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The Independent Student Voice of Boise State Since 1933

Volume 22

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F R E E NOVEMBER 02, 2009






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Crazy carvings in the quad Pumpkins had their guts removed on campus


Samuel Stimper seen ëkicking ití in his art gallery music venue hybrid space.


Garden City art venue collects, promotes local talent


Broncos crush Spartans

MATT DALLEY Journalist


ucked behind the Women of Steel art gallery in Garden City may be the Treasure Valley’s best kept secret - the Visual Arts Collective. Referred to simply as “the VAC” by its visitors, the collective combines visual art with musical and theatrical performances to give patrons an experience that is unique for Boise. Walking into the VAC for the first-time can be overwhelming; the massive sculpture Siddhartha Gotama in Gas Mask greets patrons as they walk through the red curtains that separate the foyer from the cavernous main gallery. The open ceilings provide an airy atmosphere to the large, but welcoming, central room. All forms of art cover the interior, includ-

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In addition to moving to Garden City, the VAC made another major change in the spring of 2008 – becoming a 21 and up establishment. “It’s a bummer, but our state is really weird and we can’t survive without selling booze,” said co-founder Samuel Stimpert. “We do make some money on art sales, but it’s not enough to keep a huge 9,000 square foot building up and running.” The new and improved space the VAC calls home is becoming well known for more than just visual art. “The original thought was for it to just be a gallery. Maybe we would have called it ‘Arts Collective’ because we do a lot more than that (visual arts) now,” Stimpert said. Like the art displayed, the VAC host bands from a variety of musical backgrounds. Acts

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Faculty senate seeks change for student grade appeal KIM KING


ing the bathrooms which feature murals by Erin Ruiz. The current visual exhibition, “Relics and Derelicts,” features art by Patty Payton, Phil Bell, Michael Wyatt and Sean Wyatt. The automobile themed exhibit, sponsored by the Farm Boys Car Club, will run through Nov. 29. The ‘Collective began in 2005 when a group of artists wanted a venue for a one-off art show. Since the exhibition featured large sculptures, most local galleries were unable or unwilling to accommodate. Taking matters into to their own hands, the crew of artisans rented a space in downtown’s linen district. The one-time stint morphed into a Treasure Valley art-scene staple. When the lease expired, the VAC moved to its current location - just two miles away.


Faculty senate members have proposed changes to the process for a final grade appeal. Policy 3130 eliminates appeals based on assignments or exams students feel are graded too harshly, unreasonably or by unrealistic standards. The proposal states these are “issues of professional judgment” and within the prerogative of the instructor. The faculty senate also proposes the removal of student representation. ASBSU Sen. Chase Johnson is sponsoring a resolution to recommend a compromise. “I am uncomfortable with one person making a decision and that decision being final. It should not be up to the sole discretion of the provost,” Johnson said. The former policy included an academic grievance board composed of seven faculty members and seven student senate members. “No policy is going to be perfect,” he said. “These are gray areas open to individual interpretation. Faculty still have to have a say over course material, and whether or not a student meets those intellectual standards is up to the professor.” He said university code violation should be grounds for a grade appeal, but proving an allegation would take a preponderance

of evidence. “We are just students, so how can we say we know more than a professor,” he said. “I have had grades I didn’t feel were fair, but I accepted them. It was a learning experience and it made me a stronger person.” Johnson said his main objective is to bring student representation back into the process rather than dispute the issue of grade appeal. “You have to understand that even though students are excluded in their proposal, faculty members are as well,” he said. The new procedure will begin with the professor and then be presented to the head of the department. If the problem is not resolved the student will be directed to the dean of the college involved. From there it will go to the provost office for a final decision. ASBSU President Trevor Grigg collaborated with Johnson to recommend a council of seven members to maintain student involvement. The council is composed of two faculty members, two students, a dean, the VicePresident for Student Affairs and VicePresident of ASBSU. “We have a long way to go on this,” said Johnson. “We have worked hard and spent time ensuring a fair procedure, but they don’t have to listen to us. I take a humble stance in this and realize I am just an ana-

lyst, not a judge.” ASBSU Sen. Aaron Henretty said he is in support of legislation to protect the rights of students. “We can’t give teachers full control,” he said. “If I have an issue, I want students and faculty involved so there will be two points of view. But there are not a lot of students familiar with the procedure.” A small student sampling on campus confirmed his statement. Few knew a grievance policy existed. “... If I don’t like my grade and feel it is unfair, I can do something about it?” said sophomore Kyle McCormick, a history major from Boise. “But will it really matter if teachers are giving the grades and then teachers determine the outcome of an appeal?” he said. Other students said every effort should be made to ensure fairness, even if it means an additional compromise between the staff and students. Policy 3130 and Johnson’s resolution will be presented to the Academic Standards Committee and then forwarded to the faculty senate for reconsideration. “I expect a discussion about our recommendations at the next faculty senate meeting on Nov. 10,” Johnson said. The meeting is scheduled at 3:15 p.m. in the SUB, Hatch A ballroom, and is open to the public.

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November 02, 2009 NEWS

MFA creative-writing alumni achieve literary fame One grad wins Esquire’s 2009 fiction contest; another gets first novel picked up by big-time publisher BENJAMIN MACK Journalist

“The emergencies had already happened and to other people. People fell through the sky, crashed into buildings, tried not to breathe. Cocaine was accused of not being cocaine.” So begins Boise State Master of Fine Arts (MFA) graduate JR Walsh’s short story “An Insurrection,” which won the 2009 Esquire Fiction Contest. According to Esquire, Walsh’s story is “a manic, inventive vision of survival,” and

was selected from more than 3,000 submissions. In addition to a $2,500 prize, Walsh’s story is featured in the magazine’s current issue. Walsh, who currently works at Boise State in International Admissions, graduated from the MFA program in the spring. Founded in 1932, Esquire has featured such famous writers as Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Arthur Miller. The magazine has a monthly circulation of over 700,000. Junior Truman Young is impressed by Walsh’s achievement. “Getting a story in Esquire, that’s pretty big,” Young said. “That’s a magazine that’s read nationally. It’s pretty cool that someone from Boise State did that” Walsh isn’t the only MFA graduate to achieve fame. Cynthia Hand Struloeff, a 2003 graduate of the program, recently sold her first novel to HarperCollins Publishers. HarperCollins, founded in 1819, is one of the largest publishers in the world, with over 30 imprints and thousands of titles. “It’s a thrill to see what our recent graduates have been accomplishing in the pub-


lishing world. They make us proud,” said Mitch Wieland, a member of the MFA faculty and founding editor of BSU’s literary journal, The Idaho Review, in a press release. Weiland is currently working on a collection of short stories, entitled “Good Dogs,” and a novel. Tyler McMahon, a 2007 BSU graduate and currently an assistant professor at Hawaii Pacific University, will have a story published in The Antioch Review and was shortlisted for the prize anthology Best of the West 2009, making its list of “Other Notable Western Stories of the Year.” Another 2007 graduate, Sayzie Koldys, has a story cited in “100 Other Distinguished Stories of the Year” in the latest issue of The Best American Short Stories. And the accolades for MFA graduates keep coming. Ahsahta Press, BSU’s not-for-profit publisher, announced that one of its authors, Kate Greenstreet, was No. 17 on the Poetry Foundation’s list of Contemporary Poetry Best Sellers for the week of Sept. 27. That ranking put her ahead of current U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan and among the top

poets in the world. The ranking was for Greenstreet’s book “The Last 4 Things,” which was released by Ahsahta Sept. 15. Her first manuscript, “case sensitive,” was published by Ahsahta in 2006 and remains among its top-selling publications, appearing at No. 1 on the current Small Press Distribution bestseller list. According to the MFA Web site, Ahsahta press was originally founded in 1974 as an outlet for the works of Western writers that were no longer in print. Recognized nationally, Boise State’s MFA program has stringent admission requirements, requiring candidates to submit a letter of intent, writing samples, and a minimum of three letters of recommendation to even be considered. According to the MFA Web site, “the MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student's written work.” The MFA program is recognized as one of the strongest in the region. More information about the MFA program can be found at english/mfa.

Boise State crime log:

Bike theft, vandalism persist on campus BENJAMIN MACK Journalist

Hit-and-run, vandalism and bike theft remained the most common crimes committed on Boise State’s campus in October, statistics show. University Security responded to five bike thefts, five cases of vandalism and two hit-and-runs total. These numbers are up slightly from September, when three bike thefts, three hit-and-runs and only two cases of vandalism were reported. Interestingly, most of the crimes in both months occurred on Fridays. In the October report, the most severe crimes reported included the slashing of a BSU employee’s tires Oct. 21 and a case of fraud reported Oct. 22 in which a student purchased textbooks with a credit card illegally. An act of arson Oct. 8 in the men’s locker room sauna in the Student Recreation Center resulted in the closing of the sauna. According to University Security, students and staff can avoid being victims of bike theft by remembering to lock his or her bike with a sturdy bike lock. Chain or wire bike locks are not recommended, as thieves can use wire cutters to cut them. There were no sexual assaults reported on campus last month. Still, students, particularly women, are advised to avoid walking alone after dark, especially near the Greenbelt. Students can find more information about campus safety by visiting University Security’s Web site,

An unknown suspect cut a lock and took a bike from a rack outside the Education Building.

Oct. 21 Bike Theft –

Oct. 21 Vandalism – An unknown suspect slashed two tires on a BSU employee’s vehicle near the intersection of Juanita and Potter.

Oct. 22 Fraud – A financial transaction card was used to fraudulently purchase textbooks in the Bookstore.

was found in a student’s Oct. 22 Possession of Marijuana – Marijuana room in Taylor Hall.

Oct. 23 Vandalism –

An unknown suspect keyed a car in the Chaffee Hall parking lot.

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Health and Wellness workshops provide resources, stress relief JENNIFER SPENCER Journalist

Stop. Breathe. This simple technique promotes relaxation and stress relief, according to a free workshop by Health and Wellness. The “Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life: Mindfulness for Managing Stress” workshop is held Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 27 through Nov. 17. In the workshops, Christina Berg, director of Wellness and Natalie Griffin, wellness Assistant, teach methods of handling stress. In the first session, nine students of various backgrounds gathered in the SUB’s Ah Fong ballroom to learn about the importance of the mind/body connection, the stress response system and the benefits of breathing and meditation. “What I want you to walk away with today is how the mind affects our bodies,” Berg told participants. Though stress can be beneficial to motivation, it is the number on health issue affecting students, according to the National College Health Assessment. “I see it (the workshop) as a high need for students,” Berg said. Berg engaged attendees with self examination questions such as determining stressors, stress warning signals and coping mechanisms. Breathing exercises, done at the beginning and end of the session, promoted awareness and living in the present. “It’s really a challenge to live in the moment

and the only moment we can guarantee is this moment,” Griffin said. The series will focus on skill building through instruction and interactive exercises. Through a PowerPoint and handout, Berg and Griffin supplied scientific and historical information, such as case studies, behind the concept of stress. Michael Adams, a junior social science major from Idaho Falls, appreciated the scientific approach. Adams participated in another stress management course earlier in the semester and wants to continue his exploration of the subject. “I’ve been getting into meditation. This stuff interests me so I wanted to learn more about it,” Adams said. Griffin, a masters student in health science/ health policy, understands the academic strains students face. She helped design the workshop to appeal to individuals from various backgrounds. “What I want them (students) to get out of it is what they want to get,” she said. Though registration for the workshop is now closed, Health and Wellness offers a “mindfulness based stress reduction” two-credit course beginning near the end of February. The 10week class counts toward kinesiology, health science and counseling education credits. Health and Wellness also offers a variety of free or low-cost classes and workshops throughout the year ranging from weight management, smoking cessation and even cooking. “All of our events and workshops are based

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around the needs of students,” Griffin said. For a full listing of events, visit http://www. asp. Online registration is required and closes 24 hours prior to the event or workshop. Health and Wellness is located on University Drive across from the Old Campus School. Staff is available to answer any questions or concerns at (208) 426-5686 or wellnessservices@ For more stress relief techniques, visit http://



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November 02, 2009

VAC [ From page 1] ranging from Portland-based space rockers “No Go Know” to the bombastic Israeli power trio “Monotonix” to the folksy “Mirah” have played the VAC on separate occasions. Local rock legends “Built to Spill” have even used the building as a practice studio on multiple occasions. The definitive Boise rockers will return to the VAC’s stage Nov. 23 to play a show benefiting Boise Community radio. Performance art also has found a home at the VAC. Events ranging from poetry slams to theatrical shows are common. The VAC’s sense of intimacy is what makes the establishment so special; the organization is building a community by bringing artists and supporters together. Theater major Matt Baltzell performed a skit called “Skit/Skit” twice at the collective. “It has a cool level of intimacy,” said Baltzell. “Since the stage is so low, it feels like the crowd is part of the show.” For more information of on the Visual Arts collective check out their Web site, or visit them at 3638 Osage Street in Garden City. Can we get a list of events/ exhibits and upcoming shows too? Yes, the list is located at Alley Repatory Theatre Presents: Three Tall Women by Edward Alabee November 5,6 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, Church, ATTN, Le Fleur will perform Saturday December 5. GLENN LANDBERG/THE ARBITER

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November 02, 2009 CULTURE

Pavillion plays through the universe, lost love MARGARET REIMER Journalist

Hollis Welsh performs as the melancholic Kari. COURTESY ANDY LAWLESS/ BOISE CONTEMPORARY THEATER


“The Pavilion” is a play about coming to terms with life’s tragedies and the complexity of human relationships. The play is set in Pine City, Minn., at the class of 1990’s high school reunion. Peter (Dwayne Blackaller) is trying to mend things with his ex-girlfriend Kari (Hollis Welsh). The Narrator (Andrea Caban) acts as many of their classmates. It is a story with which anyone who has ever had nostalgia for a past relationship can relate. “The Pavilion” focuses on Peter and Kari who were high school sweethearts sharing the most adrenaline filled moments of life with each other when everything was new and different. They were voted cutest couple in the yearbook. Senior year however, the couple encountered its first crisis. Rather than staying and working things out with Kari, Peter moved away and never spoke to her until this night. Twenty years later he comes back to try and mend things. The universe was constructed in a 15 by 35 foot space. Light bulbs covered the ceiling representing the cosmos. A soft lav-

ender light bathed the stage. The effects were mesmerizing. The play begins with The Narrator giving a poetic and humorous synopsis of the beginning of time. In language that sparkles with poetically written prose, The Narrator introduces Peter. Peter steps onto the stage holding a bouquet and sporting a naïve grin. Blackaller plays the character of Peter as a man that is extremely likeable, but self-preoccupied. He wants to mend things with Kari but has not thought out how lasting the pain was he inflicted 20 years before. Welsh gives Kari complexity through faraway looks and wistful smiles. The character is that of a woman who has faced a life of disappointment. She is in an unhappy marriage with a man who is obsessed with golf. Her experiences have “pushed her 17 degrees off from where she wanted to be,” she said while talking to Peter. The Narrator, played by Caban, moves between roles acting the parts of all of Kari and Peter’s former classmates. She smoothly transitions moving to a different spot on the stage. One moment Caban was playing the stoned mayor, Cookie,

then she became a repressed lesbian FDA agent, then she was playing the God-like narrator who sends shooting stars flying above Peter and Kari’s heads. Welsh and Blackaller had great chemistry. The fights between Peter and Kari were effective at creating tension. Welsh did a fantastic job conveying the pain Kari went through after the break up. Welsh’s voice broke in pain while delivering her lines. At times Blackaller played the role without enough emotion. This created the feeling that Peter had his head completely in the clouds. All three actors deserve credit for perfectly executing the nasal Mid-western accents the general public is familiar with from “Fargo.” “It’s about finding the balance between the dissatisfaction with what is, and your affection for it,” Craig Wright said. “Ultimately, it is deciding that I have more affection than I have disappointment. Therefore I will affirm what is.” Students can attend any performance at Boise Contemporary Theater for $12 with a student id. “The Pavilion” will be running through Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. For information visit their Web site,


Cannibal pumpkin wins best in show ZACH GANSCHOW Journalist

The stakes were high. Students, staff and various artists passed through the Quad Friday, where they were presented with an opportunity: out-carve your fellow pumpkin designers to claim victory on a variety prizes. Francis Fox, a sculpture professor at Boise State is the staff advisor for the student Boise Sculptors Guild. “We wanted to raise some money for the group, and we thought the pumpkin was an appropriate venue for sculptures. A local farmer donated all the pumpkins to us, nearly an entire patch. It was incredibly generous,” Fox said. Fox competed in the contest. He won the “Artistic award” with his surface engraved “spider-and-web” design. Kristi Marshall, an Art Metals student, took the “Academic prize” with her carved interpretation of “Where the Wild Things Are.” Marshall stated, “it was a childhood story I have always though about, so I felt compelled to re-create it.” The bells tolled, bringing the 4 p.m. judgment upon the Quad. The pumpkins were briskly removed from safe haven upon a sheltered table, and lined up, one by one, for the critical public to gaze upon their designs. Marty Schimpf, the Dean of arts and sciences marched through the crowd, his black coat of the finest wool whipped behind him. The deliberations began. Schimpf brandished a notebook in his hand and a mystery guest judge named “Linda” by his side. The competition was fierce, and after 20 minutes of analysis, the victors were announced. The highest quality of “Post-it” notes were used as ribbons atop the winning pumpkins. In the end, Cami Ruh Clemo, a BFA student in ceramics took the “Best in Show prize” with her cannibal pumpkin. “My father had a pattern that he cut out from a cigarette ad and used on our pumkins year after year. That face was the source of inspiration for my shish-kabob design,” Clemo said. Gwen Downs took the “Gory award” with her piece “Blood and Guts.” Her pumpkin took an application of red coloring for blood, and a salvaging of innards to carefully have them spill out of the face orifice. Downs claimed that “it was worth it.” The Guild holds its biggest event in the spring with an iron pour at the Visual Arts Collective. “It’s better than a rave,” said Victoria Wood, a BFA sculpture student. “It’s so exciting being around the hot iron as it pours.”


(Above) Best in show: Winner of Best in Show went to Cami Ruh Clemo, a BFA student in ceramics. (Right) The lineup was judged by Marty Schimp, Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences, for Friday’s fundraiser.

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November 02, 2009 SPORTS

Broncos spook Spartans, 45-7 KIRK BELL Journalist

There were plenty of spectators who expected to see the Boise State Broncos (8-0, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) frighten yet another WAC opponent. San Jose State (1-6, 0-3 WAC) were victims of a Boise State team that put up 45-plus points for the fifth time this season during its rout of the Spartans, 45-7. BSU struck early with sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore connecting with his younger brother and true freshman Kirby Moore for a 61yard touchdown. It is the first score between the brothers since playing high school football in Prosser, Wash. It was Kirby’s first collegiate visit to the endzone. “Tyler Shoemaker definitely deserves a lot of credit,” Kirby Moore said. “He set pick on the guy who was trying to trail me. They just gave it to us pretty good right there.” The Broncos stuttered early with one score in the first 23 minutes of play. SJSU answered during the second quarter with an 11-play, 77-yard touchdown drive which ended when junior quarterback Jordan La Secla hit junior wide receiver Marquis Avery from 11-yards out. That would be the last time the Spartans visited the end zone - the was tied at 7-7. Broncos junior kicker Kyle Brotzman brought the score to 10-7 on a 32-yard field goal with 7:00 left in the first half. With just 44 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Kellen Moore engineered two more scores. The first came on a pass to a second freshman Mitch Burroughs on an 18-yard pass to make it 17-7. The Broncos would score a second time 41-seconds later. The Broncos were provided with great field position after a forced fumble and recovery by junior nickel back Jason Robinson at the Spartans’ 22yard line. “We ended up getting some points and I think it helped the momentum and I think it put them down as well,” Robinson said. Kellen Moore would follow his offensive line into the end zone on a 1-yard dive to make it 24-7 moments before halftime. “We seem to go in spurts,” BSU head coach Chris Petersen said of the offense. “I think that’s just the kind of team we are. We’ve always been that type of program. I don’t know why. I think that it’s hard, drive after drive, to sustain things. I think that we’ve got a lot of tough competitive type people and when they feel an opening they’re going to take full advantage.” Kellen Moore found junior wide receiver Aus-

tin Pettis on an 8-yard fade route to the corner of the end zone which gave the Broncos a 31-7 lead over SJSU. Kellen Moore would finish three quarters of play with three passing touchdowns, one rushing score and 278 passing yards. He completed 21 of 33 tosses through the air and no interceptions. Broncos’ senior cornerback Kyle Wilson recorded his first interception of the season 56-seconds later. Wilson’s first pick-6 of the season came from 27-yards out and brought the BSU lead to 38-7. “It’s an unreal feeling. A few days ago I was just dreaming and kind of joking with my roommates…I just had a feeling there was going to come a point in a game coming that they were going to test me and I was just going to be ready,” Wilson said. “I definitely got a lot more action than I usually do. I was just ready.” Kellen Moore attributes much of the offense’s passing success to Wilson. “He’s a shutdown defender,” Kellen Moore said about Wilson. “He likes playing man on man. He likes to get up in your face. It only makes us better during the week and during practice. Going against him all off season and all fall camp makes us better. He’s just a special type of guy out there.” Wilson and the Broncos’ defensive backfield held the Spartans to 131 yards through the air. The BSU defensive line created pressure on La Secla and company. The pressure forced the Spartans to make poor decisions and incomplete passes. The Broncos recorded 11 tackles for loss and two sacks against the Spartans’ offensive unit. SJSU was held to 223 total yards for the afternoon. BSU sophomore running back Doug Martin entered the game late in the fourth quarter. He had six carries and a 36-yard touchdown scamper with 0:20 left in the contest for their final score, 45-7. Petersen believes Martin will be ready for the Broncos next conference battle against Louisiana Tech. Despite constant pressure on Kellen Moore through much of the game, SJSU were able to record only one sack by the hand of senior defensive end Carl Ihenacho. The Spartans also had success with eight tackles for loss and holding the Broncos to 140 net rushing yards. BSU averaged 190 rushing yards per game prior to its Saturday match up. The Broncos take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-5, 2-3 WAC) at Ruston, La. They play Friday, Nov. 6. Kickoff is 6 p.m. MT and will be shown on ESPN 2.


Cornerback Jeron Johnson celebrates with fellow cornerback Kyle Wilson after Wilson’s 27-yard interception which he returned for a touchdown. BSU beat SJSU 45-7.


to you: Thank you San Jose BRITTNEY JOHNSON Journalist

San Jose State suffered a huge loss on the road to Boise State Saturday and the Spartans deserve a huge thank you. No, the thank you isn’t for giving Mr. and Mrs. Moore their first son to son colligate touchdown. The thank you is not for exposing a weakness in Boise State’s o-line. The thank you is for throwing the ball Kyle Wilson’s way. Wilson, a pre-season All-American, has had a frustrating season to say the least. No, the frustration isn’t because of his playing ability; Wilson has been arguably the toughest cornerback in the Nation. The frustration comes from other teams that watched countless hours of the 2008 season. The season showcased Wilson punishing quarterbacks who threw the ball to his side of the field. Those who watch Boise State football can’t blame a quarterback for throwing away from

Wilson and taking a chance with Brandon Thompson, Jerron Johnson and George Iloka. Last week not a single ball from a pass happy Hawai’i team went Wilson’s way. Saturday at Bronco Stadium, the crowd saw a great site. Jorda LeSecla did the unthinkable. He threw a ball to a receiver covered by Wilson. The pass was intercepted and to carried 27 yard’s into the opposite end zone by Wilson. The thank you to the Spartans is for helping bolster Wilson’s stats. It’s a thank you for giving Wilson more impressive seconds to be dedicated to his highlight reel. Furthermore, the biggest thank

you is for removing that massive monkey off Wilson’s back; the pick-6 was Wilson’s first of the season. Wilson is back; he was never gone. He was there on the field silently doing his duty while opponents’ quarterbacks shuddered at the thought of him getting close to their ball. The only problem now is, what quarterback remaining on the Bronco’s schedule will have the guts to throw to the Wilson side again? Will any dare? Wilson surely hopes so. However, until that sorry quarterback decides to toss the pigskin in Wilson’s area, the nation will just have to watch the humble leader of the Bronco’s defense continue to give receivers fits.

...the biggest thank you is for removing that massive monkey off Wilson’s back


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November 02, 2009 SPORTS

MOORE brothers finally CONNECT TRENT LOOTENS Journalist

Kirby Moore came to Boise State to play football with his brother Kellen. The brothers played together as early as Pop Warner league and now have the chance to showcase their skills at the college level. Saturday against San Jose State the brothers connected for their first touchdown as Broncos. Kirby lined up wide left next to sophomore Tyler Shoemaker for a first down play on BSU’s own 39yard line early in the first quarter. Kellen took the snap and rolled out to his left with strong pressure coming from his blind side and threw a laser over Shoemaker right to Kirby. With his great hands, Kirby pulled in the high pass and took off with nothing but blue in front of him all the way to the end zone. “When I first caught the ball I thought the guy was really close to tackling me,” Kirby said. “It was like it was too easy at first so I was checking around to make sure nobody was around me.” Kirby took advantage of the look San Jose State’s defense gave him and utilized a great block by Shoemaker to break into the open field. “I wasn’t expecting it, but the defense they played just worked to our favor and I just tried to make the most of the opportunity,” Kirby said. “They were playing man coverage and Tyler Shoemaker deserves a lot of credit. He put a pretty good pick on my guy who was trying to trail me.” The Moore combination finally coming together was a great sign for the Bronco offense. Kirby is another reliable weapon to Kellen’s arsenal. The quarterback a barrage of options for potential deep threats. Kirby, along with receivers Austin Pettis, Titus Young and Shoemaker completes the most dangerous wide receiver combination since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl team. Mitch Burroughs, a graduate of Meridian High School, caught his

first touchdown of the season on a wide open 18-yard pass Saturday. “We’ve got a lot of guys. (Opposing defenses) Can’t really focus on one guy. Other guys will make plays and kill you with it. Every week it seems like we’ve got a new guy stepping up. You just got to be prepared for everyone,” Kellen said. Kellen thought it was great to finally be able to connect with his brother for a score, but realizes it’s going to be the first of many. “It had to come at some point. We’re going to be here a few more years,” the quarterback said. Kellen’s first touchdown pass to his brother was a special moment. The team had been waiting for this moment all year and for it to happen the way it did was great for everyone. “That was awesome. I think everybody on our sideline had a smile on their face. To get a chance to play division one football with your brother is rare. Not many guys get a chance to play division one football and then when your brother is good enough to play and you can hook up for touchdowns too, it’s special,” Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. The Moore brothers get their next chance to put up points next week against a beleaguered Louisiana Tech pass defense who surrendered 327 yards through the air in its most recent game in a loss to the Idaho Vandals.

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Sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore stretches during pre-game warm-ups before the Bronco’s match-up with U.C. Davis Oct. 3.

I think everybody on our sideline had a smile on their face. Chris Peterson Boise State head coach SPORTS

Bronco soccer clinches WAC tournament berth MATT BEDINGER Journalist

The Boise State women’s soccer team defeated Hawai’i Friday 2-1. The win secured a spot in the WAC tournament and knock Hawai’i, Idaho and Louisiana Tech out of contention. Hawai’i midfielder Mari Punzai put the Rainbow Wahine in front in the 13th min-

ute with a 30-yard chip shot that sailed over sophomore goalkeeper Liz Ruiz’s head and off her fingertips. “I was in the midfield and a square ball was passed across and the other girl was left unmarked. It’s about marking. Everybody just has to keep their man and not allow free shots,” said senior midfielder Kaylea Perenon. Moments later, the Boise

State defense had a miscommunication that led to a one on one situation for Ruiz. She ripped a shot which shot over the top from about 18 yards out. In the 20th minute, the Broncos almost equalized the score. Hawai’i goalkeeper Kanani Taaca failed to clear the ball in a scrum near the top of the 18-yard line. A Bronco player fired a shot toward the goal with Taaca still off her

line, but the Hawai’i defense cleared the ball from 6 yards out to keep it 1-0 at the half. In the 67th minute, things turned Boise State’s way. Junior forward Shannon Saxton hit a strike toward the goal that was blocked by a sea of defenders. Junior midfielder Cheyenne Jones picked up the rebound and shot toward goal, but Hawaii’s Taaca made the save. Taaca allowed the rebound to go straight back to Jones, who hit another shot on goal, which was handballed by Punzai in the box. Sophomore midfielder Brandy Hickcox stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick and buried it to tie the game at 1-1. “I thought Cheyenne wanted to take it, but she said she didn’t want to so I just said I would step up to the plate and take it and hopefully get the team going from a goal,” Hickcox said. Eight minutes later, the Broncos had a free kick from deep on the left. Freshman midfielder Maureen Fitzgerald sent a cross into the box, which was flicked back across goal by sophomore midfielder Chelsea Robinson. Kaylea Perenon jumped on the cross, putting the ball in the


Boise State forward Shannon Saxton battles with Hawai’i defenders during Boise State’s 2-1 win over the Warriors Oct. 30. back of the net for the gamewinning goal and securing a WAC tournament berth for the Broncos. “I knew she was going to flick it because last weekend that’s just how another goal got scored. It was the same people even,” said Perenon. “We had to win one of these

games this weekend to get into the tournament so it was really important to win this first one and not have to rely on winning the second.” The Broncos take on WACleading San Jose State. The Spartans enter the game on a 13-game unbeaten streak, Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Today is a 7 -- Immerse yourself in feelings. You sense the wealth of love in your environment. Say â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank you.â&#x20AC;?

This year you find yourself believing that you know exactly what to say in every situation. However, when you pause to think about it, you realize that you get better results from asking others what they think, then sharing your opinions. Others come to you for romantic advice. Here again, they need to figure it out for themselves. To get the advantage, check the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

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Aries (March 21-April 19)

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Today is a 6 -- Adapting to your partnerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desires can be tricky. Listen carefully to the words, but also pay careful attention to your instincts. You get further that way.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is an 8 -- Focus on the deeper meanings in your relationships. Imagine a world where you can say â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love youâ&#x20AC;? every day.

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Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 7 -- Adapt your desires to the needs of an associate. Use your imagination to figure out how to fix a communication problem.

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Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 -- Your imagination carries you away to a wonderful story land. This is Monday. Do you need to focus on work?

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November 02, 2009 CULTURE

Deadbeat Report 11/2/09

CHRIS BODOVINITZ One week has passed since the Internet giant Yahoo closed Geocities. It just doesn’t feel the same anymore. My childhood seems to have died, never mind the fact I was only 12-years-old when I hosted my first Web site on Geocities. However, I wasn’t the only one who created a site on Geocities. In fact, at its peak in the late 90s, Geocities was one of the most-visited Web sites on the Internet. The promise of free Web site hosting was just too great to pass up, and millions of kids like myself flocked to it hoping to broadcast our thoughts with glittery backgrounds, flashing links and colorful text so bright it was almost illegible. We didn’t care if anyone paid attention to our Web site. We were the Webmasters! We controlled what was seen! It was my generation’s watered-down version MySpace. And now it’s gone. But that’s not entirely a bad thing. As superficial and nostalgic as this may seem, the closing of Geocities didn’t just kill a bunch of amateur Web sites. It has officially marked the end of Web 1.0. Web 1.0 can best be described as the true beginnings of the Internet’s appeal to the general population. Web sites in this era communicated primarily in one-way. It was quite simple: An owner (called a “Webmaster”) would make a Web site and people would look at it. The Web site would be updated as often as the Webmaster provided. Users didn’t have many options to provide feedback other than directly e-mailing or leaving messages on a message forum if one existed. This static state of Web 1.0 didn’t exist just because people weren’t creative enough to produce the dynamic Web sites that we’re used to seeing today. It was because of our technological capabilities at the time. Most people were connected to the Internet at much slower speeds. The ability to create dynamic Web sites where users could generate his or her own content started popping up when broadband speeds were introduced. Web 1.0’s days were numbered as Web 2.0 took over with better technology came better communication. We now live in Web 2.0, where the Internet is mostly comprised of user-generated content. The Webmaster is no longer needed since users themselves could upload his or her own information whenever he or she wished. Without Web 2.0 it would be impossible to upload images to Flickr, impossible to add information to your Facebook profile, harder to host your own blog without coding skills and ridiculous to tell me when you were eating meatloaf through Twitter. The popularity of Web sites hosted through Geocities decreased as people became more infatuated with blogs, social networking and fast media hosting. The Internet today is much more useful and well rounded now that users aren’t reliant to the one-way communication and limitations of Web 1.0. It is a great example to show the true power behind technological advances. Web 3.0 is only a dream right now, but once we build upon what we have, it will become the next reality. Uh--I mean E-reality. Listen to the Deadbeat Report podcast every other Monday at



Let them drink soda HALEY ROBINSON Journalist

Using diet soda as a solution to a sweettoothed craving may need reconsideration. Research has shown that diet sodas may not be as “diet” as the name implies. Diet soda may be a calorie free beverage that appeals to weight watchers world-wide, but it may not be as simple as it seems. According to an article by WebMD, diet sodas and other foods without calorie sweeteners might make weight control harder. A study was conducted by Purdue University which gave rats artificially sweetened, low calorie food and compared the results with rats who were fed food sweetened with sugar. The data showed that the rats eating the artificial sweetener gained more weight. These results caused speculation that, over time, sweeteners used in many diet foods condition the body to not associate sweetness with calories which alters its

ability to accurately assess the amount of calories being consumed. An inability to monitor such intake can lead to overeating. An article from Australian newspaper “The Age” concurs. It discussed studies which have found that artificial sweetener seems to break down the physiological connection between sweet tastes and calories. The lack of an association between the two makes it easy to eat more and more sweets. Another problem with artificial sweeteners is they are not fully satisfying. Scientific American discussed how the brain does not find splenda to be completely fulfilling. Research was done where scientists monitored 12 women with a MRI as they drank both sugar water and water sweetened with artificial sweetener, which were made to taste exactly the same. The women who drank the actual sugar water responded with much more pleasure activity in their brains. Splenda, it seems, activates the rewards system, but doesn’t satisfy. Without this satisfaction, a desire for more sugary

foods and drinks develops. According to the article, people who drank more diet soda showed a correlation with a higher risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Such results shine a light on the idea that the consumption of beverages such as Diet Coke may contribute more to a trend in overeating than aiding in any sort of weight loss. Boise State sophomore Katherine McBeth typically avoids both regular and diet soda, but says that given the option, she would definitely pick up a regular soda. “ I believe that artificial sugars are extremely bad for the body,” McBeth said, “Also, regular tastes better.” In the future, the chronic diet soda drinkers of the world may have to reconsider his or her level of consumption, especially if the reason for drinking it has anything to do with weight loss or management. But for those who drink regular, perhaps there is new reason to say, “let them drink soda!”

I believe that artificial sugars are extremely bad for the body Katherine McBeth, Sophomore

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