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PAC NEWS: LaRouche supporters shout against inflation, hope for Obama impeachment marina hunley Journalist
A political action committee (PAC) bannered images of President Obama with Hitler’s famous mustache in attempt to promote impeaching Obama in the Quad. The LaRouche PAC hopes to start a project that will create jobs through new light rail, nuclear reactors and new cities. The representatives of the group declined to be identified asked, “Are you ready for hyper-inflation?” The group, who talked to prospective members yards away from the 9/11 memorial, tried to gain membership of students to spread word of the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA), a bill they would like to pass in Congress. Jacob Sternberg, a freshman English education major from Boise, argued with the group. “I asked why they had a Hitler mustache on Obama and what that had to do with anything. I don’t understand why they would Photoshop it the way they did.” A group representative said Obama is killing people and the economy by lowering funding for Medicare and Medicaid. Sternberg was angry that the group was recruiting in front of the 9/11 memorial. “It’s a vessel to attract attention,” he said. For information, visit their website, http://LaRouchePAC.com.
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Student club plans to build, race vegetable oil powered truck SAMANTHA ROYCE Journalist
“Innovate at Boise State,” proclaims the university’s latest TV ad. The members of the student club Greenspeed are doing just that. Greenspeed hopes to build the world’s fastest vegetable oil powered truck and race it at the Bonneville Speed Week in Utah next year. The group wants to raise awareness about vegetable oil as a viable fuel alternative. The club was founded by Dave Schenker, a non-traditional student and mechanical engineering major. “It’s been a dream of mine for the last 10 years,” Schenker said. “I’ve been involved in diesel performance for a long time so it’s right after I got a diesel pickup for work, thinking that I would run it on vegetable oil, and then I found out how easy it is to
hot-rod them.” Modifying his truck got him interested in going to Boise State and pursuing an engineering degree, after he realized there was so much more to the engine than what was on the surface. He wanted to learn more. For almost two years Schenker couldn’t get any other students interested in his idea to build a vegetable oil powered vehicle to drive at the annual Bonneville racing event. Finally, he got an enthusiastic response from mechanical engineering student Jozey Mitcham, who comes from a racing family. After that it seemed like everybody came together at once, according to Schenker. There are now eight group members: seven engineering students and one recently graduated engineer. “There’s definitely passion, a lot of passion,” said Adrian
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Adrian Rothenbuhler and Dave Schenker, mechanical engineering majors, plan to build a vegetable-oil powered truck. "The ultimate goal of this club is to change public perception of alternative fuels for the better," Schenker said. Rothenbuhler, an electrical engineering major. Right now they’re still planning, looking for sponsors so they can get all the parts they need, including the vehicle itself. They hope to get their fuel from University Dining Services. “They’ve shown some preliminary interest in wanting to work with us and provide us their used cooking oil that we can filter, test and whatnot,” Schenker said. So why use vegetable oil? “We’re called Greenspeed for a reason,” Rothenbuhler said. “It should be something green, something sustainable … I think that if we can use something that would be thrown away anyway, and we can use it one more time,
I think that really makes it green.” There are a lot of misconceptions about vegetable oil fuel, Schenker and Rothenbuhler say. A lot of people think that trucks don’t run as well on vegetable oil or that it is bad for the vehicle. In fact, if the fuel is prepared right and a diesel engine is used, vegetable oil can be better for the vehicle than petroleum diesel. The goal is to have the truck built and ready to race by next year’s Speed Week in August. An optimistic estimate for completing the vehicle is three to five months. “Hopefully it will never be completed, hopefully it will become a program here at
BSU,” Schenker said. There is a similar group at The Ohio State University that builds and races electric cars. They’ve built three of them in the past eight years or so. This program now draws engineers to The Ohio State from all over the world. The group hasn't figured out what color they'll paint the truck yet. Green and white or blue and orange? “It would be really cool if we could do a paint job like the Bronco truck at the football game,” Rothenbuhler said. “But then again, it’s called Greenspeed.” To learn more about Greenspeed and what they need to complete their project, visit their website, http://greenspeed.me.
with G reen s p e e d f oun d e r Dave S che n k e r
Dave Schenker, the founder of Greenspeed, is a non-traditional mechanical engineering major. Before coming to Boise State, Schenker worked in industry for some time. Before he started this group, he modified his own truck to run on vegetable oil.
Arbiter: What made you interested in doing the project? Schenker: I can’t really say that there’s one thing. It grew over the last 10 years, something like that. I spent a lot of time working on my truck, being involved in the diesel performance world. I get a lot of enjoyment out of building things, designing things. Eventually I would like to have my own engineering firm and so this is giving me the opportunity to really explore and practice that kind of thing. Arbiter: You modified your own truck to run on vegetable oil. How similar will this process be? Schenker: The conver-
sion is fairly simple. It really doesn’t take much. It’s just a matter of plumbing and putting in some pumps and stuff like that. It’s pretty basic. The challenge of this project is going to be squeezing every last bit of power out of the vehicle and working within the design constraints of the competition. Arbiter: Why vegetable oil, instead of another type of biofuel? Schenker: Well, vegetable oil has many sources, and they’re all very renewable, very fast reproducing, especially something like algae that can reproduce at an exponential rate. You can get a lot of fuel in a little bit of space.
Arbiter: Was it easy to get other students involved in the project or was it difficult? What was the reaction when you shared the idea with others? Schenker: For the first year and a half or so there was no response. I’d bring it up in all my classes any time I had to give a presentation … and nobody was really interested. But all of a sudden it seemed like everybody kind of came together at once and was pretty interested in it. Arbiter: So your primary interest with the project is the racing and not so much for general use? Schenker: The ultimate goal of this club is to change public perception of alter-
native fuels for the better. To help them understand that vegetable oil as a fuel is completely viable. And so hopefully by competing head to head against a petroleum diesel vehicle, showing them that wow, you don’t lose power, it works. Arbiter: How much further do you have to go with the project? Schenker: We’re seeking funding now … That’s going to continue throughout the program. We’re aggressively doing that right now. As soon as we find a place (to work) and a vehicle, then we can start tearing apart the vehicle and there’s going to be a lot of internal modifications and stuff like that.
ASBSU 101: student legislation, step by step
edina macic Journalist
Here is the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) take on the bill process for student government. Seven members of the senate start the process of legislation. The bill is then passed down to one of the seven committees, then back to senate for a final vote. The Accountability Bill, written by Mark Gehrke, senator at-large, is the only bill
pending. Gehrke said he expects the bill will be passed because it shows students how much work ASBSU accomplishes.
The seven step process: 1. Research and Network ASBSU listens to students’ issues and concerns to see if possible legislation could fix the problem. This can be as simple as creating a project on campus to get students involved or any idea that will concern a big group of people.
2. Drafting To draft the legislation itself does not mean typing it up. The Senate checks all of the government values and documents to evaluate what the bill's budget will cost. 3. Introducing the legislation Before the bill can even be voted on, it must be read. The first reading takes place by ASBSU President Stephen Heleker. Fifteen minutes is allowed to introduce the bill to the senate. Questions are taken from the senators and debate and discussion are
followed by the questions or concerns. 4. Kicking the legislation Depending on the type of bill, it is then passed on to one of the seven committees. Once the committee meets they have the option to propose amendments to the bill and then let the senate know of their recommendations. 5. Second Reading In the first reading ASBSU or senators introduce the bill, then the second reading consists of senators getting together after the legislation went through one of the
committees. Here they raise questions or concerns about the amendments that were purposed from the committee. This is followed by, once again, debate and discussion. 6. To veto or not to veto This is a third reading which concludes all the questions, concerns, amendments or changes to the bill that were made in the process and makes it into the hands of the president. The ASBSU president then decides if he should sign the legislation or veto it.
7. Last stop: Administration If the president signs the legislation, one last stop is made before the bill can be active. It needs to pass through the administrative outlets depending on what the bill may be about. If the bill is concerning a club or program, the administrative outlet would be advisers and the academic department it falls under. To keep in mind, anytime during the process of a legislation the bill can be kicked off.
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Dehypnotized from religion
Tweeting it like it is
Ignore rednecks, honor America
Presentation challenges students to think
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"People bound by chains are stuck in a cave. These people can only see forward because of the bindings. Their light comes from a fire, far behind them. Between the people and the fire, there is a road on which are beings projecting their shadows in front of the people. The shadows are the only knowledge the people have of the world. They do not know or question why or what else is beyond their cave. But, one person frees himself of the chains, ventures outside of the cave where the sun illuminates the outside world." This passage from "The Republic of Plato" paralleled the ideas discussed in the presentation "Dehypnotizing Yourself from Religious Socialization" by former-LDS Bishop Dan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald is the freed person; the one who woke up from his religious dogma, his one-sided view of morals and meaning of life, to find and consider other possibilities. Like the freed prisoner in the cave and Fitzgerald, we all must wake up from our artificial, manipulated realities and realize the morals, meaning and purpose of one's life can come from many different avenues. The Student Secular Alliance (SSA) strives to promote this type of thinking on campus. "Most of what we are promoting is an environment on campus where there can be critical discussion of religion and irreligion," Herbie Pollard, vice president of SSA said. "We want to create an environment where students feel comfortable to talk about their past religious experiences and even what their current religious experience is." The critical examination of religious beliefs and consideration of other possibilities, which don't necessarily lead into a religion, is mind opening. Whether dedicated to a
or atheist, or Baptist, or agnostic and in defining their "religion," they portray more of what they don't believe in rather than in what they actually believe. When I hear "atheist" for example, I conclude to one whom does not believe in a higher power. Conversely, when "catholic" is said I conclude to one who does not believe in evolution. Instead of blurting out what we don't believe in, engage in "proactive efforts to focus on being assertive about what (you) do believe in," Fitzgerald said. Do not categorize individu-
religion, agnosticism, atheism or something in the middle (such as secularism), one should be able to recognize validity in the alternatives. This does not necessarily mean changing a belief system, but instead trying to understand and accept how people shape their own beliefs. "(We need to) step outside of ourselves and consider other possibilities and other ways of looking at things," Fitzgerald said. "Continue to seek out open forums where the sharing of different ideas can happen in a safe environment where everyone's opinions can be considered with fair-minded critical thinking and by doing so we can all walk away having more insight than we did with our own belief system." The socialization of any belief system manipulates people to see only one way to believe, like the prisoners in Plato's cave. The prisoners in the cave cannot see more than the projected shadows on the wall. They are socialized to see and believe only those shadows to be true. This socialization can take place within a religion just as easily as it can outside religion. The dichotomy of the two extremes in the socialization of religion, Fitzgerald explained, creates a fear within the followers. These two extremes lead people to believe they must follow the dogma of their religion or lose everything they care for, including loved ones, morals and the meaning and purpose of life. However, those things do not have to be found in one particular medium. Many people find them in different forms -- both religious and non-religious. Our culture today has a "gang" mentality -- everyone must have a group. When people ask, "What do you believe?" most answer definitively whether they take part in religious dogma or not. People answer that they are Christian, or Catholic,
als into a branch of religious beliefs or a sector of non-religious beliefs. Be open to all possibilities and incorporate beliefs no matter the origin of the idea. When a contradictory belief invades, do not immediately eradicate it. Understand its philosophy and accept the value it has to others, and if it suits you, embrace it. Do not be the socialized prisoner of Plato's cave. Be the freed prisoner seeking alternatives to his former belief system. Create your own dogma and accept the dogma in which others find value.
Tweet that inspired this week’s column: timbray Problem isn't some ignorant redneck burning a book. Problem is rewarding his stupidity with attention. The anniversary of 9/11 isn't a day to focus on the acts of those inflamed by hatred and ignorance. It is a day to recognize that the great many blessings Americans enjoy should never be taken for granted. Sept. 11 is this generation’s JFK assassination. The question “where were you on 9/11?” conjures strong emotion. America lost 2,819 of her brothers and sisters that day. She lost 343 fire fighters and paramedics. More than half of surviving families were left to recover without the remains of their loved ones. The memory of 9/11 is soiled by a media that focuses on heinous acts committed by a few. The truth is that the United States is comprised of people who give out of their hearts and want the best for this country. Sept. 11 is a recognized National Day of Service -- a day Americans can join together and give back to their communities. We can heal this country through service and volunteerism. The current political climate easily distracts U.S. citizens from the fact that, overall, America is generous nation. A recent study reveals that when it comes to giving time and money, the U.S. ranks near the top. The study also found that the happier that people are, the more likely they are to give. American charity is driven by a sense of well-being -- not dollars and cents. Americans are inundated with news of the ugliness around the world. The fact is that it's difficult to focus on the good when the bad is so disturbingly ugly. Americans get reprieve from work schedules by means of national holidays, but they don’t get vacations from the media. Talking heads read lines intended to boost ratings, and it’s the nasty news that sells. Sept. 11 is a day to shut the television off; it's a day to remember. On 9/11, I woke up to the sound of the phone ringing. My mom didn’t say hello. “Turn on the T.V.,” she said. The picture on the screen looked like a shot from a movie trailer. I didn't understand what I was looking at. “We’re under attack,” she said. At that moment I felt something I’d never felt in my 18 years. I felt unsure of my country’s national security. I drove to work with the radio blaring voices reporting the news as it was coming in. I knew as much as they did. When I arrived at the elementary school where I tutored, televisions were on in every room. An uneasy quiet pervaded the hallways. No one could verbalize the confusion and pain we all felt. What would become of America? Sept.11 has reminded Americans that this country is not invincible. It has exposed places of ingratitude within our lives. Americans across the nation remember 9/11 by giving back. Americans honor 9/11 victims and their survivors when they live the antithesis of the attackers. Every time an American steps up to help a neighbor or gives to a charitable cause, it diminishes the hateful intent of the 9/11 attackers. It is this charitable spirit that heals a nation. On 9/11, news of good deeds should be shouted from the roof tops -- news of anything else should be ignored.
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TCU, Mountain west Conference chasing DOWN Broncos Trent Lootens Sports Editor
Suddenly, No. 3 Boise State’s stunning 33-30 win against Virginia Tech doesn’t look so impressive. The Hokies (0-2), who played James Madison on Saturday, five days after losing to the Broncos, lost 21-16. The loss booted the Hokies out of the Top 25 in both major polls. Thanks, VT. Sincerely, BSU. After losing to an FCS team (JM), which is equivalent to the old Division II, the Hokies smashed Boise State’s hopes of playing for the BCS National Championship. Now, more things need to go BSU’s way than ever if it has any chance of playing for the title.
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San Diego Charger's wide receiver Legedu Naanee, a former Boise State Bronco, sprints for yardage during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in San Diego.
Former Bronco earns respect in NFL Chargers receiver Legedu Naanee gets big opportunity at professional level Justin Dalme Arbiter Journalist
or those who remember Boise State's first Fiesta Bowl win against Oklahoma, the name Legedu Naanee may ring a bell. These days, Naanee is with the San Diego Chargers, and is starting at Wide Receiver tonight on Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs. I talked with Naanee and asked him about Boise State’s win over Virginia Tech, and starting his first game in the NFL. Justin Dalme: Did you watch the Virginia Tech game on Monday Night? Legedu Naanee: Yeah, it was a good game. I thought the whole time that Boise would win the game. They just showed how tough they were, fighting through those penalties, the turnovers, and then still at the end, going down on that last drive and scoring. It just showed how tough they are to me.
JD: What was your reaction to Boise State winning this big game? LN: I wasn’t surprised or anything. I was just happy for those guys. JD: How does it feel to have started this by being on the 2006-07 Fiesta
Bowl team? LN: It feels good. It feels good to see that they are keeping it going, and its growing. Around the country, not only fans and stuff like that, but people that are in the (NFL), and are teammates, are watching them, and respecting them. JD: You have any predictions for the Broncos this year? LN: I think they are going to go undefeated. The toughest games are going to be those teams that normally aren’t all that good, and kinda sneak up on them. But I think that they will go undefeated and hopefully win the big game. JD: Are there any similarities between this team, and the 2006 team that won the Fiesta Bowl? LN: Yes, I would say that the similarities I see are, for one, their returning a lot of returners, so not a lot of guys are coming in and filling in spots. Another similarity is that the team has been together a few years, so the team knows how to gel together, and they have been through a whole bunch of game situations and stuff like that together. The whole team is very experienced. JD: What sets apart Boise
State and their coaches, being able to get the best out of their players, and to prepare them for the NFL. LN: I would just say the detail that they put in, as far as when they install plays and situations they are getting ready for, they just pay attention to the details. They make sure they coach the details, and when you get to this level (NFL), that’s something that is stressed, and a lot of guys through college haven’t had to focus on the little things, and I think that’s what sets them apart. JD: It looks like you are going to be starting Monday Night. How does it feel to get the start, underneath the lights? LN: I’m just excited. In three years, I have been kinda learning, and playing situationally and stuff like that. I am excited to play such a big game Monday Night. JD: What are you doing to get ready for Kansas City? LN: Nothing out of the norm. Just watching film, studying what they do, and just focusing on what we do, play execution. You know it’s the first game, it’s a lot harder to see and tell what exactly they are going to do as far as blitzes and cover-
ages, so we have to be sharp with what we do. JD: How does it feel to be a part of the San Diego offense, with Philip Rivers, and knowing that you he can stretch the field and get the ball to you deep. LN: It’s awesome. Not only is the scheme set up to stretch the field, but they have so many weapons around me that, they can’t really focus on one thing or another, so everybody is going to get their opportunity to make plays. JD: You had a touchdown in the preseason. Can Bronco fans expect to see you in the endzone Monday Night? LN: Hopefully. I will definitely have a lot more opportunities, playing a whole game, so it’s looking good.
No. 4 Texas Christian (2-0) needs to lose, and that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon. The Horned Frogs opened up with a win against Oregon State 30-21 and then went on to hammer Tennessee Tech 62-7 last week. Granted, TNTU is an FCS school, so the win won’t help the Horned Frogs’ case nationally, but this seems eerily similar to 2009 for the Broncos. If you’ve forgotten, TCU was behind BSU in the polls last season, too, but ended up jumping the Broncos as the season continued thanks to a better strength of schedule in the Mountain West Conference. No. 4 TCU and No. 14 Utah (2-0) are the only MWC teams currently in the AP Top 25.
BSU needs Western Athletic Conference teams like Fresno State, Nevada and Hawai’i to win a lot of games and break into the polls. Nevada (2-0) has its pistol offense firing on all cylinders and defeated MWC foe Colorado State 51-6 on Saturday. FSU (1-0) won its first game at home against Big East Conference up-and-comer Cincinnati 28-14. Hawai’i (11) lost its first home game 49-36 to Southern California, but battled back last weekend to defeat Army 31-28 on the road. BSU fans hate to say it because they’ve been let down so many times, but WAC teams have to come through for the Broncos. The WAC needs just as many teams as the MWC consistently ranked in the Top 25 if BSU wants to stay in front of TCU. Having VT turn its season around and win the Atlantic Coast Conference would help immensely, too. Boise State has to win every game convincingly. That means no lackluster performances like it had last year on the road at Tulsa and Louisiana Tech. To put it simply, the Broncos have to crush every team on their schedule starting with Wyoming (1-1) this Saturday in Laramie, Wyo. The Cowboys defeated Southern Utah 28-20 at home then got blown out by No.6 Texas 34-7. BSU needs to beat Wyoming by the same amount or more to stay cemented in the Top 5. If the Broncos get by Wyoming it will set up the showdown Boise State has been waiting for when Oregon State (0-1) comes to Boise, Idaho on Sept. 25. OSU lost a hard-fought battle to TCU early in the season, but hosts Louisville (1-1) this week in a must-win for the Beavers. Also, there’s been serious speculation that if BSU gets past Wyoming ESPN’s College Gameday will be on BSU’s campus for the BSU-OSU game. This would look great for BSU and would give them a platform to state its case for a national championship.
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On the rebound
After last week's disappointments, Broncos look forward Nikki Hanson Arbiter Journalist
The Boise Women’s soccer team had heartbreaking losses in the Governor’s Cup, but are ready to rebound in its first home game of the season against Seattle University. The Broncos had two shutout losses in their games against Utah Valley and Idaho State. “I don’t think with the speed and the talent that we have, that we should ever be shutout,” head coach Steve Lucas said. However, the Broncos are learning from their losses by practicing with diligence in order to improve their execution in future games. “We are working on team chemistry and coming together, having pride in what we do, and having heart when we play on the field,” sophomore Lauren Hickok said. Any sports team that wishes to play in peak form must have an unparalleled con-
nection between players. Currently, the girls have great chemistry off the field, but are working toward improving their communication during the games. The Broncos are putting in long hours of preparation for their first home game of the season. “Basically watching film has showed us what we need to work on. Most of that is being able to be connected on the field. We have great team chemistry off the field, but we need to bring that chemistry onto the field,” senior Shannon Saxton said. Despite the difficult shutout losses, Lix Ruiz and Lauren Hickok were named All-Tournament team for the Governor’s Cup because of their distinguished performances. According to an excited Hickok, “It feels great! It’s really exciting, but the whole team also played well.” The Broncos will be facing Seattle University this weekend. This will be their third
encounter with the Redhawks and after two previous losses.The team is eager for a win. “We know they are going to be a good team and we have the ability to be a good team, so we’re just getting ready to play a game like any other,” Lucas said. After three consecutive weekends of away games, the team is more than ready for its first home game. “I’m very excited and I think it’s going to be really good for us to finally be home and be able to play at our own field, have our fans, and hear our families,” Saxton said. The Broncos have had a demanding schedule that has required extra effort on the part of the players to keep up with homework and maintain a high level of intensity in each game. According to Shannon Saxton, “Trying to balance school and sports is difficult. But hopefully we will be able to get adjust because we have barely any home games.”
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Racquetball has grown in popularity over the last decade and now is one of the most popular sports at the Boise State Recreation Center.
New club making racquet at BSU Wyatt Martin Arbiter Journalist
If you’ve been to the Student Recreation Center here on campus then you’ve probably seen those sweaty beasts in their glass cages down at the end of the basketball courts. The ones with the goofy safety glasses, wear more arm bands than Allen Iverson. These gentlemen (and ladies) are racquetball players, and if you think their sport is lame or for old professors you just might want to give it a try. When I saw racquetball on the club sports list I was immediately intrigued. I don’t know of a sport that I’ve actually been around more, yet I know so little about. My first step was to find someone with some background and knowledge for the sport who would be willing to fill me in and give me some pointers. So I decided to head for the source, racquetball club president and founder Sean Campbell. After sitting down with Sean I learned that his passion for racquetball came by accident. “I didn’t know what it was, I
didn’t even know what to call it,” Campbell recalled after seeing the courts down at the Rec. “After looking through all the KIN-ACT classes, the only opening left was for racquetball.” And so his story began. He fell in love with the game and was constantly looking for new and better competition. This is what sparked his idea to get involved and start up a new club. The last attempt to start up a racquetball club back in 2001 fell flat on its face with only four members joining. The club’s resurgence is mainly attributed to Sean’s open door policy, “We want to get a network of players that can get together, practice, and have fun, no matter their skill level.” “I want to bring racquetball back, it’s not as popular as it once was,” Campbell said. This dip in popularity can be traced back to the changes (mainly the increase in racquet size) that occurred with the game in the late 1990s. “When they raised the speed of the game the eye in-
juries increased, and the popularity went down,” said Joe Fuson, club coach and racquetball enthusiast. But with the advances in light-weight, high impact eye protection, many old injuries are being avoided. “We had two world champions for 10 years running out of Spokane and Boise. Boise used to be a Mecca of racquetball in the '90s,” Fuson said. I challenged Campbell and club secretary Jesse Beumeler to a friendly game (bad idea on my part). After going over a few rules and guidelines, it was time for the moment of truth. The first thing that I noticed when stepping into court is that this is a very loud sport. The next thing I discovered after getting hit in the back of the head with the ball, was that the game tends to move rather fast. We played a rotating three man game to 21 points, and I learned why you shouldn’t challenge the club president and secretary. Final score 21-19-1 (I had the one point). Thanks for taking it easy guys.
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The Future By Nancy Black and Stephanie Clement Tribune Media Services Today’s birthday (10/13/10). Mental activity this year incorporates undeniable insight and logic. Merge the two and shape your will to achieve practical success. You may take a very different direction from what you first planned. That’s all right. Different may be just what you need. To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging. Aries (March 21-April 19) Today is a 7 -- Combine creative effort with your favorite person. Two heads are better than one when solving today’s tasks. Don’t spin your wheels alone. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Today is a 6 -- Get your associates to focus on work early in the day. If you wait until later, you lose valuable rhythm. Listen to ideas from the oldest team member. Gemini (May 21-June 21) Today is a 7 -- Co-workers must act as a unit to achieve best results today. Blend your talents into your projects. You achieve almost seamless results. Cancer (June 22-July 22) Today is a 6 -- Someone grabs the leadership position and causes some stress. To maintain creative output, remind them of their core commitments. Acknowledge the team. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Today is a 6 -- Focus intensely on the creative aspects of your work at home today. Don’t worry about practical outcomes just now. There’s time enough for that tomorrow.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Today is a 6 -- If you want to climb a mountain today, make sure to bring all necessary equipment. Fresh air and good company make the day sweet. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Today is a 6 -- Take extra time with your appearance today. A difficult task seems easier when you know you look your best. Relax at home in private celebration. Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Today is a 6 -- Today you see the value of recent efforts. Stress eases when you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Take care with written communications. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Today is a 5 -- Passionate dreams come true today, by combining efforts with a trusted group. If everyone works together, you get the desired results. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Today is a 7 -- Group members see the value of major changes to a project already in motion. Stick to practical procedures to get your part done. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Today is a 5 -- Hopefully, you have the supplies to utilize your talents. The results are so great that they move others to tears. This is a good thing. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) Today is a 7 -- A group member decides to grab the chief’s role. Go along with this for today in order to get anything done. Make logical changes for best effect.
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2010
Alive After Five dies, for now Lance Moore
Hoi Polloi Hashtags
& hacks Karey Hoke Columnist
Perhaps you’ve all heard of a little thing called Twitter. If you place a "#" in front of a word or phrase, it's called a hashtag. Twitter defines a hashtag as similar to other web tags -- it helps sorts tweets into categories. One of the latest trending hashtags is "#firstworldproblems." I thought this might be referring to the recession, the fact that several businesses are collapsing, the rising obesity rate in the U.S., the number of drunken driving accidents and DUIs, etcetera. I was sadly mistaken. Twitterfolk are using this hashtag in situations such as, “#FirstWorldProblems my iPhone didn't arrive today like it was supposed to,” or, “I have four televisions that are on in my home and not ONE OF THEM IS ON THE F---ING FOOTBALL GAME! #FirstWorldProblems.” One of my personal favorites is, “There's something wrong with the world when you're otherwise too busy to tweet. #firstworldproblems.” May I digress on this for a moment? This tweet, to me, sums up what’s wrong with our generation. When Twitter, Facebook or any other type of social media devours your life to the point where if you’re not checking it, you feel as though something is wrong with the world, something most definitely is wrong with you. True, our generation is known for technological advances (the entire Apple line, anyone?). But when the Internet becomes more important than real flesh-and-blood relationships, one should consider TwitFaceSpace rehab. Back to the hashtag issue; these are obviously huge crises. Nevermind that a fire in Colorado just destroyed more than 160 homes, @frenchmaidrobot’s bag of chips was mostly crumbs. Terry Jones threatened to insult an entire religion by burning its Holy Book, but the real crisis is @skzuniga doesn’t like her breakfast taco stuffed too full. Obviously, real world issues are insignificant compared to the all-consuming issues of everyday life -- therefore, they’re considered #firstworldproblems. If I could create a witty hashtag and make it a trend, mine would have to be something along the lines of #mockage. We’re adults now. We are in college and taking our first steps in to the real world. This is the time where we find real jobs and what we do starts to matter. If you want to be taken seriously, present yourself in a more mature, respectable manner in the Internet.
The season finale of Boise's summer social hot spot, Alive After Five, came to its season's conclusion Sept. 5. Every Wednesday throughout the summer, continuing through early August in the center of The Grove, local and national musicians come out for a night of music and festivities. There is a broad range of musicians who perform for this occasion, highlighted best by Chad Dryden, the marketing and promotions director at the Boise Record Exchange. “It is a nice mixture of the known and the unknown,”
he said. “It is a good way to get exposed to the new bands and talent that come from all walks of life in order to have the opportunity to have their music heard.” Through the chatter of youth and elderly, with spontaneous dancing and embracing, the mixture of the enjoyment of company and music ignited much of the smiles that could be witnessed in the crowd. “It’s been great," said Jeff Peterson, drummer for performing band Roster MCcabe. "We love Boise, first of all, as well as seeing the mixture of both the younger and older generation enjoying our music.” Accompanying the vibrancy of the aura presented by
the loud hum of people and music was a large number of Boise State students sporting the respected orange and blue. Ryan Shaw, guitarist for the night's acoustic show with the band Soul Serene, said, “Our first gig as a group was actually at BSU in the Student Union Building. The students bring such a great atmosphere and have continued to do so tonight.” Now that this year's festivities have ended, Boise residents will have to wait until next summer to enjoy the musical endowments presented by Alive After Five, and to ingest the summer tradition of some tunes, refreshments and companionship.
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Drew Preiner, singer and guitarist for Roster McCabe, sings at Alive After Five.
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The Swede Life
I'm turning into a Swede! Benjamin Mack Columnist
It’s no secret that tourists, exchange students and expatriates alike enjoy poking fun at the culture they’ve adopted. Heck, get enough of us in one room and it’s practically a sport. Let’s face it: Swedes are strange. But then again, so is every culture to a certain extent. The habits I’m about to list are precisely what make Sweden what it is. While some may think the country is about as sensical as putting yogurt on toast (a staple of Swedish breakfasts), let me assure you it’s a fantastic place. But still... 1. Julmust and Påskmust are the same drink, but Swedes insist on calling it different names. Furthermore, they find it annoying when Americans call it by its true name: soda. 2. It’s an insult to show up late for lunch, but it’s perfectly okay to cancel five minutes
before without any explanation other than “I have to cancel.” 3. Swedes always find an occasion to eat herring, a fish that tastes like an unholy crossbreed between trout and pickled beets. 4. Swedes are bizarrely patriotic about their strawberries. Purchase Polish strawberries and you’re just asking for trouble. 5. Swedes commonly prefer “tiga ut nagon.” This roughly translates to “giving the silent treatment.” It’s a passiveaggressive technique they've somehow come to think of as a polite method of conflict avoidance, but makes others want to clothesline the nearest Vandals fan. 6. Swedes suck and chew on the almost entirely meatless leg of a crayfish, eerily reminiscent of a dog gnawing on a bone, at a thoroughly confusing event called a crayfish party. 7. Swedes think everyone from a state west of the Mississippi is a cowboy, and that your knowledge of football, pickup trucks and country music is unparalleled. When one spends enough time in another culture, assimilation into that culture is inevitable. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself already picking up on a few Swedish habits -- like having a “fika” (afternoon coffee drink for no apparent reason) just about every day, preferring my “sandwiches” to be open-faced or finding ice hockey mildly interesting. Perhaps I better be careful, or I’ll end up turning into a Swede. If that happens, I know I’ll never be able to leave an IKEA again. Benjamin Mack is a 20-year-old journalism major from Portland, Ore. studying in Växjö, Sweden. You can follow his adventures online at arbiteronline.com.
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