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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...

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"...

The hidden negatives of a higher wage

Alex McLean October 24, 2019

After Governor J.B. Pritzker took office, he signed a bill increasing the minimum wage in Illinois to $15 by 2025. This could appear to be a positive for college students. However over time, increasing...

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,...

Public healthcare prices could spell trouble for physicians and patients

Alex McLean January 24, 2019

In January of this year, President Trump enacted a segment of the Affordable Care Act in which hospitals around the country must now release public prices of their services. While this is an admirable...

Letter to the editor: Words mean everything

September 14, 2017

Alex McLean offers his 7 September column (“Conservative, not conniving”) mostly as a plea to avoid generalizations. As an example, he concedes that “not all Democrats are Antifa members.” Yet...

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