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You say potato, I say potato. You say U of I, I say Boise State

Bryan Talbot / The Arbiter

Macklemore isn’t coming to Boise State University for the Spring Fling on May 4. He’s going to be at University of Idaho the day before; because the U of I gets everything better than us, right?

“U of I has better parties.”

“U of I has better Greek Life.”

“U of I has a more traditional university feel to it.”

Though I’m not personally vindicating them, maybe all of the above statements are true.

But WE had Macklemore first. WE had Macklemore on Oct. 18 at the Knitting Factory downtown. And WE may not be better; but neither is U of I. Both Boise State and the University of Idaho have their strong-suits.

On May 4, Mike Posner is performing at the Taco Bell Arena. Mike Posner kicks ass and that’s all there is to it. It’s unfair to say either Mike Posner or Macklemore is better at their mutual art-form.

Just because Thrift Shop has played on the radio about 1,000 times a day for past few months doesn’t mean Macklemore is more deserving of being considered the better artist; just as Boise State deserves not to be considered the inferior school.

Here, downtown is less than a mile away. There, downtown hardly exists. There’s a reason all the University of Idaho kids party as much as they do: there’s hardly anything else to do there. Moscow is a rural town with not nearly as much night-life so close to campus.

And not only is downtown Boise so accessible to our undergrads, but there are plenty of outdoor activities to be done such as floating the river, hiking foothills, and biking on any number of nearby trails.

So maybe U of I does have better parties and more of them. But it really depends on what one is looking for as far as recreation. Granted, if one is looking for a place where the alcohol flows aplenty, maybe Boise State wasn’t the right choice.

Now, as far as U of I having a more established Greek System and a traditional feel, they’ve been around since the late 19th century where Boise State has been around since the mid-20th century; thus, of course they’ve ascertained more traditions.

And on an exciting note, it’s rumored we’ll be getting a Greek Row fairly soon here; a rumor large enough to have made it onto our Wikipedia page. Provided this is true, clearly the University is doing its best to improve and make more exciting the undergrad experience.

So, undergrads, stop being so hard on your university. Mike Posner is just as good as Macklemore and we should go see him at the Taco Bell Arena this Saturday.

About Matt Shelar (30 Articles)
I'm Matt from Delaware who came to Boise for change. But so far I've gotten more than change out of Boise. I've gotten a few dollar bills.

15 Comments on You say potato, I say potato. You say U of I, I say Boise State

  1. Have you been to Moscow?

    The majority of the nightlife/bars/restaurants/cafes are located in Downtown Moscow which is 2-3 blocks from campus. If you've actually visited you would know that Moscow is a "walking" town and that you can easily access most parts of town at any time. You would also know that Moscow is located in a great location for outdoor recreational activities.

    Are you really trying to have a war on who had who first? If that's the case, then I hate to break it to you but we had Mike Posner 1st two years ago when he was relevant.

    One last thing… don't try to fool yourself. People drink in Boise just as much as they do in Moscow and to think otherwise just makes you look like an idiot.

    GO VANDALS!

  2. Have you been to Moscow?

    The majority of the nightlife/bars/restaurants/cafes are located in Downtown Moscow which is 2-3 blocks from campus. If you've actually visited you would know that Moscow is a "walking" town and that you can easily access most parts of town at any time. You would also know that Moscow is located in a great location for outdoor recreational activities.

    Are you really trying to have a war on who had who first? If that's the case, then I hate to break it to you but we had Mike Posner 1st two years ago when he was relevant.

    One last thing… don't try to fool yourself. People drink in Boise just as much as they do in Moscow and to think otherwise just makes you look like an idiot.

    GO VANDALS!

  3. trickfletcher // May 3, 2013 at 11:40 am //

    Facepalm.

    I really like Boise. I've loved watching it grow from where it was 25 years ago. It's a great little city and I hope to get a chance to live there for an extended period in the future. But when you diss Moscow because of the size of downtown compared to Boise, you just show yourself as someone who hasn't spent much time in Seattle, or even Portland. And certainly not Denver, Chicago, New York, or 100 other major cities in the US. Boise has a lot of positives but when it comes to being a metropolitan destination, not so much. It has its own charms without being Seattle.

    Stop with this BSU vs UI stuff. Unless you have spent a lot of time in Moscow, you will continue to make major errors.

  4. I think it's really sad, that Broncos constantly feel like they need to prove themselves to Vandals. We really don't care how "cool" you think you are or how great Boise is. We love U of I, we love Moscow, and we love being Vandals. Also, comparing the fact that the Knitting Factory, NOT Boise State, brought in Macklemore in October is irrelevant. Another fun fact, U of I had Mike Posner for Finals Fest TWO YEARS AGO. Sorry, but your argument is tedious, annoying, and completely irrelevant.

  5. I think it's really sad, that Broncos constantly feel like they need to prove themselves to Vandals. We really don't care how "cool" you think you are or how great Boise is. We love U of I, we love Moscow, and we love being Vandals. Also, comparing the fact that the Knitting Factory, NOT Boise State, brought in Macklemore in October is irrelevant. Another fun fact, U of I had Mike Posner for Finals Fest TWO YEARS AGO. Sorry, but your argument is tedious, annoying, and completely irrelevant.

  6. I think it's really sad, that Broncos constantly feel like they need to prove themselves to Vandals. We really don't care how "cool" you think you are or how great Boise is. We love U of I, we love Moscow, and we love being Vandals. Also, comparing the fact that the Knitting Factory, NOT Boise State, brought in Macklemore in October is irrelevant. Another fun fact, U of I had Mike Posner for Finals Fest TWO YEARS AGO. Sorry, but your argument is tedious, annoying, and completely irrelevant.

  7. I think it's really sad, that Broncos constantly feel like they need to prove themselves to Vandals. We really don't care how "cool" you think you are or how great Boise is. We love U of I, we love Moscow, and we love being Vandals. Also, comparing the fact that the Knitting Factory, NOT Boise State, brought in Macklemore in October is irrelevant. Another fun fact, U of I had Mike Posner for Finals Fest TWO YEARS AGO. Sorry, but your argument is tedious, annoying, and completely irrelevant.

  8. You're not giving yourself (or your University) enough credit, Matt. The next time you're making the 2am stumble back from Boise's HUGE downtown, Piehole grease dripping down your chin, I hope you tell yourself "I could have been home 16 blocks ago, BUT HEY! At least I live in Boise! We're practically the ONLY place in Idaho that has a river!!!! I can't wait to cite Wikipedia in my next article!!!"

  9. You're not giving yourself (or your University) enough credit, Matt. The next time you're making the 2am stumble back from Boise's HUGE downtown, Piehole grease dripping down your chin, I hope you tell yourself "I could have been home 16 blocks ago, BUT HEY! At least I live in Boise! We're practically the ONLY place in Idaho that has a river!!!! I can't wait to cite Wikipedia in my next article!!!"

  10. You're not giving yourself (or your University) enough credit, Matt. The next time you're making the 2am stumble back from Boise's HUGE downtown, Piehole grease dripping down your chin, I hope you tell yourself "I could have been home 16 blocks ago, BUT HEY! At least I live in Boise! We're practically the ONLY place in Idaho that has a river!!!! I can't wait to cite Wikipedia in my next article!!!"

  11. "Mike Posner is just as good as Macklemore and we should go see him at the Taco Bell Arena this Saturday."

    The unintentional comedy in this sentence simply cannot be overstated.

  12. "Mike Posner is just as good as Macklemore and we should go see him at the Taco Bell Arena this Saturday."

    The unintentional comedy in this sentence simply cannot be overstated.

  13. "Mike Posner is just as good as Macklemore and we should go see him at the Taco Bell Arena this Saturday."

    The unintentional comedy in this sentence simply cannot be overstated.

  14. Have you been to North Idaho?!?!?! It is nothing but outdoor recreation…Boise will never compare.

  15. Have you been to North Idaho?!?!?! It is nothing but outdoor recreation…Boise will never compare.

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