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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

Mat Boesen, a red-shirt linebacker for Boise State’s football team, was arrested Thursday evening. Boesen, 19, was charged with misdemeanor inattentive or careless driving and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers. He was booked in the jail at 7:41 p.m. but released later that same night. The athletics department released a short statement saying they are aware of the situation and intend to follow the procedures outlined in the student conduct policy. According to an article published by the Idaho Press Tribune Boesen is due in court on July 31. Boesen, who red-shirted as a true freshman last year, was not expected ...

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The One Republic concert at Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena could cause some traffic congestion throughout Friday. The following is a notice sent out by Boise State Transportation and Parking Services advising the public on how to best navigate the area. BOISE STATE PERMIT PARKING ADVISORY FOR  FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014 ONE REPUBLIC TACO BELL ARENA DOORS 6 P.M., SHOW 7 P.M. Due to the crowd size expected, there will be increased traffic congestion along University Drive between Lincoln Avenue and Broadway Avenue. To minimize the impact of the increased traffic, the following  information is provided to help you plan accordingly ...

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UPDATE The woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted beneath the Broadway Bridge has recanted her story. She has now told police that there was no crime committed. Boise Police Detectives stated in a media release that they will forward their reports to prosecutors who will determine whether or not to charge the woman with filing a false police report. Filing a False Police report is a misdemeanor in Idaho. Penalties are set by a judge in a court of law. Boise police urge victims of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime. They hope victims will not be ...

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Boise State Student Media is made up of several departments. There is a way for everyone to get involved and content for everyone to enjoy! THE ARBITER The Arbiter brings you relevant, up-to-date content on the issues that effect college students. The Arbiter is your source for campus news, information on events, trends and music and all inside sports knowledge you need to be a true Bronco. The Arbiter is entirely student-run and independent from the university. This means that students just like you are producing content for you. The Arbiter welcomes and encourages interaction and feedback. Email story ideas, questions ...

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The Boise Fire Department will be conducting training at the Boise State Towers residence hall on May 19-23 and again on the 29. Motorists and pedestrians in the area may see lots of fire trucks gathered and even some simulated smoke. They are encouraged not be be alarmed as this is all part of the training exercise. Signs will be posted notifying passersby that there training is occurring. Students and staff who hold parking permits for the Towers Lot will not be displaced The lot will remain open but certain sections will be roped off for the use of fire personnel. ...

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Eunice Macias Pychology Freshman   I haven’t heard anything about it, no.   Rick Anderson     I am not incredibly sure what’s going. I really try to stay away from that stuff.   Michael Wolf Mechanical engineering Sophomore   I know there are couple local people. It’s different than the usual. I’m kind of excited it’s more of an all-day thing than just a night thing. Paige Puccinelli Communication Senior I’ve never really heard of most of the people … I think it will be fun. It’s a free concert so people shouldn’t really complain. You might as well ...

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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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