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Responding to Radicalism

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

On the eleventh anniversary of September 11th, United States Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans, were killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. The attack was in response to an anti-Muslim film attacking the Prophet Mohammed. Since then, tension has grown ...

Compassionate Opportunity: a Connection of two Cultures at SMSU

Ashley Mau, Special to the Spur

September 20, 2012

Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) has a large population of international students.  Daniela Riofrio is from Ecuador.  She is a junior, public relations major, who dreams of working with non-profit organizations, such as Compassion International, someday.  So how did she end up in Marshall...

No Tests, No Grades…Sign me up

Kim Watkins, News Editor

September 20, 2012

When one heads to college, one expects the usual ritual – registering for courses, buying books, attending classes, taking tests, writing papers and, hopefully, getting good grades. So if the opportunity comes along to attend classes with no tests and no grades to worry about, who wouldn’t take it...

Eat, Learn, Teach: Caldo Italian Kitchen runs with SMSU’s own

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

September 20, 2012

There’s a new landmark in town, and Southwest Minnesota State University’s own Professor of Culinology, Kurt Struwe, is the owner. Over the summer, the Schwan’s-owned Landmark Bistro was scooped up and transformed by Struwe into Caldo, an Italian kitchen-style restaurant complete with deli and...

Political Drive, Literally: Rescinding the busy-ness excuse

Ashlinn Thommes, Staff Writer

September 20, 2012

To vote, or not to vote? Unfortunately, majority of college students toady don’t even bother to ask themselves this question.  Apathy is the enemy thwarting the democratic rights of the younger generations. Dan Kilkelly, a junior at Southwest Minnesota State University, creative writing and philosophy...

Minnesota’s Premiere Poet: SMSU alumnus Bart Sutter talks about SMSU and his poetry

Minnesota’s Premiere Poet: SMSU alumnus Bart Sutter talks about SMSU and his poetry

Daniel O'Brien, A&E Editor

September 20, 2012

Sept. 18th marked the date when Minnesota author, Bart Sutter, came to SMSU to perform with his esteemed brother, musician Ross Sutter.  The duo delighted the attending audience with poetry, song, and humor (of a very distinct Northern Midwest nature) to showcase Bart Sutter’s new book, “The Reindeer...

SMSU Transitions: The search for a new president

Kim Watkins, News Editor

September 20, 2012

When the school’s former president David Danahar retired, Southwest Minnesota State University was put in a state of transition. The search for a new president was underway. During this time, interim president Ronald Wood has taken the reins and has jumpstarted several projects in the past year and...

Zohra Sawari Opens Minds at SMSU

Zohra Sawari Opens Minds at SMSU

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

April 17, 2012

“Do I look like a terrorist to you?”  Zohra Sarwari asked the audience. Sarwari is a Muslim author, speaker, businesswoman, and life coach. Thursday, April 5 she came with her family to Southwest Minnesota State University to talk about the Islamic faith and her book “No! I’m Not A Terrorist!” “My...

Dr. Kabes Honored with Cowan Award

Kim Watkins, News Editor

April 17, 2012

For nine years, Dr. Sharon Kabes has been a member of the Southwest Minnesota State University family. She is a professor of education at the school and has worked hard to help the development and process of many committees and programs at this school and the community. For her achievements and her...

441 Lives Saved: SMSU Blood Drive Saves with Many Donations

441 Lives Saved: SMSU Blood Drive Saves with Many Donations

Kim Watkins, News Editor

April 17, 2012

441 lives. That’s how many people were saved by the donations at the Southwest Minnesota State University’s Bi-Annual Blood Drive, held on Wednesday, April 11 in the Lower Conference Center. We ended up collecting 147 units of blood, which saves 441 lives. The head nurse, Debbie, said that this...

Faculty, Staff, Students Discuss Implications of Public Higher Education Budget Cuts

Katie Stromme, Head Copy Editor

April 17, 2012

Most students at Southwest Minnesota State University are too young to remember the Minnesota Miracle of the 1970s. Reform laws enacted by Gov. Wendell Anderson sourced funding for public education from state sales taxes and excise taxes. For students at public state universities, this guaranteed that...

Student Senate Concludes School Year with Town Hall Meeting

Katie Stromme, Head Copy Editor

April 17, 2012

Southwest Minnesota State University’s Student Senate held their end-of-semester town hall meeting in Charter Hall room 201 on April 14 to communicate across committees, share results of semester-long projects, address student body concerns, and review fiscal reports. Semester highlights for the Southwest...

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