Archive for December 1st, 2007

by Jamee Greer

It’s Saturday, the week before finals begins and boy do I need to catch up on my studies! So, I head downtown to Higgins Ave, laptop in my backpack, ready to caffeinate and hit the books. To my dismay, every coffee shop in town is packed to the brim with other caffeinated students, festively (eggnog lattes!) cramming before exams. And so it dawns on me: this is why Missoula needs a new place to hang out!

An extra living room downtown,” says United Way Executive Director, Susan Hay Cramer. “A great place to bring friends or bring your wife before or after dinner,” says Whitefish attorney, Chad Wold. A place where “the interior design is completely on the money, yet completely unpretentious.” I’m talking the “new Missoula.” Give me The Loft!

Virtually everyone I know has an opinion about it. Most All of my friends are frustrated—and many folks are disgustedwith this “new country club, without the golf…

$175 a month would sure pay for a lot of the things “new missoula” needs, you know, like heated sidewalks, valet parking or a performance art center (“oh my god oh my god Keith Urban!”)

But, I sure do have to agree with some of the new members: having that extra living room downtown sounds great! After being evicted from my old place in the Wilma Building so it could be converted into a luxury condominium, I sure could use that extra living room…

by Jamee Greer

How does one mistake a Blackberry for a handgun? I think this says something very shocking regarding the culture of fear we live in today.

The dark-haired man armed with a Blackberry – which was mistaken for a handgun in Thursday’s Carroll College incident – was none other than Montana Auditor John Morrison.

At least 16 law enforcement officers from various agencies responded to the report of a man in dark clothing slipping what looked like a handgun into his pocket while walking into the student union building at about 1:35 p.m. Thursday.

Or maybe John Morrison needs to buy a newer Blackberry. New ones are so sleek! And their screens so bright and clear, they’re guaranteed to never be mistaken as a handgun – or your money back!

As a student who attended high school in the anxiety prone post-Columbine nineties, and a university student today post VirginaTech, I know school violence is something to be taken very seriously.

At the same time, I can’t believe we’ve gotten to the point where our fears have become this irrational.

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