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Barred from housing McKenzie Perkins Staff Writer

Felonies may cause trouble for house-hunting students

Being a felon does not necessarily disqualify individuals from living in oncampus housing at Boise State, but the presence of a felony on one’s record certainly makes the process of finding and renting an apartment or a house more difficult. “I was homeless for six months, and when you’re on probation, having a place to live, it’s like part of your agreement,” junior communication major Connie Grainger said. According to Grainger, she has two felonies on her record: injury to a child and intimidating a state witness. “It was for failing to protect my children from a volatile gentleman that I was seeing,” Grainger said.

“The gentleman I was with threatened to kill us if I got the police involved in one of our domestic violence situations.” Grainger was arrested and spent ten months in the Ada County Jail awaiting trial after her daughter reported a domestic violence instance to her caseworker. Grainger eventually decided to plead guilty in order to leave incarceration and start to piece her life back together. “I gave up. I should have pled not guilty. I regret it every day,” Grainger said. During her incarceration, Grainger lost custody of her children, who were all physically unharmed. After her release, Grainger searched for months for a

place to live, but was rejected because she could not find a job and had felonies on her record. “I applied at so many places,” Grainger said. “I know I’m not a violent person, and I know I’m a nice person and it was hard to find somebody who would give me a chance.” In the state of Idaho, companies are permitted to deny housing to prospective tenants if they do not pass a background test.

Often, this means that an individual with a felony on their record may be unable to rent based solely on that felony, regardless of the time that has passed since the felony was committed. The process of finding and applying for an apartment for anybody with a felony on his or her record is further complicated when considering the Fair Housing Act’s protection for individuals struggling

We find that if an offender has a job, positive social connections and a place to live, the likelihood that they will re-offend goes way down. —Jeffrey Ray

with addiction. According to City of Edmonds v. Oxford House, drug and alcohol dependency qualify as addiction. “Many felons, if not most felons, have drug and alcohol problems. As a consequence, they qualify for Fair Housing protection,” Jeffrey Ray, public information officer for the Idaho Department of Correction, said. A few apartment complexes, as well as Boise State, take into consideration the severity of the felony and allow the individual to appeal a background test. Boise State requires that a student inquiring about housing who has a felony on their record prior to residency on campus write

Tennis prepares for MW championships Staff Writer

The Broncos women’s tennis team will head into the conference championships with ‘clear eyes and full heart.’ This is an extremely exciting time for the Broncos as they try to send off their seniors in the right fashion while their younger players get to watch and observe the intensity of conference play. “I’m super excited it has been four good years, and we’re super excited to get out there we have had a really strong season this year and all the girls have been working extremely hard,” said senior Sandy Vo. Megan Lalone, of Stanwood, Wash. is one of those young players who have emerged for the Broncos this year; she has the best


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overall record for the Broncos playing in the third and fourth courts. Only being a sophomore she has plenty of time to learn and let this experience marinate. “I’m really excited. I am only a sophomore this year, so I still have two more years to look forward to it, but I feel like this team is a really special team,” said Lalone. “I feel like we can really do some great things this year.” Having players to learn from such as Vo and Anissa Bryant-Swift has helped the learning curve for the young Lalone. “It is a great learning experience to play with them and be able to learn from them,” Lalone said. Next year there may be some pressure in filling the shoes of Vo and Bryant-Swift but it seems that Lalone seems to be well equipped in doing so. “They are awesome. Awesome on the court- off the court and in the classroom,” Lalone said. Having experienced players leading the team into conference championships is something that gives the Broncos an advantage over

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their opponents. The Broncos feel as if they are the best conditioned team heading into the tournament but staying mentally and physically tough is going to be a

tough task ahead. “I just think staying mentally tough, physically we are all up there we have worked too hard to give that away, and I think we are one of the

fittest teams in the country,” Vo said. “Battling and loving that battle is going to be the most important thing into bringing home that championship.”

The Broncos thus far this season have created a bond and fun atmosphere, where they feel no matter the court they play on, they feel as it is if their home court. The conference championships will get going Wednesday April 23, in Fresno, Calif.

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a statement detailing the situation surrounding the felony. University Security, Housing and Residence Life, and University Legal Council will take into consideration this detailed explanation of the crime as well as its nature and timing before making a final decision. Finding and renting an apartment with a felony can be an extremely difficult and disheartening task. However, if it can be successfully accomplished, Ray believes it can lead to a decrease in recidivism. “We find that if an offender has a job, positive social connections and a place to live, the likelihood that they will re-offend goes way down,” Ray said.

Senior Sandy Vo (above) leads the Broncos into the MW championships on April 23.


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Aries (March 21- April 19): You are out of shape and you know it. After all of these years of sitting on your ass, you have failed to exercise and time is running out. In a good 50 years, you’re gonna be dead. Get your act together and hit the gym or you can certainly count on St. Peter checking your name off the list.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): So it is you! You are the one that will eventually save mankind from the impending space invasion that is sure to decimate the human population on Earth. Make sure to hide in the sewers and train with your martial arts instructor who will prepare you for hand to hand combat with aliens.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Let’s face it. You are the coolest and everyone knows it! Even your mother thinks you are the hippest young college student in this great nation. Try wearing a beanie during the summer. By doing this, you will show the entire student body how cool it is to sweat for the love of fashion.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Do you know the muffin man? Yes, the muffin man. He owes me some serious gambling debts. If the muffin man decides he doesn’t want to pay up, I am going to have to collect a couple fingers from his right hand. You know, the important ones. I also refuse to accept baked goods as payment.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): There are many ways to heal the human body. First off, you need to reject modern science and medicine in all of its forms. Who are all of these crotchety old scholars to tell you that you need to watch out for bacteria and viruses? If you want to share a dirty needle, go right ahead buddy! By David W. Cromer

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Cancer ( June 21-July 22): Thank you for reading all of these horoscopes over the many months I have been privileged with these visions. It really means a lot to me. I didn’t ask for this curse and God knows I don’t care about you little shits! I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t save a life here and there. Leo ( July 23-Aug. 22): You have a secret crush. I know this may not be what you want to hear but it’s true! This person is covered in massive amounts of body hair and smells like a wild animal. OK, let’s cut the crap. The local Bigfoot creature has taken a liking to you and will soon attempt to mate. Good luck. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Quit kissing everyone’s ass! Getting a good grade on that term paper isn’t worth baking cookies and leaving cute little notes for your professor. This kind of behavior is abhorrent and disgusting. Nobody likes a kiss-ass, especially one who repeatedly violates restraining orders.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22): There are many reasons not to shower. Actually, what the Hell am I talking about? There are plenty of reasons to shower. Smelling like a filthy street urchin isn’t going to help you with members of the opposite sex. Lord knows you need some help with relationships. You dirty hobo. Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 19): It’s not too late to sign up for summer camp. I know you are afraid your friends will find out about your yearly summer trip to Harry Potter themed camp but it’s time to accord who you really are: a sad, sad human being. At least those hot days playing Quidditch will give you a false sense of self worth. Aquarius ( Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The school year is nearly over and you are afraid of spending summer without massive amounts of pointless stress and undue anxiety. You can continue the horror of daily schooling through the warmer months by enrolling in home education classes taught by both of your overbearing parents. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

I sometimes feel bad for shitting all over your life Pisces. I know you have had some bad luck lately, but that’s the only luck you will encounter. I didn’t choose your destiny! It’s the will of the gods and spirits that secretly control most of the aspects of our daily lives. That’s just science I’m afraid.

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Idaho does not require helmets Nicole Kopczynski

Just a week ago a Boise man lost his life due to a fatal motorcycle accident that occurred off of Overland Road. He suffered from severe blunt force trauma to the head and broke nearly every bone in his face. He wasn’t wearing a helmet; his helmet was strapped to the back of his motorcycle. According to the Idaho State Police website, Idaho’s helmet law states wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is optional for the driver unless the driver is under the age of 18, in which case they must be wearing a helmet at all times. Boise State follows this law as well. Garth Lyon, technical records specialist at the Transportation and Parking Services, explained that between the years of 2011 to 2012 Boise State sold 412 motorcycle permits and in 2013-14 they sold 335 motorcycle permits. “Looking at our data I would say that motorcycle permit sales have remained relatively constant for the last three years,” Lyon said. Transportation and Parking Services have tried to accommodate motorcyclists with plenty of on-campus parking. More motorcycles on campus has reduced the amount of traffic. “There aren’t as many cars on campus and we haven’t had any incidences that we are aware of about motor-

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Max Cronk, who works for Champion Cycles in Chicago, displays his helmet and accessories safety-conscious riders should wear. cycle accidents,” Lyon said. Boise State can’t implement any specific laws stating that, when on campus, motorcyclists must wear a helmet. Adam Harrison, senior criminal justice major, is an active motorcyclist in Boise. He wears a helmet and is an advocate for trying to

get other riders in Boise to follow. “I feel like Idaho should have a helmet law for motorcyclists. The biggest problem that I see is that during the winter there aren’t as many motorcycles on the road, and now people are forgetting to look twice, which is lead-

ing to more accidents,” Harrison said. Harrison grew up around motorcycles and has learned how to ride safely on the roads. To him, wearing a helmet is what saves a life. “I had a friend who got in an accident once; if he wasn’t wearing his helmet he probably would have

died. The sad thing is that Idaho has brought up a helmet law multiple times, but it never has gone through,” Harrison said. Harrison has pushed many people who want to learn to ride to go through schooling at Idaho Star Motorcycle School. “I think this school should

be a mandatory school for motorcyclists. They teach you everything about helmets, clothing and traffic rules. It’s definitely beneficial and would help people know the safety out on the roads,” Harrison said. Idaho is one of the few states in the country with no mandatory helmet law.

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Windows smashed as rioters and looters broke into the ground floor of the LA Times office, searching for valuables to steal. This was the beginning of the journey that led Steve Moore and his reporting teams to winning a Pulitzer Prize for covering the Rodney King riots of L.A. in 1992. “I was on the third floor and they broke into the first floor,” Moore said. But one of the editors and news writers were on the ground floor to greet the rioters. “They (the writers) stood their ground and one guy had a fire extinguisher in his hands and our editor had a large pair of scissors in his hand,” Moore said. With rambunctious rioters spread throughout the downtown, Moore couldn’t leave the office. “It was a little too dangerous to drive home that night,” Moore said. “Plus I was preparing our coverage so I just stayed there and worked.” The looters didn’t stay

around in their building for long. “I think one of the reasons they backed off, first of all, they came face to face with an angry editor with a pair of scissors,” Moore said. Ten years later, Moore moved to Boise where he was introduced to Boise State. On April 2, 2014 Moore received the honorary title of Professor of the Practice. In October 2013 Boise State named their very first Professor of the Practice, Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb. Now, seven months later, this title is shared by four other individuals. The first time Moore taught at Boise State was two years ago when he offered a class called Media Studies: Writing Stories for Animated Films. “I thought it’d be something unique for Boise State students,” Moore said. “It takes you from a concept to a complete treatment.” Moore didn’t begin his career with writing screenplays; rather, he began as a journalist. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Moore traveled to Maui, HI to work

at a weekly paper, before transferring to the L.A Times and working his way up to executive news editor. “Actually, way back when I was in high school and college, I wanted to go into acting, but that wasn’t the right fit for me,” Moore said. Being a big fan of animated films, Moore began a syndicated cartoon series called In the Bleachers, which he continues to write today. As the cartoon grew, Moore decided it was time to leave the Times entirely. “We’re dealing with facts every day, everything has to be factual, nonfiction,” Moore said. “I kept thinking, ‘boy it would be fun to just make stuff up.’” So that is what he did. His first animated TV show, “Metalheads,” ended up airing in places like the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia. Eventually, Moore began writing feature-length films, like “Open Season” which he created and produced along with his producing partner John Carls, the creator and producer of Oscar winning “Rango.”

“I’ve always been a writer. It was just an urge to move from nonfiction to fiction,” Moore said. In Fall 2014 Moore will begin teaching the Writing Stories for Animated Films course again. Moore hopes he can continue to teach the class every fall semester. “It’s a very subtle difference,” Moore said on writing for animated films versus live action films. Advents in technology have changed the possibilities. “Ten years ago, there was a big, big difference, but now with special effects you can do anything in live action with animation effects and it’s probably about the same cost,” Moore said. When Moore moved to Boise in 2002 and became involved with the local literary crowd, he ended up meeting people like assistant professor Mac Test of the English department and former Boise State professor Clay Morgan. Morgan left Boise State in January 2014 to pursue writing full time. Currently, Morgan is working on his first screenplay, a process during

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Steve Moore to teach in fall Moore covered the Rodney King (above) riots. which he’ll be receiving feedback from Moore. “Steve tells me what works,” Morgan said. Morgan nominated Moore for the professor of the practice title. “My idea is that a professor of the practice is given to people who have demonstrated excellence in a field outside of the academy, but who also represent the best aspects of someone in the faculty,” Morgan said. Test also feels that Moore is the right choice for the title. “I think it’s phenomenal. I’m glad to see that Kustra recognizes the importance of people like Steve to bring their knowledge and creativity to the students on campus,” Test said.

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Moore is looking forward to being able to be a mentor for Boise State students. Throughout his life, Moore has always had a mentor around to guide him in his pursuits. “It’s all been incoming and then, about ten years ago, I finally realized that I had some knowledge to turn around and start passing it the other direction,” Moore said. “I really benefited from mentors and so I want to do the same thing.” Moore will be attending the sixth annual CommCon on Thursday May 1, put on by the Communication Department. He’ll be available for any students who wish to learn more about journalism, animated movies and comics.




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That’s all well and good, but how can this help you do better on a test? Apply the idea of experiential learning to your course in order to better understand everything that you have assimilated this semester. When you are learning about union contracts, try writing one on your own to apply the concepts of the class. If you have a quiz on birds for your ornithology class, hit the road and go bird watching for an afternoon to per-

fect your identification skills. The more you practice what you have learned the greater amount of associations will be made in your brain and the better you will retain the course material. This is an awesome tip for any student who hates the flash card and highlighter approach; if you learn better by doing, then go do something! It’s more fun for you and in the long run, helps you retain the information longer than with standard studying practices.

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Berkeley hires Wikipedian-in-residence Katy Murphy

Citing Wikipedia in a research paper may still be a huge faux pas, but for a growing number of college students, the online encyclopedia is now the assignment. Enter 24-year-old Kevin Gorman, the new Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley. In January, the campus hired the Wikipedia devotee (interests: wild mushrooms, women in philosophy) to coach students and advise professors on the deceptively complex task of editing articles for the user-generated encyclopedia that gets 500 million monthly visitors. “The goal of cultural institutions is in large part to share knowledge, to make their information accessible to the general public,” Gorman says. “I think it would be really, really cool to get that information online one way or another so its access will no longer be limited to people at Berkeley who have Berkeley credentials.” Rather than write term papers to be read by a professor and forgotten, students at UC Berkeley and elsewhere are being asked to make their mark on the site. More than 150 universities nationwide _ including the University of San Francisco and California Maritime Academy _ have classes producing content for the encyclopedia, according to Wiki Education, a foundation created in July to support such projects. “Students are the fuel of Wikipedia,” said Frank Schulenburg, who directs the foundation. Cal is the first American university to create a position devoted to improving


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Kevin Gorman, center, has turned his Wikipedia-editing obsession into a job at UC Berkeley. the site _ and getting its own rarefied scholarship out to the public. Some museums around the world have Wikipedians and Harvard’s Houghton Museum last week advertised for one. Gorman has edited Wikipedia obsessively since his undergraduate days at Cal. But don’t call him a “WikiGnome,” as UC Berkeley did in a 2012 headline about the 6-foot5 undergraduate geography major. “I have no idea why someone chose to call me that a couple of years ago,” he said. Aside from interviews, news about the position caught the attention of reporters in Germany and

Spain, he said _ Gorman has spent his first weeks on the job training students, teaching assistants and professors how to produce and source Wiki articles, a more complicated task than it might seem. Changes need to be explained, and they often are discussed with other editors at length, in an article’s “talk” page. Subjective or weakly sourced entries may be deleted, something junior Katrina Anasco hopes doesn’t happen to her group project on the Toxic Substances Control Act. “It definitely opened my eyes to how much work it is to actually get an edit into a page,” said Anasco, a student in professor Dara

O’Rourke’s environmental justice class. Gorman and Schulenburg say college students bring needed racial and gender diversity to a site dominated by young white men, many of them computer programmers. While the site has more than 4.5 million entries, the information tends to be skewed to their topics and perspectives. Search for a battleship or sports car and the resulting article will likely be “gorgeous” in its detail, Schulenburg said. “But as Gorman has pointed out, articles about female philosophers were decidedly lacking.” Gorman has filled some

of those gaps himself. And now, editing Wikipedia articles is part of the curricula in environmental justice and cultural studies courses taught by O’Rourke and Victoria Robinson. The students will tackle existing articles on air pollution, urban agriculture, hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”) and a toxic waste dump near Kettleman City, Calif., south of Fresno. The Kettleman City site has been fined for failing to report hazardous waste spills. However, Gorman says, “all Wikipedia has about the entire controversy is a paragraph that almost looks like it was written by a PR person for the

toxic waste dump.” (“The company is an important employer and donates significant funds to the local community, including Kettleman City Elementary School,” it says in part.) Even before Gorman became Cal’s official Wikipedian, a job funded by grants, he volunteered. With his help, Robinson said, her students published information from peer-reviewed sources about public interest topics such as incarceration alternatives and three strikes laws. “There’s a sense of great pride that they’ve contributed to public knowledge,” Robinson said. “Oh, my God, now the world can see their work.”

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It’s easy to tell when the body is in conflict: the pulse quickens, it gets warm all of the sudden and maybe a deep pressure begins to form in the chest. Anxiety, which is a common symptom of conflict, brings about many different kinds of stress in everyday life. On April 16, the Act Now Project sponsored a workshop teaching students the skills necessary to send and receive difficult information when these types of symptoms ail the body. “After all this experience dealing with conflict, I still try to avoid it,” said Larry

Hauder, a certified professional mediator working for Common Ground Conciliation Services. “Though I know how to handle it if it somehow comes up.” Conflict is defined as a relationship between two or more parties who have, or think they have, incompatible goals. “Not much is predictable about conflict except its escalation,” said Sarah Hooley, also a certified mediator working for Common Ground. Often, when people engage in conflict, they go through a number of stages. After personalizing an issue someone might prolificate the issue by dig-

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ging up dirt on another individual. When they begin to share what they’ve found with a third party it becomes triangulation. According to Hooley, this is a dangerous symptom of anxiety. Other stages include: attack and counterattack, fight or flight and complete polarization. More times than not, when someone is in the middle of a difficult conversation, the only thing they hear is the other person’s position to the argument. “That’s what we want to change,” Hooley said. During these conversations there’s an idea in the person’s head about what they can do to fix the situation, which is usually all they say. Hooley uses a diagram called the “Onion Model” to show the different levels of listening. In these difficult conversations people must listen past the other person’s position in the argument and their interests to see what basic human need the individual is asking to be


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fulfilled. “Listening is about gaining understanding, about wanting to understand,” Hooley said. The workshop also focused on how to present difficult information. “Sometimes the information you have to share can be difficult and loaded with emotion,” Hauder said. “How to present that information is key.” Oftentimes people see behavior and are quick to label it but it’s important to realize the bigger picture while in the heat of the moment. Hauder believes individuals in these circumstances have choices which they

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RingBySpring Is there someone for you at your school?

Students develop new online dating website for colleges Eryn Johnson Staff Writer

Spring is mating season for animals—and maybe for students as well. From across the quad or reaching out to a classmate, some students use the faceto-face method when attempting to find a significant other. Others will seek a mate through the Internet, using missed connections websites or creating online dating profiles. The latter inspired three students from California Baptist University (CBU) to create a new online dating service connecting college students through their common interests. “Ring By Spring” was created by junior business management majors Mat-

thew Fuller and Christian Montoya at CBU, along with freshman Matthew McMartin. The trio created the website during Christmas break last semester. “(Fuller) noticed that for most students there are three things they really want; money, food and affection,” Montoya said. “He realized he couldn’t give students money, he couldn’t give them food, but he realized that affection was something he could give them.” Ring By Spring is a profile-based online dating service that allows students to connect with peers at their campuses. Before a school can launch, a minimum of 200 students need to sign up and create accounts, which

allows for growth on the site and prevents internal collapse. The website has already been launched at four schools, with four more waiting for members. Boise State hasn’t been added to the list, but it is one of several schools to add in the future. “We really want to bring a community together, get everyone really close,” Montoya said. “Hopefully they will make friends along the way and maybe meet that one.” The creators feel the website does not promote marriage despite its name. According to Montoya, the trio is trying to avoid the stigma by adding more secular schools to the list. Fuller

picked the name because it was a well-known joke at CBU; they thought the name was catchy and funny, but aren’t guaranteeing anything. Counselors at Boise State know little about the website, but feel students on campus are prepared for marriage. “If somebody is considering marriage, that’s a pretty big deal, and I think that most individuals, whatever age they are at young adults college age, I think they know it’s more than a dating experience; it’s a bigger commitment,” said RD Boardman, clinical psychologist in Health Services. “I think some individuals need to decide if they want marriage or a wedding. The

idea of getting married and having a wedding, a big party, that’s fun and all but are they in it for the right reasons of being committed to someone.” Director of Counseling Services, Karla West, agrees all students develop differently and emotional maturity is different for every individual, but there are challenges for those relationships formed online. “There is a lot of communication that goes back and forth in online dating relationships; I think the caution I would have there would be whether or not people are being truthful and it doesn’t replace a face-to-face relationship,” West said. Brooke St. Marie, a senior communication major,

agrees. “People can be misleading on their profile with their pictures, their interests; it’s like a resume. You want to put your best foot forward,” St. Marie said. “Some people will try to enhance the truth.” St. Marie has been married for nearly two years and while she didn’t meet her husband online, she feels she and her partner made the right decision. Whether meeting online through sites like Ring By Spring or meeting in person, spring brings out the love. But Boise State counselors feel the student population is emotionally mature enough to handle the transition from dating to walking down the aisle.

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Burrowed within the bowels of the Morrison Center, body casts dangle feet from the ground consuming the dim lighting, each outlining a different actor from the play “Y: A Devised Project.” The play combines a series of scenes, some connected, some independent, but all uniting the characters through a series of problems that are felt by Generation Y. Scattered throughout were several different stories telling techniques including Roman mythology, a scene with a projection of a woman dancing and a handful of interpretative dances. “When we were doing our initial brainstorming a lot of the stuff we were coming up with was: ‘Why do you get to tell me how to act, why do you

get to tell me how to feel, why is it that I have to listen to your rules?’” said Shaila Schmidt, a senior theater major. “So we started to play with that idea and the fact that everyone in the class fits into the technical definition of generation Y.” Schmidt and Matt Kolsky, who is also a senior majoring in theatre, did all the editing for the play however, “Y: A Devised Project” was created by all 13 students in the advanced theatre studies class this semester. As hinted from the title, “Y: A Devised Project” is a device play meaning it was created and designed by the entire cast. “You’re kind of starting with nothing. You have one idea and you’re just seeing what evolves from it,” Schmidt explained. “(You have to) blur all the lines you traditionally know.”

Students act out problems that Generation Y feels most prominently. This is the first device piece to be performed for an audience within the Boise State Theatre Department making the process both exciting and daunting. According to Kolsky, the experience threw off the normally vertical process of memorizing and preforming a script, “For like three weeks we worked with nothing.” Many of the scenes within the play stemmed

from personal issues within an actor’s life, making cutting and editing difficult and requiring both Kolsky and Schmidt to distance themselves from many of the parts within the play that had sentimental feelings attached to them. One of the biggest barriers for the two editors was balancing a friendly relationship with their co-actors and making sure the play was as well put together, and as

Club provides help for disabled students Patty Bowen Staff Writer

Founded in the last several months, the Community Adaptation Education Club focuses on providing volunteer services, primarily for college-aged individuals with learning disabilities in the Boise area through different lectures and teaching methods.

“We took adapted physical education, which is actually a profession, which is to be a physical educator for people with disabilities,” said founder James Reneau. “So we just took that term and put it out in the context of all education. So instead of adapted P.E. it’s adapted education.” Although the club is still fairly new, they’re off to

a strong start with five to 10 individual members, many of which that are kinesiology students, or students who have ties with the Special Olympics. Currently the Community Adaptation Education Club helps out with the STEP program, a free education program for students with learning disabilities through the Boise school district pro-

Saturday market now open Justin Kirkham Staff Writer

Eighth street was closed this Saturday and will continue to be closed every Saturday morning until December. Instead of parked cars and lanes of traffic, the street will be home to several tables, booths and displays of produce, baked goods, crafts, music and magic performances, and business-led activities. Anyone interested is free to peruse the wares and creations of those participating in the Capital City Public Market each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

until Dec. 20. For the most part, the market is filled with small, local businesses promoting their own home grown, crafted or compiled merchandise. But, from time to time, the stores along 8 th street participate in the morning’s activities, breaking out special activities to pull in new customers as well as encourage existing customers to become involved with the variety of displays set out for the market. “It does increase our business,” said Rediscovered Books staff member Barbara Olic-Hamilton.

She continued to explain how a handful of the store’s customers sell products at the market and that the special events at the market help encourage other passersby to check out Rediscovered Books’ products. As explained on the Capital City Public Market webpage, “The market upholds the age-old tradition of allowing the consumer to meet the producer while encouraging the production and consumption of agricultural products in the Treasure Valley.” Market attendees have the opportunity to meet and speak with the

vided until students become 21. “They’re all huge fans of Boise State,” Reneau explained. “They get excited when we’re around. Some of them will eventually start taking classes at Boise State, and some of them will probably never be able to read and write.” According to Reneau, a lot of these students producers of their products directly, opening and fostering a new line of communication wherein they can forge a relationship with each small company’s representatives. Operator of Murphy’s Mini Donuts, Chris Visaya, will be making and selling donuts for hungry market attendees throughout the duration of the market season. At his booth, Visaya cooks hot, fresh donuts for customers. “We want to give the customers an experience with some smiles,” he said. Visaya explained, as opposed to other donut sellers, his business aims to give consumers something that they have

satisfactory as possible. “You have to work with your peers,” Kolsky said. “That’s always hard, to separate your personal life with that person with your professional.” Although both Kolsky and Schmidt are graduating this year, they each want to experience working with a device piece again, specifically in a theatre where they can experiment and create. “I do think there is a miss out on more exciting topics of learning and are just taught the basics of how to live and take care of themselves. He also feels that the education of these students isn’t always up to par. “They get nutrition advice but they are getting it from people who aren’t necessarily trained in nutrition,” Reneau said. Currently the Community Adaptation Education Club is working toward helping out students with

want or need for device theatre in Idaho right now. I think it’s something we could definitely explore and keep on doing,” Kolsky said as he used the other device play that is opening in May as an example. “Y: A Devised Project” premiered April 17, and will be playing from April 22-26 at 7:30 p.m. at the Danny Peterson Theatre in the Morrison Center.

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Students who are interested in being a part of the Community Adaptation Education Club can attend meetings on the first Wednesday of every month in room 219 in the Kinesiology Building.

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never experienced before. In this case, it’s watching their donuts being made from start to finish before they eat them. Visaya stressed that it’s “all about the people.” He wants customers to feel special at his donut booth. The market is a place where, according to Visaya, people can “come down and feel wanted with their families.” He stressed the fact that customers of various walks

of life are able to foster new relationships with other attendees or the various business owners there. Visaya explained that customers are always find something that interests them, as the market sports anything from crafts and magic to music and generally fun activities. “It brings people eye to eye on a personal level,” Visaya concluded.




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The Boise State women’s softball team is looking to close the season strong “We are hoping by the end of the season we are playing our strongest ball,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “We are hoping we really come together these last five weeks of the season.” The Broncos are on a roll as of late as they prepare to go on the road to face fellow conference rivals Utah State. “I’m expecting some big wins,” senior outfielder Tara Glover said. “It’s going to be exciting and it’s going to come down to those last couple games to see who wins conference. Hopefully it’s us.” After losing four games in row, Boise State won six out of eight games to move to 23-19, 8-7 in the conference. “I think it’s going re-

ally well,” Glover said. “We are connecting as a team and are looking to finish strong.” The Broncos are currently ranked sixth in the conference. While that is not where they want to be, they know that can all change. “We have had good games and bad but every team goes though that,” junior infielder Jordan Kreiger said. “It’s about what we do from here on out.” To do that the Broncos have been working on a few key things in practice. “We have really been focusing on our defense,” Glover said. “We are waiting for that one game to really show teams what we can really do on the defensive side of the ball.” Boise State is looking to take the conference by storm even if no one else thinks they can. “People may underestimates us but that’s alright because I love being the

underdog and proving people wrong,” Glover said. In order for that to become a reality the Broncos know they just need to focus on themselves. “We are trying to stay relaxed and not think about the standings so much,” Kreiger said. “We know if we just play our game that it’s going to reward us.” Boise State has been hindered with injuries but they have not let that deter them this year. “We have had to use a majority of our athletes this season just because of all our injuries and illnesses,” Thorpe said. “Our team has been really resilient in that way so when someone goes down someone else picks it up and takes that spot.” Even with all the ups and downs this year, the ultimate goal of a Mountain West championship is still very much within reach. “It would mean a lot, Kreiger said. “It would be the first time in our school

Mackenzie Whyte throws to first after fielding a ground ball. history making it to the post season and that has always been in the back of our minds and be a huge rewarding goal.” But that is not the only goal this year. “I just want to see the girls compete,” Thorpe

Lucas excels off the track Nate Lowery Staff Writer

For Lauren Lucas, remaining busy has been a major part of her life. After four years in the elementary education program and as a member of the Boise State cross country and track and field teams, Lucas was announced as a Top 10 Scholar for the Class of 2014 earlier this month — the ultimate pay-off for her hard work. “I’m very very thankful for it, but this wasn’t even something I knew was possible, to be honest,” Lucas said. “I didn’t realize how much I actually wanted it until I won it.” The Top 10 Scholar recognition is awarded to students with a minimum of a 3.8 GPA, and based off of nominations and an

accreditation packet submitted to the dean of their college. During the fall cross country season, an average day for Lucas began at 5 a.m. She completed a 10 mile run in the Boise foothills with her teammates before she began her student teaching at Jefferson Elementary School at 7:30 in the morning. Lucas would remain at Jefferson until 4:45 in the afternoon, student teaching second grade classroom. After Lucas fulfilled her responsibilities student teaching she would begin her second workout of the day with weight exercises. With the added hassle of traveling for cross country meets, Lucas found herself constantly on the move, rarely finding time at home.

“I was just tired. There wasn’t a lot to do, it was just my body was run down,” Lucas said. Despite the hours Lucas spent on the road traveling or inside a classroom, Lucas enjoyed every minute of the constant movement, preferring to stay busy. “I like to be busy,” Lucas said. “I would rather be busy than not doing anything. I drive myself crazy without a lot going on.” Lucas’s endeavors in running and student teaching are coupled with being a member of the Boise State Honors College, a program that required her to be present for several events, as well as added papers to write and presentations to give — all of this added to her already full schedule. Her schedule lightened up in the spring, however,

when a hip injury was discovered after the fall season. After months of not knowing what was causing the pain in her hips, an MRI and X-ray informed Lucas of a bone deformity that caused a tear in the cartilage which effectively ended her senior season. With her season over and requiring surgery, Lucas could no longer participate in an activity that brought her enjoyment. This threw a wrench in her plans of graduating in four years, as well as finishing her eligibility in

said. “Go out there and have fun, work hard, and give it everything they have, knowing they left it all out there and have no regrets on the way we ended the season.” No matter what happens this season the team has

each other and that is their biggest strength. “We work really well together, all get along, all hangout, and understand each other on and off the field,” Kreiger said. “It’s a family bond and that is nice.”

four years. With her injury however, Lucas found more time and energy to put into teaching — something she believes goes hand in hand with running. “Running has definitely played a role in my life and wanting to teach,” Lucas said. “You don’t get a lot of recognition with run-

ning. It’s a lot of on your own stuff. With teaching, it’s appreciated, but you don’t get a lot of recognition for it.” After graduation, Lucas hopes to work in an elementary school classroom, preferably in the Boise area, while remaining close to the sport of running as a coach.

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Junior gymnasts Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins excelled at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships as Perkins earned Second Team AllAmerican honors while both set Boise State records in each of their events. “Ciera is our first AllAmerican on floor exercise,” co-head coach Tina Bird told Broncosports. “This is such an honor

for a very deserving gymnast and we are so happy for her.” Perkins earned a score of 9.90 for her floor routine. She would finish in a tie for eighth-place with seven other gymnasts from Alabama, Florida, UCLA and Utah. Perkins became the first Bronco to be named an All-American in the floor exercise and the fourth AllAmerican in the history of Boise State gymnastics. Kelsey Morris took part in the uneven bars and

her score of 9.850 tied the highest score in Boise State history at the national championships in the event. She tied for 10th with 12 other competitors from Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, UCLA and Utah. “We’re extremely proud of Kelsey and Ciera,” said Bird. “They did awesome routines and represented Boise State well. They will be great leaders to our dedicated and hungry team going into next season.”

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Tara Montgomery didn’t think much of rowing when she first gave it a try. Though she outdid all of her high school classmates on a strength test that gauges aptitude for the sport, she didn’t attend practice until her mom, struck by the swelling number of college scholarships offered by women’s rowing teams, bribed her with the promise of an iPhone. Four years later, Montgomery, an 18-year-old senior at Chicago’s Innovations High School, has gotten much more than a gadget out of the sport: She has been offered an athletic scholarship at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that she says will cover nearly all of her college costs. “I have a single mother; she could not afford for me to go to a four-year university,” Montgomery said after a recent practice. “I’d either be buckets and buckets in debt or at a community college next year if it weren’t for this sport.” College sports are booming, thanks to gargantuan TV contracts and the increasing use of athletics as a marketing tool, and women’s teams are enjoying much of the bounty. NCAA statistics for 2011-12 show they are chipping away at the scholarship gap after decades of inequality, with much of the growth coming

in sports that barely dent the public consciousness. Unlike the men’s side, in which the big money spectacles of football and basketball account for more than half of all athletic scholarships, women’s scholarships are spread more evenly among a wider range of sports. That has produced favorable odds for some high school athletes: Female rowers, for instance, have roughly a 1 in 3 shot at landing a scholarship. “It’s a good thing to create those scholarship opportunities, but it creates an interesting dynamic,” said Ryan Wells of NCSA Athletic Recruiting Network, a Chicago-based recruiting service for high school athletes. “In some established sports like football and men’s and women’s basketball, there’s too much talent (compared with) the scholarship opportunities that exist. You have the inverse for these emerging sports.” Just like the boys, though, Chicago-area girls who have claimed scholarships in lowprofile sports have had to work for them with singleminded discipline and focus. And while the payoff can vary, ranging from a full ride to just the cost of books, many say the recognition itself is meaningful. “It’s sort of unreal,” said Katie Appell, 17, an Oak Park and River Forest High School senior who has received a partial scholarship to play water polo at Mercyhurst University

in Erie, Pa. “When I first started playing, I couldn’t imagine that that would ever happen. But I love the sport. My friends say I’m obsessed with it _ it’s all I ever talk about. To be able to continue on with it for at least another four years, it’s really exciting for me.”


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When Julia Bond started bowling at age of 11, her father, also a novice, pointed out bowlers who looked like they knew what they were doing and told her to copy them. He must have chosen well, because seven years later, Bond, a senior at Waubonsie Valley in Aurora, Ill., became one of the most sought-after recruits in the country with two perfect games on her record. In November, she accepted a full scholarship offer from the University of Nebraska. “I enjoy the competitiveness,” said Bond, who last month led Waubonsie Valley to its second consecutive state title. “Bowling is a team sport but you still have to perform by yourself. If something goes wrong, you can’t blame anybody but yourself.” NCAA statistics show that women’s bowling scholarships have almost doubled since 2005, the fastest growth rate of any college sport, and Marty Miller, Bond’s high school coach, said he gets frequent emails from fledgling

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Hayley Banas (above) won a scholarship to Southern Methodis University. programs looking for athletes. He added, though, that only dedicated, successful, hardworking competitors need apply. “We’re not talking about pizza and Coca-Cola, strobe lights and balloons (at the lanes),” he said. “If you want to be good at it, you become darn serious.”


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College recruiting tales usually involve coaches bombarding talented athletes with phone calls, text messages and personal visits. That’s not exactly how it played out for Hayley Banas, a senior at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., who has received a partial equestrian scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas. “Initially, she found me,” said coach Natalie Burton. “She was very enthusiastic about college equestrian, SMU in particular, and she emailed and called a lot, definitely something I recommend. She got my attention.” College equestrian involves jumping and a dressage-like display of riding skills, often on horses the athletes have never ridden. Competitors are valued for their “soft, educated hands,” Burton said, a level of dexterity that takes years of practice to achieve. Banas, 18, of Lake Forest, Ill., took her sport so seriously starting out that she spent two hours a day, every day, on one of her family’s horses. When she got to high school, she spent months getting homeschooled so she could live and train in Florida, where top riders compete in a winter circuit. “It’s a life commitment,” said her mother, Susie Banas. “Scholarship-wise, if they decide to ride in college, it’s just a bonus.”

at Eastern Illinois University, he has to guess how their skills on the track or the basketball court will translate to the field. One good sign is aggression. “I was looking at a basketball player (from a downstate high school), and she is just a tough, hard-nosed kid, pushes people around in the paint,” he said. “When I talked to her about rugby, her dad said, ‘Now you’re not going to get in trouble for fouling.’ “ Eastern Illinois is one of a handful of schools that offer modest scholarships for women’s rugby, but Graziano said the sport, poised to become an Olympic event in 2016, is gaining momentum. Two more universities plan to add teams in the fall, and Graziano said he and fellow coaches are setting up the first NCAA rugby conference.


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Kate Stolar tried a lot of sports growing up, but she didn’t show a knack for any of them. In T-ball, she held her glove above her head so indiscriminately that her dad called her “The Statue of Liberty.” When she tried out for the dance team at Chicago’s Jones College Prep, she didn’t make the cut. There didn’t seem to be much promise in rowing at first, either. She joined the Chicago Rowing Foundation her freshman year, and while she enjoyed the teamwork, she knew that at only

5 feet tall, she didn’t stand much of a chance against competitors who were often a foot taller. But then she got a chance to be the coxswain _ the person who steers the boat and shouts directions and encouragement to the rowers. It turned out to fit her perfectly. “That position demands a pretty specific body type,” said her coach, Mike Wallin. “You have to be small, you have to be light. But beyond that you have to be somebody who’s really loud, who likes to be in charge, who thinks under pressure. ... Her job is not only to steer the boat but to keep the rowers calm and aware of where they stand in the race.” That confidence was vital when Stolar, 17, began to search for a scholarship. She treated the hunt as though she were searching for a job, chatting up college coaches at competitions and issuing a relentless stream of emails and phone calls. The effort paid off in November, when she accepted an athletic scholarship that will pay for her books at the University of Wisconsin at Madison _ no fortune, certainly, but a welcome reward for an unlikely athletic career. “The fact that I’m even a (Division 1) athlete just blows my mind,” she said. “I’m not that athletic but I’m a very competitive person. When I’m out with these girls that are like 6-2 and doing crazy things with their bodies, it’s just crazy to know that I’m a member of the same team.”


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Relatively few Illinois girls play rugby, so when Frank Graziano goes looking for athletes to join his women’s team

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