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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...

Picture taken from a story posted on the Observer website in 2020, when students were required to wear masks while participating in IM sports.

Intramural sports are coming back

Jannate Raddadi November 5, 2022

When stepping on the outdoor courts next to PepsiCo Recreation Center or the fields near Erickson Residential Hall, the Augie community will notice that some things look different than they did a year...

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...

Mask mandate lifted in classrooms

Olivia Doak April 1, 2022

The college announced today that starting this Monday, April 4 masks will no longer be required in classrooms. The last time students were unmasked in classrooms was March of 2020. This means that as...

Augustana Westerlin Market shelves on March 7, 2022.

COVID-19 pandemic affects Augie’s weekend food options

Charlie Roiland and María Fernanda Rubí March 19, 2022

When students decide what college they will be attending to continue their education, one deciding factor may be the different food options that the school offers. In general, Augustana offers a wide variety...

Easing the mandate eases communication

Easing the mandate eases communication

Charlie Roiland March 18, 2022

The removal of the mask mandate, especially in schools, can be both a terrifying and liberating experience depending on the person. For immunocompromised and disabled students who may be at a higher risk...

Augustana fundraises for student services and environmental projects

Feven Zewdu March 16, 2022

Augustana’s largest fundraising event of the year occurred last week. On March 10-11, Augustana celebrated the Blue, Gold & Bold event, which is a charity event organized by the Office of Student...

Masks are gone, but human decency isn’t

Carly Davis March 12, 2022

Last week, I sat in the library without a mask on for the first time in two years. I walked into the third floor, went to the little table tucked in a corner overlooking the Slough (the best spot), and...

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...

Fans no longer require proof of vaccination at athletic events. So what?

Abhib Amatya February 24, 2022

Feb. 11 Augustana changed its COVID-19 policy allowing visitors to attend athletic events without having to present their proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test. Not requiring proof...

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