Opinion: March Madness can’t hold a candle to 40 Games in 40 Nights by Montana Kaimin NewsJan 01, 2010 “Some will argue propensity for upsets is the main allure of the NCAA games. But upsets go by the wayside after the first or second round. Since 2001, only two teams (No. 5 Michigan State in 2005 and No. 11 George Mason in 2006) have made it to the Final Four without being a top-three seed.
When all is said and done, sports fans like to have a hard copy bracket they can wave in their fellow sports fans’ faces, proving that they “know” more about college basketball.
And the chance to take your friends’ and co-workers’ money is all gravy.
Sure, every year, a Cleveland State beats a Wake Forest. But is that the result of a well-executed game plan or simply luck? March Madness lovers may argue that upsets simply don’t happen in the NBA playoffs due to the seven-game series format.
But, if an underdog beats a top seed in the NBA playoffs in a best-of-seven, isn’t that truly an upset? Luck and cold shooting are diminished, if not eliminated, during a seven-game series, whereas upsets are not.
A 16-team playoff with four rounds means the eventual NBA champion can potentially play in 28 games, the equivalent of more than a quarter of an NBA regular season. This may seem to make the regular season irrelevant. But this format has many benefits.
First, a seven-game series makes for good drama. Storylines between teams build, intensity builds, game planning evolves and individual battles become highly competitive.
Before this year’s playoffs began, no one was looking to the first-round matchup between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics as the first matchup to watch. But Tuesday night, the Celtics survived the third overtime game of the series to go up 3-2 as the series headed back to Chicago.
No one expected overtime drama. No one expected such a heated battle. No one expected the birth of a rivalry that fans could love for years to come, as both the Bulls’ Derrick Rose and the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo have had coming-out parties.
Aside from building suspense and individual battles within the war, how can anyone complain about more basketball? The NBA markets the playoffs as “40 games in 40 nights.”
Anyone who considers themselves a true basketball fan cannot find anything wrong with watching the greatest athletes in the world compete at the highest level of competition for six straight weeks.
Even if the NBA Finals almost never feature surprise teams, they almost never disappoint. Only twice in the past decade and only seven times in the 63-year history of the Finals has there been a sweep.
On the contrary, seven of the last 10 NCAA Finals have been affairs decided by double digits. North Carolina defeated Michigan State 89-72 earlier this month in the most anticlimactic championship ever played, regardless of sport.
Not only does drama within a series exist, drama surrounding potential matchups builds as well. NBA fans from coast to coast hoped for a Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers final in 2008. When the two storied franchises squared off, it was the official rejuvenation of the NBA, a league that has been searching for a solid identity since the retirement of Michael Jordan.
With a young, hungry, LeBron-led Cleveland Cavaliers team waiting to overthrow the defending champion Celtics in the East, the league is again relevant in the conversation of the dominant sport in the U.S., alongside the NFL.
When it comes down to it –gambling, brackets and upsets aside – only one question needs to be considered when determining the greater of the two men’s basketball tournaments.
Which would you rather watch? The ineloquence of Tyler Hansbrough leading the preseason favorite to an excruciatingly boring victory over a no-name Spartans squad?
Or Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers trying to cement the Black Mamba’s place in history against a man who may just be the heir apparent to his Airness in King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a seven-game series? Two words. Kobe-LeBron. email@example.com”
Going after the white picket fence by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 30, 2009 “Mick Murray pulls the car into the Missoula County Detention Center parking lot. He pushes the golf ball-sized shifting knob into park and walks to the back of the car. While Murray pulls a stroller from the Prius’s rear hatch, the woman takes her girls out of the car and unbuckles the car seats she brought with her. She places her youngest girl in the stroller on the sidewalk. The older girl then walks to her mother’s side on the sun-bleached concrete, and both face the building. As Murray drives off, the mother grabs a car seat in one hand and the stroller’s handle in the other. The other empty car seat sits on the pavement, waiting for the third hand that she doesn’t have.
“If people are calling a cab, things aren’t going well for them,” said Murray, cab driver and owner of Green Taxi, a Missoula County taxi service that uses hybrid cars. “You see people at their weakest and their worst. Not just intoxicated, but in some sort of crisis. Last year, I took a woman to the hospital who thought she was having a heart attack. It was super scary.”
Taxis are an expensive way to get around town. Riders shell out $5 just to get in the Green Taxi and $2.50 per mile after that. After 25 miles, it drops to $1.50 per mile. It’s a luxury, admits Murray, but he’s learned that most riders simply have no other options. And it’s true now more than ever. People have been watching their wallets very closely these last eight months.
“People aren’t going to dinner, having a few bottles of wine and calling me,” Murray said. “The type of use has changed. People call only when absolutely necessary, whether they’re drunk or stranded.”
Economic conditions have made it hard for Murray and his wife to build a business based on their dream for a hybrid-vehicle taxi service. But the hurting economy is only the latest roadblock for this year-old company that spent the previous two and a half years and thousands of dollars convincing the state it deserved a license. The Murrays had to persuade the Montana Public Service Commission that a new taxi company wouldn’t hurt the existing one, Yellow Cab. The hurdle was created to ensure that a town has a healthy public transportation system and not two struggling cab companies. Robert Gray, Yellow Cab’s owner at the time, thought the competition from Green Taxi would initiate his downfall and fought Green Taxi the entire way.
The chances for Green Taxi didn’t look good, but the Murrays got their license in December 2007 on the evidence that Yellow Cab’s service, according to a dozen testimonies, wasn’t meeting Missoula’s needs. The Murrays insisted that competition would give Missoula two consumer-conscientious cab companies instead of one taking its customers for granted.
Since hitting the road with one Prius in late February 2008, the Murrays had a spurt of success in May and June, but little else has given them great confidence, according to Jessica Murray, bookkeeper for the business.
“When I did the books those months and looked at what we were taking in, we were making more than ever before,” she said. “It wasn’t thousands of dollars more, but we could pay the bills.”
For extra money, Jessica also works in Missoula as an adjunct professor of social work and sociology at Walla Walla University’s branch graduate school. But she spends most of her time at home with her two children, she said.
Since August, Green Taxi’s numbers have waned due to the recession and fewer tourists. Winter was especially tough because people just stayed at home, Mick said.
He admits a ride in his cab “is by no means cheap.” To attract repeat customers, he looked into offering frequent-riders cards and senior discounts, but the Public Service Commission denied his request, saying it’s discrimination, Murray said.
As of now, Green Taxi is breaking even, but it’s a struggle.
“For a new business in a deep recession, we’re doing good,” Murray said.
The extra money the company pulled in last summer has become critical in the current slump, Jessica said.
Yellow Cab also started feeling the pinch, but not until a few weeks ago, said co-owner Victor Hill. This past year was marked with great success for the company despite the new kid in town encroaching on their territory.
A green chalkboard hanging in the office marks the “New High Day” for Yellow Cab. Scribbled on the board is “12/31/2008. 687 passengers. 442 calls. $4,298.50.” The cab company broke its high mark on six different days last year. Kristine Baker, office manager, has worked 18 years for Yellow Cab and said she’s never seen anything like it.
The record breakers were due to improvements made over the last year, Hill said. Yellow Cab spent $36,000 overhauling its eight taxis. About $10,000 more was spent to equip each taxi with a GPS unit and upgrade dispatch with a state-of-the-art computer system.
In the office, Baker stands on a raised platform behind a tall desk. Three computer screens and two keyboards cover the desktop. The right and left screens are regular size, but the middle one is a long rectangle about 3 feet high and 1 foot wide. A map of Missoula on the right screen is marked by moving dots, each one depicting the live-time position of all eight taxis.
The new system has allowed Baker to handle 30 calls at a time if needed and cut the average response time in half (from 27 minutes to 15 minutes) since it’s easy to see which cab can get to the passenger the quickest. Yellow Cab has been planning for the computer upgrade since 1998, but only recently did the price come down enough to make it affordable for the small cab company, Hill said. They’re in a similar situation with hybrid cars. Yellow Cab just has to wait for hybrid car prices to come down and the technology to improve. But they haven’t yet, he said.
The biggest change in Yellow Cab this past year has been driver courtesy, Hill said. This was an overriding issue during Green Taxi’s licensing struggle, since many customers and former drivers testified to the Commission that Yellow Cab drivers were rude, late to pickups and unreasonable. In the last year, Yellow Cab has made its drivers take sensitivity training and defensive driving courses, Hill said.
Jessica claims that Yellow Cab has stepped up its service because another player has stepped onto the stage, and it now has to compete for attention. The Murrays argued this would happen when fighting for their license two years ago, trying to prove another cab company would benefit Missoula. During the hearings, Yellow Cab took the opposite stance, saying a small town such as Missoula couldn’t feed two cab companies. Hill still takes that stance.
Missoula doesn’t have two cab companies fighting for customers, he said. Yellow Cab still controls 99 percent of Missoula’s taxi service. That’s not competition. Green Taxi runs one cab to Yellow Cab’s eight. And that will increase to 10 by next year.
“(Mick) could disappear tomorrow and no one would notice,” Hill said. “If we disappeared, he couldn’t do anything to keep up with the demand.”
And if Green Taxi was bigger, Missoula would have two dying cab companies, Hill said.
But Jessica Murray still argues that competition from Green Taxi is a benefit to Missoula and even to Yellow Cab. “(Yellow Cab’s) quality of service has gone up because of Green Taxi,” she said. “We need to step up cab service in general. By creating competition, we’re going to do that.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Neil Simon play to kick off fall theater season by Montana Kaimin NewsOct 02, 2009 “The University of Montana School of Theater and Dance starts its fall play series next week with the “Brighton Beach Memoirs.”
Opening next Tuesday, the play follows Eugene Jerome, a 14-year-old living in 1930s Brooklyn, N.Y. Eugene is living in a home crowded with his extended family and discovers his passions for writing, baseball and girls.
“It’s kind of a coming-of-age story,” director Jere Hodgin said.
Written by Neil Simon, the play is semi-biographical, Hodgin said. Simon implemented elements of his own young life into the piece, Hodgin said. Simon had primarily written purely comedic plays, but “Brighton Beach Memoirs” was his first successful combination of comedy and more serious elements.
“It’s humorous, but it’s also a Jewish family living in New York pre-war, with family in Europe,” said musical theater graduate student Alicia Bullock-Muth, who plays Eugene’s mother Kate. “So it’s also poignant.”
The two-floor stage, encompassing the entire house the family lives in, is completely visible to the audience. Beyond Eugene, the story focuses on the family dynamics, Hodgin said. Even when the actors are “off stage,” they’re still visible to the audience, creating multilayered action.
“One of the most interesting parts of the play is Eugene speaks directly to the audience,” Hodgin said. This personal interaction helps to engage the audience and the play forward, he said.
Sam Williamson, playing Eugene in the title role, is new to the stage and in his first play, Hodgin said.
“He has really strong instincts and has been really strong” in the role, Hodgin said.
The play is the first in a trilogy of similar plays starring Eugene. The Montana Repertory Theatre performed one of the plays, “Broadway Bound,” and UM Productions has done the other, “Biloxi Blues,” in the past. “Neil Simon is a great writer and one of the most prolific writers of the American stage,” Hodgin said. The show runs Oct. 6-10 and 13-17 at the Montana Theatre. Tickets are $18 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and $14 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at http://www.umtheaterdance.org or at all GrizTix locations.”
Milller Time: ‘Cleveland Show’ series premiere light on laughs, heavy on crass by Montana Kaimin NewsOct 02, 2009 “It’s easy to watch an entire episode of Fox’s animated sitcom “Family Guy” without laughing. Not even the slightest of smirks. For one, it’s not funny – unless numerous segments of plot deviation randomly and frequently interspersed in a half hour are your thing. Nor is it original, with even the most engaging episodes (which isn’t saying a whole lot) seeming like some rehashed plot from “The Simpsons.”
Yet somehow, “Family Guy” is in its eighth season and remains on the forefront of popular TV. In 2005, show creator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane got another time slot on Fox’s Sunday night “Animation Domination” lineup for the even more puerile “American Dad,” known by some as “Family Guy, Jr.”
Just when it appeared programming had reached its nadir, Fox granted MacFarlane yet another 30 minutes to fill with mindless, ill-conceived dribble, and he does precisely that with “The Cleveland Show,” a spinoff of “Family Guy.”
Debuting last Sunday, “The Cleveland Show” received a generally warm reception from TV audiences, with an estimated 9.4 million viewers tuning in, according to Entertainment Weekly. Though it fared significantly better than “The Simpsons” at 8.2 million viewers, “The Cleveland Show” is as big of a dud, if not bigger, than its fellow MacFarlane predecessors.
The show follows the recently divorced Cleveland Brown, a beloved “Family Guy” character and protagonist Peter Griffin’s black friend, as he and his 14-year-old chunkster of a son Cleveland Jr. make their way out of the fictional town of Quahog, R.I., to find a new life. On their way to California, they stop by Cleveland senior’s hometown of Stoolbend, Va., (also fictitious) wherein they meet Donna Tubbs, Brown’s former high school crush. Tubbs, also a fresh divorcee, invites them to stay with her two children — Roberta, an atypically rebellious high schooler, and Rallo, a jive-talking toddler.
What ensues is nothing short of a standard, cookie-cutter sitcom plot, but without divulging too many details (you’re not missing much), Brown and Tubbs tie the knot by the episode’s end.
While the character development and story arc are neither thorough nor compelling, what really makes “Cleveland” unbearable is its lowbrow, unredeemable and oftentimes offensive crotch-kicks of failed humor.
Though the show boasts the only black male lead on Fox’s “Animation Domination” lineup, the writers squander any opportunity to craft a truly relevant social commentary by aiming for cheap laughs and crude quips, many times directed at tired racial stereotypes (“I’ve never seen a black guy cry before,” Peter Griffin said. “I thought you guys just got more pissed off.” Also, see Stewie Griffin referring to Brown and his son as “chocolate people”).
Aside from the repugnant bigotry, the episode veers into sexist territory, most notably in the scene in which Brown suggests two females “make out” for him as a parting gift (and they do, complete with sensual moaning and groping) and when he declares “this nice fat ass is mine” after his triumphant wooing of Tubbs. The most prevalent example of this chauvinism, however, is the scene in which Brown instructs Rallo to pretend to drop his pencil so he can crawl under a table to look up the skirts of his female classmates.
“I got a golf pencil in my pants now,” Rallo said to Brown upon completing his Peeping-Tom excursion.
These instances might strike some as “humorous,” but for others, rightfully so, it comes as abhorrent, not because it’s crude, but because it’s raunchy for no other reason than being shocking. Like a Dane Cook joke, it’s all flash and no punch line.
It’s also a questionable thing that the most stereotypical characters — Brown and Rallo — are played by Mike Henry, a white voice actor. This isn’t a new phenomenon (white actor Frank Azaria, after all, has provided the voice of “Simpsons” character Carl Carlson for years), but if the show’s creators are trying to tackle prejudices and other problems facing blacks these days, it’s hard for any humorous or satirical attempts to be made without them looking idiotic and insensitive. It’s almost like having a white actor play Cliff Huxtable from “The Cosby Show” or a Hispanic actor playing Archie Bunker from “All in the Family.”
Social issues aside, “The Cleveland Show” continues the trend of “Family Guy” and “American Dad” — unfunny, brutally repetitious and crass beyond belief. Like its predecessors, watching a single episode feels like someone is bludgeoning you over the head with a club, all the while shouting “Get it? Get it? Get it? IT’S FUNNY!!” If you want laughs from actually clever cartoons, check out “The Simpsons,” “South Park,” or “The Venture Brothers,” anything other than this triumvirate of steaming garbage. Sadly, though, it looks like MacFarlane has a stranglehold on the animated sitcom market and if “The Simpsons” ever concedes its spot to yet another “Family Guy” clone, then truly, the Apocalypse is nigh.”
UND’s mixed signals by Montana Kaimin NewsOct 02, 2009 “Linda Juneau wasn’t disappointed with the headline news out of the University of North Dakota Thursday afternoon.
Instead, the 10-year University of Montana tribal liaison and Native American studies professor found light in the ruling by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, which granted a 30-day extension to the Standing Rock Tribal Council to decide if it wants to keep Fighting Sioux as the school’s nickname and as a powerful symbol of the athletic department.
“Maybe they should just call it the fighting school board,” said Juneau, whose brief chuckle quickly turned into a stern conviction. “It’s such a negative connotation in an enlightened society of anti-violence. That has no representation of Indian people. Some people claim that they are honoring us by doing that. There is no honor in it.”
The divisive issue of demonizing a human race as a sporting mascot has roots that run 80 years deep, and Thursday was no exception. Grade schools, high schools and universities from Missoula to Bismarck that bear controversial nicknames were expecting to feel the force of the hearings in Grand Forks. But they didn’t.
An NCAA resolution, with fierce native support and resistance on both sides of the Fighting Sioux dispute, was to be drafted by morning’s end. Instead, a deadline was granted to a fresh Standing Rock Tribal Council that was elected on Wednesday, when pro–nickname leadership replaced anti–nickname leadership conveniently ahead of the NCAA deadline.
North Dakota’s Spirit Lake Tribe already voted in overwhelming fashion to keep the name, and now it is up to Standing Rock to either make history and ban the name or continue the 1930 inception. Either way, both councils must agree to a 30-year agreement with the state should the name stay.
That the board granted a democratic opportunity to the tribal people was correct. This decision should rest exclusively in the hands of the Native Americans in the region, and they are expected to issue a referendum. But the board’s decision to postpone its ruling an additional 30 days, and possibly more time, after a distinct deadline had been cemented nearly five months ago, looks manipulative. As does the state’s insistence on dictating to two sovereign nations that they must sign a 30-year agreement to keep the Fighting Sioux brand safe.
Even if the board’s intentions are clean, this issue still reeks. It is not just the virtues of racism and political correctness colliding. Thursday’s decision was about sports and money. The school is currently trying to gain inclusion into the Summit League, but the conference has made it clear that a decision will not be made until the nickname issue is resolved.
From an economic standpoint, UND would be devastated to lose the symbol. The school would have to cut its losses with merchandising, including the loss of a nationally popular and profitable hockey sweater.
In 2007, UND moved up to Division I competition, bearing substantial annual expenses – including scholarships – national travel costs and athletic fees. In 2001, Ralph Engelstad donated $100 million to build a state of the art arena for the UND hockey program, but threatened to pull the funds if the nickname changed. He handcuffed the university – and the indigenous people of North Dakota – by placing massive metal Fighting Sioux insignias throughout the arena, as well as crested plates on every seat, knowing UND would have to eat those costs should the name change.
Engelstad, a Las Vegas casino tycoon who sparked national controversy when his vast collection of Nazi memorabilia was revealed in the late 1980s, also funneled $13 million to build an arena in Thief River Falls, Minn. The University of Minnesota men’s hockey team has recently announced that it will cut off all competition with perennial rival UND should the mascot change. In all likelihood, the Summit League would be much more skeptical to admit an athletic program that rests in the financial cellar.
This isn’t a trivial matter for the University of North Dakota. But it is unfortunate that the vulnerability of its interest isn’t measured solely on the people it may offend, but rather the financial and athletic disaster it might inherit should the name be voted down by the Standing Rock.
The NCAA views Native American mascot names as derogatory offenses, and has put heat on schools such as William and Mary, Utah and Florida State to adopt new mascots. Only when Utah and Florida State went to their respective tribes and gained their permission in 2005 could they keep the schools’ traditional names. Four years later, the North Dakota Board of Higher Education is seeking to do the same. The fundamental difference is that the Ute and Seminole tribes weren’t nearly as embittered over the nickname as the natives in North Dakota. Even if the Standing Rock Tribe votes and approves the Fighting Sioux nickname on Oct. 31, another pro-banishment movement from within the nation will likely arise in the near future.
Juneau, a Blackfeet Indian, called the opposition “waves,” adding that Thursday’s extension of UND’s deadline, in the end, resonated in Missoula. “The Sioux people I know here on this campus are educated people who know when they are being insulted,” said Juneau. “It’s never going to be over until the name is changed.” A resolution is expected in 30 days and 30 nights. UND has bought time, and likely another 30 years of painful prosperity.”
Griz volleyball gears up for home stand by Montana Kaimin NewsOct 02, 2009 “Of the 14 matches the Montana volleyball team has played this season, only three have come in front of the home fans. That theme will change drastically starting this weekend, as the Griz host seven of their next eight matches at the East Auxiliary Gym, beginning with Idaho State (1–3, 5–8 overall) and Weber State (1–3, 2–12 overall) on Friday and Saturday.
While both teams come to Missoula with less-than-impressive records, UM coach Jerry Wagner made note that neither team is to be taken lightly. Both Idaho State and Weber have played against stiff competition so far this season, including Big Sky preseason favorites Portland State and Eastern Washington. They are also stocked full of experienced players, Wagner said.
“We don’t take either team for granted,” said UM junior middle blocker Jaimie Thibeault. “Both teams are very good teams.”
Weber’s lone conference victory is an impressive one, defeating 2008 Big Sky tournament champion Portland State in five sets. The Vikings swept the Griz on Sept. 19.
“They’re [Idaho State and Weber] playing very good teams, and obviously it paid off beating the defending conference champions,” Wagner said. “We don’t look at records whatsoever.”
Idaho State started the preseason strong, winning the UniWyo Cowgirl Classic, but has gone 2–8 after starting 3–0. The Bengals’ only conference victory has come against Northern Arizona.
Outside of their victory over Portland State, Weber State’s only other victory this season has come against Gonzaga.
Statistically, Idaho State is third in the conference in digs, averaging 17.25 per set, and it has two players in the top 10 in the conference. Senior libero Paige Palmer is third in the Big Sky with 5.12 digs per set and sophomore outside hitter Jaclyn Hone averages 3.44, which is good for ninth.
Bengal sophomore setter Karissa Legaux is sixth in assists, averaging 9.69 per set.
Weber State is either in the middle or near the bottom of the conference in most statistical categories. The lone exception is in the blocks category, in which they are second, averaging 2.73 per set. Freshman outside hitter Emily Jones and senior middle blocker Amy Fackrell have bolstered that number, with both in the top 10 in the conference for blocks per set.
The Griz are looking to get back on the winning track after dropping their final non-conference match to Gonzaga earlier this week, a match that was closer than the score indicated. Both teams finished with the same amount of kills (42) and attacking errors (24). Montana hit .151 while Gonzaga hit .161.
Wagner felt good about the way his girls played in Spokane, noting that the ball handling and left-side hitting was better than previous matches, and that the team “had a nice presence blocking-wise.”
The blocking on Tuesday caught Thibeault’s attention as well.
“We’ve been working on getting more touches on balls and on Tuesday it broke through and has been very good,” Thibeault said. “That’s something we want to carry into this weekend.”
“The match was a series of runs,” Wagner said. “I was disappointed in runs we allowed that didn’t have to occur.”
This weekend Wagner is looking for his outside hitters to step up again.
“I want [senior outside hitter]Whitney Hobbs to step up and get back to her offensive ways,” Wagner said, noting her ability to carry the offensive load earlier in the season.
Wagner was pleased with how redshirt freshman outside hitter Paige Branstiter and junior outside hitter Stephanie Turner performed on Tuesday. Branstiter had one of the best performances of her young career, hitting .238 with nine kills and six digs. Turner did not hit as well, but played very well defensively. She led the team with 10 digs and had four blocks against the Bulldogs.
“Paige is finally getting confidence in herself,” Thibeault said. “Sometimes she just needs a little slap in the butt to get going.”
While the outside hitters haven’t been as consistent as Wagner would want, one certainty is that senior setter Taryn Wright and Thibeault will play a large role in how the Griz fare this weekend. Thibeault is first in hitting percentage (.434), second in blocks (1.60 per set) and fourth in points (4.50) in the conference. Wright continues to lead the offense and is passing well as of late, averaging 8.50 assists per set. Wright is also fourth in the conference in service aces (.50 per set). Wagner knows that winning at home is paramount and that statistics become irrelevant if his team doesn’t take advantage of their month-long home stand. “We got to take care of the home court,” Wagner said.”
Griz tennis teams coming home: New indoor courts will allow UM to host tournaments by Montana Kaimin NewsSep 16, 2009 “For two long years, the Montana tennis program has hosted tournaments in Bozeman. This spring, the Griz are finally coming home to Missoula.
The UM men’s and women’s tennis teams will have a new indoor home this spring courtesy of the Peak Health and Wellness Center in Missoula. The new facility, dubbed the Peak Racquet Center, will have five indoor and three outdoor tennis courts, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a lounge, juice bar, pro shop and daycare center. The facility will be located on Blue Mountain Road and carries a price tag of roughly $4.5 million.
Needless to say, Montana men’s tennis coach Kris Nord is excited. His team has been on the road for virtually two years and Nord’s players have been unable to fully develop in the winter season.
“We had a couple of temporary courts in the Adams Center. That’s not a lot of courts to get 20 athletes to practice on,” Nord said.
The funds for the facility are all privately financed, said Jack Tawney, a UM alumnus and co-owner of Peak Health. “We were looking at two or three different sites. It took a while to put the pieces together.”
Throughout the process, Tawney kept on eye on how it would help his alma mater.
“We had been talking with UM through the development,” Tawney said. “We kept them in mind and had conversations with the athletic department over the last year and a half.”
The Peak is holding a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday at 5:30 p.m. near the current facility.
According to UM tennis player John Halligan, the temporary courts make life very difficult for the tennis teams in the winter months. The courts roll up and the team shares the space with the track and basketball teams in the East Auxiliary Gym at the Adams Center.
“They work, but not great,” Halligan said. “They bubble up. It’s not a great surface to play on. We definitely need new courts.”
In fact, the floors are so poor that the tennis teams cannot even practice competitive points, Nord said. “Playing competitive points is what makes players better,” Nord said, frustrated that the team is limited to drills in the winter.
Nord is also hoping for favorable weather this winter so the construction doesn’t take longer than it should.
“If all goes smoothly, we’ll be in there before the snow melts,” he said.
There are many advantages to having local indoor courts, Nord said. The team would no longer have to travel to Bozeman in order to host home matches. The team has to travel because the home team must provide an alternative venue in case of poor weather and Bozeman has the closest collegiate-level indoor courts, Nord said.
There is no doubt that Halligan and Nord have been continually frustrated by the three-hour drive. “It’s extremely inconvenient. Not many of the people that come to watch tennis will go to Bozeman,” Halligan said.
To make matters worse, most of the people who do go to the matches are Montana State fans, making the tennis team’s trek even more difficult, Halligan said.
Having a local indoor court “allows us to guarantee to have home matches,” Nord said. The new facility will shave the three-hour drive down to about a half hour.
Nord argues that the extra travel has a negative impact on his players’ academics. It takes students out of the classroom for unnecessarily long amounts of time, he said.
The lack of facilities also hurts Nord’s recruiting pitch to high school players.
“Why would you play college tennis at a place where you know practice is limited?” Nord said.
The tennis team originally practiced and hosted matches in the bubble at the Missoula Athletic Club. The club closed in late 2007, leaving the UM tennis team out in the cold. A short-term solution would have been for the University to purchase the bubble. But a bubble isn’t a long-term solution, according to Nord, who said the bubble would cost a small fortune to heat and it can be easily damaged in the unpredictable Montana winters. An indoor tennis facility is also included in the recently approved UM south campus master plan. However, the construction isn’t supposed to be complete until 2050. But, after two years of being homeless, the program’s six-month wait for the Peak Racquet Center seems a little more tolerable.”
Griz-turned-Viking talks Montana jokes, NFL camp and Favre by Montana Kaimin NewsOct 05, 2009 “Nobody asked Colt Anderson to play for the Grizzlies, but after walking on as redshirt in 2004, the Butte Bomber terrorized opposing offenses for four years, nabbing three All-Big Sky selections and coming a game away from winning a national championship. But when draft day rolled around this April, Anderson sat at home, waiting for a call that never came. Like he had five years earlier, Anderson decided to walk on – this time with the Minnesota Vikings, where he made the eight-man practice squad.
Making the cut in Minnesota is an infinitely tougher challenge than it was here in 2004, but do you find any comfort in the fact that you’ve seen this scenario before?
Like you said, it’s two very different situations but I think there is something to be said about that. I’ve always been pretty confident in my abilities and now I just want to do what I can as best I can. If I continue to put in the work, hopefully I can make things work out.
You had to hear the Butte jokes for five years, Any Montana jokes in the locker room now?
Haven’t really heard too many Montana jokes out here so far, but I’m sure I will at some point. Everybody everywhere seems to be able to come up with some Montana jokes.
What’s been the biggest challenge life in an NFL camp has posed?
I think the biggest challenge has been getting used to the physical, big, fast game. It’s just such a different pace, so different from college, where it seems like you only had a few guys that were that big and fast and stood out. Everybody on the field is so athletic at this level, so you’re always making sure you’re at the top of your game.
Some scouts have said you’re undersized and lack the speed to make it in the league. What do you say to them?
That’s always a tough question, but I’d say I’ve just got good football instincts and I think I’ve shown that throughout my career. I love to play the game and I think it helps me work harder. But I think as far as natural abilities go, I have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
You saw some action in three preseason games, what was it like to step onto the field for the first time?
The first time getting in there was pretty intimidating, with all the fans and so much going on. Your heart starts racing a little bit for the first couple minutes. It just takes a couple of plays for you to settle down and you realize that it’s just football. This is a game you’ve been playing your whole life. Anyone remotely involved with the Vikings has had to answer at least one Brett Favre question this offseason. Here’s an easy one for you: any contact with him so far? I’ve talked to him a little bit. I didn’t sit down and have a big heart to heart with him or anything, just said hi a couple times. It’s not like the impression that you get on TV, he’s just another guy on the team. He’s a nice guy, he talks to everybody, likes to crack a lot of jokes and keep it pretty light.”
Portland brings mix of youth, experience by Montana Kaimin NewsOct 05, 2009 “Jerry Glanville was having reoccurring visions this week, most notably of his first trip to Missoula as Portland State University’s head football coach two years ago. It was in that game that his freshman quarterback Drew Hubel brought back the ghost of Billy Tolliver, the cannon-armed quarterback he coached while with the Atlanta Falcons in the early ‘90s.
“Billy could throw a ball through a car wash and not get it wet,” Glanville said.
That’s who Hubel, now a junior, reminds him of. Almost two years have passed since that game, a 34-31 loss to Montana, and the Vikings are still a work-in-progress. But they are no longer the joke of the Big Sky and will bring with them a mix of youth and experience.
Portland State brings back 16 starters in 2009, including Hubel, senior wide receiver Aaron Woods and three senior offensive linemen. The Vikings also have 15 redshirt freshmen and three preseason All-Big Sky conference players.
The Grizzlies gave up 362 passing yards to UC-Davis last Saturday and Portland State will be no downgrade. Through two games, Hubel is averaging 311 yards per game, completing 56.7 percent of his passes, and has only thrown two interceptions.
The Vikings are coming off a home-opening victory over Southern Oregon. Portland State dominated the NAIA school, winning 34-10. Even more impressive was that in their first two possessions of the game, Hubel had two touchdown passes of 90-plus yards. The first was a 96-yard screen pass to Woods, the second a 91-yard deep ball to senior Levonte Kirven.
“Both series, we’re in trouble. We’re fortunate to come out with a big play there,” Glanville said.
Even though the two strikes were the longest passes Hubel has ever thrown, he was quick to give credit to his receivers.
“We got some pretty special receivers here. It helps,” Hubel said. “Once it gets in their hands, they make the big plays.”
In 2008 the Vikings led the football championship subdivision in passing for the second year in a row, averaging 372.2 yards per game. But last November in Portland, the Grizzlies held the Vikings to 195 passing yards and had three interceptions. The total was Portland State’s lowest in 2008.
“I think last year we did not execute. We got to control what we can do,” Hubel said. “We got to control our end of the deal.”
Hubel was recruited by Portland State before Glanville was hired and when Glanville saw him for the first time, he “went into shock because he [Hubel] was so small and thin”. Glanville estimated that Hubel weighed about 160 pounds in his freshman year.
“With that frail look, he is still a tough guy,” Glanville said.
Hubel threw for 2,912 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2008 and admits that while he may not have bulked up all that much, playing for Glanville has increased his knowledge of the game and his faith in his teammates.
“He [Glanville] always talks to us about team unity and a team that trusts each other. It’s a big deal to him,” Hubel said. “Whether you got a great teammate or not, you got to trust in him and believe in him.”
Hubel, an Oregon native, led his high school team to an Oregon 5A State Championship in 2006. Winning the championship is one of Hubel’s greatest football achievements. Another was winning his first collegiate game against Northern Colorado in 2007.
A little over two years into his collegiate career, Hubel is already one of Portland State’s most accomplished quarterbacks. He now holds Viking records for completions (44), yards (623), and touchdowns (9) in a game.
In his young career, Hubel ranks in the top 10 all-time in touchdown passes, yards, and completions for Portland State. In order for the Vikings to win in Missoula, Hubel is going to need to bring his game against the Grizzlies this Saturday. Based on last year’s game, Hubel knows a tall task lies ahead. “Every time we play Montana, we meet a team that’s ready to play. It’s not going to be an easy game at all,” Hubel said. “A chance to play the Grizzlies is a chance to play the best.””
Volunteers to help clean up creek by Montana Kaimin NewsSep 16, 2009 “Volunteers will splash down Rattlesnake Creek this Saturday, cleaning debris from the well-loved stream and the surrounding area.
“We have this amazing watershed in the middle of downtown Missoula,” said Dave Berkoff, a member of the Rattlesnake Creek Watershed Group. “It’s important that people can find a sense of connection to the creek rather than just being lectured on what they can and cannot do.”
Greg Peters, also a member of the group, said a primary goal of this group and Saturday’s cleanup is to “remove trash from the stream and educate folks against building rock dams to make swimming holes. These structures create barriers that prevent fish from moving within the creek.”
“The Rattlesnake area is critical habitat for the endangered bull trout,” Berkoff said. “There are 20 to 60 breeding pairs of bull trout that run the creek in the late fall to spawn.”
Peters said it’s important not to “over-love” the creek.
“The least impactful way to enjoy the creek is encouraged, like using specified access points and to not build swimming pools,” he said.
According to Peters, people put rocks in the creek to form swimming areas, which prevent the fish from entering and exiting the stream. Volunteers will remove the obstructions this weekend.
Peters said the main problem area is the stretch of Rattlesnake Creek below Greenough Park and down to the stream’s outlet at the Clark Fork River. The human traffic the creek receives around Greenough Park and Broadway Avenue results in quite a bit of litter in the water and surrounding area. Those interested in volunteering can meet the group in the northeast parking lot of Greenough Park in the group picnic shelter Saturday at 10 a.m. The group will work until 1 p.m. and will hold a pizza party for volunteers at the Doubletree Hotel. Volunteers should bring gloves, boots, waders and walking sticks for working in the creek.”
Imagine, if you will: A world without distractions by Montana Kaimin NewsSep 16, 2009 “Open and close. Open and close. With every rhythmic gape of its metallic mouth, a snake-like tongue extends to the ground and a mocking cackle projects from its mechanical throat. Above its fixed, bulbous red nose are rounded, plate-sized ceramic eyes. There’s no escaping that stare. You stare back. To onlookers, it’s a 10-foot tall clown head. To you, it’s your adversary, your challenger. To you, it’s hideous — it’s as if Ronald McDonald had a cameo in a meth ad.
You are a professional miniature golfer and this is your defining moment. You are one six-foot putt away from winning the Miniature Masters and its prize, a treasured “green” jacket (it is made entirely of recycled U.S. fabric, aluminum buttons and hormone-free horse mane). The problem is, you have to get your ball up the retractable tongue and behind the gnashing teeth.
A palpable tension saturates the air, paralyzing spectators into an awkward, awed silence, like that which follows a bad joke or an audible fart in a crowded and confined space.
In hushed voices the commentators comment:
“This is it, Mike.”
“Yes. Yes it is, Ike.”
“This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The moment when history is made. The moment that defines a miniature golfer. The moment that defines a man.”
“Yeah, it’s big, Ike.”
“He’s conquered seventeen holes. He navigated the sharp turns and spring-covered obstacles. Like Don Quixote, he battled the rotating windmill. Like Evel Knievel, he jumped both gorge and chasm. This is toughness and tenacity at its best, folks. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a man. A man’s man. Tiger Woods himself would purr in this man’s lap.”
“You said it, Ike.”
Indeed, nothing says tough like two grown men whispering to each other about another grown man. But alas, that is golf.
You line up your shot, reading the sloped green turf like a picture book. But this is no ordinary picture book. It’s a choose-your-own ending picture book and you’ve reached the end of what is written.
You stand up straight and position yourself next to the small white sphere. Nothing else matters. It’s you and the clown. You take a deep breath. You raise your putter. Your eyes fix on the ball, exploring every dimple. Your putter swings as you exhale. ZZZWHACK!!
The putter stops a hairsbreadth from the ball. The crowd gasps. PUTTPUTTPUTTPUTT!!
Is the crowd cheering you on? No, it’s something else, like an engine. ZZZLOUDDISRUPTIVENOISE!
What is that?
From behind the mocking, metallic clown head steps a groundskeeper, earplugs embedded, weed-whacker revved. Behind him appears another groundskeeper putting along atop a lawnmower. Naturally, it doesn’t have a muffler.
Whatever concentration you had is shot. Fighting the urge to go Happy Gilmore on them, you stop. You gather your nerves, think of a happy place. A place without sunburns, clowns, splinters, or Rush Limbaugh, who you had previously omitted with clowns. Now you reckon, it’s not the groundskeepers’ fault, really. The surrounding lawns do need to be mowed. Odds are they have a schedule to keep, deadlines to meet and a contract to fulfill. It’s just bad timing. Or maybe bad planning?
Now, imagine that you are a student at the University of Montana. Having paid to get a college education at this fine institution, navigated the CyberBear Despair of 2009, and survived your first Griz football game, you are happily enrolled in and attending (?) classes.
Perhaps you are taking Abnormal Psychology in Main Hall 210 with my handsome, intelligent, single-and-looking roommate Shane Johnston. You try to listen to your professor, Bryan Cochran, try to concentrate on the abnormal terms, concepts and constructs.
Yet, on a nearly daily basis, your concentration is disrupted. Your professor raises his voice, trying to project over the cacophony of hammers, drills and construction work going on outside. Sometimes he can’t do it. Sometimes he has to stop his lecture altogether.
Construction on campus is inevitable and, no doubt, it is needed. But perhaps it would be better to schedule classes in buildings that are not under construction. Or attempt to schedule the construction of those buildings so that the disruption of classes is minimal. The students and faculty would surely appreciate either effort.
We will try something new and exciting for next week’s column. In an effort to more directly serve you, the Kaimin-fee-paying student, on the last Wednesday of every month, the Kaimin will run a question-answer type column in the mold of “Dear Abby.” In our version, “Wednesday’s Wisdoms,” as it will be called, I will do my best to answer your questions or give you my advice on a subject of your choosing. The depth and breadth of the subject matter will be limited only by your imagination. Please send your questions or problems to my e-mail address below in a clear, succinct and English fashion. I look forward to your e-mails. Thank you kindly and happy Hump Day.”
Free speech debate gains momentum after flag disappears by Montana Kaimin NewsSep 16, 2009 “He came back to his room Friday afternoon expecting to see his Confederate flag hanging in the balcony window right where he had left it. It wasn’t.
Up until that point, the debate surrounding his decision to display the infamous banner seemed to lie entirely in Kyle Johnson’s hands, until somebody upped the ante when they allegedly broke into his room and stole it.
UM Office of Public Safety director Jim Lemcke said the flag was reportedly taken from the study lounge serving as interim housing in Knowles Hall while both of the students living there were gone. The flag had been left hanging on the inside of the glass-plated balcony door, leaving it visible outside.
Johnson, 20, said he remembered locking the door on his way out that day, but that his roommate usually leaves the door unlocked.
Johnson’s story has been gaining momentum in state and national media since Friday. Johnson said he had fielded phone calls from at least 40 people on Tuesday alone, 20 of which were from the media.
Now, as Johnson prepares to move into his new residence in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the issue continues to draw fire.
Shaunte Nance-Johnson, 22, a point guard for the Lady Griz basketball team and a member of UM’s Black Student Union, said to her the flag is an unmistakable symbol of racism and hostility towards African Americans.
“I don’t see anything positive in it,” Nance-Johnson said.
Seeing the flag draped over the fourth floor balcony of Knowles Hall two weeks ago, she said, brought back memories of her time as a student at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho. Being a black girl there in 2005 was a lonely experience.
“All. White. College,” she said. “Seriously, six black people.”
She had friends there, but nonetheless got “that look” everywhere she went. Her friends would advise her not to even walk inside a McDonald’s by herself.
“It felt foggy and just tense, like you had to watch your back or something,” she said.
She’s been called a nigger before. She remembers one guy shouting that word to her in a passing truck. She also remembers the Confederate flag hanging off of it as it passed. The same flag she saw on this campus.
“I just looked at it as pure ignorance,” she said. “The history behind it is so negative I don’t even know how it stands up until this day.”
Johnson maintains that to him, that flag represents his heritage as a symbol of freedom and liberty.
“It’s not a symbol of racism, it’s a symbol of state’s rights,” Johnson said.
Nance-Johnson challenged his willingness to overlook the flag’s infamous association with slavery.
“Would he feel comfortable hanging it up in a room full of African Americans?” she said.
Johnson asserted he has been in that very situation in Virginia before.
“I’ve been with African Americans who’ve flown the flag themselves,” Johnson said.
With so few African American students on UM’s campus, Nance-Johnson said Johnson’s desire to fly the stars and bars should not take precedence over making UM feel like a safe place for black students.
“At least be respectful to all cultures,” she said.
Johnson said he has already ordered a new flag to replace the stolen one and that it should be in the mail Friday by the time he moves into his new fraternity residence.
Cody Knowlton, a member of the SAE fraternity, said there would be nothing to stop Johnson from hanging the flag from his window when he moves in.
“Something like that is history to him,” Knowlton said.
Knowlton acknowledged that he could not speak for those who would most likely be offended by having the flag displayed from the frat house, specifically black students.
“We have had black frat members before,” he said. “I don’t know how they would feel about that.”
The controversy surrounding Johnson’s decision to hang the Confederate flag in his window has sparked a conversation between Residence Life Director Ron Brunell and David Aronofsky of UM’s Legal Counsel about University policies regarding students adorning their windows.
But this incident has also drawn comment from a student engulfed in a similar controversy almost eight years ago.
In October 2001, as bombs were falling over Afghanistan in retaliation for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, a student named John Bacino was getting in trouble with RAs for displaying signs on the door of his dorm room, a floor below where Johnson lives in Knowles now.
“Go on, incite war because you have financial interest in murdering innocent people,” read one of the signs. “When you own a world filled with corpses, who will buy your guns?” stated another.
Bacino said he put them up in response to pro-war messages he saw posted just down the hall from him that he found to be irrational and hateful.
“They were essentially like, ‘Kill all Arabs,’” Bacino said.
His situation played out remarkably in sync with this most recent controversy. According to a Kaimin story written that fall, an RA asked Bacino to take the signs down. He refused. He then met with Brunell, who assured him that it was his right to display the signs although he advised him to take them down. Bacino respectfully thanked him for his opinion and continued to hang the signs anyway.
Bacino remembers speaking to Aronofsky before going in to meet Brunell, especially the part where he was told that UM could not ban messages on dorm room doors based on content.
Aronofsky remembers it, too. He says he remembers indicating to Residence Life that UM could either ban all messages on doors facing out or permit all messages that qualified as protected speech.
“This is consistent with what I have said about the flag,” Aronofsky wrote in an e-mail to the Kaimin. “You can restrict where any messages at all are posted except in free speech zones and inside UM-owned residences (rooms, apartments and houses); or you permit all messages protected by the First Amendment to be posted on a viewpoint-neutral basis.”
Aronofsky maintains his belief that the flag is protected speech. Whether or not UM will act on making a solid policy regarding public messages is still not clear. If it is still protected under the constitution, Nance-Johnson said that pretty much clears up the legal battle. But that doesn’t change what it means to her and how it was used against her. “It’s pretty hurtful more than anything,” she said. “Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s right.””
Squirrel feeder notices animals are missing by Montana Kaimin NewsSep 16, 2009 “Making a soft clicking sound with his mouth as he scattered peanuts at the base of a tree, Charlie Leitch tried in vain to call his missing friends to breakfast.
“Hi bud. Come on, they’re right here at the bottom of the tree,” Leitch said to the only squirrel in sight as he reached into a plastic shopping bag that had been worn transparent in some places from carrying countless pounds of peanuts.
For years, Leitch has made it his morning duty to leave piles of unsalted Hoody’s peanuts at the bottom of the trees outside Corbin Hall to feed the 12 to 16 squirrels that inhabit them. But starting last week, most of the peanuts have gone uneaten.
On Thursday morning, he only saw about four squirrels, but they weren’t regulars. They acted like they barely knew him.
“Normally I show up in the morning and, literally, there will be eight squirrels at my feet wanting peanuts,” Leitch said. “They started disappearing about the time school started, and ... I showed up on Tuesday and I put out peanuts and they just didn’t come.”
Leitch has worked on campus for nearly 23 years and, while his job as an accountant for the Rural Institute has made him adept at keeping track of hundreds of thousands of dollars of grant money and following paper trails, he is at a loss to find the majority of his long-tailed charges.
“I don’t know [what happened to the squirrels], but it’s got me worried to see that many disappear, because normally at this time ... not only would they be swarming on that side of the building, they would be swarming on this side of the building, too, and there aren’t any,” he said.
In the past, it has been the duty of groundskeepers in the Facilities Services Department to handle pest control, but it appears that whatever happened to the squirrels was not ordered by the University of Montana.
Officials with the grounds department said the University has taken no action against the squirrels — there have been no live traps or poison.
While he is unsure when exactly he took over as caretaker, Leitch’s dedication to the job is beyond question.
He feeds the squirrels about 60 pounds of peanuts a month, and ups the feeding schedule when hard weather comes.
“I even come over here in the winter time when it’s freezing-ass cold out and there’s snow,” Leitch said. “I figure, you know, somebody needs to take care of these guys. It will be subzero and I’m over here Saturday and Sunday putting out food for the squirrels, and they love it. I don’t get any flack from anybody about it.”
After investing so many years in the wellbeing of campus wildlife, Leitch is unsympathetic to the arguments he has received about squirrels being a non-native species to Montana.
“I really don’t want to hear anyone give me a purist argument that they’re not native to Montana,” he said. “Well I’m sorry, they’re here and specie-ism is just as bad as racism, or ageism or sexism … someone needs to take care of them.”
Still worried by the disappearance, Leitch can’t help but consider other possible fates that may have befallen his breakfast club. As he scanned the trees for signs of life, Leitch said he hopes there aren’t any UM students who have taken lessons from ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on how to treat campus critters. “Mike Huckabee would tell stories about cooking squirrels in a popcorn popper on the campus,” he said. “I was like, ‘Man you are out there pal.’””
Black Studies program to celebrate 41st anniversary by Montana Kaimin NewsSep 17, 2009 “Forty-one years after its creation, more than 70 members of the University of Montana’s Black Studies program will reunite on campus Friday for a keynote speech from the program’s first director, Ulysses Doss.
Doss, who came to campus in 1968, said he will talk about the history of the program and his involvement with it.
“It was my life for the 25 years I taught, as was the university,” Doss said.
Doss was also voted the most inspirational teacher of the year in 1990.
Coming at a very important time in civil rights history, Doss said there was an element of serendipity in the program’s formation.
“It was the first outside of California, at the worst it was the third [in the nation],” Doss said. “We also had a president named Robert Pantzer who was well ahead of his time, and I happened to be here and had experience in organization, and it just was a perfect fit.”
After Doss’ speech, Arielle Scott, the 2009 president of the Black Student Union, will give a short presentation before Doss’ brother, Pferron Doss, speaks about the commemorative journey 13 students made in 1974 from Missoula to St. Louis via bicycle.
Pferron Doss, Richard Smith and Dave Watson headed the journey, which was made in honor of the black soldiers of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, who did the 1,900-mile trip in 1897 to test the viability of bicycles as a mode of transportation for soldiers.
“I think it was very significant that anybody would try to relive that experience,” Doss said.
The reunion was inspired by the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the program last year, and Doss said Dianna Riley was largely to thank for tracking down the classmates.
Riley and her husband began hosting Black Studies students in 1969 and said the program has been a large part of their lives ever since. “[The students] were like family to us,” Riley said. “They babysat our kids, and we had them over at the house all the time. Then we stayed connected so it’s been a life-long, lovely friendship.” The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Friday in room 123 of the Gallagher Business Building. It’s open to the public, and Doss especially encouraged present students to attend.”
UM professor holds court on the benefits of squash by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 30, 2009 ““It’s a little bit of a desert here for squash,” Greene said. “When I got here, there were no squash courts, I think, in all of Montana. I led a group that retrofitted a racquetball court, in a place that is now a business, into kind of a squash court.”
Greene said the court they constructed had the correct markings of a squash court, but the dimensions were the same as a racquetball court. “The courts were about 10 feet too long,” Greene said. “It was good conditioning but poor squash.”
Since his playing days on the makeshift court, Greene has seen the construction of a squash court in the Rec Center on campus.
The number of players in Missoula remained low for a while. Although Greene then had a court to play on, he spent time in the court hitting alone.
“I would just do a lot of solo drills,” Greene said. “It’s a great workout either way.”
Greene said that squash has slowly grown on campus, and he now has a solid contingent of people whom he plays with. The growing popularity of the game is, in part, due to Greene’s efforts of introducing the game to different people.
Senior Hugh Daniels, who was once a member of UM’s tennis team, was taking a biology class from Greene last year when Greene led Daniels to the game.
“In class, he would always drop random squash references,” Daniels said. “One day after class, I asked him if he ever had time to teach me how to play. He introduced me to the game, and we started playing quite a bit. I love it because I get about twice the exercise in about half the time I would with tennis.”
Teaching squash is an aspect of the game that you would expect a professor such as Greene, who obtained his doctorate degree from Princeton, to excel at.
“I like to get out there with anybody, whatever the skill level. I’ll go out there with a beginner just to show them the basics.”
Another benefit of introducing new people to the game for Greene is watching his new players catch squash fever. Greene said once players try it the first time, they get hooked for the most part, even the dreaded racquetball players, as Greene calls them.
“I like to convert people from their evil ways of racquetball until they see the true righteous path that is squash,” Greene joked.
Squash, in Greene’s mind, is superior to racquetball because of the “athletic chess” that is involved in the game.
“You can hit the ball 100 miles an hour like you do in racquetball,” Greene said. “But, because the ball is dead (a squash ball doesn’t bounce nearly as much as a racquetball), it just dies coming off the wall. The game is really about moving the other person out of position, not hitting kill shots. You maneuver your opponent out of position over seven or eight shots in order to finally win the point. You’re always thinking ahead a few shots.”
The “athletic chess” that Greene refers to is also seen in his game. In matches, Greene will volley with opponents, patiently awaiting an errant hit from his rival. He then swiftly takes advantage of the mistake with either a deadly drop shot or a cross-court rocket.
“He is a shrewd tactician on the court,” said Jack Branston, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Tennessee, who recently moved to Montana. Branston, who has been playing squash for several years, said that Greene was the first person he heard of when he asked about squash in Montana.
“I found him through a couple of handballers,” Branson said. “I was hitting on the court by myself, and they basically pointed me towards Erick.”
Through Greene, Branston said he has found many other people to hit with.
“He is great for networking here,” he said. “He put me in touch with several other players, even a couple in Great Falls and Kalispell.”
For Greene, the slowly-growing Montana squash base, which he calls “a small hardcore group,” is something that he enjoys and hopes to build on for the future.
“I’ve been playing three to four times a week for 20 years now,” Greene said. “But I just love it, and it’s a great way to stay active. I’m always trying to encourage younger people to come out and play.”
Greene loves the game, and every new person that he introduces to squash in turn is another person that Greene has the opportunity to share the court with. “It’s just such a great game,” Greene said. “And if there are any people out there, students or faculty, new or old to the game, I would love to know.” email@example.com”
Big ups and Backhands by Montana Kaimin NewsMay 01, 2009 “A semi-local Big Up to Tim Blixseth, the former Yellowstone Club CEO now charged with looting the posh ski resort of tens of millions of Swiss-bank lent dollars as his business tubbed, leaving its extremely wealthy members high and dry. There can’t be that many people on this planet who can claim to have screwed over Bill Gates — aside from everyone who beat him up for being a nerd in middle school, that is.
Backhands to MontPIRG for their relentless campaigning for their fee increase in the elections yesterday. Three phone calls, one sticker offer and a scrawny guy standing next to the Grizzly Statue telling us the bear wants us to vote? Listen guys, we want money too, but if that bear could talk, we think he’d be growling at you fools to shut up already.
Zooming back out a bit, Big Ups to pigs for putting humans back in their place with this whole swine flu thing. It sort of backfired for the porkers, what with Egypt beginning a no doubt well-thought-out mass slaughter of every pig in the country Thursday. But it was a bold move, nonetheless.
That said, a related Backhand to Mexico for further torpedoing its appeal as a travel destination with the outbreak. Bad water, drug wars and now a worldwide disease pandemic? Can you guys down there please keep it down? P.S. Salsa music sucks. Not sure if that was you guys, but yeah. Hate it.
Preemptive Big Ups to this weekend for promising to be a whole lot of drunken fun between Maggotfest, Brewfest and the annual Lochsa Rendezvous over in Idaho. Stay safe, everyone. Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do — or anything we are doing that looks particularly dangerous, for that matter.
Back on the national scale, Backhands to Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter for his recent announcement that he’s switching from the Republican to the Democratic Party in Washington this week. What kind of example is that to be setting? The U.S. hasn’t been doing that well recently, either. Should we all grab hockey sticks and move to Canada? A final Big Ups to now incoming ASUM president Matt Fennell for somwhow managing to get himself elected to office a year after getting arrested in one for throwing a hissy fit on president Dennison’s floor. Here’s hoping barefoot hippy-politics bode well for students next year… but we’re out of here, so who cares. Well that’s all, folks. Great to have you with us this semester, and best of luck finishing off your school year strong. We’re pulling for you. By the way, we personally swine flued every issue of this week’s paper. Merry Christmas.”
Infamous Maggotfest captures Missoula once again by Montana Kaimin NewsMay 01, 2009 “Featuring 36 teams and hanging its hat on being the epitome of a social tournament, Maggotfest will add to its lore this weekend. The field is a myriad of clubs from New Zealand to Canada to California, all of whom converge in Missoula to play their guaranteed three games on the pitch and to take part in the heralded festivities that have come to define the event, which include a spirited costume party Saturday night at the Western Montana Fairgrounds.
“The Fest is the highlight of our year. It’s a big deal for us. We don’t take it lightly by any means,” Kreilick said. “For us, it’s about hosting these clubs the way we would want to be hosted if we went to a big tournament.
“The Fest now sells itself, based on word of mouth and return clubs who want to keep coming back.”
There has never been a champion of the tournament. Indeed, Maggotfest continues rituals that run 30 years deep, with hardware such as “Best Play on the Pitch” handed to the club that puts on the best display of skills in its three matches, and the coveted “Most Honored Side,” presented to the club who represents the culture of the sport with the most sprit on and off the field.
“We always shoot for Most Honored Side because we know that we have girls who just go to college and decide they want to play rugby,” said Mackenzie Flahive-Foro, co-captain of UM’s women’s team the Betterside, who has been in pursuit of the elusive trophy since they won it last in 1997. “So of course we’re not going to have the experience that most of these teams we’re playing have.
“(Maggotfest) definitely promotes the sport,” she added of the tournament. “It’s really not only about the game but the culture of rugby and the camaraderie and tradition.”
But Maggotfest is also evolving with new conventions. For one, Thursday night matches pitting local clubs against opposition from near and far away lands is becoming a tradition in its own right. Thursday night, UM Betterside took on Seattle Budd Bay, the Jesters squared off with Princeton University Athletic Club, the Flies (retired Maggots) met the Seattle Old Boys and the tournament host Maggots met the Wellington Dead Ants of New Zealand.
The tournament experimented with a 48-team format in the early 80s before going back to a 36-team pool play, which includes all Montana Rugby Union clubs and local ruggers. The Maggots and Jesters are coming off of impressive second and fourth place finishes respectively at last weekend’s Montana Rugby Union Cup in Butte. Betterside, who won Maggotfest’s Best Play on the Pitch trophy back in 2005, completed a two-weekend road schedule with a split, losing to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, and earning a win on the Spokane Women’s Club pitch last weekend. Captain Naomi Mills said she expects her team to see a high caliber of competition this weekend, reminiscent of the competition the team faced in the fall when they ventured to Lethbridge for a pair of games and were dominated by a Canadian national team.
“They just destroyed us. I think it was good for us to see how good they were,” said Mills, who will be making her third appearance in Maggotfest this weekend. “They kept on creating all of these overloads. We learned from getting our ass kicked.”
With a season’s worth of hard lessons and victories on the pitch, Mills said that playing at Maggotfest is always a challenge for her team but also always promises a grand time.
“It’s like a big reunion,” she said. “Every year it gets a lot better because you just get to know more people.”
“We always joke around that it is a holiday and Maggotfest is like Christmas,” echoed Flahive-Foro. “We look forward to it all year long. It’s a great way to end the year.”
Kreilick, who is almost apologetic about missing one Maggotfest because of a trip to Australia in 1991, says that not only does the tournament draw almost 1,000 rugby players, he also anticipates as many as 4,000 people to be at the Saturday night party at the Fairgrounds. Staggering figures for a grass roots tournament that started more than 30 years ago. “There’s no better manifestation of the sport than Maggotfest,” Kreilick said, “and I mean that.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Bergquist gets another shot in British Columbia by Montana Kaimin NewsMay 01, 2009 “As the NFL draft came and went last weekend and Thursday (the day rookies report to obligatory rookie mini-camp) approached with no offers on the table, Bergquist felt as if his gamble had closed all doors.
“Hindsight is 20/20, but if I could do it all over again, I would have gone to B.C. a long time ago,” Bergquist said. “I almost had my heart set to go there and give up my dreams in the NFL. But I had to roll the dice and give the NFL a shot.”
But all was not lost. B.C. still had interest in Bergquist, so on Wednesday, the quarterback boarded a plane to Seattle. From there, he drove a rental car to Vancouver before reporting to free agent camp Thursday at 10 a.m. for a workout in front of team personnel and about 50 members of the media.
Lions head coach Wally Buono, whose 227 wins are second all-time in CFL history, said B.C.’s fondness for the former Grizzly was not a factor in rescinding the contract offer.
“It was simply a matter of timing,” Buono said. “He was a guy we had interest in and still have interest in.”
Bergquist’s workout consisted of running a 40, performing a shuttle run, throwing with wide receivers and doing some one-on-one drills. The majority of the Lions players were present to watch or participate.
Thursday was the first experience the quarterback had ever had on a Canadian-size field or with throwing a CFL football, but nonetheless, his 4.75 time in the 40 and his arm strength impressed Buono and his staff.
“Cole is a good athlete,” Buono said. “He can make all the throws. He has some mobility. He has some athleticism that we think could make him successful.”
B.C. has several more free agent camps in coming weeks. They also have three veteran quarterbacks under contract. Last season’s starter, Guy Pierce, returns. So do back-ups Jarius Jackson and Zac Champion. Buono said he anticipates watching at least a dozen quarterbacks work out in coming weeks, but the Lions are always in the market for an upgrade.
“We are hoping the guy we bring in can beat one of the guys out because you are always trying to improve yourself,” Buono said.
Bergquist, who led Montana to a 14-2 record and a runner-up finish in the FCS Championship last December, just may have a leg up on the competition. Buono, who has won four Grey Cup Championships in his illustrious career, is no stranger to Montana quarterbacks.
“(Bergquist) comes from a program we have a high value for,” Buono said. “Montana has always had a very successful college program. Dave Dickenson has played for me for many years whether it be in Calgary or B.C. We like the type of quarterbacks and the type of players in general from Montana.”
Dickenson was on the 1998 Calgary team that won the Grey Cup as well as a member of the 2006 CFL champion Lions.
There was an outside shot for Bergquist to go heads up with an old nemesis, but the timing was a little off. Travis Lulay, a four-year starter at quarterback for Montana State from 2003-2006, was unable to make it to Vancouver on Thursday but will work out for the Lions on Saturday. Lulay was 2-2 against Montana during his Bobcat career, including 1-2 against Bergquist head-to-head.
But Bergquist said that was the farthest thing from his mind regardless of whether Lulay was there or not.
“We are on a different level now,” Bergquist said. “I don’t think it will be a Cat-Griz thing. We are both going to give it our best. My only goal is to make a team.”
The Lions said they would let Bergquist know within the week if they are still interested. The quarterback knows this situation could have been averted had he simply signed the initial offer months ago.
But quarterback is a gambler’s position by nature. Big rewards take big risks, and Bergquist wanted to leave no opportunity unexplored. “I love having another opportunity to play in B.C.,” Bergquist said. “I love the city of Vancouver, I love the winning tradition they have. If it doesn’t work out, it wasn’t meant to be, but at least I’ll have no regrets.” email@example.com”
The Dennies by Montana Kaimin NewsMay 01, 2009 “Best Irrelevant Moral Crusade:
A certain law professor wanted to keep a certain college newspaper from getting the Bess Sex ever, but failed to realize that the legal actions needed to end the column would take far longer than simply waiting out the bastards who make the column possible. Don’t worry, we’re graduating. And we’ll take our sex to go. Need some summer Sex? Hit up besssex.blogspot.com.
Best Pointless Request for a Correction:
While getting yelled at for printing a feature photo of an art gallery too close to a similar story about a different art gallery comes close, the Dennie goes to Annette, who left a note asking reporter Amanda Eggert to “Please remember the women when you wright” when Eggert failed to refer to a man-made wave as a person-made wave. We’re all about wymons’s lib (our sports editor is female, for Christ’s sake) but if you want to defend women’s rights, at least learn how to spell it.
Best Kaimin Spelling Error:
Anyone know what a blouder is? We still don’t. But apparently they’re halting construction on campus, and it’s a front-page story. Did you know that as long as the first and last letters of a word are in the correct place, the ltetres can be scrmbelad any which way inside, and your brain still reads the word nomalrly? The error slipped past three copy editors. We’re blaming it on our superior-mental processing skills.
Best Villian (honorable mention Kaimin spelling error):
Cheers to you, Jus Chill’n robber. Way to knock off a smoothie joint. That $450 must have made you feel like a hardened criminal. You’re probably the kind of guy who orders the Starburst smoothie after working on your abs for 45 minutes.
Three-Month Achievement Award:
Griz football players succeeded in keeping their violent ways under the radar for a full three months, a wild success given last year’s troubles with the law. Congrats, guys, we’re rooting for you.
Best Wannabe-Pandemic Scare:
Swine flu. Way to be this administration’s SARS. The World Health Organization has confirmed 257 cases of swine flu worldwide. That seems scary and ominous and like you should buy a silly-looking facemask and hide for a few months, until you realize that 250,000 people die from the plain ol’ flu every year. ‘Pandemic’ means it affects the world and will probably kill us soon. To us, it seems like CNN is having a slow news week.
Best Way to Get Arrested in Missoula:
Hold up a Walgreens. There is even a sign on the door asking customers to please remove all facemasks, so way to break two rules at once. And if stealing prescription pills like it’s your parents’ medicine cabinet is too rough, better make for Dairy Queen. Nothing reads money-maker like a soft-serve ice cream shop. In April. When it still snows, apparently. The knife was a little overkill. Were you seriously worried that the high school girls working the joint would be too much to handle?
Driver of the Year Award:
Hat’s off to you, Park-N-Ride bus driver, for rear-ending a student’s car at noon. Usually we blame our driving mishaps on our drinking, but that early in the day, you don’t have much of an excuse.
Best “That’s what she said”:
“I’ve always been someone who is physical, bangs and can get to the hole.” Sarah Ena, sophomore forward for the Lady Griz, describing how she likes to play a sweaty basketball game. I’d give out more awards, but I have to pirate all the songs off of the free CDs the Arts section gets, and iTunes runs slowly on these old computers. ”
Mountain climbing on one wheel gains popularity by Montana Kaimin NewsMay 05, 2009 “The concept behind MUni is simple, with three basic components: man, a mountain and a unicycle. A rider travels uphill and down, riding trails that hikers and mountain bikers traverse. But MUni riding is no walk in the park, as the cyclist must draw on significant core strength to maintain a precarious balance at all times.
Despite the arduous prospect of learning to ride, Rowell said he’s grown into it.
“It’s kind of hard to learn,” Rowell said. “But once I got it down, it became like second nature. It’s something I love to do.”
Growing up in tiny Garrison, there wasn’t much for Rowell to do, so he turned to the outdoors for entertainment. Rowell’s father used to unicycle as a kid, and when the pair spotted a unicycle in a Helena pawnshop in 2002, they decided to buy it. It’s a decision that has paid off in spades.
Rowell recently went to Denmark to compete in the European Mountain Cycling Trials, where he finished in 10th place. In July he looks to capture his third consecutive MUni title at the North American Unicycling Convention and Championships in Bloomington, Minn. Over the years, the Media Arts major has come to love the sport. He said he has always enjoyed other alpine pursuits like mountain biking, but that physically, unicycling holds a deeper, more personal appeal.
“It’s like the wheel is almost part of my body,” Rowell said. “I feel like there’s just a better connection.”
Rowell takes his unicycle to the skate park to do tricks and he can ride up and down mountains, but neither is the toughest challenge he’s faced.
Each year, Rowell travels to the Moab MUni Festival held in Moab, Utah, where he tackles the Slickrock bike trail — an exhausting, 15-mile challenge.
“It’s definitely the most grueling trail I’ve done,” Rowell said. “It’s so long. Plus you have to use your legs the entire time, so it’s a lot harder than mountain biking.”
Unlike with a mountain bike, on a unicycle the rider has to pedal continuously — even when traveling downhill. There is no brake, so in order to slow the cycle, the rider has to use his or her legs to put backward pressure on the pedals.
As daunting as it might seem, mountain unicycling is relatively safe. Since a unicycle employs a system of direct drive, where the craft can only travel as fast as a rider can pedal, the cycle usually travels at much lower speeds than bicyclists, who can coast at high speeds without touching the pedals. Skinned knees are common, but major injuries are rare, as cruising speed on a standard unicycle (most riders use a 24-inch or 20-inch model) is only about eight to nine miles per hour.
While MUni is a new phenomenon, the unicycle has been around for over a century.
It started as an offshoot of the first bicycles, called “penny-farthings.” A craft with a large front wheel and small rear wheel, the bike was popularized in the late 1800s. Like unicycles, penny-farthings also had cranks connected to the front axle; if a rider stopped on a dime, the penny would rear up in the back, creating a unicycle-like effect as the rider tried to balance on one wheel.
Today, the once-quirky stunt of riding on one wheel has begun to come into its own, its appeal picking up momentum and drawing the attention of extreme sports enthusiasts.
Hobbs is a member of the U.S. World Cup Telemark team, but in his spare time the Whitefish native bombs down Mount Jumbo on his unicycle. He’s dabbled in a number of extreme sports, but said for the last eight years, unicycling has been the biggest thrill for him.
“I just got stoked on it in middle school, and it’s really grown on me from there,” Hobbs said.
Hobbs cycles down hillsides around Missoula and Whitefish and heads up to Canada to tackle the ski hill in Fernie, B.C. He said he has ridden some steep terrain, but that he has managed to stay safe because of the nature of the craft.
“You can definitely have some pretty good wrecks,” Hobbs said. “But it’s pretty easy to just step off when you need to and just chase it.”
Hobbs said it took him only about six months to master the skill; soon he was comfortable enough to head up mountains. “You get comfortable pretty quickly,” Hobbs said. “You learn to just attack the trail.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Sports in 140: Twitter craze reaches realm of college athletics by Montana Kaimin NewsMay 05, 2009 “It was later reported that Villanueva was not in fact fined, but nonetheless, Milwaukee implemented an organization-wide policy banning the use of any social networking Web sites “while on company time.”
Some may argue that Villanueva’s post was no more intrusive than talking to a reporter during halftime before going to the locker room. Either way, Villanueva’s situation is just one small example of the frenzy that is Twitter and its presence throughout the sporting world. Athletes and athletic programs on the collegiate and professional levels have been consumed by the craze.
University of Montana senior defensive end Jace Palmer and his twin brother, wide receiver Tyler Palmer, both have Twitter accounts. When Jace was approached by the UM Marketing and Promotions about the possibility of “tweeting” about Grizzly spring practice, he said he wasn’t sure how to react simply because he was not quite sure what Twitter was.
“When I heard ‘Let’s get your Twitter account going,’ I had absolutely no idea what it was,” Palmer said. “I’d never heard of a Twitter. I had no clue what was going on.”
Twitter’s popularity is relatively new, so Jace may not be alone. Since the beginning of the new year, Twitter has exploded onto the scene of pop culture. The social networking site is quite simple. Users post messages 140 characters at a time and essentially answer one question: ‘What are you doing?’ University athletic departments, professional sports franchises and athletes from all levels have all capitalized on the ability to essentially market their sports, institutions and, in some cases, themselves in a forum that everyone the world over can access and read.
University of Montana Athletic Director Jim O’Day knew Montana would be missing the boat if it did not utilize this new wave of technology.
“I went to an NCAA convention in January and it was the topic of conversation,” said O’Day, who has his own Twitter page about his daily dealings in the UM Athletic Department. “By the time I called our marketing department and discussed it, we had a page within a day.”
“It is sweeping the country,” he said. “You are seeing a lot of very high-profile coaches and administrators doing it to keep people in the forefront of what’s going on in their programs.”
Twitter has become prevalent throughout professional athletics as a tool for self-promotion, a way for athletes to connect with their faithful followers. But Palmer said he is much too resistant to technology to ever use it for self-glorification. Palmer agreed to let UM Marketing make him a Twitter page to keep fans updated on spring ball simply to keep Grizzly football in the forefront of Griz Nation’s mind during the off-season.
“The basic idea was just to get an early jump on the season and get people excited about our team,” Palmer said. “It’s part of my job to be a good spokesman for Grizzly football.”
UM Marketing and Promotions director Christie Anderson said Montana is constantly striving to stay “ahead of the curve” in all aspects of the packaging of Grizzly athletics. She said creating Twitter accounts for the Palmer twins was essential in an effort to give the Montana faithful a different, and perhaps a more intimate, angle.
“Our main goal is to keep our fans involved and give them a different perspective,” Anderson said. “They get the media perspective; they hear from the coaches all the time. The student athletes are probably the voices they hear from the least. And it might be the most interesting perspective.”
O’Day said Twitter gives athletes a voice. It helps portray them as people rather than entertainers, personas rather than just a name and a number on a jersey.
“It brings a personality out there to the athletes,” O’Day said. “By the writing style you can get to know the student athletes. They become a real person.”
The technological progression Americans have witnessed since the turn of the millennium is astounding. Just a decade ago, fax machines and flip phones were all the rage; now, smart phone technology, text messaging and all things instantaneous have made office-to-office faxes almost obsolete. This is proof that people who came of age over the last score are the trendsetters and the key to predicting “what’s next.”
“More than anything, it’s a way to stay connected to the younger generation,” O’Day said. “It’s provided us with another avenue to access them. As it gets to be more well known, you start to get people of all ages. It’s just another way to market sports. Our fans are very passionate and they like to know what’s going on with the athletic department.”
Palmer found it somewhat ironic that he was asked to keep fans up to date via technology. He said he has never been much of a computer whiz, nor one who is that fond of the social networking worlds of Facebook and Myspace.
“At first I was kind of getting jumped on because I wasn’t Twittering enough,” laughed Palmer. “I was never really into the whole social network thing. Christie would tell me, ‘Jace, you need to start Twittering more,’ so I got on it. So many people are doing it that I half-way questioned if it was required now.”
Twitter has become so popular so fast that it might as well be a requirement. About the time the Palmer brothers’ sites were launched, athletic-related Twitter sites exploded. Nearly 50 NBA players including Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash and Paul Pierce all have Twitter accounts. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has an account. A few dozen NFL players have jumped on board, including Randy Moss and, of course, Terrell Owens.
Even coaches at some of the biggest college programs in the country have worked updating their statuses into their busy schedules. University of Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin, LSU football coach Les Miles, University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt, Colorado State basketball coach Tim Miles and USC football coach Pete Carroll regularly “tweet.”
Twitter within the University of Montana athletic department is a relatively new concept.
Aside from the Palmers, volleyball player Stephanie Turner has a Twitter account set up by UM marketing. A Lady Griz basketball player has her own account on which she chronicled the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, but it is not University-sponsored. UM coaches are yet to jump on the bandwagon.
“We have talked to our coaches a little bit about it,” O’Day said. “It’s not a high priority to them. It’s not anything we would ever demand of them, but if they have an interest in staying in touch that would certainly be an option.”
Palmer said he has not heard much from any of the Montana coaches about his participation in this social experiment. He said he understands his responsibility to represent the UM football program in a good light, especially since anyone can read what he posts at any time. Tweets cannot be edited or deleted, so once they are posted they are permanently on the poster’s Web site. He has all intentions of posting after the season begins, but he said there is a line that should not be crossed.
“Absolutely not, I would never do it during games,” Palmer said. “If I was updating at half time I would probably be walking to the locker room for the last time; that would be it, I’d be done. You have to keep them separate.”
While O’Day acknowledged keeping pace with technology is essential, he also said the simple, unedited nature of Twitter is somewhat old-school.
“I look at Twitter like my old days as a newspaper reporter,” said O’Day, who graduated with a degree in Journalism from UM in 1980. “When I am writing (on Twitter), it is open to every one to see. Facebook and Myspace, you have to be accepted as a friend. This way, it’s out there for everyone to follow you. You don’t know who they are, so it is similar to someone buying a copy of the newspaper you are printing. Once it’s up, its up.”
In an ever-changing world it is hard to gauge whether Twitter is a passing fad or if someday it will be accepted as no more intrusive than a halftime interview. Regardless if tweeting is here to stay or if it will be irrelevant faster than the Spice Girls, it has no doubt consumed American culture. It is impossible to predict the future, O’Day said, but keeping up with the rapid pace of 21st-century life is essential to success. “It’s crucial in this day and age to keep up with what the students are doing,” O’Day said. “One thing I heard at a seminar is that a generation is just five years now. My generation is still trying to figure out e-mail, but for students, e-mail is just a piece. Everyone just picks up technology so fast. You can communicate in so many different ways all the time now, so we just have to try and keep up.” email@example.com”
Griz Notebook: Golf team in third after first round; women's tennis narrowly qualifies by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 21, 2009 “Sophomore Carissa Simmons led the Griz by shooting a three over par 75, placing her in third place overall in the tournament. Northern Arizona teammates Alexa Kim and Bethany Leclair took the opening round’s top two individual spots, firing an even two over par score respectively. That edged out Simmons, who finished third overall at last year’s league championship, shooting a seven over par overall.
Montana was also bolstered by identical scores from junior Jacqueline Olson and freshman Ashli Helstrom, who tied each other for 13th overall after shooting a six over par 78 a piece.
The tournament will continue Tuesday and will crown a conference champion after a third round Wednesday afternoon.
Tennis teams earn places in Big Sky Championships
With the sixth and final spot for next weekend’s women’s Big Sky Conference Tennis Championship hanging in the balance, it was only fitting that Montana and Weber State fought a winner-takes-all match down to the wire Saturday in Bozeman, with the Griz escaping with a 4-3 win and new postseason life.
While Steve Ascher’s club swept the doubles matches against the Wildcats, they needed a clinching singles win to advance. Liz Walker won in the No. 1 slot, 6-4, 6-1 against Keya Jenkins, and Rebecca Bran capped the second slot with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Weber’s Greyce Farias. In the sixth position, Lauren Gibson also picked up a crucial win, edging Elsje Beneke 6-3, 6-2.
Montana finished the regular season 8-12, 4-4 in conference play, and will head to Gold River, Calif., Friday for the first round of the tournament.
The Montana men’s tennis team will join the women as a sixth seed on the men’s side next weekend at Gold River, but won’t ride much momentum into the bracket after falling 4-3 to Montana State Saturday in Bozeman, just a day after handily sweeping Idaho State 7-0 in a neutral site matchup Friday.
Montana (10-8, 4-4 Big Sky) picked up the doubles point, but was defeated in three of the top four slots in singles play. Ramos Raydner won the third spot for Montana, beating Pawel Turzanski 7-5 6-3, while freshman Karl Kuschke defeated Alberto Fuentes 6-3, 6-3 in the number five spot.
Sacramento State (16-6, 7-0 Big Sky) and Eastern Washington (15-8, 6-2 Big Sky) are the tournament’s top two seeds. Northern Arizona, Montana State and Weber State have all qualified for the tournament, but await seeding after their respective regular seasons wrap up later this week.
Montana earns more qualifiers at Montana Open
The men javelin throwers headlined Saturday’s Montana Open at Dornblaser Stadium, which also featured 15 Big Sky Conference qualifiers. Sophomore Cole Beyer, who achieved an NCAA Midwest Regional qualifying javelin throw (210-0) two weeks ago, improved his distance Saturday to 214-4, which positioned him in second place in conference throws behind Montana State’s Nick Lam. Richard Brambaugh joined Beyer in the NCAA qualifying circle with a career-best throw of 203-2.
Jake Stevens threw a first-place distance of 53-11.75 in the shot put. The women also secured a new qualifier in the field, as freshman Nicole Ennen won the discus with a throw of 140-5.
The men also got a standout performance from senior Dan Bingham, who captured the 1,500 meters with a qualifying time of 3:54.36. James Brown won the 200 meters (21.88), Sean Clark the 800 meters (1:54.81) and Landon Bowery the 400 meter hurdles (54.08).
For the women sprinters, senior Allie Brosh used a qualifying time of 17:576.30 to win the 5,000 meters, and Katrina Drennen (4:37.31) and Brooke Andrus (4:40.71) finished third and fourth respectively to qualify in the 1,500 meters. Montana’s program will head west next weekend to the Oregon Relays in Eugene and the Spokane Falls Invitational. firstname.lastname@example.org”
University Crafters set up booth at spring art fair by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 17, 2009 ““Adding student artists has been my goal ever since starting my job working the fair two years ago,” said Lawson.
This is Lawson’s sixth and final fair as student coordinator, and that goal has come to fruition.
“I’m really hoping the University Crafters do well,” Lawson said. “They are one of my favorite clubs because they are so enthusiastic.”
The group sells items ranging from postcards of pictures members took to cloaks members sewed.
University Crafters made its first fair appearance at the Homecoming Art Fair in September. Now they are back as one of 57 vendors with booths at the spring art fair, which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday in the UC Atrium.
Lawson said she encouraged the Crafters to become part of the art fair long before the student group was officially recognized by ASUM as a student group.
University Crafters became an official ASUM group three years ago. The group’s founder, Alice Ryan, runs a booth for her jewelry crown business and helped the group open its own booth.
“One of my goals for University Crafters was to make it possible for students to sell their own crafts and start their own business if they want to,” Ryan said.
All proceeds will go directly back into the group, according to ASUM regulations.
ASUM helped the Crafters purchase four sewing machines, which Ryan said all students are welcome to use for personal projects. The sewing machines are available during Monday “crafting hours,” 5-9 p.m., on the third floor of the UC.
Ryan said meetings run loosely, on a “come when you can, leave when you have to” basis.
No experience is necessary, according to Ryan.
“We’re probably the only group with no requirements,” said Ryan. “No ability at sports necessary, no political agenda, no sexual views, and no specific religious ideas.”
Ryan said the most important thing is letting the rest of the University know that the group exists. “Art is fun. You don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it,” said Fiona Jallings, president of University Crafters. email@example.com”
Delinquent driver, destroyed device, disregarded detention by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 17, 2009 “April 9, 10:55 p.m.
Eggs were reportedly coming from a car driving down Arthur Avenue. The report came in about 15 minutes after the incident, thus the car could not be located. “It’s one of those things that we are glad people call in because they can come back,” Lemcke said. “But they didn’t.”
April 10, 3:09 a.m.
Two young males were caught allegedly trying to break into vehicles in the University Villages, but officers could not find any damage to the vehicles or any signs of theft and had to let the youths go. “The officers took their names for future reference if something comes up,” Lemcke said.
April 10, 8:52 p.m.
During rush hour on Friday morning, a bike patrol officer spotted a package in the middle of the road that cars were driving around. After retrieving the parcel, the officer found a MacBook and a bag of marijuana inside. Public Safety is currently trying to return the computer to its rightful owner, but not the pot. “We’ll probably have to destroy the marijuana,” Lemcke said.
April 10, 11:16 p.m.
After a reported fight outside of Elrod Hall, a man described as “bloody” by a witness entered the hall. The caller said the fight had gone on for a while, but Public Safety could not locate the fighters. Lemcke said nobody came forward to complain.
April 11, 11:54 p.m.
The golf cart used by the student escort’s service on campus was stolen and ended up smashed up at a party in the Rattlesnake River. The window was broken and the ignition switch was busted. The cart is shared between the lock shop and the escort service, which provides students with rides across campus at night. “You see an unattended golf cart near midnight,” Lemcke said, “and it’s just irresistible.”
April 13, 8:17 a.m.
A thief seems to have found the GPS unit on Public Safety’s “bait bike” and decided to take matters into his own hands. After trying to shut off the unit, the individual just gave up and smashed it. “I guess they didn’t care for our crime prevention program,” Lemcke said. April 15, 10:17 a.m. When the owner of a vehicle on campus came out to find his car had been booted, he seemed to not care and tried to drive away anyway. “When you earn enough parking tickets to get your vehicle clamped, you better leave it where it’s at,” Lemcke said. The individual ignored warnings posted on his windshield and ended up with part of the clamp embedded in his tire. “We’ve had people take hacksaws to them,” Lemcke said. “You know, we write down your license plate, so it’s not like we don’t know who you are.””
Bess Sex: Find trouble, not good sex, on Web site by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 17, 2009 “Here’s a little taste of the opening line of a recent ad for our friendly neighbors to the east in Bozeman: “I want to suck your cock and taste your man goo.” Also, apparently the 28-year-old “m4m” author of that zinger is drug- and disease-free and would like to stay that way.
All right, I’ll say it: WTF? What happened in our culture to launch us into this bizarre realm of soliciting random erotic encounters over free Internet classified ads?
Sure, I find it amusing to check the ads out and LOL (yeah, I said it), but I get kind of freaked out when I realize that people genuinely write these ads. And what’s worse, people probably respond to them.
I don’t judge people based on their kinks. We’ve all got them and everybody needs to just come to terms with that. As long as everyone’s of age and consenting, there’s nothing wrong with spicing things up in the bedroom — or wherever it is you have sex (see last week’s column).
What this comes down to is my distrust of anyone who would explore random sex with people they pick up on Craigslist. I’ve got no problem with people who belong to swingers clubs or organizations and groups where they seek other people interested in that lifestyle, but with most of those groups, health, consent and comfort are a major concern of members. Group members might have to maintain STD screenings and experiment in safe environments.
I have difficulty believing that the 25-year-old coming to the Missoula campus area for this weekend and wondering if “anyone wanted to meet up maybe?....” is going to seriously consider the sexual health of whomever responds to his ad. How about the “Get Drunk and Get Down” m4w in Bozeman? What about “Need a BJ” guy in Helena? What about the guy in Glasgow who wants to get kicked in the nuts? That can’t be healthy. Craigslist has officially become the place where all the weirdest stuff we’ve always wanted not only comes out, but also gets published.
The things I read on the site make my wildest sexual fantasies look like child’s play. I guess I’m okay with that, but it still leaves me concerned. In an age where I’m still chastised for my sexual openness, am I really the kind of person we need to be worried about?
Yeah, I said I don’t judge people for kinks, but I do judge people for unhealthy sexual behavior. That hurts all of us when you think about how diseases spread exponentially through multiple random sex encounters.
I’m sure people have been doing this sort of thing for a long time. And I bet a lot more people fantasize about these kinds of meet-ups than are just portrayed on Craigslist, but what I think really bothers me is that Craigslist makes it a little too easy for things like this to happen. I don’t want to sound preachy, and I’m certainly not a doctor, but gross. Almost all these people say they’re drug- and disease-free, and that’s just statistically impossible. I used to think public swimming pools were a breeding ground for disease, but now I just think it’s Craigslist. Why don’t we go back to seeking random sex the good, old-fashioned way – covertly and with enough difficulty that there won’t be an absolute explosion of herpes all over the Hi-Line.”
Earth week will begin early with Saturday volunteering by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 15, 2009 “Cleanup participants will meet at the Caras Park Pavilion between 9 and 10 a.m. to receive river section assignments, directions and garbage bags. The volunteers will then fan out to different stretches, picking up waste along the riverbanks.
The Clark Fork Coalition’s executive director Karen Knudsen said the cleanup not only helps maintain a healthy ecosystem along the river, it also fosters a sense of community.
“It’s a great way to connect to the river and to other people,” Knudsen said. “We have families, schools, businesses and civic groups all out here working together.
Envirocon and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation are sponsoring the function. Once the effort wraps up, workers will haul the trash back to Caras Park where another sponsor, REI, will transport the material to be recycled. Event organizers are also providing free shuttles to and from the work sites.
Coordinators are including free coffee and doughnuts to volunteers at the pavilion before they set out, plus a free barbeque at the site following the event.
The campaign has grown since its inception in 2004. If the weather cooperates, Knudsen said, the drive should attract legions of helpers again this year.
“Last year it was beautiful and we had about 500 people come out,” Knudsen said.
A big turnout would thrill the directors, but this year there’s something else for the coalition to celebrate.
Last March, workers opened a breach in the Milltown Dam — a Superfund site since 1981. The opening was a major step in a removal process that began in November 2007 and set the table for the expected full elimination of the dam’s main structure within the next two years.
According to the group’s development director Stacy Senterfeit, its members are still basking in the glow of the coup and hope to use the cleanup to further increase local environmental standards.
“We are all excited to have the river flowing free again,” Senterfeit said in CFC press release. “This is a great opportunity to contribute to the continuing health of the community.”
The organization is also hoping to secure donations and induce businesses to sponsor its effort to protect what Knudsen and the coalition see as the community’s central artery.
“The river is vital to our lives,” Knudsen said. “It’s a ribbon of life, really. It serves as a source for our drinking water, a swimming hole and gives us water for our crops. It’s the backbone of the local economy.”
The timing of the event is no coincidence. Saturday is Clark Fork River Day, a holiday created by Missoula’s City Council in 2005 to honor the river’s role as the watery heart of Missoula. Saturday is also Earth Service Day, with four other green-themed volunteer opportunities around the area.
The university’s Natural Areas Integrated Plant Management Program is spearheading the Mount Sentinel Prairie Restoration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. People willing to pull weeds and pick up trash on the mountain should meet at the Mount Sentinel trailhead at 9:30 a.m.
Other opportunities include: from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the UM Facilities Services department is hosting the Dumpster Dive, where volunteers will sort recyclables at the UM recycle shed behind Washington-Grizzly stadium; the PEAS farm on Duncan Drive in the Rattlesnake is looking for people willing to make compost from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and officials at Lowell Elementary School are also calling for volunteers to help plant a new garden on its premises.
For brave souls yearning for a taste of all the action, Environmental Studies professor Vicki Watson is heading an “ecopentathlon.” Watson and a team of helpers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Kim Williams Trail near the Van Buren Street Bridge to cycle from event to event, working about an hour at each.
Watson said members of the mobile work crew should bring a bike, helmet, water bottle and work gloves. Free t-shirts will be available while supplies last. Ready to pound the pavement for the ecopentathlon? Be ready for a challenge, Watson warned.
“Riding the bikes to each event makes for a pretty long day,” Watson said. “We only get about a dozen [ecopentathletes] each year.”
Her tentative plan is to start with the Clark Fork cleanup, head up the slopes of Mount Sentinel after that, then stop at the recycling shed before finishing up at the PEAS farm. She said if there is time, part of the crew might also help out at Lowell Elementary.
After all the hard work, Watson and her team can join the rest of the volunteers and kick back and enjoy themselves.
The Earth Service Day Dance will bookend the campaigns and festivities upstairs at the Union Hall from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Missoula Folklore Society is hosting the hoedown, which will feature live music and country folk dancing. General admission is $8, with a dollar knocked off the price for each hour a worker spends volunteering at any of the five service functions. Kids under 14 get in for free.
Sunday marks the first day of Earth Week, which opens with the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project’s Earth Celebration, a sustainability festival in Caras Park that afternoon.
Watson said whether it’s paying to attend the dance, visiting an Earth Week celebration or lending a hand on Earth Service Day, participating is a good way to tip your cap to Mother Nature.
“Everything we get comes from the earth,” Watson said. “It’s good to give back.”
In the meantime, there is one thing everyone can do:
“Pray for good weather,” Watson said. Watson’s group, Greening UM, has a new Web site, which was slated to be up and running Tuesday with a full Earth Week schedule, complete with details and contacts. As of press time Tuesday night, however, the site was not yet functioning. For archived information, log onto the old Web site at http://www.umt.edu/greeningum . firstname.lastname@example.org”
Double trouble from Down Under by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 15, 2009 ““Some people say ‘My goodness, I’ve seen you so many times today, but something is different.’ And I am like, ‘You probably saw my sister,’” Rebecca laughed.
Getting mixed up with one’s counterpart is nothing new for identical twins. The Brans are no different, but Amanda said that although they look like carbon copies of each other, their personalities are more like a ying-yang.
“At the same time we look the same, but we are completely different people with completely different personalities. That’s one thing I think people don’t realize about twins. They balance each other out. They may act the same and do the same things, but they balance each other out at the same time.”
That balance has made the Bran sisters extremely close. When it came time to apply for college, the sisters, who hail from Melbourne, Australia, knew they wanted to continue playing tennis. But they also knew they did not want to go without each other.
Both twins were standouts in singles and doubles in Australia, but Rebecca said options for continuing playing tennis there are limited.
“In Australia, we don’t really have the college sports option,” Rebecca said. “You either go to university and study or you go pro. That takes a lot of money and a lot of time. Here, we get to see America, we get to travel, we get to play tennis, we get an education. So this was pretty much all we could have hoped for.”
If Montana seems like it is half way around the world from Australia, that’s because it is. Melbourne and Missoula are 16 hours apart. The Brans learned of UM by happenstance. A coach of the twins in Australia was friends with Montana men’s coach Kris Nord and told the Brans of Montana.
Jacksonville State and East Tennessee State were among the front-runners to land the Aussie duo. At the end of the day, stories of Missoula valley’s beauty were appealing and nostalgic at the same time. The sisters committed before ever visiting Missoula.
“When I first saw Montana, I was like ‘Wow, the mountains!’ because it is just so beautiful,” Amanda said. “Our parents are originally from Romania and our grandparents live in the country in the mountains. I love to live in the mountains here and then be minutes away from the beach when I go home.”
Rebecca, a business major, agreed the mountainous landscape was a main selling point, but also added that getting away from the city was very important. Melbourne has almost four million residents.
As with many twins who pursue athletics beyond the prep level, the Brans feel it has been very advantageous to have a person of perceivably equal abilities available at all times. They have shared a room their whole lives and continued to upon arrival at UM, as they share a dorm room in Turner Hall. Being in such proximity with a teammate makes it that much easier for the twins to get in extra practice.
“We are really competitive, so the ability to play with each other just pushes us more, makes us compete better and makes us stronger players,” said Amanda, an exercise science major.
Before they were teammates, Rebecca said the sisters always competed with each other. If it were a tournament, matches pitting the two against each other were oftentimes the most heated.
“When we were younger and we would get to the semi finals or the finals and have to play each other, I think we were even more competitive with each other than when we played other people,” Rebecca laughed.
If there is a definitive way to tell the Bran sisters apart, it may be by watching them on the tennis court. Both agree that Amanda is the stronger, more powerful of the two, while Rebecca is more masterful with ball placement and shot spin.
UM women’s coach Steve Ascher said there may be slight variation in the twins’ game, but both have more than enough power to dominate opponents.
“The thing you notice right away about both of them is their athleticism,” Ascher said. “It’s hard to differentiate between the two because their games are so similar. They both are so powerful and they have been working really hard to temper their games because they are so strong.”
Ascher may not use tennis to tell the twins apart, but that may be because he is an old pro at finding little things to tell twins apart.
“It’s fun to have that twin dynamic,” Ascher said. “This is the fourth set of twins I have coached in college and each one has been a fun experience.”
Many believe that twins are more closely connected, both physiologically and spiritually, than other humans can even imagine. The Brans agree to a certain extent that they have a special connection that helps them communicate on a different level when they are playing doubles with each other. Balancing each other out goes beyond their personal lives and onto the court as well.
“Sometimes we will look at each other and not have to say anything,” Amanda said. “She will look at me and I will read her mind and will be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I know what you mean.’ We play so well together — in doubles I am the power and she sticks to the smart, tactical play; so we balance each other out.”
Ascher said this cerebral communication benefits the Bran sisters, but in a roundabout sort of way also hurts them at times. He also sees the differences in their games as a product in their differences in personality.
“Amanda has a bubbly personality and Rebecca is more analytical,” said Ascher, who is in his first season at UM. “Sometimes (being twins is) a benefit, but other times it can go against them because they want to help each other out so much. Sometimes they just get immersed in what’s going on with each other, so it’s got its pros and its cons. But they definitely have a feeling of where each other are on the court.”
Regardless of if they are on the tennis court or in their dorm, neither Bran sister said they would trade a thing for the daily mix-ups and the constant questions about being twins. “We have each other when we are upset, when we are happy, when we want to have fun, when we want to play tennis,” Rebecca said. “Being twins, being able to play tennis together every day, it’s just so fun.” email@example.com”
Game, set and many matches to head tennis coach by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 16, 2009 ““That picture was taken from the Punt, Pass and Kick competition a long, long, time ago,” Nord said. “I could throw better than him back then, but that was probably the last time.”
Nord lived in Wisconsin for the first four years of his life while his father, Ron, was the head coach of the University of Wisconsin’s basketball team. In 1962, the Nords relocated to Missoula where the senior Nord took the reins of the Grizzly basketball team, the first in a long line of Nords “putting in a lot of hours here at the U,” according to Kris.
During Ron’s tenure at UM, he was the basketball coach from 1962-68, and then an assistant for the football team from 1969-74.
“He was with the team during their initial glory years,” Nord said. “Jack Elway was a coach with my dad, and John Elway was my neighbor. We used to hang out in the football training rooms, and I would run the M with him. I got a long, fun history with him.”
A long history is something that Nord also has with The University of Montana. While his two brothers followed their father and played basketball for the Griz, Nord fell in love with tennis.
“I played junior competitive golf until I was 12,” Nord said. “But I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t getting better sooner, so I grabbed a tennis racket out of the closet and started playing competitively around eighth grade. So I took a different turn than the rest of my family, but I’m kind of glad that I did.”
Nord took to tennis quickly, and after a two-year college career with UNLV, and two more years at Boise State, Nord wound up back in Missoula in 1982. He was hired as the head women’s and assistant men’s tennis coach and earned a health and human performance degree from Montana in 1986. That year, Nord became the head coach of the men’s team.
Nord held both head coaching positions until 2006 when the programs split.
Nord said that having Jen Anderson, a former player of Nord’s, take over the women’s team in 2006 helped both programs, saying it allowed him to focus more on the men’s program.
“It had been a bit of an up-and-down,” he said. “There was a time when I got burnt out when I was doing both programs.
“There was lots of travel, lots of hours, and I was still teaching tennis (at the now defunct Missoula Athletic Club). I thought like the right thing to do at that point was to split the programs. Now I can put my energy into one program. I feel like that’s far more productive than to be dividing my energy over 23 athletes.”
Women’s head coach Steve Ascher took over from Anderson and is in his first season of coaching for the Griz. Ascher said that Nord has become a figurehead for Montana tennis and has shown him the ropes.
“Kris is just a great stand-up guy,” Ascher said. “He is a guy that cares about the program and his players. He really helped me out when I got here, feeding me information.”
It would be natural to assume that, after halving his job, Nord would have more leisure time. But not so.
“I don’t necessarily have more free time now,” he said. “My attention is just more focused. I spend a lot more time scheduling and helping out the guys that want me to work with them more.”
Nord and Ascher have actually been putting in more hours this year than ever due to the closing of the Missoula Athletic Club. The Griz used to practice on the MAC’s indoor courts. Now, during winter weather, they are forced to practice in the Adams Center’s auxiliary gym where they have one temporary court. The single court forces the coaches to lengthen practices to make sure everybody gets the needed time and coaching.
Over 27 years, the tennis program has seen plenty of changes. The season now encompasses the whole school year, instead of just the spring semester. Another change is the addition of foreign-born athletes on the team.
“That’s been a trend in American collegiate tennis for the last 20 years,” Nord said. “My starting line-up is all foreign kids. But optimally, we would like to have a balance of American and foreign-born players.”
Nord said the Internet has proven to be an exceptionally useful tool, especially when recruiting players from overseas.
“The Internet has been great, especially with our budget. I get YouTube videos from recruits, and I can watch the kids play in real-time. I don’t have to wait three weeks for a cassette from Sweden to get here.”
As Nord sat at his desk, wearing a maroon tennis jacket and gray sweats, he was thoughtful about his vision for the future.
“Ya know, I’ve been in this building since I was 4 years old,” he said. “I haven’t really thought about how long I will be here. I would hope to be here another five to 10 years. But that can change. Life throws you funny curves. But I like what I’m doing, so I’ll just take it one year at a time.”
Nord’s career, which included a three-year stint as the women’s head golf coach in the early ‘90s, is something that a relatively new coach such as Ascher has a lot of respect for. “It’s just a special thing whenever someone has been around for that long,” Ascher said. “He is nothing but a great professional.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Men’s tennis fights for playoffs; Walter qualifies in 100 meters by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 14, 2009 “Gold River, Calif.
Montana lost in the No. 1 singles slot Friday against the Lumberjacks but came back and dictated the outcome with four singles wins thanks to No. 2 Mikaloj Borkowski, No. 3 Raydner Ramos, No. 5 Carl Kuschke and No. 6 David Cysneiros all picking up singles wins. Kuschke, a freshman, defeated Jaco Vasagie 6-5, 6-2 to retain a 4-1 record in Big Sky play. Montana sealed the match by winning the first two doubles matches, headlined by Borkowski and Kuschke’s defeating Jacob Tracy and David Flodberg 9-8.
On Saturday, Weber State was in command, winning the top three singles matches and the top two doubles. Felipe Raw won in the No. 4 singles slot to pick up his third league win of the year, and Kuschke picked up his fifth with a win over Travis Covington 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.
For the women, Liz Walker picked up Montana’s (6-12, 2-4) lone single win in a 6-1 defeat at the hands of Northern Arizona in a neutral site league affair in Bozeman. Coach Steve Ascher’s team dropped a string of heartbreaking singles following Walker’s win over NAU’s Edit Suhajda (3-6, 6-2, 10-6) in the No. 1 slot, with as sophomore Rebecca Bran lost to Kim Van Ginkel in three sets (6-7, 6-4, 10-3) and fellow sophomore Kayla Moyse also dropping a three-set battle to Stacey Pinchbeck, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6.
The women, losers of three straight, will return to Bozeman this weekend to cap their Big Sky Conference regular season, facing Idaho State and Weber State. Montana is knotted with Weber in sixth place in conference standings.
Track and field qualifies one more for Big Sky Conference championships
Seven Montana Track and Field athletes ventured to Boulder, Colo., this weekend in quest of qualifying for the Big Sky Conference outdoor championships, but only one completed the task.
Sophomore Jennifer Walter ran a 12.43 to place fifth in the 100 meters at the one day Colorado Invitational, punching the only Big Sky qualifying mark of the afternoon. She joined 12 UM athletes who have 13 qualifications in 10 events.
Walter also competed in the 200 meter for the first time in her career Saturday, logging a fifth-place finish of 25.61. Freshman Melissa Jenkins also represented UM in the race, where she ran a season best 25.67.
Another notable performance of the afternoon came from freshman Case Parker placed fourth in the 400 meters (48.86) which was slightly higher than his Big Sky qualifying time of 48.66 last weekend at the Al Manuel invitational in Missoula. Parker and fellow freshman Aaron Booth joined seniors James Brown and Cody Henning in the 4x100 relay, where the four man squad placed second (41.88).
The program will host its second event in three weeks next weekend with the Montana Open at Dornblaser Stadium.
Former UM student wins Grizzly Triathlon on men’s side
The 21st annual Grizzly Triathlon commenced Saturday, and a familiar face stole the show on the men’s side.
Former UM student Ben Hoffman won his fourth consecutive title, and 23-year-old Jennifer Luebke joined him in winner’s circle at the annual event held by the UM triathlon club.
Hoffman, 25, had an overall time of 57 minutes, 39 seconds to take the men’s title, edging second place finisher Matt Seeley (1:00.53). Luebke also won nearly by a minute, clocking a 1:09.50 to beat out 36-year-old Rhea Fuller (1:10.27). The race featured a 1,000 yard swim, 12.5 mile bike ride and a culminating three mile run. There were 435 participants in this year’s event, representing seven states. email@example.com”
20,000 eggs make for an “egg”cellent Eggstravaganza by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 14, 2009 “After the hunt, Winder’s four-year-old son Payton displayed the contents of his candy and toy-filled bucket to those around him, holding out a small blue stuffed animal bunny with special admiration.
His name is Bunnyhop because “I like that name,” the blonde-haired Payton said with a smile.
The blue bunny was the prize he chose for finding one of the 2,500 eggs containing coupons for larger prizes.
Along with Bunnyhop, the Oval’s grass was also a big hit for Payton.
“I like to pull the grass and throw it,” Payton said, adding that he was also looking forward to shooting some of his Easter eggs at home with a BB gun.
Munzenrider estimated that roughly 2,000 children and 2,000 adults attended Saturday’s Easter Eggstravaganza. The hunt was divided into five separate sections based on age, ranging from infants to nine years old, with about 4,000 eggs spread out in each of the five sections, she added.
The hunt, similar in appearance to a piñata candy collection frenzy, began at 1 p.m. with all of the estimated 2,000 children let loose into their sections simultaneously.
Andrew Dusek, a volunteer at the event, said he made sure he was out of the way when the kids stormed the Oval.
“I hid from kids as they ran out; that was frightening. It was like black Friday for the younger crowd,” Dusek said.
Along with spreading out eggs and candy, Dusek said the volunteers were also on “crowd control,” which mostly meant looking out for egg-hunters and parents who might be trying to spot grand prize eggs with binoculars before the hunt started.
“Parents are now using the zoom functions of their cameras,” Dusek said with a smile.
About three-fourths of the funding for the hunt came from University Relations this year, with the rest coming from community sponsors, Munzenrider said. Volunteers that helped the University Relations staff included students from groups such as the Missoula Flagship program, fraternities, sports teams and UM advocates.
Three special eggs—one gold, silver and maroon—were hidden in each of the five sections. Gold egg finders won a bike, with silver and maroon finders earning an Easter basket. Because a girl’s and a boy’s bike had to be purchased for each of the five sections, the remaining five bikes are usually given to random children hanging around the Oval after the hunt, Munzenrider said.
The 2,500 eggs containing coupons for larger prizes were traded in for toys such as water guns, footballs, kites, stuffed animals, miniature shovels, jump ropes and Spiderman puzzles.
“Everything was well organized, and it went really well,” Philip Keating said, who came to the hunt for the first time this year with his two-year-old daughter Miranda. Keating said it was much better organized than other community Easter egg hunts he’d been to, and that everybody was friendly.
Miranda found the Easter Bunny at Saturday’s hunt friendly, especially when it led the pigtailed two-year-old to sing the ABC’s.
“I think it was great that they had a short Easter Bunny, it was very unintimidating,” said Marsha Stepan-Nelson who sat in a red wagon on the Oval with her two-year-old grandson Merlin. “That was the first Easter Bunny he was willing to communicate with.”
For seven-year-old Annie Bridges, who wore a pink floral dress with a white fur shawl, the suited bunny reminded her of Puffball, her brown and white bunny at home.
Others were more excited about Monte’s appearance, such as nine-year-old Damian Laursen, who said the Griz is his favorite team. Laursen found $1.50 in one of his eggs and said he’d use the money to buy more candy.
A suited frog also made an appearance, along with other unexpected characters, including an unknown man selling toothpaste for $1.50, Jacob Baynham said, a news editor for University Relations that was working at the event.
Baynham said most children were really happy and appreciative of the prizes they received, and that he was happy to see children from “all walks of life” taking part in the egg hunt. “It was fun, and I saw lots of my friends from school here,” eight-year-old Katherine Kennedy said after flying her new kite around the Oval with her younger brothers. “I hope that they keep doing this event.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Spark spinner, sound scorner by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 11, 2009 “March 28, 1:29 a.m.
Public Safety spent the early morning on March 28 following a trail of fire extinguisher residue after two males rode around campus and the east side of town reportedly spraying passers-by with the fire suppressants. Officers followed a trail from Don Anderson Hall to the Madison Street footbridge, along to Taco Bell and the public library before the trail went cold just west of Kiwanis Park. “They played with these fire extinguishers for a while,” Lemcke said. “Got their money’s worth.”
March 28, 7:31 p.m.
Public Safety recovered a “bait” bike from a suspected thief in the Travois Village trailer park after following a GPS device planted on the bike. The suspect was arrested for theft and an outstanding warrant for felony fraud.
April 3, 11:34 a.m.
A report came in that somebody tried to break into a restaurant facing the golf course on the South Campus. The door looked like someone had tried to pry it open and a window looked like it had signs of attempted entry. The potential burglar did not make it into the building and no suspects have been identified.
April 4, 6:34 p.m.
A resident of the lower Rattlesnake called to complain about loud rap music coming from Washington-Grizzly Stadium. It was during a Missoula Phoenix football game and the individual was irate about the level of noise traveling up the canyon. “There’s really not a noise ordinance for that time of day,” Lemcke said. “But that doesn’t mean someone can’t be unhappy about what we’re doing.”
April 6, 8:57 p.m.
A Resident Assistant in Duniway Hall called to report someone twirling a flaming baton in the courtyard between Duniway and Craig Halls. It is not illegal to spin fire, according to Lemcke, provided nobody is in danger and the spinner is outside. “At 9 at night you can twirl flaming batons if that’s what trips your trigger,” he said.
April 8, 9:36 p.m.
A man entered a room in the Music Building and reportedly tried to make off with a cymbal. Several percussion instruments have gone missing from the building lately and the case is under investigation by Public Safety detectives. Citations: Russell Nelson, 28, theft, outstanding warrant”
Registry online sooner than expected by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 11, 2009 “The measures have been put in place because the number of bikes stolen on campus has risen continually the past few years, with 75 bikes missing in 2008.
Initially, Public Safety Director Jim Lemcke had been hoping to get the online registration forms, which students can electronically submit, up and running no later than fall orientation. But Tim Daniel, computer support specialist for departments under the Office of Administration and Finance, has the program up and running far sooner than expected.
Lemcke also sent forms to be printed and expects hard copies to be available in the dorms soon.
The forms can be accessed online at: http://www.umt.edu/publicsafety/bikecomputerreg.html .
The other side of bike theft prevention is catching crooks, and Public Safety has successfully employed the latest technology to catch a thief. A couple months ago, the department bought a GPS tracking system from Covert Track, but until now has not had success with the system.
The system tracks a GPS device about the size of a cigarette pack stashed by the cops on a “bait bike.” When a suspect steals the bike, or even if the bike is simply bumped in its rack, the officer on duty gets a text message.
Police can then follow the bike’s every movement, showing each stop and address the bike passes. The program even shows how fast the bike travels.
In a recent case, Public Safety followed the GPS trail to a trailer at Travois Village where the suspect had parked the bike at his house, then found the device and threw it in a dumpster next to the trailer. Public Safety arrested the suspect, 28-year-old Nelson Russell, for misdemeanor theft and an outstanding warrant for felony fraud.
Lemcke said he didn’t think an earlier bait had worked because the lock on the bike was too good and the bike was in view of a surveillance camera, both of which probably deterred potential thieves.
This time was different.
“We bought a $3.97 lock that you could probably break with your bare hands,” Lemcke said.
This system adds just another component to Public Safety’s efforts at theft prevention, he said. It cost $200 for the tracking unit, and $50 per month for the service that comes along with it. “The whole idea is to keep these guys guessing so they go somewhere else to steal bikes,” Lemcke said. email@example.com”
Baited bike, bumbling burglar, burning baton by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 11, 2009 “March 28, 7:31 p.m.
Public Safety recovered a “bait” bike from a suspected thief in the Travois Village trailer park after they followed a GPS device planted on the bike. The suspect was arrested for theft and an outstanding warrant for felony fraud.
April 3, 11:34 a.m.
A report came in that somebody tried to break into a restaurant facing the golf course on the South Campus. The door looked like someone had tried to pry it open, and a window looked like it had signs of attempted entry. The potential burglar did not make it into the building, and no suspects have been identified.
April 4, 6:34 p.m.
A resident of the lower Rattlesnake called to complain about loud rap music coming from the Washington-Grizzly Stadium. It was during a Missoula Phoenix football game, and the individual was irate about the level of noise traveling up the canyon. “There’s really not a noise ordinance for that time of day,” Lemcke said. “But that doesn’t mean someone can’t be unhappy about what we’re doing.”
April 6, 8:57 p.m.
A Residence Assistant in Duniway Hall called to report someone twirling a flaming baton in the courtyard between Duniway and Craig Halls. It is not illegal to spin fire, according to Lemcke, provided nobody is in danger and the spinner is outside. “At 9 at night you can twirl flaming batons if that’s what trips your trigger,” he said.
April 8, 9:36 p.m.
A man entered a room in the Music Building and reportedly tried to make off with a cymbal. Several percussion instruments have gone missing from the building lately, and the case is under investigation by Public Safety detectives. Citations: Russell Nelson, 28, theft, outstanding warrant”
Bess Sex: Be sneaky get freaky by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 11, 2009 “1. Anybody’s desk. Who hasn’t seen a movie where someone throws all their papers off a desk, only to replace them with their panting and scantily -clad lover? Sure, this might be in some dorm room, and therefore not particularly adventurous, but there are lots of desks on campus … .
2. UC Theater. Yeah, this is kinda cliché and basic, but I know people who’ve never even made out in theaters, let alone fooled around, so it made the list. Helpful hint: They’re showing Benjamin Button this weekend. That’s a three-hour movie. You’ve got to do something to entertain yourself.
3. U-Dash Bus. Technically, those buses are mostly on or around campus, and we pay a student fee to keep them operating and ensure they take us from our cars to our class. I don’t know how many times I’ve had to hear people talk loudly about their sex lives while I’m trying to get to campus at 7:45 a.m., so we might as well just see people going at it. Who knows, I might make it to the bus faster if I had something to look forward to.
4. Urey North Underground Lecture Hall. Every class I’ve ever taken in that room had about 200 other students. The professor has no idea you’re even there and everyone flanking you is doing the Kaimin crossword, so take advantage of crowd anonymity. Sure, intercourse isn’t going to happen, but those little desk things actually sit about a good six inches above your lap.
5. Dell Brown Room. Sorry, Davidson Honors College, but peeling sweaty bodies off of leather couches is no fun, so you’ve been bumped from the list by Turner Hall’s Dell Brown Room. Those soft cloth couches and the relative lack of other students make this room a prime candidate for frisky cuddling.
6. Amphitheater. For those of you who don’t know, on university property at the base of the M trail, there is a small outdoor amphitheater. According to my friend, we’ll call him “J,” there is a little nook behind this amphitheater that offers not only a fun place to mess around but, also, protection from peering eyes rounding the campus on the back road.
7. Knowles Hall Balconies. The ends of floors two and three in Knowles Hall are home to balconies outfitted with couches and chairs. Pushing two of these couches together creates something of a cocoon-like queen size. If it’s not too chilly, you can sleep under the stars (or the floor of the other balcony) and catch some early morning lovin’ when students start shuffling across the grass below. 8. Don Anderson Hall elevator. Leave it to the journalism building to sport a huge elevator fitted with mirrored ceilings and metal handrails the whole way around. Sorry professors, but how could this not make the list? The elevator can only be stopped mid-journey — without setting off an alarm — by using a key, so you’d better plan your indiscretion for the dead-early hours of the morning and be one of those students whose Griz Card lets you in the building. So there it is, a whole slew of places where you probably haven’t done it and still probably shouldn’t. This is an excellent time to point out that if you’re caught in the act, you can be charged with public lewdness and/or indecency and may be forced to register thereafter as a sex offender. You can’t say I didn’t warn you.”
Anarchism gives aggression a bad rap by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 08, 2009 “It all started in October last year when Sir Fredrick Goodwin, the former chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, announced he would step down from his post, conveniently one month before the bank reported the greatest single loss in U.K. banking history of 24.1 billion pounds.
Luckily for Sir Goodwin, the RBS was kind enough to give him a 700,000-pound yearly pension upon leaving. Outcry from both the media and the public resounded in an unanimous “Bollocks!”
But somebody thought that Sir Goodwin deserved a more personal argument and, at 4:00 a.m. last week, someone smashed three windows of his 2 million-pound sandstone villa and took out the back window of his black Mercedes S600.
This incident was accompanied by emails that went out to several media outlets in the U.K. promising, according to The Guardian, “This is just the beginning.”
This story ran side-by-side with another headline on the Edinburgh Metro newspaper reading, “European anarchists to invade London for G20 violence,” proving once again that delinquency and moral panic still make lovely bedfellows.
The Metro’s stories usually run no more than a few paragraphs or so and often concentrate on sex crimes and dying reality TV stars. Needless to say, I was skeptical of its assessment and figured the only proper thing to do would be to go to London that weekend and see this anarchist ‘invasion’ firsthand.
After checking out Big Ben and remembering how awesome “The Great Mouse Detective” was, I wandered off to the Winston Churchill Museum. When I got back an hour later, traffic in front of the Houses of Parliament had disappeared and a relentless sea of people flowed from around the corner and down the street.
Chanting and singing, thousands of people proceeded down the street, brandishing signs for financial change and a grocery list of workers’ rights causes. They even organized a marching band for the rally, which immediately upped the credibility of this group. A protest without a band is not a protest worth having.
Seeing this many causes clustered together under flags and banners brought to mind images of the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle 10 years ago. They ended in catastrophe when a handful of self-proclaimed anarchists started smashing windows like children in tantrums and drew the brutal hammer of the Seattle Police Department down on all of the demonstrators that day, both peaceful and non-peaceful.
Because of a few anonymous eunuch boys who hide their faces behind cliché bandanas, every major protest has been haunted by a specter of senseless violence, bringing armed police to what should be a peaceful objection.
In the end, all it does is allow coverage to focus on the threat of impending violence rather than a majority of peaceful citizens who just want their say.
As much as I find senseless destruction of property to be more entertaining than sports (and a great resource of scrap material for public works projects), I still object that civil protest has to put up with these people. I hoped that no egomaniacal brick chucking would interfere with the messages these people hoped to get across to anybody who might listen.
So that night, after Big Ben darkened its clock for one hour in observance of energy conservation and global climate change, I got back on the Underground to Camden Town to look for a punk show, the only place where healthy exchanges of aggression and violence can take place without being mucked up by politics.
A blonde, liberty-spiked front man for a band called Extreme Noise Terror rambled about such things as the police state in a roar that resembled a bear in a domestic dispute and worked up the crowd to the point of a brawl. I finally started to loosen up. Let the anarchists and the workers’ rights people have their soapboxes. I wanted nothing to do with reasons. All I wanted was to slam-dance for a couple hours and get back down to the business of aggression for aggression’s sake. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Becoming a Marine redefines ‘hard’ for senior track runner Cody Henning by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 08, 2009 “But something was missing from Henning’s life. He had always embraced a challenge. One morning he woke up and decided it was time for a change.
Henning looked into joining the armed service right after high school, but the allure of a free education and the continuation of his track career steered him toward Missoula. The military always seemed like a unique opportunity, however.
Henning explored what each branch of the armed forces had to offer. He decided he wanted to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and enter Officer Candidate School.
“It’s the hardest program to get into, the hardest to graduate from. And I really like challenges, seeing how far I can go,” Henning said.
The 400-meters is among the most grueling events in all of track and field. But sprinting at full speed for 50 seconds paled in comparison to the 11-week hell Henning went through when he arrived in Quantico, Va.
Gone were the simple things in Henning’s life. Little things like going on a hike or listening to music or just going out with friends ceased. Such minute details were major mental obstacles for Henning.
“As far as being mentally tough, this (track) doesn’t even come close to the Marine Corps,” Henning said. “It doesn’t even skim the surface. They break you down to your lowest point, lower than you ever thought possible. Then they build you back up.”
When Aug. 8, 2008 arrived and it was time for Henning and his fellow soldiers to graduate, over 40 percent of his class did not complete the training. But to the man, even those who did not complete the challenge, every person who attempted OCS came out a better man, said Henning.
In order to receive commission and have a chance to be an officer in the U.S.M.C., candidates must complete OCS and attain bachelor’s degrees as well. With this in mind, Henning returned to UM to complete his degree in exercise science and exhaust his eligibility in track.
With only a few weeks off between graduation from OCS and indoor track season training, Henning said his body was in shock, but the freedoms afforded civilians were a welcome change.
“In OCS, we were just constantly physically, emotionally and mentally busted down to nothing at all times,” Henning said. “They strip you of your individuality. Me and I do not exist. We had hardly any sleep, hardly any food. We were run down, stressed out and sick all the time. So when you come back here, you have freedom. You can train at your own pace, you can eat healthy. The Marines just made this whole sport easier than it used to be.”
The daily grind of being a Division I athlete of any kind is a significant one, but UM sprints coach Harry Clark said it is often overlooked how grueling a sport track and field really is. The individual aspect and the lack of contact contribute to this sentiment, but Clark and Henning both agree that the Marine has a new definition of pain. No longer do nagging injuries slow him down. His drive to improve is omnipresent.
“He learned training doesn’t hurt,” said Clark, who is in his eighth season at UM. “When he was younger, everything used to bother him, he used to be hurt all the time. Now, not so much. His mental discipline is much improved.”
Henning has a new view on pain.
“You just aren’t afraid of pain anymore,” he said. “You can go out and work out ‘til you are sick, or work out until you break.”
One transition that contributed to the shock Henning described was the vast variance between training to be a soldier and training to be a sprinter. During the 11 weeks in Virginia, Henning ran long distances, trained on obstacle courses, hiked mountains — all things counterproductive to building the fast-twitch muscles sprinters covet.
“The summer training he went through was probably about twice as hard as anything we do, probably even more than that,” Clark said. “We are really working on speed with him. He has a ton of endurance from this summer. Once it all clicks together, it’s going to be dynamite.”
Clark thinks that dynamite could, and should, translate into a Big Sky Conference championship. He is encouraged with Henning’s early season production. Henning placed second in the 200 at last week’s Al Manuel Invitational and ran a leg on the 4X400 team that also placed second.
If Henning is to win a conference title in the 400M, he will most likely have to beat Montana State standout Dan Johnson. But if the conference title comes down to a time similar to the one Johnson ran on Saturday (47.71 seconds), then the victor would more than likely also surpass the Regional Qualifying standard of 47.2 seconds. Clark and Henning both think it is an attainable goal if the senior continues to improve day in and day out.
Regardless of how far Henning can extend his track career, the end creeps closer by the day. He will graduate in the spring with a degree in exercise science. Following graduation, his options are numerous. He is engaged to Katlin Anderson, who is in her final semester of physical therapy school. Once he has his bachelor’s degree, he can accept his commission as an officer and continue his military service or decline and possibly follow Katlin wherever she may go. He has a year to decide whether he wants to be a soldier or continue living as a civilian.
Either way he is a changed man. Nothing ails him, nothing stresses him, nothing causes him pain. He knows the true definitions now. No matter what path Henning takes, he will forever be a product of what it means to be one of the Few, the Proud, the Marines. “Everything I thought was hard before is no longer hard after the Marine Corps,” said Henning. “Morally I am a better person. OCS opens your eyes to bigger things in life. I wouldn’t take it back for the world.” email@example.com”
Strongwater kayak shop hopes to ride success by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 08, 2009 “Brown said Brennan’s Wave is one reason a whitewater surf-centric shop like Strongwater can work in Missoula. Just a quarter of a mile north of the shop’s Higgins Avenue location, kayakers, surfers and river boarders get their surfing fill on two man-made waves.
Brown is a fixture at Brennan’s Wave, where he serves as the master of ceremonies every week in July for the Thursday Night Throw-down, a freestyle kayak and surfing competition that’s been running for two years.
“We have a pretty huge [kayaking] community,” said Strongwater employee Luke Rieker. “There’s not many places in the world where you can go snowboarding, kayaking and mountain biking all in the same day if you wanted to.”
Brown said he hopes to establish Strongwater as a mainstay for both beginning and experienced paddlers in Missoula’s already-thriving whitewater scene.
“We’ll be doing lessons, but we also want it to be a resource for people to find other people to come kayak with,” Brown said.
Eventually, Strongwater will sell more clothing. “We want to soon be the flip-flop and board short and bikini capital of Missoula,” Rieker said.
Brown and Rieker are also working on establishing Strongwater as a brand replete with t-shirts, hoodies and hats, but that is still a way down the pipeline.
Brown said he plans to introduce some newer ideas to Missoula’s water-loving populace, including paddle boarding, where the rider stands on a 12-foot-long board and paddles Huck Finn-style down the river.
Rieker said the basic feel of the sport comes pretty naturally. “Pretty much 15 minutes and you’ve got it,” Rieker said. He said Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park is an ideal location for the sport to take off, though he and Brown intend to experiment with it on some rapids too.
Brown and Rieker met more than 10 years ago when they were both just getting into kayaking. They became winter paddling partners.
“It used to be like, ‘You guys are crazy,’ but now a lot more people paddle in the winter,” Rieker said. He pauses to clarify that a lot more means maybe 10 Missoulians consistently paddle in the winter, whereas it used to be about four.
Brown said he has kayaked for about 11 years now. “I can’t believe it’s been that long,” he said. “It feels like I’ve been kayaking for like a year.”
“This guy paddles every week,” Rieker said. Brown is planning to put on a creek race near Missoula in June. For now, Rieker and Brown are preparing to compete in the Reno River Festival, a freestyle kayaking festival held at a man-made whitewater park in Reno, Nev., in May. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Library celebrates century of storage by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 08, 2009 “That’s where Burroughs and library resources come in, helping students move from information being potentially available, to information being found and accessible.
“I think government documents have a bad rap,” said Bonnie Allen, dean of libraries for The University of Montana, adding that people often claim that government documents are too hard to find or that the government itself has been a mystery. “But what happens here is Jennie explains it all,” Allen said with a smile, adding that Burroughs is “the ring leader for government documents in Montana.”
It’s an extra plus when that ring leader works for a library that is celebrating its 100-year anniversary as a federal depository library. This designation means it receives publications from the U.S. government, acting as a “link between people and the government,” Allen said.
As part of the 100-year anniversary celebrating this legacy of gathered information, the Mansfield Library will hold a panel discussion titled “Government Information Producers and Consumers” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in the library’s Theta Rho Room on Level 4. The event will discuss different ways people use and generate government information, along with the value of public access to these publications. The panel will feature Vicki Watson of the Department of Environmental Studies, Wade Davies of the Department of Native American Studies and Kevin McKelvey of the U.S. Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station.
The official Centennial Celebration will kick off with free cookies Wednesday, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the library’s main lobby, with brief remarks from Robin Haun-Mohamed of the U.S Government Printing Office. The week’s events continue into Thursday, with Burroughs presenting a program titled “Government 2.0: Keep Up Talk Back” from 7 to 9 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Missoula Public Library. The program will cover some of the newest methods available to track government work, including upcoming laws, regulations, agency activities, and public money. Burrough’s blog, http://www.mt-govinfo.blogspot.com, sponsored by the Mansfield Library, also presents links to specific government documents that are used in news stories each day.
The Federal Depository Library Program was established by Congress to ensure that the American public has access to government information by distributing it to libraries in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. There are 1,250 federal depository libraries in the program. The Mansfield Library became a federal depository library on April 23, 1909, and the regional depository for Montana in 1965, with the other 11 Montana depositories retaining federal publications under the guidance of the Mansfield Library. The regional designation means “we’re the one library in the state that has to keep everything,” Burroughs said.
Burroughs estimates that “keeping everything” means the Mansfield Library has over a million government documents between its print and electronic reserves, with around 900,000 in print. All of these government documents can be accessed through the library’s online catalog, the same way you’d look up any book, she said.
The Mansfield Library receives about 18,000 documents per year between print and online publications, equal to roughly “a book truck a week,” Burroughs said. Of that 18,000, about 5,000 come in a physical format, including printed documents, maps, CD-ROMs, and microfiche (a piece of photographic film containing printed information allowing for easier archiving and storing of documents.) Almost all of these are also available in digital form on the Web. Of the library’s newer government documents (Burroughs said that anything older than 1995 qualifies as fairly archaic for the Web), 95% are also available online, she added.
While much of the library’s newest information is now being received in a digital format, Burroughs said she’s not concerned about the future of libraries.
“I really do think libraries are working to evolve with how information is changing,” she said, adding that the Mansfield Library is “shifting away from the collection side of things to the accessibility side.”
People are coming to libraries now to hunt for the more difficult, in-depth questions that librarians “live for” instead of questions like “What’s the state bird of Montana?” she said.
Richard Drake, chair of the history department at UM, said, “the library culture is one that still needs to be preserved,” adding that not everything can be found online. While waiting in line at the library to check out two films for his history classes, Drake said he often comes to the library to use the congressional records in the archives. “(The library) is an invaluable resource. It’s indispensable to me. I’m usually here five days a week,” Drake said. email@example.com”
UC Theater projects March Madness culmination by Montana Kaimin NewsApr 08, 2009 “His hopes for victory were quickly crushed, along with hopes for an upset, as UNC went up by over 20 points early in the game and held onto the lead to win 89-72 to capture their first title since 2005.
At halftime, with UNC ahead by 21, Bagby sat in his seat with his head buried in his hands.
“Great game,” Bagby said sarcastically. “It was pretty much over for me in the first five minutes. Now I’m coming away empty handed,” he said, noting that there was not prize for runner-up.
Although many people hoped for the upset Michigan State fan Greg Kellogg said that the UC was a fun place to observe the game.
“Too bad Michigan State isn’t showing up,” Kellogg said during halftime. “But it’s a nice big screen and family friendly. So it’s a good place to watch.”
Kellogg was one of many adults who brought their children to the theater to watch the game.
UC game room and theatre adviser Mary Lester said that the goal of the broadcast was not only to provide the family friendly atmosphere that Kellogg enjoyed, but also to promote the theater.
“Showing the game in the theatre provides an alternative atmosphere to being in the bar,” Lester said. “It’s a good place to watch the game and also for us to show what the theatre has to offer.”
The bracket challenge was free for students, even though the Wii has a retail price of $250.
“The challenge was just a good way to get some foot traffic up here to the theater and to promote the UC,” Lester said.
Lester noted that the game’s turnout wasn’t as high as she would have liked. She said that it’s hard to get people up to the third floor of the UC. Also advertising for the event was difficult due to the timing of spring break.
The theater is considering showing more sporting events in the future. Lester said that the theater got a corporate contract with Bresnan Communications, which allows the theater to broadcast anything that is on cable television.
As for Bagby, who at the end of the game looked tired and frustrated, said that all wasn’t lost with his chances of motion controlled euphoria. “I had UNC winning in another bracket so I’ll probably be getting 40 bucks,” he said bleakly. “I’d still rather have a Wii though.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Save your pants, use a ‘geek strap’ while biking by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 26, 2009 ““And it’s cool,” Casati said, a “total fashion statement.”
She added, “I think it’s fine to roll up your pant legs.”
This fashion statement, known to some as “bike leg,” has made it easier to spot bikers on campus, sometimes even when they’re not riding.
As spring comes around, more and more students are pulling out their bikes and rolling up their pants. Celeste Mascari, a junior in environmental studies, also sports the bike leg when she can, but finds that other types of clothing sometimes get caught in the chain.
“I’ve ripped skirts because you can’t roll them up,” she said.
Although some riders prefer the bike leg, others believe it to be inadequate during Missoula’s frigid winter weather.
Adam Richards, a communications studies graduate student, said that although he sports the bike leg when it’s warm, he uses a rafting strap to cinch his pants to prevent wind from drafting up his leg during the cold months.
“It works fine,” Richards said, adding that the cold may be too much with rolled up pant legs.
“Maybe I’m just a wuss,” he said.
Even with this alternate approach to keeping pant legs intact, Richard still admits that sometimes the strap isn’t enough.
“I’ve ruined a couple pairs of pants,” he said.
Like Richards, UM Outdoor Program employee and avid bike rider Andy Ambelang says that pant legs still might catch in the chain.
“It’ll still get ripped, it’ll just get ripped higher,” Ambelang said.
Ambelang, a junior studying photojournalism, also said that grease from the chain sometimes causes stains on bikers’ pants. This can be easily prevented, however, if the bike has a chain guard or is cleaned often.
Although no method is completely tear proof, Ambelang suggested that bikers should use specially made leg bands.
“I myself use a ‘geek strap,’” Ambelang said. “It’s good preventative maintenance for keeping your clothes intact.”
A “geek strap,” as Ambelang calls it, is a lower-leg guard specifically designed to prevent shredded pant legs.
Mike Frost, UM’s Self Over Substance coordinator and faithful bike commuter, said that wearing geek straps is about safety, not high fashion.
“I suppose when you’re a biker you have to let fashion go,” he said.
Frost bikes year round and said he has clothing for any type of weather conditions, such as wind pants and snow jackets.
Although he sometimes tucks his pants into his winter boots during the cold months, Frost still uses his geek straps with bright-orange fluorescent tape to operate as a reflector.
“It’s a part of being seen,” Frost said.
In addition to the brightly colored tape, Frost’s straps also come complete with Velcro attachments.
Considering all these features, Frost says that his children can’t stand them.
“The geek straps drive my kids nuts,” Frost said. “It’s a beautiful thing.”
Frost’s daughter Libby affirmed her dad’s “nerdy” level of safety.
“He’s the geekiest bike rider ever,” said Libby, a freshman in elementary education.
Although some may see the bike leg and geek straps as silly and unfashionable, Aimee McQuilken, owner of local designer boutique Betty’s Divine, believes that protecting one’s wardrobe is imperative.
“Hey, it’s better to protect your pants,” McQuilken said. “I don’t necessarily think it’s lame.”
She also said that even the knee-high socks could be stylishand that preventative efforts such as geek straps aren’t all that geeky.
“You can’t always assure ‘the roll’ will hold up,” McQuilken said. “It’s better to protect those key items of your wardrobe.”
Although some geek straps run as low as $3, some bikers prefer to be even cheaper and look for methods of very little to no cost.
Devonna Valvoda, a freshman studying pre-journalism and sociology, said that she’s a fan of the “twist” method, which involves cinching the pant leg with a rubber band.
“I’m the typical college student; I’m just cheap,” Valvoda said before adding, “Well, maybe I’m not typical, but I’m cheap.”
Local bike shops usually carry the straps, but some employees still prefer an even cheaper way.
Andy Frank, a mechanic at the Bike Doctor, says that although the store has the straps in stock, he and his friends would rather sport the “three-roll” look.
The “three roll” involves cuffing the pant leg three times so it’s right above the mid calf.
Sometimes, Frank said, people even cut off the lower portion of the pants on just one leg. “That’s the style we rock around here,” Frank said. email@example.com”
Disappointment doesn’t outweigh accomplishments by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 26, 2009 ““The score at the end of the game does not show how well we played against them in the first half,” Rogers said. “We absolutely played terrible in the second half; we just couldn’t make any shots. They didn’t just kick our butts, but it was disappointing to have it end like that.”
Such a letdown after a short-lived taste of success was an unfitting end to a season that could otherwise be categorized as one of the greatest in Lady Griz history. But head coach Robin Selvig said that is the nature of sports. At the end of the day, especially when dealing in the NCAA tournament, disappointment abounds since there can be but one national champion.
“Everybody ends on a sour note except one,” said Selvig, who earned his 13th Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year award and 19th COY in his 31-year tenure at his alma mater. “It was tough, but after a couple of days of trying to forget about it, you look back on the season as a whole, and it was a great year,” he said.
Selvig and his players may have experienced a paramount piece of dissatisfaction to end their 2009 campaign, but that takes nothing away from the body of work as a whole. Selvig assembled one of the tougher schedules during his tenure with matchups against Top 25 teams like South Dakota State and Maryland. The Lady Griz responded by posting a school record 28 wins.
Montana and Portland State were gridlocked in a head-to-head battle for Big Sky supremacy throughout the entire conference slate. The gridlock came to a breaking point in the final regular season game of the year. In early March, PSU came to Missoula with each team sporting 14-1 conference records. The Lady Griz gave the 6,746 fans in attendance a memory for the ages as they clinched the regular season conference title and the right to host the conference tournament with a 70-60 victory on Senior Day for Mandy Morales, Sonya Rogers, Britney Lohman and Tamara Guardipee.
The Vikings got a rematch exactly one week later. But the Lady Griz were not to be denied a bid to their second consecutive NCAA tournament. Behind a gritty and smooth performance by Morales, who earned her second consecutive Big Sky postseason MVP, Montana clinched the Big Sky’s automatic bid to the Big Dance with a 69-62 victory. Selvig said the accomplishments leading up to Saturday far outweigh the letdown of the loss.
“I don’t know if we have ever had a better year,” Selvig said. “We had one of our tougher schedules, and we threw up 28 wins. We have won in the NCAA before, but that aside, when you look at our schedule, we won on the road, we won against the Pac-10 (Oregon), we beat a Big Ten (Illinois), all our losses were against 20-win teams, so we never goofed up. We beat a really good Portland State team twice in two weeks. It’s hard for me to rank teams, but this was a great crew.”
With Saturday’s loss, Montana officially said goodbye to one of the most decorated and beloved group of seniors in Lady Griz history.
Guardipee, Lohman, Morales and Rogers combined to start 364 games over the past four seasons. They led Montana to a combined record of 98-23 over that span. They were a part of three regular season conference championships, back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and lost a mere four games at home.
Guardipee finished her career fifth all-time in school history with 134 blocked shots, but her luminous smile and her place as a role model in the American Indian community will be harder to replace than her presence in the lane.
Lohman was one of the top defensive players in the Big Sky for each of the last two seasons. As a junior, she was named the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year. She was named second team all-conference each of the last two seasons, and it certainly was not because of her eight points per game.
Rogers finished her Lady Griz career with 1,320 points, 10th in Lady Griz history. She led the NCAA in three-point field goal percentage last season and led the BSC each of the last two seasons. Rogers’ 71 three-pointers this season gave her two of the top three single-season marks in Montana history. She hit a program-record 72 last season. Lauren Cooper connected on 71 three-pointers in 2000-01. Rogers finished second in career free throw percentage (.845) and third in career three-point field goal percentage (.418) in Lady Griz annals. But perhaps most telling was her durability. She played in 124 games in her career, tying Marti Leibenguth for most games in program history.
“I’m sure it will sink in shortly,” Rogers said. “I am going to miss it a lot, I know that. When I am not doing anything related to basketball, it will probably sink in, and I will really miss it.”
And then there is Morales. The 5-foot-9 Billings native was one of the most decorated UM women of all time. She was named Big Sky Conference MVP for a second time this season. She became just the third player to earn two postseason MVPs. She was named first team all-league unanimously for the fourth consecutive year and will likely be named a Kodak/WBCA All-American for a fourth time as well. Her 1,959 points rank just behind Shannon Cate among Lady Griz and her 547 assists are tied with Skyla Sisco for second.
“They all had great careers,” Selvig said. “This group of seniors averaged 25 wins a year for four years. They are really good players, really good kids. I am just thankful I got to coach them.”
The loss of such players would cause a headache over the potential of rebuilding, but Selvig has been here before and done just fine. He has guided his teams to 27 20-win seasons in the last 31, and he relishes the challenge that lies ahead. “I’m starting to get excited about next year,” Selvig said. “It takes a couple days to stop thinking about the last one, but then you think, ‘Ok, what are we going to do next year? Who is going to be where?’” Selvig said. “That’s one thing about coaching: Things end abruptly, and it’s a big, big let down, and the wind goes out of your sails, but then the juices start flowing, and you start to get ready to do it again.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Plastered privy, presumed prowler, pitched pop by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 28, 2009 “A resident assistant called and reported seeing several males urinating on vehicles and possibly smoking marijuana. Police responded and found no evidence of urine on cars, but did find four males smoking pot in a car. “The officer did not see any evidence on the vehicles regarding the urinating, and none of them admitted to the urinating,” Lemcke said. “However, the guys pissing on cars brought the cops to them.”
March 22, 1:37 a.m.
When some students in a Miller Hall dorm room refused to open the door to receive a noise complaint, the RA called Public Safety. The students opened the door for the officers, but one of the students tried to flee through a window. He seemed to abandon his plan when he saw the cops. One student was cited as a minor in possession of alcohol.
March 22, 3:21 p.m.
When officers responded to a call of an aggressive intoxicated female in Craig Hall, they walked into a barrage of verbal abuse. According to Lemcke, the woman was lying on the floor yelling, “F-U. I don’t want to be arrested. And I don’t want to be F-ing arrested.” The woman then asked to use the restroom, after which she attempted to flee by bolting down the hallway. “But you know, the officer wasn’t intoxicated so he has the advantage,” Lemcke said.
After that, when the officer tried to escort her to the RA’s office, she suddenly became dead weight, refusing to walk any farther. Finally, the Public Safety officer requested assistance from a female officer of the Missoula Police and the woman was taken to jail.
March 26, 12:15 a.m.
The Missoula Police Department called Public Safety to request assistance in tracking down a “prowler” they had been following from Evans Street to campus. They described the man as “short with dark brown hair, balding in the back, and wearing jeans.” Public Safety could not locate the man.
March 26, 3:01 a.m.
The night parking officer for Public Safety saw three males leaving a bicycle rack with a bike and noticed a broken lock nearby. The officer approached the men and identified them, but couldn’t prove the bike was stolen. However, a man called in the morning and reported that his bicycle of the same description had been stolen the previous night. Public Safety has two detectives working on tracking down the thieves.
Colton Buford, 19, possession of drug paraphernalia
Jacob Griffith, 18, possession of drug paraphernalia
Sean McGrath, 19, MIP Anna Guay, 18, MIP, disorderly conduct Kayla McCulloch, 19, possession of dangerous drugs”
Reporter evolves, one Lady Griz game at a time by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 28, 2009 “While the Montana women may not have provided me with any lasting memories of rim-rattling dunks, the 2008-09 season was filled with shiver-worthy moments and a special aura that turned me from a negative critic to a true believer.
To see Sonya Rogers, a player who fits the physical mold of a Division I athlete in no way, curl off screens and fire a silky smooth shot that is almost robotic in its consistency was special.
To see true passion and raw emotion like warriors of days long gone on the faces of Britney Lohman and Sarah Ena as they battled relentlessly in the lane night in and night out was special.
To see Dahlberg Arena boiling over with fans from across the state standing in honor of a Blackfeet ceremony dedicated to Tamara Guardipee and her three senior teammates on the afternoon of their final home game was special.
To watch Mandy Morales and Portland State’s Claire Faucher battle tooth and nail two Saturdays in a row with their teams’ postseason lives on the line was special.
To see the sense of pride and accomplishment in the eyes of a fierce competitor like Morales after hitting a key three-pointer to put a stamp on the Lady Griz’s second consecutive Big Sky Tournament title was special.
And to talk with each and every member of the Lady Griz, whether it be game night or Tuesday afternoon was to listen to articulate, intelligent young women who carry themselves with grace and poise. To see a group represent themselves, their team and their institution so admirably was special. As I watched the scoreboard tick down during the Lady Griz’s season-ending loss to Pitt last Saturday in Seattle, I looked at the faces of the girls on the bench and my objectivity as a reporter was challenged. It was human nature, I told myself, to feel bad for players ending their season, and in some cases career, on a sour note. But my sadness reached beyond feeling their heartache vicariously. Sure, I felt disappointed because I had been in their shoes before, albeit at a much smaller level. But I realized I felt a bit empty because my newfound love affair was over too. They say great sadness can only follow feelings of great joy. Against my will, I found great joy in women’s basketball. email@example.com”
Panel debates Kaimin column morality by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 28, 2009 “University of Montana law professor Kristen Juras remained strong on the stance that the newspaper has certain responsibilities because of the funding it receives from students and the state-funded university.
“I don’t think that the government is mandated to fund the Kaimin,” Juras said. “It’s a privilege.”
Juras, Oram, legal writing professor Larry Howell, political science chair and constitutional law scholar James Lopach and journalism professor and First Amendment scholar Clem Work convened at UM’s Urey Lecture Hall for a panel titled “Sex in the Student Paper: A Discussion of Constitutional Freedoms and Journalist Standards.” The newly-formed American Constitution Society hosted the panel. Eduardo Capulong, assistant law professor and director of the law school’s meditation clinic, moderated the discussion.
The Kaimin has printed senior Bess Davis’s “Bess Sex Column” every Friday since the start of the semester, and Juras has deemed the column unprofessional and a poor reflection on the School of Journalism and UM in general.
“Let me say, I’m not opposed to sex,” Juras said during the panel. “I’m happily married and it’s an important part of our relationship.”
Juras said the Kaimin could focus on more serious topics in the column, such as date rape, unwanted pregnancies and the different ways that males and females view sex.
Oram acknowledged that writing a column on some of these topics could be valuable, but also pointed out that many of the college students who make up the newspaper’s audience just like to have sex for fun.
“Although Professor Juras didn’t like the column on sex toys, they do get used,” Oram said.
Juras was not the only person who expressed opposition to the column’s content.
Second-year law student Tess Roth said the column writes about sex like it’s just about having fun and doesn’t address the benefits of having sex when part of a monogamous, committed relationship.
“It seems to promote sex as some sort of fun, adventurous kind of sport,” she said.
Oram said the column does respect the sanctity of sex, but is realistic about the kinds of sexual relationships some college students are involved in.
“We’ll stop talking casually about sex when students stop having sex casually,” he said. “We’ll stop talking about sex in a fun way when sex stops being fun.”
During the discussion, Juras repeated her position that the Kaimin should implement written standards for hiring columnists and making decisions about controversial material. She has said that having such policies would prevent a column such as Davis’ from being printed.
Juras has argued that Davis should not write a sex column because she is not a trained “sexologist,” saying that those who have a column addressing a particular topic should have some expertise in that area. However, when asked about the topics addressed in other Kaimin columns, such as religion, she said that the standards vary.
“Not all columns require certain expertise,” she said.
Some attendees questioned the Kaimin’s level of professionalism.
Juras said that when she asked Oram if a sex column would run in his hometown paper, he said it wouldn’t. Oram said the column is appropriate for the Kaimin because its primary audience is college-age students who are likely having sex. He said he probably wouldn’t print it if he were editing a community paper rather than a college paper.
Lopach, Work and Howell weighed in on the legal aspect of the controversy, discussing the extent to which the First Amendment protects journalists, though most of the questions from panel attendees were directed at Oram and Juras.
UM student Bailey Evans stood up from her seat and addressed Juras directly during the panel discussion, saying that Juras of all people should be aware that newspaper editors have an unalienable right to decide on the content of their papers. Evans is a business and pre-law major, which she said is why she is so “pissed” about Juras’ stance.
“I don’t want to take her class,” Evans said.
Davis did not participate in the panel herself because she said she thinks the issue is more about the Kaimin’s publishing rights and less about her opinion. However, she did address the audience briefly, saying that she has received positive comments about her column from many readers. “They’re entertained by the way I write,” she said. “I’m doing my job if I’m giving people what they want to read.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Big Ups & Backhands by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 28, 2009 “Extremely sincere Big Ups to Japan for its victory in the World Baseball Classic, where it eliminated Team USA en route to topping Korea for the tournament championship. Congratulations, guys, we’re really impressed … except that we already crowned the Phillies world champions when they won the World Series earlier this year — so until you play them, well, nobody cares.
Backhands to PimpThisBum.com, a new Web site that’s already raised more than $50,000 for a homeless man in Houston. It’s a nice gesture, sure, but frankly, we’re a little jealous of the guy. Why not “PimpAllThoseBrokeCollegeKids.com”? It’s got a ring to it, doesn’t it?
Next, eco-friendly Big Ups to UM for giving the “green-light” to a new minor in climate change for next fall. Start the betting on when and where they’ll decide to start digging up trees for a new building on campus.
A weak-from-hunger Backhand to the Food Zoo for forcing hungry Griz Card holders to go temporarily vegetarian Tuesday with a “meatless lunch.” If we wanted to pretend to be a cow instead of chew on one, we’d just go graze on what’s left of the Oval. Lastly, a high-speed and possibly drunk Backhand to Browns wide receiver Donté Stallworth, who claims to have “flashed his high beams” before striking and killing a 59-year-old man in Miami with his Bentley. Hey, Donté, flicking the brights is more for getting other drivers’ attention — not alerting pedestrians that you’re about to take them out with your quarter-million dollar car. Next time try the brakes? Well that’s that, dear readers. Thanks for hanging in there — it means a lot to us. Oh, and if any of you haven’t made plans for break yet, we’ll be spending ours weaving baskets down by the river. Feel free to stop by. ”
UM riders practice and compete with different styles by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 26, 2009 “Like the format of Olympic gymnastics, riders qualify in individual competitions for zones, while contestants who don’t make the cut still ride in the team competition. Junior Anna Kendall recently won the advanced walk-trot class in regionals and third-year transfer student Roxanne Arnot-Copenhaver placed second in intermediate fences — meaning they’ll both ride in their respective individual classes Saturday.
Kendall said she has butterflies, but she is thrilled to be going.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” Kendall said. “It’s a little nerve-racking, but I’m still excited.”
UM riders Camas Anderson, Miffa Terry, Maddy Levin and Mary Frances Clark finished out of the individual running but will compete in the team competition.
Assistant coach Hannah Greene, who placed second in the intermediate flat competition, also qualified, but will be presenting a paper she wrote at an academic conference this weekend in Salt Lake City and will not be making the trip with the team. That means the senior’s college-riding days are over. She said her time with the club was often hectic, but she’ll miss it.
“It’s a lot of work, and in a lot of ways, it’s kind of a relief to be done,” Greene said. “But it was also a lot of fun and, of course, I’m sad it’s over.”
Anderson, the captain of the squad, recently returned from the IHSA western semifinals at the University of Findlay in Ohio. The junior was the only team member to qualify for the competition. Because she finished fourth in novice horsemanship, she’ll move on to nationals. She said it would have been great to win, but she’s glad she’s moving on.
“I really just squeaked in,” Anderson said, “but I don’t care. I’m just happy I made it.”
Zones and semifinals are two pieces of an extremely complicated IHSA postseason puzzle.
English and Western are the two different riding disciplines college teams compete under. The difference between the two is the type of equipment, or “tack” riders use, and the way they communicate with the horses.
Western tack includes a large saddle and long stirrups, plus a thick horn on the front of the saddle; English saddles are smaller and increase the sensitivity between horse and rider. In Western riding, the rider shifts his or her weight to emphasize a command, whereas in English, the rider uses the reins and his or her legs to provide cues.
Greene explained how she sees the difference in the styles’ dynamics.
“In Western, your technique has to be more slow, consistent and relaxed,” Greene said. “In English, it’s more forward-moving, a little more exciting.”
The UM team competes in 10 English- and 10 Western-form riding shows per season, with individual riders and teams compiling points throughout the year. First-place finishers receive seven points and second place finishers get five points, with the next four contestants earning points based on how each one finishes.
Riders can compete in up to six classes per show (like events in track and field). But unlike track and field, equestrian also has different levels, with novice, intermediate and advanced categories, plus open in which anyone can enter. The classes focus on different skills at different levels. Because English is more established and formal, the eight classes within the discipline sound proper: there is advanced walk, trot and canter and intermediate fences, for example. Within Western, the six classes have a different sound — there’s advanced Western horsemanship and open reining.
Competitors who score at least 32 points in the course of the season move on to separate regional events in both English and Western forms. If they finish in the top two in either regional, they qualify for one of the three English semifinals or eight Western zones (the equivalent of semifinals). From there, individuals who finish in the top two in English or top four in Western move on to national finals.
Teams also qualify for regionals by the number of points they accumulate throughout the year. During both regionals, the UM team competes against teams from around Montana and Idaho.
UM hosted the English regional March 15, while Western regionals took place in Billings the weekend of Feb. 21. The Oregon event and the other eight English zone competitions are all held this weekend; Western semifinals took place in Kentucky, Ohio and Texas over last weekend. The national finals for both English and Western kick off in Murfreesboro, Tenn., April 23 through April 26.
Making it all the way to the finals is a rare feat. Usually only a handful of a team’s members makes regionals each year.
The UM teams’ total number of members is fluid, consisting of 10-15 active members and a handful of non-active members. Like many squads around the country, all of its members are female. Anderson said that’s not by design. It’s simply the reality of the sport.
“It’s not something that we necessarily want,” Anderson said. “We just don’t have a lot of male interest in equestrian.”
In fact, female riders are hard to come by, too. Greene said that, despite Montana’s proportionally high number of horse owners, the UM team is perpetually short-handed.
“We always need more riders,” Greene said. “A lot of that is because we don’t get a lot money from the university, so we end up spending a lot of our own.”
The girls’ registration fees include a $17 charge for each of the classes a rider enters during a road show or a $15 per class home show charge, plus an annual $150 team fee that goes to provide food, shoeing and veterinary care for the horses. That doesn’t cover travel costs, which members pay out of their own pockets.
Despite the financial burden, Greene said the experience is well worth it.
“It’s an amazing experience,” Greene said. “It’s been so fun to get to connect with a group of people that love horses.”
One cost the team doesn’t have to worry about is the purchase of horses. Because host schools are required to provide the horses ridden by out-of-town teams, home clubs are responsible for finding around 20 animals for competitions — and preferably more. When few horses are at their disposal, participants have to overuse the available ones, tiring them out and making it harder on other riders later in the competition.
That’s where coach Jeanne Gaudreau comes in.
Gaudreau owns a stable outside Clinton, where the team practices. She donates the use of her horses for UM shows.
The home-horse arrangement helps teams cut back on the transportation costs and headaches, but mounting a new steed for the first time can be intimidating, especially when the relationship between horse and rider can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Anderson said the prospect of hopping on a new horse for every competition scared her at first, but now she’s learned to love it. “I used to get pretty nervous my first year, because you never know what you’re in for,” Anderson said. “But it’s really, really fun now — it’s a total blast.” email@example.com”
New Jester ruggers will be tested in tournaments by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 26, 2009 ““Rugby is kind of an interesting sport,” said Johnson, who’s been with the team for three years. “Its usually takes a few games to start picking up the smaller aspects of the game. All of our new guys are learning really quickly, which is definitely a good sign.”
The Jesters opened their first home match this past Saturday with a win over the Flathead Moose men’s club – completing their third exhibition tournament this spring. The green and gold traveled to Lewiston, Idaho, for Warriors Fest on the first weekend of March, then to Butte for a four-team pool play. Both regional events featured Division II clubs from Idaho, Washington and Oregon, as well as men clubs from Montana. UM players had an opportunity to knock winter rust off and have green horns learn the game.
“It gives us a lot of really good experience,” said Johnson. “When you go to a tournament, you generally get three games in a day, so it’s an opportunity to give your new players a lot of playing experience in games that don’t count for league standings.”
UM student Harry Ward is one of the fresh faces for the Jesters, banging his head on the pitch for the first time in a university club that has well-established traditions.
“I’m new to the sport,” said Ward, who plays inside center. “It’s the funnest sport I’ve ever played. The contact, the rules and the guys are cool. It’s a good group of guys.”
The next six weeks mark the most important matches of the year for the club. The one other important meeting was the Tubby Thompson Cup with the Missoula Maggots in October, which the Maggots took this year after losing to the Jesters for the first time in 25 years back in 2007. Another installment in the tradition-rich series will go down on April 16 in Missoula.
The Jesters will have another opportunity to brush up with Fools Fest in Spokane on the first weekend in April. Then comes the granddaddy of them all: Maggotfest on the first weekend in May, which will also serve as a prelude to the Montana Rugby Union Cup later that month. The club must qualify to compete in that field, which was held in Bozeman last spring.
At Maggotfest, which is regarded as one of Missoula’s premier annual social events, the Jesters are slated to meet the club team of Princeton University, a member of the storied Ivy League.
“Not since I’ve been on the team have we played a college side from the east coast,” Johnson said. “This is going to be a new experience for just about everybody on the team, so that’s pretty exciting.”
Before May arrives, the Jesters have their work cut out for them with an April 16 match with the Maggots. Johnson said that while he was unsure of how his squad and all the fresh faces would match up against the Missoula men, he feels confident in the team’s strides moving forward. “I don’t know about this semester. Anything’s possible,” he said of the prospects on beating the perennially tough Maggots. “But we’re only going to get better from here.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Sports Will: America stands above the competition at one sport: bowling by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 26, 2009 “If you really think about it, which I came close to doing when writing this thing, we don’t really have a whole lot to support our swagger in the international sports community. Though we certainly have our share of mega-stars, it’s fair to question how dominant we as a country can fairly be portrayed — especially given the current state of several of our studs.
Tiger has a bum knee, Lance cracked his collarbone and for all we know Michael Phelps will be watching the next Summer Olympics with a bag of Funyuns from the couch in his parents’ basement. Those freaks aside — and assuming Lebron doesn’t endeavor to pick up the slack in their respective sports — we’re surprisingly thin.
Despite putting up an impressive performance at the last Olympics, even our basketball teams have been far from dominant in international competition over the last couple years. In fact, Team USAs have been inconsistent in the sports of basketball, baseball, hockey, golf, lacrosse … you name it, really. And no, football doesn’t count — unless you’re talking about the kind you actually play with your foot, in which case it really doesn’t count.
There must be at least one sport the world cares about that no one can touch us in. And there is. It’s bowling.
According to Mark Miller of the United States Bowling Congress, more than 100 countries worldwide see some 100 million bowlers get their roll on each year. The U.S. tops the list with some 65 percent of the total, a figure which promises to increase given that bowling is currently the fastest-growing high school sport in America. And according to my boy Mark, we’re number one. So there you have it, we are the best at something. Phew. And here we all were thinking this country was in trouble. email@example.com”
Selvig coach of the year for 13th time in career by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 20, 2009 “Under Selvig’s helm this season, the Lady Griz went 28–4, 15–1 in conference play. Montana earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament and a No. 13 seed. His all-time record is 725–203.
Three of Selvig’s players this season earned all-conference honors: senior guards Mandy Morales and Sonya Rogers, as well as senior forward Britney Lohman. Morales was named Big Sky Most Valuable Player. This season, Selvig surpassed the 700-win mark, notching his 725th career win with Montana’s victory over Portland State last Saturday that gave them the BSC title. Prior to this season, he ranked as the seventh winningest coach among active Division I coaches. He has 27 twenty-win seasons as well as 22 regular-season conference championships. This weekend’s matchup against Pittsburgh in the first round of the NCAA Tournament marks the 18th time Selvig has guided Montana into the postseason. ”
Legalizing sports wagering could have big payoff by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 24, 2009 “It’s high time that the other 46 states are allowed to get into the game, too. A federal law passed in 1992 respects sports betting in the four states that met the deadline to sign up for it.
New Jersey State Sen. Raymond Lesniak filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Monday that seeks to overturn that Professional and Amateur Sports Act, saying it’s unconstitutional to allow sports wagering in four states but not the rest.
You can say nothing good comes from New Jersey, but this is a smart idea.
Legalizing sports wagering would create thousands of jobs across the board in all states. It would also open for the rest of the country the Pandora’s box of revenue Nevada has enjoyed since legalizing gambling in 1931. The Associated Press reported Monday that estimates of illegal sports betting range as high as $380 billion a year nationwide and could be an $11 billion-a-year industry for New Jersey.
Nobody’s winning that much in March Madness office pools, that’s for sure.
“Rather than supporting thousands of jobs, economic activity and tourism, the federal ban supports offshore operators and organized crime,” Lesniak said.
Indeed, it is safer to allow wagering enthusiasts to call up local bookies and place bets than to hang out in dark alleys and trust sketchy offshore Web sites with credit card information.
The arguments against legalizing gambling are numerous and valid. It’s true that thousands of people in this country suffer from gambling addiction. However, it is not the government’s job to keep people from their vices. Further, sports betting, like tobacco and alcohol, would be heavily regulated and monitored by newly- and happily-employed bureaucrats.
The sports leagues, both professional and collegiate, are vehemently opposed to betting. Their concern is for the integrity of their sports.
Unfortunately, the integrity of sports flew out the window when Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run cleared the wall in 1998, when Pete Rose was banned for betting on baseball, when Michigan basketball players took money from a booster and when an ugly brawl broke out between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers in 2004. The list is longer than the number of people who bet on Big Brown in last year’s Belmont Stakes.
So-called point shaving — like was done by Boston College basketball players in the 1970s and by Toledo football players this decade — will remain a federal offense. Legalizing betting will not legalize cheating.
And while we should hope for a resurrection in the integrity of sports, closing it from betting isn’t the way to do it. Allowing betting will only create more transparency.
And let’s face it: we are long past the days when sports were pastimes and pleasant distractions. Professional athletes, universities and major corporations make tons of money off of us through merchandise, ticket sales and overpriced Cracker Jacks.
It’s time we were allowed the chance to make something off of them. Bill Oram, editor firstname.lastname@example.org”
Griz Notebook: Women's golf completes first day in Oregon, tennis splits by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 24, 2009 “Junior Carissa Simmons tied for 20th place after shooting a solid round of 78. Ashli Helstrom is tied for 40th (81) Rose Stepanek is knotted in 46th (83). Kacey Valla and Teddi Roberts rounded out the Griz with 67th and 69th finishes, respectively. Simmons was tied for the most pars Monday with 13, and Stepanek completed three birdies. The second and final round will get underway Tuesday morning.
Women’s tennis earns non-conference win, loses to Montana State University Bobcats
The Montana women’s tennis team picked up a split this weekend in Bozeman, defeating Utah State 5–2 Saturday before falling 7–0 Sunday to Montana State at the Bobcat Anderson Tennis Center, dropping their record to 1–2 in Big Sky play and 4–7 overall.
Montana claimed four of six single matches against the Aggies, with Rebecca Bran defeating Bridgett Strickland 6–2, 6–2 in the No. 2 slot, while Amanda Bran defeated Monica Abella 6–2, 6–1 in the No. 3 spot. Also picking up single wins for Montana were No. 4 Martyna Nowak, who edged Taylor Perry 6–3, 6–1 and No. 5 Kayla Mose who beat Carla Limon 6–1, 6–2.
Liz Walker and Nowak also topped Hailey Swenson and Strickland 9–7 in No. 1 doubles to seal the win and end a five match-losing streak.
Montana State (8–8, 3–1 Big Sky) was dominant from the get go, opening the match by winning the doubles point. The teams did split the next two doubles matches, with the Bobcats picking up an 8–0 win at No. 3. Montana won the number ones, however, with Walker and Nowak winning in convincing 8–1 fashion over Ali Griffin and Andrea De La Torre. The Bran sisters fell 8–5 to Stephanie Jasper and Missy Harris in the number two doubles slot, giving the Cats the point, which was followed up with a clean 6–0 sweep in singles play.
Montana will head south this Friday to Denver, where they will meet Middle Tennessee State in a neutral site match. On Saturday they will meet Big Sky Conference foe Northern Colorado in Greeley, followed by a Sunday non-conference tilt at Denver University.
Steve Ascher’s club is currently in sixth place in the league standings. Montana State is in a three-way tie for second behind Sacramento State, who holds a 4–0 mark in Big Sky play, 10–5 overall.
Track athletes hit the road
Three Montana track athletes will travel to events in the middle of this week, with senior Amber Aikins and junior Chris Hicks heading to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Big Green in the Desert Multi Events, while junior Michael Blanchard will individually travel to Spokane Thursday and Friday for Whitworth College’s Decathlon.
The Big Green event, which is sponsored by Dartmouth, is an invitational meet held at Scottsdale Community College, and Aikins and Hicks will be the Montana representatives in the heptathlon and decathlon.
Aikins finished third in last month’s pentathlon at the Big Sky Indoor Championships, while Hicks didn’t participate after redshirting the indoor season. Thursday will mark the first career decathlon for Blanchard, who placed eighth in the pole vault at the 2009 indoor championships and 13th in last season’s 2008 Big Sky outdoor meet. The Montana team will open its season in full forces April 3 and 4 at Dornblaser Field hosting the Al Manuel Invitational. email@example.com”
Pittsburgh Panthers trap Lady Griz by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 24, 2009 ““Shavonte is an extraordinary player. She’s a special student-athlete,” said Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato. “I think she’s really elevated her game to All-American status. If you look at her tonight with 31 points, nine rebounds, several steals and only one turnover. That’s pretty impressive in an NCAA game.”
If ever there was a game that could be characterized as a tale of two halves, it was Saturday’s. Montana came out of the gates not intimidated by Pitt’s size or their half-court trap. Sonya Rogers hit two 3-pointers and Mandy Morales dished out four assists in the game’s opening eight minutes as No. 13 Montana jumped out to a 12–6 lead.
Montana again led by six, this time with 3:54 to play in the first half after a Morales jumper. But Berenato called a timeout and challenged her team. Pitt never looked back.
“I said to the team, ‘The last three, we have to go into the locker room with a lead. I don’t know how that’s going to happen, but we need to go in with a lead,’” Berenato said. “We had just scored four points, literally in the last 20 seconds, and then there was a timeout. We went into the locker room with a lead of one, 26–25.”
Halftime adjustments quite possibly have never been more effective than the ones Berenato made. She dared her team at intermission to shut down Morales (six points, seven assists at intermission) and Rogers (eight points at half) and to turn up the intensity of their half-court trap. That translated into a 20–2 run to open up the second half. Zellous scored 11 during the run and the Panthers scored 24 points off of UM’s 14 turnovers all told.
“I’m still not quite sure what happened in the second half, but I am sure they (Pitt) were responsible for it,” said Montana head coach Robin Selvig. “We couldn’t make a basket — makes it a hard game.”
Montana made just four field goals in the second half, as it was held to the lowest point total in a half in the history of the NCAA tournament. Rogers was held scoreless in the second half of her final collegiate game and finished 2-of-13 from the field (2-of-11 from downtown) after leading the team in scoring in the first stanza.
As the second half wore on, the Lady Griz became visibly more and more frustrated and worn down by the bigger, stronger, more physical Panthers. Pitt sophomore guard Shayla Scott, who was the only other Panther to score in double figures with 11 points, said her team really fed off that aggravation and used it to create momentum of their own.
“Whenever you’re running into a trap and you see the look on their face of, ‘Uh what am I supposed to do now?’ it makes you feel good, and I think that just helped us defensively,” Scott said. “We just want to keep taking the ball from them and trapping them and scoring on offensive.”
With her explosion Saturday, Zellous, who is seventh nationally with a 22.5 point per game scoring average, became the first Pittsburgh player, male or female, to surpass the 700 point mark (705) in one season. She also surpassed Shayla Scott’s mother, Jennifer Bruce Scott, as the all-time leading scorer in Pitt women’s basketball history.
About the only thing Montana had an advantage in over the Panthers was fan support. But Berenato said the Grizzly faithful were much appreciated and actually helped her team in a way.
“We’re really happy there were Montana people,” Berenato said. “The worst thing to do is play in an empty gym. That doesn’t do any good for our game, it doesn’t do any good for TV. We don’t really care whose fans are in the game as long as they’re in the gym.”
With the victory, Pitt advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the third time under Berenato and the third time in school history. Pitt beat No.12 seed Gonzaga 65-60 in the second round on Tuesday to advance to the Sweet 16.
Montana, on the other hand, is finished. Montana tied a school record for wins in a season with 28. Morales and Rogers were both named first team All-Big Sky, and both will certainly be remembered among the greatest Grizzlies of all time. Selvig was named conference Coach of the Year for the 18th time in his illustrious 31-year career. Ending such a season with such a disheartening loss was a tough pill for Selvig and his team to swallow. “They’ve had a heck of a run,” Selvig said. “It’s tough. They’re a proud team with some proud seniors to have a half like that. And it’s a heck of a team that did it. That’s the consolation. We didn’t really give them anything, they took it. Shavonte [Zellous] — she was huge. She shot it in for them on the offensive end. It takes a long time to get over something like that. We have good competitors who play hard and win lots of games and it’s no fun to lose like that. That’s just the way it is.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
On the western warpath: Lady Griz to battle Pitt in Seattle by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 20, 2009 “Despite the fact that Montana won a program record-tying 28 games, boasts two-time BSC MVP Mandy Morales and are as hot as anyone in the country, the team received a seed lower than expected. But UM head coach Robin Selvig, who was named BSC Coach of the Year for a second straight season and the 13th time of his illustrious career Thursday, said the seed is the least of Montana’s concerns.
“You are playing somebody good no matter who you are playing if you are in the tournament,” Selvig said. “I think they move you around a little bit at 11, 12, 13, to get you in the region you want. We probably could have higher, but we wouldn’t have been in Seattle, and I am glad to be in Seattle.”
The Lady Griz earned the Big Sky Conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA’s by winning the BSC tournament in Missoula last weekend. Montana (28–4) capped its run through the Big Sky by avenging its only conference loss of the season (a 72–62 loss at Portland State in January) by defeating PSU for the second time in a week, 69–62, to clinch the bid.
Montana sophomore forward Sarah Ena, a Seattle native, knows the fan support Montana women’s basketball garners and a tournament site so close to Missoula will be advantageous to the Lady Griz.
“It will be an atmosphere that will really help us, pick us up, and get our energy going,” Ena said. “We have a lot of fans traveling, and Pittsburgh has to travel across the country. So us being able to be close and see familiar faces in the crowd should be to our advantage.”
Pittsburgh (23–7) garnered an at-large bid after posting a 12–4 record in Big East play.
Pitt finished third in the Big East regular-season standings, and then lost in the Big East tournament 69–63 to Louisville last week.
If there is such thing as quality losses, both Pitt and Montana have resumes stocked full. Of Pitt’s seven losses, only one (Providence) came to a team not in the NCAA tournament. The Panthers have posted five wins over NCAA teams.
All four of Montana’s losses came to teams that are still alive. The Lady Griz dropped games to South Dakota State (No. 7 seed), Gonzaga (No. 12 seed) and Maryland (No. 1 seed), all NCAA Tournament participants. Montana’s other loss at PSU came to a Viking team that is competing in the WNIT.
The only common opponent the Panthers and the Lady Griz share is Maryland. Montana dropped a 71–58 decision to the Terps in Cancun, Mexico during non-conference play. Pitt handed the ACC champions one of their four losses this year, an 86–57 drubbing in early December.
All season long, Montana has hung its hat on stingy defense, physical play and efficiency taking care of the ball. Montana ranks fifth nationally in field-goal percentage defense (.344) and eighth in turnovers per game (13.6 pg). Montana allows just 55.2 points per game.
In the offseason, Montana dedicated itself more than ever in the weight room with redemption in mind. Last season, Vanderbilt embarrassed Montana in the first round of the tournament, posting a 75–47.
Pittsburgh will bring a similar test in both shear stature and explosiveness.
Pitt can light up the scoreboard in a hurry; the Panthers are averaging 74.1 points per game. They boast four players 6-foot-3 or taller, including 6-foot-5 sophomore Selena Nwude, and 6-foot-6 starting freshman center Shawnice “Pepper” Wilson. That size has translated statistically into helping the Panthers rank seventh nationally in rebounding margin (+8.7 pg) and eleventh in blocked shots (5.7 pg).
“We are the same team we have been all year,” Selvig said. “We have given up size some games. Rebounding is one of the big keys. Blocking out and playing strong is huge for us in playing these guys. That’s our biggest challenge.”
No player in the Lady Griz rotation is over 6-foot-2 and the tallest starter is 6-foot-1 senior Brittney Lohman. But deficiency in size is something Montana dealt with aptly all season long.
“Their point guards and guards are like my height,” laughed the 5-foot-11 Ena. “We just can’t be intimidated.”
Pittsburgh boasts one of the best guards in America. Senior guard Shavonte Zellous leads Pitt and ranks seventh nationally with 22.5 points per game. She averages almost eight free-throw attempts per game and has hit 54 3-pointers. She is a semi-finalist for All-America honors and has been named first team All-Big East each of the last three seasons.
“(Zellous) is really, really good in the open court,” Selvig said. “We just need to get back. She can really fly. She is fast. But they have a lot of other good players. We obviously have to do a good job on her. But it’s a team defense thing whether we go zone or man.”
But Morales, who added her second postseason MVP award to set beside her slew of awards on the mantle last Saturday and has been first team all-league four times herself, said she relishes the opportunity to compete against top-tier talent.
“I always look forward to playing against high-caliber players,” Morales said. “Especially Zellous. She is an All-American and everything. It’s like playing against (Kristen) Tolliver (of Maryland) down in Cancun. I like playing in that high-tempo game so hopefully my teammates are ready to play like that too.”
At the end of the day, Selvig knows what the NCAA tournament is all about. He knows his team will have to play a near-perfect game to knock off the Panthers. But it is not rocket science; it is the simple principle of winning basketball. “We have to do a good job on the boards or we are not going to win,” Selvig said. “They are all athletic and very well coached. We can’t afford to not have a good rebounding game. That’s not to say we have to beat them on the boards, but we can’t get beat down on the boards either.” email@example.com”
Legislature hears testimony on bill for optional sales tax by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 19, 2009 “Essmann said the sales tax would help relieve the property tax burden on Montanans, especially the elderly with fixed incomes.
“Everybody likes to talk about prop tax relief, and nobody does anything about it,” Essmann said.
“My senate district today looks like Montana will look 20 years from now,” Essmann said. “Over 65 percent of my district is over the age of 65.”
To ensure help with property taxes, the bill stipulates that 20 percent of the income from sales taxes must be shared among counties and 35 percent must go to property tax relief. The voters could determine if they wanted to enhance those percentages and would decide what to do with the remaining balance.
Supporters for the bill said it would greatly improve city funding and would make the estimated 12 million tourists who visit Montana each year help foot the bill for the services they use.
Ed Meece, the Livingston city manager, said the city has run out of options for raising money to buy a needed police car and hire two firefighters.
“This bill offers us a way to do that and shift the burden of doing that to those folks that currently aren’t doing it,” Meece said.
Alec Hansen, of the Montana League of Cities and Towns, said nearly half of the income from the sales tax would come from tourists.
“We estimate that 48 percent of the money would come from non-residents,” Hansen said. “Tourists and travelers, finally, coming to Montana will pay a fair share of the services they use.”
Bill supporters included Missoula’s Mayor John Engen, mayors from Bozeman and Glendive, and city managers from Billings, Helena, Bozeman and Great Falls.
But opponents to the bill were worried businesses could go under, especially in the current economic downturn.
Representatives from rental car companies said they were worried about being in a city with a sales tax when it would not apply to a rental company at an airport outside city limits.
“For some reason, everyone thinks car rentals is only tourism,” said Robert Ward of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. “The vast majority of our business comes from Montanans.”
Mark Staples of the Montana Tavern Association said the tavern industry would be hit doubly hard because they serve prepared meals and drinks. He said calling the bill a voter-approved tourism tax was dubious.
“If you oppose it, you’re anti-democratic,” Staples said.
Nancy Schlepp of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation opposed the bill because she said it would be unfair to rural communities. She said people in these communities drive to big cities to spend money and follow local sports and should not be penalized.
“We are the people using these centers,” Schlepp said. “We go to these cities.” Other opponents included State Farm Insurance, the Montana Restaurant Association, the Gaming Industry Association, the Montana Taxpayers Association and the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association. firstname.lastname@example.org”
FightForce event features hybrid of fighting styles by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 19, 2009 “One can almost hear a soundtrack from a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie in their head upon seeing the main mat area, before that exact soundtrack is actually played. Everything screams old-school fight club where Rocky Balboa might be found rather than a modern dojo where mixed martial arts warriors cut their teeth.
This dingy basement is the home of the Great Northern Fight Club, an organization of amateur mixed martial arts fighters still in its infancy. It is Monday night, and it is Brazilian Jujitsu practice for the dozen fighters in attendance. Tuesday will bring striking training. Wednesday means back down to the mat. Thursday mirrors Tuesday, Friday is open mat, Saturday wrestling and Sunday a combination of them all.
For seven of the fighters, training sessions in the dungeon are becoming especially intense and grueling. The fighters, five of which are UM students, are preparing for Missoula Mayhem, an 11-fight event put on by FightForce to be held in the Adams Center on March 21. Two of the fights will be for FightForce belts.
UM student Jory “Iron Man” Erickson, who co-founded the fight club with Taylor Walker and Brian McGrath in spring 2008, is also a coach and will be in one of the title bouts.
Erickson will take on FightForce 185-pound champion Leo Barcier of Big Sky Mixed Martial Arts out of Great Falls. It will be the second fight between the two. Erickson emerged victorious following a submission in their last fight. He said winning the title is important, but having a good, clean, safe fight while gaining and giving respect to Barcier is paramount.
“It’s (mixed martial arts) as real as it gets while still being safe,” said Erickson, who has been fighting competitively for about three years and has posted a 9-1 record in his young career. “The closer you get to a real fight, the more the adrenaline, the more the rush and the more respect you gain. We are like gladiators. Gladiators used to fight for glory and respect, and that’s similar to why we fight now.”
The stocky, ripped Erickson has been more disciplined and dedicated than ever to the lifestyle of a fighter leading up to his title fight, and he hopes that it pays off when he enters the ring Saturday.
“I’m going to try to tire him out, wear him down, and hope he makes a mistake I can capitalize on,” Erickson said.
The other title bout of the evening will pit Tim “Ravishing Red” Welch (also a UM student) against 170-pound champion Rickey Henderson, also of Big Sky MMA. Erickson said the 19-year-old Welch, who is 5 feet 1 inches tall, is rapidly ascending the ranks as an up-and-comer in the squared circle.
Mixed martial arts, so named because it combines boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, Brazilian jujitsu and submissions, has grown rapidly nationwide for the better part of the last decade. Its popularity caused the creation of the Great Northern, the second mixed martial arts gym in town. The other organization in Missoula is the Dogpound Academy.
Over the last five years, mixed martial arts fights have been staged at various venues around Missoula County including the Rock Creek Lodge, the Wilma Theatre and the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Shop. But Saturday’s event at the Adams Center will most likely be the largest mixed martial arts venue in Montana to date.
The biggest fight of the night, at least with respect to the stature of the fighters, will come when Great Northern’s Jason “Savage” Zentgraf squares off against Justin Bradfield of Team Apocalypse out of Salmon, Idaho, in a 195-pound bout.
Not only will the fight be a battle of the bigs, but Zentgraf, a Lolo native and member of UM fraternity Sigma Nu, said he expects to have a massive cheering section for his first hometown fight.
“I know about 20 of my brothers are coming, and several other (fraternity) houses are going to be there,” Zentgraf said. “I bet there are close to 100 of my close friends there to watch.”
Zentgraf said he feels “more than prepared” for Saturday. At 6 foot 3 inches with an exceptionally long reach, Zentgraf has worked especially hard on his stand up. He wants to keep the fight off of the mat, despite his wrestling background, and go for the knockout. It will be his third fight, and he is 2–0.
Zentgraf fights for because he enjoys the competition, but like Erickson, he said the adrenaline burst from fighting is what keeps him coming back for more. And with such a big support group, expectations are high. But Zentgraf embraces the pressure.
“The high you get when you enter the ring is indescribable,” Zentgraf said. “The rush is like jumping out of an airplane. When other Great Northern guys fight, I am so nervous I feel like I’m giving a speech in front of the United States. But when I am in the ring, I’m calm and collected. There is nothing like fighting in front of a bunch of people that have high expectations and fulfilling those expectations.”
The fourth UM student fighting will be Great Northern’s Frank Ramsey. Ramsey will take on Brett Nichols of Team Apocalypse in a 155-pound fight.
UM’s Duran Flaget will fight independently, even though he has trained at Great Northern for his fight.
In 2009, Great Northern has had three fights each in FightForce events in Butte and Billings. So far, they are undefeated. Erickson said he hopes Great Northern can continue to establish itself as an elite organization.
“We have six wins in a row leading up to this fight, so hopefully we can get seven more wins,” Erickson said. “With the guys we have fighting, we want to set the bar as one of the top gyms around.” Doors to Missoula Mayhem open at 6 p.m. on Saturday with the first fights starting at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at GrizTix locations. email@example.com”
The Bess Sex Column: Things to take in before taking off the condom by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 21, 2009 “I have plenty of friends who don’t use condoms with their boyfriends; even my boyfriend and I rarely use them anymore. But this isn’t something you just decide one day because you’re in love and you think you trust someone.
The truth is, people cheat in relationships. People have been with other partners before you in most cases. Maybe they haven’t disclosed their whole sex history, and even though they told you they’re a virgin, they’ve had oral sex and contracted an STD (the now-politically correct term, STI, makes me think too much of the car, so for our purposes, they’re still STDs).
If you think you and your partner are ready to start riding bareback, you’ve got a lot you need to think about. Are you ready to potentially have a baby or an abortion? Does your partner agree with you on that? Are you and your partner willing to go to a clinic and get screened for a variety of STDs like HPV, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV? What about adding additional measures of birth control to your lifestyle?
Sexologist and human sexuality professor Dr. Lindsey Doe says one big thing couples need to think about before considering condom embargo is why they used condoms in the first place, and what has changed since then. If you feel like you trust and love someone more, but you’re still not ready to have a baby, then why quit using condoms?
Just because you quit using male condoms in a relationship doesn’t mean you have to kiss all forms of contraception good-bye. In fact, you should seriously consider embracing alternative forms of barriers and birth controls. There are still lots of options available to couples in this situation, mostly involving additional effort on the female’s part.
There are female condoms (although seriously, at that point just keep using a male one); there are cervical caps and diaphragms, which form a barrier between the cervix (entryway to the womb) and the penis; and there are a whole variety of pills and shots that can help you stay baby-free. You can also go the Natural Family Planning route where you track your ovulation to identify when it’s more and less likely for you to get pregnant during the month, but Dr. Doe cautions, “You have to be really diligent. If you’re not willing to put a thermometer in your anus before you get out of bed every day, it might not be the method for you.”
What this whole dilemma comes down to is not trust or love for your partner. It’s not even really about how sex physically feels. The way condoms affect sex varies for everyone, so this is a matter of knowledge. You have to have frank discussions with your partner. You need to get medical tests to confirm that you’re really being the safest you can, and you need to decide what you would do if a pregnancy occurred. If you think there’s no real way you can decide how a pregnancy would affect your life, then baby-sit. Talk to your friends who got pregnant early, ask your parents how they would react if you got pregnant. If you don’t want to deal with that noise, you should probably keep wrapping it.
I know, it’s a buzz-kill to talk about responsibility when you’re talking about taking the next step in your relationship, but relationships are adult, and adults are supposed to be responsible. Lots of committed couples still use condoms, and all new couples should. If you meet someone and they say right off the bat, “I don’t use condoms, but don’t worry, I’m clean,” there’s your first indication that this isn’t going to be a relationship based on responsible communication. Here’s a fun fact from Dr. Doe: Having unprotected sex once with someone whose HIV status you’re unsure of is riskier than having protected sex with 500 people. Visit Condom Corner in the southeast corner of the Curry Health Center. Check out their Web site ( http://www.umt.edu/curry ) or call to make an appointment for an STD/I screening. You can get free HIV testing done at the Missoula AIDS Council ( http://www.peopleshive.com/ ). Just remember, a test done within three months of potential exposure to the virus is invalid. Now, with all that information, you have no excuse to make a mistake. ”
ACROtainment brings professional acrobats to perform with local youth by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 21, 2009 ““It’s a local spotlight,” said Shaneca Adams, once a Missoula resident and now a professional performer living in New York, where he has performed with nationally renowned shows including Stomp and Blue Man Group.
Adams said the programs at Bitterroot Gymnastics expose students to a combination of video and character work, as well as acting and performing, which is what it takes these days to keep audiences interested.
“People don’t have the attention span for anything else,” he said.
David Stark of Bitterroot Gymnastics said ACROtainment gives students an avenue to participate in performance gymnastics and “rub shoulders with people who do this professionally.”
He said the combination of amateur and professional acrobats exhibits the growth that students go through and brings out a dynamic contrast between performers.
“We’re all just here to contribute to the community,” said Bianca Sapetto, who competed with the 1992 U.S. Olympics gymnastics team before becoming an acrobat for Cirque du Soleil.
Sapetto will be performing as one of several professional guest artists that make ACROtainment such a unique show.
Money raised through ticket sales will help students who “love to do it but can’t afford it” because of economic conditions or other reasons, Stark said. It also goes into a fund that pays to bring professionals to Missoula to run clinics, camps and performances. The ACROtainment crew will perform Saturday in the University Theatre at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for those ages 13 and older, and $12 for those ages 12 and younger. firstname.lastname@example.org”
The Badlander celebrates its terrible twos by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 21, 2009 “Unlike a fussy toddler, the crew knows exactly what it wants: to adapt and stay ahead of the curve. During the first two years in their downtown home, that has meant offering oodles of live music – something both Bolton and Henry said they found a demand for and adopted into their game plan.
“The music thing has just worked for us. Business is like life: you never know where it’s going to take you,” Henry said. “It’s a massive trial-and-error process, an improvisational process. You just throw everything against the wall and see what sticks.”
When the four bought the property, it came in a package deal. They took control of The Badlander, The Palace, and the Golden Rose Casino, plus three additional spaces: One they turned into the Savoy Casino and Liquor Store, one they lease to Cutting Crew beauty salon and one that Dauphine’s Bakery and Café will move into this weekend.
Complementary talents helped them put the pieces together and keep the operation running smoothly.
“It’s a lot of balls to juggle,” Henry said. “But we all have areas of skill and we have a good relationship with one another.”
Henry has been involved in Missoula’s electronic and hip-hop DJ scene for years. Bolton worked in music production in Seattle, specializing in sound. McElroy has a background in the restaurant and service industry, McIntyre, who Henry calls a “booze-nerd,” has a long history of managing bars.
Bolton and Henry co-own Ear Candy, the indie record store on Higgins Ave. Bolton said running the two simultaneously can be taxing.
“We’re all here [at the complex] about the same amount of time – 50-plus hours a week,” Bolton said. “It can get pretty hectic.”
Since acquiring the downtown building, they’ve made a number of changes to each of the properties.
First, they brought in a stage and converted the sports-themed Hammer Jacks into what is now The Badlander.
They turned the former basement pool hall, The Palace, into a lounge, removing a number of pool tables while re-installing a stage along one side of the room where one had been years before.
They also opened the Savoy in the property adjacent the Golden Rose. Though the Rose was originally a casino, the group moved its machines into the Savoy so McIntyre could turn the place into what Bolton affectionately calls “a dive bar.”
The team has now set its sights on sprucing up the Badlander. Henry says the planned décor will shoot for “an early 60s look”; Bolton calls the future motif “modern Western” – he has always dreamed of wagon wheel chandeliers. Either way, the direction of the project could shift with the wind.
“We’ll still be a work in progress 10 years from now,” Bolton said.
For the moment, the place has morphed into a kind of Pleasure Island for adults. Because each of the properties in the boozing multiplex is connected through a series of back-corridors, you can paint the town red on a pub crawl without ever leaving the building. You can now shoot pool downstairs, play video poker and cop a bottle of liquor upstairs, catch a concert on one of the two stages, scarf a bite at Dauphine’s in the middle of the night and order a drink at literally five different bars (there’s a fifth one tucked inside the passage between the Badlander and The Palace, near Dauphine’s.)
Because of the property’s size, the owners normally close the section, but as the free anniversary party kicks off tonight at 9 p.m., the entire complex will be open. And though they’ve yet to finish moving in, Dauphine’s will begin serving late-night meals.
The relocating bakery and cafe, which is wedged between the Cutting Crew and the Golden Rose, sits squarely in the middle of the complex. Henry said the new addition should also be a figurative central force tying the whole operation together.
“It’s the synergistic piece we’ve been missing,” Henry said.
Harmonizers Secret Powers and nerd-rockers Volumen will take the stage upstairs Friday in the Badlander. Holding the fort downstairs at The Palace will be hip-hop MCs Mistake and DJ Hickey – a.k.a. Badlander and The Palace booking agent and former International Playboys rocker Colin Hickey, who moonlights as an emcee.
The genre-encompassing event symbolizes Hickey, Henry and Bolton’s catchall philosophy when it comes to booking bands.
“We’ll take anyone we feel can put on a successful show,” Bolton said. “We welcome all comers.”
With the recent addition of The Palace’s stage and the inclusive nature of both clubs’ shows, the location has become the unofficial capital of the state of Missoula music.
The Badlander has hosted virtually everything and everyone: from up-and-coming electro DJs to indie superheroes and Spin cover-boys Vampire Weekend, disco parties and weekly Dead Hipster DJ nights. But The Palace’s lineup is just as eclectic. The rest of this month there are quirky sets from out-there bands like The Whore Moans and Hillstomp, plus Punk Rock Tuesdays and Metal Militia Thursdays – a parade of heavy metal bands with names like DoomFock, Beef Curtain and Universal Choke Sign.
Bolton said he’s proud that the venues host everything from “hip-hop to funk to jam bands and everything in between.”
The whole concept came with being the new kids on the block, a position that requires flexibility and the dexterity to think outside the box. The owners didn’t originally set out to create a music venue, but as concerts started bringing in thick crowds, they shifted gears. These days, the Badlander hosts shows three to four nights a week, with hip-hop and electronic acts taking the stage periodically.
As the enterprise heads into its third year, the scheme is still evolving but seems to be paying off. Bolton and Henry said they want to continue remodeling, but business is good, and they’re happy with the direction things are heading. “I can’t say we’re quite where we want to be just yet,” Henry said. “I can say we’re definitely on our way.” email@example.com”
Protruding pipe, pulverized PCs, pinpointed purse by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 21, 2009 “March 14, 12:36 a.m.
When officers responded to a call of a noxious odor in Jesse Hall, they spotted a male leaving the scene with his pipe obviously visible in his pocket. He was also carrying a marijuana vaporizer, but had dropped the rubber tubing down the hallway. Lemcke said the assumption was the individual was stoned.
March 14, 6:48 p.m.
Somebody found a smashed computer monitor outside the Lommasson Center. It was the second smashed computer found in the area that day. “Who hasn’t wanted to do that?” Lemcke said. “Tough day for computers, I guess.”
March 17, 5:28 p.m.
A couple of males found a purse in the bushes outside the UC and called Public Safety to turn it over. The purse contained two empty wallets belonging to students from Big Sky High School. “So we don’t know if they were stolen from there or what,” Lemcke said. The case is still under investigation, and Public Safety has yet to track down the kids whose wallets were found.
March 17, 10:06 p.m.
Another call came in about people possibly smoking pot next to a dumpster. This time there were about ten of them. “When it starts to get above freezing at night, people tend to stay out a bit longer,” Lemcke said. “And you know they can’t smoke in the dorms, so who knows what they’re smoking.” Again, the suspects were gone when officers arrived.
March 18, 12:48 a.m.
It was reported that someone was throwing stuff off the roof of the Lommasson Center. Officers found a broken chair in the parking lot that they assumed had come from the roof. Lemcke said this might have been where the smashed computers were coming from. Public Safety locked the security gate to the roof.
Elmer Lindseth, 18, possession of drug paraphernalia
Elizabeth Bolvig, 19, MIP Kyle Jacobson, 19, MIP Virginia Baldwin, 18, MIP”
Griz notebook: Football spring drills start; men’s tennis by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 17, 2009 “Montana returns 55 lettermen this season, including seven starters on offense and six on defense from the 2008 campaign. Notable losses include the field generals on both sides of the ball, quarterback Cole Bergquist and safety Colt Anderson, as well as the offensive line core of Colin Dow, Brent Russum and J.D. Quinn.
“We have to replace some good players, but that’s college football. That’s what you do this time of year,” said Montana coach Bobby Hauck. “Spring practice allows you to develop your depth… Another thing it gives you a chance to do is allow you to develop technically.”
The next four weeks of spring practice will be a breeding ground for younger players to make a name for themselves. It will also set the tone for position battles that will go into fall camp. For one, the rights to replace Bergquist, who threw for 3,156 and accounted for 36 touchdowns last season, will come down to juniors Andrew Selle and Jeff Larson, as well as talented freshman Gerald Kemp. Defense and special teams will also have plenty of dogfights including at punter, which was vacated after Ken Wood left the program this winter.
“Every job is open. It’s a great opportunity. For those young guys, it will be their chance to go play college football and show us what they can do,” said Hauck. “Anytime you don’t have free and open competition at every position, you get stagnant; you risk not improving.”
Hauck remembers his brother Tim, who coached the secondary at Montana from 2003 to 2007, telling him midway through spring practice in 2006 that freshman Colt Anderson would start at safety for them the following year. “There’s no way he’s going to start for us safety,” Hauck remembers telling his brother, but quickly became a believer in the eventual All-American from Butte. “All he did was make plays every day, and he came out of spring ball starting at safety.”
Hauck, who is 39–6 in Big Sky games in his six years, just added offensive line coach Chad Germer last week but said there is no timetable to replace receivers coach Cedric Cormier, who was named Miami University’s (Ohio) receivers coach on Feb. 17.
Men’s tennis gets one win on the weekend, women’s tennis goes winless
The men’s tennis squad came away 1–2 in its second road trip of the season, sandwiching in a 5–2 win over Lewis-Clark State between losses to Eastern Washington Friday and Idaho Sunday.
Eastern handled Montana 5–2 Friday in Cheney, Wash., and the Vandals edged the Griz 4–3 Sunday in Moscow, Idaho. The Griz are 3–3 overall, 1–1 in Big Sky play.
Montana got two match wins in doubles, as Mikolaj Borkowski and Carl Kuschke picked up a pair of wins over Eastern Washington and Idaho. Senior Felipe Raw and Raydner Ramos delivered a 3–0 sweep in the No. 2 double matches for the Grizzlies, pushing their spring season duo record to a perfect 6–0.
Raw and Ramos won all three double matches 8–6. Barkowski and Raw both won single matches Sunday against Idaho to knot the afternoon’s score at 2–2, but the Vandals won the final two matches to seal their tenth win of the season.
The women’s team dropped two straight matches on the road, losing 4–3 Friday at Lewis-Clark State and 7–0 Saturday to Washington State in Pullman.
Montana won the first two single matches against Lewis-Clark State after Liz Walker won over Jamie Chan in straight sets, 7–5, 6–3, while the No. 2 singles slot went to Rebecca Bran, who defeated LC State’s Katharina Marsela 6–3, 6–4. But Lewis-Clark State reeled off three of the next four single sets, negating UM’s No. 5 Kayla Moyse’s win over Megan Smedley in straight sets 6–2, 6–4, and won the final two double sets to secure their fourth win of the season. Walker and Martyna Nowak won the No. 1 double match over Chan and Marsela 8-2. Walker and Nowak also won 9-7 Saturday in Pullman, Ariz., defeating Arizona State’s Elisabeth Fournier and Bianca Selaru.
Golf finishes 11th in California tournament
Montana shot a final round score of 351 to earn 11th place at the Drake Invitational Bulldog Classic this weekend in Vallejo, Calif.
Carissa Simmons led Montana with a 28th place finish after firing a 250 (81–80–89). Teddi Roberts placed 40th after shooting a 255 (83–85–87).
Montana was in eighth place after the first round Saturday, shooting a 338 on the par-72 course. Simmons led the club by shooting a 40 on the back nine en route to an 81.
Roberts finished the round with an 83, while Kacey Valla and Ashli Helstrom both hit 47 on the back nine to earn an 86 and 88.
Montana shot a 335 in the second round Sunday. Valla and teammate Jacqueline Olson tied for 62nd place with scores of 263 apiece, while Helstrom, a freshman, shot a 269 for 79th place. Central Arkansas won the tournament with an overall score of 949, while Northern Arizona finished in second with a 963 team score. Montana State rounded out the Big Sky representation by firing a 1028 as a squad, good for 12th place. Roman.firstname.lastname@example.org”
Missoula’s ice rink juggles 50-plus teams by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 19, 2009 “The goal was met with celebration, but the celebration was short-lived. This was not the Finals of the Junior Pan Am Games, and the Mighty Ducks were not playing Iceland in front of 25,000 fans. Rather, it was a Missoula Area Youth Hockey Association (MAYHA) game between Western States Insurance and Taco Maker in front of about three-dozen bystanders.
The elation may have been comparable to that of a Disney movie, but the duration was not simply because the epic battle of 10-year-olds was not the night’s grand finale. Instead, the ice would be a hustle-and-bustle that has become commonplace at Missoula’s Glacier Ice Rink.
“This place is kind of a sleeping giant,” said Bill Mathews, the executive director of the rink. “Aside from Washington-Grizzly Stadium, more people come to Glacier Ice Rink than any other venue in all of Missoula.”
To be exact, that means over 90,000 people went to the Glacier Ice Rink last year. That means the rink is a $1.3 million operation annually. But that also means that Glacier, the only two-rink venue in the state of Montana, is a jam-packed scheduling nightmare.
Mathews said on most days, the rink’s schedule is full from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. the following morning. The high demand for ice time stems from the amount of organizations with a passion for ice sports that call Glacier home.
Glacier Ice Rink, which has been in operation for 11 years, is run by the combination of non-profit efforts from MAYHA and the Glacier Hockey League, an adult no-check league based out of Missoula. But the facility, which is open 10 months a year, also caters to the University of Montana Men’s and Women’s club teams, the Missoula Figure Skating Club, the Missoula Bruins, WHAM (Women’s Hockey Association of Missoula) and the Missoula Maulers Junior A Hockey team. Also lobbying for ice time are citizens of the Missoula who want their turn on skates. Glacier offers public skating, pick-up hockey, stick puck and private ice time for rent.
Each organization that wishes to find a place on the schedule must pay a fee. The non-profit organizers get priority when it comes to scheduling. After that, scheduling is determined on a first-come first-serve basis.
Because of this pecking order, the University of Montana club teams are limited to practicing once or twice a week in the wee hours of the morning.
Eric Kessler, the team president for the University of Montana Men’s Club team, said that practicing at 6 a.m. may not be the ideal situation, but ice time is such a commodity that Kessler said the club team feels fortunate to get any time it can.
“Sometimes people aren’t at their best at 6 a.m., but it really isn’t too bad,” he said. “Since we are a school team, we have to work around kids’ class schedules anyways so going in the morning is OK.”
Mathews said sports on skates are rapidly growing in popularity, both locally and all over the country. More than any other demographic, adults are getting on the ice. Glacier plays home to about 50 adult teams totaling over 750 players.
“Our adult league is actually one of the biggest I know of,” said Mathews, who is in his second year as executive director. “In the Northwest, you would have to go to Portland or Seattle find leagues any bigger.”
Despite hard times throughout the entire American economic landscape, Glacier Ice Rink has actually seen an increase in attendance since the economic crisis hit. Mathews said he thinks it’s because skating in general is an affordable activity, with Glacier charging between $3 and $6 for skate rentals.
Although Glacier has kept costs down, the facilities continue to improve. The “Buy a Block” fundraiser has a goal of $500,000 and will pay for the renovation to the eight locker rooms surrounding the two rinks. Another rink is in the works and Mathews said the third ice will be a reality in the next few years. So far, “Buy a Block” has gathered over $63,000 in donations.
As this sleeping giant continues to grow, it is becoming less of a form of niche entertainment. Almost 25,000 spectators watched the Maulers last season alone. Bitterroot Motors recently donated an $80,000 state-of-the-art Zamboni to the rink. Nissan recently donated a car that will be raffled off to help raise money. A poker tournament at the Silver Slipper in April hopes to net $25,000 for Glacier. Mathews said all this has been and will continue to be essential to the continued growth of Glacier Ice Rink. “This thing got going 11 years ago and has grown so much so fast,” Mathews said. “Dedicated people and grassroots fundraising coupled with people’s love to skate has made it what it is today.” email@example.com”
UM club baseball team stymied by March weather by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 19, 2009 ““This is something that I’ve been dealing with every year I’ve played for the team,” said Fritchman, who is in his third season for the Griz. “It’s to the point where you expect it now. But it still can put a big damper on the season.”
The Boise series marked the second slate of games for the team that have been cancelled this season. Games scheduled in Idaho against the University of Idaho earlier in the month were also cancelled due to a snowstorm.
Senior Mick Ormiston, who has dual duties of being coach and president along with being the team’s designated hitter, said that games never get rained out, but about four to five games a season get snowed out.
Even though the cold weather may freeze out games for the Griz, it doesn’t prevent them from practicing. The team practices four to five times a week, even if the weather isn’t the most conducive for outdoor activities.
“Last week it was 5 degrees and the wind was blowing and we were out there,” Ormiston said.
Fritchman said that he isn’t a huge fan of the cold March weather, where the team often practices in single-digits.
“It’s been terrible,” Fritchman said. “Typically, baseball is a warm-weather sport. So when you’ve got guys coming out all bundled up, trying to stay warm, you can’t get loose. It doesn’t feel like you’re playing 100 percent. So when we actually play a game, it doesn’t seem like we’re ready.”
Ormiston stressed that, in order for the 17-member team to improve, repetition is the most important factor.
And while they still get out several times a week, practices in the cold weather don’t allow the team to experience game-like situations.
“You can practice things like fly balls and run around a bit,” Fritchman said. “But you can’t really hit. We don’t want our pitchers out there throwing in the cold and messing their arms up. Then we go out there during games, and it’s like we haven’t seen a curve ball in months.”
The lack of full-on practice was evident last week when Weber State swept the Griz on the road.
Weber, ranked in the top 20 of the National Club Baseball Association, had the advantage of having played upwards of 25 games already in this early season.
“It was just tough because it was pretty much our first game situation, seeing live pitching for the first time, and these guys (Weber) have played 25 games already.”
Once the weather starts to cooperate and the team gets to practice more, Ormiston doesn’t hesitate to say that the Griz will be one of the most talented teams within their North Pacific East Conference.
“We’re an experienced team,” he said. “The pitchers are looking good and everybody is a lot more dedicated than they have been in the past. I’m confident that we can hang with anybody in the conference.”
Montana isn’t the only team that has weather acting as an Achilles heel. Fritchman said that several other teams, especially the Idaho teams, cancelled games due to weather.
“Other schools have the same weather,” he said. “But when we go and play them, we expect to sweep them.”
While this weekend’s home games may have been cancelled, Ormiston said that the team might travel to Idaho this weekend to make up the games cancelled a few weeks ago.
As for home games, the Griz will take on Utah State for a three-game series starting April 11. The Griz play at Lindborg-Cregg field on Spurgin Road, west of Reserve Street.
Fritchman said home games are always a plus, but he would like to see better fan turnout for this season.
“Nobody seems to know that we have a team,” he said. “They’re like, ‘Oh, you’re on the baseball team? I didn’t know we had one.’ It’s the same story every time.”
Once word gets out about the team though, Fritchman said there are plenty of reasons for fans to come. “It’s extremely competitive baseball,” he said. “And if people want to come see some good, hard, competitive college baseball, that’s what we do.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Men take a walk on the feminine side by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 12, 2009 “The event showcased a squad of predominately male marchers who walked laps around the second floor of the UC from noon to 1 p.m. as a fundraiser for UM’s Student Assault Resource Center. More than a 100 people signed up to participate, said SARC advocate Sandy Stuckey.
Budd said he hopes the event helped remind Montana of its “chivalrous” side that still lies at the heart of the Treasure state.
“I hope we can just stand up and be men. We need to be good to everyone; respect goes both ways,” Budd said.
The walkers, most wearing heels ranging from sizes nine to 17, strutted their stuff to tunes from a DJ and live music from The Great Baldini Brothers, the five bald Food Zoo performers who sang and danced at the event decked out in light-pink felt boots and matching bowties. ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” and ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” also made it onto the DJ’s turn table.
Mayor John Engen added to the fun, showing his support in a pair of borrowed white heels.
“In the immortal words of President Bill Clinton, ‘I feel your pain,’” Engen said to the women in the audience.
The fun fundraiser was a great way to support SARC and bring attention to a serious issue, he said.
Participants won awards for things like “winking at the judges” and “a sign used as a cape.” The ultimate “winner” of the day was decided by a final dance-off, won by Grizzly football player Bryan Riggs, who wore short 1980s-style gym shorts and white heels.
ASUM president Trevor Hunter also spoke at the event, promoting “dialogue, awareness, resourcefulness and communication” as the most important weapons to end rape and sexual assault.
According to data from SARC, 20 to 25 percent of female college students nationwide have experienced rape or attempted rape, Hunter said. He added that, in 80 percent of rape cases, women knew their attacker.
It’s time for all of us to say “enough is enough” and face this issue head-on, Hunter said.
Mark Heyka, local television weatherman and the master of ceremonies for the event, also spoke out against gender violence.
“We need to raise a awareness of violence against women, but we also need to raise awareness against violence of people,” he said, adding that many men and gay people are also victims in physical abuse cases but are too ashamed to come forward to get help.
Getting the word out that SARC is available as a resource to students was a big part of why SARC outreach coordinator Erin Scott organized the event. Both Scott and SARC coordinator Kate Pruitt-Chapin said the turnout was incredible and all for a great cause.
This was the second annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” and participants included UM’s athletic department and members of the UM football team, campus administrators, fraternities, Residence Life, and students from the School of Business Administration and School of Law. Registration to walk in the event was $10 to $15, and high heels were provided but optional.
Michael Dorshorst, a 39-year-old UM student and event participant, said he was sporting the red heels for his daughters.
“I’ve got a 15-year-old and 11-year-old daughter, and I’ve spent too much time and love to have anything happen to them,” he said.
The construction helmet and orange vest he wore was to “show that I’m all man but I can still let out my feminine side,” Dorshorst said, pointing down at his shoes and smiling.
The event finished with a speech from Colin Dow, a UM senior and Grizzly football player, who urged the audience to think about how they would want people to treat the women they love.
“Everybody, I don’t care who you are, has somebody they care about that they wouldn’t want in a sexual assault case,” Dow said. “Think about how you would want to be treated. It’s that simple.”
Guys shouldn’t be ashamed to stand up to their friends if they see them acting out of line towards women, he added. “Chivalry isn’t dead in Montana. We stand up when they (women) stand up – sometimes,” he said as the audience laughed. “That needs to stay alive in the cowboy state. Stand up for women.” email@example.com”
The Bess Sex Column: Making every mouthful matter by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 14, 2009 “I’m not saying this is good or bad, but it’s certainly created a gap in the way we can communicate across generation lines about something that has consequences, just like vaginal or anal sex.
While our parents might talk to us about sex when we’re teens, I know I didn’t really get a sit-down about oral, and I doubt many of you did either. It’s something we had to figure out for ourselves from our friends, media or porn. Consequently, oral is treated as something separate from intercourse in the modern youth perception. Some people say giving head is on par with a goodnight kiss these days, and although I dispute that, it isn’t something I think a lot of people consider to be part of an adult sexual relationship anymore.
In the baseball diamond of sexual experience, oral sex is a base before sliding into home, and I think a lot of people treat it as a stepping stone. By the time we get to college and engage in more developed sexual relationships, oral is used primarily as a form of foreplay or a sexual expression early in relationships before “going all the way.”
If we start treating oral as real sex again, the understanding of what it means to do that with your partner will follow the way it does with intercourse. If we stop learning about it from gossip and poorly produced movies, we’ll learn to experience it as a better, more fun part of sex.
Here are a few steps we can take to get over generational trip-ups about oral:
1. Turn off the porn. My boyfriend once said, “Learning how to give head from watching porn is like learning how to drive by going to a monster-truck rally.” We have to remember that in porn people are performing sex. It’s designed to be visually arousing to the viewer, not physically stimulating to the actors.
2. Learn to enjoy it. Oral needs to stop being used as a stepping stone or way to keep someone interested. When we start manipulating our reasons to have sex, we’re forgetting the best part: It’s just fun. Tell your partner how to touch you, if you want him or her to talk to you, and adjust your body to make yourself less or more in control. The more you enjoy it, the more your partner will, too.
3. Use common sense. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard friends and acquaintances pass on false — and stupid — information about oral sex. Here’s the truth: STDs can still be spread, teeth are 99 percent of the time a big no-no and swallowing won’t make you fat — the average bit o’ semen only contains about five to 20 calories.
4. Here are the basics: trim the hair, wash the skin, don’t be too pushy, and reciprocate. Not everyone enjoys giving or receiving oral, but you won’t know unless you ask.
I don’t know if this growing gap in the way generations approach oral is going to change if we all start treating it differently, but I’m excited to try. It’s silly to think that oral sex is equivalent to a goodnight kiss, and it’s silly to maintain puritanical viewpoints of a wonderful part of a mature sexual relationship.
Want some more tips on how to improve your oral technique? Check out Discovery (yeah, the people who do Shark Week) Health’s Sexual Health Center site on oral sex. You can get tips on pubic hair, the gag reflex and taste. Check out Amazon.com for Blow Him Away and The Low Down on Going Down , the his-and-hers guides to making every mouthful matter. And finally, want to know how not to give head? Check out the Derrick Comedy Blowjob skit at CollegeHumor.com.”
SportsWhit: Some fast facts to add to the tournament by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 11, 2009 “Starting with the Lady Griz, it’s hard to pick just one facet of this team to brag about. I could go on for days about Robin Selvig’s legendary career or Sonya Rogers hot-handed shooting. But I’ll keep it simple by saying that senior guard Mandy Morales was selected as the Big Sky Conference Most Valuable player for the second time, along with earning first team all-conference honors for the fourth time in her career. She is only the fifth player in Big Sky history to accomplish that feat.
As for our rivals just down the road, third-seed Montana State, if you catch their game against sixth-seed Northern Arizona, you can see someone who has had a taste of the pros. Bobcats’ third-year coach Tricia Binford spent four years, 1999-2002, in the WNBA, playing for both the Utah Starzz and the Cleveland Rockers.
Focusing on Northern Arizona, their senior Sadé Cunningham has been having yet another Good Samaritan season. Cunningham broke her own record for assists in a single season. This year, Cunningham has dished out 168 to break her record of 161 from the previous season. She is the career-assist leader for the Lumberjacks with 627, a whopping 186 more than the runner-up. Her 627 assists rank her third all-time in the Big Sky.
Playing in the other quarterfinal game are fifth-seed Sacramento State and fourth-seed Idaho State. ISU’s Jenna Brown is a workhorse, to say the least. The senior leads the Big Sky in minutes played. Brown averages 37.72 minutes per game. This season has seen her play in 12 forty-minute games as well as one 45-minute match.
Sacramento State, on the other hand, also has an ex-pro on its staff. Assistant coach Andrea Bills spent three seasons playing professional basketball abroad. She played for teams from Lithuania, China, Ukraine, Spain and Israel. Prior to going pro, Bills played for the University of Oregon, where she was recruited by then-coach Dan Muscatell, who is now her boss as head coach for Sacramento State.
And last, but not least, is second-seed Portland State. The entire coaching staff is in its second season for the Vikings. Assistant coach Chelsea Wagner is an Oregon alumna.
Wagner holds the record for most three-pointers in a single game at home, knocking down eight buckets from beyond the arc in a home matchup against Arizona in 2006. So there you have some maybe not as well-known facts about the tournament teams. Now you can toss out some of this random knowledge next time you need to impress your friends at a party. Or better yet, you can catch a couple of these games this week to learn some cool stuff on your own. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Golf team heads for warmer climates by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 13, 2009 “For Montana, this weekend’s invitational will mark the second tournament of the spring season, with just five weeks left until the Big Sky Conference Tournament. And it marks a return to the real article for the program, which works hand-in-hand with the Montana elements every spring.
“It’s a challenge. Every year it’s a challenge,” said Steele, who is in her 13th year at the helm. “Most of my players are used to something like this (weather). It’s not a complete shock. I think if I had players from down south, that might be different because they’re used to being able to go out anytime and play and practice outside.
“It can play with your mind a little bit with how you approach your game,” she added. “Not knowing, that’s the biggest challenge. It’s day-to-day.”
Montana’s crew is tailor-made for the bitter conditions. Steele’s seven players come from Montana, Idaho, Minnesota and Oregon. And Steele added another prospect with northern blood when she signed Idaho Falls prep standout Olivia Weber to a national letter of intent in November.
“It’s been rough. We haven’t had the opportunity to play outside at all, short of a couple days down in Hamilton,” said Carissa Simmons, a sophomore from Boise. “It’s been pretty tough not being able to get outside and just having to hit in the gym and work on the putting green inside.”
Simmons added, “We’ve all been playing golf for so long that we do have the physical aspect of the game. But it’s hard to get mentally prepared when you can’t just go out there and shoot scores you’re happy with.”
Steele was pleased with how her team grew two weeks ago at the Northern Arizona Red Rocks Invitational, where it climbed to 10th place out of 18 teams after shooting a 335 in the first round. That score dropped to 321 in the second round, with freshman Ashli Helstrom leading the pack with a 25th place score of 160, followed by Kacey Valla at 42nd (163) and Simmons in 57th (166).
“Going into the first tournament, our goal was to just get out there and hit the ball solid. It wasn’t necessarily score focused,” said Steele. “Another goal was to maintain a positive mental attitude. Not having the opportunity to be outside to play and practice, you want to make sure you keep your confidence level up.”
Montana’s highest finish this season came on opening weekend in mid-September, when they used a final round score of 305 to take fourth at the Washington State Inland Cup. That was followed by an eighth place finish at the rain-soaked Inland Empire Invitational in Idaho Falls and a 10th-place finish at the Florida International Pat Bradley Invitational in October. There, they were led by junior Jacqueline Olson, who garnered Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week after placing 28th, shooting a two over par in the first round, a 77 in the second and an 83 in the third.
“We’re a fairly young team,” said Steele, who has three juniors, three sophomores and a freshman on her roster. “Our biggest struggle last fall was our consistency.”
Olson, Simmons, Valla, Helstrom and junior Teddi Roberts will be traveling this weekend.
“Every week, it can be a different five traveling. I think you need a little bit of that on the team. The girls are always pushing themselves and pushing each other to make the traveling five,” Steele added.
Montana was picked to finish fifth in the pre-spring Big Sky Conference poll. Northern Arizona was picked to finish first, defending league champion Portland State second and Sacramento State was chosen to claim the third spot.
Simmons said while she and her teammates adjust to playing collegiate golf in Montana, the run becomes challenging when matched against players who compete at fair weather schools such as Northern Arizona and Sacramento State and are perennially at the top of the league. But she also looks at upcoming tournaments in California, Oregon and Wyoming as a means to bloom come late April, when the Big Sky Tournament is held in Chandler, Ariz. “I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t be at the top of the Big Sky this year,” said Simmons. “We are young, but everyone has a lot of experience on this team. The sooner we can get outside, the sooner we can get going.” email@example.com”
Racing past barriers: Triathlete’s perseverance and skill inspires others by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 12, 2009 “Fisher has since honed a sense of humor as a way to move forward. The crutches she occasionally uses and the prosthetic leg attached near her knee have left their mark on Fisher, but the mark she leaves on other people is far more noticeable.
Fisher says in a race, she uses her physical handicap to move people past their mental handicaps.
That’s what John Angelico, Fisher’s prosthetist, noticed.
“It’s hard to get involved in every individual’s story,” Angelico says. But Fisher’s was different.
Fisher grew up splitting time between her home outside of Chicago and her family’s farm in Alberta. She played with mostly boys, creating an active lifestyle.
“I always wanted to keep up with them,” Fisher said.
Then, she found tennis. When she came to UM in 2001, she played tennis for the Griz.
“Tennis was my passion. It’s what I did every day.”
After her accident, Fisher says she slowly began putting herself back together. She won’t talk about her accident with everybody.
“I don’t need to go there with everyone,” she said. “For me, it’s not a story that I can just say ‘car accident.’ It won’t even encompass what happened.”
What happened in a flash on a road in South Dakota still lingers in Fisher.
In the summer after her freshman year at UM, Fisher and her friend Sara Jackson were driving from Chicago to Missoula. Fisher still fights back tears when she tells the story.
“We rolled eight and a half times. Then I woke up, and Sara wasn’t there.
“You never get over that.”
Even now, after competing in triathlons and winning medals, Fisher said, “I still have dreams where I run, and it doesn’t hurt, the wind is in my face, and I feel free again. Then I wake up, and I have to crawl, and that’s a smack in the face.”
Fisher remembers having at least nine surgeries, including brain surgeries.
“I was unconscious for most of it.”
Initially, she only lost the front of her left foot, but she still couldn’t walk. She had trouble talking as a result of brain trauma. Fisher flew with nurses from Rapid City, S.D., to a hospital closer to home in Chicago, where she first met Angelico.
After being fitted for her prosthesis and completing a few months of physical therapy, Fisher returned to Missoula in the spring for her sophomore year. But she had a problem with her prosthesis.
“It was like a clam shell thing that wrapped around the lower leg. It was a ski boot.”
Beyond that, Fisher’s heel wasn’t healing well. The Achilles tendon began to tighten and pull the heel downward.
“They could’ve fused my ankle, but I’d be non-weight-bearing for six to eight weeks, and they’d have to make a new prosthetic and go through that process again,” Fisher said.
“I didn’t want to hurt anymore.”
So the summer before her junior year, she flew back to Chicago to have her leg removed up to her knee.
That’s when Fisher and Angelico began designing a custom prosthetic limb to help her regain her active lifestyle.
“Unfortunately, in the prosthetic industry, there’s not one prosthetic that can do what a normal human leg can do,” Angelico said. He produced a prosthesis that can attach a running foot or walking foot like shoes.
So, Fisher returned to Missoula with a new prosthesis.
Before this, Fisher had noticed the Griz triathlon team training, but never thought of racing with them.
But, after losing her leg, she changed the way she thought about physical barriers.
“I was really just trying to find my way again. I saw the Griz team roll by again and was still really impressed by them. I realized, ‘What’s stopping me now?’”
At first, Fisher says it hurt to run.
“It was a really pathetic old-man shuffle. Technically, I was running, but I’m sure it was ridiculous.”
But she kept running. In 2004, she entered in the Griz triathlon.
“And I finished, and I wasn’t last, and I was a triathlete.”
After that, Fisher competed regularly, getting better in every race. In 2008, she ran in the Griz triathlon again and achieved the fastest female bike split time, going 20 kilometers in 34 minutes and 33 seconds.
This past season, Fisher entered the XTERRA circuit, an internationally recognized off-road triathlon competition.
Her off-road experience was a mountain bike race in Rapelje, Mont., 48 miles northwest of Billings, called, “24 Hours of Rapelje.”
“The gun goes off at 11 a.m., and the race ends at 11 a.m. the next day,” Fisher said. And the person with the most laps wins. Fisher went nine laps on the 14.5-mile loop, passing the closest female competitor by two laps.
“I would’ve been third in the men’s race, had I been a dude.”
She, like most athletes, pushes herself, refusing to let her physical handicap be a reason to quit. But what sets her apart from other athletes is not her success in the face of adversity but her steadfast denial to even consider that.
“I can dig deep and go faster. By all accounts, I have every excuse to slow down. Whatever. I don’t want people to give me an excuse to quit.”
After Fisher’s success at Rapelje, she was ready to begin her XTERRA competition. The first one did not go well.
“It was the first time I got last. I swam well, I biked well but the thing about XTERRA triathlons is there’s no road.”
And uneven terrain is especially difficult for her to navigate. But since there was no other female competitor in the race, she advanced and was determined to do better at the regional competition in Ogden, Utah.
That’s how Fisher found herself pedaling along the trail on her mountain bike, trying to convince a fellow racer not to pass her.
After crashing down the ridge, she pulled herself out of the ravine, finished the race and stood on the podium with a concussion, a dislocated finger and an ankle that needed stitches.
“I was going to finish that race come hell or high water.”
Fisher didn’t begin running triathlons to be an inspiration, but she’s becoming one anyway.
“Every race I go to, people reach out to me. They say, ‘If a five-foot-nothing, 100-pound peg-leg girl is passing me, what does that say about me?’”
Willingness to use her own experience to pull people through is what helped her decide to switch her major from wildlife biology to athletic training.
“I took care of other people’s injuries, and I couldn’t even walk. But I love sports, and I could live vicariously through these people.”
But, she realized that she could do more than simply get people past muscle cramps and thrown shoulders.
“It was great to have people come in with an injury. They were hurting and, because of what I knew, I could help them get better. It’s a really powerful experience to have someone trust you.” And what does Fisher’s experience tell her? She is a girl who went from an emotionally and physically scarred survivor of a tragic accident to a woman who passes professional triathletes, teasing them so that they just might find that extra push. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Griz Notebook: Lady Griz claim regular season title by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 11, 2009 “With both teams entering the game at 14-1 in league play, the home contest could have been the last for seniors Rogers, Mandy Morales, Britney Lohman and Tam Gaurdipee. And with the halftime score knotted at 33, the 6,734 fans (the largest since 2004) were sent to the edge of their seats. That’s when Rogers and Morales hit back-to-back three pointers to open the second half to take a lead they would never relinquish.
A Faucher three pointer pulled the Vikings within three points midway through the second half, but Morales and Rogers came back again with treys on subsequent possessions giving the Lady Griz a nine-point lead. Rogers, who answered the Vikings run after run with dagger three pointers, hit 6-of-8 from downtown.
Morales registered her 12th career double-double, scoring 16 points to go along with 10 boards and five assists. Sarah Ena also had 16 points for the Lady Griz, who won their third straight regular season Big Sky title and their 22nd overall.
The Big Sky tournament will start at Dahlberg Arena Thursday afternoon, marking the 14th time the facility will host the tournament in 21 years. The quarterfinals will feature third seed Montana State (13-14, 7-8 Big Sky), who will face No. 6 Northern Arizona (9-20, 6-10 Big Sky) at 5:30 p.m., followed by No. 4 Idaho State (10-19, 7-9 Big Sky) meeting five seed Sacramento State (9-20, 7-9 Big Sky) at 7:30 p.m. Portland State will face the highest remaining seed Friday night at 5:30, while Montana will get the lowest seed at 7:30.
Montana men lose heartbreaker to rival Montana State
The pandemonium that erupted following the Lady Griz victory Saturday afternoon had faded to a somber silence five hours later at Dahlberg Arena. The Montana men’s basketball team dropped their quarterfinal game to Montana State in the final seconds, leaving a crowd of 5,000 stunned.
Montana had a chance to win at the end, trailing 53-52 with 22 seconds and holding the ball for one final shot. But junior Anthony Johnson drove right and elevated, hung in the air, trying to make a decision. His pass to the top of the key was picked off by Bobcat Will Bynum, who raced coast to coast and converted a three-point play with seven seconds left to seal the win.
It was a cruel end to a promising season for the Grizzlies, and a cruel end for Johnson, who won the hearts of Griz fans this year, not to mention the league scoring title and the Newcomer of the Year award.
Montana State, meanwhile, snapped a five-game losing streak, not to mention a 10-year losing streak in the tournament. They hadn’t won a tourney game since Cal-Northridge was in the league, back in 1999. Bynum was crafty all night, the only Bobcat in double figures with 15.
But where the Cats won the game was with their grit. They were much more game in the trenches than Montana, out-rebounding the Griz 40-29, including 18 offensive rebounds. That equated to a 34-10 scoring advantage in the paint.
Montana, who led 30-29 at half, lost for the first time in 15 games when leading at halftime.
Johnson finished with 19 points on 6-of-17 shooting, and Jordan Hasquet finished the last game of his college career with 12 points and six rebounds.
“With everything they were up against, they were a little bit better,” Montana head coach Wayne Tinkle said after the game. “We feel like we are the better team, but on (Saturday night) they outplayed us.”
Men’s Big Sky Tournament continues Tuesday night While Montana State is a long shot to win Tuesday night against Weber State in Ogden Utah in the Big Sky semifinals, the Bobcats were the last team to win on Wildcats home floor in early January. Montana State owns wins against the big three of the league (Weber, Portland State and Montana). Idaho State, who beat Northern Colorado 67-60 despite not scoring in the final six minutes of their quarterfinal game Saturday night, will face off with Portland State in the other semifinal matchup Tuesday night. The Vikings, winners of four straight entering the tournament, split the season with the Bengals, with Idaho State winning the most recent 78-69 in Pocatello back on February 12. email@example.com”
Betterside: Tackling the rugby stereotype by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 05, 2009 ““That’s why I love it,” Olsonoski said. “They don’t downsize it for girls. In other sports, like hockey, the girls aren’t allowed to hit, but we play the same game that the guys do.”
Senior assistant captain Kelly Wombacher doesn’t have the same rugby background that Olsonoski has. Wombacher, now in her fourth season with the team, never played the sport before her freshman year when she attended her first practice.
“I heard about the team and decided to go out for practice,” Wombacher said. “And two days later, I was playing in my first game.”
UM coach Sheri Becken, who has been coaching the Betterside since 1993, said that new players are a common aspect of the program.
“There’s not a lot of high school rugby for women yet,” Becken said. “The first time that a lot of girls play is in college.”
Becken said that this provides a great opportunity for women who aren’t on scholarships who may have played competitive sports in high school to participate in a sport during college.
“At our level, it’s pretty even keel,” she said. “If you started playing basketball at 18, you’d be so behind the ball. Rugby is a great opportunity to pick up a new sport.”
Wombacher said that many people would be surprised at some of the girls who come out for the rough sport.
“We have people that are all shapes and sizes,” Wombacher said. “We have ladies who are small and skinny that you wouldn’t think would play, but they hit the hardest.”
Olsonoski echoed saying, “We have a variety. We have some girls where it’s like, ‘Wow! You play rugby? You weigh like 100 pounds.’ But any size really works for rugby.”
As for the physicality of the game, Becken said that rugby isn’t as vicious as people imagine.
“People think it’s a lot worse than it actually is,” Becken said. “When you’re taught to hit properly, you’ll be surprised the hit you can take or give without being hurt.”
With its upcoming tournament in Idaho, the Betterside has been practicing hard outside for the last two weeks.
And Becken said that she has one goal for her team for the weekend.
“I just want everybody to give their best in every game, no matter what their skill level,” she said, noting that she even expects improvements out of the rookies. “Generally you’ll see them rise a skill level every game.”
The Betterside is still looking for players to come out for the team, Olsonoski said. She said that women looking for a good team experience would love the Betterside.
“It’s amazing,” she said. “We’re a really tight group. My best friends are on the rugby team.”
And as for that rugby stereotype dwindling in the back of potential players’ minds, Olsonoski said that the team enjoys the aspects of being women just as much as everyone else. “We like to get dressed up and go out after we’re done playing,” she said. “We destroy the butch stereotype completely.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Droppin’ the ‘baum on Lent by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 05, 2009 “But I can’t reconcile the meaning of Lent with a collective refusal to eat mammals for six Fridays in a row. Jesus said, “Here, I’ll take your sins and set you right with God by giving my life on a cross,” and people smile and say, “Thanks, Jesus, we won’t eat meat sometimes.” Jesus stares blankly, and there’s this long awkward pause.
That’s not every person who practices Lent. Some people go all the way and give up something that’s keeping them from a deeper relationship with God. I’ve heard a lot of folks say they’re forgoing addictions and time-sucks like TV or Facebook or porn – things they actually enjoy. Things that actually seem like sacrifice.
But then there are people like me who want to use Lent as an excuse to cut out something that makes our lives difficult. I’ve considered dropping classes, giving up homework and other obvious fake sacrifices, but I’ve never actually gone through with them. Then last week, I started flirting with the idea of giving up this column. I almost had myself convinced that quitting this column would be the holiest thing I could do this semester. I even came up with this list of nice, Christian-sounding arguments for why I should put the column on hiatus: “You spend way too much time on the ‘Baum. (Yes, I talk to myself in the second person.) You could make much better use of your Wednesdays by praying, or reading the Bible – which by the way you haven’t done in a couple of days – or loving up on people around campus, or blessing your wife by cleaning the apartment, or just doing something fun and resting in His presence. And besides, you’ve really let this column, instead of God, determine how you feel about yourself. Instead of knowing the steady joy of God’s love, you’re an emotional see-saw. You get grouchy when Bess’s sex column gets more views on the Web site than yours. And then you get prideful when people say they liked what you wrote. No, that stupid feigned look of humility on your face doesn’t count as actual humility. Look at your thoughts. Doesn’t your interior monologue go something like this: ‘Hell yeah, I am the ‘Baum! Check what I just wrote, bitches!’ (Yes, my mind has the mouth of a sailor.) You’re like a sports fan whose mood depends on his team’s performance. Why don’t you quit this nonsense of relying on other people to validate you?” Those arguments are all true. But they are not the whole truth. The whole truth is that writing this column is hard, and there are days I really want to quit to make my life easier. But parading laziness under the guise of piety goes against just about everything Jesus stood for. So I’m giving up nothing for Lent, and unless I get fired, you’re stuck with me on Thursday’s Page 2. email@example.com”
Local musician’s album created from pain by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 07, 2009 ““One time I actually dumped my boyfriend so I could write a song about it,” Cevallos told the audience during the show. “It’s true. I broke my own heart to get past writer’s block.”
Cevallos was working as a bartender at the Top Hat in 2004 when she met Reinholdt and began taking guitar lessons from him. He had spent the better part of three decades drifting from band to band, touring with country, rock and bluegrass outfits.
A year and a half in, Cevallos was chomping at the bit, determined to release her first album, “Rainy Day.” Although she was happy with it at the time, she said she’s evolved musically to a point where looking back, it’s hard to believe how raw she sounded.
“I’m actually really embarrassed by it,” Cevallos said in an interview Thursday. “I put myself out there before I probably should have. I had barely learned to play yet.”
With Reinholdt’s tutelage, she progressed. Cevallos said she is “grateful for everything he’s showed me,” and that his talent makes her job easier.
“I don’t have to tell him what to play, he just knows,” Cevallos said. “It’s nice to have someone who is creative and knows exactly what you want them to do.”
Having a seasoned, steady hand by her side has helped, but for Cevallos, there’s nothing like a little heartache for inspiration.
Love’s tables turned on the singer last summer. Cevallos’ brother had finished serving a six-year prison sentence in Texas and she told her then-boyfriend she was going to visit him. Her boyfriend called as she was on her way home and told her he didn’t love her anymore, ending the relationship.
She was devastated, but over the next six weeks she wrote 16 songs about the split, five of which make up the new CD. She said the ordeal was tough to swallow because she was “convinced he was the man I was going to spend my life with,” but she wouldn’t change what happened.
“Straight up, it was a broken heart that wrote the album for me,” Cevallos said. “And to be honest, if I had the choice I would rather have the songs than the guy who dumped me.”
The lyrics on “Chase the Rain” trace her journey after the breakup; at times she’s scornful, at other times hopeful, but always honest.
“You killed my soul / you robbed me whole / you took all my love,” she laments on the title track. “But if you still want me, I would come to you because baby you’re enough.”
The Montana transplant was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and her casual melodies still saunter with a Lone Star step, landing somewhere between Norah Jones and Hank Williams. And while she’s lost her accent, she’s never lost the passion to create.
“I really, really, really like what I’m doing,” Cevallos said. “I’m so hungry to be a musician.”
The aspiring artist is set on making it big, and that means hitting the road again – this time for good. Cevallos played her final Missoula show at the Badlander hours after the release party and is moving to Austin, Texas, tomorrow, hoping to make a splash in the city’s flourishing music scene. Her first gig is in two weeks – she’ll open for Billy Bob Thornton and Paula Nelson, daughter of country legend Willie Nelson, at the South by Southwest music festival. Big dreams are behind the move, but for the Mexican-American Cevallos, who grew up idolizing Tejano icon Selena, it’s a chance to reconnect with her past and add another element to her repertoire. “I haven’t really shown that side to me in my music,” Cevallos said. “I feel like I need to get back to my roots. It’s time for me to go home.””
UM indoor track teams are swept by Northern Arizona by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 03, 2009 “Montana Director of Track and Field Brian Schweyen said that although the Griz didn’t place high, he was proud of how both teams competed.
“I think they were the most prepared and competed the hardest that they’ve done all year,” Schweyen said. “We had a lot of people who set new personal records and people who recorded seasons’ bests.”
Sophomore Katrina Drennen was one of the standout Griz from the meet. Drennen led all of Montana in points, recording 14.5 of the teams 39. After anchoring Montana to first-place finish in the distance medley, Drennen went on to a record a second-place finish in the half-mile, and a fifth-place showing in the 3,000 meters.
“Katrina competed really well for us,” Schweyen said. “She ran great the whole meet.”
Topping the Griz for the men was junior Chris Hellekson, who earned seven points after his fourth-place finish in the shot put and a seventh-place finish in the weight throw.
Schweyen also noted the performance of Amber Aikins, who placed third in the pentathlon.
“Amber had a very respectable finish,” Schweyen said. “She’s been injured most of the year and has been working hard to get back.”
Although many of the Griz athletes gave career-best performances, Schweyen said that the resulting placing in the meet shows that the program needs to improve.
“It’s obvious that we need more talent,” he said.
Schweyen said that the program needs to ramp up recruiting for next season.
“We’ve been low-talent and we need to get more depth,” he said.
Schweyen also aims to improve the current corps of talent on the roster. “We’re still pretty young,” he said. “With the upcoming outdoor season, I really want to help improve everybody’s confidence levels.” The outdoor track and field season kicks off for Montana with the Big Green in the Desert Multi-Events March 25-26 in Scottsdale, Arizona. firstname.lastname@example.org”
Griz Notebook: Lady Griz brace for Saturday; Golf opens by Montana Kaimin NewsMar 03, 2009 “Men’s tennis wins two of three, women’s tennis drops three straight on road
The Montana men’s tennis team opened spring play last weekend, posting a 6–1 loss to Portland on Saturday before rebounding with a Big Sky Conference 6–1 win over Portland State and a 6–1 non-conference win over Whitman.
Sophomore David Cysneiros claimed Montana’s only point against Portland at the No. 6 position. In Montana’s win over Portland State, junior Mikolaj Borkowski defeated Alex Vanderschelden 3–6, 7–5, 6–2 at the No. 2 singles position. Senior Felipe Raw got a 2–6, 6–3, 6–4 win at the No. 3 spot over Portland State’s Kyle Erickson.
The men next face Eastern Washington, Lewis-Clark State and Idaho on the road March 13-15.
The Montana women’s tennis team lost a pair of heartbreakers en route to an 0–3 record this weekend on a road trip through Washington and Idaho.
Montana fell 4–3 to both Eastern Washington and Gonzaga on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and then were swept by Idaho 7–0 on Sunday in Lewiston. There were some bright spots for the Grizzlies (3–4, 1–1 Big Sky), who have seven returnees from last year’s squad. Senior Liz Walker swept straight sets against Eastern Washington’s number one Marie Demerath, 6–3, 6–4. Sophomore Rebecca Bran won the number two match against Rachel Berger, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, and senior Martyna Nowak defeated Caitlin Bampton, 7–5, 2–6, 6–4, out of the fourth slot for the Grizzles. Montana won the top two doubles divisions Saturday against Gonzaga. Montana returns to Idaho and Washington for the next set of matches, visiting Lewis and Clark College and Washington State on March 13-14.
UM golf finishes tenth in Arizona tournament
In their first appearance since October, the Montana golf squad placed tenth out of 18 teams this weekend at the Northern Arizona Red Rocks Invitational in Sedona. Joanne Steele’s team finished with a final score of 656. Montana, who finished Saturday in 12th place after shooting round of 335, improved to tenth after hitting a 321 Sunday morning.
Freshman Ashli Helstrom led the Grizzlies with a 160 (84–76), finishing in 25th place. Three other Grizzlies stayed in the top 60, with Kacey Valla finishing in 42nd place (163), Carissa Simmons tying for 57th (166) and Jacqueline Olson taking 60th (167). Montana will travel for the reminder of the season, including trips to California, Oregon and Wyoming, before the Big Sky Conference Tournament in late April.
Men’s basketball draws Montana State in tournament first round
Montana’s reward for failing to clinch the conference tournament two seed was unveiled Sunday afternoon. Wayne Tinkle’s club will have to play yet another grueling rivalry game Saturday night at 7, when Montana State visits the Griz for the first round of the Big Sky Tournament. The matchup will pair the third-seeded Griz (17–11, 11–5 Big Sky) and sixth-seeded Bobcats (12–15, 6–9 Big Sky), two clubs that lost contests at Northern Colorado this weekend to seal their playoff destinations. The Griz failed to secure the second bid and a bye in the league tournament when they lost 67–57 Thursday night in Greeley. A Montana State win Sunday would still have given the Griz the second seed, but the Bears trounced the Bobcats 77–50, securing the fifth seed and the right to take on Idaho State Saturday in Pocatello. That win sent Portland State the second seed, and the Vikings will await their semi-final matchup March 10 in Ogden, Utah, alongside host and top-seeded Weber State. The Vikings survived a 66–62 overtime win over league doormat Eastern Washington Saturday, finishing the season 11–5 in the Big Sky, 21–9 overall. email@example.com”
League-leading Lady Griz plan to stay on top by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 26, 2009 “UNC is currently in fourth place in the league (12-14, 5-7 Big Sky) as it embarks on a four-game road trip to close the season. The Bears are just a half game back of third-place Montana State (12-13, 6-7 Big Sky) but are just a half game ahead of the four teams (Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Northern Arizona, Sacramento State) tied for fifth place at 5-8 in the league entering Thursday’s game. Selvig said his troops understand UNC is a team that could tilt the seesaw PSU’s way.
“They are a team that has a lot of kids who shoot threes, so we need to be aware of that. They are a team that gets to the foul line a lot, so we need to play good defense without fouling. So we know they are a dangerous team,” Selvig said. “They have some good wins this year. They are very capable, so we just need to put our best effort out there.”
Northern Colorado, which has never defeated Montana since entering the Big Sky in 2006-2007, fits the mold of several other teams in the league: running a “four-guard offense,” shooting an abundance of three-pointers, sharing the ball and playing an up-tempo type of basketball.
“They have four guards out there a lot of the time because they run an offense that makes them all interchangeable. So they try to get up and down and really don’t try to establish much in the post,” Selvig said.
The Bears have taken more three-point attempts (527) than any other Big Sky Conference team. UNC averages a Big Sky-high 6.92 three-pointers per game. Montana has the Big Sky Conference’s top three-point percentage defense at 29.1 percent.
Three Bears average in double-figures, led by sophomore guard Courtney Stoermer’s 13.1 points per game. Junior guard Whitley Cox chips in 12.4 points per contest and sophomore guard/forward Kate Kevorken averages 11.6 points per game and is also the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 5.6 boards per game.
Montana has been firing on all cylinders in recent weeks, holding its last four opponents to 46.5 points per game and 30.5 percent shooting. Such was the story last month in Greeley, Colo., the last time the Bears and the Lady Griz battled on the hardwood. Montana held UNC to 18 percent shooting in the first half en route to an 80-65 victory.
“I am pleased with our improvement defensively, and that’s been the key for us during this streak,” said Selvig, whose team has won six games in a row and 15 of their last 16. The Lady Griz are 44-2 since the beginning of the 2006-2007 season.
In the victory over Northern Colorado, all five Montana starters scored in double figures, led by senior guard Sonya Rogers. Rogers finished with 21. Stroemer and Kevorken paced Northern Colorado, combining for 39 points in the loss.
Rogers, the nation’s top sharpshooter from beyond the arc last year, struggled during non-conference play from three-point land, shooting just .314 from downtown. But since conference play began, Rogers has been lights-out, hitting 35 of her 74 (.472) attempts from the three. During last weekend’s road sweep against Weber State and Idaho State, Rogers was in the zone, hitting 5 of 6 from downtown against WSU and 6 of 10 against ISU and scored 23.5 ppg. For her efforts, she was named the Big Sky Conference co-Player of the Week for the third time in her career. Thursday is the only game of the week for the Lady Griz. They play host to Eastern Washington next Thursday and then the season concludes when the Lady Vikings come to town next Saturday for Montana’s Senior Night. Portland State (19-7, 12-1 Big Sky) hosts EWU on the coast Thursday before embarking on a season-ending road trip that will bring them to the Treasure State to take on Montana State before finishing in Missoula. firstname.lastname@example.org”
University preparing for spring accreditation review by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 28, 2009 “The main benefit of accreditation is tied to funding. Achieving status as an accredited university is necessary to get federal and sometimes state grants and loans.
The accreditation program began in the early 1960s, and UM was first accredited around that time, according to Dennison. Once a University is accredited, it is reviewed every 10 years to determine whether it can keep its status. UM is up for review next spring.
UM will be reviewed by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities [NWCCU], the agency responsible for accrediting schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
A team of about 12 people from the commission will visit the UM campus in April 2010. They will talk to students, faculty and staff to get an idea of what the University has been doing and read through various documents, including an extensive self-report put together by a committee of UM administrators, faculty and students.
Math professor Jim Hirstein is chairman of the Accreditation Steering Committee, which was assembled last May. He said that of the nine groups of standards that will be studied by the NWCCU committee, the two most important involve strategic planning and academic programs.
Strategic planning refers to the effectiveness of the University’s planning mechanisms for areas such as academics, research, building, retention and athletics. Academic programs will be reviewed in terms of undergraduate and graduate curriculum and changes to curriculum, Hirstein said.
Other areas that will be under scrutiny include the student and faculty populations, the library, the administration, tuition, financial aid and building projects.
The Provost’s Office is already working on the University’s academic strategic planning process with measures like the Partnering for Student Success plan, a series of initiatives aimed at improving student retention and graduation rates, Dennison said.
The committee writing the self-report will look closely at the governance and leadership structure of the University, in addition to planning and budgeting.
“It’s kind of fun to do,” said Dennison, who has participated in accreditation review processes for other universities in the past.
According to Dennison, about a month after the NWCCU visits the campus, the University will receive a report that identifies any issues and provides recommendations for improvement. The University will identify any factual errors in the report and send corrections to the Commission.
At the NWCCU’s next meeting, UM administrators will respond to the report and recommendations in front of the entire commission. A few weeks later, the University will find out if its accreditation has been renewed.
“I think we will come through it okay, but we’ve prepared very deliberately for it,” Dennison said.
Some areas the University has been asked to improve upon in the past include using revenue wisely, improving diversity of both the student body and faculty and offering higher salaries to employees, according to Dennison.
Dennison said the University was given a midterm report in 2005 to make sure it was on track for getting re-accredited in 2009.
“I feel that we’re in fairly good shape,” he said. To learn more about the accreditation process, visit http://www.umt.edu/asc . email@example.com”
Forward Ena’s skills, personality shines by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 24, 2009 “The Kenmore, Wash., native has emerged as one of Montana’s best players after a promising campaign last season as a true freshman. She is Montana’s third-leading scorer (10.4 points per game) behind the senior backcourt of Mandy Morales and Sonya Rogers and second only to Morales with 6.2 rebounds per contest. But senior Britney Lohman said Ena’s improvement in her skill set is secondary to the intangibles she brings to the Lady Griz.
“It’s contagious to play with a teammate with so much passion for the game,” said Lohman, who starts alongside Ena. “Sometimes she is really hard on herself, but that makes everyone else try really hard. She is always cheering and lifting her teammates up, and it rubs off on everyone.”
Last year Ena averaged 5.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in just under 11 minutes a game off the bench for last season’s Big Sky Conference champion Lady Griz. She said one key to her improvement this season has been the addition of a mid-range game to go along with her bruising style inside.
“I’ve always been someone who is physical, bangs and can get to the hole,” Ena said. “I knew I had to develop an outside game with a little finesse to keep the other team accountable.”
The 5-foot-11 sophomore who has helped Montana to their 27th 20-win season (23–4) in the last 31 seasons seemed destined to be an athlete from birth. Her father, Tali, was a standout running back at Washington State in the late 1970s and was drafted in the 11th round of the 1980 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks before a devastating knee injury ended his career. Her mother, Erin, was a state-champion track athlete. Her younger brother, Paul, is a freshman linebacker at Eastern Washington.
The demands of college athletics oftentimes cause student athletes to put other hobbies on the back burner, but Ena has kept up with a few of hers. She said she tries to play the piano as much as her schedule allows and also has stayed involved with her Christian faith. Ena leads the athlete Bible study for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is also an active member of Campus Crusade for Christ.
In the Montana media guide this season, each Lady Griz player was asked to think of a name for a reality television show about their lives. Ena’s response reveals another one of her hobbies. “Knowin’ the Flowin’ Samoan” is not only a tribute to her heritage but also to her long, curly hair and her skills as a rapper. Her talents on the mic and her ethnic background may be a source of entertainment for her teammates, but not nearly as much as one of her physical traits.
“Well, number one: she brings big calves,” laughed Lohman when asked what unique thing Ena brings to the Lady Griz.
It seems Ena’s infectious personality shines through, whether she is on the court or freestyle rapping in the locker room with her teammates. Ena said she cannot remember the last time she was at a loss for words, and she said she believes God led her to a program that lets her personality shine through naturally.
“This team is just so fun to play for,” Ena said. “I’ve talked to so many girls that I knew…who are playing college ball, and they don’t like their coaches, they don’t like their teammates, they don’t get any fan support or a combination of all three. I think being in an atmosphere that is so encouraging and positive and fun just brings out my true nature on the court. For me, basketball is what I love to do so it’s easy to let my passion show through.” “She is just one of the most bubbly, cheerful people I have ever met,” Lohman said. “She is just a great person. Her personality is so infectious and she always comes to practice with a big smile on her face. She is just a great teammate to have.” firstname.lastname@example.org”
Radical Reel organizers hoping for mainstream crowds by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 25, 2009 ““This is entertaining stuff,” program coordinator Meagan Stewart said. “You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy the films.”
Trevor Renney’s “Cliff Notes” explores cliff jumping in Vancouver’s Lynn Valley, where fliers plunge headlong into icy rivers. Norwegian director Morten Gjerstad’s “Something Stronger” introduces the world of snow kiting, a sport akin to parasailing down mountains. And in “Play Gravity,” Swiss daredevils race through the Alps by speed riding, a mesh between paragliding and skiing.
Stewart said the center looks for innovative films that chronicle quirky emerging endeavors.
“We like to keep it fresh, so we look for something different. We want new stories told in new ways,” Stewart said. “We don’t just want to be another extreme sports festival.”
Of the hundreds of entries submitted, a committee of international filmmakers chose a handful to premiere on Radical Reels night then used audience polling to decide which movies would be taken on the road. Stewart and a pair of colleagues worked with directors to whittle down the eight original cuts, which run anywhere from three to 30 minutes.
The University of Montana Outdoor Program hosts annual screenings of both the Banff tour in November and Radical Reels in the spring. They pay to bring films and tours to town then shell out to advertise the events and pay its staff for their work. The rest of ticket sales go to fund the program. Campus recreation’s Natalie Hiller said the November screening is usually a windfall, but when Radical Reels comes calling in the spring, there’s little cash left over.
“We don’t make very much at all,” Hiller said.
Hiller said numbers are always stronger in the fall, with the Banff tour usually selling around 800 tickets and Radical Reels moving about 100.
Hiller admitted the disparity is puzzling.
“People are always more psyched for the Banff tour, but it’s hard to know why it’s so much more popular,” Hiller said. “You would think with the weather as nasty as it is [right now] people would want to sit inside and watch a movie.”
Exposure and reputation are probably major factors. The Banff festival tour hasn’t missed Missoula since 1991; this year, it ran 480 screenings in 30 countries, spanning the globe from Argentina to Iceland. Meanwhile, Radical Reels has a more modest itinerary, visiting 35 locations in states across America and provinces around Canada. Still, Radical Reels has stopped in Missoula each of the past five years.
The Banff Film Festival features a variety of films in multiple genres, with the shared thread of mountain culture. For years, organizers hosted the popular Radical Reels nights during the festival, where the year’s high-octane entries took center stage. In 2004, directors decided to put the show on the road.
Both tours are presented by a Canadian non-profit organization, The Banff Centre. Stewart said communities like Missoula are targets for the tours, because such outdoor meccas normally translate into a healthy turnout.
“Films about mountain towns and mountain culture are easy for people in mountain communities to connect with,” Stewart said. “That’s the idea. I don’t think we go anywhere that there isn’t a big outdoors scene.”
That charm would seem to extend to Radical Reels. The difference could lie in accessibility. The Banff tour covers a broad spectrum: live-action and animated fare, shorts, features, and documentary and fiction films that tackle environmental problems, confront ethnic issues and explore isolated springs of local kitsch.
Stewart said the wider tour, which debuted in 1981, normally draws thick crowds, but Radical Reels has also sold well in most locations. She said its extreme sports format might seem to create a niche tour, but it appeals to more than just action junkies. The Sunday show opens at 6 p.m. Tickets are $11 at the gate or $9 in advance at all Griz Tix outlets. email@example.com”
Stumbling Through Scotland: Rugby rivalries hearken back to medieval conflicts by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 25, 2009 “On the way up, I couldn’t help but notice the staggering abundance of weathered headstones riddling the landscape, or that many of them had fallen over and were never reset. I had heard from one of my flatmates that this was due to an ordinance passed in Scotland years before after a young boy was crushed under the weight of his grandfather’s headstone (as well as the situational irony) trying to reset it after it had fallen over.
Since it was a daunting feat to explore the castle itself, I debated whether or not I should attempt to hide in it and spend the night patrolling the castle walls. But my flask was running empty.
After hitting a pub down the road, we checked into a hotel a few miles away and decided to split a room between the six of us. A sweet deal, we thought, until to our utter dismay, we were caught on the hotel’s security cameras filing into one room. We were confronted by hotel staff who felt wronged by our attempt at budgeting and bonding.
In unflinching hubris brought on by two-fifths of Famous Grouse whiskey, we decided to forget about the housing issue for the moment and hit the pubs, where we were able to each break off and chat it up with some small-town Scots.
A group I found outside started chatting me up about America, which they seemed pretty jovial about. Even in Scotland, it seems the afterglow of President Obama’s inauguration is still fresh on their faces. One Scot even hugged me after he found out I was an American.
But as soon as Bush’s name was brought up, one of the Scots named Jack gestured for me to keep quiet, and looked around nervously to be sure nobody had heard me before leading me to the back patio where the rest of his mates were drinking.
Eventually, they started breaking out at random intervals into Scottish rugby and football songs, every now and then stopping to teach me the words. It seemed perfectly jovial until one of them leaned toward me and asked if I was a Rangers or a Celtics fan.
The infamous rivalry between these two teams has been the epicenter of violent conflict and bitter feelings in Scotland for years and is most tragically known for being a veil for sectarian hatred in the region. Considering this, I tried to explain that I was familiar with the conflict but had no alliance to either team.
He leaned in, his eyes fixed on me like a statue, and assured me, “You’re Rangers. Ya kaen what I mean?”*
Then they started singing what I assume were Ranger pride songs, and I humored them by humming along until one of my flatmates grabbed me and told me we needed to get back to the hotel and attempt to infiltrate it again.
Although three of our group got in, as we trudged up the parking lot, we saw that they had posted two security guards at the front door asking to see room keys for all of us, leaving the four of us S.O.L. and in the cold. Although one more managed to sneak in through the window, we thought one could get in easier than four, and we three pressed onward into the night.
After killing an hour or two at a gas station parking lot, chasing sandwiches with Irn Bru, we settled down in the nook of the bus stop outside the train station, cackling at how the hell we ended up huddled at a bus stop in Stirling at 4:00 a.m. like a bunch of vagrants.
After my first train ride, we hiked up Leven Street back to our flat. I could see the orange glow of the sun rising over the Meadows, hear the birds singing from the gutters and a calm realization came over me, warmer than any ray of sunshine: I still had one sip of whiskey left in my flask. firstname.lastname@example.org *Editor’s note: “Ya kaen what I mean?” means “You know what I mean?” in Scotland. Go figure. ”
SportsWhit: Keep the comments classy, Griz fans by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 25, 2009 “As I watched from mere yards away, I couldn’t help but chuckle. Doesn’t it seem funny that an older couple travels to another state to watch a collegiate sporting event that is attended by none other than college students, yet they get angry when these guys cheer for their home team?
The comments weren’t lewd, crude or even profanity-laden. I sat by them the entire game and didn’t hear any curse words come out of their mouths. Yet the boys’ statements were more than enough to outwardly offend this couple.
But I don’t think what I witnessed at the lacrosse game is an isolated incident. Griz nation has created a tainted image for itself in other teams’ fan bases. When the Griz football team defeated Weber State in the second round of the FCS playoffs last fall in Missoula, Weber online forums were inundated with horror stories from Wildcats fans who were harassed by rampant, and reportedly drunk, Griz fans.
Griz fans are a lucky bunch of athletic supporters. Year in and year out, our football and basketball teams rack up more than enough wins to keep us satisfied. Unfortunately, this has led to a cockiness in college-aged students that often manifests itself in an embarrassing and disrespectful manner.
We should be proud of our athletes and all of their successes. But we should not do so at the expense of opposing teams’ fans. Can’t we be known for being the best in the stands as well as on the field? I don’t think the boys at the lacrosse game did anything wrong. But the Oregon couple’s reaction was very telling, showing how Montana fans are seen from the outside. Let’s change that. email@example.com”
Libby natives prepare and reflect with W.R. Grace trial set to begin by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 22, 2009 “It was everywhere; but her gold rush didn’t last long.
She soon learned some microscopic fibers from her precious stones were airborne and lodging themselves like small spears in the lungs of the people of Libby. Her nuggets carried tremolite-asbestos, the cause of asbestosis — a fatal, irreversible respiratory disease. Asbestos has killed about 300 people in Libby according to information from Libby’s Center for Asbestos Related Disease given to PBS in 2007.
Fourteen members of Bundrock’s family have been diagnosed with the disease.
W.R. Grace & Co., the company that owned and operated Libby’s mine, is now facing criminal charges of knowingly endangering lives by hiding the health risks of asbestos.
The trial, the U.S government v. W.R. Grace & Co., begins Monday in Missoula’s U.S. District Court and is being called the most extensive environmental criminal trial in U.S. history. Jury selection began Thursday for the high-profile case that’s been attracting national media attention. Five of Grace’s top executives and managers will face criminal charges in the trial.
Regardless, Bundrock said that even with a guilty verdict, she is doubtful that any amount of retribution could be enough.
Her grandfather and great-uncle worked at Libby’s mine before it was shut down in 1990, and after work they brought the contaminated mine dust home on their clothes.
“I think they were aware of the fact that it was harmful, but they didn’t know the extent, and they sure as hell didn’t know they were taking it home to their wives and children,” Bundrock said. “That’s the part that really killed them.”
The other 12 diagnosed members of Bundrock’s family never worked at the mine.
Her great-uncle Art and grandfather Don both died from asbestosis. Art worked at the mine for 20 years, Don for almost 10 in the 1950s and ’60s.
Despite her family’s tragedy, Bundrock said she never wants to leave Libby — even with the deadly dust. However, she is concerned for her generation, those from her town who are still too young to see the effects of it in their lungs.
“Even if they (those diagnosed with asbestosis) do get some compensation (from Grace), first off – what’s enough?” Bundrock said. “Then, just because that first generation gets compensation, that does nothing for the next generation that hasn’t been diagnosed yet. That’s a whole other issue that it seems they are just trying to sweep under the rug.”
There are 120 students from Lincoln County at UM — most from Libby, Troy and Eureka — according to data from the registrar’s office. Bundrock’s question is also on many of these students’ minds as the trial date approaches.
Cameron Rasmusson, a UM senior from Libby, said the trial has been a common topic of discussion among his roommates who are also from the town.
“In light of the upcoming trial, there is a shared sense of interest or curiosity in that this was something that was a pretty major part of that particular era in our lives, and now it seems to be coming to some kind of climax,” Rasmusson said. “I think there is a shared sense of personal drama in that sense.”
Rasmusson said a lot of people would make excuses for the diagnoses, blaming them largely on smoking tobacco.
“I think people need to own up to the lack of disclosure that they (Grace) were really guilty of,” he added.
Chad Gullingsrud, a 21-year-old Libby native who was a student on campus until May, has a different perspective on the issue.
“I think it’s getting milked big time, but my family isn’t directly affected by it,” he said. He later said that his dad was told by three doctors that a small growth in his lungs is likely asbestosis. He said his father was also a heavy smoker.
“My dad drove a dump truck up there in the mine where the dust was so thick he couldn’t see through it,” Gullingsrud said. He said his father denied reparations from Grace.
“He pretty much told them to fuck themselves,” he said. “He would die before he got a treatment for that.”
George Mercer, a senior Grizzly football player from Libby, said he wants the townspeople to have the opportunity to move on and forget about it.
“I’d say people are just tired of talking about it, They don’t want to talk about it anymore – we just want it to go away,” Mercer said. “I just hope the storm blows over so we can go back to being a town, not a Superfund site.”
But the road back to normalcy hasn’t been an easy one.
The Libby School District’s class sizes have dropped by about 40 percent of what they were in 1990 when few people were aware of the health effects of asbestos. It seems that the “death valley” stigma is still a concern. Families appear to be moving out – not in.
“It’s definitely hurting the population,” said Mike Decker, a UM junior from Libby. “From seventh grade to my junior year, the high school dropped by 250 students or so. It’s drastically changing the town. It’s becoming more of a retirement town than anything.”
Despite the hardships, Bundrock said she believes Libby is up for the challenge of rising from the ashes.
“Libby isn’t a horrible place filled with gloom and death,” she said. “It’s a horrible situation, but there are wonderful things going on there and it’s a great place.” For more info and live updates of the W.R. Grace Trial, go to http://blog.umt.edu/gracecase . Coverage is provided by students from the UM schools of law and journalism. firstname.lastname@example.org”
The Bess Sex Column: Work out for better sex-perience by Montana Kaimin NewsFeb 21, 2009 “And why not? These are probably our most limber years, so shouldn’t we enjoy them and enhance them with physical fitness? Although I’m sure they didn’t intend it, when I look down the list of fitness classes offered through Campus Recreation, I can’t help but think of the sexual benefits from the classes. Yoga for flexibility, Ab Lab to build your core. Spinning to gain stamina and trim fat. Between the Rec Center and free condoms from the Curry Health Center, I can really see why people say college is the best time of our lives.
Sex is one of those great activities you can enjoy your entire life to some degree. You know … like tennis. But with our university offering us so many opportunities to expand our physical prowess, why not expand our sexual horizons? Missionary position works just fine and requires little to no exertion. You probably won’t be sore and it doesn’t leave you feeling exhausted afterward, but what’s the fun in that? We already pay the campus recreation fee with our tuition, so try some exciting new positions and get your money’s worth.
A recent favorite of mine offers a lot of bang (and even a little buck) without taxing your hard-earned beer pong body too much. The leverage provided by this position works equally well for vaginal and anal penetration. While my experience with this position has been heterosexual, it would work for a gay couple as well. I’ll call the partners Top and Bottom, Top being the penetrator.
You start out in a standard missionary position, then Top sits upright on his knees, placing one of Bottom’s legs on his shoulder. Top then leans down enough for Bottom to wrap the other leg around Top’s back and lift her hips off the bed. In this position, depending on the flexibility and stamina of both partners, either can thrust their hips and even kiss the other’s lips from the position.
If Top wants to help Bottom find a good rhythm or offer some extra support, he can use his two free hands to hold his partner’s lower back and push and pull the hips.
This position is great if one partner is doing all the work, and even better if both are working. (If neither is working, just call it a night and get some sleep.)
If Bottom doesn’t have the core and back strength to hold his or her hips off the bed, the position still works lying all the way down. The freedom for both partners to control the pace and thrust in this position makes for a fun and interactive experience that more traditional positions don’t necessarily offer. I’m not sure if this position has a name, but my boyfriend calls it That Thing You Did That One Time And It Was Awesome.
This isn’t a very physically taxing position. All it requires is some basic core strength, enough flexibility to touch your toes and some motivation. And if you’re not quite ready to handle it, there’s always the Rec Center. Got a question or comment about sex? Email BessSexEver@gmail.com”