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Hailing from BYU in Provo, Vocal Point has won the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella and was seen last year on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”

The young musician Christopher Houlihan is widely acknowledged as one of the brightest stars in the new generation of American organists.

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Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis will headline this year’s Winter Jazz Fest featuring the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz band.

Two great university choirs will join together for two concerts in the Barrus Concert Hall.

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Imago Theatre, best known for “FROGZ,” is proud to announce its latest hit “ZooZoo,” which combines mime, dance, and music. Featured creatures include polar bears, bug eyes, anteaters, frogs, rabbits, hippos, and penguins. $12 public, $6 BYU-Idaho students

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The 9th annual Sousa Concert will feature the BYU-Idaho Symphony Band along with world renowned euphonium player Brian Bowman. $6 public, $3 BYU-Idaho students

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Vocal Spectrum, winner of the 2006 Barbershop International Quartet Championship, will headline this year’s BYU-Idaho Barbershop Music Festival.

Grammy award-winning artists Michael Doucet on fiddle and the Turtle Island Quartet will delve into the many faces of Cajun music and beyond.

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For ticket and performance information, call (208) 496-3170 or visit www.byui.edu/centerstage.

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The BYU Ballroom Dance Company from Provo is coming to BYU-Idaho for a one-night performance in the Kirkham Auditorium. $12 public, $6 BYU-Idaho students Preshow dinner ($16 extra) 6 P.M.


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What I wish I knew as a freshmen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Pathway program growing by leaps and bounds. . . . . . . . . . . 6 Missionary age announcement change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Winter Parking restrictions in place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Map of Rexburg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Creating Jobs to save the earth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Poor job market lead to surplus teachers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Stock up on college wardrobe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Time management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Deciding if grad school is right of you. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Saving money on a car purchase . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Eight places to visit this semester. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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MATT EICHNER meichner@uvsj.com From its humble beginnings of a mere 48 students in three locations in 2009, this year the Pathway program at Brigham Young UniversityIdaho has now grown to nearly 4,000 students and 84 locations.

“Pathway program is an opportunity to see if they’re ready for college in a low-risk, safe environment from home,” said J.D. Griffith, the Pathway and Online Programs Managing Director for BYU-Idaho.

The continuing education program is administered through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Institute locations in six countries.

The prospective students don’t have to take an ACT, but they do have to maintain a B average through the first 15 credits. Once they demonstrate the ability to maintain a B average, they can take any class at the university online.

Those countries include the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Ghana, Peru and Brazil. There are 17 international locations and 67 locations throughout the U.S.

Griffith wants to stress that the Pathway program isn’t an easy way into the university, but rather it is an alternative entry for nontraditional students who can’t move to Rexburg. continued on page 7

The program is touted as a way for people who wouldn’t think of themselves as college students to

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continued from page 6 “Pathway is not a backdoor into the university,” Griffith said. “You’ll still have to pass academic requirements to matriculate.” For those who live outside the U.S., or who don’t speak English as a first language, those students have to pass a basic English test for

riculum. A student in Pathway will also have to have 120 credits to graduate from BYU-Idaho, just like traditional, on-campus students.

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Art Pads, Brushes, Paints, Easels & More! admission. “They do have to pass an entry level English exam prior to starting Pathway,” Griffith said. “A student has to know some English to start the program.” The test is not as stringent as the TOEFL. “For (English as a second language) students, during that first year, we’re teaching the same classes we teach in the U.S., but layered on it is the English speaking curriculum to help them speak English,” Griffith said. For example, all students on campus need to take Math 100, but for students in another country like Mexico take Math 100G, which is a 5-credit class because of the added English cur-

approved by the church’s Board of Education every year. Griffith compares the Pathway program to similar programs at other universities that have a running start or get prepared program for students with low ACT scores. But the international angle makes Pathway unique among universities. “Historically, we’ve brought students from around the world to BYU-Idaho,” said Rob Eaton, associate academic vice president for Academic Development, in a news release. “Pathway, on the other hand, brings BYU-Idaho to the students — wherever they live. For those who can’t come here or aren’t ready to come, it can be a blessing.”

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REXBURG — The change in the ages for missionary service in the LDS Church announced in October is having a widespread impact on Brigham Young University-Idaho. Not only is construction being halted, but there is an anticipated drop in enrollment at the university. BYU-Idaho spokesman Marc Stevens responded to inquiries about the stoppage of several construction areas on campus. While not delving into any budgetary considerations, he did confirm that several projects but one are being placed on hold.

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middle of 2014. The university anticipates enrollment in online programs, including Pathway, will be largely unaffected.” It is expected that the enrollment will rise again starting fall 2014. During fall 2012 semester, the total local enrollment went up at BYUIdaho to 16,773 students, an increase of approximately 12 percent over last fall. It will also be a record graduation on Friday, with nearly half of those graduating who have served missions for the LDS Church.

As for staffing, Stevens said the university will not be cutting back on staff, but hiring will slow. “BYU-Idaho does not foresee any reduction in work force as a result of the “Design for the heat plant change to missionary service reconstruction project will go age eligibility. Selective hiring forward along with smaller will move forward over the construction projects currently next year, but at a reduced under way,” Stevens wrote in rate relative to BYU-Idaho’s a news release. “However, the past plans.” During this library remodel, additional time, the university plans on student housing, the new Agri- “strengthening its programs, Science building, and other courses, and materials, and to projects in various planning invest in employee training phases will be placed on and development.” hold.” He did acknowledge the decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which runs the university, is a good one, but will also have an impact on enrollment and staffing at the university, which he called “manageable.” “The university will likely experience a decrease in student population over the next two years,” Stevens wrote. “This change in enrollment will begin Winter Semester 2013, with the decrease likely extending through the


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Winter parking restrictions in place JOSEPH LAW jlaw@uvsj.com

the regulation is not intended to be punitive, but there is active enforcement of the regulation. Vehicles found in violation of the regulation may be ticketed or towed, leading to a $15 citation or towing and storage fees. “We encourage anybody who has vehicle problems, and the car has to be left on the street overnight, to call us and we’ll work with them,” Lewis said . Most permanent residents are probably aware of the winter parking restriction but students will also have to ensure that they have an off-street parking

REXBURG — Winter weather is definitely here and overnight parking restrictions within Rexburg’s city limits are in effect. Between Dec. 15 and March 1 Rexburg’s parking ordinances prohibit all overnight parking on city streets from 2 a.m. until 7 a.m. for snow removal and other winter street maintenance. The overnight restriction applies whether or not there is new snowfall. Capt. Randy Lewis, of the Rexburg Police Department, said

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Creating Jobs to Save the Earth: BYU-Idaho Recycling Program By JENNA BUTLER

added the students have been very supportive. The purity rate of the recycling (purity rate is the percentage of recycling that is found without non recyclable waste) in Rexburg is at 93 percent, compared to the national rate of 85 percent.

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ast year the President of Brigham Young University – Idaho, Kim B. Clark challenge the faculty and staff to create more jobs for the BYU-I students, said, Randy White, General Manager of BYU-Idaho Recycling Center. From this request the BYU-Idaho Recycling Center was created. According to White, the Facilities Management Director at BYU-I, Eric Conrad had the idea to create a self-sustaining recycling program with help from the City of Rexburg.

According to White, the City of Rexburg purchased the baler and the recycling bins, while BYU-I staffs and houses the program. Originating in early BYU-Idaho students, employed by the school’s recycling center, sort the recymonths of 2012, the program has clable materials gathered from the 2,200 homes in the City of Rexburg that now grown into the only 100 participate in this growing program. percent self-sustaining private/ public recycling program in the United States, said White. He added, the program currently serves 2,200 residential homes in the area free of charge and are looking to expand their services to commercial recycling. He said the program currently receives around 15 to 20 tons of recycling a week from residential alone. He estimates with the added commercial, the tonnage will increase to 40 tons per week. From this expansion, White said, they will increase their employment from 32 students to around 60. The ultimate goal, added White, is to become the largest employers on campus. He will be competing with large departments, such as the Grounds Department.

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Before this program was established, White said, BYU-I had a program that was very underutilized for about 10 years. According to White, there is now a 97 percent acceleration rate and are able to divert 30 percent of trash to recycling. He

White said there are recycling bins on campus and a recycling drop off location in the Alberton’s parking lot. Currently the bins are single stream. This means the recycling is separated by type. But they will be switched to multi-stream where all recycling can be submitted in one bin. Currently 60 percent of the recycling received is made up by cardboard and mixed paper, 15 percent of office paper, and one to four percent of plastics and aluminum. For more information or to volunteer contact White at 469-2514.


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n response to teacher shortages in school districts across the country, many college students decided to earn degrees in education and graduate ready to fill the deficit. However, the tides have quickly turned, and now there are more teachers than there are jobs available. Even substitute teaching positions have dried up. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemploy-

ment rate in the education sector now hovers around 9 percent. Since autumn of 2008, school systems, state education agencies, technical schools, and colleges have shed about 125,000 jobs. Even teachers who specialize in math and science -- subjects that tend to have the largest number of shortages -- have found fewer and fewer opportunities. Schools simply are not hiring. School closings are one reason for the loss of jobs in all areas of education. New York City was recently in the spotlight after Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested some schools be closed. New York City’s Panel for Educational Policy voted to shut down 19 of the city’s public schools due to

underperformance. Budget shortfalls and poor performance has also jump-started school closings in Illinois, Ohio and Rhode Island. School closings are often based on poor performance on standardized tests, declining enrollment and outdated facilities. While closing and consolidating schools may or may not help students in the long run, it doesn’t bode well for teachers trying to find jobs. Fewer opportunities and more applicants have combined to make the current job market for teachers less than bountiful. And that problem is not uniquely American. According to TeachNZ in New Zealand, the number of school teachers leaving the profession is at its lowest point in a decade. And, not surprisingly, the number of teaching vacancies is also the lowest it has been in a decade. A new Nova Scotia report detailed a “critical” overabundance of qualified teachers in that province. Furthermore, the Ontario College of Teachers published an article in its in-house magazine about a dire surplus situation in the province, which is expected to continue for years. Some students are taking notice and making changes with regard to their education. Though a degree in education once nearly guaranteed a job, that is no longer true. Some teachers are electing to specialize in certain subjects that generally offer the most amount of vacancies. Others are considering relocation to different areas of the country in an effort to find jobs. Some teachers have decided to travel overseas and teach English to others until the job market at home levels off. Teaching was once a profession that was seemingly immune to the ups and downs of the economy. Today, budget constraints and other factors have greatly diminished the number of employment opportunities for teachers, leaving a surplus of teachers out of work or working in another field.

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rior to starting school, many students spend a portion of the summer scouting aisles of clothes at area stores to expand their wardrobes. Students entering or already enrolled in college may want to make subtle changes in the clothes they select. College students hoping to make a good impression may want to pay attention to the clothes they choose to wear to school, job interviews, formal functions and networking opportunities. Remember, you can network with everyone from fellow students to professors and other staff. This is why it can pay to concentrate on always looking dapper and well kept when attending classes or being on campus. College students who already are facing high tuition bills and costs for textbooks and supplies may feel they do not have the funds for a respectable wardrobe. However, it is possible to get professional-looking clothes on a budget. * Start with the basics. Begin with the basics when assessing your ward-

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robe. Certain essentials can be used in many different ways. For example, suit starters, consisting of suit jacket, slacks (and skirts for women) and button-down shirts, can be mixed and matched. The slacks can be worn with just about any top, and the same goes for skirts. Pair a jacket with khakis or jeans for a less formal look that is still professional. The button-down shirt can dress up jeans and look crisp but not overly done-up. * Select a muted color palette. That great floral blouse may look tempting, but something that has a large pattern or is easily recognizable cannot be worn as frequently as something less noticeable. College students have minimal storage space and minimal funds for drawers full of clothes. It pays to find pieces that can be reused over and over. Basic colors, especially solid colors, are more versatile than more colorful items. * Have at least one good suit. A well-fitting suit is an asset to a student going out on interviews or participating in internships. Be sure to have one or more suits or formal pairings that will serve well when you need to put your best foot forward. Have the clothing dry cleaned frequently enough so it is always ready-pressed and sharp looking. * Stock up on dark-wash jeans.

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Dark-colored jeans in a trouser cut look more professional than those that have been acid stained and purposely cut or full of holes or are too form-fitting. When going out, it is alright to wear trendier items, but in the classroom or when representing yourself and the school, you may want to wear more understated attire. A few basic shirts, sweaters and cardigans can be mixed and matched to look professional. * Shop sales or at discount stores. Just because you need to look polished doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune. Many discount stores, consignment shops and big-name retailers have classic styles in off-brands that are not as expensive. Shop at the end of the season when stores are clearing out old merchandise for the next round of clothing. Since classic pieces never go out of style, spend the end of the season shopping for lightweight clothes that can be worn next year instead of paying full price for autumn wardrobes right now. * Choose clothes that can be cleaned in a washing machine. Check the care labels inside of clothes before purchase. Having too many pieces that need to be dry-cleaned can eat away at your budget. Select fabrics that are more durable and can be washed easily. * Ask for clothing as gifts. As a child, you may have cringed when you received clothes as a gift. But now that you’re older, clothing as a gift can be an asset. If you don’t trust the shopping skills of gift-givers, say that gift cards to specific retailers would be much appreciated. * Don’t be shy about hand-medowns. Certain family members or friends you know may have gently worn pieces of professional clothing that they can share. Rather than have these people put items in the donation bin, ask if you can look through the clothing to see if any items will enhance your wardrobe. Do not be embarrassed about asking for quality pieces on social media, either. Browse online auction and retail sites, such as Ebay or Etsy, for low-cost clothing. While you may not have to retrofit every piece of clothing to create an adequate college wardrobe, it pays to add pieces that will showcase your professionalism -- especially to those people who still may judge a book by its cover. (MCS)


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oday’s college students are busier than ever before. Tuition hikes and higher cost of living has forced many college students to work parttime jobs in addition to their full-time jobs as students. In addition to the need to work, college students are also embracing extracurricular activities in an attempt to make themselves stand out in an increasingly competitive postcollege job market. While that ability to multitask might one day prove attractive to prospective employers, it’s an ability many students must learn. Time is often a commodity for college students, and managing time effectively can make the difference between a successful student and one who is overwhelmed by stress. • Learn to prioritize. For some college students, the weekend is the ultimate priority. Though this might be a recipe for fun, it’s not a recipe for suc-

cess. Prioritizing both academic and social commitments is a very important step for students looking to manage time more effectively. First and foremost, school should be a student’s top priority. After studies, it’s up to a student to choose what’s the next most important priority. This is often very difficult, as colleges typically offer a bevy of activities to students. Socializing is an important aspect of college life, but students must be careful not to place socializing too far up the totem pole of their priorities. When prioritizing, it’s best to keep in mind education comes first. Keep school and school-relat-

ed activities high on the list of priorities. • Don’t over-extend. Many students love college for the very reason that there is so much to do. In an effort to ensure all students make the most of their college experiences, colleges and univer-

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and social commitments should write things down in a daily planner to help keep their heads from spinning. Larger things like midterm exams or research papers don’t need to be included in a daily planner. But smaller details that tend to get lost in the shuffle should be written down to help students stay on track and make the most of all of their commitments. • Stay as flexible as possible. While today’s busy college students might scoff at the suggestion they stay flexible, flexibility is an important element of time management. Few plans ever go off without a hitch, no matter how well planned they are. Something unexpected tends to pop up around every corner. By remaining flexible with their time, students are putting themselves in positions to better handle these unexpected surprises, be it a sickness, a computer crash, car troubles, etc. (MCS)

sities provide many different avenues by which students can express themselves and become a part of the college community’s fabric. However, with all those activities, it’s easy for college kids to go overboard and overcommit themselves. Attempting to do too much can lead to feelings of stress and burnout, often resulting in poorer academic performance. When managing time, college students should schedule some daily time to relax and take a breather. • Keep a planner. Daily planners might seem very adult, but they’re also very practical. Students with academic, extracur r icular

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he year 2010 saw women surpass men in advanced degrees for the first time ever. So says the United States Census Bureau, which found that among adults 25 and older who earned a master’s degree, 10.6 million were women and 10.5 million were men. Such statistics illustrate how women are increasingly positioning themselves for career advancement. Though there’s no guarantee that an advanced degree will advance a career, the appeal of an advanced degree and its potential impact on career aspirations is something many women are finding too difficult to resist. But there are a few things women should consider before they begin their pursuit of graduate degrees. * Immediate career implications: It’s common to think of the future when weighing the pros and cons of graduate school, but women currently working in their fields should consider the immediate implications of pursuing an advanced degree. Graduate studies require a much bigger commitment than undergraduate studies,

and that commitment could negatively impact your current employment. Though it’s possible to attend graduate school part-time, some programs insist students attend full-time, which might make it impossible to maintain your current employment and attend graduate school at the same time. Consider the immediate ramifications of attending graduate school, and decide if those consequences are worth the effort. * Finances: Pursuing an advanced degree is considerably more expensive than pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Women should examine their finances and decide if they are willing to take on student loans or pay for graduate school from their own savings. If you decide that taking out loans is worth it, it helps to know that many programs only offer financial aid to full-time students. If you don’t plan to attend graduate school full-time, you might need to find other ways to finance your education. In addition to the cost of attending graduate school, also consider

the impact such a decision will have on your earning potential, especially if you will be paying out-of-pocket. Established professionals already earning good salaries might find the cost of an advanced degree and its possible effect on future earnings doesn’t adding up. However, younger college grads whose careers haven’t taken off or even begun might earn considerably more money if they earn advanced degrees. * Need: Some people pursue a graduate degree because it’s necessary in order for them to advance their careers. Others do so because of external factors, such as a poor economy, that are making it difficult for them to gain entry into their desired fields. Before going forward with your pur-

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suit of a graduate degree, research your field to see if such a degree is truly necessary. An advanced degree is desirable in many fields but not necessarily all of them. If your career has been steadily advancing without the help of a graduate degree, then you might not need one after all. * Time: Working mothers are typically busy enough without the added burden of attending graduate school. If you have children and need your current salary to support your family, then you might find you don’t have the time to pursue an advanced degree. If you can afford to quit your job, however, graduate school might work, though it will likely require sacrifice on the part of both you and your family. (MCS)

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uying a new car is one of the more expensive purchases a consumer can make. Aside from a home or paying for college, perhaps no purchase requires a bigger financial commitment than a new car. While purchasing a new car can be intimidating, there are ways buyers can take control of the car-buying process and save money as a result. * Shop online. Much of the fear associated with buying a new car can be traced to the dealership. Consumers fear being taken advantage of by aggressive salespeople who work on commissions and are motivated by selling the car for the highest price possible. However, shopping online removes that fear and has made it easier for consumers to save when purchasing a new car. Unlike traditional automobile salespeople, Internet department sales staff often earn their bonuses on how many cars they sell, and not how much they sell each car for, which motivates them to get consumers the best price. Shopping online also removes the hassle of visiting the dealership and the often awkward and uncomfort-

able back and forth of the negotiating process on the dealer’s turf. * Get preapproved for a loan. Another way to save is to shop around for the best financing deal before shopping for a car. Many people seek preapproval for a loan before shopping for a home, and the same can be done when buying a car. Shopping around enables you to get the best deal, which isn’t always the one you’ll find should you rely on the dealership to arrange for the financing. * Negotiate everything. One of the more agitating things about buying a new car is the seemingly endless list of add-on fees that suddenly appear after the buyer and dealer have agreed on a vehicle price. Dealerships often want buyers to think such fees are non-negotiable, but that isn’t actually true. Even if the contract has already been drawn up and includes the fees, until you have signed on the dotted line, those fees are negotiable. * Shop in a buyer’s market. Near the end of the year is typically the best time to buy a current model vehicle. Between August and October is a great time to find a deal, as deal-

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erships are looking to move inventory to make room for next year’s models. Some consumers, however, find it difficult to shop for a car at the end of the year, as the costs associated with the holidays make it tough to afford a new car. If that’s the case, consider shopping for a vehicle at the end of the month, when salespeople and dealers might be motivated to sell cars to meet a monthly quota. * Shop around your current vehicle. If you have a trade-in, don’t simply assume you’ll get the most money for it via a trade-in. You might earn more money selling it privately, or you can shop the vehicle around to several dealerships as a straight sale. Getting the best price for the vehicle, whether that’s through trading it in or selling it privately, can lessen the financial blow of buying a new car. Buying a car no longer has to be an intimidating process where the consumer is fearful of getting fleeced. Nowadays, there are a variety of ways the consumer can take control of the process and make out financially (MCS)

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s a student at BYU-Idaho, day after day is spent inside classrooms. Nights are filled with homework and, for many of us, a social life and fun are distant cousins. However, open your eyes a little more and see the hidden treasures Rexburg has to offer. These eight wonders of Rexburg are some of my personal favorites.

Sand Dunes

Home to some of the largest dunes in the world, the sand dunes are internationally known. People come from all over the world to come to these sand dunes including Europe, Asia and Canada. This 10,600 acre area is composed of white quartz sand blown in from off of the Teton and Snake rivers and is a beautiful place to kick back, relax, and have some fun.

Rigby Lake

One mile north of Rigby, half way between Idaho Falls and Rexburg off of US Highway 20, is Rigby lake. The 68-acre park includes a 40-acre lake with sand beaches for swimming and non motorized boating. The lake is surrounded by a beautiful setting of trees and shrubbery with an island toward the west edge of the lake. The lake is fed by rising ground water in the spring. It has a paved 1 mile (eight foot wide) pedestrian and bike path around the lake, two pieces of playground equipment, volleyball nets, and tennis courts.

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The Craze

Located at 30 College Ave., the Craze is a great place to bring your family and friends for a night of fun. Built in what was once the biggest hotel between Salt Lake City and Canada, the old Idamont, the Craze houses a two-level Lazer Tag room, black-light miniature golf and an arcade. The Craze offers date night and FHE specials.

Paramount Theater

On Center Street you’ll find the Paramount Theater. Owned by the same company that owns the Teton Vu Drive-in Theater, this theater is the cheapest place in town. It’s $3 dollars for general admissions except on Tuesdays when they have a $2 dollar special. A great place to come watch films with friends and family.

Romance Theater

The Romance Theatre is also one of the unique landmarks of Rexburg. Opening its doors in 1917 the theatre went from showing silent films, to movies with sound, and now to holding such events as “Upper Valley Idol” and the Rexburg Film Festival.

“R” Mountain

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“R” Mountain

The North and South Menan Buttes in southeastern Idaho are two of the world’s largest volcanic tuff cones. The buttes rise about 800 feet above the surrounding Snake River plain. It’s a great place to view wild life, find creatures like scorpions and lizards, as well as get a beautiful view of the area.

Civil Defense Caves

The Civil Defense caves are large tubes formed from lava that snake underground for thousands of feet. Because of the insulating qualities of Lava, the interior of caves are cold, even on the hottest days of the summer. There is usually ice at the entrance to the cave. So be sure to bring jackets, and good footwear along with f lashlights.

Tabernacle

The building is used as a civic auditorium which seats 1,000 people and is well known for its excellent acoustics. An Austin pipe-organ was restored to enhance the musical programs which occur there. Concerts are held in the tabernacle throughout the year.

Tabernacle

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