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Tabitha Bower

Tabitha Bower is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Arbiter. She became involved with The Arbiter after taking a News Writing class, and began by writing for both the News and Features sections as a journalist for one semester before taking a position as the Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is double majoring in English with a writing emphasis and communication with a journalism emphasis. After college she dreams of being employed in the field of journalism, traveling the world and instructing hot yoga. Tabitha is originally from a small tourist town on the coast of Maine, but has lived in multiple areas of New England, Florida, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. She once spent a year backpacking, scuba diving, surfing and basking in a hammock with a drink in Southeast Asia. She also has the talent of juggling school, work, looking fabulous and being super mom to her three-year-old son, Aiden.

Drunkorexia   Danielle Allsop Drunkorexia consists of three behaviors:   Skipping meals in order to save calories or compensate for increased caloric intake from consumption of alcoholic beverages. Excessive exercising in order to compensate for calories consumed from drinking. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in order to become sick and purge previously consumed food.   According to a University of Texas study, 30 percent of females between the ages of 18 and 23 had participated in one or more of these behaviors.   Eunhyan Kim’s Journey to Boise State   Ryan Thorne An escapee from Northern Korean government and current ...

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Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding the new Idaho initiative to allow concealed weapons on campus. I have noticed that much of the debate has centered solely on the prospect of an active shooter scenario and whether or not armed students would be a benefit or a detriment in such a situation. However, I believe this narrow focus (from both sides) misses the forest for the trees. Personally, I feel it is time to reexamine not only the restriction on concealed weapons, but also BSU’s entire weapons policy needs to be reconsidered. I know my opinions ...

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Start with 17 straight hours and roughly 400 dancers. Add in the running man, the douggie and a touch of gangnam style. The result? $37,000.23. On Friday, Feb. 28, Boise State Dance Marathon (DM) took over the recreation center to dance for a cause: to raise money for St. Lukes Children’s Hospital. “Dance Marathon was started last year with inspiration from Michigan State University,” said Bryan Vlok, external director of Boise State DM and ASBSU president. “One of our current team members saw the event and wanted to bring it to Boise State.” With a goal of raising $7,500, the ...

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Courtesy  Virginia Treat  Events & Marketing Manager for the Morrison Center  Lance Moore’s recent Arbiter article entitled: The Place Of Classical Music In A Modern World on Jan. 27. 2014 contains certain inaccuracies that the Morrison Center would like to address and see corrected. In our opinion, the article was not properly sourced and it is unfortunate that we were not offered the opportunity to be interviewed for the article prior to its publication.  It would be our pleasure to provide any additional information or answer any questions.  In regards to the statement: “The Morrison Center is host to the Boise Philharmonic and offers high discounts for Boise ...

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After a 15-hour day spent preparing a professional business proposal with his five teammates, senior construction management major Kirk Paul fought the sleep he desperately wanted and needed. Instead, he and the team pulled an all-nighter preparing a presentation that was due at 6:30 a.m. “We turned everything in with about five minutes to spare, running down seven flights of stairs,” Paul said. “It was hardcore parkour as ‘The Office’ would say.” Competition Paul was not pulling the usual procrastination technique practiced by college students. This past week the Construction Management Department sent seven teams to participate in the Associated ...

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Boise natives have been very patiently waiting for a Korean barbecue to come to town. The wait has finally come to an end. K-Fusion Korean Barbeque recently opened on Broadway Avenue. in Boise, attached to the Broadway Bar. The tiny space makes up in atmosphere what it lacks in size. Small tables run along the walls of the restaurant. The walls are dark grey, bordering on black, and the décor of the eatery follows the simplistic suit. The menu ranges from traditional dinners like hot stone bibimbap (a mixture of marinated beef, mushroom, lettuce, carrots, spinach, squash and beansprouts served ...

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On Thursday, Feb. 6 the Women’s Center, partnered with the Gender Studies Club and Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, will bring the film “Tough Guise 2” to Boise State. According to Dan Morgan, gender equity peer educator for the Women’s Center, the message of this film is to address how mainstream media depicts a never-ending cycle of harmful and destructive messages about men in society. These representations are then taken as truth, and young men, in understanding their own self image, feel they must act like the men they see in the media in order to be safe ...

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It’s not only the English majors who can win cash and contests for their writing. Boise State’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society is accepting submissions for its annual writing competition. The deadline is Feb. 7. This competition is open to junior and senior undergraduates in all colleges within Boise State. “This contest allows students to see how their work compares with the work of other students in their colleges; we don’t have a lot of other opportunities for students to do that,” said Russell Willerton, Ph.D., president of the Boise State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi and ...

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It’s no secret The Village at Meridian is quickly becoming the new “it place” in the Treasure Valley. With chic shops, an innovative movie theatre and a mix of upscale and mid-range new restaurants moving in, the attraction is obvious. Add to the offerings an atmosphere that can be described as more So-Cal than Boise, (except a lot colder and with an ice skating rink) and it’s no wonder Boiseans are making the trip to Meridian to check out The Village. The Arbiter, being up on all things “happening,” also braved the cold to head out to Meridian and warm ...

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Tucked in the back corner of the Office of the Dean of Students is a recent Boise State graduate who is not well-known, but is making a huge impact in the state of Idaho. Anna Moreshead,  Impact Scholars coordinator, built Impact Scholars,  a program assisting former foster youth to succeed in higher education, from the ground up. Impact Scholars is currently the only program in Idaho with a full-time staff member aiding former foster youth in achieving higher education. Idaho State University is the only other school in Idaho with a similar program, Guardian Scholars, but they have no full-time ...

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Bacon is John Berryhill’s latest restaurant adventure, and, as the name implies, it’s the home of all things bacon. Lovers of bacon be prepared: Berryhill plans to cook over 150,000 strips of bacon per year in his downtown Boise location. That’s the equivalent of a strip of bacon for every minute they are open for business. Atmosphere is the first thing to note about this themed bistro. The warm, inviting country home-meets-urban oasis ambiance is initially inviting. Order your poison as you walk in from a wide array of options all etched onto a chalkboard menu. Offerings range from breakfast ...

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Mistie Tolman’s hard work and passion came to fruition as she looked out over a crowd of nearly 1,000 Idahoans chanting “add the words” on a clear and mild January afternoon in front of the Idaho State Capitol Building. “Add the Words,” a rally on the capitol steps, drew supporters from all over the State of Idaho on Saturday, Jan. 11. Their message was clear: Idaho lawmakers need to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act. “It (the rally) was beautiful, moving, inspiring,” said Tolman, spokesperson and co-chair of Add the Words, Idaho ...

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Samantha Walker discovered a way to give back to the state of Idaho by participating in a pilot program at Boise State called Strive for College. One of the unique components of Strive is Walker’s ability to mentor high school students, some who are towns away, without so much as leaving her house. “This program shows students who wouldn’t normally have the resources, the immense opportunities that are available to them,” Walker, a freshman chemistry major, said. Strive: Working toward a more educated Idaho Walker is one of 20 Boise State students working toward advancing college enrollment and graduation rates ...

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During an event on Oct. 9, Ads: Your Identity Here, sponsored by the Women’s Center and cosponsored by the American Advertising Association (AAF), students and representatives from both the Women’s Center and AAF discussed how advertising impacts identity, and how people are represented in advertising. Eileen McNulty, gender equity peer educator for The Women’s Center and creator of Ads: Your Identity here, showed advertising clips throughout her presentation. One advertisement shown, a Cheerios ad portraying an interracial family, was berated by YouTube commenters for such a representation. Participants, however, did not find anything offensive or abnormal about the representation. In ...

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Adam Wheeler sat looking at a JC Penny commercial depicting a same-sex couple and their child. While he was unable to identify anything out of the ordinary in the previous commercial, which showed an interracial couple and their child, he was immediately able to recognize JC Penny’s representation of a same-sex couple. According to Wheeler, non-acceptance of interracial couples is predominantly a thing of the past, but non-acceptance of families with same-sex partners is a current issue. “With the gay family, there is still a lot more controversy surrounding that subject still,” Wheeler said. Wheeler, a senior finance and marketing ...

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During an event on Oct. 9, Ads: Your Identity Here, sponsored by the Women’s Center and cosponsored by the American Advertising Association (AAF), students and representatives from both the Women’s Center and AAF discussed how advertising impacts identity, and how people are represented in advertising. Eileen McNulty, gender equity peer educator for The Women’s Center and creator of Ads: Your Identity Here, showed advertising clips throughout her presentation. One advertisement shown, a Cheerios ad portraying an interracial family, was berated by YouTube commenters for such a representation. Participants, however, did not find anything offensive or abnormal about the representation. In ...

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Mary Frances Casper Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Communication, opened her mailbox to find a magazine from a company offering clothing to plus size women. Flipping through the pages, she noticed not one model in the magazine was plus sized. Casper, after writing a letter of complaint to the company, received a letter back which read, “We provide what our consumers want.” “So if I am a size 22, you are telling me I don’t feel satisfied, that I want to be a size two. I’m going to buy that dress, put it on, look at that picture ...

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Adam Wheeler, senior finance and marketing major and member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), admits that when he walks down the hygiene isle of a store and sees an Axe product, Axe commercials pop into his head. “But then logic takes over and I’m like, ‘this is totally unrealistic,’” Wheeler said. “But at least the thought popped into my mind, so it’s a successful marketing campaign.” Wheeler compared the Axe campaign, which regularly objectifies women as sexual objects and stereotypes men as unable to control themselves, as classical conditioning. Similar to the idea of Pavlov and his dog, Axe ...

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Heidi Shanklin Class Standing: Sophomore Major: English Message Body: I would like to find out how making our student health care “more affordable” equates to higher out-of-pocket expenses for the patient? Just last semester our medication topped out at $20 for brand name and $5-10 for generic and our deductible was capped at $250, which is currently placed at $1000. Now, the medication I previously  received for $20 has sky-rocketed to $50 on my plan. I have contacted AmeriBen at the behest of Express Scripts and they informed me it was due to changes that Boise State University implemented for ...

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As college students, we need to demand our civic education, and if one is not provided for us by our educational systems, we need to take the initiative to inform ourselves and become civically minded and engaged citizens. In a Sept. 5 address to conference attendees at Boise State, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice, pointed to the current lack of civic education and civic understanding among Americans. “Only about one third of adult Americans can name the three branches of government, let alone say what they do,” Justice O’Connor said. “Less than one third of eighth graders ...

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, retired Supreme Court Justice, was awarded the Andrus Leadership Award from the Andrus Center for Public Policy on Wednesday, September 4. The award reception, which took place in the Jordan Ballroom of the Student Union Building (SUB) kicked off a three-day conference, “Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century.” Thematically, the conference focused on barriers facing women in leadership, gender-based inequalities, advancements and goals accomplished and what more needs to be done in the steps toward true equality. “The role of women and girls is being increasingly recognized as important,” said Associated Students of ...

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On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Sandra Day O’Conner accepted the Andrus Center for Public Policy’s second annual Andrus Leadership Award. This event, which took place in the Jordan Ballroom of Boise State’s Student Union Building, kicked off the three-day “Transforming America: Women and Leadership in the 21st Century” conference. Director of The Andrus Center at Boise State, David Adler, along with Boise State President Kustra and former Idaho Governor Cecil Andrus introduced and presented Justice O’Connor with the award. “I look forward to talking to you more about how organizations in your state and how Icivics can work more closely with ...

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Mackenzie Cabot, senior health science major with an emphasis in health policy and leadership, has gained most of her experience in a classroom setting. Now, within the same walls where she receives her education, Cabot has the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s most influential women. “This is a time in our lives that we are just starting to figure out who we are and what we want to become,” Cabot said. “There comes a time when we need to hear other stories from people on their failures and successes and how they got themselves to where they ...

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Taking control: One student’s story of overcoming abuse Growing up, senior Bekah Bowers was witness to multiple physically abusive relationships within her immediate family. “My family life was not the most healthy,” Bekah said. “And as a result of that, I had very low self-esteem.” The National Center for Injury Prevention Control states individuals who see or are a victim of violence as a child have increased risk factors for engaging in Intimate Partner Violence (h). Due to her childhood history with abuse, Bekah was already at higher risk for participating in an unhealthy relationship. Unhealthy tendencies began to show ...

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The Boise morning skyline is about to be filled with hot air balloons as the annual Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic takes over Ann Morrison Park. Over 40 balloon teams will participate in the five-day event which concludes with an attempt to launch all balloons participating within a two minute time span. Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic Founder and Director Scott Spencer said, “The event and our friendly city continues to attract more and more of the best balloonists in our sport,” Spencer said. “We are excited to add a couple new twists this year including ‘The Great Launch’ on ...

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