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Students to speak, present at annual Dakota Conference


This weekend, The Center for Western Studies (CWS) will host the 47th annual Dakota Conference on History, Literature, Art and Archaeology. Friday and Saturday, approximately 80 presenters will gather in the CWS Fantle Building on campus to share their projects, all of which fall under the conference’s theme: “Where the West Begins?”

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According to Harry Thompson, executive director at the CWS, more than 20 students are presenting at the conference, including “several” from Augustana. Students from Minot State University, Valley City State University and Presentation College are also sharing their work.

Thompson said the public speaking opportunity provided by the Dakota Conference “is of benefit to students,” but not just because of the potential cash prizes (one $500 award and one $250 award) that will be awarded to two student presenters. Continue reading…




Paige Schwitters

Thomas Elness

At a bonfire attended by friends and others who helped them campaign, juniors Paige Schwitters and Thomas Elness found out late Friday night that they will be the next president and vice president of ASA, respectively.

Schwitters and Elness won the tight election by a mere 42 votes, according to ASA adviser and dean of students Jim Bies. They defeated juniors Elliot Blue, current ASA vice president, and Dan Schmidtman, current treasurer.

Total voter turnout was 46.6 percent campuswide, including full- and part-time students both on and off campus.

“I was incredibly honored [to be elected],” Schwitters said. “We spent a lot of time going door-to-door meeting students, and it was really humbling and exciting to learn that other students believed [in] and agreed with what we are looking to do in the next year.”

Student’s work crosses borders


It’s always difficult, if rewarding, to be the first of anything. Senior Ye Khaung Oo has often been the first.

Ye, a senior at Augustana studying government and economics, was the first international student admitted into Augustana’s Civitas program and is one of six international students currently participating.

He was also the first in his family to attend college.

“My parents never had a chance because they grew up in a dictatorship,” Ye said.  “I’m the first one, and I have a younger sister. My parents can’t afford it all. They might not be able to make my graduation.” Continue reading…

Proposed berry boycott fails to gain traction

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Matthew Housiaux

What if they had a boycott and no one came?

Such is the dilemma faced by the Mexican labor organizers who recently called for a consumer boycott of Driscolls’ berries and various other produce items to protest the low wages and terrible working conditions of farmworkers in Baja, Calif.

Their goal was to emulate renowned Mexican-American labor organizer Cesar Chavez, who, in the 1960s, successfully organized nationwide boycotts of table grapes and lettuce and rallied public support behind his efforts to gain union recognition for California agricultural workers.

But that doesn’t seem to have panned out. Continue reading…

Augustana athletics adds women’s swimming

Hayley McCarron

A new intercollegiate varsity sport has arrived at Augustana. A women’s swimming team begins competing fall 2016.

On April 1, the college declared its intent to add a women’s swim team as a varsity sport. The announcement was made public Tuesday, Arpril 21 and a national search for a head coach has begun. The coach will have a full year to recruit and put together a team for the 2016-17 season.

“For us to add swimming, that’s a big step for us—a step in the right direction,” athletic director Slade Larscheid said. “We’re always looking to expand and diversify in the athletics department.”

Adding a women’s swim team would help the college meet its Title IX requirement by increasing athletic opportunities for female students. Continue reading…