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Derisa Taleni returns to basketball as a teammate and mother, page 5
Columnist Kelcie Moseley says video games are sexist, page 9
Renting and buying Bookstore offers more affordable options Brittany Kiser Argonaut
University of Idaho students and parents can breathe again when it comes to textbook prices, thanks to the UI Bookstore’s new textbook rental program. UI Bookstore Director John Bales said their mission
is to provide educational content at the best possible value to students. “When we found we had the ability to run a rental program, it seemed like a win-win situation — for students, for us, for everyone,” Bales said. Bookstore Associate Manager Larry Martin said the rental program was origi-
nally launched during the 2010 fall semester. “The prices will really benefit students, it’s a value we’ve never been able to offer before,” Miller said. “Let’s say you have a $100 textbook. That same book would cost about $75 used, and anywhere from $30-$45 through our rental program ... Students
save an average of about 40 percent, which really brings the price down.” Bales said this fall there were about 300 different titles available for rent. Digital books are another option. “The books available for rent tend to be for larger classes,
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A car covered in snow sits in the purple lot behind Wallace complex Monday afternoon. Some students leave their vehicles during the winter break because of snow accumulation.
No snow day for facilities Kayla Herrmann Argonaut
As winter continues to coat Moscow in blankets of white, University of Idaho Facilities Services is working to reduce the amount of snow on campus by teaming up with Parking and Transportation Services. Chris Zillinger, director of Landscape and Exterior Services, said it is important for students to remove their vehicles from campus during winter break. “No one was supposed to be parked over Thanksgiving break, and everyone who left their cars were in the way for snow removal,” Zillinger said. “There is no street parking on campus over breaks, because it messes with snow removal. Things got really bad a few
years ago and we had only one lane of traffic because of all of the cars left on campus. We really need them to be off the street.” Facilities Services controls the snow removal and ice on all campus streets, walkways and parking lots. However, PTS pays for snow removal in all parking lots on campus, said Rebecca Couch, PTS information specialist. “This year we have noticed several bikes that are not parking on bike racks and are making snow removal more difficult. Since the bikes are not on racks it’s not allowing that area to be plowed with a truck or tractor, we are having to hand shovel the areas,” Couch said.
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Latah County unemployment rate rises as benefits end Joanna Wilson Argonaut
The unemployment rate for Latah County in October was higher than last year, from 7.0 to 8.2, but lower than the state average for the month, 9.1, the Idaho Department of Labor announced Nov. 19. Unemployment tends to reinforce itself, said Kathryn Tacke, regional economist for IDL. “When you have a lot of unemployment, you have less spending power, (leading to) loss of jobs in retail,” Tacke said. Many of those unemployed will lose more spending power as extended unemployment benefits ended Dec. 4 for 1,200 jobless workers in Idaho, and 14,000 more are scheduled to lose benefits soon. Unemployment benefits are not an entitlement — the applicant must meet certain requirements to be accepted, said Josh Mckenna, IDL benefits bureau
Mckenna said. “They are spending it in the community, so without the money, they can’t use it that way,” Mckenna said. Spending in Latah County is affected by the financial situation of the whole state because of the money the University of Idaho receives from the state, Tacke said. She said visitors are Kathryn Tacke also a large piece of revenue. IDL regional economist “(Revenue) was down last couple of years because of fewer visitors coming to Latah County because they have rechief. duced budgets,” Tacke said. The applicant must have lost the job Improvement must come at the state through no fault of the worker, must be and national level for the Latah economy able to work and must be actively seek- to improve, Tacke said. She said the cloing a new job. Every week, the individual sure of Walmart in Moscow could have must submit a detailed report to main- some negative effects on the Latah econtain eligibility. omy as well, Tacke said. Benefits normally last 10 to 26 weeks, “People who came over from Pulland up to 99 weeks in Idaho. man would shop Walmart and then go Congress added more money to the to other stores too,” Tacke said. “It will system to extend benefits because of have both effects (positive and negative). the state of the economy, but set a limit We have to compare what things were on how long the extensions would last, like before Walmart closed.”
“When you have a lot of unemployment, you have less spending power, (leading to) loss of jobs in retail.“
The Vandal Voice for 112 Years
Giving back to the community Joanna Wilson Argonaut
Main Street is a mere 10minute walk away, and yet many University of Idaho students have never taken a walk downtown. “Participating in the local community is a very important thing,” said Kayla Didier, UI Student. “It wasn’t until I’m about to graduate (that) I thought it mattered.” Didier is the vice president of services for Vandal Solutions which is a class offered by the College of Business that gives students real experience in running a business and working with clients. This December, for the second year, VS is working with Gritman Medical Center, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and the City of Moscow to run a marketing campaign called “Shop Moscow for the
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Holidays.” The point of the campaign is to connect UI students with downtown Moscow. “I think a lot of the local businesses have a hard time addressing the student population,” Didier said. “There’s a void between local businesses and students.” Eric Engerbretson, manager of the Nuart Theater and a participant in the campaign, said the campaign is able to benefit almost everyone. “More people to meet, more friends to make, more things to buy or sell, and so more tax money to improve the community,” Engerbretson said. VS asked local businesses on Main Street to offer student discounts, and in return advertised those discounts to students.
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December 7, 2010
Success at Innovation Awards Laura Kross Argonaut
The University of Idaho’s 2010 Innovation Awards, held Nov.12, honored inventions by professors and their research teams. According to the UI website, this ceremony recognized overall innovation and leadership at the university. “It’s our way to tell these inventors, ‘You really stand out, you really did a good job,’” said Karen Stevenson, licensing associate for the Office of Research and Economic Development. She said this year’s Innovation Awards had more patents and fewer licenses than last year. “With the recession I thought, ‘Oh jeez, you know, we’re not … going to have as much, and we did,” Stevenson said. “Overall, people were just as hard-working.” Ken Cain, associate professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife and associate director of the Aquaculture Research Institute, was part of a group that developed a recently patented vaccine and mass immunization method to protect trout and salmon against a bacterial disease. Cain said the vaccine targets coldwater disease, which is caused by bacteria and is responsible for approximately 9 to 10 million in losses to Idaho’s trout industry.
“Because of the disease we’re “Liquefaction is when an earthquake working on, especially in this repropagates through saturated soil, the soil gion, I think we really have the becomes like a liquid, so anything built on potential to make a big difference,” top of it fails,” Burbank said. Cain said. “In Idaho alone, the TerraFusion, a leader in environmentrout industry, we produce 80 pertally responsible construction technology, cent of the trout that are produced picked up the patented method in order to in the U.S. for food.” build roads in developing and underdevelThe patented method for imoped countries that can withstand rainy munizing salmon and trout inseasons and make the soil more concretvolves immersing the fish in the ized, Williams said. vaccine. Cain said the fish are basi“It could be huge, almost a humanitarcally left to sit in a solution of the ian thing, but really helping people help vaccine. themselves over a greater period of the “By being able to do a lot of fish year,” Williams said. “So, that’s the kind of at one time, it allows a hatchery to market TerraFusion sees.” actually work this in without havThe power of having a patented techKen Cain nology, such as the coldwater disease vacing to try to inject every individual fish, which would just be too costAssociate professor cine or method of using microbes to staly,” Cain said. Department of Fish bilize soil, allows the individual or team to Barbara Williams, associate have an official pact with the federal govand Wildlife ernment, Stevenson said. professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engi“(The pact) says you will get, dependneering, and Ph.D student Maling on when the patent issues, 17 to 20 colm Burbank worked with three other profes- years of use without competition on that technology sors to develop a method of triggering microbes and your technology had to be novel, non-obvious, in certain soil environments to produce calcite, an and have use in commerce,” Stevenson said. ingredient in concrete, in order to curb the effects Stevenson also said the university owns patented of liquefaction. technology created by professors and makes sure
“In Idaho alone, the trout industry, we produce 80 percent of the trout that are produced in the U.S. for food.”
they do not just sit on the patent. “You want to get it out there and you want to sell it to the best of your ability,” Stevenson said. She compared this process to that of selling a car. “I like to have BMWs and Mercedes and I want to have that car as good as possible, and that’s the invention, the professor’s invention, and I have to sell that car,” Stevenson said. “If I don’t do a good job on selling it, it goes nowhere. It doesn’t sell itself. I have to be able to say this is why you really want this technology.” The university is currently working with local investors to get technology out in the marketplace, Stevenson said. “When we have a startup company (based on patented technology), we directly impact the economy here,” Steveson said. “That’s putting people on the ground that are making a salary.” University patented technologies and their subsequent start up companies also impact students. Stevenson said she will take entrepreneurs to various professors and the number one thing they are interested in is searching for students to be potential employees in these startup companies. “They want to be grabbing that graduate student coming in and having them coming into the company…you’ve got a trained person with the intellect,” Stevenson said. “It’s kind of a fun process to watch them looking at the students.”
Harbor Center celebrates 30 years
This year marks the 30th year that the University of Idaho has been in Coeur d’ Alene at UI Harbor Center — this external branch of the university continues to grow each year and provides innovative ways for students to learn. Jack Dawson, one of two people employed at the UI CDA branch when it was founded, said it is a beautiful facility that has done well for both the community and the university. “We started out with two employees — that included a secretary and I,” Dawson said. “Most every university now has branched out campuses, and the Harbor Center campus is becoming a milestone of UI.” UI at CDA currently has about 500 students and caters to the ‘non-traditional’ student, said Richard Reardon, associate vice president of the UI Harbor Center. es: homas Jacob “This Barretist the larger of the two other external branches located in Boise and nathan L eBlanc Idaho Falls ic Scott Robertso n and we are looking to expand with a building that we would share with North Idaho College,” Reardon
said. “Most of the student CFO’s experiences,” Rearpopulation is older people or don said. people who have other obliThe panel was held at the gations, so it’s a nice alternaUI Harbor Center in Coeur tive that UI provides these d’ Alene Nov. 20. The panother campuses.” elists included David Butler, As for a formal celebravice president of finance tion, Reardon said they talkand chief financial officer ed about celebrating the 30th for Winco Foods Inc., Clint year anniversary, but since Marshall, chief financial ofthe 25th year was such a big ficer and partner of Unicep celebration, they decided to Packaging Inc., and Mary wait. Pat Thompson, senior vice “We really appreciate the president of finance/admincommunity support — it’s istration and CFO for MWI been a great experience for the Veterinary Supply Co. last 30 years and will be in the Renata McLeod, project future,” Reardon said. coordinator for the city of Reardon was also an atCoeur d’ Alene, said it was tendee for a panel that includ- Richard Reardon an interesting event because ed CFOs of local businesses, Associate vice both students and alumni got recently held in CDA for the president of the UI to see real world experience, current Executive Masters of Harbor Center but on a level where everyBusiness Association students, one could connect easily. alumni and anyone else who “There was a mixture of wanted to come. instructors and MBA stu“The panel discussion was very inno- dents that attended, but it gave everyone vative, because they invited real profes- real world examples, and was a great opsionals for these current EMBA students portunity for anyone who got to see it,” and some alumni to hear about their McLeod said.
“We really appreciate the community support — it’s been a great experience for the last 30 years and will be in the future”
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Core Curriculum proposal sent back to ASUI
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Opposing views on a new Core Curriculum proposal by the University Committee on General Education caused the plan to be rejected and sent back to ASUI by the University Curriculum Committee. “As of right now, the core proposal is kind of in the air,” said Stephen Parrott, ASUI president. “We’re technically following the old Core just like everybody has so far, but the problem with that is some of the budget problems.” Parrott said the budget issue needs to be fixed if the proposal does not go through. “The UCGE presented it to us at ASUI a couple of weeks ago and we are in full support of the new plan for the Core proposal,” Parrott said. Parrott said ASUI believes
the proposal will the new proposal fulfill students’ started for the fall needs better. He 2011 semester. said it has been 10 “I’m worried years since Core now that it’s gowas refreshed, ing to be too late and ASUI feels as and we’re going though it was beto have to wait ancoming outdated. other whole year, Steve Chandler, because now we chair of UCGE, may be past the said they have hit to get it Steve Chandler deadline the deadline for on the fall 2011’s Chair of UCGE catalog,” Parrott changing curriculum for next year. said. “That made Chandler said me very unhappy because the UCGE knew a representative university has spent six months on their committee and the and literally thousands and representative on the UCC thousands of dollars work- committee that were strongly ing on these proposal revisions opposed to these changes. He and UCC, in a matter of about knew their ideas conflicted an hour, without ever talking when it came to the new diverabout the real proposal, sent it sity requirement, which would back,” Chandler said. involve diversity in American Both Chandler and Parrott culture. expressed concern for getting “The main problem is that
“That’s the way democracy or democratice processes work...”
their curricula in their majors are already so full, even that simple addition is too much,” Chandler said. “The UCC could have simply cut out the one little piece on diversity and just postponed that, but instead … they rejected the whole thing.” Parrott feels the overall plan is good and said he is going to encourage the UCC to push the proposal forward when it comes back. “I feel that the benefits of doing that would outweigh anything we would have to change at a future date,” Parrott said. Chandler said the UCGE will have to go back to the drawing board with the proposal. “That’s the way democracy or democratic processes work — people have different opinions,” he said.
In a video on CampusReform.com posted Nov. 11, a Louisiana State University professor used “blunt” language to the students of his astronomy class over the issue of global warming. Bradley Schaeffer seated his students according to their views on global warming. In one corner were students who preferred no government intervention to global warming at all, with more moderate solutions and seating arrangements along the way. At the end of the seating chart was the idea to “eliminate all engines,” to stop global warming. “Blood will be on your hands,” Schaeffer said to the non-interventionists. “The people over there are claiming that the U.S. should do nothing. Oh boy, that’s really good for you, at least for the next decade or two, then you’re in trouble.” The remarks were filmed by a student with his cell phone, with the entire 40-minute lecture available on CampusReform.com. Schaeffer is seen using direct language to students through every point of view throughout the video, al-
though he tended to focus his attention on the students who denied that global warming was caused by humans. “You’re an ostrich putting your head in the sand,” he said to the class after a student argued in favor of global warming being a natural phenomenon. Currently, about 98 percent of the world’s scientific community supports the idea of global warming as the result of human actions. “Those guys are just as bad also,” Schaeffer said to the opposite corner. “You want to get rid of the internal combustion engine. How are you going to feed the people in the cities?” Wendy Lierman, a law student at the University of Idaho, said after viewing some of Schaeffer’s lecture, “It was an inappropriate comment, and I don’t see how that would further any kind of class discussion. The issue would be held-up because they would be so concerned with defending themselves personally from the attack that they couldn’t actually solve any problem.” “How is he achieving his goal? How is it helping the situation? It creates a bigger divide,” said UI student Sandra West.
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Monday, Nov. 29
3:06 a.m. — A man reported he saw someone outside his apartment wearing a dark mask. 11:57 a.m. — The reporting person was in front of Michaels when someone took a picture of her and the back of her car. 2:13 p.m. — A group of males was throwing snowballs and hit the reporting person’s car.
Tuesday, Nov. 30
9:42 a.m. — A female reported two males spit on her Monday when she confronted them about parking in a handicapped spot. All day — Reports of 17 non-injury traffic accidents. 9:22 p.m. — Someone reported she thinks the next door neighbors are firing fireworks at each other and breaking windows.
Wednesday, Dec. 1
9:39 a.m. — A pickup truck at the gas pumps at Zip Trip caught on fire. 3:29 p.m. — Someone reported children sliding down the hill across from the library, and one child was sliding into the street.
Thursday, Dec. 2
2:29 p.m. — Someone reported an erratically driven vehicle and the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. 9:15 p.m. — Someone reported a male crawling in the snow while others around him yelled profanities.
Friday, Dec. 3
5:36 p.m. — Someone stole a PS3 from Hastings.
Saturday, Dec. 4
8:16 p.m. — A male was arrested at the Alehouse for disturbing the peace.
Sunday, Dec. 5
2:15 a.m. — Someone reported six to eight subjects being verbally aggressive and possibly getting physically aggressive. 6:56 a.m. — Someone reported that his uncle was “freaking out.”
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but not always,” Bales said. “In the future though, we expect the number of titles available and the usage of our program to expand.” Bales said there is a certain simplicity to the program. “First and foremost, it’s not online and students are physically here buying books locally, without having to ship them someplace when they’re done with them,” Bales said. “Also, rental dollars stay here on campus and don’t go off to some other program like Chegg . . . And since it’s local, there’s a green initiative
6 p.m. Curious Chemistry The University of Idaho chemistry department presents “Curious Chemistry” in Renfrew Hall Room 111. Tickets are $1 and there is no charge for children under 5. There is limited seating, tickets should be purchased in advance from the University ticket office or at room 116 in Renfrew Hall. For questions, call (208) 885-6552. 7:30 p.m. University Orchestra The University Orchestra will perform in the University Auditorium. Tickets are only available at the door: $5 for adults $3 for students and senior citizens
Wednesday, Dec. 8
Noon to 2 p.m. Location: Student Diversity Center “Beading” the Dead Week Blues: Women’s Center Brown Bag Series Students are invited to join the Women’s Center to make original, handcrafted jewelry. Guest beader Debbie Hornbuckle will be teaching, and all beading supplies are provided. There is a limit of 20 participants. This workshop is open to students only.
Thursday, Dec. 9
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free community party to celebrate Moscow merchants Location: 1912 Center, 412 East Third in Moscow. Admission to the party, local products, samples of food from local restaurants and live music will be provided free. One visitor will win the $300 door prize. Thirty Moscow businesses will offer displays, samples and products for sale at the party. A raffle of gifts from locally-owned businesses will be held, . Raffle tickets will be available at the event for $1 each. Throughout the evening, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
that goes unnoticed. Reusing textbooks is an excellent form of conservation.” Miller said it takes the buyback out of the formula, so students know what their fixed cost is right from the start. Bales said they treated this semester as a test, and the overall response to the rental program has been good. “So far it seems to be very effective and efficient, so no problems here . . . except maybe some students remembering to actually return their books,” Bales said. Miller said the rentals must be returned by Dec. 20 to the customer service desk in the main bookstore to avoid any extra charges. Students are
Contact: John Crock, owner of Hyperspud Sports, Buy Local Moscow spokesperson, 883-1150
8 p.m. Annual Holiday Concert The University of Idaho’s Annual Holiday Concert will feature 500 elementary, junior high and high school choir members, and about 300 university musicians, including approximately 100 accompanists.
12:30 p.m. Winter Commencement Ceremony Location: Kibbie Dome Winter commencement: Degree candidates should show up at 11:30 a.m. in their regalia for line-up. Immediately following the ceremony, candidates, guests and faculty are invited to the President’s Reception on the Kibbie floor. More information is available online at: www. uidaho.edu/commencement. 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. 24-Hour Theatre Project The UI Theatre Department and 6th Street Productions present the first 24-Hour Theatre Project at the Hartung Theater on the University of Idaho campus. Six playwrights receive a theme at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, from which they must write 10minute plays to be staged, rehearsed and performed by the actors and directors the next day. Tickets are free. For more information, contact artistic director Zac Curtis at zacurtis@gmail. com.
Thursday, Dec. 16
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a retirement party for UI employee Maureen Taylor Regan, the associate athletic director and a senior women’s administrator. It will take place in the Student Union Building ballroom and it is a public event.
charged the replacement cost plus a small fee if they fail to return their books. “Think of it as a DVD rental — If you don’t return it, you pay the cost of the movie,” Miller said. “It’s a great value, but you have to bring them back ... Students are essentially signing a contract when renting.” Miller said the bookstore has rented about 1,300 books to more than 1,000 students, and the students who have already returned their books had positive responses. “The book industry is constantly changing,” Bales said. “We’re trying to provide all of the options that any one student would want . . . If you
want to buy a book and sell it back, we can do that. If you want to buy a digital book, we can do that. And now, if you want to rent a book, we can do that.” UI sophomore Jacky Vazquez said she thought the rental program was beneficial. “I went to buy books at the beginning of this semester and didn’t even know I could rent them until I was checking out,” Vazquez said. “The only thing is I wished they had more books available . . . I wasn’t able to rent books for all of my classes. I think once people hear about the rental program it will be really popular around campus — we just need to get the word out.”
Katherine Brown | Argonaut A mound of shoveled snow sits in front of the purple lot behind the Wallace complex Monday afternoon.
from page 1 “Bikes reported as obstructing snow removal may be impounded,” Couch said. Couch also said when it comes to overnight parking, vehicles parked between 2 and 6 a.m. in Gold and Red lots need to park according to the “Winter Overnight parking map,” which can be found on the PTS website. Although Facilities Services and PTS do the majority of
from page 1 “Part of the goal of Vandal Solutions is to give back to the community,” said Ryan Barrie, vice president of marketing for VS. “We know there are a lot of great businesses down town — we want to help then as well as get the students good deals.” Nara Woodland, the assistant director of the Prichard Art Gallery on Main Street, said students who don’t participate in Shop Moscow for the Holidays are missing out. “They will get a unique item they won’t be able to find in the mall,” Woodland said. “It’s more personal buying from a local business or artist than shopping on the Internet. It’s more fun — more engaging.” This year, eight businesses participated: Sisters Brew Coffee House, Howard Hughes Video, the Nuart Theater, One World Cafe, Maven, Paradise Creek Bicycles, Hodgins Drug and Hobby and Tye-Dye Everything. The evening of Dec. 1 was the “kick-off,” with a parade, but many of the discounts offered by the participating businesses will extend to the end of December, Didier said. “Each year we are trying to get this to be a larger and bigger thing, so next year we want to get more businesses involved,” Barrie said. Cyndie McCabe, manager of Hodgins Drug and Hobby, said the owner of the store participated in Shop Moscow for the Holidays because she wants to keep downtown strong. “We are very supportive of the university, so we appreciate support in return,” McCabe said.
snow removal on campus, various fraternities have been helpful in shoveling their own entryways and sidewalks, along with different sororities entryways. Facilities Services and PTS said it’s important for students and faculty to pay attention to the overnight policies and snow removal procedures. “We have the academic break policy of ‘No Overnight Parking’ in on-street parking areas for a reason, it’s very important and is always announced by us before each break,” Couch said.
Arlene Falcon, owner of Tye-Dye Everything, said many students are primarily campus focused. “I’m an advocate of making the student population aware of what is going on, bridging the gap between town and gown,” Falcon said. Carman Johnson, owner of Maven, said she gets more student business at the start of the year. “They have just cashed their financial aid checks and have full bank accounts,” Johnson said. “They are still coming in here, but not spending as much money.” Johnson said she has had some students come in and ask for the discount she is offering, but others are shy to ask without a hard coupon to give the casher. The owner of Paradise Creek Bicycles, T. Clevenger, said Moscow is a great location, even though business drops during the winter because of weather. “When the students leave for the summer, then the faculty who stick around get more active,” Clevenger said. Often, students are here for school and home for pleasure, and so do not think about Christmas until they leave, Clevenger said. “I would like to encourage students to spend some money locally,” Clevenger said. “They can bring the special Moscow color home with them.” Woodland said shopping locally is one way students can become integrated into the community. “(It gives them) a sense of being a part of something,” Woodland said. “They can stay in their dorms or apartments, but if they do that, they are missing out on a great community.”
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Vandal guard and post Derisa Taleni drives past her teammates at practice in Memorial Gym Wednesday. Taleni leads the Vandals in assists this year and brings senior leadership to the squad.
It’s all in the family Vicky Hart Argonaut
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University of Idaho guard and post Derisa Taleni goes up for the basket during the game against Eastern Oregon Nov. 13 in Memorial Gym.
It’s not uncommon for athletes to refer to their teammates as family. In fact, many Vandals say they appreciate the tight-knit community created among student-athletes at the University of Idaho. Derisa Taleni, a senior point guard on the women’s basketball team, found support in the sisterhood of her team after becoming a mother last summer. “Growing up, my parents always told me that family is everything,” Taleni said. “I still live by that. Here, my team is my family.” Taleni transferred to UI in 2008, eager to escape the big cities of California and live in a small, close-knit college town. “I came here because I was looking for something new,” Taleni said. “I wanted to be a part of a community, and that’s what I found in my teammates.” Women’s basketball coach Jon Newlee recruited Taleni from De Anza College, where she had shattered several school records, including scoring 45 points in
just 20 minutes of play. Newlee hoped Taleni would make an immediate impact on the court. “Players with junior college experience come in with a level of experience beyond high school,” Newlee said. “The learning curve is quicker, which is good because you’ve only got them for two years.” Taleni did not disappoint. She exploded onto the WAC scene as a junior, leading all other newcomers with an average 14.5 points per game and earning the WAC Newcomer of the Year award. Taleni finished her first season with 56 steals, 175 rebounds and 54 assists. Her ascent was interrupted last October before the Vandals made their 2009 debut. During preseason training, Taleni suffered a season-ending knee injury and took a medical redshirt for the year. “When she went down last October, it was devastating,” Newlee said. “Derisa was a real leader on the floor and we went through a period of adjustment after losing her.” Outside the gym, Taleni went through her own series of lifechanging adjustments away from
Derisa Taleni is a leader on and off the court
the hard court. “Last year was a tough year,” Taleni said. “It took a big toll on me. I probably wouldn’t have made it without the support from my teammates.” Two weeks before the end of school last spring, Taleni’s grandfather passed away. She took early finals then left to be with her family. After the funeral, Taleni stayed with her parents until the birth of her son on July 21, 2010. Taleni named her son Dreyden-Tuala Vavegafa’amanuiaina Taleni-Jackson, which means ‘a blessed miracle,’ Taleni said. Taleni’s parents are caring for Dreyden in Santa Barbara while she finishes her studies, and while Taleni said she stays in contacts as much as she can, motherly instincts are hard to suppress. “It’s hard being far away from
him, but my parents want me to finish school,” Taleni said. “My parents love having him there.” Taleni’s parents aren’t the only ones excited for the new member of the family. Telani’s five sisters and two brothers couldn’t be happier to have Dreyden around. “They take care of him like he’s their own,” Telani said. Taleni said she was greeted with nothing but wholehearted support from her Vandal family. “Coach Newlee said he’d stick by my side no matter what,” Taleni said. “Them having my back through the whole process has been great.” When the basketball team traveled to Santa Barbara in November, Taleni was finally able to spend time with her four-month
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Season statistics: Points — 97 Rebounds — 32 Assists — 26 Steals — 6 Minutes played — 27 per game
Perfect weekend for men Basketball defeats North Dakota, Monmoth, Eastern Michigan in Basketball Travelers Classic Pierce Beigh Argonaut
The University of Idaho men’s basketball team came away as tournament champions after three hard-fought games against crossnation schools, resulting in three straight wins for the Vandals. Sunday’s 75-60 victory against Eastern Michigan closed out the Basketball Travelers Classic tournament, which was the first regular-season tournament in Moscow since 1989. Idaho won three in a row to win the classic, while Eastern Michigan (1-6) went 0-3 after two close losses Friday and Saturday. The Vandals defeated North Dakota Friday night by a score of 63-42 and continued the domination with a close win over Monmouth University Saturday night by a score of 69-66. With the three wins and as winners of the Basketball Travelers Classic, Idaho now holds a record of 5-3 in the non-conference season. With WAC Conference play for the Vandals beginning at home against New Mexico State on Dec. 29, coach Don Verlin said it was important for the Vandals to establish a winning streak this weekend.
“We’re getting better, and we’ve just got to continue to get better,” Verlin said of his team. “I really like where our frame of mind has been all year.” Sophomore Kyle Barone ended the game with 18 points with 6-of-10 shooting and 6-6 from the free-throw line. It was Barone’s best offensive game of his Vandal career. Senior Jeff Ledbetter had 12 points, all of which were from the 3-point line. Also, senior guard Shawn Henderson had 11 points while both Brandon Wiley and Luiz Toledo each had eight points. “We’ve just done a good job of executing our offense and hitting the open guy,” Verlin said. “We’ve done a great job of sharing the ball, especially this weekend. When you have 20 assists and nine turnovers, that’s a great stat.” Every Vandal contributed to the tournament win, shooting better than 50 percent for two games in a row and getting everyone included in the game. Vandals Deremy Geiger, who put together three strong games, and Luiz Toledo were named to the Basketball Travelers Classic AllTournament team. Geiger averaged 12 points per game with 3.3 assists and shot an average
of .476 percent from the floor in the tournament, while Toledo averaged 10.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and shot .565 from the floor. “Basketball Travelers did a great job of picking the field — we had four even teams here, and we were fortunate enough to come out of here with three wins,” Verlin said. “We probably had one of the worst performances in Idaho basketball history at Montana (Nov. 22), and to come back and win four straight is a credit to the guys on our team and their character.” The Vandals hit the road this weekend as Idaho duels with Seattle University Saturday, hoping to keep their four-game winning streak alive. The Vandals will conclude the non-conference season with a rematch against Montana at home Dec. 18 and an away game against Oregon the week after.
Weekend scores: 12/3 - Idaho 63, N. Dakota 42 12/4 - Idaho 69, Monmuoth 66 12/5 - Idaho 75, E. Michigan 60
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Vandal guard Deremy Geiger drives to the hoop past North Dakota Fighting Sioux defenders Patrick Mitchell, left, and Derek Benter.
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Going out on a high note Ilya Pinchuk Argonaut
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Thaad Thompson gets a hand on a San Jose State field goal attempt to send the game into overtime. The Vandals beat the Spartans 26-23 Saturday in the Kibbie Dome. The final game of the 2010 season ended with the Vandal seniors winning on their senior night for the first time since 2003. of emotions for the Vandals. Senior defensive end Aaron Lavarias said it was difficult to see the seniors and family before taking the field for the last time. “I really did not want my family to be out there on the field,” Lavarias said. “Just seeing them, my mom is tearing up and my dad is almost tearing up. That feeling of just having that support of your family — it’s an emotional roller coaster.” Greenwood’s completion capped off a slow-starting game, which was marred by inconsistent play, missed punts and field goals, and defensive gaps on by both squads. The squads combined for nearly 500 offensive yards
at the half, but the most either team could muster was a touchdown run by San Jose State and a field goal by Idaho. Three slow periods gave way to a frantic finish, as the squads exchanged touchdowns, and the game came to a head as San Jose State marched down the length of the field and set up to kick the game-winning field goal. Having come so far in an up-and-down season, the Vandals weren’t going to end in such a manner. “Maybe it was just ignorance, but I knew that we weren’t gonna lose to San Jose State,” Greenwood said. Running a play they have practiced since day one, the Vandals came through in the
clutch, with blocking the winning kick. Thaad Thompson made the initial block, and Greenwood, usually reserved for offensive plays, made sure to keep the ball out. “The blocked field goal was huge,” Akey said. “Thaad Thompson got this paws on that one and that was a big play.” Lavarias, who leaves Idaho with a handful of defensive re-
cords and awards, said he had a unique view of the block. “Well, my face was in the grass, so it was hard for me to know what was going on,” Lavarias said. “You just hear that roar from the crowd and I was just thinking ‘oh, thank goodness.’” Enderle made sure the Vandals wouldn’t squander their final opportunity of the game. Akey said he is happy
with the win and despite missing out on a bowl game, Akey said he couldn’t be more proud of his senior class. “This senior class has done an awful lot, and they are leaving with that bowl ring on their finger,” Akey said. “That’s a six-win season — obviously it wasn’t exactly what we wanted it to be but I still believe that is an awful lot to be proud of.”
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Idaho wide receiver Eric Greenwood celebrates the touchdown that won the game in overtime against San Jose State in the Kibbie Dome Saturday afternoon by dunking the football over the gaol posts. The Vandals won 26-23 ending the season 6-7.
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The University of Idaho 2010 football campaign is officially over and while the result, missing out on bowl eligibility by one game, may not have been quite what the Vandals hoped for. The team sent all 14 of their seniors out in style, defeating the San Jose State Spartans 26-23 in overtime. “It feels good to smile again,” Idaho coach Robb Akey said. “I’m proud of this football team for getting the job taken care of.” In a fittingly poetic ending, Idaho was propelled to victory when senior quarterback Nathan Enderle found lanky clutch-play producing wide receiver Eric Greenwood from 23 yards out. Greenwood pulled down the pass and bolted into the endzone, punctuating the game-winning catch with his best Michael Jordan impersonation in slam-dunking the football over the goal posts. “As soon as I went out there and I saw what defense they were playing, I knew it was going to be a completion,” said Greenwood. “I didn’t know the safety was going to miss the tackle. When he did, I just started smiling. I knew it was a touchdown.” Greenwood’s dunk earned him a yellow flag for excessive celebration. The bad news for the senior — he is suspended for one game. The good: with no games left this season, the penalty is little more than a formality. Greenwood said he was just excited to cap off the season with such a dramatic win. “I’m just really excited that we could end the season this way,” Greenwood said. “That was my first overtime since we’ve been here, but man, those are fun.” Senior night brought a mix
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old son and introduce him to her teammates. “They’re all really excited for me and always checking that I’m doing alright,” Taleni said of the Vandal women. “We’re just like sisters. It’s kind of a shock, but I love to witness it.” Dreyden’s father and Taleni’s current boyfriend, senior running back Deonte’ Jackson, is also a pillar of support within the community of Vandal athletes. Jackson recently closed out his career as a Vandal athlete and will graduate with a major in architecture . Taleni said she is thankful to have Jackson around, and he has helped her cope with the long distances involved. “It’s great being able to have him here with me,” Taleni said. “He’s really helped me get along while being so far away (from Dreyden).” Returning to Moscow has posed several new challenges for Taleni as she transitions back into playing. As the oldest woman on the team, Taleni acknowledges her role goes far beyond scoring points and putting up assists. Taleni realizes she is looked at as a leader. “I can help calm the team down and control the tempo of the game,” Taleni said. Off the floor, her maturity influences the entire team, a trait which earned the new mother the nickname ‘Grandma’ from Newlee. “She understands how things work on the team,” Newlee said. “This year she’ll begin to impart that knowledge to other girls.” Although Taleni is expected to lead the team, she is also adjusting to a new position as point guard. Last time she played competitively, it was as a three-or four-spot player. “Basically, she was playing positions one through five,” Newlee said. A year away from the court, though, is not without its consequences. Even after overcoming the struggles of injury, grief, and mother-
hood, Taleni entered this season on shaky confidence. Newlee’s solution was to start Taleni in every one of Idaho’s first six games. “Playing 44 minutes against Santa Barbara was a real confidence booster,” Newlee said. “She didn’t think she could do it, and I wasn’t sure either, but she did.” Taleni rose to the challenge and was named to the Oregon Invitational all-tournament team after averaging 8.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game and helping the Vandals go 2-1 in the tournament. Her confidence soared after a career-high eight assists in the season opener against Eastern Oregon. Taleni has already scored in double figures twice this season and said she has no plans to stop improving. “Derisa (Taleni) has always been a solid defensive player,” Newlee said. “Offense was tough with playing so many positions, so that’s what we’re working on now.” After graduation, Taleni has considered traveling abroad to play basketball internationally while Dreyden remains in the care of her parents. The sociology major remembers growing up in the divided suburbs of Santa Clara and is interested in working with inner-city children from similar backgrounds. “Everything was divided by privileged or not privileged, but privileged people aren’t all snobby, and less privileged people aren’t all dumb,” Taleni said. “Where you come from isn’t the same thing as who you are and it’s good to see that proven true.” Taleni and Jackson plan to move in together after they both graduate in the spring, Taleni said, and “live like a real family.” Her journey over the past couple of years, however, has proven that family is defined by something deeper than blood relation, legal matrimony or place of residence. “Friends might desert you, but you can always lean on family,” Taleni said, “This team has been through so much together… at the end of the day, we’re sisters.”
Newton, James among four Heisman Trophy finalists John Marshall
Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James, two of the nation’s most dynamic players, will meet in the national championship game next month. First, a stop in New York. Newton and James were named finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, and will be joined by Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore of Boise State for Saturday’s announcement in Times Square. Newton overcame a payto-play scandal with a superb season on the field, piling up nearly 4,000 combined yards and 49 touchdowns in leading the top-ranked Tigers into the Jan. 10 national championship game. James and the Ducks will be there waiting for them in the desert after he piled up more yards and touchdowns than anyone else in FBS, helping the second-ranked Ducks into their first national title game. “Since I was a young boy, playing the game of football has been a pure joy and this season has been a very special one for my teammates and for me,” Newton said in a statement. “I know as a team we’re excited to get back on the field on January 10 against a great Oregon team.” Newton is the front-runner, but the big question is whether voters will look past
the scandal involving his father. Newton was unparalleled on the field. He threw for 2,589 yards and 28 touchdowns while running for 1,409 yards and 20 more scores — adding another on a reception — to join Florida quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick (this season) as the only FBS players to have 20 touchdowns rushing and passing in a season. In his final regular-season game, he threw four TD passes and scored two more on the ground in Auburn’s 56-17 rout of 18th-ranked South Carolina that earned Auburn the SEC championship and a shot at its first national title since 1957. The knock against Newton is the shenanigans by his father, Cecil. The elder Newton was accused of working with the owner of a scouting service to get up to $180,000 for his son to play for at Mississippi State while the quarterback was being recruited out of junior college last year. The NCAA cleared Cam, saying neither he nor Auburn knew anything about it, but Heisman voters might be leery of another Reggie Bush-type situation. The 2005 Heisman winner from USC gave back his trophy earlier this year and his school was hit with heavy sanctions after a four-year NCAA investigation determined he was ineligible that season for receiving improper
benefits. If Newton does win it, he’ll join Bo Jackson (1985) and Pat Sullivan (1971) as Heisman Trophy winners at Auburn. “I’m very honored and blessed to be named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy with some other outstanding players,” said Newton, who was playing at a Texas junior college just a year ago. “Like I’ve said, this is not an individual honor, but a team honor. I wouldn’t be in this position without my great teammates, coaches and the Auburn family.” If voters steer away from Newton, James could swoop in and become the first Oregon player to win college football’s most prestigious individual award. James was the main cog in Oregon’s nearly point-aminute offense, forcing teams to key on him while the rest of his talented teammates ran all over the field. Oregon led the nation in scoring at nearly 50 points per game and was second in total yards, just a few tenths behind Oklahoma State at 537 yards per game. Even with the extra attention, James led the nation with 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns, and his 152 yards per game was nearly 10 more than Connecticut’s Jordan Todman in second. He closed out the regular season by gaining 134 yards in Oregon’s 37-20 win over rival Oregon State on Saturday that clinched the school’s first trip to the national title game.
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Killing a big buck is the goal of deer hunters across the country. Putting a trophy on the wall is something to be truly proud of. Add the complications of being a college student and you have an accomplishment to write home about. Whitetail season is open for almost four months, and sometimes it takes every single day to find success. “Don’t get discouraged, if you don’t get something just stick with it,” University of Idaho student Eric Grubaugh said. “I wouldn’t have got one if I wasn’t out there ‘til the last day.” Grubaugh found success on the last day of general deer season, downing a 99 5/8” non-typical buck not 20 miles from downtown. “It pretty awesome when your persistence pays off, especially for me,” Grubaugh said. “This was my first Whitetail. I’ve killed other big game but this was a big reward.” Prior to arriving in Moscow, hunting had traditionally been a family affair for Grubaugh. “I started hunting when I was a boy, my dad got me into it,” Grubaugh said. “I kinda got out of it when I was a junior in high school — Judo, football and track took a lot of my time.” The ability to keep going through adversity was the key to Grubaugh putting meat in his freezer. “I started in August and ended December 1 — about four months,” Grubaugh said. “In total, probably 20 days worth of actually hunting.” Being able to find the time to hit the woods is a major factor in hunting, but the time a hunter puts into getting prepared for hunting
season is just as much of a contribution. “I’m always preparing for hunting season,” Grubaugh said. “I’m always keeping an eye out for game when out in the woods.” Other than simply being in the woods, there are important things to help a hunter find success in their Whitetail adventure. Understanding what the conditions of the hunt will be is one of the major things to consider. “Waterproof boots are a necessity, definitely ran into that this year, it gets sloppy and wet in the late season,” Grubaugh said. Maintaining an optimistic at-
titude is what will keep a hunter going. The hunter should also be ready to swing into action when the time comes. Filling the freezer could simply come down to being able to execute when the time comes, and experienced hunters know how to calm down and be accurate. “Your trophy is just a target until it’s on the ground,” Grubaugh said. Whether a hunter stays in the woods for one day or four months, it’s important to be prepared and use the time to get away from everything else. “You don’t have to think about anything,” Grubaugh said. ”Just doing things you love.”
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Turnovers and poor shooting plagued the Idaho women’s basketball team this weekend, as they fell for just the second time this season at the hands of Wyoming in a 68-55 decision. The Vandals (5-2) came out looking as strong as they have all season, and kept pace with the Cowgirls through the first 13 minutes of the game, taking a one-point lead. Unfortunately, things went quickly downhill for the Vandals, who gave up a 13 point run, giving Wyoming a lead it would never relinquish. Idaho was never able to get their offense going, recording just three team assists throughout the game. Yinka Olorunnife, who has been a terror on the glass and in the paint this season, was shut down by the Cowgirl defense, contributing six points and eventually fouling out of the game.
Turnovers killed any chance of a Vandal comeback, as Idaho turned the ball over 20 times in the game while shooting just 39 percent from the floor. Idaho’s three-point shooters couldn’t buy a shot sinking only three of 14 from behind the arch. The only bright spot for the Vandals came from senior guard Derisa Taleni, who was one rebound away from a double-double as she racked up 17 points and nine rebounds. The game ends a five game road trip for the Vandals, who will be back in Memorial Gym this Wednesday when they take on the Montana Grizzlies at 6 p.m. Montana has dominated the Vandals in the past, holding a 35-6 all time series lead on Idaho. The Grizzlies return four of their starters from last season in which they finished second in the Big Sky. The last meeting between these two teams ended in a dominating 73-49 victory for Montana. The game promises to be a tough task for the Vandals, who will try to get back on the winning path.
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WUE changes harmful to students
Hundreds of potential students hoping to come to the University of Idaho may need to take a second look now that the most popular cost-cutting program received its own trimming. The Western Undergraduate Exchange program, run by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, encompasses 15 states and gives students a chance to leave home for college without breaking the bank. An average of
26,000 undergraduate students use the program annually. In an effort to cut costs and trim the budget, UI has strictly limited the number of enrollers and has imposed ludicrously high standards, awarding WUE to National Merit finalists and honor student enrollers only. What the university fails to understand, however, is such students aren’t the ones who benefit from WUE. Students who are National
Merit finalists and honor roll members already have plenty of financial aid available to them. They do not need another financial waiver when they are rolling in scholarships and grants as it is. The National Merit Scholarship program imparts its own scholarships, and the approximately 20,000 finalists would rarely choose to go to a school such as UI — these are the types of students sought after by Berkley, Yale, Stanford and Columbia.
While administration hopes to offset the loss of WUE with the Discover Idaho program, based on the program’s requirements it still makes many students ineligible. Left in the cold is the typical UI student, unrecognized by national awards but eager to learn and further their education. These types of students don’t have access to rich parents, grants and scholarships or may be expected to pay for schooling on their own — many of these students
also depend on WUE to fund their education at UI. Some students on WUE would not afford to come to UI without it, and the university is making a mistake by imposing such strict limits. Without WUE, UI goes from a highly-sought school to another expensive out-of-state college, a distinction the university needs desperately to avoid in these financial times. — IP
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Women play video games process because of how hot this woman It’s happened more than once. I’ll is, my eyes are glazing over as I wait to be playing a game such as “Metal Gear get back to the actual storyline. Solid,” “Heavy Rain,” or even “Final Yes, men like to play video Fantasy,” and as I’m playing, games, but so do women. We suddenly big, seductive eyes don’t appreciate having to sit fill the screen and pan down through moments of soft porn slowly over large lips, then just to play a game we’re indown to an extremely disterested in, and the disservice proportionate pair of breasts. is really to yourself, because Not only are they the women in these games are disproportionate, but the giving you highly unrealistic female character seems to expectations. have no regard for how Video games often have much they are exposed, Kelcie Moseley male lead characters, but when nor has she ever heard of Argonaut they are females — even if something called a bra. It they’re “badass” females — always seems to be cold in they usually have all the physical charthe room as well, given how hard her acteristics listed above. Why is that nipples appear to be. necessary? Why does the lead female While the main guy I’m playing in have to have a backside Sir Mix-A-Lot the game salivates and loses his thought
would kill for in order for it to be a sellable game? This is not to say men aren’t stereotyped in games as well. The main character in “God of War” has the kinds of muscles steroid users can only dream of, and Solid Snake is at his peak in testosterone levels. But none of those attributes are given such long lengths of screen time or pointed out by the other characters. Stereotypes of women in the media are everywhere. Anyone who turns on the TV or drives by billboards will likely see the objectification of women in one form or another, but it doesn’t have to include every medium of entertainment. Normal looking women can be just as rough and tough as the next bimbo, and it’s time for the industry to start recognizing that.
Pictures don’t change anything Cartoon characters have nothing to do with child abuse A phenomenon swept Facebook yet again. People changed their profile pictures to cartoon characters, and when doing so they posted an explanation encouraging others to follow suit. The cause was supposedly for child abuse. How does Elizabeth changing your profile picture on Facebook from one of you and friends to a cartoon character help raise awareness about child abuse? It doesn’t. There is a good chance that at some point people will forget or not know why people are
changing their pictures and join in simply to follow the trend. This trend is no different than earlier this semester when women were posting where they like to put their purses as a way to show support for breast cancer awareness, or the Rudd one before that Argonaut about posting what color of bra they were wearing. Changing your profile picture or making a sexual innuendo post does absolutely nothing for the cause — it only makes a person
feel like they are contributing and thus are a better person. News flash: You’re not. Instead of becoming involved in a volunteer program, donating money or time or becoming a participant in a fundraiser event, people sit at home on their computers and click a button to make a “contribution.” This is absurd. Our society has become so lazy and apathetic that Facebook will be the end to any real form of volunteer or activism work, and that is a shame. There has been upset about the wristbands that say “I love boobies” because they are disrespectful, but at least a portion of the cost will
actually go to a foundation that will spread awareness and education about breast cancer. The LiveStrong arm bands, while they became somewhat of a fashion trend, also contribute to awareness of testicular cancer. Ribbon magnets for cars or actually volunteering at food banks, homeless shelters or at a fundraiser event, or being the person to donate the money are other ways to actually contribute to causes. The problem is apathy in the end, but it can be changed for the better by getting off our lazy butts, stepping away from the computer and actually doing something instead of just pretending.
Off the Cuff Quick takes on life from our editors
And here goes the last week of the semester…for me. — Dara
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How does destroying classrooms to move the anthropology museum into the Industrial Technical Education building further our education? There are much better places on campus to put a museum that won’t ruin classrooms. Putting a museum right next to the second largest wood shop on campus is also a poor idea. — Jens
After a weekend of calling play-by-play for a football game and all three men’s basketball games, my voice is in so much pain it’s not even funny. — Madison
One should never judge an entire religion or race based on the actions of a few people. Rather than highlighting and bringing attention to the religious oppression, this kind of hate only serves to further divide what should be a globally united people. — Tanya
Just wanted to let you all know I have no finals next week. Maybe you should look into being a journalism major, where exams are a rarity. — Kelli
This weekend, I learned unresolved issues from your childhood you think you’ve solved can still come back to haunt you at any time. And if you don’t deal with them, you can hurt yourself and others in the process. I received some advice I think a lot of people can benefit from and should use as their motto for life. Just be. It’s all you can do. — Kelcie
Will be a day to remember. Why? Auburn and Oregon in the BSC National Game. Need I say more? — Ilya
Since we abolished child abuse last week on Facebook, I think we should shoot for ending world hunger this week. Everyone change your Facebook profile picture to a photo of your favorite food. It’s that easy. — Loren I feel sorry for Eastern Michigan University basketball players. Not because they left the Basketball Travelers Classic Tournament in Moscow win-less, but because they have the misfortune of being coached by Charles E. Ramsey. Twice against the Idaho Vandals, Ramsey elbowed players and slapped a player in the face who came off the court. Coaching styles vary, but Ramsey’s style is one most view as unacceptable, and according to EMU’s win-loss record thus far, unproductive. My hat is off to Idaho coach Don Verlin for his respect of his players. — Nick
This year in the office we decided to get a Christmas tree. It is probably the most random and hilarious looking tree ever, but I love it. It smells amazing, looks dorky and has special little Argonaut touches. Mix that with Nick Groff’s Sticky Cinnamon Bun Scentsy and it is the perfect combination of holiday delightfulness. — Elizabeth
December 7, 2010
Don’t waste your dead week Dead week — only one week after that and school will be finished for the semester. It is a time of mixed emotions. Some college students will see the entire week as an opportunity to study as much as possible for their upcoming finals. Some will add a level of extreme discomfort to their studying as they dread the idea of taking a two-hour final less than a week later. For these people, the clock is an evil eye that achingly counts down to finals week. There is another group of students, where I find myself. Because of dumb luck or careful planning, dead week is only about review and finishing up a few loose ends before closing this chapter of 2010. Steve Dead week is about relaxing and realizing there is light at the end of the tunnel. Very shortly we will be on a long-awaited winter break, free to visit the top
of a snow covered mountain and not worry about a mundane homework assignment due in a few days. Studying for upcoming exams is important, but a person cannot study for every waking second of the day. Being bound to a book or computer screen for hours on end, reading and reviewing will quickly drive anyone mad without some sort of break. If memory serves, the dorms will be on a near silent lockdown for dead week. I recall from my time in the Wallace Carter Complex that any audible music or movArgonaut ies were hastily quashed. Assuming dorm residents deal with the same rules now, the stress of studying and the lack of any sort of entertainment could easily
If memory serves the dorms will be on a near silent lockdown.
DADT still needs to be revoked In late September, Repub- military members only care that those serving beside licans voted against them do their job, banning the “Don’t and work cohesively Ask, Don’t Tell” within their unit. law, claiming they Sexual orientation has needed proof from arguably no effect on a military research this duty. study demonstrating “Sixty-nine perthat allowing openly cent said they believed gay members in the they had worked with military would have someone who is gay. no negative effects. Of those who knew Even though a simi- Katy Sword Argonaut they had worked with lar study was already a gay person, in existence con92 percent said ducted by The Palm Center, a research group from their experience was very the University of California good, good, or neither Santa Barbara, the claim was good nor poor,” said the American Forces Press they still needed proof. Two months later the mili- Service Tuesday. “Based on all that tary study has reached completion. And to no one’s surprise, we saw and heard, our they have the same findings assessment is that when the Palm Center found nine coupled with the prompt months prior. Seventy percent implementation of the of troops have served with a gay recommendations we member, and it made no differ- offer, the risk of repeal ence to them, according to the to overall military effectiveness study released by the Pentagon. is low,” said Army Gen. Carter “The reality is that there al- F. Ham, commanding general ready are gay men and women of U.S. Army Europe and coserving in today’s military and leader of the survey. It took nine months, a surmost service members recognize this,” said Jeh C. Johnson, vey of 115,052 service memdefense department general bers, 44,266 military spouses counsel in a Pentagon briefing and an additional 72,384 comments posted online, for the concerning the report. The report showed many military to come to this conclu-
turn these residences into sanatoriums. Another reason to go have fun this week is because while there are final exams, no one will join you. During finals week, a free afternoon or evening just means more time to study or write that final 40-page paper. Being irresponsible enough to miss a class during dead week will mean a student misses a review, which is not a huge deal. But sleeping through a final exam is a serious matter. Teachers are flexible on some issues, but it would be pushing your luck to ask to make up the final because somehow you managed to sleep through your alarm. I am an advocate of a good time. With that attitude, I fully intend on turning dead week into a series of late nights and good times with those who are willing to join me downtown.
sion, a conclusion that should have been reached a while ago. People who are openly homosexual already have an extensive list of issues to face every day due to unjustified intolerance. Restricting service members their right to be open about their sexual orientation is just one of many that is unreasonable. “We repeatedly heard a patriotic desire to serve and defend the nation, subject to the same rules as everyone else. From them, we heard expressed many of the same values that we heard over and over again from service members at large — love of country, honor, respect, integrity and service over self,” Johnson said. If openly homosexual citizens want to serve their country, they have every right to do so. Defense Secretary Robert Gates scheduled the Senate to vote immediately next Dec. 7 to officially repeal the DADT law. Hopefully after Tuesday, they finally will be able to.
“Sixty-nine percent said they believed they had work with someone who is gay.”
Unsensable news week There are some weeks in life one can only trying to promote. Everyone wore LiveStrong scratch his or her head and wonder what exactly bracelets but most wearers could only vaguely is going on in the world. This was one of those explain how they were connected to fighting weeks for me. cancer. The events that transpired last week are At least LiveStrong bracelets required a just plain confusing. Maybe I am devolving person to donate money to be part of the into a simpleton, but perhaps it is trend — changing a Facebook profile the world is devolving into a state of picture means no one is required to do nonsense. anything to tangibly fight child abuse. Christina Aguilera filing for Simply put, this is an exercise in futildivorce is one of the few stories I did ity in which one can feel good about understand from the last seven days. his or herself without doing anything. Everything else left me, and hopefully WikiLeaks others, in a position of wondering The entire WikiLeaks ordeal can what exactly is going on anymore. be summed up simply. An alleged There are quite a few stories and rapist from Australia has managed to occurrences from last week I do not get a bunch of easy to find informaunderstand but only four that defini- Cheyenne Hollis tion along with a few classified docuArgonaut tively stand out. ments, and then post them online. Americans mad about First of all, making the U.S. government look bad is not too hard to do. Govlosing soccer ernment in America has been transforming Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World itself into a Randy Quaid character for some Cup fairly and, in reality, fully deserved it. The time now. WikiLeaks is just confirming what Middle East has just as much of a right to stage most people already know — the American global events as the West, and if anything a Qagovernment is loud, obnoxious tari World Cup can help bring a better and fairly inept. understanding in the world. Then again these same Most Americans only have a passadjectives could easily describe ing interest in football which is why WikiLeaks creator Julian Asthey insist on calling it soccer. There sange. For someone who claims are far more Americans upset about to love truth and be innocent not getting to host the World Cup than there are true football fans in the of all crimes leveled against him States. I don’t get it. in Sweden, he is in no rush to People need to layoff the patriotism exonerate himself in a court of Kool-Aid and realize the USA did not law. Every aspect of WikiLeaks deserve to host the 2022 World Cup. makes no sense. America hosted the event in 1994 Norris, Texas Ranger and did not do enough to prove the For whatever reason, Texas country should host another World decided to name Chuck Norris Cup so soon. All the random non-football fans an honorary Texas Ranger. Chuck Norris is need to go back to doing whatever it was they 70-years old and, honorary title or not, has no were doing before the World Cup decision was business becoming a Texas Ranger. Knowannounced and stop pretending they care. ing martial arts and playing a character on an Cartoon Facebook awful TV series related to the profession is not justification enough to grant someone the profile pictures title of Texas Ranger. In order to raise awareness about child It is equivalent to the Utah Jazz signing the abuse, people were encouraged to change their dog from “Air Bud” to a contract, because Facebook profile picture to a cartoon character. he looked healthy and played basketball in a I don’t get it. movie. It is something that does not need to The gesture, while nice, does absolutely happen and, more importantly, does not need nothing to combat child abuse. It is simply to be reported. another trend that usurps the actual cause it is
For whatever reason, Texas decided to name Chuck Norris an honorary Texas Ranger.
December 7, 2010
Stop stressing I needed to be about school. If I have one The more you talk about how stressed assignment due in a week, I have a tenyou are, the more stressed you will be. dency to boost that assignment Everyone is busy. I realize in my mind to a 30-hour project you’re busy with your classes, that undoubtedly will be the clubs, sports and other obligabane of my college existence. tions. Guess what? I’m busy Granted, this has always retoo. I’m sure your boyfriend sulted in good grades, but every is also busy, and your cat, and finals week I begin doubting my probably every one of your intelligence and ability to do it neighbors. And I’m tired of all. This results in a deep, dehearing about it. pressing ocean of school-related One of the most important stress, leaving me with acne, lessons I’ve learned in college tighter-than-normal jeans and is that your experience will be Kelli Hadley what you want it to be. Argonaut less friends because they’re tired of hearing about how crazy my Constantly telling yourself schedule is. and others how stressed you are This year I’ve taken a different apwill only increase your stress and you’ll proach. I’m busier than I’ve ever been, but build it to a point that feels unbearable, instead of maniacally telling everyone with eventually leading to an emotional exploears how much I have to do, I tell myself sion. I promise — I used to be terrible about getting myself more worked up than that I’m awesome and there’s a reason I’ve
made it this far in college. I also live by a planner — that way I can visually comprehend everything going on in my week and tell myself it’s no big deal. Constantly saying, “I can’t, I’m too busy” and telling everyone how much you have going on will probably take more time and effort than if you were to sit down, focus and get your stuff done. It’s inevitable — life is going to throw some unavoidable stress your way. Sicknesses, freak accidents and crises are justifiable reasons to worry. But save your emotions for concern about serious problems — don’t get yourself worked up because of a 20-page research paper. There’s a reason you made it to college, and hopefully, a reason you want to be here. Nothing a professor throws at you is impossible. Have the confidence to say to yourself you are intelligent and that somehow, you will finish everything.
A book that really does have all the answers
each other when they pass in the hallway On the first day of orientation, they for two weeks. Then one student will made all the first year law students get realize, “Hey, I don’t actually know that their picture taken. guy’s name, but I talk to him There was no way of knowing every day.” A quick look in the it at the time, but it was just one Dog Book and now he knows. of the many ways law school feels Or, during a club meeting a lot like junior high at times. one student might promise to The pictures were compiled e-mail another club member and put in the school’s student, something, then realize she can’t faculty and staff directory, remember his last name and which is affectionately known as doesn’t know his e-mail address. the “Dog Book.” It’s the origiThe Dog Book bails that student nal Facebook. out like a president bailing out There are several “official” R.J. Taylor the auto industry. reasons that make having a Argonaut It’s also useful for looking directory of everyone’s picture, up another student’s phone number and e-mail address number to find out the next handy. day’s homework. For example, the law school is a small However, the Dog Book has quite a few place. About 300 students spend a great “unofficial” uses as well, which seem to be deal of time in a relatively small building. the more common uses for it. Two students may see each other I used it this week to look up anevery day. They may even say “hi” to
other student’s last name after an intense conversation about how we both couldn’t believe J. K. Rowling killed Sirius Black in the fifth “Harry Potter” book to add her on Facebook. Sometimes it’s useful during guy talk. “Hey, did you see what Lady X was wearing today?” “Who?” “Let’s look in the Dog Book.” “Oh yeah, she IS hot! I wish I was in your class.” Or, one student might tell his buddy about the stupid thing someone said in class that day or did in a bar the previous night. “Who?” Again, “Dog Book.” The Dog Book can pretty much answer any question that starts or ends with “who?” and those questions get asked a lot. R.J. Taylor is a first-year University of Idaho law student.
Get lost Carlos is from Mexico. A grin covers his face almost 24/7. “I hate coffee, it’s totally gross,” he said behind me in the kitchen as I reached for the free coffee dispenser a second time. It was near the end of Thanksgiving break and we were both stuck in Seattle. He was waiting for papers to get into Canada and I was recovering from the stresses of dancing, shopping and picnicking up in Victoria with a friend living there. We were staying at the “Green Tortoise” hostel – right above Pikes Place and Starbucks in downtown. It was filled with a myriad of accents, languages and travelers. The next day, Carlos and I explored Seattle together — running after buses trying to get to Kurt Cobain’s house, chatting to old men in musty little book stores and testing as many free samples as dared. “We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore,” John Franklin said. We “must” if we truly want to experience life and the world. I’m not saying downtown Seattle is “wilderness,” but it’s the Bethany Breeze idea. It’s the feeling of getting out there Argonaut alone and having to fend for yourself in an unknown place. Travel and tourism are totally different things. Travel is walking our own path — experiencing a new place in all its reality. Tourism, however, is the marketing and exploitation of a place and people for economic gain. It is so much easier and safer to go to new places with someone else — a travel group, a parent or a partner — and even easier is simply to not go at all: To stay cuddled in front of the TV with all the comforts of home around us. Traveling alone is sort of scary. It’s often uncomfortable. You can be unsure of almost everything, be more vulnerable and sometimes it can be really lonely. You can get completely lost and not even know what you’re trying to find in the first place. So then why? For those of us who have been immersed or lost in a place unknown to us, we know why. It’s hard to describe, but once we’ve had a taste it is hard to go back to living a life of mere comfort. A city especially can be a different world depending on our company. “When I went to Europe I would intentionally get lost from the group I was with. We’d go down quaint alleyways and find stores that we would have just totally overlooked,” said Mellissa, a friend. On her trip to Sydney, Katrin Kreutz said, “I was in a tourist group, and we only saw the main sights. I sort of wish I wasn’t in a group like that. By not traveling in a tourist group you are able to explore the parts of a city that the companies aren’t showing you.” As a tourist you come back from a place with some pictures. As a traveler, you simply cannot return the same. In being uncomfortable, lonely and lost, you are faced with yourself. It’s not about “finding yourself” because our “self” is always present and to be found, or uncovered, within ourselves. However, exploring a new place can help define us and add richness to our lives that cannot be found in any books, programs or pictures. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware,” Martin Buber said. It’s not really about where we are in the world but who we are. It’s not what is in a place that changes us, it’s our perceptions and connections formed in those places — wherever we are.
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December 7, 2010