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It’s never too late to become a morning person. Studies show it could improve your GPA. The witching hour is soon approaching.

A study released by St. Lawrence University in 2011 reported students with earlier classes have a higher GPA on average.

Co-author of the study, Pamela Thacher, was quoted in The New York Times, saying, “For every hour of class that you have later, you get about a .02 difference, so three hours of difference between class start times will result in a .06 difference in grades.”

Maybe 8 a.m. classes aren’t so bad.

According to WebMD article “Early Birds Get Better Grades,” a University of North Texas study showed those who took earlier classes averaged a full point higher GPA (3.5) on average than students who stayed up late (2.5). The study used 824 respondents to determine the results.

Daniel J. Taylor, an assistant professor of psychology at UNT, stated in the article that it’s easier to get to classes on time and study if you get up earlier. Also, going to bed earlier will take away some of the temptation to drink or do other activities that can take a toll on students’ performance in school.

“You may be able to improve your grades by making yourself more of a morning person,” Taylor said.

According to the article, immediately going from a night owl to an early bird is not a wise move. Making gradual adjustments, like getting up half an hour earlier, is recommended. Students can keep making gradual adjustments until the sleep schedule is changed.

Nicole Chanchiarulo, a senior health studies major at Boise State, prefers morning classes. She said they allow her more time during the rest of the day to finish up homework.

“I’m a morning person,” she said, “Waking up and getting stuff done and being done for the day is better for me. I always fall asleep at night classes.”

The odds are stacked against to students who are unable take day classes; those who are used to taking night classes like Erin Burbank see no difference. A senior human resources major at Boise State, Burbank can hardly remember the last early class she’s taken.

“I work in the morning and early afternoon,” Burbank said. “Basically, I have to take (later classes).”

For students in her same situation, it can sometimes be a convenience to take classes at night.

“It’s easy because I’ve already gotten the rest of my day out of the way,” Burbank said.

The deadline to add or drop a class is Sept. 8. Don’t hesitate to get an edge in the grade book this semester by signing up for some earlier classes. 

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The strong aroma of simmering burgers and crepes fills the air. The air in the Whole Foods parking lot is nearly equal parts smoke and oxygen. Surrounding the curb an array of food trucks, including Burgerlicious and B-Town Bistro, who greet enthusiastic customers at the past Food Truck Rally.

“I want to change how people view trucks,” said Sheila Francis, official Idaho Food Truck Rally coordinator. “They are not the ‘roach coach’ of the past. They are making really stellar food in unconventional settings.”

Food trucks allow theircustomers mobility, variety and the freedom to experiment and expand their menus. According to Shannel Stinner, a graduate from Boise State, these qualities of food trucks make it easy to nourish yourself no matter what activity you are up to.

“I can grab something that is fast and delicious and better than fast food and continue on my way whether I am at a fair, the Saturday Market or at work,” Stinner said.

Stinner says that she eats at food trucks a couple of times a month and enjoys how easy food trucks make it to support local business.

“People are taking their creativity, passion and merging that with local food producers to deliver a high quality, unique dining experience,” Said Stinner.

Over the last five years, food trucks have found their place in Boise cuisine. One of the defining stepping points for food trucks in Boise was the establishment of Food Truck Rallies.

In 2011, Jake Black, an employee of The Payette Brewing Co., copyrighted the phrase “food truck rally” in the state of Idaho. Black was formerly a resident of Portland, Oregon where food trucks are very popular. He felt that Boise was ready to embrace the vehicular restaurants.

One of the problems that stood in Black’s way were the sanctions against vending in Boise’s Business Section, the larger area of Boise’s downtown.

“I am really dissatisfied with the current situation for food trucks. The ban on street vending downtown is unfair in my opinion,” Francis Said. “We don’t protect one fast food from another and say they must open a certain distance from each other, we let the market decide so I feel it should be the same for food trucks. “

In order to create an affordable location for food trucks to sell their dishes, Black decided that he should create Food Truck Rallies.

The first food trucks to be part of the Food Truck Rallies were Archie’s Place, B29 Streatery, Boise Fry Company, Brown Shuga Soul Food, Calle 75 Street Tacos, Riceworks and A Cupcake Paradise.

“These vendors have really put their heart and soul into their food operations and have seen a lot of success.”Said Francis

Since then Calle 75 Street Tacos, A Cupcake Paradise and Riceworks have been able to open permanent locations. Food truck rallies have become a monthly occurrence, popping up all over various Boise and Meridian locations. Food trucks have a wide array of dish types and Francis recommends that students figure out what their personal favorite is by finding out the locations of food trucks on Facebook or attending the Food Truck Rallies.

The next Boise Food Truck Rally is happening Sept. 27 at 12 p.m. in High Desert Harley- Davidson parking lot.

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YouTube has become a staple form of entertainment in any media-invested individual’s life.  With copious links posted on Facebook timelines and Twitter feeds, the video-hosting platform is commonplace on any computer screen or bookmarks bar.

But, among the cat videos and Ice Bucket challenges lie YouTube channels with devoted content, scheduled uploads and enormous subscription bases. Even further buried are the channels of aspiring students, hoping to pursue greater knowledge and experience in the video production scene amidst their class schedules and with minimal, low-budget equipment.

Sophomore communication major Jared Vandewater was first inspired to begin making YouTube videos after watching popular YouTuber Shay Carl’s effort to make video blogs, also known as vlogs, every day.

“I begged my mom for a flip cam, and received it on my 16th birthday,” Vandewater said. “I immediately begun my not-so yearlong journey to make a video every single day.”

Continuing to make vlogs as he entered the eighth grade, Vandewater took a junior high school video production class.  It was there that he fell in love with the editing process.  His vlogs turned into a webshow with recurring characters until he became less interested in investing time into his productions. Eventually the show became weekly and , in the end, obsolete.  Even after halting his show, Vandewater was known as “the kid who made YouTube videos” to his peers.

“That’s always kind of stuck with me, and I think it’s helped me piece together the kind of person I want to be and the passion I want to pursue,” Vandewater said.

Vandewater plans to create a new webseries entitled WalrusBelch.  He has already started filming and stockpiling episodes of the series and hopes to begin scheduling and premiering them in the near future.

“So far, it is hard to find time between work and stuff, but I really want to make this happen, so I’ll find a way,” Vandewater said.

Junior communication major Holly Hovis gained an interest in video after creating small animations when she was 12.  Since then, she’s been pursuing filmmaking in any way that she can, both at work and in classes.

“YouTube has been a part of my life for a long time. It’s a good escape from reality with an endless amount of possibilities,” Hovis said.

Hovis likes YouTube because of the creative community that it inspires. It is generally hard to pick out the passionate commenters and community memebrs in the sea of comments that accompany each video. But, they can be easily found at events created specifically for YouTubers and their audience members, including the Playlist Live and Vidcon.

Hovis recently attended Playlist Live and created a documentary about her experience for her own YouTube channel, HollyZombii.

“I’ve seen firsthand the laughs, the tears, and just the general effect YouTube has had on different people, and it’s mind-blowingly incredible,” Hovis said, describing the atmosphere at Playlist Live.

Using videos made for her film classes and those made on her own time, Hovis hopes to start posting videos more often on her YouTube channel while pursuing filmmaking academically.

“School always comes first, which is probably why I don’t produce as much content as I’d like,” Hovis said.

Looking at the content creators of YouTube as a whole, Hovis finds that a passion for filmmaking and creativity drives most media personalities.

“Everyone is so down to earth, and it just seems so clear to me that these people use YouTube, not for the money, but because they love what they do and see it as an opportunity to better the world,” Hovis said.

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The Boise State opener against Ole Miss didn’t exactly go the way the Broncos wanted, as they were stomped 35-13 by the Rebels. So, besides a loss, let’s look at what we can take away from this game.

1. The defense played well.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the game got out of hand, with the Rebels outscoring the Broncos 28-7. Until that point, though, the defense for the most part held the Ole Miss offense and 2nd team All-SEC quarterback Bo Wallace in check. Wallace had a pretty mediocre first half and threw three interceptions before really excelling in the fourth quarter with three touchdown passes.

2. The offensive line has some learning to do.
The Ole Miss defensive front line proved to be too much for the young, inexperienced Boise State offensive line to handle. The offensive line was unable to get any blocks and didn’t give quarterback Grant Hedrick any time in the pocket. Going forward, the offensive line must improve at protecting Hedrick and creating space for Ajayi to run the ball.

3. Grant Hedrick has to make better choices with the ball.
Hedrick made some poor choices with the ball, throwing four interceptions in the game as well as some errant throws. Hedrick must be more patient instead of forcing throws that are not there if the offense is going to be successful this season.

4. The offense runs through Ajayi.
Ajayi carried the ball 20 times for 86 yards, but perhaps even more impressive was his 12 receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. Ajayi will indeed be the focal point of the offense this year and could have his best season yet.

5. Don’t lose hope for the Broncos just yet.
With their most difficult game behind them, Boise State should play better the rest of the season. The Broncos have enough talent on both sides of the ball to be one of the favorites to win the Mountain West. They have a favorable schedule going forward, with their toughest games against Utah State, San Diego State, and BYU all taking place at home, a place where the Broncos rarely lose. Don’t push the panic button just yet.


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The Steuckle Sky Center was built in 2008 as a renovation to now Albertsons Stadium.

Albertsons Stadium has undergone many changes since the current stadium was first built in the fall
of 1970.

 Originally built with the seating capacity of 14,500, the capacity of the stadium has more doubled. Today the total stadium capacity sits at  36,387, making it the sixth largest stadium in the MW.

 Over the past five years, Albertsons Stadium has seen several major changes such as the construction of the Stueckle Sky Center and the construction of seating in the north and south end zones.

 Built in 2008, the Stueckle Sky Center marked the first major renovations to the formerly Bronco Stadium since 1997 when the capacity was increased to 30,000.

The completion of the Sky Center raised the total capacity of the stadium to 32,000.

 The 131,000 square feet  Sky Center features club seating, sky boxes, as well as the press box for
football games.

 In 2009, temporary seating built in the north and south end zones added an additional 1,500 seats to the Stadium before permanent seating in those same locations were completed in the summer of 2012.

 That renovation increased the stadium capacity to what it currently remains at today.

In partnership with the Double R Ranch, Albertsons Stadium was able to make a major upgrade with a new 47 x 78 foot video board in the south end zone.

 Besides the capacity increases and the construction of the Bleymaier Football Center to the north of the stadium, perhaps the biggest change to Albertsons Stadium occurred this past summer.

For 43 years, Boise State football competed in their home games at what used to be Bronco Stadium. A deal between Boise State and Albertsons reached this May led to the renaming of the stadium to Albertsons Stadium.

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Inventing something new can be exciting and rewarding, but can put a damper on finances. One of the reasons former Boise State student, Chadd Von Komen, is seeking funding help on Kickstarter.

Von Komen graduated from Boise State in 2009 with a bachelor’s in physics and has dabbled in several projects. His latest could change the way fishermen fish in Idaho.

Von Komen and his cousin, Michael Chase, are the founders of Chase Enterprises. The pair have developed a new invention that takes the guesswork out of weighing a fish, the Lochsa Fishing Net.

Named after a Northern Idaho river, the Lochsa Fishing Net is designed to aid fishermen by accurately weighing a fish. Von Komen and Chase designed the net to weigh fish in a timely and efficient

According to Von Komen the net is designed to work without taking the fish off the fishing line to weigh it. Something that could greatly aid bass fisherman competing in tournaments.

Traditionally, to weigh a fish one would have to remove the fish from the fishing line and attach it to a device similar to a produce scale. The process could be time consuming and could harm the fish. Fish that don’t make the weight are often thrown back. 

The idea behind the design was to aid sport fishers learn the weight of the fish without taking the time necessary to weigh a fish that would be below ideal weight.

According to Von Komen, the net is accurate to .01 pounds and only takes a few seconds to read the accurate weight.

The pair took the concept of a “kitchen weight scale and a broom handle” and have designed and created five

“We bought an alumnium broom handle,” Von Komen said. “Put some basic gages and weight systems on the broom handle. After a few hours we were able to test and have a proof of concept.”

The project started out fairly simple but it has taken two years since the proof of concept to get the Lochsa Fishing Net ready to mass produce.

Von Komen and Chase are hopeful to release their invention to the public in December, having a solid prototype completed by early October. Currently they are in the process of raising funds to purchase a mold for the net’s handle.

The net will be available in two sizes: a long 30-inch handle for boat fishermen and a short 14-inch handle for bank anglers.

Von Komen’s goal is to raise between $3,000 and $5,000 to fund the net’s mold. The pair are seeking fund assistance from Kickstarter as well as from presales on their website www.lochsafishingnet.com

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Across the nation students are hit up by credit card companies offering low interest rates and the deals can be tempting. But adding student credit cards to existing education loans may have a negative impact on students in school and after graduation day.

“While they’re still in college it is pretty common for college students to have a couple thousand dollars in credit card debt,” said Todd Christensen, director of education at Boise’s office for Debt Reduction Services, a national nonprofit organization which provides debt management and credit counseling.

“You get a credit card and you think, ‘Hey, I’m gonna get a real job in a year or two and will be able to pay it off.’ So students are graduating with student loan debt and $2,000 to $3,000 in credit card debt that is often overdue and is hurting their credit rating.”

Christensen teaches classes on spending, credit debt and budgeting trying to educate individuals on good credit habits and how to rebuild bad credit.

Often, he said, the foundations of bad credit lie in the financial decisions
students make.

“When students head off to college, a parent, usually a parent will say, ‘You need a credit card, just in case of emergency’—the definition of ‘emergency’ is very different from what the parent is thinking and what the student sees as an emergency,” Christensen said. “The parent is thinking if they get stuck in the middle of nowhere on the way home and need the car repaired or towed—that’s an emergency. The student, first weekend back to school or on campus, has a few friends stop by and say ‘Hey we’re going to a movie tonight’ and (the student is) a week and a half from payday—it’s a social emergency.”

Christensen also blames dollar dumps for damaging student credit. Spending a few dollars a day on candy or coffee doesn’t seem like much but can damage credit over time.

To combat overspending, dollar dumps and improve credit Christensen recommends the “boring way, which is also the real way: know what our spending plan is.”

But it is not just credit card debt that hurts students after college. Taking out large sums in student loans can increase student debt and make paying it back difficult.

“Daily, hourly, we get people calling saying ‘I need more student loans,’ ‘I have to pay rent,’ and are in financial crisis,” said Maureen Sigler, associate director for client services in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at Boise State. “As a rule of thumb you have exceeded your comfort level in repaying loans if you have taken out more than you expect to earn that first year you are out of school.”

Sigler recommends students do everything they can to educate themselves before it comes time to graduate.

“I think the federal link for exit loan counseling is excellent. It will draw in your exact loans and will show you how much you expect to pay per month and I think that is wise to do throughout one’s college experience,” Sigler said.

Students feel the weight of debt bearing down long before graduation.

“I have a ton of student loans,” said Andrew Jenkins, senior political science major. “The worst thing I think a student can do is trying to live like they did when they were at home when they should try to live like a student and get away with the bare minimum.”

Jenkins is hopeful that going on to law school and becoming a lawyer will help financially when it comes to paying off debt.

Both Sigler and Christensen agree that getting out of debt can be painful.

“There are no happy ways of getting out of debt,” Christensen said. “Getting into debt—that’s always fun. Getting out is never easy but it’s always worth it.”

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A buzz in the ear. A sharp pinch on the skin. Then, an unassuming little bump that itches like hell.

This is the calling card of one of the peskiest of pests: the mosquito. For much of the year, this entomological irritation bears an added risk.

“Anywhere from May to November, as long as mosquitoes are active, there is a potential that you can be bitten by a mosquito with West Nile Virus,” said Niki Forbing-Orr, a public relations officer for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

West Nile Virus is a viral infection most commonly transmitted to humans and animals by mosquitoes. The season for West Nile Virus in Idaho typically peaks around July and August.

Boise State Health Services handles several West Nile Virus cases each year.

“Sometimes in the summer we have patients who come in simply not feeling very well. Oftentimes, there aren’t any distinct symptoms to hang our hat on,” said Dr. Vincent Serio, director of University Health Services.

Part of what makes West Nile Virus such a difficult itch to scratch is that the first symptoms of the disease are indistinguishable from those of other viral illnesses, like influenza.

The mild form of the disease, West Nile fever, is characterized by fever, muscle aches, headaches and malaise, or a general feeling of weakness and discomfort.

The majority of people who become infected with West Nile Virus never experience any symptoms whatsoever and instead develop natural immunity to the virus, much like a vaccine.

According to the Center for Disease Control, only 1 in 5 infected individuals will develop symptoms. The feeble and elderly are most at risk of developing a West Nile-related illness.

“For young and healthy students, the risk of the illness is nearly zero,” Serio said.

Less than 1 percent of people infected with West Nile Virus will develop a severe neurological disease which affects the brain and spinal cord. According to Serio, this disease occurs in three main categories: encephalitis, meningitis and flaccid paralysis, which is clinically similar to polio.

Most people fully recover from the neuro-invasive illness, but in some cases it can result in permanent neurological deficits or even death.

In 2006, the state of Idaho led the nation in both West Nile Virus infections and deaths. According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, there were 996 reported cases of West Nile Virus in 2006 and 23 West Nile Virus-related deaths.

There have not yet been any reported human cases of West Nile Virus in 2014.

There is no vaccine or treatment for West Nile Virus disease at this time. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare devotes the bulk of its resources to research and prevention efforts, including mosquito abatement programs and surveillance.

“Our main concern is making sure people know how to avoid mosquitoes as much as possible, including to wear long sleeve shirts and pants if you’re going to be outside for extended period of time,” said Forbing-Orr. “We also recommend wearing DEET or another EDA-approved insect repellant to keep mosquitoes away.”

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Although its history is brief, Boise State Student Media departments The Arbiter and University Pulse have been producing content since the years when Boise State was a junior college. The Arbiter has had different names since its conception, including University News and the BJC Roundup.

Both departments have seen their fair share of publicity behind the scenes.

The idea to merge The Arbiter and University Pulse first came around 2000, when director of Student Media Brad Arendt saw that the landscape for news producers was changing due to the use of technology like the Internet.

Student Media at Boise State is regarded highly around the nation for its use of technology in producing news.

“We started podcasting not too long after it was invented,” Arendt said. “We also had online video before many news organizations.”

In 2007 the merge finally came. Both departments experienced large cuts in funding to make the transition possible.

Just a year later, Arendt was fighting to keep the newspaper afloat in the midst of a recession.

“It was a big enough threat that it was the one time in my career I had to really look for another job,” he said. “Not because I wanted to, because I was worried there may not be funding to continue.”

In 2008 Boise State University made the decision to support Student Media with an increase in funds.

Like many college papers and student media groups, The Arbiter and University Pulse receive a portion of their funding from the university. Their content is still considered independent, however, because of their ability to investigate administrators and staff at Boise State without fear of being censored or shut down.

This independence comes at a cost. Because Student Media acts apart from Boise State—content producers cannot be protected by the school when it comes to legal issues.

“If you screw up writing a story for us, you can personally be sued,” Arendt said.

In matters like these, students can, however, turn to the Student Press Law Center.

Students at The Arbiter and University Pulse produce their own content and decide what will run in each issue or program.

Because of this, they have ample opportunity to make mistakes. According to Arendt, this is a good thing.

“We operate one of the biggest learning labs on campus,” he said. “Part of the learning experience is making mistakes.”

In the 17 years that Arendt has worked at The Arbiter, he has seen many students grow and develop. Although he feels media these days isn’t doing the job it’s supposed to, Arendt believes the students who leave Student Media will continue to practice good journalism. 

“I see students coming through who are tired of it, who just want to go out and get the truth of things,” Arendt said.

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The Outdoor Program is located at the back of the student recreation center.

Kevin Martin found himself in a conundrum last spring.

Needing tents and sleeping bags for a camping trip to Arrowrock Reservoir in early May, the junior communication major was hoping to avoid having to pay several hundred dollars on equipment at Cabela’s or Amazon for only one night.

It was then that a friend directed Martin towards the Outdoor Program.

“(The Outdoor Program) definitely helped me out a lot,” Martin said. “It was pretty easy to check everything out. I only had to spend a little over $50.”

Situated in the back of the Campus Recreation Center, the OP offers cheap equipment rentals to students.

From tents to kayaks, students can find a wide variety of equipment to suit their needs; all they need to do is stop by the rental shop between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

While some equipment, such as tents and rafts, have more specific check-out procedures, the process for renting most equipment is fairly simple, according to Rodo Leone, assistant director of the OP.

“Some specific equipment has some more specific details, more checking the equipment back in,” Leone said. “We want to make sure everything you’re bringing in is in good condition.”

Leone said the rental shop has certain guidelines for checking the equipment for damages. If equipment is damaged to the point that it can no longer be used, students will have to pay the full price to replace it.

Martin agrees that the OP was fair in checking the equipment for damage.

“They weren’t really going out of their way to try and find damage and charge me for it,” Martin said.

There is no limit on the amount of time students can rent equipment, but Leone suggests they look into buying their own equipment if they plan on renting it for longer than 20 days.

“If you are planning to take a backpack for more than 20 days, you will realize it’s better to buy your own backpack than just keep renting one from here,” Leone said. “I think we are serving people who don’t have equipment and are just going for some weekend outings.”

For more information, students can visit rec.boisestate.edu/rental-shop/.

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“My personal thought is I think if they donate a lot of money to our stadium, they should be able to put their name on it.”

- Cody Wetherelt, sophomore linguistics major

“I think it’s just a great advertisement. Albertsons is located corporately here. It’s just like an NFL team.”

- Jaime Suhr, junior exercise science major

“I liked Bronco Stadium more. It had more of a Boise State feel. It’s always going to be Bronco Stadium to me.”

- Kolby Overstreet, senior physics major

“I like the Bronco Stadium a lot more. We already have Albertsons Library. It feels like it’s another curriculum building.”

- Tommy Miller, senior communication major

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Are you excited to be going to Boise State this Year? Why or Why not?

Heather Corisis- Junior, major: Psychology with a minor in family studies.

-”Yes, I’m excited to see my friends.”

Dominic Christianson- Junior, major: criminal justice.

-”Yes, I’m ready for football season, to see my friends and for all the other exciting stuff that goes on here.”

Makayla Jarvey- Sophomore, major: per-radiologic sciences.

- “This is my first year at Boise State but I’m excited to be here, it’s a beautiful campus. I really like all my professors so far and have met a lot of nice people.”

Brian Rust- Freshman transfer, major: Athletic training.

- “I’m excited to get out of California, It’s a lot cleaner here and the people are really nice.”

Lucus Ebben- freshman, criminal justice

- “Yes, I get residency. Just being back in school after being out 10 years (is exciting).”

Anna Zigray- freshman, biology major with a minor in mathematics hoping to go into research.

- “I fell in love with the campus when I came here.”

Jamie Butler- freshman, kinisiology

- “Yes, I’ve been coming here for years and I love it, it’s not to big not too small. I’m excited to be on my own and experience college life.”

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Brandon Walton sees what students think about Boise State’s first football game of the 2014 season.

Edited, directed and shot by Max Chambers.

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Judging by recent lawsuits, Boise State claims veto power over students’ freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the Second Amendment. I attended the Dick Heller Second Amendment rally, May 16th. I thought that the heavy police and security coverage were intimidating. There were three to five police and security people guarding the front door, a cluster of three in the SUB, and one guarding each entrance to the SUB— even one stationed way out at the crosswalk of University and Lincoln!

Who wants to run a gauntlet of a half-dozen cops just to go to a meeting? Who called the heavy heat? Boise State administrators. Why? Because a group of students had invited a pro-Second Amendment speaker.  This ‘risky’ fellow was Dick Heller.  Mr. Heller has appeared before the US Supreme Court. And, they invited “Pro-Gun Republican” candidates for Idaho Attorney General, Governor, Secretary of State, and several legislative districts.

Boise State took down the student announcement of the approved rally. It’s like Boise State didn’t want anyone to attend. Then, before the event occurred Boise State charged the student group $465 in security fines. The student organizers passed the hat to help pay the pre-event fine (I gave $10). In summary:

    1. Boise State required an act of Idaho legislature to overturn their veto of Second Amendment rights.
    2. Boise State is being sued over their attempt to veto pro-life free speech.
    3. Boise State is being sued over their attempt to veto freedom of assembly.

What’s the next right Boise State wants to veto? It should instead foster a marketplace of ideas.

Editor’s Note: Since submission of this letter, Boise State University has said they will rescind the fee placed on the group for bringing a guns right advocate to speak on campus.

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Adorned in plush tails and animal ears, furries march into The Grove Hotel, while cosplayers follow suit in their pink and turquoise wigs, crafted tunics and Batman utility belts.  Joined by hundreds of other attendees, both in simple T-shirts and custom alien skin paint, they enter the convention center in pursuit of a friendly, communal atmosphere and plenty of panels and activities.

With Fandemonium having just passed in the beginning of August, con-goers are preparing for Boise’s next anime, comic and geek-centered conventions: Tomodachi Fest 7 and Anime Oasis 2014 in October and May, respectively. Doubling their plans with classes, financial limitations and work, students have to carefully plan the intricacies of their convention plans.

Conventions, in general, are weekend events that include panels with celebrities and personalities from attendees’ favorite anime programs, comics, video games or anything else revolving around geek culture.  Some cons are specialized for specific fan-bases and have specialized merchandise and activities.  But, in the end, conventions are most popular for the sense of community they can instill in those who come participate and make new connections.

Junior anthropology major and Fandemonium staff member Wendy Nelson particularly enjoys the culture that has come from the convention scene in Boise.  Before these events began growing in the valley, gaming stores and backroom anime clubs were the closest thing comic and geek enthusiasts had to sense of community.

“The con scene started up and suddenly it became more and more okay to be a nerd and be open about it,” she said.

When uninformed onlookers make judgments about convention attendees, they generally aren’t based in factuality.  Nelson has often heard of people looking down on con-goers with disdain, calling them freaks or shut-ins and assuming they’re always unemployed.

“A lot of us have been picked on for being nerds, and the more it happens the more we hide it because we don’t want to be made fun of,” Nelson said.  “Then a convention rolls around and suddenly we are allowed to open up and be who we want to be.”

In the end, for Nelson, it’s all about the inclusive, familial dynamic that conventions offer to those who wouldn’t otherwise be included.

Utah resident and cosplayer Jason Tran attends as many conventions as possible, including several of those that take place in Boise.  By the end of this year, Tran plans to attend six conventions.

“As a cosplayer, there is a lot of preparation with packing and double checking you brought everything for the costume and repair tools,” he said.

Because of his travel costs, material costs for costumes, hotel reservations, and convention entry fees, Tran tries to keep his convention merchandise purchases to a minimum.

“I personally try not to spend too much, unless it’s something I really want and can’t find anywhere else,” Tran said.

Nelson has a budget further strapped by school expenses.

“I always make school come first, of course; pay for supplies and books then con stuff, but that never leaves a whole lot for con,”
Nelson said.

She curbs these problems by rooming with friends.  Sometimes con-goers take pity on those without food, or the ability to buy any, and share their meals.

“We try to take care of each other,” Nelson added.

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Courtesy Maria Shimel

Welcome back to school! Your first Boise State Study Tip of the semester is: to get organized. You already know what classes you are enrolled for; see if you can get access to your syllabus through Blackboard and start filling in your planner. You can also create separate binders for each class and start reading any pre-assigned reading material. 

Another tip that not everyone thinks to do is reach out to your professors now and introduce yourself with either a friendly email or by stopping by their office that first week of school. By creating a personal connection with the faculty, you are creating network connections, making it easier to ask for help later in the semester and also establishing a possible mentor who will stick with you the rest of your academic career. 

Remember, the more preparation you do at the beginning the less stressed and more confident you will feel at the end of the

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Junior Sara Baugh spent her summer playing in Europe as part of the MWC All-Star team.

It’s hard to top a summer abroad, playing the sport that you love. For junior volleyball player Sarah Baugh, that’s exactly what she got.

“I had an absolute blast,” Baugh said. “It was an experience of a lifetime, that’s for sure.”

Baugh was selected by Boise State volleyball head coach Shawn Garus to be part of the first ever Mountain West All-Star team to take part in the European Global Challenge.

“I talked to the other coaches in the conference to see who was going and figure out who would be the best representative for Boise State,” Garus said. “I thought, what a great opportunity for Sarah.”

Baugh is not the first Bronco to participate in the event.     Junior Katelyn Kinghorn competed in the event last year and told Baugh it was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up.

“She told me all these stories of how much it was worth going,” Baugh said.

Baugh left for the team on July 8 and then spent the next 11 days overseas where she went to Italy, Slovenia and then finally Croatia.

“I just had a great time seeing things that I hadn’t seen before,” Baugh said. 

Before the tournament started, the team spent the first few days training and getting to know one another.

“All of us came from different volleyball backgrounds and had different coaching,” Baugh said. “I think it made us better because we had to work together to win and we did really well.”

The European Global Challenge, which is in its 10th year, is an annual volleyball tournament event that takes place in Pula, Croatia. 

From national teams to club teams, the event had teams from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Italy, Serbia, Austria, Romania and of course the United States.The Mountain West team took third place at the event, finishing only behind the U.S. junior national team and the Slovenia national team who won the event.

“We did really well and we exceeded expectations,” Baugh said. “I thought it was really fun getting to play the Slovenia national team because they were so good. It was satisfying to know that we were right up there with them.”

While the trip was mostly about volleyball, Baugh and the team did get to cut loose and have some fun.

“My favorite moment was when all of us girls went to karaoke night,” Baugh said. “Being with the girls and getting to see a different side of them was just so great.”

While Baugh did indeed have a lot of fun on the trip, more importantly she gained a lot of experience and will now bring that back to her team.

“She was able to get that competitive experience over the summer that kids just can’t get,” Garus said. “The things she learned over there—she will be able to take those things and make our program better.”

Boise State is planning on continuing to send a player to this event every year to continue to give their players the best opportunities.

“I would highly recommend it,” Baugh said. “It makes you and all around better player. It’s just an overall cool experience that you can take with you for the rest of your life.”

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Out with the old, in with the new. After a short stint of 13 years on Boise State’s campus, the building which housed the Career Center and Alumni Center went up with the stroke of a match Aug. 17 to make way for the new one. The building was donated to the Boise Fire Department in order for them to conduct a rare training opportunity, which only happens three to four times a year.

“We have to rely on acquired or donated structures,” said Dennis Doan, chief of the Boise Fire Department. “The only problem is that we don’t know when they’ll come or how

Doan’s crew spent the day conducting live-fire training. They practiced forceful entry and search and rescue exercises, burning the building in its entirety around 2 p.m.

Ground-breaking for the new Alumni and Friends Center takes place during homecoming on Sept. 20. Construction isn’t expected to be completed until December
of 2015.

This building will act as the eastern gate to Boise State, serving as a meeting place for returning alumni and friends of the university who have financially contributed to the university.

“Right now when alumni and friends gather they really don’t have a place to meet,” said Jennifer Neil, executive  director of planned giving for University Advancement. “This is a true creation of a place where people can

Main features of the new building will include a living room for people to relax and hang out,  a ballroom, plenty of conference space, a large patio space and a pictorial history of Boise State.

The project will cost $12 million; approximately $7.7 million dollars has already been donated, according to Neil. All contributions will  come  from private donation.

“We have a whole bunch of friends that did not attend Boise State that helped secure funding for scholarships and buildings,” Neil said.

She believes the new Alumni and Friends Center wouldn’t be possible without these donations. Neil praises one man for the start of this project, Allen Dykman. Dykman, a Boise State alumni, was the first to donate toward the project. He also provided the overall vision for the project, which Neil says is like the movie “Field of Dreams.”

“If you build it, they (alumni) will come,” she said.

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The first day of school often brings jitters to new and returning students. Some of the jitters come from being reunited with friends or from pre-class anxiety, but other students feel the jitters come from a time lapse.

A new generation of students has started to return to school. Landing outside the “traditional” mark, Boise State nontraditional students are  generally 26 years of age or older and have been out of school for more than two years.

According to Jim Anderson, associate vice president for Enrollment Services, there are advantages to going back to school as a nontraditional student.

“Nontraditional students can improve and enrich the classroom experience with different viewpoints and experiences,” Anderson said in an email.

Anderson provided  research showing that while there might be a trend of nontraditional students returning to school, Boise State hasn’t yet seen a substantial wave of returning students.

In fact the last four years shows a slight decrease of nontraditional students enrolling at Boise State.

In 2010 the university accounted for 2,143 nontraditional students; that number fell to 2,033 in fall semester 2013.

While nontraditional students make up a small number of students at Boise State, their enthusiasm is no less than their traditional counterparts. Joining the nontraditional number next semester is Beverly Knapp, an assistant manager and consumer loan lender of Idaho Banking Company.

“You don’t need a degree to climb the ladder in banking, but if you have your degree you can cut to the chase,” Knapp said. “Personally, I’m at a point in my life where my children are raised, both my parents are deceased and it’s the right timing for me.”

Knapp is returning to school for the fall semester after spending 35 years in banking. She took the time to raise four children, care for her mother and focus on her career before deciding to return.

“I’m going back to school for general business,” Knapp said. “That’s what I know I’m strong at. At 50 years old, I know that [business] is my strength.”

Going back to school won’t be the most unique transition for Knapp. Her daughter will also be attending during the same semester—which is an unfamiliar situation to younger nontraditional students.

“My youngest daughter is a senior at Boise State and she is very proud that I am going back to school,” Knapp said. “My four children are all supportive. As a parent I expect certain things from my children. I’ve put that on myself double whammy. I want my kids to be proud of me in a scholastic way.”

Knapp said she has enrolled to better herself and her situation.

“I just want my degree because I think it is important for upper management to know that I have taken the time and have been educated through the books,” Knapp said. “I do think it’s important to have your degree. I’d love to have my degree in my office. Instead, I have achievement awards.”

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From the honest struggle of one man who suffers with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to Charlie Sheen dumping $10,000 over his head, everyone’s social media pages have been flooded with videos of participants in the ALS Ice  Bucket Challenge. Now, the Boise State Gymnastics team has joined the fray.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, Aug. 26 the members of the team lined up with 5-gallon containers of ice water. Before beginning, the gynmasts invited the rest of the Bronco Athletics family to take part in the challenge: from swimming and diving to Boise State football. Then the deluge began. As per the rules, the nominated teams have 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate $100 to the ALS Association.

At the time this article was published, the Ice Bucket Challenge had raised more than $88.5 million, according to the ALSA. In the same time period last year, July 29 to August 26, ALSA recieved only $2.6 million.

“I think it’s awesome to see a movement like this really take root,” said junior history major Lucia Garbel. “When I was growing up my friend’s brother had ALS. I can’t even say what a horrible time that was for their family . . . Most hadn’t even heard of it (ALS), but now
everyone has.”

However, not everyone is so excited about the continued popularity of the challenge. Many around the country have begun to decry the Ice Bucket Challenge as nothing more than a bandwagon show and a waste of clean water.

“I think it’s getting really boring now,” said freshman Nathan Jones. “It’s cool they’ve raised all that money but I think they just want to say they did it because everyone else is. I don’t think most people who do it actually care about ALS.”

However, many say that the Ice Bucket Challenge could have lasting effects on the way nonprofits fundraise. In less than a month ALSA has seen donation from more than 1.9 million new donators.

“Normally the model is to find people who are passionate about a cause and then ask for donations or to educate people and then seek out donations,” Brian Mittendorf, a professor who teaches courses in nonprofit finances at Ohio State University told the
Associated Press.

“(The ice bucket challenge is) something that’s fun that people can do … people are taking part in it and then taking the info and donating.”

Whether one loves watching the videos or just wants them to go away, it is hard to argue with the results.

“I just don’t think you can be mad at anything that has raised so much money for research,” Garbel said.

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A little over a week ago, the chain boutique Lush Cosmetics opened its doors in the Village of Meridian. The store offers a variety of organic, cruelty-free cosmetics using little to no packaging. Despite the far away location of the store, students at Boise State have been flocking to check out the fresh cosmetics that the store offers.

“I would rather spend my money at Lush because they provide you with a unique experience and products that you feel safe using,” said Andrea Batten, junior English major. “I like to use organic cosmetics because I feel like I am exposing my body to fewer chemicals and other potentially unhealthy ingredients.”

Batten’s concerns about chemicals in cosmetics are rooted in truth. According to Colleen Fletcher, owner of Wholistic Beauty Boutique, many of the cosmetics on the market today are filled with harmful chemicals.

“What was originally meant to be an economical alternative to natural botanical ingredients is now being found to have negative implications for our future health and well being,” Fletcher said. 

“As more consumers are turning to organic foods to avoid known toxins, gradually awareness about dangerous skin care chemicals is coming to light.”

According to Fletcher, one of the biggest harms to healthy skin is chemical- and petroleum-based products. Many of the 25,000 untested chemicals found in inorganic cosmetics are being to cancer, migraines, allergies, asthma, dermatitis and skin rashes.

“Ever since 1938, when the FDA granted self-regulation to the cosmetics industry, such products have been marketed without government approval of ingredients, regardless of what tests have shown,” Fletcher said, “unlike organic ingredients that have been used for hundreds of years as traditional remedies, synthetic and petrochemical ingredients have only been used since the 1930s,” Fletcher said.

Fletcher explained that the best way for students to avoid cosmetics that could be detrimental to their health is to read labels. For instance, a product labeled as “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for your skin. “Natural” is a marketing term that can be used as long as one ingredient of a product has not been altered in a lab.

Students should also look out for mineral oils in their cosmetics. Mineral oils are petroleum-based and known to leave a wax-like cover over the skin. This cover promotes acne, clogs pores, and makes it harder for skin to get rid of toxins.

Students who are interested in checking out organic cosmetics can find them at the Wholistic Beauty Boutique, the Boise Co-op, Lush and several other locations around the Boise area. Students can also find several easy DIYs of organic cosmetics online on Pinterest, Tumblr, and other blogs if they give it a Google.

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More than 100 people gathered Friday in support of the community of Ferguson, Missouri. The small town was devastated Aug. 9 when an unarmed African-American teenager was shot by a white cop on a street corner.

The Boise rally took place on Aug. 22. It started at Julia Davis Park at 2:30 p.m. and the group peacefully marched down Capitol Boulevard to City Hall.

After settling in  for a few moments, the crowd began its chants, screaming “we want justice,” “power to the people” and “justice for Ferguson.” Alejandra Mejia, former co-chair of Movimiento Estudianti Chicano de Aztlan, led these chants. She also spoke at the rally.

“The only thing that kept going through my mind today was that Mike Brown, age 18, would have been starting college in the fall,”   she said. “He was robbed from that opportunity.”

Tai Simpson, a community member and local activist,  also spoke at the rally. She believes a large problem in the United States is that many people don’t learn from the lessons of the past.

“Ferguson is not an isolated event,” she said. “It’s not the first time it’s happened and it’s not the last time it’s going to happen.”

According to her, racism in the U.S. is an issue that only the people affected by it are aware of. Simpson feels that people either ignore racism or act as though it doesn’t exist, which is just as bad.

“Colorblindness is just as damaging as overt malicious racism,” Simpson said.

Ryan Shields, who lives near Ferguson in St. Louis, spoke at the rally about  the events taking place in the  town of 21,000 people.

Of the 53 police officers actively serving the Ferguson community, only three are black. In 2013, he said there were 562 traffic stops of black people in Ferguson alone; there were just 43 white people stopped. This resulted in 483 arrests of black people and six of white people.

Shields believes that Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin and other recent victims of racial violence are just “names of the moment.”  These types of issues have taken place in the past and will again in the future unless people start to take notice.

“It’s time to stop saying this is not our problem and face the uncomfortable truth,” Shields said.

Although most protests during  the day in Ferguson have  been peaceful, some people have taken to looting at night. This Shields said is shown more heavily and reflects the protests in a negative way.

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Fans enter the Bleymaier Football Center. The Bleymaier Center has been monumental in recruiting for Boise State football.

Boise State football has developed a reputation for being both imaginative and innovative, while boasting the best winning percentage in the country over the past 10 years. Winning isn’t the only thing that attracts recruits however.

“A lot of schools are following the trend,” senior    cornerback Cleshawn Page said. “At the end of the day, things like uniforms and new facilities play a big part in recruiting.”

Shock and Awe

As visitors enter the Bleymaier Football Center, they’re greeted by five life-size mannequins sporting various uniform combinations from over the years. Trophy cases line the south window, displaying both 2007 and 2010’s Fiesta Bowl championship trophies; this is only the start of the facility’s visual tour of the program.

Every hallway and room is lined with inspirational messages reminding players and coaches of the hard work needed to make it to the NFL. As they go through meetings and watch films in media rooms, large graphics of former players who have made it to the NFL feed their inspiration.

“Seeing the people up there that have made it (to the NFL) motivates us,” Page said. “You want be the next guy up there.”

The Hype

Max Corbet, assistant athletic director,  feels this new facility is a large improvement from the old one. In the varsity center the rooms were small and the equipment inadequate.

“The locker rooms weren’t even air conditioned,” Corbet said.

He believes people are excited about Bleymaier Football Center, especially former football players and new recruits.

“We feel very positive about this new facility,” Corbet said. “It’s going to have a very positive effect on our recruiting.”

This is just another small step for the Boise State football program as it strives to continue its winning tradition.

“I’m pretty sure any recruit that comes and sees a facility like that is going to be impressed,” Page said.

Nothing but the Best

From the 12,000 square-foot weight room featuring a 30-yard blue sprint turf and 20 Hammer Strength lifting racks to a player lounge with video games, a ping pong table and six flat screen TVs, the multilevel facility has everything a student-athlete could ever ask for.

The best feature about the facility, and probably the most attractive to recruits is the locker room.

Each of the 115 lockers include a top shelf for pads, a drawer located underneath a padded seat for shoes and a steel nameplate featuring the name of a donor that sponsored that particular locker.

A large, illuminated Bronco logo hangs down from the ceiling which grabs visitors’ attention as they enter. In the center of the room sits the Hammer, honoring the player with the biggest hit or play on special teams for the previous game.

Next, is the 6,500 square-foot training room. It’s equipped with ultrasound machines, an anti-gravity G-force treadmill, three rehabilitation pools and many other equipment designed to help improve an athlete’s recovery.

For more informatio n visit the Bronco Sports home page.

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Bryan Talbot / The Arbiter

It’s hard to imagine living in a world of intolerence, where jobs and housing only go to straight, white people and individuals are bullied because of whom they choose
to date. 

In many examples throughout history, minorities have been oppressed by the majority, while the laws that govern allow the behavior to continue.

The most recent example of this in American history, is the events which took place in the South. Before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, de jure and de facto segregation kept African Americans from sitting at the same lunch counter or drinking from the same water fountain as white people. De jure refers to laws set by the local or national government, while de facto segregation refers more to common practices by people. 

This type of segregation has gone away though, right? Wrong.

 Many gay and transgender Idahoans are denied basic human rights, which many take for granted. These individuals experience discrimination with employment, housing, education, business and public service.  

This is appalling, as a community Boise State students shouldn’t tolerate this injustice.

 “A lot of my friends have been affected by it (discrimination),” said Amber Stiles, a sophomore at Boise State studying entrepreneurial management. “One of my friends actually lost his job because of it.”

Unfortunately, some cases are even more severe.

In a recent sentencing of participants involved with the Add the Words protests in February, two mothers took the witness stand. Both of their children were gay, both were bullied and both took their own lives.

Julie Zicha, mother of one of these children, also helps run a nonprofit organization devoted to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

“Every moment we wait we risk losing more kids,” she said.

According to Zicha, who lost her son when he was 19, these crimes stem from hatred and intolerance.

For now, gay and transgender marriage is still banned in Idaho pending an appeal by the state, which will take place in September. On May 13, the ban was overturned but the ruling held due to a request to hold the ruling until an appeal could be made by both Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.

“I think it’s critical to take an orderly approach to this case and avoid the confusion that has occurred in other states,” Wasden said in a USA Today article May 20. “Now I can focus fully on my responsibility and obligation of defending the choice Idaho voters made to define marriage eight years ago.”

Same-sex marriage may be prohibited in Idaho but these individuals are still human. They should be afforded the same  rights and protections   as everyone else; the quickest way to do this is by helping to Add the Words.