About the author  ⁄ Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson is in her second year at the Arbiter, and loves being a part of the paper's staff. Having adapted the little sister role in the office, she is sometimes referred to as "child". Originally from an island off of San Diego, California she chose Boise State for a change of scene, and to have all four seasons. She has an awkward obsession with Harry Potter, and knows that her mischief will mostly likely never be managed.

Friday, April 11 -Men’s tennis vs UC Irvine, 1 p.m. -Men’s tennis vs Idaho, 6 p.m. -Alice in Wonderland, Idaho Ballet Morrison Center, 8 p.m. -Joe Nichols, Revolution Concert House and Event Center, 8 p.m.   Saturday, April 12 -Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. -Men’s tennis vs Idaho, 9:30 a.m. -Student Recital, Morrison Center, 1:30 p.m. -Alice in Wonderland, Idaho Ballet, Morrison Center, 2 p.m. -Men’s tennis vs SDSU, 5:30 p.m. -1920s Murder Mystery, Boise Hotel, 6 p.m. -Alice in Wonderland, Idaho Ballet, Morrison Center, 8 p.m.   Sunday, April 13 -Andy Grammer, Fatty’s Bar, 5 p.m. ...

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As my years at Boise State add up, and graduation steadily draws closer (yes, it really is getting closer), I have seen a trend that concerns me as a rather involved student here at Boise State. The more my peers and I start to think about what to do after graduation, the more I hear concerns that graduating from Boise State will impact people negatively in the application pool. I’ve heard this from multiple students, whether it be that they don’t feel prepared for a graduate program, or that they don’t feel like their resume is strong enough to get ...

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Recently, I downloaded an app called Tinder. It’s marketed as a dating app, and I was curious to know what the hype is about. I caught on to tinder-ing quickly enough. Basically a potential match’s picture (usually their Facebook profile picture) comes up on your screen, a swipe one direction means you’d talk to them, the other way means you aren’t interested. When two people approve each other, a chat conversation is opened, either party can actually start the conversation. Tinder has only one definition on Urban Dictionary: “Dating app. Tinder is the McDonald’s for sex.” And after my short ...

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Since the list of artists on the Treefort website is staggering, and there’s no way one person will be able to see all of them, here is a short list of the ones that are hopefully near the top of yours! Built to Spill, from right here in Boise, will be playing at 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at El Korah Shine. All the musicians in the band have been playing for over two decades, and their different experiences have shaped their music into a unique, almost settling, sound. According to their website, the band doesn’t believe their music ...

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Friday, March 14 Sun Valley Center, “Creativity at Work,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stage Coach Theater, “Rent: The Musical,” 8 p.m. Tribute to Women in Industry, 7 p.m. Morrison Center, “Light in the Piazza,” 7:30 p.m. Boise Little Theater’s “Bus Stop,” 8 p.m.   Saturday, March 15 Boise Little Theater’s “Bus Stop,” 2 p.m. Wing’s Center, Open Rock Climbing, 6 p.m. Morrison Center, “Light in the Piazza,” 7:30 p.m. Stage Coach Theatre, “Rent: The Musical,” 8 p.m. Boise Little Theater’s “Bus Stop,” 8 p.m.   Sunday, March 16 Morrison Center, “Light in the Piazza,” 2 p.m. Morrison Center, “Light ...

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So I have possibly the biggest first world problem of all time. I’ve watched Netflix. At least the parts of Netflix that are worth watching. Last week we ran a story on what NOT to watch on Netflix. This week, I bring you a highlight reel. The anticipated new seasons, the classics, the shows with new seasons, and the best of. Classics: These movies and shows can be watched again, and again for sentimental value. These flicks should also probably be on your “I need to watch that” list if you haven’t seen them. So make a mental note that ...

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Friday, March 7 Live Science Show:  Discovery Center, 10 a.m., free Third Annual Appathon: Interactive Learning Center, 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. All full- or part-time students eligible to attend or compete. Rob Hart:  Into the Wild: The Gallery at Finer Frames, 5 p.m., free. Women’s Basketball vs. Air Force:  Taco Bell Arena, 7 p.m., free for students. The Light in the Piazza: Morrison Center, 7:30 p.m, prices vary. Saturday, March 8   The Light in the Piazza:  Morrison Center, 2 p.m, prices vary. 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Festival: The Egyptian Theatre, 7 p.m., $5 for students. The Light in ...

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All Month: -Rent: The Musical -Opera Idaho’s Carmen -Ceramica’s Family Night March 5 Slam of Steel The Crux Workshop at 6 p.m. Slam at 7 p.m. $1 with Student ID, $5 without. March 6 The Dream Share Project The Special Events Center 7 p.m. Admission is free.   March 8 Service Saturday Register here. Each event’s breakfast starts at 9 a.m.   March 12 Lady Antebellum, Take Me Downtown Tour. Taco Bell Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Tickets on sale now. March 13 The Blade Runner The Egyptian Theatre 7 p.m. $9 Comedy Night Featuring: Girl code/Guy code hosts. ...

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I read somewhere once that all great books should be read three times; in the beginning of life, the middle and toward the end. Each time the book’s meaning will evolve and readers will be able to take different lessons and see aspects of the novel in a new light. As an avid reader myself, I compiled a list of seven books every 20-something should indulge themselves in. “The Sun Also Rises” Now, I might be biased because Hemingway is one of my favorite authors, but this book is one that lost souls will find comfort in. In a nutshell, ...

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So you’re single on Valentine’s Day. Guess what? The world isn’t over. In fact, it’s still a day to be celebrated, and there’s really no reason to let it upset you or make you bitter. The real theme of the day is to appreciate your loved ones. Whether that loved one be a boyfriend, a best friend or yourself, remember to celebrate the people you love. According to a study conducted at UCSD and published in Science Daily, people will be more likely to do a good deed if you do a good deed for them. Think of a chain reaction. You send your ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. You blinked, didn’t you? You blinked and now your freshman year is halfway over. And the second half will go by just as quickly. For me, I swear the second half went faster. But I write this with a tinge of sadness as this is my last column for The Arbiter, and my last semester at Boise State. The point is, college flies by. Every time I cross off another semester I wonder where the ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state.    Break is around the corner. A few hefty papers, maybe a few multiple choice tests, throw a presentation in there are we are home free. A full month at home. What could be better? No class, no assignments. Some of you might even get out of having to work. But, heed my advice my dorm-living broncos. You have become awkwardly close to the people on your floor. You study with them, you eat with them, ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state.  A full week. We had a full week to catch up on homework and begin studying for finals. Except, no. I had big plans for homework and studying. And then break came … and went and not a book had been cracked. Instead, I watched more Netflix than can be healthy and laid around my parents’ house like a lazy sack of potatoes. Capitalizing fully on the fact I could do nothing for a solid ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. Waitlists: The college-level equivalent of an ankle-biting dog. All of your classes are chosen and in your shopping cart. They’re perfectly spaced and on the perfect days. Then you go to enroll, and just like that, your dreams are shattered and replaced by the annoyance of, “This class is full. You have been placed on the waitlist, position number 4.” I am currently on two waitlists. And that’s with Honor’s College registration times. So not ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state.   When I came to Boise I thought I knew what I was getting into. I had chosen the school to have all four seasons. So winter would be fun, like an adventure. Right? Rewind and let’s think. I am a Californian, born and raised. Winter clothes come out at 50 degrees. Uggs are acceptable if it’s 52 degrees. It’s 70 and sunny 360 days a year. Christmases are warm and sunny. Almost every year ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. There is something about the seventh or eighth week of the semester. It feels like you’ve been class and school forever and there’s still the same amount of weeks left. So it hits you like a brick wall. The mid-semester slump. If you suffer from the slump, your symptoms may include: procrastination, an absolute lack of motivation, oversleeping, cutting class, a hatred for all things homework and in extreme cases, random bouts of crying over ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. It’s midterm season, which means not only are you going to have a test in most of your classes, but it’s time to pick your classes for next semester. On one hand, meeting with an advisor can be helpful and can definitely keep you on a four-year track. On the other hand, there is something to be said for taking professors, not classes. Not to say an advisor won’t tell you this and wouldn’t be ...

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This Saturday, during the brisk fall morning, the Homecoming Parade took place. It began a little ahead of the scheduled 9:30 a.m. at the corner of Brady and University. The parade began with the Bronco cheerleaders followed by the marching band. Though every club’s display was unique and eye-catching, they all had one thing in common: Bronco pride. There was candy being handed (or thrown) out by almost every club that went by, blue coca-cola necklaces were thrown and even “Admit One” tickets were handed out by the hockey club for their games. “We’re out here to promote the club,” ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. A couple of weekends ago, I got a panicked call from my freshman. She was at a party on Grant and Officer Galloway of BPD was knocking on the door. She’d had three beers and had come to the harsh reality she and her friends were now going to have to face Galloway. So I drove over there, in pink penguin pajamas and sleepy eyed. There were at least five cops in the front and ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. Not all of you are going to relate with this one. It’s mostly out-of-state kids who are really going to understand this. Right around this time of year is when kids start going home for the first time since they were dropped off. To this day I don’t love the town I’m from, and when I first left I wasn’t exactly sure how I’d go back. What was I going to do in a town ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. I ended one of my first columns this semester with the phrase: You’re a freshman, and therefore not half as cool as you think you are. And this week I want to expand on that idea. When you graduated high school, they handed you a diploma and you threw your cap. I think it’s safe to say you were probably thrilled, ecstatic and if you are anything like me, you were relieved. You’d lived through ...

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On any given day in 1953, the Hemingway Building would have been bustling with Boise Junior College (BJC) music students. It was also in 1953 that Dr. C. Griffith Bratt and Euguene Chaffee, then-president of BJC, brought the Cunningham Memorial Pipe Organ to the Hemingway Building. Today, the organ gathers dust, the bench is pushed to the side and the room equipped for its performances is quiet. The organ’s elaborate pipes, which reach up to 16-feet high and cover almost an entire wall, sit as a backdrop to an art gallery. “Organ music has fallen into bad times,” C. Griffith ...

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You’ve probably heard of the freshman 15. Some of you have probably spent time hoping the scale doesn’t read more. Maybe you’ve tried eating right or hitting the gym. But even more damaging to your reputation than having to buy size six jeans is the freshmen 40. It usually happens at the beginning of the year when everyone is still close with their  entire floor. Before you realize that half of your floor is annoying. That’s when the freshmen 40 happens. It goes like this: Someone you’ve met outside of the dorms tells you to come over You ask if ...

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“You remember that, Johnson” is Katie Johnson’s survival guide to Boise State detailing her experiences last year as a first-year freshman from out of state. It happens to all of us. We fall for someone. We fall hard and fast and before we know it we’re thinking about them all the time and checking our phones for texts. I know it’s going to happen to you. And I’m sure it will be adorable. But I must give you a bit of advice on the whole dating scene. A little bit different from the normal, “I read in Cosmo! If he ...

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On Sunday, Sept. 23 the Society of St Vincent de Paul will host a 5k walk and run in Julia Davis Park. All proceeds from the walk will be used to help those in need in the Treasure Valley, according to their website. St Vincent de Paul, which also runs  food pantries and thrift shops, has the main mission of offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. “It’s been a really rewarding experience,” said Abbey Olenick, sophomore elementary education major. Olenick is partnering with Shannon Dougherty, sophomore psychology major, to help coordinate with the society. “It’s one of the biggest events I’ve ever ...

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