Augustana Observer

Augustana Observer

Augustana Observer

Recent student safety concerns on campus are excessive

Emmeline Kenealy October 22, 2022

Safety and security should be the priority of individual students as well as campus administrators at Augustana. Recent concerns were sparked by the car thefts earlier this year from campus lots as well...

ACES under pressure to maintain schedule

Jack Brandt October 12, 2022

One resource that students can use to get around campus is the Augustana College Express Service, also known by its acronym ACES. It is a free service run by students that is overseen by public safety....

Should Augustana add a self-defense class in the curriculum?

Should Augustana add a self-defense class in the curriculum?

Ce Ce Olvera April 23, 2022

From the beginning of the school year, there have been lingering discussions from students about high crime rates near campus, ranging from assault allegations to attempted robbery to shootings. When...

Jon Hurty conducts students during choir practice in Larson Hall.

Singing without masks: How choirs have adapted through the pandemic

Kayla Palliser April 8, 2022

Over the past two years, classrooms have faced changing COVID-19 policies, including social distancing, smaller class sizes and hybrid offerings. However, one activity has faced some of the most extreme...

Productivity in the pandemic should not be the priority

Bethany Abrams April 15, 2021

Last year when the country first began a national lockdown to mitigate the COVID-19 virus, some individuals took advantage of this time to learn something new or strengthen pre-existing skills. As we approach...

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...

The waiting room of the Augustana Student Counseling Services on April 12, 2019.

GALLERY: The Counseling Process

WatchTower Team May 7, 2019

Photos by Ian Murrin

Jamie Thulin, Jack Kotowski, Hanna Pegarsch, and Jordan Ford celebrate Christmas Extrav

Campus prepares for holiday festivities

December 15, 2016

The drop in temperature didn’t stop students from partaking in holiday festivities over the weekend, with many students donning festive holiday outfits and embracing the cold weather, more often with...

Armed presence on campus approved

January 30, 2014

This past weekend, the Board of Trustees made the decision to approve the establishment of a professional police department on campus, consisting of three armed officers. The issue of having an armed presence...

No simple answers for safety

December 11, 2013

The question of arming Public Safety officers has been asked more and more in the past several years. Since the Virginia Tech shooting, schools and universities have had to rethink their approach to ensuring...

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