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Mindful benefits — Twenty-minute meditation class help reduce stress

Meditation is nothing new to the University of Idaho. As the school year progresses, so do Mindful Meditation sessions. Mindful Meditation is a 20-minute session run by Jamie Derrick, a University of California Los Angeles trained mindfulness instructor and clinical faculty member at UI. Sessions are free to students and faculty and take place Wednesdays from noon to 12:20 p.m. in TLC 46. The purpose of the session is to create an open and friendly space for people to come and practice medita

Relief through mindfulness — Twenty-minute meditation class help reduce stress

Meditation is nothing new to the University of Idaho. As the school year progresses, so do Mindful Meditation sessions. Mindful Meditation is a 20-minute session run by Jamie Derrick, a University of California Los Angeles trained mindfulness instructor and clinical faculty member at UI. Sessions are free to students and faculty and take place Wednesdays from noon to 12:20 p.m. in TLC 46. The purpose of the session is to create an open and friendly space for people to come and practice meditat

Business as usual — ASUI hears from lobbyist about upcoming plans for the Idaho State Legislature

Medical amnesty was brought to the ASUI Senate’s attention Wednesday night. ASUI Lobbyist Clayton King gave a report about work being done to repeal the sunset clause that would end medical amnesty next year. If the sunset clause is repealed, medical amnesty will remain a permeant addition to Idaho statutes, King said. The Idaho State Legislature is also moving forward on the Center for Agriculture Food and Environment, a $45 million project centered around research, King said. “Putting us on

Ten days in Bolivia — University of Idaho students travel to Bolivia to assist a community in need of water

Claire Majors, a University of Idaho mechanical engineering senior, spent 10 days in Bolivia over the summer to help install a gravity feed water supply system for a local village as part of the UI Humanitarian Engineering Corps (UI-HEC). “I could feel the altitude immediately — my heart rate went up,” Majors said. “At first, I wasn’t sure it was because I was excited, or because the altitude was so high — definitely the altitude — a little bit of excitement too.” UI-HEC is a student-led, non-

The champions — UI recognized for environmental work on campus

One building, in particular, has become well-known around University of Idaho’s campus — the Energy Plant, or steam plant, which sits just alongside Sixth Street, jetting outbursts of steam throughout the day. Now, the steam plant is acknowledged for its pollution prevention efforts. On Oct. 16, UI received the Pollution Prevention Award from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The winners of this award are known as “Pollution Prevention Champions,” said Pollution Prevention Co

A fresh new face — Teja Sunka wants to improve students’ lives through ASUI

A race against the clock takes place every morning for Teja Sunku. The University of Idaho freshman is up and ready for his week and the start of his classes by 9 a.m. Sunku studies computer science and statistics at UI. Originally from Redmond, Washington, just outside of Seattle, Sunku is a member of the ASUI Senate. Sunku ran last fall for a spot on the Senate and is one of the four new ASUI senators this semester. Sunku said he ran to help improve the lives of freshmen and all students on

Small change, big impact — University of Idaho to add gender-inclusive housing

Choosing where to live and who to live with can be a new and exciting time for students on their way to college. A variety of housing options are available for new and returning students at the university, but all are divided by gender within rooms, if not also by floors. This spring, the University of Idaho now offers gender-inclusive housing options for students who do not prescribe to a gender binary. Gender inclusive housing gives students the ability to live with who they want regardless

The man behind the suit — An in-depth look at the jolly man many know as Santa Claus

Santa Claus has been visiting the University of Idaho to take photos with students for years, but not many stop to think, “who is Santa Claus?” Many students just know the basics. Somehow, the mysterious man drops off presents to every child in the world in one night using a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. Claus employs a number of elves to help him make the toys. When Claus makes a list, he checks it not just once, but twice. But what does Claus do with the rest of his year? While Claus visit

More than graduate life — Graduate student finds joy in College of Natural Resources

Kathryn Baker, a University of Idaho Ph.D. student in the College of Natural Resources (CNR), sat outside the Integrated Research and Innovation Center on campus trimming chucks of pine branches down to a more manageable size to work with while enjoying a sunny Moscow afternoon. The air around her smelled of pine and the shavings off the branches covered the ground around her. This is Baker’s job — she works in tree ecophysiology. Tree ecophysiology is the study of how water moves through trees

Idaho’s tuition on the up and up

The Idaho State Board of Education voted to increase UI student tuition and fees The Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) voted to increase University of Idaho tuition and fees by 5 percent for full-time resident students and raise tuition by 8 percent for full-time non-resident students. Full-time in-state students will see their tuition increase by a total of $378 per year, bringing the total amount full-time students pay to around $7,866 per year, said Trina Mahoney, UI budget director. T

New voices cropping up

Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist discuss their plans for agriculture in Idaho The University of Idaho Food and Agriculture Business club (FAB) held a forum with gubernatorial candidates Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Tommy Ahlquist in the auditorium of the UI Administration Building Saturday. With scattered UI students and Moscow community members in attendance, Ahlquist and Little answered questions from FAB and the audience. Dain Johnson, a member of FAB and the moderator of the forum, sai

The belle of the bookstore

New books and fliers for upcoming events crowd the inside window of BookPeople of Moscow. Inside the store, there is a couple talking about all of the books they see. Another man looks for used poetry books. Carol Price, co-owner and manager of BookPeople, came into the store after helping set up a book fair at West Park Elementary School. “One of the things I really appreciate is that our customers are really a wide variety of people from all different walks of life. We have families with lit

Taking back the night

Kazzandra Vazquez, a fifth year University of Idaho student joined her sorority sisters to lead the march at Take Back the Night. Vazquez is president of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., the sorority which helps organize the march every year. Vazquez said the women of Lambda Theta Alpha have made posters, invited people and lead the march. “It’s kind of an honor because it’s my face out there, leading all these people with the same message with our mission to stopping interpersonal vio

Free food, no questions asked

A partnership set on bringing perishable foods to the UI campus for everyone Every Sunday from August to November, Food not Bombs of the Palouse (FNB) has been giving out a free community meal to Moscow residents. They gathered at East City Park Sunday at 2 p.m. to set up and start the cooking. With camp stoves on either end of picnic tables, volunteers with the organization got to work chopping mushrooms, leeks, peppers and onions. The group filled three tables at East City Park with variou

Election Night update: 33 out of 34 precincts reporting

Unofficial results with 33 of 34 precincts reporting from Latah County show incumbent upsets in two of three races in Idaho’s fifth legislative district. For District 5 of Idaho’s state legislative races, David Nelson, Bill Goesling and Caroline Nilsson Troy all take the lead in their respective races, the unofficial results show. For District 5, David Nelson holds 58.49 percent of the votes while Sen. Dan Foreman holds 41.51 percent. For Seat A in the State House of Representatives,  Bill Go

Election results: statewide races

Unofficial election results from the Idaho Secretary of State’s office show GOP front-runners sweeping many statewide races. Lt. Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, won the gubernatorial race on a nearly 10 point margin, picking up 59.8 percent of the vote to Democratic challenger and former state lawmaker Paulette Jordan’s 38.2 percent of the vote. One hundred percent of precincts are included in these unofficial results. In the race for Lt. Gov., Janice McGeachin won on wide margins over Kristin

Women’s Center’s removal of blog post sparks national backlash

The University of Idaho Women’s Center blog removed a post from contributor Victoria Dilone regarding eugenics and hormonal birth control on Nov. 20, according to a reposted article from Dec. 4. The dispute between Dilone and the Women’s Center resulted in attention from national media outlets. Conservative outlet Breitbart News reported on the controversy Tuesday. In the blog, Dilone criticized the origins of the birth control pill, writing, “There are many reasons why I oppose the birth cont
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