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“Black squirrels, deer, and Augie Raccoons, oh my!”

“Black squirrels, deer, and Augie Raccoons, oh my!”

Charlie Roiland and Nuhamin Wube November 20, 2021

Standing on the Slough path, the slight breeze rustles the leaves and causes the ducks to tuck in their heads. Kai Swanson, the assistant to President Bahls and a lover of wildlife, looks out over the...

This wasn’t always Augie

Etta Brooks November 19, 2021

“This wasn’t always Augie,” raised conversations about how the land, which Augustana currently resides, was once occupied by indigenous people. This discussion was facilitated by the Multicultural...

Augustana strives to boost its sustainability plans

Feven Zewdu October 27, 2021

After the review of the 2008 Environmental action plan, a campus-wide advisory group decided to address and improve Augustana’s sustainability plans. This is due to the rise of new information regarding...

Greek Life faces unexpected challenges due to pandemic

Greek Life faces unexpected challenges due to pandemic

Aaron Hanania March 15, 2021

Pledging is a foundational aspect of Augustana College’s Greek Life. It is a ceremonial tradition in which active members of a sorority or fraternity bond with new members over a four-week period. This...

Solar panels arrive on campus

Aubrey Lathrop October 21, 2020

Solar panels will be installed on the rooftops of the PepsiCo Rec Center, Carver P.E. Center, Centennial Hall and Westerlin, according to an email sent from Augustana College to the campus community. Kai...

Augustana college to install solar panels on the roofs of Westerlin Hall, PepsiCo Recreation Center, Carver P.E. Center and Centennial Hall during summer 2020. Graphic by Kevin Donovan.

Solar panels to provide eight percent of Augustana’s electric energy

Jordan Cone April 27, 2020

During the summer of 2020, Augustana College intends to begin the installation of solar panels on four campus buildings which will provide eight percent of the college’s electric energy, according to...

Bahls announces new sustainability efforts

Dina Marin November 7, 2019

Steven Bahls, president of Augustana, sent an announcement via email on Oct. 22 to the college community in response to the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20. In this statement, President Bahls stated...

Augustana students attend Student Lobby Day in Springfield

Jordan Cone April 19, 2018

On April 12, five Augustana College students, accompanied by Kai Swanson, Special Assistant to the President, attended Student Lobby Day in Springfield, Illinois. The Monetary Award Program (MAP), is the...

Lower speed limit and new speed limit signs are marked by orange signs along 7th Avenue near campus after two students were hit in January. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Accident prompts new speed limit, heavy enforcement

April 4, 2017

The city of Rock Island has approved a speed reduction from 30 mph to 20 along 7th Avenue between 34th and 38th streets. Augustana spokesperson Sam Schlouch said that he expects more police enforcement...

Apollonia Weyerhaeuser Davis, pictured here in 1914,
lived in House on the Hill for her entire life until her death in 1953. She is rumored to still haunt its halls.
Photo courtesy of Augustana Special Collections

Augie horror story: Ghost stories from Augustana College

May 4, 2016

Women in Bergendoff singing in the middle of the night. Shadows staring back at you. Steps following right behind you. Though the seniors may be leaving this month, some entities never seem to leave Augustana...

Kai Swanson, county board member representing District 16, poses at his seat in the Rock Island County Office Building. Swanson also serves as the special assistant to the president.
Photo by LuAnna Gerdemann.

Kai Swanson elected to Rock Island County Board

October 1, 2015

Kai Swanson, special assistant to president Bahls, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Rock Island County Board following the death of Democrat John Brandmeyer. Swanson was selected by the county’s...

From temperance  to tolerance: Looking back at the history of alcohol’s influence on Augustana

From temperance to tolerance: Looking back at the history of alcohol’s influence on Augustana

September 24, 2015

Prior to World War II, Augustana students who were caught drinking were often expelled. Now, the penalty is a $50 fine and a mandatory alcohol abuse awareness class. It now takes five offenses for the...

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