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Student senate committee is finding cheaper textbooks

Donavan Phoenix, Student Senate Chair

December 8, 2017


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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


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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....

Holiday gift advice

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Commentary, Satire

It can be a bit difficult this Holiday season to try and find the perfect gift for a family member, friend or significant other. The Kale is here to help you with this issue, as well as other issues that may come up. For those people who prove difficult to shop for, providing a handmade gift may be...

Recent sexual assault allegations thoughts

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

December 8, 2017


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On Oct. 5 the story broke and everything changed. Harvey Weinstein has been sexually harassing women for a timeline of multiple decades. Now the big question seems to be, who else? In high positions of a growing number of industries, sexual assault allegations have started to come more and more frequently...

Casino fright night successful

Casino fright night successful

Sarah Palmeter, Graphic Design Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Commentary, Top Stories

Casino Night was held Nov. 6 in the SMSU Conference Center starting at 7 p.m. Every year, Casino Night is the one of the largest events where students get to play Casino games. This year’s games were Bingo, Casino War, Blackjack, Beat House, Texas Hold’em and Play the Ponies, and the theme was “Fright...

Taylor Swift rises in “reputation”

Abby Graf, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


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With her kiss-offs to long lived feuds and exploration of being in love through the creativity of new sounds and beats, Taylor Swift’s longevity hasn’t come to an end yet. On Nov. 10th, 2017, country-star-turned-pop Taylor Swift, dropped her sixth studio album “reputation.” After taking a three-year break from h...

Student athletes recieving priority registration

Emily Errico, News Editor

November 17, 2017


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Priority registration is the golden ticket of college. The fast pass can possibly lead to  saving thousands of dollars in tuition by actually geting into the classes you need to graduate, before they fill up and aren’t available for another two years. It makes sense for seniority to be the decid...

Boy Scouts allows girls into organization

Grant Kleiman, A&E Editor

November 3, 2017


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There’s been a large amount of controversy lately since the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced earlier this month that they will be allowing girls to join and earn every rank within their organization. This created a lot of backlash online about the group, as they suddenly became inclusive after...

Pennywise visits campus, leaves tell tale red balloon

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


Filed under Commentary, Satire

There’s been a lot of hype across the nation about the newest It remake. The movie was met with mixed feelings, so the antagonist of the movie, Pennywise, decided to make his way across the country to talk about it. Typically, a lot of misery follows Pennywise. However, when he came to the SMSU campus...

Comments on a KKK letter

John Palmer, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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“Dear Editor: Recently we have come under fire for being a hate group. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” This quote begins a small cry of help from a “Loyal American Patriot” of the Ku Klux Klan, written to the staff of The Spur and other university newspapers across the upper midw...

Advocacy for Anthem Protests

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2017


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On Aug. 26, 2016 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick made his first waves for sitting during the National Anthem while it was sung during a preseason game. The protest originated with Colin’s disdain for the number of police fatalities that have been front page news over the last few years, almost...

NFl National Anthem kneeling

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

October 19, 2017


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When I listen to the National Anthem I think of our veterans. I don’t think of the presidents and the things that our country has done, but instead I think of the people who have died to protect that anthem and that flag. This means that seeing football players kneel during the Anthem makes it feel as ...

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