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The Independent Student Voice of Boise State Since 1933

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Boise State prepares for the 2010 election season!

Meet the candidates O Canada!

Canada Week returns to Boise State



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Want to take a trip to Toronto, but don’t have the time or money? That spring break vacation to Vancouver didn’t quite work out? You’re in luck, because Boise State is bringing Canada to you. The Canadian Studies Program’s ninth annual Canada Week begins today and runs until Thursday. In addition to the annual pancake breakfast and Canadian trivia contest, this year’s events will feature lectures about executive leadership in the United States and Canada (April 6), Canadian energy (April 7) and a recap of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics (April 8). All events are free and will be open to the public. For more information, visit canadian/events.shtml. According to a press release, Idaho and Canada share a political, economic, cultural and social history and Canada Week is an opportunity for community members to learn more about our neighbors to the north and our relationship with the world’s second-largest country by geographic area. Canada is the United States’ biggest trading partner, and the U.S. imports more energy from Canada than from anywhere else. A truck goes across the Canadian border every two seconds. Idaho is one of 13 U.S. states that border Canada. Its 45-mile border is the second smallest of all states bordering the northern nation, ahead of Pennsylvania’s 42 miles. Alaska has the largest border, stretching a total of 1,538 miles.


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Monday, April 5 r Pancake Breakfast On the Quad. 8:15 a.m.- 9:45 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, bacon and real Canadian maple syrup. Yum! r Canadian Trivia Contest Student Union dining area. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Win prizes from the Canadian consulate and local restaurant gift certificates. All participants will get a Canadian chocolate bar.

Tuesday, April 6 r “Regionalism and Canadian Unity: The Case of Quebec” Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. Noon-1:30 p.m. André Senécal, a professor emeritus from the University of Vermont’s Canadian Studies Program, will show listeners how the climate, geography, language and ideology of Quebec preserves unique regional interests.


Boise State’s ninth annual Canada Week begins today. The country played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, held in Vancouver, British Columbia.

r “Tales of executive leadership in the United States and Canada” Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Ian Brodie, chief of staff to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2006-2008, will discuss Parliament and organizing a government so it can pursue its agenda and still be able to react to events quickly.

r “Afghanistan on the Brink: Canada’s Stabilizing Role” Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Boise State political science professor, Ross Burkhart, will outline Canada’s leadership role in Afghanistan, specifically in the Kandahar province, from both a stabilization viewpoint and a reconstruction perspective. r “The Importance of Canadian Energy to the United States” Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Matthew Machielse, a branch head in the Oil Sands Division of Alberta Energy, will address the role Canadian energy plays in the United States and the surrounding controversies.

Thursday, April 8 r “Can Lit isn’t Canned Literature: Why Canada Should Be on Your Bookshelf” Student Union Lookout Room. 10:45 a.m.-noon. Canadian studies professor, Norman Weinstein, will explore the emotional dynamism and intellectual power of contemporary Canadian letters. r “Wasn't That a Party, Eh?” Student Union Lookout Room. 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Ray LeBlond, director of corporate communications for Tourism British Columbia and member of the 2010 Speaker's Bureau, will offer insight and insider information on the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Former BSU employee held on child porn charges BENJAMIN MACK News Editor

A former Boise State employee is currently being held in the Ada County Jail on possession of child porn charges, according to local news outlets. The Idaho Statesman reports that David Reed Hall is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child after Boise police said detectives found child pornography on a work computer last year. The 46-year-old Hall ran Boise

State’s McNair Scholars program at the time detectives found the images on a BSU-issued computer last year, according to Boise police reports. Boise police started investigating Hall in June after receiving a tip from an undisclosed citizen. Detectives turned the information over to Ada County prosecutors, who issued an arrest warrant for Hall. Police arrested Hall March 22 at his home in northwest Boise. According to the Statesman’s story, Boise State officials said they cooperated fully with

the investigation. Hall was placed on administrative leave by the university in June and resigned in August, according to university records. The Statesman’s story states that Boise police said there is no evidence any of the images found on Hall’s computer were generated locally. Hall made his initial court appearance March 23. The charge of sexual exploitation of a child is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. According to the Idaho judicial Repository, Hall’s next court appear-

ance will take place April 12, where he will be formally arraigned. Hall first started at BSU in 1996 as an adjunct professor, teaching sociology. Hall became a full-time employee in 2001 and began working for the McNair Scholars program in 2004, where he worked until his resignation.

Former BSU employee David Hall, who first joined the university in 1996, is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of sexual exploitation of a child.


Boise State may receive more purchasing power REBECCA DELEON Journalist



Former cornerback Kyle Wilson runs through a drill during NFL Pro Day March 26 inside the Caven-Williams Sports Complex as representatives from several National Football League teams look on. According to Sports Illustrated, the New Jersey-born Wilson is expected to be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft, held April 22-24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

One of President Bob Kustra’s reasons for frustration may disappear if Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter signs a bill changing the procedure for making university purchases. Kustra voiced concern Feb. 18 to the Idaho State Board of Education (SBOE) about the long process Boise State endures in order to access its own money. The current process delays the purchase of necessary equipment, sometimes as long as eight months. This delay can heavily impact students and faculty. For example, when a school lab waits to receive approval for new microscopes, the delay may also reduce its chance of receiving needed research grants. Representative Scott Bedke, R-Oakley recently introduced a bill allowing Boise State University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College and Eastern Idaho Technical College to write their

own purchasing process. If the SBOE approves the new guidelines, it will remain unchanged for the next three years. Currently, purchases less than $75,000 are handled by the BSU Purchasing Department. Anything more must go through state purchasing with mandated timetables and the required approval of the SBOE. Chief communications and legislative officer, Mark Browning, said the new bill raises the amount from $75,000 to $250,000 that schools can spend without approaching the board. The executive director will approve purchases ranging from $250,000 to $499,000, and requests more than $500,000 will have full board approval or they will be denied. The University of Idaho is not included in this bill because the school was established before the state was founded. For this reason they are exempt from many laws, according to Dustin Hurst, reporter for

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BSU students use spring break to innovate TONY ROGERS Journalist

For many, the thought of spending spring break sequestered in a classroom for 12 hours a day is enough to have nightmares. However, 25 undergrads did just that last week at Innovate@Boisestate, a competition to involve students in forming a solution to a problem faced by the community. According to Boise State president Bob Kustra, the goal of Innovate@Boisestate is to make BSU a metropolitan research university of distinction. Since the first few months of Mayor Dave Beiter’s tenure in office, he has been working with Kustra as well as other staff at Boise State to try and find ways that BSU can interact the community. “Necessity is the mother of invention,” Beiter told participants. “We have to get creative in how we do things, as well as who we can involve.” This year's problem explored ways Boise and BSU could work together to help make the state capital “the most livable city in

America." The five teams of five students, chosen from more than 70 applicants, each presented ideas to a panel of judges from the community. The presentations were then judged on feasibility and innovation, among other criterion. “Anybody can come up with an idea, but that idea needs to be executable; it needs to be feasible,” Kustra said last Monday. Five underdeveloped properties were selected to be used as templates. These “infill” properties, as they are called, were located at different locations around the downtown core, from across the street from BoDo, all the way to the east end at Broadway and Myrtle. Each team would be given the chance to scout out the properties to help in the decision. Each group was also expected to formulate their ideas to fit along with the focus points of the City of Boise’s strategic plan, such as ensuring a safe, healthy, livable community, and fostering an environment where learning, the arts, culture and recreation thrive. Another requirement was each innova-


With five teams of students competing, the winning plan was titled "Zenabuki Village," a facility that would hybrid living and retail space with footbridges to cross Myrtle St. tive idea had to be grounded in supporting evidence. As required, the teams spoke with several professionals to get idea of their project's feasibility.

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Purchasing [page 1] Hurst also said schools would not be exempt from all purchasing practices required by the state. The state, which has contracts in place for commonly used materials and supplies, would still require that the four schools participate in those contracts. “Only specialized equipment, such as sophisticated microscopes, not available through the state contracts, would be eligible for purchase by the schools.” BSU purchasing director, Terri Spinazza, offered some insight into the future if the bill becomes law. “The new process would be similar to the current one without the requirement to send solicitations over $75,000 or sole source purchases to state purchasing,” she said. “BSU would still be required to adhere to state statutes, federal regulations and the Idaho State Board of Education Policy.” Spinazza said the office of vice president for Finance and Administration and the Boise State Purchasing Department will develop the new policies and procedures. “We've been to the University of Idaho to discuss their procedures in detail and are also reviewing other peer institution policies to ensure we are implementing best practices,” she said. The purchasing bill passed the House and Senate unanimously last week and is in Otter's office awaiting final approval and signature.

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Playing with Pikachu

Pokémon State Tournament draws all ages


2010 State Tournament Results: Masters: first place - Igor DjuKic, Seniors: first place Brandon Jones and Juniors: first place - D. Oneidat. ZACH GANSCHOW Producer

"My deck is based off Magnezone Level X, who is able to free retreat any Pokémon in play while also being able to do 200 damage," described Les Cannady as he sipped his Big K root beer during a lunch break at the State Pokémon Tournament at the Nampa Civic Center on March 13. Cannady, a computer science major, was one of 79

players who competed. "I then use Palkia to force my opponent out and Regigigas to overkill. It's a bum-rush deck," detailed Cannady. For many, Pokémon brings back memories of binders packed full of cards, trading with their friends, or various video games and television shows. However, the Pokémon franchise, which is now 14-years-old, still draws fans of all ages and backgrounds. "Over the last four years,

the size of our tournaments have continued to grow," said Jim Bauman, the director of Pokémon of Idaho, which hosts local tournaments including the Idaho state tournament. "It's a family friendly game, and we have lots of parents with their kids that come to compete. If they win, there are scholarships be given to kids that they can use for school." Jami Herdon, a self proclaimed 'Poke-Mom,' enjoys

the game because it teaches her children strategy. "They really learn to read, think and then strategize," said Herdon as she quilted on a shimmering piece of black fabric in the hallway outside the game room. The tournament began at 9 a.m. and ran until 10 p.m. when the winners were finally crowned. Players are allowed 60 cards in their deck, which is checked and approved before play by a Pokémon Professor. Professor Simba, who commuted from Utah, was one of four professors on hand to help monitor the games. Dressed in white lab coats, these men were the authority of the room, who paced anxiously throughout rounds to assist and delegate as disputes arose. "Professors are responsible for knowing a lot of game rulings and how to handle certain situations. Whenever a problem arises during play, the professors have passed a test of knowledge that proves they can answer the questions," said Simba. In addition to the operations and basic procedures, professors learn how to manage and organize tournaments. The players are divid-

ed up according to age group with Juniors (10 and under), Seniors (11-14 years old) and Masters (15 and up). Freshman and Pokémon trainer Tina Townes owns roughly 1,000 Pokemon cards. "It all started because I felt bad for my brother playing, because a bunch of little kids went to the BSU league, so I decided to go and not make him be the only old person there," said Townes. "But, hey, it got me a boyfriend out of it!"

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Native American Awareness Week JENNIFER SPENCER Culture Editor

Celebrate Native Americans in Idaho and around the country with a week of events hosted by the Boise State Intertribal Native Council. Come experience song, dance, educational outreach, art and traditional cuisine both on and off campus.

Monday, April 5: “The Only Good Indian” A film illustrating the challenges faced by tribes during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Where: Special Events Center When: 5 to 7 p.m. Cost: Free and open to the public, donations accepted

Tuesday, April 6: BSU Native American Education Summit Where: BSU Student Union,

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $20 per person, $35 per pair, open to the public

Jordan AB When: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (lunch to follow) Cost: Free and open to the public

Friday, April 9:

Wednesday, April 7:

Frybread Forum “Community-to-Community: Moving Toward Respect” Discussion between Native Americans and non-Native American communities. Dinner is buffalo stew & frybread. Where: BSU Student Union, Hatch AB When: 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: $5 for dinner, presentation is free and open to the public

Thursday, April 8: More Than Beads & Feathers Native American Art Gala and Silent Auction View local Native American art in an evening of performance and fine dining. Where: Rose Room

Native Youth Outreach & Recruitment Native high school students and BSU will get together to connect, mentor and provide outreach services. Where: BSU Norco Building When: 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: Free and open to students and educators

Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11: 17th Annual Seven Arrows Powwow Crafts, song, dance, storytelling and various entertainment combine in an event celebrating culture and friendship. Free parking is available. Where: Boise State University, Taco Bell Arena When: Open to the public,

doors open at 10am Grand Entry at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday Grand Entry at 12 p.m. on Sunday Cost: $5 for adults, free for students with ID, senior citizens and children under 6 Bring a non-perishable food donation for Native American Coalition of Boise (NACOB) food bank for a discount on admission. For more information on these events, contact Intertribal Native Council president, Tai Simpson at (208) 514-7062 or bsuintertribalnativecouncil@

Kidney for Lacey donation update Donations are also accepted by mailing a check to:


On March 8, The Arbiter profiled mass communication major and award winning paralympian Lacey Heward, who is waiting for a kidney transplant. To donate to Lacey's transplant fund, visit

US Bank PO Box 397 Emmett ID 83617 Reference: Benjamin J. Thompson Acct #06

mailed to US Bank. Join the Kidney for Lacey Facebook group and follow Lacey on Twitter (lace360). Email kidneyforlacey@gmail. com for more information or questions.

Thompson, Lacey's husband, manages the fund. Please make sure to reference his full name and account number in all donations

Mark your calendars for the fundraiser at the Visual Arts Collective Friday, May 28.



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Meet the ASBSU presidential candidates KATY BUTLER Journalist

Jason Andersen and Natalie MacLachlan:

Q: Why did you choose to run for executive instead of senate? A: We feel that we are more qualified and have a lot of political experience. We can also better serve students at Boise State from the executive branch. Q: How do you feel about the ASBSU restructure? A: We agree that there needs to be a change. We have our own ideas on how to implement it if elected into office but first and foremost the reconstruction needs to be put on the ballot for students to vote. We also encourage new ideas about the restructure. Q: What will you offer to Boise State if you are elected? A: We want to work on the foreign exchange students paying one semester at a time instead of a full year at a time just like everyone else. We feel this will increase diversity and student enrollment. We well also work on being an advocate for the students on the parking situation on campus. Another thing we want to work on is helping BSU go green by being more energy sufficient such as turning off unneeded lights. We will also highlight and promote community and student activities. As well as advocate the Greek system for students to get involved. We feel this will help increase student enrollment. We will also help BSU grow, make more money for the university and save the students money. Q: How will ASBSU be different if you are elected? A: We have the experience to implement and continue what will help the students next year. We know how to utilize the system and get the work done for the students. Q: What is your favorite thing about Boise State? A: Andersen- I really enjoy the community and atmosphere the athletics have created within BSU and the Boise community. MacLachlan- I love the sense of pride among the university, not only within the students and faculty but also in the community.


Logan Kimball and Ben Dalton Q: Why did you choose to run for executive instead of senate? A: We felt that we could make a bigger impact on the university. Q: How do you feel about the ASBSU restructure? A: We thought it would be more efficient in getting stuff done for the students and would benefit the student body more. Q: What will you offer to Boise State if you are elected? A: We have both lived on campus for three years and are in touch with the students. We will be able to represent them well to administrators. We also want to promote a close community on campus. Q: How will ASBSU be different if you are elected? A: We are very passionate about Boise State and will carry that over into office to represents the school and benefit it. We will represent the entire student body not just a select, we want to listen to every student and make sure everyone has a voice Q: What is your favorite thing about Boise State? A: Kimball- Best thing about BSU is all the friend and connections that I’ve made with peole that I lived with and shared experiences with. Dalton- My favorite thing about Boise State was moving into Chafee Hall freshman year, getting involved and meeting so many new, great people. KATY BUTLER/THE ARBITER

Lindsey Matson Lizzy Naughton


Q: Why did you choose to run for executive instead of senate? A: We felt that being involved in the executive branch would give women a chance to be visible and that a woman as president and vice president can be very powerful. It will also give us the chance to help restructure ASBSU. Q: How do you feel about the ASBSU restructure? A: It’s clear that there needs to be a restructure. It could go one of two ways. It could promote more involvement and become more efficient or it could go bad if it didn’t work and people were still inefficient. But with the right people it could be good. Q: What will you offer to Boise State if you are elected? A: We will create a safer and more inclusive environment at Boise State, increase diversity and awareness to ASBSU and student body and make students feel represented. We also want to reach out to non-traditional students and families by having more family oriented events. Q: How will ASBSU be different if you are elected? A: We can be truly representative of the whole student population not just one group and we will continue to build a relationship with the students. We care about Boise State and the community. Q: What is your favorite thing about Boise State? A: Matson- My favorite thing about Boise State is working at the Women’s Center for the last three years as a program assistant. There I have seen how the intricate systems at Boise State work and I’m able to teach others about the Women’s Center, feminism and women’s issues. I also hear about people’s problems and successes which have made me strive to change things and be able to help them. Naughton - My favorite thing about Boise State was being an orientation leader this summer, meeting every new student and getting to know them and see them walk on to campus for the first time and see their eyes light up when they saw the football stadium or Liberal Arts building for the first time. It made me realize that higher education can be very powerful.

Stephen Heleker and Zach Snoderly Q: Why did you choose to run for executive instead of senate? A: ASBSU needs a leadership change at the top, it needs a new direction and that needs to start at the top. We’re hoping for the maximum amount of change as possible. Our roles on campus as leaders have also set us apart establishing ourselves on campus. Our scope makes us good executive leaders. Q: How do you feel about the ASBSU restructure? A: In general we do support it but we do have mixed feeling. A full-size ASBSU is worth it if its going to do its job but it hasn’t always done that and a linear more direct ASBSU is probably exactly what we need right now. We also think that the titles on the cabinet are confusing for students and the restructuring will make it easier for the executives and students to know their positions. Q: What will you offer to Boise State if you are elected? A: We offer a particularly wide range of leadership skills and are invested in campus in many ways, everything from new student housing, The Arbiter, and religion. Q: How will ASBSU be different if you are elected? A: We want ASBSU to be out here and active and use there talent to the most potential. We will set higher expectations for everyone at ASBSU and make ASBSU more approachable and recognized. Q: What is your favorite thing about Boise State? A: Heleker -The amount of opportunities at Boise State have just blown me away. I’ve taken some of the most fantastic classes here. I see so much growth happening here and want other students to see that and get excited for it. Snoderly - My best experience is working for new student programs as an orientation coordinator. With that I have been able to meet thousands of new students from freshman straight out of high school students to non-traditional students and exchange students. It’s been really exciting to see why they chose to come to Boise State and see what they love about it.


Caleb Benedict and Carson Kawano


(note: Kawano was unavailable for comment) Q: Why did you choose to run for executive instead of senate? A: We are the one party running for both executive and senate because we really want to be involved in ASBSU and this way we can definitely get involved. Q: How do you feel about the ASBSU restructure? A: I think it’s needed, right now it’s slowing people down and doesn’t seem practical for a smaller government like ASBSU and there are too many people and too many processes. With the new structure it will be more effective and things will get done much quicker. Q: What will you offer to Boise State if you are elected? A: We will bring responsibility and will work for the better of Boise State. We would love to see actual changes and projects happen that students can actually see so students can say ‘hey that’s what our student government is doing for us.’ Q: How will ASBSU be different if you are elected? A: If we take the executive ticket we will be in charge of eight or nine executive cabinets and instead of choosing friends for cabinet positions we will appoint those based on merit and review. Q: What is your favorite thing about Boise State? A: Coming from a small school, I love the number of people here and I also love going to the sports games.

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oting will be from 7 a.m. to Midnight Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8. The Arbiter contacted the candidates not contacted). Those who responded are featured below.

Meet the College Senator candidates BENJAMIN MACK News Editor

SENATOR: COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS I will fight any proposed professional fees for COBE students. Student Organizations are an excellent way to network, build relationships with individuals with common interests, and build professional resumes through events and activities which strengthen your career skills. In an increasingly complex world which is constantly awash with technological change and changing economic conditions, a university which constantly adapts will prepare the highest quality candidates for the workforce. Adding student voices boosts President Kustra's credibility and helps aid in fighting for funds for the university. Boise State has come a long way from the days when it was a small community college. I will work to increase student programs and activities to help make Boise State an even more desirable school attracting more of the nation’s top students. More Talent = Stronger Degree = Better Career Opportunities for You.

Daniel Fusselman

Also running: Trevor Shepard (no information available)


Justine Knudson

SENATOR: COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES Diversity- Integrate diverse perspectives. Encourage feedback and integrate a variety of opinions so as to accurately represent the diversity of needs within the College of Health Sciences. Innovation-Work with ASBSU members to find creative ways to increase involvement in and awareness of the opportunities presented by and for the College of Health Sciences in order to increase confidence, academic excellence and success. Accountability- Uphold Boise State University's statement of shared values. Be accountable to and make information readily available to students who wish to know what their senator is doing for them. Stay current on students' feelings and anticipate students needs. Obtain feedback and suggestions from fellow students in order to best act on behalf of the College. Civic Virtue- Work towards enhancing both school spirit and pride in our community by creating and promoting volunteer opportunities and supporting available activities that will integrate students and the community. Communication - Increase the quality of communication between the students of the College of Health Sciences and ASBSU in order to accurately and honestly represent the needs of the students.


Also running: James Skaggs (no information available)

SENATOR: COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS Bring effective leadership to the table. I desire to rectify and improve this situation with all of my capabilities, while simultaneously working as close as possible with the student body of BSU.Cross-department community and partnership Being personally involved in several on-campus activities and clubs, The Arbiter (Opinion journalist), Dead 8 film club and Pulse Radio, as well as knowing professors and students in various departments, theatre, communications, business, etc. I would purpose effective means to incorporate liaisons between multiple such departments and clubs in need of mutual assistance from each other. Improve the multicultural/national community on campus and within BSU I have recently become involved this semester with reaching across national and community boundaries by initiating Skype chat session with Tikrit University students in Salah ad Din, Iraq. I hope to arrange and involve other students with this and similar endeavors in order to foster a greater sense of international student pride and interaction. We can all significantly benefit from the knowledge and greater interaction of nations. Greater residential involvement within the residence halls I would propose greater marketing and student involvement within the councils themselves. You get what you give students! Without a past, we have no future It is a personal mission of mine is to promote the study of history, for without a past, we have no future. As students pursuing a higher education I believe this is a subject and issue of great pertinence.

Evan Bashir


Meet the senator-at-large candidates KATY BUTLER AND PATRICK TRUJILLO Journalists

Also running: Alyssa Brumbaugh, Travis Skodack and Carson Kawano. STEVE MERCADO






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ASBSU system needs a shakeup ASHLEY HARSHBARGER Journalist


he current ASBSU system is a bureaucratic mess. It consists of seven at-large senators and seven college senators. The judicial branch consists of five students. The executive branch includes the president and vice president, as well as seven other students. Poor communication is clearly a problem in the current system. The senators sit on so many different boards

and are spread so thin that they have difficulty getting anything done. On the other hand, the executive is so focused they almost have tunnel vision. Fortunately, a new structure is being proposed that will be more efficient and affordable. According to Johnni Wuest, the ASBSU Election Board chair, the new structure will consolidate the executive branch and the senators. The consolidation will combine power and action. Instead of having 14

senators who work with everything, there will be six vice presidents, each with a board of students. Each vice president will be held accountable for a certain area: Service Equities, Student Life, Clubs and Organizations, Academic Affairs, Legislative and Government Affairs or Facilities. If students have questions they can go right to the vice president responsible for the particular area and get answers. With fewer people to go through, students will face less confusion and frustration -- they will

have assistance every step of the way. The new structure has strict guidelines to ensure that students who are in these positions do their job. If the student doesn't do his or her job, they are impeached and a new student is given the opportunity to serve. "Hopefully it will hold people more accountable for the positions they are suppose to be holding," said Lindsey Matson, a social work major."If they still aren't being responsible, then it could make ASBSU look bad for giving them an

important title." With the slim margin for fees the new structure will benefit students. Fewer student salaries allows student fees to go back to the students through clubs and organizations. The new structure isn't perfect or the best solution for ASBSU, but it is a start. Students want change and the ASBSU is proposing change. The new structure will provide a foundation for a more effective, efficient and affordable constitutional system.

The Idaho State Board of Education meets Monday morning to discuss and possibly approve the proposed tuition increases from Idaho state universities. Students from BSU, U of I and ISU will be present to ensure that policy makers are made aware of the impact they have on students according to the Idaho Student Association. Read a full article from the ISA at

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Today’s birthday (4/5/10) Expect the coming year to allow for more imaginative activities. It’s possible to go down a side track where you apply faulty logic. More likely, you’ll allow for whimsical brainstorming and then sort through ideas to identify what works and what doesn’t. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 8 - Group interactions prove profitable when you state your feelings early and then sit back and listen. Body language speaks volumes. Pay attention. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 6 - You find yourself in the comfort zone today. Advertisements suggest clever ways to turn ideas into cash. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is a 6 - The stars align for people you haven’t seen for a long time. Share their joy, and bring a memento home with you. Leave them with your blessings. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 6 - A close friend or partner does exactly the right thing to make you comfortable. Accept help today and be thankful. Gather strength and recuperate. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 7 - A personal relationship benefits from an active imagination. This is no time to depend on practical measures. Instead, make an extravagant speech or gesture.

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Senior wide receiver Titus Young gets bombarded by the local media after Boise State’s scrimmage March 24.

Titus Young overcomes adversity TRENT LOOTENS

by paying more attention to detail. His route running and being consistent is where he feels he needs the most improvement if he is to succeed at the professional level. Even with the constant pressure to stay focused and become a better player, Young still finds time to have fun with teammates during practice. “I make sure everybody’s having fun all the time,� Young said with his trademark ear-to-ear smile. “I’m a really goofy type of person and don’t take a lot of things seriously. Sometime younger players take a lot of stuff serious and let a lot of stuff get to them that I used to. I try to lead my example.� Since Kyle Wilson’s departure from the team, Young managed to scoop up Wilson’s old No. 1 jersey and make it his new number. Young previously was No. 4, but said he’s changed numbers since pop warner, so he didn’t see any reason not to change now. Head coach Chris Petersen didn’t try to fight him on the switch. “If Titus keeps working like he’s been working he’s going to have pretty special year, and if he does that I think Kyle will be very pleased to see that number one on the other side of the ball doing some good things,� Petersen said. Young’s journey has taken him to the highest of high’s and the lowest of low’s, but through it all he has managed to come out on the other side more focused than he could’ve ever envisioned. “He’s learned a lot from past experiences, he’s excited about the opportunity to be here,� junior quarterback Kellen Moore said. “He’s really taking advantage of all the opportunities he’s been given. Off the field he’s taking care of business in all areas of his life.�


on limited preparation time, he is expected to be a late pick or free agent. Brockel weighed in at 251 pounds and stood 6-feet, 1-inch tall on pro day. Former Bronco and defensive end Mike T. Williams rejoined his former teammates in an attempt to find his place on an NFL roster. Williams was sidelined with a torn ACL during his senior season in 2008. After taking some time away from football and being re-inspired by a second BSU Fiesta Bowl victory, he decided to make another run at a career as a professional football player.

“It’s been a long, hard wait but it’s been well worth it,� Williams said. “I came out here and performed like I wanted to perform and I’m happy.� Williams worked out much of the time by himself. He was happy to see his former teammates Wilson and Brockel to set a new benchmark to measure his progression in his training. “It takes a lot of hard work and a lot of mental focus to come out here and work out by yourself and just come out here and do it,� Williams said. The first round of the 2010 NFL Draft begins April 22 at 5:30 p.m. MT.

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Former Boise State defensive end Mike T. Williams runs the 40-yard dash for NFL scouts at BSU’s pro day (March 26) at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex in Boise.

For the first time since his suspension, which cost him the last 10 games of his sophomore season, a humbled Titus Young finally spoke to the media after Boise State’s annual spring scrimmage March 24. Young led the Broncos with 79 receptions for 1,041 yards last season as a junior and played a huge role in BSU’s second Fiesta Bowl win after defeating the Texas Christian Horned Frogs 17-10. Young might not have ever played in the game had he not made the right decisions when he did following the suspension. The win was in large part due to Young’s versatile style of play when fellow wide receiver Austin Pettis was hobbled by an ankle injury. Young’s entire college career was defined that day in Glendale, Ariz., when he overcame so much after nearly losing it all two seasons prior. “Adversity really shows who you are as a person,� Young said. “I think during my time off, those 10 games that I missed, showed me the morals of life and being grateful for the situations you’re in because you can lose those situations pretty easily.� Now, more than three months since the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, Young is a senior veteran on the field this spring, but it’s how he’s changed his life off the field that has truly defined him as a person. “I’ve grown as a man more. My character has made me a better player, person and teammate,� Young said gratefully. This spring Young has worked on becoming a better all-around receiver


With his collegiate football existence in the rearview mirror, Boise State graduate and highly touted NFL prospect Kyle Wilson is living a lifelong dream that culminates April 22. Wilson and three other former Broncos -- Richie Brockel, Garcia Day and Mike T. Williams -- worked out in front of NFL scouts at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex Friday, March 26. Like Wilson, the driving force behind their desire to compete at the professional level is a love for the sport. “When draft day comes I would have put in 22 years of work and on that day I can’t do anything to change that,� Wilson said. “Going to just sit back and relax and just have good reception on my phone. Hopefully the phone rings sooner than later.� Wilson leaped 38-inches to mark a personal best vertical. Known for his speed, Willson ran a 4.42 on pro day. Wilson felt happy with his performance following limited workout due to injury following his 2009-10 senior season. Wilson is expected to be a middle to late first round pick come day one of the 2010 NFL Draft. Brockel entered pro day following a four-month hiatus from strenuous workouts due to a foot injury. Following surgery and a brief workout prior to his workout in front of the scouts, he feels ahead of schedule in his recovery. “I had no pain today (March 26),� Brockel said in reference to his foot. “It felt awesome and I was really happy about that. I thought I might have to battle through some pain and stuff but I didn’t and it felt awesome.� Brockel entered the 2009 college football season as a potential draft choice for teams looking for a solid fullback. Mel Kiper of ESPN had him slotted as the top fullback in college football. Following a what Brockel feels a solid performance



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Gordon Hayward: 'Why can't it be us?' MATT ANDERSON

IU Student News Bureau When it came to college, Gordon Hayward Sr. indoctrinated his son from day one. He bought him sweatshirts, took him to football and basketball games and decorated both his kids’ rooms with a certain school’s colors: black and gold. As in, the black and gold of Purdue University. Hayward, Sr., and wife Jody were proud graduates of Purdue, but when it came time for their children to pick colleges, that black and gold turned to blue and white. As in, the blue and white of Butler University. “I told both my kids, ‘I’ll pay for you to go in-state and you can go wherever you

want for four years, just don’t take more than four years,’� Hayward, Sr. joked. Both Gordon and twin sister Heather chose Butler, and both are student athletes. Heather plays tennis and Gordon opted for basketball. “It was obvious at Butler you were going to be a student athlete," Hayward, Sr., said. "It was such a great fit for him because it’s unselfish team basketball, the way it should be played. Coach (Brad) Stevens and his staff were outstanding; they were everything that he was looking for.� There was no doubt in anybody’s mind Hayward was a gifted athlete. Growing up he played basketball, soccer, baseball and tennis. Like many Indiana kids, he was

passionate about basketball and pretended to be Reggie Miller. Hayward played on the traveling team for basketball, the all-star team for baseball and was the No. 1 singles player in tennis at Brownsburg high school. But it wasn’t until his junior year that coaches viewed him as a potential Division I basketball player. When Hayward started high school, he was 6 feet tall. With both parents at 5-10, they assumed he would not grow taller. Hayward Sr. and his son focused on sharpening his skills as a guard, no matter what height he would reach. “I did tell him at the beginning, ‘You’re going to be a guard at some point, might as well be a guard now,’� Hayward Sr. said. “Second

of all, what was I going to teach him? All I could really teach him was guard skills because I’m 5-10; I’m not a post player.� Hayward’s high school coach, Joshua Kendrick, remembers the first time they met. Six years ago, when Kendrick first arrived in Brownsburg, he had a meeting and open practice for returning players. Hayward’s talent was apparent. “There was this scrawny little kid who was about 5-10 and he weighed about 110 pounds and didn’t look like much,� Kendrick said. “But you could tell he had some skills; he could pass the ball well, he could shoot the ball well, he handled it well and just had a poise about him.� Yet, what really was memo-

rable was Hayward’s email later that night. “Coach said anything that can help us out we can win sectional, and I was like, ‘We can win the state championship,’� Hayward said. “It was really a brash and bold statement for that young man to make,� Kendrick said. As for his teammates, they didn’t want the ball to go to anyone else. “On the court he was the guy everyone was comfortable watching have the ball. Whether it was his ball handling skills, shooting skills, free-throw ability or calmness, everyone always had a relaxed state of mind when he was in control,� said Blake Hall, a friend and teammate of Hayward’s since the fourth grade.

Stevens says his school’s first NBA prospect is a "tough, tough guy" and is a team player. When asked about the NBA Hayward said, "Right now it’s just focusing on Butler basketball. I’ll leave that for after the season." Whether the end of that season will include a national championship isn’t yet know. What is known is that Hayward will take the same approach into the weekend that he took at Brownsburg High School, that there’s no reason to dream if you‚’re not going to dream big. “I don’t think you should stop short of anything,� Hayward said. “Our whole goal was to win a national championship and someone’s got to be national champion, so why can’t it be us?�

to you: The tournament factor MATT BEDINGER Journalist

With Butler advancing to the Final Four in its hometown of Indianapolis, the Bulldogs have a chance to do something that hasn’t been done since 1990 by UNLV: winning a championship while being from a non-power conference. Butler’s presence in Indianapolis raises a big question, "Why can’t college football have the same situation?" Butler wasn’t handed a Final Four berth. The Bulldogs went through topseeded Syracuse and second-seeded Kansas State to get there, along with playing fellow upstarts UTEP and Murray State. They earned the right to be where they’re at. If college basketball used a sys-

tem like that of the BCS, we would have watched Kansas and Kentucky play for the national championship. Kansas and Kentucky are both great teams, but they didn’t perform under pressure and they didn’t earn the right to be in the Final Four. If college basketball had a system like the BCS, we could have seen Butler play Temple or Texas A & M in its postseason game. Or for that matter, they could have played Michigan State, their Final Four opponent, in what might be compared to the Gator or Outback Bowl for college football. The same thing could be said for power conference teams as well. Michigan State was a five-seed. They would have never been given the opportunity to play for a championship had their fate been decid-

ed on regular season rankings. There is no reason we couldn’t have a system like this for college football. The argument for keeping the bowl system in place is that it is unique compared to all other postseasons in sports. But with new bowl games being created each year, isn’t the tradition factor being overlooked anyways? Why not switch to an 8 or 16 team playoff? If you think eight or 16 teams is too much to decide a champion, look at what the college basketball world is thinking about doing. They are considering expanding the field to 96 teams. Just this past week, Greg Shaheen, the NCAA's vice president for basketball and business strategies, discussed possible NCAA tournament expansion.

ESPN college basketball analyst Pat Forde described expansion as "inevitable." Never mind various motives for wanting to expand, whether it be money or purely competition, but surely giving eight teams a shot at a title in college football would be better than handing a one game playoff to two teams. Is there any other system like the BCS? Run through the sports; college basketball (men's and women's), college baseball, softball, women's volleyball, NBA, NFL, soccer (both for club and country), MLB, NHL, and tennis are all sports that use tournament systems to name a few. It's time for the NCAA to change the college football landscape, not the college basketball landscape.

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