Whether time is spent with toes in the sand, boots on the hiking trail or long hours at summer jobs putting money in the bank it is easy for even the most avid of news readers to fall off the current events wagon. There’s not shame in that. Here are some quick hits to get everyone back up to speed.
Over the summer Boise State has played host to many construction projects across campus. Nearly 50 percent of the former Math and Geo-science building (now the Mathematics Building) has been remodeled.
The turf intramural on Lincoln Ave. has been completed. It is available for use by students.
The Diesel and Applied Technologies have been demolished to make room for future construction.
The new football complex was completed in June. It contains coaching offices, meeting rooms, players’ lounges, an academic center, an equipment room, training centers and a locker room for the team.
Long time benefactor of the arts, Velma Morrison passed away on June 20 at the age of 92. A memorial, which will be held at the Morrison Center, is being planned for the early fall.
Boise is once again surrounded by wildfires. One of the largest is Elk Complex fire which has burned more than 130,000 acres and nearly 50 buildings near Salmon, Idaho. The other is the Beaver Creek fire which has burned more than 100,000 near Hailey.
Student loan interest rates:
While earlier in the summer it looked like student interest rates could double, Congress created the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act giving students a reprieve. For the 2013-2014 school year Stafford loans can be take out with an interest rate of 3.9 percent for undergraduates, 5.4 percent for graduate students and 6.4 percent for parents. Rates will remained fixed for the lifetime of the loan.
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on June 26 and charged with the murder of acquaintance Odin Lloyd. He was indicted on a charge of first degree murder. He is being held without the bail at the county jail. Hernandez had signed a $40 million extension with that Patriots in 2012 but was cut from the team after his arrest.
16 year old Hannah Anderson was kidnapped by family friend James DiMaggio on August 3 from Boulevard, CA. A week later DiMaggio was shot and killed by FBI agents near Morehead Lake in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return. Anderson was recovered alive and without serious injury.
In June, a law was passed in Russia which criminalized the “propaganda of nontraditional sexual orientations.” This has thrown the 2014 Olympics in Sochi into political upheaval. With no clear answer as to whether or not the law would carry over to visiting athletes, there has been a spark of protests across the globe. There have been isolated calls for a boycott of the games but, as of yet, no response from President Obama.
Unrest in Egypt:
Democratically elected leader Mohammed Morsi was forced to step down by Egypt’s powerful military on July 3. Supports of Morsi set up protest camps in the streets. After being warned several times to disperse, the police attempted to forcefully break up the gatherings. At last count, there were more than 525 killed in the riots.
Snowden, a computer specialist working for the CIA and NSA, leaked documents which proved that the American government was monitoring thousands of electronic communications a year. The US government charged Snowden with espionage and theft of government property but Snowden had fled the country before the papers were ever published. He has now received temporary asylum in Russia.