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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

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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

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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...

Going green: SMSU greenhouse plant sale success

Plants being sold by SMSU Greenhouse

Hanna Vos, A&E Editor - Variety Editor

October 14, 2019

These benefits likely sound appealing to many of the hard-working students at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). Perhaps this is why so many students chose to take advantage of the greenhouse sale that was held on Thursday, October 10th. A wide variety of gorgeous plants were brought fr...

Alumni Chris Green’s artwork showed at MAFAC

Shutdown Space

Meghan Sullivan, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Walking into the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council (MAFAC) building for the first time brings about a rush of senses. Initially, I heard the high-pitched pingthat came with the bell’s indication of the door being opened. Following the bell, I heard the quiet conversations being held between viewers ...

Adopt A College Student

Adopt A College Student

Olivia Chester, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Going to college can prove to be a challenging experience, and Marshall’s E-Free Church is addressing the need. In an effort to make students feel more at home in college towns, E-Free Church hosts an ongoing program called Adopt A College Student.  “We connect college students with local fa...

President Jayasuriya leads SMSU’s first Town Hall Meeting

The crowd at the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday.

Hanna Vos, A&E and Variety Editor

September 30, 2019

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is a diverse campus full of unique people. There aren’t many chances, if any at all, for these diverse groups to get together to discuss problems and suggest solutions. That is, until now. SMSU’s first ever Town Hall Meeting took place in the Lower Conferenc...

Insulin Legislation Tediously Inches Along

Lacey Barke, Editor-In-Chief

September 25, 2019

“It’s not easy to swipe my debit card and pay 500 dollars for medicine that, seven years ago, my body just naturally made,” Mitch Riibe commented in regards to the expensive cost of insulin. Riibe an SMSU student who has diabetes, and according to the CDC, Riibe is merely one of the 100 million adu...

Minnesota’s Hands-Free Law: What You Need to Know

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Isabella Erickson, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

On Aug. 1, the Minnesota’s hands-free driving law went into effect, thus banning the use of hand-held devices by drivers. This bill was written to address (and curb) the rise of distracted driving. According to the CDC, distracted driving crashes kill roughly 9 people a day, and injure over 1,000.   There...

SMSU Guards against Phishing Scams

Casey Weilage, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Shawn Hedman, Director of User Services gave clear insight on the problem that is phishing and how it affects SMSU students.   “It is an attempt to get information from other people, so it is an outside person sending a message, trying to gather information,” Hedman said. “Whether it b...

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