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6 October 6, 2004 Campus Activities The Wescolite Student Newspaper The Beat Goes On Arts Council Concert Series By Marie Giere The Southwest Montana Arts Coun­ cil concert series began on Friday, Sep­ tember 17, with the Jeni Fleming Acous­ tic Trio. Cosponsored by The Associ­ ated Students of UM-W, the perfor­ mance featured pop-infused folk tunes, jazz standards and original composi­ tions. On Wednesday, October 6, Obo Addy’s Okrapong , a high energy group of traditional drummers and dancers, will perform traditional song and dance from Ghana. W ednesday, January 26, 2005, Men of Worth will perform a selection of traditional Irish and Scottish music. The season will conclude on Wednes­ day, March 16, 2005, with Paul Taylor, Australian didgeridoo music and tradi­ tional story telling. All performances will be held at 7:30 pm in the Beier Auditorium. Student season tickets are $ 12, adult season tick­ ets are $20. Tickets will be sold at the door the night o f each performance. The featured performers not only bring unique entertainment to Dillon, they also conduct workshops with local children. Ticket sales support these edu­ cational opportunities. A photo from the Jeni Fleming Accoustic Trio Concert on September 1 7, 2004. This concert was the first installment of the Arts Council Concert Series English Department Announces \Dances With Words\ By Katie Bacon The English Department at UM- W estern presents “Dances with Words,” a reading series featuring Montana poets and novelists. The new season begins on October 7, at 7:30 pm at The Cup with Missoula poet Roger Densmore. Roger Densmore will read new and selected poems from his collections Tiger Hill, Earth’s Mind, Essays in Native Literature, and Blood House. Densmore edited The Poetics of Wil­ derness, a collection of lectures com­ piled from UM's 22nd Annual Wilder­ ness Lecture Series. He has earned numerous awards for his poetry. On October 14, the series presents novelist Neil McMahon. McMahon has published two novels, Blood Double and Twice Dying. His short stories have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Boxing’s Best Short Stories and many other highly regarded publications. McMahon is a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. On November 4, Dillon poet LaVon Brillhart will read new and selected poems. \Dances with Words” is an annual reading series featuring talented writ­ ers from across the state. Each reading begins at 7:30 pm at The Cup, located in the basement of the Lucy Carson Library. Press Release The Montana Repertory Theatre will present a riveting theatrical col­ lage called The Beat Generation to UM-Western on Thursday, October 21, at 7:00 pm in Main Hall 314. Don't miss this sixty minute dra­ matic piece that focuses on the ideas and beliefs of the Beat Generation as told through their poetry and prose. Playw right Rebecca K n ickm eier weaves together the em o tionally charged works of G insberg, Ferlinghetti, Kerouac, and others we now know as the Beats. Enhanced with musical jazz selections from Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, and Charles Mingus, this performance promises to both stimulate and entertain its audi­ ence. Established in 1977, the Montana Repertory Theatre, now headed by Greg Johnson, has become one of the most respected professional touring By UM-Western The University of Montana-Western is ranked at the top of its class by U.S. News & World Report magazine in their \America's Best Colleges 2005\ edition. Western is ranked first in the Best Public Comprehensive Colleges Bachelor's Division in the West region. The institutions included in this cat­ egory focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs—in the liberal arts, which account for fewer than half of their bachelor's degrees, and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. There are 324 comprehensive colleges, ranked within four regions: north, south, Midwest, and west. Schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, by region. Data is gathered from each college for up to fifteen indicators of academic excellence. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite profile. Most of the data used for the assess­ ment is provided by the colleges. U.S. companies in the country today. Re­ cent productions include the highly acclaimed It's a Wonderful Life, Death of a Salesman, The Miracle Worker, and last year's A Streetcar Named De­ sire. The Beat Generation is directed by Dr. Randy Bolton who has been an integral part of the UM Drama/Dance Department for more than twenty years. Tickets for The Beat Generation will be available at the door the night of the performance. Tickets are $5.00. The performance will be at 7:00 pm in Main Hall 314, otherwise known as the Small Auditorium. The Montana Repertory Theatre performance is sponsored by The University of Montana-Western. The Montana Repertory Theatre tours with support from The State of Mon­ tana, the Montana Cultural Trust, the Montana Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Uni­ versity of Montana. News obtains missing data from sources such as the American Association of University Professors, the National Col­ legiate Athletic Association, the Council for Aid to Education, and the U.S. De­ partment of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. U.S. News & World Report uses peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, and financial re­ sources to determine the ranking. Other criteria used for the rankings include: average freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, percent of classes under 20, percent of classes of 50 or more, student faculty ratio, percent of faculty who are full-time, SAT/ACT scores in the 25th to 75th percentile; freshmen in the top 25 percent of their class; acceptance rate, and average alumni giving rate. Detailed information is available on the U.S. News Web Site http:// www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/ r a n k i n g s / b r i e f / c c b a c h / c c w e s t / ccbach_w_pub_bnef.php. UM-Western Ranked #1

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