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Alx Stickel

Alx Stickel is the Chief Copy Editor at The Arbiter. Stickel studies journalism and sociology at Boise State. She is a lover of reading, running and shooting photos of those willing to be her guinea pigs. Follow her on twitter @alxstickel.

After interviewing 22 international, immigrant, refugee and domestic students attending Boise State, students in the Intermountain Social Research Lab (IMSRL) have compiled individual student narratives which paints a broader picture of the direction the university is taking. In some cases, it’s not a pretty one. “All of them were spectacular in one way or another,” said Jamie Thomas, IMSRL student. “One in particular was a gentleman who immigrated here from Mexico at a young age … he’s American in every sense of the word, as far as living in the United States for the better part of his life and ...

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Boise State administrators and Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) representatives are planning for university growth. Future buildings, old buildings, green space, road ways, bike paths, future land acquisition and space purposes were a few of the topics addressed. Carolyn Krall, senior associate of ASG, broke down the physicality of future expansions into three areas (precients) of development: expansion, Greenbelt and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Athletics. On April 10, ASG hosted three campus master plan update meetings for faculty, staff, students and the community, faculty, and staff about the physical plans for Boise State’s expansion and how they align ...

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With student body election results announced March 20, students might want to know what they’ve gotten themselves into. Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) represents—what they gather to be—the majority student voice to Boise State administration, the State Board of Education (SBOE) and the larger community, including the legislature. While the concealed weapon bill debate was in session, president Bryan Vlok and vice president Cassie Sullivan spoke at hearings and rallies and to Governor Butch Otter’s assistants, saying students did not want guns on campus. The decision to present students as against allowing concealed carry weapons on campus came ...

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By Isabel Corona and Alx Stickel @IsabelLCorona @AlxStickel  The audience rose while the dancers bowed for their lengthy standing ovation as the Trey McIntyre Project concluded their last Boise dance performance in the Morrison Center. Saturday’s performances signaled the end of the dancing component of Trey McIntyre Project (TMP). The dancers will disband, but the name of the project will remain when Trey McIntyre takes the company in a new direction. Although not everyone in the audience knew the history of TMP, the experience of seeing a passionate creative performance stood for itself. “It was fantastic,” said Berna Nyirabariyanga, a ...

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Boone Bartlome’s home is currently in a state of transformation following his football injury, playing for Kuna High School,  last November. Carpets have been ripped out for hardwood floors, door frames have been widened and the doors have been reoriented, and Boone’s room is an empty shell of what it used to be. At a rifle auction held to raise money for the Bartlome family, students in Boise State’s Department of Construction Management stepped up and asked how they could help with the Bartlomes’ need to remodel their home. Construction Management Assistant Professor Casey Cline, who is a good friend ...

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“Under sex you put ‘missionary.’ Did you just not have enough time to fill that out?” This was just one joke from Kelly Yen-Zie Tsai’s spoken word performance on healthy relationships and identity. Tsai’s opening video piece “The Relationship Resume” (which the quote above is from) explored the concept of what relationships would be like if couples interviewed each other (as Tsai did in the video) and got all their “stuff” on the table before entering the relationship. Tsai is an award winning poet, playwright and filmmaker. The Taiwanese-Chinese American was brought to Boise State by the Women’s Center in ...

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****slate grey traffic box**** Who said art has to be in a gallery to be considered art? Boise state art instructors Kirsten Furlong, Jill Fitterer and Matt Laurance have expanded displaying their art in the traditional gallery setting to the city streets on downtown traffic boxes. There are 70 wrapped traffic boxes in the downtown area, with others in high traffic locations like Juanita Street. The traffic boxes started being transformed into artistic pieces in 2009, as part of Mayor Dave Bieter’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. Fitterer and Furlong said they appreciate that the traffic box project brings fine art out ...

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Nine bills have been signed into approval by former ASBSU president Ryan Gregg for the 2013-2014 academic year. Eight of the nine bills have the secondary fiscal impact of ASBSU moving money and dedicating those funds for student interests. The other bill opens up student democracy. The legislation: Bill #1 In effect July 10, 2013: This bill increased the maximum amount of money individual students, student clubs and student organizations could request for Boise State related activities or events. These amounts are referred to as funding caps. ASBSU had extra money in their contingency account (which is basically like a ...

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Boise State is presently fighting an uphill battle trying to provide a quality education for all of its students, but especially for arts and humanities majors. With STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) having national priority, some students and faculty feel the arts and humanities have been put on the back burner. “Everybody in the humanities is frustrated here at Boise State,” said Nick Miller, history professor and director of the Arts and Humanities Institute. “I think we perpetuate it by complaining that STEM is emphasized. But what are you supposed to do? STEM is emphasized for reasons that might ...

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On Jul. 24, 2009, Idaho’s minimum wage went from $6.55 an hour up to $7.25 an hour, the same as the federal minimum wage, and has stayed there since. According to Raise the Minimum Wage website, if the minimum wage rate had kept up with inflation, it would currently be at $10.74 an hour. Raise Idaho is looking to raise Idaho’s minimum wage to $8.10 an hour starting January 2015. Boise State’s Counselors for Social Justice student organization hosted members Anne Nesse and Dr. Rolf Nesse of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to come speak to students on Jan. 29 about their ...

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Question: Which of the colleges at Boise State do you think has the most students? Why? Crystal Ruesga, junior health science major “I think that the business college has the most students, just by being in class. We go around and introduce ourselves and most of the people say ‘Oh I’m a business major.’” Ricky Castillo, sophomore health science major “Business. I’ve heard from people that this is a business school.” Nicole Pangelinan, freshman psychology major “I think arts and sciences. All of the classes I have, when we introduce ourselves, most people are like music (majors). The classes with ...

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Kodie Stanley and Josh Ramsey are odd ducks among their college peers: they’re engaged. However, both agree they’ve noticed a rise among college students getting engaged while attending school and some of those students even get married before they graduate. “It’s a cultural shift, I think,” Stanley, senior communication major, said. “My grandparents got married when they were sixteen and that wasn’t uncommon. To think about that now, it’s really weird. I talk to a lot of people (who) don’t want to get married until later in age and they’re established in a job.” Despite the suggestion of waiting until ...

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The big red thing in the Quad is gone. In October 2003, Boise State discussed removing “the big red thing in the Quad,” really titled Kaikoo #HVIII, after being part of Boise State’s campus for 18 years. Controversy arose in previous years regarding ASBSU’s priorities for the campus and appreciation for the piece. Claims were made by former students that ASBSU did not value Kaikoo for what some students and faculty considered Kaikoo: an important piece of art which should be regarded as such. Kaikoo stayed. Now, about a decade later, Kaikoo has been taken down. Students and faculty have ...

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Last semester Chey Grant, junior pre-nursing major, used her borrowed iPad for everything school-related. She participates in online class discussion forums and took digital notes on her eBooks. Grant is living the vision of Associate Vice President of Information Technology, Max Davis-Johnson’s. “You come to campus with superpowers,” Davis-Johnson said. “Think about your phone. You can do telepathy. You can share your thoughts with anybody through texting, you can record things, you can take pictures and depending on whether it’s a phone or a tablet or a laptop, you have total recall. You can find all the knowledge in the ...

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While the hype about cyberbullying and harassment  has died down at Boise State, the conversation about cyberetiquette continues. Students said they approve of the new monitoring that is taking place on Bronco Confessions 2.0. “I’m glad they’re able to monitor it more closely because with a page like that, things like cyberbullying can get out of hand if not monitored and for a while it did seem like it could be getting pretty worse,” said Nick Nelson, a freshman theater major. Anonymity on the Internet has good points and bad points. Many states have enacted stricter laws regarding Internet activity. ...

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While the hype about cyber bullying and harassment has died down, the conversation about cyber etiquette continues. As Blaine Eckles, title here, puts it: “Students today have a unique set of challenges, where everything is different. It’s a maturation processes.” Anonymity on the Internet has good points and bad points. Many states have enacted stricter laws regarding Internet activity. Idaho is not one of those states. “I don’t think there is ever going to be a way to stop it (cyber harassment),” Tittysprinkles said.  “I think there should be some rules but once you start putting a whole bunch of ...

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Question: What kind of oppression do you see happening today? Carson Goff, junior communication major “I don’t know. I don’t really see it. I don’t know if I’m just not paying attention, but I don’t really see a whole lot of oppression.” Jenna Densonn, junior art major “I don’t really see it a whole lot either. I mean, you see jokes being made where no one’s really offended. I don’t know if deep down if it really is offending them. That’s all I see.” Taylor Kralovec, freshman sports science major “It’s more with illegal immigrants. I mean, honestly, technically they ...

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Instagram users need to step down from their pedestal. While it’s true you can crop and use cool filters to create a better photo taken on your cell phone or iPod, this does not mean you have the skill of a professional photographer. Some citizens believe they are as good as the professionals who’ve been trained in photography and are trying to have a career and make a living in this field. Instagram fosters the false idea that everyone is a photographer. In response to the question “Why do ‘real’ photographers hate Instagram so much” on quora.com (a question and ...

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Boise State Halloween Activities For those students too mature for trick-or-treating or not into the drunken house costume-party scene, but who still want to participate in the spirit of Halloween, Boise State will be hosting several (free) Halloween events tailored more toward family fun and games rather than scares and pranks.  Monster Bash I was working in the SUB, late one night, when my eyes beheld an eerie sight. For my homework from its desk began to rise and suddenly to my surprise, IT DID THE BASH! IT DID THE MONSTER BASH! (Lyrics adapted from “Monster Mash” by Bobby Pickett) ...

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By the people, but not for the people The federal government has shut down, but not powered off. While “essential” federal government employees are still at work (although not getting paid normally), 800,000 have been temporarily suspended without pay (furlonged). Unfortunately, members of Congress are not among those 800,000 not getting paid. Why is this happening? The Republicans and Democrats could not agree on how to fund federal government salaries. Obamacare is also receiving some of the blame, but what it really boils down to is a failure to communicate and compromise like mature, responsible adults. Until they can stop ...

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The programming phase for the new fine arts building is nearly complete. Building desires and requirements have been put to paper and funding is being calculated and pursued. Last year, plans for this new fine arts building were set into motion. The first two stages of the project involved establishing goals and objectives for the building, then gathering information about what the future building would be like. “You start with this big pile of information and then you try to get it refined, defined and into something,” Christy Jordan, director of Capital Planning and Space Management, said. “This is not necessarily ...

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Question: What are your biggest back to school anxieties?   Chris Lobosco, junior civil engineering major “I’m (an) A-typical student, so fitting it into my other life, which is work and kids. (My) family sacrifices a lot for me to be here. The people that I work with suffer because I’m going back to school. Truth be told, actually being here is the relaxing part of my life.”   Claire Philips, freshman athletic sports training major “Managing my time with studying. That’s the biggest thing. I just got out of my biology 227 class, which is human anatomy and physiology, ...

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The city of Boise continues to celebrate its 150th birthday while preparing for more. Students of the history department were involved in the Sesqui-Party by taking an active role in documenting stories told by citizens under the “Share Your Story” tent. These stories will serve as a legacy piece and (hopefully) be complied and published in a book and shared in the Sesqui-Shop (Boise 150’s headquarters) in December. April Raine, applied historical research graduate student, said she hopes these stories contribute to the perspective and comprehensive understanding about Boise’s history and what its future could be. “It is really important ...

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This morning, June 25, the fire alarm in Albertsons Library went off twice forcing students, staff and guests to evacuate the building. Although one fireman confirmed it was a false alarm, everyone treated it as the real thing. Students and faculty said they were taken by surprise. Juliette Mukuna, sophomore nursing major, and Jonathon Hurley, junior accounting major, said they came in to do homework. “I was in the middle of doing my math homework,” Hurley said. “We just heard the fire alarm go off.” “We just had to pack everything and leave,” Mukuna said. Despite the surprise, faculty executed ...

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Question: What is your number one guilty pleasure?   Amanda Oliverez, sophomore pre-med major “I guess mine would probably be procrastinating, so I end up having to stay up really late, then I’ll just go home and crash, when it should be the opposite way: going to bed early and being able to stay up throughout the day studying.” Bethany El-Bakri, sophomore respiratory therapy major “Taking naps, because at the time I could get a quick power nap, but then it’s like ‘oh I could’ve gotten so much work done’. Or listening to music. I’ll take that over doing anything ...

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