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Activities Center another work in progress


At the Sept. 1 Augustana University opening celebration, President Rob Oliver revealed only a portion of the new Student Activities Center to be built by fall 2017. He promised a 200-meter track and a new state-of-the-art wellness center, but the rest will be a surprise.

“It will be nice, not only for workouts, but to feel more professional. It will be nice to have the track that we really do deserve and it will make us even better than we already are,” sophomore track team member Sean Heaton said.

Over seven years ago, there was an outdoor track complex that was removed from campus. The Kirby-Over Stadium was constructed in its place. Based on surveys and feedback from students, the Augustana administration began to form the plans to establish an indoor track and wellness facility. Continue reading…

School uses federal rules in handling Title IX case


Admininistrative officials are citing federal protocol as the basis for university disciplinary actions regarding sexual misconduct that are the subject of a student lawsuit against Augustana.

“The Department of Education has guidelines that they’ve sent out that really dictate how the school has to handle sexual misconduct cases,” Director of Campus Safety Rick Tupper said. “We just follow those guidelines.”

The lawsuit, filed by Koh Evan Tsuruta, asks the college to delay its disciplinary hearing until the criminal case can be resolved. According to Tupper, Campus Safety and Title IX coordinator Beth Torkelson are required to investigate and come to a resolution regarding a complaint of sexual misconduct within 60 days of its reporting. Continue Reading…

Augie Dems tackle payday loans



Professor Reynold Nesiba and the Augustana Democrats have formed a group to try capping the rate of payday loans in South Dakota.

Over the summer, Nesiba collaborated with multiple Sioux Falls politicians to create a running petition to reduce the interest rate of payday loans from 574 percent to 36 percent. The petition’s goal is to introduce the rate cap as a voting issue on the 2016 ballot.

Spencer O’Hara, an ASA student senator and president of the Augustana Democrats, is one of the students supporting the petition. Continue Reading…

Love Your Melon: ending cancer one beanie at a time


A mysterious influx of students wearing beanies on campus may have prompted worries that winter was coming early this year.

Thankfully, the weather will stay warm, and so will the hearts of everyone who buys the beanies and other items sold by the organization Love Your Melon. The nonprofit company sells apparel to raise money for children fighting cancer, and since last August, Augustana University has participated in its campus volunteer program.

Junior Abby Munkvold, the captain of Augustana’s Love Your Melon crew, says she decided to bring the company’s mission to campus when she heard about participation at other South Dakota schools. After talking to the crew at the University of Sioux Falls, she got started by informing Love Your Melon of her interest in forming a team of her own. Continue Reading…

Volleyball aims to avoid last year’s letdown


The plot is the same, but the philosophy and direction have changed.

A month into the season, 2015 Augustana volleyball looks pretty similar to the 2014 team.

Both teams began their seasons 10-2, knocking off some highly ranked teams in the process.

Last year’s team played .500 ball the rest of the way, failing to qualify for the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament and missing out on the NCAA Tournament, too. Continue Reading…