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PAS Conference spotlights ag majors

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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From March 13-16, nine SMSU students attended the National Post-Secondary Agriculture Students (PAS) Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. SMSU students Asa Nelson, Amanda Stafford, Ashle ‘Lukes’ Benson, Shantel Koering, MacKenzie Schultz, Ashley Eisenbraun, Ryan Riebel and Melissa Downing atten...

Toys R Us announces bankruptcy

Ryan Ohm, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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Ever since I could remember Toys R Us was a treat to every kid in the world and was in many ways the best toy store ever. But, with raising the minimum wage comes raising taxes. Which leads to rising prices for products/materials and following that leads to more online shopping for a cheaper product that ...

Letter To The Editor

Holly Johnson, Letter to the Editor

April 26, 2018


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Dear Editor, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “Embrace your Voice”. How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue, we can create a culture of respect, equality, and safety. There are many ways...

Sexual assaults on college campuses

Hailey Bieber, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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Around 78 percent of sexual assaults involve a person the victim knows, according to “Rape in America: A Report to the Nation.”. This person can be anyone from an acquaintance, friend, relative, neighbor, or an intimate partner. Sexual assaults often go unreported. Only 16 percent of sexual assaul...

The Obama Inheritance reading

AJ Rusch, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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Imagine a world where past and current presidents sail a dying Gulf of Mexico on shrimp boats named after heavy metal hair bands in search of ever elusive seafood, all while warding off other shrimp boat pirates. Or if that isn’t your fancy, perhaps a future where a sequence of Trump’s descendants r...

Creating Spaces recognizes creativity of students in southwest Minnesota

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018


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On Apr. 22, the Creating Spaces Writing Contest held its awards ceremony where first, second and third place winners for all grades were awarded medals and this year’s Creating Spaces anthology. First place winners also received a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. For grades 11 and 12, first place w...

Annual Women’s History Month poetry reading in honor of Professor Susan McLean

Annual Women’s History Month poetry reading in honor of Professor Susan McLean

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


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After 30 years of working for SMSU, Susan McLean is retiring. To celebrate her years of work here and success as a poet, McLean’s colleagues surprised her by deciding that the Women’s History Month poetry reading would contain poems that were all hers. The reading took place on March 14 from 12:...

2018 Minnesota Campus Compact award recipients

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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Minnesota Campus Compact is a network of colleges and universities that works to support civic engagement and build a strong democracy. On April 19, three of SMSU’s own will be honored with Campus Compact Awards. Individuals are nominated for the Campus Compact Awards and are selected by President ...

DECA sends Mustangs to nationals

DECA sends Mustangs to nationals

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


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After two years of running Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), advisor Kenneth Chukwuba has not only expanded the program to include about 35 students but also had 20 of these students qualify for nationals this year. These 20 students either qualified individually or in a group. Even the members...

Author Sherman Alexie accused of sexual harrassment

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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Sherman Alexie is a Native American novelist, poet, short story writer and filmmaker whose writings draw from his experiences as an Indigenous American. Recently, Alexie was accused of sexual harassment against several women, one of whom is Litsa Dremousis. Dremousis had a consensual affair with Al...

National walkout: “17 minutes for 17 victims”

National walkout: “17 minutes for 17 victims”

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


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I own guns and go hunting in the fall. I also participated in our school’s walk out for increased gun control. So, yes, people like me do exist, in case you were wondering. One of the reasons I participate in the walk out was because I thought it was great that our school had actually organized a...

Ekstrom shines a light for Disability Services

Colin Nelson, Guest Writer

March 2, 2018


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Most students here at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) may not know who Pam Ekstrom is, what she does or how she impacts this university. To the people that do know her, she has an invaluable impact on their life. Ekstrom is the Director of Disability Services at SMSU and has held that...

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