SUSTAINABILITY FEE NOW MANDATORY

The sustainability student fee is now mandatory after a 70% approval rate, according to the ASUM Sustainability Instagram. The money will be used to fund the Kless Sustainability Fund, formerly the Kless Revolving Energy Loan Fund, which has powered projects around campus such as refillable water bottle stations and more bike racks. ASUM Sustainability made plaques over the summer to install by campus projects the fee has funded. The plaques say, “Your Student Sustainability Dollars at Work.” (MAZANA BOERBOOM)


TRIO AWARDED $500,000 GRANT

The TRIO Student Support Program was awarded nearly $500,000 from a U.S. Department of Education grant, according to a UM News release. The program offers academic and financial support for disadvantaged college students, including first generation students, low income students and students with disabilities. In the news release TRIO Director Darlene Samson said the funding for the program is important now more than ever because of the disproportionate effects the COVID-19 pandemic has on disadvantaged students. (MB) 


COVID-19 SELF-REPORTING TILE ON UMontana APP

The health advisory group created a new tile in the UMontana app this summer. Titled “COVID-19 Questionnare” the tile asks if you’ve had any listed symptoms of the virus, and is meant to encourage self-monitoring, Professor and Director of the Center of Public and Health Research Curtis Noonan said. Noonan also said the tile may have an error on first try, but logging out of the app and then logging back in or deleting it and redownloading it should fix the problem. A comprehensive list of how to fix errors on the UMontana app can be found on the UM Solutions Center website. (MB)


COVID-19 IN MONTANA UPDATE

Missoula County reported 49 active COVID-19 cases on Monday, Aug. 24, bringing the total active cases in Montana to 1,556 people. Over 6,489 Montana cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic, with 4,842 people considered recovered. Hospitalization rates continue to rise, with over 114 in the state. In Missoula County, three people have died from the virus, and Montana has had a total of 91 deaths. (Griffen Smith, MB)


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