Montana Tech students start first day of classes with eclipse

BUTTE, Mont. – Montana Tech students started their first day of classes Monday, and with the solar eclipse happening around 94 percent totality, it makes for a historic first day in Butte.

Classes began bright and early at 8 a.m.

Students tell NBC Montana that professors are being lenient on class attendance, especially around eclipse time.

Some professors cancelled their classes. Others were out watching with their students on the campus lawn and balconies.

In Butte, the eclipse peak time was 11:33 a.m. Monday.

One student says it was an easy first day to get back in the swing of things.

“I would say most people here are pretty interested in science and planetary stuff. I’d say there is a good amount of people watching it right now, probably more exciting than? whatever is on the first day of class,” said Sam Reid, a petroleum engineering student.

Students say some professors are using the eclipse as a teaching moment.

Professors want their students to watch it so they can talk about its historical significance in class later this week.

Professors say the eclipse is a scientific event and Tech is a scientific college. It all fits.

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