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The participants are crowded into a makeshift corridor between barriers; it’s cramped, people are mashed together and the staff, dressed in black, shout at us to press uncomfortably close together. The information sheet given to us warns us this could be an upsetting experience and outlines the program’s emotionally impacting approach to education. This is the Tunnel of Oppression. The door opens and our group is ushered into the dimly-lit space. The lights go out, everyone is silent save the two students next to me. “I don’t know what to expect,” one said. “Me either, my professor recommended we come but he said its emotionally destroying,” said the other.

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The silence is broken by the buzz of TV static, lights flicker and suddenly we are bombarded with shouts. Horrible phrases, racist slurs, sexist remarks and worse bombard the group as we walk through a cramped corridor lined with graffiti echoing the slurs being hurled at us. We emerge

The group bunches together uncomfortably close within the confines of the marked lines. A spotlight highlights a girl as she approaches a theatrical sized scale, she steps up to it and we witness her weight rise. Each increase in weight is accompanied by a derogatory term such as “disgusting” or

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from the corridor into a dimly lit room. The group is shaken, people appear somber, unsure and devoid of voice; there is no more talk. “EVERYONE STAND WITHIN THE LINES, COME ON HURRY UP,” shout our guides.

“behemoth.” Quietly at first, from within the group, come teases about weight, diet and exercise. The shouts escalate in volume and wickedness; the shouts are coming from people within the group and it takes a minute to register that actors have


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infiltrated us. Tasked with the role of abusing the girl on the scale, they achieved the desired effect of creating discomfort, as though the group itself were belittling the girl on the scales. Shouts like “Go to the gym” and “You’re stupid, worthless and fat” are thrown at the girl until she reacts. “Stop it,” she yells, rage and emotion playing across her face. “What gave you the right to dictate how I feel?” She shouts, the emphasized words land on the group like punches to the gut. “Disgusting, fat, obese, do you even realize what that’s like? You say those things, those horrible words and I look in the mirror and actually feel that way.” Almost as a relief the lights dim and we are once again left little time to process as our guides heckle and yell at us to

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Let’s Talk Night How many states are there? Student organization Coalition Against the Abuse of Women is hosting Let’s Talk Night on Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Hatch Ballrooms A and B in the SUB at 7 p.m. There will be free hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and brownies. This event is an open gathering for students to come talk about what’s going on in their lives,

and be heard. Students can potentially feel so alone, and hold things in, potentially leading to depression and suicidal thoughts. If we come together to get those feelings and experiences out in the open, we can reduce that risk, and be a healthier, and happier student body. The event is free and open to all students.

International Education Week

International Student Services presents International Education Week Nov. 12-16. All events are in the Student Union Building unless otherwise noted. The campus community is invited to sample international cuisine at the Boise River Café each day and to vote on their

favorite picture in the Study Abroad Photo Contest, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at Marketing Booth 4, across from the Information Desk in the Student Union Building. For more information, contact International Student Services at 426-3652.


In the Monday, Nov. 5 issue of The Arbiter, in the article titled, “Adjusting to growth,” offices in the old Business Building were referred to incorrectly as, “peer advising office space of the Col-

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It’s possible that 51 could be the new 50. On Tuesday, Nov. 6 amidst all the election kerfuffle, voters in Puerto Rico, passed a referendum in favor of U.S. statehood. Results showed 65 percent voted in favor of U.S. statehood with 31 percent in opposition, instead favoring a sovereign free association and four percent favoring

Evelyn Johnson, executive director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center and professor of special education at Boise State, will run 26.2 miles in the Boise area in lieu of the New York City Marathon, starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 . Johnson is an avid runner, and has been training the past few

months for the New York City Marathon, which was cancelled last week due to Hurricane Sandy. This was to be Johnson’s second time running in the famous race. Several donors had pledged more than $15,000 in funds to the Lee Pesky Center for Learning’s “Running for Learning” campaign

in connection with Johnson’s run. As a testament to her commitment to the race and donors, along with raising awareness of relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims, Johnson will run a “marathon of one” in Boise. The alternate marathon route is posted at www.



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Pantry shelves are stocked for students to take the canned and non-perishable items to supplement a typical poor student diet of ramen noodles.

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Horse’s Bit food pantry provides food for hungry students Wayne Hoseck Staff Writer

Students are broke, really broke. With the cost of tuition, books and school supplies, how is anyone supposed to even eat? Well, if this is an issue, here is some good news: starting last month, St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center, directly across from the administration building on Joyce Street, now has a student food pantry open two days a week. In late January 2011, Ben Moore, the director of Crosswalks Campus Min-

istries, happened to pick up an issue of The Arbiter. In the issue was an article discussing how University of California Davis, had begun a program called the UC Davis food bank, to help students who were in distress over the rising cost of tuition and food. A study they had done on their campus showed 25 percent of students sometimes skipped meals just to save money. The pantry’s goal was to provide students with free easy-to-make meals they could take home and prepare themselves. Moore thought this was a

great idea, and if it worked for UC Davis, it was worth a try at Boise State. University administration approved the idea of a food pantry, but for the past year, the pantry was lost in the bureaucracy of trying to find a suitable location to house the pantry, no easy task. St. Paul’s Catholic Church, which had been providing free meals to anyone after mass for the past 15 years, came forward with the location earlier this year. Together with Moore, they were finally able to open The Horse’s Bit food pantry. “It’s limited for students,”

Moore said. “The only requirement is you have to show a BSU ID, and there is a variety of real quick fix-it meals, mostly dry goods, no meats or milks yet, good for on campus or off campus.” This comes at a perfect time for students. As the cost of living is steadily increasing, it can be hard for students to afford school and still be able to buy food. “Our advantage is we are student-driven, we try really hard to be aware,” Moore said. Rose Johnson, the president of St. Paul’s student center and a senior communication major said, “once

Money, bikes n’ apples, oh my Ryan Thorne Staff Writer

During the past few weeks, ASBSU executive council members have addressed multiple issues that directly affect many students at Boise State.

Funding inequality

Currently, Boise State receives two-thirds of state funding compared to other state-funded centers for higher education. ASBSU president Ryan Gregg and associates are meeting with a public relations firm to discuss the possibility of creating a public campaign to create awareness about the funding inequality Boise

State experiences. “We’re going to be, as a student association, undergoing an extensive educational campaign for students, community members, and legislators, because about a third of our legislature is turning over,” Gregg said in the Oct. 30 meeting with the executive council. “There will be a third of the whole group that

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are brand new people that don’t know anything about this issue. We want to make sure they know about it, we want to make sure students know about it, we want to make sure community folks know about it.” Gregg and associates addressed the fact Boise State must continue to increase tuition fees in response to

more people know about it, more people will come. We will start to get more support. People tend to forget students when they are thinking of the hungry.” “We have been open the last two weeks, but only averaged two to three people a time.” Moore said. “We are ready to go; we are just waiting for students.” Since the word got out about The Horse’s Bit, other campus ministries and community organizations have been jumping on board, but Moore was also very adamant about trying to get some student organizations or clubs to volunteer and help out. The Horse’s Bit is open on

Tuesday’s from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday’s from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and they will be open during Thanksgiving break, as well as Christmas Break. Call St. Paul’s at 208343-2128, or visit www. for more information. If students wish to help out by volunteering or donating, call or top in at St. Paul’s Catholic Student Center, 1915 University Drive. Feel free to come down, but also be sure to take only what you need as content is limited and the pantry would like to help as many students as possible.

growth and inequality in state funding. Many upper division students struggle to find courses needed for degree completion that have available classroom space and are offered year round at various times. Upper division students often must wait longer to graduate, solely because the classes needed to graduate are simply not as available as lower division courses. Gregg and associates be-

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Catch the Annual Health Fair, it’s contagious Sanja Lazic Staff Writer

“Health is Contagious,” is the theme of the 16th Annual Boise State University Health Fair taking place Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom. The fair is open to students and the community and will include preventative health screenings, educational offerings, giveaways and free food. Some of the health screenings which will be available include: free HIV screening, glucose and blood pressure testing, fitness overview, $20 flu shots and mammograms which will be billed to insurance and must be scheduled by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12. To schedule a mammogram appointment call 367-8787.

There are around 55 exhibitors expected at the event and including: BSU Health & Recreation Services, Planned Parenthood, Women and Children’s Alliance, Boise Co-Op, Military Science-Army ROTC and Total Woman Fitness, among many others. There will also be a variety of free food available such as smoothies, chili, sandwich wraps and dairy products. The Health Fair is organized by seniors in Kinesiology 440 (Health Promotion Programming). According to Caile Spear, Ph.D., professor and class coordinator, “The overall class objective is for the students to plan, implement and evaluate an actual community-based event.” For the last 16 years students have chosen to fulfill this class objective by or-

ganizing the Health Fair. Andrea Wilson, a senior health education and promotion major currently in the class, explained the class is broken down into logistic centers with e a c h t e a m responsible for its budget and work plan. “This is an integrated service-learning class so the students are providing a service to the community while learning how to implement a community-

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said. Apart from being an opportunity for students and the surrounding community to focus on their health, organizers will also be col-

lecting nonperishable food donations for the Idaho Foodbank as well as winter clothing for the local Keep Kids Warm project.

In shift, gay marriage racks up wins MCT Campus

Supporters of same-sex marriage reached a major milestone in Tuesday’s elections, when Maryland and Maine became the first states where voters upheld marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. While gay marriage has gained the support of courts, state legislatures and even President Barack Obama, voters have rejected the question every time it has appeared as a ballot issue. But Tuesday turned the tide. Washington state voters were poised to uphold gay marriage on Wednesday, with supporters of the referendum declaring victory. Voters in Minnesota turned down an effort to ban gay marriage in the state’s constitution.

ASBSU [News 3] required to pay a small fee which includes two bar code stickers that can be placed anywhere on bicycle frames. These bar codes can help law enforcement fight interstate trafficking of stolen bikes, and in some cases help police return stolen property to its rightful owner. “We have parking/transportation coming to present a program that can lower the amount of bikes stolen on campus,” said Secretary of External Affairs Jace Whitaker in the Oct. 30 meeting.

Extension of library hours ASBSU members have been coordinating with Albertsons Library staff to address student concerns that library hours are not meeting their needs. Library officials argue an extension of hours presents multiple issues for

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“We can’t underestimate the importance of what we saw yesterday,” said David Masci, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. “It’s a pretty big deal.” Part of it boils down to demographic changes, he said. Younger voters overwhelmingly backed Obama’s election in 2008 and turned out in even larger numbers on Tuesday. They’re also the group that shows the highest support for gay marriage. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, a New York-based gay rights group, called the Election Day results “a powerful demonstration that the center of gravity has dramatically shifted in our direction” after losses at the ballot in 2004 and 2008. “We’re working within a huge amount of wind in our

sails,” he said. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, downplayed the significance of the votes, saying they were the result of heavy political and financial support in four liberal-leaning states. All four _ Maryland, Maine, Minnesota and Washington _ voted to re-elect the president. “Though we are disappointed over these losses, we remain faithful to our mission and committed to the cause of preserving marriage as God designed it,” Brown said in a statement. “Marriage is a true and just cause, and we will never abandon the field of battle just because we experienced a setback.” But the result in each of the four states, where gay marriage supporters prevailed

by a roughly 52 percent to 48 percent margin, may reflect how Americans are evolving on the issue. A Pew Research Center poll in July showed a nearly even split, with 48 percent of Americans supporting gay marriage and 44 percent opposing it. By comparison, in 2004, 60 percent were opposed to it and 31 percent were for it. “Our nation is still divided on this issue, but the trends are heading in the direction only supporters can be happy about,” Masci said. Broken down demographically, the contrasts grow even starker. Millennials _ mostly Americans under 30 _ backed gay marriage overwhelmingly, at 63 percent, according to the Pew poll. For people over 65, however, support falls to 33 percent.

And both groups had been even lower in their support in 2004: 51 percent of millennials and 17 percent of the 65 and older age group. In 2004, the year Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, voters in 11 other states banned it. Voters in California banned same-sex marriage in 2008 with Proposition 8. But there has been a shift, with legislatures in New York, New Jersey, Maine, Maryland and Washington all passing gay marriage bills. With Tuesday’s results, gay and lesbian couples could soon marry in nine states and the District of Columbia. The U.S. Supreme Court could decide on Proposition 8 or another gay marriage case this term, legal observers say.

staff, and needs further consideration and planning before being implemented. “I feel that they are taking the steps toward (implementing) it. This is an issue students want taken care of now,” Whitaker said on Oct. 30. Peggy Cooper, interim dean of Albertsons Library, said she is very pleased students are interested in taking advantage of the resources. Cooper also noted extension of hours would require additional staff to attend to students needs, and security to protect students coming to and from the library at late hours, plans that require time and planning to implement. Cooper could not be seen for a full interview as of now, due to business out of town, but said she plans on continuing work with President Gregg and associates.

academic affairs, announced ASBSU is now accepting nomination submissions for the Golden Apple award for teacher excellence in and out of the classroom. Students who would like to

offer submissions can do so by visiting the ASBSU website or stopping by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center located in the Student Union Building. The award is sponsored by

ASBSU and has a long standing tradition of recognizing teaching excellence. “This is the 26th year it has been offered,” Schmidt said. Submission deadline is Dec. 26.

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Asking about majors is a staple of college introductions. In an exchange-heavy university most initial conversations can be put into three categories: Majors, countries and why Sweden. Depending on the differences in languages, a fourth category on pronouncing your name properly can also be added. Majors such as international business administration and teaching are the most common. Then come various language studies or, my personal favorite, peace and development studies. When asked, students of peace and development seem to all be planning on solving world hunger and curing AIDs, before retiring to work at an embassy in a wartorn area and bringing about peace to the world. They are lovely people, but not a group I would want on my side in a zombie apocalypse. Or any form of apocalypse. With the Mayan deadline approaching, these apocalyptic-ally concerns become increasingly relevant. Another batch of lovely but not quite apocalypse-worthy people are the American studies majors. I freely admit the first time Aleksandra Tylenda (Poland) told me her major, I thought it was a joke. Sort of, “look, there’s an American, let’s pretend I’m studying her country as a college degree, ha-ha, I’m so clever.” No, turns out it’s a legitimate major, her friend Aleksandra Szewczyk (also Poland) has the same major. After incredulously demanding of other Americans if they had ever heard of something so ridiculous, my error was corrected. Japanese studies and Latino studies are majors at many American institutions along with other culture-based majors, so who am I to say America can’t have a major dedicated to it? That is a foul form of reverse discrimination. Though my objection to their major was quickly dismissed, the next question seemed far more reasonable. Studying America for up to five years is all well and good, but then choosing Sweden as the destination for studying abroad doesn’t make much sense. If learning about American culture is the point of your college education, it would make far more sense to actually go to America.

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Try it with Tabby Hot Yoga

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Hot yoga; it’s a form of exercise quickly gaining in popularity, with multiple studios popping up in big cities and small towns across the country. For this week’s “Try it with Tabby,” I decided to jump on the sweaty bandwagon and give Bikram yoga a try. Named after founder Bikram Choudhury, Bikram yoga combines 26 asanas (poses) with rhythmic breathing and a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Think a traditional yoga class, stretch it to 90 minutes and move it into a sauna, then you have Bikram yoga. While I am not a yoga guru, I have practiced traditional forms of yoga for quite some time. Going into Bikram, I felt a sense of confidence in my skill set and figured the addition of heat would be a hurdle easily overcome. Wrong. Acclimating to the 105-degree studio prior to the yoga practice is something easier said than done. Each breath in is like inhaling fire, burning in my lungs and inducing a mild suffocation paranoia. It is safe to say, I do not like extreme heat. Class began with a breathing exercise, which ironically took my mind off of the fact that I felt as though I couldn’t breathe. From breathing we moved into standing poses, and soon the sweat and heat combined to make simply standing nearly impossible. Lightheaded is an understatement, but just at the right moment we moved to the ground for floor poses. At this point I took the instructor’s advice from the beginning of class, and moved into a resting pose as to not pass out. Five minutes of rest and I was back at it, and somehow made it through the entire class without passing out. Twenty six poses and 90 minutes later, I left feeling not only successful, but also a bit more flexible. The larger benefit is in a 90 minute Bikram class, an average of 500-1,000 calories are burned.

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For the month of November, Lauren Hooker will participate in a writing challenge like none other. Every Monday, you have the chance to read about every moment of this quest. It’s time to come clean: I’m failing miserably. It’s not even halfway through November, and I’m a whopping five thousand words behind where I should be. I haven’t even breached the 15,000 word mark. Yeah. It’s bad. Between classes, work and Up All Night marathons, I’m still writing several thousand words a day... for other obligations. My novel has been tossed to the wayside, receiving a dwindling thousand-or-so words a day, slowly growing the gap between real life and goal count. However, one of the central themes surrounding the beauty (and disaster) of NaNoWriMo is the sense of community that it can invoke within its participants. The NaNoWriMo Treasure Valley group has created a Facebook page dedicated to support, staying motivated and scheduling write-ins to meet other intrepid novelists in the area. Afraid that I was the only one in this situation, I consulted the group for their tips regarding time management and procrastination. “I think the challenge for me is staying motivated,” said Kat Zufelt, who is working on Shattered Glass, a novel about five teenagers who fight crime using their newly discovered superpowers. “Sometimes, I’ll get up and start doing other stuff just because I don’t feel like writing. A trick that worked for me to nip that in the bud was depriving myself of food until I got my word count for the day. Amazingly, I wrote even faster if there was something I couldn’t have until I was done.” Deprive myself of food?! My alter ego is Hooker in the Kitchen, for heaven’s sake. I’m making spicy shrimp and curried rice for dinner. Perhaps it would help me fit into my high school jeans, considering I’m so incredibly behind. Carla Olsen, who is working on Nomad, a tale of two childhood friends in the first millenium who are separated by migration, looks at it from a different way and focuses on the positive. “The fun part is being surprised by what ends up on the page,” Olsen said. “Where did THAT come from?” On the bright side, I still have 19 more days, plenty of time to hammer out the remaining 40,000 words.

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November 12, 2012

Music trumps election night

High turnout for The All Campus Band performance dispite election. ness management major. Running the show on this night was the band’s conductor, Joe Tornello Ph. D., of the music department. Though this is Tornello’s second year at the university, he said he is still getting somewhat acclimated to this relatively new band. “We’ve already seen a lot of improvements in the musicians,” Tornello said. The All Campus band is a concert band and are a non-audition group. This means participation is open to all. They focus on playing more at local community events. This differs from the Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band,

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Despite Tuesday, Nov. 6 being one of the most important days in America, many members of Boise State’s student body and faculty took time to enjoy the evening by doing what they love: performing music and sharing it with others. The All Campus Band held their fall concert in the Morrison Center. Proceeds went directly to scholarships for our music program. “It’s cool to see both staff and students working in unison. That’s not something you’d ever see in high school,” said Dominic Wargo, freshman busi-

also directed by Tornello, in which only students perform primarily for athletic events. Tornello said his favorite part of the job is, “Just getting to work with such a wide range of musicians, from freshmen to professors to members of the community. It’s great to get everybody involved.” With the exception of only one orchestral transcription, the show was comprised entirely of original work. One piece was a tribute to the late Melvin Shelton Ph. D. As the Director of Bands and a music professor at Boise State, Shelton founded the Boise State University Jazz Festival and the annual Marching Workshop for

high school aged students. “Even though I didn’t know Melvin Shelton, things got pretty sentimental last night when the tribute song started playing,” said Maddie Acosta, freshman physical therapy major. Alan Salvador, to whom Tornello referred as an “outstanding student,” got to shine again with a solo piece. Salvador also performed recently as a senior percussionist at a recital earlier this year in the Morrison Center Recital Hall. “Even though it was an election night, people were there, enjoyed the show and gave helpful feedback,” Tornello said.

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Dr. Joe Tornello is The All Campus Band’s conductor.

Senior recitals continue with Bethany Sigurdson most recent student to take to the stage. Sigurdson has been playing the piano for many years and her piano professor at Boise State, Del Parkinson, only had praise for his student. “She is so diligent, wellprepared (and) consistent,” Parkinson said. “I would call

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Senior recitals for music majors are put on during the year for audiences to see how far they have progressed coming closer to graduation. Bethany Sigurdson will be the

her a model student. She’s just a delight (and) I look forward to her lesson every single week. She works hard, and makes progress and improvements. She sets goals for herself and that’s why she’s accomplished all that she has, and she’s developed into a very fine pianist.”

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Parkinson has seen Sigurdson grow in many ways over the five years he’s taught her, especially in technique, including finger-work and accuracy. But, one particular area of improvement stood out the most. “One of the biggest areas where she’s shown growth is in her confidence in performance, because a lot of times students will develop into playing well but they’ll get nervous in front of (an) audience and it makes it hard to perform at their best,” Parkinson said. “Every single year she’s gotten much better at that and by now she’s very comfortable performing for audiences, so she’ll be in great shape for the recital on Monday.” The audience can expect a variety of works from Sigurdson, with pieces from different centuries and countries. She’ll be accompanied by other performers on some of her pieces. “Well, I think you’ll expect to hear her play with a lot of beauty and a lot of excitement,” Parkinson said. “I would say that those would be two of the things that people will enjoy,

because she plays very beautifully and then she can also create great excitement at the appropriate moments.”

Sigurdson’s recital will be in the Recital Hall on the second floor of the Morrison Center on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

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Bethany Sigurdson will perform on Nov. 12.

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keep moving to the next room. This room-to-room transfer goes on as we are moved through another four scenarios. Our conscience is battered and our emotions shaken further each time. There is a game show acted out where transgender contestants spin a wheel in the hopes of a prize but are demoralized and humiliated in front of us, the audience, as their prizes turn out to be nothing more than a horrible statistic. One such prize of “no healthcare” informs us of the fact transgender people face a 41 percent increased likelihood of suicide. There is a classroom scenario highlighting global education issues such as language requirements (Boise State is used as an example), socioeconomic status and the rights of women to be educated. Each example is accompanied by shocking displays of violence and more statistical evidence is used to drive home the fact that these issues are being largely ignored by the world. The culmination of the tour is a military like briefing on the “War on Women.” A military

instructor guides us through the stages. “Men,” shouts the instructor. “We will systematically destroy (women) by breaking them down in the following stages: their minds, their hearts, their bodies and the uterus.” We are shown powerful scenes of uterus sterilization and advertisements that degrade, humiliate and diminish females. Perhaps the most powerful scene is that of a man dressed as politician towering over a woman as he rants about delegitimizing rape and complains about tax dollars paying for contraception. “Some girls just rape easy,” he said. The lights dim again and group huddles together subconsciously. Shadowy figures crowd around as we are barraged with slurs, insults and demonizing phrases we recalled from earlier scenes. Reprieve comes when we are marched through the Student Union Building to a room with counselors and representatives from support organizations. In it’s eighth year at Boise State, the Tunnel of Oppression highlights different is-

sues each year. Designed and curated entirely by students, the program, which was developed first at University of Western Illinois, is now found in hundreds of colleges across America. In coordination with groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho and Transform Idaho the message is made clear that simply knowing about oppression is not enough. Every individual must do something if oppression is to be abolished from today’s world. The scenes portrayed are extremely effective in immersing the participants in very difficult and confronting situations, causing those who are witness to become aware in the ways they may unknowingly perpetrate oppression in their own lives. The Tunnel of Oppression ends with a debrief session led by counselors in which participants recount their emotions and responses to what they have just witnessed. Identifying with many of the themes presented was a common response by women in the group.

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Student travel woes I just want to stuff myself with stuffing among people who are morally obliged to love me Zoe Colburn Staff Writer

Traveling is hard enough in the best of times, but trying to find a decently-priced flight during any holiday season is essentially the result of someone saying, “Could traveling get any harder?” and Satan himself laughing in response. The usual strategy is to buy the tickets as far in advance as possible, but many freshmen leave home completely unprepared for the spike in prices around holidays. The drive from Boise to Coeur D’Alene is nine hours, the flight is close to one. Freshman psychology major Peyton Reader has flown from Coeur D’Alene to Boise many times and usually it ends up close to $100. When she booked her flight home for Thanksgiving, she met a nasty surprise; holiday prices. “I came down this summer and the round-trip ticket was $100 flat, so when I went to buy my ticket for Thanksgiving and it was more than double that, I was shocked,” Peyton said. Her round trip ticket ended up costing $210. For some


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students there is no “best price” and going home for the holidays isn’t an option. Jeannette Salfen, a freshman history major, is from Hawaii, which means traveling to and from her home, even when she tries to buy tickets far in advance, ends in spending upwards of $1,000. It also means she won’t be able to spend Thanksgiving with her family. The prices came as no shock to Jeannette. And while a large price tag may be expected when flying from the mainland to Hawaii, some flights are a little more surprising than that. While Peyton’s $210 round-trip ticket may sound like small beans compared to Salfen’s $1,000 pricetag, when compared to the regular season price it’s a huge increase. Because of the price increase, Peyton won’t be able to go home for Christmas. Many college freshmen find themselves being slapped in the face with these new found fees just to go home for the holidays. I know when I was looking for a way home, I was in total disbelief of the $400 price tag to fly from Boise to Pasco, WA. While the price is the inevitable result of two stops, it didn’t shock me any less. My sister had flown the same distance at more than half the price when she was in college. To make a super long, super uninteresting story short, I ended up compromising on taking the bus home for several reasons, including money, but also including that for some reason, flying home actually took two and a half hours longer than taking the bus. As uncomfortable as a Greyhound may be, sitting in an airport for three hours waiting for a flight to come would certainly rank second. In any case, I get that airline prices totally blow. If there was a guidebook for freshmen survival there would hopefully be a disclaimer a little disclaimer in on it right next to learning to register for classes. In addition to classes and being homesick at this point in the semester, the shock of flying home being too expensive is just another stress for students in a long list of stressors. Luckily, I had a plan-B this holiday season, but some students don’t and I can’t even imagine learning two months into the semester that you can’t go home for the holidays. But many students will find themselves stranded this holiday season.

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Surviving registration madness Zachary Chastaine Staff Writer

“I love registering for classes, it is easy and fun and I always get the classes I want,” said no one ever. One of the harshest out-of-the classroom lessons we learn in college is you don’t always get what you want and pecking orders can be unfair. But you have to deal with that sort of challenge your entire life, so why not learn these lessons now? Better yet, why not embrace the challenge and come out on top? Give yourself an edge by being prepared. As a senior or a student in the Honors College you get priority in class registration times, meaning your registration times are much sooner than everyone else. For seniors that time was Nov. 1. Then the juniors get their pick of classes followed by sophomores and then freshmen are finally allowed to pick their classes. Even though the number of lower-division classes for freshmen and sophomores are more plentiful than upper-division courses which in some cases are only offered once a year—for example English 101 has significantly more sections than English 206—it can be a bona fide feeding frenzy to get registered in those classes. The prepared student at any level will have taken steps to make sure registration is as painless as possible. To be properly prepared involves taking a trip to an advisor and learning which classes will be most useful to each student at their level and current credit breakdown, as well as taking some time to look at your graduation requirements. Students should also make a list of classes they actually want to take like electives, since not everything has to be a scholarly pursuit. Then students can put those classes in a shopping cart so when your registration time rolls around they don’t have to sort through Broncoweb’s clunky navigation. By having a solid game plan ready before registration students can make what is often a frustrating little aspect of university life just a little bit less frustrating. Especially as students enter into their junior or senior years and missing a class can mean an additional semester. Sure it’s a hassle to be planning ahead when we are all in the thick of fall semester, but by taking the extra time to ready ourselves the transition from fall to spring semester can be quick and painless.


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In the context of a college education, four years is an eternity. In terms of a presidency, it passes in the blink of an eye. Last week, Barack Obama won the presidency and, with it, four more years to shape our country. Supporters of the president have high hopes for what he may accomplish during his second term, but what goals can we realistically expect him to meet with a time limit looming in only four short years? Students and professors alike expressed a wide range of what they deemed the most important issues for the president to tackle during this term. From education reform to clean energy to jobs and the economy, every voter has his or her own idea of what should be Obama’s first post-election priority. Gary Sauer, a junior studying pre-physical therapy, expressed concerns about post-secondary education and the economy, but his biggest worry lies with the president’s ability to lead. “I really want to see this bipartisan thing; coming together to really work on this,” Sauer said. “I think that that’s where (Obama) is going to have to go and kind of embrace the Republican side to bring everybody together and get the country back where it needs to be.” According to Sauer, bipartisan decision-making will grease the wheels for Congress to settle the important matters they are faced with during Obama’s second term. But Sauer is less than optimistic about the probability of major progress being made considering the short amount of time available. “In four years, I don’t know if it’s realistic. I hope so,” he said. “I hope we can put a path or a plan together to get there. Will it be accomplished in four years? Maybe not. We’ll see. Four years is a tough job to get anything done I think.” Vern Mullins, a student hoping to attend medical school, offered a list of goals he hopes the president can achieve in the next four years, including lower unemployment, growth in the housing industry and continued support and funding for the military. But he, like Sauer, displayed a less-than-hopeful outlook about whether it’s realistic to expect much change during a single presidential term. “I don’t think it’s all upon Obama. It’s on everyone else who’s going to be in there,” Mullins said. “With his track record, I don’t think it’s feasible.” But while so many students are pessimistic about Obama’s ability to accomplish important goals during his second term, they are quick to offer up what they see to be his biggest accomplishments during his first four years, including health care reform,

legislation promoting equal pay for women and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq. These offer a basis for a wealth of new achievements and the possibility of our president leaving behind a monumental legacy, according to Dr. David Adler, director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. “The first thing he’s going to tackle is the budget problem, and that really means the deficit. And this will be number one, two and three on his agenda because there’s no way to avoid having to address it,” Adler said. According to Adler, the country’s untenable debt presents Obama with an opportunity. Having no choice but to solve the deficit—and soon—will require him to take major steps toward improving the economy, which is one issue on the minds of many voters. Adler said the recovery won’t be fast moving, but once the debt crisis is solved, we’ll be on the path toward improved jobless rates and the possibility of a jobs stimulus that puts millions of Americans to work. Adler also believes this term will be the one to see amnesty for illegal immigrants. Though Republicans in Congress have largely opposed such legislation in the past, this election and the 71 percent of Latino votes that swayed to the left shed light on the problem the GOP has in reaching minority voters —what Adler calls a “demographic problem.” “I think the politics of the time will force the GOP to accept a way to achieve (citizenship for illegal immigrants); otherwise the GOP’s demographic problem will become even more pronounced in the midterm elections,” Adler said. “I think that will be pursued and I think that will happen. And that will be a monumental achievement, because even President Bush was trying to work a way to achieve amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Between these and existing achievements from Obama’s first term, Adler sees the next four years as an opportunity to make great strides for the nation. But, like many others, he stresses the necessity of bipartisan cooperation in Congress in addition to the president’s leadership. “We shouldn’t just say it’s Obama’s responsibility, because he can’t just wave a magic wand. But if he leaves office in four years and the economy has improved and if we get the immigration problem addressed and healthcare proves to be useful and workable, then his legacy will be very, very impressive.”

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Senior nickel Johnathan Brown lays a hit on junior quarterback Sean Schroeder in the Broncos’ 49-14 win in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Joe Southwick stood all alone in the backfield as his 46 yard bomb was snatched in stride by redshirt junior receiever Aaron Burks. A perfectly thrown deep pass over the outside shoulder allowed Burks to win the foot race on his way to the end zone. The 46-yard touchdown pass was Southwick’s second of the game, the longest receiving touchdown for the Broncos this year and gave Boise State a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Southwick’s reaction was hardly worthy of the highlight reel. Just a slight understated fist pump and a shrug. But his performance in the Broncos’ 49-14 dismantling of Hawaii was his best offensive performance of the season. Southwick was 17 of 29 finding holes in the Warriors’ secondary all night, throwing for 209 yards passing and three TDs.

Offensively, the Broncos were balanced all night, rushing the ball for 155 yards on 42 attempts and throwing for 256 yards on 33 attempts for a total of 411 yards. Southwick’s performance was matched by a defense that notched a season-high six sacks and bottled up a struggling Warrior offense. Hawaii junior quarterback Sean Schroeder was 10 for 19 for 100 yards, sacked four times, fumbled three times, threw for an interception before being benched for sophomore Jeremy Higgins half way through the third quarter. Boise State (8-2, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) made sure the Warrior offense was nable to score until early in the fourth quarter for their lone of touchdown on the night. The Broncos are plus 16 in turnovers on the season and the defense took the ball away five times (3 fumbles and 2 interceptions).

The Warriors (1-8, 0-6 Mountain West Conference) mustered only 67 yards in the first half and went 4-16 on third down. Both quarterbacks were harassed all night and never looked comfortable in

the pocket. True freshman Donte Deayon in his second game playing for the Broncos had six tackles and one interception. Sophomore Grand Hedrick replaced Southwick in

the fourth quarter. He led the Broncos on a 56-yard drive of more than nine minutes, capping it off with a 4-yard touchdown. The Broncos take on Colorado State at home this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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Senior defensive lineman Darren Koontz creates pressure within the pocket.

Broncos sweep UNR off their paws Lauren Urness Staff Writer

Women’s volleyball sweeping win against the Nevada Wolf Pack on Thursday brought the Broncos up tp 1512 overall and 6-5 in the entire Mountain West Conference. It was the Broncos’ fourth consecutive match by sweep in the conference, defeating the Wolves in Reno, Nev. 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19. The Broncos’ first set proved the girls had a quick attack in mind for the Wolf Pack. Boise State quickly gained control of the match as sophomore outside hitterTaylor Murphey and senior outside hitter Fiona Jones led the Broncos to the first set victory with four kills each, winning the set 25-19. As Boise State celebrated their win, the Wolf Pack took advantage of the distraction and grabbed the lead early on in the second set. The Broncos quickly refocused and regained control of the match. Sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Gammel sprang into action as she made six kills and one block and led Boise State to win the second set. The third set gave the Wolf Pack an early lead yet again. But the Broncos fought back The Arbiter

with a 6-2 run, earning the lead back for the remainder of the set. Leading the Broncos to the sweep with five kills each was Gammel and Murphey. They finished the Wolf Pack in a straight sweep at 25-19.

Though the scores were close for each of the three sets, Gammel ended the night a .579 hitting percentage, 13 kills, six digs and one block. Jones followed right behind Gammel with a team-high 10

digs as well as placing 10 points on the scoreboard. Murphey hit at .304 percent with 11 kills to compliment her four digs and two blocks. Boise State could not keep the sweep streak alive, as they

lost Saturday night to San Diego State 0-3 in San Diego, Calif. The Broncos take on Wyoming at home this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Bronco Gym as part of their last four games.


The recently formed super team that is the Los Angeles Lakers decided to fire Head Coach Mike Brown last week after an 0-8 preseason and beginning 1-4 in the first weeks of the regular season. This didn’t come as a surprise to most. I would have liked to see the Vegas odds on how long he was supposed to last in Hollywood. I’d have bet and lost that he would have made it the All-Star break. The pros and college differ in many ways, particularly when it comes to who they are playing for. In college it’s the name on the front of the jersey where as at the next level it’s the name on the back. A coach is trying to persuade players making way more money than them that they know what is best for the team. A coach has to be personable and the team has to buy in. Brown is personable, but the Lakers never bought in to what he was trying to sell them, forcing a foreclosure. He made it very clear that it was Kobe Bryant’s team. Yes, it is Kobe’s team, from a player’s stand point, not a coaching one. The respect line of player and coach was crossed early and eventually erased. Zen Master Phil Jackson has surfaced as a strong candidate to replace Brown, the Lakers front office has met with him and will meet again soon. Jackson has been brilliant in playing and winning mental games with men that have egos the size of the contestants on the Biggest Loser. Players buy into what he says, and his 11 championship rings speak for themselves, with five of them coming with the Lake Show. It was Jackson who corralled the once wild stallion that was Michael Jordan. He convinced Jordan he could be the greatest of all time if he would simply practice what he was preaching. Another horse in the race has been Mike D’Antoni, a former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach. It was rumored that Bryant originally wore the number eight because D’Antoni was his favorite EuroLeague player while living in Italy as a child. How’s that for respect? Newly acquired point guard Steve Nash flourished in his up-tempo offense where he won backto-back MVP awards. Even D’Antoni has mentioned that it’s Jackson’s job to lose. And I agree. How will Nash, and Dwight Howard do in the Triangle offense? Will they be hurt by not having a full training camp if Jackson is hired? Those are a few of many questions that will be addressed. Now it’s up to the Lakers and Jackson to decide who will answer them.

Boise State will return home this week to take on Wyoming Thursday evening at 7:00 P.M. in Bronco Gym.



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Boise State freshman forward Cody Gut makes a move upon a Vandal goalies in Saturday’s 5-1 win against University of Idaho at CenturyLink Arena.

Boise State club hockey dominates U of I Corey Morgan Staff Writer

On Saturday, a rivalry was re-opened as the Boise State University Hockey Club went up against the University of Idaho in the annual Black and Blue rivalry game. But some things are bigger than sports rivalries. For this game, all proceeds made were donated to Elks Meals on Wheels. This program is set-up to help deliver meals to over 800 elderly seniors in the Ada

County region. “That’s amazing, so much money to go to a great cause,” said junior defenseman Kevin Martinez. All of the proceeds amounted to $18,000. Both teams did their fair share in getting money donated. However, only one team could come out with the victory; and it wasn’t even close. In the 1st period, Broncos sophomore defenseman Kevin Costello was the first to score

on either team; grabbing an early 1-0 lead. But the Vandals would strike back, evening the score at 1-1. Unfortunately for U of I, they wouldn’t score another point for the rest of the game. The Broncos continued to add on to the lead in the 2nd period with goals from senior center Matt Nukaya-Heady and freshman forward Cody Gut. The rivalry was visible in both teams as penalties started to come more often and both


teams were clearly being more aggressive with one another. At the end of the 2nd, the score was 3-1. The 3rd quarter would go on to end like the 2nd period, with the Broncos scoring two more points to the Vandals none. Both junior defensemen Claude Cardinal and sophomore forward Morgan Cunningham contributed one point each. “It feels really good. It was the first time beating them in a year and a half, last time we

beat them was in McCall,” said Costello. At the end of the game, the final score was 5-1 with the Broncos dominating the entire game. With the Broncos win, they were awarded the Pulaski award. The Pulaski award is an ax and is symbolically used to acknowledge strength, determination, teamwork and perseverance by wildlife firefighters. After a huge 5-1 win against their biggest rival, the Broncos aren’t ready to settle from their

key win. “(The) team feels pumped but we are ready to play our next games…we are going to come out hard and beat Montana Tech,” said junior center Jared Hergesheimer. The Broncos are now sitting at 6-5 on the year with an upcoming series against Montana Tech. Boise State will look to continue their strong performance as of late and carry the momentum of the U of I victory for the rest of the season.

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