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  Seoul Shocker is Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experience with living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. Jingwansa Temple was beautiful, and the staff was more than accommodating. A few days ago, some other international students and I went on an excursion to the outskirts of Seoul, to a quaint little temple. Right when we arrived, a woman approached us and began speaking to us in English. She took us inside the main room with its polished wood floors that gleamed like the sun and floor cushions neatly in a line. She smiled, buzzed around us talking about the temple and asked ...

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Seoul Shocker is staff writer Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experience with living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I took my receipt from the cashier and moved out of the way to let the next customer order. Turning my head I spotted a stack of cardboard boxes. Aha! I will stand there out of the way, I thought. Whipping out my phone, I weighed in on a group conversation while waiting for my coffee. Some friends of mine were at the front of the large line, ordering a slice of cake and I scrolled through my recent messages, leaning against the box. ...

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Seoul Shocker is staff writer Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experience with living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. When an ad comes on the big-screen at the movie theater, telling fathers to stop working so much and go play with their children, questions begin to rise. Why do Korean fathers need to be told to spend time at home? The pressure for a husband and father to provide the best possible life for his family is intense here, and leads to the stereotypical view of Korean fathers being stern, unmoving, emotionless machines. My Korean friend went for weeks at a time without ...

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Koreans love alcohol, and rank first when it comes to liquor consumption. Drinking is a huge part of their daily lives and considered a major bonding point for friends and co-workers. Turning down a drink is like social suicide.  Whether it’s club member training or an outing with business associates, there’s bound to be alcohol, and lots of it. Also, there’s no law against drinking in public, so people can drink anywhere they want and however much they want. I have a few Koreans who I tutor in conversational English and one of them works for a construction company. When ...

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Seoul Shocker is Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experiences while living abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I’ve had street food in Korea quite a few times and it’s delicious. It’s also a cheap meal with quick service as long as there isn’t a line. The first time I had street food, it was literally meat and tteok on a stick, like a shish kabob, but not. It was more like dakkochi but subtract the chicken, and add the sausage. This was one of those instances where I didn’t question what I was eating because it was made of familiar ingredients. Tteokbokki was ...

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People wearing colorful regalia stepped into the middle of the floor, listening to the call of the drum and following its beat. In a circle they danced with bells decorating their regalia and ankles. The floor shook with their feet and the Seven Arrows 20th Annual Powwow began. The Powwow was held in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building, and people of Native American descent from many states were in attendance. A prayer was said over the center of the room, and everyone, young and old, joined in the dancing. “It’s really just to celebrate life, and enjoy ...

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The American higher education system used to be for the elite upper class and students got into universities because their family members were alumni. That’s changed over the years, but Louis Menand, Ph.D., stated, in his lecture for the Distinguished Lecture Series here at Boise State, the education system still has its problems. Menand is a scholar of American studies and is said to be a front-runner in his field. Winning a Pulitzer Prize in 2002, as well as a Francis Parkman Prize for his book The Metaphysical Club (2001), he was carefully chosen to be a speaker for the ...

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A swan floated across the open waters, it’s snowy feathers reflecting on the crystal stillness. It lifted its wings and stretched toward the sky with a glimmer of something gold atop its head catching the last hint of light as the sun went down. In the next instant, a beautiful young girl stood in its place, and beneath the light from the stars, the cursed princess was allowed to take her true form. Swan Lake is one of the most famous ballets of all time. With its tragic storyline and its musical score composed by Tchaikovsky, the story of the ...

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Zombies, blood, gore and apocalyptic settings make up The Walking Dead. The success of the show on AMC is all due to its horde of followers. According to fans it has something for everyone. The show has gotten so popular it even has its own talk show after the airing of each episode called The Talking Dead. Many fans watch The Walking Dead every week religiously. The reason differs from person to person, but for some the cliffhanger at the end of each episode keeps them coming back. “I want to find out what happens next,” said Ben Blake, sophomore ...

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Sunday’s Underdogs Who:  a.k.a Belle Where:  Pengilly’s Saloon (513 W. Main St., Boise, ID 83702) When: Sunday, 10:00-10:40 p.m. Ages for venue: 21+ Why: The band has a violin and a banjo, but it’s been said they rock out all the same.  They’ve even spent several years in England, and have songs titles like ‘The Devil Loves You’ (from their upcoming album). Who:  Henhouse Prowlers Where: Tom Grainey’s (109 S. 6th St., Boise, ID 83702) When: Sunday, 11:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Age for venue: 21+ Why: These blue-grass suit and tie wearing men have been together for eight years, and have ...

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Soulful synth-pop, was the description Andrew Stensaas used to describe the Edmond Dantes band music style. With influence from a variety of genres Stensaas and Ryan Peck came up with their own unique sound, and after about one year of playing together they’ve found their way into the Treefort lineup. Stensaas, and Peck, a current biology professor at Boise State, had no clue who each other was when they started the band, but the fact they both like playing music and performing was enough to get Edmond Dantes off the ground. “Boise Rock School (is where) we met, where I ...

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No one has seen the Macaws, not since the dam went up.  The stunning birds disappeared in the forests of Belize.  Their beautiful feathered figures have yet to be seen again. Bruce Barcott, the author of “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw,” painted the story of the Macaws for his audience on March 5.  In one hour he covered six years of Sharon Matola’s plight to save the birds, and it all started with a phone call. “Writing a book where she’s the main character, it’s a challenge to try to capture her as a person in all her ...

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Eating the right amount and eating the right foods matter. And when it comes to students, the transition from adolescent eating habits to mature habits can be difficult. With spring just around the corner, the variety of fresh and local foods will increase, but the desire to go out and eat will also rise. Nutritionists and dieticians have suggested a few ways to maintain health and weight this spring. “When you order a meal, a lot of the time the meal is enough for two people,” said Megan Mcgussey, graduate working toward a master’s degree in health science and a registered ...

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There are over 7,000 languages in the world and according to linguists Gregory Anderson Ph.D. and David Harrison Ph.D., about one spoken language dies every two weeks. These two men traveled the world documenting languages before they disappear for good. A documentary was made about the men and some of their trips to visit the Chulym, Sora and Kallawaya people. The documentary tells the story of these linguists working to preserve the languages of these people. A screening of the documentary took place in the Student Union Building on Feb. 16 with Anderson and Harrison present to answer questions afterward. ...

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  Getting lost in the wilderness, meeting exciting people, eating strange foods: it all sounds like something for Indiana Jones. But you don’t have to be Indiana to go on an adventure to extraordinary lands. Students are leaving their homes and traveling to places all over the world as part of Study Abroad with Boise State. Some of those students were willing to share their stories and experiences, such as getting lost, restaurant troubles, host families and living with locals.   Jamie Lundergreen Studied: Alicante, Spain Topic: host family In spring 2012 Lundergreen, a junior double majoring in psychology and Spanish, made ...

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The stands were filled from top to bottom with students on Saturday.  Moments before, many of them had been in the lobby rehearsing. The basketball game against Wyoming had them riled up and chanting in unison. At five minutes and 14 seconds, the music started to play and the students broke into enthusiastic synchronized dancing. The second annual Corral flash mob was a basketball game success students, and fans said. It helped get students excited and entertained the crowd. “It’s for student involvement,” said Jordan Watters, political science major. “(It) gets the students more into the game, (and) it builds ...

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The Jordan Ballroom was filled with students, friends and family as a man appeared from behind pink and blue curtains. He beckoned to something behind the screen. A red and yellow dragon obeyed his command, materializing. The transportation to Asia had begun. The first annual Boise State Asia Fest took place on Feb. 3 and had contribuions from different Asian clubs and associations. “The performances are really great. It’s stuff that I wouldn’t normally see outside of things like this,” said senior English major Jax Perez. “So far I think my favorite part is looking forward to the second half ...

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The holiday season can be tricky, especially for students who are on a budget and have multiple people to give gifts to. To help all the students out there who are struggling to find low-priced holiday gifts here are a few gift ideas under five dollars to get started.   Cookie-Filled Tin  All that’s needed is a tin and the correct baking ingredients or holiday cookies from the store.  Start by buying or finding a tin and then make the receiver’s favorite cookies, if the cookies are going to be homemade. Fill the tin with cookies and the gift is ...

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“Sketches” is the name of the upcoming Winter Student Dance Concert.  The concert pieces are choreographed and danced by students who prepared all semester for the performance.  It’s used as a learning experience for students studying dance, choreography and sometimes lighting. Marla Hansen, associate professor and theater arts dance program director, will also have pieces featured in the  show which she collaborated on with the students. “It features the work of six different choreographers, and two pieces by myself,” Hansen said. “These are primarily dancers who are working on their dance minor or they’re theater majors with a dance emphasis. ...

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Bellydancers are known for their smooth-moving hips and bare abdomens. Even here in Boise, bellydancers perform in the traditional garb and mesmerize their viewers. Jasmine Martin, a second year undecided major is one of them. Arbiter staffer Danielle Davidson caught up with Martin to talk about her passion for bellydancing. Q: When did you start bellydancing? A: I started almost two years ago. I got back from a trip and just was like, I’m going to do it, and so I found a woman online, her name is Cecilia Rinn. She’s my mentor and my teacher, and she has a ...

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  Feeling the emotion in a piece of music is a key component in any performance, and senior piano performance and pre-med major Bethany Sigurdson showed this passion in her recital on Monday, Nov. 12.  Sigurdson had a variety of pieces in her concert with composers like Debussy, Albeniz, Beethoven and Grieg. She began with a Prelude by Debussy leading into Klavierstucke, Op. 118 by Brahms. But, everyone’s favorite piece seemed to be the last.   For her closing piece Sigurdson performed Edvard Grieg’s Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 III. Allegro Marcato.   “I loved her program,” said Anna ...

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze is where holiday ornaments come to life and gingerbread men, snowmen, penguins and reindeer can be seen performing flips, balancing acts, walking on wires and sculpting. “This particular production is Broadway meets Radio City meets circus arts through amazing athletic and artistic feats, so there’s really something for everyone,” said Jenn Sierra, media relations representative. “The show is appropriate for kids from two to 92. I think the kids are going to marvel at the construct, and those adults that are in the audience are going to marvel at the athletic prowess of our performers.” The show ...

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Senior recitals for music majors are put on during the year for audiences to see how far they have progressed coming closer to graduation.  Bethany Sigurdson will be the most recent student to take to the stage.  Sigurdson has been playing the piano for many years and her piano professor at Boise State, Del Parkinson, only had praise for his student. “She is so diligent, well-prepared (and) consistent,” Parkinson said. “I would call her a model student. She’s just a delight (and) I look forward to her lesson every single week.  She works hard, and makes progress and improvements.  She ...

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Good, quality food at low prices can be hard to come by for college students.  The CWI Culinary Arts program on Boise State’s campus includes a deli, bakery and dining room, offering a variety of foods to students and faculty.  They even have an option of getting food to-go at the deli. “We serve lamb, fish, seafood, other than the fish anything that you can find in any of our local restaurants,” Shantelle Kite, sophomore culinary arts major at CWI said. “The Deli is more of a casual setting. We serve a lot of to-go items, a lot of sandwiches. ...

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Despite the millions of Holocaust deaths, many people endured, including Rose Beal. She is a Holocaust survivor living in Boise, and on Oct. 30 she shared her story with students and community members alike. “She is a great speaker, I thought it was really moving how she was so willing to talk about it so openly after everything she’s been through,” said Melinda Smith, sophomore communication major. “It wasn’t as intense as some other stories but it was really moving.” In her speech Beal told of how she was 11 years old when Hitler came to power, and didn’t realize ...

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