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Lauren Jacob

Lauren was born and raised in Florida and moved to Idaho when she was 16. She loves hiking, running, and watching sappy movies. She is a Junior at Boise State majoring in Communication/English with an Emphasis in Journalism. When she is not spending all of her time doing homework, she is usually frolicking around outside or playing with her Jack Russel named Jackson.

The Danny Peterson Theatre was filled with laughter and awkwardness this weekend while the Theatre Majors Association (TMA) performed their spring showcase, “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein.” The show consisted of ten shorts and six actors who took on a multitude of roles throughout the evening. It lasted for roughly two and a half hours and covered a variety of topics from laundromats to talking dogs. For those familiar with Shel Silverstein, this show was definitely something different than his usual children’s books. There was much mention about genitalia and the female form and even a whole short dedicated ...

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Two brothers dressed in medieval garb braved the Beat Pete race Saturday. One with 40 pounds of chainmail, and the other with only 15, they finished in under 27 minutes and took home first place for the costume contest. “Forty pounds is a bit much,” Zane Roberts said. “Fifteen not so much, but 40 is a lot.” They crossed the finish line not too far behind Coach Pete and it was obvious wearing pounds of metal can make a three mile race a lot harder, judging from the amount of sweat collected on their faces despite the cold weather and ...

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Sarah Colonna, writer for Chelsea Lately and After Lately, graced Boise State with her presence Saturday evening. Author of New York Times best seller, “Life as I Blow it,” Colonna came to share with Boise some of her talent and lots of laughter. Her performance started at 7 p.m. at the Special Events Center (SpEC) and the whole hour and a half was laughter-filled from the audience. “She was great.  She was high energy the whole time,” Junior Colin Guth said. “She was really relatable.” Colonna talked about spring break, relationships, roommates and alcohol, and lots of it. But stand-up ...

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Twelve students took a leap on Thursday night at Solid downtown to showcase their writing. The first English Major’s Association (EMA) reading took place, with a big turnout of over 40 people in the audience. Students read their own work, which was previously submitted and approved for the event. The readings ranged from poetry to fiction to creative nonfiction. With drinks in hand, they braved the microphone and shared their greatest writings to an attentive audience. “I haven’t done this sort of thing since high school,” said Rebekah Madden, junior English major. “But I really like reading my stuff. It ...

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After you take your date out for a Valentine’s dinner and it’s time to head back home to that bottle of wine on the counter, make sure you are brushed up on a certain set of skills. Because, after all, there will only be one thing on your valentine’s mind when you pop in that movie and sit down on the couch: cuddling. For those not fond of the activity, they often fail at satisfying their significant other when it comes to cuddle time. But how a person cuddles with their lover can determine how the other person feels about ...

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The Special Events Center gallery is lined with pictures of various items including a bull, roses, scissors, a playing card, shotgun shells and a uterus. The art was done by twelve university faculty, staff and alumni with one vision in mind: Ernest Hemingway and women. This exhibit focuses on Hemingway and his relationship with women as well as his view of them. The first piece to start the line-up is an essay from Cort Conley entitled “Hemingway and Women.” In it, he details the purpose of the exhibit and gives a short background to Hemingway’s life. “Women, after all, shaped ...

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Drums, cymbals and chanting can be heard twice a month from a fairly unknown student organization on campus. The Bhakti-Yoga and Kirtan Society, a group of about seven students, gets together to meditate, learn and deliver their minds. This is no traditional yoga class. In fact, the Bhakti-Yoga and Kirtan society does not do any physical yoga. Instead, they focus on the meaning of yoga and read from Bhagavad Gita As It Is by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a sort of training manual for different types of yoga and Indian spirituality. Rather than focusing on the body, like most yoga ...

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Being poor college students, sometimes it’s hard to get into the spirit of Christmas with little money in the bank account to put toward decorating. With the semester coming to a close, holiday cheer can give you just what you need to brighten your end of semester gloom, and it doesn’t always have to be expensive. Here are some cheap ideas to fill your apartment, dorm room, studio, or wherever you call home. Chop down a tree.  Embrace your inner lumberjack. It’s free and a fun way to get out and enjoy the winter air with friends. Make a homemade ...

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There are three finalists for the Bay Window Public Art Project who are competing for a chance to have their art displayed permanently in the Student Union Building (SUB). These bay windows, upstairs in the SUB, were formerly exterior windows and are now being used to display art created by a Boise State student or alumni. Artists submitted their first art proposals on Oct. 22 and three were chosen from the submissions. On Nov. 27 mock-up displays of the finalists’ art were put up in the SUB atrium for anyone to comment on. They will be up for viewing until ...

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Whether it takes the traditional four years to graduate or the more increasingly common six, most students enter into college with an expectation of achieving great things, both academically and personally. Elliot Darvick, co-founder of Unbucket.com, wants to help people do just that. He and his friend and co-founder Brian Berman met as undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis and later on decided to start building a website that would help people achieve goals they had and create an online bucket list to get them motivated to get offline and accomplish them. “Unbucket.com is an application for people to ...

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In earlier theatre performances, only males were allowed to be actors, and in those days, they played both male and female characters. They’d put on wigs, lipstick, dresses and glitter. Although not so common anymore, the Department of Performing Arts has embraced this concept. Loren Jones plays Lady Bracknell in the play The Importance of Being Earnest which runs in the Danny Peterson Theatre through Nov. 18. Lady Bracknell is a privileged, slightly older woman living in London who controls both her nephew’s and daughter’s destiny. She wears quite the outfits, with frills, bows, ribbons and lots of sparkles. Jones ...

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A blue piano called “The Rhapsody” lives on the fourth floor of the Stueckle Sky Center. This isn’t any normal piano. Not only is it blue, but it is a Steinway piano and the first of many to come to Boise State starting in 2008 in an effort to make Boise State’s music department an All-Steinway department. At the Boise State vs. Hawaii football game on Oct. 17, 2008, the campaign was launched to add Boise State’s music department to this list of All-Steinway schools. The Blue Thunder Marching Band performed Rhapsody in Blue at the halftime show and got national recognition ...

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As part of the first ever Bronco Olympics, many broncos went all out with their decorating abilities last week to showcase their Boise State pride for homecoming week. Two separate decorating contests were held throughout the week and judged based contestants on their use of blue and orange, their tie-in to homecoming week and their creativity. One contest was held on campus between departments and the other was held downtown between student organizations. The winner of the department decorating contest was the Conference Services for their creative incorporation of a concession stand feel and blue Boise State field. Honorable mentions were Career Center, ...

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There are numerous coffee shops in Boise which serve a plethora of lattes, but the pumpkin spice is a hard one to get just right. One cannot simply add pumpkin syrup to a latte to create this fall delicacy. There are a chosen few places which seem to have accomplished perfecting the pumpkin latte. I traveled to many coffee destinations in Boise on my quest to answer the question – Who makes the best pumpkin latte? After going to Moxie Java, Starbucks, Flying M, Java, Thomas Hammer, Dawsons, Dutch Bros, Capri, Alia’s Coffee House and a few others, a few things have become ...

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The Morrison Center for the Performing Arts’ Danny Peterson theatre played backdrop to “Becoming: An Evening of Short Plays” on Thursday, Oct. 11. This performance, put on by the Department of Theatre Arts, brought audience members closer to the performers than in most plays. To begin the show, three actors sat on the floor as people found their seats. The actors were stoic and silent. Each of the three performers took off their shoes in sync and walked off-stage as the performance began. The Director’s Note in the performance program read, “We often don’t notice the day by day growth ...

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A week full of spirit, fun, competition and football: Homecoming is one of the biggest weeks of the year at Boise State. This year Student Involvement is putting on something entirely new to get the campus even more spirited than years before. The first Bronco Olympics will take place during homecoming week. The events start on Monday and end with the Homecoming parade on Saturday Oct. 20. “The idea of Bronco Olympics came up as a way to expand homecoming and create a lasting tradition on campus,” said Molly Valceschini, organizer of the Bronco Olympics. “We hope that Bronco Olympics ...

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The Verisimo Trio, a group from the University of Wyoming, is taking a break from performing in Wyoming cities and is coming to Boise State on Oct. 6. at part of The Guest Artist Recital series. They will be performing in the Morrison Center Recital Hall from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Mike Winter, Boise State alumnus and chairman of Boise State College of Arts and Sciences community advisory board, invited the trio to perform at Boise State after seeing them perform in Wyoming. “I was so impressed with the program and the playing,” Winter said. “The group has very unusual ...

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The Danny Peterson Theatre will be filled with laughter, drama and great acting this October with the upcoming production  “Becoming.” It will feature five short plays, including, “Watermelon Boats,” “Three Guys and a Brenda,” “Bondage,” “Medea,” and “Come and Go.” “Students should expect a mix of realistic acting and costumes with a more abstract, representative set and lighting design,” said Riley Caldwell-O’Keefe, play director. “The shows are a mix of humor and more dramatic pieces which work together as a whole to explore relationships and their impact on our identity.” Auditions for this production were held the first week of ...

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Last Thursday, as the fourth day of festivities for German week at Boise State, the German 303 class put on skits to showcase their  German language knowledge. The entire week featured “Think Transatlantic” themed events which were put on by students and professors. “We’re trying to keep students involved in different ways,” said Beret Norman, German 303 professor and organizer of the German language skits. Three teams of students performed skits in the Student Union Building’s Special Events Center that afternoon. They were all fully performed in German and demonstrated the students’ abilities to speak the language. The three skits which ...

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Before each home football game, the Bronco Stadium parking lot is packed with tents, tailgates and fans, creating a sea of blue and orange. Ranging from the age of newborn to 95, thousands of people show up to get pumped for a hopeful Bronco victory. While prepping for your Bronco pre-game extravaganza, there are some things to keep in mind to make for a tasteful tailgating experience. “I love how tailgating is like a huge reunion,” Candace Carmichael, junior business major said. “Everyone brings a ton of food and comes together like a family.” From the Blue Thunder Marching Band performing ...

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Literature for Lunch, an event started in 1980 by recently retired Boise State emeritus professor Carol Martin, has been a part of the Boise community for over 30 years. Previously held in the YMCA downtown, at that time the WCA, Literature for Lunch has opened discussion about countless books. A few people have been attending the lunches since the start. ...

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