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Out of the Past

Out of the Past

AJ Rusch, Editor-in-Chief

April 8, 2019


Filed under Top Stories, Variety

40 years ago: Southwest State University’s wrestling teams took second place Northern Collegiate Conference wrestling Championship. This was the highest place finish the Mustangs had ever attended in the annual conference. Scott Dubbelde took home an individual championship in the 158 pound class ...

President’s Corner

President’s Corner

Ola Abimbola, SMSU Student Body President

March 28, 2019


Filed under Commentary, Top Stories

Fellow Mustangs, It is my honor as always to represent you. Much has happened over the last month since my last column. I would like to briefly address my advocacy travels to represent SMSU and the future of SMSU, the SAFAC chair removal issue, and Vice President Phoenix’s resignation. I have traveled...

Tenth SMSU President chosen

Tenth SMSU President chosen

March 28, 2019


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Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya has been named the 10th President of Southwest Minnesota State University. He will follow current President Connie Gores who began her tenure at SMSU in 2013. His appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities on March 20th. SMSU...

FarmHer: Women in agriculture speak at film screening

FarmHer: Women in agriculture speak at film screening

Hanna Vos, Staff Writer

March 28, 2019


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In honor of Women’s History Month, the SMSU Women’s Studies Committee and SMSU Feminist Club hosted a film screening of the documentary FarmHer. The film follows Marji Guyler-Alaniz as she photographs female farmers as they go about their daily lives. Following the film screening, a panel of diverse...

New SAFAC Chair Appointed

New SAFAC Chair Appointed

Sabrina Pankratz, A&E Editor

February 28, 2019


Filed under News, Top Stories

“Originally, I wasn’t supposed to become SAFAC Chair until next year in the fall,” said Ezekiel Thompson. “However, due to the fact of this last week’s Student Senate meeting with Allie Gaylord being removed as chair. We took a vote on it and they would like me to step in her place.” Thompson...

Opportunity: The little Mars rover that could

Opportunity: The little Mars rover that could

Rachel DeSutter and Brian Healy

February 28, 2019


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After living a lifetime 50 times longer than originally expected, Mars’ rover Opportunity has died. Two identical rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were launched in 2003 for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Mission. They both landed on Mars Jan. 2004 with the expectation of lasting three months...

Removal of SAFAC Chair Allie Gaylord

Removal of SAFAC Chair Allie Gaylord

Lacey Barke, Emily Errico, and Sabrina Pankratz

February 28, 2019


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The decision to remove Allie Gaylord as Student Activities Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) Chair by Student Senate inspired students and alumni to take to social media with their thoughts. The meeting where the removal took place was livestreamed on Feb. 19. (Student Senate meetings started bein...

Last minute Valentine’s Day gift

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under A&E, Top Stories, Variety

I am so not a fan of Valentines Day, but I know that most of you are. Most of you also usually struggle with getting a Valentines Day Gift, so I’ve decided to bestow my creative ideas upon you. 1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries These have been all over social media – check your someone’s...

How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sparked a Movement

Lacey Barke, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under A&E, Top Stories

The Senate’s vote in 1993 to nominate Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the Supreme Court bench was an exceedingly high 93-3, and my reviews for this movie are on par with that figure. On the Basis of Sex has earned recognition by newspapers such as The New York Times and The Washington Post, with the...

Shittu elected Treasurer for Students United

Shittu elected Treasurer for Students United

Hanna Vos, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under News, Top Stories

David Shittu, a senior at Southwest Minnesota State University, has been elected to serve as the treasurer of Students United, a non-profit organization that serves the more than 65,000 students currently attending Minnesota’s seven state universities. Students United is recognized by the...

Polar vortex takes SW Minnesota by storm

Polar vortex takes SW Minnesota by storm

Gwyneth Duus and Hanna Vos

February 14, 2019


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Minnesota is no stranger to winter weather, but during the polar vortex many midwestern states experienced below freezing temperatures and bitter winds. Many schools throughout the state were closed over Jan. 29 and 30, including Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). The temperatures in...

Annual Women’s History Month poetry reading in honor of Professor Susan McLean

Annual Women’s History Month poetry reading in honor of Professor Susan McLean

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018


Filed under A&E, News, Top Stories

After 30 years of working for SMSU, Susan McLean is retiring. To celebrate her years of work here and success as a poet, McLean’s colleagues surprised her by deciding that the Women’s History Month poetry reading would contain poems that were all hers. The reading took place on March 14 from 12:...

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