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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 SMSU $991,000

Maureen Ndubuisi, Staff 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...

Shittu elected Treasurer for Students United

Shittu elected Treasurer for Students United

Hanna Vos, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


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David Shittu, a senior at Southwest Minnesota State University, has been elected to serve as the treasurer of Students United, a non-profit organization that serves the more than 65,000 students currently attending Minnesota’s seven state universities. Students United is recognized by the...

Women on the page

Lacey Barke, Writer

February 14, 2019


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A lot of events fade in and out of popularity on college campuses, but Telling Women’s Stories is in its tenth year of running at Southwest Minnesota State University, and it shows no sign of slowing down. It is clear to see how this contest remains prominent. There is an evident passion and...

Students Judge Annual Writing Contest

Sabrina Pankratz, A&E Editor

February 14, 2019


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Students at SMSU were asked to judge writing from age groups 3rd to 12th grade for the annual Creating Spaces Writing Contest. This is the 15th annual Creating Spaces Writing Contest and students such as Hanna Vos, freshman and Professional Writing and Communication major at SMSU, enjoyed being...

Polar vortex takes SW Minnesota by storm

Polar vortex takes SW Minnesota by storm

Gwyneth Duus and Hanna Vos

February 14, 2019


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Minnesota is no stranger to winter weather, but during the polar vortex many midwestern states experienced below freezing temperatures and bitter winds. Many schools throughout the state were closed over Jan. 29 and 30, including Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). The temperatures in...

Nation reacts to Tibbetts murder

Maureen Ndubuisi, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


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Mollie Tibbetts was last seen going for a jog on July 18 in a rural area in Brooklyn, Iowa. On July 19, the 20-year-old University of Iowa student was reported missing by her parents. A month later, an autopsy confirmed that a body found on the field of the Poweshiek County as Mollie Tibbetts. On A...

Visiting Writers Series: Xavier Pastrano reads “XXX”

AJ Rusch, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2018


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Xavier Pastrano was the first in the Visiting Writers Series at SMSU this year. The English teacher, author, father, husband, musician, and 2008 SMSU alumnus shared poems from his self-published chapbook titled XXX and other poems form his earlier work in the Whipple Gallery on Sept. 25. Pastrano came to SMS...

Midterm elections: Students need to vote to make a difference

Dahlton Dahl, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


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Election season is upon us. With political ads, yard signs, and even direct mail campaigns from the candidates themselves, it may feel like there’s no escape. Students may think they are excluded from the political scene, but they are perhaps one of the most important political demographics in the countr...

“If you can dream it, do it”: Pres. Gores reflects after announcing retirement

“If you can dream it, do it”:  Pres. Gores reflects after announcing retirement

Maureen Ndubuisi, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018


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President Connie Gores announced that after six years as president of Southwest Minnesota State University she will retire in May. Before Gores made history by becoming the first female president of SMSU in 2013, she served in positions such as a chair of governance on the board of the Minnesota campus...

To kneel or not to kneel: Mustangs divided

To kneel or not to kneel: Mustangs divided

Kelly Regan, Sports Editor

October 4, 2018


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When the national anthem plays at the next SMSU football game, no Mustangs will be kneeling on the field. It’s not because none of them want to exercise their right to free speech and protest police violence. In 2017, some SMSU football players joined the national protest by kneeling during the anthe...

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