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On any given day in 1953, the Hemingway Building would have been bustling with Boise Junior College (BJC) music students. It was also in 1953 that Dr. C. Griffith Bratt and Euguene Chaffee, then-president of BJC, brought the Cunningham Memorial Pipe Organ to the Hemingway Building. Today, the organ gathers dust, the bench is pushed to the side and the room equipped for its performances is quiet. The organ’s elaborate pipes, which reach up to 16-feet high and cover almost an entire wall, sit as a backdrop to an art gallery. “Organ music has fallen into bad times,” C. Griffith said. “It’s a shame for it to sit there.” According to C. Griffith himself, the organ cost almost

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$30,000 to have installed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator, the organ would cost over $258,000 to have installed today. That’s without taking into consideration what the value of a pipe organ that isn’t synthesized would be worth today. “It’s an exceptionally wellbuilt instrument,” said Wallis Bratt, C. Griffith’s son and associate professor of music. “I’ve been trying to push people to use the organ.” When C. Griffith retired and other departments moved into the Hemingway building, the organ’s use began to dwindle. According to Wallis, department members who had offices in the building complained the organ’s noise was too loud. “So the only time people could get in and really practice was probably after seven o’clock at night until the wee hours,” Wallis said. “That’s not

always a good time for everyone. They have coursework to do.” Subsequently, the organ’s use began to become less and less frequent. “(The organ) has been used maybe once in ten years, twice in ten years, maybe 15,” Wallis Bratt said. “Personally I think it is particularly important students, especially piano, have the opportunity to take one full year of organ.” Seeing as organ classes are not a requirement, or even an option at this point, it is obvious he is still facing obstacles. The organ is currently at performance level because of a collaboration between Wallis and the American Guild of Organists. The organ is ready to go and there are a handful of people Wallis believes would willingly teach lessons on it. Wallis said he knows of students who would take organ

at the drop of a hat, especially on an organ like the one here on campus. This organ has the ability to play not only romantic pieces, but baroque music as well, which is not a small achievement considering the wide ranges of noises necessary to play both of these types of music. According to the original pamphlet from the May 10, 1953 dedicatory services of the organ, the pipes “emit their tones in uninhibited, unblemished freshness—all the little overtones that grace superb voicing are here conserved.” J. B. Jamison of Austin Organs, who wrote the letter describing the organ within the pamphlet, congratulated the college calling the organ, “a beautiful gift with lasting educational and spiritual implications.” “It really is a shame,” Wallis said in regards to the rarity that has become the organ’s use.

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During the past few weeks, students on campus have been approached by representatives from national companies offering employment opportunities. “I was waiting for class to start and a guy came in to tell us about his company that is hiring,” said Beatriz Ayala, a sophomore business student. “He said he could get us jobs and summer internships with his company and passed out sheets where we could fill out our information.” While these representatives may be convincing and charismatic, students should investigate and scrutinize any employment opportunity presented by representatives roaming campus, said Debbie Kaylor, director of the Career Center. “Many of these job opportunities require an initial investment and hold employees responsible for taxes and other fees, we do not post these jobs online,” Kaylor said. The BroncoJobs website offers a listing of available campus and off-campus

affiliated jobs, as well as internship opportunities for students. The Career Center has received phone calls from parents who say their child owes money to a company affiliated with Boise State, but Boise State does not affiliate themselves with companies who independently contract employees requiring them to pay their own taxes and purchase their own equipment, said Kaylor. Many of the companies, such as Vector Marketing, a distributer for Cutco knives, requires employees to visit customers homes directly, presenting a possible safety issue. “We do require our employees to conduct business at customers homes, but they are by pre-scheduled appointment,” said Jackie Woodward, receptionist for the Vector Marketing office in Boise. “Employees are paid 15 dollars hourly and that is not a commission rate, that is a fixed rate,” Woodward said. According to Woodward, an internship program is offered by Vector Marketing, however, she was unable to provide fur-

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Debbie Kaylor advises students to use caution. ther details. Companies like these are not necessarily bad, they just may be misleading when it comes to job offers, Kaylor said. “I do not mean to put these companies down, because some students have had lots of success with them.” Kaylor said. “I just want students to understand they should be fully aware of what they are doing if they choose to go to work for these companies.”

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Boise Police responded to complaints from residents in the Bench area of Boise south of campus, which led to a bust on a house party which police say involved over 250 party-goers. According to police, the party was in full swing when officers arrived. Many party goers fled or hid around and in the home. Officers issued 89 citations for underage drinking and said 99 percent of the people contacted at the party were under 21. In addition to the drinking citations, police issued citations for disorderly conduct and open container violations. Although no arrests were reported, it is possible there will be further investigation which could lead to additional citations. Similar investigations were conducted by police in response to a series of large party busts in August 2011. The party is one the largest on record in the area and is also one of the single largest underage drinking busts on record. The Boise Police make the prevention of underage drinking a large priority and the scale of the event was a clear factor with their official statement on the party stating, “With the amount of people coming to the house the total numbers would have easily been in the high 300’s with almost all being under the age of 21 years old.” Boise State Security Operations Manager Jo Ann Gilpin, said campus security was not primarily involved in the bust and it was largely a Boise Police effort. The event rivaled the two days worth of party busts by the Boise Police “Party Patrol” last August when police reported issuing 100 total citations and making one arrest over the course of a weekend the 26 and 27. During the weekend busts it is estimated the largest party attendance was 200 and it is believed that 88 percent of the attendees were underage. Another major bust was made the following day on campus with the discovery of two pounds of marijuana in a campus dorm room, which led to the arrest of Anthony Iniguez, 21. According to the Idaho Statesman, Iniguez is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of trafficking due to the large amount of marijuana and other undisclosed evidence. If convicted, Iniguez faces up to 15 years in prison.


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Free HIV testing Thursday, Oct. 4 and every consecutive Tuesday and Thursday through Dec. 20, free HIV testing is offered to students. Testing will take place each day from 3 to 5 p.m. The testing center will be closed on holidays and any other days the university is closed. Test results are confidential with rapid HIV testing and counseling completed in less than 30

minutes. No blood is drawn; the test performed will be a simple oral swab. Students interested in being tested can do so in the Norco Building Health Center by checkingin at the second floor lobby. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Free testing is provided by University Health Services as part of the “Know Your Status” campaign.

LSAT workshop to be offered A free LSAT Strategy Workshop will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Room 4100 (Executive MBA Lecture Hall) in the new Micron Business and Economics Building. Students, advisors, faculty and the community are invited to hear about this new program and strategies for passing the Law School Admission Test. The LSAT Prep Courses offer both face-to-face and online op-

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portunities (24 hours): Face to Face: 6-9 p.m. Mon. and Wed, Oct. 17-Nov. 26, 2012 (no class Nov. 19 and 21) Online: 6-9 p.m. Tues. and Thurs., Oct. 23Nov. 27, 2012 (no class on Nov. 22) Cost is $899, including materials. For questions about the Free LSAT Strategy Workshop or LSAT Prep Courses, contact Michelle Forsgren at 426-3740 or michelleforsgren@boisestate. edu.

Page 2 Saturday class for little tikes on campus Boise State’s Summer Literacy Center Academy has expanded its summer program, making it yearround with classes on Saturday mornings. The Academy aims to help students in grades 1 to 7. The Saturday aspect of the program began in

The Kinesiology department is looking for participants for a metabolism study. The Human Performance Laboratory is looking for 12 men and women between the ages of 18 to 55 to participate in the study. The purpose of the Metabolic Equivalent of Task study is to examine how much

energy is used during physical activities. Following the completion of the study participants will each receive a free body composition assessment and two followup assessments, valued at $180 for free good for up to a year after the study. In order to participate in the study individuals must have a

Body Mass Index of 40 or more. Participants will meet five times for less than an hour during the course of the study and all information will be confidential. For those interested in participating, please contact Kristi Bercier, graduate assistant, atKristibercier@u.



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King Ali crowned Death Race champ Mallory Barker Staff Writer

Ali Ibrahim, a 24-year-old working on his bachelor’s in electrical engineering, was crowned King Ali when he became the champion of the Death Races on Friday Sept. 19. Death Race developed over the summer through the Boise State Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Micromouse club. In the competition, students race Bluetooth cars around the second floor atrium of the Micron Engineering Center, while controlling their cars via Android connected devices. The contestants drive laps around the atrium, trying to maneuver around turns without falling to the lower floor. The atrium has a gated railing that is just high enough from the ground to allow the cars to slide beneath it and plummet to the ground. About 50 people showed up to the race cheering and gasping as cars fell from the atrium resulting in ghastly deaths for the cars. Ibrahim was able to take

on the name of champion as he knocked out his last opponent late in the second lap. Of the five cars participating, only two survived the race. Nick Terrell, a 27-year-old senior working toward a bachelor’s in electrical engineering, came up with the idea of the races while he and his friends were involved in the Micromouse club, a robotic engineering group. Terrell thought it would be fun to see who is the best driver of the robots. He decided to increase the stakes and fun by moving the race to the atrium. The first attempt at the races involved a small group including Vikram Patel, 25-year-old working towards a doctorate in electrical engineering. They had so much fun Terrell and Patel then brought the idea of racing stock cars up to IEEE who were fully on board, and so the Death Races began. Each contestant must purchase a Bluetooth connected car. The cars can be bought from The standard model cars cost $25 each. Patel said the cars are “af-

fordable enough to buy, but expensive enough to not want to lose it in the race.” The contestants can then upgrade the wheels on the car, enhance the speed and other dynamics of the car in order to gain the advantage. Patel encouraged other students from all engineering disciplines to get involved because of the learning experience. “You learn things in clubs like Micromouse or this event that you would never learn in a lab environment or classroom environment,” Patel said. Patel also said the competitive nature of the race encourages participants to come up with innovative ways to gain the advantage over the other drivers, thus teaching them good engineering skills not found in standard academic settings. Anyone can get involved, so long as you are a member of IEEE. The next Death Race will be held on Oct. 12. The Race is tentatively scheduled to begin at noon. Everyone is invited to attend and watch as cars race to the death.

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Campus professor lands grant Martin Sondermann Staff Writer

John Freemuth Ph.D., a professor of political science and public policy at Boise State, has received a $275,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to improve databases of lands managed by federal, state and local government agencies. Freemuth, who is the CASE/Carnegie Professor for 2001 and a senior fellow at the

Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy, said it was “exciting and flattering,” that he was chosen for this project. As far as how this grant benefits Boise State, Freemuth said it would bring, “better visibility as a university working on useful information helping biodiversity protection, (and) maybe funding a Ph.D. student in public policy.” The funding will allow Freemuth to improve the databases for Gap Analysis Program

(GAP) and Protected Areas Data (PAD) and the use of information for better public policy making. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website, the GAP is utilized to answer the question, “How well are we protecting common plants and animals?” The site goes on to add, “Developing the data and tools to support that science is the mission of the USGS GAP.”

According to the website, “GAP works to ensure that common species—those that are not officially endangered—remain common by identifying those species and plant communities that are not adequately represented in existing conservation lands.” PAD, or Protected Areas Data, “is a national geodatabase, created by USGS GAP, that represents public land ownership and conservation lands,” according to the same

USGS website. According to Freemuth, there are some very helpful things his project hopes to accomplish. When asked about those benefits he said, “(The project would) demonstrate the usefulness of protected area inventories to the public, government or business for evidence-based global, national, regional and local conservation planning.” He also said it would allow “assessment through public engagement and deliberation (and) conduct analysis with protected areas and other spa-

tial data that provide a useful science framework to inform management and policy decisions.” As part of the project there will also be an eventual appointed advisory panel that will help guide the project in several areas as it progresses forward. The grant is for one year, but Freemuth mentioned there was a possibility of renewal. “The changing needs of land managers from various levels of government, nonprofit groups, landowners and so on,” he said.

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Juliette Tinker, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biological Sciences at Boise State, accepts an award at the Idaho Innovation Awards on Tuesday.

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The room at Boise Centre on the Grove was artistically lit on Tuesday with hues of blues and reds and tables were set with autumn-inspired flower arrangements in honor of the Idaho Tehchnology Council (ITC) Hall of Fame banquet and the Idaho Innovation Awards. Among the guests at the ceremony were representatives from Boise State, the University of Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, Hewlett-Packard, Healthwise, TW Telecom, Balihoo as well as representatives from sev-

eral elementary schools throughout Idaho. The key note speaker was Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group an Co-Founder of TechStars. He is a venture capitalist, who strongly supports new innovators and their businesses. Feld resides in Boulder, Colo., where he is heavily involved in the entrepreneurial environment. His message to Boise State students: “Try to spend as much time as possible on things you’re passionate about.” Part way through the ceremony, the category for the Early-Stage Innova-

tion of the Year award was announced. Three innovators were nominated for the award, including one of Boise State’s own: Juliette Tinker, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences. Tinker was nominated for the Early-Stage Innovation Award because of her work producing a vaccine that prevents Staph and MRSA infection in both humans and dairy cows. Her competitors in the category were WhiteCloud Acute Foundations by WhiteCloud Analytics, and Wireless Spectrum Communications.

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The master of ceremonies, Jason Prince It was great, really an honor. It was fantastic of Stone Rives, LLP., an- just to be nominated. I hope it stimulates some nounced there was a tie: Juliette Tinker and White- interest in the community.—Juliette Tinker, Ph.D. Cloud Acute Foundations both won. Tinker said she realized attention on some of the Other categories inthe need for such a vaccine other vaccines she is workcluded Innovative Company of the Year, won by when she was a post doc- ing on, including a vacClearWater Analytics, and torate fellow at the Univer- cine to prevent West Nile Virus and another vaccine Innovator of the Year, won sity of Colorado. Both infections are to prevent the bubonic by Les Cullen, president of Castlerock Building Prod- strains of Staphylococcus plague. aureus and are responsible Her West Nile Virus ucts, Inc. Two men were also in- for the loss of approxi- vaccine is also in the Preducted into the ITC “Hall mately 11,000 lives every Clinical phase, and she has year in the United States submitted it for publicaof Fame.” The first inductee, For- and pose a potential eco- tion but it has not been acrest Bird, created a tiny nomic loss in the billions cepted yet. Her vaccine for the buventilator small enough of dollars for infected bonic plague, (also known for a newborn and which cattle. The infections are an- as the Black Death), only has been credited with reducing infant mortality tibiotic resistant, and al- has between 5 to 7 cases caused by respirator prob- though they naturally col- every year in the U.S. However, since the 9/11 lems from 70 percent to 10 onize about a third of our population without inci- attacks, there has been repercent. Bob Lokken , the second dence, if the infection gets newed interest in developinductee, developed sev- into an open wound it can ing a vaccine because of the potential for it to be eral data technologies that cause a lot of problems. Research has found geused as a bioweapon. have changed the software netic issues may also play This vaccine is still in analytics industry. After the ceremony a a part in a person’s ability the developmental stage. Tinker is married with brief reception ensued. to fight a staph infection. She began studying a two children, ages 4 and 6. There was a feeling of exShe teaches Microbiolcitement and creative en- molecule called Cholera toxin, and was able to deogy, Pathogenic Bacteriergy in the air. “When my husband and toxify it so it could be used ology, and Vaccinology at I moved here in 2006, Boi- to stimulate immune re- Boise State. In her free time—when se reminded us of Silicon sponse, a quality required in order to produce a she is not busy researchValley 30 years ago,” said vaccine. ing more ways to save the attendee Karen Meyers. The vaccine is currently world from deadly dis“We just need to do more in the PreClinical phase. eases—she enjoys spendof these type of gatherThe next step for the ing time with her family, ings to bring these people will be the Clinical Phase camping, playing tennis, together more often than trials, which are very big, and golfing. once a year.” very expensive and means Tinker also sits on the Tinker said she was getting involved with a Ada County Immunization surprised and ecstatic to pharmaceutical company. Advisory Board, where she have won. Tinker said she will be educates the public about “It was great, really an happy to let the pharma- vaccines, reaching everyhonor. It was fantastic just ceutical company take one from new mom groups to be nominated. I hope it over when it reaches at St. Lukes Hospital to stimulates some interest in this point. skeptics throughout the She will then focus her community. the community,” she said.

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Faculty Artist Series presents An Evening of Song Alx Stickel

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Vocal instructor Lynn Berg, Ph.D., Wisconsin native who studied abroad in Vienna, Austria and has taught for 29 years at Boise State, will perform “An Evening of Song” for the Oct. 5 Faculty Artist Series recital. Berg will be accompanied by instructor Del Parkinson, Ph.D., on the piano. The pieces Berg and Parkinson will perform were selected to compliment both vocal and piano talents. Berg said he is looking forward to the recital because students will have the opportunity to enjoy both talents. “For the Faculty Artist song recitals I always choose songs that are written for voice and piano, so you have the voice part, the piano part and it’s a meshing of the two art forms,” Berg said. “They can hear some rarely performed vocal music.” A few of Berg’s selected pieces will be sung in other languages, including Italian and French. After completing his master’s degree at Northwestern University in Ill., Berg traveled to Vienna to study abroad at the Academy for Music to

perfect his singing fluency in these other languages. Berg said he encourages musicians of any discipline to travel and study abroad to appreciate other art and culture. “It’s good, I think, for a musician to have studied abroad whether you’re a singer or an instrumentalist to get a different perspective of what the arts are and other countries,” Berg said. Owen Lowe, freshman piano performance major and vocal minor, worked with Berg for six years before attending Boise State. Lowe said he is very impressed with Berg’s talent in performing foreign language pieces, and Berg has helped him develop his own diction skills in these languages. “Dr. Berg is really good,” Lowe said. “He’s fantastic linguistically, especially in German. I remember the first concert I did a really good job on. I was singing this incredibly difficult German piece; every other word was something we had to go over. It took three months to get it down but I finally sang it right and he said it was really nice. He was really impressed. I sang it with perfect clarity apparently.” Some students hear


Dr. Lynn coaches in his musical studio at The Morrison Center for The Performing Arts. Berg’s baritone voice ring through the entire Morrison center and have said it’s an enjoyable sound. Even in office rehearsal’s his voice can be heard through the thick metal door. Ashley Glover, senior music education major, said she thinks Berg’s voice is amazing.

Verisimo Trio to perform recital Lauren Jacob Staff Writer

The Verisimo Trio, a group from the University of Wyoming, is taking a break from performing in Wyoming cities and is coming to Boise State on Oct. 6. at part of The Guest Artist Recital series. They will be performing in the Morrison Center

Recital Hall from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Mike Winter, Boise State alumnus and chairman of Boise State College of Arts and Sciences community advisory board, invited the trio to perform at Boise State after seeing them perform in Wyoming. “I was so impressed with the program and the play-

ing,” Winter said. “The group has very unusual instrumentation, but given the popularity of the saxophone and flute in the grand scheme of things, I felt this would be a very worthwhile program to have at Boise State.” The group, featuring Nicole Riner on flute, Scott Turpen on saxophone and Theresa Bogard on piano,

“(I remember) as part of our orchestra class in a concert a year ago he did a solo and he literally filled the whole Morrison Center,” Glover said. “I’d say definitely he’s a great singer. He has a really rich, deep voice and it is very powerful. It’s amazing.” According to Lowe, de-

spite Berg’s booming voice, he is not as scary as he may sound, especially when he’s speaking German. “I like how cool and collected he is all the time, but he’s actually really friendly,” Lowe said. “When he yells at you in German he’s usually complimenting you. He’ll yell at random people

has toured cities in Wyoming to perform and teach master classes. Turpen is a Boise State music department graduate and is well-remembered by the faculty. This will not be the first time the performers have been to Boise State. Four years ago when the Student Union Building put on the Classic Performance Series, both Turpen and Bogard performed. At 12:30 in the afternoon on Oct. 6, the group will be

holding Master classes for saxophone, flute and piano players. This is an opportunity for music students to learn from esteemed performers. “It always helps a music student to get a lesson from someone different from time to time,” Winter said. “And these are great performers.” Winter donated the fees to cover their travel expenses to fly from Wyoming to Boise. For more information on the event visit the Music Department’s website.


in the hall in German and sound incredibly angry, but really he’s (saying something) like ‘You have nice hair today’.” Berg and Parkinson will perform “An Evening of Song” in the Morrison Center Recital hall on Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Call 426-1596 for more information.

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Boise State Theatre Arts Department to perform a compilation of short plays.

Becoming: An Evening of Short Plays begins Lauren Jacob Staff Writer

The Danny Peterson Theatre will be filled with laughter, drama and great acting this October with the upcoming production “Becoming.” It will feature five short plays, including, “Watermelon Boats,” “Three Guys and a Brenda,” “Bondage,” “Medea,” and “Come and Go.” “Students should expect a mix of realistic acting and costumes with a more abstract, representative set and lighting design,” said Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe, play director. “The shows are a mix

of humor and more dramatic pieces which work together as a whole to explore relationships and their impact on our identity.” Auditions for this production were held the first week of school and the performers have been practicing every night since then. “We don’t rehearse every show, every night,” CaldwellO’Keefe said. “So the amount of time to really work on each piece, especially considering that we are balancing around work and school schedules as well, is incredibly tight.” The five short plays will touch on human emotion and the complicated ques-

tions we ask ourselves every day about trust, love, relationships and society. “We like to try a variety of plays in the college environment to support the needs of developing actors as well as a college audience and the Boise community,” CaldwellO’Keefe said. The performances will take place in the Danny Peterson Theatre on Oct. 4 through 6 starting at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., Oct. 10 through 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. For more information on pricing and more specifics on showtimes visit the theatre arts website.

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Belize zoo owner speaks Subject of Campus Read visits campus Tim Atwell Staff Writer

On Tuesday, Boise State hosted Sharon Matola, subject of the 2012-2013 campus read, “The Last Flight of the Scarlett Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird.” “I got to spend the day with her,” Carrie Moore, Boise State librarian, said. “I think she’s absolutely wonderful, a very engaging, inspiring person; a woman who shares her experiences in a very laid back, conversational way.” Matola participated in many activities during her stay on campus. These activities included a question-answer session with the Honors College, breakfast with President Bob Kustra and lunch with select students from University Foundations classes who have been studying the campus read book. “She got to ride in the football helmet golf cart and she thought that was fantastic, I think one of her highlights of the day,” Moore said. “She’s been excited to meet and share her story with everyone.”

Before she gave her speech, Matola ate dinner with a few students and faculty, including ASBSU President Ryan Gregg. “When you talk to Sharon you really realize that she’s a person who is very thoughtful and she really cares about what you’re saying,” Gregg said. “You can tell that she cares a lot about the things that she wrote about, and that she continues to write about. You can tell that she cares about the Belize Zoo a lot, and about the Macaw population.” During the question-answer session with the Honors College, students asked question and discussed many issues with Matola. “It was cool to see how passionate she is about animals,” said freshman Shelby Butts. “She seems like a very genuine person and it was interesting to find out that she actually has not read the final copy of the book.” Some of the students expressed that Matola was much different in real life than they thought she would be like after reading the book. “She is very different than the way Bruce Barcott portrayed her to be, she’s way

more introverted, and really quiet,” said Sarah Rehn, freshman chemistry major. “Bruce Barcott portrayed her to be this really loud, extroverted person, and she’s not like that at all.” At one point during the question-answer session, students had an opportunity to teach Matola a few things about wildlife conservation in Idaho. “She asked us about if we had any similar issues going on in the U.S., particularly in Idaho, and we talked about the situation in Idaho with the wolves,” said freshman Ben Blake. “She was really unaware of that situation, so it was a chance for us to inform her about something, which was a very unique opportunity.” At times, Matola seemed to be as interested in learning and listening to the students as she did about teaching and speaking. “She seemed really genuine, that she really wanted to talk with us and learn about us as much as she wanted to share with us what she was doing,” Gregg said. Bruce Barcott, the author of “The Scarlett Macaw” will speak at Boise State on March 5, 2013.

Experimental psychologist to speak Danielle Davidson Staff Writer

Steven Pinker, a professor at Harvard University and experimental psychologist who researches language and cognition will speak on campus as part of The Honors College’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Pinker was recently named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the

world today. He is also a Johnstone Family Professor in Harvard’s Department of Psychology and his research has won him numerous awards, including awards from the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Sciences. “Expect a very accomplished psychologist (and) linguist who’s studied every-

thing from language formation to (what) his talk will be on, The Better Angels Of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” said Dr. Andrew Finstuen, Honors College director. “He’s going to be discussing the thesis of his book, why violence has declined, what’s his evidence for that and from what I understand he’s a very good speaker.” Pinker’s research has included biblomics, indirect speech and neuroimaging


Belize Zoo owner Sharon Matola speaks as part of Campus Read.

and intracranial recording of language processes. He is one of the leading writers on language, the mind and human nature. Amongst Pinker’s publications are “How the Mind Works,” “The Blank Slate,” “The Language Instinct” and recently “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” Aside from books, he also writes publications for the Time, The New Republic and The New York Times. Pinker’s free lecture will take place on Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Morrison Center.

Experimental psychologist and Harvard Professor Steven Pinker will speak on campus Thursday at the Morrison center. Courtesy campus update

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Visiting prof inspires with social artistry Alx Stickel

Get over yourself “You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. I ended one of my first columns this semester with the phrase: You’re a freshman, and therefore not half as cool as you think you are. And this week I want to expand on that idea. When you graduated high school, they handed you a diploma and you threw your cap. I think it’s safe to say you were probably thrilled, ecstatic and if you are anything like me, you were relieved. You’d lived through the shark tank which was your high school career with only some minor bruises to your ego. But what you should remember is more than the class schedule and the 52-minute classes, what you’re leaving behind is the social hierarchy and the attitudes. Newsflash baby Broncos: Nobody cares if you ruled the school. Check the queen bee attitude. Right now, you’re all equals. You’re all stressed about classes, work schedules and being away from home. But if you continue to walk around like the sun shines out of your badonkadonk, you aren’t going to have many friends. You’re going to sink. Nobody likes the girl who thinks she’s God’s gift to the Earth. Nobody likes the guy who won’t stop talking about how he won state for his high school football team. You’re a big kid now, Pull Ups and all. Here’s some food for thought: I’m willing to bet the number of people you still talk to from high school is rapidly shrinking. You know why? Because even you are starting to care less and less about what was so important in high school. Even the people you called your friends and all the reasons who’s-dating-who was so vital of information is becoming insignificant. High school was about being friends with people similar to you. College is about meeting people who are different from you and push you. So the girl in the back of the class in the oversized shirt and the sock bun, she might be able to help you with your chem homework that’s killing you. Seriously kid, get over yourself. And from a fellow know-it-all: You don’t know anything.

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Visiting art instructor Gregory Sale gave students something to think about with his social art lecture and workshop Wednesday, Sept. 26 and Thursday, Sept. 27. Inspired from social issues in his Phoenix, Ariz. community, Sale discussed how his art is a “gesture” to society with hopes of inspiring community members to think about these issues. Students said they were interested in this concept of social art and they think it would be beneficial for Boise State to offer an interdisciplinary course on the subject. Elise Robbins, senior visual arts major, said she could see a social arts course happening at Boise State. “I think it could work,” Robbins said. “I think in order to have a discussion where Gregory is at, we (art students) have to be able to talk about aesthetics and we also have to be able to talk to an

anthropologist about how this community is, and we have to be able to see it from the psychology side. It’d be a great class. I’d take it in a heartbeat. And I think it should be offered for everybody.” Rather than doing a hands-on workshop, Sale gave a presentation composed of examples of social art that inspired him and his students. Sale primarily gave emphasis to projects his students brought to the community, including building a sign for a diner and serving a dinner in the diner. Sale’s students not only made the sign, but also cooked and served the diner utilizing more than just their artistic skills. Erik Goible, senior visual arts minor, said he agrees a social arts course would benefit more than just art students. Anthropology, psychology and art are just three examples of courses which could incorporate this concept of social art. “It would give more purpose to many of these departments that are kind


Visiting artist Gregory Sale explains his social art to students. of just languishing in art,” Goible said. In his lecture, Sale discussed the importance of different perspectives and disciplines, especially concerning the relationship between art and science. “That whole relationship to science was really interesting to me,” said Kayla Swanson, senior visual arts major. “Art is very similar to science. Scientific method is very structured, but we’re still asking questions and we’re still trying to find answers. You’re running experiments, but you’re doing it in an aesthetic sensibility about things.” Sale’s art approaches what he described to be

“polarizing” issues in his community. Through his art, Sale wants to inspire discussion about these issues by making what he calls “gestures” in the community. Goible said he appreciated this different approach to art. “To me it’s all about process,” Goible said. “The idea of this (Sale’s art) is that it’s a living thing. Sale brought up a totally different way of looking at art that I haven’t seen before.” Robbins said she also liked what Sale presented because it gives her something new to add to her artistic skill set. “It’s great information to have in your toolbox.”

The bodies will be revealed Danielle Davidson Staff Writer

Reveal the bodies! Starting on Sept. 29, the Discovery Center of Idaho (DCI) off of Myrtle St. in Boise will host a “BODIES REVEALED” exhibit. Not to be confused with “BODIES the Exhibition” shown in New York City

and Las Vegas, the show gives viewers the opportunity to look inside the human body by displaying preserved cadavers. “It is a medical-based show that takes human bodies and plasticizes them,” said Janae Korsanta, visitor service lead and museum floor manager. “They inject a polymer

that actually replaces all the water in the body with this polymer, and therefore it preserves the bodies permanently.” The exhibit includes individual organs and whole specimens where the viewer may see the mus-

cular, skeletal and nervous systems, amongst others. There will be around 200 specimen on display. “We have 13 full bodies and over 150 specimens, different organs, body parts, pieces that are on display,” Korsanta said.

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The technology debate

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Embrace the future

of communication Zachary Chastaine

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Take a stroll through the Boise State quad on a crisp fall day, and one would be challenged not to enjoy the beauty of the nature we’re fortunate to have all around us and see hordes of individuals so deeply immersed into their smart phones roving mindlessly, bumping into one another, with their eyes cast on a small screen that has replaced the world. Students, of course, cannot be blamed for their immersion in the social media and texting universe has experienced unprecedented growth in the past decade. Constant connection has become custom, even an expectation for many socially-active individuals. Our necessity to be in contact within seconds with any individual we know has killed our perception of the physical world around us, as well as the social world. Many would argue the miracle of nearly instantaneous contact (it is truly an achievement of man), has reformed the social world beneficially, in that contact with other human beings via Facebook or SMS (texting) has simplified the process. No longer must we take the effort to call, leave messages or utilize contact books to get together with friends, as it can all be conveniently stored in the memory of your smart phones. Others proclaim the saving grace of social networking sites such as Facebook, it allows them to stay in contact with friends and family they didn’t even know they had, as well as old acquaintances many have lost touch with. Franklin Roosevelt said “…Power must be linked with responsibility," and while he could not have imagined such a quote to fit the context of social media, it still carries much weight to the topic. The ability to contact anyone so quickly is a great power, one taken for granted by many and in current times, that power is used in great excess. The unspoken laws of social interaction for the young and old alike have changed. It can be said it is no longer socially acceptable to telephone friends, colleagues, or even to set up dates with potential romantic interests. In fact, it can also be said that Facebook and texting has completely changed the game of dating and flirtation. Jefferson Graham of USA Today said, “The texting craze gets bigger and bigger, and nowhere more so than in the world of romance, where texts now play a major role," in an article in which of those polled, 65 percent of people said it was only acceptable to ask for a first date via text message, while 24 percent went as far as to say that breaking off a relationship via texting was completely acceptable. Have individuals become so detached from the human instinct of face-to-face contact we’ve felt no remorse in abandoning it completely? But why? Is it the convenience of the social media world? Is it a bizarre voyeuristic instinct that has ingrained itself in our social beings to know what our friends and family are up to at all hours? Or is it, perhaps, the sense of popularity one may attain by having a large pool of Facebook friends? Many now lack basic conversational ability, while major studies around the world have linked the anonymous nature of texting to why students feel a sense of “stage fright” when asking questions in front of large audiences of their peers, or why students suffer with presentations, and nearly frown upon public displays of opinion and belief. Many studies also link social media devices to lack of focus in students. Is our necessity for contact and false senses of popularity so important to us that we forget the value of our own educations? To return briefly to the realm of quotes of power and responsibility, Friedrich Nietzsche leaves us with a telling quote of great pertinence to this issue. “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” We do not stop to question whether or not something should be said in person. We do not stop to think perhaps we’ve only become comfortable speaking behind a shroud of anonymity that is linked with text messages. Texting and social media are by no means “evil” or “wrong,” but the way many use it has committed a great disservice to society and how we run our day-to-day lives. This is not to suggest that texting and social media is an all-corrupting entity, but we have allowed ourselves to become zombies of society, mostly because it is what everyone else we know is doing as well.

Technology is pretty phenomenal. In just 30 years we went from the Commodore 64 to literally being able to type up an essay on your phone and e-mail it to an entire group before you go to YouTube to watch fail-videos while you are sitting on an airplane. So why shouldn’t this huge advancement in human achievement be a pivotal part of our social lives? It’s a digital age. We work on computers, we have class on computers and we can do a staggering amount of things from our phones. It’s only natural that we incorporate some of that into our personal lives. After all, we already have very digital lives. Facebook reports they currently have 955 million active users. 955 million is a very impressive number when you consider each of those digits represents a living human and according to the US Census Bureau, the population United States is only 311 million. With more people on Facebook than total people living in the United States it is probably fair to say that Facebook brings us all together in a digital sort of way. It is a site where you can post photos, show your family what you have been up to the last year and a half since you moved and play games with people in the cubicle down the hall. Better yet, you can instant message the person down the hall. An entire office building can be perfectly silent and yet conversing through their instant messages. That’s useful when you want to talk football while the CEO is inspecting carpet tiles. Combined with Twitter—a micro blog platform that works like a high-speed message board—it is possible to connect with a lot of people without ever leaving your office. E-mail is almost instantaneous and works just fine, we have to wait days for snail-mail. It no longer makes sense to rely on old techniques like paper mail to carry out business and communication with these old methods. Same with the telephone, it used to be you had to call someone whenever you wanted to say something, and possibly leave a message if they weren’t there. Instead, now we just send a text message which is like a mini e-mail. It just makes sense. The most amazing part is you can do all of it from a phone even if the phone is not state-of-the-art. Facebook and Twitter have been used to help fight revolutions in the Middle East. They have been considered key tools used by protesters to communicate and coordinate. Carol Huang of The National said countries in the Middle East such as Egypt and Bahrain experienced large jumps in Facebook users during their demonstrations. The growth was between 10 and 29 percent depending on which country. While some have accused Facebook and Twitter of being the instigating force behind the revolutions in the Middle East, many simply regard the sites as useful tools utilized by protesters and rebels. Back in the states, people have been utilizing social media to look for love too. Jason Kincaid of Tech Crunch notes sites like Zoosk—a popular dating website—are interlinked with Facebook and are used for finding short-term relationships or just friends and is popular amongst younger people and students. In the other ring is the serious dating website Eharmony founded by Dr. Neil Warren and uses a series of complicated parameters to find ideal matches for people. It’s kind of significant when people are using the internet to find romantic partners. Yet perhaps the most significant element of digital communication is that it allows us to stay in touch in ways we never thought possible 30 years ago. The digital age is something to embrace, and we will just have to iron out all of the wrinkles as we go along.

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Broncos were out in force Saturday at a house party with what Boise Police estimate to be around 250 attendees making it one of the biggest parties on record. A total of 89 citations were issued for underage drinking. Not bad for one weekend. In a town that has a history of cracking down hard on an already slow party scene and even implementing the “Party Patrol,” in 2010, it begs the question: what is wrong with a little party? Underage drinking laws should be respected, but there has been so much energy put into finding underage drinkers and punishing them that some students are probably just willing to risk getting in trouble. If the focus of the police and the university is to educate underage students about the potential dangers of alcohol then, why is so much energy being put in to hunting down underage students at parties and citing them? The Boise Police insist the Party Patrol is meant to crackdown on underage drinking, but if underage drinking is the focus you should call it the “underage drinking patrol.” The fact that 89 citations were issued for underage drinking is a sign students are perfectly fine letting loose despite the risks. Maybe that’s a hint we need to stop criminalizing alcohol consumption while simultaneously allowing it to be available at gasstations. Does anyone honestly think an intoxicated student who is at risk of getting a misdemeanor for underage drinking is going to be thinking clearly enough to call a taxi or show up at their own dorm where they face penalties? Parties don’t put students at risk, idealistic anti-alcohol policies do. We’re college students and we all know job opportunities are limited and class is hard. There are so many stressors we have programs through the Health Services Department to help us let loose, and this is all on top of an already dramapacked college life. So why not let us dance and drink and blow off some steam? Students know there are always going to be risks at a party, along with angry neighbors and probably some shenanigans but if the police, the City of Boise and the university want students to be safe, they need to stop making students into criminals. Could the sudden spike in rambunctious actions signal a new generation of Broncos who are just fed up with the tight leash? Possibly, there is no evidence to suggest partying will continue or die down, but it is likely there will be at least one group of students wanting to one-up Saturday’s impressive turnout.


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Boise State running back Jay Ajayi breaks away from New Mexico defenders DeShawn Mills and Destry Berry in last week’s game.

Southern Miss preview Michael Steen Staff Writer

Boise State is back on the road this weekend as they head to Hattiesburg, Miss. to take on the Golden Eagles of Southern Miss. The Broncos (3-1,0-0 in Mountain West) are coming off a second straight nail-biter win following a 32-29 victory over New Mexico. Distinct favorites, the Broncos led 25-0 at the half before New Mexico came roaring back, outscoring the Broncos 29-7 in the second half. In contrast, Southern Miss (0-4) comes off a fourth straight loss, nearly upsetting 19th ranked Louisville before falling short 21-17 in the closing minutes in what is being dubbed as the “Monsoon Bowl” as the field received

a torrential downpour of rain for its entirety. Now the Broncos head to Hattiesburg to take on Southern Miss for the first time since 2008. The Broncos played at Southern Miss and came away with a 24-7 win. The Golden Eagles, a team under the direction of new head coach, former South Carolina assistant Ellis Johnson, possesses a lot of talent and is much stronger than their 0-4 record shows. Southern Miss is an athletic team with the potential to cause problems for the Broncos’ defense. While nothing compares to the triple option of New Mexico, the way Southern Miss runs their spread offense can be very efficient if it is clicking on all cylinders.

The Broncos had a very productive offensive night vs. New Mexico as they put up 514 total yards of offense led by junior redshirt quarterback Joe Southwick’s 311 yards passing and three touchdowns. Last Saturday night also proved to be the breakout game of redshirt freshman running back Jay Ajai. Ajai led the Broncos in rushing with 118 yards on six carries. The key for the Broncos will be sustaining the offensive efficiency for both halves against the Golden Eagles. “This is a game of details," said Southwick. “Details, that’s usually the difference between wins and losses.” On the other side of the ball, the Broncos will try and take their defense from

the first half which gave them a 25-0 lead over the Lobos before giving up 29 points in the second half. New Mexico picked up 330 yards on the ground against the Broncos’ defense and scored 14 unanswered points and would close the gap to three later on. On the offensive side of the ball, Southern Miss has used three different quarterbacks this season as they have introduced the spread offense as their system of choice. The Golden Eagles most tenured quarterback, junior Chris Campbell, has thrown for a total of 229 yards in three appearances this year. One player to watch out for on the Golden Eagles offense is wide receiver and return man senior

wide out Tracy Lampley. While Lampley’s stats are rather unimpressive this year, Head Football Coach Chris Petersen knows that he can be an X-factor for Southern Miss. “Really good, really electric," said Petersen on Lampley’s play. “(He's) one of those guys who is hard to tackle, looks like he’s going to break it every time he gets his hands on the ball.” The Broncos will look to contain Lampley and take away the Golden Eagles’ quarterbacks’ main target. The Broncos will look to move to 4-1 as they complete their non-conference schedule before diving into Mountain West play. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday at 12 p.m. ET. and will be aired on Fox Sports Net.

The NFL has been a bit upside down this season (aside from the refs), so let’s take a look at some teams in shocking places. The New Orleans Saints were bound to take a step back with Head Coach Sean Payton’s year long suspension, but an 0-4 start with an abysmal defense (that’s a cue to you, Steve Spagnuolo) makes fans not only appreciate the coaching efforts of Payton, but leaves their head scratching as to how this Saints team can be so awful with All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees? Another former Super Bowl team not off to a hot start is the Green Bay Packers. Yes, while they may have been victim to arguably the most infamous refereeing miscue in NFL history and are currently posting a 2-2 record, Aaron Rodgers and the Pack seem to be off quite a bit. Ranking 25th in run offense (84.3 yards per game) and dead last in the NFC North in scoring (85 points), Green Bay has the chance of missing the playoffs (something that hasn’t occurred since 2009) if this flat production keeps up. Speaking of NFC North, a surprising team (and for those of you who know me will probably snicker) coming up from the NFL bottom feeders is the Minnesota Vikings at 3-1. With two impressive wins over 2011-12 playoff teams (San Francisco and Detroit), the Vikings are rolling under second-year Head Coach Leslie Frazier, running back Adrian Peterson (returning from ACL AND MCL ), a confident quarterback in Christian Ponder and an underrated defense. The Arizona Cardinals have also left fans pleasantly shocked, starting off the season at 4-0 and continue to smoothly sail through the schedule behind quarterback Kevin Kolb, a player who up until this season was not guaranteed the starting job from prior inconsistencies and poor performances. While the Cardinals have not really been stellar in one particular area this season, this Arizona team seems to be getting the job done from cooperation behind both the offense and defense. I’d be curious to see where these teams lay at the half way point in the season but for now, the NFL seems a bit shaken up, but you’ll see little complaints coming from its fans.

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Heading toward the goal line: Boise State rugby still growing

Megan Riley Staff Writer

Though it started in England in 1823, rugby has officially made its name in American sports and on Boise State's campus. It can now be found on a list of club sports nationwide and some universities even recognize it as a school sanctioned team, recruiting athletes and giving scholarships. The sport of rugby is one of the most brutal sports to play on the Division I level, let alone at the club level at Boise State. The most recent game against their biggest rivalry, the University of Idaho Vandals, brought out a crowd of nearly 100 and ended in an upsetting loss by one point. Although many observers did not know the game completely, the fan base support encouraged the players.

“I love the fans and wish we had more. The Saturday game we had motivation, and we wanted to run faster, jump higher, and do better. It gives me something else to play for besides myself and my team, it makes me want to please the crowd," said junior forward Sam Troutt. The coaches at Boise State see the team improving and expanding in the near future. “We hope to build a solid foundation of men and mold them into competitive D1 athletes.” said Head Rugby Coach Jeremy Haener. As a team, Haener feels the strong connection on the field between these young men. “I think our biggest strength is the bond we make and the commitment we have to make it a successful program. A misnomer is

that kids come in and play without the practice and skill," Haener said on the camaraderie. "These guys are committed to train, come to practice, and represent Boise State and the community." The game itself is 80 minutes long, split into two forty minute halves with a ten-minute half time. There is an offense and defense consisting of eight forward members and seven back members. Like football, the object of the game is to score tries by moving the ball to the try zone. Each try is worth five points. After a try is scored the team has the option of a conversion worth two points where the rugby ball is kicked through goal posts. To start, the opposing teams huddle together in a scrum with the ball placed in the middle. The teams

Women’s tennis:

Taking on the Jack Taylor classic at home Nikki Hanson

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Day One:

The first day of the Jack Taylor Classic was a series of wins by the women’s tennis team. The women went a combined 18-2 in singles and 7-3 in doubles matches. The Broncos advanced nine Broncos to the singles quarterfinals in their respective flights. Senior Marlena Pietzuch, junior Sandy Vo, junior Morgan Basil, freshman Teal Vosburgh, sophomore Sammie Watson, freshman Megan LaLone, senior Maunela Pietzuch, freshman Bobbi Oshiro, and senior Fiona Mok were all undefeated heading into the second day of competition. In the singles "Blue Flight"

all five Broncos went undefeated on Friday and had advanced to the quarterfinals, concluding competition 9-0. The doubles competition was yet another success with Vo and Pietzuch winning the Blue Flight, while Basil and Watson also came away with two wins to reach the semifinals.

Day Two:

The ladies advanced two Broncos in singles and two doubles teams to Sunday's championship matches. Pietzuch and LaLone were the two Broncos competing in the three singles title matches. In addition, Vo and Pietzuch as well as Oshiro and LaLone reached the championships in their doubles flights.

Pietzuch advanced to the championship match of the singles Blue Flight with two straight-set victories. LaLone adavanced to the third day of competition with a pair of wins Saturday over Kendall Heitzner from Colorado State (6-1, 6-0) in the quarterfinals followed by a tough three-set (4-6, 6-4, 6-2) win in the semis over Montana State's Paulina Lopez. In doubles Vo and Pietzuch defeated the team of Precious Gbadamosi and Ashley Mackey from Montana 8-5 to advance to Sunday's Blue Flight championship match against Utah State's duo of Mackenzie Davis and Jaci West. In doubles Oshiro and LaLone defeated Utah State's Julie Tukuafu and Amber

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Boise State club rugby took on the University of Idaho club team Saturday. push each other back and the ball backwards to an- thrown in bounds. forth until the ball is no lon- other player. The opposing The game’s fierece conger in the circle by rolling it team attempts to catch the tact, fast pace, and farfetched backward with their feet. player running with the ball rules keep the crowds interOnce this happens, any and tackles him to gain pos- ested. The team plays their player can pick up the ball session. If a ball is kicked home games on the intraand run with it. The player out of bounds there is a line mural field during the weekrunning with the ball can out where they fight over for ends and will continue until run forward, but only pass possession once the ball is December.

Stuhlmann, 8-5. Oshiro and LaLone faced Montana's Maddy Murray and Mackenzie Rozell in a match at the Appleton Tennis Center. In doubles Vosburgh and Pietzuch advanced to the Orange Flight's consolation championship match when they defeated Montana State's Wena Tsan and Liana Bates 8-6 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 8-4 win in the semis

over Jennifer Weissmann and Mollie Cooper from Colorado State. Vosburgh and Pietzuch will face Seattle's Gabriella Weissmann and Sarah Lucas. After the first two days of play the Broncos have a combined record of 25-10 in singles and 12-5 in doubles. The final rounds for the tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. at both the Appleton Tennis Center and at Timberline High School.

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The October 4th 2012 issue of the Boise State student run newspaper, The Arbiter.