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Neil deGrasse Tyson to speak at Augustana


The return from spring break will mark an out-of-this-world experience for many star-struck Augustana students, staff, faculty and the surrounding Sioux Falls community.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will speak at the Boe Forum on Public Affairs 7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Elmen Center.

Faculty and students reacted excitedly to the announcement, and tickets sold out in two days.

“He has a reputation for being one of the best science communicators in the country today, if not the best,” physics professor Eric Wells said.

“This is an exceptional year for science and discovery at Augustana, and we are honored to host a scientist of such caliber as Neil deGrasse Tyson on our campus,” said President Rob Oliver in a press release after news broke.  Continue Reading…


ReviewsJuice bar brings modern atmosphere, natural flavors to smoothie scene 


Nature’s Way Juice Bar, one of Sioux Falls’ newest smoothie joints, is the home of delicious handmade juices and casual, minimalistic vibes. With its modern interior design and simple exterior, Nature’s Way has no trouble attracting customers.

The juice bar staff offers a balance of professionalism and friendliness, especially competent when it comes to assisting new customers, suggesting flavors based on personal tastes or helping patrons create their own juices. Drinks are mixed behind a glass wall that protects the juicing machines and allows customers to see what’s going on.

The Nature’s Way menu is expansive, including predetermined “signature” juices, smoothies and a “build your own juice” option that allows customers to select three ‘base’ fruits or vegetables and add in other flavors. Size options for juices are 12 or 16 ounces. Prices range from $4 for smoothies to $6 for select 16-ounce juices. While this may seem steep for juice, the fresh fruits and vegetables, the time put into the drink plus the staff’s service and experience, justifies the price. Continue Reading…






What should President-elect Stephanie Herseth Sandlin accomplish while in office?

Jacob Knutson

As institutions grow, it’s inevitable that components will deteriorate or be destroyed. As technology advances and a larger space is needed, old buildings, especially inflexible buildings comprised of brick and mortar and stone, aren’t able to adapt to the times and are eventually abandoned for greener pastures, where institutions can erect new structures.

Augustana has built plenty in green pastures, and, as expected, appendages have been forgotten. but as President-elect Herseth Sandlin assumes office on Aug. 1, I propose she draft plans to give them the attention they deserve, attention past administrations have withheld.

The first dilapidated monument Herseth should consider revitalizing is our beautiful eyesore, Old Main. Currently it is merely a shelter for bats, mice, squirrels and rabbits, and while I’m not opposed to them taking residency on Augustana’s campus, I do believe Old Main can be much more than a simple harbor for such vagabonds. Continue Reading…







Brandon Carroll

Wrestlers compete at Nationals for

All-American spots

Jacob Belgum

A year after sending just one wrestler to nationals, Augustana will send five to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Birmingham, Ala., March 10-11.

Freshman Brandon Carroll (125), senior Tyler Nation (157) and senior Ben Goodwin (197) make their first nationals appearances, while junior Aero Amo (184) and senior Michael Lowman (285) return for a second time. Goodwin and Amo were regional champions.

Head coach Jason Reitmeier said that before the regional tournament he would have been happy with
three qualifiers. To get five, he said, was outstanding.

“The boys … wrestled with a lot of guts and a lot of heart,” Reitmeier said. Continue Reading…