• Knowing when to Fold ‘Em: What a Withdrawal Really Means on Your Transcript

    by JENNIFER HA Augustana’s liberal arts curriculum has allowed (and, at times, forced) me to take courses in a variety of disciplines. As a crotchety, old fifth year, I have a transcript and a grade point average of which I am extremely proud—a result of taking a wide range of courses I found interesting and […]

  • Wooden Horsemen? More like Wooden I like to see them live.

    BY CAROLYN VENTER   After calling band member Steven Beddall once while he was on a hike with his sister and another time while he was in the process of a twenty-minute drive, I decided I would just make some stuff up. Steven discovered a love of music after he started playing the guitar his […]

  • A Guide to Picking Your Halloween Costume

    by JENNIFER HA The middle of October means that every store is getting ready for Halloween, filling their aisles with pumpkins and candy. As you join in on the preparations by buying 120 “fun sized” candy bars (for the trick-or-treaters, not for panicked study sessions, right?) and carving pumpkins, you’re probably planning a costume as […]

  • Research in Paradise!

    An Inside Look Into the Costa Rica Field Course  by YU FEI HUANG & SAMMY LOWE Interested in learning all about tropical ecology? What if I told you Augustana offers a chance for you to do research in Costa Rica? We interviewed fourth-year biology student, Evan Whitfield, about his experience of the program. It consists […]

  • You Know What Sucks?(Black Holes)

    by CRYSTAL ROSENE It is a massive undertaking to explain black holes correctly, especially in five hundred words! There is no denying that this is one aspect of the cosmos that nearly everyone is somewhat familiar with, even if it’s only due to science fiction. Because black holes are so complex, they become an easy […]

  • 3/11: What Do YOU Think?

    by KEN WINDER The new academic calendar is rolling around and soon we will be knee deep in change, which is awesome and terrifying! All at the same time. The 3/11 academic calendar consists of one course for three weeks and then 3-4 courses in the following 11 weeks. The intended purposes of the 3/11 […]

  • Tis’ the Season to by Spoopy

    Outstanding Origins of Halloween Habits by JENNY GREEN With Halloween swiftly approaching, customs that have become the norm begin to launch in preparation for this spooky season: the carving of pumpkins, purchasing sweets for trick-or-treaters, and ghastly and/or glamorous costumes are being crafted. Yet, what are the origins of some of the traditions and superstitions […]

  • Community & Sexuality

    Welcome to Augustana, Where Everyone Knows Everything About Everybody by KEN WINDER In the day and age of social networks like Facebook, Tinder, Chillabit or just being a student on a very small campus, it is vital to remember that our actions impact our community. Every stranger we smile at, every text sent, every like […]

  • The Horror

    by JENNY GREEN “I cannot do this!” I scream, the blood rushing through my ears. The erratic beating of my heart, usually so calm, so certain, nearly drowns out the hysteria of my sobbing. Thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump, thump-thump. With a violent sweep across the desk, I send the scrolls and books flying, crumbling to the […]

  • The Killer Clown Phenomenon

    Are we Safe? by YU FEI HUANG If you haven’t heard about the creepy clown epidemic reports, below will give you some insight into the bizarre phenomenon happening in the US, Canada and England. The first incident of a clown sighting happened in the US during late August, as police services received reports about a […]