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Campus classroom space to be at ‘100 percent’ capacity


Due to renovations to the north wing of the Gilbert Science Center (GSC) and to construction of the new wing, students and faculty members of the sciences will need to adjust to learning and working in new areas of campus next fall.

According to associate professor of physics Eric Wells, who is shepherding the science building project, renovation of the GSC’s north wing and the GSC 100 classroom area will begin in May or early June and will continue through the fall semester, hopefully concluding in December (around the same time as construction on the new wing is scheduled to be completed).Continue reading…

After stalking, missing student reports, safety remains campus priority


A student is missing.

Nothing is more terrifying for friends, family or a college community, and it has happened twice this year at Augustana.

According to director of Campus Safety Rick Tupper, missing person reports were filed for both an unnamed student and freshman Kayla Gilles early in the mornings of Dec. 7 and Jan. 28. The students were each found safe within a few hours of the reports being filed.

After friends could not locate the students, they notified Campus Safety. Tupper said they worked closely with the Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) in running initial search options, which included calling the missing students’ phones and the phones of friends. Continue reading…


Klatz critiques American Girl brand changes



From a young age, stories have been an important part of Laura Klatz’s life.

As a child, Klatz grew up reading American Girl stories about young women in different historical times overcoming adversity caused by slavery, the great depression and child labor laws. Little did she know that these stories would help shape her college experience, too.

When the Portland, Ore. native arrived at Augustana, one of her first classes was Civitas religion with Dr. Richard Swanson.

“He talked about how the stories we read create the competence to go out and lead our lives,” Klatz said. “And that’s always stuck with me.” Continue reading…


Angles: Campus radicalism: Is the current student-debt revolt a worthy cause?



Students are not exempt from financial obligations

Ask any finance expert or Wall Street bigwig what the most important thing to look for in a prospective investment is, and it should come as no surprise when they all tell you:


Good investments generate good return. It doesn’t take an economist to discern this much. What isn’t as easy to determine, though, is whether an investment is good.

College generally provides good, if not substantial, return on  the investment. But in choosing a college, students don’t always consider the possibility of higher education as a bad investment. Continue reading…


‘Corinthian 15’ highlights problem of student debt

Student debt is fundamentally wrong. That clam probably strikes a lot of people as totally crazy, given that the majority of American college students rack up hundreds of thousands in debt to pay for their higher educations.

In that vein of thought, a group of students known as the Corinthian 15 has recently begun protesting against the terms of their collective student loans.

The protest basically consists of not paying back the loans they took out after their education at for-profit universities proved to be a total failures Continue reading…



Men's Basketball

Jacob Belgum

In a season full of firsts (30-win season, 20-win conference season, NSIC regular season title), the Augustana men’s basketball team convincingly beat Minnesota State-Moorhead for the second time this season to earn the school’s first NSIC Conference Tournament Championship.

Both teams traded buckets through much of the first half before Augustana built a 10-point lead with roughly a minute to go.

Right before the halftime buzzer, junior forward Casey Schilling dove out of bounds in an attempt to save the ball, throwing it wildly into the hands of sophomore big man Zach Huisken, who calmly canned a three from the left corner—only his fourth make from deep this season. Continue reading…