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Alx Stickel

Alx Stickel is the News Editor at The Arbiter. Stickel is starting her SENIOR YEAR studying communication and sociology at Boise State. She is a lover of learning photography and everything to know about print and online journalism. Follow her on twitter @alxstickel.

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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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Boise State Greek life does not hold closely to the stereotype of plastered frat parties and sexualized sorority socializing. Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Chi are striving to change stereotypical perceptions of Boise State Greek life. “It’s too bad people get that view,” said Miranda Allen, senior Alpha Gamma Delta member. “That’s the last thing we want; that’s why we’re doing our best and working against the stereotypical Greek life.” Allen went on to explain the sense of community in Greek life. “We want to be the Greek life that people see around the community, see as a positive and ...

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Students explored their biological roots as they observed reflections of human emotions and personalities in the faces and behavior of Zoo Boise primates and monkeys. The primates and monkeys intrigued the students with parenting skills and behavior changes when presented with enrichment tools the class provided as part of a service-learning project. “For me the primates seemed more curious about the people than the people about the primates,” said Linda Hammond, junior anthropology and environmental studies major. “I mean, they’d be like ‘Ooh look a monkey’ and then they move on to the next one while all the primates were ...

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Question: What is your perception of America’s involvement in what is going on in the Middle East? Fawn Cooper, junior special education major “I haven’t kept up on it lately; I don’t necessarily agree with what we are doing there but like I said I haven’t kept up on it so I don’t know what the current situation is over there.” Keaton Beattie, sophomore liberal arts major “I’m not really up-to-date on what’s going on in the Middle East so I think what we’re doing is good and that it’s nice we’re trying to help other people out and stuff, ...

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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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