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Illinois public institutions barred from banning books under bold new bill.

Gavin Nicoson May 17, 2023

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to approve new legislation which would withhold federal funding from public institutions like libraries and schools which fail to adopt anti-censorship policies....

David Staples answers questions during a presentation about his experiences with APEP at Augustana College in Old Main room 132 on Monday, April 24, 2023.

From wrongfully convicted to exonerated Augie student

Victoria Campbell and Rae Barry May 6, 2023

Education can be a transformative and empowering tool used to help individuals regain control of their lives, an important opportunity for those who have been incarcerated. David Staples came across this...

First gen students, college classes, oh my!

Taylor Roth May 6, 2023

Movies portray college in one of two ways: fun, partying and hanging out with friends or stressing out over projects and assignments as the due date creeps up on students.  College is a step to a better-paying...

A close-up of a COVID-19 at home test kit.

Campus COVID-19 response evolves

Feven Zewdu and Brett Kuras March 1, 2023

Editor's Note: This story has been modified from its original version. This article previously referred to the COVID-19 dashboard which is no longer in use. The error has since been corrected. COVID-19...

Augustana students pet therapy dogs in the Thomas Tredway Library on Dec. 5 during the annual Woofapalooza.

Students’ struggle as fall semester comes to a close

Caitlin Campbell December 7, 2022

Although finals season is the one that is typically associated with burnout, for students and teachers at Augustana, it is no exception.  Burnout, as defined by Farrah Roberts, the director of student...

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...

A trip to Chicago supports cultural diversity

Jack Brandt November 16, 2022

On the weekend of Nov. 11-13, a group of students and faculty traveled to Chicago as part of an event put on by the Multicultural Programming Board (MPB). During the trip, they visited cultural sites such...

Prospective Augie students welcomed at competition

Gavin Nicoson November 16, 2022

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Augustana College held the first of two annual academic scholarship days. The event provided an opportunity for prospective students to visit Augustana’s campus, compete for up...

Jon Hurty conducts students during choir practice in Larson Hall.

Singing without masks: How choirs have adapted through the pandemic

Kayla Palliser April 8, 2022

Over the past two years, classrooms have faced changing COVID-19 policies, including social distancing, smaller class sizes and hybrid offerings. However, one activity has faced some of the most extreme...

COVID creates trials and tribulations for study abroad departures

Brett Kuras April 6, 2022

Augustana offers multiple study abroad options for students looking for an opportunity to travel the world to explore their major and discover new cultures. However, in March of 2020, the arrival of COVID-19...

Augie’s new COVID policies provide optimism, but we still need to be cautious

Kyle King February 26, 2022

As of Feb. 14, Augie’s prior restrictions on the size of group gatherings, student clubs, organizations and visitors at admissions or athletic events have been lifted.  The official email sent out...

The college experience: Ripped, see-through shower curtains and hand dryers that wake up the floor

The college experience: Ripped, see-through shower curtains and hand dryers that wake up the floor

Charlie Roiland February 26, 2022

Picture this: you come home from a long night at work, covered in grease and worn out. You’re looking forward to taking a nice hot shower and climbing into bed, so you grab your shower supplies and head...

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