Bengals finish Big Sky Championships in 10th

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The Idaho State women’s golf team completed play at the 2014 Big Sky Women’s Golf championships on Tuesday, finishing in 10th place.

The Bengals finished at plus-166 for the tournament. The team improved its strokes each round. Idaho State finished with a 339 in round three after shooting 347 in round one and 344 in round two.

Taylor Howell led the Bengals with a 250 for the three days (81 in round one, 83 in round two and 86 in round three). Kristin Phillips shot an 85 in round three and a 257 for the tournament.

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Former Idaho State cornerback to transfer to Boise State

BY CHASE GLORFIELD 

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Pat Carter, a redshirt freshman cornerback at Idaho State during the 2013 season, is transferring to Boise State to continue his football career.

Carter confirmed his intentions to the Journal Monday night.

Carter, a native of Boise and former Capital High School standout, voluntarily left ISU’s program before spring practice commenced in April. He is looking forward to going back home and playing in the same stadium he did as a prep star.

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ISU Football Alumni Team to host golf scramble

BY CHASE GLORFIELDcglorfield@journalnet.com   @ChaseGlorfield

The Idaho State Football Alumni Team (F.A.T.) is holding a golf scramble Saturday, June 21 at Highland Golf Course.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Idaho State football program.

“The revenues from the tourney will be directed towards safety and education,” said Don Neves, a former ISU quarterback and current F.A.T. president. “We have specifically targeted helping with the cost of replacing helmets and providing funds to help the summer school budget.”

Neves says many Bengal football alumni will be attending and playing in the event, including Dirk Koetter, Ed Bell, Merril Hoge, Jim Lane, Pago Togafau, DJ Clark, Dustin Schroeder, Sale Key and Emery Beckles.

“Our website is up and running and the registration information is (available ),” Neves said.

The deadline to register and respond is June 7, or when the tournament field is complete. Neves said that as of Tuesday, 80 of the 180 openings are filled.

Visit www.isufat.com   for more information and to register for the golf scramble.

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Something’s COOKIN’: Josh Cook redefining the tight end position

BY CHASE GLORFIELDcglorfield@journalnet.com   @ChaseGlorfield

 

He’s listed as a tight end on Idaho State’s roster, but it’s not that easy to define Josh Cook.

At 6 foot 3 and 240 pounds, Cook certainly looks the size of a prototypical Big Sky Conference tight end. During games, however, the Santa Calif., native runs routes and hauls in passes like a receiver.

“He’s a little skinnier. I would say he’s a little more elusive,” said ISU quarterback Justin Arias. “Whereas (tight ends) Ty Graves and Tyler Wright are a little beefier. He’s more of a hybrid between wide receiver and tight end.”

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ISU to announce winner of Ultimate Bengal Challenge $13,000-plus scholarship to be given to one of 70 finalists today

POCATELLO — The winner of Idaho State University’s Ultimate Bengal Challenge’s $13,000-plus scholarship package selected from 179,054 entries will be announced today at the Reed Gymnasium donkey basketball game beginning at 6 p.m.

The Ultimate Bengal winner will receive a year of in-state tuition, one year of campus housing, a oneyear meal plan, a $1,000 ISU Bookstore Credit, an iPad, a reserved parking pass, a Student Unions bowling and billiards card, and ISU swag, including a jacket and polo shirt.

Nearly 50 of the 70 finalists are expected to be in attendance at the game. The challenge began Jan. 14 and entries were accepted through April 18.

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Job market for college grads better, but still weak

By PAUL WISEMAN
AP Economics Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit.
But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they’d expected or hoped for.
The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates — defined as those ages 20 to 29 who earned a four-year or advanced degree — was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012 and was the lowest since 7.7 percent in 2007. The drop reflects the steady recovery in overall U.S. economic growth and hiring.
But unemployment for recent grads was still higher than the 9.6 percent rate for all Americans ages 20 to 29 last October, when the government collected the numbers.
“I’m finding that all these entry-level jobs are requiring experience I don’t have or degrees that are just unattainable right out of college,” says Howard Rudnick, 23, who graduated last year in political science from Florida Atlantic University and wound up earning $25,000 a year working for an online shoe company.
“The worst part is that I’m afraid at some point I may have to go back to school to better myself and take on more debt just so I can get a better-paying job.”
Over time, though, Americans who have college degrees are still far more likely to find employment and to earn more than those who don’t. And while opportunities for new college grads remain too few, they’re increasing.
“It really is getting better,” says Jean Manning-Clark, director of the career center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colo. She says more automotive and steel companies are now looking at the school’s graduates, joining energy and technology companies that have been actively recruiting for several years.
Last year’s female graduates fared better than men: 9 percent were unemployed as of October last year, compared with 13.7 percent of men. Analysts note that the economy has been generating jobs in many low-wage fields — such as retail and hotels — that disproportionately employ women
“It seems like the jobs that are growing fastest are jobs that are low-wage jobs, service jobs,” says Anne Johnson, executive director of Generation Progress, an arm of the liberal Center for American Progress that studies youth issues.
Other fields that attract women — including health care — weren’t hit as hard by the recession.
Philip Gardner, director of Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute, says women also “have skill sets that employers want… They have better communications skills. They have better interpersonal skills. They are more willing to work in teams.”
Alexa Staudt’s job search lasted just three weeks. Before graduating from the University of Texas last spring, Staudt, 23, had landed an administrative position at an online security company in Austin.
“I had marketable skills from my internships” in event planning, marketing and copy-editing and experience working as a receptionist for a real-estate firm, Staudt says.
She’s happy with the job and the chance to stay in Austin.
Yet the McKinsey & Company consultancy last year found that 41 percent of graduates from top universities and 48 percent of those from other schools could not land jobs in their chosen field after graduation.
Even in good times, many college graduates need time to find a good job. But researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York concluded earlier this year that “it has become more common for underemployed college graduates to find themselves in low-wage jobs or to be working part time.”
The Labor Department reports that 260,000 college graduates were stuck last year working at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That’s down from a peak of 327,000 in 2010. But it’s more than double the 127,000 in 2007, the year the recession began.
“Every way you cut it, young college grads are really having trouble — much more trouble than they used to have,” says Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. “The labor market is not producing decent jobs.”
In a study last year, economists at the University of British Columbia and York University in Canada found that college graduates were more likely to be working in routine and manual work than were graduates in 2000; technology was eliminating some mid-level jobs that graduates used to take. The result is that many have had to compete for jobs that don’t require much education.
Their sobering conclusion:
“Having a B.A. is less about obtaining access to high-paying managerial and technology jobs and more about beating less-educated workers for the barista or clerical job.”

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ISU to host second annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture

Idaho State University news release:

POCATELLO – The Idaho State University Holocaust Memorial Lecture “From a Name to a Number” by Philip Mandel will be presented May 1 at 6 p.m. in the Idaho State University Student Union Ballroom.

The free, public lecture is being held to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to explore the ways in which they are remembered. The lecture is sponsored by the ISU Department of History, Women Studies Program and Cultural Events Committee
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Howell leads Bengals at Big Sky championships

Howell leads Bengals at Big Sky championships

  JOURNAL STAFF

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The Idaho State women’s golf team concluded the second round of play at the Big Sky championships at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz.

The Bengals shot a 344 Monday and have a two-day score of 691.

Taylor Howell and Kristin Phillips both finished with scores of 83. Howell has shot a 164 through the first two rounds and Phillips is at 172. Courtney Smith shot an 89 and is at 177 after two rounds while Sydney Smith shot an 89 and is at 178. Jenna Sharp shot a 92 and is at 183.

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