The Grand Prix – Toiletized!

BY AMITAV BANERJIDagligtale Staff Writer

Augustana has a lot to offer its students, such as small class sizes, personal relationships with professors and additional staff, as well as free Booster Juice once a semester. We pride ourselves on the personal relationships we are able to build with our friends and professors at Augustana to the point they are with us throughout the most intimate parts of our life as we grow, and as we poop. Most of our washrooms allow our classmates and peers to listen in when nature calls, so where should we go to get the best experience as we say goodbye to food’s evil cousin?

Before we start, let’s go ahead and flush down the stigma accompanying this topic. The truth is everyone poops, and everyone drives down Hershey highway, including your friends, family, professors, and Hutch. It is a shared experience and while it might be a little unpalatable, dropping the morning missile is something that connects us all. This shared experience can only be truly appreciated when it occurs in the absence of anxiety. You shouldn’t feel pressure or stress while letting out the soft serve because the objective is to relieve in peace and not create diamonds. After extensive research, I would like to present to you my guide to eliminating poopxiety at Augustana.

  1. The Library – 0/5

The library washrooms are the worst place on campus to “throw mama from the train.” Having a washroom in the middle of the quietest place on campus seems like an intentional design flaw. As students are zoning in to finish their papers and study for classes, they get to listen to a racket of sounds that end with the hand dryers. While they may be convenient, convenience doesn’t do much when it comes to eliminating poopxiety.

  1. Main Floor Forum – 1/5

This washroom is probably the most bizarre washroom I have come across at Augustana. It is extremely small for a washroom that is located in one of the busiest places on campus. Its only redeeming quality is you might find relief in all the noise coming from the forum, which isn’t always guaranteed.

  1. Founders’ Hall – 3/5

Founders’ Hall is the most well renovated and lavish building on campus. It is beautiful and so are the washrooms. Every painting, every award in that building tells a story and so does every sound. You may think you have found a private paradise in the Founder’s Hall washroom, but everyone else in the building would beg to differ. The sound seems to defy the laws of physics in this building.

  1. Gym/ Locker Room – 2/5

Good news: if you are an extrovert, this washroom is for you, but it is quite terrible for eliminating poopxiety. While these washrooms are well lit and clean, they usually get flooded with students returning from a PAC class or athletes.

  1. Classroom Building – 4/5

This washroom is usually great for squeezing a loaf. It has plenty of room and due to its inconvenient location, you usually end up missing a good 10 minutes of class.

  1.  ASA Office – 4.5/5

No, I do not mean that you are allowed to poop in the ASA office. If you have any urges to do so, please talk to a representative and use the washrooms in front of the ASA. These washrooms are well lit, clean and not crowded. In addition, they also have a secret washroom down the hall from the ASA office. The only problem is this ‘secret’ washroom isn’t really that secret. Everyone knows about it and chances are you will run into someone you know.

  1. Roger Epp Board Room – 5/5

These washrooms are the best place to bomb swirl harbor. They are rarely ever used, give guaranteed privacy, smell like happiness and always have lotion. The next time you feel the need to bust a grumpy, treat yo’ self and use the washrooms by the Roger Epp Board Room.  


Research Colloquium Musings

BY AMITAV BANERJI / Dagligtale Staff Writer

Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of learning new skills and gaining vast amounts of knowledge through my classes and my interactions on campus. The idea of mortifications of the self in sociology and the use of upstream and downstream business practices to create comparative advantage are just a few of the things that I got to learn but I must confess, I never really thought about the conception of these ideas. How these ideas came into being and what made them influential enough to be included in our curriculums were just two of the many questions answered at the research colloquium that was held on the 15th of February. The research colloquium allowed three Augustana professors to present the research that they are currently working on.

Alex Carpenter opened the colloquium with a presentation on, “Fur Inner: From krautrock to goth rock and beyond”. It started off with an introduction explaining krautrock and its undeniable ability to fade into the background. Krautrock came from a musical movement in the 1960s. It is considered to go against normal forms of pop due to the fact that it was so diverse that Anglo American couldn’t think this way about music and also because it was stylistically unsound to a point. Krautrock is worth researching due to its influence on famous musicians throughout history. During the 1960’s we saw krautrock have a great influence on musicians such as La monte young. We then saw krautrock influence musicians such as David Bowie in the 1970s and derivations of krautrock start to appear in various bands as well. Krautrock influenced its way through the era of punk rock and spank rock to influence hip hop artists like Kanye West who used krautrock like rhythm and beats to make songs in the early 2000s.

I managed to get in touch with Alex and he was gracious enough to answer the questions I posed to him. When asked to describe the main idea of his research he stated, “My research on German pop music focuses mainly on how identity is expressed through music (in this case, so-called “Krautrock”), on the influence of German pop in the wider world, and on analytic methodologies for pop music scholarship”. I also asked him if there were any benefits he hoped to ascertain from the research and if there was anything particular he would like the readers to know about the research to which he responded, “I hope that this research will help me and others to better understand popular music genres and the role pop music plays in the construction of national identities and I would like people to know that German music rocks”.

The next presentation was by Diego Coraialo on “Liminality in Contested Industries: The Tobacco Controversy”. I found this to be a particularly interesting topic because it acknowledged the harm created by the tobacco industry and looked to understand why this industry has survived for so long. The reason this industry has survived for so long is due to the practice of liminality. Liminality is the in-between or the position of ambiguity that forbids any straightforward classification of actors and actions within existing institutional frameworks. This concept emerged in the tobacco industry during the 1950s. The tobacco industry was free to publish what it wanted until the 1950s when scientists started to do research regarding the effects of tobacco. Noticing this change, the big five tobacco companies of the time started to implement liminality. This allowed them to promote categorical ambiguity where they would avoid having their drug classified as food or wouldn’t answer questions that would put their drug in the medical field. They also promoted scientific ambiguity for which they worked to produce false or misleading data of sorts which allowed them to release products and advertise them as “safe cigarettes”.

In 1998, litigation and laws were created and collective action was taken against key players in core stigmatized industries who were working together to prolong the liminality. The drawback of liminality was that this industry spent too many resources on a single approach rather than allowing expansion and R&D which would have improved their product. It was later found out that the technology for E-cigs had been available since the 1970s but  only came about in the 2000s due to the tobacco industry’s short-sightedness. Much to my delight, Diego was more than happy to answer a few of my questions. Diego explained that the point of his research is, “Why very controversial industries like tobacco and booze, that fall under what we call sinful industries, keep existing in spite of the fact that a massive amount of people are against them. For more than 50 years these industries have been knowingly selling harmful products and society has not been able to kill these industries and they still exist.” He very astutely pointed out, “these industries are growing, with the recent legalization of weed and just because it became legal does not mean that it is legitimate. These industries are stigmatized and we want to understand what these players are doing to perpetuate this industry.”

When asked if this research is new in any way Diego responded, “The idea of liminality was created by a German anthropologist in the 1920s and the whole idea was centered around individuals and how liminality exists between childhood and adolescent. The concept has been out there for a while and has been used in organizational studies. What we’re doing is that we’re broadening this concept to look at industries as a whole rather than individual characteristics, rituals or even organizational practices which will allow us to analyze how the rules of the game are bent and permits these industries to thrive despite the stigma.”


I then got to see the final presentation, which was presented by Erin Sutherland where she talked about “Visual Sovereignty: Indigenous Artist-Run centers in Canada”. Her research centered around an organization that protects, advertises and creates a community for indigenous art and the artists. The organization stays true to its values of inclusivity in the sense that there is no hierarchy even though it says that on paper. They showcase various pieces of art by various indigenous artists not only in galleries but also online, thus preserving the culture.

I walked into the colloquium with no expectations but I can safely say that even if I had any expectations, they would have been surpassed. It was incredibly humbling and fascinating to see professors doing research that could change and impact the world in many different ways especially since I get to attend classes taught by these professors.


Letting Love, Of all Kinds, Be Your Valentine


Around this time of year, you will see pink hearts and little bags filled with candy that you can send to your loved ones. However, that requires people to sit down and take a moment, which means they would have to take a moment from their busy lives, heavy workloads and demanding classes, only to find out that this moment seems to create questions. Naturally, the next question that comes along is, “Who do I love”? and “What does it really means when I say I love a person?” All these profound thoughts eventually make you realize that you still have a paper due at the end of the week, or a midterm coming up and by then the moment passes.

While it is important to answer these questions most people choose to forego this process due to the unpleasant feelings it stirs up. If they were to deal with these feelings, it would lead to changes in one’s behaviour creating an almost uncomfortable atmosphere of ambiguity. We choose to not go down this path due to the fear of it not ending and not knowing what results this path will yield.

I was first introduced to this sentiment when I came across a book written by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. Dyer is an internationally renowned author who is known to have attained enlightenment. Dyer is well known for writing The power of Intention and Wishes Fulfilled, as well as having a large following worldwide. He believes that love is not something that is found between two people but an individual sentiment expressed for another being. He defines love “as the ability and willingness to allow those you care about to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.”

It is the understanding that the dichotomy between conditional love and unconditional love is false because if it’s conditional it is not love. This unconditional sentiment allows one to accept the people in one’s life for the changes in the loved one’s lives. This not only applies to one’s friends, family, and significant others but also to oneself. It allows one to accept oneself for the changes and growth in life which allows one to love oneself.

Understanding this sentiment allows for individuals to realize that obstacles in one’s life lead to growth and accepting this growth allows each of us to understand the meaning of acceptance. It is only when an individual accepts this growth, that they are able to respect themselves and in turn love and accept the people around them.

I’ve found that this definition presented by Dyer is a standard to hold myself and the relationships in my life, too. It has allowed me to realize that staying in relationships where the word love has been used but not fulfilled and acceptance is nowhere to be found doesn’t allow me to love myself. After a year of personally fulfilling this definition, I have found people who accept and respect the changes in my life as much as I do the same for them and while the transition of this change may lead you to say goodbye to long-standing relationships, you will get through it as long you love yourself.

This week, take a moment to accept the people in your life and yourself for the changes that will shape them and yourself. Take a moment to be grateful for this love and make it your valentine.