Augustana Observer

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Augustana Observer

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May 8, 2015

Here at Augustana, there is a variety of activities students can get involved in. There is a multitude of sports for those who enjoy being active, a wide array of clubs that suits every interest and different...

Media must make transition with transgender language

April 30, 2015

Bruce Jenner finally revealed the fact that he is transitioning into womanhood during a 20/20 interview on Friday night, and, as Jenner braved talking openly about his situation, there have been a wide...

Children hurt, not helped by Australian vaccination policy

April 24, 2015

The anti-vaccination movement has been gaining momentum, and many parents are choosing to opt out of giving their children vaccines. The trend, which originally began in 1998, is due to parents believing...

Drought impacts all

April 18, 2015

California is currently suffering from a historic four year drought. California governor Jerry Brown commanded that the “State Water Resources Control Board [impose] a 25 percent reduction on the state’s...

More to pledging, hazing than abuse: History of Greek Life at Augie reveals improvements

March 27, 2015

With many people pledging, excitement is everywhere as students are hoping to get into different fraternities and sororities. There may also be a sense of nervousness at the thought of possible hazing...

Opinion: Racism unacceptable in Greek Life

March 19, 2015

The University of Oklahoma is under scrutiny after a video surfaced online, putting some of their students to shame. The video, which features members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, shows a group...

America's patriotism causes double-standard

February 14, 2015

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines patriotism as “cultural attachment to one’s homeland or devotion to one’s country.” So there shouldn’t have been anything wrong when Holly Fisher of West...

Opinion: Hate group raises First Amendment questions

January 23, 2015

For many, hearing about the Westboro Baptist Church brings to mind an ideal of intolerance and anger. The WBC is well known for much more than being a religious group. Established in Topeka, Kansas in...

Holiday boycotts target large corporations

December 11, 2014

Black Friday sales have decreased significantly this year in comparison to last year. According to the National Retail Federation, total spending was expected to reach $50.9 billion. This is in comparison...

Voters need what ads have

October 19, 2014

Campaign advertisements are invaluble to voters during election season, showing the positives and negatives of each candidate, and the policies and goals that will be addressed during their run in office....

More benefits than medicine

September 18, 2014

Medical marijuana has become legal in thirty-five states, including Illinois, as a treatment for various diseases and specific health problems. In Illinois, medical marijuana can be used to treat thirty-four...

Fresh approach needed for student party safety

September 11, 2014

As students enter the third week at Augustana, they are already encountering a feeling of uneasiness involved with partying. Students believe they are being faced with a choice of ‘have fun, but get...

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Sydney Zimmerman