Msu Survival Guide 2013

The Bozeman Daily Chronicles 2013 edition of the Montana State University Survival Guide, full of information and tips for incoming and returning college students.
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G U I D E 2013 A special publication of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle MSU SURVIVAL 2 | W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 by exaMple Montana State University to focus on students becoming leaders, making a difference in the world Story by GAIL SCHoNTZLEr ChroniCle staff Writer Leading Montana State University President Waded Cruzado Montana State UniverSity ity has long offered its students opportunities to become “leaders in the world and in society,” says MSU President Waded Cruzado, and this year the campus will focus on those opportunities during its “Year of Engaged Leadership.” Through lectures, discussions, films, a day of service and other events, MSU plans to promote a culture that encourages students, faculty and staff members to make a difference in the real world. “People want engaged leaders who go out and do great things to benefit the state of Montana and the world,” Cruzado said. MSU has “given every individual the opportunity to learn about leadership and draw out their leadership skills.” She pointed to the example of MSU’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which won a national award and recognition for the Bozeman campus. EWB student volunteers for at least eight years have been raising money and helping to install clean drinking wells and latrines for poor village schoolchildren in Kenya. Cruzado, 53, MSU’s president for three and a half years, is hard W e d n e s d ay, A u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 3 Students walk on the MSU campus in this undated Chronicle file photo. to miss on campus — just 5 feet tall, she speaks with the accent of her native Puerto Rico. She has a winning smile, loves her grandbaby and her dogs, and laughs when she mentions MSU’s moment of national fame last spring, when therapy dogs were brought into Renne Library to help students destress during finals. She spoke about the upcoming year during an interview in her office, on the second floor of historic Montana Hall. “We’re eager to welcome (students) back to Montana State University,” she said. “Here they will find world-class education experiences, be in contact with faculty members who care and who exemplify “We’re eager to welcome (students) back to Montana State University. Here they will find world-class education experiences, be in contact with faculty members who care and who exemplify the highest accolades in their careers.” — Montana State University President Waded Cruzado the highest accolades in their careers.” During her tenure, MSU has continued to grow dramatically. Enrollment — 14,660 students last year — has increased 20 percent in the last five years, growing from 12,170. This fall’s student head count won’t be ready for several weeks, but Cruzado said she expects enrollment to “remain stable or grow somewhat.” 4 | W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 She successfully raised $6 million While many find growth excitin private donations for the $10 miling, it also creates frustration when lion expansion of the Bobcat football classrooms and dorms get crowded. stadium (stadium revenues are to pay Cruzado said MSU is working to acoff a loan for the rest). commodate more students. Cruzado also had a successful This fall MSU will open the new session with the 2013 Legislature North Hedges Suites dormitory, with last spring, when MSU persuaded its 74 beds. Another way MSU is lawmakers to double to 20 the coping with growth, she said, is to number of new students accepted expand traditional class times, and into the WWAMI doctor education schedule more classes before 10 a.m. program, the first expansion in 38 and after 2 p.m. And the campus has years. Lawmakers also agreed to a continued to invest in high-tech classnew, Montana-centered veterinarian rooms, where students are experienctraining program. ing higher pass-rates. This summer CruMSU is pleased, she zado took a busload of said, to welcome 46 “We take special campus administranew faculty members pride that our faculty tors on a two-day Beef this fall. have very close Tour, to meet stock“We take special pride that our faculty relationships with growers around the state, chat in feedlots have very close reour students." and cafes, and ask what lationships with our MSU can do for their students,” she said. industry and the sons and daughters Professors are a big reason why they send to the Bozeman campus. MSU students have been so successDespite her great successes building ful in winning prestigious national relationships and winning friends off scholarships, including last year four campus, Cruzado has received some Goldwater scholarships, plus Rhocriticism on campus. The Faculty des, Fulbright, Udall and Marshall Senate voted in May to make their scholarships. Winners are great No. 1 priority to retain MSU’s Carnstudents, she said, but they’ve also egie Foundation status as one of the been inspired and mentored by MSU top 108 universities in the nation for faculty members. research, a vote sparked by concerns Other improvements that students that research may be losing ground will notice include the renovation of here. the College of Agriculture’s Linfield MSU’s research spending this year Hall, earthquake safety upgrades to totaled $93.7 million, down from the the College of Arts and Architecture prior year’s record of $112.3 million. buildings, and paving the south FieldCruzado chalked up the decline to house parking lot, which used to becutbacks in federal spending, called come a muddy mess in bad weather. the sequester. This summer she The North Hedges tower dormitory signed an open letter to President has $1 million worth of new, doubleBarack Obama and Congress, joining pane windows to save energy and 165 other university presidents from make rooms more comfortable. Berkeley to the Ivy League, urging Construction workers are busy the federal government not to shrink building a new $20 million home for America’s research spending and risk the College of Business, Jabs Hall. an “innovation deficit” with countries When it opens in 2015, it will add like China. 40,000 square feet of academic space. “I am an eternal optimist,” Cruzado That building tops Cruzado’s list of said. “We’re proud of who we are as accomplishments — made possible a research institution. We’re proud of by winning from alum Jake Jabs a $25 our cohort of new faculty.” million donation, the largest single And she ended with her signature gift in Montana history to a state line: “Go Bobcats!” campus. W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 5 M S U Fa S t Fa c t S M O n ta n a S tat e u n i v e r S i t y • FOunded 1893 Traditional nickname: “the Bobcats” Trademarked nicknames: “trout u” and“university of the yellowstone” Student tuition and fees, 2013-2014 Montana undergraduates — $6,750 a year (up $40) out-of-state undergrads — $20,060 (up $655) on-campus room & board — $8,220 Books & supplies — $1,200 total one-year cost for Montanans — $16,170 total one-year cost for out-of-state — $30,135 students taking out loans — 65% average student loan debt — $27,319 STudenT profile enrollment (fall 2012) — 14,660 (a new record) Male students — 53% female students — 47% undergraduates — 12,772 graduate students —1,888 Montanans — 60% out-of-staters — 36% international — 3% native americans — 321 students hispanics — 431 asians — 129 african americans — 87 STudenT SucceSS six-year graduation rate — 49% sophomores returning after freshman year — 74.3% freshman average high school gPa — 3.41 student to faculty ratio: 18 to 1 (increased from 17 to 1) Bachelor’s degrees awarded (2012) — 2,444 average graduates’ salaries (2011 survey): Bachelor’s degree — $37,450 Master’s degree — $42,980 doctorate — $51,170 MSu research spending 2012-2013 — $93.7 million 2011-2012 — $112.3 million (a record) 2010-2011 — $102.7 million faculty tenure and tenure-track — 438 adjuncts — 445 research faculty — 53 department heads, directors — 34 admin. (president, VPs, deans, directors) — 58 total Msu employees (professional, classified, crafts) — 3,054 SourceS: MSu Quick FactS, coMMon Data Set, acaDeMic Year coSt eStiMateS anD college Portrait oF unDergraDuate eDucation Two Great Locations! 30 State of the art beds! No waiting lines! No appointment neccessary! 200 South 23rd Ave • Bozeman • 556-9800 2855 North 19th • Bozeman • 556-9700 WE ARE OPEN!! m a l i b u t a n m o n t a n a . c o m 6 | W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 c ction u r t s n o c r e ding und l i u b s s e n er e of busi aff Writ g e l l o niCle st o C r h C w LE • MAT T rU MSU’s ne Story By c r e d n u s u am p n o i t c u r t onS W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 7 t hanks to a $25 million gift from Montana State University alumnus Jake Jabs, a new College of Business building will provide roughly 1,200 students with a new state-ofthe-art business building. The site is east of one of MSU’s newest facilities, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, built in 2006, north of Wilson Hall, home of the University’s College of Letters and Science, and about 500 feet north of Montana Hall, the university’s main administrative building. ChroniCle file Photo Construction crews build the foundation of the new College of Business building on the Montana State University campus on Aug. 8 8 | W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 The College of Business building will cost nearly $18 million. The entire south side of the 45,000-square-foot building will be covered in windows. The windows will allow natural light to fill the majority of the new building’s rooms, offering a bright learning environment. Here is a list of the most notable features being included in the building: n The building will be positioned to maximize the sun’s rays in the winter months to warm the building, and placed so the sun’s hot rays will not overheat the building in the summer. n Geothermal heat exchangers will be installed to help heat the building in the winter and cool it off in the summer. n Cool air at night will be circulated throughout the building to keep temperatures low during summer work hours. n Lighting, heating, cooling, water usage and other mechanical systems will be controlled by “smart controls,” which will ultimately reduce energy usage. n The building will limit light pollution with light fixtures that control the amount of light “spill” in order to maintain a dark night sky. n Solar panels and other renewable energy sources will provide a portion of the building’s energy needs. n Not only will the building be built with materials with a high portion of recycled content, the building will also incorporate materials from the Northern Rocky Mountain range. n The building will blend with the site by including large patios that open to the outside. Jabs is a 1952 graduate of MSU and a native of Lodge Grass. Jabs is also president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse in Denver, one of the top retail furniture companies in the U.S. and one of the largest privately held businesses in Colorado, with sales topping $330 million in 2008 and 1,400 employees throughout Colorado. Dick Anderson Construction of Helena, Comma-Q Architecture of Bozeman and Hennebery Eddy Architects of Portland, Ore., have all been selected as the project’s design and construction team. The new College of Business building is set to open in spring 2015. ChroniCle file Photo Jake Jabs, 82, president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, center, is joined by Montana State University President Waded Cruzado and other delegates and helped by children from ASMSU Day Care during a groundbreaking ceremony for the MSU Jabs Hall College of Business and Entrepreneurship on May 3. Don’t Miss Out On All The Exciting Action! 2013 FooTbAll SchEdulE Aug. 29 .... 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Montana........................7 p.m. p.m. a.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. For tickets call 994–CATS! • www.msubobcats.com W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 9 t h u r s d ay, s e p t. 5 at 7 :3 0 p. m . • Brick Breeden Fieldhouse ‘Life of Pi’ author to speak at freshman convocation Story By MATT rULE • ChroniCle staff Writer For their SUMMer reading, all 2,400 incoming Montana State University freshmen have spent part of their summer exploring the wildly popular novel “Life of Pi,” written by Yann Martel. The fantasy adventure novel explores issues of spirituality and practicality through Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry. After a shipwreck leaves the boy stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean, he survives 227 days with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Martel, whose bestselling “Life of Pi” was made into an Academy Award-winning motion picture, will speak to MSU’s incoming freshman class at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. “Yann Martel is a compelling storyteller and an inspirational speaker – an excellent choice to launch our freshmen students on their journey into university academic life,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Life of Pi” is a worldwide bestseller that has received numerous literary awards, including the 2002 Man Booker Prize. The book spent 69 weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller List and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Prior to his lecture, Martel will conduct a master class with MSU students. Members of MSU’s freshman class have reserved seats and will not need tickets to attend the lecture. The Best Sandwich Value in Bozeman! FREE ICE CREAM CONE With purchase of any sandwich. 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It saves hundreds of dollars each semester, racks up less college loan debt and gets students into a cap and gown quicker. “We had great success last year with the Freshman 15,” Cruzado said this month. She predicted that for students who try it, taking 15 credits will become “habit forming.” “Parents love it,” she said. “They’re very thankful to know we are partnering with them to make college more affordable. Their sons and daughters will be able to graduate sooner.” Last fall 58 percent of MSU’s 2,600 freshmen students took 15 credits — a jump from 50 percent the previous fall, reported Chris Fastnow, planning and analysis director. That’s great news for students trying to limit their college loan debt. The average MSU graduate last year racked up $27,319 in student loans, a new record. MSU is doing a lot to help students be successful, Cruzado said. New this year is the DegreeWorks software, to help students and advisers W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 11 track progress toward graduation and show which classes students still need to take. In addition, MSU is offering more classes online and has a committee working on improving student advising. “I anticipate we will continue to make great gains in retention and graduation with the help of our faculty,” Cruzado said. MSU has made it a goal to raise its graduation rate to 65 percent by 2019. Last year, however, the six-year graduation rate slipped, from 51 to 49 percent. Cruzado said the general trend is that MSU’s graduation rate has been rising. Ten years ago, just 44 percent of MSU students graduated in six years, Fastnow said. More recently, MSU’s graduation rates have fluctuated between 47 and 50 percent. Graduation rates matter not only to students, but also to university leaders, who are under increasing pressure to raise rates. This spring, for example, the Montana Legislature for the first time embraced “performance funding,” which means that a small portion of state higher-education dollars, $7 million, will be divided between state campuses based on graduation rates and dropout rates. Another new program to help students reduce debt is MSU’s Office of Financial Education, which served more than 900 students in its first year. It is located in the basement level of the Strand Union Building, said Carina Beck, director of student success. “The idea is to connect with students who might be at risk of too much debt,” Beck said. A financial coach helps students understand loan debt, budgeting and how much they can expect to earn in their chosen field the first year after graduation. “We don’t want to exceed their expected annual income,” Beck said. If students can keep their student loan debt below that level, they should be OK, she said. It’s a big concern nationally, because student loan debt has become Americans’ largest debt, surpassing total credit card debt. Still, a college education is worth it, Beck said. She pointed to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showing that college graduates have lower jobless rates and higher lifetime earnings. College, Beck said, “is a good long-term investment.” MSU has made it a goal to raise its graduation rate to 65 percent by 2019. Last year, however, the sixyear graduation rate slipped, from 51 to 49 percent. 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For those looking to save some cash, here is a list of six different methods to help lower the final bill while buying textbooks. pages and notes in the margins from previous users. TIP No. 3: rENT bookS froM THE bookSTorE if you can’t find them used. As long as you can keep a book in good condition, you can save money from your school’s bookstore. Obviously, you won’t have the luxury of keeping your book, but you will have the luxury of eating for an extra month with all the saved money. TIP No. 4: Look for E-bookS oNLINE. As long as you have an e-reader you can digitally store the vast majority of your textbooks on the device for much cheaper prices. TIP No. 5: SHArE TExTbookS WITH CLASSMATES. Have the same friend in a lot of your classes? At the beginning of the semester, talk with your friend and see if the friend would be willing to split the cost of textbooks, potentially saving hundreds of dollars for both students. While sharing one textbook can be a hassle, it can lead to more study sessions, which generally means higher grades. TIP No. 6: CHECk yoUr LoCAL LIbrAry. While the majority of science and math textbooks will not be found there, liberal arts fiction and non-fiction novels will be readily available. With some English and literature classes requiring up to six or more novels, this tip could add up to big savings. TIP No. 1: DoN’T bUy bookS AT THE bookSTorE. T Contrary to popular belief, your school’s bookstore is not the only place that sells your college books. And, just because the store wants to charge you extra for the “work” it put into finding and ordering the books, doesn’t mean you need to pay them for their inflated prices. T TIP No. 2: ALWAyS bUy USED bookS. Although the books might not be as sexy, they do have all the same facts and information you need to succeed in any col college class. 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Three bus services provide free or Other changes include moving inexpensive transportation Mona stop from Wallace Avenue and day through Saturday to locations Mendenhall Street to Wallace Avenue throughout Bozeman, surrounding and Main Street to better serve public areas and to the region’s ski areas. library patrons. The stop for the green Streamline’s free bus service, with line (serving Belgrade) has been routes within Bozerelocated to Missoula man and to Belgrade For schedules and Avenue off Jackrabbit and Livingston, route maps, visit Lane and the 8:30 a.m. continues to grow, streamlinebus.com, run has been disconproviding 282,776 skylinebus.com or tinued. rides last year with thehrdc.org/programs/ Streamline also ofnearly two-thirds of galavan-transit. fers free rides on Satriders being Monurdays and Sundays tana State University to two of Bozeman’s favorite ski areas students, faculty or staff, said David — Bridger Bowl, for downhill skiers Kack, board chairman for the Human and riders, and Bohart Ranch, for the Resource Development Council, cross-country crowd. which coordinates Streamline. The red, yellow and green lines all This year the bus service has stop at the Gallatin Valley Mall where increased weekday runs so waits will riders can pick up the Skyline bus to be no longer than a half hour on the Big Sky Resort, Moonlight Basin and most popular lines – blue, yellow and other spots in the mountain village red, with the blue route additions in Big Sky. Costs for Skyline bus trips only in the afternoon. Those three are about $3 with a multi-ride pass routes will also run an additional or $5 for a single ride and must be hour until about 7 p.m. weekdays purchased ahead of time at various during the MSU academic year. locations. Streamline’s three in-town routes And though Streamline buses are all stop at the MSU Strand Union wheelchair accessible, those needBuilding and buses are equipped with ing or wanting extra assistance can bike racks. call Galavan at 587-2434 to schedule The yellow and blue lines also run door-to-door service. year round on Saturdays between 7:30 st ory By jodi hausen Chronicle Staff Writer 14 | W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 Global studies so, you want to study abroad? there are SoMe SkiLLS you can’t get from reading a book or watching a movie. Students who study abroad in one of 250 programs at Montana State University get a unique and valuable learning experience. “There are hundreds of people who graduate from MSU every year and that means that they’re competing with so many other students for jobs -- they need to do something to stand out,” said Anna Greenberg, study abroad adviser and outreach coordinator. “I have never heard an employer say, ‘You know, I don’t want to hire you because you understand other cultures, you’re open minded, you speak a foreign language.’” The most popular study abroad programs at MSU are in English-speaking countries such as Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. “You don’t have to speak a foreign language to attend school in another country,” Greenberg said. “So, students can go to Norway and take courses in English.” And, more and more students are getting off the beaten path to places like Morocco, Botswana and Thailand. Students can study abroad for a summer, a semester or a year. “We have several students who do more than one study abroad experience,” Greenberg said. St ory by AMANDA rICkEr ChroniCle staff Writer There are scholarships available and opportunities to work while studying abroad, such as teaching English in exchange for room and board. MSU will host a study abroad fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 15 in the Strand Union Building. Study abroad advisers will also be available at orientation and Catapalooza. Or, Greenberg said, “students can get started by coming to our office or just calling.” For more information, visit www.montana.edu/international/studyabroad/. Hold on to your spoons, Cats! $ Your Full Service Lube Stop 25 years in the quick lube business! Trained qualified technicians All makes and models OFF Show your student I.D. and get 500 10% Off All day. Everyday. 10% Off Every Thursday! 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Once inside the program, a worksheet will display the student’s degree progress based on declared major. The worksheet displays all the degrees, general education/core requirements, major, second major and minor requirements and the classes a student has taken to satisfy them. The worksheet also shows incomplete requirements, reminding students of what they need to take. This eliminates the hassle of searching for classes to satisfy an unmet requirement. “In the four years I’ve been here,” said Talor Darfler, a senior at MSU, “it’s never been so easy to sign up for classes and see what classes I still need to sign up for to graduate.” Countless colleges across the nation have now adopted DegreeWorks into their education systems. Advisers and students alike will benefit, as much of the stress involved with graduating will subside with this new tool. 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The MSU Police Department is made up of 17 officers, eight dispatchers, five parking personnel and three support staff, maintaining a 24-hour patrol. The department offers tips to keep students and their stuff safe on campus this year. Register your bike with the MSU police free bike registry and always lock your bike to a rack when not in use. Keep expensive articles locked up and out of sight in your car. Use a “common sense” approach to protecting valuables and keep them either locked up in your residence or on you. Record serial numbers of expensive items. Don’t share locker combinations or electronic passwords with anyone. Keep those confidential. MSU police offer safety escorts, which are available 24 hours a day and are available to anyone on campus including students, faculty, staff and visitors. St ory by WHITNEy bErMES ChroniCle staff Writer Crimes can be reported in person at the Msu Police department office at the roy huffman Building on the corner of south seventh avenue and kagy Boulevard, by telephone at 994-2121 or 911, or anonymously by email at [email protected] Got Hockey? Registration starts August 26, 2013 Indoor Ice october 2013 - April 2014 Haynes Pavilion, Gallatin county Fairgrounds www.bozemanhockey.org [email protected] 406.587.2405 CORNER OF 19TH & OAK, BEHIND MT SPIRITS & WINE W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 17 Protect your identity Identity thieves targeting college students more often By ALiciA McELhAnEy • McClatChy-triBune neWsPaPers As students begin packing their bags and moving back to college campuses, one thing often gets forgotten in the craziness of back to school shopping, new student forms and talks about drug and alcohol use — identity theft. While identity theft is nothing new in our economic world, college students are becoming more prone to having their identities stolen. “There is value in stealing a college student’s identity — it’s not about the money, but about the clean record,” said Ken Chaplin, senior vice president of marketing for ProtectMyID. And once a student’s identity is stolen, a lot can happen, Chaplin said. Anything from loss of financial assets, damaged reputation, losing a job, disputed social standing and stolen health insurance all can occur as a result of stolen identity. One woman, Erika Bennett, ended up with a tarnished credit score after her identity was stolen before she entered college. She found out when she tried to buy her first cell phone, only to be asked for a huge deposit. 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He added, “identity theft is a crime of opportunity — if a thief ’s opportunity is there, they will certainly take it.” Unlocked doors, open laptops and unattended wallets can all lead to these crimes of opportunity. Add into the mix a scatterbrained new student and identity theft is all too easy for a criminal to commit. “Students are entering the world, so having that financial conversation with parents is key. They don’t just have to discuss identity theft, but also careful decision making when it comes to credit cards and money,” Chaplin said. Parents should remember to mention a few key things to their student about identity theft when they have this talk. LOCK UP! Always keep the dorm room or apartment doors locked. Lock drawers that contain information that could be used by a thief. Also, passwords and passcodes on phones and computers that may contain important information help protect students against theft. WATCH WHERE YOU SHOP Online offers and shopping are great places for criminals to steal someone’s identity. Only do business on websites that have the security lock symbol, which means the site has taken measures to protect customers’ information. GRAB AND GO Never complete credit card applications at a table or booth on campus. Rather, grab the application and go home to fill it out. Better yet, complete credit card applications in a bank or on a secure website. Create Your Own Yogurt Cup: 15 Different Flavors Delicious Choice of Toppings Fresh Made Pretzels Coffee, Tea, Energy Drinks & More $ any $5.00 minimum purchase Expires 12-31-13 1.00 OFF 1011West College • By Columbo’s Pizza Open 1pm till Midnight 7 Days A Week FREE Wifi • Kid Friendly W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 19 Tuition isn’t only bill college students see BY THe ASSociATed preSS Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses also are going up. The price of housing and food trumps tuition costs for students who attend two- and four-year public universities in their home states, according to a College Board survey. Even with the lower interest rates on student loans that President Barack Obama signed into law, students are eyeing bills that are growing on just about every line. A look at typical college students’ budgets last year and how they’re changing: coMMUnity coLLegeS The public two-year schools charged in-state students an average $3,131 last year, up almost 6 percent from the previous year. While the tuition hike was larger than at other types of schools, students at community colleges saw the smallest increase in room and board costs — a 1 percent increase to $7,419. Total charges for students to attend an in-state public two-year school: $10,550. Tuition and fees at community colleges are up 24 percent beyond overall inflation over the past five years, according to the College Board. PUbLic FoUr-year SchooLS Tuition for students attending public four-year schools in their state was an average $8,655 last year, a 5 percent jump from the previous year. They paid more than that — $9,205 — for housing and food. These schools, like other four-year schools, posted a 4 percent jump in housing costs. Add in books and supplies, transportation and other costs and the total reaches $17,860 to attend an in-state public school, such as a student from Tallahassee attending Florida State University. When grants and scholarships are included, the average student pays $12,110 at such schools. For students who choose to attend state schools outside their home state, the costs increase to $30,911. They pay the same $9,205 price tag for room and board, but the tuition rates are more expensive. The typical student who crossed state lines to attend a public college in 2012 paid $21,706 in tuition and fees after grants and scholarships — a 4 percent jump from the previous year. Over the past five years, the tuition sticker price at public four-year colleges is up 27 percent beyond overall inflation. 20 | W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 Be a B.a.D.a.S.S. Montana students urged to speak up, fight sexual assault Story by GAIL SCHoNTZLEr ChroniCle staff Writer to heLP Prevent raPe and sexual assaults, the University of Montana is encouraging its students to be “bad asses” instead of passive bystanders. UM’s B.A.D.A.S.S. program stands for Be Aware, Decide to Act, and Say Something. Last year it trained hundreds of college students to be “active bystanders” who intervene when they see potentially dangerous situations developing at bars or parties, and say something, like, “That’s not cool.” A panel of UM staff members talked Aug. 13 about that and other steps the Missoula campus is taking to make the campus safer at the Not in Our State: 2013 Statewide Summit on Sexual Assault, held at Montana State University. After a nightmarish year in which UM became associated with the word “rape” and federal investigations, the Missoula campus is working to change its culture and educate students. Many of the efforts began before the federal investigations. stander intervention training is gaining national recognition as a model for combatting sexual assault, said Beth Hubble, a UM professor of women’s and gender studies and co-chair of the University Council on Student Assault. The “Make Our Move” campaign, developed in Missoula to encourage bystanders to TasTe Love Crave FuLL serve Moberry YOCREAM • LOWEST Made Fresh daiLy PRICE IN TOWN Made fresh daily in our store with Nancy’s Plain Organic Non-fat Yogurt Locally Owned and Operated since 2009. We are NOT a Chain or Franchise. : NOW d N A seLF serve 280 W. Kagy Blvd., Suite D • Bozeman icravemoberry.com or Like Us on Facebook Open 11 am tO 9 pm every day! W e d n e s d ay, a u g u s t 2 1 , 2 0 1 3 | 21 take action, created a black-and-white advertisement showing a hunky guy with the bold message: “She was on her own so I made my move,” followed in smaller type by: “and told the guys harassing her to back off. They were really crossing the line.” In May the U.S. departments of Justice and Education concluded their investigations of lax handling of rape reports at UM with agreements that require the Missoula campus to take several steps. One requires all new students to take an online class called PETSA, Personal Empowerment through Self-Awareness. It stresses the importance of consent in sexual encounters. The Bozeman campus requires similar online lessons on alcohol and sexual assault, said Robert Putzke, MSU police chief. While many UM students have criticized PETSA, 76 percent liked it and many thanked the university for requiring it, said Chris Fiore, UM psychology professor. Campuses trying to combat sexual assault need to focus more on alcohol and campus cultures that center around drinking, two participants said. Jim Mitchell, director of MSU’s Student Health Center, said everyone agrees that alcohol “is the No. 1 date rape drug.” It’s important not to blame the victim, Mitchell said, “but in reality a lot of bad stuff happens” when students have been drinking. All colleges and universities struggle with drinking, but Montana has a “unique” drinking culture that’s “more challenging than other states,” said Rhondie Voorhees, UM dean of students and a UM grad who grew up in Missoula. The federal agreements with UM have sparked criticism nationally from free speech, student journalism and civil liberty groups. Critics argue the agreements would lead to censorship, punishment for dirty jokes, and professors unable to talk about anything sexual because some student somewhere might take it as “unwelcome” sexual harassment. Hubble disagreed, saying the agreements include language on freedom of speech. “Yes, we’re going to protect academic freedom for professors to teach,” Hubble said. “I can still teach about sexual assault in class. I just can’t hit on a student while doing that.” e everyone agrees that alcohol “is the no. 1 date rape n drug.” it’s important not to blame the victim... “but in reality a lot of bad stuff happens” when students have been drinking. Jim Mitchell, director of Msu’s M student s health Center Get Paid! 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Big Sky Resort’s parent company partnered with the Yellowstone Club’s ownership group and bought Moonlight Basin, dramatically changing the resort skiing landscape of southwest Montana. When the two mountains will merge operations and how much a ticket will cost is anyone’s guess, so we’ll stick to the prices listed on Big Sky’s website as of mid-August. Without further ado, let’s dig into the deals. Bridger offers several different pass deals that cater to anyone from the ski-every-day set to the powder purists. The cheapest is the MSU student Ride-on Card, which goes for $35. It gets you a $42 lift ticket, a free day on Dec. 23 and a $32 ticket through most of December and some of March. Another is a 10-time pass for $400. After using all 10 days, you can use the pass for a discount on full-day adult lift tickets. There’s also the Bobcat Bonus pass. It’s a full season pass for $599 that qualifies Montana State University students for a $100 gift card that can be used for lift tickets, food and drink, lessons, rentals and retail purchases. A season pass gets you a half-day rate at other Montana Ski Association member resorts, a half-price ticket at Alta and three free days at 10 other ski areas that are part of the Powder Alliance. You can also get a midweek season pass for $390. All those prices are for the early season, however, and rise by about $100 after Oct. 8. The other Powder Alliance members are: Angel Fire Resort, Arizona Snowbowl, China Peak, Crested Butte, Mountain High, Mt. Hood Skibowl, ChroniCle file Photos Above: A snowboarder carves a turn down Avalanche Gulch at Bridger Bowl after a storm dumped more than 20-inches on Jan. 29. Right: Clouds engulf the summit of lone peak at Big Sky Ski Resort in April. EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE! claims handling... ExpEriEncEd unibody & full framE... 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A full season pass, called a “gold pass,” will run you $599 with your college identification — same as Bridger. A bronze college pass gets you on the lift from Christmas through mid-January and late March until closing day, and $25 off a day ticket outside that timeframe, for $249. The caveat here is that all of this could completely change once Big Sky and Moonlight combine their operations. Now that you’ve figured out what pass to snag, there’s the whole issue of getting to the mountain. Maybe your vehicle isn’t equipped for the snowy traverse up Gallatin Canyon or gas money is simply hard to come by. Don’t stress, you’ve got options. Bridger offers a free ski bus on the weekends that makes multiple rounds back and forth throughout the day starting at 8:15 a.m. at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, which is at the corner of East Tamarack Street and North Rouse Avenue. The bus also makes pickups at K-Mart at the intersection of West Hemlock Street and North Seventh Avenue. It comes back around again for pickups at 11:50 a.m. from the fairgrounds and begins running laps ferrying folks to and from the ski area once an hour until 4:15 p.m. Getting to Big Sky requires spending a bit of money to hop on the Skyline bus. It costs $5 for a ride, or you can spring for a bus pass. The passes are sold in five, 10 and 20 ride varieties for $15, $30 and $60, respectively. You have to buy one before getting on the bus, and can do so at Bob Ward’s, Chalet Sports, Joe’s Parkway Market, the Round House and Town & Country Foods in Bozeman. The way to game the system here is to share the pass. The driver punches your card for however many rides the pass gives you. So long as there are enough punches left for the number of people in your group, you’re free to share amongst yourselves. 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