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Applying to grad school during quarantine

Alex McLean October 2, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, many of us did not take it as seriously as it should have been considered. Now, nearly 6 months later, a majority of the country is still in a mandated...

Mandate masks, not a lower drinking age

Alex McLean September 24, 2020

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on 2020 in all possible ways. From careers, to school, to social lives. Attempts to slow the pandemic have been successful in a myriad of countries across the globe, but not...

By Alyssa Duckett

Possible space advertisements could be worth advancements in science

Alex McLean March 12, 2020

Towards the middle of the last decade, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began to partner with commercialized space programs in the interest of exploring current unexplored areas...

The coronavirus should remind us that it is necessary to take care of ourselves

Alex McLean March 5, 2020

The coronavirus, or COVID-19, has become a global epidemic in the last few months. It reached the United States and is currently at more than 100 cases. As of March 2, there are nine reported deaths in...

Clear intentions will help political discourse

Clear intentions will help political discourse

Alex McLean November 14, 2019

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, moved forward to completely ban politically sponsored ads preceding the upcoming election cycles. This happened soon after the social media giant, Facebook, decided to...

Normalizing stress spells disaster for post-graduate life

Alex McLean November 7, 2019

The college approach to mounting anxiety and stress is to "grin and bear it." Is this a symptom of exhaustion or simply giving up? The semester transition and increasing social pressures to "tough it out"...

Sippy cups still murder turtles

Alex McLean October 17, 2019

In the summer of 2019, Starbucks introduced plastic lids to replace the plastic straws the company previously used. Shortly after, Augustana’s Brew by The Slough followed suit. Apparently in an effort...

Augustana lacks a healthy variety

Alex McLean October 10, 2019

Anyone who has attended or even toured this college has noticed that there are a lot of stairs. In fact, there is a lot of walking and no on-campus transport during the day. Unfortunately, this is sometimes...

Procrastination is the anti-college strategy

Alex McLean October 3, 2019

I’m sure you have heard the adage: “Due tomorrow? Do tomorrow.” For some, this is laughed off as there is no possibility that they would let an assignment sit untouched for weeks to months. However,...

Rahm Emanuel isn’t helping Chicago

Alex McLean October 18, 2018

Chicago is burning. Some days it's a slow burn, and on others, a wildfire. There's no single individual who can fix the problem, yet there is one individual who is making everything worse: Rahm Emanuel,...

Fake assault charges hurt everyone

Alex McLean October 11, 2018

I want to begin this article with a huge disclaimer: To anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, I am deeply regretful for what happened to you. You deserve to be happy and safe and most importantly,...

Symposium Day is doing better

Alex McLean October 4, 2018

I wrote about Symposium Day each term last year. I still have all sorts of negative opinions about the event (see Augustana risks letting liberal arts fail), but I want to attempt to be a little more positive...

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