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The “Hart” of Music: Guest Artist Performs with SMSU Jazz Ensemble

Kim Watkins, News Editor

April 4, 2013


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Leading up to the 7th Annual Fine Arts Celebration, guest artist Antonio Hart performed alongside the Southwest Minnesota State University Jazz Ensemble in a two-day concert series. The concerts were held Monday, Mar. 25 at Litchfield, Minn. High School and Tuesday, Mar. 26 at the Marshall Middle Sch...

Guatemalan Craft Sale: Women on the Move Host Fundraiser

Amber Casperson, A&E Editor

April 4, 2013


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On March 27, 28, and 29, Women on the Move hosted a Mayaworks fundraiser. The girls from the group were selling items of jewlery handmade by women from Guatemala. Over 125 indigenous artisans from Guatemala work to make the items for the organization. Some of the items included animal key-chains,...

Poetry from The Spur’s Former A&E Editor: “A Poet’s Painful Existence”

Dan O'Brien, Special to the Spur

April 4, 2013


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My poet’s turn of mind now beats insane as nothing but rhyming words jam-pack my brain; my gift is now a curse that rivals Cain; somebody get me off this crazy train! These similes and metaphors hold domain like raging thunderstorms, a hurricane, while rhyme (as always) hides inside...

Why so Many Pokemon?

Dan Kilkelly, Commentary Editor

April 4, 2013


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Are they ever going to stop making new Pokémon? To date, there are about 650 species of critters in one of Nintendo’s most popular franchises. With the upcoming release of Pokémon X and Y, that number will probably get a boost of 100-150. Just think about that for a second. There could be 800 Pokémon. As...

The Music Box–Featured Band: VersaEmerge

Mae Flicek, Staff Writer

April 4, 2013


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This band consists of Sierra Kusterbeck and Blake Harnage who hail from Port St. Lucie in Florida. They are signed with Fueled by Ramen and are considered an American experimental rock duo. They have three EP’s which have been released and their album debut titled Fixed at Zero hit sales on June 22,...

Poetry, History, and Storytelling for the Earth and its People: Anya Achtenberg reads from Blue Earth at SMSU

Katie Stromme, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2013


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Anya Achtenberg’s writing is a sharp explosion of poetry, history, and eloquent literary awareness. “Why do people do the things they do to each other?” She mused on Monday, March 25 during her reading in the William Whipple Gallery. Her question was a response to a question asked to her about...

Brenda Child Shares Stories Full of Connections

Brenda Child Shares Stories Full of Connections

Andrea Gladney, Staff Writer

March 28, 2013


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On Wednesday, March 6 Brenda Child gave a presentation on her book Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community in the upper level conference center here at Southwest Minnesota State University. Child spoke for an hour to a rather large group of students and staff. Aside...

The World in Black and White

The World in Black and White

Andrea Gladney, Staff Writer

March 28, 2013


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Entering the William Whipple Art Gallery, one must leave the world of color behind and embrace the subtle, yet detailed black and white art of David Strom. If you enjoy art and love the fine detail of a work, you can find it in the Whipple Gallery located next to the McFarland Library. David Strom,...

2nd Annual Day of Trombone

Kim Watkins, News Editor

March 28, 2013


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Featuring Guest Artist James Borowski Rock, classic and jazz tunes were aplenty during the second annual Day of Trombone held in Charter Hall 201 on Mar. 2. Several performances were held throughout the day, with each featuring guest trombone player, Dr. James Borowski, from New York City. Dr....

The Music Box: Featured Band–Falling in Reverse

Mae Flicek, Staff Writer

March 28, 2013


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Falling in Reverse currently consists of Ronnie Radke (lead vocals), Jacky Vincent (lead guitar), Derek Jones (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Ryan Seaman (drums, percussion, backing vocals), and Ron Ficarro (bass guitar, backing vocals). Although they are primary pinned as post-hardcore with pop-like...

Mark Anthony Rolo Visits SMSU as part of Visiting Writers Series

Kim Watkins, News Editor

February 28, 2013


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As part of the Visiting Writer Series at Southwest Minnesota State University, Mark Anthony Rolo, the first of many authors, was on hand Thursday, Feb. 21 to share his story with the faculty and students of the university. Sharing excerpts from his most recent memoir, “My Mother is Now Earth”,...

The Music Box: Featured Band–Gogol Bordello

Mae Flicek, Staff Writer

February 28, 2013


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Gogol Bordello is a gypsy punk band that is led by lead vocalist Eugene Hutz who hails from Ukraine. Their sound can be described as punk meets dub, but they’re often noticed for their wild beats, outlandish outfits, and their not-so-typical instruments which include, but are not limited to, an accordion,...

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