Ups, Downs, and In Betweens for the Fall Semester

MSU Athletics and Bobcat Nation: Thumbs Up

Bobcat football has enjoyed a stellar season this year including recent big wins against the Griz last month and Stony Brook last week in the first game of the FCS Playoffs. With this great success plus a volleyball victory in Missoula, Montana State fans in Bozeman and beyond have cause to celebrate.

Major Scholarship Winners: Thumbs Up

Two MSU students and one MSU Residence Life staff member received major national scholarships this year. Bryan Vadheim became the first MSU student to be awarded the Marshall Scholarship, while MSU student and Student Regent Joe Thiel along with Billings-born, Langford desk clerk Amanda Frickle (who attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho) walked away with Rhodes scholarships. As MSU continues to produce high-achieving students, we pause to notice that UM isn’t quite holding up their end of the state.

College of Business Tree Removal: Thumbs Sideways

On one hand, the administration held several open forums last spring on the location of the new CoB building; on the other, the public had no reason to think the decision might have controversial . If the administration had stated the million-dollar question (trees or parking spaces) in the invitation, they may have found their forums more populated.

Dead Week and Finals Season: Thumbs Down

As soon as students returned from Thanksgiving break, final presentations, papers and projects started their heavy downfall, foreshadowing the terrors of dead and finals weeks. Perhaps  inspired to pass on their knowledge by the looming shadow of the apocalypse, professors have whipped up a flurry of homework that has left students physically buried in a pile of assignment sheets, empty energy drink cans and broken aspirations.

Enrollment and Residence Halls: Thumbs Down

Following the temporary housing issue of August and September, we were surprised when the Strategic Plan unveiled this year by Cruzado and her committee set a goal for a 15 percent increase in undergraduate admission by 2019 — without mention of building new residence halls. Those who recall Residence Life’s unlikely feat of accommodating all students in the halls this year might start to wonder if they can repeat this in coming years, or if they’ll just shove the freshman in the halls, lock the door and let natural selection do its work.