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love letters

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Aries 3/21-4/19

You have missed her and she has missed you too — the next time you see your mom, give her the biggest hug and say, “I love you, Mom.” Taurus 4/20-5/20

some quality time with you.

It’s the time to show your cooking skills to your mom and make the best Moms’Weekend dinner ever.

Virgo 8/23-9/22

Gemini 5/21-6/21 You have something that you’ve kept secret from your parents, so start being honest to your mom. Because sooner or later, she will find out.

Cancer 6/22-7/22 Mom always worries about who you have been hanging out with, so introduce your best friends to your mom — so she knows you are in good hands and have awesome friends.

Leo 7/23-8/22 It’s mom’s time to have fun with you. Take her out to the local bars in Moscow (if you’re over 21) because she would certainly enjoy

You’ve always been shy about your love life, but you know your mom knows best. Give it a shot — it won’t hurt to ask her some love advice.

Libra 9/23-10/22 You’re a Vandal, so be brave! Take a walk in the University of Idaho Arboretum with your mom and tell her about the significant other you’ve been seeing in the past month.

Scorpio 10/23-11/21 Do your laundry then organize your room before your mom finds out. She wouldn’t like to see that dirty laundry covering your floor.

Sagittarius 11/22-12/21 Take your mom out to see local art


This mixed tape is a shout out to my beautiful mother. I wanted to share the tracks she loves with everyone — all the moms and kids here on campus for the weekend. Enjoy a little piece of my mother. Love you, Mom!


in the opera house and fulfill her deepest, darkest wants with him. There is no going back now.

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

My mom literally loves this song to the “The Point of No moon and back. She said it makes her cry Return” by Andrew claire because it reminds her of whitley Lloyd Weber her mother. The Hawairawr ian Kamakawiwo’ole “The Phantom of the took the traditional “Wizard Opera” has always been a favorof Oz” song and changed it ite of my mother’s. This song is to a more fun, contemporary a little more risque than some piece. The ukulele tied in with of the others in the show. The Kamakawiwo’ole’s husky voice Phantom gives Christine an ultimakes it a top pick for my mom. matum and she chooses to stay

“Kiss the Sky” by Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra This song is a funky combination of interesting voices and a near techno sound. My mom stumbled across this song through my brother and has liked it ever since. There are some orchestra parts, a harpsichord sound and the unique voice of Shawn Lee.

“Sinister Kid” by the Black Keys The Black Keys is known as an alternative band, but this song falls more into rock. The lead singer sings this in a low, scratchy voice typical of the older kind of rock. This song is

and music in Moscow. She needs some sort of entertainment while she is here and Moscow has great places for that.

Capricorn 12/22-1/19 Be the mommy’s kid you always have been — ask your dad your mom’s favorite flower, then surprise her by buying her flowers and a little gift as well.

Aquarius 1/20-2/18 Stop disagreeing with your mom for once. She doesn’t visit you very often, so say yes to whatever your mom wants to do in Moscow.

Pisces 2/19-3/20 Be the Vandal you are — take your mom to events provided for Moms’Weekend, like a campus tour, Idaho’s Got Talent and Entertainment, the football scrimmage and Iron Mom Competition

‘My Mom’s Favorites’ about a kid who leads a rough life in the streets and is destined to meet his maker.

“Angels and Girlfriends” by Five for Fighting Angels and Girlfriends is a quasi-bluegrass song that compares girlfriends with “angels” who never come for free. This song is one of Five for Fighting’s more upbeat tracks.

“The News” by Jack Johnson Jack Johnson is a folk rock singer and “The News” was on his debut album “Brushfire Fairytales.” This song is about all the sad or bad things that are shown

on the news. Johnson also sings about the newscasters who don’t cry as they announce deaths. It is a sad song, but my mom still enjoys it.

“Bright Lights” by Gary Clark, Jr. “Bright Lights” falls into the same category as “Sinister Kid.” It is an electric guitar based song that is a shout out to the classic rock that featured scratchy voices and cool beats. My mom was an old rocker in her day. The bright lights and the big city must have gotten to her head. Claire Whitley can be reached at





Aronofsky’s new film is a massive failure as a Biblical film adaption

When I first heard about director Darren Aronofsky taking andrew jenson on “Noah,” I rawr wondered why he had. That seemed like a very odd choice for the guy who directed “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Even after seeing “Noah,” I still wonder why. The film was an absolute mess. Beginning with some good points, the cinematography by Matthew Libatique was beautiful and the Ark also looked good — inside and out. Now for the bad. Everything you have heard about “Noah” being a horrendous re-telling of the Biblical account is absolutely true and then some. The level of bad this movie reaches is incredible and indescribable — from strange characterizations and odd interpretations to the overly melodramatic tone and lackluster CGI. The trailers made the film look like it would be a relatively straightforward, yet faithful rendition of the story — even if Aronosky took some creative liberties. My favorite bit from the first official trailer was when the villain decries Noah’s defamatory remarks and reminds Noah that he is standing alone in front of an army. It is then Noah calmly replies, “I’m not alone.” That made me excited, because I thought Noah was referring to God being with him — but no. Noah was, in fact, referring to having several giant rock beasts at his side ready to defend him and his family. Yes, not only are there giant rock beasts in this film, but they also helped build the Ark. It only gets better from there. According to the film, Noah (Russell Crowe) was warriorlike, Noah’s grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins) had magical powers and God’s

intent was to destroy all men — even Noah and his family — and save only the innocent animals. In the film, God did not speak clearly to Noah about the impending flood or the covenant he would make with him and his family. He instead preferred contacting him through confusing visions that made Noah guess at what he intended for the animals and his family, only Noah and his eldest son Shem (Douglas Booth) had wives when everyone boarded the Ark and God used evolution to create the universe. The film also portrayed that God allowed the king of the evil men to board the Ark and Noah was hell-bent on making sure mankind would be completely eradicated from the face of the Earth by creepily stalking his daughter-in-law (Emma Watson) so that when the time came he could kill her and Shem’s firstborn. In the film, Noah, not God, blessed and commanded his kin to be fruitful and multiply and the rainbow shot out across the sky in waves like the patronus charm from the third Harry Potter movie, without any explanation from God as to its meaning. “Son of God” was a masterpiece compared to “Noah.” At least I can say I knew what the filmmakers were trying to do in “Son of God.” I’m not sure what Aronofsky was trying to do with “Noah.” It’s incredibly mean-spirited and ugly. Aronofsky had a relatively firm grasp on the horror of the global disaster but he neglected the deeply beautiful and salvific message within the story. Even though the advertising indicated otherwise, this film has nothing to offer to Christians. It seems its only purpose is to mock and deride the source material and those who believe in it. Andrew Jenson can be reached at

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A Crumbs Recipe Card Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Ingredients: 3 cups uncooked Penne pasta 1 pound shrimp 2 cups Alfredo sauce 3 tablespoons butter 2 cremini mushrooms, sliced Half onion, diced Half red pepper, diced Parsley flakes Salt and pepper

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Festival for flutes A fun Moms’ Weekend event claire whitley rawr A choir of flutes takes to the stage to perform a full concert for moms on the University of Idaho campus this weekend. Six students will play a variety of flute music on Saturday in a performance known as Flute Fest. Flute Fest is a recital of flute studio students. The recital was started about 10 or 12 years ago by the previous

flute professor, said Leonard Garrison, UI flute studio associate professor. Every year since its inception the festival has been held on UI’s Moms’ Weekend. A lot of students’ moms are in town, and this is a great way for them to hear their son or daughter play, Garrison said. Flute Fest features flute performance studio students. They form a flute choir with all sizes of flute from piccolo to bass, said Cheyenne Killian, a flute performance and music education major. Killian said Flute Fest is

Read me Love Letters alexia neal rawr “Love Letters” is bringing more than just romantic humor and a live performance to the Idaho Repertory Theatre (IRT) — the show is bringing in famous Hollywood actors and couple, Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon. “It’s a wonderful bittersweet script,” said Ann Hoste, artistic director of the IRT. “In the hands of mature, experienced actors like Ellen and Jack, it should be very moving.” “Love Letters” is a show about two people who have known each other since a very young age. The show progresses throughout their lives by the reading of letters they had written over the years. Travolta has acted in many productions including sitcoms, television, movies and live performances since the beginning of her acting career in high school. “I loved sitcoms, but I definitely think the stage is the actors’ medium,” Travolta said. “That’s the difference — you’re

usually just a performance for the students’ parents, since many of them will be up over the weekend anyway. This is Killian’s third year participating in Flute Fest. Her Flute Fest activities will include the flute choir ensemble where she plays piccolo for a couple of the songs, as well as performing a Beethoven piece with two other students. Flute Fest also includes students from local high schools who want to learn how to play in a flute choir, Killian said. Garrison said the

just there and if you forget (lines), you have to figure something out.” The opportunity for Travolta and Bannon to perform in Moscow was brought forth by Kelly Quinnett, a professor of theater at the University of Idaho. The IRT was searching for a good performance to have a benefit show and Quinnett knew just the person to ask. Hoste said IRT is considered a signature program at UI and has been entertaining the Palouse for more than half a decade. The money from the fundraiser will go toward shows for IRT’s next season. “It’s our mission to bring professional quality work into the community,” Hoste said. “That’s why it’s so exciting to have Ellen and Jack join us to share their expertise and talent.” Quinnett and Travolta have performed together in many shows and have grown a personal relationship together. Quinnett said Travolta is always willing to help the art community and promote live theater. “She and Jack are so generous and

last song of the full concert was to be the combined ensemble of high school and studio students. Killian said her parents will be in town to hear her perform for Flute Fest and her flute recital earlier in the day. One of the featured songs was written by the Dutch composer Wil Offermans, Garrison said. The song, “Dance With Me,” was inspired by rap music and features some dance steps that the flutists will perform while playing. “We always like to choose a variety of repertoire,” Garrison said.

Another piece Killian mentioned is called “Bad Girls.” This piece features different genres of contemporary music from gospel to ‘60s style rock that can be characterized by one of five “bad girls.” There are movements for Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Cass Elliot and Mahalia Jackson. “It is fun and beautiful music,” Garrsion said. The performance will be at 4 p.m., April 5 in Haddock Performance Hall. Admission is free. Claire Whitley can be reached at

Ellen Travolta and Jack Bannon plan to visit UI for a benefit performance

communityminded,” Quinnett said. “They recognize the importance of giving their talent back to the community.. I think ultimately it’s (how we) give back and service others with our talents.” Travolta and Bannon have lived semi-retired together in Coeur d’Alene since 1994. Their relationship on stage during “Love Letters” is honest and real, as they are actually married in real life, she said. They have performed the show many times for benefit shows over the years. “With technology, it’s given us an easy out, so we don’t have to engage in a very real authentic way,” Quinnett said. “My hope is that with them doing such a sweet piece together, people will come and have a great experience with live theater and want to come back.” Alexia Neal can be reached at



End of the year tips

A successful semester finish is only a couple tips away

pared for the inevitable multiple choice philosophy question of “Would you marry your third cousin to save your inheritance?”

3. Forget Exercise aleya ericson rawr

Much like Jason in “Friday the 13th,” end of the year finals are coming to kill you. A year’s worth of work toward a letter grade now has the opportunity to disappear, thanks to one final test worth 110 percent of your grade. It may not seem mathematically logical or even justified, yet it is the truth. Luckily, finals are still a couple weeks away — so there is still plenty of time to organize your semester accordingly with these simple tips.

1. The time to procrastinate is now Finals Week will be a time of stress, hair-pulling and pondering how your poor decisions could have led you to not knowing any of the material. The weeks leading up to finals should be spent tanning, sleeping for at least 13 hours and receiving acupuncture treatments. The pain of needles stabbing you will be perfect prep for the pain your body will endure after cramming to catch up on 50 hours worth of Organic Chemistry.

2. Watch more Netflix Whoever said that television rots your brain was a sucker. Shows like “Downton Abbey” provide important information about the 1920s such as the economics of inheritance and how to polish silverware. If you binge-watch all of the seasons now, you can be pre-

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Studying is an activity that must take place while sitting in a dark room surrounded by self-loathing and despair — much like the environment in the Batcave. Constant studying leaves no room for exercise or visits to the University of Idaho Student Recreation Center. After all, it’s impossible to read and exercise — the rack on most exercise machines can only be used for magazines, not magazine-shaped items. Plus, the strain on your body from not exercising can be an exciting project for a health class.

4. Let yourself eat cake Finals Week is a cold, lonely and miserable time, so it is important to start fattening up now to protect against the cold. Finals Week will be much easier with the knowledge that you have spent time sampling and deciding on your favorite fast food restaurant for where to find the perfect burger.

5. Don’t talk to professors Just because someone has years of schooling, instructs the course and is in control of the final decision on your grade doesn’t mean they know anything. As everyone knows, college professors are a bunch of sadists who are simply promoted from cruel high school teachers — evidence of this can be found on the UI Memes Facebook page. Professors have office hours to plot evil world domination schemes, not answer student questions

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and concerns.

7. Burn old papers

6. Play with your grades

Old graded assignments have no purposed besides fuel for the fire that warms your apartment. Professors are beings of pure random energy that will not create the same test or assignment twice and it’s not reasonable to expect to learn from your past mistakes. Plus, the kindling pile for next year’s winter isn’t going to fill itself. Aleya Ericson can be reached at

Finals Week high-stakes tests can be made much more fun by playing the grading equivalent of Russian Roulette. Take all finals without looking at the syllabus to find out their grade weight, regardless if they are optional, worth 10 percent of your grade or worth 50 percent of your grade. You lose at finals Russian Roulette if you fail a final.

Sound travels over 14 times faster through steel than through air. If you need to signal someone quickly while standing on a metal bridge, bang on a steel pipe. A Rubik’s Cube can make 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different combinations. A jiffy is an actual unit of time. 1 jiffy = 1/100 of a second.

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Making plans for Moms’ Weekend UI students speak out about Moms’ Weekend 2014 bryce delay rawr

to The Breakfast Club. We’ll probably plan on doing stuff for graduation like plan announcements and she wants to take pictures with my cap and gown on me.” —Haley Egan

For those who didn’t get tso see their moms over spring break, the University of Idaho Mom’s WeekendMoms’ Weekend 2014 has come just in time for them to get their share of motherly love before the school year ends. Here are a few UI students’ plans for a weekend with mom. “I work two jobs so I’m usually busy but I’m going to participate in an MS [multiple sclerosis] walk. One of the girls in my house is volunteering for it and she said, ‘Hey, you should come down.,’ So I’m doing it.” — Fidela Salayes Araiza

Claire Powell

“I’ll probably just take my mom around A-Phi — she’s never been there before so I’ll give her a house tour. I’ll take her out to eat at my favorite restaurants up here because that’s a good time. I’ll introduce her to all of my sisters too.” — Sierra Pontius

Fidela Salayes Araiza

“I’m going to see what events pop up. I’m sure my mom will do the crazy events but I haven’t heard anything yet. (We’ll) probably go to La Casa Lopez. It’s always packed but we’ll make an effort to go there.” — Ashley Elam

Ashley Elam

“My mom said that it is her last Moms’ Weekend. She’s been coming here for seven years, because she came when my brother was here too. She was really sad and I invited her and she cried when I invited her. We’re going to go to the turtle derby. She wants to go out to breakfast. Usually we go

Haley Egan

“I’m an Alpha Phi and there’s one afternoon where we go to paint faces with our mom’s together. I think it’s cool because there are a lot of Greek events that are going around to keep us busy and I know that if I was just living in the dorms and if I didn’t have Alpha Phi events I wouldn’t have anything to do with my mom.” — Claire Powell

Luke Graham

“Probably just going to dinner with my mom just to hang out and catch up with her. Normally we just go out to eat or just go to the mall and she gets me stuff, like normal mom stuff. We find something to do like we go out to dinner or we watch a movie somewhere.” — Luke Gram

“My mom works for a study abroad program in Brazil. Well she’s coming up for graduation but I’ll probably go hang out with my friend’s mom — make one mom happy at least.” — Dylan Chenoweth

Dylan Chenoweth

“They’re doing a fashion show for Moms’ Weekend. They’re charging, I believe, $10 for a charity, so that’s where I’m going to be DJing for free.” — Daniel Liera

Sierra Pontius

“I’m a transfer student and I have not experienced Mom’s’ Weekend. For Dad’s Weekend, (my parents) came in and hung out. My dad’s work schedule is a little busy so they’re still tossing it up in the air. So [for Dads’ Weekend] they just came we did a little fly fishing on David Schiff out, the clear water and did some picnicking and explored around and showed them the area. My dad’s bringing his fly rod if he comes out and it’ll be father, son and mom time — just enjoy the day.” — David Schiff

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Student moms

night. The weekends are filled Moms’ Weekend is upon us with homework and worrying and I am once again reminded about assignments. We come that there are moms who home to our children having might not get to celebrate with learned new skills and reckless abandon this accomplished new weekend — the student things that we weren’t moms. there to see. The stress While older mothis sometimes too ers come to campus to much, but seeing sweet spend time with their sleeping faces at night college-aged children, makes it all worth it. there are some of us kaitlin It’s difficult being college-aged children moroney rawr a student mom. You who are moms ourhave to think about selves. As a mom with things that aren’t on the radar three jobs and a full-time school of any of your peers. That schedule, I just want to say to study group tonight? You all other student mothers out need a babysitter. The awards there: you rock. banquet you were invited to? I understand all too well the A 2-year-old wouldn’t survive difficulty of balancing school, two seconds around all the work and a family. Especially if fancy dishes. you are a single mom or a mom But it’s also the most without the support of a partner, life can be grueling, stressful rewarding thing in the world. That A you earned? You earned and thankless. it in between diaper changes But student mothers should and chicken nugget dinners. have nothing but pride in what Every step of the way you they do. We are pursuing our own dreams and goals, bettering know you are doing the best ourselves and preparing to make by yourself and your children. So this Moms’ Weekend, eva better future for our children. eryone needs to say “good job” This Moms’ Weekend we to a mom they know. And us should all take a moment to moms need to take a moment honor those students around us to say “good job” to ourselves. who are mothers themselves. We deserve it. We all put in long hours during Kaitlin Moroney the day and head home to spend can be reached at time with our babies before putting them to bed for the


8 things you took for granted … that your Mom took care of for you emily vaarstra rawr Independence is not all it was made out to be. Taking care of yourself wasn’t really the first thing on your brain when you moved up to college and it has been quite a learning process. These are eight things your mom took care of for you that you’ll never take for granted again.

8. Clean sheets/Making your bed Those sheets don’t just wash themselves and they certainly don’t fit snuggly on your bed when you come back from classes.

7. Fix your hair There will always be that one clump of hair that stubbornly sticks out in the wrong direction—that one clump of hair your mom could somehow always fit into place—it just doesn’t listen to you. How are you supposed to catch a date with your hair all amuck?

6. Don’t forget your brain

3. Laundry

How many times have you left your apartment, dorm or Greek house with the wrong binder and that 20 page paper you worked endless nights on is due in 30 minutes? Oh, the days when your mom so annoyingly nagged you about your class assignments while you wined for her to stop treating you like a child.

The several stacks of clothes building up on your bedroom floor are starting to give off a putrid smell. They used to magically disappear on their own and reappear in your drawers but those days are long gone. You just can’t bring yourself to wash them — let alone buy laundry detergent — because you know washing them means eventually folding them and no one folds clothes better than your mom.

5. Grocery shopping How were you suppose to know that two pounds of salami is enough to feed a party? What was that special brand of cheese your mom always bought for making grilled cheese sandwiches? Your mom knew what cereal you preferred better than you did.

4. Nurse Mommy There is this one pill your mom gave you for a headache, some pink drink when your stomach was upset and some goo when you accidentally cut yourself with your razor, but you just can’t remember the names. Taking care of yourself is hard, especially when you don’t feel good and you can’t move because even opening your eyes hurts.

2. Four-star cooking Nothing — absolutely nothing — beats your mom’s spaghetti. No matter how hungry you are or how many different kinds you’ve tried, your mom’s spaghetti reigns supreme. It’s okay to cry a little over how much you miss your mom’s cooking.

1.The little things Those little notes in your lunch, your favorite ice cream bar in the freezer, the chocolate ship smiley face on your pancakes—all those small things your mom did to show how much she loves you, well, let’s just say the summer is getting closer. Emily Vaartstra can be reached at

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Friday Fiction

Beneath the Surface – Finale kelly p. vickers rawr

(Previously) They trudged on. “How much deeper does this go? I feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest,” he had to compensate for the extra exertion of precious air he sacrificed. She froze mid step. “Karmen, what...”

(Continued) “Shh,” she put her index finger on his chilled lips. “Listen,” she whispered. He concentrated on the void of sound. Then he heard it. The white noise that sounded like wings whipping through clouds. She moved cautiously towards the static. He stalked her heels, ready to grab her if anything happened. Suddenly the weight lifted off his chest and his lungs sucked in the sweet, clean air. But he couldn’t breathe. Before him was the most glorious sight he had every laid his eyes upon. The ceiling above glittered with swirls of glowing color. Every color imaginable and more: purple, green, blue, red, yellow, orange, pink, turquoise, magenta, cyan...there were no words to describe the splendor that hovered high above them like a curtain rippling across the sky. Each hue took turns shimmering, flashing its enchanting personality throughout the enormous chamber. The rocks rose up from the base forming mountains that peaked just inches from the roof. He forgot he was in a cave. He felt like he had stepped out into the starry night of a fantasy world. The pool of water reflected all the colors into a flowing spectrum rippling across the ground.

The static noise came from hundreds of bats swooping down to dip their wings in the rainbow. Nothing in his life had measured up to the radiance that stretched out before him. He forced himself to look away from the glory all around him and saw tears trickling down Karmen’s face. He reached over and linked his fingers to her own. She didn’t flinch. They stood there, not caring about time, forgetting all about the outside world, and relishing in the serenity of their own. Her whisper broke through the static, “You were right, Brok.” Their eyes met, “About what?” “Life’s greatest experiences are shared with someone.” She squeezed his hand, “All this,” she waved her other hand through the air, “would hold so little value if you weren’t here to experience it with me. No one else will truly understand how I feel right now.” They spent the rest of the evening exploring the chamber. When they set up camp next to the mystical pool, she swirled her fingers into the liquid prism then let the water stream down her fingers. They set up the lanterns and ate dinner. “You were right about something else,” she said after they had finished their cold stew. He waited patiently for her to continue. “I’ve been running away from my family for too long. There was so much bitterness against them that I couldn’t look past it. I was a donor baby. My sister, Elyse, had leukemia as a child and needed a bone marrow transplant. There have been other things since then—liver, kidney, blood. I

was just so angry about it all the time. My sister was never horrible to me about it — she actually felt sorry for me — but that doesn’t, didn’t, change how much I hated her for my purpose in life and my parents for doing it do me. But you helped me realize that I’m the one who can fix this —that I’m the one tearing us apart, not them. That I need to forgive them.” He scooted closer to give her an awkward sideways hug. Soon they were asleep, curled up on the floor of the chamber. The next day they reluctantly headed back up the cave. By the afternoon they had reached the chasm where their ropes still hung untouched. They shimmied themselves back up, which took twice as long as going down so that by the time they reached the top it was almost dinner time. “I think we should keep going,” he said, “that way we can make it out tomorrow and get back to the city in time to celebrate.” She nodded and he led the way further back up the tunnel. After a several kilometers she stopped. “Brok, wait. Something is wrong.” He turned. “This isn’t the right way. My marker isn’t here and I don’t remember seeing any for the past...” she was interrupted when the roof of the tunnel shook without warning and a chunk of brown rock crashed between them. “Brok, run!” she screamed as she dodged another earthy mass and pulled out her stress signal device. The entire ceiling began to crumble above them. He had read about this the other day; that layers of rock can erode even from the smallest of tremors. He prayed they were

close enough for the signal to reach the monitor and register. He raised his hands to block his face from the falling debris as he ran towards her. Everything happened so fast. He watched in horror as rock split from the ceiling and impacted her forehead. “Karmen!” he screamed, but she was out cold. “Oh dear God! Please no.” He was several meters from her, “Kar...” blackness swarmed his vision as he drifted into unconsciousness. He sat in the hotel restaurant at an empty table staring at a menu. It had been three days since the accident in the cave. Each day he had hoped he would see her come out of her room, but she never did. He thought about visiting the hospital to see her, but it wouldn’t do much good if she was in a coma. He flipped through the menu once more then put it back in its holder not feeling hungry. He headed out the restaurant to go back up to his room. Just then he saw her in the lobby. She must have dyed her hair blonde, but he couldn’t mistake those copper eyes. She walked at a fast pace towards the rotating doors that led outside. “Karmen,” he called, but she didn’t stop. Another day passed by. He found himself walking along the streets of Pamplona feeling like an empty shell wandering aimlessly with no purpose. He passed by a cafe that welcomed all tourists to a free sample of a Spanish pastry. Through the streaked glass he saw her sitting there alone. Her skin was gray and she had an absent look on her face. He walked into the cafe and sat down in front of her. She looked up at him with a blank stare. “Looks like

you dyed your hair back to brown,” no response, “I mean, I liked the blonde, but it just wasn’t you.” She blinked at him then finally spoke, “I’m sorry, sir, but do I know you?” His heart sank. “Karmen, it’s me, Brok,” he gulped uncomfortably. “Don’t you remember what happened in the..?” His eyes reverted to the television screen behind her. A British news station flashed a picture of the rental car they had brought up to the cave. The news reporter spoke as more pictures began to flash across the screen: “Four days ago, Karmen Lamonte, the estranged daughter to French ambassador Charles Lamonte, was found buried beneath a pile of rubble from a collapsed roof near an entrance to the Pierre Saint Martin cave. She appeared to have been exploring the cave with an American tourist by the name of Brok Melfield. They were air lifted to a hospital two hours after a stress signal was activated. Both were unconscious from severe head trauma. Lamonte’s sister, Elyse, arrived the next day to sit at her sister’s bedside.” The screen changed to a blonde version of Karmen sitting next to an unconscious Karmen in a hospital bed. “I just wanted to see her and tell her I’m sorry for everything. That I love her and should have been there for her.”The screen flashed back to the news reporter. “Unfortunately, Lamonte passed away at 4:26 this morning due to severe brain damage and heart failure. Melfield died just three hours after arriving at the hospital.” Kelly P. Vickers can be reached at



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A student team Michael Braun and Holly Wilkerson won the Iron Chef title last Thursday after cooking within 25 minutes with two secret ingredients that are local to Idaho.

The Vandal chef battle

Second annual Iron Chef Competition was held at Bob’s Place last Thursday nurainy darono rawr After cooking with two secret local ingredients — sweet potato and lentils — in just 25 minutes at the University of Idaho Iron Chef Cooking Competition, student team Michael Braun and Holly Wilkerson won the Iron Chef title. “I made mashed sweet potato with bacon in it, so it’s like sweet and savory,” Wilkerson said. “I really like that. Then apples were sauteed kind of in the bacon’s grease and (got that) smokiness and was toasted with the lentils. Then we made some sausage with broth and the Italian season-

ing, so (it) just soaked up some of that nice grilled, savory flavors.” The two students used teamwork to cook — while Wilkerson planned the dishes, Braun helped her with the plans and making it happen. “I helped a lot with what she had an idea for,” Braun said. “I just kind of went around making it happen… to be practical for the time of the competition.” UI Campus Dietitian Marissa Rudley said the foods were judged according to taste, creativity, appearance and use of ingredients. Involved in Residence Hall

Association (RHA), student Eric Orosco volunteered to judge the competition. He said both dishes had great presentation. “It took some risks — some of it played off and some of it didn’t so much, but we came down to individual flavors that really tasted well together,” Orosco said. Student judge Madison Maynaid said the winning dish was unique and had dynamic flavors. “The team that won, you know, made a separate individual entree kind of a whole meal type,” Maynaid said. “The other one was more like let’s take every ingredients possible

and jazz.’” Rudley said the winning dish will be featured at Bob’s Place later in the semester. She said Wilkerson and Braun received VandalStore gift cards and Vandal Dining flex dollars, as well as the Iron Chef title for spring 2014. Both Braun and Wilkerson had a lot of cooking experience in the past and that was helpful for them in the competition. Wilkerson said she took culinary class throughout high school and she has competed in many cooking competitions like this. Braun said he enjoys cooking and has cooked often in the past.

“I do it for fun,” Braun said. “So, I never really cook the same things.” Rudley said the purpose of the cooking competition was to make people excited about cooking by using a variety of ingredients. Rudley said Iron Chef started last year and was a collaboration between herself, Vandal Dining, Student Health and RHA. “It has been a very fun competition,” Rudley said. “We hope to host it again in the fall.” Nurainy Darono can be reached at

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Events Calendar Friday, April 4 UI Moms’ Weekend* 3:30 p.m. – Iron Mom Competition at the VandalStore Plaza* 4 p.m. – Tradition Keeper Tour at the Vandal Store Plaza* 5 p.m. – 5th annual CALS Moms’ Weekend Gala in the SUB Ballroom* 7 p.m. – “Wretches and Jabberers” at the Kenworthy 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. – “Saving Mr. Banks” presented by Vandal Entertainment in the SUB Borah Theater 7:30 p.m. – Abigail Buckingham on the violin at the Haddock Performance Hall 8 p.m. – Dueling Pianos Entertainment at the Best Western Plus University Inn* 8 p.m. – ASUI Student Achievement Awards at the Administration Auditorium*

Saturday, April 5

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Dhe “Panjandrum” R WOof t EK An important influential person.


Example: One of the greatest panjandrums in your life is your mother. Happy Moms’ Weekend!

9:30 a.m. – Brunch featuring UI Jazz Choir in the SUB Ballroom* 10 a.m. – 2014 Football Scrimmage at the Kibbie Dome* 10 a.m. – Key for a Cure Fun Run starting at the Memorial Gym* 11 a.m. – Greenthumb 101 at the 6th Street Greenhouse* 11 a.m. – 55th annual Phi Delta Theta Turtle Derby at the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity* 12:30 p.m. – Yoga With Your Mom in the Memorial Gym Multi-purpose room 4 p.m. – Flute Fest at the Haddock Performance Hall 4:30 p.m. – Bella Notte: An Italian Dinner at the St. Augustine Catholic Center 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Oscar nominated short films at the Kenworthy 6 p.m. – Cindy Hollenbeck reading at Book People of Moscow 7:30 p.m. – “Love Letters” at the Hartung Theater* 7:30 p.m. – Kyle Chandler on the trumpet and Jake Pearce on percussion at the Haddock Performance Hall 8 p.m. – Idaho’s Got Talent at the SUB Ballroom*

8 p.m. - “Saving Mr. Banks” presented by Vandal Entertainment in the SUB Borah Theater

Sunday, April 6 10:30 p.m. – Yoga With Your Mom in the Memorial Gym Multi-purpose room 1 p.m. – Kelsey Doney on the clarinet and Cynthia Roberts at the UI Haddock Performance Hall 3 p.m. - “Saving Mr. Banks” presented by Vandal Entertainment in the SUB Borah Theater 4 p.m. – Ryan Thomas on the saxophone at the Haddock Performance Hall 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. – Oscar nominated short films at the Kenworthy

Monday, April 7 7 p.m. – Borah Symposium Plenary Address: Jay Winter in the SUB Ballroom

Tuesday, April 8 12:30 p.m. – Borah Symposium in the SUB Vandal Ballroom 5 p.m.- Nerd Tuesday at Safari Pearl Comics on 3rd Street 7 p.m. – Borah Symposium in the SUB Ballroom 7:30 p.m. – Jazz Combo Series at the Haddock Performance Hall

Wednesday, April 9 12:30 p.m. – Daytime Distractions in the Idaho Commons Food Court 7 p.m. – Borah Symposium Keynote: General Richard Myers in the SUB Ballroom 7 p.m. – Chinese Movie Night at the Kenworthy 9 p.m.- Women’s climbing night at the Student Recreation Center

Thursday, April 10 12:30 p.m.- Lavender Lunch in TLC 229 7 p.m. – “Fierce Green Fire – Battle for a Living Planet” at the Kenworthy 7:30 p.m. – Robert Satterlee on the piano at the Haddock Performance Hall 7:30 p.m. – Joy Passanante reading at BookPeople of Moscow



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