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SMSU Presidential Search Update

Kim Watkins, News Editor

October 31, 2012


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With a visit from Chancellor Steven Rosenstone earlier this month and several interviews prepared in the foreseeable weeks, the Southwest Minnesota State University presidential search is well underway. For those who don’t know, SMSU is currently in the process of finding a new president for the...

Steroid Injections Cause Meningitis Outbreak

Tyler Neilsen, Staff Writer

October 16, 2012


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On October 4th, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced an outbreak of fungal meningitis. The outbreak was found to be caused by a strain of mold that has never been known to cause meningitis. As of October 12th, 185 cases and 14 deaths have been reported. This particular strain of fungal meningitis...

Sharpening Their Skills

Tyler Neilsen, Staff Writer

October 16, 2012


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Nurses are the fiber of healthcare. Whether it’s a simple blood draw at your annual physical or an extended stay at the hospital, they’re the heartbeat of the clinics and hospitals. But as hospitals face financial cuts, nurses are struggling to find jobs. And although there was a nursing shortage...

Now we k”no”w about the no Vote

Now we k”no”w about the no Vote

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

October 16, 2012


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The overflowing room buzzed with heated debates, heartfelt stories, and cheerful greetings. There was a tense undercurrent as well. Campus security guards keep post at the Conference Center doorways, and organizers keep an eye out for anything suspicious. On Oct. 10, Southwest Minnesota State University...

Women on the Move

Amber Casperson

October 16, 2012


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Women on the Move (WOM) offers a place to gather and discuss relevant issues pertaining to the issues faced by women today. The organization provides resources and support for women of all cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. This is the second year WOM has an official place among the clubs and...

Vampires on Campus: Blood Drive at SMSU

Amber Casperson

October 16, 2012


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Cold sweat dripped down the back of my neck as I sat waiting for my turn. The others before me had already been taken and drained. A shining white smile greeted me. It was then I knew I was next... ...in line for the SMSU Blood Drive! The process for blood donation is a relatively simple one. It...

Safety Concerns at SMSU Homecoming Parade go Unadressed

Safety Concerns at SMSU Homecoming Parade go Unadressed

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

October 16, 2012


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Homecoming is a time for students to show their school spirit, football teams to triumph, and school organizations to boost their numbers and show off their hard work with parade floats, parties, and events. It’s the veritable Christmas of the Southwest Minnesota State University school year, with...

2012 Amendment Awareness

Ashlinn Thommes, Staff Writer

October 4, 2012


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A constitution is a living document. It’s not written in stone, and the Minnesota State Constitution may soon be altered. But a lengthy and complicated process must be followed in order to make amendments to the constitution. This is common knowledge for most United States citizens. However,...

Through the Ages: SMSU Homecoming has arrived!

Kim Watkins, News Editor

October 4, 2012


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After what has seemed like weeks and weeks of getting used to school, attending classes, and studying, the time has finally come for a break. It’s Homecoming, folks! It’s time to cheer on our teams and enjoy an exciting week of coronations, hypnotism, karaoke and more. The theme for this year’s...

Taking on the Challenge of Change

Taking on the Challenge of Change

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

October 4, 2012


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Facing budget cuts, New Horizons Crisis Center (NHCC) prepares to take on the challenge of continuing to do their best to serve local communities. “We are not going to give up on our kids. We are still going to provide these services. It is just too important,” said Executive Director Jennifer...

English Club Reading

Samantha Flicek, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012


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A reading sponsored by the English Club took place on Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in Charter Hall room 217. Nick White, a senior and creative writing major, was the MC and announced the seven performances. There were a variety of pieces read such as poetry, short stories, and one non-fiction story. Brittney...

Latino Club hosts Celebration for Hispanic Countries

Latino Club hosts Celebration for Hispanic Countries

Kim Watkins, News Editor

October 3, 2012


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The month of September is full of many important occasions: the start of the school season, the changing colors of the trees and the slightly colder weather. It is also a month that marks the period when many Hispanic countries declared their independence—a fact less known to many. The Latino club...

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