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Volume 106, Issue 25 | April 5, 2012

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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.




editor-in-chief | Eric Dietrich


From the Editor’s Desk

An Apology, and Why It's Necessary I owe our readers a difficult column this week, both to disclose an embarrassing incident and to apologize for it. While we produced our annual April Fools’ Day edition the evening Eric Dietrich of March 28, members of editor-in-chief our staff brought beer into our office, despite the violation of campus policy and the fact that several of the editorial and design staff present were underage. As a result, we were visited later that night by members of MSU’s police department, who required our underage staffers to submit to a breathalyzer test and leave the premises. To be clear: Many of those present chose not to drink — myself included, given my responsibility for conducting the final review of content before publication. The majority of those who did partake did so in

a responsible manner, consuming moderate quantities of alcohol as they completed their work. None of our staff members were cited and we were able to complete the edition's production on schedule. None of that excuses the situation, or my personal responsibility for it. In a work environment funded by student dollars to provide a service to our community, we should have had the good judgment to keep alcohol out. As the individual ultimately responsible for our staff ’s conduct, I should have had the good judgment to take action to remove it. I regret that failure in leadership. The incident is an unfair reflection on the dedication and character of our staff, particularly the absent members who had no part in it. That breach of trust is inexcusable — I and the Exponent’s other leaders can only hope we are forgiven by our fellows in time. On a broader scale, we have compromised our credibility in a way that damages our ability to serve our readership. We owe

our public better. It is tempting to rationalize our actions by citing the recklessness of youth or our campus’s culture, tempting to trivialize the situation with a “students will be students” excuse. However, to do so perpetuates those wrongs. Ultimately, unlike so much of our student life, the work we do here at the Exponent isn’t reducible to an abstract learning experience. We’re one of the primary news organizations in Bozeman — the primary organization within the scope of our university. Given that role, we have real power and real responsibility. As a student-driven community news organization, it falls to us to report on serious, often-controversial issues — from sexual assaults to administrative missteps to misconduct by other student groups. Our readers rely on our judgment as we decide what topics to cover and how to approach them — and what to argue when we choose to make

them subjects of commentary. In accepting those duties, we must maintain that trust by holding ourselves to high standards — carrying ourselves not as feckless students but as young professionals bearing the weight of our obligation to those we serve. On our better days, we live up to that ideal. The Wednesday before last, we did not. The disclosure this piece represents — one product of extensive discussion within our staff in the incident’s aftermath — is an attempt to move forward from that failure. In putting this critical coverage of our actions to print, we hope to begin re-earning the right to expect similar openness and accountability in those we cover. I can only hope those reading are satisfied. As always, I can be reached with any concerns or questions at editor@exponent.

Letters to the Editor

ASMSU also manages student activity fees, supporting the fitness center, streamline bus system, recycling program and registered student organizations. It is imperative to continue supporting these extracurricular activities that can complement classes — the college experience should be more than just “school.” If you disagree with me, that is your right. I want to hear from you. I take responsibility for not working harder to educate you about ASMSU and for not actively seeking feedback from students. I want to answer your questions, I want to hear your suggestions and I want to make ASMSU a better organization for you. I want to foster a dialogue on this campus. Please allow ASMSU to be “the voice of the students” by telling us what you think. You may contact me at or ASMSU at

not mention that the “bloody photos of aborted, mutilated fetuses” were covered by lift-able black construction paper, which was intended to prevent anyone from seeing graphic imagery against his or her will. A warning was displayed beside these covered photographs. In regards to "accuracy," Students for Life attempted to reflect the eponymous theme of "oppression" by not only highlighting the oppression of the unborn, but also by recounting the most extreme cases of oppression undergone by post-abortive women. The quoted testimonies were at no point falsely labeled as the universal (or even average) sentiment of all post-abortive women. ERIN MOLSBERRY Students for Life Member

young and old if we see bread — however, this is out of hunger. You say that if Cheesers could do anything for a day, he would vandalize a bread shop. We are not violent. If I could do anything for a day, I would personally fly up to the girl that I love from the bakery who feeds me bread and spill my heart to the best of my ability. If you were going to highlight a duck for Badass of the Week, you could have at least picked one with 654 friends on Facebook (add me! dquackmire). I would have preferred you choose a real duck with social networking skills rather than an impostor. I hope the only use people get out of that article is to line their birdcage.. DEXTER QUACKMIRE Duck

MICHAEL TOWNSHEND ASMSU Senator, College of Engineering

I am Dexter Quackmire. I am a resident of the MSU Duck Pond. I have a big problem with the most recent Badass of the Week in the Excrement. My first issue is that none of my fellow waterfowl have the name Cheesers McQuakers. If you were going to use a pseudonym, I would assume it would have "quack" in it. Check your facts. You have also inaccurately portrayed my people in your article. We are a proud species and begging for bread is simply not something we do. Yes, we swarm people

Express Fee Spending Concerns to ASMSU As an Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) Senator, elected to represent College of Engineering students and the general campus, I take Matt Schwager’s concerns (“When Push Comes to Shove: Budgeting Showdown,” March 22) to heart. My objective is to represent the interests of MSU students on our wonderful campus and listen to criticisms, praises and suggestions. Students may not realize that ASMSU hires a lobbyist — a student — to live in Helena for a semester during legislative sessions, advocating for affordable and accessible higher education in Montana. Students may not realize that ASMSU funds a daycare that makes it possible for students with children to afford childcare as they pursue degrees at MSU. Students may not realize that they directly pay for the weekly printing of this newspaper, a fair, balanced, ethical, accurate and objective publication. ASMSU’s existence as an autonomous entity within MSU allows students to be the voice of positive change on this campus, independent of the MSU Administration.

Clarifying the Students for Life Tunnel of Oppression Exhibit In response to Dan Goodman's article (“The Tunnel of Oppression’s Near Success,” March 8): some information was lacking in his negative description of the Students for Life exhibit. Namely, his account did

Quack! Get Duck Facts Straight

correction A profile on the Fencing Club in the March 22 edition incorrectly indicated that the cost of joining was free. The club asks student members who consistently attend meetings to pay $50 per semester in dues to fund equipment upkeep and some tournament expenses.



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Nicole Duggan For the second time in less than two weeks, a sexual assault has been reported in Bozeman, near the MSU campus. At an April 2 press conference, Bozeman police said it is too soon to tell if the two events are connected, or if the same man committed both assaults. The suspects in both assaults are being sought by Bozeman and University Police. The suspect in the first assault reported was described as a white male wearing MSU sweatpants and a dark hoodie sweatshirt. He was identified as having curly brown hair,

being approximately 5’10,” 200 pounds, wearing glasses and having no facial hair. The first reported incident took place Thursday, March 22 at approximately 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of Garfield Street and South Third Avenue. According to MSU authorities, an MSU student reported that an unknown male pulled her to the ground and assaulted her as she was walking to her residence. The suspect then fled on foot. The second incident, reported March 30, happened March 18, five days prior to the first incident reported. According to the Bozeman police, a

16-year-old girl said a man attacked and raped her on March 18, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on West Koch Street. The suspect was described as having shaggy brown hair, and wearing glasses and sweatpants. MSU alerted students to the initial assault via text messages the morning of Friday, March 23 at 2 a.m. Officials posted notification posters around campus urging students to use caution when walking alone, stay in well-lit areas and travel in groups. When a sketch of the suspect became available, it was distributed around campus. MSU Dean of Students Matt Caires stressed that students need to utilize MSU services to protect themselves and others. “This is a reality check that the world can be a violent and dangerous place,” Caires said, “MSU is a very safe campus, and we should be proud. But bad things are bound to happen.” Caires said he was proud of efforts on campus to protect students, including fraternities offering escorts home from parties. He also stressed that these services should be offered on a regular basis to anyone, and not only after incidents such as the recent sexual assaults. MSU Police escorts are available 24/7 to students, faculty, staff and visitors at locations on campus. According to University Police Chief Robert Putzke, university police have expanded the escort service to include locations within a mile of campus since the assaults. He added that, while the number of escorts requested has increased since

U.S. House Race: Dems Debate at MSU colin gaiser Rising college tuition, women’s rights and social security were among the topics on the minds of Democratic candidates during a debate last Tuesday in the SUB. The debate was preparation for the June 5 primary election for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat. The featured candidates were State Rep. and MSU professor Franke Wilmer, State Sen. Kim Gillan, Rob Stutz, Diane Smith, Dave Strohmaier and Jason Ward, all Democrats. None of the Republican candidates attended the debate despite receiving invitations. The debate was free of serious confrontation between the candidates and covered topics including social security, women’s rights and rising college tuition.

About 75 people attended the debate. On the topic of tuition, candidates stressed the importance of funding for Pell Grants and other means of financial aid. Strohmaier, a member of the Missoula city council, suggested investing in other higher education options, such as community colleges and technical schools. Wilmer said an increase in financial aid would fail to address the true cause of rising tuition. “[Students] are paying 68 percent of their college costs,” Wilmer explained, saying that state government needs to invest in making higher education affordable. When asked about anti-choice legislation, the candidates responded with spirited answers. “Walk your limited government back from my womb,” Smith, a CEO and

entrepreneur from the Flathead Valley, stated. The comment was received with enthusiastic applause from the audience. Ward, a contractor from Hardin, followed by explaining that his child was “a gift from God.” However, he believes that the government should not be allowed to intervene in private medical decisions. When asked about the wage gap between men and women, Gillan talked about the importance of “empowering women,” saying that they are less likely than men to negotiate for a better salary. Stutz, a Helena lawyer, proposed an “equal pay for equal work” legislation that would promise women the same workplace opportunities as men. Candidates were then tested with questions written by audience members.

the assault, the number still remains low with six to nine requested per night. Putzke said the average wait time for a police escort on campus is two to three minutes. Putzke stressed the importance of the service to students, and the necessity that students be aware of their surroundings to help protect themselves. Another resource on campus, the MSU VOICE Center, provides free, confidential services and information to anyone affected by sexual assault or relationship violence. The VOICE Center has a 24-hour support line at 994-7069. Anyone with information pertaining to one or both of these crimes is asked to contact MSU Police at 994-2121 or Bozeman police at 582-2000, or anonymously at

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A police sketch of the assault suspect.

On the topic of how the candidates would balance the budget, Smith stressed the importance of protecting effective government programs while cutting bad ones. “Democrats shouldn’t be the party of protecting bad programs,” she said. Strohmaier proposed cutting defense spending to balance the budget, saying that U.S. defense policy has hardly changed since the Cold War. Other candidates reiterated this proposal. The candidates concluded the debate by giving the audience their final pitch. Wilmer, Gillan and Strohmaier touted their experience in state and local government, while Stutz, Smith and Ward emphasized their outsider status and the unique perspective they would bring to Congress. MSU Students for Choice, NARAL Pro-Choice Montana, Montana Women Vote and the Montana Human Rights Network sponsored the debate.




TEDxBozeman Spreads Ideas of Montana Thinkers Kristen Ingman Roughly 230 people attended TEDxBozeman’s first event, themed “Big Sky, Big Minds,” on March 23 at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization through which, according to a press release from TEDxBozeman, leading “thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.” The “x” of TEDx signifies an independently organized event that brings “people together to share a TED-like experience.” A video describing TEDxBozeman explained that the goal of the event was to “connect big minds from Montana’s landscape, showing that we contribute ideas worth spreading to the world.” The event, which was hosted by Bozeman Toastmaster Tom Stenzel, featured, according to the press release, 20 of Montana’s most prolific figures. “The one common theme is that they’re all invested in Montana,” co-founder Danny Schotthoefer explained. Speakers such as local athlete and photographer Kevin Connolly and Professor Florence Dunkel filled the day by sharing their ideas. Author, consultant and teacher Diedre Combs closed the event with her talk on conflict. “Conflict is one of the best things we’ve

got going for us,” Combs explained. “[It] is calling us to our best.” Community members who did not attend the sold-out event were able to view the talks given by the event’s speakers through live viewing parties at both the public library and MSU’s Renne library, as well as in the MSU residence halls. Social Media Community Manager Donnie Clapp commented that 250 outside connections were made to the event throughout the day, explaining that one connection may involve multiple people or even large parties of listeners and viewers. “It’s been pretty active,” Clapp said. “There are a lot of people out there watching and talking about [the event].” An active Twitter feed, blog posts, Facebook and Instagram updates, live Google+ Hangouts and a TEDxBozeman app were heavily incorporated into the day’s event. Cara Lunceford contacted co-founders Schotthoefer and Ken Fichtler after hearing about TEDxBozeman and acted as a volunteer at the event. “These guys put so much hard work into today’s event,” she said. “Really you’re only as valuable as the people behind you.” Thanking the event’s sponsors one last time, Fichtler challenged, “I want everyone here to please go share the world of TED,” Schotthoefer added. “There is value for TEDx being in Montana.”

Emerson to Host ‘Echoes of the Earth’ Bonny Birkeland Native people’s perspectives on climate change is the focus of “Echoes of the Earth” a free public event that will feature indigenous speakers including scientists, elders, leaders and artists. The event was organized by the Seventh Generation Fund, an international organization that promotes the maintenance of the uniqueness of native people in the Americas. The Seventh Generation Fund has joined with Bozeman’s Hopa Mountain, a nonprofit organization dedicated to investing in local citizen leaders working on improving ecological conditions and education, to

bring the event to Bozeman. “Echoes of the Earth” will have a series of presentations throughout the day that allow for a running dialogue between indigenous leaders about the environmental and cultural implications of climate change, locally, regionally and internationally. Native artwork from distinguished and emerging artists will be on display and available for purchase. “We especially welcome student participation,” Hopa Mountain Executive Director Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from indigenous leaders and to look at a complex subject from multiple cultural perspectives.”

Student Profile: Freshman Firefighter Rose Sullivan-Springhetti


Nichole Solberg, a freshman at MSU, does not like to work indoors. So when it was time for a summer job at the end of her senior year of high school, she applied at the Idaho forestry service to be a type two firefighter. Solberg is from Grangeville, Idaho and works on a crew of eleven. There are four women on her crew but the number “depends on the area. Some crews don’t have any [women]” explained Solberg. As a type two firefighter, Solberg deals with clean up after the fire. This involves digging a line around the area of the burn to contain it and crawling on hands and knees to find and put out hotspots. She also helps with clearing blocked roads and clearcutting dead trees. When she was accepted by the Idaho forestry service, Solberg spent a week at Guard Camp, a week-long program to train potential firefighters, which consisted of multiple classes and demonstrations of fieldwork. There was also physical training one to two times a day. At the end of the week, the trainees were required to pass a written exam and put out small, controlled fires. There were few fires around Grangeville last year, so she was sent to New Mexico for two weeks to help there. Solberg’s favorite firefighting memory comes from her time in New Mexico. “We got called to a fire that was too far up to hike into, so they helicoptered us in. That was the coolest thing I have ever done,” she

Student firefighter Nichole Solberg.

Sachatello-Sawyer highlighted the importance of MSU student attendance. “Students need to think about their relationship “We need to consider how to be bridge-builders across cultures and take important steps together.” – Bonnie Sachatello-Sawyer, Executive Director of Hopa Mountain

with the environment and ask what can we do collectively to mitigate and prepare to adapt to the impacts of climate change.” “Echoes of the Earth” will stress the need to retain culture in the face of climate change. “All Montanans will be impacted by climate change,” Sachatello-Sawyer said. “Climate change will disproportionately

The work can be strenuous. For big fires, firefighters carry 45-pound packs of gear. “It keeps you in good shape,” Solberg said. Solberg enjoys working hard and described her job as rewarding. She plans on being a firefighter again this upcoming summer. She recommended firefighting to people who are “into the the outdoors, people that don’t mind manual labor and people who are athletic. Your group becomes like a little family that you hang out with.”

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affect land-based communities.” She added, “We need to consider how to be bridgebuilders across cultures and take important steps together.” “It is time to look to and engage with traditional indigenous knowledge — our artists, culture bearers, and visionaries — who hold strategies to bring awareness and action to this critical issue. The time for action is now,” said Tia Oros Peters, Executive Director of Seventh Generation Fund. “Echoes of the Earth” will be held at the Emerson Cultural Center on April 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information visit or call Hopa Mountain at (406) 586-2455.




mSU maintains High Research Standards michael gross As a land grant university, MSU is a beehive of important research activity. MSU has been ranked as one of the top 70 research schools in the United States by the National Science Foundation. MSU researchers study a range of topics including molecular biology, whirling trout disease, avalanches and cognitive neuroscience. There are many projects underway throughout campus that directly relate to Montana, while others seek to advance biomedical knowledge related to global health issues. Here is a sampling of research on campus: Martin Teinzte is a professor involved in biomedical research. Researchers in his lab study how the surface protiens of HIV infi ltrate human cells, and he hopes to use his discoveries to some day develop a vaccine

against HIV. Mary Cloninger is another professor working on a project of equal proportions. Researchers in her lab study cellular interactions involved in the metastatic spread of cancer. These interactions are not well understood and have the potential to lead to new therapeutic agents involved in apprehending cancer metastasis. Thomas Livinghouse, an organic chemistry professor and researcher, is investigating a unique project geared toward sustainable science. “Essentially what we’re doing is green chemistry by developing methods of organic synthesis that are carbon efficient and consume few resources,” he said. Undergraduate students have many opportunities to become involved in this diverse research. Spencer White is a sophomore double

majoring in biochemistry and cell biology and neuroscience. He is researching the role of metals in the evolution of biological organisms, enzymes and the environment. White works with Dr. John Peters, studying the metabolism of basic life-building molecules and the effects of the environment on bacterial evolution. Funding resources for student researchers include the Montana INBRE program, the Hughes Undergraduate Scholars Program, the Complex Biological Systems program and NASA. There are many professors like Peters who accept undergraduate students in their labs. These collaborative opportunities between students and professors have increased as scientific resources have grown on campus over the past five years. The great amount of research on campus has spurred construction of new

research buildings on campus. The 2007 construction of a new chemistry building increased the department’s grant awards from $4.5 million to $7.7 million — a 71 percent increase — in one year. The construction of the Animal Bioscience building in 2010 provided the Department of Animal and Range Sciences with a better environment in which to teach and conduct research. In addition, the ongoing $17 million dollar Cooley Lab renovation will provide better technology and attract more grants, according to Steven Stowers, who researches the sensory nervous system. A new microscope facility will allow him to conduct state-of-the-art experiments which he cannot do at present. He said these new instruments will draw in more funding for his and other researchers’ projects.

NEWS BRIEFS Goldwater Scholarship Awarded to MSU Chemistry Student David Halat, a Bozeman native and junior in chemistry and mathematics, was awarded one of the nation’s most prestigious awards for students in the sciences, the Goldwater Scholarship. “Nobody deserves it more than David,” said Nels Gerstner, a chemistry student who received an honorable mention. “He’s a hard worker and really good guy. And he’s really smart.” Halat is MSU’s 54th recipient of the scholarship. In addition to Gerstner, honorable mentions were awarded to Brian Redman and Bryan Vadheim, both from the College of Engineering. Halat has been heavily involved in undergraduate research during his time at MSU and, after receiving a grant from the Undergraduate Scholars Program, is working with Professor Robert Walker studying high temperature surface chemistry that takes place on solid oxide fuel cells. He will present the results of his research during MSU’s research celebration on Thursday, April 19. After completing his undergraduate studies, Halat plans to attend graduate school, join a chemistry research team and eventually receive his PhD. The Goldwater Foundation awarded 282 scholarships from a pool of 1,123 outstanding students in mathematics, science

and engineering. The one-to-two year scholarship awards recipients $7,500 per year to cover tuition, research and other costs. – colin gaiser

MSU Architecture Students to Compete in national Competition A team of students from MSU is set to compete in the “FORTIFIED Roof Design Competition” against other architecture students from across the country. This year’s contest, which is sponsored by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), challenges students to design an affordable,

hurricane-resistant roof system. The winning team will receive $1,500 and the opportunity to have their design tested at the IBHS research center in South Carolina. “Competitions are a wonderful way for students to apply the theory they have been learning in school to actual problems they may face as professionals,” said Joshua Caulfield, Chief Executive Officer at AIAS. The MSU team, composed of senior architecture students, will be challenged to produce a roof structure that follows principles of sustainable design yet is strong enough to withstand the force of an Atlantic hurricane. Over 30 other teams from across the country have registered for the competition. – colin gaiser 10% discount with student ID



Online Subscription Based Homework: Added Convenience or Added Expenses? At the beginning of each semester, more and more students come to terms with a disturbing trend in the publishing industry. So, readers, take a minute to imagine yourselves in a familHogan Peterson Opinion writer iar scenario: It’s time to finish draining your bank account by purchasing textbooks. You find your course’s section on the shelf, hoping the prices are low. Unfortunately, today’s not your day, and inside that shrink-wrapped bundle of joy, you see the dreaded phrase “additional online resources enclosed!” While students in large, freshman level classes are the most likely to suffer this fate, subscription-based online homework is becoming commonplace at MSU. Publishers are adding these “bonus” online supplements to their texts at an alarming rate. It’s becoming an epidemic. The most immediate problem with these programs is the additional costs. The publishers want us to think the price listed is that of the text, and the online program is their free gift to us. However, it doesn’t take an economist to see past this thinly veiled lie. Separately purchasing the online supplement currently used in STAT 216, for example, will cost a student $85. Publishing companies want to make money like any other company, but displaying online supplements as something other than a cash cow is fairly feeble advertising. Students should question the necessity of these programs: Do we really need them to learn the material? After all, textbooks already come with more problem sets and exercises than any professor could ever assign. So why do professors subject us to these supplements? Simple: It requires more effort to assign problems than it does to assign pre-written and automatically graded homework. The role of a professor includes planning and assigning the coursework necessary for students to comprehend the subject. According to student Sam Carlson, who contacted both the Exponent and STAT 216 Coordinator Heidi Lindsay regarding the issue of subscription based homework services, “It is the implicit duty of professors to assign and grade homework.” His opinion may be shared by a portion of his fellow students. With online programs, we are paying someone else to do a job they have already

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paid their professor to do. With the above opinions in mind, we should also consider the possibility that there is some legitimacy to the supposed convenience used to justify these programs — they do provide feedback. In large enrollment courses like STAT 216 or ECON 101, there are only so many TAs to go around, and individualized responses are all but im-

As mentioned above, a lack of TAs means less responsive homework grading, but it also means less homework in general. For many, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. When asked what high enrollment courses would be like without these programs, Dr. Stock said “There was simply less homework assigned and course grades were more heavily weighed on midterm and final exam

If enough of us feel that the use of these programs isn’t justified, then it stands to reason that our objections should be voiced.

possible. In Econ 101, students use an online service called Aplia. According to economics department head Dr. Wendy Stock, “Budgets are tight and departments don’t have the money to hire enough assistants to give substantive feedback” and “students who are genuinely interested in learning appreciate the much higher level of feedback that Aplia can give.”

performance.” MSU already has D2L, which in many ways has similar goals to the alternate homework services in question. However, D2L is included within MSU’s tuition. According to STAT 216 Coordinator Heidi Lindsey “This online learning environment is not equivalent to D2L.” Dr. Stock points out that these programs “offer a lot more in terms

of different styles of teaching” than she could write for D2L herself. At a fundamental level, students’ choices dictate what publishers sell — we do have a say in the matter. If enough of us feel that the use of these programs isn’t justified, then it stands to reason that our objections should be voiced. Professors have deliberate reasoning behind the use and endorsement of online homework services, but in the end, students can and should have the final say. On one side of the rhetorical fence is the common belief that online material is expensive and unnecessary for learning. It sets a bad precedent in which instructors outsource their work to a publisher’s website. Before forming an angry mob, we should also consider the fact that online homework services have made the large courses in which they’re typically implemented more manageable for students and instructors alike. Additionally, they provide a grade buffer that would otherwise be filled with rigid test scores. For now, unfortunately, deceptively marketed online material is the new standard in frivolous publishing schemes, and it would appear it is here to stay.




Kyle Lowis

You know what really fires shots at my Ft. Sumpter? Y’all. The word y’all is just one portion of what is really the larger problem here, the Ryan Bovy American south. business manager If you visit the south (and hopefully you never have to), you will find that people down there think General Lee was an American hero who won the Civil War, and they will also refer to you and the group with which you af-

At least they don’t take the ‘ou’ out of everything. That only happens in Louisiana.

filiate as “y’all.” At least it is not as offensive as being called a yankee. No one wants to be associated with the money-monging championship buyers. I understand the gender neutrality. Y’all takes the place of things like, “Hey, dudes!” or “You guys were really great out there today.” But that argument falls flat, in my opinion — since when has the south been concerned with being politically correct? It is a well-known fact that people in the south still fly confederate flags and

perform other acts that most certainly aren’t p.c. (or appropriate to print in a student newspaper, I’ve been told). Southern food is pretty great, though, if you’re the kind of bum that enjoys spicy dishes. Worse than the word y’all is the phrase “all y’all.” You’ve gotta be kidding me, southerners. Don’t you realize when you’re being redundant with your own slang? Y’all is short for ‘you all’ and when you say “all y’all,” you’re really saying “all you all.” As if that drawl wasn't enough already. At least they don’t take the ‘ou’ out of everything. That only happens in Louisiana. If you’ve never been, I would recommend it. It's the cheapest way to experience culture shock. “I’m in the s’th l’king for a c’ch to lay down on and maybe ‘t a bowl of s’p, y’all.” I’m not even joking. People in Louisiana (those that live on the bayou, more specifically) really do speak some other language where vowels simply don’t exist. It is clear that the rest of America is fascinated by this. Cable television channels have started running shows based solely on people that live this alternative lifestyle. It certainly is fascinating, I’ll give them that. Nonetheless, I’m not going to start hunting gators or go noodling this summer. I’d be too afraid of misunderstanding this nonsensical tongue and end up eaten by a catfish, or getting death rolled by an alligator. Turns out, them things are pretty fast and zig-zag running won’t save you.

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The State of Driving!

There is a fundamental problem with the drivers in Bozeman: None of them seem to know what they are doing. Time and again there are issues of operation error on the road. Running a red light, cutting off other drivers and general confusion concerning the rules of the road plague this town and frustrate more skilled and aware drivers. I regard myself as a good driver. The car becomes an extension of my body (a benefit of driving a standard transmission) and it has my full attention. There are many other drivers like this and that’s what makes the roads safe, for the most part. However, even a supremely skilled driver such as myself makes mistakes. Stupid mistakes. I didn’t even see the duck, much less the pedestrian. How can something like this happen? Why is everyone in this town turning into a terrible driver? Some say the use of cellphones

Heather Kruger Bozeman is a thing of beauty, and as the snow melts more of this beauty is uncovered. You know what else is uncovered? Litter in all shapes and sizes. I’m a bit disgusted walking around town these days. As soon as I spot one piece of litter, there are seven more to accompany it. And it seems that not much is being done to take care of this issue. Campus isn’t the only problem area (suburb areas that previously had snow build up are atrocious), but there is room for improvement. Many of the parking lots have garbage cans that lack lids. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, but the wind can get fairly violent here, and it isn’t difficult for it to scoop trash out of the can and onto the street. Wal-mart sells entire cans for $14, so I’m assuming lids aren’t that expensive. I can’t be the only one who has

while driving causes this fluctuation in bad habits. The city of Bozeman can pass all the driving safety laws it wants, but you can’t change the bad habits of idiotic drivers. Perhaps it is automatic transmission vehicles, creating a lazy driver who simply needs to push the pedal and “make car go fast.” This has been my lasting suspicion, though I fear worse. Perhaps this is a side effect from the noxious, toxic fumes pumped into the air by the vehicles themselves. Perhaps disguised government jets are gassing us from above, a mild sedative that weakens us to the programming of the subliminal hypnotic images constantly pulverizing us via TV, computer or cellphone. This mass fumigation has kept us in control for a great deal of time and side effects are beginning to show, one of them being bad driving. That, or people are stupid.

Littering! noticed the garbage littering the sidewalk. So I’m curious why I don’t see more people picking it up. Think you won’t make a difference? One psychology study discovered that when individuals witnessed another pick up litter, their likelihood of littering dropped to 4 percent. This same study observed what individuals did when they found a flyer on the windshield of their car. 38 percent of people dropped the flyer to the ground without thinking about it. 38 percent! The world isn’t going to last forever. It’s the least we can do to help it last a little longer. Pick up some litter! You have no good reason not to. If you ignore the problem, you’re nothing better than trash yourself.



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YOUR GUIDE TO RENTING IN BOZEMAN Renting a home off-campus is one of the most significant — and stressful — transitions in a college career. If you’re planning on renting a place in Bozeman this summer or fall, some tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible. STORY BY KAREN WILSON & KRISTEN INGMAN • DESIGN BY PIERCE WARE • PHOTOS BY EMMA NIELSEN



Who are you going to live with? Although it might seem like more people means cheaper rent, that’s generally not the case. However, you may consider renting a house if you have enough roommates. Alternatively, you can look for an empty room and move in with existing tenants. Choose your roommates carefully. Be sure to spend enough time with any potential roommate that you can envision what will happen when you actually live together. Peak Property Management recommends that you “know your roommates,” because every person who signs a lease is bound by a legal contract. More people in a house means more potential conflict — and more messes to clean up — and living with your best friends might also be a recipe for disaster. Find a happy medium. “I prefer to not live with really close friends,” says recent MSU graduate Fletcher Keyes. “If you're hanging out with all the same people, you're never going to get a break from each other.” If you pay your share of the rent, but your roommate fails to pay his or hers, your landlord may be able to evict and/or sue you. Because a lease is an agreement between tenants and the landlord, it may be wise to have a written agreement with your roommates, stating that the rent is shared.

Location, number of bedrooms/ bathrooms and monthly rent are key factors when choosing a new home. Unfortunately, the most important factor is availability, and (surprise!) everyone is pursuing houses with strong amenities. If you find an open one, jump on it. Also, don’t underestimate the importance of having multiple bathrooms, especially when there will be four or more people in a house. When visiting a potential site, be thorough. Make sure it features the amenities you need and that it meets safety regulations. Inspect all bedrooms — if they do not have windows that can be easily opened and escaped from, they are not secure in case of a fire. Landlords are responsible for furnishing smoke detectors, but tenants are responsible for verifying the detectors have working batteries.

THE SEARCH Craigslist and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle’s Classifieds section have everything you need to get started. If you’re planning to rent a place in May, now is a good time to start looking, because renting is competitive. You can save time and avoid rental companies or property managers with bad reputations by visiting, where anyone can read and register rental housing complaints.

My roommate invited his female friend to live in our garage without asking my other roommates and me for permission. We did not know this girl’s name and referred to her as "the scooter girl" because she rode a Razor scooter to class. We were under the impression that she was going to sleep on the couch for a week, but instead she took over (and redecorated) the garage, where she lived for a month. The best part was that she couldn't pay rent; instead, she offered to pay us in snacks from Town & Country. She would also cook things in our kitchen and I once burned three-quarters of a pizza by preheating the oven because she had stored the leftovers inside. She also used her time at our residence as an opportunity to try to sleep with the roommate who had invited her to live with us. He was not interested, which in part led to her finally being kicked out.


RENTAL HISTORY If it is your first time renting, you will most likely need a co-signer with strong credit so the landlord is guaranteed payment. Landlords run credit checks on their potential tenants. Most places are rented to the first applicants who pass the credit check and prove financial stability, so all applicants are treated equally. If you have rented in the past, your previous landlords are your best references. If you always pay your rent on time or in advance, you are a desirable tenant.

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE Will you stay in Bozeman for the summer? Are you looking for a place you can keep for several years? Do you want to live with the same roommates long-term or put your name on the lease and potentially switch roommates? These factors will influence the length of lease you feel comfortable signing. Some leases are negotiable, others aren’t. If you sign a one year lease and want to move out after six months, you can usually sub-let your room to somebody else but are still legally responsible for the unit.

YOUR LANDLORD Your landlord could be a property management company or a private landlord. Property management companies generally do not own the properties they rent, but contract with property owners to perform all rental duties. Keyes has rented from both a property management company and a private landlord, and in his experience property management companies have “more restrictions” and are “more organized.” “A big drawback of renting from a private landlord is that you're kind of at that person's mercy,” he said, “whereas I feel like with a rental company, you're not as singularly important because they have so many other properties to worry about.” Regardless of who your landlord is, make sure you meet him or her before signing a lease. Your landlord ultimately controls your living situation and helps with the upkeep of

Before I found my place, I checked out a dozen locations over a few weeks, and some of the landlords I met were super weird. One guy I met showed me a disgusting basement apartment — you could tell the people who lived there had never cleaned. He just immediately opened the fridge and cracked open a beer. As he’s drinking the beer, he says, ‘It's okay, I can do it.’ I left knowing I didn’t want to rent the place.


your home. Make sure you understand the type of person with whom you are dealing and be aware that they will also be judging you.

YOUR LEASE Read the fine print and understand that legal issues that may arise. Keep a copy on hand at all times, because it contains the rules you must abide by as well as what you are expected to do to get your security deposit back when you move out. Bock suggests that tenants take photos of the dwelling before moving in and before moving out.

I once lived in a place with a particularly picky landlord; one of the terms of our lease was that we charge a $20 per night “hotel fee” for people who slept at the house and weren’t on the lease. While we lived there, we replanted the run-down garden and trimmed a tree. After we moved out, the landlord sent us a huge list of damages and seemingly arbitrary “repair fees” — including $75 for gardening without her permission


MUST-KNOW LEGAL INFO Tenants under a rental agreement have rights and obligations described in the Montana Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. While navigating the legal jargon in rental agreements can be overwhelming, I moved into my house a week after my roommates, so I didn’t have the opportunity to meet my landlord when the rest of my roommates did. We had requested a few repairs, and one day a man unexpectedly appeared at our door and introduced himself in a soft whisper. “Repairman,” he said. Welcoming him in, I awkwardly led him to the different areas of the house that I thought needed his attention. I rambled for several minutes, explaining that our landlord hadn’t told us anyone would be coming over that day, and that I wasn’t sure of the exact repairs that we had agreed upon. Finally, I offered to call my landlord, [Kevin], to verify each repair. In a small voice, he replied, “I am [Kevin].


students can make appointments with Associated Students Legal Services for $10 for a 30 minute meeting. ASMSU Attorney Phyllis Bock also suggests utilizing for assistance with legal problems in Montana. Lease Reading and Signing Leases are not set in stone. If both parties agree, tenants and landlords can cross out unwanted portions, write in the agreed upon changes and write all of their initials next to the changes. If the landlord makes a promise not written in the agreement, the law assumes the promise was never made. Don’t just request and keep a copy of the lease; put every request in writing and make a copy of every written request and agreement. Security Deposit Bock explained that one of the most common problems for which students seek her counsel is not having their security deposits returned upon conclusion of a lease. If the tenant has paid all rent and utilities bills, not damaged the property and cleaned the unit, the landlord must return the security deposit. Landlords are required to provide tenants with a written list of damages, cleaning charges, unpaid rent or bills that have been deducted from the deposit within 30 days after the tenants move out. If this does not occur, the landlord cannot keep any portion of the deposit. Tenants need to provide their old landlord with updated mailing addresses in writing to ensure this happens. If the landlord did not provide a

written statement of the condition of the premises when the tenants moved in, the security deposit must be returned in full. If the landlord wants to deduct any cleaning charges, tenants have 24 hours to complete the required cleaning. Unless stated in the rental agreement, the landlord cannot charge the tenant for routine cleaning and maintenance such as cleaning drapes and blinds or painting. Tenant Right to Privacy Your landlord may enter your dwelling without consent only in the following cases: • Emergencies • If he/she has obtained a court order: • When the tenant has been absent for at least one week or has moved out • 14 days after the landlord has given a written notice stating the tenant has failed to maintain the premises as required by law and specifying alleged

violations Otherwise, landlords can only enter the premises at reasonable times after giving the tenants 24 hours notice of intent to enter. Tenants may not unreasonably deny the landlord access to the premises. Moving Out Both the landlord and tenants must provide a written intent to terminate the rental agreement 30 days in advance. If tenants fail to give proper notice, they may be obliged to pay an extra month of rent. If tenants move out before the end of the rental period, they are responsible for the all remaining rent; however, the landlord must make reasonable efforts to re-rent the dwelling. As soon as new tenants move in, the previous rental agreement is terminated. The SUB has a rental housing board where students may advertise vacant rental units.



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Hooping for Healthier, Happier Lives

A Bozeman Hoopers Club member practices her routine.

Cassie Wilson If you haven’t picked up a hula hoop for years because you think it’s for kids, think again. The Bozeman Hoopers are proving how hooping can bring smiles, lower stress and provide an artistic outlet for people of any age. Hooping is a semi-new up and coming recreation. It combines dance and art with

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hula hooping, usually using the hula hoop as a prop or dance partner. It isn’t all free movement, however. Certain moves take technique and practice — hula hoops can be used on more than just the hips, including the chest, neck, arms and legs. Unlike the hula hoops you used as a kid, hooping requires a heavier and thicker hoop. Hooping takes after rhythmic gymnastics, freestyle dance and twirling.

Ryan Quire, the president and founder of the club, is a masters student at MSU. “A meeting is an informal jam session where we listen to music, hoop, dance and share,” Quire explained. “Hooping has become a part of who I am. It has made me happier and less serious, and I am so grateful for the feeling of pure creation when I dance and flow with a hoop.” After hooping for nearly five years, Quire said it is easily possible for people to find their own groove and dynamic. No two hoopers have the same style. Outside the club, many hoopers participate in festivals and music shows. They also love to hoop outside when the weather is nice. Hooping is more than fun — it provides an exercise and art form that improves health and happiness. Quire encourages anyone who enjoys dancing and having fun, and any child at heart to attend a meeting. For more information, visit or join the Facebook group at Bozeman-Hoopers/164112790330735. Let your inner child play! What: Bozeman Hoopers When: Romney Gym Where: Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Cost: Free

Chasing Winter with Outdoor Rec Kyle Lowis This past weekend Outdoor Rec hosted a snowshoe hike through Yellowstone National Park along the Fawn Pass trail. Outdoor Rec took a small group of students down south, looking for an appropriate snowshoe hike. In Yellowstone National Park, the group found what they were looking for. Outdoor Rec originally meant to trek up Indian Ridge, but continued down through the Gallatin Canyon in search of more snow. While signs of spring continue to spread through Bozeman, this was not the case at Fawn Pass. High winds, low temperatures and snow flurries greeted the

group at the beginning of the trip as they ventured across the plain. Conditions were harsh and tested the will of the hikers, some of whom had never previously been in the snow. However, once the travelers reached the treeline, the winds subsided and temperatures rose, allowing hikers to enjoy the wonders of the wilderness. One thing to never take for granted on these outings is the people with whom you adventure. MSU is continuing to grow, attracting students from all ends of the country and globe. One can learn a lot about a person from hiking with them, and this outing was no different. Conversations led to a further understanding of fellow students,


a learning opportunity often missed by many. Sharing a long conversation with an exchange student from Saudi Arabia, I learned more about my fellow man, the global community, a previously unknown and compelling culture and much besides. Venturing into the wilderness with your fellow man leads to a learned experienced unmatched by any classroom on campus, a value incomparable to any tuition. There is more to be gained than just a good workout from the Outdoor Rec outings. The next adventure is a float down the Madison River on Saturday, April 7. For more information, visit http://www.

Bobcats Swept by Tough Hornets Squad Anthony Varriano After back-to-back wins at Weber State and Idaho State by scores of 5-2, the MSU women’s tennis team returned to the friendly confines of the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center for a tough conference match against No. 59 Sacramento St. After a delay of nearly an hour due to an earlier match against the Grizzlies — Sacramento St. winning 5-2 — the Hornets went right back to work on the Bobcats. Sacramento St. started strong, winning all three doubles matches by a score of 8-2. The Bobcats seemed to have trouble with the height of the Sacramento St. team, who dominated at the net. MSU couldn’t seem to get lobs over the long, outstretched arms of the Hornets, which also made difficulties for the MSU doubles teams attempting passing shots. The trouble continued for MSU in singles matches. The Bobcats won just one set in the match, as Paulina Lopez Trevino won her first set in a tiebreaker 7-6, but eventually lost the third set tiebreaker 10-8 to No. 3 singles player Clarisse Baca. It was the only chance MSU had to avoid a sweep. Coach Denise Albrecht knew what to expect from Sacramento St., and wasn’t surprised by their performance. “Sac. St. is ranked 59th in the country. They are a very good team. In conference play they are 98-0, I think. They haven't lost a conference match for 12 years,” Coach Albrecht said. “The women's team had a great weekend with wins on the road against Weber State and Idaho State. MSU fought hard, but Sac. St. was just too strong and had a lot of depth.” The big road wins against Weber State and Idaho State should not go overlooked, however. With the wins the Bobcats improved their Big Sky Conference record to 3-2. Though MSU should be happy to be done with Sacramento St., they have another tough test when the women next host Northern Colorado at the BobcatAnderson Tennis Center on Sunday, April 8.




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of the Week: LANDON BAYGER nAME: Landon bayger hOMETOwn: pagosa springs, colo. MAjOr: mechanical engineering OCCUPATiOn: student/ thrift store inc. hOBBiES: motocross, skiing, snowboarding, riding horses, shooting guns and building furniture Why did you move to montana? I got a killer scholarship to attend the nationally renowned engineering program at MSU and love that there are fewer people in the entire state of Montana than in Denver. do your future plans involve this area? Most likely the Kalispell area instead of Bozeman, but definitely Montana! What is a day you will never forget? My first trip to Rapid City. It was the first race I decided to step up to the intermediate class. After qualifying for the main event, I messed up the hole shot. From dead last I made my way up through the pack with some of the gnarliest whoops I ever hit. I

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ended up chasing down the second place racer, passing him on the last turn to finish second in my first ever intermediate race. If you could do anything for a day, what would it be? Hitch a ride on a NASA shuttle with my bike and do some moto action in low gravity. Just think how fun it would be to bust out some whips from crater to crater over a 400 foot gap!

Landon Bayger grew up on a 600-acre ranch in New York where his dad allowed friends and family to hunt the buffalo that roamed on it. Bayger remembers, “there were 10 people sharpening knives while others worked to shear the bison.” Bayger later moved to Colorado. In Pagosa Springs, Bayger started riding dirt bikes on the 75 acres he lived on. Coupling his need for speed and the large space to play on, Bayger and his friends built a dirt bike track consisting of 35 foot kickers and a 40 foot gap. Here in Bozeman, No. 510 Bayger resides over MSU Motocross as president. The club meets once a week on campus and competes in races in Livingston, Four Corners and Billings. The club’s members range from novice to skilled and they welcome all who are interested. Bayger classifies the group as “a race and leisure club.” If you’re interested in the club and want to know more, check out and be sure to like them on Facebook. – DAVID HOY

These students might not be on the field or court, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t involved in an equally athletic endeavor. This column is meant to highlight students who are not a part of varsity athletics at MSU who are doing amazing things with their time outside of the classroom. Know a badass? E-mail us at

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Which do you prefer: Singles or doubles, and why? Singles; I like to be alone on the court. Tennis is mostly a single sport. Why did you start playing? It is an interesting sport and my parents played. I can play with my whole family. Why did you come to MSU? It is a good engineering school and I can play on the tennis team. The surroundings are good, too. There is good skiing and a great landscape. What is your favorite thing about tennis and why? I can play outside and be alone. You have to figure out how to win on your own on the court.

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Name: Markus Schleuter Sport: Tennis Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany Major: Mechanical Engineering Year in School: Sophomore How long involved in tennis: Playing since age five, competing since age 10

What is your motivation before a match? I listen to music to relax. I am nervous before a match, but I love tennis so I am always ready to play. Do you plan to continue competing in tennis after graduation? Probably, in Germany we have league tennis. I probably won’t play as much, but I will still play. What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete? Be organized and like what you do. If you don’t like what you do, it is hard to make

yourself practice every day and attend class. Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in tennis? As a team we made it to conference last year. Do you have an inspirational person or quote? Roger Federer who is a tennis professional. My coach is a good guy and my teammates are supportive. Also, myself. I push myself to keep improving. Do you have any other hobbies/activities/ interests? Outdoors, hiking, climbing and skiing. What is your favorite class at MSU and why? Manufacturing process laboratory because we actually get to build and make things out of metal. Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU tennis? We have a lot of outdoor courts so people can play tennis if they want. People can watch us too; it is appreciated. – Michelle Thomas

Ultimate Season Takes Off Kyle Lowis What involves throwing a plastic disc, high jumps and long dives, lots of running and funny hats? No, it’s not a circus show gone awry, it’s Ultimate Frisbee, and it’s back in action at MSU. Ultimate Frisbee is a sport in which the description is in the name. Teams of seven take to a large field and the goal is simple: pass the Frisbee up the field for a successful catch in the end zone. Ultimate has been booming in popularity and Bozeman’s own team is no exception. “The Frisbee world is pretty hidden,” said Alex Fry, a member of the team. “People think it’s just pickup in the fields, but there’s actually college teams all around the nation — club teams, women’s teams, teams all across the county and all across the world.” MSU’s team is back in the competitive

field after a brief lull. “Two or three years ago we had a team here, but didn’t do too much to spread it around campus because we were already set,” Fry said, “but those guys graduated in 2010 and the team kind of fell apart. So this year we got a full roster together — 17 guys — and we practice to compete in sectionals.” The team has been working toward competing in sectional and hopefully regional events, playing teams from as far as California and Arizona. The team’s last tournament was in Walla Walla, Wash. Playing six close and exciting matches, they walked away with two wins and four losses. Tournaments can vary from fun with entertaining themes to serious events. “There’s anything — like a local ‘hat’ tournament where you can have a themed dress up. We had a Halloween hat tournament in Missoula,” Fry said. “There are different levels of play. The better you

get, the more connected you are with other teams and the more you travel.” Tournaments can progress from regional events, to national and even global tournaments, an impressive field of play for a sport that is self-refereed. “There’s an Olympics of Frisbee, called Worlds. Last year it was in Prague, which is pretty neat. It’s widespread.” Ultimate Frisbee’s popularity is based in how easy it is to pick up and the people you can meet on the field. “Anybody is more than welcome to show up. We encourage people to come and play. If you like to run around and be active, it’s the perfect sport. It’s a lot of fun.” Bozeman has both a college and a club team for any non-student. Pick up is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (weather permitting) at 5 p.m. on the fields across from the Campus Police station.

Spring Into Intramurals Anthony Varriano Intramural softball kicked off its regular season on April 2, after a thrilling season of basketball concluded just before spring break. Presten Swensen, captain of the men’s champion basketball team, the Penetrators, and Cheryl Polacek, captain of the women’s basketball champion team, Frybread Riot, urged their teams on to obtain the highly coveted “MSU Intramurals Champion” T-shirts. Both the Penetrators and Frybread Riot will be immortalized in the MSU Intramurals Hall of Champions. As basketball ends, softball begins. Registration for softball teams may be closed, but registered teams can still add players until April 9. To join a team visit and find MSU in the list on the left. If you are interested in playing for a registered team as a “free agent,” contact the team captain to see if they need any extra players. Softball teams are large, which can make it difficult for each player to attend every game, so odds are team captains will be looking for extra players to avoid a forfeit. Softball isn’t the only spring intramural sport, either. Registration has begun for co-ed dodgeball and men’s and women’s table tennis. Teams can sign up until April 7. Men’s and women’s badminton registration begins April 8 and will remain open until April 13. Table tennis, dodgeball and badminton are free to join, while registering a softball team costs $25 — refunded if your team doesn’t forfeit any games. For more information, students can visit the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center Office or contact Intramural Director Jeff Hix via email at or phone at 994-6313. Those ready to join can do so through the intramural sports website, Let’s make it a fun-filled spring intramural season, and remember, intramural sports are designed for building relationships, so treat your opponents with respect. It’s just a game, and a T-shirt.



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M VIE REVIEW 'A Plumm Summer' Resonates Across Generations What do Bozeman, William Baldwin, a frog and a puppeteer have in common? All were featured in locally made movie, “A Plumm Summer” (2007), which enjoyed a special screening last Tuesday at the Procrastinator Theatre. The movie tells a heartwarming story of a small town in Montana devastated by the kidnapping of local puppet celebrity, Froggy-Doo, who stars in the popular children’s series “Happy Herb and Froggy-Doo.” It is up to young brothers, Elliott and Rocky Plumm, to solve the mysterious “frog-napping,” all while learning about family, friendship and the trials of growing up. The movie brings you through the highs and lows of Rocky’s love and determination to find Froggy-Doo, Elliott’s struggle with his peers and his alcoholic father and admiration for the Sheriff’s daughter next door. Combine that with an eccentric puppeteer, two FBI goofs and ransom, and it somehow becomes a charming family movie enjoyable for all ages. “A Plumm Summer” was filmed locally in Billings, Livingston and Bozeman. Not only does it feature an A-list cast (William Baldwin, Henry Winkler and Brenda Strong), it also includes appearances by local actors, as well as a cameo by Governor Brian Schweitzer. The screenwriter, T.J. Lynch, is a native of Billings and is currently serving as the screenwriting professor for the School of Film and Photography. He grew up watching “Happy Herb and Froggy-Doo,” which originated from


the area. Lynch used the real-life kidnapping of Froggy-Doo as the basis for his script, and interviewed Herb McCallister for his side of the story. The evening was ramped up by a special appearance by Herb McCallister and the original Froggy Doo, who joined a panel of professionals afterward who worked on the film. Featured were T.J. Lynch, Mark Vargo, the Director of Photography and cinematography professor, as well as local casting director Tina Buckingham. Discussion ranged from specifics of making the film to the “true” kidnapping behind Froggy-Doo. Though Froggy-Doo has long been off the air, the story of his kidnapping and the children’s enthusiasm in finding him resonates across generations. “My dad grew up watching ‘Froggy-Doo’,” said Alex Miller, a senior in the film program. “It was great to hear what the panel had to say about the process of making a feature film in Montana. I’m also very glad that Happy Herb made an appearance, and it was fascinating to learn more about an obscure piece of Montana pop culture history.” Miller’s tribute was taking out his cell phone and snapping a picture of Froggy-Doo performing in front of the audience to send to his father. If you’re ever looking for a fun film that can be watched with younger family members, or just to reminisce about a childhood long past, “A Plumm Summer” is worth checking out.

Nutella Sopapillas Andrew Keene Let’s be honest, Nutella is proof that God exists and wants us to be happy. Or — if you’re an atheist — that science has found a way to manipulate our taste buds into a state of ecstasy. Whether you’re making a Nutella and banana sandwich or enjoying the sweet hazelnut cream straight out of the jar, there is no wrong way to eat Nutella. Its influence is felt worldwide, with even the poorest and most impoverished of countries enjoying its sweet, nutty delight. Over spring break I had the pleasure of visiting a small fishing village in Mexico (if you saw a giant sombrero bobbing around on campus recently, I can almost guarantee you it was attached to my head). The inhabitants of this quaint, poor fishing village lived simply and knew how to enjoy life’s most simple

For this one, you’ll need: • A stove • Vegetable Oil • Sugar • Cinnamon • 1 cup of butter • Honey • Tortillas • Nutella

– vanessa naive

Procedure: 1. Set a skillet on the stove and put it on medium heat. 2. Melt the butter in a microwave, then add cinnamon, sugar and honey to your discretion.

pleasures, like Nutella Sopapillas. I now sense that you desire to venture into the fishing villages of Mexico to live their humble life. Trust me though, even though they had delicious deserts, I had to play shark bait, fight off the Cartels and sleep in a stable with the donkeys and goats. Simple living is not as appealing as some might think, but the Nutella sopapillas of this village makes it all worth it. So gather up your friends, throw on your ponchos and sombreros, conjure up a fire with your God magic, or if you’re an atheist, your flint and tinder, and enjoy a fun night of simple joy and entertainment with Nutella sopapillas for dessert. It’s fun being with friends, but really, you’re just there for the food.

3. Brush both sides of your tortillas with a light coat of vegetable oil. 4. Once the skillet is hot, fry the tortillas individually until the edge is golden brown, then flip and repeat until all tortillas are fried. 5. Remove skillet from heat, drain any excess oil,and add the butter mixture. 6. Soak one side of a tortilla, then flip and repeat. Continue until all tortillas have reached enlightenment. 7. Spread Nutella all over your delicious sopapillas, or put in a side bowl to dip. 8. Omnomnomnomnomnom.




Review: 'The Hunger Games' Play Review: Sarah Rimkus Unless you’ve been living under a rock until recently, it is common knowledge that the much adored trilogy, “The Hunger Games,” has hit theatres. Many fans of the book had high expectations for the movie, and thankfully they were met — Suzanne Collins’ book was brought to life beautifully on the big screen. Through the entire movie, I felt like I was watching exactly what I imagined as I read the book. “The Hunger Games” takes place in the country of Panem, a post-apocalyptic North America. The Capitol rules over the entire country, which consists of 12 districts. There were originally 13, but District 13 was annihilated by the Capitol. The Hunger Games

were designed as a reminder to all of the damage that District 13 caused. One boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district at random to compete in a televised battle in which only one person will survive. The main character is 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who volunteers to be part of the Hunger Games in place of her younger sister. The male Tribute from her district is Peeta Mellark ( Josh Hutcherson). Katniss’ best friend and hunting partner Gale is left behind to watch his friend fight to the death and fake being in love with Peeta for ratings. Katniss and Peeta are left in the hands of their mentor Haymitch, a previous winner from District 12. Although he is a drunk in the book, the movie focuses on the behind the scenes

work from Haymitch to keep Katniss and Peeta alive. I absolutely loved the books. When I picked up the first one, I was up all night flipping through the pages as fast as my eyes could read them. I think even though the book is directed at a teenage audience, many adults will enjoy it as well. The movie was just as great, but I would recommend that you read the book before seeing the movie. There is only so much that can be crammed into two and half hours, so it was assumed that the majority of the audience would be able to fill in small blanks by having already read the book. So get out there and fall in love with “The Hunger Games,” and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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madonna: 'mdna' garrett smith Madonna, queen of dance music, has returned with her 12th studio album “MDNA.” The LP is exemplary of the paradox that is Madonna. She strives to make pop music like a 25-year-old, yet wishes to utilize the experience of a 54-year-old. The result is a bipolar album — half immature, vapid pop songs and half compelling, violent revenge and love songs. Songs like “Girl Gone Wild” and “Give Me All Your Luvin’” make the listener wonder why a mother of four talks about losing control on the dance floor. These songs are unoriginal — they sound exactly like the Top Forty bulls--t that everyone else makes. With lines like, “The room is spinning/ It must be the Tanqueray/ I'm about to go astray/ My inhibition's gone away/ I feel like sinning/ You got me in the zone/ DJ play my favorite song,” It’s a miracle anyone bothered to delve into the more compelling pieces on “MDNA.” “MDNA” is partially Madonna’s divorce album. She split from Guy Ritchie in October 2008, and the anger and regret she felt over the relationship is evident throughout. These songs are fascinating because they show Madonna’s most genuine emotional sincerity since “Ray of Light.”

On one of the tamer angry songs, “I Don’t Give a,” she expresses a deep-set frustration with what others expect of her, “I tried to be a good girl/ I tried to be your wife/ Diminished myself/ And I swallowed my light.” Madonna takes a nastier, barbarous route in “Gang Bang,” a song in which she contemplates shooting her ex-lover. “I thought it was you and I loved you most/ But I was just keeping my enemy close,” she sings. “Bang bang, shot you dead/ I have no regret.” She adds, “If I see that b---h in hell, I'm gonna shoot him in the head again.” The album triumphs with its two final tracks. “Masterpiece” and “Falling Free” are a nice, peaceful end to an otherwise hectic album. They portray a softer, sadder Madonna who shows regret over her divorce. She closes the album with, “When I let loose the need to know/Then we’re both free, we’re free to go.” Overall, “MDNA” is two different ideas fused together. On one hand, the album is focuses on dance and is aimed at people who want to move. On the other, the album is a confessional — it’s Madonna’s way of coming to terms with her divorce. The fusion of this yin and yang creates an interesting experience for anyone listening. Rating: 7/10

'God of Carnage' Jack Haren

“The God of Carnage” was put on by the Actors Theatre of Montana, a small production company founded by our very own acting professor Cara Wilder. The Equinox Theatre hosted the play, and I was skeptical at first because of the small size (around 50 seats). However, when the play began, the small amount of seating turned out to enhance the overall experience. The entire play derives from a fight between two boys, but ends up becoming a fight between their parents. The parents of each boy get together and first try to get the details of the fight, and then try to resolve how the apology will be made. It becomes a play about the differences and similarities between the two couples. Both are middle class and seem well off, but one is polite and understanding and the other is rude. The differences and similarities between the two keep was a roller coaster throughout the play. Sometimes the husbands become friends, sometimes the wives become friends and other both operate alone, fighting for what they believe. The mish-mash of ideas was my biggest problem with the play. There was no overlying message. Characters mentioned the God of Carnage once. Interactions presented tidbits about morality, guilt, sexism and masculinity. One line echoed “Fight Club,” abhorring object ownership. I repeatedly wondered where the play would lead. The actor’s humor held the audience’s attention best. Characters made many cliché jokes about marriage and how “kids destroy lives,” but the majority of the humor was hostile, blunt and often contained a perfectly placed curse or two (or three). Despite the confusing message, the play kept me laughing and entertained the entire way through. For tickets, go online to “God of Carnage” will be showing this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Equinox Theatre. The shows are sold out, but it’s possible to simply show up get in. Due to popular demand, another show has been added on April 13, also at 8 p.m.

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Calendar THURSDAY April 5 What: Boston College Professor Speaks About Immigrant Youth Where: Reid Hall 104 When: 1:10 p.m. What: 2012 MSU Earth Sciences Student Colloquium Student Poster Session Where: SUB Ballroom D When: 4:15 p.m. What: “Echoes of the Earth” Climate Change Symposium Where: Emerson Cultural Center When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. What: Reel Women Film Series Where: Visual Communication Building 182 When: 7 p.m. What: Goodwill Grand Opening Where: 2130 Simmental Way When: 9 a.m.

FRIDAY April 6 What: 2012 MSU Earth Sciences Student Colloquium Student Talks Where: Gaines 101 When: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. What: MSU Pow Wow Where: Brick Breeden Fieldhouse When: 6 p.m. What: “Echoes of the Earth” Climate Change Symposium Where: Emerson Cultural Center When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


What: “God of Carnage” Play Where: Equinox Theatre When: 8 p.m. and same time all Fridays and Saturdays through April 7 Cost: $10 for students $12 for others

SATURDAY April 7 What: MSU Pow Wow Where: Brick Breeden Fieldhouse When: 12 p.m.

MONDAY April 9 What: Associated English Graduate Students of MSU (AEGS) Graduate Student Colloquium Where: Procrastinator Theatre When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

TUESDAY April 10 What: MSU Authors’ Reception Where: Renne Library When: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY April 11 What: Sack Lunch Seminar Where: SUB 168 When: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. What: Jim Averitt and Tom Murphy Where: Starky’s Authentic Americana Grill When: 6:30 p.m. What: Pecha Kucha Night Where: Ellen Theatre When: 7:20 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 for students and $7 for others, tickets available at


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THURSDAY April 12 What: Pecha Kucha Night Where: Ellen Theatre When: 7:20 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $5 for students and $7 for others, tickets available at What: MSU Spring Rodeo Where: Brick Breeden Fieldhouse When: 7 p.m., also same time April 13 through April 15. Cost: $10 for students, free for children under 6 and $13 for others What: Lord Elgin and the Parthenon Marbles: Two Hundered Years of Controversy, a lecture by Michael Hoff Where: Museum of the Rockies Auditorium. When: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. What: Poetry Festival Where: Weaver Room, Emerson Cultural Center. When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. What: WhiteWater Ramble Where: Zebra Cocktail Lounge When: 9 p.m. Cost: $5, must be 21 or older

FRIDAY April 13 What: 2012 PRO EXPO, an evening of comic books and science fiction Where: Procrastinator Theatre When: 5 p.m. Cost: $1 screening of Tim Burton’s “Batman” at 6:30 p.m. “Best Costume Award” for the best comic or science fiction costume

SATURDAY April 14 What: Service Saturday Where: Ask Us Desk When: Registration 9:30 a.m. Service 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. What: David Dalla G & Dub Sultan Dual Album Release Party Where: Zebra Cocktail Lounge When: 8 p.m. Cost: $5, must be 21 or older

MONDAY April 16

What: ChampChange Auction Where: SUB Ballrooms When: 6 p.m.

TUESDAY April 17 What: Lecture by American Journalist Edward Girardet Where: Procrastinator Theatre When: 4 p.m.

WEDNESDAY April 18 What: Sack Lunch Seminar Where:

SUB 168 When: Noon to 1 p.m. What: LIT 494 Senior Capstone Poster Session Where: Wilson 1-119 When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

THURSDAY April 19 What: Electric Car Showcase Where: Outside on the MSU Mall When: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. What: Bike to the Brewery Where: Departing from SUB When: 5 p.m. Cost: $10, bring a bike

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Nick Danielson Nick Danielson came to Bozeman from Illinois with no intention of getting a degree from MSU, but is now a senior in the School of Art. His high school in Crystal Lake, Ill. had a strong art department, and Danielson continued to take art courses at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake Ill. His goal was to teach special education. After receiving his associates degree, Danielson moved to Bozeman on a whim. He worked “dead end job after dead end job” until he applied to MSU to get an art education degree. A year and a half after being accepted he was given advice by a graduate student to go for a Bachelor of Fine Arts instead, which Danielson described as “a kick in the right direction. There wasn’t enough art for me in the teaching program.” Currently Danielson is working on a natural and fast style of ceramics. Clay is typically thrown on a wheel and allowed to dry to the firmness of leather, then trimmed to reduce weight. Danielson has begun to throw his pieces and immediately trim them. “It’s loose, but confident,” he said. This unique style is evident in his finished work, which reflects the fluidity and naturalness of working with clay. Danielson frequently works with materials he has dug or cut from the ground himself. He is currently working on glazes made from natural grains and grasses found

in Montana. Danielson contends that conforming to functionality when working with ceramics adds interest to his work rather than eliminating his artistic viewpoint. “It would be easy to lump a lot of what we do here into ‘craft,’ but it is really art. It’s a matter of perspective,” Danielson said, adding that ceramics is unique because unlike most art, it tangibly enters our daily life.

“It’s not even about art, it’s about creative ingenuity, it’s a way of thinking” – NIcK DaNIelsoN Danielson still plans to return to education after college. He wants to cover a range of ages, from elementary to the college level. “In an elementary classroom, if you ask ‘who here is an artist?’ almost everyone will raise their hand. By high school, only a few kids would raise their hands because an artist is seen as emotional or as the outcast archetype,” Danielson said, “I think art could be taught in a way that would change that.” Danielson feels that art is important to almost all professions because it teaches more than just a mode of communication, “It’s not even about art, it’s about creative ingenuity. It’s a way of thinking.” Words by Matt Kennedy

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