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What I wish I knew before contracting COVID-19

What I wish I knew before contracting COVID-19

Thea Gonzales May 4, 2020

I was comforted once by my statistics: young, healthy, careful, smart. Of course I wasn’t going to contract the virus; I wasn’t like most of its early victims. COVID-19 was for the graphs that J.B....

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Thea Gonzales April 24, 2020

Happy Earth week! If you’re anything like me, you’re going stir crazy during these difficult times and struggling to make the most out of your situation as shelter-in-place is extended in Illinois...

Meditations from inside the trash can: hunting for pop-tabs

Meditations from inside the trash can: hunting for pop-tabs

Thea Gonzales October 10, 2019

I am waist-deep in a recycling bin while my friends are yelling at me to get out, but I heed not their words: this is pop-tabs competition week. In the bi-annual Greek tradition of a pop-tab collecting...

Campus reactions to Overheard at Augie Twitter video

Campus reactions to “Overheard at Augie” Twitter video

Thea Gonzales April 18, 2019

"I wish people would recognize that it is their fight. It is not administration’s or SGA’s. It is the people’s fight" – MJ Mason The Observer sent a reporter into the streets to gather campus...

Students gather to look at the pink crosses in the pro-life clubs display on Monday, April 1. Each of the 911 crosses signifies an abortion performed at Planned Parenthood each day. Photo by Emily Jacobson.

Pro-Life group demonstrates on quad

Thea Gonzales April 1, 2019

Representatives from Augustana's pro-life group stood in the quad and passed out cards to students on Monday, April 1. With a display of pink crosses signifying the 911 abortions done everyday at Planned...

Lady Gonzales and the Suit of Holy Discount Armor

Lady Gonzales and the Suit of Holy Discount Armor

Thea Gonzales March 25, 2019

With the trepidation of a freshly-hired intern, I expected a panel of critics at JCPenney’s “Suit Up” event to hand us a list of all the clothes we couldn’t wear. I pictured some woman in a pantsuit...

50 years of Black Student Union

50 years of Black Student Union

Thea Gonzales October 4, 2018

Decades after its founding at Augustana in the spring of 1968, alumni are coming home for the 50th anniversary of Black Student Union (BSU) on homecoming weekend, Oct. 5 and 6. At a time of national unrest...

Campus Voices: we want to hear from you

Thea Gonzales September 27, 2018

If there's something that moves you, we want to hear about it. Whether it's a letter to the editor, submissions of art, or ideas for stories we might cover in the future, we want to hear what's on your...

Japanese Breakfast: a piece of another planet

Japanese Breakfast: a piece of another planet

Thea Gonzales September 27, 2018

There are moments, sometimes in love and most times in art, when it feels as though the universe is altered just for the briefest of seconds because you have witnessed something so beautiful you don't...

Augustana honors Leslie Dennison with tree memorial

Augustana honors Leslie Dennison with tree memorial

Thea Gonzales September 20, 2018

In the Gerber Center dining hall, past the food stations, kitchens and offices, a noticeable voice is missing. After 38 years of service as a dining hall worker, Leslie Dennison passed away in the Branson,...

Crazy Matriarchal Asians

Crazy Matriarchal Asians

Thea Gonzales September 20, 2018

It was "tornado warning" night when I went to see "Crazy Rich Asians" last month, but no way was I going to let torrential rain and a green-looking sky get in the way of seeing the first all-Asian cast...

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