Review Category : Columns

Three years ago, before the phenomena of athletes kissing their biceps after scoring a touchdown was deemed “Kaepernicking,” Boise State football was on the cusp of completely changing the structure of college football. Only Nevada, one wacky new pistol offense, and Colin Kaepernick stood in the way of the Broncos. Had Boise State defeated No. 19 Nevada in overtime that November Friday night in Reno, Nevada, the Broncos would have won the 2011 Rose Bowl, joined the eventual Pac-12 Conference and changed the entire destiny of Boise State football. In case you didn’t already know, that didn’t happen. Two missed ...

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Tasha Adams and Nicole Reither are graduating this Saturday. They conquered all things graduation and are proud to walk away undaunted.  What is a reflection on your undergrad experience? Did it meet your expectations? Nicole: It met my expectations and more. Even though sometimes I wanted to drop out and be done with school forever I always knew that was just a dream. And now with graduation in one week I am wishing I were on the five-year plan. Either that or I am thinking about re-enrolling again as a freshman. I had the perfect undergrad experience, from classes, friends, ...

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May. Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree.  “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. My announcements are sent and I am passing all my classes. I have (almost) survived my last semester of college and In less than three weeks, I will have to pack into the Taco Bell arena with all the other graduates and walk the line. I am ...

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s first hand experiences and advice on dealing with mental illness. A few weeks ago, I had an obligation to attend a birthday party for a good friend of my boyfriend’s. The birthday girl and I have had our issues in the past and have been working on developing a relationship. So needless to say, I was not looking forward to dinner. I woke up that day and was already in panic mode. I didn’t want to get out of bed, go to school or work, let alone this dinner. My hands were shaking, ...

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“Slow down!” Meliha Kaya, of Turkey, said. This phrase is uttered on an almost daily basis in our apartment. The tendency to talk fast and slur words together is one common to anyone speaking their native language, though it is apparently particularly prevalent in Americans. “You have what people think of as an American accent,” Timothy Daniel, French, said. “You talk fast.” A lot of misunderstandings can be avoided with proper enunciation and slowing it down. This is obvious to anyone who has tried to learn a use a different language with a native speaker, but it is very difficult ...

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Sports are one of the world’s oldest forms of entertainment. For centuries, fans have watched in awe and wonder as history has been made right before their eyes. But almost as entertaining as the sports themselves, is the age old contest of fans bickering and arguing over the hot button issues. For years, one of the most debated topics for sports fans has been, “who is the greatest of all time?” While there is no clear-cut way to decide who is the greatest team, player, coach, etc. sports fans continually insist upon beating out heads against walls to prove that ...

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. Four weeks, four weeks is all I have left of being an undergraduate student here at the great Boise State. So, as the day approaches my bucket list dwindles down. With a big road ...

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Encountering stereotypes is an inevitable part of meeting new people. Meeting new people from other countries just means there are more stereotypes to work through and be aware of. For Americans, there are two big stereotypes to be aware of. First, Americans are stupid. This one is interesting because I have yet to encounter it directly, but I have been asked if I have had any problems with people who believe this stereotype. This implies one of two things: either people are aware that the stereotype is a ridiculous overgeneralization so no one actually believes it, or I have a ...

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s first hand experiences and advice on dealing with mental illness. This particular installment is in response to recent feedback to “Breaking Expectations.” Just a clarification, this column is intended to give advice to those suffering with a mental illness. It is in no way a column that disregards what having a true panic attack is like. I’ve never discussed any of my personal experiences with panic attacks, what they physically feel like, because I am still uncomfortable with doing so. Just because I haven’t posted how it feels doesn’t mean I haven’t had ...

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May. Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. 
“The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. We are down to the wire, seniors. Less than five weeks until the graduation ceremony and if you haven’t already, now is the time to send out those announcements. I hadn’t even planned on walking at the ceremony, let alone send out lame cards flaunting my achievement, ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a whole new level by publishing student concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher at culture@arbiteronline.com to get your answers. With spring upon us, it’s hard to miss the construction happening around campus. Obviously Boise State needs to take advantage of the nice weather and get some of these projects completed, but where is the line between university growth and student inconvenience? According to Suzanne Seigneur, traffic demand management (TDM) communications and outreach coordinator, Boise State does their best to minimize the impact ...

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Sometimes you just need to get away, even if it’s just for the night. My get away this week was aboard a party bus to Jackpot, Nev. And let’s just say they call it a party bus for a reason. The three-hour ride to hop the border was filled with everything you find at a house party. Jell-O-shots were in abundance, music was cranked up high and it wasn’t long into the trip when the isle became a dance-floor. By the time the bus rolled into Jackpot, I was nearly partied out. But one look at the Roulette table and ...

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating.  “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. With the end of the year approaching rapidly and my pre-post-graduation crisis at an all time high, spring break could not have come at a better time. An epic senior year spring break trip with all my friends was something I always knew was a part of the college experience but I ...

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. As Boise State students we all know what it is like to get free stuff and it is no surprise that I am not going to know what hit me once I am no ...

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Dealing with the pressures of school is enough to overwhelm any student, but throw in diagnosed anxiety and panic, well, you’ve got yourself one heck of a time trying to keep up with the daily pressures of not just school, but of life. Over the course of my time here at Boise State (five years and counting), I’ve learned a few things on how to eliminate, or at least downgrade, the effects of anxiety. Even if you’re not diagnosed, but still have days where you feel nervous for no reason at all, these home remedies may help calm your nerves. ...

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May. Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. Sometimes we are so consumed by school we forget there is still life outside school. And sometimes life comes and tragically slaps us in the face. On Feb. 28, a close friend of my family passed away. She was only 12. I got a phone call from ...

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. After a week of a lack of motivation all I wanted was the weekend.  With graduation tickets already going out for reservation, my need and want to be a freshman again was at an ...

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Share with Cher is a recurring feature taking student queries to a whole new level by publishing concerns or questions about campus and going straight to the source. Contact Cher with questions at culture@arbiteronline.com.  A question that came my way is that of left-handed desks. Why, even when planning ahead and arriving early to class, is it nearly impossible to score one of these highly coveted seats? In my quest to find answers to this particular question I ended up running across someone who offered to help get the answers we’re all looking for. Mike Sumpter, director of Facilities, Operations ...

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. The beauty of attending college is making the best friends of your life. Boise State has all sorts of different people from all walks of life. Yes, you learn an immense amount from all ...

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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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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May (if everything goes as planned). Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. I went to the Career Fair last week, dressed in my best professional attire, curled my hair and actually did my makeup. I walked away with one business card for a packaging company—not something I am remotely interested in. I will admit ...

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What has happened to Titus Young?  All it took was 10 days for two seperate teams to say “thanks but no thanks.” What gives? For four years, Young was known as the “big-play” guy that could explode for a touchdown at any moment. The guy was plain and simply, the most dynamic football player Boise State has ever had. After graduating from Boise State in 2011, Young was selected in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Young’s momentum was at an all-time high. Young would go on to have a stellar rookie campaign for the ...

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“Get involved” is the mantra of any college or high school advisor. “Set foot on campus and become fresh meat for clubs and organizations that need new suckers to do heavy lifting” is a little long to fit on motivational posters. The mantra stays in the background, like those ‘buy shirts’ songs that play in Kohl’s, but it never quite leaves. After nobly resisting, the boredom of the previous semester fueled a desperate application for a Växjö International Students board member position, which I got. New suckers? Check. Did I get some heavy lifting or tedious jobs shoved onto me? ...

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Nicole Reither is a senior graduating in May with a degree in Communication and a certificate in Public Relations. Like Tasha Adams, she is also terrified of graduating–missing out on free food at the BRC, student tickets to events and the luxury of the free gym. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience. Ever been downtown on a Saturday night? If your answer is no, you are seriously missing out. Some of you might judge me and say downtown Boise is the most boring activity to partake ...

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Tasha Adams is a senior graduating in May (if everything goes as planned). Like Nicole Reither, she is also terrified of all things graduation—failing a class, walking at the ceremony, not finding a job after receiving her degree. “The undaunted undergrads” is an account of working through last-semester fears and getting the most out of the college experience.   I really need a job when I graduate. My student job ends the day I throw my cap and with it, my only source of income—which is why I am so thankful for the Career Center. Not only does it provide ...

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