Students from Vietnam and Montana swimming in Halong Bay, Vietnam / Contributed by Elizabeth Harrison

University of Montana US-Vietnam exchange inspires students to ‘dare to dream’

BY: - August 22, 2022

Before traveling to Vietnam, 18-year-old Montana State University student Maggie Vann’s only understanding of the Southeast Asian country was through the perspective of the U.S. – Vietnam War.  The recent Hellgate graduate knew of the strained and often violent relationship the two countries had from the controversial conflict generations past, but after she spent most […]

What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

BY: - August 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — College students are heading back to campus following more than two years of a pandemic that led many schools to empty out for full semesters and later move to hybrid schedules in a struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19. But the attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal […]

Montana Board of Public Ed approves settlement from lawsuit

BY: - August 16, 2022

On a unanimous voice vote Monday, the Montana Board of Public Education voted to approve a settlement agreement between itself and States Newsroom, which operates the Daily Montana, and the Montana Federation of Public Employees. Earlier this year, the news outlet and union sued the Board of Public Ed, alleging it failed to follow the […]

University of Montana awarded $10M grant for multi-state indigenous STEM student collaboration

BY: - August 11, 2022

The University of Montana will receive $1.8 million from a $10 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to a six-state collaboration to increase the representation of Alaska Native and American Indian (AI/AN) students in STEM. According to a UM press release, UM’s share will help build a network for developing STEM educational resources and implement […]

MSU Billings gives all clear after warning of potential shooter

BY: - August 9, 2022

Montana State University-Billings issued an “all clear” after officials posted to social media Tuesday to warn students and staff of a potential gunman coming to campus. MSUB posted on Facebook on Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 to update that there was no suspicious activity reported on the Billings campus. MSUB Communications Director Maureen Braake said Tuesday […]

Montana Supreme Court said masking in schools may serve legitimate, legal purpose

BY: - August 3, 2022

In a 5-0 decision, the Montana Supreme Court said that courts in Gallatin and Missoula counties were correct in refusing to issue an injunction that would have prohibited public schools in the state from COVID-19 masking requirements during the pandemic. The decision, issued Wednesday, was only limited to the issue of a temporary injunction, leaving […]

Gianforte signs on with other governors in opposition to Title IX changes

BY: - August 1, 2022

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte signed onto a joint letter with 14 other governors rejecting the Biden administration’s proposed changes to Title IX on July 27. The governors’ letter urges Biden to “join them in protecting equal opportunities for girls and women” and claims the administration’s inclusion of protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and […]

More women sign onto Title IX discrimination lawsuit against University of Montana

BY: - July 29, 2022

Twelve more women have signed off as plaintiffs for a total of 16 alleging gender discrimination in a lawsuit and possible class action case filed against the University of Montana and Montana University System — but UM said the facts on campus don’t back their narrative. Filed on Friday in U.S. District Court of Montana […]

Democrats in Congress press Biden to extend pause on student loans

BY: - July 29, 2022

WASHINGTON  — More than 100 congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the pause on student loan repayment beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. In a Thursday letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, U.S. Senate and House Democrats argue that due to inflation and an ongoing coronavirus pandemic, student loan borrowers […]

Missoula library wins international award, first in U.S. to earn recognition

BY: - July 26, 2022

The Missoula Public Library won an international design award as “a library built for the future,” and it’s the first library in North American to bring home the honor, according to a news release Tuesday from Missoula County. In a statement, Missoula library director Slaven Lee said the award “belongs to our entire community and […]

University of Montana counseling students pass national exam at rate of 100 percent

BY: - July 25, 2022

University of Montana graduate school student Rachel Keo felt “pure relief” when she found out she had passed the National Counselor Exam earlier this year. She wasn’t alone. All of the 21 students in her graduating class who took the exam this spring passed, something that didn’t surprise Keo. “We were all pretty determined,” Keo […]

The push for abortion lawmaking after ‘Dobbs’ is unique, legal experts say

BY: - July 24, 2022

The end of nationwide abortion protections has been met with a wave of calls from lawmakers and governors in at least a dozen states for special legislative sessions that would reshape the state-by-state patchwork of laws that now govern abortion in the U.S. “I haven’t seen so many states focusing their attention so quickly on […]