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CAMPUS SAFETY CRACKS DOWN ON PARKING

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MATTHEW STOFFEL

mtstoffel11@ole.augie.edu

 

Augustana students have one less vehicle to compete with for parking.

On March 23, the Sunday after spring break, sophomore Ian Curtis forgot to move his car from the Stavig circle. About two weeks later, he handed the title of the car over to Jim and Ron’s Service Inc.

Curtis had received several tickets during the fall semester for parking in the Edith Mortenson Center lot after midnight. Continue Reading…

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION BECOMES WELCOME WEEK

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HANNAH REDDER

heredder12@ole.augie.edu

 

Several changes to freshman orientation will go into effect next fall in what Solberg Hall director Maggie Miller calls a “rebranding” of the current system.

According to director of student activities Jeff Venekamp, Augustana’s retention rate, which he said is “not a bragging point,” was the catalyst for the changes. He said the 78 percent rate from freshman to sophomore year shows a lack of strong initial connections being created in the early stages of college life.

Additions to the current program are all designed to connect with students in their first few weeks of school, Venekamp said. Continue Reading…

 

POUND FITNESS CLASS TO START IN FALL

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MEGAN RAPOSA

mlraposa11@ole.augie.edu

 

Start with pilates, add a dash of zumba and two plastic drumsticks, and you’ve got Pound Fitness. Pound Fitness, or Pound, is the Elmen’s newest group fitness class that will begin in the fall.

“We always try to look for something that’s new and upcoming,” recreational coordinator Carmen Hecht said. Continue Reading…

 

DEFENDING DRINKING CHOICES SHOULD NOT BE NECESSARY ANYMORE

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People often ask me why I don’t really drink. A lot of people have asked me that question this week, since alcohol is a fairly common solution for the dreaded finals week writer’s block (or so I’m told).

Now, after three years at college and a lot of self-contemplation, I think I finally have a decent explanation.

I think part of my aversion to drinking is that I was raised in a home with two parents who never drink or keep alcohol in the house (and no, they’re not just morally uptight, religious weirdos. Okay, maybe weirdos; they did name their first child “September”). Continue Reading…

 

FORENSICS TEAM FINDS FAST SUCCESS

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KAYLYN DEITER

kkdeiter13@ole.augie.edu

 

For the first time in more than 13 years, an Augustana-affiliated debate team competed at an intercollegiate debate tournament. With the lowest number of student representation at the competition hosted by Northern State, the team members returned to campus with three awards, two for third place and one for fifth.

According to team coordinator Shane Farrow, the team began in March with weekly meetings in the Siverson Lounge aimed at discussing contentious social issues. Farrow, however, wished to take the group in a different direction.

“I wanted to see intercollegiate competition rather than discussion, so I went to see what support I could gather,” he said. Continue Reading…