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Are we coming back in the fall? Will sloughfest be rescheduled? Student questions answered

Are we coming back in the fall? Will sloughfest be rescheduled? Student questions answered

Olivia Doak May 15, 2020

Students voiced many questions about how Augustana will handle distance learning and the pandemic since it began two months ago. While the administration works constantly to send daily email updates answering...

Senior goodbye columns

Senior goodbye columns

May 14, 2020

As we say goodbye to Augie for the summer (and others of us, for longer), we at the Observer want to honor our seniors by  giving them the last word. Congratulations to the Observer class of 2020. Thank...

Featured graphic by Carly Davis

Rethinking “essential”

Carly Davis May 13, 2020

Social distancing measures are indisputably wearing on all of us, and hanging out with your hometown friends six feet apart in a parking lot isn’t going to make you feel better long-term. As many of...

Coach Giovanine during a CCIW game in 2018. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Coach Giovanine retires with a lasting legacy

Madison Williams May 12, 2020

On Tuesday, May 5, head coach of the men’s basketball team Grey Giovanine shocked the Augustana community by announcing his retirement. After 21 years of leading the Vikings, Giovanine decided it was...

OBScast - The Augustana Observer Podcast - Moving forward as students - Ep. 6

OBScast – The Augustana Observer Podcast – Moving forward as students – Ep. 6

Kevin Donovan May 6, 2020

Join us for our weekly Observer podcast! This week's episode is about life after graduation, moving into post-Augie life, and what the summer and fall might look life for returning students. The Observer...

What I wish I knew before contracting COVID-19

What I wish I knew before contracting COVID-19

Thea Gonzales May 4, 2020

I was comforted once by my statistics: young, healthy, careful, smart. Of course I wasn’t going to contract the virus; I wasn’t like most of its early victims. COVID-19 was for the graphs that J.B....

OBScast - The Augustana Observer Podcast - News Literacy - Ep. 5

OBScast – The Augustana Observer Podcast – News Literacy – Ep. 5

Kevin Donovan April 30, 2020

Join us for our weekly Observer podcast! This week's episode is about news literacy! Members of the Observer Editorial staff talk with Observer advisors and Augustana professor's Dr. David Schwartz and...

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Thea Gonzales April 24, 2020

Happy Earth week! If you’re anything like me, you’re going stir crazy during these difficult times and struggling to make the most out of your situation as shelter-in-place is extended in Illinois...

What it’s like being one of millions of Latinos working during COVID-19

What it’s like being one of millions of Latinos working during COVID-19

Giselle Barajas April 23, 2020

While some of my college friends are back at home wearing sweats everyday for distance learning, I have the misfortune of wearing a red top with jeans everyday. In other words, there’s a pandemic going...

Conscious quarantine coping

Conscious quarantine coping

Alia McMurray April 22, 2020

As we enter our fifth week of quarantine here in Illinois, feelings of disgruntlement and general frustration seem to be reaching a new high.  What may have started as initial excitement over finally...

OBScast: Food Justice and Pandemics - Ep. 4

OBScast: Food Justice and Pandemics – Ep. 4

Kevin Donovan April 21, 2020

Join us for our weekly Observer podcast! Here's episode four on food justice and pandemics. The Observer Editorial staff talk with Observer photographer Mikaylo Kelly to talk about food justice and food...

Caring for mental health in a pandemic

Caring for mental health in a pandemic

Natalie McMillan April 17, 2020

The upheaval in Augustana students’ and faculty’s life can be distressing to some of the community's mental health. Despite the changes in classrooms and pushed back graduation, Augie’s community...

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