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Applying to grad school during quarantine

Alex McLean October 2, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, many of us did not take it as seriously as it should have been considered. Now, nearly 6 months later, a majority of the country is still in a mandated...

Mandate masks, not a lower drinking age

Alex McLean September 24, 2020

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on 2020 in all possible ways. From careers, to school, to social lives. Attempts to slow the pandemic have been successful in a myriad of countries across the globe, but not...

By Alyssa Duckett

Possible space advertisements could be worth advancements in science

Alex McLean March 12, 2020

Towards the middle of the last decade, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began to partner with commercialized space programs in the interest of exploring current unexplored areas...

The coronavirus should remind us that it is necessary to take care of ourselves

Alex McLean March 5, 2020

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has become a global epidemic in the last few months. It reached the United States and is currently at more than 100 cases. As of March 2, there are nine reported deaths in...

Clear intentions will help political discourse

Clear intentions will help political discourse

Alex McLean November 14, 2019

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, moved forward to completely ban politically sponsored ads preceding the upcoming election cycles. This happened soon after the social media giant, Facebook, decided to...

Normalizing stress spells disaster for post-graduate life

Alex McLean November 7, 2019

The college approach to mounting anxiety and stress is to "grin and bear it." Is this a symptom of exhaustion or simply giving up? The semester transition and increasing social pressures to "tough it out"...

The hidden negatives of a higher wage

Alex McLean October 24, 2019

After Governor J.B. Pritzker took office, he signed a bill increasing the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 by 2025. This could appear to be a positive for college students. However over time, increasing...

Sippy cups still murder turtles

Alex McLean October 17, 2019

In the summer of 2019, Starbucks introduced plastic lids to replace the plastic straws the company previously used. Shortly after, Augustana’s Brew by The Slough followed suit. Apparently in an effort...

Augustana lacks a healthy variety

Alex McLean October 10, 2019

Anyone who has attended or even toured this college has noticed that there are a lot of stairs. In fact, there is a lot of walking and no on-campus transport during the day. Unfortunately, this is sometimes...

Procrastination is the anti-college strategy

Alex McLean October 3, 2019

I’m sure you have heard the adage: “Due tomorrow? Do tomorrow.” For some, this is laughed off as there is no possibility that they would let an assignment sit untouched for weeks to months. However,...

Sophomores are worried about the semester transition

Alex McLean April 17, 2019

Every student and their grandma knows that for the 2019-2020 school year Augustana is switching from trimesters to semesters. For this years’ seniors, this means nothing. For the juniors, they have very...

Let’s not jump to conclusions about Joe Biden’s conduct

Alex McLean April 9, 2019

This month, Joe Biden has been accused of alleged sexually inappropriate conduct by seven different women. Beginning with Lucy Flores, a democratic former lieutenant governor nominee for Nevada, who alleged...

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