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In February, The Arbiter met with four Boise State faculty and staff who had been awarded through the Faculty International Development Award the opportunity to spend part of their summer traveling abroad. Dan Scott from the Art Department has reached the end of his trip in Viterbo, Italy, as has the music department’s Michael Porter in Lüneberg, Germany. Office of Communications and Marketing’s Kathleen Tuck left in the last week of June for Viterbo, and the Chemistry Department’s Don Warner is setting out for Bilbao, Spain. All four international travelers stated before leaving they would be posting regular blog updates of their travels, which are now available at Grappling with a new country, unfamiliar language and culture can seem scary to students contemplating study abroad, but first-hand experiences can give students a unique look. Like students, the faculty and staff members are taking a number of classes and hope

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Professor Don Warner studies in Bilbao, Spain from a student perspective. to share their experiences with their students back in the states. In February, Michael Porter explained that he’d, “like to encourage students to explore opportunities.” His hope is that upon returning he can assist students in finding funding and scholarships for an opportunity, “they won’t regret.” Dan Scott shared these sentiments saying he would use the experience in every

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school year. “Especially (students) with very little information should come in and meet with a peer advisor,” said Greg Harvey who worked at the office as a peer advisor. Harvey explained how every program and cost of living is different. One option for students to consider is the direct exchange program. Students participating in this program will receive their regular bill from Boise

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State, but the biggest extra cost, Harvey added, is the plane ticket. There are options for working with a variety of financial budgets, and financial aid. Harvey also added that once accepted into the program there is the possibility that a financial aid budget can be adjusted for study abroad. Each student will experience a unique study abroad experience and will work closely with the International Learning Opportunities office to find the best program for each individual. Still unsure about study abroad? Go online to check out the experiences Boise State’s very own faculty and staff have had and are having this summer, documented in their blogs, available at The beautiful photos posted by the travelers give a true sense of exactly what they are experiencing while studying abroad and attempting to pick up new languages and in many ways brings the countries being visited alive. The photos are accompanied by captions, anecdotes and stories with new posts arriving frequently.

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Buying textbooks is a headache. The question of online versus campus bookstores is daunting, especially for procrastinators and students on strict budgets. Prices for books are constantly fluctuating along with tuition as the economy continues to stagnate, and many students struggle to afford the tab for texts. According to the National Association of College Stores (NACS), students spent on average $667 on books during the 2008-09 school year, a number that has surprisingly gone down according to market research firm Student Monitor. A study completed in 2010 shows roughly 59 percent of students are buying their books through college bookstores or their Web sites. The other 41 percent have opted to buy elsewhere, but who is saving the most money? There is a tendency for stu-

dents to blame their campus bookstores for the high cost of textbooks, but are these stores really to blame? The bookstores don’t select the books brought in for inventory; rather it’s the professors who request course materials and the bookstores who fill these requests. The Boise State Bookstore assures students that they play no part in the textbook selection process and they encourage professors to make text selections early in order to obtain greater numbers of used copies. Publishers establish the price in which they will charge a college bookstore per title, after which the bookstore determines the retail price. The difference between the two amounts is the gross margin, which is used to cover personnel costs covering the cost of freight and running the store itself. According to NACS’ 2010 College Store Industry Financial Report the average gross margin on new textbooks at the time was at 22.3

percent. The gross margin tends to run higher for used textbooks for many reasons including the risk they present to the stores in case a new edition were to come out making the used edition obsolete. The bottom line is that once all expenses are paid, college bookstores on average make about four cents to the dollar. At the Boise State Bookstore, “The majority of the income from all bookstore locations is used in the form of scholarships given out by the university. Over the past two fiscal years the bookstore was able to contribute an estimated $2 million to the general scholarship fund at Boise State University,” according to the store Web site. Does that mean by buying at the Boise State Bookstore you are receiving the best deal on your books? Not necessarily. Online options have become increasingly popular with websites such as, which is essentially expedia for text-

books. All that is needed is the text ISBN, title or author to view listings for new, used, ebook and rental options on the textbook. is also a popular website for Boise State students. “I use Amazon to get my books,” said Megan Buxton, a junior communications major. “It is a lot cheaper. I know the [Boise State] bookstore gives scholarships but they are expensive for someone who is on scholarships.” and campus bookstores aren’t the only options that students have though. Google Books or Project Gutenberg, which has scanned 39,000 books into its database, will not have everything you need, but for a literature or English class, many titles that are traditionally found in an anthology could be found in these databases. For students who don’t get a headache reading text off of digital devises E-Textbooks could be a valuable money saver. For example, Cours- is a consortium of major textbook publishers with books available at up to 60 percent off the price of print textbooks, electronically students can still take notes, highlight text and print, but only ten pages at a time. Renting textbooks is an additional option. The Boise State Bookstore does offer textbook rentals on many books and many online sites do as well. With any book purchased or rented online, however, there is always the chance the book may take longer than expected to arrive or not be in great condition. Don’t wait to order books when going the online route. Finally, before buying books anywhere consider the value of a buyback at the bookstore. According to, used Books purchased to be resold by the bookstore are done so at 75 percent of the publisher’s list price. For example, if the new list price is $30, the used book will be sold at $22.50.


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Cirque du Soleil CLC offers social rides Cirque du Soleil is returning to Boise presenting Dralion at the Taco Bell Arena. Seven performances will be offered, with performances taking place Thursday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 14. Dralion pulls inspiration from eastern philosophy of harmony between humans and the world they live in. The name of the show is a derivative of two creatures, the dragon and a symbol

of eastern culture, and the lion which is symbolic of western. Four elements, air, water, fire and earth are given life through human form enabling a blend of culture, man and nature and ultimately balance is achieved. Cirque du Soleil draws on the 3,000 year-old art of Chinese acrobatics that manifest in aweinspiring feats. Tickets are available by calling 208426-1766 or at www.

Fetus remains found on barbecue in East Idaho Pocatello – After receiving a tip, Pocatello police discovered the remains of a woman’s aborted five-month-old fetus on her back porch barbecue. When Jennie Linn McCormack, a 33-year-old mother of three, found she was pregnant again, she was unemployed and living off $250 a month in child support. The nearest abortion provider was nearly 100 miles away and McCormack didn’t own a car. Less than two years prior, she paid $450 for an abortion. “I couldn’t do it,” said McCormack in an interview. “Not in the state I was in.” She opted for abortion pills purchased online. Pregnancy-

terminating medications are typically only recommended for pregnancies under 9 weeks. McCormack estimated her pregnancy to be about 14 weeks, but examinations of the fetus revealed it was closer to 21 weeks. In Idaho, the law says all abortions must be performed by a doctor and second-trimester abortions must take place in a hospital. Idaho law severely limits abortions performed later than 19 weeks into the pregnancy. The fetus contained no sign of the drugs and no medicine packaging was recovered. Due to the lack of physical evidence, criminal charges against McCormack were dismissed.

Boise State Cycle Learning Center is offering social rides Thursday, July 19, and Thursday, July 26. The rides are focused on Greenbelt exploration running about 2 hours in ride time, perfect for new-to-the-area students and cyclists. Riding tips and safety practices

Boise State Athletics is giving fans a chance to design the stadium seating color scheme for the Oct. 13 football game versus Fresno State. Students can find a current section map of the stadium at Fans can then submit their idea to Athletics through Facebook, Twitter or broncosports@boisestate. edu. Submissions must be received by noon

Boise State welcomes a new Dean of Students in the Division of Student Affairs, Dr. Christian Wuthrich. He will begin his duties at the university in August. As Dean of Students, Wuthrich will report to the Vice President of Student


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combinations over the season. Submissions will be judged and voted on by Boise State officials, and the winner will be announced sometime later during the week of the 20th. The student with the winning color scheme will receive two tickets to the Fresno State game and the opportunity to see their vision played out at the game.


provides comfort, but tempers could be short, so don’t push it. It’s definitely not a good time to gamble or buy toys. Get serious about reading.

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July 20. Past color schemes involve rotating sections of blue, orange and white or ever-popular variations of “white outs” or “blue outs.” Fans then wear the color assigned to their section. Specific color schemes have been used during many Boise State football games, especially during last year’s season where fans were encouraged to wear a number of color

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will be discussed. Cycle Learning Center instructors will lead the rides and be available for instruction and emergency bike maintenance. Cruiser bike rentals are available through the Cycle Learning Center for $10 a day. The cost includes a helmet, locks and cable. Registration is required

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 7 — A change in your assignment could be for the better. Don’t talk about it too much, but rather jump into action. Check and double-check the data, and ultimately trust your instinct. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) -Today is a 8 — Curbing expenses is a good idea (even if it was suggested by a partner). Don’t sweat the small stuff. Circumstances provide what you need. Travel later.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 7 — Another danger gets revealed. You don’t have to dive right into it just yet. Preparation is key. Stack up provisions and get ready for battle. It could be easier tomorrow.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 8 — You may encounter new problems. Friends offer good advice. You get stronger from the experience, and your friendship grows. Stick to your budget, and don’t touch savings. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) -- Today is a 9 — Your work offers new opportunities. Make a list of what you have to do to achieve the next level. Outclass the competition. Resist the temptation to overspend.


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Experience music at a variety of locations in Boise Amy Merrill News Editor

Boise is a veritable melting pot of cultures, activities and serious summer fun. For new-comers to the Boise area, or students who haven’t had the chance for much summer excitement, the rest of July through August is a time for new experiences and letting loose before classes commence. Music offers individuals from completely different walks of life to come together and share an emotional experience that can last a lifetime. Boise boasts a number of different venues, but some notable free, cheap or new locations bursting onto the scene can be added to the repertoire of any music lover. Every week different locations in Boise have something different to offer. Every Wednesday through Sept. 26, Alive After Five brings droves of people to the Grove Plaza downtown. Vendor booths, cool beverages, including beer for the 21+ crowd, mouth-watering morsels and of course live music lasts from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., and the best part: it’s free. A fountain in the center will tease and tempt with cold water until with little abandon, adults join the kids in a quick cool down, or chairs and dance space is generally available to please revelers, regardless of their prerogatives. Not all concerts can be free, but if there’s a price to


The Knitting Factory in downtown Boise is just one of the many venues in the Treasure Valley where musicians can entertain Idahoans. pay $10 isn’t bad, and that’s what it’ll cost to gain admittance to the Great Garden Escape. The Botanical Gardens is a must-see location in Boise, if for nothing else its beauty, but the gardens plays host to a variety of events all summer long and every Thursday eve-

ning through July and most Thursdays in August local food, music, beer and wine will be offered up by the gardens. Bring a blanket, your friends and even your own picnic and prepare to relax, rain or shine. Boise, for a smaller city, is home to a thriving, growing

and evolving music scene. In addition to The Venue, The Knitting Factory, The Eagle River Pavilion, The Morrison Center at Boise State and many smaller venues, just this summer Boise’s newest concert venue opened its doors to the public. Revolution Concert

House located in Garden City is still in its infancy, set to explore the possibilities offered by the 2,200 maximum capacity space. With the possibility of future visits by comedians, boxing matches, DJ’s and more the space has potential. Lets face it, the venue isn’t

important, it’s the band it brings in. Nothing says summertime like a concert and with headliners like Nora Jones, My Morning Jacket, Jake Owen and many more visiting a variety of Boise’s concert venues, the options for summer music are practically limitless.

Fifty Shades causes sexual upswing in Boise women Amy Merrill News Editor

Stereotypes have been turned on their head. This summer men are going to a movie about a teddy bear and women are going to a movie about strippers. Speculations have been made about a possible baby boom as women everywhere swoon over the imaginary Christian Grey from E L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, and drool over Channing Tatum on the big screen. Why has “Fifty Shades” maintained such a high rate of mainstream success? The book isn’t necessarily wellwritten, except for the sexual encounters, but they are precisely what have women talking. Boise Women are just a small faction of the “Fifty Shades” craze, however, that being said, over 232 Boise women have signed up to, a site that claims to be, “the elite sugar daddy dating site for those seeking mutually beneficial relationships.” The Web site offers individuals the opportunity to enter into a sugar daddy, sugar mommy or sugar

baby role. A sugar daddy or mommy is defined as, a successful and generous man or women willing to pamper and offer financial help or gifts to a young person in return for friendship or companionship, according to A sugar baby is a younger individual who is the recipient of money or gift in exchange for a relationship that is determined between the individuals involved. The New York Times bestseller is stimulating sexual fantasies that have women craving connections. Women are indulging in the fantasy that is Anastasia Steele and are actively seeking their own Christian Grey. is the largest dating Web site designed with the purpose of connecting successful and attractive individuals in finding mutually beneficial relationships. Women are flocking to the site, 24.8 percent of the sites active female members, which represents over 186,000 women around the world want the same ‘arrangement’ that Anastasia Steele has in fiction. Anastasia Steele is a 21-year-old woman that enters into a re-

lationship with the sexually dominant Christian Grey. Their relationship includes spanking, flogging, restraints and a variety of other normally taboo sex topics. A poll on revealed that 78.8 percent of the female users like the idea of being a submissive to a dominant male, like Christian Grey. Additionally 90 percent of the sites male users say they find the submissive role played by Steele exciting. “People who have read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ are often surprised to find out that a Web site already exists for those seeking a ‘Fifty Shades’ inspired arrangement,” said Brandon Wade, the Founder and CEO of The overlaying question in the sugar daddy or mommy and sugar baby relationship is: is it prostitution? The women using don’t refer to themselves as prostitutes. Generally the word prostitute brings to mind images of drug-addled women living on the streets in constant fear of their overbearing pimps. These are not the types of relationships found on and the site does not operate illegally. The only illegal aspect would be direct payment of compensation for sex. SeekingArrangement. com falls into a gray area where a specific sex-for-pay exchange isn’t immediately apparent. Regardless of the fine line, men and women walk between consensual sex and blatant prostitution, sugar daddy/mommy relationships are on an upswing, even in the mini metropolis of Boise.

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a Web video, trying to link Romney’s tax returns to his being passed over as Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate in 2008. The video said that McCain had access to 23 years of Romney tax returns, but then named Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. “What does John McCain know that the American people don’t?” the ad asks. McCain on Tuesday called the inference “outrageous.” The new barrage from the Obama camp sought to leverage an ever-louder drumbeat from the president’s camp and some Republicans for Romney to disclose more of his tax returns. Under pressure from Republican primary rivals, Romney released his 2010 returns and estimates for 2011. He’s

asked for an extension of time to file the 2011 return and said Tuesday he’ll release it when it’s ready. He’s refused to go further. “The opposition research of the Obama campaign is looking for anything they can use to distract from the failure of the president to reignite our economy,” Romney told the National Review on Tuesday. “And I’m simply not enthusiastic about giving them hundreds or thousands of more pages to pick through, distort and lie about.” But every day he persists, his refusal to release returns adds another chapter in the Democrats’ storyline to paint Romney as out of touch. Polls show Obama far ahead when voters are asked who best connects with ordinary Americans.

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Professor Martin Corless-Smith, director of the Master in Fine Art in writing program at Boise State, was once a painter and is now a well-regarded poet.

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Boise State’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative writing has become a stomping ground for many an inspired artist. These linguistically talented individuals range from students who only recently adopted a lifestyle in the arts, to professors who have taken to the captivating dual-career of writing and teaching. Martin Corless-Smith, full-time professor of creative writing and literature focused in poetry and current director of the MFA writing program, brought his multi-faceted talents to Boise 11 years ago. Originally from Worcestershire, England, Corless-Smith began his love affair with the arts as a painter. “The transition from painting to poetry was sort

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of mostly invisible to me,” said Corless-Smith. “What was attractive to me about it was its unofficial status that I was a painter but that I could do this other thing that was similar in many regards but also surreptitious.” An inability to come to terms with selling his paintings was among the reasons that led CorlessSmith down the path toward poetry. Corless Smith studied both painting and poetry, and earned numerous degrees including a Ph.D. from the University of Utah. Recently, he published a fifth collection of poetry entitled “English Fragments: A Brief history of The Soul”. “Ultimately, Martin’s genius extends far beyond the university,” said Carrie Seymour, lecturer in the Boise State English Department. “His poetry transcends the

labels of ‘postmodern’ or ‘contemporary’ and seems to exist in a state of far-reaching connections to poets from earlier eras and traditions.” For a while though, Corless-Smith was unsure of whether a career in education was his life’s calling, and considered returning to England to continue his painting. “I didn’t really like academia. I mean it was a nice little haven for a while and I liked the work but I didn’t really like the way that universities were run,” said Corless-Smith. “The job of being an artist or even a thinker was sort of secondary or tertiary to being a professor.” In a split decision, Corless-Smith took a position with Boise State, where he found working with the MFA program allowed for greater decision-making freedoms in his teaching,

and to demonstrate to students what it is to be a practicing writer. “As a teacher, Martin is honest and intuitive, both toward the class as a whole, and toward each individual,” said Stephanie Couey, president of The English Major’s Association. “He teaches those who study under him to be sincere poets, and encourages the education of the soul and the whole self, rather than just the education within the subject.” Corless-Smith’s work outside of the classroom has gained attention as well, although he said it is small enough to matter very little. “I am virtually ignored which is quite nice,” he said. “Being in Boise is kind of lovely—I can spend a lot of time focused on what I want to do rather than worrying about what other people want from me and as an artist, or as anybody that is trying to do their own thing. It is amazing how quickly the invisible influences and pressures creep up and crush or begin to sort of suffocate those things.” Corless-Smith said he’s quite happy with Boise’s poetry scene, and the many amazing poets that travel to the city of trees have created an ongoing conversation among poets and lovers of poetry alike. “Martin has been instrumental in bringing many important contemporary poets to the university for the MFA reading series, giving many of us an opportunity to hear poets we have read but would have otherwise not had the opportunity to see,” Seymour said.

According to CorlessSmith, his personal style is formed through writing without consciously adhering to a structured idea, but instead finding inspiration in a spark of interest. Poetry, he said, is like setting yourself up with a self-contrived problem that you must then resolve. “You might start with an impulse—it might be the shape of a house if it’s a painting or it could be the coming together of a few words that spark an idea,” Corless-Smith said. “But the idea is to sort of follow it and keep it buoyant.” While many accomplish writing in the act of revision, Corless-Smith finds that in keeping his writing buoyant and allowing it to care for itself, revision is not a personally useful tool. “I’m keen to let the act of writing sort of manifest accidents, and you learn from those—the strangeness of the thing,” he said. This creative approach has manifested a style in Corless-Smith’s work that resonates within the poetic community, and breathes a thoughtfully interconnected relationship between artist and language as well as language and the world. “To read a Corless-Smith poem is to find one’s self immersed in a poetic tradition that moves backward and forward in time, but that also remains absolutely current and relevant,” Seymour said. In offering advice to undergraduates who are apprehensive when faced with poetry, Corless-Smith recommends they indulge in the strangeness and play-

fulness of poetry and let go of the grade-driven anxiety tied up in education. “A lot of undergraduates are either are utterly bored and in the wrong environment or are really driven and stressed out, and you don’t want to be in either of those camps to enjoy writing,” he said. “Part of what poetry is about is learning by playing, experimenting.” As for students seeking poetry as a lifestyle, CorlessSmith warned that being a poet is not for the faint of heart, and is not a means to an end, but rather a way of living and thinking. “The honest truth is that it is very likely that you could spend the whole of your life writing poetry and have no readership and no success and then justifiably be entirely forgotten,” said Corless-Smith. “You just have to accept that that’s maybe besides the point. If I am entirely forgotten—so what— Ill be dead anyway—I’m not courting prosperity, I’m just trying to write poems; there is a difference.” While success may be secondary to the lifestyle of being a poet, Corless-Smith’s success has been notable, both within the university and beyond the walls of the classroom. In fact, Seymour pointed to the potential importance of his work in vpoetic history. “Boise State is extremely fortunate to have Martin here,” she said. “In my opinion, his poetry will be read and taught decades from now when he takes his place among the great poets that subtly resonate throughout his work.”

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July 18, 2012


EMA to host mixed-genre undergraduate reading Tabitha Bower

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You remember that, Johnson “You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s first-hand survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences as a first year freshman from out of state. On June 20, the calendar caught my eye. It was the first day of summer. Classes had ended almost six weeks earlier and I had replaced my class time with a busy, unenjoyable routine. Summer had once been the time of year when I would read my Harry Potter books in the branches of our Cherry tree. It was the time of year I stole change out of my Dad’s green jar to give to the ice cream man. But here I was, over a month into summer and I had yet to crack the spine of a book. I knew it was time for change. So, I introduce to you my summer bucket list and challenge you to make one all your own. 1. Finish my book list. I spent more time than I want to admit on the NY Times Best Sellers List and the B&N top 100 creating my list. My list includes anything from Paris Without End to the original Sherlock Holmes series. For you, it could be a list of projects you want to get done, movies you want to watch, recipes you found on Pinterest or a list of hikes around town you want to try.

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Dusty Aunan at a November mixed-genre reading at Rediscovered Books.

The English Majors’ Association will start the school year off right with its first undergraduate mixed-genre reading. For those undergraduates interested in sharing work, submissions are being accepted in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. For everyone else, the talented Boise State writers will be showcasing their art of words at Solid Bar on Thursday, August 16. “I think people will be surprised by how talented our undergraduate writers are,” said Stephanie Couey, EMA president. The EMA is a studentfocused organization at Boise State aimed at involving students with the English Department and campus while readying them to become a part of the greater literary community. “The organization fosters opportunities for students to get involved on and off campus, to develop stronger relationships with other students and with faculty, and to get their writings, voices and positive attributes as students noticed,” Couey said. Events hosted by the EMA include readings, book sales, fundraisers, literature discussions and banquets. Student readings give undergraduates the rare opportunity to share their work in a reputable environment, gaining them campus and community recognition. Senior English major Karen McGinty had been a member of the EMA for nearly her entire college career, but it was not until last semester that she took the stage at a mixedgenre undergraduate reading. Her creative nonfiction piece entitled “Flag Day”, which critiques the sudden surge of faux-patriotism on the day following the September 11 at-

tacks, was well-received. “I was worried that ‘Flag Day’ might be considered to be inflammatory or offensive,” McGinty said. “Those concerns went away quickly as I felt the audience react. They were attentive and from time to time I saw someone nod in agreement, or mutter ‘no kidding’ under their breath.” Seven months after the reading, McGinty interviewed for a writing internship with Fusion Magazine. “The managing editor who interviewed me remembered my “Flag Day” essay and it’s part of why I was hired,” McGinty said. “Because I took a chance and put my work out there for others to hear, I landed a really choice internship. You never know who’s going to be in the audience.” Couey said she encourages the attendance of not just English majors, but students of all majors and community members alike to the readings. “It’s important for the community to see who is out there as far as undergraduate writers,” Couey said. “Boise State and the community are so intertwined. These readings give the chance for students, professors and professionals to mingle and share ideas.” Due to creative content and the EMA’s firm belief against censorship of writing, work may, and often does, contain adult content. The importance of these readings, Couey said, is that it gives undergraduate students a feeling that their voice really matters. “Reading my essay out loud was meant to be my way of trying something new and confronting something scary, but it ended up being more than that,” McGinty said. “It reminded me that there are people out there who are willing to praise and encourage me and that there are some things I’m good at.”

2. Find the waterfalls Every summer since eighth grade, I have spent a week at my friend Emily’s house. We have known each other since we were in diapers and her house, tucked in the hills of one of Napa Valley, California’s wineries, is one of my favorite places in the world. Even after all the time we have spent together burying time capsules under oak tree and playing tag in the vineyard, we have never found the waterfalls tucked somewhere behind her town. This summer we will find the waterfalls, because doing something I’ve never done is something I want to do every summer. 3. Baseball Games This summer, with my old faithful Padres’ snapback, I will be attending as many baseball games as possible. More important is spending time out and about. Whether that be going to First Thursday, the Public Market or hiking up Table Rock. Embracing the warm weather is something I won’t regret in January when my eyes are being attacked by snow flakes.

Get creative with “Campus Canvas” Tabitha Bower

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The school year is about to begin and keeping with the theme of something new, The Arbiter is introducing “Campus Canvas”, a space where artsy Boise State students can

showcase their creative sides. The Arbiter’s Editorial staff will judge submissions and weekly winners will have their art featured in print as well as online. Their art will be accompanied by an artist biography. Each week of the month will feature art of different

categories. Winning photographs will be displayed on the first Monday of the month, followed by illustrations on the second Monday, short stories on the third Monday and poems on the last. On the last Wednesday of the month, a special feature category will be chosen at

random. These submissions will be accepted in less exposed creative arts such as fashion, sculpture and performance. All contest entries must be submitted the Monday prior to print, with the first batch, creative poetry, will be due by Monday August 20th.

The second batch, which will be photography, is due by Monday, Aug. 27. At the end of the semester, all winners will be re-evaluated, and an overall winner will be featured in an artist profile. Please submit your creative art to

Campus Canvas Christina Marfice Features Editor

For week one of “Campus Canvas,” we thought it would be fun to send some of The Arbiter’s editorial staff out on campus, camera in hand, to showcase their fine photography skills. Twenty minutes in the hot sun later, and they returned with a handful of attempts at photographic creativity. Does The Arbiter’s staff actually possess any artistic ability? We’ll let the real photographers be the judge of that. Here are the two best shots as voted on by some of Boise State’s student media students. First place: Zach Chastaine, Opinion Editor (Right) Second Place: Haley Robinson, Editor-in-Chief (Below)

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4. Beat my Mom at Scrabble My mother is the queen of Scrabble. Just when you think you’ve got her beat, she comes back with “zygote” for 120 points and your hopes of finally stealing her crown disappear as quickly as the last of her letters. So, much to the contrary of number three, I want to be lazy. I will lay in my bed and watch numerous episodes of Desperate Housewives. I will let my niece tell me all about the fish she caught. And come Hell or high water, I will beat my mom at her favorite game. The Arbiter

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Summer can be a good time to get in those few credits students still need to graduate or get into a class with high competition during the semester.

Try summer classes Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

Summer is traditionally a time to float the river, see stock cars or relax before classes the following semester. It’s a good time of year where some can shed off their academic responsibilities and clear their minds. For a lot of students it’s a really welcome and usually much-needed break. It’s easy to forget that summer is just a good time as any to pack in some extra credits and get closer to that sweet degree. The further along you are with school the closer you are to the end of the tunnel. Summer class offerings at

Boise State are actually pretty good and cover many subjects with both online and in-person classes. Sadly, it seems the enthusiasm for summer classes is dwindling. Enrollment is very open and the odds of getting into a summer class are really good. Being that it is summer, it’s easy for any student to guess why these classes are not full. Why would you want to take another literature class when you can just float the river all summer? Why should that be the case every year? There should be some more interest from students in summer classes. If you’re just one semester away from graduation, a spare

semester may be just the thing you need to get that extra push. It’s valuable progress at the cost of time off. Maybe it’s a class you want to focus on heavily and don’t want to deal with the usual hustle and bustle of a thriving campus to distract you from your studies. An ambitious and recentlyenrolled high school student could knock out a couple of 101 classes before the fall and have the chance to enter the year taking some more fun, less generic classes. Wouldn’t it be nicer to start your first fall semester when everything is alive and exciting with some 200-level classes where you get to have a little more focus?

Summer could be the ideal time for a transfer student to take care of some required classes that may not have transferred. Maybe you just have a dull summer ahead of you and the idea of taking a few electives sounds like more fun than the alternative. Many students are not around campus during the summer, but luckily classes are offered online. For those who are around campus but maybe your friends are not, there is the in-person option in some cases. Whatever the reason, it seems like the traditional idea of summer vacation clouds out the potential opportunity that comes around this time of year, every year. However, there are some reasons for this. A first problem that seems to plague every area of aca-

demics these days is that the university probably doesn’t have enough money to run a full line of classes over the summer since money is as much a sought-after resource as it has ever been. Running a classroom takes paychecks, electricity and hopefully air conditioning during the summer. It would be hard and potentially dangerous to try and sit through a geology lecture in a 90-degree classroom. The mundane but probable financial challenge aside, it is also important to remember that teachers need time off too since they burn out like the rest of us. Nobody wants to take a history class from a sleep-deprived professor any more than a sleep-deprived professor wants to try and make the ancient works of Greek authors sound exciting.

It’s better when we have all had time to recharge. So take a few weeks off and recharge. It’s called summer vacation for a reason and we all know why we appreciate them. Except next time you’re planning your summer hours and making a list of all the concerts you want to see and trails you want to hike, take a look through the classes offered during the summer, you might find something that would really help you out with your degree progress, or a class you weren’t able to get into during the spring because it was full. Summer is short, so weigh what is important to you, be sure to have some fun and get rested. But don’t be so quick to wipe your slate of schoolwork entirely. It may just be an ideal time to knock out some credits.

Why textbooks need to stay affordable All students have to deal with the financial brutality that is buying books each and every semester. It’s no secret these critical classroom items are very expensive. The price of textbooks is only compounding a growing student financial situation as students also deal with rising tuition costs. It is typically expected textbooks are going to cost a lot of money, but why should this be acceptable semester after semester? Books are an extension of the classroom and their cost must be kept manageable. Some readers may wonder why students don’t just buck-up and get a job, however consider that in Idaho, where minimum wage is $7.25, the gross earnings of a full-time paycheck from forty hours of work before taxes is only $290. While keeping in mind not all students work at minimum wage, consider all the other things students need to buy with that small paycheck. For instance, food is a big item which most students are going to want to have money for. So, deal with it right?

No—That can be tricky if you’re fresh out of high school with no job experience and need to spend $200 on a textbook for your first biology class. It only gets tougher since most students take more than one class. Maybe you need a $60 Anthropology book and three $25 English books and a copy of a Shakespeare play for $15. That’s $350, so if you had the $290 minimum wage paycheck you ran out of money after just your second book. It adds up very quickly. They are more than a bound stack of paper with some print and diagrams in them. Books are tools, and they need to be kept affordable. One group on which this responsibility falls is the publishers. They are the ones who have to manage the production of their books to keep costs down and decide how it is available for distribution. Students will notice many required books are a certain edition. This means it is a reprint of a previous version by the publisher and usually the changes are so negligible that many professors will not be adamant about getting the latest edition. The changes are usually some sort of revision to a chapter or the addition and

maybe removal of some parts of the book. Obviously this is not always the case, but in subjects where information does not frequently change, how much difference can there really be between editions? Like a bad sequel to a movie, publishers will make their changes no matter how insignificant, and offer the book at a nice profitable retail price. This cost is then passed down to students. Publishing companies are businesses and the goal of any for-profit business is to make money. But when buyers are lowincome college students who are later going to be part of the work force they have a responsibility to bear that in mind from the moment they decide to publish a book until the day it hits the shelf. This is perhaps a deeper challenge with going to college since it reminds us that we can really get as much college as we are able to pay for. Is education a resource that should be available to everyone regardless of their financial situation? After all, how are you supposed to keep up with your assignments if you can’t afford any of the materials? Books have historically been a critical tool for teaching. Science and math classes use textbooks

to display algorithms and diagrams, and many other things that help convey the ideas being taught in the class. Books for liberal arts and social science classes are also very dependant on books. English and literature classes wouldn’t exist without books. This relationship with books and their historical place in the classroom has not changed with technology. Rather than a physical printed book a student may have the same information on their laptop. The book is still there, but the format is totally new. However, the changing face of books has not always brought their prices down and they are still a big financial factor for every student. For a society to have access to education they do need access to the tools that perpetuate education. Luckily students have gotten really crafty when it comes to saving money on their textbooks. This can be anything from just buying books used, through online vendors or in digital versions for devices such as the Ipad and Kindle. The Boise State Bookstore has made a big push toward renting books which is another economic alternative to buying your books. These are just some of the ways students

have started to try and bring their textbook costs down. But it shouldn’t be such a battle. Unfortunately it is a challenging thing to deal with, and every student has to deal with it. As a society we really need to gauge what education means to us and remember that tuition is not the only financial challenge faced by students.

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Beat the Boise heat Christina Marfice

Amid record-breaking temperatures, stay cool this summer

Features Editor

July in Boise signals the apex of the summer season, chock-full of more fun summer activities than one person could possibly attend. But with July this year came record-breaking heat and triple-digit temperatures for more than a week straight. With the hottest months still ahead, we can expect more of the extreme heat we’ve already seen. Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokesperson Niki Forbing-Oor warns that even temperatures in the high 90s can pose hazards to health. According to Forbing-Oor, at that point, electric fans aren’t much of a help, and it’s better to lower your body temperature with cool water. “If you’re without air conditioning, malls and libraries are good places to go during the peak temperature hours of the day,” said Forbing-Oor. “It’s important to just get out of the sun and the heat and give your body a break.” She also said that summer in Boise brings a high risk of heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses, which can manifest themselves as intense headaches, dizziness and rapid heartbeat. Actively seeking shaded areas when outdoors can help reduce the risk of these illnesses. Forbing-Oor said it is also important to drink water consistently, rather than only when thirsty. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recommends planning activities, especially those that take place outdoors, for the early morning or late evening hours.

For those who can’t resist actively enjoying summer despite the heat, The Arbiter has comprised some activities that maximize summer fun while minimizing heat exposure:

Go for a hike: While the Boise Table Rock trail may be out of the question when temperatures hit three digits, a short drive up Bogus Basin Road gives Boiseans access to a multitude of trails at higher elevations where temperatures aren’t as extreme. An hour drive north of Boise on Highway 55 leads to the Boise National Forest, complete with breathtaking views of the Payette River and dense foliage that provides plenty of shade.

Take advantage of the evening: Boise’s nightlife booms during the summer. After the sun goes down and temperatures drop to bearable levels, many downtown bars and clubs open patios to patrons seeking a taste of the cooler night air. Live music can be found on any night of the week. Some of the most popular music spots include Reef, Tom Grainey’s and Neurolux. For the under-21 crowd, The Knitting Factory’s shows typically welcome all ages.

Boise River Park: Just off 27th St., the newly opened Boise River Park offers aquatic activities for those who seek greater thrills than a simple river float can offer. The park boasts several man-made whitewater features for paddlers to use to practice their skills. Nearby Idaho River Sports rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboards for those without their own equipment.

Catch a film: Edwards Theater has locations both downtown and on Overland Road. For moviegoers not so into summer blockbusters, The Flicks, near Capitol Boulevard on Myrtle Street, provides harder-to-find indie films, as well as excellent air conditioning.

Float the river: A Boise summer staple, the Boise river offers miles of lazy floating opportunities. When the raft gets too hot, take a dip in the water, which is still ice cold from mountain snow runoff.

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July 18, 2012

Foreseeing the blue and orange future

What Boise State has been up to this summer John Garretson Sports Editor

College football continues to shift on a daily basis and Boise State has been everything but silent this summer. Whether it’s conference realignment, appeals against the NCAA, or where they lie in this new, supposedly “anti-BCS” playoff system, the Bronco atmosphere seems a bit different this time around. Before going into this season with questions and concerns on your Broncos, let’s clear up some of the main points of discussion: To kick things off, Boise State waited until the eleventh hour on June 30 to announce their decision of going through with the Big East, starting in 2013, meaning they will depart from the Mountain West after this season. There is still a big gray mark on where Boise State’s Olympics sports are headed to, but as of now it seems they’re doomed to the depleted Western Athletic Conference. Help is on the way when a decision comes from the Big West closer to the beginning of the academic year, hopefully ruling in favor of admitting the Broncos in the California-central (aside from Hawaii) conference.

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Junior redshirt quaterback Joe Southwick flies under center at the 2012 Blue and Orange game. Next on the plate of Bronco activity was Boise State being awarded their appeal on the NCAA for the penalty reducing football scholarships. Roughly a year ago, there were NCAA infractions committed on the Broncos’ end for illicit benefits for incoming recruits— meals paid for, couches to sleep on, etc.—and Boise State took it into their own

Perfecting the art How Boise State mastered the craft of recruiting John Engel

Assistant Sports Editor

In the 2011 production of “Moneyball”, Brad Pitt made the scouting of underappreciated players famous. For the past six years, Boise State football head coach Chris Petersen has made it an art form. Before the Broncos rose to fame with the winning of their first Fiesta Bowl in 2007, recruiting four and five star recruits was all but impossible. In order to build a team capable of winning prestigious bowl games, Petersen, along with his coaching staff, were forced to tap into some of the country’s lowest talent pools. By finding players that fit into the Boise State “system”, rather than exceptional individual athletes Petersen’s 73-6 record, and the rapid growth of Bronco Nation’s population, have solidified the

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success of the method. Though California and Texas have always been categorized as breeding grounds for great prep football players, the majority of the most prized prospects end up signing with large universities in the recently disbanded Bowl Championship Series. Granted, a large majority of the Boise State football team is composed with citizens from the aforementioned states — 33 players come from California high schools, while 15 Texans grace the roster — Petersen has developed many local products into professional athletes. Take defensive end, linebacker hybrid Shea McClellin from the class of 2012, for instance. Before being drafted 19th overall by the Chicago Bears organization, McClellin, 22, was raised in Marsing, Idaho and played in the sel-

hands by removing three scholarships in one year. However, the NCAA took it one step further by making it nine: as in three scholarships removed for three years Boise State will now await a decision from the Infractions Committee on the final number of scholarships taken away. It seemed impossible to not jump for joy when news arose of the “death of

the BCS” and the birth of a four team playoff was in order for 2014. A chance for the Broncos to get a fair and equal opportunity for national title glory, right? Well, there seems to be more red tape, and more scents of the BCS in the air, for Boise State to overcome. With the four teams entered for a playoff, coupled with the “former” BCS bowls—Orange,

Rose, Champions—still in play, it looked as if there were more outlets for a chance at a bowl. However, over the past few weeks conferences have renewed contracts with their respective bowls, such as the ACC and the Orange agreeing on a 12year deal, that seems to lock in at least one member each from the five power conferences.

dom recruited 2A Western Idaho Conference. McClellin’s statistics as a linebacker and running back for Marsing High School were far from laughable, but as an Idaho prospect he stood little chance of getting an opportunity away from the tater heartland. After joining the Broncos, success continued for McClellin, propelling him to become undoubtedly the greatest linebacker in Boise State football history. Along with McClellin, Meridian, Idaho native, and Mountain View High School graduate, Tyler Shoemaker also found his way onto an NFL roster in 2012. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and will play with first-round draft choice Doug Martin next season. Not only has Petersen become an ace at developing local Idaho talent, but he has also been able to produce two other first round draft choices in addition to McClellin. Offensive lineman Ryan Clady was drafted 12 overall follow-

ing his 2008 junior season with the Broncos, while safety Kyle Wilson was taken 29th overall by the New York Jets in the 2010 draft. Clady signed with the Broncos for a reported five-year deal worth $46.75 million ($23 million guaranteed). As the third cornerback in the Jets depth chart, Wilson earned a five year contract totalling $13 million. Who will be the next

project for Petersen after a drastic loss of seniors from the 2012 roster? The shortlist may include highly touted freshman quarterback Nick Patti or sophomore wide receiver Dallas Burroughs, who resembles a quicker Shoemaker as a slot receiver. Boise may not be the first destination for five-star recruits, but Petersen will continue to let his players reap the spoils.

In the old BCS system, a non-AQ spot was guaranteed if the team finished in the Top 12 of the BCS rankings. Now, with a human selection committee rather than a bunch of computers, it seems as if Bronco Nation might mourn the former BCS. Look on the bright side, at least Boise State has a year of what it tastes to be like an AQ school.

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Coach Chris Petersen looks on at the 2012 Boise State Signing Day.


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A glimpse of the Boise River and the Friendship Bridge from Julia Davis Park. The river is one of the more frequented summer destinations for Boise patrons.

Nikki Hanson

Online Sports Editor

Summer in Boise translates to long, hot days. So the question is asked, what is the best way to escape the heat? The answer to this question is simple: Boise is a hot spot for water destinations that will provide cool relief from the sun. 1. Floating the Boise River The river is now officially open to the public. After a long and patient wait, it is time to get those rafts and head to Barber Park. I would suggest a raft that will provide the best guar-

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antee of not having a leak. During my first time floating the river, our raft sunk and I can testify it was not a pleasant walk back to campus. As struggling college students, it is easy to want to purchase the raft that does not dig very deep into our pockets. However, be careful with your selection because a two to three hour float can have an effect on the raft. 2. Jump Creek Canyon Hiking is a great way to experience the outdoors during the summer, but a trail that ends in a 60-foot waterfall takes the cake. Jump Creek Canyon is lo-

cated Southwest of Marsing. There is no better way to end a hike then with a dip in the falls. 3. Lucky Peak, Sandy Shores Lucky Peak is the closest destination to campus that provides boat access. However, not all of us are fortunate enough to own a boat or have friends with a boat. Therefore, the next best spot to escape the heat is the Sandy Shores of Lucky Peak. There is even the added addition of a fountain, and let’s be honest, we all love to play in the fountain. The closest fountain that brings me back to

my childhood days is the fountain in Ann Morrison Park. Yes, there is a sign that warns against jumping into the fountain, but nothing says we can’t live life on the edge. 4. Arrow Rock Reservoir Arrow Lake is located 15 to 20 minutes past Lucky Peak Dam. This is not only an excellent camping spot located directly next to the water, but also the best destination to bring a boat. It is also a nice destination to avoid the crowds if you would like to hangout beachside because not many people will make the drive past Lucky Peak.


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