About the author  ⁄ Cher Wada Koenig

Cher Wada Koenig

Cher Wada Koenig is a nontraditional student working on a double degree in sociology and communication. She joined the Arbiter team after taking a news writing class that sparked her interest for journalism. Cher also started the recurring 'Share with Cher' article, which will tackle your Boise State questions and publish answers! #SharewithCher

I have been back in college for almost four years now and over that time I have always wondered what other students think of having tons of homework and tests due immediately following long breaks. I always work ahead on assignments, but I still never seem to be able to take an actual break. And I’m not alone. There are tons of students who work on projects over our so-called breaks, but then there are some who don’t. Camilo Rojas, junior Health science major  Q: Are you a student who had to work on assignments throughout the entire break? A: ...

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Planning classes and squeezing them into tight schedules in order to meet class and degree prerequisites is usually not the easiest task. But soon Boise State will make it a lot easier. Sharon McGuire, vice provost for undergraduate studies, explained how Broncoweb (now called MyBoiseState) is modeled after the course catalogs per semester and how classes are listed as typically offered which is different from always offered. McGuire explained there’s actually a coding method which students can utilize for better understanding. “It (the class) will have the name of the course, the number of credit hours, the number of lab ...

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Ben Moore, co-director of the Horses Bit Student Pantry, a non-profit food bank, said he finds it an honor to serve students and to be a part of their lives in this way. “The Horses Bit is a food pantry for students,” Moore said. “The Horses Bit is a joint venture primarily between two campus ministries and student organizations-St.Paul’s Catholic Campus Center and the Crosswalks Campus Ministry.” The only criteria for accessing the pantry is students are asked to show their student ID. “If they don’t have a student ID we’ll serve them once but then we’ll direct them to ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. Boise State’s Finish in Four program helps students graduate in a timely manner. The Finish in Four program is designed to help students complete their degree in four years, according to Timothy Squires, management assistant of Advising and Academic Enhancement. “Students must enroll in the Finish in Four program by the end of their second semester,” Squires said. “These students work with an academic ...

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Students working together with professors, doing research on things they are interested in with the possibility of getting published: this is IMSRL. What IMSRL is: Intermountain Social Research Lab (IMSRL) is a research group on campus that is investigating the impact of the business model on higher education. “It was inspired by students and what they wanted to do,” said Arthur Scarritt Ph.D., associate professor of sociology. This is IMSRL’s third year and their students are examining interesting things: the virtual technology student, the comparison of international and immigrant student experiences and the multicultural policy. Dr. Sergio Romero, assistant professor ...

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Abraham Calderon had no idea what he would do after graduation, at least not until he joined the McNair program. “I wish there wasn’t a need for a program like this, but there is,” said Calderon, senior sociology major. The TRIO programs (grant funded programs) target first generation, low income and underrepresented students and supports them all through their academic career. The McNair Scholars program is the final step in the TRIO family, explained Helen Barnes, McNair program coordinator. The McNair Scholars program is not a scholarship but is a program that works with students during the last two years ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. Did you know taking Intersession classes doesn’t have to be out of pocket? If you are receiving financial aid for spring, Intersession fees can be paid when aid is disbursed in January. According to the Intersession’s FAQ page, “the Intersession will be considered part of spring semester 2014 even though student fees for intersession credits are charged in addition to the regular spring fees.” ...

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Ben, a Boise State sophomore construction management major, said he doesn’t have any sexually transmitted diseases (STD) but he has a couple of friends who do. Ben preferred to remain anonymous for personal reasons. “Some guys I know don’t like to use condoms and don’t really think about it too much, until they got something (a STD),” Ben said. Ben doesn’t worry about STDs because he practices safe sex, even though he’s not in a monogamous relationship. “I like to use protection,” Ben said. “And when I’m in a relationship it’s protected too.” Dr. Vincent Serio, medical director for University ...

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“Share with Cher” is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. If you are planning on a big graduation event during intercession or summer, plan again. Although you can complete your degree requirements during these semesters, there is no commencement ceremony. Feeling ripped off? Consider yourself lucky because Mandy Nelson, associate registrar, said Boise State used to only offer one ceremony each year and all the graduates from the entire year had to wait until ...

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For some students, the cost of college can be a huge hurdle. Tuition can literally be the deciding factor on whether to attend school or not. But others are learning that if you work hard and keep a good GPA (grade point average) you can earn free money to help with the expense. Hillary Evans, third year anthropology major, received a scholarship from her high school. “The gem scholarship,” Evans said. “I had to write two essays and it was $1,000.” Evans then received the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)  scholarship. “I’m from Colorado and I got a GPA of 3.0 ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature, written by Cher Wada Koenig, taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. When students get ready to graduate, sometimes they are scurrying to get their credit requirements completed. Taking workshops is a great way to earn credits quickly. Catherine Harris, director of site operations in Extended Studies, said workshops are great for students having an interest in a particular subject or simply needing one more credit to graduate on time or ...

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With so many due dates, looming assignments and college activities, it’s no wonder students turn to a little pick-me-up in order to stay on top of things. Sometimes though, that pick-me-up can actually be more harmful than helpful. Why students use caffeine Kailene Power, senior communication/English major, said she consumes far too much caffeine each day. She listed her main source of caffeine as coffee. “(I drink) usually a cup or two in the morning and then maybe some later,” Power said. Power said she gets headaches when she tries to skip drinking coffee, but the headaches are not consistent. ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. When students get ready to graduate they’re usually looking for references. Getting to know your professors is a great way to graduate with professional references in hand. So for this Share with Cher, I’ve got the scoop on how to go about getting to know your professors. Kevin Skidmore, adjunct communication instructor, said the most important thing is: if you want a positive reference, ...

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After reading Monday’s edition of The Arbiter, I am one of many students that was a little shocked to learn there are currently 19 registered sex offenders enrolled at Boise State. So I decided to find out how other students feel about this. Dianna Ezzell, junior, criminal justice and anthropology major. Q: How do you feel about sex offenders attending Boise State? Ezzell: There are a lot of things that can constitute sexual offenses. And unfortunately there are a great deal of things that get grouped into sexual offenses. It could make me very disgruntled but I don’t want to ...

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Have you ever wanted to travel to Spain? Have you dreamed about attending classes in France? Jillian Marian Itza, a junior communication major, is one student who will be traveling abroad next semester. “I’m Basque, so I’m going to the Basque country,” Itza said. “I’ll be going to Bilbao Spain. My (extended) family lives like 30 minutes from Bilbao.” Itza is participating in the Study Abroad program, which is one of three different types of programs offered by the International Learning Opportunities office. Sara Dart, Education Abroad/NSE advisor, said the study abroad program offers three different types of programs: direct ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. For this edition, I’m tackling a rumor I keep hearing around campus and an ongoing headache. Although I personally have heard from students about faculty requesting they only wear Nike shoes on the football field, it cannot (at least at this moment in time) be confirmed. So for now, it is still just a rumor. According to Max Corbet, associate athletic director/communications, he has ...

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Two dogs were reported running loose on University Drive at about 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13 near the corner of University Drive and Lincoln Avenue. Amelia Towne, a senior communication major, reported seeing a white SUV slowing down and appearing concerned about the loose dogs but ended up stopping on one of the dog’s paws. Towne was accompanied by another student who only wanted to be referred to by his first name, Tyler, a sophomore civil engineering major. “The dog was yelping and screaming, so I took off into the street to get the guy to back up and ...

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With football season upon us, it’s easy to wonder where all the money from ticket sales goes and how much money goes to the football team and how much goes to other athletic programs around campus. In a Q&A session via email, Max Corbet, associate athletic director/communications, answered some questions about where Boise State’s football revenue goes.   Q: What is Boise State’s football team’s estimated annual revenue from all sources?   A: Based on the latest figures reported to the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis, which was for the reporting year 2011-12, the annual revenue ...

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The Women’s Center is a valuable resource for many students around campus. With an office environment composed of a mix of professional staff and student employees, they offer more than support; students can utilize the center for relaxation, meetings, education and as a place of acceptance. Daniel Morgan, a junior elementary education major, works in the center as a gender equity peer educator focusing on masculinity and LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, ally, asexual) issues. “The Women’s Center is a valuable resource to all Boise State students,” Morgan said. “Not just for the people that could ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. When starting this new semester, students probably have classes scattered all around campus. If you are lucky enough to have a class in the new Micron Business and Economics Building on the corner of University and Capital you might be dreading the walk time in between classes. So the question on everyone’s mind is ‘why was it built there and what’s in the old ...

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By taking the record for the world’s fastest vegetable oil-powered vehicle in 2011 and being awarded the Trail Blazer award by President Kustra in 2012, the Greenspeed Club at Boise State is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Greenspeed is a multifaceted club open to Boise State students from all degrees. Dave Schenker, a junior mechanical engineering student, founded the club along with four other students and one semi-hesitant faculty advisor in 2010. John Gardner, professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, has been the faculty advisor for Greenspeed since the beginning. According to Gardner, he had no ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at news@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. To help alleviate some of the back to school stress, this semester’s first Share With Cher is tackling the headaches of health insurance waivers and the stress of being a new student and having no idea what you are going to do with your life. Marika Butler, the health insurance and billing office coordinator, explained when a student becomes full-time,  by enrolling in at least ...

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Finals week is easily the most hectic time of the semester. So when students’ brains are the most frazzled, it’s good to know how to make the best plan for success. In hopes of helping students achieve the highest grades possible on final exams this semester, Boise State professors offered their preferred tips for success. Kristen Bingham, adjunct Spanish instructor, said when students are preparing for a cumulative final she recommends students get enough sleep and take a lot of study breaks by studying for 30 minutes and then going out to do something for 15 minutes. “For a cumulative ...

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As of Sunday afternoon, seven chalk art murals had been applied to the outside of the Recreation Center (REC). There is everything from a volleyball player, Boise River rafters and the Friendship Bridge to jump roping and swimming. Several passersby commented on the striking colors and the unique displays on the walls of the REC. Kimberly Robin Hayes, junior psychology major, was one student who saw the chalk art display for the first time on Sunday. “Holy crap,” Hayes said. “These guys did amazing. It’s just so detailed, the talent is unriveted. It’s amazing; they’ve really taken the color and ...

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  For the third year in a row the ARC Idaho is hosting the Sprout Film Festival on May 3-4 at the Egyptian Theater.   The ARC is a nonprofit agency which serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their purpose is to assist people with disabilities to achieve greater independence in life.   The upcoming short films feature people with developmental disabilities, cover a wide variety of topics and invoke many emotions among viewers.   Nicole Young, senior communication major, has been involved with the planning of the film festival and saw it for the first time last year. ...

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