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Sophomore Derrick Marks blows through the Colorado State University defense at the Taco Bell Arena on Saturday night.

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Let the madness begin. Saturday’s game vs. Colorado State was a special night in Boise State basketball history. Leon Rice became the first coach in Bronco history to win 20 or more games in two of his first three seasons. Derrick Marks’ career high 38-point performance was the fifth highest in Boise State history. And Saturday’s sellout made this year the first season since 1988-89 to have three games of over 10,000 in attendance. In the first black out game in Boise State basketball his-

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tory, the Broncos rode the crowd energy to one of their best and most important wins of the season as they took down Colorado State 78-65. The Broncos entered the night fifth in the Mountain West standings. Facing a second place Colorado State squad who thrashed the Broncos by 20 in Fort Collins in January, the Broncos were in a must win situation to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. The first half was a fight as both teams battled back and forth. Colorado State, ranked second in the country in rebounds per game

with 41.5 boards per contest, snatched up just 11 rebounds in the period while the Broncos crashed the glass for 19 rebounds. While the Broncos held the upper hand for the majority of the half, the Rams battled back to take a 36-34 lead at the break. The second half was the Derrick Marks show. The sophomore guard put up the best performance of his college career, shooting an unconscious 11-11 from the field on 4-4 shooting from beyond the three point arc and 7-8 from the free throw line. “Ryan (Watkins) and (Anthony) Drmic called it,” Marks said. “They said this game was going to be my big scoring game and I guess it

The United States Congress has a nine percent favorable rating. According to Michael Genovese, Chair of Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Congress is rated lower than, “lice, traffic jams, Brussel sprouts, NFL replacement referees, colonoscopies, root canals, and used car salesmen.” Genovese was one of many guests who spoke on how we can fix Congress and many other aspects of government in the State of the Presidency event, hosted by the Andrus Center for Public Policy on Thursday. “I think this program on the presidency was tremendously successful. We had some 200 people turn out to listen to some of the premier presidential scholars in the country,” said David Adler, the coordinator of the event and director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy. The event consisted of eight lectures and two panel discussions. Genovese was the concluding speaker. Genovese began with a roast of Adler, a close f riend of his.

“I could be witty, sparkling and brilliant tonight but why change the mood from David Adler,” Genovese said. Genovese then reassured the audience he and Adler were good friends and Adler was truly a tremendous orator. The Lecture: Genovese focused his speech on three propositions, the first aspect being that Congress does not function in a viable manner. “While congress is granted greater constitutional power than the presidency, Congress is not structurally designed to lead in a modern age,” Genovese said. Genovese claimed that Congress is weak and cannot govern effectively. “Congress is a deliberative body set up for a deliberate age,” Genovese said. He then explained that in order for Congress to be successful, America may have to increase its trust in the President. “We must recognize that presidential leadership will be necessary to animate and move our system,” Genovese said. His second proposition premised around the fact

that if a president has too much power, it is easy for him or her to become dangerous. “Strong presidents can easily become tyrants. Power may corrupt even the best man,” Genovese said. “We need strong presidents but we need strong agents of accountability as well.” Genovese proclaimed that good judgment is the key characteristic that defines a good president. Lastly, Genovese proposed that in order to rectify these things and fix a broken system, America must alter all branches of government, including the people. “To do this, we must change congress, the presidency, the courts, and the public,” Genovese said. “We need all three branches to be involved in this reform.” Genovese explained that he believes the system is broken but not so much that it needs major surgery. By implementing good judgment and what is known as promesis, which is translated to, “knowledge put into appropriate action for a good cause.” This isn't a sentence; it's a clause. Genovese then explained, “The Congressional process

just happened.” Marks was lights out, shooting 13-18 from the field for the entire game as he added on three assists and five rebounds to his night. “I’m just sitting in the corner, watching,” sophomore guard Anthony Drmic said. “Shaking my head and saying that’s unbelievable.” Saturday’s game was reminiscent of Marks’ performances vs. Michigan State and Creighton earlier in the season as he outscored the Rams 33-29 on his own in the second half. “I saw it in his eyes,” head coach Leon Rice said. “He was going to score when we needed it and that’s what makes him such a good player and a good weapon.”

In possibly the most important and understated stat of the night, the Broncos outrebounded the Rams 3130, becoming just the second team to accomplish that this season. With two games remaining in the regular season, a Tuesday matchup at UNLV and home against San Diego State next Saturday, the Broncos are looking to solidify their tournament resume. “We’ve done a whole heckof-a-lot for ourselves the last two weeks,” Rice said. Sitting on ESPN’s “next four out” bracket predictions entering the Colorado State game, this signature win helps the Broncos leaps and bounds as we near March Madness.

must be streamlined in order to meet 21st century needs.” Genovese claimed presidential initiatives must go through Congress and presidents must feel that when they do go to Congress, their initiatives will get a hearing. Congress needs to establish a more direct appealing process to the Supreme Court to help alleviate conflict. And lastly, Genovese advocated for a more informed public through government programs aimed at high schools and universities. Genovese said the information could take numerous formats such as informational television programs. "I want it to be so cool, you're an idiot if you don't watch it," Genovese said.

These are all great ideas but I don’t see any solutions coming in the near future, particularly while we are so grieved by the financial issues that pressed upon the Americans." Genovese: “More people can name the Simpsons than the Supreme Court. This is why the only salvation is something like a national teach-in where we really do reshape and reinvigorate the dialogue, the debate of what American government is.” Audience Member: “What about switching to a parliamentary system? Genovese: “Nine out of 10 political scientists would say that a parliamentary system is better. I half agree with that. I wouldn’t want it here because you can’t take something whole and just plant it and expect it to function. As attractive as it is, it’s just not going to happen.”

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Try Us On For Size Tickets required for graduation ASBSU election Boise State is ex- the overflow crowd more than 1,500 are packets due Tues. pecting a record that showed up last expected for Spring It’s election season for students interested in a position with Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU). Students who would like to fill a leadership role, get involved on campus, or have an active voice can print off an Executive or Assembly election packet at asbsu.boisestate. edu/election or drop by the ASBSU office where packets are available. Anyone interested in running for the ex-

ecutive council has about two weeks to complete the election packet, which is due by March 5, at 5 p.m. It should be turned in to the ASBSU office. Students who prefer to play the role of an assembly member have until March 12, at 5 p.m. to turn the assembly election packet in. Students are encouraged to email any questions regarding the election process to asbsu@boise

Treefort teaser on campus Student Union Performance Series is bringing a taste of Treefort Music Fest to campus. SUPS presents a Treefort Music Fest preview performance from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at the SUB Brava! Stage and the festival’s kick-off performances from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 at Boise State Centennial Amphitheater.

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The events are free and open to the community. In its second year, Treefort Music Fest is a multi-venue music festival March 21 to 24 in downtown Boise. The festival features hundreds of national, regional and local emerging musicians and bands. Visit for event details, artist information, schedules and tickets.

number of graduates for the Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. May 18, in Taco Bell Arena. To accommodate as many friends and family members as possible, graduates will for the first time be limited to inviting six guests to view the ceremonies in the Arena. Boise State is moving to the ticket system for graduation guests because of

spring to support their graduates. More than 100 family members and friends of graduates were directed to an overflow location in the SUB. With even more graduates expected to participate this spring, areas normally used for seating guests will be needed for graduates. About 1,475 graduates attended Commencement in spring 2012 and

2013. Taco Bell Arena can seat about 9,700 people for Commencement. Each graduate may reserve up to six guest tickets using the link in the RSVP email that will be sent to his or her BroncoMail account on March 1. The final day to reserve guest tickets is April 1. Students can request additional tickets by using a waitlist.

Pulitzer author at Morrison Center The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series -presents Pulitzer Prizewinning author Louis Menand at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Morrison Cen-

ter. Menand is widely considered to be the foremost modern scholar of American studies. His book “The Metaphysical Club” is a detailed history of American intellectual

and philosophical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize in history in 2002, the book also received the 2002 Francis Parkman Prize. The event is free.



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Quitting smoking


One day at a time Kyle McCallum Staff Writer

The process of quitting smoking can last for a lifetime. Though one may put down his or her cigarettes and never smoke again, the habits that compose the addiction can linger for years. There are two major factors working against any smoker attempting to quit: the chemical addiction and the habit of smoking. In the past, there were not as many quitting aids available to the struggling ex-smoker. Today one can purchase over-the-counter drugs including Nicorette, the nicotine patch and nicotine lozenge pair at his or her local supermarket. Also available are prescription drugs such as Chantix and Wellbutrin, which in combination can reduce the craving for cigarettes and address the immediacy of cigarette smoking. For most smokers though, the chemical inclination to smoke is much easier to address than the everyday r outine of smoking. “It takes seven times to make something a habit and on the average cigarette there are ten drags,” said Jodi Brawley, Assistant Director of Wellness and Marketing at Boise State who works as

an health educator; specifically with breaking the habit of smoking. “Pack-a-day smokers smoke 20 cigarettes in a pack; that’s 200 drags a day. There’s a lot of habit that goes along with that,” Brawley said. Habits come in many forms. Max Head, a junior majoring in international business, said, “I live by myself so it was so easy to wake up in the morning, brew the coffee, open the paper, then light a cigarette.” As well as habit, nicotine addiction has plenty of triggers for the average user. “Anything stress-inducing gave me the desire to have a cigarette,” Head said. Though indoor smoking bans and regulations have increased over the years, smoking is still prevalent throughout the nation. For smokers, a difficult part of quitting comes with the access and acceptance of smoking. When someone is a smoker, he or she often feels a sense of community with other smokers and oftentimes has formed relationships with others because of the shared smoking habit. “Three out of four people I lived in a house with smoked. It was really convenient and easy; it was a great way to so-

cialize,” Head said. Friendships, romances and even job opportunities can all manifest by way of smoking. When quitting, however, one is often isolated. Those in the process of quitting lose access to a community that welcomed them before. As a smoker, one can be a part of something where the only initiation necessary is a smoking habit; as someone quitting smoking, it can be difficult not to consider oneself ultimately alone. Fortunately, there are options. Located inside the Norco Building there is a team of specialists who meet with students and staff once a week and work with them directly in order to break the behaviors and habit of smoking. Some people using the Tobacco Cessation Classes at the Wellness Center can spend up to three months avoiding the behaviors associated with smoking in order to arrive at their actual “quit day.” “I spend a lot of time talking to people about what behaviors go along with their smoking: anything from ‘you get out of bed, you flip the coffee machine on, you grab for your cigarettes.’ Your brain is sending you these signals, and we have to break those up if you’re going to quit,” Brawley said.

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There can be more to quitting than putting down the pack. Whatever the reason may be, quitting is a long and arduous process. Some people pick it up again after years, some people smoke alternating years

and others have been in the process of quitting for months. Either way, it is important for students to know they are not alone; there are resources

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Prof. lectures on iTunes Mallory Barker

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Some students have the opportunity to catch yesterday’s lecture on their own time. The department of academic technologies has organized Boise State podcasts on iTunes U and students can listen to previous lectures to catch up on information or learn something new. Eric Orton, coordinator of instructional design and digital fluency services in academic technologies, is the administrator and project manager for developing Boise State on iTunes U. Boise State on iTunes U houses podcasts created by faculty, staff and students at Boise State. Most podcasts are associated with particular courses taught at Boise State. Some podcasts include those from student and alumni organizations, podcasts from Boise State media outlets and podcasts from campus offices and facilities. iTunes U began in 2008 through a grant given to the University by the state called The Technology Incentive

Grant. Most of the content currently on iTunes U is recorded lecture posted by professors for students. “I think it’s a great tool for students. There are people that may not be able to attend the class at the scheduled time and it allows them to time shift,” said Jeff Anderson, professor in respiratory care who uses Boise State on iTunes U to post lectures for his students. “I secretly think it is also a cure for insomnia. Students who can’t sleep can just play my lecture and go right to sleep,” Anderson joked. Thomas Turco, a lecturer in the community and environmental health department, also posts his lectures to iTunes U. “It gives you a lot of flexibility and it is a permanent record,” said Turco. “I have one student living in Japan and another living in Tennessee that is able to take my classes because of these programs.” The site is currently managed through the department of Academic Technologies, but the department is hoping to expand that administration in order to allow for the opportu-

nity to involve numerous campus organizations. This would allow other departments on campus to manage their own internal podcasts and bring more participants to the site. Boise State on iTunes U is completely free and users do not need an iPod to listen. However, users do need to download the free iTunes software in order to access Boise State on iTunes U. Students and faculty can access the private podcasts by logging in with their BroncoWeb username. Some content is available to the public without a login. “One of the advantages of iTunes U is that you don’t have to be enrolled in the class to watch a presentation; it is available to anyone,” Turco said. While the site presents numerous advantages, it has its disadvantages as well. “On the management side, it’s kind of a pain to work with because it is difficult to maneuver files. You have think ahead and load your content in sequence,” Turco said. Students and faculty can access iTunes U by going to

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March 4, 2013

Ghost Hunters share tall tales

Cher Wada Koenig Staff Writer

The Morrison Center was packed on Friday night as people young and old invaded the building. When the Ghost Hunters team took the stage, the crowd roared with excitement. Fans from all over were yelling and applauding as the Ghost Hunter’s lead investigators, Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves, shared their stories. Hawes immediately joked about our Idaho crowd as he turned on the big screen and started showing humorous photos of Gonsalves. “What is this, half the population out there?” asked Hawes as he flipped through photos of their entire team, including a few with blurred out nether regions of Gonsalves, as if to suggest he was naked. The crowd laughed and gasped as more photos of investigations were shown and more funny photos of Gonsalves were shared. Hawes and Gonsalves explained their hunting techniques and the three types of haunts: intelligent, residual and poltergeist, but never missed the opportunity to poke fun at the other, which made for an entertaining night.

When speaking of Gonsalves’ many tattoos, Hawes joked, “He’s even got my name on his butt.” Hawes added to this mixture of facts and fun, the (somewhat humorous) breakdown they see of inhuman claims. Eighty percent of claims can be debunked. Thirty percent are seeking attention, 13 percent are very religious, 30 percent are under medicated, 25 percent are over medicated and apparently there’s only two percent which are actual activity, according to Hawes. Of course the team showed a ton of evidence, but started with a recent clip South Park aired of them, which again had the crowd roaring with laughter. Afterward, they opened the floor up to Q&A and some very interesting stories were shared. But the highlight of the evening was when a few ticket holders from the audience were invited into the back to meet and greet the team. There were many photos, autographs and stories being shared. And of course, the Ghost Hunters team couldn’t visit Boise without stirring up Boise State’s own paranormal tales. Kayla King, sophomore

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As you may or may not know, this week’s “Try it with Tabby” is a part two, a follow up on a hot-spring attempt gone bad. And let me start this story with one

elementary education major, hasn’t experienced anything on campus but said she has experienced the paranormal in other locations which have caused her to be a believer. “In the different houses I’ve lived in I’ve had things move, things randomly fall off the counter that had been in the middle of the counter, things falling off my wall that had been nailed in or pinned in, weird sounds and voices when no one was home,” King said. King’s stories are not unlike what some have shared about our resident “Dinah.” Students usually hear the undocumented stories floating around about the ghost in the communication building, but Marty Most, communication professor, described a few stories students probably haven’t heard of. “The first time that I heard the building was haunted was when I was an undergraduate here,” Most said. “The oldest story that I’m aware of is from when this (communication) building was still housing the theater department; there was a theater faculty member who had stayed late one night to work on a set they were building.

word: success. Yes, I actually made it to the hot springs this week, and jumped in. Though not any more prepared than last week, luck erred in my favor and brought me face-to-face with Skinny Dipper hot spring. Lesson learned from last

week: do not begin the trip to Skinny Dipper, a natural hot spring about 50 minutes outside of Boise en route to McCall, after 11 p.m. This time, after enlisting a partner in crime (literally, this will come into play later), the trip to the springs began nearly six hours earlier than the previous failed attempt. Only half way into the trip, it came to my attention that, after writing an entire article about my lack of preparation leading to imminent failure, I was even less prepared than the week prior. Not only had I forgotten a flashlight, but I also left behind the knife, which over the course of the week I was, on more than one occasion, warned to upgrade to a more “protective weapon.” That said, unlike last week,

‘Opening Doors’ opens minds Taylor Bauman Staff Writer

Last Friday, a commotion bursted from an upstairs ballroom in the Student Union Building. Entering the room, there were smiling faces all around, laughing and chatting with one another. The live, acoustic guitar melody playing in the background from the mu-

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sician casually sitting in the corner set a soothing and inviting mood. And the huge spread of snack foods and appetizers filled the room with a pleasantly delicious aroma. But what was most appealing about the busy room was the articulate art filling it. Feb. 28 marked the opening reception for the

art exhibition, “Opening Doors: A Glimpse into the Artist’s Minds.” This exhibition contained various pieces of art, many made with media such as acrylic on canvas, found object assemblage, watercolor and porcelain. The common theme throughout the exhibit pertained to doors. Many of the doors created by

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Jason Hawes and Steve Gonsalves of Ghost Hunters visited campus.

we arrived at the hot spring unscathed. With the last glimmer of daylight dissipating behind the mountains, steaming water greeted us, trickling from the side of a roadside pull off. This, of course, signaled me to believe the springs could not possibly be as far of a hike away as warned about. Wrong. Twenty minutes into the upward, rock and slick dirt ridden hike, I made the mistake of looking down. Take it from a person who is deathly afraid of heights: don’t look down. While the ascent took my breath away, I didn’t realize just how much our elevation was increasing prior to this downward glare. But I moved on, pushing through the fear. Luckily, or not so, darkness quickly caught up with

us. Here is where the disclaimer comes into play. Signs were clearly posted marking the spring’s closure between sunset and sunrise, signs I overtly ignored. There was no way I was planning another gasguzzling trip out to Skinny Dipper. I even ignored my fellow skinny-dippers, who we passed descending as we ascended, when they advised, “park rangers are giving $150 tickets if you get caught after dark.” These signs and warnings, however, are not the only reasons to avoid Skinny Dipper after nightfall. The hike was nearly impossible, and downright dangerous, with the lack of natural light. Not to mention the feeling when you realize humans are not the

main reason people warned you to carry a knife. Yes, the realization of wildlife kicked in at around the time we came upon the steaming springs. The springs themselves though, while coupled with the cool and refreshing mountain air and twinkling stars, were worth the hike and any associated panic. With only a hint of sulfursmell, slipping into the hot springs eased the aches from the hike up, and getting out was a task not easily accomplished, but easier than the trek back down the mountain. So here is my advice: go to Skinny Dipper, but do it in the light of day. After all, what fun is letting this spring live up to its namesake if you can’t even see?

artists were covered in words, symbols or pictures, all with different messages which were left up to interpretation by the viewers. There were also many other pieces in the gallery which were unique all on their own. Artist Susan Rooke had several pieces on display, created with hand-built clay under glazes, all of which were focused upon different faces, often times with bodies and elements of nature.

“I like the interaction between the human and animals, it’s genuine” said Rooke. Rooke explained how some of her favorite pieces have come from accidents, so you never know what you may create until after you have started. Another talented artist with art on display at the exhibit was Patt Turner, a former art professor at Boise State. Her “Arab Springs Series, Foment” was created by graphite on paper, and

she explained her motivation for the piece was inspired from her “interest in making energy.” When asked what benefits Boise State students could obtain from having such a diverse art exhibition here on campus she replied, “All students should be exposed to good art; it is a huge part of education.” “Opening Doors: A Glimpse into the Artist’s Minds” will be on display through March 25.

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Looking for a way to have your photos viewed, your poems and short stories read or your illustrations eyed? Campus Canvas, a new outlet for creatively inclined Broncos, is seeking submissions in the categories of poetry, photography, illustration and more. Prefer to think outside the box; Send us a photo of your non-traditional art including sculpture, graffiti, fashion design or anything artistic. Art and writing submissions will be reviewed by the editorial staff and if your piece is chosen, your work will be featured in the print edition of The Arbiter along

with an artist bio. Please send submissions or questions/comments about Campus Canvas to Featured Artist: Mike Pennington In his own home, after a party in January of 2012, Mike Pennington was assaulted and beaten by two men. Just over a year later, Pennington has undergone facial reconstructive surgery, a six-month recovery process and a year’s worth of court proceedings to prosecute his attackers. “There is still beauty in pain,” said Pennington, senior communication major. “I have had so many experiences in my life, negative and

positive. I have never looked at the negative as something that’s actually been bad for me. It’s really easy to get sad in the moment and live the situation and let it play out and have that depression. As soon as that is settled and cleared, I have always looked back at everything as a growing positive experience.” Beauty in pain is a theme which Pennington said reflects within his art, uniting not only his self-exploratory paintings but also his clothing design and urban artwork. Pennington’s painting heavily involves elements of abstraction, challenging preconceived notions of perspective and exploring the boundaries of landscape. His painting “Phaedrus” delves into the surreal and depicts a trip Pennington took to Montana. “I tried to blend a lot of the things I saw and give it a different perspective to where you’re not actually sitting in a landscape and things are just a little bit more chaotic,” Pennington said. “Kind of like the feelings you get when you’re on a whirlwind trip, when you are flooded with so many really fun sites and images and experiences.” Pennington’s 36x36 canvas painting, “Waterfalls,” was featured in an up-andcoming literary arts maga-

zine published by the Boise School District, doubling as cover art. This piece, while still incorporating elements of landscape and abstraction, also delves into emotive subject matter as it was born from a time in Pennington’s life when a person close to him was dying. “It was one of those struggles where you can’t do anything to stop what is going to happen and all you can do is try to express yourself because there is that certain amount of frustration,” Pennington said. “You can see that with how chaotic it (“Waterfalls”) is, the colors, the way nothing is really uniform. It is really emotionally fueled.” “A New Dawn” cumulated from Pennington’s friend’s passing, and is the only piece of work which he has re-visited, deciding to add to what he had originally coined finished. After this painting sat untouched for eight years, Pennington covered his signature, breaking his own conventions and allowing himself to begin re-working and re-visioning this piece. “It was something I was drawn to, sort of like when you walk down the road and you see the ‘wet cement’ sign where somebody has been repairing the sidewalk. You know your not supposed to touch it, but you

From Belize to the bayou, Barcott recounts Tabitha Bower

Arts and Entertainment Editor

The wave tops rolled with a heavy layer of black oil below the boat Bruce Barcott stood upon, and lapped onto the shore of a miniscule island just off the coast of Louisiana. The early morning light reflected from the sticky substance covering the feathers of hundreds of pelicans who lined the water’s edge like birds on a wire.

Barcott watched as the helpless creatures pecked at their bodies, at their outstretched wings, attempting to rid themselves of the oil, an impossible task. “To see it first hand, and to see how inadequate all the efforts that BP and the government made were, everything they were throwing at the oil spill, you just could not stop that thing. It was too incredible,” Barcott said. While Barcott is argu-

ably most recognized as the author of “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw,” this year’s Campus Read, his work as an environmental journalist has taken him far beyond the Belizean jungle featured in his popular nonfiction novel. According to Barcott, the most impactful of his assignments came while on location with National Geographic during the 2010 BP oil spill. “Coming away from that


Right from the source.

and thinking about the ways in which my own region here in the Northwest is put at risk by oil tankers coming to refineries, thinking about offshore oil drilling in the arctic, even boiling it down to my own life. I had an old gas guzzler van and we gave it away and bought a Prius, as cliché as that sounds, it really was like, ‘I just cant justify this anymore. It’s not working,’” Barcott said. While wading in the oil ridden waters off the coast of the United States deeply resonated with Barcott, his time in Belize with zookeeper Sharon Matola also inspired him, enough in fact, to turn a journalistic assignment into a novellength work of nonfiction. It was Matola’s efforts to save the endangered scarlet macaw species which struck Barcott, and he was immediately taken aback by Matola’s selfless struggle. “She (Matola) has really continued to inspire me over the years,” Barcott said. “I meet other people who are doing similar things, but not quite in the way that she does or has done. She is really a remarkable person.” In creating “Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw,” Barcott took 12 separate trips to the Belizean jungle, working closely with Matola and investigating both sides of the controversy surrounding the proposed dam which would devas-

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have to,” Pennington said. “I don’t think I will resign this painting for a quite a long time because I want it to be one of those constant works in progress.” Pennington currently utilizes his artistic sensibilities in a more utilitarian sense, working it into his work in public relations as well as clothing creation. A few years ago, he began his own clothing company and currently works in screen-printing amongst other mediums. “I’ve been able to take something I’m really passionate about and develop


that into a life skill that I take into my job,” Pennington said. While Pennington has certainly turned his passion for art into a well-rounded set of personal and professional skills, there is one thing which he said tops his artistic bucket list: roman sculpture. And true to form, Pennington said this is a dream he plans to not only attempt, but also attain. “All the struggles in life give you a perspective of how to look inside yourself and overcome them, and that is all I use them for,” Pennington said.


“Waterfalls” deals with handling death.

tate the macaws’ habitat. According to Stefan Digrazia, senior English major, the passion Barcott felt for the plight of the macaw and the land is clearly exemplified through his writing. “His (Barcott’s) descriptions of the landscape of Belize itself seems both intimate and occasionally distant,” Digrazia said. “Sometimes you can feel that he is starting to feel an emotional attachment to the land, particularly when he goes swimming in those clear pools on his first trip up the river and in the mountains. There is that kind of attachment and then simultaneously a fear.” Both fear and intimacy did come into play for Barcott, who described one occasion where he and his photographer experienced a near death experience driving over a dam in a time of heavy construction. While averting a headon collision with a fuel tanker, the two were nearly forced off the road. But collisions did not top his risk list. “The real risks that I felt at the time were not so much the animals or the traffic or stuff like that,” Barcott said. “It was more the government at the time. The guys in power were pretty corrupt and not nice fellows. You almost had to watch your back and make sure I didn’t give out any signals that I was looking into their affairs at all.” Risks, however, proved to be met equally by mo-

ments of inspiration. One such moment Barcott described also serves as the closing for “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw” and came at the end of his journey with Matola. “It ends in kind of a hopeful moment when Sharon, the zoo lady, goes out and she has lost the battle against the dam but she is continuing to fight on and is bringing back into Belize this majestic bird called the Harpy Eagle,” Barcott said. On this day, he and Matola went into the bush to release the gigantic bird, whose population in Belize was previously wiped out by hunting. He stood watching as Matola set the animal free, and as the regal creature flew first into a tree, and then into a new life. “Standing there next to Sharon as she watched that bird fly off into freedom and hopefully into a life and her country was really an amazing moment,” Barcott said. “The thing I took away from Matola was the probability of failure and the possibility of courage.” Barcott will visit campus on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Simplot Ballroom. He will present a keynote lecture, which will include anecdotes from many of his journalistic and writing assignments as well as behind the scenes looks at the making of “Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw.” Read more about Barcott’s visit at

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Breaking Expectations: Changing perspective on mental health Danielle Allsop Staff Writer

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Georgie Kunkel stands under a B-17 bomber at Boeing’s Plant 2, July 25, 2010. She worked a war-production job during World War II.

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“Housewives.” “Homemakers.” They don’t look like four-letter words, do they? But that’s what they became in the aftermath of the publication of Betty Friedan’s book about the “problem that has no name,” which gave a voice to the female yearning to be someone who was more than married to a house. It’s been 50 years since the late Ms. Friedan’s book, “The Feminine Mystique,” ignited a wave of bra-burning and contempt for men and domesticity. The women’s movement has ebbed and flowed over the decades, picking up steam from the civil rights movement and helping spawn the gay rights movement, only to be scorned by daughters who didn’t see the point of a feminist movement to help them gain rights they didn’t know they could lose. Women, and men, too, have had to relearn the lesson over the past decade that those rights are continually threatened and that guarding them requires vigilance. While there may be some who think the right to choose what you can do

with your body is inalienable, it isn’t. That choice is perpetually under assault from lawmakers, courts and people, women and men alike, with differing religious and moral views. Reproductive rights aren’t the only battleground. We as a nation are drowning in policies that hurt women and families. Economic issues are top of the list. Equal pay is still a dream. It’s hard to imagine that 50 years after the women’s movement began, we still live in a nation where women are paid on average 77 cents for every $1 earned by a man. African-American and Latino women earn far less. This is at a time when about 25 percent of families with children are headed by women. Those families are significantly poorer than families headed by men. Americans should be ashamed that their country is the only one in the advanced industrialized world that does not offer paid parental leave. We got to that low point when Australia began offering paid leave in 2011. The United States is in the company of Lesotho, Liberia, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea in failing to offer such leave.

The average length of time for most paid maternity leave in other countries is about 19 weeks; 31 countries provide a year or more of paid leave. Those statistics came to light in research to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act, a 1993 federal law that requires employers to provide 12 weeks of unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, including pregnancy. For a nation that prides itself on family values and where women often must fight to maintain control of their reproductive rights, the United States’ record on policies that support workers and families is abominable. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that only 11 percent of private industry workers have access to paid family leave. Early childhood education is another way in which our country fails families. A global study last year of preprimary education participation among 4-year-olds showed that 69 percent of kids that age in the United States are enrolled in preprimary programs. The United States ranks 28th among 38 countries stud-

ied. At the top were France, the Netherlands, Spain and Mexico, where 95 percent of 4-year-olds were in pre-primary education programs. We were trailed by Ireland, Poland, Finland and Brazil. A Pew Charitable Trusts report on this topic estimates the economic benefits of universally accessible early childhood education for 3- and 4-year-olds is at least $25,000 per child per year. The annual average cost is about $8,703 per child. Politicians like to trot out triumphal stories about successful middle-class families, but the fact is those families are fewer and farther between than our country wants to admit. Gone is the structure on which those fantasies are based—the two-parent home with a working dad and a stay-at-home mom is a thing of the past. Traditional models of balancing work and family commitments are sorely outdated. More than 70 percent of women with children younger than 18 are in the work force today. The women’s movement in its 21st-century incarnation must be about the family. It doesn’t help the cause

when women like Sheryl Sandberg, the 43-year-old chief operating officer of Facebook, and Anne-Marie Slaughter, the 54-year-old Princeton University professor and first female director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department, are bickering over whose view is better for the future of women. Ms. Sandberg suggests that women can have it all if they marry men who help them and confront challenges that hold them back in their workplaces. Ms. Slaughter counters that there is no realistic way for women to have perfect careers and families at the same time. They—and other women who are concerned about the multitude of problems that swamp efforts to pull women and children out of poverty and prevent them from significant educational attainment—should pull together and stop scattering their energy and focus in a million different directions. That doesn’t work too well at home, and certainly won’t get women and families where they need to be in the world. And men, feel free to pitch in at any time. Your futures are at stake, too.

Talking about this isn’t easy. There is a reason it’s known as the “silent illness.” However, ignoring it or pretending it doesn’t exist just extends the stigma. They say admitting is the first step, so here it is: I have a mental illness. No, I don’t have any scars or open wounds or oxygen tubes in my nose. If that is what you think defines an illness, that needs to change. I suffer from depression and severe panic disorder. Does your perception of me change? That’s the fear of those who suffer of a mental illness: how people will perceive those of us who struggle with an invisible illness. We are afraid. Afraid of judgment from those we know and those we don’t. Afraid of losing friends and acquaintances because they can’t understand. Afraid of rejection. Personally, I have a difficult time sitting through classes. I have an irrational fear that I will have a panic attack in class, thus causing a panic attack. The fear causes more fear. However, every individual has his or her own struggle specific to them. There are more Boise State students suffering from a mental illness than you think. Take a second and look at the people around you. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) one in four Americans suffers from some type mental disorder, and one in seventeen suffer from a severe form of mental illness. Take your nose out of this article for just one second and look around. Find four people who are walking by; one of them is silently suffering. Now take a look around in one of your classes. At least one of your peers is suspected to have a severe disorder. The point is, don’t judge us. Just because we suffer with an ailment that is unknown to those who don’t suffer from it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. We’re not making it up. The truth is, most of us live normal lives and can handle our ailment. Sure, there are days when it’s difficult to do even simple tasks like going to class, but it shouldn’t be a defining trait. I ask that you learn the facts before you judge people with mental illnesses. Get to know us and see that we aren’t crazy like the media portrays us. Lets erase the stigma that is attached to mental illnesses.


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Drive Strive Or

Ammon Rainey

Staff Writer

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here is a quiet place in the Student Union Building where some students go to eat lunch away from the crowded dining areas, get some homework done in the warm glow of sunlight flooding in through the floor-toceiling windows, or just zone out a little bit between classes. But for other members of the campus community, it is a place to find shelter from the elements while waiting for a bus. Even more important, it is a place for students and faculty to get information about university supported sustainable transportation. This place is the Boise State Transit Center. In a time when economic and environmental issues abound, sustainable transportation has reached a new level of relevance. Boise State University has a department devoted to dealing with this complex issue: Transportation and Parking Services. Many people might think the primary responsibility of this department is to construct and maintain parking facilities, but according to Executive Director Casey Jones, the primary objective of the department is to provide access to the campus, whether it is by car, bus, bicycle, shuttle, or good old-fashioned walking. “We serve students,” Jones said, “(so) we have to be clear on what students need and want.” Consid) ring a 2011 Transportation and Parking Services survey found that just over half of the student population carpools, bikes, busses or walks to campus, alternative transportation is a high priority for the department. As Jones puts it, “This is strategic and critical for us to get right.” He went on to explain how it is “very difficult to fund parking structures… probably the most expensive way to accommodate access to campus,” and furthermore, “one third of greenhouse gasses come from motor vehicles… (So) we can play our part in meeting the university’s sustainability goals.” Facilitating alternative transportation is the best approach, he said, to addressing these issues. Despite being related to sustainability, environmental concerns usually aren’t on the average person’s mind when they decide to utilize alternative transportation. “Things like air quality are definitely a concern for people,” Philosophy professor George Knight said, “but it’s hard to translate that abstract concern into the daily act of using a bicycle instead of a car.” According to the aforementioned survey, 48 percent of student respondents said they use alternative transportation in order to save money. The second most frequent response, at 33 percent, was the benefit of exercise. For these two reasons, the university has put most of its focus on establishing and promoting a bicycle friendly campus. Most of these efforts began in 2005. “In 2005, the campus was really a different place,” said Professor Knight. This is one of the reasons he created the Bicycle Congress. Knight said, “(The Bicycle Congress) was designed to be a place where individuals can go and look at information to get started on bike commuting… to be a community engagement process… (it is) support for individuals to show it’s really not that hard.” The Bicycle Congress webpage provides helpful information, such as ways to utilize public transportation in conjunction with bicycle commuting and maps that show optimal routes. There are also links to a number of symposia and articles related to bike commuting posted on the page. Bicycle commuting is so important to the university that Campus Recreation and Transportation and Parking teamed up to launch the Cycle Learning Center, located at the base of the Lincoln Parking Garage. According to their website, since 2002, the Cycle Learning Center has been “the university’s centralized source for basic bicycle repair services, instructional clinics, and alternative transportation information.” They provide bicycle maintenance clinics every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is an important resource, Senior Health Science major and CLC employee Clayton Wangbichler said, because the reason many people don’t ride is they might not have the knowledge or tools to keep their bikes in working condition. But with a little knowledge and effort, a bicycle can be one of the most cost-effective and reliable modes of transportation. “Properly maintained bikes don’t break down,” according to Professor Knight. However, maintaining and riding a bike is a commitment, said Knight. “Do you sometimes do it just because it’s a commitment? Absolutely. But you don’t have to develop a commitment just to get started. And eventually you find out it’s fun.” For those who might find cycling to be too much of commitment, however, there are other options. The university spends roughly $100,000 a year to make it possible for students and faculty to ride the bus for free. Furthermore, they cover about 80 percent of the $30,000 dollars required for maintaining inter-county lines, which are valuable to students who travel to campus from Caldwell, Nampa and Meridian and especially those who must travel between CWI and Boise State University. Among the respondents to the Transportation and Parking Survey, 26 percent of students and 36 percent of staff said they utilize the bus system. According to Casey Jones, ridership has been modestly increasing over time. Boise State University has made many efforts over the years to provide access to and information on alternate forms of transportation. The Transit Center is a physical manifestation of this commitment to support sustainable transportation. Despite everything the university does, however, many people won’t utilize these resources. In the Transportation and Parking Services Survey, 21 percent of both students and teachers said, “No benefits would encourage me to try an alternative” to driving alone. Still, many more will reap the benefits of alternate transportation. According to, “carpooling, using public transportation, walking, or bicycling—only one day a week for a year—can save the typical commuter more than 1,200 miles on their vehicle and hundreds of dollars in total driving costs.” For people looking to save a buck or save the environment, it’s easy to get started.

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Freshman Thomas Tenreiro returns a volley at Appleton Tennis Center Saturday morning as the Broncos (4-7, 1-1 in Mountain West) defeated the Utah Utes 6-1.

No place like home for men's tennis

Brandon Walton Staff Writer

The Boise State Men’s tennis team returned home from a long difficult road trip and got back into the winning column when they defeated the Utah Utes 6-1 Saturday afternoon on a beautiful day of tennis at the Appleton Tennis Center. They were quite happy to be playing back at home as they hadn’t played a home game since Jan 19. “On the road for 5 weeks, absolutely no place like home," Head Coach Greg Patton said. During the road trip, the Bronco men had a huge victory against Minnesota but during that time spent away they lost 6 out of 7 contests. It

was quite the grueling experience for the Broncos. “I feel like we have been crawling through, trying to survive the deserts, through the jungles, through the mountains," Patton said on the road trip. The Broncos certainly responded to being back in front of the home crowd as there were many supporters out to welcome the men back. They started it off with a bang by sweeping the doubles competition going 3-0. Starting it off for the men was sophomore Garrett Patton and senior Scott Sears, who decimated Dmytro Mamedov and Alejandro Medinilla 8-3. Patton and Sears were firing on all cylinders and were emotion-

ally charged for this contest. "We fit each other’s game styles well, makes it easy to work together and win," Garrett said. Next for the Broncos were juniors Nathan Sereke and Andy Bettles who had little trouble taking apart Slim Hamza and Devin Lane 8-2. Finally closing it out for Boise State and completing the sweep in doubles were freshman Toby Mitchell and senior Filipp Pogostkin who were involved in the most competitive and most exciting doubles match of the day. They jumped out to the early lead but then Ben Tasevac and Cedric Willems rallied back to make it interesting. But Mitchell and Pogostkin held them

off to defeat them 8-6. The singles play is where Boise State really cranked up the heat and left Utah in the dust. Starting it off for the Broncos was Patton, who defeated Ben Tasevac in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. “It was good to get a win finally; the best cure for a loss is a win," Patton said. Next for Broncos was Bettles who breezed past Dmytro Mamedov in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Bettles has been having quite the year for Boise State as he is currently ranked the 30th rank player in the nation in singles. “We had a couple losses before so we were really focused on doing the right things and it was great to see the result as

a win," Patton said. Continuing the winning ways for the Broncos was Sereke, who outplayed Slim Hanza 6-4, 6-1. Boise State would get one final straight set victory when Pogostkin defeated Cedric Willems 6-2, 6-4. The final two singles contests would prove to be the most exciting matches of the day. First was freshman Thomas Tenreiro who after dropping the first set rallied back in a big way to dominate the rest of the match by winning in a tie breaker 3-6, 6-2, 10-4 over Devin Lane. Finally the last match of the day to conclude was Scott Sears and Alejandro Medinilla. It was the most exciting

match of the day and had everyone on the edge of their seats. After dropping the first set Sears would rally back to force a tie breaker. He would go on to lose a heart breaking 6-3, 5-7, 11-9. That would be the Broncos only loss to the Utes on the day. With the win the Broncos extend their home court winning streak to 22 games. “Warriors become warriors in war; we’ve been at war with every match we have been fighting for our lives," Patton said. With the victory the Broncos improve to 4-7 on the year as team. Boise State next hits the road again with matches at San Francisco next Saturday and Stanford next Sunday.

Broncos come up big on senior night Angie Christiaens Staff Writer

The Boise State’s gymnastics team competed against Southern Utah on Friday in the last home meet at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos, who are 9-2 in the season, beat the Thunderbirds 196.575-195.600 making it Boise State’s best overall score for the season and tying the school’s eighth best record. Beginning in the first rotation, the Broncos participated in the vault event where the overall team score was 48.875 winning that event over the Thunderbird’s 48.775 overall score. Junior Amanda Otuafi from Sparks, Nev.,received the best score of this event with a 9.90. Then the blue and orange

moved into their second rotation, featuring the bar, which they competed well in receiving a team score of 49.250 over Southern Utah who received a 48.675. The leader for the Broncos in this event was all around gymnast, Kelsey Morris, who contended well gaining a score of 9.90. Boise State also tied the 10th best record in school history with this overall team score of 49.250. Changing into the third rotation, the Broncos balanced their way to a score of 48.875 on the beam making it the only event loss to the Thunderbirds who gained a 49.125. The high-point competitor in this event was senior Brittany Potvin-Green, who scored a 9.825.

In the final rotation of the night, the Broncos took to the floor exercise where they really shined. They gained a team score of 49.575, their highest score of the night winning yet again over Southern Utah who only scored 49.025. Proving their strength over Southern Utah, Boise State’s Kelsey Black and PotvinGreen both scored a solid 9.950 to clinch the win. “It’s (floor exercise) something that I struggled with last year," Potvin-Green said. "And when I came up this year, I was really confident with it, and it’s so much fun." Ending with a record victory for the last home meet and senior night, the Broncos commemorated the three seniors on the team, Erin Wippermann, Brittany

Potvin-Green and Cristy Dahlquist. “It’s really crazy, I mean it’s such a bittersweet feeling, to just end with these girls and the team," Wippermann said on the memorable night. "It’s just so amazing, but it’s so hard at the same time because you know it’s over. It was such a great way to finish." To improve for the upcoming meet, Co-Head Coach Tina Bird noted there were just some small things to clear up. “I think just fixing a few more details, some more landings on vaults and getting rid of those little wobbles on beam," Bird said. Boise State will strive for victory next in San Jose next Friday, March 8 against San Jose State.

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