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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...

Aftermath of a pipe collapse beneath the Slough’s waters in June 2017.

Photo courtesy of Augustana College.

Slough to be drained over J-term

Molly Sweeney October 25, 2023

A partnership between the City of Rock Island and Augustana College will lead to improvements to the Slough.  Beginning Nov. 11, workers from the city will begin to drain the Slough to locate a pipe...

View of the Slough and the Swanson bridge in the fall, 2011.
Courtesy of Augustana College Special Collections.

Slough water ebbs and flows through history at Augustana

Kayla Palliser May 17, 2023

It’s hard to imagine a day at Augustana without the Slough. Students walk along the pathway, watch the colors change out their windows, joke about how it smells and race in boats down the water during...

The black squirrel: Augustana College’s unofficial mascot

The black squirrel: Augustana College’s unofficial mascot

Allie Rial and Caitlin Campbell May 17, 2023

When first touring Augustana as a prospective student, one of the most striking things noticed around campus are the black squirrels. Before coming to Augustana, many people are unaware of the existence...

Chris Woods mows the lawn through the quad.

Biodiversity is under threat

Molly Sweeney May 17, 2023

Invasive plants and animals have changed the biological diversity within Augustana College and the greater Quad Cities area in the last several years, according to Dr. Tierney Brosius, associate professor...

Leaf no stone unturned: A day in life of an Augustana groundskeeper

Najiah Osborne November 19, 2022

In the Midwest, every season brings different weather. Fall, the season in which leaves begin to turn and temperatures drop, is the busiest for grounds supervisor Joshua Becker and his team.  “This...

Chi Omega Gamma at the Homecoming Sing competition on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Augustana students reflect post-Homecoming

Anh Bui October 19, 2022

Augustana’s annual Homecoming concluded on Sunday, Oct. 16 with the return of alumni. The theme was “Welcome to Hollywood,” and students participated in activities coordinated by the Office of Student...

Two members of Phi Rho take a commanding lead, smiling as their teamwork is paying off.

Gallery: Homecoming regatta

Photos by Jason Smith October 14, 2021

Photos from homecoming regatta boat race on Sept. 28, 2021              

Editorial: COVID19 cant take away our community

Editorial: COVID19 can’t take away our community

March 23, 2020

It was only two months ago when mentions of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first appeared in the footnotes of a New York Times morning briefing. Within two months, the virus spread past its origins in Wuhan, China...

Blue, Gold, and extremely expensive

Alex McLean April 26, 2018

This year, Augustana College has begun a “re-beautification” process of the campus and the slough. According to an email sent by Keri Rursch on April 17th, titled "Blue, Gold, and Beautiful," the administration...

Construction continues on the slough slowly as extreme weather events keep inhibiting reconstruction. Photo by Brady Johnson.

Slough reconstruction project continues

Shanela Ranaraja January 18, 2018

In early December of 2017, the college began reconstruction work on the Slough. According to Kirk Anderson, CFO and vice president of finance and administration, this was the first project of such a scale...

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