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Are people too reliant on Facebook and other social media platforms?

Zach Blair October 17, 2021

Facebook is a dominant entity. With billions of people using the site as a medium to connect with loved ones and run businesses, the criticality of Facebook’s consistent running and ease of usage becomes...

Clear intentions will help political discourse

Clear intentions will help political discourse

Alex McLean November 14, 2019

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, moved forward to completely ban politically sponsored ads preceding the upcoming election cycles. This happened soon after the social media giant, Facebook, decided to...

Facebook does not deserve to recover from this

Alex McLean April 19, 2018

You’re bored on a Thursday night, your friends are studying or sleeping – looking forward to the weekend. You decide that Facebook is your best choice for some source of entertainment to distract from...

Zaldivar seeks to innovate social media

Zaldivar seeks to innovate social media

Brady Johnson March 22, 2018

Senior Kevin Zaldivar, senior, and his partner Sanjay Karki, who is a former Augustana student, have started working on an application that hopes to deliver lasting connections between people and not more...

Media consumption: Staff, students reflect on digital interactions

Brady Johnson March 22, 2018

Vibrations, alerts, and pings fill the room as students scroll down electronics to consume media. There was a time at Augustana where students had to dial out on landlines and visit their mailboxes to...

Another national day, another post

October 13, 2016

Scroll through your Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram timeline and you'll see that it's a national day commemorating guacamole, lemonade, ice cream, and so on. The list gets longer and random as we...

Social media censorship troubling

April 24, 2015

We live in a place where we pride ourselves on freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of this and freedom of that. We are proud to not deal with censorship in our media, and the topic of having any...

2015 Undergraduate DePauw Honors Conference with Katie Canning

April 18, 2015

I wanted to write one last blog about my overall experience at the conference and why I think it is so extremely important that more Augustana students attend events like this. The final speech: I headed...

2015 Undergraduate DePauw Honors Conference with Katie Canning

April 16, 2015

Currently, I am writing this blog  10 p.m. Indiana time, and I just finished my first session at the conference. As I mentioned in my previous blog, the keynote speaker that jump started the conference...

Tinder information was taken from, the New York Times and CNN.
Graphic by Ryan Silvola.

Students: Tinder more of a dating game

March 29, 2015

Taking away the stigma of online dating is Tinder, a dating app where users decide in seconds if someone is attractive or not with a smile swipe left or right. Tinder is a social networking app for the...

Editorial: Lack of justice impacts all

December 2, 2014

The grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. decided not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson on Nov. 24. This decision was a miscarriage of justice. A grand jury indictment does not decide  innocence or...

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