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Mark Vaught, Vandals’ football operations director, dies

Mark Vaught, assistant athletic director of football operations at the University of Idaho, died Wednesday night after a battle with cancer.

He was 31.

Athletic director Rob Spear revealed the news Thursday over Twitter, calling it a “very sad day for the Vandal family … Mark was a fighter to the end.” More here. John Blanchette, SR

UI Wrestles With Guns On Campus

Questions stemming from the soon-to-be-implemented “guns on campus” law are wide ranging and answers are a bit uncertain. Finding the answers is what a group of University of Idaho officials have been asked to do as part of a 14-member task force established by President Chuck Staben last month. The task force has been assigned to evaluate the changes in Idaho code and State Board of Education policy in an effort to develop a new campus policy in compliance with the recent legislation that permits some people to carry weapons on university and college campuses. Matt Dorschel, executive director for UI Public Safety and Security, said members of the task force are in the information-gathering stage and he's taking input from students, staff, faculty, administrators and Moscow residents/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Barry Kough)

Question: Are you expecting an incident involving a gun on a Idaho college campus next year?

Boise State Can’t Play In UI’s League

Memo to Don Soltman, President, Idaho Board of Education:

With all due respect allow me to bring to your attention the most recent ranking of universities and colleges in the United States put out annually by U.S. News and World Report. Please note that Idaho’s land grant university, the University of Idaho, despite the reduced rations the board and legislature have had it on, still is ranked 161list of national universities. The faculty, the administration, boosters, alumni and students are all to be congratulated on this accomplishment for it comes despite your and Governor Otter’s systematic starving of its budget and your increasingly burdening students with more fees and charges. … Boise State is listed as #65 on the list of best REGIONAL universities in the west. Idaho State made the list of “also rans” (somewhere between 200 and 300) among NATIONAL universities. Spokane’s Gonzaga University is listed as #4 on that list of best western regional universities/Chris Carlson, Carlson Chronicles. More here.

Question: Would you rather have a nationally ranked football team (which Boise State currently doesn't) than a college known for quality academics?

5 Finalists Contend For UI Presidency

Item: Board names five candidates for UI job: Former UI College of Law Dean Don Burnett has been serving as interim president/Elizabeth Rudd, Lewiston Tribune

More Info: The candidates include James Applegate, a consultant for higher education and philanthropy; Donald Birx, chancellor and professor at Penn State Erie; Laurie Stenberg-Nichols, provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State University; Jack Payne, senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and administrative head for the Institute of Food and Agricultural Science at the University of Florida; and Chuck Staben, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota.

Question: What would you like to see in a new University of Idaho president?

UI Grads Earn More Than BSU’s

The 2013-14 PayScale College Salary report offers an interesting factoid — University of Idaho graduates start with higher salaries and are still earning more at mid-career that their Boise State University counterparts. The report shows that University of Idaho graduates average a beginning salary of $45,300 and are earning an average of $82,700 by mid-career. By contrast, Boise State graduates average a starting salary of $43,100 and are earning $67,000 by mid-career. UIdaho is tied for 242nd among USA's colleges, while Boise State ranks 648th. Maybe there's more to Idaho secondary education than a natonal college football ranking? You can see the entire report here.

Question: What do you make of this report?

U of I gets ‘best value’ ranking in Forbes

The University of Idaho was ranked 25th in the newly released Forbes Magazine list of “Best Value” colleges across the country.

U of I was one of four universities in the western U.S. to make the list. The other 3 are Wyoming, BYU and University of South Dakota.

Any Vandals out there?

Trib: Nellis Squandered Opportunity

Idaho needed candor from Duane Nellis as he departed the University of Idaho presidency on his way to Texas Tech in Lubbock. Nellis didn't provide it. In a farewell essay published in the Idaho Statesman Tuesday, Nellis wrote: “If I could give one final piece of advice to my friends in the state Legislature, it would be to invest in these people (faculty and public employees). I would hope that your highest priority next year is CEC - Change in Employee Compensation.” Faculty and state workers have taken it on the chin these past few years as first the bottom fell out of the state budget and then lawmakers opted to funnel what little new money they received into tax cuts for the well-off and corporations. But is that really the primary crisis facing Idaho education?/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Does Nellis leave behind any kind of significant legacy?

UI Can’t Keeps Its Good Presidents

Stability at the top has emerged as a key ingredient as the State Board of Education begins its search for the next leader of the University of Idaho. When Duane Nellis departs this summer, the university will be on its sixth president - four interim and two who stayed four years each - since the resignation of Robert Hoover in 2003. “We need to find someone who is going to be there,” Ken Edmunds, immediate past board president, told the Idaho Statesman. “It is highly detrimental to keep having this turnover”/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Why can't the University of Idaho keeps its presidents?

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U of I student sues fraternity

A University of Idaho student injured after falling from a three-tiered bunk bed at the Delta Chi house following a party two years ago is now suing the national fraternal organization for incurred medical costs and other damages.

She alleges the injuries came from falling out of a third-story window.

Krysta Huft in her lawsuit filed Friday against the national fraternity and 10 “John Does” alleges the Idaho chapter was negligent in providing her with beer and vodka despite her being underage and not verifying her age at the time. That, the suit argues, contributed to her falling from a window on the third-story sleeping porch where she was taken after falling asleep at a party in April 2011. She also alleges Delta Chi did not maintain safe premises, including a lack of window stops, lock guards or bars to prevent her fall. Her medical costs are stated to be more than $10,000.

The lawsuit contradicts an investigation by the Moscow Police Department, which concluded Huft had fallen to the floor from an upper level of the bunk bed where she was taken after falling asleep during the party.

Two very different versions of the same event. Which one do believe is more likely?

UI Gets Opium Pipe Collection

An enamel-decorated opium pipe, recently donated to the University of Idaho, rests next to one made of bamboo as Priscilla Wegar (Inlander photo: Eric Francavilla)

Since September, dozens of brown packages from destinations like Laos, Thailand and California have found their way to the University of Idaho’s Asian American Comparative Collection. Their contents — flute-like tubes of wood, bone, glass, metal and stone — tell the history of a taboo subject in Asian culture: opium smoking. Steven Martin, a 50-year-old former guidebook writer and self-proclaimed leading expert on opium paraphernalia and smoking, donated his 1,000-piece collection to the university this fall. Martin, a former opium user, doesn’t advocate using the drug, but he wants to share knowledge about Asian culture through the artifacts/Eric Francavilla, Inlander. More here.

Question: Is this collection something you'd like to see?

Gloria Steinem To Visit UI Oct. 4-5

From University of Idaho News: “Gloria Steinem (pictured), writer, lecturer, editor and feminist activist, will visit the University of Idaho on Oct. 4 and 5, 2012 in honor of the Women’s Center’s 40th anniversary. Over the past 40 years, Steinem has played a pivotal role in the women’s equality movement, both in the United States and internationally. Steinem travels as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins of sex and race caste systems, gender roles and child abuse as roots of violence, non-violent conflict resolution, the cultures of indigenous peoples, and organizing across boundaries for peace and justice.” More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Are you a Gloria Steinem fan?

Log Cabin Repub, Pastor Square Off

Hundreds of people filled the University of Idaho's Student Union Building ballroom Thursday night for a debate on whether gay rights are antithetical to conservative Christian values. Collegiate Reformed Fellowship sponsored the nearly three-hour event where Douglas Wilson, controversial pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, debated R. Clark Cooper (pictured), executive director of Log Cabin Republicans in Washington, D.C. Cooper, openly gay, Episcopalian and Republican, maintained that being gay and being conservative are not mutually exclusive entities, while Wilson held that the homosexual lifestyle is in direct conflict with conservative Christian views.The debate was moderated by Gabriel Rench, a student at Greyfriars' Hall ministerial training program, where Wilson is an instructor. Rench said he resorted to moderating the debate after approaching others. The debaters argued on two different platforms, one based in politics and one based in theology/Estelle Gwinn, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Is being gay and being conservative mutually exclusive entities?

Fraternity Boots 22 UI Members

Twenty-two University of Idaho Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity members have been expelled from the fraternity following the investigation of a non-sanctioned event Aug. 18 in rural Latah County that resulted in 20 minor in possession citations. “We have taken action against those men who we believe are not interested in upholding the ideals and principles of ATO,” said Wynn Smiley, chief executive officer of ATO National Fraternity. “Our goal is that ATO at Idaho be a positive resource for the remaining members and potential members who are looking for a quality fraternity experience”/UIdaho Argonaut. More here.

Question: Were you ever a frat rat?

Student Falls From UI Frat Roof

A 21-year-old University of Idaho student is in serious condition at a Spokane hospital after falling from the second floor of his fraternity this morning. Kurt Wrobel, a sophomore general studies major from California, suffered facial fractures and other injuries when he landed on concrete, said Moscow Police Department Lt. Dave Lehmitz. He is in stable condition after being airlifted to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Officers were called to the Alpha Tau Omega house at 12:30 a.m. Witnesses reported that Wrobel climbed out of a window and was trying to open another window on a locked room when he fell, Lehmitz said. Wrobel had been drinking earlier in the evening at a party at another fraternity, he said/Lewiston Tribune.

Question: Mebbe UI should offer a required course in fraternity/sorority house climbing?

UI, Benoit Family Settles Over Killing

University of Idaho officials and the family of a graduate student who was killed by a professor she had dated have agreed to a financial settlement in a claim against the school over the 22-year-old’s death, sources told the Associated Press on Tuesday. A settlement would bring some closure in the wake of shootings that police have described as a murder-suicide, which horrified faculty, students and parents and brought Idaho’s oldest public university under intense scrutiny. The terms of the agreement between Katy Benoit’s family and the school were not immediately available. Benoit died in August after police say she was shot 11 times by Ernesto Bustamante, an assistant psychology professor with whom she had recently broken off a romantic relationship. Police say Bustamante, after shooting Benoit, checked in at a Moscow hotel and killed himself. He had resigned from his position at the university only days earlier/Jessie Bonner, AP. More here.


UI/CDA Building Spikes, Hurts Geese

According to our callers, at least three geese were severely injured while trying to nest on the beams that cross the waterside front of the University of Idaho Coeur d’Alene campus building. It turns out that to deter the geese from nesting – as they have in previous years — a maintenance crew had installed, literally, a bed of 5-inch nails. Horrified witnesses in the building watched the geese struggling to make a nest while getting punctured by the nails. The geese were completely covered in blood and could not understand their peril as this had been their nesting area for years/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here. H/T: Facebook Friend Carol Muzik


UI Faculty: Restore ‘Flagship’ Status

Faculty leaders at the University of Idaho want the state Board of Education to reconsider removing the term “flagship” from the school's mission statement. The board approved updated mission statements for Idaho's public universities in February. The University of Idaho in Moscow was founded in 1889 and is the state's oldest. The word “flagship” was added to a proposed new mission statement last year, though school officials have long used the word to brand the university. The board, however, didn't deem the term appropriate and it was struck/Eye On Boise via AP. More here.

Question: Has there been any positive fallout for the University of Idaho as a result of this controversy?

UI Vandals Face Brutal Road Schedule

The Idaho Vandals announced their 2012 football schedule Monday. Idaho faces road trips to LSU, North Carolina and BYU as part of a challenging non-conference schedule. Idaho plays seven WAC games, beginning with New Mexico State on Oct. 6. The Vandals begin spring drills March 22 and will hold the “Silver and Gold” game April 20/Josh Wright, SR. Schedule here.

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Hucks: Sinking ‘Flagship’

Seems Richard Westerberg eschews that “single, outdated word” that has caused a furor among Vandal fans since its removal from the University of Idaho mission statement: “flagship.”   The Idaho Board of Education prez said so in a guest opinion in Idaho newspapers last week. But 5,000 Vandal Nation petition signers disagree as they lobby to have the collegial designation reinstated. Also, University of Idaho Associated Student Body prez Samantha Perez is calling for the head of Milford Terrell, the Ed Board trustee whose term expired Thursday. Terrell, an ex-Boise State booster club prez, led the charge to remove “flagship” from UI’s mission statement. Some say Vandal Nation hasn’t been this upset since July 2010 when BSU prez Bob Kustra labeled UI culture “nasty” and “inebriated.” P’haps UIdaho is lucky that the BSU Broncophiles on the Ed Board didn’t add those words to the mission statement/DFO, SR Huckleberries. More here.

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?

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