Back in the day, one of the main forms of long-distance communication was by letter. Connecting with loved ones required the time needed to write and the effort of ensuring the piece of paper arrived at its final destination. Today, technology has made it so one person can correspond with an… Read more

 Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are now all back on campus working hard to get through the last three weeks of the semester. Fall break was great — it definitely provided some much needed time off — but kind of felt like a teaser. Last year, due to the severity of the pandemi… Read more

Over the last few years, China — formally The People’s Republic of China — has become more aggressive with its actions toward Taiwan, also known as the Republic of China. This aggression, which includes actions like routine air force exercises in Taiwan’s airspace and sailing warships throug… Read more

On Sunday, Nov. 21, Waukesha, WI was impacted by a devastating and tragic incident. Unknown to many, Waukesha is located about 25 minutes west of Milwaukee. At 4:39 p.m., at roughly 40 mph, a red SUV drove through the barricades and ran into unsuspecting parade members. Law enforcement, EMTs… Read more

It’s surprising to visit a home or business that does not have paper towels. Paper towels are often the first thing someone thinks of to soak up a spill or wipe down a countertop. They can be used for cooking, cleaning and keeping those fancy cast-iron skillets rust free. These paper squares… Read more

Here’s a hot take, or rather a cold take: Ccold climates are better than warm climates. This may be a controversial take, especially for some people dreading the cold winter ofpeople who are from Montana, but as someone who was born and raised in the South, let me assure you that hot climate… Read more

Every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Montana and MSU renew the heated Cat-Griz rivalry game, The Brawl of the Wild. During this week students in Missoula and Bozeman are pitted against each other, but there is one issue many college students in Montana and across the nation have i… Read more

Imagine an alien arrives on planet earth with no knowledge of what to expect. They are supposed to observe the social, economic and environmental systems to gain information that can be applied to developments back on their home planet. The imbalance present on Earth and within its societies… Read more

When Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock won their respective senate races in the runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5 of this year, they secured a Democrat trifecta for the first time 2008. By winning a majority in the House, as well as 50 seats and the tie-breaking vice president vote in … Read more

“Spooky season” is officially upon us. Neighborhoods are full of creepy, crawly decor and bags of bulk candy are some of the first items in sight when entering a grocery store. Questions regarding costumes can be used as conversation starters and ominous Jack-o’-lanterns illuminate the night… Read more

“Winners never quit, quitters never win.” This phrase is popular within our society and is continuously portrayed in movies, television shows and other forms of media. Some of us probably heard it from our high school basketball coaches and parents. It seems obvious, right? Clearly the path … Read more

Daylight savings time has always seemingly been a rather pointless event on the calendar. Set your clock back an hour in the fall and move it forward one in the spring. According to Time magazine, the concept was originally implemented in Germany during World War I as a means to conserve pow… Read more

Every 10 years, with the release of new population census data, states are responsible for redrawing their congressional and state legislative districts. This is to ensure that the populations within each district are distributed equally and to preserve communities with similar political int… Read more

When you picture a bustling city, what images pop into your mind? I suspect the majority of these thoughts include cars. Yellow taxis lining sidewalks, elevated highways full of automobiles zooming by, freeways congested with glaring tail lights and pedestrians standing at crosswalks waiting… Read more

For students who are still on the edge about who to vote for, or looking to better understand each candidate’s merits, the Exponent’s editorial board convened to discuss and endorse a candidate from the Bozeman mayoral race and four-year city commission race. The editorial board interviewed … Read more

What ethnicity do you identify with? What cultural traditions and values influence your specific ethnicity? According to Oxford Languages, the definition of “ethnicity” is “the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.” The same source def… Read more

In the last decade, cryptocurrency has surged in value and popularity. Names like Bitcoin have gone from being known only in small internet nichés to international relevancy, even becoming legal tender in the nation of El Salvador. Cryptocurrency also has several benefits to boast, including… Read more

The Exponent accepts and encourages letters to the editor, especially from students. Articles submitted to the Exponent should be limited to 500 words and include the author’s phone number and home address. We ask for a phone number and address to confirm the author’s identity but do not pub… Read more

Human beings are herd animals. Social interaction is imperative for our survival and success. We laugh, cry and celebrate together. We also all have unique traits, passions, values and behavioral patterns that contribute to our society’s diversity. As we get older we learn the things that li… Read more

Young, white and an influencer, 22 year old Gabby Petito was missing for only eight days before federal authorities found her remains in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Petito case quickly garnered national attention as some of her 1.2 million followers began dissecting the fact… Read more

On August 6th, 1965, the United States Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, enforcing the 15th Amendment that had been ratified 95 years earlier. The right to vote is considered one of the most sacred parts of American democracy, yet it’s often undervalued and overlooked by Americans. This… Read more

Imagine this: you and your family are innocently going about your business, in your home, when big, loud, powerful machines come out of nowhere and forcefully move you. You are not provided any context or reasoning behind what is happening, and are suddenly laying on the ground, unable to br… Read more

It is rare to see a product in a store without the triangular “chasing arrows” recycling symbol. We buy these things knowing we will be able to recycle them and avoid contributing to the net amount of waste piling up on our planet. But what if we are harming more than we are helping? Not eve… Read more

The United States has long embraced the idea of progress and equality. Our nation has assumed the role as a world leader, advocating for and defending human rights and social justice. So why does it seem that the United States is regressing socially?  Read more

It was a beautiful Monday afternoon. I had just finished my third class and made plans to meet up with my dear friend and former co-worker Faith Droszcz at Miller Dining Commons to grab lunch. Before we even swiped our CatCards, we determined that the classic Miller sandwich would be the way… Read more

Only renowned musicians and groundbreaking painters are creative, right? Surely only people who can draw a masterpiece free hand are creative, right? Wrong. Each and every human being on this planet is creative. It does not matter if you are a statistics major or cannot draw a stick figure t… Read more

A latte a day or a big climbing trip to Utah? A new TV or a guided trip down the Yellowstone River? Everyone experiences the internal dilemma accompanied with deciding what exactly is justifiable to spend our money on. Headlines tell us that spending money on experiences rather than material… Read more

NASA was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on April 2, 1958, in response to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), also known as the Soviet Union, succeeding in the space domain. At that time, Eisenhower felt it was necessary for the United States to win the space race o… Read more

Per the facts known about the delta variant, vaccine coverage as of today, different vaccine efficacy rates and prevention strategies associated with the virus, I sternly believe that we should wear masks even after state-wide vaccination rates increase in the United States. Several states h… Read more

The Western United States is experiencing a record-breaking drought. The drought, combined with extreme summer heat, is resulting in unusually low river flows and negative impacts on surrounding landscapes. According to an article in The Washington Post titled, “Reservoirs are drying up as c… Read more

As our summer break approaches, I’m sure 99% of MSU’s students have already planned a getaway to Moab, Utah. I don’t blame you, either. The warm weather, beautiful scenery and interesting city are enticing for the 16,000 of us who have been cooped up in Bozeman, deprived of a spring break an… Read more

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is a human rights issue affecting Native American communities throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. The statistics surrounding this issue are devastating, and the small amount of awareness surrounding this topic is dishearten… Read more

The debate over the requirement of vaccine passports has raged since the early 1960’s when the World Health Organization (WHO) created the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) as an official record designed to prove inoculation to certain diseases during internation… Read more

Imagine this: you are driving down W. College Street, minding your business when, all of a sudden, a Chaco-wearing, Nalgene-carrying, Kavu-single-strap pack slinging biker comes flying out of nowhere. You slam on the brakes, honk your horn and express your frustration by flipping the bird. S… Read more

Staying active is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether it is going for a long walk, a jog or hitting the weights at the gym, our bodies and brains feel good after some movement. We often decide when to work out based on our busy schedules and claim that there is no one time … Read more

According to an article written by Gemma Curtis and published Wednesday, March 3, by Dreams “On average, a person spends approximately 26 years sleeping and nearly seven years trying to get to sleep in their lifetime.” As college students, the amount and quality of sleep we get every night a… Read more

Since 1965, the world has become accustomed to a new form of academic evaluation. The standardized testing system impacts the lives of students starting as young as pre-k and continues past undergraduate admissions into the professional world in the form of exams like the MCAT, LSAT and GRE.… Read more

In a world where being exceptional in your field of work is almost always required, the highest-risk careers are being forced to narrow their studies. Specialization —the idea of focusing on a small part of a much broader area of expertise— is taking over the medical field.  Read more

The extreme rate and sheer volume of medical research being completed to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic, and to work toward a future absent constant mask-wearing and social distancing, has sparked hope around the globe. On Saturday, Feb. 27, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an … Read more

Since man’s first steps on the moon, the mystery and thrill of space has filled the hearts of millions. This unbelievable innovation in exploration changed the way the world understood travel, technology and the dynamics of the solar system. This achievement also created cutting edge scienti… Read more

My heart beats thousands of times in one day, but it’s only when blood is roaring in my ears that I am acutely aware of its existence within my chest.  Read more

It’s disgruntling to step into your home and find that your guests have scattered a plethora of wrappers, plastic bottles and cigarette butts around the house. It’s even worse to find out they deposited their bowels in a nearby corner rather than making it to the toilet. Read more

The 33rd annual “Bug Buffet” took place from Sunday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 27. The buffet included a virtual cook-off between MSU’s chefs, various interviews with food insect entrepreneurs and special bug meal options in Rendezvous Dining Pavilion and Miller Dining Commons. Through… Read more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new COVID-19 guidelines on Saturday, Feb. 13, in which it introduced the recommendation of “double masking”—a strategy where an individual layers a reusable cloth mask on top of a disposable surgical mask. The idea of more masks, … Read more