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Courtesy: Joe Morgan Canadian progressive metal band Protest the Hero will be playing at the Knitting Factory in downtown Boise on Saturday, March 15. Protest the Hero hails from Whitby, Ontario. The band formed in 2002 after changing their name from Happy Go Lucky. They have released three albums via Vagrant Records, and their most recent album “Volition” was announced after the band dropped their label and independently launched a fundraising campaign in 2013 through indiegogo.com. Their efforts raised them upwards of $340,000 from a sum of 8,361 donors. The album released on Oct. 29, 2013. The band has shared ...

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Dear Ryan, Your article seems like it was written in five minutes and then edited by a 5-year-old. It is confusing, argumentative, and has no defined purpose. If you don’t mind a short critique of your ideas, please continue to read. If not, well, your opinion means nothing anyway. First, Dirty Harry was a police inspector. Mostly, he was doing his job even if he did it poorly at times. As for the other two movies you mentioned, the good guys rose up in response to a corrupt system that was injurious to the public. You say “Wherever there is ...

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Midterms are creeping towards us, so tests and assignments are starting to pile up … it’s time to put your game face on.  The tip this week is about prioritizing your academic goals to fit in the limited time you have available. The first step of surviving the next few weeks is to accept that there is only so much time in the day. Every morning make a to-do list of all the things that you need to accomplish that day like completing assignments, studying for big tests, finishing your research paper, etc.  Rank the items based off of difficulty ...

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Shelby Bodine “Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Shelby Bodine’s firsthand experience with living with mental illness. As long as the science of psychology has existed, there have been skeptics. To some degree, I can understand where they’re coming from. Unlike any other disease, mental illness is an invisible disease. There lacks the sort of physical evidence of existence that we, as scientists, thrive on using. This lack of evidence leads to a lot of skepticism from those who have never personally experienced mental illness. When I tell others that I have bipolar or ADHD or anxiety, I tend to do ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): You love the summer sun and hitting the lake for some fishing and sunbathing but it’s still chilly and rainy outside. Against the wishes of your loved ones and landlord, you will purchase and fill an above ground pool in your living room. Everything will be great until you accidentally tip your TV into the water and electrocute yourself. Taurus (April 20-May 20): You may be no healer, but you know how doctors act by watching them in the movies. Eventually, your lack of wisdom will be spread far and wide and young mothers will ...

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By Cassandra Sullivan In order to create a $5,000 endowed scholarship for a student at Boise State, a donor must donate $125,000.  An individual donates the principal amount to the Boise State Foundation and the money is invested in a manner that allows four percent to be distributed for scholarships each year while the endowment fund continues to grow each year to cover inflation. Adam Goduto, senior director of annual giving at University Advancement, explained the situation. “The Foundation is a separate, non-profit part of the university, to ensure it is transparent. The Foundation’s board of directors are volunteers, they ...

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As of 2012, Idaho was ranked 47th in the nation for education by Education Week. This ranking demonstrated that something needed to be done to reform the state’s K-12 schools. Enter State Superintendent Tom Luna and the controversial Students Come First laws, or the more commonly referred to “Luna Laws,” which were repealed during the 2012 election. On Feb. 18, Boise State’s Politics for Lunch series featured Luna, where he gave a speech about what he has accomplished in the last seven years. The speech was followed by a Q&A session. One issue Luna discussed was the importance of students ...

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    Ume, Starset to co-headline local radio station’s first free concert of the year   100.3 The X Rocks, Boise’s local alt-rock radio station, has announced its first free “X Show” of 2014. Up-and-coming bands Ume and Starset will co-headline March 28 at the Knitting Factory in downtown Boise. The show is free.   Ume, who hail from Austin, Texas, are touring to promote their upcoming release “Monuments,” which will hit the shelves on March 4. The band consists of Lauren Larson on vocals/guitar, Rachel Fuhrer on drums and Eric Larson on bass. They are known for raucous live shows ...

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Courtesy: Maria Shimel Brain Food We all know that it’s difficult to manage healthy eating habits in a college atmosphere.  Sometimes you don’t have the time and sometimes you don’t have the energy to make the right choices.  There are a couple of different types of food that you can stock the pantry with that will help you stay healthy and also give your brain the boost you are looking for to ace your exams. The following foods can each benefit you in their own special way, but generally speaking they can increase memory and focus, battle long-term memory problems ...

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Joel Robinson Part-time American sign language certificate Gun on campus? Yes! Here’s why. 1. It’s Constitutional   Being uncomfortable does not veto another person’s constitutional rights.  Think back to civil rights days.  Remember, some people were “uncomfortable” with segregated schools, the Voting Rights Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act. The courts and legislatures acknowledged the US Constitution trumped personal discomfort. We take equality for granted because it is in our constitution.  Well, we have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear (carry) arms. 2. It’s Infrequent   Those states acknowledging the Second Amendment have a handful of students and faculty ...

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Courtesy Kathleen Tuck Boise State President Bob Kustra will be honored by Concordia University School of Law with its Leaders in Action Award in Education. The award will be presented at a reception on Friday, Feb. 28. Also being recognized is Stephen S. Trott, senior judge of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who will be presented with the Leaders in Action Award in Law. Michael Jung, president and publisher of the Idaho Statesman, will serve as emcee. The Concordia University School of Law’s Leaders in Action Awards recognize those who have made significant contributions to making Idaho a better ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): A series of supernatural visions will inspire you to build a spaceship and fill it with two of every kind of animal, sort of like a modern day Moses but with space. None of the creatures will mate with each other and you will be stuck aboard a poorly built spaceship that will reach Mars in just under five years. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Somewhere along the line, you forgot to fill out your will to ensure your loved ones have all the money and valuables they need to get by if you decide to ...

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Seoul Shocker is Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experience with studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I mentioned earlier I’ve been getting calls from an elderly lady. She decided to call me again. I was sure she had the wrong number or was dialing incorrectly, but I didn’t know how to tell her. On top of that, it was early in the morning. However this time I was better about talking to her in Korean. Ahjumma: yeoboseyo Me: yeoboseyo This voice sounds familiar Ahjumma: ye, nuguseyo? Me: Danielle iyeyo **Don’t tell me it’s that Ahjumma again.** Ahjumma: nugu? Me: Danielle **It is ...

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Trader Joe’s grand opening will be on Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Trader Joe’s is located on the corner of West Front Street and South Capitol Boulevard, less than a mile from Boise State campus. Trader Joe’s is a cost effective convenience store.  It differs from other convenience stores in that it serves many hard to find and innovative food products.  Trader Joe’s is a new place to find organic and gluten free foods. Tyler Enderson, a graduating senior, said, “I wish there would have been a Trader Joe’s when I was a freshman and not just my ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): After growing tired of the late night programming available in your area, you will decide to have your own talk show hosted in your mother’s basement. You will have the privilege of interviewing local celebrities like the lady who owns that flower shop or the guy who walks down Vista Ave. and routinely gives drivers the finger. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Just when you feel you have reached the end of your rope, you will be refreshed by a much needed energy drink. Soon enough, you will be consuming multiple energy drinks in one day, ...

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Matthew Miller Senior Social Science A few months back working at Ye Olde Faste Foode Jointe, which shall remain unnamed but has some rather frosty drinks, a coworker and I were talking about the future of the world, particularly America. Now, it started off concerning current political topics, like where we’ll be if such-and-such bill goes through, or if x,y, or z occur, or what would happen to the price of meatloaf if Yellowstone blew a gasket. One was whether or not the Moon Landing was staged, but let’s not even poke that bear. However, it started to concern the ...

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Fred Swanstrum Courtesy COMM 273 House bill 427 presented by Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise was met with opposition by community members during a Boise hearing at the Idaho Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Hours of testimony in opposition caused the bill to be sent to general orders where the wording of the bill will be revised in order for it to be presented at another hearing possibly within the next few weeks. Luker’s bill would expand on the Restoration of Religious Freedoms Act which protects people from being sued by the government for refusing service to individuals based on religious beliefs. ...

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By Isabel Corona In the hopes of improving the education and services that students are provided, the State Board of Education (SBOE) implemented program prioritization at all four-year universities in Idaho last fall. Program prioritization is an exploration of programs and course offerings to help align universities with their strategic plans and missions. Richard Klautsch, chair of the Theatre Arts Department, said some of the benefits of this program include finding and creating efficiencies in day-to-day operations and curriculum by looking at every single aspect of the university, from the library to the Communication Department. “The program overall forces us ...

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Aubrey Carlsen Courtesy COMM273 Richard Heinzl, founder of the North American chapter of Doctors Without Borders, will address students at the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union Building on April 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and includes free parking. Heinzl’s lectures focus on inspiration, and showing people they can fulfill their dreams while giving back to the community. During his college years,  Heinzl spent a brief time in Uganda. He later spent a year in Cambodia as a medical volunteer. His experience motivated him to create his humanitarian organization. Doctors Without Borders is ...

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Courtesy: Maria Shimel We all know that exercise is good for the body, but is it good for the mind too?  I recently read a 2013 New York Times article that offered an interesting comparison between two studies and proposed that exercise actually helps students retain material… but only in moderation. The first study involved a German college that split up three groups of students into light study without exercise, light study after exercise, and light study during mild exercise (easy pace on a treadmill). The study ended up concluding that the students who were exercising while learning did remarkably better ...

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Boise State’s Secular Student Alliance organized a lecture featuring Dan Barker on Feb. 6 at  the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Barker is a former Protestant missionary in Mexico for two years, preached for 19 years, dedicated eight years of his life to full-time, cross-country evangelism and was involved in musical ministry across the globe. Currently, however, he is the co-president of the organization Freedom from Religion and speaks around the world giving lectures and participating in debates with theists, much like the Does God Exist? debate that took place at Boise State. How does one go from devoting their entire ...

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Question: What is the strangest thing your pet has ever done?   Courtney Corcoran: Senior / Exercise science major   “I was at the dog park with my 90-pound lab, Trotter. We were playing fetch with his tennis ball. There was another dog playing with their owner over to the side and Trotter ran over and stole their tennis ball and took off running.   When we finally got him to come back to us he had the tennis ball in his mouth and we went to get it out and he just swallowed it. It was the weirdest thing. ...

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Sean McNearney Everyone 18 years and older has gotten one. They arrive in bright envelopes  with lots of numbers in the form of percentages, mostly revolving around the number zero. Flashy packaging, instant purchasing power and the promise of access to rewards programs are a big draw, especially to college students. Now, what most people start with is the credit cards partner, the debit card. This card provides electronic access to money you have deposited, whereas a credit card gives you limited access to a financial institution that foots the bill, with the condition that you will pay them back. ...

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Members of the Boise Police Department assigned to Boise State University are seeing a concerning number of reported thefts on campus.  A common theme is victims who left their property unattended.  These thefts provide a good lesson for all of us to be watchful and to secure our valuables. Victims often report “spreading out” and getting settled in to their studies, then get side tracked or shift focus onto research, a phone call, using the restroom or other task which takes them or their attention away from their property.  Officers commonly hear from victims that they were only gone for ...

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By Katie Johnson This year there is no reason to wait for Treefort to see some of the bands that will be there. This Friday from 11:00 to 1:00 in the Student Union Building, Boise State is hosting a TreeFort Preview. Hollow Wood and Calico will both be in the building performing for students. The best part is, it’s totally free to go and enjoy the music. Calico will be performing first, from 11:00 to 11:45, and Hollow Wood will be on stage by noon. Both bands are from Boise. Since its start three years ago, TreeFort has grown to ...

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