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Boise State C.A.R.E.S. Mallory Barker Staff Writer
College life is full of stress for students, faculty and staff. Finals, financial aid, and relationships are among the numerous factors that can promote stress for students and staff. These emotions have been known to prompt behavior that can be seen as threatening, disruptive, or otherwise concerning. Acts of a violent nature have occurred at places such as Virginia Tech, and even as close to home as the University of Idaho. Boise State has established the C.A.R.E program on campus as an effort to contain those behaviors, and to ensure that all Boise State students and faculty feel safe here. Previously, Boise State had the
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program known as SOS (Support our Students), which was a behavior intervention program. Last fall Dr. Lisa Harris, vice president for student affairs, directed that the SOS program be reevaluated, to make it fully inclusive for all individuals who are members of this university, specifically including staff and faculty in addition to students. It is from this challenge the C.A.R.E. program was born. C.A.R.E. stands for campus assessment, resource, and education. C.A.R.E. has the same goal as the SOS team, but with a broader coverage and increased resources. The C.A.R.E. program is a multidisciplinary committee that includes heads from the offices of the Dean of Students, Campus Security and Police Services, Student Affairs, Human Resources, General Counsel,
Housing, and Academic Affairs. Blaine Eckles, Associate Dean of Students and one of the founders of CARE, states that CARE brings all of the vested people to the same table on numerous behavioral issues. This multifaceted program allows for various points of entry for a student or faculty member to receive help from a number of different departments located here on campus. “We want to identify those behaviors of concern that are troubling to the campus community so we can assess what needs to be done, if anything,” said Eckles. “Students and faculty are not by themselves, we are here to partner with them and help them be successful. At the end of the day we want to help everyone on campus be successful.”
The C.A.R.E. Web site states the program’s purpose is to: Help create a campus culture where the shared value of CARING is upheld. Review reports of concern about members of the Boise State University community including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Monitor and assess activity in the campus community to identify signs of potential threat as early as possible.
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Educate the campus community on by-stander intervention, bias incidents, crisis management, monitoring behavior, and threat assessment. Serve as consultants to members of the Boise State University community to support them in monitoring and assessing behavior and building plans to manage it. Maintain a database of historical reports of concern.
If you are unsure of whether or not you should file a report with C.A.R.E. ask the following questions: Is this person’s behavior distressingly out of the ordinary? Is this beyond my skill level? Is the behavior getting worse?
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Does the behavior place anyone at risk? Am I feeling like I want to talk with someone about my observations and concerns?
Does my “gut-feeling” tell me something is wrong or out of the ordinary? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the C.A.R.E team would encourage you to file a report so that the issue can be resolved. Those reports can be submitted online at care.boisestate.edu. Anyone that is a member of Boise State can make a report regarding behavior that is threatening or of concern. These reports could be about a friend that has made suicidal
statements or become withdrawn and morose, a fellow student that has made threatening remarks, or a faculty member that behaved inappropriately in their interactions with you or made you feel uncomfortable. Once a C.A.R.E report has been filed, the committee will determine what, if any, action needs to be taken regarding the issue and will work to reach a resolution.
Eckles stated that the committee aims to aid those that file the reports with how to solve the issue so that they will know how to properly respond in similar situations. Eckles stressed that this is not an emergency resource. If there is an emergency and a student or faculty member sees an immediate threat, he or she should call 911 or Campus Security at 208-426-6911. Bryan Talbot/THE ARBITER
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Did you know there are bees on top of the Student Union building? It’s true—literally tens of thousands. But the bees didn’t come first; what started it all was the rooftop garden that was planted in 2010. The patio on top of the Student Union Building (SUB) outside the lookout room wasn’t previously in use. “It’s too hot,” said Jack Rahmann, director of the Student Union. “People won’t want to go out there so the garden thing came about just as a way to put it to some use. All the food is used in the Boise River Cafe. I just delivered a couple gallons of honey yesterday.” In addition to the honey produced by the bees, the rooftop garden also provides anaheim peppers, jalapenos, tomatoes, cucumbers, a variety of herbs and more. The Boise River Cafe, which buys all the produce, has made a number of
soups and salsa from the produce. “It helps pay for the investment,” said Rahmann. “They have a lot of sustainable dining practices of their own so this fits in with what we all want to do: buy local, eat local.” The produce yielded from the rooftop crops is organic, said Rahmann. “We’re growing it organic, but it’s not certified. We don’t use any pesticides or herbicides, we use all natural methods of controlling (pests and insects), like aphids. We’ll buy ladybugs and plant different things that ward off insects — certain flowers you can plant, or certain herbs they don’t like.” The rooftop garden and bee hives are tended to by interns, mainly from the Environmental Studies Program. Students sign up for 2 credits—about ten hours a week—with generally three to four interns splitting the work load
each semester. “You don’t have to work on the bee hives, obviously, if you’re allergic or afraid of bees,” said Rahmann. Rahmann isn’t afraid of bees and with a note of pride said, “Yeah, I’ve been stung. I have the most bee stings of anybody, about ten. That’s because I go up there and I don’t put on a bee suit. I just start fooling around. Bee stings don’t bother me.”
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The new Business REC attire policy change and Econ. Building The Boise State Rec has attire policies in place to create a space that is both comfortable and inclusive for all its users. Most of the attire policy remains the same including shirts being worn at all times, shirts with large or cut arm holes and sports bras worn alone are unacceptable. Shorts must cover buttocks and genitals at all times and shoes must be worn at all times. The change in policy specifically deals with minimalist shoes which includes Vibram Five Finger shoes and other similar shoes which are now acceptable footwear in the Rec.
Students who choose to wear minimalist footwear do so at their own risk and Recreation Service Staff reserve the right to determine what is and is not appropriate footwear. Additionally, due to increased risk of injury it is recommended although not mandated that jewelry be removed prior to Rec use. Another substantial change to the attire policy is in regards to the shirt policy; Previously sleeveless and strapless tops were not allowed, now however as long as the mid-drift is covered sleeveless and strapless are considered acceptable.
The Micron Business and Economics building opened with a ceremonious ringing of the bell, reminiscent of the opening bell used at the New York Stock Exchange. The $28.8 million, 119,000 square-foot building is, according
to President Kustra, “Boise State’s new front door.” A crowd of more than four hundred people attended the dedication, and special mention was made in tribute to the late Steve Appleton, former CEO of Micron Technology. Appleton, a Boise
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State alumnus, provided through his tenure with the Micron Foundation a $12.5 million lead gift for construction of the building. The building is technologically savvy, equipped with adaptable classrooms, and much, much more.
Long shot story night The greater United States has almost fully recovered from post-Olympics obsession, however, to commemorate great losses in life, Story Story Night presents “Underdog: Stories of Long Shots.” Story Story
Night, a story-telling forum, lead by featured storytellers presenting real-life stories told on the evenings theme. An intermission with live music signals the start of the second half of the evening which entails an
open story slam. Names are drawn from a hat, and those selected have five minutes to tell their own real life “long shot” stories. Tickets are on sale for $7 at www.storystory night.com Aug. 27 show.
Smart women, Look smart, act smart, be smart Smart money Elizabeth Smart, abducted when she was 14 for nine months, will be this year’s keynote speaker at Smart Women, Smart Money, a free conference on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Boise Centre on the Grove. Registration for the conference opened Aug. 21 and seating is limited. Pre-registration is required and includes breakfast and lunch. Additional speakers include Idaho First
Lady Lori Otter and State Treasurer Ron Crane. Other national and local speakers will cover topics from budgeting, debt reduction, investing and retirement. Smart women, Smart money was founded by Idaho State Treasurer Ron Crane 12 years ago with over 17,000 women participating in the event. Preregistration can be completed at www. smartwomen smartmoney.com.
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Correction: Hot Bodies in Motion In the August 22 edition, there was mention of band Hot Bodies in Motion playing the University Pulse R&R concert on August 25th. The band actually played at The Move-in-Music Festival on August 24.
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August 27, 2012
Campus safety is more than caution Amy Merrill News Editor
Being safe on campus seems, at face value, a simple concept. Surrounded by professors, students and staff in a controlled environment can have a blinding affect, however, that could result in students becoming an easy target. Looking out for other students and classmates could go a long way, but each individual needs to take responsibility for looking out for themselves as well. Sometimes the most basic steps can be the biggest preventative measures when it comes to personal safety. For students living both on and off campus, always tell someone where you’re going and when to expect your return. In the instance of car trouble, an accident or another event someone will know you are missing much quicker and can send help. Along that same line, don’t accept help from a stranger. Even other students are strangers and shouldn’t be trusted without cause. Never get into a car with someone who is unfamiliar, even if they seem nice. Jokes about stranger danger and un-marked white vans with a driver offering candy for a ride can be hilarious, but the danger can also be real. Similarly, never prop open dormitory, apartment or house doors. An open door is an invitation for anyone walking by to come on in. Especially for students living in on-campus housing, by moving in, as an individual an agreement is being made to follow the university housing rights and responsibilities. Included in these is the right to a safe and secure living environment. Keep in
mind all students living in the dorms have that same right and a propped open dormitory door can put the entire hall at risk. As a dry campus, alcohol is absent from the dorms and apartments, but it would be ignorant to assume students aren’t imbibing. Whether returning to campus after some drinks or to offcampus housing, alcohol use can make students an especially vulnerable target. Drinking to excess impairs thinking and can lead to bad decision making. Drinking to excess should be avoided, but in the case of a rough night, don’t leave friends or wander off alone. Do not take shortcuts through off beaten paths or dark alleys. Don’t display expensive jewelry or wave around gobs of cash from student loan refunds. Additionally, for students who find themselves walking alone in the dark, keep expensive belongings like a laptop hidden. When heading to a vehicle, have keys in hand and keep in mind campus security is more than happy to escort students or faculty and staff to their vehicle. Additionally, scenarios to consider are the kind that can be harmful to an individual’s health and well-being. Although Boise State is lucky it has not had a case of bacterial meningitis on campus to date, according to Julie Beard a Registered Nurse with the Health and Wellness Center, “college freshmen in residence halls are at a higher risk for meningitis. They live in close conditions where bacteria can spread,” according to University Health Services and Novartis. Bacterial meningitis can cause an infection of the
tissue around the brain, and spinal cord or a serious blood infection. Meningitis can be spread through common activities such as kissing, sharing eating utensils and glasses, living in tight quarters like the dormitories and smoking. Stayingout late and having an irregular sleep schedule can weaken the immune system and put students at greater risk. Students can protect themselves by getting the vaccine through the Health and Wellness Center. The vaccine is covered 100 percent by SHIP health insurance, but students with other providers can still receive the vaccine. The last and potentially most common way students put themselves at risk is through sexual encounters, especially encounters coupled with alcohol consumption. Sexually transmitted disease, (STDs) are no joking matter and although condoms can minimize the risk of exposure they will not offer full protection. In the case of some STD’s, like herpes, skinto-skin contact is all that is necessary to cause the virus to spread. A common misconception is that std’s can’t be spread through oral sex, but in the case of a virus like the herpes virus, genital herpes can be spread to the mouth of a partner through oral sex. According to the Central District Health Department, STD rates are on the rise in Ada County. Avoid becoming a statistic and wave-off casual sexual encounters until a potential partner has the paperwork to prove a clean bill of health. A single night of pleasure isn’t worth the consequences of a bout with chlamydia or a lifetime with herpes.
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Boise State mourns the loss of Professor David Mueller.
In memory of Professor David Mueller Amy Merrill News Editor
David Mueller, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, passed away suddenly Monday, Aug. 20. Mueller has been a fixture at Boise State since 2001 when he moved to Boise from Lewiston, Idaho and began teaching at the university as an assistant professor.
Mueller earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 2005. Serving as the criminal justice department’s graduate coordinator in 2006–2009, Mueller also taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to teaching, Mueller also served as the Region V trustee to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences in addition to participat-
ing on several committees and organizations at both the university and regional level. An expert on juvenile justice and school violence, Mueller earned his Ph. D. in political science, specializing in criminal justice from Washington State University in 2001. He is survived by his sons, Kyle and Ryan; his sister, Bridgette Curry and his brother, Hal Mueller.
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Students aren’t the only busy bees [News page 4] The bee hives were started last summer, and this summer the three hives have yielded three or four gallons of honey each, totaling roughly 30 pounds of honey, said Rahmann. Rahmann was quick to state the project is more than just bee hives or gardening, “it’s urban agriculture.” “After our first full year here I asked the students what’s the next step? This is a work in progress. We’re always trying to move forward, so we added the solar greenhouses so we can start seeds in the early spring,” said Rahmann, pointing to the two now empty solar greenhouses also located on the rooftop. The next logical step after installing the raised garden beds was some bee hives for pollination and honey
production purposes. “After checking all the appropriate city risk management to see if there were any concerns or issues we did a little more research and found that lots of cities all over the country (house hives on rooftops),” said Rahmann. “There’s bee hives on high rises in downtown Chicago and we figured if they can do it we can do it.” Rahmann went on to say the city not only encourages, but supports things like urban gardening and bee hives. “Then it was just a matter of connecting with the Treasure Valley Beekeepers’ Association and buying beehives and buying a couple of swarms,” said Rahmann. Next to the hives on the roof was a large metal container which Rahmann
called a honey extractor. “We do it all ourselves,” Rahmann said, demonstrating how the extractor spins the honeycomb to remove the honey to be used in the Boise River Cafe. When asked what the next step was in the evolution of the rooftop space Rahmann said he’s applying for a grant that’s due next week for Vermiculture, or worm farms. “Worms eat your produce, kitchen scraps and turn it into really good compost,” said Rahmann. Although the rooftop project is only a few years old, Rahmann and the interns working there must be doing something right. In 2011 the Student Union was awarded Gold-level recognition for its Rooftop Garden
and Bee Farm internship project from NASPA, the association for student affairs administrators in higher education. This award is only given once a year with only one award issued per category. The rooftop garden and bee farm was recognized in the Student Union, Student Life, Greek Life, Leadership and Related category.
Last year’s Breaking News Editor Suzanne Craig chronicles her adventures while studying abroad in Sweden.
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Emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide reached an alltime high last year, reducing the chances that the world could avoid a dangerous rise in global average temperature by 2020, according to the International Energy Agency. Global emissions of carbondioxide, or CO2, from fossilfuel combustion hit a record
high in 2011, an increase of 3.2 percent from 2010. According to the vast majority of climatologists, the rapid rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere because of industrialization over the last 150 years has led to an increase in global average temperature by about 1 degree Celsius. Scientists and the IEA contend that countries need to keep the global average temperature
from rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius in order to avoid profound damage to life on Earth, from water and food scarcity to rising sea levels to greater incidence and severity of disease. Last year’s jump in carbon emissions sets the world even more firmly on the path to hurtle past a 2 degree Celsius increase. “The new data provide further evidence that the door
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to a 2C trajectory is about to close,” said IEA Chief Economist Fatih Birol. China is the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, followed by the United States. Although China’s emissions rose significantly because of its coal consumption, the increase would have been more substantial had the country not taken steps over the last decade to improve energy efficiency, Birol said. Carbon dioxide emissions in the United States fell by 1.7 percent, in 2011, as more power companies switched to natural gas from coal and a mild winter reduced heating demand. Emissions in the United States have now fallen by 7.7 percent since 2006, according to the IEA, which called it “the largest reduction of all countries or regions.”
It’s an old tradition, counting down days. Advent calendars counting down days until Christmas, crossed out days keeping track of time until school starts; sometimes it seems people have an obsession with keeping track of time. That’s about how I feel right now. Counting down the days until I take a plane on what will be a grand adventure to Sweden. There are seven days left now. By the time this article is up I might already be on a plane heading to Frankfurt. But right now, it’s the final leg of preparation, meaning I have to start looking at my closet and the multitude of packing lists people have sent me. Entirely well meaning, certainly, but overwhelming in the sheer contradictions. One says five shirts, another says two will do, a third claims nothing but the entire wardrobe will suffice. The last one has been dumped. No way am I carrying an entire wardrobe to Sweden. Way too heavy, I’ll hurt my back before I even get there. The contradictions are still troublesome to sort through. Sure I could have started sooner, but really the entire bag would have just been unpacked and repacked in the last week anyway, so I
just saved myself the wasted effort. Instead the card table designated the “to-pack” table is getting piled with stuff to sort through one last time before putting it all in my two bags and leaving next Monday morning. The preparation process has taken eight months, starting with getting a passport in January and ending with getting through Ontario security. It’s easier than LAX though, so no complaints here. The only real concern at that end is flying United—hopefully the phrase “third time’s the charm” pulls through because the last two United experiences left much to be desired in the way of getting there at a decent hour. Two in the morning and ten at night when I expected 7 and 5 p.m., do not a good impression make. Yeah, a few Star Wars books are coming with me. How’d you guess? So, if the perspective of a plaid-wearing desert-dweller thrown in a reportedly cold and rainy country interests you, keep an eye out. These columns will be coming out semi-regularly (hey, weird things can happen and I’m not paying for wi-fi) filled with serious questions about intercultural relations. Such as, when you see American movies in Swedish, is it as bad as the lip-synching job Japanese films do? There’s a new James Bond coming out in November, this is an important question! Inquiring minds want to know. Well, inquiring minds will know come November, because I’m not missing it. That, however, is getting ahead of myself. The “topack” table is still noticeably bare of some of the more important items, like socks. Sure, I have a week, but knowing my luck and prior packing experience, I’ll think I packed them first and then arrive in Sweden with absolutely no socks, even though I just bought five new pairs. On that note, I’m going to find my socks.
It sure is disappointing when you don’t get what you pay for. Some individual health plans seem like a bargain, but may be missing the benefits you really need. Plus, you have to pay medical bills out of your pocket until you hit the deductible ($1,000 to $5,000) before the insurance will start paying*. What good is health insurance if you can’t afford to use it? Considering an individual plan? Here are some things that may not be covered: • Contraceptives • Chiropractic care • Physical therapy • Mental health care • Allergy treatment and testing • Pregnancy (or covered only after an additional deductible of $5,000 or $10,000) • Brand-name prescription drugs may be covered only after meeting an additional $5,000 deductible
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August 27, 2012
Professor Del Parkinson shares his musical talents Tabitha Bower
Arts and Entertainment Editor
The Morrison Center’s third floor is a space at Boise State that many, aside from music majors and professors, never venture to. The dimly lit halls wind around closed offices where music escapes from cracks under doors. Tucked in the far end of the building, between the harmonics of grand pianos, baritone vocals and smooth stringing of stringed instruments, one can find the office of Del Parkinson, Ph.D. world-renowned pianist and professor of music at Boise State. Parkinson has shared his talents with Boise State since 1985, when he began teaching in the music department. His passion for music, however, began long before his Boise State career and spans far further than campus. “When I was three years old I asked Santa Clause for a piano for Christmas,” Parkinson said. “I don’t know why I was interested in a piano, I don’t know if a friend had one, but two years later our parents bought us a piano, one of those tall little uprights for 150 dollars.” The piano was originally purchased for Parkinson’s older twin brothers, but Parkinson soon showed his dedication to music by taking time every day to practice the piano. “Apparently I did this every single day, so it obviously was not a passing interest,” Parkinson said. “I was five at the time, so my parents called the teacher and asked if she would take on one more student and she did.” For the next 12 years Parkinson studied piano in his small hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho with his original piano teacher. “Not all small towns have a teacher that is trained well,” Parkinson said. “She had all the right instincts and was just an excellent teacher. I feel really fortunate to have had amazing teachers that just seemed to be the right person for that stage in my life and my career and to this
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Dr. Del Parkinson has been teaching at Boise State since 1985. day I am incredibly grateful to have been blessed with such wonderful instruction, guidance and nurturing. Without a doubt my teachers have been my inspiration.” While much of Parkinson’s adolescence was spent practicing the piano, his college plans were actually quite the opposite from a career in the arts. After high school, Parkinson made his way to Brigham Young University, with every intention of taking on a political science major in hopes to pursue law. It was not until meeting with his advising counselor he even knew one could study music at the collegiate level. “My advisor gave me some really sound advice,” Parkinson said. “He said if you are going to do a music major or some major that involved musculature whether it be an athletic type of thing or acting, he said you really should do it soon because there are certain things you have to do at a younger age. Within half a semester I knew music was the right major for me.” After one semester at BYU, Parkinson transferred to Indiana University,
which boasts one of the largest music programs in the country. “Once I decided that I really wanted to do music, I decided if I’m going to do this I’m going to go all the way,” he said. Parkinson earned his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from Indiana University but always had a feeling that there was more he desired. “From not long after I had arrived in Indiana I had dreamed of going to Julliard,” he said. Parkinson’s path to Julliard was a long one, with his first stop out of Indiana University being London. Parkinson eventually found his way to Julliard where he completed a two-year postgraduate degree in just one year and achieved a longlived dream. “I loved not only the school but I loved living in New York,” he said. “It gave me sort of a broader exposure to music as a profession than I had at school because Indiana was pretty self-contained, where in New York you see great artists from all the world performing.”
After finishing his time at Julliard, Parkinson began his career as a teacher, and found his way to Boise State in 1985. Shortly after returning to Idaho, Parkinson experienced what he called one of his most memorable accomplishments, performing his New York debut recital. “I remember feeling very nervous just before the performance that evening but within a few minutes I realized this is really no different from performing anywhere else,” Parkinson said. “It was a confidence booster more than anything else and it let me realize that it was okay to perform anywhere in the world.” Since then, Parkinson has performed globally everywhere from Asia and Europe to South America and beyond. “I feel like the luckiest person with my job because I get to teach and perform,” he said. “Those two I love both and I’m glad I don’t have to choose between the two; I’m glad I can do both and I think the two compliment each other.” Currently, Parkinson
splits his time between teaching private lessons, piano and music pedagogy classes at Boise State and traveling near and far to perform in a multitude of formats, totaling 80 to 100 performances per year. “I will do solo recitals, and then I will perform concertos with orchestras, that is where I solo backed up by a symphony and then I do a lot of what they call collaborative performances, where I work with one other person or a few other in a duet, trio or quartet,” Parkinson said. Additionally, Parkinson is a member of the American Piano Duo, The American Piano Quartet and has worked with The Boise Philharmonic as principle keyboard player for nearly 25 years. On campus he collaborates closely with Lynn Berg, Ph.D. professor of voice and opera theatre. “I have known Del since 1985,” Berg said. “He is highly professional, an excellent pianist and he does have a good teaching reputation—not just at Boise State but in the community as well.” As a teacher, Parkinson’s
students describe him as encouraging and inspirational. Stephanie L’Heureux, senior piano performance major and student of Parkinson’s for over 12 years said her decision to teach music was shaped in part by instruction from Parkinson. “He has shown me what excellent teachers are like, not only as a private teacher, but as a professor,” L’Heureux said. “He is very cordial, inviting and respectful of his students. He has been an example for me of what I want to be like as a teacher myself. He has absolutely been my biggest inspiration in my career and has been an exemplary figure for me as an instructor and I would be lucky if I am as beloved by my students as he is.” Likewise, senior Jessica Burlile, general music major, said she gained significant inspiration through not only working with Parkinson in a teaching setting, but through watching him perform. “Del’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 last spring was particularly inspiring,” she said. “Whenever I hear him play I leave the concert feeling like I’ve learned something, and feeling better than when I first walked in which, I think, should be the goal of any musician. Dr. Parkinson is really a remarkable musician and music educator.” Parkinson said he finds that to be truly successful in music, the key is dedication and that true passion counts far more than talent. Through teaching, Parkinson passes on his passion for music and in turn, learns something new from his students regularly. “Every day is a learning experience,” he said. “It just makes it fun every day to try to help students improve and achieve and be the best that they can be. That’s my own search as well at my own performing and so I think that that’s a great privilege and a great joy that every day is different, every student is different, every piece of music is different so it keeps everything fresh and alive.”
Try it with Tabby
Don’t get your balls in a twist: the art of Poi
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“Try it with Tabby” is a weekly article chronicling the adventures of Tabitha Bower as she searches for out-of-the-ordinary and budgetfriendly activities for Boise State students. Poi, or fire dancing, is not exactly commonplace when thinking of Boise, Idaho. In my own travels, I recall nights on fire in Waikiki, entranced by Polynesians twirling flames of yellow and orange while hula dancers swayed to drum beats. In Thailand, fire dancers with their feet touching the Andaman Sea, entertain tourists with their eloquent flames—creating shapes in the darkening sky. But don’t be fooled; fire arts aren’t limited to ocean-side tourist venues and are actually quite active in Idaho, where a breakout culture is quickly expanding, especially within the music festival scene. On my quest to pinpoint some out-of-the-ordinary activities for students to entertain themselves with between class and study time, I made my way to Ophidia Studio to learn a bit more about fire dancing. It would not be fitting for me to recommend a new activity without first giving it a try, so here it goes— my first-hand experience with fire dancing. The first thing to know about Poi training is beginners are not permitted to use The Arbiter
actual fire during the training process. While this seems disappointing, I must also mention that even without the flames, fire dancing, at least for those lacking coordination as I do, can be potentially hazardous. In fact, the original practice of Poi, which began with the Maori people of New Zealand, utilized balls on a chord instead of fire. “The indigenous native people started Poi many years ago as a way to connect with
The art starts to become more spinning than face smacking and ball-twisting. —Tabitha Bower
each other, as a way to say their ancient songs and to stay in sync with each other,” said Julie “Jewels” Meek, Poi instructor. “We adapted it to fire at some point and made it more of a free expression practice, but it used to be a very sacred practice, so I always try and keep that in mind.” Keeping with tradition, my Poi instrument consisted of tennis balls in tube socks. After learning the correct Poi handwrapping technique, Meek ran through a series of breathing and stretching exercises, spoke about being properly grounded and then offered up some words of caution before the spinning commenced. “Your brain will tell you all sorts of myths when you are
starting to do Poi,” she said. “It will tell you that what I am telling you to do is impossible, but it is completely possible.” That being said, my brain had it’s own ideas on how to spin Poi, mainly sending the tennis balls on a direct collision course with my forehead. After a while though, muscle memory kicks in and the art starts to become more spinning than face smacking and ball-twisting. At the point where my Poi class met their spinning comfort zone, the movement piece of the puzzle came into play. “Don’t be afraid to move your body at any point,” Meek said. “Make it fun, take a step forward or back, try and look sassy.” Easier said than done. As the other first-timers in class found ways to add movement to their spinning, subtly stepping to the music while creating butterfly shapes with their Poi, I quickly regressed. In fact, I somehow forgot how to duplicate the simple spinning motions we learned at the start of class. Somewhere around this time, the term “most epic Poi fail” was tossed around. Coincidence? I think not. In the end I found my grounding and thoroughly enjoyed the art of Poi, although I will not be moving on to the flame version anytime soon. Whether you are looking to fully delve into the practice of fire dancing, or just want
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Julie “Jewels” Meek demonstrates the correct way to fire dance. To see Tabby’s go at it check, out the Poi video at arbiteronline.com to take some time out of your hectic schedule to unwind, laugh at yourself and find your rhythm, Poi may just be the
activity you are seeking. “The key is learning how to hit yourself but keep spinning anyway,” Meek said. “Poi is
kind of like life because you feel like you are constantly failing, but you are actually only failing if you are not doing anything.” arbiteronline.com
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Riot for Higher’s Tyler Roquemore (left) and Trinity Davis (right) take the stage at University Pulse’s R & R show Saturday by Taylor Residence Hall.
R & R show rocks Boise State amphitheater Ellie Parton Staff Writer
University Pulse welcomed Boise State students back to school on Saturday, with the University Pulse R&R Concert. Students gathered in the Centennial Amphitheater for the free event which was much more than the average concert. The event included
a tug-of-war tournament, a water slide and free ice cream near the dorms. The theme of the evening was rock and reggae. Pause for the Cause, a reggae/ rock band out of Boise, was the first band to play. Brandon Jenkins, drummer and singer of Pause for the Cause described the band’s sound as “reggae and hip-hop.” “We’ve got the reggae
style they’re looking for,” Jenkins said. “I’m looking forward to jamming for the crowd and watching them get into it.” Pause for the Cause played many original songs, and their cover of “The Lazy Song” had the crowd singing along. Local band Riot for Higher followed Pause for the Cause and added a variety of musical styles
to the show. The crowd listened to their songs that infused rock, hip-hop and screamo music styles. Voice of Reason was the third band to play at the event. They kept the theme going with their strong reggae sound mixed with brass instrumentals. Actual Depiction, an alternative rock band from Boise with a reggae influence, finished the night
off with anthems that had the crowd cheering. Music blasting through the amphitheater and across campus drew the attention of students passing by. Leah Koehler, junior exercise physiology major, came out to enjoy the show. “I came for the music,” Koehler said. “I would like to see even more shows here with local bands and mainstream music.”
Matthew Styler, DJ at University Pulse, coordinated the event. “I’m hoping students will push to put on more shows throughout the year,” Styler said. To keep up with upcoming events put on by University Pulse, go to their Web site at pulse.boisestate. edu and their Facebook page at facebook.com/ universitypulse.
Move-in Music Fest brings eclectic offerings Tabitha Bower
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Live music is back on campus in a big way. The first of the Student Union Performance Series (SUPS), Move-in Music Festival, offered up an eclectic musical offering on Friday. Three featured bands, Hot Bodies in Motion, MOsley WOtta and Medicine for The People represented a wide array of genres, spanning from inspirational rap and reggae to indie-blues, rock and soul. The performance openers were Medicine for The People, a Portland, Oregonbased group originally from The Big Island of Hawaii. Their inspirational reggae vibe drew quite a crowd,
especially those who caught their downtown performance at Liquid on Thursday night. “I came for Medicine for The People,” said Eric Nelson, Boise State student. “They are so cool. It is basically church for hippies. It is about the spirit but it’s not in a kind of single origin, it is kind of for everyone. I like the message and I think he sings about a lot of things that people aren’t talking about—it is more than just getting up for a performance. It is about holistically getting everyone together and doing better— we can all do better than where we are at right now.” Hot Bodies in Motion were next to take the stage, though they nearly missed the performance due to a runin with the police en route
to Boise. “Hot Bodies got pulled over on the way and thought they might be late, but they are here now,” said Amy Rajkovich, Student Union Fine Arts performance program coordinator. With their indie-blues rock, the band kept listeners dancing and the crowd doled out some extra love for the guys when they covered Blackstreet’s “No Diggity,” a 90s classic. Though Hot Bodies in Motion is a Seattlebased band, they are no strangers to Idaho. “This was our third time here in Idaho,” said Tim Lopresto, drummer for Hot Bodies in Motion. “We played at Treefort Music Festival and then we did a show in Stanley Idaho, The Sawtooth Festival.”
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The Student Union Performance Series kicks off with Move-In Music Festival. Bend, Oregon’s MOsley WOtta were also no strangers to Boise, as they played Treefort as well. These show closers brought the energy, getting the audience involved in their quick-paced call and response. Boasting positivity
through hip-hop, MOsley WOtta lyrically exemplified inspirational thinking and a positive outlook on life. While the first SUPS show featured all regional bands, Rajkovich said upcoming performances would have an
equal mix of student, local and regional bands. “I am so excited about all of the live music that is going to be happening here on campus,” said Lucy Lightle, Boise State student.
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Student Union Performance Series goes hip-hop Christina Marfice Features Editor
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Students take in the first of the Student Union Performance Series (SUPS) at the Centennial Amphitheater on Friday.
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Looking to spice up your lunch break during the first week of classes? Try spending it with some of Boise’s own beats and street artists. On Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Student Union Performance Series will be celebrating all things hip-hop with some danceable local beats and live paintings. The event will take place on the SUB patio and is free and open to the public. Three local groups will be taking the stage for the show. Illumneye will kick things off at 11:00, followed by The Mighty Deltaone at
11:45. Exit Prose will wrap up the show from 1:15 to 2:00. Those who stay after the show can see live painting and artist presentations by local street artists Sector 17 and Will Eichelberger. The campus hip-hop invasion will coordinate with the end of the Student Union Building Gallery’s graffiti-inspired exhibit “Hard Cheese.” A closing ceremony for “Hard Cheese” will take place immediately following the visiting artists’ presentations. “Hard Cheese” will officially close on Monday, Sept. 3. For information on upcoming performances contact SUB Fine Arts.
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Boise State should rethink alcohol Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor
The Boise State alcohol policy makes no argument for why alcohol is totally barred on campus and provides inadequate education on alcohol. Examining Boise State’s on-campus alcohol policy is an aggressive set of rules worded carefully to bar all sorts of alcohol in all circumstances regardless of any mentioned need for such a strong policy. It even reiterates the university’s housing policy, which makes a point of banning drinking games without even mentioning the use of alcohol. The ordinance is in addition to state law, which in summary is that anyone under the age of 21 may not purchase, distribute or consume alcohol. Yet the policy takes a very hardline approach while simultaneously the resources available to prevent alcohol abuse among students is inadequate and often waits for students to get into trouble before they receive any sort of education on alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with Boise State having an alcohol policy, it is the way the policy is in effect that makes no sense. The place this is most evident is at Boise State football games where alcohol is a common drink among fans. You don’t have to look very hard to know people are drinking at Boise State football games and the consumption at the games is widespread since may fans are of legal drinking age. Yet as soon as the
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Alcohol of all kinds is easily found in establishements right outside of Boise State. game is over and campus returns to its normal dayto-day, alcohol is strictly forbidden once more, even if you are of legal drinking age. Speaking to ESPN in 2004, Laird Stone, board member with the State Board of Education compared banning alcohol at sporting events to prohibition, which did not work. Could the same be said of alcohol on campus outside of sporting events? Why is it that during a sporting event on campus it is perfectly acceptable to have beer, but during a normal day it is totally unacceptable for underage students to even be in the presence of alcohol, according to Boise State policy? If Boise State is not bothered by fans having some booze at games
then it is hypocritical to be bothered by them at all other times of the year. The administration cannot legitimately say it is a dry campus when it must put an asterisk next to its major sporting events. This is particularly bothersome since Boise State alcohol policy does not promote education on the effects of alcohol. It creates an environment in which all alcohol is totally forbidden and the consequences of underage drinking are punished harshly. Instead of educating students about the potentially harmful effects of heavy drinking, the school has simply told students that all alcohol, even for of-age students is banned and that violation of that ban comes with a range of punishment. It is all reminiscent of the popular television series,
South Park where the character of Mr. Mackey, the school counselor, gives the children lessons about drugs in which he simply tells them, “drugs are bad,” with no explanation as to why. In the end the curious children wind up trying drugs. Luckily for Boise State students, if they get their hands on alcohol and in the case of many underage students who have never had any sort of alcohol, they may get extremely intoxicated. In which case the university’s policy states that students may not face the consequences of breaching the alcohol policy in the event they seek medical attention. This is outlined as the University Medical Emergency Protocol within the alcohol policy. Will underage students who are just moving out of their parent’s houses
Campus traffic and you By Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor There are few ways of getting around campus quite as effective or as fast as a bicycle. With plenty of places to lock-up your wheels and the abundance of smooth sidewalks and crosswalks there really isn’t anywhere on campus you can’t get to in a short period of time. However, at a university with thousands of studentsall going to and from class many times a day it can get a little
crowded outside, but there should be enough room for everyone, right? Some students have come to reject the use of right-of-way, speed control or brakes and, despite ordinances passed by Boise State, establishing pedestrian priority and dismount zones to try and eliminate traffic congestion and collisions, it is still a mess. It’s not the university’s fault either. The ordinances were passed as a part of a plan initiated in 2010 by Boise State using a company,
Alta Planning + Design to help them with research logistics. Alta Planning + Design did extensive traffic research all over campus and discovered through their study that Boise State’s traffic situation was basically a huge mess where cyclists, pedestrians and cars were engaged in a free for all. Since then, utilizing the plan outlined by Alta Planning + Design, the university has implemented strategically located bike parking,
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The Alta Planning + Design research of campus was extensive.
specialized routes near the Student Union Building and the obvious dismount zone at the quad to try and quell the safety concerns and make getting around campus more pleasant for everyone. The problem is many students simply disregard the rules and ride as they please. As an avid cyclist myself I know the pain of getting off your bike when you’re moving great and know you have the skill to get around anything in your path. But as a respectful student I dismount in the dismount zones and use cycle routes, and if I can’t be bothered then I take a detour around it at the cost of only a few additional seconds. You follow the rules because it is safer for everyone. The ordinances on campus weren’t put into place make your trip across campus inconvenient it was put into place so that everyone can get through the day without getting body checked as they come out of the library. The plan put into place by the university is aimed at making campus more accessible and safer for
be curious about alcohol? Of course they will, and there is no reason they should be kept from information on alcohol and the school’s unlisted dangers of consumption. Why should they only be given assistance in understanding and recovering from alcohol when they have heavily inebriated themselves potentially gaining criminal charges and blemishing what could have been a pleasant first experience with alcohol. Boise State provides a course called CHOICES offered throughout the semester in which students are educated on the consequences of continued high-risk drinking. The two-hour class is offered to students at a whopping $20 and requires a minimum of ten students but is capped at 35.
everyone, however, it can only be as effective as the people who use it. If the lanes for cyclists are packed full of pedestrians and cyclists continue ignoring pedestrian priority zones then the plan will simply not work. Frankly a bunch of respectable college students shouldn’t have any problem following some basic traffic signs around the school. Let’s face it, if we can’t adhere to some basic crowd control requests on campus then we really need to work on being open to outside advice. The best thing a cyclist can do in any situation is slow down. The only thing you can control is yourself and your brakes are always at your disposal. If you’re approaching a blind corner such as those found near the library or business buildings then slow down. A few miles per hour can make all the difference between avoiding a collision with some unsuspecting group of study-buddies and safely maneuvering around them and everyone goes home happy. Plus the lower speeds mean pedestrians will have more time to react to you and move around you. It is very easy to get going so fast that pedestrians just do not see you.
Shouldn’t an alcohol prevention course for students be more accessible? Maybe CHOICES should have more classes available, more exposure and not cost $20 to students who are often broke. Instead of waiting for young students to hit rock bottom in their alcohol experiences, Boise State should reshape its alcohol policy so that alcohol can be a positive experience for students while still being compliant with state law. There is no reason we should leave students in the dark about booze and then punish them when they make mistakes. Boise State is not Brigham Young University, we don’t have an honor code that says to abstain from alcohol, coffee and tea outright. We are a large, vibrant and diverse campus that encourages lifelong learning inside and out of the classroom, and our alcohol policy should reflect that.
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This comes with a word of caution to pedestrians as well. Bicycles are literally all over campus and the most helpful thing you can possibly do to avoid collisions is pay attention to your surroundings. While it is true that you have right of way on campus you need to stick to pedestrian walkways. Those nice new lanes built on the northeast corner of the Student Union Building are for cyclists and marked as such, so when you walk in them and talk on your cellphone you’re really making it hard for cyclists. It’s a group effort and if there is one thing Boise State should take pride in it’s our ability to have some school pride, but this is not one of those obvious things and it is not obvious how much effort has been put into this whole endeavor. Why should you care? Because these ordinances are one of those things that are meant to help everyone. It’s easy to say that it doesn’t apply to you, and it is easy to just expect everyone else to follow the dismount zones but in the end it’s down to the individual to try and be the change that the Alta Planning + Design plan is hoping to affect. Be the change!
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away from wrecking our financial futures. Most states use Medicaid to cover pregnant women and children but exclude childless adults and people who have a job but just don’t make enough to get insurance, such as many farmers and waitresses.
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Broncos without a beef Christina Marfice Features Editor
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For most students, college is an ongoing exercise in trying new things. For Brandie VanOrder, former ASBSU president and Boise State graduate, trying something new meant changing her entire diet. “I decided that I wanted to try something a little bit different,” VanOrder said. “I’m generally pretty open to trying new things in life and seeing how it works out.” At the urging of a friend who touted lists of health benefits, VanOrder began to remove meats and animal products from her meals. “What I found was that when I cut meat out of my diet, there was this version of myself that I had thought was me at my healthiest and I realized that not eating meat, there was a healthier, better-feeling version of myself that I never knew existed,” she said. “That was a result of changing my diet.” VanOrder started by simply removing meat from her diet. When she discovered how much better that simple step made her feel, however, she transitioned to a fully vegan lifestyle before the end of her senior year at Boise State. “I had more energy and I just felt better,” she said. “After being vegetarian for the entire fall semester, I decided that I wanted to try vegan as well just to see what more is out there and what I could be doing even more differently. I just continued to feel better and better and have better energy.” Though the term “vegan” only came about in 1944, the extreme form of vegetarianism can be traced back to Ancient Indian and eastern Mediterranean cultures. Veganism was coined by Donald Watson, a British woodworker, in November of 1944, who proclaimed that because vegetarians consume dairy and egg products, a name was needed for those who do not. A year prior, 40 percent of Britain’s dairy cows had been found to be infected with tuberculosis, so it was an easy sell for Watson to convince people that a vegan lifestyle could protect them from contaminated foods. By the time of his death in 2005, Watson’s message had spread, resulting in nearly two-anda-half million self-identified vegans in the United Kingdom and the United States alone. In the last decade, veganism has proven trendy among young adults in the U.S. Each year, we see more and more celebrity vegans, from former president Bill Clinton, who began practicing veganism to regain his health after his heart surgeries, to Carrie Underwood, a longtime vegetarian who recently made the switch to accommodate her lactose intolerance. Veganism has firmly taken root in the U.S., but is it good for the body to remove all animal products? Most dietitians agree that the short answer is yes—veganism can be healthy. However, a vegan diet necessitates extensive research to avoid accidentally eliminated key nutrients from the diet. While vegan diets are nearly always low in saturated fat and cholesterol, poorly planned veganism can leave out protein, calcium and vitamins D and B-12, all necessary components for healthy eating. Leading the way in educating Boise State students about constructing healthy vegan lifestyles are Roshan Bhandari and Sagar Shrestha, founding members of the Plant-Based Diet Advocates Club. Both senior mechanical engineering majors and self-proclaimed “nerdy vegans,” the two have found veganism to be a healthy and fulfilling way to live after beginning the practice for spiritual reasons. “Later on we came to know it’s healthy,” said Bhandari. “It’s cruelty-free, too.” Bhandari and Shrestha started the Plant-Based Diet Advocates Club during fall semester last year. They have close to ten members currently, and regularly host events that draw around 30 potential new members. They try to include a free vegan buffet stocked with cookies, brownies, rice and curry at every public event they host because, they say, nothing draws college students like the promise of free food. They also do what they can to educate Boise State students on cooking and preparing healthy vegan foods. “We’ve had food cooking shows before a couple of times, and we show documentaries about why you should be vegan and why it’s good for you,” said Bhandari. “In the cooking shows, we teach people
how you can make vegan food really good. People know about tofu, but they don’t know how to cook it in a nice way. If you cook it in a proper way, it’s good. We teach them.” Both Bhandari and Shrestha live off campus and prepare their meals at home. “We usually cook by ourselves,” said Shrestha. “We do know it’s really hard to find vegan stuff here in the campus dining. I think they did make some improvements. We don’t eat in (Boise Rive Café) so we don’t know what they serve, but they did make some improvements and they do have a rule for labeling what ingredients have gone into a certain food, so I think with time it will get better. We’ll try to work with the student community here to promote healthier foods for students on campus.” Accommodating students with special diets is a particular concern for Aramark Executive Chef Phillipe Didier, who oversees all meal preparation at Soy milk can be the Boise River Café. He makes an effort to always have on hand vegan bread and pasta options and substituted for dairy has even begun stocking his kitchen with harder-toin any coffee or tea find vegan options, including cheese. “The vegan cheese that I have is dairy free,” he drink. said. “It’s also soy free. One guest wanted a glutenfree pizza and she couldn’t have any dairy or egg products, so I used that vegan cheese to put on top. We go out of our way. It’s challenging, but it opens all kinds of new possibilities.” Didier has been at Boise State for four years and has served as Aramark’s executive chef on campus for two. He embraces the challenge of ensuring that the more than 2,000 students coming through his lines each day always have a variety of meal choices, regardless of their dietary choices and needs. “At each line, we have identifiers that say which food on that line is vegan,” he said. “We have at S least half a dozen every day.” wh ome ile ve According to VanOrder, oth gan though, the Boise River Café isn’t s e the only option that vegan students ba rs ar are ge e ok have on campus. ls a no ay “I ate on campus a lot my senior year re t. M wi just because of how much time I spent at ma o th de st o eat Boise State,” she said. “Mai Tai is a beautiful, wi f E ing beautiful thing.” th in ho VanOrder said making the switch to veganism, ho ste ne ne in even as a college student, was not nearly as difficult y. Bro y, as it sounds to some. s’ “People think that it’s going to be so much more expensive or that there won’t be places you can eat,” she said. “I guess I had to learn to cook. But with how accessible healthy food is in Boise, I actually found it was cheaper because I was cooking with natural ingredients like a lot of grains and pasta and rice.” And while many assume buying fresh natural ingredients will correlate with a painful hit to the bank account balance, VanOrder contends that just the opposite is true. “Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to buy the really expensive organic vegetables,” she said. “You can just pick things up at Winco.” VanOrder spent a lot of time searching for vegan dining options on campus, and she was not disappointed with what she found. Many of Mai Tai’s rice bowls are vegan. Subway offers vegan breads, and all of the campus coffee locations can make drinks with soy milk, resulting in fully vegan beverages. Even Chick-fil-A, a veritable mecca for fried meat, can make a vegan salad at a customer’s request, leaving out the chicken and cheese that typically top the meals, though, according to VanOrder, this wasn’t a favorite option. “It ended up being a pretty bland salad,” she said. “If I want a salad, I can make a much better one at home.” And while VanOrder often Many of the rice bowls with vegetabrought food from home to campus, she found she was bles can be made vegan. Some of the never in a pinch if she needed sauces are made with fish oil, so check to grab a meal during her with an employee first to be sure. class days. “It got maybe a little repetitive sometimes, but there was always something,” she said. “The BRC always is great about having options. They even did a vegan spotlight week this past spring. I found people to swipe me in every day that week.”
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Hawk’s Nest No-name defense Ty Hawkins Staff Writer
The first, last and only NFL team to go undefeated and win the Super Bowl up to date was the Miami Dolphins in 1972. Their offense gained most of the press, but their defense– deemed the “No Name Defense” was just as much a part of their team’s success. Life after Kellen has been one of the hottest topics, since Bronco fans had to grasp the fact that he would graduate and move on. But whoever is awarded the commander-in-chief position under center will need all the help he can get from the Broncos defensively too. When a team loses three starters upfront to the NFL draft—Shea McClellin, Billy Winn and Tyrone Crawford— it can be tough to replace that kind of talent immediately. Returning senior Mike Atkinson and junior Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe have the size and ability to join the elite listed above at the next level and should stuff the middle of the defensive line. Tyler Horn, a defensive end, is expected to continue to progress on the edge as well. Senior linebacker J.C. Percy, who Head Coach Chris Petersen has called “the smartest man in Boise,” will be an extension of the defensive coaches on the field, while roaming sideline to sideline. The nickel position will come down to sophomore Corey Bell and senior Dextrell Simmons. Aside from being physical players, they both will bring a different dynamic to the defense. The Broncos return at the cornerback spot in seniors Jerrell Gavins and Jamar Taylor. Gavins missed last season due to injury, while Taylor battled injuries throughout the season. They have the ability to change the game while out on their island and should be solid independently. “I think both of those guys will do big things,” one of last season’s starting safeties who graduated,h Cedric Febis said. A pair of sophomores, Lee Hightower and Jeremy Ioane are expected to fill the void of George Iloka. Ioane should replace Febis, and is rumored to be finally settling in and ready to be a playmaker. This defense may not have the big names now, but given time they will make one.hht
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Boise State President Bob Kustra and Athletic Director Mark Coyle announce the Big West conference move last Friday.
Boise State accepts invitation to Big West John Garretson Sports Editor
The wait is over, the conference conundrum put to rest. Boise State officially announced Friday afternoon they will accept an invitation to join the Big West Conference in all nonfootball sports starting July 1, 2013. “This university made a decision to join the Big East Conference in taking this university to a national level and there’s no question this membership in the Big West will allow us to play football in the Big East in 2013 but define stability for our programs that will compete in that conference,” Athletic Director Mark Coyle said. Joining the Big West in olympic sports goes hand-in-hand with the
university’s re-affirmed decision to stick with the Big East in football starting next season. Boise State had been on the hunt for finding a secure home for it’s other sports, with the Western Athletic Conference dissipating at a rapid pace, the Big West clearly was the viable option. “Boise State’s membership in the Big West Conference complements our Big East Conference football presence and reflects our emerging coast-to-coast profile,” Boise State President Bob Kustra said. “We are truly excited by the prospects of competition and collaboration with all these new partners both athletically and academically.” Boise State’s entry fee to join the Big West will be $2.5
million which will be paid in five annual increments. The Big East will pay $2 million of that as an incentive for football being a part of its conference. Boise State will also pay the conference a travel fee of $750,000 per conference visiting team each year, and the Big East will pay half of that fee for two years. “I’ve obviously had a chance to meet with our coaches one-on-one and spent with them going through our budgeting cycle this spring. I asked them directly, ‘What are you’re thoughts on the Big West’ and they’re excited,” Coyle said on what the other Boise State coaches thought about the move. This move parallels San Diego State’s conference realignment, that will also be joining the Big East in
football and Big West in all other sports. SDSU’s President Elliot Hirshman played a vital role in making the transition happen for Boise State. Pacific University will be exiting the conference after this season. Joining conferences on separate coasts was fumed by the importance of television revenue, in which Bronco sports will be exposed from California to New York, up to Connecticut and as far south as Florida. “The Big East Conference ranks No. 1 in the country in terms of designated market areas. That’s really important to this university when it comes to spreading the brand, spreading the academic quality in addition to our athletic quality,” Kustra said on the future exposure of the university. “The Big West conference
is clearly a conference with considerable academic quality and athletic competitiveness. It also takes us into an area in the west (California) where we have historically done significant recruiting.” Boise State Gymnastics is scheduled to compete in the WAC next season while wrestling will still continue in the Pac-12. Other schools in the Big West are for the 2012-13 season are Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai’i. Boise State was a former member of the Big West Conference in all sports from July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2001. At last, all is quiet on the conference realignment storm front.
Southwick named Broncos’ starting quarterback John Garretson Sports Editor
Sunday afternoon Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen officially announced at a press conference that redshirt junior Joe Southwick will be the starting quarterback for the Broncos as they prepare to face Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. this Friday. “We’re excited to announce Joe Southwick [as starting quarterback],” Petersen said. “I think this is a great opportunity for Joe.
We’re real excited for him. He’s been going on four years now and he knows our system really well, he’s prepared really hard and he’s really earned this opportunity”. In a much anticipated quarterback race, it was recently alluded that Southwick would take the reigns behind center to close the gap on the Kellen Moore era and begin a “new era for Boise State” as Southwick said. “It feels great to be finally named the starter,” Southwick said. “To be one
of the next guys in line [at quarterback] is a privilege.” Even though Southwick entered the games late in the 2nd half through blowouts the previous two seasons backing up Moore, it was his experience and mechanics that fended off redshirt junior Grant Hedrick, redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea and true freshman Nick Patti for the top spot. “Joe gives us an opportunity to win. I really liked his mechanics...Joe is a smart guy,” Petersen said about Southwick. “I think
he’s played at a very high level. The next thing for him ( Joe) is to get into games, get game confidence.” The rest of the quarterback depth looks not far off either, with Hedrick landing the No. 2 spot and Laughrea at the No. 3. As for Patti, Petersen “would like to (redshirt Patti) in an ideal world”. It seems the confidence Petersen bestowed on Southwick really got to the quarterback, as he seemed comfortable with the system and his position, just five days before their
season opener against No. 13 Michigan State. “This is my fourth year going around. I feel much more comfortable with the offense and the system going into this,” Southwick said on finally taking the lead of the offense. While talk may be cheap, Petersen believes if Southwick executes and performs to his potential, the young Broncos can continue on their dominant track. “He just needs to go out and play and be the player he can be,” Petersen said.
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Return to the pitch
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Sophomore Mikhaila Bowden pulls away from a NDSU defender. The Broncos led North Dakota State throughout the entire first half on Sunday Aug 19
Broncos finish first week with a pair of wins, loss to Washington State John Engel
Assistant Sports Editor
After what seemed like an endless summer of training and preparation, the Boise State women’s soccer team returned to the pitch with strong wins in the Holiday Inn Classic against New Mexico State, followed by a 4-1 defeat of North Dakota State, to stay undefeated through the first weekend of the season. Boise State was dealt their first loss on hFriday when they faced Pac-12 opponent Washington State in Pullman. The Cougars dominated on both sides of the ball, and sent the Broncos home with a 6-0 defeat. The Broncos received an early offensive push against
North Dakota State from junior midfielder Katy Oehring, who netted a free kick from roughly 20 yards away in the 13th minute of play. Following the goal was a standstill from both the Broncos and NDSU for the remainder of the half, in which the majority of the possession was kept at midfield. Despite struggling to command any sort of dominance with their 1-0 lead, Boise State came out of the break with aggression, scoring three goals in a span of 11 minutes. Freshman Anna Popma scored the first goal of her career in the 71st minute, courtesy of a well-placed cross from senior Lauren Hickok. Hickok later beat the Bison defense for a goal of her own in the 82nd
minute after Ashley Hruby lobbed a ball over the last defender. The Broncos outshot the Bison 21-5 overall in the match, and didn’t allow a single chance from the corner for North Dakota State. Though offense was the key in the victory against the Bison, it took a strong defensive effort for the Broncos to defeat their first opponent of the season, New Mexico State. Junior Rebe Wolverton finished a cross from Tylyn Hughes in the 67th minute for the gamewinning goal. For Head Coach Steve Lucas, who is entering his 12th season as Boise State women’s head coach, defensive toughness in the midfield and aggression on the offensive attack are exactly what
the Broncos need to win the Mountain West tournament, and eventually move on to the NCAA tournament. “The strengths of this team is that we’re very athletic, from top to bottom. There’s no one that stands out as the weak link, which is great,” said Lucas. One of the toughest tasks for Lucas was replacing star goaltender Liz Ruiz, who started 16 games last season in net for the Broncos. Replacing her are redshirt sophomore Maddy McDevitt, redshirt senior Megan Blanchard and redshirt freshman Ashleigh Anderson. McDevitt and Blanchard each appeared in three games last season, but the elder statesman only start-
ed in one game. Through the first two matches, McDevitt has illustrated her desire to be the number one starter very clearly. She played 90 minutes in each of the first two contests of the season, allowing one goal and making six saves. “There’s a three way battle (at goaltender), but it’s a good problem to have,” said Lucas. “Right now we’ll be confident with whatever happens and we’ll go from there.” With the goaltender position figured, there’s no telling where the ceiling is for this Boise State team. Last season, the Broncos were eliminated from the Mountain West Conference Tournament after only one game by UNLV,
something they have used as a building block for the 2012 season. “We schedule where we want to play the toughest games that we can to get ready for the (conference tournament),” Lucas said on media day. “Historically we’ve been in a conference that we won’t be able to get an at-large bid, so we have to win the conference. Our goal every year is to get into postseason play and go from there.” Though the Broncos are entering their second season in the Mountain West, there is still a large amount of uncertainty when playing conference opponents. With more time, confidence will build with the current personnel set, allowing Boise State to stir up far more than the Holiday Inn Classic this season.
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How to get involved in sports Nikki Hanson
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College athletic programs mean business. It takes commitment and dedication to wake up for an early morning practice knowing you will be practicing a second time in the afternoon heat. This begs the question: How do students get involved with athletics on campus without the blood, sweat and tears of collegiate programs? One way to do this is to become involved with intramural sports. It is a great way to meet other students on campus. There is no need to have prior experience, as this is more recreationalbased than anything else. There are a variety of intramural sports offered on campus ranging from volleyball to flag football and wheelchair basketball. Also, if there is an intramural sport you want to play that is not offered, you can make your own team. In addition to having intramural sports on campus there are also club sports that provide the students with the opportunity to be involved. Club sports are one step above intramural in terms of competition level. Many of the club sports
compete on a national level. There is also more of a time commitment involved, as many of the teams have scheduled practice times and coaches that dedicate their own time for the team. Similar to intramural sports, there are also many different club sports offered on campus that offer the same option of creating your own club team if your sport is not offered. The University Health and Recreation Services will host Get Recâ€™d and Recover on Aug. 6 from 1-4 p.m. This event takes place annually on the Sunday before classes start. The day includes games to indulge all student participants. There will be grass volleyball, soccer, club sport demonstrations and health and nutrition information tables, with free food too. If you are the type of student who prefers to watch the action but still be a firsthand in the game, a referee position could be for you. Intramural referees have the opportunity to be a part of the action and get paid at the same time. Whether you wish to work with sports or just play the game you love, there are many options to get involved on campus with athletics.
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Fall 2012 Volleyball Schedule Date
Northwest Challenge Fri, aug 24
Sat, Aug 25
Sat, Aug 25
Sacramento State Invitational Fri, Aug 31
Sat, Sep 01
St. Mary’s (Calif)
Sat, Sep 01
Wed, Sep 05
Boise State Tournament Fri, Sep 07
Fri, Sep 07
San Jose State
Sat, Sep 08
Tue, Sep 11
Arizona Tournament Fri, Sep 14
Fri Sep 14
Sat, Sep 15
Thu, Sep 20
Sat, Sep 22
Fri, Sep 28
Thu, Oct 04
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sat, Oct 06
Cal State (Bakersfield)
Thu, Oct 11
San Diego State*
Sat, Oct 13
Thu, Oct 18
Fort Collins, Colorado
Sat, Oct 20
Sat, Oct 27
Sat, Nov 03
Sun, Nov 04
Cal State (Bakersfield)
Thu, Nov 08
Sat, Nov 10
San Diego State*
San Diego, California
Thu, Nov 15
Sat, Nov 17
Wed, Nov 21
Las Vegas, Nevada
Fri, Nov 23
Womens Volleyball ready to serve it up this season Justin Dalme Staff Writer
Boise State women’s volleyball is back, starting their season at the Northwest Challenge in Seattle. Kicking off the season against No. 14 ranked University of Washington on Friday, the Broncos lost in straight sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-21). They followed that game on Saturday with a close loss to Portland State (25-21, 13-25, 25-18, 22-25, 16-14). With a 0-2 start to the season, the Broncos finally notched their first victory Saturday night against Gonzaga, sweeping them in three sets (25-15, 2517, 25-20) to finish the tournament 1-2. Sophomore Alyssa Gammel led the team with 11 kills against Gonzaga. Freshman Sarah Baugh led the team with 21 assists, while Sophomores Taylor Murphey and Brittany Reardon had a team high of two blocks each. The Broncos enter their second season in the Mountain West Conference,
looking to improve upon their fifth place finish last year. They will again play the role of the underdog as they have been picked to finish seventh in the conference. This year, the Broncos will replace three senior starters, including co-captains Amanda Remy and Breann Nesselhuf. With a lot of new faces, it will be interesting to see who steps up to lead this young team. Liz Harden seems poised to fill that position. Harden, who led the team in kills and points scored last season, enters her senior season to help guide the Broncos. Her experience as a three-year starter will prove essential for a team with only five upperclassmen. The Broncos will again be on the road next weekend as they head to California for the Sacramento State Invitational to take on Sac. State, St. Mary’s and Morgan State. Bronco fans will have to wait until Sept. 5 for the home opener against Eastern Washington University.
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