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McKenzie Perkins

McKenzie is a freshman majoring in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Media Studies and a certificate in Public Relations. She has eclectic interests in travel, sports, literature, and political science. She also works for KTVB Channel 7 and Boise State Public Radio. Follow her on Twitter @kenzperks

They call it a selfie. For some, it’s an act of narcissism, a definitive mark of the “Me Me Me” Generation. For others, it’s a work of art, an atlas for the future, or a moment of great and joyous honor. A selfie, therefore, is perhaps not something to shame, but rather something to celebrate. The demonization of the selfie suggests societal refusal to view anything with the implication of narcissism as more than that. To see a selfie as a self-portrait, then, would be nothing short of a desecration of art. Try explaining this to Vincent Van Gogh, Frida ...

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A total of 17 different honor societies at Boise State provide undergraduates, graduates, and professors an opportunity for scholarships and career advancement. A majority of these honors societies are local chapters of larger, national organizations geared toward specific majors ranging from Construction Management to Radiology. A few societies broaden the spectrum to include all majors and include significant community service efforts. “It’s good to just be involved with what you’re passionate in, whatever that may be,” freshman international business major Lauren Williams said.  Williams is the president-elect of the Honors Student Association. Although laden with financial aid and networking opportunities, many of ...

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Software professionals, students, and CEOs of million dollar companies spent the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23, networking and sharing ideas in the Stueckle Sky Center during the fourth annual develop.idaho tech event, presented by the Idaho Technology Council (ITC). Develop.idaho 2014 was followed by a cocktail party presented by the ITC and  Tech Cocktail. Tech Cocktail gave attendees an opportunity to further network with fellow software engineers and potential employers in a less formal environment, as well an opportunity to discuss the day’s event. Martin Hambalek is the chair of develop.idaho and the co-chair of the IT Software Alliance. “I ...

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On any regular Saturday, junior Hailey Vik wakes early to lead a Zumba class at the Boise State Recreation Center before settling in to spend the day studying. But, for Vik, April 12 was not a regular Saturday. On this particular day, Vik traded homework for a plane ticket to La Jolla, Calif., and instead of leading Zumba, she held conversations with a photographer who provides scholarships to homeless youth, a Holocaust survivor, and a 12-year old triathlete amputee. “They started from nothing but accomplished really great things and were helping so many people. I think if you just follow ...

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Being a felon does not necessarily disqualify individuals from living in on-campus housing at Boise State, but the presence of a felony on one’s record certainly makes the process of finding and renting an apartment or a house more difficult. “I was homeless for six months, and when you’re on probation, having a place to live, it’s like part of your agreement,” junior communication major Connie Grainger said. According to Grainger, she has two felonies on her record: injury to a child and intimidating a state witness. “It was for failing to protect my children from a volatile gentleman that ...

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“I want to change the world,” sophomore entrepreneurship management major Brian Garretson said, without a hint of hesitation in his voice. Garretson spoke of his future plans without question, as if he knew that he would ultimately leave a positive, lasting legacy on his world. His plans have already begun to unfold at Boise State via his involvement with the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity, of which Garretson is the president. TKE is one of 13 Greek organizations on campus at Boise State. However, TKE is a Greek organization that has recently faced significant public scrutiny at the national level ...

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Swipe right to like. Swipe left to dislike. The increasingly popular smartphone app, Tinder, fosters a community for both lonely love-seekers and bored busybodies with a free second. Tinder is igniting conversations about the millennial generation’s interactions with one another as well as a culture entirely entrenched by a desire for aesthetic appeal. Mitchell Laurence, a senior social science major said “It is changing the way people date. I am much more willing to get drunk and meet up with someone I met online or on Tinder than get drunk and meet up with someone I met in a bar, ...

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His mother had no idea. She knew her son, Ben Duran, was in New York City for a Model United Nations Conference with the Boise State club of the same name. She knew Ben had flown into the city two days prior to the conference in order to save money on a plane ticket. What she did not know, however, was how the Boise State sophomore spent those two days. “I never really felt worried about my situation,” Ben said. Ben Duran, a political science and economics major, flew into the Big Apple early in the morning of March 22. ...

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Why are you in college? Many students will respond to this question with the major or career which they intend to pursue. “I’m an English major.” “I want to be a nurse.” “I’m studying Political Science.” The implication of these answers is that, while they are highly specific, they are not at all conclusive in terms of what students will actually learn and it completely ignore the ways which students change during their collegiate years. For these reasons, it is important students consciously become learners instead of just students and also realize the significance and value of general education requirements. ...

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Out of a crowd of nearly 400 people, 40 raised their hands when Martin Hambalek asked, “For the people that are here in the room, whose companies are hiring?” “Getting a job in Idaho is not the issue. The issue is that we don’t have enough students to fill the jobs,” said Hambalek, vice chair of the IT Software Alliance and Chair of the Events Committee for the Idaho Technology Council (ITC). Hambalek was an organizer of the event on Friday, April 19, when Boise State hosted the third annual develop.idaho conference in the Stueckle Sky Center. The purpose of ...

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Computer science, marketing, and business majors will have the opportunity to mingle with prospective employers at develop.idaho 2013 on Wednesday, April 17 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. in the Stueckle Sky Center. The event will conclude with a Tech Cocktail mixer, also in the Stueckle Sky Center, starting at 6 p.m. This conference will feature prominent software professionals as guest speakers, including Mikkel Svane, the CEO of customer service and software company Zendesk. “Students get into the routine of going to class and turning in papers, but they can get in real world experience and meet perspective employers, colleagues, and ...

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According to University Health Services, the national implementation of the Affordable Care Act makes the State Board of Education mandate useless. Health Services believes the state mandate requiring all full-fee-paying students to have health insurance is a point of aggravation for both the health center staff and university students. “If everyone has to be insured, why do you have to have a state mandate?” asked Libby Greaney, the executive director of University Health and Recreation. “Why do you have to use up employee time processing all these waivers?” According to Greaney, nearly 80 percent of all of full-time students who ...

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Boise State students, faculty, and staff assembled at the capitol building Thursday, Jan. 24 to showcase student demographics, research projects, and advancements to the school that are made possible by support from the state legislature. The first floor of the Rotunda was laden with blue and orange for the day, including a Boise State emblazoned podium, a blue carpet rug and approximately seven eclectic booths encircling the room. These booths featured different departments and organizations of the university that are pertinent to both Boise State and the legislature. University representatives manned these booths, and student ambassadors also wandered about the ...

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Late in June of last year the Supreme Court largely upheld President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with the exception of Medicaid expansion. Instead, the Supreme Court made the expansion of Medicaid optional for each individual state. During the State of the State Address on Monday, Jan. 7, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter declared Idaho would not expand Medicaid for now, against the unanimous recommendation from his 15 member Medicaid expansion working group. “There’s a lot more work to do, and we face no immediate federal deadline,” Gov. Otter said. However, the choice to expand Medicaid will largely ...

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The United States is playing a delicate balancing game. On the brink of a dangerous fiscal cliff that could remove billions of dollars from the economy and send unemployment soaring, the federal government must also monitor and enforce the universal healthcare program, the likes of which have never been implemented in the United States. “It’s got a challenge ahead of it,” said Richard Kinney, Ph.D., a political science professor. The opposition for the reform is derived from the controversial policies which are taking the place of the previous policies. As of November 2012, approximately 48 percent of Americans still opposed ...

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  On Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. four individuals who specialize in different areas of healthcare spoke in the Jordan Ballroom as part of a Healthcare Forum about the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare, and its impact on Idaho. “During the election there was a lot of rhetoric and disinformation, really, about healthcare. Our goal tonight is to shed light, not heat, on these important issues,” said Susan Ault, president elect of the Idaho Public Health Association who moderated for the event. The four speakers were allotted 15 minutes ...

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Boise State has been working with city fire department officials to secure an old campus building for live fire training and exercises, scheduled to occur Nov. 10 and 11. “Over last couple years we’ve had an ongoing relationship [with the Boise Fire Department]. They get benefit of training, and we get the benefit of a reduced cost of taking down a building. It’s simply a win-win,” said Breck Skinner, assistant risk manager of Boise’s States Office of Risk Management and Insurance. Lincoln Hall, located across the street from the Lincoln Parking Garage, has been slated for demolition for some time. Working ...

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The Egyptian Theatre in downtown Boise reached capacity on Thursday night with people eager to participate in Ignite Boise, a two-hour symposium that featured 14 speakers, all of whom gave five-minute speeches accompanied by 20 slides on a projector screen. Every one of the 740 seats in the historic hall were filled, including the seats in the overhead balcony. “We’ve all agreed to come here to discuss big ideas,” said Josh Gross during his presentation. Gross presented “Why Your Ignite Speech Sucks,” during which he suggested that Ignite was a public forum to share ideas rather than a gateway to ...

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A number of Boise State students and even some faculty have been invited to speak at the ninth annual Ignite Boise on this Thursday, Oct. 18. Among those selected is James Gravatt, a junior expecting to graduate in 2016. Gravatt is no rookie to this type of forum, but this will be the first year he has spoken at an event of this caliber. “It’s nice to know that people want to listen to me, even if they have nothing but a vague understanding of what I might be talking about,” Gravatt said. Of the 16 speakers, five were chosen ...

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