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Acclaimed conservative Charles Kesler to speak at Boise State
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BY MATTHEW DELEON GUERRERO Journalist
The American Founding Initiative (AFI) will team together with acclaimed conservative commentator and writer, Charles Kesler, to kick off their inaugural event on Sept. 15. Kesler’s discussion, “The Future of Limited Government,” will begin at 6 p.m. in the J.R. and Esther Simplot Ballroom in Boise State Student Union Building. photos courtesy kesler Scott Yenor, political science professor at Boise State and direcKESLER tor of the AFI, chose Kesler as the Initiatives first speaker because, “Kesler is the editor of the best book review in the country, the Claremont Review of Books and his recent works on the nature of progressivism are not only deep and powerful, but
also relevant to many of the policy controversies defining the Obama Administration.” Kesler serves as a senior fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy and is a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College in California. This is the first of several events sponsored by the AFI, which plans on involving a diverse selection of prominent speakers talking with students to “ensure intellectual diversity on important issues of the day,” said Yenor. “The hope is that it will provide a vibrant environment for debating the nature of liberty and the institutions necessary to sustain it.” AFI aims to teach the principles of limited government, constitutionalism, and classical liberalism to the university community, according to its Web site. The AFI plans to “bring in voices discussing constitutionalism and classical liberalism to celebrate Constitution Day and President’s Day. We also plan on holding debates each semester,” Yenor said. The AFI will hold a debate on the nature of the health care system Oct. 26 and a President’s Day speech, tentatively scheduled for February 2010, according to Yenor. For information about Kesler’s speech or AFI, visit afi.boisestate.edu. photos courtesy mct campus
Broncos break away for season’s
A “Person of Interest” BSU adjunct poetry professor’s film about an Iraq war vet nears completion page 5
Home to the motherland Africa’s students should aid in
FIRST SHUTOUT BY KIRK BELL Editor
Amidst a whiteout at Bronco Stadium Saturday night, the Boise State football presence was felt in the form of a walloping of the University of Miami (Ohio) Redhawks to the tune of 48-0. BSU struggled to get things going on their first series. They were shut out in three plays but rebounded with their next drive which resulted in a six play, 92 yard push with the help of sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore and junior wide receiver Austin Pettis. The tandem connected twice on the drive; the first for 65 yards and the second for a 17 yard score through the air. The Broncos receiving corps made its move early. Each of the starting wide receivers -- junior Titus Young, sophomore Tyler Shoemaker and Pettis scored before the finish of the first half. Moore said he was glad to see each front receiver contribute early in the game. “It’s something that’s going to help us down the road,” Moore said, “and I think all three guys made some big plays today and got the opportunities they we’re waiting for.” Moore threw for one more touchdown to Young who made a double move on the Redhawks defender, broke away and cradle in a bomb from Moore for a 54 yard touchdown.
Moore would finish the night in three quarters. He completed 16 on 26 attempts passing, four touchdowns, one interception and a 307 yard through the air. The touchdowns were the first for Young in almost a year. He last scored on Oct. 1, 2008 against Louisiana Tech at Bronco Stadium. “You can definitely tell that he is … cherishing it more,” Pettis said. “Especially after getting a whole year off you have a lot of time to think. He definitely came in with a different mentality. You can tell he’s working a lot harder in practice too and you can see him getting better … You can definitely tell that he is more about the team this year and I think that’s helping his overall game a lot.” Young finished with six receptions, 114 yards and two touchdowns. Pettis had with four receptions, 115 yards and one touchdown. They combined for to 229 of the Broncos’ 314 total passing yards. The BSU running game picked up a second consecutive 100-plus-yard performance led by junior running back D.J. Harper who had 89 total yards -- averaging 6.7 yards per carry. Harper had one touchdown on the first offensive drive of the third quarter to put the Broncos ahead 27-0. BSU finished with 127 total rushing yards. The fourth quarter would see two more touchdowns from the Broncos by the dual
offensive and defensive threat, sophomore Doug Martin. The nickel back/running back recorded four tackles to accompany his fourth quarter scores finishing the night with 28 yards rushing. The Broncos defense recorded four interceptions and allowed only 194 offensive yards. It shut down the running attack for a second consecutive week, allowing 1.5 ypc for Miami (Ohio) on 26 attempts. “That’s the key to our defense is to stop the rushing game and to make them pass,” Boise State junior safety Jeron Johnson said. “We have a pretty good secondary. We can hold our own in the passing game. If we can stop that run we can be pretty good.” Johnson, freshmen linebackers J.C. Percy and Tommy Smith and sophomore George Iloka recorded one interception each. On a lower note, Broncos junior kicker/ punter Kyle Brotzman ended his PAT streak just before the end of the second half. Brotzman had 118 consecutive successful kicks following a touchdown since Oct. 15, 2006. He does, however, now hold the current record with the successful second score PAT. BSU opens their in-conference play Friday, Sept. 18 against the Fresno State Bulldogs. FSU is 1-1 this season with a close loss to Wisconsin earlier Saturday 34-31. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. PT at Fresno, Cal.
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BSU sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore drops back on one of 26 attempts Friday night against the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. Moore completed 16 passes for 307 passing yards and four touchdowns at Bronco Stadium. The Broncos beat the Redhawks 48-0.
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Percussion troupe Sinmyoung performs at BSU in memory of Sept. 11 BY JENNIFER SPENCER Journalist
As a four-year-old girl, the mother of Ben Chon, president of the Idaho Korean Association (IKA), was evacuated from communist North Korea during the Korean War. The Chinese-born U.S. Marine responsible for her salvation is one of many diverse war veterans honored as part of Friday night’s performance of “The healing drum of Korea.” Thanks partly to the efforts of the IKA, BSU Korean Student Association (KSA) and the Cultural Center, worldrenowned Korean percussion group, Sinmyoung, captivated audiences at the SUB Special Events Center (SPEC) for two performances Sept. 11. Sinmyoung performs samulnori, a Korean art form consisting of four percussion instruments. Traditionally performed in Korean farming villages, samulnori, translated as “to play four things,” combines percussion, acrobatics and dance. Formally used to relieve the stress and physical pain caused by agricultural labor, today samulnori encourages individuals and promotes national pride. “It has traditionally been performed to calm and uplift the souls of the dead. Therefore, samulnori is the healing drum of Korea and we hope that it will fulfill its purpose in the states as well,” said Susan Tanaka, vice president of the KSA. As the event began, the reverberation of several drums echoed from the lobby of the
SPEC. Soon dozens of smiling and colorfully dressed Korean men and women of all ages filled the aisle, with Janggus, two-sided drums, slung around their shoulders. More than 400 audience members began clapping as the performers circled the stage. The chief member of Sinmyoung cheerfully twirled and banged a small golden gong called a k’kwaenggwari at center stage as the light shimmered off his turquoise and silver glittered Sinmyoung attire. After their performance, the thunderous applause died down to allow introductions by Susan Tanaka and OkHee Chang, vice president of the IKA. To commemorate Sept. 11, the women publicly recognize war veterans and call for a moment of silence. Each performance contained a theme: Festival, Beating, Circle of Janggu, Regulation, Awaking Spirit and Entertainment. The first performance consisted of all four instruments, each representing an element of weather. The silver gong Jing represented wind; rain was signified by the hourglass shaped janggu. The barrel drum buk symbolized clouds and the k’kwaenggwari appropriately reflected thunder and lighting. Each percussionist swiveled his head in unison to flutter the long white ribbon jutting out from the black and white ruffled headdress. The sharp sounding k’kwaenggwari resonated above the surprisingly melodic yet frenzied drumming. One member performed acrobatic mid-air
kicks. At one point, a ribbon was thrown into the mesmerized audience but retracted like a boomerang. Large barrel drums characterized the next performance, complete with moments of gentle drum echoes and vocally intense, frenzied pounding. Frantically played janggus made up the third routine, while the large barrel drums mixed with buks to produce the distinct cavernous sound of the fourth performance. The fifth performance united the four instruments and Korean vocals in a feverish pace much like ritualistic jungle drums. After a standing ovation from the crowd, Sinmyoung’s leader gave his thanks before engaging the crowd in a chant of ‘U-S-A’ as he sang in Korean and called for volunteers. Several audience members, mostly small children, clambered onstage to pound the large barrel drums. The beginning drum troupe soon joined everyone onstage and the evening concluded with a blend of boisterous drumming and dancing. “I just think that it’s really admirable that this ‘small’ facet of Korea’s extensive history and culture has been kept alive through all the years,” Tanaka said. Sinmyoung has performed more than 1,500 times since their formation in 1990. They have several Korean and international accolades. Donations from the Sept. 11 event went toward IKA, KSA and the CARE pregnant refugee clinic at Saint Alphonsus.
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Boise State’s offense came out sluggish Saturday night against the University of Miami (Ohio) Redhawks. But thanks to big plays through the air, it was able to put points on the board. Broncos’ sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore was his usual self, passing for 307 yards and going 16-of-26 passing on the night. Juniors Titus Young and Austin Pettis, accompanied by sophomore Tyler Shoemaker, made huge plays in the receiving game, allowing the Broncos to use multiple packages offensively and relentlessly attack Miami (Ohio). Throwing four touchdown passes to three different receivers made it difficult for Miami (Ohio) to judge where the ball was going. “All three really got into the mix. It’s nice to spread it around and give them all chances,” Moore said. “It really spreads out the field and forces the defense to cover everyone. It’s something that’s going to help us down the road. All three guys made some big plays today and got the opportunities they we’re waiting for.” Pettis led all receivers with 115 yards and four grabs. Pettis ignited the Broncos’ offense with a 65-yard reception early in the first quarter but was not able to outrun the Redhawks’ secondary and was taken down inside Miami’s 15 yard line. “It was just a naked play action and he was coming across the field,” Moore said. “We caught Miami off guard there a little getting too close to the run and Austin popped out and found a crease.” Pettis later pulled in a touchdown when he caught a 17yard pass from Moore to put the Broncos up 7-0 early in the first quarter. Titus Young dug into the action big time, finally having the breakout game he’s wanted. Young made it look easy all night with big play after big play. He fell short of being the game’s leading receiver by one yard, eventually pilling up 114 yards on six receptions. His two touchdowns energized the Broncos, which continuously attacked Miami’s defense with its air-raid styled offense. Young’s momentum grabbing 25-yard touchdown reception right before halftime was just what the Broncos needed after an offensively stale first half. “He’s an extremely explosive player and it’s
good to see him in space with the ball in his hands because he’s one of those guys where if you miss a tackle or take a bad angle he’s going to make you pay,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. Petersen was happy with the progress receiver Tyler Shoemaker made from last week to Saturday. Shoemaker was Moore’s go-to guy in crucial situations of the game. Shoemaker, a crowd favorite, pulled in three catches for 55 yards and made his first touchdown reception of the year on a 15-yard strike from Moore late in the first quarter. “He is a good player and he’s exactly what we need there with Austin and Titus,” Petersen said. “We have three very good players there.” Having the passing game flowing the way it was Saturday night was a major step in the right direction for the Broncos, who will need all of that production and more next week against a strong Fresno State team. “I think it just opens up the offense even more. There’s only so much you can do to guard it,” Pettis said. “Oregon did a good job of it last week but you can only do that for so long…It’s impressive to see us go out there and still have a good attitude and be able to make plays for our team.”
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Broncos junior wide receiver Titus Young dives for his first of two touchdowns Saturday against the University of Miami (Ohio). Young accumulated 114 receiving yards on six receptions against the Redhawks. BSU beat Miami (Ohio) 48-0.
Women’s soccer dominates at home BY BRENDAN SHERRY Journalist
The Boise State women’s Soccer team kicked off its portion of the Holiday Inn Classic against the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Friday with a 4-0 victory. The Broncos charged to an early 1-0 lead when junior forward Shannon Saxton streaked ahead of the defense and scored on a pass from freshman midfielder Maureen Fitzgerald for an early lead in the opening minutes of the match. The Broncos proved the quick goal wasn’t a fluke as they controlled the ball throughout the match piling up three more scores. The Broncos were continually able to penetrate the Lion defense through ball control firing 13 shots in the first period and 17 in the second. The hustle showed by the Bronco offense proved to be an important part in controlling the ball and the Broncos limited the Lions to only one shot. “We worked really hard on being the first to the ball and on possession,” junior midfielder Cheyenne Jones said. The Broncos were able to take advantage of a sluggish Pine Bluff team in the first half when sophomore midfielder Jayne Murray fired in her first of two goals on a pass from freshman forward Erica Parks in the 33rd minute. When the Broncos started the second half, the
team didn’t let the two goal advantage to become a distraction. Instead the team showed more intensity by continuing to control the ball and advance the pressure to offensive side of the pitch. “I think once we picked up in the second half and played faster with our one-two touch passes things got better,” said Jones. “The first half seemed a little sluggish.” The Broncos’ increase in intensity in the second half surged as the team was able to score its other two goals, the first coming off of a penalty kick from Erica Parks in the 55th minute and Murray’s second goal in the 70th minute. As the Broncos amassed points in the second half, they were able to work in nine substitutes which provided quality playing experience for some. The home victory Friday brought the Broncos’ winning percentCheyenne Jones age above .500 for the season and with three more matches at the Boas complex before they take the road again, the team hopes they can compile a few more wins with the hometown support. “Having the fans is always nice, I feel like having them helps,” Murray said. The Broncos hope to use the home crowd to its advantage and continue to improve in the upcoming weeks before heading to the Wyoming Tournament held Sept. 25-27.
“I think once we picked up in the second half and played faster with our one-two touch passes things got better,” said Jones. “The first half seemed a little sluggish.”
See the Sept. 17 issue of The Arbiter for a profile of BSU’s freshman forward Erica Parks.
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Boise State freshman forward Erica Parks looks on during play. Parks scored one of four goals Friday evening against Arkansas – Pine Bluff, recording the Broncos’ first shutout of the 2009 season 4-0.
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SEPTEMBER 14, 2009
WAVE OF THE FUTURE:
Electronic textbook sales represent increase in popularity Journalist
Bringing education technology into the 21st century is like entering a rowboat in the America’s Cup yacht races. Even the most skilled, highly motivated, nimble visionaries will find rough sailing where state government coffers are in distress, entrepreneurs struggle to find startup money and cheap, flashy distractions often get in the way of real advances. So those 10-pound textbooks – considered old-school clutter by some in the emerging electronic publishing world – are likely to be stashed in backpacks and on dorm room desks for years to come, collecting nothing but dust. They are cumbersome, to be sure. They can overwhelm the human backbone and the desktop bookshelf. They succumb readily to elements like spilled milk, puppy teeth and memory lapses. Like telephone books, they are often outdated before they reach a reader. They are finite sources, with no hyperlinks or built-in extensions or easy upgrades. And as any college student knows, they’re often expensive with little resale value. Kelli Grant of SmartMoney.com says for cash-strapped students, textbooks can be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. “It’s very easy to spend $700, $800, $900 on textbooks, especially with certain majors. One science textbook alone can cost $200,” Grant said. Last year, the National Association of College Stores reported more than $5 billion in sales of textbooks and course materials. Association spokesman Charles Schmidt says electronic textbooks currently represent two to three percent of total textbook sales. But he says that is expected to reach 10 to 15 percent by 2012. Electronic textbooks, also known as etextbooks, offer convenience, new options and sometimes a much lower cost. “There really are several advantages to etextbooks,” said
Gabrielle Zucker, spokeswoman for CourseSmart LLC, one of the nation’s largest etextbook distributors. “Most etextbooks are 50 percent cheaper on average than a traditional textbook, and allow anytime, anywhere access.” Accessibility, long thought an issue with etextbooks, now makes them a much more ideal option, Zucker said. According to the Educause Center for Applied Research, 80.5 percent of college students in 2007 owned a laptop, with a whopping 90.8 percent of those living on campus owning one. Boise State sends out almost all of its mailings and messages to students electronically via BroncoWeb, meaning computer access is essentially required. Thomas Freeman, a junior at Boise State thinks, overall, etextbooks are a good idea. “Obviously they’re cheaper, and it still goes over the same information,” Freeman said. “Everything’s electronic nowadays anyways.” Jenna Hix, a sophomore majoring in Psychology, agrees. “I think it’s a great idea,” Hix said. But, she added, students should also have an option whether to use an etextbook or have a physical copy. “I think they should offer both, since some students learn better by having an actual book in front of them,” Hix said. Sales of etextbooks have surged in recent years, with CourseSmart reporting a 600 percent increase in profit from 2007 to 2008. According to Zucker, hundreds of thousands of students now purchase etextbooks from CourseSmart, which boasts a digital library of more than 7,000 titles.
Technology for etextbooks has also improved in recent years. According to Zucker, students can now highlight, type notes and even copy and paste material using an etextbook. “I think it’s really important that students have a choice,” Zucker said. “In short, etextbooks are another option, though some students will always prefer traditional textbooks.” Still, etextbooks have a long way to go before they become the primary choice of students. “It’s safe to say that paper, printed texts continue to be the bulk of the demand,” said Elio DiStaola, spokesman for the Follett Higher Education Group. “But we’re seeing more of those texts available in the electronic format. Our bookstores are preparing for that shift to accelerate. We have to assume that it will.” Freeman admitted that although he supports the idea, he had never personally bought one. “I think they should advertise it more,” Freeman said. “I haven’t really heard a lot about them.” Still, the future of etextbooks seems bright. “You’re saving trees (when you purchase an etextbook),” Zucker said. “This is a trend that will continue to grow in popularity. Sales will continue to grow as we continue to become a more tech-savvy society.”
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BY BENJAMIN MACK
An A+ on Halo equals a C- in class BY BENJAMIN MACK Journalist
Thomas Freeman has seen firsthand what videogames can do to a person. “I have a friend who plays WoW (World of Warcraft), and last year his social life was completely different,” Freeman, a junior majoring in athletic training, said. “He would pass on hanging out with his friends to play WoW.” It’s no secret that college students love to play videogames, and Boise State students are no exception. From Halo 3 to Super Mario, students will play just about any game. And while the physical and social effects are
well known, studies show that playing videogames can have a negative impact on grades. According to a 2007 study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, first-year students who had a videogame system in their dorm room studied 40 minutes less each day on average. Those 40 minutes of lost study time translated into firstsemester grades that were 0.241 points lower on the 4.0 grade scale. The study’s authors said they were not trying to prove anything about videogames. A study used time-use diaries to evaluate how much time 210 students spent sleeping, studying, attending class and pursuing other activities. The study was conducted four times at
Berea College in Kentucky during the first semester in 2000 and 2001. The study found that students who had a videogame console in their room did not exhibit different levels of class attendance, partying, study efficiency or paid employment -- all factors that also could affect grades. There was however, a substantial drop in time spent studying. This means that the lower grades of students who had a videogame console can be attributed to the fact these students studied less, the study concluded. Another study by researchers at the University of Michigan and University of Texas found that students who play videogames spent 30 percent
less time reading and 34 percent less time doing homework. The study was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Interestingly, the study found playing videogames had a greater influence on the study habits of females than males. The study concluded that the findings signify videogame play can be a distraction from school-related activities, but it may or may not have negative impact on grades. Freeman isn’t surprised. His friend’s grades, he said, have suffered because of his gaming. “I know some of his classes have dropped and he failed a class or two because he wouldn’t show up,” Freeman said. “It was sad.”
Videogame sales have increased by 58 percent since 2000, and is now a $9.5 billion industry, meaning experts believe students are spending even more time playing videogames. For some, playing video games can have certain advantages. New York University is offering a class this fall on the popular game “Guitar Hero.” Never mind the $50,000 annual tuition, it’s a weekly honors seminar that offers credit towards a degree. Boise State offers no such class. Overall, Freeman feels that videogames can be a negative influence on students. “It’s kinda crazy how people can get so addicted to videogames,” he said.
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A benefit, rough-cut screening of “Person of Interest,” a movie written and produced by Boise State University adjunct English instructor Jason Reuben Appleman, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 16. Proceeds from the event will help pay to finish the film.
BY SHANNON MORGAN
movie, “You come back to nothing.” Dyer said. “Not to the loved ones who wrote you. Not to the jobs. Not to the ideas you had to begin with at twenty or thirty. You Jason Appleman was inspired to write come back to waiting. But mostly you “Person of Interest” after pondering what wait for another war. Every next conflict might happen when his older brother was is right around the corner.” deployed to Iraq. Bayne and Appleman have kept a tight “It came from knowing my brother was lid on the project. Few people outside the going to war, and wondering what would cast and crew have seen the film. happen when he came back,” Appleman Tony Shlangen, co-founder and chief said. “It also came from a love of street operating officer of Wirestone, a sponfilms -- the everyman film where the Un- sor of the benefit screening Wednesday, known Soldier in urban American is very has seen the film. “I especially enjoyed similar to the Unknown Soldier in the watching the lead character battle his intombs,” Appleman said. ternal conflicts,” he said. Appleman collaborated with loBayne said the film aims to capture the cal award-winning filmmaker Gregory mood of one man and of an era. Bayne, who directed “Person of Interest.” “When we sat down to collaborate for Bayne worked as a cinematographer this, it was less about the (Bush) adminand editor on the istration, or anything film “Out of the Blue” that went on, it was about the BSU footabout the heaviness ball team’s Fiesta Bowl that sat on us all. We win. (America) were atAppleman, an award tacked and (were all of winning screenwriter, a sudden) at war, and poet and novelist, we hadn’t been at war also stars in “Person in a long time. For me, of Interest.” He porit was about the heavitrays Terrance Dyer, a ness,” Bayne said. veteran of the war in Issues of class diviIraq, a self-proclaimed sion and how the meAmerican Patriot and dia influences culture seasoned combat are also woven into the fighter. film. In the film, Apple“It’s about this charman’s character grapacter and how he’s inples with symptoms of ternalized these things post traumatic stress … us going to war, all disorder and parathe things that hapnoia. According to the pened in that era, the Jason Applemen movie’s Web site, Dyer media, all of it,” Bayne is convinced the fedsaid. “It does sort of eral government is setting him up as the ride this interesting wave between this fall guy in a terrorist attack on American character and the overall feeling during soil. this time.” Appleman and Bayne interviewed vet“Person of Interest” was filmed in Boise erans of the war in Iraq in preparation for and Seattle. The cast and crew for the film the movie. They were interested in por- were all recruited from Boise. traying one man’s experience of the war “The actors … everyone that worked on and how his life was changed. this is local. It’s very small, and literally “These people, no matter what they do made with no money at all,” Bayne said. … they give their life for their country,” Bayne and Appleman took the film as Bayne said. “Even if they come back in far as they could with a “red-lined” budone piece.” get and have organized a benefit screenAccording to a post by Appleman and ing of the film to finish production. Bayne on the Web site fundable.com, “We’re fundraising; we have to fin“Person of Interest,” “explores the land- ish the film now. We’ve done everything scape of one man’s sense of betrayal by we’ve done for free and now we have hard his father, by his God, by the country he costs that we have to take care of,” Bayne has laid his life on the line for, and which said. has offered him back only superficial A benefit screening of the in-progress handouts in return.” film will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Terrance Dyer says in a line from the the Egyptian Theatre. Tickets are $8. Editor-in-Chief
“It came from knowing my brother was going to war, and wondering what would happen when he came back.”
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“I’m Terrance Dyer, honorable discharge from the United States Army July 17, 2006. I’ve loved my country above God when I as foolish ... above man when I was ill ... in dreams, I loved my country as if it was the dream itself, and waking were a tyranny.” - “Person of Interest”
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Volunteer Expo connects students to the community BY MARGARET REIMER Journalist
The Volunteer Expo in the Jordan Ballroom Wednesday was designed to get students involved in the community. Booths were set up featuring information on the many nonprofit organizations in Boise with sign-up sheets available for volunteers. The volunteer organizations present were arranged into categories of Youth and EduPHOTO BY NIK BJUSTROM/THE ARBITER
cation, Heathcare, Environment and other. The organizations included Mothers against Drunk Driving, a.l.p.h.a., Snake River Alliance, Girl Scouts of America, Boise Urban Garden School and the Agency for New Americans. Sam Martin, a nursing major at Boise State, said she had experience volunteering in the past and wanted to continue her community involvement. Holly Ziegenfuss, said she visited several booths and planned on volunteering with 4-H Youth
or Agency for New Americans. Addie Hoverson, psychology major, said she was thinking of volunteering at The Idaho Botanical Garden after attending. At the booth devoted to The Agency for New Americans Lisa Barrett, a social work major, recruited volunteers. She volunteers herself at the agency, helping acclimatize refugees to life in Boise. Lisaâ€™s current family is from Afghanistan but she has also helped people from Iraq, Burundi and Rwanda as they learn English, attempt to
find jobs and simply learn how to go grocery shopping in their new community. BUGS, The Boise Urban Garden School, was started by a schoolteacher in 2003 to teach children and their families organic gardening. Volunteers and teachers work together to teach sustainability, science, composting and healthy cooking. On the other side of the Jordan Ballroom, stood Liz Woodruff, a lobbyist and community organizer working for The Snake River Alliance. The Snake River Alliance is an environmental watchdog group founded thirty years ago to stop the injection of nuclear waste into the aquifer. The Snake River Alliance is working to pass an Idaho Energy Plan that would expand renewable energy and promote energy efficiency. The group works closely with Boise State student volunteers to help raise environmental awareness, according to Woodruff.
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Season of migration to the south BY ABDUSSALAM KHAMIS Guest Opinion
Since I came to this country, people have persistently asked me whether I will stay in the United States of America after I graduate or if later on I prefer to return back to where I came from. Honestly, I do not know the right answer for those people’s curiosity nor am I definitely aware of which answer they expect me to respond with. Yet that has raised such an essential point which all African students who study in the United States or other developed countries ought to consider and think about deeply. Every year our mother land, Africa, loses tens of thousands of educated people either by staying wherever they pursue their education or by migrating to western countries seeking a better life than what African countries could offer them. The big loser in this process, however, is the hope of enhancing the life of the ancient continent. And eventually the phenomenon of migration abandons Africa with a situation full of diseases, inequality, corruption, poor education systems and so on. In Africa, ordinary
people like me have a widespread custom of blaming the political leaders for the backward current situation in their countries. On the other hand, the political leaders accuse outside forces of preventing the continent from going forward and being in a better place. In my views, the brains’ migration is the number one reason for all the problems which Africa has. Indeed the first step to be in the right track, in terms of helping Africa out, is returning the educated people to their African countries. Tayeb Salih, a Sudanese author, in his well-known story, “Season of Migration to the North,” (published in 1969) seems in some points encouraging young Africans to migrate to the northern countries, Britain in his case. His story describes Britain a heaven in the earth and it would be “cooler” living there than Africa. With all my respect to his opinion, I do strongly believe that the season of migration to the south has come more than any time before, for the future of Africa and people who need us at this time to assist them to get rid of the poverty and diseases, to build schools and hospitals and to ultimately
A street corner in Eastleigh, a Somali-dominated neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Families say that scores of ethnic Somalis have been recruited from Eastleigh by al Shabaab, an Islamist group that’s called for jihad in Somalia. make their and our lives much better. It just does not make sense. The wealthiest land in the globe with the highest percentage of natural resources has more than sixty percent
of its countries that are virtually reliant on foreign aids to feed their people. Despite the reality that agriculture shall be the principal career of half of Africa’s residents, hunger kills enormous numbers of newborn African children every single year. In Africa, they are Lacking in public services and infrastructure, and in the worst cases, there is difficulty of offering even clean water. All these issues are the reality on the ground over there, in addition to corrupted politicians who for instance spend millions of dollars in Europe and South Asia for vacations. Sadly they dispose all the life sources in Africa on their behalf. All these significant problems bond with each other. Definitely we can’t solve
one of them without dealing with the others. Thereby these problems cannot be altered themselves without motivation of change which would not be done without educated people’s involvement. And indeed our consultation and experiences as African educated are needed widely there. We as African students who have the chance of a life time to go abroad and be in touch with the diversity of cultures and different perspectives of life, it is remarkably our destiny to carry all what we have learned and other principles of life that we have observed to our mother land and work as hard as possible to reach the ultimate objectives of development: the life aspects of African people. We can do that if we just
free ourselves of selfishness, and looking beyond of what we assume that we deserve of comfortable lives after a long journey of seeking education in the western universities. Right now, we have to start thinking of what can we give to our continent, instead of wasting time thinking of what Africa could provide us. We could contribute and share our knowledge with our people, with our tribes, where we came from and start the journey to the south. Abdussalam Khamis is a graduate student at Boise State University. Ruth Emily Zickau of the writing center assisted with this article as a language assistant.