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Update: Augustana CA to remain in custody

Update: Augustana CA to remain in custody

Charlie Roiland October 25, 2023

The Augustana student currently facing child pornography charges will remain in jail while awaiting trial. On Oct. 24, Rock Island County judge Frank Fuhr labeled Kenealy a flight risk, and in accordance...

Breaking news: Augustana CA arrested

Breaking news: Augustana CA arrested

Charlie Roiland October 2, 2023

Augustana College senior Emmeline Kenealy, who works as a community advisor (CA) on campus, was arrested Monday afternoon on pending charges of child pornography, according to records published by the...

Augustana Observer, file photo.

Students react to threat to Augustana’s campus

Charlie Roiland December 9, 2022

Many Augustana students said Friday they feared for their safety following several threats made Thursday against the Augustana campus. An Augustana alumni posted several potentially threatening TikToks,...

Person-of-interest located after making threats to Augustana campus

Person-of-interest located after making threats to Augustana campus

Molly Sweeney December 9, 2022

A suspect who made threats to campus Thursday has been apprehended by Rock Island Police. Augustana police chief Tom Phillis told the Observer he is “confident” that students, staff and faculty...

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....

Fire burns on Westerlin J-Wing’s roof

Natalie McMillan May 10, 2021

A fire broke out on the roof of Westerlin Resident Hall, above the Jenny Linn (J) Wing, around 2:00pm on Monday, May 10, 2021. The smoke could be seen from the Gerber Center as an AugieAlert went out,...

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...

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