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Senior goodbye columns

Senior goodbye columns

May 14, 2020

As we say goodbye to Augie for the summer (and others of us, for longer), we at the Observer want to honor our seniors by  giving them the last word. Congratulations to the Observer class of 2020. Thank...

Featured graphic by Carly Davis

Rethinking “essential”

Carly Davis May 13, 2020

Social distancing measures are indisputably wearing on all of us, and hanging out with your hometown friends six feet apart in a parking lot isn’t going to make you feel better long-term. As many of...

What I wish I knew before contracting COVID-19

What I wish I knew before contracting COVID-19

Thea Gonzales May 4, 2020

I was comforted once by my statistics: young, healthy, careful, smart. Of course I wasn’t going to contract the virus; I wasn’t like most of its early victims. COVID-19 was for the graphs that J.B....

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Using the least while making the most (out of quarantine)

Thea Gonzales April 24, 2020

Happy Earth week! If you’re anything like me, you’re going stir crazy during these difficult times and struggling to make the most out of your situation as shelter-in-place is extended in Illinois...

Conscious quarantine coping

Conscious quarantine coping

Alia McMurray April 22, 2020

As we enter our fifth week of quarantine here in Illinois, feelings of disgruntlement and general frustration seem to be reaching a new high.  What may have started as initial excitement over finally...

OBScast: Food Justice and Pandemics - Ep. 4

OBScast: Food Justice and Pandemics – Ep. 4

Kevin Donovan April 21, 2020

Join us for our weekly Observer podcast! Here's episode four on food justice and pandemics. The Observer Editorial staff talk with Observer photographer Mikaylo Kelly to talk about food justice and food...

OBScast: The Cultural Relevance of Memes - Ep. 3

OBScast: The Cultural Relevance of Memes – Ep. 3

Kevin Donovan April 16, 2020

Join us for our weekly Observer podcast! Here's episode three on grief and humor in a digital generation. The Observer Editorial staff talk with Joey Padula, a moderator for Augustana Memes for Sleep...

Augustana to conduct two graduation ceremonies for class of 2020

Augustana to conduct two graduation ceremonies for class of 2020

April 16, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Augustana College has made unprecedented changes to provide students education and services, including reworking their graduation ceremony. On Tuesday, April 14, the college announced...

OBScast: The Challenges of Digital Education - Ep. 2

OBScast: The Challenges of Digital Education – Ep. 2

April 6, 2020

Join us for our weekly Observer podcast! Here's episode two on the challenges of digital education. The Observer Editorial staff talk about their first week of digital classes, how it has affected their...

EDITORIAL: We need to create emotional space in our bedroom-sized campuses

EDITORIAL: We need to create emotional space in our bedroom-sized campuses

April 6, 2020

As students, our weeks consisted of classes, social time, study time, organization time, rest time and meals. That’s not the case anymore. With Distance Learning, all separations of time and purpose...

The Viking Plaza, normally filled with students, remains empty on Thursday April 2. Photo by Kevin Donovan

Photo Essay: Empty Spaces at Augustana College

Kevin Donovan April 3, 2020

Photography by Kevin Donovan/Observer staff

SGA presidential elections are all online

SGA presidential elections are all online

Brady Johnson April 2, 2020

The Coronavirus outbreak has pushed 15 states to postpone their presidential primaries. The global pandemic is also upending the way the Student Government Association (SGA) runs elections.  Senior Justin...

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