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Think Grizzly, It's Friday | February 25, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 6 |

In This Issue
Spring Semester Enrollment Tops 15,000
Law School Celebrates 100 Years
Documentary Tackles Cannabis Science
UM Law Team Wins Trial Competition
'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' March 9
World Rhythms Concert Feb. 26
Author to Speak about Cyberlibertarians
Lecture Addresses Land Ownership
Reading Series Kicks Off March 4
'Lessons of Our Land' Series Continues
UM Offers Updated Educators' Career Fair
KBGA Radio Hosts Concert
Griz Busted in Bracket Buster
Lady Griz Break Another Streak
Montana Ready for Conference Meet
Women's Tennis Pummels Portland
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Spring Semester Enrollment Tops 15,000



The headcount enrollment at UM this semester is 15,106, a record enrollment for spring semester at the University. Enrollment jumped 484 above spring semester last year.


The new number includes the central mountain campus and the UM College of Technology. UM first topped the 15,000 mark with its highest fall semester enrollment in the University's history last year. 


"Access to a successful higher education experience is among our highest priorities," UM President Royce Engstrom said. "People are seeing more and more how important college is to their own futures and the future of Montana. Both new enrollment and retention are strong at all degree levels on all of our UM campuses."


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Law School Celebrates 100 Years

UM's School of Law celebrated its 100th birthday Feb. 17 during the University's Charter Day ceremonies.   

"The School of Law has become part of the fabric of Montana," UM law school Dean Irma Russell said. "We look forward to celebrating our rich history throughout the coming year."    

During UM's Charter Day activities in 1911, the Missoula legislative delegation telegrammed then-University President Clyde Augustus Duniway to inform him and those gathered that Montana Gov. Edwin L. Norris had signed the bill creating the School of Law.    

Centennial events will continue through the year and culminate with the school's reunions and gala dinner Sept. 8-11 in Missoula.

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Documentary Tackles Cannabis Science

As Montana legislators debate the future of medical marijuana, a new MontanaPBS documentary looks at an aspect that's largely missing from the discussion: scientific research, or the lack of it, into the medical efficacy of the plant.    

The hourlong documentary "Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis" reveals how the plant's compounds act on the brain and body to potentially treat myriad conditions and diseases. Personal stories of relief from pain, nausea and epileptic seizures frame a scientific discussion of both the therapeutic potential and the very real side effects of cannabis as a medicine.    

"Clearing the Smoke: The Science of Cannabis" airs on MontanaPBS at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, and at noon and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3. Check local listings for channel information.    

MontanaPBS investigative reporter Anna Rau researched the topic for more than six months and says the intent of the program is to provide more information for the debate.


UM Law Team Wins Trial Competition 


Tracey Neighbor-Johnson and Tim Dailey, third-year students in the UM School of Law, took first place in the regional tournament of the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition, held Feb. 11-13 in Portland, Ore.


The UM team competed against 22 other teams from law schools throughout the West in a round-robin format. The team tried three cases before advancing to the semifinals. Seeded No. 2 of eight, Neighbor-Johnson and Dailey defeated the team from Gonzaga University to move on to the final, where they bested Lewis and Clark College in a closely contested trial.


Neighbor-Johnson and Dailey will compete in the National Trial Competition April 6-10 in Houston.


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'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' March 9

The UM Student Assault Resource Center will host its fourth annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, on the second floor of the University Center.


During the march to support ending sexual assault and relationship violence, men will show their commitment by walking a mile around the UC in heels. Prizes will be awarded for the best walks and for the sponsoring group that raises the most funds.


The walk is open to the public, as well as UM students, staff and faculty. Women can participate by cheering the men on or by sponsoring male friends, teachers, residence hall advisers and others to walk.


Participants can register on the SARC website or from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the UC the day of the event. The registration fee is a $5 donation. Registration is free for student athletes, Greeks and campus housing residents.


For more information about the event or registration, call Stoney Sasser, SARC outreach coordinator, at 406-243-6429 or e-mail

World Rhythms Concert Feb. 26

UM's School of Music will present its annual World Rhythms Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in the University Theatre.

The centerpiece for the concert will be performances by the UM West African Ensemble featuring Abdoul Doumbia and Djenba Sako, master drummer and dancer from Mali. They will be joined on stage by Matthew Marsolek of the Drum Brothers and the UM Djebe Bara Dance group performing a variety of traditional drumming and dance pieces from Mali.

Tickets are $10 at the door for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.
Author to Speak about Cyberlibertarians

Patrick Burkart, author of "Music and Cyberliberties," will present a colloquium titled "The Cyberlibertarians" at UM on Friday, March 4. The colloquium begins at 3 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123 and is free and open to the public.


Cyberliberties activism -- activism around online privacy, access and free speech -- blossomed in the wake of the shutdown of Napster in 2001.  


Burkart, an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, will discuss why music fans were among the first to confront the curtailment of their civil liberties in cyberspace. He will address how prominent groups still use file sharing, hacktivism, culture jamming and lobbying to promote cyberlibertarian projects.


For more information about the colloquium, call Lanell Curry of UM's Department of Communication Studies at 406-243-4293 or e-mail

Lecture Addresses Land Ownership


Cris Stainbrook, president of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation, will speak about how the challenges of land ownership affect the sovereignty and self-determination of Indian nations on Tuesday, March 8, at UM.


Stainbrook will present "Recovering an Indian Land Base" at 7:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room L14. The event is free and open to the public.


The lecture is sponsored by UM's O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West. For more information, call 406-243-7700 or e-mail


Reading Series Kicks Off March 4


UM's Creative Writing Program will present readings by highly acclaimed visiting writers in its 2011 Spring Reading Series on campus during March and April. This year's featured authors are novelist Rick Moody, nonfiction writer Susan Orlean, and poets C.S. Giscombe and Peter Richards. All events are free and open to the public.


Moody, the author of nine books, will open the series on Friday, March 4, with a fiction craft lecture titled "Rules for Revision" from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in McGill Hall Room 210 and a fiction reading at 7 p.m. that day in the Dell Brown Room of Turner Hall.


Orlean will be at UM on Friday, March 25, to present events for the reading series. Giscombe and Richards will present readings in April.


For more information call Karin Schalm, program coordinator, at 406-243-5267 or e-mail


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'Lessons of Our Land' Series Continues


The "Lessons of Our Land" speaker series will hold events on Wednesdays, March 2 and 9, featuring Narcisse Blood of Red Crow Community College in Stand Off, Alberta, and Cris Stainbrook, president of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation in Little Canada, Minn. 


The events are free and open to the public and will take place in Payne Family Native American Center Room 105.


Blood will share traditional knowledge about the connection between land, language and people from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.


Stainbrook, Oglala Lakota, will address Indian land consolidation issues and the American Indian Probate Act concerns for landowners across Indian Country from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 9.


For more information, visit the Indian Land Tenure Foundation website, call Jodi Rave at 406-396-8537, or e-mail


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UM Offers Updated Educators' Career Fair


"Yeah! I just got a job!" Such exclamations are common at UM's Annual Multi-state Educators' Career Fair, which will be held on campus Sunday and Monday, May 1-2.


Mike Heuring, director of the UM Office of Career Services, said he's seen many students attend the fair, get interviewed and sign a teaching contract all in the same day. "It's music to my ears when it happens," Heuring said. "A lot of hiring goes on during this fair."


Roberta "Bobbie" Evans, dean of UM's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, said the fair has become one of the Pacific Northwest's top teacher-recruiting events. In addition to recruiting teacher candidates, school districts hire administrators, school counselors and speech-language pathologists.


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KBGA Radio Hosts Concert


KBGA College Radio 89.9 FM at UM will host a concert featuring Asobi Seksu, BRAHMS and Stellarondo at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Palace Lounge in downtown Missoula.  

Admission to the show is $8 for those 21 and older and $10 for those under 21. The event is open to ages 18 and older.


Asobi Seksu is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and pulls from a variety of styles. Touring with Asobi Seksu is BRAHMS, an emerging synth-infused pop band also from Brooklyn. The Missoula band Stellorondo will open the show. Their music explores the sweet and the sinister, spilling out songs about stalkers, roadside anomalies, love and haunted hotels.

Griz Busted in Bracket Buster


Senior center Brian Qvale scored the first two points of the game, but Long Beach State scored the next 12 to give the 49ers a lead they would never surrender as they cruised to a 74-56 victory Feb. 19 over the Grizzlies in the Sears Bracket Buster game at Long Beach's Walter Pyramid.


Qvale scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Montana in both categories despite foul trouble. Art Steward was the only other Grizzly in double figures with 13.


The Grizzlies headed north to close out the Big Sky Conference regular season on the road against Portland State on Thursday, Feb. 24, before going on to face Eastern Washington on Saturday, Feb. 26, for the Altitude Big Sky Game of the Week.

Lady Griz Break Another Streak 


One week after snapping Northern Colorado's 11-game home-court winning streak and three weeks after putting an end to Montana State's 10-game winning streak, the Lady Griz broke Idaho State's 14-game home-court winning streak with a 63-60 victory Feb. 19 at Reed Gym in Pocatello.


The win was the sixth straight for the Lady Griz and their fifth straight league road victory.


Freshman Torry Hill finished with a season-high 16 points and senior Stephanie Stender had 15 points. Montana hosted Portland State on Thursday, Feb. 24, and will face Eastern Washington at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, in Dahlberg Arena. 

Montana Ready for Conference Meet


The Montana track and field teams added one final automatic Big Sky Conference qualifier and posted season and career bests across nearly all events Feb. 18 at the last-chance Bobcat Open in Bozeman.


UM's new qualifier was senior Don Danns, who ran a track-adjusted 6.54 to win the 55 meters. His time qualified with less than a hundredth of a second to spare.


Danns' addition gives the Griz men a dozen automatic qualifiers to this week's championships, though more will be added to the travel squad through at-large and wildcard selections. The UM women have 11 automatic qualifiers, and those athletes have a half dozen more qualifications across more events than the men.


The Grizzlies will compete Feb. 25 and 26 at the Big Sky Conference indoor championships at Pocatello, Idaho.

Women's Tennis Pummels Portland 


The UM women's tennis team jumped to 2-0 in Big Sky Conference play with a 6-1 defeat of Portland State Feb. 20 at Missoula's Peak Health and Wellness Racquet Club.


The Montana team stamped authority upon another Big Sky match, loading a 6-1 record to match that handed in over Northern Colorado this month. With a doubles sweep and wins at five of six singles positions, the Grizzlies dominated play.


Montana will hit it hard again this weekend with matches at Gonzaga, Eastern Washington and Idaho in Spokane, Cheney and Pullman, Wash.

Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
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