Archive | November 2012

MSU Grad Student Dives into Video Game Economics

By Brent Zundel
For the MSU Exponent
November 29, 2012

Kristian Miller, a master’s student at MSU, has what many young men might consider their dream job.

He does not technically have a boss. He has flexible hours at an office that offers bike parking, a fully stocked fridge and a weekly company lunch. And he and his colleagues work in small groups called “cabals,” surrounded by other employees who are paid to play video games.

Kristian Miller, a 2011 graduate of MSU and current master’s student, stands next to the eponymous valve in the main lobby of Valve Software. Photo By Brent Zundel

Kristian Miller, a 2011 graduate of MSU and current master’s student, stands next to the eponymous valve in the main lobby of Valve Software. Photo By Brent Zundel

Miller works as an economist for Valve Corporation, a video game development and digital distribution company based in Bellevue, Wash., just across Lake Washington from Seattle. Read More…

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Montucky Cold Snacks: Drinking with a Cause

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Author Brent Zundel

By Brent Zundel
For the MSU Exponent
November 29, 2012

Do you enjoy the low malt profile and slight hop bitterness of cheap, corporate brews like PBR, Rainier, Coors or Bud, but still care about giving back to your community? Do you enjoy drinking light beer, going to rodeos and howling at the moon, but want your choice of beer to reflect your undying love for Montana? Read More…

Student Fee Increase to Fund Football Team Massages

By Brent Zundel
For the MSU Exponent
November 15, 2013

Note: This column originally appeared as part of the Exponent’s Sugarbeet page, a satirical biweekly feature that attempts to stimulate discussion of critical community issues.

Last month, MSU’s student senate approved a new activity fee that will fund massages for the entire football team — even the kicker. The Board of Regents approved the increase last week, and the football team made a hiring decision early this week. The fee goes into effect next semester, adding an additional $18.60 each year for every student. Read More…

Ale to the Chief

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Author Brent Zundel

By Brent Zundel
For the MSU Exponent
November 8, 2012

This past Tuesday, we re-elected Barack Obama president of the United States. As the Exponent’s designated beer drinker, I credit Obama’s crushing Electoral College victory to his well-documented love of beer. Read More…