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Bahls announces largest donation in school history

Charlie Roiland April 6, 2022

On Wednesday, April 6 at noon President Steve Bahls announced that the college received a 40 million dollar donation, the largest in school history.  This generous donation came from Murry Gerber,...

Mask mandate lifted in classrooms

Olivia Doak April 1, 2022

The college announced today that starting this Monday, April 4 masks will no longer be required in classrooms. The last time students were unmasked in classrooms was March of 2020. This means that as...

Dr. Andrea Talentino gives a speech after being announced as the next President of Augustana College on Dec. 7, 2021.

Talentino announced as next college president

Molly Sweeney December 14, 2021

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, Augustana College’s ninth president was announced. Dr. Andrea Talentino, currently the provost of Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y, will begin her presidency at Augustana on...

Emergency lights light up the hallway of Erickson Hall during the outage.

Campus power outage: Students create chaos amid blackout

Olivia Doak October 25, 2021

Around 9pm on Sunday, Oct. 24 the power went out in some parts of campus, including major residential halls. In response, chaos ensued as students began running around and screaming in their dorm buildings....

Swanson Commons without power. Photo by Christopher Ferman.

Upper campus sits in the dark during power outage

September 6, 2020

A power outage in Rock Island impacted parts of campus on Sept. 6. Swanson Commons, 11th Ave Flats, off-campus housing around Swanson and the Gerber Center were some of the buildings affected.  The first...

Phi Omega Phi needs to be disbanded

Paige Sheppard February 27, 2020

Yet again, Phi Omega Phi’s (Poobah) actions have been called to attention by the eyes of the entire school. Year after year this group of students proves they don’t know how to respect everyone on...

Poobah fraternity suspended during student protest

Poobah fraternity suspended during student protest

Olivia Doak February 22, 2020

The Dean of Students Office suspended the fraternity Phi Omega Phi (Poobah) on Friday, Feb. 21 due to violations of Augustana’s code of conduct policy. The decision to suspend the fraternity resulted...

Students gather at the Brew on Thursday, Feb. 20 to discuss what they want administration to do about Phi Omega Phis misconduct during rush weekend, Feb. 7-9. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Students call for administrative action against Poobah

Jordan Cone February 20, 2020

More than 20 students gathered in the Brew by the Slough today, Feb. 20, to discuss actions they wish to be taken by Augustana College administration against the fraternity, Phi Omega Phi (Poobah), whose...

Breaking News: DeGreve leaves SGA after protest

Olivia Doak May 3, 2019

At the Student Government Association (SGA) meeting on Thursday, May 2 newly-elected president Haley DeGreve stepped down from her position due to student protests. Over 20 students showed up at the meeting...

Rape culture frustration ignites student-led protests

Rape culture frustration ignites student-led protests

April 27, 2019

In response to recent conversations about sexual assault, several students began a movement that gathered crowds of students, faculty and administrators to the steps of Old Main on Friday, April 26. Senior...

Senior Emma Nordmeyer bends down to write a message in chalk near midnight on Thursday, April 25. Members of the #MakeAChange movement chalked the lower quad, Old Main stairs and 7th avenue sidewalk. Photo by Thea Gonzales.

Students demand Title IX reform through upcoming demonstrations

Natalie McMillan April 26, 2019

After recent incidents involving sexual assault conversation occurred on campus, students are organizing a set of protests under the #MakeAChange for Friday, April 26. According to sophomore SophiaRose...

“Overheard at Augie” submission goes viral

April 16, 2019

Developing story: check out for the latest details. Transcript of the video below. WARNING: transcript includes vulgar, sexual, violent language.  Since its release early this morning...

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