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Fire burns on Westerlin J-Wing’s roof

Natalie McMillan May 10, 2021

A fire broke out on the roof of Westerlin Resident Hall, above the Jenny Linn (J) Wing, around 2:00pm on Monday, May 10, 2021. The smoke could be seen from the Gerber Center as an AugieAlert went out,...

Forget everything else and follow your interests

Celeaciya Olvera April 28, 2021

One of the most exciting things about going to college is picking a field to study. Sure, college has many more thrilling aspects like meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and broadening...

Despite vaccines and Easter recess, COVID-19 has not ended

Despite vaccines and Easter recess, COVID-19 has not ended

Bethany Abrams April 16, 2021

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States, we have been hoping for a vaccine. Now, with three vaccines distributed to the public, it is a time of great excitement for many. However,...

Online classes are not too bad

Online classes are not too bad

Bethany Abrams April 16, 2021

In Augustana College’s COVID-19 briefing on March 11, it was announced that all classes next fall will be held in-person. Although this news is exciting and shows great progress that the college and...

Meritocracy in the education system turned toxic

Stuart Lombard April 15, 2021

Meritocracy is the word that encapsulates the idea that if we work hard, we will succeed. It is the idea that, for good or for worse, we deserve what we get. But meritocracy is not operating as intended....

Productivity in the pandemic should not be the priority

Bethany Abrams April 15, 2021

Last year when the country first began a national lockdown to mitigate the COVID-19 virus, some individuals took advantage of this time to learn something new or strengthen pre-existing skills. As we approach...

Freshman Alec McGinnis reaches for a throw from home at the Viking’s doubleheader on Thursday, March 11, 2021, vs. Cornell at Brunner Field.

Vikings Baseball Sweeps Cornell in Double-Header

Sydney Krueger March 23, 2021

The Viking baseball team is on a roll for their 2021 season, currently totaling a 7-0 record. In their most recent double header against Cornell on March 11, the Vikings swept the Rams 8-0 and 7-3. In...

Vikings Thunderstruck at Wheaton

Nick Gainey March 11, 2021

The Augustana men’s basketball team traveled to King Arena on March 9 to face the Wheaton Thunder in a CCIW tournament semifinal. The Thunder entered the game ranked #3 in the national poll...

Faces of Resilience (part 4 of 4)

Faces of Resilience (part 4 of 4)

Jordan Cone May 26, 2020

During these uncertain times, the Observer has teamed up with Farrah Roberts, director of student well-being and resiliency, to launch the Faces of Resilience project, which spotlights members of the Augustana...

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...

The Viking Plaza, normally filled with students, remains empty on Thursday April 2. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Photo Essay: Empty Spaces at Augustana College

Kevin Donovan April 3, 2020

Photography by Kevin Donovan/Observer staff

Choose joy during social distancing

Choose joy during social distancing

Jordan Cone March 25, 2020

As a senior, I am absolutely heartbroken over Augustana’s decision to move to online classes which might very likely complete my concluding months as a student. I know none of us could have ever dreamed...

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