ASMSU

Funding Your Fun

ASMSU fuels your fun with activity fees

by ASMSU

The Associated Students of Montana State University (ASMSU) is your student body government. Our mission is to be the voice of students and to provide diverse, student-oriented programs and services through responsible management of student activity fees.

ASMSU giving away new t-shirt for old ones

ASMSU gives away new t-shirts for old ones

As elected officials, ASMSU executives and senators represent you, the student body. We strive to respond to your needs, concerns, and expectations to make your experience at Montana State an enjoyable one. Each student pays over $85 per semester to ASMSU, amounting to over $2 million annually. So Bobcats, we’ve got your money—over $650 in your four years at MSU (and even more if you really like school)—and I’m here to tell you, we do plenty of really cool stuff with it.

Your money pays for sweet trips like this

Your money pays for sweet trips like this

For instance, we have an Outdoor Recreation Program, which offers equipment rental, group outings, instructional classes, a resource center, bicycle and ski workshops, and more. Check out montana.edu/outdoorrecreation for info. We also fund the Leadership Institute (which brings in speakers such as climber Conrad Anker) and the Sustainability Center, which runs the campus recycling program and works to make our campus more sustainable. We fund the KGLT Radio Station at 91.9 FM and the student newspaper, the Exponent. We are the largest community supporter of the Streamline Bus and fully run the late-night buses on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights to get you downtown and home safely. We have the Exit Gallery, which is a student-run art gallery, and the Procrastinator movie theater, both in the SUB. We also offer affordable daycare, legal services, and tutoring.

ASMSU helps the Sustainability club make a difference

ASMSU helps the Sustainability Center make a difference

So make sure to utilize ASMSU services— you’re paying for it! And get involved by working in one of our programs or representing your peers as a senator. Finally, I invite you to come to our office with suggestions, complaints, concerns, or even just to chat. We’re in SUB 221, directly next to the Ask Us desk. You can also e-mail us at [email protected]

Haufbrau Jam

Keep Calm and Play On

Making connections through the power of music.

by Johnny Certo

My stomach migrated up my throat and my hands shook as I sat down with my mandolin. I tried my best to keep up, but I was clearly outclassed. The group — half a dozen toe-tapping musicians with banjos, a stand-up bass, a mandolin, a guitar, and a set of harmonicas — were patient, though, and every Thursday they taught me the ways of the open jams. I learned when to harmonize, how to lead a jam, and how to designate solos. Within a few months I had found a new passion — one that I could not get enough of.  I not only felt connected to the music, but to a group of people whom I barely knew before.

Learning the open jam

Learning the open jam

Since I moved  to Bozeman, I’ve found several locations around town that provide the same opportunity to jam. One of my favorites, Pub 317,  holds an old-time bluegrass session every Tuesday starting at 7:30 pm.  Playing here is exciting because the elevated stage allows you to see your whole audience from front to back — it’s as if you got hired to do the gig.  This is a popular place and many musicians bring their talent, but that shouldn’t deter you from picking up your 6-string and jumping up on stage. My first time playing here, the enthusiasm of the crowd and the energy of our makeshift band swept aside my nerves and anxiety. A combination of the ambiance of the bar, the jive of the dancers, and the encouragement from my fellow jammers swept through my body and made me feel confident and alive.

Bluegrass jam at 317

Bluegrass jam at 317

Also consider checking out the Eagles Lodge every Wednesday and the last Saturday of the month at 9pm for their open-mic night. Regardless of one’s skill and familiarity with instruments, it’s a great place to practice in front of an exuberant crowd. The stage sits adjacent to a large dance floor often populated by swing-dancing couples. You’ll be amazed at how the simple act of playing music invigorates people (yourself included) and allows them to connect with those who would otherwise remain strangers.

Open mic at the Eagles

Open mic at the Eagles

The Haufbrau puts on three open-mic nights per week: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, all at 10pm.  Stop by and sign up for a chance to showcase your talents or just practice in front of a very tolerant crowd. Playing here is an excellent way to make new friends and meet musicians who are just looking for a chance to practice in front of an audience. The bar is  also frequented by local musicians — you may just find yourself playing alongside a hometown favorite.

Haufbrau Jam

Haufbrau Jam

So grab a guitar,  banjo, or even a tambourine and find people to play with.  Head downtown in search of an open-mic or gather a few friends on your front porch. Create the music that makes you sing, dance, and forget your cares. Whether it’s a quick session with your roommates between classes, or an extended set with the locals at Pub 317, the music you’ll create will provide an avenue through which the worries and troubles of the outside world are blown away.

Jamming at home

Jamming at home