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Jasmine Martin bellydances her way through Boise State.




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SUPS rings in the holidays Kicking off this festive time of year for the Fine Art program’s Student Union Performance Series will be Phyllis Tincher with a seasonal demonstration of her handbell skills. The recital will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 29 on the Student Union Building Dining Room Stage. Admission is, as always, free. “It’s an interesting idea because the only time it’s a conventional instrument is during the Christmas season,” said Manny Wheaton, sophomore mechanical engineering major. Because Wheaton only just recently learned of the handbell’s use as a musical instrument, he said he is curious to hear it on Thursday and plans on stopping by. For many, this is one of the busiest times of the year and Shelby Brown, freshman business major, serves as no exception. r rite “I’ll be busy with the semester’s finals coming up ff W a t rS and probably won’t be able to make it,” Brown said. ela h S “But even knowing that there’s actually a concert dedicated tt Ma to handbells makes me excited for finals to hurry up and be over so Christmas can be here.” For some, this is an anomaly in the typical SUPS repertoire. Matt Hodel, sophomore business and finance major, has gone to nearly every concert this year. “I’m usually a pretty straightforward rock and roll guy,” Hodel said. “But I’ll still stop by because the Fine Arts program has yet to fail to entertain me.” Hodel went on to say he thinks we can all agree Christmas is, “pretty much the best time of year, so the handbells will probably be a good change.” If you have a liking for holiday music or are just looking to attain that holiday feeling for the first time this year, this Thursday Tincher will be at the SUB from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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November 29, 2012

Boise State unifies brand identity with new B logo

Boise State is revising and unifying its branding efforts with the introduction of a primary “B” logo to represent the university.

Boise State worked in collaboration with Nike to create a consistent visual identity program for the academic and athletic

departments. “With Boise State’s reputation growing nationally, it is an ideal time for Boise State to present its identity

in a unified manner,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. “The redesigned B serves all of us in the Bronco family and represents our

personality traits of being determined, strong, innovative and community based. We are boldly moving forward into the future.”

Ted and Total Input sought on Bay WinRecall screening dow Public Art Project Student Involvement and Leadership has been sponsoring Thursday Blockbuster series nights in the Special Events Center located in the SUB. This Thursday, Nov. 29, “Ted” will be showing at 7 p.m. with free popcorn and soda

provided. The movies screened are different every Thursday, and the following Thursday, Dec. 6 will feature “Total Recall.” Student admission is always free and non-students can enjoy the flicks for $1.

Memorial for Gary Meyers Gary Myers, an employee of Boise State University for 19 1/2 years, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the age of 59. He is survived by his wife, Ida Myers. Gary graduated from Boise State with an associate degree in business and office education in May 1993. As a student, he was honored as the

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Several ideas for the site-specific Student Union Bay Window Public Art Project were submitted by current students and alumni of Boise State and three were selected to move forward in the process. Scale models of their proposals will be on display in the Student Union Atrium from Nov. 28 to Dec. 12. Campus input is being sought to assist the Student Union Art Advisory


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The Republic of Texas, a group that wants Texas to secede from the United States, has set up shop in the small East Texas town, Overton.

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Thousands of people in 11 states support secession by signing an online petition In the three weeks since President Barack Obama’s re-election victory, his most ardent foes, nearly 1 million people from all 50 states, have signed online petitions to take their opposition to the extreme: seceding from the United States. They’re doing it on the White House’s “We the People” website, taking advantage of a pledge to review any petition that gains at least 25,000 signatures. Texas was far ahead of the pack with 117,373 digital signatures on its petition by midday Monday. “Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union,” the petition states. “To do so would protect its citizens’ standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers, which are no longer being reflected by the federal government,” it says. Randy Dye, a North Carolina tea party member and retired trauma nurse from Pittsboro, started his state’s petition, which had drawn more than 30,000 signatures, good for sixth-most among all states. While helping victims of Hurricane Sandy in the New York City borough of Queens, Dye explained why he would like North Carolina to leave the union. “States need to turn into

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countries where we keep our to leave the union. “It’s very Amar said the most imporown money,” Dye said in an American to talk about seces- tant provision, known as the interview. sion,” Paul said in an April Supremacy Clause in Article “It would be a lot easier to 2009 YouTube video. “That’s 6, makes clear the authority of control government at the how we came into being—13 the Constitution, along with state level than at the federal colonies seceded from the federal laws and treaties, over level,” Dye said. “I believe that British and established a “anything in the constitution President Obama is probably new country. So secession is or laws of any state.” a good man and a good daddy very much of an American “What the Constitution to his kids, but he’s a social- principle.” says repeatedly is once you’re ist. I think we’re headed we’re Some constitutional law in (as a state), you’re in,” Amar heading toward a socialist na- scholars say that while it said. “If people want to secede, tion, and I want nothing to do wouldn’t be impossible for a they are allowed to leave, they with that.” state to secede, to do so legally just can’t take the land and the As of Monday afternoon, would entail highly implau- water with them. There is a 11 would-be seceding states, sible steps such as gaining lawful way to secede it’s called Texas, Georgia, South Caroli- ratification of a constitutional emigration. They can move to Canada.” na, LouiThe secession siana, It all boils down to whether the larger country movement has Missouri, prompted a counT e n - is willing to accept a peaceful withdrawal. ter-secession drive nessee, —Sandford Levinson on the White North House website. Carolina, Several petitions Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida amendment or passage of a and Ohio, had reached the law redrawing the nation’s demand that any seceding state pay its share of the nation25,000-signature threshold boundaries. that the “We the People” “It all boils down to whether al debt or make another form website promises will gain an the larger country is willing to of restitution before leaving official Obama administra- accept a peaceful withdrawal,” the union. More than 8,500 Austinites tion review. Nine of the 11 said Sanford Levinson, a law and supporters have petistates voted against Obama professor at the University of tioned for the Texas capital in the Nov. 6 election, with Texas-Austin. “I think it is a only Florida and Ohio as pro- fantasy, but given the history Obama outliers. of the United States, secession “Every petition that crosses is not necessarily a laughing the threshold is reviewed and matter,” Levinson said. “The receives a response,” White Constitution doesn’t specify House spokesman Matt Leh- an answer one way or another. rich said. “As a rule, we don’t My view is that it’s a close call.” comment on the substance of Akhil Reed Amar, a Yale those responses until they’re University law professor, disissued to the petitioners.” agrees. While the ConstituThe would-be secession- tion doesn’t directly address ists have looked for support secession, Amar said, the to Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, a founding document makes it 2012 Republican presiden- clear in a half-dozen clauses tial candidate and longtime that such a move is banned libertarian leader, who has and would be tantamount to long said states have the right treason.

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to withdraw from the state before it secedes, while more than 1,600 Atlantans and allies are making the same request should Georgia go. The White House website does have a few kinks. There’s no way of verifying the residence or even the identity of any petition signers, and indeed among those who have signed onto the Texas secession drive, there appear to be as many who say they live outside the Lone Star State as in it. Joe Dugan, head of the South Carolina Tea Party, sympathizes with the wouldbe secessionists and knows a number who are among the 39,572 petitioners for the Palmetto State to leave the union. Dugan, though, refuses to sign any of the “We the People” petitions on the White House website and warns that those who do so are taking a big risk. “I am not going to put my name on any Obama website,” Dugan said. “I don’t trust the Obama adminis-

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tration people as far as I can throw them. I think there’s a good chance that at some point they will reference that database and there will be retaliation” against the secession petitioners. The White House declined to comment on Dugan’s concerns. Dozens of secession movements have existed before Obama’s re-election fueled the new wave. Christian Exodus, bemoaning “the moral generation of American culture,” has called on all “Christian constitutionalists” since 2003 to move to South Carolina and create “an independent Christian nation that will survive after the decline and fall of the financially and morally bankrupt American empire.” Independent Long Island is a 5-year-old initiative that wants the slice of New York jutting into the Atlantic to become “a viable and independent new country,” though its promoters avow that mere statehood will be “seriously considered” if full nationhood can’t be achieved.

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Hunters started the conservation organization Ducks Unlimited. The group is dedicated to conserving resources and keeping traditions alive.

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Although the Bronco Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is now inactive, duck hunters still have a presence on campus. Tyson Summers, a current Boise State student who enjoys the sport of duck hunting, recently took the Idaho state title of champion duck caller. Summers explained that he usually practices about 15-20 minutes a day, but said “when I’m getting ready for a competition, (practice is) more like three hours every day. I try to build my lungs up for calling, and then I just practice routines,” he said.

There are multiple annual competitions for the sport and in 2010 Summers took third in Idaho state duck and Idaho state goose. “Duck calling competitions are when you’re on a stage and have five judges behind you, (behind a screen) and they all judge you off of that blueprinted routine. They drop your high score and they drop your low score and they take those three judges in the middle and they total that score, that’s how they determine who gets cut from the next round,” Summers said. Rex Harding, chairman of the Bronco chapter of Ducks Unlimited, doesn’t partici-

pate in the competition side of the sport but said that he’s hooked on the hunting aspect. He described his hunting trips by saying it’s “getting up way too early, spending way too much money to be (warm and) comfortable and going out and playing,” said Harding, who recently graduated Boise State with a degree in biology and an emphasis in ecology. “It’s more of a hobby for me. It’s just the challenge of being able to fool a bird. And a lot of it is getting out there with friends and family. I love going out with my dad and brothers.” Harding explained what happens after the hunt, by

Are you represented in the ASBSU student assembly? Wayne Hoseck Staff Writer

There is no real definition of a non-traditional student. It is much too broad of a term to be able to categorize. Non-traditional students include: Older students, students who did not graduate high school but got a GED, students who delayed enrollment (meaning they did not attend college right after they left high school)

minority students, students considered independent and students who claim other dependents such as children. More than half of the students who attend Boise State are considered nontraditional students, around 51 percent. This puts the nontraditional student into a unique category, called a concentrated population. Over the last three years, Associated Students of

Boise State University (ASBSU) has gone through a lot of very significant changes. In fact, the system that created the three main sections of ASBSU, executive council, student assembly and the directors, were just instituted last year for the first time. This year, the size of the executive council was decreased and the number of seats available for the student assembly were raised by 15, making the number

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stating that he eats what he hunts. “I treat it a lot like beef. I cook it medium-rare, anything beyond that, it starts to get really gamey and quite a bit tougher. I love making duck fajitas, or duck enchiladas and duck jerky,” Harding said. But duck hunters say there’s more to it than just the hunt. There’s tradition and conservation too. Harding went on to talk about the tradition of the sport. “Duck hunters are the ones that are the most passionate about making sure that the tradition they’ve got in duck hunting can be passed on and there will

be birds around for their grandkids or great grandkids,” Harding said. This tradition plays well with the conservation aspect of Ducks Unlimited. Mond Warren, the regional director of Idaho, explained the conservation side of Ducks Unlimited in further detail. “Ducks Unlimited is a conservation organization, a lot of people think that it’s a hunting club, but it’s really not. A lot of the confusion I think is because Ducks Unlimited was started by hunters and hunters are the biggest conservationists out there. They give back to the resource,” Warren said. “We’re real fortunate here

in Idaho, for being a smaller state, we’re doing quite a bit of work here. At any given time we have 11-15 active projects going on. We’ve conserved over 27,500 acres of ground in Idaho. I think that’s great for Idaho, it’s good for the heritage we have here.” To get involved, become a member, or learn more about the sport, Warren suggests that students search Idaho Ducks Unlimited on YouTube or on Facebook, visit, or email Warren directly at mwarren@ Because according to Warren “we (still) have a lot more work to do”

of departments represented around 60, from the original 45. Some of these newlycreated seats are not known as college caucus chairs, but rather concentrated population seats, meaning they represent social demographics prominent on campus. Among these were seats created for sexual orientation minorities and racial and ethnic minorities. However, there was not a seat created for non-traditional students. ASBSU President Ryan Gregg, who was the head assembly speaker at the time of the reformatting, said, “There is no real way to really say ‘this is the nontraditional student opinion’, because it varies. It doesn’t make sense to include a nontraditional seat because they do not have a concentrated opinion.” But issues in the assembly have recently arisen about how to handle these new seats, as well as the prominent non-traditional population. The format of the new student assembly meeting has the 45 college seats speaking about their business first, and then the concen-

trated population representatives speaking afterwards. Tasha Lundquist, a junior social work major, sits on the assembly in a racial and ethnic minorities seat and earlier in October, her and Dagen Downard, a senior business major, felt singled out when the assembly forgot to give the option to speak to the concentrated population seats. Lundquist was flabbergasted at what seemed like blatant disregard, “We were never given an opportunity to share out, nor was it really understood when we share out about our positions, or what the students in that area are concerned about.” This irritated Lundquist, and she came forward and addressed assembly speaker Bryan Vlok about her thoughts. “What I brought up originally was that I don’t feel like a represented group, or even a representative, really, on campus,” Lundquist said. To address the concerns brought up by Lundquist, Vlok called an executive assembly meeting, which took place on Oct. 30, and invited her and anyone who wanted to address the is-

sue to attend. The meeting was attended by the entire executive council, which included Gregg. This meeting was set to diffuse the situation which had arisen in the student assembly meeting. At the meeting Lundquist brought up points stating the executive council was having a hard time making the campus inclusive, which is one of the goals held by the council. She claimed non-traditional students and students of ethnic minorities do not have proper representation, even in the university newspaper. “We don’t have representation in The Arbiter, for people of color, unless it is a black person in athletics,” Lundquist said. Vlok stated they would make sure to recognize people in a formal way during assembly, especially making sure the concentrated populations had a spot on the agenda and to work towards diversity and inclusion in all parts of the campus.

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Art of bellydancing Danielle Davidson Staff Writer

“I think that’s a part of bellydancing: to be free and strong.”

Bellydancers are known for their smooth-moving hips and bare abdomens. Even here in Boise, bellydancers perform in the traditional garb and mesmerize their viewers. Jasmine Martin, a second year undecided major is one of them. Arbiter staffer Danielle Davidson caught up with Martin to talk about her passion for bellydancing.

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When did you start bellydancing? I started almost two years ago. I got back from a trip and just was like, I’m going to do it, and so I found a woman online, her name is Cecilia Rinn. She’s my mentor and my teacher, and she has a school, it’s called Star Belly School of Dance, so I’m a part of her Pre-Performing Group. It’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy it.

What made you interested in bellydancing? From being a little girl. Actually my mom used to take me down and we’d watch the bellydancers and I just was always in awe, and it was a lot fun.

What’s bellydancing like? It is completely different than I had originally thought it would be. I think that it has this face of connotation of it being very sexual and kind of just shaking your booty and stuff like that. It’s actually not, I mean you are, but it’s really empowering and I’ve gotten over wanting to have the perfect body and being thin and it’s a really nice mindset for me and I meet a lot of really awesome women.

How is it different from what people usually think? For me there was just the pretty top and pretty skirt, and there’s so much more to the style of it. There’s like Turkish, there’s Egyptian, there’s Oriental, there’s all sorts of different bellydancing categories. It’s a lot deeper than you would think it to be, and learning about it is really cool and the music really is like a huge queue of it, you know there’s certain music you dance to, to certain costumes that you wear and certain music that you listen to, performing to a certain crowd and it’s just a lot deeper than I think anyone would think it to be.

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What’s your favorite style? I like Turkish. Turkish is really big and it’s loose and it’s really fun and you get to be smiling and stuff. Egyptian is more inward, so a lot of your movements are internal, and it’s very emotional and not as fun and big.

Do the different styles have different costumes? Yeah, the way that the belt is angled on your hips. So, an Egyptian one you can see like around the waist it would just be a swoop and more Turkish ones are more angular or like a triangle.

Do all of the costumes you wear show your belly? No, she does make dresses that you can wear underneath. (It’s) just like a lace or a sheer fabric that you could wear, but none of our students who perform wear that. I think it’s either because they feel free and they’re comfortable with their bodies and who are around, and we encourage that. I mean, we don’t discourage them from being in their comfort zone, but it’s a beautiful thing and I think that’s a part of bellydancing to be free and strong.

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What about the workout aspect? It’s interesting because it’s really cool when I notice other women in the class that started a little while ago and now they’re losing weight and they’re looking great and they’re happy. It’s different because you don’t notice those things in yourself. I do feel fit, not like buff or anything, but a little toned. It works more on your waistline and so you still have the belly which I’m totally fine with. Bryan Talbot/THE ARBITER

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Potato, potahto, tomato, tomahto. Do you know the difference between the maneline dancers and Boise State Cheerleaders? Genny Nutting Staff Writer

You say tomato, I say tomahto. You say potato, I say potahto. You say dancer, I say cheerleader. Let’s call the whole thing off. For years it has been a common occurrence for people to confuse Boise State Cheerleaders and the Boise State Mane Line dancers as the same group. Is there a difference between the two groups though? Technically they are two separate groups made up of different members, coaches, practice times and their own styles in their performances. However, the purpose behind their performances and their roles on campus are quite similar. Mane Line Coach Julie Stevens was the cheer and dance coach at Boise State for 28 years before recently putting her energy and focus into being solely the coach of the Mane Line dancers. Stevens said she loved both teams and found it to be a learning experience as she described both groups as hard working, talented and put just as much heart and soul into their performance as any other athlete would. “The groups are both close and good friends who work to make Boise State better,” Stevens said. “The cheerleaders tumble, stunt, cheer and provide more energy for the crowd. The dancers do sideline cheers but are more technically trained in dance training and provide more entertainment.” Mane Line dancers are seen at points during football games where cheerleaders are not typically seen. These dancers help support Bronco Nation by dancing to the fight song with

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the band during the tailgate parade, at the pre-game tunnel as the football players run out, on the sidelines with the cheerleaders and performing at half time. “We normally are not confused with the Mane Line dancers, they are mostly mistaken for cheerleaders,” Cheer Coach Christina Moore said. “I believe it is because we are both on the sidelines at football and basketball games and we are both there to support the teams playing.” This confusion could be because the dancers will sometimes use pompoms during their dances and are seen on the sidelines. Outside the sidelines, the cheer team may also be found in the community working with nonprofits, businesses, schools and the university as well as preparing for a national competition each year. Cortney Kirkes, senior early childhood education major, has been dancing for 22 years, four of those years being with the Mane Line dancers. She explained how dance and cheer teams get closer when they leave high school and will work together when they perform at school events. Because of this, people tend to confuse the two groups. Kirkes said she doesn’t get upset by this and said they have different goals in the long run even though they will work together to entertain fans at games. “It’s an adrenaline rush,” Kirkes said. “And at the same time, as much of an entertainment it is for everyone else out there, it’s like a release for us. It’s a way to show our emotion and we just put it all out there.” Bryan Talbot/THE ARBITER




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Turkey Hangover “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. A full week. We had a full week to catch up on homework and begin studying for finals. Except, no. I had big plans for homework and studying. And then break came ... and went and not a book had been cracked. Instead, I watched more Netflix than can be healthy and laid around my parents’ house like a lazy sack of potatoes. Capitalizing fully on the fact I could do nothing for a solid week except eat and sleep. And trust me, it was great. But then Monday came and break was over and the homework I put off? Well it was due. And me? I’m still in my turkey hangover with no interest in school work. I’m still in Netflix-mode and I’m not really sure where my jeans are. Or when the last time I put real pants on was. (Possibly the Thursday before break?) But it’s no longer break, which means it’s no longer acceptable to lay around in my yoga pants and cry over Grey’s Anatomy episodes I’ve seen three times. On second thought, I’m not sure if that is ever acceptable, but it’s at least feasible over break. I’m chalking my absolute lack of motivation up to a turkey hangover. I spent a week doing nothing and now it’s become habit. But I can’t let this beat me. Whether or not it means bribing myself with an episode of Grey’s Anatomy every time I finish a page of an essay, or turning off my WiFi so I have no other option. I have to get over my break hangover. I have to get back into school mode. If you’re experiencing a break hangover know that you are not alone. Know that I am also dreading doing any sort of school work, and that at the very moment you’re knowing you should be starting that math homework but hitting “Next Episode” instead, I’m right there with you. We’ll get through this. I think.


What is one thing you want to accomplish before graduation?

“I’ve always wanted to take a gender-related class. I’ve heard they are really interesting and I think I would enjoy it.” Monique Porter Sophomore elementary education major

“I want to participate in an Ironman. I would like to get myself disciplined enough and I think it would be a great accomplishment.”

Aubrey Stephan Junior physical education major

Whether it takes the traditional four years to graduate or the more increasingly common six, most students enter into college with an expectation of achieving great things, both academically and personally. Elliot Darvick, co-founder of, wants to help people do just that. He and his friend and cofounder Brian Berman met as undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis and later on decided to start building a website that would help people achieve goals they had and create an online bucket list to get them motivated to get offline and accomplish them. “ is an application for people to create lists of things to do with those they care about most,” Darvick said. “It’s planning future experiences through collaborative lists.” Whether it’s a list with a friend on campus, a family member or a fiancé, gives the tools to make everyone’s bucket list come to life. It also acts as a storage place for memories. Already completed activities can be added and checked off, pictures can be uploaded to each item on the list and videos can be stored to relive each memory later on. “It comes from our desire to use technology to get people offline,” Darvick said. “So they’re living life with each other and just using technology as a facilitator of that.” While Unbucket is not only for college students, they believe that it’s a great tool for the college demographic, as time usually escapes students in the short time they are there. “There’s so much to do as an undergrad,” Darvick said. “But yet there’s so little time and often we get distracted by what we’re there for, like

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internships and studying, but having a list, making sure we do the things we want to do before we graduate, we think that’s crucial.” Darvick and Berman have been working on the project since the summer of 2011 and it was officially released in the summer of 2012. Thousands of lists have been made since then and already about 20 percent of the items are currently marked as complete. If Boise State students are interested in using the site, they can visit and use the code “Bronco.”

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Fresh Perspectives: The Shyness Standoff Zoe Colburn is a resident freshman and Arbiter opinion writer chronicling her experiences at a new university in a new part of the country.


Hey there—your bike got smashed up by a motorcycle. Did you know your wheels are toast? Sucks man.

Bike Shepherd would be a boon to students Program offers campus-wide benifits to cyclists want to mar our good bicycle reputation we’re building, at all. Any hurdles we can see and negate beforehand is much better than moving forward relatively blindly Bikes come in all sorts of different and having a bunch of people be like hey shapes and sizes. All over campus you we don’t want to do this.” Said Ritter can see fixies, mountain bikes, cruisers While bike theft isn’t exactly a rampant and more. But no matter the value or problem on campus, it certainly happens. condition of the bike, nobody wants to What might not be taken into account is get their wheels stolen. the Bike Shepherd tags would work anyStudents might have the option of havwhere, not just campus. And your bike ing additional security for their cycles is just as likely to get stolen off campus provided by the university in the near as on it. future. In fact, September this year, Boise Parking and Transportation working was the scene for a high prohave proposed bringing the file bicycle heist when 13 of Bike Shepherd program to Team TIBCO’s custom racBoise State in hopes of both ing bicycles were stolen out helping deter potential bike If we have no options then we’re stuck of the team’s trailer before the thieves and recover bicycles, either cutting their bike lock and removing their 2012 Exergy Tour. So yeah, but also to help the university bike in certain circumstances, or just leaving your bike can get stolen in manage bikes on campus. this town. Bike Shepherd works by little tags that don’t really do a whole lot. Phil Hobbs, a senior studytagging bikes with sturdy, —Stephen Ritter ing Environmental and Occutamper-proof tags that make pational Health works at the it clear to would-be thieves Cycle Learning Center noted the bike is protected by more Ritter also noted a bicycle outside it can be difficult to say how effective the than a bike lock. It’s less appetizing for a thief when they know a bike is tracked the Parking and Transportation office Bike Shepherd program would be generwhich—along with the rack it was locked ally for the student body. than a bike that is not. “It’s not going to be the best for everyStudents also register their bike’s se- to—had been destroyed by a motorcycle rial number into the program’s registry accident on Nov. 20. According to Boise body, many bikes here range from medigiving them another means to find the Police there had been two bicycles de- um to pretty nice … it’s hard to quantify, stolen bike, and the owner can be identi- stroyed, but the remaining bike was still so there are limitations,” Hobbs said. He noted the large differences in value fied by means of a simple QR code right locked on the rack. He talked about the lack of a way to contact the owner to in- between some Wal-Mart bike and a highon the tag. end racing bike which sometimes make an Normally the tags are offered to the form them of their bike’s predicament. Ritter also described the challenges appearance on campus. public for $15, but by buying a large “But overall I’m fully onboard,” number of tags the university may the university faces when someone locks be able to offer students the tags for their bike on an ADA access ramp. In Hobbs said. Although the vast majority of students $10 or possibly cheaper. Not a bad cases such as this the university has no price for a level of protection on your choice but to remove the bike since any are not riding such expensive bicycles, obstruction of an ADA ramp is a federal many students depend heavily on their transportation. But wait, there is more to it. By hav- violation which the school becomes re- wheels to get around campus, town and in many cases to commute to and from ing tagged bikes which can be scanned sponsible for. One obstacle facing Bike Shepherd is work. It saves money they might otherto find the owner, the university suddenly has a way to contact students when determining if students would actually wise spend on gas and parking. Just because most students are not ridtheir bicycle is chained somewhere it buy and use the tags, but at a campus as shouldn’t be or has been pulverized by a bike-happy as Boise State, why wouldn’t ing expensive bikes does not mean they you offer additional security measures to won’t feel the pinch if their bike gets wayward motorcycle. Stephen Ritter is the mastermind be- students? Seems like there is nothing to pinched. It is also difficult to say if the tags hind bringing Bike Shepherd to campus. lose but some money. Ritter spoke about would do anything to deter thieves from He works in bicycle enforcement around the process of making the pitch to various stealing parts off bikes that are locked up, campus in addition to his political sci- departments in the university such as Se- such as seats or wheels. The tags wouldn’t be a replacement for curity, Housing and The Associated Stuence studies. making smart decisions about where you “A lot of the stuff we do, it’s best if we dents of Boise State University. “Everybody we’ve talked to so far has park your bike and locking it up. It would can contact the student, because that allows us to have more options. If we have been positive towards it. The last thing add an extra level of security for students no options then we’re stuck either cutting we want to do is move forward with it and and would at least better the chances or retheir bike lock and removing their bike have it be a disaster. Obviously. I don’t uniting people with their stolen bicycles. in certain circumstances, or just leaving little tags that don’t really do a whole lot. So we had that problem, where we were very limited and wanted to open up our options. Bike Shepherd I could find that offered a viable service to the bike community at the same time,” Ritter said. “With Bike Shepherd and the scan tag, then we have that QR number and we can scan that scan-tag, which is not prone to user error and still be able to their information and contact them and say hey, we had to impound your bike,” he said.

Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

Having to make new friends in college is the worst. No, seriously, all I can think when I think about making friends is, “I already did this once, like seven years ago when I started middle school. Now I have to do it all over again? I call shenanigans!” But since the only other option is sitting in my dorm feeling massively sorry for myself and eating cookies by the handful while watching the entire Toddler and Tiaras series, I guess I kind of do have to make some friends. Making friends totally blows, not because I hate everyone but because there’s this really super lame thing that happens when you are alone with a mutual friend or someone you haven’t spoken to on your floor: You both clam up and enter into this mutual agreement of I’m-Not-Tal k ing-Unt i lYou-Do. Which doesn’t work. And then you end up in this super self-conscious zone where all you can think of is the many times you saw them entering or leaving the dorm and do they think you snubbed them once? You just kind of assumed they were waving at someone else but what if it was you? What if they just like totally hate you because of some super inane reason you couldn’t have possibly done anything about? I spend my time in The Super Self-Conscious Zone glancing at the other person, silently willing them to man-up already and speak to me, goddammit! Don’t you know I’m an introvert? Don’t you know anything about me. My point is basically this: We usually don’t say anything because we don’t know how to even begin a conversation, but in my experience there’s pretty much a word in place for that exact purpose: Hello. And if they ignore you after you try to be friendly and open they probably hate you for some inane reason. Or maybe they have a great reason, but either way, totally not worth bugging about. Just do what I do: Obsessively avoid them until you have to eventually pass by each other while determinedly and mutually not looking at each other. Works every time.

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fight an uphill battle, but now—30 years later—we can all be grateful that she did. Since it’s birth, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has invested over $750 million in breast cancer research. Also, $1.5 billion has been poured into community outreach programs. Last year alone, Susan G. Komen paid for 700,000 mammograms for women who couldn’t afford them, and continues to help with co-pays, surgeries, groceries, wigs, prosthetics, and transportation for treatment. Just as importantly, Susan G. Komen has created an incredibly powerful sisterhood network—extending support and comfort to countless women across the globe af-

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flicted by this illness. No more shame and isolation for women suffering from breast cancer. Much progress has been made in the fight against breast cancer, largely aided by the efforts of Susan G. Komen. Also, five-year survival rates are 99% compared with 74% thirty years ago. A particular victory in the battle against breast cancer was announced in early November. The International Cancer Research Partnership released an important report that will help coordinate the research efforts of over 50 organizations funding cancer research around the world. This report will help coordinate al opinion of The Arbiter or any organization the author may be affiliated with unless it is labeled as such. The Arbiter cannot guarantee

the many research organizations, maximizing dollars and making the collective research effort more efficient by identifying research areas that are neglected or overcrowded. The report is an exciting step in the battle against breast cancer. Nancy Brinker certainly has come a long way with her organization in the last 30 years. Because of one sister’s devotion and dedication, the giant breast-cancerfighting-machine known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure exists today, for which we can all be thankful. Kelsey Crow Sophomore - English

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Thirty-five years ago, Nancy Brinker’s sister, Susan G. Komen, was diagnosed with breast cancer, according to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.* After three years of battle, Susan died, but not before she asked her sister Nancy to do something about breast cancer. Two years later, Nancy fulfilled her promise to her sister and started Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Nancy had her work cut out for her. Back then, having breast cancer meant shame and humiliation. It was taboo to even discuss breast cancer and many potential donors didn’t want to be associated with a “woman’s disease” that personal. Nancy Brinker certainly had to

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Never leave us, Pete


John Garretson Sports Editor

In the world of sports, job security rests solely on results—marquee wins, money and championships. In college football, those results are placed on a shiny pedestal that only the worthy are able to grasp. If those results aren’t obtained, firings take place, with an extreme turnover rate in head coaching positions. Especially in the big powerhouse conferences, schools are frantically searching to fill those positions with the next best name and find their savior to bring back the “tradition” and “dominance” that was once lost. Boise State has no need to fret over finding a prized head coach, but rather holding onto him. Year in and year out, Chris Petersen finds himself in the middle of head coaching rumors. And it shouldn’t come as any surprise for a man of

his stature: an 82-8 record over seven seasons, two undefeated seasons that led to two Fiesta Bowl wins, two Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards. The accolades go on. Why leave the City of Trees and the state university residing within it? With a consistent Top 25 football program (in major part to Coach Pete himself), a growing university and a livable city with a tight-knit community, it seems as if the pieces are in

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place for any football coach to call Boise State home. What Boise State lacks, and this may not come as easy, is rich tradition, lucrative amounts of revenue and a deep hand in the recruiting game—all factors that leave vacant positions in conferences such as the Pac-12, Big-12 and SEC much more appealing than a mid-major school head coaching job. While the low blow of reality might sting and the chaos fostered from Internet

message boards and Twitter continue, realize this: Coach Pete has had his opportunities of “dream jobs” come his way and has turned them down before.

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Following a wild and crazy weekend of college football which saw the seven teams ranked directly ahead of the Broncos in the BCS standings lose, Boise State (9-2, 6-1 MWC) finds themselves with a slim chance at a BCS game. In the most likely scenario, the Broncos will be once again on the outside looking in for the fourth time in the last five years as they will need to vault four spots up to no. 16; but as college football shows time and time again, anything can happen on any given Saturday. The outside noise is surrounding this team once again as Head Football Coach Chris Petersen’s name is thrown around about filling coaching vacancies. Petersen remains focused on the task at hand however, and doesn’t see it as a distraction. “It’s just rumors, I don’t even think half the time it’s reporters,” Petersen said. “Everybody is a reporter these days, everybody has got an opinion on a blog or something so they throw it out and ‘oh it’s going to happen’.” A lot is riding on the line this Saturday in Reno as the Broncos take on their bitter rivals, the University of Nevada Wolfpack (7-4, 4-3 MWC), for a share of the Mountain West title. “We’re excited for the opportunity,” said redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick. “We’re preparing hard for these guys.” The Broncos are coming off a bye week which followed an impressive 42-14 senior day victory over Colorado State in the home finale. Nevada always poses problems for their opponents with their unique “pistol” offense, a system centered around a mobile quarterback, which has given the Broncos fits in the past. On their last trip to Reno, the Broncos BCS hopes were dashed by a furious second half comeback led by current San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. The man with the reigns this season for the Wolfpack is sophomore Cody Fajardo, who has thrown for 2,327 yards and 17 touchdowns, and has 900 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. The Broncos will also have their hands full with a talented running back, in junior Stefphon Jefferson, who has accounted for 1,564 yards and 20 touchdowns on 313 carries. “It’s not a regular offense,” said senior cornerback Jamar Taylor. “They can run the ball with the running back and the quarterback, but they still have the privilege of throwing the ball.” Taylor, who spent his Thanksgiving break in Boise getting prepared for the game, will have his hands full again this weekend along with senior cornerback Jerrell Gavins, as the Broncos’ secondary will once again be without sophomore defensive back Lee Hightower, who remains suspended indefinitely along with freshman tight end Hayden Plinke. The Broncos’ defense will be pushed to the limit this week, as it is the run game they have struggled with the most this year. “This is a great way to end this regular season for this defense,” Petersen said. “To see how they show up and to see if we can stop these guys, or slow them down, because I don’t think anyone stops them.” Boise State will look to capture a share of the Mountain West Conference Championship on a nationally televised stage on ABC Saturday in Reno. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. The Arbiter

Winter awaits for Ski and Snowboard Club Corey Morgan Staff Writer

As winter slowly approaches, most students are getting into their in pajamas, curling up in bed and cranking up the heater to full blast. But for the Boise State Ski and Snowboard club, this time of year is a time to throw on a jacket, put on some goggles and shred down the snowcovered mountains. In a sport that is getting more popular every year, the size of the Boise State ski/snowboarding team is growing drastically. “This year we have 65 members, which is a lot. Last year, we had a total of 30 members and only about 20 of them were active. We’ve gotten a lot bigger, which is awesome,” said Boise State Ski/Snowboard Club President Hali Goodrich. Part of this mass growth is in the base of the club, comradery and community building. The club also pushes for heavily involvement for all that want to participate. “Basically, our whole model is that we want to make skiing and snowboarding affordable and accessible for students


Students Hali Goodrich, Hana Goodrich and Kelsey Lovell at Grand Targhee Ski Resort in Alta, Wyo. on campus,” Goodrich said. The club is a non-competitive team. “We are doing things like smaller trips. We did one up in McCall a couple of weekends ago, which was a lot of fun. We’re hoping to do more up in Brundage ski resort when that snow comes in, maybe some to Sun Valley,” said Goodrich.

Besides the small trips, the club has one main trip each year over winter break. “This year, we are going to Jackson Hole ( Jan. 13 through 17). We will stay in the hostel, ski/snowboard for four days, stay for four nights. It’s really affordable. We try to do fundraising to help subsidize it, we are writing grants this year and stuff

like that to get money for it. It’s anywhere between 250 to 300 dollars which is super, super cheap for Jackson Hole,” Goodrich said. “We have a lot of fun. It’s the highlight of the season,” Goodrich added. When Bogus Basin opens, the club will use the carpooling system they developed within the club to help get

more members up to the mountain after class and whenever they have the urge to feel the adrenaline rush of flying down the snow. For more information on the Boise State Ski/ Snowboard club, go to its Facebook page or contact Club President Hali Goodrich at haligoodrich@


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