The MSU chapter of the United Nations (UN) Association celebrated the 75th anniversary of the UN on Wednesday, Oct. 21, by hosting a first-of-its-kind virtual event. Attendees from across the globe joined in to listen to guest speakers Ali Hoffman and Tayo Rockson. Ali Hoffman is a Senior Ca… Read more

The Treasure State 2020 pre-election poll, conducted by MSU’s Human Ecology Learning & Problem Solving (HELPS) Lab, was conducted by mail this year to poll for the 2020 elections from Montana residents. 8,836 surveys were delivered and 1,787 were returned for a response rate of 20.2%. Th… Read more

The U.S. Postal Service is delivering mail-in ballots across Montana in preparation for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3. This year, Montanans will vote for president, governor, senator and will fill district seats and court justice appointments. Along with the public offices on the ballot, t… Read more

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As Election Day nears, there are many other important dates for voters to be aware of. For those of you who are planning to vote in Montana and have yet to register, there are various options that make it easy to register whether you are an out-of-state student attending MSU or a local. In o… Read more

Following the abrupt resignation of former Bozeman mayor Chris Mehl, several positions were suddenly vacant in Bozeman’s local government. Cyndy Andrus, who was serving as both a city commissioner and deputy mayor, rose to fill the vacancy left by Mehl’s resignation. The city commission then… Read more

Three of 14 faculty members recently selected for the Montana University System’s (MUS) 2020 Teaching Scholars come from MSU. The program, now in its second year, recognizes faculty members from across the state who have made exemplary contributions to teaching and learning. The professors c… Read more

The first and only vice-presidential debate of 2020 was held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-CA, faced off against Republican Vice President Mike Pence to answer questions posed by the moderator, U… Read more

MSU astrophysicist Amy Reines has been awarded a grant from NASA to search for the origin of supermassive black holes. The three-year, $750,000 NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Grant (EPSCoR), will provide Reines with funding and support to continue her research int… Read more

As we approach the halfway mark of the fall semester, many students are surprised that we have been able to remain on campus and attend in-person classes at MSU. Amid the third surge of coronavirus cases in Gallatin County, rumors are buzzing across campus. The Exponent reached out to Direct… Read more

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Montana State University, formerly MSU Wonderlust, will host a virtual presentation, “Montana’s Forest Fires: Why We Just Burn Our Forests.” The program, in partnership with the Belgrade Community Library, will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1… Read more

With plans to open the new American Indian Hall on campus in the fall of 2021, a committee has chosen three artists to display major pieces of art in the new building. The committee, which consisted of representatives from across campus and members of Montana’s Native community chose Bently … Read more

As October arrives and brings with it fall tidings, Montanans can typically look forward to seeing the changing colors of the leaves, cooling temperatures, football and the start of the holiday season. However, with all the pleasantries of fall also comes rather dire news. A third wave of CO… Read more

Following years of President Trump’s choice to not release tax records amid his 2016 presidential campaign and current role as president, the New York Times has begun releasing a series of articles detailing President Trump’s tax and income history dating back to 2000. The first article in t… Read more

After two years and thousands of dollars worth of work, Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital announced in a press release on Monday, Sept. 14, that they were ready to begin welcoming new patients into the brand new Patient Care Tower and Critical Care Unit. The Caring Forward Campaign, launched… Read more

A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant received by MSU on Friday, Sept. 4 will rework the current undergraduate environmental engineering degree through NSF’s Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) program. The mission of the RED program is to catalyze revolutionary approaches to engineering curricula. The five-year funded grant, totaling nearly $1 million, will redevelop MSU’s environmental engineering program to focus on technical, social and economic knowledge while incorporating sensible teaching practices throughout the program. The grant will also fund MSU’s Montana Engineering Education Research Center, which will assess the effectiveness of the newly-evolved curriculum.

Craig Woolard, head of the department of civil engineering, is leading the project. Professors from the civil engineering department include Adrienne Phillips, Catherine Kirkland, Ellen Lauchnor, and Katey Plymesser. The civil engineering professors are co-leaders of the project and will be the main faculty transforming the old curriculum and creating and instructing the new courses.

"As an environmental engineer you often have to work with communities and regulators within an economic and policy context that maybe you didn't expect when you were in college,” Kirkland said. “We want to integrate those social and economic concepts into our courses to make the technical skills more relevant and more meaningful when our graduates enter professional practice."

The department of civil engineering in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering strives to modify its program in a way contrary to the current undergraduate curriculum common in the U.S. MSU hopes to begin giving students repeated opportunities to address complex problems like those faced by professionals. The new underclassman curricula will consist of 32 credits of topic-focused environmental engineering coursework, which is normally scheduled for the final two years of the program; however, the faculty plans to distribute integrated courses beginning freshman year. By establishing a career-oriented engineering identity early and by providing practice, students will continue to have effective schooling throughout their years. According to Woolard, the changes made to the program will, “provide students with an integrated project-based curriculum that improves their professional skills and results in improved student retention and increased diversity.”

For more information regarding the overview of the environmental engineering program, visit http://catalog.montana.edu/graduate/engineering/environmental-engineering/. Read more

On Thursday, Sept. 24, MSU Facilities Services provided trash bags and gloves to an on-campus volunteer organization, Circle K, looking to beautify campus. Student volunteers gathered in front of Montana Hall, took trash-collecting materials and spread out in groups all over campus to collec… Read more

Amid a pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 200,000 Americans, a tax scandal that has engulfed President Donald Trump’s campaign and an ensuing Supreme Court battle, the representatives of the Democratic and Republican Parties faced off on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. The debate was moder… Read more

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday, Sept. 23, that they would award MSU a grant to continue pollution prevention work already started in Montana. The grant for MSU, worth $498, 217, was part of the national Pollution Prevention (P2) Week, a celebration of t… Read more

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg initiated a frenzy in Washington D.C. as Republicans hurry to fill the now vacant seat and Democrats scramble to find a way to stop the court from becoming a 6-3 conservative majority. The vacant Supreme Court seat adds even more dr… Read more

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Most of the political power in our country is split between two parties: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The current reality of our system might leave many voters feeling disenfranchised and underrepresented. Many wonder where independent voters, turned off by both the major p… Read more

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, died in her Washington, D.C. home on the evening of Friday, Sept. 18. Ginsburg, affectionately known as the “Notorious RBG” to her admirers, had a number of health-related ailments throughout her time on the Supreme C… Read more

In Sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 90 percent of food waste occurs after harvesting, during packaging and at distribution. To combat this waste, the Institute of Food Technologists’ Developing Solutions for Countries Competition made the theme for their 2019-2020 competition, “Create a nutritious… Read more

A brand-new master’s program is coming to MSU in the fall of 2021. Aimed to help graduates acquire professional skills, the new program will enable students to be more effective leaders, innovators and team members in their careers. The Master of Science in Innovation and Management (MISM) w… Read more

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In the city of Bozeman, rivers like the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone provide hours of entertainment to the people of the area. Whether you’re a fisherman or -woman, a rafter or simply a nature-lover, these rivers have something to offer. Bozemanites have an opportunity to give back to … Read more

Swarms of allegations surfaced at Tuesday night’s Bozeman City Council commission meeting regarding Mayor Chris Mehl’s alleged abuse of power that led to his resignation on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Chris Mehl became mayor this past January after serving Bozeman for over ten years as both a city c… Read more

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In the city of Bozeman, rivers like the Gallatin, Madison, and Yellowstone provide hours of entertainment to the people of the area. Whether you’re a fisherman or -woman, a rafter or simply a nature-lover, these rivers have something to offer. Bozemanites have an opportunity to give back to … Read more

As a public institution, MSU is required to uphold all parts of the Constitution of the United States. However, in a recent COVID-19 policy, MSU and the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) began requiring attendance to be taken and reported to administrators at all student club and organizati… Read more

In light of students returning to campus, MSU began offering free drive-through and walk-through testing on Thursday, Aug. 27 for students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. These tests are offered at the MSU Symptomatic Student Testing Center, located on the northeast corner of Bobcat Stadi… Read more

Dr. Cathy Cripps of MSU’s Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology was awarded the prestigious W.H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work in mycology at the collegiate level in July. Mycology is the scientific study of fungi, a field that has interested Cripps ever sin… Read more

After the COVID-19 pandemic began tearing its way through the United States in March, many college students were left to wonder what their fall 2020 semester would look like. For most, returning to campus meant “hybrid” or “blended” instruction, mask-wearing and no social gatherings. For som… Read more

Bozeman Mayor Chris Mehl resigned from his position on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the wake of a scandal that has consumed his office for the past week. According to media reports, Mehl was accused of bullying staff and interfering in city business. Pressure mounted from officials … Read more

Locals and explorers of Bridger Canyon were equally astounded and horrified last Friday, Sept. 4, when the Bridger Foothills Fire caught spark.Residents of Bridger Canyon Road, Jackson Creek and Kelly Canyon were ordered by the county sheriff’s office to vacate their homes. While the cause o… Read more

Despite this unusual year, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions both continued as scheduled, albeit largely online. These four-day conventions featured a wide array of speakers. Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the Republican candidates, had ample time to speak at the Republic… Read more

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Despite this unusual year, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions both continued as scheduled, albeit largely online. These four-day conventions featured a wide array of speakers. Both Donald Trump and Mike Pence, the Republican candidates, had ample time to speak at the Republic… Read more

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The Museum of the Rockies has been a cherished part of the Bozeman community since its founding in 1957. The museum provides resources and exhibits that educate and inform the public on a wide variety of topics such as reptiles, astronomy and ancient history. Now, in 2020, the museum is faci… Read more

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After five years and dozens of meetings with faculty and administrators, the Black Student Union (BSU) will finally see students enrolled in the class they’ve designed. The group proudly celebrated their two-year anniversary in March. Now, LS 191D: Introduction to Africana Studies is availab… Read more

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“The thing that drew me to Lafayette as a subject—that he was the rare object of agreement in the ironically named United States—kept me coming back to why that made him unique. Namely, that we the people have never agreed on much of anything.” Read more

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Hello! My name is Grace Larsen, and I will be the Exponent’s Editor-in-chief for the 2020-21 academic year. I began working for the Exponent as a news writer in the fall of 2019. I have always enjoyed keeping up with everything happening on the MSU campus and I happened to already know this … Read more

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On Wednesday, April 22, Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana would begin the nation’s proposed phased reopening plan and lift the shelter in place order on Sunday, April 26. Montana’s rapid shutdown, which went into effect before its first confirmed case, helped the state … Read more

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The nationwide search for a new dean for MSU’s College of Letters and Science (CLS) concluded on Wednesday, April 22, with a candidate chosen who will not have to travel far to make his debut. After navigating his way through a strong pool of applicants and taking part in extensive virtual i… Read more

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College graduation is typically one of the most significant memories for a student. As the implications of coronavirus have become increasingly far-reaching, this important celebration has come to an unexpected halt, ending many students’ academic careers in an anticlimactic fashion. On the … Read more

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As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates daily, many community-oriented citizens across the nation are looking for ways to serve their vulnerable community members. Bozeman Mutual Aid (BMA) is an organization that aims to flatten the curve of COVID-19 in Bozeman and its surrounding communities, an… Read more

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Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts people where they live and sleep most of the time to determine the allocation of billions of dollars in government funding and political representation in Congress. If you are a Montana State University student who lives in Bozeman — even if you … Read more

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The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the everyday routines of millions of people. As preventive measures such as social distancing and the closure of all nonessential businesses continue to be implemented, individuals are forced to navigate unprecedented obstacles. Students of MSU a… Read more

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Students who spent their spring breaks away from MSU, whether it was to travel back home to their cozy beds, embark on a tropical vacation or depart to the massive red rock formations of Moab, were all shocked when the University encouraged students not to return to their on-campus dwellings… Read more

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Dear readers,On behalf of the Exponent staff, I would like to inform all of you of how the newspaper will continue during this unprecedented time. After careful consideration and an urge to best follow the guidelines of both MSU and the CDC, the newspaper will continue strictly as online-onl… Read more

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