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Seas of blue and orangeclad fans flooded onto campus as the weather began to get warmer on Saturday afternoon. Grills fired up, frosty drinks cracked open and tents pitched along University Drive as visitors prepared for the first home game of the season. Amidst the waves of Bronco blue and vivid orange, students dressed in white filtered through the throngs of people and made their way to the

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lect at the four booths set up on the field and started grabbing the individually wrapped packs of color, tearing them open and tossing them at the nearest person. As the crowd grew, the excitement spread as quickly as the color across the pristine white shirts. As more color filled the air and field, the more homogenized the population became—evolving from a group of students into a body of orange and blue people who were nearly indiscernible from each other. “I thought the color fight was really well planned,” said

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intramural field for a brand new event: Boise State’s first color fight. The white-shirted students began collecting on the field around 11:30 a.m., playfully picking up handfuls of the blue and orange chalk and tossing it at their friends to watch the color stick to the white in sporadic patterns. The University Pulse DJed the event, playing tunes to give the color-throwers something to dance to as they bombed each other with the powdery substance. More students began to col-

Scott Roark gets up every morning and goes about his routine like working people often do. Eating breakfast with his children, checking his e-mail and drinking coffee. He then heads out the front door and leaves his apartment building in Morrison Hall, a dormitory at Boise State. Roark is one of five faculty members living in the various dormitories housing Living Learning Community (LLC) program members. Created in 2004, the LLC program places instructors in housing among roughly 24 students in each of the five programs designed to integrate both learning and living within the area of study each group of participating students has chosen. The five LLC communities where faculty resides include, Arts and Humanities, the College of Business and Economics (COBE), Engineering, Health Professions, and Continuing Scholars: Second Year Students. In Roark’s case, his students chose to study through the COBE course. Roark applied for the program this summer with the express permission of his wife who championed the idea. They decided it would be a great experience for themselves and their four children, ages four through nine, who have only lived in traditional suburban areas. Roark is not billed for housing as long as he fulfills the

obligations set forth in his contract to teach the COBE LLC course. Roark’s students engage in community service projects geared toward business, and are responsible for the inception, marketing and day-to-day operation of Dawson’s 4.0 Coffee Shop located on the first floor of the Micron Business and Economics building. The LLC program offers a chance at greater success for first year students, boasting 50 students on the Dean’s list for fall term last year. Admission for students requires submission of a housing application online, a deposit

and fee, as well as the inclusion of a written essay and resume outlining previous work and life experience. Only first year students are eligible for admission to the program, though in subsequent years they may become teaching aides or join the Community Scholars and Global Village programs that allow a wider range of membership. Students must apply at least a month in advance to ensure the four week application review can be completed before the commencement of fall term. When asked what it’s like

Caitlin Kreyche, junior majoring in mathematics secondary education. “There was more than enough color for everyone, and it made the Miami game more memorable than other football games I’ve been to. I had tons of fun splattering friends and strangers with color.” Smatterings of blue and orange coated the students until the only white showing was the white of teeth as the students laughed at each other’s new pseudo-Avatar face paint. The University Pulse kept the energy high, occasion-

ally beckoning the students to gather into a crowd and counting down for a group throw. The result culminated in handfuls of the powder being released into the air at once in an explosion of color, cheers and the peculiar distinctive odor of the chalk. “It was a huge success and everyone had a blast,” junior accounting and finance major Jared Campasino said. “It was a great way to bring the BSU students together and bring out school spirit before the football game. I hope to see it again next year.”

living in the dorms with a large number of freshman students, Roark said it has been a smooth transition from suburbia. He recently attempted to thank those students above and below his second floor dormitory apartment for keeping the peace, a gesture he states might have come off as sarcastic. “I went upstairs after the first week of classes, I wanted to like, see some of the guys up there and say, hey I appreciate the courtesy you guys have shown, but no one was there, just an RA, and he said he would pass it along,” said Roark. “At first he thought I was being facetious. In all honesty, I have not been disrupted, disturbed at all, I mean these are freshman young men, and you expect them to be a little wild.” Roark’s living space differs

from the regular dorm layout. “We live in the A suite and what they did is, they blew it out, you know, just gutted it. Its basically a three bedroom apartment, with two bathrooms, a kitchen, its totally different than anything else you would see in the dorm, it’s like how normal people live, not students,” Roark said. He enjoys his situation and understands he must get some funny looks from students when entering and exiting the Morrison Hall dorms at all hours. “I doubt everyone in Morrison knows what is going on,” Roark said. Roark and colleagues hope the program will continue to foster better students and prepare them for further education and jobs in the modern workforce.


Scott Roark and his family pose outside their new home, Morrison Hall.


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various examples Boise State is fierce- local law enforcement licensed gear adorned of alternative trans- ly protective of the CLC and Boise State with appropriate portation available. Bronco logo and mer- staff patrol the areas labels. Individuals who chandise. Increased surrounding the staAll official Bronco opt to find alterna- enforcement by col- dium on game days gear will come with a tive means of ar- lege officials and the in the search for unli- hologram indicating riving to campus Collegiate Licensing censed merchandise. the product is officially on Sept. 20 will be Company (CLC) All unlicensed materi- licensed as a collegiate eligible for a prize work together to iden- als are subject to sei- product with approgiveaway includ- tify counterfeit or un- zure and Bronco fans priate depictions of ing a longboard licensed merchandise. are prompted to only the Boise State logo and gift certificates In conjunction with purchase the officially with a tag intact. and beginning at 8 a.m hot chocolate, juice and bagels will be served to those who choose not to drive with A unique opTwo listening Anyone can stop ice cream available portunity has pre- stations will be set by between noon at noon. sented itself for up on campus for and 2 p.m. for students on Friday, interested parties all or part of the Sept. 28. to stop by to hear broadcast. Aw ard- w i n n i ng parts of the talk. Tickets to watch journalist and NPR The stations will the live broadcast science correspon- be located in the have sold out, but dent Ira Flatow will Student Union listeners can catch Barnwell the live broadcast pening throughout broadcast “Talk of Bishop the week include the Nation: Science Room and Multi- on Boise State German olympics, Friday” live from purpose Building, Public Radio on Room 211. 91.5 F.M. Lederhosen Races, the university. a film night, skits and sidewalk chalk. Students do have to register to participate in the Olympics and registration must be completed by These stories have been trending on Twitter: Read the 5 p.m. Sept. 21 by contacting Rebecca headlines here to look smart, browse discussion points at to act smart, or be smart by following links to full stories. Sibrian. The Olympics How Much Does Illegally Sharing a Song Cost? $9,250 include four main categories: A short film, visual art, a Where’s your foreign policy program, Mr. Romney? skit and an essay. Participants are Al Qaeda in Yemen urges Muslims to kill U.S. diplomats over film responsible for turning in their Correction: IMPACT: The legacy of Jane Wilson: In our Sept. entries and claim- 13 print edition, we incorrectly identified Jane Wilson as a “late” art ing them after educator, when in fact she is very much alive. We wish her the best and apologize for this mistake. the event.

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New campus building houses beauty, brains Nicole Pineda Staff Writer

Bronco abroad: International relations geek style Last year’s Breaking News Editor Suzanne Craig chronicles her adventures while studying abroad in Sweden. The right clothes are essential for travel, and for meeting the right sorts of people. Blue jeans are simple and go with everything, comfortable walking shoes are sensible. The Hogwarts t-shirt, Jedi wristband and Avengers backpack attract those with common interests and English skills. Most Europeans—most of the world, really—speak at least some English. Geeks who attend Comic-Con, obsess over the latest release in the Star Wars extended universe saga and can quote the Avengers backward and forward are completely fluent. Not many translations are available in that genre and even if they are, many fans prefer to read the original text. Geeks also have a roaring trade in merchandise which isn’t sold in the international market. I already have some orders for Darth Vader toasters and Iron Man pajamas that have a light up arc-reactor. Movie nights watching bootleg copies while munching on local snacks, or Turkish chili-pepper pancakes, make for a good time. Having these similar interests makes it easier to find other commonalities

Jaw-dropping. That is the word that comes to mind after touring the new building on campus that is housing the College of Business and Economics (COBE), and I am not just talking aesthetics. The U-shaped architecture is unique and the courtyards and fountains are inviting—simply because it’s brand-spanking new and fresh. Those are just obvious external things. On the inside, the building is filled with some of the most state-of-the-art equipment in the world. The COBE building was built in 18 months, from the time the ground was broken to the completion of the project the first week of May. Individuals working in the building were able to move-in in July. This vision, however, was a project started over five years ago when money was first being raised to build the building. The initial donation was from the Micron Foundation League Gift, which was $12 million. “Steve Appleton and the Micron Foundation have a real passion for education,” said Patrick Shannon, dean of the College of Business and Economics. After this gift the real process began, which initially entailed raising more money. Hewlett-Packard was another large donor, giving over $500,000 in printers, personal computers and related technologies. As part of their grant, HP will also be installing a beta test lab where intern students will get to work with engineers testing new products. It took seven months to plan. After the planning,


The new Micron Business and Economics Building opened for classes this fall semester. Hummel Architects, a Boisebased firm was selected and they partnered with two other firms, Anderson Mason Dale from Denver and Integrated Structures from Berkley, Calif. They went through a process called Pattern Language, in which 42 students, faculty and administration lent their ideas about what they thought this building should look like. The architects, armed with these ideas, then went to work trying to incorporate as many of these patterns as possible. ESI, another Boise-based company that has over 30 key employees who are former Boise State students, was also hired for the construction. In all, the building cost $35 million to complete, stayed on budget, finished on time and used no tax dollars. COBE is also housing the Small Business Development Center and TecHelp, which have always been part of their department but were always somewhere else on campus. Sustainability was a thought foremost on their minds as they designed the building,

and COBE is actually geothermally heated and uses natural light to reduce the cost of electricity. On the interactive touchscreens, one of the options students can choose is information on how to help keep the building green (by turning off laptops, printers, etc. when it is not in use), and there is a window on the ground floor where individuals can actually take a peak at the geothermal system in action. The building’s entire design, from each classroom to all it’s advanced ammenities, is crafted for the success of the students who will be educated within its walls. Patrick Shannon, dean of the College of Business and Economics, lead one Arbiter staffer on the official tour. Walking through the hallways, noticable, large, interactive touchscreens can be seen hanging from the walls. The undergraduate classrooms on the first floor are round and spacious. The seating is tiered with rolling mesh chairs and each individual

station has power to plug in a laptop. Every classroom in the building has at least dual-screen projection. The Skaggs Hall of Learning is, as Shannon put it, “the greatest classroom you will ever find.” It seats 250 students, has three projection screens and advanced acoustics. Some classrooms are equipped with pop-up personal computers at every station. The Dykman Financial Trading Room contains Bloomberg computer systems, which is some of the finest hardware and software in the world. The Imagination Lab, designed for thinking, creativity and innovation, was donated largely by Coach Petersen and his wife Barbara. There are smaller think-tank rooms off of the Imagination Lab, with names like “The Hah Room”. The Executive Program Classroom has a terrace for lunch breaks with small umbrella-adorned tables and a live roof which is dormant now but will be covered with flowers in the spring.

The Williams Boardroom, one of eight conference rooms in the building, is available for businesses and various groups to rent out, with catering available. Along various parts of each hallway are Team Rooms; glass enclosed mini conference rooms with walls that can be written on with dry erase markers. Four to five students can get together and work on projects in these rooms without disturbance. Additionally, wireless printing can be done from anywhere in the building. The Jackson’s Common Area is a large sitting area with a fireplace that will be lit in the winter, and the cafe is run by residents of the COBE dorms. Whether visitors find themselves in the new Micron Business and Economics Building to warm themselves by the crackling fire in the winter, smell the fresh flowers in the spring or just need a quiet place to study, this building is equipped with amenities to meet a wide range of needs.



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Waist-friendly football foods Lauren Hooker Staff Writer

As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire. Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body. “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes. Try them, love them and more importantly, thank Lauren Hooker for your non-expanding waistline and taste bud stimulation. It’s official: Saturday, Sept. 22 marks the first day of fall. Football season is already in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your figure for the array of delicious football dips, wings and chips or visa versa. Here are some (somewhat) healthy finger foods which are sure to please the crowd. The Greek yogurt provides more protein than sour cream (and less fat!), and black beans contain more fiber and less fat than their refried counterpart.

Six-layer dip What you’ll need: 1 can of black beans (or refried) 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream) 1 1/2 cup guacamole 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese mix 1 can sliced black olives 1 packet taco seasoning 1 cup salsa 1 tablespoon lime juice What to do: 1. Mix beans and taco seasoning well. Set aside. 2. Mix lime juice and yogurt together. Set aside. 3. In a large baking dish or pie tin, layer the beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese and olives. Refrigerate or serve immediately with chips. Optional: top with sliced green onions.

Mini taco cups What you’ll need: 1 bag of Tostitos “Scoops” 1 can black (or refried beans) 1 packet of taco seasoning 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream) 1/2 can sliced black olives 1 cup salsa What to do: 1. Set chips on a large platter or baking sheet, and layer with beans, cheese, salsa, yogurt and black olives. The Arbiter

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“IMPACT” features artwork commemorating the career of art educator Jane Wilson and includes original pieces from Wilson.

IMPACT: students celebrate Jane Wilson Danielle Davidson Staff Writer

Jane Wilson retired after teaching art at Bishop Kelly High School for 33 years. From the class of 1980 to 2012, she inspired her students and many of them went on to become working artists. “IMPACT: the legacy of Jane Wilson” is an exhibit currently on display in the Student Union Gallery which was put together to honor her. “This was my idea,” said

Tricia Stackle, exhibit creator. “When my mom had first told me that she saw Jane had retired, I wanted to kind of give something back to her for all that she’s done for 33 years of teaching. She was my high school art teacher, so my very first art teacher in 1993, and I took my first pottery class from her. Now she’s one of my dearest friends.” All of the art featured in the exhibit was done by students of Wilson’s or by Wilson. The artworks range from paintings and sculptures to dresses made

of paper. “There’s incredible work here,” Katie Kerby, former student of Wilson’s said. “There’s felt stuffed animals over there and jewelry and pottery and paintings. This is amazing. This is a testament to a career that was just absolutely inspirational to a lot of people.” Wilson contributed three paintings and a few sculptures to the mix of artwork and said she was very proud of the work her former students contributed to the show. “I think there’s a huge va-

riety of work here and to me the interesting thing about the show is that with people we share a past we share a passion,” Wilson said. “Probably every student has a passion in some way, so come share ours. It’s almost surreal that something this wonderful would happen. It’s one of the best days of my life.” Some of the featured paintings are reflective of memories the students had of Wilson. Former student and featured artist Kate Masterson submitted a selfportrait because of an as-

signment Wilson had the class do that stuck in Masterson’s memory. “I don’t think that you have to be an art major to look at art,” Adam Atkinson, senior art major said. “I think that there’s a lot of different interesting things going on, a lot of different uses of materials that you wouldn’t expect to see. It’s surprising and interesting to look at, so I think that everybody could learn something from being here.” The opportunity to witness this exhibit, in honor of Wilson, will end on Oct. 7.

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The red Solo cup necklace Tabitha Bower

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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 students. Let’s face it: As college students, there are some days when we just want to stay at home in our pajamas. These lazy days have many causes, ranging from exhaustion associated with study overload to over-indulging in fun the night prior. While sitting on the couch for an entire day may be enough to occupy some, others might need a glimmer of productivity to make the day feel un-wasted. If writing the eight-page report due in two days does not sound like the type of productivity you’re going for, try getting creative with some do-it-yourself crafts. Worried about having to leave the house to stock up on crafting supplies? Fear not, this

particular project takes nothing more than what an average college student has lying around the house: a red Solo cup, some office supplies and an oven. In my lazy day woes, I stumbled upon the “red Solo cup necklace” online with a certain flair of pessimism. The three step process to turn the kegstand classic into an eclectic charm seemed too simplistic, and to be honest, I went into this project more to prove it wrong. Step one was possibly the most difficult. It involved cutting the red Solo cup in half with an Exacto knife. After nearly slicing my finger off, I traded in the razor for a pair of child friendly scissors. I would recommend using the Exacto for initial puncture, but then using scissors to get a straight line. Also, take note of the rule “never cut toward yourself.” It’s a rule for a reason. Once the cup is cut, the design element of the red Solo cup necklace comes into play. This is where you get to be cre-

ative and draw all over the cup with a permanent marker. You could use the cup’s ridges as design guidelines, or you could do what I did and just scribble random shapes in no particular order. The last step is where the magic happens. Since Solo cups are made of #6 plastic, they shrink when heated. The shrinking process takes approximately two minutes in an oven heated to 225 degrees. Once the cup shrinks into a flat circle, you press it with a glass and wait for it to cool down. While I was skeptical going into this project, I was more than impressed by the results. I strung my finished product on a silver chain, put it around my neck and went out for feedback. Many people commented on my new neckpiece and a few even asked where I bought it. The best part of this creative craft by far is the bragging rights associated with turning a red solo cup into a wearable accessory. Find full directions at


Red Solo cup necklace made by Tabitha Bower.

Color Fields draws community, not students Alx Stickel Staff Writer

Lisa Flowers Ross received a warm welcome at her “Color Fields” opening reception this past Thursday evening. Members of the community constantly trickled in, however, student attendance was low. Everett Hoffman, senior art metals major, said he was disheartened by this turn out. “I think it’s really sad that people don’t decide to come, especially since they are free events and it’s located in the Student Union Building, which is

central on campus,” Hoffman said. “It’s really easy for students to come. There’s like two students here. It’s sad that there’s not more art majors here because to create art you have go out and see art that’s being created.” Adam Atkinson, senior painting/drawing major, said he was also disappointed by the lack of student support. “It’s hard to make art if you don’t know what’s going on in the contemporary art world,” Atkinson said. “If you are making things just because you want to or feel strongly about something, you should inform yourself by

looking at other people’s visual language to be able to use that in your own art and your own visual language so you can communicate things better. People decide not to go view art because they are lazy or they don’t care enough to look at other art. They think they’re so great that they don’t need to look at art. It’s a really big mistake.” On a brighter note, Atkinson and Hoffman said they both enjoyed viewing Flowers Ross’s artwork. “It’s very interesting. It seems like abstraction that’s based on reality,” Atkinson said. “From far away it looks like a paint-

ing. It lives in both worlds: painting and fabric.” Hoffman said he was also impressed with Flowers Ross’ techniques. “I think the fact that she dyes her own fabric and then applies it and creates it (her art) after she’s dyed it is really interesting because that process is really technically difficult,” Hoffman said. Flowers Ross’ displayed work is part of an 18-piece series she created based on aerial photographs of tulip fields in Holland she found online. Ross decided to get more involved with quilting after she and a friend took a class together.

“My friend and I took a quilting class together. After that, I was inspired to incorporate that into my art,” Flowers Ross said. “Now, I use free-motion stitching to ‘draw’ the lines in the quilts and create texture. I like to hand dye my own fabric because there is some variation in the color which creates more depth.” In addition to her work, Flowers Ross also offered words of encouragement for art students at the reception. “Work, work, work. Just do the work, and good things will eventually happen. People will notice,” she said.

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September 17, 2012


WHALE! and The Bare Bones rock SUPS Matt Shelar Staff Writer

Though the event was outside, The Bare Bones and WHALE! “rocked the house” last Friday on the patio of the Student Union Building. The performance was organized by the Student Union Fine Arts program as part of the Student Unions Performance Series (SUPS).


The group is comprised of Tyler Brodt on guitar and vocals, Wade Ronsse on drums, Alex Walgo on lead guitar and Jesse Wiedmeier on bass. Their set included original songs in addition to covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Midnight Special” and Led Zeppelin’s “Bring it on Home.” While these classic songs are an example of the entire band’s versatility,

they do no justice in expressing the potential these guys hold. The group has played about 20 live shows together and is relatively new, as the members have only been together for five months. Thus, the four are still finding their sound as one. “There’s no blueprint for the way we make our songs,” Walgo said. Brodt added, “It’s like there’s divine intervention for each song we create.” When Brodt met Walgo he was very folk-oriented and had originally planned on doing solo work. But when the two collaborated, a new world of music was introduced to Brodt: this started a skeletal structure of what was to eventually be WHALE!. All the duo needed was a Flea-esque bassist and a Jack-of-all-trades drummer. This was a gift which

was delivered to them less than a year ago and according to Ronsse they have clicked ever since.

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Members the second band to play Friday, The Bare Bones, said they agree while good music is certainly out there, it is much harder to find these days. Therefore, the music they create appeals more to an older generation. “The more 40-yearold people we have in the audience, the better,” Chris Brock, frontman of The Bare Bones said. Though Aaron Bossart and Brock started off as a two-piece collective, they inducted bass guitarist Nathan Norton into the band in early 2012. Unfortunately, Norton was unable to make it to Friday’s event, but even with one man down the twosome destroyed their set with bouts of kick-ass solos on the guitar and

Celebrando libertad

Sunday, Sept. 16 marked 202 years of Mexican independence. Below are the English and Spanish versions of this article. Lucio Prado Staff Writer

Ding, dong, ding, dong se escucha la campana en

el fondo. Una mujer con una linda sonrisa y su falda multicolor da vueltas y más vueltas. Un hombre en el techo

de un edificio empieza a gritar: “¡Mexicanos, vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Viva Hidalgo! ¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva Josefa Ortiz

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Revelers gather dressed in colorful costumes displaying their pride.

Celebrating liberty Ding, dong, ding, dong the sound of a bell ringing in the background. A woman with a beautiful smile and multicolored dress spins and spins. A man standing on a balacony begins to yell “¡Mexicanos, vivan los héroes que nos dieron patria! ¡Viva Hidalgo! ¡Viva Morelos! ¡Viva Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez! ¡Viva Allende! ¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva la independencia nacional! ¡Viva

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México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!”... Click click click, his boots snap against the hardwood floor and a man in a threepiece suit dances circles around the lady with the multicolored dress. Two centuries have passed, 202 years since Miguel Hidalgo yelled “Viva Mexico!” On the Sept. 15, Mexicans worldwide celebrate the day Mexico was initiated. This patriotic month

celebrates more than independence, it celebrates the birth of a culture. Over the last few years, the news has documented the dangers or the drug cartels in Mexico. However, Mexico is a country that invites all foreigners and will share its culture proudly. Mexico continues to offer a great deal of insight on several, diverse, industries and is a leader in aerospace, nano and biotechnology, and food pro-


Wade Ronsse of WHALE! performs in the Student Union Performance Series. drums in their songs “The Devil’s Medicine” and “Fight a Grizzly Bear.” The two also kept a professional and cool stage presence when there was a small technical hiccup

early in the performance. The manner in which they conducted their act was exactly what someone would expect from any seasoned two-piece outfit. “As long as we have an

audience, we’re happy,” Brock said. And as long as bands like The Bare Bones and WHALE! are making music, they’ll have an audience.

de Domínguez! ¡Viva Allende! ¡Vivan Aldama y Matamoros! ¡Viva la independencia nacional! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México!”... Clic, clic y clic sus botas chispan el suelo hecho de madera, un hombre en un traje de tres piezas danza círculos alrededor de la señorita. Han pasado dos siglos, 202 años desde que Miguel Hidalgo gritó ¡Viva México!. El 15 de septiembre de 2012 los mexicanos a nivel mundial celebramos el día que México se inicio. Durante este mes patrio, se celebra mas que un día de independencia, se celebra el nacimiento de una cultura. Los últimos años se ha documentado en las noticias el peligro de los narco-traficantes en México. Pero México es un país que invita los extranjeros y comparte su comunidad orgullosamente. México sigue siendo un líder en diversas industrias como la aeroespacial, nano y biotecnología, y producción y procesamiento de alimentos. Estudiante de Guadalaja-

ra México, participando en un intercambio, Alejandra Órnales esta en su ultimo año estudiando ingeniería eléctrica en la Universidad de Boise State y recuerda el grito. “En la noche del 15 de septiembre se convoca todo el pueblo en la plaza principal. Hay bailables hay espectáculo y lo típico de mi pueblo es que hay un concurso, un certamen de bellezas. Las chicas de mi pueblo, concursan y compiten para ver quien es la mejor,” Órnales dijo. “El día siguiente hay un desfile donde todas las escuelas se visten de trajes típicos de esa época y aparte van las reinas, las ganadoras del concurso. A las 12 de la noche el presidente municipal se sube al palacio municipal y receta el grito, lo que dijo Hidalgo.” Andrés Valdepeña es de Durango México, pero tiene dos años viviendo en Boise. Es un estudiante graduado de Boise State que esta estudiando ingeniería eléctrica. “No todos los años vas a la plaza porque como que no se disfruta igual,” Valdepeña dijo. “Pero es una

buena ocasión para irte con los amigos y juntarse en la casa, o si eres mayor de edad, ir a un antro para poder celébralo a tu manera.” Boise Idaho queda 19,390 millas de la Ciudad de México. Pero no será la excepción. Comunidades en ciudades como Boise, Hailey, Nampa y Wilder invitan a todos para participan en diversos eventos festivos, y celebrar la libertad. ¡Viva México!

duction and processing. A student from Guadalajara Mexico participating in an exchange program, Alejandra Órnales is a senior studying electrical engineering at Boise State and recalls how her town celebrates independence day. “The night of the 15 of September the people of the town gather at the main plaza. There is dancing and other entertainment but the typical thing to do in my town is to have a beauty pageant. The girls of my town compete to see who is the

best,” Órnales said. “The next day there is a parade where all the school kids dress up in clothing of that era and the queens, the winners of the beauty pageants, all participate. At midnight, the mayor climbs to the balcony of the capital building and recites what Hidalgo said.” Andrés Valdepeña is from Durango Mexico, but has lived in Boise for two years now. He is a graduate student studying electrical engineering at Boise State. “I don’t go to the plaza

every year because you don’t enjoy it the same,” Valdepeña said. “It’s a good occasion to hang with friends at home or if you are old enough, go out to the club and celebrate it your way.” Boise is 19,390 miles from Mexico City. That, however, will not make it the exception; communities in cities like Boise, Hailey, Nampa and Wilder invite everyone to participate in diverse events and festivities to celebrate liberty. Viva Mexico!

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September 17, 2012



Time to get with Belegarth Participants of Belegarth put forth a lot of effort into crafting their weapons and shields for what is clearly a bone-shattering and mideval good time.

Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

The idea of making your own foam Claymore and taking wild swings at other people in the park while dressed as some nobleman decked-out in colorful tunics and chainmail might seem silly to many, but how much more silly is it than a Civil War reenactment? The idea of a Civil War reenactment frankly seems sort of morbid and it is odd anyone would ever want to revive memories of what is regarded as one of the country’s more bloody historical periods. However we do it anyway because it’s fun and there is historical value to it. Live Action Role Playing (LARPing) is basically the same. It’s like a renaissance faire except you get to beat on each other. I don’t see why there isn’t

more of this type of activity. Why don’t history classes get extra credit for dressing up like the armies of the crusades and going toe-totoe with each other? Extra points if you can get your shields historically accurate. Perhaps it is because a stigma exists that if you play Dungeons and Dragons or any sort of game dealing with made up monsters which are cataloged alphabetically in a book called the Monster Manual then you are a serious geek and unfit to be in a romantic relationship—but this is just not the case. This live action role-play business seems like it could be an outstanding teambuilding exercise. From a business perspective there doesn’t seem like any employee bonding experience more meaningful than helping your friends from the accounting de-

partment defeat the wicked horde in marketing. Alternatively it seems like it could develop good spirited competition. In the same way paintball is like a mock battle using balls of paint rather than bullets, Belegarth offers you a chance to hit your friends with swords without injury. NPR’s Rob Sachs visited a large D-Day reenactment near Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania where participants meet annually to reenact the storming of Normandy Beach in 1944. While the event is as historically accurate as the participants can make it, the mock battle is still a game where the winner is not predetermined by history. Armed with paintball guns, military fatigues and a field dressed up as Normandy beach, the D-Day battle in Pennsylvania is a big deal for the participants.

Nicky Angel Valor, acting general of the allied forces said, “this is our Super Bowl.” Does reenacting a battle with paintball guns and army helmets have any more or less merit to it than a battle played out with foam swords and chainmail? There’s a lot of room for creativity. Sewing your own robes to wear to battle, or even just to watch could be a lot of fun like Halloween all year round. It probably takes quite a bit of imagination to put that sort of thing together and maybe some historical knowledge. Let’s face it, we have all been to a boring history lecture. It is just a sad reality that learning about human past from the black and white text of a book is not particularly stimulating. Portland State University offered a renaissance his-

tory class where students had the opportunity to examine period books which were ornately decorated and beautifully crafted. It was then that the appreciation for the past really set in. The renaissance books were a tangible piece of history from the time period being taught in the classroom. Not every professor has access to a library of sixteenth century literature. But every professor has access to a Home Depot and their imagination. Imagine how ancient Greek history would come to life when everyone met for class in the park and reenacted the great battles of the Trojans and Alexander the great. Then again, there is something to be said about the willingness to just dress up as a knight and go play outside. Sometimes it’s easy to just go home, switch on

the Playstation and enjoy some stunning graphics while helping Batman beat the crap out of some unsuspecting thugs. While this Belegarth business seems to have slipped by the eye of the general public, it, like history is going nowhere and will always be open to new players.

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Local politicians should engage student voters In the election of 1864, the nation was caught between the conflict of the Union and Confederacy on the American Civil War. This presented an issue for the candidates of that particular election cycle as many soldiers and military personnel would be unable to cast votes as they were engaged in the conflict. Thus absentee balloting came to fruition. Moving forward to the present, absentee voting has become a tool for soldiers, citizens abroad and—as it seems most of all—college students. A vast majority of out-ofstate students (67 percent), register in their hometowns. Absentee ballots are typically mailed back to a student’s home state and are notorious for being complicated and prone to error, a factor that seems to greatly discourage many.

According to a study by the University of Rochester, in the 2008 election cycle 85 percent of students that lived within 30 minutes of their registered city or town voted, as opposed to only 75 percent of students who live more than two hours away from their registered voting place, while only 12 percent of displaced students registered in their schools state. Boise State boasts an eight percent out-of-state enrollment rate, deeming it one of the most popular transfer locations in the west, yet it seems the general attitude on campus is that absentee voting is complex and many choose to abstain from local politics. It can be said attending university away from home should not cause an individual to disengage from the governing of their hometown or state but if one spends three-quarters of the year located away from home, are they in the best position to cast their marks on the ballot?

Learning about politics and the political process can, and should be a vital part of an individuals’ university education. But absentee balloting creates a disconnect between students and their local politics that hinders their ability to learn about politics, and minimizes the meaning of their votes. This is hardly the fault of the students. In general, the United States political cycle can be grossly intimidating and complicated for students who are new to voting. While absentee voting is an unfavorable system for college students, many local politicians do little to attempt to accommodate students. “I don’t really know Idaho politics very well. I couldn’t tell you who the governor of Idaho is right now,” said Rachel Jones, a first year graduate student from Bainbridge Island, Wash. When asked whether or not local politicians did enough to educate Boise State students, her answer

was clear. “During high school, I took classes at a community college, and there were people everywhere telling you about local politics,” she said. Much could be done by local politicians to increase student awareness and engagement. And since they are trying to get votes, they

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The “Rath” of foam weapons Lauren Hooker Staff Writer


or most college students, Saturdays are spent with friends, partaking in various shenanigans and potentially drinking. For Boise State students Sylvia Fortner, Shayne Delavan and Dane Johns, this Saturday was no different, but most students wouldn’t be dressed up in (mostly) historically accurate medieval garb,

brandishing foam-padded weapons and beating up their peers at the Battle for Teutoberg Wald in the park. “Weapons up,” bellowed a shirtless man in a straw-cone hat and loose cloth pants. Grips tightened on sword handles, and a goblin nocked an arrow on the string of her bow. Fighters stood, shields in front of their torsos, legs square in sparring stance. “Play on!”

WHAT IS BELEGARTH? Johns, a returning senior history major (he has already earned undergraduate degrees in communication and philosophy), has been participating in medieval combat reenactment for ten years. “I grew up interested in knights and swordfighting,” Johns said. “My mom is a semi-professional genealogist and she found links to several really important historical figures like Robert the Bruce and Richard the Lionheart—I started realizing I was related to these kings

and knights and it really got me focused.” Upon joining Belegarth, new fighters are required to choose a character and name. Because it is a medieval simulation, historical names are preferred. Characters, weapons and costumes are not simply restricted to historical accuracy; there is an element of fantasy, which incorporates elements from folklore and popular culture such as Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Belegarth fighters from the Realm of Rath convene in Boise to fight with friends.

THE BATTLEFIELD Belegarth players use foam weapons to simulate violence without the fear of death. But don’t let the word “foam” fool you; weapons are made with solid cores, and covered in hard foam. Blows aren’t soft; after all, it’s combat, not a pillow fight. “My first day I played, I got my first black eye,” said Shayne Delavan, a senior illustration major who goes by Renu on the field. “I got a javelin thrown at my face and then I got speared in the groin. But I came back the next day grinning.”

NATIONAL BELEGARTH Chaos Wars, an annual weeklong battle held in July in Hailey, Idaho is a chance for realms across the west to come and compete with each other to win titles and championships. Competitors camp in tents and fight in a variety of scenario battles. Activities included an outdoor dubstep concert, beer appreciation night, storytelling and gladiator pits.

“The fighting at Chaos Wars is intense,” said Vincent Smith, who fights with the Elite Blood Falcon unit under the name Lykos. “You pretty much wake up around nine, do a weapons check … after that, it’s pretty much all day fighting. We’ll break for lunch, and then back out to fighting. It’s basically 12 hours of fighting every day.” Last year, nearly 400 participants attended the Chaos Wars. The festivi-

ties were capped with an end-of-week feast, featuring handmade feastware, fancy garb and lots of beer for those of drinking age. “We’re pretty realistic when it comes to the social life of medieval people,” said Corley. “We get drunk, we feast and we talk about fighting.”

Bruises, broken limbs and bloody noses aren’t uncommon in Belegarth. Heatstroke is another issue. At large events, there are medics on site in case of emergency. “Death” and injuries work on an honor system: if someone is hit, they admit it. In Belegarth there is typically a tree or monument that represents the hall of Valhalla, where combatants can go to re-spawn or regenerate if “killed” in battle.

THE COMMUNITY Belegarth is a lot more than fighting; the tight-knit community and common interest continuously brings people back. “I was a nerd in school,” said Corley. “I was pudgy, I had long hair, I played a lot of video games and was like, ‘Yay, Star Wars!’ Everyone else was like ‘whatever.’ I was always kind of good at sports, but I was never really accepted in them. I came here and suddenly it’s nerd. It’s a sport for nerds. Every-

one here is a nerd in some capacity.” Nerd pride is prominent on the battlefield, and camaraderie stems from having like interests and hanging out on a regular basis. “I know that they’ve got my back, and I’ve got theirs,” said Fortner. “It’s a really great sense of community, and a sense of belonging that makes all the difference when you’re struggling in life.” For involved students, juggling combat, schoolwork and a job isn’t easy, but it’s manageable.

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September 17 2012

Broncos soar above the Redhawks Nikki Hanson

Online Sports Editor

A record 34,178 fans filled Bronco Stadium— the second highest attendance in Bronco Stadium history—Saturday afternoon ready to expect the unexpected with this new Bronco team. What proved to be a slow start against Miami of Ohio, soon had the feel of a traditional Bronco football home game as a large gap with Boise State leading the field formed. It was an uneventful first half, with the Broncos leading the Redhawks 15-9. Redshirt Junior Joe Southwick began the game slowly. The Broncos began their first drive 11:58 into the first quarter only to end with an interception by Miami’s Pat Hinkel. Despite the Redhawks seemingly gaining the momentum from the interception, it was a down and out as the Boise defense took control with three plays with a gain of seven yards. The Broncos were the first to put points on the scoreboard, with an impressive three plays, gaining 55 yards in 59 seconds. “We were moving the ball. Each week we need to keep getting better. Week two to week three we need to see some improvement,” Southwick said. It was sixth-year D.J. Harper, 61-yards rushing throughout the first half, with the most significant


Redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick hands the ball off to sixth-year running back D.J. Harper contribution with 5:04 left in the first quarter. Harper rushed for 20 yards, completed a 21-yard pass and a successful rush attempt for the touchdown. Miami answered the Bronco touchdown with a successful field goal attempt by Kaleb Patterson to begin the second quarter. It would not end there. The Redhawks took the lead over the Broncos with a 53-yard pass completion

to Spencer Treadwell, putting the ball on the Bronco 2-yard line and an answering touchdown. The attempt at the two point conversation failed leaving the score 9-8 Redhawks. The Broncos rallied with 4:39 left in the second quarter. It was Harper who came up with the much-needed Boise State touchdown with 1:43 left in the second quarter resulting in a Bronco

lead heading into the locker room. Boise State came out ready to play in the third quarter. Within five minutes Harper gained yet another touchdown for the Broncos on an 11yard run. Harper refused to remain silent for long. With 5:29 left in the third quarter, he completed a 43-yard run for the touchdown. The Broncos put some distance between

themselves and the Redhawks with a 20-point lead, 29-9. It would be a careerhigh 158-yards rushing for Harper. His previous career high was 153-yards in 2007. “That’s what we expect out of D.J. and I think he will play at a very high level every game,” Coach Chris Petersen said. The Broncos were an unstoppable force in the third quarter.

The Boise State drive began with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter and in 1:46, with a mere six plays at 54-yards the Broncos earned another touchdown to stretch the lead. This time it would be a completed pass to Senior Chris Potter for 11 yards, 36-9. “There is a lot of fire power on this team with getting almost 600 yards today,” Southwick said. Miami answered with 14:11 remaining the fourth quarter, completing a 42-yard field goal, attempting to bridge the 27-point gap. Senior Michael Frisina completed a 26-yard field goal attempt. But that would be the final score of the game, as the Broncos ended with their first game at home 39-12 over Miami. Boise State will be back on the blue turf against BYU on Thursday at 7 p.m. With BYU’s recent loss to Utah, Boise State may have caught the Cougars at just the right time. However, the turnaround for the game is quick and the Cougars were previously ranked in the Top 25, which should prove to be a worthy matchup. Harper and the rest of the team have their minds already focused. “The biggest thing will be mentality. It’ll be a quick turnover and it will be a challenge,” Harper said.

Volleyball aces tourney play Corey Morgan Staff Writer

As Mountain West conference games near, the Boise State Women’s volleyball team went 3-0 the past week at the Boise State University Tournament. The Broncos were riding a 2-game winning streak going into the tournament, extending it to five after the tournament. Boise State defeated San Jose State 3-2, Southern Utah 3-0 and UC Irvine 3-1. All-Tournament honorees went to Liz Harden (MVP), Alyssa Gammel and Kersti Whitney. Later in the week, Boise State would go on to lose to Seattle University, 3-2, then to American Univer-

sity, 3-1. The Broncos are currently 6-4 outside of conference games to start the year. Alyssa Gammel leads Boise State in kills with 153 and 3.73 per set. Kersti Whitney leads Boise State in digs with 190 and 4.63 per set. Lastly, Brittany Reardon led Boise State in blocks with 45 total and 1.18 per set. The Broncos led all of the Mountain West conference in assists per set, with 471 assists to 36 sets, marking 13.08 assists per set. In past years, home advantage has been a key to success for the Broncos. At the Boise State Bronco Gym last year, the Broncos went 4-0, further enhancing their home record to

178-150 with a .543 homewinning percentage. The next home game for the Broncos is on Sept. 20th vs. Fresno State for the first Mountain West conference game. The next game is on Sept. 22 vs. UNLV, followed by Air Force on Sept. 28. The Broncos are looking to improve on their record of 6-8 in the Mountain West conference last year, starting with these three first crucial conference games. As shown above, homeadvantage is an important aspect for the Broncos and they have a great tradition of winning at home, so come out to the next home games and support the team.


Sixth-year running back D.J. Harper making a cut Saturday afternoon

The beast unleashed

John Garretson Sports Editor

Fan voices: Miami (OH) John Garretson Sports Editor

In light of the Boise State Broncos’ home opener against the Miami Redhawks Saturday afternoon, the Arbiter sports team went around to the tailgates outside Bronco Stadium to ask one simple question:

Despite the opening loss to Michigan State, how will your Broncos fare the rest of the season? These were some of the responses we received: Michael Fazio, Senior, Health Sciences: “If they win every single game, especially against BYU because they are ranked, we’ll get back in the rankings. I know we’ll be the at-large pick if we finish below 17th, at least that’s what my friend Andy said. We got a good chance, BYU is our biggest chance. If we beat them we’re back in the polls.” David Tovar, Junior, Social Work: The Arbiter

“I think they’re gonna do great. Joe Southwick will pull something out, replacing Kellen Moore. Our offense is gonna get going today, since we didn’t score a touchdown for the first time in a few years. I think they’re gonna bring it for the rest of the season, stay motivated and win a bowl.” Candice Grossaint: “We believe in the Broncos. We’ve been fans since they were a BJC school, so we’re die hard Bronco fans. It doesn’t matter what they do, we’re just gonna back them with everything we’ve got and we’re proud of the Broncos. Our son is a graduate back in December, it doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter.” Mac Tackett, Freshman, business management: “They’re going to kill this season. They’re gonna go 13-1. I hope they go to the Potato Bowl so we can go but the Rose Bowl would be pretty tight to go to also.” Caitlin Kreyche, Junior, Math Secondary Education:

“Well I think on home turf they’re definitely a lot stronger just because they got all the fan support. It’s a little scary when you’re away but I think with the cheering will a couple more touchdowns and win.” Lisa Stoehr, Mrs. Idaho United States 2012: “I think it was just a minor glitch and we’re gonna rally. I think Joe is gonna pull it together and he’s just going to be a star. He had Kellen Moore as a mentor and I think he’s just gonna run with it.”

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Six years. 43 games. Two ACL tears. Sixth-year running back D.J. Harper has seen it all, from the bench, field or trainer’s table. Watching teammates graduate and rosters change, it’s hard to believe Harper’s tenure began way back in 2007. Even though time has passed, the opportunity for Harper to shine as the Broncos’ lead running back has only begun. “I’ve waited a long time for this, I’m really excited for the opportunity. When an opportunity presents itself, you want to make the most of it,” Harper said. It wasn’t one of the more impressive starts in Harper’s career against the Michigan State Spartans on Aug. 31, and that’s putting it gently. The senior’s night ended with 15 carries for only eight yards, averaging half a yard per carry, the team’s third leading rusher that night. Granted, it came against a top notch Spartans defense, but for a player who’s had the most experience to come out and deflate the hype surrounding him for the Bronco offense, it’s a bit discouraging. Saturday afternoon, Harper hid those numbers behind his stellar offensive

production: 16 carries for 166 yards and four total touchdowns (three rushing and one 21 yard receiving score). “That’s what we expect out of DJ, we really do. I think he’ll play at a very high level every game if we just give him a chance to get things started. He’s been running like that since his freshman year six years ago,” Head Football Coach Chris Petersen said about his coveted running back. These touchdowns were not only special for the fact it was a career high for Harper, but the runs he broke off were crafty. Extremely fluid in and out of defenders to a point no one would know he had two injury-ridden seasons. “DJ was running wild and that’s what we want,” redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick said about Harper. That’s what Southwick not only wants, but needs. When Pat Hinkel intercepted Southwick in the first quarter in the red zone (his second red zone pick this season), Bronco fans thought this was going to be another tough game to swallow. In comes Harper, who later in the quarter gave Southwick a slant option down the middle for a 21

yard score. It was Harper who picked up on the safety coverage and made himself available to give Southwick the help he needed. The interesting question that can be brought up about the performance is: How consistent can Harper be in the run game? Will there be more 100+ yard games or more struggling performances? This is an entirely revamped offense that will rely more on the running game than ever. It seems as if the Michigan State game was a fluke for Harper, but those kind of nights cannot happen for the offense to thrive and the Broncos to win. One thing for sure is no matter the past injury history, Harper looks ready to be the stable in the Bronco offense, bridging the gap between the post-Kellen era to Joe Southwick’s time. “You guys see what we see everyday. It’s no doubt that DJ can get the job done. He was a true freshman and he got banged up a couple times. Overall, he’s just a beast,” said redshirt senior Jamar Taylor. The beast has been unleashed this season and it’s just a matter of time before he’s wearing down opponents one by one.

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