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Sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck broke out with a touchdown pass to quarterback Grant Hedrick that ultimately won the game.

Few things in sports are as sweet as revenge.

Revenge against a rival — that’s even sweeter.

Boise State (6-2, 3-1 MW) got revenge over BYU (4-4) Friday night in front of 36,752 fans at Albertsons Stadium in a 55-30 win.

Head coach Bryan Harsin attributed the dominating win to the excellent practices the team had leading into the game.

“In this game, so many of things that happened in practice showed up,” Harsin said. “That’s exciting. We need to keep that up.”

The Broncos overcame the struggled they faced agianst BYU last season in a 37-20 loss, showing dominance in almost every way.

Grant Hedrick threw for a career high 410 yards and had five total touchdowns as Boise State was able to move upfield with ease.

Boise State totaled 637 yards of offense — second only to the 676 yards they had against Colorado State.

“We kind of found a rhythm offensively,” quarterback Grant Hedrick said. “It’s the perfect time of the year to do that with the last stretch of the season coming up.”

The Broncos struck quickly, running a no-huddle offense that scored a field goal less than three minutes into the game.

From their, the offense never looked back while leading the game start to finish.

Friday nights win was the third straight victory for the Broncos after falling 28-14 on the road at Air Force. It was also the third straight victory over a rival.

“Their emotional games,” Hedrick said. “It’s  nice to get wins against all of them.”

Sophomore defensive end Kamalei Correa, who had two sacks against BYU, addedthe Broncos wanted to avenge the losses to Fresno State and BYU from last season.

“We had a chip on our shoulder,” Correa said. “We wanted to come out with that edge.”

Boise State’s win over the Cougars had no effect on the conference standings with BYU being an Independent.

The Broncos still stand in first place in the Mountain division of the MW, but still must win out in order to clinch a berth in the MW championship.

After the three physical, rivalry games, Boise State will have one more bye week going into their final stretch of the season.

“We’re going to be worrying about New Mexico and that’s it,” Harsin said.

The loss was the fourth straight for BYU since starting quarterback Taysom Hill was lost for the season with a broken left leg against Utah State.

Friday’s win was the second highest attendance rating in Albertsons Stadium history. The only higher rating was the 36,864 fans that watched Boise State beat BYU 7-6 in 2012.

“That was tremendous tonight,” Harsin said. “Every team that comes in here knows about The Blue. What they don’t know is what the crowd is going to be like.”

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An ACL tear is one of the most gruesome injuries an athlete can suffer. Now, imagine suffering that injury twice.

That is exactly what junior forward Lexie Der is going through right now.

Der tore her ACL for the second time late last season, which prevented her from finishing the season with the women’s basketball team.

“I knew it was bad because Lexie never stays down,” junior center Miquelle Askew said. “I started tearing up when I found out the news and had a scared feeling of: what are we going to do?”

The news was not only a devastating blow to the Broncos, who were in the midst of one of their best seasons in recent memory, but also to Der herself, who was having a career-high season.

“I remember sitting in the doctor’s office hearing the news and getting emotional,” Der said. “It was so heartbreaking and rough.”

Der was quickly reminded by her teammates that they were there for her and would continue to be every step of the way to recovery.

“My whole team was very supportive and they always have been for me, injury or not,” Der said. “It was very nice to hear from them and know they were there for me through it all.”

Der knew the road to recovery would be a long one but was ready to meet the challenge head-on.

“It’s frightening to think about,” Der said. “But I always have a very optimistic attitude so I was able to pull myself together and told myself I just have to take it and roll with it.”

Der is currently in the middle of rehab. The prognosis is that she will be ready to play by the start of January.

“Recovery is going really well and I’m really enjoying rehab and the trainers are making it fun for me to go to,” Der said. “It’s been hard to stick with the strict schedule of things I can’t do. I always want to do more, but everything has been going smoothly and hopefully it continues to do so.”

Her team and coaches have been pleased with the way her recovery is going as well.

“I have a lot of faith in our doctors and our trainers and I know she will be back ready to go as soon as they think she is ready,” head coach Gordy Presnell said.

Der is the standout leader on the team and her presence on the court has been vital to the success that the Broncos have had.

“There just isn’t girls like Lexie who at 6’1” can handle the ball like a point guard, shoot the three, and then defend the post,” Presnell said.  “She is just so multidimensional and is one of the best players in the league and she is very important to our success.”

Der will continue the rehabilitation process throughout the rest of the year in preparation for her grand return to the game and team she loves.

“It will be such a good feeling to get back on the court and play with my team,” Der said. “After everything I have gone through, it will be a fantastic feeling.”

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The independent hip-hop mogul Tech N9ne will perform at The Revolution Concert House on Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. with an onslaught of other talents, including Krizz Kaliko and Stevie Stone.

Bringing a rock band to perform live with him for the first time, Tech has no intentions of relieving fans of their Halloween hangovers as his performances are seen as something of a riot maker.

Boise State students are eager for his upcoming performance.

“I’m always excited when Tech comes around,” Alex Anderson, a senior Accounting major said. “A lot of what he has to say is basically an anthem of the college experience.”

Aaron Yates, otherwise known as Tech N9ne, has been a developing player in the rap game for over two decades, showcasing ridiculous speed and lyrical depth. After working with the remaining members of The Doors to create “Strange Days” on his last album, the atypical rapper recently assembled a rock band to perform with him, broadening his already wide scope in the music industry.

“I started my label because I’m a fan of rock,” Tech said. “I got the name Strange Music because I’m a Doors fan. It’s always been rock and rap and the rock world is catching up to me.”

At 42 years old, Tech’s illustrious career continues to prosper as he finds himself in the mainstream light performing with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa.

“I’m Dracula. I’m forever, as long as I want to be,” Tech said. “I didn’t have to change myself. I stayed me and I have the ability to connect with people”.

One of the reasons Tech has managed to achieve hip-hop immortality is his unique
three-dimensional style.

“I’ve always had the dark side, I’ve always had the party side and I’ve always had the rock side,” Tech said. “Whether it’s gonna be calm, angry, hype-y or wicked, I’m blessed to have people who like it.”

Tech’s beastly range provides him with an assortment of fans to appeal to.

“The beat tells me how fast I can and can’t go,” Tech said. “What’s more important than speed is the clarity. There’s no point in going so fast nobody can hear you.”

If Tech’s approach to hip-hop proves to be a delusion, the auctioneering industry remains a promising alternative.

Expect the performance to include something along the lines of a straitjacket or a prison uniform with a face masked by tribal paint. Tech N9ne’s psychotic technique produces something
extraordinary.

“My music is human. It’s left, right, up, down, all around, it’s everything,” Tech said. “I want my music to tap into people’s emotions. I want to make people smile, I want to make people cry, and I want to make people think.”

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Conference realignment has led to the culmination of several historic and national rivalries.

The same holds true to Boise State.

With the restructured MW ending the annual games between Boise State and Nevada and Fresno State beginning next season, the Broncos now turn to BYU as their prime rival.

Boise State plays BYU this Friday at Albertsons Stadium for the fifth time in program history.

The Broncos lead the overall series 3-1, but BYU got the victory last season when the two teams met in Provo, Utah.

“That was frustrating to go out there and not really have a shot in the fourth quarter,” senior defensive end Beau Martin said of last year’s game. “Obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do this week.”

Boise State and BYU first met in 2003. Boise State was able to come away with a 50-12 victory in Provo, Utah.

The next meeting was in 2004 at then Bronco Stadium. The game was tight and close with Boise State coming away with a 28-27 victory
over BYU.

The two teams took an eight-year break from each other before meeting again in 2012. Boise State was able to prevail with a 7-6 home win over the Cougars.

“I remember that was the loudest it’s ever been in my four years here. That was a fun atmosphere,” Martin recalled.

Last year’s meeting was at BYU when BYU pulled the victory out 37-20 over
Boise State.

While BYU is a non-conference opponent, the proximity between the two schools and the equal level of talent has made the rivalry grow with each passing season.

“Anytime you play BYU, it’s a physical game,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “We’ve got to prepare ourselves for that.”

The two schools will continue to meet annually until at least 2023, making the Cougars Boise State’s fiercest rival.

“It makes a whole lot of sense that we play, it really does,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “One, I think you’ve got two good football teams. I think the fan base for both and the proximity and all that is strong. To me, it makes sense.”

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Everyone has heard the phrase “starving artist.” The concept of majoring in art generally gives fathers with traditional values a scare. This leads to awkward Thanksgiving conversations and frantic explanations that artistic pursuits can lead to monetary success.

The stereotype that 2-D artists need to move to large cities to be able to have the market for their work still holds true in some areas.

Making it in Boise

According to Julia Green, local artist and Boise State graduate, the market for art in Boise has shrunk since 2008 because of the recession.

Green feels that organized groups like City of Boise’s Arts and History Department have done a great job keeping a constant stream of opportunities open to Boise artists, but the times are still tough.

“It’s still a battle to convince people that our time and skill is worth money and that we shouldn’t be working for free,” Green said. “Luckily, with the help of the Internet, artists can get work all over and not be stuck in the local market.”

The addition of this online market makes up most of the opportunities for Adam Rosenlund, a local artist who is part of Flood Works. Because of the Internet, Boise artists have access to the same big city opportunities without the ridiculous cost of living.

Paying the bills

“Boise has a wonderful benefit of having a relatively low cost of living, so while you can compete or exhibit with artists who live in San Francisco or Los Angeles, you have the benefit of being able to actually keep a lot more of that money here in Boise,” Rosenlund said. “An illustration job for Rolling Stone pays just as much if you are living in Boise as it would if you are living in New York”

Rosenlund has found that the majority of his monetary funding often lies in private commissions from companies located outside of Boise. This allows Rosenlund to work for a large network of magazines, films and video game companies as well as find time for creating his personal comicbook
series “Breaker, Breaker: Love vs. The Future.”

“I do commissions at times, but a lot of the time private patrons balk at the amount I charge per hour or job, so I tend to just stick to the larger stuff,” Rosenlund said. “They’re usually more creatively fulfilling, plus the prestige is there once the project is done that tends to lead right into the next project.”

Rosenlund feels that keeping friendly relationships with clients is key to artistic success because it lends to loyalty and clients who “will go to bat for you every time.”

Commissions and freelance work

According to Green, another way for art students in school to support themselves is through commissions. Green feels that to be ready to be a full-time artist, students need to start doing paid work during college.

“If you are in college, start doing freelance or gallery work now,” Green said. “Committing to your work is something that can be hard to do but if you don’t already want to spend every waking moment making art and being involved, then why do you want to be an artist?”

Green also suggests students check out the website “Skillshare” to take extra art classes, while Rosenlund suggests students work on marketing themselves.

“We live in an era of armchair self promotion,” Rosenlund said. “It’s never been easier to get your work in front of someone’s face, so the only roadblock is your own self doubt. Well that and sleep. Never sleep.”

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Students keep pets in dorms against regulations.

Leonardo DiCatrio, or Leo for short, is a 12-week-old tabby kitten housed along with the rest of the freshmen in the Boise State residence halls this semester.

With the exception of approved service and companion animals, fish in small aquariums are the only pets currently allowed in the dormitories.

“We can’t have pets in the buildings without a medical documented need or as a service animal in training because of the issues that animals could potentially bring with them (like) rabies (and) fleas,” said Dean Kennedy, director of Housing and Residence Life.

However, the consequences for keeping pets in residence halls don’t seem too severe.

Brittany Smith, resident director for Driscoll, Keiser, Morrison and Taylor Hall, said the pet owners are asked to evict their pets.

According to Smith, residents that get caught with pets in their dormitories have 24 hours to find them another home. If not removed within 24 hours, students will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Transitioning from his previous housing at the Idaho Humane Society, Leo has been made well at home with his litter box and scratching post kept under the high dormitory beds.

“He’s my best friend,” said the cat owner, who wished to remain anonymous in order to protect his kitten.

Students are allowed to maintain their privacy for the most part in dormitory rooms, as room checks are only done for safety measures and  to confirm occupancy levels; this happens about twice per year according to Kennedy.

According to one of the four roommates living with Leo, students get excited when they hear that someone has a cat in the dormitories, and so the kitten has been receiving a lot of
attention.

“He just chills when we put him in a sweater,” said the cat owner, referring to the methods by which Leo is taken to and from the dormitory. “When he meows, we just kind of cough.”

The roommates successfully managed to get the kitten to the vet without attracting attention, where Leo received a shot for his kitten cold. Back in the comfort of the dorms, he lay catnapping after the
long day.

“He’s a friendly kitty,” said one of the roommates. “He likes everybody.”

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While some friends come together to witness the athletic prowess of athletic sporting events, others gather around screens to watch as teams of summoners battle between pixelated rivers, bushes and dragon pits in electronic sporting events.

Auto attack-generated static sparks flew as Korean team Samsung White defeated last year’s runner up champions Star Horn Royals Club in the 2014 League of Legends World Championships. 

The viewer base for these championship games has been rising exponentially.  What started as a small, niche group of avid gamers has turned into a full-blown fan base for one of the most played games in the world.

“The competition and the hype is fun,” said high school biology teacher Teri Roderick. “Seeing a high level of skill on characters that you play makes you want to strive to be better.”

Roderick plays League on a regular basis with her friends.  She doesn’t play all that many ranked games or fight with her champions in a more professional setting but enjoys the fact that the game can appeal to both casual and intensive audiences.

She has traveled to Boise for the past three championship games to watch the games on stream with her usually online teammates.  Her group isn’t into hardcore League of Legends gaming themselves, but they enjoy watching the games at a professional level.

“The atmosphere is one of fun and camaraderie,” Roderick said.  “We usually don’t root too hard for one team or another and we just enjoy a good game.”

In some homes, footballs fly across televisions during pinnacle games, but in the homes of esports fans, turrets crumble and nexuses burst in a similar fashion.  But, instead of touchdowns and fumbles, viewers witness poison-engulfed champion deaths and team fights.

“Personally I have no interest in American sports, but this entranced me,” said accounting senior Sam Hancock. “League has professional players, sponsors, commentators, instant replays, and post-game breakdowns.”

Hancock doesn’t play League of Legends himself, but is constantly encouraged by his friends to jump on the bandwagon and play with them.  He has yet to give in to their requests but still joins them for viewing parties because of the excitement they produce.

“People would yell and shout at the champions being picked, and every time a large confrontation initiated, the room was turned electric,” Hancock said.

League in particular has picked up one of the largest audiences, surpassing all other esport streams.  Last season’s final matches were viewed, in total, by 32 million viewers around the globe.  Season one’s championship was viewed by 1.6 million unique users.

“There is little barrier to entry for League,” Hancock said. “For the most part it’s free, and it’s available on computer.”

League’s season three championships even beat out CBS’s Super Bowl XLVII livestream audience, which peaked at three million unique viewers.  But esports have a long way to go in terms of beating out television audiences with their online-only platforms, as the Super Bowl was viewed by over 108 million home viewers in the United States.

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By wearing collegiate apparel from the Boise State Bookstore, members of Bronco nation unknowingly support labor exploitation, according to a new group on campus.

Students Against Sweatshops—affiliate of United Students Against Sweatshops—is looking to change that by asking Boise State’s administration to consider restricting the amount of blue and orange products being made in sweatshops.

Boise State’s group met for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 11. Not a week later, they mobilized to complete their first walk-in at the Office of the President. They handed chief of staff Randi McDermott a letter along with articles about the issue, advocating for Boise State to source its clothing through Alta Gracia, a company whose Dominican Republic-based factory maintains ethical working conditions.

Philosophy and foundational studies professor Dana Hathaway jumpstarted Students Against Sweatshops on campus. She and five undergraduate students with a variety of majors met up on the front steps of the Administration Building on Friday, Oct. 17 at 1:20 p.m. and headed upstairs to President Bob Kustra’s office. Kustra was not in his office at the time.

The Boise State Bookstore sources its apparel through Nike and JanSport, both infamous for manufacturing clothing through sweatshops in developing nations.

“JanSport is a company whose parent company is VF,” Hathaway explained. “Whoever is the parent company is who you want to look at because they’re the one who is contracting out that clothing … VF has an atrocious track record of having factory disasters and unsafe working conditions.”

VF Corporation is a clothing corporation and parent company to several other brands besides JanSport, including Wrangler, Vans, The North Face and Lee.

When Students Against Sweatshops visited Kustra’s office, Hathaway informed McDermott and executive assistant Melissa Jensen of the group’s intentions. McDermott assured the group that she would pass the message to Kustra.

“We’re just here to deliver a letter to the president asking him to consider our ideas and meet with us,” Hathaway said. “We’re really just asking for Alta Gracia-brand apparel to be put into the Bookstore. We’re asking for 30 percent initially.”

Students Against Sweatshops has larger goals in mind beyond this initial change. If Kustra agrees to consider sourcing clothing from Alta Gracia, the group is ready to ask Boise State to join the Worker’s Rights Consortium.

“That is an independent labor monitoring organization…This (organization) doesn’t take money from any (apparel) company and they go around and monitor these factories independently,” Hathaway said.

Nearly 200 universities have joined the WRC.

Next, the group will advocate for cutting ties with brands that support labor exploitation globally. Cornell University cut ties with JanSport this October, according to its student-run newspaper The Cornell Daily Sun. The paper cited VF Corporation’s presence in Bangladesh for its decision to sever ties.

Last year a VF factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,000 workers.

“We’re all participants in various forms of exploitation,” Hathaway said. “Especially with apparel, we all wear clothes, and with food, we all eat food. So we are all participating in exploitation and we are part of the supply chain.”

The group was disappointed not to be able to talk directly to Kustra.

“I was hoping he’d be here,” Hathaway mentioned as the group left the Office of the President.

“Well, I’m sure we’ll go back,” English education junior Andy Ridgeway replied. “We have infinite tries.”

Hathaway encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the issues raised by Students Against Sweatshops or join the group to get in touch by emailing her at danahathaway@boisestate.edu.

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Tonight, the Boise State women’s volleyball team will try and spring the greatest upset in school history. Yes, school history, even more so then our famous 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Broncos are taking on the number six ranked team in the whole country: the Colorado State Rams.

What is making this task even taller is the Broncos are heading into the Ram’s arena. Moby Arena is unlike other houses as the Rams play in an almost 9,000-seat arena that is full to capacity every night.

To put this in perspective, their gym is roughly nine times larger than
Bronco Gym.

This certainly seems like an impossible task, right?

Not so fast.  Every underdog has a shot to spring the upset.

David has beaten Goliath in the world of sports
countless times.

Does VCU, George Mason, and Butler’s magical NCAA basketball tournament runs ring any bells? Appalachian State shocking Michigan at the Big House and the previously mentioned Fiesta Bowl victory are all examples of teams doing the seemingly impossible.

The Broncos have a lot of things going for them in this game. They come into it riding a four-game winning streak and boast a good record of 12-8 overall and 5-3 in conference on the season which is tied for third best in the MW.

In addition Boise State has a plethora of talent that includes true freshman phenom Sierra Nobley, junior Sarah Baugh and senior Alyssa Gammel.

So, don’t count out the Broncos. They have the potential to win the biggest game in school history.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1 in 5 college students admit to using study drugs at least once for a short-term boost in productivity.

In the blame game of study drug abuse, students are typically the ones at fault. However, when Winnie the Pooh ODs on honey, someone has to question the person who gave him all that honey; after all, he’s just a bear.

“It was extremely easy to get. I told the doctor I was having trouble concentrating,” said a Boise State student who preferred to remain anonymous. “I was never really diagnosed with anything, but every time I would tell them (the doctor) it was ineffective I would get stronger ones (pills).”

Though this case may be somewhat irregular, the process of getting prescribed cognitive-enhancing drugs lacks necessary assessments to properly diagnose a patient. A study conducted by the University of Chicago took 53 students diagnosed with ADHD through testing protocol and found that 43 percent of the students were diagnosed incorrectly.

Some health care facilities are taking extra precautions to prevent this from happening. Boise State Health Services is putting patients through a more rigorous process than the traditional assessment by conducting a series of attentiveness tests and asking teachers and friends about the patient’s study habits or concentration ability. These changes have proven to be effective according to Dr. Vincent Serio, director of Medical Services for Boise State Health Services.

According to the University of Chicago, the diagnosis rate of ADHD is increasing 5 percent every year, meaning that prescriptions for Adderall, the prescribed drug for that condition, are increasing as well. With abuse rates skyrocketing, many doctors have now made an ADHD diagnosis a shortcut to success for students by providing them with medically unnecessary mental aids.

“Anybody with a medical license and prescribing ability can prescribe it,” Serio said. “You can have someone with less extensive training (who) may lean on subjective findings and (who)doesn’t know the depth required to make a diagnosis.”

The issue here is that it is difficult to definitively assess  ADHD, which leaves many physicians prescribing students medication for conditions they don’t have. Even though there are tests that can help determine the presence of ADHD, many doctors, through negligence or apathy, fail to evaluate patients thoroughly before issuing a prescription.

Doctors aren’t the only ones to blame, as pharmaceutical companies are now marketing directly to patients. Direct marketing is able to convince people that penis pills will help them learn archery and run freely on a beach, just as it can convince students that the doodles on their notebook is a sure sign of an attention disorder.

As Serio put it, “It used to be people coming to the doctor saying, ‘what do I need?’ and now (with direct marketing), it’s more patient- centered where people come to the doctor saying, ‘hey I’m informed, I know that I need this.’”

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It is irrefutable that most hobbyists have a niche in the Boise scene. The differing communities within the interests of Boise are impressive and range from the model train enthusiasts in Old Boise to the Boise Ukulele Group.

In fact, almost every passion is accounted for except for film, as Boise’s attempts at film festivals fall flat, fade away or contain little to no artistic content.

Film festivals are an important part in building the culture of a city, similar to music festivals. Unknown directors and film aficionados with an eye for visual masterpiece create a symbiotic relationship that allows for the hosting city’s economy to grow while being infused with more film culture.

According to The University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research, The Sundance Film Festival brought $269.8 million to Utah’s economy during 2014 and supports 1,434 jobs currently. That alone is enough economic incentive to cheer for more film festivals in Boise. In addition,  according to Filmmaker Magazine, the average filmmaker will receive a median of $12,825 per film at a B-ranked film festival (which is what we can assume a Boise film festival will start out as). There isn’t anything but good things that could come of this kind of indulgence in visual art.

Currently, there are only two non-touring film festival in Boise, Idaho: The Treefort Film Festival (which isn’t really a film festival exclusively), and The Idaho Horror Film Festival, which had its inaugural three days Oct. 16-18 at The Flicks and The Egyptian Theatre.

The horror film festival was more of a string of loosely related films at the same locations under the umbrella term of horror. Most, if not all, of the films shown during the three-day span were shown between a half an hour and 45 minutes after their announced showing time, if they showed at all.

The short “The Body”  stopped two minutes into its only play-through due to technical errors and was never aired again during the festival.

The festival also premiered only one movie, which was written about in our last issue, rebuking the main purpose of a film festival: to show unknown films and introduce views to new work and new names.

To put it simply, the growing pains of The Idaho Horror Film Festival will be immense if it wants to become a respected part of Boise’s art scene or a “real” film festival by national standards.

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Alyssa Gammel (right) practicing during the sand volleyball season.

With beautiful acrylic nails and a golden personality, Alyssa Gammel is nothing to mess with on or off the court.

“Alyssa has been fantastic from day one. She’s a kid that you can trust on and off the court to do the right things,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “[She] has a great work ethic, comes from a great family. and she’s the perfect type of kid that we want to continue to recruit to Boise State.”

Gammel transferred to Boise State to from Virginia Tech to follow her love of playing volleyball.

“I really liked Virginia Tech but I just felt that it wasn’t’ the right school for me volleyball-wise,” Gammel said. “When I was at Virginia Tech it was a different style of volleyball. Here we run really fast sets and at Virginia Tech, they were a little high and loopy, and that made it hard for me to adapt.”

When Gammel first came to Boise State, she was playing as a six-rotation player, meaning she would play both in the front and back rows during a game.

This year, her role has changed and she has taken on more of a defensive position which has benefited the team greatly and allowed them to go head-to-head with the best schools in the conference.

“Since I got here, there has been really good sense of camaraderie on and off the court,” Gammel said. “Some teams don’t really do things outside of the team practices or anything. For us we do everything as a group. [That] has been really one memory that I definitely will take and it will be a lasting one.”

Gammel will  graduate with a bachelors in Social Sciences with emphases in communication and psychology. She will be looking away from volleyball to what her future has in store for her.

“Right now my plan is to stay here but just seeing what job opportunities that I’m going to have,” Gammel said. “I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in third grade. I’m just really excited what that chapter is going to hold for me.”

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Courtesy Maria Shimel

Online Testing Center

I recently read an interesting article about psychology and study tips that highlighted  something that is not usually  mentioned—what are some often done, but highly not-recommended, ways to study?  The first suggestion was to watch out on focusing on key terms too much and not paying attention to the review questions and process parts of the class content.

For example,  in ornithology (the study of birds), you might know all the parts of a bird, but if presented with a picture of a mystery bird could you identify it?  You also want to watch out for over-highlighting your books and notes; it does not do you any good when you review the material if the entire chapter is blinding highlighter-yellow.

When you study with a friend, make sure to do things like test each other on the class material, cover review questions, teach each other content that there is confusion on and go through your notes together.

It’s important to take advantage of having a fellow-studier and doing things like making personal flash cards; individually going through review material and reading your highlighted notes silently does not make the best use of having a study buddy.

Last but not least (and we’ve talked about this one before), watching TV, texting and surfing Facebook are also big no-no’s when it comes to studying to your fullest potential.

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The Boise State Broncos and the BYU Cougars are set to do battle Friday night.

What a difference a few weeks can make.

Just a few weeks ago both Boise State and BYU were completely different teams.

The Broncos were reeling from a stunning 28-14 loss at the hands of Air Force while the Cougars were undefeated, ranked in the top 25, and had a dark horse Heisman candidate in quarterback Taysom Hill.

Fast forward to today: both these teams are completely different. The Broncos have won their last two to move to 5-2 while the Cougars on the other hand have dropped their last three and Hill is gone for the season.

This will be the tale of the tapes when the Broncos welcomed in BYU this Friday night on The Blue.
While BYU can put up points, it’s going to be tough for them to match the Broncos’ offensive production.

The Broncos are a completely different team over their last two games than the one that fell flat against Air Force.

Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick has rebounded from the disaster that was Air Force as his play and decision making has been vital in the Broncos previous two wins.

It’s full steam ahead for running back Jay Ajayi as the Jay Train is rolling along. The junior running back has amassed for almost 900 yards on the ground this season with 10 touchdowns to go along.

BYU will be hard pressed to try and slow Ajayi down but if they are able to that will open the door for them to defeat the Broncos.

Even with Matt Miller gone for the season, the Broncos are now finding production from several other plays.

Most recently sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck broke out as he delivered the game-winning touchdown throw to Grant Hedrick in the win against Fresno.

Boise State, though, has gotten good production from other players such as freshman running back Jeremy McNichols, junior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes and junior wide receiver Troy Ware.

The Broncos will bode the better defense Friday night as many teams this season have struggled to move the ball well against them and BYU may be joining that list.

Moving now to BYU, the first point that should be made right away is this is a completely different team without Hill. This preview would be quite different if Hill had not been lost for the season.

If Hill was still in the lineup there is a good chance that BYU would be undefeated and a top 15 team in the country.

Without Hill, BYU has struggled to say the least. This is just not the same offense without Hill and they have been unable to duplicate that type of production in his absence.

The defense has struggled as well as BYU has given up 108 points in their three straight losses. Expect another similar performance in this one.

The bottom line is the Broncos are rolling while the Cougars are floundering and expect that to be the case this Friday night.

Boise State 42
BYU 27

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1. Keep the Jay train rolling

Junior running back Jay Ajayi is coming off one of his best games. In the win over Fresno State, Ajayi rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns. On the season Ajayi is approaching the 1,000 mark in rushing yards with 867 and has 10 touchdowns on the season. Ajayi is without question the focal point of the offense so the Broncos will need to get him going and in a rhythm early against BYU. In the Broncos’ two losses this season,  Ajayi failed to rush for over 100 yards.

2. Avoid the turnovers

The Boise State Broncos have had their fair share of turnovers this season. In the opener against Ole Miss senior quarterback Grant Hedrick threw four interceptions in the loss and then about a month later threw another four interceptions in the Broncos’ loss to Air Force. Hedrick has not been the only one struggling with turnovers. Several other guys such as Ajayi have had issues holding onto the football.

3. The play of Grant Hedrick

Speaking of Hedrick, his performance will be vital with the Cougars coming to town. In the disaster that was the Air Force game, Hedrick not only threw four interceptions but failed to lead the Broncos on any kind of a scoring drive. Hedrick has played well over the last two games and only has one interception during that time. The Broncos don’t need Hedrick to be Kellen Moore by any means but they need him to be a game manager and make smart decisions with the football.

4. Getting more players involved in the offense

The loss of Matt Miller was a big-time blow for the Broncos; Miller is one of the best receivers in the history of the program. That is a lot of production to suddenly just replace and the Broncos will need their other plays to step up to try and make up for that. The Broncos certainly got off to a good start when guys such as sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck and junior wide receiver Troy Ware both had good games for the Broncos. This trend will need to continue Friday against BYU.

5. Defense needs to keep it going

The Boise State defense has been the most consistent thing for the Broncos this season. The defense has really stepped up this season and is perhaps the biggest reason why the Broncos are 5-2. The Broncos have been really good especially against the run this season but the secondary has been doing well all season long too. The Broncos gave up a few big plays in the win over Fresno but made the big stops when they had to in the 4th. The Bronco defense will have to have a better performance than that with a more high-powered offense in BYU.

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Outside expectations for the Boise State men’s basketball team will be high once again—the question is, will the Broncos be able to meet those expectations.

 

For the second consecutive season, Boise State was picked to finish second in the MW in a preseason media poll.

 

Despite the predictions, the Broncos finished tied for fifth in the conference last season.

 

For head coach Leon Rice, the goal is to ignore the rankings and instead strive to finish better than the Broncos did last season.

 

“We’re striving for excellence, not rankings,” Rice said in a press release. “I don’t want to get caught up in predictions. We’re in the gym working hard to get where we want to be and that is what’s important.”

 

The Broncos will have plenty of help in striving for excellence this season. Boise State brings back three starters, including preseason All-MWC selection Anthony Drmic, as well as eight letterwinners from last years team.

 

Rice and his staff also stocked up on size for this season, a major weakness for the Broncos in 2013.

 

During the offseason, Boise State added four players that were 6-7 or taller.

Boise State opens their season against La Verne in an exhibition game at Taco Bell Arena on Nov. 1.

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Coming into the season, many assumed Boise State would be in for a dogfight to win against BYU.

 

Then Cougars’ quarterback, Taysom Hill, broke his leg four games into the season against Utah State. Since then, BYU has not won a game this season.

 

While sending the Cougars home with their fourth straight loss still won’t be an easy task for a Boise State team that has struggled with consistency, this game definitely got a lot easier.

 

The momentum and the energy in the Broncos’ locker room could not be higher following two tight wins against rivals Nevada and Fresno State.

 

Now the coaching staff just needs to hope that momentum can carry over to this Friday’s matchup against BYU.

 

This is a BYU team that is not the same as they were when they dominated Boise State in nearly every facet of the game in a 37-20 win in Provo last season.

 

Defensively, the Cougars allow 387.6 yards per game and 26.1 points per game, bad enough to rank 60th and 65th in the nation respectively.

 

Offensively, things aren’t much prettier. Since Hill was lost for the season late in the first half against Utah State, the Cougars have managed to score only eight touchdowns.

 

Christian Stewart has managed to throw seven touchdowns as the replacement to Hill, but the offense has become much more one dimensional without a quarterback that can make big plays with his legs.

 

While Boise State has dealt with their own injury issues this season, none compare to losing your starting quarterback that was throwing his name into contention for the Heisman Trophy.

 

Except for the loss of wide receiver Matt Miller for the remainder of the season, the Broncos have managed to return nearly every major contributor that has missed time due to injury.

 

While the Broncos have been hampered by allowing big plays from other teams — Boise State has given up 34 plays of 20 or more yards (83rd in the nation) — the defense has shined when it matters most.

 

Against BYU, that trend will need to continue.

 

The stars have aligned for Boise State to notch a victory over BYU, all that is left to be seen is if the Broncos will be able to capitalize and seize the moment.

 

Boise State- 24, BYU- 20

 

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Jeremy McNichols (No. 13) will see a much larger role in the Broncos offense with Matt Miller lost for the season.

Grant Hedrick R-Sr. QB:

 

Any thoughts of Grant Hedrick not being the man to lead the Broncos from under center have been put to rest following Boise State’s 37-27 win over Fresno State. Against the Bulldogs, Hedrick threw for zero interceptions.

That is a trend that will need to continue if Boise State wants to avenge their loss against BYU last season. 

Making his first start in the place of the injured Joe Southwick last season against the Cougars, Hedrick was a major reason for the Broncos defeat. Turnovers led to several Boise State drives stalling before they could even start.

Hedrick contributed to the team’s four turnovers with an interception and led an anemic offense to only two touchdown scoring drives. 

Against BYU this year, Hedrick is going to have to play as perfect of a game of football as he can.

In both of Boise State’s losses this season, Hedrick tossed four interceptions, leading to fewer opportunities for the offense and exhausted the Broncos defense.

BYU ranks in the bottom half nationally in nearly every defensive category. This leaves Hedrick few excuses for having a multiple turnover game against the Cougars. 

If Hedrick can lead the Broncos offense efficiently, then Boise State can beat a BYU team many thought would dominate the Broncos.

 If the Broncos can’t sustain any drives and score touchdowns, than Hedrick is going to be in for a long night.

 

Jeremy McNichols Fr. WR/KR

 

When many think of Boise State football, they think of innovative and electrifying offenses as well as stout special teams. Jeremy McNichols has proven to provide both for the Broncos.

 After having his redshirt burned against Nevada on Oct. 4, McNichols has dazzled Bronco fans with 102 all-purpose yards and electrifying speed and athleticism.

McNichols has now replaced Dallas Burroughs on the kick return team due to Burroughs’ ball control issues against Fresno State.

Kickoff returns and special teams had been an area of weakness for the Broncos as of late, but McNichols has the perfect skill set to help Boise State improve in the return game.

Blessed with excellent vision and the ability to evade would-be tacklers, McNichols has the potential to break off a big play every time he touches the ball, especially on kickoff returns.

If McNichols can put the offense in good field position after a good kickoff return, he can take some pressure off of Hedrick and the rest of the offense.

What McNichols also provides is an offensive weapon that can be used in a variety of roles for the offense. He can be used as a backup running back, another slot receiver as well as a player that could be used in trick play scenarios.

 McNichols already has plenty of experience with that after playing a role in wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck’s  go-ahead touchdown to pass to Hedrick in the fourth quarter against Fresno State.

 

 

Donte Deayon Jr. CB

 

Don’t let his small stature confuse you — Donte Deayon has all of the makings of a shutdown cornerback.

When healthy, Deayon has been one of the unquestioned leaders of a Broncos defense that has, at times, looked like the best unit in the MW. 

That’s Deayons’s problem, however.

When he’s on the field, Deayon has come up with several clutch interceptions and big plays that work in the favor of the Broncos.

Undisclosed lower body injuries had kept Deayon on the sidelines more than the Boise State coaches would like this season.

BYU is a team that is struggling offensively. After breaking the AP Top 25 three games into the season, the Cougars have dropped three straight games after quarterback Taysom Hill broke his leg in a loss to Utah State.

 Deayon and the rest of the Broncos defense are set up to thrive against BYU and their replacement quarterback Christian Stewart.

Stewart has only completed 55 percent of his passes this season. Don’t expect that number to increase against a Boise State defense that ranks fourth nationally with 13 interceptions through seven games. 

If Deayon can come up with clutch plays that halt BYU’s drives, expect Boise State to avenge last season’s loss.

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Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin knows the Broncos are going to have to play better in the 4th quarter to be successful this season.

What a win would mean: There’s some magic left in Boise

 

Let’s all be honest, before the season began, not many could claim that Boise State would be able to win  easily when BYU came to town.

 

A devastating injury to star BYU quarterback Taysom Hill has drastically changed that narrative, however.

 

If the Broncos manage to beat the Cougars Friday night at Albertsons Stadium, it will be the highlight of a roller coaster season for Boise State.

 

While Boise State has no chance of making the inaugural College Football Playoff, a win over BYU would validate a season that saw the Broncos drop key games against Ole Miss and Air Force.

 

The win would also make Boise State bowl eligible.

 

The Broncos have a long, uphill battle to becoming a nationally relevant team once again. A win over a BYU team that looked poised for a run to the College Football Playoff, before Taysom Hill went down with an injury in the fourth game of the season, would cover a lot of that climb.

 

 

What a loss would mean: Nothing

 

Yes, you did in fact read that right. A loss to BYU Friday night would mean absolutely nothing for Boise State.

 

There are no possible scenarios that would get the Broncos into the College Football Playoff. All Boise State has to play for this season is a MW Championship, bragging rights in a freshly minted rivalry series with BYU and pride.

 

Anyone actually associated with the football program knows the conference championship is the most important of those three.

 

With BYU being an Independent school and not a part of the MW, a loss to the Cougars would not alter the conference standings in any way, shape or form.

 

Yes, Boise State does not want to go on the road coming off a loss at home, but all that matters for the Broncos at this point is beating New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming and Utah State in the weeks following the BYU game.


Those four games are what decides Boise State’s place in a growingly competitive MW, not BYU.

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Sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck broke out with a touchdown pass to quarterback Grant Hedrick that ultimately won the game.

BYU rivalry

 

Despite being one of Boise State’s biggest rivals, the Broncos and Cougars have only met on four occasions, with Boise State holding the all-time advantage 3-1.

 

Overall, Boise State has outscored BYU 105-82 since the two schools met in 2003. The Broncos are undefeated against BYU at home as well.

 

The two schools have agreed to keep the match up going annually until 2023.

 

Injury watch

 

With the exception of Matt Miller, the Broncos have finally seem to shake the injury bug that has plagued the team all season.

 

Cornerbacks Donte Deayon and Cleshawn Page were available for all of the Fresno State game. Senior cornerback Mercy Maston will redshirt this season after missing the first seven games with an injury, but is still practicing on the scout team.

 

Explosive offense

 

The days of the post-Kellen Moore blues are dwindling. After Moore’s graduation, the Broncos offense lost the explosion and innovation that drove the program to two Fiesta Bowl wins.

 

That explosiveness is now back.

 

Boise State ranks 15th in the nation of plays of 20 yards or more and 18th nationally with 20 plays of 30 yards or more.

 

Last season, the Broncos ranked 49th and 51st in those respective categories.

 

Hedrick replaces Miller

 

Quarterback Grant Hedrick has replaced Miller as the offensive team captain.

 

According to head coach Bryan Harsin, there wasn’t much distance between Hedrick in Miller when the team voted on captains before the season.

 

The “Jay Train” runs in Boise

 

There’s no question where running back Jay Ajayi’s favorite place to play is. It’s Albertsons Stadium.

 

In 14 home games during his Boise State career, Ajayi has run for 1,483 yards and 22 touchdowns.

 

Against BYU, Ajayi has never scored a touchdown. Friday night at Albertsons Stadium provides the perfect opportunity for that streak to end.

 

Defense key for Broncos

 

While the Broncos have given up 365.9 yards per game and have ranked 70th nationally in scoring defense (27.1 points per game), their defense is still one of the best units in the MW.

 

Boise State is second in the conference in sacks and first in interceptions with 22 and 13 respectively. Their interception total also ranks fourth in the nation.

 

Of the 100 drives against the Broncos defense this season, 61 have gone for less than 20 yards. Boise State has allowed opponents to score on only 31 percent of their drives.

 

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There is still left time in the season for student and faculty alike to go camping before winter sets in.

Winter is coming, and the ideal days for camping are growing thin.

Idaho houses some of the most coveted areas of outdoor recreation. For those interested in spending time in the state’s prime camping sites only have a few weeks left to makes plans before the starry nights turn into evenings devoted to maintaining body heat.

Whether one is an extreme outdoorsman with endless experience and a thirst for exhilaration or a convenience-focused camper looking for a fun time, Boise’s surrounding camping areas have something to offer to everyone.

Ponderosa State Park provides comforts and convenience
For those looking for a quick and simple escape into Idaho’s wilderness, Ponderosa, by McCall, is the place to go.

The park is open year-round, but sports warm weather attractions with its placement near the tourist-heavy town.

It is the ideal place for a more lax camping experience accented by homebody amenities.

The park offers regular campsites for those with tents in tow and specialized cabin sites for new campers or those less inclined toward sleeping on the ground with canvas walls.

Each site is within easy walking distance to bathrooms, showers and an amphitheater with periodic shows.

The sites are also in a series of bike paths for cycling enthusiasts.

The most convenient side of Ponderosa is its easy access to McCall.

Less prepared campers or those setting out for a more leisurely and family-or-friend-centered approach can run into town for groceries, Gem State souvenirs or ice cream.

Oreana sports stone structures and adventure
On the other side of the spectrum, those looking for a more intensive escape into nature with a detachment from society can make their way to Oreana, just south of Murphy.

Those who follow the rundown roads and dirt paths southeast will find a collection of cliffs, sandstone structures and worn caves.

The Oreana desert area is very much the opposite of Ponderosa.

There are no groomed campsites, public bathrooms or convenience stores just down the road.

Campers have to four-wheel drive in with all the necessary items for their trip, pitch their tents and cook in the middle of nowhere.

Without comforts, Oreana is an adventure.

There are endless rock formations and caves to explore, outcrops to climb under and hidden rooms with sand to throw at friends.

It’s a complete lockout from society with nothing but cliff expanses and blue skies to look at.

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If  Socrates were alive today, he wouldn’t get tenure. This is largely because he polluted the minds of his students with ideas and had a tendency to shake things up.

At Boise State, students don’t really have the Socrates problem. Sometimes, however, they get a tenure-track professor who takes a safer approach to teaching, which helps them secure tenure but negatively impacts the overall experience for students.

“There are certainly people who get very comfortable teaching in a particular way and, for most of their careers that’s the way they teach,” said Susan Shadle, director of the Center for Teaching and Learning.

For this reason, the Ten Before Tenure program was created.

Initiated in 2007, the program was designed to not only help faculty reach tenure, but also help them develop a learning mentality.

Out of the 40 faculty members which are new to the tenure-track this semester, Shadle guesses there are approximately 30 who have signed up. This isn’t a required course, but she feels it’s something professors should want to take.

“I would like every faculty member to see their life as a teacher as a journey in which they’re constantly growing and learning and getting better at it,” Shadle said.

To her, the reason teachers may want to keep the same teaching style is because the strategy they use is effective for students. It may also be because they’re in the process to get tenure.

“Faculty are going to try new things. They’re going to explore new ideas and that could be different ways of teaching,” she said. “There are others who are concerned that if they try something new it won’t go well or go well at first. So there may be some teachers who are more conservative in their teaching until they have tenure because they’re afraid of what might happen on their course evaluations. But that’s not everybody.”

Kortnie Bellery, freshman accounting major, feels that regardless of teaching strategy teachers should be passionate about what they do and bring that same excitement to the classroom, especially at a college level.

“I’ve really been able to connect with the energetic teachers more, the ones that actually care about my education and are passionate about what they do—compared to (some of) the professors I’ve had, that are lacking enthusiasm and are not as interested in the experience of the students,” Bellery said.

Shadle believes most faculty pay attention to student evaluations and, if their approach is not effective, they gradually make changes until it is.

“I think this is valuable for any lesson in life,” said a professor who asked to remain nameless. “If you get a number of people telling you the same thing, then you should say, ‘maybe I’m doing something wrong’.”