Augustana University Received $1 Million Gift for Student-Athlete Scholarships

Augustana University has received a $1 million endowed gift for student-athlete scholarships, according to university officials.

Bob and Trish Swanhorst

The gift – from Bob and Trish Swanhorst – will support all athletes and help progress AU’s strategic plan, “Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030.”

Bob attended Augustana College in 1957, where he played basketball and set school scoring and rebounding records. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and proceeded to teach for years, along with Trish.

Bob was inducted into the Augustana Hall of Fame in 1981 and the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.


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Brown University Students Release Book Detailing Racism, Capitalism and Activism on Campus

This summer, a group of students at Brown University released the “Burn Brown Book,” a 175-page guide describing the history of racism, capitalism and activism on Brown’s campus, CBS News reported.

The guide – inspired by the similar “burn book” from the 2004 film, “Mean Girls,” – was produced after two years of work and released amid nationwide racial injustice protests.

The guide – called a “disorientation guide” – is meant to direct people to goals “with queer, decolonial, abolitionist potential,” share histories of activism on campus and “provide folks with tools to effectively organize against (and eventually abolish) the University,” the guide wrote.

Among other content, it includes timelines of student activism and detailed instructions on how to build a movement.

Noël Cousins, one of the creators of the book, said that the group of students “wanted to highlight academic research in a fun way while addressing serious topics,” CBS News reported.

“What I would love to see is the capital and the assets of the university be made public and returned to the state of Rhode Island, or the facilities be used publicly,” Cousins said, “So working-class people in Rhode Island and Black and Brown people have control of that.”

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Affirmative Action

If you’ve watched any of the saga also known as the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation process, then you know the difference between a Super-predator and a super-precedent.

A super-precedent would be a law like Brown vs. Board of Education, according to Amy Coney Barrett during questioning at the hearings. Thankfully, she sees Brown as settled law, so figure we don’t have to fear legally segregated schools in the future.

Mind you, we still might have a kind of defacto segregation in our public schools of the kind even Brown hasn’t been able to prevent. We just aren’t going to see diversity attacked with a roll back all the way to Brown. That was all the comfort one could derive from Barrett’s recent hearings where she refused to answer anything on the basis she might have to rule on the issue in the future.

It was the evasive catch-all from Barret who was an immovable soft stone wall.

Emil Guillermo

Barrett broke all land speed records for SCOTUS confirmations and is now the ninth member of the court.

She will be a super-predator on all the things you may hold dear.

By everything, I mean issues like the right to abortion; the right to affordable health care; the right to same-sex marriage; the right to LGBTQ rights in the workplace; the right to vote.

A Judge Barrett on the Supreme Court remains a constant threat to rock your world.

Democrats have rightly been focused on health care and saving the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare. The SCOTUS hearing in early November will consider if parts of the ACA can be dismantled bit by bit. But every take away will likely lead to some loss of human life.

Too bad that’s dwarfed most all the issues, with the exception of the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade and the right to abortion.

For diversity and higher ed, you should be concerned with affirmative action, which has been unfortunately shoved to the side.


With several cases moving through the courts, most notably the Harvard case, It’s likely to be challenged soon. The conservative forces pushing to end affirmative action at Harvard have already said the Supreme Court is their ultimate destination. Barre

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Princeton University’s Endowment Rises to $26.6 billion

Princeton University’s endowment rose by 5.6%, increasing it to $26.6 billion at the end of the fiscal year – approximately half a billion dollars over last fiscal year, Planet Princeton reported.

The average annual return on Princeton’s endowment for the past decade is 10.6%.

“Princeton has been fortunate to face the many financial challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic from a strong budgetary position,” Princeton University Provost Dr. Deborah Prentice said in a statement, “thanks in part to an endowment that is the result of generations of generosity from alumni and friends, as well as effective stewardship and investment by the trustees and [The Princeton University Investment Co.].

“The endowment will continue to be a crucial tool as we pursue our four key priorities in these challenging times: ensuring the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff; restoring our teaching and research activities to normal operations, safely but as soon as possible; sustaining our commitments to access and affordability; and retaining and supporting our talented workforce.”

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