University of Montana

UM enrollment official talks SCOTUS affirmative action ruling
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Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action plan.

Staff in the admissions office at the University of Montana say that at least in the immediate future, not much will change.

The gay pride rainbow was projected on UM's Main Hall last night
Mara Silvers

Organizers are expecting more than 1,500 people to attend the Big Sky Pride celebration in Great Falls this weekend.

But following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando this past weekend that left 50 people dead and 53 more injured, Big Sky Pride President Kev Hamm of Helena says he hopes the event that starts this afternoon will draw a much bigger crowd.

 

Close to 5,000 people attended last year's parade in Missoula.

The weekend celebration includes meals, entertainment and dancing, along with a bike ride, parade and rally on Saturday.

It is open to all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and those who support them.

 

In Missoula, nearly 100 people gathered in front of the University of Montana’s Main Hall last night to see a rainbow.

The plain brick building was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag to support the victims of last Sunday’s massacre in Orlando.

UM President Engstrom (file photo)
Josh Burnham

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom received an award today from the Montana Associated Students. 

Creative Commons: Patty Mooney

Students at Florence Carlton High School in the Bitterroot Valley have been rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. But this isn’t a traditional interpretation. Derk Schmidt, who teaches English and drama at FCHS, says they’ve chosen an unlikely setting for the story.

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom delivered the annual state of the university address today.
Josh Burnham

The University of Montana received a $1 million donation today towards an endowed professorship in finance.

UM Student Newspaper Proposes Fee Increase

Apr 28, 2016

University of Montana’s student newspaper, the Kaimin, says it will have to cut staff if it doesn’t get a proposed $1 fee increase students are voting on this week.

The Montana Supreme Court hears arguments in the Krakauer case in Bozeman, April 27, 2016.
Corin Cates-Carney

The Montana University System challenged bestselling author Jon Krakauer in a state Supreme Court hearing Wednesday. In 2015, Krakauer released the book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town," examining how the University of Montana handled cases of alleged rape. One of those cases involved former UM student and quarterback Jordan Johnson.

Author Jon Krakauer speaks about his book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" during a community forum in Missoula, MT Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
Cheri Trusler

The Montana Supreme Court is in Bozeman Wednesday, hearing oral arguments in a case between an investigative journalist and the State of Montana.

Jon Krakauer, author of ‘Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town’, is pressing the State Commissioner of Higher Education to release disciplinary records related to former University of Montana student and athlete Jordan Johnson.

UM Hosts Indian Law Week

Apr 8, 2016

The University of Montana’s law school will look at the issue of cannabis in Indian country next week. It’s part of the school’s annual "Indian Law Week."

Windmill at the Judith Gap wind farm.
David J. Laporte (CC-BY-2)

A majority of Montanans think climate change is a very serious concern for the state. That’s according to a poll commissioned by the University of Montana and Stanford University. UM Political Science Professor Christopher Muste helped conduct the survey.

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