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SMSU’s new esports team prepares for fall Season

SMSU's new esports team prepares for fall Season
April 25, 2020

Esports is an emerging new athletic activity that is playing video games at a competitive level. The SMSU varsity esports team is on its way to compete for the fall semester. The team is headed by Coach...

SMSU Greenhouse: Marshall’s Miami

Selective focus photo of plant sprouts
April 25, 2020

While there are six inches of snow, aggressive winds, and withering trees and flowers in Minnesota, it’s still balmy like spring in the SMSU greenhouse, energetic and pleasant. SMSU’s greenhouse...

New adjunct professor comes full circle at SMSU

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April 22, 2020

Walk into Southwest Minnesota State University’s (SMSU) Charter Hall 206 on Monday evenings and you will find a packed classroom being taught Legal Environment and Contract Law by an unassuming professor....

SMSU and its Students Continue to Adapt to COVID-19 Challenges

Students and Staff are adjusting to social distance through working from home.
“It’s really draining and lonely. It’s hard to not feel useless when literally the only thing you can do is sit and watch from a distance.”
April 10, 2020

SMSU is comprised of desolate resident halls, unoccupied offices, and empty classrooms. It’s fairly easy to find parking spots now, and most dining services are completely closed until further notice-...

College Reactions to COVID-19

Empty classroom.
April 3, 2020
In the beginning, few students were expecting to be online for the rest of their semester. 

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

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...

SMSU Faculty Statement- Refugee Resettlement

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...

Refugee Resettlement: Student Body President, Muna Mohamed

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...

SMSU Student Senate Receives a Concerning Report

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...

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
February 3, 2020
photo courtesy of SMSU Athletics.

New International Student Organization Director: May Lee Moua-Vue

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...

These Walls Are My Only Safe Spaces

February 2, 2020
Photo Courtesy of Jocelyn Hayden.
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