Chinese man adds to lawsuit against ISU

POCATELLO — Former Idaho State University graduate student Jun Yu has added multiple counts of civil rights violations, alleged ethics violations and breach of contract against the university to his existing federal lawsuit.

Yu initially filed suit against ISU in September 2015 for damages after the university refused to grant Yu a doctorate in clinical psychology. The additional counts were added to the complaint in March.

Yu’s lawsuit against ISU now contains 15 individual counts against ISU, its psychology department and staff.

Yu is requesting a jury trial and alleges the actions of the university to withhold his doctorate degree, despite having successfully defending his dissertation, has caused him loss of financial and educational opportunities, as well as pain and humiliation.

A resident of China, Yu entered ISU’s graduate program to obtain his doctorate in clinical psychology back in 2008.

In his final year of the program, while attempting to complete clinical externships with the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, Yu was dismissed from the graduate program.

Yu then attempted to secure permission to complete an externship at the Shanghai Medical Health Center in China, but that was denied, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Pocatello by Yu’s attorney, Ronaldo A. Coulter of Boise.

Before filing the federal lawsuit in 2015, Yu appealed his denial of an externship in China with the ISU Graduate Council in October 2013. He filed a tort claim against ISU in March 2014. The claim was denied by ISU’s attorneys, Kelly, Talley & Simmons of Boise.

As part of the amended complaint, Yu has secured statements from experts, Dr. Gerald P. Koocher, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science and Health at DePaul University; Dr. Michael Dwyer, psychology professor at Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio, and Dr. Leslie Wade Zorwick, associate professor of psychology at Hendrix College in Arkansas.

All three psychology professors stated that Yu had been the victim of discrimination and ethics violations by the psychology department at ISU.

“It is clear that Mr. Yu suffered serious harm because of several significant ethically questionable behaviors at the hands of ISU faculty,” Koocher wrote in an affidavit included in the court documents. “These included failure of timely written notice of any inadequacies (if they existed) and failure to prescribe a plan for remediation (if needed).”

Dr. Koocher said his review of the facts led him to believe that ISU’s actions were “arbitrary and capricious” when it came to its handling of the Chinese graduate student. He said the university’s actions were “departures from the accepted academic norms for clinical psychology doctoral programs.”

Zorwick said the actions of ISU’s psychology department smacked of racism.

“It is hard to imagine a situation that more strongly demonstrates all of the hallmarks that are typically present when adverse racism is occurring, which strongly suggests that the behavior of the ISU psychology department was influenced by Mr. Yu’s race and international status,” he said.

Dr. Dwyer said the actions of ISU violated the American Psychological Association’s ethics code, APA accreditation standards and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers policies.

Dwyer said Yu “was honed by the ISU psychology department’s cultural incompetence.”

In earlier court filings by the university’s legal representatives, ISU has maintained Yu was suspended from the doctoral program because of his communication difficulties and lack of English language skills.

Yu came to ISU after the university waived out-of-state tuition and offered him an annual stipend as a graduate assistant in the psychology department.

University officials said it’s ISU’s policy not to comment on pending litigation, including Yu’s additional complaints against Idaho State.

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Unity event in wake of Muslim crisis at ISU shows support from all around the world


POCATELLO — Despite the cold and rainy weather, hundreds of people came out the unity event at Idaho State University on Saturday afternoon. The event brought together music, dance and people from all corners of the globe.

Fahim Rahim, a local doctor and Muslim originally from Pakistan, organized the event as a positive way to end the school year after reports of discrimination and harassment of ISU’s Middle Eastern students made national news.

“The biggest problem is we all live in our little silos,” Rahim said. “We label ourselves by race, language, culture, nationality, but events like this is what the world is all about. This is what I want people to see.”

 The event featured speakers from the city and the university along with representatives from Pocatello’s Muslim, Latino and African American communities. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribe performed traditional dances, ISU students performed a dance from Nepal, and Blackfoot High School junior Mustafa Hijazi performed a rap based on his experiences as a Muslim American.

Local DJ Adrian Smart provided the soundtrack for the day, and “The Voice” finalist Alex Boyé performed at the end of the night

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ISU football: DL Kuder headed to Green Bay as undrafted free agent

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Idaho State’s Tyler Kuder might not have been selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean his NFL aspirations are over.

The Bengal defensive tackle is headed to the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent. The news was first reported on Twitter by Mike Loyko, an NFL draft and Boston sports analyst.

Kuder was second on the Bengals and 12th in the Big Sky in tackles with 8.4 per game (92 total) and was a mainstay in the offensive backfield with 11 tackles for loss, good for seventh in the conference. He was a second-team all-Big Sky selection in 2014 and a first-team all-Big Sky selection in 2015.

Green Bay selected a defensive tackle with its first pick in the draft, taking UCLA’s Kenny Clark with the 27th overall pick. The Packers also took a defensive lineman — Northwestern’s Dean Lowry — in the fourth round with the 137th pick.

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Four from Big Sky selected in 2016 NFL Draft

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Four Big Sky football players began their NFL journeys and were selected Saturday in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The players chosen were Southern Utah safety Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah cornerback LeShaun Sims, Montana linebacker Tyrone Holmes and Montana State tight end Beau Sandland. Killebrew was selected in the fourth round with the 111th pick by the Detroit Lions. His teammate in the secondary, Sims, was selected in the fifth round with the 157th pick by the Tennessee Titans. Holmes was taken in the sixth round with the 181st pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Sandland was selected in the seventh round with the 252nd pick by the Carolina Panthers. Killebrew and Sims anchored the Thunderbirds’ secondary, a unit that was second in the Big Sky in passing yards allowed per game with 189.8 and led the conference in interceptions with 20. Sims was fifth in the Big Sky in passes defensed with one per game. Killebrew led SUU and was third in the league in tackles with 11.1 per game (133 total).

Holmes led the FCS in sacks with 18 (16 solo, 4 assisted). Sandland caught 37 passes for a team-high 632 yards. He also led the Bobcats in touchdown receptions with nine.

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ISU softball: ISU takes series against Portland State

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Idaho State swept the final day of the three-game series at Portland State, winning 11-1 in five innings and 6-0 in game three. The 11-1 win was a continuation of the game that was stopped due to weather on Friday.

Kacie Burnett was 4 for 7 and Alex Portesi was 4 for 8 with four RBIs on the day. Katelyn Marquez had three hits and scored three runs. Ashlyn Ames had four RBIs and scored two runs, and Maddy Hickman had three RBIs without recording a hit. She also scored three runs.

Sophie Slagle earned both wins, tossing 12 innings, scattering seven hits, striking out seven, walking three and allowing one run.

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Big Sky appoints Andrea Williams as next commissioner

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The Big Sky Conference is pleased to announce the appointment of a new commissioner, Andrea Williams.

“We are thrilled Andrea has agreed to be the next commissioner,” said Scott L. Wyatt, chair of the President’s Council of the Big Sky Conference, and President of Southern Utah University. “She will bring new energy and vision to the conference as we continue to grow. As a former championship student athlete herself, we are confident she will help us focus on the student experience, while still increasing our competitiveness.”

Williams has valuable experience in collegiate athletics, having served as the associate commissioner for the Big Ten Conference in Rosemont, Illinois, for the past 10 years.

“Andrea has made a substantial impact during her time at the Big Ten Conference,” said James Edward Delany, the current commissioner of the Big Ten. “Her diverse background in sports administration, event planning and operations allows her to work seamlessly with our member institutions and build relationships with countless external partners in our host cities.”

Williams is currently the chair of the NCAA WBCO, and is the past president of the Collegiate Event and Facility Managers Association, under NACDA. She also volunteers at several major events such as the CFP National Championship Game, Super Bowl and Transplant Games of America.

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ISU T&F: Gaines, Hansen headline 1st day of Border Clash

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Deante Gaines and Carly Hansen led the Bengals on the first day of the Border Clash at Ed Jacoby Track.

Gaines placed second in the men’s long jump with a personal best 7.13-meter leap. Hansen was third in the women’s 5,000-meter run with a season best time of 18:11.87.

In the women’s long jump, Bailey Woodbury claimed a fifth-place finish with a 5.52-meter effort.

Dallin Webb was fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:26.76. Tucker Boyd came across the line just behind Webb in fifth a time of 15:40.25.

Preston Perkins also picked up a third-place finish, clearing the bar at 4.90-meter in the pole vault.

The Border Clash resumes Saturday at 10 a.m.

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ISU softball: Bengals come up short 6-1 against PSU

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Idaho State had all the scoring chances it needed in the final two innings.

But the Bengals left the bases loaded both times in a 6-1 loss to Portland State on Friday in game one of a three-game weekend series. Game two was postponed due to inclement weather and will resume Saturday at 11 a.m. Idaho State leads 5-0 in the top of the fifth.

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