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College activism puts too much pressure on students to make a difference

Hailey Glasnovich March 11, 2023

In the social media world, where anybody can find and promote just about anything on a smartphone at the click of a button, a focus on activism puts pressure on college students. Young voices, like Greta...

Unboxing the dark side of Amazon: Our consumerist habits

Rojeena Thapa March 4, 2023

While most of us at Augustana anticipate getting the package notification from the Mailing Center to get our Amazon finds, many people may not consider the consumerism it reinforces. Especially for...

YikYak and TikTok: Banning apps leads students to fight back

Hailey Glasnovich February 25, 2023

For those who do not know, YikYak is banned from use on Augustana’s campus Wi-Fi. This app allows users to post anything about anyone anonymously, resulting in cyberbullying. TikTok, another social media...

Elon Takes on Twitter

Emmeline Kenealy November 12, 2022

After several tumultuous months of back-and-forth, Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter settled on Oct. 27th.  This acquisition of Twitter by Musk has serious implications for the future...

Are people too reliant on Facebook and other social media platforms?

Zach Blair October 17, 2021

Facebook is a dominant entity. With billions of people using the site as a medium to connect with loved ones and run businesses, the criticality of Facebook’s consistent running and ease of usage becomes...

Amy Cooper reveals the danger of post-racial thinking

Amy Cooper reveals the danger of post-racial thinking

Carly Davis May 28, 2020

On Monday, May 25, a white woman called the police on a black man because he asked her to leash her dog while walking in a leashed-dogs-only portion of New York City's Central Park. Identified as Amy Cooper,...

“Overheard at Augie” submission goes viral

April 16, 2019

Developing story: check out for the latest details. Transcript of the video below. WARNING: transcript includes vulgar, sexual, violent language.  Since its release early this morning...

Zaldivar seeks to innovate social media

Zaldivar seeks to innovate social media

Brady Johnson March 22, 2018

Senior Kevin Zaldivar, senior, and his partner Sanjay Karki, who is a former Augustana student, have started working on an application that hopes to deliver lasting connections between people and not more...

Media consumption: Staff, students reflect on digital interactions

Brady Johnson March 22, 2018

Vibrations, alerts, and pings fill the room as students scroll down electronics to consume media. There was a time at Augustana where students had to dial out on landlines and visit their mailboxes to...

There is nothing wrong with students using their phones

September 21, 2017

Text from mom. Snapchat from best friend. Friend request from weird cousin. Email. Email. Email. Email. It’s hard to ignore life’s notifications. Especially when they’re on your brand new iPhone,...

Think about why you share

Think about why you share

January 21, 2017

In the past several weeks, mixed in among the statuses and dank memes, I’ve seen something disturbing repeatedly shared on Facebook. You’ve probably seen it too--the video of the young disabled man...

Another national day, another post

October 13, 2016

Scroll through your Twitter, Facebook, or even Instagram timeline and you'll see that it's a national day commemorating guacamole, lemonade, ice cream, and so on. The list gets longer and random as we...

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