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Students should participate more in local elections

Taylor Roth April 15, 2023

Voting gives people the ability to choose who is in office and a voice in politics, acting as the pinnacle of a democratic government.  During election years, people need to be well-informed about...

For all the people

Stuart Lombard March 31, 2021

The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 made it illegal to deny the right to vote based on race. It was passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat. The VRA was then expanded in 1983 by conservative...

Rural does not mean racist

Rural does not mean racist

April 20, 2017

Are there racist people who live in the rural United States?  Yes.  Are there a large number of people from rural areas who will fly confederate flags with pride?  Yes.  Do rural high schools tend...

SGA holds Residential Hall Representative elections

Rachel Leman September 23, 2016

On Thursday, Sept. 15, the Student Government Association held their fourth meeting. Big topics of this meeting were Residential Hall Representative elections, Symposium Day, and Student Activities. Broken...

Students had a chance to meet each of the candidates for SGA president and vice president on Monday night.

Meet and Greet

March 17, 2016

On Monday, students were able to get their first taste of the candidates for Student Government Association President and Vice President positions. SGA held a meet and greet to promote the upcoming election....

SGA executive board members Kevin Seelander, Jackie Jastrzebski, David Sommers, Charlie Bentley, and Sam DeForest-Davis pose in the Brew.
Photo by Ryan Jenkins.

SGA Election

March 16, 2016

On Friday, Student Government Association President David Sommers announced the candidates for the upcoming SGA Presidential and Vice Presidential election. With three partnerships in the race, Sommers...

A chance for change

February 14, 2016

The Student Government Association (SGA) recently announced that applications for SGA president and vice president for the 2016-2017 academic year were available. As a graduating senior, I'm hoping there will...

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Junior SGA presidential candidate David Sommers discusses his platforms during the SGA presidential debate Monday.

New SGA leadership must keep promises

April 16, 2015

Election results for the 2015-2016 Student Government Association were announced on April 9, naming David Sommers and Jackie Jastrzebski as the next SGA president and vice president. The Observer endorsed...

First Lady supports Quinn, Bustos, Durbin

November 1, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke on Saturday about getting “fired up” for voting, advocating for Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Senator Dick Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn at the Wharton Field House in...

Students, faculty argue over value of voting

October 24, 2014

Sophomore Jordan Midgley believes his decision to abstain from voting in the midterm elections on Nov. 4 is justified. “I don’t feel as though I have enough information about the candidates,” Midgley...

Scotland votes no, still gains partial independence

September 19, 2014

Scottish citizens decided in a 55-45 vote, as polls closed last night, to remain part of the United Kingdom. But Adam Kaul, associate professor of anthropology at Augustana, said the country still gained...

Benson, Funke elected SGA president and vice president

April 9, 2014

The student body elected Richard Benson and Megan Funke president and vice president for student government in 2014-2015 after two days of voting last week, winning by 261 votes. After getting the call...

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