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Opportunity: The little Mars rover that could

Opportunity: The little Mars rover that could

Rachel DeSutter and Brian Healy

February 28, 2019

After living a lifetime 50 times longer than originally expected, Mars’ rover Opportunity has died. Two identical rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were launched in 2003 for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Mission. They both landed on Mars Jan. 2004 with the expectation of lasting three months...

How Student Senate gets paid

Lacey Barke and Sabrina Pankratz

February 28, 2019

There was some confusion from a commentary piece in our last issue about the Student Senate stipends, so The Spur has decided to write a clarification article in addition to a correction article. According to Article V, Section 1, Subletter C, in the Operating Procedures of Student Association, it...

Relay for Life 2019

Nicole Berning, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019

SMSU will be holding their annual Relay for Life event on March 29 from 6:00pm-11:00pm. The event will be held in the RA Gym. Relay for Life at SMSU is put on by the Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Club on campus and is a great place for students, facility, and community members to come together to...

Student Senate VP resigns

Dalton Dahl, Staff Writer

February 28, 2019

Donavan Phoenix, Vice President of the SMSU Student Senate, will be resigning effective Mar. 1. Phoenix sent his letter of resignation in confidence on Feb. 19 and said he “does not feel that [he] can support the action of the SMSU Student Association or Executive Board any longer. “Referring...

Removal of SAFAC Chair Allie Gaylord

Removal of SAFAC Chair Allie Gaylord

Lacey Barke, Emily Errico, and Sabrina Pankratz

February 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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