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The Obama Bridge leads to stars to get to Swanson Commons.

Obama Bridge: the challenges of creating an accessible campus

Sylvia Hughes May 10, 2024

Students on Augustana’s campus take the same paths and shortcuts every day. Whether they trek up the Olin Stairs or take Gerber’s first-floor elevator to avoid the stairs, these mindless shortcuts...

Hildreth receives “I Have a Dream” award

Maranda Bargren March 8, 2024

Just over 61 years ago on Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his infamous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. In Rock Island, King is being remembered and honored by community members at the Martin Luther...

Professor of Education Mike Egan sings “Redemption Sing” by Bob Marley during the African American Read-In event held at the Brew on Feb 29, 2024.

Giving a voice through Augustana’s African American Read-In

Morin Windle March 8, 2024

The African American Read-In has been an annual event at Augustana since the 1990s but had a few gap years until Lucas Street, the director of the Reading and Writing Center, brought the event back in...

Inside Augie’s secret spaces: From the bedrock to the bell

Inside Augie’s secret spaces: From the bedrock to the bell

Kayla Palliser and Allie Rial November 4, 2023

There are places at Augustana that are well-loved by students and employees alike. From the Slough Path to the stained glass of Old Main, everybody has their favorite spots. But there are also spaces on...

View of the Slough and the Swanson bridge in the fall, 2011.
Courtesy of Augustana College Special Collections.

Slough water ebbs and flows through history at Augustana

Kayla Palliser May 17, 2023

It’s hard to imagine a day at Augustana without the Slough. Students walk along the pathway, watch the colors change out their windows, joke about how it smells and race in boats down the water during...

Protecting the Mississippi River

Aubrey Lathrop May 17, 2023

For Quad Cities native Kai Swanson, the river has had a presence in many aspects of life. He has many stories of hiking around Sylvan Island and riding bikes alongside the riverbanks. However, one of the...

Recycling prominent on campus

Recycling prominent on campus

Priyanjana Chaudhary May 17, 2023

A sustainability report released by Augustana College in 2021 reports the work that has been done and that Augustana continues to do with recycling. According to the report, the goals were to increase...

Climate protests call for change

Feven Zewdu May 17, 2023

Several years ago, a protest on climate change led to lasting impacts at Augustana College. On Sept. 20, 2019, students of Augustana College gathered to speak on the issues that they saw and the changes...

Augustana’s Board of Trustees prepares for incoming leadership

Gavin Nicoson May 10, 2023

Augustana College’s Board of Trustees is preparing for a change in leadership this October as current Chair John Murabito and Vice-Chair Wiley Adams reach the end of their terms. Filling their respective...

Augustana is now a smoke-free campus

Augustana is now a smoke-free campus

Gavin Nicoson March 1, 2023

On Feb. 9, Augustana College updated its policy on smoking and vaping, prohibiting both activities completely, including in and around residence halls and TLAs.  Mary Baril, resident director for TLA...

Town hall documents wage frustration

Caitlin Campbell November 16, 2022

On Tuesday Nov. 15, the Student Government Association (SGA) held a town hall meeting in response to students’ frustration with the 50 cent wage increase that was announced on Oct. 17.  The town...

Evald: Empowering women beyond the grave

Evald: Empowering women beyond the grave

Lexi Woodcock November 11, 2022

“Power, Passion, and Faith,” a biography on Emmy Carlsson Evald written by her great-granddaughter Sharon Wymann, tells the life story of a young activist for women’s rights. On Wednesday Nov. 2,...

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