DiverseU goes virtual for 2020

The annual DiverseU event is scheduled for  Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 28-29 this year, held exclusively over Zoom. “DiverseU provides a ready opportunity to contribute to the diversity efforts at UM,” the event’s website states. “This is a campus-wide series of events focused on topics of diversity and promoting civil discourse.” Each event is performed, presented or discussed by either UM students, faculty, staff, alumni or community members. They run back-to-back from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Topics include equal opportunity in housing, addiction and recovery, the white savior complex, Dia De Los Muertos and the challenges of change for the neuro-diverse. (Mazana Boerboom) 

UM awarded grant for Native representation in STEM

The University of Montana was awarded $236,000 by the National Science Foundation to boost Native American and Alaskan Native students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, according to UM News. UM has an Indigenous Research and STEM Education Program that will use the award money to promote STEM education among Native American K-12 and college students in Montana. (MB)

Missoula County, UM open ballot drop off locations

Though there will not be normal voting booths on campus this year, UM will feature a ballot drop off location as a part of about a dozen drop off spots across Missoula County. The drop off locations will only be open on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and ballots need to be submitted by 8 p.m. to be counted. The Missoula County Election Office (located on 140 N. Russell St.) will be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Sunday, which is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Alongside county drop off locations MontPIRG is picking up ballots outside of the UC this week. Election day drop-off locations can be found on the Missoula County website. (Griffen Smith)

Missoula bars shut down for COVID-19 

Several businesses and bars in Missoula County have been shut down after failing to comply with COVID-19 regulations, according to the Missoulian. Orders for closure have been filed to ROAM Student Living, Benny’s Frenchtown Club, Monk’s Bar, Bodega, Stockman’s Bar and Larry’s Six Mile Bar in Huson. Orders were given out after health officers from the Missoula City-County Health Department noticed failure to regulate safety measures such as social distancing and mask wearing in the businesses. Each business was given an Order to Comply before the closures. The health department accepted a reopening plan by Stockman’s Bar. (MB)

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