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Lauren Hooker

Lauren Hooker is the Marketing Director at Boise State Student Media. She is a senior Communication major with a certificate in Public Relations. She enjoys piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. Follow her on Twitter: @shesahooker.

Finals are quickly approaching, the sun is out, and the weather is unpredictable; spring has sprung, and what better way to ring in the end of the semester than with Spring Fling? This year’s celebration will take place Saturday, May 4 at the Taco Bell Arena. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the show starting at 7. The headlining act will feature hip-hop singer and producer Mike Posner, who will be introduced by the Good Husbands and remix artist Aylen. Posner is best known for his Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single “Cooler Than Me,” and other radio singles ...

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CO-WRITER: Bret Schofield Herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea—these aren’t the types of “gifts” you want to receive from your partner on Valentine’s Day. It’s no secret that safe, protected sex is the way to ward against contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Condoms don’t have to be a drag. “It’s about taking charge of your own life for the future,” said Caryn Thompson, owner of the O-Zone. “Only you can control that.” Finding the perfect condom is all about trial and error; it’s a little bit like trying on running shoes. What works for some people won’t work for others. “It’s all about finding ...

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Valentine’s Day can be stressful, so why not relax your significant other with a sensual massage? Stimulating blood flow to tissues helps calm and relax the nervous system and muscles. Certified massage therapist Whitney Cornell gave us the rundown on how to give a decent rubdown. To warm up your partner, rub massage oil between your palms. Then, using long, slow strokes along the spine, begin with a featherlight touch, and gradually increase the pressure. Communicate with your partner about how much pressure they are comfortable with. Straddling your partner, begin at the shoulders. “Avoid poking with your fingers,” said Cornell, who ...

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“Tank tops, low-cut, STOP!” shouted Miranda Palacio, stamping her foot in rhythm to the lyrics. “In this joint!” The room echoed as members of The Armada, a local Boise dance crew, counted steps, recited lyrics and directed movements as they practiced—for the umpteenth time—a portion of Nelly’s “Hot in Here.” This preparation was for their 13-minute-long set to open Tyga’s show on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Revolution Concert House. “Take it from the top,” shouted Palacio. “Can we make it louder?” asked Alexandra McLaughlin. Music poured from the speakers, reverberating through the floors and filling the room. Sneakers squeaked as the ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.    Don’t sacrifice healthy eating simply because it’s finals week and junk food is ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.  It’s here. It’s finally here. If the looming distress of finals week has you ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.  Cool evenings, gray skies, a huge pot of soup bubbling on the stove. Soup ...

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The line wrapped around the Taco Bell Arena on Nov. 16 as people buzzed and pushed in anticipation to see Eric Church, Justin Moore and Kip Moore perform for Church’s Blood, Sweat and Beers tour. Kip Moore opened the show, and people continued to file into their seats as the house lights went completely black. “I LOVE YOU, KIP MOORE!” screeched a girl from the front row as K. Moore launched into “Crazy One More Time,” a song off of his new album, Up All Night. After a few more songs, K. Moore finished with “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” periodically ...

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For the month of November, Lauren Hooker will participate in a writing challenge like none other. Every Monday, you have the chance to read about every moment of this quest.  50 pages. 30,273 words. Nine chapters. By turkey day, Nexus Winds, my pathetic over-halfway done novel, met its dismal end: also known as the end of my motivation. How could I quit when I was so close to the end? Let me tell you. 20,000 more is not close to the end. And when you haven’t slept more than six hours a night, sporadically shower when you happen to remember ...

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Christmas has arrived early. Eric Church is coming to town. The Country Music Award winner will be at the Taco Bell Arena on November 16 at 7:30 p.m for his Blood, Sweat and Beers tour. His No. 1 singles “Springsteen” and “Drink in my Hand” have reached RIAA Gold and Platinum status. Church was nominated for five American Country Awards, including Artist of the Year: Male, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Single of the Year: Male, and Touring Artist of the Year. He also won the Country Music Award this year for Album of the Year. Church ...

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For the month of November, Lauren Hooker will participate in a writing challenge like none other. Every Monday, you have the chance to read about every moment of this quest.  It’s time to come clean: I’m failing miserably. It’s not even halfway through November, and I’m a whopping five thousand words behind where I should be. I haven’t even breached the 15,000 word mark. Yeah. It’s bad. Between classes, work and Up All Night marathons, I’m still writing several thousand words a day… for other obligations. My novel has been tossed to the wayside, receiving a dwindling thousand-or-so words a ...

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For the month of November, Lauren Hooker will participate in a writing challenge like none other. Every Monday, you have the chance to read about every moment of this quest.  You know that feeling of waiting for something exciting happen? You’re watching the clock, counting the minutes, anticipating what is to come; it’s like waiting for the  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie midnight premiere to start, listening for Santa to come down the chimney and the opening of the Nordstrom Rack all rolled into one. That was the evening of Oct. 31 for me. As the hours ticked ...

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For the month of November, Lauren Hooker will participate in a writing challenge like none other. Every Monday, you have the chance to read about every moment of this quest.  November is National Write a Novel Month, 30 days of unadulterated misery, joy, carpal-tunnel inducing, coffee-guzzling, writing fun. In other words, participants are required to write a 50,000 word novel, approximately 175 pages, between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30: about 1,667 words a day. Last year, 256,618 people tried to accomplish the literary marathon, and only 36,843 novelists emerged, forever bearing the title, and a year’s worth of bragging rights, ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15 and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.    After a long day of relentless lectures, part-time jobs, group work meetings, working ...

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Pinterest is a cornucopia for DIY, beauty tips and recipes; as soon as a hint of chill hit the air, pumpkin recipes were no exception. Here is an easy, cheap and somewhat “healthy” pumpkin pie alternative. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars http://tjstestkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/06/pumpkin-cream-cheese-bars.html 1 box angel food cake mix (I used spice cake) 1 15oz can of pumpkin 3/4 cup water 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice 1 8 oz package cream cheese a few tablespoons of water, to make the cream cheese runny 1. Preheat the oven to 375. 2. Mix the cream cheese and few tablespoons of water until ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.    The crockpot: a fool-proof kitchen appliance that even the most cooking-illiterate college student ...

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The scent of pumpkin lattes wafts out of Starbucks like a thick cloud, Ugg boots are back and an abundance of slouchy hats and oversized sweaters have taken over campus; Fall is upon us. What better way to celebrate than to grab your significant other (or a friend!) and check out what the Treasure Valley has to offer? 1. Coffee and Tablerock Cheap and spontaneous, grabbing coffee or hot chocolate at a local coffeeshop (double check their hours, many close by 7 or 8) and heading up to Tablerock to sit and talk is a great way to break the ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire. Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body. “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes. I first fell in love with the idea of pasta puttanesca when I read Lemony ...

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Fans packed into the Knitting Factory for the sold-out AWOLNATION concert on Monday, Oct. 1. Opening bands included B.b. Gun, ZEALE, and Imagine Dragons. The band is currently on their Never Let Your Fear Decide Your Fate tour. The Arbiter’s Lauren Hooker caught up with Aaron Bruno, lead singer-songwriter of AWOLNATION, a few minutes before the show. Here is what he had to say. Q: How did you feel when Sail went viral? A:  It was a good feeling, more so than the success of it all, really just that it got out in the public. I’d recorded a bunch ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.    With fall upon us, mornings of cold cereal, mixed fruit and smoothies are ...

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AWOLNATION will be performing at the Knitting Factory on Monday, Oct. 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7:00 p.m. The American electronic rock band is fronted by singer-songwriter Aaron Bruno, who was signed by Red Bull Records in 2009. The band’s first debut single, “Sail”, has gone platinum in the U.S., tenth on the U.S. Billboard Rock Songs, and #82 on the U.S. Hot Billboard 200. The song was featured on “The Good Wife” on CBS. “This whole experience has been a dream that I keep waiting to wake up from,” said Bruno in an ...

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“Sound off from the back!” “One!” “Two!” “Three!” 34 Boise State Army ROTC cadets packed themselves into a school bus on Thursday afternoon for their weekly lab training. This week’s lab? Helicopters and weapon simulation at Gowen Field, home to the Idaho Air National Guard 124th Fighter Wing. For many of the cadets, this rare opportunity was their first helicopter experience. Prior to flying, the group was debriefed on passenger protocol, including safety precautions, emergency procedures and general flight information. The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk a four-blade, two-engine helicopter used for combat seats 11 people, and can fly up to ...

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As college students, we are all busy. Managing our hectic class, work and social schedules can be stressful enough. Add in thoughts of the dreaded freshman 15, and things go haywire.  Aside from worries of weight gain, food is our number one source of health-boosting goodness, food for the brain and the body.   “Hooker in the Kitchen” is designed to help you make healthy choices, leading you away from the many tempting fast food options and instead offering up fast, easy and budget-friendly weekly recipes.    Mashed Cauliflower   Cold weather is notorious for bringing on unwanted pounds, primarily ...

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The bass vibrated through the floor and multi-colored lights cast a soft red-green glow across a crowd of flannel button-ups, Ray Bans and facial hair. People overflowed into the Pit at the Knitting Factory on Thursday, The Head and the Heart’s sold-out show. Lights dimmed and cheers erupted as openers Bryan John Appleby and Blitzen Trapper launched into their respective sets. People stamped their feet, clapped their hands and raised their beers to the end of their performances and anticipation mounted for the headlining act: The Head and the Heart. “I love how they’re all about the music,” said Tess ...

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Seattle’s The Head and the Heart have gone from coffee shop indie band to nationally sold-out in a little over a year. Currently touring the United States, the band will be in Boise on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Knitting Factory. The Arbiter’s Lauren Hooker caught up with band member, singer-songwriter, Josiah Johnson. Here is what he had to say.   Q:How did you guys come up with your band name, The Head and the Heart?   A:I came up with it and it’s one of those things where a lot of people are at a crossroads and you’re at ...

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