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A brief SomaliBantu history The Somali-Bantu are a minority ethnic group who were forced into slavery around 200 years ago in Somalia. They are decedents of Bantu ethnic groups who originate in what are now Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique. They were sold as a part of the Arab slave trade in the 19th century. The Maay Maay language was adopted by a part of the community while in Somalia, and the other part maintained the Kizigua language. There are nearly 2 million Maay Maay speakers in Somalia and around 400 speakers in the Boise area. Currently, there are about 2,000 Kizigua speakers in Somalia, and Boise is home to about 300 to 400 Kizigua speakers.

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Linguistics senior seminar students help members of the Kizigua-speaking community plant seeds as their service-learning project. on top of that, we would be helping a community by documenting the language.” Temkin Martinez also said after working on this project, the student interns are able to pick from their top choices in graduate programs. The Maay Maay language program started in January 2012 as a senior seminar in linguistics. Prior to this program, most linguistics majors had to take writing, literature and technical communication as senior seminars. “One of her great feats, besides getting the linguistics lab, was getting our own senior seminar course,” said Sarah Plane, senior linguistics major. “Documenting an undocumented language in a field methods class is something you definitely don’t see until grad school, and even if then.” “For anyone going to grad school in linguistics, the writing aspects and the research as-

pects were really useful,” Plane said. “But they weren’t gaining any core (linguistic-related) values and (were not) being able to apply any knowledge from the linguistics courses into the capstone.” For most people, the idea of documenting an endangered language is a new concept, especially when it comes to a language not many Americans have ever heard of. “Before I was asked to join this project, I never even heard of the language,” Kelli Jones, junior linguistics major said. “I figured the best way to get involved with something that you’re interested in is just to dive right in.” Jones is the student editor of the Kizigua dictionary. She proofreads the Kiziguato-English dictionary and takes notes of the video recordings of the Somali-Bantu consultant. “It’s my first experience with

a language I’ve never heard of, that I’ve never had any experience with,” Jones said. Plane said the project records more than random words or phrases for a dictionary. “We’ve done 13 one-hour elicitations with our consultant,” Plane said. “We get to figure out the phonemic inventory and the morphological aspects (the ones) we can pick apart or guess at.” Temkin Martinez added the program has amassed over 100 hours of the Kizigua language, and the Maay Maay project has yielded interesting results. According to Plane, one of the Maay Maay-speaking consultants is writing traditional children’s stories in English, and the linguistics program is putting together a DVD of him telling the stories. They hope to publish it in the upcoming year.

We’re hoping that we can get to the refugee community here in Boise and have the children draw some pictures to go along with the stories,” Plane said. Dayley started the senior seminar last year and continues to document the Kizigua language with the Somali-Bantu refugees in Boise. The project has produced a 3,300-word dictionary and a grammar of the language to be submitted for publication. “It’s just exciting on both counts. Our work not only benefits the research and the opportunities for our students, but we’re also working to contribute back to the society,” Plane said. “In this case, the Kizigua project is working on a dictionary, so that they can have some function for looking up words for the grocery store or just conversational words – it’s a benefit for their community as well.”

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The Somali-Bantu refugees in Boise have friends in the linguistics program at Boise State. The researchers are documenting the Kizigua and Maay Maay languages of the SomaliBantu people. A group of students and faculty members are documenting both languages under the direction of Dr. Michal Temkin Martinez. “When I first interviewed here, I found out there was a refugee population,” Temkin Martinez said. “I thought ‘how can we link students’ experiences with endangered languages and how can we do outreach with refugees?’ ” This research project is more than just a documentation of an endangered language. The goals of this project include the production of a dictionary for the Kizigua language and to give students practical experience in the field. Temkin Martinez helped to create the two programs with retired Professor Emeritus Jon Dayley. Dayley said Kizigua is one of about 500 Bantu languages, and it has a complexity far greater than the English language. “There’s this tremendous productivity and complexity within the verb system. That I find really interesting,” Dayley said. “The noun classes are hard to deal with, but the verbs – I like (the) powerful, productive verbs.” Dayley also said that even in his retirement, he spends two or three hours a week working with the Somali-Bantu consultant, and three times that amount with analysis. These projects include several undergrad interns and it keeps them very busy. Temkin Martinez said the work these students are doing is at the graduate level and even graduate students usually don’t get this kind of hands-on exposure in fieldwork. Temkin Martinez helped to design this research program with the intent of including direct and hands-on application for linguistics majors at an advanced level. “I was really interested in getting students excited about linguistics,” Temkin Martinez said. “And I figured if we were to work with refugees on a language that is somewhat endangered, students would get a really great experience in field methods and linguistics, and

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The Volunteer Expo was a box of delights, enfolding visitors as they entered the Student Union Building’s Jordan Ballroom on Friday. A feeling of hot energy and excitement was in the air. Busy students were met with smiles and bright talk from representatives at exhibitor tables and conversations filled the room with a buzz. People such as Marie Schutt at Second Chance, Therese Woozley of MADD, Mark Heilman with Veterans Upward Bound, Kathy Griesmyer of the ACLU and so many of the other 60+ non-profits, offered personal messages of doing great by doing good. “Every year we have more and more non-profits wanting to come in and just spread the message of volunteerism at their organizations… it really helps build community and

helps our students connect with the Boise community as well,” said Erin VanDenburgh, from Get(IN)Volved. Students shopped for several opportunities. “A lot of our students come with their professors to the Volunteer Expo to find a site that they can do their service learning project at,” VanDenburgh said. Many volunteer positions were offered right on the spot. “They’re so busy,” said Therese Woozley. “Flexibilty is huge and you have to find somewhere that it’ll fit around your student schedule.” Almost any academic major or career interest has a volunteer application. Non-profits are hungry for Boise State students. “They’re usually the people that help the most with projects we’re working on, and the more that we have, the more work we can take on, and the

more we can accomplish,” Kathy Griesmyer said. Some organizations were Boise-based, others are national organizations with a local presence. All exhibitors offered a very valuable asset for a student’s future job and career-effective transition from academic study to actual workplace performance. Voluntary experience is known to energize and enhance a resume. Another big reason: Networking with action-oriented important people and connecting with other “real-change” people. Both big international and local employers like Starbucks, Amazon, JR Simplot or Zamzows will all ask for volunteer references. These businesses know that cooperation, teamwork, and leadership are tested during an internship. Small or big the the non-profit a students selects, is time well spent. “Volunteers are worth their


Wishing Star volunteer Nicole Young explains the benefits of the Wishing Star program. weight in gold, especially here,” said Woozley. “We depend on volunteers here at Boise State.” Further information for students wanting to get connected, call Service Learning

at 426-1004. Non-profit exhibitor information for the January Volunteer Expo call Erin VanDenburgh, Get(IN)Volved at 426-4239.


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September 04, 2012

Learning to climb

Submissions for public art project The Student Union Bay Window Public Art Project is accepting submitted proposals from students and university alumni for the site-specific permanent public art installation. The project has one framed area available, although the project includes four separate framed areas. Before the SUB expansion, the framed areas existed as exterior

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Celebrating 10 years with Kustra on the air President, Bob Kustra is celebrating 10 years on the air as the host of, “Reader’s Corner,” a popular talk show on Boise State Public Radio. The show, airing at 6 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. on Sundays on KBSX 91.5 FM consists of dialogue with individuals about the issues and ideas shaping the world. Since 2003, President Kustra has interviewed over 350 individuals ranging from authors, educators, politicians, a

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Climbing is a great exercise, and on Thursday night new students were given the opportunity to take their hand at the Boise State climbing gym. Turnout for the climbing event was good and the gym was bustling with students. Boise State is home to one of the largest

collegiate gyms in the country and students had the opportunity to try 22 top-rope routes and meet the staff. The gym offers bouldering as well as top-rope climbing and the terrain ranges from flat and easy courses to seriously challenging grades. For students who want to tackle the

wall, there is a basic skills course that is offered Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Then students must take a quick skills test before they can climb. Shoes are available to rent and harnesses are provided. For more information, visit the climbing gym’s website.

Diversity Day on SUB patio While events that overtake the Student Union Building’s patio have historically failed to capture a large audience of busy Broncos, Friday’s Diversity Day Defined, sponsored by a group of campus organizations to promote inclusion, commanded students’ attention. Although booths from clubs

and organizations such as BGLAD, the Women’s Center, International Student Services and others failed to draw in the crowds of students, many found it hard to resist the lure of loud music and free snow cones. Local band Bare Bones provided music that, while standard garage band fare, was catchy

and upbeat and a later performance by Osonegro had the patio congested with students stopping to check out the show. Students also chose to take part in a diversity pledge, adding their signatures to a sign proclaiming their desire to “further social justice and human compassion.”

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A crowd gathers around one of the men preching his beliefs near the Bronco statue outside the Business and Economics Building on Thursday afternoon.

University policy protects free speech of students, preachers Amy Merrill News Editor

As classes let out on Thursday, the quad filled with dozens of students congregated around the Business Building to watch the men who were preaching on campus. Some students listened quietly, while others shouted responses and a few individuals approached the man standing on the small wooden platform. The quad was also ringed

with men and women in uniform ranging from individuals on bikes who are volunteer police on campus, to campus security and members of the Boise Police Department. Those in uniform stood behind the crowd, answering student’s questions and maintaining a presence in case further action became necessary as emotions ran high. While preaching on campus isn’t a new occurrence,

students with opposing view points or low tolerance for being shouted at may take offense. Onlookers have different responses to these campus visitors, but certain reactions could get students in trouble with the university or with campus police. Many students expressed discontent with the preachers being on campus, however, Boise State is a state university and is open to the public. University policy number

1100 states, “Public Areas of the campus may be used by individuals lawfully on the University property for any free expression activities.” But there are stipulations to free expression. Devices such as megaphones aren’t permitted and classes must not be disrupted—these particular individuals on campus Thursday were well within their rights, as were the students who spoke out in response. To avoid trouble on campus,

students should be aware there are certain acts that could land them in hot water with the university for violating university policy or with the police for violating the law. Profanity, inciteful language, spitting and acts of violence are not tolerated. Additionally, behavior that could be interpreted as threatening, which Boise Police Department’s Lt. Tony Plott described as having the apparent means to cause harm, can land

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Broncos splash into Welcome Week Christina Marfice Features Editor

With insurmountable grace, Brady Mosk left the diving board at the Boise State Aquatic Center, arching his body into a perfect banana shape. He hit the water belly-first, eliciting a loud smacking sound and appreciative gasps from the small crowd gathered at the water’s edge. As he sank beneath the pool’s surface, cheers erupted and he emerged from the depths to three score cards held high by the judges: all perfect tens. Wednesday night’s Bronco Welcome Splash Contest drew a larger crowd of competitors than spectators, but as the competition intensified, students at the Rec Center gathered to see a group of their fellow Broncos flip, flop and cannonball in search of the highest marks administered by members of the Boise State diving team. The stakes were high; the winner was to receive a year of bragging rights—and a free t-shirt. “I gave it my all on that one,” said Mosk of his prizewinning dive. “I think it was the execution on the belly flop. I think I pulled it off pretty well; managed to layout pretty good.” Treasurer of the water


Some individuals took to more conventional attempts of spashes during the splash conest in the Rec. polo club at Boise State, Mosk was competing against teammates; however, he felt his competitive drive gave him an edge. “It was all mental,” he said. “The competition was pretty stiff. It was just pure visualization and a lot of heart and

spirit and desire to win.” But as Mosk nursed the fast emerging welts on his arms and belly, cheers again erupted from the sidelines. Junior biology major and Water Polo Club President Matthew Jones reached the pool’s edge and received his

three perfect tens. “I think I just got upstaged,” said Mosk, before asking what had happened. “I took my pants off dude,” Jones told him. Jones’ strategy was unconventional, if something of a gimmick, but it paid

off as his score tied him for first place. “I just had to blow it up,” Jones said after his dive. “I had to get on top and do something crazy.” And as for strategy and preparations, Jones had little to say.

“I knew it was going to be difficult so I had to undo my suit first,” he said. “I’ve never done this before and I’ve never seen anybody do it before so I just had to improvise.” For the record, Jones was sporting a speedo under his swim suit. While finesse points were obviously awarded for unconventional jumps, opinions differed on what strategy would produce an award-winning splash. According to Sean Evans, a three-year veteran lifeguard at the Aquatic Center, a good bounce and a high jump are key. Competitor Wes Walton, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, agreed that a high bounce is important, but only because it is one way to build momentum, which Walton felt was the secret to a solid splash. Allison Brennan, Boise State’s diving coach served as one of the judges. According to Brennan, the key to producing a large splash is a little more complicated. “The biggest mistake is people go in a ball and then they’ll open up and kind of go feet first,” she said. “That sucks the water down with them. Staying in a nice tight ball and not opening your body (is the key).”

Try it with Tabby: Let’s paint 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-theordinary and budget-friendly activities for Boise State students. When we think painting, two things often come to mind. One would be the professional art of paint; the likes of Monet or Picasso creating grand masterpieces. On the opposite end of the spectrum sits finger painting, the more juvenile art of play where in youth, creativity is built and encouraged. Luckily, for those who are either artists themselves, or just want to practice a bit of

creativity, there is a paintart that beautify pairs the masterful technique of fine art with the play; the fun and creativity of being a kid. This would be the art of ceramic painting. “The really good part about it is it’s functional,” said junior political science major Madison Altorfer, who spends her out-ofclass time working at Ceramica Boise. “It is not just a painting that would hang on your wall. You can do the same painting and instead it is something you could use every day, like a bowl or a mug.” My quest to get creative, a little messy and more importantly—inspired— landed me at Ceramica, where everything was art, from the painted ceramic “push” sign on the front

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door to the brightly colored chairs. Walls lined with white ceramics of all shapes and sizes were hundreds of blank canvases, beckoning my attention before I was even given the how-to rundown. Once given the specifics I was set free, tasked to choose my canvas. This was where the first hiccup on my path to creating a masterpiece came in to play. With so many options, from giant Koi fish, tiny Angry Birds and detailed dragons to more functional plates, bowls, jewelry holders and soap dishes, I was overwhelmed. Finally, after making nearly 15 circles and inspecting each and every piece, I cradled in my hands what was to be my outlet for expression—a medium sized, big-eyed owl. Owl in hand, I made my way to a paper-covered table, where I was faced with even more decision-making. A ceramic tile served as a swatch sample, displaying 45 color options. Being the incredibly indecisive person I am, I loaded up my painter’s pallet with as many colors as I could manage to fit and the creating began. Paints, sponges, stencils, paint pens, stamps and

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Ceramic owls and other items are available to paint at Ceramica Boise. more were provided, giving me ample opportunity to self-express the heck out of my owl. And self-express I did. What was once a blank slate became a conglomeration of polka dots, textures and color. Technique and planning were lost on me, however, other painters mapped out technique a table over, following plans like a road map and taking tips from the studio workers. When I came to a point where my owl felt finished, I apprehensively left him in the hands of the studio workers so they could work their glazing and firing magic. Once the creating is finished, the final product

must be glazed and fired. This process usually takes about a week, so don’t get too anxious to bring home your new art. My ceramic-painting adventure inspired me to create more, spend more time outside of my own schedule-filled mind and enjoy play. This budget-friendly activity is not only unique and intriguing, but also functional in many ways. “You can also personalize your dorm room a little bit more with some of this stuff,” Altorfer said. “It is also a great thing to do for gifts for people because it is your art work and something people can use.”

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Baked Parmesan Lemon Garlic Chicken 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 recipies. Try them, love them and more importantly, thank Lauren Hooker for your non-expanding waistline and taste bud stimulation. Get your toothbrush and Listerine ready, because things are about to get garlic-y. Studies have shown eating garlic can help boost our natural production of hydrogen sulfide, according to The New York Times Though toxic in large amounts, hydrogen sulfide actually helps protect against cancer and heart disease. In addition, parmesan cheese is high in phosphorus, which helps protect and strengthen cell membranes as well as contribute to stronger bones and teeth. This entree includes both nutritional foods, is cheap, requires few ingredients and minimal preparation.

Serves two. Ingredients: 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (6 oz) 1 lemon 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp minced garlic (can be fresh or from a jar) 2 tbsp Italian seasoning 2 tbsp garlic powder 1 cup Parmesan cheese ------------------------1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. Mix lemon, olive oil, garlic, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in a bowl. Coat each chicken breast evenly and place side by side in an ovensafe glass baking dish. 3. Pour remaining sauce over the chicken breasts. Cover chicken with Parmesan cheese. 4. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle. For a complete meal, serve with a side of rice pilaf or a light salad. The Arbiter


The view from inside an inflating balloon at The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic last weekend. The event showcased an array of balloons.

Hot air ballons return to the valley Tabitha Bower

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Two Arbiter staffers took to the skies on Thursday, Aug.

30 as part of The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic, which ran from Aug. 19 through Aug. 2. At 6 a.m. on the day of our ride, Cody Finney, Arbiter

photo editor, and I headed over to Ann Morrison Park to embark on the flight of a lifetime. I was assigned to the Boise State balloon, and after being breifed on safety— more specifically being told

not to jump out of said ballon—we were up. The ballon flight was a truly amazing experience, even after one small and terrifying run-in with a pine tree. The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic is an annual event,

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Hip-hop and street art blend at SUB By Natalie Craig Staff Writer

As students walked to class on last Thursday, they were accompanied by the feel good beats of hip-hop music and lyrics from local bands. Bronco Welcome and Student Union Performance Series (SUPS) put on quite the back-to-school show on the Student Union Building (SUB) patio. With hip-hop performances from local bands and a live DJ the SUB blasted music, creating a good vibe as well as catching students’ eyes with a live graffiti art demonstration. The first local hip-hop performers to take the stage were Illumneye, a group of hard hitting lyricists with an upbeat flair. "It's not about getting famous," Ed Able, Illumneye member said. "It's about having fun and that's what we are out doing today." Following Illumneye was solo lyricist Exit Prose, who entertained students with his fromthe-heart lyrics influenced by multiple musical genres including everything from hip-hop to blues, jazz and country. SUPS has been working with multiple organizations on campus to provide students with multimedia performances. This was the case on Thursday; Along with their musical performance, members of Illumneye doubled as graffiti artists known as Sector 17. “We are an underground hip-hop based group and we keep it like that to a tee,” Collin Pfeifer, Illumneye lyricist and Sector 17 artist said. “We aren’t against commercial rap, but definitely we keep it more along the genre and the elements in hip-hop." According to Pfeifer, the different elements of hip-hop are graffiti, break dancing, DJ-ing and MCing. Additionally, knowledge rounds out these elements. After their performance, the guys of Illumneye showcased their graffiti skills on the SUB patio with a live-paint showcase. While creating a live masterpiece for students, Sector 17’s Hawk Sahleine and Pfeifer shared the history of graffiti and its

origin. Sector 17 used a wide array of mediums including spray paint, wheat paste and markers to create their work. This art performance was coordinated with the help of Boise State alumnus Will Eichelberger as prelude to the "Hard Cheese" closing reception. A public exhibition of "Hard Cheese" has been on display in The Student Union Fine Arts Gallery since July 25 and will close Sept. 3. Their designs are a mixture of innovative photography techniques and graffiti styles, namely street art. “Collin and I have been doing Sector since 2005,” Sahleine said. “We have just been painting steadily and just getting bigger. We met up with Will a couple of years ago. We started doing a couple projects and now he’s become a bigger part of us.” Following the live paint was the "Hard Cheese" closing reception, which gave fans a chance to meet and greet the artists of Sector 17 as many gathered to appreciate their art. “Where I come into play is basically the transition into fine arts,” Eichelberger said. “I was the one to set all of this up. The promotion, the video, the photograph, the collage side like the eyes and the ears of the media; that’s where my place comes in. We are all really creative and we all come together and that’s what Sector 17 means. It’s like this creative wave of awesomeness.” Amy Rajkovich, Student Union Fine Arts performance program coordinator said she was excited to revamp SUPS. This program has been at Boise State for a while now, however, SUPS traditionally showcased more classical music in which students weren’t very responsive to. “Out of the two performances we have had as the new revamped SUPS program, this is all local regional music,” Rajkovich said. “Were just trying to give exposure to them and then it's something the students are in to. We’ve definitely had more students come to these two events then they probably had at any of the old SUPS performances. It got a face lift basically.” This revamped program

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Boutique at the Bookstore makes high-fashion accesories and clothing for men and women accessible to students without requiring them to leave campus.

Bookstore brings chic, stylish fashion to campus Natalie Craig Staff Writer

As students went to buy their books before the semester’s start, they may have noticed a new and extremely fashionable addition to the bookstore. “We had been talking to other campuses involved in a group called independent college bookstore association (ICBA),” said Erica Jensen, clothing novelty buyer. “A couple of them tried doing this and they were successful.

We thought it would offer a one-stop shop for the college student, making it a little convenient for them to shop without going downtown or to the mall.” The fashion boutique takes up a small section of the store, but the unique thread selection caught student’s attention as they walked by. With designers such as Femme, Miss Match, Soprano and Celebrity Pink jeans, the boutique makes a small but noticeable statement. “The boutique looks like

it’s keeping up with all of the current trends and styles,” said Karlee Northridge, junior health science major. The collection showcases summer pieces such as sundresses and transitions into fall trends like sweaters and bulkier blouses. “The clothes are very cute,” said Laura Rodriguez, senior social work major. “I’m sure the freshmen will enjoy it. All the years I have been here they’ve never had anything like this.”

The location of the boutique attracts students from inside and outside of the bookstore; however, the lack of space to try on clothes proposes a few problems for students. Some students said they were surprised to see the same designers they see in department stores and at the mall. Rose Rivas, sophomore pre-nursing major, pointed out a pair of jeans that caught her eye. “I see some of these clothes at Macy’s,” Rivas said. “Yeah, I

would definitely wear this.” There is also a selection of classic T-shirts for men with a variety of designs and logos. These shirts are simple and can easily be paired with jeans or shorts. According to Jensen, based on the boutique’s popularity from just this back-to-school week, it will evolve and definitely have a future. “We are going to start running some sales and promotions and hopefully build the business and keep it

in the bookstore for a while,” she said. Not only are the new boutique’s clothes trendy and in style, they are perfect for students on the go who are looking for a way to spice up their wardrobe. The boutique also carries cute accessories that will uniquely complete any ensemble. From rings and necklaces to headbands and earrings, if you need any final touches for your back to school look, stop by the bookstore to dress it up and accessorize.



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Student obesity on the rise Courtesy MCT Campus

Control over their life choices is part of the college experience for students. But that authority is not without cost: Schedules are jammed and in-flux; exercise, homework and friends all compete for time. Parents aren’t around to clean up, nag about homework and grades, or cook nutritious meals. Faced with overwhelming choices, college students often end up gaining extra pounds. Moreover, at a time when obesity among Americans is a national epidemic, the college generation often is overlooked. “People don’t look at this age cohort as closely,” said Dr. Jeffrey Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting communities’ health and preventing disease. “Since you certainly can find a lot of data showing that kids today under 18, under 19 are becoming more and more obese, they’re moving on to college -- this is a trend that’s been going on for 20 years -- and clearly admission to college doesn’t suddenly eliminate those rates of obesity.” The percent of overweight and obese American college students increased from 27.4 percent in fall 2006 to 29.2 percent in fall 2011, according to the American College Health Association. The organization based its findings on body mass index, or BMI, which is calculated from an individual’s self-reported height and weight, and is a standard indicator of obesity. A BMI in the range of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI between 30 and 34.9 is obese. A 2007 study on college students and obesity published in the American Journal of Health Behavior found that obesity rates increased rapidly during the duration of the study. The researchers wrote: “Students entering college may be making independent decisions about their diet, activity, and television viewing behaviors for the first time. New environmental and social factors may emerge during this time period to have a greater influence on their behavior.” College students can struggle with control. The tough decisions about nutrition and exercise can send them on a roller-coaster ride with their health. “There are a lot of choices to be made; it’s a totally different environment,” said Emily Schmitt, the University of Maryland fitness programs coordinator. “You have to find the time, it’s not built-in for exercising, and you’re selecting your own food, which may be totally different than the meals you’re used to from home.” More than one-third of American adults, about 35.7 percent, are obese today, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, Maryland’s obesity rate was 27.1 percent and it failed, along with every other state, to meet the “Healthy People 2010” goal to lower obesity prevalence to 15 percent, according to the CDC. Moreover, during a recent Washington conference sponsored by CDC, a new study forecast an even grimmer picture for the next two decades. The research, conducted by Eric A. Finkelstein at Duke University, which appeared online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, predicted that 42 percent of Americans would be obese by 2030, including a 33 percent increase over the next 20 years.

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Campus preachers should be treated like other groups Not even a week has passed and already the campus has been accosted by an obnoxious nuisance. Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to have encountered the fire and brimstone preachers knows their mission is to yell at passersby about how they will be going to hell based on any number of things. What is probably only the semster’s first campus preachers, their messages are often sexist, homophobic or target differing religious views. The preachers who come onto campus yell so loudly they can be heard from inside buildings and they call women sluts and call entire crowds sinners. They provoke students and try to antagonize them into making threats. It is worlds away from the other good-natured and respectful religious groups who sometimes visit campus. Boise State is a state university, and therefore open to the public, much like a park is, and subject to state and federal law. The university also has a very clear and straightforward policy regarding the use of campus areas. Verbatim, “The Open Spaces Policy, Boise State University Policy #6615-d is

to assure that Boise State remains a forum for the broadest expression of views. These operating procedures were developed to support free expression while supporting and not interfering with the normal functions of the University.” However, I argue under this policy that these preachers should fall under one of the categories outlined by the group. You cannot argue these preachers are not putting on a display and not associated with any organization. One in particular named John Duncan, does have a website where he documented his preaching on campus over at least two days. This does make him affiliated with an organization that should be bound by Boise State policy when he comes to preach. That means all other groups wishing to have outside space on campus for their booth or display have to call and schedule in advance, do all the paperwork, pay the applicable fees. By contrast, these people are out there whenever they feel like it shouting as loudly as they can to anyone who can hear them. They come frequently with their associates, bringing stools to stand on and carry signs with messages

such as, “no lukewarm Christians in heaven.” That is a display, which is covered under Policy #6615-d. While the university’s respect for the first amendment is rightfully unwavering, the university also recognizes demonstrations such as that of the street preachers can be disruptive. It’s a sensitive subject with a lot of variables, and as Jack Rahmann, Student Union director said, “You’ve got to be careful about infringing on people’s rights.” Rahmman explained that when the street preachers come onto campus they are informed of the policy in writing. In the case of the preachers on campus Thursday, who refused to speak to Arbiter reporters, this was also the case. It is not fair that students, faculty and staff who are targeted by these preachers, should have to endure disruptive and unwarranted sermons inticing reactions while the student body is powerless to ask them to stop. It is true the rude preacher’s free speech should be protected, but students should always have the right to a peaceful learning environment. The safest thing to do is ignore the preachers. It is hard to say it would be worth it to risk a lawsuit with them.

As Rahmann noted, these preachers are often backed by organizations with lots of money and are happy to sue the university. It is important to know you must be careful if you choose to engage these people no matter how agitating they may be, as you are at risk of being accused of assault for something as incidental as a drop of spit coming from your mouth as you retort what is often total lunacy. Addressing complaints from students, Rahmann of-

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ten has to explain to people why the preachers are not removed from campus and how they are protected. He commented how it was a complicated grey area even if they were being disruptive. “Unless they’re creating such a ruckus that we can’t do what we do,” he said. But Rahmann notes it is rare for a preacher to cause enough of a problem on campus to get to the point they could be removed. As a part of the Boise State community we should strive to be better in our discourse

than these preachers. We can do that while also holding them accountable to potential disruption or harassment. Leaving everyone’s First Amendment protected, and our campus an environment for positive religious activity. Free speech should be protected, but there is nothing wrong with setting guidelines to prevent the disruptions caused by these people and maybe the university should have the authority to deal with these agitators.


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Pathways from violence Boise State sets an example for community


A summer day on campus is a bustling scene. Hundreds of people pass through campus smiling, talking on their phones and chatting with one another about their classes, the game from the previous night and where to go for lunch. Campus is alive and well and people are safe.


to keep safe

Still fresh in our minds are a number of recent mass shootings, many taking place on or near a college campus. Virginia Tech has fallen victim to such violence more than once. More recent headlines came from Texas A&M. While these are extreme circumstances, it is these events, coupled with the recent deluge of other highly publicized public shootings from Tuscon, Ariz. to Aurora, Colo., that are going to etch themselves into the history of this decade. in

communities In 2011, Jared Loughner opened fire on a public meeting in Tucson, attempting to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. 18 were injured and six died, including District Court Chief Judge John Roll and a nine-year-old girl. In a TIME article, reporters Kate Pickert and John Cloud documented how Loughner was kicked out of Pima Community College after frequently displaying disturbing behavior. While the college successfully removed Loughner and alleviated the concern from its student body, Loughner never received the help he probably needed. The end result was the tragic shooting in Tucson. According to Eckles, C.A.R.E provides an outlet for people who don’t know how to respond to concerns and who may otherwise end up avoiding a person who needs help. In the Tucson shooting, those behavior concerns were able to fall through the cracks. On intent of the C.A.R.E. program is to prevent that from happening. Eckles believes the program model is not limited to Boise State. He said it could easily apply to communities outside campuses to prevent

Sadly, while these tragedies are the events that remain in our memories, violence occurs in the United States frequently; the FBI estimates that in 2010 there were over 14,748 people murdered in the United States. To put that number into perspective, the most recent enrollment figure provided by Boise State Admissions was only 19,664. This is something that should change, and at Boise State, we have a highly effective program in place to keep our campus safe. University officials involved in the program believe its application is not limited to college campuses, however, and that communities can use a similar model to prevent violence.

violence on a larger scale. “I believe the C.A.R.E model is something larger communities can do,” he said. But Eckles also noted it can be difficult to measure or see the results when a program is worked on a large scale. “It’s harder for people to see the impact that’s happening,” he said. According to Eckles, similar programs can be operated by a church, a school or even a neighborhood watch group, and can function the same way C.A.R.E works here at Boise State. Violence is never going to go away entirely, but we can change the way we approach it and we can reduce it, until it becomes a much smaller problem than it is today. That is a goal that is worth working toward and C.A.R.E is just one working example of how people in the United States can work toward that goal. Boise State is a place where community is important, and our campus example is one that can be followed outside of a university setting. A sense of unity and shared community concern for others may be the first step toward reducing violence everywhere. “You’re not alone when you’re on this ride here,” said Eckles. “You’re part of a larger herd and the herd takes care of its own, and we definitely want to demonstrate that.”

Too much focus on guns

One could easily argue that we focus a little too heavily on guns in the United States. We debate about guns a lot, and in the days and weeks since the theater shooting in Aurora, we have seen a resurgence in the old debate. Proponents of gun rights charged to the front lines


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with their fists balled, some convinced the day had come when a mass confiscation of their firearms was at hand. Those in favor of reducing guns, such as New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and incumbent President Barack Obama to start talking about guns in their campaigns. In regard to guns, Eckles noted

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Boise State recently created and implemented a program called C.A.R.E., which stands for Campus Assessment Resource and Education. The program is comprised of a team of dedicated individuals who work to address behavioral concerns on campus. They are also trained to handle a wide range of campus conflicts, from offering counseling to students stressed to their limit to intervening on behalf of students involved in crime like bike theft. C.A.R.E was developed from a previous campus program that was similar, but was not as encompassing. C.A.R.E. includes more university departments and personnel in an effort to reach further and more effectively as many Boise State students as possible. The shift enabled the program to change its focus and begin looking at Boise State as more than a school—it views the campus as a community. The idea is to give people an outlet where they can go for help if they, or someone they know, begin acting in concerning ways. This can be anything from high levels of personal stress to a friend exhibiting suicidal behavior to a roommate who develops a cocaine problem. Associate Dean of Students Blaine Eckles, an 18-year veteran employee at Boise State, is one of the founding members of C.A.R.E. For Eckles, C.A.R.E. is all about developing a community that takes care of its own. “A caring community moves towards that behavior of concern to address it in a proactive way without demonizing somebody,” Eckles said. “We’re trying to change the paradigm

the conditions that pressure people into committing violent crimes still exist even if guns are not available. “Even if you took all the guns away, people are still going to struggle,” he said. The underlying issue of violence is sometimes buried under the gun debate. Violence comes in many

of responding to people of concern, or people who are struggling in a proactive way saying, we care about you, let us know who they are, and how we can help you get them assistance.” All of the deans at Boise State made sure that the entire faculty was aware of C.A.R.E and how it worked at the beginning of this school year. “We established the care team with the mindset that we look at Boise State as a community, not just an educational setting,” Eckles said. At Boise State students enjoy a safe environment. Incidents of violence are not common and security on campus is very tight and well-run. University security files reports yearly on crime statistics for a number of offenses including robbery, arson and assault. One of the most recent reports shows that since 2008, there have been only three incidents of aggravated assault reported on campus and as few as ten forcible sex offenses. A vast majority of the crimes on campus are drug or liquor related, with offenses since 2008 reaching into the hundreds. Since the beginning of 2012, the C.A.R.E. team has had 109 reports filed and Eckles was happy to report that only three of them were formal threat assessments. The reports came from concerned students, staff and faculty. They ranged in purpose from students seeking counseling to concerned friends seeking help. Additionally, C.A.R.E. becomes a safety net for those who may lack a support network. “If people don’t feel like they have a good friend network then who do they turn to?” said Eckles. “We want them to know there are people here on campus that can help them out.”

forms, some of which involve no weapons at all. While guns may be part of the puzzle, by providing community and concern and addressing such indicators as behavioral problems, pressures and mental illnesses, we give people a path away from violence.

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