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Greek life not end-all be-all of college living

04.21.2014 – 9:28 pm |
Greek life not end-all be-all of college living

Vandal Friday brought hundreds of potential students to the University of Idaho campus last weekend. Some were awestruck by their potential future home, some looked ashamed to be walking around with their parents and I …

Take care of yourself — Physical and mental relaxation is important in time of stress, students should find personal solution

04.21.2014 – 9:22 pm |

For most students, it can be difficult to relax during a stressful time such as finals week. With so much riding on academics, it can often become our only focus. 

Off the cuff

04.21.2014 – 9:19 pm |

I remember

Earth Day benefits each of us — Holiday is important reminder to think about the planet, students should step up to lessen impact

04.21.2014 – 9:17 pm |

Today is Earth Day, and with it comes a time of promoting awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability. Each and every one of us have a carbon footprint — some of us less than …

Off the Cuff

04.17.2014 – 9:13 pm |

Dear UI parking,
Congratulations your strategy to force me to buy a real over priced parking pass by making the only two blue lots at the butt ends of campus worked. I’ll be shoveling out extra …

Respect Equal Pay Day, fairness

04.17.2014 – 9:12 pm |

I write this letter in response to a cartoon on page 11 of the April 11 issue that depicted feminists on Equal Pay Day.

Talk sex, stay safe — Conversing with your partner, attending health clinics can help prevent STDs

04.17.2014 – 9:10 pm |

April showers are known for bringing May flowers, but this year, it also brings that awkward relationship conversation you might not have been looking forward to … you and your partner’s sexual history. To confront …

Unrestricted knowledge — Students need to take advantage of UI library

04.17.2014 – 9:09 pm |

A majority of University of Idaho students hope to spend minimal time inside the UI Library except during academic emergencies caused by midterms, finals and unavoidable all-nighters. Unfortunately, few students take full  advantage of the …

Essential increase – Tuition increase neccesary to sustain UI

04.14.2014 – 9:34 pm |

Increases, increases, increases — college tuition and fee rates are going up, no one can argue that.  In the last 10 years, tuition has nearly doubled at the University of Idaho, and no student is …

Pitman’s announcement

04.14.2014 – 9:33 pm |

I am a Vandal alumna, class of 2011. I lived in Moscow until last year.

Off The Cuff

04.14.2014 – 9:31 pm |

Designated driver
Please don’t tip me for driving you around, your hilarious antics and train wrecks makes driving your car around worth it.

Tobbaco compromise – Shift to smokeless tobacco, should alleviate negative effects

04.14.2014 – 9:29 pm |
Tobbaco compromise – Shift to smokeless tobacco, should alleviate negative effects

According to public health surveys conducted by the Center for Disease Control, 52 percent of men and 34 percent of women smoked cigarettes in 1960. Just decades ago, smoking was common in restaurants, movie theaters …

Approve it – SBOE should approve tuition proposal, decision will dictate UI’s future

04.14.2014 – 9:27 pm |

The University of Idaho will welcome seven powerful guests to campus this week. Unknown to many students, they hold the power to implement widespread changes in schools and universities across the state. The not-so-secret group …

Going tobacco free – UI should move toward a tobacco-free campus, safety for campus community

04.10.2014 – 8:39 pm |

When in the process of creating a tobacco-free campus, the tobacco taskforce looked at all options, and more importantly, looked at what other colleges and universities were doing successfully. I agree that the current 25-foot …

Off the cuff

04.10.2014 – 8:34 pm |

Tweet for your life
CNN apparently found out about the school stabbing in Pittsburgh from Twitter. Wonder whose said tweet caught their eye and what did it say.

Abiding administrator bids farewell – Pitman’s commitment to UI will be missed

04.10.2014 – 8:33 pm |

Longevity is not often a term associated with University of Idaho administrators, faculty members, coaches and other employees.  

Keep the ‘b’-word — Ban Bossy campaign looks to form leaders among girls in wrong way

04.07.2014 – 9:20 pm | One Comment

The Ban Bossy campaign released a video a few weeks ago that featured women from all walks of life, such as Beyonce, Jennifer Garner and Condoleezza Rice. They and other women featured, stood in front …

False information, lasting consequences — Misinformation can travel quickly due to social media, accuracy is key

04.07.2014 – 9:19 pm |

I might be the only one with a crazy uncle who preaches pseudoscience and blames the Illuminati for everything from Pearl Harbor to rising gas prices, we all know someone like Uncle Joe. Someone who …

Off the cuff

04.07.2014 – 9:17 pm |

Game of Thrones makes me want to tame dragons.
Cookie dough
I’m gearing up for stress eating.
Why do we even have Vandal Alert?
I am curious what the University of Idaho deems worthy of a Vandal Alert. After …

Symptom of bigger problem — Friday’s elevated levels of chlorine met with slow action, indicitive of larger communication problems

04.07.2014 – 9:16 pm |

Good news, drinking water, cooking food, washing hands and taking a shower are all now safe things to do on the University of Idaho campus, now that the chlorine concentration has returned to a safe …

Off the Cuff

04.03.2014 – 9:09 pm |

Grow up, Idaho
A Boise public school district voted to ban a book by Sherman Alexie from high school English classes, essentially because of its un-Christian-like content. I don’t even have words for how appalled I …

Enforce, don’t expand — Lack of current enforcement on smoking policy doesn’t bode well for possible ban

04.03.2014 – 9:07 pm |

Following a visit from a coordinator for the Fresh Air Campus Challenge and discussion on campus, the University of Idaho Faculty Senate is looking at instituting a tobacco-free campus policy. While the idea is good …

Millet: a great grain alternative

03.31.2014 – 8:43 pm |

March is National Nutrition Month and in honor of this, let’s take a peek at a little-known nutritional powerhouse — millet. 

What wouldn’t Jesus do? — World Vision boycott eschewed past ideas of compassion

03.31.2014 – 8:42 pm |
What wouldn’t Jesus do?  — World Vision boycott eschewed past ideas of compassion

Conservative Christian groups heroically rallied to boycott World Vision — a Washington-based non-profit Christian relief organization — after a company policy change on March 24 was announced to allow the hiring  of legally married gay …

Off the Cuff — Quick takes on life from our Editors

03.31.2014 – 8:40 pm |

Summer daydreams
I spent my whole shift at work daydreaming about the beach and going fishing for cat fish … I need summer.

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