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Faculty vote changes COMPASS to SOPHIA


A special faculty meeting Wednesday adopted changes to the proposed general education plan.

Most prominently is a name change from COMPASS to SOPHIA, which is the phonetic spelling of the Greek word for “wisdom.”

The amendment to change the plan’s name was submitted by art professor Scott Parsons and biology professor Craig Spencer.

“SOPHIA … speaks to the goal of education and gives form to our core values,” they said in their amendment proposal. Continue reading…

Maintenance updates policies in response to student concerns


Maintenance staff will be making a new change responding to recent student concerns regarding  unannounced visits and repairs.

Once a maintenance repair is done, a work order form will be left stating if the problem was fixed and, if not, when maintenance will return.

Because maintenance repairs are done during work hours, students are often not home when maintenance arrives, unless the situation is an emergency. Continue reading…


Letter to the editor: Rugby merits varsity



I am writing in response to a letter written by Jared Rubado, which recently appeared in the Mirror. As a current member of the Augustana women’s rugby club, I would like to address some of the arguments Rubado made regarding the promotion of Women’s Rugby to varsity status, as well as issues of equity in athletics at Augustana.

Though Augustana offers eight varsity sports to both men and women, this statistic lacks adequate representation of the inequality of the male to female ratio of athletes representing Augustana’s student body. Continue reading…


First pop album a success for T-Swift

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has proven she knows no boundaries. The country superstar took the ultimate risk with her new album 1989, officially departing from the genre that brought her to stardom.

Released on Oct. 27, 1989 kisses Swift’s trademark guitar riffs goodbye and fully embraces an electronic, synthesized pop sound. It’s completely different from anything Swift has done in the past, yet somehow, it suits her well. It is still unmistakably Taylor.Continue reading…


Soccer exits quickly at NCAAs

Allie Rudish

Allie Rudish

Friday’s 1-0 loss to Central Oklahoma in the opening round of the NCAA Central Region Tournament marked the season’s end for the Augustana soccer team, but the women are still proud of their accomplishments this fall.

“It was amazing to make it to the NCAA tournament, but it just kind of sucks that we couldn’t win a game,” senior defender Allie Rudish said. “But I wouldn’t trade this season for anything. It was a blast.”

Freshman forward Samantha Arnold said that the close score of the game in Warrenburg, Mo. made the season’s end all the more disappointing for graduating seniors and younger players alike. Continue reading…