I was struck when I heard the news that campus is essentially shutting down because of the Griz game Friday. Not only will the parking lots for almost the entirety of campus be blocked off to students, but the bus systems will not be running their routes to campus that day and the tailgating starts at noon. To quote a campus professor of mine, students will essentially be asked to choose between “going to class and drinking and eating meat.”
Students who do choose to go to class will have to find some other means of transportation to get themselves to and from campus in the middle of a Montana winter. This whole scenario leaves me asking, What is the message our administration is sending to students? That football is more important than our education?
For those of you out there who don’t know, also happening on our lovely campus this Friday will be an arts and crafts showcase in the University Center; one of the biggest dance shows of the year, Dance Up Close in the Masquer Theatre; a showing of the play You Can’t Take It With You in the Montana Theater; the 26th annual sale of University of Montana art students’ works in the Art Annex; a Concerto Aria competition in the music recital hall; and a large number of very important, regularly scheduled classes as well—all of which are being upstaged by a Griz playoff game that will be on ESPN2.
I am a Grizzly football fan myself and am very proud of what they have accomplished this year, but more importantly I am a student at the University of Montana. Surely, with all the brains we have here on campus, we could have found a better way of supplying football fans, students and concert and theatergoers with the means to attend the events of their choice without interfering with each other. I am shocked and angered at the choices our administration has made and the messages they are sending to all of the students, and really, to all Missoulians.