Volume 106, Issue 8 | October 20, 2011
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editor-in-chief | Eric Dietrich
FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK
Occupying the Media As our cover story reports this week, Bozeman played host to a rare protest Friday. Following the lead of the national Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, discontented citizens marched Eric Dietrich from Montana Hall to EDITOR-IN-CHIEF the Bozeman Public Library, seeking to make their voices heard. Organizers Shawn Sheppard and Mark Bond, both political science students at MSU, hoped to spread awareness to foster civic engagement. A more engaged public, they argue, will result in better governance by increasing voter turnout, as well as spurring citizens to hold elected officials responsible for their actions. Various protesters had their own agendas, ranging from enacting a constitutional amendment dismantling corporate personhood to abolishing the Federal Reserve. A
few of those present seemed to be protesting mostly for the sake of protest, many costumed for the occasion. The passion was self-evident, as was a deep frustration with our nation’s political and financial elite. A common narrative, however, was not. Journalism is, at essence, about telling stories, about drawing facts and opinions into a coherent narrative to help readers make sense of our complicated world. Given the cacophony expressed at last week’s protest and its brethren, that’s difficult here. In reporting on the protest, whose perspectives do we choose to highlight? To what extent do we share their stories as they tell them? To what extent do we set their words in a broader context, presenting a narrative that may or may not be what was intended? What, exactly, is objective here? Or fair, for that matter? How should we balance those ideals with our staff ’s inherently subjective conception of the public good?
Seeking answers to those sorts of questions is among our more difficult tasks as we craft our weekly content, particularly with these sorts of complex issues. In covering the Bozeman protest this week, we’ve chosen to present a formal news article capturing protesters’ voices paired with, on a separate page, a collection of brief commentary pieces written by members of our opinion staff (one of whom was a participant himself ). Our multimedia staff has also produced a brief video segment on the event, available at youtube.com/asmsuexponent. In taking a broad-based approach to the issue, it is our hope that we can provide our readers with the means to draw their own conclusions. Regardless, while I will stand behind the fairness of our coverage, I would invite our readers to examine it with a critical eye — and we will gladly provide recourse through our letters section for any perspectives we’ve neglected.
Corrections: An article in the Oct. 13 edition failed to differentiate between Bozeman’s Cutthroat Rugby team and new MSU club team. The MSU club team, not Cutthroat Rugby, is in talks to play in Division II. The Exponent regrets the error. Update: The launch date for the Explore- 1 [Prime] Unit 2 (E1PU2) miniature satellite designed by students in the Space Science Engineering Laboratory has been moved from Oct. 27 to Oct. 28.
It is worth remembering that protests like the one last Friday have their greatest impact through the media, which provides a megaphone for protesters’ ideas amidst the clamor of our nation’s public discourse. While the press exists in no small part to help give the disenfranchised that sort of voice, we have a corresponding responsibility to use that power wisely, critically examining what we amplify. We’ve done our best to do both this week.
EDITORIAL: MSU’s Silence on Sex Scandal Promotes Gossip over Progress The opinion of the Exponent's editorial staff on topics and issues impacting our campus community.
ith its silence over the recent sexual assault scandal involving MSU orchestra conductor Shuichi Komiyama, the university is missing a crucial chance to initiate productive conversation about the complex nature of student-teacher relationships. Komiyama, a tenured professor credited with reinvigorating MSU’s orchestra program, resigned his position three weeks ago following an internal investigation into allegations that he pressured a female student to participate in sexual acts. The unpublished report obtained by the Exponent and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle concluded that the professor’s actions toward the student violated MSU’s sexual harassment policies, and that he “implicitly and explicitly conditioned his help with her music career on sexual favors from her.” The investigation also detailed other claims that Komiyama supplied alcohol to underage students, socialized in boxer shorts while on a
school trip, disparaged students he disliked and exchanged romantic text messages with the student he allegedly harassed. Komiyama has denied all allegations, and MSU officials have refused to disclose case details, citing confidentiality. The university’s silence has prompted the Chronicle to sue MSU for information regarding Komiyama’s suspension, arguing that the public’s right to know outweighs any right to privacy. That the university sought to pursue this case quietly is not surprising. Komiyama has not been convicted for any criminal wrongdoing while at MSU (though he is a registered sex offender), and school officials must be careful not to slander employees or violate student privacy. And, of course, such incidents inevitably result in negative publicity. But, when the university keeps silent, the event becomes scandalized: news outlets publish sensationalized stories while
students whisper in coffee shops and faculty gossip over water coolers. Ultimately, then, the opportunity to engage the important questions — those that can help mediate future incidents — is lost. We must acknowledge that sexual harassment and the abuse of professorial power occurs at our university, as at universities across the country. These occurrences are more than just scandals; they are tragic transgressions stemming from the complicated relationship between college professors and their students. The ability to form vibrant relationships with professors is one of the most important opportunities a university offers its students. For undergraduates, academic mentoring experiences are often without precedent, combining education, authority and friendship. In some instances, emotional or sexual feelings will develop. Komiyama, MSU’s report concluded, “did not maintain appropriate boundaries
with students and blurred the lines between mentor, friend and professor.” But even in benign interactions, these boundaries can be difficult to neatly define. When does the mentoring relationship cross ethical lines? May students and faculty engage in consensual sexual relationships? When is it appropriate for students and faculty to socialize outside class, with or without alcohol? What should students or professors who feel uncomfortable do? Who can they talk to? When such issues are swept under the rug and made taboo, the boundaries remain cloudy. However, if student-teacher “sex scandals” are instead harnessed as springboards for campus-wide discussion, we students will become better equipped to negotiate our relationships with faculty — to nurture healthy and rewarding mentoring experiences, and to react appropriately when they go awry.
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LETTERS Medical Pot Fallacy
I am writing in response to Alicia Exley’s opinion article in the Oct. 13 issue of the Exponent, entitled “Green Card Gun Ban Defies Logic.” I would like to clear up a fallacy in the article. The letter referred to in the article is not a “measure” passed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The memo serves only to remind firearms dealers of an existing law. This particular law is 18 U.S.C. § 921 (U.S. Code) that prohibits ownership by or sale of firearms to any person who is an unlawful user of a controlled substance. Marijuana is still considered a controlled substance by 21 U.S.C. § 802. Furthermore, the controlled substances act (21 U.S.C. § 811) does not recognize the difference between recreational and medical use of the drug. Marijuana use is still illegal on a federal level, and as a federal law enforcement agency, the BATFE is only doing their job in enforcing existing laws. This may explain the “lack of outcry from the right.” JASON MILLS Graduate Masters; Mechanical Engineering
Clarifying Role of Math TAs
After reading Darrell Jaeger's recent letter about calculus instruction at MSU, I wondered if he believes that the only reason not all courses are taught by tenured faculty is simply that nobody had suggested it. Of course in reality, there are financial and practical limitations. In addition to their research and other responsibilities, math professors at MSU teach two to three classes per semester, primarily upper level and graduate courses. To cover all math classes currently taught by TAs (nearly everything 200 level or below), we would have to hire an additional 25 faculty members. Additionally, in claiming all TAs are "under-qualified teachers," he makes a very broad, uninformed and downright insulting statement. This assessment is based on his own frustration after just six weeks of class with a single instructor, yet he somehow concludes that he has the perspective necessary to make such a claim. In point of fact, math department TAs win College of Letters and Sciences teaching awards nearly every year – no small feat for a college with 15 diverse departments. Furthermore, by directing his complaint publicly, he seems to be interested only in assigning blame, rather than seeking a workable solution (or even taking some responsibility for his own education!) by first discussing his concerns with his instructor or the course supervisor (who is indeed tenured faculty). Finally, I would like to refute his implication that the math department's sole purpose is to provide other departments' prerequisites. Yes, most students that take the calculus sequence are from engineering, but we also have our own courses for math majors. These are the classes that the math faculty are teaching, and they are considerably more advanced than the algebra and calculus courses taught by TAs. I believe the professors' time is better spent on these courses, ensuring that math majors – you know, the people that go on to teach your calculus courses – are qualified to do so. ANDY BOUWMAN Department of Mathematical Sciences TA
Current Financial and Political System Provides Freedom
The Occupy Wall Street protests have been on my mind a lot lately. I understand that many people are unemployed, or in extreme debt, and living without any hope right now. I understand that the system that has worked so well for the few, has failed so many more, but where does personal responsibility come in? What do these protesters actually hope to accomplish? Unlike protesters in Libya and Syria, we as Americans have the right to improve our lives written into the very fabric of our government. We have the right to achieve anything we want because we are free. The system that the protesters are fighting and blaming right now is actually beautiful because it allows us to be whatever we want to be regardless of our class, race or creed. Instead of protesting in a park, and fighting the flow of that system with everything you have, why not instead channel that energy into working with each other to help create something? Create hope for the hopeless; create the change you seek in your lives, and maybe then will you realize what you take for granted as an American. History has shown us that the have-nots will always blame the haves, but it has also shown us that the only way to exact any kind of real change is through blood, sweat and hard work. If they have achieved anything, the Occupy Wall Street protesters have inspired me to remember what I love the most about my country, not take for granted the freedom I exercise every day when I go to school and to work, and choose the path my life will take. Sure, I will be in a lot of debt when I graduate from MSU, but my debt is a result of that system making it possible for me to be educated and change my life for the better, so that some day I can help change the lives of others. DANIELLE MARTIN Earth Sciences (Geography)
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Alum Makes Historic Donation to College of Business JAKE JABS: A PROFILE
GRANT ZIMMERMAN At a press conference last Friday, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer removed his belt buckle and put it in the hands of one man. “I don’t know if that belt buckle’s worth $25 million, but I'm going to give it a hell of a shot.” He was referring to the largest donation in the history of Montana higher education. Jake Jabs, CEO of American Furniture Warehouse and MSU alumnus, has announced a $25 million donation to the MSU College of Business (COB). “In addition to plans for a new studentcentered building,” said Interim COB Dean Susan Dana, “We’ll use the gift for scholarships and new programs in entrepreneurship, professional skill development and interdisciplinary studies.” Jabs and senior MSU officials spoke of how they hope the donation will enhance MSU’s position as a nationally renowned university and spur Montana's economy and competitiveness. Jabs also expressed hope that “this will energize other alumni to give more back.”
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According to Dana, the immediate impact to students will be small, with the majority of the money stewarded by the COB until it can be effectively put into use. Some money will be made available for more entrepreneurial scholarships. Although the direct affect to current students may seem small, Bethany Cordell, a senior in marketing, expressed excitement that the increased national profile of MSU’s COB would give more opportunities to soon-to-be and recent business graduates. The College of Business will begin looking to modify its curriculum to encompass Jabs’ vision of entrepreneurial education. That would include more programs in social entrepreneurship, non-profit management, sustainability and interdisciplinary studies. The construction of a new COB building is an integral part of Jabs’ donation. “What we’re really trying to do is build a modern facility that will be more contemporary. It’s a place you’ll want to stay and not leave.” According to President Cruzado a location has not been selected but, contingent upon approval, “ground could be broken as
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Jake Jabs was born in Lodge Grass, Mont to immigrant parents in 1920. He worked his way though college at Montana State College (MSU prior to 1965) by playing music. He graduated in 1952 with a degree in vocational agriculture and went into the Air Force. After working as a musician in Nashville, he returned to Bozeman and bought his first business, a music store. In 1968 he opened his first chain of furniture stores but closed them five years later. In 1975, he bought a struggling furniture business and transformed it into American Furniture Warehouse (AFW). Today, AFW is the largest private business in Colorado with over $300 million in sales and 11 stores employing over 1,500 people. At 80 Jabs still serves as AFW’s President and CEO. “Retirement is for old people,” he said.
donation to MSU COB
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previous record 28th largest ever made to a donation to the COB business school in the United States.
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Jake Jabs talks at a press conference last Friday.
soon as next year.” Jab’s inspiration came from a lecture he gave at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where he learned how NAU’s College of Business Administration had received a transformational $25 million donation. According to Jabs, this donation transformed NAU’s COB, allowing it to become a premier center for business education. “I got energized to do that here,” Jabs said. One point Jabs made is how he wished he would have taken business classes while he was a student at MSU. “I want to work with the curriculum a little bit. I believe in entrepreneurship,” he said, “I think entrepreneurship is what we need in America today.” Jabs said that entrepreneurs cannot be in business to make money, that something else must drive them. “I never ever went into business to make money. To get rich was never my motivation,” he said. “My motivation was to give value to the consumer, and the byproduct of that was making money.” “What I'm doing now is payback for all the things that I've gotten,” Jabs added. “ I never dreamt that I would be doing this today.” When asked about the donation, Jab’s first response was simple: “My goal is to die poor.”
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City Considers Distracted Driving Ordinance HANNAH MUNDT Bozeman officials discussed implementing a Distracted Driving ordinance that would prohibit use of cellular phones or other hand-held devices while operating a vehicle during the cities’ Oct. 3 commission meeting. If a ordinance was implemented, texting, talking or using a navigation system on a phone while driving a car or riding a bike could result in a citation and a fine. Ron Price, Bozeman's Chief of Police, provided the commission with information from several studies that emphasized cell phones as a cause of traffic collisions. He also talked about the impact such ordinances in the state have had on reducing the number of
people using devices while driving. The studies was not inclusive that the ordinances have an impact on reducing collisions. Commissioner Carson Taylor argued that having an ordinance in place could potentially lower the risk of such collisions. Taylor said, “I don't see that having a statute is going to make things worse.” Several public commentators and other commissioners agreed that having an ordinance in place could have a successful impact reducing drivers on cell phones, but enforcement would be the defining factor. Taylor questioned whether the ordinance would detract from enforcing laws against other equally or more dangerous activity. Several commissioners addressed their concern for enforcement of other causes of
collisions, such as eating, studying a map or driving while intoxicated. Price said the way to address these issues
Ron Price, Bozeman's Chief of Police, said the way to address these issues is through education and enforcement. is through education and enforcement. The Bozeman Police Force is currently involved in Bozeman’s driver's education programs,
where they discuss texting while driving. The commission also discussed a conjoining policy regarding the use of cell phones by minors in an effort to impact less experienced drivers. During the last state legislative session, the legislature attempted to confirm a statewide ban of cell phone usage. The cities of Missoula, Billings, Butte-Silverbow, Anaconda and Whitefish have all implemented cell phone ordinances with different levels of successful enforcement. Tentatively, a proposed draft of the Bozeman ordinance with specific details will go before the commission on Nov. 14 for consideration.
RELIGION STUDENT WORKS IN SIN CITY KRISTEN INGMAN Like the Sin City megachurches she researched last summer, Jill Melcher can seem like a contradiction. Humble and in possesion of a rare, unobtrusive sense of humor, Melcher does not shy away from discussing the contentious subject of religion. Melcher, a senior, originally came to MSU from Helena to study animal science but found English literature and religious studies were more appealing.
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megachurches (churches with over 2,000 members) and the Las Vegas strip. “It’s really interesting how churches use the rhetoric of the strip as a foil to their own ideologies,” she said. Melcher is also involved with Religion in the Public Sphere, a project that attempts to promote the academic study of religion in the Bozeman community and within local schools. Melcher explained that the project examines the relationship between western culture and religion, and she hopes that it will “re-frame the conversation and make it less polarized.” A supporter of the Department of History and Philosophy proposal to implement a religious studies major at MSU, Melcher hopes that the major will be offered before she graduates this spring, as she has been preparing herself for graduate school by taking a number of religious studies courses. Melcher said the major is highly important, explaining that the
study of religion in Montana has less of a presence than studies in other fields. While Melcher hopes the Board of Regents will support the religious studies major and incorporate more humanities studies into its research spectrum, she has confidence in the university as a whole. “I really believe in this school,” she said, “There are so many brilliant, passionate people who really care about making [it] a better place.”
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Dr. Working for a Cure to Atherosclerosis
Professors and researchers from MSU’s many research fields are collaborating to improve methods of treating atherosclerosis. Dr. Trevor Douglas of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, spearheads this research, which is aimed at developing technology to diagnose the condition early. Douglas hopes that his work will save lives in the future Atherosclerosis is caused by accumulation of plaque in the arteries and causes heart attacks, strokes, and other complications in the heart and circulatory system. Atherosclerosis often goes undiagnosed until it has progressed too far to cure. The method being developed by MSU’s researchers uses nano-materials as imaging agents so that plaque buildup can be seen in MRI images. Douglas and his team modify virus cells to act as contrast materials. Synthetic proteins attached to these now-harmless cells act as tethers to plaque, allowing doctors to locate and correct the problem early.
Douglas is working with other professors and researchers to further his research. Dr. Yves Idzerda, a researcher and professor of physics at MSU, and Vanessa Pool, a graduate researcher, are two of the people helping Douglas with his work. Idzerda and Pool have worked to categorize properties of materials used in Douglas’ research. This helps Douglas decide which materials will give him optimum results. This research extends beyond MSU. He places firm confidence in interdisciplinary work, saying, “One discipline can no longer answer all the questions that need to be answered.” At a recent meeting, he spoke of the danger of focusing too much on a single discipline. “If we’re not talking, then I could go in a direction that is never going to get closer to human tr ials.” Douglas estimates that it will be about a decade before his research is ready for human trials, but is excited to have had a successful trial on a mouse recently. He has great expectations and great hope for his research, saying, “There are a lot of ifs in the meantime, but I think even if we can do the simplest thing, like get early diagnosis, it will be huge.”
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$20 Million Grant Given to MUS REBEKAH MOHR Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer announced Oct. 3 that the Montana University System (MUS) has received a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to strengthen the state's science and engineering workforce. This a program will reach into campuses and communities across Montana. "This is going to help Montana train our own scientists and engineers who will work on issues dear to our state and who will be tomorrow's entrepreneurs creating high-tech
THE DEAD GUY by Eric Cobble What would you do if you had one week to live, a million dollars to spend, and all of America watching?
"This grant shows that we know how to work together in Montana to get things done." jobs right here under the Big Sky," Schweitzer said. "This grant shows that we know how to work together in Montana to get things done. Our entire university system got on board to make this happen and the whole state will benefit." Both Montana State and the University Montana worked together to win the competitive national award. The grant will provide for the hiring of at least 12 new science and engineering faculty members across the state, as well as support undergraduate and graduate student research. Programs funded by the grant will help improve science and engineering education and provide for new research equipment.
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The Invisible Student Group Little red paper rectangles have inundated campus. They’re pinned to bulletin boards and sitting comfortably on public buildings. They are inscribed with the word “LIFE.” There’s no Matt Schwager OPINION WRITER contact information on the front nor the back. These would be easily dismissible except that earlier this week people were walking around campus with identical red rectangles, made of duct tape, covering their mouths. They, too, said “LIFE”; the shirts these people wore also said some other stuff, but the protestors were probably moving so fast you couldn’t read what was written. I figured I could get an article out of the whole thing. First things first, I had to identify these guys, as vague a task as that was. A contact in another organization told me this protest was ostensibly by Students for Life, a pro-life student group on campus. I decided I would go to their group meeting, held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in SUB 232, according to the student organizations directory on MSU’s website. There, I found a Christian organization that had no clue as to what Students for Life was. My bad, sorry, I said, and proceeded to ask that inviolable compendium of knowledge, the AskUs Desk, where I might be able to locate the group. No dice. I left a message on the president’s cell phone and, at the time of this writing, I’ve received no contact in return. This tendency for student groups to be inaccessible is troubling. It’s not just Students for Life; the penchant, I suspect, for
students to remain insular in their activities can be applied to a broad range of groups. Take a look at the list of student groups at MSU and there will probably be more than one pleasant surprise, simply because there is little self-promotion of clubs in the MSU community. Some of this could be attributed to crude management of information: More than one group has outdated meeting hours posted, or none at all, and at least one has no contact information whatsoever. This problem runs deeper, though. Many groups have as their mission statement that they are to promote awareness or understanding of some issue or another. Ask a pool of random students about the Baha’i faith, or about local food problems, or about tribal issues, and you’ll receive more than a couple blank stares. The very purpose of most of our student groups has been drastically unfulfilled. Groups with a hold on massive funding, such as QSA and EWB, are certainly exploiting awareness methods to their utmost, but the aloof pockets of students focused on dissemination of arcane knowledge seem to be uninterested in engaging the campus as a whole. This attitude is disheartening, to say the least. Should groups be a springboard for nebulous, short-lived activities, visible only in bursts, such as at Catapalooza? Should we adhere to a traditional view of groups, or should we just be all right with the preponderance of our groups having little normative purpose? The general campus atmosphere depends on the interaction among clubs, and so the flavor of our school depends absolutely on the level of motivation clubs deign themselves to embrace.
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'No Pain, No Gain?' Equal opportunity to excel and the ability to overcome obstacles with hard work are two preeminent cornerstones of American culture. It is these two values that simultaneously allow Else Trygstad-Burke us to advance beyond OPINION WRITER our circumstances and encourage us to blame ourselves when we do not meet our own expectations in terms of success. As college students, we are confronted from all sides with competition, “resumebuilding” involvement opportunities, financial stress and an understanding of the strong role our own responsibility and work ethic plays in our eventual success and security. We are aware that college is our chance to build an arsenal of knowledge and skills before we face the battle for employment and graduate schools awaiting us on the other side of our undergraduate experience. We are also aware that failure in that realm will often cause us to blame ourselves for the outcome. Our anticipation of the post-graduation struggle already manifests itself in a fascinating competition of exemplary self-sacrifice and masochism. Attendance-based grades and lecturebased exams, both of which are important but make missing class difficult, provide an excuse for this self-injuring behavior. Students vie against one another in a silent contest to see who can pull the most all-nighters (a practice openly advocated by at least one architecture professor), take the most credits, participate in the most activities and survive a week of work and class with the flu. The most interesting part of this phenomenon is the psychological aspect. Many students justly feel that the more they sacrifice now for their success, the less fair it will be for them to blame themselves if they
happen to fail later in life. By taking a toll on our bodies and mental health, we create a tangible way to remind ourselves and other people that we must never be blamed for our own results. This approach is extremely effective – what individual is going accuse him- or herself of not working hard enough if he or she has the stomach ulcers to prove that he or she slept two hours a night all through college? The bottom line is that as young adults we must prioritize our physical health, even if that means feeling lower on the “extreme” ladder. Chronic lack of sleep, a failure to exercise and nutrient deficiencies all have devastating short-term and long-term conse-
Teachers must not support, let alone promote, unhealthy practices. quences, from depression and relationship strain to anemia, weight gain and extreme sleep debt. Professors, administrators and university health workers need to work with students to improve an unhealthy environment. Creating awareness about time and stress management, the benefits of exercise and nutrition is essential. Information distribution to the student body needs to be widespread and comprehensive, as well as reinforced by educators and other professionals. Teachers must not support, let alone promote, unhealthy practices. Professionals need to be supportive and understanding of students’ predicament and send the message that good health should be the highest priority, as it creates lasting success down the road.
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OCCUPY BOZEMAN: PERSPECTIVES
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Gutter Punks PAT HESSMAN Take a moment to look at the opinion section of the Chronicle. You’ll probably find some letters condemning the Occupy Wall Street movement. It's rather saddening that some take no time to consider what the people of the Occupy movement stand for. Instead they throw out words like “Marxist” and “socialist.” One commenter on the Chronicle’s website referred to the protesters as “gutter punks” who have never “done anything productive in their lives.” Classy. Why is it that a college student with tattoos and piercings protesting corporate greed is seen as a degenerate, but a middleaged baby boomer at a Tea Party protest is a noble patriot? Have we no right to fight for our future, just the same as they have the right to protest the inevitable reality of a changing world? Even worse is when the movement is
brushed aside for the sole fact that younger people are a heavy driving force behind the movement. Apparently, some believe in a democracy that should give the new generation no legitimate voice in the political landscape. We must have forfeited that right when the 18 – 25 age group helped propel Barack Obama to the presidency. Perhaps if some of the detractors of the movement would have attended the Occupy Bozeman protest last week, they would have seen more than just college students. Bozeman residents of all ages turned out to protest, standing together to oppose corporate control of the country. In the end, though, our age group is the most important voice, because the future is ours. It doesn’t belong to the detractors. Then again, what do I know? I'm just one of those far left gutter punks who wants to demolish our democracy and create a Marxist dictatorship.
Change: Where’s the Foundation? GRANT ZIMMERMAN I happen to like John Mayer. One of my favorite songs of his is called “Belief.” In that song, he sings about the power of belief and how, en masse, it can fundamentally alter people’s lives. This is grassroots organization at its finest, right? A bunch of people get together because they believe something should be changed, just like the Occupy movement. The Occupy protesters are by-and-large intelligent people who truly believe they’re working toward something better, else they wouldn’t be out there. But what if their arguments aren’t fully informed? • “It’s pure economics! People demand jobs so corporations have to supply them!” • No. Businesses only need a certain amount of labor. It’s an individual’s job to fit into that. • Or to start their own business. • “Punish the big banks; take your money out!” Search “bank run” and “economic consequences.” And no, the FDIC is not a cure-all; somebody still pays.
• “Greedy corporations are destroying America!” Corporations like to make money. So do you and me. The police exist to keep us from stealing; the SEC, to keep corporations in line. Who’re the ones not doing their jobs here? Mayer sings the line “What puts 100,000 children in the sand? Belief can.” The Occupy movement is almost completely nonviolent, but if put into action, the unintended negative consequences of their beliefs could still be huge. One cannot make changes to something without understanding how it works. It’d be like renovating your house without the blueprints; you’re liable to do something that destroys the entire place. People should voice their grievances. Change should be called for. There are so many places where improvements could be made. But we can’t get where we would like to be going without knowing where we’re coming from. That’s what I caution to the Occupiers: If you just know where you’re starting from, the grass is going to be much greener on the other side.
Power to the Living, Breathing People Think For Yourself VIRGINIA SCHMIDT Power belongs with the people. Although many have found the Occupy Wall Street movement to be frustratingly unclear about its doctrine or objectives, most who have witnessed or followed the movement would agree at least one of its supporters’ tenets is rather clear: to bring power back to the people of the United States … and away from the corporations. OccupyWallSt.org, the “unofficial” site of the movement, defines Occupy Wall Street as a “horizontally organized movement employing the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to restore democracy to America” using a tool known as a “people’s assembly.” Such a definition signifies the movement’s emphasis on equal power across a level power field to all involved. This directly defies the current, divisive hierarchy of power and money within the nation. This division has largely resulted from excessive corporate capital, which has produced the top 1 percent of the wealthiest, most powerful people in the United States and left the other 99 percent of its citizens feeling powerless. By law, corporations enjoy the same rights as individual citizens. The United
States has legally interpreted the word “person” in the Fourteenth Amendment to include corporations. A person simply cannot compete with a corporation; a million people cannot compete with a corporation. Whether one supports or scoffs the somewhat muddled message of the Occupy movement, its mission to bring power back to the living, breathing people of the U.S., and away from corporate “people” bloated with money and power, has been a long time coming. The Occupy movement, according to its website, requires the participation of every person who “has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of its individual citizens” and emphasizes that “we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies of our nation.” It’s time the people of the U.S. stood up for themselves, and perhaps the Occupy movement has finally provided a venue, albeit one that is still in its developmental stages, for power to truly return to the people. Occupy Wall Street’s website claims our species is in crisis. Until our “species” includes only humans in U.S. law and practice, corporations will continue to put it in crisis.
HOGAN PETERSON Though the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement are seemingly and in part intentionally vague, the spectrum of potential purposes is a testament to its defining nature. The movement has become something of a catch-all for the economically and politically disillusioned, but caution should be applied to digesting it. If everything that shines isn’t always gold, everything painting itself in a revolutionary light shouldn’t be assumed to have a positive connotation. The hype surrounding the Occupy movement is undeniable, but as citizens, we have an obligation to carefully analyze the rhetoric it has presented. Should we believe that the protesters are noble just because there are a lot of them and they‘re “taking a stand?” Before condoning or opposing the protests, some degree of skepticism should be applied. While the protests do bear visual resemblance to the movement for Civil Rights, perceived similarities shouldn’t detract from analysis of content. Americans shouldn’t automatically believe that any two movements are comparable in merit on the basis of their appearances.
The Occupy movement’s most popular catchphrase involves claiming to represent “the 99 percent,” which is to say, everyone except the very wealthiest citizens. What it comes down to is a misleading label; almost everybody is part of “the 99 percent.” This doesn’t, however, mean that 99 percent of the population is behind the movement. In implicitly claiming the entire population as members, the movement has attained false credibility. To date, the movement has claimed its lack of specificity to be intentional, emphasizing a broader target. However, it could be argued that this is a shotgun method recruitment tactic. If the movement supports lots of ideas, an individual agreeing with one idea passively supports the rest, and the movement gains steam it isn’t necessarily entitled to. It’s easier to adopt the all-encompassing beliefs of others than to construct our own, but the tactics utilized by the Occupy Movement create a bandwagon potential. The movement should be praised for the sake of political activism, but people need to make an effort to see past the “V for Vendetta” image before allowing it to represent them.
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F THE F LOT BRIAN CLARK
My day began like any other day: I arrived to school 10 minutes early so I could troll the F lot for a sacred parking spot almost a mile away from campus. To no avail, I was forced to park my car where it wasn’t permitted and upon returning was greeted with that mocking yellow envelope: a parking ticket. I have decided that the F lot is a frustrating display of socially unacceptable behavior. I used to plan my school day around saving time for the important things: homework assignments, spending time with my girlfriend, hygiene and feeding myself. It seems the most challenging part of my day has become the ultra-mundane act of parking my car in hopes of making it to class on time. This semester I opted for an F Lot pass, since last year's purchase of an S/B pass was thrice as worthless. I am aware that starting my academics at 10 a.m. makes my odds of finding a spot pretty slim, but unfortunately, mommy and daddy do not sponsor me, so I work until very late at night to pay for my education. Getting back to the point, the F Lot is an entirely inefficient use of space due to the fact that it is not paved and has no lines to guide those who lack the skill or courtesy to park correctly. After speaking with Ron Brekke, parking services supervisor, he said that there are no plans to pave the lot anytime soon because it isn't in their budget. Where does all the money for parking permits go? And the cash-cow daily-rate lot? Mr. Brekke also informed me that they will be adding a few signs that will exclude a few nooks and crannies of the lot, making it even smaller! If we are stuck with the unpaved F lot for the time being, I urge students to take into consideration their fellow classmates, tighten up thei parking and practice it now, because it will only become more challenging once the lot is covered in snow.
YOU KNOW WHAT? RYAN BOVY
You know what really scrapes my knee? Cyclists. If you’re just a kid who rides a bike, I’m not talking to you. I’m a kid who rides a bike sometimes, especially when I’m late or feeling athletic. Cyclists are the people that ride around on their fancy bicycles, and start
salivating about gears, wheels and lube when you talk to them. The Exponent’s Senior Hipster Correspondent, Derek Brouwer, explained that cyclists believe a man’s bicycle “is an extension of the body, and therefore an extension of one’s self.” What a bunch of bunk. Basically, he means these nutcases think that their bike in some way defines who they are — sounds stupid to me. Now, not all cyclists are hipsters, but all hipsters are cyclists. Cyclist hipsters ride a particular type of bicycle, the fixie. A fixie is a fixed-gear bicycle. This means it has only one gear, and to turn the wheels one must turn the pedals. To stop a fixie, the rider must forcibly stop the pedals from turning, referred to as skidding. Seems like an impractical way to ride a bike. The fixie rider is only doing so to be hip, but now fixies are hip, so stop it; you’re not a trend setter. Riding a single-geared bike is an inefficient use of your energy, and a general danger to those around you as well as yourself. I just cannot wait for it to snow so I can watch all you crazy cyclists slide around and fall. Good luck out there, idiots.
CLIMBING SHOE RENTAL SYSTEM AT FITNESS CENTER FLAWED JORDAN MAXWELL
At the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center, there are innumerable activities to take part in, many of which are free of charge. A person can play basketball, swim, lift weights or rock-climb for free; however, they cannot rent rock-climbing shoes for free. Shoes are required for climbing, and there is a $2 fee for each rental. Beyond this initial irritation, the rec. center accepts only cash, no Cat Cards. Why, after spending thousands of dollars on MSU, should students have to spend a measly $2 each time they climb, and why would the Cat Card, which is advertised as being universally accepted on campus, be unavailable for use in this situation? This system is appallingly flawed; students shouldn’t have to deal with these sort of inconveniences. The idea that our recreation center is trying to make a profit off its students while providing them with a product that they have already paid for is absurd.
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tudents and community members mobilized last Friday, marching down Main Street in protest of corporate influence on American government. Occupy Bozeman, as the event was called, was organized by MSU students Mark Bond and Shawn Sheppard to allow Bozeman citizens to express their opinions on the nation’s current economic situation. It sought emulate the recent events of Occupy Wall Street, where protesters
in New York have criticized social and economic inequality. Specifically, the movement has denounced the extent to which they see the wealthiest one percent of Americans disproportionately benefiting from the country’s economic system as the remaining 99 percent struggles to make ends meet through the recession. “We need to have corporate influence take a back seat or no seat at all,” said Livingston local Lynn Weaver, who traveled to Bozeman for
Protestors gather in front of the Bozeman Public Library on Friday.
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the event, “and have the influence of the ordinary people matter again.” Although there is much focus on the recession in the U.S., frustration felt towards current economic difficulties has manifested iteself on a global level as well. “Since May 15, the people of Spain have been protesting the economic situation more or less like you are doing here now, because they can see the inequalities in the world,” said Juan Peñ, a participant originally from Spain. “I went to
Wall Street also, and felt like I was in my home. It doesn’t matter if you are from Spain or here, we are all people.” Taking aCTion
With this motivation to rise against economic inequality in mind, approximately 100 people gathered at Montana Hall to begin the event. Protesters of all ages shared signs, pamphlets and opinions with each other before starting their walk. Sheppard and Bond worked to bring excitement to the march by stating the group’s motives over a megaphone, encouraging protesters to remain peaceful and leading chants such as, “This is what democracy looks like!” and, “The people, united, cannot be defeated!” “I am so glad to see young people doing this, because it is their future,” said supporter Shirley Davidson. “We did this all through the 1960s, but it’s them who need to be out here.” Many shared that the main reason they attended was to exercise their freedom of speech. Not only did the people protest economic inequality, but also displayed signs on a variety of issues, from abortion to the legalization of marijuana. “This movement is about bringing people together and actually getting a voice in our government,” said Caleb Clunie, a Bozeman community
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member. “Now, what that message is, it’s not certain, but I feel it will mutate and transform, and that’s what our government needs — a transformation.” Led by a banner reading “Empowerment, Courage, Community,” Occupy Bozeman chanted their way down Eighth Street and continued onto Main. Upon reaching the Court House, the parade was joined by about 50 more protesters who had been picketing on the front lawn. The crowd then convened at the Bozeman Public Library, where a microphone was opened to the public, allowing attendees to share their ideas. “We’re actually doing something about the situation,” Sheppard said to the crowd, “We’re not just sitting around complaining.” Altair Alonso, an MSU student and Occupy Bozeman supporter said, “This is one of the things you can do to make a difference — make your voice heard.” “I don’t think Congress listens; elections aren’t working, petitioning the government isn’t working,” said Weaver. “Taking to the streets is our last recourse.” Why They Came
Protesters voiced numerous concerns regarding today’s economic and corporate climate. Community member Marvel Stubbs said she supported the movement because she wanted to set an example for her children and give them hope for the future. “I’m lucky enough to have a good job with benefits, but my child works at FedEx 60-plus
“This movemenT is abouT bringing people TogeTher and acTually geTTing a voice in our governmenT.” — caleb clunie, bozeman community member
hours a week with no benefits, and that’s not right.” “My hope,” Stubbs stated, “is that politicians stop pointing fingers and become part of the solution instead of the problem. Let’s stand up and do the right thing and make some good changes.” Max Wilke, MSU student and fellow Occupy Bozeman supporter, offered his own reasons for participating in the event. “I’m here today because I don’t think corporations should be considered people,” he said. “Our bank system is completely corrupt and needs to be reorganized in its entirety,” said another MSU student, Kiri Brennecke. “It’s not helping the people.” Despite the variety of personal motivations for supporting the Occupy Bozeman movement, protesters agreed that the overall mindset behind the movement was to create a sense of awareness within the Bozeman community. Meg Lonefight Clunie, a former MSU student,
said she hopes the Occupy Bozeman movement will spark interest and get the ball rolling. “We’re trying to be as positive as possible,” Clunie said. “Wall Street can’t help but hear us.” Finding SoluTionS
Organizers hope to continue the movement, encouraging supporters to stay active in their community and keep their passions and opinions on the economy alive. Mark Bond reiterated the importance of citizens becoming aware of the problems around them. He also encourages community members to actively vote for officials wisely, and hold them accountable for what is or isn’t accomplished in the government. “I feel that the Occupy Bozeman movement is the start of something that will keep going,” said Caleb Clunie. “If you start looking at whatever you feel is causing problems, and start looking at them as part of yourself, then at least you’ll know that your vested interest is in all of humanity.” Check out Biff the Bobcat’s coverage of the occupy Bozeman protest at: youtube.com/asmsuexponent
occupy Bozeman organizers mark Bond and Shawn Sheppard promote the event
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Lumberjacks Get Axed Cats Continue Big Sky Domination
Left: Everett Gilbert runs downfield. Above, the Cats line up on offense. Below, Coach Rob Ash sings the fight song in celebration.
defense. The Cats proved not only are they strong, but that they have the tenacity to get the job done. Holding NAU to only 49 yards rushing sent a message across the Big Sky and the nation that the third-ranked Cats aren’t The Bobcats continued their reign in the Big Sky Conlosing their appetite for victory anytime soon. ference last Saturday with an exciting win over Northern The Bobcats sniffed out NAU’s quarterback Cary Arizona University (NAU). They beat the Lumberjacks Grossart to sack him six times in Saturday’s victory, and 41-24, giving the Cats their sixth consecutive win. LookBrad Daly, defensive end from Heling to avenge a lopsided loss ena, accounted for three of them. last year at NAU, the Bobcats Daly’s sacks totaled a loss of 33 played with pride and intensiyards, but he wasn’t alone as the ty, amassing 524 yards of total entire defensive line was able to offense and holding the Lumput pressure on NAU’s backfield. berjacks to 298 total yards — Defensive end Caleb Schreibeis led nearly half their season’s averSaturday’s game with seven tackles. age yards per game. Schreibeis commented on MSU’s With 276 yards rushing defensive determination, “We want and 248 passing, the Bobcats to be at the top, and we play like continued to exercise their balit. We are determined; there is one anced offensive attack. Cody goal in our minds and that is we’re Kirk rushed for 142 yards and going to get some sacks.” one touchdown, while Tray -Caleb Schreibeis Ash remarked on the team’s Robinson tacked on another building momentum, “It’s been 107 yards and earned himcoming each week. As soon as you self one touchdown as well. start getting the momentum, you get in on Sunday and Through the air DeNarius McGhee connected for three turn the projector on and realize there is another team touchdowns — two with Elvis Akpla, and the other with out there that wants to knock you off.” Coach Ash also Tanner Bleskin. McGhee now has 38 touchdown passes commented on why he enjoys coaching the Cats so much. in his MSU career, and Akpla sits at eighth place in MSU “I like this football team because they play for each other, history with 1,680 receiving yards. they play as a team. We don’t have any egos on the team, Head Coach Rob Ash called Saturday’s offensive and I think that makes us pretty tough to stop — when showcase the “best offensive performance so far this sea[the team is] playing for each other.” The Bobcats travel son.” The Cats battled for 29 first downs without kicking to Pocatello to play the Idaho State Bengals on Oct. 22. a single punt. But, a great offensive is useless without a strong SAM ROLOFF PHOTOS BY MAURY NEIPRIS
“We want to be at the top, and we play like it. We are determined; there is one goal in our minds.”
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SPORTS ATHLETE PROFILE
A fencing match begins in Romney Gym.
Sport: Golf Name: Kelly O’Brien Hometown: Maple Grove, Minn. Major: Business Marketing, Minor in Entrepreneurship Year in School: Junior Sport Involvement: Since age five Favorite place to golf: Florida, because it is so warm and the climate is nice. I also have a golf instructor in Florida, and I visit five times a year. Why did you start playing? My brother and dad played and got me started. I love it; I get to meet so many people and have fun. What’s your favorite thing about golf? Traveling around the country, playing at nice courses and meeting new people. What are you looking forward to this season? Taking my game to the next level,
seeing the team grow and winning the conference. How do you motivate yourself before a tournament? Visualizing my competitive drive and winning factor. What person or quotation most inspires you? “Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.” — Robert Brault Do you have other hobbies/ activities/interests? Working out, traveling, shopping and eating. What’s your favorite class at MSU? Marketing 342. It’s something I am interested in. Anything else you would like to tell readers about MSU golf? Live your life and always do your best. Never give up.
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Fencing: Not Just for Knights
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Fencing may have originated in medieval times, but at MSU it has been around since before World War II. The club was off and on until 1990, and has been continuously active ever since. Anyone is allowed to join, and Head Coach Michael Holland stressed that no previous experience is necessary. “Most of the time people start from scratch,” he said. The club’s goal is to teach people fencing and to improve previous skills. They have a “two-fold approach. They want to maintain fencers and their skill set, in addition to watching them grow. They also want new participants to join so they can teach them the basics and watch them improve. The fencing club is not affiliated with MSU, but is allowed to practice on campus for a fee. The fees go toward paying for the
use of facilities, instruction and equipment — such as swords, vests and chest protectors. The fencing club is a member of the U.S. Fencing Association. They compete in the Inland Empire division, which consists of approximately 12 teams from Montana, Idaho and Washington. Members of the club do not have to compete, but competition is a great way to further their fencing and is encouraged. There are also a number of non-division invitational or open competitions which they can attend, but unless they are within a certain distance, this is not common. Holland said some people are intimidated because fencing is a combat sport. However, it is in a controlled setting and injuries are rare. The most common injury is a sprained ankle. The injury rates for fencing are lower than those of other contact sports such as basketball and football. “Don’t be afraid just because we play with swords,” Holland said. For more information on fencing club, visit their website at www.bozeman-fencing. org.
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Cats Snap from 0-15 to 3-16 MICHAEL GROSS
This has been the most exciting month thus far for Bobcat Volleyball. Having won their first two conference games, one of them against Weber State (their first onthe-road-sweep in 10 years), MSU brought their record from 0-15 to 3-16 in two weeks. Last weekend they hosted the Sacramento State Hornets and the Seattle University RedHawks. The Hornet/Cat match was very close. Although both teams were neck and neck — averaging nearly the same number of kills, block assists and individual points — it seemed MSU’s inability to control the ball was their downfall. The Cats played aggressively with 146 attack attempts, compared to Sac. State’s 135. This assertive energy served them well as they kept up with the Hornets in points, however, their inaccuracy thwarted any potential triumph. Although they hit the ball harder than their opponents, they averaged an unfortunate .034 attack percentage as compared to Sacramento’s .111. The Cats also fell behind in serving. MSU ended the night with half the amount of serving aces than the Hornets, as well as 1.5 times the number of serving errors. The night ended in a 0-3 sweep in Sacramento’s favor. MSU’s Nicole Baker led the entire
match in digs with 23. Not only was this the fourth game in a row where this sophomore from Pleasanton, Cali., has walked off the court number one in digs, but she has also achieved this distinction in 50 percent of all matches so far this year. Although Baker came through strong as MSU’s main defensive leg, it was not enough to make up for the team’s lack of organization and coordination. The Sunday match against Seattle was a different story. The Cats seemed to learn from their mistakes the night before and adjusted their strategy 180 degrees. They let off on aggression and instead focused on brute accuracy. The team ended with 13 fewer attack attempts than Seattle U, yet with an attack percentage of .225 compared to the RedHawk’s .176. They had three times the number of serving aces and less than half the number of serving errors. Nicole Baker led in digs again (her tenth time this season). They trailed slightly in blocking with one error and zero blocking solos, compared to Seattle’s zero and one, respectively. Yet it seemed in this match that the cohesion and consistency the Bobcats had lacked against Sacramento State made up for their modest blocking insufficiency. They took home a 3-0 domination to balance the weekend. The Cats will be hosting Northern Colorado Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. and Northern Arizona on Oct. 22.
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Macy Page hits the ball over the net.
Staying Fit on Campus CASSIE WILSON How do you stay fit? Some people go to the gym, some play sports, some venture to the great outdoors. If you’re looking for a fresh way to stay in shape, you may not have to look very far. One of the perks of attending college is the accessibility to new experiences for students. Ever thought about taking a spinning class? Or yoga? Or perhaps zumba, that strange trend you’re just not sure of ? You can. The Hosaeus Fitness Center offers plenty of group classes throughout the week for students. You can keep up your fitness while
having fun and meeting new people. The classes the center offers are: Zumba, Spinning, Yoga, Pilates, Oula, Hydro Fit, Turbo Kick, Burlesque, Step and Sculpt and Boot Camp. For an extra cost, there is also a Pink Gloves Boxing Class. Group classes change the pace of the old treadmill routine. “I take the yoga class in the morning. It’s a great way to start my day. I feel refreshed and ready to take on whatever the day brings,” Kate Snapp, a senior at MSU, explained. ”I‘d recommend these classes to any student. They’re right on campus and convenient.” Some classes, such as the Pink Gloves
Boxing Class, provide more than just an outlet for exercise; this class teaches defense maneuvers and life skills. Zumba, a Latin inspired dance fitness class, blends dances such as salsa and rumba with modern hip hop. Oula is a type of Zumba that originated in Montana’s own Missoula. Especially when so much of a student’s time is spent buried in a book, it’s important to exercise more than just their brain. If your interested in joining a class, go by the Hosaeus Fitness Center, or call (406) 994-5000. There is also a complete schedule at montana.edu/getfit/.
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Saturday, Oct. 22 Devolution Films and the MSU School of Film and Photography will showcase the multi-award winning film “Mi Chacra” by MSU alumnus Jason Burlage at the Procrastinator Theatre. “Mi Chacra” exposes a year in the life of an indigenous Peruvian farmer who works as a porter on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. While revealing his story and love for his land, the main character, Feliciano, narrates the history of his culture as well, offering another perspective to the history of his people. Burlage studied Film in the Media and Theatre Arts program at MSU. After spending three summers working on community service projects near Cuzco, Peru, Burlage became curious about the conflict of porters in the indigenous community. Many porters, whose backgrounds are in sustenance farming, must leave their community in order to
work on the trail. “There is a feeling amongst the indigenous people that they aren’t good enough,” Burlage stated. Thus, the conflict between maintaining their traditional lifestyle and moving to the city and becoming like another culture ensues. After spending time with Feliciano and his family, Burlage realized that “each wanted what each other had.” For Director Burlage, it was the sense of a strong community and sustainability that these indigenous peoples had — this knowledge of knowing where everything they eat comes from. Burlage not only takes interest in this, but his film “opens your eyes to how a lot of people in the world live,” while also exposing the idea of “having to go away to create a life
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fMRI–The Brain Responds to Boundary Crossings
Are our moral decisions made by rational thought or emotional responses?
Lecture by Dr. Sara Waller | Summary by Kendra Schaff There are emotional boundaries that have been crossed in many situations like humanrobot hybrids. Emotional responses are often connected to moral judgments. Things that someone has a strong reaction to are usually morally questionable as well. Crossing boundaries is often described as “disgusting” even if it cannot be explained. An experiment was done where subjects were asked questions about people who are transgender, human/animal crossings and robotics while the subjects were being scanned in an fMRI. The preliminary results show greater emotional and neurological reactions to the transgendered and a passive reaction to animal/human crossings and robotics.
Since this study was done with people from the same area, would taking people from different cultures produce varied results? Could people become desensitized to certain aspects, which would therefore affect the
How are our moral boundaries developed? results of this experiment? Do people make moral decisions based on rational thought or emotion? Is the jump from emotional responses to moral responses plausible?
MSU Alum to Screen Award-Winning Film ASHLEY PIPER
for yourself.” Since “Mi Chacra’s” world premiere at the Starz Denver Film Festival in November 2009, the film has gone on to many prestigious festivals around the world, including the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and South America’s top documentary festival “It’s All True in Brazil.” The screening begins at 6:30 p.m., with Jason Burlage in attendance to answer questions after the show. Tickets can be purchased at the door of the Procrastinator Theatre or in advance at Cactus Records. Student tickets are $10; general admission tickets are $12.
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REVIEWS BOOK REVIEW The Shining By Stephen King It’s October, the month of chills and thrills, so I’m delving into the mind of Stephen King for this week’s review of “The Shining.” Due to his alcoholism and horrible temper, the main character, Jack Torrence, is fired from his teaching job and takes a new job as a winter caretaker at an old hotel called the Outlook. There he plans to build a new life for his family and finish writing his play. Jack, his wife Wendy and their psychic son Danny move into the Overlook. Before the rest of the staff leaves for the winter, the hotel’s chef, Dick, who has the same psychic power, has a talk with Danny. Dick warns him of the sinister things that live in the Overlook. He says nothing can hurt Danny, they are just pictures, but if there is trouble to give a mental shout. Due to the harsh Colorado winters, the Overlook becomes isolated from the rest of the world. While checking on the boiler, Jack discovers a scrapbook that tells the a colorful history of the hotel. Soon after, Danny starts seeing ghosts and horrible visions of the hotel’s past and of what the future may hold for his family. The hotel manipulates the living, and when it cannot force Danny to do as it wants, it possesses Jack instead. As the ghost slowly drives Jack mad, he craves the bottle. The bar, once empty of all alcohol, is suddenly full. Once Jack is drunk, the Overlook uses him to try and kill Wendy and Danny, so it can have Danny’s psychic ability. Wendy manages to lock Jack in a pantry, but the ghost of the former winter caretaker sets him free. Danny sends a mental shout to Dick for help. Will Dick make it in time to save Danny and Wendy? Are you brave enough to find out? “The Shining” is a long book, but once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down. I definitely would recommend it to all the horror buffs out there, as well as anyone looking for a good scare on Halloween.
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Level 1’s 'After Dark' A Question of Sarcasm Dear Aspen, Last week a boy texted asking me to dinner, to which I responded sarcastically, “That sounds like soooo much fun.” He didn’t get it! How can I make sure my sarcastic texts aren’t misconstrued?
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ZOË REESE STANDRING The guys from Level 1 Productions (L1P) have come out with another jaw-dropping film, “After Dark”. It hits the streets of Bozeman at the Emerson Cultural Center this Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. (hurry and buy your tickets!). Tanner Hall’s “Retallack” will be the appetizer. The film starts quietly against a raven-colored sky, while an illuminated forest awaits the mischief of the night. The scene shifts to a shot of the new school skiing the team brings to the backcountry, as well as mad urban rails, making the finesse of tricks even more perfect. Parker White (known for slaying anything he comes across) stars in the next full segment. His choice skiing will leave the audience wanting to see more. “After Dark” is shot in various locations around the globe, from “the streets of Moscow to the backwoods of Japan,” White said, “Locations are very important. I did film in Montana, in fact my favorite place I filmed was hands down Cooke City, with Billings and Kalispell locals Wiley Miller and Adam Delorme.” This group of thrill-seekers was born with skis on their feet. In fact, they’re unclothed without their skis. It seems they spend more time sliding rails or spinning in the air, giving emphasis to the theme of the
film and the unthinkable limits the skiers rise to. Watch for hand rails galore, the urban settings of Moscow and the go-pro shots
“A creative documentation of some extremely radical skiers who travel all across the world and do what they do best." that leave one bug-eyed. Why see “After Dark” this week? “People should watch this film to support our local ski community and to see a creative documentation of some extremely radical skiers who travel all across the world and do what they do best. Also, quite frankly, it’s going to be an excellent time.” White explains. White will be at the premiere along with fellow skiers featured in the film, Wiley Miller and Ahmet Dadali. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. For more information check out http://level1productions.com/events/ after-dark-bozeman-mt/.
Once again we see the dire need society has for a sarcastic font. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just switch on our sarcasm in a manner that everyone understood and go from there? Unfortunately, until technology buffs work on fixing another one of our first-world problems, we’ll need to be creative when it comes to sarcasm. Smiley faces have helped texters make great strides in the sarcasm movement. The winking smiley face can often be used sarcastically. However, the winking smiley face has dangerous implications. To the hopeful and wishful thinking, the winking smiley is seen primarily as a symbol of flirtation. If you sent a text that said, “Can’t wait to see you later ;),” it could seem to the recipient that you have interesting ideas regarding the rest of the evening. Others have employed the use of italicization or capitalization to emphasize their sarcasm. However, both styles are also associated with other emotions: italicizing is commonly used to portray internal thoughts, while capitalization generally implies that the sender is yelling. Still others use laughing terms to be sarcastic. Lol’s, haha’s and heehee’s are seen
frequently. As with italicization and capitalization, these terms have preset definitions, and are most often used to imply that the sender has found something amusing. Laughing terms do, however, employ sarcasm better than most other options. Ex: “You’re the best beer pong partner I’ve ever had. Haha.”
Don’t supplement your texts with smiley faces, and punctuate every sentence. The best way I’ve found to portray sarcasm is to do so in a dry manner. Don’t supplement your texts with smiley faces, and punctuate every sentence. Texting often does not include punctuation anymore, and the appearance of a period can strongly influence the point of a statement. Or you could just call the recipient a bro. That would make the message very clear. “Yeah, cool bro.”
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Halloween is not far away and if you don’t want to be a huge loser at the next Halloween party, you better get your costume together right now. Halloween is one of the few times that you can bust into a party and advertise your personality with one glance. So put some thought into your costume, because people will judge you. Here are the five most important characteristics to consider when choosing a Halloween costume. Hotness — Okay, we get it. You survived most of the Fall semester without tacking on too much weight, and now you want to show it off by dressing like the hooker version of a common occupation. That’s your prerogative. Cuteness — If you want to feel attractive but not be a slutty nurse,
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there’s surprisingly lots of other options. Green leotard + paper petals + large cardboard flower pot = cute girl as a flower. Done. Next. Functionality — Let’s face it. We live in Montana. You need a costume that you can travel from party to party and not freeze. Keep warmth in mind, but also size. A Rubik's Cube is fun, but bulky and awkward to navigate around parties in. On the other hand, you have a flat surface to place your drink on. Cheapness — This is another factor that people will judge you on heavily. Yes, your movie-replica Batman costume is impressive. No, the fact that you spent more on a Halloween costume than your entire wardrobe is not impressive. What’s that? Your entire Transformers outfit is made of reused cardboard? Impressive. Originality — This one is the most important. Would you rather talk to the guy dressed as a vampire or the dude who appears to be dressed as a dinosaur rabbi?
The Montana Manlove Party has gained support for their platform of demanding recognition for what they view as the most tender, intimate relationship of them all: the bromance. Party Chairman Chad Denning said at a recent rally, “Men all across the country are discovering the joys of completely-hetero-and-in-no-waygay companionship with each other. We’ve found much more meaning together than we ever did with dramatic, nagging women.” Denning went on to say, “We deserve the same rights and tax breaks as any married couple, because unlike most of them, we still love each other.” Pamphlets distributed by the group around campus celebrate men rediscovering the joys of living and drinking together all over again. The party touts candidates in races ranging from Montana’s U.S. Senate seat to various county dog catchers. “We need some manlove all over Montana,” Denning explained. A recent party ad proclaimed celebrity credence for their cause, citing the likes of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney and even Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. The group drew
controversy, though, for comments calling the US military deplorable for being unsympathetic to their cause, despite being what they say is the most bromantic profession in America. They say there is nothing more manly than squadrons of men
“We need some manlove all over Montana.” living, fighting, showering and rolling in the dirt together as one. “Especially now,” a party spokesperson said, “It’s perfectly fine to be gay with another soldier, but you can’t love your bro in a completely, 100 percent, straight way? Where is the justice? Where is the equality?” Chairman Denning encouraged Montana men to join their cause. “If you agree, stand with us. If you agree that two, three, or 10 men should be free to love each other in a very normal way, then stand with us. Stand up for yourself and your fellow bros. Embrace one another. Show the world our love, and remember: it’s not gay unless you make eye contact.”
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Calendar october 14 - 20 FRIDAY
october 14 Beginning of MSU Parent/Family Weekend Oct. 14th - Oct. 16th For an event schedule and more info see www.montana.edu/pfa/ weekend.html Cardboard Box City 2011 5: 30 p.m., Bogert Park Join Family Promise of Gallatin Valley as they help raise awareness concerning homelessness and help raise money to support homeless families locally. There will dinner, prizes, and with a pledge of $100 or more you can set up your own decorated cardboard box For more info and to register visit www.familypromisegv.com/ cardboard-box-city-2011 Sudhir Kumar Seminar 11:10 a.m., Byker Auditorium Sudhir Kumar director of The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, will present “Phylomedicine: An evolutionary telescope to explore and diagnose the universe of disease mutations” Marlon Blackwell Lecture 5:30 p.m., Reynolds Recital Hall Marlon Blackwell will present “Transmutations of Place” “Amadeus” Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Every Sunday at 3 p.m. till Oct. 16th The Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, Livingston, MT Tickets: $9 - $15 For more info visit www.crazymountainproductions.org Montana Women in Visual Arts Exhibit runs until Nov. 11th, Emerson Cultural Center, Jessie Wilber and Lobby Galleries Featuring art about Montana, fine arts and crafts, and some Native American and internationally inspired Exit Gallery Exhibition Public Reception:“The Real is Real” Nathan Tonning Final Day of Exhibit
SATURDAY october 15
Kiwanis and Lions Clubs Family Fun Day 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Bares Stove & Spa, 301 Evergreen Drive, Bozeman, MT Help support less fortunate families in a Hope for the Holidays fundraiser with activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting, and a BBQ The Wicked Fun Tail Waggin’ Dog Run and Festival Race: 9:30 a.m., Lindley Park Race options: 5k or 1.5 mile Walkers, runners and dogs please join the Bozeman Recreation Department as it hosts a Halloween dog fun run followed by food, live music, demonstrations, a dog costume contest and more! Register at The Bozeman Recreation Department by October 13, 415 N. Bozeman Ave. Run for the Roses Race begins 9 a.m. at Montana Hall on MSU Campus Registration: $20 - $25 Support a good cause in a 1 mile, 5k, or 10k race! Register online at http://www.active.com/running/ bozeman-mt/run-for-the-roses2011-rc865 Bobcat Football vs. Northern Arizona Game begins: 1:05 p.m. Bobcat Stadium Come cheer on the Bobcats with friends and family! Bobcat Volleyball vs. Sacramento State 7 p.m., Shoyer Gym Support the Bobcat Volleyball girls in their weekend matches!
october 16 Bobcat Volleyball vs. Seattle 7 p.m., Shoyer Gym
MONDAY october 17
Exit Gallery Exhibition Opening:“Concourse” by Chris Holton Reception: Oct. 19th from 5 - 7 p.m., Exit Gallery Contemporary sculpture installations based on the materials and textures already present Build Your Websites NOW! Workshop Begins 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cost for class: $225 Develop professionally and build a functional website that you can update and manage yourself without using computer code; For more info visit www. eu.montana.edu/profdev Bone Marrow Drive 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hoseaus Fitness Center Lobby Donors must be ages 18-60, in general good health and complete a consent/health history form
TUESDAY october 18
Hapner Remodel Design Workshop & Meeting Open House and Raffle: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Design Workshop: 6p.m. Hapner Main Lobby Be a part of redesigning public areas in the Hapner building
WEDNESDAY october 19
PechaKucha Bozeman 6:30 p.m., Story Mansion Admission: $5 PechaKucha (chitchat in Japanese) offers anyone with a passion or a vision an opportunity to share their ideas with the community during a fast-paced, friendly social hour. Presenters include Meta Newhouse, Vaughn Judge, Dean Adams, Ben Bennett and more
Got an exciting, entertaining, extraneous, educational, or just plain excellent event coming up? Let us know at calendar@ exponent.montana.edu
Langford Remodel Design Workshop & Meeting, Open House and Raffle: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Design Workshop: 6p.m. Hapner Main Lobby Jawbone Railroad: Blue Grass 7 - 9 p.m., No cover, Starky’s Authentic Americana Grill Sizzling Salsa Every Wednesday, Lessons at 8 p.m., Dancing till 11 p.m. Baxter Ballroom $5 per person For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THURSDAY october 20
Café Scientifique 6 - 7:30 p.m. Baxter Hotel Ballroom Downtown Bozeman, MT Dr. Tom G. Schwan will speak on “Ticks and What Montanans Should Know About Them” Free and open to the public Dana Tanamachi Lacture 7 p.m., Reynolds Recital Hall MSU Graphic Design Department presents Dana Tanamachi, a custom chalk letterer and graphic designer from Louise Fili, Inc. in New York City Library Workshop: Google Secrets 12 - 12:50 p.m., Renne Library, Heathcote Classroom Discover search tricks and techniques to find additional information and explore Google’s multiple databases Maximizing Google Tools 1 - 4 p.m., Cost: $59 Cost for class: $225 Learn to use Google more effectively; For more info visit www. eu.montana.edu/profdev
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“Untitled” Jacylin Guenthner. Jaclyn Guenthner is in her final semester as a painting major at MSU. Her preferred medium is water-based ink and acrylic, and she describes her style as “flowy and intuitive.” “I never have an image that I choose and paint, I just go step by step and it evolves into something,” explained Guenthner, who went on to say that art is “kind of like playing, but there’s more thought involved. One of the hard parts about it is trying to decide when things are finished...I want to create art that resolves itself.”” None of the featured pieces are titled, because Guenthner doesn’t think a piece should have a title “if it doesn’t need it.” Words by Karen Wilson
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Inappropriate Bumper stickers
self-expression on the road is an all-american tradition.
my other car is at the bottom of a lake with a corpse in the trunk
this sticker is covering up a 'palin 2012' sticker
i'd rather be fishing for montana: where 'legal limit' 17-year-olds on craigslist is more like a guideline this weird rash is ask me about my my co-pilot gambling addiction and i brake for bicyclists failing marriage honk if you suffer from chronic tinnitus! amish veterans for libertarian hindu ferret grooming for the children
(except for that 3rd degree manslaughter incident last year, but other than that i totally brake for bicyclists)
Brutally Honest Protest signs concept & illustration tammi heneveld
Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine.
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