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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Revising student records — Students should have offenses listed on transcript when applying to other schools 09.08.2015

Conversations about sexual assault are never easy to have. Though everyone agrees that we should be doing something to try and end sexual assault, we struggle to move the dialogue much further than that. It is not a problem that only the University of Idaho is facing. It’s a national problem. Every university should be […]

Zzzzs get degrees 04.28.2015

The end of the school year is an exciting time. The sun is shining across the Palouse hills, flowers are blooming and summer break is just around the corner. Some of us are wrapping up our first year in college, while others are making the final stride toward the finish line of graduation.

Otter’s veto is nonsensical 04.23.2015

I think the recent veto by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter reflects a culture of archaic and deep-rooted social misconceptions that exist in Idaho. Otter attempted to halt the Idaho Court systems from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which has legitimately no legal reasoning besides traditionally conservative rhetoric.

Respect the dunes 08.28.2014

The safety of visitors to Corps of Engineers lands is a high priority for the Lower Granite Lock and Dam team. Our rangers and staff do their best to provide a safe and enjoyable experience while you’re visiting Illia Dunes and Granite Point.

Millet: a great grain alternative 03.31.2014

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

Snacking smart 02.03.2014

Looking for a healthy snack on campus? Many students feel overwhelmed by the number of choices in vending machines, but underwhelmed by the nutritional value.

Invest in your future, look at study abroad — Study abroad challenges students, expands worldview 01.28.2014

Why in the world would one spend their valuable time studying abroad during their limited university years? I assure you the reasons are not because it is simple, not because it fixes problems at home and not because it is comfortable.

This is not your university 01.28.2014

This is not your university, a fact that became clearer than ever this December. If you don’t know why I would make such a bold statement, I urge you to take a few moments and continue reading.

Cool, calm, collected 10.07.2013

Time is quickly passing by and shows no sign of slowing down. It feels like the semester just began, yet it is already October, which means midterms are close. That lovely mid-point where our knowledge and progress are assessed with difficult exams seemingly designed to make students miserable. However, these difficult tests don’t have to […]

Guest Voice: Passing on some health tips 07.23.2013

Many college students get caught up in their newfound independence and they forget to take care of themselves. When first attending college, every aspect of your life changes, so it’s important to set up good healthy habits from the start. As a senior who has just gone through the college experience, I’d like to give […]

How do you get around? — Student survey seeks to improve transportation on campus 04.18.2013

All the biking racks are full. There’s nowhere to park and it’s way too expensive to buy a parking permit. What’s a student to do? Automobile parking and transportation to and from school for students is progressively becoming an area of concern for school administrators. Student frustration regarding this matter is also rising, as parking […]

New view on food stamps 04.11.2013

I’m writing in response to John-Daniel Wanvig’s guest voice article on April 5, entitled “An uncommon Christian view on food stamps.”

An uncommon Christian view on food stamps 04.04.2013

In response to Andrew Jenson’s opinion article “Taking the rough road” in the April 2 publication of The Argonaut: According to how I was raised, I was once of the same opinion as you. As I was told, conservative was good, liberal was bad. My opinion, therefore, was that federal spending should be cut, cut […]

Cutting back on caffeine 02.04.2013

For years medical professionals have gone back and forth about caffeine and its effects on people. We have heard it is terrible for you and then find out about newly discovered benefits the following month. As a coffee consumer myself, sometimes I get confused whether I’m making an unhealthy or healthy decision every morning when […]

New Year’s health challenge — Give yourself opportunity, inspiration to have a healthy 2013 01.10.2013

It’s a new year with new resolutions. How many times have you said, “this is the year I will exercise every day,” or “I will finally lose those last 15 pounds.”

Textbooks for the tech-savvy college student 12.06.2012

Why aren’t students utilizing electronic textbooks more often?

Finals overload Don’t let cramming for finals weigh you down 12.03.2012

The night before a big test is traditionally spent cramming. But for many students, cramming can also involve food.

New initiative could save student lives 11.26.2012

Smoking-related deaths are preventable. Exposure to secondhand smoke is associated with heart and lung disease, asthma, allergies and respiratory and ear infections. State and city regulations protect employees and patrons of restaurants and bars from secondhand smoke. Now, a group of students is proposing a tobacco-free campus to improve health outcomes among students, improve air […]

Destructive Decisions — Making tough choices while drinking can have drastic effects for future 10.04.2012

River Huston, who is an amazing speaker, will be here at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Student Union Building ballroom to host an enlightening and fun conversation about how alcohol and drugs impact decision-making, safe sex and sexual assault.

Tried and true — Student health tips from a senior 09.24.2012

It’s your first time living away from home, you have free reign over everything you do. That includes eating whatever you want in the cafeteria, late night snacks and drinking alcohol in excess — but is it really worth it?