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The Triangle Factory Fire Project: Theatre Department puts on Moving and Informative Production

Jill Hoppe, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013


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For the SMSU theater students and volunteers, the past two weekends have been busy. The entire cast and crew have been hard at work putting on six different performances of the “Triangle Factory Fire Project.” It was well worth the effort. The production follows the tragedy of the of the Triangle...

Southwest Minnesota Orchestra Performs Annual Fall Concert: Performances Underway for 2013 Fall Season at SMSU

Southwest Minnesota Orchestra Performs Annual Fall Concert: Performances Underway for 2013 Fall Season at SMSU

Kevin Danielson, Staff Writer

October 24, 2013


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The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra performed its Fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 20. Conducted by SMSU professor Dr. Daniel Rieppel, the “It’s a Classic!” concert drew in people throughout the area to the Marshall High School. All the pieces of the night’s performance were in the theme of “classical.”...

Mysteries Out West: Visiting Writer Series Features Two Authors

Mysteries Out West: Visiting Writer Series Features Two Authors

Samantha Lemmerman, Staff Writer

October 24, 2013


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On a cold, gray, dreary day, two western mystery authors shared tales of crime. Manuel Ramos, a Chicano author from Denver, CO, and Lori Armstrong, a mystery and romance author from Rapid City, SD, read twice while they were at Southwest Minnesota State University on Monday, October 14th. Both were a...

Movie Adaptation for English Professor’s Novel

Samantha Lemmerman, Staff Writer

October 24, 2013


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Just because Anthony Neil Smith, SMSU English Chair, already had a few close calls with movie deals, doesn’t mean that he’s not open to more. Director Paul von Stoetzel pitched Smith the idea of a movie adaptation of Hogdoggin’ over Facebook. Smith’s hopes weren’t high until the contract was...

Music Box – Nerf Herder: Buffy’s Theme Song

Amber Casperson, A&E Editor

October 24, 2013


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You’ve probably never heard of the band Nerf Herder, but if you’ve ever watched Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, I can guarantee you’ve heard at least one of their songs. Nerf Herder is best known for their song in the opening credits of Buffy. A pop punk band from Santa Barbara, Nerf Herder formed...

Ender’s Game Preview

Jonathan Heimer, Staff Writer

October 24, 2013


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Ender’s Game, a movie that will be premiering Nov. 1, is based off of a book written by Orson Scott Card with the same title. It won the Hugo Award along with its sequel, Speaker for the Dead. The movie, if it is anything like the book, will start off with a game of Buggers and Astronauts where we...

Comedian Emily Galati at SMSU

Cole Miska, Staff Writer

October 24, 2013


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“I was on Comedy Central’s Up Next Showcase. If you make it to the final round, you get to New York. You only make it to the first round, you end up in Marshall, Minnesota.” This was one of many colorful quotes from comedian Emily Galati last Tuesday, the 15th. Galati performed in the lower...

The Triangle Factory Fire Project: First Production of 2013-2014 School Year

Jill Hoppe, Staff Writer

October 24, 2013


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It’s that time of year again—time for the first play production of the school year! The cast and crew have been getting ready since the beginning of September, and they’re ready to put on a great show. The Triangle Factory Fire Project is a historical drama about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory...

Whipple Features Alumni Art

Whipple Features Alumni Art

Kim Watkins, Editor-In-Chief

October 24, 2013


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The Whipple Gallery hosts numerous paintings of renowned artists around the world. This month, however, it’s featuring the art of SMSU’s very own. The alumni art displays include anything from soft, yet vibrant canvas paintings and drawings to detailed 3D arrangments. Pops of color and vibrant...

Hypnotist Kicks off SMSU Homecoming Week

Hypnotist Kicks off SMSU Homecoming Week

Cole Miska, Staff Writer

October 10, 2013


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“Believe it or not, anyone can be hypnotized,” Dan Lornitis smiled to the crowd, “You just have to let yourself relax.” The hypnotist paced along the assembled lineup of volunteers in SMSU’s PE gym, a large grin on his face. The crowd in the packed bleachers watched in anticipation; Dan...

Victory at Last!: The Colbert Report Wins First Emmy

Crystal Joos, Staff Writer

October 10, 2013


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After nine seasons and seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations, The Colbert Report has finally won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Series.  The decade-long win streak for The Daily Show has finally been ended!  Both are hysterical political humor shows but The Daily Show has consistently beaten The...

Forecast?….Punny!: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 Review

Crystal Joos, Staff Writer

October 10, 2013


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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was a film loved by everyone so understandably the second movie was highly anticipated by parents and children alike.  With an adorable monkey and a script full of puns, it left us all wanting more. Thankfully, the writers did not disappoint: the second installment...

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