Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Symptoms of H1N1

Health Official Greg Oliver from the Missoula City-County Health Department discusses the symptoms of the H1N1 virus.

H1N1 Prevention in Dorms

Reporter Paige Browning finds that H1N1 changes in the dorms affect sick and healthy students alike. The newest part of the prevention plan includes turning study lounges into housing.

Jake Silk

A UM student was hoping to run for the cross country team when something happened that changed his life. The incident left him wearing a brace on his right leg in order to keep his foot at a 90 degree angle. Reporter Cole Johnson and photographer Sarah Grant discover the tragic story of the Great Falls native.

American Indian Heritage Day

The University of Montana has American Indian Heritage Day every year to represent how different and unique American Indian Culture is. UM News reporter Laura Wilson and photographer Eri Okazaki found UM American Indian Studies Department have had a new support this year to make the event different.

UM News Silver for October 1, 2009

Today's UM News program was produced by the Silver Team and airs on Montana Today on KECI-TV in Missoula, KCFW-TV in Kalispell and KTVM-TV in Butte/Bozeman. University of Montana senior broadcast journalism majors Ashley Korslien and Lindsey Scheetz anchor the broadcast. It was produced by Willi Brooks and directed by Buddy Cowart.

Young Workers Suffering in Tough Economy

Education costs are increasing at Universities around the country. At the same time, the economy is making it hard for many students to keep up with the rising costs. A new study by the AFL-CIO shows young workers are making less money today than they did ten years ago. The study says in 1999, more workers were able to manage day to day costs, and even save money. Today, only 31 percent under the age of 35 make enough to cover their bills. UM News reporter Ashley Korslien and photographer Jon Denny found out why some UM students are paying a heavy price.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Parking Advice

University of Montana's Parking Enforcement Officer Joe George gives some friendly advice for drivers who want to avoid a ticket on campus. It's a supplement to the interview George did for a UM News story on the increased parking fees.

Research in Kenya

Wildlife biology junior Wesley Scarmento received a $5,000 research grant to study gazelles in Kenya. UM News reporter Shande Wiest and photographer Dariga Massenova found out what he is up to now and the importance of understanding disease transmission between animals and humans.

Flu Shot Clinics in UM Dorms

Normally one would not expect to see college freshmen lining up in their dorms for a chance to get jabbed with a needle. However, this flu season campuses are taking extra precautions in light of the H1N1 strain.

At UM, pharmacy students who work for Health Services went to the dorms for the first time to vaccinate students. Photographer Grant Beaudette and reporter Drew Trafton show us how students in Knowles Hall reacted to Health Services' efforts to fight the spread of flu on campus.

Pharmacy students will be in the dorms this week as well in Miller Hall, Pantzer Hall, and the University Center from 5-7 PM on Wednesday evening and in the University Center on Thursday.

Curry Health Center Events

UM Parking Fees

It's not just tuition that's going up this fall. Parking prices in the university hourly lots have risen. UM News reporter Jannette Hoerner and photographer Scott Youngbauer take a look at the rise of these prices.

Nearly all parking violations went up this year not just the price to park.

Violation-- 2008-- 2009
NO DECAL-- $15-- $25
HOURLY-- $15-- $20
QUICK STOP-- $15-- $20
HANDICAP-- $100-- $100
RESERVE-- $25-- $40

More information at or by calling 243-6132.

Betty's for Beer

While wine tastings happen in Napa Valley, Big Sky Country sees a variety of beer tastings popping up all over the state. Big Sky Brewing Company in Missoula holds a four-class seminar specifically to help the ladies find their tastes. UM News reporter Carmen Ebert takes us to one of those classes and shows us one woman's quest to familarize herself with a local brew.

For more information on classes, call the tap room at Big Sky Brewery at 549-2777 x120.

UM News Maroon for September 29

Welcome to today's episode of UM News for the Maroon team. University of Montana broadcast journalism majors Drew Trafton and Marnee Banks anchors today's program. The program was produced by Rose Stepanek and directed by Mike Houchin. This program airs on KPAX-TV in Missoula, KTVQ-TV in Billings, KRTV-TV in Great Falls and KBZK-TV in Bozeman.

SpectrUM Discovery Area

Slime, eyeballs, and giant noses help teach kids about science at the University of Montana's SpectrUM Discovery Area. The interactive science museum is currently showcasing the Hands on Health exhibit, which educates kids about health and exercise science. UM News reporter Marnee Banks and photographer Daniel Ryan explored SpectrUM and the current exhibit.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Video Surveillance at UM

Have you ever wondered if someone is watching you?
With the death of Annie Le, a grad student at Yale University, video surveillance has come into the spotlight.
UM News Reporter Willi Brooks and photographer Jon Denny take a closer look at video cameras on campus and just "who" is behind the "eye in the sky." (Click on the link below)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rattlesnake Creek Cleanup

Students volunteered their time to help cleanup the Rattlesnake Creek Area. The cleanup was organized by the Rattlesnake Watershed Group. UM News reporter/photographer Buddy Cowart brings you the story.


More and more people are learning how to live sustainably--such as conserving resources, finding alternative energy outlets, and recycling. UM News reporter Laura Wilson and photographer Sarah Grant found one group of students who are demonstrating how to follow an eco-friendly lifestyle in a home called the UM FLAT.

African American Studies Program Leaves Lasting Legacy

The African American Studies program at the University of Montana is celebrating its 41st anniversary. A reunion this fall brought back nearly 100 alumni to campus for a three day event. Originally called the "Black Studies Program," classes began in 1968 with only 7 students. Today 114 students are involved in the program. UM News reporter Ashley Korslien and photographer Eri Okazaki found out how the program is leaving a lasting legacy for students on campus.

UM Parking Goes Green

University of Montana Public Safety is helping to save the environment as well as helping people save money. The university offers a special discounted parking permit, the Go Green Permit, for students, faculty and their "green" vehicles. UM News reporter Cole Johnson and photographer Whitney Caldarone have the story.

Click to see if your car qualifies for a Go Green Permit

UM News Silver for September 24, 2009

Welcome to this week's silver team edition of UM News. Today's anchors are senior broadcast journalism majors Cole Johnson and Laura Wilson. Katy Harris produced the program while Mark Wilson was the director. This program airs on KECI-TV in Missoula, KCFW-TV in Kalispell and KTVM-TV in Butte/Bozeman. The University of Montana School of Journalism and Department of Radio-Television thank you for watching. Don't forget to comment and tell us what you think.

Monday, September 21, 2009

UM student leads double life

Most people would call running their own restaurant enough of a challenge but UM News reporters Scott Youngbauer, and Shande Wiest take a look at a local Missoula chef who lives a double life.

Bike Ambassadors on a mission

It probably wouldn't surprise anyone to see a student riding a bicycle on a college campus. Bikes are cheap, easily maintainable, and a great way to get around without harming the environment. However, the UM Bike Ambassador's aren't concerned with why Missoula college students are biking. Their goal is to take a closer look at how students ride around on campus. UM News reporter Drew Trafton and photographer Mike Houchin followed one of these cycling crusaders around to see how she accomplishes her mission.

Rules of the Road
UM Bike Ambassador Karly Elmdrin explains good bike etiquette.

Army ROTC at full strength in ailing economy.

Weekly Belay Clinic

UM students this Fall are learning the ropes when it comes to rock climbing.

Jannette Hoerner and photographer Grant Beaudette look at a weekly clinic at the UM Fitness and Recreation Center that teaches aspiring climbers the ins and outs of belaying.

The class costs $15 and runs 5:00-7:00pm every Tuesday through September & October.

Contact the UM Climbing Wall

UM belly dance teacher wins top spot

She shook and shimmied her way to the top.
UM Dance instructor Kelli Marie Neumayer was number one at Wiggles of the West belly dancing competition in Las Vegas. UM News reporter Rose Stepanek and photographer Dariga Massenova talked to Neumayer about her experience and how it can affect her teaching methods.

UM News Maroon September 22, 2009

University of Montana senior broadcast journalism majors Jannette Hoerner and Shande Wiest anchor this week's edition of UM News for the Maroon team. The program was produced by Katrina Heser and directed by Jaime Berg. The program aired on KPAX-TV in Missoula, KBZK-TV in Bozeman, KRTV-TV in Great Falls and KTVQ-TV in Billings.

UM upgrades classroom technology

A change in technology across campus classrooms is changing the way professors teach. The project will cost nearly $1.9 million and is scheduled to be completed by the 2015 school year. UM News reporter Daniel Ryan found out how the change is benefiting professors and enhancing their course content.

Friday, September 18, 2009

H1N1 Prevention Plan

Many cases of the H1N1 virus have been reported at universities accross Montana, including UM. UM News reporter Willi Brooks and photographer Sarah Grant found out what the University of Montana's plan is to battle the H1N1 virus. Additionally, what you can do to prevent yourself from catching the virus.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

UM Bookstore Makeover

The Bookstore at the University of Montana recently completed a six month renovation making the store more shopper friendly. All Griz-gear moved from the upper level to the main floor, and all textbooks moved upstairs. UM News reporter Ashley Korslien and photographer Whitney Caldarone found out how students are adjusting to the new layout.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Main Hall Construction

Construction continues this fall semester on the University of Montana campus. One of the main projects is a renevation of Main Hall. UM News reporter Cole Johnson and photographer Buddy Cowart talked with UM's main architect Jerry Ballas about the changes being done to one of the oldest buildings on campus.

UM News Silver for September 17, 2009

The UM News Silver Team presents their first newscast of the semester. Today's anchors are Willi Brooks and Ashley Korslien. The program was produced by Lindsay Scheetz and directed by Paige Browning. UM News Silver will air on KECI-TV in Missoula and KULR-TV in Billings, Montana.

Soccer Cleats For Kenya

UM Grizzly Soccer Team is not only playing soccer to entertain people in Missoula, but also showing their care toward people who love soccer all over the world. UM News reporter/photographer Eri Okazaki found that how UM Soccer Team spread their love of soccer within Missoula community and outside of the country.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Emergency Response Grant

The Office of Public Safety recently received a grant to fund emergency response readiness on the University of Montana Campus. UM News Reporter Jannette Hoerner and photographer Mike Houchin spoke with UM Chief of Police Jim Lemcke to find out how the money will help students.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Wear The Bear

The Wear the Bear campaign is sweeping the state. Their slogan: "Paint Montana Maroon". They encourage students and businesses to wear maroon and silver every Friday. UM News reporter Rose Stepanek and photographer Scott Youngbauer report the campaign hopes to spread Griz spirit across the nation.

Food Zoo offering halal food and Ramadan-friendly timing for breaking fast

The University of Montana's Dining Services are providing some holiday specials for Muslim students.
The Food Zoo is staying open 45 minutes late to help Muslim students fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Dining Services also provide halal food that Muslims are allowed to eat including food that doesn't include pork, well done meats, dates, and dried fruits.
Click below to see UM News reporter Katrina Heser and photographer Dariga Massenova's story.

Macedonia's First Grizzly

While most University of Montana students hail from Big Sky Country, hundreds more come from all around the world. UM News reporter Grant Beaudette introduces a student who's his country's first Grizzly.

UM Foreign Student Scholar Services

Foreign Invaders

There's a mystery behind some of western Montana's furriest foreign invaders.

The Eastern Fox Squirrel was introduced into Montana in the early 1960's. The new species found refuge in the hard-wood trees which were introduced to the state by the early settlers of Montana towns. Shortly thereafter, the native species of squirrel had been chased off and the Eastern Fox Squirrel had established it's place as the dominant squirrel species in western Montana.

UM News reporter Drew Trafton and photographer Jaime Berg bring us the story.

UM News Maroon Team for September 15, 2009

Welcome back to UM News for Autumn Semester 2009. This program is the first of the year for the Maroon Team. University of Montana senior broadcast journalism majors Jannette Hoerner and Drew Trafton anchor the newscast. The program was produced by Marnee Banks and directed by Carmen Ebert. This program aired on KPAX-TV in Missoula, KBZK-TV in Bozeman, KRTV-TV in Great Falls and KTVQ-TV in Billings.