Monthly Archives: May 2014

Idaho Vandals Sweep WAC Outdoor Track Championships

The University of Idaho Vandals swept the 2014 WAC Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday.

The four day event was held at the Hal Wing Track and Field on the campus of Utah Valley in Orem, Utah.

The Idaho men won their second WAC outdoor championship title in three years, finishing with 204 points. The Idaho women won their first-ever WAC outdoor championship, compiling 182.50 points. The Vandal men won by a 46-point margin and the women finished 18.5 points better than the second-place finishers.

“It was an awesome team effort,” Coach Wayne Phipps said in a statement. “We had so many people who were willing to do whatever they could to help the team win. We really wanted to win both championships in our last year in the WAC. We also want to try to help Idaho win its fist ever WAC Commissioners Cup.”

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Friday (day three) action at the WAC Championships in Orem, Utah (Photo courtesy WAC Sports, Shane Truskolaski

On the men’s side, individual awards were won by Idaho’s Arphaxad Carroll, who was voted Freshman of the Year honors, and Idaho’s Wayne Phipps was named Coach of the Year. Voting is done by WAC coaches.

Women’s competition individual awards were won by Idaho’s Katelyn Peterson, who was named Freshman of the Year, and by Idaho’s Wayne Phipps, who was named Coach of the Year.

Idaho’s Hannah Kiser won both the Outstanding Track Performer award and the High Point Award (30 points). Kiser became the first woman in WAC history to win the 1500m, 5000m and 10000m, and her three individual titles from the meet give her six outdoor titles in her career. 

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(Photo courtesy Linsey Craig, Western Athletic Conference)

Speaking with wacsports.com after the meet, Kiser said, “It was amazing. We won four in a row for cross country before and that was obviously awesome, but track is a whole different animal, because you have so many people in multiple events in track and field and the whole team comes together to support us for four days. It’s so amazing. I think that everyone kind of had the meet of their life and that came together to have two winning teams and that hasn’t happened in a really long time.

“I’m so happy for everyone as an individual but more importantly everyone together as a team winning was just so sensational. It’s going to be the best fourteen hours in a bus that we’ve ever had.”

Overall, the Vandals earned 28 First Team All-WAC honors and 32 Second Team All WAC honors.

 

 

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Idaho Men’s Tennis Loses to USC

The Idaho men’s tennis team fell 4-0 to No. 1 USC in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

The Vandals, who won the Western Athletic Conference Championship, end their season with an 11-14 overall record. With the win, USC improved to 27- 3 on the season.

USC won the first two doubles matches. In the first doubles match to finish, Connor Farren and Roberto Quroz defeated Odon Barta and Cristobal Ramos Salazar. Then, Max de Vroome and Eric Johnson defeated Artemiy Nikitin and Cesar Torres 8-4 to clinch the doubles point. In the highlight of the day for Idaho, the No. 1 doubles match was tied 6-6 when the Trojans clinched the point.

In singles play, the Trojans won the first three matches in straight sets, clinching the match. First, on court 5, Connor Farren retired Cesar Torres 6-1, 6-0. Eric Johnson then defeated Odon Barta 6-0, 6-3 on court four. To clinch the fourth point, Max de Vroome defeated Cristobal Ramos Salazar, 6-4, 6-1 on court three.

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U- Idaho Women’s Tennis Loses to USC in First Round of NCAA Tournament

“It was not the result that we were competing for,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. 

The Idaho women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to the USC Trojans in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. The match was played at USC’s Marks Tennis Stadium.

For the Vandals, this was the first ever appearance for women’s tennis in the NCAA Tournament. Contrast that with USC, which this year is making its 23rd consecutive appearance in the NCAAs. 

“They’re a very strong team,,” Beaman said.

The 16th-seeded Trojans took the early lead by winning the doubles point, then picked up straight-set victories at Nos. 2, 4, and 5 singles for the 4-0 win. For Idaho, Almudena Sanz fell 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles, Sophie Vickers lost 6-1, 6-0 and Belen Barcenilla fell 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5.

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The scoreboard, with the match in progress, says it all. (Photo courtesy USC Women’s Tennis Twitter)

Idaho ends its season with a 19-6 overall record and its first conference championship in program history. USC, with the win, improved to 17-7. The Trojans advanced to the round of 32 to face Michigan on Saturday.

Idaho coach Jeff Beaman was proud of his team’s season. “The seniors should have some real pride for what they have been a part of and the level they have brought the program to,” he said. “The returning players now have the experience of playing in this environment and should be hungry to bring this program to new levels and realize that they can compete with players at all levels.”

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U- IDAHO MARTIN INSTITUTE RECOGNIZES PORTLAND NON PROFIT

Green Empowerment, a Portland, Oregon based non- profit, was recognized by the Martin Institute at the University of Idaho for its work providing renewable water and energy systems to impoverished regions of the world. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley reports. (1:40)

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Green Empowerment’s motto is “Village Solutions for Global Change.” Executive Director Anna Garwood says the organization works to strengthen rural communities in the developing world by delivering renewable energy and safe water. She says the first step is picking local partners:

Anna Garwood: “So we try to find NGO partners, non- governmental organizations, that really we see as visionary in their field, in their countries, that are already making a difference, and that has some overlap with these energy and water issues, where we feel like we can make a difference there.”

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(University of Idaho junior Kelsey Stanaway (left) served on the committee which selected Green Empowerment for the 2014 Distinguished International Service Award. Anna Garwood (right) is executive director of Green Empowerment.)  (Idaho Public Radio photo)

Garwood says the focus is on clean water and renewable energy because dirty water kills more people around the world than violence does, and she says renewable energy like solar often makes more sense economically in these parts of the world. Water and energy, she says, have an immediate impact, for example, on general health and a business’ ability to generate revenue.

Green Empowerment was established in 1997, and in the years since the non- profit has helped about 24,000 people get electricity in their homes and helped about 15,000 people  get clean drinking water. Another 220,000 people use electricity at public services, like medical clinics, who couldn’t until Green Empowerment and its partners came in.

The Distinction in International Service Award was established at the Martin Institute at the U- Idaho in 2011. The award recognizes noteworthy accomplishments of internationally-focused nongovernmental organizations based in the Pacific Northwest.

Green Empowerment received this year’s award on April 29th.

I’m Glenn Mosley.

 

More information online:

http://greenempowerment.org/

http://www.uidaho.edu/class/martin-institute

 

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MEDIA COVERAGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

The White House released a new National Climate Assessment on Tuesday, May 5th, and immediately the report was the subject of news reports, press releases, and analysis. There was a lot of information for the public to sift through. Idaho Public Radio’s Glenn Mosley has more on the media coverage of climate change.

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The Obama Administration itself issued what it called a “Fact Sheet: What Climate Change Means for Idaho and the Northwest.” The University of Idaho issued a press release focusing on “White House Releases National Climate Assessment with UI Researcher’s Look at NW Ag Impacts.”

The Los Angeles Times today ran a story with the headline “Climate change assessment paints stark picture of potential damage,” while a blog at ABCNews.com today is called “Brace Yourself: Top 10 Terrifying Impacts of Climate Change.”

Last week, the Smithsonian.com’s story was titled, “Why Doesn’t Anyone Know How to Talk About Global Warming?”

The question for journalists becomes: how well is the issue of climate change being covered?

For Maxwell Boykoff, the author of “Who Speaks for Climate Change?” the answer, on a broad scale, is that there are some wins and some losses in terms of journalists producing stories that lead to greater understanding of climate change.

“In places where there has been progress I think there’s been a maturation of  mainstream media to be covering issues that are more accurately representative of relevant expert views on the science of climate change. So, there have been areas of progress.

“There have also been areas of regress, with larger political economy, with the proliferation of generalist reporters replacing specialist reporters on a complex issue like climate change. It has been to the detriment of covering that issue well.”

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(Photo courtesy of the Center for Science and Technology Policy, University of Colorado- Boulder)

Boykoff is an assistant professor in the Center for Science and Technology Policy at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He researches and writes about the cultural politics of climate change. His book, “Who Speaks for the Climate? Making Sense of Media Reporting on Climate Change,” was published in 2011. He spoke at the University of Idaho in Moscow on March 25th.

Through his work, Boykoff says he has found that there’s a tendency to  conflate very distinct issues within climate science and policy into one global warming debate.  

“So, for instance,” Boykoff says, “Collapsing questions such as ‘do humans play a role in climate change’ with considerations around ‘is cap & trade the best policy mechanism that we should deploy.’ Running both of those kinds of issues together into one story that then generates the impression or explicit mention of debate has been detrimental to the public. It’s been detrimental in the sense that it doesn’t provide the tools and information available for people to make informed choices. It doesn’t provide the tools and information available for policy actors that are also relying on mass media to then make good decisions that represent the interest of their constituents as well as the interests of issues at the human- environment interface.”

Boykoff argues against the idea of ‘dumbing down’ news reporting on climate change and other scientific research. He believes it’s better to ‘smarten up’ and says that effort is what will resonate within the daily lives of the broader public. He not only urges journalists to provide more context in their stories, but he also urges academics to speak up more in their areas of expertise. 

I’m Glenn Mosley reporting.

More information online:

http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/

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UI, WSU REACT TO TITLE IX INVESTIGATION

The University of Idaho and Washington State University were both among the universities on a list released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education that are under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.The statements released by the two universities are below.

UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO

MOSCOW, IDAHO – May 1, 2014 – The University of Idaho responded today to being including on a list of higher education institutions that are under review by the U.S. Department of Education for potential Title IX violations over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints. 

“Student health, welfare and safety is our number one priority,” said Bruce Pitman, Dean of Students at the University of Idaho.  “The UI takes all complaints of assault very seriously and remains intolerant of sexual harassment, sexual assault or and other sexual misconduct. The UI is steadfast in its commitment to investigate all complaints as quickly as possible and to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to stop discriminatory behavior, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.  The UI’s victim care and concern infrastructure is robust, providing initiatives to educate as well as extensive services when sexual harassment and sexual assault occurs.” 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) notified the University in April 2013 of a complaint filed in March 2013 alleging that the UI failed to adequately respond to a Complainant’s complaint of sexual harassment and failed to provide the Complainant with a prompt and effective grievance procedure.  Since then, the UI has continued to cooperate fully with OCR, which has included providing requested information and facilitating OCR’s Moscow campus visit. 

The University believes that it fully complies with Title IX.  Nonetheless, the University is always working to improve its policies and procedures and will continue to cooperate with OCR to make any suggested changes to ensure that our approach remains consistent with OCR recommendations and best practices.  

Below are some of the improvements the University has made in the last few years to ensure our campus is safe and our students have the support they need: 

·         In 2012, the Dean of Students Office was reorganized to better address issues of sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence.  The Associate Dean position was refocused to better oversee the student conduct process, investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving students and to work with educational programs.  A full-time Coordinator for Violence Prevention was hired to implement programs focused on interpersonal violence and sexual assault.  A full-time Coordinator for Student Conduct and Community Standards was hired to investigate alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, present such alleged violations before a hearing panel and to serve on teams that investigate allegations of sexual misconduct. 

·         A Speaker’s Bureau focusing on sexual misconduct and interpersonal violence gives presentations in classrooms and living groups.  Speaker’s Bureau members, who are survivors of violence and sexual assault, tell stories about how their experiences have impacted their lives. 

·         The University of Idaho sent seven staff and community members to a Green Dot facilitator training in April 2013.  The Green Dot program was launched in January 2014 and many UI student leaders have attended seven hours of training to learn the Green Dot philosophy as well as bystander intervention skills.  

·         Beginning in Fall 2013, all new UI students under the age of 24 are required to complete a three hour on-line training experience called “Think About It.”  This is an interactive program that provides education in alcohol and other substance use, sexual misconduct, bystander intervention and healthy relationships.

 

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

In January 2013, WSU received notice from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights that OCR had received a complaint alleging the university failed to adequately respond to allegations of sexual harassment, including incidents of sexual assault. 

Shortly after receiving the notice from OCR, WSU contacted OCR and requested to participate in OCR’s “voluntary resolution” process, which means WSU would work with OCR to make improvements in its policies and practices. 

Since that time, WSU has been cooperating with OCR to provide information. In addition, in February 2014, OCR representatives came to the WSU Pullman campus for a site visit, which involved sessions with student focus groups, interviews with employees, and open sessions for students to meet with OCR representatives. 

There has been no finding of any wrongdoing on the part of WSU.  We are still waiting to hear from OCR regarding participation in the voluntary resolution process. 

WSU takes its Title IX obligations very seriously and does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct.  Complaints are investigated promptly, and appropriate steps are taken to stop discriminatory behavior, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. 

While we believe our complaint procedures, policies, and practices fully comply with the law, we look forward to working with OCR to make any needed improvements to ensure that these matters are handled in accordance with current OCR recommendations and best practices, and in a manner that best protects our students.