The Spur

SMSU controls weather and tries to delay graduation

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Satire

Several months back, The Kale introduced the SMSU community to the Toddler to Adult Center for New Graduates—or T.A.C.N.G. for short. Recent research shows that, along with the change to the title of the facility, SMSU has updated some if its policies regarding this new resource. For those who are no...

Student success at the National College Media Convention

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under Commentary

The simple act of getting to New York City was a hassle. The Spur found out about the conference in the fall, and had hopes of attending, but slowly we realized that we didn’t have the funds to make that happen. Thankfully, our advisor Ruthe Thompson, did some work and applied for a grant. We were ...

Why everyone should see Black Panther

Trevor Groebner, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Commentary

Black Panther is one of the hottest movies out right now, no doubt because Marvel movies are so popular, but also because of what it does for the culture. This is the first superhero movie we have where the hero is black. It also does a great job of recognizing the strength of women. Here’s just a shor...

Presidential Parade

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Satire

Recently, news got out that President Trump wanted to host a military parade to showcase the prowess of the United States. The idea came when President Trump watched a Bastille Day parade in France. From there, talks have reportedly explored ideas but none have come to fruition—until now. Parades ...

A recommendation to take advantage of campus events

Cassandra Lee, Guest Writer

March 2, 2018


Filed under Commentary

When was the last time you attended a campus event? Why did you attend? Did you learn or find anything interesting? I ask these questions because there are many great opportunities within the campus that you should take advantage of more. Events such as a keynote speaker coming to share their story are...

Observations about Hawaiian Night from a Super Senior

Cole Angelo, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Commentary

The close of Hawaiian Night is signaled as the hangovers start to fade, and we gradually start going back to our negative degree-weather-selves. Perhaps one of the biggest party nights of the school year, Hawaiian Night allows us students a chance to kick back, have a drink, and pretend we are somewh...

Students aren’t drinking alcohol at Hawaiian Night

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Satire

Feb. 3 saw Hawaiian Night arrive at SMSU once again. The traditional night showcased men’s and women’s basketball games. Students typically attend games dressed in Hawaiian or tropical attire. It’s also a tradition that many students drink on the day to have a better time at the games. To most peop...

Initial reaction to S.o.t.U. Address

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2018


Filed under Commentary, News

On Jan. 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump gave his first State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill. He addressed all of Congress, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, but pleaded without groveling. Recently the U.S. Government experienced a shutdown and blame has been loudly direc...

Upheaval for fans in Philadelphia

Upheaval for fans in Philadelphia

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

January 27, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Top Stories

When Vikings fans headed to Philadelphia to watch their team try and make it to the Super Bowl I’m sure they expected to run across a few rude fans. But I doubt they expected to have beer bottles thrown at them, obscenities hollered and crudeness of character everywhere. If you haven’t already seen or h...

Purpose behind SMSU’s waffle ceilings

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

January 27, 2018


Filed under Commentary, Satire

Many of you may have noticed the ceilings around campus. A lot of them are the typical type of flat ceilings that you would find in a home or office building. However, in the lower level of the Student Center, as well as in the traditional dorm rooms, there are strangely shaped ceilings reminiscent of ...

Student senate committee is finding cheaper textbooks

Donavan Phoenix, Student Senate Chair

December 8, 2017


Filed under Commentary

This semester the Finance and Special Issues Committee has been working diligently on textbook affordability. We began with investigating Open Education Resources (OER), which are textbooks and other resources available for free for students to use. Our goal was to offer this as a solution to the faculty...

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Commentary

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a growing problem in all contact sports, but particularly football. It is such a problem that some parents are not letting their kids play football in fear of CTE. But, is that really the best course of action? Football has so many benefits to the youth players....

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