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Fewer than 10 juniors move off campus since policy change



Augustana announced earlier this year it will no longer require juniors to live on campus, but Room Selection Day saw few students choosing that option.

According to vice president for finance and administration Tom Meyer, fewer than 10 juniors opted to live off campus, which decreased the college’s room revenue by about $35,000.

What Augustana lost as a result of the change Meyer said it hopes to regain with increased enrollment and retention in the future, calling the three-year requirement a “barrier” and a “sticking point” for many freshmen and transfer students considering Augustana.

Those juniors who did choose non-campus housing will experience the same financial adjustments that a senior would, specifically what director of Campus Life Corey Kopp called the “10 and 10 policy.” They will lose 10 percent of their Augustana scholarships in addition to another 10 percent if they cancel their full meal plans. Continue reading…

Freshman enrollment drops 9 percent


The incoming freshman enrollment at Augustana College is 9 percent smaller than the 2014 class, according to vice president for enrollment Nancy Davidson.

As of Monday, Davidson said the college has 338 deposits from incoming students.

But she said she has noticed perspective students have been “slow” in making commitments this year, with some even missing the traditional May 1 National College Decision Day deadline.

“I don’t think this is something attributed just to Augustana,” Davidson said. “I think the May 1 deadline is maybe observed a little less … Except for very elite colleges, I think those days are maybe gone.”

Davidson said some of the delay in decision-making is due to how college and student loan debt are covered in the media. Continue reading…


Next year’s photography professor hopes to develop student passions



This fall, the Augustana Art Department will be adding a new member to its ranks. Anna Reich, previously a professor at the University of California at Davis, will instruct students in the art of photography, teaching Photography 1 and Advanced Photography, along with Art and Children and Secondary Methods courses.

Reich said her love of art began when she was a sophomore in high school, not knowing then that it would completely change her life. An enthusiastic teacher opened her eyes to contemporary art, and as a junior in college Reich found her niche in photography.

Although an introductory Black and White Photography course may have been her first time using a real camera, Reich said it was love at first sight.  From then on taking pictures became her passion.

That newfound passion took Reich to Lithuania, where she worked as a Fulbright Research Fellow from 2013 to 2014. While there she taught a capstone course at Vilnius Art Academy and served as a visiting artist and guest lecturer at the Art Academy of Latvia. In the beginning of 2015 Reich returned to Lithuania as a grantee from the Artists as Activists program of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Continue reading…

Letter from the editor: Adieu to Augie


Three years isn’t a very long time. It’s less than one-seventh of the time I’ve spent on this planet, and it’s not a much larger fraction of my years spent in school. But the last three years of my life stand out as significantly formative, in large part because they’ve been spent with the Augie Mirror.

This publication has shaped my college years in more ways than I can articulate. In good ol’ Humanities 222, the most exciting, most frustrating, most exhausting, most creative, most emotional and most rewarding moments of my college career have taken place. How, then, shall I leave?

The pangs of missing press night are lessened dramatically when I look at the incoming staff. Sarah Kocher, you’re going to take this paper to the next level as editor. I’ve seen your designs and read your reporting, and trust me, people of Augustana, you can look forward to a year of innovative, investigative and interesting journalism from this gal. Continue reading…

Softball readies for Super Regional


September Symens

After defeating East Central University to win the Central Region 1 Tournament last weekend, the Augustana softball team is making preparations for Friday and Saturday’s Central Super Region final. Augustana will host No. 2 seed Central Missouri at Bowden Field, where the Vikings hope to “survive and advance,” according to head coach Gretta Melsted.

“[We want to] play our best ball this week and then make it to the national tournament,” Melstad said. “That’s what we’re trying to do. We’ve been waiting for this moment for a whole year after losing last year. Getting this far is really a big deal.”

According to junior infielder/outfielder Carly Peterson, teamwork will be essential if the Vikings want to reach their goal of advancing to the NCAA World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. later this month. Continue reading…