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Nicole Pineda

Nicole Pineda is a senior at Boise State majoring in Communications with an emphasis on Media Productions. She aspires to become a broadcast journalist. Nicole is married and has 4 children ranging in age from 2 to 13. She is originally from Sacramento but was raised in Idaho and considers herself a native. She has lived in various places in Idaho, but has been a resident of the Treasure Valley for fifteen years. She enjoys cooking, camping, and working out in her spare time.

You’ve finally made it.  Four years and several thousand dollars later, the moment that makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it has finally arrived.  And now, you have to choose.  Between relatives, that is.   As Boise State’s commencement ceremonies approach, graduates have been informed that for the first time ever at Boise State, the graduation ceremony will be a ticketed event.  For those of us with larger families (or heaven forbid any friends who may want to share in the moment), Grandma may have to stay home this year. Or, someone can drive her over to the ...

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Election season is over.  The candidate banners have all been taken down and our television commercials have gone back to being about fast food and footwear.  Though this may seem like an unlikely time to start a conversation about our civic duty to vote, here I am.  My argument–for those who may find politics a little on the daunting side, now is the perfect time to start educating yourself a little at a time, when the candidates, the news and the commercials are not all up in your face. I confess that I haven’t always taken advantage of my civic ...

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Boise State has a rather large—and growing—international student population.  The International Student Services Department is challenging all domestic students across campus to step outside of their comfort zones, and meet some new and friendly faces.  DARIA Daria Ursol was only 15-years-old when she journeyed from Muldova (which is tucked between the Ukraine and Romania) to Wenatchee, Wash., completely by herself. She spent a year in Washington with an exchange family, then traveled back to Muldova to finish high school. In 2010, Ursol had found her way back to Wenatchee and attended a small community college.  Two years later, she transferred ...

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Teresa Crump is a junior at Boise State. She runs a child care facility out of her home while juggling going to school part-time.  She has taken both day and evening courses. For her, paying a meter or paying for parking in a lot near the building her class is held in makes sense to her. Sometimes in the winter or during bad weather, she pays for parking in one of the garages. “Some of my classes don’t get out until 9 or 9:30, and I don’t want to be walking around all over campus,” she said. On the other ...

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Joshua Prigmore is a sophomore at Boise State; he is also a non-traditional student who is married and has two kids. When he and his wife made the difficult decision to downsize to just one car, Joshua was left to find alternative transportation to get to school. He and his family live by the mall, and Joshua has since been a regular on Valley Ride’s buses. He typically gets to school around 7:30-8 in the morning. So far, it only takes him about 25 minutes to ride the bus to school.  He says the bus is clean and comfortable, and he ...

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His name is Daniel Hock. He is around 19 or 20 and he is studying English education at Boise State. He transferred to Boise State from the University of Puget Sound in May of 2011. He attended Meridian Technical Charter High School from 2008-2010, then transferred to Centennial High School, where he graduated in 2011. Hock works for the Office of Sponsored Programs at Boise State as an office assistant. He  briefly worked for McDonald’s last summer. What does Hock do in his free time? He likes movies, such as Idiocracy, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Scott Pilgram Versus ...

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Morning is a busy time on campus; people are driving in search of parking, bicyclers traverse  to get to class and pedestrians are everywhere. How do you get to school every day?  More than likely, convenience rules the day. Most people with cars want to drive them. Others may prefer to bike, walk, carpool or take the bus. Typically these alternate forms of transportation are associated with not having a car but there are people on campus who use these forms of transportation with a car left behind in the driveway. It’s no secret carbon dioxide emitted from cars is ...

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  Need a distraction?   Search for “Skeleton Does Gangnam” on YouTube. This entertaining short film is an example of the kind of shorts the Dead 8 Productions film club produces. And the skeleton is real.   Two new club members helped produced this during their very first meeting with the club.  “It was my first time coming to Dead 8. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out because I’d never done anything like that.  But when I saw the finished product I thought it turned out really well,”  senior said Ebenezer Makinde who helped move “Fred” the skeleton through the ...

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Taking environmental measures can seem like a lot of extra energy for a payoff that is neither felt nor seen. Some people may even wonder if a little bit of effort makes any difference in the big picture. However, Boise State has some sustainability measures in place which can be easy for students to access. There are some visible initiatives in place; for example, students can refill water bottles with filtered water at 13 drinking fountains located on campus. Refilling water bottles saves students from having to buy a bottle of water, which in turn is one less empty plastic ...

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The room at Boise Centre on the Grove was artistically lit on Tuesday with hues of blues and reds and tables were set with autumn-inspired flower arrangements in honor of the Idaho Tehchnology Council (ITC) Hall of Fame banquet and the Idaho Innovation Awards. Among the guests at the ceremony were representatives from Boise State, the University of Idaho, the College of Western Idaho, Hewlett-Packard, Healthwise, TW Telecom, Balihoo as well as representatives from several elementary schools throughout Idaho. The key note speaker was Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group an Co-Founder of TechStars. He is a venture capitalist, ...

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  Students will soon have the option of choosing between two different Subway restaurant locations on campus. The Subway in the Education building will remain on campus, but the Student Union Building (SUB) will be welcoming an additional Subway in the dining area. Subway will be replacing University Bread Company, the sandwich shop that was there last spring. Bob Beers, Marketing Manager for University Dining Services, said, “Subway has a strong following and good brand recognition. We wanted something fresh and healthy for the students, and healthy options for vegan and vegetarian students.” The decision to put a second Subway ...

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Jaw-dropping. That is the word that comes to mind after touring the new building on campus that is housing the College of Business and Economics (COBE), and I am not just talking aesthetics. The U-shaped architecture is unique and the courtyards and fountains are inviting—simply because it’s brand-spanking new and fresh. Those are just obvious external things. On the inside, the building is filled with some of the most state-of-the-art equipment in the world. The COBE building was built in 18 months, from the time the ground was broken to the completion of the project the first week of May. ...

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Boise State has a competitive frisbee club and for Anthony Gossard, a 19-year-old sophomore and international frisbee champion,  it is a small part of a dream realized. Gossard began playing frisbee in high school as part of a frisbee club.  Initially, they were just throwing games together to play.  Then he found out  they could start a competitive high school team. Together with about a dozen teammates, that is exactly what he did.   By his junior year Gossard had also joined a competitive league.  Tournaments took him all over the Northwest including Washington, Oregon and Montana. After high school, ...

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