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E-Cigs Burn Out

Mallory Barker @Mal_a_gal Once upon a time, Michael Nash was allowed to use his electronic cigarette in his dorm at his leisure. He was shocked to find out this would no longer be acceptable behavior. In December of 2013, ecigarettes were added to the campus-wide ban of tobacco. Electronic cigarettes are no longer allowed inside of Boise State owned or leased buildings. Conventional cigarettes are banned everywhere on campus; electronic cigarettes are allowed outdoors. This policy includes University Housing. Students will be permitted to own electronic cigarettes but will not be allowed to use

them inside buildings. Malinda Jensen, assistant director of resident life, explained University Housing was only just informed of the policy and will be enforcing the policy but will develop a campaign to inform students first. “I’m happy we have a policy, I’ve had a number of students ask me for one. It’s been a cause of some roommate conflicts,” Jensen said. Nash, a freshman mechanical engineering major who lives on campus, is not happy with the new policy. “I think it should be allowed. There’s no harm whatsoever. I understand maybe not doing it in public places where people might get offended by the smell,” Nash said. “But in

private places like your dorm, it should be allowed. There’s really no harm to them.” Greg Hahn, associate vice president for Communications and Marketing, said students and faculty will have to adjust to this change. “I think people will go outside. I think you just sort of adapt,” Hahn said. “Hopefully we can get a campus-wide discussion on what people want to do with this.” Hahn also explained this change in policy was necessary because e-cigarettes can be disruptive. “In classrooms and labs it can be distracting at the very least,” Hahn said. According to Hahn, the policy change was headed

up by Chris Mathias, former policy manager, before he left Boise State to work for the State Board of Education. “Chris spent a lot of time exploring what we really know about this and decided it is a little too early to really know anything. It is a value judgment on the part of the university,” Hahn said. The policy states its purpose is “to establish the policy and procedures regulating smoking, tobacco and nicotine use on Boise State University owned and leased properties.” The policy goes on to say, “This policy promotes a healthy and safe environment conducive to learning for all students, faculty,

staff and visitors.” Health Services is listed as a “Responsible Party” on the policy’s page but was unaware of the incorporation of e-cigarettes to the policy. “I didn’t know about it, but I’m glad there is one,” said Julia Beard, assistant director for Clinical Operations and Quality Assurance. In reference to enforcement, the policy states: “Campus Security and Police Services have primary responsibility to coordinate efforts for policy enforcement. However, faculty staff, and students have a collective responsibility to promote the safety and health of the campus community and therefore share in the responsibility of

enforcement.” Ryan Gregg, president of Associated Students of Boise State, believes the policy falls in line with Boise State’s initiative to promote healthy lifestyles. “I think that it personally has to do with it being a tobacco-free campus, not just smoke-free, and trying to promote a healthier lifestyle,” Gregg said. Gregg believes the campus community will not be very upset about the policy. “I think it will be the same response as when we instituted the no smoking ban. I think the people that do use them might be upset but the major population of the university won’t be impacted by this,” Gregg said.

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Imagine traveling to a new place to live, where the culture is foreign and different from home, everyone is speaking a different language and making new friends is more difficult than ever before. This is the reality for many international students coming to Boise State from across the world. No matter where they have transferred from

and how hard they may have studied to learn English, the transition can be tough. Having friends who know the lay of the land and friends who are going through the same thing is important in getting settled into a new environment. Going through extreme changes like culture and language can be stressful and mentally taxing. The Student Diversity Center on campus aims to ease

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the stresses of these transitions. Coffee and Conversation is kicking off this week and will happen every Wednesday for the rest of the semester. Not only is it a great environment to make new friends, but coffee will also be provided along with tea and other snacks. “Coffee and Conversation is open to faculty, students, friends from outside of campus and anyone who is interested in making friends with international students,” said Mila Lam, a senior chemistry major. “They can come to this event, we have coffee and cakes and it’s very informal.” Some students may come for the free food, but


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leave with a new group of friends. “If the international students don’t want to come, they don’t have to come. This is like, if they are willing to make friends and open themselves up to relationships, they come here,” Lam said. “Since it is very informal, students feel more comfortable talking and making new friends.” Coffee and Conversation has proven to be a success in making international students feel more welcomed into Boise State. “We have this every semester. It’s been going on since before I came here in 2012. I believe it has been going on for awhile,” Lam said. The Diversity Center

is a place where students can go get help with anything that they don’t understand. College is already stressful and confusing enough without the cultural and language barriers these students face. “In the Student Diversity Center we have ISS which is International Student Services and Multicultural Services, and we work together,” Lam said. “We work with international students to help them overcome challenges on campus so that they can adapt to the environment.” Coffee and Conversation will be held every Wednesday for the rest of the semester from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the

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Student Diversity Center located on the second floor of the Student Union Building. For more information, visit Lam said, “There is no limit to who is welcome, as long as they feel like they want to make new friends.”

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The Future

Aries (March 21- April 19): The Dark Lord is preparing his armies just over the nearest mountain range. He grows stronger each day as his fires churn in preparation. It is up to you and a band of your friends to journey to the Great Lord’s fiery mountain and destroy the last of the great crystal meth shards before the Dark Lord rules us all.


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ACROSS 1 Took in 4 Cartoon huntsman 8 One of the five Olympic rings 14 __ Harbour, Fla. 15 Memo term 16 Jeweled headgear 17 Electrical unit 18 France, in the time of the 6-Down 19 Julio’s partner in wine 20 Sponge 22 The Beatles’ “__ Just Seen a Face” 24 ERA and others 25 Enchant 26 Mark 28 Power units 30 Thought before taking a risk 34 Excessively affected 36 First name in Chicago politics 37 Pathetic 38 Good Friday mo., often 39 Lullaby setting, and a hint to the starts of 3-, 4-, 9and 31-Down 41 Group __ 42 4-Across frame 43 Golden __: Drake’s ship 44 How aspirin is taken 46 Single sock, e.g. 48 “We hold __ truths ...” 49 Superfan 51 Art nouveau, say 54 Musical flip 57 Sumac of song 58 Man of letters? 59 Hard to believe 61 __ B’rith 63 Down Under school 64 Mutual respect 65 Second 66 “Football Night in America” co-host Patrick 67 Envelop 68 List maker


Taurus (April 20-May 20): If you are reading this, it is too late. You have just evacuated your bladder, bowels, nose, ears and the contents of your stomach all over yourself. Sorry. I don’t really have any advice for you. I guess you could just stand out on the lawn while your roommate hoses your own sick and filth off of you.


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69 More than scratch the surface DOWN 1 Enola Gay payload 2 Lake bordering the Silver and Golden states 3 “Sesame Street” segment with Dorothy the goldfish 4 Combat with one survivor 5 Actress Merkel 6 Pre-Christian Celtic priests 7 Go deeply (into) 8 Citrusy drink 9 Input for a personnel interviewer 10 Carried on 11 “The very __!” 12 “__ la vie!” 13 Figs. 21 Oft-checked item 23 Use as a terminus 27 “I know! Pick me!” 29 Città on the Po 31 “Dolphin Tale” costar

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47 Got there 48 Semiconscious state 50 Set 52 Island only 2% owned by Hawaii 53 Barely acquiring, with “out” 54 Tampa NFL team 55 Bamboozle 56 “__ la Douce” 60 Pipe cleaner 62 “Now it’s clear!”

Gemini (May 21-June 20): After watching a documentary about people who can swim in freezing temperature water without discomfort, you decide to do the same in the Boise River. Watch out for natural predators like killer whales and sea lions. These creatures native to the Boise River are part of a delicate ecosystem unaccustomed to the interference of man.

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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In a moment of emotional desperation, you will bring home several feral cats and children to keep you company. The cats will adjust to your diet of month old bottled urine and stale breadsticks but the children will give you problems with their constant crying and need for adequate sanitation and nutrition. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Just as the sun sets in the sky, so shall the sun of love set on your dark heart and fill it with radiant light. While walking alone one night, you will happen to pass a bakery. At that very moment, the baker will have just finished a fresh batch of assorted donuts that you will purchase and eat in its entirety before dawn. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22): It’s time to explore the outdoors. Some people think you need fancy camping equipment and natural settings to enjoy the outdoors. I say those people should go right to hell. Just pitch a tent on the neighbor’s front lawn and claim you are using the space for recreational purposes and are willing to pay a small fee.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Dangerous omens for you! The old witch who lives under the bridge will curse you as you walk by, causing you to pick your nose in public. I am not talking about some simple surface booger mining, I am talking about sub-surface, wrist-deep gold discovery, in front of your lover, mother and church congregation.

Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 19): Do not let anyone take a photo of you. For some reason, I guess because of the stars and whatever, your soul will be captured by the flash of a camera. If you think living on some random chick’s cell phone for the rest of eternity sounds fun, then go for it. It’s your funeral and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Things are looking up for you this week. It will not be pleasant though. Everywhere you go, everyone will seem to be gazing directly into the sun, unaware of the massive damage to their corneas. After a short stretch of this, you will notice everyone looking at the ground, running into each other and directly into busy intersections.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It is time to quit eating healthy foods. Your body needs extra toxins sometimes and you can ingest those toxins by adhering to a strictly gas station diet. It’s as simple as that, really. All you need to do is make sure all meals you consume are high in sugar, saturated fat and a list of chemicals yet to be evaluated by the FDA.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your body will begin to make strange noises and you will find yourself quite embarrassed while sitting in class. You will also notice a foul odor emanating from your butt area. These strange smells and body noises are called farts. Everyone has farts: The pope, President Obama, even hobos make smelly farts sometimes.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): You are going to get in a fight this week. Don’t worry though, your lithe body and expert mixed martial arts training will finally pay off. I can’t say where the fight will take place exactly, but I see an empty case of beer and a public bus. I also see fists punching and hobos biting the arms of strangers.

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Boise aces water quality test Analysts report high drinking water quality for Boise, much of the water comes from the Boise River Katie Meikle Staff Writer

Nice and soft: these are the qualities analyst Camille Cegnar of United Water used to describe Boise’s drinking water. “Nice” and “soft” are often used in conjunction to describe things like marshmallows and stuffed animals…but water? “We’re really, really lucky here in Boise because the water is truly from the nearby mountains, lakes and reservoirs,” Cegnar said. Boise, including Boise State, is part of the United Water Idaho (UWID) public water system. This system is supplied drinking water by private company United Water, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement. UWID provides drinking water to about a quarter of a million people in the Boise area and Ada and Canyon counties, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It is the largest public water system in the state of Idaho. According to United Water’s Annual Water Quality Report 2013, approximately 70 percent of the drinking water provided to UWID is groundwater from about 90 wells in the area.

The other 30 percent comes from surface water: namely, the Boise River. Water from the Boise River is treated at one of two treatment plants to remove particulate matter and for pH adjustment to reduce corrosiveness. All drinking water is treated with a small amount of chlorine, which acts as a disinfectant to kill off hazardous microorganisms and prevents diseases including cholera, hepatitis A and tuberculosis. “We maintain a certain water quality residual to ensure adequate protection,” Cegnar said. The chlorine residual in the UWID system ranges from 0.2 to 1.2 parts per million (ppm). According to Idaho Department of Environmental Quality drinking water analyst Richard Lee, drinking water supplied by United Water is government regulated for quality assurance. “The EPA outlines very specific standards for drinking water quality. It requires sampling and testing to ensure private companies follow the laws,” Lee said. The EPA regulates over 80 contaminants from a variety of natural and human sources including microbial contaminants, radioactive material,

organic and inorganic materials, pesticides and herbicides. Water quality regulations are designed to balance the costeffectiveness of treating the water to remove contaminants with the known health risks posed by the presence of contaminants in drinking water. For seven years in a row, UWID has complied with all state and federal water quality standards. The threat posed by different contaminants varies greatly from one water source to the next. “In some parts of the valley, arsenic is also an issue. In other parts, uranium is an issue,” Lee said. High concentrations of arsenic can cause cancer. In its annual report, UWID reported a range of zero to seven parts per billion (ppb) arsenic in drinking water samples. No samples exceeded the EPA limit of 10 ppb. Uranium is also highly hazardous to human health. UWID reported uranium levels ranging from zero to 24 ppb in its annual report, with no samples exceeding the EPA limit of 30 ppb. According to Lee, two of the largest water quality concerns across the country are

nitrates and bacterial contaminants. Nitrate levels can fluctuate due to rainfall and agricultural activity. Nitrate contamination is a serious health risk for infants and can cause blue baby syndrome. Cr y ptosporidium, a parasite from the intestines of humans and animals found in surface water, can cause an intestinal disease called Cryptosporidiosis. According to United Water, a small amount of Cryptosporidium is present in the Boise River but has not been detected in the treated water delivered to taps in the UWID system.


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Keynote Address: Dolores Huerta January 27 7:00p.m. Jordan Ballroom Student Union Building

Keynote Address: Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter February 3 Dean of the MLK International Chapel at Morehouse College, will open the Gandhi, King, Ikeda exhibit “A Legacy of Creating Peace”.He will also present the "Ghandi, King, Ikeda Award" to someone in our community whose work emphasizes the difference one person can make in promoting peace through non-violent action.

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Kodie Stanley and Josh Ramsey began planning their wedding upon their engagement last semester.

Planning a Wedding Some Boise State students struggle while juggling school and being engaged Alx Stickel @AlxStickel

Kodie Stanley and Josh Ramsey are odd ducks among their college peers: they’re engaged. However, both agree they’ve noticed a rise among college students getting engaged while attending school and some of those students even get married before they graduate. “It’s a cultural shift, I think,” Stanley, senior communication major, said. “My grandparents got married when they were sixteen and that wasn’t uncommon. To think about that now, it’s really weird. I talk to a lot of people (who) don’t want to get married until later in age

and they’re established in a job.” Despite the suggestion of waiting until they graduated and had jobs, Ramsey and Stanley decided it was the right time for their engagement. After dating for three years, they agreed there was no need to wait any longer. Ramsey asked, why wait? “I’m happy with it,” Ramsey, junior computer science major, said. “I don’t mind that I’m still in school and working while trying to do this (plan a wedding). It’s worth it to me.” Stanley said when students date someone they are most likely going to marry, it is logical to get engaged before making

other serious life choices, such as employment location. It is important to ensure the goals of each partner support the other. In Ramsey and Stanley’s case, school serves as an equalizer for where they are in their lives. “I want to work in professional baseball and I don’t know where I’m going to be working. I could be working here in Boise for the Hawks or I could be working in Detroit for the Tigers or something,” Stanley said. “Being able to have that discussion, now that we’re engaged, it’s like if we’re able to look towards a future of where we can do things for one another and it not be a deal breaker because

we’re just dating and having a long distance dating relationship.” Stanley’s number one piece of advice for college students planning a wedding is to consider budget. Wedding costs on top of academic debt is not uncommon for students getting married while in school. Stanley said the wedding costs (on top of school and other expenses) are a little daunting. “I think the biggest thing about planning a wedding while you’re in college is money is a really big issue,” Stanley said. “It’s different than if we were out of school and working for a couple years because we’re working on a college budget and it’s not

really customary anymore for my parents to pay for everything.” Ramsey and Stanley recommend students should strive for a balance with schoolwork and wedding planning. Ramsey said he finds himself thinking about it while in class and Stanley has to put her homework first despite wanting to plan the wedding instead. “I would say just don’t forget about school. Planning the wedding thing, it’s all fun and it’s more work than I ever would have ever imagined but it feels like it’s worth it,” Ramsey said. “If you’re doing it right then you’ll find time for both, have a lot of fun doing both.”


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eBay, Craigslist and secondhand stores have designer dresses at significantly cheaper prices than those at a bridal salon.


Serve something other than dinner. Having a wedding lunch is a cheap alternative.


Utilize “recycled” wedding sites such as wedding-recycle. com. You can find gently used wedding decorations, dresses and more for much cheaper than new.

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience with living with mental illness. “Time flies when you’re having fun” should be changed to “Time flies when you’re on break.” Why does the semester seem to drag on, yet Christmas and summer break fly by? Though I feel well-rested, I know the feeling won’t last. I am not prepared to enter my final semester as an undergraduate. I’ve already felt a spike in my anxiety just ordering my books. I stopped checking my mailbox so I wouldn’t have to deal with the fact that school is coming, whether I’m prepared or not (cue the “Jaws” theme song). The first week back is always the worst. Your frustration might get the best of you. From experience, I know that most students with an ailment, including myself, won’t be the happiest campers for the first few weeks. But can you blame us? Parking, navigating your way through campus to figure out a timely routine, not to mention dodging bikers and groups of lethargic students carrying large coffees who seem to only walk in vertical lines, not letting anyone pass through, inevitably make getting to class a hassle. It’s unavoidable. However, you can take preventative measures in assuring that your anxiety doesn’t need to rise. 1. Get to class early. Find a seat where you’ll be comfortable for the entire semester. I always have to sit by the door. For whatever reason, knowing I’m closest to the exit always assures me that I can slip out the door if needed without having the entire class stare. 2. Know that lines will be long: in the bookstore, the financial aid office, anywhere you need assistance from a university employee, count on waiting. Have patience and remember that they’re also getting back into their routine. Give yourself extra time to complete these errands. 3. Take time to copy down due dates and important events in your agenda. If the professor hasn’t uploaded their syllabus to Blackboard, ask for a copy. Knowing ahead of time what assignments are due, and when, makes the entire semester easier to plan out and make the necessary adjustments. Remember, you’re here because you want to better your future. Don’t let something like anxiety make college more difficult than it already is. Take time to enjoy the experience.

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Revenue Earned: None. In November 2013, Facebook offered $3 billion to purchase the software. Snapchat owners declined. Features:

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Users send pictures or video which receivers can view on mobile devices for up to 10 seconds. After the time allowance expires, the picture or video is inaccessible on the receiving mobile device and deleted from Snapchat servers. Setbacks: Critics claim deleted photos can be retrieved on the Android OS by using forensic software. Facebook and Tumblr closed sites

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Why students use it: "It's a good conversation starter. It can break the ice with people and build friendships and relationships. You are able to express yourself in different situations with different emotions and it just allows you to break the ice a lot faster," said sophomore health education promotion major

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A great tip to start Spring 2014 is to tackle the course syllabi, class web sites and any email communications that your professor sends to get you prepared. My best advice for the first week of school is to get organized. Step One: buy a great planner that has a

layout that works for you, choose something that you will actually use. Once you have your planner move on to Step Two: start filling in dates for assignments, quizzes, tests and papers. You can also make reminders of when to start studying or researching for big assignments. At first this might seem overwhelming or tedious, but when your plan-

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College presidents write on liberal arts Susan Snyder

As higher education comes under increased pressure to prove its worth, two local college presidents argue in a new book that the liberal arts play a vital role in educating the world’s leaders and problemsolvers. While many colleges are aimed at preparing students for a profession or career, liberal arts colleges develop critical thinkers who are able to cross disciplines, said Daniel H. Weiss, president of Haverford College, one of the nation’s most highly selective and expensive small liberal arts colleges. “We help people get all the jobs and follow the path of a rewarding and interesting life that contributes to society,” said Weiss, who wrote and coedited the collection of essays with Rebecca Chopp, president of Swarthmore College, and Susan Frost, an educational consultant. The book comes as colleges are preparing to face a new accountability and ratings system still in development by the Obama administration and due out in 2015. In “Remaking College,” the two presidents assert that higher education will have to address spiraling costs and that some colleges _ particularly regional liberal arts colleges _ will have trouble surviving if they don’t. Colleges need to _ and are _ looking at doing things differ-

Resada Ward, second from the left, and her classmates sit in a sociology course at Lindenwood University in Missouri. ently, Weiss and Chopp write. Among the innovations: Exploring different uses for their facilities; offering summer sessions to allow students to complete their degrees in three years; offering courses that are a hybrid of online and in-class instruction; and collaborating on programs and services.

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Haverford, Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore have long collaborated. They share libraries and administrative services, started a joint linguistics department, and more recently began working together on environmental sciences and environmental studies, Chopp said. In the last year, the three colleges have joined a consortium of nine liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania that meets “to talk about how we can collaborate to cut costs while providing new support for faculty and students,” Chopp said. Other colleges involved in the effort are Washington and Jefferson;

Gettysburg; Ursinus; Franklin and Marshall; Juniata; and Dickinson. “We want to lower cost while protecting and even enhancing value,” Chopp said. “That is very much the mood right now within our schools.” Weiss and Chopp decided to work together on the book after hosting a conference on the future of liberal arts colleges in April 2012 at Lafayette College, which Weiss formerly led. The book is a collection of essays by 20 former and current college presidents, and includes lead chapters by Chopp and Weiss. The two presidents

discuss the role of small liberal arts colleges, which collectively educate 6 percent of students in higher education. Swarthmore also is home to a special institute aimed at enhancing and fostering liberal arts education worldwide. In an interview, Chopp and Weiss defended the cost of attending their institutions. Haverford’s costs likely will top $60,000 next year. The college currently charges $59,236 in tuition and room and board. Swarthmore charges $57,870. The presidents emphasized that most students do not pay full tuition. Both schools offer financial aid to students based on need.

“There’s no question. We have to do something about cost,” Weiss said. “We have to control the tuition increases as much as we can. But we must also acknowledge that quality requires an investment.” Both emphasized the return on investment: Chopp noted that 96 percent of Swarthmore alumni are employed. Weiss said Haverford boasts a similar employment rate. “We need a cadre of people that can take this breadth of knowledge and critical and creative thinking, and connect them to the issues of the day,” Chopp said. “Our graduates will get jobs in these critical and creative fields.”

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Letter from the editor You might have noticed there’s not much on this page. These few simple words which I’m writing to you, a quick drawing our design team whipped up to make me seem whimsical and an ad we were coerced into putting here by our business manager who is obsessed with “keeping us in business.” The fact that this page is so empty is a sad commentary on how little we, as editors of the school paper, have done to engage our campus. Too often we have used this opinion page as a sounding board for our own irks and annoyances (I considered changing the point of this letter to the condemnation of people who misuse the words “literally” and “unique”). While there is a place for that, the opinion section of any paper is at its best when it is filled with the voices and concerns of its audience. With that being said, I would like to invite all of you to take ownership of this page. We accept letters to the editors, story suggestions, satirical cartoons and whatever else you’ve got. We’d love to consider it for publication. I’m sure many of you out there have been disappointed, annoyed or offended by The Arbiter at one point in time or another (hell, there are some times I’ve been disappointed in us.) If so, let us know. We welcome responses to our articles. Or, if we’re not covering the issues and topics you want to see, write in and let us know what we’re missing. The Arbiter, both in print and online, is a forum where you are able to reach hundreds of students every single week. The staff of this newspaper strives to cover all areas of campus life and bring you the news you need to know. However from editor-inchief down to the newest writer just scraping out their first story, there are less than 50 of us who produce regular content for The Arbiter. While that may seem like a lot at first glance, we don’t even amount to a drop in the bucket in a sea of Guidelines for submitting a letter to the editor more than 20,000 students. We might not know if there’s something messy about being a music major, if a loophole has you tied up in knots or you’ve been hamstrung by policy. Boise State, what grinds your gears? Please, I’m absolutely dying to know. (But not literally).

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January 23, 2014


Bacon is John Berryhill’s latest restaurant adventure, and, as the name implies, it’s the home of all things bacon. Lovers of bacon be prepared: Berryhill plans to cook over 150,000 strips of bacon per year in his downtown Boise location. That’s the equivalent of a strip of bacon for every minute they are open for business. Atmosphere is the first thing to note about this themed bistro. The warm, inviting country homemeets-urban oasis ambi-

ance is initially inviting. Order your poison as you walk in from a wide array of options all etched onto a chalkboard menu. Offerings range from breakfast and lunch items to bacon platters and Bloody Marys. The staff is energetic and happy to assist in menu questions. Water with cucumber or lemon is offered in a self-serve bar at the back of the restaurant, and pillows serve as cushions on the hard wood seating. Bacon prides itself on

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Reviewing John Berryhill’s Bacon

its eight different types of bacon: the Berryhill, tempeh, maple rosemary, spicy, pancetta, candied, chocolate and kurobuta herbed bacon. Each has its own special flavor, offering up enough variety to satisfy the traditional to the adventurous bacon aficionados. Bacon Breakdown: Kurobuta: This is spiced and cooked to perfection. For sure this is on the top three and highly recommended.

Berryhill: The original Berryhill bacon is named so for a reason. It is a perfect traditional bacon with a hint of spices that mix to pack a taste sensation. This is by far the best. Tempeh: This is a meat substitute bacon for the non-meat eaters. While dryer and in a strange, clumped form, Berryhill was able to make this workable. But if you are a bacon lover, stick to the “real” bacon. Maple rosemary: This

one could have been a bit more maple-y. The rosemary, however, makes up for the slight disappointment in the maple department. Spicy: For a spice lover, this could have had a bit more kick, but for a bacon lover with just a touch of love for spice, this is excellent. Pancetta: Packaged in a different form (it is circular) and texture than the other bacon offerings, this one is juicy and flavorful,

coming in as a second only to Berryhill. Candy: While this may seem off-putting, the sweet candied flavor and salt from the bacon pair amazingly to create an astonishingly delicious treat. Chocolate: What can go wrong with chocolate and bacon? Enough said. Overall, Bacon’s atmosphere, food, drinks and bacon make this worth checking out this establishment.

Bacon Bloody Mary The bacon Bloody Mary is a must-try. Served in a tall mason-like jar, jam packed with a spicy and top-notch beverage, topped with veggies- and, you called it, bacon- it is not to be missed.

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WINTER BREAK “American Hustle:” This dramatic story of a con man and his team pulling off intricate heists is a proper interpretation of criminals who drive diligently toward an eventual end. With daring performances by the likes of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” is the perfect combination of both grade A acting

and top-notch directing.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty:” If you teetered in the no man’s land of deciding whether or not you can stand Ben Stiller, this flick will more than likely steer you towards a more positive outlook. Stiller plays a day-dreamer who goes from floating through life stuck in a rut to a man who actually comes to live his dream and undertakes some of the most

grand of adventures.

“Frozen:” With Disney recently acquiring Pixar, the world of animated cinema was at a crosswords. Disney not only allowed the geniuses at Pixar to stay at their best, they allowed them to create the mastery of animation that is “Frozen.” One of the best animated movies in recent times, with hilarious characters with the best of names to match, “Frozen” is the feel-

good movie of the year so far.

IMD Rating: 7.8 out of 10 Student Voice: Michael Wolf, mechanical engineering, sophomore "The whole thing was just fun to watch. Jennifer Lawrence, need I say more."

IMD Rating: 7.6 out of 10 Student Voice: Hunter Siegel, construction management, senior "It was definitely really inspirational. Ben Stiller was surprisingly really good in it."

IMD Rating: 8.1 out of 10 Student Voice: Taylor Klein, forensic science, sophomore "I absolutely really loved it. The snowman was one of my favorites by far.”

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Month 23, 2013

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Jasmine Parham’s new college roommate is a dear friend from back home. The roomie responds to “Leo” and never goes to class, but can perform some neat tricks. Leonora, a frisky border collie, and her owner, Parham, are among the first residents of the first pet-friendly dorm at Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. About 20 students and their pets - dogs, cats and a few caged gerbils and rats are taking up residence at Nemec Hall, an established dorm, as the fall semester begins this week. Stetson is not the first college to have a pet-friendly dorm, but it’s among the relatively few schools perhaps a dozen or so across the country that have formal policies and accommodations. Stetson officials say the dorms could become a recruitment tool that helps set the school apart, just as big schools such as the University of Central Florida entice students with football stadiums, basketball arenas

and trendy eateries. The idea behind the dorm is to give students - freshmen, in particular, a familiar presence as they make the sometimes stressful transition from home to campus. “What better way to do that than to have a family friend there to greet you when you get out of class?” said Justin Williams, the university’s director of housing and residential life. Having a pet along for the college journey makes a dorm “a home away from home,” he said. Parham, a freshman from Palm Coast, Fla., agrees. “I love having my best friend here with me,” Parham said. Eckerd College, a private school in St. Petersburg, Fla., has had pet-friendly dorms for years. So has Stephens College, a private school in Missouri that was the previous home of current Stetson President Wendy Libby. Libby brought the petfriendly-dorm concept with her to Stetson a year ago. Stetson staff members visited Eckerd and Stephens to get ideas on how to set up similar living arrangements.

Although small, independent colleges such as Stetson dominate the list of petfriendly schools, powerhouses Caltech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology allow certain small pets in some campus dorms. Many schools, especially public ones, may shy from pet-friendly dorms because of liability worries connected to animal attacks or building maintenance, Stetson officials said. Students sign an agreement that sets out terms. Obedience training is required for dogs. Aggressive or noisy animals can be sent home. In establishing policy at Stetson, the welfare of the animal was a priority. So inspections will be held to make sure students are caring for their pets properly. Students pay a $400-a-year surcharge to get a pet-friendly dorm room, with $200 of that refundable if the room is kept in shape. Part of the fee goes toward pet-related costs, such as establishment of a fenced dog walk near Nemec Hall. The rooms designated for pets are singles instead of standard double-occupancy rooms to avoid having cats and dogs as

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Florida dorm welcomes pets

Jasmine Lee cuddles with her dog Fluffy in her dorm room. roomies. Not all animals are allowed. Dogs 30 pounds and less are OK, as are cats and caged rodents such as rats, gerbils and hamsters. Small fish and turtles that can reside comfortably in small water tanks are fine, too. Because of potential odor issues, birds, most reptiles and rabbits are not on the approved list. Depending on how things go this year, how-

Women’s Center ‘pays it forward’ Ryan Hoffman Staff Writer

A display was set up on a short table detailing their ethos. Flyers were handed out to advertise upcoming events. The staff was friendly and ready to help participants make a button. This was “Pay It Forward,” an event held by the Women’s Center last Tuesday, Jan. 21 in the Student Union Atrium.

Created by student Dan Morgan last fall, the goal of the project is to “create an avalanche of goodwill and positivity on campus by encouraging small, random acts of kindness,” said Kate Steven, programming coordinator at the Women’s Center. Students are able to add their proposed acts of kindness (such as “volunteer for an advocacy group” or “speak up when homophobic remarks are made,” in addition

to their own personal ideas) to a whiteboard for all passersby to see, and then create a button they can wear exhibiting the same message. “Last semester we did this on the Quad, and we’ll probably do it again when it gets warmer,” Steven said. “It had a pretty good response out on the Quad. About 10 or so students have stopped by today to create a button or write on the whiteboard (so far).” And

this is only the first hour of the event. Asked what they do to pay it forward, “I think about it a little bit every day. I find it a lot when I’m watching television or a movie with my friends, and something weird happens,” Steven said. “(For example), in the movie, someone makes a rape joke, and I say, ‘Oh, did you notice that?’ or ‘What did you see here?’ Starting those conversations with friends and

ever, the list may be expanded and the dog-weight limitation could be relaxed. It’s too soon to tell whether Stetson’s pet-friendly-dorm experiment will expand. Nemec Hall can accommodate up to 34 students with pets. Two additional rooms for resident staff also are petfriendly. Arthur DeFilippo, a residential-life coordinator on

staff who lives in Nemec Hall with his wife, came to work at Stetson in part because of the pet-friendly living accommodations. There was no way the couple was going to give up Elphie, their pet puggle - a canine mix of pug and beagle. “For a lot of people, pets are like members of the family,” DeFilippo said. “It’s about quality of life.”

family is something I know I can do (to pay it forward).” “I think of little things like holding a door open for somebody or noticing someone’s meter is about to run out, and I have a quarter in my pocket. It’s not necessarily needing to use this big, grand gesture (of kindness), but it’s something else that can make a really big difference in another person’s day,” Megyn Rodriguez, outreach coordinator said. But how does one get involved with coming up with cool programs like this? “Students are constantly

thinking of ways to create programs for other students, and the Women’s Center has those resources,” Rodriguez said. “As program coordinator, I help students create the programs. We have a list of programs coming up that are all student-led,” Steven said. “Yes, and not only are we putting on events, we have a number of volunteer opportunities, too,” Rodriguez said. To find out more about the Women’s Center and upcoming events, visit them on the second floor of the SUB or visit

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January 23, 2014


“Tommy Football” commits to Boise @EngelESPN

After the departure of former head football coach Chris Petersen from the Boise State football program, the Broncos have had some issues at the quarterback position. Butte College quarterback Tommy Stuart’s transfer to Boise State from California couldn’t have come at a better time for head football coach Bryan Harsin. Serra High (Gardena, Calif.) senior quarterback Jalen Greene decommitted from Boise State to follow Petersen. He then decided to jump ship once again for Southern California and new head football coach Steve Sarkisian. Joe Southwick found himself in the midst of a “scandal,” involving him allegedly urinating off of a hotel balcony while in Hawaii for

Boise State’s appearance in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, and Nick Patti decided he no longer wanted to be a Bronco after being implicated in the event with Southwick. The Broncos were left with redshirt senior quarterback Grant Hedrick as the starter and one other scholarship quarterback in redshirt freshman Ryan Finley. Stuart, a 6-foot, 195-pound duel-threat quarterback, led Butte to the national championship as a freshman and a 12-0 record. He is enrolled in the spring semester at Boise State.

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Stuart (center) led Butte College to a national championship in 2013.

Weaver makes smooth transition Nate Lowery Staff Writer

The decision may have been hard, but it’s hard to argue that it didn’t work out perfectly for women’s basketball player Deanna Weaver. Battling injuries and head coach Paul Westhead’s run-and-shoot offense at the University of Oregon, Weaver, a junior guard/forward, made the decision to transfer to another school — a difficult one considering the tight-knit family she had with the Ducks. “It was a hard decision to leave Oregon,” Weaver said. “I loved those girls and the

coaching staff and everyone there was great. It was definitely a career decision. I needed a fresh start.” Luckily for Weaver, the stars aligned and led her straight to Boise State. On Jan. 18, 2013, the University of Oregon gave Weaver a full release from her scholarship, allowing her the option to transfer to any school she wanted to — opening up her recruitment once again. Only this time, programs were in the middle of their seasons; more focused on playing than recruiting. Luck was still on Weaver’s side however. Boise State had just had a player

leave the program before Weaver’s release from the Ducks. That opened up a scholarship for her to come in immediately. Then redshirt junior guard Brandi Henton, a former classmate and track and field teammate of Weaver back in the third grade, lured her friend to Boise State. By February, Weaver was enrolled in classes at the university and was rehabbing a stress reaction on her left foot that had confounded Oregon trainers. “(Weaver) has been great,” Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell said. “We were all very fortunate

to have had such a quick switch.” Except for some struggles getting classes as a midterm enrollee and having to change her major, Weaver’s transition to the Broncos was as seamless as possible. The left foot injury that had riddled her for her career at Oregon healed, she built chemistry with her new teammates and adapted to a new area — her decision to start fresh had paid off. “It was a very easy transition, especially with Brandi,” Weaver said. “The coaches didn’t put any pressure on me to return too quickly.”

With her foot finally healed, Weaver began to improve her game to reach the potential she felt she could hit. The Oregon coaching staff had given her all of the notes that they had kept on her, all of the weaknesses, flaws and strengths that she needed to work on. Weaver used those notes and set out on improving herself — becoming a stronger player, having a better mindset, improving defensively and most importantly, being a player that could make a difference on a game. So far, the results have been good. In only six games, Weaver leads the Broncos in scoring and steals at 15.3 and 2.2 re-

spectively and is second in rebounding at 6.5 per game. The Broncos were 4-2 in those six games, including a 66-64 win over Cal State Fullerton in Weaver’s debut with Boise State. “(Deanna) is very long and very athletic,” Presnell said. “Other teams key on her which only improves the rest of our team. It’s worked better than we could have ever hoped for.” Weaver would be quick to agree with Presnell’s.

Getting an off-the-wall workout Los Angeles Times MCT Campus Wire

Most of us traverse the environment by walking. Not Michael “Frosti” Zernow­ —he prefers to vault, flip and catapult his way from A to B. The Santa Monica, Calif.based professional parkour athlete and instructor has 10-plus years of experience, and it shows: The man defies gravity when in motion. Parkour is a discipline developed in France that involves smoothly navigating over and around obstacles like walls, stairs and trees with jumps, climbs and acrobat-like moves. Zernow makes it look effortless, but it takes practice and discipline if you

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don’t want to smack a wall, graze your knees on asphalt or otherwise end up at your local urgent care clinic. Once you’ve got the skills, parkour (also called free-running) is a blast you can do almost anywhere. Since some moves can be tricky and require a level of athleticism, you may want professional instruction at the outset. But here’s an easy, explosive move _ called a tic-tac _ to get you started.

Why you should try this:

Because it’s fun. A tictac is usually done to jump over an obstacle and can help you climb higher. It instills body control, essential for parkour. The major muscles of the legs and core get a workout since

they keep the body stable as it flies through the air.

What to do:

Pick a spot on a wall, sturdy tree or lamppost that is at a comfortable and achievable height. Take a short running start and step onto the spot with the leg that’s closest, putting your weight into it. Then push off with the same leg, like a billiard ball ricocheting off the side of a pool table. Extend the other leg out for the landing, but don’t just settle for any random landing spot _ pick a specific place on the ground, and turn to face it to help guide your body there. Land on the balls of the feet, with knees bent, to avoid injuring the joints.

How much to do:

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Michael “Frosti” Zernow shows off some of his parkour skills. Begin with one to two tic-tacs at a time, making sure you work both sides of the body. As you get stronger and more confident, add more.

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football stories you might have missed during the break

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1. Southwick The winter break began with scandal in Hawaii as redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home after less than 24 hours on the island. Southwick was accused of urinating off a hotel room balcony on pedestrians. When he returned to Boise, Southwick approached KTVB and gave an exclusive interview, producing lie detector tests in an attempt to prove his innocence in the ordeal. The story has since lost momentum and no new developments have surfaced.

2. Dylan Sumner-Gardner Just over a month on the job and head coach Bryan Harsin has already landed the highest rated recruit in Boise State history. Four-star safety, Dylan SumnerGardner is ranked 92 on the ESPN recruiting board. Originally committed to Texas A&M, Sumner-Gardner followed Marcel Yates for the Broncos. Sumner-Gardner’s committal is a done deal as he enrolled in classes at Boise State this semester.

3. Nick Patti Once a highly touted recruit out of Florida, redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Patti left the Boise State program over the break. Patti redshirted his freshman season in 2012, and made appearances in six games for the Broncos this season,. He played as the backup for the majority of the season after Southwick went down with a broken ankle. Patti is rumored to have transferred to Central Florida where he was heavily recruited before committing to Boise State.

4. Coaching Staff Bryan Harsin has a storied history with Boise State and the community. A former quarterback for the Broncos, Harsin also served on the coaching staff from 2001-2010. Harsin is bringing in a coaching staff with similar ties. New offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was a quarterback for the Broncos from 2000-2004 and comes as the quarterbacks’ coach at Stanford from 2011-2013. Defensive coordinator Marcel Yates served as an assistant for the Broncos from 2003-2011 before working at Texas A&M the past two seasons.

5. Hawaii Bowl The Broncos capped off their 2013 campaign with a 38-23 loss to Oregon State in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve. The Broncos struggled in the first half, giving up two touchdowns to the Beaver defense. They trailed 31-6 at the break. The Broncos got some offense going in the second half, but the Oregon State lead proved to be too much to overcome.

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