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F R E E April 29, 2010
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Cars line a lot near the Engineering Building off University Drive. In June, about 500 parking spaces will be eliminated to make way for new construction. Katy Butler Journalist
Where, oh where, have all the parking spots gone? In June, Boise State will lose approximately 500 parking spaces to new construc-
tion. In other words, campus commuters may feel the pinch. According to Transportation and Parking Services assistant director J.C. Porter, BSU plans to build more structures within the campus
and push parking off campus. “We don’t want to do it,” Porter said. “The master plan is to have the parking outside of campus and all the buildings inside of campus, and the only way to do that is to
put buildings and housing on top of the current parking.” The main area for construction will be in the busiest general parking lot on campus. A new College of Business and Economics (COBE) building will be built on the west side of campus where the University Inn and general parking lot currently exists. Construction is estimated to take two years and will block Diploma St. and will occupy the street parking on Earle St. The only way to get into the nearby Brady Parking Garage will be through Earle St. or Brady St. There will also be a large number of parking lost in the parking lots along Lincoln Ave., Belmont St. and Michigan Ave. BSU is adding new student housing along Lincoln Ave. across from the Student Union and behind the Lincoln garage. The housing is expected to take two years to build. Construction will take away general and street parking along Lincoln Ave., General parking across from the Norco Building and street parking along Michigan Ave.
and Belmont St. While BSU will also be adding the second phase of construction to the Lincoln Parking Garage, adding more parking spaces, those new spaces will be reserved for the new student housing and is also expected to take two years to build. Due to the construction, both the Brady and Lincoln garages will be at a higher demand. Parking passes will be oversold and parking spaces may be hard to find. “We understand the hurt but we want the university to grow,” said Transportation and Parking Services interim director Nicole Bandas. “We need to focus on all of our students and alternative transportation on campus.” But there are some parking spots to be found. According to Porter, there are always empty spaces available on the east side of Bronco Stadium (known as "East Stadium"). “There are at least 200 to 300 empty parking spaces at East Stadium even on our busiest days,” Porter said.
“We encourage students to park over there and take advantage of our shuttle system to get across campus.” Boise State will also be offering more means of alternative transportation on campus. A bike barn will be built in the Brady garage this summer, giving students, faculty and visitors a larger and safer area to store bicycles. According the plan, students will need a key card to access the bike barn, which is estimated to cost $15 a semester. There will also be a GPS system on the campus shuttle service this fall that will allow people to look up the location of the shuttle and the time until its next stop online. Another means to alternative transportation on campus is Car Share. Car Share is an hourly rental car service that will be available this fall. Students who need to use a motor vehicle for a few hours will pay a low cost of $10 to $15 an hour for a car. The price will include insurance, maintenance and gas on the vehicle.
CAMPUS New Business and Economics building to bear Micron's name Benjamin Mack News Editor
CRIME Chris Bodovinitz Journalist
Thefts on campus are still a concern for Boise State University, though numbers are continuing to decrease. There were two bike thefts reported last week. One occurred near Chaffee Hall and the other occurred near Driscoll Hall. This is a small decrease in bike thefts from the three incidents reported the week before. Bicycles remain to be a major target for theft. In other incidents, a female resident in Chaffee Hall reported a male spying on her in the shower. Information on this incident is still ongoing, according to University Security. More resources are available at http://finad.boisestate.edu/security.
Boise State’s new home for the College of Business and Economics will be known as the Micron Business and Economics Building. The State Board of Education approved the naming of the building last week. “This is a fitting tribute to the Micron Technology Foundation, a longtime supporter of Boise State University,” President Bob Kustra said in a press release. “Their support of higher education has helped ensure that our future leaders have access to the finest quality facilities and programs.” The Micron Technology Foundation committed to a $12.5 million lead gift for the business building in 2007, with $5 million of it contingent on Boise State raising matching funds by Dec. 31, 2009. The university met the challenge and will begin construction this summer on the $37 million building at the corner of University Drive and Capitol Boulevard. It is expected to open fall 2012. “The Micron Foundation is dedicated to excellence in
education and has proudly supported Boise State University for years,” said Dee Mooney, Micron Foundation’s executive director. “We believe the College of Business and Economics will cultivate qualified and talented business professionals that will strengthen and enrich our community.” The building, designed by Boise firm Hummel Architects, will comprise about 110,000 square feet. Its design will emphasize student learning, research and community collaboration. Four floors will include state-ofthe art classrooms, a 250-seat lecture hall, a student commons area that includes food service, student work spaces, a financial technology classroom and financial trading room. The building will also provide spaces for research, interactive areas such as a boardroom that will welcome members of the community and encourage collaboration and a courtyard. The building will also house the college’s Business Research and Economic Development Center, the Idaho Small Business Development Center, TechHelp, the Centre for Creativity and Innovation and the Center
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A digital rendering of what the Micron Business & Economics Building will look like. The 110,000 square-foot building is expected to open in fall 2012. for Entrepreneurship. “The new home for the College of Business and Economics will transform how we teach students and how our students learn,” said Patrick Shannon, dean of the College of Business and Economics. “We are honored that the building will carry the Micron name. Many of the leaders at Micron are Boise State business graduates and the connection between our college
and Micron is very strong. Without the generous support from the Micron Foundation, this building would not be happening.” Sustainable building practices are a prime consideration in the building’s design. For example, plans include using geothermal energy as a heating source and optimizing use of natural light. The high-performance, environmentally progressive build-
ing is expected to use at least 40 percent less energy than a comparable structure. Since the construction of the existing business building 40 years ago, enrollment in the college’s programs has grown three-fold to more than 3,300 students. Enrollment during the next 10 years is expected to grow 26 percent in undergraduate programs, and the number of
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Campus Crime Report: April 19 – April 25
Courtesy University Security April 19 — Bike Theft — An unknown suspect cut a lock and took a bike from a rack at Chaffee Hall. April 19 — Peeping/Trespassing on Private Property — A female resident of Chaffee Hall reported a male subject spying on her while she was in the shower. April 23 — Theft — Someone took a bike clamp from a bike at the University Suites. April 23 — Theft — Unknown suspect(s) took signs from the Student Union patio. April 23 — Bike Theft — A lock was cut and a bike was stolen from a rack at Driscoll Hall.
A bronco statue, bearing a striking resemblance to a similar statue found in front of the College of Business and Economics (COBE), stands tall near the Knitting Factory Concert House and Liquid bar in downtown Boise.
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Registration underway for summer classes
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Students can register for summer classes online by logging on to BroncoWeb. May 17, and registration is no appointments are necesBenjamin Mack News Editor
The first round of summer courses will begin Monday,
currently underway. Any eligible student can register for summer classes through open registration --
sary. Those who have not attended Boise State within the last two years must complete a non degree-seeking appli-
cation for admission. Boise State’s 2010 summer program offers more than 500 courses, including core, upper division, graduate and distance classes. A wide variety of workshops will also be available, including the Desert Studies Institute, cinema, health and wellness, cultural awareness and Boise-focused topics. Students can take courses on campus, online, at other Boise campuses or in the field. According to a university press release, the summer schedule allows students to
take courses and still have time for a break. Sessions begin May 17, June 7, June 14 and July 13 and are offered for three, four, five, eight or 10 weeks. Workshops are offered throughout the summer. Students can view a complete schedule of classes and register online by logging on to BroncoWeb. According to the university, there are a number of advantages of taking summer courses, including reaching goals faster, improving Grade Point Average (GPA), and completing prerequisite courses or electives.
For more information, students can visit www.boisestate.edu/summer or call the summer program office in Extended Studies at (208) 426-1709.
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Professor to celebrate release of novel May 3
Associate professor Brady Udall Benjamin Mack News Editor
Brady Udall, an associate professor of English at Boise State, will celebrate the release of his new novel "The Lonely Polygamist" at 7 p.m. Monday, May 3, at the Rediscovered Bookshop -- 7079 Overland Road in Boise. Taking many years to research and write, "The Lonely Polygamist" is the story of Golden Richards, the head of a surprisingly familiar American family that includes four wives and 28 children. Throughout the novel's 600 pages, Richards struggles to come to terms with the dynamics of his many close
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relationships, the loss of several loved ones, the challenge of keeping the machinery of his personal and professional lives going, and the pressure of fulfilling what he sees as God’s will. While polygamy provides the “tragicomic” frame, Udall said it’s not what the story is really about. “It’s about an American family in multiples of four, outsize, overly ambitious and complex to the point of ridiculousness,” he said in a press release, acknowledging the vitriol with which mainstream America sometimes treats the topic of polygamy. “These are real people with the same basic needs and de-
sires as anyone, and a writer’s job is to approach the world with as much fairness and insight as possible.” Udall is a key faculty member in the English Department’s MFA program in creative writing. His 1997 collection of short stories, "Letting Loose the Hounds," and 2001 debut novel, "The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint," established his voice as one of the “very best” of a new generation of American writers, and his colleagues and peers continue to sing his praises. Udall said the first draft of his new novel was nothing short of massive. “The first draft was 1,400 pages. That’s about 15 pounds and a foot thick,” said Udall. “I was appalled. Halfway through, I was terribly worried it was going off the rails.” His editor, Carol Houck Smith, told him it was the last manuscript she planned to work on, but the day he put it in the mail Udall learned she had passed away. Having been plucked out of “welldeserved obscurity” and whipped into the best version of himself by this grand dame of the publishing world, Udall wrote in a tribute in the 2009 Idaho Review that he didn’t know what to do without her. But true to her wisdom, Udall
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moved forward, and "The Lonely Polygamist" has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as “a serious contender for Great American Novel status.” In addition to the May 3 event, Udall also will do a reading, signing at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Barnes & Noble, 1315 N. Milwaukee St. in Boise, as part of the first leg of a 35-city American tour and subsequent promotional trip to Europe.
Udall’s own family has polygamist roots. His greatgreat grandfather’s second wife, and the hardships she suffered for her beliefs inspired Udall’s 1998 Esquire article, "The Lonely Polygamist," which provided him a name and foundation for his novel. The event is free and open to the public. Udall will be on hand to read from and sign copies of his book. Udall’s writing career be-
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Building [news pg 1] graduate students is expected to double. Boise State’s business college has achieved worldwide fame. Only about 4 percent of all the business programs in the world and 20 percent in the United States have AACSB accreditation, and BSU is one of them. Its accountancy program also is accredited. Next year, the college's graduate programs will be included in the “Princeton Review” ranking of best business schools. The college aspires to build graduate and undergraduate programs with a national reputation for quality and innovation and to create internationally renowned centers of excellence. Based in Boise, Micron is best known for producing semiconductor devices, and has more than 15,000 employees worldwide. In 2009, Micron reported its revenue to be more than $4.8 billion.
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Get serious, it's time for finals
Latent fears Haley Robinson Columnist
Students, anxious for summer vacation, attempt to focus during the final weeks of the semester. Eva Hart Journalist Summer is creeping right up behind us. Isn’t it exciting? Well, don’t get too anxious to break out the shorts and swimsuits and forget the more important event -- finals! It's time to put down the beer bong, hide the video games, sign out of Facebook and study. Finals are a big portion of your grade and are usually cumulative from the entire semester -- which makes it harder to just walk into the test unprepared.
This is no longer the openbook 30-question test. The final is what your grade depends on. If you have a job, talk to your manager and ask for a couple of extra hours off for finals. They just might understand; the next three weeks should be dedicated to preparation. Set aside a minimum of two hours a day to prepare yourself for your finals. Whether it be in the evening, between classes or while you're eating breakfast, just get it done! Don’t put off your studying to the night before the test.
Your short-term memory has a small capacity and you need strategies to retain information longer. If you just read over a study sheet the day before the test, the information will only be retained in your short-term memory. And once you wake up, 80 percent of that information will be forgotten. To put all the information into your long-term memory you must study the information repeatedly and give yourself at least 48 hours to retain all the information, according to McGraw-Hill's "The Science
of Psychology." To be safe, try to review for at least a week before your test. The night before your final, eat a healthy dinner and go to bed early. Try to sleep at least eight hours before a test. Wake up early and eat a good breakfast, including simple sugars, complex carbohydrates, and protein. This will help your blood sugar stay at a stable level, and since your brain runs on sugar, you don't want to have an empty tank. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your final so you don't show up late and fail.
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During the final, make sure you have water in case you get thirsty -- hydration is key. If you are feeling shaky or anxious take deep long breaths and try to relax. Read each question thoroughly and more than once just in case it was misread. If you aren’t sure of an answer, take your best guess. Never leave a question blank. Give yourself enough time to finish the test and go through it a second time. Remember, don’t sweat it. You’ll pass because you’ve been studying for the past two weeks -- right?
Why stimulus packages don't work
Tate Fegley Columnist The idea behind stimulus packages is that consumer demand has fallen, leading to fewer sales, which leads to layoffs and businesses closing; the objective is to get consumer demand back to its pre-recession level. The conventional means to do so is by increasing government deficit spending, lowering interest rates, and, sometimes, cutting taxes. The first two methods are not effective because they
are simply redistributions of wealth. The third method can be effective, not for the reason of increasing consumption, but because of the fact that it is more efficient to allow consumers to decide what should be produced instead of the government. First, we should define economic efficiency. Efficiency in an economy is using its resources in such a way that no one could be made better off without making someone else worse off. More simply, it is producers making things consumers want the most, in the right amounts, and not producing things they don’t want. So who better to decide what consumers want than they themselves, using their own dollars in the marketplace to award producers who make what they want and punish those who don’t? To better understand why the aforementioned methods don’t work, we need to understand why recessions hap-
It’s true that consumer demand falls, but it doesn’t follow that we just need to increase spending. Tate Fegley pen. It’s true that consumer demand falls, but it doesn’t follow that we just need to increase spending. The demand has fallen because there was a misallocation of resources: producers producing things those consumers did not want as much as other things (such as houses in the most recent instance). The best explanation for the cause of this misallocation is the Austrian theory of the business cycle (which I plan to discuss further next week, and it’s not as boring as it may sound). Now with the understanding that for businesses to stay in business, and consequently for people to keep their jobs, they need to be produc-
ing goods and services that people want. What government spending does is take the decision away from the consumer, because what the government spends has to be taxed and put it into the hands of bureaucrats. The only way bureaucrats can make more efficient decisions than consumers is to know what consumers want better than consumers themselves, which is clearly not likely. But what if it is deficit spending, and therefore not taxed away? It is still redistributed wealth because the government finances deficits through selling bonds, which involves taking money out of the economy that would have been spent
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In a progressive country born from a battle for independence, where women and African Americans have made great strides in equality, one demographic is still lagging behind significantly. Homosexuals in the U.S. still have to fight for basic rights and struggle against oppression. More than 90 percent of gay men and lesbians report being targets of verbal abuse or threats, and more than one-third report being survivors of violence related to their sexual identity, according to a report by the Public Broadcasting Service. It is astounding that we still tolerate this blatant discrimination. The biggest question is “why?” I think the logical answer is simple: fear. According to a study from the University of Georgia, psychoanalytic theory holds that homophobia -- the fear, anxiety, anger, discomfort and aversion that some heterosexual people hold for gay individuals -- is the result of repressed homosexual urges that the person is either unaware of or denies. This hidden homosexual arousal is known as Latent Homosexuality. In other words, the dramatic overreaction that many men have to anything homoerotic usually has the opposite of the desired effect. While they are trying to demonstrate to everyone how “totally not gay” they are, they are coming across as just the opposite. It is likely that the biggest latent homosexual in the room is the one throwing out the words “queer” and “fag.” That guy is probably also the one who takes his girlfriend home and begs her to try anal “just once.” Boise State sophomore Kalev Thom described his own perceptions of homophobic men. “You hate and fear the things externally that you hate and fear in yourself most,” Thom said. “So conceptually, with that psychological argument, if someone is fully against and hates and fears homosexuality, it’s because they are struggling with a fear of it in themselves.” These same homophobes often assume that when they are around gay people, they are being hit on. This is an erroneous fear, because not all men that make jokes about "butt pirates" are attractive. The same laws of attraction go for gay men as they do straight men. Homosexuals have “types” just like heterosexuals do, and they don't just want to try picking up every man that they encounter. So for heterosexual men who don’t want to come across as gay, maybe it’s time to try something that may seem counterintuitive -- be accepting. Overt demonstrations of heterosexuality and constant gay-bashing aren't helping anyone. As Shakespeare put it, "methinks thou doth protest too much."
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Will Leon Rice rise to the challenge? Brendan Sherry Journalist
When new men’s head basketball coach Leon Rice was offered the job at Boise State he knew it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. Rice, who grew up in Richland, Wash., made stops at the University of Oregon, Yakima Valley College and eventually Gonzaga University before taking the head coaching position at Boise State. The move to Boise made sense for a coach who spent so much time in the Northwest. “It’s a great city to live in. I’m a Northwest guy and I’ve recruited this area for a long time,” Rice said. “It was a good fit on so many levels.” Rice faces a hefty challenge with the Broncos, a team that finished 5-11 in the Western Athletic Conference and 1517 overall last season. However, Rice has a blue print for turning the Broncos around. He believes defense and rebounding will play a big part in the transition. “We’re going to have a big emphasis on rebounding and defense,” Rice said. “That’s going to be a cornerstone for what we do. We have to recruit guys who can play offense and then make them better defensively. You can’t win if you’re not doing that.” In addition to the emphasis on rebounding and defense, Rice wants to establish a sturdy program that can bring in good players and consistently get better. He believes that if the Broncos can continually improve they will be able to compete with the top teams in the conference and eventually on the national level. Building off success is something Rice learned plenty about while at Gonzaga. After the Bulldog’s run to the Elite Eight in 1999, Rice joined Mark Few the next season and helped build one of the most dominating pro-
Associate Head Coach Coaching experience – Wake Forest (2009-10), Tulsa (2005-09), Dayton (200405), Navy (2003-04) Wheeling Central Catholic HS (2001-03), Loyola – Maryland (1993-94, 1997-2000), Xavier (1994-97), (1993-94), (James Madison (1991-92).
Assistant Coach Coaching experience – San Francisco (2008-10), Weber State (2006-08), Midland JC (2004-06), Emporia State (200104), Colorado (2000-01).
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Assistant Coach Coaching Experience – Wyoming (200203, 2005-10), Northern Colorado (200405), Bowling Green (2003-04).
Former Gonzaga assistant and current Boise State head basketball coach Leon Rice walks the sidelines during a game against Michigan State during the 2009-10 season. Rice joined the See RICE I page 5 Broncos following the firing of former head basketball coach Greg Graham.
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Broncos eye first WAC title Marshell M. Martinez Journalist
Boise State’s No. 43 women’s tennis team has had a great season, earning the Western Athletic Conference regular season title. The lady Broncos (20-5, 8-0 WAC) have worked hard this season and are determined to come into the WAC Championships (April 30) to make
history by earning their first ever conference championship title. Boise State earned the regular season title after a trio of home duals (April 16-17). The lady Broncos have continued its regular practice regiment and are preparing for the matches that lie ahead. “We don’t want to drastically change anything,” BSU head tennis coach Mark
Tichenor said. “We want to keep working on what we have been all year. We can’t be changing and trying to be more aggressive. We are what we are.” Recently having two weeks off the courts, the lady Broncos are focused on certain areas to improve on the crucial elements that can make a tremendous effect on the team’s performance.
“Working on our doubles has been a main focus,” Tichenor said. “The doubles point is such a huge part of what happens in the championships and can make all the difference.” Coming into the WAC Championships, the lady Broncos are lead by senior Pichittra Thongdach. Thongdach is nationally ranked No. 51 in singles and
No. 45 in doubles with her partner Lauren Megale. “It has been a good season; it’s a good sign for the WAC Championships. We have always wanted to win the WAC regular season title,” Thongdach said. “It would be great to win the WAC Championships my senior year.” The lady Broncos head into the WAC Championships as the No.1 seed and play their
first match Saturday against either No. 4 Hawai'i or No. 5 Idaho. The Broncos play the victor of the Hawai'i versus Idaho duel. “It gives us confidence coming into the championship knowing that we are the team to beat. It’s a great feeling,” said junior Lauren Megale.
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to you: Rice is qualified for the job Brendan Sherry Journalist
Newly hired men's head basketball coach Leon Rice has been successful at virtually every stop he has made. After getting his first collegiate coaching job from Don Monson at the University of Oregon, Rice went to Yakima Valley College. Upon his arrival in Yakima, the Yaks saw a major turnaround in its first year with Rice as the co-head coach. His team took first place that year and Rice followed up his performance by going 31-2 in his first year as head coach. While Rice was coming off an impressive year at Yakima Valley, the Gonzaga University Bulldogs were making their run to the Elite Eight under the direction of Monson’s son Dan. Following the 1999 season Dan
Monson took the job at the University of Minnesota leaving Mark Few the head position at Gonzaga. After proving he was a winner at Yakima Valley, Few asked Rice to take an assistant job with Gonzaga. During his time as an assistant, Rice watched the Bulldogs rise from a Cinderella story to a national powerhouse. But Rice’s basketball knowledge runs deeper than his years spent in Spokane. Rice’s mentor Don Monson worked as an assistant at Michigan State under Jud Heathcote. While at Michigan State, Monson helped bring players, such as Ervin "Magic" Johnson, to East Lansing, Mich. Following his departure from Michigan State, Monson took the head coaching job at the University of Idaho where the Vandals went to the post season three times under his command.
Rice was also able to expand his basketball knowledge alongside Dean Nicholson at Yakima Valley before heading to Gonzaga. Once at Gonzaga, Rice bounced ideas off of Bill Grier and Tommy Lloyd, both of whom are highly respected around the college basketball scene. Grier spent 16 seasons at Gonzaga as an assistant before taking the head coaching job at the University of San Diego. Once in San Diego, Grier took the Torero’s to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his first year. It should also be noted that Rice’s time spent in the Northwest is a huge selling point for the coach. Spending time at both the junior college level and the Division I ranks will give Rice an extraordinary advantage when it comes to recruiting in the region. He
has seen a wide variety of talent and knows what recruits are looking for. Rice was a crucial part of Gonzaga’s rise to national notoriety and knows what it takes to construct a winning culture. He was there when Gonzaga was still just a "feel good story" all the way through its 10 straight conference titles. He is fully aware of what allows a program to grow. Rice believes that Boise State can be a winner. He has the recruiting experience, personality and drive to make the Broncos relevant. Don’t be fooled, Leon Rice is more than qualified to be the men’s basketball coach. Despite never being a head coach at the Division I level, Rice has picked up enough knowledge along the way to get the Bronco basketball team to where it belongs.
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Broncos set for WAC tournament
Brittney Johnson Journalist
Friday, the Boise State men’s tennis team will begin its quest for a NCAA Tournament birth at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Fresno, Calif. The Broncos have had two weeks of preparation after an upset win against University of Arizona at the end of the regular season. “It’s very empowering (Arizona win). I think it was what we needed just for us not for anything else,” head tennis coach Greg Patton said. “It’s like skydiving for the first time, and then all the sudden you want to do it again and
soar with the eagles.” The Broncos (18-10 overall, 4-2 WAC) look to carry that confidence building win at Arizona into the WAC Tournament. The Broncos are seeded No. 3 behind Fresno State, and Hawai'i. Earlier this season, the Broncos' match with Fresno State on Feb. 20 was postponed due to rain. BSU went on to lose 4-0 against the Bulldogs on March 18 in Montgomery, Ala. Two weeks ago the Broncos lost 4-1 against Hawai'i in a close fought match at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. “I think familiarity is good.
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The lady Broncos are hoping to emerge from the championships with a win. Having come close in past years, the Broncos are looking to make history for BSU since no team has ever won the regular season title and the WAC Championships. “It has been our goal as a
team to win the WAC title. We have been really close these last four years and we obviously want to win it,” said Tichenor. The Broncos prepare to leave for the 2010 WAC Championships April 30 through May 2 in Fresno, Calif.
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Junior Lauren Megale sets herself to return a ball during a match against Utah earlier this season. The women’s tennis team is primed for its first WAC title. The women are seeded No.1 in the 2010 WAC Women’s Tennis Championships.
I think familiarity breeds confidence for us," Patton said. "It’s better that we played them and lost to them and get hunger and thirstier. We won’t be taking anyone for granted.” The Broncos are led by sophomore James Meredith, who is ranked No. 43 in the nation. Meredith has a 19-5 singles record and owns the No. 1 singles spot for the Broncos. “He brings us the hammer at the top and let’s the pressure off of the other guys," Patton said. "James is going to be a world-class athlete, one of the top college players in the country. It’s kind of like a scout on a military patrol and
you have the scout out there who’s the bravest marksman. James is our marksman.” The Broncos play New Mexico in the first round Friday at 2 p.m. BSU defeated New Mexico earlier this season at home. The winner of the match will play No. 29 Fresno State on Saturday. Patton feels his team is prepared for the weekend. “It’s like getting ready to go to prom making sure you spend a couple weeks in the weight room, making sure your hair is cut and your clothes are laundered," Patton said. "So we're just making sure our tennis game is in peak form.”
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Boise State sophomore tennis player Cristian Hodel serves against Utah State earlier this season.
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Senior Jeron Johnson has been named to the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List. The trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Johnson (Compton, Calif.) earned second-team AllWAC honors last season after leading the Broncos in tackles for the second consecutive season (91 tackles, 54 unassisted). He was second on the team with four interceptions, and recorded 1.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups. Johnson finished ranked sixth in the Western Athletic Conference in interceptions, eighth in passes defended and No. 16 for average tackles per game with 6.5. He finished the regular season with three consecutive games of double-digit tackles, recording a season-high 14 (nine unassisted) against Utah State. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its seventh year, The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to equally rec-
ognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT). Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, members of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation Board of Director and distinguished alumni of various schools around the nation. The winner, who will be announced at the annual blacktie gala in December, receives $25,000 for his school’s general scholarship fund. Three runner-ups each receive $5,000. For further information on The Lott Trophy, please visit Lotttrophy.com
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Rice [Sports page 4] grams in the country. During his time at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs had an overall record of 291-73, including 10 consecutive regular-season West Coast Conference titles. Rice credits the program’s success on its ability to grow. “We were able to capitalize on it in all areas. We made the facilities better, our support got better and we were able to get to a national level,” Rice said. “That was the key. We were able to take advantage of the success we had early and build off of it.” Boise State’s commitment to growth and athletics also played a major role in Rice’s decision to make the move. He saw the rise of Bronco football to national promi-
nence as a good thing for the basketball program. Rice knows the support is there if the basketball team can continually build from their success. “There is a commitment to athletics. They’ve showed
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Togetherness is theme for Afro-Culture Night
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“I live in a world where I am a minority, and I enter into a world that is different than mine,” Verdell Brookens, sociology major, said. Afro-Culture Night will take place in the Jordan Ballroom Saturday at 6 p.m. Afro-Culture Night, an annual celebration in the Treasure Valley, will represent
diverse cultures, such as African, African American and Caribbean. The Boise State community is invited to attend this amazing and entertaining festivity. A variety of food, music and a wonderful learning experience of traditions will be part of the event. “It is a night where people can see that Boise State and the Boise community aren’t homogeneous,” Brookens
said. The theme for the event is “Julma” which a word in Swahili that means togetherness. Brookens encourages people to attend the event and become acquainted with those of a different race. The Black Student Alliance and volunteers on campus and from the community have taken the time to sponsor Afro-Culture Night. "It’s important to learn
about other cultures as long as it’s in positive way; it brings awareness to the diversity between cultures," Zach Dorsch, junior business and marketing major, said. In 2008, Brookens attended her first Afro-Culture Night. Although it originated in the 1990s, the event wasn't officially named Afro-Culture Night until 2006. Afro-Culture Night is an opportunity for people to
come together with to recognize the diverse beauty of these cultures. “I want my peers and this community to get a snippet of what my world looks like, of what my peers who are from Africa and what their world looks like. I want to invite everyone who has never been a part of a Black community to come to Afro-Culture Night and get a taste of what it means to be a part of
the Black community,” Brookens said. More information: Where: Jordan Ballroom in the SUB When: May 1, 6 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $5 if you R.S.V.P before May 1 or $10 at the door. You can buy tickets at the information desk in the SUB or by contacting Davidandrews@u.boisestate. edu.
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This eye candy is for a sweet cause. Alpha Chi Omega sorority presents their domestic violence awareness event, the third annual Mr. Alpha Chi contest, Friday, April 30, in the Special Event Center. The night of competition features 13 participants who were chosen from a pool of 24 applicants. “We just wanted to choose the men who would represent Alpha Chi the best,” said Julie Kirk, a political science junior and Alpha Chi Omega vice president of education. Contestants will be judged based on the five standards of Alpha Chi Omega: character, academic interest, financial responsibility, personal development and leadership ability. Categories include a talent and swimsuit competition. Seven committee members have spent months pouring over applications, donation items and budgeting. “We’ve been planning for it (the event) since about halfway through the fall semester,” Kirk said. Every year around the country, the 135 chapters of Alpha Chi Omega hold fund raisers for domestic violence issues. All proceeds from the silent auction at the event will go to the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. This year’s auction contains items including cosmetic baskets, Boise State gear and a football signed by Ian Johnson. In addition to aiding victims of domestic violence, attend-
ees will be treated to a variety of entertainment from the competitors, including choreographed dance. “Besides helping out the cause, it’s really a very, very fun event to watch,” Kirk said. The event begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $3 for students and $5 for non-students at the door.
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The City of Trees will get some new residents Friday. In honor of Arbor Day, Boise State will plant two trees south of the Administration building along University Drive at 10 a.m. “The locations that we have picked out for this year's planting are locations where some trees were damaged and needed to be replaced,” said Bryan Chesbro, manager of the Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Department on campus. According to TreeHelp. com, Arbor Day was started on April 10, 1872, by Nebraska journalist and Secretary of Agriculture Julius Sterling Morton. He began his environmental quest in his home state, planting trees and orchards on his farm and encouraging neighbors to do the same. It was proposed to be a day dedicated to tree planting and awareness. Arbor Day began in Nebraska and soon became celebrated nationwide. In 1970, President Nixon declared the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. “I think Arbor Day is important because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the roles that trees play in our environment and culture,” Chesbro said. Volunteers from Boise State Radio, KBSU, have worked with the Facilities, Operations and Maintenance Department for four years to ensure trees are planted on campus on
BSU employees will plant two trees Friday near the Administration building for Arbor Day.
I think Arbor Day is important because it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the roles that trees play in our environment and culture. Bryan Chesbro
the holiday. In addition to our arboreal friends, Boise State takes environmental action seriously, according to Chesbro. He says simple individual actions can help Mother Earth. “Regarding the outdoors, some things we can do is make sure that our litter is placed in receptacles. And we are taking the time to
pick litter up that is loose on the ground. It's important,” he said. “I also think that we need to make sure that we aren't damaging our trees by using chains that scrape the trunks to secure bikes.” For more information, contact Chesbro at email@example.com. To learn more about Arbor Day, visit arborday.org.
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Justice League unite
Free Comic Book Day draws near Benjamin Mack News Editor
In what could very well be the largest gathering of comic-book devotees in Boise ever, local comic-book lovers and creators are invited to celebrate Free Comic Book Day Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. at The Plank. In addition to picking up
free comics, visitors will be able to listen to live music provided by local band Actual Depiction. Party-goers will also be able to meet the founders of Damage Lab Studios among other local comic-book artists, writers, publishers and fans. All are welcome to attend this free event. Billing itself as “Boise’s
first and only pirate pub,” The Plank serves more than 20 different beers on tap and 50 bottle brews in addition to several wines. The Plank is located at 650 S Vista, less than a mile from Boise State. As of press time, there was no word if Superman would be making an appearance.
Comic book enthusiasts will gather Saturday for Free Comic Book Day.
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what they hope will be a departmental competition earlier this month. But unlike BSU’s sports rivalries, the competitions between the geology and the geophysics club in the coming weeks is all in good fun. The first event in a long line of rivalry games was bowling where over 20 members from the clubs tried to achieve the highest pins per game ratio. After many games, the scores were tabulated, and the Geophysics club pulled off a close win, doing so with a margin of only five pins per game. Even with such a close defeat, you won’t be finding any hard feelings with these clubs. Randi Walters, who is an officer in both clubs, says the close-knit students make it really enjoyable. “We are very supportive of
each other in our club events and there are even members that participate in activities from both clubs,” Walters, a graduate student studying Geosciences, said. One of those members was none other than Dr. David Wilkins, the chair of the Geosciences Department. These events are all about the atmosphere of the department, which certainly has its blessings. "It's rare to find such a large group of students paired with a wonderful faculty who would actually take the time to have some friendly competition," Beth Van Vliet, Geology club vice president and Geology grad student, said Bowling is just one of the many events in the coming weeks. Bocce ball, scrabble, and Ultimate Frisbee have all been talked about.
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