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SMSU’s new esports team prepares for fall Season

SMSU's new esports team prepares for fall Season

Benjamin Engels, Staff Writer

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 Spencer Louwagie, who previously lead the “League of Legends” club. The new athletic medium is rapid...

SMSU Greenhouse: Marshall’s Miami

Selective focus photo of plant sprouts

Yuxuan Cai (Tracy), Staff Writer

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 has a lot to explore, especially during chilly winter. You can find a cactus that looks like a brain,...

New adjunct professor comes full circle at SMSU

Closeup photo of a gavel

Dede Williams, Staff Writer

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.  Adjunct professor Keith Helgeson has begun his first semester back at Southwest Minnesota State...

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

Students and Staff are adjusting to social distance through working from home.

Lacey Barke, Editor In Chief

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- A once thriving campus is now comparable to a scene in post-apocalyptic movies. Due to the spread...

College Reactions to COVID-19

Empty classroom.

Lacey Barke, Editor-in-Chief

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”

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.

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