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Sandy Nelson: 25 Years at SMSU

Kim Watkins, News Editor

January 30, 2013


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She has worked with various student organizations, she’s been the adviser of the International Students Organization (ISO) for 12 years, she’s the coordinator of International Student Services (ISS), and has worked with many students in events such as the International Art Festival, the International...

Winter Meltdown Recap

Winter Meltdown Recap

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

January 30, 2013


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Southwest Minnesota State University celebrated Winter Meltdown last week with a variety of events. The theme was “Mayan Theory…That’s So Last Year!” The week kicked off with Make Your Own Leis and Mind Reader Eric Dittleman on Tuesday. Spa Day on Wednesday was put on by the Minnesota West...

Power in Diversity

Kim Watkins, News Editor

January 30, 2013


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“We are the change: Where do we go from here?” was the main question and central theme of the fourth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference, held at St. Cloud State University. Students and faculty from five universities were in attendance for the conference this past weekend to build and...

Presidential Finalists Named

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

January 30, 2013


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Since April 2011, Ron Wood has served as the interim president of Southwest Minnesota State University. On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) announced two finalists in the search for the next president of SMSU. Connie J. Gores and Ronald Rosati are up for consideration....

Bright with Hope

Bright with Hope

Katie Stromme, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2012


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All Christmas trees indicate the joy and sparkle of the season, but there’s one on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus that really symbolizes the spirit of giving: the Non-Traditional Student Organization’s (NTSO) Tree of Hope. “…they’ve been doing it for years and the support...

Gathering of Colors: History, Culture and Dedication

Gathering of Colors: History, Culture and Dedication

Kim Watkins, News Editor

December 12, 2012


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In the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War, countless indigenous peoples lost their lives due to starvation, inclement weather, the war and the hanging of 38+2 Dakota men. This was a war that raged on throughout Minn. while the Civil War continued in the East. The Southwest Minnesota State University Oyate Club presented...

URC Fueled by Passion for Knowledge

URC Fueled by Passion for Knowledge

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

December 12, 2012


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For professor of Environmental Science Dr. Emily Deaver, the scientific method seems to be more like a lifestyle. The daughter of a physicist, Deaver grew up steeped in the world of science. Since childhood, she has remained immersed, working in a variety of arenas and teaching at three universities....

From SIFE to Enactus: School Club Changes Name

Kim Watkins, News Editor

November 28, 2012


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As many people know, the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) organization recently changed their name to Enactus. The big question is, why? “The main reason why the organization’s name changed from SIFE to Enactus is because Enactus is more universally understood. Enactus stands for entrepreneurs,...

Telling Women’s Stories

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

November 28, 2012


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All Southwest Minnesota State University students, male or female, are encouraged to tell women’s stories in an annual contest held by the women’s studies committee. Authors’ entries may include any combination of fictional, nonfictional or poetic works. Of authors’ submissions, Professor Susan...

International Education Week

International Education Week

Kim Watkins, News Editor

November 28, 2012


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As a university that embraces international learning, Southwest Minnesota State University’s ISO (International Student Organization) club and other clubs celebrated International Education Week, which began on Nov. 12, with two events. International Education Week celebrates the benefits of international...

Marijuana Stigma Persistant in Society

Amber Kruger, Special to the Spur

November 28, 2012


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Marijuana has always been a controversial topic for many people. Medical marijuana has been the center of arguments around the country. Marijuana is the word used to describe the dried flowers, seeds and leaves of the Indian hemp plant. Cannabis describes any of the different drugs that come from Indian...

Undergraduate Research Conference Enters into Seventh Year

Undergraduate Research Conference Enters into Seventh Year

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

November 28, 2012


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The seventh annual Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University. President Ron Wood will give the opening remarks at 8:30 a.m., followed an address by keynote speaker Margaret J. Filardo, who will speak about her research...

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