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Howard Mohr to Read From New Book: “How to Talk Minnesotan: Revised for the 21st Century”

Samantha Lemmerman, Staff Writer

September 13, 2013


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Author and former SMSU professor, Howard Mohr, will present his new novel, How to Talk Minnesotan: Revised for the 21st Century, on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. in the lower level ball room in the Conference Center. The novel, originally published in 1987, was revived with newer Minnesotan language as well...

James A. Zarzana to Present New Novel: “The Marsco Dissident”

Samantha Lemmerman, Staff Writer

September 13, 2013


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            Just because Dr. Jim Zarzana, an SMSU English professor, teaches students literature, doesn’t mean that he can’t write his own. The Marsco Dissident, the first book in his four-part saga, has arrived. The novel, centering on the Marsco Corporation, takes place in ...

Star Tripping

Daniel J. O'Brien, Special to the Spur

May 2, 2013


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  I arched my neck to gaze at open night and strained to spot a point in the dotted skies when I espied a star, a wondrous sight with perfect form that pleased my staring eyes. My vision wandered astray as I consumed all light to see; my globe was spinning round. With multitudes...

The Colors of Jazz…and Then Some

Kim Watkins, News Editor

May 2, 2013


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SMSU Jazz Band Performs for Fine Arts Month With a year full of “colorful” tunes, guest artists and hard work, the Southwest Minnesota State University Jazz Ensemble finished their season on Monday, Apr. 22 as part of the 2013 Fine Arts Celebration. Under the direction of Dr. John Ginocchio,...

Godzilla Tramples SMSU: SMSU/Community Concert Band Perform School Year’s Final Concert

Kim Watkins, News Editor

May 2, 2013


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The destruction and chaos that follow Godzilla has made its way to the far reaches of the Midwest, where the massive creature made its stop at Southwest Minnesota State University as part of the 2013 Fine Arts Celebration. The SMSU/Community Concert Band performed their final concert of the year,...

Tragedy and Horror: Less-Than-Joyful Sounds from The Flaming Lips on 2013’s The Terror

Katie Stromme, Editor-in-Chief

May 2, 2013


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In high school, I started listening to a lot of alternative music in a misguided (and woefully unsuccessful) attempt to trick my peers into thinking I was cool. Of all the stuff I bumped in my portable CD player, the Flaming Lips turned out to be one of the few groups that I genuinely enjoyed. Their...

Perceptions Debuts With Poetry, Fiction Reading

Amber Casperson, A&E Editor

May 2, 2013


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At noon on April 25, people gathered into the Whipple Gallery for a special treat. Writers, whose work was accepted into this years Perceptions, got to stand up at a podium and read their pieces. Ryan Albertson read his three accepted pieces. “Ice Breaker” and “The Secret” were poems and “We...

Poetry from Recent SMSU Graduate Daniel J. O’Brien

Daniel J. O'Brien, Special to the Spur

April 21, 2013


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Deja Vu Every day should be new when beds reset the mind. But from midnight to noon I wake to dream my life.   When beds reset the mind unformed memories await. I wake to dream my life, and I wonder if I can escape?   Unformed memories await in the passing of t...

Red Dawn Reviewed: 2012 vs.1984

Amber Casperson, A&E Editor

April 21, 2013


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Ask me what some of my favorite movies from the eighties are and I will respond with Top Gun and Red Dawn. I was both excited and leery at the thought of a new Red Dawn movie. One of my favorite movies being redone? Awesome! But could it stand up to the high standard I have on the 1984 version? Answer:...

School House Rock Rocks: Interview with a Chorus Member

Amber Casperson, A&E Editor

April 21, 2013


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April is the Fine Arts Celebration. Starting off this celebration is a Mainstage Southwest Minnesota State University theater performance entitled: School House Rock! This show had its grand opening on April 11 despite the snow that fell. Alec Otto, a performer in School House Rock!, answered a few...

Six Appeal Wants to Come to SMSU

Andrea Gladney, Staff Writer

April 21, 2013


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Six appeal is an all male a capella group residing in St. Paul, MN. Make no mistake about it, Six Appeal isn’t just another group of people hopping on the Pitch Perfect bandwagon. In fact, they’ve been together since December of 2006. They are most known for mastering a dynamic range of musical...

Music Department Launches New Scholarship Program

Katie Stromme, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2013


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The Southwest Minnesota State University Music Department announced Monday that they would be launching a search for candidates for their newest scholarship. The Department is seeking out students hailing from Hibbing, Minn. with expert harmonica and acoustic guitar skills, as well as dark, curly hair. Students...

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