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Eryn-Shay Johnson

Asst. News Editor

Every department at Boise State spent the last year analyzing their programs, majors, minors and anything  else which could affect students’ education and graduate rates  as part of program prioritization.

For University Advancement, program prioritization has been a process of downsizing, restructuring and examining resources.

“What (program prioritization) signifies is that we are in this constant state of continual improvement,” said Laura Simic, vice president for University Advancement. “It is all about providing a better education for our students. It is about how we do what we do better for our students. Knowing that we can never be stagnant, we have to constantly be improving and constantly be willing to change, to evolve to get better.”

To do this, department heads and vice presidents were asked to look over the aspects of their departments and decide what to keep and what to get rid of or consolidate.

Of the 159 minors, alternative degrees, options and emphasises evaluated, 43 are making substantial changes to increase graduation rates and 16 will be consolidated or eliminated. One hundred and thirty-five degree and graduate certificate programs were also evaluated. Twenty-nine are making changes and 22 were marked for low graduate numbers, which means changes will need to be made to increase the number of graduates.

Program prioritization paid a special interest to improving the university by focusing on being aligned with student need and workforce economy after graduation. There was an emphasis placed on eliminating programs that haven’t been used and consolidating programs with similar interests.

For example, the Department of Kinesiology and the School of Social Work will be incorporated into the College of Health Sciences.

“We looked at all the emphasises, the minors, the options and we looked at those and said simply, ‘what is their productivity, how many students are earning (degrees) this year,’” said Provost Martin Schimpf. “If they didn’t meet the threshold, they had to come up with a plan and tell us why.”

According to Schimpf, students currently enrolled in these programs shouldn’t worry. Majors and minors will be taught until students graduate or leave Boise State; these programs will just no longer accept new students.

All evaluated programs will be revisited in 2017 to see if growth and productivity increased.

Sean Bunce

Asst. News Editor

As part of program prioritization, 242 administrative and support programs were evaluated; 222 require actions which will better align them with the overall goal of Boise State.

The programs were assessed based on four criteria including relevance, overall quality of the program,  productivity, or the number of students who graduate, and efficient use of resources.

Better alignment was accomplished by improving existing programs and activities and restructuring them to become more efficient.

To better facilitate student classroom success, student success dashboards were created.

“The idea is that when appropriate, you reach out to the students at risk (of struggling academically),” said Max Davis-Johnson, associate vice president for Information Technology at Boise State. “We’re still working out intervention strategies.”

According to Davis-Johnson, the program has already been initiated for freshmen. The Student Success Dashboard feeds off of what he calls “indicators,” which can be anything from high school test scores to unmet financial aid. A student or faculty advisor will then be able to see if a student is going to struggle throughout the semester, based on prior analysis.

Although this is only the beginning, Davis-Johnson believes this program will work based on his time spent using it at Arizona State, where retention rates went up by 7 percent.

In November a second set of dashboards will be available to advisors to include upperclassmen. It will assess information about students based on their overall GPA and use the degree tracker already in place. Based on this information, advisors will be able to make suggestions to students about what classes to take or if they should switch majors based on performance in other classes.

“It’s a very valuable tool, if we use it properly,” Davis-Johnson said.

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Jason Stonick
Courtesy Biomelecular Research Center

Kristen Mitchell has been studying the aryl hydrocarbon receptor for the better part of 20 years, longer than half the students at Boise State have been alive. Until recently, however, she didn’t know what this protein is used for.

The goal of her research over the past two years has been to establish a role for the ahr in liver fibrosis.

“We used a well-known AhR agonist to show that, when the receptor is activated, liver fibrosis is worse,” Mitchell said. “This provides evidence that perhaps this receptor is indeed involved in regulating fibrosis.”

Mitchell attributes the work she’s done recently to the $10 million dollar Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant awarded to Boise State this year, which will help with developments in matrix biology, or the extra-cellular structural support for cells.

The grant will go toward faculty development and infrastructure improvements, as well as supporting research in heart disease, cancer and stroke, ligament injury and repair and liver fibrosis.

The goal of  Mitchells research now will be to determine exactly how this receptor regulates fibrosis and then identify new molecules that can modulate receptor function and diminish fibrosis.

“If we can make it worse, we can make it better,” she said.

Fibrosis of the liver is the excessive accumulation of scar tissue that results from ongoing inflammation and liver cell death; It occurs in most types of chronic liver diseases. There is currently no FDA-approved drug to treat fibrosis according to Mitchell.

Now, she thinks she may be able to apply for a patent soon.

“If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I would have laughed,” Mitchell said.

The National Institute of Health, through its Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, provides most of the medical research funding around the country for states with traditionally low NIH funding, including Idaho.

According to Julia Oxford, director of the Biomolecular Research Center, the grant allows for the development of project investigators like Mitchell, which is the key role of the COBRE program. These researchers receive $160,000 a year to fund their research projects, which includes the hiring of undergrad and graduate students, any supplies they may need and additional resources.

Two care facilities were also proposed in this grant,  including renovations to the BRC located on the second floor of the Math Building and a vivarium center, which is another name for animal care facility.

“Many of our researchers rely on animal models of human diseases,” Oxford said. “If we can cure the mouse, then we’re a little bit closer to being able to address the problems in the human population.”

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Addie Glick- Staff Writer

Boise State’s Hannah Newhouse, a freshman from Twin Falls, Idaho, will race her way into Boise State this semester as its first collegiate racecar driver.

The university offered Newhouse a scholarship and, in return, she will sport the “B” logo on her Chevy Impala SS and uniform as she races throughout the western United States.

One of Newhouse’s biggest events this season will be the NASCAR K&N West Race in Phoenix where she’ll have the opportunity to race alongside big names in
NASCAR.

“This is a make or break opportunity for me in racing,” Newhouse said. “I want to go out and represent not only myself as a racecar driver, but also my sponsors and Boise State as well.”

Growing up in Twin Falls, Newhouse and her family have always been supporters of Boise State.

“Boise State is something I’ve grown up with,” Newhouse said. “So I’m getting to take it with me when I travel to all these different places and represent something that is not only backing me but is something close to home as well.”

Newhouse first got involved in racing when she was just five years old. Because her father was into racing motocross, go-carts and cars, it was easy for her to fall in love with the world of racing at a very young age.

Newhouse claims that her father is one of her biggest role models.

“He’s been behind me every step of the way,” Newhouse said.

This year Newhouse will be studying marketing and communication. She believes that the racing world depends heavily on marketing, and if for some reason she couldn’t race, she’d still want to market someone who is.

Newhouse’s advice to aspiring drivers is to not give up after a rough night­—the sport is filled with them.

“There’s a lot more bad nights than there are good nights in the world of racing,” Newhouse said. “[But] it will all make up for it in the long run. You just have to keep going.”

With this partnership between Newhouse and Boise State she’ll be able to expose the university to the world of racing all while getting a college education.

Newhouse can be seen in the televised NASCAR K&N West Race at Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 6-8.

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The conductor of the Boise State offense is back in a big way.

Junior running back Jay Ajayi exploded for 150 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, his ninth 100- yard rushing game which is the 10th most in school history.

This was also his fourth career game and second this season in which he ran for at least three touchdowns.

“It’s the Jay train,” Ajayi said. “Just have to get it cranking and I am the conductor.”

Ajayi was instrumental in Boise State’s 34-9 win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Homecoming night as the Broncos improved to 3-1 on the season.

“I knew he was going to come out and run the ball well and he did,” senior quarterback Grant Hedrick said. “It really gets us going and we like to get him in a rhythm.”

Ajayi got off to a fast start as he scored the games first three touchdowns.

“Getting the Jay train rolling is important,” head coach Bryan Harsin said.

After a down week last week against UConn, Ajayi was looking to rebound
this week.

“Last week I felt I didn’t do as much as I could have,” Ajayi said. “This week was just being in the mind-set that I was going to have a great game and I was able to do that.”

It has been no secret this season that the Bronco offense literally runs
through Ajayi.

“He continues to be a workhorse for us,” Harsin said. “He gets our offense started.”

Ajayi as carried the ball 98 times already this season; which is the second most times in the nation behind James Conner of Pittsburgh.

“We believe in the run and it’s very important to get it going,” Harsin said. “You win games by running the ball.”

For the season Ajayi has amassed 494 rushing yards which is the 11th most in the nation with five touchdowns to go along with that.

What makes Ajayi even more dangerous to opposing teams is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

Ajayi has 23 receptions for 204 yards on the season
so far.

Despite the self proclaimed nickname and the statistics Ajayi’s number one focus is the team.

“Every week I go out and I want to make sure I’m doing what I can to help our team win,” Ajayi said.

Ajayi already has 142 more rushing yards through the first four games then he did last season and could be in for not only his best season but perhaps the best season for a running back in school history.

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It might seem a bit early for students to set aside plans for spring break, especially in beginning of the fall semester. But, for students with their sights set on Treefort’s upcoming festivities, five days in March have been reserved solely for concerts, performances and short films.

Spring break is often expensive, but with Treefort’s discounted ticket prices for early buyers, that price is minimized for those eager to jump into the music festival’s March events.

The fourth annual Treefort Music Fest will be held March 25-29 of this next year in downtown Boise.  The festival brings hosts of local and traveling talent in the form of music, film, writing and other creative outlets.  Earlybird tickets to the festival, with the highest discount possible, went on sale on Saturday, but quickly sold out. But, Treefort does offer other levesl of discounted passes for those that miss out on the initial earlybird sale.

Prospective attendees can’t get these extremely discounted tickets anymore, but have the option to purchase other early decision tickets for a formidable discount.  Normal-priced general admission tickets will go on sale when the festival’s first guests are announced.

Treefort staff member Kimberly Cornelison has worked in varied facets involved with the music festival, including as a volunteer, a member of the press and alongside a musician.

“Getting your passes early is always such a good idea,” Cornelison said.  “Each new announcement is like experiencing another Christmas, and who doesn’t love more than one Christmas?”

Cornelison explained that having a ticket already in stow as each new announcement is made lets attendees better prepare for each new showing and ultimately lets their excitement continually build.

Sophomore string bass performance major Christie Echols is planning on attending the festival this year.  She hasn’t been able to attend in the past due to money and planning constraints.

“I think the earlybird special is the best thing this festival could have done,” Echols said.

She is aiming to purchase one of the other available discounted passes.

Echols enjoys Treefort’s general lineup because it includes so much local talent.  She explained that many of the bands in Boise are highly talented and that the city’s residents should continue to support the Boise music scene “so that it continues to stay alive.”

With the option of planning ahead and saving money instead of waiting until the festival is just around the corner and debating costs, Echols felt that more prospective attendees would be encouraged to buy passes and support the artists that they enjoy.

Avid Treefort volunteer and attendee Haleigh Gregory works behind the scenes of the festival and is able to see just how much work and effort goes into its entirety.

“The actual cost of a Treefort pass is reasonable,” she said

Gregory considers the high costs being put into gathering artists and planning the festivities well worth the general ticket prices.

“If someone can get cheaper tickets then that’s awesome,” Gregory said.

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Plans for the new degrees and courses in the newly-created College of Innovation and Design will soon be presented to the Idaho State Board of Education for approval.

Provost Martin Schimpf will discuss the vision for the College of Innovation and Design with the State Board at their Oct. 16 meeting. Schimpf will present potential degrees, certificates and research plans.

“I think students need, more than ever, a deep understanding in more than one area,” Schimpf said.

The idea for the College of Innovation and Design came partly from program prioritization. With students needing to be more multifaceted for today’s workforce, more programs encompassing multiple disciplines need to be offered, according to Schimpf and Boise State President Bob Kustra.

According to Schimpf , many instructors are already teaching transdisciplinary courses and projects; having this new college will help provide space to facilitate more collaboration with other faculty and students.

Schimpf said these transdisciplinary degrees are intendedto help break down barriers students face in getting their first job by showing they have more depth and breadth of understanding in multiple disciplines.

Schimpf and Kustra hope  in addition to the already-existing transdisciplinary efforts, the College of Innovation and Design will foster new transdisciplinary degrees, courses and research projects as well for faculty and students.

In his address at the beginning of the academic year, Kustra gave the example of engineering professor Darryl Butt’s work on analyzing a fleck of paint to figure out the identity of the subject the artwork depicts.

“One of the greatest limitations of the traditional college structure is that each discipline is organized in its own department, an academic framework sometimes difficult to overcome, for both students and faculty,” Kustra said. “But the College of Innovation and Design will be set up to help break and blur those barriers.”

In his address, Kustra announced Andrew Finstuen, former dean of the Honor’s College, as the interim dean of the College of Innovation and Design. Schimpf said not many new faculty will need to be hired to support the new college. Instructors, particularly ones who are already involved in transdisciplinary courses, will submit ideas and plans to instruct within the college. Twenty-four curricula proposals have been submitted for consideration.

Two leadership positions will be filled to guide the college. After presenting to the SBOE, Schimpf hopes to start implementing the College of Innovation and Design as early as Fall 2015.

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Boise States satellite campus, Gowen Field, Mountain Home Air Force Base and the Meridian Center will stop offering classes by spring semester.

Thanks to program prioritization, these three centers are taking severe cuts or being dissolved altogether.

According to Peter Risse, associate dean of Extended Studies, the centers in Mountain Home and Gowen Field have seen significant drops in enrollment over the last several years.

“A lot of it is the military audience is shifting about quite a lot with deployments and things like that, because of the wars. They have also here more recently in the last year really downsized the military force there,” Risse said. “So, our enrollments have dropped to an unsustainable level, for in-person classes.”

Mountain Home will retain one staff member to run the testing center, but other faculty and budget resources will be reallocated to College of Western Idaho and College of Southern Idaho, or possbily expanding Boise State’s online presence.

Resources for the off-campus centers are being shifted to increase staffing and instruction demand for degree-completion programs at CWI and CSI, as well as fund programs that serve nontraditional students.

According to Risse, the plan to phase out the Meridian Center has long been in the works; even when the campus was established in 2011, it was not meant to be something permanent.

The Meridian Center will cycle out regular credit classes in this year. The center will remain open for some non-credit classes until the lease expires in two years. Meridian will move its classes to CWI.

The Gowen Field campus is too close to the main campus to justify keeping it open for much longer.

“What happens is (Gowen Field) ends up taking students that otherwise would be wanting to take classes on the main campus, so we’re going to move that effort back onto the main campus where students want it and need it,” Risse said.

The military centers will phase out slowly as in-person classes come to a close. They will remain a point of contact for online classes.

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Cornerback Donte Deayon and the Bronco defense put up another great performance in a 34-9 win over Louisiana Lafayette.

Defense wins championships.

With the way the Broncos defense has been playing a Mountain West Championsh could soon become a reality.

Boise State once again played lights out defense in their 34-9 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette Saturday night at Homecoming.

The Broncos only allowed 241 yards of total offense to the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“Those guys fight every single play,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “I have been impressed with the way those guys have played.”

The Broncos gave up their fewest amount of points on the season in the victory.

“It feels we are getting better,” junior cornerback Donte Deayon said. “Each week we tell ourselves that we want to be better than we were last week.”

Boise State was able to do this by once again shutting down the run. The Broncos held the Ragin’ Cajuns to just 67 yards.

“We are playing so much faster and physical,” senior linebacker Blake Renaud said. “Everyone is just doing their job.”

The Broncos have not given up 100 yards on the ground yet this season. This is their longest streak since 2006.

“We take pride in it,” Renaud said. “We really want to show that we can stop the running game.”

It wasn’t just the run defense that stepped up for the Broncos as the secondary once again had another big game.

They held Louisiana- Lafayette to just 174 yards through the air and the Ragin’ Cajuns were only able to complete 53 percent of their passes.

“We just wanted to limit the explosive plays, play tight coverage and make them earn everything they got,” Deayon said.

Perhaps the biggest defensive play of the game was the late game interception by Deayon giving him one the past two games.

“It was impressive and it was another big play,” Harsin said. “That’s two weeks in a row that we have had big plays from Donte.”

This defense has been one of the best in recent memory and perhaps the best is yet to come for the Broncos.

“I feel we are starting to get a rhythm and it’s only going to get better from here on out,” Renaud said.

The Broncos will look to continue their defensive streak when visit Air Force next week.

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Jr Jessica Brookhouse, a Chemistry major takes notes with her iPad as she sits in class. (Jake Essman/ The Arbiter)

Courtesy Jillana Finnegan
Associate Director
Advising and Academic Enhancement

Note-taking can be challenging, and it’s important to realize that there is not one correct way to take notes. Regardless of your technique, we suggest using a three-part process that incorporates the following principles.

Part 1: Before Class

• Complete the required reading.  It is important that you complete any assigned reading before class.  Take notes as you read to help you notice main ideas. Be sure to also formulate questions as you read. Write them down in your notebook or the margin of your book.

• Warm up.  Show up to class a few minutes early.  Spend this time glancing over the reading and looking over your notes from the last class period.

Part 2: During Class

• Choose your spot. Be selective on where you sit in class. Avoid distractions like sitting right under an air conditioning vent.  Also, sit in the T-zone—the first three rows and middle three columns of seats—to increase the likelihood of making eye contact with your professor, which has been shown to aid in learning.

• Find the cues. Listen for key terms from the reading.  Also, actively listen and try to pick up on the professor’s cues like:

• Repetition of information

• Stressing key facts by saying something like, “And now remember…” or “I can’t stress enough…”

• Voice inflection at the end of a sentence

• Having more active body language

• Focus on major themes. Know what to write! Don’t write everything down, and don’t write nothing down—you want to only write the major themes, main ideas, and necessary supportive information.  This takes practice!

Part 3: After Class

• Rework your notes.  Rewrite or type up your notes. You are both reviewing and making better study guides come test time.

• Fill in the gaps. Look over your notes and fill in gaps by referencing your book or asking questions.

• Summarize. Summarize the information in your own words. This helps you engage and retain the information better.

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Many students in any of the 11 language programs offered at Boise State find themselves wondering how they can apply their passion for foreign language outside of the Department of World Languages and traveling abroad.

Debuting  this semester is Boise State’s first translation reading series entitled “Found in Translation: A Reading Series”.

The series put on by the English Major Association allows students to hear translations from a plethora of different languages including French, Spanish, Basque and Catalan. Readings vary and include traditional works of poetry and literature.

The Inspiration

Clyde Moneyhun, English professor and Writing Center director, was inspired to organize the “Found in Translation” reading series by several events.

“One inspiration is the other readings we have here at BSU—all the fantastic poetry and fiction readings. Another inspiration is the readings I’ve heard at a conference I attend every year, the American Literary Translators Association,” Moneyhun said. “Bilingual readings make up about half the conference, and they’re terrific.  So I thought:  Wouldn’t it be great to hear readings of great literature in translation, right from the people who did the translating, right here at BSU?”

Starting on Sept. 23, the readings will be presented by several renowned members of the literary world, including translations of French poetry by Cynthia Hogue and Sylvain Gallais visiting from Arizona State University.

The Translation

Their translated piece is called “Fortino Sámano” (the overflowing of the poem), which is a dialogue between “young French poet Virginie Lalucq and the renowned philosopher of aesthetics, Jean-Luc Nancy” according to Hogue.

The dialogue revolves around the discussion of what poetry is, starting with Lalucq’s exposure to a photography exhibit by Agustín Victor Casasola during the Mexican Revolution.

“It was a photograph of a man who had been alive at the time of the photograph but who was about to be executed,” Hogue said.

The image caused Lalucq to contemplate the true meaning behind the image, and what Casasola was trying to convey.

“In fact, it seems to be conveying life at a moment that is really on the border of life and death, and yet an image is not alive–it just appears to be alive; it’s a representation,” Hogue said.

Hogue also does translations of Swedish and Icelandic poetry. She started translating foreign works as an undergraduate at Oberlin College. It was there she was introduced to Ezra Pound’s theory of translations and did word for word translations of it with her fellow undergrads.

“I have read and heard many poets from other countries, sometimes reading them in the original language so I could appreciate what kind of poet they were in their own language, and sometimes … reading them in translation,” Hogue said. “I believe that reading and hearing translated works enriches our own poetic language and enlarges our vista … The translation work took me out of my ‘given,’ my automatic, and sent me in unpredictable directions.  All artists need to be able to do this now and then, one way or another.”

The Future

After the “Found in Translations” reading series in Spring 2015, Moneyhun is planning to teach a course focusing on learning undergraduates how to translate prose.

“It’s just such a great experience that I thought undergrads deserved something similar.  So we created English 307, which I hope to teach next year, possibly in the fall,” Moneyhun said. “It’ll be a creative writing workshop similar to the poetry and fiction workshops we already have, but will focus on work that students translate.”

According to Moneyhun, there are an innumerable number of reasons why students should show interest in doing their own translations. He explained that translation is a great way to learn a language without having to monotonously pour over verb charts or use flash cards. Translations give students an easily accessible window into another culture through that culture’s works of prose.

“When you translate, you figure out things about the language as you need them. You teach yourself what you need to know, and you never forget it, because it’s in the context of a piece of creative art that you create yourself,” Moneyhun said. “That’s the best part:  The end product, a beautiful thing, which you can be proud of having done.”

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Assistant Culture Editor Patty Bowen reviews Thomas Hammer and Dawson Taylor coffee for coffee consumers tastes. These local businesses are found in downtown Boise and offer a variety of beverages and atmosphere. Check back for more coffee culture analysis.

Shot by Max Chambers

Edited by Max Chambers

Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com. Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online. New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.

Featuring Brandon Walton
Directed by Farzan Faramarzi
Edited by Farzan Faramarzi
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Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com. Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online. New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.

Featuring Brandon Walton

Directed by Farzan Faramarzi

Edited by Farzan Faramarzi

© Boise State Student Media 2014

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Campus Crime Awareness sent an updated notice two residences south of Boise State reported prowler incidents Friday, Sept. 19.

The notice stated the suspect was described as a medium tall white male in his 20s wearing a sweatshirt with a hoodie.

This morning the prowler was said to have entered a home while the residents were sleeping, but was scared off when they woke up.

According to the campus notice, Boise Police Department believes the prowler is responsible for similar incidents which previously occurred between Broadway, Vista, University and Boise avenues.

BPD is urging people to be cautious and lock doors and windows at all times. If anyone seems suspicious around the home or neighborhood, residents should call 9-1-1 and report it.

The original campus notice stated anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling (208) 343-COPS or (208) 343-2677. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 if their information leads to an arrest charges filed.

 

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Conner Olney is one of Boise State’s cheerleaders. Olney is a junior pursuing a major in health sciences. The Layton, Utah native sat down with The Arbiter to talk about her time in cheer and what Boise State means to her.

A. How long have you been cheerleading for?

Conner- I have been cheerleading for eight years and I don’t have any gymnastics experience and I can definitely tell. (laughs)

A. What made you start cheerleading?

Conner- I started with dancing and then all my friends were cheerleading so I got into it.

A. What do you enjoy the most about cheerleading at Boise State?

Conner- My favorite part is being in the community. Talking and getting to know everybody and why they love Boise State.

A. What is something about the sport that people don’t understand?

Conner- There is a lot more that goes into then people think. We go all year long with competitions and everything and don’t get any breaks so we work a lot harder then people think.

A. What’s it like going to those national cheerleading competitions?

Conner- It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a two-minute long routine of just straight cardio and muscular strength. We put a lot of practice into learning the routine and getting ready for it. At the same time we are doing that we have to cheer for all the other sports. It’s really something that we enjoy doing.

A. Why did you choose to come to Boise State?

Conner- They had a really good football team and who doesn’t love cheering on a good team. (laughs)  I also was born in Idaho and loved being in this area so I was excited to come here.

A. Describe what’s it like to be a Boise State cheerleading?

Conner- It really is the best thing in my life. (laughs) It makes me happy and excited to be part of something so great and what the future holds for this school.

A. What is your favorite thing about being a Boise State cheerleader?

Conner- Gamedays! Being able to interact with the fans and making a difference because the players know we are on the sideline cheering them on its just great.

A. What is your favorite game day tradition?

Conner- Tailgating. Going out there and socializing with the community and seeing how excited they are for the game is just fantastic. I also always love it when they offer us hotdogs. (laughs)

A. What do you want to do after you graduate from Boise State?

Conner- I want to go to grad school. I am not sure where yet but I want to be a physical therapist.

A. What will you take away from your experiences at Boise State?

Conner- It has given me a lot of opportunities so far and already opened a lot of doors for me. It has made me a better person.

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Darian Thompson RS-Jr. S:

Darian Thompson has seen his role in the Broncos’ defense grow exponentially during the past several weeks.

With injuries to cornerbacks Cleshawn Page, Mercy Matson and Bryan Douglas, Thompson has been forced to take reps at both safety and cornerback in the case he has to step in for another injured cornerback. Douglas could possibly return this week, but Matson and Page are out for an extended period of time.

Thompson already has two interceptions on the season, half of his season total from 2012, and is a major reason why Boise State’s defense has been so successful.

If Thompson can provided support to Boise State’s wounded secondary, the Broncos will have no trouble at all containing Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway.

Shane Williams-Rhodes Jr. WR:

Shane Williams-Rhodes provides limitless opportunities for the Boise State offense. While Matt Miller is the big, downfield target for Grant Hedrick, Williams-Rhodes gives the Broncos more of an x-factor.

Williams-Rhodes has shown dual-threat ability as both a receiver and a runner. Williams-Rhodes has 51 yards on five carries this season and has also hauled in 24 passes.

Creativity has always been a major part of head coach Bryan Harsin’s offense. Without Williams-Rhodes’ ability to mix the things up and change the pace of the game, Boise State’s offense is rather predictable.

If Williams-Rhodes can provide a spark to the Broncos’ offense and make big plays against Louisiana-Lafayette, Boise State can expect to notch another win.

Corey Bell Sr. Nickel:

As the starting nickel, hybrid defensive back and linebacker for Boise State, Corey Bell is called on to do a lot of different things for the Broncos’ defense. One play might see Bell drop back into coverage; another play might see him blitz the quarterback or provide run support as a linebacker.

Against the Ragin’ Cajuns, Bell is going to have to do it all. ULL has shown that their offense is anything but one-dimensional. Be it a run game that features Broadway or Broadway’s ability as a pocket passer, the Ragin’ Cajuns have the ability to cover a diverse playbook.

Bell is going to be the answer to stopping it all.

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“It brings the campus and the university together,” sophomore Communications major Clayton Carpenter. It’s a much bigger game because it brings everyone together.”

“It’s great because there is a lot of spirit going around campus,” sophomore Graphic Design major Sarah Holleron said.

“It’s awesome because the student population comes together and reflects on Boise State’s past and what the future is going to hold,” junior Communications major Tyler Rawsa said.”

“Homecoming is a great way for the community and the campus to bond together,” Maria Guave said.

” It mean absolutely nothing to me,” senior Construction Management major Geoff Decker said.”

“A week long of celebrating Boise State,” sophomore Construction Management major Kaylee Beck said.

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After a 38-21 victory over UConn, the Broncos appear to be finally finding their swing.

With the win, Boise State has now won back-to-back games and have outscored their opponents 75-48 in those games.

Boise State will now return to the comfort of Albertsons Stadium and welcome in Louisiana-Lafayette.

Louisiana-Lafayette out of the Sun Belt conference enters the game with a 1-2 record with their only winning coming at the hands of division FCS opponent, Southern University

The Broncos will be the favorites going into this game, and rightly so.

The Ragin’ Cajuns offense has been non-existent and the defense has been atrocious, as they have been outscored over their last two games 104-35.

The Broncos, though, would be foolish to look straight past the Cajuns.

Despite the bad start, the Cajuns have become one of the most consistent non-power conference schools in the nation.

The Cajuns have had three straight 9 win seasons and have won three straight bowl games.

In addition, the Cajuns are fresh off of a Sun Belt conference championship from last season and are looking for a repeat performance.

Even with all of that being said, the Broncos should have relatively little trouble dispatching of the Cajuns.

If any the last few weeks have been any indication of what’s to come, Hedrick, Ajayi, Miller, and company should have a field day against the Cajun defense.

Hedrick seems to have found his swag after his dismal performance against Ole Miss, going 41.60 for 585 yards and 4 touchdowns with only one interception.

While Ajayi had a down game against UConn, expect him to run wild against Louisiana-Lafayette, as Harsin has made it clear that the offense has to run through him.

Miller, Hedrick’s favorite target should be in store for another huge game and is poised to break Titus Young’s receiving yards record.

The defensive, though, has been even more impressive especially against the run as the Broncos have allowed less then 80 yards of rushing over their last two games.

The secondary, though, has stepped up as well, as the Broncos had two interceptions including one that was taken back for a touchdown in the win against UConn.

With an offense that has founds its groove and a defense that has been playing lights out all season, the Cajuns will be in for a long night.

Prediction: Boise State 48 Louisiana Lafayette 14

 

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What at win would mean:

The Boise State Broncos have quickly turned things around since their 35-13 loss to Ole Miss in the opener.

Since that time the Broncos have rattled off two straight wins, most recently against UConn this past Saturday, and now find themselves back in the driver’s seat.

Now the Broncos turn their attention to Louisiana-Lafayette of the Sun Belt, who will be visiting The Blue for the first time.

The Ragin’ Cajuns enter this game with a record of 1-2 and have gotten obliterated over their last two games losing 48-20 and 56-15 to Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss respectively.

Even though the Cajuns are one of the top teams in the Sun Belt, the Broncos are expected to win this game.

This was a game that even before the season started that everyone pegged the Broncos to win.

While the Cajuns are by no means a bad team, they simply seem to be overmatched on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Making matters worse for the Broncos is the fact that the game is on The Blue where few teams ever win.

While a win here won’t elevate the Broncos to any national spotlight it is nonetheless a win that will put the Broncos at 3-1 and give them momentum as they head into three straight conference games, two of which will be on the road.

A win will signify business as usual and keep the Broncos hopes of cracking back in the top 25 by season’s end alive.

What a loss would mean:

On the other hand though a loss here could be near disastrous.

A loss would not only spell the end of the Broncos possibly getting back into the national ratings but even worse it would signify that the Broncos are a middle of a pack team in the MW at best.

The Broncos would still have #25 BYU and the rest of their MW schedule in front of them filled with much better teams then Louisiana-Lafayette.

A conference championship, while possible, would seem unlikely, as the other teams in the conference would certainly key off of the Broncos shortcomings.

The infamous home field advantage that the Broncos are accustomed to could potentially be gone as a non-conference team has not beaten the Broncos at home in quite some time.

Bryan Harsin would potentially already be on the hot seat in his first year back at Boise State and fans may wonder if the Broncos made the right choice choosing him as the head coach.

It would certainly be a long season for Boise State with the Broncos possibly having their worst season in recent memory and fans left wondering if the glory days are well behind us.

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Boise State’s season opening loss continues to grow farther and farther away with each passing week. Mistakes are being remedied and the teams’ confidence continues to grow with every win.

 That confidence can be expected to be at an all time high after Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette.

 Sure the Ragin’ Cajuns have scored 108 points this season, but their opponents this season are as follows: Southern, Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss with the only win coming against Southern. Hardly an intimidating schedule.

 Against Ole Miss, ULL was stomped 56-15, a far cry from Boise State’s 35-13 loss to the Rebels.

 ULL has a talented quarterback in Terrance Broadway. The senior has dual-threat ability and has shown good decision making thus far. Against Ole Miss however, he threw three interceptions and only completed 50 percent of his passes for 129 yards.

 While Broadway has the ability to make some big plays against Boise State, the rest of the roster is incredibly thin.

 The Ragin’ Cajuns’ defense is hobbling right now after allowing 48 points against LA Tech and 56 against Ole Miss, thus providing Boise State the perfect opportunity to light up the scoreboard.

 Broncos’ quarterback Grant Hedrick has arguably shown the most improvement across the nation from week one. His decision making has improved and he has connected with Matt Miller for the big plays Boise State needs to be successful.

 Boise State is primed to have a big game against ULL. The offense is clicking and the defense has been one of the strongest units in the MW this season.

 If the Broncos can limit their mistakes and not play down to the level of the Ragin’ Cajuns, Boise State can move to 3-1 on the season and set themselves up for a 10-win season.

 

Boise State: 48

Louisana-Lafayette: 13

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Historically, Boise State homecoming games have yielded success for the football program. Since 2010 the Broncos are undefeated in homecoming games, and attendance ratings for those games are higher than the season average.

 It’s no secret that the athletic department has struggled to sell tickets in the post-Kellen Moore era.

 Season ticket sales last season dipped down to 22,416, and the numbers for this year have yet to reach that mark.

Homecoming games have been the redeeming factor for Boise State athletics, however.

The last five homecoming opponents (UC Davis, Toledo, Air Force UNLV and Southern Mississippi) combining for a record of 24-38 in the season they faced the Broncos, only UC Davis in 2009 had a lower attendance than the season average for that year.

Boise State outscored those opponents 245-77.

This year’s homecoming game is also the earliest in the season homecoming has been during that five year span.

According to Campus Programs Coordinator Erin Mahn, this has caused Homecoming Week to flow with Bronco Welcome.

“It’s a little bit more hectic, but it’s really just flowed together with the start of the school year,” Mahn said. “It makes everything run a little faster.”

The past five homecoming games for the Broncos have another similarity however: all were against one of the weakest opponents on the schedule.

A spokesperson for the Alumni Center could not be reached to explain how the homecoming date is selected, but assistant athletic director of media relations Max Corbet told The Arbiter via email that the athletic department has some input in selecting the homecoming date.

There are several possibilities to why homecoming games coincide with the Broncos’ weakest opponent.

If there is the possibility that there will be difficulty to fill Albertsons Stadium, homecoming can be used as a draw to bring in those fans who don’t want to see a blowout.

Another possible reason for this pattern is few alumni would want to make the trek back to Boise and end up seeing the Broncos lose.

According to athletic director Mark Coyle, the athletic department has begun working closely with the Alumni Center to get alumni more involved with the Broncos, and hopefully increase those ticket sales.

Coyle considers athletics to be the “elastic band” that keeps alumni involved with the school.

“How we kind of look at it is, how can we engage our students and get them involved so when you all graduate [you] still want to be a part of our program,” Coyle said.

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With homecoming week in full effect, Boise State students were given the rare chance to have their own shining moment on The Blue with the annual Toliet Bowl.

The Toilet Bowl is an intramural flag football tournament that has made its mark on the Boise State Homecoming Week.

Sigma Fly won the championship over Ms. Mogoo.

“It’s a lot of fun and it’s really cool great being out there,” sophomore construction management major Jake Farris said. “We as students don’t get many opportunity to do things like this.”

A team can have up to 20 players, but must have at least four men and four women.

The event consists of a 16 team single elimination tournament with games going all day.

“I like being outside and doing athletic events,” sophomore kinesiology major Jessica Ray said. “This was a great opportunity to be outside having fun in the sun.”

The Toliet Bowl is also one of the few opportunities students have to step foot on The Blue.

“I have never actually got to play on The Blue,” sophomore kinesiology major Jessica Raube said. “I was very excited to get to do that.”

The Toilet Bowl goes back longer than you would think. It was actually started in the 1950s by several fraternities on campus.

After a hiatus in the mid-80s, the Toilet Bowl was brought back in 1998 and has been the kickoff event of Homecoming Week ever since.

The Toilet Bowl is perhaps the most popular event of Homecoming Week with many students not only participating but coming out to watch the event as well.

“I heard this was a fun tradition and never took advantage of it until now,” senior graphic design major Hailey Vik said. “Since I am a senior I wanted to make sure I did this before I left.”

Students not only participate in the event, but run the event. Several former players volunteer their time as referees to make sure the tournament goes smoothly.

“It’s my second time being an official,” senior mathematics major Rodney Paguirigan said. “I played it my freshman and sophomore years and I am happy to helping out with this great event.”

Every team in the Toilet Bowl was pumped and ready to go in the hopes of coming away as the big winners.

“I am pretty confident in my team,” sophomore communication major Zach Cowen said. “We are going to stomp the competition.”

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Over the course of this week, a number of events and activities have taken place which aim to bring students and alumni together as a community.

The total cost for Homecoming events this year is over $21,000 dollars.

One event however, the Boise State Splatter Party (which is like a Cirque du Soleil-style dance party, as described on the event homepage), costs much more than any other Homecoming event at $17,000 dollars. These costs include added security, marketing costs, space reservations and payment to Uprising Paint Fight (the company producing the event). 

The costs are split between several campus organizations. Some Homecoming costs for events are earmarked at the beginning of the year. Not everyone feels the spending of this amount of money is justified.

For Bryan Vlok, president of Associated Students of Boise State University, it’s more about long-term goals.

“If we can get our students to invest in Homecoming now in their time at Boise State, when they graduate they’re going to have an investment,” Vlok said.

He believes Homecoming needs to be more about the students, something he’s advocated for the last year.

“In the past I think we’ve done a great job at facilitating the different populations (on campus),” Vlok said.

While smaller events are taking place throughout the week aimed towards alumni and new students, Vlok believes the Splatter Party will act as an end of the week hurrah, which will bring a larger crowd together. He expects more than maximum occupancy to turn out for the event.

“We will see Friday if the community comes together or not,” Vlok said. “If we have 1,000 people inside and 500 waiting, then I’ll know we did something right.”

Mary Pritchard, a psychology professor at Boise State, offered a social pychological perpesspective to Homecoming. She said all humans are born with a fundamental desire to belong. This is why she believes many freshmen and new students join student clubs and organizations.

“I love the idea of trying to build a sense of community, for new students especially. It’s the perfect time to be doing that,” she said. “Could that be done with an event that’s not so costly? I think so.”

Pritchard feels these sort of events are necessary for students overall health, stating that people who don’t have a lot of social support tend to get more colds, they don’t live as long and they’re not as happy.

“Anyone who is new to campus is really going to benefit from having an event at the beginning of the semester because they’re trying to find themselves or trying to fit in,” she said. “Fun and games are a great way to build community, but I don’t think their appealing across all age groups.”

Paivi Pittman, a custodian at the Recreation Center, voiced her opinion after overhearing the topic.

“It’s not going to be that memorable for as much money as their going to spend,” she said. “You could build a sense of community by allowing three more people to go here. To me, that’s more people’s lives you’ll change than with a party no one’s going to remember.”