Year in Review

September

News:

WBC comes to town: When Westboro Baptist Church came to Bozeman on Sept. 9 with their slogan “God hates fags.” The protests at MSU and Bozeman High School were met by counter-protests supporting the LGBTQ and military communities.

Alleged sexual assaults occur at fraternities: On the weekend of Sept. 14, two different sexual assaults were reported to MSU Police at two different fraternities — Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha.

MSU enrollment grows quickly: For the Fall 2013 semester, MSU set a record enrollment of 15,294 students. This high growth rate led to the creation of a Strategic Management Enrollment Committee to control enrollment growth.

MSU Honors College approved by Board of Regents: On Sept. 18, the Montana Board of Regents unanimously approved the formation of the Honors College at MSU. This decision turned the 32-year-old Honors Program into Montana’s first-ever Honors College.

Yann Martel: Yann Martel, author of award-winning “Life of Pi,” was the Fall 2013 Freshman Convocation speaker.

Sports:

Gold Rush: An all-time record crowd of 21,007 gathered into Bobcat Stadium for the Gold Rush game on Aug. 29. The Bobcats defeated Monmouth University 42-24 in the first game of the 2013 season.

Culture:

Beer 101: This is one class you don’t want to miss. Loren Bunjes taught us about drinking in Bozeman and what to expect from local brews.

 

October

News:

TEAL classrooms provide mixed results: During the Fall 2013 semester, 25 undergraduate courses were taught in one of the two remodeled Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) classrooms. Often called “flipped” courses, students listened to lectures before class and then used class time to complete group work.

S.O.B. barn shutdown: On Oct. 31, the Montana State Fire Marshall closed MSU’s S.O.B. barn as the building was not up to fire code. The barn which was primarily used by student groups, including the popular swing/country dance club, has yet to reopen.

Four campuses, One MSU Symposium: On Oct. 29-30, the MSU campuses from Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls and Havre came together for the first-ever One MSU Symposium. The two-day conference was held to help MSU educators continue conversations about how to best serve students.

Sports:

Shawn Johnson named FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week: The first national award for the Bobcat football team came in the way of junior running back and return specialist Shawn Johnson being named FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 7, Co-Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week and National Kickoff Returner of the Week.

DeNarius McGhee joins 10,000/1000 club: Senior quarterback DeNarius McGhee joined an exclusive club in a 34-16 win over Weber State on Oct. 19. The Bobcat slinger threw a 35-yard touchdown pass, which put him over 10,000 career yards. He already had more than 1,000 yards rushing, making him the 14th player in college football history to pass for 10,000 and run for 1,000 yards.

Culture:

HATCHfest: Sparking Creativity: During the first week of October this community festival brought together many of the world’s creative minds to expand the way we think. The festival featured seminars and workshops to help students (and people of all ages) share their ideas and create new ones.

 

November

News:

UPHEAVAL showcases student art: On Nov. 11-13, MSU’s 10th annual Student Art Show filled SUB Ballrooms B and C, selling over 191 pieces of art totalling around $7000.

Blackstone launched: On Nov. 22 the Blackstone LaunchPad was officially opened. Located right off the SUB Union Market, the program is funded by a $2 million grant from the Blackstone Launchpad Charitable Foundation and helps students turn ideas into entrepreneurship opportunities.

Sports:

Bobcats fall at Cat/Griz, miss playoffs: The winningest senior class in Bobcat history went down fighting against rival UM Grizzlies on Senior Day at Bobcat Stadium. The Nov. 23 game was the 113th meeting of the two teams, and ended with the Cats losing 28-14, also ending their season with a 7-5 record.

Polson, Demorest grab All-Big Sky: The Bobcat men’s and women’s cross country teams placed third at the 2013 Big Sky Championships. Senior standouts Trevor Polson and Heather Demorest capped off their Bobcat careers with their first All-Big Sky finish. Polson placed ninth with a time of 25:00.46, while Demorest nabbed a silver medal with a time of 17:02.10.

Kennadie Clute named Big Sky Freshman of the Year: Volleyball standout Kennadie Clute ended her first season by being named Co-Big Sky Freshman of the Year. She was also named to the All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention team for her outstanding play. Clute finished with conference leading marks of 513 kills and 560.5 points in her rookie season.

Volleyball: The Bobcat volleyball season came to an end on Nov. 25, with a loss to UM. The Griz posted a straight-set victory, 25-21, 25-17, 25-17, as the Cats fell to 6-25, 4-16 for the season.

Culture:

Locally-made film goes global: Confluence Films, a locally-based production company, has put together a multi-layered story of several kinds of adventure, entitled “Waypoints.” The film is about fly fishing all over the world, taking the audience to India, Venezuela, the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska and beyond.

 

December

News:

Fraternities agree to sanctions: On Dec. 9 and 20, Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi respectively agreed to four sanctions placed on them by MSU, including a hard alcohol ban on the property. The sanctions are permanent and enabled the fraternities to be reinstated after being put on suspension when the sexual assaults were reported at each house back in September.

MSU holds 2nd Annual Fall Commencement: Over 900 students were expected to walk on Dec. 14, including the first graduates from the fledgling Honors College.

Sports:

Brad Daly wins Buck Buchanan MSU defensive end Brad Daly closed out his senior year by being named the Buck Buchanan Award winner on Dec. 16. The award goes to the top defensive player in the FCS, and Daly led the way with 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss during the 2013 season. He also earned Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Big Sky honors.

Bobcats garner All-America honors Senior defensive end Brad Daly and junior running back Shawn Johnson both earned All-America honors on Dec. 12 after posting stellar seasons. Daly was named to the first team, and Johnson was on second team.

Culture:

New terrain at Big Sky and Bridger Bowl this winter: In early December Big Sky and Bridger Bowl started their lifts and got prepared for the winter season with higher than average snowfall predictions. Owner, Boyne Resorts, acquired the Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Ski Resort and combined them to create a massive 5,700 acre ski area.

 

January

News:

Fieldhouse to get facelift: Design began on a $3 million dollar renovation of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. As the first major renovation in 16 years, the project will be completed over the next year and includes replacing the flooring, turning the lower-level bleachers into seatbacks, installing curtain dividers and upgrading the sound system.

“Grove” housing proposed to city council: Campus Crest Housing, a national company, proposed building a “Grove” student housing complex near campus that included amenities such as tanning beds, a 24-hour gym and a coffee bar. In February the proposal was vetoed by the Bozeman City Council after surrounding neighbors expressed concern.

Sports:

Basketball: When league-leading Northern Colorado came to Bozeman to take on the Bobcat Men’s Basketball team on Jan. 17, it was an exciting matchup between the two Big Sky leaders. The Cats did not disappoint, and got the victory, 70-55.

Sophomore  forward Jasmine Hommes garnered conference honors the week of Jan. 20, for her role in two back-to-back wins for the Bobcat Women’s Basketball team. Hommes was named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, while averaging 18 points and eight rebounds per game in victories over North Dakota and Northern Colorado.

Culture:

Verge Theater presents “Requiem for a Selfie”: Jan. 10 was the premiere of Verge Theater’s “Requiem for a Selfie” in which actors improvised scenes that poke fun at the modern world.

 

February

News:

Briggs escapes, recaptured three weeks later: Chemical engineering student Kevin Briggs was arrested on Feb. 1 for allegedly drugging and attempting to rape and strangle his ex-girlfriend only to escape shackled from the Law and Justice Center later that morning. He was then recaptured in Portland, Ore. Feb. 21 after being spotted in a van.

Save the Gate petition opened dialogue with dean: When Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture Nancy Cornwell considered eliminating the curriculum gate for arts and architecture programs, students quickly responded with a petition. Cornwell immediately held conversations with the concerned students and changes have yet to be made to the program.

NDO policy passes ASMSU: The ASMSU senate passed a resolution by a narrow margin that supported Bozeman drafting a non-discrimination resolution to provide legal protection in housing and the workplace for members of the LGBTQ community.  Over 40 MSU students showed up for public comment to both support and oppose the resolution, making it the largest attended ASMSU Senate meeting in recent years.

Sports:

National Signing Day On Feb. 5, 23 student-athletes signed their National Letter of Intent to play football for Montana State. Twenty high-schoolers and three transfers will join the Bobcats this fall for the 2014 season.

Culture:

Food Bazaar: A celebration of diversity:   On Feb. 15 the SUB Ballrooms were filled with different booths from around the world sharing their food, dance and clothing styles. The event is held every year with competitions on food, energy, decorations, dress and stage show.

Bozeman’s new Ciderhouse offers an evolution in craft beverages  (New Ciderhouse): Bozeman opens up a new brewery dedicated to hard cider. Lockhorn Cider House is located on 21 South Wallace and has many flavors including currant, ginger, traditional and hops.

 

March

News:

Engineering alum donates $50m for new building: Norm Asbjornson, a MSU alumnus and Winifred, Mont. native, committed to give the MSU College of Engineering $50 million to build a new engineering and innovation center in the largest ever private gift in state history.

MSU elects first African-American student body president: On March 5, Destini French and Jordan Garceau were elected as student body president and vice-president respectively and a new $8 student Outdoor Recreation Fee was passed. A voter turnout of 12.4 percent was reported.

Sports:

Jessica Yeaton takes 5th at NCAA skiing nationals: Senior nordic skier Jessica Yeaton took fifth in the five-kilometer classic race at the NCAA Skiing Championships on March 6. She covered the course in 14:21.10, and this finish helped MSU to an eighth place finish.

Bobcat women named All-Conference Senior forward Ashley Brumwell and sophomore forward Jasmine Hommes were named to All-Big Sky Conference teams on Mar. 11. Brumwell was named to the second team, and Hommes garnered honorable mention accolades, all while becoming the Bobcats leading scorer for the 2013-14 season.

Culture:

Cabaret’s Ukulele Pizza Jam at Colombo’s: On March 17, Colombo’s Pizza was filled with many ukulele players. The night included teaching for first timers, practice for regulars and plenty of ukulele music for listeners.

 

April

News:

Ticketing in paid parking causes stir: University Police began ticketing cars parked in the paid parking lot after 8 p.m. whereas previously those vehicles could leave the lot after that time without paying, upsetting both MSU staff and students.

ASMSU undergoes structural changes, first time in 30 years: The ASMSU executive team eliminated the position of attorney and decreased the number of ASMSU office staff from four to three; this change was met with opposition by many, including the Senate, who were not informed of the changes before they were implemented and have final authority over the budget.

Sports:

New men’s basketball coach: Brian Fish was named MSU’s 22nd Men’s Basketball Head Coach on April 1. Fish comes to MSU from Oregon, where he had served as an assistant coach under Dana Altman for the past four years.

Men’s tennis heads to defend Big Sky Conference title: MSU men’s tennis’ April 13 victory over Northern Colorado solidified their spot in the Big Sky Conference tournament. They have an opportunity to defend their 2013 Big Sky Championship title starting April 25 in Sacramento, Calif.

Culture:

MSU designers score big at the ADDY awards:  Great Falls hosted the American Advertising Awards in which graphic design students face head to head with their work. At the local state competitions, nine gold ADDYs, 15 silvers and one Best of Show were brought back to Bozeman by MSU students.
Bozeman hosts “Our Town”: From April 3-12, MSU played host to “Our Town,” which was written in 1938, but it remains one of the most popular and often produced plays in the world today. Instead of using wigs and makeup alone to age the cast across the decades, the Pulitzer Prize winning play featured a number of members of the Bozeman community in addition to MSU students, with a cast ranging from 10 to 50 years old.