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Students and QC locals brave the snow for MLK celebration

Shanela Ranaraja January 16, 2019

Soft jazz filters through Centennial Hall, five minutes before the community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is set to begin. The seats are filling up fast and multiple conversations...

Celebrating in diversity and looking beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas at Augustana

Shanela Ranaraja December 6, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner and Thanksgiving last month, Augustana’s campus is awash with holiday festivities. Christmas trees are being lit, Christmas concerts given, festive dinners hosted...

Visitors look at artwork inside the Figge Art Museum. Photo by Ian Murrin.

Discovering the Quad Cities through its museums

Shanela Ranaraja November 29, 2018

The Quad Cities have a lot to offer, and proof of this can be found in its museums. Whether by reliving the experiences of immigrants and examining questions of identity and assimilation at the German...

A shared endeavor: Augustana unites for mental health awareness

Shanela Ranaraja October 18, 2018

Ascension Chapel is yellow-lit and serene. Students fill the first few pews; beside a table holding four wooden boxes labeled “Hope,” “Grace,” “Truth,” and “Justice,” board members of Augie...

Rho Nu Delta members play fake guitars and sing during the annual homecoming Sing competition. Photo by Brady Johnson.

Augie students reflect on Homecoming celebrations

Shanela Ranaraja October 11, 2018

Last week, the Augustana community united for numerous Homecoming festivities. Alumni returned to the campus and students participated in events such as the third annual Homecoming Games, the talent showcase,...

Sophomore Alex Bernheimer discusses banned books with the club.

Banned Books Week in the QC

Shanela Ranaraja October 4, 2018

Misty Urban, author of "The Necessaries," is reading from the "Canterbury Tales" to a crowded hall in the Rock Island Public Library (RIPL). In Middle English, she shares the retraction added by Geoffrey...

Quad Cities International Airport in Moline, IL currently houses an art exhibit where this airport passenger is viewing the art. Photo by Ian Murrin.

Censorship, intersectionality and finding the unexpected at QC airport gallery

Shanela Ranaraja September 27, 2018

The Quad City International Airport echoes with overhead announcements and rolling suitcase wheels. People hurrying to security rarely stop to look around, but they might be surprised if they did.  The...

“Telling the stories that need to be told without fear or favor”: Leonard Pitts Jr., Symposium Day featured speaker, discusses journalism in 2018

“Telling the stories that need to be told without fear or favor”: Leonard Pitts Jr., Symposium Day featured speaker, discusses journalism in 2018

Shanela Ranaraja September 20, 2018

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald. He is the author of three novels, with a fourth coming out in February 2019. He writes about politics and racial violence in America and his columns...

Where in the world have you been?

Shanela Ranaraja September 13, 2018

With Augustana’s annual Study Away Fair taking place on Wednesday, September 12, Augustana students share their experiences of having studied outside the US. Senior Filip Kuzmanovic spent six weeks of...

Alumni exhibit artistic achievements at ATMA

Alumni exhibit artistic achievements at ATMA

Shanela Ranaraja September 3, 2018

The Augustana Teaching Museum of Art (ATMA) is buzzing with conversation. Visitors wander through the Centennial Hall Galleries, lingering before certain pieces or returning to their favourites. There...

Sierra Club Vice President Ryan Johnson cleans up trash in the ravine area by Westerlin on Thursday. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Another year, another Earth Week at Augustana

Shanela Ranaraja April 26, 2018

The week of April 16th to 22nd was Earth Week at Augustana. Student organizations such as the Augustana Local Agriculture Society (Augie Acres), Sierra Club, Geography Club and Biology Club collaborated...

As Oklahoma teachers walk out, educators at Augie and the QCs talk about funding

Shanela Ranaraja April 19, 2018

On April 2nd, teachers in Oklahoma walked out of their schools, filling the State Capitol in Oklahoma City to ask for better school funding and higher wages. Similar protests occurred in Kentucky and Arizona,...

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