A legacy in limbo — The future of former housing facility remains unclear 03.31.2016

In March 2014, the RAs of Targhee Hall called all residents to a mandatory meeting that did not fall on the regularly-scheduled Monday evening. Jonathan Madrid, then a University of Idaho freshman who served as the president of Targhee, said he and fellow residents were confused by the impromptu meeting. At the time, all they

Different dorms, same great community — Theophilus Tower and the Wallace Complex both have features that are ideal for first-year students 03.31.2016

First-year students beginning their college experience in the fall will have two main options for housing: two of the four Wallace Complex wings or the Theophilus Tower. “Wallace really is the hub. It has the dining hall, academic success center, biggest basement, best computer lab space and the mailboxes are right there,” said Jennifer Skinner,

First-year perspective — The Tower helps new students adjust to college life in a family-like setting 03.31.2016

For first-year students at the University of Idaho living in the dorms can be daunting, but the Theophilus Tower cushions the transition from home to college. Taller than any other residence building on campus, the Tower stands high at 11 floors along with a multi-functional basement. Unlike other residence communities, each level of the tower

A change in scenery — New CALS dean focused on college collaboration 02.25.2016

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben may have a new racquetball competitor. Michael Parrella, who began Feb. 1 as the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said he’s an avid racquetball player, but hasn’t yet stepped foot on UI’s courts. However, when it comes to playing Staben, Parrella said, “I don’t think

Questioning coverage — Campus Conversation addresses Oregon militia 02.08.2016

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

A concert full of culture — UI’s Auditorium Chamber Music Series hosts string quartet concert 01.25.2016

The Auditorium Chamber Music Series began with the dream to make high-quality chamber music available to the University of Idaho and has since developed into a concert series that is loved by students and community members alike. From Estonian vocal ensembles to woodwind quintets, Leonard Garrison, co-director of the Auditorium Chamber Music Series (ACMS), said

A grade inconvience — Faculty Senate gives input on ASUI grading resolution 12.10.2015

Grades can impact students’ lives years after they graduate college. “This is something that’s near and dear to students’ hearts,” said ASUI Representative Lindsey LaPrath, speaking at Tuesday’s Faculty Senate meeting. “Grades affect us in a big way, even after we leave.” At the final Faculty Senate meeting of the fall semester, LaPrath presented a

Adventures abroad — Three UI students win Gilman Scholarship to study abroad 12.10.2015

At least one University of Idaho student has won the Gilman International Scholarship each year since 2002. But to have three out of the four UI students who applied win the scholarship — that’s unique, said Holly LaHann, a UI distinguished scholarship coordinator. “Usually one in three or one in four students win,” LaHann said.

Starting from scratch — First-generation college student describes her adventures, challenges 12.10.2015

Throughout her life, Natalie Dobkins was never encouraged by her parents to go to college. Her mother came to the U.S. from the Philippines when she was 18 and did not see the need for acquiring an education. It wasn’t until she graduated high school that Dobkins realized she needed an education to accomplish her goals.

Keeping the campus cleared — UI clears walkways, roads during winter months 12.10.2015

Every year around this time, the University of Idaho goes to work trying to keep the campus running as safely and smoothly as possible. Charles Zillinger, director of landscape and exterior services, said removing snow and ice is an important step in keeping campus safe. Zillinger said snow and ice can cause traffic accidents or

No-exam week? — UI policies do not allow exams, quizzes on dead week 12.07.2015

Many colleges across the country have adopted policies requiring teachers to withhold all tests during dead week, and the University of Idaho is no exception. According to the university’s General Catalog, “no quizzes or exams shall be given in lecture-recitation periods during the week before final exam week.” But students at the University of Idaho

Safe travels this holiday season — Holiday Break Bus brings students back home 12.07.2015

For students, the Holiday Break Bus this year means safer journeys home. For families, it means less worrying. “This is something that students should strongly consider,” said University of Idaho Dean of Students Blaine Eckles. “It’s much more convenient than they may think it is. It gets them home safely and we will get them

Legislators preview issues for upcoming legislative session 12.03.2015

District 5 legislators discussed Idaho salaries, roads and Medicaid expansion Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the approaching legislative session in Boise. The League of Women Voters hosted the discussion at the 1912 Center in downtown Moscow.

Safe Campus Act stirs controversy — Greek houses oppose U.S. Senate bill 11.30.2015

“Safe” might be in the title, but to Alex Roberts, University of Idaho Coordinator for Student Conduct, the Safe Campus Act has misleading terminology. The U.S. Senate bill aims to help sexual assault victims on college campuses nationally. But instead, Roberts said it would do the opposite. “(The Safe Campus Act) would have a very

Stuffing students — Free Thanksgiving dinner for students, community 11.16.2015

It might just be a free meal, but to President Chuck Staben, it’s a time for community. Bob’s Place will host the second annual University Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25 inside Bob’s Place. The event is free and open to students, families of all sizes and anyone in the community.

Everybody loves Marvel — Bob’s cashier setting the bar for customer service 11.09.2015

As students pour through the doors of Bob’s Place on weekday mornings, Marvel Harper can be seen behind a small desk, scanning students’ Vandal cards for entry. Most students know her as just Marvel, as her nametag states in all caps. She started working for the University of Idaho nine years ago as a service

Students, chefs compete in cooking competition at Bob’s Place Wednesday 11.05.2015

They had 25 minutes and a variety of ingredients at their disposal. The chefs could use meats, vegetables and fruits to create their dish. And of course, the mandatory secret ingredient — maraschino cherries — had to make an appearance. For University of Idaho chefs Dimon Johnson and Raymond Blair, they only needed 20 minutes

Halloween happiness — Local children will come to campus for annual Tower Trick or Treat 10.29.2015

Trick-or-treaters will navigate a vertical neighborhood this weekend as University of Idaho Housing and Residence Life hosts its 37th annual Tower Trick or Treat event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday in the Theophilus Tower. The event serves as an opportunity for local children and their families to trick or treat throughout the building as well as

Scares with Staben — Stabens host 2nd annual Halloween party Tuesday 10.26.2015

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben and his wife Mary Beth Staben are throwing a party — costumes are encouraged. The Stabens will host the 2nd annual President’s Halloween Open House from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the President’s Residence near the UI Golf Course. The event is open to students, community members, faculty and staff.

Living groups decorate with the Vandal Spirit— UI living groups decorate space, compete in homecoming competition 10.22.2015

This time of year, living groups across campus are getting in the spirit of decoration — and it is not for Halloween. As part of Homecoming Week, living groups will decorate their living spaces to this year’s theme, A Hero’s Homecoming. Emily Rasch, Homecoming Committee chair, said she thinks this year’s theme will allow residents

Accidental discovery leads to grant — Grant awarded to UI professors for electrode development 10.22.2015

Jeremy Foutch’s accidental discovery of a new form of carbon took place in a garage while he was testing oil shale for precious metals. Foutch, a University of Idaho chemistry graduate student, was forced to unexpectedly stop the tests on oil shale after the garage filled with a foul smell. When he opened the crucible,

Administrators give advice, share resources to resolve roommate conflicts 10.12.2015

Dealing with classes and midterms may be inevitably miserable, but living with a roommate may not have to be. “It’s common to get frustrated or annoyed with someone you see daily,” said Jill Powell, assistant director of Student Engagement in University Housing. “Typically around midterms, when stress is a little more prevalent, we will see

Flu season returns — Students can stay healthy with on-campus resources 10.12.2015

Fall is the season for cooler temperatures, pumpkin-spiced everything and, of course, the flu. Flu season is officially here, but there are many on-campus resources for University of Idaho students. Emily Tuschhoff, health education coordinator at Vandal Health, said she has been working since the start of the month to raise awareness for flu vaccinations.

Running after hours — ‘You have the city to yourself in a way’ 10.08.2015

Lauren Heryford isn’t being chased — she just likes running at night. “I don’t like running into people I know — they see you and are like, ‘Wow, you’re really struggling up that hill,’” Heryford said. “It’s just quieter. You have the city to yourself in a way.” The University of Idaho psychology major said

Encouraging NIC transfers 10.01.2015

North Idaho College and the University of Idaho have created a partnership through VandaLink, a program set to streamline the process for NIC students looking to transfer to UI. VandaLink guarantees admission for NIC students with an associate degree and also provides students with 45 credits a fee waver, said Corey DeLeonard, a recruitment and