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Crown or no crown: Bjork, Shaull reign

A few headgear mishaps later, and this year’s  Viking Days is underway

Rachel and Lance


On Monday, Lance Shaull substituted crown for party hat to celebrate his 22nd birthday. Rachel Bjork was celebrating hers 24 days early, even though her crown didn’t seem to want to stay on her head.

For Shaull, the best part of the night was “knowing that I really wanted all the guys to win it,” he said. “Anybody could have got it. It was a magical kind of deal.”  Continue reading…


Changes to student handbook include sexual misconduct, stalking



At first glance, the Augustana student handbook looks the same this year as it always does, but reading a little more closely, the changes become clear.

The biggest changes occurred in the sexual misconduct policy, a subsection of the college’s code of conduct.

“We added a lot definition-wise … so students, faculty and staff know what exactly we mean when we say sexual harassment,” said Beth Torkelson, Title IX coordinator and assistant dean of students. Continue reading… 


Religious freedom crucial

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Matthew Housiaux

Today marks the inauguration of a new column in the Forum section.  I have, for a long time now, hoped to start a dialogue about how a college student should go about being a concerned and conscientious citizen.

Part of this, unfortunately, will involve discussing how America has failed. How our history is fraught with contradiction and hypocrisy. And how we can use this failure for future guidance. Continue reading…


Little restaurant, ‘Lada’ flavor


You would walk right past it if it wasn’t for the lit-up sign. There are only four tables out front, illuminated by street lights and strands of chili-covered Christmas bulbs. Once inside Mama’s Ladas, you enter a cozy bit of Mexico. The brick wall on the right, covered in photos of friends and family and art, is accented by rustic lights. Continue reading…


Vikings volleyball keeps winning


Jacob Belgium  

Not one, not two, not three… Not LeBron James, but Augustana redshirt sophomore middle blocker Becca Finley.

In Augustana’s five-set loss against Wayne State, Finley recorded a block on four consecutive points, a rare feat at any level of volleyball.

Performances like Finley’s have propelled the Vikings to a 10-2 start this season—the same record last year’s 22-win team compiled throughout its first 12 games.

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