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Review: “The Bitter Truth” reclaims the classic Evanescence

William Sikich April 16, 2021

On March 26 of this year, unequivocally reasserting their familiar style and creative quality, Evanescence released its newest album into the cyberworld of music-streaming databases. "The Bitter Truth"...

Music department adapts to COVID-19

William Sikich September 11, 2020

Article by Will Sikich and Annaliesa Johns. Even as all departments of Augustana College evolve to work within restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Augustana’s music department stands distinguished...

Independents give opinions on Greek Life

William Sikich March 5, 2020

Greek Life participation at Augustana College is fairly pervasive. A walk across campus will display apparel with letters of all kinds, representing the 15 social fraternities and sororities and a handful...

America needs its literature back

William Sikich October 31, 2019

Humanity is obsessed with efficiency. Agriculture, railroads, traffic lights, the internet — all developed in pursuit of the expedient. It drives us forward, guiding our economy and inspiring our engineers....

Netflix show “Eli” delivers predictable plot twist

William Sikich October 24, 2019

Director Ciarán Foy’s “Eli” came to Netflix on Oct. 18, 2019. It presents a standard buildup to a relatively unique — albeit well-telegraphed — twist, and the actors’ performances pass at...

SloughFest aims to keep tradition alive

William Sikich April 16, 2019

Perhaps the biggest OSL event of the year, SloughFest, returns to Augustana on May 4 with an exciting new lineup. This time around, the OSL promises to deliver another full and worthwhile experience with...

Top 5: Places to hangout at in the Quad Cities

William Sikich April 11, 2019

(5) Cool Beanz, Rock Island I know some of our readers may find it shameful to place Augustana’s beloved Cool Beanz at lowly fifth place; while others will likely roll their upperclassman eyes with boredom...

Captain Marvel Continues the Quality of the MCU

William Sikich April 2, 2019

Since the release of “Avengers: Infinity War,” fans have awaited, with much anxiety, the release of the next title in the superhero saga. While “Avengers: Endgame” won’t yet come to theaters...

On a budget? Whats the best streaming site for you?

On a budget? What’s the best streaming site for you?

William Sikich March 25, 2019

We live in a world of endless entertainment. Video and music streaming services compete mercilessly for our subscription, and it can all feel a bit overwhelming to navigate which options are best. For...

Top 5: Movies So Bad, They’re Good

William Sikich March 18, 2019

(5.) “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny” (1972) This is an old holiday favorite of mine starring America’s beloved and totally sane Christmas mascot, the Ice Cream Bunny. You’ve heard of him, haven’t...

Immigration issues expressed through Becoming American event

William Sikich March 12, 2019

With immigration so commonly on the lips of every news source and public figure, the modern American must often consider what he or she knows about the experience of those who choose to relocate to the...

Augustana play production asks Why

Augustana play production asks “Why”

William Sikich February 5, 2019

Americans often use entertainment as a means of coping with our atrocities. Of the myriad modern horrors we see in the daily news, school shootings are perhaps the most tragic and impactful. For this...

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