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Student athletes turn to student activists

Jannae Mehaffey October 16, 2021

This year, several student athletes are participating in the student-athlete peer educator program. This program aims to raise awareness about sexual assault by having current student athletes educate...

Zachary Draves opens and introduces his lecture on the male ally.

The role of a male ally in preventing sexual assault

Michelle Pacheco October 15, 2021

Sexual assault is an issue across all college campuses. According to RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States, 26.4 percent of females and 6.8 percent of males experience...

First-year student tells story of sexual assault

Olivia Doak March 3, 2021

Trigger Warning: This article contains a graphic depiction of sexual assault and violence with the consent of the survivor. First-year Ella Roadruck was sexually assaulted in her dorm room on Thursday,...

Letter to the Editor: take the HEDS Climate Survey

March 6, 2020

Dear Observer Editors, We are writing today to encourage all students to take a moment and share their thoughts and perceptions in the HEDS Climate Survey.   This survey provides valuable insight into...

Phi Omega Phi needs to be disbanded

Paige Sheppard February 27, 2020

Yet again, Phi Omega Phi’s (Poobah) actions have been called to attention by the eyes of the entire school. Year after year this group of students proves they don’t know how to respect everyone on...

In support of student-led demonstrations

September 26, 2019

For far too long, students our age have let the inconveniences of busy schedules, cynicism and lies that we are “not old enough to understand” get in the way of enacting real change. But in this age...

Rape culture frustration ignites student-led protests

Rape culture frustration ignites student-led protests

April 27, 2019

In response to recent conversations about sexual assault, several students began a movement that gathered crowds of students, faculty and administrators to the steps of Old Main on Friday, April 26. Senior...

Senior Emma Nordmeyer bends down to write a message in chalk near midnight on Thursday, April 25. Members of the #MakeAChange movement chalked the lower quad, Old Main stairs and 7th avenue sidewalk. Photo by Thea Gonzales.

Students demand Title IX reform through upcoming demonstrations

Natalie McMillan April 26, 2019

After recent incidents involving sexual assault conversation occurred on campus, students are organizing a set of protests under the #MakeAChange for Friday, April 26. According to sophomore SophiaRose...

Fake assault charges hurt everyone

Alex McLean October 11, 2018

I want to begin this article with a huge disclaimer: To anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault, I am deeply regretful for what happened to you. You deserve to be happy and safe and most importantly,...

Cartoon by Cassie Talbot.

Blasey Ford can’t be lying

Rachel Leman October 4, 2018

I don’t claim to be an expert in sex crime procedures or interrogation, but I’ll say that there’s absolutely no way Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is falsely accusing Brett Kavanaugh. To argue that she...

Give the task force a chance

March 22, 2018

Following the Sexual Assault forum last term, a temporary task force was created, headed by chair Dr. Jennifer Popple. I, like many students on campus, are curious about how much change the task force...

Sexual assault task force established

Thea Gonzales February 14, 2018

Developing story: check out for the latest details. NEWS BRIEF: The Augustana administration has responded to campus calls for action by updating the faculty, staff and students...

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