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Alan Heathcock, an instructor at Boise State, recently won a Whiting Writing Award for his book of short stories, “Volt.”


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Alan Heathcock, instructor of creative writing at Boise State, has traveled a life-long path woven of darkness and light on his writing journey—a journey which arrived this week in New York. The Whiting Writing Award is given each year to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting, and on Tuesday, Oct. 23, this esteemed literary award went to Heathcock. Heathcock’s book of short stories, “Volt,” published in 2011 by Graywolf Press, is a disquieting study of people who struggle to move from darkness into the light, and the author has conducted their journey with a masterful and empa-

thetic pen. you turn away.” are a few of the book’s preSince 1985, the Mrs. Giles And rarely has anyone mium accolades. Whiting Foundation has turned away from “Volt.” In Heathcock agreed his stosupported creative writing the year and a half since the ries are “harrowing,” but said and writers with awards of book’s well-attended launch he doesn’t write just to give $50,000 to each recipient. party in Boise, Idaho, Heath- emphasis to the darkness in Candidates are proposed by cock’s collection of stories people. At the many readnominators ings he has from across done in the the country People who know me now, but don’t know last year and and chosen how I grew up in Chicago, think of me as a hap- a half of book by a small tours, Heathpy, funny guy. They don’t know what awful expe- cock read the committee of writers, liter- riences I might have had. But how well do you horrific story, ary scholars know anybody? Smoke—a —Alan Heathcock and editors. tale of acciThe Whitdental muring Awards committee said has been validated by 13 der, inspired by an incident Heathcock’s stories are, major writing and literary that occurred to Heathcock’s “intense …harrowing … awards. The list is impres- grandfather. The characters gorgeous, muscular prose, sive: Publisher’s Weekly Best in the eight stories that com(wherein) Heathcock paints Book 2011, Chicago Tri- prise “Volt,” are condensed a mythic vision of rural bune Best Book 2011, New from the unforgiving shadAmerica that, for all its hor- York Times Editors’ Choice ows in every man’s soul ror, evokes a deep and genu- and the recently announced, because, Heathcock ine sympathy that won’t let GLCA New Writers Award, said, “everyone has


something dark inside them. But, …their ultimate need is to find a way out of the horror their lives have become.” “People who know me now, but don’t know how I grew up in Chicago, think of me as a happy, funny guy,” Heathcock said. “They don’t know what awful experiences I might have had. But how well do you know anybody? As you get older you understand that you’ve misunderstood who someone is, that you didn’t know what was inside them.” At an interview with Heathcock last week on the Boise State campus, Heathcock sported his characteristic fedora and dark-rimmed glasses. His gaze was intense

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Monday, Oct. 22, President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney sat down for their third and final debate of this election. The debate saw both candidates more subdued, less confrontational when compared to last week’s town hall face-off and in agreement on most issues of the evening. The subjects on which the candidates clearly differed were military spending and China. The main segments, as designed by moderator Bob Schieffer, dealt with the changing face of the Middle East, America’s role in the world, military spending, threat of a nuclearly armed Iran, America’s backing of Israel, the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the challenges China poses. When asked how the candidates’ performances compare to last week’s debate, Ross Burkhart, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of political science, said in an email, “President Obama largely retained his sharpness from last week’s debate,” and saw Romney as “less sure-footed” and “rather passive in his refusal to answer charges from President Obama of inconsistency in his for-

eign policy views.” In the first segment dealing with the new face of terrorism, Romney stated how although “a number of disturbing events” have occurred in the Middle East, his answer is not to “kill our way out of this mess” but “to put in place a very comprehensive and robust strategy to help the world of Islam and other parts of the world reject

this radical violent extremism.” During this segment, Obama directly attacked Romney for his previous stance on al-Qaida stating, “A few months ago when you were asked, what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia, not al-Qaida, you said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

On the issue of Iran developing nuclear weapons both Obama and Romney agreed they would do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capability. “As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon,” Obama said. Romney echoed the statement and said, “Military action is the last re-

sort. It is something one would only, only consider if all of the other avenues had been tried to their full extent.” Regarding the foreign policy topics covered in the debate, Burkhart believes that the financial crisis in Europe and its impact on U.S. foreign policy should have been included

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Intersession Powering the Future enrollment Generation event opens Oct. 29 Registration for winter intersession classes opens Monday, Oct. 29. One-credit workshops, three-credit upper-division and graduate classes will be offered to a total of 650 different classes. Courses will be available during a variety of times including evening classes. Most classes will

run between Jan. 2-20 for three hours over 13 days. Students can view a complete list of winter intersession classes and more details by visiting w e b 1 .b o i s e s t ate. edu/extendedstudies/intersession. The cost for intersession classes is $245 per credit for undergraduate classes and $305 for graduate classes.

Wireless printing now available campus-wide A campus wide rollout of wireless laptop printing in now available. Downloads have been provided which will allow students to install and run the required BroncoPrint software enabling students to print from their laptop anywhere on campus. After downloading the required software students do have to be logged in the Bronco Wireless network using their BroncoWeb username and password. Printing will be similar to traditional printing done at print stations on campus. Students simply need to select “BroncoPrint” for the list

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of available printers and enter their assigned student ID number and name for print job. Users will receive the same notifications indicating print cost and the prompt for approval or cancellation. After sending a job to print it will remain available to be printed for two hours. If the job is not printed within two hours it will be removed from the system. For more information or download links visit the Office of Information Technology’s printing site at oit.boisestate. edu/labs/about/ broncoprint.

The College of Engineering will host the Powering the Future Generation event on Oct. 25. The event is a series of presentations from Vern Porter, vice president of engineering and construction, and Colleen Ramsey, the manager of the delivery engineer-

ing and design department, of Idaho Power. They will be speaking on how utilities plan for, maintain and manage power systems to meet the current and future energy needs. The event will also be an opportunity for electrical engineers to network themselves

in the power industry as Porter and Ramsey discuss the challenges that occur with regard to Smart Gird, integration for renewables, electric vehicles and other technological advances.The event will be held in the SUB Lookout Room from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Lincoln Garage fires cited as arson by Boise Police A suspicious fire that set two vehicles ablaze in the Lincoln garage on campus is now being investigated as arson. The fires which were first reported by a passerby on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 6:45 a.m., destroyed two vehicles on the top level of the garage. Both vehicles

belong to students at Boise State. Taylor Rohrich, freshman student and owner of one of the badly damaged vehicles, was notified by a family member the morning of the incident who told her what had happened. BPD officially cited arson as the cause for

both fires currently under investigation. Arson is a criminal charge in Idaho punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Police strongly urge anyone with information regarding these incidents to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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Activists call out Broncos Christina Marfice Features Editor

A street corner on Franklin Road near the mall Sunday afternoon drew stares, waves, insults and rude gestures from passing motorists as a man and his wife held a large blue and orange sign reading “Abortion Murders Future Broncos.” First Congressional District candidate Pro-Life and his wife, Kirsten Richardson, said they received reactions ranging from smiles to middle fingers. They say the sign is not affiliated with Pro-Life’s congressional campaign. “We’re just trying to save babies,” Richardson said. Pro-Life has run for seats

on the state legislature, United States Senate and now Congress and has made two unsuccessful bids for Governor since 2006. In 2006, he legally changed his name from Marvin Richardson to Pro-Life. Both Pro-Life and Richardson said they had no problem with some of the rude reactions they received displaying their sign. “The worst reaction we can get is to have people ignore us because that means they don’t care,” Richardson said. The two plan to continue their anti-abortion efforts by displaying the sign at upcoming Boise events, including home football games at Boise State.


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Breathing deeply, Amelio looks around in what can only be described as a dimly lit closet or small room. He can clearly hear the humming of a child-like song coming from a direction that isn’t clear to him. Suddenly a light bursts into the darkness causing Amelio to swiftly move his glance toward the origin of the illumination. As he walks forward he sees the silhouette of a person. It appears to be a young female rocking slowly back and forth as twinkle, twinkle little star echoes from her direction. He proceeds with caution. The hallway is dark and ominous. Every footstep Amelio takes appears to be methodical. Once in reach of his target,

he softly places his hand on the shoulder of this singing mystery. Quickly, in response, the humming stops. The female hand reaches up to cover and grip Amelio’s. It is clear her fingers are covered in a thick red substance—it looks like blood. What you have just read is the description of a video teaser for a new web series called “4Hire.” It is the creation of the creative minds from Parallel Worlds Productions, a group comprised of a few Boise State students and others led by Anthony Blaine and his production partner and co-director Jake Smith. According to the group’s own description of the project on it’s page, “4Hire” is about “4 childhood friends (who) become vigilan-

The final debate [News page 1] should have been included as a significant segment as well. He added, “Nor, surprisingly, did the moderator ask about North Korea.” When asked who presented himself better, Jake Kelley, a junior majoring in mass communication, said, “Obama definitely had an advantage because he’s been dealing with foreign policy throughout this whole fouryear term.” He saw Romney as agreeing with most aspects of Obama’s foreign policy and basically only saying to Obama, “you could have done a little better.” Although the debate’s focus was advertised as foreign policy, domestic issues concerning spending rose up as topics of discussion during the middle of the debate, and Romney persistently fought to stay on the topic of military spending.

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His argument for an increase in defense spending, a bigger Navy and more ships led to this ubiquitous quote of the night by Obama: “Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets.” “And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships,” Obama added. The takeover by domestic policy during the debate should not have been surprising as “public opinion polling generally indicates greater public interest in domestic policy than foreign policy,” Burkhart said. Another segment of the debate focused on the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and there was not much contention on the topic as the candidates agreed on the final withdrawal date. “We’re now in a position where we can transition out, because there’s no reason



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te hit men righting the wrongs where justice falls short and discovering hidden truths in the process.” The page is another interesting facet of this project. Blaine and Smith have achieved full funding for their web series by utilizing the creative and useful website that allows people of all kinds of backgrounds to come together and help one another out with the funding of various projects. According to the Kickstarter site, the Parallel Worlds Productions group was seeking $1,000 in order to film their latest adventure. By Sept. 5 they had received $1,166 through 19 different backers. A video describing the distribution of funds was posted as part of the effort to get funding. why Americans should die when Afghans are perfectly capable of defending their own country,” Obama said. “When I’m president, we’ll make sure we bring our troops out by the end of 2014,” Romney said. When it came to China, the last topic of the debate, Obama said, “China’s both an adversary but also a potential partner in the international community if it’s following the rules.” However, Romney had a more aggressive stance on China and labeled it “a currency manipulator.” “I’ve watched year in and year out as companies have shut down and people have lost their jobs because China has not played by the same rules, in part by holding down artificially the value of their currency. It holds down the prices of their goods. It means our goods aren’t as competitive and we lose jobs. That’s got to end,” Romney said. To Kelley, an important issue of the evening was

“We need your help to feed our cast and crew of over 30 members,” Smith said in the video. “Maybe a little extra for some props and costumes.” Blaine elaborated about the overall scope of the project via e-mail. “We currently have over 30 volunteers each participating by either acting, providing props, make-up, sound and music creation and mastering, filming, grip work, field work and PR,” Blaine said. For independent film makers such as Parallel Worlds Productions, the ability to solicit funding in a creative forum that has far-reaching capability is priceless. Blaine explained he is excited to have this opportunity. However, he said the group has much bigger goals in mind. “Our ultimate goal for this project is to use it as a springboard to launch a full-fledged production company, concentrating on narrative stories,”

Blaine said. “We feel that Idaho is one of the best areas to find some amazing hidden talent! Lots of people we’ve worked with on this project would love to move onto Hollywood, but really do not like the idea of having to transplant their families and/or have no interest in moving to a big city for film work. Idaho offers a lot of

film benefits.” As far as the “4Hire” series, they are still looking for some cast members. According to the group’s website,, there are still six actors needed. When completed each episode will be five to eight minutes in length and they currently have four episodes scripted.

the candidates’ treatment of China. “The economy is the biggest thing which definitely involves China because they are our biggest trading partner, so I think Obama’s idea of bringing more jobs back to America and strengthening from within is a lot more important than Romney’s idea of holding on to this economic empire where we’re spread across the globe,” Kelley said. The debate solidified Kelley’s decision to vote for

Obama “because he is a lot more methodical. He’s not just going guns blazing, the old style of American presidents like George Bush which is who I would equate Romney to,” Kelley said. Cameron DeLange, a sophomore majoring in international business, also identified Obama’s incumbency as an advantage. Although he believes that both candidates are qualified to be president, DeLange gives a slight edge to Obama based on last night’s debate.

“It seemed like he (Obama) had more experience with foreign policy as being the president the last four years, so a better understanding of what the country needed in terms of foreign relations with other nations,” DeLange said. With the debates now over and the days counting down to Nov. 6, it’s time for voters to seriously consider the policies each candidate has advocated and go out and exercise their right to vote.

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Maria Garth, senior photography major, was one of the recipients of the Brian P. Meier Photography Scholarship for her self-portraits.

Students earn photography scholarships Genny Nutting Staff Writer

They are all around us, held up by magnets on our fridge, placed in a decorative frame for all to see and even carried conveniently in the storage space of our phones. They are our favorite pictures of people, places or moments frozen in time, captured as a means to look back and reflect upon. Spring of 2012, the Boise State department of art selected two upper-division students to receive the Brian P. Meier Photography Scholarship to help them pay for their fall semester classes.

Each student had to embody outstanding and promising photographic skills as well as display academic merit through their studies. These students were Marvin Schwenk, senior visual arts major and senior photography major Maria Garth. According to Schwenk, his favorite photograph is the one he has not yet taken. Schwenk said he developed his passion for photography roughly eight years ago when he was inspired by photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Timothy O’Sullivan, John Muir and Alfred Stieglitz. Through their journeys and

rousing ideas, Schwenk said he was stimulated to find his own story through the lens of his Canon 30D. With this ambition in mind, he is earning his bachelor of fine arts in visual art with an emphasis in photography and aspires to use his infatuation for photography through a variety of work including magazines and architecture. “What inspires me is the light,” Schwenk said. “The right light coming from planet earth can tell a story and encapsulate an emotional response to all sorts of history and beauty.” His creative mindset and

desire to capture the ideal lighting helped him to receive the Brian P. Meier Photography Scholarship this past year. Along with Schwenk, Garth was selected as a recipient of the Brian P. Meier Photography Scholarship for her series of self-portraits. “I’m very grateful for having gotten it,” Garth said in response to recieving her scholarship. “It can be hard with photographs, but it’s just an intuitive connection that you have with the work.” Garth said she has always done art and was aware of photography from classes she took through high

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Czech Nonet will perform two unique recitals as part of the Student Union Performance Series (SUPS) and the Boise Chamber Music Series. Students can expect to hear something different this Thursday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in the Special Events Center as SUPS hosts their first indoor performance and Friday, Oct. 26 with the Boise Chamber Music Series putting on their second recital in the Velma V. Morrison Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Jeremy Ruth, senior clarinet performance major, said he is particularly excited for Czech Nonet to come to Boise State and put on two performances, both of which he hopes to attend. “The main exciting part is that they’re players from the Czech Republic and they’re very high level players from what I hear,” Ruth said. “We have to take advantage of the opportuni-

ties we have when players of their caliber come through.” Originating in the Czech Republic, Czech Nonet is one of the oldest and most original chamber ensembles in the world. Composed of a wood wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn) and a string quartet (violin, viola, cello and bass) Czech Nonet has inspired hundreds of works by some of the world’s greatest composers including Prokofiev and Lutoslawski. Fine Arts Manager Holly Gilchrist said students can expect something different as part of SUPS with Czech Nonet’s classical and traditional formal music. “It is a much more traditionally-based formal musical experience with classically trained musicians that travel the world to share their talents,” Gilchrist said. “Something that I find inspirational about this group is that it was originally formed by a group of highly engaged and motivated students of the Prague Con-

servatory in 1924. In fact to date the Czech Nonet has one of the longest histories for a traveling ensemble of all time.” Gilchrist and Ruth encourage both music and non-music majors to take advantage of one of Czech Nonet’s performances. Ruth said students can take this opportunity to “broaden their cultural horizons” and hear something rare in the music world. “Students can expect a very good performance and something they won’t get to hear very often,” Ruth said. “You don’t have a nonet come through that often. It’s not an incredibly common arrangement of instruments let alone from another part of the world.” Considering the SUPS recital is free for students, Gilchrist said she highly encourages students to come and take part in it seeing as their student fees help support this program. “My hope is that students take advantage of this awesome opportunity

and expose themselves to a unique musical experience that they may not typically go see,” Gilchrist said. For music students and the general public, in addition to the two performances, Czech Nonet will be instructing free master

school and college. She did not decide to major in photography until two years ago after trying other art majors and found photography was the one she most enjoyed. She found photography fit her personality best because it expresses her vision and ideas. Garth prefers to do much of her art in the presence of the dark room because she has an appreciation for the equipment and enjoys having the ability to obtain more freedom and experiment through analog photography. “A lot of schools are phasing out dark rooms and ana-

logue photography so I think it’s nice that we still have all of the equipment and it’s still possible to replicate all of the processes,” Garth said. “I just like the way the film looks; it looks very different from digital. It’s something with the grain and the quality of an image being on a negative rather than pixels.” Upon graduation, Garth would like to further her education through graduate school and work as a commercial photographer specializing in fashion. “I’m looking at several graduate schools in New York. I think New York is the heart of it all,” Garth said.

classes for wind and string chamber ensembles from 1:15 to 2:10 p.m. on Oct. 25 and individual instruments the afternoon of Oct. 26. Ruth said he is looking forward to these classes because of the rare opportunity to work with different artists and get other perspectives on music and performing.

For more information about the SUPS recital, students can check out the Student Union Fine Arts Facebook page at www. For more information about the Boise Chamber Music Series performance and ticket prices students can contact Jeanne Belfy at or 426-1216.

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A sculpture sits in the Interactive Learning Center’s Zone as a part of the new art exhibition, “Twilight Zone” in light of the Halloween season.

Interative learning center’s Twilight Zone Matt Shelar Staff Writer

The Twilight Zone is the new theme for the Interactive Learning Center's (ILC) Zone Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 19 the ILC revealed the Twilight Zone Gallery where several students displayed various pieces of their art, all in light of the Halloween season. “There is art and then there is fine art," senior Ray Ellis said. "Fine art is an intellectual look at what art

can really do." Ellis was one of the 15 artists to exhibit a piece at the commencement of The Zone Gallery. His sculpture is titled The Dealer. Kimberly Owens, event coordinator, is a senior visual arts major who works in The Zone. Owens said she believed with Halloween on its way, a Twilight Zone theme would be terrific for an art exhibit. “And where better to put it than the Zone?” Owens asked.

She said she was inspired to do this because she grew up watching this classic show and has been catching it on Netflix as of late. Another figure at the event is senior art major Breezy Clark’s Escape. This piece was about a 10x2-inch coffin with the door open and nothing inside. “I love it because it conveys an empty feeling," Clark said. "Something was supposed to be there, it isn’t now and thus it got out." Clark has left the previous

contents of the tomb to the viewer’s discretion and has gotten feedback from it being a zombie Barbie to it being a baby vampire. All together, the evening ran casually and smooth with beverages and a Rod Serling look-alike. For those of you who have never watched the Twilight Zone, Serling was its creator and wrote the bulk of the series. His double at Boise State is Alabama-native, Kendall Moreland, freshman computer science major.

Though Moreland has a love for computers, he also enjoys photography. He works at the Zone as a techsupport. Throughout the evening he walked around to add to the ambiance of the exhibit and it worked like a charm. Weren’t there on Oct. 19? These pieces will be on display until Nov. 16. If you’ve never been the ILC, it’s on the west end of campus. Prepare yourself for another dimension. Next stop, the “Twilight Zone.”

Pianist Anna Mullinaux kicks off senior music recitals Danielle Davidson Staff Writer

She walked onstage in a red knee-length dress and black heels, with jeweled pins in her hair. Anna Mullinaux was the center of attention as she performed piano pieces for her senior recital. This recital was part of the degree requirements for a bachelor of music in music education. All music majors have to do a senior recital before they graduate. Mullinaux was one of the earlier students to perform this year. “All of the pieces I enjoyed,” Mullinaux said. “I needed to pick something with variety so yeah I had a lot of variety in the program, which was

fun. I think that my favorite from the genres that I’ve had, like I love Gershwin. It’s as close to jazz as I’ve ever gotten. I’m not a jazz pianist and so getting the jazziness but in a setting that I can learn makes it fun.” The pieces Mullinaux chose were influenced by the teachers she has had throughout the years. She said she especially enjoyed playing a piece by Gershwin at the end of the recital. “She did really well,” said Jude Streicher, sophomore piano composition major. “She played really confidently and sounded great at the piano. Every piece sounded really, really good. I really love the Chopin that she started with, that piece just had such a cool kind of feel to

it and I loved it, loved that she brought it in.” Her songs included pieces from all periods that encompass the piano, including Romanticism, Baroque, Classicism and the 20th century. “I loved them (song choice), they were gorgeous,” said Jessica Tweedie, sophomore piano performance major. “I loved the variety between them. There’s all the periods and just beautiful, loved it. I think I really liked the Gershwin piece, the last one. I saw the fire and emotion between them, different emotions.” Senior recitals are performed throughout the year in the Morrison Center Recital Hall. Mullinaux was one of the first and there will be more.


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Systems of the body are exposed Danielle Davidson Staff Writer

The body is comprised of many intricate systems including skeletal, nervous, digestive, muscular and circulatory. These systems, as well as others, can be viewed firsthand in the forms of preserved specimens as the Discovery Center of Idaho (DCI) hosts the “BODIES REVEALED.” This exhibit showcases real organs while also presenting informative posts. “Bone is a matrix of hard minerals built and maintained by bone cells. If you removed the minerals and kept the cells, you could tie your bones in a knot,” reads one of the first signs at the “BODIES REVEALED” exhibit. Many other fun facts were given and in-depth information was displayed next to specimens. The first room of the exhibit is mainly comprised of the muscular and skeletal systems, along with the nervous system where preserved brains are displayed. Skeletons with muscles attached were shown doing different activities. “It’s fascinating to see the different aspects,” said John Shirts, a viewer of the exhibit. “The detail that is shown is just amazing. I think it’s fantastic, because you can see how the muscles stretch, the

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The Discovery Center’s “BODIES REVEALED” exhibit features human bodies. position of things, it’s just a different aspect that you just can’t imagine. You have to see it.” In the second room, the organs and circulatory system were shown as well as full bodies to show how everything is layered within the body. “I think it’s pretty interesting, kind of weird that it came from a real person, but I think it’s interesting,” said McKenna Lowe, freshman communication major. “So far I really

like this (circulatory display). This is amazing to see all the arteries in the body and the circulatory system.” All of these systems were preserved to ensure the longevity of the cells using the plastination process. “They take a specimen and they immerse it in acetone and what happens is the acetone goes into the cells replacing all the water that’s in the cells,” said Woody Sobey, DCI educa-

tion director. “They then take it out of the acetone and put it into a bath of silicone and then pull a vacuum on that, and what happens when you pull a vacuum is that the acetone will boil away, and when the acetone boils away the silicone goes in and replaces it inside the cells, and the silicone will naturally harden. But, what they do is they pull it out of the bath and hit it will a catalyst to expedite that process and what you’re

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Heathcock spoke easily about the journey that led to this award.

“I feel completely in balance now,” Heathcock said. “Since I completed “Volt,”

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I’m now free to be just the happy guy who loves his family, loves his wife. I’m in the exact right place right now and I’m very grateful for that, but I’m also very protective of that.” Heathcock continued to discuss themes present in “Volt.” “The biggest frustration with the book is that people have focused so much on the darkness in the stories that they have missed out that in every story there is a deep desire to not want to be in pain, and there is a lacing of love throughout the whole thing,” he said. “It’s about people who want to heal themselves.” Long-time friend, writer Anthony Doerr, whose book “A Memory Wall” was A Notable Book of 2010 in the New York Times, was a year behind Heathcock in graduate school. When Heathcock had his first story accepted for publication at a literary magazine called the Cresecent Review, it surprised no one. “But then Al did something sort of amazing, something legendary,” Doerr said. “Something that has marked his path as a writer ever since.” Heathcock withdrew his story from this respected literary magazine because the magazine refused to let him revise the piece before they published it. According to Doerr, Heathcock told him, “I just didn’t think it was done.” “His first big publication, something we’d all been working toward for years, news any of us would have happily consumed a few bottles of wine over, and he withdrew it,” Doerr said. “This was Al’s commitment

left with is a specimen that has been preserved down to the cellular level.” Nurses, medical assistants and Boise State students were among the people walking around the exhibition and said they found the information presented educational. The show will run through March 31. For more information please go to DCI’s website or the BODIES REVEALED website at

to making his work live up to his standards.” It took 10 years for Heathcock to finish the stories in Volt because working to his own standard isn’t something which can be done in a hurry. Heathcock calls this standard “optimizing.” In his fiction workshops, he imparts this passion for “optimizing a story” to the students. He mentors each writer with his joy of writing. Most of his students are familiar with Heathcock’s work and the often sinister turns of his story plots. If a draft doesn’t seem to be working, or falls flat somehow, the students will jokingly suggest the writer should add a murder or some other dark twist to optimize the story. But Heathcock emphatically made it clear optimizing isn’t only about dark deeds or the blackness in peoples’ souls, but also about the love and light they seek to counter all of this. And the Whiting Award is proof Alan Heathcock has indeed optimized his writing with his life and arrived at the exact right place.

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. It’s midterm season, which means not only are you going to have a test in most of your classes, but it’s time to pick your classes for next semester. On one hand, meeting with an advisor can be helpful and can definitely keep you on a four-year track. On the other hand, there is something to be said for taking professors, not classes. Not to say an advisor won’t tell you this and wouldn’t be helpful when trying to choose professors. What I do mean is if you go into choosing classes with an open mind about the actual course content and try to focus on finding good professors, it could shape your whole semester. Specifically, the most interesting course can be ruined if it’s not taught by a professor whose teaching style is something you’re in sync with. I know there are some professors I just can’t handle. That’s not to say they aren’t perfectly adequate professors, I’m just not a student who can appreciate their particular style. One of my biggest pet peeves is overly homework-happy professors. I can practically hear my own rant: Don’t they know I have a life outside of school? Usually a professor’s “Rate My Professor” reviews tell me if he or she is someone I could really enjoy taking a class from. And I am a huge advocate of reading peer reviews of professors. Nobody knows a professor better than his or her students. In turn, if there is a professor you work really well under, take as many classes from him or her as possible. Knowing you love a professor’s teaching style and knowing you will enjoy his or her class means you are almost guaranteed a better grade. Actually wanting to go to class is a pretty hearty motivator for doing well in a class. When I find a professor I love, I take as many classes from him or her as possible— even if I don’t necessarily enjoy the content of the class itself. Never underestimate the ability of a really fantastic teacher. I know I always recommend communication professor Marty Most because of my experiences in his class. It’s simple. Always take into consideration who is teaching the class when you add it to your schedule. So I will say it again: Take professors, not classes. And as I talked about earlier in the year when I discussed the college timezone, be honest with yourself. If you aren’t a morning person, avoid morning classes. If you don’t do well with attendance policies, avoid professors who aren’t the most flexible.

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The Color Run™comes to Boise Ellie Parton Staff Writer

The Color Run™ is a 5k which takes place all over the nation and is coming to Boise on Saturday, Oct.27. The run begins at 9 a.m. and takes place along Parkcenter Boulevard. The Color Run™ is just that: a 5k in which participants are covered in colorful powder throughout the run. Participants are instructed to wear white shirts at the start of the run in order to come out completely covered in bright colors by the end. According to the website, “By the end, (participants) look like they fell into a Willy Wonka, tie dyed vat of colored goodness.” Greg Tovey, sophomore elementary education major, is participating in the run with his co-workers from REI. “I’m looking forward to putting on my white tutu and tights and running around

Boise,” Tovey said. Although Tovey is an active runner, he said the Color Run(tm) will be a unique experience to him. “I’ve done fun runs in the past, but never where the promise of colorful projectiles is in the description,” he said. The run is geared toward people looking to have fun with family and friends and not as much on speed and athleticism. People of all athletic ability are welcome to participate and participants may choose to walk or run. Teams of four or more may be formed, or solo runners and walkers may also participate. The cost to register is $45 per person on a team and $50 per solo runner/walker. If you want to take part in the colorful action but don’t want to participate in a 5k, you may still volunteer at the run. Sign up information is available on the

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She’s led a full life, has six children, works fulltime and at age 50, still finds the time to maintain a 3.79 GPA. Loraine Hand is just one of the many Wonder Women on campus who seem to manage the fullness of a hectic family life while still getting the job done in the classroom. “I’ve got gray hair and I’ve got wrinkles and I’ve earned every single one of them,” Hand said. Hand came back to school to be a good role model for her children. “I want my children to realize how important it is to

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sor elaborated on some of the difficulties that older students face and how they translate in the classroom. “The things that they have done, they can transfer that sense of accomplishment in get a degree, how tough it is between raising a family, the classroom,” said Socioloto get a degree older in life,” moving, and marriage, Hand gy Professor Sergio Romero. Hand said. “Even though earned her associate’s degree “Younger students are still trying to figure out who they you don’t want to do it when in 2009. “It’s been very difficult, are and are more likely to be you’re young, do it when immersed in the you’re social life of the young , I want my children to realize how impor- campus. Whereas because students life gets tant it is to get a degree, how tough it is to older have a real life, get a degree older in life. —Loraine Hand hard.” so to speak, and Ha n d going to school d i d n’ t attend college immediately because I work fulltime and is one of many important after high school due to “life.” I still have two [children] at things that they’re doing si“At that point it was just home, there’s six altogether. multaneously.” Hand manages the difficulthat the dreams that you have There’s a lot of dynamics at go away and you just sort of home and in life,” said Hand, ties between school, work live life and figure out how who wants to go into child and family by discussing evto take care of everybody,” advocacy and is hoping to erything with her family each achieve her general studies semester. she said. “They’re very understandAfter taking classes peri- degree in 2015. Hand’s current profes- ing. When I have time to be odically since 1980 and in

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with them, I be with them. When I’m not with them they know to leave me alone so I can study. Everybody’s on board. And the one thing that I think it has proven to them is that if something is important enough, you figure out how to do it. You don’t use a busy life as a reason to not do something,” Hand said. “It doesn’t always work, but sometimes it does.” And apparently, for Hand, it does work. Because one

of Hand’s past professors, Sociology Professor Michael Blain believes that Hand was an excellent student. “She was a good example of the virtues of coming back to school and having had life experiences and being responsible and mature in all the best senses of the term,” Blain said. In other words, Hand is the epitome of what it means to be a Wonder Woman on campus.

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October 25, 2012

Unexpected overload University didn’t adequately notify students of changes to overload fees

Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

Recently the Office of Finance and Administration (OFA) failed to effectively notify students about significant changes to overload credit fee policy. Last spring the cap for overload credits was lowered from 18 to 17.1 credits meaning any student taking over 17 credits faces a fee of $252 per credit in addition to their regular tuition fees. While 252 bucks may not be a lot of money to OFA, it is a lot of money to students who are already deeply in debt. It was insensitive and irresponsible to take so few measures to promote the change to students. According to Stacy Pearson, vice president of finance and administration, the changes to the policy were posted to the OFA website so the information was all in one place. Sure, having information all in one place makes sense. But in this case it is a place students hardly ever visit once they are enrolled and assume they know the rate they are going to be asked to pay. There isn’t even any real assurance incoming freshmen will see the overload credit fees since those fees are not posted on the cost of attendance portion of the

university’s website. Chelsie Burgess is a freshmen this year studying biology who was told by an orientation leader not to exceed 17 credits on account of the fee. “I was going through the orientation at BSU and I was signing up for classes and I just asked because I was planning on taking 18 (credits) my first semester and 16 my second semester just cause I wanted it to kind of be harder than easier. But my orientation leader said don’t do that because there is a cap at 17 now. Thankfully if I take 17 both semesters it works out, but still, the idea that you have to pay more to get the same amount of credits had I come here a year earlier? It’s lame,” Burgess said. New students who would have enrolled and gone through the runs of new student orientation and first-time financial aid applications are probably the only students who would have noticed the change to the fees if at all. But returning students would have had no way of knowing—short of checking the OFA website everyday for changes—they faced a fee of $252 percredit if they exceeded the recently lowered overload cap. This is a fee that could add up very quickly for students and make it impossi-

ble to exceed the full-time credit load for some. “If they had capped it at 16 (credits) or I needed to take 18, I would be very upset,” Burgess said. “252 dollars is a lot of money, and most classes are 3-credit classes.” If a student were to take just one class over the 17-credit limit they would be facing up to $756 in addition to the regular cost of attendance. This is not a small amount of money and it is going to have an impact on students who are taking those overload classes trying to graduate. The Office of Finance and Administration was contacted several times to learn if anything was done beyond posting to their website but refused

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multiple times to address concerns raised by the Arbiter. In an email exchange with The Arbiter writers earlier this month regarding the fee change is not noted that any measures were taken to notify returning students of the fee change other than to post the changes to the Finance and Administration page. It is also noted the overload fee had no correlation with a recent five percent tuition increase which took

effect this fall. With the methods available to the university and the staff of the OFA, there is no excuse for the lack of notification to the student body. It would have taken very little effort to start a simple email campaign, a campus news update or a notification on BroncoWeb notifying students of a change which could very easily affect those who have already been enrolled and make them aware of a change which could be very expensive.

This lack of effort from Finance and Administration demonstrates a lack of sensitivity to financial strain affecting many students and a lack of commitment to the student body. In email correspondence with The Arbiter earlier this month, OFA said they are planning on talking to the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) to review future options for overload credit fees. Hopefully those talks will include plans to properly notify students about changes to tuition and fees.

Albertson's Library hours extension would rock Staff Writer

In recent weeks, one of the issues debated at the Associated Students of Boise State University's (ASBSU) meetings has been the issue of Albertson’s Library hours. Headed by ASBSU’s Vice President Nick Gaudioso, the current library hours are being pushed to change. Currently, the hours of the library are from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays, with even shorter hours on weekends. The hours are simply not enough for

students and their erratic schedules. An extension of library hours until 2 a.m. is certainly called for and should be implemented immediately. It has been evident in the past few weeks as students prepare for midterms that the confines of the library schedule are difficult to work around. One must only take a stroll through the halls of the library near closing hours to notice how packed the study rooms and halls are. It can be said the library is seemingly even more full of students at night as students with afternoon

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classes or jobs are forced to push their study hours late into the night. “I feel they’re very lax and the fact that I have little access considering my schedule to actually go to the library and do both my research and check out books," said Hunter Hall, a student studying at the library. "I feel like with my work schedule and school schedule, I don’t have enough time.” Sentiments like these proved to be very common among the average Boise State student as he continued, “I work very late, so my (typical study

hour) tends to be around 11 o’clock to whenever I feel like I need to go to bed. I feel an extension to 2 a.m. would be fantastic and work very well for me.” Many universities across the United States have already embraced a 24/7 format for library hours, including many of the Ivy League universities, as well as many state universities, from Ohio State University to San Diego State University. Although the concept of a 24/7 university library is not on the table for Boise State, an extension of hours would be a wel-

come change of pace for all involved. The library is an essential component for all students, from a way to develop solid study habits for new students, to endless resources for upperclassmen and graduate students. Study rooms are an invaluable tool for breakout sessions and brainstorming, and an essential component to building social and academic connections throughout a student’s career at the Boise State. Following the model of other universities which have embraced extended library hours is essential

to the growth and development of Boise State’s student experience. To follow ASBSU’s proposal would be a solid step in the right direction to accommodating the increasing needs of students as they are increasingly challenged to accommodate their class schedules. Extending hours during finals week is simply not enough, considering the importance of all exams throughout a single semester. The university would do well to accommodate its students in this fashion, as it would benefit the success of all involved.

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Definitely, like all students are really busy and sometimes you don’t have enough time to study, and some people have late classes and sometimes 12 isn’t long enough to study. Just more opportunities to study I guess, so I don’t see why not, I mean they can spend a ton of money on football, however, I think that education is more important than football.

I’m never really there that late, so it wouldn’t really benefit me personally, but I’m sure it would benefit a lot of people who do try and go that late. I don’t see the harm in it.

Yeah I feel more so during dead week than finals week it should be 24 hours, I mean aren’t we supposed to be cramming during dead week? So why is it only till midnight or till 7 or whatever during dead week, that’s the only thing that really bothers me. What about the people who don’t have computers at their house, how are they supposed to be studying?

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A coaching diamond in the rough John Garretson Sports Editor

Back in the saddle Michael Steen Staff Writer

Excitement is in the air as the roar of the Bronco faithful and chants of “Boise!… State!” ring loud and clear, but Bronco Stadium isn’t the source of the pandemonium. No, the hardwood at Taco Bell Arena provides Bronco fans with their fix of blue and orange from November through February each school year as the men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the spotlight. And with the basketball season brings one of Boise State’s most exciting student clubs, The Corral. Founded in 2010, The Corral is a student club dedicated to attending every home men’s and women’s basketball games and cheering the Broncos on to victory. With basketball season fast approaching, The Corral is once again looking for students to bring their

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energy to Taco Bell Arena and join in on the excitement. Founding member Tyler Pagel, senior, has a lot of positivity toward the future of The Corral and the upcoming season. “The Corral is now at the point where we need to take the next step forward," Pagel said. The Corral received national attention last season when they performed a flash mob during the men’s home conference game against UNLV. The flash mob gained so much attention that a blog article on was written on it and even got a shout out on Twitter from Kentucky men’s basketball head coach John Calipari. “Well Boise State almost beat UNLV last night in men’s basketball and their student section did a flash mob,” tweeted Calipari to his 1.2 million followers. With hundreds participating, the flash mob exceeded expectations.

"For our flash mob last year, we easily had a thousand students standing and chanting," said Pagel. “We’re going to do another flash mob this year, lots of free stuff, corral shirts again. We just want people to come to the games.” Boise State basketball is clearly not the top dog on campus. And with the Broncos having a combined 50-47 record over the last three seasons and only making one NCAA tournament appearance in the last seventeen years (a 79-61 loss to Louisville in the first round in 2008), it can be tough to generate an excited fan base while living in the shadow of a successful football program. The Corral is on a mission to change the view of Bronco basketball and generate a buzz on campus. “We would love to see a thousand students there

and we don’t think it’s unrealistic," Pagel said. “We want to make it as welcoming as possible for students to come down and chant and yell and get rowdy during the games.” Only being in their third year of existence, The Corral knows they have not reached their full potential. "We have a lot of plans for The Corral this year," The Corral President, senior Steven Anderson, said. “We want to build off of last year and continue to build up our student section and make Boise State known for being a tough place to play for our opponents." With a new season comes a new opportunity for bigger and better things for The Corral, starting with a kickoff event for students next month. “Our first planned event is going to take place on Nov. 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom

in the SUB," Anderson said. “We want to bring students together for the upcoming basketball season and our plan is to try to get Coach Rice, along with some members of the basektball team, together to have a preseason pep-rally." As the basketball program continues preparation for the upcoming season, The Corral is not far behind. “We’ve changed the perception already a little bit and we still have a long way to go," Pagel said. “But we’ll get there.” The Boise State men’s and women’s basketball teams open up with an exhibition doubleheader matchup on Nov. 2 at Taco Bell Arena when the men face off against Saint Martin’s University and the women take on LewisClark State College. For more updates, students are encouraged to join The Corral’s Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.

In Manhattan, a solidified college football program is brewing to the point of boiling over. A transformation era that leaves behind its dreadful records and replaces it with an era of hope and consistency. Not the Manhattan with towering skyscrapers and specific clam chowders. I'm talking about Manhattan, Kan. The Kansas State Wildcats football program enters the college football scene, once again, as a secret surprise with a forceful punch. This is a team that recently beat down the offensively-potent No. 13 West Virginia Mountaineers 55-14 away. Before that? A 24-19 win over then No. 6 Oklahoma. The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 300-113 through eight weeks. Those numbers wouldn’t be achievable with Kellen Moore under center for Boise State facing Western Athletic Conference opponents. Sure, look at Colin Klein, an emerging Heisman candidate with his near 1,400 yards passing, 70.5 percent completion rate and 10 passing touchdowns. Or you can credit the Wildcats’ rock-solid defense, which ranks 14th overall in points allowed (14.1 per game) and has not allowed an opponent to score over 21 points in a game. I'm looking at someone else. That someone is Head Football Coach Bill Snyder. To start off, this isn't Snyder's first head coaching stint at Kansas State. When it was Snyder's first year coaching, back in 1989, the situation wasn't pretty. K-State had gone 299-510 in 89 years of play and had only been to one bowl game, the 1982 Independence Bowl. Kansas State football was equivalent to the Chicago Cubs and their continued chase of a World Series title since their last one in 1908. It just wasn't happening.

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October 25, 2012

No more Akey pain Ty Hawkins Staff Writer

University of Idaho (1-7, 1-2 WAC) Athletic Director Rob Spear has finally axed six-year football Head Coach Rob Akey. During his tenure of leading the Vandals, he amassed an overall record of 20-50. After taking another beat down, 70-28 to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, the higherups decided they had seen enough. I sent a text message to an anonymous Vandal alum and friend of mine that read: “No offense, but you have no offense. No more Akey, who really wants that job anyways?” His response was simple “Very dark times for the university indeed. I bet Gesser gets the head coach gig after his interim stint at Idaho.” Gesser was awarded the interim position. Good luck with that one, buddy. Akey came in oozing enthusiasm and pipe dreams galore. He was always upbeat and optimistic, which is good for the fans, players and boosters. Sadly none of that equaled W’s in the column that counts most as a head coach. I’ll give him credit for his one bowl game victory, when Idaho beat the Bowling Green Falcons 43-42 in 2009 Humanitarian Bowl. Other than that, what else can you say about the man? There’s a saying ranchers use, “All hat, no cattle,” which in so many words means more talk, less production. It’s tough to recruit to the Palouse, where Moscow is located. Some have said it was their only scholarship offer to a Division 1 program. My response is why not go a junior college or walk on at Washington State University, which is just up the road, where you can maybe earn a scholarship, still play for a bad team and at least get a Pac-12 education. This past summer I met Akey at a Vandal Scramble golf tournament at Banbury Golf Course. As boosters and alum plowed through seven kegs of beer and countless cases, the questions of how the team looks and which conference will they land in appeared to be wearing on him. Good luck to the University of Idaho and Spear, as they begin a new chapter and search for the right candidate to be fired within the next three seasons. That’s all folks.

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Last season the Broncos beat the Wyoming Cowboys 36-14 at Bronco Stadium in their sixth time ever meeting.

Save a horse, beat a Cowboy Michael Steen Staff Writer

Boise State won their third conference win last Saturday in the “Black Out” game vs. UNLV and appear to be hitting on all cylinders in each aspect of their game right now. The Broncos (6-1, 3-0 MWC) are back on the road this weekend for a tough conference match-up with the University of Wyoming Cowboys (1-6, 0-3 MWC). The Broncos look to be getting into a rhythm on both sides of the ball over the last few games with the defense appearing to be on a mission. For five consecutive games, the Broncos’ defense has not allowed a single point in the first half. “We are just playing as hard as we can," said senior nose tackle Dextrell Simmons. “Whether it’s the first half or second half, we just want to go out there and shut them down.” The Broncos’ defense now ranks sixth in the nation in points allowed per game with 13.6 points per contest, and this statistic keeps improving from week after week. Wyoming is a team led by a talented quarterback who is notorious for causing problems for defenses. Boise State’s defense will face a tougher challenge than expected by most. Sophomore quarterback Brett Smith has thrown for 1,335 yards this season while completing 60 percent of his passes and tossing 14 touchdowns to just six interceptions -- very comparable numbers to last season when the Cowboys went 8-5. Smith’s mobility is what will help the Cowboys’ chances this weekend. He has the ability to create on his own

which opens up the Cowboys offense. “We’ve got fast defensive ends as well as linemen like Mike Atkinson and Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe," Simmons said. “So it won’t be hard to contain him.” Wyoming is on a rebuilding year as they are 1-6 on the season. The Cowboys have lost four games this season by a combined total of only 13 points and Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen knows this is another team the Broncos can’t afford to overlook. “I think this is a good team,” Petersen said. “I think this is a really scary team for us.” For the Broncos, the offense seemed to take another step in the right direction last Saturday, with redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick going 22-30 for 243 yards through the air and one interception. The biggest point for the Broncos’ offense right now is simply improvement, as Coach Petersen has reiterated each week. “I think we’re making some strides, we just need to be more consistent," Petersen said. “Going back to the run game and trying to eliminate the negative plays.” As quarterback Joe Southwick leads the offense week to week, he seems to be clicking more and gaining more consistency from game to game. “I think Joe is playing better," Petersen said. “I think we’re getting closer.” The Broncos kickoff against Wyoming on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be seen on CBS Sports Network as the Broncos try to keep their momentum going in the right direction and snatch their fourth conference win.


Wide receiver Mitch Burroughs breaks away from a Wyoming defender.

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Arbiter 10-25-12  

The October 25th 2012 issue of the Boise State student newspaper, The Arbiter

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