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1. Steve Appleton passes away

At the age of 51, Steve Appleton, Boise State alum, philanthropist and CEO of Micron died in a plane crash at the Boise airport in early February. Appleton donated to Boise State scholarships, youth

tennis programs in the area, and to the Appleton Tennis Courts. The City of Boise mourned Appleton’s passing by hosting a memorial service and leaving flowers at his plaque on campus.

2. Presidential hopefuls visit

Candidates for the Republican nomination for president came to Boise in February. Ron Paul,

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich all took time to speak to Idaho voters.

3. University of Idaho tragedy

On Aug. 23, 31-year-old Ernesto Bustamante shot and killed 22-year-old Katy Benoit, then shot and killed himself in a nearby hotel. Bustamante, a professor of psychology, had been involved in a confirmed

sexual relationship with Boisenative Benoit, a grad student studying psychology at the University of Idaho. The family of Katy Benoit settled out of court for $375,000 which they will donate to charity.

4. Protesters occupy Boise

The Occupy Wallstreet movement reached Boise last fall. Protesters camped in front of the Capitol Building for months despite harsh weather conditions to protest unfair taxation in favor of the very wealthy. In February, Occupy

Boise celebrated a victory when a federal judge ruled the state cannot remove the encampment. However, protesters can no longer sleep in front of the Capitol overnight. The battle between protesters and lawmakers continues.

5. Treefort Music Festival

Boise hosted its first four-day music festival, which a reported 10,000 people from all over the nation attended. Over the course of the festival, 137 bands played on eight different stages while patrons ate, drank and hung out. The bands

were mostly indie and had proved themselves in the college radio scene. The festival set a precedent only larger cities know, putting Boise on the music-scene map. Most agree Treefort was a success and look forward to another next year.

6. Greenspeed breaks record

The world’s fastest vehicle that operates purely on vegetable oil was built by a handful of innovators from Boise State. The group, Greenspeed, received the Trailblazer award from President Bob Kustra after it shattered the previous

world record by running a 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup truck 139 mph on the dry lake bed of the Mojave Desert. As if that weren’t enough, Greenspeed broke its own world record a day later by racing the vehicle at 155 mph.

7. Course catalog changes

Boise State decided to change the structure of its core curriculum, which will affect incoming students. Instead of Area 1, 2 and 3 courses, the university will have students complete University Foundations classes. The classes

will still be made up of generals, but the structure reflects the number of credits students now need to graduate, which was lowered to 120. The course catalog changes also aim to reduce any redundancy in course curriculum.

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8. No conditional registration

The university did away with conditional registration, forcing students to sign up for classes only when they have the qualifications. Although it seems a deterrence for last-minute students, it allows professors to have a better idea of

how full their classes will be. However, conditional registration made it possible for transfer students to get into classes without repeating credits. Without conditional registration, it may be harder for those students to get into some classes.

9. SOPA and PIPA fail

In an unprecedented uprising from youth, proposed bills SOPA and PIPA, which aimed to regulate foreign piracy, were shot down. A massive protest fueled by social media and internet moguls such as Wikipedia convinced legis-

lators to change their stance on the bills in what many call a large display of direct democracy. The bills’ failure made headlines because of the internet’s involvement in educating about the possibility of censorship.

10. The Arab Spring

Perhaps the biggest national news were the Arab Spring and death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. A result of groundbreaking strategy, the Arab Spring began in December when social media was used to organize and encour-

age revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen. They were sparked by civil unrest stemming from government dictatorship, corruption and crimes against humanity. As a result, Gaddafi was captured and killed in October. Page design bryan talbot/THE ARBITER


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9/11 trial gets under way in Guantanamo GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA—The arraignment of accused terrorist Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four confederates began Saturday, with the defendants still sitting quietly in chairs next to their attorneys, showing no interest in the military tribunal that will decide their fates for the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago. Without their cooperation in entering pleas of guilty or not guilty, or even saying whether they accept the defense attorneys assigned to help them, the military judge in the trial, Army Col. James Pohl began certifying the lawyers anyway. Then he took questions from them challenging whether he was fit to hear the case that opened Saturday morning. With al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden dead, it is the only trial for the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. David Nevin, the civilian attorney for Mohammed, quizzed the judge over what he has read about Sept. 11, 2001, and whether he has discussed the attacks with other military officials or congressional figures in Washington. Pohl said he has read very little, and categorically denied that he spoke with others about Sept. 11.

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Asked about any affiliations he holds, he said, “just the United States Army.” He refused to reveal his religion and said other military judges who have done so “were wrong to have done it.” He said his wife’s sister was in the greater New York area when the planes hit the two towers, but she was not injured. He said he knew no one hurt when the third plane hit the Pentagon. “The army’s a big place,” he said. “But I don’t believe so.” He did acknowledge he presided over cases of military service members charged with assaulting detainees in Iraq in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. Then he was asked the central question of whether he was the right man to preside over this historic case. Pohl answered: “I apply the law the way the law should be and as it is, regardless of personal feelings. That’s the best answer I can give and that’s the only answer I’m going to give you.” It became clear Mohammed and his confederates were protesting the trial by refusing to answer questions or even acknowledge their legal representation. The trial is expected to take at least a week to conclude.


Medical Mary-Jane debate has been resolved in Connecticut H A RT FO R D, CONN.— Saturday, following a 10-hour debate, the Connecticut Senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that legalizes and regulates medical marijuana. Gov. Dannel Malloy hailed the bill’s passage and said he will sign it into law. “There are thousands of people in Connecticut who will likely benefit from


this legislation as they struggle with debilitating and life-threatening illnesses,” Malloy said in a statement issued moments after the votes were tallied. Although lawmakers have pondered the issue several times in the past decade, supporters have said this bill is superior to previous versions. “When I looked at some of the other states that took what

I thought was almost a wild, wild west approach ... I did not believe it was the right thing for Connecticut to do, to emulate those states and those versions,” Williams said. Three Democratic Senators joined with Republicans to oppose the bill. Four Republicans voted yes. The bill passed the House of Representatives late last month and emphasizes regulation.


Taxi rules Jedi Knight arrested for after a hit-and-run given a ROSEVILL, CALIF.—To think, George makeover Lucas made us all think Anakin Skywalker to run again was the bad one. BOISE—Proposed ordinances for the city’s taxis have been overhauled per drivers’ request and they’re putting them up for vote again. The new regulations include requiring that taxis accept debit and credit cards for payment, among others. New taxis can’t be over seven years old for example, but city spokesman Adam Park said there were some exceptions. Owner of ABC taxi service Tom Walker objects. In an interview, he focused on the credit and debit card requirement, saying it was micromanagement by city hall.

Obiwan Kenobi, a 37-year-old-man who spent $12 at a state office to change his name in 1999, was arrested over the weekend for a hit-and-run. Kenobi is accused of causing a five-car pile-up with his Toyota Camry and then fleeing the scene. The hit-and-run took place a little more than a month ago, according to the Huffington Post. Apparently, Kenobi changed his name to win a $1,000 radio prize in 1999. Whoever came to the radio station first with proof of being legally named Obiwan Kenobi would win. The contest was in honor of the release of The Phantom Menace that year. The man formerly known as Benjamin Cale Fait ran to the nearest state office and made a permanent change for the low cost of $12. Kenobi did actually win the prize—probably why he kept the name afterward. Still, the newly-dubbed Kenobi was lucky the radio hosts weren’t truly obsessive Star Wars fans. Otherwise he would have gone to all that effort for nothing, as the true Obi-wan Kenobi spells his name with a hyphen. Information MCT Campus/The Arbiter

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May 07, 2012

What to do when your professor scares you Kimberley O’Bryan

Senior Journalist

Adjunct professor Cynthia Clinkingbeard was fired from Boise State after threatening three Staples employees with a handgun on March 16. Only two days prior to the incident, Clinkingbeard was suspended from her CWI adjunct position after acting erratically in the classroom, according to KTVB. Students in Clinkingbeard’s CWI class said she made them walk her dog, berated them for their political views and made everyone’s grade public. Boise State was home for Clinkingbeard for six years as a temporary adjunct professor. She taught two dozen classes here in the health sciences. This spring she only taught one class—a biology course. In addition to teaching, Clinkingbeard announced in early March she was going to run in the primary for U.S. Representative to Idaho. Her bipolar disorder and narcissistic disorder may have interfered with that, though she recently announced a revitalization

of her campaign. According to a document issued by the state board of health when they revoked her medical license in 2005, “The seriousness of her bipolar disorder is exacerbated by the additional dual diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder which has caused Respondent’s resistance to treatment and lack of insight,” according to the gateway pundit. Dr. Karla West of the University Health and Wellness Center said, “Individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder usually have moods that swing in cycles between overly high or irritable to being sad or hopeless. Individuals may also present distorted thinking or psychosis.” “In light of the incident and arraignment, she was relieved of her teaching duties and her appointment at Boise State as an adjunct instructor was terminated,” said Pablo Coblentz, director of human resources at BSU. Clinkingbeard had a mental health evaluation to determine her competency on May 4, but the results have not been made public. Concerned about the Clinkingbeard issue,

some Boise State staff want to assure students this was an isolated incident. “Boise State follows its best practices in its hiring activities, including robust interview processes and reference checks along with the verification of required credentials,” Coblentz said in an email to The Arbiter regarding hiring practices. “We believe Boise State is a safe place to live and learn. The university is committed to safety and security on campus.” Chief of Staff of the Office of the President, Randi McDermott, talked about the the C.A.R.E Team, a campus community that addresses behavior that is concerning or disruptive. “The (C.A.R.E.) team was created after the Virginia Tech incident and Dr. Kustra reconstituted the group earlier this year,” McDermott said. If a student has challenges with another student, a staff member or a teacher’s behavior, they may want to file a C.A.R.E. report or follow the other steps suggested by Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, Dr. Blaine Eckles.

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If you are unsure about whether to file a C.A.R.E. report about someone ask yourself these questions from the C.A.R.E. brochure:


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File a Campus Assessment, Resource and Education (CARE) report at The C.A.R.E. report generates an email that is sent to a Campus Security, Counseling Services, Human Resources, Wellness Programs, Academic Affairs, Student Conduct, University Housing and Student Affairs personnel, notifying people who then decide the best way to address the problem in the best course of action.

2. Talk to your academic adviser. C.A.R.E. encourages students to connect with their academic advisers

because advisers have been trained on how to address eyebrow-raising behavior and can also help direct students to appropriate support resources on campus.


Visit the College Dean. If a student has a specific concern about a faculty member, he or she can simply visit the Dean’s Office for that particular college to explain how the behavior is affecting your academic experience.

4. If you live in the Residence Halls, talk to your Resident Assistant (RA). Students who feel uncomfortable

talking to faculty can reach out to another student employee like an RA, who have received training on how to assist students struggling with an issue.

5. Contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities (OSRR) at 426-1527. Many times, students do not

feel they have the ability or “authority” to let someone know they are concerned about an employee (which includes faculty) on campus. OSRR is there to help students understand their rights and assist them addressing their concerns in a proactive, positive way.


Contact Campus Security and Police Services at 426-1453 or 911. If a student feels immediate concern for their or someone else’s safety it is perfectly OK to call 911. Or, if the student sees a non-immediate but significant threat they can call the police’s non-emergency number, 426-1453, anytime.

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Do I want to talk with someone about my concerns? Does my “gut-feeling” tell me something is wrong? “Students should feel empowered to reach out for assistance if they are concerned about anyone on campus (students, faculty or staff),” said Eckles. “No one should have to put up with feeling uncomfortable around someone else.” When students report strange behavior, they are safeguarded in every way. “We don’t allow retaliation,” Eckles said. If a student still isn’t comfortable coming forward to faculty, there’s always the ASBSU, peer counselors at the Women’s Center (which is open to men as well), student orientation leaders and student employees. “Most student employees have received some level of training on how to help other students,” said Eckles.


April 2010: BSU professor Joanne Taylor attempted to mail cocaine to herself, but used a downtown business as a return address. Employees opened the letter which contained 3.1 grams of cocaine. She was charged with felony possession.

August 2011: Who can forget Katy Benoit, a graduate student at U of I who was presumably shot and killed by Psychology Assistant Professor Ernesto Bustamante, who shot himself shortly afterward.

March 2012: BSU adjunct faculty member and former CWI faculty member Cynthia Clinkingbeard was arrested after threatening Staples employees with a gun. She had already been removed from CWI’s faculty for “erratic behaviour.” PAGE DESIGN BRYAN TALBOT/THE ARBITER



May 07, 2012

BSU graduates its largest class in history

Students in the ceremony: Graduate College

235 College of Arts & Sciences

244 College of Business & Economics

200 College of Education

105 College of Engineering

118 College of Health Sciences

163 College of Social Science & Public Affairs


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May 12 marks the end of a journey for many Boise State students. At 10 a.m., more than 1,300 students will be walking at graduation and entering the next phase of their lives. Over 2,200 students are eligible to partake in graduation, and about 1,450 students will be walking. “I’m excited to graduate, but it’s going to be sad leaving Boise and a lot of my friends,” said René Belleque, graduating senior accountancy and finance major. “It doesn’t

seem like four years have already passed, but I’m looking forward to what’s next.” “This will be the largest May ceremony ever,” said Mandy Nelson, associate registrar. “We already have more RSVPs than last year at this time and the numbers are expected to climb.” With the biggest graduation ceremony ever, more than 200 more than last year’s spring ceremony, the Taco Bell Arena will be filled with celebration. For those who can’t make it, the ceremony will be broadcast live on the internet from the Boise State website.

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RAW:natural born artists is a national independent organization created

by artists, for artists. It is a fashion show on acid, an extreme art gallery and a next-

“My dad didn’t walk at his graduation, and that was something he told me I had to do,” Belleque said. “I’ll get to graduate next to one of my best friends since my freshman year.” The College of Social Science and Public Affairs will have the most in attendance, with more than 350 graduates. Psychology will be the most-awarded degree. The College of Education brings in the lowest number of graduates, with around 100. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception at approximately 12:30 p.m. on the intramural field

level concert with one mission—to provide a platform for talented artists who go unnoticed. Beginning May 17 and continuing every third Thursday through November, RAW will take over the Powerhouse Event Center downtown and fill it with various genres of art. There will be musicians, painters, fashion designers, film makers, hair stylists and sculptors all showcasing their work. RAW was created by Heidi Luerra, an aspiring fashion designer in Los Angeles, who was frustrated with the difficulty of getting her work shown. She called on other creative people who were experiencing the same problem. In 2005, Luerra presented the first multi-faceted show and more than 750 people attended. Based on this success, she decided to expand on this idea and in 2009 she teamed up with a web designer to help the organization reach artists and audiences nationwide. RAW was officially born. In the three years since its inception, RAW has started in more than 60 U.S cities with plans to expand in the U.S., as well as into Europe and China. “It’s our dream to one day be the biggest arts organization in the world, but our

for graduates and their families. All reserved and metered parking lots will be free for those attending the ceremony. “Graduation is what many of us look forward to in order to be finished with school,” said Heather Dudley, graduating senior psychology major. “But what we don’t always realize is that it is a ceremony that propels us into the real world, whether we are ready or not. It’s exciting but nerve-racking.” Join the Boise State community on May 12 as they honor the largest group of graduating Broncos in the history of the university.

priority will always be the artist,” Luerra said in a press release. Given its national exposure, RAW adapts to the different cities it is in. The organization hires locally to better fit the needs of the local culture. Boise State graduate Amy JohnsonMyers was hired as the local Boise director. “They can’t come in to Boise and use the same model that they use for L.A.,” Johnson-Myers said. Although RAW is a national organization, artists are still skeptical of the idea. Myers-Johnson even admitted she was waiting for the catch when she was interviewing for the job. “I kept wondering ‘OK, where are they going to screw the artists?’ but there is no catch,” she said. ”I found one of the best ways to deal with (the skepticism) is to meet with them in person.” But Johnson-Myers is confident in what RAW can do for artists. “It is really encouraged to start a community … to have something coming together with all of the art, is like starting a community,” Johnson-Myers said. “That’s my favorite part of the job … I love being around creative people.” And artists have one thing

to be excited about—Boise is the first city nationwide to acquire an event center for the showcase. Jade Jesser, owner of the Powerhouse Event Center, donated the space to RAW. “We are really excited, ( Jesser) has really helped us out … he wanted to help the arts so it’s really been perfect,” JohnsonMyers said. Each RAW artist will receive a professional photo shoot and video of themselves and their work. These will be shown on the national RAW website and given to the artists for their own promotion. In November, at the end of the RAW season, there will be a competition show. It will showcase all the artists who have participated over the last year and they get to compete. “Everyone gets to vote for their favorites, then it goes national online voting… and the final vote is industry judges,” Johnson-Myers said. The winners are then going to be eligible to compete in the annual RAWards in Los Angeles. “One of the fashion design winners … some actress saw her dress at the show and wore it to some red carpet event,” JohnsonMyers said.

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Passing awkwardly through the Quad, Cameron caught the eyes of every passerby. Their glances seemed to be cast exclusively in his direction as he scoured his peripherals for her quaint, sultry frame. Suddenly he felt eager fingers drape over his line of sight, shrouding his world in a mess of jovial darkness. “Looks like someone’s Spidey sense is a little off today,” she said. “A lifelong game of guess who…” Cameron said, smirking. “Has death done us part yet?” He placed his hands on top of hers, rings clinking together inaudibly, and slowly came to a halt. With eyes still closed, he turned, placing her hands around his neck and kissed her. After a long embrace he opened his eyes to see her standing there, lips still pursed and wet. “Oh, Sally…” he laughed. “Thank God that was you.” Her slighted face noted that she wasn’t in on the joke. “Have you been closedeyed kissing every girl who has put her hands over your face?” she asked. A smile erupted over Cameron’s face, exposing coffee-stained veneers. “Well…not just girls,” he retorted. “Great,” she huffed. “I’m marrying the worst comedian this side of the Mississippi.” He pinched the soft curvature of her cheek and pulled her toward him. “You used the ‘M’ word,” he said. “That means you’re stuck with me.” They stood and talked for a while, subtly basking in the warm summer heat. Their arms were bronzed and taut with anticipation as they gazed longingly into the fires in their hearts. Slowly, they clutched each other’s knuckles and headed back toward the Liberal Arts building. “Where are you taking me?” he asked. “I’ve wanted to do this ever since that first day of freshman year,” she said. “Close your eyes.” As she led Cameron through the building, the point of her high heels punched the linoleum in a way that oozed urgency and direction. Her hips swiveled among the buzz of florescent lights until reaching a door that she flung open, pushing Cameron in swiftly. Eyes now open, Cameron looked around. “It’s a bit cliché to take me back to the room where we first met don’t you think?” “Open your eyes, college boy,” she cooed. He turned to see her standing there, clad in nothing but a smile, leaning against the desk where he sat on that first day. “I Sally, take you Cameron, to be my lawfully wedded husband,” she said, slinking toward him. “To have and to hold, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” He grabbed her by her bare waist and threw her legs around him, pushing her body into the door, closing and locking it behind them. The Arbiter

On the afternoon of April 23, students walking through the Quad noticed the horse rider and other large works of art were covered up with white cardboard and signs that read “Error 404: Item Not Found.” This demonstration is part of Project 404 and is headed by Tony Emerson, a senior art major. Emerson wants students to see first-hand what would happen if the arts and humanities were taken away from BSU. Inspired by the nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) movement that originated at Rhode Island School of Design, Emerson came up with Project 404 to enlighten Boise State students and faculty about the importance of providing fair education programs for students who select a major in any field—whether it be science or art related. “Project 404 is really about showing us and questioning what’s important. STEAM is about reaching potential. It’s about community, collaboration and the clarity and abundance that comes with them,

and Project 404 in support of that is about showing people what the world would be like without the creative innovations that have already taken place,” Emerson said. “They’re not so separate as people think and the more we push to merge the fields and encourage people and students and individuals to think creatively the better our world is going to be.” The STEAM movement is about making sure colleges give priority to both the art and science programs they offer. “What STEAM is about is ... the fact that art is an important part of any major’s education, that it will strengthen their skills in any field and it’s been proven to be true,” Emerson explained. Thomas Fassino, an academic adviser in the art department, also wants to draw attention to the movement. “I think it’s a really great movement,” Fassino said. “I think there are a lot of students and I think the public in general, who aren’t aware, necessarily. I think they know the arts are being cut but I don’t think they know by how much. I think it’s lost sometimes, how important the arts are and the humanities are to society in general. How boring would

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STEAM program emphasizes importance of art our world be without the arts?” Emerson wants to explore this question through Project 404. He also encourages students and staff in any discipline to question and get involved with this idea of not separating the colleges of arts and sciences. “Essentially, I don’t see arts and humanities as any different from any other field, especially having been in pre-med, and knowing the workload in both,” Emerson said. Fassino also hopes more students and faculty will get involved with this project. “We encourage all areas

of education to get involved. We would love to have math students and engineering students involved with this movement just as a show of solidarity,” Fassino said. According to Fassino, students and faculty can expect to see more from Project 404. “I want them, first of all, to know that it’s not going away,” Fassino said. “It’s crucial that all faculty and students, no matter where or what college you’re in or what your major is, to know that each degree is part of a bigger piece. Cliché as it is, we’re all puzzle pieces that make Boise State what Boise State is. And if we lose the arts

and humanities it starts to take some of our identity away.” Emerson hopes to continue this project and hopes more people will get involved. “It’s really a work in progress. It’s something I intend to do again. I feel like I got a lot of really good feedback and response from the project,” Emerson said. “It’s made an impact and I wanna keep riding those waves.” Emerson encourages anyone who wants to get involved with Project 404 to check out the Facebook page: makeitsteam or to email him at tonyemerson@u.boisestate. edu.







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Civically engage or die Millennials, those of us born after 1982, have been dubbed “Generation Me” by psychologists. These psychologists point to data sets such as the American Freshman survey, which has questions pertaining to the level of potential civic engagement, interest in politics and social issues, and willingness to contact or work with public officials. The answers we submit, they say, indicate a dropoff in each of these areas when compared to previous generations. They call us narcissistic, and say that we Millennials have very little interest in civic engagement. This seems a bizarre truth, given the events of the past year. Occupy Wall Street wel-

comed hoards of Millennials who were fed up and cried for change, internet campaigns such as KONY 2012 and the anti-SOPA/PIPA outcry boasted huge followings and youth has become a focus for political campaigns among the nation’s most notable candidates. How, then, can it be said that we are uninterested in civic duty? The truth lies in responses within the same data sets that were leaned on to prove our lack of involvement. These surveys show that members of our generation are less likely to say that they trust the government to do the right thing, and though a big deal was made over young voter turnout in 2008, the reality is that it didn’t really rise that much. This may seem like a symptom of our

narcissistic nature, but there are other factors at play. According to an Esquire article titled “The War Against Youth” by Stephen Marche, the cost of attending college in the U.S. has risen by almost 128 percent since the ‘80s. The average college graduate is $25,250 in debt. President Barack Obama proposed cutting $100 billion from student loan programs in the 2012 budget, while Medicare and Social Security will remain largely untouched. In fact, the government spends $480 billion on Medicare, while only $68 billion goes toward education in America. Much of our generation works while attending school. The end game is getting a degree, then a job

that will help to pull us out of debt and provide for us in the future. Our perceived lack of civic engagement derives from a lack of trust in the government, and also the increased priority on self-support because of government budgeting. But what about the causes that our generation rallied around? How many of us can say that we really applied ourselves fully to any of them? KONY 2012 is a perfect example. For about a week, people were up in arms (sort of). We shared videos on Facebook, but how many people actually hit the streets, donated, or spent time researching the political and economic situations behind the conflict? Now, interest

has already fizzled. Rumors spread about a lack of legitimacy among KONY 2012’s organizers, but for many people, they were just an excuse not to get involved. SOPA and PIPA were billed as diabolical libertystealing bits of legislation, but how many actually wrote a letter to their representatives? At some point, we’re just whining, and nobody likes a whiner. So, what’s the verdict? Are we really the narcissists we’re made out to be, or are we being forced to focus on ourselves to survive? Both. The youth of this nation has a reason to be upset, and it’s hard to trust a government that allocates almost seven times as much money to the elderly than to your

generation, but we could do more. Knowledge is power. A little bit of research, a dollar here and there, a short letter to a congressperson about something that irks you; these things do go a long way. If we want our generation to be treated equally, we have to represent ourselves equally. Civic engagement isn’t just a right, it’s a responsibility. The Way We See It is based on the majority opinions of The Arbiter’s editorial board. Members of the board are Editor-in-Chief Rebecca De León; Managing Editor Haley Robinson; Section editors Lindsey Hileman, Suzanne Craig, Tasha Adams, Amy Merrill, Eva Hart, Tony Madonna, and Troy Hatfield.

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Barack Obama should be re-evaluated in his campaign to remain president.

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Mitt Romney must prove he deserves to be in the White House.

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Importance of preschool Christin Niblett is a freshman pre-veterinarian major. For a big group of parents it’s always easier to turn cartoons on or even open the front door and send your kids outside to ride bikes than it is to sit down with them and find a way to engage their minds and bring out the child’s creative side. But, children deserve a chance to learn and express their imaginations. With the help of preschool, children can have an opportunity to free their mind and better their relationships with others. As well as having the possibility on learning to read, write and do basic math before even stepping foot into kindergarten. As a parent, I chose to pay for my son to attend a highly recommended preschool. I

felt that if I could encourage him to enjoy the opportunity to be with others his own age and to learn at a vulnerable age, I would find a way to pay his tuition. He also has the chance to lean to be proud of himself even when it is simply completing a work sheet of tracing squares. Not all preschools have tuition. Some are free but in order to have the success levels your child deserves, you have to do a little research and find the preschools that have actual certified teachers. When I pick Levi up after his class, I look forward to watching his eyes gleam and his little legs jump as he is anxious and eager to show me his work completed that day. This alone, the simple excitement, makes paying for

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preschool well worth every penny. School does not come easy to everyone. Most of the time, children have had no help preparing for the challenges of kindergarten. I feel that we as parents of even one day parents should be finding a way to provide preschool to our children. The fact I will have a son start kindergarten with the ability of reading, writing, and basic math is almost a feeling of relief. Statistics have proven that a child who goes through preschool has a better chance of entering college after high school. Their little minds are always ready for new knowledge. Placing them into a program that will better their way of thinking is one of the best things a parent could do for their child. nists reflect the diversity of opinion in the academic community and often will be controversial, but they do not represent the institution-

the requirements of managing a substantial White House operation and a sprawling federal workforce of some two million people? Does he know the functions and operations of the cabinet agencies, or can he at least name them? There was a serious, though short-lived, attempt by the Clinton administration, to “reinvent” the federal government. The goal was to create a government that “works better and costs less.” President Obama has asked for fast-track authority to consolidate and streamline federal agencies, which have multiple and expensive overlapping jurisdictions, as recently noted by Sen. Susan Collins. A president needs to be attuned to the management dimensions of his job, and Mitt Romney’s claim to management acumen should be analyzed seriously. Process. Is the candidate comfortable making tough decisions? More importantly, does he understand how to create an environment where good decisions can be made? It is clear that the development of sound decisions requires debate and deliberation, for “groupthink” can easily overtake discussion. George W. Bush described himself as being a “decider,” but he showed great reluctance to analyze the consequences of his decisions, or to ever revisit them. Obama certainly encourages deliberation and even dissent, but at times he holds back on the advocacy and explanations of decisions already made.

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Response to ‘A girl’s guide to dating a sports guy’ Briana Cornwall is a junior social sciences and English major with a gender studies minor. Student newspapers exist to give voice to those paying to attend school. They offer glimpses into the university culture and the perspectives of students devoting their energies to campus life. But yet again, the Arbiter fails to do this—at least, it fails to reach a significant portion of BSU’s student body. Recently in “A Girl’s Guide to Dating a Sports Guy,” journalist Wyatt Martin offers some foolproof steps for women to take (because the only people who date men are women) in order to win the attention of their men,

al opinion of The Arbiter or any organization the author may be affiliated with unless it is labeled as such. The Arbiter cannot guarantee

who are otherwise swept up by a variety of sports seasons and tournaments. Let’s walk through some suggestions the writer offers me to “solve” the relationship gap between me and my boyfriend—assuming I’m into men—created by my apparent inability to comprehend sports. Obviously, it’s my job to close that gap and make my hypothetical “‘sports guy’ happy.” The first task should be picking a team. Don’t worry: doing that “doesn’t take much thought.” (And I thought I was going to actually have to think!) In order to get into a particular sport, I am allowed to ask ques-

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tions, “but not too many.” And during March Madness, regardless of the fact that I grew up filling out brackets with my sisters, I need to clear out of the house with my gals, because, evidently, I don’t have male friends. If you are a heterosexual, cisgendered woman who just doesn’t get sports, this piece caters to you in a rather degrading, sexist manner. However, I fail to see where its logic applies to my life and identity whatsoever. I suppose I should get over the fact that a portion of my school fees helps fund this organization’s existence so it can continue to produce short-sighted, exclusive, two-dimensional discourse.


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The questions routinely asked of our presidential candidates are insufficient for assessing their potential ability to lead the nation. The following questions are based on my studies of the leadership style of recent presidents. The candidates’ responses to these questions— as well as evidence of how they have already “answered” them in practice—would provide more reliable guidance for their leadership potential in the White House: Vision. Does the candidate embrace a compelling view of the nation’s future? Has the candidate demonstrated a consistent, though not overly rigid, commitment to a set of principles that could energize his White House, as Ronald Reagan did; or does he seem to stand for everything but believe in nothing, as Jimmy Carter was frequently accused of doing? Bill Clinton campaigned on the basis of being a “New Democrat,” eschewing the outdated orthodoxies of the New Deal and Great Society, and attracted great support for a Democratic Party that could take the ideas of deficit reduction and collaboration with business seriously. By contrast, Rick Perry’s “vision” of making government “inconsequential” seemed unimpressive. Does the candidate comprehend the difference between a compelling vision and an obsession? Was George W. Bush’s

“vision” of fighting the terrorists transformed into an obsession later in his term, resulting in the Iraq War? Strategy. Does the candidate comprehend or possess the specific political skills needed to translate vision into reality? Does the candidate understand the importance of surrounding himself with highly qualified aides—some of whom need to be Washington insiders—who can work effectively with Congress to bring about change? It is one thing to campaign as an “outsider” and quite another to govern as one. Does the person have a track record of surrounding himself with professionals instead of friends? The difference was poignantly illustrated by George W. Bush’s first chief of staff, Andrew Card, who, when he resigned his position, said, “I’m so glad I’m leaving the White House, because now I can be George’s friend again.” The president does not need friends in the White House; he needs “courageous followers,” professionals who have the confidence to challenge a president when needed. Finally, does the candidate have a limited agenda? President Reagan’s focus on three or four major policy initiatives during his early years in the White House translated into impressive legislative victories, while President Carter’s expansive agenda hampered his ability to get much done. Management. Does the candidate understand basic management principles and

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North America Football Rory Connop: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Taylor Loffler: Kelowna, B.C. Canada. Mike Atkinson: Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Basketball Lexie Der: Burnaby, B.C. Canada. Diana Lee: North Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Swim and Dive Christie Raininger: Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Track and Field Kurt Felix: St. Davids, Grenada. Golf Maria Santisteban: Tampico, Mexico.

Europe Golf Jenna Leurquin: Waterloo, Belgium. Jennifer Henningson: Stockholm, Sweden. Emma Dahlquist: Jonkoping, Sweden. Tennis Scott Sears: London, England. Andrew Bettles: Somerset, England. Manuela Pietzuch: Hechingen, Germany. Marlena Pietzuch: Hechingen, Germany. Nathan Sereke: Stockholm, Sweden. Sonia Klamczynska: Warsaw, Poland. Football Elliot Hoyte: Travistock, England. Geraldo Bouldewijn: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe: Amsterdam, Netherlands. Track and Field Eetu Vitala: Kuortane, Finland. Quinten Henneham: Zwijadrecht, Holland. Sasa Kampic: Kranji, Slovenia.

Where do they all come from?

Australia Basketball Anthony Drimic: Endeavor Hills, Victoria, Australia. Igor Hadziomerovic: Melbourne, Australia. Tennis Sandy Vo: Melbourne, Australia. James Meredith: Christchurch, New Zealand.

Africa Tennis Damian Hume: Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Sasa Kampic sat on a 747 cruising high above the Atlantic crying her eyes out, asking “what have I done?” The 18-year-old Kampic was making her way to her first semester of college like so many thousands of high school graduates each fall. The difference: she graduated high school in Kranji, Slovenia; where she was also one of the nation’s top young javelin throwers. The 11-hour flight was filled with questions of uncertainty and apprehension. But upon arriving in San Francisco, one of

the most visually stunning cities in the States, Kampic’s tension began to ease. “It wasn’t a movie, it was really epic,” Kampic said with a thick slavic accent, recalling her approach, looking over the bay. “I was like, Why was I even sad? This is a new adventure.” This optimistic, open-minded attitude is a specific trait coaches at Boise State look for. It’s a huge risk to bring in international athletes because of home-sicknesses. Investing time and, of course, lots of money into student-athletes who don’t pan out is not a habit the Bronco athletic department is trying to get into.

Even the athletes are aware of this risk. “It’s hard to recruit people because it’s a lot of risk when you decide to go. You leave everything behind that you have back home,” Kampic said. “You want a person who’s good but also willing to come.” Not only is home-sickness a worry for coaches, incoming student-athletes’ academic prowess is always a question of concern. “The U.S. is unique in its way where kids are always having to go to school and keep a standard to be athletically eligible. That’s not always the case internationally,” said Assistant Basketball Coach John Rillie, who happens

to know a tremendous amount about making the transition to the States from Australia. Many of the incoming international student-athletes are coming from sports academies or institutes that they’ve been attending from a young age. These institutes are designed to give local talent an opportunity to improve on their athletic abilities and don’t always focus as much on academia. Though in some cases the experiences at these academies help to smooth the transition into college. Such is the case for freshman basketball player Anthony Drimic who attended the Australian Institute of Sport for two years prior to enrolling at Boise State. “My first year at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) I had school, basketball and all that at the same time. It’s like living on a campus, so it was pretty much exactly the same,” Drimic said. Time management is a key attribute that Drimic found to be necessary for balancing school and athletics. Another wrinkle that can potentially hurt international athletes in their quest to remain eligible is their amateur status. Especially when it comes to basketball in Europe, many school systems don’t have the resources to maintain an athletic program, forcing athletes to join clubs or sometimes professional teams. And since talent is not always abundant in these areas, sometimes the only decent competition is at the pro level. According to NCAA regulations, “You are not eligible for participation in a sport if you have ever: (1) Taken pay, or the promise of pay, for competing in that sport. (2) Agreed (orally or in writing) to compete in professional athletics in that sport. Or (3) Played on a professional athletics team defined by the NCAA in that sport.”

Unfortunately, many international athletes are completely unaware of these rules and find themselves ineligible when trying to participate in the United States at the collegiate level. Boise State and its compliance office are very aware of the pitfalls of international recruiting. Last September, the NCAA announced several sanctions that stemmed from violations by the men’s and women’s tennis teams, the men’s and women’s cross country/track and field teams and the football team. Violations that involved the women’s tennis team involved the early arrival of international athletes who were not yet eligible because they were not academically qualified to enroll fulltime. In one case an athlete was competing before even being enrolled in school. This resulted in the NCAA imposing a two-year prohibition on the women’s tennis as well as men’s and women’s cross country/track and field teams from recruiting international players. It also reduced the number of scholarships available for the women’s tennis team from eight to five for the 2011-12 and 201213 seasons and left the team ineligible for postseason play for that same span. The university also paid a $5,000 self-imposed penalty for allowing ineligible athletes to participate in university sanctioned sports. During the investigation, when Boise State learned of the violations it decided to fire the majority of the women’s tennis coaching staff, including the head coach. Sanctions were also imposed on the football team. In total five sports were reprimanded for a “lack of institutional control” which led to the firing of 31-year athletic director, Gene Bleimaier. While the risk of recruiting international student-athletes

remains high, it hasn’t stopped the athletic department from its constant search to discover hidden talent. Currently, Boise State is home to 31 international student athletes from 14 different countries, which makes up a little more than 6 percent of our athlete population. This percentage is about average for the region, with the University of Idaho being on the high-end (8.9 percent) and the University of Oregon slightly lower (4.7 percent). While the U of I may have a higher percentage, it gets a vast majority of its international athletes from its close neighbors to the north. With the ability to travel and recruit in nearby British Colombia and Alberta, the Vandals have taken to finding talent from the Canucks. The internationalization of recruiting is not something that seems to be going away anytime soon. In a USA Today article published in 2008, it showed women’s ice hockey, women’s tennis as well as men’s tennis to be the sports with the highest percentages of international athletes. Women’s ice hockey and tennis were found to be made up of 50 percent international athletes with men’s tennis having 38 percent international participants. This can be exemplified in the Bronco tennis programs which have the highest percentage of international athletes of any sport on campus with nine out of the 17 athletes being from outside the U.S. The days of recruiting within a 50-mile radius of campus are over. Athletic talent is being scoured for all over the globe, and in order to remain at a competitive level, programs like Boise State are finding that they need to use a few frequent flyer miles to find their diamonds in the rough.

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The best and worst Here are some of our staff picks for the highs and lows of Bronco sports this year


John Garretson

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Oh what a year it’s been for sports at Boise State, and the recognition isn’t just from the football team. Here are the top five best moments in Bronco sports this past year.

1. Broncos defeating Georgia in Atlanta Despite being ranked in the preseason Top 5, the Broncos went into SEC territory as underdogs as speculation portrayed the non-AQ squad to be unable to handle the demeaning and rowdy atmosphere. However, with the leadership of heralded senior quarterback Kellen Moore, who tossed three touchdowns, the Broncos marched into a 3521 defeat of the Bulldogs and garnered national attention as BCS contenders.

2. Men’s tennis capturing Mountain West conference title Entering their first season in the Mountain West, the No. 38 ranked men’s tennis team looked like they had been there before as they took home the conference title in San Diego, Calif. Defeating the likes of TCU and New Mexico State, the Broncos took home their 13th conference championship and earned a birth to the NCAA tournament, thanks to seniors James Meredith and Damian Hume.

Worst 2. Farewell to the Papa of the Smurf Turf The 31-year Boise State Athletic Director, Gene Bleymaier, was forced into resignation in August after the NCAA announced BSU had a “lack of institutional control” over its athletic program. The man who had been at the helm for the Broncos’ rise in college athletics was let go and new AD Mark Coyle was hired in January.

4. A lack-luster volleyball season The Bronco volleyball team seemed to underachieve in their first year of play in the Mountain West conference. At 16-14 Boise State was unable to make any drastic steps forward and fell to TCU in the first round of the MW tournament.

4. Record six Broncos drafted in the NFL The Broncos captured headlines with a record six Boise State players taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, falling only behind Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia. Another monumental moment were two Broncos taken in the first round, as defensive end Shea McClellin was picked by the Chicago Bears No. 19 overall and running back Doug Martin was selected No.31 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Five other Broncos were also signed as undrafted free agents.

5. Three Bronco wrestlers head to nationals Even though the Boise State wrestling team fell short to Oregon State for a Pac-12 title, three Bronco wrestlers headed to the NCAA national tournament. Redshirt junior Brian Owen represented the 133 lb. class, redshirt sophomore Jake Swartz went for the 184 lb class, and redshirt junior Brent Chriswell was for the 197 lb class. The trio will be poised to help BSU in their hunt for a title next year.

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While we wish this list could be filled with nothing but the best, here are some of the worst moments in Boise State athletics this year. 1. The second kick heard round the world For the second straight season the Bronco football team was denied a shot at a BCS Bowl game due largely to trouble in the kicking game. Obviously the entire loss can’t be put on the shoulders of the kicker. A poor second half combined with a late fumble all led to the second year of heartbreak for Bronco Nation.

3. Accomplished senior Glass finishes off Bronco career Recently awarded as the 2012 American Athlete, Inc award winner and second team All-American honor, senior Amy Glass left a massive imprint on the Bronco gymnastic team from her stellar career. Glass graduates with 48 event wins, five school records, 27 Top 10 all-time marks, two WAC titles, and led her teammates to three WAC championships.

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3. The struggles of a young men’s basketball team Things didn’t quite go as planned for Leon Rice in his second year as head coach. A new conference combined with an extremely young squad made for a rough season. After finishing 14-17 last year, expect the young Broncos to make improvements across the board next season.

5. MAACO Bowl Selection a slap in the face The Broncos’ selection to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas was one of the most disappointing moments of the year. Being matched with a 6-6 Arizona State team added insult to injury for the 11-1 Broncos.


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