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A chewed wire: Struggling students online

Brady Johnson March 26, 2021

This story is from the Observer’s Injustice and inequalities inside Augie magazine publication. Print March 2021. It has been a year since the pandemic gripped the world with its contagion. Educators...

Augustana Now leaps far past the finish line

Augustana Now leaps far past the finish line

Brady Johnson January 1, 2021

The five-year long “Augustana Now” campaign reached its goal and then some. A golden lit ceremony reveals a total of $133,662,742.55 concluding the college fundraiser. Now, the funds will be spread...

President Bahls extends his stay at Augustana

Brady Johnson June 16, 2020

On June 6, President Bahls sat down for a virtual interview to discuss his contract extension, current plans for Augustana's reopening and the new Presidential Racial Justice and Equity Fund. Below is...

SGA presidential elections are all online

SGA presidential elections are all online

Brady Johnson April 2, 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak has pushed 15 states to postpone their presidential primaries. The global pandemic is also upending the way the Student Government Association (SGA) runs elections.  Senior Justin...

Students are sick and tired of American healthcare

Students are sick and tired of American healthcare

Brady Johnson February 27, 2020

Doctor appointments, dentist visits and sports physicals all have something in common: they either require health insurance or out of pocket costs on the individual. “When I was in school, I was never...

Photo illustration featuring vaping, a legal activity, by Brady Johnson.

Marijuana usage on Augustana’s campus will remain a pipe dream

Brady Johnson December 4, 2019

When students 21 of age come back to Rock Island in January, they can smoke marijuana without fear of the law, except when it comes to Augie’s campus. The DEA categorizes drugs into schedules of being...

Activism: Now and then

Activism: Now and then

Brady Johnson November 14, 2019

Fifty years ago, the Vietnam War was in full force with the estimated casualties above 35,000 American soldiers with no sign of stopping. Bill Bork, Dale Edlefson and Donovan Larson were sophomores at...

My supermassive black hole called Materialism

My supermassive black hole called Materialism

Brady Johnson April 11, 2019

I had to have it. I could not live without it. The solution to all of my problems was only $363. The purchase was an impulse, but it surely gave me a rush of euphoria. Another gaming console placed on...

Something GOLD & Something BLUE

Something GOLD & Something BLUE

Brady Johnson April 5, 2019

Imagine the connotations that come with college life. Studying, partying, and pulling all-nighters are experiences that all college students can relate to. Buying a gown for graduation is a big step towards...

Emails, data and privacy in the tech era

Emails, data and privacy in the tech era

Brady Johnson March 19, 2019

Countless emails bombard student and staff mailboxes on a daily basis. It is a constant flow of information that is either useful or meaningless. In the last six months, 24.5 million emails were sent over...

Ryan Ganson plays the ukulele on Jan. 17 in his friend’s Kevin Phoenix, TLA Room. Photo by Brady Johnson.

Ryan Ganson: An Augustana renaissance man

Brady Johnson March 14, 2019

Javelin, Spotify and endless bags of chicken breasts make up Ryan Ganson’s time at Augustana. People on campus know him as the musician, biology major and the pretty boy. Although Ganson wants to be...

Augie questions guilty pleasures

Brady Johnson January 28, 2019

There are a lot of pleasures in life: walking through a forest, receiving a promotion and celebrating an anniversary. Yet some pleasures are met with confusion and disdain. The phrase “guilty pleasures”...

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