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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,...

Windows of opportunity: Housing on college campuses

Windows of opportunity: Housing on college campuses

Delaney Farwell and María Fernanda Rubí April 9, 2022

As the academic year comes to an end, students’ to-do lists continue to grow. Finding roommates, comparing housing options and for some, applying to special programs or activities can pile up on top...

Augustana Westerlin Market shelves on March 7, 2022.

COVID-19 pandemic affects Augie’s weekend food options

Charlie Roiland and María Fernanda Rubí March 19, 2022

When students decide what college they will be attending to continue their education, one deciding factor may be the different food options that the school offers. In general, Augustana offers a wide variety...

Atomic Coffee employee Ashley Smith prepares drinks for orders on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

West Coast style drive-thru coffee bar enters Rock Island

Delaney Farwell March 12, 2022

People across the Quad Cities have been known to ditch their coffee for brightly-colored energy drinks, and Augustana students may fall prey to the craze as a new Atomic Coffee Bar opens its doors in Rock...

No car, no problem, right?

No car, no problem, right?

Charlie Roiland March 5, 2022

When you come to Augustana, it is almost impossible to find a parking spot. Residence hall parking lots are filled to the brim with cars, so much so that students with parking permits often struggle to...

The college experience: Ripped, see-through shower curtains and hand dryers that wake up the floor

The college experience: Ripped, see-through shower curtains and hand dryers that wake up the floor

Charlie Roiland February 26, 2022

Picture this: you come home from a long night at work, covered in grease and worn out. You’re looking forward to taking a nice hot shower and climbing into bed, so you grab your shower supplies and head...

Students celebrate Thanksgiving break on and off-campus

Janey Locander & Carly Davis November 27, 2021

With the first semester officially winding down in just a matter of weeks, students eagerly await the time off for Thanksgiving. However, not everyone celebrates or has the opportunity to head home. Out-of-state...

“Black squirrels, deer, and Augie Raccoons, oh my!”

“Black squirrels, deer, and Augie Raccoons, oh my!”

Charlie Roiland and Nuhamin Wube November 20, 2021

Standing on the Slough path, the slight breeze rustles the leaves and causes the ducks to tuck in their heads. Kai Swanson, the assistant to President Bahls and a lover of wildlife, looks out over the...

Sophomore John Flannery playing piano at the Denkmann Building on Friday, Nov 5, 2021.

Augie pianist plays his way through the semester

Charlie Roiland and Hannah Knuth November 13, 2021

John Flannery, Augustana sophomore and gifted pianist sits next to me at the brew. His bags have been thrown on the floor and chairs, prepared to go to his next event after just coming from his sophomore...

Bright determination and dark hope in times of decline

Carly Davis November 6, 2021

A few days ago, one of my close friends broke his phone. He dropped it, and it snapped in half. It’s a flip phone. These things happen. He said it really only matters for me, since I’m the only...

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