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Senior Isaiah Valentine, graduate Annette Schneider and senior Kate Martino at the Greek Council Meeting on Monday, March 6, 2023

αντιο σας: How to say goodbye in Greek

Victoria Campbell March 11, 2023

Greek life is often a place for students to find themselves. As new members of sororities and fraternities are joining, the seniors are preparing to say their goodbyes. The presidents of a few Greek groups...

Student athletes manage Greek life and academics

Sarah Villani March 2, 2023

Now that Greek rush season has begun, student athletes have to balance a lot of different activities, and some are adding Greek life on top of their already busy schedules. Being a distance runner on...

The Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority perform at Howard University Homecoming Greek Step Show 2021.

Canceling tradition to prevent appropriation

Anh Bui October 12, 2022

Less than two weeks before its kickoff, an email from Homecoming Co-Chairs, senior Isabelle Jordan and junior Jared Slusher, was sent to the student body of Augustana College to announce the cancellation...

Augustana students rush but don’t pledge – why?

Zach Blair March 12, 2022

During rush season, the eight fraternities and six sororities on Augustana’s campus allow for students not yet involved in Greek life to experience the possibility of joining a group without the pressure...

Greek Life returns to in-person rush

Zain Shrestha February 23, 2022

After a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Augustana College has returned to in-person Greek Life rush, located at venues throughout the Quad Cities. There are still certain concerns for people after...

VIDEO: Greek Council hosts first-ever Greek Fair

Michelle Quinn October 15, 2021

The Greek Fair was held on Wednesday, Oct 6 for students interested in getting more information on greek groups. Students had the opportunity to meet different students in groups and get a feel for what...

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Carly Davis March 15, 2021

From the outside looking in, Greek Life at Augustana is hard to pin down. Social groups, service fraternities and academic organizations vary enough that any generalized statement about Greek Life falls...

The Ups and Downs of Local Greek Life

Brittnany Nelson March 15, 2018

Greek Life is a common part of the college experience, with almost every college in the United States having either local or national chapters. At Augustana, about 40 percent of the student body is involved...

Go Gold Go Greek

January 20, 2017

Around 200 students kicked off the journey of Greek Life by attending the Recruitment Rally on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Centennial Hall and received more information on rush. All students who are not actively...

First-year Jake Phillips, a pledge for the Sigma Kappa Tau, stands in the Brodahl parking lot reciting songs from the pledgebook alongside other sorority pledges.
Photo by Linnea Ritchie.

Pledges defy traditional Greek culture

March 26, 2015

First-year Jake Phillips stood next to seven other Sigma Kappa Tau pledges outside the Brodahl Building parking lot on March 12, learning songs about sisterhood even though Phillips identifies as genderfluid. Using...

The caption for this photo in the 1960 Augustana year book was “friendly belligerents wield pledge paddles over humble ‘freshies’ confessing to be ‘the lowliest scum of the earth.’”
Photo courtesy of  the Special Collections photo department.

Putting pledging in perspective

January 29, 2015

Augustana students who started informal rush earlier this month have little chance of being driven out into a cornfield and having to walk back to campus like some Augustana alumnae in the past. Pastor...

Members of Order of the Phoenix pose with sister-group L.O.V.E. Photo provided by Jeffrey Krippel.

Order of the Phoenix offers alternative to Greek life

September 11, 2014

Disc jockeys, tutors, volunteers, brothers: the Order of the Phoenix offers an alternative to fraternities on campus. With a mission focusing on improving student life at Augustana, the small social group...

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