The Spur

A Perspective on Refugee Resettlement from a “Local White Girl”

Lacey Barke

February 6, 2020

Below is a statement on refugee resettlement from the Spur Editor- In- Chief, Lacey Barke. In the speech, which was presented at SMSU's Refugee Resettlement informative session on Jan. 27th, Barke discussed the impact of those who have come to Marshall as refugees and immigrants. The speech is a par...

SMSU Faculty Statement- Refugee Resettlement

SMSU Faculty and Staff and Lacey Barke

February 6, 2020

Below is an SMSU faculty statement regarding their collective opinion and stance on the issue of Lyon Country refugee resettlement. The below letter was also published as a letter to the editor in the Marshall Independent and was read aloud by Professor Julie Walker at the refugee resettlement informat...

Refugee Resettlement: Student Body President, Muna Mohamed

Muna Mohamed and Lacey Barke

February 6, 2020

The following is one piece of an ongoing series covering the Lyon County Refugee Resettlement dialogue. It is a speech written by SMSU Student Body President, Muna Mohamed, during a campus-wide informative meeting regarding the refugee situation. I stand here today as a citizen of the Marshall community....

SMSU Student Senate Receives a Concerning Report

Olivia Chester, Staff Writer

February 6, 2020

The SMSU Soccer Club faculty advisor, Jose Losada-Montero, brought concerns regarding vandalism and theft of the club’s equipment to the Student Government Association during their Jan. 23 meeting. Montero told senators that four ten-foot steel goal poles went missing mid-January. Two were taken from...

New SMSU Women’s Tennis Coach Hopes to Help the Team Bounce Back

New SMSU Women’s Tennis Coach Hopes to Help the Team Bounce Back

Sam Gerber, Staff Writer

February 3, 2020

photo courtesy of SMSU Athletics.

New International Student Organization Director: May Lee Moua-Vue

Tracy Cai, Staff Writer

February 2, 2020

“Do what you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. That’s what I’m doing. I’m here doing what I love,” May Lee Moua-Vue said, who began her role as the director of International Student Services and Global Studies at SMSU Jan 6. Moua-Vue who came to the United States...

These Walls Are My Only Safe Spaces

Jocelyn Hayden and Jocelyn Hayden

February 2, 2020

Photo Courtesy of Jocelyn Hayden.

Spotlight Candidate of the Week: Elizabeth Warren

Cory Becker, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Photo source: WikiCommons Disclaimer: the writer of this article is not a spokesperson of the campaign or candidate. Issues and biographical information is taken from their campaign website ( Since the last posting of our Spotlight Article feature, 13 Democrats and one R...

A Conversation with Angela Trudel Vasquez

A Conversation with Angela Trudel Vasquez

Maureen Ndubuisi, Staff Writer

November 19, 2019

Angela Trudell Vasquez is an author of poems about heritage, love, loss, and everything else that life has to offer. She chooses to write poetry because before her gender, ethnicity, being a wife, sister, or a daughter, she's a poet-- a person of sound, energy, and imagery. "Poetry is bread and wine,...

Spotlight Candidate of the Week: Joseph Biden

Spotlight Candidate of the Week: Joseph Biden

Cory Becker, staff reporter

November 19, 2019

Disclaimer: The author is not a spokesperson for this campaign or candidate. Platform issues and candidate biography information are taken from the campaign website (  Since the last publishing of the Spotlight Article, former  Congressman and Governor of South Carolina Mark S...

The Fall Festival of Song

The Fall Festival of Song

Olivia Chester, Staff Writers

November 12, 2019

The Fall Festival of Song is a showcase recital for voice students that includes lower- and upper-division majors and minors and applied voice non-majors. All of their hours of practice culminated in this performance. Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, director of the SMSU Chorale, Bella Voce, Men’s Glee Club...

Haunted Tower- a Spooky Success

Cat Schmidt, Staff Writer

November 5, 2019

The city of Marshall and SMSU students were busy providing Halloween entertainment for adults and children alike on the weekend before Halloween. A new addition to the traditional festivities was The Haunted Tower, a partnership between the city of Marshall and SMSU organizations.  The Haunted Tower on Erie Road ran from Frid...

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