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African artifacts for sale at the Diversity Week
celebration on April 28, 2023.

OSID honors diversity week in Gävle rooms

Allie Lewis May 5, 2023

On Friday, April 28, Augustana held its annual Diversity Week celebration. The Augustana Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity (OSID) was at the forefront of this event and gave a great opportunity...

Event participants create different designs for their own tote bag.

Pre-rush events encourage learning about Greek life

Jack Brandt November 9, 2022

Throughout the later half of fall semester, Augustana's Greek groups offer pre-rush events where potential new members have the chance to meet current members of a fraternity or sorority. The events are...

Poobah fraternity reinstated

Natalie McMillan September 24, 2020

The fraternity Phi Omega Phi (Poobah) began their reinstatement process as a chapter of Augie Greek Life this summer on Aug. 27, 2020.  Last academic year, a bias report was submitted against Poobah following...

Augustana discusses cultural appropriation for Halloween

Katherine Hogan October 31, 2019

On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 24, The Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity (OSID) and the Office of Student Life (OSL) hosted “My Culture is not a Costume”, an initiative that educates students...

Graphic by Lu Gerdemann.

Students react to Bignall’s departure: Director of Greek Life to leave Augustana

April 18, 2017

Thea Gonzales contributed to this article. During last night’s Greek Council meeting, council representatives, presidents of Greek organizations and executive board members were informed by Katey Bignall...

Greeks promote safety during Homecoming

Thea Gonzales October 6, 2016

Greek groups took measures to ensure celebrations remained safe during Homecoming Week.   The Greek Council's guidelines for social activities states that "all social activities must be in compliance...

Greek council rejects quota that would've limited amount of new members

September 16, 2015

Greek Council voted to reject a quota on Monday that, if upheld, would limit the amount of new members an organization could take on in the spring. It stated that Greek chapters cannot have more then 64...

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...

Guest column: Hours change, tradition stays

September 4, 2014

Since 1908, Greek Life at Augustana College has brought students together from near and far. For the past 100 years, the groups have grown, and hold a 98% retention rate of their members. In recent years,...

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