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Going green: SMSU greenhouse has plant sale

Going green: SMSU greenhouse has plant sale

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...

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...

CRU holds first Swing Dancing Event

CRU holds first Swing Dancing Event

Olivia Chester, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

CRU held swing dancing last Monday to teach students some new moves. Swing dancing is a fast-paced and fun way to meet people. With good teachers and willing students everyone picked up the movements quickly. Movements named after food and a variety of objects, such as, the Ravioli and the more daring o...

President Jayasuriya leads SMSU’s first Town Hall Meeting

President Jayasuriya leads SMSU’s first Town Hall Meeting

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...

Homecoming events: What to look forward to

Homecoming events: What to look forward to

Olivia Chester, Staff Writer

September 30, 2019

Homecoming is a time for past students to return to the place of their education to celebrate past achievements and encourage the students of tomorrow; old favorites and new surprises await the student body and returning alum. Homecoming Court nominations open Monday, September 23rd and Final 14 voting...

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

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

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...

AOS Open Mic Night and BBQ

AOS Open Mic Night and BBQ

Sabrina Pankratz, Commentary Editor

September 23, 2019

The first AOS open mic night of the year was moved indoors due to chilly weather and possible rain, but that didn’t stop students from attending. Rheanne Sabinske, a freshman on campus, attended with her friend, Olivia Chester, on Friday to enjoy the music. “I just like that everyone is coming...

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...

OneSearch: McFarland Library online search receives update

Meghan Sullivan, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019

OneSearch received a new look recently. Since the system was launched on Jan. 31, students and faculty have all had to make adjustments with the new system. If students at SMSU are occasionally frustrated with the change in the system adopted by the Minnesota State system this year, they should know...

Tenth SMSU President chosen

Tenth SMSU President chosen

March 28, 2019

Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya has been named the 10th President of Southwest Minnesota State University. He will follow current President Connie Gores who began her tenure at SMSU in 2013. His appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on March 20th. SMSU...

FarmHer: Women in agriculture speak at film screening

FarmHer: Women in agriculture speak at film screening

Hanna Vos, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019

In honor of Women’s History Month, the SMSU Women’s Studies Committee and SMSU Feminist Club hosted a film screening of the documentary FarmHer. The film follows Marji Guyler-Alaniz as she photographs female farmers as they go about their daily lives. Following the film screening, a panel of diverse...

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