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There are 8,000 people unaccounted for as a result of the disaster in Japan, and the official death toll is now at 3,676, according to CBS News. Experts say the number of deaths is expected to rise past 10,000 after the debris is cleared and the 8,000 missing people are found. Until then, an estimated half million Japanese people are now homeless. As if being homeless isn’t enough, Northern Japan -- the area affected the most by the earthquakes and tsunamis -- experienced heavy winter storms in the past couple days, hindering relief efforts and making the devastated homeless families even more miserable and sick. But so far, Boise State seems a bit financially apathetic. This is more than just a large earthquake, it’s a cataclysm. The magnitude-9.0 earthquake was a horrifying event which destroyed countless buildings and took lives. But then followed the aftershocks which still registered up to 7.0 magnitude, and then the disastrous tsunami which wiped the city of Sendai off the map. And to top it off, the United Nations’ nuclear agency has called an emergency meeting to discuss the deepening nuclear problem in Japan, as one of the chambers in a nuclear reactor has taken heavy damage, increasing the risk of radioactive leakage. This is a heartbreaking situation. So far, Boise State has not jumped to Japan’s aid. Alex Emanoff is a Boise State student currently studying at Tokyo’s Hosei University, but reported that he is not injured. Several Boise State alumni currently reside in Japan, and according to University News, all have been accounted for. Aiko (Iko) Kuromori Vannoy, a Boise State student and former Arbiter employee, felt the effects of the earthquake while on the 20th floor of a building in Tokyo. She has been updating us daily, and although Tokyo is not one of the areas completely destroyed, she reports that she is still having difficulties

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There are nearly half a million people in Japan who are now homeless because of the disasters. So far, the community at Boise State has been slow to respond to the crisis in the broken nation. cooking food because of the daily power outages. Teri Rapp, financial technician for Student Life, reported that no clubs or organizations have come to her to begin disaster fund relief efforts for Japan. “I’ve been waiting to see who would begin a fundraising effort, but nothing has come up,” Rapp said. Unlike efforts for relief for Hurricane Katrina’s destruction of New Orleans, the tsunami’s wake in Indonesia, and the earthquake in Haiti, philanthropy or support for Japan has not been addressed by any clubs. Volunteer Services Board Director Christina Coats admitted that the organization,

which helped set up fundraising for past disasters, does not have anything planned for relief in Japan now, but that does not mean they won’t do anything. “We can talk about it in our meeting tonight (Wednesday),” Coats said. “We already have a lot of events planned. We have the entire semester already planned, but we could do something during a Service Saturday.” However, at least one Boise State professor is taking initiative. Peter Wollheim, Ph.D., sent an e-mail to the students in his Studies in Media Theory class, encouraging them to donate. “Given the recent, horrific events in Japan -- the motherland of anime -- I think it ap-

propriate that our class, plus the BSU Anime Club, contribute to the relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross,” Wollheim said in the email. “To that end, I am issuing a challenge: I will match, dollar-for-dollar, any financial contributions that BSU otaku wish to make by March 25. I’ll begin by pledging $100 of my own. Of course, contributing is a highly personal decision and I respect the fact that each of you has their own financial priorities. Whatever you chose will have absolutely no influence on your grade in COMM 487. That said, I’d ask all of us to consider the plight of the people who have given us so much in terms of art, entertainment and possibly even enlightenment through anime.”

Tremors, tension and scheduled blackouts color Japan

The scariest thing may be that life is pretty much back to normal. Even now (10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning), the teachers at my school are more concerned about the recent graduates and their high school entrance examination results. I am grateful that my life has not been in turmoil since Friday but I just can’t help feeling that it should be. From the moment the earthquake happened, I have been bombarded by horrific images of destruction and desolation. As I sat at my local pub having my weekly happy hour meet up with other English teachers in Takasaki (Gunma), I watched the tsunami take out Sendai. Houses, cars, planes, capsized boats flowing over newly planted fields, across roads, destroying more homes, greenhouses, bridges.

Cars and trucks drove toward -- or away the only negative aftereffects of the disaster from -- swept out bridges in Aomori, and I I felt were minor tremors and the batteries sat with a pint while my friends and family being sold out at Cainz Home. I was able in the Pacific were a continent away tex- to purchase water. I filled up the bathtub. ting, Facebooking, Skyping, e-mailing me I bought groceries in a store that was fully to make sure I was safe and that I wasn’t stocked with food. Compared to what I anywhere near the epicenter. I responded was seeing on CNN, Twitter, the blogoas best I could. My thumbs were busy on sphere and Facebook, I was pretty lucky. my iPhone as the 3G network still let me On Monday, I went to school. Since connect to the Internet. The bar’s Wi-Fi there was a planned blackout for my area was available should the cell network drop. from 3:20 p.m. to 7 p.m., school was let out It was Japan’s amazing access to technology early so the students could return home that allowed me to comfort my family and safely before it began. The blackout didn’t friends. happen and then TEPCO moved it to 5 In the pub sat salarymen waiting for the p.m. to 7 p.m. Scheduled blackouts were trains to start working again so they could issued to help the country save power so it return to Tokyo. Exclamations of “sugoi” could be distributed to needy areas. (roughly translates to When I went to OMG!) carried over the grocery store after the heads of the patrons. school, there was more Everyone was in shock than enough food on the as evidenced by the fact shelves. What I found that we were sitting in a interesting was that they bar just two hours after were limiting how many the earthquake hit. I’m customers could enter not proud to admit this the store. The milk and but my friends and I the ramen aisles were stayed out all night in a completely empty, but post-apocalyptic frenzy the rice section wasn’t. of izakaya (bars that There was still bread -Melissa Llane Brownlee serve food and drinks) and I picked up two and karaoke hopping. loaves. I didn’t feel guilty Over the weekend, at the time but after hear-

I shouldn’t feel guilty that my life continues as always, but I do.

Melissa Llanes Brownlee graduated from Boise State in 2003. She currently lives in Japan and teaches English. Her story below discusses what happened following the quake in Japan and the current issues that face those living in the unsettled nation.

ing that my friend had encountered people hoarding diapers and baby food, which she had difficulty obtaining for her own son, I regret not buying only one loaf and leaving the other for another family. The blackout did not happen Monday night, but they are scheduled for every day until the end of the month. From what I can understand, a blackout may or may not happen depending on the volume of electricity used at the time of the planned blackout. I shouldn’t feel guilty that my life continues as always, but I do. Many English teachers from Gunma plan to donate blood, clothes and time as we are very fortunate to not be located in Miyagi. At this time, my school has nothing planned to help the survivors, but this may be something that’s lost in translation. My husband and I are as prepared as can be expected. We have lost nothing. We are not starving. Our electricity, gas, Internet and cable have not been disconnected. I continue to bike to school. I continue to work. I continue to live my days as I have always done, and yet, I feel stressed. The uneasiness makes it difficult for me to relax. Even with these devastating events of earthquakes, tsunamis and nuclear reactor explosions, I do not regret that I decided to leave the relative safety of my own country for an exotic land.

Earthquakes by magnitude

8.0 or greater Great earthquake. Can totally destroy communities near the epicenter.

7.0 to 7.9

Major earthquake. Serious damage.

6.1 to 6.9

May cause a lot of damage in very populated areas.

5.5 to 6.0

Slight damage to buildings and other structures.

2.5 to 5.4

Often felt, but only causes minor damage.

2.5 or less

Usually not felt, but can be recorded by seismograph.

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March 17, 2011

Saint Patrick’s Day A gathering of fools and follies Trevor Villagrana Journalist

Students rejoice as the annual excuse to eat, drink and puke green leaves the across greater Boise area in a state of pure inebriation. Saint Patrick’s Day is a formerly overlooked Irish religious holiday that has received some negative press in recent years because of surly men and women acting like buffoons. Drunk drivers to roads are like lips to glasses of Irish beer tinted green with food dye on this day when waking up in a gutter is close to, if not borderline, acceptable. Standard Irish tradition on St. Patrick’s Day is to spend the morning at church attending mass and paying respects to missionaries abroad. Except for restaurants and pubs, all businesses close down in Ireland but this doesn’t halt the after service celebrations, which include a giant feast. “Having extensively researched the origins of St. Patrick’s Day, I find it odd that the Irish go to church,” said junior mass communication major Michael Johnson. “I think it is the American way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Irish by consuming copious amounts of alcohol. It’s the American way to take innocent holidays and turn them

into a drinking holiday.” Junior criminal justice major Alex Hatter associates “corned beef and irresponsibility” with this holiday where low life boozers can put on green vests and top hats and seem less like dead beats. When asked about the current state and general opinion of Saint Patrick’s Day, Hatter cited superficial appeasements as his motivation. “People love an excuse to let loose, myself included,” said Hatter. “Panem et cirncenses (Bread and Circuses), you know?” People resonate with this appetite for destruction as the emphasis shifts from Christian moral codes to keg stands and table dancing. However, what most people don’t know is that St. Patrick’s Day has more of a presence in America than it does in Ireland. Good old Saint Patrick didn’t actually become a poster child for drunkenness until Irish immigrants arrived in America. The first actual St. Patrick’s Day parades didn’t occur until 1762 in New York City as a way for Irish soldiers to bask in the glory of their heritage and seek out fellow cultural brethren. The celebrations would spread across the United States and eventually include such traditions as the artificial dying of the Chicago River, which seems like an unnecessary avenue for pollution. Saint Patrick himself wasn’t even Irish. He was captured by marauders in his early

teens from his home in Britain and sold to a Druid slave owner in Ireland. From there Patrick was said to have heard the voice of God which beckoned him to escape on a pirate ship back to Britain. He would eventually return to Ireland to spread Christianity and cast out pagan beliefs. Freshman biology major Kayla Duke will work at the first ever “No Pants Block Party” tonight at local downtown club the Main Street Bistro at 8 p.m. In a video advertisement for this event on the club’s Facebook page are images of scantily clad women decked out in green miniskirts and carrying pitchers of beer. Duke followed suit with other students that look toward St. Patrick’s Day as another chance to get tanked. “I think that it’s just another reason to party and there is nothing wrong with that,” Duke said. The debate continues over which is the proper way to celebrate such a misconstrued holiday, but in no way will that keep students from partaking in a little after hours booze hounding. There’s something about pints of Guinness and bearded midgets that perpetuate this trend of drunken debauchery and overall monkey business. “There’s nothing like Irish beer, leprechauns and whiskey to make me forget a night,” Johnson said.

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Battles at the capitol Student frustrations pushed to the press

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Editor-in-Chief Members of local media, Boise State students and student representatives filed into room EW05 in the Capitol Wednesday for a press conference. Initiated and promoted by the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU), the event was used as platform for students to communicate frustration that has been boiling about how state funds are distributed to universities in Idaho. The public action by ASBSU was a great link added to many similar instances this year. With various uprisings in the Middle East, protests in Wisconsin and student walkouts in Idaho, civic activism seems to be the top trend for 2011. Stephen Heleker, ASBSU president, helped initiate the event at the Capitol. He said the press conference was not an attack on the State Board of Education or state legislatures. The objective was to generate conversations and action in the population. “We have been discussing ways to address this issue since last semester, but weren’t sure what the first move would be,” Heleker said. “When the State Board of Education released adjusted statistics regarding higher education funding per student, we talked with some other involved students on campus and decided that we had the information we needed to take concrete steps.” The press conference was a much needed first step in a campaign intended to raise awareness and to prompt action from students at Boise State. “There are still a lot of students who don’t know how much funding inequity exists between Idaho colleges and

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ASBSU President Stephen Heleker speaks to the press it the Capitol yesterday about the unequal distribution of state appropriations to Idaho universities. universities. I imagine that many students will be shocked and angry when they learn the truth, and I hope that they will step up and join in our effort,” Heleker said. The steps taken by ASBSU have been a long time coming. The funding Boise State University receives from the state is about 67 percent of what the University of Idaho receives according to ASBSU’s statement to the press. The disparity in funding is not a new phenomenon. It’s been going on for years and it’s about

time a group of students took action. The numbers are difficult to crunch and the issue as a whole is not easy to digest. To help ensure the momentum started Wednesday carries past this week, there will be more events on campus. Student action on this campus is often difficult to find. Because Boise State is a commuter school the extent to which students invest their energy into political action has historically been limited. When students put on their blinders to

big issues they allow the status quo to persist. In this case, the status quo means Boise State will receive less money per student despite tax payers investing equal amounts of money into the system as a whole. Every student who pays taxes receives a disproportionate amount of their own money in return. The voice of 20,000 active people resonates loudly to people in power. The action ASBSU is taking is great for the university. Hopefully students will reciprocate and stand up for themselves.

Luna not voted in by Idaho’s majority Tony Madonna Journalist

A lot of Idahoans continue to show their disapproval of Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna’s education plan. It’s hard, however, to decide whether or not they should complain about the new legislation. Less than 40 percent of registered Idaho voters actually voiced their opinion in the last election. Regardless of that statistic, the education system is not to be taken lightly and the changes

affect people whether or not they voted; therefore, everyone should be able to complain. Mike Korber, an education major at BSU and a prominent member of the non-partisan Committee to Recall Tom Luna, spells out the state’s obligation. “The state constitution, Article 9 Section 1, states right there that it’s the state’s responsibility to provide free public education that is thorough,” Korber said. Despite the fact that less than half of Idaho’s registered voters exercised their right to vote, they still deserve that ser-

vice from their government. Korber, a strong advocate for “thorough education, not this online stuff and unproven methods,” pointed out the misrepresentation of Luna during his campaign and the unreasonable arguments for his education plan to take effect. “Luna keeps claiming in his argument that he is in the right to push this legislation because the majority of Idaho voted for him,” Korber said. “Since less than 40 percent of Idaho showed up for the election, that right there is not the majority.”

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Let’s think about this. Of the roughly 40 percent of voters, Luna grabbed 60 percent of those votes, resulting in a mere 24 percent of people in the state of Idaho who voted for Luna. That is not the majority. According to these statistics, threefourths (76 percent) of Idaho did not vote for Luna. The majority is not directly behind him on this one. Even though the majority of the voting populous in Idaho didn’t vote, they have a reason to be complaining about Luna’s plan because he is assuming half of them are on his side when, actually, one was never chosen. The voters got thrown for a loop when Luna changed his game plan as superintendent. “He campaigned on the premise that teachers were doing a fine job ... and the education system was doing great. As soon as he got into office, 12 days after Jan. 1, he basically said let’s change the whole system,” Korber said. Saying that teachers are doing a fine job and then wanting to cut their jobs and invest $50 million in technology for “learning” is a complete 180. Scott Yenor, an associate professor and chair of political science at BSU, does not agree with that portion of the plan. “I think that (Tom Luna) is motivated by a genuine belief that computers will really foster a better education. It’s on that level that I raise question about his policy,” Yenor said. “I don’t think students need more access to technology, I think they need less access to technology.” If more of the citizens of Idaho voted in the election, the proportions would have been the same, says Yenor, thus leading to Tom Luna winning anyway. However, then he would have a sound argument for pushing his plan through. But as of now, Luna does not have the majority of the state explicitly on his side. His responsibilities aren’t just to those who voted for him; they are to the entire state.

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When United States President Barack Obama pushed for renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority last September, he was trying to make good on his campaign slogans of respect and impartiality toward the Middle East. Unfortunately, these talks failed to get off the ground when Israel refused to extend its 10 month partial freeze on settlement building, which expired in the same month. The primary actors in these peace talks are Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the U.S. The goal is to reach a negotiated agreement on a two-state solution, meaning Palestine would become its own state instead of its current status as occupied territories. One of the largest disagreements in this negotiation process is that of Israeli settlements, which are illegal according to international law, though Israel disputes this. Israel realizes its settlements are a major issue in negotiations. Though it would like to keep all of its nearly 100 settlements, it has implied it would give up some of the more minor establishments. The Palestinian Authority would ideally not accept any Israeli settlements, but has implied it would accept a minimal amount with under the condition that they receive compensatory land swaps. The U.S. does not officially acknowledge the West Bank settlements, but accepts their political reality. The U.S. says that it wants to be a force for compromise. However, the recent actions of the U.S. have left their words hollow and empty. On Feb. 18, the United States vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution which condemned the Israeli settlements as an obstacle to peace. This resolution had been signed by all other Security Council members and was sponsored by at least 130 countries. Why on earth would the United States isolate itself so dramatically? American officials have claimed such a resolution would succeed only in the hardening Israeli and Palestinian positions and would hurt the possibilities of direct negotiation between the two nations. These reasons constitute a poor façade of sheer political failure. The reality is there was a huge push from Congress to support Israel and kill this resolution. There is a very powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington, and congressmen need to garner political support within their constituencies. Many congressional constituents are die-hard supporters of Israel. By vetoing a resolution which essentially reproduced America’s official position on the topic, the U.S. has undermined its already limited credibility as a third party mediator. This was a diplomatic moment of truth that could have gone a long way toward a future moratorium on settlement building and potentially a peace agreement. It was also a chance for the Obama administration to gain some international credibility by backing up its rhetoric. I think this was a major missed opportunity for the United States. This resolution was served up to the U.S. on a silver platter, and it was flat out rejected. It is hard to foresee any future peace agreement if small measures like this are squandered. No one knows when the U.S. will get a chance to redeem itself. In the meantime, the dismal status quo of the Palestinian Israeli Conflict has been sustained.

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Senior La’Shard Anderson sends Broncos into CBI second round Wyatt Martin Journalist


Senior forward Sean Imadiyi puts up a jump shot over Austin Peay junior center John Fraley Tuesday night at Taco Bell Arena.

Tuesday night, in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI), Boise State senior point guard La’Shard Anderson set another career milestone for himself by scoring more than 1,000 points in a Broncos uniform. The basket came on a coast to coast layup that gave BSU (21-12) a one-point lead and the victory over visiting Austin Peay (20-14) with 0.1 seconds remaining. Anderson now sits on 1,001 career points at BSU thanks to his cold-blooded shooting in the final seconds against the Governors. “I was just thinking to attack the basket,” Anderson said. On the ensuing out-of-bounds play, Will Triggs of Austin Peay called a timeout with none remaining, resulting in a technical foul. Paul Noonan hit both free-throws to give the Broncos an 83-80 victory in their first-round game of the CBI Tournament. “It was a fun game to be involved with,” BSU head coach Leon Rice said. “I think the fans enjoyed it.” The Broncos opened the game with relentless pressure defense and solid outside shooting, mounting a 10-point lead on Austin Peay halfway through the first half. A great deal of BSU’s success came at the hand of freshman guard Jeff Elorriaga, who finished the first half with 12 points. The Governors fought back and were able to cut the halftime deficit to just one-point. The second half turned out to be an all-out battle with five ties and 12 lead changes, including four in the last two minutes. The Broncos were able to spread the wealth with four different players scoring in double figures and 31 points coming from their bench players. Austin Peay was led by its outstanding pair of guards, Caleb Brown and Josh Terry, who combined for 47 points Tuesday. Brown was perfect in the first half, going 7-7 from the floor, 2-2 from behind the arc and 6-6 from the freethrow line, giving him 22 for the half. Boise State was able to clamp down on Brown in the second half, only allowing him to score two points. “They didn’t win 20 games by luck, those guys are tough,” Rice said of Austin Peay. “They’re well coached, and they absolutely handed us our hats on the glass.” Tuesday night’s victory put the Broncos against the University of Evansville of the Missouri Valley Conference in the second round of the CBI tournament. The game will be held at Taco Bell Arena Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. Evansville is 16-15 this season and defeated Hofstra 77-70 in its opening-round CBI Tournament game. Not only will Monday night’s game extend Boise State’s season, but it will give Broncos fans another chance to cheer for their team at home this year. “To continue playing and get a chance to try to win this CBI Championship and get a chance at a ring, that means a lot to us seniors,” La’Shard Anderson said.

Swimmers splash onto national stage Justin Dalme Journalist

The Boise State swimming and diving team will be represented at the NCAA Championships for the first time in its history as junior swimmers Amber Boucher and Stephanie North will carry the Boise State banner into Austin, Texas this weekend. The historic invitations come on the heels of Boise State’s second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship. “It feels great; it’s good to win two years in a row. I think that is a good step for our program, so we are really excited about that,” Boucher said. In five years of existence, the swimming and diving program has improved by leaps and bounds. BSU has won two conference championships and now will take its top-tier talent to the national stage. “We are really honored to be going, especially for this team because we get so much support from them and they really build us up,” North said. “They are a big part of the reason for why we are going.” Boucher and North have been a big part in transitioning Broncos swimming and diving into a competitive team that can compete year in and year out. At the WAC Championships, Boucher and North placed No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle, while Boucher took home the 100-meter butterfly and North took gold in the 200-meter freestyle. The pair were also a part of four winning relay teams. “Both of them have been really competitive. For us as we go up against Pac-10 teams, Big-10 teams and Big-12 teams, they are able to compete at that level,” said head coach Kristen Hill. “They really could have gone to schools in bigger conferences, but chose to come to Boise State because it was the complete package for them. They have definitely been a key to this success, not the only key, but definitely a key to the success that we have had. It has allowed us to recruit other student athletes who have seen them do well and want to have that same success.” After swimming against each other for three years, a friendly rivalry now exists between the two teammates, which has brought them closer together. “I don’t want her to win, and she doesn’t want me to win,” Boucher said. “It pushes us both to be faster because I have to keep up with her and she has to keep up with me. If there was no one around, if she swam for a different school, I would never have the competition with me every single day in the pool.” That competitiveness has allowed the girls to swim on the national stage, an experience they are glad to share. “I don’t think it would be as exciting going alone,” North said. “You have yourself and two coaches, but now you have somebody else in your room and somebody that knows what you are going through. Since it is our first time, we are going to feel everything for the first time together and have someone to talk to.” Not only are the girls excited, but so is Hill, who has watched her program grow in five short years. “To have the Boise State banner at NCAA Championships for swimming and diving is exciting,” Hill said. “We are looking forward to this weekend in Austin and I know that both of them (Boucher and North) are looking forward to coming back next year with more teammates.”

Men’s golf goes indoors to prep for Denver Desert Shootout Erica Haney Journalist

The Broncos will play today through Saturday in Goodyear, Ariz., at the Denver Desert Shootout hosted by the University of Denver at Palm Valley Golf Club. The tournament will be the team’s fourth match this spring. BSU has been practicing underground. Recent rain in Boise has forced the team inside to its secret underground facility, equipped with a putting green, nets and video equipment. “We don’t get perfect weather in Boise, so whenever it’s raining or snowing outside, we just come here and work on our fundamentals,” sophomore Taeksoo Kim said. Most schools with the money have or are building indoor practice facilities. Head coach Kevin Burton said Alabama is building one now that is “unbelievable,” with sand bunkers. The indoor facility at BSU has been in place for six years. The first thing Burton did when he became the men’s coach

was build the facility. Burton is able to replay the men’s swings on a television screen, which is an integral part of helping them understand fixes. “He’s the greatest coach in college golf,” senior Chris Byrne said. Last spring Byrne and Kim played in the Desert Shootout. The team finished tied for ninth in the 17-team field. Byrne and Kim return to Goodyear this week with three teammates from Arizona. After cold weather in Idaho and at the Bandon Dunes Championship last week, the Broncos are excited for better conditions. “We are actually going to be able to swing without tons of layers on,” Byrne said. The team says the short game will be important at Palm Valley. Birdies should be attainable at the 72-par, 7,015-yard course. “You just have to be careful because the pins they set out there,” Byrne said. “Some of the pins do get a little ridicu-

lous, so as long as you play smart there is definitely good scores out there.” A solid mental game will be important. “It’s not really tough out there so I think if I keep myself patient I will do fine,” Kim said. Burton hopes the last tournament in Bandon, Ore., helped prepare the men for this week. “I think it got them a little more competitive, in that you have to hang in there no matter how bad it is,” Burton said. “Hopefully at this course down here we are going to be making some birdies, and if they have one bad hole they know to hang in there because there is plenty of more to come and not let it affect them.” With a 15th-place finish in tough conditions at Bandon Dunes, the team is ready to prove they are better at Goodyear. “It’s a mental challenge grind out there,” Byrne said. “I think just because we played a couple of days ago, the mental is going to kick over and help us that way.”

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Senior Chris Byrne practices at Boise State’s indoor golf facility Tuesday.

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1952: A view of The Round House restaurant at the corner of Chrisway St. and College Boulevard (now University Drive). It was a popular hangout for students in the 1950s.

Chrisway Annex has a deliciously greasy history Sherry Horton Journalist

Before doctors elicited “ahhs” to check sore throats at the Health and Wellness facility, fry cooks received “ahhs” for delicious food they served from their kitchen. Yes, the Health and Wellness facility across the street from the Public Affairs and Arts West (PAAW) building on University Drive and Chrisway St. was a restaurant before it became a medical facility. It was called The Round House in 1950 soon after Boise Junior College built the Administration Building at its current location. The Round House restaurant was a drive-in café with a soda fountain, dining room and curbside service. The original owners, George and LaVona Swanson, served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Though Boise Junior College dominated the area with only a handful of residences south of College Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue (now combined as University Drive), restaurant owners probably sought to cash in on the college youth who would be attending the new college. The restaurant remained in business through the ‘50s and

into the ‘60s as the campus and residential housing expanded in the neighborhood. Throughout its existence, the restaurant was known as Kwicurb Drive-In, Kirk’s Roundhouse Restaurant, Roundhouse Drive-Inn and Boise Kwicurb Drive-In. In 1958, owners G. M. and Emily Kirk may have even lived at the restaurant. They were listed in the Boise telephone directory as residing at the address. A photograph taken in 1952 indicates that there was another building located directly behind the restaurant. In 1961, Fred A. Pittenger, a medical doctor, purchased the

building. He remodeled it, but kept the round design and added the cinder block lattice-style façade. Following the remodel, Pittenger opened the building as the Medical Arts Pharmacy and later as the Medical Center Association. He remained the owner of the building until 1972 when Boise State College purchased the building and began using it for medical and health services exclusively for college students. The new name is Chrisway Annex, which is now the home of Psychological Research where psychology majors participate in experimental studies.

The university’s first research building is 98 percent finished Edina Macic Journalist

The new $25 million Environmental Research Building (ERB) is opening its doors for departments of Geosciences, Civil Engineering, Public Policy, Administration and Political Science. The building is located on University Drive next to the engineering complex. The construction began spring 2009 and is 98 percent complete. It’s expected to be finished this semester. Faculty will move in at end of the semester. RBB Architecture Inc., a company based out of Los Angeles, took on this project.

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The building consists of 97,000 square feet, five floors, offices, student cubicles, study areas and labs. “This is the only research building Boise State has. This will provide the departments the area where they can work in the labs comfortably,” said David Wilkins, associate professor and department chair of geosciences. There are 21 assigned labs for departments and much more space available that hasn’t been assigned. “Everything in this building is new. New furniture, labs ... everything,” he said. The Geosciences Department will move the entire department from their current building, which is shared with the Math Department. Every lab will be held in the new building, but lecture classes for the lower level geoscience courses will still be held on the west side of campus. There is one thing that each department will be taking with them to their new home and that is equipment. “For the geosciences, we’ll be using all of the equipment that we have,” Wilkins

said. “We have so much and it’s not necessary to purchase new equipment.” The new laboratories are going to be an improvement over what each department has and it will benefit the departments to be close to each other. “The most beneficial thing I see coming out of this building is not only laboratory space which we didn’t have before, but it’s going to be being in close proximity with other groups, like geosciences,” said Robert Hamilton, associate professor and department chair of civil engineering. According to Hamilton, the Civil Engineering Department collaborates with the Geosciences Department, but the departments could have done more if they were physically closer. Soon they will be right down the hall. The Civil Engineering Department will be moving their labs to the ERB. Not only will students and professors have a new building, but they will have more space for work. Each floor has offices and labs, the front half designated to offices and the second half labs. The second floor has a study area. Money for the ERB came from funds and grants. Total funding was about $31 million. The project was under budget, with total spending of about $25.5 million, according to Architectural and Engineering Services. “I pretty much watched the development of the ERB from ground up. I’m looking forward to new labs and the new facility. Recently, it has become pretty complicated to find places in both the Engineering Technology and Micron Engineering to study,” said Nicolette Villagomez, a 21-year-old civil engineering major from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. “I can’t wait until we move over the summer and get great a view of the stadium from my office,” Wilkins said.

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Dorky dancing may have a cause Tasha Adams Journalist

When the music is loud, the bar is crowded and the drinks flow there’s always one guy who looks outta place. He tries to bust a move, but fails. Researchers now believe beat deafness, an inability to move in sync with music, is a form of congenital amusia (most people are familiar with the other form: tone deafness). In a recent study, participants were asked to move to the beats of different kinds of music alone and with a partner.

The results will be published in an issue of Neuropsychologia. The study’s lead author, Jessica Phillips-Silver, said there is a difference between being beat deaf and just having awkward dance moves. “Being on beat requires the kind of anticipation that comes from perceiving it in the music and knowing when to expect the next one,” she said. While an excess of alcohol may to blame for bad dancing, it could also be beat deafness. ROBBY MILO/THE ARBITER

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