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Alumni Annette Atkins and Russ Stanton speak on their time at SMSU

Alumni Annette Atkins and Russ Stanton speak on their time at SMSU

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


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On Nov. 1, the SMSU History Club sponsored SMSU’s 50th Anniversary event featuring alumni Annette Atkins and Russ Stanton. Both graduated in the early 1970’s, and were both involved in student advocacy. They shared their experiences on campus and the history of SMSU. Atkins is originally from Sioux...

Dangel’s memory lives on with scholarship

Dangel’s memory lives on with scholarship

Rachel DeSutter, Copy Editor

November 17, 2017


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SMSU is known for its outstanding writing opportunities for its students and the professors who teach in the English department. Leo Dangel was no exception. According to the Independent newspaper, “Dangel taught literature and writing classes for 25 years, at SMSU, before retiring in 1993.” Dan...

“Islam in post-Trump America”

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

November 17, 2017


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The newly popular speaker Dr. Ayaz Virji came to the SMSU Campus the evening of Nov. 13, accompanied by Reverend Mandy France. Their talk was centered around what it is like to be a Muslim in America today. What sparked this conversation was the 2016 presidential election. “The majority [of Dawson] voted for ...

Sweetland being treated for bed bugs

Sweetland being treated for bed bugs

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


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With the recent report of bed bugs in Sweetland, students may be wondering how serious of a problem this is. Scott Crowell, Associate VP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, assures students that bed bugs are not a serious health problem and are a common annoyance on campuses across the globe. S...

Professor Deaver recognized with lifetime achievement award

Professor Deaver recognized with lifetime achievement award

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


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SMSU Environmental Science Professor Emily Deaver was recently recognized with the Honorary Lifetime Membership Award. Deaver has been teaching at SMSU for 15 years. Deaver also started the Undergraduate Research Conference and the Redwood River Monitoring Project. The Undergraduate Research Conferen...

Aidrus first to qualify for cross country nationals

Aidrus first to qualify for cross country nationals

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


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On Nov. 4, Bashir Aidrus became the first-ever SMSU runner to advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing second at the NCAA Central Region Championships. Both the men’s and women’s teams traveled to Kearney, Nebraska for the meet. It was hosted by the University of Nebraska Kearney ...

Board of Trustees meets on campus

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2017


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On Nov. 14-15, the Minnesota State Board of Trustees met for their annual meeting. This time, however, they met at Southwest Minnesota State University—the first time the Board has met outside of the metro area. Tuesday’s string of meetings began with a welcome from President Gores, a tour of the ...

How we got to Halloween from Samhain

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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The traditions of Halloween stretch back into history. From celebrating the harvest season to the modern tradition that we know today, it’s an interesting story. The origins of Halloween date back to the Celtic tradition of Samhain. The Celts lived 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the United...

Undergraduate research opportunities offered

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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Despite being a relatively recent concept in the academic world, undergraduate research has become a commonly offered program at colleges throughout the nation. Undergraduate research is useful for those applying to graduate school, medical school and careers within the science industries. Some graduate...

“Me Too” inspires sexual assault victims to share their stories

Mary Tjeerdsma, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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On Oct. 15, actress Alyssa Milano posted a tweet in response to recent sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Milano called on all women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted to post ‘Me Too’ to “give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” On Oct. 16, Milano re...

Petition for MN secession

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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Many people have heard the long-running joke that Minnesota should secede the United States in order to join Canada.  This joke may have now evolved into something inconceivable.  According to the petition website change.org, Zachary Zaboj of Minnesota has established a petition directed towards gover...

KKK sends call-to-action letters to student-run publications

John Palmer, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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Earlier this month, a letter with no return address was received by SMSU, marked to be delivered to the university newspaper. When opened, the letter was revealed to have allegedly been sent by a “Loyal American Patriot” from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. In a heavy-handed cry for help,...

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