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“Elephants’ testicles are inside their bodies”

Cut your cold, pg. 3 Deadly sins, pg. 5 Shoulda put a ring on it, pg. 6 cover art by jesse keener

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on the cover Title: Movie Still: 46 (Window Scene) Jesse Keener gets his inspiration from people and the beauty of the human experience — awkward moments and all. "'(Window Scene)' is a still from a movie that I am creating concerning love, lingering feelings for furniture and a sour confusion for living with the occasional lust for space travel," Keener said. Keener is a junior studio art major.



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Pisces 2/19 – 3/20 Your horoscope sign is a fish, so take that to heart. This summer, make it your goal to swim somewhere exotic. Or at least learn how to swim.

Gemini 5/21 - 6/21 High five. Congratulations, really. You know what for. Cancer 6/22 - 7/22 “Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudles...” Take a note from “The Sound of Music” and make a list of your favorite things. Lok at it when you’re feeling stressed or about to punch a wall. It will help.

Aries 3/21 - 4/19 Avoid internal conflict this week. That means don’t bother trying to choose between the burger and fries, treat yourself and have both.

Leo 7/23 - 8/22 You should probably go with plastic safety scissors for your next two-in-the-morning craft project. Your fingertips and hair will thank you.

Taurus 4/20 – 5/20 Try doing a bit of spring cleaning this weekend. Clean out last year’s notebooks, donate neverworn sweaters and tackle that refrigerator. That smell isn’t going to get any better with age.

Virgo 8/23 - 9/22 When your teacher can hear the music streaming from your ear buds, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of wearing headphones? Press pause.

Libra 9/23 - 10/22 Start getting prepared for a seriously amazing and totally awesome weekend. Scorpio 10/23 - 11/21 You’ll need to start planning your Halloween costume soon if you’re still dedicated to being a fully functional Transformer. Sagittarius 11/22 - 12/21 Peanut butter and jelly go together like...well, like peanut butter and jelly. Break the mold and find a fantastically new combination. Capricorn 12/22 – 1/19 Don’t be too worried about carrying an umbrella to shield you from the rain. You really won’t pull a “Mary Poppins” and drift away on the breeze. Aquarius 1/20 – 2/18 When you hear the phrase “stand back,” you should do so. End of story.

movie reel classics ahead of their time

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Some people avoid classic films — especially older features that lack the humor, intense action, special effects or open discussion of social issues of modern movies. But here are five of those old flicks that still manage to amaze.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) Some will dismiss this movie as just a romantic comedy, but they’re probably not aware of Audrey Hepburn’s role as what most would call a prostitute. That’s right. The film’s main character, Holly Golightly, accepts money to “spend time” with men. Although it’s downplayed a little from the original play, there wasn’t anything else like it at the time. “Metropolis” (1927) Here is a really old

film that has been called the grandfather of all modern science movies. That’s partly because, in spite of it being a silent film, some people had to leave the theater, disturbed by the futuristic images onscreen. The fact that it still amazes more than 80 years later means this one was like nothing else upon release. “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) It’s not just this movie’s futuristic setting that makes it ahead of its time. The special

effects alone in this film set a new standard for all science fiction. It’s hard to believe that “weightlessness” was achieved in film more than 40 years ago. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ” (1958) Most people don’t think of the late ‘50s as a time where the dark, private lives of married couples were open for discussion, but this one doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Also, the incredible acting ability of Elizabeth Taylor makes it all feel real.

“Psycho” (1960) Are old horror films just not that horrific anymore? Here’s one that will give people a run for their money. Some say the creepiest movies are those that mess with the mind, and “Psycho” definitely succeeds.

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Getting healthy, staying healthy joanna wilson rawr When a cold or flu is knocking on your door, sometimes heading to class is just out of the question. For Ian McClung, a sudden sickness had him trading books for a hospital bed. “It was pretty sudden,” said McClung, a University of Idaho sophomore. “I started feeling sick, it was like a migraine almost, fever — chills.” The next day, he went to the UI Student Health Clinic. The medical professionals recognized his symptoms, and sent McClung to the hospital. “I was hospitalized for like three and a half days,” McClung said. McClung missed three weeks of class last year as he was treated for meningitis. He slept at home for the next two weeks, and spent the following six weeks catching up with his schoolwork. “I ended up actually having to drop one (class),” McClung said. “And then played a lot of catch up. ...with hard work, it was all right.” The classes were mostly lecture halls and based on Blackboard with long-term assignments, he said. “So I was pretty fortunate there,” McClung said. “If I was in my microbiology class right now, it’s just impossible.” Staying healthy Staying healthy can be hard with short nights, homework stress, an unhealthy diet and heavy drinking. “It’s very easy to say ‘this is what a student should do to stay healthy,’ but in fact, the life of a student is pretty darn stressful,” said Mary Baker, a registered medical assistant at UI’s clinic. “Most of the people that we see here at the clinic are lacking some of these things. ...They aren’t able, for one reason or another, to get enough sleep, to eat well, to fit in an exercise routine.” Baker said students should try for at least six hours of sleep a night.

“The goal should be keeping up on your classes so you don’t have to pull an all-nighter,” Baker said. “When you don’t get enough sleep, often times, that’s when people get sick.” Baker said sleep deprivation could lower performance in school and lower the student’s initiative to eat healthy and exercise. “That’s a pretty big snowball,” she said. Controlled substances Smoking is a key contributor to getting ill, Baker said. And so is heavy drinking. “Alcohol in moderation,” Baker said. “If you are partying too much, you’re not going to be sleeping well. A lot of kids come in and say ‘oh, I can’t sleep.’ And they want a pill to make them sleep.” Joe Taylor, a registered nurse with the Student Health Clinic, said while alcohol will initially put the drinker to sleep, it does not allow the body to get the rest it needs. “You’re going to be out of it the next day,” Taylor said. Baker said students should avoid drinking completely if they are not well. “Especially if you are on medication,” Baker said. “The medication is going to stand a much better chance of working faster and more thoroughly if you avoid alcohol.” Hand washing The university does not wipe down the desks between classes, Baker said. “If you’ve had somebody sitting at the same desk, its kind of like going to the grocery store and pushing a cart around,” Baker said. “You have no idea what sick child has been sitting in that seat.” She said students should also avoid touching their faces. “Don’t rub your eyes, don’t put your hands on your face near your mouth, unless you’ve washed them,” Baker said. “I think that’s a really good way to get sick.” Eating on the go with unwashed hands is another way

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Delta Gamma sorority sisters make sure to constantly wash their hands, as it is easy for sickness to spread while living in such close quarters.

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Sweat sessions Workout basics for girls and guys

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Andrew Hall and Jim Ekins receive instruction from Jenny Younts during a TRX class at the Student Recreation Center Monday. TRX is one of the many co-ed classes that are a part of the Wellness Program.

chloe rambo rawr While the Student Recreation Center is home to a myriad of treadmills, weight machines, dumbbells and basketball hoops, there is much more going on behind the window-paned walls. The SRC is a unique place on campus — almost like a community within itself. It’s a place where groups of students and faculty can come together to take a break from their academic experience at the University of Idaho. According to Wellness graduate assistant Dina Mijacevic, men and women utilize the facilities at the SRC differently. For some, the SRC is a place to meet new people, for others the SRC is simply a place to have a good sweat session. While working as a personal

trainer and leading Wellness classes at the SRC for four years, Mijacevic said she has noticed how women often make up the majority in Wellness classes participants. “A lot of our Wellness participants are girls, women and (female) faculty and staff,” Mijacevic said. “Men tend to lift more weights, and women tend to do more cardio, and that’s the way it often is.” While the SRC offers a wide range of Wellness classes like zumba, flow yoga and circuit sculpt, the most popular class for both men and women is cycling, Mijacevic said. “(The class is) usually half men and half women in the morning and at night,” Mijacevic said. “It’s a really popular class, more popular than regular aerobic classes.” While cycling classes — the pedaling sweat-sessions held

in one of the upstairs aerobic rooms — are always favored, Mijacevic said aerobic classes in general are much more popular with women than men. For some women, it can feel awkward to work out with the large groups of men that strength train on the weight lifting floor, Mijacevic said. Taking an aerobics class offers an environment that is more comfortable, and the workouts are still challenging enough to suit the female gym-goers needs. “I think a lot of women would do more weight training if they weren’t being watched by men,” Mijacevic said. “The reason they come to fitness classes is so they don’t have to be on the weight floor, and they don’t have to worry about being judged or being watched.” Mijacevic found that more women enjoy the environment of fitness classes

because they can combine strength and cardiovascular exercise without being in such a public space. Women also enjoy bringing their friends to Wellness classes, Mijacevic said. “There is something that everyone likes about physical activity and movement,” Mijacevic said. “It’s not all just about the gym. It’s also about staying in shape for your favorite activities, and how we can relate it to life components and your lifestyle.” International studies major Brett Travis enjoys the gender diversity found at the SRC. “From a guy’s perspective, it’s just nice to see girls around,” Travis said. “It adds to the environment and makes the whole environment more comfortable, not so much macho-ness.” Working out with a group

of men on the weight floor can add pressure to perform at peak levels, Travis said, yet the presence of females can break up and temper those tense feelings. “Having too many men around just creates a more stressful, ‘Who’s the strongest?’ atmosphere,” Travis said. “When there are girls around you’re more relaxed.” While working out with a group of friends can be enjoyable, Travis prefers planning solo sweat sessions so he can hit the gym whenever his schedule allows. “People always want to work out with me because I work out a lot and they think I know what I’m doing,” Travis said. “But I just go whenever I go, I don’t have a set time every day.”

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Sins are here to stay The ‘deadly sins’ are riddled through history

matt maw rawr From movies like David Fincher’s “Se7en” to the green color of the “enviable” female M&M’s candy, the “seven deadly sins” remain in the heart of our culture despite their historic roots. Richard Spence, University of Idaho history department chair, said the modern conception of the “seven sins” — pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, envy and sloth — started in the sixth century and was popularized in the 13th. Other cultures have forbidden particular items, and these can have similarities with the “seven

sins.” Ancient Israel had the “10 Commandments,” and the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament discusses “six things which the LORD hates,” including “haughty eyes” and “feet that run rapidly to evil.” Spence said a tenant of Buddhism is that desire and craving lead people astray and the “seven sins” can be understood in terms of similar desire. Spence said our culture often encourages escape from taboos and limitations. “The general argument is (that is) positive because (it’s) all about a kind of grand procession of human liberation,” he said. “The more things we free

ourselves from, the more enlightened we become.” He said this idea runs against another notion we’ve had since at least the French Revolution, that a certain amount of restriction protects us from the corrupting elements of human nature. Homicide can often be traced to greed, pride or anger. History professor Ellen Kittell teaches courses on the medieval church and the Reformation. She said medieval Europe was an environment of great faith with various opinions that were difficult to pin down. The “seven sins” were likely codified in Council of Trent in the 13th century, and more

clearly understood after the 16th century Reformation. “That’s one thing that’s really pretty interesting about them, is that they are amorphous cultural aspects that don’t get nailed down until later,” Kittell said. Such codification shouldn’t be confused with invention, she said, as people were merely labeling things that were already understood in some sense. She said perspectives of the “seven sins” have varied between their absolute nature and the nature people ascribe to them through personal experiences. Avarice can be something that a person’s traits reflect to a

small or large degree, or one’s personal definition can assign it qualities mostly characteristic of corporate executives. She said most people reference their own experience to define the “seven sins,” whether influenced by media or other people. She said the codification of the “seven sins” points to the stability of medieval society that allowed people time to ask such moral questions. As the 14th century brought conflict, plague and famine, the definitions broadened and took on more colorful characteristics as people tried to make

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More than a piece of metal molly spencer rawr Whether a ring is worn for an engagement, promise ring or just as an accessory, each band of jewelry comes with a different meaning. Kaily Brown, jewelry consultant for Zales, said an engagement ring symbolizes one’s promise to marry. Wedding bands are a lifetime commitment to a loved one, and birthstones simply show what month a person was born. “Sapphires specifically symbolize sincerity so they are generally used in promise rings as well,” Brown said. “Promise rings are a promise to God and to yourself that you will save sex until marriage.” But these rings can also carry different severity or importance with each person, Brown said. Some people see

rings as just an accessory, others consider who gave it to them and why. Brown wears two rings on a regular basis. One is a plumeria flower ring from her mother. The other is a pearl ring worn just for looks. Brown said she feels naked without her rings. “Nowadays, though, there are a ton of alternatives. Some ladies are opting for gemstones,” Brown said. “I’ve seen the desire for dark blue sapphires a lot recently. Also, for men the tradition of gold or white gold has actually slipped away. I’m seeing a great desire for tungsten rings in this area because they are really durable. Unbreakable, actually.” Since Brown has worked at Zales, she has never encountered a customer seeking a purity ring. They don’t seem

to be as popular as they once were, she said. Zales generally sells purity rings as promise rings to younger couples that are seeking marriage in the far future. Alyse Neal has had her purity ring — a gift from her parents — since she was 12 years old. Purity rings symbolize a woman’s desire to remain abstinent from sex until married. Neal, a freshman at the University of Idaho, said she realizes purity rings are lost in culture aside from “religious” communities, but for her the meaning goes a lot deeper than a simple commitment to her parents. “I really feel that sex has been largely cheapened in our culture and if you really think about it, when you’re having sex you’re exposing the most intimate form of yourself,”

Neal said. “To be naked is to have nothing at all hiding your true self.” Neal said her ring represents her desire to remain pure not only physically, but emotionally as well. Even though she makes it sound easy, she said her commitment can be difficult to sustain at times, especially when she is in a relationship. “One thing I really want to get across too is that in no way do I feel as though I’m better than anybody else. It mostly comes down to respect – respect your body, respect your heart,” Neal said. Alyson Buell, UI sophomore, got engaged in October, and to her promise rings are geared more toward high school relationships. If a couple is in a situation to get married, but the woman is proposed to with a promise ring, it signi-

fies as a fear of commitment from the man. “When Brett put the ring on my finger it was to show me that no matter where he is in the world, his heart will always be with me and he will always take care of me,” Buell said. She also wears a tiny gold band on her right, middle finger that was her grandmother’s engagement ring. She wears it as a reminder of her grandmother and loves the simplicity of the ring. Buell feels as though she is already married because she and her fiancé act as though they are. “All a wedding band is adding are more parts to the ring to make it more extravagant,” she said. Molly Spencer can be reached at


healthy from page 3 students can infect themselves, Baker said. When to stay home from class Fever, coughing or sneezing uncontrollably, Baker said. “You’re contaminating everyone around you,” she said. “Both of those things, typically, you can control with over-thecounter medications. You can take Tylenol, ibuprofen for fever, body aches.” An antihistamine can control sneezing. Taylor said rest and sleep is instrumental to recovery. “I’d push water,” Taylor said. “Fluids.” The body doesn’t function properly without enough water, he said. Students should seek medical attention when a cough has drug on for two or more weeks, Baker said. “Or if you’re not sleeping. If you can’t sleep, because of your sickness, you can’t get well,” she said. Sometimes a roommate — tired of annoying symptoms — or a professor,will insist the sick student come in, she said. When a student visits Student Health Services for an illness, the doctor will fill out a note stating that the student has been seen for “a medical condition,” and requests the instructor excuse the student from class for the day. If the illness will stretch several days, the note asks the instructor to “please accommodate as you are able.” “We don’t expect to just wipe the slate clean,” Baker said. “Maybe help them whether they need to take a test on another day, but we’re just letting them know they have a legitimate reason for missing more than one class.”

Ellen Kittell, a professor in the history department, said she simply requires the student give some proof of illness — a note from Student Heath or a comparably reliable source. “Then they have a right to not only get the material that is given out in class, by they also have the right to delay in turning in homework,” Kittell said. “They also have the right to come in and ask me what went on in class.” Kittell said she tries to get information to students without infecting others, even if some are abusing the system. “It’s very noble of someone to come to take a test when they’re dying of some sort of disease or have a migraine or are sick,” Kittell said. “But it doesn’t give me what I want, which is how much they know... If performance is impaired by illness, it is no reflection of what the student can or can’t do.” Kittell said faculty and staff — at least in the history department — are most interested in student success and health. “If you are sick and you’re not coming, just send us a note,” Kittell said. “It’s simple courtesy, and we all flower better under courtesy.” Getting through McClung said it took desire and drive to get through his classes after recovering from meningitis. “I hung on, it wasn’t the best semester that I ever had, but I’m definitely glad that I didn’t withdraw because I feel like that would almost give me less of a drive just ‘cause I gave in already,” McClung said. He said life is hard sometimes, so if you really want something you just have to get through it. Joanna Wilson can be reached at



from page 4 Being an active part of the Marine Corp, Travis said, has made it easier for him to utilize the SRC regularly. “(The schedule is) more disciplined and I don’t get discouraged because I can do the things I wanted to do prior to the Marine Corp,” Travis said. The experience of training for the Corp prepared Travis in both a physical and mental way. “It’s easier to maintain fitness than acquire fitness,” Travis said. “Having a certain level of fitness certainly makes it easier to go to the gym so you don’t feel disappointed in yourself.” While Travis believes his workouts are improved by gender diversity, Magan Cummings doesn’t think the two relate. Cummings, sophomore in physical exercise science, said she doesn’t think gender combinations present at the SRC affect the quality of a workout. The atmosphere wouldn’t change if the gym were to be divided between men and women, Cummings said. “I prefer working out with friends,” Cummings said. “I have male and female friends and enjoy working out with both.” While working out at the SRC, Cummings doesn’t find herself influenced or intimidated by the other members around her. “I don’t feel competitive (at the gym and) I don’t compare myself,” Cummings said. “I am there to get in shape.” While the pressures of competitiveness can get in the way of working out, Cummings loves to run on SRC treadmills and skate on the hockey or multipurpose sport court, challenging both her cardiovascular strength and muscle resistance. But said all in all, she finds the environment at the SRC encouraging. “I don’t think I would change anything about the Rec,” Cummings said. Chloe Rambo can be reached at




“Boxers because all week we experience stress with school and work, but when you’re wearing boxers you feel relieved and free.” Cody Watts Exercise science Sophomore

“Briefs — they are more comfortable to some and there is less ‘hanging out’ action going on.” Adam Schwaderer Education Senior

“Briefs — nice and snug.” Clayton Homme Economics Junior

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sins from page 5 She said the “seven sins” are useful for categorization, and our penchant for organizing and personalizing information is no different now than in the past. “In many ways we (assign personal traits to) these impulses, these appetites,” she said. “We are no different than the people in the 12th century or in (probably) the 36th century … where we want to be able to handle this information in an image or fashion or word, because it’s organizing information.” Spence said our culture’s fixation with “depression” might be a similar process of categorization. In an effort to make sense of the perceived letdown of the supposed “sexual liberation” that began in the 1960s and ‘70s, people have prescribed the name “depression” to the problem and

numerous medications to fix it. Spence said concepts like the “seven sins” can help societies restrain what they see as wrong to enable a pursuit of happiness. But he doesn’t think people now are more “depressed” than they’ve been historically, and he hasn’t seen any civilizations become “happier” than others. Spence said human nature hasn’t changed through the centuries, despite our inventions and adaptations. “As old school, fire-andbrimstone potpourri as (the sins) sound, (they) still have a certain amount of resonance (because) we can’t say that anger, greed and sloth have gone away,” he said. “Whether they’re deadly or not, all of those things are … a part of us collectively (and) individually, and we are no better at figuring out exactly how we will deal with them than we were at the beginning. And they won’t go away.” Matt Maw can be reached at

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