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on the cover “Potomac Sunset” Erin Dawson is a graduate student earning her Masters in Clothing, Textiles and Design. She is currently working as a teachers’ assistant for the School of Family and Consumer Sciences enjoys painting, photography, design and craft making in her spare time.

Aquarius 1/20 - 2/18 Just because vintage is in, doesn’t mean you can party like it’s 1969. Come to terms with the generation gap. Allow yourself to be different, and love yourself for the difference. Human nature is the same throughout all time and space, but tastes in body hair and public exposure vary from age to age.

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Pisces 2/19 - 3/20 If your efforts aren’t working for you, change things up. Bring someone along to spur you on. Discipline doesn’t have to be torture. Remember that it’s OK to go slowly, and little changes count as much as big ones. Your partner will still marry you if your full-back tattoo of Jack Sparrow only has its face colored in by the honeymoon.

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Aries 3/21 - 4/19

Creative writing

That special someone across the classroom won’t wait forever. Strap a six-gun, get on that horse and string up your passivity at the nearest hangin’ tree.

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Taurus 4/20 - 5/20 Being obstinate can be a plus, but don’t take things too far. Know when to zip it. Remember, when you marry someone you marry their family, too. That includes the dog.


Songs you


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s rhiannon rina rawr We all have them. Those songs that come on the stereo or end up on iTunes playlists that we belt out at the top of our lungs and dance like spastic chickens to when no one else is around. These are the songs you love to hate.

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Gemini 5/21 - 6/20

Libra 9/23 - 10/22

Life feels a lot like bungee jumping: you shut your eyes, take the plunge and hope the one thing anchoring you to existence doesn’t snap.

Previous weeks have seen a lot of reckless abandon – time to make a more conservative choice. You never know what will prove helpful. Be realistic. You’ll waste less voodoo dolls.

Cancer 6/21 -7/22 It’s okay to indulge today. You’ve worked through the stress, you’ve paid your dues, you’ve held up your end. The beauty of being a mortician is that corpses won’t tell your secrets.

Leo 7/23 - 8/22 Never underestimate the power of a smile. With the right look at the right moment, a whole life can change. Just remember that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Start small. Floss is cheap, and you can live without broccoli.

Virgo 8/23 - 9/22 Be courageous. Don’t cower behind your insecurities. You have the power to change, and it doesn’t matter how your goldfish looks at you. Try only locking the door twice on your way to the tunnel sanctuary this evening.

Scorpio 10/23 - 11/21 Laughter might be the best medicine, but it won’t cure the sickness you’ve got. Too much of a good thing can kill you. Understand your situation and make the necessary choice. Dead clowns don’t work many birthday parties.

Sagittarius 11/22 - 12/21 Sometimes you tense up, and opportunities get missed. Loosen up and let things slide. You’d be surprised how freeing it can be to let go. Try to emancipate yourself regularly from all waste that clogs your life and weighs you down. Remember courtesy as you learn to give up, and always flush twice.

Capricorn 12/22 - 1/19 Yawn … yawn … Stop being so dull. Please. Or everyone you come in contact with this month will … zzzzzz …

“Barbie Girl” — Aqua

“Poker Face” — Lady Gaga

“I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” You know you love it. And if you know someone who hates it … make it their ringtone. You’ll get a laugh every time they call.

“Puh-Puh-Puh-Poker Face.” Goo goo for Gaga. The performer is insane and who knows what she looks like under all that makeup, but she can write catchy, addictive tunes.

“Bye Bye Bye” — *NSYNC

“Spice Up Your Life” — Spice Girls

Oh, the songs we rocked out to in elementary school. Guess what? We did that for a reason. The beats are good and the music videos are fun to imitate.

I so wanted to be Baby Spice. Maybe it had something to do with having blonde pigtails … Regardless, this is the perfect song to grab a hairbrush off the counter when you’re getting ready and rock the stage.

“Macarena” — Los Del Río Every junior high, high school, prom and wedding plays this song. Why? It has to be the dance moves. Oh yeah.

“Till the End of the World”—Britney Spears Say what you will Britney Spears, this song comes on the radio and you know you’re bee-boppin’ around behind that steering wheel. Just do it safely.

“Straight Up” — Paula Abdul Check out the music video. Paula Abdul kicks it off with an intense tap routine. Flashback to the 1980s, when the mullet was in style. Love the feel trumpet and the beat. Get ready to dance.

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Changing up patterns Workout styles vary from student to student

Working out: People do it to beat the Freshman 15, to bulk up, to relieve stress and even for fun. No matter the workout purpose, there are many outlets at the University of Idaho to fit personal workout preferences.

Student Recreation Center

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University of Idaho junior James Cathey poses while he listens to his favorite tunes from Bassnectar in the Student Recreation Center Tuesday afternoon.

Campus Recreation Operations Supervisor Brian Mahoney said during an average school week, for example Aug. 22 through 26, approximately 7,926 UI students worked out at the SRC. Not motivated to workout on Mondays? Aug. 22 the gym had its largest attendance of the week with approximately 1,900 students, not counting wellness class attendance and climbing wall access. Mahoney said the most workout traffic is from 3 to 9 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. offers the best availability for exercise machines and sport courts. Jess Tangen, psychology major and SRC employee, said she recognizes “regulars” that workout at the

gym. She also said students’ gym routines can depend on their class schedules.

Tangen’s routine Cardio: Elliptical, treadmill or stair-stepper Other: Alternations between leg and arm weight-lifting, ab work, and stretches “Some days I spend too much time (at the SRC) but on days I don’t work I’m more willing (to workout),” Tangen said. “The SRC is a good resource because we have a lot of machines and a lot of new things... When it gets busy, (SRC members) always have something to do.”

Workout classes for credit This semester alone there are more than 80 physical education classes for one credit. Classes include scuba, ultimate Frisbee, badminton, fly fishing, wall climbing, fencing, archery, karate, weight training and vinyasa yoga. Some classes are set to one day a week, while others are on a case-by-case basis. Activity courses sometimes allow the student to make their

own workout schedule too. Brian Hordemann, creative writing major, takes weight training and conditioning for credit. Hordemann said he took the class to “learn the motions.”

Hordemann’s routine Weights: Rotations between lower body and upper body strengthening Cardio: Jogging and walking rotations on the SRC track, i.e. two laps walk, two laps jog, etc. Hordemann is motivated by a “desire to be healthier.” He said high-energy music like speed rap inspires him. He suggested Tech N9ne’s “World Wide Choppers.”

UI sports team UI houses numerous sports teams on campus. Playing on a UI team could be too intense and time consuming, so UI offers intramural sport teams. For a $5 fee per team, students can form flag football, soccer, volleyball, floor and roller hockey, basketball, softball and soccer teams.

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Boots, bangles and bold prints … oh my Fashion is cyclical and this School is back in session and season, this principle is evident. campus sidewalks have made The knitted vests and peasant their yearly transition from tops that have carried walkway to runway over from summer as students break out reflect fashions worn by their best back-tohippies during the youth school finds for the revolution of the 1960s. first days of class. In the same way, shift For many, dressing dresses and high boots well is about puthave gained popularity ting your best face across campus and are forward and making a more modest version an entrance. In the of those worn by the bright colors, bold melissa Mods of the same era. prints, grunge looks, flores The loose fitting tank vintage-inspired derawr tops, destroyed denim signs and utilitarian and leather belts seen pieces has campus wide have the flavor of forecasted to dominate this fall the 1990s grunge trend and the season, what could be better to flannels worn with their sleeves make a bold first impression?

rolled can be described as reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. As always, chic practicality dominates on campus, functionality is built into form and bold colors reign supreme. Oversize, comfortable shirts and knitted sweaters are commonplace and leather is the accessory of choice. Chiffon dresses, sheer leggings, long vests and high boots can be seen around every corner and, as always, the ever-popular oversized handbag remains a staple. Tribal and animal prints that dominated the summer season continued into garments – namely blouses and dresses – for fall season. Bright shades of orange, pink, green and teal of the previous season remain popular. Plaid flannel shirts, Ray

Bans, Keds, flat billed hats and denim continue to be solid, popular choices across campus, paired with sheer cotton t-shirts and an attitude to match. The pieces forecasted to be the most popular this season? • Stylized jackets (including leather motorcycle and tuxedo jackets) • Bold prints (floral, geometric, animal and polka dot) • Belted shift dresses • Canvas flats (namely, Toms, Keds and Vans) • Knits of all shapes and sizes (parkas are slated to be trendy as the weather turns cold) And of course, the most popular trend on campus will be Vandal gear!

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Brotherly Love Explainations of the bromance phenomenon

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Sophmore Jake Ellis and junior James Cathey share popcorn while watching “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” during Labor Day weekend. Ellis said going to the movies is a good way to spend some quality time with your “bro.”

matt maw rawr If someone is unsure whether a friendship has escalated to bromance status, University of Idaho sophomore Maggy Hand has observed some helpful indicators. “If you’re a guy, and your guy best friend knows what makes you cry, knows what makes you happy and knows when you take a crap, then you’re definitely in a bromance,” she said. Hand defines a bromance as a socially acceptable bond between two men who are more intimate than normal friends, and which each person needs to

complete his individual growth. The bond is unexplainable, she said, and toes the line between friendship and dating. She said her two male roommates are in a bromance and she appreciates that because the emotional blocks commonly associated with masculinity aren’t there. They aren’t scared to be silly or make inside jokes, she said, and she can be herself. “(They’re) so intimate that I’m not afraid to be in the mix and be a girl and talk about my feelings,” Hand said. Assistant Professor of Sociology Ryanne Pilgeram said there are benefits whenever two

people are allowed to positively connect. She said the bromance concept might provide some flexibility in definitions of masculinity, and it may also reflect fears of homosexual connotations. “People seek out relationships with other people,” she said. “I think someone’s sexuality has to be pretty clearly heterosexual in order to pull off something like a bromance.” Junior Mitch Hornsby said he isn’t totally sure what a bromance is. He thought it was funny when he first heard it as a freshman. The term makes him uncomfortable, he said, because it sometimes

sounds like a denigrating, rigid classification. A bromance doesn’t seem that different from normal friendships to him. He said guys can just whave conversations, grab some food, hang out at each other’s home, go for a bike ride or toss a football together. “It’s a really good friendship between two people. That’s how I’d think of it,” he said. Girls probably see the relationship as “just another stupid thing that guys do,” Hornsby said. He said the kind of people who form bromances likely only have one or two close friends with whom they often

spend time, and such relationships develop naturally. Hornsby said small group environments like dormitories or housing for graduate students might foster bromance development. The Greek community, he said, might hinder it because of numerous and less intimate friendships. Senior and Beta Theta Pi fraternity member Berkley Olmstead said the college experience itself can be significant for bromance formation, because students begin the search for identity and make dependent connections with similar people.

rawr “I think that (bromances) He said Greek life is one generally (make) guys seem of several possible elements more friendly and more apspecifically involved. proachable, just because they “Fraternities, for sure, are a big contribution to ‘bromances,’” don’t seem standoffish,” she he said. “Another factor … would said. “You see them (and you think) … ‘they’re fun people, be inebriation. When people they’d probably be fun to get drink, they tend to get more along with.’” lovey-dovey. I think if you’re Yovanoff said people’s kind of testosterone-driven, too, perceptions of you get to know your bromances might fellow bromancer change depending pretty well.” on how well they Olmstead said know the men. people outside of Seeing people from bromances often a distance, she see them as social said, is different taboos, and particifrom knowing who pants usually brag they are and their or make light of the situation. relationships. He Pilgeram said doesn’t think anyshe isn’t an expert, one takes the idea but thinks the seriously. term seems to have The humor of the grown out of films bond, he said, is in like the “Harold its abnormal resemand Kumar” series, blance to perceived and other pop norms of female media. Often in relationships, like such films, she said, hugging and play elements of levity flirting. maggy hand and humor allow “I just find the the relationship whole concept to form, and there’s usually a humorous,” he said. “I don’t woman involved to prevent think anyone has a heart-toquestions of sexuality. Other heart with someone and … films involve war, sports and actually says they’re in a bromance with each other. People other environments perceived as highly masculine. (only say) other people are in “I think it has to be comedy bromances.” Kurtis Stark, junior and Beta right now,” she said. “There are Theta Pi member, said the term all kinds of signs and signifiers that let us know not to take doesn’t mean much, and he things too seriously. If it was thinks people outside broa serious docudrama, it would mances might be intimidated make certain people really to befriend people with such uncomfortable.” close ties. Pilgeram said media may He said such a connection reflect and inform our culture might also infringe on romanand our anxieties, but the tic relationships, and it might take more effort to juggle both. norms they set up don’t brainwash us. The influence, she Beyond this tension, he doesn’t said, isn’t one-way. think girls care much about “Relationships are more bromances, he said. “They probably think they’re fluid than the rules the media show us,” she said. just funny, two guys hanging Olmstead said he’d “love to out. I don’t think they really be in a bromance” with Presihave much of an opinion,” dent Duane Nellis, because he Stark said. is admired and represents the Senior Mary Yovanoff said university well despite the difshe spent a lot of time with ficulty of his work. the wrestling team during Nellis is like “Moscow’s high school, and many of them celeb,” he said. exhibited bromance charac“I’d throw a disc or two teristics with each other. She with him,” Olmstead said. envisions the kind of people in bromances as outgoing, fun and “That’s definitely a bromance thing to say.” not afraid to be themselves.

If you’re guy, and your guy best friend knows what makes you cry, knows what makes you happy and knows when you take a crap, then you’re definitely in a bromance.”





Love of words a must Department members boast motivated faculty, inspired students ashley centers rawr Virginia Hutchings, University of Idaho English major in the creative writing emphasis, found the inspiration she needed to pursue creative writing as more than a hobby from a friend. Hutchings and her friend Stuart Davis spent time writing anime stories together. “His love of words and writing spurred an urge in me to pursue the path of a creative writer and I’m happy with my choice,” Hutchings said. “I feel I still have a long way to go before I’m satisfied with myself as a writer, but I know that I’ll get there one day.” Hutchings, a fourth-year student from Orange County, Calif. said she was a vocal performance major before switching to English. If Davis is the reason Hutchings became an English major, faculty members in the English department are the reason she is still there, she said. “I have not met one teacher from this department that I

disliked,” Hutchings said. “And they have a sense of humor that makes me enjoy my classes all the more.” UI English majors can choose one of four emphases to concentrate their studies on—creative writing, literature, education or professional. The emphasis a student chooses will help dictate which upper division classes they take. English professor Joy Passanante said faculty and staff take their work seriously and want to make a difference in students’ lives. “My colleagues spend a lot of time preparing their classes and have a wealth of info for their classes,” Passanante said. “They do research in their fields so they have cutting edge knowledge and ideas, which tries to get people to think. They spend a lot of time with their students, which makes a huge difference. I find that to be the best way to connect with the students.” Passanante, who has been at UI since 1977, said she and her colleagues are offered a lot

of freedom. They don’t have to teach a certain class if they don’t want to and are encouraged to continue research in their field of expertise and explore new areas. English professor Ron McFarland said the opportunity and encouragement to expand his horizons is what makes UI and its English department unlike any other. McFarland has a special interest in 17th century Renaissance literature, especially poetry, but said he also has a deep appreciation of history. “I’ve been allowed to expand out of my narrow level of expertise,” McFarland said. “Most universities, you’re pretty much hired to teach a particular course but UI has let me broaden my scope. Getting a new course to teach is exciting to me.” McFarland, who has been teaching at UI since 1970, said a strong background in English will help students in almost any field after graduation and looks good to future employers as a transferable skill. UI’s English department

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English professor Steve Chandler, who specializes in linguistics, stands in front of Brink Hall. Chandler has been teaching in the English department for more than 30 years. got a book out and felt good doesn’t come without some about your classes, and there is challenges or problems for no real reward for it.” both students and faculty Despite budget issues for members, however. the English department and “The money is awful,” UI as a whole, Passanante said McFarland said “It is one of she loves coming to work each the worst paying institutions probably in the country. I think day. She said members of the department spend a lot of time most of us have had four years with students and advisors of salary flattening during which we had no raises and no and teach in every one of their fields, including communicacost of living adjustments. In tion skills that are transfermy case it is probably the second or third time it’s happened rable to any job and analytical skills as well. during the 40 years I have taught. You might feel like you had a great year; maybe you

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10 minutes, 6 plays, 24 hours kristen koester-smith rawr Twenty-four hours. It’s not a long time. It’s barely enough time to cram in classes, homework, meals, Facebook, Twitter, the latest episode of “Jersey Shore” and sleep. But that is how long University of Idaho theatre students will have to produce six 10-minute plays for the 24 Hour Theatre Festival Saturday night. The process will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, when student playwrights and directors will receive a topic and theme for their play. In less than one hour they will decide how many actors they need for their play. Auditions start as soon as they’ve made their decisions. Playwrights will be home and writing by 10 p.m. “We are usually writing until 6 a.m., then we just pass out and wake up to watch the play,” Quinn Hatch, a theatre arts graduate student, said. Last year Hatch wrote through the

night until 4 a.m., read his play, realized he didn’t like it, and wrote a completely different play by the 6 a.m. deadline. Luckily for him, he liked his second one much better, and it was successfully produced by the 8 p.m. show time. Directors get one hour after they receive the play to plan their production. Not a simple task. “They get an hour for things that normally take days,” Hatch said. Then their cast will show up and actors have 12 hours to learn their lines, blocking, intentions, etc. and rehearse before 8 p.m. Hatch said although the productions are rushed, they were victorious last year. There were five comedies and one drama. The audience appreciated the humor and laughed almost the entire time, Hatch said. Zac Curtis, a graduate student in theatre arts and the artistic director for the event, said last year he could feel more

adrenaline than nerves from participants. “I think everyone was just really excited and pumped up because, you know, whatever quality it is by 8 o’clock that night it’s going up on stage,” Curtis said. “I think at that point, when you know you have to do it one way or another, it’s just exciting and not quite as nerve racking.” Hatch agreed, and said it was interesting how necessity dictates what happens in these plays. He compared the feeling of the festival to that of “Saturday Night Live.” Whereas “Saturday Night Live” is produced in a week, these plays are produced in one day. “It’s rushed, it’s raw, but it’s fun. It kind of has that everything goes feel to it, and I think the audience really feeds off that,” Hatch said. Last year was the 24 Hour Theatre Festival’s premiere at UI. Curtis said he was expecting a small turnout for the production, but they had about 175 peo-

ple in the audience. This year the festival will be held in the Kiva Theatre, which only holds 130 people, one of the reasons there is a $2 charge this year. Curtis said he is hoping to fill the theatre. There is one addition to the line-up this year—a musical. The musical will be produced in the same way of all the other plays, including all original songs. “I’m very excited to see if that can be pulled off. I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that before,” Hatch said. Curtis said he encourages any community member or student to participate in the auditions for actors. He said its low pressure and if someone is at all interested in acting this would be a fun way to try it out. They’ll need about 20 actors. Auditions start at 8 p.m. tonight at the Kiva Theatre, and the plays will be presented at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Kiva Theatre. Admission is $2 at the door, and the production will be a little more than an hour long.



STUDENTS BRAVE THE FLAMES Resident firefighters train hard with life and safety on the line

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University of Idaho student firefighters, who are members in Moscow Fire Department Station 2, prepare for duty Sept. 2.

melissa flores rawr Each year a number of University of Idaho students are accepted into the Resident Firefighter Program offered through the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department and receive valuable on-the-job career training. The Resident Firefighter Program provides housing for full-time UI students accepted into the program at no cost. The program receives funding from the city, grants and fundraisers. In exchange, residents are required to cover shifts every fifth day, attend both on-thejob training and classes and maintain a 2.0 GPA. This year, 11 of the 22 resident firefighters in the program are new recruits. Mitch Chenault, a firstyear resident in the program, said the high number of new recruits is due to a largerthan-normal graduating class

in the department. There is no previous training or experience required for acceptance into the program and Chenault said he has already learned the value of the training provided by the MVFD. “Pretty much what I have is what I’ve got here in the department in the last three to four weeks,” Chenault said. “We’re really trying to pick up as much as we can as quick as we can.” Nate Wirtz, a second-year resident, said some of the different training and class options offered through the program, include the firefighter one essentials class, driver operator class, firefighter two, hazmat and EMT class. Enrollment priority is given to the members of the resident program and other volunteer firefighters. Wirtz said crews also train during shifts to practice working as a team. “We generally just practice what we would do on

real calls,” Wirtz said. “We’ll pull hose lines, pump water, practice different fire scenarios and various EMS trainings for different types of scenarios.” Alan Plass, a second-year resident, said the skills he’s gained during on-the-job training are some of the most important things he’s learned during his time as a resident firefighter. “Working as a team (and) communicating – it can be challenging to stay calm and work as a group when you’re in a stressful situation, so that’s the biggest thing,” Plass said. Residents also said there are many benefits to being a member of this program in addition to having access to training and classes. New resident firefighter Colten Trotter said this opportunity has allowed him to not only gain valuable career experience, but also to be able to attend UI. “What it does is it helps

me out because I know my background with my family,” Trotter said. “We’re kinda low on money, so it provides me with the opportunity to actually live here while I’m going to school.” Plass said that the unique structure of their living situation can also be a bonus. The firefighters in the Resident Firefighter program live at the three fire stations in Moscow. Plass lives at Station 2 with three other residents. “Our living situation is a unique opportunity to get really close with a group of guys, especially at our station,” Plass said. “We only have four people that we live and work with. It’s an interesting dynamic. We’re essentially our own living group like Greek housing or a dorm, but then we also work together and respond to emergencies.” The residents said balancing a full-time university course load with a full- time position

on a fire crew, like many other students who have full-time jobs, just comes down to staying organized. “When it comes down to your education, it’s all time management,” Chenault said. “So in the way they have this program set up, it’s easy for someone to manage their time. It’s just that they’ve got to sit down and do it and stick to it.” While the program is a great way to gain job training, make friends and cover the cost of attendance at UI, all the residents agree that it is important for all applicants to remember that this is a job and it’s hard work. “Bring your hard hat, ready to work if you get in,” Wirtz said. “This is a job we take very seriously because life and safety are at risk. If this is a program you get into, come ready to work and soak up all the information and training you can because you’re going to need it.”




University of Idaho students talk about some of their experiences and pet peeves in the dating realm, specifically first dates.

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First date — make it or break it chloe rambo rawr Running out of gas, awkward movies and fuzzy unicorn backpacks. Let’s face it, not every date plays like a scene straight out of the movies. During the years students spend in college, a date is much more likely to be shared between two Cup o’ Noodles and a late-night showing of “The Hangover.” University of Idaho students share their worst dates and dating pet peeves.

Name: Brittani Curley Major: Advertising Year: Junior Brittani Curley’s worst date occurred at a drive-in movie. Curley said that despite the romantic atmosphere of a drive-in, there wasn’t much chemistry between the two. “(My date) just sat there the whole time,” she said. “I was trying to give him hints, like scooting closer to him, but he didn’t even try to make a move, not even the arm across the shoulder until the last five minutes of the movie.” Curley said she likes guys

who have a positive outlook on life and know how to carry on good conversation, without doling out the details of personal situations too quickly. “They don’t need to tell me their whole life story on the first date,” Curley said. “I’m not that into you yet…and it’s too much for the first date.” Curley’s recent move from Pierce College hasn’t put a damper on her sense of adventure. She continues to see the dating world as a great opportunity to meet new people, and even make friends. Curley said she would be

in the same. “I guess those can kind of tie together,” Solano said. After catching a movie, Solano’s date had a peculiar surprise. “My date ranbryanna solano domly bought me a fuzzy unicorn backpack,” Solano said. “It was Name: Bryanna Solano a cute idea, but I never in my Major: Secondary education life would have picked it.” Year: Sophomore That wasn’t the only surBryanna Solano may never prise. look at a unicorn the same way again. Solano said that her first and worst date were one see date, page 10 completely game to go on a blind date. “To me, that’s fun because you don’t even know the person. I’m one of those people that are up for a new adventure all the time,” she said.

My date randomly bought me a fuzzy unicorn backpack.” UI ­­

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“I would want ‘Like a Boss’ by the Lonely Island to play, because I like to think that I’m a boss sometimes.” Jeff Chambers Senior, music education and composition

“I want it to be ‘The Show Goes On’ by Lupe Fiasco because to me that basically means no matter how many times I get knocked down, I’m going to get back up and … the track, the beats, it’s all catchy … While other hip hop artists are talking about money, women and what not, Lupe Fiasco actually talks about is what applies to my life, which is basically adversity or politics or even society” Melissa Apple Sophomore, theatre arts

“‘Pavane’’ (by Gabriel) Fauré ... It’s the most calming song ever. It’s really beautiful and it’s my favorite classical piece.” Rachel Kenney Senior, geology

“The song would be ... Bon Jovi’s ‘It’s My Life’ because it’s really easy to memorize and I really like that song. Bon Jovi was the first music guy that I liked during my high school years and plus I did a report on him.” Stacy Michals Junior, broadcasting and digital media

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Sophomore Amber Morales walks through campus mid-morning Tuesday with her pet parrot who wasn’t pleased with being left alone at the house, so she took her parrot to class.




Down-home friends and fun matt maw rawr In the 1930s, the Plantation Tavern building was part of a barracks in a Civil Conservation Corps work camp. The Corps was instituted by President Roosevelt in 1933 to provide national forestry, soil conservation and other fields of employment during the Great Depression. The building maintains its connection with the Moscow community as a historical landmark and favorite bar. “It’s epic, it’s history,” patron Diane Strunk said. “This bar has been here a long time.” Strunk said she’s been coming to the Plant for 30 years. She said the crowd is often a mixture of college students and older locals, and different types of people – from cowboys to hippies to sorority girls – can all feel at home there. “The theme is … a ‘downhome’ town bar,” manager Joseph Conti said. “(It’s) just a comfortable place where you don’t have to worry about who’s watching you (or) getting creeped on … (You) can come hang out, play pool, relax and get away from the craziness of downtown, but still have a damn good time.”

Conti said his father was a beer salesman, and he used to help his father stock grocery stores and bars. He “knew the business,” he said, and bartended at the Plant for three years during his studies at UI. He said he returned to Idaho after a brief move to Cleveland, Ohio upon graduation, and the Plant owners offered him a management position when they heard he was back. He took the job about one month ago. “I’ve had a blast at this bar,” Conti said. When he first worked at the Plant, Conti said, Thursdays and Fridays were always busy and it was “the smokiest bar in town.” Attendance dropped significantly when the smoking ban went into effect, he said, but now people are beginning to return. He said he’s trying to rebuild energy with events like live music on Saturdays and new “Plantation’s Got Talent” karaoke competitions. Another new element is the “ladder” beer competition, Conti said, inherited from the Sandpiper Grill, in which patrons drink a 64-ounce beer and descend to a 10-ounce for a prize. Tuesday “Wing Nights” have 35-cent wings, he said, and Monday Night

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Stephanie Ficca pours a beer from the tap for a Moscow resident Monday afternoon at the Plantation Tavern. Football showings will include beer specials and pizza from the Pie Hole. “Steak Night” falls on the first and third Wednesdays of each month with 10-ounce top sirloin steaks smoked in-house, he said. There’s also a covered patio for all-season outdoor use,

he said, and a horseshoe pit for the summer. “They did mention that one day they want to get a mechanical bull,” bartender Alanna Strunk said. “I think that would be really cool.” Alanna Strunk said that she began working at the Plant in

June. She hadn’t often gone there before applying for the job, she said, but it’s been a good experience. Strunk said customers have been supportive and helped her learn the ropes of bartending.

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Almost every student has had that moment when they have left an assignment undone due to situations beyond or within their control and have made up that last minute excuse. Erin Tennesen, University of Idaho history major, said the excuses are lazy. “It’s usually excuses like ‘I was lazy’, ‘Netflix’, ‘had too much to do’, ‘got too much sleep,’’’ Tennesen said. “But the best excuse I’ve actually heard was, ‘I mistakenly left my homework out and

my brother’s turtle ate it.’” Annette Folwell, an instructor in the psychology and communication studies department, gave some examples of the types of excuses students give. “Usually, you get excuses like a deceased family member or ‘I had to take a friend to the emergency room,’ but you cannot really doubt those ones,” Folwell said. “Every once in a while, you get excuses like, ‘I was flying back from somewhere’ or ‘I didn’t know it was due today.’” Sarah Nelson, instructor in modern languages and cultures, said excuses students give at the

start of the semester do differ from those given during and at the end of the semester. “The most common excuses given at the beginning of the semester are usually financial aid check not arrived yet, the bookstore ran out of books, Amazon has not delivered their books or their Blackboard password isn’t working,” Nelson said. Almost any type of excuses can be given during the course of the semester, genuine or non-genuine, Nelson said.

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patterns from page 3 Lauren Layton, UI soccer team member and international studies major, exercises almost daily. Layton said an average soccer game requires about seven miles of running.

Layton’s routine Cardio and weights: Layton has


“Ice Ice Baby” — Vanilla Ice

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“Smooth Criminal” — Michael Jackson And the ’80s just keep bringing it. No comment on Michael Jackson’s personal life, but he could dance and create music that gets stuck in your head. Again, check out the music video.


from page 10 She had concerns about working without a bouncer, she said, but the customers help keep the crowd under control. The one thing she wants people to expect at the bar is “hospitality.” “It doesn’t matter who you are. You’re friends with everybody in the bar if you’re


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“Usually it’s because they have a lot of homework or they take a lot of credits,” Nelson said. “They don’t tell me but it’s also probably the case – they went out and drank last night.” The most common excuses at the end of the semester are the “computercrashed” excuses.

love from page 6 “This is the best department I could have ever imagined,” Passanante said. “I have met many English departments around the country They are productive, collaborative, encouraging, supportive

Mondays off, while Tuesdays and Wednesdays are comprised of soccer practice with sprints, and mostly ab and leg work. Thursdays are lighter, Friday and Sunday are competitive games, and Saturdays are lighter practices. “If you’re not fit you can’t compete,” Layton said. Layton said seeing other girls on the team and going through workouts together is inspiring. “Soccer is not an individual sport it’s for the benefit of others,” she said.

Ignore any images of “Dentyne Ice” that may come to mind. It’s cheesy. It’s old school. Just love it.

“U Can’t Touch This” — M.C. Hammer Perfect for right before a big exam, job interview, performance or just about anything. Having a good hair day? “Can’t touch this.” Loving the way that new pair of jeans is looking? “Can’t touch this.” here,” she said. “It’s a nice homey feeling … Your bartender here is really your friend, (and you get) a lot of time to spend together, and talk and know each other.” The Plant has some of the “liveliest” bartenders in town, Conti said, and it makes a difference for everyone when they have fun behind the bar. “It’s the ‘Destination Plantation,’” Conti said. “We try to make it a destination … Come try it out. Don’t worry about the locals – they don’t bite.” Not all Professors believe students when they give excuses even though the excuse might be genuine. Rebeca Rond, UI sophomore, said most professors don’t believe excuses. “They assume you are lying because you are a student, except you can actually cry,” Rond said. Maggie McRae, UI graduate student, said professors are just too serious. “Just try to make them laugh because sometimes, they have been sitting down grumpy all day,” McRae said.

and celebratory when people do good things.” Passanante said it’s going to be hard for most students as English majors at first. She said they need to learn to think for themselves and that not every freshman is prepared for that yet. Passanante said if a student enjoys the work he or



from page 8 “He then proceeds to tell me we have no money to get gas because he spent it all on the backpack, so his mom had to come pick us up and take us home,” Solano said. Despite the not-so-successful first date, Solano has found a set of qualities that are important when considering a date. “Honesty, a sense of humor and (the) ability to see the silver lining in difficult situations,” are fundamental to a fun, and unforgettable date, Solano said. Some dates are so memorable and incredibly picture-perfect they’re ingrained in memories. A high school prom can contain many such meaningful memories. “My best date ever was my senior year in high school,” Solano said. After inviting a friend to join in with Solano’s group of friends at the dance, things took an unexpectedly romantic turn. “All through the night he danced with me,” Solano said. Much like a classic romantic movie, Solano and her dancingpartner-turned-date were unwillingly separated by friends at the last song of the night. But later, “he asked me to be his girlfriend and gave me a movie kiss!” Solano said. “Picture the perfect ‘Princess Diaries’-style foot pop. It was amazing.” Name: George Hodges Year: UI Alum George Hodges had a great car in high school, but despite the gleam on his gold 1967 Chevy Impala, he didn’t have the best of luck on two unforgettable dates. “My date and I were coming home from a movie, and it had been raining outside for a while,” Hodges said. “We pulled onto an old dirt road about two miles from town, only to get stuck in the mud.” After trying to reverse his car out of the thick mud, Hodges finally

she must do now, they’ll find themselves loving it more as they grow older. She pointed to herself as an example. “I love teaching English because I love English and I love the students,” Passanante said. “I love everything about English.” McFarland said students deciding to study English

decided to give up and find out if there were better driving conditions ahead. “We ended up driving further down the road, at least half a mile, and were soon totally stuck,” Hodges said. “(My date and I) finally had to get out of the car, in the rain, and walk all the way to her parents’ house.” In another battle between his Impala and nature, Hodges encountered snow, and lots of it. “This time, my date and I were going out for a picnic,” Hodges said. “We got stuck in a snowdrift.” To get the car out of its snowy entrapment, Hodges used an old car jack to shift the Impala inch by inch back to level ground. “They were both very memorable dates, that’s for sure,” Hodges said.

Where to take your date in Moscow 1. Get a front row seat for the sunset The circular windows outside Einstein’s is a perfect place for sharing a latte and watching the clouds drift.

2. Team up Head to the Student Rec. Center and shoot some hoops, (or play soccer, or toss a Frisbee or take a yoga class). With that many options, you and your date will never get bored. Plus, it’s free.

3. Bring out your inner rock star If music is more your thing, try out some guitars at Keeney Bros. With a wide collection of acoustics, electric basses, and even a ukulele or two, you can serenade your date without spending a dime.

4. Get spicy Take a walk downtown to La Casa Lopez, for some incredible eats. Share a bowl of warm chips and laugh while your date starts sweating from the jalapenos.

have their work cut out for them and although it’s hard work the end results can be very rewarding. Students need to be prepared to do a lot of writing and reading, no matter what their emphasis is, McFarland said. Doing the required reading and finding ways of balancing course

loads with other responsibilities will get a student a long way. Hutchings has a piece of advice of her own for new students in the English department. “Write, write, write, write and write,” she said. “That’s one piece of advice but emphasized for importance.”

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