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Like so many other Boise State students, Elizabeth Silva, a junior nursing major, stumbled upon Boise State Confessions last week. The Facebook page was filled with the dirtiest secrets Boise State students could think to share, and like so many others, Silva scrolled through them, laughing, gasping and gagging at other students’ deepest, darkest confessions. Then, Silva saw her own name mentioned in a post written by a secret admirer from one of her classes. “I was in shock at first,” Silva said. “I thought there was no way it could be real. I have absolutely no idea who posted it. I still haven’t found out.” Boise State Confessions launched on Facebook Wednesday, Jan. 23. By the time it was suddenly disabled on Sunday, Jan. 27, it had garnered nearly 1500 likes and boasted hundreds of student confessions. The page linked students to a third-party survey site, ensuring their submissions remained anonymous. Boise State students took full advantage of that anonymity, dishing dirt on everything from wild parties to sexually transmitted diseases to embarrassing stories to feeling alone and struggling to find friends on campus. “I think it’s horrible,” said Silva. “It does nothing but embarrass people and make the university look bad. So much of it is about sex, which happens everywhere, but we don’t need to broadcast that for people to see.” Silva was not alone in being thankful that the page was quickly disabled. As buzz about the site’s disappearance spread through campus, rumors persisted that the site’s instances of R-rated content may have had something to do with its end. According to Rick Moore, communication department chair and professor of media law, some of that content might even have been breaking the law by making false claims about Boise State students. “There are certain kinds of statements in our culture that can almost always be considered libelous,” Moore said in an email. “Saying that someone is sexually promiscuous is typically considered libelous. Saying that someone has a horrible disease is too. Saying that someone committed a heinous crime fits the bill. Do remember, though, that for a statement to be libelous, it must be false.” There is no question that some of the claims made on Boise State Confessions were false. One poster confessed to having a camera installed in the women’s showers in the Chaffee Residence Hall that streamed to his or her computer. Representatives from University Housing quickly denied this claim. Moore went on to question whether a student would be likely to take action against a site like Boise State Confessions, even if a libelous claim were made. “One of the benefits of a libel suit is getting the (publisher) to cease and desist (take down the site),” he said. “That has already happened in this instance.” Another possible cause for a page like Boise State Confessions to disappear so suddenly is a violation of Boise State’s like




trademark. However, according to Rachael Bickerton, director of trademark licensing and enforcement, the university played no part in removing the page, and Leigh Ann Dufurrena, Boise State’s digital communications specialist, said she was not even aware of the site’s existence. Had she discovered it, Dufurrena said, she likely would have reported it for using Boise State’s trademark without permission. “If something is obviously a parody account, we’ll usually let that slide,” Dufurrena said. “For example, there’s one for Boise State memes that’s obviously not run by the university so we leave it alone.” However, accounts that use Boise State’s trademark without permission and paint the university in any sort of negative light are immediately reported to the licensing department, where a legal team can work on having the page taken down, said Dufurrena. Boise State Confessions’ anonymous moderator declined The Arbiter’s request for an interview. “There is going to be controversy no matter what people post because it’s a public page and everyone has their own opinions,” he or she said in a Facebook message. The moderator could not be reached for comment after the page was removed. But during its short time online, Boise State Confessions was more than just an outlet for students to air their dirty laundry. It was a place where shy Broncos could reveal their secret loves. It was a rallying point around which students could share in each other’s small failures—the kinds of embarrassing mistakes that are bound to happen in one’s college years. It was a place to relate with others’ “oops” moments and laugh at them in the process. And for one student, it was a place to reach out and make a few new friends. “It’s a good way for students to get some confessions out there and tell some stories and kind of a way for them to open up to a community where they can get some feedback without having their identity revealed. It’s a good way to vent, I guess,” said sophomore pre-medicine major James Boyette. “But there are some comments on there that made me want to speak up. There were some people who have been posting pretty personal stuff. I commented on those because I wanted to try to give them an outlet.” Boyette commented on several posts, reaching out to students who confessed to feeling out of place and lonely at Boise State. He felt especially compelled to encourage one student who confessed to cutting himself, and a girl who thought she wasn’t pretty enough to find a date. He said a few of those students added him as a friend and thanked him for his kind words. “One of the things I’ve been trying to do, on campus and off, is break down those social barriers,” he said. “It was surprising how many people ended up liking what I had to say.” like


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Nearly 30 eager fans crammed into Hyde Park Books in the North End on Saturday, Jan. 26. Their purpose: Smoke, the short film adaptation of Alan Heathcock’s short story of the same name. This story is part of a Heathcock collective of short stories entitled Volt. Heathcock is a professor in the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Program at Boise State

and his story, adapted for the screen and directed by Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker, is based loosely on a run-in his grandfather told him when at the age of eight. Gittings and Heleker are both alumni from Boise State. Graduating in 2012, Gittings studied business administration and communications with a certificate in cinema and digital media studies. Heleker graduated with the class of 2011, studying philosophy, communica-

tions and English with a creative writing emphasis. This writer/director team claims this is their most ambitious project to date. Essentially, it’s a father-son drama revolving around a dead man, a trek and the iconic cowboy, Roy Rogers. According to Heathcock, the duo of Gittings and Heleker have done a terrific job of adapting his story into what it is today; and it is the aim of the young filmmakers to raise $20,000 for the film. Once necessary funding is reached, they will shoot in the forests of Idaho. Heathcock said their goal

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January 31, 2013

Sumpter new head of FO & M

Michael “Mike” Sumpter has been named director of Facilities, Operations and Maintenance at Boise State, effective Monday, Feb. 11. Sumpter comes to the Division of Campus Planning and Facilities from Intercollegiate Athletics, where he served as the associate athletic director for facilities and operations. He has been with the university since 2006. During his tenure in athletics, he was responsible for facility operations and main-

tenance of 12 athletic department venues. In his previous roles, he supervised numerous facility and event management staff, managed large operational and maintenance budgets and assisted in new facility construction, in addition to many other duties. Prior to coming to Boise State, Sumpter worked in the athletics and event venue facilities and operations industry for both higher education and private industry.

Addressing job, applicant gap The College of Education, the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Economics met jointly this month to hear a presentation by Bob Lokken, founder and CEO of WhiteCloud Analytics. Lokken also is an active member of Idaho Business for Education, a group of Idaho

business leaders who champion improvements in K-12 education. His presentation focused on his study on the needs of Idaho’s businesses for university graduates, and the gap between business needs and higher education’s ability to meet those needs. Watch the presentation online.

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ACE chili feed The 2013 Chili Feed and Quilt Raffle is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church located on University Drive, across from the Administration Building. This event raises funds to support the GoodWill Program, which assists Boise State classified employees whose pay-

checks are not large enough to cover the cost of food between paydays. Tickets are now available through ACE Senate members. For a list of senators, visit the ACE website at orgs.boisestate. edu/ace/ace20122013-senate. Volunteers are needed to help with this annual event: • Donate crockpots of chili—

both meat and vegetarian • Donate cookies • Donate cornbread • Help with setup/cleanup • Staff the door and sell chili feed and raffle tickets To volunteer, contact Rita Fleck at or Lesley Knight at lesknight@boise

Celebrate the year of the snake The Boise State Chinese Club will be hosting China Night on Monday, Feb. 11, in the Student Union Building in the Jordan Ballroom. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment will begin at 7 p.m. This year’s event

will celebrate the Year of the Snake. The annual event is open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. Admission is free for Boise State students and a suggested $3 donation is recommended for all others. The program includes Chinese tra-

ditional dances, including a lion dance, traditional Chinese musical instruments, a Chinese church choir, a Chinese youth orchestra and a Chinese Tai-Ji demonstration. Additionally, Boise State students will perform several American songs and dances.



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January 31, 2013


Holocaust survivor speaks to packed house Wayne Hoseck Staff Writer

In world history, the Holocaust stands out like a horrible scar. Perhaps no singular event has impacted the world as heavily. The current generation is fortunate for the opportuniry to learn from the horrors of the Holocaust directly from a first-person perspective—learning about it from a person who lived through it. Marion Blumenthal Lazan is one of those people. On Tuesday, Marion spoke in the Special Events Center about her acclaimed memoir, “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.” The expected attendance was 400 to 450 people, but about 1,000 showed up, forcing the organizers to set up folding chairs on the

stage for people to sit in. The surprisingly large crowd came to hear Lazan described in-depth the uprising of anti-Semitic practices and laws in her homeland. After the passing of the Nuremberg laws in 1935, that took away basic rights for the Jewish people and segregated them into a completely different race, Lazan’s father, a shoemaker, decided it was time to leave Germany and head for the safe haven America provided. Lazan’s presentation summarized the amazing story of her and her family as they attempted to escape Nazi Germany in the years leading up to World War II. Unfortunately, she and her family ended up trapped in Holland, awaiting departure by boat to America. Only weeks before they

Tricia Rose shares MLK’s living legacy Emily Pehrson Staff Writer

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s heart was discovered at death to be the heart of a man twice his age. The only vacation King took during his time as a leader of the civil rights movement, was to Jamaica to write his book, ‘Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community. ‘ Bringing MLK’s legacy to life, Tricia Rose, Ph.D., spoke on Monday, in the Simplot Ballroom to an audience of nearly 200. Everyone from students to professors and legislators were in attendance. Rose

was invited by the MLK Living Legacy Committee to serve as the keynote speaker for Boise State’s Martin Luther King Living Legacy Celebration. The night began as Francisco Salinas, director for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Boise State, introduced local artist Patrick “Patcasso” Hunter. As a recording of one of King’s speeches started playing, Hunter began to paint. Hunter finished in only a few minutes to a standing ovation and the haunting eyes of Martin Luther King, Jr. stared out from the once blank canvas. Rose then took the stage to speak on issues of race in to-

left, the Nazis invaded. Being of Jewish faith, Lazan and her mother were separated from her father and brother, and Lazan spent the next six and a half years living under the brutal conditions of the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. The story painted a picture similar to “The Diary Of Anne Frank,” showing the true reality of the viciousness Jews endured during the Holocaust. However, Lazan’s underlying message in telling her tale was different. “In a few short years, we will not be here any longer to give a first-hand account. The students here this evening; it is their generation that is the last generation that will hear these stories first-hand,” Lazan said.

Marion Blumenthal Lazan speaks about her experiences during the Holocaust. Lazan stressed how im“She really urged us to But Lazan wasn’t there portant it was to keep the see the good in everyone, just to tell people about Holocaust alive in our and how everybody has the Holocaust, or her own minds and hearts, even trials and she didn’t down- personal experiences in after all those who were grade other people’s tri- the Holocaust. Lazan was physically affected by it als compared to her story, there because she had a which was obviously hor- favor to ask everyone in have passed on. the room. Kaitlyn Loveland, a ju- rible,” Loveland said. nior radiology major, was touched by this message. Visit to read the rest of the story.

day’s society. “Our situation now is not unlike Apple Maps,” Rose said. “We have very pretty frameworks with some good calculations. Apple Maps is not a total failure. It is actually a good asset but at the same time it fundamentally didn’t work.” To further her point, Rose cited unbalanced race ratios in U.S. prisons, the generational cycle of impoverished youth and the 2002 study which showed a hiring bias against people with ethnic-sounding names, conducted by Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mulainathan at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Though admitting we have come far, Rose insists we have a lot of work left. She spoke of the danger of being soothed into complacency

by society. “We as a nation have the gift of a legal investment to produce the language of justice … but we also have this incredible capacity to find ways to have something on paper that doesn’t have any meaning in real life,” Rose said. “So we can have a consumer protection agency where consumers aren’t protected.” It was a perspective that made some students think. “I guess I never really thought about it that way,” said junior political science major Jesse Martin. “I know not to listen to talking heads on everything in our government from finances to war but I’d never really thought about it in terms of racism.” Rose focused on the embodiment of Boise State’s


own theme, “A living legacy means we have to own it. We can’t just borrow it. We can’t just speak to it in idealistic terms. And a legacy that is genuinely alive, that is genuinely embodied is a tradition that we cultivate and pass

down. We don’t just look at and say, ‘yeah, yeah, yeah me too.’” After the speech concluded, Rose spent a few minutes with those who lingered, signing copies of her books and taking pictures by request.

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January 31, 2013


The last supper


Kacie Ann Bitzenburg, who served as Miss Boise 2012, handed down her title on Saturday to Dani Beckstrom.

Look beyond the pageant crown Alx Stickel Staff Writer

There is a girl under that crown, a lady even. Kacie Ann Bitenzburg was Miss Boise 2012, but there is more to her than that. She is also a Boise State senior English major, an ex-girlfriend, a baptized Christian, a normal human being. Some people look at Bitzenburg, a young woman always keeping up appearances, as just that: an appearance. Some go so far as to call her fake. Ellie Matthews, sophomore social work major, interviewed Bitzenburg for a class paper and said she decided Bitzenburg is authentic. “Even though you call somebody fake, they’re real somewhere in their lives and they’re going to be real somewhere down the road,” Matthews said. “When I met her I knew that she was putting on the Miss Boise title and she was going to be very lady-like and very poised and very polite, but I know that she’s also real when she does that.”

While she wore the title with pride, Bitzenburg walked into Starbucks, and no one turned to stare. For a beautiful lady, she blends in here at Boise State. Bitzenburg said she is true to herself, and that’s how she ended up as Miss Boise 2012. “I was a total goofball in interview,” Bitzenburg said. “I was just kind of saying whatever and just being myself. I wasn’t taking it too seriously and that’s why the judges said they picked me is because I was being genuine and showing them who I really was instead of the girls who were really stiff and proper and really formal about it.” Bitzenburg acknowledges keeping up an appearance is part of holding the title. She said she once had similar misconceptions about pageant girls being bimbos. Now, having participated in the Miss Boise and Miss Idaho pageants, her views on these events and the Miss America organization have changed. “Pageant girls get such a bad rep, but really they’re a

group of incredibly intelligent and community-minded individuals,” Bitzenburg said. “You always have to worry about how it looks to everyone else and really maintain decorum and always be kind to everyone. That’s something everyone should do no matter what but it’s something that you kind of think a little bit more about, like maybe holding that door for someone even if you’re in a hurry because they might recognize you and you don’t want to make a bad name for yourself and for the Miss America organization.” As the cliché saying advises: don’t judge a book by its cover. Matthews said she advises everyone to try to get to know Bitzenburg for who she really is. “I’d say she holds herself together really well,” Matthews said. “I think she’s a great girl and I think more people should get to know her. When you’re in a pageant they give you a certain way you’re supposed to act, like certain ways they’re supposed to act in public, in

interviews, they essentially have coaches and so a lot of pageant people have that kind of directive and they keep it. It’s very professional and I respect people who act like that.” Saturday, Jan. 26, Bitzenburg co-MC-ed the Miss Boise pageant which closed her reign. Though the role was impromptu, Bitzenburg remained sweet and poised, wearing her signature crown and sash. Bitzenburg told stories of an embarrassing interview slip up, her talent of clogging (similar to river dancing) and gave a farewell speech and final walk and wave to her title as the current Miss Boise. Bitzenburg said she is not sad to pass the crown on, but rather excited for Miss Boise 2013, who will be Miss Boise for the 150th anniversary of Boise as a city. “I’m a little jealous to be honest,” Bitzenburg said. “I had an awesome year and a lot of different experiences that were just incredible. She is definitely in for a great year and I’m excited for her and she’s a wonderful indi-

vidual and I just love her to death and I couldn’t be more proud of the person I’m passing my crown to.” While saying goodbye at the pageant and again in the campus Starbucks, Bitzenburg said this year was the best year of her life, and one of her personal favorite quotes “It’s not about the amount of breaths you take; it’s the number of moments that take your breath away,” became even more real for her. “This year it’s become more meaningful. It just really resonates with me because I think a lot of people go through life every day and they don’t take full advantage of the number of breaths they have,” Bitzenburg said. “I really wanted to make the most of it living every single day trying to be the absolute best title holder I could be and to make the most of every opportunity I was given. And I really think that made this year really the best year of my life because I paid a lot more attention to making the most of those opportunities.”

IDT Winter Show is (spEC)tacular

Paige Eaglestone Staff Writer

A bevy of figures comprised of students, seniors and professionals gathered in the lobby of Boise State’s Special Events Center. They leisurely trickled into the theater for the presentation of Idaho Dance Theatre’s Winter Show. The production spanned from Thursday, Jan. 24 through Sunday, Jan. 27 and featured four sections including "Now We are Here: Diaries of a Treasured Land," "Lifeline," "Architecture: Splintered and Cracked" and "The Story of Humanity." These four sections stem from a series of collaboration involving Idaho Dance Theatre directors, dancers and Boise State faculty members. Music department professors, Laura RushingRaynes, Barton Moreau, Brian Hodges and Rodney Zuroeveste performed as a quartet alongside eight dancers during the opening section “Now We Are Here: Diaries of a Treasured Land.” Rushing-Raynes, associate voice professor, described the production as, “A world premiere of a very unique piece involving poetry, dance, live music and visual art.” “Now We are Here” preThe Arbiter

sented a spectrum of stunning sensory elements; a progression from intense dark to bright colors in backdrop to landscape paintings as the setting. Dancers costumed in nude and earthy tones muted into the background, flowing simultaneously, following the rhythm and syncopation of the music. Eric Fitzpatrick, junior international business major, reflected on the beginning piece. “I’d remember the first one,” Fitzpatrick said. “Hearing her (Rushing-Raynes) say the word ‘Idaho.’” The first song was titled, “Farewell to Idaho.” Rushing-Raynes sang, “My talk of leaving Idaho was a little bit too soon” while a painting of rolling foothills brightened up the backdrop. With open untainted landscapes and easeful motions, the collaboration depicted nature in its purest form, illustrating the influence of what surrounds you has a profound effect on the body. “Lifeline,” the second section in Idaho Dance Theater’s Winter Performance, left nature and Idaho behind and progressed toward a modern era, one with synthesizers and black hues. This short, dramatic piece moved at an electrifying, heightened pace.

The dancers in their quick, deliberate motions utilized a prop, a solid white rope stretching diagonally across the stage from one corner to another. The dancers’ dependence on the rope and the electronica music continuously intensifying provided for a rousing show, very similar to its successor, “Architecture: Splintered and Cracked.” This third section of the Winter Show began with low, deep tones. The overhead music played in a minor key, while a haze was dispensed into the dark set. The slow careful move-

ments of the dancers blended with a brief whispering chant instilled an eerie feeling reminiscent of a thriller. However, their blue-toned outfits shifting into the aerobic motions of planks, lunges, and squats were notable and unanticipated. The final section was the premiere of “The Story of Humanity.” This offbeat, unsystematic piece generated a good deal of laughter from the audience. The dancers, playfully in character, donned separate outfits, ranging from sequins and spandex shorts to high waters and suspenders.

One male dancer purposely tripped over boxes onstage and would occasionally wave red tail feathers near his hindquarters, acting as good comic relief for the winter show. Connor Sheldon, junior health sciences major, said, “The last one was the best.” She added she was able to laugh and would remember the sequin top. Idaho Dance Theatre’s Winter Show featured inventiveness along with awe-inspiring visuals, acoustics and and will be back in spring for another performance.


Idaho Dance Theatre’s Winter Show took place in the Special Events Center.

Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating– missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through lastsemester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. I am definitely a liveto-eat kinda gal, not an eat-to-live one, if you catch my drift. So, to kick off my prepost graduation crisis bucket list I thought I would start off with the good ol’ Boise River Café. There are many perks to being freshmen; you’re young, you’re still cute not to mention you’re skinny. However, if you’re anything like the rest of the Boise State population, the skinny part usually doesn’t seem to last through the first year. And even though I shamelessly gained the unattractive ‘freshmen 15,’ I still, to this day, believe the best thing of all is the BRC. I know at this point in your freshman year you're thinking, “I want a kitchen where I can cook whatever I want.” Cooking is a rare form in my household. Unless it's an egg, a cheese tortilla or some spaghetti sauce out of the can, then I’m pretty much shoveling down some dried out saltines covered in peanut butter. Delicious, I know. With my college years coming to a close, what better way to go out with a bang than attempting to get swiped into the BRC one last time? After looking slightly creepy as I hovered outside of the cafeteria, I pathetically failed. Clearly my desperate attempts to get in from a stranger were not working and I’m sure I weirded some poor souls out. My deepest apologies. After my epic fail I decided to take the easy route and call up two of the only freshmen I know (shout out to Catherine Frenking and Eliza Gadziala). Subsequently my feeble attempts to bribe them to bring me to the holy BRC was a success. I had found my way in and I was not about to leave without a bang. Proceeding dinner was not a fun experience due to my extreme fullness. And I was quickly reminded why everyone seems to blow up like a balloon their first year. Maybe some of you have more will power than I do when it comes to the infamous BRC, or just for food in general. However, I think for now I'll stick to my saltines and giggle to myself when I hear the freshmen complain about the food they are getting. Take it all in, gain a little weight (that’s what the free gym is for), and take advantage of having someone else prepare your meals for you on a daily basis. In the mean time, I'll knock that one off the bucket list. BOOM.

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January 31, 2013


Women, war and navigation meet art

Additionally, on Thursday, Jan. 31, art curator Whitney Tassie will present “Being An Artist Today,” a lecture on what it takes to be an artist in today’s society. Tassie’s lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. “That night (Jan 31), besides our two receptions, there is also an artist lecture,” Gilchrist said. “ We are hoping people choose to come to the receptions previous to the art lecture, which would be perfect. It would be a perfect evening.”

Tabitha Bower

Arts and Entertainment Editor

Spring semester is in session, and with it comes not only new classes, teachers and schedules but also an expansive variety of new art exhibitions on campus. From reflections on war, to the women of Earnest, subject matters of the latest exhibitions are vast. Boise State welcomes exhibitions “Hemmingway and Women,” “Circumstances of War,” “Circumnavigations” and “Activate: A 2013 Student Juried Exhibition” to various galleries on campus between now and Feb. 8. “Circumstances of War,” a collection of deeply moving artwork by Baghdad, Iraq native Luma Jasim, explores Luma’s first hand experiences with war. “One of the things that is so interesting to me about Luma’s work is that, while she is dealing with pretty depressing subject matter, she does use a lot of color in her work so it’s really vibrant and interesting to look at in a whole other way instead of thinking doom and gloom,” Holly Gilchrist, fine arts manager, said. “If you had no idea this was about war and no frame of reference about what that was, you could still come in here and enjoy the


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Luma Jasim’s exhibition, “Circumstances of War,” is currently on display in the SUB Gallery. show and maybe not even connect it with war.” Luma’s work is paired with the poetry of war survivor Dzevad Vrabac. The exhibition is currently on display in the Student Union Art Gallery through Feb 24. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Escaping with American Idol Alx Stickel

Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

With the start of a new term and a new year we are faced with the time old question: do I have time for one more episode? With the demands of classes and homework, the desire to procrastinate is strong. Students often turn to TV to take their minds off of all the information crammed in their brains during the school day. American Idol has re-

turned in all its vocal glory and with fresh judges. I wonder if I should resolve to fill my procrastination time following these stardom striving singers? “I work part time and I also do athletic training part time and I go to school full time,” Clarissa Alexander, sophomore athletic training major said. “It’s a way to relax at the end of the day and it’s a fun show to watch.” While I’m turning green with envy and breathing

Happening at the same time as Jasim’s reception will be an opening reception for exhibition “Hemingway and Women” in the Special Events Center Gallery. This printmaking exhibition by 12 Boise State alumni, faculty and staff members depicts the role women had on the writing of Ernest Hemingway.

This exhibition will be displayed through July 12. On Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m., opening receptions will take place for “Circumnavigations” and “Activate: A 2013 Student Juried Exhibition.” “Circumnavigations,” by Anna Marie Boles, considers time, distance and space through a unique multi-media

convergence. This exhibition will be on display in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery Two in The Hemingway Western Studies Center. VAC Gallery One, in the Liberal Arts Building, will host “Activate: A 2013 Juried Exhibition,” which will showcase the carefully chosen artwork of students.

flames of jealousy over the gifts of these singers, some students said the talent and success of these contestants is what draws them to the show. “A lot of these people go in not knowing if they’re talented,” Jesse Lloyd, freshman health science major, said. “They’re not very self-confident. Seeing their self-confidence rise overtime is pretty cool. This sounds cheesy but watching people’s dreams come true, that’s what I like.” But what would American Idol be without some complications? “With the harsh comments and stuff, it’s kind of intense,” Ashley Harrison, freshman elementary major said. “I think Niki Minaj is kind of harsh, at least based on the few times I’ve watched it.” Alexander said she

agreed that sometimes the judges get in the way of enjoying the talent the contestants display. “I think the judges give an honest opinion,” she said. “Sometimes there’s too much small talk. Someone was joking the other day the show should be called Keith and Mariah’s small talk or something like that.” The consensus between Alexander, Harrison and Lloyd is American Idol is an enjoyable contestant show. The talent draws

you in, the success puts a warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy and you can forget about that English paper you have to write or those math problems you need to solve. “After somebody finishes their performance seeing their emotions, they’re so excited and proud of themselves,” Harrison said. “I’m proud of them. I wouldn’t be able to do that. I personally never choose somebody (to root for) I just enjoy seeing everyone’s talents.”

Opening reception for “Circumstances of War” is Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4:306:30 p.m. in the Student Union Art Gallery Opening reception for “Hemingway and Women” is Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Special Events Center Gallery Thursday, Jan. 31, Whitney Tassie lecture: “Being An Artist Today” is at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.

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Alan Heathcock [Arts & Entertainment page 1] is to make a movie which is, “Beautiful, well acted, and to bring the story to life to life as well as we can.” The directors have known Heathcock for quite some time and have been fans of Volt since its publishing in 2011. According to Heleker, though the entire series is riveting, he and his partner could not help but continue to go back to thinking about the power of Smoke. “Alan has a very cinematic

language with his writing,” said Heleker at the scriptreading on Saturday; and after reading and discussing the story, the filmmaking team knew they wanted to see it up on the screen. Heathcock has been referred to as the next Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men, Academy Award Winner: Best Picture, 2008) by GQ Magazine. And as No Country For Old Men was written for the screen and directed by

the renown filmmakers, the Coen Brothers, Heathcock gave a tip of his hat to Gittings and Heleker, referring to them as the next Coen Brothers. Once the project is finished, their goal is to submit Smoke to film festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and South by Southwest. And provided they win a top prize in one of these competitions, they could potentially be nominated for an Academy Award.

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January 31, 2013

No love for vegetarian students Campus has a deficit of alternative food options available on campus Megan Mills Staff Writer

Fresh Perspectives: Juggling illness and attendance Zoe Colburn is resident freshman and Arbiter writer chronicling her experience as a student in a new city in a new part of the country.


Even many of the salad options on campus are garnished with cheese or small bits of meat. alarm clocks that don’t go off when they should and running on empty when work calls in at the last minute. The life of a college student sometimes does not permit the availability of packing snacks and lunches. Wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one eatery available to students on campus that is completely dedicated to the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle? It needs to be noted there is a significant difference from vegetarians and vegans. According to, “A vegan is someone who, for various reasons, chooses to avoid using or consuming animal products while vegetarians choose not to use flesh foods. Vegans also avoid dairy, eggs; as well as fur, leather, wool and even cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.” Campus just does not

appear to offer a concrete source for these students. Even simply labeling food products would be a small step in the right direction. Shaila Schmidt, Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) secretary of academic affairs said there probably is a reason why students who choose a vegetarian and vegan lifestyle have a harder time at Boise State. “Demand. It’s safe to say that more students on campus are not vegetarian compared to those who are, and the same can be said about the country in general. That is why we see so many food service providers catering to that population; that is what the students are looking for,” Schmidt said. Students who are vegetarian or vegan need to stand up and speak out if they want proper changes to be made on campus, at least to make eating throughout the day a little easier. While searching for more information about Boise State’s accommodations there was a small notification on the Frequently Asked

Professors need to take control of their classrooms Staff Writer

There always seems to be that one student who dominates every conver-

sation and takes it upon themselves to answer every question the professor poses, often asking the class their own questions. Some professors let

Danielle Allsop

I’ve had to ban people from talking in class. I’ve had to tell a student to keep quiet for twenty minutes, like a time out kind of thing —Christian Winn

it happen, even though they are being compensated by students’ high cost tuition to dispense their knowledge on the subject. Professors should put a stop to particularly dominating students before their rant takes over the entire class session, but often times they let it happen for far too long. Christian Winn, a professor in the English department, has dealt with


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Questions page about meal plan benefits located on the website stating there are vegetarian and vegan options available to students. Even this small disclaimer could be a step in the right direction. However, Boise State should highly consider doing more by starting groups and recognizing that all students should be represented equally and that now is the time to open the idea of a more vegetarian and vegan-friendly campus. After all, there is no harm in putting down the beef burger and reaching for a veggie burger instead. Eat clean and feel empowered, Broncos.

this type of student many times before. “I’ve had to ban people from talking in class. I’ve had to tell a student to keep quiet for twenty minutes, like a time out kind of thing,” Winn said. But Winn said stopping the behavior early is vital. “Personally, I am not an interrupting, confrontational person, but I do take the reigns quickly,” he said. “It’s the dance you have to do as a professor, establishing that balance.” State need to take notes from colleagues like Winn who demonstrate how to effectively avoid students taking control of the class. Frustration due to a lack of leadership in the classroom can boil over, causing students to tune out of the conversation and develop a distaste for the class. Junior Makenzi Burks, an English Education major, believes professors should get to know their students and get other people involved. This way, it gives every student a chance to participate in the conversation and not feel as if they are interrupting a one-sided conversation. Students feel more comfortable when their al opinion of The Arbiter or any organization the author may be affiliated with unless it is labeled as such. The Arbiter cannot guarantee

professors know their name and encourage them to join the discussion with their input. How can professors take back their classroom after it has been hijacked? Do they have the authority? There is an article in the University Code of Conduct that protects the rest of the students in the classroom from the notorious Chatty Kathy controlling the lecture, but often it doesn’t feel as if it is being adhered to. Article 4 section 4 states “any behavior that causes a substantial disruption to the living or learning environment of the campus” is in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Although a student who just wants to talk and talk during class is surely not necessarily in need of a code of conduct violation being handed to them, it does illustrate the classroom is everyone’s place to learn and professors do have the control. So, no matter how professors get it done, they need to put a hard stop to perpetually disruptive or dominating students at the beginning of the semester, before she has the chance to start her own version of the class. Take that Chatty Kathy! submissions will make it to print due to time and space constraints. The content of the opinion does not affect its eligibility to be printed.

Attendance requirements during flu season are the worst thing ever. It turns what is usually a gross time of year into a gross and challenging time of year. I’ve probably blown my nose about 57 times every day since the beginning of December; that’s an approximate number. I don’t even have any kind of sickness. However, with it being flu season, my stuffy nose can sometimes fool me into believing it’s something more sinister. The flu is all up in Boise, and I am super worried about getting sick, mostly because being sick in college is vastly different from being sick in any other type of school I have thus far experienced. You can’t just sit it out and get better. My roommate is sick (pretty massively sick) but she can’t actually miss any of her classes and get them excused because many professors with mandatory attendance policies require some sort of doctor’s note or an official excuse from the university for an absence to be excused. This can be difficult when—as in the case of my roommate—you don’t actually have time to get to a doctor’s office and get a note before class. Most professors do allow one freebie, of sorts, without penalty, but the especially difficult classes to miss are labs. When your grade can be dropped a whole letter from missing one class (which does make sense, considering it’s basically 100 percent participation), it’s hard to convince yourself you’re even close to sick enough to miss class. And that’s really the main difference isn’t it: the change in your sickness spectrum. Where once you could justify staying home due to minor stomachaches or having a cough, now that missing a class can be legitimately devastating, it’s kind of hard to find any sickness worth missing class for. It’s not like it’s the fault of professors for requiring attendance, because it can be really necessary to dock points for missed class, but in general, sickness seems like less and less of a reason to not attend class. It’s easy to convince yourself a cough is just a cough, or it’s just a 24-hour bug, or you’re probably not super contagious, especially when missing class can mean failing.

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School days sometime seem endless at Boise State. Hunger pains strike at all hours because most students’ schedules vary from day to day. Between work and classes there is no better pick-me-up than grabbing a burger, hold the lettuce and extra beef please. What about the students who are vegetarian or vegan? How do they function without meat and different dressings or sauces laced with animal products? What places on campus truly offer a vegetarian or vegan diet for my fellow classmates? There are always accommodations for the self-indulgent meat lover. But does the university lack meat-free food options? Strolling across campus from one eatery to another there are hamburgers, subs, turkey croissants and sushi. In the Boise River Café (BRC) there are choices such as salads and vegetables, but there seems to be no labeling of what the vegetables may have been cooked in. There is also no labeling of what is in each salad dressing. When asked about the challenges vegetarians and vegans face on campus, junior James Gravatt said, “There are a lot of times when eating on campus can be disheartening. I had allday classes in the ILC and the only options were a peanut butter and jelly sandwich; but I have gotten accustomed to and am fortunate enough to have the ability to bring my own food during the long days.” Maybe packing a lunch every day is the suitable answer to this problem; that’s right, save money and eat clean. However, there are late night study sessions,

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January 31, 2013


Slamming the brakes on the Runnin' Rebels Ty Hawkins Staff Writer

It's crazy to think that a sport other than the beloved Boise State football team has seen some of the national spotlight. The perimeter heavy Boise State men’s basketball team (40.8 three-point percentage) has garnered a majority of media attention, mostly directed toward guards Anthony Drmic, Derrick Marks and Jeff Elorriaga. They've all had shining moments, up to the almost midway point of the season. Even in junior F/C Ryan Watkins, who has quietly been bubbling on the low, emerging in paint for the Broncos. In Saturday night’s "Main

Event" at Taco Bell Arena, it will be Watkins who has the task of containing UNLV standout freshman Anthony Bennett, while the rest of the Broncos look to stop the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (16-4, 3-2 in MW). The Rebels were already loaded headed into the season with returners all across the board, but it was landing Bennett, who chose them over the University of Oregon that changed the dynamic of what they would be able to do in the down low. Throw in Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch and the transition of rebounding machine Mike Moser to small forward, and just like that UNLV has a frontline that has gotten the attention of

NBA scouts and execs from coast to coast. At 6-foot-5 and 240-lbs, Bennett has the unique blend of size, power and finesse. Coming into Saturday night’s main event, he’s boasting averages of 18.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. There’s no doubt he has the most upside of any power forward in the MW, and maybe the country. A couple of mock NBA drafts have him slotted anywhere from the fifth to 10th pick of the first round of next summer’s draft. Watkins has already gone to battle with an NBA-caliber power forward, in LSU’s Johnny O’Bryant III. O’Bryant is built similarly to Bennett, 6-foot-9, 255 lbs, but he

also has more experience. The under-sized Watkins snagged a then season high 17 rebounds, while holding, along with some help, O’Bryant to 15 points and five rebounds for the game as the Broncos won 89-70 over the Tigers. The Broncos and Watkins will need to rebound as a collective unit, as they have most of the season. UNLV can play in a sped up half court set, while they also like to get out and run in transition. Simply put, there will be a lot of shots going up, and they can’t all go in, so there will be plenty of work to go around in the paint. Watkins, along with Senior Kenny Buckner should have their hands full on

the interior. At the end of last season Watkins seemed to drop off at times, but that hasn’t been the case this season as he is averaging 9.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. He’s been consistent and it’s showing. Already this season he has recorded career highs in points (24) against Air Force and rebounds (18) against Fresno State. His overall game has improved dramatically and he’s finding a nice little niche for the surprise team of the conference, but in a team game that is based on head-to-head match-ups, in what will be a guard-heavy game, this is a prime opportunity for Watkins to go out and take care of business.

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Steen Says A blip on America’s sports radar Michael Steen Staff Writer

Over the past weekend, one of the most incredible feats in sports was accomplished, and most likely, you hardly heard anything about it. Futbol Club Barcelona forward and Argentinian National Team captain Lionel Mess, known to the world simply as Messi, became the youngest footballer in soccer history to score 200 career La Liga goals with a 4-goal effort on Sunday to put his total at 202 and counting. Why is this feat so astonishing you ask? Because it took Messi four less years than the previous record holder. At the ripe young age of 25, we are witnessing the career and era of possibly the greatest player to ever step on the pitch. The game of soccer, or football as it’s known to the world outside the United States, is not at the forefront of the American sporting scene. However, soccer has become the fastest growing sport among youth in the U.S. According to a survey conducted by ESPN in 2012, soccer is now the second most popular sport among Americans ages 1224 and events in recent years have done nothing but help grow the game in the states. Take the efforts of England’s David Beckham for instance. Quite possibly the most recognizable soccer player in the world and one of the most recognizable athletes in general, made the move to play in the United States professional league, the MLS in 2007. Beckham’s influence has grown attendance and helped improve a fan base across the league. Still, the best way to grow the sport in America and put the USA on the international map will be a successful men’s national team. In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the USA advanced past group play and into the knockout round in a way even Spielberg couldn’t dream up. It was just the second trip to the knockout round for the USA and created patriotism rivaling the days of the Revolutionary War. And while the incredible success of the Women’s National Team has certainly helped growth, the men’s leagues still move the needle and only then will the USA move up in stature. On Feb. 6, the USA begins the final stages of 2014 World Cup qualification in the first of ten matches throughout 2013. So why not don the red, white, and blue and get a group huddled around the computer next Tuesday or around the television on March 22 and cheer on a team stocked and mixed with experience and young talent. Who knows, maybe America’s Messi could be in this group of players just waiting to make his mark.



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For the love of the game The Boise State men’s club hockey team is one of the 21 club sports offered through the university that gives students an athletic outlet without scholarships.

John Garretson Sports Editor

It is a common misconception that college athletes are compensated for playing sports. However, in most cases, this is not necessarily true. According to the NCAA’s website, only two percent of high school athletes nationally are awarded athletic scholarships from universities. For those undeterred by the minute number, club sports provide an outlet for those looking to fulfill the competitive athletic appetite. For some, it seems just like Plan B while for others it's ideal. Boise State offers club sport

opportunities for the sporthungy—21 different options to be exact. Ranging from club baseball to ultimate, students who participate have the opportunity to travel and compete with different schools. With this fortune comes a bit of a price. Nothing detrimental, just a set amount of service hours, fundraising dollars, recruiting numbers, scheduling of opponents and attendance at the monthly club sports council meetings. Who's in charge of that? Not Boise State athletics, who tend to scholarship athletes, and not University Recreation Services, who allocate this "freedom" to the clubs. It would be the

club sport presidents. A daunting challenge would be one way to word it. An uphill battle might be another. Club track and field president, junior Bobby Mueller, said it well. "Its physically tough to prepare (for your sport) and then you have to actually prepare everything else.” Mueller, a junior political science major, leads a club coed team of 25 that deals with a high turnover rate as well as a sport that has a current varsity sport recognized by the university. Mueller has to coordinate other runs, figure out travel logistics, rent vans and ho-

tel rooms, all while taking 15 credits. It's all worth it for Mueller, as it allows him to be "an athlete without the NCAA restrictions.” Men's club soccer president, senior D.J. Johnston, states one of the more under-the-radar burdens of holding presidency in club sports. "You must fill out a form for everything you do: if you schedule a game, there's a form for it, if you make a payment, there's a form for it. There's just a ton of paperwork,” Johnston said. Even with the sea of shredded trees accounting for each club's singular move, Johnston and the men's team benefit

from being able to play in the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association Region 6 for fall semester, matching up against sturdy competition, such as the likes of Weber State, the NIRSA national champion three out of the last five years. "It is still very competitive," Johnston said when asked about the comparison to a varsity soccer program. "It gives you the sense of being on a varsity, and with the travel you are taken seriously.” Aside from scheduling, aside from paperwork and aside from meetings, the paramount way for these clubs to

function is with members. And recruiting is almost an unspoken job for presidents, according to water polo president Matt Jones. "Recruitment is a big deal. It's tough to find Idahoans interested in water polo. The easy part was getting started, the hard part is staying afloat, pun intended," Jones said. Being a president for any organization or group is tough in and of itself. However, without a university backbone for these sports, a special individual needs to step up to the plate. Even if it requires swinging in the dark.

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