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Navigating college friendships: cliques, pressure and insecurity

Navigating college friendships: cliques, pressure and insecurity

Nuhamin Wube October 23, 2021

College is a lot like the wilderness: survival skills are necessary. In order for students to succeed in college they need to manage their time, communicate and multitask. The most important factor, however,...

Falling into fashion: Autumn trends and our eco impact

Hannah Knuth and Janey Locander October 15, 2021

Fall is finally here, and autumn trends are making their way across students’ clothing choices. Almost near the middle of October, cooler temperatures signal more jackets, hats and layered clothing among...

Back to burnout: Students struggle with full class load amid pandemic

Hannah Knuth & Nuhamin Wube October 13, 2021

On a cold night in 2013, my brother and I had just finished watching World War Z. The movie is about a lethal virus called Solanum that transforms healthy people into something vicious, thoughtless and...

White Tornado interacts with the crowd during his exciting performance at Chill on the Hill on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Live music is back (and safer than ever)

Carly Davis October 10, 2021

Sunday afternoon, Sep. 26, found me sitting on a blanket at the Lefty Anderson pavilion waiting for a friend to join me for an outdoor concert. Augustana had tried to hold Chill on the Hill back in 2019,...

Plastics and pollution on a pandemic campus

Plastics and pollution on a pandemic campus

Carly Davis April 28, 2021

Byline: Peter Moens and Carly Davis Jack Brandt, first year, sat down in front of me with two overflowing plastic bags. When he put them down, spoons and knives spilled onto the table in the fishbowl....

Running on empty

Carly Davis April 16, 2021

Trigger Warning: This article discusses eating disorders/disordered eating. The pandemic has pushed college athletics as close to the breaking point as it can. Reducing crowds, limiting team bonding and...

Online dating for college students

Online dating for college students

Peter Moens March 31, 2021

Byline: Kaitlin Jacobson & Peter Moens Dating in college can be tricky, especially with classes, activities and the pandemic. Many students who have had no luck finding a significant other turn to...

Seeking new roles in a one-woman show: how do we perform femininity?

Seeking new roles in a one-woman show: how do we perform femininity?

Carly Davis March 24, 2021

Last Monday, March 8, posts celebrating International Women’s Day reminded people that outstanding women have always fought the odds to make a difference. The new standard of femininity doesn’t evoke...

Ashanti Mobley speaks out through spoken-word

Ashanti Mobley speaks out through spoken-word

Olivia Doak March 17, 2021

This story is from the Observer’s Injustice and inequalities inside Augie magazine publication. Print March 2021. When she was 11 years old, Ashanti Mobley went with her siblings to the corner store...

A history of social-justice activism at Augustana

Olivia Smith March 17, 2021

This story is from the Observer’s Injustice and inequalities inside Augie magazine publication. Print March 2021. This is by no means a comprehensive summation of Augustana’s entire history, but serves...

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Carly Davis March 15, 2021

From the outside looking in, Greek Life at Augustana is hard to pin down. Social groups, service fraternities and academic organizations vary enough that any generalized statement about Greek Life falls...

Students grapple with election indecision

Students grapple with election indecision

Carly Davis November 4, 2020

As votes in key swing states trickle in, Augustana students share their thoughts on the 2020 election. This year differs from previous elections, even for first-time voters on campus, due to an influx...

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