Don’t enable bad behavior: Vandal Shuttle will be an inefficient use of university funding 05.06.2016

Let me be the first to say that safety is important, especially on a college campus. Thankfully, Moscow is a pretty safe town. Even as a small female, I feel relatively safe walking alone at night. But there are bad people everywhere, and preventative safety measures should be taken. Vandal Shuttle is not a measure

To the Greek community 05.06.2016

Thank you so much for your generous support of the Moscow Rebels, the local team of Idaho Special Olympics. Through your fundraising efforts, this large donation will            assist with expenses of uniforms, equipment, rental facilities and travel to competitions. Philanthropy is a hallmark of the Greek system, at the local as

Legal drug dealing — The U.S. should rethink how it handles drug abusers 05.06.2016

Ever since President Nixon declared a war on drugs in the 1970s, the United States has struggled to reduce drug abuse across the nation. From harsh drug policies to treatment programs, the U.S. has been working on this issue tirelessly. The use of heroin in particular has been on the rise since the early 2000s.

When students are informed about diabetes, they can reduce the risk of developing it 05.06.2016

As we transition from home to college, the experience is one of many new beginnings. During this time, we break from familial routines and establish independence. We no longer have parents and elders around to provide guidance and limitations on our lifestyle choices. It’s common for students who transition from home to college to put

Let’s both agree to get it on — Active consent is required in all sexual interactions, even between established partners 05.06.2016

Rape is a strong word. The general consensus is that it should be saved for specific situations, and that it should be followed by a series of questions — “What were you wearing?” “Were you drinking?” or maybe “Wait, but aren’t you two dating?” Rape might be a strong word, but it can be defined

Casting away conventions — When it comes to navigating life as an adult, society doesn’t always know best 05.06.2016

Growing up, I had a plan. Or, at least, my parents and my peers’ parents and American society had a plan that we were all going to follow. It was a multi-step process to life that led individuals to graduate high school, go to college, find a job, get married, buy a house and have

The Value of Millennials: The lost generation — Why our generation lags behind its predecessors 05.06.2016

It was the summer of 2011, and the occupy movement was in full swing. The participants were passionate, strong minded, bent on change and completely aimless. There were no goals, no leaders and absolutely no point to what was happening in parks across the country. The “99 percent” achieved nothing that summer, and rather than

The Value of Millennials: That’s my generation — Millennials are constantly criticized for other generations’ inadequacies. 05.06.2016

Many people seem to think that Generation Y, or Millennials, are the worst generation America has ever seen. We supposedly whine and cry about all the alleged injustices against us and expect people to hand everything to us on a silver platter. We are viewed as self-centered, self-obsessed children who know nothing of the world

Q’s & no real answers: A list of questions from a curious student journalist 05.06.2016

When I walked into The Argonaut newsroom as a freshman three years ago, I started asking questions and never stopped. These are the ones I never got answers to. Let’s start with everyone’s favorite topic — Vandal Athletics. Athletics Director Rob Spear has gone on the record saying a single criminal infraction is enough to

Graduating college is scary, but Vandals are prepared 05.06.2016

For graduating seniors, four years have gone by. They’ve cried, they’ve laughed, they’ve cried some more, some have nearly gone bald pulling out their hair and questioning their very existence. Now it’s time for them to graduate. No matter what degree they walk away with or what their parents told them, all the crying, balding

The Argonaut has been setting students up for success for 117 years 05.06.2016

In 1898, The Argonaut was created. One man — one of about 100 students at the University of Idaho — took on the task of creating what nearly 117 years later is the paper I know and love. Guy W. Wolfe is a hero — and so is his father. He was the editor and

Making their mark, Graduates join a legacy of greatness 05.06.2016

Since 1889, a number of University of Idaho alumni have done great things after they graduated. To name a few, there was Lawrence Chamberlain, who became the dean of Columbia University, Dean Thornton, who was a Boeing executive, Michael Kirk, who helped create Frontline and Bobbie Thomas, who is a style editor for NBC’s Today

Syllabi should be available for students prior to registration 05.02.2016

As students, we have a lot going on pretty much 24/7. Still, there are a few times each semester that really stress us out — midterms, finals and registration madness. We all know the registration routine. The upcoming semester’s schedule gets posted online, we look over it, compare it to Degree Audit, look through the

There is value in events that promote inclusivity on a more metaphorical level 05.02.2016

It’s easy to talk about creating a more inclusive and respectful environment, but taking action to create that kind of safe space can be difficult. While events like Writing on the Wall might not seem like an instrumental part of building a more inclusive social environment on campus, these things actually play a crucial role.

The bright side of ‘Spotlight’ — ‘Spotlight’ shines a light on investigative reporting 04.28.2016

As exciting and important as journalism is, it’s hard to express that to the public. Most people see newspapers as boring or outdated, but the truth is that there is a lot of value in the great work of the men and women in the industry. That’s something that Hollywood tried to capture with great

Think behind the wheel — Driving safely is a public service to everyone on the road 04.28.2016

Whether it was in a class, from parents or teachers, everyone has been given at least one lecture about safe driving. It was in my driver’s education class that I got my first of many safe driving lectures. My class was taught by police officers who had seen grisly, heartbreaking car crashes and they spared

Egregious principles — BYU Honor Code sheds shocking light on treatment of sexual assault victims 04.28.2016

Mormonism has long been proclaimed to be a religion of peace and forgiveness, not only by members of the church, but from many residents around Idaho. But last week at Brigham Young University (BYU), a private university and the flagship institution of the Mormon faith, the school made the decision to bar an alleged rape

College provides an opportunity for students explore their political beliefs 04.28.2016

Millennials are the digital generation — there’s no doubt about that. So, it makes sense that Millennials are turning to social media, not just for entertainment, but also for their news, including the latest in American politics. In a Pew Research Study, “How Millennials’ political news habits differ from those of Gen Xers and Baby

A forgotten necessity — With finals week approaching, it’s important to remember sleep 04.25.2016

As the semester comes to an end, it seems like all of my professors are plotting against me and coordinating their essays, quizzes and exams in the same week. With finals week looming over my head, it becomes easy to forgo the time that helps me function in a healthy way. I find myself sacrificing

This year’s campaigns in the 2016 presidential race ignore logic, reason 04.25.2016

Amidst the raucous presidential debates, vicious campaigns and utter turmoil in the 2016 presidential election, reason martials my will to vote. Shakespeare wrote, “Things growing are not ripe until their season, but I being young till now ripe not to reason. And touching now the point of human skill reason becomes the martial to my

The irrationality of Trump, Cruz and Sanders 04.25.2016

At one point in this nation’s history people had a strong sense of what it meant to be an American. Our legislators and leaders worked together to solve the many issues that arose in our past. Sometimes, the actions they took were the wrong ones, sometimes the correct ones, but the fact remains that what

Angles of research — VIP grants highlight importance of interdisciplinary research 04.25.2016

The University of Idaho has consistently been praised as a high-quality research institution, and this year UI President Chuck Staben made sure it lives up to the praise. Last week five groups composed of UI community members received between $40,000 and $80,000 in grant money as part of the Vandal Ideas Project (VIP). VIP is

Feeling safe is a right, feeling uncomfortable is a privilege 04.21.2016

The 21st century has brought with it a rapid time of social change. Voices that have previously been silenced are suddenly being heard. Those who were disadvantaged in the past are now able to express their views without the threat of being marginalized or ostracized for their opinions. Yet, with this new and exciting time

Increasing enrollment by 50 percent is not the best solution 04.21.2016

I did not think I was going to attend the University of Idaho. I applied on a whim. I didn’t know where Moscow was or what kind of school I wanted to attend, so I applied to a bunch of colleges to see what happened. There were plenty of great options in my home state

Clothing lines that are more inclusive to religious dress should not be criminalized 04.21.2016

In an article published by The New York Times, Vanessa Friedman addressed the latest wave of prominent clothing brands releasing collections that are tailored for Muslim women. The online release of the “burkini,” a full-body bathing suit by Marks & Spencer, sparked a debate, but that’s not the only company striving to be inclusive. DKNY