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Visiting Writers Series: Xavier Pastrano reads “XXX”

AJ Rusch, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2018

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

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

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

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...

SMSU legend Adrian Louis passes

SMSU legend Adrian Louis passes

AJ Rusch, Editor in Chief

September 21, 2018

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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