ASISU president resigns; vice president to take position

By Kendra Evensen

POCATELLO — The Associated Students of Idaho State University lost its president this month, but the student body will soon have a new one.

Kyle Son submitted his resignation letter on Dec. 5, and former Vice President Taylor Tingey, who is currently serving as the acting president, will officially be sworn in at the ASISU Senate meeting on Jan. 14.

The Bengal reports that Son met with Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Terrell and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Lowell Richards last month after a random grade check revealed that he no longer met the 3.0 GPA requirement.
Son, who has served as president since last April, said he was asked to step down, but he believes it was the right thing to do.
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Bigfoot and you — ISU prof to offer class that factors Bigfoot into theory of evolution

Submitted photo. Jeff Meldrum.

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Jeff Meldrum.

By Sarah Glenn
For the Journal

POCATELLO — In the upcoming semester, Idaho State University professor Jeff Meldrum will be teaching an experimental course titled The Relict Hominoid Inquiry. Part of that inquiry will address scientific theories on Bigfoot, alongside other links in the human evolutionary chain.

“It’s not a course about Bigfoot,” Meldrum said. “What I’m trying to do is address a shift in perception that’s been gaining traction in the anthropological community.”

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ISU New Year’s Eve Gala to raise funds for student scholarships

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POCATELLO – Organizers for the Idaho State University College of Arts and Letters Annual New Year’s Eve Gala hope to raise more than $30,000 for scholarships and create an endowment for student scholarships.

“We want to raise a greater amount of scholarship funds than we did last year so we will be able to again give directly to students to allow them to complete their educations and launch their careers,” said Heidi Jarvis, Director of Advancement, College of Arts and Letters, and Strategic University Initiatives.

The second annual New Year’s Eve Gala will be held on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center. The theme for this year’s gala is “Masquerade Ball.” Scholarships are made possible from donors in the community, as well as ticket sales.

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Bengals in the NFL




One-time Blackfoot Bronco and Idaho State Bengal Josh Hill is making his mark in the NFL.

Hill caught two touchdowns from quarterback Drew Brees as New Orleans upended Chicago 31-15 on the road to grab the lead in the NFC South.

Brees threw to Hill twice. The first was eight seconds into the second quarter, an 8-yard TD pass that put the Saints up 7-0 early.

Brees and Hill connected for a 7-yard touchdown on their first possession in the third quarter on a similar play as their first score, making it 21-0.

In his second season with the Saints, Hill has 14 catches for 176 yards and five touchdowns. Hill had  not caught a TD since New Orleans’ 44-23 victory over Green Bay on Oct. 26.

The Saints (6-8) can clinch the NFC South title with a win Sunday against Atlanta and a loss by Carolina to the Cleveland Browns.

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Arias third in voting for Payton Award



Idaho State’s football team almost made the playoffs.

Its fourth-year coach Mike Kramer was seventh in voting for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Bengals star middle linebacker Mario Jenkins finished fourth in voting for the Jerry Rice Award that is given to the top freshman in the FCS.

Add one more almost to the list. Idaho State quarterback Justin Arias was third in the voting for the 28th Walter Payton Award announced Monday night at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

Arias received 220 total points for the Payton. Out of 160 ballots cast, Arias had 22 first-place votes, 11 second-place nods and garnered 15 votes for third place.

Villanova quarterback John Robertson won the Payton — the FCS equivalent of the Heisman — and Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams took second for the second straight season.

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Dean Van der Schyf’s tumbleweeds at ISU



POCATELLO — One man’s tumbleweed is another man’s art.

The often-pesky plant was recently on display inside the John B. Davis Gallery located on the first floor of Idaho State University’s Fine Arts building. It’s part of Graduate Studies Dean Neels Van der Schyf’s first ever art exhibit called “Mutable Dispositions.”

During the exhibit, Van der Schyf presents the tumbleweed as a “formal sculptural representation” where he’s coated the weed with a plastic white substance, keeping it in top art form.

“Tumbleweeds are kind of annoying, but isn’t it a beautiful form if you really look at it?” he asked.

Van der Schyf’s view of art is “schematic, figurative and abstract.” Originally a neuroscientist, Van der Schyf likes looking inside objects to see how they work, later turning them into art. He finds the tumbleweed so beautifully complicated that he created two other art pieces similar to it, placing them next to the weed at the exhibit

It was while living in Amarillo, Texas, that Van der Schf first noticed the unique weed.

“There are more tumbleweeds in the (Texas) panhandle than in prolific Idaho,” he  said. “I’ve always been intrigued with their effortless roll, and how they get ensnared in wires. I looked at them as a piece of beauty. The anatomy of that thing is extremely complex.”

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Jazz Band hosts New Year’s Gala


POCATELLO — The Idaho State University Jazz Band will headline the College of Arts and Letters’ New Year’s Eve Gala for the second year in a row on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.

“People really seemed to enjoy our performance last year,” said jazz band director Patrick Brooks about the event that raised more than $30,000 for student scholarships last year. “People liked the chance to dance with live music while they are dressed up. Live music makes dancing more exciting.”

The Jazz Band will perform in the Marshall Rotunda. The Farm Bureau is sponsoring gala events in the rotunda.

“Big, beautiful spaces, like the rotunda, are inspiring and add to the special and festive atmosphere of an event like the New Year’s Eve Gala,” Brooks said.

Brooks said students in the ISU Jazz Band are excited about performing in the New Year’s Eve Gala again.

“As artists, we look at the gala  like a big gig,” said Brooks. “We really like that we get an immediate response to what we are doing, and that people seem to be enjoying the music.”

Music from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s will be on the band’s set list,  including music from artists Ray Charles, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller.

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ISU women rally against Utah Valley: Freshman Hochstein makes 2 free throws in last seconds in win

BY JEFF PAPWORTH   @JeffPapworth

POCATELLO — Idaho State played a game against Utah Valley that was immersed in improbabilities on Saturday at Reed Gym.

Among the improbable aspects was the Bengals making all four of their free throw attempts in the final minute, resulting in a 68-67 victory against a challenging team in the Wolverines (5-6).

Freshman Megan Hochstein made  the last two from the charity stripe with eight seconds left to put ISU ahead for the first time in a game that the Bengals trailed by as many as 14 points.


The players were asked to shoot free throws before each practice as a result of the poor shooting.

“Those 50 free throws a day are paying off now,” said ISU coach Seton Sobolewski. “To have a freshman like Megan Hochstein make two free throws, that’s big. Usually freshmen get nervous and make mistakes. But she was pretty cool about it.”      Hochstein, a Meridian-native, simply advanced through her routine with the game on the line and her parents in attendance.

“Just clear your head,” she said. “Forget about the score and everything. Just shoot a free throw like it’s a free throw in practice.”

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