Free Movie – “UNCONDITIONAL” at ISU Sunday

Free movie “Unconditional” plays at ISU’s Bengal Theater Sunday night @ 5:30 & 7:30 pm. This Image Award nominee is based on a true story about a suicidal woman whose chance encounter with two children and a reunion with a childhood friend leads her to realize that there is always an opportunity to make a difference in life. Movie Guide calls the film, “A beautifully made movie with a captivating, inspiring story,” (Rated PG-13) Watch trailer at

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Soprano to perform to raise funds for ISU scholarships


POCATELLO — Soprano Samantha Parkinson will present a benefit recital of songs from Mozart through the 20th century Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Goranson Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Idaho State University. She will be accompanied by pianist MiKelle Barney.

Parkinson’s evening of song will be the latest in the ISU Alumni Music Recital Series founded in 2013 as a scholarship fundraiser for the Department of Music. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Parkinson’s program will feature songs and arias by Mozart, Bellini and Debussy, as well as a group by contemporary Americans Katherine K. Davis, Richard Pearson Thomas and Thomas Pasatieri. The evening’s major work will be Antonin Dvorak’s “Gypsy Songs” Op. 55, performed in the original Czech.

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ISU gallery hosts photo exhibit

A new photo exhibit by John Lowry at the university Transition Gallery displays images in five categories: Crossing, Silos, Friends, Basalt and Music. It is a thoughtful collection and does what any art  exhibit must do: force the viewer to see images from a different viewpoint and perspective.

The exhibit starts with the section called “Crossings” — photos of three bridges. The most interesting is a panorama of a Blackfoot bridge giving the spectator a different perspective. Another bridge is marked with graffiti, suggesting a dangerous element off camera. These photos are in color and present a striking effect.

The next section is appropriately called “Silos” and includes a statement about the vagaries of nature, from “bumper crops to drought.”

These photos are in black and white and have a stark feel, reminiscent of the photos Walker Evans shot of migrant workers during the Great Depression.  Those photos appeared in his remarkable book, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” with prose by James Agee. No people appear in “Silos,” only the structures themselves, including one aging wooden silo from the past.

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BIG SKY Conference football roundup


BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Dakota Prukop ran for two scores and threw for another and Anthony Knight ran for three touchdowns leading Montana State past Central Arkansas 43-33. The Bobcats (2-1) built a 37-13 lead on Knight’s nine-yard run late in the third quarter, but the Bears (1-2) didn’t go away easily. After a Central Arkansas touchdown, MSU kick returner Shaun Johnson retreated into the end zone after fielding the kickoff on the 4-yard line and downed it for a safety cutting the deficit to 37-27.

MSU forced a four-and-out on UCA’s ensuing possession, then got a 34-yard run by Gunnar Brekke to set up another Knight touchdown with 4:04 to play.

The Bears would score again with :35 to play to make it 43-33, but failed to convert the twopoint conversion and couldn’t recover their onside kick.

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ISU receiver Malcom bounces back with a career day

BY JIMMY HANCOCK   @JournalJimmy

The performance of a redshirt sophomore receiver is an up and down one, said Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer, and Bengals wide receiver Broc Malcom clearly had an “up” day against Chadron State on Saturday at Holt Arena. “He was inconsistent at Utah State and he was debonair and a high-wire act today,” Kramer said of Malcom. “So what’s it going to be next game we play? It’s a coin flip. You never know what to expect from those guys.” At Utah State on Sept. 6, Malcom had three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. But there were several dropped passes, including one that went from Malcom’s hands into the waiting arms of Aggies defensive back Jalen Davis who ran it back 44 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Malcom also had a fumble in the first quarter.

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A rally halted


  BY KYLE FRANKO   @ByKyleFranko

What in the world happened? A game Idaho State was dominating spiraled dangerously out of control, leaving Idaho State in an odd predicament. The Bengals won their first game of the season Saturday at Holt Arena with 4,838 fans in attendance. The win is the good part. The negative is that Chadron State scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and Idaho State had to hold on for a tight  39-34 victory.

But a win is a win, says Bengal head coach Mike Kramer.

“I said it all week long. The game turned out exactly as I thought it would be,” he said. “Whether it was a one-point win or a 100-point win, I didn’t care. As long as we got out of this thing with a win.”

For nearly three quarters, ISU’s offense looked better than it has all year. The Bengals’ offensive line smothered the Eagles and ISU’s running backs rumbled for 232 yards on the ground.   Senior quarterback Justin Arias was on point, throwing for 318 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Idaho State began the season believing its quarterback and offensive line were good. The wideouts were a major question, though. The starters were all sophomores and mostly inexperienced.

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Big Sky Power Rankings



Weber State’s Cameron Higgins is the Big Sky Conference’s career leader in touchdown passes with 98. Higgins needed 48 games to set the record.

Eastern Washington junior Vernon Adams has tossed 91 touchdowns … in 30 games. Adams, who has completed 68 percent of his passes for 16 touchdowns and one interception in three games this season, is the early favorite to win the Football Championship Subdivision’s Walter Payton Award.

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Chadron State is a dangerous Division II team

BY KYLE FRANKO   @goodfranks


Chadron State is no humdrum Division II football program.

The Eagles have averaged nearly eight wins a season since 1987. With long-time head coach Brad Smith, Chadron State has won 71 percent of its games and developed into a football powerhouse in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Under third-year head coach Jay Long, Chadron State went 9-3 in 2012 and finished the season ranked 18th in the country. Last year, Long and the Eagles went 8-3.

Long is guiding the Eagles through a tumultuous moment in the program’s history. Chadron State is on probation after determining its former football coach, Bill O’Boyle, had secret bank accounts and doled out extra benefits for players.

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