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Western Wire Page 6 ■ 1 k *' Werten» Wire i w « Barbed Wire A Brief Introduction to the New Peace and Quiet? Western Wire For anyone living on the back side of Centennial Hall, this campus concern is for you. If you have ever been woken up at ten to seven in the morning by the garbage truck that insists on making as much noise as possible, you know exactly what I mean. Yes, the one that bangs and stumbles around for ten minutes every morning, making it impossible to fall back asleep. When you finally get used to its presence and begin to drift back off to dreamland, it decides to leave and makes that awful beeping noise when it backs up. As if the garbage truck weren't enough, then we get the Challenge kids drilling at seven every morning. It seems as soon as the grabage truck leaves then that's the signal for the Challenge program to start up. With all the marching and yelling there's no chance that you're going to sleep after that. One rude awakening on a morning when you have a test at 9 a.m. is bad enough, but two is adding insult to injury. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate that our garbage is being handled by profession­ als each morning, and I do support the Challenge program. However, if they could all start their day a little later in the morning, that would be great. Instead of being one of the first stop on their route, maybe we could be the last call the garbage truck makes, sometime in the afternoon when everyone is awake and fully functional. As far as the Challenge kids are concerned, instead of waking at six and drilling at seven, maybe they could start an hour later...or practice silent drills. It's just a thought. As long as the current set-up continues, you can be sure that there will be a lot of sleepy students in those first period classes. Campus Parking- What a Joke! By Chandra Hacker This is my fifth year as a student at Western and I have had few complaints since being here, except for the parking situation. The parking on this campus is a joke. School has only just begun, but park­ ing at the University of Montana-West­ ern has already become a serious prob­ lem. As a student, we are forced (as it is part of our fees) to pay for a parking decal. Even those students without ve­ hicles or who live within walking dis­ tance of the college have to pay for these decals. These decals give us, as students, the right to park on campus, but more often than not, many of us end up parking on the street, which is an inconvenience not only for us as stu­ dents, but to home owners along those streets as well. There have been numerous times that I have watched students walk in late for class because they were unable to find a parking place and had to drive around until something became available for them or had to park farther down the street and walk. If the administration of UMW feels the need to insist that students pay for a parking decal then they must provide a parking place for each and every stu­ dent. Otherwise, they need to remove that fee from our bills since it is a ser­ vice that many students aren't able to use. Welcome to your new student newspaper. Yes, I know. You were wondering if you even had a student newspaper anymore. I suppose I could explain why your first issue took so long to get into your hands, but there's really not enough space in this column for that. Even so, you deserve some sort of explanation, so I'll make it brief: this is a rebuilding year. Sure, I could regale you with our story of how we (all four of us) met that first night of class and looked around at a room that held only a telephone, two tables, several chairs and a 'fridge that was in desperate need of cleaning. And yes, I could go on to tell you that we had no computer or software, or even paper and paperclips...but that's boring stuff and you really don't want to hear about it. What you might find interesting, however, is how three of your fellow classmates decided, without any whimpering at all, that they were if fact going to put out a \real\ newspaper, no matter what. They worked up story ideas, took assignments on their own, volunteered to more than was asked of them, and came back with their finished work in under two weeks. They did all they were asked to do and did it on the deadline. That was in September. Little did they know that their product would take another seven weeks to materialize into what you have in your hands right now....but that's another story. To complete the story I want to tell you, I need to tell you that those first three brave souls who started out this venture on their own were joined in time by some comrades. Lo and behold, two more soldiers in the cause signed up, plus a photog­ rapher! Then another comrade came along! Now we were eight! Now we could really do something! Very quickly our new soldiers jumped into the fray. Lots of new stories to publish! Twenty-eight first-class digital photos to choose from! On top of that, one of our new members turned out to be a dyed-in-the-wool scrounger! (If you don't know what a 'Scrounger' is, I refer you to \The Great Escape\ - just look for James Garner.) Soon there came our first computer. Then our next. Then we found our software! Things were actually coming together! The \office\ was actually starting to look like an Office! A whiteboard! By golly, a coffee pot! I guess by now you get the point. It really is a rebuilding year for us all. Let me just finish up with a couple of points. First, understand that your \student newspa­ per\ is just that: run by, conceived and built by your fellow classmates. I want you to know that there are only just a few of them here, day in and day out, doing their jobs. You might notice in this issue that we make a pretty big deal about how our male and female athletes don't always get the attention that they deserve for all their hard work and dedication. It makes me think that maybe it's time that we also remember all those other people on campus - students, staff and faculty - who make this campus of our a real campus community. As far as our own efforts are concerned, I am really impressed with this year's current newspaper staff. I hope you are, too. Finally, this really is a student newspaper and you need to remember that we're just a tiny fraction of the larger campus community. We need you to let us know what you want to read about. Speak Out! Talk to the Editor Dear Editor, The University of Montana-Western has always been an institution that has remained dedicated to fulfilling the aca­ demic requests of its students. Profes­ sors spend significant amounts of time making certain that each student is tended to. Small class sizes, excellence in both education and technology, and a phenomenal and commited teaching staff have always kept Western at the cutting edge of academia. (continued on page 2) r-^99 > « i| Fnenqly D O G T R A I N I N G Motivational Training For You and Your Dog 11/5 Foundations class - Manners and Obedience 6 wks/$65 11/27 Tricks For Treats class- Have some fun with your dog! 4 wks/$45 Call Julie Cantrell at 683-6389

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