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We wish Chris Petersen and his family all the best in their future endeavors. Chris is an outstanding coach and role model, and we know he’ll be successful at Washington. We have started a national search for our next head football coach at Boise State and will work tirelessly to find the perfect fit to continue the ascension of Bronco football.

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1. Justin Wilcox (Washington defensive coordinator):

How do you capture the last eight years, in just 200 words? Is this real life? If it is, Boise State fans’ worst nightmare came to life on Friday when eight-year head coach Chris Petersen announced he was taking his talents to the University of Washington. Former coaches Lyle Smith, Pokey Allen, Dirk Koetter and Dan Hawkins all did things to improve the football program. Petersen however, took the Broncos to a whole different level: an unprecedented 92-12 record in eight seasons, which included two undefeated seasons, two BCS bowl victories and a 9-3 record against teams from power conferences. When Petersen withdrew from the USC coaching search, Bronco fans thought they were in the clear and would keep the former UC Davis quarterback around. Petersen’s announcement on Friday morning rocked the Boise community and left the program reeling and in search of a replacement. Many fans are happy for Petersen. Many are confused. Many feel betrayed. The fact is now was the right time for Petersen to leave. Petersen’s time put into the Boise State did more than anyone could imagine in putting the city on the map. What’s next for the future for Boise State football? Only time will tell.

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It was Boise State’s Chris Petersen who was chosen as the next Huskies head coach, and he brought Boise State defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski with him, according to reports. Despite coaching under Petersen from 2006-2009, Wilcox appears to be out of a job. Boise State’s last two head coaches were renowned for their offensive ingenuity.

2. Bryan Harsin (Arkansas State head coach): Atop many fan wish lists for the next Boise State head football coach is current Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin. Harsin was a Boise State assistant coach and offensive coordinator for 10 seasons before leaving to become Texas’s offensive coordinator in 2011. His name seems perfect as a candidate for the coaching vacancy, but Harsin has a $1.75 million buyout in his contract with the Red Wolves. Petersen’s was only $750,000.

3. Dirk Koetter (Atlanta Falcons OC): It seems unlikely that Dirk Koetter would leave his position as offensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons, but he may not have a choice following this season. The Falcons have a record of 3-9, which is worst in the NFC South division. Koetter coached the Broncos from 1998-2000, and led Boise State to its first two bowl victories in program history.

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Jan. 1, 2007 ~ Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma This was the big one. To this day, it is still the most important game in Boise State football history. The school’s first BCS appearance against Big 12 power, Oklahoma. Winning on three trick plays, including the winning 2-point conversion on the statue of liberty play to seal the win in overtime. Final score: 43-42.

Jan. 4, 2010 ~ Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. TCU Boise State’s second BCS berth came against fellow mid-major, TCU, whom they had lost to in the Poinsettia Bowl the year before. Led by sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, a fake punt to convert a first down in the fourth quarter helped the Broncos become the second mid-major to win multiple BCS games. Final: 17-10.

4. Brent Pease: Former Boise State assistant coach and offensive coordinator was recently fired from his position as offensive coordinator at Florida, making him readily available for coaching vacancies across the country. Pease coached the Broncos from 2006-2011 before taking the position with Florida, and may be interested in a head coaching position.

5. Dan Hawkins (fan wildcard): What could possibly be better than seeing “The Hawk” back in orange and blue as Boise State’s head football coach? Well, maybe a few things, but Dan Hawkins’ name will float around in some lofty rumors until Boise State name’s its next head coach. Hawkins was Boise State’s head coach from 20012005 before leaving to coach Colorado. Hawkins was recently fired from his head coaching position in the Canadian Football League.

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Sept. 6, 2010 ~ Boise @ Virginia Tech, 33-30 Returning 17 starters from the second Fiesta Bowl team, the Broncos began the season ranked third in the nation. A late two-minute drive by Kellen Moore grabbed the big win for the Broncos, and propelled them to a season where they would come just a field goal kick away from a potential national championship appearance.

Sept. 3, 2011 ~ Boise @ Georgia (35-21) Starting the season ranked fifth in the country, senior quarterback Kellen Moore led the Broncos into the Georgia Dome and put a beat down on the Georgia Bulldogs to get revenge from a 2005 loss. The Broncos would once again be in the national title talks for much of the season.

Sept. 20, 2008 ~ Boise @ Oregon (37-32) True freshman quarterback Kellen Moore made his road debut in 2008, when the Broncos traveled to Eugene, Oreg. to take on the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Jumping out to a 35-13 lead through three quarters, the Broncos held off a late charge from the Ducks, and held on for the win. The Broncos would go undefeated it the regular season.

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Aries (March 21- April 19): As you get closer to Christmas, you realize you have not gotten any shopping done. In a stroke of brilliance, you will decide to knit sweaters for all of your friends using excess cat hair from your 20 or so cats in your studio apartment. The sweaters will actually turn out quite nice and your friends will end up wearing them for years.

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Gemini (May 21-June 20): If you are feeling ill this week, it is probably your spirit remembering past lives and missing all of those dead people it used to know. Unfortunately for you, the spirit is stubborn and can only be repressed with horse tranquilizers and alcohol and then later wrestled into submission with alternating hot and cold showers. Cancer (June 21-July 22): Watch out for Christmas miracles this week. They are going to be everywhere and may cause car accidents on the freeway and complicate traffic. Leave for work three hours early just in case so you can inspect the roads. If everything feels safe, pull over on the freeway and light firecrackers to throw at passing cars.

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Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): One night this week, you will be visited by the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. Each ghost will show you scenes of joy, despair and death. Then you will wake on Christmas morning two weeks from now and suddenly buy all of the little poor children full turkeys their poor mothers can then prepare for dinner. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Other people are important to you. So much in fact, that you feel the need to be around others most of the time. Now that the holidays are here, you feel the need to spend time with those who gave birth to and/or raised you. Do not give into this weak human compulsion. Send all of your relatives emails saying you won’t be home for Christmas.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You and a group of friends will experience a fantastic spiritual journey this week and will become closer than ever. After holding hands and trying to contact ghosts, you will all be visited by the ghosts of both Abraham Lincoln and Biggie Smalls who will throw the most kick ass dance party you have ever been to. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In order to keep up with all of the extra work at the end of the term, you have taken up amauter crime fighting on the Greenbelt. Clad in tights and a cape, you have used your limited karate skills to take down some crooks but can’t seem to get past the problem of staying warm in such thin material. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22): You are the kind of person who frankly doesn’t take shit from nobody. That is why you wear a leather jacket and black eyeliner: to look edgy and intimidate others. Also, you like flash dancing and doing spins like in West Side Story. Singing and spinning while executing precisely choreographed dance moves. Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 19): Coach Pete has left our university to go coach at Washington University. Do not take this too hard and get down on yourself. You will still see him every other weekend and most holidays. Also, it’s not your fault at all. It’s just that he loves a new school now and has to go away to his new family. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The winter storms are coming and you need to begin stocking supplies and woodpiles to survive the harsh blizzards. Save your feces and dry it outdoors in case you run out of materials to burn. Pioneers used to burn buffalo crap to cook their dinners, so what makes you too good for it? Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): You have political aspirations and want to make it to the White House someday. You have been going door to door handing out pamphlets to notify your neighbors about your political platform. Your reputation is renowned. Unfortunately, there are no known elections held to nominate a town drunk.

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Sitting in the Student Union Building, eyes glued to a game of Madden NFL, Boise State freshman and civil engineer major, Gajge Porter, maintains once an Xboxer, always an Xbox-er. “No one who plays Xbox is going to switch over to the PS4. The Xbox 360 smoked the PS3 when it came out,” Porter said, fingers hovering over the analog sticks on an Xbox 360 controller. The Nov. 15 release of the PlayStation 4 and the launch of the Xbox One one week later marked the beginning of the next generation of gaming systems. On its release date, Sony sold roughly 1 million individual PS4 units. The debut of the Xbox One achieved similar results for Microsoft. Analysts and gamers alike have hotly debated for months which console is the superior product. Even in the wake of the launch, gamers are still left guessing. This includes students like Porter who are anxious to see which console will ultimately come out on top. In the previous generation of game consoles, the PS3 under performed in comparison to the Xbox 360. In a bid to be more competitive, Sony’s nextgen product is notably $100 cheaper than its Microsoft counterpart and several hundred dollars cheaper than the PS3 was upon its release. Both consoles, however, include original technol-

The PS4 has been adogy and improvements shooting games and steerfrom earlier models. The ing wheel vibrations in vertised as the “gamer’s PS4 and the Xbox One racing games to create a choice” of video game offer approximately 10 more realistic gaming ex- console, in part because of its indie game offerings times better graphics than perience. Like the Xbox One, and software lineup. previous generation conLogan Smith is a sophosoles in the game experi- however, the PS4 also sports new and improved more at Boise State, studyences they provide. The PS4 has a more technology, the Share fea- ing business, and an Xbox powerful graphics proces- ture, which allows gamers 360 owner. According to Smith, sor than the Xbox One, to upload clips and screen but it is not yet clear how shots from their console the PS4 and Xbox One are both excellent gaming big of a difference that to social media. will make in individual gamers’ experiences. So which console represents the future of gaming? Boise State students weighed in. “If I were to purchase a new console, I’d get the Xbox One for sure. It’s a loyalty thing,” said Porter, an Xbox 360 owner and Xbox enthusiast. According to Porter, the Xbox’s Kinect feature gives Xbox the edge over PlayStation models. Kinect is a motionsensing input device first introduced by Microsoft in the Xbox 360 Students choose between Xbox and PlayStation. model of yesteryear. Kinect 2.0 for the Xbox One builds upon the original idea with a renovated and refined bodytracking system. The Xbox One is being heralded as the future of home entertainment as an all-in-one entertainment system. Microsoft has responded progressively to the rise of social media with a new Friends app, a feature exclusive to Xbox. Another highlighted feature of the Xbox One is the dynamic impulse triggers in the controller. These sensors allow gamers to feel recoil in

systems, but the deciding factor for many students purchasing next-gen consoles will be price. “The PS4 is just so much cheaper than the Xbox One,” Smith said, “I’m a college student. I hardly have enough time to play video games. I certainly don’t have that kind of money.”

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“Talk Nerdy to Me” is a technology column written by Derek Deulus. Follow him on Twitter @Deulus. I want to say the Xbox One is everything that I hoped and dreamed for, but I would only be lying to myself and giving Microsoft credit for another poorly designed half-baked product. The bottom line is that the Xbox One is just not ready. Unfortunately for me, I received a defective unit on launch day. My controller would randomly just disconnect right in the middle of a game. While this is definitely a blow against the Xbox from my perspective, I can honestly tell you that even if my hardware worked as it was supposed to, I still feel that the system is “half-baked.” My biggest gripe with the new Xbox One is the Kinect camera. When the Xbox One was announced, Microsoft said that every Xbox One would include a mandatory Kinect camera and the system would not function without it. Microsoft has since lifted the “mandatory” part. In reality, the Kinect is still required for just about everything. Instead of creating a console with a simple operating system that can easily be controlled using the standard controller, you are stuck with using the Kinect. To perform even the simplest tasks like starting a party chat, you have to shout commands at your Kinect. That’s not to say that you cannot do the same tasks with just the controller. However, the same process that takes seconds to perform, shouting a command, takes several steps and about three times as long using the controller. So why not just use the Kinect? The answer is because it just doesn’t work about 50 percent of the time. Not to mention the fact that I feel like a baboon shouting commands or doing hand gestures at my TV. Even worse is the fact that Microsoft seems to be pushing for developers to add these gimmicks into game play. I’m sure that over time, the system will improve and hopefully the Kinect will just become an optional accessory. Until then, stick with the PlayStation 4 or even the Wii U.

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Sitting just outside the Interactive Learning Center on the Boise State campus, student Carlos Toledo marvels that he never before noticed the blue and orange monolith less than 30 feet away from him. Situated next to the ILC, one of the most high-traffic areas on campus, is a widely unused and unrecognized $9,795 piece of equipment called a Solar Dok. The Solar Dok is a solar charging station, incidentally in the shape of a blue and orange picnic table. “To be honest, I never noticed it before. I think it’s a cool idea. Sometimes it’s hard to find a place to plug in,” said Toledo, a transfer student studying supply chain management. Boise State is one of approximately 60 universities across the nation with a Solar Dok installed on campus. The dock features power outlets which passing students can use to charge various electronic devices. According to Tom Davis, the vice president of EnerFusion, Inc., the modern world has not adequately

prepared for the wave of portable technology that has occurred. There is a growing need to regularly charge portable electronic devices which is not consistently being met. The Solar Dok was developed by EnerFusion, Inc. specifically to address this problem. “We wanted to create portable power because there are not enough plugs in the world where people need them,” Davis said. EnerFusion, Inc. is a Michigan-based company founded in 2006 that has been implementing the Solar Dok on campuses across the country for the last four to five years. The Solar Dok is one of multiple eco-friendly initiatives developed by EnerFusion Inc. to provide sustainable off-the-grid power. “We’re trying to get creative with the energy from the sun,” Davis said. “Power from the sun by itself isn’t enough; you have to capture and accumulate that power.” According to Davis, a Solar Dok is a hybrid concept between solar power and battery storage capacity.

This picnic table near the ILC, features solar powered outlets, awaits student use. “When you merge the two and get the common denominator, you have a plug. That is how our idea came to fruition and no one else knows how to do what we do,” Davis said. Most students have portable electronics that need

to be charged every day. Students typically plug those electronic devices into on-the-grid power sources. According to Davis, by plugging into a Solar Dok, a student is able to fire up their electronics without tapping into the grid.

Even one less laptop charge diverted from onthe-grid to off-the-grid power can make a difference in the cause for energy sustainability. Boise State students and instructors have mixed reactions towards the novelty of the Solar Dok and

Trekking through the degree tracker @Wadapatch

Planning classes and squeezing them into tight schedules in order to meet class and degree prerequisites is usually not the easiest task. But soon Boise State will make it a lot easier. Sharon McGuire, vice

provost for undergraduate studies, explained how Broncoweb (now called MyBoiseState) is modeled after the course catalogs per semester and how classes are listed as typically offered which is different from always offered. McGuire explained there’s actually a coding method which students

can utilize for better understanding. “It (the class) will have the name of the course, the number of credit hours, the number of lab hours that meet (3-0-3), then after that it has the F/S or F,S,” McGuire said. “The slash means either/or, whereas the comma means and. So F/S means Fall or

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Spring and F, S means Fall and Spring.” As confusing as this all sounds, there is good news. “We are rolling out what we call the degree tracker,” McGuire said. “That tool will map for students what courses they need to take and when. It’s based on the information from the catalog that says when the course is offered.” The previous confusion of classes saying they were offered then never becoming available was from inaccurate information, according to McGuire. Boise State became aware of this while building the degree tracker. “So we’re doing a major cleanup to make sure that the semester offered is accurate,” McGuire said. McGuire said when the degree tracker becomes functional the inaccurate class information will be fixed. The College of Business and Economics can already see these changes as their degree tracker is up and running. The College of Arts and Sciences is next and will be func-

tional on Tuesday. The current time schedule for the rest of the colleges will be prior to registering for Fall 2014 (March-ish), according to McGuire. “I think there’s just some cleaning up that needed to happen to make sure what we say we’re going to offer is actually what the system says we’re offering,” McGuire said. These fixes will be for students who are under the 2012 catalog going forward. “The students that are starting the 2012 catalog, their programs of study, all those courses that they have to take will be included in the degree tracker,” McGuire said. “The people in the earlier (catalogs) won’t be because their curriculums aren’t programmed into the system, but the courses (in MyBoiseState) will be fixed.” The classes will be accurate and the F/S and F,S in MyBoiseState will also be cleaned up, because those

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codes still have a level of ambiguity for students, according to McGuire. “It’s good for students to pay attention to what it says in the catalog and make sure we’re following that,” McGuire said.

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Boise State’s College of Business and Economics is teaming up with LinkedIn to present “Are You LinkedIn?! Who You Know Will Get You Everywhere,” on Friday, Dec. 13. Free to Boise State students, the presentation will focus on how branding yourself through social media can help you land your dream career or internship. LinkedIn executives and associates, along with national and local executives who leverage social media as a recruiting method, will be on hand to share their knowledge and experiences on how they’re using social media to recruit new talent in the competitive job market. Stephanie Cluney, a senior studying communication, plans to attend the event. “I figured I might as well get the ball rolling since I graduate in 2 weeks,” Cluney said.

Part of the presentation, “LinkedIn 101,” will feature two LinkedIn associates who will demonstrate how to create an effective LinkedIn profile that can make your profile stand out from the crowd and grab the attention of potential employers. Learning to “brand” yourself within social media will also be discussed. Professionals will talk about their own experiences with branding and how to stand out in a sea of graduates with similar experiences.

“I’m hoping to get perspective on what skills I should focus on and how to market myself to have a successful job search,” Cluney said. Students in attendance will have the chance to ask the LinkedIn panel any questions or concerns they may have about networking at the end of the session. The presentation will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Skaggs Hall of Learning in the Micron Business and Economics Building.

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its practicality on campus. “It’s kind of ugly. I’ve heard it called the space table before,” said Laura Roghaar, an English instructor at Boise State. “But it seems useful to have a place to plug in, There is always outlet wars going on in inside spaces.”

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Talkin’ Broncos The Talkin’ Broncos posed in professional attire as the team amped up to attend multiple competitions and represent Boise State as champions.

Boise State’s debate team is campus’s most underrated group of national champions @Mal_a_gal

Boise State is a national championship school. No, the championship has nothing to do with Kellen Moore and that championship will not go away now that Coach Pete has left. These national champions don’t toss a ball around or run laps to warm up. No, they prefer to talk to walls and wander through campus with black binders in their hands talking to themselves. These champions are the Talkin’ Broncos. The Talkin’ Broncos won first place in the 83rd annual Mahaffey Memorial Tournament in McMinville, Ore., Nov. 15-17.

Talkin’ Broncos were successful throughout the rest of the season, winning at numerous other conferences throughout the nation. The Talkin’ Broncos continue on to Pacific University in January. Manda Hicks, director of forensics, elaborated on what this win said about the Talkin’ Broncos. “This win means that the team has really come together to be the best it can be—and that’s not easy,” Hicks said. According to Hicks, the Talkin’ Broncos are not about individual wins, but about winning as a team. “We’ll have four first places which is phenomenal, but we will also have people who really

get outside of their comfort zone and have some personal sacrifice for the team and maybe work really hard at something that doesn’t come naturally to them,” Hicks said. “And their four points that came from something they usually don’t compete in adds just as much to the win as someone who got first place.” Hicks explained there are many reasons why the Talkin’ Broncos is a unique team. “They’re special because

They’re special because they’re national champions for the second consecutive year in a row. They are also the Northwest Forensics Conference champions for the past 11 years. —Manda Hicks

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Lauren Bramwell, political science and communication major “Debate is wonderful because it allows us to discuss ideas; it allows us to engage in important dialogue and discuss social problems and possible solutions...but I’m proud to be a Talkin’ Bronco because we don’t just talk the talk, we try to walk the walk too.”

KayCee Babb, history major “We’re a great group of people who just work well together. There’s great community and partnership. We’re a family.”

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they’re national champions for the second consecutive year in a row. They are also the Northwest Forensics Conference champions for the past 11 years,” Hicks said. “We are one of the few programs in the United States that do more than one kind of debate format.” While most debate programs specialize in one type of debate, the Talkin’ Broncos usually compete in three types of debate— sometimes four. On top of their overall

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excellence in competitions, the Talkin’ Broncos stand out because of their dedication to Boise State and the community. The team volunteers for local high schools to judge tournaments and to work one on one with students. They also volunteer at the Idaho Foodbank. The Talkin’ Broncos have gone to assisted living facilities and hosted events there and adopted families for Christmas. Hicks wished more people on campus recognized the work the Talkin’ Broncos do. “I think Boise State students would be proud to know we have a national championship speech and debate program here,” Hicks said.

Dalton Hellman, history major and member of the Talkin’ Broncos, came to Boise State because of the debate team. He participated in junior college debate and upon watching the Broncos take first at the Mahaffey Memorial Tournament, decided to pack his bags and head to Boise. “What better team to compete with than the national champions?” Hellman asked. Taylor Ashe, political science major and member of the Talkin’ Broncos, is proud of her team and disappointed in the lack of recognition the campus gives to them. “We’re underrated,” Ashe said.

Fred Swanstrun, political science and communication major “The biggest thing for me is that it’s like we’re all in this experience together and we are learning how to be better people and how to be a part of something bigger together and how we can influence other people in a good way.”

Taylor Ashe, political science major “It’s being a part of such a great group of people. They’re not only my team, they’re my best friends and I wouldn’t want to trade it for anything else.”

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“I’m proud to be a Talkin’ Bronco because this is a family I can be a part of for years and years. I don’t have any family in Boise but I feel like this is my family.”

“It’s mostly the family aspect. I probably spend more time with these guys than my own family. We spend so much time together, not because we have to but because we want to.”

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Alvin Tran, Jennifer Whittle, Jacob Saunders, and Michael Sabatka (left to right) performed on Dec 4.

I’m sure they’ll be wonderful,” Fox said. The Ezra String Quartet played work from composers Béla Bartók and Ludwig van Beethoven. The music of Bartók and Beethoven contrasted sharply with one another. The first quartet which the students played was Bartók’s String Quartet No. 4 (1928). The composition had a strident, bold sound. The music sounded almost sinister at

A rush of clapping greeted the four graduate students who walked out onto the stage Wednesday night, Dec. 4, to perform in the Morrison Center. The four graduate students who comprise the Ezra String Quartet are comprised of: Jennifer Whittle and Alvin Tran on violin, Michael Sabatka on viola and Jacob Saunders on the cello. A diverse audience showed up for the graduate recital. Three Boise women used the recital for a night out to enjoy some community culture. Before the recital, all three of the women expressed their expectations. “I actually expect them to be pretty good,” Renata Bauer said. Rose-Marie Bearden, who introduced Bauer to the event, had seen the Ezra String Quartet perform before. She expressed her hope this performance would be as good as what she heard before. “I hope it is a replay of last time. They were really marvelous,” Bearden said. Another member of the group of friends, Celeste Fox, said she enjoys attending Boise music events and was looking forward to the recital. “I love string quartets.

I hope it is a replay of last time. They were really marvelous. —Rose-Marie Bearden

times, and at other times sounded passionately chaotic. The third movement was the most solemn and peaceful of the quartet. It began with a haunting cello solo with the violins and viola creating a background mood in unison. In response to Bartók’s composition, Boise State senior Marve Griffith said it wasn’t what he was used to, but he thought the “level of skill” of the graduate students was impressive. Griffith expressed his interest to hear the quartet play Beethoven. He thought he might enjoy that one a little more, explaining that Beethoven “wrote to please people.”

Griffith, who is studying hydrology, attended the recital to fulfill a requirement for his introductory music class. Yet, Griffith said he has attended these kinds of performances before for pleasure—not simply for class requirements. Numerous other students such as Griffith attended the recital Wednesday night to fulfill requirements for their classes. Freshman Kyle Begin said if it hadn’t been for the requirement in his introductory music class, he probably wouldn’t have known about the event. The recital was Begin’s first time attending a string quartet performance.

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“The Addams Family Musical,” based on the beloved television show of the 1960s, is making their Idaho premiere at the Morrison Center on Dec. 14 and 15 for a total of three performances. “It’s definitely an Idaho premiere,” said James Patrick, executive director of the Morrison Center. “We’re always trying to bring in new product whenever we can. The fact that this is a recent hit on Broadway is exciting. The fact that it has not been here before is exciting as well.” “The Addams Family Musical” was chosen by the Morrison Center under the Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise series. “Part of our mission is to bring the very best that Broadway has to offer that

is on tour to Idaho and to Boise. Which show gets selected depends on a lot of different factors, obviously expense and cost, risk and reward or which shows just happen to be on tour and we can secure for Boise,” Patrick said. This musical will not stray far from the television show of the mid-1960s that ran for two seasons. The show is centralized around a macabre peculiar family made up of a diverse group of individuals and their trials in fitting in. Later on, “The Addams Family” was made into a series of three feature films throughout the 1990s. “The musical is based on the comedy TV series with all the traditional and popular characters involved in the plot including Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsly, and Lurch,” Patrick said.

The show will cover the grown-up “princess of darkness” daughter, Wednesday Addams, and her attempt to introduce her normal boyfriend to her outlandish family. Tyler Hawkins, a senior mass communication major, is a fan of “The Addams Family.” “I think all of the characters are diverse and interesting in their own way. Probably Gomez is my favorite though; he reminds me of a good used car salesman and he’s pretty smooth in a goofy way,” Hawkins said. For Hawkins, seeing “The Addams Family Musical” is reminiscent of his youth. “My mom had some videos from the 1960s and I watched those. I liked the movies from the 1990s because they were supposed to be this scary family, but they weren’t. They just did weird dark stuff,” Hawkins said.

This musical showcases the talents of many criticallyacclaimed individuals. This new musical comedy was authored by the same folks, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, did the “Jersey Boys” which was very popular. They’ve won a lot of different awards. The composer, Andrew Lippa, also did “The Wild Party” which is another popular hit. This is a new musical nationally. “The Addams Family” was first produced on Broadway in 2010, and started touring nationally in 2011 and the American tour will end mid2014,” said Virginia Treat, the Events and Marketing manager for the Morrison Center. The Morrison Center hopes to attract a wide variety of audiences to this event. “It’s a comedy so it has a very wide-reaching audi-

“It was something new,” Begin said. The composition played after intermission— Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2—sounded more lively and lighthearted than Bartók. Many members in the audience sat with their eyes glued to the stage, and even some closed their eyes, allowing the music to wash over them. At the conclusion of the performance, the room filled with applause once again and many audience members showed their appreciation for the music by standing. The graduate students, with beaming smiles, took their bows and exited stage left.

ADMIT ONE ence and it comes in the right time for the us, midDecember, so it is perfect for the holidays, too,” Patrick said. This musical is advertised as an ages eight and up event, so families are encouraged to attend. “The Addams Family” is sure to be a fun family event. We like to offer a variety of productions in our Broadway season, from classics like ‘Hello Dolly,’ to blockbuster hits like ‘Wicked,’ and family friendly productions like ‘The Addams Family,’” Treat said. Student prices are discounted for this show. “They are at a very steep discount. Tickets cost $20.75, including all fees,” Patrick said. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Danielle Davidson is currently studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. This is her firsthand experience with living abroad. Eight-thirty on a Saturday night I walked with quick steps up the stairs to get out of the cold. Looking up, the word Megabox was a giant neon blur against the otherwise gray building. It was my first time at a Korean movie theater and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Waving hands caught my eye and I saw my friends waiting outside the doorway. I expected the whole building to be theaters, but I guess I was wrong. Megabox was on the fifth floor. Where were we supposed to go? I didn’t see any ticket counters and the lights were fairly dim. Thankfully, one of my friends had been there before and led the way. He led us down a hallway. A right turn, and then a left and the hall opened into a lobby…a tiny lobby. Why was it so small? We were led straight across the room and to a small ticket machine. Press the button and tada, we got a number, which was nice, because then we didn’t have to stand in line. So, like the foreigners we are, we whipped out our phones and cameras and documented the event! We watched as people bought their tickets from the ticket-machines, something we would have done, but we wanted the student discount so we were waiting to see an actual person. Our number was called and we went up to the counter. One of the nicest things about a Korean movie theater is that the seats are assigned. Customers can reserve seats online if they want. Something I found fun though, was that all the English movies have subtitles in Korean, and occasionally I found myself reading the Korean along with listening to the English. My Korean movie theater experience was similar in some ways and different in others when compared to the States. But, it was fun and next time I might try going to one of those 4D theaters they have. That would be exciting.


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Nelson Mandela, who fought for decades to end racial oppression in South Africa, has died just weeks before the wide release of a movie telling the story of his life. The film, titled “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” chronicles its subject’s early life, the quarter-century he spent in prison, and his rise to become the first-ever black president of South Africa. He has since remained a symbol of the long fight against the apartheid regime. Mandela is played by the British actor Idris Elba in the film, which is set to debut in theaters across the U.S. on Christmas Day. The movie is being distributed by the Weinstein Co. and was directed by Justin Chadwick. It has already built some momentum during its limited release. Launched in four

theaters on Friday, Nov. 29, the film made about $84,300 through that weekend, for an average of more than $21,000 per screen. “It’s been an honor to have been granted such proximity to a man who will go down as one of history’s greatest freedom fighters and advocates for justice,” Harvey Weinstein, TWC’s co-chairman, said in a statement released hours after Mandela’s death. “I have had the privilege of spending time with President Mandela and I can say his sense of humor was as great as his optimism.” In South African theaters, it opened at No. 1, outgrossing the likes of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “World War Z,” “The Wolverine” and “Hangover 3.” Elba has been identified by Academy Award prognosticators as a potential Oscar candidate for his performance.

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Mandela movie set for wide release

Actor Idris Elba drew strength from his father to portray icon Nelson Mandela in upcoming film.

Students dance for Earthlings Hali Goodrich Staff Writer

The performance that sparked the idea for Earthlings Entertainment was a combination of Andrew Heikkila and Jordan Yocum’s music put to dances by The Armada hip-hop crew, a dance crew made up of four girls and two guys, most of them current or future Boise State students. Earthlings Entertainment was cofounded by 22-yearold Miranda Palacio, director of the dance division, and 23-year-olds Heikkila and Yocum, the directors of the music division. Together these three peo-

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ple have taken their passions and combined them to create a community that supports the thriving Boise art scene. “As humans we are all earthlings,” Palacio said. “We are all citizens of the planet Earth and we are all here to do great things and we want to be the gateway for those that are willing to be great.” Earthlings Entertainment is currently in the building blocks phase. Their main interest for the direction of the group is to foster a community that can thrive and contribute to the artistic abilities and passions of all different mediums. “The only difference between Boise and a place like

Los Angeles is that LA is a much bigger pond,” Palacio said. “But there is so much talent here. It is all about making ourselves, through dance or music, the biggest fish in our pond.” As an umbrella type of company, Earthlings Entertainment aspires to incorporate the many different aspects of the street art culture. As a hip-hop performer, rappers such as Atmosphere and Sage Francis influenced Heikkila. The underground hiphop artists made music an art. “When you create something you breathe life into it and it is your own little act of God,” Heikkila said. Emily Long, an Armada

dancer for just under two years, has a future focus on being a backup dancer and moving towards industry dancing. “I can dance in front of people, not speak or act, which is why I like back up dancing,” Long said. The most recent project, a music video staged in a comic book store and Kuna Caves, joined The Armada and Earthlings Entertainment. A collaborative video merging the song “Wolverine” created by Heikkila and Yocum and the dancers of The Armada. “No other music companies are performing with a crew. This is our way of creating a community that will be

a full entertainment piece,” Heikkila said. Music videos are a way to showcase the original choreographies of members of The Armada. Armada choreographer Alex Mclaughlin has started on a dance for an up-coming video after being contacted by a local rapper named Customary after the D3 performance at Boise State. “Every performance is so different, so we have a community where any dancer can bring an idea forward to share. I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t want to learn something new,” Mclaughlin said. The Armada focuses on sharing and learning dances. Each member has a different background and within that comes a unique style. None of the dancers are ex-

actly alike. The different styles contribute to the culture of street art. “There is so much local talent that isn’t commonly seen in Boise, but it is out there and it is great,” Palacio said. The newest division of Earthlings Entertainment is called the Street Team, directed by Yocum. Their mission is to have the hip-hop artists or admirers give back to the streets. “People that are really inspired by the hip-hop culture or dance culture, like skateboarders and kids that do graffiti work who focus on green projects, because we are earthlings it is important to give back to the community,” Palacio said. For more information check out their website www. earthlings

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Nate Lowry Staff Writer

The Boise State men’s basketball team will play arguably the most high profile matchup in conference history when the Broncos travel to legendary Rupp Arena to take on No. 3 Kentucky on Tuesday. “Out of all of my years of coaching I think it’s going to be the most athletic top to bottom team I have ever coached against,” head coach Leon Rice said. Those are big words coming from a man who was an assistant coach at Gonzaga from 1998-2010—when the Bulldogs consistently played well against top ranked teams like North Carolina and Michigan State.

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Boise State, at 8-0, is one of 17 unbeaten teams remaining in the country. The Broncos also rank second in the nation in scoring at 91.9 points per game. Rice isn’t worried about Boise State’s ability to score against the Wildcats however. What does scare him is whether or not his team can grab rebounds against a Kentucky squad with a major size advantage. The Broncos will have their hands full trying to grab boards over a Kentucky team that ranks ninth in the nation in that category. Throughout the season, the Broncos have relied on senior Ryan Watkins to grab rebounds. The 6-9 Watkins leads the team with an average of 10.4 rebounds per game.

“There’s no question that Ryan can’t do it by himself,” Rice said. “For us to even compete (against Kentucky) we have to rebound like our hair’s on fire.” Rice likened the size mismatch to playing in his driveway with his nine year old son. One thing Boise State will have an advantage over Kentucky is experience. While the Wildcats are starting four freshman and a sophomore, the Broncos returned their entire starting lineup from last years NCAA tournament squad. Despite this, Rice believes Boise State shouldn’t have that thought in the front of their mind. “The classic blunders are fighting a land war in Asia, and underestimating Calipari

“It sucks for Boise State but I’m a really big Chris Petersen fan. I like him as a coach and I really think he’s one of the top coaches in the nation. But as for him leaving Boise State, it sucks.”

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Wildcat G Jarrod Polson (5) drives to the hoop against LSU Jan. 26, 2013. with his freshman,” Rice said. An important factor for a Boise State victory will be for the Broncos to treat this like any other game according to Rice.

“It’s a better opportunity for him because of recruiting. It’s better for him because he gets better facilities, better access to better recruits and if he’s developing one star and two star guys at Boise State, what can he do with four and five stars at Washington?”

How do you feel about Coach Pete leaving?

“Well, obviously, we’re better than Washington, so that’s kind of sucky. I’m not a big fan of Washington overall. I think that he would be better off here, like status-wise.”

As a coach, nothing changes for Rice in his game preparation from team to team. “You have to get over some things when you’re playing at

Kentucky with 23,000 fans, and there’s the ‘Kentucky’ on the front of their jerseys,” Rice said. Tip off will be at 7 p.m. MT from Rupp Arena.

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“I’m kind of disappointed he left and I guess I just hope we can get a coach that does as well as he did in the Sage Loerzel future.” Undecided Freshman

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Hot Toddy: 1 oz. brandy, whiskey, or rum 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 lemon 1 cup hot water 1 tea bag

Baileys Irish Coffee: 1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream 1/2 ounce caramel vodka 1/2 ounce Kahlua 1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup 4 ounces strongly brewed Italian roast coffee 2 tablespoons lightly sweetened whipped cream Grated chocolate for garnish

This three-pronged liquor holiday treat is one that will get festivities started in a hurry. While warming your insides from the perpetual shivering coldness that is winter, cuddle up next to loved ones with this golden oldie.

The greatest thing about this drink is its great pretty much anytime of the year. It just has that extra sentimental value during the holidays. If you take the time to tweak it to your specifications, prepare thyself for one epic beverage.

Hot Buttered Rum: 4 oz. of unsalted butter 1 cup of brown sugar 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves 1/8 teaspoon of salt

This simple and effective classic holiday beverage is one of those types of drinks that just warms you through and through. Be careful not to leave a stray glass by your side, dogs are rather fond of this drink.

Traditional Eggnog:

It is safe to say that the traditional eggnog will most likely stand the test of time for many years to come. Combining sweetness with the potency of bourbon or brandy, be fruitful and share this traditional holiday drink with all those you love.

6 eggs 3/4 cup of sugar 1 quart of half & half 1/2 cup bourbon 1/2 cup brandy 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Peppermint Alexander: 1 oz. white chocolate liqueur 1 oz. vanilla vodka 1 oz. peppermint schnapps Splash of half & half Crushed candy canes, to rim the cocktail glass




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As the leaves begin to fall and winter slowly approaches, many kayakers will hang up paddling gear and store their kayaks for the season. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Kayaking in the winter can be just as enjoyable, provided fellow paddlers follow a few guidelines. Kayaking in Idaho is unlike many other states. Because precipitation rarely affects water flows in the winter months, most paddlers hibernate, as options for boating are limited. “Most paddlers wait until the month of May to begin their season, as that’s when most reservoirs begin releasing water and snow melt begins to pick up,” long-time paddler, guide and teacher Dean Snell said. However, some kayakers start as early as February when temperatures increase and ice begins to thaw. “Once the sun peaks its head out and the ice bridges melt, it’s time to go kayaking,” said Craig Roark, Boise State student and kayaker. Low flows on the Payette River means that it’s quite technical compared to higher water flows, which requires a different kind of paddling. Because of the cold, winter paddling is risky and having a solid roll is a must. It is essential to have the necessary skills capable of handling the conditions expected. Always bring a friend, dress properly, and have a reliable roll in case the worst happens. Always approach winter paddling with a conservative risk management plan and boat within personal skill levels. Dressing properly for winter water temperatures can be tricky. Will Howerton, student and Payette river guide, came up

with a list of clothing and miscellaneous items mandatory for winter paddling. “There are many items to monitor when kayaking; like wind, weather, and waves. In addition to winter kayaking boaters should watch items for ice build-up,” Howerton said. During the winter, paddlers should watch for deck ice build up, caused quickly by splashes and drips from paddle. Attention should be given to the spray skirt and grab handle, which may freeze, making it difficult to remove. Also, pack ice moves with current winds along tops of water, making shorelines more difficult to reach with ice build up. Last, but not least hypothermia may occur; watch for change in mental status, shivers, and be aware of core numbness. If this continues, return to shore and warm up. Paddling is a dangerous sport and will always involve risks. Paddlers can significantly reduce personal risk of endangerment by wearing the correct gear and following these simple guidelines/procedures. Remember to bring a friend; second, dress accordingly; and third, always be prepared for the absolute worse. “Say you’re stranded. Your friend is badly injured suffering from hypothermia. You’re miles away from your car and dusk is approaching. Do you have the tools to start a fire? Extra dry gear to change into? A shelter? Emergency kit?” said Cameron Huffman, Boise State student and kayaker. “All of these items have the ability to save both of your lives, and can easily be stored in a dry bag in the hull of you’re boat.” The Rec Center hosts classes regarding polls, stroke techniques and even cool tricks. Drop-in to learn more about kayaking classes or instructional roll clinics. “This year we offer kayak roll sessions up until Nov. 19. The more the merrier,” said Dane Turner, Boise State recreational staff member, student and Salmon River guide.




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Bogus Basin’s 71st season started Dec. 8 beginning at 9 a.m. Their operating hours, starting Dec. 9, will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Deer Point, Showcase, Coach and both moving carpets will be open. Tickets will be discounted to $25 for day passes and will then be adjusted as more lifts are made available. Tubing will be available starting Dec. 14. Bogus Basin Ski Resort: 2600 N Bogus Basin Rd

bogus creek outfitters Bogus Creek Outfitters features winter sleigh rides and dinner. There is warm fire, live acoustic music and hot drinks. The dinner consists of grilled steak and prawns. Enjoy the western experience of a cowboy crew as they sing and spin a few tales. Sleigh rides are every nightly at 6 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m. Sleigh rides cost $79.99 per person for all ages. Bogus Creek Outfitters: 1877 S. Goldsmith Ave.

Winter Garden Aglow: The Idaho Botanical Gardens hosts Winter Garden aGlow each winter. The gardens are covered in more than 308,000 lights with live choirs and visits from Santa. Winter Garden aGlow lasts from Nov. 28Jan. 5. It is open from 6-9 p.m. Last admission is at 8:45 p.m. Non-member Adult - $8 Member Adult - $4 Youth 5-12 - $4 Child 4 and younger - Free

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Idaho ice world: Idaho Ice World’s indoor skating rink is open to public skating each day. Sunday is Power Play Sunday with buy one get one free admission and skate rental. Wednesday is Family night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Admission and skate rental is $5 per person. Friday is Food Bank Friday, bring a non-perishable food item and receive a $3 discount. Adults $7 Children 12 and under $6 Three and under $3 All skate rentals $3 7072 S Eisenman Rd

the village: The Village at Meridian is the Treasure Valley’s newest hangout location. The Village is separated into Village South and Village North. Village South features attractions such as: Big Al’s, Village Cinema (with moving chairs) and Francesca’s. Village North features Gap Factory Store, Nike Factory Store and See’s Candies. An outdoor ice rink, show fountain, Santa’s Village and fire pits surround the Village, which are all open to the public. N Eagle Rd & E Faiview Ave.

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SNOWBOARDING Courtesy: Sophia Franklin

Ski and snowboarding season is coming upon us. Snowboarding, a sport that began around the late 1960s in North America, has emerged through the past four decades with great stride. According to the Wall Street Journal, many ski resorts in North America initially banned snowboarders. It wasn’t until 1983, when Stratton Mountain in Vermont, a major ski park, opened its runs to snowboarders, thus unleashing the flood gates. Soon after, competitive events emerged not only in North America, but also in Europe and in Japan. This would quickly result into international competitions, which would help the sport gain recognition and respect. Today about 20 percent of the Boise population claims to be active skiers and

snowboarders, which is understandable with Bogus Basin only being 16 miles north of downtown Boise. Bogus Basin and Boise State University have teamed up together for students to experience winter sports, by offering a discount for individual passes for current students. “I just moved here from California, I haven’t done winter sports for a while, but I would be more into it, with a discount,” Derek Meacham, a sophomore majoring in psychology, said. Joshua Jorgensen is a senior at Boise State with roughly 16-18 years of skiing and snowboarding under his belt. He has been known to go up to Kelly canyon with a few friends, and rent a cabin just to go boarding. “It’s an absolute get away from all stresses,” Jorgensen said. Though the sport itself is said to be like


surfing on a mountain, the development of this alternative sport was not always as fluid. Sherman Poppen, a chemical engineer from Michigan, bolted two skis together and added a rope for stability in 1964. This invention named the Snurfer gave way for snowboarding pioneers like Jake Burton Carpenter, who in 1978, played around with what was considered a child’s toy (Snurfer), by adding a rubber water-ski binding to the front foot on the board. This adjustment resulted in added maneuverability and greater control, therefor allowing the rider to turn on the board. Other pioneers of the early snowboarding days contributed different, modified variations of the snowboard, which slowly was growing in popularity, though it wasn’t until the mid-1990s when snowboarding really boomed. Snowboarding had become a major industry by this time, with its own media, entertainment, international events, gear, apparel and accessories appearing at industry trade shows all around the world. This expansion and appeal to the younger generation, popularized the sport. Some might say that this also caused the sport to get pricier. “It’s an expensive hobby, I didn’t go

up to (Bogus) last season, because I can’t bring myself to put out that much money, in one go for a season pass,” Jorgensen said. Boise State has a Ski and Snowboard club, that tries to make skiing and snowboarding more affordable to everyone. The growing popularity of this once eschewed sport, has lured beginners and advanced boarders to participate. “If there was a snowboarding club, where you pay one flat fee total without being locked into a season pass, and transportation was provided, that my friends and I could take together, I would more than likely join and try snowboarding.”said Audrey Ullrich, senior majoring in finance. Jorgensen encourages students to try snowboarding. “Snowboarding is probably a rarity for most people… so people should get out there and do something, where you can shut the world out and enjoy what’s in front of you,” Jorgensen said.


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winter Kip McBean Courtesy

Below are some tips from Risk Manager, Kip McBean from the Department of Risk Management and Insurance. “I’m from Colorado and have driven in all kinds of winter conditions over the years—40 years to be exact. 1.) Probably most important tip is: Drive slow, slow, slow! And give the car in front of you plenty of stopping distance. I have seen a lot more accidents where people drive too fast for conditions. They need to back off the gas pedal and take their time getting to their destination. 2.) Many within our student population are from states or countries where they’ve not driven in ice or snow before. If they can avoid driving in wintry conditions—that’s best recommendation per Idaho State Police tips. If they have to drive, they need to make sure their automobile is winterized including tires that can handle snow/ice conditions. Be sure to turn headlights on, clear the windshield and windows, and drive slow. 3.) There should be an emergency road kit in the trunk, in the event they get stuck on the road for a while, which includes flares, blanket, shovel, food, water, the way, kitty litter works very well to get tire traction on ice when the car is stuck. I speak from personal experience on that one!”


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