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Productivity in the pandemic should not be the priority

Bethany Abrams April 15, 2021

Last year when the country first began a national lockdown to mitigate the COVID-19 virus, some individuals took advantage of this time to learn something new or strengthen pre-existing skills. As we approach...

Recruiting process for international student athletes

Ameliese Baehr-Ross October 30, 2020

Augustana has many international students on campus, and many want to participate in a sport that Augustana has to offer. The men's soccer team has eleven international students currently playing on their...

Conservative, not conniving

Alex McLean August 30, 2017

I am a Trump supporter, and I know it’s hard to believe, but I am not a Nazi. From my first days at Augustana, as the freshman that I am, I have noticed a certain air of animosity towards those who hold...

The constrictive "natural born citizen" clause

October 14, 2016

According to the Constitution, in order to be eligible to be the President of the United States, a candidate must be a natural born citizen. A natural born citizen refers to someone who was an American...

Fisher stands on shaky ground suing university

December 17, 2015

The topic of race in higher education is a burning issue lately. From the Mizzou protests to the petitioning action last week here at Augustana (that I participated in, for transparency’s sake), diversity...

Terrorism, police brutality linked through violent extremism

December 14, 2015

Nearly every day this year, reports of extreme violence flood the public consciousness. In just the last few months, there have been terrorist attacks in dozens of places globally by both “Christian”...

Global Affect hosts climate change demonstration

December 8, 2015

Students show support for climate change awareness one shoe at a time. Global Affect, an organization that focuses on environmental preservation, is coordinating a demonstration on Thursday at 10:30 a.m....

Protests valid response to brutality: Destruction, riots in Baltimore necessary expression of pain

May 2, 2015

Freddie Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015 in Baltimore, Md. after he and another man were pursued after making “eye contact” with police and then fleeing, according to The Baltimore Sun. There were...

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...

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...

Intervention must stay off ground against ISIS

September 25, 2014

Within the last couple of months, atrocities have been committed by the terrorist group the Islamic State (IS), previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). This radical group is trying...

Justice comes from taking responsibility

September 10, 2014

Just over a month ago, an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was killed on August 9, did not get a chance to begin his freshman year of college....

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