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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel speaks to Montana State University freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel speaks to Montana State University freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel speaks to Montana State University freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel speaks to Montana State University freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Waded Cruzado, Montana State University president, left, shakes hands with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Waded Cruzado, Montana State University president, speaks to freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Waded Cruzado, Montana State University president, greets freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Waded Cruzado, Montana State University president, greets freshmen during the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Bozeman magician Jay Owenhouse presents a tiger during an illusion before the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Bozeman magician Jay Owenhouse presents a tiger during an illusion before the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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2013 Montana State University Freshman Convocation with Author Yann Martel
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Montana State University freshman Melissa Smith reads a copy of "Life of Pi" by Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel before the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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Jen Dunn directs Montana State University freshmen into the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse before the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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Montana State University freshmen find their seats before the 2013 Montana State Freshman Convocation with Canadian best-selling author Yann Martel at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Thursday, Sept. 5.

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Montana State University welcomed its new freshman class Thursday in spectacular fashion, with academic pomp, the award-winning author of “Life of Pi” and even a real tiger.

Roughly 6,000 students, MSU staff and community members gathered in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse for the 2013 Freshman Convocation.

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