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Saturday morning, 10 a.m.: the sun beats down as the first eager festival-goers swarm Expo Idaho.

The grounds are a dizzying swirl of color and noise. Giddy children scream from the Hayworth Family Carnival. Girls in bikinis with crowns of daisies in their hair line up for air-brush tattoos and Pronto Pups. The smell of barbecue mutton legs and fried donuts wafts down the fairway.

In every direction, throngs of ecstatic groupies gather to hear some local band or artist you had never heard of before today.

At Main Stage, earnest fans stake out spots with picnic blankets and camping chairs in anticipation of the day’s biggest acts.

“We’re here to see Train tonight,” said festival-attendee Sami Rice, a Meridian high-school student, making herself at home on an open patch of grass. The San Francisco-based rock band headlining the festival was due to perform at 8:15 that evening.

“We’ll be here all day,” Rice said.

This is Boise Music Festival 2014: seven stages, over 50 acts, and more than 80,000 fans.

Boise Music Festival (BMF) is an event organized by Townsquare Media, which owns and operates six local radio stations including pop music station, 103.5 KISS FM.

Townsquare Media also organizes live events throughout the greater Boise area.

“Boise Music Festival is one of the live events that we produce from scratch, in-house,” said Monchai Pungaew, the Marketing Director for Townsquare Media Boise.

According to Pungaew, big-name national acts like Train draw fans from all over the Northwest and attract sponsorships to help cover the cost of the festival.

Part of what makes BMF unique, however, is the exposure it provides for local artists.

“The Boise Music Festival is a great place for these up-and-coming talents to showcase their passion in front of 80,000 or more fans,” Pungaew told the Arbiter.

“For these performers, there’s nothing better than jamming in front of a live crowd.”

This is BMF’s fifth year running. Over the course of the single-day event, dozens of local acts performed on six different stages themed by musical genre, including the EDM and Acoustic Stage.

This year, the Main Stage featured an eclectic mix of nationally acclaimed performances, from the nostalgic Sir Mix-a-Lot to new indie sensation Fitz and the Tantrums.

“I don’t think you can beat MC Hammer,” said Chance Stewart, a festival-goer studying marketing at Boise State. “This year’s line up is pretty good though. It’s a solid mix.”

MC Hammer, best known for the song “U Can’t Touch This,” graced the BMF stage back in 2011.

Of course, the festival has a different draw for everyone.

“Train, rides, and Pronto Pups,” said Sydney Fuentes, a Boise State senior studying communication. “That’s what I came here for.”

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Starbucks in the Albertsons Library has undergone remodeling this summer.

Students returning to campus may be shocked to see that the entrance to Starbucks has moved. The door is no longer inside the library but in the library’s atrium.

“The thought was to help traffic flow and give Starbucks more flexibility in terms of operating hours and other potential uses for that space, [allowing for] opportunities to use that vestibule area for other [events],” said Mary Aagard, head of Access Services for Albertsons Library.

The library and Dining Services hope that the relocation will benefit students wanting to go to Starbucks.

“By moving the door we can explore utilizing the door that is currently an emergency exit. During busy times, utilizing both doors can help remove congestion and improve flow for customers,” said Boise State Student Union director Brent Delong.

The project budget was $11,500 and funded by the Student Union budget. They also receive a commission from Starbucks.

Students are excited for the change.

“I think it’ll be easier now,” said Shannon Rowe, a senior marketing major and bi-weekly Starbucks patron. “Not that there have been major disruptions, but I know a lot of students go to the library just for coffee.”

Construction started July 11 and was finalized July 18.

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One of Boise State’s many internship projects includes maintaining and harvesting the beehives outside the third floor of the SUB to make products such as honey, beeswax and hand cream.

On Sunday, Aug. 17, these interns will host demonstrations of  working the hives and will co-host guest speaker Kim Flottum, who will speak about a variety of topics concerning bees and beekeeping.

In the past year the news has been swarming with articles about the fate of bees and different factors influencing their declining numbers. Pesticides and herbicides could be influential in weakening beehives. Decisions and changes in agriculture itself and the economy could also play a role. According to Melinda Jean Stafford, Student Union program coordinator, there is still a lot unknown. 

“I think it’s pretty exciting because Kim is such a great scientist,” Stafford said. “What we’re really trying to do is teach people how to work with bees and increase awareness.”

Stafford said she has found it fun to harvest honey and wax from the hives atop the Student Union Building. Some of the interns come in not knowing anything about beekeeping, but they learn about what they can use from the hives, how to handle the bees and harvest honey and wax. The mentality is not to waste anything and produce totally natural products. Demonstrations might include opening a hive and showing a close up of the interior.

Stafford said she is really excited for the event and encourages anyone interested in bees and beekeeping to come. She also wants to extend a thank you to the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club for their mentorship to the interns and helping bring Flottum to Boise State.

****If You Go****

What: “On the RADAR with Kim Flottum”

Who: Boise State beekeeping interns and the Treasure Valley Beekeepers Club

Where: Lookout Room (3rd floor of the SUB)

When: Sunday, August 17, 1 p.m.

RSVP: http://sub.boisestate.edu/sustainability/on-the-radar-with-kim-flottum/

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Coaching transitions can offer a mixed bag for both the athletes and the coaching staff.

On the one hand, a new perspective is brought to a program. The new coach can provide a team with a burst of energy to break up the normal routine.

On the other hand, that normal routine is a system the athletes have become accustomed to— they’re comfortable with what they have been doing and can be resistant to change.

Dan Potter, a north Idaho native and former Washington assistant, is making the returning members from last year’s golf team his top priority so as to avoid an awkward coaching transition.

“The guys currently on the team are my first priority,” Potter said while speaking to members of the local media during his first day on the job. “They’re in a unique situation with a coaching transition. I was in one when I was in college, so I know that they can be somewhat uncomfortable.”

The likelihood of an uncomfortable transition decreased when Potter was informed that Ryan Hietala would be returning as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

Hietala has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for the Broncos after competing on the PGA Tour.

“(It) was a huge relief,” Potter said. “I’ve known Ryan a little bit. I know that he’s passionate about the program going forward. Him wanting to stay here was awesome news.”

Although Potter’s priority is to make the transition from Burton as seamless as possible, he’s not ready to write this season off at all.

“I’m very optimistic for this season,” Potter said. “We have some great tournaments on the schedule.”

The Broncos hope they will be able to improve upon last season’s last place finish in the MWC while under the direction of Potter.

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courtesy Erin Gerry
Steven Escobedo dances with his daughter Stevie at her quinceñera.

Over the summer, students in Intensive Semester Learning Experience (ISLE) 397, a 6-credit intensive interdisciplinary arts and humanities course, have been going out into the community and gathering information to create a Wiki site, Idaho Latinopedia.

This Wiki will serve Boise State and the greater community as a means of exploring Latino culture in Boise: from its history to present citizens and from restaurants to community resources.

Erin Gerry, a Spanish major pursuing her second bachelor’s degree, said she really appreciated the guest speakers who spoke during the first several weeks of the course. Gerry said one particular guest speaker, Rosaura Conley-Estrada, debunked stereotypes about Latino women. Conley-Estrada provided data showing Latino women only have one more child on average than white women in America, proving that the perception of Latino women having a lot of kids is incorrect.

“I appreciated the education piece,” Gerry said. “I like to listen and get other people’s views and opinions.”

Alicia Garza, who is teaching the course, said the idea for this class came to her while she was teaching one of her Mexican-American culture courses. Fellow professor Leslie Madsen-Brooks had taught a similar course. Garza has been excited about teaching this class, despite it being one she has never taught before.

Arts and Humanities Institute director Nick Miller is also excited about Garza’s course and other intense interdisciplinary courses. The goal of these courses is to “cross-fertilize” science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines with arts and humanities disciplines. Miller said the courses being interdisciplinary and having a service-learning component­ provide the experience employers are looking for.

Creating and teaching these courses has been a work-in-progress. One of the challenges has been recruiting students and making the course truly interdisciplinary.

“Things that are innovative require a lot of change,” Miller said. “[We’re] trying to make a 22,000 student university feel small. We are changing the dynamic of anonymity to a more intimate experience.”

Through this ISLE course, Gerry connected with people she has interviewed while gathering information. In her work as a counselor, Gerry has encountered language barriers. She decided to take a few Spanish courses, but realized she wanted to learn more about the culture as well. ISLE has given her the opportunity to do so.

Gerry interviewed one of her co-workers, who works as a school teacher, and got his sociological perspective on being respected in the community. With his master’s degree in administration, and dressing a particular way to conceal his tattoos, Steven Escobedo has found people treat him differently than when they see him in what he calls his “thug persona”: his tank top, tattoos and crooked hat.

Gerry is looking forward to how the Wiki page will turn out with experiences like these capturing the essence of Latino culture in Boise. For Gerry, the more she knows about Latino culture, the better. Gerry said this course has been very informative for her and is unlike any other course she has ever taken.

More courses like these will be available in the fall and spring semesters, with the fall course being ISLE 297.

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Christian Spencer

College campuses across the nation are taking a stand against sexual assault and rape. Activists such as Caroline Heldman, the associate professor of politics at Occidental College, are front and center leading the cause.

“Every college that’s residential and co-ed across the United States—all of them—have a problem. Every single one of them,” Heldman said during her presentation at the Andrus Center on June 12. “If your campus says it doesn’t have a problem—it does.”

Heldman specializes in presidency, gender, media and race in the American context. She is active in the new campus anti-rape movement, co-founding End Rape on Campus (EROC) and Faculty Against Rape (FAR). Heldman works with survivors and activists in the United States to hold their institutions accountable.

“The sexual assault movement has been well under way for well over a century,” said Heldman.

During her presentation, she claimed that the current generation is experiencing another movement against sexual assault, sexual violence and rape. 

According to a report put out by The White House, nearly one in five women have been or will be raped in their lifetime, and that rape is more common in young people and more prevalent amongst college students. The report and Heldman attribute college age being high risk due to the college environment of partying, drinking and using drugs.

Most attackers are serial offenders, meaning that they will commit more than one rape, averaging six rapes each. Most rapes on college campuses are committed by a small number of repeat offenders.

Citing national statistics, Heldman said, “If you are a man on a college campus you are more likely to be a victim of rape than a perpetrator.”

Heldman and the White House report note that the issue doesn’t lie with the victims but their assailants.

A trend among certain institutions and universities is to encourage victims to stay quiet. This is referred to as “institutional betrayal.”

“What happens is, oftentimes rape and sexual assault survivors will come forward and the institution will end up re-traumatizing them,” Heldman said. “So, what do they experience? Survivors come forward and the common stories we hear are [the survivors] were told that it is ‘no big deal,’ they need to ‘get over it,’ and they’re discouraged from reporting claims both with the college and with local law enforcement.

“Some [survivors] will be told by administration, ‘Well, you know it would be really expensive if you went to report to the police.’”

One form of institutional betrayal is allowing the assailant to remain enrolled at the institution, creating a Title IX case.

“I honestly think that the institution should do its best to protect the student—including the victim,” said Nathan Cook, sophomore psychology major. “Rape is not only illegal, it’s immoral. I believe if [the rapist] was a student on campus then he should be banned off school grounds and should be expelled.”

Boise State is currently facing a lawsuit for mishandling a sexual assault case in 2013. Two women are suing the school with the help of lawyer Gloria Allred. Read more about this case at Arbiteronline.com.

Boise State’s Women’s Center has broken ground on helping victims and providing support and resources.

“The Women’s Center offers no-cost, confidential support for students of all genders,” said Adriane Bang, a violence prevention and support coordinator for the Women’s Center. “We are a safe space to process emotions, and we can provide support in reporting to police or the university or accessing community resources.”

Bang stressed the importance of educational efforts undertaken by the university on an individual level.

Education about the dynamics of sexual violence as well the importance of bystander intervention is key to ensuring sexual violence becomes less common,” Bang said.

Starting Fall 2014 all incoming students will be required to complete an online educational module, coinciding with a national effort to ensure campuses are increasingly able to recognize situations where no consent is given and preparing them to intervene.

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Sunny Smallwood coaching players at Nebraska

There is really no place like home; just ask LeBron James.

That was the feeling Sunny Smallwood had when she joined the Boise State Broncos’ women’s basketball program as its newest associate head coach.

“Boise is just a great city and I loved going to school here,” Smallwood said. “I’m excited to work with this great group of people that I have had the chance to meet and believe so much in.”

Smallwood grew up in Boise, playing basketball at Boise High School and then later for Boise State.

“There are a lot of alums out there that would dream of coming back and working at their alma mater,” Smallwood said.

She most recently was the associate head coach at the University of Nebraska, where she led that program to multiple NCAA sweet 16 appearances.

“Nebraska wasn’t a big-time program when I got there, but me, along with all the other coaches, were able to turn it around and build something really great,” Smallwood said. “I believe the same thing about Boise State. To me there are no limits of what we might be able to do if we put our nose to the grindstone.”

During the course of her career, Smallwood has specialized in two distinct areas: recruiting and defense. In fact, Smallwood personally recruited former WNBA player Lindsey Moore. Boise State is hoping for more of the same.

“She has reorganized our recruiting. Now that we have a person like her we are hoping to steal some recruits from the big guys,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “Our recruiting has already jumped in terms of who we are talking to, and the respect that she commands around the country will allow us to get into some really good players’ homes.”

Smallwood will take over the defense that at times has struggled in recent years.

“Defense is an area where we have had a hard time for a number of years,” Presnell said. “I’m hoping with her that we become one of the top defensive teams in our conference.”

This wasn’t the first time the Broncos had tried to add Smallwood on the coaching staff.

“We tried before to get her because she is one of the top coaches in the whole country,” Presnell said.  “We have always focused on her and she was always at the top of our list, and she is going to be a great addition to our program and hopefully get us to a different level.”

In addition to recruiting and revamping the defense, Smallwood has already started to get to know and work with her players.

“I like that she has been really involved with us and is getting to know us now, instead of just waiting till practice starts,” junior forward Lexie Der said. “She is very open and that helps us to get to know her as well.”

Boise State is happy to have her back and is hoping she makes an immediate impact.

“I am excited because she seems to be very outgoing, funky, fun, and obviously a great coach,” Der said. “She has a good career behind her and I feel she will fit very well here and will bring something else that will help our coaches and ourselves benefit in new ways.”

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“The Book of Mormon” is coming to the Morrison Center in July of next year, to the delight of many theater-goers and the suspicion of those that hold the Latter Day Saint religion close to their hearts.

For those less familiar with the production, this satirical musical is not based on the book of scripture that many of the Boise Mormon population place great importance upon. It is rather a full-on performance that plays with the intricacies of Mormonism, specifically missionaries, in a song- and dance-filled storyline.  Whether it comes across as harmlessly playful or pointedly hurtful is up to the audience members.

The play follows the plight of a pair of missionaries stationed in Uganda.  It pokes fun at multiple aspects of Mormonism, including “turning off” homosexual feelings, wearing sacred undergarments, and working with unknowledgeable mission partners.

The production, as described by junior New York University computer science major Sara Linsley is “immensely vulgar and offensive, but in a way that makes every single person in the audience laugh.”

Linsley stood in line for five hours to get discounted standing room tickets to see the play in New York City.  She hoped the play would help her understand Mormonism more but instead came away feeling further confused. She was, however, thoroughly entertained and plans on seeing it again.

“I think it’s all in good fun,” said Linsley.  “It’s not exactly politically correct, but it wouldn’t be a comedy if it were.”

Active member of the LDS faith and junior equine studies student at the College of Southern Idaho Shayla French has not seen the play but is not as enchanted by the idea of the production or its soundtrack as Linsley.

“It’s pretty harsh to poke at something someone believes in,” she said.

“‘The Book of Mormon’ is a satire,” explained Linsley, “but it does have a lot of things that even very religious people can relate to.”  She continued to describe one of the main characters, Arnold, and his struggle to do what is morally correct without having a solid piece of scripture to back himself up every time.

Linsley warned against watching the play with a critical eye.  She encouraged potential viewers to instead enjoy the play and not worry about the extreme intricacies.

“It’s from the creators of South Park, not Romeo and Juliet,” she commented.

In the larger scheme of things, French thinks that the production gives members of the Mormon faith an opportunity to shed light on their religion.

“This play has given the LDS members a chance to reach out and correct the wrong ideas that may be construed by media,” French said.

However, French gave a nod to the fact that the play is, in fact, cemented in fiction.

“And that’s all it is; a story,” she said.  “It doesn’t portray how every mission is in any way.”

Though French has held that she probably wouldn’t go to see the play, Linsley encouraged those interested in the play to listen to the soundtrack on Spotify.

“I’ve seen a lot of artsy, off-broadway plays in my time,” she said. “The Book of Mormon made me laugh and cry in ways that the other plays couldn’t.”

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With warm summer days comes the sun high in the sky, short shorts, flip flops, and a stark lack of television.  But, with a constant surge toward online forms of video entertainment and opportunities for television catch-up, this summer television drought has become significantly less noticeable.

Anime enthusiast and Kuna High School seniorRebecca Kadel dreads the summer television drought  but has found several ways to find more episodes and seasons to watch during the normal, seasonal slump in cable television.

“During the summer I usually rewatch my favorite series over again,” she said.

With the large amount of television available on online platforms at any point in time, Kadel is usually able to watch more online than she would be able to when keeping up with a show on cable.

“I normally watch multiple episodes from a series a day, but on cable there will sometimes only be one episode per week,” said Kadel.

Junior English literature major Andrea Batten uses summer to catch up on shows that she can’t fit into her schedule during the busy school year.

“I rely on Hulu and Netflix to get those,” she said.

Batten added, “I gave up on cable about a year ago and have relied only on Netflix and Hulu ever since.”

Beyond Netflix and Hulu, there are multiple free platforms through which budgeting students can stay caught up on their television.

“I am a bit of a nerd, so I really enjoy Crunchyroll for free anime,” Batten explained.

Both Batten and Kadel find that with so much television available on online platforms, it is hard to sense the usual lack of summertime television.

“If you’re caught up in a series, you still have to wait like everyone else,” said Kadel, who found that, eventually, one can run into a summertime slump if they watch copious amounts of television on multiple platforms.

“If there is a drought, I don’t even watch enough TV to notice,” Batten concluded.

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We’ve been walking for the last three hours among the mountains of Guatemala as the sun rises over the small villages below, bringing up memories of the small children we saw digging in trash, and the houses made out of what looked like leftover wood and slabs of concrete. As we pass the seven crosses that the trail is named after and enter into the rain forest, a cloud of fog consumes the sky. Trees with ages too old to be known linger in our path giving way to scenery  more beautiful than the Garden of Eden.

The anecdote above comes from a recent trip made to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; a city that is ridden with Spanish schools. There is no acceptance process for any of these schools because all the lessons are one-on-one with native Spanish speakers who will focus on your linguistic needs. Each school provides students with a host family within days of receiving the request. They’ll even provide a ride from the airport if given a day’s notice.

The exchange rate from quetzals to American dollars ends up making living expenses, eating out, shopping, and traveling around Guatemala extremely cheap for the foreign traveler. In fact, it’s so cheap that at some points you find yourself buying multiple things you don’t need within minutes as you repeat to yourself “But shit it’s only 7Q (or around 99 cents)!”

“I love it!” says recent University of Texas graduate, Cally Hibbs. Hibbs is currently attending La Paz, a Spanish school in Quetzaltenango that focuses on the culture and history of Quetzaltenango.

Because almost all Spanish schools in Quetzaltenango offer the same one-on-one 5 hours of schooling per day, a student can easily get the exact experience they desire as long as they know what area they want to study. Each school focuses on a different topic of learning. Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco (PLQ), for example, focuses more on traditional culture and customs of the villages of Guatemala.

“[When founding PLQ] a strong emphasis was placed on education about the social and political realities of Guatemala and of Central America in general,” employee at Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco, Tiana Carrasquillo said. “Even today, a portion of tuition is donated to Guatemalan human rights organizations.”

In addition to their classes in Quetzaltenango, the school also provides a special program for students more interested in traditional village life called La Escuela de la Montaña.

“La Escuela de la Montaña is unique in offering students the opportunity to live in Guatemala’s mountainous coffee plantation region while sharing daily life with the people of the surrounding communities,” Carrasquillo explained.

The experience can be an eye-opening one as many of the living standards in Guatemalan cities are varied, allowing for a student to understand more of what the life in a developing country is like.

“Language is … more than a way of communication but also a different form of thought,” says Federico Velasquez Pacheco, the founder of Celas Maya, another Spanish school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Pacheco explains that when you learn a language from a native speaker, you’ll be able to understand the country better. Unlike the isolation that other study abroads give you within a university, every day in Quetzaltenango you’re confronted with the issues of a developing country, giving you a personal look into the lives of undocumented immigrants and the starving impoverished, as well as life alongside of strong political and police corruption.

“If you’ve got everything you need in life it is hard to have real empathy for other people in life,” Hibbs said. “It is important to have an idea that everything is connected; being down here with all this corruption reminded you that you can fix and change things for the better.”

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Although Boise was ranked by Liveability.com as one of the best places to live, history has shown that even the most beautiful places can be disgraced by a single incident of violence.

In light of the recent shooting tragedy in Santa Barbara in which six students were killed, Gene Deisinger, a behavior threat assessment, management specialist and clinical psychologist, was asked to speak about the nature and process of targeted violence in higher institutions at Boise State. Most of his speech  revolved around the difficulties of profiling.

“The human mind has evolved to profile,” Deisinger said. This can be misleading.

According to Deisinger, the mind does two things when first meeting another person: first, it categorizes the interaction based on past experience. Then, it assigns meaning, deciding whether or not the situation threatens the individuals well-being or survival.

“The good news is those heuristics work fairly well some of the time,” Deisinger said. “The bad news is they don’t work very well much of the time.”

In Deisinger’s opinion, many believe there has been an outbreak of mass shootings throughout the country. He stresses that this is not the case; shootings are much less frequent than other forms of violence.

He feels the majority of violence happens when people aren’t aware of it.

The number one problem over the years has been self-induced harm or violence in the home, where only one offender and one victim are involved. Mass shootings have been mostly associated with targeted violence, however.

Furthermore, most incidents occur at the victim’s home where they are alone and vulnerable. This, according to Deisinger, isn’t the perception most people have about targeted violence.

“In terms of violent crimes, most campuses are safe,” Deisinger said.

Even so, it helps to be aware.

Although it is impossible to profile someone who may potentially cause harm to others, there are signs to watch for. Deisinger uses the phrase “pathway to violence” to describe an individual’s actions leading up to an incident.

When an individual’s mood becomes drastically different than usual, Deisinger said that is when a person is most susceptible to hurting themselves or others.

“Oftentimes, it’s pretty clear the person’s state of crises,” he said.

Usually these people will express their ideas of violence to friends or co-workers. They will go beyond just thinking about harming others by mapping out the event.

“This doesn’t mean everyone who thinks about violence will do it,” Deisinger said. “These are usually people that someone has expressed their concerns about previously.”

In any instance in which a potentially violent situation may take place, Boise Police Department lieutenant Rob Gallas urges students and faculty to report what they see.  “I’d rather be inconvenienced and be wrong than have someone notice something and not report it,” Gallas said.

In his opinion, the Boise community is safe because people are willing to act.

“We’re not doing this alone,” Gallas said.

Most instances in which law enforcement officers catch someone in the act of a crime, he says, are when a bystander is paying attention and reports it.

In cases in which students are already on campus when an incident occurs, Gallas strongly recommends opting-in to Bronco Alert. This resource will either send you a text or email depending on preference if something serious takes place on campus. Students who want to opt-in can do so by clicking the link on their Bronco web home page. The entire sign-up process takes less than two minutes.

Gallas also recommends students and faculty take a more active approach by imagining their actions in these situations.

“If you’ve already thought it through, you’re going to respond that way,” Gallas said.

For additional information, go to http://emergencymanagement.boisestate.edu/emergency_procedures/.

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All of your standard food options have become poison. Seek out alternative food sources such as copy paper, grass from the intramural field and wood chips from the flower beds. Garnish your feast with a collection of pond scum, children’s tears and your college hopes and dreams.


Today you and Vladimir Putin will be united in one spirit. Go about your day as you normally would, although to benefit fully from your spiritual connection, you must be shirtless at all times, riding a large, ferocious Russian bear named Boris. If your fellow students object to your spiritual journey, immediately enter their place of residence and forcibly subdue them while ignoring the protests of their neighbors.


Today that bowl of Lucky Charms you ate turns out to be the opposite of lucky. All day long you will have Adam Sandler following you around and narrating your life as 7 different characters. Happy Gilmore is not one of those characters.


The universe has decided that those nights of lonely nerdiness must be remedied. Don your cape, dramatically strap on your lightsaber, pack your Pokemon cards and head out to the quad. Announce yourself with memorable one line quotes. When someone responds in kind, you will have found your true love.


Today all of those years of listening to Drake will finally catch up to you. While sitting in class, you will suddenly break into tears about your former high school love. All of your classmates will laugh and judge you and you will be forced to move to Alaska and live out of an abandoned school bus. Fear not, Drake will be there with you to cry alongside you as he whispers sweet nothings into your ear.


That math test you spent all night studying for won’t go well. It’s time to make like “Frozen” and just let it go. Time to drop out of school and work downtown under the name of Indigo.

Virgo: To reap your daily karma benefits, you must dwell in irony for the day. To prepare yourself, listen to a random folk song that is at least seven years old and forage for outfits in the donation pile at the local Youth Ranch. During the day, roll your eyes when anyone mentions anything that happened in the last five years.


That dream you had last night about being abducted by aliens turns out to be reality. The only way to escape their ship is to eat the magic beans and slide down to corn stalk back to your boring life working in a cubicle.


Your early high school years are calling. Spend the day using sexual double entendres, shopping at Hollister and yelling “Burnnnnnnn!” every time your professors make a statement. Finish off your day watching the first season of “Family Guy” while viewing random female profiles on MySpace.


Your attempts to get a tan this summer will be futile. Instead of your skin turning into a tan color, you just begin to turn green and grow larger. All of your clothes will be torn to shreds and you will be forced to do all of your shopping at a back alley Wal-Mart.


Unbeknownst to you, your health is rapidly declining. To halt this decline, you must ingest 16 gallons of Mountain Dew into your body during a 24 hour period. Video games, wrestling matches and cheesy action movies are allowed during this time although bathroom breaks are prohibited.


You will come across a large bag of money today. Instead of spending it on food for your friends and family, you decide to spend it all at Hollister in order to “swag ‘yoself out”.” Because of this, you lose all of your friends and live a lonely life in your bachelor pad. Well played.

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For  the last 15 years, the Bronco Shop and Boise State bookstore have been funneling money back to students, according to Mike Reed, the Boise State Bookstore director.

The Bronco Shop focuses sales on apparel and Boise State merchandise. The Boise State bookstore caters more specifically to students, offering apparel, textbooks and school supplies.

Each of the five Bronco Shop locations in Meridian, Twin Falls, Boise and the campus bookstore, located in the Student Union Building, boast “Your purchases fund scholarships.”

“We’ve been giving back to the university for years,” said Reed. “This year we gave back $600,000; last year, we gave back $600,000.”

Over the course of the last five years, the bookstore has returned $3.65 million dollars to the student body in scholarships and endowments.

Funds for the scholarships usually come from Bronco gear. Sales of products with the Boise State logo or athletic Bronco help the return tremendously.

“That fund is mostly driven by the sale of our insignia product,” Reed said. “If we have a good year in the athletic program, everyone is on board and that is where most of the money comes from.”

The money goes where  it is needed, as determined by the university and financial aid services. “Financial aid will come to us and say, ‘Where we really need that is with the Presidential and Dean’s scholarships,’” Reed said. “They’ll give a presentation on [why], then the board votes. That recommendation moves up to the vice president and president.”

The Bookstore Advisory Board meets once a month to determine where the donation will go to best aid the university. While the money isn’t reserved for these two scholarships, it is not uncommon for a majority of the donation to fuel the Presidential and Dean’s scholarships. These two scholarship programs are merit-based and used to recruit new students to Boise State.

In an email Renee Rehder, senior associated director of Enrollment Services and Scholarships, said, “The Presidential Scholarship is a two-year $5,000 per year award.  The Dean’s Scholarship is a two-year $3,000 per year award. Each year, we take the total amount of funds available and divide it amongst our Presidential and Dean’s scholarships.  The way the funds are divided depends on the strength of the application pool and the total dollar amount of funds available.”

The two scholarships this year will benefit a large majority of incoming Idaho residential students and Idaho transfer students.

While purchases fund scholarships, they also fund and sustain programs.

The Capitol Scholars program is also bookstore funded. It offers a need-based scholarship to Idaho juniors in the top 10 percent of their high school class who plan to attend Boise State. The bookstore contributes to a $500 one-time text-book scholarship to help these students.

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Boise State's Marisa Howard has slowly blossomed into one of the nation's best steeplechasers, despite overcoming a six week injury this winter.

While her teammates were running the streets and trails of Boise, redshirt junior Marisa Howard spent her winter in the last place she wanted: the pool.

 Following a successful 2013 cross country season, Howard entered her winter post-season break excited about the possibilities of the upcoming track season.

 While visiting her parents in mid-January earlier this year, Howard began to notice pain in her knee while running. After consulting with the team trainer, Howard took several days off to avoid further injury. After returning to Boise, several days turned to 10 days, and 10 days turned to six weeks.

 Over those six weeks, Howard had two MRIs, consulted with two doctors and two physical therapists, and received two cortisone shots, all the while trying to remain confident in the fact that she would be able to compete again.

 “I was crying every week it was so awful,” Howard said.

 To remain in shape, Howard cross-trained relentlessly, pool running and lap swimming for one to two hours every day.

Her coach, Corey Ihmels, who had dealt with his own set of injuries in his running career empathized with Howard and the frustrations of not being able to do something they loved.

“I tell them when they’re injured, ‘When you drive down the street and see someone running, do you want to get out and punch them in the face?’” Ihmels said. “I don’t want them to go through the things that I’ve gone through.”

With six weeks of treatment and still no improvement, Howard elected to start running again in March in order to not lose her entire outdoor season.

“At first it hurt a lot; I still deal with it today,” Howard said. “To this day we still have no clue what was wrong.”

Despite the pain Howard felt, she continued to train with the goal of qualifying for the national championships— regardless of the setback from her injury.

“I think on my side there was a lot of doubt but everyone else kept reassuring me it would work out,” Howard said.

 The confidence from those around her carried Howard through the season, giving her a victory in the steeplechase at the MWC Championships and a runner-up finish in the 5,000-meter.

The NCAA steeplechase final played out perfectly for Howard. A controlled pace that slowly strung out competitors put Howard in fifth place with 500 meters to go.

 Going over the water pit with 150 meters remaining, Howard was able to pass Rachel Johnson and Rachel Sorna to take second place – a feat she never could have thought imaginable.

 “I tried to get to the finish line as fast as I could,” Howard said. “Afterwards, talking to a lot of people, they said ‘Look at where you came from.’ It was so surreal to get there after not running for six weeks.”

 Her second place finish has only added to Howard and Ihmels’ excitement for the future. With both her and NCAA Champion Emma Bates returning for their senior seasons, expectations are high for the Broncos’ cross country team.

For Howard, she now has the confidence and belief that she can be an elite runner. With this confidence, she hopes she can qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Mat Boesen, a red-shirt linebacker for Boise State’s football team, was arrested Thursday evening.

Boesen, 19, was charged with misdemeanor inattentive or careless driving and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers. He was booked in the jail at 7:41 p.m. but released later that same night.

The athletics department released a short statement saying they are aware of the situation and intend to follow the procedures outlined in the student conduct policy.

According to an article published by the Idaho Press Tribune Boesen is due in court on July 31.

Boesen, who red-shirted as a true freshman last year, was not expected to be a major contributor for the team this fall.

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The Associated Press reported Abolitionists4Life, an anti-abortion organization, filed a lawsuit against Boise State Friday, June 27 claiming the university is in violation of the First Amendment.

This past May, Abolitionists4Life were told by university officials they could only gather to protest in certain areas on campus and had to put up signs warning their content was controversial and potentially offensive.

Abolitionists4Life claim the university is violating free speech by limiting the areas where the students can protest on campus.

Boise State has six “speech” zones where students are allowed to protest and can only hand out fliers in those designated zones the students reserve.


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Today on The Grove in downtown Boise Mark Rudin, vice president of research and economic development at Boise State, announced that Boise State’s Computer Science department will be moving downtown in the summer of 2016.

Currently occupying the Engineering Building, the entire department will be moved to the new Clearwater Analytics building downtown where it will rent out two floors encompassing 50,000 square feet.

As bold as the move was to move an entire department downtown, many including President of Boise State Bob Kustra, believe it is a good decision.

“For (students), the advantage of studying and working so close to their future employment is going to be an enormous value,” Kustra said

The deal joins three major groups together who will also occupy the building; The Gardner company, Boise State and Clearwater Analytics.

Near the end of the announcement Ken Gardner, real-estate developer responsible for building of the Zions Bank Building downtown, gave a donation in the amount of $1 million dollars or the equivalent he says to one years rent for Boise State at the new Clearwater building.

“I hope that it will go to help refugees, Hispanics, minorities and women become more involved in the technology area and engineering departments as well as computer science,” Gardner said.




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Boise State's Emma Bates won her first NCAA title with a 32:32.35 win the 10,00m.

Redshirt junior Emma Bates can now add a national championship to her extensive running resume.

Bates edged out Alabama-Birmingham’s Elinor Kirk by five meters to win the NCAA 10,000m race 32:32.35 to Kirk’s 32:32.39 at Oregon’s legendary Hayward Field.

Bates’ time is the second fastest 10,000m recorded at an NCAA Championship meet. Her title is the first outdoor national title won by a Broncos woman, and the first outdoor title since Kurt Felix won the decathlon in 2012.

The Elk River, Minn. native was in the lead pack for the entire race, putting her in good contention to break away from the pack when Kirk and Duke’s Juliet Bottorff made a move with a mile to go.

With only 300 meters remaining, Bates and Kirk began their drives to the finish line before Bates was able to barely outdistance Kirk entering the home stretch.

“(The last 100 meters) was a complete blur,” Bates told Flotrack.org after her race. “That last 10 meters I just really dug deep.”

Bates’ was able to run a 4:53 last mile which included a blistering 67 second last lap to give her the victory.

With the win, Bates earned her first ever NCAA championship after placing 3rd in the 10,000m last spring, and 2nd in the NCAA cross country championship this past fall.

Bates’ national title is the seventh in Broncos history, second for women’s track and field, and was also the eighth All-American honors of her career, making her the most decorated athlete in Boise State history.

Bates will conclude her season on Saturday with the 5,000m at 3:24 p.m (PT). She, along with NCAA cross country champion Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth, are among the favorites in the race.

D’Agostino won the NCAA 5,000m last spring while Bates finished seventh.

Boise State’s Marissa Howard will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase final today at 5:35 p.m. (PT).

Races can be watched live through Watch ESPN and ESPNU.

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The One Republic concert at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena could cause some traffic congestion throughout Friday. The following is a notice sent out by Boise State Transportation and Parking Services advising the public on how to best navigate the area.


Due to the crowd size expected, there will be increased traffic congestion along University Drive between Lincoln Avenue and Broadway Avenue. To minimize the impact of the increased traffic, the following  information is provided to help you plan accordingly for temporary parking restrictions that will be in effect on campus during the One Republic concert.

To avoid traffic delays consider accessing Boise State University from Capitol Boulevard or Beacon Street for parking in Lincoln Garage, as traffic will be increased on Broadway Avenue.

Note that production set-up for the concert begins Tuesday morning, meaning that large trucks and trailers, and charter buses, will occupy portions of the West Stadium lot, decreasing available parking.

West Stadium lot restrictions will begin at 2pm on Friday, June 13, 2014 – Vehicles already parked in West Stadium lot will not have to relocate to another lot.


· Stadium Lots- located around the stadium, accessible parking spaces are available in the West  Stadium lot for $10.00 per space, and $5.00 per space in the East Stadium lot.

· Lincoln Avenue Garage- located between Lincoln and Michigan Avenues, with the entrance off Belmont Street, accessible spaces are available for a fee of $5.00 per space. The ground floor will be reserved for accessible parking patrons and an accessible-equipped Boise State shuttle will provide transportation to and from the concert.

· Boise State Accessible Permit – permit holders will be able to utilize designated accessible parking spaces at no charge with their valid Boise State Accessible Permit properly displayed. Their vehicle must also display an ADA License Plate or Placard and the owner of such must accompany the vehicle.


· West Stadium Lot – located West of Bronco Stadium and accessed from University Drive, limited parking spaces will be available for a fee of $10.00.

· East Stadium Lot – located East of Bronco Stadium and accessed from University Drive, parking spaces are available for a fee of $5.00 per space. Boise State permit holders will be able to park in East Stadium on a space available basis.

· Lincoln Avenue Garage – located between Lincoln and Michigan Avenues, with the entrance off  Belmont Street, parking spaces are available for a $5.00 fee per space. Boise State permit holders will be able to park in Lincoln Avenue Garage on a space available basis.


Residential Street Parking

Boise State discourages parking on residential streets. For those who choose to park on residential streets, please remember:
· Vehicles are not allowed to park along portions of University Drive between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM

· Vehicles may not park for longer than 24 hours

· Vehicles are prohibited from parking within 30 feet or less of stop signs

· Vehicles are prohibited from parking within 20 feet or less of an intersection

· Vehicles may not park in alleyways, driveways, or vacant yards

· Vehicles must park within 18”of the curb Julia Davis Park, 700 S Capitol Blvd

· All vehicles must be parked legally within Julia Davis Park. Overnight parking is prohibited. Illegally parked vehicles can be towed at any time.

· For a map of the park and guidelines, you may also call (208) 608-7600, or visit the following link and click on “Parks & Locations”:

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Parkcenter pond will be open June 14th to all anglers in honor of Free Fishing Day

There are few things as relaxing as fishing. Tossing out a line and waiting patiently for the slightest tug to signal there is a fish hooked. Fishing is an easy, fun past time that many in the Treasure Valley enjoy.

Idaho offers several unique areas to fish including Dan Hansen’s favorite location the Snake River.

“I just started fishing this last semester here in Idaho,” said Hansen, junior criminal justice major and Las Vegas native. “I [fish] over off the Snake River in Kuna.”

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An acid spill at Boise State caused emergency crews to be summoned this afternoon, June 9. The Boise Fire Department Hazardous Material Team responded to a call at Boise State’s Micron Engineering building at 3:53.

According to a news release by the Boise Police Department, one-tenth of a quart of an acid mixture of Nitric and Acetic Acids spilled. The two acids had been mixed in a container that proved unable to handle the chemical reaction.

One student was nearby the spill when it happened, firefighters arriving at the scene waited until her precautionary decontamination shower had finished before transporting her to the nearest hospital for evaluation.

Boise Hazardous Materials Team has since cleared the scene but will not allow access to the building until tomorrow morning while it gets cleaned. According to an update put out by the Boise State Emergency Response System, the building will be reopened tomorrow.

For more information about the spill go to boisepolice.org and check back for updates as they become available.

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The woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted beneath the Broadway Bridge has recanted her story. She has now told police that there was no crime committed.

Boise Police Detectives stated in a media release that they will forward their reports to prosecutors who will determine whether or not to charge the woman with filing a false police report. Filing a False Police report is a misdemeanor in Idaho. Penalties are set by a judge in a court of law.

Boise police urge victims of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime. They hope victims will not be deterred by isolated incidents such as this.

There has been a sexual assault reported near Boise State on the Greenbelt in the early hours of June 8. The following is a release distributed by Boise Police Department. Check back for updates as they become available.


 Boise Police Department took a report of a sexual assault that occurred this morning, June 8, 2014, at approximately 2:00 AM.  The victim was walking from downtown on the Greenbelt when an unknown subject attacked her under the Broadway Bridge.  She was attacked and sexually assaulted, but managed to flee the scene.  There is an ongoing police investigation at this time.  The suspect was described as a white male adult aged 20-25​, between 5’10 and 6’1, approximately 170 pounds, muscular build, with blond buzzed-cut hair and blue eyes.

 Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Campus Security and Police Services at (208) 426-6911, in person at Campus Security and Police Services located in Capital Village at 2245 University Drive; or, if you wish, anonymously through Silent Witness at https://secureforms.boisestate.edu/security/In case of emergency, crime in progress, or if you feel there is a threat to the University and/or its community, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

Crime information can also be reported to Crime Stoppers by calling 208-343-COPS or (208) 343-2677. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest and filing of charges.

Campus Security and Police Services would like to remind students, faculty and staff of the following:

  • Security escorts are available 24/7 by calling (208) 426-6911.
  • It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
  • When you go out, go in a group. Check in with each other throughout the night and leave together. Don’t let yourself become isolated with someone you don’t know or trust.  Avoid going out alone at night.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you.
  • Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
  • Know where the blue emergency phones are around campus.
  • Report all suspicious people and circumstances to Campus Security and Police Services at (208) 426-6911 or from any blue phone.

 Campus Resources:

  • For students seeking confidential counseling services, contact the University Counseling Center by phone at (208) 426-1459, or in person at 1529 Belmont St, Boise, ID (Located directly behind the Student Recreation Center, in the Norco Building).
  • For students seeking assistance with gender-related support services and educational outreach, contact the University Women’s Center in person on the second floor of the Student Union Building, near the Student Diversity Center at 1910 University Dr, Boise, ID 83725, by phone at (208) 426-4259, or by sending an email towomenscenter@boisestate.edu.

Boise State University is sending out this timely warning in compliance with the provisions of the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988.

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Boise State Student Media is made up of several departments. There is a way for everyone to get involved and content for everyone to enjoy!


The Arbiter brings you relevant, up-to-date content on the issues that effect college students. The Arbiter is your source for campus news, information on events, trends and music and all inside sports knowledge you need to be a true Bronco. The Arbiter is entirely student-run and independent from the university. This means that students just like you are producing content for you.

The Arbiter welcomes and encourages interaction and feedback. Email story ideas, questions and letters to the editor to editor@stumedia.boisestate.edu.


The print edition of The Arbiter can be picked up on stands all over campus.

The Arbiter is available online 24/7 at arbiteronline.com.

Download our mobile app BroncoMobile from the PlayStore and iTunes.

Like The Arbiter on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @arbiteronline.


The Arbiter is looking for engaged, active students with a love of writing. Ideal candidates should have a love of learning and the ability to work on a deadline. No experience is needed. The Arbiter offers on-the-job training and class credit to writers if they enroll in the Comm 119 class.

Writers are an integral part of The Arbiter. They have the opportunity to not only improve their own writing, but provide a service to their fellow students by informing them of issues and happenings around campus.

While working as a writer/blogger for The Arbiter you will learn to communicate more effectively both in writing and orally. The Arbiter offers internships, class credit and frequently promotes from within to paid staff positions. The Arbiter is also an excellent gateway to other internships across the country.


The Arbiter is looking for creative, visual people to be photographers. This position is ideal for individuals who are passionate about photography and increasing their skills.

This position is vital to The Arbiter because photos and other visual images are equally as important to telling as story as the words. Images help to capture the readers attention and can make a powerful impression. Students in this position are able to gain experience communicating at working as part of team as well as technical photo skills.

While working as a photographer for The Arbiter you will be able to learn not only how to take beautiful photos, but how to tell a story with those images. You will also have the opportunity to develop a diverse portfolio by shooting everything from music recitals to football games to student life.


Student Media is searching for creative, visual people to work as graphic designers. Candidates should be able to take directions, work independently and have a love for art and design. Familiarity with the Adobe Suite is preferred.

An individual working as a graphic designer for Student Media has the opportunity to develop skills in a wide array of areas including page layout, ad design both in print and online and the creation of specialty marketing and promotion aids. Students have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced work environment with their peers.

A designer with Student Media will develop skills with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. They will also develop a creative eye that will allow them to create effective ads and pages from scratch. Internships and paid positions are available.


Student Media is searching for videographers. The ideal candidate for this position would be detail oriented, work well with deadlines and enjoy the visual storytelling. Students in this position would learn to effectively shoot, edit and package video.

The importance of skilled video work is becoming more and more important in today’s media environment. As we switch to an online-first mentality, multimedia packages become vital. Videographers are the key to making this happen. Videographers will also have the opportunity to produce promotional videos that are shown all over campus.

Working in this position allows students to develop this skills necessary to shoot and edit their own video. Internship and paid opportunities are available. Student Media is an excellent gateway to internships across the country.


Working in the business department offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in sales, advertising, accounting, marketing, public relations and business management.

The business department provides a learning environment where students gain valuable knowledge about advertising and business in addition to communication, conflict resolution and marketing. They also gain experience in a professional work environment which allows for the development of professional networks.

The business team is responsible for yearly advertising sales, marketing Student Media services and managing the various financial aspects of Student Media. These positions are a great fit for business, accounting, marketing, finance and economics students.


Student Media is searching for computer technicians/programmers.  The ideal candidate for this position is a problem solver, able to trouble shoot and  motivated to learn.  This position requires someone who can work independently and in a team setting.

Some knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems (mac/unix/windows) networks is desired.  Knowing HTML, C, AJAX and/or Objective C is a plus.  This position offers the opportunity to learn and grow in this field while providing technical support to the entire Student Media Center.

In today’s digital media age, these positions are vitally important to the growing and changing media environment.  Working in this position allows students to develop the skills necessary to gain experience in technical areas that will be necessary for future opportunities outside of campus.  Internship and paid opportunities are available.

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Courtesy the Cycle Learning Center

Get Rolling with the Boise State Cycle Learning Center

The Cycle Learning Center (CLC) is available through a partnership between Campus Recreation and Transportation and Parking Services. We provide programs and services for all things bike related, promote environmentally sustainable transportation, and encourage an active and healthy campus community.

Need to rent a beach cruiser to get around campus or a mountain bike to ride some of the local trails? We can set you up. Along with each two-wheeler comes a helmet, lock, light and a basic maintenance package.

We are Boise State University’s centralized source for basic bicycle repair, safety rules and instructional clinics, and retail sales. Need to borrow a wrench? Please use our free bike stands and tools. We encourage you to register your bike with the Boise Police Department’s free online bike registration and always use a quality U-lock.

The CLC is located in the Lincoln Parking Garage across from the Student Union and adjacent to the Campus Recreation Center. We’re open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit rec.boisestate.edu/clc, call (208) 426-7433 or send us a message at clc@boisestate.edu.

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Cody Finney / The Arbiter

Office of the Dean of Students

As you begin to blaze your academic trail, the Boise State Dean of Students (DOS) is always on hand to help you achieve success. From navigating campus to juggling a demanding schedule to working out a problem, DOS offers services, support and resources.

The Dean of Students, Chris Wuthrich, serves as your advocate. He and the staff believe it’s important to foster personal, intellectual and social development because college is much more than going to school. Their goal is to help you succeed in everything.

DOS also provides direct services, including courtesy absence notices for students dealing with health issues or other emergencies. Departments include:

  • Student Rights and Responsibilities: supports academic success by enforcing the student Code of Conduct and oversees student grievances, academic dishonesty, sexual- or discrimination-based misconduct, and the drug and alcohol policy.
  • Disability Resource Center: coordinates accommodations between students and faculty.
  • Veteran Services: provides information and procedures relevant to all education benefits via the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • CARE Team (Campus Assessment, Resource, and Education): provides well-rounded support for students, faculty and staff in distress. Representatives from many departments provide assistance when concerning, disruptive or threatening behavior has been reported.
  • Case Management: provides early intervention and support to students experiencing difficult situations; coordinates services on and off campus to help reduce tension.
  • Impact Scholars Program: supports former foster youth to obtain a college education at Boise State.
  • Student Emergency Fund: provides financial assistance to students experiencing unanticipated temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation.

For more information about DOS and their many resources, visit deanofstudents.boisestate.edu or call (208) 426-1527. The office is located in the Norco Building, Suite 116, 1529 Belmont Street.