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SMSU legend Adrian Louis passes

SMSU legend Adrian Louis passes

AJ Rusch, Editor in Chief

September 21, 2018


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“Stone cold Minnesota may be the death of me.” Wrote Adrian Louis is his book of poems titled Evil Corn. On September 9, of 2018, at the age of 72, Louis’s claim came true. The details of his death have not been released yet, but he did pass away at Marshall Regional Medical Center. The recent retiree o...

ISO elect new board members

Arishka Khadka, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


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The International Student Organization (ISO) held its annual election on Thursday, September 6, for its board members, including the election of the President of the club. The victorious candidate, Rabina Saud, is the 19th president of the student-run club; the elected board will preside over club mat...

SMSU wheelchair basketball player Spencer Carver passes away

SMSU wheelchair basketball player Spencer Carver passes away

Kelly Regan, Sports Editor

September 21, 2018


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Former SMSU student Spencer Carver passed away Friday, September 7, 2018, in Cedar Rapids, IA. Following funeral services on Saturday, September, 15, at New Covenant Bible Church: 3090 N Center Point Road, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Spencer will be buried at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Spencer is survived ...

Parker Solar Probe: Touching the sun

Sabrina Pankratz, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018


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The Parker Solar Probe, launched Aug. 11, will be the first probe to touch the sun. More specifically, it will make contact with the corona, the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere. Currently, the probe is approximately 0.220 AU from the earth. (1 AU: ninety-three million miles) The Mission: The pr...

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 ...

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