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Changes to shuttle services soon to come Eryn Johnson Staff Writer
The Boise State shuttle transports students from building to building rain or shine. In the last 10 years shuttle driver Ronald Mowry has seen some significant changes to the system and he's about to see some more. Every few years the shuttle program gets a little different, whether it is the route that changes or the shuttles themselves. Mowry currently drives one of the buses chartered through the Caldwell Transportation department but has driven the Boise State shuttle route for 10 years and can speak to the trends of shuttle riders. "I see about 125 to 135 (riders) a day,” Mowry said. “A good day is 180.” Shuttle usage increases when the weather is poor but remains around the 200 riders per shuttle mark. The Department of Transportation and Parking is looking to make changes that will increase ridership. The shuttles currently operate for 24 hours a day. This week last year, the shuttle service served over 1,100 students, a hefty number, but Nicole Nimmons, executive director of Transportation and Park-
ing Services, thinks that some changes can be made to increase ridership. “We’re going to be doing something completely different," Nimmons said. “We’re going to be leasing some larger buses and then we have our five buses and we’re going to have all of those wrapped.” According to Nimmons, the wrap plan will change the design of the bus. They will be wrapped in orange, blue and silver to coordinate with the routes. Currently there are two routes in place, the orange route that rounds Boise Avenue and heads to Park Center. The blue route heads westbound down University and eastbound up Cesar Chavez Lane, doing a loop around campus. Part of the new plans will add a third route, silver, that will travel from a new park and ride being built off of Vista Avenue. The silver route will also add new stops downtown. “We have our park and ride going in between the Super 8 and the Holiday Inn; it’ll be about 130 parking spaces,” Nimmons said. The park and ride will open mid fall. In addition to the new route, Transportation and Parking will be discontinuing Caldwell Transportation services and will be
updating the mobile app. “We have a mobile app currently that we will be making digital enhancements to,” Nimmons said. “People can follow our shuttles currently live off of our website link.” Nimmons’s goal is to make the shuttle map more user-friendly and ultimately develop a ‘check-in’ feature that would allow students to alert drivers they are at a particular stop or signal the drivers to wait. Many of the riders use the website and ride the shuttle daily. One such rider is Kenzie Stallings, junior geology major. "I use the shuttle everyday a couple of times a day," Stallings said. "It's a lot easier to get across campus." Stallings usually catches the shuttle at the Environmental Research Building and rides to the Morrison Center, two buildings on opposite sides of campus. "It's really convenient," Stallings said. "But I think it would be nice to have (more) shuttles run down the other side of University.” Transportation and Parking is looking for more feedback from students. They will be hosting a survey online and will be offering comment cards on the shuttle as the semester draws to a close. page Design Megan Nanna/THE ARBITER
Commuters given something to look at Student art is displayed in the stairwells of Brady Parking Garage Patty Bowen Staff Writer
Dressing up the northeast Brady Parking garage stairway, 14 panels are labelled throughout the levels with the caption Garage Art, and include a plea for artist submissions. Opening this Friday, April 25, the Garage Art Exhibit will showcase work by 13 different Boise State artists for photography, story stories and painting. The idea for the garage art stemmed from Nicole Nimmons, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services, and was enhanced by Peter Kutchins, Sign Shop,
and Karissa Sutton, event parking. “I’m really excited to get the art students out of those PAAW buildings and those dingy hallways because very rarely do students go through those hallways and actually see the potential of the Boise State students. It’s a very exciting thing to get them into the public eye,” Sutton said. “Their exposure is amplified by being put into those garages.” The exhibit will be up from April 25 until October 2014. New students’ works will be cycled in every semester and the Garage Art team is plan-
ning on slowly expanding their area, although currently, plans have been made to add four more frames for next semester’s Garage Art contest. “A lot of my work is about fleeting moments in time, so capturing things that eventually will be gone,” said Tiffany Bingham, a senior in photography and one of the photographers whose work will be exhibited in the garage. Her piece “Morning Frost” is a beautiful picture of a delicate branch with hair-like frost reaching from it. “The way the frost had formed on the object really captured my attention. It had
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been blowing during the night and it was something I knew would eventually be gone, that if you weren’t up early enough you wouldn’t get to see it,” said Bingham. “Morning Frost” was taken by Bingham over Christmas break while visiting her family in Shelley, Idaho. In another piece that will be part of the exhibit entitled “The Dream,” senior and fine arts/criminal justice major Homeyra Shams turned a classroom assignment into a dreamscape of vibrant colors. “I made up this background to look like a dream,” Shams said. According to Shams the man’s face in the background was from a magazine. “I don’t have ideas before I start drawing. When I start drawing I get ideas and soon all the pieces come together,” Shams said. Despite Shams’s beautiful work that showcases her talent as an artist, when she graduates she plans to go to law school, still occasionally doing portraits of people. Shams said that art is her past time and that although she prefers oil paint, she likes to create in all mediums. “I love all mediums. I use acrylic; I use chalk. It doesn’t matter what style I do.” To check out all 13 pieces, students can take the northeast stairs in the Brady Garage starting Friday.
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A motorcycle injury will cause you to lose consciousness. You will fall into a deep coma and be forced to battle your personal demons as friends and family weep over your still body. It will be 10 years before you wake up, right as your parents decide to remove your feeding tube because you appear to be a useless vegetable.
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Taurus (April 20-May 20):
Sometimes your roommate doesn’t understand your need to light incense at all times. The vibes in your room are all messed up and can usually be fixed by some sweet ass Nag Champa or something. Perhaps you should consider the overwhelming and vomit-inducing aroma produced by the mixture of body odor and layers of incense smoke.
Gemini (May 21-June 20):
When you love somebody, you set them free. If they come back to you it, then you know the love was meant to be. When I was a child, I once set our golden retriever Nellie free. She ran around the neighborhood and was eventually hit by a car and killed. I will never forget the lifeless look of her eyes as she lay in the road bleeding to death. 4/24/14
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Cancer (June 21-July 22):
Your eating habits will soon require some changes after you have a heart attack. Your heart must be covered in huge globules of fat caused by your sickening obsession with soda and candy bars. It is not healthy to pour root beer on your cereal each morning and four to five candy bars each day will eventually put you six feet in the ground.
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Everyone admires you for your imagination and great sense of humor. Like that one time you used a fart machine to prank all of those nuns on that Greyhound bus. Oh man, the look on those ladies faces as loud, wet farting noises came from speakers hidden in the carry-on bins. Those nuns sure gave you a severe beating afterwards though.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Remember that janitor you made out with in high school during second period? This particular janitor will soon be back in your life after getting a job at the university. Prepare for sensuous love sessions that last for hours in various cleaning supply closets throughout campus. You will both bond over your love of cheap, one-ply toilet paper.
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Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Sometimes I just wonder how you became so damn cool. You are always looking great and just exude confidence as you stroll around campus, catching the eye of attractive members of the opposite sex. Everyone is extremely jealous of your leather jacket and killer black boots. When you ride up to campus on your motorcycle, everyone just stares.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
The Boise State jazz band members will all begin to play Celine Dion songs during sporting events causing you and your friends to go into a crazed frenzy and begin tipping over vehicles and lighting trash cans on fire. Soon you will be placed under arrest and will scream, “My heart will go on” as the coppers drag you handcuffed into the back of a cruiser.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22):
Congratulations on a new step in your illustrious life there Sagittarius! Becoming the owner of a goldfish requires you to exercise some responsibility now. The fish needs to be fed each day and cannot be taken out of its bowl to be stroked or fondled. You also cannot ask the aquatic creature to share in your love of vodka even though it looks like water.
Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 19):
Take the day off today. You are tired and need some rest after working so hard lately to ensure you keep up your 2.5 GPA. Head home and turn off all the lights and draw the shades. Climb into bed and begin counting sheep in your head. If you still can’t sleep, try reading some literature like the Old Testament. Those boring stories will put you out.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):
April showers bring May flowers but April showers also make it really god damn hard to ride a bike to school. After five minutes, your ass is covered in mud and soaked creating the appearance that you simultaneously pissed and shit your pants. The only option is wearing a trash bag as some sort of hillbilly raincoat, so in Idaho you fit right in.
Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20):
Finding the love of your life will soon force you to create multiple posts in the casual encounters section of Craigslist. In your confusion about how the site works, you will be expecting to find love but only receive pictures of the opposite sex’s genitalia. In your horror, you will forever forsake the interwebs and love altogether and go live in a cave.
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The idea first came to Farzan Faramarzi last summer. He decided it was time to have a student-run show where subject matter experts come and give information about specific programs or projects taking place throughout campus. After a semester of production he decided to make yet another change. “The idea for ‘Hot Spot’ is different,” said Faramarzi, senior producer at University Television Productions (UTP). “It’s about students for students.” The original program titled “University Television Presents” was the first opportunity for a studentrun show to control its own content. It featured an expert staff member or professor who represented their specific department. According to Faramarzi, it provided an answer to questions concerning students. “Hot Spot” aims to do the opposite. The show covers controversial topics related to
Boise State’s campus and student life. More importantly, “Hot Spot” allows for students to be represented. “We’re giving an opportunity for students to express their opinion about topics that concern them,” Faramarzi said. “Hot Spot” is based on a Cross-Talk format in which two students on each side of a moderator discuss the topic presented. Each student takes their turn speaking while the moderator presents thought-provoking questions. “It’s a mix between a television show and debate,” Faramarzi said. So far “Hot Spot” has covered parking policy and prices, guns on campus and most recently the legalization of marijuana. The students who volunteer as guests on “Hot Spot” aren’t subject matter experts but it’s apparent they do care about the topics discussed on the show. Many of the respondents’ answers stem from personal experiences, which according Faramarzi is the point of the program.
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Ty Hawkins (bottom row, third from left) moderated Hot Spot’s discussion of legalizing marijuana. Ty Hawkins, moderator for the show during the last two episodes, feels this is the right approach to take. “Both sides were well represented,” Hawkins said. “They knew what they were talking about.” Faramarzi stresses “Hot
Spot” is a place for students and their opinions. “I’m not looking to give students a specific answer (to these topics),” Faramarzi said. “That’s what the other show is for.” If students feel there is a topic that needs to be discussed, Faramarzi en-
courages them to contact him and propose the idea. They can also sign up to be a guest on the show if they want to be heard; however, spots fill quickly. The next topic “Hot Spot” plans to discuss is Add the Words, which won’t air until fall.
Episodes run a total of 28 minutes and can be found on YouTube by searching “University TV productions,” or by emailing to email@example.com. Faramarzi can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terra Chambers Staff Writer
Life’s Kitchen is a local nonprofit which not only gives second chances to kids between ages 16 to 20, but offers great food at a lower rate than most local diners. Life’s Kitchen has been open for 10 years and trains at-risk youth both culinary arts and life skills. They offer catering, a contract food business and café. There are roughly 50 kids per year who get onthe-job training. The café is open Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Last year, Life’s Kitchen served roughly 103,000 meals out of their kitchen. It can be a good place to interact with the trainees as they not only cook the
meals but also work with customers. The café is going to be getting a face-lift soon where the trainees will also be serving the guests, so there is going to be more interaction. Jeremy Maxand, executive director of Life’s Kitchen, explained what makes them unique. “The interesting thing about us is our connection to Boise State,” Maxand said. Life’s Kitchen is in a developmental area of Boise State. It is located right across the street from campus; Boise State owns most of the land that surrounds it. Life’s Kitchen has worked with a lot of Boise State students in the past through Service-Learning and the Social Work Department to come up with
placement programs which will provide positive outcomes from trainees. Boise State’s Business Department and Life’s Kitchen have been working hand in hand. Last semester MBA students did survey work investigating what the food industry needs here in Boise. They then compared Life’s Kitchen curriculum to see where they need to go. Life’s Kitchen’s big project this semester was working with an executive MBA group to study financial sustainability within the café. “The café is probably the least revenue generating part of what we do, but it’s the most important thing we do as far as our mission goes and the learning experience that the trainees
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Students work with Life’s Kitchen through Service-Learning. have,” Maxand said. “It’s really were the public has an opportunity to experience the food, and more importantly to experience the program and interact with the trainees.”
Life’s Kitchen decided that the best way to generate revenue would be to spotlight the café and they chose to target Boise State students. Life’s Kitchen has decided to offer a $5 deal
to Boise State students every day that the café is open. “Buy a meal; change a life,” Maxand said, hoping more and more students will come try the café.
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Student recieves grant from ASBSU McKenzie Perkins Staff Writer
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On any regular Saturday, junior Hailey Vik wakes early to lead a Zumba class at the Boise State Recreation Center before settling in to spend the day studying. But, for Vik, April 12 was not a regular Saturday. On this particular day, Vik traded homework for a plane ticket to La Jolla, Calif., and instead of leading Zumba, she held conversations with a photographer who provides scholarships to homeless youth, a Holocaust survivor, and a 12year old triathlete amputee. “They started from nothing but accomplished really great things and were helping so many people. I think if you just follow your passions you really can do anything you want,” Vik said. Vik, a graphic design major, used an ASBSU individual student grant to attend a TEDx conference. The individual student grant, which is available to all fee-paying students, covered all but $75 of Vik’s expenses for the weekend. “The purpose of the grants are to allow students a unique opportunity to further their education inside or outside of the classroom,” Megan Buxton, outgoing ASBSU Funding Board Chair said. Buxton oversaw Vik’s grant request.
Hailey Vik received a grant to attend the TEDx conference in California.
“We look at the total expenses, and we give as much money as possible,” Buxton said. TEDx is a series of conferences organized independently by individuals who want to create TED events in their area. The TED organization is a non-profit series of conferences that propagates what they believe to be “ideas worth spreading.” Although she had never
attended a Ted conference before, Vik had spent the previous summer in La Jolla with a church group, working and learning about the culture of Southern California. The Pullman, Wash. native aspires to work for a nonprofit organization in sports and athletic design. The TEDx conference brought together not only graphic designers, but various individuals with ideas they
wanted to share. “It definitely motivated me. It showed me how people are using design to change the world,” Vik said. Vik applied for her ASBSU grant online two months prior to her conference, met with the ASBSU funding board, and received the maximum amount of funding allotted per individual, $400. “I would just encourage you to find a unique conference, an
opportunity that you’re passionate about and can really motivate you when you come back to Boise State,” Vik said. Although ASBSU no longer has funding for individual student grants for the current year, grants will be available next year. “The amount that will be eligible for student grants may be different, but that hasn’t been decided, yet,” Buxton said.
Joni Kingland Staff Writer
Barry Goldwater, onetime presidential candidate and a U.S. senator for over 30 years, had an interest in science and technology. According to the Goldwater website, “the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater.” This respected scholarship program is competitive. Of over 1,000 mathematics, science and engineering students who
apply nationwide each year, only up to 300 are selected. Since 1991, Sarah Rehn is only the sixth Boise State student to win this award. “It is prestigious and very difficult to win,” said Emily Jones in an email. Jones is Boise State’s new national scholarship coordinator. “In fact, the Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award for American undergraduates studying in the sciences,” Jones said. Rehn researched independently as a senior in high school and is majoring in chemistry at Boise State.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award for American undergraduates studying in the sciences.
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Sarah Rehn receives scholarship
Sarah Rehn wants to work for a laboratory or pharmaceutical company.
She is researching a detection system in the DNA reaction network. Within 24 hours, the test would detect the increased levels of certain chemicals in the blood that typically appear in the early stages of the disease patients are being tested for. This is great news for cancer patients, who normally find out after they have developed a tumor. Andrew Finstuen, of the Honors College, helped Rehn through the application process. Rehn started her appli-
cation in October so she could complete it by the February deadline. Applicants for the scholarship tend to have a 3.9 GPA or better. “It was a long shot,” Rehn said. “I found out about the scholarship through the Boise State website, on the Honors College page. They have a list of all the national scholarships you can apply for. I saw the Barry Goldwater was one for students in the STEM fields. So, I decided to apply for it.” Rehn went on to discuss
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With only a few more weeks to go in the semester you are probably a giant ball of sleep-deprived stress. This week’s study tip is to remember to take time for the other parts of your life. If you need more family time, watch out for campus events such as a movie at the Student Union Building or a play at the Morrison Center that your whole family can attend. For improving your personal growth, try out a group exercise class at the Recreation Center or join an academic club that engages your
how strenuous the applying process is. “Just writing the essay was pretty tedious because it was a very technical essay about research,” Rehn said. “So, it was hard to write. It was the first time I had written a technical scientific paper.” Rehn will attend Boise State for two more years before attending graduate school to get her Ph.D. in biochemistry. After school, she hopes to do research for a national laboratory or for a pharmaceutical company.
interests. If you need to focus on your school life I recommend attending a study skills workshop offered by the Advising & Academic Enhancement Department, or having lunch with a favorite professor to ask for advice. By maintaining a wellbalanced life you will be less likely to be overwhelmed or negatively impacted by dayto-day stresses. It’s always important to take your school work seriously, but also remember that you won’t be a student forever and maintaining the other facets of your life will help you be happy and healthy.
Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. For five years, I’ve been picturing the day where I get to walk across the stage at Taco Bell Arena, accepting my diploma, proving to myself that I could overcome anything. That image is what has driven me to finish college, to make my family proud. But as I’ve learned, life throws you curveballs, and sometimes, that image changes. As the semester draws to a close, I am becoming increasingly nervous for a few reasons. First, actually walking at graduation scares the shit out of me. Thousands of people watching you for two and a half hours, noticing if you have to get up and leave. I know myself, and I would be a wreck the entire time, worrying about having a panic attack that I would have to heavily medicate before the ceremony just to participate. But I actually want to remember the day I’ve worked so hard for. On the other end, I’ve pictured that moment for so long in my mind that I would feel like a failure if I couldn’t do it. I want the pictures, the hugs, the happy tears, but is it worth the potential price? Second, though I’ve been praying this day would come as fast as it could, I’m not sure I’m ready for it. What am I going to do when it’s all over? Get a job, yes. But how long will that take? I know me, and having any down time equals disaster. I’m terrified I’ll lay in bed all day, not getting out unless I have to. I don’t want that for myself, but I’m not quite strong enough to resist the grasp it has on me. Finally, I’m afraid I’ll disappoint not only those who love me, but myself if I do have a lull between school and a career. I know it’s okay to be afraid of what comes next. It’s natural after being involved with something for so long. What I am afraid of is what won’t come now that it’s over. Boise State has given me two gifts: an education, and the opportunity to get up in the morning, to have meaning in my life, to know that I’m worth more than accepting whatever comes my way. How do I continue without its support? Over these five years, I’ve learned a university education doesn’t just mean you’ve narrowed your knowledge to a specific discipline, but that you’ve grown as a person. My confidence has grown, my communication skills have improved, my outlook on life has changed. I’ve adopted the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, who said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I hope I’ve done that. arbiteronline .com arbiteronline.com
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Keely Mills Staff Writer
For someone who already holds a relative distaste towards the American government, it may not have been the best decision for me to read the book, “Boomerang! How Our Covert Wars have Created Enemies across the Middle East and Bring Terror to America,” by Mark Zepezauer. In this book Zepezauer provides an in-depth, crash course history lesson in America’s policies in the Middle East from as far back as the mid-19th century up until 2003, when the book was published. Though it’s obvious in the introduction and afterword that Zepezauer holds a bias (we should stop causing destruction and turmoil in foreign nations), the body of the book is merely facts, laid out clearly and plainly. What I learned from reading this book is something that I had already perceived as true, but was never sure of the extent to which these actions stretched. Throughout American history our government has funded, ignited and armed a slew of hotheaded rulers (most of which are far from shy about their inhumane practices), coups, revolutions and civil wars. It’s pretty ironic, coming from a country that so valiantly fought for their freedom from a dominant foreign power, that we have no problem whatsoever exerting
as much money and military personnel as possible to maintain our influence as the dominant super power in other nations. What inspires our prolific leaders to execute such powerful and patriotic acts? A strong component in the equation is none other but oil, our greatest friend. The Middle East is pretty full of it and whoever controls the oil keeps the power, and who are we, as the world’s greatest super power, to let anyone else carry the burden of keeping watch over these precious oil deposits? Another facet of the puzzle is our favorite foe, Russia, formerly the Soviet Union. It’s only obvious that our nation must plot conspiracies and fund wars to make sure that Russia never equates to our power and influence, isn’t it? The nations that we tear apart in the process, the lives that we destroy, are a measly price for world power. As Zepezauer takes the reader from nation to nation, things begin to get a bit repetitive. The CIA held secret meetings with this government or leader, they funded this war, supplied these weapons to these people, turned their backs after their interests looked elsewhere, imposed sanctions which left hundreds of thousands of children and families without healthcare, energy and water. The most disturbing part throughout all of this is
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America: Friend or foe in the Middle East
the reactions of Western officials. A 1979 State Department memo reads, “The United States’ larger interest would be served by the demise of the Taraki-Amin regime, despite whatever setbacks this might mean for future social and economic reforms in Afghanistan” (Zepezauer, 2003). It’s clear that our government holds zero interest in the respect of humanity or
any human life outside of our own borders. How can people let the notion of a nation overpower the value of our own existence? Finishing this book left me wondering – what is our nation doing now? Have our policies in the Middle East changed? In a New York Times article, “Warily, Jordan assists rebels in Syrian war,” published on April 10, 2014, Ben Hubbard wrote on the situa-
tion in Syria. Hubbard mentioned what the Obama administration is doing to help. “In fact, many rebels say they believe that the Obama administration is giving just enough to keep the rebel cause alive, but not enough to actually help it win, as part of a dark strategy aimed at prolonging the war,” Hubbard wrote. This sounds eerily familiar to the practices discussed in Zepezauer’s book.
I find it very possible that our nation hasn’t changed their ways. Next time you think about turmoil in the Middle East, think about how those nations got that way, think about which super powers got their hands dirty in those countries and what were their true intentions? I highly suggest any and all to read “Boomerang!,” it could change your view of living in “the greatest country on earth.”
What is your perception of America’s involvement in the Middle East?
“I haven’t kept up on it lately; I don’t necessarily agree with what we are doing there but like I said I haven’t kept up on it so I don’t know what the current situation is over there.”
“I’m not really up-to-date on what’s going on in the Middle East so I think what we’re doing is good and that it’s nice we’re trying to help other people out and stuff, but I think there’s a limit to how much we should be involved in everything; I think it’s good what we’re doing.”
“I’m not really too well-informed on it so I don’t really have a solid perception on it. I think it’s not really necessary for us to be over there, but we’re over there.”
“I don’t actually think we should be over there; we should just pull everyone out and let them deal with what they need to do because they should be able to do it by themselves; we shouldn’t involve ourselves in everything everyone else is doing.”
“I honestly think that we should lessen our involvement over there because we stick our nose in like everything and I just feel like we’ve been over there long enough and I feel like we should bring our troops home.”
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Society today is obsessed with social media. It’s all about posting on Instagram. Whether it’s #throwbackthursday or #selfiesunday, it’s never ending. Instagram has become such a big part of many of our lives that it is hard to realize how obsessed the world has become. The big question is, who do people present themselves to be on Instagram? A hipster who drinks a lot of coffee? A health nut who meal preps every week? Or a selfie queen/ king? How people see themselves on social media is how the world sees them. Or is it the arbiter The Arbiter
how they want people to see them? Let’s be real here for a second; everyone has stalked someone on Instagram. A model, an athlete, some random person. Everyone does it. Instagram doesn’t seem like it can impact people’s perceptions of other people, but it does. All those tiny images add up and create the person that other people get to see. Instagram itself is a performance. It’s possible to be whomever. There is also the ability to self edit before posting. People edit their photos to only show the best, and rarely show the negative parts of life
through Instagram. “People want to put their best face forward; they want to be portray their best self and show everyone the positive aspects of their life,” said Kasey Pennington, a junior communication major. Everyone always says “a picture is worth a thousand words.” The typical Instagram has upwards of one hundred photos. The pictures could be saying something completely different than what was intended. When scrolling through Instagram, the lives of friends and family are openly displayed. But sometimes the pictures being viewed can be deceiv-
ing. The beautiful girl that always post selfies all the time may actually be really insecure. The boy who post picture of him partying all the time may actually be one of the smartest people in his class. The view the world sees of people on Instagram isn’t always the whole story. Who you are on social media isn’t always the “real you.” However it does play a huge roll in what other people think. Mixing the person one actually is with who one wants to be seen as on social media is a hard mixture to obtain. The “real you” is the person that everyone should be seeing on Instagram.
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“Part of the time I wanted to yell back at all of them,” junior Sarah Drake said. “It’s odd being yelled at by people who know nothing about you and are just making assumptions based on unfounded stereotypes.” Students like Drake were subject to vulgar insults and obscenities at last week’s Tunnel of Oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression event was put on by the Multicultural Student Services Center and is part of their Act Now Project which, in addition to the Tunnel of Oppression, had an art exhibit, a community organization fair, and many other events to bring awareness to human rights. “They have really tried to hone it to something that college-aged students can get attached to, that they may not be able to relate to,” said graduate and Act Now volunteer, Jessica Cooper. “Having them experiencing it humanizes it for them.” For this edition of the Tunnel, the themes of focus were on the Dream Act and the Add the Words campaign. The Dream Act is a bill that
would allow permanent residence for select immigrants who have graduated from high school and lived in the U.S. for at least five years prior to the bill’s enactment. Add the Words is an organization fighting for equal rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the state of Idaho, in which currently there are none. “I want students to know that discrimination exists in this state,” said activist Emilie Jackson-Edney. “It’s in your face and it’s blatant.” Jackson-Edney, who herself is transgender, has been involved for several years in fighting for the LGBTQIA community. Jackson-Edney hopes that this event will be the start of change. “Changing the laws isn’t going to get rid of discrimination, but the law change will make a statement,” said Jakcson-Edney. “It will say that we honor our citizens for who they are and say everyone should have equal rights.” For many students, going through the Tunnel was a very difficult thing but an eye opening experience as well. “It was a lot more unnerving than I thought it would be,” Drake said. “It definitely
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Past Tunnel of Oppressions have focused on a variety of subjects. made me look at things differently.” Perhaps even more difficult was the experience of the volunteers who acted in the Tunnel and were the ones that were hurling the insults out to students.
“It’s really hard,” said volunteer Amber Hastain. “It really does affect you, even if you think it won’t it does, and at the end of the day you have to tell yourself, ‘that is not who I am’.” Despite the fact that this event takes a toll on them, the
volunteers are glad to be a part of it to help educate students. “It’s really great and I love being a part of the Tunnel of Oppression,” said Hastain. In addition to subjecting students to these issues, the Multicultural Student Services Center and
its volunteers are also hoping to inspire students to make a difference. “Don’t be blind to the issues that are out there,” Hastain said. “If you hear things like what we are acting out, speak up and stand up for people.”
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Many backpacks, book bags and purses are filled with staple school necessities, namely notebooks, pens, binders, and textbooks. Nestled within some of these collections of lined paper and pencil lead are devices that house more than text messages and word documents, but rather offer up a home for exchangeable caricatures and avatars, cartoon home redecorators, and monster collectors. These Nintendo 3DS systems flash green when information is exchanged between two separate devices wirelessly, signalling the trade of characters, home designs, in-game items, or currency used to play other minigames. This function, referred to as Streetpass, occurs when both 3DS sys-
tems are closed and in sleep mode while within range of each other. Many students keep their 3DS systems on hand or stowed away while at school, whether it be to count their steps on the device’s pedometer or to gather more Miis in their Mii Plaza to adventure with. By simply placing the system in one’s backpack and leaving it to gather Streetpass information, a gamer is able to collect multiple added bonuses for their games or applications. Gaming enthusiast Kayla Miskiv brings her 3DS with her wherever she might run into a large amount of “young people” that also have 3DS systems. She is then able to reap the rewards of making those wireless connections without having to actually put forth added effort throughout her endeavors.
“When you go to the same place—like school—every day, you’re more likely to run into the same people on Streetpass,” she explained. “This way, you can both help to advance the game of the other person without taking any extra time from your day to do it.” Games like “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” allow players to trade house designs when initiating Streetpass functions. Players can then purchase items that they find in new friends’ houses to flesh out their own home design aesthetics. In addition, when meeting other players on Streetpass with Pokemon X or Pokemon Y in tow, gamers can collect in-game currency to purchase new items or participate in online attractions. Even though it might not look like much is going on
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The Nintendo 3DS is making a comeback after poor sales at its launch. at face value, information is consistently being traded between 3DS systems, forging further connections between 3DS users and Nintendo enthusiasts. Streetpass enables players to find oth-
er similar players within their immediate vicinity without having to see another gamer with their 3DS system in sight. Essentially, it creates a way by which players can find and help each other
while going through staple day-to-day activities. “Even though it might be difficult to find other people with a 3DS, the Streetpass helps to build that community regardless,” said Miskiv.
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Race for the Cure races through Boise show support for breast cancer awareness. Race manager Molly Nota is responsible for putting together the event. Nota promotes the race and deals with vendors to ensure the event will attract participants. In 2013, the Race for the Cure brought in $300,000 from individual donations and registration fees. Seventy five percent of the donations stay locally, while 25 percent add to a national research fund. “It makes up 80 percent of our revenue, so it’s really important to our community that we have a successful event,” Nota said. Currently there are 120 affiliates across the country sending in donations to the Race for the Cure raises money for breast cancer patients. national fund. Buddies since 2010. Although breast cancer screening. It is “In the 30 years that Susan G. accessible. The 16th annual Race for McGwire has not person- estimated that in 2014 there Komen has been around, we’ve raised $804 million in breast the Cure is expected to have ally dealt with breast cancer will be 40,000 breast cancer the largest turn-out yet. A in her own family, she views deaths. The Boise Race for cancer research,” Nota said. The local dona- new feature for this year is her listeners as a slightly larger the Cure is the event for the tions are used in the Kendall Ford competi- family. Their strength and citizens of Boise to gather and community grant funds. The tive timed 5k race. The addi- support solidify her belief in show their support for breast cancer awareness. money goes toward funding tion of a timed race is in at- this cause. “Seeing people out there on “Whether it’s six degrees community clinics that pro- tempt to broaden the appeal vide breast cancer services. of the event. Members of the race day, with the little badges of separation or not, breast In recent years there have community are encouraged and banners that say ‘I’m cancer touches all of us. been an increasing amount of to sign up in teams and raise walking for my mom’, that The more we know, the betmobile mammography units donations that will go to the gets you. That tugs at your ter we are. So get involved,” McGwire said. that are funded from commu- Susan G. Komen foundation. heartstrings,” McGwire said. Mix 106 radio DJ Kate McIdaho has consistently The goal for this year’s nity grants. These units are stationed in counties where Gwire has been the team cap- been ranked near the bottom event is $150,000 in donathose services are not easily tain of the Mix 106 Bosom among the states in regards to tions and 13,000 participants.
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Seoul Shocker is Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experience with living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. Last week a ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea. Many of the passengers were high school students on a class trip from Seoul to Jeju Island off the southern coast. Ferries going to and from Jeju are a main means of transportation to the island and the upturned ship wasn’t known to have problems in the past. But, the bad weather conditions and the possibility the ship hit something after traveling out of the channel are said to be contributors. Reports of the captain not being at the helm when it all happened are being called into question as well. When the ship tilted, everyone was told over the speakers to stay put and not move in an effort to keep everyone out of danger, but it did little to help because the ship was sinking too fast. Speculation circulated in the news here, as well as abroad, about why the passengers were told not to move. The fact many lives were claimed by the ocean doesn’t change. Some survivors said they stayed put at first, but moved after they realized what was happening. The ship sunk completely under the waves a couple hours after the first distress signal and though there’s hope some of the passengers survived in air pockets, after just two hours in the cold ocean water, danger of hypothermia sets in. As a result of this crisis the entire country is in mourning for the loss of so many lives and the increasing likelihood of no more survivors being found. Cultural festivals and music concerts are cancelled, and the nation continually watches in disbelief, waiting for a sliver of hope that even a few more lives were saved. Grieving family members are angry with the captain, who had nothing to say besides ‘I’m sorry,’ and demand answers as to why their children are dead. Students say they wish they could do something, but the only thing left to do is watch as the ship is recovered and the investigation continues. A reliable ship and a vacation to a resort island don’t often end in disaster, but let it serve as a reminder to the rest of us. Don’t forget to tell loved ones ‘I love you’ and don’t forget this life is sometimes too short.
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The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was started in 1998 and has since become a staple in Boise’s community involvement. Participants from all over the state gather to raise awareness for the cause. Donations raised from the event are used to fund grants across Idaho, which provide assistance to breast cancer patients and increase early detection. The 16th annual Boise Race for the Cure will take place on May 10. Boise State alumna Molly Peterson has participated in the race four times. “I think that it’s good for the community to come together and help support people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Peterson said. “It helps people to have hope that there will be a cure.” Peterson carried her passion for cancer awareness throughout her collegiate career and now works at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute where she works directly with cancer patients. The Boise Race for the Cure is a chance for the community to come together to
Shades of Black back again This year Shades of Black will be showcasing 14 acts from all over the Boise State community. “(There are) different acts ranging from dancing, spoken word, and everything in between aimed at Boise States Students with even some freshmen being part of it,” said senior Ben Duran, a volunteer with Delta Sigma Phi for this year’s performance of Shades of Black.
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Shades of Black is a multicultural event that has been paving mental highways to cultural acceptance and spreading new pride and awe in a confetti affect. The show will be opening for the fourth time in Boise this Saturday after a stellar performance at Eastern Washington University.
With an exception of the core group of people who are a part of every show, performers are recruited from the local colleges. Because of this, each show is tailored to the culture of the city it is in and gives viewers the ability to draw not only pride, but a sense of connection to the performance through their peers. The name Shades of Black comes from creator Kwapi
Vengesayi’s background in architecture. “We were learning our shades and shadows, we are asked to get very familiar with the grayscale—number of shades of gray between white and black. The show’s name came from that—the simple realization that we’re all the same but just different shades of each other, literally and metaphorically,” Vengesayi’s said.
Vengesayi invites audience members to use the different exhibits of talent as a way to highlight ideas, find a sense of acceptance, and feel pride for one’s peers and community. “The show has different things for everyone…I want the community, staff, and performers to walk away feeling enlightened, empowered, and entertained” Doors open at 5 p.m. for Shades of Black this Saturday, April 24, at the Simplot Ballroom.
Community Cinema: Medora In a study done by the Center on Budget Policies and Priorities between 2007- 2012 Idaho cut education spending per student 19 percent. “When you got to cut $300,000 out of a school, you definitely have money problems,” said Mike Schroeder, a coach at Emmett High School. In the school year of 2006-2007 Idaho spent roughly $377 per student putting it at the third lowest per student budget in the west half of the United States just below those of Utah and Arizona. “Medora” is directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart and made by Independent Television Service (ITVS) for the television show “Independent Lens” which airs every Monday on PBS. Idaho Public Television will also be pairing with “Independent Lens” to put on “The New Black,” a film about gay rights within the African American community in Maryland. “The New Black” will be screening at Idaho Public Television, 1455 N Orchard St., Boise on May 7 at 7 p.m.
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The documentary “Medora” takes place in Medora, Ind. and focuses on the once great high school basketball team, the Medora Hornets, and their struggle to compete with consolidated schools nearby that have greater resources and more students. “(This film is) a revealing look into a group of young men who refuse to give up,” said Ron Pisaneschi, the general manager of Idaho Public Television. The film follows the community for a year and a half, putting struggles with poverty, forgiveness and dropping out into a new light. “(“Medora”) is not just a basketball film; it’s about life,” said Marcia Franklin, the moderator of the Idaho Public Television screening. The discussion led after the film turned Medora into a symbol for pride within small towns. By forcing students to pay for after-school activities many viewers felt that it was detracting from the already few options that low income students have.
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us? I think we’ve proven to everyone what we can do. We’ve beaten teams in the top 10.” Boise State (25-4, 5-0 MW) is no stranger to talented teams. In fact, the Broncos are in position to win their third straight Mountain West Championship following backto-back seasons with victories over New Mexico. The Broncos beat the Aggies 4-0 in 2012 and 4-3 in 2013. “This is the most dangerous team I’ve been on,” Nathan Sereke said. “My sophomore year we had a really good team too, but this is the most dangerous team we’ve had. We could upset many good teams.” This team is led by two seniors, Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke, Patton’s top two singles players. With a
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Boise State men’s tennis head coach Greg Patton is getting antsy. He’s antsy because the Broncos, now ranked 24th in the nation, have secured the top seed in the Mountain West Championship and are one step closer to a possible national championship. The Mountain West Championship begins today in Fresno, Calif. at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club, and will run through Sunday. Boise State will first step on the court at 11 a.m. Mountain Time against Utah State. “I can almost kiss (the national championship),” Patton said. “No team has won a national championship in Division I here. Why not
record of 23-14 this season, Bettles has crept into the national rankings where he sits at 89th individually. The Broncos rose as high as No. 15 in the International Tennis Association rankings this season. After winning the Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic in February, Boise State went from No. 41 in the country to No. 15. Boise State might have improved on its season-best ranking late in the season if not for a devastating loss to Stanford on the road on April 1. The loss dropped the Broncos out of the top 20 once again. Weather conditions and poor coaching decisions – this according to Patton himself – were mostly to blame for the 4-0 Cardinal sweep in Palo Alto, Calif. “We’re not in the top
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The men’s tennis team heads to the MW Tournament as the No. 1 seed. 15, and there’s one reason, and one reason only: that Stanford debacle,” Patton told The Arbiter. “It was totally my fault , we should’ve never played that match because it was raining. It wasn’t (my team’s) fault.” Most recently the Bron-
Men’s golf looks to upset MW field right to the strengths of Boise State, according to head coach Kevin Burton. “You need to hit your tee balls in the right area and you need to hit them straight,” Burton said. “That fits right into our game plan. We’re very good strikers and we hit into a lot of fairways.” Couple that with a group of golfers hungry for a taste of victory with an underdog
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mentality and you have a recipe for an upset – something every golfer on the Boise State roster is thinking about. With that underdog mentality, Burton believes Boise State is in an excellent position to surprise some of the best teams this weekend. Not having the pressure and expectation of victory is a gift allowing the Broncos to go into Tucson with
nothing to lose. “We don’t have any pressure at all,” Burton said. “We go out there, swing away and try to make birdies.” UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico, all ranking as some of the top teams in the nation, are favorites to walk away with the championship, but Burton and freshman David Elliott know that while anything
cos grabbed two wins against Air Force and San Francisco last Saturday, 7-0 and 4-1 respectively. With the win against the Falcons, Boise State locked up the Mountain West regular season title with an undefeated conference record.
can happen, Boise State is going to need to put up its best performance of the season to finish in the top five over the weekend. “In a few tournaments we’ve been in the position to do something really special; we just haven’t quite been able to put it together yet,” Elliott said. “I think if we can all click at the same time and be smart and make good decisions, the sky’s the limit for us. It’ll be fun to see.” Boise State’s lineup will feature Elliott and fellow
freshman Mark Brassey, sophomore Logan France, junior Ty Travis and senior Jordan Skyles. Travis, consistently one of the Broncos’ top golfers is looking forward to a great championship atmosphere and a top 10 finish as an individual. “I’m really excited,” Travis said. “It should be great weather and we have a really strong conference so it should be a lot of fun.” The action begins Friday April 25 from Tucson, Ariz.
Broncos near peak entering postseason play titles this season. Martin, paired with fellow sophomore McKenzie Ford, who returned from an injury in early March, gives Boise State two golfers expected to place well over the weekend. “In the last few tournaments where we’ve played MWC teams, we actually did really well,” freshman Genevieve Ling said. “We don’t plan on going in there with the mentality that we have to win this, but we know that we could do that.” Bird is excited to see if Boise State’s lineup for the MWC championships can continue their streak of earning at least a share of a tournament victory. When together, the lineup
Nate Lowery All season, the Boise State women’s golf team has been trying to gain a better understanding of their conference foes before the Mountain Championship occurring later this week. So far, they like their chances. With victories against every Mountain West school they’ve faced this season, the Broncos are looking to improve on their sixth place conference ranking and contend for a championship. “I think we are just as good as any team in the conference,” head coach Nicole Bird said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of pressure on other schools that are ranked a little higher that more have that expectation to win and have all that pressure on them.” Coming off of top three finishes in five of their last nine tournaments, the Broncos are peaking at just the right time. Sophomore Samantha Martin has been the unquestioned leader of this years squad with six top 10 finishes and owning the share of two tournament
of Martin, Ford, Ling, Sammie Pless and Oceane Pelloille have won both the Winthrop Intercollegiate, and a share of the Fresno State Lexus Classic. “It feels good to have our full line-up,” Bird said. “Team chemistry wise, I think they’re really gelling. They’re focused when they need to, but they’re relaxed when they’re not on the golf course.” Boise State will also have knowledge on the par-72, 6,324-yard Dinah Shore Course from Gerina Piller, an LPGA golfer who has played the course before. Bird was able to get notes from Piller via Ryan Hietala, the men’s assistant coach
who attended UTEP with Piller. “I think it’s one of the best championship golf courses
there is,” Bird said. “I think what it does is it evens out the field really well.” Tee begins with Pelloille
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Boise State men’s basketball signed their newest addition to the 20142015 season last week as Pratt Community College transfer Kevin Allen signed his letter of intent for the Broncos. “We are really excited to get Kevin,” head coach Leon Rice told Bronco Sports. “He fills a need for us with size we’ve been lacking and the departure of Ryan Watkins. Kevin has tremendous upside, and with his work ethic and our system, we’re really looking forward to his development as a Bronco.” Allen helped lead Pratt to a berth in the NJCAA Tourthe arbiter The Arbiter
nament earlier this year, as the Beavers were ousted in the first round. The 6-foot10 Michigan native scored 31 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the first round defeat. Allen will have big shoes to fill as he replaces former forward Ryan Watkins, who was named as a Second Team All-Mountain West player after becoming the first player in Mountain West history to score over 200 points and record over 200 rebounds in conference play during the 2013-2014 season. “It felt like a perfect fit for me,” Allen said. “Coach Rice showed a lot more interest in me than the other schools and they (the
Broncos) play at a very high level.” After his freshman year at Jackson Community College in Michigan where he averaged 8.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the 2012-2013 season, Allen transferred to Pratt in Kansas where he scored 13.4 points and pulled down 8.4 rebounds per game as a redshirt sophomore. Pratt will join the Broncos for the 2014-2015 season as he prepares for the Mountain West as a redshirt junior. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this my whole life,” Allen said. “I just needed someone to give me a chance.” arbiteronline .com arbiteronline.com