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Volume 14, Issue 7

SPUR Southwest Minnesota State University

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Forensics Team petitions for priority registration Kaleigh Farrelly Staff Writer

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The process to participate in this conference turned out to be a little difficult for Conway. He received very little notice about the conference and had to try and prepare the information about open access in a short amount of time. “I have been trying to

Students on the SMSU Forensic Team may soon be able to have priority registration. Currently, SMSU athletes have priority registration. Director of Forensics Ben Walker created the priority registration petition after hearing that athletes received the same rights, citing that the Forensics Team has many of the same conflicts Athletics had. “I’d like to note that I have not received any official notice that forensics priority registration is in effect,” Walker said. “We wrote up a proposal in spring 2016 and sent it to Dean Jan Loft for advisement. She told us it must go through the student government.” The proposal was approved by the student senate in October and was passed to the President’s Cabinet for final discussion. Walker has not heard back about its status as of Nov. 14. The forensics season runs from September to April. They traditionally attend

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Conway presents research at Philosophy and Religion Conference in Missouri Rebecca Klehr Staff Writer Rebecca.Klehr@my.smsu.edu Most students who prepare for a research conference usually focus on one subject and one conference at a time. However, an SMSU student chose to not only participate in SMSU’s Undergraduate

Research Conference, but in another university’s as well. SMSU senior Chad Conway went to Kirksville, Mo. from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8 to participate in Truman State University’s 27th Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference. “I found out about the conference when one of my professors suggested that I

enter one of my essays into the contest,” Conway said. “My paper is about a concept called ‘open access.’ I’m a double major in philosophy and marketing and this paper kind of combines what I have learned from both areas of study. It deals with how we ought to use knowledge, as well as how we ought to ‘sell’ it.”

Tuition freeze in discussions to Sander-Staudt reflects on keynote delivered at help ease financial burden Grant Kleiman Staff Writer

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The rising cost of higher education makes it challenging for college students to keep up financially. Minnesota State Colleges and the Minnesota Legislature are taking steps to help to ease the financial burden. Minnesota State’s Board of Trustees will meet later this month to discuss a budget proposal requesting $178 million in new funding over the next two years in exchange for a tuition freeze through 2019. During the 2015 legislative session, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Higher Education Omnibus bill to

provide tuition relief and increased financial aid during the 2016-17 academic year. Tuition and fees decreased this academic year for students at Minnesota State’s 30 technical and community colleges, equaling that of 2012-13 rates. Tuition at Minnesota State’s seven four-year universities, including SMSU, are frozen at last year’s levels. “Affordability and accessibility ensure that our colleges and universities can be places of hope and opportunity for all Minnesotans,” Minnesota State Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said. The current annual cost for tuition and fees at SMSU is $8,336. SMSU does not charge out-of-state tuition.

Nationally, in-state tuition and fees at four-year public universities average $9,650, according to the College Board. At many state universities, out-of-state tuition can cost up to three times more than in-state tuition. Four-year private universities charge an average of $33,480 per year. Increased funding also expands financial aid to Minnesota students from low and middle-income families. For undergraduate students receiving state and Pell grants, the estimated average annual tuition cost for attending a technical or community college full-time is $894, and $2088 for attending a fouryear Minnesota State university full-time.

international conference Fernando Tabares Sports Editor

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Professor Maureen Sander-Staudt of the SMSU Philosophy Department traveled to Leuven, Belgium Sept. 8-10 where she attended the European Association of Centres of Medical Ethics (EACME) and gave a keynote speech relating to morality within the field of medicine. “I have to say it was one of the most challenging things I have ever done,” Sander-Staudt said. This is because her audience wanted her to address

organizational virtue in medicine within the context of solidarity, which is a concept not as prevalent here as in Europe. “In America, we really don’t have a lot of solidarity,” Sander-Staudt said. “The sense is that each individual is responsible for getting their own healthcare.” Sander-Staudt noted that the feeling is different in Europe. “In Europe, they’re much more socialist,” SanderStaudt said. “Most countries believe that everyone should have cradle-to-grave healthcare and that the system as a Keynote continued on page 3...

Buildings defaced; culprit still unknown Arishka Khadka Staff Writer

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On Monday, Oct. 31, an email was sent to SMSU students that detailed the defacement of the exterior walls of the Social Science building and the Science and Math building, along with the main entrance sign adjacent to Highway 23. According to Director of Public Safety Mike Munford, the spray paint damage was done over the weekend when there were less students in those areas. This included the message, “You’re a wizard,

Harry”, an image of flying bee doing a loop, and a smiley face. This act follows the vandalism committed in Sweetland Hall over Homecoming weekend. In this incident, two vending machines were destroyed, and graffiti was partially drawn on the walls and floors of Sweetland. Those responsible for the graffiti are yet to be found despite the efforts put on by Public Safety. “We are trying our best and we will get there soon,” Bijesh Bajracharya, graduate assistant for Public Safety said.

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SAFAC looking for new members Food Service Committee Grant Kleiman Staff Writer

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As the Spring semester approaches, the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) is beginning its search for new members. Student fees contribute to the collegiate experience, providing funding for clubs and activities ranging from intramural sports to theatre productions. SAFAC allocates funds at the start of each semester and handles ongoing budget requests from clubs

seeking funds for unanticipated expenses. In December, at least two of SAFAC’s nine members will graduate, leaving several spots on the committee vacant. Christopher Ross, a current member of SAFAC, said the committee sent a few of its members to speak to business and finance classes to find possible candidates. Ross also outlined the qualities that SAFAC looks for in prospective members. “New members should have leadership and problemsolving qualities,” Ross said. “SAFAC members work with

a $400,000 budget in the spring. It’s a vigorous process that requires people to voice their opinions and make decisions.” Ross encouraged students interested in joining SAFAC to contact co-chairs Laura Garlow and Dannika Vanderbrake. Ross and Student Body President Ashanti Payne are also available to provide information and hand out applications to interested students. “SAFAC is a great way to get involved on campus and have a say in what happens to money allocated for clubs and activities,” Ross said.

Courtyard and other areas of campus to see small renovations Cole Miska Staff Writer Cole.Miska@my.smsu.edu “What is going on in the Garden Courtyard” is one of the most common questions asked by SMSU students this month. The courtyard has been closed for construction and several crews have been digging deep holes within the courtyard. A specially built part of the wall on the ST-SM link has been opened to allow the forklifts and excavators into the courtyard. Director of Facilities & Physical Plant Cyndi Holm explained that the main-

tenance work within the courtyard is just the replacement of a few fire hydrants. Holm also mentioned that while there would be no large construction projects in the near future, there are a number smaller renovations that Facilities plans to work on. Many of the small repairs include replacing bleachers and lights, some painting jobs and replacing a storm line in the Social Science building. Many more resource intensive projects will be undertaken in the coming years with funding through Higher Education Assets Preservation and Renewal

(HEAPR). HEAPR projects being looked at are replacing the links between academic buildings, a pool deck replacement, several curtain wall replacements and replacement of a large portion of the water main on Birch Street. Holm estimates the cost of the water main replacement at $400,000 or more. In Spring 2017, Chartwells will also begin renovations on the dining area in the Student Center. Renovations are expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

searching for opinons Desiree Bauer Staff Writer Desiree.Bauer@my.smsu.edu

Students who would like to see a change in the food at SMSU or share their opinions on the dining service are invited to attend the Food Service Committee meetings. Sophomore Jeff Mayfield, is the president of this committee. “I think our purpose is to serve as a community-wide voice for all students who partake in the on-campus dining services,” Mayfield said. Tom Hemmy, the Director of Chartwells, is at every meeting as well. Anything that is said at these meetings is heard directly by him, and students can also hear the Chartwells point of view. “Anyone can join the committee; it doesn’t matter who,” Mayfield said. “We are

going to try to have House Reps, hopefully starting next semester. It would be the same thing, they’ll come to the meeting, act as the active voice for their house. But anyone can come to the meeting.” On average, there are about nine people at each meeting. Eventually, Mayfield would like to raise that number closer to 25. The Food Service Committee is a liaison between the students and Chartwells, charts the future for the renovations happening next year, and decides which restaurants will be available to students. Whether it is a student’s family, an on-campus student, an off-campus student, a student’s friend, or anyone else who eats here, each is entitled to have their opinion heard at the meetings.

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whole should be supported by the nation.” Sander-Staudt mentioned that there were no pharmacies like Walgreens, Thrifty-White, or CVS. “There was just the government pharmacy,” SanderStaudt said. She noted that the stores were small, about the size of a small office, and just carried basic medicine. “You could stop in to any one of those at any time and get what you needed and you wouldn’t pay out-of-pocket,” Sander-Staudt said. Another difficulty Sander-Staudt came across is that her audience was not who she expected. “I thought my audience was going to be professional philosophers working in bioethics,” Sander-Staudt said. She noted that there were a number of those, but that there were also many doctors, nurses, and people from other disciplines. “I went in assuming that people would know a lot about philosophy and some

of the references I made,” Sander-Staudt said. “Later I realized that that may have not been the case.” She began her presentation with a commercial which presents the question of whether or not a company has a soul. “It never answered the question but it implied that yes, a company does have a soul.” Sander-Staudt wanted to expand on this question and ask whether an organization can have virtue. “I argued that whether or not we think an organization can have virtue, people act like they do,” Sander-Staudt said. “These ads show that in our popular culture, we do view organizations as being virtuous and vicious.” Sander-Staudt said that she believes that we should. If they’re going to have a lot of power, they should be able to be held accountable. “But I still think there is a philosophical open question about whether or not a corporation can be a person.”

tournaments on Tuesdays during the year and also travel on Fridays to go to weekend tournaments and occasionally miss class on these days. Additionally, students then return late on Sunday night and occasionally on Monday, which may conflict with Monday morning classes. “We know this is a hot button issue on campus,” Walker said. “We have a

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the conference, Conway said that it was really interesting and he learned a lot from it. He said that he learned the importance of practicing a speech and being able to communicate the contents within his paper to the audience, especially when concerning a subject in philosophy. Although Conway was able to attend the conference and learn a lot from it, he also faced funding difficulties to be able to present at the conference. However,

Conway said that the funding was made possible by the intervention of several professors and faculty members and several donations were given. “Thanks to the intervention of several key professors and faculty, the trip was ultimately made possible by the generous donations from several departments, particularly the English, Philosophy, Humanities and Spanish department and the Marketing and Management department,” Conway said.

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Dec. 3- At Winona State 6 p.m. Winona, Minn

Dec. 3- At Buena Vista 9 a.m. Storm Lake, Iowa

Dec. 3- At Winona State Winona Minn 4 p.m.

Dec. 9- Vs. Minnesota Duluth 8 p.m.

Dec. 10- At Sioux Falls SD

Dec. 9- Vs. Minnesota Duluth 6 p.m.

Dec. 10- Vs. St. Cloud State 7 p.m.

Vs. Northwestern (Iowa) 10 a.m.

Dec. 10- Vs. St. Cloud State 5 p.m.

Dec. 17- At USF 6 p.m. Sioux Falls SD

Vs. Morningside (Iowa) 11:30 a.m.

Dec. 17- At USF Sioux Falls SD 4 p.m.

Vs. Nebraska-Kearney 1 p.m. Vs. Truman State (Mo.) 2:30 p.m.

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Nov. 12- Vs. Fort Hays State (Kan) W, 84-60

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Nov. 18- Vs. William Jewell L, 52-66

Nov. 15- Vs. Northern State W, 83-82

Nov. 19- Vs. South Dakota Mines L, 67-85

Nov. 18- Vs. Michigan Tech W, 73-69

Nov. 26- Vs. USF L, 40-75

Nov. 19- Vs. Northern Michigan W, 87-69

Forensics Team members in order to alleviate scheduling conflicts with travel. Under Walker’s proposal, a student must be enrolled in Forensics for at least two semesters and have fewer than 70 completed credits at the time of registration in order to qualify for priority registration. The proposal estimates that these conditions will impact five students on the team.

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Conway presents at Philosophy and Religion Conference in Missouri quickly put everything together for this trip, as well as for my presentation,” Conway said.  “I think most of the time that students present at conferences, a professor often helps with the logistics, and the trips are usually planned months in advance.  I was basically given 10 days.” With the conference being open to the public, audiences showed up from all over the country to listen to the presentations at Truman University. Returning home from

lot of the same issues as Athletics so we wanted to see if this was something that would be accepted. We are just seeking a way to make it a little easier for students to succeed in their classes while still getting all the benefits that come with being on an intercollegiate speech and debate team.” Currently, MSU Mankato offers priority registration for

Wheelchair Basketball

Nov. 18Vs. Academy of Canada (Men) W, 63-46 Vs. Missouri W, 65-59 Vs. Wisconsin Whitewater L, 54-76 Nov. 19Vs. Illinois L, 47-67 Vs. Nebraska-Omaha W, 2-0

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COMMENTARY MUSTANG MURMURS President’s Corner

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by Cole Miska and Jill Hoppe

“What is your hidden talent?”

Ashanti Payne Student Body President Ashanti.Payne@my.smsu.edu Hey Mustangs,

Amanda Heesch Senior Marketing

“I’m good at swimming--I have webbed toes.”

Emily Williamson Sophomore English Education

“I can play three different instruments.”

Kelsey Keenan Senior

Computer Science

“I can put my thumbs behind the back of my hands.”

Maizie Schacherer Sophomore

Early childhood education

“I’m good at DIY scrapbooking.”

Aaron Madson Senior Exercise Science

“I can sing. I was selected to the All State men’s chior in high school.”

Shelbie Jackson Freshman

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you go vote in the Fall Student Senator Elections. Everything the Senate does is on behalf of our peers, and these great student leaders would appreciate your support! Student Government is also hosting an All-University Town Hall on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 5:15 p.m. in the Lower Conference Center. You will briefed on everything that your student government has done to influence and aid in the implementation of change for students this semester. Please come by, and bring a friend! Make sure you go like “SMSU Student Association” on Facebook. You’ll be able to stay tuned in to some cool events on campus, get the scoop on how you could win some awesome prizes, and get to know a little more about your friends and peers that also double as student government leaders. Great news! Your very own SMSU Student Senate meets THURSDAY’s at 6:15 p.m. in PE 214. We realize that it may not be convenient for everyone to

make it, but since you’ll be liking, “SMSU Student Association,” on Facebook after you’re done reading this, you’ll be able to catch Student Senate meetings through Facebook’s live streaming. There will be a description of the main topics of discussion, so if you aren’t able to catch us in live action, you can go back and watch the replay! Most importantly though, the Senate still encourage all students to stop by Senate meetings if you’re willing and able. This is a great way for you to share your voice, so that we can continue to work and advocate on your behalf! Once again, thank you to the students and faculty members that were able to join us last Thursday, October 13th, and had some words to share. Sharing your voice, takes a great amount of courage and leadership. I commend you all.

Financing/Accounting

“I’m doublejointed. I can pop out my thumb.”

Tear down whole campus, get max funding, says CFP leader Cole Miska A&E Editor Cole.Miska@my.smsu.edu Shawn Spaceford, the head honcho of the Comprehensive Facilities Plan (CFP), (changed from its previous name of Facilities Master Plan due to that name being too expensive, or something) announced Monday that the CFP was completed and will include every single building on the SMSU campus being torn down. “It was the only logical decision,” Spaceford said. “At first, the plan was just to demolish the [Social Science] building, but after we looked further into the matter, we realized we could gain quite a few more benefits through a different approach.” Earlier in November, part of the CFP was to tear down the Social Science (SS) building in order to improve SMSU’s space utilization rate to between 80 and 85 percent. This would secure more state funding for expansion projects. Once the committee for

the CFP examined the matter further, however, they realized that the amount of funding increased exponentially as the space utilization rate got higher. “We ran the numbers, and what we found was astounding,” Spaceford said. “The higher our space utilization, the higher our funding. If we have 80 to 85 percent, we get normal funding. If we have 90 percent, we got twice the funding. 95 percent, and we’re talking billions of dollars.” Once the CFP team considered all the possibilities, they realized that 100 percent space utilization got them infinite funding from the state for construction. The committee immediately decided this was the best result. “We looked at it and thought about how we could find a way to assign activates at various parts of the day that would get us to the 100 percent rate, but that was admittedly difficult,” Spaceford said. “Instead, we decided it was easier to just bulldoze the whole campus.

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With no space to use, even zero activity at SMSU would get us 100 percent efficiency. And as a school with no facilities, the state will give us as much money as we need to build new buildings. It’s the perfect solution.” At press time, the CFP committee was trying to figure out how to deal with the fact that using their newly found infinite funding to build things would once again lower the space utilization rate. The group concluded that they can just knock down and rebuild the campus at five year intervals to maintain ridiculous amounts of funding that can then be funneled to all of SMSU’s operations. “Sometimes, bureaucracy is a good thing,” Spaceford said while swinging a sledgehammer into the side of the student center.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

VARIETY

Club Spotlight: Art Club comes back to SMSU Jill Hoppe Copy/Graphics Editor smsuspur@gmail.com

Since 2012, the SMSU Art Club has been nonexistent--until this school year. Seniors Emily Peterson and Virginia Phelps, currently president and vice president, have made it their mission to revitalize Art Club and make it an enjoyable place for anyone to appreciate art of all kinds. In the last few months alone, Art Club has participated in activities around SMSU, such as the Homecoming Parade and Fresh Check Day. In addition to campus participation, Art Club has also brought in speakers for its members. “We’ve already had a lot of guest speakers, like Bill Mulso,” Phelps said. “He was an [alumnus] of SMSU and had a show in the Whipple Gallery.” During club meetings, Peterson and Phelps coordinate various activities to bring members together through art and incorporate everyones’ skills. Some of these activities include tie-dye, print making and Pictionary tournaments. “[Art Club] can be a good stress reliever for students and a way to make friends,

as we have people from all kinds of majors,” Peterson said. “It’s a time when students can come and express themselves through art without taking an art class.” Still yet this semester, Art Club plans to take a trip to Minneapolis to tour some popular artistic sites. “We’re planning on visiting the [Minneapolis Institute of Art], The Weisman, The Northern Clay Center, The Soap Factory, and the Highpoint Center for Printmaking,” Peterson said. Currently, Art Club has received permission for hooks to be installed around the school to showcase more student art on campus, such as in the coffee house and hallways in Bellows Academic. Next semester, Peterson has plans to show members what it means to be an artist in a professional setting. “We are planning to travel to artists’ studios so students can see artists making a living doing what they love to do,” Peterson said. “We are also planning on bringing in a couple of established artists to talk about their work and journeys as artists.” Art Club meets every Thursday at noon in BA 133/134. Art majors are highly encouraged to join, but all students are welcome regardless of major.

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UPCOMING DECEMBER EVENTS 2016 Dec. 1: SMSU Men’s Glee Club and Bella Voce Join the SMSU Men’s Glee Club and Bella Voce as they present a program celebrating winter and the holiday season at First Lutheran Church at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dec. 1: “Back to the 80s” Casino Night hosted by Residence Life in the Upper Conference Center from 7 to 11 p.m.

Dec. 3: A Very Prairie Christmas Join the SMSU Music Program as they present their annual Holiday extravaganza. Tickets are $5 at the door and the money raised will go to support the maintenance of instruments used by the program.

Dec. 2 & 4: Cinema @ the Centers presents “Sully” at 6:30 and 9 p.m. in SC 121

ABBY MCKINNEY, CARTOONIST

Dec. 5: The Business Services, Finanical Aid and Registration offices will be hosting a “Holiday Grab & Go” for students, staff and faculty. Stop by lower IL between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for free holiday treats! Dec. 7, 9, & 11: Cinema @ the Centers presents “The Magnificent Seven” at 6:30 and 9 p.m. in SC 121 Dec. 8: SMSU Community Concert Band presents “The British are Coming!” at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre Dec. 12 - 15: Finals

HOROSCOPES Aries Mar. 21 - Apr. 19

Taurus Apr. 20 - May 20

Gemini May 21 - Jun. 20

This week will test your patience with those around you. However, if you find a quiet space and meditate on positive thoughts you will be find a renewed spirit.

Sudden changes may not be your strong suit but this week you could see a difference. Spontaneity will be on your side this time around.

Making decisions are necessary this week. By being decisive you will find clarity in your life and bring a breath of fresh air.

Cancer Jun. 21 - Jul. 22

Leo Jul. 23 - Aug. 22

Virgo Aug. 23 - Sept. 22

Take time for yourself this week. Relax with a bath or a calming cup of tea to clear your mind.

Family is always something that requires time and effort; however, taking the needed time to build lasting bonds is always worth it.

Libra Sept. 23 - Oct. 22

Scorpio Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Sharing thoughts and ideas with those around you is one of your strengths. Play to that in a group dynamic and lead the way to a positive outcome.

Jealousy is never a good thing. Listen to the opposing side’s story and try to understand where people are coming from.

Some friendships are not worth retaining. Cut the negativity from your life and release the weight off your chest.

Sagittarius Nov. 22 - Dec. 21 Promises are important but following up on them is more important than simply making them. Remember to always keep your promises.

Capricorn Dec. 22 - Jan. 19

Aquarius Jan. 20 - Feb. 18

Pisces Feb. 19 - Mar. 20

Staying on task is important this week. Push yourself to your limits and trust in your instincts.

Now is the time to open your mind and allow yourself to find your inner strength to get through this week.

Bringing your artistic side to new tasks will allow you to find a new perspective on a troubling task.


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Ivanilde Brunow reveals the abstract beauty of nature Kevin Danielson News Editor

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Detailed, high-quality artwork filled the walls of the Whipple Gallery Oct. 24 through Nov. 18 as part of Brazilian artist Ivanilde Brunow’s “Icons of Nature” exhibit. The 13 paintings on display use elements of expression, color and movement to create an abstract rendering of the environment. Brunow says the paintings were created especially for the Whipple Gallery show. “As a painter, I’ve always had a strong connection with nature, and it is from there that my inspirations are born,” Brunow said. Works in the exhibit depict intricate scenes influenced by the sea, forests and urban landscapes. They also focus on the way lighting interacts with the environment. This is evident in “Cloud Harvest,” in which a cloud of light slowly emerges against a progressively darker backdrop. Blue, gold and black layers swirl together and play off each other to create a unique scene. Brunow says she works in her Weston, Conn. studio every day, which is surrounded by woods and natural light. The light that filters through the lines of the trees during the four seasons, which are converted into abstract forms, serve as inspi-

ration. “I became acutely aware of the rich environment surrounding my studio,” Brunow said. “It is quiet and my friends are the birds, animals and the flowers. The environmental music I listen to while working gives me inspiration and equilibrium.” The scenery around her studio certainly inspired “Silent Wood II,” in which blue, pink and brown vertical lines flow together to create tall, abstract trees. The colors chosen reminds one of a dense forest at night, with white moonlight glowing from behind. Much work went into creating each piece for the exhibit. “My process demands layer upon layers,” Brunow said. “As I achieve the desired moment of shading, color, form and transparency, it creates ‘voltage’ among the elements.” Brunow said she had been interested in the form and color of nature since she was six or seven years old, especially mountain scenes. “My aunt was learning to paint in oil on small panels of cardboard,” Brunow said. “The smell of the oil and the bright colors seduced me.” While in the third grade, a drawing teacher realized her interest in painting, and Brunow was invited to take private lessons. She later studied art for eight years at the University Federal of Minas Gerais, which is where

she developed many visual techniques. “In my twenties, the biggest challenge as an artist was raising three children, working as a language teacher and finding time to research art and paint,” Brunow said. Brunow has found great success with her work. Her art has won many awards and has been showcased in venues around the world, including the Art Museum of Brasilia, the Coffee Museum of Kobe, Japan, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the United Nations. Professor of Art Bob Dorlac, who has seen the show multiple times, described the exhibit as a great resource for his class. They discussed Brunow’s muted palette and technique of layering opaque, translucent and transparent colors. “I took my painting class to see the show for an example of how an abstract approach to a subject can successfully express ideas about the subject that are often very elusive, if not impossible, to capture when working in a more objective style,” Dorlac said. Brunow plans to return to Brazil to organize a book about her career and work on new exhibitions and commissions. “I will continue to work every day, traveling, observing and facing new challenges, as in the past 45 years,” Brunow said.

Cloud Harvest

Silent Wood II

Seifert writes novel: Staying safe: car winterization “Sundown at Sunrise” Cole Miska Staff Writer

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Seifert completes locally based historical fiction novel Notable local resident and a candidate for Minnesota’s Republican governor nominee in 2012, Marty Seifert can now also be called an author. Seifert, a former Republican minority leader, did most of the work on his new book, “Sundown at Sunrise,” during the fall of 2016, with editing being done since then. “There is a lot of excitement,” Seifert said. “I’ll be doing lots of book launches and signings.” Seifert was quite surprised by the high amount of local interest “Sundown at Sundrise,” which is a historical fiction book about an axe murder that took place in Morgan, MN 100 years ago. He noted how the book has been getting even more attention than his 2012 run for governor of Minnesota. “We never saw this kind of interest in the political realm,” Seifert said. “There’s lots of pride in my home area

over this book.” Seifert grew up in Marshall and is an alumnus of SMSU class of 1995, or SSU at the time. Writing a book has been on Seifert’s bucket list for a while, and after getting out of politics, he has accomplished that goal. “Lots more goes into [writing a book] than people realize,” Seifert said. “It was original going to be a chapter book, but now it’s 46 chapters. It ended up three times longer than I thought.” As “Sundown at Sunrise” is based on real events, Seifert did extensive research to write the book. Originally meant to be a non-fiction book, Seifert changed ended up changing it to historical fiction. The book is still based in the area, but Seifert said he took some liberties with the killer’s motive, noting that the real motive for the axe murders was never discovered. “I did all the research and realized that as a non-fiction book, it would’ve been about five pages,” Seifert said. “Sundown at Sunrise” will be available Dec. 10.

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For some, SMSU’s first snow day occurring so early in the school year might have been a good wake-up call to take winter weather seriously. With a high percentage of the student body commuting to class and home, it’s never too late to take the steps to inspect and winterize your vehicle in order to have safer travels during a season of unpredictable weather. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), one of the best ways to keep a vehicle in check for cold weather is to keep an eye on fluid levels. Coolant, oil, and freeze-resistant wiper fluid should all

stay full to keep a car running well. A more obvious inspection to make would be a vehicle’s tires. It is important that a car’s tires are in the best condition possible, meaning they are not low on pressure and not too worn down. Tire pressure can easily be checked with an inexpensive pressure gauge. Aside from some extra maintenance, an emergency kit is also an important addition for winter travels. While an emergency kit is a good idea in any season, a winter kit will hold a few extra items such as thermal blankets, extra pairs of gloves, a shovel, a flashlight, matches, an ice scraper, and extra antifreeze. Arguably the best way to keep a car in shape for winter

is getting it serviced before potential problems become dangerous. Some of the most common problems are battery issues, spark plugs, and loose wires and cables. A servicing technician will be able to point out these problems during a regular maintenance check. The DMV also states that it is important for a car’s gas tank to stay over half when temperatures drop below freezing, which keeps gas lines from freezing up. On the roads, be sure to keep a good distance between cars--it is better to go too slow than too fast when the conditions are unfavorable. As a final rule of thumb, it is smart to let others know where you are headed and to always keep a charged cell phone around, just in case.

Gilmore Girls revival review: coming home to Stars Hollow Emily Errico Staff Writer smsuspur@gmail.com

“Where you lead, I will follow.” The revival to the longrunning television series “Gilmore Girls” came exclusively to Netflix on Nov. 25. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” appeared in the form of four 90 minute episodes, one for each season of the year. For six hours, fans of the series are taken back to the beloved Stars Hollow. For the uninitiated, “Gilmore Girls” is a series following a strong-willed mother-daughter duo from a small town in Connecticut. It premiered in 2000 and ended its seventh and final season in 2007. The show was known for its combination of quick

humor, unapologetic exploration of several types of relationships, and an authentic sense of small town life. The revival, in many ways, was like meeting with an old friend. Everywhere you looked was an original cast member, on sets that look exactly like the day we left them. There were frequent references to past events with the same wit that first endeared viewers to the show. One of the very best qualities that the original series had was its detailed secondary characters. While the development of main characters is by no means neglected, special attention is given to the characters beyond the central arc of the show. Their personalities are distinct and only include stereotypes in a

comedic and tasteful manner. The revival was successful in giving secondary characters lives of their own. While all the ingredients of “Gilmore Girls” were present, somehow the revival just is not the same. Perhaps it is unfair to ask that of a revival, but with the updates to bring Stars Hollow and its residents to modern day combined with the extensive time the characters developed unobserved simply fails to invoke a feeling of true continuity from the original series. All in all, the new installments to the Gilmore story only amounts to a visit back to Stars Hollow rather than moving back in. I give it three out of five spurs.

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