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First year Graham Hunt plays cello in the Christmas at Augustana dress rehearsal on Dec. 1, 2022.

Christmas at Augustana: The seniors’ finale

Najiah Osborne December 10, 2022

As students prepare for the end of the semester, the celebration of Christmas awaits. Christmas at Augustana is an event led by the Augustana Symphony Orchestra. They performed with the Augustana Brass...

Peter Xiao speaks with a student during a painting class in Abbey Studios.

Professor Peter Xiao and the color green

Charlie Roiland November 26, 2022

While most kindergartners were busy playing with blocks and running around the playground, Augustana art professor Peter Xiao remembers pacing through the green of his backyard, hands clasped behind his...

Leaf no stone unturned: A day in life of an Augustana groundskeeper

Najiah Osborne November 19, 2022

In the Midwest, every season brings different weather. Fall, the season in which leaves begin to turn and temperatures drop, is the busiest for grounds supervisor Joshua Becker and his team.  “This...

Campus kitchen prepares for the holidays

Campus kitchen prepares for the holidays

Najiah Osborne November 12, 2022

As the holiday season approaches, students look forward to spending time with friends and family. Thanksgiving, the holiday in which people gather, give thanks and eat, is one that international student...

Picture taken from a story posted on the Observer website in 2020, when students were required to wear masks while participating in IM sports.

Intramural sports are coming back

Jannate Raddadi November 5, 2022

When stepping on the outdoor courts next to PepsiCo Recreation Center or the fields near Erickson Residential Hall, the Augie community will notice that some things look different than they did a year...

Dr. Zemek, highest row, giving comments to a presenting student.

Faculty spotlight: Dr. Michael Zemek’s promotion is music to our ears

Kayla Palliser October 29, 2022

When you walk alongside the construction and sealed off rooms of Bergendoff, you will find a door at the far end of the hall. Inside, neatly stacked papers cover most of the available desk space and post-it...

Party on 7th Avenue: A day of community and celebration

Allie Rial and Charlie Roiland October 22, 2022

On Saturday, Oct. 15, 7th Ave. was more alive than ever. Music performed by Augustana’s jazz ensembles and various other musical groups replaced the usual bustle of traffic as students, families and...

Inflated college costs and deflated wallets

Inflated college costs and deflated wallets

Allie Rial October 15, 2022

Being able to budget for education, needs and fun strikes a delicate balance, and this year, inflation disrupted it. While the increase in tuition at Augustana may be invisible to first-years who don’t...

Shades of magenta spotted near Andreen Resident Hall

An abundant campus: Augustana in the fall

Delaney Farwell October 8, 2022

For many students, fall is one of the most exciting times of the year at Augustana. In reality, every season here has its perks, but fall brings many unique events to Augie’s campus.  There are a...

Love without borders: Dating across cultures

Love without borders: Dating across cultures

Delaney Farwell May 7, 2022

The first time I met my boyfriend’s parents, I couldn’t really speak to them. They knew some English and I knew some Spanish, but it wasn’t enough to foster a good or clear connection between us.  I...

Short breaks generate thoughtful decisions

Short breaks generate thoughtful decisions

María Fernanda Rubí April 23, 2022

As senior Mike Bui looked up plane tickets from Chicago to Nepal, his search showed prices averaging $1400 for a roundtrip.  “I live halfway across the world. I don’t go [home] for short breaks...

Meltdown: Climate anxiety during a pandemic

Meltdown: Climate anxiety during a pandemic

Delaney Farwell April 16, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered a lot of social ills across the world. We all understand how difficult it has been to change our typical ways of being at the drop of a hat. From lockdowns to masks,...

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