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There are over 7,000 languages in the world and according to linguists Gregory Anderson Ph.D. and David Harrison Ph.D., about one spoken language dies every two weeks. These two men traveled the world documenting languages before they disappear for good. A documentary was made about the men and some of their trips to visit the Chulym, Sora and Kallawaya people. The documentary tells the story of these linguists
working to preserve the languages of these people. A screening of the documentary took place in the Student Union Building on Feb. 16 with Anderson and Harrison present to answer questions afterward. “There’s a huge interest in endangered languages and people want to know not only how can we study these languages, but what can we do to support language revitalization,” Harrison said. Wanting to preserve languages isn’t solely for linguists though. Students also show their concern and interest in the diver-
sity of languages throughout the world. “It’s crucial when you think about literature and expanding literature to the idea of oral tradition and stories and culture and history, and every time a language dies that language’s method of describing the world and the environment goes with it and so I view that as sort of a death of part of the world in a sense,” said Boise State Linguistics Association President Kelsey Montzka, a senior history and English major with an emphasis in linguistics. People from many different walks of life saw
There’s a huge interest in endangered languages and people want to know not only how can we study these languages, but what can we do to support language revitalization. -David Harrison Ph.D.
the documentary. Native Americans, exchange students, grandparents, children and local students all crowded into the room to learn about a linguist’s take on the steady extinction of languages. “I do believe that documenting languages is very important,” said Ayla Robinson, sophomore English major with a writing em-
Davis Cup to serve in Boise Cody Finney Photo Editor
The United States will take on Serbia in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Taco Bell Arena April 5, 2013, Jeff Ryan of the USTA Davis Cup program formally announced Wednesday morning. World No 1. Novak Djokovic will be featured for Serbia. This will be the first time Idaho has hosted the Davis Cup. Idaho is the 34th state to host this prestigious international competition. “I’m the happiest man not in Boise, not in Idaho, but in the entire United States,” Boise State men’s tennis coach Gregg Patton said. The Davis Cup is the largest annual international tennis team event in the world with 122 nations entered in 2013. Sixteen competing in the world group can win the title which the United States has won 32 times, more than any other nation. The last win for the U.S. was in 2007. April 5 will be the third time the U.S. Davis Cup team has gone up against the world number one player. “Boise is the perfect
stage to host the Davis Cup,” Ryan said. “It is a city that loves athletic competition and one of the strongest tennis teams in the country. President of the Knitting Factory Chris Moore
and head of the organizational committee for the Davis Cup played a big part in the hosting process. “It is such a great opportunity once again to demonstrate and to
watch world class competition and entertainment in our arena on campus,” President Bob Kustra said. Later this month presale of tickets will be available to members of the USTA followed by a
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Linguists Gregory Anderson Ph.D. and David Harrison Ph.D. visited campus on Feb. 15 to discuss dying languages.
phasis. “I do not have the knack of languages. I can speak English and that is it. I think it’s really great and it was nice to have them (the linguists) here to answer any questions.” The linguists’ work is ongoing and they enlisted the help of trained locals to carry on the field documentations as they settled back in at home.
sale to the general public. Tickets will be sold as a three-day package with prices starting at $100. Competition will begin on Friday April 5 and Sunday will conclude the event with two reverse singles matches. Information and ticket prices on the Davis cup can be found at USTA.com/daviscup.
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Jeff Davis of the UTSA Davis Cup makes the announcement Wednesday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.
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Career fair The Career Center will be holding a career fair in the Jordan Ballroom of the SUB on Wednesday. The Career Fair is an opportunity for students to meet with employers in the Treasure Valley as well as nationwide, and for employers to reach out to the student population for recruitment. Students will be able to establish connections with employers based in their field of study or prospective career path. A total of 80 employers will be
represented. Some tips Jones gave for students preparing for the Career Fair are: first, be prepared. Go to career. boisestate.edu for a full list of employers that will be at the fair and the specific positions for which they are hiring. Second, present yourself professionally. Business casual dress and a presentable appearance will impress employers. For more information students can go to career.boisestate. edu or stop by the Career Center.
Andrus conference Andrus Center hosts the “State of the American Presidency.” The Andrus Center for Public Policy will host the “State of the American Presidency” conference on Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Simplot Grand Ballroom in the SUB. The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. and ends with an evening lecture at 7 p.m. There is a $10 fee for students and a $25 fee for the general public. The conference is free for teachers. Lunch will be included in the fee. The conference will consist of lectures and panel discussions given by
speakers. According Adler, these scholars have published over 250 books and 2,000 articles combined. Authors will be available for book signings. “After a contentious presidential campaign and amid much debate about the scope of presidential power and what constitutes effective leadership, this discussion could not be more timely,” Adler said. Register at andruscenter.org or by calling Suzan Raney at 426-3784 or David Adler at 426-3777. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Honoring faculty authors On Thursday, Feb. 28, there will be a reception for professors who have had work published. The ceremony will be held in the McCain Room on the second floor of the Albertson’s Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The program will acknowledge several hundred faculty members who have published books, articles or creative pieces between Sept. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2012. It also includes other creative works such as videos, art exhibits and recordings. “We try to be in-
clusive, recognizing that each discipline defines scholarship in a different way,” said Michelle Armstrong, chair of the Albertsons Library University Author Recognition Committee. A collection of work written and created by faculty is currently on display in the first floor of Albertson’s Library. A complete list of the works being recognized is also available on the library website; however, the list will not be considered complete until after the event as last minute submissions are
not unusual. The event is not about celebrating one person’s big achievement or singling out a few greatly accomplished individuals; it is a celebration of all the work and research being done at Boise State. “We never single out an individual author,” Armstrong said, “Instead we make a point of honoring every author, regardless of rank or discipline.” The Author Recognition Reception is an annual event. This will be the eighth year the event has been held.
Boise State greets Philharmonic The Boise Philharmonic will be making its way to the Morison Center for a night full of music. The Boise Philharmonic won an Emerson Award in 2011 and returns to
Boise State to perform each year. This year, the university will be hosting the Boise Philharmonic, Musically Speaking, on March 23 and April 20. Times are 7 p.m. on both evenings
with a preshow lecture preceding each show. The preshow lecture will be held with Justin Stamps and Philip Kassel. or receive more information visit www.boisephilharmonic.org.
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February 19, 2013
Free contraceptives available at Health Services
Students protect themselves from computer viruses by downloading or purchasing virus protection. Many people protect themselves from the flu, chicken pox, measles and more by receiving vaccines. But students don’t always take the measures to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancies and STIs. Due to some of the changes in the health care system, some students may be eligible for free birth control and students are welcome to help themselves to free condoms available on the first floor of the Norco Building. Of course, abstinence is the only 100 percent guarantee against unplanned pregnancy, but for sexually active Broncos and Bronquettes, some protection can be had by using
birth control or condoms. Boise State Health Services carries a wide variety of contraceptives on site. Jodi Brawley, the assistant director of Wellness and Marketing for University Health and Recreation, stated Health Services carries eight to 10 generic brands of birth control pills, each type with a different hormone composition. Previously, a co-pay was required for birth control prescriptions for students with SHIP health insurance. That is no longer the case. “This spring, the Student Health Insurance Plan covers contraceptives at 100 percent through in-network pharmacies,” Brawley said. However, for students who are not insured through SHIP, plans and prices can vary. “Birth control costs are
dependent on insurance coverage. Check with your insurance carrier for coverage information,” Brawley said. “Most pharmacies are fairly competitive when it comes to prices. It is always best to call the pharmacy ahead of time to find out what the cost will
Plan B, or the morning after pill, is also available through Health Services. Students over the age of 17 can pick up Plan B without seeing a medical provider, but students under the age of 17 or without valid ID do have to meet with a medical pro-
It is important to remember that the most common symptom of an STI (sexually transmitted infection) is no symptom at all.
be for various contraception. Insurance coverage will also be a factor when it comes to the quantity needed; some insurance companies may allow for multiple months of contraception to be picked up at one time, thus effecting the pricing.”
vider to get Plan B. “It is important to note that Plan B is most effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sexual contact,” Brawley said. “Plan B is ineffective if pregnancy has already occurred.” The American College Health Association National College Health Assessment II (ACHANCHA II) said 2.3 percent of respondents reported pregnancy theirs or their partners has detrimentally effected them academically and 2.5 percent of students said they unintentionally became pregnant, or impregnated someone in the last 12 months. Although the percentage
of students struggling to cope with difficulties associated with pregnancy is relatively low, the number of students engaging in unprotected sex, both in conjunction with alcohol use or without drinking, is quite a bit higher. A reported 19.5 percent of respondents said they had unprotected sex after drinking alcohol in the last 12 months according to a survey performed by the American College Health Association (ACHA). The Boise State University Executive Summary from the fall of 2011 was compiled with data based on a survey taken by 949 respondents from a random sample of 4,450 students. In addition to unplanned pregnancy, students engaging in sexual activity, including oral and anal sex, can contract sexually transmitted diseases. Oral sex does not protect students from contracting a sexually transmitted disease. “It is important to remember that the most common symptom of an STI (sexually transmitted infection) is no symptom at all,” Brawley said. Health Services does offer STI screenings. Free HIV
Contraceptive available through Health Services 8 to 10 generic brands of birth control pills. Each type has a different hormone composition. -Depo-Provera injections -Nuva Ring -Plan B emergency contraception -2 brands of Inter Uterine Devices (IUDs) -Nexplanon implants -Condoms
testing is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. “Making the decision to be sexually active is an important decision and something that both people should discuss before engaging in sex,” Brawley said. “Our medical providers can answer all your sexual health questions and often talk to students during their appointments. We also have a Peer Educator who focuses on providing students with sexual health related information.”
Boise State Professors tackle ADHD issues Mallory Barker
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According to the American Psychiatric Association, three to seven percent of all school-aged children in America have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Thankfully, there are ways to treat ADHD and faculty here at Boise State are working together with the Lee Pesky Learning Center to do so. Evelyn Johnson, professor of special education and director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center at Boise State, will be appearing on a panel in Haley, Idaho this Sunday to discuss the topic. The panel will be following the Company of Fools off broadway production of “Distracted,” a play that centers around an 8-year-old boy with ADHD and the problems that he and his family face. The play will begin at 3 p.m. and the panel will take place upon its conclusion. The Company of Fools is an award-winning community theater company based out of Haley, Idaho. The company began in 1992 in Virginia and relocated to Idaho in 1996. “The play is really nice because in a really short amount of time really highlights all of the potential difficulties that
a person with ADHD has and how that impacts family, friends and other interactions,” Johnson said. “It’s funny, touching and heart warming. It is really wellwritten.” The Company of Fools invited Johnson to be a resource for teachers and parents who may attend the play and have concerns about children with ADHD. Johnson expressed her excitement about educating the community on the matter. “It’s in line with the university’s commitment to community involvement,” Johnson said. Sunday, Feb. 22 is the Company of Fool’s education day in which multiple teachers and parents will be attending. Johnson believes those teachers and parents will benefit by learning about the disease and how it can be treated. “We anticipate that people will have a lot of questions regarding the signs of ADHD and the resources available to those families with children that have it,” Johnson said. ADHD includes some combination of problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD may also struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and
poor performance in school. “I think that schools should be a place where every student feels like they are valued. If you think about how much time a kid feels in school from the time they are five until graduation, if you go there and don’t feel valued, that can be detrimental to your self esteem,” Johnson said. “It can be life changing. If there is something we can do for kids that can help them feel valued, I think there is is a huge potential for being able to impact a person’s life in a positive way.”
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Culture Shock Students from abroad overcome obstacles
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Many students go about their daily lives at Boise State without considering what the person sitting next to them in class overcame to simply be there. While the process of becoming a Boise State student, for most, consists mainly of graduating high school, filling out applications and applying for financial aid, others have had larger hurdles to overcome. Kha Nguyen, sophomore exercise science major, moved to Boise from Vietnam in 2000 when he was seven years old. His aunt married a soldier during the war and his family eventually followed her and her husband to the states. Nguyen, who had just started second grade at the time, said it was not a pleasant experience. “(Starting school here) it was horrendous,” Nguyen said. “I cried everyday for the first two weeks after school because I didn’t know anyone; I didn’t know the language, I didn’t know the culture, so I was just a kid in the corner.”
Nguyen explained while kids in elementary school were perfecting their grammar and spelling skills, kids who didn’t know English were separated out at various points during the day into ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Nguyen elaborated on life when English is your second language. “Another thing with not knowing the language for the first few years; it’s made me really shy,” Nguyen said. “I don’t tend to connect to other people. I think that’s one of my biggest drawbacks. Which I’m not complaining about, I like where I am, but I would like to be more socially active. And being held back the first few years and not knowing the language has kind of affected me in doing that.” Other than the language, the most shocking difference between Vietnam’s culture and the United States, according to Nguyen, is the family culture. When Americans turn 18 they generally leave home and start their own lives. However, Nguyen said in Vietnam when they turn 18 and after they finish
college, the children move back home to help their parents. “I wish it was more like that (here) because if your parents took care of you for the first 18 years of your life, or however long you decide to stay there, I think it would be good for you to pay back,” Nguyen said. Another student on campus has quite a different story. Alden Miljkovic, senior communication major, came from Bosnia and Herzegovina at the age of ten, 17 years ago. Miljkovic explained he was only five when the war started in the Balkans; a place he describes as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but said it also has an ugly, bloody history of violence which caused it to be one of the most unstable regions in Europe. For the next five years of Miljkovic’s life it was all about surviving. This is what forced his family to ask for help. Before the United Nations relocated them to the United States, life was unimaginably rough. “All I knew was this chaos,” Miljkovic said. “Wak-
Bronco Reverberation The Morrison Center’s acoustical workings Ryan Hoffman Staff Writer
Have you ever sat down at an event in the Main Hall of the Morrison Center and wondered why the performers or speakers sounded so good? Or how the people sitting in the very back of the hall could hear just as well as the people in the front? Main sound technician/ supervisor David Jensen, who’s been with Boise State and the Morrison Center for more than 25 years, has the answers. He oversees everything from organizing and maintaining mics, speakers and audio equipment for every show to helping incoming productions work in conjunction with the Center’s acoustics. “I played trumpet in band from elementary through high school and in an eight-piece show band on the club circuit,” Jensen said. “After high school, I took a training course for radio/television repair. Later, playing bass in a folk trio, my familiarity with electrical circuitry made it my responsibility for the set-up and operation of the trio’s newly purchased sound system. Since the system was fairly advanced for the area, local bluegrass festivals would ask to use it. Of course, I had to accompany it and make sure it functioned properly. I became intrigued enough by the challenges of ampli-
fying the bluegrass instruments that I decided to pursue a career as a sound engineer. I’ve been at it ever since.” When he came to the Morrison Center in 1987, Jensen said he was enthralled with the apparent planning and effort which had gone into the main hall’s acoustics. “The attention to detail is the single thing I appreciate the most,” Jensen said. Students said they appreciate the center’s highquality sound as well.
“(The hall) helps to project (the sound). It allows any person in the hall to hear a performer as good as any other person in the hall. It also has great resonance,” said freshman Daniel Quatrone, who plays trombone in band and orchestra. Junior orchestra player Shelby Boise concurs. “It’s a very big room, so sometimes sound can get drowned out, but if you really listen, the reverberation makes the notes and chords sound crisp, yet warm,” Boise said.
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ing up and going to the bread line (from the United Nations), or going to the water line, or going to the river to wash yourself. It was always trying to live day by day and not really knowing where the future was leading to. But at that age it was just kind of normal.” When his family got here, Miljkovic started school right away. He said at that time the ESL program wasn’t quite sure what to do with refugees, so he ended up in a regular classroom where all he could do was mimic the other students. The other children did try to communicate with him, but this simply did not work. So they finally just handed him a book. “The whole class was supposed to read it and I wanted to fit in so I would pick up the book and I would look at it,” Miljkovic said. “Obviously I didn’t know what the words meant. Then one day (in the fifth grade) I raised my hand and I started reading and I was like ‘oh, I speak this language now.’” But learning the language was just the first of
The hall was designed to accommodate many different types of performances and events through its use of ceiling panels and velour drapery. “One of (the) details (which) add to the hall’s functionality is the ability to vary the acoustics between musicality and speech by deploying multiple sets of velour drapery,” Jensen said. “It’s a very useful tool for finetuning the space to a given type of production.” When asked about what he does to maintain the standard of excellence required of the premises, Jensen said, “There isn’t much maintenance associated with the acoustics, although we recently re-
many differences yet to understand. According to Miljkovic, there are two main distinctions between the Bosnian culture and the United States. “The first one is when people would ask me where am I from and why am I here, I am often baffled as to how they didn’t understand that I came from this region of war,” Miljkovic said. “CNN would present the war on TV but they didn’t know anything about the war; they didn’t know why I was here and to me I was like ‘well there’s this huge thing going on in another part of the world that you should be aware of but you’re not.’ ” Miljkovic continued to explain the second difference by saying he couldn’t understand why everyone had so much stuff; toys, food, etc. and that nobody seemed to appreciate all they had. According to Miljkovic, one thing refugees and immigrants share is their desire to attain the American dream. He said they still believe in that, which is what causes them to work hard so they won’t fail.
placed the aforementioned velour drapery due to the normal degradation over time of its fire retardancy. That was a major undertaking (which) fortunately only needs to happen every few decades.” For future productions and performances, “I would like to see an improvement in the skill and dedication with which visiting production companies utilized our acoustics to their best effect,” Jensen said. For more information on the Morrison Center and its sound, call the Main Office at 426-1609 or visit their website at mc.boisestate.edu. You can also reach David Jensen at 426-3508.
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Career Fair prep Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May (if everything goes as planned). Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through lastsemester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. I really need a job when I graduate. My student job ends the day I throw my cap and with it, my only source of income—which is why I am so thankful for the Career Center. Not only does it provide job interview prep and resume help but it also hosts multiple career fairs throughout the year and, fortunately for graduating seniors such as myself, there is one this Wednesday in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To prepare, I spent the weekend doing laundry and ironing the professional attire I have had stuffed in the back of my closet since I quit my bank job. I could have just picked one outfit to wear but I am a girl and I know myself well enough to not leave myself with only one option the morning of. However, I know I am going to wear something I am comfortable and confident in. Additionally, the Career Center website suggests a business suit is most appropriate. Now on to my resume. I actually re-vamped it over winter break but it is geared toward a job in the communication field and, since I am so desperate for a job anywhere, I went back through to make it more generic in order to appeal to the variety of employers slated to be at the Career Fair. And even though I am proud of my resume as it is, I will still be making a trip to the Career Center on Tuesday during walk-in hours between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to have them take another look. I did call to schedule an interview coaching session at the Career Center but it seems I wasn’t the only one to do so because they were totally booked. I will admit I am a little nervous about my interview skills since I haven’t had a real job interview in almost seven years. Oh well, I guess I just have to deal. For those of you who are planning to attend the Career Fair, be sure to triplecheck your resume, get the wrinkles out of your nicest shirt and visit the Career Center website at career. boisestate.edu to look over the list of employers that will be there and glance at the list of sample questions to ask company representatives. Don’t forget to prepare a quick introduction for yourself and bring your student ID card. This is an awesome opportunity to get some face time with potential employers so don’t go just for the goodies. Keep an open mind and good luck. I hope to see you there!
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Chinese New Year Snakes its way in with China Night Alx Stickel
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Chinese program students broke cultural barriers by “fusing” traditional Chinese music with Scottish bagpipes. China Night also had other cultural contributions, including breakdancing and the Korean hit song Gagnam Style. Students and community members crowded the Jordan Ballroom to celebrate Chinese New Year on Monday, Feb. 11. Guests and performers experienced Chinese culture through traditional buffet style food and ancient to modern singing and dancing. With Feb. 10 starting the Year of the Snake, China Night offered one of the 15 nights of festivities to hon-
or the “Spring Festival.” Traditionally centered around the color red, paper lanterns, envelopes and fireworks, the Chinese Club adorned the ballroom with red lanterns and other decorations. Club member Samantha Lee, junior marketing major, explained Chinese New Year is a big deal within Chinese culture. Lee said the new year symbolizes a new beginning with good luck and good feelings. “I really hope that people can get in touch with the Chinese culture and see Chinese dance and music and get a little taste of Chinese food,” Lee said. One student said it was exactly the experience they got had. “It was interesting,” said Alicia Allmer, junior graphic design major. “I
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“Try it with Tabby” is a weekly article chronicling the adventures of Tabitha Bower as she searches for out-of-theordinary and budget-friendly activities for Boise State students. Buildings reminiscent of those found in classic western movies serve as a backdrop for the Idaho City visitor’s center. The parking lot is filled with trucks, tailgates open, creating makeshift benches for locals in cowboy hats gripping cold Coors Light cans in the warm sun.
Expletives are heard conversationally coming from the mouths of the motherdaughter duo to the right, the three middle-aged men to the left and even the greyhaired couple in front of me. “I love this place,” I openly and excitedly admit as I take in the scene on the springlike Saturday afternoon. This week for “Try it with Tabby” I took Idaho 21 north to Idaho City, a town lacking in neither history nor character. While a bit apprehensive on the 40-minute drive, mainly at how much this kitsch-filled small town would have to offer, I found
had fun getting to try some food, see some actual Chinese people from the country that weren’t all born here, seeing different acts and some culture. I haven’t been part of a New Year’s festival so it was cool to see that in person.” According to December 2012 graduate Aubrey Brinton, multi-ethnic studies major, Idaho boasts a Chinese history not many people are familiar with. In 1870, twenty percent of Idaho’s population was Chinese (a percentage only rivaled by California). By 1930, only about one percent of Idaho’s population was Chinese. Brinton said after her visit to China with her father, Chinese culture claimed a special place in her heart, and since then she has been involved with Asian cultural activimyself pleasantly surprised. So with little ado, here are my top six picks for Idaho City: Main Street Floral: Located, as its name suggests, on Main Street, this is much more than just a flower shop. The unique flair found, much to my elation, was a ‘dip your own candle’ station in-store. Of course I had to try it, so I started with my two white candles connected by a wick, and dipped away in the eight vats of colorful hot wax. And the fun at Main Street Floral didn’t stop at the candle dipping; Geodes, or rocks with the possibility, after being broken open, of containing crystals, threw me back in time to my childhood and I couldn’t help but buy one, or two. Topped off with marshmallow slingers (slingshots for marshmallows), my trip to this multi-faceted
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Student performers dance a traditional piece for China Night. ties on campus, including China Night. “I just want to show people what China has to offer,” Brinton said. “It brings the Chinese community together. Every year so much of the Chinese community floods in here and they see each other. It’s cool to see the Chinese community.” shop was a success. The Trading Post: My second stop on Main Street was The Trading Post, a shop showcasing work by local artists in the forms of hand painted earrings, acrylic paintings and wooden signs with quirky sayings. I left The Trading post with two new treasures: a chunk of fool’s gold and a sack of root bear hard candies. Sarsaparilla Ice Cream Parlor: Coffee almond fudge ice cream in a waffle cone. That is all. The Springs: Newly-opened on Valentine’s Day, The Springs is a hot springs resort which offers up not only a 96,000-gallon hot springs pool but also features onsite accommodations ranging from yurts and Airstream RV’s to canvas tents and tree forts. While I did not personally
Chinese Horoscope One Chinese folk story of the Zodiac tells of a race that decided the order of the zodiac animals in the 12-year cycle. The cunning snake is said to have hitched a ride on the horse’s hoof to the finish when it lept off, scared the horse, and claimed
make the stop to The Springs, the owner of Main Street Floral, who also doubled as my trusted Idaho City tour guide, said it shouldn’t be missed. And seeing as how the rest of his recommendations did not lead me astray, I will take this local’s word. Pioneer Cemetery: The Idaho City Pioneer Cemetery lies just over a mile outside of town, at the top of a small mountain. Being a person terrified by anything death related, especially buried bodies, it took a little nudging before agreeing to check out the sacred grounds. Snow prevented a drive up the hill, so a ten minute icy hike brought me to the cemetery, which once there, I observed from the outside, refusing to enter. This cemetery is said to home the late pioneers of Idaho City. With around 200 headstones present, it is esti-
sixth place. Snake babies (those born in 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, and 1989) are described as being smart, charming, seductive and at times deceptive. Those born in a snake year are also said to be efficient and have good organizational skills.
mated over 2,000 people are buried in the cemetery. Boise Basin Museum: This Idaho City historical museum consists of multiple original buildings from the 1860’s gold rush era. These buildings include a home and a ‘pest house,’ or jailhouse, amongst others. A tip you will thank me for later when peeking through the windows of these old buildings: there are mannequins. The infant missing limbs is by far the most disturbing, especially when it comes as a surprise. Some other highlight from my day trip include the country music wafting from nearly every building in town, the pleasantly friendly locals and Harley’s, the in-town bar where everyone flocked to at 6 p.m., when practically every store, restaurant and parlor closed down and the streets cleared.
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Finishing college in just four years is no longer the norm, despite programs that universities say guarantee a degree in four.
Finishing in Four is a Myth Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor
Dani Evans, a junior majoring in biochemistry with a premed emphasis, is exhausted. As a full-time student, she has four tests this week, works two jobs, and barely finds time to do homework and have a social life. This sounds like a college student who has it all planned out and on the way to graduating in four years. But Evans, like many students, will graduate after being in school for six years. For the majority of students, completing their four-year de-
gree in four years is a struggle. Here’s one way to look at it: a baby can’t gestate for only six months and expect to be prepared to go home the day its born, so why do we expect students to cram years worth of research and studying into a measly four years? When we entered college, four years seemed like a long time, but as that initial expected graduation date approached, we aren’t ready to venture off into the world. “I feel like very few people graduate in four years,” Evans said coyly. This doesn’t bother her though, “I love to learn, so I
guess I could be a professional student.” Though there are anomalies to this situation, like students transferring AP credits from high school, or just kicking butt and getting all coursework done within four years (no social life?), it’s uncommon. We all have lives outside of school: jobs, friends, family, and other commitments. As a commuter school, many students work full-time jobs and have families to take care of. Expecting to take a full course load while either working full-time or having a family is nearly impossible, especially
once the student gets into upper division courses. Boise State does offer a solution to this issue, but you have to enroll in your freshman year. According to the “Finish in Four” website, the goal of the “Finish in Four-Year Graduation Plan” is “is to facilitate, through a contract between the participating student and Boise State University, a student’s goal of graduating from Boise State in four years.” While this does promote a speedy education, are students truly enjoying the college experience? Part of getting a college
education is the experiences that come along with it: parties, sporting events, road trips. But how can you enjoy them if your course load is keeping you from what? Financial issues can also obstruct a student’s goal of graduating in four years. According to Boise State’s 2012-2013 “Facts and Figures”, over 15,000 students received some sort of financial aid totaling almost $150,000,000 (for the 2011-2012 school year). That’s over 66 percent of the student population receiving federal loans that will have to be paid back with interest. This
lights a fire under the 66 percent to finish as quickly as possible to avoid accruing more interest. While the ultimate goal of every student is to graduate, accept your dream job soon after, and move on into the real world, don’t forget to enjoy your time here at Boise State. Don’t focus on the amount of time it takes to graduate. Instead, invest that energy into cherishing the memories you’ve made along the way. Maybe mentor some freshmen and get them to ring the liberty bell a few times. That’ll keep your spirits up.
That’s my point, I hope somebody cares enough to do something, or at least improve and do better tomorrow. Cordell Blaine is a sophomore majoring in computer science.
ADHD Drugs bad medicine? MCT Campus
The furor began in October when Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician who treats mostly children from low-income families in Georgia, said that he routinely prescribed ADHD medications for kids struggling in school. Red flags went up more recently when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last month that said Missouri is second only to Mississippi in the percentage of kids who are prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis. The study indicated that Missouri doctors also may be making the ADHD diagnosis too frequently. The data show that nearly 9 percent of children in Missouri have been diagnosed with ADHD, and that 80 percent of them take prescription drugs for the behavioral disorder. Dr. Ramesh Raghavan, a child mental-health services researcher at Washington University and an expert in prescription drug use among lowincome children, said there are circumstances in which prescribing medication is a doctor’s only recourse to help a child struggling in school. But he added that society should not force doctors into those situations, and should make available other methods to improve school environments and help families and children who are finding it difficult to thrive. Dr. Raghavan said drugs are the first line of treatment for a reliable ADHD diagnosis, but making the diagnosis can be
difficult. Frequently a child will have an underlying problem _ such as a reading disorder or a learning problem _ that looks like ADHD but isn’t, he added. In such cases, the stimulants prescribed for ADHD will not help the child and may result in the child not being treated for the real problem. Adequate treatment for behavioral disorders and learning difficulties, including easy access to mental health care, is critical, Dr. Raghavan said. Availability should not depend on geography or income, he added. “It’s really immoral. We absolutely should be making investments in our kids. They should be able to have early and rapid treatment, and it should be sustained through childhood and adolescence,” he said. “It is unfair that a child in poor circumstances does not have the same access to treatment as a child in better circumstances. Where you live should not determine the care you get.” Dr. Anderson, the Georgia pediatrician, explained that he diagnosed kids with ADHD so he could give them the medicine. But he said the real problem is bad schools and a culture that refuses to spend the money needed to fix them. “I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” Dr. Anderson told the New York Times. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.” His comments were picked up and circulated by education journals, people in the medical community, social workers and children’s advocates.
Dr. Raghavan was interviewed and quoted in the story that featured Dr. Anderson. He said that society’s unwillingness to invest in effective nonpharmaceutical interventions for poor children and their families has forced local community psychiatrists to use medication to help boost academic performance. Giving drugs to kids who may not need them sounds horrible. But when you hear Dr. Anderson’s explanation, it makes an odd sort of sense. Still, it does not address the societal problems that have fostered an environment in which kids attend poor schools, demonstrate bad behavior and fail to thrive academically. Dr. Anderson said that prescribing stimulants to low-income students who are struggling in school levels the playing field a bit. For families that cannot afford the time or expense of such behaviorbased therapies as tutoring and family counseling, drugs are a reliable and pragmatic way to help kids become more successful students. But then there are the horror stories that flood the media. The tales of affluent kids who are using ADHD drugs to achieve an academic edge. Kids who don’t have prescriptions getting pills from friends who do. According to the reports, college kids long have used the drugs as study aids. But now high school students seeking a competitive advantage as they apply to colleges are dipping into the same pharmaceutical stash. ADHD meds are danger-
ous and highly addictive. Side effects include disturbed sleep patterns, mood swings, increased blood pressure, growth suppression and elevated body temperature. In extreme cases they can cause psychiatric side effects, including paranoia, hallucinations, aggression, suicidal thoughts and psychotic behavior. Finding and treating the causes of bad school performance is cheaper to society in the long run than misdiagnosing and looking for the quick fix with a pill. Again, research points to the need to spend money on the front end to spare the anguish and expense that comes from ignoring or mistreating the problems.
Walking by and seeing the latest Arbiter issue- I’m realizing more and more than the value of Boise State is rapidly degrading. Years back I loved being around cam-
pus because I felt that values worth upholding were being supported. I’m married to a beautiful wife who has a baby on the way. I am disappointed with the “Sex” issue
you all put out, did you show your parents/spouse(future spouse)/children this issue? Why would you publish something that you would be afraid to show your ACTUAL
loved ones? Reach out to the student population with articles of value, rather than lust. Show us you can write a worth while article. It’s sad
but pornographic material doe sell, do not follow that bandwagon Boise State. I thought you were better than that. I want to read value, not trash.
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Understanding your unsubsidized student loan
FACTORS DETERMINING HOW MUCH $$ YOU QUALIFY FOR: •Class Standing •Dependent or independent status •Total amount of loans you have previously borrowed •Degree Program you are enrolled in •Cost of attendance for a year/ semester
GRADUATE STUDENT REQUIREMENTS •Must be enrolled in at least 5 graduate level courses (or have a combination of at least 5 graduate and/or undergraduate credits that will count towards the master’s degree •Must be accepted into a specific graduate program •Must meet all other financial aid requirements
LIFETIME MAXIMUMS for FORD DIRECT LOANS Dependent Undergraduate = $31,000 Independent Undergraduate = $57,500 Graduate + Undergraduate = $138,500
Those radio ads encouraging students to fill out their FAFSA forms are back, and seem to be causing a fair amount of financial aid anxiety. We’ve all been there: that anxiously awaited moment when you find out how much money you will receive for the following semester. Maybe you are thinking you desperately need a new pair of shoes, or maybe there will be enough left over to get that new iPhone you’ve been dying for. Maybe you are just hoping it will be enough to buy your books and get you through another semester. Whatever the case, it is very easy to accept all the money that you are offered, whether you really need it or not, when repayment seems so very far away. Often, we are deluded by the grandeur of all of the money we are going to make right after we graduate. In reality, a dream job relating to the degree one has earned may be far away. All of these are things you should take into consideration when accepting financial aid. Diana Fairchild, interim director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, has a lot of advice for students accepting loans. Via email, Fairchild offered three steps to be taken by students taking out any kind of loan: “First, consider all the ways you can reduce the cost of your degree program. This includes things such as taking college courses while still in high school, attending community college for the first two years, living at home vs. living on campus or off-campus, attending a college in your home state vs. attending a college out of state and incurring non-resident fees, utilizing options for CLEP and other test credit, graduating in four years vs. graduating in five years, and working parttime to cover expenses while in school. Also, take only those courses that will count in your degree plan! As you near graduation and begin planning career steps, research loan forgiveness programs. Depending on your
degree and your occupation, you may qualify for one of the many student loan forgiveness programs. Second, when it comes to loans, take only what you absolutely need to pay your student expenses. Third, research your career options. Know what kind of jobs you can expect to find with your degree and what annual salary you can reasonably expect. If your degree is a Bachelor’s in fine art, what kind of job are you hoping or expecting to find? What would your annual salary be?” Finally, Fairchild says, “Know before you owe.” On at least an annual basis, use the loan calculator to see how much you will owe on your student loans when you complete school. Use the website, http://www.direct. ed.gov/calc.html. For example, a student with $20,000 in loans, under a standard repayment plan, will owe $230 a month for 10 years to repay these loans. The student will ultimately repay over $27,000 on that $20,000 loan. Similar to the philosophy behind credit cards, it may prove foolish to accept more money than is needed in order to afford things that can wait. Most people associate the college student years with the hungry years. Though unquestionably difficult, large student loan payments upon graduation could shoot you in the foot when you are hardly out of the gate. Unsubsidized student loans accrue interest while you are still in school. You are encouraged to pay the interest while you are in school, but you can also opt to defer the payments. Take note, however; the interest can become “capitalized,” or added to the balance on the loan. You will then be paying interest on the interest, and the loan amount can rapidly start increasing. Every student who takes an unsubsidized loan will pay a 1 percent processing fee to the Department of Education. That amount is taken before the money gets dispersed to you.
MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF LOANS PER YEAR (subsidized & unsubsidized combined): FOR DEPENDENT STUDENTS:
Freshman = $5500 Sophomore = $6500 Junior/Senior = $7500 FOR INDEPENDENT STUDENTS:
Freshman = $9500 Sophomore = $10,500 Junior/Senior = $12,500 Graduate = $20,500
REPAYMENT/DEFERMENT Repayment Begins 6 months after graduation or when your status drops below half-time. Deferment Undergraduate: Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits Graduate: Must be enrolled in at least 5 credits
GPA MINIMUM STANDARDS TO APPLY FOR LOANS
0-6 credits Must have a 1.0 minimum GPA
7-32 credits Must have a 1.6 minimum GPA
33-64 credits Must have a 1.8 minimum GPA
65+ credits Must have a 2.0 minimum GPA
Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA
REPAYMENT CALCULATORS Studentloans.gov calculator: http://1.usa.gov/blop5w SmartGuide calculator: http://mnstr.me/XZFMUl TO ACCESS ACCOUNTS: Studentloans.gov—Select Financial Aid History. Displays lifetime balances. Can change your address, make payments online, access deferment/forbearance forms. Federal Student Loan Servicer—Connects you to lender who manages subsidized and unsubsidized loans only.
Devise a college budget, stick to it, and choose your loan amounts responsibly. Your post-graduation budget will thank you. Bryan Talbot/THE ARBITER
February 19, 2013
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Junior guard Rosalie Cutli drives to the rim to score one of her 16 points during the Broncos’ 66-58 loss to New Mexico Saturday afternoon at New Mexico.
Broncos drop fifth straight to UNM Corey Morgan Staff Writer
In a close fought game, the women’s basketball team (10-13, 3-7 in MW) lost to Mountain West foe New Mexico 66-58 at Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon. Despite the crushing loss, all was not dark for the Broncos as junior guard Rosalie Cutri had a career game. A Waterloo, Australia native and Casper College junior college trans-
fer, Cutri lit it up for 16 points, going 6-7 from the field coupled with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. This was Cutri’s second game starting for the Broncos. “I thought we were a little more aggressive and I thought Rosie (Rosalie Cutri) really opened up and did a lot. She was terrific,” Head Coach Gordy Presnell said. Senior forward Lauren Lenhardt aided Cutri’s scoring effort, as the
standout forward netted 17 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Netti and Lenhardt combined for 33 of the 58 total Bronco points. The Achilles’ heel for the women were their turnovers, as they totaled an abysmal 21 turnovers. With giving up the ball and only shooting 38.5 percent from the floor, it was a tough day in terms of Bronco productivity. New Mexico guard Caroline Durbin gave the
Broncos plenty of trouble on the day, scoring 25 points and going perfect from the free throw line at a solid nine for nine. “We turned the ball over way too much in the first half,” Presnell said. “If we could have taken care of the ball more and had more scoring opportunities maybe it would have been different. We got down to three at one point, but didn’t make some good decisions. We gotta learn from it and
keep moving. We got three weeks left.” This loss is number five for the women’s current losing streak, a streak that comes at an untimely time with Mountain West tournament play coming up just around the corner. The Broncos currently sit at No. 6 in the women’s Mountain West standings, but are in danger of losing their position to Colorado State and Air Force. The tournament, which only includes eight out of
the nine conference teams, commences on March 12 and the women know what a crushing loss from the Lobos means all too well. Last year, in the tournament’s semifinal play, the then No. 6 Broncos fell to the No. 7 Lobos 51-50 in a last second loss. The Broncos plan to rebound on the road against Air Force this Wednesday and then at home against Fresno State this Saturday to keep tournament dreams alive.
Low blow from the Lobos
Brandon Walton Staff Writer
The Boise State men’s basketball team (16-8, 4-6 in MW) couldn’t avenge the thrilling overtime loss at Taco Bell Arena earlier in the season as they suffered a 60-50 defeat at the hands of the No. 19 ranked New Mexico Lobos Saturday night in Albuquerque. The Broncos were in contention the entire game as they kept up with the Lobos within reach. The Broncos, in fact, put up one of their best defensive performances of the season by holding the Lobos to only 34.7 percent shooting from the field. New Mexico struggled offensively all night because of Broncos stellar defensive play. It was a very competitive first half and the Broncos were only down by six at halftime 29-23. It was indeed not a good night for the Lobos offensively and the Broncos were able to take advantage of this and make this game interesting in the second
half. The Broncos seemed like they might be able to spring yet another upset when they pulled within one point at 47-46 with just over five minutes to go in the game. However, the Broncos had offensive woes of their own and went ice cold as they didn’t score a single point for almost five minutes. Going a dismal 11 possessions without registering a single basket, the Lobos took advantage of the Broncos cold shooting down the stretch and went on a 14-4 run to close the game out and dash any upset thoughts the Broncos had. In the end the No. 19 ranked Lobos were able to prevail and pull out the victory. Even with all their struggles offensively the Lobos were able to play great defense of their own and lead most of the night. New Mexico was led by junior Cameron Bairstow, who registered 16 points and seven rebounds. The Lobos also got big
help from senior reserve Jamal Fenton who hit three huge 3 pointers that were big in preserving the win. Junior Tony Snell added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists of his own in the winning effort over the Broncos. For Boise State, only sophomore Derrick Marks seemed to have any impact offensively for the Broncos as he was the only player on the team to score in double figure, a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Senior reserve Kenny Bucker also had a noteworthy game with his 11 rebounds. The Lobos are now 22-4 on the season with a 9-2 record in the Mountain West, a half game ahead of Colorado State to lead the conference. After getting out to such a hot start to start the season, the Broncos now are just 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Broncos return home Wednesday when they will be looking to get revenge on an earlier season loss when they host Air Force at Taco Bell Arena.
Women’s softball break even in season debut Angie Christiaens Staff Writer
Boise State’s softball team traveled to San Antonio this past weekend to show their skills off in the University of Texas The Arbiter
at San Antonio (UTSA) Classic. In the first round of games on Feb. 15, the Broncos batted powerfully against Rutgers winning 3-1. Later on Friday, Boise State played Missouri State and was de-
feated 6-0. In the first game, Rutgers scored early in the first inning to make the game 1-0. Through excellent defensive play, the Broncoskept them to one run until the third inning when junior Devon
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New Mexico guard Tony Snell at Taco Bell Arena in the first game on Jan. 16.
Bridges hit a three-run homerun to left center. Under the pressure of two outs, Bridges put her team up at 3-1 by bringing in fellow teammates, Holly Bourke and Makenna Weir to home plate. Both players were walked to first base to set up the three runs given by Bridges’ homerun. Bridges’ powerful batting gave Boise State their first scores in the tournament.
The Broncos’ brilliant defensive work by the infield and solid pitching from Kenzie Cole kept the Scarlet Knights to no hits from the third inning up to the end. Boise State remained undefeated in the tournament with the final score of 3-1. Later that day, the Broncos faced off against the Missouri State Bears. In the second game of the tournament, the Broncos were not
batting as well when they were outhit 10-3. The Broncos received their first tournament loss at the final score of 6-0. Boise State could not go “bat to bat” when Missouri State hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning while the Broncos had no hits. The women could not catch up with the Bears and fell 6-0. arbiteronline.com