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ight now we are being bombarded with commercials, radio ads and dancing Statues of Liberty advertising the plethora of tax preparation services the Treasure Valley has to offer. To choose which service best fits your financial needs can be overwhelming. With tuition deductions, education credits and budget constraints, students have a lot more to keep in mind while deciding. Especially as April 18th approaches. There are five general tax preparation options to consider: • CPA (Certified Public Accountant) -- Deals with every aspect of accounting, including taxes. CPAs must pass the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Exam and received education and experience

based on state requirements. • Enrolled Agent -- Federally-authorized tax practitioner who is an expert in the tax field. Enrolled agents must pass an exam covering the tax code or previously worked specific positions at the IRS. • Tax preparation business (H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt, etc.) -These companies have a variety of tax professionals, including CPAs, Enrolled Agents and tax preparers that have taken intensive courses to learn how to prepare correctly. • E-filing -- software or websites that guide taxpayers through the filing process. • Paper forms -- there are several forms that can be downloaded from IRS.gov to fill out by hand and mail in. While it might seem more economic to go the free e-file route, there are some situations that would benefit from a paid

tax service. If you are unsure of how to file, want a second opinion to get all the credits and deductions earned or have a more complex return to prepare, it would be useful to enlist the help of a paid professional. CPA Laura Canales says that, “the biggest mistake people make is not getting everything they are entitled to.” If you don’t trust that you can get the most you deserve, see a professional. However, for a simple return, e-file for free and save money. There are different providers that allow free filing for students and people under a certain income threshold. If you chose to file yourself, it is important to remember that as students, we are entitled tax incentives. There are two different types of incentives for higher education, credits and deductions. According the IRS.gov, a credit reduces

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The university hopes to raise tuition more than eight percent to make up for losses of about $27 million from the state over the last two years. BSU is the lowest funded university per student and another round of cuts is expected this year.

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New students will require more classroom space so facilities representatives say the money will go to adding more seats in more buildings. While the university expects big increases in students, they also expect the first big wave of College of Western Idaho transfers in the fall.

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MCT Campus CAIRO - Less than 24 hours after a patronizing speech in which he insisted he wouldn’t resign, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fled his palace by helicopter and left it to his newly appointed vice president to tell the nation he had turned power over to the military.

Athletics is asking for an increase primarily because of the summer scholarship cost increases. According to athletics many sports have now become a year-round affair that require students in class over the summer to stay caught up in order to graduate on time.

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Egyptian crisis over, Mubarak resigns

The dramatic end to Mubarak’s 30 years in power came after a day of widespread confusion over who really ruled Egypt, and massive demonstrations that spread far from Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, the nerve center of the protests for more than two weeks. More than 20,000 protesters gathered outside of state television headquarters, where they chatted amiably with soldiers on tanks. Thousands also walked from the center to Mubarak’s suburban palace, which was guarded not by the regular army but by the Republican Guard, thought to be fiercely loyal to Mubarak. Violence erupted in the tense provincial cities of Assiut in Upper Egypt and Al Arish on the coast. When the end came Friday evening, it touched off celebrations in the city named for Alexander the Great in the north, as well as the ancient Nubian kingdom in the south. Jubilant people poured out of homes and cars to the pop of fireworks, rhythmic blast of car horns and chanting of crowds. Highways and overpasses became parking lots. Well before the announcement by Vice President Omar Suleiman, tanks guarding the presidential palace had turned their big guns away from the protesters. While it was unclear exactly why, the action was a harbinger of a momentous event. The army’s reluctance, if not outright refusal, to use force against protesters made the announcement that a council of top officers was taking power, welcome news to opposition leaders. Mohamed ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work at the International Atomic Energy Agency, called Friday “the best

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systems representatives, more technology is being used in classrooms than ever, including wireless networks. They’ll use this fee to expand the university’s wireless network, the hours that help desk is open and develop a hands-on technology center. According to support systems leadership Boise State, is in the bottom 20 percent of nation-wide technology funding.

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Egypt [News page 1] Thursday, and had reached an agreement for Mubarak to delegate his authority to Suleiman, guarantee free and fair elections, and institute constitutional reforms, according to Khalid Baramawy, editior of a news website popular with young people. In return, they promised they would end their protests, according to one participant in the talks. But then, with crowds swelling the streets Thursday night in anticipation of Mubarak’s departure, his rambling and defiant speech left unsure what had happened. While Mubarak said he was handing powers to Suleiman, he refused to step down before his term expired in September and said the government would continue working on reforms until then. Things changed quickly on Friday. Mubarak left the palace for his home along the Red Sea. And shortly afterward, Suleiman announced that

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your total income tax paid, while a deduction reduces the amount of income that is taxed. Deductions include tuition and fees as well as interest paid on existing student loans. For those students who receive scholarships, that money is not taxable income and can therefore not be deducted. Forms necessary to claim these deductions include the 1098-T. This form is sent out the end of January or can be found on BroncoWeb. The 1098-E shows the amount of interest paid on existing student loans and is also sent the end of January or can be found on loan servicing websites. The American Opportunity Credit is available for students in the first four years of post-secondary education. They must be enrolled at least half-time and pursuing a recognized educational credential. This credit is usually available to those who make less than $80,000. The Lifetime Opportunity Credit is available for anyone enrolled in school, no matter the number of years attended, as well as anyone enrolled in job-improvement or skill courses. This credit is usually available to anyone who made less than $60,000 but the amount received is limited by the amount of taxes paid on returns. You cannot claim these credits if you are listed as a dependent on someone else’s (such as a parent’s) tax return. These credits also cannot be claimed in conjunction with each other or simultaneously with tuition or fee deductions. Form-8863 is used to claim these credits. Two things in life are certain: death and taxes. Make sure taxes won’t be the death of you.

the president had asked the military council to “administer the affairs of the country.” Unconfirmed reports said the military would disband the Cabinet and dissolved parliament, elected just months ago in elections that were widely regarded as unfair. A military spokesman later appeared on state television to read a statement saying that “the military council is studying procedures to achieve the hopes of the people,” an apparent reference to the free elections which, along with Mubarak’s departure, had been a key demand of the protesters. He promised that the council, headed by Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, would issue a statement later. But there were no details on how the military mct campus would rule a country governed by former generals since a military Celebrations continued throughout Cairo Feb. 12 after President Hosni Mubarak stepped aside following 18 days of protests. coup in 1952.

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day of my life.” After stepped down as head of the IAEA, ElBaradei had returned home a year ago to take part in the opposition to Mubarak and when protests exploded on the streets of Cairo in late January, he was among those tear gassed and doused by water cannons. Wael Ghonim, the Google executive and technology wizard who issued a call for protesters at Tahrir Square, cried and hugged his mother. “I trust 80 million Egyptians,” to run Egypt, he said. The Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition group decades older than the regime itself, welcomed the announcement even though it has a contentious relationship with the military. Youth activists, including Ghonim, met with Hossam Badrawi, the head of the ruling National Democratic Party, and Prime Minister Ahmed Sahfik on

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This April students build their own windmill on-campus Stephanie Casanova Journalist

The Construction Management Association (CMA) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) invite students to build small scale windmills April 8 in the Quad. The idea was thought of after the CMA was asked to create a hands-on activity which revolved around this year’s Campus Read, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.” The Associated Students of Boise State (ASBSU) proposed a bill to provide funds for this event, with a range of $605.19 to $7,318.89, depending on the number of participants. The money will be used to buy materials, tools, safety equipment and to promote the event. They are estimating that a group be made of eight-12 students and for every 12 students who sign up, they will provide funds for one windmill. The author, William Kamkwamba, seemed honored after hearing about the event and has offered to answer any questions the clubs involved may have in the future.

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“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” is a personal narrative in which William Kamkwamba tells of his life of poverty in rural Malawi. Kamkwamba, when he was 14-years-old, using discarded motor parts, a PVC pipe and a bicycle wheel, decided to build a windmill to produce electricity for his poor village. This book was provided to all freshmen in August and discussed in University 101 classes. William Kamkwamba was flown out during the 2010 fall semester to speak to these classes, give a lecture and display some of his circuits. This activity will be divided into two phases. The first is one where the CMA and EWB will build a windmill using the same materials and equipment as William Kamkwamba. This windmill will be the same size as the one described in the book. The second phase is where students will build smaller windmills after being given the materials, equipment, plans and a schedule. Completed windmills will be able to generate power and the clubs are working on getting permission

to keep them displayed for six days along with the larger windmill. ASBSU will vote on the bill Monday, and from the looks of it, most of the senators seem to like the proposal. ASBSU senator Joshua Dean Haines, Twin Falls, said he likes the bill because of the Campus Read and how they associate. “That’s valuable for our new students,” he said. “When I was a freshman, we had the author of “Three Cups of Tea” (Greg Mortenson) visit and that was a very valuable experience for me.” The host clubs want this to be a personal experience for students, one in which they can better understand what they’re reading. According to Kamkwamba, this is the first time someone has thought of such an activity to honor his book. If the bill is passed, students will be able to sign up for the event online one month prior to the event date, April 8. The electronic registration will be available for two weeks. University 101 classes have agreed to offer extra credit to participating students.

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Fee increases indicate big step forward for the university and student opportunities Tyler Kirkham Journalist

The Student Fee-Tuition Hearing Thursday allowed students, staff and faculty to voice support or concern for increasing student fees. A total of 12 fees, including three new fees, were proposed. The proposed fees total $205.20 for full time students, $11.18 per credit-hour for part time students and $9.83 per credit-hour for summer courses. General Education and Tuition is asking for an increase of $142.15. Because of Idaho’s struggle of obtaining funding for universities, Boise State has been severely short-changed by the state and faces the possibility of further cuts. Students are asked to help with an increase in their tuition. Without this funding, programs and instruction will be reduced or eliminated. While students may balk at an 8 percent tuition increase, the additional instruction will prevent students from having to wait a semester or year to take a required course. This wait could extend the length of their degree, costing them even more with the additional semester or year of tuition. The Strategic Facilities fee is seeking an increase of $25 to help fund new and existing building projects because the state isn’t providing the funding. This fee will leverage current funding sources -- state and federal grant monies, private donations -- to build on the campus. With no increase for the past two years, this is overdue. Boise State needs the new buildings because of its explosive growth and record setting enrollment and therefore needs the fee increase. There are two technology fees that students pay: one for support systems and one for computer labs. The Student Support Systems Technology proposed a fee increase of $20. It will increase and expand infrastructure and services. Consistently underfunded, Boise State is in the bottom 20 percent nationwide of tech fees. If Boise State wants to innovate in this technology-driven economy, it is imperative that students have access to the best technology resources. Intercollegiate Athletics wants to increase its fee by $5 to contribute to its scholarship fund. Athletics is one of the most high profile departments on campus, and a large contributor to Boise State’s growth. While students benefit tremendously from the success of student-athletes and the athletics de-

partment provides free or reduced-price admissions, the extra fee is unnecessary. The Associated Students are seeking a $2.20 increase to continue to fund student organizations. ASBSU underwent major changes to its structure and budget in an effort to better serve students. It’s now focused on providing funds and opportunities for student organizations. To do this, ASBSU reallocated its budget and no longer operates under the surplus that caused its fee to be slashed in the past. This increase will bolster the Associated Students and student organizations campus-wide. Student Media (listed as University News) is looking for $0.15 increase for part-time fees to offset new costs. When Student Media moves to its new location in August, it will need to pay for utilities and janitorial services -- expenses it hasn’t faced in the past. This is a modest request to offset new, required expenses, not promote new growth. Campus Recreation requested a $5 increase in its fee. With it, Campus Rec hopes to continue funding the Aquatic Center and club sports and begin work on a Cycle Learning Center. Of these

projects, only club sports are worth funding. They face many funding challenges, like facility rental, travel and equipment. The Aquatic Center can generate its own revenue, and the Cycle Learning Center is a joint venture with Parking and Transportation. But club sports receive very little support, and must fund raise significantly to practice and compete. An increase of $1.25 just for club sports would fulfill Campus Recreation’s request for that group. The remaining fees, the scholarship fee, the marching band fee, the Support Our Students (SOS) fee, Women’s Center fee, and the International Student Services (ISS) fee, total $5.85. The last three fees are new, with SOS being a new program and the Women’s Center and ISS seeking additional funding to expand services. All of these fees are necessary to help Boise State grow both in student body and in reputation. Of these programs, SOS and the Women’s Center are especially deserving, because they help students in need of emotional, physical and mental support. For all of the fees, they mean a step forward for Boise State.

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Christy Babcock Quintero speaks with the fee hearing board Thursday in the Lookout Room. Quintero represented the International Student Services.

Plump intention, frail execution Skeletons exhibit too thin Megan Bronder Journalist

Not everyone understands eating disorders. Not everyone resents the image returned in the mirror. And not everyone loathes mealtimes for fear of gaining a pound or yet another lost appetite lie. This is why photographer Fritz Liedtke’s photo exhibit, “Skeleton in the Closet,” currently on display in the Student Union Building, aims to give volume to the emaciated voices of those struggling with eating disorders.

In the United States, as many as 10 million females and one million males are living with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. That is 10 times the population of the entire state of Idaho fighting a battle of mind-over-matter. And sadly, many will die fighting this often-silent battle. Despite these staggering numbers, Liedtke’s exhibit, though beautifully artistic, falls short of the targeted audience and potentially causes more harm than good. The best that can be hoped for from the exhibit is a well-rounded understanding from the population of people who swallow their food without any guilt or shame.

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“Skeleton in the Closet,” a photo exhibit by Fritz Liedtke, is on display in the SUB.

Sophomore marketing major Stephanie (for privacy reasons, Stephanie asked that her last name be omitted from the article) is open about what she calls her “relationship” with the eating disorder she has struggled with since middle school. For her, the art exhibit hits close to home. “I think the artist had good intentions,” Stephanie said. “However, I do not feel the exhibit was done with any sensitivity to those who suffer and may see those photographs as some sort of triggering, competitive media.” Stephanie is referencing the idea that for some people with eating disorders, looking at other rail-thin people is a form of competition, rather than a wake-up call to their alarmingly frail appearance. “I thought some of the photos were exploitative, because they are focusing too much on the physical aspects of the illness, and not realizing that the physical issues are simply ‘symptoms’ of what’s going on mentally,” she said. Junior sociology major Christa Brown agrees with Stephanie that the idea is nice, but not entirely altruistic. “When people see pictures, they think of it as a way to bring attention, but it can be misleading. It’s just a picture,” Brown said. Despite the glamorized and potentially over-dramatized images in some of the photos, there is good news. The exhibit is not a form of therapy for the suffering. Rather, it acts as an outreach to the “healthy-minded” people who can reach out a helping hand to those in need. “For someone fairly oblivious to the disorder, this exhibit has potential to be mind-opening, and heart-wrenching,” Stephanie said. For people struggling with eating disorders, a solid support system is crucial. Even though the exhibit won’t cure the sickness, it offers aid to the people who do not understand so they can see into the lives of those who are affected and help them toward the hope of recovery.

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Defund national service, cripple the nation Jana Hoffman Columnist

This week’s tweet: nylcorg Help prevent the largest funder for service-learning from being cut from the federal budget: http:// ny.lc/hnoa2Q#saveamericorps House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers is ready to axe the Corporation for National and Community Service. CNCS engages Americans of all ages in national service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America. The people who join CNCS programs are given the life changing opportunity to give back to the country and their local communities while working toward a better future. The fact that the committee is fully prepared to dismantle CNCS reaffirms that the crazies on Capitol Hill really have no idea how they are going to get us out of the red. They are also completely unaware of that which is inherently good for this country. They need some serious help -- an intervention, even. Defunding CNCS is offensive (and insane) on many, many levels. Apparently it’s OK to throw money at irresponsible banks, mortgage lenders and crappy car companies but investing in Americans who truly make a difference is a waste of tax payer’s money. The people involved with CNCS programs work in schools, prisons, after-school programs, non-profits and other organizations for little or no pay. Participants in CNCS programs stand in the gap. Learn and Serve America invests in service-learning efforts from coast to coast. Through Learn and Serve America, more than 1 million students of all ages, from elementary school to college, make important contributions to their community and grow academically. Senior Corps recruits individuals 55 years and older to do things such as mentor, coach and act as companions to those in need. The baby boomer population is a major asset to this country. AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to give back to their communities. AmeriCorps members meet critical needs across the country through the organization’s vast partnerships with non-profits in all 50 states. Americans need jobs. National service programs offer a unique opportunity for citizens to earn a little money, develop jobrelated skills and plan for the future. Education budgets are shrinking. As teachers are laid off and class sizes grow, students will struggle. National service members can supplement the losses and give students help they might not get otherwise. Cuts do have to be made. People who rely on government assistance and programming will suffer. They will be at the mercy of the communities in which they reside. Organizations will have fewer resources and will experience even greater demand for services. Those organizations will be understaffed and will have to rely on local donors for funding. They will need volunteers like never before. By stepping back and funding CNCS, the government can help soften the blow of cuts it has to make in other areas. By supporting CNCS, the United States will stand behind the notion that we all have something to contribute. This nation is ours, and we have the right and duty to make it better. Follow Jana on Twitter and she will follow you back!

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Junior Westly Perryman (30) reacts with the Boise State bench to a big momentum-changing basket against the in-state rival Idaho Vandals.

Broncos beam after sweeping season series with Idaho Wyatt Martin Journalist

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Senior forward Daequon Montreal goes up for a dunk during the second half of action Saturday night.

Taco Bell Arena was bursting with energy Saturday night as bitter rivals Boise State and Idaho faced off in front of a crowd of 12,193 people. Bronco and Vandal fans alike filled the stands to the third level to watch the men’s basketball teams clash and helped to make for one of the best atmospheres of any college basketball game this town has seen in recent memory. With 12 ties and 11 lead changes, fans got their money’s worth from an all-out battle on the hardwood. Boise was ahead by eight with four minutes remaining, but allowed Idaho to take a one point lead with a minute and a half left in the game. Clutch free-throw shooting and timely steals on defense allowed the Broncos to come back and secure the victory, 69-63. “I was just so pleased with the crowd and what they brought to our team,” Boise State head coach Leon Rice said. “We were in a lull and we hit a three, and the place erupted. It was a great college basketball atmosphere.” La’Shard Anderson was the Bronco’s player of the game, scoring 13, with five assists and two steals. Fellow senior Reggie Arnold led Boise in scoring with 16 in only 23 minutes of action. In a game where the Broncos were out-shot and out-rebounded, the telling tale was forcing Idaho to commit 19 turnovers which Boise converted into points on the other end. Vandal senior Jeff Ledbetter was on fire from deep and led all scorers with 19, hitting six of eight attempts from three-point range. Idaho only shot 65 percent from the free-throw line, which included three misses by Ledbetter, the Western Athletic Conference’s leading free-throw shooter. “I was confident in my shot,” Ledbetter said. “I was mentally ready to go, the guys did a great job finding me when I was open. I was just able to knock them down.” Guarding the talented shooter was not an easy task, something even the Broncos acknowledged after the game. “He (Ledbetter) was feeling it, every shot he took he felt like it was going in, you could even see it on his face.

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Boise State freshman guard Jeff Elorriaga celebrates after students storm the court. He loved the atmosphere like we did,” Arnold said. The Broncos once again saw solid performances from their freshman. Jeff Elloriaga’s court awareness led to two steals and two offensive charges on the Vandals in the closing minutes of the game. Thomas Bropleh’s aggressiveness and poise from the outside gave Boise State a huge boost in the second half. Along with a pair of clutch free-throws to give the Broncos a four point lead with less than a minute remaining. “This team has confidence in me and I have confidence in myself,” Bropleh said. “I was just looking forward to going up there and knocking them down.” The bitterness of this rivalry was on display at the beginning of the second half. Boise State was setting up an out-of-bounds play underneath their own basket, when Bronco senior Paul Noonan and Idaho’s Ledbetter started to exchange words. Noonan gave Ledbetter a shove,

which led to more jawing back and forth between the two, though no fouls were called on the play. After a game with as much energy and emotion as Saturday’s, the question that was on everyone’s mind was, what’s next? As the Broncos make their leap into the Mountain West Conference next season, the longtime instate rivalry seems to be up in the air at this point. “It means a lot to a lot of people around here. Coach (Don) Verlin and I have talked about it. That’s what we’re going to work out when the season’s over,” Rice said. “I hope we do it. I think it’s good for basketball, I think it’s good for the state of Idaho, and I think it’s a game that deserves to be played,” Verlin said. Boise State takes its show on the road for the remainder of the month, traveling to Santa Barbara, Calif., next week to face UC Santa Barbara in one of ESPNU’s BrackerBuster games.

Dazed and confused Women’s basketball gives up first half lead, fall to Vandals John Garretson Journalist

“If you would have told me they only had four offensive rebounds and that we lost by 15 it would have surprised me,” BSU head coach Gordy Presnell said. With a 24-20 halftime lead, the Boise State women’s basketball team (11-14, 2-9 Western Athletic Conference) surprised not only Presnell, but the entire Taco Bell Arena crowd Saturday night by falling to their in-state rivals, the University of Idaho Vandals (13-10, 6-5 in WAC), 61-46. The Broncos started off with great energy and poise, securing an early 18-7 lead midway through the first half led by junior guard Kati Isham’s two three-pointers and sophomore forward Kinzi Poteet’s solid post presence against the Vandals top-ranked (No. 1 in points allowed in WAC) defense. By the end of the first half, Boise State was heading into the locker room with their heads held high, only giving up six turnovers while limiting the Idaho offense to 20 points. It was odd to think the Vandals could still be in the game with only two offensive rebounds in each half. However, Idaho attributed its second-half comeback to its physical 2-3 zone de-

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fense, as well as being able to draw fouls against Boise State. “I told my guys it’s a tough start, but there’s a lot of game left. They got out to that quick lead but we kept plowing through it. It’s a physical basketball game,” Vandals coach Jon Newlee said. “They kept their poise and composure on the road.” Boise State’s two top forwards, Janie Bos and sophomore Lauren Lenhardt, fell right into the trap, each having to ride the bench a significant portion of the game just to stay out of foul trouble. “That’s the way the refs are going to call the game. You can say some of the calls were bogus calls, but it happens game in and game out. You can’t blame the game on the refs,” Bos said about the called fouls. Losing their forwards to fouls wasn’t the only dagger for the Broncos, but increased turnovers (11 in the second half), slumping field goal percentage (27.4 percent) and creating fouls that allowed the Vandals to head to the free throw line, in which they went an impressive 23-25. “They’re (Idaho) not going to miss free throws because they play that zone defense,” Presnell said. “I thought it would be a close game because of that. They controlled the tempo and they’re not going to miss free throws because of that.”

Bos ended the night with 10 points, three rebounds and a steal, while Isham had eight points, two rebounds and a steal for the Broncos. Aiding the passing game for Boise State was freshman guard Cinnamon Lister, who had seven assists. Leading the Vandal charge were senior forwards Yinka Olorunnife and Derisa Taleni, who combined for 32 points, 12 rebounds and were 15-15 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Alyssa Charleston, filling in for the injured Rachele Kloke, complimented the seniors with 11 points, eight rebounds and two steals. This marks the Broncos’ seventh loss in a row, all in conference games. “We’re not getting it done right now. I don’t know what the formula for success is, but we got to stick together and execute and keep grinding,” Presnell said. “We need to have a hump win, a close game that gets us back our confidence”. Technically, this could be the last time the Broncos will face the Vandals as Boise State moves to the Western Athletic Conference, but Newlee adamantly stated he wants to continue the rivalry. “It’s a great rivalry, Boise State is a classy program,” Newlee said. “There’s no doubt in my mind they’ll be in the WAC tournament”.

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February 14, 2011

Boise State 4x400 continues to chase history Journalist

That blur you just saw going by probably wasn’t a car, plane or superman. It was the men’s 4x400 meter relay team. This year, runners Karrie Butler, Jeff Daw, Rolando Trammel and Manoah Wesson have been turning heads by showcasing what their momma gave ‘em: speed. The team has won every time they stepped foot on the track, setting the second best mark for a Boise State 4x400 relay team with a time of 3:14.98. But the runners aren’t satisfied with second-best, they’re looking to break the record. “I think that we have a really good chance (to break the record),” sophomore Jeff Daw said. “We have the guys that can do it. I think that we need to have that competition element. So far, most of our 4x400 races, we have won by 20-plus meters. I think that if we have a team that is right next to us, it could be very easy to hit that time.” The relay team has been making it look easy, but running 400 meters is more than just sprinting as fast as you can, it’s about strategy too. “I try to be first at the break, when we come out of the second turn and hit the straightaway,” Daw said. “I know if I hit that break first, I can use my

If you collapse at the finish line, you ran hard enough. If you are still standing, you probably had a little more to give. At that point I kind of throw caution to the wind. Everything I got left, balls to the wall, got to go.

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size to my advantage and I can hold people off, because I can effectively take up almost two lanes. If somebody is going to pass me, they will have to go way outside.” But when it comes down to that last 100 meters, it’s go time. “If you collapse at the finish line, you ran hard enough. If you are still standing, you probably had a little more to give. At that point I kind of throw caution to the wind. Everything I got left, balls to the wall, got to go,” Daw said. As the Broncos are in the last leg of the indoor season, they have their sights set on staying undefeated at home and winning the Western Athletic Conference Championship. “Our goal is to win the WAC (team) championship, and I feel

the 4x400 is one piece of that. I feel that we have some guys that are pretty good, and I think that it is certainly in their ability for that to happen,” head coach J.W. Hardy said. The Broncos have been working on finding the perfect fit for the relay team. They have been trying out different athletes and Robby Milo/THE ARBITER moving them around to different legs of the race. Now, the Jeff Daw sets up in his blocks before running at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Broncos seem to have found the Idaho. Daw has the Boise State 4X400 team on track to break several records. right combination to win. “I have a pool of guys that have done a great job, but Jeff (Daw), Manoah (Wesson), Rolando (Trammel), Paul (Robertson) and Karrie (Butler) are the five guys that have been the most consistent,” Hardy said. “I think that we have eight guys stitches that can be serviceable on that 4x400, and we can still be pretallergies ty good. When you get to the conference championship, you sprains don’t know what can happen. Under a perfect scenario, flu your four fastest guys at that meet will be the four fastest guys that you will utilize on checking your levels that relay.” The Broncos will face some fevers competition from Utah State University and Louisiana Tech coughs University, but if their four fastest guys stay healthy, they will and more be tough to beat. “I think this year we definitely have the squad to (win the conference championship),” Daw said. There is no doubt in my mind that our potential to get it is huge this year.”

Women’s lacrosse face-off against misconception Genevieve Nutting Journalist

The women’s lacrosse club started its season with a tournament in Portland. They played a tough game against rivalry team Oregon State losing 14-10 and followed with a victory over Lewis & Clark College with a final score of 15-7. Though the team is only considered a club sport, they practice year round, meet four times a week and practice at least two hours a night. Because they are a club sport, they are required to raise money on their own to support themselves. Boise State will match the club’s earnings up to $4,000 but the women raise $8,000-$10,000 in addition to that. This is earned by working concession stands at football games, holding car washes and through player dues of $400. “This is like a full-time job for us,” said junior CeCe Cheney, president of the club. “We have to fill out paperwork for everything we do, put our own money orders in, get them approved, and then have an advisor

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sign them.” The women also have to organize their practices and pay for their practice time. This is a hassle since they have to negotiate with other clubs for field space and practice time. Often they are unable to practice until 9-11p.m. They don’t let this stop them from striving to become number one in the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League. Last year they placed fourth out of 12 teams. If the women are able to make their

way to first place, they receive the opportunity to be sent to the national championship. The women’s lacrosse team will have its first home tournament Mar. 4-5 against University of Utah, University of Oregon and Whitman College. “Come out and support us,” sophomore Elise Talboy exclaimed. “It’s not as wimpy as it looks. I know we’re wearing skirts and we can’t hit each other, but there is definitely contact.”

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Students speak out about expectations for Valentine’s day

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The national day of love is upon us, and with it comes big expectations. So what exactly do girls expect from guys on Valentine’s Day? What do guys think girls expect on V-Day? Are elaborate dinner plans, their weight in chocolates and a bouquet of roses a must, or is it an urban myth? “Honestly, I expect nothing. Me and my boyfriend, we don’t really do Valentine’s day at all. We do like, small non-Valentine’s day gifts, because I don’t like the holiday, actually. I think it’s kind of like forced affection; ‘If you love your person, you’ll buy them this much junk...’ I don’t need to have forced affection on me.” - Nicole Crosby, nursing major, junior

“I don’t really expect anything. I expect them to show that they care everyday of the year. Why should there be one day where they have to go all out, when they can just be awesome all the time?” - Jenna Duffin, geosciences major, junior

“I don’t expect gifts or anything, but I definitely expect them to recognize that it’s Valentine’s day, or at least, like, not spend the whole day with me, because I’m not very picky, but I feel as though it’s still a holiday. It’s still important. I don’t expect gifts, but I do expect something to be there; dinner or a date, or something.” - Maria Brandone, mass communication major, freshman

“I expect chocolates from my Dad and nothing from anyone else. Every year, my dad gets my sister and I chocolates, and he refills the same two-pound box of chocolates that he bought for my mom since they started dating when they were 17.” -Tiffany Hippe, Spanish major, senior

“I want them to do something nice, it doesn’t have to be over the top or expensive. Just something from the heart. I’d like just staying in and them cooking dinner, renting a movie, something like that.” -Carlie Despres, business major, junior

“They expect attention. I don’t know if they necessarily have to get a gift, but it’s nice, I suppose. I’m not sure what else they want!” - Dillon Johansen, biology major, freshman

“I think they expect guys to just remember to spend a day with them and not expect anything from them, really. It’s just like, ‘Spend the day with me-- it’s all I ever want’.” - Keegan Sablan, criminal justice major, junior

“Generally, girls would expect that you take a little bit of time out of that day and show them more affection than you otherwise would.” - George Fenton, economics major, junior

“I think they expect true courtesy. Instead of just a romantic notion, a true friendship. Something that shows they really like the person as a person instead of what they want out of the relationship. I think a lot of people are focused on the sexual aspect of Valentine’s day, so they’ll do stuff like give a rose for the wrong reasons; they don’t really like the girl, they want the girl. So what I think girls want is to have the rose mean something.” - Tory Davis, biology/Spanish major, junior

“If they’re with someone, they definitely expect some kind of gift. If not, they expect everyone to feel sorry for them!” - Brock Bridges, environmental studies major, junior

5 cheap, fun dates for V-Day Natalie Craig Journalist

This Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to break the bank to win someone’s heart. Hard times are making people pay the price when it comes time to treat that special someone to an extraordinary date this Valentine’s Day. Give your special someone a fun-filled and enchanting day while also being kind to your wallet.

1. Get your hands dirty

Cake batter, cookie dough, brownie mix, sprinkles, frosting and candy -- make something sweet with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. Who wouldn’t love to see their valentine all cake-battered up while trying to make the perfect cupcake, cookie or brownie? Baking a dessert is a fun and inexpensive way to spend the night with your significant other. Check out allrecipes.com for dessert recipes.

2. Show sportsmanship, companionship

Valentine’s Day could also be the perfect day to bring out that competitive side you and your

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valentine have. Take your date to Gameworld and bring in the tickets with arcade games including Dance Dance Revolution, Street Fighter, bowling and air hockey. The Student Union Building Games Center is also open until midnight and offers bowling and pool with student discounts. After getting your game on, why not catch a movie? The Overland Park Cinema provides a $4 special that includes a movie, drink and popcorn.

night somewhere whimsical? Try leaving clues all day about where your date should meet you for dinner. Make sure the clues have some of your sweetie’s favorite things or design the clues with a recurring theme. If you and your date are adventurous, try leading him or her to Table Rock. This fun and surprising date is a piece of cake to plan and easy on the wallet. Scavenger hunts are action-packed with spontaneity, and involve little cost and a fulfilling thrill.

What is more romantic than seeing your honey bunch fall on their butt while ice skating? Not a whole lot. Make it a point to go down to Idaho Ice World from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and skate the day away. Admission and skate rentals are $7 per person. Idaho Ice World is off exit 57 by the Boise Factory Outlet. Make sure to dress warm and bring some thick socks.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you’re still brainstorming ideas for tonight, try finding a killer online recipe for your date’s favorite dish and make a sweet dessert to top off it all off. Then Netflix or Redbox it for a night of movies you both want to see. Staying home and cooking is the cheapest way to avoid holiday costs and lines at restaurants. Whether you have a Netflix subscription or not, Redbox kiosks are right around nearly every corner and no one can beat their Valentine’s Day special: rent two movies and get one free. This is the perfect low key, yet fun-filled date on this holiday evening.

3. Sharpen those skates

4. Send some clues

If it’s the last minute and you are stuck on how to give your main squeeze the creative date they have always dreamed of, no worries. Why not set up a scavenger hunt from dinner to a beautiful starlit

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A day in the life of rom-coms David Gasch Journalist

Oh V-Day, I’ve missed you. You just seem to weigh heavier on the heart than the other days. And for the singles out there, they have an actual holiday to remind them of their current relationship status. A day of fun. Romantic comedies, or romcoms, must be entertaining for many -- it’s a major genre in our society. But imagine actually spending a life in the fallacy of rom-com love. First you’ll meet or see someone that you’ll fall in love with at first sight; there’s no time for chitchat, you’ll just know. The problem is they are in a relationship or their situation makes them not truly see you. Oh, and the fact that your friends aren’t great influences won’t help, either. This person will have a dog or a quirky friend and your interactions with them will be most important. You’ll have a bit of time to be charming and things will go great until something bad happens or the person elects not to be with you. Take this time to go for a walk in the cold. Fliers in the street and store window displays will be a constant reminder of your situation. Other happy, perfect couples will appear everywhere. Try not to look. Listen to something that will make you sad, like maybe, “Everything Reminds Me of Her,” by Elliott Smith. How well they’ll fit the melancholy that is your life. Be thoughtful, though. You’ll soon have an epiphany. Something they said earlier or noticing them in your most meaningful spot will be the proof you need that maybe they love you too. Walk -- nay, run -- to where they are and make a big scene. With any luck, there will be plenty of witnesses. Don’t worry, you’ll look better than they’ve ever seen you for this part. It just happens. I can’t tell you what to do after this. The rom-com playbook fails to mention how these relationships pan out, but we suspect you’ll be just fine. Live well, lovebirds. What? You’ve never lived like this? Me neither. It sounds stressful. If I just described your dream match-finding style, this is where I’d like to shake you by the neck and follow it up with a light face slap. Don’t get me wrong, it’s OK to show your affection on a day that’s supposed to be about love, but scrap the expectations and high priced gifts. That’s not how it’s done. With that being said, how about a shot for those lovesick puppies who Valentine the right way? Oh, and take two if you’re celebrating Single’s Awareness Day -- you have celebrating of your own to do.

Local art for AIDS

Coffee house helps those in need Gabrielle Brandini Journalist

5. Find your inner-chef

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This mixed media artpiece by local artist Belinda Isley was one of many donated to the silent auction that raised money to benefit AIDS research.

For the 18th consecutive year, the Flying M Coffeehouse put on its Valentine For AIDS Art Auction for the benefit of those whose lives have been distracted by AIDS. Local artists donated 287 art pieces for display and sale at the Flying M downtown. The pieces were auctioned off to Boise citizens and Flying M patrons with all of the proceeds delivered to the Safety Net for AIDS Program (SNAP), an organization that provides food, housing, medicine, doctor’s visits and other necessities to those who have been affected by AIDS and need support. According to Jessica Pallante, Flying M shop girl and part-time baker, SNAP and the Flying M were able to raise nearly $26,000 last year, and have managed to raise $28,000 a few years prior. This year, their goal is to raise more than $30,000. Each artist who contributes brings in only one piece of artwork. That means there were 287 local artists involved in this year’s auction. “We send out invitations at the beginning of the year, in the first week of January, and the artists have to donate their pieces by the last weekend of January,” Pallante said. “We have a main list of artists that always want to contribute.” Bidding for some pieces went more than $300. “People will guard their bids until the very end,” Pallante said. Despite having fewer pieces this year, several of the pieces on display were more unconventional than in years past, including a knitted hat and a typewritten love letter. Monetary results of the fundraiser, which closed its auction yesterday, can be found on the Flying M website and in the store. For more information, visit flyingmcoffee.com.

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There’s a Hooker in the kitchen:

Baked Fish with Vegetables Lauren Hooker

Assistant Culture Editor Lying to your significant other is a huge no-no; except when it comes to cooking. You might not be a fivestar chef, but fool your date into thinking you’re not only good lookin’, but also skilled at cookin’! Simply chop up some vegetables, wrap ‘em in some foil, and pop them in the oven for a while. You’ll be rewarded with a plate of steaming, succulent food that tastes like it took ages to make. Not to mention, at less than $4 a serving, it’s way cheaper than going out.

Tools: Aluminum foil Oven-safe pan

Ingredients: -Two tilapia fillets, thawed -Italian seasoning -One medium zucchini -One medium yellow squash -One large red potato -One large Yukon gold potato -One large carrot -One sweet onion

-Two tablespoons minced garlic (from a jar or fresh) -Four tablespoons olive oil -Italian seasonings (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme; can be purchased in a mix) -Sprigs of fresh rosemary (optional)

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Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. Lay two separate large pieces of foil in front of you. 3. Slice up zucchini, carrot, yellow squash and potatoes. Arrange evenly in the middle of each piece of foil. Layering is great; make sure to leave enough room around the edges of the foil (preferably about 2-3 inches) for folding. 4. Place one fillet on each bed of vegetables. 5. Finely chop up onion, adding about two tablespoons to each packet. Top each packet with one tablespoon of garlic and a heavy dash of Italian seasonings. Drizzle two tablespoons of olive oil over each fillet; this helps the fish stay moist. Add in some sprigs of rosemary. 6. Wrap up each packet, taking care to tuck each part in tight. 7. Bake for 30 minutes, checking to make sure potatoes are cooked through. 8. Unwrap and transfer to a plate, garnish with several rosemary sprigs, and enjoy! Serves two.

Vanilla Chai Cupcakes Eden Engberg Journalist

Chai tea is an ingredient which doesn’t garner a lot of attention in the baking world, but this delicious cupcake recipe is worth a try. If you’re good at math, cut the recipe in half to make a more couple friendly number, or make a whole batch and share with friends; you’ll be expected to bring baked goods from then on!

Tools:

Several mixing bowls, at least two medium and one large sized Spatula, whisk and a wooden spoon Measuring cups and spoons Electric hand-held mixer Muffin pan (12 numbered are best for a whole batch) Cupcake liners Piping or icing bag (quart zipper storage bag will also suffice) Red food dye

Ingredients: -1 1/2 cup flour -1 teaspoon baking soda -1/2 teaspoon baking powder -1/2 teaspoon salt -1 teaspoon cinnamon -3/4 teaspoon cardamom -1/2 teaspoon ginger -1/2 teaspoon nutmeg -1/2 teaspoon cloves -1 cup sugar -1/2 cup butter or margarine

-2 eggs -1/2 cup applesauce -1 cup milk -4 chai tea bags -For the frosting: -1 cup butter or margarine -1 teaspoon vanilla -1 teaspoon cinnamon -3 to 4 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with liners. 2. In the first medium bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, slat, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside. 3. In a small saucepan, warm the milk just until it simmers. Remove from heat, add tea bags and steep for ten minutes. 4. In large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Hint: if using butter straight out of the fridge, microwave in a ceramic bowl for thirty seconds -- it will melt it a little bit, but this is the best way to work with butter,. 5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until combined. Scrape the bowl and add the applesauce. 6. Sprinkle one third of the flour mixture over batter and mix until just combined. Add half of the chai mixture, then continue with another third of the flour and the remaining chai mixture. Finally, add the last of the flour mixture and be careful not to over mix. 7. Fill each liner with two tablespoons of batter. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean. Let cool completely. I mean it, let them. 8. In your second medium bowl cream butter; this is where an electric mixer is key. Once the butter is creamed, add one cup of confectioner’s sugar. Don’t be afraid if it doesn’t cream together right away, let chemistry take the wheel and wait for the crumbling to lead to creamy goodness. Add the teaspoon of vanilla, cinnamon and about four to eight drops of food dye (depending on the hue of pink desired). Mix thoroughly and add the remaining cups of sugar one at a time, so as not to make a huge mess. 9. Once the cupcakes are COMPLETELY cool, if they aren’t, there is risk of melted, messy frosting; use an icing or Ziploc bag to frost. If using a zipper bag, cut off a small portion of the corner to let out desired amount of frosting. Sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish and enjoy! Makes 24 cupcakes.

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