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Volume 106, Issue 21 | March 1, 2012

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Love it or hate it — or both — drinking is an integral part of our college and state’s culture. For many if not most students, alcohol enriches our lives as a social lubricant, helping Eric Dietrich editor-in-chief us develop the interpersonal relationships at the heart of the college experience. In addition to being quite fun, it makes it easier to strip away facades, take risks and slip into camaraderie with our peers — processes at the heart of growing up. We must keep in mind, however, that alcohol’s power there lies in its ability to make us vulnerable. In employing it to open ourselves to those around us, we expose ourselves to harm, self-inflicted or otherwise. Like all powerful tools, it requires no small measure of practice and effort to use without doing more harm than good. After all, alcohol use is the third-leading cause of preventable death in the United

States, responsible for 79,000 deaths on an annual basis. Given that Montana has one of the country’s higher per-capita alcohol consumption rates, those statistics likely understate the issue on our campus. Alcoholism is a real problem here, one that we

accepting responsibility for ourselves and each other, about understanding that our decisions — including our intoxicated ones — have consequences. When we fail to understand that, we don’t deserve our newfound independence.

Adulthood is fundamentally about accepting responsibility for ourselves and each other, about understanding that our decisions — including our intoxicated ones — have consequences. cannot treat lightly. Booze is a factor in many of student life’s uglier aspects, from its status as the “original date rape drug” to its role in spurring the less-than-jovial side of the Bozeman Police Reports — the Feb.12 altercation between two MSU athletes behind Bar IX, for instance. That said, we students are adults, with a legal and ethical obligation to act as such. Adulthood is fundamentally about

Too often, we approach college like a vacation, an interim period between parental supervision and “real world” responsibilities when we’re free to live the “Animal House” dream. We take it for granted that partying is part of the college experience, particularly our freshman year, and laugh at the prudishness of administrative efforts to steer us away from particularly dangerous behavior. That’s rather childish of us. As we

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Students: Have a Stake in CoB Building Plan It’s great that the university is offering students a chance to participate in the planning of a new building for the College of Business — part of a historic $25 million donation given to the college last fall. Unfortunately, students have yet to take advantage of the opportunity. At last week’s planning session, where architects discussed possible building locations, only three students were present — a CoB student, a student senator and an Exponent reporter. The apparent lack of interest by students in this process is disappointing, especially given the administration’s efforts to be inclusive and the fact that the new building will alter our campus’ aesthetics and parking situation. The CoB planning committee has since narrowed the list of sites to three: east of Hamilton Hall (over the President’s parking lot), south of Grant Street (over the pay

choose to consume, we must do so as adults rather than adolescents. When we go out for an evening on the town, it’s foolish not to keep close tabs on our consumption and simply dumb to not have a plan for getting back home without driving. The same is true when we shrug off moderation as a virtue, or pursue quantity over quality in consumption. With that, I’ll come to the essence of our intention with this week’s coverage: to make it easier for our of-age readers to partake responsibly, particularly on a tight student budget. As part of that, we’ve made a point of featuring the schedule for the Latenight Streamline bus, probably the single best deal available to students with its free service. We’ve also included a set of hopefully-common-sense tips to inform a night on the town. To reiterate what should be self-apparent: Drunk decisions are decisions, whether or not you remember them in the morning.

parking lot) and north of Wilson Hall (over a tree grove and part of the E lot). Each of these options would place the new building near the core of campus. Construction is slated to begin in 2013, with completion by 2015. That means the project will impact our community in the very near future. Freshmen in the College of Business, for instance, will likely take classes in the new facility. These meetings provide a way for students to express opinions on decisions that shape our learning environment, from classroom size to windows to common areas. And while it may seem irrelevant to students outside the College of Business, the building’s construction will disrupt a portion of campus for several years and alter parking opportunities. For example, architects are considering ideas that would include structured parking facilities and will eventually

make decisions regarding the building’s energy efficiency. Students certainly have a stake in such matters. The university’s commitment to soliciting public input for this project is laudable. In addition to holding planning sessions, the college has set up an informational web page, and this week President Cruzado published a Monday Morning Memo on the topic. These efforts mark a positive communicative gesture that — if students take the initiative to respond — can better connect us with the administration’s decision-making process, to take part in the construction of our university community. Our campus will be better for it. Students interested in the project can find out more at cob/building/index.html. The next planning session will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. in SUB Ballroom A.

The Exponent exists in large part to provide a forum for student voices, a mission that extends well beyond the words of our staff. To that end, we encourage the broader student body to engage us by submitting letters, rants and story ideas. This is our student publication, after all, and we’d love you to be part of it. And, besides, a bit of variety does a lot to keep our pages interesting. RANTS: Fed up with one of the myriad injustices of campus life? Want to publicly rail against it? Send us a rant to letters@ Just keep submissions 200-300 words. And please, try to refrain from personal attacks. Letters to the Editor: Inspired or angered by something we've published? Want to call out our editorial judgement, good, bad or otherwise? Just want to send one of our writers "fan" or "hate" mail? Send us a letter at letters@exponent.montana. edu. Submissions should be signed and kept under 300 words, and may be edited for AP style, grammar and length.



Q&A with President-Elect Kiah Abbey Colin Gaiser Exponent: What first prompted you to run for ASMSU president? Abbey: I was reflecting on how I’ve had a really great experience at MSU, and talking to Lindsey we were asking “how can we recreate that experience for other MSU students?’ So, we thought that maybe as ASMSU president and vice president we could have the backing to recreate those experiences for other MSU students. During the campaign, you talked a lot about sustainability, including the sustainability of “human energy.” Could you elaborate on that? As far as human energy goes, I feel we can provide a support system for students who are already leading, dedicating a lot of their time to MSU and making our school even better. That support system may come in the form of more scholarships after their freshman year, endowments from the leadership institute or workshops so student leaders can run their organizations more efficiently, using less energy on their on their part but a more effective use of energy. I’d also like to create incentives for students who aren’t taking advantage of leadership opportunities on campus. You mention scholarship opportunities for post-freshman students. How will you go about pursuing those scholarship opportunities and where do you think the money is going to come from? I can’t say I’m completely positive how I’ll do that, but I think my first step will be approaching the MSU Foundation, as well as possibly working with private enterprises to encourage them to start funding more of the incredible students that we have at MSU. Sustainability of natural resources is very important to you. What do you think MSU is doing well in this area, and how do you think we can improve? I think what’s going well is that students are working really hard to create a more sustainable campus. One thing we have going for us is that we’re so close to the natural resources we’re working with. Obviously, there’s still non-renewable energy in Montana, like mines and oil rigs in the East, but we’ve also got the privilege of living so close to wilderness areas, and that gives us a little more incentive to be sustainable. I guess it’s also really important that the administration at MSU starts giving sustainability more financial support. We need to start putting our money where our mouth is. Election turnout was extraordinarily

low for both the primary and general elections. How do you think you can go about making students more engaged in student government? Based on turnout, I think it’s pretty obvious that students aren’t as aware [of student government] as they could be. I think we need to have more creative ways of reaching out to the student body. One thing I’ve brainstormed is the idea for doing a Friday Morning Memo. We could also do “Coffee With the President” once a week, where we’ll [Lindsay and I] just sit in Brewed Awakening in the morning--possibly work with the SRO on getting a discounted coffee rate if you come—and you can talk to us about what’s happening at ASMSU.

It seems like every student is concerned about parking right now. Is what ways will you go about solving the parking problem? We want to work closely with the Sustainability Center to encourage alternative transportation to campus, whether that is by expanding the Streamline or creating carpool spots. And hopefully by next year we’ll be creating a bike share program. How would you improve the services of the Streamline to reach more students? I think the Streamline’s already doing a great job, but I think a way to improve it would be—taking a hint from Jesse Cook— to expand the hours during the weekdays, so that students who want to stay on campus

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until 9 o’clock at night have a ride home. In addition to providing that service, we could expand the geographic range. Bozeman is a growing town. How can MSU go about accommodating for our growing student population, especially considering parking, new buildings and residence halls? It’s going to take creativity. I think we need to continue having the quality of services we’re providing to students academically, in the residence halls and with the community, as we have a great community because we are a fairly small institution. I’m kind of concerned about the strategic plan to continue expanding our student population, because I don’t feel like we have the infrastructure to support that with residence life and our academic buildings. Next I want to ask you about the “SUB Pub.” What is your opinion about potentially building a pub in the SUB? I love the idea of the SUB Pub. I think it’s a great way to build that community atmosphere on campus after hours. I know I’ll be on campus in the evenings, and after a long day sometimes I want a beer [laughs]. It would also be really cool to incorporate Bozeman’s local food movement into the SUB Pub and provide really good, local, tasty and healthy options. What would you say to detractors who think the administration shouldn’t be fostering an environment where students are able to drink? I would say problem drinking is a product of education and accountability. The coolest thing about having a SUB Pub would be that students would essentially own the SUB Pub, so we could create accountability within that infrastructure. We can have that three beer limit like the breweries in town and we can create healthy drinking habits and education utilizing the SUB Pub. Where do you see MSU, and yourself, in 10 years? As far as MSU goes, I hope we’re still providing the same quality academic programs, and I hope we’re still producing incredible research. And also, I really hope that MSU fully embraces the sustainability of natural resources and really works hard to achieve the goals of the Climate Action Plan. I’d like to look back as alumni and say “I was a part of that.” As for myself—good lord, I’ll be thirtyone—I guess I just hope to be happy and changing the world in a really positive way by solving conflicts, whether that be on an individual basis or on an international basis.




Outgoing ASMSU President Discusses His Time in Office Garrett Smith Blake Bjornson, the current president of the Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU), sat down with the Exponent to reflect on his administration, president-elect Kiah Abbey and VP-elect Lindsey Murdock, and student government as a whole. Exponent: What have been your administration’s greatest strengths? Blake Bjornson: We’re dedicated to our office, and we’ve put in a lot of time. I think we brought everyone with us in terms of that — we make sure everyone is putting in a lot of time and making it more than something they do on the side. They make it a primary part of their lives. I think the student senators are excited about what they do, and have made it a priority. What have been your administration’s greatest weaknesses? I think sometimes I feel that we need to be perfect. It’s hard to be perfect in an organization like this. I get frustrated with that. We’ve got a lot of people working here and not everything goes perfectly. It can get stressful and it’s been challenging. What do you think will be the president-elect Kiah Abbey and VP-elect Lindsey Murdock’s greatest strength? They’re very collaborative. They are good at making sure everyone is a part of every discussion. What will they bring to the office that

has not been brought before? It’ll be interesting to see. Kiah has a lot of energy — Not that energy hasn’t been brought before. Voter turnout this election was about seven percent. To what extent do you think student apathy accounts for the current situation? A great deal, I think. If students knew they were giving 150 dollars a year to this organization, and that elected students make decisions about where that money goes, they might care more. But it’s hard to get them that information. They’re so inundated with information; many are focused on schoolwork, their research or an organization they are involved in. Every administration needs to work on making [student government] relevant to students. I think if students had an understanding of what’s going on, they would care and would vote. In an interview with the Exponent last year, you said freshman retention was important to you. Is it still important? Of course. I’m on the strategic planning committee, which is creating the university’s strategic plan for the next six years. I lead the group that is focused on learning. The learning group has many goals, and among the most important is retention. I pushed for that. The strategic plan will guide the university in how we budget. That is how I've moved forward on making retention a bigger issue on campus. Is sustainability still important to you?

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Blake Bjornson reflects on his time as president. It’s what I’m most passionate about. It’s my number one platform. I think we made big strides with sustainability initiatives this year. We got the new office, which I think is important for visibility on campus. Freshman students can see it as they’re on tours. We expanded recycling big time. We worked on things such as getting sustainability into the curriculum as a minor. It’s been an uphill battle, but I think we are getting there. We’ve been working on a proposal for the university and student money to establish an MSU Office of Sustainability. We’ll see where that goes.

Tunnel of Oppression Raises Diversity Awareness Josh Mazzoni MSU hosted the Tunnel of Oppression on Feb. 27 and 28. The Tunnel of Oppression is a series of exhibits which demonstrate different instances of oppresion. The tunnel has spread through the United States and Canada since its inception in 1993 at Western Illinois University. According to Pennsylvania State University’s website, the Tunnel of Oppression is meant to “give participants the opportunity to see, touch, hear and feel the realities of oppression… [it] is intended to be eye-opening and consciousness raising.” “People misunderstand the point of the tunnel,” said Phenocia Bauerle, the Diversity Awareness Program Coordinator. Bauerle, along with students Elizabeth Wilmerding and Miki Lowe, helped coordinate the event. “It doesn’t get in your face. It’s really just to make people think and make them aware,”

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Image by trevor nelson A view from inside MSU's Tunnel of Oppression. together. It was MSU students who got she said. together with their own ideas of what op"We transformed the ballrooms into a pression is and made this happen,” said Liz tunnel,” Lowe said, “ that has exhibits from Greenfield, event organizer. “It’d be nice to student groups here at MSU that exemplify have this be an MSU tradition. The intent different instances of oppression." Boasting [of the tunnel] has always been to have furexhibits from groups such as the Advanced ther dialogue.” Sculpture class, Students for Choice, Stu“The world is full of all sorts of ugly dents for Life, the Voice Center, Baha’i Camthings, but the way we deal with them can pus Club, Queer Straight Alliance and othchange,” Bauerle said. “It’s important to ers, the event was diverse in its display speak out. Things are never going to change “This just took off — everyone worked if everyone keeps quiet.”

Last month, MSU said goodbye to long-time Student Activities Director Patty McGown. McGown worked in her position for 25 years before leaving in January for an internship in Texas. While at MSU, McGown worked to get her masters degree in counseling and is now pursuing a career in the field. The Student Activities Office, which deals primarily with the funding of student organizations and general campus programming, is currently being run by Program Coordinator Cheryl Polacek. However, Over the next few months the office could be undergoing some significant changes. “Anytime somebody leaves, especially after that long, you have an opportunity to step back and take a look at the good things that person has done,” Student President Blake Bjornson explained, “and also things that we want to see done a little differently.” McGown resigned in the middle of the academic year and as a result, offices around MSU are working to fill the gap. Matt Caires, Dean of Students, is collaborating with the Office of Community Involvement and various student leadership groups to address the short and long-term problems that have developed. One more immediate challenge is the planning of the Day of Student Recognition. Caires has organized a group of staff and student body members to meet weekly and discuss the event and ideas of how to make the event successful despite McGown’s absence. Caires’ committee is also talking action to address the more long-term issues and the future of the office. “A survey of all the student clubs and organizations has recently been conducted to see what they thought of the office,” Caires said. “What are the good parts? What are the bad parts? How can we make things better?” Caires said the resignation of McGown has provided an opportunity to create a new vision for Student Activities. Caires has yet to announce a replacement for McGown, “I am taking my time because I want to hear from students, from our staff, ‘what do you think?’ And after we talk enough and gather that information this spring, we will have a great vision for the future.” Suggestions or ideas about the office of Student Activities can be directed to Matt Caires at




police reports 2/15/12 - Negligent arson - An MSU employee reported that a name tag affixed to a door had been partially burned. 2/15/12 - Criminal mischief - An individual reported that their vehicle was damaged when someone placed an unknown substance in the fuel tank.

reported that someone had shattered a window in a bathroom.

under the age of 21. The female provided the officer with a false driver's license.

2/10/12 - Hit & run MVA - An MSU employee reported that someone drove a vehicle through a fence and then left the scene of the accident.

2/3/12 - Negligent arson - Someone set a piece of paper on fire in a bathroom stall.

2/7/12 - Negligent arson - A male was reported to have burned a door knob with a lighter.

2/3/12 - Forgery - A female had a forged parking hang tag displayed in her vehicle while parked at MSU.

2/6/12 - Theft - A plasma screen television was taken from a classroom.

2/2/12 - Criminal mischief - It was reported that symbols had been scratched into mirrors in two separate bathrooms.

2/12/12 - Law enforcement assist - An officer observed a male steal a case of beer from a grocery store.

2/4/12 - MIP/criminal mischief - It was reported that a male was tearing flowers from a flower bed and bending signs.

2/11/12 - Criminal mischief - An MSU employee

2/3/12 - MIP/obstructing a peace officer - An officer located a female who was in possession of alcohol while

2/2/12 - Burglary - An individual reported that while they were away from their residence hall room, someone entered the room and stole some prescription medications.






Film Exploring Iranian Education Coming to Procrastinator bonny birkelanD “Education Under Fire” is a short film that exposes the discrimination prevalent in the education system in Iran. The film will be screened in the procrastinator and features a series of interviews that document the denial of students practicing the Baha’i faith in universities.

Sydney Jaramillo, an MSU student and practicing member of the Baha’i Faith,advocates educating others on the problems and challenges college students from different parts of the world face. “[We] hope to bring light to this issue and let people be aware, because people aren’t aware that this still happens in the world today,”Jaramillo said. “And also to ask MSU

Students who practice the Baha’i Faith have repeatedly been denied access into Iranian universities because of their religious beliefs.

Students who practice the Baha’i Faith have repeatedly been denied access into Iranian universities because of their religious beliefs. The students say The Republic of Iran is violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that education is an inalienable right guaranteed to every human being.

students, ‘What can we do to help? Can we accept graduates here? Can we write letters to Congress or to the UN? How can we help?”’ Students founded The Baha’i Institute for Higher Education in 1987 in protest of the Republic of Iran’s denial of Baha’i students in universities. Volunteer instructors

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and graduates of the program run the BIHE. BIHE began as a gathering of students and professors coming together in small, crowded rooms to learn and teach. In the beginning, these meetings were inefficient; students often had to wait upward of two weeks to have their assignments graded and returned to them. As more students joined the program, BIHE obtained its own building and computers. The Iranian government deterred BIHE’s progress when it confiscated all of the program’s computers and sent the professors to jail. The Baha’i Faith originated in the late 1880s in Iran. Founder Baha’u’llah believed that all religions are equal, women are equal to men, unification of peoples is necessary and the world is moving toward a universal civilization. “Education Under Fire” will be showing in the Procrastinator on March 7, at 7 p.m. A panel of professors will be around after the showing to help generate dialogue about Baha’i Faith and the oppression prevalent in education systems around the world.




Student Gov't to Floating on the Address Rising Madison Could Student Claims be Regulated

Sustainability Center Director Resigns

College of Nursing Proposes Doctorate Program

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The total amount of student insurance claims has increased this past year. As an effect of this increase, student health insurance costs could rise. “Yes, raising the insurance cost is one solution,” said student body President Blake Bjornson, “but there are many other options being considered.” Student government will discuss the issue during tonight's senate meeting and is looking for student opinions. “No decision has yet been made on how to address the issue,” Bjornson said, “but we will actively be seeking input from students.” “This issue will move forward over the course of the next two or so months,” he added.

In response to complaints of river congestion, trespassing and littering, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks association has been developing a management plan for the Madison River. According to their website, the popularity of the river has “affected the quality of the recreation experience for some people,” and has prompted the creation of a plan to provide diverse recreational opportunities while protecting the river and land around it. The drafting process will continue throughout 2012 and be completed by 2013. FWP has hosted four meetings since February to educate the public on the issues at hand as well as take community suggestions. In upcoming months the FWP will appoint a Citizen Advisory Committee to help draft the plan. Those interested in joining this committee can apply online by March 16, on the FWP website. For more information visit http://fwp.

The ASMSU Sustainability Center’s director, Gretchen Hooker, will step down from her position this month. Hooker, who has been the director of the center for the past three years, accepted a position at the Bio-mimicry Institute in Missoula, where she will work to advance the spread of bio-mimicry as a tool for sustainable design. Hooker was hired as the first full-time employee at MSU working on sustainability, and has since worked to expand the sustainability program throughout campus. ASMSU President Blake Bjornson viewed Hooker’s resignation as the loss of a valuable employee but noted, “I look at this as an opportunity for us to take a step back and assess where we are with sustainability on campus, and where we want to go.” Hooker hopes that even in her absence the Sustainability Center will continue to grow, prosper and continue building its partnership with students and the administration. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with the student body on an initiative that is so close to their hearts, and mine as well,” she said. “I think that we have accomplished a lot the last three years and ASMSU and the student body at large have a lot to be proud of.”

The College of Nursing has proposed to start offering a Doctorate Degree of Nursing Practice in order to better prepare its graduates for the workforce. The program was proposed to the MSU Budget Council and is competing against 30 other proposals for limited monetary funds. Most of the cost of the program would come from increased faculty salaries. According to College of Nursing dean Hellen Melland, the program, if accepted, will be the first Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree in the state of Montana. The program will differ from the master’s degree program in that a third year will be required of students and clinical practice will increase from 500 to 1000 hours. Melland affirmed that doctorate graduates will be expert clinicians who will be prepared to “make a difference.” With the introduction of the doctorate program, the current master’s degree nurse practitioner program will be phased out. However, the master’s clinical nurse leader program will continue as is. “These nurses at the doctoral level will be prepared to go out and meet the health care needs of the citizens of Montana,” Melland said.

Summit on Sexual Assault to be Held in Butte Rose Sullivan-Springhetti A summit for students around the state to gather and talk about the prevention of sexual assault at Montana Tech this Saturday in Butte. The forum is being hosted by the MSU VOICE center, MSU student government and the University of Montana Student Assault Resource Center. The summit will be an opportunity for students, administration, victims and anyone else interested to talk with assault prevention experts. Discussions will cover a variety of topics including different prevention and intervention practices, ways to reduce risk, of being a victim and resources for victims seeking help or protection. Another major discussion point will be the cultural factors that allow for sexual assault to occur, with an emphasis on how to recognize and address these factors. Registration for the forum is free, however reservations are required. For more information, contact Alanna Sherstad, MSU VOICE Center coordinator, at (406) 9947142 or

College of Business Dean Candidate Withdraws Eric Dietrich One of three candidates under consideration to lead MSU’s College of Business has withdrawn, accepting a position at another university. Howard Smith, currently a professor in Boise State’s Department of Management, was scheduled to present at MSU Feb. 29. The remaining candidates are Penne Ainsworth of the University of Wyoming, who visited MSU Feb. 22-23, and Kregg Aytes of Idaho State University, who visited campus Feb. 27-28. According to an MSU News Service press release, the university has no plans to consider other candidates at this time.


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Contrasting Bozeman’s Faith Communities Few organizations have as profound of an impact on a community as its churches, and Bozeman’s wide variety of churches approach fulfilling their congregations’ needs in very different ways. For Brent Zundel the past three weeks, I Opinion writer spent each Sunday at a different church, observing the place of each in the community. I approached each as an average newcomer would, simply attending and observing. First, I attended service at the Bozeman United Methodist Church. This church appeared mainstream Protestant, with an older average age and a small, smiling crowd of people. The Sunday I attended, the message of the sermon was baptism. A group of youth group students got up on stage and gave a rehearsed skit, and the pastor added flair to his sermon by splashing all the congregants with water to underscore his message. Frequent announcements interrupted the service, with opportunities for members to participate in additional activities. After the service, a nice couple stopped me to ask if I was a student, what I was studying, and other social niceties. The husband invited me to stop by his office for coffee sometime. As I left, with a few visible water marks on my shirt, the pastor stopped me, shook my hand, made a joke about not doing that “every week,” and encouraged me to come back. The second week, I went to Journey Church, Bozeman’s take on a megachurch and a spinoff of Billings’s Harvest Church. Their website says, “We’re not too interested in looking like or acting like a ‘church,’” but a tagline like “We’re really interested in looking and acting like a rock concert” might be a bit more truthful. This was God, Inc. Upon entering, my senses were overloaded with material wealth: information kiosks, smiling attendants and the nebulously named “Guest Central” offices. Inside the cavernous worship area, a thundering bass beat washed over me, coming from a 12-piece band and three massive flat screen TVs. Among the myriad seats occupied by a small army of the faithful, the material wealth was astounding; here, clearly, was a people who wholeheartedly accepted the prosperity doctrine. During one of the breaks, well-dressed

Journey, an offshoot of Billings's Harvest, is one of the largest churches in the Gallatin Valley. leaders appeared on the enormous TVs above the congregation and said that “a church of our size should be making a huge impact in our valley.” They called on congregants to shape the “cultural, social and economic” landscape of Bozeman. The service finished without a sermon — although I did ask someone who told me they “usually” have one. A lady made her way in front of the band and explained that if the concert didn’t work for you, there were people in Guest Central who would pray with you separately. Not a single person introduced him- or herself to me during the entire time I was there. Finally, I spent a Sunday morning at Pilgrim Congregational Church. The church

The service itself was more or less standard in its presentation, but everything progressed on a very intellectual plane. The pastor discussed experiencing God through imagination and employed diverse inspiration, from George Bernard Shaw to Thomas Aquinas. One of the most striking aspects of Pilgrim is its statement of faith, which goes to great lengths to be “open and affirming,” regardless of factors ranging from sexual orientation to socioeconomic status. The supplemental hymnal has been purged of all gender-specific language, and all references to “Lord” or “King” have been excised, since those refer to male titles of royalty. As the sermon ended, a few members

Does community create churches, or do churches create community? Or is there perhaps no clear distinction?

is quite small, and all the members have name tags and seem to know most of each other. When the service began, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had stumbled into an honors seminar; members were talking about imagination, beauty and constructing meaning. Soon, we broke for a time of greeting, which stretched on as congregants crossed the entire sanctuary to chat, smiling as they saw members they knew

stopped to say, “Welcome to Pilgrim” to me. One even invited me to a chili feed that afternoon. All these experiences left me full of questions for the faithful and the non-believers alike, one of the most pressing being: What is the role of a church in a community? Is it to run as a corporation and recruit new members — in short, to proselytize? Or ought it concern itself with creating deep

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connections between its members? What works for one person may be anathema to another. It is a unique symptom of modernity that many organizations — churches included — attempt to recreate intimate social settings on a much larger scale. Some Catholic masses have involved thousands of people for centuries, but there seems to be something uniquely American about megachurches. These churches are machines of capital, and much of the money goes toward “glorifying” the physical church building. Robin Dunbar, a British evolutionary psychologist, proposed the concept of Dunbar’s number in the 1990s, which posits that the physical size of the brain’s neocortex limits the number of relationships that humans can manage to roughly 150. This comes about because for one person to really understand two others, he must understand both his relationships with each of them and their relationship with each other. Does community create churches, or do churches create community? Or is there perhaps no clear distinction? Increasingly, talking about religion in the public sphere is difficult, but should discussing God be easy? Despite inherent difficulties, it’s crucial that we have open, vigorous discussion about religion’s place in society, without stopping at distracting wedge issues like gay marriage and contraception rights. A church means something very different to different people, and that’s something worth discussing.




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Pets in the Dorms a Feasible Option People love their pets. Humanity has long used its animal brethren not just for food and labor but also friendship and company. I recently moved off campus and inherited a pair of pet Pat Hessman rats from a friend movOpinion writer ing out of state. I fell in love with the two furry devils and remembered how much I loved pets growing up. This brought me to another thought: Why are pets not allowed in the residence halls? I decided to do some research. It turns out that pet-friendly residence halls are a growing trend at universities across the nation. Currently, around a dozen colleges in the country allow pets within student housing, though most of them are private schools. Possibly the most liberal with pet policies is Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. All animals capable of domestication are permitted within the pet-designated residence halls so long as they weigh under 40 pounds. As current MSU Residence Life policy stands, no pets are allowed in universityowned housing outside of fully aquatic animals such as fish or turtles. There are many arguments that can support this policy. Pets can be destructive or extremely loud. Some residents may have allergies to animals. These are all valid arguments against allowing pets. However, the various colleges now allowing pets in their dorms have found solutions to these arguments against pets. Colleges such as Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania and Stephens College in Missouri have designated pet dorms. A student with allergies simply need not

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apply to live in these pet-designated living options. Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. developed a unique protection against the destructive potential of pets: students requesting a pet-friendly room pay an additional $400 charge to their housing fees, $200 of which can be refunded based on the condition of the room. Portions of this fee go to maintaining a fenced dog-walk on campus. Additionally, university policy provides the residence staff the right to send overly-aggressive or noisy animals home. Possibly the most compelling argument for allowing pets in residence halls comes from a 2008 study conducted by the University of Ohio: Students who keep pets are more apt to handle stressful situations in a healthy way. Pets help alleviate loneliness, a problem known all too well by many freshmen and sophomore students. Who better to help a stressful, overwhelming and isolating transition to a new world than a loving, furry (or scaly or slimy, I can’t discriminate here) friend waiting for you back in your room? For a university that puts so much emphasis on ensuring easy transitions for new students, this sounds like an excellent way to help many incoming freshmen. I cannot offer a comprehensive, perfect plan for a pet-specific living option on campus. This is merely a researched argument from a pet-lover based on the policies and successes of other universities. Pets have proved time and again to be rewarding to the lives of those who keep them; this can become part of campus life as well. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play with my rats.

Bozeman Community Should Be Wary of Year-Round School In an unusually and relatively well-publicized action, the Bozeman School Board has assembled a professionally diverse panel of individuals to investigate Else Trygstad-Burke new ways to make eduopinion Writer cation more effective in the school district. The panel will focus on exploring different methods of “calendar reform” that may positively impact student success in Bozeman. Several recent articles, displayed in their entirety on the Bozeman Daily Chronicle website, discuss the main objectives of the School Board’s “Task Force,” as well as their sources of reference and inspiration. Without resorting to the redundancy of restating the articles, I should briefly mention the panel’s stated areas of study — the effect of different school calendars on student success, teaching, extra-curricular activities, “summer opportunities,” tourism, business, etc. Although it would be presumptuous to question the panel’s judgment on so complex an issue, those invested in Bozeman public schools must take note that the board has thus far largely excluded one group from the decision making process: the students. Many adults assume that most secondary level students would vehemently protest the idea of a year-long school year, perhaps rightly so. Despite the seemingly “obvious” reasons for this potential opinion on the part of students, the community should hope that the School Board and its investigative panel take student opinion seriously. Although some students may cling to their summer vacation as an opportunity for recreation, others have a more legitimate reason to oppose year-round schooling. The current goals

of the panel, at least those which have been made public, make no mention of how a year-long school year might affect students’ emotional and social needs. This is surprising, considering that a primary area of focus for educators in the past few years has been the effort to stop and reduce bullying. The public is generally aware of the more drastic bullying situations — for example, cyber bullying behaviors that lead to suicides, or attacks on students of different races or sexual orientations — and the movement to stop bullying understandably targets these particular areas. This causes the subtler but similarly influential versions of social torture to be overlooked. Middle and high school social environments, which are almost always dismissed by parents and other adults as “something everybody goes through,” can cause incredible damage to students’ ability to learn effectively. Social ostracism, emotional bullying and other well-disguised forms of ill-treatment are crippling to the students who experience them, and almost always slip under the radar of teachers and school officials. It seems completely unnecessary to accept such an environment — which has flourished since the initiation of modern schools — as the status quo. One hopes that the school board is taking more into account than simply the district’s test scores and tourism revenue. To instigate a year-round school system without making drastic changes to the social atmosphere of middle and high schools would further perpetrate the psychological distress of many students. This is essential for the School Board to recognize before it jumps upon what it may perceive as a quick-fix solution for America’s lagging education system.




Countdown to Fascism! Troy Duker

You know what really sparks my fits of loathing? Nicholas Sparks. I’m sure he’s a really nice guy, but all these books and movies are ruining my love life. Of course, withRyan Bovy BUSineSS manaGer out him I wouldn’t know that “love is like the wind (you can’t see it, but you can feel it)," but neither would every girl on earth. “Just when you think it can't get any worse, it can.” Usually it does, because girls’ expectations of me are far too high as a result of this man’s books. “And just when you think it can't get any better, it can.” But it generally doesn’t. Occasionally, Mr. Sparks writes something that is helpful for men. Thanks to him, women know that “worthwhile things are never easy.” But then he follows that with an eloquent speech that I swear I’ve made before, but that came off insincere because she’d seen it in a movie. That’s not my fault, is it? That Nicholas Sparks is taking away all the romantic language I am capable of ? I can’t tell you how I feel about you because he already captured it in a far more romantic scene. I’m sorry ladies: “You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.” Do you really want to continually fall for that? “The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over.” I got nothing more, want to fight about it?

I think I speak for men everywhere when I plead that Sparks stop writing his love stories. The only thing they are good for is a cuddle when the movie finally comes out. It’s also a good two hours that I can zone out and still talk intelligibly about the film afterward. If you’ve seen one Nicholas Sparks movie, you’ve seen them all. Admittedly, “You have to love something before you hate it.” I can say I have enjoyed a few tear-jerkers in my day and appreciated the bond that can be created between movie characters and myself in my living room. But after all of this, I have learned just one thing. “That I am nothing spe-

"The greater the love, the greater the tragedy when it’s over." I got nothing more, want to fight about it?

cial, of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul and to me, this has always been enough.” P.S.: My greatest thanks to Mr. Sparks for the many great things he has provided me in my life. Without him, over half this article wouldn’t have been possible.

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As if the anti-tobacconist victory last year was not enough, the propagators of social intolerance are boldly displaying a countdown clock in the Strand Union Building. It is announcing the descending days, hours and minutes until the implementation of the tobacco ban as a “Countdown to Clean Air.” No, this is not a countdown to clean air, but a countdown toward a fascist antitobacco agenda. This embarrassing and misleading signage is counting down the time in which a significant portion of the student body and employees of Montana State University will be forced to break an unjust rule or be marginalized to the outskirts of campus. According to, “the Union is the community center of the college, for all members of the college family— students, faculty, administration, alumni and guests. It is not just a building.” This display is disrespectful and has no place in our dining area. Its ridiculous message is not only offensive to those who enjoy tobacco, but it does not facilitate the communal nature of this gathering place. Get this clock out of our building!

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In a college town like Bozeman, spending an occasional night on the town is par for the course for those of us lucky enough to be of age (and often the only way to make it through the semester). Unfortunately, especially those of us without steady employment, the cost adds up all too quickly — in an effort to lesson the pain, the Exponent presents a comprehensive guide to Bozeman’s nightlife, detailing the best ways to make the most of limited funds.



Spectators — Draft Night: $2.25 Pourhouse — $10 for five Budlights Mixers — 2 for 1 Long Islands Scoop — $4 pitchers of Bud Plonk — SIN (Service Industry Night) $3 well drinks, $3 Plonk wine, $3 Plonk Infusion Shots Molly Brown — $2.25 pint of Blue Moon, $6.75 pitcher Cannery — $8 Cannery Calypso Cooler Dry Fly Saloon — 4:30-7:30 p.m., $3 pints, $2.50 well drinks Crystal — Miller Mondays: $1.75 Miller Highlife, Miller Light

Spectators — Big Ass Burger Night (beer and burger) $7.95 Pourhouse — $2 Coronas Colonel Blanks — Karaoke: $15 1-gallon fishbowls, $3 Long Islands Scoop — $2.25 pints, $3.25 Guinness Cannery — $6 Cannery Sauza Margaritas Molly Brown — $2.50 pint of New Belgium, $7.50 pitcher Dry Fly Saloon — 4:30-7:30 p.m., $2 Budlight drafts, $2.50 well drinks Santa Fe Reds — Tijuana Tuesday: 8 p.m. -close, $3 Mexican beers, $4 AMF’s, $6 Sauza and Corona Trashcans Bozeman Brewing Co. — $1





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Spectators — $3 Bloody Mary’s Pourhouse — $3 drafts, 50¢ wings Cannery — $5 Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s Molly Brown — Montana Beer Night: $2.50 pintsST of Bozone, KettleW LAMME house, Madison River, $7.50 pitchers

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Spectators — $12.50 Wings and pitcher Pourhouse — $3 Jameson Scoop — $3.50 PBR pitchers, $1.75 Jim Beam Cannery — $3 draft Budlight, PBR, $2 PBR pints, $6 pitchers Dry Fly Saloon — 4:30-7:30 p.m., $2.50 well drinks, $3 microbrews Bozeman Brewing Co. — 12:30-



first pint when wearing Bozone gear

WEDNESDAY: THURSDAY: Pourhouse — $5 Patron Zebra — 9:30-11 p.m., Ladies Night: $1 well drinks, shots Mixers — Wild West Wednesdays: $2 draft beer, swing dancing and giveaways Rockin R Bar — 80s Night: 9 p.m.close, $1 shots of kamikaze, $2 Olympia Bar IX — Phat Wednesday: 50¢ drinks from 9-9:30 p.m., up in price each half by 50¢ Scoop — $2.25 Imports/microbrews Cannery — 50¢ wings with purchase of whiskey drink Molly Brown — $1.75 well drinks, $1.50 Coors Light drafts Dry Fly Saloon — 4:30-7:30 p.m., $3.50 margaritas


Cats Paw — $2 drafts, $6 pitchers Spectators — $3 Bloody Mary’s Pourhouse — $15 Bottomless Mimosas Cannery —$1 sliders with purchase of pitcher Bar IX- 2 for 1 drinks

Everyday Specials:

Cats Paw — $2 Coronas, $2 well drinks Filling Station — With a ski pass, 2 for 1 Madison River, Red Lodge Ales American Legion — $2 PBR pints, $2 Black Velvet Shots Haufbrau — $2 PBR, Olympia cans Zebra — Happy Meal: $3 shot of Jim Beam and choice of Olympia, PBR can Eagles — $1.50 can of PBR, Budlight (what’s in stock), $2 drafts, pints Mixers — $2 Jack Daniels Crystal — $2 Budlight, $1.75 PBR, Olympia, $2 Rainier bottles

Cats Paw — $2 drafts, $6 pitchers Spectators — $19.95 Pizza and pitcher Pourhouse — $3 Stoli Mixers — Ladies Night: $1 drinks for women, Boot Night: $2 drafts, $3 doubles Rockin R Bar — Karaoke, 8 p.m.close $2 Budlight Platinums Scoop — $1.75 well drinks Cannery — Ladies Night: $5 Stoli martinis, single ladies get 1st drink free Bar IX — Bucket Night: $10 Buckets of cocktail drinks. Karaoke Molly Brown — $2 well drinks, domestic beers Dry Fly Saloon — 4:30-7:30 p.m., $2 Budlight pints, $2.50 Jim Beam, $2.50 well drinks Crystal — Whiskey Night: $2 shots of top shelf whiskey, $1.75 shots of well whiskey, Jim Beam Santa Fe Reds — Girls Night Out: 11 a.m.-close, any drink ½ off for ladies

Happy Hour:

Bacchus Pub — Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. $1 off all drinks, $5 Moscow Mules Molly Brown — Mon.-Sun. 3-7 p.m. $2 drafts and well drinks 317 — Mon.-Fri. 3:17-6:17 p.m. $1 off drafts, 50¢ well drinks Haufbrau — Mon.-Sun. 4-7 p.m. $2.25 well drinks and drafts, $3 microbrews Bar IX — Mon.-Sat. 4-9 p.m. Doubles for the price of singles, $3 microbrews and $2 domestics Crystal — Power Hour: Thurs.-Sat. 1112 p.m., $1 well drinks, domestics (fireball, twisted teas) Santa Fe Reds — 11 a.m.-close, 2 for 1 Fat Tuesday Daiquiri/Margarita, $2 Domestic bottles

Don’t be a dumbass — Drink responsibly Have a Safe Night Out Plan transportation beforehand — Know where you’re going to sleep and how you'll get there Eat first — Food slows alcohol absorption E MAIN Hydrate — A keyST to avoiding hangovers Carry condoms — If you end up going there, you won’t duck back out for a rubber Alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks — Also helps stretch your dollars further Set a limit and stick to it — Try holding onto your bottle caps or tabs to keep track Don’t leave your drink unattended — Watch it being made, too Watch out for your friends — Stay with the same group all night LATENIGHT STREAMLINE DOWNTOWN STOPS



editor | Heather Kruger


MSU Lacrosse Opens Season With a Set of Wins

NCAA Qualifiers

a Success for

MSU Ski Team Elijah Inabnit This weekend saw the best snow Bridger Bowl has had all year, which was great for the average Bozeman ski fanatic but presented a challenge to the competitors in the Western US NCAA Qualifiers. While the rest of the mountain enjoyed the fresh snowfall, the MSU Ski Team was busy stepping out the incongruities in the slalom course underneath the Bridger chairlift, doing their best to make the runs as smooth as possible for improved times. Four of the five male athletes had problems on their runs, due in part to the heavy snowfall making for a bumpy ride.

“MSU is sitting very well for a great performance in the Championships.” – Dan Brelsford, Head Coach

Lacrosse players face off on Friday's opening game. David Hoy The MSU Lacrosse team opened its season this past weekend with two statement wins in Bobcat Stadium. On Friday, the team dominated from beginning to end against conference opponent Colorado School of Mines, winning 16-6. After a day to rest their legs and nurse their bruises, the team emerged victorious against the Griz for the first time since 2006, 10-6. Second year MSU Lacrosse coach Mike Robitaille was impressed by how his players responded after last year’s finish. “It was a great first weekend for us. Losing two tough games at the very end kind of left a bitter taste in these guys mouths,” he said. Last season was the program’s first ever losing season, which culminated in a full off season spent preparing for this past weekend. On Friday, the stadium housed a decent crowd of students finished with classes for the weekend who were rowdy for the home team. Bobcat goalkeeper Josh Stevens worked a shutout through a good majority of the game and ended with 16 saves on the day. Goals were abundant for the Cats offense, including three separate hat tricks registered by Paul Mariani, Ben Heisy and Matt Richards. The Cat/Griz lacrosse rivalry has existed

since MSU Lacrosse’s inception in 2003. Sunday’s victory was an important notch for the Bobcats confidence, as the Griz are a division higher. The game never saw the Griz lead, although they came within one goal early in the fourth quarter at 6-5. The Cats began with an early 3-0 lead, one they would never relinquish. All goal scorers for the Bobcats finished with at least two on the day, including Ben Heisy, Nicholas Soter, Matt Richards, Josh Schimpf and Paul Mariani.

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Richards said, “I think our wins are a direct result from the hard work we have been putting in.” Richards scored five goals this weekend playing attack for the team. He added, “We enjoyed the wins but we put them behind us and are focusing on our next game.” The next game will be noon this Saturday, March 3, at Bobcat Stadium.

“I think our wins are a direct result from the hard work we have been putting in.” – Matt Richards, offense player

The open field aspect of the game was efficient for a team who practices on a surface half the size of a lacrosse field. In Shroyer gym, the Cats have no field to practice clearing or rides, two essential open field tactics. Junior third-year player Matt “Jersey”

Player passing the ball during the game.

The skiing was a little reckless with the athletes giving it their all to qualify for spots in the championship and dealingl with conditions that the unseasonably warm winter had not delivered until now. Despite these problems, the MSU Men’s Ski Team qualified Michael Radford and Geoff Irwin and the Women’s Team qualified a full team consisting of Stephanie Irwin, Marissa Riopelle and Kelly McBroom. Head Coach Daniel Brelsford said “MSU is sitting very well for a great performance in the Championships,” and he feels confident that each of his athletes will perform their best in the NCAA Championships. It will be a fast battle for the podium with the competition including Colorado, who won the 2011 Championship at Stowe Mountain and qualified a full 12-person team for the Championships this year. MSU also faces Denver’s 10-person team. Denver has the most wins in the Championship history. The Championships should prove entertaining and full of carnage, especially if Bridger continues receiving heavy snowfall. The Championships begin March 7 and conclude March 10, so come cheer on your fellow Bobcats.




all about positive self-talk and believing in yourself and your training. It’s also about knowing that whatever happens is due to what you put in, and you have to push to the end. Are you planning to continue competing in Track and Field after graduation? Yes, but only for recreation. I’ll take some time off to heal.

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nAMe: Carl Nystuen spORT: Track and Field hOMeTOwn: Lakeside, Mont. MAJOR: Management, marketing and finance. YeAR in schOOl: 5th year senior hOw lOng inVOlVeD: I have been running competitively since middle school. What event do you compete in and what does it entail? Cross country during the fall, the 3k and 5k during the indoor season, and the 5k, 10k and steeple chase during the outdoor season. The steeple chase is a 3000-meter race with barriers and a water pit you have to clear. Why did you begin running? I’ve always been good at it and I like running; it’s a good way to get away and do something fun. Why did you come to MSU? I’m from Bozeman originally and I spent a lot of time in Big Sky, where we have a vacation home. I loved the coach and the team when I came out here for recruitment. I loved the surrounding area and wanted to be around mountains. What is your favorite thing about Track and Field and why? Running with friends, hanging out with the team and putting it all on the line. What is your motivation before a competition? To put together a race plan. It’s

What do you think is the key to your success as a studentathlete? The coaching; we have a great coaching staff. Coach Kennedy is good at putting together training plans and believing in them. The administration does a good job organizing the travelling and competition opportunities. The team works together and we motivate and drive each other. do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in Track and Field? Big Sky All Conference All Academic every year. do you have an inspirational person or quote? Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow unless you’re running today.— Carl Nystuen do you have any other hobbies/ activities/interests? I spend a lot of time skiing, both downhill and water-skiing. I’m also on the lake a lot during the summer. I like being outside and hanging with my friends. What is your favorite class at MSU and why? My marketing-related classes and Management Practicum. is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU Track and Field? Come out and support us this year. We are a good team and there are a few more chances to see us at home. We hope to continue to improve and take our momentum with us into the conference championships to win a title.

– mIChelle thomas

[club profile] Blues Dancing Comes to Bozeman Cassie Wilson You don’t have to be an expert in dancing to join the new Blues Dancing Club at MSU. The club hopes to share their passion with dancers and nondancers alike. Blues combines ballroom and swing in a contemporary fusion of many historic ballroom dances. Typically, blues dancing songs consist of a four count rhythm. Unlike classicall ballroom, the dance requires a stance of exaggerated bent knees. Rosalie Lynch, a sophomore at MSU, helped start the club. Lynch has been dancing for six years, but only recently became interested in blues dancing. “My favorite part about blues dancing is the connection you get to share with other dancers. It’s a very personal dance and it’s a lot of fun,” said Lynch. Back home in Rhode Island she was involved in contra dancing, but joined the Blues Club in Bozeman because of her attraction to it. “I would definitely recommend people join,” said Lynch. “It’s a great way to meet people and have fun, and you get to dance.” The club plans to bring in some professional teachers in the next few weeks.

whAT: Blues Dancing club when: Fridays at 9:00 p.m. wheRe: Romney gym cOsT: Free

Although Lynch has been dancing for a while, experience is by no means required to take part in the club. Two left feet? The Blues Club doesn’t care. Bring your friends, or make some new ones. Come by Romney Gym next Friday night at 9 p.m. with some comfortable shoes and a good attitude to either begin or continue a blues dancing hobby.




Elevate Cycling: Convenient Custom Cardio Karen Wilson If you want to spice up your cardio workout but winter is bringing you down, you might find motivation at Elevate Cycling. Bozeman’s only cycling-specific studio on the corner of Main and Church is also the only place you’ll find RealRyder stationary bikes, which allow riders to lean and turn and can be adjusted for every body type. Owner Jennifer Casey opened the studio last November after she noticed the opportunity to offer “a custom cycling workout” to Bozemanites. Because the bikes are adjustable and the rider controls the resistance, people of every fitness level can participate and push themselves as hard as they like. “We aim to be a non-intimidating environment where anyone from your grandpa to an elite athlete feels comfortable,” said Casey. The energetic instructors and lively music mean “you don’t have to be motivated, you just have to show up and we’ll do it for you. It’s a fun, upbeat fitness experience.”

Eight instructors teach at Elevate, and several of them also teach spinning classes at MSU. Casey explained that the difference between Elevate and MSU classes with the same instructor is “when they can combine their already great coaching and drills with our bikes, the result is a challenging, fantastic workout that seems to fly by.” One such instructor is Katie McNulty, who is working on her Master’s degree in exercise physiology and specializes in high intensity intervals using techniques developed in the lab at MSU. “Most people come to a class because they want to be pushed, so that’s what I try to do,” she said. Most classes at Elevate are 45 minutes to an hour long, but they also offer endurance rides Wednesday nights that last up to two hours, and on Tuesday and Thursday nights anyone is welcome to “open ride” for up to two hours uninstructed. Your first class is free at Elevate Cycling; after that the price for students is $10 a class or $60 a month. Find out more at

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Elevate Cycling's abundance of RealRyder bikes guarantees prime positions for all.

Cats Strong Heading into Big Sky Tournament Megan Bernhardt

#20 Shawn Reid shoots for three.

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The Bobcats began the week in Missoula with a Cat/Griz rematch. The women (1710, BSC 9-6) played first on Feb. 25. Katie Bussey, Rachel Semansky and Kalli Durham all scored in double figures for the Cats, with 16, 13 and 10 points, respectively. However, it was not enough to overcome the Lady Griz (16-11, 9-5), who shot 44 percent from the field. The final score was 59-77. The men took to the court later the same day, Jeff Budinich leading the way for the Bobcats with 11 points (12-16, 7-9). The Grizzlies (22-6, 14-1) had four players earn double figures and shot 49 percent from the field. The Cats lost their eighth straight game, 47-57, only shooting 33 percent and with two lead changes in the game. The men played again Feb. 27, and with a win would clinch a spot in the Big Sky Tournament. They played the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (5-23, 1-14) in Bozeman. Before the game, the Bobcats honored their three graduating seniors, Rod Singleton, Jourdain Allou and Cody Anderson, who missed his senior campaign with a knee

injury. The Cats got right down to business in the first half, making seven three-pointers and shooting 49 percent from the field. Forward Shawn Reid had 14 points going into the break, and the Cats led 45-31. Not long into the second half, Allou and NAU’s Durrell Norman got into a scuffle, which ended with both players receiving technicals and Allou getting a personal foul. The skirmish was just a bump in the road for the Cats, who shot 50 percent from both the floor and three point range, making 12 three-pointers total. Reid ended with 23 points and Christian Moon added 15, on 5-11 shooting. The Cats won by a 19 point margin 7960, ending an eight game slide and clinching the sixth seed in the Big Sky Tournament, which begins March 3. The men will play No. 3 Portland St. in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament on March 3. Tip-off is at 8:05 p.m in Portland at the Peter W. Stott Center. The women will finish the regular season the same day on the road against Weber St. Tip-off is at 2:05 p.m.



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Slug Tells All interview with atmosphere Michael Gross Sean Daley, better known as “Slug,” is the emcee of the rap group, Atmosphere. He and his band have released 10 albums in the last 15 years and played hundreds of shows around the world. On March 3, they will come to Big Sky resort to perform for the 5th annual Chamberlin Rail Jam. Slug sat down with Exponent writer, Michael Gross, to share insights about how he got into music, what inspires him and why he loves performing in Bozeman. exponent: If you could pick a single event that got you into music, one person or experience, what would it be? slug: The way you ask it paints it to be this huge thing, but let’s keep it real — I rap. It’s really not that big of a deal. A big part of it was I wanted people to look at me. When I was 11 or 12 my father took me to a mall and we stumbled across a breakdancing competition. He pushed me to enter it. I didn’t win, but having people look at me was validating enough. I was always the class clown when I was younger. Did you have a favorite rapper growing up? Who inspired you to become a musician? There’s a bunch of ‘em. But KRS-ONE played one of the bigger roles and Big Daddy Kane as well. How old were you when you started writing songs? It’s hard to say — I began collecting vinyls at an early age. So for a long time I was

writing to other people’s instrumentals. But I would say I was 16 when I began figuring out how to arrange songs. What makes a great crowd? What do you look for in a great audience? I look for people who are there to have a good time. The truth is we’re not as important as the audience. The audience spent their money, time and energy to get away from their weekly obligations. People use these events as individual outlets, but don’t realize the communal potential. For a community, a concert is bigger than the sum of its parts. Different people come out for different reasons — some because they hate their job, some to hit on girls. Regard-

“In Bozeman… there’s a big appreciation factor for live music that artists don’t find many other places.” – Sean “Slug” Daley of Atmosphere

less, concerts are about the enjoyment of the crowd, not who’s on stage. What really matters is the energy created by the overall collective. In essence, I look for people who are there for the right reasons — to have a good

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Sean Daley of Atmosphere will perform at the Chamberlin Rail Jam this weekend. time with their community. What’s the most meaningful rap you’ve ever written? Oh man, I don’t think there’s an answer to that. That’s like asking, which one of your kids is your favorite? I could lie and make something up. But to be honest the only few songs that have stuck in my head are other people’s. What inspired the song “Love Life?” That song was inspired by the actual music. When Ant showed me the beat I liked how dark it felt. Back then there were other emcees who were working with Ant, and we all had to compete for his beats. When I first heard “Love Life” I wanted to make sure no one else would grab it. I figured anyone could write a suicide song to match the beat, so instead I wrote lyrics with a touch of optimism to juxtapose the darkness. Who’s your favorite artist to perform with? Brother Ali. We know each other very well. We have a stage comfort. I know when

he needs me to hit a word or two for him because I know when he needs the breath. Also, he’s dependable. He’ll never get drunk on stage or be distracted. He’s always there to rock the house. What would you have done with your life if you hadn’t become a musician? I’d be a truck driver. That’s what I did before I got lucky and became a musician. What do you like to do outside of music? I like to drive. I like the art of driving. What was your impression of the Bozeman crowd last year? Bozeman is always fun. We’ve played at the Zebra before as well as the barn and it’s always crackin’. I find it odd that every artist doesn’t stop here. My impression of Bozeman is that you’re grateful for every concert that rolls through. In big cities it’s easy to take shows for granted because there are so many. In Bozeman that’s not the case, and there’s a big appreciation factor for live music that artists don’t find many other places.

MSU Grad Speaks on Role in "Tree of Life" Jack Haren Instead of its usual 6:30 p.m. show, the Procrastinator Theatre decided to do something a little different on Tuesday. They invited Helena native and MSU graduate Erik Brown to talk about his experiences working in the film industry. The speaker choice could not have been better, as Brown had been in the business for over 20 years and has been credited in popular films including, “The Town, Three Kings,” “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and

one of his most recent ventures, “The Tree of Life,” which was the topic for the night. As Chief Camera Operator, Brown worked with two assistants under his command. However, Brown spent most of his time speaking about working under his own commander, Director Terence Malick. Malick had an unorthodox directing style that Brown described as challenging to work under, but in a good way. For instance, Malick liked having a small crew, so Brown was left sharing a garage with the sound department rather than having his own

dedicated equipment truck. Malick also liked keeping everyone surprised. Brown and crew were often kept in the dark about what the actors would do, so they had to improvise accordingly. The actors, too, had to improvise because Malick would rewrite large portions of the script daily. Overall, Brown said the project was the hardest thing he’s ever done. Brown interspersed a few clips of the movie and talked about the story and aesthetics as well. The film’s story follows a boy growing up in Texas in the 1950s, but there

are also some other elements: a natural history of the earth, evolution and other Darwinian ideas. Brown has seen the film many times, and he still finds a new level of meaning each time he watched it. This is why the film was nominated for three disciplines in the 2011 Academy Awards and has been called the most ambitious film in years. If that isn’t enough to make you check it out, go see it solely because a Montana native had a hand in its making.




The Moustache Bandits: real raw rebel Grass karen Wilson The Moustache Bandits love to joke, but they are serious about making music. While their song titles include “I Love Titties” and “YeeFawkin’-Ha,” the band thoughtfully designs their music and lyrics to create an “eclectic sound of heavy rock and country music that uses satire on every genre that we include,” according to guitar player and lead vocalist Mickey Guida, a.k.a. “Six Gauge.” Guida studies music technology and philosophy at MSU and began his music project last February with violinist Trevor Ostenson, a.k.a. “Big Daddy Horse Cock,” and bassist Mark Wetstein, a.k.a. “Roach,” both of whom are MSU graduates with music technology and business degrees. Guida wanted to make an “anti-country” band, and The Moustache Bandits became official in August when exercise science major and drummer Paul Herberger, a.k.a. “Stroke,” joined. The musicians share a desire to “push for original music and original attitudes about everything,” explained Guida. Ostenson agreed: “I didn't want to be a band that was socially acceptable. I was only interested in doing something that was pushing the limits of social norms.” The band has coined the term “outlaw rebel grass” to describe their music. The members wear mustachioed bandannas and use pseudonyms when they perform live, and they work hard to put on an interactive show. “You definitely want to see us as well as hear us,” Wetstein said. “When we're in our outlaw costumes and masks and everything we each take on a persona, and we try and be bandits — it helps. It gets the crowd into it." High-energy shows result because “we don't

The Moustache Bandits take their mustaches seriously. let you get away with standing around,” Guida said. "I can't imagine a reason why people shouldn't come see us." The Moustache Bandits recently recorded a self-titled 7-track EP and are having a CD release party on Friday, March 9 at the

Zebra, also featuring Cure for the Common. Included in the cover charge for the event is a free CD and PBR, and there will be professional dancers performing on stage with the band. This weekend, The Moustache Bandits are playing at Cactus Records on Friday and

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the Pour House on Saturday. Check out The Moustache Bandits on Facebook and to stream a sample of their music and watch some rowdy videos.




Reno 911: Impressive Impressions Image by matt williams

Robert Ben Garant (left) and Cedric Yarbrough (right) entertained a large audience on Friday night. Anthony Rampello The audience that filled Gaines 101 to the brim to see Reno 911 grew anxious as the time grew closer to 7:00 p.m. When the announcer stepped forward to welcome everyone to the show the crowd erupted in applause only to be disappointed by the information that that a fellow student would open for the main show. Mike who took the stage in front of a disgruntled audience and began his performance. It was then that we learned a few things about MSU students. First, some of them have an affinity for stand-up and second, a large portion of us understand that certain drugs can make us feel like specific animals. When Mike finished his surprisingly funny routine we were introduced to Carlos Alazraqui. Known better as the loud, drunk, racist, Deputy James Garcia in Reno 911, Alazraqui quickly reminded us it is nothing more than an act. We laughed along as he did his hilarious impressions inspired by certain un-named actors. A combination of ecstatic gasps and excited cheering filled the audience as we learned that Alazraqui had done the voice of Mr. Croker from “The Fairly Odd Parents” and the Chihuahua from the Taco Bell commercials. Soon, Alazraqui was joined by Cedric Yarbrough. Better known to the audience as Deputy Jones, Cedric quickly started a witty dialogue with Alazraqui that led to a very entertaining “impression hoedown.” When the

“friendly” banter between the two actors was finished the stage was left to Cedric. While his anecdotes were both memorable and enjoyable, they were no comparison for his energetic interpretations of heart-felt love songs. After being shown a short video of highlights from Reno 911, Alazraqui and Cedric took the stage again, this time in their fake cop uniforms. Their two volunteers ran excitedly down to the front of the room ready to do an improv scene. “It was really cool to see them improvise a cop scene like they do in the show,” Steven Harris said. “The best part was the impression competition,” said one student, “I don’t think I’ll ever forget the Bill Cosby impression.” Overall, the event was very much enjoyed by the audience as a whole. The fully satisfied crowd left Gaines Hall hoping the next Campus Entertainment activity would be as extraordinary as this one.

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New Microbrewery Opens in Belgrade brent zundel Take the Belgrade Interstate exit and the last right before the train tracks to sample a pint of the newest beer in Montana. On Jan. 16, Outlaw Brewing’s taps started flowing. Located inside the Bar 3 Bar-B-Q restaurant, the brewpub is in an industrial section of town with blaring train whistles adding to the beer drinking experience. New tables and a barbecue joint atmosphere contrast the inside of the building sharply with the exterior. Two weekends ago, the brewpub had seven beers on tap, ranging from an average Strong Dark Ale to a pretty darn good Imperial IPA. Three buddies and I sampled every beer on tap (between the four of us, that is), and what follows is a brief description of each. Outlaw’s beers taste “young” — like a brewery still experimenting with its recipes — but that’s perhaps the most exciting time to find a new brewery. They’re not highly hopped and are more reminiscent of 406’s beers than Bozone’s. Chocolate Porter: Despite the name, there’s no actual chocolate in this beer, just rich chocolate malt. If you like lighter-bodied porters, this is a good choice. Strong Dark Ale: Not the most interesting of beers, but it’s not bad, with 6.4 percent alcohol and a tart taste.

Outlaw Brewing in Belgrade.

Irish Cream Ale: Very light, almost cream soda-ish. It’s sweet and heavily carbonated, tasting more like a light lager than an ale. Amber Ale: A dark-colored amber, with a good malty flavor. It’s got a bit of a rough start, plenty of carbonation and hops, but lots of flavor. Light Pale Ale: Heavily carbonated, but refreshingly crisp. Lightly hopped so anyone can enjoy it. English Brown Ale: A light-bodied, sweet brown ale, similar to a Newcastle. Imperial IPA: Cloudy but with great citrus notes. Not too dry and a late-hitting bitterness. Even if you don’t like IPAs, this one is definitely worth trying. Bar 3 Bar-B-Q serves up great Texasstyle barbecue food, with $10 specials on dinner and a pint most nights. They’re also open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. When I was there, only two other groups stopped in over the course of a couple hours. Make a special trip out to Belgrade with some buddies to try this new brewery — be a beer hipster and try their beer before anyone else you know does. But most importantly, pour that godforsaken Bud Light down the drain and grab a real Montana beer.

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With Apologies to America's Finest News Source MsU TO lAUnch ‘cOnseRVATiVe ARTs’ pROgRAM Brent Zundel In response to the wide diversity of potentially conflicting opinions presented in liberal arts institutes across the country, MSU announced plans this Monday to launch a “conservative Arts” program. MSU professor and newly appointed program director Johan Oldmeier promised this new initiative will “make America great again,” presumably referring to the golden Age of conservatism in a distant, romanticized past, when the cuyahoga River caught fire due to a lack of pollutant regulation and people still died of things like polio. “While liberal arts programs encourage introspective self-searching — like smoking weed,” Oldmeier explained, “this conservative arts program will focus on strict discipline and controlled learning environments, using the judicious application of medication and military force to obtain both.” “yes, that means Ritalin and corporal punishment,” he clarified. The focus of MSU’s program will be job creation and reducing dependency on a “coddling, socialist” federal government. Bill chainman, the program’s assistant director, explained that students will have to fashion their own desks, whittle their own pencils and physically construct the building that will house their program to teach them that “the federal government can’t do everything for you.” “We’ll provide the textbooks, though;

we don’t want them getting any funny ideas,” chainman added. Furthermore, only one or two students will pass each class, underscoring the conservative mantra that equal opportunity shouldn’t result in equal outcomes. “not everyone is a winner, and we’re not going to waste money just to print certificates pretending they are,” Oldmeier explained. “That would be asinine.” Both men pointed to a model that has already proven very successful for many Montana families. The model, according to Oldmeier, allows parents complete control over “controversial” subjects like evolution, global warming and the law of gravity. To get a better idea of the model program, the Exponent spoke to 9thgrader Michael Strong by phone. “yeah, it’s great. I get to work at my own pace and I don’t have to deal with the liberal bias of the media. We use conservapedia, instead of Wikipedia and its anti-god common Era dating system,” he said. “We even had a guest lecturer today: Mom turned Fox news on to the O’Reilly Factor.” current MSU students had more mixed reviews of the program. humanities students were worried about losing even more funding to a job-creating program. When chris Zimny, a senior in mechanical engineering, was asked about a conservative arts program, he replied, “Isn’t that what engineering is?”

'Brony' Infestation Surfaces in Bozeman Patt hessman The citizens of Bozeman were shocked this week when the Police Department delivered a horrifying announcement: a terrorist cell consisting of “My little Pony” fans has surfaced in gallatin county. The fans, known as “bronies,” have long remained undetected on the Internet, sharing adorable fan art of Fluttershy and changing their Facebook pictures to their own pony creations. Their existence became known when an effigy that read “FRIEnDShIP IS MAgIc” was burned on

the lawn of the county courthouse. The next night, a sign that read “EVERyPOny WIll SUBMIT” was found at the scene of an act of arson at Murdoch’s Ranch and home Supply. The Police Department revealed that these bronies, identifying themselves as “The herd,” sent a letter to the mayor’s office demanding Bozemanites submit to the rule of her highness Princess celestia and that gallatin county be annexed into the land of Equestria. There was no signature, only a hoofprint at the letter’s end.

CLARENCE MJORK'S APOCRYPHA clarence mjork’s top Five crazy Facts about tasmanian devils you know those weeks when you’ve been given an open-ended assignment that you have no idea what to do with? That’s when I like to think about silly animals. There are tons of crazy ass things out there in the animal kingdom and if thinking about them doesn’t jump start some ideas for you, at least you’ll have a laugh along the way. In fact, there are so many crazy animals, I’m just going to focus on one. Clarence Mjork’s Top Five Crazy Facts about Tasmanian devils. 5. Face cancer. let me clarify, communicable face cancer. Although transmissible cancer is extremely rare, these little bastards bite each other on the face so much they’ve developed a cancer that spreads from face-to-face biting. 4. Babies killing babies. There’s a reason for their namesake. Tasmanian Devils literally come out of the womb fighting, then fight their way back into a pouch, where they continue to fight. They are born in litters of 20-30 pups but there are only 4 nipples in the pouch, so someone has to die.

generally solitary miserable animals that hate life, they apparently like to eat together, where they have a huge party and scream and push and gorge their fat faces. They also defecate in a communal location. 2. Speaking of eating — they enjoy it. Although partial to wombat, they eat domestic mammals, birds, fish, fruit, vegetable matter, insects, tadpoles, frogs and reptiles. They have also been known to eat the legs off sheep whose feet have slipped between the wooden boards of shearing sheds. 1. Kill all things. Although now endangered themselves, Tasmanian Devils helped humans in the extinction of their enemy, the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Wolf. how, you may ask? By slipping into their dens whilst the Thylacine was out, and killing and eating their babies. And then probably taking a group dump on their graves.

3. dinner parties. Despite being

Bozeman Police chief Ron Price announced, “We’re facing a greater crisis than when the chickenosaurs escaped!” Officers were dispatched to break up a brony rally where MSU students were being recruited to join The herd. Though most escaped arrest, a brony identified as local party legend chaz chad was apprehended but refused to give any testimony and demanded to be called “Brawny charger.” “chaz chad was my slave name, joining The herd has set me free!” he yelled as he was handcuffed. The herd responded to the arrests by hijacking the local television airwaves

to broadcast only episodes of “My little Pony.” When they realized no one watches television anymore, Bresnan and Quest’s Internet servers were taken over as well. The last known action of The herd was the announcement that Bozeman’s print media would be assimilated next. We here at the Exponent now see the error of our ways, dear Princess celestia. We faithfully submit to your teachings of love and tolerance. We will stand on the front lines beside our brothers and sisters until everypony pledges their allegiance to you. your faithful student, Dusky Mustang, formerly Pat hessman. 20

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Calendar Thursday March 1

Saturday March 3

What: Men’s Tennis vs. Portland State Where: Bozeman When: 10 a.m.

What: Reel Women Film Series Where: Visual Communications Building, Room 182 (Corner of 11th and Grant). When: 7 p.m.

What: Current Sky: Star Signs Where: Museum of the Rockies and Taylor Planetarium. When: 3 p.m. Cost: $9 (includes access to the museum and planetarium for two days). What: Winter Farmer’s Market Where: Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

March 2 What: Men’s Tennis vs. MSU Billings Where: Bozeman When: 5 p.m. What: The Moustache Bandits Where: Cactus Records When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, check out the article on page 18. What: Cello Master Class with Colin Carr Where: MSU’s Reynolds Recital Hall When: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. What: “The Understudy” play Where: MSU Black Box Theater When: 7:30 p.m., also same time March 3 Cost: $10 for students and $12 for others

What: Service Saturdays: Choose one of five projects. Where: Meet at the SUB Ask Us Desk. When: 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. What: Rugby match against Idaho State Where: Bozeman High School Soccer Fields When: 1 p.m. What: Lacrosse match against Utah State Where: Bobcat Stadium When: 12 p.m. What: The Moustache Bandits Where: The Pour House When: 9 p.m.


March 1 to March 14

What: Frugal Fashionista, women’s only clothes swap. Where: SUB Ballrooms B&C When: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Monday March 5

WHAT: An evening with General Wesley K. Clark WHERE: SUB ballrooms WHEN: 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. COST: $3 for students and $8 for others. Tickets are available at the SUB Ask Us Desk or

Tuesday March 6

What: “Booting Up”: Get your technology questions answered. Where: SUB 177 When: 12 p.m. What: Library Workshop: Basic Graphing in Excel Where: Renne Library Heathcote Classroom When: 1:10 p.m. to 2 p.m. What: Winter Snowshoe Program Where: Hebgen Lake Ranger Station When: 1 p.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Cost: Free, but snowshoes not provided. What: Tips for Building Your Fall 2012 Schedule Where: Gaines Hall 1030 When: 3:30 p.m. What: Art Department Chili Bowl Sale: Help raise money for the Art Department’s ceramics guild’s annual conference. Where: Haynes Hall 108 When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Also same time and place March 7. Cost: $15

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What: Scott H. Biram, G. Love & Special Sauce Where: The Emerson Cultural Center When: All ages, 7 p.m.

Wednesday March 7

What: NCAA Championships Where: 5/10 km Skate and 15/20 km Classic at Bohart Ranch SL and GS at Bridger Bowl. When: Skate March 7 SL March 8 Classic March 9 GS March 10 What: Tom, Britt, & Sally: Americana Where: Starky’s Authentic Americana When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thursday March 8

What: Amnesty International: Make a Paper Bone for Genocide Awareness (Free Pizza) Where: SUB Northwest Room When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. What: Listening, Note-Taking and Using Visual Organizers Where: SUB 177 When: 3 p.m. What: Library Workshop: EndNote Web Basics. Where: Renne Library Heathcote Classroom. When: 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. What: Jazz with Friends Where: MSU’s Reynolds Recital Hall When: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $5 for students and $10 for others.


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Joe Geil MSU ceramics student Joe Geil creates both of old southeastern potters. Historically Carofunctional and sculptural art. Geil was origilinan farmers were part-time potters. “It wasn’t nally a biology major at a community college in their occupation; for many of them it was just a Eugene, Oreg. “Eugene is where I took my first break from the monotony and a source of extra throwing class, I income,” Geil said, thought it would who finds this orbe a challenge,” ganic and genuine Geil said. He enstyle very impor“The best part of ceramics is the joyed the class, tant. community. Some of the best people I and after a trip to Alaska where Geil is involved know, I’ve met through ceramics.” he helped build with the Internakilns, decided to tional Wild Clay – Joe GeIl change majors. Research Project, Eventually Geil an MSU initiated decided to study research program at a university, so devoted to the dishe transferred to covery and use of MSU. This is Geil’s second year in Bozeman. local ceramic materials. Geil and ceramics student Nick Danielson are using an UndergraduLike many potters, Geil draws on over 10,000 ate Scholars Program grant to study aspects of years of tradition of working with clay. It is freclay and glazes ranging from geology to chemiquently hard to identify influences in the work cal properties. Geil plans to continue his work of one potter drawing on such an expansive in both art and research. history, but one of Geil’s interests is the work Words by Matthew Kennedy


The Tunnel of Depression Students are forced to watch a screening of The Notebook, followed by photos of baby animals in pet shelters. The Tunnel of Digression Visitors are given a tour through a tunnel — which reminds me of this time my buddy and I were at an IHOP... The Tunnel of Recession Guided tour includes a complimentary meal of Top Ramen and a breakdown of your student loan repayment options. The Tunnel of War of the Austrian Succession Experience the Prussia's struggle with the Habsburg monarchs for the region of Silesia. The Tunnel of Jam Sessions Cure for the Common and Flatt Cheddar combine forces and make sweet, sweet music... in a tunnel.


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