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New SAFAC Chair Appointed

New SAFAC Chair Appointed

Sabrina Pankratz, A&E Editor

February 28, 2019


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“Originally, I wasn’t supposed to become SAFAC Chair until next year in the fall,” said Ezekiel Thompson. “However, due to the fact of this last week’s Student Senate meeting with Allie Gaylord being removed as chair. We took a vote on it and they would like me to step in her place.” Thompson...

Baker to be future EPSH Department Chair

Hanna Vos, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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As she sat in the teal chair, Professor Lori Baker seemed to exude professionalism. Her office was cozy and inviting. She had comic strips, children’s artwork, and a poster from the band U2 pinned to a bulletin board. Pages and pages of work from her years of teaching at SMSU were crammed onto a hulking...

Trump declares national emergency over border wall

Dalton Dahl, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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President Donald Trump declared the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border to be a national emergency on Feb. 15, as he seeks to fulfill his campaign promise of a wall to be constructed on the border. Taxpayers’ money that had already been allocated by Congress for other purposes will be redirected for...

Mendler: A teacher of teachers

Collin Drey, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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Education majors and teachers were able to enjoy a visit from teacher of teachers Brian Mendler on Feb. 1. Mendler has made a name for himself for being an inspiration to aspiring teachers, but for what reason has this man deserved this? Mendler is well-known for being a teacher that dealt with ADHD...

Preview of candidates for University President

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

February 28, 2019


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This past fall, SMSU President Connie J. Gores announced that she will be retiring after this school year. There has been a search for the next president since then, and it was recently announced that the search committee has found four finalists. These finalists are scheduled to visit SMSU from Feb....

Opportunity: The little Mars rover that could

Opportunity: The little Mars rover that could

Rachel DeSutter and Brian Healy

February 28, 2019


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After living a lifetime 50 times longer than originally expected, Mars’ rover Opportunity has died. Two identical rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were launched in 2003 for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Mission. They both landed on Mars Jan. 2004 with the expectation of lasting three months...

How Student Senate gets paid

Lacey Barke and Sabrina Pankratz

February 28, 2019


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There was some confusion from a commentary piece in our last issue about the Student Senate stipends, so The Spur has decided to write a clarification article in addition to a correction article. According to Article V, Section 1, Subletter C, in the Operating Procedures of Student Association, it...

Relay for Life 2019

Nicole Berning, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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SMSU will be holding their annual Relay for Life event on March 29 from 6:00pm-11:00pm. The event will be held in the RA Gym. Relay for Life at SMSU is put on by the Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Club on campus and is a great place for students, facility, and community members to come together to...

Student Senate VP resigns

Dalton Dahl, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019


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Donavan Phoenix, Vice President of the SMSU Student Senate, will be resigning effective Mar. 1. Phoenix sent his letter of resignation in confidence on Feb. 19 and said he “does not feel that [he] can support the action of the SMSU Student Association or Executive Board any longer. “Referring...

Removal of SAFAC Chair Allie Gaylord

Removal of SAFAC Chair Allie Gaylord

Lacey Barke, Emily Errico, and Sabrina Pankratz

February 28, 2019


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The decision to remove Allie Gaylord as Student Activities Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) Chair by Student Senate inspired students and alumni to take to social media with their thoughts. The meeting where the removal took place was livestreamed on Feb. 19. (Student Senate meetings started bein...

Shutdown ends

Dalton Dahl, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


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Jan. 25 marked the end of the longest government shutdown in American history. Starting Dec. 22, 2018, the government was partially shutdown for 35 days over the issue of border security. An appropriations bill still has not been agreed to for the 2019 fiscal year, and if a bill is not agreed...

Williams’ leaves SSU $991,000

Maureen Ndubuisi, Writer

February 14, 2019


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Steve Williams, who graduated from SMSU with a marketing degree in 1974, passed away at the age of 70 on March 14, 2018. He left nearly a million dollars to Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation in his will. In a press release issued by the SMSU Foundation, Williams’ brother described...

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