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Health 101: Vulvodynia

Amber Casperson, News Editor

March 26, 2015


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A few weeks back, SMSU students on Yik Yak found out about a condition of the female body that they never heard of—vulvodynia. “Vulvodynia (vul-voe-DIN-e-uh) is chronic pain in the area around the opening of your vagina (vulva) for which there is no identifiable cause,” the Mayo Clinic’s website...

Recipe: Vanilla and Honey Dreamer Steamer

Recipe: Vanilla and Honey Dreamer Steamer

D.C. Crowell, Commentary Editor

March 26, 2015


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With this new, unwanted snow and the sun staying up later in the day, this recipe is just what you need to warm you up while lulling you to sleep. The sweetness of honey mixed with the subtle hint of vanilla is enough to make this nighttime drink an everyday drink. Sprinkle a little cinnamon and nutmeg...

Life Hacks for Your Health

Daniel Kilkelly, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2015


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Here are some health-related life hacks, courtesy of 1000lifehacks.com 1. Pineapple juice is 500 percent more effective at helping you stop coughing than cough syrup is.  Pineapples contain Bromelain, which can combat infections and eradicate the bacteria. 2. If you need to sneeze and can’t, hold...

2015 Puppy Bowl

Kathryn Kaiser, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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For you dog lovers, you probably have already seen this two-hour event, but for those that have just recently crossed over from the dark side (cat lovers), this annual airing of the Puppy Bowl happens every Super Bowl Sunday. Sadly, you’ve already missed it this year, but can start the countdown for...

Path of Exile

Path of Exile

Clay Oglesby, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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Path of Exile was developed by Grinding Gear Games and Published by Garena. The game was released October 23, 2013 to the public. Path of Exile is a free role-playing game based in medieval Wraeclast. This third person action-adventure role-playing game is frequently compared to the Diablo series. ...

Jonno Rattman Visits SMSU

Kevin Danielson, Sports Editor

February 12, 2015


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The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts admitted high school senior Jonno Rattman after several rounds of applications for its summer program in 2008—the final year of the school’s existence. After studying photography with accomplished professionals and building a portfolio, Rattman was r...

A Little Something Different

A Little Something Different

Jill Hoppe, Copy Editor

February 12, 2015


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True to the name, “A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall is definitely something different—in the cutest of ways. Gabe and Lea are both college students in the same creative writing class. There is an obvious mutual attraction between the two, but they are painfully shy and won’t do an...

Oscar Nomination Hysteria

Jonathan Heimer, A&E Editor

February 12, 2015


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This year there is a lot of buzz following the announcement of the 87th Academy Awards nominees. “Selma,” which is considered by most critics and viewers to be a breathtaking film, has only been nominated in a few categories. Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu of “Birdman”, the front runner for bes...

Future Islands Music Review

Future Islands Music Review

Patrick Rowe, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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Future Islands was formed in North Carolina in 2006. Since then they’ve had four albums and a handful of singles. Their songs rely strongly on synth and bass with very little to no guitar. That can be a nice change for someone who listens to heavier music, but Future Islands’ songs do lose some d...

Health 101: Migraines

Amber Casperson, News Editor

February 12, 2015


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Nothing ruins a day like the feeling that someone hit you upside the head with a sledgehammer. People who suffer from migraine headaches can have pain lasting from a few hours to a few days. As a college student, this can seriously conflict with both your studies and anything else you want to do that in...

Life Hacks for Saving Gas

Daniel Kilkelly, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2015


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Here are some life hacks that will help you save money at the gas pump. Courtesy of 1000lifehacks.com and fueleconomy.gov. 1. FuelMyRoute.com will tell you the lowest possible gas prices along your route. 2. Remove excess weight from your car. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce your MPG by...

Your Ancestors’ Names are Bound to Your Family History

Your Ancestors’ Names are Bound to Your Family History

Angie Stucker, Staff Writer

February 12, 2015


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Last semester, in a previous Spur article, “Dispelling Family Folklore”, I conveyed the story of my great-grandfather, Harry C. Schofield. When he turned eighteen, he jumped a cattle train in Chicago and rode to South Dakota to start a new life away from his adopted parents and his blood-relativ...

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