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seanbunce

Bandit and I enjoy long hikes and trips to the park. Our favorite activities are playing Frisbee, going on longboard rides and spending our summer days on the river. One day I'll write fiction novels so keep an eye peeled!

Although Boise was ranked by Liveability.com as one of the best places to live, history has shown that even the most beautiful places can be disgraced by a single incident of violence. In light of the recent shooting tragedy in Santa Barbara in which six students were killed, Gene Deisinger, a behavior threat assessment, management specialist and clinical psychologist, was asked to speak about the nature and process of targeted violence in higher institutions at Boise State. Most of his speech  revolved around the difficulties of profiling. “The human mind has evolved to profile,” Deisinger said. This can be misleading. ...

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Today on The Grove in downtown Boise Mark Rudin, vice president of research and economic development at Boise State, announced that Boise State’s Computer Science department will be moving downtown in the summer of 2016. Currently occupying the Engineering Building, the entire department will be moved to the new Clearwater Analytics building downtown where it will rent out two floors encompassing 50,000 square feet. As bold as the move was to move an entire department downtown, many including President of Boise State Bob Kustra, believe it is a good decision. “For (students), the advantage of studying and working so close ...

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An acid spill at Boise State caused emergency crews to be summoned this afternoon, June 9. The Boise Fire Department Hazardous Material Team responded to a call at Boise State’s Micron Engineering building at 3:53. According to a news release by the Boise Police Department, one-tenth of a quart of an acid mixture of Nitric and Acetic Acids spilled. The two acids had been mixed in a container that proved unable to handle the chemical reaction. One student was nearby the spill when it happened, firefighters arriving at the scene waited until her precautionary decontamination shower had finished before transporting ...

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In the Jordan Ballroom Gene Deisinger, Ph.D., discussed the nature and process of targeted violence impacting education as it applies to both K-12 and higher levels. Deisinger is both the deputy chief of police for the Virginia Tech Police Department and the director of Threat Management Services at their campus. In reference to the recent shooting in Santa Barbara, Deisinger suggested that the media emphasized too much on the perpetrators of the violence. “It’s about us as a community, about our engagement with each other,” Deisinger said. “It’s about our commitment to each other.” According to him there is no ...

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  Boise State University’s Military Science Department commissioned eight graduates to the rank of Second Lieutenant today in the Stueckle Sky Center. Chad Rippietue, Clint Minton, Courtney Corcoran, Heather Hammond, Levi Holt, Ryan Lindsay, Sarah Spencer and Tate Newell all raised their hands in an oath to “support and defend” the Constitution of the United States of America, a duty that takes a great deal of courage. “Being a leader in today’s Army isn’t an easy task,” said General John Goodale, Assistant Adjutant General of the Idaho National Guard. Before each graduate took their oath of office Gen. Goodale took ...

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When Jake Wolford, president of Secular Student Alliance, first came up with the religion of the shoe: he was attempting to save people’s “soles” and “heels” them from their sin. Wolford created his “religion” as a response to the religious bigotry being shouted in the Quad throughout dead week. “We were both preaching nonsense, but only one of us was aware of it,” Wolford said. Students passing through the Quad felt strongly about the matter. “It’s one thing to preach a loving message,” said Kyle Van Arsdale, spectator at the scene. “There’s nothing good about what they have to say.” ...

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Last summer was the first in eight years teaching at Boise State in which Mary Frances Casper didn’t have full attendance in one of her classes. Because of this, her class was prorated and she received half the pay for the same amount of work. “Things were due in the fall and I needed the money but I didn’t have the option of canceling the class,” Casper said. “Two students needed it to graduate.” During the summer many teachers rely on the extra income they receive from teaching these courses but it’s not the only reason they decide to devote ...

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Question: Is living on campus beneficial to students?   Connor Mccoy-Michelson A: I believe it gives you good connections within the college community but can be very distracting at times, especially if your roommates are noise. Thomas Warner A: I feel it’s good for your first year in order to sort of acclimate you to the (college) environment, so far I’d say it’s been beneficial to me. Micah Urizar A: I think it’s nice because we have our own dining facility and I don’t have to commute so far to get to class. Tori Haeve A: I think so, my ...

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Living with a disability in the United States is difficult. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience discrimination, segregation and exclusion from education, work and housing. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an estimated 2.5 million Americans have an intellectual disability.  An intellectual disability is characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. Mary Niland, president and CEO of Witco, an organization for workers with intellectual disabilities, feels a majority of these adults are either unemployed or underemployed despite their ability and desire to work. “The biggest ...

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Students swarm for debate

With finals looming around the corner, it seems that tension is high among students on campus. Today,  members from the Global Outreach Church in Boise stood in the Quad reciting Bible passages and condemning passersby to hell. Many stopped to watch or offer their own opinion. “The wage of sin is death,” said Jim Lewis, pastor of the church. “To reject Christ is Hell.” Lewis believes that this hard nosed approach works to gain attention. “If we stood here doing what people should do,” Lewis said. “Then people would walk by uninterested.” Nearby a fellow member of the church holds ...

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Updated 5/2/2014 Students walking through the Quad were bombarded by pro-life and pro-choice activists. Images of aborted fetuses littered the walkway. In the midst of this chaos, sorority girls were handing out coupons for free tacos. This is the epitome of a college campus. Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a national pro-life group, and Abolitionists for Life, a campus pro-life club,   hosted the protest which inspired some and left others disgusted. “It’s good to have an open dialogue,” said Lisa Atkins, president of Abolitionists for Life. “If this is happening legally every day then we should ...

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Students from Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust and Abolitionists for Life are raising awareness to students passing through the Quad. Abortion is a highly controversial and sensitive topic which is why they are holding the event. “Most people haven’t made a decision about which side to choose,” said Christina Garza, director for Campus Outreach for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust. “It’s not safe to stay in the middle because innocent lives are being killed.” As students walk through the quad they pass by large posters showing aborted fetus at different developmental stages. Jake Wolford, president of ...

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The idea first came to Farzan Faramarzi last summer. He decided it was time to have a student-run show where subject matter experts come and give information about specific programs or projects taking place throughout campus.  After a semester of production he decided to make yet another change. “The idea for ‘Hot Spot’ is different,” said Faramarzi, senior producer at University Television Productions (UTP). “It’s about students for students.” The original program titled “University Television Presents” was the first opportunity for a student-run show to control its own content. It featured an expert staff member or professor  who represented their specific ...

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It’s easy to tell when the body is in conflict: the pulse quickens, it gets warm all of the sudden and maybe a deep pressure begins to form in the chest. Anxiety, which is a common symptom of conflict, brings about many different kinds of stress in everyday life. On April 16, the Act Now Project sponsored a workshop teaching students the skills necessary to send and receive difficult information when these types of symptoms ail the body. “After all this experience dealing with conflict, I still try to avoid it,” said Larry Hauder, a certified professional mediator working for ...

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A donation of clothing this spring can mean more than just clearing out some extra closet space; it can give someone the opportunity to live a normal life. Boise State’s Net Impact Chapter and The Arc are teaming up to host a clothing drive at Boise State to take place  April 21 through May 5. The Arc currently provides jobs and services to more than 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southern Idaho alone. “The goal is to make people as independent as their capabilities allow them to be,” said Brian Greber, board president of The Arc. Clothes ...

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When Dawn Burkhart was diagnosed with cancer she was 34 years old. Pseudomyxoma peritonea, a disease which impedes organ function and blocks digestion, had taken over her body. Soon after diagnosis Burkhart suffered another devastating blow­— her cancer was terminal. Upon hearing the news, she was upset. “How dare you tell me I’m going to die,” Burkhart said. “I’m not going to die.” Burkhart’s treatment was rough. After going through what she calls the “mother of all surgeries” which took her appendix, ovaries, spleen, gallbladder, uterus, part of her colon and lungs and one rib. Although she still had much ...

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The average sex trafficking victim is 11 to 12 years old. Within days or even hours of running away from home, many runaway children are approached by people wishing to help. Some of these  people provide comfort and security as a front to draw children in, making them feel as though they belong. In some cases not long after a child is taken in, they become nothing more than a commodity. They’re used not only for prostitution but also in gang organized crimes. According to Trisha Garcia-Brown, the training program coordinator for Health Services, victims threatened with violence will go ...

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Four positions were up for grabs Wednesday, March 12 as candidates for the upcoming ASBSU election took the podium. The roles to be filled included: Assembly Speaker, Secretary of Student Organization Affairs, Secretary of Academic Affairs and Secretary of External Affairs. “A big issue with ASBSU is people aren’t really aware,” said Megan Buxton, a candidate for Assembly Speaker. Increasing student voice and participation encompassed a majority of the conversation between the two potential nominees for Assembly Speaker. The Student Assembly can house 40-60 students at once but usual participation sits around 15. To fix this, Chase Neumann, also a ...

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On Tuesday March 11, the “Politics and Lunch” event at the Andrus Center for Public Policy featured Idaho’s 32nd and longest standing attorney general, Lawrence Wasden. Wasden’s speech, titled “Balls and Strikes,” focused on the rule of law and how it has applied to his office throughout his administration. “The rule of law binds us together as a society,” Wasden said. “It’s the source of our freedom and security.” The rule of law states that all people and institutions are bound to law if it is impartially imposed. Wasden insists upon this principle, using the phrase “fair and square,” as the ...

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When Boise State’s Venture College pilot kicked off last fall, its main objective became helping students acquire the skills needed to launch their own business. “The kinds of skills needed to start a business are different than those needed to sustain it; that’s why most small businesses fail,” said Ed Zimmer, the associate director of Venture College. Venture College emphasizes a “flipped” classroom dynamic where students learn material outside of the classroom and lead classroom discussion. Because each cohort has a limited number of students each semester, the amount of attention each student receives is exceptional. The classroom ratio is ...

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