ISU tuition will increase again

By Madeleine Coles

According to ISU’s website,, the cost of tuition is currently $3,583 for in-state residents per semester and $10,971 for nonresidents per semester. Based on the 3.5 percent and 5 percent increases, tuition starting in fall 2018 will be $3,708 a semester for in-state residents and $11,520 a semester for nonresidents, a $125 and $549 per semester increase respectively.

Boise State University will see a 5 percent increase for both resident and nonresident students starting in fall 2018, while the University of Idaho will increase tuition 5 percent for residents and 8 percent for nonresidents and Lewis-Clark State College will have a 4.5 percent increase for both residents and nonresidents.

According to the state board, the increases are at least partially because of recently approved increases in the cost of employee compensation.

Debbie Critchfield, the board’s vice president, said it is “imperative” for Idaho’s colleges and universities to explain to their students the reasoning behind the increased fees and tuition.

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ISU football: Bengals announce home-and-home series with Northern Iowa

McFarland Belnap spring 18

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State will play FCS power Northern Iowa in 2019 and 2020, the school’s athletic department announced Wednesday. The 2019 game in Cedar Falls, Iowa, will be the Bengals’ first nonconference game against an FCS opponent since 2008.

ISU head coach Rob Phenicie said Northern Iowa was initially looking for a home game to fill its schedule for the upcoming 2018 season. The sides instead agreed to a future home-and-home series.

The Bengals play at Northern Iowa on Sept. 21, 2019, and host the Panthers on Sept. 12, 2020. The last non-Big Sky Conference FCS team to play at Holt Arena was North Dakota (then a member of the Great West Athletic Conference) in 2008.

“If we have aspirations of ever getting to the playoffs, in addition to all the teams in the Big Sky that are all really good, it’s good for our kids to go see other FCS places,” Phenicie said after Wednesday’s practice at the ICCU Practice Field.

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ISU MBB: Former Bengals center Topalovic commits to Utah

By Madison Guernsey

Former Idaho State center Novak Topalovic will play at Utah next season, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.

Topalovic, a 7-foot redshirt junior, announced his intent to pursue a graduate transfer March 26 after spending four years at ISU. Since he is pursuing a graduate degree, Topalovic does not have to sit out the normal one-year acclimation period required by the NCAA.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Topalovic was being courted by several programs, including Oregon State, Colorado, USC, Nevada, Wake Forest, Santa Clara and others. Earlier Tuesday, Brett Borg of reported Topalovic trimmed his finalists to Utah and Santa Clara.

In a phone interview Tuesday with the Journal, Topalovic said he narrowed the field down to Utah and Santa Clara early in the process, and he only took official visits to those two programs. Topalovic also said the only restriction placed on his release from Idaho State was that he could not transfer within the Big Sky Conference.

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ISU club baseball: Bengals split doubleheader against Weber State

By Journal Staff


Idaho State split its home doubleheader Sunday at Halliwell Park against Weber State, winning game one 9-8 and losing game two 11-2

In the opener, Gerimiah Gilbert led the Bengals with five RBIs and one home run, while Shawn Packard earned the win on the mound.

In the nightcap, the Bengals had six errors, leading to seven unearned runs.

Idaho State (8-11, 3-4 Northern Pacific South Conference) hosts Montana State on Saturday at Halliwell Park.

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Burglary, property losses are issues after ISU housing fire

Fire at ISU

By Logan Ramsey

POCATELLO — The Schubert Heights Student Housing Complex fire on March 31 forced all 70 residents to leave the building for the semester.

But some of the students’ biggest issues have arisen from not having renter’s insurance, while one incident involved a burglary.

Idaho State University isn’t replacing any of the student items that were lost. The university doesn’t have to replace student items in any situation that could arise if the school isn’t the specific cause of it.

In Section 10 of the university’s housing policy, ISU list ‘acts of God’ as a situation in which they won’t cover and replace a student’s personal items.

However, in one instance, a student on one of the lower floors of the building left their sliding glass door open, which allowed a thief to enter the building.

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ISU MBB: Ward leaving ISU, named finalist at Eastern Wyoming

Andy Ward head shot

By Madison Guernsey

Idaho State men’s basketball associate head coach Andy Ward will not return next season, a university spokesperson confirmed to the Journal. Ward had been on the Bengals’ coaching staff since head coach Bill Evans took over in 2012.

Ward is the second assistant coach to part ways with the team this offseason. On March 27, the Journal reported six-year assistant coach Jay Collins will not be retained by Evans next season. Ward’s decision to exit was made on his own terms. Like Collins, Ward played two seasons under Evans at Southern Utah. Collins and Ward are Evans’ first full-time assistants to depart the program during his tenure at Idaho State.

According to a press release published April 10 by Eastern Wyoming College, Ward is one of three finalists to become the head coach of the school’s men’s basketball team. Ward led the Lancers program from 2002-07, winning two NJCAA Region IX championships. Ward also played two seasons at EWC, earning All-America honors in 1992, according to his bio on

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ISU women’s tennis: Bengals fall at home to Sacramento State

By ISU Sports Information

The Idaho State women’s tennis team fell 4-3 to Sacramento State on Sunday at the Reed Gym Tennis Courts.

“It was a tough day today,” Idaho State coach Gretchen Maloney said. “We barely lost the doubles point after being up. We had multiple changes and match points to win. Our shot selection needs to get better, and our unforced errors need to be reduced. We will learn from this loss and get better.”

Sacramento State (10-11, 8-2 Big Sky Conferee) opened doubles play with a win at No. 1 doubles as ISU’s Hristina Cvetkovic and Megan Poe fell to Carolina Chernyetsky and Jenna Dorian 6-3.

Idaho State (8-11, 5-4 Big Sky) evened doubles play as Huibre-Mare Botes and Louise-Mare Botes defeated Maria Gonzalez and Shamika Dhar 6-3 at No. 2 doubles. The Hornets clinched the doubles point with a 6-4 win at No. 3 doubles.

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ISU men’s tennis: Bengals fall in season finale

By ISU Sports Information

The Idaho State men’s tennis team fell 5-2 at Idaho on Sunday in its final match of the season.

“We came out and competed once again, and pushed the No. 1 team in the Big Sky Conference to their limit,” ISU coach Mark Rodel said. “I am sad to call our season to a close, and I am grateful to our team for how they kept fighting and working until the very end.”

Idaho State (6-13, 3-8 Big Sky) was swept by Idaho (11-7, 9-1 Big Sky) in doubles play as the Vandals picked up a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles, a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles and a 7-5 win at No. 2 doubles.

In singles play, ISU picked up two wins. William Edin finished with a win at No. 2 singles as Carlos Longhi Neto retired in the second set. Austin Gwilliam also earned a singles win for the Bengals, defeating Peter Shin in two sets, 6-4, 6-2.

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