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Jacob’s Ladder: Midterms? Surviving them? Slim chance. Column By Jacob Wissinger of the Summit Staff

I’ve been through two universities, three years, seven semesters, and too many Midterms to count. Finals are considerably the hardest periods of a student’s tenure in higher education, Midterms, however, are the forgotten hardship. They are the first litmus test as to where you are within a class; they come upon you quickly and subversively.[…]

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Family-friendly and flamboyant, the Billings PRIDE Festival supports the LGBTQ+ Community by Avi Fox

On Saturday, September 11, Billings had its official Pride Festival at North Park.  PRIDE stands for Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity, and Excellence.  With booths from health officials, pagans, kinky sex educators, and churches around Billings, the environment thrived on diversity, geared to LGBTQ+ people, the allies, and the curious.            […]

"Leda and the Swan after da Vinci" art by Jim Baken
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Professor Jim Baken Retrospective in the Ryniker-Morrison Gallery by Katie Eliason

From Mar 1 through 18 2021, Professor Jim Baken’s art was featured in the Rykiner-Morrison Gallery located in Tech Hall. Baken explained the four series featured in the gallery included the Lookout series, the Elk series, the Clubs series, and the Smoking series.  Baken started his Rocky career in 1990 and is retiring this year[…]

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[OPINION] I’m Not A Racist by Emily Kokot

On Feb 24, the Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force coordinated a Zoom call event titled “The Good Troublemaker” with speaker Eran Thompson to discuss the topic of “privilege and the struggle for social justice,” according to chaplain Kim Woeste. Woeste explained that Thompson was chosen as a speaker because “February is Black History Month” and[…]

RMC's Lady Bears claiming first place overall award
Top Left: Hilde Sato, Sofia Brustia, Sydney Weaver
Bottom Left: Emma Hiebert, Larissa Saarel, Jessie King
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RMC Ski Team Sweeps the Podium at Western Championships by Sydney Weaver

On Mar 12 and 13, the Battlin’ Bears ski team competed at the USCSA Western Championships in Red Lodge, MT. Usually around this time, the Bears would be competing at Nationals but due to coronavirus restrictions in the east, the 2021 Nationals were canceled. That did not stop the Bears from competing, though, and coach[…]

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Where to Volunteer in Billings by Katie Eliason

From participating in campus service events to getting out in the community, there are many ways to volunteer in Billings. Volunteering is a great way to help and give back to the community. It can be a rewarding process through donating your time and hard work. It is important to keep in mind that service[…]

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RMC’s New Student Diversity Task Force by Jacob Wissinger

The new Student Diversity Task Force had its inaugural meeting on Jan 16, marking the first student-led diversity and an inclusivity-centric group of its kind at Rocky Mountain College. The Diversity Task Force was founded within the past year and existed as a joint body between both students and faculty with both parties working in[…]

Darius Henderson and RMC's President Dr. Bob Wilmouth on set of Mental Health Awareness and Well-Being Podcast
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RMC Mental Health Awareness and Well-Being Podcast by Sydney Weaver

If Rocky Mountain College students have opened up their Moodle pages recently, they might have noticed a new class titled RMC Mental Health Awareness and Well-Being. This new class is open to all students and faculty members. Darius Henderson, an RMC senior, wanted to create a platform that would bring awareness to and normalize mental[…]

Visitors observing the memorabilia at the Black History 101 Mobile Museum.
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Rocky Celebrates Black History Month by Katie Eliason

Rocky Mountain College celebrated Black History Month on Feb 4 2021 by hosting the Black History 101 Mobile Museum in Fraley Lounge. According to blackhistorymobilemuseum.com, Dr. Khalid el-Hakim is the Founder/CEO of the museum. Tracy Mouser, the coordinator for student activities explains that “over the last thirty years, he has been collecting over seven thousand[…]

Photo of protests against the integration of the Little Rock Nine.
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What RMC Bears can do to fight racism: Black History Month and Beyond [OPINION] by Tressa Nopper

Following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by the Minneapolis police, protests sprung up across the country. The summer of 2020 was historic partially because of its protests, as activists demanded a change in police departments across the country. People of all backgrounds took to the streets to protest the deaths[…]

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RMC’s Enrollment Remains Steady Amid Pandemic by Tressa Nopper

Rocky Mountain College has managed to maintain relatively steady enrollment amid the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic began affecting RMC with all classes going online starting in March 2020. At the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester, some classes returned to an in-person format, with social distancing and sanitation measures in place. Changes to campus life[…]

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Rocky Volleyball Has High Hopes For Season Ahead by Tori Cybulski

The Rocky Volleyball team volleys on despite Covid-19 restrictions and their regular season being moved to the spring. Volleyball, like most fall sports at Rocky Mountain College, had their regular season moved to the Spring semester due to Covid-19. The team hasn’t been out of the gym, though. They started the semester with weight-lifting and[…]

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Black Tie Blue Jeans: At Home! by Sydney Weaver

Every year, Rocky Mountain College hosts Black Tie Blue Jeans, in order to raise money for student scholarships. For the past 33 years, the Black Tie Blue Jeans Scholarship Benefit was an in-person event that included a dinner, entertainment, and auctions. More than 600 people would attend. Normally, the event is held in the evening[…]

Sophomore golfer Blake Vandenacre
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An Update on Fall 2020 Sports at RMC by Oliver Walker

Fall sports seasons at Rocky Mountain College have been canceled or delayed because of the expanding coronavirus pandemic. The RMC coaching staff has been promoting student welfare this semester, offering safe places to go along with extra help for athletes who need it. Athletes from two sports commented on how their teams are running proceedings.[…]

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Student Profile: The Perfect Final Stop By Nichole Davies

Nicole Job, 21, joined the Rocky Mountain College community this year after a long journey of boarding schools, trips abroad, and four colleges. She is a senior and is working to complete a degree in creative writing by December of next year. “People here have different experiences than I’m used to,” she said. “My coworkers[…]

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Amy Neuman: A Woman Among Horses by Elise Neuman

After her father returned from the Vietnam War, Amy Nell Neuman grew up bouncing between small run downtowns throughout Eastern Montana as her father tried to find a place to settle. He still has yet to settle, but Neuman has found herself quite comfortably established in the role of co-director and professor of equine studies[…]

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Retiring Professor Reflects on Life and Teaching Career by Haley Kouba

Shelley Ellis, who proudly calls herself a “sneaky book person,” is retiring from the education department at Rocky Mountain College, after a 42-year-long teaching career. Dr. Ellis’ lifelong interest in reading drew her to her teaching career. She took the time to explain how her love of reading led to her becoming an education professor[…]

RMC Student back in class after quarantine 
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RMC Bears Hibernated March Quarantine by Elizabeth Hill

In March and April of 2020, a new and frightening plague emerged around the world. Citizens of all nations suddenly experienced disruptions in their daily lives. When COVID-19 struck, people were terrified. They began getting sick;death-rates rose, and everyone was urged to stay home, isolate, and limit time in public. Citizens walked among the populous[…]

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Vice Presidential Candidates Focus on Important Issues, Without Resorting to Petty Insults by Haley Kouba

Kamala Harris and Mike Pence extensively discussed their presidential candidate’s views, and their own views, on issues such as the coronavirus, climate change, the job market, abortion, and racial injustice in the 2020 vice presidential debate on Oct. 7. The moderator of the debate, Susan Page, kicked off the event with some questions about the[…]

American flag reminding you to vote!
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The 2020 Presidential Election: A Breakdown By Kenna Dudley

The 2020 presidential election: the white elephant in every room, the topic that puts stomachs into knots, the election that the entire world is watching; this year in politics is intense, to say the least. Politics are typically a taboo topic, this much is well known. But any year that includes a pandemic, allegations of[…]