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Courtesy Cheyenne Perry More than two years ago, the “A-Team” meant nothing more to Boise State students than the 80s show starring Mr. T. Now campus has its own  A-Team. Lacking a few explosions and military patches, the A-Team at Boise State differs from the famous Hollywood version. Most notably, the Boise State A-Team has a different area of expertise. The A-Team specializes in providing experience for students interested in the entertainment industry. Working closely with Boise State staff, the A-Team is a student organization that helps plan and promote events at the Taco Bell Arena. The student organization’s name ...

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You’ve finally made it.  Four years and several thousand dollars later, the moment that makes all the blood, sweat and tears worth it has finally arrived.  And now, you have to choose.  Between relatives, that is.   As Boise State’s commencement ceremonies approach, graduates have been informed that for the first time ever at Boise State, the graduation ceremony will be a ticketed event.  For those of us with larger families (or heaven forbid any friends who may want to share in the moment), Grandma may have to stay home this year. Or, someone can drive her over to the ...

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Campus life and making the decision to attend college can be a daunting one, but for most it is something that has been discussed with parents, grandparents and friends before ever finishing high school. For a select few that is not the case. For foster children who do not have the parental or family support, college may have never crossed their mind, or they simply never anticipated attending college let alone succeeding. Frequently, the reality of the life of a foster child after care leads to unemployment, underemployment and homelessness. The possibility of a college education for a youth from ...

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“Spaces of otherness,” what exactly does this mean? How do you describe a space of otherness? This is exactly what Boise State Instructional and Performance Technology professor Don Winiecki was trying to answer and portray in his opening recption last Thursday night with his display of “Heterotropias, Institutional Structures and Subjectivities.” Entering the Jordan Ballroom in the Student Union Building was a different experience than when attending most opening reception for an art display. There was no music or loud chatter in the reception. Every attendee was focused on observing the pieces of artwork, displayed not only on the walls ...

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Courtesy Cheyenne Perry Boise State student Lucas Jantzen doesn’t recall the exact age he got his first guitar—it was sometime in his early teens. “I had it actually sitting in my room for about a year or two before I even touched it,” Jantzen said. His friend’s passion for playing prompted Jantzen to try it out, and when he did, something clicked. “(I) picked it up, plugged it in and I was like…what am I missing out on?” he said. Since then, 19-year-old Jantzen has bought about five or six guitars, and joined a band he’s still currently playing rhythmic ...

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Boise State paid 5.9 million dollars for University Christian Church property located at 1801 University Dr., across the street from the Student Union Building. It is the largest single land area left in the expansion zone of Boise State’s master plan. Boise State will officially take ownership later on in May. There is not a long term plan for what will be done with the space. The purchase was made now because school officials considered the property nearly invaluable to the future growth of the university. “For us it was just an extremely important land acquisition because as the university ...

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Boise State keeps an online record of crimes and incidents reported to campus security. Each incident is labeled with a date, time, nature of crime committed and indicates whether arrests have been made in each case. According to the log, theft is the most common crime on campus. In 2012 alone, 55 bicycles were reported stolen. Of the 55 missing, one was recovered by police. Boise State isn’t unique when it comes to the amount of theft reported. Idaho State, the University of Idaho, and even a large metropolitan school like the University of Southern California annually report theft as ...

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Over the course of the past year “Try it with Tabby” has become a staple in my life, something pushing me to go out each week and experience something new to bring back and share with you.  This week is my final “Try it with Tabby” of the year, and also a hand down to our incoming Arts and Entertainment Editor, Lance Moore, who will be writing a spin-off along similar lines as my column for next year. So for my last dance (figuratively) I took one last dance (literally) with Lance.  And so I introduce to you, the final ...

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Define sustainability. Can you do it? Did your mind just go blank? Don’t feel ashamed if it did. Sustainability is a complex issue. It’s more than driving a fuel-efficient car or riding a bike to work or recycling waste. It is an issue that demands an understanding of many different vantage points to tackle. And there is an interdisciplinary research group at Boise State working toward that end. On Friday, May 3, six professors presented on the topic of sustainability. The Interdisciplinary Research Community on “Translating Sustainability” invited professor Laura Lindenfeld of University of Maine to join in on talks ...

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Courtesy Tammera Mojica A firefighter’s fire engine and a paramedic’s ambulance idle out front as the two men exit under the emerald awning with brown bag lunches in hand. The CWI Culinary Arts program is open for lunch at their deli-bakery or in the fine dinning room. The brown bag deli and bakery get more visitors than the dining room, mainly because they have ready-made items and it is great for those who are after a quick lunch or a delicious fresh made bakery item. “The deli-bakery definitely gets more foot traffic because it’s easy to grab and go. Whether it ...

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Courtesy Maliza Lang After first seeing “A Place at the Table” in Washington DC amongst policy makers nationwide, Kathy Gardner, Director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force (IHRTF), saw the importance of bringing this 84 minute documentary to the Treasure Valley. “There were 200 pantries throughout the United States in 1980, but today there are 40,000… we can’t afford this,” Gardner said. The Egyptian Theatre will hold the event which can accommodate over 700 people. Idahoans from all professions, age groups and backgrounds are encouraged to come see what the hype is truly about. Gardner has been working non-stop ...

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Titus Young has had a rough weekend, and won’t be landing on another NFL roster anytime soon. The former Boise State standout wide receiver was arrested twice in 15 hours by the Moreno Valley Police Department near his hometown of Los Angeles on May 5. According to the reports, Young was arrested for a driving under the influence early Sunday morning, and after being released, was arrested again for attempting to take back his black Mustang from an impound lot later that afternoon. He was charged with burglary. Young was released by the Detroit Lions, who drafted him in the ...

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Election season is over.  The candidate banners have all been taken down and our television commercials have gone back to being about fast food and footwear.  Though this may seem like an unlikely time to start a conversation about our civic duty to vote, here I am.  My argument–for those who may find politics a little on the daunting side, now is the perfect time to start educating yourself a little at a time, when the candidates, the news and the commercials are not all up in your face. I confess that I haven’t always taken advantage of my civic ...

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“Breaking Expectations” is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s first hand experience with living with mental illness. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read this article and not judging those of us who suffer with a mental illness. Writing this weekly column has been extremely therapeutic for me and I hope it has helped those of you who used my advice. I would recommend using writing as a tool to help you cope with whatever ailment you may be dealing with because it releases so much build up frustration that when it’s all ...

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Two more players from the 2011 recruiting class are no longer with the Boise State football program. Tuesday afternoon Boise State Head Football Coach Chris Petersen announced redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and redshirt sophomore quarterback Jimmy Laughrea were no longer with the team. Ukwuachu was dismissed for violation of team rules and Laughrea left the team. Petersen was not available for comment on the subject matter. Ukwuachu, a freshman All-American, started 12 games for the Broncos last season, in which he record 35 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Ukwuachu was not on the sideline during ...

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Every semester, Boise State’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC), in coordination with Wellness Services, supervise Stress Relievers, activities which are designed to relieve students’ tension about finals during Finals Week. Erin Salisbury is the graduate assistant at Wellness Services and provides information about the relievers scheduled for the spring semester. “Finals stress relief will feature many fun and stress relieving activities,” said Erin Salisbury, graduate assistant at Wellness Services. “There will be an aromatherapy station, laughter, puppies, stress resources and giveaways, and even a bounce house on Monday for students to play on.” The puppies were well received by ...

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Kate King Boise’s new non-smoking ordinance may be luring smokers back to campus to avoid being ticketed.  The recent smoking act has left determined smokers with few places to go and campus officials are unsure of how to prosecute violators. Boise State University officially became a smoke-free campus in 2009. According to a Boise State news release concerning the smoking ban in 2008, 86 percent of students sided that campuses should be smoke-free environments. Taylor Mitzel, a campus resident and freshman, shares this majority opinion. “I think colleges should be smoke-free mainly because of health. College campuses should not put ...

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Studying abroad is a great experience in itself, but having something to remember it with is equally important. For one, it lets you remember and even keep in touch with all those friends you made. For another, it gives you something material to wave in your little sister’s face to make her jealous. Some of the most popular are various methods of journaling. There’s the physical option, especially useful for those artistic types who can keep sketches next to the appropriate passages. It also makes for a scrapbook type of memoranda, with ticket stubs and receipts. The tech option is ...

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No one said it would be easy. But it is, perhaps, too soon to know all the various ways in which reduced government funding will affect the various operations at an institution like Boise State. The sequestration has managed to spread a lot of doubt, uncertainty and fear. However, researchers at Boise State are showing they have the drive to move forward in the face of uncertainty. “I think we have faculty that are talented and very competitive,” Vice President of Research, Mark Rudin said.  “I feel confident that we’ll continue to be competitive in that area, just because of ...

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The Danny Peterson Theatre was filled with laughter and awkwardness this weekend while the Theatre Majors Association (TMA) performed their spring showcase, “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein.” The show consisted of ten shorts and six actors who took on a multitude of roles throughout the evening. It lasted for roughly two and a half hours and covered a variety of topics from laundromats to talking dogs. For those familiar with Shel Silverstein, this show was definitely something different than his usual children’s books. There was much mention about genitalia and the female form and even a whole short dedicated ...

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Boise State has a rather large—and growing—international student population.  The International Student Services Department is challenging all domestic students across campus to step outside of their comfort zones, and meet some new and friendly faces.  DARIA Daria Ursol was only 15-years-old when she journeyed from Muldova (which is tucked between the Ukraine and Romania) to Wenatchee, Wash., completely by herself. She spent a year in Washington with an exchange family, then traveled back to Muldova to finish high school. In 2010, Ursol had found her way back to Wenatchee and attended a small community college.  Two years later, she transferred ...

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Last month, freshman Laray Stoffels and four friends were heading to dinner from their dorms on the fifth floor of Towers Hall. The five of them got in the elevator, as usual, and descended toward the first floor. What happened next was not usual. “We got like halfway between the fifth floor and the fourth floor and like it just stopped, it just completely stopped,” Stoffels said. Realizing that the elevator was stuck, Stoffels and her friends pressed the call button and were assured maintenance personnel were on the way to get them out. Stoffel and the others on the ...

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The Boise State men’s golf team headed down to Las Vegas for the Mountain West conference championships, hosted by UNLV at the par-71, 7,144-yard Catalina Course OMNI Tuscon National in Tuscon, Ariz. The three round tournament featured 18 holes each day for the nine school in the Mountain West. The Broncos spring tournament season has been one of their best semesters in recent history that included a T-4 at the Sacramento State Collegiate, and a 5th place finish at the Cougar Classic hosted by BYU last weekend. Traveling for the Broncos to the Mountain West Championships were seniors T.K. Kim, ...

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Zoe Colburn This Thursday, May 2, the Modern Hotel opened up its rooms to artists and the public. With Boise often being named one of the best places to live, one can expect the center of it all, downtown, to be open and inviting. But who would’ve thought that those connotations of being a local would mean that overcrowding in many hotel rooms with art and strangers would be such a draw—pardon the pun. It is this quite intimate experience that not only screams hospitality, but inventiveness and connectivity.  While some of the artists displayed and sold their pieces, others ...

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By Tammera Mojica With Idaho’s vast rivers and mountainous areas there is much to be explored.  The outdoor program has adventures to fancy most outdoor enthusiast.  The activities offered in the outdoor program range from backpacking to relaxing in the hot springs and at an unbelievably affordable price.   “Student’s need to be aware of this program and how good a deal it is,” said Nick London, a senior and backpack trip leader for the program. “This program is a venue on campus where gear and guide is offered at 30 percent of actual cost out of BSU through a private ...

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