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Augustana College women’s tennis team practices on the new Lincoln Park Tennis Court near Swanson, equipped with benches.

Despite paint mishap, tennis team has a ball on the court

Sylvia Hughes April 10, 2024

Augustana tennis’ spring season is underway, and men’s and women’s teams have had two matches on their new courts, located in Lincoln Park, despite a previous paint mishap in the fall of 2023.  According...

Inflation underlies college cost

Inflation underlies college cost

Jack Brandt April 10, 2024

The United States has faced significant inflation in recent years, as shown in a 2023 report on personal consumption expenditures (PCE) and consumer price index (CPI) from the White House. PCE and CPI...

Image rendering of the Erickson bathroom. Courtesy of Chris Beyer.

Students hunt for housing

Abbey Mondi March 13, 2024

First-Years and sophomores will soon begin selecting housing and roommate groups for the upcoming school year. Housing applications are due March 29, and roommate group selections are due by April 7. With...

Augie cuts faculty course load

Molly Sweeney March 6, 2024

Decreased enrollment from 2020-2023 during the COVID-19 pandemic has left Augustana with a deficit of around $7 million, according to Kirk Anderson, chief financial officer and vice president of administration....

Erickson nails down further renovation plans

Abbey Mondi February 28, 2024

Rising sophomores can look forward to an updated residence hall next year. Augustana College was recently granted $6.7 million from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to help cover Erickson's...

Following the announcement of a new Film major, Augustana College equips students with cameras and iMac lab space in Sorensen.

Action! Film at Augie finds a new home

Sylvia Hughes February 28, 2024

Augustana has set the stage for student filmmakers with new state-of-the-art production spaces located in Sorensen Hall.  On Feb. 16, Augustana held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the film...

First-Year Moss Truman cooks using the microwave in the Westerlin kitchen area.

Westerlin kitchen cooks up renovations

Abbey Mondi December 6, 2023

Augustana’s First-Year residence hall, Westerlin, is cooking up a storm with kitchen renovations starting Dec. 13. Over the next several weeks, residents and students can expect to see renovations occurring...

New tennis courts at Lincoln Park on Nov. 14.

Paint mishap postpones tennis court opening ceremony

Jack Brandt November 22, 2023

Augustana's opening ceremony of the new tennis courts, located at Lincoln Park, has been postponed. The ceremony was scheduled for October but will now take place in the spring due to a painting mishap....

The price is wrong: Augustana wages continue to be too low

The price is wrong: Augustana wages continue to be too low

Hailey Glasnovich November 18, 2023

Augustana recently announced a 25-cent raise for on-campus student workers, which was followed by an increase in tuition cost. This decision raised questions about the timing of the wage increase.  However,...

Erickson residents prepare for renovations

Sylvia Hughes November 15, 2023

Erickson’s C-wing stands empty as it prepares for renovations, set to begin Jan. 2024 and end Aug. 2024. Augustana College hopes to renovate the remaining wings of Erickson over three years, leaving...

Augustana increases tuition by 3.38%

Augustana increases tuition by 3.38%

Charlie Roiland November 13, 2023

On Monday, Nov. 13, Kirk Anderson, chief financial officer and vice president of administration, announced a tuition increase of 3.38% for the 2024-2025 school year. In an email sent to this year’s...

Slough to be drained until Spring

Slough to be drained until Spring

Jack Brandt November 8, 2023

Augustana’s Slough will be drained for a significant portion of the school year, affecting the campus’ wildlife, beauty and events. Starting Nov. 12, the facilities department will begin to slowly...

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