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“It seems like they’re involved in the community and stuff. I’ve seen them doing the Relay For Life and whatnot; I’ve seen them all participate at least, I don’t know if they put it on. It seems like they have fun. I think it’s a larger thing at other universities; it’s a lot smaller here at Boise State. I’ve seen it up at U of I and they have a lot larger groups.” “I think they try hard to promote everything that they do and sometimes it works, but some of them seem like they’re slacking a bit. Other than that, that’s really all I can say. I kinda get the idea it’s a bit more organized because the parties here really aren’t anything big but I always see the frat people dressed up going to their meetings and stuff.” “I don’t know when it all originated but I want to say it’s a staple in college life and universities because it, because you (go) to a community colleges I don’t know if they have fraternities or not but if you (go) to any major university they have sororities and fraternities. From what I’ve seen (Boise State is) a little bit different because in my COMM 101 class there’s been two people who’ve talked about their fraternity and their sorority; they’re really into volunteering and doing a lot of that. Yes they party and have their fun times but I don’t think that’s what they mainly focus on.”
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Boise State Greek life does not hold closely to the stereotype of plastered frat parties and sexualized sorority socializing. Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Chi are striving to change stereotypical perceptions of Boise State Greek life. “It’s too bad people get that view,” said Miranda Allen, senior Alpha Gamma Delta member. “That’s the last thing we want; that’s why we’re doing our best and working against the stereotypical Greek life.” Allen went on to explain the sense of community in Greek life. “We want to be the Greek life that people see around
the community, see as a positive and I think we’ve proven ourselves and done a good job at it so far; I’m interested to see where it goes after I’m gone,” Allen said. Boise State’s Greek life seems pretty tame compared to universities across the country. Unlike Boise State, U of I’s Greek life has been negatively mentioned in recent news. In a February 2014 Atlantic article, about a dozen recent Greek life related accidents were described in shocking detail: blown out sphincters as a result of ass bottle rockets, serious paralyzing falls from fourthstory decks and physical or emotional trauma from hazing initiations. At U of
I, a sorority student went up to a third-floor “sleeping porch,” with one of the brothers, rolled to the side of the bed and fell 25 feet to the cement ground, suffering serious brain damage. John Rhoda, senior Sigma Chi member, said while Sigma Chi does not haze their pledges, he is aware of other fraternities across the country who do. Rhoda said hazing takes away from brotherhood and the experience of being in a fraternity. One argument for hazing Rhoda addressed was hazing building comradery among the pledges and the active members in a fraternity (or sorority). Rhoda said he does not believe that at all. Rhoda highlighted haz-
ing in Greek life. “One of them was my best friend and he went to a southern school and he joined a different fraternity; he was telling (me) some of the things he had to do and that he didn’t consider it hazing, like he said he had to do 100 pushups every time that he failed a test. He’s like ‘Well that’s not hazing; that’s conditioning’ …one of the arguments I’ve heard coming up has been that hazing will draw your pledge class together and it’s something that (they) can unite in… that you’re all going through some terrible event together,” Rhoda said. For Rhoda, hazing and its negativity should be countered with ‘why can’t you
build comradery in a positive fashion?’ According to Allen and Rhoda, one potential reason for Boise State Greek life’s lack of legal trouble is due to many of the sororities and fraternities being newly established on campus. Rhoda said one characteristic of “animal houselike” fraternities is their older establishment on their campuses. These ancient established Greek life houses could also explain traditions of hazing initiations. Rhoda hasn’t been to U of I, but doesn’t think the Greek life is the same. “I think that maybe because the fraternity and sorority life up there has
been ingrained there for a hundred years and people back in the 50s and 60s and 70s and 80s got into a groove of ‘this is what happens in a fraternity’ or a sorority,” Rhoda said. “I think that because the Greek life at Boise State is so young and we’re still able to mold it we’re able to turn it into what we want and I can tell you that personally, I don’t want that, I don’t want the ‘frat life’ and happily we’re able to pass that on to the younger guys.” With this past initiation week, it is hoped these new brothers and sisters will continue to uphold values of leadership, merit and higher standards of academic and Greek life. page Design Jovi Ramirez/THE ARBITER
Every collegiate athlete starts their career with four years of eligibility, which in some instances can be lengthened to five or six years by redshirting or receiving a medical pardon. All except one. Junior Garrett Patton, son of Boise State men’s tennis head coach Greg Patton, has been a part of Boise State tennis since birth. Garrett was born the day the Pattons moved into their Boise home just after his father accepted the position of head coach, and he’s been playing, shagging balls and learning the game of tennis ever since. Garrett graduated in 2011 from Boise High and spent much of his youth watching his father develop Boise State into a nationally recognized tennis powerhouse—Greg has won 15 conference titles in 18 seasons as head coach. Despite his strong family ties to the program, Garrett wasn’t a lock to attend
Boise State after high school. Ranked as a top amateur in the country, Garrett had options. “At first I wasn’t planning on going (to Boise State),” Garrett told The Arbiter. “My senior year of high school I started to get really close to the team, even more than I had in the past, and he (his father) kept beating it into me how good Boise State was, and then he talked trash about all of the other schools.” Before ultimately choosing Boise State, Garrett was considering San Diego State, San Francisco, California and Santa Barbara. Keeping tennis out of their relationship has been key for both Garrett and Greg since the beginning. At home, the two rarely talk tennis and on the court Greg often relies on assistant coaches to work with “G-man.” When the Broncos were still climbing the national rankings early this season, Garrett clinched an upset win over No. 21 Clemson with a three-set tie breaker on court four.
As much as Greg tries to be Coach, instead of Dad, on the court, this one was a bit tougher to separate the two. “When he was playing Clemson in our biggest match of the season I pulled myself far away from the court,” Greg said. “The thing is, he’s a thrill seeker. It’s in his genes to be fearless. Sometimes I feel that he does it on purpose to make the matches close at the end just so it comes down to his court because he has more fun. He loves the thrill.” Greg and Garrett’s relationship hasn’t come without its challenges, either. In 2012, Garrett was arrested by Boise police and was charged with five misdemeanors including public intoxication, possession of marijuana and resisting and obstructing officers. When Greg went to bail Garrett out of jail, Dad kicked coach to the curb. “I love him. Hey, you made a mistake you’re going to suffer—there’s going to be a lot of suffering,” Greg said. “The coach had to discipline him,
Senior Garrett Patton has a national championship on his mind. the legal system had to discipline him and the father protected him. As a father, I didn’t kick him in the butt, I supported him. When it comes to family, I’m going to take care of my boy.” What came from Garrett’s incident was one of the best seasons of his career. Answering to coach and father was challenging, though. “It was tough,” Garrett said. “It was a nightmare. That was the season I improved the most. I had to step up and grow up and work even harder.”
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Now, Garrett and Greg are contending for the first Division I national championship in school history side-by-side. “I truly believe more than anything that suffering creates greatness,” Greg said. “Most of the people in the world don’t use suffering to
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Finals are approaching and the stress has you bleeding out of your ears and other various holes in your body. Don’t throw in the towel now. Plug up those holes and keep on truckin. Remember what matters most in life: having lots of money and buying things you really don’t need. It’s for your future children.
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You will feel a bit lonely and decide to purchase a pair of hamsters to keep you company. These hamsters will plot to take over the world but will fail as one of the rodents always foils the other’s plans. Eventually these hamsters will move on to bigger and better things and begin graduate school.
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An accident in your company’s payroll department will cause you to have access to thousands of dollars more than you deserve. This will send you into a gambling frenzy and eventually you will be forced to leave the state after mafia gangsters threaten to cut off your fingers for non-payment. Apparently they don’t accept hugs.
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The late spring always brings death and disease along with it. Everyone gets sick and eventually a guy with a cart walks through town collecting dead bodies for a proper burial. This is necessary for population control. It’s also a way for the CIA to test their new biological weapons on Idahoans.
Ever since you were a child, you always wanted the chance to buy a huge, gas guzzling SUV that you can neither afford nor utilize effectively. Well, the chance has come my friend. Head on down to the car lot with all of your life savings and pick out the largest car you can find. Make sure the trunk can hide bodies. If you are graduating this spring, good for you! It must be a relief to finally finish all of that hard work and begin a new chapter of your life. So what did you learn in college all of these years? Hopefully you learned to develop anxiety and fears about getting a good job and can start paying back thousands in debt.
You are a song and dance kind of person who prefers to use music to fight. This will work on occasion but will land you in the hospital after you try to use the power of music to try to reduce the amount of crime in inner cities. Apparently those people are not big fans of “Grease the musical” or “Dirty Dancing.”
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Do not forget to stock up on automatic firearms and pistols this summer. The fine, hardworking folks in the Idaho legislature passed a law allowing guns on campus this upcoming fall. Next legislative session they will work hard on ensuring elementary school children can carry pocket knives and M-80 firecrackers.
Expand your mind! You need to get into electronic dance music! There’s nothing like listening to the same beats and bass warbles for hours on end while in the throes of a heavy drug trip. Some people say you may cause permanent brain damage but if you like Dubstep, it’s probably already way too late for you now.
While riding your horse to school one day, you will realize you have somehow been sent back in time to the 1800s. Everyone is ignorant and is wearing old styles. The streets are full of pot holes and there is a general sense of lawlessness and fear in the air. Suddenly you will realize you didn’t travel back in time at all.
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The National Security Agency is watching you and building a profile of all of your communication behavior, including your frequent visits to the My Little Pony website. Eventually armed men will come in the night and take you and your toy pony collection and throw you in Guantanamo Bay to be water boarded. They say being born under telephone lines can cause brain damage. They also say eating lead paint chips will drive you mad. Who are they to tell you how to live your life? I say don’t tread on me! If I want to expose myself to carcinogens and not pay my federal taxes, that’s up to me. The Founding Fathers didn’t pay taxes!
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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. I recently found a quote (okay, a meme), which quotes Stephen Frey, author of “A Million Little Pieces.” Now, as an English major, you’re probably wondering why the hell I would take a quote from a man who allegedly falsified his own memoir. The quote is about the words, not where they came from (though I’m still ashamed to publicly quote Frey). “If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve to never ask them why. Depression isn’t a straight forward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. “Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who is depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest and best things you will ever do.” I have lived through both scenarios, through the dark days of abandonment of friends who I thought were close and through triumph because of the support from close friends and understanding family, who knew when to push me and when to hold me. The latter has saved my life on more than one occasion. Please understand how much of a difference you have in someone’s life. Even if they’re not dealing with a mental illness, the comfort of knowing someone cares means everything. It means life. As I leave Boise State, The Arbiter, and my comfort zone that has been this column, I ask you to take these last few words and remember them. Remember them for your friends who might be going through a rough time, for acquaintances whose demeanor seems a little off. Make the effort and reach out to someone who looks like they could use a friend. Trust me, it may feel awkward at first, but that simple act of reaching out means the world to that person. You’ll never know how beautiful an act like that can be until it happens to you when all you want to do is hide from the world. Remember, what gets broadcasted about mental illness is 99 percent negative. I hope this column (and Shelby’s) has changed your mind about what mental illnesses look like. We are just two girls trying to change a perception much of the world has. Yes, we are weird, but who isn’t?
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Recently, a video of bison running in Yellowstone alarmed citizens. the small earthquakes.” The earthquake on March 30 was a 4.8, the biggest to occur in the last year. In the last 40 years, an earthquake larger than magnitude four occurs at least once a year. The largest earthquake in the area was 5.2 in 1977. There are a lot of myths associated with Yellowstone but a fact is that earthquakes are associated with volcanos. “Yellowstone is an active volcano, in the sense that it has erupted a lot and will erupt again,” Johnson said. “It will
erupt again in the future; there is not a very good probability that it will erupt in our lifetime.” If the eruptions worked like a clock, we would be due. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago, the previous one 1.2 million years ago and the earliest eruption scientists can determine occurred 2 million years ago. “Bigger eruptions happen less frequently. Yellowstone might wait a half a million years and then it blows up big,” Johnson said. Even if Yellowstone blew its lid, Boise would most likely
be safe. “If that were to happen tomorrow that would affect the globe,” Johnson said. “It would be worse for those communities that are downwind from the eruption there would be substantial loss of life. You’d be a lot worse off in Denver than if you were in Boise.” Student Tim Ronan, geophysics major, agrees. “Yellowstone is not going to blow up,” Ronan said. “But if it did, the cool thing about Boise is that we are barely in the ash cloud.”
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Adam Lanza will forever be remembered as the boy who killed 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012. It is believed he suffered from some form of mental illness. Not long after the massacre, a local Boise woman took to her personal blog, “The Anarchist Soccer Mom,” to share her thoughts for the first time as a mom whose child suffered from a mental illness. “I’ve blogged anonymously for years,” Liza Long said. “I was too chicken to put my name on it (the blog).” It was Nate Hoffman, the editor of the Blue Review, who encouraged her to put her name on the story. “I think it’s really empowering,” Hoffman said. “Liza has a lot to say.” “He kind of outed me,” Long said. Long wrote her infamous
blog post from a local hospital, where her then 13-yearold son was being treated for an undiagnosed mental illness. “I felt like I was in isolation,” Long said. “I said it’s time to talk, and I talked.” The news of the blog post, titled “I Am Adam Lanza’s Mother,” spread like wildfire through every media outlet in the United States, including social media. Long was surprised with the overwhelming response to her then-unknown blog, both the positive and the negative. “It’s rare you get the opportunity to touch a whole lot of nerves,” Long said. “I have found this amazing community. By sharing that story, I connected to the world.” However, the anonymity of social media brought scores of hurtful comments, but the negativity surrounding her blog post didn’t change her reality. “I was going through a really
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According to the Career Center, an average of 1,300 Boise State students partake in some sort of internship for academic credit each school year. “Employers’ expectations have increased dramatically over the last couple of years,” said Debbie Kaylor, director of the Career Center. It’s becoming more common among entry level jobs that a college degree is not enough. “Employers expect them (college graduates) to walk out with not only a degree, but a set of skills and relevant experiences,” Kaylor said. “They (employers) expect you all to hit the ground running from the start.” In the Marketing Department, Gary McCain, internship coordinator and associate professor of marketing, keeps a list of internships that are open for upper-level credit.
On his list for summer of 2014 there are 65 different openings, 30 of which are paid. “The internships that don’t pay that students take fall into two categories – they have some kind of glamour or they’re non-profit causes that the student believes in,” McCain said. Even though there are 65 available internships, McCain estimates they have six to 10 students participating in an internship each semester. In the Art Department, associate professor and internship coordinator John Francis counted 16 students currently participating in an internship. “The university is actually the most consistent source for hiring interns,” Francis said. “We have probably three or four different departments that have an (Art Department) intern.” The most common internship for students of the art department to find is in graphic design positions. Though other positions are available
dramatic time with my son,” Long said. With a background in writing and editing, Long used the Internet as an outlet to share her stories to whoever stumbled upon her blog. “Stories are timeless,” Long said. “The Internet allows you to share the story.” And that’s exactly what Long did. Her very personal detailings of her family’s struggle to cope with their son’s undiagnosed mental illness was laid out for the entire world to see. That pure honesty was just one component of how her blog quickly gained popularity. “People would ask how I made my blog go viral,” Long said. “You can’t just make something go viral. It doesn’t work like that.” Long’s rise to fame has allowed her to advocate on behalf of those, like her son, who struggle with getting help for their mental illnesses. She was within the valley. “We have a woman who has a sculpture studio and hires a sculpture intern,” Francis said. Francis imagines most of the graphic design positions are paid, but isn’t sure on the other internships available. Emily Zamzow, a graduate of the Environmental and Occupational Health Program, participated in an internship in summer of 2013 with the United States Public Health Service and earned $25/hour while doing it. “In this field, environmen-
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Yellowstone is a ticking time bomb, clicking down the seconds to the next eruption, the next big bang, the next ash cloud and the impending doom of a nearly worldwide ash cloud covering. Admittedly the Wyoming park is due for the eruption; its last explosion occurred over 600,000 years ago, but the impending doom may be anywhere from 20,000 to 60,000 years from now. Spectators and visitors of the national park recorded seeing Bison “fleeing” the territory mid-March, a YouTube video captured the sight and went viral convincing viewers that the time bomb was about to tick its last second. Rest assured, the bison were not running in terror. According to park officials, the animals weren’t even running out of the park— but into it. “The bison captured on camera were coincidental,” said Jeffrey Johnson, assistant professor in Boise State’s Geoscience Department. “But there was a big earthquake around Yellowstone at the same time. The myth is that the bison know something we don’t know about Yellowstone. Truth is that animals may be perceptive to small earthquakes in certain situations. However, there is no evidence to show that big animals, bison for instance, are responsive to
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Liza Long wrote “I am Adam Lanza’s mother.” just one of the highlights at this year’s CommCon, where she spoke about how social media has gotten her message out. Through the use of her blog, which she still updates regularly, and social media sites like Twitter, Long has been able to speak up and advocate for those who aren’t able to have a voice, most recently appearing on an episode of “TEDx.” In December 2013, Long wrote a follow-up article titled “I Am Not Adam Lanza’s Mother,” where she shares what she has learned
from her infamous blog post during the year after the shooting. “A year ago, I had almost no hope for my son,” Long said in her post. “The consequences of my decision to put my name on my story were devastating to us personally, as we learned firsthand just how harsh the stigma of mental illness can be.” But now, there is hope. All because Long utilized virtually every form of media to find a solution for her son. “Now, we are talking about where he will go to college,” Long said.
tal and occupational health, we’ve been fortunate,” said Dale Stephenson, internship coordinator. Stephenson estimates over half of the internships within his program are paid. Each department chair has a different procedure on how they manage the students within internship programs, but many of them treat the internship as a separate class with the internship supervisor being the professor. Francis, McCain and Stephenson all meet with the students just at
the beginning of the internship and at the end. The internship supervisor is generally a person with a vast amount of experience and knowledge to pass onto their interns. “I make it a requirement that whoever the person’s supervisor is they have to be someone who has a degree in that area or has extensive experience,” Francis said. “A student should be learning something in their program area.”
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Living with a disability in the United States is difficult. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience discrimination, segregation and exclusion from education, work and housing. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an estimated 2.5 million Americans have an intellectual disability. An intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. Mary Niland, president and CEO of Witco, an organization for workers with intellectual disabilities, feels a majority of these adults are either unemployed or underemployed despite their ability and desire to work. “The biggest challenge we have with these folks entering the work market is the
perceptions employers have with their skill levels and abilities,” Niland said. Witco’s headquarters are located in Caldwell, Idaho, but the organization provides services to those with disabilities in both Oregon and Idaho, including Boise State. Ivan Lybarger, campus environment operations manager for Boise State, feels these workers have been an asset to his work teams. “I consider them just like any other worker, they do a good job,” Lybarger said. Since an increasing amount of folks with disabilities joined his staff, Lybarger’s noticed a decrease in the amount of calls his service desk receives because they are finally caught up to the workload. This he believes is due to their involvement. Despite having the same basic legal, civil and human rights as other citizens, many laws and regulations are poorly enforced, government funding for programs is limited and societal preju-
The Arc supports individuals with disabilites by providing them with jobs. dices keep many capable workers from participating in the community. According to Niland, 75 percent of workers with intellectual disabilities who want to find work are unable to do so. There are many factors influencing this. The Arc, a national organization promoting rights for disabled workers, provides support including a database of information for family members to educate themselves. One of the statistics it provides is that every year more than 150,000 people age out of special education, usually around age
22. Before that, it is required by state law to set transition plans for individuals at the age of 16 who will eventually be leaving educational programs. However, many transition services—such as school-based preparatory experiences, career preparation and work-based learning experiences—are never provided. These individuals often need added support throughout this transition period. To help fill the transitional void, organizations such as Witco and The Arc provide a variety of services and support programs. They
Sprread app promotes local business Nicole Kopczynski Staff Writer
A new app has been making its way around Boise, trying to promote local businesses. Sprread is designed to work like a punch card, where different local business give rewards for posting seven pictures onto the app. “Sprread rewards locals for buying local,” said Jackson Reed, creator of the Sprread app. “We believe that local independent companies strengthen our economy and keep our neighbor-
hoods unique.” Reed moved to Boise to work for a water company but found his niche when the owner of the Taj Mahal, a restaurant in downtown Boise, asked how he could promote his business. “When the Taj Mahal asked me to help them, I came up with this app and decided it could help other local businesses, too,” Reed said. Sprread uses pictures to count as punches. When a person is at a local business and takes a picture of their food, drink or something
inside the business, they can then upload it to Sprread. The app uses Google’s database—if Google recognizes the picture as a local business, it will verify the stamp. “We are noticing more people are taking pictures of their food and drinks and posting them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, so we thought why not utilize what people are already doing,” Reed said. Reed and his team are trying to get their app better known by targeting the locals of Boise, primarily college students.
“We are trying to help keep local businesses alive; by doing that we need to target different groups of people,” Reed said. “I mean, Boise State students do occupy a big population of Boise.” As of fall of 2013 there are 19,664 students enrolled at Boise State. Ryan Beecher, junior communication major, had never heard about Sprread, but does like the idea of it. “I would use it, I know that I forget my wallet at home or loose punch cards so it would be nice to have
work with individuals oneon-one in order to provide a job that fits the skills of that person. Niland believes these workers shouldn’t be limited to the jobs the rest of society doesn’t want or what is left over; they should be able to have a job they want. “What we want are the jobs that are targeted to our ability, want and desire,” Niland said. “That’s what people with intellectual disabilities want, too.” Although large steps have been taken over the years to increase the rights these individuals have, Ni-
land believes Idaho isn’t taking a very progressive approach. According to her, 70 percent of the programs supporting workers with disabilities in Idaho haven’t seen a rate increase in more than 20 years. Before any of this can happen, Niland feels that people must get over their issue with avoidance, which happens not just in business, but throughout society as a whole. For more information about workers with disabilities visit witcoinc.net or thearc.org.
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ket them. “I am hoping that this app will bring in more business for local businesses and continue to grow,” Reed said. Sprread can be found on both iPhones and Androids in the app store.
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They call it a selfie. For some, it’s an act of narcissism, a definitive mark of the “Me Me Me” Generation. For others, it’s a work of art, an atlas for the future, or a moment of great and joyous honor. A selfie, therefore, is perhaps not something to shame, but rather something to celebrate. The demonization of the selfie suggests societal refusal to view anything with the implication of narcissism as more than that. To see a selfie as a self-portrait, then, would be nothing short of a desecration of art. Try explaining this to Vincent Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo who host a whole myriad of self-portraits. And tell it to Robert Cornelius, who is one of the first humans to have his photo taken. Instead of brush strokes, we choose aperture, the amount of light let in through the camera lens. They selected color schemes; we choose filters. Angle, depth and height are all factors chosen by the creator of the image, regardless of the century in which the image was created. It is possible, then, that selfies are capable of the same beauty and brilliance as the world’s most heralded pieces, collected together not in museums, but on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram where the weathering of time will have no effect on the im-
age itself. Selfies, unlike paint on canvas, are easier to produce in a shorter amount of time, making them much more abundant. So instead of marking a moment in time, selfies evolve in to a series of maps routing the adventures of the subject of the photograph. Isn’t it incredible that one picture has the potential to inspire hundreds of thousands of other human beings and to excite these people for the days to come? A selfie can tell the story of a young student becoming the first of his family to graduate from college. It can be the tale of a professor, lecturing to a grand hall of eager young minds. It marks birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, celebrations, Hail Marys and hallelujahs. These images record moments that belong exclusively to the photographer. It is a mark in history. But as soon as a selfie is cast off as a generational practice of egotism, the viewer deprives him or herself of the ability to see potential, beauty or good in that photograph. It digresses into the inescapable pit of social trends, lying to rest next to T9 texting on Nokia brick phones, hot pink velour sweat suits and MySpace. It is finally important to remember that a selfie does not belong to one person or to a group of people. Its reach— and therefore its influence
—is vast. On a sweltering afternoon at a primary school in Jamaica, after hours of mixing cement, applying coats of fresh paint and defending their territory against potentially poisonous eight legged fiends, a swell of children rush from the two-roomed school house like a wave crashing against the shore across the street. They reached us in an instant, entangling their hands in your hair and their laughter echoing across the yard. They reach for your phone, for your camera. They pose for photographs, learn the motion of the shutter and begin to take selfies. Are these children, narcissists, bathing themselves in the glow of selfishness? Some expressions convey joy with smiles stretching across international borders. Others are ponderous, perhaps attempting to make sense of the stranger staring back at them. We do the same with our selfies. We scour every aspect of our reflected image, attempting to understand the faces reflected by our cell phones. The image we ultimately post is the one that we feel best interprets our experiences with that moment. I see myself as a creator, an artist, an intellectual, an adventurer, a dreamer. But it doesn’t mean anything for me to tell you. So instead, let me show you.
l e tt e r t o t h e e d i t o r : a b o r t i o n d e b at e unborn child when you can’t even respect a person standing directly in front of you? Time and time again, I’ve witnessed someone be bullied and persecuted for their stance on the subject. I understand it is a passionate topic and people display that passion in their own ways, but it’s not a decision that anyone makes lightly. Whether someone decides to keep a child or not, it is a big life decision, one that should
Being a male, I’m not inclined to voice my opinion on the matter of pro-life vs. prochoice. It’s not a decision I will ever have to make, so I believe my feelings on the matter are irrelevant. The issue I’d like to discuss is the lack of civility within the debate itself. How can you claim to be performing an act of love for an
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It’s your first day of college. You don’t know anyone there or in the whole state for that matter. Suddenly, you have that, “Oh crap, what was I thinking” moment. Although I initially had this feeling when I moved from California to attend Boise State, over the last four years I developed a deep love for Boise and my fellow Broncos. I know this connection wouldn’t run so deep, however, if I hadn’t spent three of my four years living on campus. As a freshman, I lived in the boonies, otherwise known as Towers Hall. What could be seen as isolation was in fact the perfect environment to foster friendships. Although living on campus is generally more expensive than living in an off-campus
apartment or with your parents, it is definitely worth it. Sophomore health science studies major Lisa Francis said the communal environment of Driscoll Hall allowed her to make more friends than she would have by simply going to class. “If it’s financially possible, I would definitely suggest it. Not only for getting involved and connected, but also for the independence," Francis said. "You live with your parents for 18 years; it’s a very unique and good experience to live with a bunch of people that are different than you.” Philip Storm, resident director of Towers Hall, said student services try to make campus services as available as possible to all students, but it's generally easier for students who live on campus to be involved. “It’s just an awesome opportunity where you have that support sys-
never be met with the hate and visceral I’ve witnessed in previous debates. People standing on the outside feel the need to tell a woman that a critical life decision automatically labels her as a monster and a murderer. Tell me again how this is supposed to be an act of love and compassion? I will both commend and condemn the actions of the demonstrators I witnessed in
tem right here, whereas students who aren’t living on campus have to search out a little bit more and make that initial contact,” Storm said. Francis said she felt more connected than her friends who lived off campus. “I know that I had a lot of people I met later through classes that expressed disappointment because they would go to school and go home from school, just seeing the people that they had already known. That was not the case for me,” Francis said. “It enabled me to go on more adventures.” Storm said another advantage for students who live on campus is that they tend to have higher GPAs than their counterparts. What more could you want out of your college experience than good friendships and respectable grades?
the quad last week. I was offered their material, politely declined, and not another word was said. This particular individual decided to respect my viewpoints and I respect her all the more for it. However, I did not approve of the use of aborted fetus images in trying to bring their point across. Shock and disgust are often an effective persuasion technique, but the whole argument behind the pro-life movement
is that these fetuses are humans and thus deserve to be treated as such. I have to say, what I saw in those pictures were not humans. The horrible, disfigured images did nothing more than turn my stomach; nothing I saw affected my opinion on the matter. I’d just like to see a little bit of respect brought back into the equation. This decision is one that no woman should ever take lightly, but people on
both sides of the debate need to respect that decision, as it is one that she alone has to bare. If you feel the need to try and persuade her toward your feelings or beliefs, remember that the woman you’re talking to is a human being as well. As such, she deserves every bit of love and respect that you reserve for your friends, family and the ones you are trying to protect.
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The Fuelmatics Automated Refueling System uses a suction cup to open the fuel tank’s door.
Drive-through gas pumps are coming has never taken off. “Consumers will always chase convenience,” said Jeff Lenard, a spokesman for the National Association of Convenience Stores. “The challenge is predicting which convenience they chase.” But people buying gas want the cheapest price, and customers could be turned off from using the system if retailers impose a fee for the convenience of staying in the driver’s seat, he said. Still, he said, the system could appeal to an aging population and to drivers who just want to unwind for four minutes, the average time people spend at the pump. And it could give people a little extra time they might use to go inside stores and buy a sandwich or other items, and that would be appealing to retailers, Le-
nard said. The prospect of staying in a warm car instead of braving a bitter wind sounded good to some drivers interviewed this past winter, when the outdoor temperatures posed a challenge when gas tanks were in need of replenishment. Marlene Dickerman, 71, of Pacific, said she pays attention to where she can buy gas at the lowest prices. She paused when asked if she’d consider using a robotic fueling system. “If it was competitive in price, then sure,” she said. She would not pay extra for the convenience of avoiding getting out of her car, she said. Garrett Kisling, 25, also of Pacific, said he’d be willing to try it so long as it didn’t come with a fee. “I guess I’d use it if I didn’t have to stand in this,” he said, shivering and coatless.
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Rumspringer is an instant classic if you’re looking for songs for long nights. The slightly offbeat songs go from hard to follow to perfectly fitting after several listens. The chorus of their song “Nothing Left But Stale Beer,” “I don’t want to remember everything I did when I was younger,” is easily the most relatable lyric from their music and it’s easy to find yourself mouthing it as you glance at a lost relationship or find an old photo.
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With the explanation “Sleeplessness” is “three seasons’ worth of endless nights and half-lived days,” on bandcamp.com. Sea Oleena makes a nest in your heart with seven whispered songs on their “Sleeplessness” album. Each song has a soft beat and melodic lyrics that go in and out of coherence.
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A local company wants to make pumping gas as easy as buying a burger in the drive-through lane. Husky Corp., a manufacturer of fuel nozzles and accessories, is working on a robotic fuel pump that fills gas tanks without drivers’ setting foot outside the car. It hopes to have the equipment installed on some local gas pumps this summer or fall. “If you think about going to McDonald’s, a lot of people go to the drive-through. Same at the bank,” said Brad
Baker, executive vice president of Husky. His company wants to extend that concept to fueling up by allowing drivers to stay in their cars, having to stick their hand out only to use a touch screen to swipe credit and debit cards and choose the grade of gas, or maybe even use a smartphone app. “It does have a wide appeal on days it’s really cold,” he said, a timely remark given the recent frigid winter that has included subzero temperatures in the Midwest. Here’s how it would work: A robotic suction
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Bandcamp is a website that allows for free music downloads. Here are some of the artists to consider next time you’re in need of a new playlist.
Days N’ Daze Album: Rogue Taxidermy Favorite song: Misanthropic Drunken Loser
Dayz N’ Daze has a range of genres in their album Rogue Taxidermy. From Blue Jay to Day Gaunts, this is by far one of Dayz N’ Daze’s most impressive albums. The raspy voices and skalike elements they add to the folk punk genre pairs well with their songs’ generally quick rhymth. This well-written and well put together album is fantastic to listen to in almost every situation.
arm opens the fuel door. The nozzle is then extended into the fuel neck through a capless insert, and fuel is pumped using a vacuumbased automatic shutoff. Owners of some cars, most of them older models, would have to buy the $5 capless insert. The system will need further safety testing, including for fire safety, before it’s ready for use, Baker said. It comes with a price tag expected to be $50,000 per pump for retailers, Baker said. He declined to say how much the company had invested in creating the system but said plans had been in the works for about a year and a half. The company is developing the system in partnership with Sweden’s Fuelmatics Systems AB. The idea has been tested by other companies but
Home Alone Album: There’s a Light Coming Through Favorite Song: Drive All Night Shoegaze- dreampop
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your ear canals. The band currently resides in Toronto, Canada, and made Bandcamp’s weekly music show with their song “Drive All Night.”
This strange and melodic band is perfect for night time drives and moments when you are unable to fall asleep. Although the EP is only three songs, Ollie North will add a unique feeling of the sun shining through closed blinds to your music library.
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Seoul Shocker is staff writer Danielle Davidson’s firstand experience with living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. In the U.S. I would get holidays off of school and work, like President’s Day, Independence Day and Christmas, but in Korea, Buddha’s Birthday and Children’s Day are nationally recognized as days where everyone gets work off and visits family. When the mass exodus of Seoul happens—more on Chuseok, the Korean version of Thanksgiving than other holidays, the subways are empty, the streets are deserted and the shops close down. Lotus lanterns are lit in honor of Buddha for a period of time before the actual day, and colorful lamps line the streets. The first time I noticed the lanterns along the main street outside I didn’t know it was Buddha’s birthday and thought they were just decorations, but when my friend said she wanted to steal one of Buddha’s lanterns I made the connection. Don’t worry she didn’t take a lantern, because it would most likely be frowned upon by Seoulites. While Buddha’s Birthday is for Buddha, Children’s Day is specifically for children. Even if I feel like going to a theme park or some place known to attract kids, I will avoid it at all costs on this day, because none of them have school and their parents will spoil them rotten, because it’s pretty much Christmas dedicated to hordes of half-grown people. Perhaps this is another message to parents to stop working 24/7 and spend time with their kids before they grow up. Besides the holidays, another event has been in the news this weekend. The subway’s inner-circle line had a collision on Friday, but thankfully no one was badly injured. I was sitting in my Korean class when the news came out, and my professor immediately called her mother who’d been on the train only an hour earlier. Then she flung her arm at us and motioned to the door with an animated expression and said in Korean, “Go back to America where it’s safe. I’ll come with you.” She laughed after that and said her mother wasn’t on the train when the collision happened, much to her relief. I’m pretty sure my Korean teachers think foreigners are adorable, especially when trying to speak Korean. One time my teacher asked the class, “Do you want ice cream?” We said yes, of course. So she gave us a 10-minute break, bought us ice cream and told us to stay strong through exams. Buddha’s Birthday and Children’s Day, subway crashes and teachers who buy ice cream cones: just another week in Seoul, but next weekend I head to Jeju Island to see the Emerald Sea! arbiteronline .com arbiteronline.com
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to create an indoor/outdoor space, which is perfect for warm, breezy Boise days. Now on to the beer. While I am a beer lover, I have no specific type of brew to call my favorite and am a creature of variety. If you follow my sentiments, or just want to figure out what beer at 10 Barrel is best for you, try one of their two “flights.” The flights are beer samplings at a reasonably low price. Two flights are offered, one with the lighter beers and one with the darker. Each comes with 10 mini beers—a substantial helping for a sampling of beers.
Split the flight with a friend or drink it alone you won’t be disappointed. And finally, the food. 10 Barrel offers an extensive menu including salads, starters, clams, massive burgers and pizzas. My recommendation? Make sure to try the hoisin ginger BBQ wings. Looking for something a little different? Try the peanut butter bacon burger. With reasonably priced beer and food offerings, an atmosphere perfectly urban and excellent service, 10 Barrel gets 10 stars from The Arbiter.
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It’s a question that has certainly raised some controversy over the past several years across the NCAA: Should college athletes be paid? Webster’s dictionary defines employee as, “a person who works for another person or for a company for wages or a salary.” Well according to that definition, collegiate athletes fit the mold for the first part. Technically they are “working” for the university, making money for the university and creating incredibly large streams of revenue depending on the level of competition. It’s the second part of Webster’s definition of employee that has become a bit of a grey area in recent times. These athletes aren’t getting paid a salary or a wage for the job they are doing. Many would argue that the discounted or free education is salary enough. This is a somewhat acceptable argument, but to a certain point. Most of these athletes, however, can’t work a side job to make some sort of income due to the demands of their sport during the season and the offseason. Their sport is their job with the amount of time they must dedicate week in and week out. Athletes aren’t completely broke. They do receive a per diem for travel to cover food expenses. Outside of scholarship money, however, this is the only type of “income” they see throughout a year. I know several athletes at Boise State who are unable to get a part-time job they wish they could have for some extra money during season because the time commitments are not a feasible option for them. On April 26, a group of football players from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, voted to unionize, in order to make a movement to obtain a wage or salary for their work. The ballots will only be opened if the National Labor Relations Board in Washington D.C. recognizes the athletes as employees and side with the studentathletes. If the union is eventually approved, it would be a monumental shift in the landscape of college athletics. While it still remains up in the air, the debate will still rage on. Do NCAA athletes deserve to be paid for their performance on the field or court? Or is an education payment enough? I still don’t know if I have a firm answer on this one.
Softball has one more home series before the MW tournament. climbed its way to the top of the conference by winning 12 of its last 13 games and they are currently on an eight game winning streak. “It’s been our focus and confidence that we can win games,” Thorpe said. “We are just trusting in the fact that if we go out and work hard and prepare hard that we are going to play well and win.” The rise to the top is even more impressive considering the Broncos slow start to the season and the fact that the Broncos were fifth in the standings just a few weeks ago. “We faced a lot of adversity,” Glover said. “But as the season has gone on we settled in and are play-
This year’s team is packed with five seniors that are completely passionate on just relentless. We are going to rely on them to lead us through this.
Well wouldn’t you know it, the Boise State softball team has the opportunity to win the Mountain West conference championship. “They bought into a team goal,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “Now it’s in our hands to be able to achieve it and I’m really excited to see what these last three games have in store for us.” The Broncos have their final series of the season when they visit San Diego State with the conference championship hanging on the line. “It always seems to come down to our last series,” senior outfielder Tara Glover said. “San Diego State always seems to be a really big series for us every year and they are a strong team but as long as we can set them down it will go well for us.” The Broncos are currently tied for first place in the conference with Fresno State and need a sweep of San Diego State to capture the conference title and punch their ticket to the postseason. “It will be a challenge,” Glover said. “I think our team is ready for this challenge because it’s a goal we have had all year long and for us it’s something that is achievable.” Boise State has rapidly
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said. “I focus more on the team and what were are doing, they are what matters most to me.” After coming so close so many times, the Broncos are hoping that this year is finally the year. “I want to go out with a bang,” Glover said. “I want this team, who has faced so much adversity this season, to win that conference championship for the first time ever.” Boise State knows what they have to do in order to make their ultimate goal become a reality. “We have to continue to be strong, focused, and disciplined,” Thorpe said. “We have to learn how to win in these situations and how to learn how to put it away.”
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