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Experiential Learning is the concept that students can learn the subject matter for a course best by doing an activity or creating an artifact rather than just reading about it and sitting through lectures.  With this method, students take the concepts that they have learned and then use that information to present a finished product showing that they understand the topics.  That’s all well and good, but how can this help you do better on a test?  Apply the idea of Experiential Learning to your course in order to better understand everything that you have assimilated this semester.  When you ...

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Courtesy: Zach Sparrow The Add the Words movement refers to the adding of the words “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Presently, the IHRA only protects against discrimination toward religion, age, disability, sex and race. Since 2006, Idaho’s top government officials have told the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community that soon there would be a change. Eight years later, people have grown tired of waiting. The Add the Words movement has gained traction this year due to the heavy media exposure of the voluntary arrest of protestors. Filmmaker Cammie Pavesic witnessed the rallies and ...

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Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) is reaching out. The Lambda Pi Eta Omega Omega Chapter gives members the opportunity to support their community, present original work at research conferences and engage in a variety of activities that further their academic success. “Being a member you are able to find more opportunities to visit with faculty and work one on one with them,” said Robin Jensen, president of the organization. LPE is a communication honor society which seeks to help members connect to the community around campus as well as to the larger academic community related to the major. Having inducted their ...

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Today I read about two interesting studies conducted by Kent State University regarding students and cell phone usage.  The first study surveyed 300 college students (and physically assessed 49 of them) to show the comparison between how much time they spent on their cell phones and their overall physical health.  The study showed that high cell phone usage equalled out to poor physical health.  The second study by Kent State looked at the results from 500 students comparing cell phone usage, GPA and overall happiness/anxiety levels.  The results from the second study supported the results from the first study; the ...

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Actor, comedian and television star, Bill Cosby performed at the Morrison Center on April 4. Cosby returned to Boise following his highly praised Morrison Center performance in 2011. Throughout his career Cosby has written 11 novels, released over 20 comedy albums and has been featured in countless films. Funny and inspirational, Cosby has been referred to as the “doctor of comedy,” drawing from his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Performing to sold-out arenas across the country since 1962, his comedic approach to telling childhood stories resonates with his cross-generational fan base. Known for the “The Cosby ...

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April 9th-11th, Ezra Pound Conference, readings each evening at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Barnwell Room, BSU Student Union Building. April 18th: Poet Brian Blanchfield, 7:30 p.m. Berquist Lounge, BSU Student Union Building April 20th: Poets Endi Hartigan and Rob Schlegel, 7:30 p.m. Pengilly’s Saloon April 24rd: Fiction Writer Benjamin Percy, 7:30 p.m. Bergquist Lounge, BSU Student Union Building May 2nd: Poets Clark Coolidge and Rebecca Wolf, 7:30 p.m. Bishop Barnwell Room, BSU Student Union May 8th: Fiction Writer Jacqueline Mitchard, 7:30 p.m. Lookout Room, BSU Student Union Building ...

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Shelby Bodine “Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Shelby Bodine’s firsthand experience with living with mental illness. When you live everyday with a mental illness, you live with the realization that at some point you will have to share that fun fact with others. Of course, you could keep it bottled inside, but as I’ve discussed before, that is a terrible idea. So what happens when you meet the person who gives you butterflies and who you want to share everything with? Do you tell them or do you wait? The thing that makes this tough is that there is always ...

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Welcome back from Spring Break!  We are halfway through the semester, so it’s a good time to remind you of the #1 rule of successful college students: Go to class. This concept can be difficult as the weather improves and we start to burn out on the academic year.  Always keep in mind that when you attend classes, you might receive extra information or clues from the professor about what topics might be included on future exams or assignments. When you are in class, you might get clues on what information will not be in the test as well; this ...

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Nicole Kopczynski Isabel Corona Forget what you’ve heard. Quidditch is no longer just for wizards and Potterheads, but muggles too. Although originally J.K. Rowling’s fictional creation was available only to witches and wizards, Quidditch has developed into a real-life sport played by both fans and those unacquainted with the world of Hogwarts. Junior political science major Kym Couch, manager of the Boise State Quidditch team, explained that her love of Harry Potter isn’t the reason why she plays the sport. “I like Harry Potter and it’s great, but it’s not why I play Quidditch,” Couch said. Quidditch allows players to ...

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Courtesy: Zach Sparrow As a child, Carissa Wolf knew she wanted to be a writer. From documents composed of scribbles, to publishing a family newspaper featuring stories of what the dog did each day, Wolf began writing at a young age. Wolf carried passion for writing through junior high and high school, gaining experience working at the school newspaper. After a post-graduation, three-year cross-country road trip, Wolf returned to Boise to continue her education. Wolf’s early passion for writing inevitably led her to journalism. Two bachelor’s and a master’s degree later, Wolf continues to be an active voice in the ...

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Carrie Wells The Baltimore Sun MCT Campus Wire Service Holding a whiteboard, the University of Maryland, College Park students scrawled their complaints and posed for a picture. “My name is Justin and I spent $114 on ONE textbook,” a student wrote. “My name is Jeff and I spent $736 on textbooks,” wrote another. The images, posted online by the Student Government Association in recent months, are designed to highlight the rapid rise in the price of college textbooks over the past decade. This semester, the University System of Maryland is exploring ways to bring that cost to zero with “open-source” ...

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While electronic music continues to grow, listeners continue to discover new and improved electronic bands. Some bands one may enjoy and others one may prefer to never again hear on the radio. But once in awhile listeners might stumble upon a band that truly knocks their socks off. And here I introduce Hustle and Drone. Originating in Salem, Ore., this electronic band is comprised of three extremely talented musicians: Ryan Neighbors, Ryan Moore and Andy Black. Their music is upbeat and filled with major electronic beats (for those who love to dance), some synthesizing action, a bass guitar and the ...

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Courtesy: Alexa Valladolid If you ask a thousand people for a dollar in Boise, it turns out you make $1,000 after just asking a few hundred. After reaching my goal I had a commitment to honor. I took a seat beside five other brave souls and prepared to lose my locks. I hadn’t planned on it, but there I was bald again. The clippers stopped and I ran my hand over my head; I had forgotten how soft buzzed hair feels. I decided to shave my head the first time after witnessing my classmates participate in the first event for ...

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Courtesy: Maria Shimel Do you find that no matter how hard you study it just doesn’t seem to help?  Perhaps the techniques that you are using aren’t effective.  I recently read a Washington Post article that listed the different levels of effectiveness of different types of study techniques.  The least effective methods include highlighting text while reading, rereading chapters,  and doing short summaries of the text/course material.  Moderately effective techniques include self-explanation of topics, interrogation (asking “why” questions about the information), and using different types of practice questions in-class.  The most effective techniques include actually doing practice tests on your ...

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Courtesy: Zach Sparrow The “A-Team” was created in 2011, by Heather Hanks, former event manager for Taco Bell Arena. While the name generates images of explosions, danger and Mr. T, in reality the organization’s name is short for the Arena Team. The organization was formed to provide students with professional experience in the entertainment industry. Through the A-Team, students are exposed to the various outlets of knowledge the arena has to offer. If a student expresses interest in a certain aspect, there are opportunities to learn more about that process. Student responsibilities range from production and sound booth to merchandising ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): You will be stunned to learn your parents aren’t even related to you. They will explain they found you in a gutter somewhere and that you are likely the offspring of magical woodland elves. Unable to believe them, you will run crying into the local woods only to discover these so called “elves” are actually just local drug addicts. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Life can be confusing. Some days you are getting plenty done and moving forward while other days you find yourself stuck in a rut. My best advice: while traveling, look for a ...

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St. Baldrick’s Foundation held their third annual  head shaving event in the Taylor Hall quad Friday, March 14. The event began with speakers giving their stories about their experiences with cancer, elaborating on why this event was so important for the research of childhood cancer. Hosting the event was the radio station 103.5 Kiss FM, which provided the emcee for the afternoon. At 2:30 p.m., the first groups of six volunteers sat down in the chairs while the emcee interviewed the volunteers. After the initial shave on stage, the volunteers were taken aside to another barber to give the finishing touches. ...

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Study Tip: Maria Shimel There are many different ways to study for exams.  I love flashcards because that was how I learned best.  Using flashcards allows you to  break down large chunks of info, study easily in alternate locations (walking around at work, in between classes, etc.) and it is easy to save each set of flashcards to study for the cumulative final at the end of the semester. Although flashcards aren’t the best option for every test or person, they can be very effective. Here are some basic tips to that can help you succeed: 1) Keep your flashcards ...

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It started with the encouraging but strong nudges to participate in this program called Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars. I had been faithfully coming to the annual engineering outreaches for High School students Boise State University hosted, and they just knew I would enjoy the program. I completed the requirements for the application, which included writing my state legislator to ask for their nomination that I be in the program. I was accepted in December and in January I started one of the most challenging courses of my High School career. This one semester course takes students through knowledge of ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): Talking about your problems helps sometimes, but it can’t be enough, That’s why you need to illustrate all of your life problems through the art of theatre. Set up a blanket on a string and act out your troubles for the student body to see in full. The drama club will get involved and soon enough you will be on Broadway under the flashing lights. Taurus (April 20-May 20): After watching the neighbors dog chase cars all afternoon, you decide you will do the same. In fact, you will not just shoot for chasing a ...

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Electronic Dance Music (EDM) is a fairly new genre of music, considering that has only been around since the 1980s. From festivals worldwide that have attendance numbers in the thousands to local shows at small concert houses, EDM is rapidly becoming one of the most listened-to genres of music of our generation. Local venues such as the Knitting Factory and the Revolution Concert House work closely with All Access Boise, who have been booking some of the best artists known to the EDM scene. “If it wasn’t for electronic dance music, I don’t think my life would be the same. ...

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Banned Book Week is coming up (Sept. 30-Oct. 6). To celebrate, Hyde Park Books has decided to kick off a Banned Book Club. Starting Oct. 2, and to be continued on the first Wednesday of every month, Hyde Park Books will open up the literature and culture of a book that has been challenged or banned. To begin, the first read will be Ray Bradbury’s dystopian classic, “Fahrenheit 451,” a book which happens to be about banning books. What does it mean when a book is challenged or banned? To answer this question, when material is “challenged” it is an attempt ...

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By Eryn Johnson and Ryan Hoffman Computer science, computer engineers and graphic designers put their skills to the test over the weekend at Appathon 3, creating the latest in mobile apps. Office of Information Technology [OIT], College of Business and Education and the College of Engineering at Boise State hosted the event. The appathon put brains and endurance to the test. Pushed students to overcome mental obstacles and code their way to the top of the competition. Participants were challenged with designing an app that could be useful to students and/or faculty at Boise State. The ideas ranged from localized ...

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BPD Corner is a monthly feature written by the Boise Police Department advising students how to be safer around campus. As we move into longer days and warmer temperatures, many people make the move from driving their car to riding their bike.  The city of Boise has put a great deal of effort into making the city a safe and enjoyable place to ride.  Additionally, numerous trails are within minutes of the downtown core which allow bicyclists to “get away from it all.” The Boise Police Department would like to take this early opportunity to remind citizens of a few ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): You are a very sensual person and find it easy to seduce attractive members of the opposite sex with your oil massages and prescription drugs. You need to be careful though, these drugs are not meant to be shared with anyone else and if the Feds find out, they will kick down your door and send you to the big house. Taurus (April 20-May 20): A string of new health fads will have you trying everything to lose a couple pounds for the upcoming swimsuit season. You will become frustrated when you don’t lose any ...

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