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mallorybarker

Mallory is currently a junior at Boise State studying English and Communications with a minor in Political Science. Mallory is the editor for the News section of The Arbiter. She is also the anchor for The Arbiter Minute.

Q. What do you think you would miss out on if you gave up your social media accounts?   Christa Christiansen, kineseology major “Probably being able to communicate with other students who I go to school with and I  don’t know their phone number. But mostly just keeping up with friends and family.”   Hank Davis, computer science major “News updates, I like to see what’s going on like around campus   Cody Wetherelt, linguistics major “All the little things my friends do back home and the things that are happening on campus like with my other friends.”   Sophie ...

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Meet the candidates: Bryan Vlok, President Bryan Vlok served as  the vice president  for a year and has  served as president since Ryan Gregg’s resignation on Jan. 31.  Vlok is a general business administration major with a minor in non-profit. If elected, it will be his third year in student government.  Vlok plans to implement a first year leadership program to train future Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) members. Vlok would like to finish some of the projects he has already started in his current term. “I had the opportunity to start some things on campus and I would ...

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Two scholars walk into a bar during an NCAA tournament routing for the Chicago Bulls. More than four years later, those two scholars were Justin Vaughn from Boise State and  Jennifer Mercieca of Texas A&M University and they recently come out with a book on  Barack Obama, presidential expectations, and political rhetoric. “About half way through the game we introduce ourselves to each other and discovered we had a common research interest. We became friends, did a couple papers together and decided to do a conference together on Obama,” Vaughn said. At the conference, an editor approached the two about ...

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Heather Littleton’s due date was Feb. 2. She’s hoping the baby comes sooner rather than later; things are beginning to get a little “uncomfortable” in there. “I don’t think she’s ready yet, but I’m crossing my fingers,” Littleton said. Littleton will be giving birth to a little girl named Halo any day now.  Littleton wasn’t aware, but she has rights as a pregnant woman in college under Title IX. Title IX is the federal law requiring all schools and universities who receive federal funding not to exclude anyone on the basis of sex.  Since women are the only ones who ...

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President Barack Obama took the pulpit Tuesday night with his usual confidence. Obama highlighted the progress America had made this past year and set forth his agenda for the progress he would like to make in the upcoming year. “Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want: for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations,” Obama said. While Obama promised this would be a year of action, not all of Boise State was convinced. Justin Vaughn, assistant professor of political science and presidential scholar, was not entirely convinced ...

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ASBSU President Ryan Gregg resigned today, effective immediately. Current Vice President Bryan Vlok will now serve as Student Body President. Gregg announced his resignation to the student body via email. According to Gregg his reasons for resignation are personal, professional and academic. Gregg hopes to focus on his education and graduate in the spring. Vlok will miss Gregg but is confident in himself and his team. “I’ve got a great team of supporters behind me, so this is going to come together well,” Vlok said. Vlok and Gregg have been great friends but Vlok respects Gregg’s decision. “Ryan is one ...

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Chad Hartley was working as a paramedic while his wife was a teacher. This was a comfy life until his wife, Brittney Hartley, got pregnant and Chad decided he needed to go back to school after having taken some time off. Chad returned to school the week his son was born. This did not pan out well for Chad’s education. “To work and have a wife and kids and try to force your brain to care about abstract principles of chemistry was too difficult. He dropped out and never went back to school and probably never will,” Brittney Hartley said. James ...

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The beginning of the semester is a great time to form new habits and try out new strategies.  Establishing strong note-taking skills is a good step toward a successful semester. I recommend reading the book chapters and additional lesson material before each class starts.  Take notes and leave lots of room to add the lecture notes into the appropriate sections. By continually supplementing the same notes you end up reviewing the material several times without even realizing it.  Pay attention to what information your professor emphasizes as it might give you clues as to what might be included in the exam. ...

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Boise Police are asking the public’s help in finding John, a 20 year old Boise State student. John was last seen at 11:50 a.m. outside of the kinesiology building. His caregiver came to pick him up but John had already walked away. John is 5/5” tall, 185 pounds, and was wearing rolled blue jeans, a blue or gray jacket and carrying a black backpack. If anyone sees him, they should contact police immediately. Officers are enroute to investigate a disoriented handicapped individual who may be John. Updates to follow. ...

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There is no magic word to make an employer hire someone. No self-help book is going to know what any one employer is looking for in any one applicant. However, there may be some help for Boise State students available through the Career Center. Debbie Kaylor, director of the Career Center, encourages students seeking jobs to search Broncojobs for on-campus positions. “I am a huge fan of on campus jobs. I think on-campus jobs connects students with campus. Which can be equally as important as making money or gaining a skill,” Kaylor said. “It’s also just convenient.” Campus employers know ...

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Once upon a time, Michael Nash was allowed to use his electronic cigarette in his dorm at his leisure. He was shocked to find out this would no longer be acceptable behavior. In December of 2013, e-cigarettes were added to the campus-wide ban of tobacco. Electronic cigarettes are no longer allowed inside of Boise State owned or leased buildings. Conventional cigarettes are banned everywhere on campus; electronic cigarettes are allowed outdoors. This policy includes University Housing. Students will be permitted to own electronic cigarettes but will not be allowed to use them inside buildings. Malinda Jensen, assistant director of resident ...

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Nicole Nimmons is a woman of adventure. She likes snowshoeing, biking and other activities. She isn’t afraid to try new things; in fact, she tried Indian food for the first time this year and decided she loved it. Her newest adventure: executive director of Boise State Transportation & Parking Services (TPS). Nimmons grew up in Southern California with an older brother and a twin sister. She graduated from Northern Arizona University where she wrote tickets to help her get through college. Nimmons never expected to make parking her career however after working in probation for a few years, she decided ...

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Go On Idaho, Boise State, GEAR UP and Strive for College seek Boise State students to participate in a mentor program. The undergraduate mentor works one-on-one with mentees through the college application and financial aid processes during the course of one school year. President Bob Kustra stated in a press release that he encourages high school students to engage in discourse with undergraduates. “Giving Idaho high schoolers more access to some of our best and brightest students can only inspire more young people to realize their dreams are achievable,” Kustra said. “And that a college degree will pay off for ...

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Alexi Sprague opened her email and yelped with joy. She then proceeded to run throughout Chaeffee Hall screaming in excitement. Jacksons Food Stores, in partnership with Swire Coca-Cola, presented junior English major, Sprague, with a $3,000 scholarship during the Boise State verses New Mexico game. “We are fortunate to partner with our friends at Swire Coca-Cola to offer this scholarship opportunity,” said Cory Jackson, president of Jacksons Food Stores. Sprague had no inclination she would be the recipient of the scholarship. “I was just kind of taking a shot in the dark. I like to apply for things just in ...

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Boise State is a national championship school. No, the championship has nothing to do with Kellen Moore and that championship will not go away now that Coach Pete has left. These national champions don’t toss a ball around or run laps to warm up. No, they prefer to talk to walls and wander through campus with black binders in their hands talking to themselves. These champions are the Talkin’ Broncos. The Talkin’ Broncos won first place in the 83rd annual Mahaffey Memorial Tournament in McMinville, Ore., Nov. 15-17. Talkin’ Broncos were successful throughout the rest of the season as well, ...

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Sen. Frank Church chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence back in the 1970s.  During the Senate hearings, he became aware that the CIA had opened a letter he had written during a trip he made to the Soviet Union. According to Garry V. Wenske, executive director of the Frank Church Institute, that act is trivial compared to the breaches of privacy intelligence agencies participate in today. “Now we understand that intelligence agencies are picking all or most communication and sifting through it for key words,” Wenske said. “This all came after 9/11 and we understand that security is an ...

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As you get geared up for your classes, keep in mind that it is good practice to study in many different locations rather than just one quiet controlled area. An article in the New York Times cites that studying material in different locations increases retention.  Your brain makes associations with the information you are studying and the background you are in (noise, temperature, time, lighting, etc.). By varying your study experiences you give your mind a chance to create more associations between the subject and your surroundings. With this method, you don’t need to rely on the complete quiet of ...

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Here is an interesting fact for the day, there is no known limit to the mind’s ability to learn.    You can become the greatest physicist and a literature scholar combined while going back to school to sharpen your horticulture skills. Now let’s bring today’s fun fact back to your current situation: you have four classes to study for and less than a month to do it.  Use your knowledge of the human brain to your advantage. Step One: Don’t feel overwhelmed. As you just learned, there is no such thing as filling up your brain. Step Two: Use learning ...

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The truth is, wiping hurts. When nature calls and there is nowhere to turn but a bathroom on Boise State campus, your keister may not like the environment. Facilities Operations and Maintenance (FOAM) provides paper materials for all academic buildings on campus. The Recreation Center and Student Union Building are serviced through individual entities. However, all three departments go through Central Receiving and purchase the same type of toilet paper. From October 2012 through October 2013, FOAM purchased 1,719 cases of EcoSoft one ply bath tissue. In the academic year, $36,752 was spent on toilet paper. That money comes from ...

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Every day, students suffer from the epidemic that is parking at Boise State. Tardy after tardy and ticket after ticket, students and staff search for an open parking spot only to give in and pay to park for the day.  Transportation and Parking Services has implemented numerous changes in an attempt to cure this disease. Administration Visitor’s Lot: Construction on the plaza that will replace the Administration Visitor’s Lot (AVL) is estimated to begin in the next two weeks. Nicole Nimmons, interim director of Transportation and Parking Services, explained her excitement to be involved with the project. “It’s kind of exciting to ...

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Courtesy: Maria Shimel Online Testing Center Final exams are one month out and it’s time to start planning ahead.  I recommend starting by checking your syllabus to see what information your professor has provided you about the exam. If your syllabus doesn’t have the information you need, ask your professor. Not only will that help you prepare for the exam but that will show your professor what an awesome and enthusiastic student you are.  Once you know what you are getting into, set up a study plan. A huge benefit of starting the preparation early is that you can break ...

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According to Cox, having  green space on campus is important for students. “Having a space on campus where people can go out, relax, recreate, enjoy different activities, I think it’s important that students be able to do some informal recreation,” Cox said.  “It can help offset the stress of school, work and everything else in college.” Bryan Vlok, vice president of Associated Students of Boise State, thinks the field is imporstant. “I think it’s important that we have multiple green spaces and open areas for students,” Vlok said. “We need to have a place on campus for students to freely ...

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The Student Assembly meeting was filled with students on March 12 of last semester. Students and faculty alike gathered to discuss the Rec Field and its being given to the Department of Athletics. There were rumors of the field being given permanently given to the football team and students felt passionately about this. In that meeting, Lisa Harris, vice president of Student Affairs, put those rumors to rest and assured students that the field would be returned.  That promise has been kept. The grass Rec Field was returned to students on Nov. 1. The fences were taken down earlier that ...

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Elizabeth Orcutt, senior communication major, was surprised to discover the retake policy at Boise State. Orcutt is graduating in the spring and is just under the maximum number of course repeats allowed. “It could have had an impact on me if I wasn’t graduating in the spring. I’ve done my share of retaking classes and I am pretty sure I am at my limit,” Orcutt said.  “I think it’s ridiculous that I ever had to take a class three times; I never should have let myself get to that point.” According to Boise State policy 2190, students can only execute ...

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