About the author  ⁄ Matt Shelar

Matt Shelar

I'm Matt from Delaware who came to Boise for change. But so far I've gotten more than change out of Boise. I've gotten a few dollar bills.

Macklemore isn’t coming to Boise State University for the Spring Fling on May 4. He’s going to be at University of Idaho the day before; because the U of I gets everything better than us, right? “U of I has better parties.” “U of I has better Greek Life.” “U of I has a more traditional university feel to it.” Though I’m not personally vindicating them, maybe all of the above statements are true. But WE had Macklemore first. WE had Macklemore on Oct. 18 at the Knitting Factory downtown. And WE may not be better; but neither is U ...

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Quite frequently, Boise State’s Residence Halls have fire drills, as they are expected to have two a semester. And nearly every time these occur, there are murmurs around campus about “who got caught this time.” Rumors saying University Housing and Residence Life is conducting these drills to do room searches for violations have been circulating. But if you have illegal substances in your dorm room, you have to be completely careless with your possessions to get caught having them. “Our primary intent, as with the vast majority of our operations, is to ensure the safety of our residents; we do ...

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Boise State’s third annual prom was held on Sunday, April 7 in the Hatch Ballroom of the Student Union Building. This year’s theme: Phantom of the Opera. Stephen Rhinehart of the French Club was kind enough to do a Q & A with The Arbiter.   Q: How many people were in attendance?   A: I lost count at 75, but I saw plenty more come in.  I’d estimate between 75 and 100 this year.   Q: Why was Phantom of the Opera chosen as the theme?   A: Each year we choose a different theme that is related to ...

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Peter Jackson’s adaptation of “The Hobbit” was one of the most anticipated films of 2012; and considering it was a prequel to “Lord of the Rings,” one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, this serves as no surprise to me. With prequels, sequels, and reboots to compete with such as “The Amazing Spiderman,” ““The Bourne Legacy,” “Men in Black 3,” “Paranormal Activity 4,” “Skyfall” and “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2,” to name a few, “The Hobbit” did pretty well. It brought back some very familiar faces (i.e. Sir Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Hugo Weaving as Lord Elrond, ...

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Treefort kicks off downtown on Thursday. But for those of us still stuck on campus for classes, the official kick-off to Treefort will take place at the Centennial Amphitheater behind the library and will feature three Treefort bands. One of those bands will be Nick Jaina, an artist  from Portland. While Jain’s a solo act he still keeps others in mind—his influences consist of artists like The Beatles, Tom Waits, Paul Simon, and REM. His Chris Martin-like voice backed with peaceful and heartfelt folk music is extremely easy-going; so easy-going, it’s hard to believe a man with such intensity created ...

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The Treefort Music Fest’s Saturday lineup has plenty of great bands. And fortunately, many of them are playing in the same place. On Saturday, the top five bands I would advise one to see start off in the Owyhee Plaza Hotel’s parking lot, which serves as the event’s Main Stage. Beginning at 5:45 is El Ten Eleven. If you’re a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, there’s a great chance you’ll like these guys. Very mellow. Very indie. Very summer-y. Provided the sun is hot and the beer is cold, you’ll enjoy spending your late afternoon with El Ten ...

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It’s that time again. Once more, Boise State’s administration is attempting to shut the Bronco Confessions Facebook page down. Their claim: they have a trademark on the word “Broncos.” Are you kidding me? Boise State doesn’t tolerate the consumption or possession of alcohol and other drugs. Boise State doesn’t tolerate the smoking of cigarettes. But do they tolerate free speech? On March 1, Rachael Bickerton, director of Trademark Licensing and Enforcement, sent a warning message to the page’s administrator, which was later shared with The Arbiter. According to this message, the university is “not attempting to prevent the right of free ...

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Matt Shelar and Ryan Hoffman Best Actor in a Leading Role Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables Joaquin Phoenix – The Master Denzel Washington – Flight Though this humble genius is in one movie every two or three years, Daniel Day-Lewis has continuously confirmed himself to be one of the best actors ever to live; and if his intense performances don’t make it evident enough, know he is the only actor ever to win three academy awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Upon receiving Sunday’s award, Lewis commended his ...

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Boise State is a dry campus. Our campus security and the Boise Police Department enforce this policy. A lesser-known fact about campus security is their willingness to ensure student safety by providing an escort service. By providing such a service, the university actually promotes responsible drinking, despite having a policy that, for student safety reasons, strictly forbids on-campus drinking. This service is (in theory) to be used for students who would like a ride from one end of campus to the other for safety reasons. One possible reason for students to use the service is to get home when they ...

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Nearly 30 eager fans crammed into Hyde Park Books in the North End on Saturday, Jan. 26. Their purpose: Smoke, the short film adaptation of Alan Heathcock’s short story of the same name. This story is part of a Heathcock collective of short stories entitled Volt. Heathcock is a professor in the MFA [Master of Fine Arts] Program at Boise State and his story, adapted for the screen and directed by Cody Gittings and Stephen Heleker, is based loosely on a run-in his grandfather told him when at the age of eight. Gittings and Heleker are both alumni from Boise ...

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In case you hadn’t noticed, mankind survived its anticipated assassination attempt by nature on Dec. 21, 2012. And though few ACTUALLY expected something to happen on this now-famous day, many of your fellow Broncos had fun toying with the idea.     Will Birdsall – junior, international business: “I think it’s always fun when a lot of people get together and make something so completely non-existent fearful.” Jonny Carroll – freshman: “I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next, honestly. I mean, there’s something new every year.” Maddie Acosta – freshman, physical therapy: “I mean, Boise can’t ...

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It’s cold and as any Idaho resident will tell you, the winter weather isn’t ending anytime soon. Whether you’re a motorist, a cyclist or a pedestrian on campus, you will most definitely be trying to avoid the freezing temperatures of the season. But when the university is covered in ice and snow, is enough done to keep everyone safe? Snow and ice cover the sidewalks and streets every year and it’s a pain to drive on and just sucks, shouldn’t someone shovel it? Luckily Boise State has a department which takes care of it for us. Winter safety is the ...

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Are you having a difficult time finding your Christmas spirit this year? Are you tired of the commercialism? Not in the giving mood? Or perhaps feeling a bit too old to believe in stories about Santa and sleigh-rides? Dan Christiansen is a modern-day Santa Claus. He is a local man who has been giving unconditionally for over two decades and plans on doing it for the rest of his life. “When I give,” Christiansen said. “I feel worth in my life.” About twenty years ago, Christiansen lost his wife and children; it was after this that a “very special woman,” ...

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On Dec. 5, Ned Evett and Tony Furtado displayed their unique musical talents on the Student Union Building’s Brava Stage: Evett with his fretless glass-boarded guitar and Furtado on the banjo. In addition to these, both men played acoustic guitars. Evett Evett performed in a very Dire Straits-esque manner, playing songs from his latest album, Treehouse, which was available for purchase at the event. “I liked the way he played songs about dams breaking in Tennessee, love and other things in life,” said Jordan Lehman, sophomore mechanical engineering major. Evett was originally from Nashville but moved to Boise a while ...

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On Thursday, Nov. 29 the Student Union Building’s dining area was given a taste of the holiday season. Hang your stockings, people. It’s coming. Phyllis Tincher, performing as a solo artist, played a free concert using her handbells. The event was organized by Amy Rajkovich, Student Union Fine Arts performance program coordinator. “I think it’s pretty fascinating that one person could pull all of this off while keeping the timing down and grabbing the exact correct bell each time,” Manny Wheaton, sophomore mechanical engineering major said. According to Tincher, there were 40 bells. These bells stretched out to three different ...

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Kicking off this festive time of year for the Fine Art program’s Student Union Performance Series will be Phyllis Tincher with a seasonal demonstration of her handbell skills. The recital will be performed on Thursday, Nov. 29 on the Student Union Building Dining Room Stage. Admission is, as always, free. “It’s an interesting idea because the only time it’s a conventional instrument is during the Christmas season,” said Manny Wheaton, sophomore mechanical engineering major. Because Wheaton only just recently learned of the handbell’s use as a musical instrument, he said he is curious to hear it on Thursday and plans ...

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Despite Tuesday, Nov. 6 being one of the most important days in America, many members of Boise State’s student body and faculty took time to enjoy the evening by doing what they love: performing music and sharing it with others. The All Campus Band held their fall concert in the Morrison Center. Proceeds went directly to scholarships for our music program. “It’s cool to see both staff and students working in unison. That’s not something you’d ever see in high school,” said Dominic Wargo, freshman business management major. Running the show on this night was the band’s conductor, Joe Tornello ...

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As a good number of Americans were celebrating Halloween last week, the time of year was being looked at in a different light by many students. A week-long Dia De Los Muertos campus gave student a diverse look at international holidays. “Not a lot of people get a chance to see this side of what many Americans call ‘the Mexican version of Halloween.’ And it’s really nothing like that. It’s more family oriented—more of a celebration,” said Kimber Medellin, freshman chemistry major. Throughout the week of Oct. 29 students may have seen altars set up on the Student Union Building’s ...

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Taking place from Oct. 29 through Nov. 2, the Multicultural Student Services will be celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. “We here at Multicultural Student Services (MSS) and the groups of BESO, SHPE, OELA, Sigma Lambda Beta, Alpha Pi Sigma are interested in educating people about this very special holiday,” Guillermo Munoz of the MSS said. This holiday, which typically takes place in Latin American countries, will be celebrated throughout the duration of the week by the clubs. The groups plan on setting up altars for exhibition in honor of this special time. “The altar is considered the focal point and ...

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The Twilight Zone is the new theme for the Interactive Learning Center’s (ILC) Zone Gallery. On Friday, Oct. 19 the ILC revealed the Twilight Zone Gallery where several students displayed various pieces of their art, all in light of the Halloween season. “There is art and then there is fine art,” senior Ray Ellis said. “Fine art is an intellectual look at what art can really do.” Ellis was one of the 15 artists to exhibit a piece at the commencement of The Zone Gallery. His sculpture is titled The Dealer. Kimberly Owens, event coordinator, is a senior visual arts ...

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On the afternoons of Oct. 15 and 16, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) teamed up with the Women’s Center for an annual event to raise awareness about domestic violence and let those facing it know there is help available. This event was put on because October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. “I think it was a great inspiration to see all of these fearless T-shirts on the SUB (patio)” said Emily Benson, freshman mass communication major. Those involved in this project were encouraged to create a shirt which demonstrated pride in healthy relationships. Over 60 businesses in the ...

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Though pumpkin growing is not exactly the cornerstone of Boise’s pastime, in other places it seems to be a lifestyle. The largest pumpkin this year was one out of Rhode Island, weighing in at 2009 pounds. There are less than 100 pumpkins worldwide to have ever made it past 1,100 pounds. Undoubtedly, Charlie Brown would be proud. ...

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Looking to eat something other than candy this holiday season? Pumpkin seeds are savory, low in calories, and can be eaten by the handful; making these treats is relatively easy. Once you’ve carved your pumpkins, grab some seeds, clean them, and let them lay out for about a day to dry. After that, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. And from here, all you have to do is have fun with the seasonings. After this, just wait 45 minutes for these tasty treats to get ready for your pleasure.     ...

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This Friday be sure to take your parents or a date to check out Dr. Jeanne Belfy, oboist and professor in the Music Department. Her recital takes place in the Morrison Center Recital Hall and begins at 8 p.m. This event is one in a grouping put on by the university’s Music Department called the Faculty Artist Series. Belfy is a musician with a long history of performances, including playing the oboe with the Boise Chamber Orchestra and the English horn with the Boise Philharmonic on numerous occasions. For this concert, she will perform as a solo artist. Admission to ...

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Renowned poet Bernadette Mayer shared her work with Boise State on Friday while also discussing  ideas for future poetry compilations. On Friday, Oct. 5 in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building, Mayer read excerpts from many sonnets of her earlier years in addition to several pieces of her later works. This event was arranged by the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series. Mayer commenced the evening by saying, “Okay kids, get ready. It’s gonna be torture.” From there the poet began reading a few of her sonnets. She told the ...

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