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Student Services VP announces resignation


Nord to begin position with Oregon school July 1

ice President of Student Services Sheldon Nord will be resigning his position at the end of the semester. He has accepted the job as president at Corban University in Salem, Ore. “This is a great place to live and work,” Nord said. “Everyone has been so welcoming and great to work with, and our corporate work to promote higher education in this region has really been a highlight in my career experiences.” Nord begins his position as presidentelect at Corban on July 1. He will work with the current president, Reno Hoff, for a year. Hoff will retire July 1, 2013. Bell said she will not yet begin a search for a replacement for an interim replacement for Nord. When the new NIC president is hired, Sheldon Bell will discuss the posiNord tion with them and help for m an interim plan to put in place before the end of June. “I am ver y pleased for Sheldon that he will assume the Corban presidency, but I also regret this loss to NIC,” NIC President Priscilla Bell said. “I am ver y proud of Sheldon’s contributions during his time at NIC and most especially his dedication to student success. I’m excited for his new oppor tunity with Corban.” Before his hiring at NIC, “I am very Nord was the proud of CEO of Universitas Pelita HaraSheldon’s in Indonesia contributions pan for a year and during his served as the time at NIC vice president for student affairs at and most Eastern Oregon especially his University for four years. He dedication earned his masto student ter’s degree in college student success.” services administration from PRISCILLA BELL Oregon State NIC president University and a doctorate in higher education from Indiana University. Nord became the vice president of student services of NIC in September 2010. “North Idaho is well known for the natural beauty and variety of outdoor recreation activities, and we will miss those features of this region, but much more challenging for us is to leave the great people we’ve met in a short time here,” Nord said. Nord received his bachelor’s degree in social science from Corban in 1982. He also worked there for 11 years. He served as their vice president of Student Life and Enrollment Management for three years and as a member of their board of trustees for 10 years. Corban University is a private, independent Christian institution. Its 20112012 enrollment was 1,243 students.

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Chicago bandrocks Spokane

Wilco closes the show with a final performance during last Monday’s concert in the INB Performing Arts Center. Gabe Green/Sentinel

Christina Villagomez Staff Contributor


hundred ghosts waited for something to happen. They didn’t wait long; the lights dimmed and the soothing murmur of the crowd below the stage began to rise into a crashing crescendo of cheers. The ghosts, which in the previously well-lit auditorium had appeared to just be artfully arranged rows of white knotted fabric hanging above and behind the stage, suddenly burst into brilliant life as they danced in the shadows of the psychedelic kaleidoscope of colors projected onto them in lieu of a screen. Standing behind the crowd one could see the rainbow spectacle happening on stage reflected dozens of times like a backward mirror in a surrealist painting, as fans snapped pictures with their camera phones. “I can’t be so far away from my wasteland/ I’ll never know when I might ambulance/ Or hoist the horns with my own hands/Almost... almost.../” crooned singer Jeff Tweedy to the hypnotized audience that swayed and bobbed in place like waves lapping at his feet. This was Wilco’s grand return to Spokane on Feb. 6. It’s a long way from where the Chicago natives began 15 years ago. Wilco has its roots in the acclaimed alternative country outfit Uncle Tupelo. After Tupelo’s lead singer left the band because of creative differences, co-singer Jeff Tweedy stepped forward to take the reins and, along with his band-mates, Tupelo was resurrected as Wilco. Wilco has come to distinguish itself



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from its predecessor with a line-up that has changed radically over the years, and a sound that would evolve just as much, beginning with the critically lauded fourth album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” “Foxtrot” would help Wilco rise from the genre of critically acclaimed bands with small fan bases to a more mainstream market, with the album landing number 13 on the Billboard Top 200. However, commercial success would not hamper the band’s creativity over the years, leading some to dub it “the American Radiohead.” Following “Foxtrot,” Wilco’s various releases would change in directions, ranging from sunny melodic folk to spacier experimental albums. “The Whole Love,” Wilco’s latest effort seems to marry these different elements. Wilco chose the INB Performing Arts Center both of the times it has visited Spokane, a choice that would allow it to use the stage in a theatrical manner in a way a smaller space might not have allowed. Each song in the 25-song concert had its own special light show and projection combination, ranging from the acid-sunshine yellow and indigo accented rendition of “I Might,” to the drama of the of the gritty, splattered red and gray finale, “Shot In the Arm.” Surprises colored the show, with giant hummingbirds projected at close range

adding an eerie, yet romantic, feeling, and something as simple as strobe lights turning drummer Glenn Kotche into a larger than life shadow looming over the audience. At certain points the hanging white set pieces would cease to be ghosts as they flashed bright with the light bulbs hidden inside, and revealed themselves as a heavenly host of angels during the peak

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Presidential hunt finally commences ACCT finishes compiling desired characteristics Christina Villagomez Staff Contributor The board of trustees’ search for North Idaho College’s next president is officially under way. After seeking community input, the board unanimously approved a profile detailing the qualities sought in a future president and agreed on the target date of March 1 for receiving applications. “That’s when the serious recruitment begins, [when the presidential profile is completed] because the competitive candidates are waiting for this; they’re going to customize their letter to these needs, these characteristics,” said Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Search Consultant Julie Golder Alion. The ACCT is involved with recruiting candidates from all over the country, as well as aiding the search committee with its mandate. The Presidential Search Committee, which includes a mix of NIC instructors, community leaders, NIC trustees and ASNIC members, compiled the profile. “We’re pleased with the work of the committee; we appreciate that the public came and gave input on what qualifications they’d like to see in a president,” trustee Christine Wood said. Several ideal characteristics sought in a future president, according to the profile, include an engaging, approachable and accessible leader, a successful fundraiser, and someone familiar working in local and state political areas, a leader experienced in working with American Indian communities, professional technical education and intercollegiate athletic programs. The profile also asks for a candidate who is “committed to a healthy and safe work environment, participatory governance, empowering empoyees, and one who practices genuine collaboration with faculty, administration, staff and students.” Another characteristic desired in a candidate is a “diplomatic communicator who is firm on principle and genuinely enjoys engaging with all constituency groups.” The next step for the search committee is to meet again in mid-March and begin reviewing the various applications before selecting semi-final candidates to interview. The committee projects that the new president of NIC will be officially announced in mid-April. Current NIC president Priscilla Bell will be retiring this June after 36 years working with community colleges. “NIC has been very fortunate to have Dr. Priscilla Bell as its president; she has been superb in leading the college during a very challenging fiscal time,” said NIC board of trustees Chair Mic Armon. Originally hired as an interim president in the beginning of 2007, Bell was officially selected as a permanent president in July of the same year after a formal search. “While this is a difficult decision for me, NIC today is a much stronger college than it was when I arrived, and I know the college will continue to build on our many successes,” Bell said. “I am very excited about the future, for me personally and for NIC.”

NIC students in the foyer of the Meyer Health and Science Building wait for their classes to begin. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

NIC total enrollment plateauing after years of steady increase PTE programs still seeing increases in student numbers Christina Villagomez Staff Contributor


espite a slight growth in professional technical programs, overall spring enrollment at NIC has remained steady. The total headcount for North Idaho College this semester is 6,422, which is four fewer students than the previous semester. “What we have evidence of is that our retention numbers are good... we feel like our numbers are strong there,” said Vice President for Student Services Sheldon Nord. “I think that it is mostly in new students’ enrollment [there wasn’t growth]. We’re still trying to figure out what to attribute that to.” Nord said in his opinion, part of the leveling off is what naturally happens when an institution experiences a fast rate of growth in a short amount of time. “You’re just going to, inevitably, not keep growing,” Nord said. According to Public Information Coordinator Stacy Hudson, enrollment numbers for this year are not precise comparisons to previous years due to some of NIC’s new drop policies regarding payment and attendance. Nord said that these new policies will help maintain accuracy in this and all future enrollment reports, and help establish consistency between NIC and other educational institutions.

financial aid regulations, pre-nursing maAmong individual programs, profesjors are counted under general studies. sional technical programs enrollment has gone up 2.7 percent, a 21-student In terms of demographics, the perboost. centage of women attending NIC has “Our professional-technical programs gained an extra point, bringing the numcontinue to flourish as North Idaho Colbers back to the 60 percent women, 40 lege focuses efforts on ensuring that percent men split seen in previous years. our technical programs are meeting the The average student age remains at region’s workforce needs through high28, and enrollment by those 60 years quality, demand-driven programming,” or older has seen a dip with a total of NIC President Priscilla Bell said. 148 students, the lowest number in two However, full-time enrollment in years. professional-technical programs has The amount of students enrolled dropped 4.5 percent. from different Idaho counties has According to Nord, full-time generremained the al study masame as the previjors also saw a “You’re just going ous semester, with drop, but due only Bonner and to, inevitably, not to a stabilized Boundary counkeep growing.” enrollment ties losing 1 perlevel, he atcent each, and tributed this to Kootenai County ShELDON NORD the possibility gaining 2 percent. Vice President of Student Services of a reboundNIC enrolling economy, ment had been a l l o w i n g rising steadily some students to return to work, and since 2007. switch to a par t-time student load. According to Complete College Along with general studies, educaAmerica, a national nonprofit organization majors have also seen a slight drop, tion, Idaho’s total public college enrollwith nursing, psychology and business ment was 56,172 in 2011. administration picking up the slack. Of that number, 37,173 are full-time students, and 18,999 are part-time stuDespite the decrease, general study dents. majors remain the the most popular on The graduation rate of NIC in 2011 campus, with 2,218 students enrolled, was 23 percent. although it should be noted that due to

NIC total student enrollment over past four years

A Closer Look Among the listed qualifications preferred for the new NIC President were: • a doctorate from a regionally accredited institution • experience as a senior-level college administrator • college-level teaching experience • experience in business and industry

DID YOU KNOW? In 1841, Oberlin College was the first college in the United States to grant degrees to women.


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Professional Improvement Plan runs out of money Joyce Hargrove Copy Editor NIC has exhausted its supply of Professional Improvement Plan (PIP) funding again, which means that eligible employees may not receive reimbursement for their participation in developmental enhancement programs. Although the funding is not intended to supplant normal departmental professional development funds, staff members are encouraged to work with their supervisors to develop plans for professional growth that may enhance their job performance. Professional growth and development includes earning academic credits, attending conferences, workshops and seminars, professional certification and non-credit classes. The plan includes funded as well as non-funded activities. NIC allocates up to $12,000 per year for PIP, with $750 per eligible employee per two-year cycle, according to the policy manual. The cycles begin July 1 and end June 30, two years later. During that time, the employees may use their funds in part or in whole. Although any amount not used up to $6,000 may be added to the next budget year, according to Human Resources Specialist, Andrea Woempner, the funds are typically exhausted each year. “Employees [this cycle] have submitted PIP requests that have exhausted the funds,” Woempner said. Enacted in April 2001, the Board of Trustees initially approved the policy to formalize the college’s support for the professional growth and development of its staff. According to the manual, the intent of the PIP funds was to help staff perform their current work with more efficiency and effectiveness, encourage systematic planning of professional goals and promote lifelong learning. Active participants develop their own PIP, which then must be approved by their supervisor and the vice president and then forwarded to the Office of Professional Development for verification of fund availability, according to the manual. It may be updated or modified throughout the two-year funding cycle. To be eligible, one must be employed in a benefit-eligible, non-faculty position continuously for at least one year. The PIP plan handles both full and part-timers, with part-timers receiving a prorated amount. Staff members are encouraged to submit their completed forms by May 1. The policy manual states “NIC is committed to professional growth and development of its staff. It ensures justice, dignity and opportunity for all.”

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Jack Wooten, 71, of James Construction, sweeps the rubble left by the remodeling of the Siebert Building in progress. Wooten has worked in construction for 41 years. Room 103 is the former home of the Center for New Directions. When the remodeling is finished, the Information Technology Help Desk will move in.

New mission, vision statements Long Range Vision and Planning Committee presents final draft Christina Villagomez Staff Contributor


he Long Range Vision and Planning Committee has its final recommendation for NIC’s new mission and vision statement. It will present the new statements to the board of trustees at the Board’s next scheduled meeting on Feb. 22 in the SUB’s Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. The new mission statement makes goals of lifelong learning, educational excellence and commitment to student success. The new vision statement plans for an NIC that is a comprehensive community college that provides quality learning for an affordable price, as well as the plan to be the educational and cultural center of the community. The statement defines NIC’s core values as being student success, educational excellence, community engage-

If there is one thing people cannot do, ment, stewardship and diversity. The finished statements are the end [it] is say they didn’t have input.” The committee, which featured of an eight-step process that spanned Mayor Sandi Bloem, several NIC adseveral months and began formally in ministrators and a variety of communiAugust. Several of the processes involved ty leaders, was headed by Avista Utilicommunity input, something many ties Regional Business Manager Patty committee members repeatedly stated Shea and retired Kootenai Health CEO Joe Morris. was ver y im“I think the por tant, in“North Idaho College is committee did a cluding sevdedicated to these core great job of tryeral expaning to listen to evsive sur veys values which guide its eryone and come conducted decisions and actions.” up with stateby Robinson ments that were Research, responsive to a research NIC VALUEs STATEMENT everyone’s feedfirm based Long Range Vision and Planning Committee back,” Nord said. in Spokane. “I wouldn’t say “We had that this [statement] is better than the focus groups with students; we had old one; I think the biggest thing we focus groups with faculty, staff and accomplished is this is a statement that community members,” said NIC Vice represents all of NIC’s stakeholders. President for Student Services ShelThis is the vision and mission statedon Nord, who was involved with the ment for our community college.” committee. “We did a lot of research.

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Women over 40 are encouraged to get a mammogram once a year and can do so without a physician’s T h e Wo m e n ’ s H e a l t h S e r - referral. “Early detection is what saves a vices Coach visited NIC’s campus person’s life,” said Lana Burnette, once again to provide mammography ser vices to local women. mammorgrapher. Those under the age of 30 canEquipped with a brand-new coach and advanced equipment, not receive a mammogram on the coach, though, due to this visit heralded a full a variety of different schedule, and the van “It’s like a reasons. is considering makThe most promirock star ing another set of mamnent reason that mography rounds here coach. The women under 30 on campus this spring. old one was cannot make appointThe new changes in with the coach equipment in the coach a converted ments is due to the difference have increased ef fiRV.” between a diagnostic ciency and patient comexam and a screening. for t, according to Steve Women under 30 Fracz, driver and clerk STEVE FRACZ are not seen as highof the mammography Coach driver and clerk risk candidates for coach for over 12 years. breast cancer. Thus, “It’s like a rock star coach,” Fracz said. “The these screenings will become diold one was a conver ted RV.” agnostic if abnormalities are found and, if insurance was billed, the rouThe new coach touts individual dressing rooms that allow patients to tine screening becomes insurance fraud. change in private. “Mammograms aren’t as bad as The old coach required that papeople say,” Burnette said. “It’s untients dress in the examining room comfortable and quick.” itself, a situation that caused longer The bus usually visits the NIC appointment times. campus twice a year around the Now, appointment times generend of October and January. Due to ally run around 15 minutes. a packed schedule, the coach may “It’s a more private, slick flow,” come back later this spring. Fracz said. “It helps us stay on schedule and really stick to that “Lots of people are inquiring, 15-minute appointment time.” asking for openings,” Fracz said. Another new feature of the upThe bus runs based on appointdated coach is its all-digital mamments only. Patients are also asked mography system, which sends into arrive early or at least on time for formation directly to Inland Imaging their appointment, as mammograms for processing. Results are normally will be dropped if the patient is available in five to 10 working days. seven minutes or more late. Those 30 years or older are inThis schedule is enforced in vited to make an appointment with order to keep a reliable 15-minute the mammography coach. appointment time.





Several alcohol violations in residence hall 1 Feb. 1: A visitor to the residence hall was found to have alcohol. The visitor was asked to depart the building and the sponsor was referred for disciplinary action.

2 Feb. 1: A student reported the theft of her cellphone while attending class in Winton Hall.

3 Feb. 3: An alcohol violation involving a student occurred in the residence hall. A report was forwarded for disciplinary action.

4 Feb. 3: A student accidentally broke a large window of a conference room in the Student Union Building’s basement. A report was forwarded for the repairs.


Feb. 6: Very minor damage to an NIC fleet vehicle was reported, caused by an unknown individual placing a portable sign on the hood.


Feb. 6: A student reported finding graffiti in the men’s second floor bathroom in the Hedlund Building.


Feb. 6: An alcohol violation involving a student occurred in the residence hall. A report was forwarded for disciplinary action.


Jan. 30: A verbal confrontation between a student and a faculty member occurred at an NIC off-campus location. Coeur d’Alene Police were called and the student was referred for disciplinary action.

DECISION POINT: North Idaho College is requesting approval of a Zone Change from the existing C-17L (Limited Commercial at 17 units/acre) and LM (light Manufacturing) areas within the Educational Corridor to the C-17 (Commercial at zoning district. 417| units/acre) the sentinel



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NIC provides annual FAFSA help night

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State Department of Education funds event Sarah Munds Assistant News Editor PUD-1-11 (YELLOW) In conjunction

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Aerial view of the zone change of the Education Corridor. Courtesy of the Coeur d’Alene City Council Staff Report


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NIC hosted its annual FAFSA completion day event Feb. 4. These events, funded by the state’s Department of Education, provide assistance for students looking to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Department of Education funds the FAFSA completion event every year for those interested in applying for federal financial aid. This year, events were held at the NIC Flex Learning Center, Sandpoint High School and Coeur d’Alene High School. Two more FAFSA completion days are scheduled. Lakeland High School is hosting its own Feb. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. while Kellogg High School’s is planned Feb. 28 at 6 to 8 p.m. as well. “Sometimes a student might have questions, and this allows people to fill out the FAFSA with someone from financial aid,” said Marissa Struck, an NIC finan-

Education Corridor takes another progressive step Tala Wood News Editor

scape architect representing NIC, the zone change allows NIC to get the unlimited height value of C-17, but the PUD limits it and creates the parameters “by which we he Coeur d’Alene City Council apmight develop a parking garage down the proved a zoning change that will road, 40, 50 years.” allow NIC to construct the new City Council members Steve Adams and buildings for the Education Dan Gookin voted against the measure. Corridor. Gookin, who lives in the Fort Grounds The quasi-judicial public hearing ZC-4neighborhood, expressed 11 was held during the concerns about shoreline regular city council meetregulations. He also objecting on Feb. 7 in commued to the effect the planned nity room of the Coeur parking garage might have d’Alene public librar y. on the view of the lake from The zone was The Education Corridor the houses in the neighborchanged to C-17, which hood on Military Drive. allows the land to have is a joint campus for Mueller said that of the commercial, residential NIC, the University of approximately 15 homes and civic uses, as well that might be affected, NIC Idaho and Lewis and as light manufacturing. owns six or seven of them. The approximately Clark State College. The Adams said he opposed seven acres of land were 17-acre tract was the site the request because he felt previously zoned as only he was denied his constituof the old DeArmond light manufacturing and tional right to approve the Commercial-17 Light. Mill before the NIC funding of the Education The Planned Unit Foundation purchased it Corridor project through Development (PUD) voting. puts regulations on the in 2008 for $10 million. City Attorney Michael other wise ver y loosely Gridley said there has been restricted C-17 zone. no violation of the Idaho Dave Yadon, the Constitution, and that the planning department diproject does not have to be voter-approved. rector, likened C-17 to a “big block of clay.” He called Adams’ statement “inaccurate and “It [PUD] takes that block of clay and misleading.” starts chipping away at it,” Yadon said. “It Now that the zoning change has been confines their [NIC’s] development into a approved, NIC has a year to finalize their very specific plan.” plans for the Planned Unit Development. According to John Mueller, the land-


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cial aid technician. Those who attended NIC’s own FAFSA completion day received free pizza and a new jump drive after completing their FAFSA. “Students from any school can come to the workshop,” Struck said. “It’s a good opportunity for students who may not have access to a computer.” The FAFSA must be completed by June 1 for the 2012-2013 school year. “[FAFSA Completion Day] gives new opportunity to make sure that students know that Idaho supports them going to school,” Struck said. NIC’s individual school code is 001623 for those who have yet to fill their FAFSA out. For those who are interested in the Idaho Opportunity Grant, the deadline is moved up to March 1. Students that are currently enrolled in any Idaho college or university and making satisfactory academic progress according to their school may apply.

Briefs Theater opens new show The NIC theater department is presenting “Third” by Wendy Wasserstein. The play is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and 23-25. The production is in the Schuler Performing Arts Center and admission is free. Seating is limited. The play is recommended for mature audiences for strong language use.

Author reads excerpts Renee D’Aoust, an NIC English instructor and author of “Body of a Dancer,” will read excerpts from her book noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Writing Center in the Lee-Kildow Hall Annex. The book is a memoir of interlacing essays that explore the world of modern dance in New York City. The reading is free and open to the public. There will also be time for a question and answer period.

The ASNIC Club Fair meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 11 a.m. in the SUB plaza.

Faculty Artwork Exhibit

NIC will be closed on Monday, Feb. 20, for President’s Day.

For Employee Development Day, only classes that meet at 4 p.m. or later are in session on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Cardinal Connections is looking for volunteers to share their creativity in talks of no longer than 12 minutes. It may explore any application of creativity, including art, music, science or industry. The speeches may be presented live or by video in the “Spark Lounge” in the SUB Activities Center March 12 through 14. For more information, contact Jamie Green at Ext. 5906 or

Annual ASNIC club fair

Campus to be closed

Day classes cancelled

Cardinal Connections

NIC faculty will have the chance to show their original works of art during the Faculty Artwork Exhibit Feb. 13 through March 23 in the Boswell Hall Corner Gallery. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Flu vaccines available Student Health Services, located on the second floor of the SUB, is offering flu vaccines. Call Ext. 7818 to make an appointment.

NIC Gay-Straight Alliance to hold speaker’s bureau Trained panel prepares for question, answer sessions to further LGBT education, exposure at NIC


Christina Villagomez Staff Contributor he NIC Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), in coordination with the NIC Cultural Diversity Committee, is now offering an LGBT Speaker’s

Bureau. The panel will include three to four panelists and a moderator. After being briefly introduced, each panelist will take a few moments to share a portion of their story with the audience. After this will follow a question-and-answer period, in which the panel will answer questions asked by the audience and prepared questions from instructors or advisers. The panelists will all have received prior training, and each time are specially selected to represent the different demographics of the LGBT community, as well as to be tailored to the given audience and purpose of the panel. For example, if the panelists are meeting in the residence hall, they might share stories pertaining to campus life, or if meeting a parents group, they might relate stories about how their lifestyle or identity might have affected their family. According to Jon Downing, faculty coadviser for the GSA, the purpose of the program is to allow members of the LGBT community and their straight allies to have a platform to discuss issues, educate and share stories with students, faculty and community members, as well as to break down myths and stereotypes. “Having met even just one gay person or one transgender person in their life opens up the thought process for a lot of people, because most people’s own personal prohibitions or their own barriers to grasping the knowledge or wanting to grasp the knowledge, is that they haven’t met anybody who

Although Downing said he has met no is LGBT,” Downing said. resistance from administrators, he noted The panel isn’t just for the LGBT comthat the process of preparing the panel is munity however, Downing said. He would not entirely smooth, as they had to find a like anyone that feels like they belong in a sensitive way to address hot topics such “non-normative” group or identity to come as sex, where frank discussion could offorward and volunteer. fend some. Another issue, particularly with “I advertised this to the Gay-Straight AlNIC’s dual-enrollment programs, might be liance; they are the ones that are supplying the majority of the panelists, but the panel is parents’ objection to minors being part of the audience, as well as a potential legal literally open to anybody,” Downing said. “I problem with the state. hope it’s not just seen as the GSA’s putting One way the panel will deal with heated it on, because it’s not just limited to the GSA issues, particularly religion, will be by havmembers, it’s for anyone on campus.” An issue the panels will address is the ing a moderator to help diffuse any problem correct terminology to use when address- situations that might arise during the question and answer portion of the program. ing members of the “If the discusLGBT community. Ac“My panelists know that sion turns to somecording to Downing, thing like, ‘Well the the panel might disby being on this panel it Bible says this…,’ cuss whether terms definitely puts them in the [the moderator such as “queer” are still inappropriate. eye of the public, and that will say] ‘Okay, on, we’re not “Queer used to be is something they’re aware hold here to debate rea derogator y term; of, something we’ve talked ligion,’” Downing now it’s reclaimed, at least among the about and they understand said. However, young people,” the danger involved.” Downing says the Downing said. subject of religion Another explanais not totally offtion might involve JON DOWNING limits. Questions the gender-neutral Faculty Co-Adviser for the GSA asking panelists “hir” that is somehow they came to times employed. terms with their “There might be questions like ‘How do you want to be identity in terms of religion or philosophy asked about your identity?’ or ‘Is it OK if are considered acceptable. The moderator, who will be chosen by I use this and that word,’” Downing said. the panel members, will be someone exClarifying terminology is just one way perienced in dealing with panel programs, Downing said he hoped the panel will be who has been through the process several used. He said the goal is for it to be a refertimes. Another qualification for a moderator ence tool that can fill in the gaps of knowlis being familiar with the LGBT community, edge that professors and instructors don’t and is comfortable with the accepted termihave, and a way for LGBT youth to break nology. down barriers and share with their comEven with a moderator to control heated munity.

exchanges, there remains risks for the participants in the panel. “As part of the panelists’ training, we go over safety. At my experience at WSU, we had a couple of panelists who were recognized after hours in one of the parking structures there and they had to be hospitalized because of physical injuries sustained from the beating,” Downing said. Another challenge panelists might face could be their own potential anxieties at having to be the center of attention, compounded by the pressures of being, what is essentially, an ambassador of their specific community. According to Downing, panelists sharing their story, then having audience members pick it apart with questions can cause them to feel scrutinized. Downing might be the best person to be able to understand all this himself, having served LGBT Speaker’s Bureaus at both the University of Idaho and Washington State University. “You don’t have to agree with us, but as human beings, we need to respect each other, and that respect means being able to talk to someone, to be able to tolerate someone,” Downing said. “By feeding people the information we plan to give them, a growth tolerance is what I’m hoping for. The verbal threats, the physical threats, I think those will definitely be impacted by this program.” Downing said panelists were trained at the end of last semester, and he’s already been contacted by several enthusiastic faculty members that want to host the panel in their class, although no exact dates have been set up yet. For more information, or if you are interested in inviting the panel to your classroom or training event, please contact the NIC Gay-Straight Alliance advisers Jon Downing at Ext. 7149 or jadowning@nic. edu or Linda Michal at Ext. 3374 or

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Washington approves same-sex marriage bill


Tobacco problems still

Stubborn students continue to smoke on campus ill that be smoking or non? Most smokers are considerate and polite with their habit. Most I know even wish they could get rid of it. But there are those around campus who feel that their rights are being trampled by the Tobacco-Free decision. Bollocks and poppycock. Cancer is one of the scariest words a family can hear. Sadness and pain usually follow the news. I’ve lost family too it, have some struggling through it now, and even have young friends who have been diagnosed. We are always hearing talk about looking for a cure. Yet something KNOWN to cause cancer is sold daily at every gas station, Quick Stop and grocery store nationwide. Why? To “calm the nerves” to “relax,” to “insert BS reason here.” Rationalizing only makes you feel better about a bad decision, it doesn’t stop the consequences. I understand smoking’s an addiction and that some people truly

enjoy it, or feel like they need it; evidence that proves smokers enfine, but on your own time, on danger all who inhale secondhand smoke. As someone alyour own tur f, not on lergic to the smoke, it publicly shared areas. becomes less of an “irI could rattle of f a ritant” as it’s often downbunch of boring numplayed and more of a sebers most of you would rious thing. I get strong ignore, already know, or coughing fits and exboth. Those who defend treme headaches which the habit on campus directly affect my ability might say “My (family to learn when I have to member) smoked for (xx) years and lived to Jantzen Hunsaker walk to class through the clouds of smoke you (xx) years old. That’s Staff Contributor rebellious ones create on fine and dandy, that’s campus. the exception, not the If anything then, rule. If exceptions were r ules, Dave Thomas would not smoking violates my rights to life, have been as popular as a high- liberty and the pursuit of happischool dropout who formed the ness. Now I digress that I then take successful fast food chain Wendy’s. on the flipside of the argument, I simply want to prove how ridicuI’m not saying you have to give lous the claim to “rights” is. You up the habit if you have it. But at have a choice; I do not. Learn some least respect the institutions that self-control, get some exercise and prioritize my health over your take it off campus. It is not a guidehabit. line to be considered. It is a rule The argument of your “rights” to be followed. Deal with it or take is nil, as that covers engaging in online classes and pollute your own a practice that harms no one but home. yourself. There is overwhelming

Soccer fans just need to chill

ashington lawmakers motioned to approve the same-sex marriage bill last Wednesday. For that, we commend them. It takes a lot of courage to take a stand for what’s right. It is not easy to change the way people think, but Washington is on its way. This action speaks volumes about the times in which we live. No one can fight it; social change is all around us. This is not simply about supporting gay and lesbian rights, or “silencing” those who think of marriage as a union between only a man and a woman. It’s about the rights of each and every person in America. It’s about ending discrimination. All citizens of the United States have the rights to life, liberty and happiness, no matter their age, sex, creed, race or sexual orientation. Nobody should be deprived of his or her Constitutional privileges. Stand in the way of one person’s happiness and you are standing in the way of justice for all. Our country has come leaps and bounds in the last 100 years. It wasn’t long ago that women and minorities couldn’t vote, schools were segregated by color and being gay was socially unacceptable. These days, single women run corporations and families, gay pride is felt the world over and we have a black president. Social change happens. However, it doesn’t happen without a struggle. Opponents are already challenging the same-sex bill. They are gearing toward a battle that could ultimately leave the decision in the hands of voters. It is discouraging to think that this history-making bill would come so far just to get squashed, but if it is turned over to a decision at the polls, the people can let their feelings on the matter be known. Either way, congratulations to our western neighbor for taking the brave first steps of what could be a long and difficult journey.

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Killing each other over sports tragic, senseless, extreme


he Middle East is already it is in the United States. In fact, socchaotic. After an Egyptian cer probably ranks up there with soccer riot left 79 people religion to some fans, but I know dead, the region is just mayhem. that football is fairly popular in this The fans of Por t Said’s Al- country of ours. Masr y soccer club r ushed onto I don’t think that I’ve woken up the field after their team defeated one Monday morning, picked up Cairo’s Al-Ahly club 3-1 on Feb. 1. a newspaper and read about a riot The rival fans attacked each that claimed more than 70 lives beother with chairs and cause some angry fans rocks and witnesses didn’t like the outcome of said many of the Ala football game. Masr y fans car ried Think about the NFL’s knives and sticks. Detroit Lions. That team Soccer fans around did not win a single game the world need to in 2008 and their fans did settle down when it not turn their anger into a comes to their favorviolent rampage. ite teams losing. After Not only did this all, it is just a game violence claim innocent Garrett Cabeza that, in the end, means Staff Contributor lives, I would not be surlittle. The team might prised if the event put an fall back a game in the end to each team’s seaconference standings, son. I know that if I lived in Cairo or but it is nothing to kill somebody. Port Said, I would not be interested To have enough anger and frusin attending any soccer games in tration left over from a soccer game the immediate future. Plus, the conto want to kill another human being dition of that particular Port Said is mind boggling. stadium has probably seen better I think it is time for Egyptian days and is not ready to host anothsoccer fans to get their priorities er soccer game anytime soon. straight. I understand that soccer is I do not think the 2014 World a much bigger game overseas than Cup looks bright for the Egyptian

national soccer team either. The team has the opportunity to qualify for a berth in the World Cup, but after a disaster like this one, I wouldn’t be surprised if the committee disqualified the team immediately. Brazil, the location of the 2014 World Cup, doesn’t want hostile Egyptian fans making trouble in their beautiful country. The most tragic part about this riot is that the riot did not end in that Port Said stadium. Egyptian citizens protested the lack of security at the soccer game that turned into the riot. Egyptian police and protesters fought in Cairo, Suez and Alexandria in the following days after the initial fighting at the stadium, resulting in more deaths and injuries. What are these Egyptian protesters thinking? Security should have done a better job containing the situation like preventing the Al-Masry fans from charging the Al-Ahly fans’ stands. But destroying cities and dragging the violence out is not the answer. Protesters should mourn peacefully and put these tragic set of events behind them. After all, it’s just a game that started this mess.

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What do you think will happen pertaining to the 2012 Apocalypse? Steven Scawcello ■ 16, gen. studies, Rathdrum

“I don’t think anything’s going to happen, but it’d be pretty sweet if there was some kind of zombie apocalypse or massive flood or something like that.” Hollie Tuttle ■ 19, theater, Cd’A

“It’d be almost kind of relieving if everything ended as we know it, just like, to have a fresh slate. This is going to sound so typical but I don’t know, just no government I guess. Just everybody out for themselves. I’d like to see that.” Jerimiah “JJ” Miller ■ 21, graphic design, Kellogg

“The Mayan calendar is going to just be reset. It’s going to start back over from the beginning of the calendar. I believe if it [apocalypse] were to ever happen, the world would just start over again.” Mason Carlin ■ 21, biology, Sandpoint

“I think that if 2012 was going to happen people would be acting like it but we are not raiding the streets, throwing things through windows, rioting. We all know better and I think that 2012 is just another ‘end of the world’ scheme that has happened hundreds of times through history.” Scott Eichenbaum ■ 22, Rivervale, N.J., psychology

“I believe that the world’s not gonna end, it’s going to be the end of the world as we know it. I’ve heard a change of consciousness for example. I’ve heard some sort of massive storm is going to wipe out a whole bunch of stuff.” Kyle Breitenberg Staff Contributor

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It’s the end of the world. Do you feel fine? dried food and other self-containment he end of the world is coming. Supposedly, at 11:11 p.m. Dec. items. The seeds of conspiracy are being planted in our susceptible subconscious 12, 2012, something big is going minds! to happen. I would like to throw out there that if Alien abductions? Religious rapture? Nuclear napalm? Zombie zenith? the Maya could predict the future, how did they miss the extermination of their Maybe it will just be another day. I’ll whole race by the white man? That was bank on that. The world is already full of paranoid kind of a biggie. It’s not just the Mayan calendar that weirdos and trigger-happy lunatics. We really don’t need to give them more rea- points to a cosmic shift of sorts. French sons to buy excessive amounts of ammo, prophet Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, predictbarbed wire and duct tape. ed global destruction via killer The whole 2012 phecomet. He wrote, “In the sky will nomenon begins with be seen a great fire dragging a the ancient Mayan Long trail of sparks.” This comet may Count calendar, which do a great amount of damage will supposedly reset to even if it does not impact Earth. zero when this time ocEven if it scrapes by us, it could curs. What freaks people cause earthquakes which give out is the interpretation rise to volcanoes and major of what the reset means. tsunamis. Or it could knock an Hello? Does anyone reDevin Heilman member what happened Managing Editor asteroid into Earth, causing so much destruction that manwhen it became the year kind would collapse in on itself 2000? Computers glitched for a few minutes, Philip J. Fry fell into and enter an age of widespread war and a cr yogenic freezing chamber and the chaos. And what if the world did end in world did not end. We sur vived. And we’re going to survive this one, too. Peo- December? What would you do differple are just capitalizing on fear, as usual. ently? Would you spend more time with your mom and dad? Would you finally “For the ancient Maya, it was a huge tell someone you care about that you celebration to make it to the end of a love him/her? How about taking time off whole cycle,” said Sandra Noble, execuwork to do a few things you have always tive director of the Foundation for the wanted to do? Or would you just continue Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies your daily routine as though you had forin Crystal River, Fla. Noble thinks the ever to live? doomsday scenario is “a complete fabriIt’s all hype. Mainstream media and cation and a chance for a lot of people to those who want to profit off the fears of cash in.” others are generating this phenomenon True that. Just look at how certain to line their pockets. People just want a stores are expanding amounts of freeze-

reason to party and a reason to rip you off. Last year, I attended two parties with “rapture” themes: the first one was to enjoy our last night on Earth and the second was to celebrate that we were still here. I have a feeling this year will be like a non-stop global Mardi Gras, and when the dust settles the morning of Dec. 22, we’ll all feel like fools. Ridiculousness. All this apocalyptic banter drums up images from one of my favorite genres. I’m a fan of horror/sci-fi movies and books that depict apocalyptic scenarios, like Stephen King’s “The Stand” or Robert Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead.” But these are works of FICTION, make-believe…they’re not real. Thank goodness. Could you even imagine if society as we know it was destroyed? Would it be bleak and miserable without much hope for survival, like Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road?” Or like the “Twilight Zone” episode “The Midnight Sun,” where the Earth progressed down a collision course with the sun while it’s inhabitants awaited their inevitable fate? How about ’80s cheeseball flick “Night of the Comet,” where almost everyone turns to dust while the few survivors proceed to drink Diet Pepsi and go on a shopping spree (man I wish)? It’s fairly certain that something is bound to happen on this fateful day. I have a feeling that mankind’s doings will be its own undoings. The day itself will be totally fine, but the cacophony of loonies will make it chaos for everyone. Just wait. For now, I think I’m going to stock up on batteries, canned goods and other items that may be used as currency in the not-too-distant future.



Commemorative composition strikes positive chord with Emerson family Our community is truly blessed to have the educational institutions we have here. The talent and capabilities of the instructors and staff are shown regularly by the quality of events and activities we have available to enjoy at affordable or often free cost to the students and public as well. Our family was able to see this first-hand at the annual North Idaho College Jazz Concert held Jan. 31 at the end of workshops for middle and high school music students from around the area. This program is coordinated by NIC Jazz Band Director, Terry Jones and includes top-notch band directors, music instructors, and professors from local schools and colleges. This year, part of the evening’s jazz concert was a new composition written as a memorial especially for and dedicated to our brother, Tom H. Emerson, who was a jazz and blues aficionado, especially New Orleans jazz and blues, where he lived for many years. Called “Tom Emerson Radio Blues” and composed by Dan Bukvich of the U of I music department, it was creatively presented and played as a musical theater piece that celebrated the type and culture of street music performances in New Orleans neighborhoods and local radio jazz classics that brother Tom recorded when he lived there. This composition was funded thanks to those who donated to the NIC jazz program in Tom’s memory and will be used in future jazz instruction, workshops and performances. We can’t thank Terry and Dan, the production staff, and the musicians enough. The whole concert was amazing! A special thanks to the NIC Alumni Association for hosting a social prior to the concert for family, friends, and special guests. Rayelle Anderson, NIC Foundation Director, Katie Lien of the NIC Alumni Office, and Erna Rhinehart, NIC Director of Communications and Marketing, and their staffs are just a few of the wonderful folks who helped me to make this event happen in such a quality way. This well-presented and very well-attended concert was a real hit and much appreciated by the family and friends of Tom H. Emerson. Thanks, Sandy & Jeanne Emerson J.A. (Sandy) and Jeanne Emerson 408 Sherman Ave. Ste. #209 Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Similar essays trigger academic alarms Unintentional plagiarism does happen


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Seventeen credits: Way too many Heavy class load plus outside obligations can be a lot to bear


t is my opinion that 17 credits is too much for any student to handle at one time, let alone a student who is raising a family on the side and performing duties as copy editor of the Sentinel. What in the hell was I thinking when I signed up for 17 credits this semester?! Graduation was the first thought that came to mind, followed by the little voice that told me it was time to get my core classes out of the way. After all, everything I signed up for was all in a row on the schedule. I could methodically go from point A to point B (one class to the next, and so forth) then put the day behind me. But I had overlooked many things, one being the parking situation. I had forgotten it could take up to an hour driving in circles and stalking people on the way to their cars, all in an effort to find decent parking anywhere in the vicinity of my classes. Also, the mere ten-minute timeframe between classes is barely enough time to get across campus, and certainly not enough time to consume any food. Do you know how hard it is to concentrate

ing and repeat the routine all over on studies when your stomach is again. It seems like a never endgrowling continuously? I had also forgotten that ing cycle. And the fact that we had more classes meant more books. two snow days didn’t help matters I would now have to lug around either. The instructors were dead half my body weight, a 50-lb. set on making up for lost time by bag of study materials to get me piling on additional homework and cramming informathrough the day - not tion down our throats for an easy task given upcoming tests. the parking situation I have a huge stack of and the short lapse books sitting on my floor between classes. (recent purchases that I After school, I haven’t had time to read), have family oblinew DVDs still in the gations to tend to wrapper, a half-worked and homework in jigsaw puzzle collecting ever y single class. I have three chilJoyce Hargrove dust (that I’ll probably never have time to finish) dren (two teenagCopy Editor and a Banagrams page-aers and a baby) as day calendar on my desk well as a significant that hasn’t made it past other, a dog, two cats and a bird to take care of. the middle of January. I am so overwhelmed these Then, there’s meals to cook, house to keep and bills to pay. days that I’m not even sure at this point how many more credits I Daily homework involves need in order to graduate. I keep reading chapters at a time, taking telling myself that, one of these notes from Powerpoint lectures, days, I’ll sit down and figure it all doing on-line training and assessments, writing essays and articles, out. In the meantime, there is one editing copy, solving difficult math thing I know for sure - never again problems and studying for weekly will I attempt to take 17 credits all quizzes and tests. at one time. Then, I get up the next morn-

Concerts require social etiquette Appropriate, respectful behavior needed in performance settings


s a music education applauding. It helps if you’re polite were in the front row. Here’s another tip: Don’t go to major, I’m expected to as you squeeze in front of people a concert unless you really want attend all kinds of con- to get to a seat. I recommend sitto be there. If you’re just going cer ts for convocation ting on the end if it’s available. credit. These concerts are all en- Your friends will still be there after to talk and goof off, you might as well do it somewhere else where the concert. joyable, until someI go to these con- the scene is appropriate. one becomes a disSpeaking of appropriate cer ts with my fellow tracting element. music major friends all scenes, a concert is not the place Take last semester the time and we’re usu- to text or let your kids play video for example, I attended ally pretty well behaved. games. A whole group of kids sat a concert at the Kroc However, I’ve gone to in the corner playing their NinCenter to listen to The plenty of concerts, even tendos with headphones in durPanhandle Symphony. ing the same concert I before colI arrived a little late beentered late. Not only lege, where cause I got my concert “Don’t is the bright screen dissome auditimes mixed up. This Katie Eppenstein go to a tracting, but their conence membrings me to my first Photographer stant arguing about who bers are just pet peeve: Don’t walk concert played next was annoystraightinto a concer t late. I unless ing. If they were actually up rude. know, I know I’m just you really sitting down watching My senior year of a big hypocrite so you should stop reading and move on, right? high school, we perwant to be the concert, their parents should have kept formed for the faculty Wrong. I understand that we there.” them there. Nobody and, I kid you not, one can’t always get from place to wants to see kids run up teacher fell asleep. Durplace on time. That’s just life, and and down aisles or play ing the JazzNIC conwe all deal with it. But people cert, a group of high school girls in the front of the auditorium durshould know the proper way to giggled and talked the entire con- ing a performance. The idea there enter any concert hall, gymnacert. It got to a point where one is pretty simple: If your kids can’t sium or auditorium without being disruptive. The trick is to enter be- of the girls laughed so hard she behave without constant supervirolled out of her seat, and they sion, leave them with a babysitter. tween songs when the audience is


lagiarism is defined as, “the act of stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another to use as one’s own without giving proper credit,” according to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary. It also states that it is to commit literary theft, as in present as a new and original idea or product derived from an existing source. Our school’s written definition is basically the same. It states that plagiarism is borrowing others’ ideas, correctly borrowing the words and ideas of others without credit, and deliberately using someone else’s language or other original material without credit. It goes on to say that this includes using someone’s exact wording without quotes, paraphrasing or summarizing someone’s ideas or words, and submitting someone else’s work and claiming it as your own. What goes unsaid and unwritten is that it is also considered plagiarism in our school to resubmit an old essay from another class. I had an experience with this recently; I learned exactly the true definition and found out what sets off an alarm. Everything we need to know to keep our papers in the right is not made accessible Angel Tesch or known. Staff Contributor For most it is common knowledge that turning in a paper we have turned into another class is cheating. Not something that will help us in the long run. Yet, we all know some people still do, even if it is a small percentage. What is not common knowledge is that if you use the same memory or experience for two separate papers you could set off a potential plagiarism alarm unintentionally. This is not something widely known. I get that schools have to be careful; I’ve even known some people through the years to try and cheat. Yet, how often does anyone even get away with it anymore? This semester, I wrote an essay using a strong memory which supported my point, but used that same memory in another essay I wrote last semester. It was a turning point in my life. I was unaware using the same memory would set off an alarm causing the English chair to worry that I had plagiarized, or cheated, using my own work. While I understand what set it off after hours of talking with my family, I also worry about how many students are unaware this could happen. Students stick with their strong points, in my experience, and some memories are easier to remember or use to make an example. They need the knowledge of what could hurt their college careers. Yet, not much of the information is within reach. Having had this happen personally I believe our school needs to be more detailed in the specifications of what their definition of plagiarism is. I firmly believe that our school staff want us to succeed. All the facts students need are not out in the public like they should be. We need to know what more of the dos or don’ts are so we don’t make mistakes.

Why all the masks? Devin Heilman Managing Editor  A student was overheard talking about how he didn’t know that Hawaii was a state. He said, “Phew, now I don’t have to get a passport to go there!”  Someone in a Guy Fawkes (“V for Vendetta”) mask was seen driving around campus in a green Subaru Outback wagon with a female passenger Jan. 31.  A female student made a T-shirt out of a Sentinel photo of basketball player Michael Middlebrooks. Royalties and photo credit go to assistant photo editor Gabe Green.  Bumper stickers say a thousand words: A car with a sticker reading, “Repeall science, vote Republican” was parked close to campus Saturday. Yes, repeal only has one “l.” Can someone please tell me what the irony of all this is?  Women love Hugh Jackman because he has a Hugh

Pikachu, you’re my best friend and body guard. Eric Rivera /Sentinel

Jackman. Say it slower…  A young woman wearing Groucho Marx glasses, complete with bushy eyebrows and mustache, hung out the passenger window of a car as her friend drove around campus. It was really kind of creepy.  February is national cherry month. All hail cherries, our favorite pitted and sarcastic fruit.  Someone has a Pokémon addiction or too much

time on his/her hands. See above photo.  Sewer pipes broke under Boswell Hall recently, filling the corridors with a deliciously unpleasant aroma of human waste.  The only reason people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.  The average woman would rather have beauty than brains because the average man can see better than he can think.

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Beauty, brains, boobs, Barbie Curvy doll symbolizes femininity, empowers women in American society


ial goals, and she would eventually co-found s Barbie actually toxic to young girls? the legendary toy corporation Mattel with If you listen to certain lawmakers her husband. in West Virginia, the answer is yes. As Mattel grew into a thriving busiA bill, proposed by Democrat Jeff Eldridge, sought to ban the sale of the ness, Handler realized that the only dolls iconic doll in 2009, because Barbie “places available for girls to play with came in baby too much impor tance on physical beau- forms. Sensing an untapped market, she began to search for the proper ty instead of emotional and model for her new doll. She intellectual development.” would eventually find it in a GerBut Eldridge is far from man collector’s doll modeled alone in his opposition. Many after a curvy, sassy, and outsposay Barbie fosters an unken comic strip character. The healthy self image in girls, image of this doll would inspire some go as far as to accusBarbie, and revolutionize the toy ing her of being anti-feminist. industry forever. Does this sound fair to you? In many ways, Barbie was Befor e I answer your Christina Villagomez born from empowerment. question, I want to take But that doesn’t answer the you back in time first. Staff Contributor question of Barbie’s infamous It’s now the 1930s, and proportions. you’re witnessing an arguWhile Barbie’s physical proportions are ment between a young woman and her parents after her high school graduation. unrealistic, she was designed to look like a cartoon, not a real woman. To compare This young woman wants to attend colher to reality would simply be silly. Givlege and have a career, her parents want ing Barbie an extreme hourglass figure is her to marry young and become a homejust another way of giving her exaggerated maker. physical characteristics, along with her long The young woman wins the argument. flowing hair of unrealistic length and large In the future, this young woman will eyes, to create a caricature of femininity. become Ruth Handler, who would go on to Moreover, to imply that Barbie is the create Barbie. sole body type role model for young girls While Handler would eventually marry, blatantly ignores the reality girls live in she didn’t let this change her entrepreneur-

every day. Girls are exposed to a bombardment of television shows and magazines that idealize the waif-like bodies of runway models. And the truth is that Barbie’s bust size alone would exclude her from that circle. (Perhaps having some form of body fat somewhere on the body is better than none at all?) The fact remains that the biggest role model for any young girl is her mother, and it is more likely that girls learn to pick apart their bodies because they hear their mothers doing so from an early age. Women have been picking themselves apart for centuries longer than Barbie has been around, to lay such blame on her is unfair. However, our friend Delegate Eldridge isn’t worried about body image; he’s worried about girls worrying too much about being pretty to concern themselves with intelligence. My question for Mr. Eldridge is, how exactly did he come to the conclusion that Barbie is stupid? To say Barbie is accomplished would be an understatement. With more than 126 careers under her fashionable belt and counting, she has been everything from a doctor and a presidential candidate, to a marine biologist, or a veterinarian. Barbie was an astronaut four years before man walked on the moon. Implying Barbie is too busy being pretty to bother

with her education is grossly ignorant. Moreover, by making that statement, Eldridge has insulted women everywhere. Is there a rule that says you must be pretty or smart, but you can’t be both? At the end of the day, Barbie is a children’s toy, and most kids don’t put complex thought and emotion into picking their playthings. I’m tired of people picking on her. The controversy over Barbie is just well-meaning adults hyper-analyzing something simple, innocent and fun, and looking at it though a complicated and jaded lens.

in Coeur d’Alene Valentine’s Day Cultureless Lack of diversity, events can make the Lake City dull doesn’t have to suck Do something nice for the random people in your life

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I know I’ve been freaking out on what to do for my family and my significant other. Amidst all the tacky candy hearts, untouched boxes of cherry cordial chocolates and the stuffed animals (shudder), I still feel that Valentine’s Day is an opportunity for something that is worthwhile. Oh yeah, now you may be rolling your eyes and thinking “Great, another crackpot trying to revamp National Single’s Awareness Day.” And who the deuce has time or valuable monies to blow it all on semicreepy stuffed “I love you” bears? Being the cheapskate and cynic that I am, I decided to end the self-inflicted stress of this ridiculously simple holiday. Valentine’s Day represents one thing: LOVE. No s- - -, Sherlock. Now, if you’re single, taken or somewhere in-between, love can apply to just about anyone. Ask yourself this: Who do you love? No, better yet, who can you love? Our romantic other is a good start, but try getting creative. It could be a crazy roommate, the grumpy old neighbor man down the street or an exhausted but polite checker/server. Love can come in all forms and we could do a whole lot of good for someone who needs it. The epiphany came upon me when I was in the Barnes & Noble parking lot. The sun had already gone down and I was by myself. As I was warming up my crappy Junebug Chevy Tracker, I spotted a man who was waving and walking toward me. My first thought was “RAPIST!!” And against ever y sensible fiber in my body, I hesitantly rolled down my window to see what the guy wanted. All he said was “Hey, just wanted to let you know that your left rear tail light is out.” OK, so I over-reacted. That guy did me a small act of kindness by not letting me drive about Amy Brandt and be a cop-attracting hazard on tail Photographer light-less wheels. Are you catching what I’m getting at here? Here’s a creative act of kindness that happened just recently. While waiting in an über-long Starbucks drive-up line, the person in the Toyota in front of me had anonymously paid for my drink and continued on. What a pleasant surprise for me when I drove up to pay at the window (dammit, I should of ordered a venti instead of the tall size!). Being inspired by the nice Toyota person in front me, I paid for the next person’s mocha, the person behind me. And so the circle of life goes on. As a college student, it’s hard for me to want to spend extra money *cough, latte money, cough* or find the time to do the acts of kindness. Here’s a brainstorm list: -Feed an expired meter. -Open the door for someone. -Leave a thank-you note for the mailman, but only when he leaves packages. -Make your best recipe and give it someone you care about. -Say “hello” to walkers/runners/cyclist that make eye contact with you. You can do it. -Let someone who’s in a hurry go in front of you in a checkout line. -Call your mother. -Sincerely compliment three people in one day. -Write a note to management of someone who treated you nicely or outstandingly served you (servers, checkers, sales clerks…etc.). -Smile at someone who isn’t. The possibilities are endless. Your gifts for V-Day can be small kindnesses. Don’t let your Valentine’s Day be filled with pink fluffy bears and blahs. So who are you going to be kind to and NOT give cheap chocolates?


mertime events? Winter events oeur d’Alene, the City by the could also be created. After all, Lake, is a beautiful town, but Coeur d’Alene is quite the tourit seriously lacks culture. The parks are underutilized and the ist destination. Why not create an event so ecstatic that people from all population lacks numbers in diverover the world will want to come to sity when it comes to ethnicity. Is it just me, or does Coeur d’Alene need Coeur d’Alene just to experience it? I have lived in North Idaho a cultural makeover? my entire life and I’m Coeur d’Alene ofpleased to have seen fers street fairs, farmers Coeur d’Alene grown as markets and several much as it has culturally events like Art on the throughout my lifetime. Green and the Kootenai Since my birth in 1993, County Fair and Rodeo, many Mexican and Asian but more events need to restaurants have been be created. The music established here. I personstage in Sherman Park ally hope that more culturdowntown needs to be Benaiah Cheevers ally-inspired restaurants used more. Local bands should Staff Contributor like French, African and European restaurants will be signing up and pracbe established in Coeur tically having to be d’Alene in the near future. placed on a waiting list to play the Culture can be defined as the venues downtown because so many total range of activities and ideas of bands are lined up. a group of people with shared tradiI know that North Idaho isn’t tions, which are transmitted and rethe most metropolitan of all places inforced by members of the group. or the number one hot spot to hit The 2010 recorded population of up the dance scene at night, but the Idaho was 1, 567, 582. Kootenai world is full of different cultures, County has the third largest popuand Coeur d’Alene needs to incorlation of all counties in the state of porate more culture into the yearIdaho with 138, 494 residents, acround, everyday flow of the city. cording to the United States Census I know many local musicians and Bureau. From 2000 to 2010 signifiartists who would agree with me, cant increases in population have so c’mon guys! Make something occurred based on origin in Idaho. happen! The percentage of residents with Let Coeur d’Alene experience a Hispanic or Latino origin increased taste of various cultures. Let’s bring by 73 percent from 2000 to 2010, more art shows to the parks downmaking residents with Hispanic or town. Let’s have photographers compete to take the best photos and Latino origin account for 11.2 percent of the total population in Idaho put them on display. Let’s cook up some food like chili and have a cook according to the United States Census Bureau. This is the most signifioff! Let’s have local bands plays cant increase for any origin besides their hearts out until the late hours white alone, which increased by of summer nights! 18.6 percent from 2000 to 2010, acThe Kootenai County Fair and counting for 89.1 percent of Idaho’s Rodeo and Art on the Green only population according to the United come around once a year. Why not States Census Bureau. create more events, especially sum-

You can see by the statistics that Idaho is definitely not well-rounded when it comes to diversity. It’s rather sad that we don’t have a significantly diverse population, and that’s why culture in Coeur d’Alene needs a serious makeover, or rather, a serious culture shock. We hardly have any culture beside the usual events. We need to bring some zest to this city. Coeur d’Alene needs more music festivals, art festivals, ethnic influences and new experiences.

By the Numbers

1.5 mil.

About how many people lived in Idaho in 2010.


Percent of Idaho population considered to be white.


Percentage of residents with Hispanic or Latino heritage.


Percent by which Idaho’s white population increased from 2000-2010.



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Super Bowl safeties, sidebets One player’s mistake is another man’s gain

Eric Rivera ■ Sports Editor Doom lingered in the air only seven minutes into the game. It was a play that Las Vegas betting stations placed odds at 50-to-1. A play that Tom Brady may have seen as his black cloud. The fact that a safety was the first scoring play of the Super Bowl still has me saying “unbelievable”. It seemed like I knew from that point forward that the Patriots were going to lose the Super Bowl. With Brady being a perfectionist, he had to play the rest of the game with such a rare mistake looming over his head. Although he may not have known it at the time, a safety in the Super Bowl could put him in the record books for a while. The last time a safety was called as the first scoring play in the big game dates back to Super Bowl IX in the year 1975. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings battled at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in a game that went into the second quarter without any team scoring. The Steelers had the Vikings backed up to their goal line when Dwight White sacked quarterback Fred Tarkenton. The Steelers capitalized on that play and used to momentum to win the game 16-6. I like to look for patterns in sports plays and this one seems to have “cursed” written all over it. In Super Bowl history, there have now been seven safeties and five of those have caused the team that they were scored against to “When it lose. Brady’s and comes to Super Bowl IX paying off are two of those five. In Super my school Bowl X, the Dalloans, I guess l a s C o w b o y s you can call e n d e d u p l o s to the Steelit my ‘safety’ ing ers 21-17 when a net.” blocked punt in the four th quarter resulted in a safety against them. In Super Bowl XX, the Chicago Bears sacked New England’s quarterback in the final play to finish 46-10. The last one occurred when John Elway of the Denver Broncos got sacked for a safety in Super Bowl XXI. Denver lost 39-20. I was routing for the Patriots two Sundays ago, and I will say that the call against them was fair. I think that Brady has the ability to be one of the NFL’s alltime best quarterbacks, but he fell short on that play. He dumped it straight into the middle of the field, not only risking an interception, but throwing well over 15 yards away from the closest receiver. Not his best performance to date. There was a shining moment from the Patriots’ mistake, though. According to USA Today and The Big, Jona Rechnitz bet $1,000 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas and walked away with $50,000 in cash after Brady’s folly. There had been speculation from that he would donate some, if not all, of his winnings to charity. He said he would give $5,000 to a charity of Brady’s choice and $5,000 to the charities of choice of the New York Giants’ linemen that helped force the safety. I couldn’t find any news that confirmed if he went through with his claim. Maybe by some freak chance in the future I’ll be down in Vegas during a Super Bowl celebration. I wouldn’t be completely crazy like Jona Rechnitz and place my money on a safety for the first play, but if I see a safety I’m going to go with the odds and bet against the team it was on. When it comes to paying off my school loans, I guess you can call it my “safety” net. Eric Rivera is an editor for The Sentinel. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Sentinel. Respond to this column online at

Kaj Sherman, no. 44, makes a move through the mob to stop a USU player during a nail biter last Saturday. Gabe Green/Sentinel

Triple overtime toward victory Cardinals, Golden Eagles deliver edge of seat excitement, adrenaline rush Benaiah Cheevers Staff Contributor The crowd buzzed with electricity, wondering if they would see a fourth overtime at Christianson Gymnasium. With 1:40 left on the game clock in triple overtime, sophomore Connor White hit a 3-pointer to put the Cardinal men up 79-78. With 7.5 seconds remaining, McKay LaSalle of Eastern Utah missed a 3-pointer and fouled out, leaving Keon Lewis to make both foul shots, putting NIC up 81-78. Michael Middlebrooks blocked a potential buzzer-beater just past the half court line to end the game as NIC defeated Eastern Utah with a final score of 81-78. “It was a good one, a crazy one,” said head coach Jared Phay. “I don’t even know if you can explain this one in words! I told them not to panic and keep fighting. We kept doing what we were doing offensively but it was really about the defensive effort and that’s where they really stepped it up.” Lewis hit a floater at the end of regula-

tion to tie the game at 55-55. Kaj Sherman slammed a missed shot in at the buzzer to tie the game at 63-63 and put the game in double overtime. Lewis led NIC hitting 11 of 13 free throws and scoring 19 points. Antoine Hosley followed with 15 points. Middlebrooks collected 21 rebounds and added 12 points and Sherman battled for 19 rebounds and tacked on 10 points. “I told my teammates to keep calm and keep fighting,” Lewis said. “Some shots weren’t going to fall but we had to just keep pushing through. We have a few gaps to fill on the defensive end.” NIC shot 11.9 percent from the 3-point line making only five of 42 attempts. “This was a crazy game,” Hosley said. “It was one of the craziest games I’ve ever played in, but I’m just glad we came out on top. In the end we kept calm but we have to guard better and get more buckets.” Hosley hit five of seven 3-pointers and finished with 22 points as the NIC men avenged a previous loss by burying Colorado Northwestern 81-51 in Scenic West

Athletic Conference men’s basketball last Thursday night. Tyrell Lewis added 15 points and Middlebrooks grabbed 14 rebounds for NIC (19-5, 5-4 SWAC), which snapped a four-game losing streak started by a loss at Colorado Northwestern on Jan. 21. NIC shot 57 percent from the field and outscored Colorado Northwestern in second chance points, 13-0. NIC also outscored their opponent in points off the bench 20-14. Sherman scored 14 points and earned seven rebounds that game. Jordan McCloud scored 14 points and had nine rebounds. NIC dominated throughout the game as they led 33-18 at the half and never looked back. NIC will host Salt Lake Community College Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Snow College Saturday at 5 p.m. and the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) on Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals are fighting for seeding as they travel down the last stretch of the season before the NJCAA Region 18 tournament begins in Salt Lake on March 8.

Preparing future Cardinal athletes NIC volleyball program offers youth skill camp, fun after-school activity Garrett Cabeza Staff Contributor Even though NIC head volleyball coach Kandice Kelly has been busy recruiting players and holding offseason practices, she still finds time to help out in her community. Kelly, assistant coaches and players from the 2011 North Idaho College volleyball team hosted an after-school volleyball program Feb. 8 at Christianson Gymnasium. “It’s a lot of fun,” said sophomore Danielle Meehan. “I love coaching younger girls because I want them to feel the passion I feel about volleyball.” Fourth-through eighth-graders participated in the program, which focused on volleyball fundamentals. The first session lasted from 4-5 p.m. and the second session from 5-6 p.m. although most of the participants stayed for the two full hours. Kelly said she was happy with the number of kids that attended the program and hopes the turnout will be better each week. “We didn’t expect it to be huge, but maybe in five years we’ll have 50 kids every night,” Kelly said. One of the volleyball participants, Michaela, said she had a lot of fun and learned to snap her wrists when hitting the ball. She also enjoyed practicing her approach. The first session started with calisthenics like back-pedaling and carioca, also known as the agility ladder drill. Then the participants began different drills like hitting, setting and spiking. They learned to communicate with each other on the court by calling out different terms when the ball is about to be set. “The same thing we did with these kids,

we do at the college level,” Kelly said. NIC volleyball players Sierra Pancho, Brooklyn Bradbury, Emily Sarff, Yang Yang and Shelby Lausen helped out during the two sessions. Kelly said that at a young age volleyball players need to develop good skills, so the participants practiced through a lot of drills during the sessions and participated in life-like competitions. One of the competitions involved the participants dividing into three teams. They had to hit the volleyball to themselves from one side of the net over to the other side without stopping. If the ball hit the floor, they had to do one push-up.

The process continued until every person on the team completed the drill. The team that finished the competition the fastest earned a candy reward. At the end of the second session, the participants put all the drills into play with a game called “Queen of the court,” which was similar to an ordinary volleyball game. For one child, the cost is $10 for an hour session or $15 for both one-hour sessions together. The money raised benefits the NIC volleyball program. A child can be signed up by downloading a registration form from Kelly will also host a camp this summer that will run from July 28 through Aug. 1.

Coach Kelly points out vital parts of the court to kill a volleyball. Eric Rivera/Sentinel

DID YOU KNOW? There have been three instances in NCAA basketball where games went into a seventh overtime.


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Lady Cards lose two, take two Women’s basketball team lights up home court after lengthy road trip Garrett Cabeza Staff Contributor After losing two consecutive games on the road, the Lady Cardinals basketball team responded with two conference wins at home. NIC defeated Utah State UniversityCollege of Eastern Utah 63-58 on Saturday and Colorado Northwestern 78-44 Feb. 9. “It feels really good, especially good to be back on our home court,” said freshman guard Angela Woods. “It’s really important that we get these last couple of games going into regionals.” Freshman guard Katie Buskey sank a three pointer with less than two minutes to go in the second half to put NIC (19-4, 8-2 SWAC) up 57-55 on Saturday’s game. After USU-College of Eastern Utah (13-12, 5-5 SWAC) made one of two free throws, Buskey scored again, this time a two-point shot with 53 seconds left in the game to extend their lead to three. Buskey and sophomore guard Korina Baker made free throws toward the end of the game to seal the win for the Cardinals. Buskey finished the game with a team high 16 points and added five rebounds. “She (Buskey) made a big three,

got to the rack and scored. That’s what she does, she’s a clutch player,” said coach Chris Carlson. NIC jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first half, but the Lady Golden Eagles clawed back to take a 13-12 advantage. Baker then stole the ball and made a layup to tie the game at 24 later in the first half. After an Eastern Utah 3-pointer, Woods, who shot 100 percent from the field with two of those shots from 3-point range, responded with a 3-pointer of her own. Buskey hit another 3-pointer just before the half to cut the Golden Eagles’ lead to one heading into the locker room. In the second half, sophomore forward Julia Salmio made a 3-pointer to put the Lady Cardinals ahead 34-33. The Lady Golden Eagles took a 43-36 lead, the largest point deficit of the game. Altogether there were eight ties and six lead changes. NIC closed the scoring gap when Aimee Durbidge connected on

a layup and free throw to cut the score to 43-41. After each team traded baskets for a while, Woods made her second 3-pointer with 3:29 remaining in the game to tie it at 51. USU’s Priscila Santos hit a jump shot with 2:12 left to take a 55-54, but the Lady Cards regained the lead and never relinquished it. Santos, who leads the nation in scoring, had 29 points for the Lady Golden Eagles. In order to be competitive in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, or in any other conference for that matter, a team needs its players to come off the bench and be productive. The Lady Cards did just that when they outscored Colorado Northwestern Community College two days earlier. The Lady Cards dominated the Spartans 78-44. Freshman forward Hannah Love led the Cardinals with 13 points and 5-foot7-inch sophomore guard Korina Baker pulled down six rebounds for a game high.



Number of Lady Cards who shot more than 50 percent on free throws


Total number of fouls between both teams in Saturday’s game

High flying for one student athlete Firefighting, Air Force dreams reflect grounded attitude of wrestler Story by: Garrett Cabeza ■ Staff Contributor Sweedman flies by the seat of his pants. Ethan Schlussler/ Sentinel


or a guy from Big Sky Country, it seems only fitting that he dreams of one day becoming a pilot.

In the meantime, North Idaho College wrestler Kyle Sweedman has been grounded and has helped his team to a 9-3 record heading into the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tournament on Feb. 24 and 25 in Rochester, Minn. But his plan of wrestling in college did not always exist. Sweedman thought he was going to go to firefighting school in Missoula after graduating from Libby High School, even though he knew he had the ability to wrestle at the college level his senior year. At the time, NIC was the only college he had considered attending. His decision to join NIC’s national wrestling powerhouse came last minute after a brief talk with head coach Pat Whitcomb. “I just decided my life was going somewhere else, but then somehow I ended up here again,” Sweedman said. “It just turned over, so I was like all right, I guess I’ll come wrestle.” Sweedman is a 19-year-old redshirt freshman this year wrestling in the 174-pound weight class. Last season, he was a redshirt which meant he practiced with the team but did not participate in any tournaments except for open tournaments, which allow redshirts to compete. Redshirting has been a way for wrestlers to gain another

year of college-level experience. Sweedman won more than 100 matches in his high school career. He wrestled at 112-pounds his freshman year, hit a growth spurt and wrestled in the 171-weight class his senior year. Sweedman participated in other high school sports. His freshman and sophomore years he ran cross-country, his junior year he played soccer and his senior year he played football for Libby High School. Wrestling was the only sport Sweedman participated in all four years of high school. He has been wrestling since he was about five years old. When he is not on the mat, Sweedman said he enjoys the outdoors. “Back at Montana, I liked hiking and stuff like that, but I haven’t really gotten into that here because I don’t know the area that well,” Sweedman said. Sweedman is a general studies major but plans on attaining a bachelor’s degree in the business field after his time at NIC. After acquiring his bachelor’s, Sweedman said he might want to become a pilot in the Air Force. He has not given up on firefighting either. He said he may pursue being a firefighter later on in life. Sweedman has another year of eligibility left at the junior college wrestling level. He has yet to decide whether he is going to take advantage of it. “I haven’t thought that far ahead yet,” Sweedman said. “I got a little time.”

Aimee Durbridge rallies past a posted up Utah defender Saturday. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

National game time review Gonzaga continues fight toward WCC title Gonzaga basketball has not been prominent this season as it has in recent years, but when it comes to catching a Zags game, many Spokane and Coeur d’Alene fans are eager to watch, especially during rivalry week. The University of Gonzaga men’s basketball team defeated No. 16 Saint Mar y’s 73-59 in an emotional rivalr y week Benaiah Cheevers game. This win Staff Contributor places the Gonzaga Bulldogs at “The game 20-4, 10-2 in the West Coast Conput me on ference (WCC). the edge of Gonzaga also the couch defeated Loyola Mar ymount on during the Saturday 78-59. first half I’ve been rootand Pangos ing for the Zags since I learned to was on fire walk and slam a keeping mini basketball in my toy basketball me on the hoop. I’m hoping edge of the that Gonzaga can couch...” win another WCC title and participate in the 2012 NCAA tournament. Freshman guard Kevin Pangos hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points. Robert Sacre had 12 points and nine rebounds. Elias Harris tacked on 10 points and has 10 rebounds. With 6:10 left in the second half, Pangos hit a 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 62-51. They couldn’t stop his charge. Though a close game in the first half, the Zags pulled away in the second half to avenge a previous 83-62 loss to Saint Mary’s on Jan. 12. Pangos leads Gonzaga in scoring with a total of 312 points this season as of Feb. 10. Harris leads Gonzaga in rebounds this season with 180 as of Feb. 10. The game put me on the edge of the couch during the first half and Pangos was on fire keeping me on the edge of the couch as he finished the game with 27 points. The Bulldogs, victories over Saint Mary’s and Loyola Marymount last week helped them remain contenders for a 12th straight WCC title. I’m excited to see where the Zags end up as the season comes to its finale and all the hype of March Madness begins to buzz around the nation. It’s going to take a strong team effort by the Zags to achieve their goal of winning the WCC title this year and it will take a greater effort to do well in the NCAA tournament. It’s all up to how much they want to win now. They might be ousted by other teams like Syracuse and Ohio State when it comes to raw basketball talent, but I believe the Bulldogs can shock the competition and finish strong this year.

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Pleasure without poopy


NIC hosts annual jazz clinics, concert Clinics bring hundreds of local students, NIC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Co. choir perform

The key to the best entertainment ever

NOURA A.A. ■ A&E Editor hat did people do before there was television? How did people have W fun before there was Laser Tag? Why did

people ever laugh before there were any YouTube videos about “Honey Badger”? You know what I think was the source of fun before all this newfangled technology? Puppies. That’s right. I said it. Puppies. And they are still the best entertainment out there. All right, if you’re not an animal lover (which might make you some sort of psychopath) then this column is just going to make you sick. But if you are, these next few points will help you in the long-term plan to convince your friends to get puppies. The first reason that puppies are the best entertainment is because they are hilarious. I don’t mean to offend anyone with this next statement, but puppies are (pretty much) really dumb. Puppies are really dumb and therefore really fun to watch. Have you ever seen a puppy look in the mirror and go ape-shit crazy at the sight of its own reflec“I’m still Have you waiting for tion? ever seen a puppy chompApple to ing on a bone, create an only to begin iPhone that chomping on will cuddle its own leg, unbeknownst with me.” to itself? Have you ever seen a puppy try NOURA A.A. to climb up a A&E Editor flight of stairs? Did you not at least chuckle at all of these things? If you didn’t, then again, you might be a psychopath. Puppies have this jovial innocence about them that excuses all of their disgusting behavior. It’s pure magic. Most of the time, if I meet a person who is hyper, ignorant, attention-seeking and deaf to all commands, I hate them immediately. Puppies exemplify all of these qualities and I still love them, even when they pee on the carpet in the middle of the night. The second reason puppies are the best entertainment is because you can go on adventures with them. Once your puppy gets big enough, the two of you can go hiking, jogging, swimming, even surfing. The possibilities are endless. Your puppy will go anywhere and do anything for you. Reason number three is because puppies love you as much, if not more, than you love them. A video game, a book, a movie: none of these things can ever love you back. Will a PlayStation protect you from an intruder? Will a flat-screen TV keep you warm at night? I’m still waiting for Apple to create an iPhone that will cuddle with me. Puppies encompass all the sweetest, naughtiest, goofiest parts of ourselves. Their tiny little brains and big hearts leave no room for resentment or regret. I’d trade my iPhone for a puppy any day, but unfortunately puppies don’t have an off switch, and I don’t have the time or accommodations for a puppy. The trick is to find that friend who continually complains about being bored or feeling lonely, and then gently reiterating to them the above-mentioned points. It took a while, but I now have a puppy at my disposal via one of my best friends. If you’re lucky and persistant, you’ll soon get all the pleasures of a puppy without all the poopy.

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NIC Jazz Co. choir perform during the annual JazzNIC program. See page 7 for reader response. Micah Gimlin/Sentinel

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ver the years, NIC has held many events for high schools in the surrounding area and state. The end of January was no exception. Hundreds of middle school and high school students

High school students demonstrate for JazzNIC clinicians. Katie Eppenstein/Sentinel

from across the region participated in jazz clinics Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 during the annual JazzNIC program. The clinics led to a concert Tuesday Jan. 31, featuring solos from the clinicians. The clinicians included University of Idaho Professor Dan Bukvich, University of Idaho professor and band conductor Alan Gemberling, and Alan’s brother, Lewiston High School band director Gary Gemberling. The public was able to watch performances by the visiting middle and high school groups, which performed every hour on the hour in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. “This is my second year and I feel like my group is really improving,” said Dan Nord, Lewis and Clark High School conductor. The three clinicians provided feedback on each school’s music. Monday morning, Jan. 30, ten local middle and high schools participated. Tuesday also included ten schools, and the last day, Wednesday, featured six schools. Every school received one hour on stage. The three judges critiqued each school. “It’s always fun here,” Bukvich said. “NIC is a great host. They really take care of us and there are a lot of good directors and talent.” The jazz concert on Tuesday Jan. 31 went smoothly, with a few jokes from the Gemberling brothers and a tribute to Thomas H. Emerson. Emerson was a long time Coeur d’Alene resident who

loved music. His study of anthropology and archaeology led to a job at a history museum in New Orleans. Emerson was linked to NIC in many ways. He was the son of Tom Emerson Sr., a former NIC trustee, as well as the brother of honorary alumnus Sandy Emerson, and brother-in-law of Jeanne Emerson, a retired English instructor who taught at NIC for more than 30 years. The tribute piece “Radio Blues” was composed by Bukvich and commissioned with funds donated by NIC’s music department. The jazz piece had a blues flavor and was played loud and powerfully, with the intention of never forgetting Emerson. “[The event was] intense and extraordinarily led by an amazing conductor and amazingly played,” said Ben Silverstein, 20, general studies. The concert featured one choir and one band, with a total of 13 songs. Pieces performed by the NIC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Co. choir and guest clinicians included, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” arranged by Tom Tucker, “Fanfare for the Common Cat” by Dan Cox, “Sing, Sang, Sung” arranged by Gordon Goodwin and the Blood, Sweat and Tears song “God Bless the Child,” with Gary Gemberling on lead vocals. “I love the band and the guests are so wonderful,” said Rena Pombrinke, nursing, 39, Rathdrum. “The woodwinds were wonderful to hear play.”

Local land inspires Washington artist James Blackburn Craig’s closing reception includes gallery walk, presentation Kyle Breitenberg Staff Contributor The Corner Gallery’s latest exhibit, “Experiences and Recollections,” displayed work by artist James Blackburn Craig. The closing reception Thursday, Feb. 2 featured a gallery walk and presentation. An art instructor from Kennewick, Wash., Craig has exhibited his work in numerous galleries since the early 1970s. The Corner Gallery exhibit included acrylic painted wall constructions, highrelief painted surfaces, base-relief painted surfaces and various mediums for sculptures. “Interest in the cultural dynamics of the country [are] based on observation and the news,” Craig said. “Observations and inspiration [are]derived from the rural environment of the West, and northeast Montana.” The exhibit first opened on Nov. 14. The gallery walk, held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., was mostly directed toward students, but was open to the public as well. Craig proceeded to give a presentation

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Artist James Blackburn Craig poses with one of his sculptures during the closing reception of his exhibit “Experiences and Recollections.” Gabe Green/Sentinel

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Student Events sponsors the comedy act Frangela, composed of Frances Callier (left) and Angela V. Shelton, in the basement of the SUB last Wednesday. Amy Brandt/Sentinel

Comedic duo, best friends inspire laughter, learning Frangela amuses students through social commentary, political satire, personal experiences, pure attitude Nick Dimico & Carrie Rishsew Staff Contributors


rangela, comedic duo and best friends, brought laughter as well as a message of respect during their performance Wednesday evening.

“I thought those girls were ride-to-die b!****s,” said Jordan Ferraro, 18, theat. ASNIC Student Events hosted the two stand-up comedians, Frances Callier and Angela V. Shelton, with the combined name of “Frangela.” The two have been involved with numerous TV and radio shows, most notably VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and the 2009 movie “He’s Just Not That Into You.” They can be seen weekly on Twentieth Century Fox’s new show “Wedlock or Deadlock.” The duo also wrote and and starred in the award winning show “Hey Monie.” When the NIC show began Frangela’s humor took a political tone through the many perspectives of today’s society. One joke represented free will. They stated how it is so wonderful to live in the United States because one is allowed to have all the opinions one wants, but when it comes to hate, only in one’s home. Once you step out into society though, one needs to be a civil human being. “I thought Frangela was great,” said Amanda Behringer, 26, business administration. “They were extremely down-to-earth in a way that if you met them at a bar you would become best friends with them right away.” The twosome have been in stand-up

comedy for about five years. They met “They were awesome,” said Amber when they moved into the same apartment LaVigne, 26, environmental science and encomplex where many performers of “The gineering. “My favorite joke was when they Second City” (an improvisational comedy said that it seems like people are afraid they will get accidentally gay marenterprise in downtown Chicago) lived. The first week that ried…it’s not like you’re going to Angela moved in, they ran into be sitting in a restaurant and they each other in the hallway of the bring you a lesbian instead of a building and did the awkward sandwich. Out of all jokes that first friend date thing like “want was the one made me laugh until to go to a movie?” Since then I couldn’t breathe.” they have been inseparable. Frangela incorporated mesThey have toured all over sages of respect and responsibilIdaho, Washington and Monity throughout the hilarious pertana and developed more than formance. enough real-life experience for “We, as Americans, are fond JORDAN FERRARO their comedy act. One such inof lying to ourselves,” said the Theater Major pair. “One of the lies we tell ourstance was the time Frances was selves is ‘I live an active lifestyle,’ pulled over because the police while we eat pasta and bread bowls in bed thought a child was driving. “This country is heightist!” joked Angela. while watching “Jersey Shore” marathons.... Or the inability most people have at tellThe worst kind of lie is the lie that you tell ing them apart. yourself.” “My husband called me Angela,” said After the performance, students gathFrances. ered around to take pictures and ask the “My shrink called me Frances - I think duo many questions about their career and background. that’s worse,” joked Angela. For information about the event or Much of Frangela’s humor was comupcoming events contact ASNIC Student mentary on American society and its modEvents by email at ern issues.

“I thought those girls were rideto-die b!****s.”


Don’t go south of border for authentic Mexican food Sentinel staffer praises Las Chavelas restaurant for adherence to tradition, homemade taco shells, variety If you enjoy authentic Mexican food, then your taste buds are in for a real treat. Tony Orozco owns and operates Las Chavelas, located in the Sunset Village Shopping Center at Bosanko Avenue and US 95, since 1991. With over 200 items on the menu, Las Chavelas has plenty to choose from. I always enjoy going there and it is my favorite Mexican restaurant in town. Some of the more popular entrees are Chile relleno, carne asada, enchiladas, tamales and the homemade shredded beef tacos. Many people like that Las Chavelas make the taco shells themselves. There are 17 different carne asada dishes to choose from. Of course, you can’t forget the world’s best chips and salsa. Las Chavelas sets the standard for Mexican food in this area by sticking to simple and authentic ways to prepare the food. A simple way to tell if a Mexican resBenaiah Cheevers taurant is authentic Staff Contributor is by the taco shells. If they are fried to perfection in-house, you know the rest is going to be good. Places that offer boxed taco shells are missing the point. Las Chavelas presents exceptional and authentic food. They have a wide variety with almost any Mexican meal your heart could desire. The Chavelas family is from a town called Tlaltenango in Zacatecas, Mexico.

According to Sentinel staffer Benaiah Cheevers, Las Chavelas has the ‘world’s best’ chips and salsa. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

Orozco traveled to the U.S. in 1973 when he was 15 years old. He began his restaurant experience during this time by taking a job at a Mexican eatery in Marina Del Ray, Calif. In 1983, Orozco moved to Spokane, Wash. Five years later he opened his first Mexican restaurant called the Burrito King. After three successful years he was able to open Las Chavelas in Coeur d’Alene. Orozco also owns and operates Casey’s

Place in Spokane, Wash., located at the original location of Burrito King. Casey’s Place specializes in sandwiches, soups, salads, and wraps. Orozco said if you are ever on Sprague Avenue, to stop in and say “hi.” He loves to talk about baseball with customers. Las Chavelas is also in the catering business. In the summer of 2009, Las Chavelas fed over 1,000 hungry Harley Davidson enthusiasts at the Coeur d’Alene Kootenai

County Fairgrounds. Orozco said he credits the success of Las Chavelas to the help of his family, his wife and his four children. Orozco said he makes yearly trips to Mexico to sample local dishes and to ensure he keeps his craft sharp and true to his roots and heritage. Good food and close communication in any language will always provide. Great Mexican food is no exception.

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One downtown bar impresses, rest go down in ratings Staff contributor dedicates 21st birthday week to exploring four Sherman Avenue bars/nightclubs


f you’re looking for a night out on the town, or just a mere drink with friends, I would not recommend going anywhere near three particular bars in downtown Coeur d’Alene. I recently turned 21, and for as long as I can remember I have been counting down the days until I could go out and have a drink with friends. I dreamed that when that day came, it would be one of the greatest days ever. I’ve come to find it was nothing that I had expected it to be, and not in a good way. During my birthday week my friends and I explored many bars throughout the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and Spokane Nick Dimico Staff Contributor area. Each of them differed in entertainment, drinks and, of course, prices. The Beacon, Splash, and ICON seemed to be the worst. We began the drinking adventure at the Beacon. The Beacon has a very classy look that makes you feel like you’re in a big city. The bar had good music playing from the

jukebox, but it was way too loud. I couldn’t the girls and completely ignored that fact hear the person talking right next to me, that I was even there. After waiting around and the bartender kept trying to figure out for 10 minutes, I decided to say somewhat I wanted to drink, but couldn’t hear thing. She made me a pretty stif f drink, me. I was so annoyed. Once I finally got my for a pretty reasonable price. My rating for vodka and cranberry, it was so expensive. Splash is a three, for poor customer service. Normally, a drink like this is around $4. Next, we headed to the ICON. The I got charged $6.50. I couldn’t believe it. bar/nightclub was filled with extremely When drinks are so highly priced it makes energetic people me not want to tip in a great dancing the bartender. After “When I went to the Moose atmosphere. Everyone drink we were my mood instantly went one seemed to be all ready to leave. On a scale from from spiritless to being ready having a wonderful time. The drinks 1 to 10 (one being to dance the night away.” were all right dethe worst) I give the pending on what Beacon a rating of you got. four. Nick Dimico For example, Staff Contributor To continue the drinks that our adventure, my don’t take much friends and I decidskill, such as a vodka and cranberry or an ed that we wanted to go dancing at Splash, a X-rated and 7UP, were really good, but I bar/nightclub. Once we arrived, there was hardly anyone in the bar. It was 11 p.m. on was not impressed by the Liquid Marijuana. a Friday and the only people there were two A Liquid Marijuana calls for Blue Curacao, girls that looked like they were 12 year olds, Midori melon liqueur, Malibu coconut rum, and a couple that looked around the age of Captain Morgan spiced rum, a splash of 50. I was bored out of my mind, so I decided pineapple juice and a splash of sweet and sour mix. Mine seemed to be all pineapple to get a drink. The bartender was overly involved with juice and nothing else. When I think a

“splash” of pineapple juice, I don’t picture the whole glass filled with it. It was disgusting compared to other places where I’ve ordered it. I give the ICON a rating of six for a fun dancing environment. Out of all three of the bars, I feel Splash was the worst. The horrible customer service and boring environment almost ruined my night out. After the ICON I felt that I was ready to go home because I was so tired of being disappointed, but then a friend suggested that we should go to the Moose Lounge. When I got to the Moose my mood instantly went from spiritless to being ready to dance the night away. The exceptional live music, tasty drinks, and great prices instantly captured my excitement. It is a place that everyone of drinking age can go to and feel welcome. I give the Moose a rating of 10. I would recommend that anybody who wants to go out for a satisfying night should go to the Moose Lounge because you won’t be disapointed. The other bars annoyed me with high prices, poorly-made drinks and bad service. Thanks to the Moose Lounge, my downtown birthday weekend adventure wasn’t a complete loss.

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of a few songs, as rapt audience members sang along softly as a gentle choir. While the band barely acknowledged its audience during the first half of its set, too engrossed in playing as if expelling some frantic energy, Tweedy would later pause between songs to address his fans, almost shy in attempts to amuse and appease. Although he would joke that he had to play songs from albums nobody likes because Wilco gives equal opportunity to all its material, he introduced “Jesus, Etc.” as the song that was most requested by Spokane fans, although he alluded few had made requests at all. “Thirteen or 14 of you are about to get excited!” Tweedy said. Despite this disclaimer, cheers erupted all over the auditorium, and it was perhaps this kind of enthusiasm that prompted Wilco to play a whooping six-song encore. Looking around at the sea of faces, it became easy to see why Wilco is sometimes jokingly referred to as “Dad Rock.” Despite the healthy number of college and high school aged faces dotting the crowd, the majority appeared to be groups of thirtysomething men, occasionally accompanied by bemused wives or girlfriends. While the whole crowd cheered, these men were the ones who screamed when the audience sang along, these were the men that knew every treasured word by heart. Seeing their devotion, it’s no wonder in recent interviews Tweedy has said he now embraces the label. As the set began to draw to a close,

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in Molstead Library that afternoon in which he discussed the show in more detail, and shared a large body of his work that had not been displayed. Several art classes as well as members of the community were present. To conclude the evening, both students and the public were invited back to Corner Gallery for a closing reception from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Craig spent 18 years of his life living on an Indian Reservation. He said many of his wall-hung pieces were influenced by Native

Band leader and lead vocalist Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, the alternative country band with a flare of folk, takes a breather before bursting into another jam during their 25-set concert at the INB Performing Arts Center in Spokane. Gabe Green/Sentinel

Tweedy finally began to reflect on the band’s absence from the city since their 2008 tour. “What has it been, two years? Three

years? Four years?” he asked. “Too long ago!” shouted back a man’s voice from the midst of the crowd. Wilco played a total of 25 songs from

their most recent to their oldest CD album to their oldest discography. Here’s hoping Wilco doesn’t make them wait long again.

American quilt work. “Experiences and Recollections” consisted of 22 pieces, 14 of which are what Craig called, “Wall Relief Constructions.” Acrylic based, the pieces are products of a decade of work, incorporating recycled paper fiber as a sculptural medium. “[These methods reflect the] repetitive patterns of the agricultural land, and the traditional motifs and color orchestrations found in quilt design,” Craig said. The other eight pieces Craig described as “Floor & Wall Wood Sculptures.” These pieces ranged in size. “[These pieces consist of] found objects

[which] play an important role in triggering ideas, and are presented as symbols to mirror my memories, attitude and perspectives on being an American,” Craig said. One NIC student described Craig’s art was a mirror of sorts. “I appreciated how his statements related to the content of his work and how he explored with his materials to describe his concepts,” said Schulte, 23, art, Coeur d’Alene. Schulte said her favorite piece was “Boy, Joy, Toy,” a church built out of small pieces of wood with curious elements added to the scene, including a cage surrounding the building.

“The free-standing work reflects my interest in the cultural dynamics of this country based on observation and the news,” said Craig. This comes to mind when one observes his piece, “The Politician With Warts and All,” a wooden sculpture of President Obama bowling. The sculpture uses certain mainstream cartoon gags, such as Obama having extremely large ears. “[It is] not a piece about Obama, more of a piece about the image that someone has,” said Adrian White, 27, philosophy, Coeur d’Alene. “People need to be aware that everyone has their warts that go,” said White.

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Legacy of strength Schuler Auditorium welcomes the American Indian Movement Kaye Thornbrugh

Movement, co-founded and led by Clyde Bellecourt. They were carr ying a “manifesto” to Washington D.C.: a twentypoint solution paper meant to make Congress honor the treaties signed so hen Nicholas Black Elk was an long ago. old man, he had a dream. In that moment, Wallace Black Elk In the dream, Black Elk knew that his grandfather’s prophecy saw young American Indian men and had been fulfilled—by Clyde Bellecourt women all dressed in red. They had and the American Indian Movement. carried a sacred fire across the land— Bellecourt spoke at NIC Feb. 2 about through tornados, rain and hail—and his histor y, and the work yet to be done were coming into Wounded Knee to libby American Indians. Before his speech, erate the people. The dr eam became a pr ophecy, the Oyate Drum Group performed the one that Black Elk—a medicine man Honor Song, and the Freedom Song. At 75 years-old, Bellecourt said he of the Oglala Lakota and sur vivor of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890— remembers a time when there was a often spoke of in the years to come. It ceremony for ever ything that American Indians did. He remembers gathering was 1935. Years passed. In 1972, Black Elk’s wild rice on the White Earth Indian Resgrandson, Wallace Black Elk, heard the er vation in northwestern Minnesota, and returning home after a long day of sound of drums. fishing with his father to the sound of Climbing up over the hill, he saw a drums and singing. group of young American Indians, all “How beautiful it was,” said Beldressed in red: the American Indian lecourt. “There were times in our histor y when people were killed be“There were times in our history when cause they wantpeople were killed because they wanted to ed to continue that beautiful continue that beatiful way of life.” way of life.” Bellecourt cited the inCLYDE BELLECOURT (NEE-GON-WE-WAY-WE-DUN) troduction of American Indian Movement co-founder

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One of the six members of the Oyate drum circle plays the “Honor Song” and the “Freedom Song” to an audience in Schuler Auditorium. Photos by Gabe Green/Sentinel

alcohol and government food staples as forms of “chemical warfare.” Combined with boarding schools that took children hundreds of miles away from home and “stripped” them of their language and culture, Bellecourt said that was the beginning of numerous social and health problems for American Indians. “We were the only culture in the world that had no alcohol,” Bellecourt said. “Chemically, our systems can’t handle that. It brings about diabetes and heart problems. Before any treaty was made, they brought their bootleggers in to get the people drunk.” Before 1946, Bellecourt said there wasn’t a single case of diabetes on his home reser vation. Today, about 60 percent of the people living there have diabetes and, according to the Indian Health Ser vice, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes in the United States. Bellecourt said he was always committed to improving life for American Indians. In 1968, he was appointed to an all-Indian commission created by Congress to study the treaties and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. While ser ving on that commission, Bellecourt said he discovered many startling facts: American Indians were living to be 43.5 years old at that time, while whites lived to be 65 and older. The gross national income for American Indians was $1500 per year. For ever y white baby that sur vived the first six months, four Indian babies didn’t make it, Bellecourt said. That’s when the American Indian Movement was born. The first members—about 80 dedicated individuals, Bellecourt said—came together in Minneapolis. “I got up and talked too much,” Bellecourt said with a laugh. “They made me chief.” Since then, Bellecourt has been at the helm of AIM’s actions—from protests against sports teams using American Indians as mascots, to forming a Legal Rights Center for American Indians, to speaking before the United Nations for the International Indian Treaty Council in 1974. Bellecourt was a prime organizer of “The Siege of Wounded Knee” in 1973. According to the AIM website, AIM was contacted by Lakota elders for assistance in dealing with the corruption of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tribal Council, leading to the 71-day occupation of the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota and battle with the U.S. armed forces. Still, 43 years after AIM was founded, Bellecourt said there is still a long way to go. “Be strong!” Bellecourt urged his audience. “Be strong, my young people! Hang in there together. We still have work. We still have work.”

So, you’re visiting a relative you haven’t seen in years and fielding the onslaught of questions they have about the most mundane details of your life, when finally you reach the topic of education. After they tiptoe around the question of whether you’re even going to college, they’ll then feel the most suitable follow-up question would be to inquire what your major is. This is really just a way of asking what you’re interested in now that you’re an adult, because ever yone knows what you’re majoring in doesn’t matter. Take my father for example. His first job out of college was at IBM. His major? Philosophy. I can’t imagine that the board of directors at IBM were really that interested in his thoughts on Kant and Kierkegaard. Unless you’re pursuing a vocational degree or one in medicine or astrophysics, what you received your associate’s or standard bachelor’s in is irrelevant. Individual skills you learn in college my be useful and help you get a job, but it seems like employers really just want to know that you pursued education to its completion on “What is a level above that of a high making an school one. impact in What is the hunt for making an impact in the a job is the hunt for a job reputation of is the reput a t i o n o f t h e the school you school you atattended.” tended. Some students at NIC intend to finish their bachelor’s at a four year school, so they still have a second decision to make. Certain colleges become officially accredited by the government as a quality higher learning institution, making degrees they award more valuable. This distinction makes them eligible to receive government grants and funding. An organization called the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which was organized by the U.S. Department of Education, makes the call. (NIC received it’s accreditation from the NWCCU in 1947.) It’s really a sign of the times when college has become only a vehicle for getting a job, but that just seems to be the reality of the situation. Some maintain that we’ve lost track of why college became important in the first place. They would maintain that college was created with the idea of grooming young people to be productive citizens who could make valuable contributions to society. My advice? If you’re going to school and haven’t decided what you want to commit the rest of your life to doing yet (which is perfectly understandable), just remember it’s not incredibly important to rush into choosing a major immediately. Instead, use college to explore your own interests and feel around for subjects in which you excel. Typically, it seems like you have a higher chance of success if the direction you’re taking your education in is at least interesting to you. It should be what you’re passionate about, not the field in which you predict yourself making the most money. I know college can be stressful, but it’s possible to make it an ultimately positive experience. Michael Paquin is an editor for The Sentinel. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Sentinel. Respond to this column online at

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Brothers Mike, Tim, and Nick Jarzabek and bass player Justin Corman comprise the band NO which recently released its new single, “Meet Me After Dark.” Courtesy Photo

Former NIC students appear in FOX’s ‘Mobbed’ Sibling feud reconciled with help from flash mob, Howie Mandel, on television Nick Dimico


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former NIC communications major and current full-time musician hashed out family drama with a “flash mob” apology on national television Feb. 1, with the help of the FOX reality show “Mobbed.” Originally from Sandpoint, Tim Jarzabek, 28, looked to the Mobbed crew to make a magnificent apology to brother (and band mate) Nick Jarzabek, 23, (also former NIC communications major) after stealing Nick’s designer clothes and Les Paul guitar. Hosted by comedian Howie Mandel, the “Mobbed” crew sends extravagant messages using hidden cameras and flash mobs. The show has handled ever ything from marriage proposals to brotherly love gone wrong. In the fifth episode of “Mobbed,” titled “Brother,” Tim Jarzabek said he hoped his apology would settle the conflict with his brother. “I screwed up,” Tim said. “Nick called me and said that he needed me to come and bail him out once again. I thought that this was just another time that I was going to have to get Nick out of a bad situation.” Nick had called because he needed help getting the band’s touring van out of the tow yard. Fed up, Tim stole and sold his brother’s belongings, and proceeded to spend all the money in Las Vegas. Un-

beknownst to Tim, Nick was actually plan- his brother playing the drums on stage. When the drumming came to a close Tim ning a surprise birthday party for him. apologized and Everclear frontman Art “I felt really bad,” Tim said. “I sold all Alexakis presented Nick with an authentic of his stuff. After that, he wanted nothing Gibson Les Paul guitar. In a lot of confuto do with me, which created a hostile ension, Nick finally understood what was vironment for the two of us as well as the happening and forgave Tim for ever yrest of my family. The only way we comthing. municated was through the other band The brothers attended NIC and gradumates.” ated with a bachelor’s in communications Once Tim realized it was time to make from LCSC at the Coeur d’Alene campus. amends, he presented the idea to the “I didn’t like producers of school,” Tim said. “Mobbed” and “I sold all of his stuff. After “The only reason I they agreed to up was to have the brothers that, he wanted nothing to showed come to Nils Roson the show. W h e n t h e do with me, which created a dahl’s journalism class.” show aired, it hostile environment...” As a Sentinel writshowed a step-byer, he said that he step process of Tim jarzabek thoroughly enjoyed the planning and Former NIC student and ‘Mobbed’ participant ever y minute of Rosexecution of the dahl’s class and that apology. Using a is what kept him park in L.A. and an abandoned warehouse, they created a going each day. Tim and Nick have been musicians fake atmosphere, with Nick under the impression that he was going to a studio for and band partners for almost their entire a new gig. Then the fake recording pro- lives. In their teens, Tim and his other ducer told him that he was going to use brother Mike, 27, formed a band, origithe band’s song, but they were going to nally called No Cover. After their guitarist change Nick’s voice by using rapper Ace Chris Reynolds died at the age of 19, Nick Hood’s voice instead. As Nick escalated stepped in to fill the position. with anger, they sent in the flash mob, When the star ving artists moved to which began the event. Beverly Hills four years ago, the band tried working at many different venues Once the two women escorts got him in the Los Angeles area, but was not sucoutside, the dancing began. Now, out cessful. The brothers added a new addiin the middle of the park, Nick spotted

tion, bass player Justin Corman, 26, and started to see fulfillment. Playing on Sunset Boulevard, the musicians met with many different producers. “It is ver y competitive here in L.A.,” said Tim Jarzabek. “But it is the best place to live because it is so diverse here. I don’t just hang out with one certain group of people; I’m fortunate enough to be able to get the chance to know ever yone.” Bono from U2 even contacted the band to provide advice. “Bono told us to change our band name from ‘No Cover’ to ‘NO,’” Jarzabek said. “It was a true inspiration to be able to receive advice from him.” The band—now called “NO”—has recently produced a new single, “Meet Me After Dark” that has been released on iTunes and is getting radio play within the Los Angeles area. “I owe a lot of our success to growing up in Idaho,” Jarzabek said. “It’s wonderful being surrounded by such down-toearth people. Tim said he is happy to be talking with Nick once again. “I would like to give a special thanks to Howie Mandel,” Tim said. “And especially the whole ‘Mobbed’ crew for bringing my family and I back together again.” For information about the band go to or vist their website at

Students in SUB smile, swoon for speed dating Two-minute dates, fast-paced environment make for fun social event just in time for Valentine’s Day Julie Salinas

Staff Contributor “Make new friends, meet your soul mate, or find a Valentine’s date” was what the flier said for speed dating, and students may have done just that. After going downstairs to the SUB, students were handed a nametag and a raffle ticket and were entered to win prizes. They were also handed a sheet to mark down the names of those who may have been potential matches for them. The tables were set up with chocolates, cups full of “I came to pieces of paper with mostly ice breakers and helium balloons socialize, shaped as hearts. because Pop music it would be played in the background, and everyfun...” one grouped with people they knew. After the event Jesus Nunez Speed dating participant started everyone sat down and began dating, the men on the right side, and the women on the left. The room filled with laughter, lots of talking, and the atmosphere was lively and welcoming. Each date lasted two minutes long, and in those two minutes each student was tasked to learn about each other; after the two minutes, the men got up and switched to the next seat over. There were some awkward moments, some people dying with laughter, and other times just nice, pleasant conversations. “It was confusing. I didn’t know what to say. Some of the questions that were asked were awkward,” said Steven Damiano,

Nicole Albinola, 21, elementary education, Wallace, and Cavan O’Sullivan, 25, welding, Post Falls, hit the ground running during their timed segment together. Each speed-date session lasted exactly two minutes. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

21, architecture, Philadelphia. Students were allowed to leave and take a break whenever they wanted to go grab cookies, punch, get some fresh air, or to talk to other students. There was a short break where four student volunteers were brought up, two girls and two boys, and were asked questions about the opposite sex. The questions were like “Where is the head gasket in a car?” for the girls. As for the guys, questions such as

“Who was the main actress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?” Though the girls lost the game, each participant received a gift card to Coldstone, Olive Garden or Applebee’s. At the end of the night, there was a drawing of prizes which included movies and candy, and the main prize was a $25 gift card to Regal Cinemas. After the event, students stayed around and mingled. Tyler Bartlett, 18, General Studies, Hai-

ley, said, “It’s been fun, and it’s a good environment.” Students said they had a good time. Jesus Nunez, 21, Cartagena, Colombia, said,“I came mostly to socialize, because it would be fun. Awkward moments are always fun.” Speed dating was a great success with a good turnout. Speed dating isn’t for the desperate; it’s also a great way to socialize and meet new people, and possibly meet the new love of your life.


Latino Club holds fundraiser, concha sale Attendees given chance to buy sweetbread, support group’s excursions J.W. Martin  Staff Contributor Kaye Thornbrugh Asst. Features editor The NIC Latino Club had its first fundraiser of the semester last Tuesday, a concha [a type of Mexican sweet bread] sale. The colorful sweet bread, frosted with pastel-colored fondant, was sold for $2 in the SUB, with free coffee included. The conchas came from a local bakery. Most of the pastries disappeared quickly. Last semester, the club made close to $100 at a similar sale, said Vice President Octavian Rivas, 22, communications, Sandpoint. “Concha means ‘shell’ in the Spanish language,” Rivas said. “They make the frosting on top look like a shell, and that’s where they get the name from.” According to, sweet breads like concha didn’t gain popularity in Mexico until the 1860s, when the French ruled Mexico. Before that time, grain products like bread were reserved mostly for the aristocracy, while the lower classes subsisted primarily on tortillas filled with beans or peppers. The French influenced the creation of “pan dulce,” (literally meaning “sweet bread”), of which the concha is one of the most popular varieties. Money from the concha sale will go toward a planned trip to Guatemala in May, after the spring semester ends. The trip is estimated to cost around $1,500 per person, though students who work Latino Club fundraisers will receive some of the proceeds to help pay for their shares. However, the trip is not limited to club members; anyone can go to Guatemala, as long as he or she pays. Scott Estes, Spanish instructor and Latino Club adviser, said that the trip could potentially count for a foreign language or other type of credit. In Guatemala, students will practice Spanish four to five hours a day as well as do volunteer work at local libraries and schools. Students interested in the Guatemala trip should contact Estes for additional information. Some of the money from the concha sale will also go to a $300 scholarship that the Latino Club sponsors, as well as the purchase of supplies for club events. The club is planning several other fundraisers for the semester, including a raffle and tango lessons, said Fatima Madrid, 21, general studies, Coeur d’Alene. Information about the club and the Guatemala trip are available on the Latino


he summer sun is gone and Jack Frost is blowing his winter freeze upon us. What’s better to do than defy Old Man Winter and get active? There’s something to be said for those first few specks of snow that drift through the winter sky, that initial fresh blanket of powder that drapes itself over the Coeur d’Alene area. It’s the snowy season and one of the best times to experience the Northwest’s wealth of outdoor and indoor adventures. Wrap yourself up in hats, scarves and mittens and head for the hills. A common place for sledding fun is Cherry Hill near 15th street or Black Bay in Post Falls. For tubing excitement, head to Silver Mountain, where there is no hiking back up to the top as their moving carpet will take tubers right up to the starting point. “Sledding and tubing are fun and cheap thrills that bring healthy exercise to you and your family,” said Nicole Albinola, 21, elementary education major and Silver Mountain ski instructor. “It will be sure to keep you excited through the snowy season.” A favorite activity for the family, friends or a romantic night out is iceskating. Ice Palace in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane is one of the only venues within a twenty-mile radius which provides skate rentals and fun for everyone. For $4.50 make this activity a favorite for all. With the fresh snow that is easy to roll, go release some tension by getting a group of friends together and throwing some snowballs. This is an activity that will keep money in your wallet as it keeps you active while running away from the cold packed powder shooting towards you. If you love to shred the slopes with your snowboard or skis, make your way to the mountains. Some of the area’s most popular mountains to get your thrill on are Silver Mountain, Lookout Pass, Schweitzer Mountain, 49 degrees

Craving caffeinated catharsis

Jake Wright Martin ■ Staff Contributor

Amanda Brouillard, 20, communication, Coeur d’Alene, hands a student a concha at the Latino Club’s sweetbread sale in the SUB last Tuesday. Katie Eppenstein/Sentinel

Club’s Facebook page, which can be found by searching “North Idaho College Latino Club.” “We’re trying to spread awareness of Latino culture on campus,” said Rivas. “We want people to know more about it.” Madrid stressed that students don’t have to be Latino to join and enjoy the

club; everyone is welcome. “We have a lot of fun,” Rivas said. “The club spreads awareness, and it’s a good way to meet people.” The Latino Club meets every other Wednesday at noon in the Cottonwood Bay Room of the SUB. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 22.

Break monotony of frosty season with bowling, sledding, skiing, more Nick Dimico


Beating my energydrink-fueled addiction

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way to keep active indoors. With bowling North, and Mount Spokane. Each has alleys all over, you will find one that fits many runs that will keep you going for your needs. Sunset Bowling Alley, Triple hours. Not a fan of the outdoors? No prob- Play, and River City Lanes have people lem. There are still plenty of indoor activ- continuing to fill their lanes each day. Enjoy the many ities available. voices in the comNew movies “Sledding and tubing are munity while expeare constantly riencing a tasty cup making their fun and cheap thrills that of coffee with your way to the big bring exercise to you and friends. Mondays screen, so why from 6-8:30 p.m. not go out with your family” at Calypsos, go to friends to a open mic night and comedy, drama, NICOLE ALBINOLA indulge in perforadventur e, or Silver Mountain ski instructor mances by local chick flick? artists. Regal RiverTherefore, if you stone Stadium 14 or Hayden Cinema 6 will be sure to are looking to do something this winter season, make your way to one of these make your experience a great one. winter activities and enjoy time with Increasing your skill level or just friends and family. hanging out with friends bowling is a fun

Does anyone need a little boost? Some extra energy? A pick-me-up maybe? I’ve noticed a lot of droopy faces, especially in the mornings around the SUB lately, at least until the coffee starts flowing and the market opens up. Our generation has become quite accustomed to products designed specifically to get the user pumped up. Instant energy, aka the energy drink, is a major staple in America’s market today. “The U.S. market for the drinks is estimated at $5.4 billion in 2006, according to Packaged Facts, growing at an annual rate of 55% per year,” said Elizabeth Weise, USA Today. Back when I was still enjoying my leisurely high school career, I was introduced to the thrills of gratuitously caffeinated beverages. For two years I pounded every kind of energy drink I could get my hands on. Turns out energy drinks are addictive, who would have guessed? Anyway, a few years back I nearly gave myself a caffeine induced heart attack, at which point I decided to quit. The problem is, now that I’m in college and have all kinds of deadlines that have to be met for a multitude of different classes I really find myself needing more energy. My first response to this energy deficiency was coffee, lots and lots of coffee. But as we all know, every moment is not a coffee moment. You need an alternative that is not only convenient, but tastes good, and is powerful. You crave something that gives you the feeling that you’re getting a huge caffeine dose, even if it is mostly a placebo. You need an energy drink. “Just During the last month I have remember had a minor rethe lapse into energy drinking. I know, usefulness shame on me, but of energy it seems to help. drinks is Even if I still can’t concentrate on situational.” my work I usually tend to get more done because I can mentally handle my workload, instead of shutting down when the pressure is on. For those that want something strong, I recommend the cosmic energy bomb; ground ice and at least six of your favorite energy drinks. Mix these into your blender until you reach a snow cone like consistency, then get some lime tequila mixer and add a small drizzle liberally over the top of your concoction. Inhale deeply, sip, chug, enjoy. Just remember the usefulness of energy drinks is situational. If you’re working on homework, then one or two is plenty. More than that, the average person’s attention span drops drastically. If you’re going boarding for the day then an energy drink around lunch is totally fine. However pounding these drinks (like I used to) just for the rush isn’t healthy. Like I said before, it’s addictive just like any other drug. Yes, caffeine is a drug, I think we all know this. We can all get jacked up on Mountain Dew. But we have to behave ourselves. Multiple states including Michigan are contemplating legislature to force an age limit for buying energy drinks. Alcoholic energy drinks such as Four Loko have been completely banned in Washington, Michigan, Utah, and Oklahoma. “Nine Central Washington University students who drank Four Loko were hospitalized with blood-alcohol levels ranging from 0.12 percent to 0.35 percent, and a female student nearly died,” university President James L. Gaudino said. “A bloodalcohol concentration of 0.30 percent is considered potentially lethal.” This article from 2010, posted on My Fox Tampa Bay website, brought to light the dangers of alcohol-based energy drinks is one of the main reasons that Washington put its emergency ban into action. Are regulations needed? Should Idaho do the same?

Jake Wright Martin is a writer for The Sentinel. His opinions are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of The Sentinel. Respond to this column online at

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Lifestyles and A&E sections add depth and fun to the Sentinel. Left to right (standing): Julie Salinas, Nick Dimico, Kyle Breitenberg, Jantzen Hunsaker, Jake Wright Martin and Kaye Thornbrugh. Seated on the table in the front are editors Michael “Paqdaddy” Paquin and Noura “The Explorer” Alfadl-Andreasson. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

 A&E editor Noura A.A., 23, business communications, Cd’A: I’ve lived on the East Coast, West Coast, U.K. and Egypt, but decided to settle down in beautiful Coeur d’Alene... that is until I go off on my next adventure. Entertainment is not just a pleasurable distraction; it can expand one’s mind and fulfill one’s life.  Amy Brandt, 19, photography/photojournalism, Sandpoint: Her occupation: student, photographer, baker, rock climber, martial artist, nerd and professional snarkist. When she is not busy with school, she is playing “Legend of Zelda” games, reading “Star Wars” books, eating coconut popsicles and “not” getting lost in the wilderness.  Kyle Breitenberg, 19, awesomeness, Cd’A: Kyle was our business manager last semester. He is a detailed writer with a great sense of humor and a heart of gold.  Garrett Cabeza, 18, journalism, San Jose, Calif.: Graduated from Lake City High School. I love boogie boarding and seeing the San Francisco Giants or Oakland Athletics play baseball. Favorite quote: “I’m Brick Tamland. People seem to like me because I am polite and I am rarely late. I like to eat ice cream and I really enjoy a nice pair of slacks.” -Anchorman  Benaiah Cheevers, 18, journalism, Cd’A: My favorite things to do are play baseball, write stories, take photos and spend time with friends and family. One of my favorite quotes is, “If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the UP button.”  Nick Dimico, 21, communications, Post Falls: I’m the president of CLIC (Cardinal Leaders in the Community) and an active member in many clubs. I would like to intern for different news stations and later have a career as a news anchor.  Katie Eppenstein, 20, music educa-

tion, Joliet, Ill.: My main instrument is clarinet, and I’ve been playing for almost 10 years. I study piano, voice, and Zimbabwe Marimba, and hope to learn more instruments as I progress in school. I’m also a left-handed softball player. Quote from my favorite movie: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” -Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) from “A League of Their Own.”  Micah Gimlin, 18, photojournalism, Cd’A: I was born March 9, 1993, and raised in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. While living in the same house my whole life, I’ve managed to visit at least 42 states and temporarily live and work in 12 of them. I’m going to NIC to obtain my AA and, depending on where my life is once I’ve completed that goal, I may transfer to UI to obtain a degree in photojournalism. I love meeting new people so don’t be afraid to say hello if you see me around.  Assistant photo editor Gabe Green, 19, photojournalism, Portland, Ore.: “Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.” –His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. I’m secretly a double 0 agent… You know too much, now you must die!  Copy editor Joyce Hargrove, journalism, Denver, Colo.: This is my fourth semester at NIC. I was also non-fiction editor for Trestle Creek Review. I belong to Phi Theta Kappa and am on the dean’s list. I have lived all over the world; I’ve been in Idaho for seven years. The joys of my life are my 13-year old twin sons and two-and-ahalf year old son.  Managing editor Devin Heilman, 26, journalism, Cd’A: I love reading, writing and making people laugh. I love my kitties and my family way too much. I say, live each day to the fullest. You never know if it’ll be your last. And READ THE SENTINEL!

 Webmaster Jantzen Hunsaker, 23, journalism, Cd’A: Name please. Jantzen. And first name is? Jantzen. He’s heard it throughout his life. The occasional hipster can pull off two or more first names, but the awesomeness that is two LAST names, well—that’s Jantzen Hunsaker.  Jake Wright Martin, 20, fine arts; Genesee, Idaho: Jake has no money and no job. The first rule of Jake is Jake does what Jake wants, and he doesn’t care what you think about him. Though for the most part he is a likeable fellow, he is laid back and thoroughly enjoys living life. He is friendly and he can’t remember the last time he was truly angry at anyone.  Assistant news editor Sarah Munds, 18, journalism, Seattle: Self-proclaimed grammar Nazi and fine gentlemen aficionado. She hates mayonnaise. She hates needles and refuses to get her blood drawn unless death is imminent. She plays bass guitar every night.  Lifestyles editor Michael Paquin, 23, communications, Cd’A: He graduated from Lake City High School in 2007. He is a Virgo and a kinesthetic learner.  Carrie Rishsew, 19, general studies, Wallace (not pictured): I am interested in the field of forensics. I cannot wait for “The Hunger Games” to come to theaters! Katniss, don’t disappoint me.  Sports editor Eric Rivera, 27, graphic design, Cd’A: Eric’s Biological Recipe: Take one part Hunter S. Thompson’s “Fear and Loathing,” one part Dubstep and Hip-Hop musician, one part visual art assassin, and one part adrenaline junkie. Fold in a love for sports and discovering the world. Brew in tattooed flesh that jumped between the Northwest and California for 27 years to produce an intellectual being who has one green thumb and one black. Enjoy!  Julie Salinas, 18, photography, Wilbur, Wash.: Julie is a Star Wars nerd and loves

anything to do with books, concerts and music.  Photo editor Ethan Schlussler, 20, photography, Cd’A: Ethan has a photographic eye and rides a unicycle. Bow down to the almighty.  Staff artist Joshua Sloniker (not pictured): An amazing artist, Josh is the creator of Captain College.  Angel Tesch, 19, general studies, Cd’A (not pictured): My name is Angelica, Angel to those who know me. My family is actually the reason I am in college. They all helped me realize how good it would be for me. College is a place that helps you become who you are going to be, moving forward and all that jazz.  Assistant features editor Kaye Thornbrugh, 18, journalism, Hayden: Kaye started writing for her high school newspaper after determining that everyone on the staff was incompetent. She’s passionate about newspapers, likes the idea of one day running her own propaganda machine—and it also seemed like a good alternative to dropping out and becoming a Pokémon Trainer.  Christina Villagomez, 20, journalism, L.A.: She’s just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. She took the midnight train going anywhere. Christina would also like everyone to know that in high school she read “War and Peace” in four days.  Tala Wood, 19, journalism, Cocolalla: I’m in my second year and last semester at NIC. I’ve been on the Sentinel staff for four semesters in the news section. I’m a full-time student and I work part-time at Bed Bath and Beyond. I intend to pursue a journalism career, preferably as a political correspondent. Favorite quote: “Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” - Heinrich Heine

Adviser Geoff Carr. Gabe Green/Sentinel

Heilman with her best pal. Gabe Green/Sentinel

Photogs Green, Brandt, Eppenstein, Gimlin and Schlussler (front). Gabe Green/Sentinel

Strike a pose: Newsies Munds (left), Wood and Hargrove. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

Slam dunk: Sports editor Rivera (left) with Cabeza and Cheevers. Ethan Schlussler/Sentinel

Issue 7 2011-2012  

Issue number 7 for the NIC Sentinel 2011-2012 school year

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