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Students celebrate Thanksgiving break on and off-campus

Janey Locander & Carly Davis November 27, 2021

With the first semester officially winding down in just a matter of weeks, students eagerly await the time off for Thanksgiving. However, not everyone celebrates or has the opportunity to head home. Out-of-state...

Bright determination and dark hope in times of decline

Carly Davis November 6, 2021

A few days ago, one of my close friends broke his phone. He dropped it, and it snapped in half. It’s a flip phone. These things happen. He said it really only matters for me, since I’m the only...

Track & field: Cross country teams announce staffing and program changes

Carly Davis October 28, 2021

Aug. 11, David Thompson, former Augustana women’s cross country coach, announced his resignation from the position to team members via email. Thompson also said he would start as NYU’s head coach of...

Presentation helps develop good allyship

Presentation helps develop good allyship

Carly Davis October 22, 2021

Augustana held an LGBT+ training session with Clock, Inc. in the Brunner Theater Center on Monday, Oct. 11. The presentation was advertised in an email to students as an opportunity to learn about 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...

White Tornado interacts with the crowd during his exciting performance at Chill on the Hill on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Live music is back (and safer than ever)

Carly Davis October 10, 2021

Sunday afternoon, Sep. 26, found me sitting on a blanket at the Lefty Anderson pavilion waiting for a friend to join me for an outdoor concert. Augustana had tried to hold Chill on the Hill back in 2019,...

Plastics and pollution on a pandemic campus

Plastics and pollution on a pandemic campus

Carly Davis April 28, 2021

Byline: Peter Moens and Carly Davis Jack Brandt, first year, sat down in front of me with two overflowing plastic bags. When he put them down, spoons and knives spilled onto the table in the fishbowl....

Running on empty

Carly Davis April 16, 2021

Trigger Warning: This article discusses eating disorders/disordered eating. The pandemic has pushed college athletics as close to the breaking point as it can. Reducing crowds, limiting team bonding and...

Seeking new roles in a one-woman show: how do we perform femininity?

Seeking new roles in a one-woman show: how do we perform femininity?

Carly Davis March 24, 2021

Last Monday, March 8, posts celebrating International Women’s Day reminded people that outstanding women have always fought the odds to make a difference. The new standard of femininity doesn’t evoke...

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Carly Davis March 15, 2021

From the outside looking in, Greek Life at Augustana is hard to pin down. Social groups, service fraternities and academic organizations vary enough that any generalized statement about Greek Life falls...

Students grapple with election indecision

Students grapple with election indecision

Carly Davis November 4, 2020

As votes in key swing states trickle in, Augustana students share their thoughts on the 2020 election. This year differs from previous elections, even for first-time voters on campus, due to an influx...

“Real world” struggles prompt question of leadership

“Real world” struggles prompt question of leadership

Carly Davis September 24, 2020

Graphic above by Phoenix Agyepong. College students find themselves caught in between youth and adulthood, creating a sense of stasis. Without the power and opportunity to create significant change, students...

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