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Hi-Noon: UIASB Prez Opposes Terrell

Many of you have showed your support for the University of Idaho by signing the flagship petition at Yesterday the petition reached more than 5,000 signatures. Congratulations! Though the petition reached its halfway mark, we still have work ahead of us. Milford Terrell, the State Board of Education member who proposed this change to our mission statement, will most likely be reappointed by Gov. Otter when his term ends today, March 1. Many believe Terrell represents a biased point of view on the Idaho SBOE. A BSU alumni and former President of the Bronco Athletic Association, several believe this makes it impossible for him to be an impartial member of the SBOE. If Gov. Otter chooses to re-appoint Terrell, it is clear that a biased and unfair atmosphere will continue to permeate the SBOE/Samantha Perez, University of Idaho Student Body president.

Question: Do you agree with UI ASB prez Samantha Perez that Gov. Butch Otter should find someone to replace Milford Terrell, who proposed the “flagship” change in UIdaho's mission statement?

Flagship Outdated, Sez BOE President

Mission statements for the University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University were tweaked this month in order to promote a climate that is “consistent and collegial in nature rather than comparative or competitive.” So says State Board of Education President Richard Westerberg in a guest opinion sent out this afternoon. Westerberg further explains the board's controversial decision to strike the word “flagship” from the University of Idaho's mission: “There was much thoughtful, and sometimes spirited, discussion about proposed updates. The proposed mission statement for the University of Idaho included the term 'flagship,' which was not used in previous mission statements and was not deemed appropriate by the board”/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree with Idaho Bored of Education prez Richard Westerberg that “flagship” is a “single, outdated word” that doesn't belong in UI mission statement?

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Ed Board Tweaks Petersen Contract

The State Board of Education on Thursday approved several tweaks to Boise State football coach Chris Petersen’s contract. The vote was 6-0 with two board members absent. Petersen’s automatic one-year extensions for every season in which the Broncos win eight games now will include a $100,000 raise, double the previous contracted amount. His bonus for a Bowl Championship Series berth (now $150,000) or a conference championship (now $100,000) has been increased by $25,000. Petersen’s total compensation, including longevity bonuses and supplemental retirement contributions, will be $1.525 million this year/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo of Coach Chris Petersen during Oct. 7 Fresno State game)

Question: For all the positive exposure & dollars that the Boise State Broncos bring to Idaho, I believe Petersen is worth every  penny of his salary and automatic raises. How about you?

Ed Board Wary Of UI Post Falls Lab

Idaho’s State Board of Education, meeting yesterday in Idaho Falls, backed upgrades in the University of Idaho’s athletic facilities but was leery of a UI proposal to establish a new nonprofit research lab in Post Falls; that proposal was delayed until the board’s August meeting. Board members noted that issues of mismanagement, nepotism, misuse of resources and allegations of grant fraud plagued the lab’s predecessor, the Center for Advanced Microelectronics and Biomolecular Research/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Ed Board OKs $5.3M For Kibbie Dome

Idaho Reporter, Via Twitter: The Idaho State Board of Education has approved $5.3 million in renovation to U of I’s Kibbie Dome and $1 million seating sponsorship deal with Litehouse

Ed Board OKs $375K Per Year For Akey

The Idaho State Board of Education approved new six-figure contracts for the Boise State University (BSU) basketball coach and the University of Idaho’s football coach during a board meeting Thursday.  BSU’s Leon Rice (formerly an assistant at Gonzaga) will make a base salary of $400,000 for the next five years, plus incentives that could add up to an additional $70,000 a year if the team wins the NCAA basketball championship and players’ academic progress ranks highly. … The U of I’s Robb Akey will earn an average of more than $375,000 during the next five football seasons, with incentives that could add up to another $158,000 a year for various achievements including winning seven games in a season, being named national coach of the year, or finishing in the Top 25 ESPN/USA Today poll/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here. (SR File Photo: Dan Pelle, of Leon Rice, left, as an assistant coach for Gonzaga’s Mark Few.)

Question: Do you agree with the amount of pay that Robb Akey and Leon Rice will be getting to coach teams at UI & BSU, respectively?

Extra! Ed Board OKs Petersen Pact 8-0

Idaho Reporter Twitter: (State Board of Education) unanimously approves (8-0) new contract for BSU Head Football Coach Chris Petersen. Post by Chadd Cripe/Statesman here.

BroncosoverVandalsofcourse: I just want Vandal fans to know they are right, Boise is a different world than the sadder parts of Idaho, however it’s ignorant to think that 18 year old football fans wouldn’t be immature enough to choose a school based on the football team. Who knows how often this happens now that there is constant national exposure, a full decade of dominance, and the unique blue field on which to watch the beatdowns. I hope coach pete is the new face of idaho, as opposed to the bathroom toe-tapper, or to be fair, the bsu cheerleaders exposed to the world at the last fiesta bowl.

Question: If Chris Petersen is worth $1.2M next year to the Boise State Broncos, what is UIdaho’s coach Robb Akey worth? (I know Akey has a new contract but I couldn’t find the new numbers. His old contract of $1.2M over 5 years was the highest in UIdaho history when awarded in 2007.)

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