Police tips: Things to remember as summer approaches 04.28.2016

When using a bicycle, make sure it is properly secured when parked. MPD recovers between 300 to 600 bicycles annually that end up unable to be returned to the owners. When running errands, do not bring pets. If unavoidable, roll down windows and leave water, but try not to be gone long. If leaving Moscow

Foreign language classes are enough 04.21.2016

I was disturbed to stumble upon an article on March 31 in The Argonaut titled “English is enough.” The article essentially argued that unless a student planned on committing all four years to a language, including study abroad, it was fairly useless to study it because they would forget it all in a couple of

Letter to the editor — Tick season 04.11.2016

It is tick season on the Palouse. I was changing my T-shirt after a walk on Kamiak Butte and a blood thirsty tick fell off. Even though I was alert to the possibility of ticks and avoided brushing against grass, limbs, etc. he was ready for me and wanted a warm mammal on which to

Tell us what to do 03.31.2016

It costs a lot to go to college. Tuition, textbooks, rent and food are just some of the things we have to spend our money on. We also often have no choice about how our student fees are spent. The administration, it seems, can allocate the funds however they want, and sometimes that doesn’t quite

ASUI senate candidates 03.31.2016

Danny Bugingo Freshman Theophilus Tower Computer Science, French, International Studies I’m a journalist, programmer, rapper  and current ASUI senator, and I want to fix advising. Right now, my adviser is the person I go to to choose my classes every semester — and they should be more than that. When I’m struggling in a class

Candidates for president and vice president 03.31.2016

Karstetter/Botello Platform One of the biggest tasks we want to take on in our Vandal community is the revival of “Vandal Taxi.” This service would reduce risk, improve the connection between students and the city of Moscow and it would come back without the funding issues that lead to its original downfall. We have already

Police Tips: How to handle hit and run accidents and avoid them by Officer Mitch Running. 03.24.2016

If you hit a parked vehicle, leave a note with your name and phone number, and insurance informa tion if possible. If you hit a vehicle that is occupied, pull over at the closest safe area, and exchange information. If a vehicle hits you and flees the scene, try to get a license plate number

Balancing a budget — Nutrition tips for students’ grocery store trips 03.24.2016

As college students, we sometimes neglect nutrition and put it on the back burner. School, jobs, social engagements and other responsibilities often take precedence over proper nourishment. Other barriers might include finances, dietary restrictions or a general lack of nutritional knowledge. However, if we compromise what is good for what is cheap, we deny our

Safe sex and empowerment — Internal condoms are an equally safe way to have protected sex 03.07.2016

When people hear the word “condom,” typically the male condom is the first thing that comes to mind. Vandal Health Education (VHE) is committed to giving students access to free condoms, because using condoms correctly and consistently is the most effective way to prevent STIs and unintended pregnancy. The male condom isn’t the only way

Finding the balance — Positive body image impacts healthy lifestyles 02.29.2016

Do you engage in dieting behaviors, feel extremely guilty after eating or avoid eating when you are hungry? These questions and more are posed to students each year in a confidential assessment for Eating Disorder Screening Day, which was hosted by the Counseling and Testing Center  Feb. 18. As part of an annual awareness week

Time to lower textbook costs — Students should sign the petition for open textbooks 02.18.2016

As a senior in the English Department, I’m not immune to the high cost of textbooks. This semester alone set me back more than $250, and that’s a drop in the bucket compared to other students. Whether it’s a few huge, heavy textbooks or a dozen small novels, the cost of college textbooks is unaffordable

Don’t mind if I do — Pause the past, forget the future, pursue the present 02.18.2016

Today in society, people tend to live life in the past and future, but rarely remember to live in the present. For many, the majority of their day is spent agonizing over to-do lists, worrying about something they did or didn’t do in the past, or going through the motions on autopilot. How often do

Challenging body norms — A message of self-love and acceptance of body image 02.08.2016

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

The key to healthy sex — There’s more to worry about than the awkward moments 02.04.2016

When it comes to a healthy sex life, there is more to worry about than awkward moments or an unplanned pregnancy. Half of all sexually active young people in the United States will get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) by the time they are 25, and most won’t even know it. According to the latest

The need for ISEMs — ISEM 301 courses teach students valuable skills for life after college 01.25.2016

General education is at the heart of the undergraduate experience at the University of Idaho. It brings together almost all students, regardless of major, regularly during their time on campus, and is designed to lay a foundation for lifetime learning. As director of General Education, I read with interest Claire Whitley’s Friday column, “Waste of

Flu season upon us — Flu vaccine is the No. 1 way to prevent the flu 01.19.2016

Think it’s too late to get your annual flu shot? Think again. Active flu season usually begins in October, then peaks in January or February and runs until as late as May. Across the United States, millions of people experience fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and miserable days spent

Taming a noisy mind — Taking charge of wandering thoughts is key to making the most of day-to-day life 01.14.2016

Don’t think about white bears. Often, when people hear that they can’t resist thinking about white bears. Our minds are unruly like that. Scientists estimate that our minds spin out 50-70,000 thoughts per day. They range from the sublime to the preposterous. Sometimes, I amuse myself by repeating my thoughts out loud for a minute

Quitting and the holidays — Tips and resources for you or a loved one quit smoking 11.16.2015

At Vandal Health Ed, we’re celebrating the Collegiate Smokeout Nov. 19 by encouraging and supporting those who use tobacco to take a one-day stand against tobacco use. While quitting tobacco can be a difficult endeavor, quitting for just one day can set you on the path to a healthier life. After less than 24 hours

Mindfulness is kind —Why self-kindness, kindness to others is an important tool 11.12.2015

As a child, my father worked in road construction and we moved twice each year to follow his jobs. I always seemed to be the new girl earning her way into the playground games. I’d been at a new school about a month at the start of my fourth grade year and was feeling pretty

When labeling does some good — Why emotional awareness is essential to mindful living 10.22.2015

One sunny morning as I turned a corner onto campus, a young man on a skateboard jumped off the curb directly in front of my car. I honked my horn as a warning and hit my brakes to slow the car. My heart was beating wildly, and when our eyes met I expected to see

In response to ‘Cellphone controversy’ 10.22.2015

As a student, I find myself not very sympathetic to Ms. Michael’s position on the issue of cellphone use in class, as mentioned in a story titled “Cellphone controversy” included in the last issue of The Argonaut Oct. 20. It is not at all unusual when someone enters a public gathering indoors to be asked

We’re a stressed out campus — Why students should be more mindful of their stress levels 10.15.2015

What is your stress level? Rate it on a five-point scale with one being no stress, three being average and five being tremendous stress. This is a question from the 2015 National College Health Assessment, a national survey that collects data on thousands of undergraduate students.  They found that campus stress levels are on the

What the health? — Why students should attend the annual Health and Rec Fair 10.12.2015

We have reached that point in the semester where many students, faculty and staff begin to feel the effects of a busy and stressful fall, meaning that there is no better time to focus on health and wellness. As the annual event that highlights health and recreation on campus, the 27th Health and Rec Fair

A note of well wishes to Jack McIver 10.08.2015

I served as Senior Executive to John “Jack” McIver, vice president of Research and Economic Development, after I left the interim University of Idaho presidency in the summer of 2009, and worked with him in my role as College of Natural Resources Dean.

free flu shots for students 09.24.2015

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