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Religion in society

Religion in society

Najiah Osborne November 27, 2021

In America, religion shapes the morals and values that people have. God is mentioned nearly 200 times in the United States constitution. The government relies heavily on religion for social control. Many...

Thanksgiving: returning to normal while still taking precautions

Zain Shrestha November 24, 2021

Many students from Augustana visit their families and go on a vacation during Thanksgiving. Despite students’ excitement about going home for the break, the campus clinic said this might threaten college...

Masks have become a habit: What does this mean for us and our ability to communicate?

Chloe Baxter November 20, 2021

Augustana students and those around the globe are still abiding by mask-wearing mandates originally implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Masks are used to prevent the spread of COVID-19...

Soccer team finishes season in two overtime battle against Wheaton

Jannae Mehaffey November 11, 2021

The women’s soccer team finished their season on Nov. 3 to a tough loss against Wheaton in the second overtime of the CCIW final. Even though they didn’t win the CCIW tournament, making it to the tournament...

Wrestling kicks off season with high expectations

Nick Gainey November 11, 2021

After a COVID-19 delayed 2020-21 season, the men’s wrestling team looks to build on success for the 2021-22 campaign. The Vikings opened the season on Nov. 1 ranked third in the CCIW, matching their...

The Augie plague: Should online classes be an option again?

Celeaciya Olvera November 6, 2021

These past several weeks I have encountered several students that have been coughing, sneezing, and sniffling during class. With flu season approaching, it can lead to students becoming absent from classes. We...

Back to burnout: Students struggle with full class load amid pandemic

Hannah Knuth & Nuhamin Wube October 13, 2021

On a cold night in 2013, my brother and I had just finished watching World War Z. The movie is about a lethal virus called Solanum that transforms healthy people into something vicious, thoughtless and...

Sophomore Pooja Mehr walks towards Olin after her art 211 class on Sept. 22 on the quad. She walks with her classmate Erik Pattersson.

Students return to in-person learning

Feven Zewdu October 10, 2021

Augustana College transitioned fully back to in-person classes for the fall semester of the 2021-2022 academic year. The students were notified over the summer and are now attending all  classes in person. To...

Sloughfest celebrates end of finals week

Sloughfest celebrates end of finals week

Aubrey Lathrop June 9, 2021

Sloughfest will return to campus on May 21 after being canceled due to distance-learning last year. However, large crowds put people at risk of spreading COVID-19, so the event will look different than...

Three lessons I’ve learned throughout the pandemic

Bethany Abrams May 4, 2021

It has been over a year since the first COVID-19 lockdown in the United States, and it is almost the end of the school year. Living through the pandemic for some of my senior year of high school and all...

COVID-19 winding down creates hope for next year

Celeaciya Olvera May 4, 2021

I think we can all agree that when COVID-19 evolved into a pandemic no one knew what was going to happen. Jobs and schools were being shut down and no one knew for how long. On March 13, 2020, Illinois...

It’s all infrastructure

Stuart Lombard April 28, 2021

Investing in the country’s infrastructure is one of the few things in American politics that both parties agree should be done. During the Trump presidency, even amid the tensest moments, Democrats and...

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