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The power of education

Najiah Osborne October 21, 2021

Institutionalized racism is defined as racism embedded in the laws and regulations of a society or an organization. How does institutionalized racism affect people of color? People of color are incarcerated...

Will Augie’s wifi ever get better?

Celeaciya Olvera October 21, 2021

For the 2020-2021 school year, schools have had to switch from in-person classes to a hybrid model. For Augustana students, depending on the classes, there were fully virtual or hybrid classes. Having...

In-person learning requires more resources for mentally and physically disabled students

Kyle King October 21, 2021

Returning students may feel free from being instructed through a screen, and incoming students will finally have the opportunity to take in the environment and the intimacy of the college experience that...

LGBTQ+ history month needs more support

LGBTQ+ history month needs more support

Zach Blair October 21, 2021

LGBTQ+ History Month is a critical time. The observance, running from the beginning to the end of the month of October, provides an appropriate window for celebration for those who fall into the ever-expanding...

Weed on campus: Should it be allowed?

Najiah Osborne October 17, 2021

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug in the United States. 48.2 million people use the drug on a regular basis, and about 18 percent of Americans used it once, as of the year 2019.  Federally,...

Inhumane Texas abortion ban exploits the vulnerable

Mia C. Vu October 17, 2021

The Justice Department's attempt to block the Texas abortion ban was supposed to buy Americans and advocates from both sides more time to engage in honest, open-minded debate on the matter. But after the...

Are people too reliant on Facebook and other social media platforms?

Zach Blair October 17, 2021

Facebook is a dominant entity. With billions of people using the site as a medium to connect with loved ones and run businesses, the criticality of Facebook’s consistent running and ease of usage becomes...

College and caffeine:  An unhealthy relationship with work

College and caffeine: An unhealthy relationship with work

Giselle Barajas October 17, 2021

Your schedule’s jam packed, you’re running late to class and you’re so exhausted but won’t be back in your bed for another 12 hours. You’re too tired to walk down the Olin stairs, so you decide...

Empathy is essential in relationships

Empathy is essential in relationships

Najiah Osborne October 13, 2021

To be a part of a world where love is the norm is to live in a perfect world. But what is empathy? Empathy is stated to be the ability to understand another person from their perspective. We all hold the...

An art major airs her grievances

Carly Davis October 13, 2021

Last week, I needed to get into the Abbey art studios. It was 7:45pm on a Thursday, well within open building hours. When I ran down to the building and went to open the back door, it was locked. I walked...

How to have an opinion and change it too

How to have an opinion and change it too

Stuart Lombard May 4, 2021

Anyone can have an opinion on a matter, but no one is obliged to care. This is the axiom under which I operate when writing opinions. It might sound debilitating. But writing an opinion piece is about...

Three lessons I’ve learned throughout the pandemic

Bethany Abrams May 4, 2021

It has been over a year since the first COVID-19 lockdown in the United States, and it is almost the end of the school year. Living through the pandemic for some of my senior year of high school and all...

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