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What a Win would mean for the Broncos: Bryan Harsin’s energy is more than just talk

 

Be it hashtags and a Twitter presence, or opening up a program that was as sealed off as North Korea under Chris Petersen, Bryan Harsin has brought energy and led the Broncos with a bounce in his step since December when he was hired to take over his alma mater. Twitter activity does not translate into wins on the football field however.

 

If Boise State can walk out of the Georgia Dome with a win, it shows that Harsin’s youth and adaptability to the changing landscape has injected the Broncos with a zap of energy. It’s hard to argue against the fact the program became complacent at the tail end of Petersen’s tenure as head coach. All eyes were focused on the rear-view mirror, looking back to those two Fiesta Bowl victories and the past.

 

Harsin has shown the desire to bring that energy and hunger back to a program rapidly falling off the national radar. Knocking off  No. 19 ranked Ole Miss, an SEC program nonetheless, is justifiable proof that Harsin’s methods have put the fight back into a mostly lifeless Broncos program.

What a Loss would mean for the Broncos: Boise State is no longer a factor on the national stage…

….but that doesn’t mean they can’t be. Boise State has long gone after the best competition they can get to open their season. Wins against Oregon in 2009, Virginia Tech in 2010 and Georgia in 2011 all vaulted the Broncos up the rankings. The past two seasons, however, a marquee match-up spelled doom for the Broncos.

 

The inability to win big against big-time programs signaled the clocking striking midnight, ending Boise State’s Cinderella story. Not since the final rankings of the 2011 season have the Broncos found themselves ranked in the Top 10 in any of the polls. Boise State enters this season unranked in most polls.

 

It’s time for Bronco Nation to accept the fact that Boise State enters this season on the outside of the national title talks. A loss against Ole Miss, the marquee opponent of the 2014 season, would only cement this fact.

 

The divide between the Power 5 conferences and non-AQ schools grows larger with each passing season. If Boise State can’t get back on the path of being a national power soon, they might never have the opportunity to do so again.

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This story is courtesy of Dylan Rubino, the Sports Editor at The Daily Mississippian, Ole Miss’ student newspaper.

As Ole Miss and Boise State meet in Atlanta to kick off the college football, both teams look to start off the season with quality wins. Returning experience will be huge for the Rebels; they return 15 starters overall. However the Broncos are returning 15 starters as well.

This season is a fresh look for Boise State as they lost long-time head coach Chris Peterson, who took the head coaching job at Washington during the offseason. Under Peterson, the Broncos went 92-12 in eight seasons. New head coach Bryan Harsin will fill the head coaching nicely, as he was the offensive coordinator for Peterson when at Boise State.

In his third year as head coach for Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze looks to turn the corner and be a contender in the SEC. With the recruiting class this offseason focusing on depth and speed, and the exposure of playing in two NFL stadiums to start the season, the Rebels are looking forward to a new season starting off with Boise State.

One matchup I’m looking forward to is the Ole Miss pass rush against the Boise State offensive line. With CJ Johnson returning from injury and with Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche, the Ole Miss pass rush looks to improve from last season, where getting pressure in the opposing backfield was a question mark. The offensive line for the Broncos is a cause for concern also, losing three starters up front.

Boise State was known for having dominating defenses under Peterson, but that started to slow down in 2013. High-powered offenses gave the Broncos fits, giving up 38 points to Washington and Oregon State, and 37 to BYU, all resulting in losses.

How will the Bronco defense stack up against the up-tempo offense that Freeze and the Rebels run? Both teams will be ready for this much-anticipated showdown to start the season. Playing in Atlanta will certainly give the edge to the Rebels, as fans will travel well from Oxford. The Ole Miss offense and depth on defense will prove to be too much for Boise State to handle.

Prediction: Ole Miss 35, Boise State 21 -Dylan Rubino Sports Editor The Daily Mississippian

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Kelsey Messer – Senior Q. Where are you from? A. Enumclaw, Washington. Q. What is your major? A. I am doing two, one in general business and one in human resource management with a minor in psychology. Q. How long have you been cheerleading? A. This will be my sixth year, but I did gymnastics for 16 years before. Q. Do you feel doing gymnastics for that long helped with cheerleading? A. Totally. Everything in gymnastics carries over really well into cheerleading. Q. What made you start cheerleading? A. I had a few friends who were ex-gymnasts who had already transferred into cheerleading. They told me I should come do it with them. I got into it the end of my sophomore year. Q. What do you enjoy the most about cheerleading? A. Being at the forefront of everything like games, appearances and events to show students and athletes exactly what we do. Q. What is the best thing about being a Boise State cheerleader? A. I am honestly obsessed with Boise State. Just everything we get to do with Boise State and being an ambassador for the school is my favorite part. Q. What is something about cheerleading that people don’t understand? A. How difficult it really is. They don’t see the athletic part of it and how much work goes into it. Q. Why did you come to Boise State originally? A. I came and visited the end of my senior year and everyone was just so nice, which made me instantly just fall in love with the city and the university. Q. What is it like to be a Boise State cheerleader? A. It is just so surreal and the ultimate experience. Q. What is your favorite game-day tradition? A. Doing the Boise State side-to-side, which is where the cheerleaders lead the Boise State chant from each end of the stadium, with one side yelling “Boise” and the other, “State”. Q. What do you want to do after you graduate? A. I want to work in human resources. Ideally, I would like to come back to Boise State and work here. Also, I would like to come back and be an assistant coach for the cheerleading team.

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Here is who you can expect to be Boise State’s key players for their matchup against Ole Miss on Aug. 28 at the Georgia Dome.

Donte Deayon Jr. Cornerback: Hugh Freeze’s quest to revamp the Ole Miss offense was made a whole lot easier once he found Bo Wallace. Since Wallace took over as the starting quarterback in 2012, the Rebels have gone an impressive 15-11 with an SEC slate that would decimate the schedules of most teams.

Despite the impressive resume, Wallace has a major flaw in his game that could easily be exploited by a ball-hawking Bronco’s secondary. While Wallace has provided Ole Miss with a savvy, tough leader, once he starts making mistakes, things tend to go downhill for the Rebels. In all six where Wallace has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns since becoming the starter, Ole Miss has failed to walk away with a win.

Boise State has the perfect man in Donte Deayon to exploit this flaw. Few cornerbacks were better than Deayon at forcing turnovers last year. Only a sophomore, Deayon was tied for seventh nationally with six interceptions. If he can sustain this trend and force Wallace to make mistakes, he gives Boise State some much needed second chances on offense.

 

Marcus Henry: R-Jr. Center: The Broncos are going to need every single opportunity on offense because they’re going to be facing pressure all night long in Atlanta. Offensive line woes spelled disaster for Boise State, and this season things don’t look to be any better. Henry and fellow redshirt junior Rees Odhimabo are the only returning linemen who started more than three games last season. The Broncos’ inexperience along the offensive line is made worse by the fact Henry will be moving from right guard to center this season.

With CJ Johnson and Robert and Denzel Nkemdiche breathing down your helmet from across the line of scrimmage, Henry is going to be called upon all night to provide some sort of protection for Jay Ajayi and Grant Hedrick. If Henry fails to stop the oncoming train of the Rebel’s defense, Boise State can expect another 38-6 trashing to open their season.

 

Grant Hedrick R-Sr. Quarterback: The keys to Albertsons Stadium now lie in the hands of Grant Hedrick. Fortunately for him, there’s not a whole lot he has to do to break free from the humble shadow of Joe Southwick. Unfortunately for Broncos fans, he’s an above-average quarterback that’s about to be thrown into a Kellen Moore situation.

Last season, Hedrick made starts in Provo, Fort Collins, San Diego and Honolulu. Hardly any can compare to going toe-to-toe with an SEC school in Atlanta. Although officially a neutral-site game, make no mistake, you can expect to see the crimson and blue of Ole Miss outnumber the blue and orange of Bronco Nation.

For Boise State to put up a fight in their season opener, Hedrick is going to have to remain calm and poised in order to lead a veteran Boise State offense into the end zone. Aside from the offensive line and depth at running back, Hedrick is the weakest link for the Broncos on offense. If he falters, the whole unit will collapse.

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The end is nigh. After 231 long days, Bronco Nation can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and the return of Boise State football. Boy I hope everyone is ready for a show.

Frankly, the Broncos’ season opener against the Ole Miss Rebels in this year’s Chick-fil-A kick-off game is a must-win if Boise State wishes to prove they are still a football power on the national scale. A loss would send the Broncos down the rankings, with few opportunities to climb back up in the MWC.

 

To defeat Ole Miss, Bryan Harsin is going to need to bring back some of the magic that made him one of the nation’s most coveted offensive minds.

 

The Broncos have many strengths: they have experience and great play-makers in their offensive skill players, a ball-hawking secondary, and an athletic, senior quarterback in Grant Hedrick. After that, we pile on the weaknesses.

 

Inexperience along both the offensive and defensive lines spells doom against SEC teams, even a school like Ole Miss that have a long way to go before they are in the same conversation as Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

 

Hedrick has proven he has the ability to get the ball to playmakers like wide receivers Matt Miller and Shane Williams-Rhodes. Jay Ajayi has to be in the conversation as one of the best running backs in the nation.

 

But if Hedrick spends his night on the big stage in Atlanta on the run, and Ajayi is constantly met by Rebel defenders, does it really matter?

 

Boise State has the opportunity to do some real damage to Ole Miss, but their holes along the line of scrimmage on both offense and defense are just too glaring to ignore.

 

Hedrick will struggle against a hostile defense (and crowd) and Ole Miss’ offense, despite being inexperienced, will find plenty of opportunities to exploit Boise State’s defensive line.

Sorry Bronco fans. Harsin will likely lead Boise State to a 10-win season this year; you’ll just have to wait a little longer for that first win.
Ole Miss- 23, Boise State- 17

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Attack the future is a mentality that Bryan Harsin lives and breathes.

His first game as the Boise State football head coach will be against a ranked SEC foe at Ole Miss, with a hostile southern crowd jeering for a Broncos defeat – Harsin couldn’t be more ecstatic.

“We are ultimately just excited,” Harsin said. “I am more excited than anxious, and I am excited for my players and coaches.”

Boise State is continuing the trend of opening the season against nationally ranked opponents. Ole Miss is starting the season ranked 18th.

“We are playing a quality opponent that is very good,” Harsin said. “We are playing a team that is one of the top teams in the SEC going into the season and have high expectations of winning their conference.”

The Rebels are returning 16 starters which includes All-American defensive back Cody Prewitt, first team preseason All-SEC defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche and second team All-SEC Quarterback Bo Wallace.

“They are very good football players and a force to be reckoned with,” Harsin said. “They will pose a challenge for us.”

Harsin, though, is focusing more on just how big of a moment this is for his team.

“To me, it’s a great opportunity more than anything else,” Harsin said. “What an awesome opportunity after all this preparation to play this type of opponent, on this stage and have this chance to start the season off.”

Even though Boise State is the heavy underdog going into its first game, Harsin has all the faith in the world in his team.

“If our guys go out and treat it as ‘what an opportunity to go out and play in a game like this’, we will be fine,” Harsin said.

Harsin has been putting his team through the grind this off-season, but he knows that is nothing compared to being in a real game situation.

“In camp you don’t feel that type of anxiety and adversity when you are in a game playing four quarters,” Harsin said. “This game will come down to what team handles that better.”

The game kicks off at 6:00 p.m MDT in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the Chick-fil-A kickoff and will be nationally televised on ESPN.

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Apart from the famous blue turf, Boise State athletics has also been known for a long line of great quarterbacks including Bart Hendricks, Ryan Dinwiddie, Jared Zabransky, and of course, Kellen Moore. Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick is hoping to have his name added to that list.

“The tradition of quarterbacks here is pretty remarkable,” Hedrick said. “Not a lot of schools can say they have had that many big-time quarterbacks and I will try and follow in their footsteps.”

Hedrick in fact has been actually working with both Moore and Hendricks during the summer to help improve his game.

“They are both awesome guys to talk with,” Hedrick said. “You learn different things from each guy and it’s good for me to have those resources where I can reach out, ask questions, and pick things up from them.”

In addition, Hedrick has been working a lot with new offensive coordinator, Mike Sanford.

“It’s awesome and he is one of my favorite coaches I have had,” Hedrick said. “He brings a lot of energy and he expects the same from us and he comes in everyday ready to go and I have learned a lot from him.”

While Hedrick has been developing his physical skills, he has also been working on developing the mentality of a leader on the team.

“I’m having to be more of a vocal leader,” Hedrick said. “ “It’s not really my style but I need to do it now because that’s my role.”

Last season, Hedrick took over the starting role of quarterback when incumbent Joe Southwick went down with an injury.

“That experience helped me a lot,” Hedrick said. “Hopefully that will help me again this year.”

Over the course of those games, he threw for 1,825 yards and had 16 touchdowns with only five interceptions.

Not only was he good in the air, but Hedrick was also good with his legs. He ran for 364 yards and had six touchdowns. He doesn’t plan on changing his running style of quarterback play anytime soon.

“I don’t think I am going to approach it any differently,” Hedrick said. “When I need to use them(legs), I will, and I know the coaches would like to see me use them a little more.”

Because of his play Hedrick has been placed on the Davey O’Brian Award watch list, which is given each year to college football’s best quarterback.

To say Hedrick is facing a lot of pressure this season is an understatement, but he isn’t letting it get to him.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all,” Hedrick said. “I am just going to continue to keep doing the same things I have been doing.”

Instead, Hedrick wants to go out and enjoy his final year as a Bronco.

“This last year for me is all about taking everything in and enjoying each moment,” Hedrick said. “I have enjoyed my whole time here and this whole process has been awesome because in a blink of an eye I will be done.”

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Patty Bowen interviews students about the second day of class at Boise State University 2014-2015.

Edited, directed and shot by Max Chambers.

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Aries:

Today you have the ability to see the ghosts of great past rappers, Aries. Try not to get bogged down by the Biggie vs. 2Pac debate, which may leave you feeling confused and needing some California love. Infuse your supernatural experience with a carefully tailored Spotify playlist and reach deep into the ether.

 

Taurus:

Your day has been a long one. End it with rest and relaxation by brewing a cup of warm tea. Mix your tea with vodka and watch the sunset while seated on the bronze eagle that tops the Idaho State Capitol.

 

Gemini:
Today you are a talk show host. You must yell at everyone you see, especially those people that are engaged in conversation, talking on their phones or listening to music. Make sure that your words are unintelligible, derogatory and that all statements are at least partially false.

 

Cancer:

The universe has noticed your disrespect for nature. Reconnect with your animal roots by urinating on each lamppost on university property. Remember to carefully sniff your targets before marking them and show your teeth if anyone questions your activities.

Pisces:

 

Today, as you stand on the edge of tomorrow, you will be thrown into a time loop, forced to relive your day over and over again until you successfully achieve your ultimate, world changing goal, snagging that hard to get parking spot on a university side street.
Leo:

 

Liberate your inner “gangsta”. End every sentence today with izzle, wear pants that are at least three sizes to large and wrap your teeth in tin foil, the latter of which will also help keep the government out your head, with its many plots of international terrorism.

Virgo:

Your day will bomb harder than Lone Ranger on opening weekend. To heal your damaged karma, you must go on a vision quest with a native spiritual leader. Travel into the land of Alabama until you find the wolf spirit, local moonshiners and racists, not necessarily in that order.

 

Libra:

 

You just aren’t very good looking. The universe is troubled by your existence. Dark days are ahead. Prepare as follows: dig a nine foot hole into the ground, buy whole, canned chickens in bulk and begin to wear crocs regularly. This will solve everything.

 

Scorpio:

 

If you do not do as listed, all your dark and twisted fantasies will come true at your next family gathering. To prevent this you must strip naked and lie on the banks of the Boise River as a sign of your honesty and purity. You must also cover your body in bread crumbs.

 

Sagittarius:

Your experiences with money will be extremely negative today. Avoid all fast food restaurants and grocery stores as a sign of good faith to the stars. When hunger strikes, contemplate running out to the foothills and eating wild berries.

 

Capricorn:

Your alcoholism is rapidly spiraling out of control. As in Archer, the cure may simply be one or many more drinks. Make yourself a gallon of bloody mary mix and sit down to a Top Gun marathon.

 

Aquarius

 

If you do not do as listed, all your dark and twisted fantasies will come true at your next family gathering. To prevent this you must strip naked and lie on the banks of the Boise River as a sign of your honesty and purity. You must also cover your body in bread crumbs.

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With its impending Nov. 13 release date just over the horizon, the newest “World of Warcraft” expansion, “Warlords of Draenor,” is becoming increasingly sought after by some Azeroth gamers and dreaded by others.

Game designers are targeting busier players, including students consumed with classes and work, with their new content and in-game buffs to get them through current quest lines, along with preorder bonuses to get returning and new players on their feet.

Among the steps Blizzard is taking to help focus their massively multiplayer online role-playing game on busier individuals are level 90 boosts. This allows those who purchase the new expansion, or the boost itself from the in-game store, to instantly level any character to the current max level.

Sophomore English writing major Samantha Schwasinger believes that the level 90 boosts are a good way to entice new players wanting to jump right into the new “Warlords of Draenor” content without having to put in significant hours to level a character first.

She also found that the boosts help encourage old players that have since quit playing the game and want to come back to the game without having to play catch up.  This happened with one of her older friends.

“Since he has a full-time job, he was able to avoid potentially weeks of questing, grinding, and raiding, and could complete max-level content with me in only a week or two,” she said.

Schwasinger felt that students playing “World of Warcraft” are especially able to jump back into the action, specifically if they participated in the World of Warcraft franchise in its earliest stages back in junior and senior high school and had quit upon getting busy with school.  The new expansion and the route Blizzard is taking with it allows these students to come back to the new content without having to spend the time they originally tried to save by quitting the game leveling and cultivating a character.

Some old players of the game feel that Blizzard is taking the MMO in a far-too-casual direction. Former “World of Warcraft” player and full-time mother Danita Espindula agrees with this viewpoint.

“They are catering to casuals,” Espindula said.  “Casuals play maybe once or twice a month, but still pay that full subscription . . . It’s nothing like the WoW I grew up with, but they have made a game for people with jobs, kids, and school, a game that lets you feel accomplished with minimal effort because that is all the effort they have time for.”

Some players feel like the buffs, small stat or collection boosts for their characters, like the “Gaze of the Black Prince” make the game easier to play.  This buff in particular helps players more quickly finish a legendary quest line to obtain a powerful cloak.

“These buffs definitely get lazy players motivated and provide hardcore players with the means to quickly gear up an [alternate character],” Schwasinger said.

Schwasinger approves of the changes being made to the game in terms of how much easier it is for her to accomplish things within the MMO without having to take too much time out of her school schedule.

“It makes it easier for me to succeed in the game,” she concluded.

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Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice completely altered the team's roster with this year's recruitment class. Long known for playing "small ball", Rice added height to the roster this season.

It is no secret the Boise State men’s basketball team stuggled and ultimately had a disappointing season last year.

 With the loss of both Ryan Watkins and Thomas Bropleh, those struggles could increase exponentially. Head  coach Leon Rice has taken notice.

“We lost our best leaders,” Rice said over the summer.

To address this Rice has recently made some key additions to the men’s basketball program.

The new players include transfers Montigo Alford from the College of Southern Idaho and Kevin Allen from Pratt Community College in Kansas.

The three freshmen include Zach Haney from Houston, Texas, Davod Wacker Converse, Texas, and Chandler Hutchison Mission Viego,  California.

Even though the Broncos are returning with a lot talent, such as Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic, Rice expects it to be a brand new team.

“We got five new guys and it’s amazing how much the landscape and the visual of a team can change with them,” Rice said. “With five new guys, it changes the chemistry, dynamic, and the look of our team and it’s going to be a different team in a lot of ways.”

Last season the Broncos struggled against other teams due to their lack of size. That was something that Rice looked for when recruiting players to join the team.

With Allen, 6’-10”, Haney, 6’-11”, Wacker, 6’-9”, and Hutchison 6’-5, the Broncos have indeed added size to their roster.

“I feel we now have Mountain West size and more Mountain West athleticism,” Rice said. “We have added size, but I don’t feel we compromised our skill level.”

Rice is always concerned on how well new players will adapt to the program.

“Hopefully it doesn’t take as long for these new guys to play well with the others,” Rice said. “I feel these guys are a great fit to the team.”

Time will tell if that is the case.

The Broncos open their season in November.

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Passion lingers in Dallas Crum’s eyes as he explains the plans he and his three friends have for Vivid Roots. Vivid Roots is an apparel company which uses its profits to provide clean water to rural areas in Guatemala. Through their sales of t-shirts and stickers, the non-profit lets consumers have a direct hand in providing clean water to communities in rural areas of Guatemala.

“Our goal is to make it easy for everyone to make a difference. Just live life to its absolute fullest . . . We want to do good, but we want everyone to do be able to do it. You don’t have to join the PeaceCorp to make a difference,” said Dallas Crum, Business Entrepreneurship major.

Vivid Roots was conceptualized a little over a year ago when four friends, University of Idaho’s marketing and finance major Trever Bostrom and geology major Dylan Carlson, and Boise State’s international business major Connor Kingsbury and Dallas Crum, returned from a hiking trip together. The trek left them with a sense of empowerment that they wanted to spread to their peers.

“We wanted to share it (and find) some way to give back,” said Crum.

While searching for a cause the four student team found that around the globe 800 million people lack clean water resulting in 3.4 million people dying from waterborne illnesses annually. In Guatemala alone more than 150 million children are af
fected daily by pa ssites that reside in unsanitary water, causing many of these children to carry approximately 1,000 different kinds of parasites at any given time. Most commonly these parasites cause dehydration, but in more serious cases they can cause blindness.

The team of four were put in contact with Allen Asbar, a leading member of the Ford Collins Colorado Rotary, eventually the rotary club in Guatemala. At this point the team decided that they would need to visit Guatemala in order to find where to start their first water project, and what kind of water project would be most effective for Guatemala.

“It costs a lot of money to send people down there… If we want to start this company, we need to see the need,” Crum said.

The group decided to participate in the University of Idaho’s business competition “View” and got first place in social ventures. 

Acording to Bostrom, “This got us halfway to Guatemala.” 

The other half came from Boise State Venture College, which granted the Vivid Roots team 4,400 dollars to complete the funding for their trip.

Bostrom, Carlson, Crum and Kingsbury headed down to Guatemala in late May 2014 for one week. Using the rural village of Chiquimula as their base, the four traveled to five other villages, starting early every morning and finishing as the sun set.

Inspecting the water sanitation systems at schools, the group found that some rural schools had internet before they had clean water.

“They never had access to clean water before,” Bostrom explained. “Ever since they have gotten, it attendance and grades have gone up. Students enjoyed going to school because it is a better environment. They would come to school solely for water.”

Vivid Roots has been partnering with Water for the Americas and a Guatemala rotary club.

“We want to do it right and it takes a lot of time,” Carlson said. “The sustainability part is more difficult but more important.”

Students can preorder Vivid Roots t-shirts and stickers online right now with water bottles and hats in the making.

“You don’t have to strap yourself to a tree to make a difference,” Bostrom said “Let’s change the world together.”

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Nike is known for its swoosh; the University of Oregon is renowned for their giant “O” and flashy uniforms; Texas is known for its signature Hook ‘em Horns. While Boise State has its signature blue turf and Bronco head logo, it is still competing with universities across the country to market itself not only in athletics, but also as an educational institution.

For Boise State, this competitive edge comes with a hefty price tag.

Recently, a large steel “B” was constructed behind the Administration Building on campus. It is hard to miss when driving by. Its cost: $40,000.

Another giant “B” can be seen attached to the side of the Stueckle Sky Center; its overall cost was $27,000.

Although funds for these projects come from facilities that are paid for by student tuition fees, there are also other entities that help to cover costs, including a portion of Boise State’s budget from the state.

“We’re going to use this money anyway,” said Greg Hahn, associate vice president of Communications and Marketing. “Why not turn the back of the Administration Building into something more than a parking lot?”

In deciding what monument to place in that particular location, the school board had many options to pick from, including a fountain or multiple horse statues. Ultimately, it settled on the “B” because of its recent  adoption as the academic logo.

Last year Boise State adopted the large Gotham-font “B” logo to replace the diamond design that represented the academic side of Boise State.

“What we needed was a logo that stuck out,” Hahn said. “That was not the case with the old logo.”

One campus logo that is already popular—as Hahn hopes the “B” will become—is the Bronco head which represents the Athletic Department, made famous by the Boise State football program.

“A logo is like a mark of origin,” Hahn said. “I think of it like the swoosh of Nike.”

He believes that universities are catching up to corporations in a sense.

“They figured it out a while ago,” he said. “We’re getting more sophisticated in the way that we present ourselves graphically.”

In a recent deal in which Albertsons, LLC acquired naming rights to Boise State’s football stadium, the university was designated to receive $12.5 million dollars over a 15-year period.

Hahn says the purpose of the deal is to associate Albertsons with the Boise State Bronco logo.

Ford, the official truck of the Broncos, also has a lucrative deal with Boise State for this reason.

“The value of the Bronco head is really important to the budget of Boise State,” Hahn said.

Most money earned from sponsorship goes into athletics. Merchandise sales featuring Boise State logos are often used to fund student scholarships.

The “B” has started to generate revenue of its own, but is far more versatile in its application than the Bronco head.

Student organizations and departments are allowed to change the “B” around to fit their individual needs, but must follow the brand guidelines posted on the Boise State website.

Students may notice walking around campus that many logos from past designs are still up. This is so that the re-branding remains as cost-effective as possible. As repairs are needed, campus logos will be updated accordingly. Because Boise State has a replace-as-needed policy, the exact date and total cost of the change over is unknown.

“What’s nice about evolving slowly as we have is that you don’t have to tear everything down at once,” Hahn said.

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Athletic Director Mark Coyle has led a wave of changes since being hired from the University of Kentucky in 2011.

Since being hired in 2011, athletic director Mark Coyle has continued the strong tradition of Boise State athletics, while laying the foundation for future success. Coyle sat down with The Arbiter to discuss the latest movements in the Athletic Department, as well as college athletics on a national level.

Q: Originally got your bachelor’s in English before getting your masters in teaching. How did you end up in Athletic Administration?

A: Well I did my undergrad at Drake University, I also played football there, and truthfully, I wanted to be a English teacher, coach and athletic director at the high school level. When I went to Florida State to get my masters, I kind of fell into the athletic administration side and just kind of fell into it. Knock on wood, I moved myself up that way.

 

Q: Did you ever foresee yourself becoming a college athletic director?

A: I would be lying to you if I said I did. When I was working at the University of Minnesota as the director of marketing and I was elevated to associate athletic director, that’s when I really started thinking about being an athletic director and that being something that I wanted to do. I really enjoy spending time with the student-athletes and watching them compete. I really fell in love with it at that time.

 

Q: A lot has changed for a program that’s enjoyed, for the most part, a lot of consistency. Is that just the nature of college athletics today?

A: Boise State has such a great tradition and a lot of history. Obviously a lot of people know about the football program with it being so dominant over such a long period of time. One of the things I learned when I got here and when I was interviewing for the job, was they have a lot of success in a lot of different sports. In the two and a half years I’ve been here, the gymnastics program has been in the top 25, our wrestling program has had a lot of success, our swimming and diving programs have won 4-out-of-5 championships, men’s tennis has won three straight conference championships and they’ve been to post-season play.

Sometimes I don’t think the public realizes that we’ve had a lot of success across many of our sports. In our track and field program, our women just finished eighth in the country, I think Boise State has such a solid foundation that it helps with that consistency moving forward.

 

Q: Was that one of your goals to try and make the public more aware and not be seen as just a football school?

A: Obviously, we talk about this a lot of the time, you need football in order to be a successful program. It doesn’t matter—wherever you are, having football being successful is such a key part because it drives so much of your revenue with the ticket sales and revenue. I was very fortunate working at Kentucky and Minnesota where those were broad-based programs, and when I had the chance to interview for this job with Bob Kustra, I talked to him about how I wanted to have a broad-based program, where a young man or young woman has Boise State written across their chest and they’re competing for this program. I want to make sure we do a great job of giving them a great experience. Having a broad-based program is definitely important to us.

 

Q: Coming from Kentucky where basketball is such a big part of the program, was it kind of a culture shock to come to Boise State where football was the main driving force?

A: No not really. It’s funny, obviously Kentucky has a rich tradition with basketball, but in the last five years I was at Kentucky, our football team went to a bowl game. There are similarities however. Kentucky had that strong basketball tradition, Boise State had that strong football tradition, but the fan bases are similar. So when I got to Boise State I wasn’t caught off guard.

 

Q: When you were hired, you said one of the first things you did was make a list of potential replacements for Chris Petersen. Do you have a list for Leon Rice now?

A: (Laughs) I have a list for all of our coaches. Obviously, Leon and I have talked a lot and I think it’s a great compliment. It shows you that what he’s doing here is the right thing. Making the NCAA tournament was awesome, but what I’m most proud of is our basketball team keeps having a higher and higher grade point average. I think we’ve had our highest GPAs and APR the last two years with that program. That’s awesome. That’s what I get excited about. Leon is doing things the right way, and obviously coach Petersen was doing things the right way. I can promise you coach Harsin will be doing things the right way. That’s part of the process of doing things in this business.

 

Q: The past few years, we’ve seen a decrease in ticket sales at the now Albertsons Stadium, how much does that worry you?

A: I think it’s a big concern across the country. In fact, I read an article this morning that West Virginia is down season tickets, Michigan is down season tickets, Ohio State is down, so it’s not just a Boise State issue. I think it’s a changing demographic and the students are such a big thing in what we do. When we have 5,000 students in that stadium, that throws so much energy in that stadium, and that’s the future. How we kind of look at it is, how can we engage our students and get them involved so when you all graduate and still want to be a part of our program.

 

Q: As Boise State grows a larger alumni base, is it the goal to keep those alumni engaged in the athletic program?

A: A lot of times, athletics is kind of the elastic band between the alumni. When students graduate from Boise State, they’re here, they go to the football games and their classes, and then they go move on. Now you’re getting your first job and doing some of those things, and you sometimes lose connection with your institution, but the one thing that keeps you connected with your institution, in my mind, is athletics. Oh wait, the Broncos are on TV. They’ve got a football game or whatever it may be.  We’ve worked closely with the alumni association; we’re excited with the new building that’s going in right across the street from the football stadium. We need to develop strong partnerships with them to keep them engaged.

 

Q: For now it looks like conference realignment is going to quiet down for a bit. Do you see Boise State potentially moving to a Power 5 conference sometime down the road?

A: That’s a hard question to answer. I don’t think conference realignment will ever settle. I think, obviously with the Power 5 and the NCAA government structure and some of the dialogue that’s going on at that level, I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear tomorrow if someone did this or someone did that with conference realignment. I think the key for us is we have to continue to grow and do what we’re doing. What I mean by that is, academically, 72% of our student-athletes are at a 3.0 or higher. We’re doing things the right way academically. Athletically are we competing at a high level, yes. We just have to continue what we’re doing and the university has to continue to grow and continue to expand. Those all help us if we decide to switch conferences, but we’re very happy with the MWC. We just need to keep on doing what we’re doing.

 

Q: Boise State has long been known for having their student-athletes succeed in the classroom as well as on the field. How do you maintain that standard of having some of the highest APR scores across the nation?

A: I think it’s the culture that’s been set long before Mark Coyle got here. I think Boise State has always taken great pride in our academics. We have a phenomenal academic staff that works with our student-athletes, we have a phenomenal partnership with campus. The professors work closely with us and our student athletes. I think that’s one of the great things about Boise State. It’s a big institution, but it’s small enough where you can know your professors and have that interaction.

When our coaches recruit kids, we talk about all of the time, they have to be able to fit in athletically and academically, because we want to make sure that when they leave this institution in four or five years, that they have that degree, because that’s going to help them so much more.

Q: It’s been Bronco Stadium for 43 years now, think anyone’s going to have trouble calling it Albertsons Stadium now?

A:  (Laughs) I’m sure there is going to be some sort of transition. Albertsons has had a long-standing relationship with this institution, with the library that they contributed to on campus. We feel very fortunate to be in this situation. Albertsons is a lot like Boise State, kind of roll up your sleeves, work hard, very proud. We’re excited about the relationship. We’re going to start putting up the Albertsons Stadium signs here very shortly to make the conversion to Albertsons Stadium.

 

Q: When you were hired, you said fundraising was a big thing you wanted to work on. Was naming rights for the football stadium one of those things you wanted to work on?

A: Yes. We’ve been working on the naming rights for several years. There have been lots of different conversations with people before I was here, after I came, and again we’re very fortunate to be in this situation with Albertsons because fundraising is such a critical piece. When we’re able to generate those revenues that goes right back to our student athletes and they experience that we want to provide for them.

 

Q: What are some of the major goals you have set for the Boise State Athletic Department in the near future?

A: Again, I think we just want to represent this place in the right way. We take great pride in that. The Bronco Nation has been so good to us. We talk all the time that this program is bigger than any one person. It’s about our student athletes, our history, our tradition: we just want to make sure we continue to serve as a positive window for this university. When our student-athletes are on ESPN and they’re on the radio, FOX sports, CBS sports whatever—when people see Boise State across the country, we want to make sure they see it in the right way.

 

Q: The big thing with college athletics the past several years has been amateur-status athletes getting paid, do you see that providing a big shift in college athletics in the near future?

A: I don’t know if I would say big shift. Obviously the O’Bannon Trial just concluded and the judge is preparing to make a decision on that here the next month. I think collectively, you hear a lot about these NCAA government changes and the Power 5 want to do this, well I can tell you we want to do the same thing. We want to provide for our student-athletes. I think you want to have open and honest dialogue with student-athletes, with other factors just so we provide that first-class experience. I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a point where we pay the student-athletes, but I’m excited that we are focusing on the student-athlete. So much over the past few years has been about conference realignment and we have lost focus on the student-athlete. I’m glad we’re getting our focus back onto the student-athlete and provide a great experience for all student-athletes.

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With classes, assignments, work and other responsibilities continually bogging students down; it’s easy for individuals to dismiss the idea of joining  a club or organization because of a lack of time or inability to get in contact with a club.

The Get (IN)volved Fair alleviates this problem, offering a window of time for students to come speak directly with club leaders instead of investigating meeting times online or fussing with email.

The fair takes place twice a year, at the beginning of each semester.  This fall, the fair is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on September 3 on the Student Union patio.

According to the Get (IN)volved website, each year “members of more than 50 student organizations and campus departments will be available to share with you a little bit about what they do.”

Coordinator at the Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Ashlie Baty, explained that club and student involvement with the fair is increasing each semester.

“We’re looking to showcase over 60 organizations this year, and expecting a few hundred students to come out to the event,” she said.

This is the maximum amount of organizations that the space can hold, allowing as many different clubs as possible to present themselves to interested students.

“The fair provides an opportunity to ask questions and meet student leaders face-to-face in a setting that most likely wouldn’t have otherwise happened,” Baty said.

The Get (IN)volved Fair sports a laid-back atmosphere, in which students can come and go as they please within the time frame, participating in club-led games, snacking on free ice cream, and conversing in lawn chairs in the summer sun.  A few of the organization-led activities include Jenga with the Students Helping Integrate Future Transfers, a scrimmage led by the Abraxans Quidditch team, and a showcase by the Karate Club.

Additionally, the fair offers a great place for clubs and organizations to make connections not only with prospective members, but also with each other.

“I love when students leave their table for a few minutes and visit another table and exchange information with each other about their clubs, great ideas for future partnerships, how they can collaborate on projects,” Baty said.

Baty felt that the fair offers a perfect opportunity for students even slightly considering joining a club or organization to scope out their options. She emphasized that students might find themselves interested in a club they wouldn’t have otherwise thought to join.

“Last spring, the S’mores Club participated in the fair for the first time, and finished with over 40 interested students looking for more information about upcoming S’mores Club events,” she said.

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This fall health care reform, also known as the Affordable Care Act, enacted on March 23, 2010, will effect changes at Boise State.

This act will have both positive and negative impacts on the Boise State student body.

The summary of health care reform, provided by Ascension Benefits and Insurance Solutions, is located on the Boise State Health Services home page. It states that students with the Student Health Insurance Plan will likely see a “significant” increase in the cost of their plans.

According to John Griffiths, the business manager for Campus Recreation and Health Services, this is because of a lack of utilization by students of Boise State’s health care services.

Although Boise State must conform with health care reform, it is not part of the free market like health insurance companies. The demographic for SHIP is primarily full-time students.

“It’s not really a level playing field,” Griffiths said.

SHIP isn’t as bad as other plans in the market, according to Marika Butler, the insurance and billing coordinator at Boise State. Part of Butler’s job description is to help students find plans that fit their financial situation.

“The initial in-network deductible is $150, then insurance will pay 80 percent up to $1,000,” Butler said. “Then, a new deductible of $4,500 will start.”

This system ensures that all visits will be covered up to the initial $1,000, with the deductible being waived for every visit.

According to Butler, premiums will be $1,254 each semester for SHIP this year, which is an increase of $200 from 2013.

This is mostly due to health care reform and other things, such as unlimited counseling, medical visits and flu shots. Health Services treats most student afflictions besides surgeries and extreme emergencies, in which case students are encouraged to visit other health care providers.

Students with alternate insurance policies, excluding Medicaid and Medicare, are also accepted by Health Services with payments dependent on their insurance company rates.

“We strongly encourage everyone who accesses Health Services checks with their insurance carrier prior to their appointment to make sure Health Services is in-network with their plan,” Butler said.

Those without student insurance will also experience differences in coverage due to health care reform, but will need to speak with their individual health care provider for details.

Students who waive SHIP will need insurance compatible with the new health care act by the beginning of the school year to be accepted. Not having health insurance is prohibited by Boise State as well as the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which states that every U.S. citizen must have qualifying health insurance coverage beginning 2014 or pay a fine based on a percentage of that individual’s income.

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President Bob Kustra’s State of the University Address on Aug. 20 set sights high for student and university success in both the near and distant future.

Kustra addressed university reorganization and innovation by discussing changes to better prepare students for the job market. Relevant education experiences and the introduction of a new college were announced.

These academic announcements revolve around Kustra’s common thread of the address, that “a modern university must work across lines and divisions and disciplines to stay relevant, to deliver quality in today’s world.”

“The challenge in today’s world is whether we’re providing all the tools necessary for the long-term success of our graduates,” Kustra said.

Kustra began his speech in the Morrison Center with positive statistics about student body growth and graduation numbers. Kustra said Boise State saw more than 70 percent growth in the number of graduates in less than 15 years. To better serve this growing number of students, the university must undergo academic changes.

These changes will come in different areas and will be a strong focus for the upcoming academic year. 

The School of Public Service and the College of Health Sciences will experience changes with the intention of better preparing students for the workforce. 

Toward the end of his speech, Kustra also announced the plan for the College of Innovation and Design to better facilitate transdisciplinary efforts.

“It is all about getting rid of the walls to better innovate and serve students, the marketplace and our varied partners,” Kustra said to close his address. “Let this spirit and now reality of Innovation and Design become the hallmark of Boise State University.”

The College of Innovation and Design is planned to be presented to the State Board of Education this fall and is intended to foster a structure for these transdisciplinary courses, research, and programs. Kustra described it as a “natural progression of trends in higher education” and the marketplace.

Another change the university will see involves the College of Health Sciences now having three schools: the School of Nursing, the School of Social Work and the School of Allied Health and Prevention. Dean Tim Dunnagan led these efforts. The College of Health Sciences will also have a section of University Health Services. 

This reorganization, along with continuing partnerships with health care community partners such as Saint Alphonsus and Saint Luke’s, will hopefully help students have a diverse range of knowledge to give better care in their respective professions.

On the topic of health, Kustra also made a big announcement concerning “the largest grant in Boise State history.” 

Julia Oxford, biological sciences professor, and her team secured a $10 million federal grant to build a Center for Biomedical Research. The center will boost cell research concerning heart disease and strokes, increase understanding of ligament damage and more, according to Kustra.

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In an effort to enhance learning management systems at Boise State such as Blackboard Learn, faculty and staff from a variety of campus organizations met a year ago to help bring a more consistent user experience to students using the Boise State website. Blackboard was the main focus of the survey.

This survey was conducted  to assess the attitudes and preferences of students, instructors, course designers and staff participants towards learning management systems. Most responses to the survey came in April 2014, survey results were published in June.

Blackboard is a resource  used mostly by students to check grades, participate in discussions and as a source of information on their
classes.

“Yes, we were really looking for more detail on the Blackboard side but we didn’t want to give the impression that we were moving to something else,” said Drew Jossis, technical support specialist for Blackboard. “We didn’t want to create a sense of panic.”

A new Blackboard interface will initiate in spring 2015 and will change according to comments made by respondents.

Of the 492 responses to the survey, 40 percent focused negatively on the user interface; the most common response being that Blackboard is too cluttered or crowded.

Another 30 percent of comments received were about teachers’ use of Blackboard as an instructional tool. Teachers are often inconsistent with updates which hinders students more than it helps them.

Hannah Barnett, a senior at Boise State, has firsthand experience with this inconsistency.

“A lot of professors don’t keep it updated, or change dates or make the effort to use it as a reference,” Barnett said. “That’s when it becomes more of a hindrance.”

This, according to Jossis, is an error which can’t be fixed with new technology. Teachers will need to learn to work with Blackboard. Otherwise, he recommends asking the teacher to update information more quickly.

Twenty percent of the comments focused on bugs users experience while working with Blackboard Learn and other systems.

“I hate to say it, but it’s the nature of the beast,” Jossis said. “It’s software”

 

 

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The Boise State Leadershape seminar is hard to explain without sounding rather cult-like as explained by Sophomore and attendant of Boise State’s 2014 session of Leadershape McAlister James Mallory once mentioned.

The program offers a unique opportunity for a life-changing experience through several different seminars teaching students how to think about community empowerment, self realization, and personal vision of the world.

“Leadershape was certainly one of the best university organizations I personally have had the pleasure of experiencing,” said James Moretto, sophomore film and media productions major. “It was very introspective… It helped me discover myself a bit more, helped me realize what exactly I do and don’t value.”

Leadershape was originally created by Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity in 1986 in order to improve leadership on campuses and has since spread to eighty colleges.

Leadershape has an inexplicable ability to help students facilitate thoughts and bring out the truest version of their vision for the world in the future. The program focuses on the individual while creating a community around self-development and acceptance.

“The individuals I interacted with, and the shared intimate moments will stay with me forever… it forced us to work together, struggle together and ultimately become a cohesive and supportive community,” said Moretto.

The program is completely cost free, including meals, room and board and up to 10 hours of seminar a day for one week. Leadershape pushes students to look differently at the opportunities they have ahead of them through reflection and team building activities.

“What Leadershape did for me is it gave me the confidence to go beyond what I think possible for myself to accomplish and see that anything is possible if you have a little faith behind what you are doing”, said Nick Propp  senior biology and dental studies major.

To apply for Leadershape, a student just needs to wait until the application opens up in the spring on the Student Involvement and Leadership Center’s page on Boise State’s official website.

“I would encourage anyone and everyone who is interested in becoming self-aware and an overall better human being to attend!” said  Elena Macover, junior marketing major. “LeaderShape helped me identify and solidify my values.  This has empowered me to be the honest, integral and self-respecting individual that I have always known I could be!”

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This fall, Boise State will be more social media-savvy than ever before.

In July, the Office of Communications and Marketing implemented a Boise State hashtag directory on its department website.

According to Leigh Ann Dufurrena, a digital and social media communications specialist, the hashtag directory is part of an effort by the university to improve its social media outreach. The university’s social media hub can be found at social.boisestate.edu.

“Hashtags on our directory are more than taglines, marketing slogans or catchphrases. They are search terms for aggregating services, plug-ins and widgets and to pull in data from social networking sites,” Dufurrena said in an email.

While #BroncoNation is a popular hashtag for Boise State athletics, it is noticeably missing from the official hashtag directory.

According to Dufurrena, this is because #BroncoNation is used by many sports teams with the Bronco
mascot.

“The hashtags must be unique in order to aggregate the data wanted, or too much data would be fed through the stream that isn’t relevant,” Dufurrena said.

In the digital age it has becoming increasingly important for universities like Boise State to explore social media outlets to engage with their communities.

“I am sure that the directory will grow with an abundance of hashtags, but I think it’s important for social media users to know that the #BoiseState hashtag is official, and is the one to use for consistency and powerful brand messaging,” Dufurrena said.

According to Dufurrena,  the #BoiseState tag was shared in 15.1 thousand tweets in the month of July alone, with 133 thousand retweets and a 17.29 million tweet reach.

“That’s 17 million people on Twitter who potentially saw #BoiseState,” Dufurrena said. “Using one official hashtag for all things Boise State makes our presence stronger and our voice
bigger.”

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For Refik Sadikovic, the journey getting to Boise was anything but a pleasant stroll through the park.

Sadikovic was first a citizen of Bosnia. After being wounded in war, battling starvation and moving between refugee camps for several months, he finally made his way across the border     and into Austria. Eventually Sadikovic made it to the United States and Boise in 2000.

Like many refugees who come to Boise, Sadikovic hardly spoke English.

“It was hard for me,” Sadikovic said. “I couldn’t speak English. I didn’t have time to really learn and I was too old to go to high school.”

According to the Idaho Office for Refugees, approximately 686 refugees and immigrants arrived in Boise from 20 different countries in 2012 alone. The majority of these refugees come from South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Central Asia and Africa.

By the time refugees­­­­­­—a large majority of which are women and children—make their way to the United States and eventually to Idaho, they’ve been stripped of all they know.

Once in Idaho, their fight isn’t over. Every refugee carries a personal story of persecution, escape and survival.

To help these individuals adapt to their new way of life, many organizations are in place around Boise such as Boise State Refugee Alliance, co-created by Sadikovic and his wife to help refugees enroll in school.

“It’s important to encourage refugees to pursue higher education,” Sadikovic said. “If we don’t, I’m sure they won’t do very well.”

For many who come  to Boise as refugees, the transition can be difficult. False expectations, trouble learning English and a lack of knowledge about the opportunities available can make this process more difficult.

“They (refugees) would like to go to school and get educated,” Sadikovic said. “The opportunity may be there but they don’t know about it.”

Sadikovic explained that after a year in the United States most refugees will have full citizenship. At this point enrolling in school is an easy process unless the individual has lost their documentation.

After 13 years in the United States Sadikovic considers himself successful, something he never thought he could be after all he’s gone through.

“I know it’s not easy. Because of my experience I know how to help,” Sadikovic said.

In an effort to help students and others get involved, Boise State currently maintains a website with a list of interpreters. If someone wishes to volunteer interpreting services, they can do so at boiseinterpreters.com.

More information can be found idahorefugees.org.

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Courtesy Jillana Finnegan, associate director of Advising and Academic Enhancement

It’s that time again—school’s beginning and you need to figure out how to balance classes, homework, hobbies and social time. Effective time management is essential to get all of your obligations met and have time for things that are just for fun. Here are some tips to help you manage everything on your plate:

- Make time to manage time: Time management does not just happen. Every day— or at least once a week— sit down and plan out your tasks, assignments and free time.

- Get a day planner: Use the day planner. Every day. The BroncoShop has inexpensive planners, or use the Google calendar linked to your BroncoMail.

- Put first things first: When making your schedule, write in your non-negotiable obligations (class, work, etc.) first. Next come your flexible commitments (homework, social time, etc.) and finally your negotiable items (errands, etc.) last. In the example to the right, the blue items were all filled in first, then the orange and finally, the rest were filled in to the spare time
in white.

- See your semester at a glance: Take the syllabus from each class and write down all assignment due dates and test days in your planner and on a large wall calendar that shows the whole year.

- Balance is important: Plan time for things that rejuvenate you, such as social time or important hobbies. Getting enough sleep is critical for a good memory and doing well on tests, so make a plan to get at least seven hours a night.

- Write everything down and prioritize: Once a week make a to-do list and write in your planner when you will complete the tasks on that list. Try to have five to eight items on your list and prioritize which need to be completed first.

- Set deadlines: Give yourself specific goals and tasks. Don’t just put “write paper” in your planner. Instead, be more specific: “write pg. 1 on Monday, pg. 2 on Wednesday, and edit/finish on Friday.”

Looking for more help with time management? We offer a study skill workshop that focuses on just that. Visit us at aae.boisestate.edu/workshops/ to sign up today.

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Bow fishing has seen growth over the years. Instead of fishing with a pole, bow fishermen use archery equipment.

Fishing with a pole may soon go out of style as people are now fishing with a bow?

“It’s real popular and everyone that does it can’t believe how fun it is,” said Mark Carson, Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer.

So what is bow fishing exactly?

To bow fish, grab a bow of any kind and attach a reel and a fishing line to the end of it. The arrows are attached to the end of the line,  allowing you to reel the fish like you would with a normal fishing pole.

“Bow fishing is definitely something I would like to try,” junior sociology major Scott Fitzgerald said. “I love to fish, and to shoot my bow and it looks challenging and badass!”

Bow fishing can be done from the shoreline or a boat.

“I like fishing out of a boat because you have more mobility and can cover the water better,” Carson said. “But I have shot thousands of carp from the bank, so it can certainly be done there as well.”

The spring and summer months are the best time to go bow fishing.

“In the springtime (the carp) come up to the shallow waters to spawn and they will all be up in the water that is less then a foot deep,” Carson said.

While there are some formal training classes available, Carson says that students interested in learning to bow fish will most likely learn best by doing.

Carson recommends shooting often and if you are missing a lot aim lower as the  water makes the fish seem higher then they really are.

While bow fishing has indeed caught on it seems that it has a ways to go before it replaces the time tested way of catching a fish.

“While I’d like to try bow fishing, I will most likely continue to fish with my pole and reel,” Fitzgerald said.

Carson highly recommends bow fishing for all avid outdoor enthusiasts: hunters and fishers alike.

“I would do it all the time if I could and I would do it over any other form of fishing or hunting,” Carson said. “It’s just so much fun.

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Jay Ajayi has made a name for himself on the gridiron. What many don't know however, is he was once a star on the pitch.

In another life Boise State  junior running back Jay Ajayi could have been a star on the soccer field instead of  being one on the blue.

Ajayi is one of college football’s most elite running backs and the star of the Boise State football team. Last season he ran for 1,425 yards and 18 touchdowns. He is on the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award watch lists, given to college football’s best running back and college player, respectively. But did you know he could have been another type of football star?

“I love football, but soccer is right there up with it,” Ajayi said.

Ajayi could have easily instead been a soccer player for the Nigerian national soccer team.

Before Ajayi moved to the United States from London, he was an avid soccer player with dreams of turning professional.

“My dad at the time knew a lot of guys on the Nigerian national team,” Ajayi said. “Also, one of my coaches in my club team was one of the coaches on the national team and told me if I was serious about trying out, I should talk to him— so I had some opportunities.”

When his dad got a job as an information technologist, Ajayi and his family moved to Texas. It was there, at the age of eight years old, that he picked up the game of football.

“I went to a practice with one of my classmates and they mistook me for one of their team players,” Ajayi said. “They called me over and I grabbed a football, ran the ball.”

It was official: he was hooked.

“It made me watch the great backs like Marshall Faulk and Emmett Smith,” Ajayi said. “How they ran the ball with so much passion. It made me love the game even more and I have been a runnig back ever since.”

With soccer opportunities back home and football opportunities in the US, Ajayi and his family had a decision to make.

In the end, Ajayi and his family felt that the US was the best place for them to be and would provide them the best opportunities.

“I had made a lot of friends and I have kind of built a new life here,” Ajayi said. “I wasn’t ready to make a huge life change and go back. I just felt that playing football would end up being the right path for me.”

The result of the decision not only turned Ajayi into a star, but turned his entire family into big football fans.

“My whole family is into football now,” Ajayi said. “They love what I am doing now.”

With what appears to be a promising football career ahead of him, Ajayi seems to have made the right choice. He couldn’t be happier with his decision all those years ago.

“I am in a great college whose fans are super passionate about their team,” Ajayi said. “I am living the dream in playing college football at the highest level at one of the greatest colleges in America and I have no regrets at all. What more could I ask for.”

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