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Black Box Preview

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

September 20, 2012


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“We have a good cast and we’re all like a family, so it’ll be a lot of fun,” said Jessa Roberts, the Drama Club president. For this fall semester, the Black Box team will be performing in productions that will be entertaining and innovative.  In the past, the Black Box has tended to put on...

The Civil War–Looking Back: Lyon County honors the 150th anniversary of the Civil War

Mae Flicek, Staff Writer

September 20, 2012


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Southwest Minnesota State University’s own Ruthe Thompson spoke at the Lyon County Library September 6th. The topic of discussion is centered on the civil war and consists of six different sections being presented by different speakers as a rememberance of the 105th anniversary of the Civil War. Thompson’s,...

Skooba and the Street Dance

Mae Flicek, Staff Writer

September 20, 2012


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Southwest Minnesota State University hosted a street dance September 7th from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Mocktails were handed out along with free soda and popcorn. Students stood in clumps on the street, eager for the band to start. The band in question consists of Kyle Fogarty (21) bass and backup vocals,...

To The Moon and Back Again: SMSU Jazz Ensemble Performs One Last Time to End 2011-2012 Season

Kim Watkins, News Editor

April 17, 2012


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To the moon and back again, the Southwest Minnesota State University Jazz Ensemble performed in their final concert on April 16, 2012 in the Fine Arts Theatre as a part of the Fine Arts Celebration. The 14-member ensemble performed under the direction of Dr. John Ginocchio. The members included saxophonists...

Classically Contemporary Poetry

Classically Contemporary Poetry

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

April 17, 2012


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The William Whipple Art Gallery is packed to capacity.  Anticipation permeates the air as listeners eagerly wait for the poet to share her work.  When she begins, every ear delights in hearing the poetry leap from the page. April 11 marked the date when English professor Susan McLean read her poetry...

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps”

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

April 17, 2012


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Patrick Barlow’s uproariously comical adaption of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The 39 Steps” delivers like a bullet to the funny bone. This spoof of spies, murder, and romance begins in London, 1935.  Bored bachelor Richard Hannay (Jason Shores) allows secret agent Annabella Schmidt (Sonja Nelson) to...

Hungry for the “Games”

Hungry for the “Games”

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

April 3, 2012


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It’s hard to miss the hype created by “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Everywhere you look there are posters, books, merchandise bearing the symbolic Mockingjay, make up, and most attention grabbing of all: A movie. Author Suzanne Collin’s has created a trilogy that is quickly catching up to J.K Rowling’s...

“…It’s Transformational.” Mossman Performs With the SMSU Jazz Ensemble

April 3, 2012


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Michael Philip Mossman, jazz trumpet/trombone player, performed alongside the Southwest Minnesota State University Jazz Ensemble as a part of the music department’s Guest Artist Series. The performances were held on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 at the Redwood Falls High School and Marshall...

Night of Jazz: Marshall’s All-City Jazz Festival

April 3, 2012


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It was a night full of jazz at the 12th Annual All-City Jazz Festival, held April 2 in the Schwan’s Community Center for the Performing Arts at the Marshall High School. Performances were given by the 6-12th grade Marshall jazz bands, the Holy Redeemer jazz band and the Southwest Minnesota State University...

Some Girl(s)

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

April 3, 2012


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“Sorry for the leaving you hanging bit; it’s kind of a bad habit of mine.” –Guy In Neil LaBute’s play Some Girl(s), Guy (Joshua R. Johnson) is a writer on the verge of marriage when he suddenly decides to fly across the country and meet his ex-girlfriends.  He says that he wants to “make...

Comedian Visits SMSU

Comedian Visits SMSU

Hannah Kiges, Staff Writer

March 21, 2012


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Funny man Jared Logan graced SMSU March 20th with his award winning talents. Logan, who has been featured on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” on TBS, and also on collegehumor.com, made the meager audience laugh until their sides hurt. Logan has also won “Best Comedian” at the Chicago Comedy...

For the Joy of Song

Daniel O'Brien, Staff Writer

March 21, 2012


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Like a passionate god out of ancient mythos, Dr. Stephen Kingsbury conducts the choir.  His movements and signals, sometimes violent and other times gentle, are the commands of an intricate dance of voice and song.  This whirlwind of music evokes feelings in the audience that transcend mere physical...

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