10 Montana Events You Can’t Miss!

There’s more to enjoy than the beautiful scenery and great outdoors while living in Montana, and that’s because the state also plays host to a variety of great events held throughout the year. You can’t beat life while living in Montana, and you sure as heck can’t live in Montana without attending some of these events!!

Mullet Fest

MulletFest

Where: Butte, MT
When: March, 2015
Attire: Softball jersey, light coat, sweatpants
Beverage: Brass Monkey (Beer + Orange Juice)

Mullet Fest is an annual co-ed softball tournament put on by the M-Club at Montana Tech University. You are sure to have a great time with friends from all over the state when you meet up in chilly Butte, America for some fun softball action. Oh yeah, and have a mullet (even you ladies)!

Haha just messing, ladies please don’t do that.

Brawl of the Wild (Cat/Griz or Griz-Cat)

Cat/Griz

Where: Missoula, MT
When: November 22nd, 2014
Attire: Dress Warm!!!! Muck boots are the best for this one!!
Beverage: Any type of beer (have gloves, hand warmers and a koozie though)

It’s time to show your colors – whether you’re a Griz, Cat, or House Divided, you better be ready to cheer loud and proud at the state’s largest sporting event. Featuring a showdown between two of the state’s top football programs, the Brawl of the Wild is a true testament of what it means to be a die-hard football fan. Be brave and face the elements. Have fun and support your state.

Note: Attendance is a MUST for any college student.

Headwaters Country Jam

CountryJam

Where: The Bridge near Three Forks, MT
When: June 25th-27th, 2015
Attire: Country duh
Beverage: Coors or Budweiser

If you like country music and drinking beer then Country Jam is the right place for you. This Watershed spinoff has slowly grown into one of Montana’s biggest summer hits, and it continues to attract more big name artists year after year. Attendees can also enjoy mechanical bull riding, dancing, food vendors and horseshoe tournaments.

Montana State Fair

Fair

Where: Great Falls, MT
When: July 25 – August 2, 2015
Attire: Whatever
Beverage: Go to the beer garden or food concessionaires

The Montana State Fair is one gnarly way to celebrate a summer full of fun, with animals, motor sports, exhibits, concerts, rodeo, fair food and much more on display. Don’t be that dude who doesn’t go to the fair, no one likes them. Go and enjoy life.

Testicle Festival (Testy Festy)

TestyFesty

Where: Rock Creek Lodge in Clinton, MT
When: August 1-5, 2015 (Unconfirmed)
Attire: Not much…at all
Beverage: Alcohol

Better bring a strong appetite and a parka if you’re attending this event because you are sure to leave bear-soaked and full of Rocky Mountain Oysters. Testy Festy is packed with all sorts of wild fun; featuring wet T-shirt and hairy chest contests, some oil wrestling, and other R-rated shenanigans. Go big or go home with this one ladies n gents.

Big Sky Pond Skim

PondSkim

Where: Ambush headwall at Big Sky Resort’s Mountain Village
When: April 18, 2015
Attire: Snow pants and a pullover
Beverage: Twisted Tea

If you are looking for a slightly sketchy, yet totally BA way to rock out during the winter, then participate in the Big Sky Pond Skim. If you are a big fan of Jack Ass and like watching people perform dangerous stuff then go watch! Overall, the Big Sky Pond Skim is a great event that sponsors lots of fun and entertainment.

St. Patrick’s Day

Patty'sDay

Where: Butte, MT
When: March 17, 2015
Attire: Green, green, green my friends
Beverage: Green beer and shots of celebration

What better place is there to celebrate St. Patty’s Day then in Butte, America? The city is rich with Irish history and tradition, and considers itself Ireland’s Fifth Province. Get ready for bagpipers, green-died beards, parades and dancing, drinking, and one hell of a good time.

Tip: Go wherever the green beer tastes the best. Good luck!

Brewfest

Brewfest

Where: Missoula, MT
When: Depends – Winter Brewfest (Feb.), Maverick Brew Fest (Sept.), Garden City Brewfest (May)
Attire: Depends on which one you attend. Always bring some gloves or a koozie to hold your brewskies though
Beverage: Try everything

Brewfest features an array of taps that are mainly made in Montana. This is a great event to go to if you are looking to casually drink and hang out with friends before a night out on the town. There’s also live music and food available for purchase.

Tip: Enjoy ALL of the brewskies. Cheers!

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

HorseSale

Where: Miles City, MT
When: May 14-17, 2015
Attire: Country
Beverage: PBR

The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale has it all: showdowns between cowboy and bronc, street dances, live music, a parade and much more. Chances are you’ll find what you are looking for at this extravaganza.

Yeehaw!!

Montana Folk Festival

FolkFest

Where: Butte, MT
When: July 10-12, 2015
Attire: Shorts and a T-shirt
Beverage: Water & beer

The Montana Folk Festival is one of the largest, free outdoor musical festivals in the Northwest. This is a great family event that features some of the best traditional performers in the nation, Folklife workshops, regional artists, and ethnic and festival foods. You, your family, and friends are sure to have a good time in Butte for this one.

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22 Of The Funniest Harry Potter Memes Ever Made

Harry Potter is a favorite for a lot of people. It is a story of bravery, friendship, and adventure. It has a few laughs, but it is by no means a comedy. These memes show the funny side of the Harry Potter series. This post is for all of you Harry Potter fans out there having a bad day. If this post doesn’t make you laugh; no one can help you. Enjoy!

 

1. That moment when Harry questioned his decision to leave the Dursley’s…

HarryRegretsSchoolChoice

2. This meme that shows Ron understands female problems…

RonPeriodJoke

Hermione’s face though, “Ohhhhhh.”

3. This meme that shows how Dumbledore truly feels about the Slytherin House…

Don'tCareAboutSlytherin

 

4. This meme that proves Harry has a dirty mind…

HarryPervert

 

Harry: hehe

 

5. And this meme that proves Harry is a badass…poet that is.

Harry99Problems

 

6. Not even Dumbledore is safe from being on the receiving end of a joke…

DumbledoreYourMom

 

7. Almost everyone is a HP fan, even Spidey!

Spidey&Ron

 

8. You have to be a true HP fan to get this one…

HIMYMjoke

 

Good one Snape!

9. This simple, yet funny meme…

HarryCool

 

You have to defend your image when you are as famous as Harry Potter in the Wizarding World!

10. That moment in the movie when we all wanted to start a slow clap for Dobby…

Dobbyistheshit

 

#FreeElf #YouGoGirl

11. This kid who is #winning at math…

MathHPjoke

 

Well, it isn’t wrong.

12. That moment when you realize what an awful student Harry Potter is…

HarryBadGrades

 

That’s okay though because he’s famous, and he has friends like Hermione to help him out! That’s what friends are for.

13. And this meme that proves Harry has no excuse for failing grades…

HarryNoExcuse

 

14. That hilarious moment when Harry was high on liquid luck…

HarryHigh

 

Maybe Harry should spend more time on his homework and less time experimenting with potions!

15. No one could have predicted this…

NevilleHot

 

16. But puberty really did do the cast well.

Puberty&Magic

 

17. This meme…

WrongBlack

 

You got that right!

18. This very true meme…

DailyProphetWinsatGIFs

19. This awesome Quidditch pun…

KeeperPun

 

20. The Unbreakable Vow…

UnbreakableVow

 

Boy, pinky swears are the real deal nowadays.

21. The real reason Voldemort is so angry…

VoldemortNose

 

I’m a real villian!

 

22. And finally, my personal favorite, this Mean Girls themed HP meme…

MeanGirls

 

 

And in the end, you just can’t beat the friendship Harry, Ron, and Hermione share.

Harry-Ron-Hermione-harry-potter-27718611-500-421

 

Cause we’re the three best friends that anyone could have!

 

Who Wore it Best? Missoula Halloween

This halloween was full of scary, witty and sexy costumes without a doubt. What we want to know is: Who did it best?

Ah! Halloween, that time of the year where all reason and inhibition is thrown to the wind.  There were some astounding trends with this years Halloween costumes, so I decided to dig deep into the world of Missoula’s downtown halloween culture.  What did students wear this year? What was trending this weekend? And how do they stack up?

 

FOR SALE: 10 Best Craiglist Ads

Probably the only coffee table that combines earthly treasures like laughter of a small child, and infidelity.

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-The perfect scooter for your smug European baby.

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– He seems nice…

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Because selling expired condoms and door knobs in separate listings wouldn’t make sense.

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-Nothing builds a relationship quite like going poo together.

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-Seems like a solid deal.

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-Bring your friends!

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-Never own a bike that’s not manly enough.

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-Perhaps manly bikes aren’t your thing…

http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nor/2896467643.html


 

-Golf: [doesn’t] relax the mind and body.

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9 factors international students consider when choosing to study abroad

International students abroad
http://www.schoolanduniversity.com/international-students

 

International students exist in almost every university around the globe. Especially, countries like the United States, Australia, UK, Canada, China, Japan, India and Germany that attract thousands of international students every year in both undergraduate and graduate level. So, what’s going through the head of international students before their arrival at the host university where they will live and study at?
Through this practical guide we will go through and highlight the factors the international students take into account before leaving their home country to study in a public or private university or college abroad.

Hope you enjoy it!

1. University reputation
“Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit and lost without deserving”
William Shakespeare, British poet, playwright and actor

Prestigious universities attract many international students every year. Sometimes, the competition among students is fierce, as the acceptance rate of some educational institutions is quite low so international students consider this is as an indicator of high-quality education and excellent academic background after graduation. Moreover, the reputation of the university includes other factors like world university rankings, researches and initiatives taken by the university to benefit the local community, and the country where the university is based in.

2. University tuition fees
“Studying is something I really love doing, and I just hope to have enough money for tuition”
Alexandra Kosteniuk, Russian former Women’s Chess Champion

“Money matters” play a crucial role at the selection of a university for the majority of international students, as the tuition fees for international students in some universities are relatively high and sometimes not affordable, even for wealthy families. That’s why many universities have a variety of scholarships or financial aid programs-loans, and tuition waivers-available to help incentivize students to make the decision to study abroad.

3. Safety
“You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended. You can ensure the safety of your defense if you only hold positions that cannot be attacked.”
Sun Tzu, Military general, strategist and philosopher

Crime rates and public safety indicators in college towns or cities where universities are based are one of the factors that students take into consideration when it comes to safety while studying abroad. No student wants to get victimized or harmed by getting involved in criminal actions caused by third persons.
Parents especially are concerned about this issue since their child/children can put themselves in serious risks when they study in towns or cities where criminal actions occur very often or when the local community, university, and police are not able to take actions in order to prevent them.

4. Diversity
“Real cultural diversity results from the interchange of ideas, products, influences, not from the insular development of a single national style”
Tyler Cowen, American economist, academic and writer

International students consider the factor of diversity in the universities they apply for. “How many international students study in my university or what’s the percentage of international students here”, are two of the most common questions that international students ask the university advisors or look for on universities’ websites. It’s true that these students feel supported or welcomed by knowing there are other internationals who left their home countries for studies as they did, invested time, money & energy leaving behind the lives and comforts they had in their home countries and took similar risks by beginning a new life from scratch.

5. Job opportunities while studying
“Stay hungry, stay foolish”
Steve Jobs, American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor

International students trying to cover living expenses, tuition fees and other costs that may come up while abroad, in many cases seek to find job vacancies with flexible shifts in order for them to be in a position to work in parallel with their studies. Moreover, there are international students who pursue to gain practical experience in the subject of their interest or other major-related jobs by looking for major-related job openings.
In any case, international students are encouraged to apply for a job in parallel with their studies since the benefits they acquire are much more than just economic.

6. Second language fluency
“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his mind. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart”
Nelson Mandela, African anti-apartheid revolutionary politician and philanthropist

Most students who decide to cross their nation’s borders in order to study in foreign educational institutions have language barriers since they are not able to speak their native languages. Students may overcome these barriers by practising their foreign language skills on a regular basis with their classmates and teachers, by committing themselves in projects and presentations and by in-class participation. In this way international students are not only competitive students taking fairly high grades but also they get connected with native speakers and the local community of the country they live & study in.

7. Networking
My Golden Rule of Networking is simple: Don’t keep score”
Harvey Mackay, American entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author

International students participate in social events thrown by the university or student organizations in order to meet and interact with people coming from all over the world expanding in this way, their network of people they get in touch with. Furthermore, they are in a position to build strong relationships with people who have similar experiences and also to build bridges with others that they don’t have so much in common with.

8. Student life and involvement
“The master of the garden is the one who waters it, trims the branches, plants the seeds, and pulls the weeds. If you merely stroll through the garden, you are but an acolyte.”
Vera Nazarian, Armenian-Russian writer

Student life is another factor that international students take into account before applying for a university abroad. International students are interested in getting involved and actively participate in student associations related to their majors, athletic teams and other groups (i.e. student government/council, student & university advocates etc.) pursuing not only to explore and enjoy diverse aspects of their student life but also to apply the experiences and influences they carry proving their ability and willingness to make an impact contributing in the development of the teams & groups they are members of.

9. Entertainment
“Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either”
Herbert Marshall McLuhan, Canadian philosopher and public intellectual

As I said before, student life is not all about studies. Students feel the need to hang out with peers, to have fun and interact with people off-campus, to attend performances, go shopping, to stroll downtown or arrange short trips to other cities using public means of transport, trains or by renting a car. We should keep in mind that students feel relaxed when entertain themselves, chill and spend time with friends, practice activities they love and in general escape from an ordinary life which encompasses homework or projects.