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SMSU Professor published in “Poetry of Presence”

SMSU Professor published in “Poetry of Presence”

Emily Errico, News Editor

November 3, 2017


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SMSU English Professor Marianne Zarzana has recently had multiple poems published in “Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems”. The anthology featured a mixture of local and well-known poets. “I’m honored and humbled to be in the company of poets whose work I love,” said Zarz...

First transgender Playmate to debut

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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In its November issue, Playboy will feature its first transgender playmate. Ines Rau is a French fashion model who has posed for American Vogue and Italian Vogue. Rau was born male, but underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 16.  Rau was born in Paris, but now in her 20s would like to sett...

It’s never too early for “Shades of the Past”

It’s never too early for “Shades of the Past”

Jason Mueller, Guest Writer

November 3, 2017


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While many are welcoming the fall season in and eagerly awaiting winter break, those who love classic cars and the exciting shows that come along with them have already begun to plan for the 2018 Shades of the Past car show held in Marshall each year. The last show in June featured nearly 400 vehicles ...

Benefits and risks of flu shots weighed

Rachel DeSutter, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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On Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the employees of SMSU were given the opportunity to receive the annual flu vaccine in the Lower Ballroom of the Conference Center. The price of the shots were $33 but employees who presented a Minnesota Advantage Health Plan ID card were vaccinated free of charge. A...

Past SMSU President Jon Wefald raised freshmen enrollment by 30%

Past SMSU President Jon Wefald raised freshmen enrollment by 30%

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Jon Wefald was Southwest Minnesota State University’s third permanent president. Wefald is credited with saving the school when the attendance reached concerning low levels in 1974 and 1975. The school, which was called Southwest State University at that time, saw a dangerous drop in student enrol...

Blue to Brown Connection Program combines SMSU, MinnWest experience

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

October 19, 2017


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During this past summer, Rob Forget, Matt Suby, Brittany Krull and others worked with Minnesota West to devise a program that included a collaboration between MinnWest and SMSU.  After coming up with the Blue to Brown Connection program, and having it be accepted in July, the two schools immediately be...

President Connie Gores reflects during SMSU’s anniversary

President Connie Gores reflects during SMSU’s anniversary

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Southwest Minnesota State University recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. SMSU has come a long way since its founding in 1967. Current SMSU President Connie J. Gores works to preserve SMSU’s heritage while also looking forward to the school’s future. Gores was born and raised in North Dakota. Gores...

Club Latino hosts DACA forum

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

October 19, 2017


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Club Latino hosted a DACA forum on campus. The forum focused on what Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) recipients can expect, and what steps they proceed with in the upcoming months. The Trump Administratio...

Augustana University holds off Mustangs

Augustana University holds off Mustangs

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

October 19, 2017


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The Mustangs have been struggling as of late, but are looking to snap their losing streak against a 2-4 Augustana team. SMSU received the opening kickoff and was able to put a drive together, moving the ball all the way down to the Augustana 15 yard line. The drive halted when the Mustangs were unable to con...

Schedule of Homecoming 2017: Forever Brown & Gold

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

September 29, 2017


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Monday, September 25 The celebration started with a Founder’s Day University picture and cake at the Alumni Plaza. This was followed by lessons on playing Cricket and the Stampeded Feed provided by Chartwells. Tuesday, September 26 On Tuesday, students were officially able to cast a vote for their fav...

National debt at new peak

Rachel DeSutter, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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The United States national debt has recently crested at its all-time high and is not going to be diminishing anytime soon. On Sept. 8, the national debt soared to an all-time high, over $20 trillion. While many factors have contributed to the extreme amount, there are a few recent happenings in the ...

Earthquakes hit Mexico

Earthquakes hit Mexico

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

September 29, 2017


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While the US deals with hurricanes and forest fires, other countries have also been hit with natural disasters. Some of the worst of these natural disasters are the three earthquakes that have hit Mexico in less than a month. The first had a magnitude of 8.1 and occurred Sept. 8, killing nearly 100 p...

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