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Former UI athlete still in coma Elizabeth Rudd Argonaut

Former University of Idaho basketball player Brandon Brown is in a coma after a physical dispute outside CJ’s bar Dec. 16. Moscow Chief of Police David Duke said the incident occurred just after 2:30 a.m., and Brown was on the ground when police arrived. The dispute was allegedly with Lammar Burney — Duke said police were told the two were fighting about who would be deejaying for another event. Duke said the two exchanged strikes and they believe Brown hit his head on the pavement. Witnesses said once Brown was on the ground, Burney continued to strike him. Duke said Burney suffered bruising to his face and hands, and Brown received immediate medical treatment. Burney has been charged with aggravated battery, and a ‘not guilty’ plea was entered into court records Wednesday. Burney’s hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. March 1. Brown was treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewiston from the time of the incident until Thursday, when he was moved to Northern Idaho Advanced Hospital Care. He suffered head injuries and remains in a coma, but his mother, DaVonna Brown, said he has shown improvement. DaVonna Brown said he was battered, bruised and swollen after the incident, but the swelling has gone down. She said he has had six surgeries in the last month, including three to reset his jaw, help reduce brain swelling and circulate bodily

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A patient receives robot-assisted rehabilitation therapy for retraining movement control after a stroke. The mechanism was developed by University of Idaho's Eric Wolbrecht, professor of mechanical engineering.

Robotics designed to help stroke patients Joanna Wilson

Lloyd Mues, vice president of University of Idaho Finance and Administration and vice president for Auxiliary Services, is stepping down from his position. According to a memo released by UI President Duane Nellis, Mues will no longer hold the position effective June 25. Nellis said he will put together a search committee with Keith Ickes, executive director for Planning and Budget, to find a replacement for Mues. Mues has served at UI for the last five years, during a period of financial turmoil and uncertainty. The position is described as, “… integrated management, productivity, and accountability toward the accomplishment of the university’s strategic mission, goals, objectives, and strategies while ensuring proper stewardship of the institution’s facilities, finances, personnel, and communication infrastructure.” Nellis said the search committee will be formed immediately.

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While WALL•E or C-3PO will not replace physical therapists in the near future, they may become one of their tools. Eric Wolbrecht, a University of Idaho professor of mechanical engineering, is working with a team of researchers at the University of California Irvine, to design and develop tabletop robots that will assist with the rehabilitation of stroke victims. “We will be looking into rehabilitation of the hand, and we’re looking to try to correlate factors how you deliver therapy with what actually works with recovery,” Wolbrecht said. “This study will be looking into what precisely the robot will be doing and not be doing when it’s administering therapy.” The robots are intended to assist stroke victims as they perform repeated hand and

arm exercises to strengthen and rebuild brain pathways. Wolbrecht and his team of graduate students received a $380,000 grant from the National Institute of Health, UI announced Dec. 14. The application process for the federally funded money took more than a year. “It’s competitive,” Wolbrecht said. “We proposed this specific project to NIH — specific things we wanted to look at with the robot.” Wolbrecht said they will be using brain imaging technology before and after robotic therapy to identify certain forms of brain damage that will respond best to the therapy. “Every stroke is different — it’s a dead mass in your brain — if we look at your brain and say hand therapy won’t help your hand, or even better, you need to be doing this kind of therapy versus this kind,” Wolbrecht said. “And that will be a better tool for doctors and

physical therapists.” David Reinkensmeyer, a biomedical, mechanical and aerospace engineering professor at UC-I, began the project in the early ‘90s. “We wanted available technology in clinics that would allow patients to get more exercise, something they could use in their own home,” Reinkensmeyer said. Wolbrecht joined the project while working on his doctorate at UC-I during the initial testing of the robots. “My expertise is in robotics, but this is a particular kind of robot. The robotics here have different characteristics than most you’d see in a manufacturing facility,” Wolbrecht said. “We have to create robots that are more soft, more human like, more compliant. They can’t be a big strong stiff robot that would weld your car together, or flip your car

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Time is money Learning about CSP awarded $1.5 million grant

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The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Idaho’s Computer Science Department a fouryear, $1.5 million grant last semester to continue the Scholarship For Service program. The SFS program is a national program that provides scholarships for students with an interest in computer and information security. The scholarships are awarded to either graduate or undergraduate students in their last two years of study. The SFS program pays for selected students’ tuition and fees, provides a $5,000 housing allowance and awards an $8,000 stipend, but does come with some obligations. Joel Weis is a second-year graduate student in the pro-

gram and knows what comes with the scholarship. “If you don’t want to work for the government, don’t come here,” Weis said. Recipients of the scholarship are required to work for the U.S. government for two years in a computer security related field after they graduate. James Alves-Foss, a UI professor and mentor in the SFS program, said working for the government isn’t necessarily bad. “They get multiple job offers,” Alves-Foss said. “It’s not uncommon for our students to graduate and start making $60,000 a year.” Alves-Foss said a government job can be anything from working at a national lab, the National Security Agency, the CIA, or even

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mental health Molly Spencer Argonaut

It’s vital for a campus to be a safe environment, and that includes not only physical safety, but mental as well. Sharon Fritz, licensed psychologist to the University of Idaho, stressed the importance of mental health. Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour training program designed by Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education or colleges around the U.S., Fritz said. “A lot of people are taught how to recognize a physical emergency or crisis. Mental Health First Aid is the same concept, which is saying we

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want people to be able to recognize when somebody is having a mental health crisis,” Fritz said. The program was developed in Australia for many years, and it’s now continuing in the U.S. The study focuses on college students because of developmental issues, Fritz said. Often times the college age level is when mental illness first occurs. Only about 20 of the resident advisers at UI were chosen for the study, while the other half serve as a “control group.” The chosen RAs serve as the “treatment group,” Fritz said. “I think it was a lot of information in a short period of time, but I think it was defi-

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Resident assistants meet in the Theophilus Tower lounge for a meeting Thursday. All resident assistants were recently trained to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, ranging from depression to schizophrenia, in students. The program is part of the University's mental health first aid program, run by the Counseling and Testing Center. nitely useful information,” said Jenni Olvera, RA for French Hall. “I feel a lot more comfortable recognizing symptoms and signs and other people who might be suffering from mental illness, and definitely feel a lot more confident in approaching

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the situation as well as dealing with people who are wanting to attempt suicide.” Olvera said the lecture was effective and feels everyone will benefit from the training.

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Practicing gym etiquette Kristen Whitney Argonaut

Policies are put in place at the Student Recreation Center to ensure patrons’ safety, but some unwritten rules are simple gym etiquette to safeguard sanity. Gordon Gresch, the SRC facilities and sports club manager, said gym goers are normally pleasant and the biggest issue is students forgetting their Vandal cards. He said since a clean and pleasant gym is the norm, patrons who don’t follow standard gym etiquette will stand out like a dirty corner in a large, immaculate room. “When you have a loud or obnoxious or unpleasant person or someone you see just walk away from the equipment (without wiping it down), they’re the exception, so they are amplified,” Gresch said. He said most people are knowledgeable or learn fast when it comes to good gym etiquette because people and regular workout enthusiasts alike learn by watching others. Brian Mahoney, operation supervisor of the SRC, said wiping down machines after use is one of the most important, if not the most important activity, a patron can do. Mahoney said some parts of gym etiquette are enforced with policies, such as wiping down equipment after using it, but others are about being considerate. “We’ve had folks complain

about talking in the sauna, we’ve had folks complain about people talking on their cell phones while they’re running on a treadmill or working out,” Mahoney said. “But that’s more of a personal thing, even though I would think talking to a friend in the sauna is a personal right and not something we want to try and enforce either way.” Mahoney said he and staff try not to make policies unless they are needed. “We like for folks to think for themselves, unless it’s something that’s an industry standard where we really have to have that,” he said. Personal hygiene is not something enforced at the SRC but it doesn’t go unnoticed. “That’s more of a personal issue rather than … a policy enforcement. For instance if I happen to be next to someone who doesn’t smell well, whether I was a staff member or a patron, I would feel fine with saying something ...” Mahoney said. “If people have an issue with that they should feel comfortable letting that person know so that they can take that into their hands, but it’s not something as management that we want to get into policing.” Chuck Schoeffler, SRC instructor, has experienced firsthand the personal hygiene problems some users have and the smell old gym clothes leave lingering in the locker room. “They should wash their clothes daily if they workout hard

and sweat. Everybody should have an extra change of clothes ... It’s not high school where you leave your stuff in your locker for a week or two,” Schoeffler said. Schoeffler said he doesn’t mind cell phone use as long as the patron is using it safely. He said he has seen students texting in the back row of his yoga class. “Actually, I don’t have a problem with people using a cell phone in the gym. It depends on what they’re doing. If their working out, sitting on one of the reclining bikes, what’s the problem? But if you’re running, or on an elliptical, there’s a chance you could get distracted and get injured,” Schoeffler said. Jamie Gallup, Zumba instructor at the SRC, said part of gym etiquette is to know what you’re doing so you don’t harm yourselves or others. “There’s a lot of people who will come in and try (to) use equipment and they have no idea how to use it,” Gallup said. “But it’s really nice because we have trainers here who are like, begging for people to ask them questions.” Gallup said trainers are available for anyone to ask questions and not just students enrolled in a personal fitness course. “They’re here and would probably be really excited to help out. I mean, it’s human nature to keep to yourself and say ‘Oh I know what I’m doing,’ but there’s a lot of resources,” Gallup said.

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A printer cartridge and cell phone recycling drop box stands outside the entrance of the University Bookstore in the University of Idaho Commons. The project, run by the Sustsainablity Center, has over 10 locations for recycling boxes including the Student Union Building, the Student Recreation Center and the Theophilus Tower.

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The University of Idaho’s Sustainability Center is attempting to create awareness of the increase of electronic waste ending up in landfills through its Cell Phone and Printer Cartridge Sustainability Project. The project is being led by Fatou Sogoyou-Bekey, a junior at the university. According to SogoyouBekey, in the fall of 2009, Sustainability Adviser Jeannie Matheison approached him and asked if he wanted to head the project. “I always enjoyed helping with recycling projects back in high school,” Sogoyou-Bekey said. “This project was a great opportunity to get involved environmentally in Moscow and the University.” Sogoyou-Bekey said his responsibilities in the project include getting boxes to collect the cell phones and printer cartridges, finding places to put the boxes and then collecting the items. “This project is a great way to stop e-waste materials from ending up in the landfill,” Sogoyou-Bekey said. “The collected cell phones will be reused and refurbished while the ink cartridges will be refilled and reused.” According to Matheison, loss of resources, groundwater contamination and an internal

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ample, takes one gallon of oil to manufacture,” Sogoyou-Bekey said. “We definitely don’t want these items in our trash cans.” Sogoyou-Bekey said one new ink cartridge can take up to 450 years to decompose in a landfill, which creates problems for the local environment. “This project started out well and continues to be a success because of the help and participation of UI students,” Sogoyou-Bekey said. “E-waste might not seem that important to some people, but I strongly encourage all the students to use those boxes they see around campus.” The boxes around campus are green and white, and can be found in several buildings across campus, including the Administration Building, Student Union Building and main library.

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over and paint it.” Wolbrecht said he is working to construct the robots and develop the control algorithms that will prevent the robot from taking control away from the human user. Reinkensmeyer said one of the problems they have faced on the project is the small amount of

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from page 1 bodily fluid movement. “They (doctors) haven’t really said their prediction yet, but I’m looking for 100 percent,” DaVonna Brown said. Brown moved to Moscow from Philadelphia in 2007 after he was recruited to play basketball for UI and graduated in 2010, DaVonna Brown said. She said Brown has a 5-yearold son, Joshua, and works as a bartender at CJ’s. “Brandon is the most sweetest, wonderful man you ever want to meet,” DaVonna Brown said. “This may sound funny because I’m his mother, but if you ask somebody else they’ll say the same thing — Brandon … is so loved by so many people … he’s a people person.” Genevieve Bendel and Will Blackburn, friends of Brown, are working with a group of about 10 or more people and the community to raise money

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working for a state fish and game department, as long as it’s related to computer security. The SFS program began in 2001 when UI was one of the first five universities in the country to offer the program. There are only 34 SFS programs nationwide and only two, including UI, in the Northwest. Alves-Foss said the reason few universities offer the program is because competition for grant money is high and many universities lack the faculty qualified to be

The Argonaut gain the robots currently provide. “If you have a machine that helps you move, your brain starts to slack,” Reinkensmeyer said. Brandon Folk, a UI graduate student working for Wolbrecht, said another difficulty they face is locating parts for the small robot. “We can’t just go down to RadioShack and buy the stuff off the shelf. So there’s a lot of lea time in ordering things,” Folk said. “We’ve been waiting for eight weeks almost for a force sensor.

‘Till we get the force sensor, we can’t move on in that part of the project. Until you’re finished, it always seems like there are more set backs than achievements.” Reinkensmeyer said he hopes to start testing the robots in peoples’ homes this summer. “It’s a lot of work to get done,” Folks said. “Right now it’s a really big project. I think Eric has more the overall vision and we’re kind of working on just different parts of it.”

to help with Brown’s medical expenses, Bendel said. “I’m always there for my friends, so it just automatically came to my thoughts to do this for him,” Bendel said. “I guess just because he would do the same thing for any of us. Just the community coming together, Moscow is pretty good about that.” She said they started collecting money the Friday after the incident. There are donation jars at The Garden, Mingles, John’s Alley and CJ’s. Bendel said they will place more throughout town as well, along with three bank accounts open at Wells Fargo-Wachovia, Chase and Sterling Savings. Bendel said they have raised about $1,500, and intentionally set up national banks because he has so many friends and family back in Philadelphia. Bendel said they will also have events, including a doorprize party at CJ’s on all three levels Jan. 25. She said it will cost $5 to get in and the prizes will be

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mentors in the SFS program. Stephen Tutton, a secondyear graduate student of the program, said the grant was large because the program at UI is expanding from four students to 15 during the next few years. Students in the SFS program work on research related to computer security and the student’s interests while going to school. For example, SFS students built and run the Reconfigurable AttackDefend Instructional Computing Laboratory. RADICL provides students the opportunity to study malware, computer viruses and hack-

To follow Brown’s progress and offer support, visit Caring Bridge website http:// www.caringbridge. org/visit/ brandonbrown. donations from local businesses. There will also be a silent auction and dinner for $15 a plate Jan. 28 at the Moose Lodge, and they will be having a Valentine’s Day themed party Feb. 12 to show their love for Brown. “He’s just a fun, happygoing guy and loves everybody, and has a great smile that just warms everybody’s hearts,” Bendel said.

ing in an environment that doesn’t put other computers at risk. Tutton and Weis said there aren’t many downsides to being in the SFS program. They stay busy with their projects and assignments that are a part of the program, but said students are discouraged from working outside the program. The only possible downside Tutton and Weis mentioned was they had to find their own job after graduation instead of someone placing them in a job. “If it’s right for you, it’s a great opportunity,” Weis said.

January 14, 2011

Bridge indecision Joe Heiner Argonaut

A footpath winds down through the tall grass to a muddy, moss-covered stone which connects to another footpath winding up the opposite bank back to the road. This is the current Third Street bridge. Third Street begins at Mountain View Road and runs to Line Street next to the University of Idaho Student Recreation Center. Half a block from Mountain View Road a creek interrupts Third Street. The moss-covered stone is the only means of crossing the creek. Les MacDonald, Moscow’s public works director, said there has been an ongoing discussion about a Third Street bridge. “The question has been, ‘Should there be a typical bridge or should it just be a pedestrian and bicycle bridge?’” MacDonald said. He said the issue first came up six years ago when citizens brought it before the city council and mayor. The council and mayor agreed to build a pedestrian bridge, but wanted grassroots actions to be the source of the funds, MacDonald said. The movement for a bridge stalled because the community only raised about

$8,000 and MacDonald said a contractor estimated a bridge would cost about $31,000. The issue resurfaced in the 2009 Comprehensive Land Use Plan which contained a section on mobility and supported the construction of a pedestrian bridge. MacDonald said the city council supported a vehicle bridge and wanted to measure the potential impact of the bridge. MacDonald said the city is setting up a comprehensive transportation plan which will study the entire city. The study will examine traffic flow to include bicycles, pedestrians and cars, and will cost about $277,000 with about $257,000 paid for by federal grants and the remainder by the city’s street fund. Part of the plan will emphasize the eastside corridor which includes Third Street. MacDonald said budget timelines dictated the city would have to study the Third Street bridge separately from the rest of the eastside corridor. Those timelines changed and allowed the city council to incorporate the Third Street bridge into the upcoming traffic study. The study will provide a range of information, which will include information allowing the city council and mayor to decide between building a pedestrian bridge or a vehicle bridge.

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“I think we’re always trying to provide additional professional opportunities to our resident advisers, and this was an additional layer of training,” said Dee Dee Kanikkeberg, associate director for university housing. “Certainly Dr. Fritz does an excellent job of providing our training every year that we go on mental health issues. It was just an additional opportunity for the treatment halls.” As part of this study in the fall, students living in the residence halls received a survey asking about their moods and their emotions including what kind of mental or emotional issues they experienced and how they dealt with those issues,

Luella Frey lives on the east side of the creek, which runs through Third Street, and said she would prefer the city didn’t build a vehicle bridge, but that a pedestrian bridge would be beneficial. “I wish they’d put in a pedestrian bridge to protect the young kids who cross the creek,” Frey said. “You know those young kids can drown in just a few feet of water.” Leonard Johnson and his wife Odessa have lived on the west side of the creek, which has run through Third Street for nine years. Johnson said traffic by their house is bad because of Mountain View Road and it would be worse with traffic going by on Third Street as well. Johnson said the city is wasting money with the traffic study to determine if they should build a pedestrian bridge or a vehicle bridge. “The city council should quit navel gazing and put in a pedestrian bridge,” he said. City officials have not found a contractor to conduct the study yet, but once a contractor is found the study will take 18-24 months to complete. MacDonald said after the study is completed the city council and mayor will make a decision on the type of bridge to build.

Kanikkeberg said. At the end of spring, the students will get another survey to see if there has been any change since the training. “For me, what’s important is that the university is committed enough to its students to be willing to participate in a study as extensive as this. And one of the things I noted is the dedication of the RAs that they were willing to spend 12 hours of their time right before the semester,” Fritz said. “I think that’s reflective of our atmosphere.” Fritz said these considerations are important for the university to be attending to, and as a faculty member, she is glad to be a part of that. “I’m excited as they continue the surveying with the population to find out, does this make a difference in the data that you are all going to be providing to the researchers,” Kanikkeberg said.


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The Idaho men’s basketball team played an outstanding game Wednesday in the Cowan Spectrum to overcome the Nevada Wolfpack with a score of 72-67. Idaho finished the game with a bang, capping another conference win. “We made some winning plays down the stretch, and that’s what you have to do to win a close one,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. Idaho has a hard time winning at home against the Wolfpack, but fought tooth and nail for the victory. Nevada leads the overall series with a record of 35-23. Coming into the game, Nevada had won the last four games and 13 of the previous 14 meetings. Idaho’s victory against the Wolfpack is an accomplishment that will provide extra momentum for the Vandals in the next few conference games. “I couldn’t be more proud of the guys,” Verlin said. “I thought my guys looked a little tired tonight from the road and I just need to get some pop back into their step.” Idaho now holds a record of 10-6 (4-1) in conference play. This is the best conference record in the five years Idaho has been in the WAC. “We’re stoked about where we’re at,” said Jeff Ledbetter, guard. “But we’re staying hungry and we’re moving on to the next game.” With this loss, Nevada’s record drops to 4-13 and 1-3 in conference play. The Vandals came out strong to start the game against the Wolfpack. Within just four minutes of the game, the Vandals had an 11-4 lead and were starting to show their shooting strength. Idaho seemed as if it would dominate the first half in boards and points, but the Wolfpack clawed their way back to take the lead with just 3:38 left in the game. Ledbetter produced three steals from three consecutive Nevada possessions, resulting in four points from free throws. His steals brought the lead back to the Vandals and gave them a two-point halftime lead with a score of 30-28. “That came out of nowhere,” Ledbetter said. “It was fun and it gave us a good spark, but it came out of nowhere.” The second half was the same story. Idaho came out on fire and made a 10-point lead with 15:40 left in the game. It once again seemed as if Idaho would close it out but within the last few minutes Nevada came back and took the lead. A set of free throws from Vandal point guard Deremy Geiger and a dunk from center Kyle Barone capped the victory for Idaho. Nevada forward Olek Czyz, a transfer from Duke Universi-

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University of Idaho guard/post Derina Taleni drives into the key during the women’s basketball game against the University of Hawaii Thursday evening in the Cowan Spectrum. The Vandals won 72-48.

Vandals win 500 Kevin Bingaman Argonaut

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Vandal guard Shawn Henderson dishes the ball off to center Kyle Barone late in the second half against the Nevada Wolfpack in the Cowan Spectrum. Barone finished the play with a two-handed slam, exclamating the 72-67 win over the Wolfpack. The Vandals are off to their best WAC start at 4-1 and 10-6 overall.

High percentage shooting and toughnosed defense propelled the University of Idaho women’s basketball team to its 500th program win Thursday night, as Idaho (96, 2-1) blew out Hawaii (6-10, 0-3) in a 72-48 decision. The first half was a battle royal that saw a back and forth battle with five lead changes. The Vandals were outrebounded 24-7 in the first half, which allowed Hawaii to stay close. Hawaii’s offense never looked crisp, but constantly crashing the glass made up for dismal shooting kept them in the game. Idaho coach Jon Newlee said rebounding held his team back. “Defensively, we were doing what we wanted, but we weren’t blocking out,”

Newlee said. “ It just wasn’t happening and they did a good job of getting off the glass.” With five minutes to go in the first half, Idaho started putting it together on both sides of the ball, building their biggest lead of the half and going into the locker room up 30-21. Rachelle Kloke led the team with eight points in the first half, hitting four of her five attempts in the half. In the second half the Vandals picked up where they left off, coming out of the locker room on a 14-0 run, led by Bianca Cheever, who scored 12 points all from behind the arch. Senior Yinka Olorunnife said it felt good to be on the right side of a big run. “It felt good,” Olorunnife said. “Usually we’re on the other side of a run like that so it was nice to be on the other side.” Idaho took control of every aspect of the game and never looked back, out-

scoring Hawaii 42-27 in the second half. Newlee said he is happy with the way his team responded. “I like the way we executed in the second half,” Newlee said. “We looked more like ourselves offensively. They were playing off us so much that the threes were there the second half, and we just needed to take advantage of it.” With the win the Vandals improve to 2-1 in conference play and Hawaii falls to 0-3. The Vandals will not be back in action until next Thursday when they hit the road, traveling to San Jose State to take on the Spartans. Coach Newlee said his team can’t afford to look past the struggling Spartans, but will need to just show up and play. Idaho will be back in the Cowan Spectrum Saturday Jan. 22 to take on rival Boise State.

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Catching up with the Vandal men Kelli Hadley and Pierce Beigh Argonaut

Vandal fans had a lot to be excited about during the winter break, as the men’s basketball team used those games to propel to its current record of 10-6(4-1). The men began break with a close victory against the Oregon Ducks led by forward Brandon Wiley, who had 14 points, and Landon Tatum with 11. The Vandal men showed some weakness in terms of turnovers, but managed to pull through with an end score of 69-65. The team’s success was briefly halted by the next game, WAC opener against New Mexico State. Despite 17 lead changes, the game ended with a score of 69-74. Turnovers and lost rebounds were factors to blame in Idaho’s performance, but center Kyle Barone led the team and had a career-high end tally of 22 points and nine rebounds.

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Catching up with women’s basketball Kevin Bingaman Argonaut

The Vandal women’s basketball team kept its winning streak going during winter break, going 2-2 in the break and posting an overall record of 8-6. The team began break with losses against Seattle University and Gonzaga University. The losing streak extended to three when Idaho ran into another tough opponent in St. Mary’s, but Idaho showed resilience against University of Portland and ended the losing skid in a 71-66 decision. Yinka Olorunnife led Idaho with a 15-point, 18-rebound performance, nabbing her sixth dou-

ble-double of the season. Coach Jon Newlee said the win was important going into conference play. “To get that momentum going into conference play is huge,” Newlee said. “Especially a tight, physical road win in a knock-down drag-out game, like the WAC is going to be. I thought this was good preparation for us.” The Vandals opened up WAC play a week later with a thrilling overtime victory against Nevada in front of a national audience on ESPNU. The win gave Idaho its 499th win in program history. Idaho continued conference play Monday night, when Fresno State denied the Vandals their 500th pro-

gram win in a 67-84 loss. Newlee said communication was an issue in the loss. “I thought our start was great, we got out and we were communicating, we were playing good defense, getting good shots, getting to the rim,” Newlee said.” We got tired and our transition defense went bad. We stopped communicating defensively and gave up some wide open looks.” It’s still the beginning stages of conference play, but right now Idaho 8-6(1-1) is sitting in fifth place. Fresno State 10-5(2-0) is in first place, followed closely by Louisiana Tech. Idaho will hit the road once again when they travel to San Jose to take on the Spartans Thursday.


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Indoor season off to a running start Vicky Hart

“When it’s done, though, we’ll come away with a better facility.” For the time being, WSU has granted VanSince last spring, Vandal track and field has dal track and field athletes access to its training undergone changes in coaching staff, training fa- facility for evening practices. cilities and mindset. This weekend’s WSU Open Athletes in all events will be training straight Indoor meet in Pullman. will test both new and through the first competition. returning athletes against some of the region’s “We hit weights hard after winter break, best competitors. so a lot of them will be pretty sore,” said JuJason Graham, formerly the University of lie Taylor, Throwing coach. “The first meet Idaho’s vertical jump coach, took charge of all is about working out the kinks and getting the jumping events last November. bugs out of our technique.” “Jason (Graham) is doing a really fantastic Distance runners, coming off a successjob,” coach Wayne Phipps said. “It’s always ful cross-country season, will not compete in difficult to lose a significant memthis weekend’s meet because their ber of coaching staff.” training was postponed by crossThe loss Phipps refers to is that country events and recuperation. of former co-coach Yogi Teevens, Sprinters will also be less visible who took a position at Utah State in the indoor season, as most are University in November after 13 waiting to compete until the outyears at UI. door season begins in March. Many Graham has absorbed Teevens’ dunew and returning athletes from all ties coaching long and triple jumpers. areas of the program are choosing “It’s a big adjustment,” Graham to sit out for the indoor season in said. “I used to exclusively coach order to prepare for next year or for Julie Taylor pole vaulters and now I have a lot the later outdoor season. Throwing coach more athletes that I have to sched“We’re redshirting our no. 1 ule practice time with.” guy for jumping events,” Graham Despite his expanded role, Grasaid. “My no. 2 guy is not eligible ham remains focused on the performance and for the indoor season, so he’ll jump unattached improvement of individual athletes and the until March.” team as a whole. Graham, Taylor and Phipps agree it will be Contributing to the improvement of Idaho’s a few more weeks until the program switches pole vaulters is Graham’s custom-built train- its focus from training to competition. ing apparatus, which he calls “The Cage.” “We’re going to develop, but it might not “Basically, it supports training equipment be shown this weekend,” Taylor said. “It’s gowe use on non-vaulting days,” Graham said of ing to be a building year with a lot of kids redthe iron structure. “It’s built to group all of our shirting for the indoor season.” training exercises into one location.” Through coaching and facility updates, While pole vaulters have gained training Vandal track and field focuses on consistent facilities since last season, many Vandals have improvement for the present and strategic lost practice space due to construction in the planning for the future. Kibbie Dome. “The indoor season is going to be challeng“It affects our meet schedule because we ing from a team standpoint, but I think we’ll can’t host indoor competitions,” Phipps said. see a lot of individual success,” Phipps said. Argonaut

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Vandal vaulter Jeremy Klas attempts a vault of 17 feet 8 inches last spring in the Kibbie Dome at the Vandal Collegiate. Klas and his teammates are optimistic about the coming season that opens Saturday in Pullman at the WSU Open.

Another year, more controversy Monday night we saw another college football on money — if you are in a conference with season come to an end. The Auburn Tigers de- money then you are eligible to play for a nafeated the Oregon Ducks in a game that was poorly tional title. The BCS bowl games are also based on monplayed by both teams. On Tuesday Auburn was ranked first with 56 first places, followed by TCU ey. Why did 10-2 Arkansas get into the Sugar Bowl over 11-1 Boise St? Again it goes who had three first place votes, and then back to money — Arkansas would bring Oregon, Stanford and Ohio State to more fans to the game than Boise State round out the top five. would, and it has nothing to do with Another Bowl Championship Series what team is better. If the Sugar Bowl championship game was played, and we was played in Boise, Idaho, BSU would still don’t know who the best team in the have been invited instead of Arkansas. country is. Auburn went 14-0 this seaThe BCS needs to be destroyed. In son, and TCU went 13-0. Who is to say 1997, a year before the BCS was formed, TCU is not the best team in the counMichigan split the national championtry? Based on the way Auburn played Monday night, TCU is the better team. Michael Greenway ship with Nebraska and the BCS was TCU went 13-0 and played in the Argonaut implemented to end all the controversy. It hasn’t worked out that way, and in the Rose Bowl, where they beat Wisconsin 2003 season USC actually had to split a 21-19. TCU played Oregon State and Baylor in the nonconference. They beat Oregon national championship with LSU, despite being State 30-21 and destroyed Baylor 45-10. Against ranked No. 1 in both human polls. There has been even more controversy with BCS teams they were 3-0 after the Rose Bowl. TCU could play with anyone in the country, but the BCS than without it. Before the BCS, the because of money reasons, teams like TCU will Rose, Fiesta, Sugar and Orange Bowls were all never get a chance to play for a national champion- played Jan. 1 and as of Jan. 2 the season ended. ship. College football needs a playoff. Take the top Today those games once precious to Jan. 1 are eight teams at the end of the season, and play it off. spread out through Jan. 10. The BCS has ruined This is the only way to determine a true college football and another system based on talnational champion. Today it is purely based ent, not money, must be implemented.

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The Vandal men’s basketball team huddles on the court in Cowan Spectrum Wednesday evening before tip-off against the Nevada Wolfpack. The Vandals 10-6 (4-1) beat the Wolfpack 72-67 and are off to their best WAC start in school history. Coach Verlin said, A pair of “winning plays” late in the game made the difference.

Idaho heads to California Pierce Beigh Argonaut

A great start to the season has the Idaho men’s basketball team hoping to continue its winning season against Cal State Bakersfield and Fresno State. Idaho will hit the road to California this weekend for a two-game road trip. The Vandals will tip-off against Cal State Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Saturday in Bakersfield, Calif. Cal State Bakersfield has a

record of 9-7 overall with wins against Portland State and San Jose State, which Idaho also beat. Cal State Bakersfield has fallen to Colorado, New Mexico and Utah State. The game against Cal State Bakersfield is not a conference game and will not count on the conference record. After what Vandal fans hope to be a win in Bakersfield, the team will head to Fresno, Calif. Monday to take on conference opponents

Fresno State. The Fresno State Bulldogs have a record of 7-7 overall with wins against LA Tech, Nevada and San Jose State. They have only lost one conference game, against New Mexico State. This conference game will count toward both teams WAC records. Fresno State has losses to Washington State, Utah and BYU. The Vandals’ next home game will be against Boise State, Jan. 22 in the Cowan Spectrum.

TCWho? Akey votes Auburn in final poll Madison McCord Argonaut

Idaho football coach Robb Akey will admit that in weeks 14 and 15 of the college football season, he was the only coach to vote TCU as the No. 1 team in the country. And following suit, TCU received one first place vote in the final USA Today Coaches Poll released this week. But that vote didn’t come from Akey. Akey, who claims to follow a week-byweek voting system he created for himself, said TCU did receive his vote for the last two weeks of the regular season, but not in the final poll. “I started the year having Alabama as the best team in the nation,” Akey said. “They were followed by Ohio State and Boise State and then TCU. When a team lost, the rest of the pack moved up.” Keeping this same line-up throughout the season and dropping a team when they lose means Akey not only voted for TCU as the top team in the nation, but also for Boise State before their loss to Nevada. “I can assure you that the final vote for TCU

was not from me,” Akey said. “Our group (American Football Coaches Association) has a deal saying that we will vote the team who wins the (BCS) National Championship game as the best team in the nation, and I did that, I voted for Auburn. With that said though, I will say that I did vote TCU as the second best team in the nation in the final poll.” Akey, who is preparing to start his fifth season as coach of the Vandals, said although No. 2 TCU’s 21-19 win over No. 5 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl this season does give non-BCS teams hope, the win was not all about proving the little guys can do it. “That win was big for TCU,” Akey said. “It was the same with the BCS wins by Utah and Boise State before them. Sure it helps us think that down the road we can be in that position, but in the end those wins are most important to their schools.” Now that the 2010 college football season has officially come to a close, Akey and his staff are already in full preparation mode for next season. And according to Akey, he is keeping his 2011 preseason top team close to home. “My number one team to start of next year – the Idaho Vandals, of course.”

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Idaho ended the calendar year with a win against LA Tech Dec. 31, beating the Bulldogs 77-47, the biggest conference win for the Vandals in 12 years. They have since also beat Hawaii, San Jose State and Nevada, leaving them rolling on a fourgame WAC winning streak, which it has only done once before, with coach Don Verlin during his first season. “The guys played really hard and played well, and I really liked what I saw,” Idaho coach Don Verlin said after the recent win against San Jose State. After an early destructive loss to University of Montana there was speculation about this year’s team, but the Vandals have so far proven to be able to compete with any team in the WAC. Idaho basketball is sweeping its competition and the home games are sure to be packed with attendance. The team hits the road this weekend for California, where they will compete against Cal State Bakersfield Saturday and Fresno State University Monday.

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Vandal center Kyle Barone drives to the hoop Wednesday evening in the Cowan Spectrum during the game against the Nevada Wolfpack. Barone was called for a double-dribble on the play, despite contact from Nevada forward Dario Hunt. Barone finished the night with 13 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Playoff picks and upsets Barry Wilner

AP Pro Football Writer The road hardly was daunting in the wild-card round, and it might be just as kind when the NFL playoffs reach the final eight. Even teams that rarely lose at home during the regular schedule — that would be the Patriots (8-0) and the Falcons (7-1) this season — could be vulnerable this weekend. And the Steelers are not all that strong at home in the postseason, going 10-6 since 1990. Plus, the Seahawks’ best game in 2010 was their win at Soldier Field in October. So, which hosts will be generous and which will be stingy in the divisional round?

New York at New England

If this playoff edition of the nasty AFC East rivalry was decided by verbiage, the Jets (125) already would be headed to the AFC title game for the second straight year. Bill Belichick and his Patriots (14-2) are no match in the war of words. Where they are a tough matchup is at Gillette Stadium.

The last time the Jets came calling, they left battered and silenced, 45-3 losers on Dec. 6. “We moved past that game,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said, “but we’ll certainly look at it and try to improve on it. When you’re down 100 points, you’ll probably make mistakes.” New England is a 9-point favorite for its first playoff game since the Ravens came into Foxborough and routed them 33-14 in the first round a year ago. Hard to believe that Tom Brady has won 28 consecutive regular-season home games, but hasn’t won a postseason contest at Gillette in three years after going 8-0 in home playoff games since becoming a starter in 2001. He’s raring to go Sunday. “Not that you need any more satisfaction to win a game like this because it’s the biggest game we’ve played all season,” Brady said. The Jets won the first meeting, back in Week 2, 28-14, befuddling Brady with blitzes and pressure in the second half. These Patriots are a much different and improved team from the one that visited the Meadowlands in September.

Yes, the Jets are better, too. Not nearly enough, though. BEST BET, PATRIOTS 28-17

Green Bay at Atlanta

If Green Bay (11-6) had been able to run the ball in the 20-17 loss at the Georgia Dome on Nov. 28, it likely would have won. But the Packers were held to 77 yards rushing, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers the leader with 51. That’s never a good thing on a pass-oriented team. Rodgers also was 26 of 35 for 344 yards with one TD and no interceptions in that game. He did have a key fumble near the Atlanta goal line in the second quarter. “That’s definitely something I remember from that game,” he said. The Falcons had a few games like that this season, close affairs that they won with clutch defense or timely scoring. In going 13-3 for home-field advantage in the NFC, they ranked just 16th on offense and 16th on defense, but the Falcons led the NFC with a plus-14 turnover margin, including a conference-low 17 giveaways.

Green Bay should have plenty of impetus from winning three straight when one loss would have ended their season. The Pack is capable of building on the wild-card victory at Philadelphia. UPSET SPECIAL: PACKERS, 23-20

Baltimore at Pittsburgh

If every AFC North meeting between the Ravens and Steelers is smashmouth, what is a playoff game between the bitter foes? Mega-smashmouth? Super-smashmouth? “We both finished 12-4,” Baltimore linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “That’s why, I think, the stakes are so much higher, the two best teams in the NFL. You can argue Atlanta and New England ... but anyone can argue the winner of this game will most likely to go on to win the Super Bowl.” Perhaps. But first there is the spiciest matchup of this weekend, at Heinz Field, where the Ravens have never won in the postseason. They did edge the Steelers there 17-14 on Oct. 3, but Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger still was serving his four-

game suspension. Pittsburgh won the rematch in December, 13-10 in a classic defensive battle. This one also should be low-scoring, physical and, at times, brutal. With Baltimore’s upgraded offense capable of moving the ball through the air, Steelers star safety Troy Polamalu’s contributions become even more important. Suggs and company take one more step toward that Super Bowl. RAVENS, 17-16

Seattle at Chicago

Yes, the Seahawks (8-9) have the momentum after becoming the first team with a losing record to win a playoff game, a 41-36 stunner over the defending champion Saints. Seattle can’t take the 12th Man with it to Chicago, where the elements will be more of a factor than in their regular-season victory. Awaiting the Seahawks is a Bears team that has improved throughout the year, particularly in the final two months of the schedule. Chicago’s 11-5 record is no fluke, while Seattle’s advancement probably was. BEARS, 22-10

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ty, was a key player in Nevada’s game strategy. He averages about 23 a night, but Idaho’s big men down low stopped him short and he ended up with 12 points. Geiger was the leading scorer for the Vandals with 18 points. “Were just taking it one day at a time,” Geiger said. “Each day in practice we work hard and it’s beginning to transfer to the games.” “Everyone gets along on and off the court,” Ledbetter said. “We’re a tight unit and it shows on the court.” Idaho hits the road next for a two-game trip to California. The Vandals take on Cal State Bakersfield Saturday night, and face conference opponent Fresno State University Monday night.

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Warning signs can prevent tragedies The act of violence against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others Jan. 8 was no doubt a tragedy. Now, people are searching for someone to blame for the shooting that left six people dead and 14 injured. Is Sarah Palin the root cause of the shooting because she put crosshairs on a map? Is the political climate of Arizona to blame because of its conservatism? Or can the shooting be blamed on one man who took his political leanings too far? There is no one scapegoat for the shooting. All of these factors may have contributed to Saturday’s event. However, one thing is clear — Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged shooter,

could have been helped. Loughner dropped out of Pima Community College after he was asked to provide a mental health clearance because of unstable behavior. He also has a history of abusing drugs, and was even cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. YouTube videos recorded by Loughner show an unstable man with significant disturbances — yet he never sought mental health treatment. Dr. Laura Nelson, deputy director for behavioral health at the Arizona Department of Health Services, was quoted in an article Monday saying treatment could have helped

Loughner. Nelson said his symptoms could be indicative of schizophrenia, which can cause disruption of reality — and combined with the use of substances, can cause violent behavior. Not enough is done to help the mentally ill in the U.S. About 25 percent of the homeless people in the nation have a severe mental illness, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless. A cloud of shame hangs over many mentally ill people, who fear being shunned by society if they seek treatment for their illnesses. If society is to prevent more tragedies like this from happening, people need to be more

aware that mental disturbances should not be ignored. If Loughner had received help, a 9-year-old girl might still be alive. People need to move past the stigma associated with mental illness, and they shouldn’t be ashamed to get help. Additionally, society needs to be more proactive in getting help for loved ones who need it. Loughner needed professional help. No one took action, and he slipped through the cracks. If there is any hope for preventing other acts of violence, we need to identify those who need help, and take the measures necessary to do so. — CT

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Two days into classes starting and I already have a parking ticket, I am developing major blisters on my feet and living off of snacks, and my apartment is a disaster area. It’s good to be back. — Kelcie

Trolling in the newsroom

After two and a half years of working at The Argonaut, I finally have my own desk. I need to find things to put on it to creep out my coworkers as much as possible. I’m thinking a framed photo of my cat and a Björk bobblehead, if one exists. I will also accept autographed photos of Johnny Weir. — Chava

Juliana Ward Argonaut

Drop the temp

Sex now shapes marriage later are connected to two neurological chemicals The mind is powerful, and daily expericalled oxytocin (aka “the trust hormone”) ences contribute to the brain’s physical and vasopressin. These two hormones are makeup. In Early Childhood Development, similar in structure, and therefore have a we focus on young children because we similar effect on the brain, aiding know how early experiences mold in bonding. Bonding us into the people we are today. Casey Dail This molding does not end as a Argonaut refers to attachment between both a mother child, but continues to take an acand child (oxytocin tive part in our daily choices into is released during breastfeedolder age. ing and labor), or between two One example of how experience molds partners as it is released during the brain is found in the music world. In cuddling as well as during an examining a violinist’s brain, you will notice orgasm. This is why people feel their sensory cortex to be larger than the attached when in a relationship average person’s. Their daily experience of and hurt when they break up. playing physically molds their brain. This Yet, when we create and then leads one to wonder if sexual experiences break these bonds continually have a similar effect on our brain. If the curby having sex with person after person, this rent sexual culture is one of casual hookups cycle speaks to our synapses. What message (non-committal relationships), how does does that send the brain? that not make future hopes of a marriage The message definitely is not “comor a committed monogamous relationship mitment” and its attitude is contrary to the harder? idea of an eventual faithful marriage. Could Upon examination, one learns the brain current casual hookups be influencing the contains many neurological chemicals, 50 percent divorce rate? When it gets tough which impact synapses, and synapses are the or simply not fun anymore, people just messengers in the brain. Sex and intimacy

break up. While in college, students lay the foundation for our future, both in and outside the classroom. Whether through a textbook or personal interaction, their brains constantly take new information in, which is important to consider what experiences they are surrounding themselves with. Currently, most strive for a great GPA, an internship or securing a great job after graduation, but the goals students have for their personal lives are sometimes overlooked. Given that many desire to one day get married and live out a healthy and happy relationship, have they pondered what kind of foundation they are establishing in their personal habits while in college in line with future hopes? Will the cycle of hooking up with partner after partner make it difficult to exercise fidelity to a spouse once married? Students are at UI to learn, and my question is: Exactly what are they learning outside of school?

When it gets tough or simply not fun anymore, people just break up.

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Lowering expectations avoids pain

I paid tuition and fees for this After my contracts final last semester. semester, I left the room, went I spent the four days before to my desk, threw my jacket on our grades were the floor and used it released telling my as a pillow. I started classmates I didn’t to question every care about grades and decision I made that that I wasn’t going to led me up to that look at them. moment in my life, I told myself there a process normally was no need to look reserved after a night because I already of too much Patron. knew what the letters I could hear my would tell me: I need classmates discussing R.J. Taylor to work harder this the very exam I was Argonaut semester, continue to desperately trying to learn how to study forget and decided I and avoid taking naps during a had to get out of the building. final and then turning it in an I texted my sister and told her hour early. I would buy lunch if she would I went less than four mincome pick me up. utes without looking once I When I got into her car, the found out grades were posted. first thing she said was she had The secret to not being disjust taken a final and would appointed when looking at law have to wait 48 hours to see school grades for the first time her grade. She stressed about is a lot like going on a blind her grade until it was posted 96 date — drastically lower your hours later. standards before looking. I would not learn my exam I had to convince myself grade for another 33 days, that while as an undergrad and which was six days sooner than master’s student I could look at I expected and six days after

my transcripts expecting to see all A’s and be disappointed if I saw anything less, and that is no longer the case. It was probably a lot like how a rookie running back feels for the first time once he realizes his days of getting 100 yards a game are over in the locker room before his first NFL game. I had to come to terms with the fact I could get all B’s this school year, which would be more B’s than I’ve seen during the past six years combined, and it would still be an accomplishment by itself. It’s a good thing I came to this understanding because all B’s was what I saw when I looked on VandalWeb — well, two B+’s and two B-’s, so I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, it’s a 3.0

GPA, which is the exact minimal GPA required to make the dean’s list. Though I was hoping for an A in one of the B- classes, I can’t be too disappointed. This is in part because I just don’t know enough about math to figure out the damage that slip-up caused my GPA. But mostly because nothing says I found the line between taking law school seriously enough to do well in class but not so seriously I couldn’t enjoy my time outside of it — like getting the exact GPA required to make the dean’s list and nothing more or less. Life is all about finding balance. R.J. Taylor is a first-year University of Idaho law student.

I spent four days before our grades were released telling my classmates I didn’t care about grades and that I wasn’t going to look at them.

In order for the university to save money, it should turn thermostats to at least 72 degrees instead of 74. Five of six rooms in the TLC had thermostats set at 74 degrees. Save money and drop the temp, folks. — Nick

Love for this break

This winter break was by far the best break I have ever had. I don’t care how lazy this might sound — I thoroughly enjoyed sleeping well into the afternoon nearly everyday, hanging around the house for a few hours, and then heading out with friends I hadn’t seen in weeks, months or even longer. Now hit repeat. Fantastic. — Elizabeth

Dear Geography Girl,

The North Pole is not a continent, and Alaska is not attached to Russia, no matter what Sarah Palin wants you to believe.  — Jens

My mantra

This semester, I will write every single assignment in my perfect planner the size of Texas. I will attend every single class unless I am on my deathbed. I will work hard to help people around me improve and accept critique gracefully in order to improve myself. I will actively ensure the people in my life know they are loved. — Tanya

High hopes

It’s my last semester of college, and it will be my best yet — I can feel it. — Kelli

Inspiration

I watched President Obama’s speech at the Arizona shooting victims memorial Thursday and realized any problems that may arise in my life are simple and will be easy to get past compared to those affected in Tucson. It was possibly the best 30 minutes I have ever spent and suggest everyone watch and see what I mean. — Madison

Next break: found.

Three days of class, then a three-day weekend? Yes please. — Dara

Body parts

I like foreheads. They’re really funny but they don’t serve much of a purpose. — Loren

Mail Box Correspondence with our readers

Doesn’t cause abortion

Senate Bill 1353, otherwise known as the Pharmacy Refusal bill, is scientifically, medically and legally inaccurate and unnecessary. It is inaccurate because the bill lists emergency contraception, otherwise known as EC or Plan B, as an abortifacient drug. It is not. Idaho Health & Welfare said, “Emergency contraception does not cause abortion.” Emergency contraception, like all contraception, works to prevent pregnancy from occurring. It won’t affect an established pregnancy or harm a fetus. It is unnecessary because under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Idaho Human Rights Act, employers cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. In fact, they must reasonably accommodate their “employees sincerely held religious practices,” including employees who may object to providing certain medical treatment. Furthermore, Idaho law (18-612) already protects hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other health care providers from providing abortion services they oppose for personal reasons. Therefore, S1353 is not

about providing conscience protections for health care providers. It’s about preventing people to choose what is best for their bodies by limiting access to contraception in Idaho. Neither the Idaho Medical Association, nor the Idaho Board of Pharmacy sponsored or endorsed this bill. Neither were doctors, nurses or pharmacists responsible. Instead, the driving force behind SB1353 was David Ripley of Idaho Chooses Life, and anti-choice extremists. They touted the bill as “uplifting pro-life legislation” and as “waging the battle to protect the gift of life.” Let’s be honest — the Pharmacy Refusal bill discriminates against the men and women of Idaho under the guise of “protecting” health care providers. But really it’s an attack on personal choice. Idaho men, women and families deserve better. They deserve access to personal and private family planning services in a timely and convenient manner. Pharmacists’ personal beliefs should never override patients’ rights to comprehensive health care. Lauretta Campbell VOX at The University of Idaho Senior, history


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