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New residence policy eliminates three-year housing requirement

Megan Raposa

Augustana’s housing policy no longer requires students to live on campus for three years. Starting this fall, juniors have the option to move off campus, an option that previously existed only in a limited capacity.

Corey Kopp, director of Campus Life, said the change came about in part as a result of student and parent feedback.

“We had a lot of third-year students who felt that they weren’t being given the opportunities they were looking for,” Kopp said. “They wanted to move off campus, or they at least wanted to explore the option of moving off campus.” Continue reading…


First-year experience conference helps faculty prepare for SOPHIA


Sarah Kocher

Plans to roll out an updated first-year experience continue to move forward.

Campus Life senior associate director Jeff Venekamp and professors Daniel Gerling, Rocki Wentzel and Lindsay Erickson attended the First-Year Experience Conference in Dallas Feb. 7 to Feb. 10, participating in three days of sessions to gain more information about how to ensure an effective first-year experience for incoming students.

Wentzel, who attended the conference last year as well, said this is at least the third year Augustana has sent representatives to this conference.

“As we are in the midst of developing the First-Year Seminar (FYS), we need to meet other schools that have made the transition,” Venekamp said. Continue reading…


Lent allows Christians to ‘rise from ashes’



Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is easily my favorite holy day. And speaking as a Catholic, I have plenty of them, each complete with their unique fanfare from which to choose.

It hasn’t always been that way, though. I’ve never liked the idea of giving something up. I consistently struggled through the first few weeks, depriving myself of whatever I felt I could live without (minus Sundays because those apparently don’t count as Lent), then always decided surely Jesus would forgive me for using Facebook this one time.

And tomorrow.

And every day until Easter. Continue reading…


A Doll’s House plays with intrigue, gender roles

Doll's House

September Symens

Those involved with the Augustana Theatre Department’s production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House want to tell audiences to come for the costumes—and to stay for the secrets.

According to director and theatre instructor Jayna Fitzsimmons, seeing the production is “an opportunity to see one of the masterpieces of realistic drama.”

“It’s a play of intrigue,” she said. “It’s all about the secrets.” Continue reading…


Softball kicks off season in Vegas


Jacob Belgum

The Augustana softball team traveled to Las Vegas two weeks ago to begin its season of high expectations under sunny skies.

Not many sights were seen in Sin City, though, because the team stayed busy playing five games, tallying a 3-2 record, during its brief weekend stay.

All but one player returns this season for a team that fell one win short of an appearance in the NCAA World Series one year ago. Continue reading…