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Lawmakers asked to continue tuition freeze at MT universities

KXLH photo(HELENA)- Montana's higher education administrators are asking lawmakers to freeze tuition for the state's universities for another two years. 

University of Montana President Royce Engstrom and Montana State President Waded Cruzado are making that pitch this week as their reviewing their budget requests for the next biennium. 

The request to continue the tuition freeze comes at a time when colleges are starting to see some impacts from declining student numbers. UM in particular has had to adjust budgets because of declining enrollment. 

KXLH TV reports Clayton Christian, Montana's Commissioner of Higher Education, hopes the Legislature will help offset the freeze by covering other rising costs, including routine pay raises for the colleges' employees. 


'Cats drop first game of 2012 campaign

(BOZEMAN)- Turnovers seem to be the Eastern Washington's Eagles best tool this year. At least when it comes to beating their rivals from Montana.

Two weeks after using some late game mistakes to beat the Grizzlies, Eastern reached into the same toolbox Saturday to hand Montana State its first loss of the season. 

The Bobcats had generated a 10-3 lead at the half and it appeared DeNarius McGhee was going to help the 'Cats engineer another Big Sky Conference win. But McGhee threw an interception to start the 3rd quarter and that's when the wheels started to come off. In fact, the Eagles would end up scoring 24-points off MSU miscues, including a blocked punt recovery for a TD in the 4th and an interception return to give EW the 27-24 win. 

McGhee had a strong outing dispite the mistakes, with 294-yards passing, averaging over 8-yards a toss. That helped the 'Cats generate 365-yards of offense, while the defense held the Eagles to just 211-yards, also dominating time of possession. 

MSU is now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. 


MSU, food banks team up to get veggies to seniors

MSU photo by Kelly Gorham(BOZEMAN)- Montana State University and food banks in the Gallatin Valley are teaming up to get more fresh vegetables on the tables of seniors in the valley to help boost healthy eating. 

Fresh vegetables are being made available to seniors in Three Forks and Belgrade each Tuesday this summer, thanks to a partnership between Montana State University's Towne's Harvest Garden, the Gallatin Valley Food Bank and the Human Resource Development Council.

The groups unveiled the new Community Food Truck, a mobile farm stand that delivers vegetables to the communities a couple of weeks ago. Vegetables are available for approximately 50 percent off the regular price every Tuesday until Oct. 23 at the following times and locations:

Three Forks: Three Rivers Senior Citizens Club, 19 E. Cedar, 1-2 p.m.
Belgrade: Belgrade Senior Friendship Center, 92 E. Cameron Ave., 3-4 p.m.

The mobile farm stand is designed to increase access to fresh, nutritious produce for seniors ages 50 and older in southwest Montana and provide beneficial nutrition education. 


Rape reported near MSU campus

(BOZEMAN)- Montana State University student were placed on alert early this morning after a student reported she'd been raped near the campus late Thursday night.

KBZK reports MSU sent out the text and email alert just before 2 a.m. telling students and staff the rape had occured near 3rd and Garfield around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. The suspect was described as an 18-to-20 year old mail with shaggy, curly brown hair. MSU police said the suspect was wearing a dark hoody sweatshirt, sweatpants with the MSU logo and glasses at the time of the attack. 

The attack is the latest in a series of sexual assaults at both MSU and the University of Montana that's raised concerns over the problem with rape. 


UM ranks high for campus safety

(MISSOULA)- A new report says the University of Montana campus is the safest in the state, topping Montana State University by a few points.

However both schools are in the middle of the pack of the 450-schools ranked in the report.

The report by is based on incidents of campus crime as reported by school safety officials. That includes crimes like aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, forcible rape and murder on campus. The scores are based on a ranking based on the probability of each incident happening to a student. Violent crimes are given more weight in calculating the scores.

Both of the Montana schools were ranked for the first time, with UM finishing with a final score of 89.82, placing it at #240 out of the 250-schools. MSU’s score was 88.36, placing the Bozeman campus at #292 on the list.

MSU’s score was lower because of incidents of forcible rape, robbery and burglary which didn’t happen at UM. Conversely, UM had reported cases of aggravated assault and arson that hadn’t been reported in Bozeman.

The closest schools for comparison were in Washington, where Washington State University in Pullman finished with a score over 92 and both Eastern Washington and Western Washington University in Bellingham had scores higher than UM or MSU.