Sunday, December 12, 2010

Opinion Column: College Grads' Future

Published in the Montana Kaimin, 10/28/2010
Disturbing the Peace: When I grow up, I want to be...

I'm graduating this spring. The reality of that statement smacked me in the face the other day, as I realized that I've spent the last four years based in this town. It's gone by with all the swiftness of a freshman speed-dating session, but soon, should I choose to leave the friends and environment I've created, my entire pseudo-structured reality will be transformed into something very different. Off to meet the "real world," as they say… in the fake world?

So I find myself diving into the pool of ambiguity that many of my peers are already treading water in. It seems like everyone I know who has graduated is either jumping into grad school (just what I want after 17 near-continuous years of academia), living at home with their parents (just what they want after 18 years of raising some damned parasite) or simply floating around the Missoula stratosphere with no direction. Everybody's question is, "What am I going do with my life?"

Why, as graduates in our early-to-mid- twenties, do we feel this need to nail down some absolute sense of definition? Is the real world going somewhere? If it is, do we really think we know enough about where it's going to simply fall in step and wrap ourselves up in a career, a family, a home, a life?

Read More

Opinion column: UM campus smoking ban

Published in the Montana Kaimin, 9/30/2010
Disturbing the Peace: Smoke and Mirrors

Amid the ample press time the impending campus tobacco ban has received lately, I thought I would stay away from the subject and focus on other things. However, since no real opponent to the ban has put the pen to paper, I thought "What the hell?"

If you missed the scuttlebutt, The University of Montana is going tobacco free in the fall of 2011. The reason behind the ban is in the name of public health, preserving the lungs of non-smokers from the evils of secondhand smoke. A noble cause, right? Well, yeah, but....

First, the question of having designated smoking areas on campus has been brought up but never addressed. Why not make a few spots on campus smoker-friendly so the cancer fiends can get their fix but the wheezy asthmatics can easily avoid the smoke? Also, remember that the campus extends quite a ways. Do the smokers who live in Lewis and Clark have to cross the street to smoke?

Read More

Opinion column: Medical Marijuana

Published in the Montana Kaimin, 9/16/2010
Disturbing the Peace: No, really, I get these headaches...

Did you go to Hempfest this weekend?

Did you peruse the 98 percent hemp fiber T-shirts and impressive crystal collections?  Did you learn that if we would have industrialized hemp 100 years ago there would have been no need for welfare, World War II or fossil fuels? Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

Were you informed about all the distinct differences that separate hemp from cannabis, while browsing through the 5-foot bongs, bubblers and vaporizers at the glass table?

Hold on now, that paraphernalia is strictly for medical use. That's right, finally a medicine we can smoke! The days of freebasing aspirin are over!

Read More

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Couchsurfing article

Published in the Montana Kaimin 10-28-09

When University of Montana student Brian Martens decided to visit Peru two summers ago, he may not have planned on staying with an entire family of strangers, engaging in elaborate celebratory drinking practices, partying on the beach with people he’d just met and eating pig penis soup.

But he found himself doing all these things through the use of, a nonprofit networking Web site designed to help travelers find temporary places to stay with other members of the site who offer up space in their homes.

Remembering his experiences, Martens said, “They totally got us dialed in to the local scene. Automatically you feel like a local.”

University of Montana student downloading article

Published in the Montana Kaimin 9-23-09

Students who download media or share files on University of Montana computers may be in for a rude awakening.

Such was the case for Michael Hughes, a student who got a letter from the University this June accusing him of downloading a movie and an album on his personal computer, which he had hooked up to UM’s wireless network.

“It said that the University had been contacted by the Recording Industry Association of America, and they had found that two things had been
downloaded … and they traced it back to the University,” Hughes said.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Jed Nussbaum

Currently a senior at the University of Montana, enrolled in the professional journalism school, expect to graduate spring 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in history.

Graduated from Troy High School, Troy MT, in 2006.

Journalism Experience
Worked as a weekly reporter for my public affairs reporting class, fall 2009. A couple of my stories were published on the front page of the Montana Kaimin.

Fall 2010: weekly opinion columnist for the Montana Kaimin.

Other Work Experience
2000-2003: General handyman for private entities
2004-2010: Laborer for construction crew
2006-2008: Lab assistant in on-campus microbiology lab
2009-2010: Lab assistant in on-campus Holian research lab
2005-2010: Guitarist, mandolin player and vocalist in various local and regional bands

Proficient use of Microsoft Word
Basic understanding of InDesign
Confident, engaging, easy conversationalist
Able to meet deadlines with quality material

Good writing
The outdoors
Social networking

Carol Van Valkenburg, Chair of the Print Journalism Department at UM
Cameron Rasmusson, former Missoula Independent intern