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DECA sends Mustangs to nationals

DECA sends Mustangs to nationals

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


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After two years of running Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), advisor Kenneth Chukwuba has not only expanded the program to include about 35 students but also had 20 of these students qualify for nationals this year. These 20 students either qualified individually or in a group. Even the members...

Author Sherman Alexie accused of sexual harrassment

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018


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Sherman Alexie is a Native American novelist, poet, short story writer and filmmaker whose writings draw from his experiences as an Indigenous American. Recently, Alexie was accused of sexual harassment against several women, one of whom is Litsa Dremousis. Dremousis had a consensual affair with Al...

National walkout: “17 minutes for 17 victims”

National walkout: “17 minutes for 17 victims”

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


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I own guns and go hunting in the fall. I also participated in our school’s walk out for increased gun control. So, yes, people like me do exist, in case you were wondering. One of the reasons I participate in the walk out was because I thought it was great that our school had actually organized a...

Ekstrom shines a light for Disability Services

Colin Nelson, Guest Writer

March 2, 2018


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Most students here at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) may not know who Pam Ekstrom is, what she does or how she impacts this university. To the people that do know her, she has an invaluable impact on their life. Ekstrom is the Director of Disability Services at SMSU and has held that...

Online “Modern Therapy” caters to student needs

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 2, 2018


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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four college students have a diagnosable mental illness, and 40% of those students do not seek help. Of these students, 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50% have become so anxious that they struggle in school. Modern Therap...

Post-tragedy: Florida students spark gun discussion

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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On Feb. 14, 2018, 17 people were killed, and 14 people were injured during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The Parkland Florida shooting is the 8th school shooting this year,  and only three of those eight school shootings have resulted in fatalities. Nikolas Cruz is being held in custody a...

Music department prepares for MMEA

Ryan Ohm, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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This past week I went to the music department to ask about there up-and-upcoming trip to the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic (MMEA) in Minneapolis. I ran into three helpful people to answer a few of my questions sent through an email interview. My first interview started with SM...

Recap of Winter Olympics

John Palmer, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, kicked off on Feb. 9 with a moving opening ceremony that saw all of the athletes from every participating nation marching together under a banner of unity. In reality, the games had begun two days before, with some of the longer-running events such a...

McLean to be honored with poetry reading

McLean to be honored with poetry reading

Alexis Streich, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018


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The 2018 Women’s History Month Poetry Reading will honor English professor Susan McLean in the Whipple Gallery from 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 14. McLean initiated this annual event, which spotlights and celebrates women poets, in 1997. She has organized the event as well as chose the poet...

Initial reaction to S.o.t.U. Address

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2018


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On Jan. 30, 2018, President Donald J. Trump gave his first State of the Union Address on Capitol Hill. He addressed all of Congress, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, but pleaded without groveling. Recently the U.S. Government experienced a shutdown and blame has been loudly direc...

Red Baron Arena and Expo helps put Marshall on the map

Red Baron Arena and Expo helps put Marshall on the map

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018


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The Red Baron Arena and Expo opened in June of 2016 and has been an asset to Marshall’s tourism industry ever since. The arena is on par with facilities in the metropolitan area. Red Baron Arena and Expo hosts hockey tournaments, open skate, and as well as public and private events. Red Baron Arena allo...

Trump discusses economy, healthcare, and immigration in State of the Union

Trump discusses economy, healthcare, and immigration in State of the Union

Kelly Regan

February 12, 2018


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  On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address. In his speech, President Trump talked about the economy, business and employment. He also spoke on foreign policy, terrorism and immigration. Roughly 46 million Americans watched the speech, and a CBS poll showed that the speec...

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