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Students roll out creativity Students use woodblocks, ink, steam roller to create Dia de Los Muertos art

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Throughout the day on Oct. 12, Boise State student printmakers with the fine arts department partnered alongside Wingtip Press and the Idaho Historical Museum in order to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos (day of the dead). These printmakers are working in accordance with their integrated service learning requirement in their upper-division printmaking courses, which entails providing service hours with students from three local schools in the Treasure Valley;

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Foothills school of arts and science, Fairmont Jr. High and Nampa High School. The student printmakers were assigned responsibility of designing 4-by-4 to 4-by-8 foot blocks, and then with their service hours, were put in charge of helping students from the three partner schools to construct the print blocks. The printing of artwork itself was on bed sheets donated from hotels around the Treasure Valley, as well as a variety of Boise State campus dormitories. The sheets will be used as banners for the upcoming Nov. 2 Dia de Los

Muertos procession. Kam Kelley, senior fine arts major, described his admiration for the event and for the purpose it served. “I think that this event being a printmaking event is an exciting way to get the public involved in this type of art form,” Kelley said, “We get to demo, talk with people and inform them of what we do and hopefully inspire new printmaking artists.” Jill Fitterer, associate professor for the art department and head of the printmaking program, described the benefits for her students combining their projects with service-learning.

“I think the students are really gaining an awareness of what it means to be working as an artist in the community and learning ways they can actually connect with the community,” Fitterer said. Fitterer went on to describe the goal behind having her students work in accordance with service learning. “The purpose is to emphasize civic engagement and expanding their reach in the community,” Fitterer described. Kelley echoed Fitterer’s earlier comments. “I think that getting our practice out there into the public and getting people involved

with the holiday and the process of the work we produce is a major goal not just for us or Boise state, but for the holiday and art as a whole,” Kelley said. With a staff of well over 20 people, food, art, education and music was driving the heartbeat of the event. Boise State printmakers sought to bring a community together with their craft. The steam-rolling event began 10 years ago by print maker James Bailey from the University of Montana who was initially invited to Boise State to teach a workshop on printmaking.

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The Planned Parenthood Project visited Boise State spreading its message against Planned Parenthood on Friday Oct. 11. The group displayed banners with statistical information about Planned Parenthood, and spread 915 crosses on the lawn, symbolizing the 915 abortions performed by Planned Parenthood every day. The statistical information displayed in the quad was gathered from Planned Parenthood’s 2011-2012 Annual Report. The project is headed by the national organization, Students for Life of America (SFLA). The Boise State sanctioned pro-life club, Abolitionists4Life, is affiliated with SFLA and hosted the project. Members of the organization distributed pamphlets throughout the quad about Planned Parenthood. Overall, students responded civilly to the organization either taking the materials or refusing politely. Rebekah Barnes, SFLA northwest regional coordinator commented on how the message has been received at Boise State and other universities. “Actually I have been really impressed with the amount of dialogue this display has brought about. I think that no matter what side of the fence you are on as far as being pro-abortion or anti-abortion, we are able to dialogue about Planned Parenthood and their ethics,” Barnes said. According to the SFLA website, 79 percent of all Planned Parenthood facilities are located within five miles of a college campus. Check back in Thursday’s edition of The Arbiter for full length coverage.

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Imagine a bus is zooming through the streets of Barcelona late at night. Two Americans immediately identify each other. The obvious question is posed. “Where are you from?” The first responds, “New York.” The second, “Boise,” followed by silence. The New Yorker replies, “You’re going to have to remind of where that one is again.” Boise lies at the bottom of the foothills and is a stage for various outdoor activities while still providing an urban lifestyle with its downtown area. People may not know where Boise is but, once they come, they often stay. Julie Lane works in the communication department at Boise State. She has studied and worked in a range of cities such as Dallas, Washington D.C. and Chicago before coming to Boise where she has


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been living and working for the past four years. “It’s definitely smaller than those places I’d been before, but there is lots to do still,” Lane said. According to Lane, despite its small size there is still a true downtown area. The traffic isn’t bad and there are a lot of opportunities to get out and be active. “There are such great restaurants here which, having lived in Chicago, is saying a lot,” Lane said. Boise offers varying cuisines including Indian, Thai, Afghani, Argentinian and Mediterranean. Professor Alex Punnoose from the physics department has been at Boise State for 11 years. Punnoose is originally from Kochi, India. Throughout his 11 years of being at Boise State he has witnessed a significant growth in the research department. “For me to be a part of this growth process, to contribute

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to this, was very exciting,” Punnoose said. Punnoose has also found Boise to be a very family friendly city, so for him this a great city to raise his three children. Just last year Forbes Magazine voted Boise the second “Best City to Raise a Family” in the nation. However, Punnoose would like to see a bigger contribution towards education from the government and the community. “I would like to see students able to spend their time for preparation for their classes,” Punnoose said. Associate professor of French, Jason Herbeck had never been to Boise before accepting the job at Boise State nine years ago. Herbeck finds that at Boise State he can be very flexible in his research. When expanding his research he was greeted with encouragement from his colleagues as


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opposed to discontent, something that he did not experience at other universities. Herbeck has many good things to say about the city as well. Having previously lived in New York City, he finds Boise a

good change of pace. “I think it’s the perfect size,” Herbeck said. Herbeck appreciates the range of cultures that can be found in Boise. From the art museum and galler-

ies to the theatre houses and dance troops, Boise is filled up to the brim with cultural possibilities. “I’d like to see even more diversity in the population,” Herbeck said.

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Some people put things off for too long saying, “I am going to start eating better tomorrow,” or “I can quit Meth anytime I want to.” Seize the moment and harness the energy in the air to make the appropriate life changes that will keep you out of rehab and without diabetes. You may experience writer’s block this week as you try to write Facebook posts about pointless things in your life that nobody really cares about. Don’t stress. Sometimes we all wonder why we are reading about what someone ate for dinner or how their workout went that morning.

Action. Lots of action. Hot sweaty action. Action films. Action Jackson. This week will be all about action for you. “Where is the action at and where can I find it?,” you may ask. Just take a look around you. There are plenty of ways to get in on all of the action while remaining safe. Your schoolwork and lovelife have begun to come full circle and deeply intertwine. That is probably because you are sleeping with one of your professors who offers course lectures post sexual congress. You will able to combine two pastimes, love making and mandatory college courses. Your physical appearance may appear upsetting to those around you this week. Since you retired to the woods to live, you have fashioned your clothing from animal skins stained with blood and smelling of the rotting flesh. Coincidentally however, the newest lines of clothing matches these themes.

Know what you are getting yourself into before making any serious decisions this week. Always consult your local energy healer and psychic before doing ANYTHING. Who knows what could happen to you if you branch off and decide to do your own thing. You could lose some serious karma. Your heart may be broken from recent incidents beyond your control. This happens and you shouldn’t let it get to you. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, someone takes the last piece of cake at the birthday party leaving you cake-less. There is plenty of delicious cake out there to eat. You will be filled with indescribable joy this week. Then soon after you will be filled with hopelessness, dread and terror as you realize the bed you are sleeping in and the person you are lying next to are unfamiliar and smell terrible. Maybe you should see your doctor about that sleeping pill you’re on.

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The campus read tells the stories of oppressed women.

Sullivan, who lives in Boise, is an activist for women’s rights.

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Keziah Wanjiru Sullivan spoke passionately to a crowded Simplot Ballroom about her experiences in women’s oppression on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Originally from a small village 60 miles outside of Nairobi, Kenya, Sullivan began by stating that the number of people in the room was “about three times the size of the village in which I was raised.” Boise State Campus Read hosted the presentation based on the 20132014 campus read: “Half The Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Blaine Eckles, a committee co-chair for the Campus Read program, said the book chosen each year “is designed to encourage students to continue to read outside

of the classroom, to help compliment and supplement what they are learning in the classroom.” Sullivan said the “highly complex and sensitive subject” of women’s rights is felt around the globe. Women like Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who was shot in the head for expressing her wishes to attend school, show that oppression is still a relevant issue. “Men in those cultures have developed deeply entrenched attitudes about females,” Sullivan said. According to statistics from the FBI, as quoted by Sullivan, “Sex trafficking of women is the fastest growing organized crime.” However, women aren’t just trafficked for sex, according to Sullivan. “In India, one woman is killed every hour over dowry disputes, many doused with gasoline and burned to death, in spite of the Indian

law that prohibits the giving and receiving of dowries, the reality being that justice turns a blind eye to saturate old customs,” Sullivan said. Oppression isn’t limited to developing countries. According to statistics given by Sullivan: One in four college-aged women is date raped or experiences attempted rape during her college years. One in three women, who are victims of homicides, are murdered by their current or former partner. In Idaho, there have been 12 domestic violence deaths so far in 2013. “In many cultures, (male) superiority has no boundaries,” Sullivan said. Sullivan believes this is why oppression and suffrage against women continues to exist. Eckles commented on these staggering figures. “We wanted to make sure we were opening (students’) eyes to the other things

Faculty learn to be super Katie Meikle Joy Pine Staff Writers

Education staff at Boise State and from local high schools were invited to refine their superpowers on Oct. 8 at the “Be a Boise State Superhero” event in the Student Union Building on campus. The event was this year’s professional development day sponsored by the Boise State University Association of Office Professionals (BSUAOP). According to Leslie Black,

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president of BSUAOP, a Boise State superhero is a professional staff member that goes the extra mile in their respective workplace. "These events are an excellent way to learn better communication skills and develop public speaking expertise. These skills can help with job interviews or other workplace experiences in which you need to sell yourself or your ideas,” Black said. The event involved workshops, panel discussions and a keynote address by Cindy

Clark, the author of "Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education" and a nursing professor at Boise State. In her keynote address, Clark addressed the importance of civility in the workplace. “We want to be ambassadors to civil workplaces and keep the conversation going about this topic,” Clark told event attendees. “Bystanders in the world of civility watch things happen and do nothing about it. As bystanders we must find our voice somehow because

that were happening in the world,” Eckles said. Karlie Standley, a sophomore elementary education major, enjoyed the presentation even though she has yet to read the book. “I think that it’s really interesting to hear how she (Sullivan) has experienced it first hand,” Standley said. “It makes you more inspired and it makes you want to get involved in women’s rights and equality.” Eckles is optimistic about what students are capable of doing. “This university is a firm believer that our students can change the world to be a better place,” Eckles said.

Sullivan said getting involved with local refugee organizations not only helps the refugees become acquainted with western culture and language, but also gives students the opportunity to understand their struggles. There are approximately 6,000 refugees currently living in Boise, many of whom do not know the language or culture. “Its not just about becoming aware, once you become aware, what’s the next step, and that next step is getting engaged and actually doing something about it,” Eckles said.

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In India, one woman is killed every hour over dowery disputes; many doused in fire and burned to death... the reality being that justice turns a blind eye to saturate old customs.

to stay silent is to condone incivility.” According to Clark, uncivil behaviors can range from nonverbal cues such as eyerolling to physically threatening and psychologically demeaning behaviors, all of which are damaging to workplace efficiency. "Incivility can be briefly defined as an affront to human dignity and assault on self-esteem. This stuff matters because of how awful it makes us feel," Clark said. Clark said that it is important for organizations to not only address incivility, but also to reward civil behavior. “We are lucky at Boise State to have a definition of civility

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and a statement of shared values. Every organization needs something like this. But we must also work to fulfill that mission,” Clark said. Clark's findings indicate an inextricable link between stress and incivility. Martha Wadley, a maintenance craftsman for Student Union Maintenance, said she was inspired by Clark’s message on how incivility can affect the entire workplace and not just individuals who are directly involved. “One person’s uncivil behavior has a huge impact on an organization. Coming to work with joy is a real blessing.”

“Talk Nerdy to Me” is a technology column written by Derek Deulus to provide technological advice for the Boise State community. It’s game time, and I’m not talking about Bronco sports. I’m talking about videogames. Unless you read videogame news regularly, you might be unaware that Microsoft’s Xbox One will release on Nov. 22 and Sony’s PlayStation 4 will release on Nov. 15. When it comes to videogames, the first thought that comes to many gamers minds is graphics, how do the graphics look and what are the specs of the system producing those graphics. If you start by looking under the hood of these two consoles, you’ll soon realize they are actually very similar. Both consoles are using an AMD 8 core x86 Jaguar APU processor. Both have 8Gb of ram. They both use Blu-ray disc drives, and they also both include a 500GB hard drive. What makes these two consoles different in terms of specs is the type of processor used and type of RAM. While both consoles are using what is essentially the same 8-core processor, Sony has chosen to go with a higher end version, making their console’s graphics processor more powerful than Microsofts Xbox One. So the more important question is: What does this all mean in terms of performance when actually playing games? This is where things get a little tricky. When it comes to the majority of multiplatform games, the games that are developed for both the PlayStation and Xbox, there most likely won’t be any difference in performance or graphics. Developers don’t get any sort of benefit from making their games look better on one platform than the other. If they did, it could actually hurt their relationship with Sony or Microsoft which means less overall money to be made. Where the real differences will show, are in the platforms exclusive games. Just remember there are many more multiplatform games than exclusive games, and like previous console generations, graphics performance rarely make a difference in gameplay.


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New sabbatical leave in progress for lecturers Michael Steen

Sabbatical is a period of paid leave granted to a professor so they are able to undertake other pursuits. will not be competing with tenured dollars to fund this program; that was important for us.” Retirement annuity arrangements that currently exist will remain unchanged. While on sabbatical, the lecturers are eligible to receive other forms of income, such as additional parttime employment, as long as said employment does not pose any interference with the purpose of their sabbatical leave. They must also gain approval for the additional employment from the University Dean and Provost. Lecturers may not accept full-time appointment at

another institution while on sabbatical leave. Associate professor and geosciences department chair David Wilkins expressed that he likes the idea of lecturers receiving sabbatical for their hard work, but feels that the task of replacing those lecturers during their absence can provide too much stress and problems for department chairs. “We did speak about the absence of lecturers who would be on sabbatical,” Stockton said. “We’re assuming that it can be managed with the assistance of the tenured faculty as well as the adjunct faculty.” One major stipulation in


the new policy for lecturer sabbatical leave is that the lecturer may not be granted sabbatical while they are working on an ongoing program of instruction or research that is posed a threat of being interfered with. Programs of work must be finished. The lecturer must then submit their application for sabbatical leave to their designated department chair by Dec.1. One of the concerns being raised by members of faculty senate was that the policy puts department chairs in positions to have to decline a fulltime lecturers request for sabbatical.

“I think you’re putting the chair in a position of telling someone no,” Wilkins said. “Which is not something we want to do.” Rose Barlow, Ph.D. and psychology professor stated the department chairs already hold that responsibility in regards to tenured-faculty sabbatical requests. “If we’re willing to pick up

for our tenure track people, we should be willing to pick up the lecturers too,” Barlow said. The policy will now be sent to the sabbatical committee and to each University department head for final review before faculty senate reconsiders the policy at their first meeting in December.

A new sabbatical leave policy for lecturers is in the process of being implemented for Boise State professors. Boise State lists their current sabbatical leave as being reserved for qualified tenured and tenure-track faculty members. A new policy being presented before the Faculty Senate will provide an opportunity for sabbatical leave that would be made available to full-time lecturers. The new policy from the University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs states, “sabbatical leave is awarded to provide time and resources for qualified full-time lecturers to revitalized themselves in order to become more effective teachers and scholars and enhance their services to the University.” Philosophy lecturer and Faculty Senate Senator Jim Stockton has been the lead on the newly proposed sabbatical leave policy and tried to model it after the same structure for sabbatical leave that currently applies to tenured faculty and tenuretrack faculty at Boise State. To be eligible for sabbatical leave, professors must adhere to certain guidelines and rules, as the policy states. Applicants must have completed “at least six years of active service to Boise State University on a full time appointment.” According to the policy, if the lecturers are granted the sabbatical they are seeking, they may receive 60 percent pay for a full calendar year or a one semester at 100 percent funding, dependent upon salary savings self-generated from the program. “The program will fund itself,” Stockton said. “We

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Insert Foot inserts laughter The Reef plays host to the Insert Foot improv group twice a month Madison Killian Twice a month, at the exotic restaurant and bar The Reef, crowds can catch the Insert Foot Theater group’s performance. Last Thursday, Oct. 10, the house was packed and the room was erupting in laughter at the hilarious bunch’s performance. “The group was founded in 2009. I had already been involved in several improv groups over the years, and I finally just wanted to start my own,” said Ron Torres, a founding member of Insert Foot. “The cool thing about our group is we always have different types of humor to kind of make a comedy stew.” Currently, the group has 11 members and each performance showcases a different set of improvisers. “If you ever feel like you wanted to be on Saturday Night Live, or felt like you wanted to do movies like Will Ferrell does, this is your ground zero to try and get involved and try to participate,” said Torres. “All of us, I do believe, are up and coming people you’ll be able to keep your eye on.” When on stage, Insert Foot will take suggestions from the audience and improvisers have to go from there. The wackier the suggestion,

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Catch Insert Foot, an improv group founded in 2009, at the Reef twice each month. the better when it comes to their show. “What sets us apart, is that we really aren’t afraid of much of anything, there are some groups that have a very specific format,” said Eric Cole, an Insert Foot member. “We’re playing a lot of games that you might expect to see on Whose Line Is It Anyway. We’ll take one suggestion and explore it for like 10 minutes.” The group have become good friends, and it shows

through on stage. They look like they’re having as much fun performing as the audience is having watching them. “What makes us really good is that we all like each other, and that we all work well together and we respect each other,” said Insert Foot member, Catherine Richardson. The room was buzzing as the audience yelled out suggestions for a topic. At times, the perform-

ers would take one word and do an entire sketch centered around it. Using different accents and characters, they would paint out hilarious scenarios that had audience members falling out of their seats. “I thought it was very funny and innovative. I would definitely come back to see them again,” said recent Boise State graduate, Jade Weeks. The cast couldn’t help but

crack a few jokes while talking to The Arbiter. “Basically, I don’t really know how bees work. But if bees had knees, we would be them. We would be the knees of those bees,” Cole said. All jokes aside, the members of Insert Foot all bring something different to the table. Put any two, three or four members together to improvise a skit based on something an audience member yells out,

there’s no telling what’s going to happen. As a very close knit group of friends, there are no limits to where they can take the skit. “We can trust each other. We’re all really supportive of each other, even when we screw up,” Richardson said. For more information on Insert Foot Theater and their performances, visit their Facebook page.

Towers Hall’s game night Staff Writer

Boise State University Towers Hall Council will host a welcoming party on Oct. 15 for Boise State’s newest college students. The event will have your basic edibles; pizza, candy, soda and a fancy popcorn machine. The party will also consist a variety of games that every participant can enjoy. Xbox 360 games will be set up in the Towers

classroom, nearby the lobby, along with classic board games. On the other side of the building, where the food and beverages will be held, there will be pool, foosball and ping-pong tournaments. Courtney Briley, a freshman education major, is the new program coordinator of Towers. She is excited to see what this year will bring and aims to change Towers’ appearance on the campus. “I’m hoping this first event is going to set an

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impression on how others planned their new year in college,” Briley said, “It’s just to show people who we are and what we represent and hopefully they will enjoy what we got in store for them.” Brian Pengram, a freshman mechanical engineering major and president of the council, expressed his excitement for the upcoming academic year. “I believe that this is going to be a great year for Towers, with lots of games and activities. The UHA (University Housing Association), too, will also assist with such programs like this.” Fliers for advertisements are also being put up for reminders of this event, which is being facilitated by the vice president of the Towers Coun-

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The Towers Hall welcome party will take place on Oct. 15. cil, Jake Billmyer, a freshman political science major. The Residential Director Philip Storm is more than excited by the upcoming event, also because he also believes that it’s a fresh start for the new year. “I am excited,” Storm said, “As far as I know,

depicting from only a couple meetings, we have a pretty solid team. What’s interesting about our team is that, well, they each have different interests, like with Courtney’s love for education and her interest in coming up with new ideas, also with Brian’s

fantastic leadership skills. As a Resident Director, I am very excited to see what this new year, at Boise State, has to offer.” The event should a mix of rivalry and friendship and will take place at the Towers Hall main lobby at 9 p.m.

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On Oct. 9 and 10, decorated shirts hung from trees all over the Student Union Building (SUB) patio to commemorate the Clothesline Project. With messages of hope, encouragement and personal life stories, students had the opportunity to share their support to those affected by domestic violence in the Boise community. In cooperation with the Boise State Women’s Center, Dean of Students office and community partner the Women’s Children’s Alliance (WCA), the annual Clothesline Project sought to promote and raise awareness for the issue of domestic violence and the importance of building healthy relationships. Lauren Oe, student support case manager for the Dean of Students office at Boise State, engaged students attending the Clothesline Project in order to express an overall goal of positive healthy relationships for the student body. “The Dean of Students office represents the best interests of the student body,” Oe said. “We are one of the many campus resources available to students if they ever need guidance in their lives from academic to personal.” Information booths also lined the SUB patio and fliers with all sorts of information regarding domestic violence

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were made available to curious students. From fliers and pamphlets stating basic statistics to ways in which a student can determine whether or not they are in a healthy relationship, the SUB patio was a haven for all those eager to learn more, as well as those seeking support. Athena Hughes, outreach coordinator with the WCA, expressed her excitement in seeing so many students actively seeking to become better informed on the issue of domestic violence. “This is one of my favorite parts to my job. I get to come out here and talk to all sorts of students from all sorts of backgrounds,” Hughes said. “It’s amazing to hear all the different stories from students and how this issue seems to effect many on campus whether that’s directly or indirectly.” Hughes described the need for students to have accessibility to information regarding domestic violence not only in the Boise community but on a national level as well. “This issue is prevalent everywhere, from Boise to other parts of the country. For students to have the opportunity to see these facts can only be beneficial to them,” Hughes said. The shirt designing process was held in the Women’s Center lounge area where students had the chance to document the impact this event had on their perception of domestic violence.

Danielle Davidson is currently studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. This is her firsthand experience with living abroad. Here in South Korea, there’s a day set aside to honor the creation of the national writing system. There are a few things that always come up when talking about the history of this scientifically developed writing system. The Korean writing system, Hangeul, is quite unique. At first glance it looks like it’s a system that uses symbols to represent words, but it’s actually an alphabet. It was created by Sejong the Great, the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty, along with a team of linguists. Hangeul was first known as the common people’s writing system. Chinese characters were used in official documents, but, after a series of events, Hangeul became the national writing system. For me, learning the writing system was quite easy, because it’s completely logical. Even though it’s an alphabet with individual letters, it is also blocked off into syllabic units. One benefit of having the words broken down into syllables is it makes it easier to recognize words and sounds as a beginning Korean learner. But, that’s not all. The letters themselves represent the shape of the mouth, teeth, tongue and throat when creating a sound. For example /m/ ㅁ, /n/ ㄴ, and /g/ ㄱ. The shape of the letter that represents the sound /m/ shows the way the mouth is positioned. For /n/ and /g/ the letters represent the way the tongue is positioned. The sound for /n/ is made when the tongue goes up towards the soft palate, and the /g/ is made when the back of the tongue is moved in a similar direction. Pretty cool, isn’t it? I could go into much more detail about this fantastic writing system, but I’ll just say this: it’s probably the best writing system in the world because of the fact that it was developed by Korean linguists who used knowledge of phonology and phonetics. To celebrate Hangeul Day I visited The Story of King Sejong Exhibition Hall with a few friends and said ‘hello’ to Sejong the Great himself!

October 14, 2013


Geology students are rock stars John Engel @EngelESPN

Many students study fields of science at Boise State, but a select few are changing science. Students Amanda Laib, Kathleen Bundy, Josh Ekhoff and Eliza Schuz will be attending the Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting to present and share the research they have conducted at Boise State. The 125th edition of the conference will take place from Oct. 27-28 in Denver, Colo. The students work alongside Boise State associate professor of isotope geochemistry Mark Schmitz, Ph.D., who is world-renowned for his work in dating some of earth’s oldest minerals and events. He runs the Isotope Geology Laboratory at Boise State. It’s not uncommon for students enrolled at universities across the country to conduct research,. However, these students are seldom able to uncover some of the remaining unanswered questions about Earth. Ekhoff and Bundy, along with Schmitz and other professors, are working to date the Hangenberg event, which resulted in a mass extinction event hundreds of millions of years ago. The event is known to have happened globally, but the date it happened is still unknown. By discovering a precise time —within 100,000 years or less — the research can be used to discover the meaning of other events today. “Knowing the precise time when events happen help you understand why they happened. That’s obviously really relevant to us today because we want to know why climate change is happening,” Bundy said. Bundy and Ekhoff gathered samples outside of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada where last year strong samples of the lower black shale, which bracketed the extinction event, can be found. The most reliable samples are found in Germany. Schmitz has been all over the world collecting samples from the same event in order to date the samples and find any correlations. Schmitz recruited both Bundy and Ekhoff, despite neither of them completing any of his courses at the university. Schmitz devised his proposal along with assistant research professor Vladimir Davydov, Ph.D., and the plan immediately garnered the support and undergraduate funding. With the advancements in absolute uranium dating, students in Schmitz’s lab have some of the most

prolific technology in the field at their disposal. Located in Schmitz’s lab is the Thermo Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS), which is one of the most advanced machines available for absolute dating on the planet. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of the only other universities in the United States with the machine. “We’re incredibly lucky. There aren’t a lot of universities where you can do that kind of research with that kind of machine,” Bundy said. Laib, now a graduate student, also works with Schmitz, but in an entirely different capacity. She is working with volcanic rock to test a hypothesis by deceased geologist Richard Visher. Visher believed that mineral trends implied that there were inverted magma patterns in a sample. As a non-traditional student, Laib didn’t initially believe she would enter the field of geological research. She sought out Schmitz to gain research experience in order to avoid needing to go to graduate school, but ultimately became a graduate student at Boise State nonetheless. “I wasn’t born-and-bred to do research,” Laib said. “Mark has quit giving me the answers, and has encouraged me to think without his constant input.” Both Laib and the group of Bundy and Ekhoff have grown immensely passionate toward their projects, and research has become their top priority. “It’s hard to go to class and not go to work. I’ll be sitting and class and go: ‘Man, I’ve got theses samples I have to run,’” Ekhoff said. “It’s so cool.” The GSA meeting serves as an opportunity for all of the students to share ideas, compare research projects and network with industry professionals. Though many well-known scientists attend the event, Ekhoff, and many other scientists around the world, believe the best minds are in-house at Boise State. Both Schmitz and Davydov are respected throughout the field for their work in geosciences. “It’s weird to interact with people, because you’re kind of isolated in your university and just know him as Mark, or Vladimir,” Ekhoff said. “Then you talk to other people and they’re like, ‘oh, no, Mark is a rock star.’ And Vladimir is worldrenowned; in Europe he’s a rock star.” With the success of recent research, Boise State students like Laib, Bundy and Ekhoff may be rockstars themselves very, very soon. Hey! Did you hear about the new thermo ionization mass spectrometer?

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October 14, 2013

Broncos find talent outback John Engel

The student section at Boise State men's basketball games, better known as The Corral, has become notorious for shouting the common Australian chant: "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!," following a made basket by Australian players Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic. With the addition of Sydney, Australia native Nick Duncan, members of the student section may need to pace themselves for the onslot of scoring by the Broncos newest Aussie. Along with Drmic and Hadziomerovic, Duncan is an alumnus of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), which produces some of Australia's most talented athletes. Because professional basketball is much less developed in Australia than in the United States, Duncan chose to accept the recruiting advancements made by Boise State head coach Leon Rice. Duncan was recruited by Washington State and St. Marry's, to name a couple, but ultimately gravitated towards the Boise State program. "The program itself, and how it's building up from just a couple years ago to now, we're kind of a big team," Duncan said. "I felt as if I could come in here and fit in very well under (Rice), and his coaching ability and I could develop my game as well."

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Freshman forward Nick Duncan is now the third Australian player on the Boise State men’s basketball roster. Duncan isn't the first, Australian basketball player to call Boise State home. Drmic and Hadziomerovic were both attending the AIS before Duncan arrived, but the juniors never met their future teammate. Since meeting the two veteran Australian players, Duncan has become a lot more comfortable with his transition. "It makes me feel more welcome," Duncan said. "Even so, the other guys that are American have really

welcomed and supported me. It's always nice to have someone from your same country here to help you out with the small things of settling in." Duncan was a highly touted player in Australia’s basketball realms— he played on Australia's 2013 U19 World Championships team, but the transition to American basketball will not be simple. The biggest challenge for Duncan has been executing

plays at the speed in which American basketball is played, and staying physical with the taller, stronger opponents. "(American basketball) is more upbeat, and it's quicker. You're getting things done in a short amount of time—I've never trained so hard," Duncan said. Rice acknowledges Duncan’s struggles with the playbook, but claims the forward will also be one of the team’s best players moving forward.

Duncan’s 6-foot-7inch and 225 pound frame will make him a difficult matchup for any team. “He knows how to play, and he’s a tough kid,” Rice said. “He gives us another big that has a feel for the game. There aren’t that many bigs that do have a feel.” Lack of size was an issue for the Broncos last season, and led to their sub-par defensive efforts in Mountain West play, Dun-

can adds both offensive and defensive stability to Boise State’s roster. “He’s really good in structure, and he’s found his niche,” Drmic said. “He can shoot the three—you don’t really think he will —and he draws out the defense.” After a short number of weeks on the court, Duncan has already found his place with the Boise State men’s basketball team. Find him outside the three point line, as well as down under.

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Though Brittany Gaston has only been coaching softball for the short period of three years, her recent hiring as an assistant softball coach has been viewed as yet another improvement for the Boise State program. Gaston, a former AllSouthern Conference for Appalachian State, where she is second in school history in hits, came to the Broncos after spending a year as the head coach of Ashley High School in Charleston, SC. She also spent two years as a graduate assistant for the softball powerhouse, the University of Tennessee. In her time at Tennessee, the Lady Vols won the 2011 SEC Championship and qualified for the College World Series in 2012. Gaston will work with the Broncos outfielders and serve as the hitting coach. She hopes she can use the lessons she learned at Ten-

nessee and at the high school level to keep building upon a Broncos program that was started in 2007. Working with a developed program like the Lady Vols allowed Gaston a behindthe-scenes look at why Tennessee was such a dominant programs—something she hopes she can use to put Boise State softball on the map. “It was fun being part of the attention. The Tennessee program was already developed when I got there so it was great to be apart of a successful team,” Gaston said. “At college, you just work at refining their skills because they’re already skilled. So bringing that aspect and those things that I learned at Tennessee I hope to bring to here,” Gaston said. After her brief, two year stint with the Lady Vols, Gaston found herself as the head coach at Ashley High School —an experience that was not always easy. After going from a dominant program where she was

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coaching motivated athletes that held a passion for softball, it was a rough transition for Gaston to coach athletes that did not hold that same level of passion. “It was difficult working with girls that were forced to play softball by their parents,” Gaston said. “Their work ethic was not always the greatest.” Despite the struggles, Gaston appreciated the experience and learned many lessons from coaching at the high school level. She even ended a decade long playoff drought in her only season at Ashley. “I had a great experience, don’t get me wrong,” Gaston said. “I enjoyed working with the girls and everyone, but it was definitely a big change going from a highly successful program to the high school.” After spending her life living in the southeast, the move to Boise was not a hard decision for Gaston because she understood the opportu-

nity was one that she could not pass up if she wanted to move back into the college coaching ranks. “It wasn’t difficult for me at all because I knew I had to go where the job takes me,” Gaston said. “Unfortunately in coaching you can’t really decide where you want to coach, but I know Boise State is a great program and I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to work at program like this.” Gaston’s youth is something she believes will allow her to be able to empathize with the Broncos’ athletes and aid her in becoming the positive coach she wants to become. “I feel that I can relate to the players in different situations in games and in practice,” Gaston said. “So when they're under pressure in an at bat, I feel like I understand how to talk to them and counsel them in bouts of anxiety or stress. Being able to empathize with them is the main thing.”

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