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Some students struggle with eating disorders due in part to the media or psychological triggers Isabel Corona @IsabelLCorona

College students are at an elevated risk for developing eating disorders and Boise State students are not exempt. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) reported that 25 percent of college-aged females used binging and purging to manage their weight. Karla West, director of Counseling Services, said peer pressure is a major reason why young people are so vulnerable to developing eating disorders. “They are still learning and developing that whole identity process—psychological development of identity—so that influence can be much stronger during those years,” West said. College students who live on campus may be more at risk. “If you look at residential campuses, then you are magnifying the peer pressure group, because they tend to be around their peers all the

time versus in the wider culture they may be around various generations,” West said. Junior English major, with an emphasis in writing Kim Wilson, who struggles with anorexia and bulimia, explained why being surrounded by people dealing with the same issues as her does more harm than good. “One-on-one sessions with a therapist (are) beneficial, but a lot of the time I don’t think it’s helpful if people with eating disorders associate with other people with eating disorders,” Wilson said. “They tend to trigger each other.” Media influences body image as well. West said young people are more susceptible to eating disorders because they constantly interact with media. “College students are high users of social media and not just social media, but all types of media. So, they are very susceptible to those images as well,” said Megan McGuffey, graduate assistant and registered dietician with Wellness Services.

Wilson said the media perpetuates the notion of unhealthy dieting by promoting unrealistic standards. “Self, Shape, Women’s Health, all those magazines, if you read the diets that they have, they are very, very restrictive. They talk about celebrities’ eating habits and those eating habits are ridiculous,” Wilson said. People with eating disorders often exhibit low sense of self-worth, helplessness and fear of not fitting the physical standards society has created, West explained. Many individuals with eating disorders struggle with control. West said some people develop these conditions as a result of wanting to have control over some aspect of their life. “That’s a big thing with some eating disorders; people will revert when their life feels like they are out of control. That’s something they feel like they can control,” West said. Wilson, who has generalized anxiety disorder, said she’s always had unorthodox

ways of controlling her anxiety. After getting her wisdom teeth taken out, she found a new way to have control. “Anytime I got really stressed out, I would just stop eating, because I would like the sense of control that I had,” Wilson said. According to McGuffey, side effects of eating disorders include depression, loss

of menstrual cycle, constipation, slowed metabolism, severe weight loss for anorexics and erosion of enamel for bulimics. Slowed metabolism results from reduced lean muscle mass and returns to normal when a healthy diet is established. West stated that 1 in 10 cases of anorexia results in death, resulting from cardiac

arrest, medical complications or suicide caused by depression. “I think that people need to realize that we’re all beautiful and you don’t have to be like anyone else to be beautiful,” Wilson said. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder contact Health Services.

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Golf to build new indoor practice facility Nate Lowery Staff Writer

Long, bleak, freezing winters, defined by snow and gray skies, have never been advantageous for Boise State’s golf programs. Months locked in two small rooms in Bronco Stadium – dubbed the “dungeons” by the men’s golf team – have led to struggles recruiting and rusty golfers come the spring season. For those reasons, head coach Kevin Burton has begun a campaign to raise $500,000 in order to build a state of the art indoor


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practice facility located at Warm Springs Golf Course. “When I first took over the program nine years ago we had nothing,” Burton said. “They’re not the nicest in the world but it’s gotten the job done. It’s at the point where we need to upgrade ours and get something done.” The new facility will feature a hitting center which would allow four golfers to hit at once. The hitting center will be equipped with state of the art video and launch monitors and new club fitting technology. Alongside the hitting

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center will be a 2,500 sq. ft. indoor facility used for practice in short game and putting. It will equipped with a three tier putting green with three different kinds of grasses to hit from. Burton hopes to raise the $500,000 through both naming rights and private donations. In order to have the facility built by winter, the money must be raised by the end of May or early June. “It’s not going to be easy,” Burton said. While appreciative of the rooms in Bronco Stadium provided, freshman David


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Elliot feels they are not getting the job done. “One of the main things you miss out on all winter is seeing the ball fly,” Elliot said. “You can do as much on your swing as you can and get kind of a general feeling of your shot, but unless you can actually see where the ball is going you’re never 100% sure.” The new indoor facility will not only help the Broncos enter spring with a better feeling of their game, but also level the playing field when it comes to recruiting. Boise State has recently

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A rendering of plans for the new facility. struggled to recruit against other MWC schools such as Wyoming -- which just completed a $2 million facility. “To bring a golfer to Boise, ID is not the easiest

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thing in the world,” Burton said. “They usually get here and love the city and love the school. We do have a phenomenal community, but the winter aspect does scare some away.”

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Aries (March 21- April 19): It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to hitchhike along America’s highways, watching the landscape pass you buy. Soon you will be evicted from your home and forced to do just that. Keep an eye out for serial murderers and rival drifters while on the road.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You don’t trust doctors and modern medicine so you like to use the earth’s products to heal yourself. Don’t brush your teeth, just swish some oil around in your mouth. This homeopathic remedy also cures AIDS and cancer and has been used by mystic hobos for centuries.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): Sometimes you just need to sit down and think in a quiet room. All of the distractions of daily life can make you feel like your head is swimming. Find a rarely used janitor’s closet in the Student Union Building and hole up there once a week or so to cry without persecution.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Finally, you are getting the respect that you deserve! All of these years they laughed at you, saying it was impossible to create a recliner and toilet combo. You sure showed them! Soon Americans everywhere won’t have to leave their recliners to have wet, painful diarrhea.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Going to class stinks. Who are these high and mighty professors who think they can boss you around and threaten you with a bad grade? To Hell with them! Next time they ask for an assignment, tell ‘em they can stick their phony papers where the sun don’t shine.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22): You have a substance abuse problem and everybody knows it. You need to lay off the booze, the smack, the uppers, downers, loopers, blue bombers, black Bettie’s, crack rocks, meth shards, marijuana cigarettes, extacy pills, chewing tobacco and industrial paint thinner.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Bob Kustra will give you a tour of the elaborate cave system he has secretly built right underneath the university. Remember all of that “construction” last year on campus? That was President Kustra installing a dark retreat where he plans the destruction of the University of Idaho.

Capricorn (Dec. 23-Jan. 19): Your aura is all kinds of messed up. Maybe it’s time to consider a serious change in your eating habits. Eating too much red meat can make you gassy and create a dark aura that scares away dogs and small children. Try eating tofu burgers and refrain from evacuating your bowels.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Your aunt Florence will pay a visit this week, causing tension in your household. That’s just Aunt Flo for you though. She comes around and makes a big mess, giving everyone a headache and creating arguements left and right. Then she leaves after five days without a word.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): This week will be full of rewarding challenges. Each day, something awful will happen, forcing you to humble yourself before the merciless gods that demand tribute in the form of human sacrifice. Without anyone to offer up, you will be forced to slaughter your finest vegetables.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The world is your oyster, Virgo. Anything you can imagine is within possibility. Just think about all of the things you could become: a fry cook, a vacant parent or even a college dropout. You just need to shoot for the stars! Don’t try to be a doctor or an astronaut though; that’s too hard.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): Many people dream of going to Mars but soon you will make this a reality after taking a do-ityourself interplanetary space travel course. Just watch out for aliens and death. Space is an unforgiving place where nobody can hear you scream except the other astronauts on board.

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Healthcare: It’s expensive Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. photos courtesy the arc

As a twenty-four year old college senior, and the daughter of parents who raised me to be selfsufficient since I was fifteen, I am too proud to ask for help, but having a mental illness is expensive, even with insurance. During a discussion with a group of friends about health insurance, they erupted when I told them how much I pay for my doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and prescription medications, with insurance. I often ask myself, why have insurance if it’s not going to cover anything? Though I am still covered under my parents’ health insurance plan, my high deductible and co-pay makes it almost impossible to get anything paid for by my insurance company. Even after I meet my deductible, which would be quite a feat, I am still required to pay 20 percent out of pocket. From my years of experience, I’ve found therapy sessions range from $90 to $150 per hour. Most therapists have an insurance company they partner with, so many won’t cover the fee. If I’m going through a particularly rough time, going to these sessions once a week isn’t uncommon. That’s $360-$600 per month. Psychiatrists, who monitor and prescribe my prescriptions, charge $90 to $110 for a half hour session. Again, most partner with specific insurance companies as to encourage patients to enroll in their policies. However, if you’re not enrolled in any of these insurance policies, nothing gets “covered.” That’s $360-$440 per month if I’m going once a week. Prescriptions are the least of my monetary concerns, ranging from $5 to $10, depending on the brand and the quantity. However, these numbers may vary from one person to the next. Though I submit all receipts to my insurance company, meeting my deductible is unlikely. So for those who think mental illnesses aren’t real, or are just looking for attention, I hope this changes your mind. No one consciously chooses to spend hundreds of dollars per month on their health.

The Arc is working with Net Impact on Boise State to gather clothing and provide jobs to individuals with disabilities.

Net Impact pairs with The Arc Sean Bunce Staff Writer

A donation of clothing this spring can mean more than just clearing out some extra closet space; it can give someone the opportunity to live a normal life. Boise State’s Net Impact Chapter and The Arc are teaming up to host a clothing drive at Boise State to take place April 21 through May 5. The Arc currently provides jobs and services to more than 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southern Idaho alone. “The goal is to make people as independent as their

capabilities allow them to be,” said Brian Greber, board president of The Arc. Clothes taken for the drive are accepted in any condition. Collection bins will be placed in the Student Union Building, the Boise State Recreation Center and the new College of Business and Economics Building. All clothing donated by students will be sold to Savers Thrift Stores where it will be sorted, recycled, resold, or turned into rags and other textiles. Proceeds from selling these clothes go directly to the services provided by The Arc.

“Sort of like the Salvation Army,” said Daniel Walker, service project coordinator for Net Impact. Collection of the cloth is the principal revenue source for The Arc. It funds programs such as life skills training and provides support to vocational rehabilitation and their recreational vacation experiences program. “There’s a wide range of individuals that have all sorts of different needs and potential capabilities,” Greber said. These individuals are given the opportunity to work in three structured programs: vocational rehab

Students use service learning Terra Chambers Staff Writer

Boise State partners with roughly 150 local nonprofit and government agencies to provide students with real work experience. But not every class is a service-learning class, not every major requires service-learning and not every nonprofit and government agency is a part of Boise State service- learning. There are processes in which these come about

and committees who are involved in making the decisions. Service-learning is a program Boise State offers for classes to work on real world experiences and still gain knowledge and learn course material. Faith Beyer Hansen, assistant director for faculty and community engagement for the service-learning program, is behind setting up partnerships with Boise State and local agencies. Hansen goes out into

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the community and works with faculty to decide what is best for the community and Boise State as a whole. There are two parts to becoming a service-learning class. First the faculty or department makes a decision to incorporate service-learning. Once the decision is made, they must answer a series of questions, like what the class needs and the desire of the faculty is and how to work the service learning aspect into their curriculum. Once completed, the faculty goes to the service-learning review board. Upon approval, the faculty go out in the community to find a partnership.

focusing on job placement, work enclaves that work in teams helping out local businesses, and in The Arc’s work services area where they do commercial printing and bake dog treats to sell for the organization. “The ideal situation would be for them to progress through the program and get a full-or part-time job,” Greber said. Not all members of the program end up taking that last step, however, but The Arc is structured in a way which enables those who are can eventually join the work force. This is the first year Net Impact has partnered with

“It’s more of a shifting of thinking about a class for the faculty,” Hansen said. Boise State servicelearning works with nonprofit organizations and government agencies and occasionally partner with for-profit companies, which include healthcare agencies like nursing homes. There are four areas of focus for Boise State service-learning: 1) Environment, 2) Community health, 3) Integrations of people into the community, 4) Access to higher education, like Head Start and k-12 initiatives. In addition, the institution must maintain liability insurance and want to help teach the students or mentor the students. As for hours and project requirements, this is up to the faculty member. Faculty members get to pick partners based on what their class needs are and what they are hoping to have their students learn. Hours depend on what the class needs are and what projects are offered. Base is 10 hours with a 15-20 being average. “Our faculty is out in the community all the time meeting partners,” Hansen said. Chris Hawk, social work major, has been doing ser-

The Arc bringing the clothing drive to campus, but their focus is long-term viability. “We hope to develop an on-going partnership with The Arc,” Walker said. This will allow them to co-sponsor events. The Arc has permanent clothing bins set up throughout Boise, but has so far been prohibited from soliciting at Boise State. Through a partnership with Net Impact they are finally able to do so. For additional information about Net Impact or The Arc visit their websites.

vice learning for the last two terms. “I enjoy service-learning, and feel it is worth it,” Hawk said. Luana Leonard, also a social work major, has been doing service-learning for the past two terms and has had some great experiences, especially working with refugees. “I really like it and it fits in with my class,” Leonard said. She completed servicelearning for both social work 101 and 201. The goal of service-learning is to give Boise State students real world experience and give back to the community, while maintaining a positive learning experience for the students.

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ryan thorne @ryanthorne86 Imagine a scenario where your car breaks down and you don’t have the money to fix it. You live out in the suburbs and regularly commute downtown to attend classes and are now forced to find another way to get around. Suddenly you remember that Boise has a public transit system called ValleyRide, prompting you to hop online to see if you can take the bus to school. Boise State includes a bus pass with your school ID so maybe going without a car won’t be so bad. Your optimistic attitude soon turns sour when you realize most buses run only once an hour with services ending by 7 p.m. each weeknight, making it impossible for you to take public transit home after staying late in the library or after an evening class. Boise’s public transit sys-

tem is lacking for a handful of reasons, but most boil down to one factor: money. Public transit in Ada County is funded partially by the federal government and mostly by the city of Boise itself, forcing ValleyRide to compete with other city budget essentials like the police and fire departments. With a national and state economy that has seen better days, it is unlikely that city officials will begin expanding bus routes and hours anytime soon. Without extra cash to spread around, ValleyRide will stay as it is. But why is everyone driving their own cars to work and school anyway? Why don’t more people opt to build a rail system and expand bus operations? The answer may lie with the policies of a former American president. When Dwight D. Eisenhower oc-

cupied the White House in the 1950’s, he fostered the creation of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, or the freeways system as most call it now. This system linked states with roadways that could also be used to quickly mobilize military forces to any part of the U.S. during a time when invasion from the Soviet Union was seen as a serious threat. While a freeway system may have given military leaders some peace of mind on the home front, it forced American citizens to purchase automobiles to get around, creating a culture where cars became the main mode of transportation. Keep in mind, this was during a period of booming economic growth and plentiful, cheap gasoline so most Americans probably didn’t blink an eye. Now we live in an age of economic stagnation and high gasoline prices. Many Idahoans are already struggling to stay afloat in dark economic times, so why should we carry on with transportation policies that place extreme burdens on those who can’t afford to drive? This isn’t the 1950’s anymore, we aren’t locked in a Cold War with Soviet Russia and last time I checked, gas sits at $3.50 a gallon. It’s time for Idahoans and Americans in general to push legislators to build practical mass public transportation systems. It’s important to recognize that the system is broken. Times have changed and we need to adapt or get left in the dust.

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I had FOMO (fear of missing out). Some would say I still suffer from the FOMO. I’d say I am recovering from the FOMO. I remember creating my Facebook profile during my senior year of high school. It was taking over Myspace and we’d all rush home, just to sit and stare at the screen. But that was how we communicated, through statuses, messages, and comments. Looking back, I would spend hours sitting at my computer, waiting for my Facebook feed to update, hoping someone would post something interesting just so I could be the first person to “like” it. You were always cool if you got the first “like.” If I had gone out and done something with friends that weekend, I’d be on Facebook for hours the next day, waiting for pictures to be posted so I could relive the fun we’d had. When I upgraded to an iPhone and downloaded the Facebook app, it made it easy to check my profile wherever I was. It was so convenient that I would check it in the middle of the night, sometimes more than once. One day, seven years later, I had an epiphany: Why do I care what every one else is doing at every moment of the day? Why do I spend hours on end staring at a computer screen, waiting for it to update with useless information? I began to realize how much of my life was consumed by social media. Do you really care what so and so from high school is doing with their life? Do you honestly care so much about their lives that you’re willing to waste hours of your own life away as to not miss out on their exciting news? When you use your phone to take pictures or videos of that awesome concert, are you really enjoying it? Are you missing out on the actual event because you’re too busy recording the show as to relive it later? Yes, it’s cool to be able to share media with friends (or “friends”) who couldn’t be there, but you aren’t there for them; you’re there for you and the experience. It has been about four months since I’ve deleted my Facebook account. Sure, there are days where I get the urge to reactivate my profile to see who’s gotten engaged, who’s pregnant, and if that jerk from high school still had the body of a Greek God, or if karma had finally caught up to him and his beer belly was hard to conceal under his too-small wife beater tank. But I’ve resisted, and it feels great. I think this is what it feels like when a smoker finally quits: free of toxins.

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“Probably talking to my friends that live in different countries.”

cody wetherelt linguistics major

“All the little things my friends do back home and the things that are happening on campus, like with my other friends.”

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Community garden flourishes Patty Bowen Staff Writer

A block down from our bustling campus resides a small student-run garden that has, in some sense, grown out of the ground (pun intended). Founded in 2011 by John Ziker and the Sustainability Club, the Boise State Community Garden has grown into a haven of beautiful agriculture and student opportunity. “Currently we have carrots, cilantro, lettuce and spinach that survived the winter, but we started a bunch of stuff last time… artichokes, peas, beans, radishes,” said Erin Murray, a graduate student who manages the garden. “In the summer time we plant zucchini, cucumber and tomato. We also have raspberries and blackberries.” Currently Murray and Kathryn Demps, professor of anthropology and the advisor for the garden, are in the planning stages of drafting a deal with the Boise State dining halls. With luck, the Sustainability Club will be able to sell excess produce to these student dining facilities in order to make extra money for the garden.

“At the moment we take home whatever food is grown and then we also leave some out on the street if there is extra,” Murray said while signaling to the street in front of the garden where a row of cars are parked. “Currently it is only people who are working in the garden who take home produce, which are all students, but we’d like to be able to sell it to get some money to expand.” Within the last few weeks volunteers have been building eight raised beds in order to expand the area that can be gardened. “Over the next year we’re trying to get these beds set up and get the soil in them healthy so we are able to plant with more area,” Demps said. Before Boise State bought the land and donated it to the garden, there was a house positioned over the front part of the plot. Soil in this area is contaminated from left over chemicals and is unsafe for growing. “We will be filling these with new varieties of vegetables and berries for the summer. This allows us to grow more types of veggies and experiment with different varieties.” Demps said. In the back corner of the

garden, left over organic material is piled up making the start of a promising compost pile. There is also talk of building a greenhouse out of found and reused materials. There are no chemical fertilizers used in the planting process, and Demps prefers to use heirloom seeds. “We take what we can get and many students will bring extra seeds they have or we will use what people have donated. We shouldn’t just throw those away,” Demps said. Participating in the garden is a great opportunity for students who have an interest in gardening but don’t have the time or resources. “Students can learn how to plant a seed, what a weed looks like, how often to water something and when the growing season is. Once you learn these basic tasks, you can grow almost anything,” Demps said. Students who are interested in getting involved can get in contact through the garden’s Facebook page BSU Sustainable Space and Community Garden, or attend the potluck at the garden on April 22. The garden is located at 1415 Juanita St.

Class selection made easy Kelsey Jacobs Staff Writer

Boise State has a lot of classes to offer and it can be overwhelming. The abbreviations and slang students use to talk about classes can also be very confusing. One thing students commonly mix up is University (UNIV) classes and University Foundation (UF) classes. University (UNIV) classes are elective credit classes that are meant to help students build skills to better their college experience. Boise State has

offered University classes for a long time to help aid students. There are classes like UNIV 101: First Year College Transitions, UNIV 105: Reading and Study Strategies, UNIV 106: Library Research and much more that can be found at their website. University Foundation (UF) classes are relatively new to the Boise State curriculum, having been introduced in 2012. They are theme-based classes that are all different. Students can look for themes that are applicable to them. There are a variety

of classes that range from lecture based to project based. There are even online options. “University Foundations is a required part of core classes; all students have to take UF 100 and UF 200 as a required sequence,” said Jillana Finnegan, associate director of Academic Enhancement. “They’re really cool classes but they certainly aren’t elective and they’re not about academic skill building. University Foundations is a key part of Boise State’s new efforts to make academics more

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consistent through out Boise State.” Boise State has a large variety of classes to choose from and so many different opportunities for all students. The University Foundations courses are unique because there are different sections and topics that students can choose from. One of the more popular UF topics among students is Story: How it Works in Our Minds and Lives. This section is all about how story stimulates human life and how it is an active part of everyone’s life. This course includes a project that has to do with storytelling and the creation of a documentary on an issue of those students choosing. Another section stu-

dents can choose is Competition: Why the West Modernized before Asia & How Asia Caught Up. This class explores the various theories around the West and the East and how they

modernized. All in all, there are many cool and interesting classes that students can choose from, if they just take the time to do a little research.

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April 17, 2014

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For men’s tennis seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke, the time has come to say goodbye to the blue courts of the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos (23-4, 4-0 MW) will play their final matches of the regular season against conference opponent Air Force, and San Francisco on Saturday. This will be Boise State’s last opportunity to raise its national stock before embarking for the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif. on April 24. Air Force will be the first opponent of the day at 11 a.m., followed by San Francisco at 6 p.m. Both seniors hail from overseas, with Bettles coming to Boise State by way of Reeds School in Somerset, England and Sereke transplanting from Samgymnasiet in Stockholm, Sweden. Bettles and Sereke entered the program as head coach Greg Patton’s No. 5 and No. 6 singles players. They are now his No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. “When I first got here, I was kind of like ‘what am I doing here?’” Sereke said. “I didn’t know anyone and I barely

spoke any English, and it was hard. I thought for sure I was going to go back home, but now I can’t see myself anywhere else.” Last season, Bettles became the Broncos clear-cut star, tallying a 30-10 overall record and qualifying for the NCAA Singles Championship as a junior. In the 2013-14 season, Bettles has slipped a bit, and is 22-14 and 4-6 against ranked opponents. Sereke holds a singles record of 13-12 heading into his final home matches. Despite Bettles’s less pronounced individual record, he’s pleased that Boise State — now ranked No. 24 in the nation — is putting together one of its most dominant seasons in program history. “Each year we’ve gotten slightly better since I’ve been here, and it’s great to have an unbelievable senior year,” Bettles said. “It means everything.” Though senior day is important for every athletic program on campus, the Broncos have more pressing matters at hand. With the Mountain West Championship around the corner, followed by the NCAA Regional and National Championship, Boise State still has some areas to improve. The Broncos will capture

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Bettles, Sereke approach senior day

Andy Bettles will play his final matches at home for the Broncos on Saturday. an outright Mountain West regular season title with a win over Air Force. This season hasn’t been without drama, as the Broncos have come down to the final court in multiple matches. “You want to be the king of

your neighborhood,” Patton said. “We’re like the actor who goes from one action thriller to the next; we’re the Alfred Hitchcock of collegiate tennis.” Patton has a running wager with other coaches on cam-

pus to be the first head coach to bring a Division I national championship to Boise State. With this year’s program, he has never been closer. “I can almost kiss (the national championship),” Patton said. “I bet (Chris) Petersen

who could do it first, Leon (Rice), and I’ll probably talk to (Bryan) Harsin about it. That’s the way I want my guys to think: why not? Why not us? “We could do this. All the stars have to align, but the stars do align,” Patton said.”

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The Boise State gymnastics team is sending two members to the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championships this weekend. Despite not qualifying as a team, the Broncos are sending juniors Ciera Perkins and Kelsey Morris to the biggest stage of collegiate gymnastics. “I’m excited. We are going against teams we haven’t competed against and girls we haven’t seen before,” Per-

kins said. “I’m just excited to go out there and show people who Boise State is and show them we have amazing talent and we can go to nationals next year.” Both Perkins and Morris won their respective events to qualify for nationals: Perkins on floor exercise and Morris on uneven bars. “Just being able to represent Boise State is such an honor,” Morris said. “I want to put us on the map and let people know that we are out there.” Perkins and Morris join a

The most important part for me is to take a moment and sit back and enjoy it, realize how lucky I am and how cool of an experience this is going to be. —Kelsey Morris

shortlist of national qualifiers in school history. Only seven other individuals have qualified for nationals. “I’m so proud of them and I am super excited to see these two particular girls going to nationals,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “They are both leaders and work harder than anyone else in the gym.” Morris became the first ever Bronco in school history to qualify for uneven bars. Morris is the first to go in floor exercise since Hannah Redmon did it back in 2010. They are not letting all the attention and pressure that comes with making it to nationals get to them. “The most important part for me is to take a moment and sit back and enjoy it,” Morris said. “I realize how lucky I am and how cool of an experience this is

going to be.” Whatever happens at nationals the girls are just happy to be able to have this opportunity. “Pretty much go out there and have fun is the way I am looking at this,” Perkins said. “Show people I’m happy to be there and realize this is a life experience that I will always remember.” Both Morris and Perkins wish though they would be able to share this experience with their teammates. “That’s one of the bittersweet parts of going to nationals — not being able to go there with our teammates,” Morris said. “But just knowing that they are supporting us and wishing us well will get us through the meet.” Morris and Perkins attribute all their success this season to their team and will be


Perkins and Morris heading to NCAA’s

Ciera Perkins against Washington in 2013. competing for them. “Without our teammates support we definitely wouldn’t be standing here,” Perkins said. “They definitely motivate us to be the best we can be.” They know they are more than capable of being successful and know exactly what they need to do in order to make that a reality. “We have done the work already,” Morris said. “Now it’s just a matter of going out

there and executing it like we have all season.” Perkins and Morris have cemented their legacies at Boise State and Bird sees the national championships as the perfect capstone. “I’m expecting them to go in and do what they have been doing all season long and do the best routines they can do,” Bird said. “When they do that no matter what the outcome is I will be happy with that.”

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The April 17, 2014 issue of the Boise State student-run newspaper, The Arbiter.