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In the k“NO”w

Dan Kilkelly, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

Anyone who’s up to date with politics has heard plenty about the Minnesota marriage amendment, and the somewhat confusing language that goes with it. A person would think voting no on an issue related to gay rights is a vote against allowing them to marry.  Yet the rhetoric is twisted around a...

Breaking Away, Making a Difference

Breaking Away, Making a Difference

Tyler Nielsen, Staff Writer

October 3, 2012

You wouldn’t know that her life is so busy as she casually sips her coffee, looking entirely at ease. Despite a hectic work schedule, demanding courses, and a number of other commitments, Anna Johnson is, more than anything else, committed to making a difference. “I wake up at 7:30, and until...

Seeking Help: SMSU’s Annual Depression Screening

Seeking Help: SMSU’s Annual Depression Screening

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

October 3, 2012

“One out of two people struggles with a diagnosable mental illness at one point in their life,” Sara Fier, Associate Professor of Counseling and Testing Services said, “it affects everyone somehow.” Oct. 11th is National Depression Screening Day. Counseling and Testing Services is holding...

Jell-O Jam!

September 20, 2012

The Annual SMSU Jell-O Jam was a lot of messy, sticky fun for all those who came to slip and slide around in the mess!

Comic Book Culture

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

September 20, 2012

When most people think about comic books, the image of a stereotypical nerd pops into their heads and instantly dismiss them as “not their thing.” Although recently, with the massive success of comic book movies, comic book culture is becoming more popular than ever, but is also getting some major...

Creatures of Color

Creatures of Color

Kim Watkins, News Editor

September 20, 2012

With pops of bright reds and deep blues with hints of green, white, yellow and more, Elso Schiavo’s “Fantastic Creatures” exhibit brings an array of art to life. The William Whipple Gallery at Southwest Minnesota State University is showing a collection by Swiss artist, Elso Schiavo. This artist...

Gavin Brings Simple, Natural Poetry to SMSU

Gavin Brings Simple, Natural Poetry to SMSU

Katie Stromme, Head Copy Editor

April 17, 2012

It is not difficult to hear how Larry Gavin’s experience as a nonfiction writer has informed his poetry. His stark, understated prose reflect his fifteen years as the senior editor for Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine, for which he writes regularly on issues of entomology, conservation, and travel. Gavin...

Extreme Makeover: Website Edition

Extreme Makeover: Website Edition

Maria Gilland, Sports Editor

April 17, 2012

Throughout the entire 2011-2012 school year, the staff of the Southwest Minnesota State University Spur has had a vision: to create a website that would be accessible, easy to use, and reflect the professional image that they strive to project. In March 2012, all the scheming and dreaming finally became...

And the William Whipple Scholarship goes to..

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

April 17, 2012

The William Whipple gallery is a point of pride on Southwest Minnesota State University’s campus. Not only does it showcase some amazing artwork, but the William Whipple Arts and Humanities scholarship provides lucky and talented students with some well-deserved and often needed money to continue schooling. The...

SMSU GLBTA Lend Voices to Equality Rally at Capitol in St. Paul

Katie Stromme, Head Copy Editor

April 3, 2012

On Thursday, March 29, five members of Southwest Minnesota State University’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally club (SMSU GLBTA) gathered on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul to stand with supporters from across the state. Minnesota’s is the largest lobby day in the country and is held every ye...

Oatmeal Fudge Bars

Maria Gilland, Sports Editor

April 3, 2012

1 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 cups packed brown sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 2½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips ¼ cup margarine 2...

Women’s History Month Wraps Up With Diversity

Hannah Kiges, Variety Editor

April 3, 2012

International Women’s History Month is coming to a close here at Southwest Minnesota State University, but it’s going out with style. The final events were held over two days. They included a lecture from Professor Joan Gibbons, a student reading, and an art exhibit. Professor Susan McLean organized...

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