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In a statement released Friday afternoon, Boise State President Bob Kustra lamented the loss of “one of (Boise State’s) own,” Micron Chairman and CEO Steve Appleton. “(Appleton) played a critical role in transforming Boise State into a research university serving the tech economy of Idaho,” Kustra said. “I valued his friendship, his generous support and especially the advice and counsel he provided me personally as we navigated our way through the recent recession.” Since graduating from Boise State with a business management degree in 1982, Appleton has not forgotten his alma mater. Micron and Appleton himself have made numerous contributions to the university

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Micron and Appleton have shown a vested interest in promoting excellence at Boise State and have proven this even beyond monetary gifts. As one of the leading internship providers for Boise State students, Micron has employed 85 students for internship credit in the last five years, said Anne Evans, the assistant director at Boise State’s Career Center. “A lot of our students had or have wonderful careers through Micron and Steve Appleton,” Evans said. In addition to internships, Micron partners with Boise State’s Extended Studies program to offer classes at its facilities. “Extended Studies works with Micron to identify courses which have direct application to Micron’s workforce,” said Larry Bierle, coordinator for Micron at Boise State Extended Studies. The classes are offered at

times convenient for Micron employees to attend, and having classes on site at Micron saves students the time it would take to travel to campus. Micron also offers assistance paying tuition for its employees who study at Boise State, further promoting higher education for its workforce, and according to Micron’s Education Program Coordinator, Paula Smith, employees are taking advantage of the incentives to study. “This semester we have three BSU classes onsite,” Smith said. “In the three BSU classes, 19 of the 33 students are Micron employees.” Flying small planes had been a longtime hobby of Appleton’s and a desert crash in 2004 caused many to wonder how his potentially dangerous hobby might affect Micron. Appleton played as hard as he worked, a contributing factor in his death in the crash of

a small plane at Boise Airport. Following the 2004 accident, in which Appleton sustained minor injuries, the Idaho Statesman reported that Micron executives had a plan in place to ensure a smooth transition in leadership should it ever become necessary. According to a statement on Micron’s website, “(Mark) Durcan, in his role as president of the company will assume the responsibilities of CEO until a successor is appointed by the Board of Directors.” Durcan announced last week that he intended to resign from his role as president in August. When asked whether Micron already had a plan in place addressing succession of leadership within the firm, Micron representatives declined to comment, saying only that the company would release further information as soon as it became available.

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and from the Appleton Tennis Complex to the Micron Business and Economics Building, his legacy can be seen from one end of campus to the other. In May 2011, Micron donated $13 million for the development of a docotorate program in the engineering department, marking the largest single charitable gift in Boise State’s history. “We really appreciate the ongoing support Micron and Appleton have given to Boise State University,” said Amy Moll, interim dean and professor of the materials science engineering department. “I appreciate Steve Appleton and Micron’s contributions to the program,” said Kosette Leperi, an 18-year old freshman majoring in materials science and engineering. “He will live on through all those who have or will benefit from his generous donations.”

Four of Boise State’s own are packing their bags and taking off abroad. They are this year’s recipients of the Faculty International Development Award (FIDA). Sponsored by University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), the four staff members will receive a grant covering tuition, field trips and a stipend up to $1,500 to cover air travel. FIDA encourages university faculty and staff without language experience to apply to foster language studies. Upon returning to Boise State, the travel recipients will share their experiences with students through brown bag lecture series and conversation encouraging others to become involved with the study abroad program and the benefits it provides. Michael Porter, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities will be studying in Luneburg, Germany. He emphasized his craving to make new connections. He said he hopes to meet people who can help foster more travel in the music de-

partment and create opportunities for students. “The world is much larger … to actually physically see that, to physically smell what it’s like in this beautiful church … it helps humble students and gives them a greater appreciation to their place in humanity,” Porter said. Porter briefly discussed Boise State’s study abroad program, calling it fantastic. He encourages students who feel financially held back to discuss their options with the study abroad program. “They won’t regret it,” Porter said. Kathleen Tuck, assistant director, publications for the department of communication and marketing is going to be spending five weeks in Viterbo, Italy. She will set up a blog for the travelers to post updates and experiences from their travels. Tuck said students can check Update on BroncoWeb for blog information in the future. Tuck discussed her reasoning behind her selection of Italy by expressing a vibrant love for history. “(I wanted) to get a sense of

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Assistant Professor of art Dan Scott won a travel grant to Viterbo, Italy. time and monumental things happening … to be able to walk on streets that are over a thousand years old and to go to Rome and see the Coliseum and the Vatican,” she said. For Tuck, these are the places she must experience, which led to her decision to study in Italy. Dan Scott with the department of art will also be heading to Vertibo, Italy for the first session and has been using Rosetta Stone to try to pick up some Italian. He joked that “it’s terrifying” and explained that coming from Texas he has a “lazy

southern tongue” making Italian very difficult for him. He is reveling in the thought of filling the role of a student while abroad and dedicating his time to learning. He cautions students of the danger of putting things off for the future. “You never get the same opportunity again,” he said. “Regret is toxic.” Don Warner, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry will be studying in Bilbao, Spain. He has tried to place himself in the shoes of a student, not only when selecting Bilbao, but in his consider-

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Castro launches memoir HAVANA, CUBA — Former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro made a rare public appearance in promotion of his recently released memoir, “Guerilla of Time.” The book is divided into two volumes and is nearly 1,000 pages long. Through conversations with

journalist Katiuska Blanco, Castro details moments from his childhood through the Cuban Revolution and his rise to power. Blanco also wrote the only authorized biography on Castro and his family. She formatted this book as a series of questions

and answers. “I’ve been expressing all the ideas I had and the feelings that I went through. I am aware of the importance of telling all this to pass it so that it can be useful,” Castro said during a presentation ceremony on Friday, according to the AFP.

Freezing temperatures prove fatal EUROPE — The bitter cold killed 122 people in Europe as weather worsened. Many of the deaths were caused by hypothermia and frostbite, though some were from fires caused by poorly

rigged make-shift heaters and stoves. Flights were canceled across the continent and travelers stayed in airports overnight. Metro stations have been turned into shelters for the homeless with heated tents

set up for those who couldn’t fit in the stations in Ukraine, according to Reuters. Some unemployed found temporary work shoveling snow, which government agencies say could take a few days.

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BOISE, IDAHO — Marc Durcan accepted the position as CEO of Micron Technology Inc. on Saturday, despite his plans to retire later this year. Durcan, age 51, agreed to accept the position as a temporary measure to stabilize the company after Appleton’s death. Robert Switz will be the chairman of the board and Mark Adams, former head of sales, is the new company president according to Micron’s statement. The original plan had been for Durcan to hand over his role as chief operating

officer to Adams in August when he retired, but that is no longer in the cards. “I have provided the board my ongoing commitment to work with the management team and continue to move the company forward,” Durcan said, to the Washington Post. Adams has been part of Micron since 2006, coming to the company when it merged with Lexar Media Inc. Eight of the past 14 years have been unprofitable for the company and the pair hope to turn that around, despite Appleton’s absence.

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Occupy D.C. park cleared out WASHINGTON, D.C. —- Protesters in McPherson Park watched while police cleared out the tents and belongings taking over the park. Starting in the middle of the park by the statue of General McPherson, police packed up tents and removed items, bagging and tagging them. Protesters could reclaim their items at Haines Point. A few claimed their items had been trashed, but most agreed the officers

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were only throwing away items which were clearly garbage. Officers in Hazmat suits cleared out the southeastern portion of the park while park service workers set up barricades preventing protesters and the public from entering the uncleared areas. After the northern half of the park was cleared out completely, the barricades were taken down so the park could be open to the public again. Partway through the effort, it started to

drizzle and protesters passed out water and ponchos. Others waited under awnings across the street, their belongings safe under tarps. Three sections of the park were brought into compliance and are now open to the public. It is expected officers will continue to clear out the rest of the park. A map of the park and the sections remaining to be cleared is available at the Washington Post website.

Granny beats moose, defends her husband A N C H O R AGE, ALASKA — 85-year-old Dorothea Taylor doesn’t take nonsense from anyone. Much less the moose stomping on her husband in a snowdrift. The Taylors had gone out with their dogs when the moose came out and charged George Taylor, who dove into the snowdrift for protection. Dorothea Taylor,

5-feet tall and 97 pounds, heard the commotion and came running. She ran toward the animal and when it turned its attention to her, she grabbed a grain shovel and started swinging. The moose ran. She then took Mr. Taylor to the hospital. He had seven broken ribs and gashes to his head and legs.

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were not worth the compensation. “I had a bad experience with the people that worked at the center who wouldn’t listen to me when I told them I was going to get sick,” Miller said. Plasma, sperm and egg donation have become common ways for individuals to supplement their income. The benefits, procedures, financial compensation and risk factors—both medically and emotionally—differ greatly depending on type of tissue being donated. According to Dr. Vincent Serio, director of Medical Services at Boise State Health and Recreation, plasma donation has minimal risks and is a relatively safe way for students to earn money. “The most common side effect would be fatigue. You lose a pint of blood or plasma and you probably don’t want to go out and play football for Boise State,” Serio said. Linda Alexander, egg donor coordinator at Idaho Center for Reproductive Medicine, explained that unlike selling plasma, eggs are not sold but donated, and the egg donation process is entirely different. Donors are compensated for their time and effort, not their reproductive tissues. “People who sell their plasma generally need to make some quick cash or buy books for school. They can Photo

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With higher emotional and medical risk factors associated with egg and sperm donation, medical professionals agree money should not be the only motivating factor for donation. “There are definite economic rewards, but it needs to be a spiritual desire with financial rewards as secondary,” Alexander said. Many clinics implement mandatory screening to weed out those only looking to attain financial gain. According to the CDC, 10 percent of women in the U.S. have issues with fertility. Alexander seeks donors motivated by a genuine desire to help others. “A lot of the procedures are painful and have risks. I think it’s totally appropriate to compensate someone for that chunk of their lives that they are really giving to another person. There should be another factor in there that motivates you. The money should just be there as something for your inconvenience,” Serio said. According to Alexander, donation is a win-win situation for students. “I want to hear that the compensation for their time and effort is being used to better them,” she said. “I want to hear that they’re furthering their education.”

walk into a clinic and if they qualify can be hooked up to a machine. It’s a quick turn around time,” she said. The egg donation process includes medical and psychological evaluations, attorney meetings, ultrasounds, blood work, self-administered injections, fertility drugs and surgical egg retrieval. According to Alexander, it can take up to one year for a donor to be matched to prospective parents. Once a match is made, the medical donation process takes approximately one month. “It is not dropping something off, but is a commitment to a greater cause,” Alexander said. Risk factors involved with egg donation include bleeding, ovarian hyper-stimulation, bloating and mood changes. Additionally, the surgical egg-retrieval process comes with the risk of infection and risks associated with anesthesia. “Sperm donation is different,” Serio said. “There are not a whole lot of risks associated with that, but the big thing, the elephant in the room, is am I going to have someone genetically related to me walking around the earth ... is there going to be an emotional connection?” Similar emotional issues arise from egg donation. Aryonna Richard, junior English major, said even with substantial financial compensation she would not feel comfortable donating her eggs. “You don’t always know how you’ll feel about it when you’re older. It’s still your child and someone’s life, so you should think about it as more than just a quick fix,” Richard said.

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Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna addresses a rally Wednesday supporting legislation to lift the cap on the number charter schools allowed.

Students, parents gather for charter schools Arbiter Staff Wednesday afternoon in a light rain, hundreds of grade-school students and parents dressed mostly in yellow, gathered on the Ida-

ho Statehouse steps to show support for legislation to lift the state’s cap on charter schools. The current law limits the number of new charter schools to six per year. “One major difference about charter schools is that

each one has the flexibility to write their own charter. That gives them the flexibility to determine their school’s mission, philosophy and culture and style of learning,” KTVB reported. A Friedman Foundation

for Educational Choice survey conducted in the fall of 2011 reported almost 5 percent of the student population in Idaho are attending charter schools. However, 22 percent of Idaho voters would like to

send their child to a charter school, and 60 percent of parents said that if they could send their children to any school they wanted, they’d choose a different option, according to educationnews.org.

Several Idaho legislators were also in attendance. The rally organizers gave plaques to the legislators for their support of education. At the end of the gathering, the students sang the Idaho Anthem.

Boise State club holds new political forums Cheyenne Perry Journalist

The political club known as Democracy Matters at Boise State University (DMBSU) held its first forum on the dining hall stage in the Student Union Building Wednesday evening. DMBSU is a non-partisan, student-based organization that focuses on increasing student involvement with politics and “getting money out of politics.” “We’re trying to provide a comfortable format for people to discuss politics because we feel that this campus is widely apathetic when it comes to politics … maybe we can work together to actually commit to some change,” DMBSU President Gus Voss said during the forum. Amidst students surrounded by books, laptops and dinner, Voss introduced the four panelists seated on the stage— associate professor of the philosophy department, Stephen Crowley, Ph.D., senior Tyler

Rayne, junior Bryce DunhamZemberi and senior Rialin Flores. Each participant spoke his or her opinion regarding the current voting system and if (or how) it should be altered. One topic discussed was compulsory voting, the system currently used by such countries as Australia which requires its citizens to vote. Crowley, who has experienced this system firsthand, was in favor of implementing compulsory voting in America. He debated requiring people to vote would put more emphasis on the importance of voting. “In America, I can win an election by making my opponents’ supporters stay home,” Crowley said. He thinks adapting compulsory voting would “fundamentally shift the nature of the political process.” Flores expressed ideas of bridging the gap between politics and the normal life of an American citizen. She acknowledged the “disconnection between our daily strug-

gles, our daily successes and the power of politics in those daily struggles and successes.” Doubtful of compulsory voting at the beginning of the forum, Flores began to believe this kind of voting system might be an improvement to America. Panelist Rayne wanted to eliminate the voting system completely. He felt voting would never completely be a fair process. Rayne insisted Americans sacrifice their autonomy by participating in voting, and Dunham-Zemberi speculated on what would happen if Americans boycotted voting altogether. A small audience of approximately 12 people listened to the panelists and some even participated in asking questions. DMBSU plans to have at least three more forums this semester. These will occur Feb. 22, March 21 and April 18. Topics to be discussed at the future forums are education reform and money in politics.

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Any college student can agree the return to school is a chaotic time. “Once you get past Christmas break it feels like a whirlwind,” 22-year-old Melanie Bush said. “I feel like I don’t have enough time to do what I need to and that’s stressful.” Between the pressures of school and work and getting back into the daily grind, the stress can be enough to make any 20-something want to unwind and alcohol is the first thing many people reach for once anxiety hits. While it is common knowledge beer can be a college student’s best friend, lesser-known facts are the exact reasons why alcohol is so popular with college students. But a new study might just provide an answer to that question, which in turn could help solve holiday overeating, drug abuse and more. According to the European Journal of Public Health, college students are especially prone to drink in part because of the college lifestyle. Factors such as being around groups of heavy drinkers, being closer to establishments serving alcohol and the tendency to drink more alcohol than most can all add up to college kids drinking too much. And it’s a fact—the study found that approximately 82 percent of the college students who responded reported hazardous alcohol use in the past year, a staggering but eye-opening number. But the real problem is not the over-drinking itself, but the consequences that come from consuming too much alcohol. Frequent college binge-drinkers are seven to 10 times more likely than non-binge-drinkers to not use protection while having sex, to engage in unplanned sexual activity, to get in trouble with campus police, to damage property or to injure themselves or others, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. These problems can lead to serious injury or death because of overdose or accident. According to abovetheinfluence. com, more than 5,000 people under the age of 21 die in alcoholrelated deaths each year. With so many college students choosing to drink themselves into dangerous territory, it begs the question—why? According to the study, it could all be in how students think about the future. In a survey of 322 undergraduate students, it was found the students who were more concerned with future consequences reported less dangerous drinking habits than those who were less concerned. In other words, the students who spent their time thinking about future events such as getting arrested, graduating, or going on a big trip have more responsible drinking habits than students

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who spend more time thinking about the present. So what does future-time perspective have to do with binge drinking? It could mean certain people are just more likely to drink responsibly—students who were identified as future-time oriented were also more likely to consider long-term investments, future events and the consequences of their actions than those who were more present-time oriented. A student who stops to consider the long-term effects of their choices is more likely to stay home from a party and not drink too much the night before an exam than a student who doesn’t. That ability to think ahead to the future, the study reveals, could be the difference between a casual cocktail and a dangerous drinking bender. Unfortunately for today’s students, this economy is enough to make any future look bleak, which could be contributing to the problem. “It’s hard to have the motivation to do well in school when I have to try to juggle paying bills and getting by,” Bush said. “And then it’s not even guaranteed that I will find a job when I do graduate. It’s stressful but also depressing.”

Many students find themselves in situations similar to Bush, which could lead to back-to-school anxiety, depression, and ultimately dangerous levels of drinking. “A lot of kids I know cope with alcohol,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s because of the stress or because it’s so easy to find this time of year, but for some people it gets way out of hand.” While the study revealed the correlation between time perspective and drinking habits, it also revealed that the same thought process that goes into binge drinking also goes into all addictive habits: overeating, drug use, unsafe sex and even eating unhealthy foods. This means any treatment for binge drinking that could materialize from this study could also prove helpful in curbing other unhealthy and addictive habits. It may now be useful to explore not only the relative importance of time perspective compared with other determinants of health behaviors, but also whether and how time perspective should be integrated into existing models of health behavior in order to make them even more effective. That way, in the future, students might be able to survive the back-to-school rush without the aid of a cocktail (or two).

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Disco freaks and partygoers rejoice—London’s The Big Pink has pushed out another electro pop cherub with “Future This,” an album of sonically groovy proportions. Following the debut, “A Brief History of Love,” The Pink has embarked on another quest to light up dance floors with its ‘80s tinged synth licks and sexy harmonies, reminiscent of the Knife and Neon Indian. The band, comprised of singer-guitarist Robbie Furze and keyboard wizard Milo Cordell, fell short at delivering any staying power with this release. On first spin, it appears all ingredients for dance club greatness are present and accounted for, but lack of substance trumps entertainment value. What it lacks in lasting appeal, it makes up for

with Furze’s inflections and Cordell’s accompaniment. In other words, “Future” is perfect for pre-gaming and getting your groove back for a night on the town. “Stay Gold” is what you want to have playing as you walk through the door, making eyes with every fly honey in your path. The verses are enough to keep your head bobbing, but where this song really picks up is the chorus. As a rule, Furze and Co. don’t waste much time establishing a greater narrative. To put it simply, listeners might as well skip to the sing-along and follow the bouncing ball while waiting for another round. Lyricism is also another low point amidst the debauchery, as demonstrated by “Rubbernecking.” This song is essentially all chorus, but there are redeeming qualities. Furze gets introspective as he weaves a yarn about jealousy and failed romance.

Love seems to be an overarching theme throughout the majority of “Future” but it would be a stretch to consider it warm and fuzzy. Whatever party these cats are at doesn’t promise serendipity and youthful revolt, but instead centers itself around coke lines and heartbreak. The title track, soaked in down-tempo, eerily industrial motifs and DJ samples, captures the nature of onenighters, misadventure and longing as it transitions into “77,” the unabashed ballad. For whom this song was written is debatable but it tugs at heart strings as Furze recants drowning out his loneliness with excess. Although lyrically uneventful, “Future” drives the point home: there’s no pain like the pain that’s unable to be chased with alcoholism and drug abuse. Electronica junkies out there, this one’s for you.

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The cast of Hamlet rehearses at the Morrison Center.

Performing arts is more than just entertainment Amy Howarth Journalist

Turn off your smartphone, unplug your iPod, step away from the TV and head to the Morrison Center for a different entertainment experience: the performing arts. Boise State’s performing arts department is housed in the Morrison Center. A hub of creative endeavors, Idaho’s “premier performing arts center” sits at the west end of campus and hosts more than 100 performances each year. Marla Hansen, associate professor in the department of theatre arts, said the performing arts are different than the entertainment people typically consume. “When you go to something live, you are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment with other people and just that feeling of camaraderie and that everybody is listening and experiencing a common event is really part of what makes us human,” Hansen said. “I think that is almost spiritual.” “(Performing arts) are a form of expression—human expression—and the live performing arts, in particular, are a communal experience as opposed to watching TV,” Morrison

Center Executive Director James Patrick said. Robert Tobari, a sophomore theater major, said in addition to actors and performers, audiences take on a role in live performances. Rather than simple observers, the audience becomes part of the performance, lending enthusiasm and energy. The personality and dynamic of the audience can alter the performance, making it better or more difficult for the actors to convey messages. “It definitely changes how the performance is thought of,” Tobari said. And there’s more to the performing arts than just entertainment. “Art, no matter what form it takes—whether it’s performing arts or visual arts— they really reflect human society, our beliefs, they make a statement about what’s important to us a culture, as a civilization,” Patrick said. Patrick also said the arts are something people lean on when studying history and the progress of great civilizations. He went on to say the shared values of society are reflected in art “whether it’s visual art, plays, music, architecture. So I think that that says something very particular about the value of art in society why it’s im-

portant that as we continue to have a performing arts center like this (Morrison Center). In a few hundred years, our society will be studied in relation to the art we produce and consume. It is a reflection of our time and humanity.” People find value in the performing arts because they not only point to important values, but they also expose people to new ideas about the past and future. Hansen said they “give us moments to think about what’s going on right now or give us thoughts about where are we going ,what are we going to do next? I think that it enlightens people.” Patrick said people find more joy and pleasure from attending events than buying material things. “It’s something that brings happiness,” Patrick said. The Morrison Center offers students free admission to certain performances or discounted ticket prices on many shows. “We try to make sure that students can come to an event here … it’s there and available to people and hopefully they’re taking part in it,” Patrick said. For students who haven’t attended a live performance or experienced the performing arts, Tobari offers up some advice—enjoy it.

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Vote (for who I tell you to) or Die! Voting embodies our right to exercise our opinions in the political machine of this country. Whether or not you think this is effective or believe one vote makes a difference, enough ignorant people do what their reality TV show heroes tell them to do. This is probably not what politically educated citizens who put effort and thought into how they cast their ballot want to see, but these nonpolitical forces can have a large impact. It’s called jumping on a bandwagon, and that mentality manifested itself throughout the nation regarding the SOPA and PIPA bills. Though they attracted much media attention, protesters did not demonstrate adequate understanding of what the bills were trying to do. “Aren’t they are censoring the Internet?” people asked. Not necessarily. Was censorship a possible effect of SOPA and PIPA? Yes. People not wanting to leave that loop-

hole open for exploitation makes sense. But the two bills weren’t about that. They were about stopping online piracy, but they were just poorly written. Blogs are calling it an exercise of direct democracy—the people were angry, the representatives listened and the two bills were rejected. It really is great getting representatives to listen to their constituents because that’s the point of democracy. But that’s not really what happened. Sure, the people were angry, but were they angry because they actually knew what was going on, or because Wikipedia told them to be angry? This lemminglike behavior is pretty com-

mon in politics. The 2008 presidential campaign featured P. Diddy’s campaign of making voting “sexy” with the demand to “Vote or Die.” There were T-shirts, stickers, a song and a popular South Park parody. The goal was to get young people to vote. But if the only reason 18- to 24-year olds turned out to vote was because a song by P. Diddy told them to, do we really want them having any sort of power (no matter how small) over who is elected? Not really. Besides, those 18- to 24-year olds probably didn’t think for themselves and voted for who they thought would best run the country. They voted for whoever was deemed “cool” at the time. That celebrity obedience isn’t any different from bills with corporate sponsors who throw a lot of money at the

problem. Obedience to internet moguls who say SOPA and PIPA are going to shut down Wikipedia just because of who they are isn’t direct democracy. It’s this alternative corporate sponsor tossing votes instead of checks. Learn about the key issues, research the candidates or the proposed legislation. Don’t follow Snookie off the cliff. Or, if you are too lazy to do the work, at least plead ignorance. The Way We See It is based on the majority opinions of The Arbiter’s editorial board. Members of the board are Editor-in-Chief Rebecca De León; Managing Editor Haley Robinson; section editors Wyatt Martin, Lindsey Hileman, Suzanne Craig, Tasha Adams, Eva Hart, Tony Madonna; multimedia editors Cody Finney and Ryan Morgan; and Copy Editor Katie Johnson.

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College costs too much President Obama is right to put more pressure on colleges and universities as well as the states to make a college education more affordable. A nation that keeps telling its children they need more than a high school diploma to succeed in this increasingly high-tech world shouldn’t make it so hard for them to pay for college. Obama wants to boost the Perkins federal loan program from $1 billion to $8 billion and change the formula for how the money is distributed. Colleges that fail to reduce costs will lose federal aid, an aggressive incentive for the schools to find practi-

cal ways to reduce the cost of an education. The president’s plan also calls for a $1 billion grant competition that would reward states that keep college costs down. An additional $55 million would be earmarked to help colleges find ways to increase their productivity. The plan, which was well received by students at the University of Michigan, where Obama outlined the proposal in a speech last week, would reduce some student-loan interest rates, which have increased in recent years. It would also provide more work-study opportunities for students who need jobs to help them pay their college expenses. Obama’s approach will

go a long way toward helping students from low-income families who value a college education but lack the financial resources to make it a reality. The sticker price of a college education, and the likelihood of being in debt for years, discourages many students from going to college. It is a major reason others never finish. Under Obama’s plan, colleges will be required to create a “scorecard” that provides information about a school’s cost, its graduation rates, and the likely future earnings of its graduates. That type of practical information can help students make more informed decisions about which college to attend. Important details, includ-

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College should be affordable for everyone so we can have an educated country. ing exactly how Obama expects to pay for the plan when Congress is cutting spending, haven’t been revealed. Colleges and universities have also expressed misgivings about some parts of the plan while ac-

knowledging the value of others. Obama put them on notice that raising tuition can’t be the sole answer to meeting their budgets. But with 40 states cutting education funding last year, he knows the schools need more help.

It shouldn’t be so hard for the state legislatures or Congress to understand how much harm they are doing by failing to adequately fund education. They need to keep in mind the price tag for a poorly educated generation.

“Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us,” Cook wrote. “As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values.” What should be really offensive to Cook and Apple is not accusations but reality. All too often, Apple’s products are built on the backs of overseas workers who are mistreated, overworked and exposed to dangerous work environments. Yes, Apple is ahead of many companies in monitoring and correcting problems. But it is also the fastest growing of any tech company. The sheer volume of products it assembles and sells—especially in a country as sprawling and closeted as China—posits questions about whether Apple can track abuses in real time. On the other hand, Apple is known for achieving the

unimaginable and holding itself to higher standards. Any company that can create something as innovative as the iPad should be able to ensure its supply chain protects the environment and human dignity. There ought to be an app for that.

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Over the years, Apple has built a loyal following because of its ingenuity and willingness to buck norms. Its customer base tends to be highly educated, concerned about conditions in foreign countries and affluent enough to afford the latest, cool new Apple product--such as an iPad or iPhone. Yet many of Apple’s most devoted customers are angry at the moment, and rightfully so. Last week, the New York Times published a searing expose of worker conditions at Apple subcontractor plants in China, where iPads and other Apple devices are assembled. Many Americans are oblivious

about factory conditions in China, partly because that country makes it hard for workers to report abuses and for outside groups to monitor them. But the Times was able to document an appalling pattern of worker mistreatment by Apple subcontractors at several factories, including ones owned by Foxconn Technology, one of Apple’s biggest partners worldwide. The list of abuses includes workers exposed to poisonous chemicals; workers forced to work excessive overtime seven days a week; workers stuffed into overcrowded dorms and laboring at risk of deadly explosions. Within seven months last year, the Times reports,

four people were killed and 77 injured in two explosions, including one at a site where employees polish thousands of iPad cases each day. As the Times noted, others have documented grim working conditions at factories affiliated with Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sony and other tech firms. Apple put itself ahead of many companies by adopting a code of conduct in 2005 that has led the company to audit subcontractors, report problems and reveal plans for preventing violations. In its latest report, Apple reports: “We have a zero-tolerance policy for underage labor, and we believe our system is the toughest in the electron-

ics industry. In 2011, we broadened our age verification program and saw dramatic improvements in hiring practices by our suppliers.” All that is good, but if you comb through Apple’s reports from previous years, you’ll find numerous vague references to unnamed suppliers who committed violations. That kind of obfuscation makes it hard for outside groups to verify the company’s findings, particularly its claims of improved conditions at certain plants. Even more troubling is Apple CEO Tim Cook’s response to the New York Times story. In an email to employees, Cook didn’t dispute any factual findings in the report, but he sounded personally insulted that anyone would question Apple’s commitment to worker safety in its supply chain.

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Woes continue for Broncos as they drop their eighth straight game Saturday, 65-49 Tyler Hawkins Senior Journalist

The Boise State Broncos are searching. Not only for their first conference win, but also for confidence in their offense that’s sputtered as of late. The cliché often heard is defense wins championships, but in the game of basketball at some point you’ve got to put the ball in the hoop. “I thought we were ready tonight, we just kind of had an off night,” junior forward Drew Wiley said. “Everybody. Especially me.” Fans watched their struggling team shoot a dismal 21 percent on 6 of 28 shooting from behind the three-point line en route to their eighth straight loss—a new Bronco record—to the University of New Mexico Lobos (19-4, 5-2) 65-49. One of the problems BSU is having is offensive consistency. When the shots aren’t falling, like they weren’t Saturday afternoon, they tend to become stagnant and go on scoring droughts that have lasted long periods of time throughout the season. Players begin to question themselves, but in reality the only way to get out of a shooting slump is to keep shooting. “We got good looks tonight—it was just one of those days,” Wiley said. “We’re practicing hard,

we’re making shots, everything is fine. I don’t know, it was just one of those days.” Wiley, who was 1 of 10 from the field against the Lobos, understands what is expected out him as one of the marksmen on the team. “I had really high highs earlier (this year) and right now I’m kind of going through a little period but I’ll get through it. I’ve been in this situation before,” Wiley said. Head Coach Leon Rice summed it best in his postgame press conference, saying his team thrives on competing and that doesn’t just mean diving on the floor and playing together defensively. Rice said he needs his players to step and make plays in every aspect of the game and when they get a good look at a shot they need to step up and make the other team pay when opportunities arise. “Usually I don’t pin stuff on shooting, because sometimes that comes and goes,” Rice said. “But to compete with that team we can’t go 6 of 28 from three.” UNM is another one of those MW teams the Broncos could see in March, similar to San Diego State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They’re a team with veteran leadership—a head

coach in Steve Alford who’s been in some big games as a player and now as a coach. And like most of the teams in the MW, his team can flat out shoot the ball, evident by their leading scorer sophomore guard Kendall Marshall who had a game high 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting. After playing three potential NCAA tournament teams in two weeks, the Broncos will get a much needed week off from league play before they travel to Colorado to visit the Air Force Academy. “We need a new week right now,” Rice said.

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UNM FG: 24-54, 44.4% 3PT: 8-24, 33.3% FT: 9-14, 64% REB: 42 K. Williams 7-10, 18 PT, 4 AST BSU FG: 19-61, 31.1% 3PT: 6-28, 21.4% FT: 5-11, 45.5% REB: 35

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Tennis reigns supreme

Men’s and women’s tennis conclude weekend with dual wins

Men’s Tennis Nikki Hanson

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The Boise State men’s tennis defeated the No. 26 Washington Huskies, 4-3 at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club, Saturday. The Broncos’ first point would be a decisive one, as Boise State edged Washington to get the doubles

point with two wins. The first two matches were split between the two teams, leaving the duo of freshman Garrett Patton and junior Fillip Pogostkin to battle with Marton Bots and Matt Stith. The match was settled in tiebreakers as Patton and Pogostkin won 9-8 (8-6) and bringing the home

crowd to their feet with their impressive performance. However, the lead the Broncos had earned would be quickly forgotton as the Huskies No. 1 singles player Kyle McMorrow defeated redshirt junior James Meredith 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Nathan Sereke was the next in line for the Broncos, taking down Nicholas Kamisar 6-3, 7-6

in the No. 5 match. Sereke extended his winning streak to eight, as well as his undefeated 4-0 record in dual matches this year. The match was far from over, as Washington again took the lead away from Boise State, with Marton Bots’ victory against redshirt junior Scott Sears in three sets. The No. 4 match of the evening, which pitted Patton faced off against Viktor Farkas, was the closest of the night and arguably the most important. The freshman won both his sets in tiebreaker fashion to put the Broncos up 3-2. The Huskies would not take the lead from the Broncos again. Sophomore Andrew Bettles won his first set 6-4 before losing the second 3-6. However, in the final set, Bettles’ endurance

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Sophomore Scott Sears lines up for the kill against UNM. The Broncos took down the Lobos 5-2 March 19 at the BOAS Tennis Complex Center. paid off with a 6-2 victory, securing the win in the match-up. The team is back in ac-

tion against Montana State and Idaho State, Friday, and plays University of Idaho on Saturday.

the sister duo, junior Marlena Pietzuch and sophomore Manuela Pietzuch jumped to an early lead that concluded with a dominating 8-4 win. In singles action, the Broncos again showed their prowess as soon as the action commenced. Vo took control of her match with a 6-1, 6-1 win, the momentum jump start for the team. No. 2 Marlena Pietzuch was the next to compete, defeating Ashley Tanner 6-0, 6-4. Her record remains flawless with a 4-0 record in singles action his season and one win against a top 100 opponent. No. 1 Klamczynska sealed the win for Boise State with a 6-1, 6-2 win, while Manuela Pietzuch and Morgan Basil tacked on style points, giving the Broncos a 6-1

advantage. In the afternoon match against Seattle, Boise State again came ready to play, repeating their earlier doubles performance by winning all three matches. Klamczynska battled through her doubles match, but despite her vigor was forced to sit out the No. 1 singles match due to injury, evening the score at one apiece. The Broncos did not allow the injury to set them back, attaining three wins in the next three matches from Vo, Marlena, and Basil to reach the four-point safe house. The women’s team will be back in action next weekend next Friday, facing off against Eastern Washington, and finishing the weekend against Idaho Saturday.

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Kaitlyn Brown returns a serve from her Weber State opponent during her doubles match Sat. Brown and teammate, Sonia Klamczynska won their match.

The Boise State women’s tennis team showed their true merit and worth with a doubleheader weekend that ended in victory. The Broncos defeated Weber State, 6-1 before following with a 4-3 win over Seattle. The women showed their strength from the get-go, sweeping all three of the doubles matches. Sophomore Morgan Basil and sophomore Sandy Vo were the first to finish, defeating Michelle Warwick and Nittaya Phonharath 8-5. Senior Sonia Klamczynska and freshman Kaitlyn Brown sealed the one-point advantage with their 8-3 win of their own. In the No. 1 match with

Recruiting class of 2012 revealed on LOI Day John Engle Journalist

For fair weather Boise State football fans, it seems like the end is near. The golden arm of Kellen Moore will no longer grace “the blue,” bringing a half decade of dominance to an end. Fortunately, Head Coach Chris Petersen isn’t giving up just yet. The incoming set 18 athletes includes 11 Californians, six Texans, and one highly touted quarterback from Orlando, Fla. Wednesday—national Letter Of Intent Day—Petersen announced a recruiting class that will carry the Broncos through a very interesting transition.

Not only has Moore expended his final year of eligibility, but Boise State has gaping holes in the defensive line and linebacking core left by Billy Winn, Shea McClellin, Tyrone Crawford and Byron Hout. Petersen was able to accomplish needs on defense with the signings of highly recruited defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence will be a redshirt sophomore for the Broncos, and definitely has the size for the position (6-feet, 4-inches / 248 pounds). In the stead of two-time Heisman Trophy candidate Moore are four quarterbacks aiming for the 2012 starting position under center. Nick Patti, who graduated early

from high school and is currently enrolled in classes at Boise State, is now a favorite for the job, according to Petersen. Patti comes in a similar package as Moore, standing at only 5-feet, 11-inches and weighing nearly 200 pounds. However, he possesses one prized skill that Moore did not: mobility. Patti runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and rushed for 626 yards with seven touchdowns as a senior. “We feel really good about Nick Patti, and we feel really good about the other three guys. It’s going to be one heck of a competition,” Petersen said. “We’ve got some

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Redshirt freshman Will Lohman hurls the shotput 17 meters. He placed first at the Bronco Classic at Jacksons Indoor Track on Saturday. He earned one of nine Bronco victories.

The Boise State track and field team hosted its penultimate home meet, the Bronco Classic, Saturday. The meet was held at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. The one-day meet featured teams such as UCLA, Washington, Utah State, Nevada, and Fresno State. Boise State men’s track and field team is currently ranked No. 72 in the nation. The women came in ranked at No. 119. The Broncos were impressive earning nine event wins, with more than 30 career-best marks. Kurt Felix won two individual events and was the only Bronco to do so. Felix jumped 24’-6.5” his careerbest leap in long jump, and also cleared 6’-10.25” in the high jump. While Felix was dominating the art of hang-time his fellow teammates were not about to let him steal the show. Rolando Trammel earned a win in the 60-meter hurdles with his season best time 8.05 seconds. In the field, Will Lohman added a fourth-place

career-best effort in the weight throw, with a mark of 54”-10.25” and earned a win in the shotput. The women were led by Emma Bates, Anna Preciado and Mele Vaismia who all won three events for the Boise State’s women. Bates placed a careerbest 4:59.13, in the mile. Preciado won the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:20.72. Vaismia won her fifth straight title in the weight throw improving to the No.2 all-time best in the women’s throw at Boise State. The Broncos’ are hoping that their great performance on Saturday will build them some momentum. The Broncos will host their final regular season meet of 2012, the Boise State Team Invitational will be next Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the NCAA Division one Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 9 and 10 also went on sale during the Bronco Classic. Prices for all championship session passes are: $50 for Adult Reserved; $45 for Adult General Admission; $37 for Seniors/Students Reserved and $30 for Seniors/Students General Admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Idaho Center Ticket Box Office, at Treasure Valley TCBY’s, DESIGNER: SR Jack’s Drive-in (Caldwell) and JNJ Corner Store OnDIV: 9 SIZE:in65FC tario, Ore. They can also will be available DATE: 02-06-12online at ncaa.com/tickets or ictickets.com and by phone at 442-3232.

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