Monday, March 17, 2014

Hey Student Renters,

Spring break is just around the corner and that means NO SCHOOL!  Time to celebrate!  Here are some smart party tips to help keep any partying you plan on doing fun, safe, respectful and away from the cops’ attention:

#1 Let your neighbors know your plans, and provide them with a way to contact you. 
This is a great way to show your neighbors you are considerate; it tells them that you care about how your actions affect others.  If they take issue with the party they will contact you, not the cops.

#2 Keep the noise levels reasonable.
                  Aside from frustrating neighbors, noise ordinance violation fines can run up to $300.  Hang on to your neighbors’ good regard, and your money.

#3 Avoid taking alcoholic beverages outside of your house.
                  Not only is it illegal (open container law), it attracts more attention to your party and your neighbors might not appreciate that.  You won’t either if it gets you busted.

#4 Provide drink alternatives to alcohol.

This is a great way to cater to your guests who don’t drink alcohol.  It’s also great if you have underage party guests, as serving them alcohol is illegal.

#5 For your guests that drink, keep their keys till they are sober.
                  This demonstrates positive moral regard, not only for your guests, but for the community as well.  Drunk driving is extremely dangerous and results in hundreds of deaths each year in Montana.  Please help contribute to a safer environment for all.

#6 Know your guests.
                  You are responsible for your guests and their actions.  Know who attends your party as you will be held accountable for the evening’s events, however they unfold.

#7 Have a guest limit for your party.
                  This is an issue of safety.  Overcrowding your house/apartment creates safety hazards for you and your guests.  Limiting the size of your party is another way to demonstrate your consideration for your guests and neighbors. 

#8 Designate one or several sober guests to be a party monitor and/or designated driver.
This is another tip that helps you show your guests and neighbors you care about their wellbeing.  It also allows you to keep your party under control.  You can’t control the actions of others, but you can create an environment that reduces the risk of negative occurrences.

#9 Keep your house safe.
                  Lock up the areas you do not want guests to go; you may have valuables you want put away, or areas that might be unsafe for someone inebriated. 

#10 Clean up.

Parties can be messy; clean it up as soon as possible.  This is a great way to continue to show your neighbors your consideration.

Remember, safety doesn’t have to mean boring.  You can still have a wild and crazy time at your next party.  These tips merely serve as a guide to help you create a safe and responsible environment for your guests and surrounding neighbors.  Good luck with midterms and have a great spring break!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Does this look familiar?....

The wacky Missoula weather has done quite a number on some of our City's streets. The City's Street Department is working hard to make our roads safe for travelling, but they need your help!  They are asking citizens to inform their efforts by reporting problem potholes and pooling water on streets to their office. Either call 552-6360 or visit the city of Missoula's homepage at and click the "At Your Service" tab on the left.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Window into the Leadership Team

Hannah Toliver is a seasoned Neighborhood Ambassador who recently was elected to a position on the University District (UD) University District Neighborhood Council Leadership Team (UDLT). I had a chance to interview Hannah this week to see if she could give us some insight into a student’s role on the UDLT.

  • What are Neighborhood Council meetings?

“The Neighborhood Council is a meeting that anyone within the neighborhood can attend and discuss issues that arise within the neighborhood, improvements to be made to the neighborhood, or general “goings on” of the city/neighborhood.”

  •  What does the Leadership Team do?

“The Leadership Team creates the agenda for the General Neighborhood Council meetings.  We discuss issues that have been brought forth by concerned neighbors.  We appoint committees.  Basically we are the “executive branch” of the neighborhood council.”

  •  What are some current projects and issues in the University District right now?

“Right now in the UD, the UDLT approved the formation of a transportation committee, whose main goal is to discuss and try to find solutions to transportation issues that may arise in the UD.  Right now I believe their main focus is the Mountain Line and ASUM transportation bus routes.”

  •  How long have you been a neighborhood ambassador?

“Since the winter of 2013.”

  •  How is it being the only student on the Leadership Team?

“It is interesting. I didn’t know much about how Missoula’s city council system or neighborhood council system worked before I was elected but I am slowly learning the ropes.  I think I offer a unique perspective to the LT seeing as I am a student as well as a renter.  The other members of the LT are all homeowners, I believe.  It can be a bit overwhelming with the politics of the neighborhood but I take it in stride and try to think of it as a learning experience.”

  •  What are you studying, when do you graduate?

“I am a senior studying Psychology, I graduate in May and plan to continue on to Nursing School.”

  •  Where is your hometown?

“Spokane, Washington.”

  •  What are your plans after graduation?

“I am going to attend WSU for a year to get some more pre-nursing classes under my belt and then apply to Medical School and Nursing School in Washington.”

  •  Are you involved with the campus or community in any other ways?

“I am a member of Alpha Phi International Fraternity for Women and have been since my freshman year.  We do a lot on campus as well as in the Community.”

  •  What are the best and worst parts of living in the University District?

“Best parts are that I am close to campus (only four blocks west), the neighborhood is full of fun and interesting people, comparatively there is a lower crime rate so I feel safe in my apartment, and it is close to everything you need. The worst parts are living across the street from Hellgate High School. There is very limited parking and there are a lot of High School students around my apartment complex. Additionally, at night it can get fairly noisy and sometimes the sidewalks are not cleared of snow, so it can make the four block walk fairly difficult.”

-Elissa White