The Spur

Sugar Beet: No One Reads The Spur!

Dan Kilkelly, Staff Writer

October 16, 2012


Filed under Commentary, Satire

According to a recent study done on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus, most college students do not, in fact, read the school’s newspaper, ‘The Spur’. This startling revelation saddened, but did not shock, the Spur staff.  The study showed that 99% of students either did not know...

This Planet Should Be Perfect

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

October 16, 2012


Filed under Commentary

When one looks at the bad things that happen in this world, it is easy to say that things are screwed up. Don’t get me wrong, for there are a lot of beautiful and wonderful things and experiences out there. But one still does get the feeling that something is not right. This can very well stem from...

Support SMSU and Marshall

Kyle Berndt, Student Government President

October 16, 2012


Filed under Commentary

This semester student senate at Southwest Minnesota State University took a stance to support the local sales tax that will be on the ballot in the November elections. This sales tax of 2% will be used to create a regional amateur sports center and expand the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial...

Run It Through The Pinkwasher: Ethically Concious Buyer Beware

Run It Through The Pinkwasher: Ethically Concious Buyer Beware

Katie Stromme, Editor-In-Chief

October 16, 2012


Filed under Commentary

It’s pink and it’s got those cute little ribbons on it, so a good percentage of the money I paid for it must be going to a reputable breast cancer research organization, right? I mean, for goodness’ sakes, what company would take advantage of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

eBooks

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

October 3, 2012


Filed under Commentary

Amazon is slotted to release their new line of Kindles come mid-November, and it’s resparking the e-reader debate.  With the ever-rising sales numbers of e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, there are still some people adamantly against the format. “I love the idea...

Counseling on Campus

Samantha Flicek, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012


Filed under Commentary

Mental health, a sickness that people would like to ignore. It’s an issue that is becoming more and more prominent in America. “More people suffer from depression than coronary heart disease (17 million), cancer (12 million), and HIV/AIDS (1 million). About fifteen percent of the population will...

Long Distance Relationships

Samantha Flicek, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012


Filed under Commentary

Dating is hard enough without tossing in the whole long distance issue. Humans are codependent despite what some people may say. We crave interaction with others and are constantly striving to make some sort of connection with another person. Participating in a long distance relationship is practically...

Going the Distance

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

October 3, 2012


Filed under Commentary

In our internet age, long distance relationships are becoming more and more commonplace, and technology is helping keep couples together. However, there are numerous hurdles you must jump both in and outside of the relationship to get through it. Whether you’re apart because of school, work, zombie...

We Can Do Better Than Extremist Politics

Joe Stremcha, Special to the Spur

September 20, 2012


Filed under Commentary

Originally published in the Marshall Independent on September 7, 2012 To the editor: I am a college student who believes the two dominating parties are taking us down the wrong path to prosperity. Both have a handful of strong points within their political platforms. Many ideals are easily agreeab...

Back-to-School Sales

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

September 20, 2012


Filed under Commentary

As all budgeting college students know, back-to-school sales are important life savers to our dwindling bank accounts and rising credit card payments, but what happens when they are ill-timed and not advertised? Are students, teachers, and parents alike being duped? I thought an article on back-to-school...

…or Democratic?

Kim Watkins, News Editor

September 20, 2012


Filed under Commentary

Following the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention was held Sept. 2-6 in Charlotte, N.C. With the G.O.P electing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as president and vice-president candidates, respectively, the Democratic Party chose Barack Obama and Joe Biden for a re-election. “After...

Republican Party…

Mae Flicek, Staff Writer

September 20, 2012


Filed under Commentary

The Republican National Convention was held August 27-30 in Tampa, Fla. The convention was held in order to choose a presidential and vice presidential candidates. While there were many people shouting their support for Ron Paul, a three-time GOP candidate, their cries went unheard. Mitt Romney is...

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