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Devos: “Every student accused…must know that guilt is not predetermined.”

Devos: “Every student accused…must know that guilt is not predetermined.”

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


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On Sept. 22, the Department of Education released a new interim question and answer guidelines for the handling of sexual violence on campuses. Two Obama-era guidelines, the 2011 Dear Colleague letter and the 2014 Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence were withdrawn. The Obama-era issued...

Relay for Life helps fight against cancer

Relay for Life helps fight against cancer

Sarah Palmeter, Graphic Design Editor

December 8, 2017


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Everyone at some point has known a loved one that has been diagnosed with cancer. Relay for Life is a community for those who have lost or are fighting against cancer to be remembered and honored. One of the many reasons for the Relay for Life is how common it is today to have a loved one or know of...

12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference showcases SMSU’s best

12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference showcases SMSU’s best

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


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The 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference was held on Nov. 29, 2017. The conference started at 8:30 a.m. with a welcome address from SMSU President Connie Gores. After President Gores’ address, 2012 SMSU alumnus Wokil Bam gave a keynote address. Bam graduated from SMSU with a B.S. in chemistry...

Senator Al Franken the latest in sexual assault allegations

Senator Al Franken the latest in sexual assault allegations

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


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Leeann Tweedan, morning news anchor on TalkRadio 790 KABC in Los Angeles, recently came forward about being sexually assaulted by Minnesota Senator, Al Franken. In Dec. 2006, Tweedan and Franken were on a USO tour together. Tweedan was expecting only to introduce the acts, but Franken had written a part...

March for DREAM Act

Marvin Guido, Guest Writer

December 8, 2017


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We the people march. We have a strong voice. The message we bring is one of hope, unity, support. DACA was a beacon of hope for many undocumented children who were told that they could be anything they wished when they grew up. Unfortunately for them, those dreams were limited. Deferred Action for...

Aidrus becomes first All-American runner for SMSU

Aidrus becomes first All-American runner for SMSU

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


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Bashir Aidrus becomes first All-American runner for SMSU at the NCAA Championships On Nov. 18, 2017, sophomore Bashir Aidrus became the first SMSU runner to earn All-American honors at the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships. Aidrus finished 18th out of 249 runners in the 10K race with a time of 31:31.9....

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 ...

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