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A letter from the editor: At times, no news is the right news


If you’re wondering where to find the Mirror’s news story on Augustana economics professor Reynold Nesiba, you’ll be looking for a long time.

It doesn’t exist.

It doesn’t exist because I think there is no news to report right now.

If you’re looking for a detailed description of the incident that preceded Nesiba’s Monday arrest and charge of sexual contact without consent, please check out the Argus Leader.

If you want information regarding Nesiba’s future with the Augustana, I have little to share with you. As Augustana President Rob Oliver explained in his Tuesday email to students and faculty, Nesiba requested a leave of absence, which Augustana granted, feeling it was necessary for both sides. His classes will continue and will be overseen by other professors.

Oliver told me Tuesday in an interview that he is waiting for the case to unfold before jumping to any conclusions or making any further decisions. Continue Reading…


Play series highlights fresh talent


When audience members take their seat during this weekend’s production of 7X7 Plus One, the stage may look a little unusual. In fact, eight plays are being performed, ranging from drama to comedy.

7X7 Plus One gets it name through a collaboration between an Advanced Directing class and an Acting I class. Early this fall, the seven directing students each selected a ten-minute play before casting the performers from among the students in the acting class. But with 28 students needing parts, theater professor Dan Workman had to get creative.

“The acting class this semester was a lot bigger, and so when they chose their plays we didn’t have enough roles for all the people,” Workman said 

Then comes the ‘Plus One,’ an additional play directed by alumnus Jeff Larsen bringing the total of plays to eight. 

And with the set built around each production, the final result is what’s known as a unit set: each of the stage areas is built to house multiple plays, transitions are then just a matter of swapping props.  Continue Reading…

First-time SOPHIA students register for spring classes


Registration for next semester’s classes began this week, and some students were forced to plan differently than others.

The class of 2020 will be Augustana’s first to graduate under the SOPHIA Core Curriculum which replaced the Augustana Plan, while upperclassmen will continue planning and registering their classes according to the Augustana Plan.

“The SOPHIA Core was started this fall,” registrar Joni Krueger said. “It is being intentionally built to ensure that the educational outcomes are being met by the courses in our curriculum.”

The main difference between the two general education plans is the addition of First Year Seminar and the removal of previous requirements, such as the New Student Seminar. However, the foundations of the liberal arts remain unchanged.

“The previous gen-ed [plan] was developed over two decades ago,” Krueger said. “It was time to look at what Augustana students should take in order to graduate.  Continue Reading…







Winona tops AU in NSIC Tourney


The No. 7 Augustana volleyball team overcame several hurdles as it vaulted to the top-tier of the best conference in Division II. Augustana learned how to win five-set matches, win on the road and beat the nation’s best teams.

There was just one last obstacle that the Vikings couldn’t crack. Augustana (26-5) could never beat Winona State. For a third time this season, the two schools squared off, this time in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament Wednesday night at the Elmen Center. The No. 6 Warriors (26-4) again walked away the victors, 20-25, 34-32, 25-19, 25-23.

“Winona was kind of like us,” Vikings head coach Dan Meske said. “Unranked at the beginning of the year, trying to find your identity. … The interesting thing about Winona is we’ve picked off some top teams, but Winona’s only big wins are against us.”

Winona entered its first match ranked No. 21, but the point stands. The Warriors are 3-4 against top-10 teams this season, with two of those wins coming against Augustana and one against No. 9 Wayne State, which at the time was reeling.

“We knew it was going to be a battle, knowing the battles we’ve had [this season] with them,” Winona head coach Joe Getzin said postgame. “Coming in on [Augustana’s] home court, being able to do what we did, really is a statement for the girls.” Continue Reading…