The Spur

Freshman Learns What “Douchebag” Really Means

Daniel Kilkelly, Editor-in-Chief

April 16, 2015


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All across America, our young people are rebelling against authority in any way that they can.  Underage drinking, driving like maniacs, and voting for the Green Party are just three heinous examples.  However, the most consistent means of telling “the man,” as they often call authority, is through the us...

Shrimp and Pasta

D.C. Crowell, Commentary Editor

April 16, 2015


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The last issue of the Spur is here! It’s a bittersweet feeling to see the school year ending, so I decided to try a recipe that’s a little different from what I’m used to, to help get my mind off of it. I figure that this dish will be a great recipe to whip up really quick as a reward after final e...

Health 101: Facts About HIV

Amber Casperson, News Editor

April 16, 2015


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HIV is something people talk about in whispers until someone they love is diagnosed. When someone is infected, chaos can ensue.  HIV is a disease that few understand what it exactly is. “Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS),” We...

Quiet Hideaways on Campus

Quiet Hideaways on Campus

Daniel Kilkelly, Editor-in-Chief

March 26, 2015


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Are you sick of the hustle and bustle of some of the common areas at SMSU?  Although the brown couches in the Student Center have cradled many a napping college student, the noise from ResDining and Starbucks can interrupt those Zzz’s. However, hidden around campus are a few peaceful areas, tucked...

Fallen Trees: Gaining Wisdom From Ancestors’ Ailments and Compassion

Angie Stucker, Staff Writer

March 26, 2015


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When researching your family history, you will find many of your ancestors underwent ailments—some life-ending, some lifealtering and some of little consequence. You can learn from all of your family health history as well as gain insight into the ability to be compassionate. To best explain, following...

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...

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