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Think Grizzly, It's Friday
Think Grizzly, It's Friday | March 25, 2011 | Volume 17, Number 10 |

In This Issue
Celebrate Native American Artistry
Sculptor Judy Pfaff to Speak April 11
Forum Explores Politics of Sustainability
Diversity Conference in UC Today
UM Reaches Out to Japan
Film Screening to Benefit Food Bank
Book Signing, Reading April 1
KBGA College Radio Hosts Annual Party
UCLA Downs the Lady Griz
Golf Team Takes 11th at Shootout
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Celebrate Native American Artistry  

The public is invited to enjoy the skills of some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America at the 43rd annual Kyi-Yo Celebration on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, at UM's Adams Center.


The theme of this year's celebration of heritage and artistry is "Together as One Nation." It recognizes the strength and perseverance of Native peoples and cultures and the commitment of Native American students who have embarked on the path to embrace education and strengthen their families and communities.


Doors open at 4 p.m. Friday, with a grand entry at 7 p.m. Saturday the doors open at 10 a.m., with grand entries at noon and 7 p.m.


General admission is $5 for each session. An all-day pass for Saturday sessions is $8. Weekend passes are available for $15. Admission is $3 for UM students who show a valid Griz Card. Tickets and passes can be purchased at the door. The celebration helps support the mission and goals of the UM Kyi-Yo student organization.


Head dancers this year are Sonny Hawk and Gloria Stone Child. More information is available on the the Kyi-Yo Celebration website.

Kyi-Yo is an Associated Students of UM-recognized club that is open to all University students. The club promotes pride and positive identity in Native American culture and supports cultural diversity on campus.

Sculptor Judy Pfaff to Speak April 11 

Renowned sculptor Judy Pfaff will present a lecture at UM at 6:10 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Social Science Building Room 356. The event, sponsored by the UM School of Art and the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Program, is free and open to the public.


With a stellar career spanning more than 30 years, Pfaff is widely regarded as one of the pre-eminent installation artists of our time. She is known for her lyrical and energetic manipulations of surprising materials, taking over gallery and alternative spaces for months at a time.


Pfaff is a professor of art and co-chair of the Department of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. She was born in England and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1973.


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Forum Explores Politics of Sustainability 


William Shutkin, a global leader in sustainability and social entrepreneurship, will present the second event of the spring series of the UM Natural Resources and Environmental Policy Forum.


Shutkin, who is executive director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, will present "Collapse, Collective Action, Conundrum: Pursuing Sustainable Communities in the Age of Ideology" at noon Thursday, March 31, in the UM School of Law Castles Center. The forum is free and open to the public.


For most, creating sustainable communities is about green building standards, caps on greenhouse gas emissions, open-space conservation and incentives for solar energy, among other strategies. But that's the easy part, Shutkin said.


The politics of sustainability and the ideas and mental models that shape it are where things get tough, he said, and no community is immune from the eclipsing effect of ideology and people's infatuation with their own ideas. He will talk about that tension between ideology and sustainability and how it can be resolved.


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Diversity Conference in UC Today    


A conference designed to bridge the gap between Native American students and UM faculty members will take place Friday, March 25, in the University Center.


"Spirit of Diversity: Making Connections in the Classroom" will run from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UC's third-floor meeting rooms. No registration is necessary, and the event is free to the campus community.


The conference addresses dialogical disconnects or cultural misunderstandings that can arise between Native students and their faculty. It aims to give faculty members information to help with issues related to Native students.

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UM Reaches Out to Japan     


Sixty-five Japanese students at UM have been profoundly affected by the natural disasters in their country. The University is reaching out through the UM Foundation's Foreign Student Assistance Fund to offer financial assistance to those in need.

Donations can be made to the fund by sending a check to UM Foundation, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT 59807-7159. Donations also may be made on the foundation's website. Designate that the gift is for the Foreign Student Assistant Fund/Japan.

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Film Screening to Benefit Food Bank

Students in a UM recreation management class invite the local and campus community to view the movie "Real Dirt on Farmer John" at 7 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the University Center Theater.


The event is a class project to benefit the Missoula Food Bank. Those who attend are asked to bring three to five nonperishable food items or $3 to $5 to support the food bank. The five highest donators of the evening will receive vouchers for a free dinner at the Food Zoo in the Lommasson Center at UM.


The film is the epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America.


For more information call Takashi Yamaguchi, event organizer, at 406-370-0613 or email

Book Signing, Reading April 1


UM Assistant Professor Tobin Miller Shearer will read from and sign copies of his new book, "Daily Demonstrators: The Civil Rights Movement in Mennonite Homes and Sanctuaries," from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, at Fact & Fiction, located at 220 N. Higgins Ave. in Missoula. The event is free and open to the public.


"Daily Demonstrators," based on oral history interviews, photographs, letters, minutes, diaries and journals of white and African-American Mennonites, is the first book to bring together Mennonite religious history and civil rights movement history.


The Mennonites, with their long tradition of peaceful protest and commitment to equality, were castigated by Martin Luther King Jr. for not showing up on the streets to support the civil rights movement, said Shearer, who coordinates UM's African-American Studies Program.

KBGA College Radio Hosts Annual Party


KBGA College Radio 89.9 FM at UM will host its annual spring party, "Fools Night Out," at 9 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the Badlander and 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 up.

The concert will feature six touring bands and one band from Missoula. "Fools Night Out" comprises bands from Austin, Texas; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Philadelphia; Nashville, Tenn.; Missoula; and Japan.

All proceeds from the event benefit the student-run, educational, nonprofit college radio station. For more information visit the KBGA website.

UCLA Downs Lady Griz


No. 14 Montana lost its first-round game of the 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship on March 19 to No. 3 UCLA at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. The 55-47 loss ended the season for the Lady Griz.


Montana trailed the final 31 minutes of the game but never lost touch with UCLA, the ninth-ranked team in the nation, despite shooting just 32.7 percent and turning over the ball 25 times. 

Golf Team Takes 11th at Shootout 


The Montana women's golf team, shooting its fifth-best round of the season, took 11th place following last week's final round in the Northern Arizona Lumberjack Shootout in Litchfield Park, Ariz.  


Senior Carissa Simmons led the Grizzlies, finishing in 19th place and tying her lowest tournament score of the season with 224 strokes on Wigwam resort's red course.  


In the final, the entire Grizzly team of five handed in scores in the 70s, a first for the 2010-11 Montana team, and a specific goal of UM coach Joanne Steele.


The Griz golfers will play March 24-25 in the Cal Poly Match Play Challenge in Arroyo Grande, Calif. 

Jennifer Sauer, TGIF editor
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