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Madison Killian

Madison Killian is the assistant Arts & Entertainment editor for the Arbiter, and a junior at Boise State majoring in Communications. She enjoys loud rock music, coffee and long walks on the beach. When she isn't jet setting around campus or interviewing your favorite band, she enjoys spending time with her pets: a dog named Jake and a cat named after Janis Joplin.

It’s no secret that summer is just around the corner, and its time to start buying all those summer sandals and sunglasses! But what sort of summer style should students go for this year? Well I’ve got the answer! And so do some fellow classmates! What two words describe your summer style? “My summer style would be free flowing and comfortable,” says Denton Williamson, Senior studying Communications. Where do you like to shop for summer clothing? “I love shopping at PAC Sun and Urban Outfitters.” What is your summer go to outfit? “Khaki pants, t-shirt and sandals.”    What two ...

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This year’s Spring Fling artists have been announced. There will be a lineup of several artists, featuring headliners Cash Cash. Local Boise band Jupiter Holiday will be performing their psychadelic jam-rock, followed by Oregon hip-hop artist MOsley WOtta. This year, local Boise dance crew The Armada ID will be performing. The Armada ID have been a part of Shades of Black, The Boise Music Festival, and have performed at a Tyga concert. Seattle band Eclectic Approach will also perform their unique blend of rock/funk/hip-hop. This year’s headliner for Spring Fling is Cash Cash. Hailing from New Jersey, Jean Paul Makhlouf, Alex Makhlouf ...

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  Seoul Shocker is Danielle Davidson’s firsthand experience with living abroad in Seoul, South Korea.  It’s been nearly eight months since I first stepped off the plane from San Francisco and put my feet in the land of South Korea. I have about two months left, and the closer my departure date gets the more conflicted I become. I love Seoul and all the people here, but I love Idaho. So even though I’m leaving at the end of June a part of me will stay here, and I guess I’ll have to visit. But for now, since I’m still ...

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 T. Mills took over the Revolution Concert House on March 2. Before he went on stage, he sat down with The Arbiter. The Arbiter: What do you think you’ve learned from being on tour/ and being a performer that the average person your age wouldn’t have learned, and what advice would you give them? T.Mills: Taking care of my body. Like, making sure that you’re healthy and not getting sick all the time. Tour definitely takes a toll on you. There’s not a lot of sleep, crazy weather conditions changing every single day; it’s very strenuous and tiring. But, I ...

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Travis Mills (better known as T. Mills) is a rapper from Riverside, Calif. He might be better described as that guy who romantic admirers post pictures of on Instagram with the hashtag #mcm. But besides being tall, handsome and tattooed, he’s a musician who writes his own lyrics, and will be at the Revolution Concert House on Sunday, March 2. Mills is known for mixing up genres, with his hip hop/R&B combined with pop/electronic elements. In 2010 he released his first full-length album, “Ready, Fire, Aim!” He is now gearing up to release his second full length album, his major label ...

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1. Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys 2. No One Like You – Best Coast 3. Glory and Gore – Lorde 4. Stomach Tied In Knots – Sleeping With Sirens 5. A Faint Illusion – Tides of Man 6. Scar Tissue – Red Hot Chili Peppers 7. Sad Dream – Sky Ferreira 8. You Know I’m No Good – Amy Winehouse 9. Answer – Tyler, The Creator 10. All Apologies – Nirvana 11. Daydreaming – Paramore 12. Aurora – Foo Fighters 13. Degausser – Brand New 14. Seaside – The Kooks 15. Drunk In Love – Beyonce 16. 1979 – Smashing Pumpkins 17. The Girl – City and ...

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Netflix Picks: Valentine’s Day Edition Movies to watch with your significant other vs. Movies to watch solo   Couples:   Drinking Buddies: Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson star in this movie about two friends who work together at a brewery and begin to fall for each other despite both being in separate relationships. Watch this offbeat romantic comedy with your significant other this Valentine’s Day weekend to laugh and (hopefully) agree that you’re meant for each other.   Tonight You’re Mine: Filmed in four days at Scottish music festival “T in the Park,” “Tonight You’re Mine” is the story of ...

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What are you doing for Valentines Day?     Jake Fairbanks Freshman Finance Major   “Nothing. I don’t have any plans. I don’t have a girlfriend or anything like that.”     Josh Plemmons Senior Mechanical Engineering Major “Because I don’t have a lot of money, I figured I’d get my girlfriend some homemade stuff. I’m going to make a list of the reasons why I love her. I’m going to go into her car the night before Valentine’s Day and tape it to her steering wheel.”     Sapphire Moreno Freshman Athletic Training Major “My boyfriend is taking me ...

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Question: Do you think concealed weapons should be allowed on campus? Caitlain McCarrel History major Senior   “No. I do not. For one, they scare me, and two, a lot of the incidents have involved gun shootings at schools and that just doesn’t make me feel safe.”     Clayton Carpenter Respiratory therapy major Freshman   “That’s tough. Yes, but I believe (people with concealed weapons) should have to go through a lot of psychological tests beforehand. Other than that, I think I agree with it.”     Sierra Hollar Health science/ Spanish major Freshman “No. The more weapons there are, ...

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On Feb. 7, 2014, many Boise residents rubbed their eyes in disbelief as they watched a parade of bikers brave the snow, decked out in pink and red for the annual Bikin’ For Lovin’ ride. The event is hosted by the Boise Bicycle Project (BBP). Bikin’ For Lovin’ just saw its fifth year. Despite the snowy and icy conditions, the cycling enthusiasts still managed to make it happen. At 7 p.m., riders met up at the BBP’s doorstep to hangout and drink a few beers before the big ride. At 8 p.m., bikers bundled up and went for a ride ...

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An event some students look forward to each year is the annual Spring Fling. The biggest question each year is whether the artist or artists Boise State has booked for the event are impressive. This year, however, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC) has something different in mind. “We’re going for a festival feel this year, so there will be multiple artists; we don’t have any specific artist in mind, but there’s definitely a group of artists that we’re looking into,” said Molly Valceschini, a programming assistant with the SILC. SILC posted a survey on their website over the ...

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Martin Luther King Jr., Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi and Daisaku Ikeda. What do these people all have in common? They were all activists determined to create a world where everybody could live a free and happy life. Not only did these three men succeed in leading a movement, they did so on a platform of peace and non-violence. Boise State brings the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: “A Legacy of Building Peace” exhibit as a part of the MLK Living Legacy Celebration. The exhibit features photographs, quotes and other inspiring facts about these heroes. “The exhibit was created ...

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It’s not hard to notice the celebrations Boise State has been holding in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In fact, there’s a whole website with events. One of these events is a film series which ran from Jan. 22-29. Titled “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” Film Series, this was available to students on behalf of the “Bridging Cultures” initiative via the Gilder-Lehman Institute. The three films were shown on three different days, ending with a discussion at the conclusion of each film that was led by a community or faculty member. The first of the three films ...

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There is a new addition to the Special Events Center (SPEC) Gallery, the artwork  of artist Kathleen Probst. There are seven pieces of art which make up the exhibit. “Kurva” by Kathleen Probst is unique to some of the other works of art seen around campus because she is a fabric artist. Her pieces are hand-dyed fabrics with colorful and attention-grabbing design. On her website, Probst says, “Art came to me in life much like everything else. I stumbled upon it, became obsessed and fit it in with all the other plates I have spinning in my life.” In mixing ...

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Imagine traveling to a new place to live. Where the culture is foreign and different from home, everyone is speaking a different language, and making new friends is more difficult than ever before. This is the reality for many international students coming to Boise State from across the world. No matter where they have transferred from and how hard they may have studied to learn English, the transition can be tough. Having friends who know the lay of the land and friends who are going through the same thing is important in getting settled into a new environment. Going through ...

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Each year, 700 million pairs of shoes are thrown away by Americans. One in four adults in the world live in poverty, where necessities like shoes are not available. Across the globe, there are people who go daily without shoes. Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution whose main goal is to get those unwanted shoes to people who need them the most. This year, Teleperformance and Soles4Souls have joined forces to hold a drive in Boise. They ask that anyone and everyone bring in their gently worn shoes to be recycled and distributed. “The organization has relationships with several of ...

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Where can someone purchase CDs, vinyl, espresso, clothing, candy, toys, books, magazines, jewelry and posters? Surely, not anywhere in Boise, Idaho. Unless, of course, you’re at The Record Exchange. It’s the place to be, at least for college kids. A paradise of sorts. At least that’s what it seems. There is music, coffee and weird trinkets that will be put on display in the dorm for the rest of the year, what’s not to love? Ask around on campus, most people who’ve been there will give it raving reviews. “It’s a really great place to find any kind of music ...

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Throughout the months of November and October, Boise State’s criminal justice honors program has been raising money to help out with Christmas presents for foster families in the area. “We raise money for CASA which is the Court Appointed Special Advocacy program. They are a temporary foster agency for kids coming from broken and abusive homes,” Tyler Kelly, a masters student in the criminal justice program, said. The children in the agency get to pick one or two things they want and then CASA uses donation money to buy them their gifts. “At Christmas time, what CASA does is get ...

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The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence and Jacksons Food Stores are teaming up for the 10th time to bring Idaho the Give the Gift of Peace campaign. This campaign aims to raise money to help bring awareness to these issues in the community. “The campaign will raise funds for the prevention, education and support of victims of domestic violence and their children, as well as adolescents experiencing relationship abuse,” said Hannah Drabinski, who works with Idaho Coalition. “The purpose is to create compassionate communities, free of violence.” This campaign is also held in other states such as Oregon, ...

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“On Feb. 27, 2003, Shawn Marti and his infant daughter Sage Marti were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver,” wrote Annelise Woodward in her artwork synopsis on display as part of the Synapse Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition. The BFA Exhibition is a required component of graduating for the bachelor’s of fine arts students. It’s no exaggeration when many of the works on display are described as highly personal. Some artists paid homage to a deceased grandparent with precious memorabilia, photos and objects that give you an up close and personal look into that person’s life. From ...

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On Nov. 22, The Crux will be host to an event meant to open the eyes and minds of those in attendance. Something quite a few people are uncomfortable acknowledging: suicide. There will be a benefit concert being put on by the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) of Idaho. The event, “Save The One” will feature local bands who support this cause. Attendees will also be able to hear guest speakers talking about topics like mental health and suicide prevention. “Suicide prevention and mental health are topics very close to my heart.” said Tyler Shockey, a junior health science major. ...

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Sandy Walker, sophomore English linguistics major Q: How many tattoos do you have? A: I have five tattoos. Q: What is your favorite one? A: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite; I love all of them. If I had to pick one I think I’d choose my first. Q: What is the story/meaning behind it? A: It’s an extremely simple tattoo, and I designed it that way on purpose. It says ‘Each the other’s world entire’ in plain font down my left arm. It’s from my favorite book, Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’, and it’s about love. Basically it refers ...

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With the recent cold weather, many students will forgo fashion for comfort and fall into a slump as far as their choices of attire go. There are those who strive to find clothing that is not only fashionable, but will keep them warm during these increasingly cold months ahead of us. These Boise State students have it all figured out. Their looks on a cold, rainy day are both sensible and stylish. Chloe Beeler Marketing Freshman How much did your outfit cost? “My jeans are probably like $50. My boots were like $25. My socks were like $5 and my ...

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Around Halloween every single year since its start, there is a local group of Boise State friends dedicated to having the best costumes around. They get together, and decide on a theme and go nuts. Many of these people go to or have graduated from Boise State, not that anyone would recognize them while in costume. “Chris Gibbons and I, we were on the wrestling team at Boise State, and the annual wrestling Halloween party is huge. To get in, you have to have a good costume,” said Bowser, or Levi Holt, a Boise State graduate. “The costumes got pretty ...

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On Friday, Oct. 25, hip-hop superstar duo Ben Haggerty, who goes by stage name Macklemore, and Ryan Lewis are makng their way back to Boise at the Taco Bell Arena for their 2013 World Tour. The pair recently found fame with their hit songs  “Thrift Shop,” “Same Love” and “Can’t Hold Us.” Haggerty and Lewis got their starts not too far from here, in their hometown of Seattle, Wash. The two met in 2006 with Lewis starting out as a photographer promoting Haggerty under his stage name Macklemore. Later on the two became friends and Lewis began producing Macklemore’s songs. ...

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