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ASBSU aids in articulation Ryan Gregg’s biggest fear: “I am honestly—and I am not joking at all—I am honestly afraid of a zombie apocalypse. I hate to tell you that because it’s embarrassing to me, it’s irrational, but I have safezones on campus. I know if it were to happen on campus, I know where I would go and what I would do.”

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Ryan Gregg, president of ASBSU, is prepared for this year and a possible apocalypse.

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According to BroncoWeb, Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) has two central purposes. The first, “to facilitate educational, intellectual, social, and cultural engagement at the University, and second, to advocate for the interests of students at the University.” ASBSU is the official student government at Boise State. ASBSU is run in its entirety by students, for students and all fee-paying students are considered members. “The most unique thing about Boise State is it’s a place where people listen to students,” said Ryan Gregg, ASBSU president and senior majoring in political science. “Everything that happens on this campus is put to students in one way or another. The way they (campus administrators) look to get that opinion is through student government.” Even on a comparatively smaller-sized campus, Boise State is still home to roughly 20,000 students. “It’s difficult to find a student that can easily represent all students and so instead of representing all students I like to say

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For Gregg, “it’s a real fear.”

Association as a sophomore, an ASBSU senator and finally, ASBSU president. After having lived in the resident hall, Gregg believes it’s very important for every student to be on their own. The resident halls provide an opportunity for students to be on their own, but in a controlled environment. Gregg, a Boise-native, could easily have lived at home, but opted to live in the dorms. He would recommend every student give on-campus housing a shot, for a least a year. Now a senior, Gregg is looking toward the future. After graduation, Gregg plans to apply to the Teach for America program and spend time teaching in an inner-city school and ultimately would like to teach high school government. Gregg comes from a family of Broncos with at least one Bronco in every generation since the 1950’s, but Gregg didn’t ever really consider Boise State. “I looked at other places and when it came down to it, it came down to the fact that I wanted to be a political science major and

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they have a great program here. We have some international and even world-renowned professors here for the political science department and it was less expensive to stay in-state and I got to stay close to my family. Family is very important to me. So I was really pleased I could have all three of those things,” Gregg said. One of Gregg’s favorite things to do is talk to people. He said he likes to learn about individual passions and enable students to reach those passions. This fall, assembly meetings will be held on Tuesdays from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. in the Lookout room of the Student Union Building although no dates are available yet. The meetings are open to students who would like to share their opinion or simply listen in. Gregg is also available to meet and speak with students. His e-mail address is available at http://asbsu.boisestate. edu.

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assembly is to issue formal recommendations on issues that have been deemed important to Boise State students. The formal recommendations are composed of a single majority student opinion, but also other minority opinions as well. Assembly members vote on a single opinion that represents the thoughts of the population they represent. “So without a student government it would be very difficult for administrators to figure out what students thought about issues, that’s one of the biggest reasons it’s very valuable,” Gregg said. Gregg stressed his opendoor policy and willingness to meet and talk with students. “I am committed to being the most accessible ASBSU president that we have had,” Gregg said. “The one thing I do is I really am the steward of the student voice. And I do mean to use steward because you have to take care of that, you cannot abuse that power.” Gregg has played an active role on campus for years. Starting with president as his resident hall as a freshman, president of the University Housing

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I can give you a lot of students,” Gregg said. Gregg said he personally enjoys talking with a variety of students, but a more thorough way of discovering what students think is through the student assembly. The student assembly comprises one student from every academic department on campus but it also has students from concentrated populations as well. When the assembly meets there are generally about 60 students in attendance from the assembly in addition to campus administrators who can provide pertinent information to the topics being discussed. Gregg maintains his role as president with authority, but also grave responsibility. “The person who is in my role in student government has a lot of ability to tell people what students think, so it’s a privilege but it’s also a burden because if you don’t know what students thinks and you say things some students might not agree with you and you have to be very clear on how you found out what students think,” Gregg said. The role of the student

“The freight elevators on campus are very fortified. I’d recommend if you could find a freight elevator and stop it between floors it’d be the safest you could be.”

General Eric K. Shinseki, retired Chief of Staff for the United States Army and current Secretary for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, had high praise on Friday, Aug. 3 when he visited Boise State to discuss the Veteran Success program hosted here on campus. Boise State is one of twenty-two campuses in the nation that has been selected to host the Veteran Success Program on their campus. Vet Success is a collaborative program with the United States Veteran Affairs (VA) to help veterans complete their education. One out of every twelve students here at Boise State are veterans eligible for the benefits of Vet Success. Shinseki spoke highly of Boise State’s Vet Success counselors and

administrators. “Their primary purpose is to help insure that veterans have access to the benefits and services they have earned. VA established the Vet Success on campus program now up and running on twentytwo campuses, primarily to provide the student veterans with a direct link to VA services as they transition into campus.” Shinseki said they have adequately performed these duties. Before the press conference, Shinseki met with faculty and Boise State veterans in a private sit-down to discuss issues veterans have been facing. Shinseki described those veterans as “talented young men and women,” telling them, “we are very proud and you here at Boise State are privileged to have them in your student body. They will be among the best of your students.” Shinseki told those

students his one-word speech: “Graduate.” “America needs the skills, knowledge and attributes that veterans bring back from their military experiences. It is that kind of experience that will help us build an economy that will last,” the General said. Shinseki then mentioned upon these students’ graduation, they will be looking for employment. “Veterans make excellent employees and I say that with conviction,” Shinseki said. “Not only do they have tangible and tested skills and experience. But what they bring to us is something that we don’t usually find elsewhere and that’s leadership. “ Shinseki said in a press conference a man once demanded, “Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value.” After this statement, he informed the public the budget for the

Department of Veterans Affairs has increased 40 percent for the upcoming year of 2013. “President Obama has been very clear in his commitment to veterans. It is clear, it’s genuine, it runs deep with him and it is unwavering.” Shinseki said this was evident through the increase of budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs during a time of such economic struggle when so many things are being cut. Lisa Harris, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, said she could see on the faces of the students they were inspired by Shinseki’s words and the faculty of Boise State is also inspired by the partnership of Vet Success and all of the great things they can do together. “It was nice that he took the time to come and to get a feel for the student veterans and he didn’t have to sit down and do a

round table but he did and that shows that maybe the bigger system does care and gives us a chance to be heard,” said Dan Foot, a student veteran currently a senior year history major. Foot also said he would just like to encourage veterans to come in and meet the great staff and find out what benefits they can receive from Vet Success.

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Ancient books On display beginning Friday, Aug. 24, an exhibition in the Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery of the Yanke Family Research Park will host some of Idaho’s oldest books. From the collection of David and Nancy Leroy, rare books and objects, including illuminated manuscript fragments will be on display through Dec. 5 at the gallery, located at 220 East Parkcenter Blvd. Sponsored by

Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute and produced by the Idaho Center for the Book, the exhibit, “Chapters from the History of the Book,” features 31 books and artifacts spanning centuries and continents, such as early printed and palm leaf books and early Coptic materials. The display is open 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and is free to the public.

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Boise State Recreation services offers new classes, workshops and programs. Included in the new offerings is an ACE preparation course for the personal trainer certification exam. The class is offered Tuesdays through Thursdays running from September through October. Fall fitness testing will also be offered through Rec services including drop-in Body Composition which includes a pinch test, relative body composition and guideline for healthy ranges. Additional fitness assessments and fitness assessment/ program design combinations are available by

appointment. Personal training is also offered individually, with a buddy or in small groups and prices vary based on the number of people involved and the number of sessions. Additional personal training workshops being offered include managing joint pain, foam rolling workshops to increase circulation and assist in recovery among other things and an intro to olympic lifting workshop. Other workshops range from water fitness, self defense, masters swim and many more. For more information or to register visit www.

Local-air quality unhealthy The air quality in the Treasure Valley has been some of the worst in years, according to preliminary data from the Department of Environmental Quality. The week of the Aug. 13, saw category red air quality, meaning it was unhealthy for everyone, especially

Beginning the week of Aug. 20, The Ada County Highway District (ACHD) Longmont Stormwater Realignment Project will affect students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus

Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. Boise State is offering new and returning Broncos the opportunity

Broadway Bridge and East Parkcenter Bridge for the duration of the closure. During the week, detour signs and directional arrows will be in place to direct users away from and safely around the construction area.

to satisfy breakfast cravings before the start of classes. Monday, Aug. 27, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. blue and orange pancakes will be

available for the Short Stack Shindig in the Quad. The FAN (Future Alumni Network) Club will be on hand for Bronco 101.

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Ample resources are available to student cyclists on campus including numerous bike racks and bike rentals as well as the Cycle Learning Center in Lincoln Garage.

Cyclist safety in bike-friendly Boise By Amy Merrill News Editor

Home to the 22-mile Boise River greenbelt and over 100 miles of single track in the foothills, cyclists have found a place to call home. Boise is a bike city. Cycling to and from campus also boasts the added benefit of saving students hundreds in parking permits—or parking tickets. In 2012 Boise was voted

number 30 out of 50 of America’s top bike-friendly cities, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Boise ranks number four in the nation for bicycle commuters per capita in 2009. In order for a city to truly be bike-friendly, however, the city must also be bikesafe. For students new to the area, or new to bicycling, perhaps a review of the bike laws hasn’t been a top priority.

Both motorists and cyclists can face consequences for being caught unaware of the law. In Idaho it is not expressly illegal to bike while intoxicated. However, it is illegal to operate a bike that doesn’t fit or causes lack of control. Bicycling can be a handy way to travel from downtown to home, but if the rider of the bike falls or swerves they can be slapped with a public intoxication ticket.

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Other basic laws include: cyclists must be able to stop within 25 feet at speeds of 10 miles per hour while on dry pavement; at night a red reflector light on the rear must be visible from 300 feet away and a white front light must be visible from 500 feet away. On the flip side of the coin, motorists can find themselves in trouble for breaking some common laws as well, such as not granting bicyclists the required full three feet of safe area when passing. For less than friendly motorists, harrassment of a cyclist is a misdemeanor: “It shall be a misdemeanor for any person, maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate or harass or cause another person to crash, stumble, or fall because that other person is walking along the roadway or operating a bicycle along the roadway, to: A. threaten, by word or act, to cause physical injury to the pedestrian or bicyclist, or B. throw or otherwise expel any object at or in the direction of the pedestrian or bicyclist.” On campus, the quad is marked with signs declaring the area a no wheels zone. Due to high foot-traffic volume, especially between classes, the area isn’t safe for bikers and walkers to intermingle. There are routes on the left of the Administration Building or along the Boise river for safe passage

around the high volume foot traffic areas. Boise State offers many resources for campus bicyclists, the most notable resource being the Cycle Learning Center. Located across from the Student Union Building and next to the Recreation Center, the Cycle Learning Center was established in 2002 as a much smaller bicycle repair center. Now the Center has grown, and with it, the amenities offered. This fall, a mobile bicycle repair cart will be on campus for safety assessments, minor adjustments and small repairs. The cart will be stationed outside of the Interactive Learning Center every Wednesday from Aug. 29 to Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Similar to the saying, “give a man a fish, and he will eat for the day, or teach a man to fish and he will be able to provide for himself,” the Cycle Learning Center is offering “Tool Time: Brown Bag Maintenance Workshop Series.” Five workshops are being offered for free in October to teach students how to maintain their bike for safe riding. Students without bicycles can rent bicycles from the Cycle Learning Center but student mechanic and senior environmental and occupational health major Phil Hobbes said, “They tend to rent out before school

starts, this will just be our second year in operation.” Before buying, renting or cycling in Boise and on campus, however, students from Idaho and out-ofstate should familiarize themselves with Idaho bike laws. “There’s reckless cycling and then there’s public drunkeness and I think they kind of go hand in hand,” said Marcus Orton, a student mechanic also doing graduate work for an Instructional Work Performance and Design degree. “I think excessive speed or belligerent handling of the bike, in and out (is considered reckless cycling).” Comprehensive handbooks are available through the Cycle Learning Center for an easy-to-understand guide on sharing the road and additional advise on riding with confidence and safety. Student mechanics are also available to answer questions and for repairs. For students who do intend to use their bike on campus, be aware bike theft on campus is a common crime. Bike registration is encouraged and there are two ways to register. In-person registration can be done by going to the University Security Department, located at 2245 University Drive, or online at

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Student loan rates steady, debt is still rising By Amy Merrill News Editor

Students are safe from an interest rate hike for federal student loans for another year. Congress will have to reconsider the possible interest hike again next year by the July first deadline but current rates will remain at 3.4 percent for subsidized Stafford loans. The previous rate for subsidized Stafford loans was 6.8 percent, but when Democrats took over the house in 2007 the lower rates were phased in. In April, President Obama brought national attention to the issue of student loan interest rates and Presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney has also stated he is in favor of lower rates. Some important changes have been made to student loans, however. Graduate students are no longer eligible to receive subsidized loans. The Budget Control Act was signed into law on Aug. 2, 2011 causing graduate and professional students to become ineligible for federal subsidized loans. These

students can still receive unsubsidized loans. Additionally, changes have been made concerning loan eligibility. When determining the aid given to an individual, an expected family contribution will also be determined. The expected contribution in families making $32,000 or less a year used to be $0. Now, however, families have to be making as little as $23,000 to have a zeroed-out expected


family contribution. For families in Idaho this can present a problem. Poverty in Idaho is on the rise, seeing an increase of 1.4 percent between 2009 and 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The median household income for families in Idaho has also seen a decline in 2010. Nationally, student loan default in on the rise. The number of federal borrowers in

default has hit 5 million, according to businessinsider. com. In order for a loan to be considered defaulted, no payment has been for 270 days or more. Additionally 850,000 private loans are also in default. The Education Department has started hiring private debt collection agencies to handle the defaulted loans. Unlike other loans, federal student loans cannot be wiped

out through bankruptcy. In 1977 Congress banned bankruptcy as a means of clearing student debt. Although federal student loans can provide prospective students with a means for receiving higher education, they need to be given serious consideration. A common mistake students make is borrowing too much. With years before graduation and loan payments, it can be difficult to consider borrowing the bare minimum, but the money is not free. According to, 10 percent of graduates from fouryear universities are saddled with monthly loan payments exceeding 25 percent of their income. For example, if the individual is making an average starting salary of $41,701 they face a monthly payment of $869. It’s no wonder student loans are the fastest growing category of household debt, while other forms such as mortgage, credit and home equity debt have all declined. To stay on top of student loan debt there are Web sites that offer help.,

which launched in August, is similar to It will determine how much needs to be paid each month, how much is owed to various lenders and will automatically notify debt holders of changes to loans including qualification for federal consolidation. The Boise State financial aid office also offers tools and resources for managing debt such as the net price calculator. Students can input information such as household size and income to determine roughly how much it will cost to attend school. Finally, for the truly desperate soon-to-be college grads horrified by the debt racked up and quaking at the thought of paying it back, Niagara Fall, NY is offering a trade. College grads can receive up to $3,500 for two years of student loan payments in exchange for relocation to a specific neighborhood just minutes from the falls. The way the city sees it, graduates need to pay off student loans, and the city is hoping to lure young professionals in a potential win-win for both sides.

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PHILADELPHIA— Southwest Philadelphia resident Mona West has a simple strategy for combating rising food prices. “I buy less,” she said. West’s friend, Gail Glenn, of Pine Hill, N.J., has a different approach: “Just stomach it. You have to eat.” The two reacted recently to the prospect of higher food prices next year because of the severe drought searing the Midwest grain belt. The forecast for this yeaxr’s harvest of U.S. field corn not the sort bought at farm stands to eat off the cob i down 27 percent from earlier this season because of weather that has scorched more of the nation’s farmland than any other drought in the last 50 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The drought is not affecting produce markets, the corn humans consume, because such crops are either irrigated or in areas of the country that are not suffering from the heat and lack

of rain. Anticipating an imminent shortage of the grain that is integral to the production of meat, milk and eggs, and, increasingly, fuel because of the ethanol mandate for gasoline, traders have sent the price of corn surging as much as 50 percent this summer. Worries about rising prices for food and fuel at a time when individual income growth is weak could be trouble for the U.S. economy, which has failed to hit its stride. The USDA predicted last month that overall food prices would rise 3 percent to 4 percent next year. At the high end, that is not much more than the 3.7 percent increase last year, but one expert didn’t expect that benign forecast to stand when the USDA updates the prediction later this month. “They are probably going to revise that up,” said Robert Pierson, chairman of the food science, nutrition and management department at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa. “My guess is 6 percent,” he said. If Pierson is right, the average U.S. household with children could see its food

bill increase about $11 a week, based on data provided by Moody’s Analytics in West Chester. The estimated weekly increase since 2010 is $23, or 13 percent. The projected increase does not account for shoppers’ tendency to trim where they can. Glenn, for example, said she makes some items that she used to buy, such as cornbread. For meats, she aims to get more for your money by buying large quantities and freezing it, Glenn said. Philadelphia resident Duane Nelson was quick to say he eats out less and switches to lower-cost items. “Chicken is cheaper than beef,” he said. Unfortunately for Nelson, chicken is likely to be the first of the meats to increase in price because of higher prices for corn in chicken feed and the quick production cycle for chickens. “It only takes 49 days to raise a chicken,” said James Dunn, an agricultural economist at Pennsylvania State University. That is why the USDA has predicted a bigger increase in the price of chicken this year than next. Chicken breasts that cost

$4.59 per pound now could cost $4.77 per pound a year from now. Beef prices, which are more volatile than food prices overall, will likely go down before they go up because farmers are finding it too expensive to feed some animals. “Dairy animals are being slaughtered because the cows aren’t really making any money for the farmers. That’s pushing beef onto the market right now,” Dunn said. When the price of corn and other agricultural commodities rise, the greatest impact is on meat, dairy, and eggs because the cost of feed is a major component of their retail prices, Dunn said. By contrast, only 3 percent of the retail price of bread is from wheat. Pressure from corn shortages may buoy gasoline prices in the future, but there is little evidence they are to blame in this summer’s spike in fuel costs: more than 25 cents per gallon nationally in the past month, AAA said. Prices at the pump are driven by a complex mix of factors. Mideast tensions, stricter sanctions on Iran, a Chevron refinery fire in California, and production outages in the North Sea and the Midwest may all play a role. So does seasonal demand during the summer vacation. But prices are also affected by speculation in oil futures, which can magnify short-term swings. And experts such as Drexel University’s Shawkat Hammoudeh say speculation has been fueled by the Federal Reserve’s aggressive efforts to increase the money supply.

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Hot Bodies Tim Lopresto, Ben Carson, Scott Paul Johnson and Zach Fleury are the members of the band Hot Bodies in Motion, performing this Saturday at The R&R concert. The concert, organized by Univserity Pulse, will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and include other rock and reggae bands.

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University Pulse jumps back in to the live music scene Tabitha Bower Culture Editor

University Pulse Radio has been providing the campus and beyond with a streaming radio for some time now, but it will be diving back into the live music scene on Saturday, Aug. 25. According to Matthew Summers, event organizer and Pulse DJ, events similar to The R&R concert haven’t been put on for numerous years, with the last being Pulsapalooza. “Unfortunately, (the) administration at the time was not on board with expanding the music interest of the school and it got canned and funds were removed,” said

Ryan French, media director and public relations for The Pulse. “But now that we have a strong direction of online student radio and the enthusiasm to back it, we are full force with musical events on campus.” Summers said Pulse staffers are hopeful for future concerts, setting their sites at one per semester and planning for a performance each Bronco Welcome Week at the very least. “This is also the first time in a few years that the University Pulse has been able to put on a concert on campus for the students, by the students, and it’s not the last one by any means,” French said.

“This will be the first of a new tradition and image for the school’s radio station.” The first Pulse-hosted performance, R&R concert, will be located at the Boise State outdoor amphitheater. This evening concert will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and will give students an opportunity to rest and relax or get out and have some fun prior to the semester’s start while taking in a rock and reggae fest. “This is a great way for new students that have just moved into their dorms to come out and relax after a day of moving furniture and boxes, and also to get to mingle with other new students and hear some of Boise’s great artists,” French said.

Q&A with Benjamin Carson of Hot Bodies in Motion

Q: Can you tell me a bit about your band and musical style? A: There’s something about our music that draws inspiration from the classy Motown era, but with a dirty, sexy blues twist. It’s really about taking music from our parents’ generation and making it more approachable for our generation. Our parents went to shows and saw bands, those are people that play instruments

on stage and generally enjoy each other’s company, play instruments live. We try to blend highcaliber musicianship with genuine songwriting. I think the result is a blend that appeals to both the music buff and casual listener that just wants to hear some live music and shake it. Q: Why Boise State? A: Honestly, we took the gig ‘cause we love Boise. Boise loves music and, believe it or not, that’s hard

to find these days. Every show we’ve played in the area has been full of people who are excited to hear some good music. Plus, I heard the college will have free bottled water for us—so, that too. Q: What makes your band unique? A: I think if I were to give it a catch phrase or an ‘elevator pitch’ I’d go with “soulful swagger”; old school sound with new school swagger.

Q&A with Tyler Roquemore and Joel Emerson of Riot for Higher

Q: Can you tell me a bit about the band and musical style? A: (Tyler)Riot For Higher actually started as a senior project at Boise State. Riot for Higher started with the idea of mixing hip-hop with folk-rock and saying something worth saying to people. Too many hip-hop or rap songs lack a true message outside of money and drugs; same goes for rock. Riot for Higher is a political, ska-punk-hop

band, and that crosses five different genres: Rock, hiphop, ska, punk, and folkrock. Adding another guitarist opened us up to guitar harmonies and lead guitar parts, which infused metal and progressive rock into the genre mixing. Q: Why Boise State? A: ( Joel) I still have connections to people at BSU and was contacted to play by Matt Summers. I wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to come back

and rock my old stomping grounds. I put a lot of time into my education and jumped on the opportunity to come back and melt some faces. Q: What makes your band unique and what can students expect? A: (Tyler) As far as what you can expect from us: Energy. We like to put on a visual performance as well as instrumental. We have a great group of guys who love to rock, and are very excited to do so at this concert.

Q&A with Mosley Wotta of Mosley Wotta

Q: Can you tell me a bit about the band and musical style? A: We are pedigree mutts; we are Hip-hop music; we are good old fashion peace, love, unity and having fun ... from Bend, Oregon. Q: Why Boise State? A: Ya’ll keep throwing great gigs. (We) got love from the Treefort Music

Fest, The Reef. We love playing music and performing but we really love it when the audience doesn’t play a dead fish – and your school is jumping. Q: What makes your band unique? A: This all-inclusive getup-and-move music. What makes us unique ... we don’t play shows unless our heart

is in it. I don’t think, rather, I hope that doesn’t make us too unique. We care about what we are saying and how we say what we say.

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Will Eichelberger’s and Collin Pfeifer’s, of Boise art group Sector Seventeen, exhibit “Hard Cheese” in the Student Union Building.

Graffiti art covers the walls of the SUB By Ellie Parton Staff Writer

Venture up to the Student Union Building (SUB) Art Gallery, located at the top of the main stairwell in the SUB and you will find an exhibition unlike any other displayed at Boise State. “Hard Cheese” by local artist Will Eichelberger and Boise art group Sector 17 is an art exhibition inspired by hip-hop, street and graffiti art. Eichelberger and Collin Pheifer of Sector 17 hope to break down the

stereotypes associated with street and graffiti art by displaying their work in a public gallery space. “There’s an opposition and stereotype and our whole basis is to show through linear progression that this is just as legit as any fine art,” Eichelberger said. The exhibition begins in the prehistory era and moves all the way though contemporary street art, with everything from 1980’s and 1990’s flavor to the first tag recorded in New York City.

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Pheifer described the nature of tagging as a way of getting your name out there, stating “It’s all ego.” However, the guys of Sector 17 admit their goal is not to become famous but rather to shed a positive light on street art in Boise. “It so often gets forgotten that street artists are artists,” Eichelberger said. Sector 17 hopes to show the public that street art is a valuable part of our culture. They are willing to stand up for their work despite aversion. “You’re always going to have people chasing after you and security guards running after you,” Pheifer said. On Thursday, Aug. 30, Sector 17 will hold a public reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m on the SUB patio. This reception will include live hip-hop, street art demonstrations and a wheat paste making demonstration. The reception will conclude in the SUB Art Gallery.


Miles Schlagel, Boise State Fine Arts program assistant and Bronco Gallery associate, urges all to apply to display their artwork in the SUB Art Gallery. “We really encourage students, faculty, staff, even the community members to submit for exhibitions,” Schlagel said. “We’re really trying to get new artists to come in here and promote themselves and promote the school gallery space. Applications are due in April, but can be submitted at any time.” Schlagel said there will also be new additions to Boise State Student Union Fine Arts this year, including daytime performances featuring local bands on the SUB patio. For more information about the Bronco Gallery, or to apply for an exhibition, check out the website at fine and for the most up-todate information about the gallery, check out their Facebook page.

Nobody is truly ready to start their college career, especially those who are first-year, first-time freshmen from out of state. But remember, as nervous as you are and as small as you feel being far away from anything familiar, there is a reason people say college is the time of your life. In reality everything takes adjusting, from dorm life to class time; your whole life is radically new and different. I could fill a paper’s worth of advice for your freshman year, but seeing as I have a word count and a semester’s worth of columns to fill, we’ll kick off this year with the most important tip. So, I introduce you to the college time zone. I know you think you’re in the Mountain time zone. I know that’s what your computer, cell phone and even Google has told you. But what nobody tells you is college–especially while you’re in the dorms–has it’s own time zone. College time is three hours behind Mountain time. Going to bed at 2 a.m. in the dorms is completely reasonable and much like going to bed at 11 p.m. in the real world. Your parents won’t understand it but busting

out an essay at 1 a.m. will soon become the norm. It also means that although BroncoWeb will tell you a class starts at 8:40 am, your sleeping schedule will not allow for it. My suggestion is to subtract three hours from the start time and ask yourself if you would want to be up at that time normally. For example, if the class is a 9:40 a.m., do you want to be up at 6:40 a.m.? I know I sound ridiculous and I know you think I’m exaggerating but I promise I have never spoken truer words. There is a reason Pie Hole is open so late; there is nothing better than a good slice of cardiac-arrestcausing grease to celebrate the completion of a math assignment at 1 a.m. Another strange occurrence that happens in College time zone is the shift of Friday to Thursday. Be warned new Broncos, no matter what you tell yourself, going out on Thursday usually leads to skipping class on Friday. Morning classes and no sleep? They might as well be oil and vinegar. The dorms are a strange transition from living at home. You’re on your own but there are no real stresses yet. There’s work but no bills (or at least not mortgages and things of that nature). All I can really say is enjoy your year in the dorms, and remember – you’re a freshman, and therefore not half as cool as you think you are.


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Bronco Welcome week preview By Eva Hart Staff Writer

Bronco Welcome is a fun way to welcome incoming students to Boise State this fall. Exciting, informationbased events will be going on everyday from Aug. 24 through Aug. 31 and most of it is free. Erin VanDenburgh, cochair for Bronco Welcome committee and campus programs coordinator for Student Involvement and Leadership Center, is excited for Bronco Welcome week. “Bronco Welcome is a great way for new and returning students to connect with campus resources, meet new people and explore involvement opportunities,” VanDenburgh said. “We want to make sure that every student at Boise State feels welcome, has everything they need to

start the year, and is just as excited to be back on campus as we are to have them here.” With over 50 events in eight days, Bronco Welcome has something for everyone. “I’m personally looking forward to Capture the Campus,” VanDenburgh said. “Capture the Campus is an event on Friday, Aug. 24 where students will find their way around campus during a scavenger hunt and then watch the blockbuster hit ‘The Avengers’ under the stars.” There are many events going on and the full list of events can be found on the Bronco Welcome website.

Here is a quick breakdown of some of the scheduled events: Aug. 24: University Convocation Dinner—Af-

ter University Convocation, students and families are invited to a free BBQ style dinner on the QUAD at 4 p.m. Aug. 25: College Night at Fred Meyer—Fred Meyer is offering deals for students from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Saturday night. Buses will come to residence halls every 30 minutes starting at 10:30 p.m. to pick up students. This deal is for Boise State students only so don’t forget your Bronco ID. Aug. 26: Get Rec’d and Recover—University Health and Recreation Services are offering activities during the day and a chance to learn about the services it provides. There will be games such as grass volleyball and soccer. Blood pressure checks, club sport demonstrations and chair massages will also be offered. Celebrating Women & Girls Since 1993

Aug. 27: Short Stack Shindig– From 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. there will be free blue and orange pancakes offered on the quad. Aug. 28: Bingo in the BRC—Eat and play bingo with some friends and win prizes; the cost is one meal swipe. Aug. 29: Family Game Night—This is an activity for all the non-traditional students to bring their families and enjoy free snacks, bowling, pool and other activities. Aug. 30: BGLAD Back to School Social—Boise State’s BGLAD (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, and Allies for Diversity) student organization members are offering a free nacho bar and ice cream sundaes in the Student Union’s Bergquist Lounge. There will also be fun games and prizes. Aug. 31: Boise State vs. Michigan State After-Party— Celebrate Boise State’s first football game of the season with the Bronco FAN Club at the SUB Games Center. The first 50 students bowl for free.

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This year the Student Union Performance Series (SUPS), put on by Student Union Fine Arts, is getting a facelift, offering up a kaleidoscope of musical offerings more geared toward student interests than SUPS of the past. “Traditionally, the SUPS has been around since the Fine Arts Department has been in the Student Union Building, and what has happened is that we have been having very classical performances,” said Amy Rajkovich, Student Union Fine Arts performance program coordinator. “It is paid for with student funds and students weren’t coming to the performance students were just not interested.” To gain more student interest, Rajkovich and Student Union Fine Arts have amped up their traditional performance series. Student bands as well as local and regional bands are on the roster for the upcoming semester, with talents ranging from reggae and hip-hop to blues, rock, folk and everything in between. Additionally, more performances have been slated than in previous years. “Now, instead of just having four performances a year we are trying to have one every other week,” Rajkovich said.

The performances will take place mainly at the outdoor amphitheater along the greenbelt behind Taylor Residence Hall and on the SUB patio. Along with the evening performances, lunchtime gigs are also planned to offer students some reprieve from their studies. “You can float the river and then get off on Friendship Bridge and come to a free concert,” Rajkovich said. While the free concert series is aimed toward students, Rajkovich said she also hopes the musical offerings will entice those music lovers who do not attend Boise State. “I will be out on my bike putting flyers downtown,” she said. “The school wants to bridge the gap across the river. I am hoping to get some larger groups that are touring through the Northwest so we can do a daytime thing here and then they can go to their downtown gig at night.” The first performance of the series, Move-in Music Festival, will feature three regionally-based bands from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. “Medicine for the people” is a Hawaii-based group, but they are now in Portland and are more of a reggae, soulful deal,” Rajkovich said. “Hot Bodies in Motion” is from Seattle and they are a rockblues group, and MOsley WOtta is what I would call

a positive hip-hop group from Bend, Oregon.” Students can have some free fun outside before classes begin. On the Student Union Fine Arts Web site, there are also opportunities for students to apply as future performers. “Hopefully we will get some other people pumped up about getting on campus,” Rajkovich said. “It is an opportunity for free music on campus. There are opportunities to perform and there are opportunities to just be entertained.” Rajkovich said she is also hopeful for an end of the year bash. “One of our directors was talking about letting us block off the streets and have a street party at the end of the year,” she said.

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Much ado about Chick-fil-A: just lunch? By Zachary Chastaine Opinion Editor

Anyone who has been to the Student Union Building has probably seen Chickfil-A and has probably never thought too much of it. It’s just one of several places on campus where you can grab a bite to eat. Few probably imagined it would ever be anything more than that. Thanks to Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A’s CEO, the chain managed to bring its fast food into all our lives and ruffling feathers all over the country in a gigantic brouhaha that confused lunch with political expression. Cathy voiced some personal beliefs about marriage which have been taken by many as anti-gay. These sentiments have ignited a political firestorm which has overshadowed the fast food chain’s chicken sandwiches. It was also discovered that Chick-fil-A as a chain has been donating a substantial amount of money to groups accused of spreading anti-gay messages and promoting anti-gay agendas. Due to Chick-filA’s own financial reporting policy it’s difficult to pin down exactly how much the restaurant has donated, but it is thought to be at least one million dollars. A disproportionately massive storm of controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A has followed in wake of Cathy’s comments and the discovery of the donations. The controversy covers a range of topics from religious freedom, free speech, gay rights and would you like fries or a shake with that? To anyone who missed it, the Huffington Post reported Dan Cathy’s comments: "We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that ... we know that it might not be popular with everyone, but thank the Lord, we live in a country where we can share our values and operate on biblical principles." In response, there has been significant backlash

to Cathy and his antigay antics. Most notably perhaps is the statements from Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, that he would try to restrict or at least discourage Chickfil-A from establishing restaurants in Chicago. Emanuel said, “Chick-filA's values are not Chicago values. They're not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members.” The soundbite was repeated during an NPR radio interview. Prompted by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, “Chickfil-A Appreciation Day,” was declared. A day for supporters to show their support for the restaurant by buying the food after what Huckabee described as, “economic bullying.” So people showed up to Chick-fil-As all over the country in massive numbers to buy chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fries and shakes to show their support for the restaurant and free speech and freedom of religion and whatnot. Counter protests were launched, notably the “Chick-fil-A Kiss In,” two days after Appreciation Day where same-sex couples showed up to kiss at Chickfil-As. So what does this all mean for Boise State? Well the Boise State Chick-fil-A is one of only two currently in the state of Idaho according to Chickfil-A. The other being in Ammon, Idaho. With respect to Ammon, I would suspect Boise State brings steadier business, especially during the school year. During Appreciation Day, it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that Chick-fil-A in the SUB earned seven times more than it does on a normal business day. Some will be pleased to know that in an effort to include students, Boise State gave all the revenue from commission of sales from both protest days to the Associated Students of Boise State University. Some believe by allowing Chick-fil-A to function on campus, the school is indirectly assisting them in bigotry against gays. Such sentiments have

been voiced directly to University President Bob Kustra. To Boise State’s credit, Chick-fil-A was on campus serving up deep-fried poultry to students well before they became a source of political controversy. By now you may be thinking this is quite the mess and sadly the situation only grows more diluted. This whole controversy exposes just how hypocritical people can be when it comes to anything political. One good example is Huckabee apparently doesn’t worry about Starbucks being “economically bullied,” when it came out in support of a gay marriage law earlier this year in Washington state and faced calls from Christian pastors to boycott the brand nationally according to a report by the Seattle Times. President of the group leading the boycott, Brian Brown said, "We will not tolerate an international company attempting to force its misguided values on citizens.” Well, to be clear, gay people exist and they are not going anywhere and the sooner people get that through their heads the better. Sure Chick-fil-A can donate to anti-gay organizations, that’s their right. If anything, gay rights groups should be using this whole mess as a rallying point for their own political movements. If you find out a major company uses its money to fight you, then why isn’t that a perfect motivation to get active in your own town, or state and change some laws? We can do that in the United States. We’ve made several amendments to our constitution over the years. What is important is this: If you don’t like Chick-filA’s values, don’t eat there. If you don’t like gay marriage then by all means go get lunch there. Chick-fil-A and its supports, as well as protesters all tend to forget that to protest is a form of speech and the instant you voice your personal views, especially in a public manner the way Cathy did, you’re opening your views to comment. You can’t


Despite controversy, customers still frequent the Boise State Chick-Fil-A. really say whatever you want in the United States. Consider if you walked up to someone on the street and started calling them foul names they might choose to punch you in the face, and you could cry about your first amendment while you picked your teeth up off the ground. If you publish a book about how a company’s product gave you herpes, you had better be able to back that up or they’re going to sue you. If you are the mayor of Boston or Chicago you can say you don’t want Chickfil-A in your city, but that doesn’t mean it is legal to bar them from establishing stores there. Now consider this, in the United States we are blessed with a huge amount of freedom and the liberty to speak our minds publicly as Cathy did. What is pathetic is that

when it comes to protecting our values, voicing our opinions and protesting what we feel to be unjust we can get bigger crowds to flock to Chick-fil-A and buy some fast food than we can to fight for labor laws, education reform or really anything in recent memory. In preparation for this article I watched people ordering at Chick-fil-A tell the cashier, whom I’m sure has a lot of influence in the restaurant’s policy, just how much they appreciated Chick-fil-A and that the chain had their support. Likely because it is summer, very few people I saw in line at Chick-fil-A were students, manty had come just to campus to get Chick-fil-A. Why is supporting or fighting a fast food chain so much more important than education, jobs or even fighting local poverty?

Nobody raises so much as a peep for ending war anymore, but they’ll be damned if we’re going to let some people take issue with a fast food chain’s values. Yes, it is true that a CEO and his company can have political feelings and they can express them. Yes, it is true that we may or may not agree with those feelings. Many forget that to disagree is a form of speech. Boise State students have to ask themselves if they want to fight bigotry and inequality, do you fight a chicken sandwich, or do something more meaningful that could accomplish the same goals? What kind of a country are we when standing up for fast food is more important to us than, oh I don’t know, how about ending human trafficking in the United States?

BSU should increase student-run programs At Boise State, we have some pretty good retail access. You can get a nifty new Macbook right on campus across from our bookstore. There are pretty good and diverse food options in the Student Union Building as well as the Interactive Learning Center. We even have a Starbucks plugged right into our library. You really don’t have to look very hard to find food on campus, which is nice. The only problem with these stores is that while they may be staffed by students, they are still operated by the school.


So here is a thought that presents a unique opportunity for students: Have a store that is not only staffed by students, but also managed by students. It would work just like any other student organization, it could have its own adviser and a director but then students could facilitate and run the entire operation. This would give students a chance to put their business, leadership and management skills to use. Imagine how much more potent your resume would look when you graduate with your degree but have also put in some hours managing staff at a store. Sure it’s not exactly high-end experience, but it is

experience. It’s great for confidence to be able to go into a job you already have experience with and not just some classroom education. The store could set itself apart from the rest of the retail locations on campus by offering things that are harder to find or more unique than the things found in the Student Union Building or Interactive Learning Center. Those things could be items more helpful to students living in university housing who sometimes need things like toilet paper or cold medicine. It could also serve as a social destination on campus that

would give students another location to meet and study or just relax and sip coffee. It’s not an idea that would come to fruition easily and it would probably take quite a while to put into place, but similar projects have been launched at other schools with success. At the University of Vermont there is a store of just such caliber called Growing Vermont, which gives local up-starts the chance to offer some product they have come up with in a real world environment. Part of Growing Vermont’s mission statement is that it offers a “real-world laboratory” where students can exercise

their entrepreneurship and business skills. To the west, Portland State University has several student-facilitated programs including a cinema that is entirely run by students and gives film students a chance to work with 35mm film reels. Additionally, the campus has a café called Food for Thought that attempts to promote sustainable efforts and local foods. The programs are very much student-controlled while being tethered to the school in some regard and successful programs such as these are just one sign that the same sort of program could be launched right here in

Bronco territory. There really is no reason that programs such as this could not be developed here. Some already exist in some form. The Cycle Learning Center is a great start, a useful service easily accessible to students and has a clear goal. Boise State’s student body and faculty are more than capable of putting something like this together. Maybe it will just take a small group of bold students to lay out the groundwork. Not to say it wouldn’t take time and that there would not be risks involved, but why bother doing anything if we are afraid to take risks.

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“I don’t care what their view is ... I’m here because it’s good chicken and I think they should have the right to voice their opinion, you know? It’s their own business ... I don’t come here for sexual orientation brief from my Chick-fil-A cash register person, so I don’t care either way.”

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“My opinion is that everyone has their opinion on homosexuality and the CEO has that, I mean that is his opinion, that’s not going to affect how the food’s cooked here at Boise State and stuff, I’d say kudos to workers and stuff, but if people want to quit and not eat, that’s their choice, this is a free country.”

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Running into a new era

Redshirt Senior D.J. Harper dodges a Boise State defender during the Saturday scrimage. The scrimmage was more of a practice in the Bronco Stadium Aug. 18.

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The Boise State backfield has been one to reckon with the past two seasons, in major part to Doug Martin, the one who’s amassed 3,431 rushing yards, 715 receiving yards, and nearly 50 total touchdowns over four eligible seasons. The Muscle Hamster, conversely, no longer treads on the Blue as he was selected as the 31st overall player in the NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s a bit unclear how the Bronco offense will

transpire this season, which causes immediate attention and concern for any fan donned in blue and orange. However, rest easy knowing the backfield is not occupied by any ordinary young gun, but a few seasoned ones ready to prove the wheels can keep on moving without the help of No. 22. DJ Harper will get the nod at the No. 1 halfback spot for the Broncos, as he has provided a nice compliment to Martin in years past, tacking on 717 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in two years.

The downside to Harper is his back-to-back season ending knee injuries in 2009 as the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility this season. While Harper may be the most prominent name in the bunch, other unheralded Broncos still lay in the backfield who could provide a potent attack. Redshirt senior Dan Paul, looking to avenge his lost season last year from a torn tendon in his pelvis, will resume his role as a blocking fullback, in which he was an integral part of the second nationally-ranked offense

in 2010 (521.31 yards per game). “Whatever I can do for this offense is what I want to do,” Paul said. “What I most enjoy is getting those big blocks and watching D.J. (Harper) break for the end zone, or Doug Martin in the past. That’s where I get the joy in football.” Next up in the running back barrel is redshirt senior and Nampa-native Drew Wright, who stepped up a bit last season as a familiar face. Wright ran for 218 yards and three scores, all career highs. Wright also is a

special team standout for the Broncos. “We’re still going, still strong,” Wright said on the status of the offense. “Those guys (the departed seniors) were really good and no one is going to take that away from them. We’re still clicking really well and it’s fall camp so we’re getting rolling.” The player with the most to prove could be redshirt freshman Jay Ajayi, the highly-touted running back out of Plano, Tex. Ajayi went down last season with an ACL injury, promptly redshirting for the year.

“He (Harper) is looking great, you can’t worry about injuries,” Wright said on the injury history of his teammates. “You can’t sit there and think ‘Oh, I’m going to get hurt on this play’ like that. Jay [Ajayi]’s coming along as well, coming back from the ACL. He’s looking real good”. Three weeks remain until the opener in East Lansing, where the mangnifying glass will be hovering over the Bronco backfield. One thing is for sure: experience is an understatement and it comes at a much-needed time.

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Now, while Notre Dame has the prestige and history Boise State lacks, the Broncos are a more relevant and productive program in recent years in comparison to the Fighting Irish. The Big East, in the former television deal, dished out a little under $4 million a year to schools within the conference. The more intriguing point was from the North County Times (from San Diego, Calif.) which reported that, “A group of 10 media consultants estimated the Big East’s new TV deal could pay each school between $6.4 million to $10 million annually”. We’re talking about over a 50 percent increase

in television revenue. Incredible. Now you may be wondering why I continue to ramble on about television deals and the money they bring in. Well, the Big East made two crucial moves to really seal the deal in their efforts to get what they believe to be deserved. Move number one was the hiring of Mike Aresco as the new commissioner of the conference. Aresco, CBS Sports’ Vice President, has no formal experience in regards to conferences or universities. However, Aresco handled the contract negotiations for CBS with the NCAA men’s basketball tournament

and the 15-year contract with the Southeastern Conference. The Big East is looking for the same numbers the ACC got with their billion dollar re-worked contract with ESPN. While that may seem farfetched to you, there is a second weapon in the arsenal. The next power move was hiring Chris Bevilacqua of Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures to oversee the negotiations of the television rights. Bevilacqua not only led the Pac-12’s television rights, but helped with the start of the Pac-12 Network set to launch in the near future. Expectations are high for the value of the deal to be

struck. Discussions for the new deal commence on Sept. 1, starting with a 60day exclusive negotiating window with ESPN. With the automatic qualifier bids being abolished starting in the 2013-14 season, just how much does, or can, the conference attract? This will be a must-watch reality show, I promise.

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Big East comes big TV money, hopefully

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Boise State, alongside San Diego State, bolted from the Mountain West after this season to take their football programs to the Big East Conference. Yes, it provides a geographical conundrum and looks like a conference shaken down for its lunch money by the other AQ qualifying bullies, but it’s a step up. The Mountain West currently pays a reported $1.4 to 1.9 million per year to the Broncos, what would be the equivalent to what Notre Dame makes per game from NBC.

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Diet and exercise Take the challenge to live a healthy lifestyle Nikki Hanson

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Many of us are constantly on the prowl for the nextbest fitness routine or diet, but something that falls by the wayside seems to be the benefits that come along with diet and exercise. Yes, we are bombarded constantly by the diet that results in a loss of 10 pounds in two weeks, but is this realistic? Why not just fall back on what has always worked rather than the newest workout or diet fad? As college students it can be even more challenging to eat healthy because we are surrounded by convenience that does not necessarily equate to healthy options in our food choices. With all of the different food options that may appeal when we are on the go, how do we make time to eat healthy? Here are a few quick tips to help when you’re at the grocery store: Avoid foods with high sodium, high sugar, hydrogenated fats, and white carbohydrates. This may sound daunting, but taking a few extra seconds to read the food label can result in a world of difference. The Recreation Center (REC) also offers options for students. They offer walk-in nutritional classes that provide advice and discuss topics such as food cravings, weight loss, low energy, healthy food choices, confusion over supplements, nutrition for athletes and more.

In addition, the REC has also begun a program known as the Bronco Health Initiative Summer Activity. The Bronco Health Initiative will begin this fall on Monday, Sept. 10. It gives students the opportunity to participate in free 45-minute physical activity sessions during each of the summer months and learn more about the largest employee wellness program on campus. Eating healthy is just the start of leading a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is something we should all include in our daily lives. However, all fitness routines differ on an individual basis. The REC offers personal training for students. Testing precedes being assigned to a personal trainer to provide information regarding heart rate, blood pressure, body composition, muscular and cardiovascular fitness, etc. All of this information is then developed into a fitness plan to creating a program that suits your own personal style and the areas you wish to target the most. If a personal trainer is not for you, the REC also offers a variety of group exercise classes including PiYo, deep water aerobics, Zumba, cycle, hip-hop and many more. These classes are not only a great way to meet other students on campus, but have fun working out at the

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Unforseen passion: an unconvetional journal

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Surfing is a popular pastime and the fact that I am from southern California would make one think that I have been surfing before. Unfortunately, I am an exception to this despite living a short drive from the beach my entire life. Many of you may be shocked and appalled by the fact that I did not take full advantage of the beautiful beaches surrounding me throughout my childhood, adolescence and even adulthood. But what I will say to you is surfing is a sport I have only recently discovered requires a lot of talent, patience and determination. It is odd that I would have my first “surfing” experience in Idaho despite my California up-bringing. It appears I have taken the idea of experiencing as much as I can in college to a whole new level. I have a desire to try everything at least once and that is why I believe many of us open new doors and discover passions we did not even know we had while in college. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to Donnelly this summer and have access not only to a boat, jet skis, kayak, paddleboat and wakeboards, but even something I was not

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even aware existed – wake surfing. Now I have been wake boarding before and as a beginner I have taken some less-than-pleasant falls. I was not aware how painful it could be when I do take those tumbles. However, wake surfing was a whole new ball game. It was difficult to fathom the idea that when the boat began moving, I would naturally be able to stand up on a surfboard that I was not strapped into. I came to the conclusion that this must be an act of physics and when it comes to science it is just better to accept all of the laws of motion. I was extremely proud of myself that I could stand up on my first attempt at wake surfing but shortly after this conquest I realized I now needed to pull myself closer to the boat by moving up the knots in the rope. This unfortunately was something that proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. Despite struggling in moving up the rope, I soon learned the value of an athletic stance and was extremely grateful that each tumble I took from the surfboard resulted in a soft splash in the water. No longer was I face planting at 18 mph. I thoroughly enjoyed wake surfing and would recommend to all they try it at least once because of the thrill that comes from successfully reaching the wake. In fact, staying on the surfboard is a success in itself. I will also issue a challenge to all who choose to wake surf: Attempt to wake surf with another person. I did not personally try this because it was my first time on a surfboard, but my friends attempted and were successful. It is a true test of athleticism and balance to ride on a small surfboard with another individual. The real question is whether you can handle the challenge.

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The offensive disapearing act

Dominant defense stands tall in final fall scrimmage John Garretson Sports Editor

This past Saturday evening, the Boise State Broncos held their final fall scrimmage of the season at Bronco Stadium, which was held in a more laissezfaire fashion with no score or time kept. However, the defense played far from relaxed, recording seven turnovers and looking like the winners of the game. “Defensively we have seven turnovers, we probably won’t lose many games. Offensively, we have seven turnovers we’re not going to win,” Head Football Coach Chris Petersen said of how the scrimmage played out. Some young faces came out to play as redshirt defensive back Darien Thompson, who led the defense with tackles and interceptions with seven and two, respectively, and true freshman Chanceller James who had four tackles and an interception made notable impressions. Freshman cornerback Donte Deayon, redshirt junior nickel back Jonathan Brown and redshirt sophomore cornerback Deon’tae Florence all recorded an interception. “Real aggressive night for the defense. It’s something we emphasize on in practice so getting turnovers is a big thing for the defense,” redshirt senior linebacker Tommy Smith said. “Every week we try to get better.” It was evident with the departure of all but six starters that unfamiliar Broncos were going to

take the stage Saturday night. Even still, the most anticipated performance of the night was from the quarterback corps. Redshirt senior Joe Southwick took reps with the first team and looked like the consensus starter, going 16-24 for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception. “We’ll put the tape on. You all know as much as I do on how he (Southwick) did. I mean you saw what I saw. We saw some good stuff but we got to put the tape on,” Petersen said on Southwick’s performance. For the rest of the group, it seemed as if they were far from ready. Nick Patti, the true freshman Bronco Nation has their hearts wrapped around, looked less than stellar, going 1-10 for 40 yards and an interception. Redshirt sophomore Grant Hedrick went 6-13 with a team high three interceptions and redshirt freshman Jimmy Laughrea threw 1-4 for 75 yards with a score and a pick. As for the rest of the offense, redshirt freshman Jay Ajayi led the running backs with seven carries for 78 yards and a touchdown while redshirt senior Mitch Burroughs guided the receivers with seven receptions for 70 yards and a score. The two main takeaways from the scrimmage were the following: the defense has not skipped a beat even with only two returning starters and Southwick seems to be the starter for the upcoming season, despite the outside calls for Hedrick and Patti.


Reshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick “I think we’ve (the defense) done well. We clicked, we got on the same page. So, anytime everybody gets on the same page and starts working together it’s gonna make the best for whole the group,” sophomore defensive back Lee Hightower said on the defense’s efforts this offseason. Aug. 31 will be a great gauge to see where this Bronco program is, pitted against a Michigan State team in a similar position. Just know that the common sports phrase, “defense wins game” will likely be the Broncos’ mantra for the season.

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