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End of the World Poetry Slam

Amber Casperson, Staff Writer

December 12, 2012


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Enjoy poetry? Enjoy coffee? Better yet, do you enjoy poetry while drinking coffee? The Daily Grind will be hosting a local poetry slam on December 13th. Local returning talent includes Nick White and Dan Kilkelly. Slams hosted by The Daily Grind are open to anyone willing to participate and perform...

The Real Party Rockers: Mustang Pep Band Holds First Exclusive Concert

The Real Party Rockers: Mustang Pep Band Holds First Exclusive Concert

Katie Stromme, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2012


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The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang Pep Band knows how to show a crowd a good time. For the group responsible for creating an energetic atmosphere at football and basketball games, getting the party started is all in a day’s work. It is no surprise, then, that at their first-ever stage...

Shades of the Rainbow: SMSU Jazz Ensemble Performs Fall Concert

Kim Watkins, News Editor

December 12, 2012


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The night was full of colors at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) as the SMSU Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John Ginocchio, performed a list of tunes in a rainbow-themed concert. “Across the Jazz Spectrum” was the name for this year’s Jazz Fall Concert, with tunes so named...

A Very Prairie Christmas: Take a Break with Holiday Hits

Kim Watkins, News Editor

December 12, 2012


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The stress of holiday shopping and finals are upon us and what better way to take the pressure off than to sit down and listen to live music by the many musical groups of Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). If you find yourself wanting a break from studying, shopping or wrapping presents, head...

Wonder of the World Review

Wonder of the World Review

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

December 12, 2012


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The Black Box’s stage production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s “Wonder of the World” will leave you scratching your head in laughter with its nonsensical absurdities. The play begins with Cass (Turi Jystad) leaving her husband Kip (Fernando Tabares) without any good reason. Armed with a list of...

James Bond Review – SKYFALL: It IS the Best Bond Yet

Kim Watkins, News Editor

November 28, 2012


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For those with doubts about the continuation of the famous Bond series, you can let that go because Skyfall has dominated countries worldwide with its fierce action and compelling storyline. With Daniel Craig taking the helm of the Bond series back in 2006, many speculated whether the blond haired,...

Wonder of the World Postponed: The Black Box will Perform December 1 and 2

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

November 28, 2012


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Originally scheduled for Thanksgiving Break, the Black Box production “Wonder of the World” has been rescheduled for December 1 and 2. When asked about the postponement, Co-Director Lynn Lafky said, “We believe that the show has a lot of potential and all of us really want to make this a great...

From Foxes to Hobbits: A Night of Literature Legends

From Foxes to Hobbits: A Night of Literature Legends

Kim Watkins, News Editor

November 28, 2012


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Those classic stories of old line the shelves of bookstores, come alive in cinematic theatres and end up visiting the stage of Southwest Minnesota State University. Characters of Myths, Legends & Literature was the theme for the annual Fall Concert Band performance, which was held in the Fine Arts...

Variety in Music: SMSU Jazz Band Performs in Brookings

Kim Watkins, News Editor

November 28, 2012


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The Southwest Minnesota Jazz Ensemble brought their talents to the Brookings High School from Brookings, South Dakota in a performance alongside the BHS Marching Band. With a salute to the armed forces, a number of jazzy pieces and a finale in the dark, it was a night full of variety for the music lover. The...

Ancient Evil Awakens: Halo 4 Reviewed –The Spur Online Exclusive

Dan Kilkelly, Staff Writer

November 20, 2012


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Tuesday, November 6th.  The most exciting day of the year.  Why?  Well, apparently some kind of election happened. During this, gamers were occupied on their televisions. Not with news programs giving them the moment to moment on the voting, but from the craze that is “Halo 4.” It got pretty...

Twist: A Variety of Art and Messages

Twist: A Variety of Art and Messages

Kim Watkins, News Editor

November 13, 2012


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To truly understand the message within a piece of art, an art enthusiast must study the different types, forms and designs within the artistic world. Where is the best place to begin? Well, just stop on by the William Whipple Art Gallery for a start. The theme for the new Whipple Gallery exhibit is...

Praised and Popular

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

November 13, 2012


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On Thursday, Nov. 8, the Southwest Minnesota State University Concert Choir performed at First Lutheran Church. The program was entitled “Praised and Popular” and explored thought-provoking pieces. The SMSU Concert Choir, which is composed of 29 students, specializes in the performance of choral...

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