Letter to the Editor: Improvements made to printing

This letter is to briefly respond to Ryan Silvola’s editorial, “Printing costs not as Augie advertised” from the April 30 issue of the Observer. Ryan mentioned having printed 3,122 pages; if so, that represents over 6 reams of paper.  We know that most students do not print this much, and…

Letter to the Editor: Life week somber event

Life Week is a somber, yet celebratory series of events and displays put on by Augustana Right to Life. We seek to raise awareness for the pro-life movement and what it stands for, namely the idea that life is much too valuable for us to choose which members of the…

Letter to the Editor: Life Week inadequately addresses problem

The first time I heard about “Life Week” was my freshman year. As someone who supports the right for people to choose whether they want to be a parent or not, I felt a bit bothered by the emails and displays, but I didn’t seriously think about it or say…

Letter to the Editor: Pledging period

Administration and Greek Life changed the pledging hours for this year’s pledge classes, but unfortunately, in my opinion, they failed to address the real problem. A sorority pledge is responsible for getting to know 80+ Actives in 4-5 weeks through learning their names, hometowns and majors and attending socials or…

Letter to the Editor: Racism

Would you consider yourself to be white? Would you consider yourself a good person? Considering that the majority of students at Augustana are white, and hopefully good people, a fair majority of people reading this just answered yes to both. Being white means that the protesters so many people were…