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Ryan Thorne

Ryan Thorne was born and raised in the beautiful city of Twin Falls, Idaho. He now lives in Boise where he enjoys being a student at Boise State University. As the Investigative News editor, Thorne is always hot on the trail of the next big story. In his free time, he can be found playing the guitar, reading, or exploring scenic outdoor Idaho. Follow him on Twitter @ryanthorne86 or friend him on Facebook.

Imagine a scenario where your car breaks down and you don’t have the money to fix it. You live out in the suburbs and regularly commute downtown to attend classes and are now forced to find another way to get around. Suddenly you remember that Boise has a public transit system called ValleyRide prompting  you to hop online to see if you can take the bus to school. Boise State includes a bus pass with your school ID so maybe going without a car won’t be so bad. Your optimistic attitude soon turns sour when you realize most buses run ...

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Two former Boise State students have accused university athletic officials of ignoring sexual assault and harassment incidents involving a student athlete. According to the two women, athletic officials were aware of the accused athletes previous record of sexual assault and harassment and failed to stop the behavior, further emboldening the inappropriate actions of what the suit calls a “men’s star track and field athlete”. The women are being represented by nationally renowned lawyer Gloria Allred. Attorney Gloria Allred, seated left, and Dr. Caroline Heldman, along with six sexual assault victims (unrelated to the Boise State suit), at a news conference ...

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Brian Ohlen  spends his days getting his hands dirty as a coordinator at the Cycle Learning Center. Most weekdays, Ohlen can be found changing flat tires, adjusting faulty brakes and helping students understand how to take properly care for their bicycles. “We do offer maintenance classes. Once a semester we offer four classes that teach you how to do that kind of stuff,” Ohlen said. According to Ohlen, basic bicycle maintenance skills are easily taught to those who prefer to get around town on two wheels. “If you are comfortable using tools and are competent about how things work, it ...

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Sophomore mechanical engineering major Jillian Helms enjoys riding her bike to and from campus. “I bike around all the time,” Helms said. But when it comes to drinking and biking, Helms prefers to stay safe and keep her consumption to a minimum. “A glass of wine or a beer and I will get on my bike,” Helms said. “Multiple drinks though? No.” According to Helms, drinking and riding among Boise residents is a frequent occurrence in areas where bars are plentiful. “I live downtown and I know that happens a lot. I think it is a better alternative but if you ...

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Operating systems (OS) can slow down over time, causing computer users to shake their heads in frustration as it takes what seems like ages to load basic programs. For David Rencher, assistant manager of the Help Desk at The Zone, dealing with these sort of problems is a common occurrence. “We do see some that are running slow. It’s almost always software decay; they’ve loaded all sorts of junk, too many toolbars, stuff like that,” Rencher said. Software decay can be caused by an old OS’s inability to cope with newer programs, or because folders and files left over from ...

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Boise State junior Andrew Perez was struck while riding his bike through the crosswalk between the Student Union and Liberal Arts building at approximately  12:00 p.m. The car that hit Perez was driven by Health Science major Lida Atapor. Perez claimed he saw Atapor stop at the crosswalk prompting him to proceed across the road. “I saw that they were stopped at the stop sign so I thought they saw me so I went ahead a crossed and then they hit me in the back tire,” Perez said while laying using his backpack as a makeshift pillow and waiting for ...

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Construction has begun on what will eventually become Boise State’s first NCAA sand volleyball court. The courts are replacing what was a vacant lot across the street from the astroturf intramural field on Lincoln Avenue. “There are going to be three NCAA compliant courts,” said Mike Sumpter, director for Facilities Operations and Maintenance. “They’re going to have club volleyball teams and intramural leagues and all that fun stuff.” After completion, Sumpter said the courts will be available for use during daylight hours. “We are going to lock them up at night to protect them, but they will be open from ...

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For years, Boise State groundskeeping officials like Bill Metcalf, landscape manager for facilities operation and maintenance, have been forced to deal with the large increase in the Canada goose populations that winter annually brings in to the Treasure Valley. Metcalf said Canada geese add to annual university costs in the form of time and manpower spent cleaning up after droppings. “There’s such a mess on the sidewalks and so they have asked us to keep them off of campus as much as possible,” Metcalf said. Originally, Metcalf employed a small band of coyote silhouettes on campus to scare geese away, ...

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Idaho House members voted to approve the controversial Guns on Campus bill (SB 1254) Thursday, March 6 after nearly an hour of debate. 50 members were in favor while 19 objected, Republicans voting in the majority. The bill will now need Gov. Butch Otter’s signature before becoming Idaho law. Boise State graduate and House Rep. Christy Perry (R-Nampa), who has a concealed weapons permit and regularly carries a personal firearm, said the bill’s passage was necessary in order to protect students walking to and from vehicles off campus during night hours. “There’s no armed security at Boise State. I was ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): Instead of asking yourself how you can make your life better, instead ask yourself what the meaning of existence is. What is really going on? What do my dreams mean? Is there a god that loves me? What happens if I sneeze, cough and fart at the same time? These are questions you should be asking your clergy and professors. Taurus (April 20-May 20): A friend of mine once suffered a nervous breakdown after his wife left him, taking the kids along as well. Some nights, we would sit out on his porch, sipping ice-cold ...

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Sen. Curt McKenzie (R-Nampa) is responsible for the creation of SB 1254, the controversial bill which would allow individuals with enhanced permits to carry concealed guns on Idaho college campuses. The bill now rests in the Senate where McKenzie thinks it is likely to pass and be signed into law by the governor. Hours of public testimony, demonstrations and condemnation from Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson have followed the bill through the legislature creating a heated debate regarding the role of guns on college campuses. Sen. McKenzie recently spoke with The Arbiter about SB 1254 and the controversy surrounding it. ...

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Each week, Boise State student Katy Hudson and her husband are forced to bleach and wipe down the walls of their apartment in order to prevent large pockets of mold from forming. “We just have mold everywhere,” Hudson said. “Now we have to use this special mold spray that doesn’t smell super great.” Hudson contacted her property management company about the problem, only to be told leaky windows and construction material was to blame. “They said that since it’s a brick building, that’s how it’s going to be. We kind of think they are full of it,” Hudson said. After ...

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Developers: Silvia Curioni, Rafael Sanches, Luciano Curioni Cost: Free Operating System: iOS and Android Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Features: Users can create a personal profile, browse through photos of uploaded recipes and see what looks appetizing. Recipes are peer reviewed and there is a Q&A section to help out those struggling to make or modify a particular dish. Nutritional facts are available with each recipe and shoppers can reference lists of ingredients while at the grocery store. Why students should use it: -Convenience: Those attending college with a variety of ingredients laying around can enter what is available  ...

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The day after roughly 150 Idahoans took to the Capitol steps in protest of SB 1254, a controversial law that would allow those with enhanced concealed weapons to carry firearms on Idaho college campuses, the bill was approved 11-3 by the House State Affairs Committee. The campus gun bill now heads to the House to be voted on and if passed, will need Gov. Butch Otter’s signature to become Idaho law. Legislators heard testimony from nearly 50 individuals Friday, Feb. 27, a process that took seven hours. A majority of individuals attending opposed the bill citing student safety, as well ...

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As Idaho’s Guns on Campus bill (SB 1254) makes its rounds in the legislature, Boise State security officials claim if passed by the house, the law could cost the university nearly $2 million a year to implement additional security measures. “Officers will now have to be trained in ‘good gun v. bad gun’ situations and, most importantly, be expected to handle the results of ‘bad gun’ situations,” said Jon Uda, executive director campus security and police services in a Feb. 20 memorandum. Uda outlined the need for additional weapons checkpoints and metal detection equipment at campus venues should gun owners ...

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The Expendables 2: This is truly one shitty movie. From the opening scenes in which former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is rescued by his fellow aging action stars only to immediately blurt out terrible one-liners, to the final overblown explosions, this movie is hard to take seriously. Sylvester Stallone’s black eyeliner makes him look like an angry teenager who frequently listens to emo and punches his pillow and no one can decipher the strange grunts of Dolph Lundgren as he crushes armies of random dudes with his bare hands. Explosions, senseless killing and steroids are the driving forces behind this crime ...

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Aries (March 21- April 19): You are such an arrogant, selfish jerk! Just who the hell do you think you are? I’m sorry Aries, I shouldn’t be taking this out on you. It’s just that my parents didn’t call me on my birthday today and I fell and hit my head in the shower. You’re going to be just fine Aries. Besides the danger of being abducted by a band of midgets, you will be fine. Taurus (April 20-May 20): While eating fries you will drop your phone into a pile of fry sauce. Shortly after, you will realize the ...

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In September of 2012, a Montana man was arrested and charged with felony trafficking after nearly two pounds of marijuana were found in the Taylor dormitory. One of the apartment residents voluntarily let police in. Had residents not cooperated, law enforcement officials would have been forced to obtain a warrant to enter the dorm, a process that would have taken time. “It depends on the judge and the prosecutor that’s available. There are too many variables so there is no way exactly to say how long that would take,” said Boise Police Lt. Rob Gallus. Though Boise State dormitory residents ...

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The Idaho state senate approved S 1254 in a 25 to 10 vote Tuesday afternoon. The bill would allow former law enforcement officers and those with enhanced permits to carry firearms on Idaho’s college campuses. S 1254 will how head to the house for consideration. If it passes there, all it will need is a signature from the governor to become state law. Legislators spoke for nearly two hours before the bill’s sponsor and Senate State Affairs committee chair Curt Mckenzie (R-Nampa) closed debate. Sen. Elliot Werk (D-Boise) voted against the bill saying it would do more more harm than ...

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Meridian business owner Caleb Hansen stood in support of Add the Words demonstrators at the capitol Monday Feb. 17. He and his peers held signs reading “Discrimination is Unpatriotic” and “Idaho is too great a state to Discriminate.” “I’ve seen the Add the four Words campaign and read about HB 427 a little bit and it sickened me,” Hansen said. Hansen explained he was tired of being silent and decided to support his fellow citizens. “I’ve just been thinking about it the last few weeks and this is something I do care about and I just had a little bit ...

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Add the Words demonstrators marched single file to the third floor of the capitol building in an attempt to gain access to Idaho’s Senate and House chambers Thursday, Feb. 14. Law enforcement informed participants they could not enter either gallery while wearing “Add the 4 Words Idaho” t-shirts. Just a week earlier, demonstrators blocked the senate chamber and were charged with trespassing. “They won’t hear us in committee so we have come to be seen by the lawmakers. We had grandparents, high school students, clergy and they just wanted to be seen,” said Nicole LeFavour, former Democrat senator and Add the ...

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The Senate State Affairs Committee voted Monday Feb. 13 to approve Senate Bill 1254, which would allow citizens and students with specialized permits to carry firearms on Idaho’s college campuses. SB 1254 will now head to the full senate, where it will be considered further by legislators. Earlier that morning, Boise residents gathered to give testimony regarding the implications of the proposed bill. National Rifle Association lobbyist Dakota Brooke spoke in support of SB 1254, arguing that students would be safer in the event of a shooting if concealed permit weapons were allowed on campuses. “Would opponents of this argument ...

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Bethine Church’s list of lifetime achievements were long and widespread. Often called Idaho’s “third senator,” Bethine Church personally knew John and Robert Kennedy, prepared dinners for a young Marlon Brando, went night scuba diving with Fidel Castro and was a staunch advocate for land preservation. Raised in the remote Sawtooth Wilderness on a homestead settled by her father, who would later become governor of Idaho and a federal judge, Bethine Church was a heavily influential fixture in state and national politics. Bethine Church passed away in late December at the age of 90. Community members, friends and family gathered in ...

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Instagram Developers: Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger Cost: Free Initial release date: October 2010 Popularity:  #12 on Apples most downloaded free apps Operating System: iOS and Android Revenue Earned:  None. Instagram’s Director of Business Operations Emily White told the Wall Street Journal late last year that the company may begin use of ads on the app to make a profit. Features: Users can take photos and videos to which they can apply digital imaging filters to and share with others on a wide variety of social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. Setbacks:  American users were using the app ...

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According to a 2012 survey conducted by Internships.com, 69 percent of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns. “The number one thing that employers look for when students are graduating is that they have the actual hands-on experience in their field of study,” said Anne Evans, assistant director for the Career Center on campus. Evans explained earning a four year degree may not be enough to land students a job. “We want to encourage all students to do an internship, if not more than one, while they are on campus,” Evans said. Evans argued that ...

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