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Australian Exchange Student taking a semester abroad to explore the greater United States and study at BSU.

The participants are crowded into a makeshift corridor between barriers; it’s cramped, people are mashed together and the staff, dressed in black, shout at us to press uncomfortably close together. The information sheet given to us warns us this could be an upsetting experience and outlines the program’s emotionally impacting approach to education. This is the Tunnel of Oppression. The door opens and our group is ushered into the dimly-lit space. The lights go out, everyone is silent save the two students next to me. “I don’t know what to expect,” one said. “Me either, my professor recommended we come ...

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The sound of horns, piccolos, flutes and all manner of wind instruments echoed off the wood and brick paneled walls of the Morrison Center this past Sunday, Nov. 4. The crowd of Boise State students, locals and faculty members were witness to a performance by Boise State’s own Wind Symphony. Dressed in tuxedos and black finery, the symphony was conducted by Professor Marcellus B. Brown, director of the group and guest conductor, as well as current director of athletic bands and the Blue Thunder Marching Band, Joe Tornello. The performance began with three-parts of Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 in b-flat ...

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The Tunnel of Oppression is described by its curators, the Multicultural Student Centre (MCC), as an interactive theater experience. According to the MCC website, their goals are to “raise awareness, conduct trainings, develop workshops and create programming that will address issues for both dominant and non- dominant groups.” Entering its eighth year, the Tunnel of Oppression highlights the role oppression plays in our society; specific focus is placed on themes such as racism and injustice. Designed and performed entirely by students with the aid of faculty members who donate their time outside of class, the event has been a growing ...

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This Sunday the Morrison Center will host the Symphonic Winds. Recognized as one of the best concert groups in the Northwest, the performance offers students and the public a rare chance to see and hear one of the university’s most acclaimed musical acts. The Symphonic Winds group, which has performed at state and regional clinics, is an award-winning wind instrument group. The concert will be directed by professor Marcellus Brown, a Detroit-native who has been a professor at Boise State for 23 years. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Brown, who is also the founder of the Idaho Youth ...

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Elysian Night owl Pumpkin Ale – Spicy smelling and dark in color with initial tastes of toasted pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon followed by a gingery dryness which is not totally unpleasant. Not something to be consumed by the case but perfect after dinner with a warm bit of pie. Uinta Brewing Co. Punk’n Spiced Ale – A caramel pumpkin color, ideally consumed in the last of the fall sun. Not overwhelming in flavor with a light crisp taste, just hints of pumpkin and spice. Would mix well in a punch or shandy. A good entry level beer for those who ...

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Boise is one of the most sexually satisfied cities in America. This information may come as a surprise presented in a typical fashion. Now imagine that information being yelled at you by a drunk female Packers fan as you walk through downtown Boise  late on a Thursday night. Can’t be right, or can it? “Is that an actual statistic?” asked Phillip Grafft, a young Idahoan. “Way to be Boise, way to be.” Strictly speaking, it is not an actual statistic, no.  But it isn’t entirely without basis. Boise ranked number 12 overall (dropping from ninth in 2008) in a list ...

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Student lifestyles around the world are totally different, from grading and studying habits to buying groceries and earning money. Australian students, for example, may find their American professors act more as advisers and friends than lecturers and course setters. Course structure and degree pathways can be hard to decipher as an international student, with prerequisites being a foreign concept. “In Japan we have many optional classes,” said Ryota Kobayashi, a Japanese exchange student. “After the first year we can choose whichever courses we want within our faculty.” Where specialization is required, there are institutions that cater to certain industries such ...

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This past weekend many of Boise State’s international students witnessed their first college football game. For some it was a distraction from study, while for others it provided an insight into the biggest youth religion in America: college sports. The NCAA causes people to do crazy things, like don outrageous outfits and scream until their voices sound like Christian Bale’s Batman. To foreign students, this can be an overwhelming phenomenon. In many countries, Australia as an example, college sport has no equivalent. “My first college football game was actually crazy, ridiculously fun but so outside my idea of normal,” said ...

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The artist's eyes flicked back and forth between the three or four people trampling all over his masterpiece, his frown idle as bare feet swept across the jigsaw of glazed multi-coloured brick. He broke into a smile as two small children began to crawl across his “Construct,” a sprawling floor installation Nathan Craven, with the aid of gallery curator Kirsten Furlong has brought to Boise. “Construct” is the first of two new exhibitions which opened on Friday and are curated by Boise State's Visual Arts Center. ...

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