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Taylor Caswell

03.08.2016 - Reply

Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Says ‘Thank You’

The University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival would like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize our sponsors, community partners, volunteers and all those who made this year’s event a success.

The generous contributions made by our sponsors and community partners allow the festival to excel in its mission of jazz education and inspiration.

Each year, an army of over 400 volunteers make the festival possible. These volunteers assist in everything from acting as drivers to site managers and site participants. The time put forth by the generous University of Idaho students, staff and community members play a vital role in the success of the festival.

We would also like to thank the staff and crew that worked so hard to make this year’s festival run smoothly, as well as the University of Idaho faculty and staff, without whom this year’s festival wouldn’t have been a reality.

This year the University of Idaho hosted nearly 4,000 students from schools around the region. Thank you to all the participating schools for your time and performances. The Jazz in the Schools program reached over 9,000 North Idaho students from Grangeville to Coeur d’Alene, a special thank you to those participating schools as well.

Without the support of all of you, we would not be on the cusp of celebrating 50 years of jazz education on the Palouse. Thank you.

Steve Remington
Executive Director, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival
University of Idaho

Jerry McCollum

04.10.2016 - Reply

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 feed.

It’s TICK season. Be aware. I saw several people with dogs wandering around on Kamiak Butte, college students. Hope they’re alert and aware.

Lydia Hanson

04.17.2016 - Reply

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 years anyway.
Well, with all due respect, I disagree. I am a senior in International Studies and French and have participated in French classes here and abroad and I have lived abroad in Belgium and France. The author made a fair point that immersion language learning is more efficient but that does not make classroom learning obsolete.
Learning a second language is one of the most useful pursuits. Even if one does not achieve a level of fluency, the process is incredibly beneficial. It expands thought processes by changing how we think about things. It allows us insight into how other individuals around the world think and improves our communication skills in our own language.
The suggestion that English speakers do not need to learn another language because English is so widely spoken is arrogant. Yes, English is the most utilized language in the international sphere, but that does not excuse Americans and other native English speakers from removing themselves from their comfort zones and studying another language. It would be expected for us all to learn another language if our mother tongue was something like Swedish. Anglophones should not be excepted from language instruction due to an accident of birth.
As to the claim that students do not take anything from classes, I would like to point out that students are responsible for their own educations. If a student chooses to put forth inadequate effort, that is not the fault of a whole discipline. The school system should not conform to the laziness and apathy of a group of students.

Lydia Hanson
International Studies/French

    Lydia Hanson

    04.17.2016 - Reply

    In reference to ‘English is Enough’ on March 31st.

Jill Rinaldi

05.04.2016 - Reply

I would like to have a thank you to the Greek community for sponsoring a fund raiser for the local Special Olympics Team-Moscow Rebels.
I thought that this would be the best way to do it-here is my submission:

THANK YOU for your generous support of the Moscow Rebels, the local team of Idaho Special Olympics. This large donation will assist with equipment, uniform, facility rental and travel expenses needed for training and competition with other Idaho teams.

Philanthropy at the local as well as national levels has always been a strength of the Greek system and we are thrilled to be a recipient of that generosity.

We welcome volunteers at our training and competition sessions. If you would like to get involved with your local team please contact us.

Most Sincerely,

The Moscow Rebels

Arwen Bloomsburg

02.16.2017 - Reply

We’re now seven months into having a “Tobacco-free campus”.

It may be time to find out, officially, how that policy has affected the smoking habits of the campus population.

By my observation, the effects are students waiting until after dark to smoke outside and an increase in the number of cigarette butts cluttering up the campus grounds.

So, well done, I guess.

Alan MacPhee and Melinda Miller

02.18.2017 - Reply

I appreciated President Staben’s letter of February 10 about the Women’s Leadership Conference and his tip of the hat to the Women’s Center and Athena. We proudly support Vandal scholarships and are season ticket holders to Vandal football. We proudly support the Women’s Center and its many events and vital outreach. And we proudly support President Staben’s holistic view of the University of Idaho and his caring for the tremendous work done by its diverse organizations.