ISU Fall Movie Preview

by Bob Devine

Idaho State University starts fall classes this week and the Pocatello Film Society opens their 8th year at the Bengal Theater this weekend with Sundance Film Festival winning comedy/drama “Robot & Frank”  There will be a special showing this Friday night at 9 p.m. in the Bengal Theater and then three showings on Sunday, August 24, at 3, 5:30, and 8 p.m.  Set in the near future, a retired man’s family gets him a humanoid robot that is programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and poignant story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.  (Rated PG-13)  Admission is $2 for the public, $1 for ISU staff, and ISU students get in free with Bengal ID.  Trailer and more information is online at

Then things shift from the future to the past as the inspiring historical drama “Belle” will be shown on Sunday, September 7, at 3, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  This Palm Springs Film Festival winner is based on the true story of a mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral who was raised in 18th century England, breaking both gender and color barriers along the way.  (Rated PG-13)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  Trailer and more information is online at

From the makers of “Moonrise Kingdom” comes the hit comedy “Grand Budapest Hotel” showing on Sunday September 21, at 3, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  This humorous tale follows the adventures of a legendary concierge at a famous Hungarian hotel and the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.  (Rated R)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  Trailer and more information is online at

Sci-fi philosophical thriller, “The Edge of Tomorrow” will be shown on Sunday, October 12, at 3, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt star in this story about an alien race taking over the world until an officer finds himself caught in a time loop where his union with a Special Forces warrior allows them to plan a counterattack. (Rated PG-13)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  Trailer and more information is at

Tribeca Film Festival winner, “Chef” will play on Sunday, October 19, at 3, 5:15, & 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  Jon Favreau, Scarlett Johansson and Dustin Hoffman highlight an allstar cast in this story about a top chef who loses his restaurant and starts up a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise, while piecing back together his estranged family.  (Rated R)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  Trailer and more information is online at

Then Genie Award winning comedy, “The Grand Seduction” will be shown on Sunday, November 2, at 3, 5:15, and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater.  The small harbor of Tickle Cove is in dire need of a doctor so that the town can land a contract to secure a factory which will save the town from financial ruin, so they set out to find and lure a doctor to stay permanently.  (Rated PG-13)  Admission is $2 for the public, or $1 for ISU students.  Trailer and more information is online at

Also look for “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” “What If,” “Words and Pictures” and more as we move into the holiday season.  For a complete list of upcoming films, go to

Bob Devine is the coordinator for the Pocatello Film Society.  If you would like your campus related event included in future columns, please send information to Bob at

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Northern Colorado is an opportunity for the Bengals

BY KYLE FRANKO   @goodfranks

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment previewing each of Idaho State’s eight Big Sky opponents. Previous stories can be found at

It’s hard not to see the similarities between Idaho State and Northern Colorado, the Bengals’ opponent Oct. 25 in Greeley, Colo.

Both programs have six wins and 28 losses over the past three seasons, and each has a head coach determined to prove it’s possible to win at their respective schools.

The Bears seemed to have a breakout season in the Big Sky Conference in 2012, going 4-4 in the league and 5-6 overall. But UNC dropped back down to 1-11 in 2013 — the lone victory  against NAIA foe Langston.

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Roundtree has found a home at ISU: SMU transfer and Florida native will play big minutes for the Bengals


  BY KYLE FRANKO   @goodfranks

Freshmen call him daddy tree. They joke he’s an old man.

Coaches just know him as one of the newest transfers to Idaho State, one who’s picked up the system so fast he’ll likely start for the Bengals as the third safety in their nickel defense.

Daniel Roundtree transferred to ISU from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A sixth-year senior with a degree in markets and culture from SMU, Roundtree is working toward an MBA in business administration at Idaho State.

Bengal assistant coach Roger Cooper recruited Roundtree at the start of the summer knowing the Florida native had been granted a medial redshirt after suffering an injury early in the 2013 season.

That medical redshirt ensured Roundtree would have one more season of football left. He drew interest from several FCS schools (Gardner–Webb Webb, Monmouth, Duquesne) and Division II (Valdosta State and West Alabama).

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Kramer says the Bengals are ready: Key position battles still ongoing but ISU on track for Utah



  BY KYLE FRANKO   @goodfranks

Idaho State’s opening game of the season is just over a week away, but coach Mike Kramer says the Bengals are ready.

“We really are. When you return 17 starters, 17 guys who started the bulk of a season, guys are chomping at the bit to get going,” Kramer said Tuesday after Idaho State’s closed fall scrimmage at Holt Arena.

The Bengals begin the season with back-to-back road games at Utah and Utah State, contests where ISU is  a heavy underdog. Kramer recognizes no amount of preseason preparation is going to change that.

Instead, he believes that since starting fall camp in early August, Idaho State has   reached a point where most of its starters are in place and it’s time to get on the field. ISU has already spent about a handful of practices preparing for the Utes. The game plan is starting to come around.

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Tingey no longer a candidate for NDSU job


North Dakota State has trimmed its list of athletic director candidates down to four, and current Idaho State director of athletics Jeff Tingey is no longer being considered.

NDSU released a pool of seven candidates for its open athletic director position last week, indicating the search committee would whittle that number down further for on-campus interviews.

Tingey was one of seven candidates still vying for the job.

“It was good just to get experience going through the interview process,” Tingey told the Journal on Thursday. “I like it here in Pocatello. When I graduated from high school all I could think about was getting out of here, but when I came back I realized how much I liked this community.”

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ISU Homecoming Parade Sept. 27; Entry Deadline is Sept. 12

ISU news release:

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Homecoming 2014 Parade on Saturday, Sept. 27 and starts at 9:30 a.m.

Entries are now being accepted.

The parade will start at the corner of South First Avenue and Center Street, just east of the Center Street Underpass, in Pocatello.

From the starting point, the parade will proceed up Center Street to South 15th Avenue, where entries will turn right and continue to the parade’s finish at the Holt Arena parking lot.
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ISU Alumni Homecoming Week Events Planned Sept. 25-27

Idaho State University news release:

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Homecoming 2014, “Bengal Pride on the Prowl” will celebrate a variety of alumni events culminating Sept. 27 with the Homecoming Parade at 9:30 a.m. and football game at 2:05 p.m. in Holt Arena.

“Homecoming is always a special celebration,” said K.C. Felt, director of Alumni Relations. “Our award recipients are such a diverse and amazing group of alumni and friends that are supportive and committed to Idaho State, it is our honor to recognize them and include them in all our other activities. We have a full slate of events planned for alumni and friends and are anxious to welcome everyone back to our beautiful campus.”

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Third year of ISU flags for Gate City Rotary


The Gate City Rotary Club is gearing up for another year of turning the community black and orange during the coming football season at Idaho State University.

For the third year in a row, club members will spend Saturday mornings of ISU home football games posting the trademark “GO BENGALS” flags at residences and businesses in Pocatello and Chubbuck.

Gate City Rotary president Mark McOmber says it’s a win-win project.

“Not only is this the most effective fundraiser our club has ever done, it gives our local citizens and businesses a unique way to show their support for the university and all it brings to our community,” McOmber said. “I think it’s also surprised a lot of people at ISU to see so much community support.”

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