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 "How to be Decent and White in an Era of Black Rage." That was the theme for today's speech at Augustana College by Leonard Pitts Junior. The nationally syndicated columnist and author addressed about 500 students, faculty, and local residents as part of the college's Symposium Day. WVIK's Sarah Ritter was there.

Pitts is a nationally syndicated columnist for the Miami Herald and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for commentary.

WVIK Staff

  "How to be Decent and White in an Era of Black Rage." That was the theme for today's speech at Augustana College by Leonard Pitts Jr. The nationally syndicated columnist and author addressed about 500 students, faculty, and local residents as part of the college's Symposium Day. 

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A unique partnership between a college in the Quad Cities and an eastern Iowa city is officially underway. From now through the spring, students in several classes in various disciplines at Augustana College in Rock Island will work on projects to help the city of Clinton.

Students at Augustana College recently held the first Gus' Garage Sale to raise money to build wells in Africa, and to prevent some castoffs from being sent to landfills.

WVIK's Ben Thomas Payne reports:

If you would like to donate to the next Gus' Garage Sale, email Keri Bass with Augustana's CORE office.

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Augustana College will observe Constitution Day on Thursday. Students and staff will take turns reading from the preamble to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. 

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Augustana College is now prepared to respond to any disaster. That was the message today from the National Weather Service and Illinois Emergency Management Agency, who recognized Augustana for its campus safety. 

Augustana is one of four in Illinois to receive the "Ready to Respond Campus" designation. President Steve Bahls says the college has been working for over a year to complete the state's campus safety criteria. 

The "Ready to Respond Campus" program involves risk assessment, campus-wide training, and violence prevention planning. And, Vice President Evelyn Campbell says the college has also worked with local police and fire departments for three years, to conduct emergency drills. 

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The coach who built Augustana College's men's lacrosse program has resigned. Kyle Hart, the college's first ever head lacrosse coach, will not return for the upcoming season.

Hart was hired in 2010. He led the men's team to the NCAA Division Three Tournament last spring. The Vikings finished second in the 2015 inaugural season, with a 14 to 5 overall record. 

Hart has accepted a similar position at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. 

Assistant Coach Zack Olsen will take over as acting head coach. 

The new school year is about to start at Augustana College. International students began arriving earlier this week, and today is new student move-in day on the campus in Rock Island. 

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Augustana College and Renaissance Rock Island are working together to introduce new students and prospective students to the city. Today they launched a campaign featuring Mini Gus, a small version of the college mascot, Gus the Viking. 

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