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College kids have been trickling home this week, brain-dead and bleary-eyed. What they want is a home-cooked meal and a little TLC. What they might get along with that is a parental third-degree.

High-profile stories of campus sexual assaults — and the heated debates the stories provoked — have some parents of college students worried and confused. I’ve been hearing from them since I wrote a column on the uproar over the Rolling Stone account (now considered questionable) of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia.

That left some parents worried about false charges against sons. “The murky world of sexual exploration among young people is stacked against boys and men,” the mother of a young man fretted in an email. “I am continuously astounded by how cavalier some girls can be with something as serious as a rape.”

Other parents were concerned about the safety of their daughters. The father of two female college students told me he is “worried every day” about their safety on campus; they’ll find Mace in their Christmas stockings this year. “I don’t want to frighten them,” he said, “but I don’t know what else to do.”

I thought talking with a student might put those worries in perspective. I turned to a young woman at Occidental College, in Los Angeles, a campus that spent a year in the spotlight for its clumsy handling of students’ sexual abuse reports.

Wellesley Daniels is a sophomore and senior writer for the university newspaper. I’ve read her pieces about changing the “rape culture”; they are smart and well-researched. She supports better training for college officials and more education for students. She thinks the explicit consent required by California’s new “yes means yes” law is a step in the right direction.

But the most important changes won’t happen on campuses or in courtrooms, she wrote:

“We need to stop teaching our daughters to be afraid of sex. We’ve got to stop teaching our sons that sex is something they must cleverly and painstakingly work out of a woman. We need to teach our sons and daughters that sex is fun.”

I tried a version of that years ago; it didn’t work so well. My daughter covered her ears and shouted “TMI”—too much information, and not the kind she wanted to hear from her single, middle-age mother. So I shut up and she went back to stuffing too-short skirts and too-tight tops into a suitcase bound for college.

But another stilted birds-and-bees lecture isn’t really what Daniels is talking about.

At 19, she’s a feminist; a word she said she’d never heard growing up in New York, where her high school felt “misogynistic” and girls “built their own culture with each other around the expectations of men.”

She thinks parents ought to start paying closer attention to the way social mores — including the rules of sexual engagement—have been shaped by the needs and whims of men. As our girls grow into young women, we need to help them understand the power they have but may not be prepared to exert.

“The culture says that we have to protect our daughters,” Daniels told me over breakfast at an area diner. “We’re teaching young women that the world is a scary thing and it will come at you … and you have to figure it out and respond.”

She thinks that attitude discourages young women from taking the reins in ways as public as choosing a career and as private as choosing a sexual partner.

“We ought to empower daughters to be decisive: to not just respond and react to the world, but to make their own decisions and choices—and deal with the consequences.”

Daniels feels lucky to be at Occidental, where she’s found a like-minded group of “empowered” women and felt the culture on campus shift as university officials began to better attend to sexual assault allegations by female students.

And I feel lucky as a parent to have an insider’s view of the climate on campus from someone so thoughtful and willing to be candid.

She acknowledged that male students are on the hot seat now; they worry that women are apt to cry rape when what they feel is regret.

“You can definitely find some resentment among some men in the fraternities,” Daniels said. “Those guys might be good people, but they just don’t realize the extent of the issue and how bad it really is for women.” But things are changing, as awareness of the circumstances that lead to sexual violence grows. “The younger guys on campus, they seem more respectful and careful about what they do or say.”

Daniels has the same concerns and mixed feelings that many parents have, as we consider what the road to sexual equality might look like, and what the trip might require.

I’ll let her explain it, because she’s living through the tension and the turbulence in campus dorms and classrooms and parties, and understands how hard it sometimes seems to make sense of it all:

“It’s a really weird place in the beginning of college, with people finding themselves,” she said. “People are sexually weird and awkward and we’re all just figuring it out.

“It gets really sticky when drinking’s involved; the line is totally blurred. You’re very rarely going to have ‘sober sex’ with someone you’re not dating. And it sucks if you’re that guy that really was just trying to show you liked a girl. Or you’re that girl who feels ashamed about something you shouldn’t be ashamed of.”

It’s important, she said, for the college to have a process that can punish rapists and deliver justice. “But it’s not getting to the real problem; that’s people to people and relationship to relationship. And that’s something we can’t be afraid of.”

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“Attack on Titan” is considered one of the most successful anime of all times, so it was no surprise that, after the first season, a live action movie was planned. And, finally, by the end of November 2014, the official cast for the “Attack on Titan” live action movie has been confirmed.

Because Boise State boasts so many programs and clubs closely associated with Japan and its pop culture, a large handful of students are avid anime fans and and “Attack on Titan” devotees.

While some “Attack on Titan” fans were filled with anticipation towards the reveal, most were rather disappointed with the choices of actors. Eren Jaeger will be portrayed by Haruma Miura, who is a Japanese singer and actor. The role of Mikasa Ackerman went to Kiko Mizuhara, a model and a designer of Japanese and Korean descent. Most fans expressed concern for Kanata Hongo, a Japanese actor playing Armin Arlert, who, in the manga and anime series, is supposed to be a European blonde.

Mikasa is perfect…  But Armin is terrible. Is it to difficult to dye your hair?” said Igor Cardoso, junior mechanical engineering major.

Most complaints stemmed from actors’ appearances not following canon. The only character in the series who was supposed to be Asian-looking is Mikasa. And while the fans understood that a Japanese produced film could not have just one Japanese actor, they were not satisfied with most of the characters’ Asian appearances.

I think Armin’s face is similar to the anime’s, however he will need to add contacts and hair”, said Holly Adam, junior mechanical engineering major. 

Similar comments were said about Jean Kirstein’s character portrayed by Takahira Miura,  who has a round face. This makes him look like the opposite of the original portrayal of Jean Kirstein.

“Where is the horse face?” said Dean Astarada on Manga Fox’s official Facebook page.

Moreover, many fans are confused that, among listed characters, Annie Leonhart is nowhere to be found, despite her being a significant part of Attack on Titan series.

It was also confirmed that the Attack on Titan live action movie will include at least seven new original characters. It is speculated that, among those new characters, there will be several original heroes from manga mashed together for efficiency.

For example, fans are hypothesizing that Shikishima, a new character played by Hiroki Hasegawa, is actually Levi Ackerman, as their appearances seem to be utterly similar.

Nevertheless, the fans are still pumped to see the live action movie, which is scheduled to be released during the summer of 2015.

“Based on what they have posted for the main characters, I cant judge the film yet. I think they should try to stick to manga as much as possible,” said Adam. “It all depends on how far they get into the story with this movie.”

Some seem to be suspicious and doubtful of the upcoming project after the announced movie changes.

“‘Attack on Titan’ is too long of and complex of a story for a movie. They will miss or invent things, like ‘Dragon Ball.'” said Cardoso. “Like, now they have tanks for weapons. Why do you need swords then if you have tanks?”

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Local news reports HB2, Add the Words bill, did not pass the House State Affairs committee by a vote of 13-4.

The Idaho Statesman reported that after 21 hours of hearing testimony over three days, the bill fell along party lines. The Statesman also reported that some legislators who voted to defeat the bill expressed willingness to support a “future compromise bill.”

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Last year, the Quad was the center of attention at Boise State, with angry anti-abortionists and overly passionate preachers expressing their opinions freely.

There are those who know how to use the power of free speech perfectly. They employ motivating speeches without attacking people.

On the flip side, people condemn others for being different or disagreeing with their views.

While Boise State is discussing the Quad policy, it’s difficult to take a step back and realize what’s really at stake.

Our right to express our thoughts is a powerful tool, and we should use it. When given such power, it’s important to remember not to abuse it.

It’s easy to say, “Ban the controversial speakers. They disrupt the learning environment.” By controlling what is said in the Quad, however, Boise State would infringe upon the First Amendment right to free speech.

Without the freedom of speech, America would no longer be a republic. The government relies on its citizens to speak openly and without fear of the government reprimanding them. If free speech was eradicated, we would be stuck in the world of George Orwell’s “1984,” and that’s scary.

Is it right to tell a woman that she is a baby murderer and display large, gruesome posters of aborted fetuses while she is walking to class or an exam? Is it fair to a homosexual to say he is going to hell for loving someone of the same sex?

Believe me, I was deeply offended by comments made by the protestors. I was told that I should not be in college because of my gender, and that, instead, I should be at home taking care of a man and his children. This was a Christian preacher talking down to a fellow Christian. It was very appalling, to say the least, and goes against the core values of the religion.

I would love it if I had never heard those comments on my way to take a test. I’m sure plenty of students felt the same way.

It’s the price of free speech.

People speaking need to realize that not everyone shares similar views.  For those of us who might not necessarily enjoy being scrutinized for various reasons, we’ll just have to buck up and endure.

The minute we start to regulate offensive arguments is the minute we give up our right to free speech.

Student Voices 

Question: Should free speech be regulated on campus? Why/why not?

Caitlin Hayden

Caitlin Hayden, junior marketing major

“I’ve had a similar experience (to Canestro’s) where you’re walking through the Quad or you kind of get attacked—it feels like—by certain groups that almost take it upon themselves to rather than sharing their message to educate others about what they believe, they really take it a step too far; they start attacking individuals that maybe don’t align specifically with their ideals and beliefs. I think we need to appreciate the opportunity that we have with free speech, take advantage of it, speak about what we do believe in and what what’s important to us, we can’t just ignore the fact that we have that right in this country, we really should appreciate that we have that.”

Alyssa Canestro

Alyssa Canestro, senior health science major

“I appreciate free speech, I think it’s something beautiful we as a country share however I do think people take it a step too far, especially when we have people who are angry  about religion and yelling at students, it makes me feel uncomfortable when we’re here to get an education, we’re here to make up our own ideas about the world I personally don’t feel comfortable walking by and I’m wearing my sorority letters and someone is calling me a whore. That’s when I don’t feel like going to school. It’s not something I want to hear when I’m on campus.”

Lane Mentaberry

Lane Mentaberry, freshman business major

“No, I don’t think it should be regulated. Everyone is an adult and everyone has freedom of speech so you can say what you want to say where you want to say it, it doesn’t need to be regulated by the school at all.”

Connor Demond

Connor Demond, freshman business major

“I don’t think it should be. We’re all adults. Of course, if it’s going to be offensive you’re going to get in trouble for it just like you would in the regular world and it’s already regulated to a certain extent.”

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It wasn’t until 1990 that Idaho became the 47th state to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a state holiday.

An article published by the Boise Weekly, titled “Idaho Late to the Party to Celebrate Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” explained that, in order to pacify legislators opposed to honoring King, it was decided that the third Monday of January would be known as “Idaho Human Rights Day.”

According to Andrew Geske, student support coordinator for the Multicultural Student Diversity Center, grouping both days together is a sign of disrespect to the civil rights movement which King began.

“Racism is a big enough problem in American society and Idaho culture specifically,” Geske said. “We should give as much time as possible to discussing it, showcasing it, learning how to talk about it and recognizing the people who fought against it.”

Having what is normally Martin Luther King Jr. Day be celebrated as Idaho Human Rights Day, Geske believes, detracts from what people should be focusing on.

“Martin Luther King Jr. did not fight against sexism in particular or homophobia in particular; he fought against racism in particular. That was the civil rights movement,” Geske said. “I think it does him a great disservice. It’s a very diluted idea about what Martin Luther King Jr. was about.”

Ro Parker, program coordinator for the Multicultural Student Diversity Center, believes having a Human Rights Day in Idaho is well intended but agrees with Geske.

“I don’t think that people will think they’re covering (Martin Luther King Day) up with Human Rights Day,” Parker said. “But I think that is the outcome of it, it covers it up. I think the intent versus outcome is not being looked at here.”

According to Parker, there is an institutionalized racism which exists in everything, from the media to the job someone wishes to apply for.

She explained that, until people can learn how to talk about issues such as racism, it will never go away.

“When we do trainings we sometimes ask people, ‘How many here have been told that if you talk about race you’re a racist?’ Pretty much everyone raises their hand,” Parker said. “I think whether that’s explicitly what they’ve been told or not, that’s the message that a lot of people receive.”

For Reverend C.T. Vivian, who participated in rallies with King and was the keynote speaker invited to Boise State Jan. 26, it makes no difference what the day is called.

“It doesn’t matter what day it is. Is it celebrated?” Vivian said. “It matters only that you do it.”

The Women’s Center refused to comment when asked for their opinion on having Martin Luther King Day separate from Idaho Human Rights Day.

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About 140 people gathered in the Jordan Ballroom to hear civil rights activist Reverend C. T. Vivian speak in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Vivian spoke on Jan. 26, eight days after Idaho Human Rights Day. Vivian received a standing ovation before he even spoke about civil rights, Dr. King himself and how society should approach social issues.

America has a long way to go.

Social movements require non-violent direct action

“It’s interesting that the worst thing in our culture was really racism,” Vivian said in an interview with The Arbiter. “It’s a denial of our democracy. It’s a denial of our faiths, all of them. It’s the worst thing about our culture and what changed it was ministers. It wasn’t law.”

For Vivian, King lead a moral and spiritual movement for Civil Rights. While there were laws that advocated for civil rights, Vivian said they were not always followed.

While most of America has overcome outright racism, according to Vivian, King’s social movement philosophies are still applicable in today’s social movements.

“You can’t catch Martin or why he’s important if you don’t understand non-violent direct action,” Vivian said. “He solved the problem. We taught people how to win without blowing your mind or blowing your head or somebody else’s head.”

Society needs moral and spiritual values

King gave us the answer to leading social movements to solve social issues, howeer all of the issues haven’t been solved.

As a minister, Vivian holds strong to the importance of having moral and spiritual values that are not necessarily associated with any particular religion.

“There used to be a time where all of us, I mean the whole nation, was concerned with moral and spiritual values. That is not true today,” Vivian said. “I believe, of course, that the greatest value of all is love. The less people love each other, the less people like each other, the less people see our humanity in each other, the less likely we are to be as human as we need be to really make a meaningful culture.”

According to Vivian, America has the tools to lead social movements and affect change because of non-violent action taught and demonstrated by King. However, without the purpose of love felt by both parties, problems will remain unsolved.

In addition to love, Vivian acknowledged social movements require suffering.

“If you suffered, you got it. If you suffered, you knew you’d want to do anything to get rid of that (suffering). That makes a lot of difference,” Vivian said.

Where we need to go in current movements

Tania Torres, sophomore elementary and bi-lingual education major at CWI, and Lindsey Paynter, senior biology major at Boise State, said they appreciated Vivian’s focal point of non-violent action in his keynote address, because they are seeing it in social movements today like those for Michael Brown.

“I feel we need to continue to do that and we need to continue to do that and organize together and fight for our common cause,” Paynter said.

Torres and Paynter said they feel this peaceful organization is something students who didn’t attend Vivian’s speech should know about.

They also felt that a lack of awareness is detrimental to social movements and change in today’s society.

“I think what society is doing wrong is they’re not really aware of things that are going on,” Torres said. “There are just so many distractions now-a-days that. We have so much knowledge available to us like on the Internet and stuff and nobody’s really using that to their advantage.”

As Vivian said, a lack of love is also stopping change.

“You have to understand finally without love you won’t remain non-violent and use it in all parts of life. That’s the ultimate goal,” Vivian said. “For 2,000 years, we’ve been taught it and still don’t want it. When I say don’t want it, I mean we haven’t made certain it’s the number one thing in our lives. We go to churches where we tell ourselves ‘Oh yes, he’s Jesus and he loves and the greatest love of all…’ But when it comes down to living it, we haven’t gotten there in 2,000 years, which says we haven’t tried very hard.”

Where we need to go in the future

Beside love, according to Vivian, America, and to a larger extent the world, needs to revisit their moral and spiritual values.

“Violence. Materialism. We’ve almost forgot what moral and spiritual understandings are,” Vivian said. “Moral and spiritual understandings are the base of everything to create a meaningful culture. And we’re so materialistic that we’ve almost forgot how to be human.”

Vivian said, while the past is important, one thing society doesn’t do enough of is look toward the future. Social movements are about moving forward. For Vivian, some of them suffer before they are even acted upon.

“Although we have a great movement, we very seldom talk about the future of mankind,” Vivian said. “As soon as we start talking about the depths of something, we generally think of it as not going to make it, so we don’t talk about the future in a meaningful human way.”


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Online Testing Center manager

As college students it’s difficult to always make good health decisions. However maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a great way to help you achieve your best throughout the semester.

When you are healthy your brain is working at full capacity, memories are clearer, problem solving skills are faster and you have more energy to help you tackle the long day ahead.

It’s important to start the morning with a hearty breakfast and plan ahead for good meals and snacks throughout the day. Make sure to drink tons of water to maintain hydration and energy.

Setting up a regular exercise routine is beneficial too as it assists in reducing stress and keeps your body strong.

As college students it can be difficult to maintain regular sleep schedules but that is one of the most important parts of keeping a healthy routine. Make sure to give yourself a good seven to eight hours of sleep every night and try to maintain the same bedtime and wake-up hours.

Pulling all-nighters and binge sleeping on the weekends is not a good practice as it just knocks your sleep schedule off kilter.

If you have questions about improving your health be sure to use the resources that Boise State provides such as the annual Health Fair, The Rec and Health Services.

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Baseball season is still a few months away, but when members of the Colorado Rockies descended on Boise, it felt like opening day.

Manager Walt Weiss, outfielder Charlie Blackmon and first baseman Justin Morneau all came to Boise in an effort to promote the Colorado Rockies new partnership with the Boise Hawks.

“They have been nothing but great to us since we signed the deal,” Boise Hawks president Todd Rahr said. “We are excited to have them as our parent club.”

The Rockies became the Hawks new affiliate after the Chicago Cubs dropped Boise last September. In an unprecedented move ,the Rockies informed the Hawks they were coming down to visit the organization and the city.

“We feel it’s important to lay roots in some of the communities that our affiliates are going to be in,” Weiss said. “It’s important to reach out and personalize the relationships with both the clubs and its fans.”

Upon arriving in Boise, the Rockies contingent got to tour downtown before heading to the Boise Basque Center to meet up with many fans. There the team signed autographs and took pictures with all in attendance.

“People have been so nice welcoming us in like this,” Morneau said. “We have really been enjoying our stay, and it’s really been a lot of fun. What a great experience.”

Blackmon is familiar with the Hawks after playing for Boise’s conference rival, the Tri-City Dust Devils. He said it was a great opportunity to return to Boise.

“The Northwest is pretty special to me because it’s where I got my start in professional baseball,”  Blackmon said. “It’s where I developed my game to get me where I am today.”

During his time with the Dust Devils, Blackmon had very fond memories visiting Boise.

“I always looked forward to coming to Boise to play the Hawks,” Blackmon said. “There were just so many great things to do here like visit the famous Smurf Turf.”

Due to their tight schedule, the team wasn’t able to see The Blue or stay very long, much to their dismay.

“I wish we could have stayed here longer,” Morneau said. “We are not here as long as we would have liked to be. We wanted to see more of what Boise had to offer.”

The Hawks are hoping to have a long, prosperous relationship with the Colorado Rockies, and both parties agree the partnership makes sense.

“It makes a lot of sense geographically,” Weiss said. “It’s a perfect fit and  a beautiful city. It’s going to be a great minor league town for our kids.”

The Rockies also feel that this partnership is going to make their organization better in the long run.

“It’s important because we can more closely follow the kids that are coming up through our own system,” Morneau said. “You get to establish those relationships and connections early on with them.”

With the change, the Hawks are hoping to not only bring more fans to them but to the Rockies
as well.

“One of the residual effects of having any major league team is having your fans become a part of their fan base,” Rahr said. “We are very confident that if we have a long-term relationship with them, this is going to become a Rockies town.”

The Hawks open their season on June 18 against Tri-City at Memorial Stadium in Boise.



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This letter to the editor was written in response to the article titled “Policy for speech in the Boise State Quad remains undecided” published in the Jan. 11 issue of The Arbiter.

Wuthrich is right. Free speech needs to be protected.

Like many students last semester, I was discouraged to see and hear the offensive and deconstructive speech that was spoken by some speakers in the Quad. I was also discouraged by hearing students, instead of speaking respectfully, resorting to the same base tactics of name calling and harassment that the speakers showed. But, while some events and exchanges might have been unpleasant, I find that that reaction by some students to try to regulate free speech the most disappointing.

The whole purpose in a university can be found in its name—a combination of “unity” and “diversity.” Everyone united under one name yet each sharing differing viewpoints on the world. To start to regulate and ban free speech teaches students a very dangerous lesson, that they have the right not to be offended.

Nowhere in any of our laws is there a right to be unoffended. No matter what life path we might take, we are always going to offend or run into someone who might offend us, whether it be what we say or the lifestyle we live.

Instead of having a knee-jerk reaction to controversial issues, it benefits students as a whole to be exposed to these differing viewpoints. As the old saying goes, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies even closer.” It benefits students to know how the opposing side to their viewpoint thinks. It trains them how to react and debate these issues in life and in the workforce.

Just simply shutting down alternate viewpoints just because they might be “offensive” does nothing to train their minds to deal with and solve problems in life. I applaud Dean Wutrich in his defense of free speech and hope that in the future, Boise State will encourage even more free exchange of ideas and make the university the marketplace of ideas it’s meant to be.

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As Sunday draws closer, many students are finishing their final Super Bowl preparations; perfecting their guacamole dip, rearranging their living rooms for seating and snack placement, and ordering every type Pizza Hut wing possible.

Other students look on with disregard.  After all, football is not everyone’s favorite thing, even if that is what the “American tradition” would have us believe.

Even so, there are multiple ways to enjoy the coming weekend’s festivities.

Texas bookstore manager Rey Hernandez usually avoids the Super Bowl altogether, replacing it with an annual viewing of Animal Planet’s “Puppy  Bowl.”

The program features adoptable puppies of various breeds battling it out, as much as puppies can battle, to become the victors.  When the dogs tire of batting toys around the enclosure, the screen is graced by a halftime kitten show.

You really just have to decide whether your forte is padded men or furry friends.

“For my whole life, I’ve never been a sports fan,” Hernandez said.  “It’s all overdone.  But the “Puppy Bowl” is just hilarious.”

But, two hours of playful animals is not the sole way to enjoy the football weekend.  Those that attend a Super Bowl get together can draw multiple forms of entertainment from the event.

Junior Utah Valley University fine arts major, Kate Manning, plans on attending a Super Bowl party “for free food, beer and commercials.”

Free things are always nice, and Super Bowl parties are fairly lengthy to begin with.  So, with a little planning, one could easily arrange a day devoid of substantial meals and substantial spending.

Take the money you would have spent on meals and get yourself something nice.  Latex gloves could act as a barrier between your fingers and Doritos dust, and a tasteful beanie could potentially block out some of the impending Patriots and Seahawks chants.

Manning spends a large portion of her time on the Internet and among various social media sites, Super Bowl commercial jokes will be prevalent for the next week or so.

“It’s nice to get the references to commercials and halftime shows,” Manning said.

And, as a bonus, Katy Perry is performing at Sunday’s halftime show.  The incentives have built themselves in.

Senior communication major Tiana Matson enjoys all things football and participates in Super Bowl festivities annually.  She suggested that non-sports enthusiasts attend solely for the social benefits.

“It’s a great place to pick up guys,” Matson said.  “Not every guy is interested in the game, so you gotta stake out the right one.”

Romantic endeavors included, these parties are great places to build stronger social connections.  One doesn’t necessarily have to enjoy sports in any facet in order to enjoy their time with friends.

And, if your closest friends aren’t attending, utilize one of these parties as a social experiment.  Gauge the level of excitement for each guest, rate their reactions and, at the end, determine who is, in fact, the biggest sports fan of the group.

“My family enjoys watching football games with me because I freak out,” Matson said.

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Moving across the entire country into a new home and new life can be a hard transition. For senior Camille Redmon, joining the Boise State women’s basketball team has made that drastic life change easier and has given her a new Bronco family.

Redmon, a center, transferred from Purdue in the spring of 2014 to play basketball for the Broncos.

Redmon made the decision in order to grow as a basketball player.

“It was a personal growth thing. I love my family at Purdue but I realized that I wasn’t going in the direction that I needed to.” Redmon said. “An opportunity opened up here at Boise State. I took it and it has been a great decision.”

Redmon was one of the last players to be added to the Broncos’ roster.

“It’s been great. I’ve had really good reception from all my teammates and coaches especially being a last-minute edition,” Redmon said. “It was kind of unexpected but I feel like I fit into the program really well and fill in some of the holes that
they had.”

Head coach Gordy Presnell and the rest of the Boise State team were excited about the transfer.

“We knew we were getting a great player because Purdue has a great program,”  Presnell said. “She’s a really great kid and it’s been really fun to be a part of her life. In just a short period of time she’s going to get her masters degree so we’re real fortunate she’s here.”

After coming from Purdue’s strict culture, Redmon has found Boise State to be a much more relaxed and refreshing.

“I say it’s a lot more relaxed. Coach Presnell is a very chill guy,” Redmon said. “He has so much confidence in us, and it’s a good balance because I’m used to intense, always-on-you coaching. So it’s been a big difference.”

Redmon is currently seeking her master’s degree in athletic administration.

After college, Redmon hopes to become a communications coordinator and stay involved in basketball and collegiate sports.

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Sleep can be a fickle mistress. Recently several news outlet including The Guardian, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have given the Sleep Cycle app a lot of attention for its official claim to “use a 30-minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.”

Although the claim is probably true, there is no science proving that waking up at a lighter sleep cycle actually makes a user feel better.

“(The Sleep Cycle app’s) claim is waking you up at one stage of sleep is better than waking you up at another stage of sleep,” said Richardo Refinetti,  Psychology Department head. “What I know about sleep is: the more sleep the better. As far as we know, people who are using an alarm clock probably aren’t sleeping enough, so if you’re sleeping less, getting more sleep should be better not worse.”

According to Refinetti, the 30 minute alarm window that the Sleep Cycle App uses just deprives the user of precious minutes of extra sleep, by waking them up earlier than necessary. There is no scientific studies that supports the REM cycle-focused conclusion that waking up in lighter sleep cycle will lift the user’s mood or make them feel less groggy.

“The two components of sleep are both different, but they are both needed. I don’t see how waking up in one to preserve the other would help anything,” Refinetti said. “The merit of the device rests on whether really you will feel better when you wake up during light sleep versus heavy sleep. I don’t know of any evidence of that.”

Setting this aside, it is probable that the Sleep Cycle app is able to pick up on your sleeping patterns using vibrations. The biggest obstacle according to Refinetti would be getting a phone to accurately measure those vibrations.

“The standard way to measure the stages of sleep is to take a person to the lab to measure the electrodes in their head,” Refinetti said. “Of course people thought, instead of bringing people to the lab what if we use these things that exist already (like wristbands that measure movement) to measure sleep.”

When comparing brain waves in labs with movement sensitive equipment, scientists found that about 80 percent of the time the equipment matched with the lab’s conclusions.

Refinetti explained that a large part of the hype around the Sleep Cycle app’s success could be a placebo effect.

“A big thing with mood disorders is that the placebo effect is gigantic. In many cases when people do studies introducing drugs, you compare the placebo with the drug and almost half the patients get better with just the sugar pill,” Refinetti said. “Given that, placebo is a big thing when you’re talking about feeling good and feeling bad.”

For students who want to try out the app on their own, it is 99 cents and runs on Android or iOS.

“The concept is not absurd,” Refinetti said. “I just don’t think there is any research at this point to actually prove it to be true.”

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The Flappers and Dappers Casino Night Friday was like being teleported back in time. On the night of Jan. 27 poker, live music, a hazy atmosphere and dressed-up students gave the Simplot Ballroom the feel of a 1920s  speakeasy.

After walking through the entrance, students were greeted with sounds from the Jack Hales Jazz Trio. A neon sign hanging behind them cut through the murky haze.

“It was great seeing everything come together and such a great turnout at the event,” said Derrick Lawter, Student Union program assistant. “I think it shows that the Student Union has the capabilities to put on programs of this scale in the future that students really enjoy.”

Students dressed up to represent the swinging fashion of the 20s. Each attendee received 25 tickets at the door to use as chips to gamble with.  Casino games like Blackjack, Craps, Roulette and Texas Hold’em, were available to students  to try their luck and earn more tickets.

The tickets could then be used to enter to win a number of prizes: Beats headphones, a Google Android tablet, bluetooth speakers and many other prizes.

Throughout the room, guests were crowded around the casino tables watching who was going to hit it big or lose it all.

“This is the first time that I have ever seen a gambling event at BSU,” said Tommy Muller, senior at Boise State. “I wish they would have more like it.”

The dance floor was located front and center in the room and never seemed to empty.  Students conversed on what prizes they hoped to win, who won in the end or who lost the most tickets.

This event was put on by the Student Union staff with the intention of creating an annual program that will get the students more involved in the SUB.

By midnight, more than 355 students were participating in the casino games, according to Elise Afford, associate director of the Student Union.

The majority of the students who attended said they wished that an event like this had been put on sooner. They hope that there will be one again soon so that they could bring friends.

“Seeing how many people came out to the event was extremely rewarding for myself and the other members of the team that helped plan the event,” said Kyle Prewett, Student Union program assistant. “We wanted this to be one of the best events of the year, and seeing a large turnout and people really enjoying themselves was great.”

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You can buy a MacBook Air for around $800. You can also buy 80 movie tickets or 800 cans of Arizona tea. Instead of buying any of these items, Ben Chafetz, sophomore electrical engineering major, was forced to spend $800 on textbooks for this Spring semester.

The American Enterprise Institute, a think tank dedicated to research on government, economics and politics, reports that college textbook prices have increased faster than tuition, health care costs and housing in the past three decades. This totals an 812 percent increase in the price of college textbooks since 1978.

The increasing cost of textbooks has been associated with the development of products that accompany textbooks, like study guides, online homework and quizzes.

Textbook Publishing Industry

Three major textbook publishers, Pearson, Mcgraw-Hill Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt control a vast amount of the textbook market.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group recently released a report detailing how to “fix the broken textbook market.” It claimed that high textbook prices stem from a fundamental flaw in the publishing industry.

“In a typical market, there is a direct relationship between consumer and provider,” Ethan Senack, author of the report, wrote. “The consumer exercises control over prices by choosing to purchase products that are a good value, and the competition forces producers to lower costs and meet demand. In the textbook industry, no such system of checks and balances exists.”

Professors choose what textbooks students need, and students, in turn, have to pay the set forth price.

In 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act was enacted.

It reauthorized the amended version of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and gave some of the power back to students and professors.

According to the Student Public Interest Research Group, an organization associated with the U.S. PIRG, the act requires “publishers to disclose prices and revision information when marketing textbooks to professors, offer all of the items in textbook bundles for sale separately, and also requires colleges to provide the list of assigned textbooks for each course during registration.” This way students can shop around for the best deals.

New Editions

Textbook publishers release new editions of textbooks about every three or four years depending on the type of book and what field it is in.

“If it’s a computer science textbook or technology related, it’s got to be released more rapidly to remain relevant,” Shannon said. “If it’s a history book, new editions wouldn’t be released as often.”

New editions are released to sell more books and make the publishers more money.

“Every time a new edition comes out it’s tweaked to improve it somewhere by either adding content, deleted content, adding ancillary materials or a combination of these methods,” Shannon said.

Chafetz thinks new editions of textbooks are released too often but that the practice makes sense.

“Everybody’s got to make a living,” he said. “They’ll keep releasing new editions that haven’t really changed except for a few parts. They need to make money. I understand why it’s happening. They’re trying to stay in the market. It’s actually pretty clever: clever but scummy.”

Cost to Students

According to College Board, “The yearly books-and-supplies estimate for the average student at a four-year public college is about $1,200.”

Chafetz was assigned textbooks for four of his five classes and purchased most of them through Amazon. He bought these textbooks using money he had acquired from the FAFSA, money he’ll eventually have to pay back. In an effort to decrease costs, he bought eBooks and used books when possible and plans on selling them on craigslist or eBay once the semester is over.

Students like Chafetz are being forced to come up with creative ideas to alleviate the high cost of textbooks.

Those not able to find a solution to their financial woe or scrounge up enough money for textbooks simply go without.

The Student PIRG conducted a survey of 2,039 students from more than 150 different university campuses during the fall of 2013.

They found that, “65 percent of students said that they had decided against buying a textbook because it was too expensive.”

Chafetz has considered this option at various points but always decided against. He figured the books were worth it. He’ll soon find out.

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Inversion, cold weather, and long visits with extended family can make winter a rough season for students to function in. What started out as a College Humor video has began to catch on as a trend called Winter Cling.

According to the originating video, an ideal Winter Cling is someone who is heavier set, and has a lot of warm blankets in their apartment, making it easier to huddle for warm and not feel bad about the holiday weight that is inevitable for some people. It is also optional for them to have a HBO go password and an apartment closer to your place of work.

“(Winter Cling is preferable) for some students because they go through the winter doldrums and just want someone to cuddle up to,” said Derek Bohm, sophomore kinesiology major.

For Bohm who is an outdoor person, winter presents a challenge because the cold keeps him from doing the activities he loves. Instead he often finds himself trapped indoors. This vacuum of time and happiness; however, could be best used with a winter cling.

“Some research has shown that even if we’re high on the personality trait of neuroticism by being in a loving romantic relationship it can be very beneficial to us and can reduce levels of neuroticism,” said Kimberly Hardy, assistant professor of psychology. “I’d say that people dealing with seasonal affective disorder might be able to gain from having that social support and loving relationship to a greater extent than they would during the summer.”

According to Hardy, the body releases a chemical called oxytocin, a social bonding hormone, while cuddling which makes us feel “really happy, really relaxed, and really good.” Because of this, hormonally a Winter Cling could create an easier alternative than hibernating solo for students to get through the long cold months of winter.

“Just looking outside today with the fog it makes me I want to be at home in bed, I don’t want to do anything, there isn’t that motivation to go out for a hike,” Hardy said. “When we’re more active we’re going to feel happier, we’re going to feel healthier but if we’re kind of just sitting at home alone that can make us feel more depressed.”

While the winter cling creates a great alternative to paying for your own HBO Go account and buying a cooking-for-one recipe book, it can also get you off scott-free with pesky parents who have an increasing obsession with your ability to create offspring.

“I’m sure that a lot of people go through that were they’re not seeing anybody and their parents are like ‘When are you going to bring someone home?’” Hardy said. “‘When are you going to start having

Unfortunately, according to Hardy, a year long committed relationship is the most beneficial relationship hormonally, and is usually found to be more satisfying to the demands of the vulture like family that hangs out at your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner celebrations.

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Igor Hadziomerovic is the 6th man for the Boise State Broncos this season.

After late second half wins against UNLV and Colorado State, the argument could be made to rename Taco Bell Arena ‘Heart Attack City.’

Just as the Boise State men’s basketball team was able to bounce back from a 0-3 start in MW conference play, the Broncos have become adept at closing out close games with exciting finishes.

“What a great MW college basketball game,” head coach Leon Rice said. “Every time I come in here, I’m like ‘how good are these games.’”

While expected stars Derrick Marks—25 points in the final 15 minutes of the 82-78 win over Colorado State—and James Webb III provide the excitement and the big plays for Boise State, but it is the lesser known stars that make the difference.

Reserve players Igor Hadziomerovic, Jake Ness and Rob Heyer—guys who will hardly steal headlines—provided the clinching plays that have contributed to the Broncos ‘five-game win streak.

“Their roles are just as important in the reason why we are winning,” Rice said. “Derrick isn’t the player he is if the players aren’t complementing him in the way that they are.”

Ness, who played substantial minutes for the first time this season against the Rams, is also quick to avoid the spotlight.

“It doesn’t matter if they are in the spotlight and I’m behind, because I know we put in the same amount of work,” Ness said. “It doesn’t matter who the glory goes to because we’re all one team.”

Late games spelled doom for the Broncos last season, but now that the Broncos have broken free from their curse, they’re diving deeper into the final stretch of MW play with the hope of clinching a spot to the NCAA Tournament.

The Broncos now sit one game behind first place in the MW. Coming up in the next week are games against Utah State, who won a 69-67 match-up against the Broncos earlier in the season off a buzzer beater. The Broncos will also face San Diego State for the first time this season on Feb. 8.

“We have to keep working hard and stay committed to each other,” redshirt junior guard Mikey Thompson said. “We can’t have any mental lapses and win one game at a time.”

The Boise State Broncos were able to upset #24 Colorado State 82-78. With the win the Broncos have won five in a row and are tied for third in the MW standings.

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“American Sniper is lighting up the box office with over 200 million dollars in the United States alone, and, in addition, the film has six Oscar nominations. It goes without saying there is a lot of hype surrounding this film.

So does this movie live up to all the hype? Yes it does–for the most part. While it is no “Saving Private Ryan,” “American Sniper” is a refreshing take on the war genre of film and focuses on the psyche of war that few movies have taken on over the years.

I really loved how the film was able to focus on the humanity of war and what it does to a person like Chris Kyle. The movie could have focused solely on Kyle’s being the most deadly sniper in American history and the glory found in his war tactics. But, It didn’t, and I loved how director Clint Eastwood didn’t fall in that typical war movie trap. Eastwood was instead able to bring out the human condition of war that many people don’t often think of. His focus on PTSD was an excellent choice and definitely added more layers to the film by bringing humanity to Kyle’s character.

The portrayal of Kyle is done magnificently by star Bradley Cooper.  Cooper shines in the role and does a terrific job of bringing Kyle’s war torn soul to life. He is certainly deserving of his best actor Oscar nomination.

While the movie does bring up and mention Kyle’s mental toll, it doesn’t follow it through all the way.  The film could have gone deeper and, at times, feels like it only scratches the surface of this man’s psyche. Why does he choose to go back to war over and over again while ignoring his family’s pleas to stay home? Issues like these could have been better explored in the film.

The film has many nail biting and tense war scenes to go along with Kyle’s emotional journey. This gives the film a nice, steady balance. The film explores several moral dilemmas, including an intensified scene where Kyle has to decide whether or not to shoot a mom and her son that appear to be threatening a platoon of soldiers.

Overall, “American Sniper is a well-acted and well-told story of Chris Kyle’s military accomplishments in the field of battle. Its emotional exploration of what Kyle goes through brings out the true human spark that we don’t see often in war.


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Green trends and reminders are everywhere, from metal water bottles decorated with planet stickers to burlap grocery sacks adorned with leaves and hearts. But, for busy students like Katie Dymock, environmental conscious living is not the highest priority.

“I’m aware that it is super-duper trendy right now, but (green living) is not something I go out of my way to do,” said senior graphic design major Dymock. “It’s kind of a pain in the butt to live a green life. It’s like dieting; it takes focus I do not possess.”

Despite her lack of drive toward active participation within the green movement, Dymock did notice, at least for Boise residents, being environmentally friendly is made fairly easy and rather effective.

She has noticed ample, labeled recycling bins around campus, as well as green alternatives for everyday items.  Dymock often collects and utilizes recycled notepads for her design sketches.

“It’s not all shoved down my throat, which is nice,” Dymock said.

Associate professor in the Economics Department and director of the environmental studies program Scott Lowe explained, as a whole, Boise is in a much better situation compared to other budding cities or sprawling urban areas.

“We’re already going in the right direction,” Lowe said.  “Idaho’s power relies mostly on hydroelectric and geothermal sources.  Most of our heating and cooling is already energy efficient.”

According to Lowe, this energy setting is a great base plate for further improvement. 

He found, even with advanced energy resources, Boise State students can find ways to improve their environmental impact, even if their efforts are small.

“I try to carpool and not drive as much,” freshman undeclared major Katie Swofford said. “I also only print things if I really need them.”

Lowe suggested that students start small and making increasingly larger changes.  They can begin by recycling all possible waste or choosing food items without excess wrapping.  This can be expanded upon by eating only from reusable dishes or aiming for local plant-based meals to reduce the fossil fuel waste that comes with excessive transportation or meat production.

He stressed that students be conscious of where their products come from. Low fuel costs might not reflect the “green” identity of a new, supposedly innovative battery or package of factory-processed food.

Dymock prefers to contribute her own green efforts whenever it is most convenient or easiest for her to remember.  She explained, upon occasion, she doesn’t contribute as much as she would like.

“Thats what the holy green crusaders are for,” Dymock said.  “They’re there to make up for the rest of us slackers.”

According to Lowe, change cannot come from a handful of environmental warriors.  Education is key to bringing change and inspiring ripples of small lifestyle tweaks.

“There is no individual solution,” Lowe said.  “It all comes from encouraging others.  It might seem like a drop in the bucket, but 20,000 drops fills it up.”

Lowe continued to explain that 20,000 students could each recycle a single piece of paper and make a huge difference.  They could, in turn, each inspire one friend and one family member to do the same, tripling the effect of their actions.

“It’s about communication,” Lowe said.

He explained, instead of focusing on large-scale projects, though they are useful in their own veins, students should make educating their peers about the ease of green living a higher priority.  Students should, in his opinion, focus on spreading the word and contributing to the movement, even minimally, instead of waiting for large-scale projects to make immediate changes.

Lowe stressed that, if Boise can live similarly to other cities while still mainly making use of green energy, so can other cities.

“It’s an indicator that we all can do this and that life isn’t all that much different,” Lowe said.

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The Broncos got a big win over Wyoming on senior night.

Halfway through their season, diving into the MW championship, the Boise State swimming team took down Wyoming with a score of 189.5-110.5.

With the win the Bronco were also able to avenge their loss they suffered to the same team last season.

“I feel like we definitely see them as one of our main rivals, especially since they are in the same conference as us,” junior Sam Wicks said. “It’s promising seeing how well we did today.”

Wicks played a major role in beating Wyoming, with taking first in the 200 yard freestyle relay, the 100 yard backstroke, the 100 yard freestyle and the 200 yard individual medley.

This victory made for the team’s 17th consecutive home victory over the past four years.

“We only host three or four meets a season,” head coach Kristin Hill said. “We bring in some good teams. We beat Utah in October, and Wyoming beat us last year. To be able to win here by so much was a good accomplishment.”

The meet also served as the team’s senior night. The Broncos recognized their  seniors Emily Blasko, Jessica Bottelberghe, Nikki Cannon, Heather Harper, Sydney Johansen and Erin Kohlbeck. The seniors have all been instrumental in the recent success of the program, that includes a MW championship last season.

The team has shown massive improvements over the season after facing some of the best teams in the nation.

“We were fast in November in the Texas Invitational,” Hill said. “I say that we are on our way to being much better than that in three-and-a-half weeks at our championships. This is the best team we’ve had as a program.”

With the season more than half over, the championship meet is more in focus than ever before.

“We won by a lot, and I think the score reflects our strength as a team,” Hill said. “This is a dual meet setting, and we have some great strength, but I think we’re even better in a championship setting.”

The next home meet will be against Nevada at the Boise West YMCA on Saturday Jan. 31.

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Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho’s state congress are back in action with the kick off of Idaho’s legislative session Jan. 12.

In the State of the State and Budget Address, Otter put forth the most important things the legislature should focus on this year: education, infrastructure, health insurance and same-sex marriage.

According to Otter these are issues that the legislature needs to act “not in careless haste but with all appropriate dispatch.”


The theme of Otter’s address this year was “Idaho learns.”

“We learned the value of being more frugal and accountable with taxpayer resources during the Great Recession,” Otter said. “We learned the value of preparation and consensus building during our discussions concerning transportation funding. We learned the value of process and inclusion during our efforts to improve education. And we have learned that even the best intentions and plans must be carried out with equal attention to detail and public perceptions from our contract experience with the Idaho Education Network.”

In his third term, Otter is hoping to make significant changes in education using the last eight years of experience as a starting point.

“The kind and quality of courses and the level of instruction provided by the IEN truly is staggering,” Otter said. “I believe its value is beyond question.”

The goal from this session is rebidding the contracts involved in the IEN and recommending that the legislation and State Board of Education find a way to fully fund the IEN by 2016.

What this means

Otter is looking to add more money to the education budget this year. The legislature will be focusing on expanding K to Career, successfully creating the Idaho Education Network wi-fi program in public schools and finalizing the Idaho Teacher Career Ladder incentive.


“The biggest of the big-ticket items in our infrastructure inventory is our long-term, multibillion-dollar investment in Idaho’s roads and bridges,” Otter said. “And if Idaho learns means anything at all, it’s time for us to address that elephant in the room.”

According to Otter, the improvement will be better for Idaho businesses and bringing business into the state.

“We know that after education, investing in infrastructure is among the smartest, most cost-effective and frankly essential uses of taxpayer dollars to promote the public’s general welfare and sustain economic growth,” Otter said.

To achieve the growth and expansion in education and infrastructure, expect some changes to be made to Idaho taxation.

According to Otter, this will take Idaho’s tax system from its current “hodgepodge of taxing authorities” to “one of the best in the nation.”

What this means

Expect more road work this summer and the coming months should infrastructure bills pass in addition to road work already in progress, such as the Broadway overpass.


Otter hopes to solidify the Idaho healthcare marketplace, Your Health Idaho.

“After some initial trials, Idaho now is successfully running its own insurance exchange cheaper, more efficiently, with less staff and with better service than the national system that over-promised and profoundly under-delivered,” Otter said. “The marketplace is the key to how Idaho is advancing our goal of making healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Idahoans.”

What this means

Otter is proud of how well Your Health Idaho is doing, but there are always improvements that can be made. This year, the legislature will continue to make Your Health Idaho a tool to be used by young and old. It will be used to ensure that all Idahoans can and will be covered with health insurance, but most specifically Idaho health insurance not federal Affordable Care Act insurance.

Same-Sex Marriage

The hot topic back this session is same-sex marriage and the proposed bill Add the Words

Otter will use this session to overturn the decision made in October 2014 legalizing same-sex marriage in Idaho.  His stance is that it violates the state constitution. The 2006 amendment defines marriage between a man and woman as the only “domestic legal union” recognized in Idaho. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing Otter’s appeal.

“I will continue to do all that I can to uphold my oath and defend our Idaho Constitution,” he said.

What this means

On his own time this session, Otter will look to appeal the decision allowing same-sex couples to marry in Idaho in hopes of getting it overturned.


First on the agenda:

Already bills are starting to trickle in, some to keep an eye on include:

H1: House Bill 1 aimed to designate the Idaho Giant Salamander as Idaho’s official state amphibian. This bill was rejected by a 10-6 vote. The bill was first introduced five years ago by now 14-year-old Ilah Hickman.

H2: House Bill 2 intends to add the words to stop discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identification. The first testimony hearings will begin Monday, Jan. 26 at 8 a.m.

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House Republican leaders, faced with an uprising within their ranks over a controversial abortion bill, pulled it Wednesday evening before it was scheduled for a vote Thursday to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., had led a group of Republican lawmakers who disagreed with part of a bill that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks or later. Ellmers and Walorski on Tuesday officially withdrew their support for the bill. House Republican leaders scrambled to address the concerns of the two lawmakers and a group of other Republicans. Late Wednesday night, they replaced the bill with one that would end federal funding for abortions.

Walorski late Tuesday said on Facebook she would vote for the 20-week ban, and Ellmers did the same Wednesday evening after receiving criticism from the bill’s supporters at home.

The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would ban most abortions at 20 weeks or later. Whether a fetus feels pain at that stage is not a settled medical question. It would make exceptions when it is necessary to save the mother’s life or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest, as long as it has been reported to police.

The House had been scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday, when abortion opponents plan to march in Washington to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

Ellmers’ sudden reversal appeared intended to calm a storm of concerns over her surprise opposition. She was part of a largely party-line vote for a similar bill that the House passed in 2013 but that never got a vote in the Senate, then controlled by the Democrats. With Republicans now in charge, a Senate vote is likely.

Ellmers declined to respond to questions on Wednesday. Her spokeswoman, Blair Ellis, said the congresswoman’s concerns were over the mandatory reporting requirements in
the bill.

Politico earlier reported that Ellmers and five other Republican congresswomen said that the rape exception in the bill was too narrow because it only would apply to women who filed police reports. According to statistics from the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, more than two-thirds of sexual assaults go unreported.

The National Journal reported that Ellmers also said last week that the vote didn’t play to younger voters.

Nathan Gonzales, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political report, said the disagreement over provisions in the abortion bill reflect an evolution within the Republican Party.

“You have a Republican Party that’s been hounded by Democrats on abortion over the last few years,” Gonzales said. “And the Republican caucus has changed over the last few years. There are more women.”

Gonzales also noted that because Republicans enjoy the largest majority—246 seats—they’ve had in 65 years, some lawmakers might feel free to express themselves more or vote their conscience without hurting the party.

The news that Ellmers withdrew her support from the bill infuriated an anti-abortion group in North Carolina. The North Carolina Values Coalition posted an article on the front of its website with the headline: “Rep. Ellmers Betrays the Pro-Life Community.”

“We think the message here is she’s trying to derail a major pro-life victory, and the worst part is, we don’t know why she’d try to derail it,” Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition, said Wednesday. “Either she is for protecting unborn babies at the point where they can feel pain or she is not.”

Fitzgerald said that members of the coalition had been calling Ellmers’ offices to complain.

But others said that there was no division on abortion in the party.

Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., a confidante of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Wednesday that “there’s unanimity” within the House Republican conference on abortion. But he added that “the bill was tweaked, I don’t think purposely, in a way that raised some concerns.”

“We had a discussion about that this morning,” he added. “I think our leadership is busy trying to find common ground. I’m sure that discussion involves some outside pro-life groups as well. I think we’ll get to the same place, but if people have concerns, we ought to stop and listen.”

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Montigo Alford has been a vital part of the Broncos success this season.

It wasn’t that long ago when the Boise State men’s basketball season was on the verge of disaster. The Broncos had lost four games in a row and started MW play 0-3. Boise State needed a spark to light
the fire.

They got one in redshirt junior guard Montigo

“The losses we had were not bad losses,” Alford said. “It was just the little things that we had to change, in the last few practices we have been more dialed in and as a result we have played a lot better.”

It was in those practices that Alford strived to be better for his team.

“I have been putting extra reps in and after practice to prepare for opportunities to help my other teammates out,” Alford said.

The Broncos are now the winners of four straight matches and are back in the thick of  the MW standings, just two games back from first. The team couldn’t have done it without Alford’s dedication.

“By putting him in, he speeds us up,” head coach Leon Rice said. “We want to be a team that can run and score. When we get him out there, he can go by guys. He is a one-man
press break.”

While Alford doesn’t dominate the stat sheet every night, he has become a vital part of the Broncos’ success this season.

Alford had a career game in Boise State’s 86-36 mauling of San Jose State  Jan. 21 where he secured 14 points and was the co-leader in assists with four.

“That was a big step for him,” Rice said. “He is a guy that is going to give us things that we are going to need in the future as we play these hotly contested MW games.”

Alford has been one of the go-to guys coming off the bench all season long, always providing crucial plays at vital moments.

“If you look back earlier in the season, going back to November, he has helped us win some games there too,” Rice said.

The Broncos will look to continue their winning streak when they host second place Colorado State tomorrow Jan. 27 at 9 p.m.

“We just have to continue to get better,” Alford said. “We want to continue to build that chemistry as we continue on in the season.”