The Collegian

South Dakota filmmaker catches critics attention with movie “Tater Tot and Patton”

South Dakota filmmaker catches critics attention with movie “Tater Tot and Patton”

Jacob Ford, Movie Critic

February 28, 2019


Filed under Lifestyles

South Dakota Native Andrew Kightlinger wrote and directed "Tater Tot and Patton," a South Dakota-set drama from the producer of Napoleon Dynamite, starring Jessica Rothe and Bates Wilder. It's about how a wayward millennial escapes to her uncle's South Dakota ranch, unhinging his placid boozer life. "...

Students debate concealed carry on campus

Students debate concealed carry on campus

Lauren Franken, Managing Editor

February 27, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Thirty-five percent of South Dakota citizens own guns, according to CBS News. Effective July 1, 2019, South Dakotans will no longer need a permit to carry their concealed weapons, which means they can carry anywhere in the state except in a few particular places. SDSU, and any university campus under...

English professor receives Whirling Award for poetry book

English professor receives Whirling Award for poetry book

University Marketing and Communications

February 19, 2019


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South Dakota State University English Professor Christine Stewart received the 2018 Whirling Prize in Poetry from Etchings Press for her book, “Bluewords Greening.” The theme for 2018 was disabilities. In her book, Stewart, who writes as Stewart-Nunez, describes her experiences as a woman coping...

Speaker to examine ways to improve streetscapes

Speaker to examine ways to improve streetscapes

University Marketing and Communications

February 19, 2019


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Getting there is half the fun. That might be an oversimplification of a project undertaken by third-year architectural students at South Dakota State University, but it catches the project’s concept. The students in the building arts capstone class studied ways to make pedestrian travel in downtown...

Student survey shows high satisfaction among fall graduates

Student survey shows high satisfaction among fall graduates

University Marketing and Communications

February 19, 2019


Filed under News

Ninety-six percent of South Dakota State University’s December 2018 candidates for graduation stated they achieved their educational goals in an exit survey conducted by the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The survey also revealed that 96 percent said they received...

Dancing Spider Film Festival looks for student submissions

Dancing Spider Film Festival looks for student submissions

Marissa Carff, Sponsored Content Manager

February 13, 2019


Filed under News, Sponsored

This story was sponsored by the Fourth Annual Dancing Spider Film Festival. Get your creative juices flowing, storytellers. Filmmakers and storytellers have the chance to show their skills on the big screen under the stars at the Fourth Annual Dancing Spider Film Festival in the historic Verne Dri...

Chess Club members learn strategy, compete

Chess Club members learn strategy, compete

Stephanie Nelson, Reporter

February 12, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

When stepping into the Pasque Room in the Student Union on any given Thursday night, one might think there’s just a handful of people playing board games. But at a closer look, there’s a lot more going on. Pairs of students peer over a board covered with 64 black and white squares. Their faces ...

Dropping charges: Alcohol diversion program minimizes consequences

Dropping charges: Alcohol diversion program minimizes consequences

Andrew Rasmussen, Reporter

February 12, 2019


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In 2017, Brookings County recorded 348 underage consumption convictions, according to Dan Nelson, the State’s Attorney for Brookings County. In an effort to minimize this number, Brookings County is implementing an alcohol diversion program. Nelson has been working with Lutheran Social Services on...

Robertson shares his ‘fantastic stories’ in photo gallery

Robertson shares his ‘fantastic stories’ in photo gallery

Wren Murphy, Diversity and Inclusion Reporter

February 6, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

When Frank Robertson was a child who had just moved to Brookings, he was awed by the size of South Dakota State’s campus and Briggs Library. Now, his photos are hanging on its walls. Briggs Library held a reception for the journalism instructor’s “Bearing Witness to Community” photo gallery from 4...

Leave of absence

Leave of absence

Lauren Franken, Managing Editor

January 15, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

A survey conducted by the American College Health Association found that in the spring of 2018, 42.9 percent of students surveyed felt so depressed that it was difficult to function at some point in the 12 months prior. The same survey found that 56.8 percent of students rated their overall stress leve...

Fishback family offers $3.5 million challenge to support Honors College

Fishback family offers $3.5 million challenge to support Honors College

University Marketing and Communications

January 11, 2019


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Van and Barbara Fishback, longtime benefactors of South Dakota State University and namesakes of the university’s Honors College, made public Monday a $3.5 million challenge match. It is the single-largest challenge match ever issued at SDSU. When achieved, the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors...

Jack’s Cupboard sparks change on campus

Jack’s Cupboard sparks change on campus

Brianna Schreurs, Editor-in-Chief

January 9, 2019


Filed under News, Showcase

Put Kas Williams, Becky Jensen, Jennifer McLaughlin and Christina Kaberline in a room and it’s easy to understand why Jack’s Cupboard has taken off so quickly. Jack’s Cupboard is an on-campus pantry for students who are struggling to purchase food. It opened Nov. 19, 2018.  The idea sparked while Williams, interim direc...