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In the middle of program cuts and department closures, other areas of the university are expanding—including the College of Innovation and Design.  Anthony Ellertson, the current head of the Gaming, Interactive Media and Mobile Program, aims to offer a unique major at Boise State—one he hopes will be profitable in terms of employment.

“We have to think about the return on investment, which is where our program fits in,” Ellertson said.  “We are committed to staying on the leading edge of software development for interactive media.”

Individual employability

The GIMM program, a four-year transdisciplinary major, will offer students multiple special courses including those on animation, app and web development, augmented reality and virtual reality.  This fall, interactive programming and digital tools classes will be available to students.

Ellertson stressed that this sort of instruction is vital in the current technological landscape of Boise.  Students in the program will be prepared specifically for jobs in this changing field, a main focus of the College of Innovation and Design as a whole.

The College of Innovation and Design aims to fill this role, just as other STEM programs.

“It’s not just that we did it so that people could make big money, but that they could make money here in Boise,” Bob Kustra, president of Boise State, told The Arbiter in February. “When you take Micron, HP and somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 software engineering firms who cry crocodile tears that we are not producing enough computer science engineers—clearly you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that’s where you need to be churning out students.”

According to Kustra, these programs should be unique to Boise State.  Students will not come specifically to the university for a program that they can enroll in elsewhere.  Instead, focused and applicable programs can attract more students while “churning out” specialized employees.

Ellertson said GIMM students will become specialized for many of the top demand IT jobs in the current field: mobile, web and game development.

Marketing the arts and humanities

For some, this sort of high specialization is not as good as it may sound.

Leslie Madsen-Brooks, associate professor in the recently resized Department of History, does not disapprove of the College of Innovation of Design.  But, like others, she has her reservations about growth surrounding the cuts in her own department.  She cited an article from IEEE Spectrum, “The STEM Crisis is a Myth,” that recounts the overemphasis on employment-oriented STEM programs.

“There are far more people graduating with STEM degrees than there are jobs for them,” Madsen-Brooks said.  “We aren’t giving them magic employment juice.”

Dean of the College of Innovation and Design Gordon Jones said he’s excited about the opportunity to lead the college in addressing the need for a more transdisciplinary experience.

“I think a lot of universities are recognizing that academic specialization is putting up walls or barriers between departments  that make it more difficult for interdisciplinary collaboration to occur,” Jones said. “And that requires faculty to be even more intentional if we are going to collaborate. “

Madsen-Brooks explained that students should, instead of honing in on job capabilities, focus on gaining pertinent skills for a range of possible employment opportunities, including research, writing, critical thinking and group work.  These are the main aims of the Department of History within its coursework.

“You still have to certify that STEM majors can write and communicate,” Madsen-Brooks said.  “That’s where the humanities and social sciences come in.”

According to Madsen-Brooks, the College of Innovation and Design is a solid collection of programs, but she sees some overlap within its coursework.  Specifically, the proposed Center for Human-Environment Systems offers students similar explorations that the Department of History already covers.

Madsen-Brooks hopes that the core programs of the humanities will still be able to market themselves as important programs with these new developments.

A transdisciplinary movement

The GIMM major is a 48-credit, transdisciplinary program.  Ellertson aims to have GIMM students pursue double majors to gain these background communication skills that Madsen-Brooks described.

“There’s a risk if you don’t start from a learning platform that you’re really giving somebody a skill set but not the agility of thought to know over a lifetime how to evolve your thinking,” Jones said.

Ellertson and  Madsen-Brooks applied this philosophy to their own career paths. Ellertson graduated with a degree in rhetoric and professional communication, while Madsen-Brooks has a master’s degree in poetry.

“You’re not your major, and we need to stop treating college like you’re preparing for a single job,” Madsen-Brooks said.

Because of her background in poetry, Madsen-Brooks has been able to write herself into any position she aims for.  This background in the core humanities creates a language for different disciplines to collaborate.

“The humanities have some of the most important things to say to STEM,” Ellertson said.  “GIMM is an effort to bring humanity into technology and start that discussion.”

Jones believes that this conversation is the route higher education should pursue.

“All boats rise when everybody focuses on this, as universities—as industries, as government, as education at the secondary and primary level,” Jones said. “I do see a lot of interest in education for trying to bridge disciplinary boundaries, and I think it is going to be for the benefit of the country if we all get on board.”

But, despite this focus, programs will still be weighed based on their potential revenue and employability factor, which may make the GIMM program more preferable than core humanity programs in the face of statistics and numbers.

Kustra is hopeful that this will not be the case.

“I’m pretty confident that the liberal arts degree will not go away,” Kustra said.  “But there are less people seeking liberal arts degrees because of all the negative stories from employers that want more specific skills.”

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Boise State Sophomore diver Jordan Marthens was just happy for the opportunity to go to school and be part of the diving team. She never imagined the success she would have so early on.

“Once I got here I knew putting in a lot of hard work was what I needed to do,” Marthens said. “I am happy that it is all paying off.”

Marthens  was the named the MW Diver of the Week earlier in the season and recently earned ALL-MW honors in platform diving at the MW Championships.

“That was so cool,” Marthens said. “I was not expecting that at all and was just happy to be representing Bronco diving.”

Marthens, who grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita, California came into diving late and only out of necessity.

“I had done gymnastics my whole life but my high school didn’t have a gymnastics team,” Marthens said. “It was a really competitive sports area and basically everyone at my school did sports. It was just part of life growing up in that area and I wanted to be part of that culture.”

With no swimming experience, Marthens decided to give diving a try. She felt her gymnastics experience would make for a smooth transition.

She was right.  As a result of this decision, she became a much sought after recruit.

Marthens decided to visit Boise State because  of the connections her club coach had with the university.

“My first reaction was ‘Idaho? Really?’” Marthens said. “I was really unsure about it, but once I got here I knew it was a good fit for me. I really liked the atmosphere of the school and the team was just so welcoming. They made you feel like home and this is where you should be.”

As a freshman she finished ninth at the MW Championships and competed in three events at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships.

“Last year was more of a learning experience because I didn’t know what to expect coming in,” Marthens said. “This season I was more excited just to go out there and dive to the best I possibly can for my team.”

Head diving coach John Lynch isn’t surprised that this season Marthens has taken her game to the next level.

“Last year we saw the potential in her,” Lynch said. “She put in the work over the summer on her own and now has turned into a tremendous talent for us.”

While Marthens is thrilled to be success, she knows she couldn’t have done it without a few special people.

“My parents have been there for me every step of the way and I have always been able to go to them for everything,” Marthens said.

Marthens will be in action at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships that get underway March 9.

With two more years left at Boise State, the future looks bright for her and the program.

“I see her as a leader,” senior diver Erin Kohlbeck said. “I know the program is going to be in good hands with her at the helm. There is going to be nothing but good things from her.”

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From only three conference wins in 2011—their first season in the MW—to an 0-3 MW start in 2015, head coach Leon Rice’s hunt for the promised land has been a long one. However, the dream was finally realized Saturday night as the Broncos secured their first MW title.

Back in Derrick Marks’ freshman season, when one win in the MW was hard to clinch, the Boise State men’s basketball head coach instilled belief in his team: one day, the team would be able to win the MW title.

“When all these guys were freshman, the MW title was not on our minds,” Rice said. “I was focused on getting that one win. It was our goal, but to get here in four years is a great feeling. No question.”

Amidst the falling confetti in front of a sell-out crowd following a 71-52 win over Fresno State, the Broncos proved they are indeed one of the top programs in the MW.

“I’m just a little worried I’m going to wake up,” Rice said. “You can’t script it like this. Our guys have a lot of belief. After that (Wyoming) loss, I thought I was going to have to do a lot of convincing. The guys just nodded their head and we went out to work.”

With the win, the Broncos earned a share of the MW title during the regular season with San Diego State. Because of Boise State’s two wins this season over the Aztecs, they hold the tie-breaker and earned the No. 1 seed for the MW Tournament.

The tournament will run March 11-14.

Despite four 20-win seasons in Rice’s five years as the head coach, Rice believes the team needed to win the MW trophy to be considered in an elite program.

Senior guard Igor Hadziomerovic, a freshman during the team’s first year in the MW, agrees the Broncos have arrived.

“This is definitely a program now,” Hadziomerovic said. “We’ve built it over the years and it’s grown and grown. We’re starting to take over the MW now. That will help us a lot.”

Following Anthony Drmic’s season-ending injury, senior Derrick Marks led the team to a 14-1 finish. He is widely considered to be the leading candidate for MW Player of the Year.

“I can’t describe it,” Marks said. “I’ve been talking about (MW title) for the past four years. To get it on senior night­— it’s a blessing.”

Going into this week’s MW Tournament, Rice says the “hungriest dog” will win the MW Tournament. For now, however, he will let the players and coaches soak in the falling confetti and enjoy the cut net dangling from their necks.

Regardless of the outcome of the MW Tournament, the Broncos are likely to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Rice’s tenure.

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If ten years ago you told Boise State senior diver Erin Kohlbeck that she would be the captain of the diving team and looking to make Boise State history by qualifying for the NCAA Championship she would have looked at you like you were crazy

However, after an unusual path to collegiate diving, that’s exactly the position Kohlbeck finds herself in.

Kohlbeck never planned to become a diver. She instead dreamed of having a gymnastics career and pursued that for most of her young life. It wasn’t until she left the sport before her freshman year of high school that Kohlbeck turned her attention to the sport of diving

“I decided to try diving because I felt it would be a pretty easy transition for me,” Kohlbeck said.

It turned out to be the best decision she could have made. Kohlbeck excelled at the sport by dedicating her life to it. She trained with her team and by herself at the University of Minnesota’s aquatic center.

As a result a plethora of universities took notice and wanted her talent, including Boise State.

“I hadn’t even heard of Boise State before I got an email from the coach at the time,” Kohlbeck said. “My dad told me it might be a good fit because they have a good football team. When I came out here the entire team was awesome.”

Kohlbeck soon decided that Boise State was the place for her and was hoping to make an immediate impact for the team.

Things though didn’t go according to plan.

Kohlbeck struggled her freshman year and was injured her sophomore season.

“After experiencing all of that I wasn’t sure how far I could get,” Kohlbeck said. “When I was sitting there in the conference meet just watching, it killed me.”

Kohlbeck, however, didn’t let her hardships get to her. Instead she used it as a motivator.

“I promised myself from that moment on I was going to work harder,” Kohlbeck said.  “I have and each year I have gotten better. It’s been really exciting to see how far I have come.”

Kohlbeck has had two great years for the Broncos.  She earned All MW honors last season in the 3-meter springboard dive and in platform diving.

She most recently earned All MW honors in the 3-meter springboard, platform and 1-meter springboard.

Head diving coach John Lynch credits her mentality for her success.

“Erin is such a perfectionist,” Lynch said. “She will get out of the water and will just keep doing it again until she gets it just right. She never settle for anything less.”

Kohlbeck credits her parents.

“They have always pushed me to go farther in diving,” Kohlbeck said. “They have always been their to support me and guide me.”

Not only has Kohlbeck excelled in the pool but also in helping her fellow teammates.

“I think of her as my mom on the dive team,” sophomore diver Jordan Marthens said.  “She always looks out for all of us and keeps us in check. She is so supportive and is there whenever we need her.”

Kohlbeck will next be competing in the NCAA Zone E Championship that get underway today March 9.

If she places there, she will become the first Bronco to move onto the NCAA Championships.

No matter what happens Kohlbeck is just grateful for the opportunity she got all those years ago.

“It has really gone by fast and I can’t believe I am a senior,” Kohlbeck said. “I have loved each and every moment I had during my four years here.”

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The Boise State men’s basketball team defeat the Fresno State Bulldogs 71-52 to the MW regular season conference champions. With the win the Broncos look to be a lock for the NCAA tournament and will be the number one seed in next week’s MW conference tournament.
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Senior Garrett Patton is the undeniable leader of the Boise State men’s tennis team. He is also the son of prolific head coach Greg Patton. Over the last four years the father son duo has taken the team to new heights and are looking to continue that trend this season.

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For Kody Dudley, cheerleading in high school was a struggle.

As one of the few male cheerleaders in his region, he was constantly ridiculed by his peers, being called gay or  a girl for doing a sport he loved.

“I played it off like it didn’t bother me, but it affected me to the point that I didn’t want to do it anymore,” Dudley said. “I was like, ‘I’m done. Cheerleading’s not worth it to me.’”

He quit his sophomore year of high school to avoid the harsh words from his peers.

Although more teams are becoming co-ed, male cheerleaders still have to fight against stereotypes and teasing from peers.

Overcoming adversity

Despite hesitation Dudley decided to give cheer one more try during his junior year of high school.

“People stopped making so much fun of us and started saying, ‘Hey man, could you teach me how to do backflip? Could you teach me how to throw that girl?’” Dudley said.

He continued his cheer career into All-Stars, a competitive cheerleading organization, and joined the Broncos in 2014.

At Boise State Dudley met senior Malachi Burt, who has been cheering for Boise State for all four years of his college career.

Burt was no stranger to the male cheerleading stereotype.

In high school, he received athletic scholarship offers for football, track and field, and cheerleading. Although he excelled at each, people were still surprised when he announced his final decision.

“When I chose cheerleading, a lot of people said, ‘Why did you do that? … Why would you choose to be on the sidelines?’”
Burt said.

Burt believes that the stereotypes that male cheerleaders face comes from lack of understanding the athleticism of cheerleading.

“It’s just people not knowing, people not really seeing what we do is something cool until they see something cool,” Burt said. “(When people see something cool), then they’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care if that guy is gay or straight. He can throw a girl with one hand.’”

Being a male cheerleader at Boise State.

Since joining the cheer squad at Boise State, Dudley and Burt have been highly respected and recognized by fellow athletes, students and administration. According to Burt, President Kustra knows members of the cheer squad on a first name basis.

Their hard work and dedication are highly appreciated on the team as well. Head coach Tobruk Blaine values the physicality that Dudley and Burt bring.

“It takes four females to do what one guy and one girl can do,” Blaine said.

Males are expected to perform the fight song, do motions, keep rhythm, perform tumbling and stunts, and be able to use a megaphone during tryouts.

Burt wants to perfect every stunt and routine. He believes that by setting a high standard for his performances, people will see him as an athlete.

“I don’t allow people to see me cheer and think anything else but, ‘Wow, that was athletic,’” Burt said. “Whether you’re gay, straight, feminine, a male, a female, a freaking bear or whatever you are, if you’re an athlete, you want to be known as an athlete.”

Not only have Dudley and Burt added a new element of stunting to the team, they unite the team.

“I think they unify us because being around girls all the time can be really exhausting, so they’re there to break that up,” senior flyer Kelsey Messer said. “Having a true co-ed team will set the program apart from other schools.”

Looking to the future

Male cheerleading is on the rise across the nation. According to an article from KTVB, male cheerleading is growing in Treasure Valley high schools. Blaine wants to continue to grow Boise State’s program by adding more men to the team.

Blaine is hoping to recruit and maintain more male cheerleaders from surrounding areas. Blaine wants to travel to competitions to promote the program. She hopes to have at least six men on the cheer squad every season. Currently, Dudley is the only male cheerleader hoping to return next year.

“No one has done male recruiting in this job, so it’s going to take me going out and reaching to those males who are involved with cheerleading …” Blaine said.

Dudley has seen male cheerleading grow and become more accepted in Idaho. He hopes the growth will continue and more people will start to respect cheerleading as a sport.

“People know football, basketball, baseball and stuff like that,” Dudley said. “I want them to recognize cheerleading as one of the top sports, something that you just can’t do because you have nothing else better to do with your time. You have to be a good athlete to do it.”

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The odds of having identical twins is about 1 in 400 according to the National Health Services.

The odds of having identical twins on the same team in college, well, much slimmer.

Brittney and Brooke Pahukoa of the Boise State women’s basketball team are the only set of twin basketball players currently in women’s Division I basketball.

“They are just absolutely fabulous people and really good players,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “You can just predict success for them. They know they have the ability both physically and mentally to accomplish whatever they want to do.”

An integral part of their success has been their father Jeff, a six-year veteran of
the NFL.

“We always get a lot of wisdom from him,” Brooke said. “He taught us the true meaning of sports and why you do it.”

Growing up in Lake Stevens, Washington, Brittney and Brooke did everything together, including playing sports. From soccer and track to basketball, they both became standout players for their high school team.

Despite the almost never ending list of similarities, there is one key difference between the two—whereas Brooke is an adventurous spirit, Brittney is more reserved and calm.

“She is the outgoing one,” Brittney said. “She is always telling me, ‘Let’s go do this,’ and I just would rather stay in all day.”

The twins are so competitive that they aren’t even allowed to play against one another.

“We have played four times against each other and every time one of us has gotten hurt,” Brittney said.

The twins were not planning on going to the same school together.  As fate would have it though,
they did.

“When we were deciding on what school to go to, we decided we would choose separately,” Brittney said. “We ended up both choosing Boise State.”

Brooke is having a breakout season for the Broncos. She is third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game, second in steals, second in three-point percentage and leads the team in free throw percentage with an outstanding 93.8 percent from the charity stripe.

She credits much of her success this season to Brittney.

“She calms me down and I need that,” Brooke said. “Sometimes I am going a mile a minute or I am stressed because I am not making my shots or whatever else is going wrong, and all I have to do is look over at her and I am instantly alright.”

Brittney, on the other hand, has been plagued with injuries this season.

“It has been difficult, but I will take every little chance and the role I have now to help the team,” Brittney said. “Hopefully next year I can go more than two weeks without getting injured so I can really make a difference.”

For Brooke, it has been hard seeing her sister go through so much pain and it has affected her play.

“This season, it has really motivated me to play with more passion,” Brooke said. “The fact that this season she really hasn’t gotten the opportunity to play makes me play for her. I take every opportunity I can on the floor to play for the both of us.”

Last season, it was Brooke that was the one who was battling injury with walking pneumonia.

The twins envision a future where both of them are healthy and provide a one-two punch for the team.

“We love playing together so it would be wonderful to play alongside her,”
Brooke said.

 

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When Dianne Piggott was born, doctors told her parents they had a son.  In the end, that socially-constructed gender assignment didn’t work out.

After trying to live life as a man for several years, Piggott decided to transition and become the woman she knew she was internally, at least, everywhere except for work.

Her decision to fully transition in every portion of her life became apparent to her when she had to race home, change her appearance to that of a “man” and hurry back to work.

“I had to take off my hair, wash my face and really just change myself,” the junior psychology major said.  “I looked in the mirror and started to cry and think, ‘Who is that?  That’s not me.’”

After years of struggling with her identity, Piggott joined the Add the Words movement. However, despite recent efforts from the group, the bill was defeated again  in committee on Jan. 29.

This left Piggott and countless others facing potential discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Many believe a contributing factor to this continued oppression is a distinct lack of understanding surrounding gender identity.

“It’s not necessarily people wanting to be willfully ignorant,” said Christopher Dale, sophomore French major who identifies as gender nonconforming or agender.  “It’s more of people not having access to information.”

For graduate English student Thomas Meissner, this lack of information has created several uncomfortable situations, including slurs heard through the walls of their student-housing apartment.

Meissner identifies as genderqueer and their personal expression, through clothing and mannerisms, occasionally becomes a topic of disdain among peers.

“They just need to take me more seriously,” Meissner said.  “Otherwise, I just wonder how I’m going to eventually interact with these people.”

According to Meissner, ignorance surrounding gender identity and its integral role within a person has created harsh attitudes.  Because these mannerisms are so deeply embedded in mainstream culture, they exist in commonplace things, such as binary-focused male and female choices on Scantron sheets.

In some instances, these attitudes manifest in harmful ways.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported that 41 percent of transgender or gender-nonconforming individuals have attempted suicide.  According to the Black Lives Matter’s website the life expectancy of black transgender woman is 35.

In every state except California, it is still legal to claim transgender-induced panic as a reasoning for violence toward these individuals.

“Everyone has a different gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation,” said Kate Steven, program coordinator at the Women’s Center.  “They don’t all match up all the time.”

Steven stressed the utilization of preferred pronouns and non-gendered language in order to be more inclusive of all identities.  Steven, who identifies as genderqueer, uses they/them/their pronouns and encouraged all people to focus on using pronouns as such until a person shares the pronouns they would like to be called.

Steven suggested sharing pronouns at the beginning of class each semester in order to create a more inviting space and avoid misgendering some students.

Landon Browning, one of two gender equity peer educators at the Women’s Center, invited all students to find communities to learn more about gender identity or explore their own identity.  As the past president of the Pride Alliance, he explained that all students, whether they are cisgender, transgender or questioning, can find ways to enter this discussion or find support if needed.

“Boise in general is just not as diverse as other places,” Browning said.  “We can all benefit from being exposed to diversity, changing our perspectives and helping evolve other perspectives.”

According to Dale, the best method of becoming informed is listening.  They explained this can start by dropping initial assumptions.

“The way somebody presents themself is not necessarily how they identify,” Dale said.  “You never know somebody’s gender identity until you ask.”

Dale explained these assumptions can also translate into uninformed labeling.

Instead of immediately labeling people as male or female, some sections of mainstream media have instead began labeling others as transgender or nonconforming, which, according to Dale, is just as much of a problem.

Bruce Jenner has headlined tabloids for weeks, and popular organizations have declared him transgender because of his “feminine” tendencies.  These organizations have no insight from Jenner on the topic.

Dale explained the only expert source on an individual’s gender identity is that sole individual, something the media has failed to realize in
Jenner’s case.

“They see his long hair and fingernails and assume, ‘Oh, he must be trans,’” Dale said.  “It’s very interesting that non-trans people are claiming authority on someone’s who may or may not be trans’ identity.”

Piggott hopes that, through her work with Add the Words and other inclusive efforts within Boise society, Boise State and its surrounding areas can become a more welcoming place for those exploring their gender identity.

“We’re not scary and we’re not threatening,” Piggott said.  “We’re just people.”

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All I wanted to do while watching this film was shove popcorn in my face, turn my off my brain and enjoy an entertaining movie.

“Jupiter Ascending” didn’t give me that.

“Jupiter Ascending” is the story of this ordinary girl Jupiter, played by Mila Kunis. She just happens to be the reincarnated soul of a galactic queen. As a result, she is hunted across the galaxy by Balem, played by Eddie Redmayne. Not to fear though Caine, played by Channing Tatum, is there to protect her.

Sounds like a cool premise right? It is, but it’s executed poorly.

The film is so convoluted that it’s going to make your brain hurt. The movie does a horrible job of explaining its plot. There is no cohesiveness to be found and what you get is a series of out of place sequences that are confusing as hell.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the film is incredibly dull. The film’s repetitiveness drags it to a screeching halt.

This is what viewers get to see for two hours: Jupiter gets in trouble! Oh wait, here comes Caine to save her. Oh no! She’s in trouble again. Oh wait, there’s Caine.

Oh, and why is Jupiter being hunted?

As queen, she owns a tiny spot of land: the Earth. The entire film’s premise is basically an intergalactic squabble over land. Yes you heard that right. They might as well just made Monopoly in Space: The Movie. It would have been a better film.

The performances in this movie are horrendous. Tatum, Kunis, and especially Redmayne are horrific. Both Tatum and Kunis bring absolutely no emotion to their character and instead just spew garbage.

These performances, however, are nothing compared to the truly awful performance of Redmayne as the film’s main antagonist.

If you have seen the trailer you have heard the atrocious voice he uses. It sounds like how my grandpa would talk if he were constipated.  Combine this with his way over the top antics and you have one awful villain–and not in a good way.

After watching this movie you would never think that Redmayne is up for an Oscar this year.

I can’t entirely blame everything on the actors as they were dealing with some of the worst dialogue I have ever heard. It is not just bad, but laugh out loud I can’t believe they just said that bad.

I kid you not their are lines in this film that go like this:

“Oh please call me Jup,” and “I love dogs. I have always loved dogs.”

The only few positives in this film are the visual and special effects, which are incredible. It doesn’t look like a February movie but that of a summer blockbuster. There are many mesmerizing scenes that do blow your hair back.

Outside of its visuals this film truly offers nothing of merit and it’s hard to fathom how the same people that made the “The Matrix,” “Cloud Atlas” and “V for Vendetta” made this.

2.5/10

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The Boise State Broncos were able to continue their winning streak tonight when they defeated Air Force 67-42. With the win the Broncos have won eight in a row and are just a half game back in the MW Standings.
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Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com.
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Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com.
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Directed by Holly Hovis
Edited by Holly Hovis
© Boise State Student Media 2015

Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com.
Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online. New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.
Featuring Ty Hawkins
Directed by Farzan Faramarzi
Edited by Farzan Faramarzi
© Boise State Student Media 2015