University of Montana Style Guide
Style Guide Index:
M No quotation marks: They hiked to the M during lunch break. The M Trail was improved several years ago.
magazine names Capitalize, but don't use quotes. Do not italize Lowercase "magazine" unless it's part of the official title: Time magazine.
Main Hall The building's official name is University Hall, but Main Hall is acceptable in all references.
male See female, male entry.
Malmstrom Air Force Base Located near Great Falls.
Mansfield Mall Acceptable on first reference for the outdoor area between the University Center and Mansfield Library.
Masquer Theatre Located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana Offers education in Asian studies, and ethics and public affairs. Located in the Mansfield Library. Use "the Mansfield Center " or "the center" on second reference.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation A private, nonprofit organization charged with raising money for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Located in the Mansfield Library. Use "the Mansfield Foundation" or "the foundation" on second reference.
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library "Mansfield Library" is acceptable on first reference. Use "the library" on second reference.
me, myself Use "me" unless you're emphasizing or referring back to a pronoun mentioned previously in the sentence. Right: The panelists included Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and me. I myself am to blame. I wore myself out. Wrong: The award was quite an honor for Dan and myself.
media Plural of "medium," so remember to use a plural verb or pronoun with it. Right: Most of the local media are likely to attend the news conference. Wrong:Conservatives say the media has a liberal bias.
medieval Usually lowercase. Exceptions: Medieval Greek, Medieval Latin.
Meloy Gallery The main gallery of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. Located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
mid- Needs no hyphen unless followed by a capitalized word or figures: midsemester, mid-Atlantic, mid-90s.
millions, billions Use figures ($5 million, 3 billion Dalmatians) except in a case like this: What I wouldn't give for a billion dollars.
mini- See prefixes entry, but in general, no hyphen: minibus, miniseries, miniskirt.
minor academic minors are not capitalized. The regents approved a new minor in global public health. She received a minor climate change studies. Specific program names are capitalized. Peter Koehn directs the Global Public Health program.
minuscule Not miniscule.
Missoula International Airport Located at Johnson-Bell Field.
Missoulian A Missoula resident; also a newspaper. Do not precede the name of the newspaper with Missoulian a capital " The" unless at the beginning of a sentence.
MOLLI acronym for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Montana. MOLLI is acceptable on second reference.
money Use figures. Don't use zeros after even amounts: $8, $4.56.
Montana Acceptable on second reference for UM sports teams: Montana beat Montana State 64-30.
Montana Committee for the Humanities The UM-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Use "the committee" or "MCH" on second reference.
Montana Grizzlies Acceptable on first reference when referring to men's basketball, football, track and field and cross country teams at UM. See Lady Griz, Montana, Montana Soccer and Montana Volleyball entries.
Montana Island Lodge Located on Salmon Lake.
Montana Kaimin UM's student newspaper. Use "the Kaimin" on second reference.
Montana Museum of Art & Culture MMAC is acceptable on second reference. MMAC has two galleries, both located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center. They are the Meloy Gallery and the Paxon Gallery.
MontanaPBS Comprises KUFM-TV in Missoula and KUSM-TV in Bozeman.
Montana Public Employees Association Use MPEA on second reference.
Montana Public Radio Refers to the NPR affiliate and FM network that serves western and central Montana. MTPR is acceptable on second reference. Stations in the network include KUFM (Missoula), KGPR (Great Falls), KUHM (Helena), KUKL (Kalispell), KAPC (Butte) and KUFN (Hamilton).
Montana Repertory Theatre "Montana Rep" and "the rep" are acceptable on second reference.
Montana Soccer This UM women's team is not called Lady Griz. It may be referred to as the Montana Grizzlies or Grizzly soccer.
Montana Theatre Located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Montana University System Use full name on first reference. Use "MUS" or "the University System" on second reference. See Appendix D for a listing of University System components.
Montana Volleyball This UM women's team is not called Lady Griz" It may be referred to as the Montana Grizzlies or Grizzly volleyball.
months Abbreviate January, February, August, September, October, November and December when used with a specific date: Jan. 3, 2005. Don't abbreviate when used with only a year, and don't separate the two with a comma or "of": January 2005. Spell out March, April, May, June and July.
mount Spell out in all cases referring to a mountain: Mount Sentinel, Mount Jumbo.
mountain campus a term used to refer to the main UM campus located at the base of Mount Sentinel in Missoula. Do not capitalize. The number of students jumped 126 at the mountain campus, with an additional 358 students at Missoula College UM.
Mrs., Mr., Miss, Ms. See courtesy titles entry.
multi- See prefixes entry, but in general, no hyphen: multilateral, multidisciplinary, multicultural, multimedia.
myself See me, myself entry.