Yishan Chen | Argonaut

Martin’s Smokehouse owner Ken Austin works on payments Tuesday. The new restaurant is located at 115 E. 2nd St. in Moscow.

New to the barbecue business — Martin’s Smokehouse offers a new flavor as old favorites disappear

When entering Martin’s Smokehouse, the welcoming smell of barbeque wafts out the door to greet you. Martin’s Smokehouse, is a relatively new feature of downtown Moscow. Owner Ken Austin said it has been open since Dec. 21. Martin’s Smokehouse isn’t the only change on the block of Main Street and East Second Street downtown. Two

Erin Bamer | Argonaut

Executive Chef of Kappa Delta sorority Bashir Rahman prepares waffle sandwiches for dinner.

Setting the mood for the food — Kappa Delta house chef provides a quality taste of different cultures

It’s late morning at the University of Idaho’s Kappa Delta sorority house, where sunlight filters through large windows and the smell of hamburgers fills the air. From the kitchen comes the subtle sounds of chopping knives and the quiet sizzle of the grill. Bashir Rahman, known throughout the house as Chef B, monitors the prep

Austin Maas | Argonaut
Courtney Stoker (right) led the discussion on media coverage of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge at January’s Campus Conversation.

Questioning coverage — Campus Conversation addresses Oregon militia

Armed ranchers occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon, have demanded the federal government cede its ownership of the refuge since Jan. 2. The occupation, which erupted in violence late last month, has sparked debate about the media’s use of the word “terrorist,” as well as treatment of various ethnic and religious

UI says yes to free textbooks — UI partners with open source textbook program in effort to cut costs for students

In an effort to make college more affordable to students, the University of Idaho signed onto OpenStax, an open source textbook program, according to a memo released by UI Provost and Executive Vice President John Wiencek last week. Annie Gaines, the UI Scholarly Communications librarian, said the program will allow students to access textbooks for

Alexander Milles

Greek Speak: All the bad eggs — How to deal with Greek members who are less than ideal examples

All Greek members can attest that every fraternity or sorority has members who aren’t fulfilling the guidelines set by their organization for one reason or another. In a Greek house, a general member can be expected to accomplish a myriad of things like maintaining an above average GPA and participating in philanthropies or other house

Nathan Stark 
Vandal Health Education intern

Challenging body norms — A message of self-love and acceptance of body image

It is time to dispel the myth that there is an ideal body image.  The “ideal” body type portrayed in advertising is possessed naturally by only 5 percent of American females, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). This distorts the most vulnerable minds, as 69 percent of girls in

Nicole Moeckli

Priority blunder — Administrators release alarming distribution of student fees

Students are not walking pocket books, but judging by the newly released breakdown of the “Dedicated Student Activity Fee,” they might as well be. According to an email sent by ASUI, students pay $550.75 per semester for the fee that covers the costs of various services and facilities on campus. To be fair, most of


Signing to save — UI is taking a step in the right direction by moving forward on with OpenStax

The life of a college student is one of never ending fees. From tuition to lab fees, parking passes to health insurance, a student’s bill only seems to increase with each new semester. Fortunately, the University of Idaho’s recent decision to sign on with OpenStax, an open source textbook system, will help students save money

David Black | Rawr

Identity complex

The light switched on and jolted me awake. I was shocked, scared and confused all at the same time. A million questions ran through my head: Where am I? Why am I here? What’s my name? I sat up and started to study my surroundings. I was in a room, a small room with black

Mamta Kandel | Rawr

Zachary and Benjamin Spence spar at Fencing Club practice in January in the Physical Education Building.

Getting to the point — UI Fencing Club aims to teach students technical skills while fostering camaraderie

University of Idaho senior biology major Philip Kock first joined the Fencing Club on campus after learning about the organization during Palousafest his freshman year. Now the president of the club, Kock said his experience with fencing at the university has been an invaluable one. The club of about five members meets every Tuesday and

Creativity and culture — Confucius Institute hosts free music workshops for the 2016 World Music Celebration

The University of Idaho’s Confucius Institute and the Lionel Hampton School of Music have paired up to bring together two worlds through music with their 2016 World Music Celebration. Hexian Xue, co-director of the Confucius Institute, said this year’s celebration centers around traditional Chinese and Nepali music. “I am confident through this World Music collaboration

Bradley Burgess

The challenges of craft — Struggles that writers know all too well

I am a writer. I love to create characters and tell stories with them. As fun as that is, sometimes it can be a pain in the butt. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of the ultimate struggles that writers such as myself have come to know, hate and roll their eyes at,