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The University creates cancer-killing nanoparticles Samantha Royce Journalist

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WEEKEND JOB

An ROTC cadet fires his M-16 rifle during the Basic Rifle Marksmanship exercise Sept. 9. The exercise occurred in the Orchard Training Area shooting range about 30 miles southeast of Boise. The cadet fires one of 30 ammunition rounds to strike a silhouette target from 25 meters. The photo was captured using a 35mm camera.

Go to arbiteronline.com to watch a video featuring the ROTC cadets in action.

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Health professor helps find solutions for rural healthcare Gabrielle Brandini Journalist

What started out as Uwe Reischl, a health sciences professor, giving directions to a lost visitor to Boise State a few years ago turned into partnership between Boise State and the University of Ica. The lost visitor, who asked Reischl for directions to the Boise State Bookstore, turned out to be a professor from Peru at U of Ica. The two started to chat and met up for coffee the next day. Later during his sabbatical in Brazil, Reischl visited to Peru three times. Reischl will be attending as a key speaker in the III Congreso Peruano De Educacion Medica, held in Lima, Peru. He will be demonstrating a plan to connect doctors and clinicians in rural areas of Peru to larger medical centers by using the internet. Boise State has teamed up with the University of Ica (located in southern Peru) to integrate telemedical systems into clinics around the country. Theoretically, if a clinician has a problem and needs the advice of a larger medical institution, they need a way to contact that institution easily.

Most rural areas of Peru don't have telephone lines and some don't have electricity running 24 hours a day. This makes communication between clinics difficult for doctors. Reischl is working with U of Ica to make communication easier. "Every one knows how to use the internet," Reischl said. "Most of the physicians, who are rather young and are out in the rural areas, are very computer-savvy, so why not use this tool?" There wasn't limited access to that tool in clinics, however. No phone lines means no internet. A lot of clinics have cell phones, but they're for emergency use only; it costs thousands of dollars to purchase and maintain a cellphone in isolated areas. In Brazil, Reischl found that the country had a sophisticated telemedicine program. It was satellitebased, and more than 2000 remote clinics could be linked to major medical centers. "They upload data, download it, they have real-time teleconferencing, they send medical data via satelite to the clinics for interpreta-

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Uwe Reischl, M.D. displays his plan for implementing an Internet-based communication system for physicians in rural areas of Peru. tion and so forth-- Peru doesn't have that," said Reischl. While visiting a rural town in Peru, Reischl and his colleagues from University of Ica saw that even though clinicians utilized desktop computers, many of them did not have telephones. No telephone, no internet. They discovered an unusual solution from a young delivery man that stopped by the clinic. Reischl asked him if he used a computer. "Of course, everybody has a computer," he answered. "That's great," Reischl said. "Do you use the internet?" The man looked at Reischl and his colleagues as if they were from Mars. When people need the internet in Brazil, they go to internet cafes.

The man told Reischl that internet cafes have a yellow strip over their front door. After driving around the town for a while, Reischl and his colleagues eventually found a yellow stripe marking the door of a decrepit and questionable house. After deciding to enter the run-down home, they were surprised to find that the place was outfitted with about 25 computers. "Lots of young people were there, playing video games and using the internet," Reischl said. Suddenly the answer their problems became very clear. Proprietors of different internet cafes would pool their money together to purchase a line, bring Internet to even the most backward of towns. Using the internet was cheap and simple. The plan then was to have

all the clinicians stop by the internet cafe before work every day. They access their email and download whatever data that a larger medical center has and stick it on a thumbdrive, so they have the information to use at the clinic. Before they go home, they hit the internet café again and send their reports and data to the medical center. He said the program was primitive, but it will be the foundation for a communication system. His presentation at the III Congreso Peruano De Educacion Medica then, serves two purposes: to explain the system, and to meet with government officials afterward and earn their support. "You have only one chance to make a good first impression," said Reischl. "So it's gotta be good."

The cure. It’s the holy grail of cancer research and so far no one has succeeded in creating it. But one Boise State professor is collaborating with several others to work on a new treatment. Dr. Denise Wingett, associate professor and chair of the department of Biological Sciences, said that the project is a joint effort. Dr. Alex Punnoose in the physics department made the nanoparticles and solicited biologists to collaborate with him. Wingett started working with him and another biologist, Dr. Kevin Feris. The project has now grown to include other biologists as well. Wingett and her colleagues are working in two labs on campus. The nanoparticles are made by collaborators in the physics department. Wingett has been interested in cancer research since she got her Ph.D., when she studied a cancer-causing gene called pim. She was recently granted $211,500 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for this anti-cancer nanoparticle research. One problem with chemotherapy today is that it kills healthy cells along with cancer cells. But several lab tests that Wingett and her colleagues have conducted suggest this isn’t a problem when the molecule zinc oxide (ZnO) is reduced to the nanoparticle level. Basically, when ZnO is downsized into very tiny pieces it kills many more cancer cells. “For a cancer drug to be useful, it’s got to kill cancer cells much greater than normal cells otherwise it’s not going to work,” Wingett said. She said the nanoparticles have a good therapeutic window in the limited experiments they've done so far. In the lab, these nanoparticles seem to be three times better than standard chemotherapeutic agents. The NIH grant will allow Wingett and her colleagues to take their research to the next level with live animal studies while continuing cell culture work in the lab.

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A tube containing a nano-particle that will be X-rayed Nov. 13.

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Seven tips to better grades Marina hunley Journalist

Use these note taking strategies to better comprehend the course material. Here’s how to keep you from drowning in a sea of papers:

1. Read ahead The chapter will contain the information given that day during lecture. Reading ahead allows you to create questions in advance.

2. Concentrate and listen

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Bodies float in the Yellow River, near Changpo Village in China's Gansu Province. Wei Jinpeng makes a living selling the bodies to families who come to claim them.

Chinese fisherman reel in corpses on the Yellow River McClatchy News NEAR CHANGPO VILLAGE, China - From his perch on an overhang above the Yellow River, Wei Jinpeng pointed to a fisherman's cove below and began counting his latest catch. He stopped after six, and guessed that perhaps a dozen human corpses were bobbing in the murky waters. The bodies were floating facedown and tethered by ropes to the shore, their mudcovered limbs and rumps protruding from the water. Wei is a fisher of dead people. He scans the river for cadavers, drags them to shore with a small boat and then charges grieving families to recover their relatives' corpses. Wei said he kept the faces submerged to preserve their features. Any dispute about identity makes it harder to collect his bounty. Wei doesn't worry about how they got here, but he's heard tales over the years from relatives who've come to claim the bodies, haunting portraits of average people crushed in the extraordinary stress of China's economic boom. While some of the 80 to 100 bodies Wei gathers each year are victims of accidents and floods, he thinks that the majority end up in the river after suicide or murder. There's no overt sign of a crime spree, though there's evidence of many people taking their own lives. Indeed, suicide is the leading cause of death for women in rural China, and 26 percent of all suicides in the world take place in the nation, according to the World Health Organization Most of the bodies apparently are swept downriver from Lanzhou, the provincial capital of Gansu in the country's northwest. The city boasts rows of new skyscrapers, built by a rush of poor laborers with few rights, and businessmen notorious for operating above the law. The work of "body fishers" has received increased attention in Chinese media lately, including the release of a documentary about a clan of them who work near Wei. One English-language state newspaper described the profession as "living on the dead"; it noted that the filmmaker saw the family retrieving bodies almost daily. Wei's fishing spot is about 18 miles from Lanzhou. A bend in the river and a hydroelectric dam slow the currents and give the bodies a place to float to the surface. The family members who come to claim them whisper about a father who, unable to make ends meet with low pay, killed himself by jumping off a bridge. Wei also has retrieved bodies with gagged mouths and bound hands, the hallmark of criminal gangs and corrupt police. Finally, there are the remains of young women whom no one recognizes, which Wei eventually cuts loose back into the river, he said. "Most of the bodies that are

not claimed by relatives are female migrant workers who had moved to Lanzhou," said Wei, who drives a red motorcycle and wears large circlerimmed sunglasses. "Most of them have been murdered. ... Their families don't know; they think they're still working in Lanzhou." The families who are left to search for the deceased often do so without much help from the police and, instead, have to haggle with men such as Wei over the price of the dead. A Lanzhou business journal wrote in 2006 about a local firm that got a call from a body fisher who'd found a corpse floating in the river with employee identification. When a company representative, identified only by the surname Wang, went to collect the body, he was told that it would cost 200 yuan (about $30) to view the

for this story. However, Lanzhou residents and news accounts confirmed much of what Wei and his colleagues said. For example, the wife of Lanzhou resident Zhang Daqiang went missing on May 22. On the suspicion that his wife had flung herself into the river because of problems at work, Zhang has posted fliers and made the rounds of local body fishers. In a telephone interview, he told McClatchy Newspapers that his wife was facing increased pressure at work after management withheld pay and canceled holidays. She's one of three workers who've disappeared since employees at the company staged a strike in March to protest the conditions, Zhang said. Lanzhou is a dusty outpost compared with the glitter of a Shanghai, but it anchors a province whose economic

Listening actively without distractions during a lecture is the most efficient way to learn.

3. Capture key ideas Capture key words/ themes and relate small details to the main point. Listen for clues.

4. Connect Ideas Paraphrase what you hear; if possible, bring a recording device to later capture all necessary concepts. Look up unknown words and relate key ideas to what you already know.

5. Use your notes for review

Underline or highlight titles, key concepts, and themes that stand out. To prevent forgetting information, review and recite your notes frequently. Reflect upon the information you have learned and summarize the facts.

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from Professors around campus 1. “Students should listen for words (and) phrases such as: crucial, important, key, critical, significant, essential ... These are signals that professors give to emphasize, as you might expect, the importance of what they are about to address,” said Andrew Finstuen, director of the Honors College. 2. “Certain phrases like, in summary; to conclude; the overall point here, operate in the same way as key words. I would also suggest paying attention to body language and tone of voice.” said Finstuen 3. “I always encourage my students to write down as much as what I say as possible. There is no substitute

for the context in which a point or argument is made. In other words, the more information a student has on a point or argument the better. It will help the student as they study to recreate why a particular point or argument was important to the subject matter,” said Finstuen. 4. “Use headers, colored markers, colored codes and other coding, highlighting, and other graphic tools to code and mark your notes. Make them on one side of punched paper so you can move them around. Photocopy bits of the text or handouts, like graphs, diagrams, key formulas, and paste in your notes to illustrate certain points,” said Karen S. Uehling, associate professor of English. 5. Use a topic heading in a textbook as a question to "pry" out an answer. Example: "Using Critical Thinking to Determine Main Ideas and Major Details," from "Your College Experience." said Uehling. She said to setup questions to find out more. For instance, how do you determine main ideas? Use critical thinking to determine major details.

Review right after class, between class, and before class. Summarize the main ideas and make notes about what remains unclear so you can later look the answers up in your reading.

6. Rewrite and reorganize your notes This allows you to create a neater, edited set of ideas for study, and helps consolidate information.

7. Highlight the most important ideas

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Wei Yingquan, with his two sons, makes a living fishing dead bodies out of the Yellow River in Shangping Village in China's Gansu Province. face and 6,000 yuan ($895) to take the dead man away. Wang and the body fisher argued, finally settling on 4,000 yuan ($597). The news article expressed outrage at the situation and quoted police as saying there'd be a crackdown, something that almost four years later has yet to happen. Body fishing is by all accounts a thriving business in Gansu province; practitioners advertise their names and phone numbers by painting them on the sides of buildings near the river. Chinese newspapers and news websites have run stories recently about body fishers working from the southwest mega-city of Chonqing to the eastern coastal province of Shandong. "They're not only making a business from this, but they're cheating people," said Zhu Wenhuan, a Lanzhou man who's visited Wei twice looking for his mother after she vanished June 3. Police in the area refused interview requests

output more than doubled from 2004 to 2009. There are BMW and Audi dealerships near towering office buildings in what once was a part of the old Silk Road. Dong Xiangrong, a Lanzhou university student, said that everyone knew the other side of that new wealth: Workers in the city of 2 million people, especially migrants, are at times treated like cattle. "Sometimes their bosses don't pay them, and when they go to argue, the bosses beat them and dump them in the river," Dong, 21, said with a matter-of-fact tone. Sitting at a nearby park, the Ma brothers paused to consider the issue. "Some employers don't pay the staff, so their employees commit suicide," said Ma Yinglong, a 55-year-old retired factory worker. Ma Yingbao, a 44-year-old who's out of work, added: "There could be many reasons for a body to be in the river. ... Some people are under too much pressure."

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The way we see it Dear Idaho Statesman, You've been our hometown newspaper for a long time. We respect what you've done for journalism, for Boise and our state. Now it's time to stop spamming us. Every morning, it's the same story. One e-mail, five blurbs of stories, very few that get read. As a staff, we love journalism. We didn't get woo'ed into working for The Arbiter by old iMac's or sharp-looking shared offices. We came here because we believe in journalism and story telling. Here's what we think:

Your e-mail is Spam Sure, the Idaho Statesman isn't peddling Viagra, but collectively we sure didn't ask for your e-mails. Put yourselves in our shoes for a moment: Imagine if every business in Idaho that thought they had students best interests in their hearts emailed every student, every day. Or what if every business

Idaho Statesman, step away from the send button

tability. You can't take your laptop in your pocket and you can't use the e-Edition on smartphones. Make it happen, 'Statesman. Finally, the e-Edition ignores everything that's great about online, like two-way communication, video and audio.

skipped sending press releases to us and instead sent them directly to every student? You're a business and we don't want to put students through the pain of getting an e-mail from every other media outlet, every day. We know you have the University's blessing, but you don't have ours. You'll get our blessing when you make a website just for us. Not our grandparents paper pushed as a pseudo-PDF that we have to sign up to read. Not tricking us with e-mailed paragraphs without links, even though we can read the exact same stories by - wait for it - going to your website (like everyone else).

One-size-fits-all journalism is all gone The big secret in the news industry today? The cost of entry. Zero. Sure, maybe not to run the presses and pay a staff of a hundred or more, but if you get to the essence of journalism, reporting and sharing news, it's pretty cheap. Ten bucks a year for a domain, five-a-month for hosting, a few (free) clicks for Wordpress. The rest is just love and labor. The Huffington Post - and heck, most college newspapers - have shown there is lots of free labor out there. They might not

It's the worst format of the Idaho Statesman, ever We signed up for the eEdition for this story and it wasn't pretty. The e-Edition is the worst part of print: It's big and clunky. It doesn't take the best parts of print, like por-

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We're on the same team, but you've got a bunch of work to do If you want to make sure Boise State students read your content, you're first going to need to start respecting our inboxes and stop spamming. Once you've regained our respect, you've got a lot more work to do. You need to not just write different headlines for us, but completely different stories and beats too. We hope The 'Statesman can make modern journalism work. But if you can't, someone else will. “The way we see it” is based on the majority opinions of The Arbiter editorial board. Members of the board are Bob Beers, editor in chief; Kirk Bell, managing editor; Josh Gamble, online editor; Haley Robinson, opinion editor; Andrew Ford, news editor; and Rebecca De Leon, culture editor.

HUNTERS HUFF AND PUFF The big bad wolf no longer listed as game Journalist

With hunting season around the corner, the sportsmen of Idaho have begun dusting off their rifles and orange vests. With this time of year comes the controversy regarding the wolves and livestock of Idaho. State-run Idaho Fish and Game has been involved in wolf management since 1996. Since then, they have approved only one hunt of Canis lupus, which extended from September 2009 to March 2010. Another controlled hunt of wolves should be implemented in order to regulate wolf numbers. Unfortunately, many ranchers in Idaho had problems with wolves killing their sheep and cattle in past years. Jon Rachael, state wildlife manager for Idaho Fish and Game, supported last year’s hunt. Idaho Fish and Game also monitors the population of elk in the state with controlled hunts. The state wishes to control the population to about 500 wolves. “It’s our plan and hope to manage wolves like our other game species,” Rachael said. This is reasonable. If elk are to be subject to populationcontrolled hunts, wolves should be managed in the same way. Now that the species has been placed back on the endangered species list, which means they cannot be hunted this year, Rachael rightfully lamented the loss of the ability to control the wolf population with a hunt. “We lost that tool to use hunters to regulate wolf

numbers,” he said. Rachael also speculated that with the increase in wolves, there will be an increase in the number of cattle and sheep killed. Elk, cattle and sheep are not the only animals lost to wolf attacks. Freshman Rebecka Seward, pre-veterinary major, agrees that wolves should be hunted. She recounted the disappearance of her friend's cattle dog several years ago. "Four days (after he went missing), he found the dog mutilated, surrounded by wolf prints," Seward said. "They couldn't do anything at the time because hunting was not allowed." Last year, tags were sold to hunters who killed about 188 wolves. At the end of 2009, of the 1,500 wolves across Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, there were still approximately 835 in Idaho, according to the

Idaho Fish and Game website. That is too many wolves wandering through Idaho's forests. Rachael and other biologists do not consider wolves biologically endangered right now. “On a technicality, they have been returned to the endangered species list,” Rachael said. However, biologists will continue to document the impact of wolves in the state. Ideally, hunting shouldn’t be necessary, but it is. Wolves, elk, livestock and humans alike should all be able to live harmoniously. As a matter of fact, they used to be able to. But this was before the North American continent became home to 340,317,950 people living in the United States and Canada. Now, this optimal situation is impossible. Hunters in Idaho also hunt

elk, so wolves will look to other sources of food to make up for this discrepancy, namely cattle and sheep. Yet ranchers should not be expected to sit back and lose livestock, because every sheep lost is a blow to the ranchers’ incomes. Idaho Fish and Game sells a limited number of tags to hunters who wish to hunt deer and elk, so the same should be done for wolves. The majority of these tags should be sold to those who have livestock to lose. Ranchers are those most affected by the wolves’ presence. Ultimately, humans will have to step in and play God. It is unrealistic to expect the wolf, elk, livestock and human populations to live together without any means of control. But now that the wolves are protected, the fight to control will have to wait until next year.

jana hoffman Columnist

Tweet that inspired this week's column:

InesSainzG Unos jeans y una camisa blanca de botones con unas botas no tienen nada de inapropiado! (Jeans and a white button-down blouse are not inappropriate!) TV Aztec sports reporter Ines Sainz was harassed twice last week. First, she was disrespected by a bunch of sweaty football players in a locker room. Next, Sainz was degraded on national television when asked to defend the clothes she wore that day. The whole situation is utterly despicable. Sainz is well known, not only for her reporting, but for her sex appeal. Both she and her employer couldn't downplay her good looks if they tried. She’s the type that would look tantalizing garbed in a potato sack and Converse sneakers. On Sept. 11, when Sainz entered the locker room of the New York Jets for interviews with the team, she wasn’t wearing a bikini. She wasn’t wearing a potato sack and All Stars. Sainz was wearing a button-up blouse and a pair of jeans. Sure, she looked better in the outfit than a lot of women would, but that doesn't warrant what went down in the locker room. She was treated like a piece of meat. While interviewing Mark Sanchez in the testosterone-saturated environment, she experienced “catcalls” and inappropriate comments from some of the players. Sainz says that she maintained composure and ignored the unwanted attention, but others in the room didn't take it so well. A colleague was so disturbed that she approached Sainz to express her utter disgust at the behavior of the players. That same colleague reported the incident later that day. In the days following, courtesy Ines Sainz via twitter@Inessainsg

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National media degrades sports reporter Ines Sainz Sainz had interviews with U.S. networks across the board. In an interview on Fox News, Sainz’s blouse and jeans came into question. When asked if her jeans “could (they) get any tighter” she answered, “Well it’s my size. It's not my fault." She is right. It isn't her fault. How utterly degrading to watch a woman on a national news network have to defend anything she’s wearing, let alone something so benign. It is baffling to watch how easily figures in the media digress into sexism when given the opportunity. It’s as if these people just wait for an opportunity to report that a successful, attractive woman is just “asking for it.” And yet, there is further digression. People are once again discussing whether or not female reporters should be allowed in the NFL locker rooms, as if men are uncontrollable lust-filled beasts and women prey just “asking for it” as they enter the locker room lair. These discussions are moronic. The post-game NFL locker room is a very unsexy place. Considering the dirty uniforms, sweat soaked towels and the smell of dank shoes and socks -- that’s an understatement. Sure, there’s some towel-shrouded nakedness along with fully exposed birthday suits, but nobody enters the locker room to make their Peeping Tom fantasies a reality -- not the teams, and especially not reporters. Male and female reporters alike enter the NFL post-game locker room to get the after-the-game scoop they couldn’t otherwise. During interviews, players and reporters are expected to treat one another as professionals regardless of the setting, or what either party may or may not be wearing. The Sainz incident just proves that sexism is alive and well, and that it will be long time coming before female reporters are treated with the same dignity and respect as their male counterparts.

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Sexism in sports journalism NFL has some explaining to do Brittney Johnson Online Sports Editor

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TCU students camp out by the set of ESPN’s College GameDay to ensure they get the best view the day before TCU hosted Utah last season from Fort Worth, Texas.

College GameDay coming to BSU Trent Lootens Sports Editor

Boise State’s flirtation with ESPN’s College GameDay finally materialized into a date as ESPN confirmed it will send its show to the BSU campus for the Boise State-Oregon State game Saturday. The anticipated arrival of GameDay is well overdue at BSU, and has been, until now, one of the last hurdles that the BSU-ESPN relationship needed to overcome. The No. 3 Broncos (2-0) galloped over the Wyoming Cowboys (1-2) on Saturday, winning 51-6. Defeating Wyoming and staying undefeated with a chance to play for the BCS National Championship was only one piece of the puzzle required to meet ESPN’s requirements. To finish the puzzle, No. 24 Oregon State (1-1) had to defeat Louisville and avoid falling out of the Associated Press Top 25. OSU held on at home for a narrow win over the Cardinals 3528. GameDay hinted to the idea of coming to BSU’s campus for the season opener featuring Oregon and the game against Idaho last year. Those two games weren’t

attractive enough for GameDay and the show chose to air elsewhere. BSU and OSU’s wins propelled their upcoming Top 25 matchup to the top of ESPN’s list of possible sites for its coveted show. After the Broncos’ victory in Laramie, Wyo., BSU was immediately informed by ESPN that College GameDay would make its first appearance in Boise, Idaho.

GameDay on the blue News broke following the Wyoming game indicating the GameDay set will be on or next to the field with the blue turf in the background. The blue field, which is home to Bronco football, is the most recognizable landmark on the BSU campus and may be the most famous turf in the nation. This would make sense because earlier this summer ESPN’s GameDay crew said the blue turf was on their Top 5 list of places the show needed to visit. BSU should feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to showcase its team, fans and stadium on such a national level. ESPN passed on the No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Arkansas game to come to the blue turf.

Gates into GameDay will open at 5:30 a.m. with the show starting at 7 a.m.

Boise State hosts Oregon State Boise State’s rivalry with Oregon State just got cranked up at notch with GameDay on the horizon. The all-time series between BSU and OSU is tied at 2-2, with BSU’s winning its two home games and the Beavers winning theirs in Corvallis, Ore. The

Broncos look to take the series lead this weekend. ABC will air the game at 6 p.m. on Saturday in a full national broadcast. It will be the first time in school history that the Broncos are featured in prime time on ABC. The exposure BSU will gain from having College GameDay on its campus will surely help to fuel the hype surrounding the Broncos and their pursuit to play for the BCS National Championship.

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Boise State’s defense smothered Wyoming's running game, holding the Cowboys to -21 rushing yards Saturday.

Sometimes journalists have to interview half naked, sometimes fully naked, men. Professionalism must be at its highest in these instances because it can be easy to grow extremely uncomfortable with the situation, regardless of the reporters gender. Last weekend, the New York Jets were thrown into a media firestorm when claims were made that players acted unprofessionally toward TV Azteca reporter Ines Saniz during an interview with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Saniz tweeted (in Spanish) “I die of embarrassment” with several other reports of crude language and catcalls directed at Saniz in the locker room. Saniz is a very popular spanish sports reporter and her looks often overshadow that. She has provocative pictures on both TV Azteca’s website and her own personal website, yet while doing her job, this doesn't give precedent for anyone to harass her. Her dress is questionable, but in no way is this a condoning factor for sexual harassment at her place of work, which sometimes happens to be a team locker room.

Clinton Portis' sexist remarks In the days following the Saniz scandal, Clinton Portis of the Washington Redskins opened his mouth about the incident. "I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman," Portis stated on 106.7 The Fan. Portis, in his unfair and unjust generalization of female sports journalist, just took this country's women’s rights back a step. In no way was Saniz compromising herself by doing her job and female sports journalists in the past have never made this post-game interview ritual an awkward situation. It’s disappointing that the men in the situation have to be so immature about being adults in a workplace environment.

Future for female reporters Locker rooms are obviously not a suitable place for interviews to be conducted regardless of the gender of the reporter. It's just too unstable of an atmosphere to expect women to be comfortable in those types of situatons when having to look at naked men. Also, if an athlete feels the urge to make sexist remarks about female reporters that in some senses are their colleges, they should swallow their tongue and join the 21st century where women are successful sports journalists. I hope that by the time I graduate and start my career as a sports journalist, such incidents like these will have changed the way the profession operates. I hope that someday I will have the chance to meet Linda Cohn, or Erin Andrews and thank them for paving the way for young women to have the opportunity to do something they are passionate about and not have to encounter sexists men who cannot handle the success of females.

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Broncos blown out by Cougars Washington State beats BSU 52-0 in men’s rugby John Garretson Journalist

On a sunny afternoon, the Boise State Broncos rugby club opened up its first home game of the season against the Washington State Cougars on the Intramural Field. The score was not as warmhearted as the weather as the Cougars blew out the Broncos 52-0. With the difference in division levels, it was clear which team belonged to the higher division. The Cougars, who play in the Pac-10, showed in both halves that they were more explosive, better conditioned and had better control

of their fundamental skills over the Broncos. The Division II Broncos could not stop the Cougars' continuous tries, extra points and field goals. From inexperience to missed opportunities to fatigue, the Broncos gave everything they could to stop the Cougar force. “Today was tough. We played Division I Washington State and they’ve been around since 1918 and they know their stuff,” explained BSU junior fullback and club vice president Brett Johnson. “We learned a lot but we have a lot of things to work on.” WSU showed a constant attacking scheme in the first

half through their tank-like flankers and quick, agile backs that ended the half at 32-0. Moving into more of a reserved, defensive scheme going into the second half, the Cougars were able to tack on 20 more points for a 52-0 victory. The two main flaws in the Broncos' game play were their conditioning and control of fundamental ball handling skills. “We need to work on some things, get conditioned a little more. Some of us need to learn more about the game, be more physical," freshman flanker James Elliot said. “One thing we learned today

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The Boise State club rugby team will look to put its loss to Washington State behind them before next week’s game at Idaho State. was we’re in decent shape but the shape Washington State was in was just incredible. We need work on fitness and our basic fundamentals like rucking, ball control, just the little things that can change the game.” Conditioning and fundamental control were not the only things WSU had over the Broncos. Experience was favored in the hands of the Cougars, who established their program in 1918,

while BSU created its club team only four years ago during 2006. When asked about the overall performance of the team, head coach Randy Ulsler replied, “We’re awfully young. I thought we played well at times but as we continue to practice, we’ll continue to build on fundamentals. And as you can see, if you’re fundamentally sound, you can score more.”

Even though the rugby team is on the club level, they continue to make the push to become a push to become an athletics recognized sport at BSU. “It’s going to take a lot of funding, a lot of fundraising, recruitment of athletes and just putting in a lot of hard work,” Johnson said. The rugby club moves on next week to face the Idaho State Bengals on Sept. 25 in Pocatello, Idaho.

Building BSU club lacrosse The club looks for the next step to become a major sport at Boise State Joey McCullough Sports producer

The Hatch Ballroom was almost filled with eager and attentive students for the first meeting of the year for Boise State Club Lacrosse. Lacrosse is a growing sport, not only in Idaho, but nationwide. Lacrosse at BSU isn’t a new club. Under the sanctions of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II, BSU moved from bottom-barrel to prominence. Having since moved to MCLA Division 1, the Broncos have struggled. Most recently, the team finished 1-12, but that season is since over and a new era of Boise State Club Lacrosse has begun. More than 40 students were in attendance at the meeting and more than 70 have shown interest in playing. When asked about the huge numbers on the team this year, the team's only senior, Jake Christensen, felt the team is moving in the right direction. “It’s awesome; I love it!" he said. "I’ve been in Boise my whole life and lacrosse has been something, but it hasn’t been big … people are wanting to play lacrosse in Idaho now." Even the club's coach can sense the changes ahead. “We’ve easily got 45 to 50 guys who can play,” head coach Paul Rocchio said. “To have those kind of numbers, to have the (Caven–Williams) indoor facility and go full

field to practice hard and to be able to do that with that kind of talent -- it’s going to be a fun year.” The team’s roster is going to be huge this season, but by no accident. “This summer, we definitely hit the recruiting path harder,” coach Brian Sanderson said. “We went into the local high schools and just really tried to establish a brand and really spread the word.” “I’d say I was watching 15 to 20 local games,” coach Jake Misner said. “We were coaching in a tournament down in

California this summer and were able to get away and talk to kids. “ The whole attitude of the team is changing with this coaching staff. The players are responsible for attending study halls, getting good grades, showing up to class and holding themselves to a high standard. “Don’t embarrass yourself, your team, your coach, your sport, your school,” Rocchio told his players. Rocchio preached to the students that this team will do things right. That starts by

strength and conditioning. The coaches expect the team to be prepared, to work hard and to do things right. “We’ve been trying to build a program that is a lot more competitive and that travels more,” club president Kevin Kaup said. “We’ve raised the bar as far as competition goes.” Also instilled into this team is camaraderie and the idea

that this team is a family. “We meet a lot on campus and are pretty much together in packs,” Kaup said. “Everyone hangs out and we have team dinners and they became my group of friends,” junior Josh Rude said. “It was really nice to come to a group of guys like that.” The team will work hard and often together so that, as

Rocchio puts it, “By the time we actually play somebody, your going to look, act and play like a team.” Club lacrosse’s first game is Feb. 18 versus Utah State. They will play in other scrimmages and tournaments in the fall to prepare for the regular season. Students can e-mail the team at boisestatelarosse@gmail.com if interested in playing.

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“My balls have never been so wet.” Australian golfer, John Rawlings, shouted this notification to fellow bar patrons about the status of his pingpong balls during his beer pong game. Beer pong is a mind-altering game where two opposing teams -- with two players per team -- battle to see who can make their balls in the other team’s cups first. The ping-pong balls are hurled, without paddles, into cups set up in sets of six or 10 in a pyramid shape on the opposite side of the table. Each place you play will have their own set of specific rules, usually called house rules. Tuesday nights Main Street Bistro in downtown Boise hosts beer pong tournaments with 16 tables to choose from and a relatively large audience to cheer you on. Registration for the tournament is free and available to anyone in the bar. Winners usually walk away with about $300, but occasionally can take up to $1,000. Students who are 21 years old have the option of playing beer pong in an establishment such as the Main Street Bistro or on a homemade beer pong table. The cleanliness associated with beer pong also varies, but in most instances, cups are shared with a multitude of people. That little ping-pong ball makes its rounds: It is inside every cup and spends its journey on the floor and in corners that may not be considered clean. The ping-pong balls are occasionally dunked into a water cup to be rinsed off. It is important to be safe. Sometimes, that means forfeiting winning cash for a secure place to stay. “It’s always better to drink at home because you don’t have to worry about how to get home or where you are going to sleep," junior Bobbi Grige, an elementary education major, said. "It’s just safer.” However, if someone is good enough to win beer tournaments in an establishment, the prize money will more than pay for a cab ride home.

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Beyond the turf Slacklining BSU alumni at the Quad Boise State lays foundation for Cedric Minter

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For some, Boise State is an opportunity to continue their education. For others, it’s all about football. But for BSU alumnus Cedric Minter, it’s a wonderful combination of both. “I grew up here," Minter said. "I wanted to go to Boise State since I was a little kid. They’ve always been my football team. I would basically watch them through the fence because we didn’t have money to get into the games. I always wanted to play there. I thought it was a dream come true.” Minter is now the assistant vice principal at North Junior High School. Having a strong football background throughout junior high and high school, Minter was offered a fullride scholarship to play football for Boise State in 1977. But playing for the football team was just a bonus; the opportunity to continue his education was a major factor in his decision to attend BSU. “I was going to be a business major at Boise State, but it just didn’t feel right,” he explained. “But one day a professor came up to me and said, ‘Cedric, have you ever considered becoming an educator?’ He had me observe a fourth grade classroom on campus.” This suggestion changed Minter’s life. After observing the classroom, Minter changed his major to education, a decision that -- 22

Cedric Minter years later -- he describes as the best decision he has ever made. Between football and academia, Minter’s time at BSU was worthwhile. Not only was Minter drafted by the Canadian Football League upon his college graduation in 1981, he was also awarded the Frank M. Gibson trophy as Best Rookie in the East. “You tie the experience of attending college and playing football together, and it was another dream come true,” Minter said. “I didn’t know I’d have the opportunity to do that.” After playing three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts, Minter was drafted by the NFL in 1984, and played two seasons with the New York Jets. “The speed of the game is a lot different," he said. "The expectations are different. You’re playing with men in the NFL, in college you’re playing with guys who are (young). But in the NFL, you’re not just playing against men. You’re playing against men with

experience.” Playing professional football is no walk in the park, according to Minter, it was essentially an “eight-to-five” job, with most of the time spent in the classroom. “You had to study your opponent -- their tendencies, weaknesses, who you were going to block … it was very technical," he explained. "It wasn’t a job, it was an education.” Minter finished his professional football career with two more seasons in the CFL, and began teaching a week after retiring. Just because his football career came to an end doesn’t mean the skills and techniques he gained during the years were for nothing. “The definition of a professional athlete is someone who does the same thing every time, the same way, no matter what the situation is,” Minter said. “Well, we get different situations every day. It’s how you handle them, how you deal with them.” Minter does his best to spread the lessons and wisdom that he’s gained during the years to the kids that he works with everyday, as well as his own children. “He has inspired me in many ways," his son Preston Minter said. "Not only when it comes to sports and athletics, but when it comes to school, too. He told me a while ago that it doesn’t matter if you get knocked down, it’s how you get back up and perform.”

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Rory O’Leary, a mechanical engineering student, spends many afternoons on the Quad walking on air. Or at least, that's how it seems from a distance. O’Leary is a recreational slackline enthusiast, and has been for the last three years. Developed during the early '70s in Yellowstone National Park by avid rock climbers, slacklining is a challenge -balancing along nylon webbing tied between two points. This sport differs from tight rope walking in that there is less tension on the nylon so it bounces and stretches as the walker progresses. “It’s a good work out for your core and legs,” O’Leary, who works for a Asana Climbing said. “It’s sort of a meditative process as well," O'Leary said. "If you’re thinking about too many things and not paying attention, you’ll fall.”

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Mechanical engineering student Rory O’Leary balances on a slackline on the Quad.

I’ll be honest: I probably should’ve been dead a long time ago. In my short life, I’ve survived emergency airplane landings, high-speed car accidents, broken bones, having my foot run over by a car and have received more stitches than I can count. Add another item to that list: Soccer hooligans. Sept. 14, I attended a soccer match featuring Växjö’s local team, Östers IF, with my host father and 2,377 of my best friends. Little did I know the rivalry with their opponent, Jönköpings Södra IF, is one of the fiercest rivalries in Sweden; this was not just a game or sporting event, it was an all out war. As night fell, hordes of amped-up Swedes poured into the stadium, Värendsvallen. Even the steady drizzle didn’t dampen their spirits. My host father, Lennart Nordmark, sported an Östers scarf, and while walking to our seats with a few of his friends, we received more than a few murderous glares and middle fingers. As the match started, the charged atmosphere became even more electric. Both sides cheered wildly, incessantly clapping and banging drums, making it sound more like a battle than a sporting event. The throbbing roar was deafening -emotions were so high I could almost feel the air sizzle. Less than 10 minutes into the match, the world exploded. A deft header off a corner kick led to an Östers goal, and suddenly I realized Swedes can be some of the most emotional people on Earth, despite the stereotype. Lennart leaped higher than I’d ever seen someone his age leap before, more confetti flew through the air than fireworks on the Fourth of July, and the cheering -- if it was even possible -officially passed the human ear’s threshold for pain. I found myself joining in the madness. I clapped, shouted and chanted along with the other Östers fans, groaned with every missed shot and screamed at the referees when a player went down. It really was infectious, seeping into the marrow of my bones, possessing every fiber of my body. By halftime, Östers fans were confident their team would finally snap a six-game losing streak. But hope became frustration when Södra scored early in the second half; now it was the opposing fans’ turn to get wild. The drama kept rising until the end, when at the last second, Södra's miss resulted in a 1-1 draw. With the match’s conclusion, Lennart and I departed -- wet, shivering, but full of satisfaction. Though we didn’t win, it had been a good evening. Benjamin Mack is a 21-year-old journalism major from Portland, Ore. studying in Växjö, Sweden. You can follow his adventures online a arbiteronline.com.

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Cadet Jena Burkhart performs land navigation during Field Training Exercise last spring.

Leap of faith BSU student participates in paratrooper training Lauren Hooker Journalist

The idea of jumping out of an airplane is terrifying for most people, but for junior Jena Burkhart, it’s just another day at basic airborne course. Burkhart, an exercise science major, is also a member of the Boise State Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), a choice she made right after graduating high school. An airborne is a type of military unit moved by aircraft. Burkhart is a second generation airborne -- but it wasn't a random decision. Forty years and four days after his own graduation, Burkhart's father awarded her a pin during her own airborne course graduation -- an honor that only par-

I’ve known Jena since (we both) joined the ROTC. She has a great sense of humor, and is always on time. - Jake Krause, ROTC cadet and junior majoring in business administration.

ents or grandparents who have been or are airborne can bestow. “I always knew I wanted to join the Army," Burkhart said. "There are just so many different ways to do that. After looking at my options, I chose the ROTC. It allows you to get the college experience, the education and the military, versus just enlisting." For three weeks during the summer in Fort Benning, Ga., Burkhart underwent long days of extensive training in order to become

a paratrooper in the U.S. Army. Military paratroopers are crucial for terrain where aircraft cannot land and other areas not pertaining to military combat. During the course, paratroopers-in-training went through three essential phases in order to learn the basics to jump safely from an airplane. According to Burkhart, "ground week" consisted of practicing the basic landing fall and how to identify different parachute malfunctions.

"Tower week" prepared cadets for a proper airplane exit -- a skill they learned by leaping from 40-foot towers. Finally, cadets faced "jump week," during which they must complete five jumps at 1,250 feet from a C-130 or C-17 aircraft to pass the course, according to GoArmy.com. But Burkhart didn’t choose to become airborne just because it runs in the family; it was a decision that would help her in her future with the Army. “Being airborne makes you part of that group; it allows you to join different units,” she explained. “As a female, my choices are a lot broader now because I’m airborne qualified. In fact, airborne is one of the few special operations units that allow females to

participate, primarily because it is useful outside of combat. The number of females in Boise State’s ROTC program has risen significantly over the past year. “Right now we have about 12 females,” said Maj. Luke Detty, BSU's ROTC public relations officer. “We had seven join this year.” For more information about the Boise State ROTC, visit sspa.boisestate.edu/ militaryscience or e-mail armyrotc@boisestate.edu.

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Humpin' Hannah’s on Main Street in downtown Boise will host an event for the Boise affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Thursday. The event will feature Nashville recording artist Susan G. Komen herself and two local up-and-coming artists Rebecca Sorrels and Rebecca Scott. The event is set to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month for October. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to institutions dedicated to researching a cure for breast cancer. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20 a guest, $60 for VIP seating. It is open to the public ages 18 and over.

If I see one more girl in Ugg boots and shorts or a mini skirt, I can almost guarantee that I will lose my mind. I mean, I understand that right now the weather is a little confusing, but really ladies? Furry boots and daisy dukes are like oil and water. I just don't understand this phenomena. If it's hot enough for shorts, it's too hot for Uggs. If it's cold enough for Uggs, it's definitely too cold for shorts. Please stop doing this. It confuses me, and you look like an idiot who got dressed in the dark. Speaking of weather confusion, is somebody ever going to tell all these self proclaimed 'cali girls' that flip flops could compete with Uggs for the dumbest footwear choice possible during any temperature below 75 degrees? They do realize that dressing like it's summer, won't actually make it warmer out, right? Before I continue, let me just say that I love shoes. I love heels, in particular, and I appreciate a flattering, well made shoe more than the average person. However, I also find shoes to be confusing. For example, I do not, for the life of me, understand kitten heels. Those little inch high, awkward looking heels confuse the hell out of me. As a girl who has a personal motto of 'go big or go home,' I don't understand the point. Since I'm just on a roll here, let's move onto Crocs. I am a firm believer that Crocs are actually a joke, made by some old man who's laughing his ass off at how stupid people look in foam shoes somewhere. I hate them. I hate Crocs the way UI fans hate BSU. Maybe more. I have what could possibly be considered an unhealthy vendetta against Crocs. It wasn't until recently that I found a shoe that surpassed my hatred for Crocs. I want to find whoever created those Vibram Five Fingers...things...and smack them upside the head. Although, potentially the inventor of these is in league with the inventor of Crocs, in which case, props for the best practical joke on the world, ever. I digress. When I see people wearing these toe-sock/shoe hybrid nonsense things, I become embarrassed for them. I want to buy them a pair of real shoes, and apologize for whoever told them Vibram Five Fingers were acceptable in public. I don't care how 'great for your feet' they are, or how barefoot is better, all I can focus on is how damn ugly they are. They make Crocs look like Louboutins. I guess what I'm trying to get at with all this is that you should wear whatever you want to wear. Just remember what everyone else is thinking when they see you in whatever you want to wear.

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