MSU students work to fight HIV with in Zambia

By RANIA AMPNTEL CHAFINT/Montana State News

She was seven months pregnant and infected with AIDS when she was found living in a bus terminal in Lusaka, Zambia. Nearing birth, the woman was taken to Dr. Tim Meade, who helped deliver the baby with the help of a few volunteers. As a sign of gratitude, the woman named her baby Tim, which laid the foundation for Tiny Tim & Friends.

Meade, who has since adopted “tiny” Tim, now runs the organization with the help of a team of student volunteers from Montana State University. The nonprofit organization is committed to providing medicine to children and families who are in need of HIV/AIDS medication in Zambia, according to the Tiny Tim & Friends website. Continue reading “MSU students work to fight HIV with in Zambia”

Writing Center on cutting edge of teaching theory

By RANIA AMPNTEL CHAFINT/Montana State News

The Montana State University (MSU) Writing Center provides an environment where undergraduate and graduate students can meet with their peers to collaborate on writing. The center operates on theories and guidelines that have changed in recent years.

The MSU Writing Center has moved away from hiring instructors, and towards hiring students who tutor their own peers. The center currently has 22 peer tutors on staff, according to the MSU Writing Center website.

The center hires peer tutors because “students are comfortable working with them, and because the tutors are not disciplinary experts, student writers gain authority and confidence as they articulate what they know about their discipline,” according to the MSU Writing Center website.

Writing centers across the U.S. operate on the premise that peer tutors are coaches, instead of teachers, that provide reader feedback and encourage writers to develop their own ideas and revisions, according to the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) website. Continue reading “Writing Center on cutting edge of teaching theory”

Program connects Japanese, U.S. faculty

By ZACHARY COE/Montana State News

The Long-term Educational Administrator Program (LEAP) was founded in 1997 to give select Japanese higher education staff members the opportunity to travel to the United States.

The program is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and is meant to help improve English skills, create career opportunities and provide an impressive internship opportunity for those involved.

Japanese students that choose to follow through with this program are doing so in order to enter a familiar education system. According to World Education News & Review (WENR), the Japanese school system is “…modeled on and heavily influenced by its American counterpart.”

During the 1947 occupation of Japan, the American influenced Fundamental Law of Education was passed to give the education system a 6-3-3-4 (years in each level of education) structure that is nearly identical to its American counterpart.

This familiar structure is an obvious pull factor that lures students to America, but the growing competition within well-respected university enrollment is another factor that makes the U.S. appealing. According to WENR, in 2005, over 3 million students applied for enrollment in roughly 1,200 universities and colleges in Japan. Continue reading “Program connects Japanese, U.S. faculty”

New B.A. in computer science proposed

By JACKSON NOLDE/Montana State News

The Montana State University Faculty Senate heard a proposal for a new bachelor of arts program in computer science Wednesday.

This program was met with concerns over what would require the capstone to be. Dean John Paxton suggested having students develop a prototype software and do a write-up on how the concentration contributed with the student inviting a B.A. supervisor to attend.

The B.A. in computer science would involve a year of modern language courses followed with more humanity core classes. This could allow a sociologist with a computer science degree to research with Facebook. expanding the job prospects greatly with this proposed major.  Continue reading “New B.A. in computer science proposed”

Faculty Senate looks at B.A. in computer science

By SARAH SNEBOLD/Montana State News

A proposal for a new bachelor of arts program in computer science was presented to the Montana State University Faculty Senate Wednesday.

This program would consist of 40 computer science credits, a minor concentration in any bachelor of arts area and an additional year of modern languages and additional humanities classes.

This differs from the current computer science option of a major in a bachelor of arts and a minor in computer science, because the minor would only require 27 credits and would not include a capstone. With this program, it was argued that the students would be more marketable.

This new program has a variety of benefits, advocates for the programs said, especially for students interested in graphic design, music, sociology and political science. A senator from the music department said computer science is the first or second most popular double major or minor option for the students in this college, therefor this program would provide, “a great overlap.” Continue reading “Faculty Senate looks at B.A. in computer science”

UM enrollment dropped on heels of rape scandal

By TIM STOVER and MICHELLE BURGER/Montana State News

The University of Montana student population has been on the decline since the 2011-2012 academic year.

The student population was 15,669 including both undergraduate and graduate as of 2012. However, graduate student population hasn’t suffered in the same way that undergraduate population has.

The graduate student population has fluctuated about 5 percent whereas the undergraduate student population has lost almost 20 percent to date. This 20 percent loss comes from losing roughly 3,000 students from the 2011-2012 academic year to the most recently reported 2015-2016 years.

During the same time period , MSU has grown a total of 12 percent, in undergraduate population. The graduate population at MSU has stayed around a 1 percent margin within the same time period.

Why has the undergraduate program at of U of M declined so much when compared to their counterparts at MSU? Continue reading “UM enrollment dropped on heels of rape scandal”

Participation in Greek life low and declining

By AMANDA GROVER and BAY STEPHENS/Montana State News

Greek life has always been a staple of college movies, but at Montana State University Greek life entrance rates are extremely low.

According to MSU’s common data set for 2016-2017, 4 percent and 3 percent of the first-time freshman men and women enter Greek life, respectively. Overall, 2 percent of the MSU population join Greek life as undergraduates.

However, the rates weren’t much higher throughout the past decades. According to the 1996-1997 data set, 9 percent and 10 percent of the freshman men and women joined. The overall rates of undergraduate members joining Greek life were 7 percent for men and 5 percent for women.

Are these low rates endemic to MSU? Looking at MSU’s rival school—the University of Montana—the numbers are difficult to argue with. Continue reading “Participation in Greek life low and declining”

MSU’s male-gender bias explored

By TYLER BARTON and VIRGINIA HOLST/Montana State News

The male-to-female ratio is skewed at Montana State University – and statistically, a woman’s application is marginally more likely to be rejected than a man’s.

Historically, acceptance rates for men and women at Montana State University have paralleled each other. However, since 2009, a marked difference between the two began, largely in favor of male students.

In the 2000s, an average of 75.8 percent of men were accepted into MSU, roughly equal to the 73.6 percent of women. However, a stark contrast in acceptance rates came in 2009, with 67.3 percent of men being accepted, compared to a mere 59.3 percent of women.

The numbers in 2009 set a precedent. Every year since then, with the exception of 2014, the acceptance rates at MSU have favored males by a large margin – anywhere from 5 to 12 percent.

This could be due to a variety of factors. Kaitlin Mulhere, a writer for Time Magazine, says, “Most colleges aim to maintain as much gender parity on campus as possible, as the ratio of men to women can dramatically affect campus culture. But that also means some colleges have significantly higher acceptance rates for men than for women, or vice versa.

“At schools with a strong engineering or hard science bent, men generally apply in much larger numbers than women, for example.” Continue reading “MSU’s male-gender bias explored”

Song permeates life of a college student

By AMANDA GROVER/Montana State News

Walking across campus, you notice music – not coming from your headphones – hanging in the air. You may not know it, but a young woman named April Seymour is around. You can spot her easily blending in with those around her, in hoodies and boots and jeans.  While many would feel self-conscious singing in public, she says “I started – I  think – just singing in church when I was really little, and I’ve always loved doing it so I just kept going.”

Her red hair stands out against her black hoodie when it’s not hidden under her D­­­­­­­­­­­­­eadpool beanie. However, she’s got a voice that hovers naturally in the air as she commutes from class to class. Song choice varies widely, and often has eclectic hints to it. Sometimes, it’s a pop hit, or it can even be an original song she’s written.

Seymour is a part of the on-campus a cappella group. She says that she checked to make sure that Montana State University had an a cappella group before she sent in her application. She got into it four days after arriving on campus freshman year. She said that she knew about the group auditions when she stopped by their booth during Catapalooza. While she wasn’t nervous for the solo round, she was extremely nervous for the round working as a group. So nervous, in fact, that she tried her best to harmonize with everyone. This ended up getting her into the group. Continue reading “Song permeates life of a college student”

Depression poses unique challenges for student

By TIM STOVER/Montana State News

Sadness feels like having a big black dog with you at all times. It’s overwhelming and hard to escape. According to Suzanne Johnson, a student at Montana State University, that’s what depression feels like. She used the World Health Organization’s YouTube video entitled “I had a black dog, his name was depression,” to describe sadness – a   clinical sadness. When asked what happiness felt like, she didn’t have an answer, at least for a couple hours.

We spoke on campus in the sub while having a bite to eat. Johnson wore jeans and a gray sweatshirt paired with Princess Leia like buns in her hair. She seemed happy.

The question she had the hardest time answering, “What is happiness,” took her a few hours to provide a response to. In the end, she concluded on “Happiness is like all of space rushing into you and filling you up. You feel complete.” Continue reading “Depression poses unique challenges for student”

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