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Election 2016: VanEssen, Romano crowned


 Viking Days began Monday with the crowning of Mason VanEssen and Katie Romano as homecoming king and queen.

The coronation ceremony, held in the Elmen Center, was emceed by juniors Maggie Green and Katelyn Graber, members of the royalty committee. The Augustana Choir and Augustana Band performed throughout the ceremony as well.

Last year’s homecoming king Brad Ostendorf flew in from Arizona where he teaches high school math. He offered some advice and encouragement to the homecoming court.

“If there’s anything I’ve learned in my long 22 years, it’s that you don’t have to know exactly where you’re going,” Ostendorf said. “You just have to know where you want to be.”  Continue Reading…


Headed to Hollywood: senior aims to impact


From the thousands of visitors to the carefully selected cinematographers and their creations, this year’s Hollywood Film Festival is bringing together filmmakers engaged in depicting topics with social impact. One of the films set to be shown at this year’s festival is “Over the Bridge,” written, directed and shot by senior Maria Lavelle and 2016 graduate Sarah Kocher.

Over a break, Lavelle returned home to Norway and was immediately struck by the homelessness she saw there.

“I was so used to not seeing any of it in Sioux Falls,” she said.

Lavelle took this idea and decided to see if homelessness in Sioux Falls was as absent as she was led to believe. From this experience, the documentary “Over the Bridge” was inspired. Continue Reading…

Tensions flare in fight against Dakota Access Pipeline

Jacob Knutson

On Sunday a federal appeals court on Sunday affirmed the lower court ruling which rejected  the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s motion to halt the Dakota Access pipeline on the basis that they had not been adequately consulted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before the construction began.

The Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners resumed digging trenches and laying down pipe on Tuesday, arguing that the ruling allowed the company to continue building in an area within 20 miles to the east and west of the Missouri River.

However, a statement from the Justice Department, Interior Department and the Corps of Engineers requested that Energy Transfer Partners pause construction, saying it was too early to allow work to continue on lands bordering and under Lake Oahe, a reservoir managed by the Corps or Engineers and the main water supply for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.  Continue Reading…


‘I’ve never seen anything like it before’

Jacob Belgum

The men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the biggest tournament of the year Oct. 1-3, and one athlete shone especially bright.

The teams travelled to Oklahoma City for the ITA Central Regional Championship, where sophomore Kornelia Staniszewska put on a memorable display of perseverance.

Staniszewska entered the 64-person women’s singles tournament as the No. 1 seed and marched—or rather, hobbled, due to cramps—through her bracket without losing a set. She eventually succumbed to both the cramps and her opponent in a three-set final, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.

“I can’t forgive myself because my goal was to win this match, my goal was to go to nationals,” Staniszewska said of her loss to sixth-seeded Madeline Hill of Washburn University. Continue Reading…