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Public Safety launches new app: Omnilert

Abbey Mondi October 4, 2023

An app designed for students to call 911 or alert the Augustana Police and Public Safety will be used this year at Augustana College. The Omnilert Subscriber Safety app can be downloaded onto any mobile...

Augustana Observer, file photo.

Students react to threat to Augustana’s campus

Charlie Roiland December 9, 2022

Many Augustana students said Friday they feared for their safety following several threats made Thursday against the Augustana campus. An Augustana alumni posted several potentially threatening TikToks,...

Person-of-interest located after making threats to Augustana campus

Person-of-interest located after making threats to Augustana campus

Molly Sweeney December 9, 2022

A suspect who made threats to campus Thursday has been apprehended by Rock Island Police. Augustana police chief Tom Phillis told the Observer he is “confident” that students, staff and faculty...

Recent student safety concerns on campus are excessive

Emmeline Kenealy October 22, 2022

Safety and security should be the priority of individual students as well as campus administrators at Augustana. Recent concerns were sparked by the car thefts earlier this year from campus lots as well...

ACES under pressure to maintain schedule

ACES under pressure to maintain schedule

Jack Brandt October 12, 2022

One resource that students can use to get around campus is the Augustana College Express Service, also known by its acronym ACES. It is a free service run by students that is overseen by public safety....

Parking Lot N-1, located outside Swanson Commons.

Staying safe amid theft and vandalism

Jack Brandt October 5, 2022

This year, students have more to worry about than just homework, friendships, activities and food. Recently a wave of crime has impacted campus with 5 reported cases of car theft and vandalism, according...

Augie cyclists suffer bike swiping

María Fernanda Rubí 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...

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