About the author  ⁄ Zachary Chastaine

Zachary Chastaine

Zachary studies English technical writing at Boise State and previously wrote for the Portland State Vanguard. An enthusiast of downhill mountain biking, craft beers and automotive racing Zach hopes to continue his writing studies overseas at Oxford Brookes.

This is bound to happen to every student at some point in their college career. They will be arriving for their first week of class and their professor will give out his or her syllabus where it will list a series of group work projects. Professors need to get over this group work kick they seem to be on. Nobody likes group work, it is not always valuable and it is an unnecessary time-suck. While the professor might say, “I know you have a lot on your plate, but this shouldn’t add too much to your schedule,” they don’t take ...

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My.Boisestate.edu student experience launched Monday in a move aimed at helping simplify and consolidate the management of online resources for students. It will be followed in coming months by a faculty and staff edition. Along with the release will be a test to how well the new service holds up when put into action, including potential problems for users with disabilities. While many students are used to being able to just see a website, click from link to link and navigate a page visually in silence, others rely on audio prompts through special software to navigate the webpage. As users ...

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There may come a time in your college career when you realize you’re studying something you just can’t stand and the choice to go to college because you thought it would be more profitable in the long run doesn’t seem to be panning out. Maybe it’s time to change your major, and that’s okay. Not everyone is cut out for marketing. Maybe a biology student finds they don’t actually like science (never happens) or a student studying English may find he or she actually hates writing, and so it goes. Changing your major can be the shift you need to ...

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Don’t you think getting pouty about being single on Valentine’s Day is a little vain? Not having a girlfriend or boyfriend around a holiday isn’t a reflection on yourself in a good or bad way unless you make it one. On a college campus, yes it can be a little annoying when all the young couples go around holding hands and having a great time feeding each other chocolates and stuff, but getting uptight about other people being happy sort of makes you a jerk.There are so many positive ways to spend Valentine’s Day when you’re single that there really is ...

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Seasonal depression is probably something that gets overlooked a lot during college, but it’s a real thing you should be aware of because nobody has time to deal with it, and nobody wants to. As if students don’t have enough things to deal with already, mood change on account of the weather is a problem. Luckily it’s 2013 and we have ways to combat this seasonal depression. If you’re like me, then you didn’t actually get depressed from the perpetual lack of sun exposure. Instead you just got incredibly tired and couldn’t figure out why ten hours of sleep wasn’t ...

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You didn’t need to be Idaho’s top meteorologist to know weather on Thursday was seriously out of character for the area and it was totally hellacious to the point where I-84—Idaho’s main connecting freeway for much of the Treasure Valley—was closed. Although the freeway was closed due to safety concerns, Boise State decided to continue classes for the day, a decision that was both wrong and put students in danger. Many students Thursday morning checked their inboxes expecting to see a message from the university announcing closure for the day. Surprisingly, no such message waited, and to the contrary a ...

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Re-branding can give your organization a whole new look. The idea is  simple; organizations such as  companies and universities have a public face which people see and recognize, and when you re-brand that public face is changed or updated in some way. There are a lot of reasons for an organization to re-brand, and in the case of Boise State our diamond logo—which has been in use since 2001—was perhaps not a great icon for the school if only because it doesn’t seem to relate to anything. The change was a good call. While a really straightforward letter logo such ...

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The odds are you wouldn’t call someone a “nigger,” anymore because nobody wants to be labelled a racist, but we still have the term “faggot,” floating around, which is used the same way as nigger. We also treat the people we call faggots badly in our society. Words are powerful and in terms of legislation they have a real-world impact. A new city ordinance is a tiny change to Boise law, which would extend the same protections from discrimination—which we all enjoy—to everyone, not just straight people. It has been a long overdue and with Boise State being well-situated within ...

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Time is precious and it’s something we like to keep track of. In classrooms it is important for the professor to know what time it is so they can start and end class on time and track other timed activities. So it is always a little funny when you hear the professor or other students comment on how there is no clock on the wall. After a while you may run into more than one classroom without a clock and suddenly you may notice a trend. The ever-important timepiece just isn’t in every room. Shouldn’t we have clocks on the ...

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Tuesday, Dec. 4, was a huge victory for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Boise as the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance to prohibit discrimination of employees, tenants or customers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. People filed into the temporary City Council meeting room located in the State Capitol from the rain-soaked streets and took their seats. The 6 p.m. meeting saw the reading on a number of ordinances, but the main event was the non-discrimination ordinance. Before the meeting began, faces were somber and broke into smiles only as people reunited with ...

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It’s a petty gripe for a journalist to indulge, but one that warrants some kind of addressing since it’s a bit gross. Gentlemen, I am talking to you. The Interactive Learning Center (ILC) is a beautiful, fairly new building which serves as a classroom for many students all week. You don’t need to be an expert to know it is probably one of the busiest buildings on campus. Still, you should never be in such a hurry that you piss everywhere but the urinal. And don’t tell me all bathrooms are a little messy. When I can see liquid all ...

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Bikes come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. All over campus you can see fixies, mountain bikes, cruisers and more. But no matter the value or condition of the bike, nobody wants to get their wheels stolen. Students might have the option of having additional security for their cycles provided by the university in the near future. Parking and Transportation working have proposed bringing the Bike Shepherd program to Boise State in hopes of both helping deter potential bike thieves and recover bicycles, but also to help the university manage bikes on campus. Bike Shepherd works by tagging ...

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Thanksgiving break came to an end just a little too soon. Now the Tryptophan is finally making its way out of everyone’s systems and we all have to get back to class. Making the grade is the name of the game for just a few more weeks and then we get a real break where we can actually enjoy ourselves without having to dedicate time toward some essay. Instead of just moaning and groaning back into the classroom this week, why not start thinking of the return to class as your last month to make a real impact on your ...

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When a party receives money from someone then it’s understandable the person giving that money, whether voluntary or not, expects that money to be used in certain ways. The relationship between The Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) and the student body is no different. Meaning when the student government uses the money they receive from tuition, they need to be very careful about how they spend it. ASBSU is funded directly from student fees, which are supposed to be used to fund student organizations and facilitate activities for students—such as homecoming—as well as fund the student government itself, ...

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“I love registering for classes, it is easy and fun and I always get the classes I want,” said no one ever. One of the harshest out-of-the classroom lessons we learn in college is you don’t always get what you want and pecking orders can be unfair. But you have to deal with that sort of challenge your entire life, so why not learn these lessons now? Better yet, why not embrace the challenge and come out on top? Give yourself an edge by being prepared. As a senior or a student in the Honors College you get priority in ...

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For the last seven years, Trojan Condoms has been going around rating universities across the country to see how they stack up when it comes to keeping students safe in the bedroom. Boise State received its report card in the mail this month. Out of 141 universities, Boise State ranked comfortably in the upper 50 percent in spot 52, which is up from spot 66 last year. Yet after prodding around in regard to the grade, it turns out the university has more to offer than what its score suggests. The grades are a culmination of several factors from the ...

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If you have been to a home game tailgate around the stadium you have encountered booze of some kind. It is everywhere. It’s not a dream, Boise State is still a dry campus, sometimes, sort of. The rules for alcohol are not clear for tailgates. If you check with officers at the tailgate in the tent where they offer breathalyzer testing, they will explain that on game-day you may have alcohol as long as it’s in a container of some kind, and within the stadium parking lot, otherwise you risk an open container violation. “Yeah, you can have a beer ...

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Halloween is usually a holiday for kids to go door-to-door and collect free candy from the community. This year some residents may have been visited by costumed volunteers out getting voters excited to go to the polls. In collaboration with the Political Science Association and the Idaho Civic Engagement Club, volunteers went out going from house to house to try to convince voters to go to the polls on Nov. 6. The event was followed by a party at the Linen Building where volunteers enjoyed live music provided by Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Atomic Mama and an additional special musical ...

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Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, The Arbiter went around campus and asked students for their thoughts on third party candidates and the current two-party system. Students were asked the following questions: Are you familiar with any of the other candidates on the ballot this election? Do you wish they had more exposure ? What do you think of the two-party system?    Holly Alvis Freshman – Psychology Oh man, not really, no. I knew names. I wish they had more visibility in the election, I wish it wasn’t so one way or the other. I’m just not that into ...

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Halloween is a time for parties, pumpkins, costumes and of course, a ton of candy. While there are a number of events around Boise where you can go to partake in Halloween festivities, there are also a number of haunted landmarks on and near campus that are just a quick bicycle ride away. Some are famous spots that have been visited by nationally recognized ghost hunters, while others are known to a much lesser extent, but are no less haunted. So grab a flashlight, call your friends and get ready for some bona fide ghost-hunting fun.   Stop #1: Hannifins ...

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Recently the Office of Finance and Administration (OFA) failed to effectively notify students about significant changes to overload credit fee policy. Last spring the cap for overload credits was lowered from 18 to 17.1 credits meaning any student taking over 17 credits faces a fee of $252 per credit in addition to their regular tuition fees. While 252 bucks may not be a lot of money to OFA, it is a lot of money to students who are already deeply in debt. It was insensitive and irresponsible to take so few measures to promote the change to students. According to Stacy ...

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The Arbiter staff went around the Student Union Building to ask students if the possible extension of library hours would be beneficial to them. Here is what they had to say. Would changing the library’s hours from 12pm to 2am be beneficial to you?  Christopher Corkill Freshman – Astrophysics Definitely, like all students are really busy and sometimes you don’t have enough time to study, and some people have late classes and sometimes 12 isn’t long enough to study. Just more opportunities to study I guess, so I don’t see why not, I mean they can spend a ton of ...

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The sight of thousands of human bones is thunderous, and the goal of One Million Bones is to raise awareness about genocide and other atrocities by using art and education in a nationwide collaboration which, when completed, will bring 1,000,000 bones together as a single installation at the National Mall in Washington D.C. Boise State students gathered in the Student Union Building, Wednesday, Oct. 17 to help the Idaho branch of the project reach its milestone of 1,000 bones out of a total of 7,000 to be contributed by the state. Students took blocks of grey clay and using photos ...

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The blue turf has been around since 1986 and it had been a while since we really had any significant alterations to our sports color schemes:  that is until the Mountain West Conference told the Broncos they couldn’t wear blue uniforms on their blue home turf in conference games. The Mountain West ordinance applied only to Boise State excluding Colorado State and Hawaii who wear green uniforms on green fields, because that’s totally not the same thing. Since then we’ve had these stupid-looking grey uniforms. This all changed during our game versus University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) when the team, ...

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The Arbiter went around campus to gather students opinion on voting: Is it important to you to get registered to vote?  These were some of the responses we received:   I feel like it’s important because that way you know what is going on in your government. Kyle Bowers Freshman – Health Sciences   I think it is very, very important. I put a very high emphasis on that. Especially college kids. I believe college kids play a key role this year. It’s going to be a big year. Brendan Gauld Sophomore – Business ...

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