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Augie cyclists suffer bike swiping

Maria Fernanda Rubi June 9, 2021

Recently, Augustana students report rises in bike theft across campus.  Bobby Nwachukwu, a second-year student, has experienced bike theft twice during the academic year.   Both robberies took place...

Students on the quad between Olin and Hanson walk to class in freezing temperatures. Photo by Emma Gannaway/Observer Staff.

Augustana closes campus due to life-threatening temperatures

Jordan Cone February 4, 2019

Augustana College announced on Monday, Jan. 28 that campus would close Wednesday, Jan. 30 due to dangerously cold winter temperatures. With a high of -13 and wind chill measurements reaching -50, conditions...

Tony Miano argues with students.
Picture taken by Natalie McMillan

GSA leads student demonstration against Grace Fellowship Church member

Natalie McMillan October 25, 2018

Augustana students confronted a local community member Wednesday who expressed religiously-motivated sentiments perceived to be targeted at the LGBTQ+ community. Around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Tony...

Vandalism reported in Evald Hall

Thea Gonzales February 24, 2018

Developing story: check out for the latest details. NEWS BRIEF: A campus incident report sent through email on Friday, Feb. 23 announced "extensive vandalism" in Carlsson Evald Hall....

Tragedy Strikes the U.S.

October 12, 2017

The worst mass shooting in U.S. modern history to date happened on Sunday October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The shooting occurred during a Route 91 harvest country music festival being held on the...

The Augustana community celebrates St. Patricks Day

The Augustana community celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

March 24, 2017

The spirit of St. Patrick’s Day was seen during the entire weekend with celebrations on and off Augustana’s campus for students and the Quad Cities community to enjoy. Students were advised by the...

Sophomores Jake Stewart and Drake Stern participated in the Clown Hunt on Tuesday Oct. 4. They were just two of upwards of 30 students who were out an about along the Slough Path just after midnight. (Photo by: Alex Halterman)

Students "clown hunt" overnight after report of clown on campus

October 4, 2016

Update 11:14 a.m. The office of Public Safety has given a statement: "We don't want people in packs looking for the clown. Go about your normal life, and just be aware, and if you see something call...

Kaitlin Staes, the only Augustana female police officer, works at her office desk. Photo by Janie Le.

Female Power: Officer Kaitlin Staes

September 9, 2016

For Kaitlin Staes, being a police officer was inevitable. Her father, uncle, and brother are all officers, and although they weren’t excited about her decision, they understood her passion. “I really...

From temperance  to tolerance: Looking back at the history of alcohol’s influence on Augustana

From temperance to tolerance: Looking back at the history of alcohol’s influence on Augustana

September 24, 2015

Prior to World War II, Augustana students who were caught drinking were often expelled. Now, the penalty is a $50 fine and a mandatory alcohol abuse awareness class. It now takes five offenses for the...

Armed presence on campus approved

January 30, 2014

This past weekend, the Board of Trustees made the decision to approve the establishment of a professional police department on campus, consisting of three armed officers. The issue of having an armed presence...

Armed presence passed by Board of Trustees

January 27, 2014

The Board of Trustees met this weekend in Chicago and voted to establish a small police task force, allowing an armed presence on campus starting next fall. The small police force will have three members,...

File Photo, Augustana Observer.

Augustana discusses armed presence on campus

December 18, 2013

The Administration is discussing the possibility of having three Public Safety officers armed on weekdays and is ahead of the game in comparison to other private colleges. While 76 percent of public four-year...

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