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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Embrace the gray zone


I was originally going to write about Starbucks’s red cups, but then 129 (and counting) people died in Paris and now it seems less important. Instead I’m going to air out my grievances regarding the powerful and stupid American political movement toward isolationism that we’ve seen as a result of the tragedy.

The new trend among conservative governors is to preemptively refuse to allow Syrian refugees into their state for fear of terrorists. I hate to sound partisan by singling out the GOP, but all but one of the 30 governors who have made a statement are Republicans. (The 12 governors to state explicitly that they will continue allowing refugees are all Democrats.) For the sake of calling these politicians out on their crap we’ll pretend they actually have a say in the matter (they, in fact, do not, as refugees are protected by the constitution and federal law according to the State Department). Continue Reading…

PARIS IS PERSONAL:  Campus holds candle vigil, responds to Nov. 13 attack


Eight coordinated attacks brought Paris to the main stage of world conversation Friday, Nov. 13, and it is a conversation in which Augustana community members have already engaged.

As of Wednesday, there were 129 reported deaths at sites spread throughout the city, carried out over a three hour time span and caused by four suicide bombs, four shootings and one hostage situation involving both explosives and assault rifles at sites.

The global response has been one of fear, outrage and support for Paris. One of Augustana’s responses was a candlelight vigil honoring the victims. Continue reading…

One year down, one underway Ridership program shows growing ride numbers


According to Sioux Area Metro (SAM) general manager Eric Meyerson and Augustana Student Association (ASA) President Paige Schwitters, the Augustana-SAM partnership is headed in the right direction.

“It’s been a great partnership thus far, and I don’t see that changing,” Schwitters said.

As the 2014-2015 school year began, ASA introduced a ridership program with SAM that allows Augustana students to ride the Sioux Falls buses for free. According to Schwitters, the cost of the program is split three ways between ASA, the Dean of Students office and the International Programs office. Continue Reading…


Church embraces local colleges, modern worship


When Embrace Church decided to open up another location in Sioux Falls, its choice of the Sioux Falls Seminary wasn’t based on the opportunity to become next-door neighbors to Augustana and USF students.

“We didn’t necessarily come here to go after college students,” Summit Ave. campus pastor Chris Haugan said. “We knew we had a presence with college students already—they just don’t have to drive as far now.”

Since the church opened its doors last winter, around 35 Augustana students have regularly attended the Embrace weekend services at the Summit Ave location. The students lead small groups, participate in youth and children’s ministries and help with music at both Embrace’s Summit and its main 57th Ave. campuses. Continue Reading…

Football prepares for first playoff game since 2010


After a regular season full of close wins and losses, the Augustana Vikings are off to Arcata, Calif. as the five-seed in Super Region 3. They will face off against four-seed Humboldt State 3 p.m. Pacific Time, Saturday.

This season marks Augustana’s first trip to the playoffs since 2010. Humboldt hasn’t been there since 1968. Neither team has any playoff experience. Still, the Vikings are comfortable with their spot.

“Our team doesn’t feel any pressure right now,” senior running back C.J. Ham said. “This is something we have been working on for a long time, especially since coach (Jerry Olszewski) has been here.” Continue Reading…