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Staying safe amid theft and vandalism

Jack Brandt October 5, 2022

This year, students have more to worry about than just homework, friendships, activities and food. Recently a wave of crime has impacted campus with 5 reported cases of car theft and vandalism, according...

Students fear for safety amid multiple robberies

Abhib Lal Amatya November 11, 2021

On Monday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 pm an Augustana student was ordering at a McDonald’s drive-through just a few minutes away from campus. According to both Alex Anderson, senior and Ryley Knar, senior, a robber...

Augie cyclists suffer bike swiping

María Fernanda Rubí June 9, 2021

Recently, Augustana students report rises in bike theft across campus.  Bobby Nwachukwu, a second-year student, has experienced bike theft twice during the academic year.   Both robberies took place...

Fire burns on Westerlin J-Wing’s roof

Natalie McMillan May 10, 2021

A fire broke out on the roof of Westerlin Resident Hall, above the Jenny Linn (J) Wing, around 2:00pm on Monday, May 10, 2021. The smoke could be seen from the Gerber Center as an AugieAlert went out,...

Marijuana will be legalized in January 2020

Aubrey Lathrop November 21, 2019

Recreational marijuana use and distribution will become legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, 2020. However, different restrictions can be placed on the industry by smaller legislations within the state, including...

Vests worn by Public Safety officers on November 8, 2019.

Two cars reported stolen from campus lots

Aubrey Lathrop November 14, 2019

Two car thefts have occurred at Augustana so far this semester, raising concerns about safety on campus. On Oct. 9, Junior Alyssa Twilbeck discovered that her car was stolen from the Erickson Hall parking...

The off-campus safety concerns

Michelle Quinn October 17, 2019

The area around this campus is not safe. With shootings at Lincoln Park, students cars’ getting stolen, etc., it seems like no authoritative figure is around to take these situations seriously. The Quad...

Public Safety launches new app

Public Safety launches new app

Martha Tomesen March 14, 2019

Wherever you are, Public Safety is with you through their new on-campus safety app. The creative process of over a year consisted of discussions between Public Safety and Augustana administration, along...

Students on the quad between Olin and Hanson walk to class in freezing temperatures. Photo by Emma Gannaway/Observer Staff.

Augustana closes campus due to life-threatening temperatures

Jordan Cone February 4, 2019

Augustana College announced on Monday, Jan. 28 that campus would close Wednesday, Jan. 30 due to dangerously cold winter temperatures. With a high of -13 and wind chill measurements reaching -50, conditions...

Tony Miano argues with students.
Picture taken by Natalie McMillan

GSA leads student demonstration against Grace Fellowship Church member

Natalie McMillan October 25, 2018

Augustana students confronted a local community member Wednesday who expressed religiously-motivated sentiments perceived to be targeted at the LGBTQ+ community. Around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Tony...

Shots fired at Lincoln Park

Shots fired at Lincoln Park

Thea Gonzales August 19, 2018

Three gunshots were fired at Lincoln Park on 38th street, just across the street from the Augustana College campus, in Rock Island on Saturday, Aug. 18. Campus was placed on lockdown and students were...

Vandalism reported in Evald Hall

Thea Gonzales February 24, 2018

Developing story: check out for the latest details. NEWS BRIEF: A campus incident report sent through email on Friday, Feb. 23 announced "extensive vandalism" in Carlsson Evald Hall....

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