Thanksgiving. It’s a time to share a smorgasbord of food with our closest friends and family. But the reality is, not every family gets to enjoy the feast many of us take for granted.
So as most students finished up classes and headed home for the holidays last Wednesday, about 20 College of Idaho student-athletes selflessly volunteered their time to serve Thanksgiving dinners at the First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, helping the Boise Rescue Mission serve 4,000 meals across the Treasure Valley.
On a cool October morning, College of Idaho Speech and Debate Director Kyle Cheesewright, senior Cody Johnson and freshman Kyle Durbin emptied their pockets and passed through metal detectors as they entered the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem. Once inside, they were kindly escorted into Maximum Security.
No, they hadn’t committed a crime—they were taking part in the 6th Annual Oregon State Penitentiary Capital Toastmaster’s Debate Tournament.
College of Idaho Speech and Debate Director Kyle Cheesewright asked his Howlin’ Yotes debate team if anyone wanted to represent the C of I at College Debate ’16. During the September event, students from around the country gathered at Dominican University in California to “empower young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election."
“I was like, ‘Sure, I’ll do it,’” said C of I senior Frank Gigray. “And then Kyle told me my plane left in a week.”
College of Idaho student Emily Hawgood is part of the cross-country, track, and swim teams. And now, she’ll represent the College and the entire student-athlete body of the Cascade Collegiate Conference as Chair of the CCC Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
At last week’s conference, Hawgood, a senior from Beatrice, Zimbabwe, was chosen by her peers from fellow institutions across the CCC to chair the organization.
Fall semester is well under way, and The College of Idaho campus is as vibrant and culturally diverse as ever. The C of I is home to 71 international students representing 49 countries this year, but for the first time, three of those students are part of a direct exchange program.
Emily Tian, Patricia Xinyi, and Taxwen Tin have traveled nearly 7,000 miles from the China University of Politics and Law in Beijing, China, to study in Caldwell.
“I wanted to experience a different culture, the western culture and the western educational system,” Xinyi said.
The engine roared as a small bush plane flew a few hundred feet above the tree tops. Below, the Middle Fork of the Salmon River meandered through the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. As the plane dipped lower and lower, following the river, it turned toward the right bank and a small cut-out of green grass.
Hiking down to the base of Victoria Falls in Zambia, College of Idaho political economy professor Erin Hern and students Cameron Arnzen and Ruth Nakalyowa came upon a baboon casually sitting on a park bench. As the group passed by this strange and amusing sight, the baboon rose from his seat and sauntered over to the group.
But he wasn’t monkeying around.
The baboon pulled on Nakalyowa’s backpack, yanking her down in the process. After much screaming and fighting to keep her bag, the baboon eventually was scared off.
Dun dunna nun dunna nun, Go Yotes! Dun dunna nun dunna nun, Go Yotes!
A mighty roar from the 5,000-plus fans inside Simplot Stadium echoed over the field as The College of Idaho marching band concluded playing the fight song. Each band member proudly wore a purple t-shirt which read “C of I Marching Band - Year One Founding Member.”
Downtown Boise streets are filled with the hustle and bustle of a weekday morning as College of Idaho junior Trevor Thomas walks into the Idaho State Capitol at 8 a.m. Each footstep echoes off the marble floor and through the rotunda as Thomas passes a wall filled with pictures of all 32 governors of Idaho.
The College of Idaho’s Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History has awarded its first Student Research Grant to Anna Chase.
Chase, who graduated from the C of I in May, received $500 for her proposed research project “Lower Boise River Mollusk Inventory.” Her field work is projected to take place in late summer 2016 to take advantage of lower river flows.