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Same-Sex Marriage Discussion: What’s Next?

Same-Sex Marriage Discussion: What’s Next?

Kim Watkins, News Editor

February 28, 2013


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As part of the “Viewer Discretion Advised” events, two members from the PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) group, Sue Morton and Beth Collins, were on campus Tuesday, Feb. 26 to discuss same-sex marriage. The presentation started with a Paul Wellstone quote: “If we don’t...

SMSU’s New President: Connie Gores

SMSU’s New President: Connie Gores

Kim Watkins, News Editor

February 28, 2013


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Southwest Minnesota State University celebrates and welcomes Connie J. Gores as the new president-elect. Gores was chosen for the top position--out of a total of 47 candidates--at the MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges & Universities) Board of Trustees meeting, which was held Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8:30...

Dance Team Boogies with Youngsters

Kim Watkins, News Editor

February 11, 2013


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The Southwest Minnesota State University dance team can be seen shaking their stuff at numerous events, usually performing during half-time shows or at special events. For the Feb. 16 basketball games, however, there will be a new spin on the show. Kids from the community will join in and rock the half-time...

Gores Gung-ho about SMSU

Gores Gung-ho about SMSU

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

February 11, 2013


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On Friday, Feb. 1, Connie Gores toured the SMSU campus. Gores met and spoke with the President’s Cabinet; spoke with employees, faculty and staff, and students; and attended a community reception. “This is an exciting time at the University,” Gores said during the Student Open Session. “There’s...

Rosati Ready for Action

Rosati Ready for Action

Kim Watkins, News Editor

February 11, 2013


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In the final stretch of the presidential search for Southwest Minnesota State University, presidential candidates Ronald Rosati and Connie Gores were invited to participate in a day of interviews, where they would be given an opportunity to make their case to members of the college and the community. The...

Upcoming Events Celebrating Black History Month

Kim Watkins, News Editor

February 11, 2013


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As Southwest Minnesota State University prepares to celebrate Black History Month, it also prepares to celebrate other inclusional events. Black History Month and other events are being celebrated once again at SMSU and there are a number of events that one can attend. Some events include hip-hop...

Student Senate Meeting Highlights Adaptions to Procedures

Katie Stromme, Editor-in-Chief

February 11, 2013


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Southwest Minnesota State University’s Feb. 7 Student Association Senate meeting hinged on necessary improvements to many current policies. Student Body President Kyle Berndt explained his plan for letting students use Twitter to voice their complaints and suggestions. Berndt is the owner of the...

Forever Sober Sunday?

Forever Sober Sunday?

Katie Stromme, Editor in Chief

February 11, 2013


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Drinking on a Sunday requires foresight: Minnesota law currently prohibits liquor stores from being open on Sundays. The blue law is the result of religious standards from earlier times. On Feb. 4, 2012, Sen. Roger Reinert of the DFL introduced a bill he co-authored with republican Sen. Jeremy R....

New Horizons’ New Face on Campus

Katie Stromme, Editor in Chief

February 11, 2013


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Tommy Murray is the new program director of New Horizons Crisis Center’s Southwest Minnesota State University program. He plans to be a presence in the Social Science building two to three days a week. He will be splitting his time between campus and the main office, where he also works as the new...

SMSU’s Three New Staff Members

Kim Watkins, News Editor

January 30, 2013


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As we head into a new semester at Southwest Minnesota State University, we must prepare for new classes, new professors (for some) and a completely new schedule. Even with all of these new changes, we immediately become accustomed once again to life at SMSU. This isn’t always the case, however,...

Influenza Outbreak

Influenza Outbreak

Amber Casperson, A&E Editor

January 30, 2013


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Flu season is upon us and it got a bright and early start. In Minnesota alone, between Christmas and Jan. 8, twenty-seven people had died from influenza. Since then, the number has climbed to at least sixty deaths so far, with an additional four hundred and seventy-six Minnesotans being hospitalized...

Cancer Institute Coming to Marshall

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

January 30, 2013


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According to the American Cancer Society, southwest Minnesota has some of the highest rates of colon, breast, cervical and prostate cancer. Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, in coordination with support services from the Avera Cancer Institute of Sioux Falls, has responded to these devastating...

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