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Why do bones keep chewing on themselves?

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Bones shouldn’t change once you’re done growing, right? Wrong. Bones are constantly undergoing a process called bone remodeling, which is the process where osteoclasts (a type of bone cell) chew away at old bone and osteoblasts (another type of bone cell). Biological sciences Professor Julia Oxford, Ph.D, is heading a research team to investigate the details of this process at the molecular level, hopefully leading to drug therapies that can help reverse or prevent bone density loss, like when astronauts come back to Earth. After all, this bone remodeling is effected by outside forces -- namely, gravity. “This process in healthy bones (bone remodeling) gradually improves overall bio-mechanical function by maximizing flexibility and strength according to use,” said Benjamin Davis, graduate student and lab technician under Oxford. “The problem is that these same beneficial processes can become pathological.” The main funding for this project is from a $750,000 NASA EPSCoR grant. NASA is concerned with bone density in microgravity since astronauts who have been in space for any extended amount of time have severely weakened bones after they return. As a result, they have to undergo extensive physical therapy procedures in order to be able to function in normal gravity without risking injury. “It’s not that they’re in poorer physical condition, it’s just the sudden shift (in gravity) results in more extensive reab-

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It’s not that they’re in poorer physical condition, it’s just the sudden shift (in gravity) results in more extensive reabsorption.

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sorption,” Davis said. Reabsorption is the technical term for osteoclats “chewing away” at old bone. The project focuses on the process known as cell signaling, which is how cells communicate and gather information as to when they should start or stop doing their job. Each researcher is focused on a different component of this process, with Oxford focusing on the protein collagen XI and Jorcyk focusing on oncostatin-M. Two other researchers, Associate Professor Troy Rohn and Assistant Professor Kristen Mitchell, are looking into caspase-3 and the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. The hope is that if the process by which osteoclasts are activated is understood, some form of drug therapy or proactive treatment can be created, rather than dealing with the problem after the astronauts return to Earth. Another consideration is the diseases that have similar symptoms, such as os-

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Inanc Senocak, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, has received the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is the foundations’ most prestigious award for early faculty. His research is focused on the dispersion of airborne threats in the atmosphere by using supercomputers to simulate the physical process that takes place. Senocak completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and earned his masters and Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.

When did you leave Turkey?

I left summer of 1998. (Why?) There are several reasons. I was offered a full graduate assistantship from University of Florida and my brother was living in the United States, so that was another reason to pick the U.S.

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Three and a half years in Boise and 12 and a half in the U.S. I also lived in Florida and California. What are your hobbies?

Traveling… I just enjoy exploring a different setting. I really enjoy backpacking and skiing, landscape gardening, reading e-books on my iPad, watching Netflix movies and renovating my

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teoporosis. Any sort of treatment that worked for preventing astronauts’ losing bone density could probably be altered to suit more mundane sources of bone density loss. There are four graduates working on this and other projects in the lab, one of which is a graduate student. The others are working as lab technicians, with seven undergraduate students. The EPSCoR grant has allowed the project to create four fellowship positions for undergraduate students over the summer and hire at least one graduate student in the fall.

house. What foods do you like?

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Pretty much most foods. I do enjoy Asian and Indian cuisines and a medium-well steak once in a while. Also, Turkish coffee.

The Boise Police Department has released the name of the victim found in the home of 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue. According to police, the officers found the woman in a bed with the mattress partially burned and still smoldering when the firefighters entered the home. The woman’s body was partially burned. Natalie Claire Davis, 30, was found Saturday afternoon after firefighters responded to a neighbor’s call of smoke showing from the woman’s home. Tim Ganley is a student at Boise State and lives next door. He said a couple lived there that fought frequently, with police arriving about five times in the last month in an interview with The Arbiter. Police are continuing to investigate

the death of Davis. Lynn Hightower, Boise Police representative has said the death is suspicious and they are looking for a person of interest. Based off The Arbiter’s reporting, we believe the person of interest to be Davis’ boyfriend, who according to the neighbor, Ganley, hadn’t been seen for two days before the fire and who had not had his car parked at the home. Officers believe Davis is not originally from Boise and had been living in the city less than a year. According to Ganley they had moved in about a month and a half ago. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, log onto http://343cops.com, or text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236. Citizens can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest of criminal suspects.

Faculty senate approves new constitution, expanding liberties, prohibiting guns

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Kimberley O’Bryan

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The faculty senate sent out a new version of its constitution to Boise State faculty two weeks ago. The votes have been tallied and 83 percent -- 202 votes out of 242 possible votes -- supported the new constitution. So difference will a new constitution make for the faculty? They will enjoy more academic freedom including the liberty to discuss more controversial topics with students. Also, the faculty senate introduced a new measure that will make the transition between faculty senate presidents easier. A vice president will be elected with the supposition

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My dad was a civil engineer. I always admired his dedication to his profession and wanted to be an engineer like him. I was also good at math and science at school, so that helped too.

that they will run for president the following year. Then the same person will become past president after that. Faculty senate President Owen MacDougal said this will help facilitate the handing off of the presidential duties and make things easier for everyone. In addition to the constitution, the faculty senate decided to vote on something else, whether or not to add their two cents to the legislative debate to make concealed weapons legal at Idaho universities. (See Jana Hoffman’s March 7 article). They drafted a letter voicing their opinion about Republican senator Erik Simpson’s bill. Here’s what the faculty senate had to say. “We the faculty senate of Boise State University do affirm our support of University

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Spring is upon us and so is Boise’s hardcore music Trevor Villagrana Journalist

Locals throw up baseball caps and windmills as the warmer months begin bringing an influx of raw, passionate and aggressive tours to Boise. Seattle-based Ill Intent, along with Kentucky natives Dead Icons and Portland’s own Across the Sun head to Boise this weekend for an $8, all ages show at The Mardi Gras. Local bands Animal Skins, Dynasty and Hungry for More will be supporting acts at this testosterone-fueled punch fest that is open to anyone and everyone looking for a good time in the pit. Guitarist Chase Chivers of Animal Skins is looking forward to the show and the opportunity to play for his friends and others in attendance. Despite being originally unaware of the show, Chivers remains eager to hit the stage with his fellow band mates. “I can’t say I even knew it was happening, so I didn’t have the foresight enough to want to be a part of it,” Chivers said. “Regardless, I’m always really happy, grateful and appreciative to be asked to play.” All three touring bands have been moving up in the ranks of hardcore and are gaining exposure and credibility across the country. Having recently signed to Metalblade Records, Across the Sun is one of the better known acts on the bill but certainly doesn’t overshadow the more up-and-coming bands on the tour. Local musician Taylor Raymond is enthused to see Ill Intent and Dead Icons once more in the City of Trees, citing band members as some of the best people he has met in the music scene. “I’ve seen both bands before live and they are totally awesome. Great live energy, really heavy and in your face. I have developed good, lasting friendships with them over the past few years,” Raymond said. The show, booked by local hardcore savant Eric Muniz, is one that has been in the making for some time. Ill Intent was set to play prior to this weekend at the late Brawl Studios during its heyday last summer, but had to decline after receiving offers from bigger shows in California. “They have all been around for a decent amount of time but they are just now getting recognized as legit touring bands,” Muniz said about the lineup which has collectively received a great deal of support from fans. Marking the next step in Boise hardcore, the show seems to be coming at a time when the scene is lacking in diversity and expansion. Showgoers

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A lineup of concerts is scheduled to rock Boise this spring. Boise Fest and Ill Intent are coming soon, among others. and attendees recall the best and the worst of times as past shows have brought prosperity but also trite musings reminiscent of sounds that have been swiped and wrongfully reproduced. “The scene before the last year or so for heavier music was really a dying one,” Raymond said. “The majority of shows booked here were basically just a bunch of bands that were taking more successful bands’ sounds but lacking any sense of sincerity.” “I think a lot of people in the scene have a very narrow view of what hardcore can be, which doesn’t create a great atmosphere for creativity in the genre,” Chivers added. “These restrictions sometimes broaden to image, extending further to sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Inconsistency and a general lack of local bands are some of the things Muniz attributed to the state of Boise’s music scene, but he remains hopeful and confident in what this town has to offer. Booking shows and demonstrating the power that a subculture can have within a community are things Muniz claims he will never give up on. From now until September, shows featuring hardcore legends Terror, Trapped Under Ice and a gaggle of other artists will grow increasingly more rampant. Events such as the first annual Boise Fest, organized by Muniz and set to take place on March 30 at the Mardi Gras, will house 30 or more bands that include touring acts, locals and even Japanese pop

punk outfit Peelander Z. “This show wouldn’t be possible if people hadn’t come together in the last year or so. That’s a huge accomplishment for our hardcore, metal and punk community here,” Raymond said about Muniz’s efforts made to make alternative music a more prominent and contending figure in Boise. “Even since Brawl Studios got shut down the shows have gotten larger, and the smaller shows tend to do even better than the bigger shows. Kids are searching out these smaller bands and are gravitating toward them,” Muniz said. The scene can only grow when people participate and stand apart from closed-mindedness and negativity.

Where’s an English major to go? The English Majors’ Association, of course an overhead organization which caters to their student’s specifically, and Boise State’s English Department is no different. The English Majors’ Association (EMA) has been an integral part of the English Department at Boise State for at least three decades. Its origins are shrouded in mystery,

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There multiple organizations available to the general student body and specialized organizations open to only a specific demographic. Most departments on campus have

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Readings conducted by the EMA usually take place at Rediscovered Bookshop on the corner of 8th St. and Idaho St.

mostly because of the lack of long-standing faculty present at its inception. Philip Bode, EMA president and recent graduate with a literature and creative writing emphasis, isn’t even clear on its factual beginning. He said we only really care that it’s here now. But regardless of its beginning, what is the purpose of the EMA now? Their website, available through the English Department website, said: “The EMA is a student organization the promotes learning and sharing ideas through writing, lectures and workshops. Our goal is to build a solid community of English majors and minors across the disparate emphases.” To become a member the process is simple, if you’re registered as an English major, you should receive e-mails from faculty and staff regarding events. The EMA is headed not only by Bode, but co-headed with April Watts, vice president and winter graduate of a degree in environmental sciences and an English minor. Sara Williams, double duty secretary and treasurer is a senior with a linguistics emphasis. “People should get involved with the EMA because then they’re more aware of the events within the department and the organization itself. They can’t use the age-old complaint that nothing ever happens, especially for undergraduates,” Bode said. With roughly over 660 student members, this isn’t a small organization nor are their events sparsely attended.

Events, you say? The EMA is known for its annual list of events punctuating fall and spring semesters yearly. The academic year starts off with their annual welcoming ceremony for new English majors every September. In the fall and spring, genre readings (poetry, fiction and nonfiction) are held to promote writers and give them a footing in the world of publicly spoken and advertised work as a writer. At the end of the fall semester, the annual Winter Banquet is held, and last year’s was a blast. The Moveable Feast encompasses a professor-picked book and an informal but in-depth discussion of its contents. Great for literature buffs. For spring semester, beyond the readings a myriad of events are in the works. An avid book collector? Keep their annual book sale this month in mind as well. Starting March 21 through 24, it will be on the second floor of the Liberal Arts building in front of the English departmental office. An annual recognition ceremony is co-sponsored with the Boise State Linguistic’s Association, and will be held April 29. All officers are yearly elected as well. Officer meetings are held on a somewhat consistent basis and all members are encouraged to attend. E-mailing before meetings is encouraged and the discussion of new ideas for events and promotion are always welcome. There is also exploration of internship opportunities for future officers.

The English Major’s Association can be reached through their website, sites.google. com/site/bsuema/ or their sponsoring faculty member, Cheryl Hindrichs via CherylHindrichs@boisestate.edu. Because they are so super high tech and edgy, they also have a YouTube channel for fun and information, youtube.com/user/bsuema1. For the bigger events, you may even be able to spot their mascot, the Victorian Man.

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WikiLeaks: Transparency vs. Security

Fast-food standards are repugnant Chistine Ritchie Journalist

In light of recent reports, it’s now very difficult to imagine people passing by Taco Bell without gagging. These reports say the fast-food chain’s beef recipe contained only 35 percent actual beef emerged from an Alabama lawsuit. The rest of the “beef ” contained fillers such as water, soy lecithin and anti-dusting agents (added to prevent the creation of dust when certain materials are ground). The public’s biggest concern is the company’s false advertising. Taco Bell states its taco filling is, in fact, ground beef in commercials; however, according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards, ground beef must contain 70 percent beef. The lawsuit against the company alleges that this is not the case with the taco filling. In defense, Taco Bell released statements insisting its beef is actually 88 percent beef, with added ingredients and seasonings. Taco Bell should be advertising the truth: it serves what can barely be called “taco beef filling,” which is required to contain 40 percent meat. If people want to put such a disgusting mixture into their bodies, then they sure can -- but they should at least be

aware that their beef taco is actually mostly filler, not seasoned beef. This is simply revolting. The fact that anyone would want to ingest food processed to the point of it being more soy than meat is mindboggling. The recent commotion also raises the issue of processed food standards. That the USDA would allow a mixture of such low-meat proportions through to the market is concerning. Taco Bell states on its website that it wishes to “secure lower prices,” and pass those on to consumers. But to what extremes will the company go to get a cheap price? Using less actual meat in recipes surely costs less, but at the expense of food quality and the trust and health of customers. Rose Berntsen, a sophomore communication major with a certificate in public relations, is turned off by Taco Bell’s quality of food. “Taco Bell was good, then the last time I had their chicken I literally took one bite and gagged,” Berntsen said. That’s not the reaction the restaurant is looking for, surely, but that’s certainly what Taco Bell is receiving. It will continue to lose customers and support unless its

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standards of food are addressed. Honors College Activities Coordinator Chris Hyer finds the Bell’s “beef ” disgusting. “Taco Bell’s beef is as gross as a selecting a random piece of gum from under the seat on the bus and putting it into your mouth,” he said. “Taco beef filling” shouldn’t be on the market. Sure, it’s inexpensive and easy, but our food should be more important to us than that. Berntsen agrees that processed food standards should be higher. “If they (USDA) can feed it to us, they should be able to eat it and not worry about weight issues, health issues or deep frying,” she said.

What Taco Bell is saying “The lawsuit is bogus and 1curate filled with completely inacfacts. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products. There is no basis in fact or reality

for this suit.” According to Creed, Taco 2 Bell’s seasoned beef contains 88% USDA inspected quality beef. The rest of the recipe includes: 3%-5% water for moisture, 3%-5% spices and 3%-5% oats,

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Fast-food companies should offer higher quality food than they do now. Higher quality will only come from efforts by the institutions that govern the food products consumers receive. The USDA should hold processed foods to better standards than they have in the past. Taco Bell deserves a lawsuit if it claims to be selling food it’s really not. Misleading commercials serve only to confuse customers into buying something they don’t really want. How typical of an American corporation. But let’s not put the blame entirely on others -- people should refuse to accept such low quality standards and demand better quality food.

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Higher education funding vital The State of Idaho is at a critical point in deciding the future of higher education funding. Over the last two years, the state has cut more than 67 million dollars to higher education, leaving colleges and universities to make up the difference. Yet, some have called for a radical elimination of all state funds to higher education, and would place 100 percent of the ever-increasing financial burden on students. These individuals see public funding of higher education as a “great injustice to the lower class and many in the middle class” and claim that “nobody on campus cares” about looming tuition increases. They also state that “higher education needs

to be released from the shackles that public funding places on it ... ” to give students an incentive to complete their degree in four years. As concerned students, active in the discussion of education funding, we must object to these assumptions. To call burdening a student with the entirety of their education costs an “incentive” is a downright insult to thousands of students who struggle to attend classes full-time while working. In many cases, raising costs by even a few hundred dollars can cause students to drop out. To state that public funding of education does a “great injustice” to some students is to ignore the fact that these

same students would be shut out of higher education if state funding were eliminated. To claim that students don’t care about tuition increases disregards and ignores many hours of work by students to ensure budget committees on campus and at the statehouse hear their voices. The Idaho Student Association has facilitated meetings regarding tuition and fees with students and faculty from several campuses across the state. All Idahoans benefit from an educated populace. Money spent on education is an investment in human capital, which benefits the entire state. Once, as a country, we decided that education was impor-

tant. We invested in citizens who had never before had a chance to be educated. We created opportunities that had never existed before. Our country thrived, and we experienced an unprecedented economic and technological boom. Now, in the midst of one of the greatest economic slumps of all time, we are cutting funding to one of the very sources of our great wealth: our colleges and universities. Is education reform necessary? Yes, absolutely. But so is public funding for education. Kale Howard is a senior studying psychology. Emily Walton is a senior studying English with an emphasis in linguistics.

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WikiLeaks has been on many people’s minds recently. Some may be wondering, “What is it? Who’s behind it? Is it good or bad?” I would like to shed some light on this interesting website. WikiLeaks is a whistle-blowing website that acquires and releases sensitive or classified government documents. Hundreds of thousands of sensitive diplomatic and military cables have been revealed ranging from menial diplomatic activities, to opinions of foreign leaders, to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The ringleader is Julian Assange. He is a controversial figure who has been accused of rape in Sweden. He turned himself in to British authorities in London, but is fighting extradition to Sweden. He claims the allegations are ridiculous and a ploy by the U.S. to shut down WikiLeaks. This doesn’t require a big stretch of the imagination. Private First Class Bradley Manning is another key figure in the WikiLeaks controversy. He is an intelligence analyst who is suspected of leaking 720,000 diplomatic and military documents. He is being held in a military jail and is charged with 34 separate crimes including aiding the enemy, a capital offense. The military clearly wishes to make an example of him. What exists between the U.S. Government and WikiLeaks has been likened to a “cat and mouse” game. One way the U.S. has responded to WikiLeaks is to encourage major American banks and companies to withdraw services from the website. This resulted in aggressive attacks from “hacktivists” worldwide, disrupting assenting companies’ websites. Though WikiLeaks revelations have been rather embarrassing for the United States and other countries, the consensus is that they have not been particularly damaging. In fact, experts say that nothing new has been revealed that a vigilant newsreader would not have known already. There are two sides to the debate of whether WikiLeaks is good or bad. One side views transparency as the ultimate prize, while others think security should be preserved at all costs. Those who are more in favor of transparency are typically WikiLeaks supporters; those of security are typically detractors. WikiLeaks is doing Americans a service by increasing public awareness and accountability. Governments will sometimes try to hide embarrassing or inconvenient information if they are able. This is not always in the American public’s best interest. However, it is doing Americans a disservice by undermining U.S. foreign policy. Diplomatic services and the military require a level of information security if they are going to do their jobs effectively and appropriately. Trust must be built between partner nations if they are to cooperate. Countries, like people, don’t want to volunteer information they think might bite them in the future. Altogether, WikiLeaks does more harm than good. Though it grabs more headlines, it does little more than conventional media in terms of transmitting information. What it does do is entice soldiers and diplomats to compromise their pledges to protect information and inspire distrust in our allies. Allowing soldiers like Manning to freely hand out information to websites could be a very dangerous precedent indeed.

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Boise State football preview Trent Lootens Sports Editor

Losing future NFL draft picks Titus Young and Austin Pettis leaves the Broncos with the biggest shoes to fill at the wide receiver position. Senior Tyler Shoemaker had a breakout junior season in 2010 and looks destined to be the leader of the receiving unit this year. Junior Chris Potter and sophomores Aaron Burks and Geraldo Hiwat made massive strides last season, playing in nearly every game and garnering significant playing time with the first-team offense. Sophomore Kirby Moore and freshman Matt Miller look to make their presence felt after redshirting the 2010 season.

It goes without saying that if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. For the Boise State football team, that line couldn’t be anymore relevant as spring practice began this week with several positions up for grabs.

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eplacing the likes of Titus Young, Austin Pettis, Jeron Johnson and Ryan Winterswyk won’t be an over-night task. Spring practice gives coaches a chance to see who wanted it more during offseason workouts and who’s willing to sacrifice and put it all on the line to start for one the nation’s top college football programs. For those players, that path begins now. “Certainly, with the guys that we lost last year, there’s going to have to be some guys who haven’t played a lot who have to step up and be key factors for us,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “This is the time where that process really starts.” For most of the players that process will begin

Players to watch Geraldo Hiwat, So. No. 18 Aaron Burks, So. No. 3 Chris Potter, Jr. No. 34 Kirby Moore, So. No. 2 Matt Miller, redshirt Fr.

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Players to watch No. 64 Brenel Myers, So. No. 78 Charles Leno, So. No. 76 Jake Broyles, Jr. No. 54 Michael Ames, So. No. 57 Garett Pendergast, Sr.

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The Broncos return two All-WAC seniors in left tackle Nate Potter and center Thomas Byrd and junior left guard Joe Kellog, but the entire right side of the offensive line needs replaced. Sophomore Charles Leno has been taking reps with the first-team at right tackle. Sophomore Jake Broyles also takes reps with the first-team and will look to take over the right guard vacancy left over from Will Lawrence. If we’ve learned anything about the Broncos in past seasons, it’s that they will try several different combinations on the offensive line to find the most reliable mixture.

this week, but with injuries holding experienced veterans back at nearly every position, the young guys will get their shot to impress. With senior running back D.J. Harper still out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear and junior Matt Keiserman having to quit football due to multiple concussions, young running backs will get their chance to shine. The same goes for the linebackers who will be without Byron Hout and Aaron Tevis this spring. Wide receiver was a strong point for the Broncos last season, but this season will be BSU’s biggest question mark. Luckily for the Broncos, there’s a barrage of players waiting for their opportunity to be the next Pettis or Young at the position. “We’d love to have two NFL guys

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RBs After the season senior running back Doug Martin had in 2010 it’s no secret who the Broncos’ work horse will be this year. Martin’s ability to break big plays during crucial points of games puts him in a league all alone, but after Martin there’s several questions surrounding the Broncos’ backfield in 2011. D.J. Harper is still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear suffered during the 2010 season and Matt Keiserman is no longer on the team due to multiple sustained concussions.

Players to watch No. 39 Drew Wright, Jr. No. 38 Raphiel Lambert, Jr. No. 21 Carlo Audagnotti, Jr.

Secondary Junior Jamar Taylor started opposite of Brandyn Thompson in 2010 and brings back the most experience of any cornerback on BSU’s roster. Competition for Thompson’s old job will be between experienced senior Jerrell Gavins, who has played in several big games during his career, up-and-coming sophomore Ebenezer Makinde and senior Antwon Murray. Replacing safety Jeron Johnson, BSU’s leading tackler for the last three seasons, won’t be easy. Redshirt freshman and highly-touted talent Jeremy Ioane has the big hitting ability, but is young. Senior Cedric Febis played in multiple games last season, but won’t be playing in spring ball due to injury.

Players to watch Jamar Taylor, Jr. No. 37 Ebenezer Makinde, So. No. 10 Jeremy Ioane, Redshirt Fr. No. 4 Jerrell Gavins, Sr. No. 31 Antwon Murray, Sr.

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No player is more valuable to the Broncos than senior and 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kellen Moore, but the team still must prepare for the future and begin developing a quarterback who can take the reigns when Moore departs after the 2011 season. Sophomore Joe Southwick shared back-up duties with Michael Coughlin last season and may again in 2011 with redshirt freshman Grant Hedrick. Hedrick can make plays with his legs and has impressed during his short time with the team. Whoever wins the back-up job this season could likely be the frontrunner choice as starter in 2012.

Players to watch No. 14 Grant Hedrick, RFr. No. 15 Joe Southwick, So.

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6 Sports Viva Las Vegas March 10, 2011

Men’s basketball heads into WAC tourney confident Wyatt Martin Journalist

The Boise State men’s basketball team will fly to Las Vegas Thursday in preparation for a Friday night semifinal game in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. Debuting as the No. 2 seed, the Broncos received first round and quarterfinal bye’s. “It feels good to know you win one game and you’re in the championship,” senior point guard La’Shard Anderson said. Anderson has been BSU’s go-to man this season and has played a major role in the Broncos’ success. Finishing within the top-five in five different statistical categories in the WAC, it’s no wonder Anderson was selected to the league’s first-team allconference squad. The Broncos are currently riding their best hot streak of the season, winning their last seven games. The run took BSU from middle of the pack in the WAC, to the No. 2 seed. “You want to be playing your best basketball towards the end of the season,” senior forward Paul Noonan said. “We’re doing that right now, so it’s definitely a good thing.” Boise will face either New Mexico State, Nevada or Fresno State Friday night. The Broncos were 4-2 against those teams in the regular season. New Mexico State finished No. 3 in the WAC standings and will play the winner of the Nevada/Fresno State game. Boise State beat the Aggies in a close game in their first meeting of the season at Taco Bell Arena 81-78. The men were unable

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to beat NMSU when they traveled to Las Cruces, losing 96-87 in overtime. Nevada also split its regular season series with the Broncos. BSU came up short against the Wolf Pack at home back in December, losing 69-67. The men were able to avenge the loss in Reno last month, beating Daniel Patchin/THE ARBITER Nevada 72-66. Senior forward Robert Arnold attempts a The Broncos would love to see Fresno State in the semifinals, after dunk over a Cal State Bakersfield defender having the Bulldogs number all sea- Wednesday, March 2 at Taco Bell Arena. son. During the teams’ first matchup in Boise, the Broncos handled Fresno, winning 75-61. The next meeting in Fresno was no different, with Boise State coming out on top 70-56. BSU head coach Leon Rice isn’t overly concerned with who the Broncos will play, as long as the men bring their all. “Our focus is on ourselves,” Rice said. “Obviously you can’t know who you’re going to play, since you’ve played the teams a couple times I think the turnaround can be quick.” Boise State plays at 10 p.m. MT Friday at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The game will be televised on ESPN2. If the Broncos win they will play in Saturday’s championship game at 8 p.m. MT, also aired on ESPN2. In a season filed with emotional ups and downs, the one thing senior Daequon Montreal saw as the Broncos’ constant was Rice. “He was just able to get everybody on the same page. He really did a great job of getting everybody to buy into what he wanted to do, and it’s working,” Montreal said.

2011 WAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Men’s Bracket

FIRST ROUND

Wednesday, March 9

QUARTERFINALS Thursday, March 10

SEMIFINALS

Friday, March 11

CHAMPIONSHIP Saturday, March 12

#5 Hawai‘i Game 1 Noon

Winner, Game 1

#8 San Jose State

Game 3 Noon (ESPNU) #4 Idaho

Winner, Game 3 Game 5 6 p.m. #1 Utah State #2 Boise State

#3 New Mexico State #6 Nevada

Game 4 2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Game 2 2:30 p.m.

Winner, Game 2

Game 6 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

Winner, Game 5

Game 7 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Winner, Game 7 WAC Champion Advances to NCAA Tournament

Winner, Game 6

Winner, Game 4

#7 Fresno State

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(Pettis and Young) back and just throw the ball to them all the time. That’s not how we’ve done it most of the time. We’ve been really successful by spreading the wealth. We have some talent there (wide receiver). It all has to improve and develop, but that’s what we’re (coaches) here for and I’m very convinced that will get done,” Petersen said. When former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin left to take the same position at Texas in January, former assistant quarterbacks coach, Brent Pease, took over the offensive play-calling duties for the Broncos. Since then, Pease, and most of Boise State’s coaching staff, have been traveling to major college football programs around the country to find new ideas and tactics that will make the program stronger.

Petersen said he doesn’t worry about the offense taking a step back and feels the same way about the defense and special teams. Petersen does admit that there will be a few new tweaks added to the system. However, the hottest topic hovering around Bronco Nation isn’t what’s going on at spring practice. Instead, it’s anticipation for the much needed revenge against Georgia Sept. 3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Broncos, though, say they’re not ready to prepare for the Bulldogs quite yet and will continue to focus on the spring. “We’ll get through spring ball first. That’s the one thing we love about spring ball, it’s all about us; just total focus and concentration on ourselves,” Petersen said. “After spring, we’ll start paying attention to the first game a bit.”

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The March 10th, 2011 issue of The Arbiter Boise State student newspaper.

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