Valentine’s Day was not just a day of chocolates, flowers and candy hearts at the University of Montana campus this year. Thursday at noon meant time to rise up. Rise up against violence against women, since one out of every three women will be raped or abused in her lifetime. UM students along with Missoula community members joined on the oval to join the world in “One Billion Rising”, a movement to change this violence through dance. Dance students learned a simple routine a few days before the performance, and the steps were available to anyone online.
“Being a part of the “One Billion Rising” dance was exhilarating, and it felt good to make a change” said dance student at UM.
Broadcasted on NBC, videotaped by the camps newspapaer, the Kaimin, and being known worldwide was great recognition for the message. UM joined America and over two hundred countries worldwide in a dance to make change. Valentine’s day is a day of love, not violence and hate. This was definitely shown by the smiles on all the dancers’ faces that afternoon in the oval. One dance will not solve the world’s problems, yet UM women and women across the globe are willing to bring awareness, so that in twenty years we don’t still have the same problems. We dance today to fix the problems of tomorrow.
With the stress of finals, comes the stress of packing! We all just can’t wait to get home to smell the Christmas tree, or see the Hanukkah lights, or just sip hot cocoa in the privacy of our own room.
But how are you getting home? Here are just a few travel tips that hopefully make your ride, flight, train ride or walk home from campus easier and more enjoyable!
$$$: Make sure you have saved up some gas money! Even with money saved, think about how many states you have to travel to, and try to take routes where you can get the cheapest gas, possibly without sales tax!
Driving with a friend is always more fun, plus it’s somebody to help split the gas cost! Whether you make a karaoke session, talk about life, or just need some company, bringing a friend along is always a safer idea, so another set of eyes are on the road.
$$$: Plane tickets are never cheap, but you can definitely lower your travel costs by packing smart. Try to only bring one bag of luggage to check, since bags on Delta and other airlines charge you up to $20 for the first bag, and the costs go up on each bag!
Packing: Roll your clothes! Instead of simple fold-and-stack method, try folding your clothes as usual, then roll them like you would a sleeping bag. It seriously saves so much more space in your suitcase, which means saving more money in your wallet.
Not just one day of dialogue
Thursday, October 25th, 2012, University of Montana’s University Center held its annual “Day of Dialogue”. This day features talks throughout the day that raise important questions and conflicts. Talks cover race, violence, communication, and different cultures.
“Death of a Maiden” was the hot topic in room 326. Clary Loisel lead the discussion by using the play, and movie, “Death of a Maiden” by Ariel Dofman. It tells the story of character Paulina, who is raped when she is young. The clip we watched in Thursday’s discussion showed her seeking revenge on her alleged rapist. She ties him to a chair, and leaves the audience with an ambiguous ending, since we do not know if she kills her rapist or not.
This play brought up themes of forgiveness, violence, and justice. It begs the question; can you forgive somebody who has harmed you? With a crowd of about seventy people, mainly from Spanish classes or anyone who was interested, various ideas were bought up. Discussion leader, Clary Loisel asked the group what we thought about violence, and closure.
Eye for an eye? Simple forgiveness?
The closure needed for every individual is different. Sometimes emotional and physical damage cannot fully be healed by simply moving on.
UM students have asked these questions several times in the past year. With sexual assault being present in today’s culture and on campus, too many women have had to deal with the same struggles as Paulina in “Death of a Maiden”. If you are sexually assaulted, how will you deal with it, other than legally?