UMW News BureauTwo University of Montana Western students will attend General Assembly, a Bacchus Network student leadership conference in Orlando, Fla, Nov. 5-8. Brett Christian and Austin Lord will both go as student leaders of Montana Western’s Tobacco Free Task Force (TFTF). By Ashley Makowski Two University of Montana Western students will attend General Assembly, a Bacchus Network student leadership conference in Orlando, Fla, Nov. 5-8. Brett Christian and Austin Lord will both go as student leaders of Montana Western’s Tobacco Free Task Force (TFTF). “The conference provides a great opportunity to gather with peers and share ideas about tobacco use and prevention, and there are also seminars about sexual assault, alcohol awareness, and sex education,” explains TFTF student leader, Brett Christian. Last year, TFTF sent two student leaders, Ashley Neill and Brett Christian. Montana Western's Associated Students also helped send student volunteer Austin Lord to the conference in Columbus, Ohio. Lord says when he first heard about the conference he was really interested in what the conference offered students, and the experience was even better than he expected. “The task force went to some of the tobacco related seminars,” explains Lord. “Those are really cool. They provide great insight on what other colleges are doing to become tobacco free, and we can use some of those ideas at Montana Western.” Lord, Christian and Neill used some of the activities shared by other students across the country to make the TFTF more active on campus. Last year, TFTF sponsored the “Tougher Than Tobacco” rally towels given away at fall volleyball and football games. The group also gave out free “Quit Spit Kits” during National Through With Chew Week. To celebrate the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act, TFTF worked in collaboration with ASUMW to bring musical performers, the Clintons, to the Montana Western campus. Lord and Christian say they are also looking forward to attending some of the seminars that are not tobacco related. “We’re not going just as Tobacco Free Task Force representatives but as representatives of the Montana Western student body, so we will be able to bring back ideas that can help other groups on campus,” says Christian.
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