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Emily Pehrson

Emily Pehrson is working as the managing editor for The Arbiter. She is junior at Boise State with a double major in English and Communication. When not working or in class, Pehrson can be found watching sports with her brother via Skype. She recently became a very proud first-time aunt and adores showering the baby girl with gifts while insisting that dinosaurs are gender neutral. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyPehrson

From the presidency of George Washington to that of George W. Bush there were three government officials who were indicted on criminal charges for leaking information to the press. So far under the Obama administration—with nearly three years to go—there have been eight. This was just one startling fact pointed out by Charlie Savage, Pulitzer Prize winning author, when he spoke to roughly 200 people on Tuesday, March 18. Savage currently writes for The New York Times and frequently covers issues of national security and government surveillance. He was brought to Boise State by the Andrus Center for their “National ...

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Boise State co-head coach Paul Rocchio was arrested on Friday, March 7 in Meridian after allegedly trying to entice a minor into sex. Meridian police took 50 year-old Rocchio into custody in Settler’s Park. He now faces the felony charge of enticing children over the internet. Lacrosse is one of the most popular club sports at Boise State. Rocchio was dismissed from the team when school officials learned about his arrest. His coach bio has already been removed from the team’s website. However, according to Rocchio’s LinkedIn profile, he has been working as co-head coach for the Boise State Lacrosse ...

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An open letter to Greg Hampikian, Professor at Boise State University: Students for Concealed Carry noted your recent op-ed in the New York Times on the subject of firearms in the college environment entitled “When may I shoot a student?” As you may be aware, Students for Concealed Carry is the only national gun rights group focused exclusively on the issue of the rights of law abiding adults possessing a concealed carry permit to be able to carry firearms while visiting a college campus. Thus, while your op-ed was not addressed to us and was written in an overtly facetious ...

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In response to the fanatical article about guns on campus, two things are falsehoods.  One, Uda’s declaration that the university would spend $2 million on extra security.  Concealed carry exists in malls and other large, public areas, and has existed for many years.  Weapons carry, open and concealed, has existed in this country since before its founding.  It has existed even in the state capitol building in areas open to the public.  None of those places have high walls, barbed wire, and metal detectors.  The notion of needing all that extra security has nothing to do with guns, it has ...

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Dear Editors and fellow students: I am a current student at BSU and an enhanced concealed weapons permit (ECWP) holder. I have been hunting and shooting since I was able to hold a gun. I have also been taught the proper methods of gun handling and uses of guns. It is apparent that there is a lot of confusion over SB1254. The misconception being that if this bill passes “everyone will get their ECWP and pack on campus.” The fact of the matter is all this bill is doing is making it legal for the people that are already packing ...

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Boise State President Bob Kustra, who is openly opposed to the new bill that would allow enhanced concealed carry weapons on Idaho college campuses, sent out an email on the afternoon of Feb. 26. In the email  he details his concerns and reasons for opposing the gun bill. That email is included in it’s entirety below. _________________________________________________________________________________________ I know many of you have heard about the bill to remove from the State Board of Education and the administrations of public universities and colleges in Idaho the right, currently held, to prohibit weapons on their campuses. It has passed the Idaho ...

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  Do you think concealed weapons should be allowed on campus?   “I don’t. I just think it causes unnecessary stress on campus with everyone.” Jacob Nelson Political science Sophomore       “I don’t think they should. I think if anything maybe professors should have them…I’m pro gun but I just don’t think they need to be on campus.” Hannah Zavaletta General Studies Senior        “I don’t feel that they shouldn’t be allowed on campus but I don’t think it’s necessary. I think that it’s still within our second amendment to be able to carry a concealed weapon ...

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Workers began tearing down the Applied Technology building today, Thursday, Feb 14. The building previously housed many technical program provided by the College of Western Idaho.  This demolition is the next step in a long line of renovations allotted in the master plan including the renovations in the Student Union Building, the mathematics building and the administration parking lot. According to the Boise State Campus Master Plan, the space will be used to create another intramural field for the use by the football team. When it is completed, the original intramural field behind the SUB will be open for student use ...

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When former Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen jumped ship for Washington, Bronco Nation appeared to be experiencing the football equivalent of the apocalypse. However, since being hired as the Broncos head coach, Bryan Harsin has put together arguably the highest-profile recruiting class in Boise State football history. By hiring Texas A&M co-defensive coordinator Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator and Stanford wide receivers and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford as offensive coordinator, Harsin has given Boise State football recruiting new life, and has allowed the Broncos to sign multiple four-star athletes. Biggest Gains: 1. Chase Blakley, tight end, Couer ‘d ...

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A campus committee presented a proposal for a School of Governance and Public Policy on Wednesday, Feb. 5.  If approved, the school would combine programs of study that place a strong value on civic leadership and discourse and would require the realignment of several departments on campus, many from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs (SSPA). “This is something we’ve been working on for more than a year,” said Shelton Woods, dean of SSPA. “There are some very effective schools of government at really great institutions. So we started putting our minds together, visiting places as well, and ...

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Boise has its own book club, and everyone is free to join. The group, supported by the English department at Boise State, meets once a month at the Boise Public Library.  The discussion, aptly named Literature for Lunch, takes place from 12:10 to 1 p.m.  The next meeting will be Friday, Jan. 31. “The True Adventures of a Texas Sharecropper Kid,” by Lonnie Willis, will be discussed. This is an unusual opportunity as Willis is a retired Boise State professor and husband to Carol Martin, one of the professors who guides Lit for Lunch. In his book Willis tells the ...

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You might have noticed there’s not much on this page. These few simple words which I’m writing to you, a quick drawing our design team whipped up to make me seem whimsical and an ad we were coerced into putting here by our business manager who is obsessed with “keeping us in business.” The fact that this page is so empty is a sad commentary on how little we, as editors of the school paper, have done to engage our campus. Too often we have used this opinion page as a sounding board for our own irks and annoyances (I ...

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Students who want to learn about intersecting identities, supporting the LGBTQ community and promoting social justice have the opportunity to apply to attend a conference that focuses on exactly that. The 2014 NASPA Region V Power of One Conference will be held April 3-5 at Salt Lake Community College in Utah.  Every year the Women’s Center at Boise State provides scholarships which cover expenses (per diem, lodging, flight and registration costs) for students who want to attend. “In the past when students have come back from the Power of One Conference, they are so excited,” Jess Caldwell-O’Keefe, director of the ...

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Students who have an idea for business or non-profit organization and are looking for some start-up advice still have an opportunity to apply to Venture College–but they’ll have to hurry. The deadline to apply to Venture College is Dec. 20. Venture College is a fairly new program at Boise State–it debuted during the Fall 2013 semester–created to give aid to students who have an entrepreneurial idea. The program is not for class credit and no additional tuition is required. It can be thought of an intensive extracurricular. To apply students need to be enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Boise State ...

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The Broncos will head to Honolulu to play Oregon State in the 2013 Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24. “I would like to thank the officials at the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl, ESPN and the Mountain West Conference for this opportunity to play in one of the top postseason settings in college football,” Mark Coyle, director of Athletics, said in a press release.. “We are excited for their year’s Bronco team, and especially for our senior class.” This is the 12th year in a row Boise State will appear in a bowl game. They played in the Hawaii Bowl once before in ...

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Sarah Pearce, convicted in 2003 of beating a motorist, and Christopher Tapp, convicted of rape and murder in 1998, are hoping for good news. Their appeals are being helped by the Idaho Innocence Project (IIP). Greg Hampikian, director of IIP, and his team are working to free both Pearce and Tapp. However the IIP will not be able to take on new cases for a while. In 2009 and 2011 the IIP received grants from the Department of Justice totaling nearly $450,000. This money was used to run the program and pay the needed employees. In November the IIP found ...

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So how do I log a link with my Boise State user name and password? In response the email sent From the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on 11/30/2013: I doubt Jim Munger actually wrote the email sent to me, but his name is on it so I am going to blame him. I will not be completing any of my courses evaluations because this email reflects the incompetence of Boise State and the larger “professional staff.” Whomever sent this email, provided an insufficient hyperlink even though they have a “Ph.D.” I notice the Academic Planning office ...

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Junior Emma Bates became the first Bronco to place first in the NCAA West Region Cross Country race on Friday, Nov. 15. With her win, Bates qualified for the NCAA National Championships. Bates is the first Bronco woman to qualify for the national meet since Abby Peters in 1999. Bates’s ran the 6-kilometer course at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in 19:11. She not only clinched the victory but  also beat her personal best for the 6-kilometer race by 58 seconds. Bates beat the second place runner, Shelby Houlihan from Arizona State, by three seconds. Also qualifying for nationals is senior ...

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Boise State reports a much higher instance of alcohol violation than the other universities in the state. In 2012 when Boise State reported 388 violations, University of Idaho reported 79 and Idaho State University reported only 30. Blaine Eckles, associate dean of students, does not think that alcohol use on campus has increased. He believes the large discrepancy comes from under-reporting and miscalculations in the past. “It’s a much more accurate reflection now of Clery violations then it was then,” Eckles said. “That has to do with the increased knowledge and education.” The Clery Act requires all universities to issue ...

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A. Griffin Junior History, Multi-Ethnic Studies major; Gender Studies minor amandagriffin@u.boisestate.edu   Emma Galego Senior Communication major; Gender Studies minor emilygalego@boisestate.edu   On September 5th, a very important and serious conversation was started about sexual assault on college campuses. As Healthy Relationship Peer Educators, we know the weight of this topic, and how it affects students’ lives. Risk reduction is everywhere. Don’t drink too much, or at all. Don’t go out alone, especially not at night. Don’t wear “risky” clothing. There are so many actions and behaviors that women have been doing in order to stay safe, and yet the ...

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On Monday, Sept. 30, at 12:01 p.m. the federal government of The United States of America officially shut down. This was caused because Congress failed to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR), a type of legislation that allows the government to be funded temporarily even though an approbations bill was not signed by the end of the fiscal year. While the government is shut down, only programs deemed “essential” will be funded. This has resulted in 800,000 government workers being furloughed, all national parks and monuments being closed, all academy sports events being cancelled and many other government programs being placed ...

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In the Sept. 26 issue of The Arbiter in the article about the increased number of out-of-state students attending Boise State there was a figure published from an unverified source. It was reported that 40 percent of the student population at Boise State is from states besides Idaho. The official numbers for enrollment will not be released until Oct. 15 but upon further investigation it is likely that this number is off base. For the 2012 school year the out-of-state student enrollment was reported at 19 percent. Further the article stated that student enrollment for 2013 was likely to continue ...

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The master plan serves as a blueprint for the physical growth of the university. New buildings, parking and even the proposed placement of trees are detailed in the current master plan which was created in 2005. Now, with the majority of projects from the current master plan completed, Boise State’s master planning team will spend the next 8 to 12 months creating a new master plan which will detail the future goals of the university. They are seeking student input on this new project. On Friday, Sept. 20, students were invited to attend a campus tour where the walk would ...

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Since Title IX, a policy requiring all universities to provide equal opportunities for men and women, was passed in 1972 the number of female athletes has grown 560 percent. According to the NCAA,  this has led to an estimated 193,500 female college athletes in 2012. However this hasn’t carried over to the coaching side of the game. According to a study published by The Sports Psychologist Journal, when Title IX was passed in 1972 more than 90 percent of existing female teams were coached by women. In 2006 when the study was published, that number had shrunk to only 42.4 ...

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Sandra Day O’Connor vs. David Adler  Even though she’s been retired from the bench for more than seven years, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor hasn’t lost her ability to shrewdly sidestep a question with political tilt. On Thursday, Sept. 5, Justice O’Connor sat down for an interview style presentation with the director of the Andrus Center, David Adler. Every time Adler asked a question, O’Connor turned it back on him. She told stories of her childhood, early career and time on the bench all without ever giving a concrete answer to Adler’s question. Despite being the interviewee, O’Connor was in firm ...

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