The Spur

Kansas City Bound: SIFE Heads to Nationals

Kim Watkins, News Editor

April 3, 2012


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The Southwest Minnesota State University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team is on its way to Nationals after a big win at Regionals. The team competed in Minneapolis at the March 24 competition, marking their ninth straight regional win. With this victory, the team will be heading to Kansas City,...

“Democracy is Progress” A Talk on Discrimination in our Society

Kim Watkins, News Editor

April 3, 2012


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Four speakers gathered at Southwest Minnesota State University to talk about the discrimination against those with disabilities and racism that is still very apparent in our society today. The Disabilities and Racism Conference was held on Thursday, March 22 in the SMSU Conference Center from 9 a.m....

Third Annual African Night

Andrea Gladney, Commentary Editor

April 3, 2012


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On Friday March 23, Southwest Minnesota State University celebrated its third annual African Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the upper level of the student center. The event, which was sponsored by the SMSU Lions Club, MSUSA and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, was free and open to the public. “Our...

Philosopher’s Conference

Andrea Gladney, Commentary Editor

April 3, 2012


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This past Friday the 2012 Student Philosopher’s Conference took place in the lower level of the Southwest Minnesota State University conference center at 1:15 p.m. The event, which was funded by the SAFAC, was free and open to the public. The student panel ran from 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m., in which three...

3rd Annual Student Philosophers Conference

Hannah Kiges, Staff Writer

March 21, 2012


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Philosophers have been inspiring us and teaching us critical thinking skills for centuries; now Southwest Minnesota State University is bringing the philosophers to you with the third annual Student Philosophers Conference. It will be held March 30, 1:15 p.m.-4 p.m. in the Conference Center lower ballroom....

Thursday is African Night at SMSU

Hannah Kiges, Staff Writer

March 21, 2012


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Black History Month may be over, but Southwest Minnesota State University’s third annual African Night is keeping the culture alive and the heritage rich. The event is March 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the upper level of the student center.  There will be free food and it’s open to the public. Poet...

Advising 101 for 2012

Kim Watkins, News Editor

March 21, 2012


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Worried about what classes you need for next semester? Wondering what to prepare for in the year ahead? Well, no worries. Advising and registration begin next week for those of you who need that extra push in the right direction. Advising will begin from early to mid-next week, with Wednesday, March...

Working With Windows Consumer Preview

Ross Pyka, Editor-in-Chief

March 21, 2012


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Remember the project that was supposed to take five minutes but ended up being a week long ordeal? That’s Windows Consumer Preview. First, the good news: it runs on any computer that runs Windows 7, it consumes less, apps will be screened prior to being sold in the store, you can type to start a search and the desktop still has t...

Right to What?

Katie Stromme, Head Copy Editor

March 21, 2012


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Although it is only one page long, Minnesota’s Right to Work bill seeks to make some giant changes to the clout of unions in the state’s government and private-sector workforce. If passed, the bill would make Minnesota the 24th state in the nation to adopt an amendment to its constitution specifically...

Poetic Victory

Katie Stromme, Head Copy Editor

March 21, 2012


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Told repeatedly by friends and family members that his spoken word poetry showed great promise, Southwest Minnesota State University junior Nick White received confirmation of his talents at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) annual conference in Chicago, Ill. The first night of the...

Disabilities and Racism Conference

Kim Watkins, News Editor

March 21, 2012


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Southwest Minnesota State University is getting down to the bigger and more serious issues that are still a big part of today’s society. A Disabilities and Racism Conference will be held on March 22 in the lower ballroom of the Conference Center. The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. This conference started in 2005 and was held annually through 200...

Remembering Katie Hancock

Kim Watkins, News Editor

March 21, 2012


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A photo, surrounded by signatures and memories, shows a person that will be missed dearly by friends, family and the community. Southwest Minnesota State University students, faculty and staff remember Katie Hancock, who gave over 15 years of service to the school and who will always be remembered as...

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