Sports is "an enormous investment" for Boise State University, but one that has paid off for the school as a whole, said BSU President Bob Kustra. "That Fiesta Bowl of 2007 really gave us a set of strategies on how we could take the rest of the university on the national stage that football took us in that year." Kustra plans to retire in June 2018. He spoke Nov. 17, 2017, two days after announcing those retirement plans.
BSU President Bob Kustra will retire in June 2018. In a Nov. 17, 2017 interview, he said Boise State University's growth and transformation over the years is perhaps his proudest achievement. He said he wishes he had been more effective at changing how Idaho universities are funded - for years, he's said he believes BSU is shortchanged.
BSU President Bob Kustra speaks Nov. 17, 2017, about the decision to cut the school's wrestling program and establish a baseball team instead. "While I know there's many wrestling advocates out there, they can't compete with America's national pastime," he said. His comments came during an interview two days after he announced he will retire in June 2018.
Finals week kicked off at Boise State University on May 1, but it's not all studying and stress. The university had a group of therapy dogs come to the quad to help students relax and enjoy themselves.
Members of the Afro-Black Student Alliance share their thoughts about vandalism done to their float celebrating the Black Lives Matter movement before the Boise State homecoming parade Oct. 15. This video was released Oct. 19.
Dan Everhart of Preservation Idaho shares his thoughts about and several photos of the University Christian Church on the Boise State Campus. The mid-century church will be torn down to make room for the university's Honor College. Photos used in this video were provided by Preservation Idaho.
Brian Jackson, assistant professor at Boise State's Department of Physics, is using crowdfunding to help the restore the observatory with a new 16-inch telescope. The observatory was built in 1977 atop the Science and Education building on campus.
On Monday, The Senate advanced a bill reopening federal agencies through Feb. 8 after Democrats relented and lifted their blockade against the legislation. The shutdown began Saturday after Democrats derailed a Republican measure that would have kept government open until Feb. 16. Democrats wanted to pressure the GOP to cut a deal protecting young immigrants from deportation and boosting federal spending.
Sage is a St. Luke's Health System staff member who gets called in when a patient is upset, confused or angry. "It's amazing to watch what (it does to) some of the folks that are in crisis, just the arrival of that friendly four-legged creature," the health system's security director said. Sage recently helped to calm an elderly patient at St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center who had been upset and wanted to leave the hospital. Sage was accompanied by Security Operations Supervisor Josh Schwenken.
Jackie and Jason Bargabos operate Aloha Auto, a repair shop on State Street near the intersection with 36th Street. The high volume intersection is being reconstructed by ACHD to create a roundabout traffic system that Jackie says will put traffic just five feet from her office window.