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What is the most creative holiday gift you have ever received?

”A lot. I think my parents really pay attention to the things that I’m interested in at the time, such as, I was getting really big into snowboarding and my dad bought me a bunch of snowboarding gear. I was interested in becoming a pilot, so my dad got me a chance to go fly an airplane, like a certificate-type thing…just stuff that relates to what I’m interested in, I guess.

- Brendon Smith, senior, kinesiology

“My parents got me a stand for a keyboard instead of getting me an actual keyboard that I asked for. I was super disappointed, but I got the keyboard for my birthday so it was okay.”

- Lauren Chaffey, sophomore, health science studies

How do you decorate for the holidays? 

“My house is kind of exploding with Christmas stuff. So we have the Christmas tree of course, and then my mom has a bunch of those ceramic houses that are Christmas-y so we have a whole little town set up. And Christmas lights inside and pretty much just spewing Christmas everywhere.”

- Samantha Cheney, junior, marketing and finance

“My roommates and I got a Christmas tree that’s about yea (two feet) big and that’s about the extent of holiday decorations around my house.”

- Connor Jones, junior, general business administration and human resource management

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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 actually stands for the ‘Arena Team.’

Heather Hanks, promotions coordinator for Taco Bell Arena, created the student organization and assigned its name.

When Hanks graduated from Boise State and began working for the Taco Bell Arena in 2008, she noticed a serious lack of connection between campus and the Arena.

She asked herself, “Why aren’t we offering something to the students on campus?”

Though she began small—with only one intern—demand grew and motivated her to create
the A-Team.

Now approximately 25-30 students compose the A-Team, and Hanks predicts more to come.

Though formed in 2011, the A-Team celebrates its one-year anniversary as an official student organization this spring.

From helping with meet-and-greets—where individuals get to meet musicians and artists backstage—to handing out flyers downtown, members of the A-Team take care of all marketing duties.

Member participation differs in the organization. Some members attend the once a month meeting and hear what’s going on, while others dedicate the majority of their week to the A-Team.

Some of the students who have made the A-Team their priority are the four currently working as interns
for Hanks.

Meet the four recruits—Alyssa Meyer “Hannibal,” Taylor Siders “Miss T,” Marcus Ferguson “Faceman,” and Steven Palin

Meyer, a senior marketing major in her third year at Boise State, originally had a music/business major. After transferring to Boise State from the University of Colorado-Boulder, she noticed a gap between her split major and decided to focus on the business aspect.

Meyer sees the potential of connecting to campus with the A-Team.

“One of the goals (is) to increase the A-Team presence on campus, so we try and start there and branch out,” she said.

Siders, also a senior and marketing major, has been involved in other event-planning organizations and sees the A-Team as “definitely another hands-on aspect of things.”

Ferguson, a senior marketing major preparing to graduate this May, sees the benefits of gaining experience from the A-Team.

“It’s just been beneficial to the advancement of my career in marketing,”
Ferguson said.

He also hopes to see more benefits after he graduates.

After two previous interns involved in the A-Team graduated last spring 2012, they immediately obtained jobs pertaining to their major in the summer. Ferguson hopes to be the third.

Hanks enjoys seeing the opportunities the A-Team offers to students.

“It’s definitely the favorite component of my job,” Hanks said.

For more information on the A-Team, contact Hanks at

The A-Team meets every first Friday of the month at 10:30 at the Taco Bell Arena.


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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 Hatch Ballroom.  An “overflow” location, it has been set up for the relatives and friends who don’t make the seven ticket cut.  Never fear, the ceremony will be streamed live and coffee will be provided.

As Boise State’s student population continues to increase, the campus is struggling with many of the pains that accompany growth without the structural support needed to make that growth smooth.  This year’s graduation ceremony is one of the evidences that things need to be thought out a little better.

This year, over 1,500 people will participate in the graduation ceremony.  Taco Bell Arena only holds 13,200 people.  A little simple math, and it’s easy to see that in order for the university to ensure that every graduate can have a few meaningful people there, every graduate must be limited to seven guests.

“This is the largest ceremony ever, and every year has been the largest.  It means we’re meeting our goal of graduating more people every year,” said Kathleen Tuck, Assistant Director, Publications at the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Tuck said last spring, they set up the Hatch Ballroom just in case they needed it for overflow guests, and ended up reaching capacity at the Taco Bell Arena.  This year, they are planning on needing it.

“My out-of-town grandmother won’t be able to come unless I get another ticket,” said Katie Farmer, a communication major and a senior frustrated with the university’s solution to this problem.  “My father is driving eight hours to pick her up, and eight hours back home, and I have to tell her she can’t come now.”

Annie Olson, a mathematics major also graduating this spring, has also had to pick relatives over each other.  “My own husband and children won’t get to go, because all of my grandparents are going!” she said.  “They were supportive of us while I have been going to school; how can we say that they can’t go?  So we just decided, my husband and kids would stay home.”

Tuck claims the executive team looked at several other options, including using the stadium.  “It would have cost us over half a million dollars to use the stadium, because we would have had to put down a fake floor over the turf, build a staging stand, and bring the sound system down there.”  Tuck said if it rained, they would have to cancel the entire event.

Other venues around town were also considered, but nothing seemed to be a fit.  “This is not unusual; a lot of universities have had to ticket their events,” Tuck said.

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But Farmer said one of her friends who attended the nursing program at SPU (Seattle Pacific University) had a solution.  Each department hosted their own graduation ceremony, so  each graduate could bring as many people as they wanted, and each department could celebrate in their own way.  As a bonus, the ceremony was not three hours long, with people sitting and listening to a long list of graduates from departments that don’t concern them.

Olson expressed similar sentiment, saying she also had visited a friend who was graduating from the University of Idaho, and the departments all had separate graduation ceremonies in different buildings. “It would have allowed for a lot more people to come,” Olson said.

Sadly more thought was not put into the solution for this year, and now the invitations have all been printed and sent out.  Too late for this round of seniors, but perhaps next year’s seniors will listen, and start rallying now to get the graduation ceremony they deserve.

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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 foster care gives them the opportunity to change the cycle of abuse and poverty, the opportunity to succeed in life.

Anna Moreshead, a graduate student with the school of social work here at Boise State, is working with the Dean of Students, Chris Wuthrich, the school of social work, and community partners on a pilot program to assist former youth of foster care to be successful in college.

The pilot program will hopefully be called Guardian Scholars, and is the model which has been proposed to the university with the hope the university will support these efforts and it will be fully implemented. Due to the fact the program is still in its pilot stage, no advertising or outreach can occur just yet, but Moreshead is dedicated to assisting the former foster youth in any way she can at the time.

Wuthrich has supplied her with an office space where she currently spends 10 hours a week dedicated to piloting the program. She works another 20 hours a week with both Casey Family Programs and the Department of Health and Welfare.

When asked what Moreshead’s goals were for the program, she explained through services, the overall goal is to have and help more youth from care come and graduate from college.

She went on to say, “Whatever it takes to support students in their efforts of that is what I want to do”

The statistics for foster youth graduates are disheartening.

Nationally only 10 percent of foster youth enroll in post-secondary education after care and of that 10 percent, only three percent complete a degree. Each year in Idaho about 200 youth age out of care, which means about 30 will attend college and less than two will graduate.

The underlying hope and goals within the pilot program is to work toward changing these statistics here in Idaho by providing services and general support to students who desperately need it.

There are hundreds of programs like this around the nation. A few of the more prominent colleges are UC Riverside, which championed this idea, and did it so well now every university and community college in California has a program.

There is also Western Michigan’s program called the Seita Scholars, UW’s program called Champions and ISU just started a program this fall as well.

The services for the students can range anywhere from completely covering tuition and housing, to lower costs for housing and priority for not only housing but for registering for classes. Arguably, the most valuable aspect of this potential program is the support and listening ear of someone on campus who cares.

In an anonymous survey taken at Boise State regarding foster care, students said they were interested in basics.

They wanted to meet one another for peer support, and mentioned they would like support with from the program in the forms of academic support, career planning, financial aid support and mentoring.

“A consistent person to care that they had a test and ask them how it goes,” Moreshead said. “Things like that,” she goes on to say that, “the feedback that I have gotten is that it is very helpful to have someone that they know, that they can always come to and ask questions. A little more of a mentoring role, and a consistent person to care.”

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“Spaces of otherness,” what exactly does this mean? How do you describe a space of

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

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

Every attendee was focused on observing the pieces of artwork, displayed not only on the walls but also dangling from the ceiling.

This added an immense amount of diversity to the room and was a portrayal of “spaces of otherness” Winiecki was reinventing through his work.

Winiecki’s work ranged from digital print on paper, gouache on paper, oil, graphite and ink on paper.

Many of his pieces’ titles aligned with the “spaces of otherness” theme throughout his collection.

For instance, his works of art, “Structure?” and “Dueling Ideologies” beg the concept of confusion and interpretation for
the viewer.

“Heterotropias” will be on display in the Student Union Gallery through June 4.


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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 guitar for—The Dark Harlequin.

Jantzen described the band as “melodic, death metal.”

The band formed in 2010 when Jantzen met two of the band members in a Japanese class at Rocky Mountain High School; the trio then met the future vocalist at a Bullet For My Valentine concert.

Freshman Zach Carpenter, drummer for The Dark Harlequin, didn’t really have a first impression of Jantzen, but sees him now as a “goofy kid.”

Jantzen and the band have played shows at the Boise Venue, opening for bands like Emmure and The Ghost Inside.

Jantzen sometimes gets nervous before opening for bigger bands, and he has two remedies for expelling these stage-butterflies.

“Just blow through it,” he said. “Either that, or a cigarette.”

Though music is at the forefront of his life, Jantzen participates in various other activities.

When he’s not playing guitar or hosting four radio shows for University Pulse, Boise State’s student radio station, he’s participating in the University Television Productions (UTP) and Film Club pertaining to his communication major.

Jantzen was involved in film before coming to Boise State, and now helps create shows for the UTP that air on Channel 95.

Yet, attending Boise State limits Jantzen’s time for music.

Carpenter understands the demanding nature of school for Jantzen.

“He’s as devoted (to music) as you can be with school,” Carpenter said.

Balancing the band, school and his extracurricular activities in the Pulse and the UTP can be difficult for Jantzen.

“It’s tough. We (the band) don’t get a lot of practice time in,” he said.

The band sets aside about an hour every Tuesday to practice their songs. This is some of the only spare time Jantzen has.

As a musician, Jantzen struggles most with solos. He finds it limiting, and knows it’s something he’ll have to work on.

When it comes to making mistakes during a show, Jantzen sometimes gives himself away.

“Apparently, I tend to make facial expressions,” he said.

Onstage, Jantzen’s style usually varies from business-casual to a simple t-shirt and jeans. This reflects his usual attire for school, yet he would prefer something more basic.

“If it were socially acceptable to walk around in my underwear or naked, I would all day, every day,” he said.

Jantzen’s musical tastes vary, and have altered through the years.

The first song he learned to play on the guitar was “The Pot” by Tool.

Some of Jantzen’s music influences are Children of Bodom, Trivium and White Chapel.

Yet, Jantzen reluctantly admits some of his other musical tastes—such as Panic at the Disco, Marina and the Diamonds and even Whitney Houston.

Ultimately, Jantzen’s dream job would involve getting paid to play music.

He wouldn’t forget about his film hobby, though.

“I can always film myself on tour,” he said.

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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 grows out this will be right in the middle of campus,” said Jared Everett interim vice president for Campus Planning and Facilities.
The property was purchased on the idea of land banking. Put simply this means that strategic properties are purchased with the expectation there will be a return in the future.
“Right now from an economic standpoint a very good timely acquisition because property values were near all-time lows, many of the economic reports we read indicated that property values will start to increase. And the cost of debt is also historically low,” Everett said. “So those economic principles just pointed that it was a good time for a significant acquisitions.”
In Boise State’s case, the return on the property will come in the form of whatever programs and buildings are built there.
Boise State also may have been motivated by the fact that as the UCC moved closer to completion on their new space in Meridian, they would lose the chance to purchase the space if they didn’t make a move.
“We’ve had quite a bit of interest from outside parties,” said Marcy Timm, chairman of the board for the church.
As part of the purchase agreement, the UCC will continue to occupy for the space for the next year on a nominal lease agreement. The addition of a lease agreement helped the parties reach an agreement and, according to Everett, was a factor the price.
“We really wanted our property to become part of the University,” Timm said. “They were very good to work with.”
Basically, the UCC will pay one dollar a month in rent. On top of that they will pay the operation costs, maintenance, custodial and utilities.
“They will actually have a couple hundred thousand dollars of expenses to maintain and operate the building over the next year,” said Everett. “And they’ll be paying those costs.”
After the church is vacated, Boise State will use the building in its current configuration until the plans for redevelopment are completed. The current UCC building is 45,000 square feet. According to Everett, about 35,000 square feet of that is office, classroom and storage space that the can be used immediately.
However the UCC has been using the building since the 1950s and it isn’t in ideal shape for long term use.
“You or I might not feel like it was modernized… but it is a fully usable space,” Everett said. “The building is basically a well-used but in good condition older building.”
There are no plans to renovate the interior of the building as the use is considered secondary to the future redevelopment of the space.
The UCC will be moving to a new space in Meridian and changing its name to the Parkview Christian Church. The idea of the UCC being gone is disconcerting for some.
“I grew up in Boise and that church has always been there,” said Melissa Quairn, a sophomore developmental studies major. “I’ve been going to church there since I started at Boise State. I don’t know if I want to go all the way out to Meridian every week.”
Timm insists that Quairn is a rare case and few students are being displaced.
“We don’t have that many students that attend. It’s mostly seasoned members,” Timm said.
For students who have lost their church there are worse alternatives than it becoming part of Boise State.
“If it had to be sold I’m glad it was sold to BSU and not ‘Condoms ‘R’ Us or something,” Quairn said.
The idea of purchasing the UCC property is not new. According to Everett, Boise State and the UCC have had on and off negotiations for 13 years.
“More than a decade ago the university was interested in acquiring the property and started discussions with the church,” Everett said. “This time both buyer and seller were really motivated so the transaction occurred.”

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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 the most prevalent crime on campus.

University security officials warn students to take extra precautions when bringing valuables to school.

“It’s pretty basic, lock your bike with a u-bolt, and make sure you lock your doors,” said Lieutenant Tony Plott of the Boise Police Department. “Don’t make yourself an inadvertent target.”

Boise State Director of Campus Security Jon Uda cautions students with bikes to register them with the security outpost or Boise Police.

“If a student registers his or her bicycle with the city, the chances of it being returned to its rightful owner, if it is stolen, go way up,” Uda said.

Last summer, conducted a review of bike locks and their effectiveness against thieves. The highest rated lock was a u-bolt design.

U-bolt locks can only be cut with industrial power tools, unlike common chain locks that can be removed with bolt cutters.

Senior business student Adam Begando claims his bike made it through two years at Boise State without being stolen because he bought a u-bolt lock.

“My brother uses a u-bolt so I bought one,” Begando said. “I am glad I did though because my roommate and a couple friends of mine have had bikes stolen and had to walk to class.”

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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 “Try it with Tabby” of the school year. 

The Argentine Tango: a dance packed with grace, fluid movement, fire and passion. Well, in theory at least, by those who do it well.  For me, as it goes with most new things I try that include any type of coordination, it was more of an awkward expression of my two-left-footedness.  But fun nonetheless.

This week for “Try it with Tabby” I headed over to the REC with Lance for a beginner’s Argentine Tango. Moore, being a dual American and Argentinian citizen, outshone my Tango experience (none) tenfold. My first concern, as is usually when trying something new, was my choice of apparel. As students funneled into class in gym shoes and jeans, I second-guessed my flowing summer dress and pink, sparkly flats. However, aside from some moments of tripping over myself (which may not be attributable to the shoes) my outfit held up.

Learning the Argentine Tango, a beautiful, sensual dance, was a great way to wrap up my “Try it with Tabby” series. It challenged me in a way I set out to challenge myself at the beginning of this journey by throwing me face first into, and the something I was uncomfortable with and foreign to.

Partner switching was another element, which I have discovered with dance classes that can conjure up some discomfort. I am a person who has a rather large space bubble, and the Argenttine Tango forces you to pop those comfort zone bubbles and belly up to your partner, close your eyes, trust them to lead and let the movement of their body guide.

By the end of the hour-and-a-half long dance class at the REC, I was nearly addicted, and regretful about only now taking advantage of the lessons just steps away from my office.



About the Argentine Tango by Lance Moore


The Argentine Tango represents symmetry of two powerful forces, elegance and sensuality. From its Cuban and Spanish roots, to its hint of African rhythmic flair of its ancient past, the post 19th century progression of the dance has evolved into a dynamic and suave symbol of art. No matter from what country a person originates, this symbol of raw but beautiful connectivity has resonated in the hearts of those around the world and will continue to do so for centuries to come.

The enigmatic intensity of human emotion is the ever present drive which essentially highlights the structure of the dance, as if it is the perfect combination of both control and chaos, where reason has no place.

From every smooth and calculating step, it tears down the unseemly dichotomy between masculinity and femininity by simply emphasizing the best of both worlds.

The strength and command a man governs paired with the raw beauty of a woman creates the art of the Argentine Tango. Without one another, the dance would not work, but together, in a word, what is created can only be described as magic.


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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 about bridging the gap between university studies in sustainability and community.

The members of the interdisciplinary research group each presented on individual research or experiences that illustrated different approaches to understanding sustainability.

Paul Ziker, from the anthropology department, described the goal of sustainability as an attempt “to try and create human environmental systems that are lasting for the long term.” For him, it is about social sustainability in how material and intellectual resources are shared.

Katie Demps, also of the Anthropology department, gave this statement regarding sustainability, “When I talk about sustainability, I’m thinking about day to day interactions of people and their

Tony Marker, taking his perspective from Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning, spoke on the necessity of finding a balance between “people, profit and planet.” It is his belief that neuroscience is a viable path to developing more “wisdom” rather than “intellect.”

Professor Erin McClellan of the Communication Department spoke about how certain ways of designing public spaces and how people interact with those spaces are indicative of certain value sets. “I think sustainability is sort of a sense of being,” she said, “over time, in a way that reflects a variety of perspectives in a way that creates a collective good.” She made the argument that public spaces should reflect more than just the values of experts or the majority in order to be sustainable and good.

Community and Regional Planning Professor Amanda Johnson spoke on the experiences she had working on a joint project between two different classes. She was able to witness the students’ conversations as they developed a “common language” regarding sustainability.

“You saw this translation happening from these classes and these students,” Johnson stated. “You would hear these students say, ‘(Are you) talking about a sustainable downtown, or are you talking about a livable downtown? How can you determine what sustainability means?’… What we found is through this kind of collective learning process… there has to be this kind of common
language that you share.”

Johnson made the point that phrases like “green” and “sustainability” don’t mean anything unless there is enough discussion to translate the different vantage points on the matter into a more collective understanding. “Not a single field can accomplish this by itself,” she said. “And that’s why this interdisciplinary work that we’re doing is so important because we’re all thinking about it in different ways and have a very different set of inputs into this kind of systems thinking.”

Laura Lindenfeld was invited  to speak at this presentation based on the work she has been doing.

“They came across my work and I study how universities can leverage their capacities to solve sustainability problems,” she said. She works in a similar interdisciplinary group that involves around 100 faculty.

For Lindenfeld, sustainability is a collective effort, and one that doesn’t just occur in the universities.

“I think it is important that universities help their immediate communities. Especially as public universities, we have an obligation to deliver back to our immediate communities.” This is the foundation for her idea that research, teaching and service go hand in hand.

“We need to think more strategically about how those things inform each other and complement each other,” Lindenfeld said.

Sustainability is meaningless, Lindenfeld stated, unless we can leverage whole universities and think systematically about how we turn our attention to the communities in which we live. And this involves what she and the research cluster refer to as “translating sustainability.” Lindenfeld described it thus, “When I think about translation, I think about connecting, bridging, spanning… (It is) never a one-way street. It’s about reciprocity.”

However, the process of negotiating a collective understanding of sustainability and translating it into action is very difficult. During the panel discussion at the end of the presentation McClellan pointed out the challenge of communication. “We don’t have a central language… We all can agree that there’s something about sustainability that we should be talking about, but how we talk about it is not agreed upon.”

Marker complicated the matter further. “Sustainability is actually a whole set of really complex problems,” he said. “There’s not one answer for this.”

Director of Community and Regional Planning Jaap Vos added to the discussion. “The big question I have is are we actually asking the right questions?” But it is often the case that a lot of wrong questions must be asked before the right ones are found.

For senior environmental studies major Shaun Wheeler, it’s important to have malleable ideas.

“If you’re sailing, for example, sometimes you have to steer away from your destination in order to get there,” Wheeler said.

One of the important things he said he learned from this discussion was the need for more “collective energy” in finding the right direction.

“I have satisfaction with the concept of bridging the campus community with the Boise community.”

Fellow environmental studies major Russell Bridges was impressed with the idea of interdisciplinary programs.

“Because Environmental Studies is so broad… this concept of this program being interdisciplinary is my livelihood. More interdisciplinary programs should be developed.”

This presentation was the beginning of sharing ways to  understand sustainability as a community, and develop ways of motivating collective action. No one claimed to have the right definition of sustainability or even the best. The goal was to open dialogue and share research  in order to present different ways of looking at the issues and hopefully, develop a better plan to approach it.