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Augustana students rush but don’t pledge – why?

Zach Blair March 12, 2022

During rush season, the eight fraternities and six sororities on Augustana’s campus allow for students not yet involved in Greek life to experience the possibility of joining a group without the pressure...

Greek Life returns to in-person rush

Zain Shrestha February 23, 2022

After a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Augustana College has returned to in-person Greek Life rush, located at venues throughout the Quad Cities. There are still certain concerns for people after...

Yik Yak incites controversy within Augie groups

Yik Yak incites controversy within Augie groups

Brett Kuras November 3, 2021

Yik Yak is a popular social media platform that allows users to create posts anonymously and share with other users in a five-mile radius. Yik Yak has recently taken Augustana by storm after being reinstated...

VIDEO: Greek Council hosts first-ever Greek Fair

Michelle Quinn October 15, 2021

The Greek Fair was held on Wednesday, Oct 6 for students interested in getting more information on greek groups. Students had the opportunity to meet different students in groups and get a feel for what...

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Demystifying the money behind Greek Life

Carly Davis March 15, 2021

From the outside looking in, Greek Life at Augustana is hard to pin down. Social groups, service fraternities and academic organizations vary enough that any generalized statement about Greek Life falls...

How party culture on campus is normal

How party culture on campus is normal

Michelle Quinn November 21, 2019

Augie being a small, liberal arts college means a lot of things are different from other colleges. Particularly, party culture here.  “Party Culture” is what people make it. No matter what college...

The Ups and Downs of Local Greek Life

Brittnany Nelson March 15, 2018

Greek Life is a common part of the college experience, with almost every college in the United States having either local or national chapters. At Augustana, about 40 percent of the student body is involved...

Go Gold Go Greek

January 20, 2017

Around 200 students kicked off the journey of Greek Life by attending the Recruitment Rally on Sunday, Jan. 15 at Centennial Hall and received more information on rush. All students who are not actively...

First-year Jake Phillips, a pledge for the Sigma Kappa Tau, stands in the Brodahl parking lot reciting songs from the pledgebook alongside other sorority pledges.
Photo by Linnea Ritchie.

Pledges defy traditional Greek culture

March 26, 2015

First-year Jake Phillips stood next to seven other Sigma Kappa Tau pledges outside the Brodahl Building parking lot on March 12, learning songs about sisterhood even though Phillips identifies as genderfluid. Using...

The caption for this photo in the 1960 Augustana year book was “friendly belligerents wield pledge paddles over humble ‘freshies’ confessing to be ‘the lowliest scum of the earth.’”
Photo courtesy of  the Special Collections photo department.

Putting pledging in perspective

January 29, 2015

Augustana students who started informal rush earlier this month have little chance of being driven out into a cornfield and having to walk back to campus like some Augustana alumnae in the past. Pastor...

Clubs provide equal student growth

February 6, 2014

I knew coming in to college that Greek Life was not going to be for me. I don’t have the personality for it, nor have I ever desired to fit in to that sort of scene. At a school like Augustana, Greek...

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