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Climate protests call for change

Feven Zewdu May 17, 2023

Several years ago, a protest on climate change led to lasting impacts at Augustana College. On Sept. 20, 2019, students of Augustana College gathered to speak on the issues that they saw and the changes...

Climate positivity remains crucial

Chloe Baxter May 17, 2023

When considering the issue of global warming, it’s easy to be a cynic. The ice caps are melting, killing polar bears and penguins. Sea levels are rising, pushing whole nations underwater. It’s true,...

College activism puts too much pressure on students to make a difference

Hailey Glasnovich March 11, 2023

In the social media world, where anybody can find and promote just about anything on a smartphone at the click of a button, a focus on activism puts pressure on college students. Young voices, like Greta...

Warming up to climate change: The limit of individual action

Emmeline Kenealy November 20, 2022

Climate activists with Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and other organizations cycled across a private jet runway and chained themselves to aircraft at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Nov. 5. These protesters...

Meltdown: Climate anxiety during a pandemic

Meltdown: Climate anxiety during a pandemic

Delaney Farwell April 16, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered a lot of social ills across the world. We all understand how difficult it has been to change our typical ways of being at the drop of a hat. From lockdowns to masks,...

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos speaks on plans to combat the climate crisis

Stuart Lombard November 14, 2019

On Wednesday 6 November, Representative Cheri Bustos addressed a room of young constituents and Augustana students and faculty. She spoke at length about her plans to address the climate crisis in Illinois’s...

Bernie Sanders reacts to someone in the crowd as they criticize Micheal Bloomberg entering the Democratic race, on, Saturday, Nov. 9.

Bernie Sanders builds community at his rally in Coralville IA

Giselle Barajas November 12, 2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a progressive candidate for the 2020 democratic presidential nomination, held a rally with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), to speak about corruption in the political system....

Matt Case, member of Sierra Club, applauds a speech on Friday, Sept. 20 in the lower quad.  President Bahls says Augie has made progress towards campus sustainability, but there is more to do. Photo by Mikaylo Kelly.

Campus community demands sustainability

Audrianna Schneider September 26, 2019

Augustana students have a powerful voice on subjects they feel need to be addressed. By forming a student-led “climate strike” rally on Friday, Sept. 20 at noon, Augustana students made it quite clear...

Cartoon by Annie Wheeler.

Thoughts on the global climate strike: What do we owe to future generations?

Stuart Lombard September 26, 2019

On Friday, students and faculty took to the quad in support of the Earth. While the multigenerational speakers spoke, it became very apparent that the main idea of the event was this: the older generation...

The global warming crisis

The global warming crisis

Sarah Kayali April 10, 2019

One of my favorites spots to study is a small coffee shop called Milltown Coffee located on River Drive street, where I can enjoy gazing at the Mississippi River outside the window.  Recently, as I was...

AOC’s fight for Americans

Giselle Barajas March 13, 2019

The most recent midterm election has produced the most ethnically and racially diverse congress ever seen in the United States. Among our new congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nicknamed AOC, has...

Progressing climate change to affect future of Augustana

Martha Tomesen January 24, 2019

As climate change progresses, Augustana College and students could be affected in multiple ways.   Problems noticeable in the Midwest today include the increasing of hot, humid days, more heatwaves,...

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