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February 7, 2011

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Student fees could rise


Increases may add up to more than $200 Edina Macic Journalist

If many departments get the fee increase they’re hoping for, students could pay a lot more in tuition and fees in the fall. The current fees for a full-time student total $1,777.55. With each department proposing increases to fees, students are looking at $1,919.70 -- this is not including tuition itself. The largest proposed increase is for general education with $142.15. The largest potential increase in student fees comes for the facilities fees. The fee is $210 and now it’s proposed for an increase of $25. Out of 15 departments none plan to decrease fees, four hope to stay at the same fee rate and the rest are looking for more. “Each one of these fees will increase or stay the same because there is an enrollment growth and they (departments) have to provide more services to more students,” said Karen Wargo, associate director of the Budget Office. The Strategic Facilities Fees justification of the proposed fee of $25 increase is because of the enrollment growth at the university. They say they’ll have to either limit enrollments or spend the money necessary to increase

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capacity. With limited funding available for new facilities, the university continues to be challenged to build additional space to meet academic demands and serve the economic development activities of the region and state. Some entities, such as ASBSU, are increasing their fee for next year to offset a decrease in fees they sustained last year. “They have reserves from the prior year that they are using this year. So, they were able to reduce that and this year they’ll use it all up … that is why they’re asking for an increase now,” Wargo said. Whether the increase compares to last year’s or not, it’s still making an impact on students’ total cost. The hope is to have students realize that knowing where their money is going is important. “It would be nice if more students would participate either in listening or testifying for or against these fees, “ Wargo said.

Increasing: General Education

+ $142.15 Facilities Fee

+ $25.00 Technology Fee

+ $20.00

Intercollegiate Athletics

+ $5.00

Campus Recreation

+ $5.00

Support Our Students

+ $2.50

Associated Student Body

+ $2.20

Marching Band

From committee to your wallet:

+ $1.35

1. Committee - the fee hearing committee reviews recommendations from student orgs and constructs a fee plan for the next year. 2. Kustra - The president gets the committee recommendations and either ‘yeas’ or ‘nays’ it. If he changes anything, then the committee has to review and approve the fees again. This bouncing back and forth can take a few tries. 3. State Board of Education - they look at the final proposal from Kustra and the committee and can sign off or recommend changes. The last few years, they’ve signed off on the proposal without changes. Do something: Fee Hearing Thursday 1-5 p.m. in the Lookout Room (SUB)




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Boise State has become one of 20 NVIDIA research centers in the world. The nomination is an annual award that acknowledges the best proposals for using parallel computing with graphics processing units (GPUs). Translation time: NVIDIA is a multinational corporation that specializes in the development of graphic processing units for use in all kinds of gizmos and gadgets. CUDA is Compute Unified Device Architecture, a parallel computing platform developed by NVIDIA. For the non-computer science inclined readers, parallel computing is when multiple servers run parts of a program or the same program entirely, simultaneously, making computations faster. Graphics processing units are basically computer chips that are generally faster at manipulating graphics and data streams, initially introduced by NVIDIA in 1999. They are usually used for purely graphic purposes, though now they’re starting to be utilized to handle large amounts of data quickly, which makes them great for research.

Jan. 23: Three students were cited at Taylor Hall for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. a report was taken. Jan. 21: A man exposed himself to a victim at a Student Union Building restroom. A report was taken. According to campus police, this incident was not an actual flasher case. A man took offense at seeing too much of a man’s lower body. Jan. 20: Someone stole a laptop from the Kinesiology Building A report was taken. Jan. 19: Someone stole a wallet from the Albertsons Library and a report was taken. Jan. 17: Someone committed acts of vandalism at the Administration Building; the map on the building was broken. Additional damages around the campus included benches and signs that were knocked over and broken. Reports were taken.

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Current fees for a full-time student

+ $1.00

Women’s Center

+ $0.75

International Student Services

+ $0.25

Proposed increases would take costs to:


(Not including tuition costs)

“From world-changing scientific discoveries to commercial products that impact our everyday lives, the potential of this area of technology cannot be overstated,” said Boise State Vice President for Research Mark Rudin. “To be recognized as a leader in developing that potential demonstrates

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Boise State’s commitment to drive innovation that is shaping the future.” Now, here’s the real question. What does Boise State get out of it besides being recognized as a leader in this field worldwide?

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2 News The Arbiter’s definitive list of college deals February 7, 2011

Tasha Adams Journalist

There is a certain rush that comes from getting a good deal. A little high that starts in our wallets and permeates through our weekend plans. The area around campus is saturated with restaurants, bars and coffee shops, but until now, The Arbiter hasn’t produced a definitive list. We are trying to remedy that. If you know of any fantastic deals, e-mail us at

The following places are within a mile of campus and offer struggling students a chance to save money and still have a good time.

Deals by day

(Superhero by night)

We realize there are more drink deals than food deals but we think this might say more about college life than anything else. We tried to keep everything $3 or less.


Crickets: $1.75 wells, $1.75

Our recommendations, Dirt Cheap Coffee: $.95 coffee at Cup of Joe (Papa Joe’s) Gourmet Grease: Pie Hole two slices for $3 Monday Friday from 4-5 p.m. All You Can Stomach: All-you-can-eat pancakes and a drink for $4.99 at Elmers from 2-6 p.m.

Cheap Russian: $1 Vodkas from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Suds on Saturdays.

We still need your picks Have a favorite that didn’t make our list and is close (a half mile or less) to campus? Let us know and we’ll get it in the next edition. We’ll keep this list updated online and we’ll have it our Bronco Mobile iOS app. Send your fav’s to with the subject “Food Deal”

-Suzanne Craig, Assistant News Editor

Pie Hole: Free soda with purchase of two slices Crickets: $1 off any Tequila drink, $2 Tequila Sunrises, 6-9 p.m. - $2 allyou-can-eat tacos Suds: $1 Rolling Rocks, $3 Captain, Jack Or Absolute, free pool End Zone: 7 p.m.- 2 a.m. - $1 wells (excludes shots). $2 16 oz. drafts Bonefish: $5 Bang Bang Shrimp Crickets: $1.50 PBR pounders, $2 well vodka Suds: $3 Fruit Loops, Free Hot Wings Buster’s: $1.75 domestic pitchers 6:30 p.m.- close - $2.50 microbrew pints Cafe Ole: 4 p.m.- close - 2 for 1 margaritas


Tacos Locos: All-you-can-eat tacos at Crickets for $2 from 6-9 p.m.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said he won’t be running for re-election as protests against his regime continue to grow and throw the country into unrest. This announcement came even as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central Cairo calling for his immediate resignation. Mubarak said his primary goal is to mediate a peaceful transfer of power, though protest leaders are not satisfied with his concession, claiming that their demands were very clear cut. They said their demands have not been met, instead Mubarak is dodging the problem by deciding to not run for re-election.



all less than five bucks

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pounders, $1.50 Rolling Rock pint, $2 well rum, $3 Seven & Seven Suds: $5 beer and Cherry Bombs, $2.50 wells, $3 Vikings, free tacos Buster’s: 4-10 p.m. - $3.25 calls, $2.25 wells

Crickets: $1 well whiskey, $2.50 microbrews Pie Hole: Free soda with purchase of two slices Suds: $1 domestic beers Buster’s: 6:30 p.m.- 12 a.m. - $2 domestic bottles, $2.75 microbrew bottles, $2 wells Cafe Ole: 4 p.m. to close - Buy any combination dinner, get the second FREE


Crickets: $1 well gin, $3 Cherry

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Bombs, $3 Captain Morgans Suds: $5 beer and a Blasters, $1.75 whiskey or rum drinks, $3 Vikings or Cherry Bombs


Suds: $2.50 wells drinks. 7 p.m.10 p.m. - $1 Vodkas Buster’s: $3.25 select calls, $2.25 wells End Zone: 1-7 p.m. - $2 Bud Light drafts, $3 Bloody Marys


Crickets: $3.50 Double Bloody Marys, $1.50 Keystone cans Suds: 8 p.m. - close - $3 Vikings,

$1 beers, $2.50 wells Buster’s: $2.75 Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers 6 p.m.-close - $2 domestic bottles, $2 wells End Zone: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - $2 wells $3 Long Islands Iced Teas

Student Discounts

(Just show your Boise State ID) Tree City Smoothies: 10 percent off Quizno’s: Friday 10 percent off Cobby’s: Free drink with sandwich Subway (on Broadway): 10 percent off. Baja Fresh: 10 percent off

NVIDIA [News page 1] A lot of it is connections. There are connections to leaders in the field, to producers of technology and priority access to pre-release software and hardware and connections to the international community for research. Boise State gets recognition as a research institution and is held in the same regard as internationally acclaimed programs such as Nanyang University in Singapore, Johns Hopkins and UCLA. Also, it just sounds cool. The CUDA research center award is given annually, so to receive it again a university has to reapply every year. The winning proposal is attributed principally to Assistant Professor Inanc Senocak, Professor Jodi Mead, Assistant

Professor Grady Wright, Assistant Professor Hans-Peter Marshall and Associate Professor Tim Andersen. “GPU computing with CUDA has tremendously advanced Boise State research projects in numerical simulations of mantle convection, wind energy forecasting, remote sensing of snow depths for water resources, threat reduction in chemical and biological defense and DNA sequencing for forensics,” Senocak said. “Our vision is to develop and apply advanced numerical methods and computational algorithms to applications in science and engineering and broaden GPU computing research in modeling and simulation within the state of Idaho.”

Happy Hours

Café Ole: Monday-Friday 4-6p.m., 9 p.m.- close Liquid: Daily 2-7 p.m. End Zone: Monday-Friday 3-7 p.m. Pie Hole: Monday-Friday 4-5 p.m. Ichiban: Daily 4:30-6:30 p.m., 9 p.m.- close Crickets: Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m. When paychecks are stretched and every penny counts, there are still ways to stay fed and entertained.

We messed up Article correction for Feb. 3

In an article in the Feb. 3 edition of The Arbiter titled: “Faculty use technology, keen eyes to prevent online cheating,” we incorrectly quoted an instructor. In the story we said that history instructor Blaine Davies said plagiarism is a big problem with his online classes. According to Davies, though he has dealt with plagiarism a handful of times, he said it doesn’t happen often and certainly isn’t a wide spread issue.

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February 7, 2011

Don’t give money to panhandlers Jana Hoffman Columnnist

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The SHIP office is located in the Norco Building behind the Student Recreation Center.

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Follow health care legislation, help shape its future Tyler Kirkham Journalist

In this political climate, health care reform doesn’t get the right kind of attention. Instead of a proper debate about specifics and what should and should not be government-controlled or regulated, we have bickering and inflammatory rhetoric that says all of the wrong things about the direction of such an important issue. “It’s an important discussion,” said Dr. Dan Timberlake, director of counseling services. “If you want the opportunity to shape it, this is the time.” The most fundamental discussion is what health care should be. For example, health care can be a commodity (a good or service to traded) or a right. For now, health care is commodity. Those with good coverage, through insurance or savings, get the care they need. Those that aren’t covered aren’t so lucky. However, Boise State students have a great opportunity. Because the Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) renegotiated its contract with a new insurance provider by joining with other

Idaho schools, more students have access to health insurance. SHIP is now able to provide better rates and better coverage. Insurance is a complicated subject. According to Timberlake, the basics of insurance is to sell enough policies to cover any one person claiming their policy. So in general, the larger the pool of policies, the lower everyone’s rates become. “Premiums are driven by the claims to premiums ratios,” said Kimberly Thomas, executive director for campus services. “I wouldn’t expect to see that change as a result of health care legislation.” It is shocking that the so-called “public option” -- a government-sponsored insurance plan -- was not given more consideration. Instead of considering the numerous benefits of lower premiums and increased coverage for people who might not be able to afford health insurance, it was struck down as “socialist” or “anti-American.” “The public option takes everybody and bargains for them,” said Timberlake. “It gives them access to affordable care. Insurance companies benefit, too. They can spread the risk.” Students won’t notice many changes from the current legislation. SHIP premiums and access to

medical and counseling services won’t be affected by the reforms. “Students should not see any decrease in access to services,” said Dr. Vince Serio, director of medical services, “And potentially could see more access as the more insured patients that are seen, the less money will need to be used for charity care, and the more money can be used to expand services and staff to take care of patients.” SHIP will remain the same because most students are already required to have health insurance, whether it’s through their employment, parents, SHIP or any other insurance provider. Counseling Services won’t change because more than 90 percent of its funding comes from the State. Students should still follow the health care debate carefully, because a repeal or dramatic change could change how their health care is handled. This is especially true of students still covered by their parents’ insurance, as the law currently extends those benefits. This will not always be the case. By being proactive now and taking an interest in the debate and legislation, students can ensure their health care future.


We will pay more for the college experience It’s the never ending debate. Should students pay more for extra services, or let the price stay low and the expectations do the same? Boise State is billed as a commuter campus with a growing traditional student body. With more than 19,000 undergraduate students, a growing percentage of them “traditional” college students, the university is throwing up as many “extras” as possible to attract more students. Though still very much a commuter school, a large student population wants traditional college experience. Yes, it would cost more, but the experiences gained are worth it. Cutting funds to keep school affordable is great, but cutting out all the programs that make college fun takes away from what students are supposed to get out of attending a four year university. Not only that, it cuts down on

opportunities to beef up a resume when it comes to applying for graduate schools or jobs. Often at least one question on a graduate school application asks what student organizations the applicant was involved in while at college. With fewer organizations remaining active, either from lack of funding or lack of interest, there are less chances for students to get involved on campus in something they’ll actually enjoy. Going Greek isn’t for everyone, nor is writing for a newspaper or running for office. The more student organizations and chances to get involved that are available, the more likely it is that students will get involved. That’s what college is supposed to do -- give students a chance to explore their interests, get an education and meet people with similar and differ-

ent interests and opinions. Cutting programs that help spawn that kind of interaction to keep the school cheap detracts from the university’s quality. The University of Oregon has a comparably sized student body, with 19,500, undergraduate full-time students. It has a similar 250 active student organizations, 32 club sports and 2,200 students involved in Greek life. It’s resident tuition is about four times Boise State’s, at a little more than $8,000. What’s the difference? Where does that extra $6,000 go? It goes to campus sponsored events which average around 25 a month, all receive some form of campus funding and advertising. Concerts in their amphitheater, having local artists and the more well-known groups. Sound cool? Yes, yes it does. Boise State is a great school, and its affordability is probably a contribut-

ing factor for a majority of students coming here. But, we’re okay with spending more money, on one condition: that money should go toward student events, organizations and those new buildings that are growing like trees all over the campus -- continuing to build our university into more than a football team and an affordable education. “The way we see it” is based on the majority opinions of The Arbiter’s editorial board. Members of the board are Bob Beers, editor-in-chief; Kirk Bell, managing editor; Haley Robinson, opinion editor; Karey Hoke, assistant opinion editor; Andrew Ford, news editor; Suzanne Craig, assistant news editor; Rebecca De León, culture editor; Lauren Hooker, assistant culture editor; and Jessica Swider, assistant online editor.

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This week’s tweet: caittobrien I spy a group of homeless friends, they could probably pool their panhandling money and get a really sweet apartment. They want money. They need it. They are veterans, fathers, brothers -- they are people. They are more often that not, men. They stand on street corners holding signs that tell woeful stories meant to tug at heartstrings. They are probably homeless and most definitely panhandlers. Don’t give them any money. It’s true that the panhandlers we see on the streets in Idaho need some help. They need shelter, food and most likely rehabilitation from chronic alcohol and drug abuse. They should seek assistance from organizations that specialize in homeless issues. They should not be on the street asking for money. The people standing on the street don’t accurately represent the reality of homelessness in Idaho. Most homeless individuals and those walking that ledge are single moms with children under three years of age. Those are the people in our state who need the most help, and they aren’t the ones standing on corners begging for cash. When generous individuals hand money to a panhandler, there’s no way of knowing where the money will end up. Maybe the needy soul will buy a hot cup of joe to get through a cold day on the street. Maybe not. Perhaps the money will be use to feed the addiction that landed them in there in the first place. Money in the hands of panhandlers perpetuates the problem. Don’t give them money. If everyone who waved dollar bills out their windows would invest that money to non-profits who serve the homeless, a great thing could happen. Those organizations would have more resources to help people struggling in the community and panhandlers would have to find a different job. Perhaps some of them would get jobs. The Women and Children’s Alliance is an organization that “offers safety, healing and freedom to victims of abuse and sexual assault.” They provide a safe place for women and their children to stay when they have no where else to go. They offer counseling services to children who have seen things kids never should see. In 2008, 2,600 women called the WCA’s domestic violence crisis hotline for help. This is an organization which assists people who have no where else to go. The WCA is a worthy organization. The Corpus Christi House is a homeless day shelter supported by local churches of many denominations. They work solely to meet the needs of the homeless from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by offering services that “most of us take for granted.” People without shelter can come to warm up, use the restroom and rest. They can wash their clothing, use the phone and make friends. The organization is run by volunteers -they have no paid employees. There are, of course, many other organizations in Boise who meet the critical needs of the homeless. They take the money and use it to provide shelter, clothing and other basic needs. There’s no question as to where the money goes. Give money with a clear conscience. We could reduce panhandling across the city and invest in organizations that truly change lives. Follow Jana on Twitter and she will follow you back!

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Senior gymnast Kelsey Lang struts her stuff in the Taco Bell Arena Friday while wrestlers grapple nearby during the annual Beauty and the Beast event. Senior Kirk Smith continued his assault in the 184-pound class, defeating Utah Valley’s Casen Eldredge 22-8. Smith is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class and will face a tough test this week when the Broncos travel to Stillwater, Okla. to take on No. 5 Oklahoma State in a Top 10 match-up.

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#9 Boise State 32 Utah Valley 6


All Around Results:

1: Amy Glass, Boise State – 39.400 2: Alaina Baker, CSU Fullerton – 38.850 3: Shelly Cooper, CSU Fullerton – 38.025

Redmon, Glass propel gymnasts to dominant victory Genevieve Nutting Journalist

The Boise State gymnasts began their first home meet of the season with a victorious win against Cal State Fullerton, outscoring the Titans 196.175-189.175 during the ninth annual Beauty and the Beast competition. BSU’s score of 196.175 was the 13th-highest total in Bronco gymnastics history. No. 15 Boise State competed alongside the Bronco wrestlers who also obtained a victory against Utah Valley, 32-6, giving them an 8-1 overall record in the Beauty and the Beast competition. “I felt as a team we performed our best this season. We were really rewarded by the judges and got what we’ve been working for this whole time,” junior Amy Glass said. “I was really proud of everyone.” The Broncos won all four areas of competition with a score of 49.025 on vault, 49.150 on bars, 48.925 on beam and topped it off with a season best of 49.075 on floor. Cal State Fullerton fell behind early and couldn’t gain on the Broncos as the competition wore on, scoring 48.025 on vault, 46.725 on bars, 46.325 on beam and 48.100 on floor. Glass won her ninth career all-around with a score of 39.400 on the night, bringing her to No. 5 on the Boise State all-around career wins list. She also set a career high of 9.925 on beam leading her to a solid win in the event. “Amy (Glass) and Hannah (Redmon) are seasoned veterans. They are very talented and work very hard,” cohead coach Neil Resnick said. “As a team we still have a lot of small steps planned to get better. They’re definitely leading the way though.” Resnick said for the next two days the gymnastics team will be resting. The day before the competition is when the team trains more intensely and then they relax the day of of competition to gain energy for the meet that night. Resnick keeps his girls motivated and

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Bronco wrestlers win big on spectacular senior night Nikki Hanson Journalist


Junior Amy Glass performs on the balance beam Friday night at Taco Bell Arena. Glass has recorded three wins on the balance beam this season. in the right mind set by reiterating his philosophy: ‘Practice like you want to compete, and compete like you practice.’ Senior Hannah Redmon received her 18th win on floor with a tied career-best of 9.925. This ties her at No. 18 for best score in school history. She also won vault with a score of 9.875, bringing her to a 17th career win in the event. Redmon also won bars with a score of 9.900, tying her at No. 22 for best score in school history. “We made a lot of improvements from the last couple meets and we still have improvements to make,” Redmon said. “Our skills are pretty consistent. Now, it’s all about the form, sticking our landing. The environment will be a little tougher for us to compete in next week. We really need to stick together as a team this week.”

It was an emotional send off for eight Boise State senior wrestlers as they prepared to wrestle in their final match as Broncos against Utah Valley University. “These guys aren’t just wrestlers, I call them friends now. You watch them when they are freshman and watch them grow as an athlete, a student and a person. It’s just been a pleasure to work with them,” head coach Greg Randall said. The 2010-2011 senior class has made a great impact for Boise State wrestling. After the conclusion of Boise State’s win on Friday night against Utah Valley, the senior class recorded a careerrecord of 586-219 with a winning percentage of .728. Despite the impressive accomplishments by the senior class, it’s the influence they have on the future genera-

tions of wrestlers that makes the largest impact. “More importantly, it’s their legacy that they leave, and their affect on the young guys. It’s been fun and I hate to see them go, but at the same time it’s their time to give back to wrestling. This is the best senior class by far,” Randall said. The Broncos, 10-2-1 (5-0-1 Pac-10 Conference) on the season, defeated Utah Valley University, 32-6, during the Beauty and the Beast competition held simultaneously with the Boise State gymnastics squad. “I think we did good, but there are definitely places to improve. I don’t think we had the same amount of fire we have had in the past and that’s kind of a let down as far as I see things. With having all these fans here, I think it would have been nicer to really give a good strong showing,” senior Kirk Smith said. The seniors made sure to give

the crowd something to cheers about in the last match of the night as senior Andrew Hochstrasser put out a commanding performance against No. 13 Flint Ray at 133 pounds. He scored the second major decision victory of the night for Boise State. Hochstrasser wrestled to a 19-5 major decision win. The win gave the team a 32-6 victory over the Wolverines. “I feel like I did pretty well. I was trying to work on my feet a little bit more and get ready for this upcoming next week because we have big match coming up with Oklahoma State. I feel like I wrestled tough,” Hochstrasser said. The Broncos will now begin their week of training before the greatly anticipated regular season finale at No. 5 Oklahoma State next Friday, Feb. 11. “For Oklahoma State, we know we have to be on top of our game. It will be good to get used to that hostile environment before we go back to the NCAA tournament because it’s not going to be any different there than it will be at the NCAA tournament. I think it will be good as far as training purposes and learning how to deal with the crowd,” Smith said.



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Cold as ice

Women’s losing streak extends to five John Garretson Journalist

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Round the track with Mele Vaisima and Kurt Felix Justin Dalme Journalist

Last week, the Broncos swept the Western Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week awards on both the men’s and women’s side. Junior Mele Vaisima won her fourth consecutive weight throw with a mark of 61-10 ½. She beat out the rest of her competition by more than six feet. On the men’s side, junior Kurt Felix set a new WAC record in the heptathlon. He scored 5,669, bettering his own school record by more than 300 points. Felix won four out of the seven events, capturing the 60-meter hurdles, long jump, high jump and shot put.

Mele Vaisima How does it feel to receive such an honor?

“It feels great, almost at times overwhelming, like ‘I cannot believe this,’ but it’s awesome to receive such an honor.”

How have you become so dominant?

“I don’t really think consciously about beating the other person I am competing against. I just step into the ring, focus on what I need to do and just go from there and have confidence.”

Can you sweep the indoor season?

“Yeah, I’m hoping. I’m looking forward towards the WAC championship meet. Probably because I know I’m going to come up with some big numbers. Also, my teammates, Nadine and Alyssa, they are going to be up there, so I’m hoping we go one-two-three.”

Are you saving your best for last? “Yeah, you could put it that way.”

Each week you guys are at home, how much of an advantage is that?

“I think that I feel more comfortable. This is my house, and I am going to take what’s mine, you know that’s kind of the mentality. So it’s easier in a way, but I’m still nervous every time I go to throw because I’m like what will happen if I miss a technique or a step or something. It’s still kind of nerve wrecking.”

So this weekend, can we see another first place finish? “I’m hoping, we’ll see how it goes.”

Kurt Felix How does it feel to smash the heptathlon record? “It feels good, really good.” What is your favorite event? “The high jump.”

Did you compete in the high jump in high school? “No, I just did it on and off.”

What events did you do in high school?

“The javelin and other events like the long jump and high jump.”

What made you decide to do the heptathlon?

“It’s a fun event, and I like doing a lot of different events.”

You have to be at the track for twoconsecutive days. Does that wear you down?

“Not really, it gives you a chance, like if you have a bad first day, you can always come back the second day and take advantage of it.”

Can you break your record again?

“Yeah, I can break it again. It’s mid-season, and as the season goes on I will be getting better at all the events and just putting it all together.”

You are close to the national qualifying mark. How important is it to hit that mark? “It is very important. Last year, I was get-

ting used to indoor, and to improve this much, it means a lot.

One of the traditional sports mottoes states, ‘Rebounds win games.’ However, that did not seem to be the case for the Boise State women’s basketball team (11-12, 2-7 Western Athletic Conference) as it fell to Utah State (12-10, 6-3 WAC) 84-69 Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena. Immediately after tip-off, it appeared that the Broncos were not in sync with one another, dropping key passes and failing to execute on offensive positions. Despite the turmoils, Boise State’s real issue was its defense. “You’re not going to win a basketball game with 25 turnovers, “ head coach Gordy Presnell said. Utah State’s smooth transition of the ball up and down the court complimented with its solid field goal (50.8 percent) and three-point percentage (37 percent) allowing the Aggies to win even though they were out-rebounded 36-29. It seems to be the current trend for the Broncos during their cold streak to out-rebound their opponents, yet still come up short. Boise State out-rebounded La Tech 34-21 (lost 93-86), New Mexico State 38-30 (lost 87-71) and Idaho 38-30 (lost 68-48) in the past five games and still did not record a win. While the Broncos are averaging 69.5 points per game (third in WAC) and 39.5 rebounds (sixth in WAC), it’s the defense that allows 68.8 points per game, ranked dead last in the WAC, that continues to keep Boise State away from victory. “It seems that the defense is there one night, while the offense isn’t, and then on another night the defense isn’t there while the offense is,” senior forward Janie Bos said. “It’s just frustrating when we’re not all on the same page”. Presnell continues to refer to the team as a ‘leaky wall’- where if you plug one hole in the hall, all the other holes continue to spill relating to the team’s cyclical hot and cold past performances where

one aspect of BSU’s game play is there while they become deficient in others. “Tonight, the leaky wall continued to leak,” Presnell said. Anchoring the Broncos attack, even though they were without star sophomore forward-center Lauren Lenhardt due to injury, was Bos, tallying 19 points and nine rebounds. Freshman forward Janelle Kearney scored 16 points and brought down five rebounds while freshman forward Cinnamon Lister had seven assists, four points and a steal. Paving the way for the Aggies was guard Devyn Christensen, who lit up Taco Bell Arena with 25 points while going 4-8 from behind the arc and 10-18 in field goals. Assisting Christensen were forward Amber White and guard Alice Coddington, who had 11 and 17 points each, respectively. It’s not that there is lack of effort on the Broncos’ part when it comes to game time, they just need to achieve equilibrium on both sides of the ball in order to snap out of their funk. “We wish that our fans can watch us practice just to see how hard we go and how much effort we put in,” Bos said. This is the first time in the 201011 season that Broncos are under .500. Nevertheless, Bos plans to inspire hope into her teammates as a senior leader and achieve victory against Fresno State this Thursday in Fresno, Calif.


Boise State sophomore Kenzi Poteet eyes the basket Saturday against Utah State at Taco Bell Arena. Poteet scored two points and had two rebounds.

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Daniel Kerr released his solo album “The Orb” last month under the moniker Brother Dan.

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Local artist Brother Dan, a 22-year-old mechanical engineering major from Pocatello, has true DIY (do-it-yourself) rock-and-roll know how. The artist, whose real name is Daniel Kerr, has just self-released a full-length album called “The Orb.” It’s a psychedelic 48-minute journey showcasing a true musical virtuoso. Kerr got his first electric guitar when he was in third grade and was inspired early on by bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. It is easy to tell when listening to “The Orb” that these bands have found a home among his top influences. “It was my dad, really,” Kerr said. “He had a big CD collection and nice headphones. Once I figured that whole thing out, I piled through his CDs and was gone from there, couldn’t get enough of it. It’s stuck with me for sure. No matter what, I can turn back to them and find new tracks that are interesting and understand

why I got into music in the first place.” When Kerr started high school, he began adding different instruments to his repertoire and playing in bands, most notably, a threepiece rock and blues trio called Red Shift. “I would say for being a Pocatello, Idaho band and being young, we were one of the top bands in town. The shows we created ourselves were always top notch, had a bunch of people and lots of energy,” Kerr said. “The Orb” was recorded entirely in the Boise Bomb Shelter where Kerr rents a space for his equipment. Every instrument on every song (save one harmonica part and one female vocal harmony) was played by Kerr. These instruments include drums, shaker, bass, guitar, keyboard, organ, synthesizer, harmonica, vocals and an assortment of midi instruments. Tracks were recorded into Logic Pro, an audio editing program, through inexpensive microphones. “With the equipment I had, I took advantage of their strengths and made it sound at least comparable to today’s recordings,” Kerr said.

The DIY approach is consistent for the album’s reproduction, which has 175 hard copies made, and the cosmos-inspired cover art was made by Zach Voss, Kerr’s roommate and illustration major. Voss screen printed and pressed every cover by hand and Kerr copied every disc from his iMac. “I was up a ton of different nights: next disc, next disc, next disc, trying not to scratch any or get fingerprints on them,” Kerr said. Voss also helped produce a music video for a song from “The Orb” called “Igor Pops,” a folk ballad about a tortured old man. Kerr’s pursuit of a mechanical engineering degree is important to him but takes a back seat to his potential music career and a couple other interests. “I could party and bike and play music all day long, for the rest of my life,” he said. You can preview “The Orb” and purchase a digital copy on If you’d like to purchase a hard copy of “The Orb,” it is available at Hyde Park Books, The Boise Bicycle Project and The Record Exchange.

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How many minutes do you contribute to the 700 billion minutes per month people worldwide spend on Facebook? No matter how often you log on, you should consider these tips and secrets for the tricky arena of online social networking to keep your Facebook account and reputation professional. People have different networks including different groups of friends, professional acquaintances, family ties and more. So what happens when different networks become one on the Internet? It happens like this: A student and his or her professor both have Facebook. One requests a Facebook friendship from the other. If the request is not accepted, the requester may be offended. It makes sense for someone to want to network with professionals. At the same time, Facebook is useful for showing off fun shenanigans during late nights. You wouldn’t want your professors to see you in that outfit or doing that “one thing” now would you? A recent article by eCampus News said 93 percent of college students at Lee University in Tennessee said they had friended an instructor on Facebook, and nine in 10 faculty members said they were friends with students on Facebook. Natalie Nelson-Marsh, assistant professor of communication at Boise State University, said there is an unspoken etiquette on Facebook that students and professors follow to keep the relationship professional. The unspoken etiquette is difficult to name, she said, but includes awareness, appropriateness and privacy. Be aware of what you are post-

ing and who will read it, Nelson-Marsh suggests. Ask yourself before posting something: Is this something I want all of my contacts to read? Students shouldn’t post things on a professor’s wall that is inappropriate. If it’s something that wouldn’t be shared in the classroom, don’t share it on Facebook. Expanding on the privacy issue, NelsonMarsh advised to send private e-mails for issues of concern and to create privacy profile protections so only certain information is available. “I have not had any trouble with the few students who are my friends on Facebook,” said Nelson-Marsh, who uses privacy settings. An easy way to ensure privacy is to create a friend list. The friends who populate the list are selected by the user and the information the list receives can be closely administered. Becoming familiar with friend lists is a must-do. Once created, the list can be customized with just about everything from which friends can read your news feed to which friends can see whether or not you are in a relationship. “When a student initially requests friendship, I add them

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with a privacy setting so that they can only see certain aspects of my profile. After graduation, I will change the status depending on the level of mentorship or friendship that continues,” Nelson-Marsh said. The Facebook page, Faculty Ethics on Facebook, sets out guidelines for professors and their students. According to the page, professors should accept friend requests from students,

and get to know them better when invited. The guidelines also say to take extreme care with privacy settings and limit profiles to relevant information. For most professors, students posting updates to Facebook during class is the most common breach in etiquette. “I would name the new rule ‘re frain’ when adding it to the etiquette book,” Nelson-Marsh said.

There’s a Hooker in the kitchen: Pseudo-Lasagna If you don’t want to take the time to assemble a lasagna, baked spaghetti is the perfect alternative, as it takes few ingredients and little effort. With a few alterations, it can be made to be relatively healthy, too.

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Assistant Culture Editor There comes a time when Easy Mac and cafeteria food simply doesn’t cut it anymore. After a long weekend of partying (whether it be at the bar or at the library) sometimes it’s nice to kick back and enjoy a comforting meal.

‘Equals Three’ goes viral

Ingredients: - Box of angel hair or spaghetti pasta (whole wheat or plain) - Jar of pasta sauce - 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese - 2 cups of spinach - 1 tablespoon garlic - 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning

cooking spray and pour the noodle mixture in. Top with remaining cup of Mozzarella cheese. 5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. If you want to make it a complete meal, serve with a side of garlic bread or salad.

I’m going to stray a little bit from the typical pop culture this week and focus on an important part of any college student’s experience -- viral Internet videos. Don’t pretend you’ve never found yourself staring at a blank word document (otherwise known as “what will eventually be a psychology essay”) and allowed yourself to skip to,, or a similar site. We all enjoy the occasional brainless humor or video of someone else getting hurt. While our brains are pounded with knowledge and remain entrapped within the pages of expensive textbooks, we deserve to take a break to watch an Xbox Kinect-playing father accidentally hit his daughter in the face or a cop shoot himself in the leg. A guy named Ray William Johnson hosts a video blog twice a week, called “Equals Three,” in which he gathers the most recent viral videos and reviews them. He has gained quite a large following recently. I can see why. He saved me hours of actual looking for videos to waste my time, so now I can waste my time much more productively. There may be something contradictory about that statement, but eh, I’m over it. I’m just excited that I now have someone to do even my laziest work for me. I can reach a new level of lethargy. It helps too that Johnson is actually funny. His jokes often include sarcasm, racism, simply poking fun at the content of viral videos and the occa-

sional quip at “gingers,” but they are all light and meant only in good humor. The show has become one of my favorite time wasting tools. “Equals Three” is where I first saw the double rainbow guy. For those of you who haven’t heard of double rainbow guy, you’re missing out. Basically some guy recorded a pair of rainbows together and hysterically babbled his amazement for almost five minutes in a fit of stark tears and laughter. I feel as though my life is better for having seen it. For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about it -- put down the newspaper and “youtube” it right now. Read the rest of the paper when you’re done. Because those who have seen it, agree with me. OK, I assume they agree, but “hilarious” seems to be the general consensus. His latest episode includes a goofy fox licking a glass door, a creeper in a bar and a Brazilian taxi driver who sings “Billie Jean” much like Michael Jackson himself. I know that doesn’t sound thrilling, but list me the last five videos you watched online and laughed your ass off at and we’ll compare. Anyway, he’s worth a watch. I think for the minutes of entertainment Ray William Johnson provides for me each week, he deserves a shot. Or maybe just one of whatever “double rainbow guy” is tripping on. To watch “Equals Three,” go to Johnson’s page at: To watch “Double Rainbow Guy” at funnyordie. com, visit: http://tinyurl. com/dubrainguy.

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How to make it: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Cook pasta al dente (almost completely cooked) according to package directions. Drain. 3. Combine noodles, Italian seasoning, pasta sauce, spinach, garlic and one cup of Mozzarella cheese. Mix. 4. Lightly spray a small oven pan with non-stick




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