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F R E E NOVEMBER 09, 2009
Four new local artists featured in Basement Art Gallery’s Christmas exhibition
Broncos roll over La. Tech 45-35
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Finn Riggins, seen pre and post ‘pupa’ stage, with Eric and Cameron before the silk thread cocoon, emerges adult wings.
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Idaho Indie band Finn Riggins to invade the SUB EVAN WESTERFIELD Journalist
The Concerts on Campus series will bring local bands Finn Riggins and Spondee to the SUB for a concert Tuesday at 7:30p.m. The music of headliner Finn Riggins is an eclectic hybrid of styles from Progrock to Indie. Their songs are multi-layered, complicated compositions pushing the boundaries of simple rock formatting. On top of their compositional eccentricities, Finn Riggins also writes catchy highbrow tunes. Their last album "Vs. Wilderness" includes two songs about Marie Antoinette and a song about Salvador Dali.
“The song "Battle" on our new album (Vs. Wilderness) is a song that's been in the family for a long time," said Eric Gilbert, who plays a bevy of keyboard instruments, sampler, and guitar in the band. According to Gilbert, the song was originally written for a band called Bunnycuss that the three band members were in before forming Finn Riggins. "The song came out of a jam between Mark, Cam and I. Mark wrote the wacky lyrics for it one day. It's apparently about his grandma and a boot-shaped chicken nugget, which is awesome and makes total sense,” he said.
Finn Riggins is comprised of a trio of music grads from the University of Idaho: Cameron Bouiss, Lisa Simpson, and Eric Gilbert. “We all loved going to school in Moscow,” Gilbert said. “We all started playing music because we loved it and were essentially seduced by it." Gilbert said they haven't been the same since. The goals for the band are big, but not in a typical sell-aton-of albums way. "We are in this to do good deeds in our community, make a difference in the cultural fabric of our towns and country, help encourage people to get out of their houses and hang out with
each other face to face and maybe even dance a little.” The experience of Finn Riggins music is one of sounds being yoked together to create adventurous music. The lyrics at times are drowned out by the instruments, until a single, witty line emerges to reinvigorate the composition— as the case is in “Antoinette Pt. 1”. In other songs when traditional rock would call for a virtuosic guitar solo, Finn Riggins instead slips into the harsh noise of repetitious guitar feedback in “Furs”. In a style paralleling Modest Mouse’s pre-major label sound. The band formed in Au-
gust 2006 when the three of the moved from Moscow to Hailey. “We formed Finn Riggins to pursue being in a touring rock band full time,” said Gilbert. “It was post-college for all of us.” Since Finn Riggins’ formation in 2006 the band has become the epitome of the DIY—Do It Yourself— mentality. Since their inception they have toured relentlessly and recorded their last album, Vs. Wilderness in AudioLab studio, a branch of Idaho’s Visual Arts Collective. Outside of music, the band’s interest are as varying as their musical sound.
Boise State wins WAC soccer championship
MATT BEDINGER Journalist
Boise State rode their defense and scored another timely goal to defeat Nevada Sunday afternoon 1-0 to claim their first ever Western Athletic Conference tournament championship, as well as an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. In stark contrast to Friday’s semifinal match against Utah State, Boise State started out the first half strong, getting off three shots in the first five minutes. “It’s the final. You’re going to come pumped up, you’re going to be excited and we used that to our advantage,” junior forward Shannon Saxton said. A moment of danger came for the BSU defense in the 21st minute, when Nevada forward Natalie Ratnavira had a one on one opportunity with sophomore goalkeeper Liz Ruiz, but defender Malia Hendrix tracked back to push her off the ball for a goal kick. One minute later, senior midfielder Kaylea Perenon hit a perfect through ball to Saxton, who
was stuffed by Nevada goalkeeper Marie Cove. A key substitution after the ball was cleared for a throwin changed the game. In the 23rd minute, just seconds after entering, freshman forward Erica Parks buried a cross across the 6-yard box from Saxton with a side volley to give the Broncos a 1-0 edge. “Shannon worked her butt off to get around the corner and she crossed it and I was just standing in the right spot and just volleyed it in,” Parks said. Another mistake in the BSU back line led to an unmarked Cristen Drummond at the top of the 18-yard line in the 37th minute, but Drummond failed to capitalize, shooting wide right of the goal. On the counterattack, BSU released Saxton on a breakaway, but the Nevada defense tracked back to stop her and keep the score at 1-0 heading into halftime. The second half kicked off with a little bit of a different feel to it, with BSU tightening up their defense. “Staying together as a unit was key. Good communica-
tion and we’re all pretty close outside of soccer so I think that helps as a group,” BSU goalkeeper Liz Ruiz said. Freshman midfielder Maureen Fitzgerald and Parks worked a good attack down the right six minutes into the half, with Fitzgerald’s shot being caught by Cove. In the 57th minute, freshman defender Lauren Hickok sent a cross through the Nevada defense with Parks waiting on the other end of it. Parks was unable to get a touch on it from four yards. With the win, Boise State claimed its first ever WAC Championship, set a school record for wins with 13 on the year, and set a school record for shutouts with nine on the year. “This is what we wanted to be and it ended up happening. I’m proud of those guys. Our backs played well all year and they kept doing it. Today, we really needed it and kept them off the board. You can’t lose if you don’t get scored on,” head coach Steve Lucas said. JOSH RASMUSSEN/THE ARBITER “It’s the best feeling, the best day of my life,” added The Broncos hold up the 2009 WAC Championship trophy after downing Nevada 1-0 Sunday . Saxton.
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives late Saturday night approved a historic bill to remake the U.S. health-care system, delivering President Barack Obama a key procedural victory on his top domestic priority after a lengthy and sometimes emotional day of debate on the nearly 2,000-page measure. By a vote of 220-215, lawmakers approved a 10-year, $1.055 trillion bill that aims to put in place near-universal health-care coverage in the United States, would require individuals to buy and most businesses to offer coverage, and expand Medicaid. Poorer Americans would get subsidies to buy insurance under the bill, and insurers would be barred from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. The bill would also establish a government-run health-insurance plan option to compete with private insurers, the controversial “public option” strongly backed by Obama but sharply opposed by Republicans. Just one Republican, Rep. Joseph Cao of Louisiana, voted for the White Housebacked bill. A substitute bill offered by the GOP failed on a vote of 176-258. The House Democrats’ bill will now need to be melded with a bill awaiting action in the Senate. Before the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DCalif., said it was “an historic moment for our nation and for America’s families.” House lawmakers began debating late Saturday morning and were immediately caught up in partisan fighting. But House Democratic leaders were upbeat about the bill’s prospects after an early afternoon meeting with Obama, who made a rare Saturday trip to Capitol Hill to press members to pass the measure. Obama made health-care reform a plank of his historymaking presidential campaign and this year made a full-court press for an overhaul, lobbying members of Congress and stumping for reform in speeches around the country. “This bill is change that the American people urgently need,” Obama said in the White House Rose Garden after meeting lawmakers Saturday. “Now’s the time to finish the job,” he said, stressing that the bill is fully paid for and will lower health-care costs for families and businesses. Action on health reform now moves to the Senate, where a bill unveiled by Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., is awaiting a cost analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The Senate bill would let states opt out of the government-run “public option,” but the overall Senate and House measures share broadly similar language. House Democrats needed 218 votes for the bill to pass.
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NOVEMBER 09, 2009
Annual REACH Health Fair is Nov. 18 at Boise State A variety of exhibits aimed at helping improve health and wellness will be available at the 13th annual Boise State University REACH Health Fair. The fair is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the Jordan Ballroom on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free and free parking is available in the garage at the corner of University and Lincoln. The Boise Police Department is sponsoring a pharmaceutical take back, which will allow attendees to bring in unused, out of date or unwanted medication for collection and proper disposal. The take back is designed to prevent medication from entering the sanitary sewer or landfill. Medications must be in their original containers with labels, although personal information can be crossed out. No sharps or
An Afghan man holds a stack of face masks up which are helping prevent and contain the flu.
medical waste will be accepted. In addition, hearing screenings, fitness assessments, HIV testing, bone density screening ($25), flu shots based on availability ($28) and giveaways are just a few of the reasons to attend and find out how you can reach for a healthier you. People also are encouraged to bring new or used coats, hats and gloves for Coats for Kids. The REACH Health Fair is a unique event coordinated by the REACH Health Promotion Club under the direction of Boise State kinesiology professor Caile Spear. The club invites a select group of exhibitors to participate in the event. Information on a wide variety of health topics, as well as interactive displays, will be available to help participants make better decisions regarding their health.
To Afghanistan’s problems, add the flu To Afghanistan’s many problems, now add the flu (MCT) As if the Taliban, car bombs, roadside bombs, leftover Soviet land mines, political unrest and errant NATO air attacks weren’t enough, Afghans are facing a new killer: the H1N1 flu pandemic. The government has declared a state of emergency, and closed schools, universities and even wedding halls and public bathrooms for three weeks to slow the spread of the virus, which has killed 10 people in the capital in less than two weeks. Cases are popping up in provinces spanning the country, with new outbreaks reported in two more provinces on Saturday. “There is no doubt that we have an epidemic in our country now, and we are moving into the fall season when the conditions make it more likely to spread,” said Ahmad Farid Raaid, the
spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health. In the past few days, surgical face masks have bloomed like poppies on the faces of worried pedestrians along crowded streets and markets of the capital as more cases were reported. The effectiveness of such masks in preventing a wearer from contracting flu is uncertain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but they are selling quickly in Kabul. “I would prefer to be in class, but I can sell these for 10 afghanis (about 20 cents),” said Hafzuillah, 12, waving a fistful of masks as he stood among money changers and carts of roasted pine nuts in the chaotic human tide of Kabul’s open-air central market. Like many Afghans, he uses just a single name. In the past few days, the government has ramped up its response to the epi-
demic, Raaid said. Most of the 456 cases among Afghans _ and all the fatalities _ have occurred in Kabul. Friday, his ministry distributed flu medicine and 10 tons of related medical supplies to 34 hospitals and clinics in the capital. The Afghan government has enough anti-viral medicine to treat about 50,000 flu patients, with another 30,000 doses on the way, Raaid said. But there is no H1N1 vaccine on hand, although the government expects to receive 550,000 doses through the World Health Organization and is asking for 11 million doses of vaccine.
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Student senate debuts Facebook page KIM KING Journalist
ASBSU officially entered the world of online social networking Thursday, Nov. 5 when Sen. Chase Johnson launched a new page on Facebook. He is hoping to increase student involvement
on campus by providing this new source of information and feedback. It will be used as a means to announce events and pending legislation. “Each senator is an administrator and has equal discretion over content,” Johnson said. “We want to know how
students feel about the issues we are talking about.” He said students are always welcome to attend the ASBSU meetings Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the SUB Forum. Johnson is a member of the Honors College and actively participates in organizations associated with his history and international relations majors. “It only takes a minute,” he said. “Becoming involved isn’t as time consuming as most students think.” Vice-President of Student Affairs Michael Laliberte serves as an adviser for those willing to volunteer. “I am here to assist students in being successful and having the best experience at BSU,” he said. “There is a movement toward finding a balance in work, school, family, and involvement. There is a genuine need for connection regardless of age.”
Laliberte said students should challenge themselves and take advantage of experiences offered to them. “Professors can be the key to get students to connect with work in and out of the classroom,” Laliberte said. “When they give assignments to attend lectures or art exhibits, students often find an area of new interest.” “Campus life is like a living organism that changes and moves on its own,” he said. “We are fortunate to have such a rich cultural mix available.” According to Secretary of Personnel Recruitment Gloria Miller, there are many opportunities for student involvement. “I think that the more students are involved and up to date on what’s going on around campus, the better Boise State University can grow,” Miller said. Included in the list of avail-
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Screen shot of student senate’s new facebook page. able opportunities are the Student Publications Board, the Recreation Board of Governors, Safety and Loss Con-
trol, University Information Technology Advisory and Campus ID. Of the 12 committees needing student participation, ASBSU President Trevor Grigg said the Recreation Board of Governors would be his first choice. This board acts as the primary advisory committee in all matters related to the student recreation center, including its operation and programs. “This is one area that effects most students,” Grigg said. “With the average age of students attending Boise State being 25, many just don’t care about activities they do not use - although apathy is not necessarily a bad thing.” For more information on how to become involved in campus organizations, activities, or committees, visit the new ASBSU Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/ylsymlm
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‘Headaches from hell’
Swine flu spreads on campus BENJAMIN MACK Journalist
Approximately 253 Boise State students have been confirmed to be infected with H1N1, more commonly known as swine flu, as of Nov. 4, according to university statistics. Including faculty and staff, about 294 people have been infected. “We’ve had a marked increase since September,” said university health services director of medical services Vincent Serio, M.D. “I think people are appropriately concerned.” Serio cautioned, however, that the real number may be as many as three times higher, as many students don’t report being sick. “It’s hard to get an accurate count,” Serio said. Serio also mentioned that there have been no hospitalizations or deaths on campus. Yet hope may be on the horizon, depending on perspective. “We’ve seen a decrease (in the number of cases) in the last two weeks,” Serio said.
According to Serio, the decrease can be attributed both to the people in the BSU community who are taking more precautions and the nature of flu to come in waves. Serio said he expects to see more outbreaks on campus this fall. “We don’t know what’s going to happen (in the future),” Serio said.Students who’ve had swine flu said the virus made them feel miserable. “It was the worst headache I’ve ever had,” sophomore Jon Veit said. “Ibuprofen wouldn’t work. I got sleep in 20 minute intervals.” Veit, a Resident Advisor in the University Suites, first became sick in October. He said he had swine flu for a total of five days, and was plagued by what he called “headaches from hell.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8,268 Americans were infected with swine flu as of Oct. 24. Swine flu is more widespread now than it’s ever been, and has resulted in more than 1,000 deaths. Flu illnesses are as widespread now as they
are at the winter peak of normal flu seasons, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said in a press conference. Nearly 100 swine flu deaths in children have been reported, CDC officials also said. In Idaho, 78 additional infections have been reported in the past week. Since Sept. 1, 11 Idahoans have died, with 302 hospitalized. Because of swine flu vaccine production delays, the government has backed off initial estimates that as many as 120 million vaccine doses would be available by mid-November. As of Oct, 24, only 11 million doses had been shipped to health departments, doctor’s offices and other providers across the country, according CDC officials. One concern expressed by many officials is of the possibility of swine flu mutating to become resistant to antiviral drugs. It could morph into a “superbug” that would potentially kill thousands. So far, the CDC has reported five cases of swine flu being resistant to an-
tiviral drugs in the U.S. and 14 worldwide. University Health Services will be offering free swine flu immunizations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9 in the Jordan Ballroom. Only BSU students, faculty and staff will be able to get vaccinated. BSU currently has 1,000 doses of the highly sought-after vaccine available, with more shipments expected soon. Veit said he doesn’t plan on getting vaccinated. “I’ve known people that have gotten the shot (to protect against swine flu) and still gotten sick,” Veit said. “I don’t know if it’s working or not.” Despite swine flu’s effect on campus, Serio said he’s been impressed by the resilience of students and staff. “I’m always surprised by the hardiness of the Boise State community,” Serio said. Students and staff can find out more about swine flu on campus by clicking on the H1N1 tab on the university’s homepage.
H1N1 vaccine clinic set for Monday in SUB BSU students, faculty and staff who meet the criteria and want to receive the H1N1 vaccine can attend an immunization clinic on campus Monday, Nov. 9. Health, Wellness, and Counseling Services has received 1,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine, but only for those in the priority groups for immunization, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union Building. Vaccines will be given only to students, faculty and staff who fall into one or more of these groups: pregnant women; health care and emergency medical services personnel; household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age; all people from 6 months (no family members or general public allowed) through 24 years of age; people 25 to 64 years of age who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from influenza. An additional clinic is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11, if additional doses remain, or if more are made available. Those wanting the H1N1 vaccine should bring their student, staff or faculty ID card and plan to spend time waiting in line during the clinic. Vaccines will not be given to individuals who do not meet the priority group definition. Vaccines will be given until supplies are exhausted.
Boise State’s carbon footprint MELANIE PALMER Journalist
With President Obama’s trip to Copenhagen the nation’s attention as of late has been focused on environmental sustainability and how to attain it. Inspired by this, Boise State has seen an influx of talented and educated speakers as well as sponsored events pertaining to this very topic. Less than two weeks ago BSU hosted the 26th annual Frank Church Conference on Public Affairs, a one day conference on “The Global Environment: From Kyoto to Copenhagen” with William Davis, director of the United Nations Center in Washington, D.C., giving the keynote address on “The Political Climate for Climate Change Negotiations.” In his address he brought up the importance of lowering atmospheric CO2 which currently stands at about 387 parts per million. Many highly regarded scientist including Jim Hansen of NASA and the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Chance have implored world leaders to reduce the CO2 level to 350ppm. President Kustra has been on the for front of this even as early as 2007 when he signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which asks that the colleges and universities who sign it become climate neutral and help eliminate global warming emissions by taking a leadership role in their communities. Over 659 colleges and universities have now signed the commitment.
“As Boise State rapidly advances and grows as a research university of distinction, we must ensure that we do so with mindful focus on creating a campus with an environmentally neutral footprint while advancing research in sustainability,” Kustra said. BSU has one of the smallest per capita carbon footprint at 2.3 MT CO2(e) per person/ year, as measured by the Office of Energy Research, Policy and Campus Sustainability Greenhouse Gas Inventory. John Gardner, BSU’s Associate Vice President for energy research, policy and campus sustainability said, “this can be attributed to our relatively mild climate and our effective use of buildings and space. As BSU continues to modernize the newly constructed buildings are engineered to be both environmentally friendly and efficient.” Since the Climate Commitment, Boise State has made leaps and bounds through initiatives and incentive programs. Some of these initiatives include improved bus transportation for commuting BSU students, a better waste management system, and an expanded recycling program. Although these changes have been very positive in our efforts to lower our environmental impact, the university’s overall carbon footprint has been growing over the past five years at a rate of three percent per year. There is no one factor causing this increase, but rather it’s many by-products that come with campus growth. Many students can feel like
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they themselves can’t make a difference about this issue, but part of the solution lies with them. Over 33 percent of the schools overall carbon footprint is from students and faculty commuting to and from the university. Even by just taking a bus ride or riding a bike once a week to campus, can significantly improve that number. Also factored into that pie is our use
of electricity and gas. By simply turning of the lights when we leave a room and keeping the buildings at a lower temperature we can not only use less energy, but we can also save more money, money that can be used to lower tuition or fund new research. Quinn Perry a senior at Boise State majoring in mass communications had this opinion; “I think it’s not just
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NOVEMBER 09, 2009
Broncos show resiliency in win
A win is a win, but when you’re trying to compete for a spot in the BCS, a 45-35 win over Louisiana Tech won’t help. TRENT LOOTENS Jornalist
Boise State had to fight, scratch and claw to hold off the Bulldogs who were able to gain momentum and fight back to close BSU’s lead to only two points after being down 27-7 at the half. BSU sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore had a great game throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns. His only interception came on BSU’s first drive to start the third quarter, and it was costly. Moore led the Broncos on a promising drive deep into Bulldog territory that could’ve broken things wide open to start the third quarter. An attempt to throw the ball away on a bad pass off his back foot across the field was intercepted by La Tech junior cornerback Josh Victorian and was returned 75 yards for a touchdown. Moore had not thrown an interception in his previous 136 pass attempts. The pick six made it 27-14 early in the third. “Throwing that stupid pick really gained some momentum for them and gave them some quick points. That kept them in the game and it’s something I shouldn’t be doing,” Moore said. La Tech fed off the momentum from that play and
the tide seemed to turn in an instant. La Tech junior quarterback Ross Jenkins revived the Bulldog offense that only gained 64 yards in the first half. After a Kyle Brotzman field goal put BSU up 30-14, Jenkins methodically marched the Bulldogs down the field. Jenkins took matters into his own hands, and on a third down play at BSU’s 9-yard line he took the ball on a quarterback keeper into the end zone cutting into BSU’s lead 30-21. A successful and surprising onside kick recovery by La Tech at the end of third quarter put them back in business. Again the Bulldogs drove down the field and Jenkins connected withsenior tight end Dennis Morris for an 11-yard touchdown, making it 30-28 early in the fourth quarter. “Credit to them, credit to Coach [Derek] Dooley. He’s a heck of a special teams coach. He got us a couple of times,”
a 31-yard field goal from the left side hash - the side where he has struggled from all season. Petersen said later that maybe they should’ve gone for it on fourth and five because of Brotzman’s struggles. La Tech was unable to take advantage of the opportunity presented and had to punt the ball. Moore quickly hit junior tight end Kyle Efaw on a 40yard pass which put the Broncos back in the red zone, and this time they made it count. Junior wide receiver Austin Pettis had to go up for a high Moore delivery and pulled in a 12-yard touchdown to give the Broncos much needed breathing room. “I’ve scored on that play at least three different times this year against Tulsa, Miami (Ohio), and Hawai’i. They give it to me and I take advantage. Kellen was on the money once again,” the receiver said.
Kyle Wilson finally got his chance to return a punt and took advantage returning one 59 yards inside La Tech’s 5-yard line early in the second quarter. Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. BSU put together a good drive to counter punch, but the red zone problems that have plagued the Broncos all year showed appeared at the worst time. BSU’s drive stalled inside La Tech’s 15yard line and Broncos' junior kicker Kyle Brotzman missed
On a questionable call, BSU went for the two-point conversion to put them ahead by 10 points. The conversion was successful, though, on a pass from Moore to sophomore wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker. Petersen later said he shouldn’t have made that call to go for two, but
Broncos offense dominates Concordia
BRENDAN SHERRY Journalist
The Boise State men’s basketball team took their highpowered offense to the court Saturday at Taco Bell arena for their final exhibition game before the regular season. The Broncos started off sluggish but were able to get their offense rolling and racked up the points on the Concordia University Cavaliers beating them 109-89. Saturday’s game marks the second straight time that the Broncos have hit the century mark. Concordia came out on fire and played the Broncos tough in the early going. The Cavaliers used solid outside shooting to keep up with the Broncos in the early part of the first half. The Broncos were able to pick up the tempo half way through the first and take Concordia out of rhythm. Following Drew Preuninger’s three-point basket, that put the Cavaliers up 17-13, The Broncos began to run the floor and put up 15 unanswered points. “We started off a little slow but we had that run where we picked up the defense and got out and running.” Coach Greg Grahm said. The Broncos were able to maintain the momentum and continued to score at will the rest of the way. Although Boise State scored most of their points in transition they were still able put points on the board while in the halfcourt set. The post players were able to use their size advantage and had a big part in the Broncos ability to score. “Ike played very well tonight, he had 21 points and 9 boards in 20 minutes,” Grahm said. “and Kurt had 14 points 7 assists and 5 rebounds.” Grahm also gave credit to the newcomers for contrib-
did anyways. The lead was 38-28, but the way things went in this game that score was still too close. BSU’s defense stepped up again and forced a turnover on downs setting them up inside La Tech territory. Running back Jeremy Avery took the first handoff from scrimmage 43 yards to the house, icing the game for the second time, 45-28. La Tech junior running back Myke Compton scored on a 1-yard run with a 2:49 remaining in the game to bring the Bulldogs closer 45-38, but a failed onside kick recovered by BSU sank the Bulldogs for good. “The one thing that I do like is how they competed and how they finished,” Petersen said. This was a tight game in the fourth quarter and we hadn’t been in that situation for a while.” Avery finished the night with 148 yards on 25 carries and a score. He was the only running back who did anything for the Broncos. Sophomore Doug Martin and freshman Matt Kieserman combined for only three yards on six carries. “Finally he (Avery) got the hot hand late and sometimes its hard to play three guys,” Petersen said. Pettis had 105 yards receiving and a touchdown, while Titus Young got in his touches with 110 yards receiving and pulled in a beautiful 40-yard touchdown pass from Moore in the second quarter. Brotzman was three of five on the night, having missed both field goal attempts from the left hash. Kyle Wilson finally got his chance to return a punt and took advantage return-
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Junior wide receiver Austin Pettis celebrates with sophomore center Thomas Byrd after Pettis scored a touchdown earlier in the season against UC Davis. ing one 59 yards inside La Tech's 5-yard line early in the second quarter. "It felt good to get that one. It doesn't bother me I had to wait this long, but it feels nice and I'm just glad to contribute to this great win," Wilson said. No. 7 BSU was the highest
ranked team to ever play at La Tech. When asked if this win would help BSU in the polls Petersen had this to say. “That’s how it always is when you play. It’s never good enough. It’s good enough for us. We won and we’ll try to get better next week and go from there.”
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Let’s support Kellen Moore Kellen Moore needs our support. He's representing Boise State in the National Davey O'Brien's Quaterback Award. We can obviously agree that he'd make a great recipient of one of their prestigious awards this year. It doesn't take but a few seconds to vote every day. Each email address can vote once per day by clicking on the "Vote" pennant after registering at www. voteobrien.org. Tell your friends and post on your FaceBook page. The Boise State fan population is much smaller than other colleges, so it's important that a higher percentage of our fans vote for Kellen to have a chance. He's in fifth place as I write this. Although he's been moving up, he needs all the votes he can get to place near the top. Mike Bowlin is an alumnus of Boise State who graduated in 1977.
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Junior forward Robert Arnold scored 15 points and two steals Saturday night against Concordia uting to the Broncos success. Juniors transfers Robert Arnold, Westly Perryman, and Daequon Montreal all gave impressive performances for second game in a row. The Broncos were able to spread the ball around the floor very well against the Cavaliers, having 12 different players score. Most of the time the Broncos had five different players on the floor that could score at any time; which made it difficult for the Cavaliers to key in on one guy. Even though the first two games were exhibition games, Grahm is confident that the Broncos can maintain
their success. “We are pretty unselfish and we have some speed that allows us to attack the basket, get up and down the floor and score some easy baskets.” Grahm said. “But once we start shooting the ball it will really open things up for our big guys.” The Broncos will now head to Missoula, Mont. where they will open their regular season against Loyola Marymount on Friday. The match up against LMU is the first of three games in a tournament hosted by the University of Montana. The Broncos will play five games on the road before returning.
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Kellen Moore fellow Broncos are congratulated by fans after their season opening victory over Oregon. Moore is a leading candidate for the Davey O’Brien award given to the nations top collegiate quarterback
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San Jose State suffered a huge loss on the road. Every year there are a handful of college football programs who have a legitimate eye on the ever coveted prize crowning one team a national champion; or at the very least the right to argue they should have been there by accepting a Bowl Championship Series bid. The Boise State Broncos have just as difficult a road as the Texas’, Alabama’s and Florida’s. Maybe not in the form of a constant battling schedule through the course of a season but by going undefeated three of the last four years. Hence the argument of strength of schedule. This argument has little standing when team won’t play the Broncos. A recent article at Yahoo! Sports addressed this in a way that makes the rest of the BCS look like a bunch of sissies. According to the article, BSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier has made an offer that you would think many big programs would enjoy with a bolstered strength of schedule by facing the Broncos. Not only the prestige of an event
Calling out AQ conferences
pitched against the Broncos, BSU is willing to do so in even more convincing fashion by playing a one-time game at their opponent’s home venue. By barring the Broncos these automatic qualifiers look more the cowards putting out a duckand-run style of non-conference scheduling. The question isn’t necessarily one why would these programs want to face the Broncos but rather why wouldn’t they; likely the frame that these “big-programs,” measure their decision. BSU is consistently a very scary team for anyone who has hopes to enter the post-season as a BCS invitee. The big question they must ask themselves is how legitimate do these AQ programs want the Broncos to be. By not accepting head-to-head requests that could be settled on the field they can continue to say, “well who have you played lately,” or “try playing the schedule that we do every year.” OK. Now that this argument has been approached, what legs do they have to stand on now? Whoever these programs might be, they are simply spewing rhetoric and it’s become a ridiculous endeavor. It is nothing more than AQ
conference contenders barking at the Broncos and then skulking away with their tails between their legs when BSU barks back. It is time to call them out. Step it up or step out of the way. This is even more fuel added to the fire for a revamped BCS. The performance of the TCU’s, BYU’s, Utah’s and BSU’s no longer warrants being barred. There is strong argument that TCU should play for a national title or that last season’s Utah Utes should have been at the BCS Championship game. Unfortunately the AQ conferences would never have it, and even more, they seem to have enough pull in the BCS to make sure of this. This season the powers that be have a tough decision to make pending BSU and TCU run the table. They can show that the BCS is a true contest pitting the best teams in the country together or they can find an excuse to place teams in at-large vacancies that could be better filled with the non-AQ’s. Time to face the music “big-time,” programs. The songs you sing are getting stale. Time to try something new, like BSU.
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Broncos weekend round-up Broncos continue to make splash The Boise State swimming and diving team went 2-1 in their first of two meets in the state of Utah on Friday. The Broncos emerged victorious over New Mexico and Seattle (201-97 over UNM, 228-64), but fell to BYU 199-99 in the quad meet. Stephanie North continued to roll with a pair of overall first-place finishes. North took the overall title in the 50 free with a time of 23.68 to score some big points for the Broncos. She also took the overall title in the 100 free with a time of 53.78. In addition to her overall titles, North helped both the Bronco relay teams to second place overall finishes, finishing behind the BYU team twice but taking the top spot over New Mexico and Seattle.
Wrestling rolls into regular season The Boise State wrestling team recorded its’ first official win of the season, Friday (Nov. 6) night, as the Broncos (1-0, 0-0) took care of the University of Great Falls-Montana (0-1, 0-0) with a dominating 40-3 win in their first home dual of the season in Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State 40, Great Falls 3 125 – Alan Bartelli (BSU) fall (2:04) Bryan Borst (UGF) 133 – Andrew Hochstrasser (BSU) fall (5:43) Kyle Middlemist (UGF) 141 – Levi Jones (BSU) dec. Jason Costello (UGF) 10-3 149 – Jason Chamberlain (BSU) major dec. Byron Kuylen (UGF) 18-7 157 – Adam Hall (BSU) major dec. Michael Hader (UGF) 12-2 165 – Michael Cuthbertson (BSU) major dec. Noah Hatton (UGF) 12-2 174 – Nate Lee (BSU) dec. Brendon DeCock (UGF) 9-3 184 – Kirk Smith (BSU) major dec. Michael French (UGF) 17-3 197 – Alex Calvi (UGF) dec. Matt Casperson (BSU) 6-5 HWT – Sam Zylstra (BSU) win by forfeit
Joli, Thongdach both fall at Indoor Championships Boise State men’s tennis player Vicente Joli dropped his second match of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in New Haven, C.T., Friday (Nov. 6), bumping him from the singles competition of the tournament. After losing his opening round match on Thursday, Joli opened day two in the consolation round of 16 where he would face No. 46 ranked Ed Corrie of Texas. Despite a strong effort, Joli fell to Corrie, 6-4, 6-2, to end his run at the tournament. Boise State women’s tennis player Pichittra Thongdach advanced to the quarterfinal round of the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, Friday (Nov. 6), before falling in the third round of the singles tournament at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Thongdach, who entered the fall ranked No. 47 nationally, earned her second win of the weekend Friday morning by defeating Allie Will (Florida), 1-6, 6-3, 6-0, in the round of 16. The win would advance her to the quarterfinals, but that is where her run in the winner’s bracket would end, however. Thongdach lost in the round of eight to No. 4 ranked Jana Juricova (California), 6-3, 6-2.
BSU Volleyball trumps La Tech The Boise State volleyball team fought to a five-set win over Louisiana Tech on Saturday (Nov. 7) afternoon, sweeping the Lady Techsters two matches to none in the Western Athletic Conference regular season. Boise State (6-19, 6-7 WAC) rode on the backs of three Broncos - who had career-best performances - sophomore Elizabeth Griffin, freshman Liz Hardin and sophomore Breann Nesselhuf – to pull off a 25-19, 20-25, 27-25, 23-25, 15-9 win over Louisiana Tech (14-16, 4-10 WAC). Information courtesy Bronco Sports
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With Enderle out, Vandals can't fight their way out of another deficit, fall to Fresno State COURTESY MCT MOSCOW
-- The Idaho Vandals had pushed the limit several times this year -- giving up a wealth of offense to their opponent in the first half and relying on the offense to come back and save the day. The underlying question, then, was what would happen when that safety net wasn't there to cushion the defense's struggles. The Fresno State Bulldogs happily supplied Idaho with that answer Saturday, and the outcome was predictable. With quarterback Nate Enderle sidelined by a shoulder injury, Idaho blinked early by surrendering a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and played its way to a 31-21 loss at the Kibbie Dome in front of just 12,418 fans on national television. It was Idaho's first home loss of the season. "I'm disappointed, very disappointed. We did not play good football tonight," UI coach Robb Akey said. "And a good football team can't spot another good football team, can't let 'em get in front of them that much that early in the ballgame." The Enderle injury rumors had trickled in during the latter part of the week, and pregame warmups ended all questions when the junior righthanded quarterback began tossing the ball to receivers with his left hand. Akey said Enderle has blood in the injured throwing shoulder and will be day-to-day leading up to the big Boise State game next Saturday. Backup Brian Reader, who led a game-winning drive against San Jose State on Oct. 10 and battled with Enderle in the preseason, got his shot at the helm but couldn't get the unit moving like it has for most of the season. Idaho (7-3, 4-2) had a missed 54-yard field goal and four punts in the first half, and Reader (2-for-10 in the first two quarters) never seemed comfortable in the pocket as UI failed to convert on all five third-down attempts. Wide receiver Max Komar had a ball go
through his hands on a diving try in the end zone on the first possession, and that was as close as the Vandals came to scoring during the opening 30 minutes. "I felt a lot more comfortable in the second half than the first half," Reader said. But even an adequate offense wouldn't have been enough to keep the Vandals near the lead in the first half. Idaho again started off on defense
Akey said Jones injured his shoulder or collarbone on that first tackle attempt against Mathews. He didn’t return to the game and had X-rays. “If it’s broken I’d say he’s probably done,” Akey said. “If it’s not, then there could be a chance that we could get him back next week.” Star offensive guard Mike Iupati also left the game with a possible concussion. with a softness that's become all too common during the first quarter of recent games. Fans hadn't even settled into their seats before star Bulldog running back Ryan Mathews took the first carry of the game and cut up the middle. Strong safety Jeromy Jones missed a tackle on the power back and that was it, as Mathews outran free safety Shiloh Keo to the end zone for a 77-yard touchdown just 19 seconds into the game. And while the offense was keeping punter Bobby Cowan busy, the Bulldogs (6-3, 5-1) scored 10 points on their next two possessions. After punting the ball for the first time, FSU then ate up more than eight minutes with
a touchdown drive that included an extremely close fourth-down conversion on a quarterback sneak. Mathews -- who ended with 143 yards and three touchdowns -- eventually vaulted into the end zone for a 24-0 halftime lead that would prove insurmountable. "I wish I could tell you guys. I don't know what it is," defensive end Aaron Lavarias said of the recent slow starts. "... We don't really change anything up that much in the game plan. I just think that maybe it might be a factor of us having too many young guys out there, just have a little trouble adjusting to the speed of the game at the beginning of the game." Like the previous week, the defense made adjustments after halftime and limited Fresno State to just one touchdown. And Reader seemed to get more comfortable while leading the Vandals to two touchdowns and putting the score at 31-15 with a two-point conversion after the second. But Idaho relied far more on a productive running game (230 yards on 30 carries) instead of the quick-strike aerial attack that Enderle had led in recent games to help the Vandals come back in a hurry. UI seemed to have a shot when it got a stop and drove into Fresno State territory down 16, but DeMaundray Woolridge coughed up a crucial fumble after converting a fourth down. The Bulldogs then ran off all but 36 seconds of the clock Maurice Shaw reeled in a 69-yard touchdown off a defender's back, but the failed two-point conversion made UI's successful recovery of the ensuing onside kick insignificant. The Vandals now have a week to heal before going against a dominant Boise State team that has no problem jumping on teams early. "As you can see we can't afford to fall behind on Fresno State. We just dig ourselves a hole, and lately we've been able to climb out of it," linebacker Paul Senescall said. "But today we couldn't, and with a team like Boise State, we can't have any mistakes.
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Center Fights Back Objectification, stereotypes screamed at Tunnel of Oppression NIKKI HOUSTON Journalist
The Cultural Center, Woman’s Center and Disabilities Center put on their annual ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ Nov. 6-7 in the Hatch Ballroom. The event was a way for people to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, to experience what it’s like as a Hawaiian, Hispanic, a woman being objectified and as a women with a disability. The event was created to raise awareness about how others are treated and to fight oppression. The interactive experience enables people to get a hands-on knowledge about different cultures. “It says a lot more than just reading in a textbook,” said Heather Carlson. While waiting for the guided tour to begin, a wall was dedicated to facts to help gain data about what to expect before entering. Some of the signs read immigration is an American experience, acceptance is an American value. The last stop on the tour went handin-hand with that fact while having the participants line up against the wall and being talked to as if they were nothing.
This is the 5th year of the Tunnel of Oppression and every year it changes. The topics displayed throughout the tunnel are ones in which are chosen by students committees. The scripts are written out by their committee staff. Some of it is in fact scripted yet to give it a more realistic flavor, actors will improvise and see what has the most effect on a participant. By doing so this gives it a more relatable feeling. “There is no resolution, it can only be concluded,” said Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion, Francisco Salinas. The Tunnel of Oppression hopes by creating this experience, one will not only be able to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes but remember how they felt by doing so. To be aware of their actions and their feelings that they didn’t know where even there. “It’s not meant as an experience with resolution, it’s meant as a reflective experience,” said Salinas. Imagine what it’s like to be considered an outsider. The feeling of being called an outcast or being considered an object rather than a human being. GLENN LANDBERG/THE ARBITER No matter who you are or where you come from, everyone of us has been a Martha Venegas, a 22-year-old social work major, stands by a poster with images of women objectifed by the media in the first room inside the Tunnel of Oppression Nov. 7. victim of racism, sexism or ageism.
‘Basement’ hosts rabbits, robot-armed Chinchilla J. FREEMAN DEJONGH Journalist
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(Clockwise from top left): Various acrylics on board. Tony Rios, ”Passing Through” oil on canvas. John Padlo, “Tired of Waiting,” watercolor on paper. Kelly Knopp, “Faded Mind Sign #8 & #9,” mixed media on foam board. Keith Farnsworth, ”Good Morning Spider,” graphite on paper. Cody Evans, “Bionacally Attained Stripes,” digital print.
Thursday night marked the 13th annual Christmas exhibition at the Basement Art Gallery, which is located on Main Street, beneath the Idanha. Four new local artists were featured: Tony Rios, John Padlo, Kelly Knopp and Cody Evans. Tony Rios’s pieces are slightly bizarre, almost fantastical. He implies mixed media, to create very visual pieces. Reoccurring themes in his work at Thursday night’s show were rabbits, brightly colored, diversely demeanor rabbits. Pertaining to the origin of his characters, Rios said. “The bunnies, I like them. My daughter has some in the backyard, the rest of it just comes from my head.” Tony moved to Boise from San Diego a year ago where he ran a bronze studio. He said he hopes to open a bronze studio in Boise. Is it possible for an artist to make a living in today’s economy? “Not in the last two years — it’s been really hard, with the economy,” said Rios. “People think artists serve no purpose in society. We’re the first ones to get the axe.” Cody Evans is a recent graduate of Boise State. His work is a collection of mixed media; drawings and paintings with digital illustration. He uses pen, ink, graphite and digital color. Evans’ pieces resemble dream-like characters, like Alice in a 21st century wonderland. The dreamy characters may be a product of his schedule. “I work late, usually between midnight and 5 a.m.,” Evans said. One piece, titled, “Bionically Attained Stripes,” is a depiction of a robot-armed Chinchilla. As for the inspiration of his works, Evans said he gathers it from daily life, stories, and friends’ stories. “My friend had a chinchilla that jumped out of its cage and broke its arm, so I made ‘Bionically Attained Stripes’ from it.” John Padlo, who recently moved to Boise from San Francisco, produced a vibrant array of oil paintings. Toy guns and action figures are common images with bright reds and greens that can draw viewers into his work. Also hanging among his collection was a large depiction of a woman’s face crying black and red tears, “Bad Days.” Though similar in color and style, the piece is vastly difference in theme to his typical work. Kelly Knopp is one artist whose work seems to solicit laughs. He creates simple images which beg questions on society. In “Tired of Waiting” he creates a picture of a skeleton climbing out of an obese man’s body reaching for an axe. “It’s this new thing I’m trying out,” Knopp said. “The idea of a skeleton having its own mindset, like hey, if you f--with my body, I’ll get you for it.” Keith Farnsworth’s work is reminiscent of old retro signs and billboards. The signs are all mixed-media on a foam board. One is a depiction of a vintage woman on a home phone, with the text, “Let’s talk on the phone.” “I hate cell phones, this is my stab at them,” Farnsworth said. Keith also showcased a collection of abstract drawings. “The idea was to take a popular figure and throw a skull on it. I took Gumby’s body and put a skull on it, another one is a Lego.” The collection will be up throughout November. The gallery’s hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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Battle of the budget
Courtesy MCT Campus Nov. 8 – John Boehner of Ohio often says something along these lines: “It is irresponsible for Democrats to continue spending taxpayers’ money we don’t have to fund an agenda that would destroy the jobs we need to get our economy moving again.” The House minority leader sees a political advantage in highlighting the country’s whopping budget deficit ($1.4 trillion in the fiscal year that just ended) and its mounting debt (nearly $12 trillion). What Boehner doesn’t acknowledge is the full story. No question, the country must get its financial house in order. China and others playing the role of creditor expect the necessary discipline. This
generation owes such action to the next. That doesn’t mean the country should act immediately to soak up the red ink. The government’s deficit spending has been essential to softening the blow of the harsh recession. Look at Ohio, where, for starters, stimulus money has protected the jobs of thousands of teachers (who then spend money with local businesses). As it is, the economy continues to struggle, the early recovery generating few jobs, foreclosures still mounting, many small businesses having difficulty securing credit. Congress has moved to extend jobless benefits and, along with the Obama White House, is considering other steps to bolster the fragile economy.
What deserves attention is that such spending amounts to one-time money. The sum triggers a spike in the deficit. Then, it cycles out of the fiscal picture. Worth notice, too, is that the massive financial bailout and the $787 billion stimulus package account for roughly one quarter of the annual deficit. The rest of the shortfall? Here’s what Boehner doesn’t share. Substantial contributors to the deficit are policies pushed by Republicans, most prominent, the tax cuts of George Bush the younger. More, Bush and the Republican Congress presided over an expansion of Medicare without finding a way to cover the cost. They took a similar approach toward the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Add the downbound economy, and the Obama team has good reason to argue that it inherited a fiscal mess. Now the president finds himself trying to strike the right balance between aiding the economy and applying discipline to the budget. Some members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, support the concept of a deficit commission, a bipartisan panel that would propose remedies for the deficit, even require lawmakers to vote, up or down, on the proposals. Hard to see such a coming together in the words of Boehner. For now, it is well to see why the federal government must spend. The immediate health of the economy is the first priority. MCT CAMPUS
Fort Hood: What is the cost of war?
Courtesy MCT Campus Nov. 8 – Just a glimpse of that thin face, those intense blue eyes, is heart-rending: another man, barely out of childhood, dead in the war. Not in Afghanistan or Iraq, but at Fort Hood, Texas, where an Army-trained psychiatrist opened fire, killing 13 soldiers and wounding 30 more who were taking care of the final details before going to the battlefield. But the death of Aaron Thomas Nemelka, just 19, raises for me an inevitable question: When are we as American citizens going to stop paying the butcher’s bill that comes to us all too often from Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s not just the more than 5,000 Americans killed in those wars, now 53 of them
Utahns, but those who come home wounded in body, mind and spirit. Many fold themselves back into civilian life, but the memory of so many terrifying and ghastly events can never be erased. For some, there can never be healing.Among the wounded in Thursday’s massacre was Utahn Joey Foster, who was headed to Afghanistan and helped pull people to safety despite a bullet to the hip. The alleged shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, was gunned down by a SWAT officer but survived. The fact that he is a devout Muslim has the Internet afire with the usual accusations that Islam is a violent faith that spawns murderous behavior. In my view, that’s just as much a fallacy as saying any faith ineluctably leads to violence.
I spoke with the Rev. Carl Wright, the head chaplain at Hill Air Force Base, who has twice been deployed to Iraq. In his view, it’s not Hasan’s faith but his experiences at the Army’s Walter Reed Medical Center that might have brought on what Wright calls “compassion stress,” also known as secondary stress disorder. “The shooter would have had patient after patient, soldier after soldier, telling him gruesome stories,” he said. “When you’re counseling with people, regardless of the helping profession, to a certain extent you feel what they feel,” Wright said. “You vicariously experience ... not the identical experience, but pretty darn close, especially when you’re a psychiatrist or psychologist.”
Such professionals, he said, need to be in therapy themselves, constantly working on their own issues and on selfimprovement. “It’s an article of their Hippocratic oath; all healers know that they are themselves wounded people.” No one but Hasan can say what motivated him, but news reports say he was deeply troubled by the prospect of going to Afghanistan, that he opposed the wars but did not express anti-American views. His colleagues at Walter Reed thought him an indifferent therapist who once gave a fiery and inappropriate lecture on the Quran. The reports also say he was quiet and apparently had few friends, although a former president of the Muslim mosque in Killeen, Texas, where Hasan
worshipped, called him a “very gentle person.” It’s worth remembering that much the same was said about Sulejman Talovic, the Bosnian immigrant who killed five people at Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square in 2007 and was killed himself. As a child, he and his family were caught up in the war in Bosnia, and it’s been speculated that he, too, was a victim of post-traumatic stress. In the dozen other mass shootings in the United States since 1991, none of the killers were Muslim: think of the two teenagers who in 1999 killed 13 classmates and a teacher and wounded 26 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School. So we can acknowledge that we live in a time and world periodically stunned
by violence. We must honor the courageous men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect this nation. But here’s what worries me: even as the Iraq war winds down, President Barack Obama is debating whether to send tens of thousands more troops into Afghanistan. We must ask, “To what end?” To try to change a corrupt government and contain the Taliban? To rout al-Qaida, even though its influence extends across the Middle East and in Africa? And despite the fact that Afghanis view coalition troops as an army of occupation in a nation that never has tolerated such forces since Alexander the Great? And we must ask, “At what further cost?
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