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Spring Fling, the concert series Boise State has made an annual occurrence, headlined with Mike Posner on Saturday, May 4. Posner, following in the wake of Lupe Fiasco and Flo Rida, targeted a much younger demographic than his predecessors. Boise State’s Taco Bell Arena was scattered with high school students, young children with their guardians, dorm residing freshmen and a few lingering upperclassmen, most of whom do not possess vehicular transportation, thus leaving Boise State’s campus parking lots, pretty bare. So what is the draw for most of these minors? Surprisingly, not Posner himself, but a range of other reasons. ...

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The Downtown Boise Association holds “First Thursday” each first Thursday of the month. This celebration of local art and of course, leisure, comes with all expenses sparred apart from necessary sustenance. This Thursday, May 2, the Modern Hotel opened up its rooms to artists and the public. With Boise often being named one of the best places to live, one can expect the center of it all, downtown, to be open and inviting. But who would’ve thought that those connotations of being a local would mean that overcrowding in many hotel rooms with art and strangers would be such a ...

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Wiley Cash’s “A Land More Kind Than Home” has received rave reviews from notable publications such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Daily Beast and Entertainment Weekly, just to name a few. With all those big names buzzing, one has to wonder what all the hype is about. Cash has a way of slowly reeling in readers into the small town of Marshall, N.C., then offering up a string of surprises, and holding their attention page after page. He has no real trick to his writing methods. His language is clear and straightforward. He is direct with his ...

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Quentin Tarantino casts familiar faces such as Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington in his 2012 blockbuster, Django Unchained. The film, categorized as an American Western, was nominated for five academy awards and won best picture and best supporting actor (Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz). Set in the south, pre-civil war era circa 1858, Django brings forth a modern spin on the presentation of the seemingly hospitable area. In the opening scene, Django (Foxx) is part of a lineup of slaves, crossing into an area behind a couple of slave traders. The group ...

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The Student Involvement and Leadership center brings Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained to the Boise State Special Events Center this Thursday, April 25 as a part of their Thursday Blockbuster Series. While the film has earned numerous awards in the states, it has been met with an onslaught of criticism overseas, even receiving rigid cuts for audiences in China. Arbiter staffers Paige Eaglestone and Ryan Hoffman weigh in on the good and the bad of the film.   ...

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Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students have come together to create an art exhibition of a miscellaneous nature, which includes media and subjects ranging from performance art and technology to breasts and body adornment. The opening reception for the “Varia: BFA Exhibition” took place on Friday, April 12 in Gallery 1 of the Liberal Arts building and Gallery 2 in the Hemingway Western Studies Center. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program showcased the final pieces of art from seventeen senior artists. Preparation for the event has been in effect since January, with scores of collaboration and creativity mustering about. ...

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The Boise State Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) reading series welcomed Wiley Cash, a critically acclaimed writer and professor in a low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University, on Thursday, April 11. Cash’s novel, the New York Times bestseller, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” shares the perspectives of three different characters who live in a small town in North Carolina and observe how religion, power and influence in the form of the occult can impact people in their everyday lives. While reading excerpts from his novel, he also gave the audience insight into crafting and ...

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The Boise State Recreation Center shut down their Basketball courts after 2pm on Friday, April 5th for the highly awaited, highly promoted, first annual Boise State Dance Marathon. The Event, beginning at 3pm and lasting for the duration of 17 hours, eventually wrapped up at 8am, Saturday, April 6. Stephanie Pyles, a junior special education and elementary education major with a minor in leadership, and a facilitator for the fundraiser, said, “We picked 17 because its for the millions of kids Children’s Miracle Network helps each year, is 17 million. So its 17 hours.” The tagline, dance for those who ...

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Fabric is only one of the many things tying the Emeritus Guild to Boise State campus. On Thursday, April 4, members of the Emeritus Guild held their Fabric Art Show in the Emeritus Guild Center, located directly behind Quiznos. The Emeritus Guild, consisting of designated Boise State employees, who currently are retired, remains a very active part of campus. Although it is centrally located at Boise State,  it functions as a whole separate entity from the university, releasing their own newsletter, calendar of events and even endorsing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In addition to their meetings, parties, lecture and ...

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Fabric is only one of the many things tying the Emeritus Guild to Boise State University campus. On Thursday, April 4th, members of the Emeritus Guild held their Fabric Art Show in the Emeritus Guild Center, located directly behind Quiznos. The Emeritus Guild, consisting of designated Boise State employees, who currently are retired, remains a very active part of campus. Although, they are centrally located at Boise State, they function as a wholly separate entity from the University, releasing their own newsletter, calendar of events and even endorsing the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In addition to their meetings, parties, lecture ...

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One more reason to hang out with your friends who live on campus: Bingo. Members of Get Involved hosted “Not your Grandma’s Bingo” on Monday, April 1 in the Boise River Café. Rather than the typical elderly ladies waiting for their number to be called, this Bingo game consisted of groups of students eating their cafeteria dinners and using their dabo ink. Miss Connie as grandma, with her big white hair and bunny ears, sat in front of the hungry residents, spinning the wheel and calling out numbers. Amidst the comings and goings, students were actively involved in the game, ...

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“This is Forty,” a film staring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, was shown on March 14 in the  Special Events Center. The film received mediocre reviews by critics but was met with an endless stream of laughter from the audience. The initial scene was very graphic, an awkward nude scene where the main characters, Debbie (Leslie Mann) and Pete (Paul Rudd), are engaging in sexual activity in a small shower. Emily Benson, a sophomore pre-occupational therapy major, said, “It started out with the dirtiest scene in the movie.” Although the scene was explicit, the comedic timing was impeccable, switching from ...

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Boise State students, professors and many members of the Boise community gathered for Professor Dan Philippon’s “The Nature of Slow Food” lecture on Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building A-D ballroom. Philippon, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, centered his lecture around his experiences during his fellowship to the Piedmount region in Italy and also relayed information about the philosophies of the slow food movement. Among these philosophies were: food should be good, clean and fair and Industrial food production is in need of reform. He also emphasized the ultimate goal of the ...

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Boise State’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) reading series brought back Canadian poet, Lisa Robertson, on Monday, March 4. Robertson read her poetry aloud in the Student Union Building’s Lookout Room, which features some of the most scenic views on campus with its outspread windows and spacious quarters. This set the stage for audience member Julie Strand, an MFA poetry student, to ask Robertson about the relationship between the body and architecture in her writing. “(The) primary relationship is tactile,” Robertson said. “I looked around at which matter had formed.” This displayed a connection between all tactile ...

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On Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom A-D, Dan Philippon, an associate professor of English at the University of Minnesota, will lecture on The Nature of Slow Food. This lecture is second, after John Elder’s Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont, in The Idea of Nature public lecture series taking place this Spring 2013. This lecture will feature the “slow food” movement, which began in Europe, particularly in Italy and France, and made its way toward America. The slow food movement, perceived as contrary to the fast food movement, redefines society’s view ...

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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) reading series welcomed Tom Raworth on Feb. 22 in the Student Union Building in the Farnsworth Room evading the rambunctious high school students congregating down the hall and the dreary weather outside. Professor Martin Corless-Smith noted this was the first on-campus meeting for the series this spring and the small rectangular room with its 35 chairs and max capacity of 49 persons seemed to house onlookers accordingly. Raworth, an English poet and visual artist, has produced quite the expansive resume. At the ripe age of 75, he has published over 40 ...

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The Crux, a small coffee shop on Main Street, hosted Boise State’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA) reading series on Sunday, Feb. 10. Both Karena Youtz and Adrian Kien, graduates from Boise State’s MFA program, headlined. Each read selections from their books of poetry. There was a definite sense of community in this eclectic space, with audience members relaxed in their seats, most with a beer in hand, some with coffee, and the occasional joke overhead. Such a joke was made by Youtz, whose microphone, at the beginning the reading, did not appear to be working at ...

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If you’re looking for an alternative this Valentine’s Day, why not try a classic? John Elder, a Professor Emeritus of Middlebury College, is presenting Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. This presentation will take place on campus in the Boise State Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom A-D. Robert Frost and the Forests of Vermont is part of “The Idea of Nature” Public Lecture Series occurring this Spring 2013 Semester. Join in on the reflection of our natural environment with Frost’s traditional American poetry. Reception with cash bar and appetizers will follow the ...

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In case you haven’t heard, it’s Valentine’s Day, a holiday when many couples enlist the aid of aphrodisiacs to set the mood. An aphrodisiac can be defined as a food, drug, or potion which arouses sexual desire. So what exactly is included in this definition? Alternet.org claims honey as the number one edible aphrodisiac. Honey, known for its sickeningly sweet and sticky features, also has high levels of testosterone on its ingredient list. As we all know well, testosterone ups the ante for your sex drive. More common on the aphrodisiac list are oysters, chocolate and red wine. Each of these items tend ...

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Anna Marie Boles, a professor of art at the College of Western Idaho, studio artist and a self-proclaimed ‘jack of all trades’ said she has always enjoyed the view from the airplane window. Judging from her exhibition, “Circumnavigations,” currently on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery Two located in the Hemingway Western Studies Center, her outlook has greater graphics and more detail than any typical window could possibly provide. “I had this extraordinary light. I had the clouds but not totally covering the landscape,” Boles said in reference to her “Airbus” piece. In this piece she utilizes pictures from ...

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