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Learn more about The Red Road Foundation and their last jazz and sushi dining experience held to raise funds for their farm and safe home project in Cambodia.


The amazing sushi dinner was catered and donated by Montana’s Best SaketoMe Sushi.

red25 The Vice President of The Red Road Foundation educates guests on the foundation’s progress and goals in Cambodia.


Amazing, fresh sashimi platter by, Montana’s best SaketoMe Sushi.


An event guest sharing her support and love for The Red Road Foundation.



Image board of the community being built in Cambodia labeled, “Help Us Color Their World”


Excited guests request a picture with the Vice President.

 red14Guests with Marci Jones, The Red Roads Foundations dazzling event coordinator.  red1

Guests are welcomed and served cocktails and appetizers.


Vice president and event coordinator share a happy moment for their success!

Bearly Puns at Montana’s U

Bear with me every one, these puns might not even koala-fy as puns.


To be honest this might be one of your most grizzly online experiences ever.

Don’t be embearassed you can share this on your Facebook… someone will think you’re not crazy.

Just bear in mind that life may never be the same.  

I once hiked the M…bearly made it up alive…


Did you know the M was built by forestry majors with their bear hands? 

The University should plant some strawbearies for students to eat at the food zoo garden…


After the #UMLockdown should students be able to bear arms?


Ever had a crush on someone in college and wanted to strip them bear?


Stoop kids….such grizzled people they are….


When I was a freshman I always lost my bearings finding my classes!

These dorms clawsits suck – said every UM freshman ever

A Student and his pet bear walk into the Iron Horse. As the night goes on they move from beer to mixed drinks to shooters. Finally, the bartender says: “Last call.” So, the student says, “One more for me… and one more for my bear.” The bartender sets them up and they shoot them back. Suddenly, the bear falls over dead. The man throws some money on the bar, puts on his coat and starts to leave. The bartender, yells: “Hey buddy, you can’t just leave that lyin’ there.” To which the student replies: “That’s not a lion, that’s a bear.”

Hope you bearly enjoyed this post, it was unbearable to write.


Is it really pawsible the university puts laxatives in the Food Zoo food?

Food Poo

How a Student Group Raised $13,000 for Pediatric Cancer Research

Students at the University of Montana have teamed up to help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a number of community events. The St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn student group was formed in 2012 for one mission: help children fight and overcome cancer.  This past year alone the student group has raised over $13,000 through its main event, Up ‘til Dawn, and other smaller events like Community Tap Night at the Tamarack Brewing Co. and On the Lawn with Up ‘til Dawn.

University of Montana’s St. Jude Up ‘til Dawn student group is made up of fourteen students and is advised by Dr. Emily Plant. This group is responsible for all organization of events and provides hands-on leadership skills to those who are involved. Working as a team, the group members secure donations (both monetary and donated goods/services), secure and prepare venues, and motivate teams and team captains to raise money and attend the Up ‘til Dawn event.

The actual Up ‘til Dawn event runs from midnight to 6:00 AM and is filled with games, activities, prizes, and plenty of food and drinks. Attendees have an opportunity to exercise their competitive sides and win prizes – all while staying up to symbolize the sleepless nights parents go through while waiting to see if their child makes it to the next day. Other events, like Tap Night, are great ways for the community to support such an unbelievable organization. Tap Night is held annually at Tamarack Brewing Co. in downtown Missoula, MT. With this partnership, Tamarack donates 75 cents per pint and $3 per pitcher of beer or root beer sold in a given time frame.

On the Lawn with Up ‘til Dawn will be held in tandem with University of Montana’s Spring Thaw event on May 9, from 2-6 PM. The group will be hosting games and activities on the Oval, as well as giving out some awesome St. Jude swag! We might even give tricycle rides.

Come join us!  2-6 PM Friday, May 9 on the Oval
Come join us! 2-6 PM Friday, May 9 on the Oval

University of Montana’s St. Jude Up ’til Dawn Facebook page can be found here, or follow us on Twitter! @UMUpTilDawn or #UTD406

If you want to support St. Jude’s and the University of Montana Up ‘til Dawn team, click here.

To learn more about St. Jude’s and its mission to cure and prevent diseases, visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s website, or read more after the photo jump.

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened its doors in 1962 with a dream to treat and cure several types of pediatric cancers. In fifty short years, the survival rate of St. Jude’s patients has jumped from 20% to 80%. The hospital has two main focuses: treatment and research. On the treatment side, any child who is admitted to the hospital receives all treatment at no cost, including lodging, food, and travel for their family. St. Jude has become the leading treatment center for all pediatric cancers because of the organization’s culture of innovation, drive, and hope.

The hospital’s research focuses on “understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children; identifying cures for such diseases; and promoting their prevention…

These two segments join to form an amazing organization; however, these cutting-edge techniques aren’t cheap. In order to keep St. Jude’s doors open, the hospital runs on a daily operating budget of $1.9 million – and is funded completely through donations. These donations come from events like the ones the Missoula Up ’til Dawn group hosts to help bring the community closer together while supporting a good cause.

Unbelievably Raw And Inspiring

This is my best friend Zach Krueger.

He is a kind, loving and compassionate family man.




He has the ability to light up a whole room with his contagious personality, smile and laughter.

University of Montana

He also loves to play dress up with princesses.

So why am I writing this? I guess you could say its my tribute. My best friend Zach chose to end his life 2 weeks ago. It shocked his masses of friends and family. Zach was a 22 year old student former student of The University Of Montana. He was so gifted and truly a beautiful person from the inside out. It sounded like a terrible joke as the news was broke to me by his roommate and other best friend Jack Gagnon who found him that morning. Especially because I was with both of them earlier that night it was unfathomable.  In 2010 the AFSP stated there was 38,364 suicides reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of death for Americans. Suicide is complicated, and I have learned it leaves us with many questions unanswered. Often, we never learn exactly why our loved one took their life. But though opening yourself to help, your may find sharing your way through this tragedy we build support systems to help you go on living your life, and could prevent other tragedies.

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to ask for help. To confess to the people around you the things you may not even want to admit to yourself. We all try to compartmentalize our fears and anxieties in some way or another, positively or negatively to avoid pain or disappointment, I know I do. Its impossible to deal with conflicting values, cognition, emotions, beliefs, etc alone with your one perspective. I mean how could you possibly understand the great symphony of the universe when we are simply one note. The strange thing about our defense mechanisms are they don’t actually help us cope and work through our problems in the long term. That requires open and honest communication. It sounds so simple but with evolving pressures of our society  on our performance, looks, wealth, etc. How can any logical person deal with a world that operates in grey and dark areas everyday. I wanted to share my experience to maybe help others, to encourage people to communicate true feelings to the ones around you, in all your relationships. Because you never know when you may have to receive the news I did. Then realizing truly how special that person was, and hoping you could have done more. Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. Say how you feel, do it often and seek help when the weight of the world drops you to your knees.

He would light up the room with that big goofy smile. Share all he had if he could just stay a while.
It seamed he had no worries and lived in his dreams. But to find out there was a lot of confusion in between.
It hurts me to wonder if I could have done more? A few more talks about life as we cried on floor.
But It couldn’t stop what I believe took him in the end. The doses of venom he drank killed my friend.
So I know at the end of the day he will always be that bright light. That goony laughter and happiness he brought to all our lives. Lived to short but lived it like Peter Pan, and Ill see you one day my brother, in Neverland.
RIP Zach Krueger