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Directed by Farzan Faramarzi
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Photo by Nate Lowery
The Steuckle Sky Center was built in 2008 as a renovation to now Albertsons Stadium.

Albertsons Stadium has undergone many changes since the current stadium was first built in the fall
of 1970.

 Originally built with the seating capacity of 14,500, the capacity of the stadium has more doubled. Today the total stadium capacity sits at  36,387, making it the sixth largest stadium in the MW.

 Over the past five years, Albertsons Stadium has seen several major changes such as the construction of the Stueckle Sky Center and the construction of seating in the north and south end zones.

 Built in 2008, the Stueckle Sky Center marked the first major renovations to the formerly Bronco Stadium since 1997 when the capacity was increased to 30,000.

The completion of the Sky Center raised the total capacity of the stadium to 32,000.

 The 131,000 square feet  Sky Center features club seating, sky boxes, as well as the press box for
football games.

 In 2009, temporary seating built in the north and south end zones added an additional 1,500 seats to the Stadium before permanent seating in those same locations were completed in the summer of 2012.

 That renovation increased the stadium capacity to what it currently remains at today.

In partnership with the Double R Ranch, Albertsons Stadium was able to make a major upgrade with a new 47 x 78 foot video board in the south end zone.

 Besides the capacity increases and the construction of the Bleymaier Football Center to the north of the stadium, perhaps the biggest change to Albertsons Stadium occurred this past summer.

For 43 years, Boise State football competed in their home games at what used to be Bronco Stadium. A deal between Boise State and Albertsons reached this May led to the renaming of the stadium to Albertsons Stadium.

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“My personal thought is I think if they donate a lot of money to our stadium, they should be able to put their name on it.”

– Cody Wetherelt, sophomore linguistics major

“I think it’s just a great advertisement. Albertsons is located corporately here. It’s just like an NFL team.”

– Jaime Suhr, junior exercise science major

“I liked Bronco Stadium more. It had more of a Boise State feel. It’s always going to be Bronco Stadium to me.”

– Kolby Overstreet, senior physics major

“I like the Bronco Stadium a lot more. We already have Albertsons Library. It feels like it’s another curriculum building.”

– Tommy Miller, senior communication major

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While the Quad is generally home to religious pamphlets featuring Biblical verses and doctrine-oriented miniature comic books or high gloss leaflets, the series of walkways was instead home to several cardboard boxes filled with full-length novels. Author Rich Shapero often promotes his new novels with giveaways at various universities across the country including Yale in 2010. This past Wednesday, May 7, he selected Boise State University as the next site of his “The Hope We Seek” promotion. “The Hope We Seek” is a multimedia storytelling experience that combines fiction, music, and artwork into one package that grew and evolved along the same creationary period, as is the norm with Shapero’s other works that he passes out in promotion. This particular project contained a combination of a 432-page hardcover novel, along with a CD of 10 songs and an accompanying pamphlet of song lyrics and illustrations. “Because I have a great passion for words and ideas, I’ve attempted to put my peculiar intuitions into story form and make them available to others,” Shapero said. The novel is written by Shapero, and the music included with it is composed and partly performed by Shapero as well. The CD also features the vocals of Marissa Nadler and the instrumental work of various other artists. Shapero plays the acoustic guitar and mandola on these tracks. The novel follows the plight of Zachary Knox on a journey for gold. He and his newfound companion, Sephy, whom he meets on his path to a mining camp, discover that the workplace they’ve found themselves in the midst of houses a cult with the mining boss, Trevillian, as their dark priest. As described on Shapero’s website, “Zack determines to overthrow Trevillian, guided by Sephy’s cryptic directions­—until Hope appears and reveals the astonishing future she has in mind for him.” The online synopsis continues, “Rich Shapero once again holds a dark mirror to the passions that drive us, and the extremes to which we go to find meaning in our lives.” As a primary means of income, Shapero is a venture capitalist, having put forth money toward several successful start-up companies. In particular, he is a partner at Crosspoint and a board member at AristaSoft and New Edge Networks. This has allowed him to produce and give away his newest pieces of writing and artwork in such high volume. “I have no commercial motive,” explained Shapero. “I’m like a street musician playing for whoever might have the interest to stop and listen.” Because of this, Shapero is completely fine with giving his books, music, e-books and tablet-based writing for free. While growing up, Shapero was introduced to new means of thinking and ideas through a group of artists. Having a lesser connection with his genealogical ties, Shapero found his own familial ties in this group of artists that he “looked up to and embraced.” “I’m reaching out to younger members of that same family, whoever and wherever they might be,” Shapero said. He encourages readers and art consumers to contact him if they find something of value within his work. “I know it’s a small group, but there are ‘like minds’ out there that will understand and connect with what I’m doing.” Shapero said. Among his own artistic inspirations, Shapero found a strong tie-in to music and rhythm, therefore tying it further into his own endeavors. “The rhythm and melody of language gave (the text) the power to transport us into the emotional domain of an unseen world,” he explained. “For most of my life, I had little confidence that any of these projects would ever see the light of day. It’s a miracle to me that things worked out,” Shapero said.  The author is currently continuing his promotion of “The Hope We Seek” while investing further time into writing his fourth novel.

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When Jake Wolford, president of Secular Student Alliance, first came up with the religion of the shoe: he was attempting to save people’s “soles” and “heels” them from their sin.

Wolford created his “religion” as a response to the religious bigotry being shouted in the Quad throughout dead week.

“We were both preaching nonsense, but only one of us was aware of it,” Wolford said.

Students passing through the Quad felt strongly about the matter.

“It’s one thing to preach a loving message,” said Kyle Van Arsdale, spectator at the scene. “There’s nothing good about what they have to say.”

Brother Jed, who many students have come to know well already, visited campus during dead week spreading his message of salvation through bigotry. The first day of his arrival students stood by shocked at the details in which he told his hateful stories. His antics managed to draw a crowd by the end of the day. However, the crowd did not just consist of students. Police and Fox Channel 6 News were present as well.

The second day students came prepared. By noon Wednesday, a crowd yet again gathered around Brother Jed, this time many students sat with a bigot bingo card placed in front of them. The inspiration for the card came from the topics he discussed the previous day.

“Jesus will deliver you from your sins,” Brother Jed said.

A call from the crowd let everyone know someone’s gotten bingo.  

Later on in the afternoon, students gathered around singing “kumbaya” to spread peace to students as they pass between classes.

“I think the best thing you can do is just make fun of it,” Wolford said.

Wednesday night Brother Jed allegedly struck a student attempting to give him a hug, which a member of The Arbiter, Farzan Faramarzi, caught on tape. On Thursday students arrived early in anticipation of the next day’s events.

“Some people are just curious,” said Lee Rever, a junior at Boise State. “They wanna see what’s going on or what’s going to happen next.”

There’s no question that the presence of Brother Jed and his fellow pastors served as both a source of entertainment and frustration for many students walking through the Quad this past week. For others, it gave them a chance to be ridiculous.

“It’s like they’re giving me a free pass to go H.A.M.,” Wolford said. “Anything I do won’t look as idiotic compared to them.”

He believes that what the pastors had to say was nonsense and wanted everyone else passing to realize this as well.

“My idea was that if I was openly making a fool of myself in the name of religion, people could realize that the pastors were doing the same thing,”
Wolford said.

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Skin Cancer Awareness month falls during a very bad time of the year for students.

Instead of the Wellness Center being able to focus their efforts on raising awareness, they spend most of their time helping students deal with the stress of finals, according to interim director of the Wellness Center, Michelle Ihmels.

“May sort of falls on a bad month for us,” Ihmels said. “Students are preparing for finals and getting out of here. A lot of what we’ve done is more about stress reduction and how to get through the next few weeks.”

All the Wellness Center has been able to put out in regards to skin cancer is the basic brochure — something Ihmels and Kathy Kustra, wife of Boise State president Bob Kustra, would like to change in the future.

Kustra is a two time survivor of skin cancer — something she attributes to a lack of understanding regarding the consequences of trying to get tan in her youth.

“I was young once and used to spend a lot of hours trying to get a tan,” Kustra said. “I’ve had to face the consequences of that having skin cancer twice, both very serious kinds.”

Kustra was first diagnosed with melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, on her arm in 1991. Fortunately for Kustra, it was diagnosed in the early stages and only required a simple day surgery to remove.

In 2011, however, she was diagnosed once again with skin cancer. This time a much more rare form called microcystic adnexal carcinoma developed on her face.

Kustra required a Mohs surgery to remove the cancer from her face, leaving her with a large scar on her cheek.

“(The Mohs surgery) was quite an ordeal,” Kustra said. “I’m still lucky that it was found early on.”

Kustra is not the only one with Boise State ties to have been affected by skin cancer. Former Broncos soccer player Amy Dunn passed away from melanoma in 2012.

Some of Dunn’s former teammates now put on an annual race called “Run for Dunn” to raise funds for the Sol Survivors Melanoma Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Both Kustra and Ihmels hope to create a large event for the next school year to better raise awareness about skin cancer.

Both would like to include the Run for Dunn as part of the event, but plans are to make the event during winter in hopes of educating students about the consequences of skin cancer before they begin to start tanning during the spring months.

The NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, and several former Broncos saw their life long dreams come true as they were drafted in to the NFL.

 Former Boise State defensive end, Demarcus Lawrence, was projected as a potential first round pick on Thursday night. Lawrence’s name was not called Thursday night, but he didn’t have to wait long to move on the to the highest level of football.

 With the 34th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Lawrence, making him the seventh highest pick in school history. Lawrence is the seventh second-round pick and the ninth pick in the first two rounds in Boise State history.

 During his time at Boise State, Lawrence was named to the first team All-Mountain West in 2012 and 2013 and led Boise State defensive linemen in tackles both seasons.

 Joining Lawrence as fellow draftees over the weekend were former offensive linemen Matt Paradis and Charles Leno Jr.

 Paradis was the 31st pick of the sixth round (207 overall) by the 2014 Super Bowl runner-up Denver Broncos, while Leno Jr. was picked up by the Chicago Bears as the 31st pick in the seventh round (246 overall).

Former wide reciever Aaron Burks signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, late Saturday night.

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Lost in this year’s Olympics were the very people who were supposed to be the center of attention — the athletes.

Four years of hard work and countless hours of training and dedication by the athletes who sacrificed so much to make their respective nations’ Olympic teams were overshadowed by the controversy of the Sochi Olympics.

From the uncharacteristically warm temperatures for a winter Olympics, the mass killing of stray dogs in the Sochi area, poor conditions in the Olympic Village to Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws causing protests across the globe — it seemed as if the world and the media forgot what the games were really about.

In the months leading up to the February 7 opening ceremonies, the media buzz was focused on the political and environmental aspects of the games, far from the intended ideals of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics vision of education through sport.

Once Albania walked out of the tunnel with their flag during the opening ceremonies, once the Olympic cauldron was lit, once Sage Kotsenburg stood on that podium listening to the Star Spangled Banner, receiving the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, the clouds disappeared — the focus of the games returned to the athletes.

“I think once the games get started, people get back to what they’re all about,” alpine skier and Treasure Valley native Erik Fisher said. “They are about sport, trying your hardest and giving it your all.”

According to Nick Cunningham, a member of the U.S. bobsled team and former track and field athlete at Boise State, it was a tough pill to swallow to have the Olympics be associated with so much negativity.

“The last thing we want to do is be a part of something that everyone has this negative thought about,” Cunningham.

Despite the negatives and the controversy caused by the Sochi Olympics, Cunningham, Fisher and biathlete Sara Studebaker, a 2003 graduate of Boise High School, felt it was important to have the games bring everything back to reality.

The goal of the Olympic movement according to the Olympic Charter is to “contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating young people through sport practiced in accordance with Olympism and its values.”

In Studebaker’s opinion, the Sochi Olympics informed the outside world of the events occurring in Sochi ­— without the spotlight of the Games, the controversies would have been buried.

In an attempt to combat the negative aspects which were the focus of the media during the Sochi Olympics, Cunningham, Fisher and Studebaker attempted to bring as many positive aspects of the games to light.

Cunningham and his bobsled crew took as many pictures as possible and used social media platforms to highlight the positives of their experiences in Sochi.

Studebaker and her teammates joined in the efforts of organizations such as 350.org to raise awareness.

“I think that as athletes, as social figures, you had a little bit of a duty to be aware and bring some of these issues to light,” Studebaker said. “(We) talked about the devastation because of the games and try to keep that from happening in the future.”

All three felt the media brought unwanted negativity to the Sochi area however, especially in regards to the conditions in the Olympic Village.

In the pre-Olympic build-up, the only reports from the media were on the horrendous conditions in the Olympic Village.

From pictures of dirty water and reports of the delayed construction of the facilities, many Olympic athletes had the expectations of living in slums during the duration of the Games.

Upon arrival in Sochi, they found media reports overly exaggerated.

“We get there and the accommodations were amazing,” Cunningham said. “They literally built two cities in the past four or five years.”

“To have a couple of doors not open, or something like that, who are we to go out there and bad mouth them,” Cunningham said.

Studebaker spoke of the negatives with social media in that regards — if one person has a negative experience, everyone knows about it.

“Things started out with some rough edges and people went about fixing the issues,” Studebaker said. “Unfortunately with social media, it’s really hard to come back from that with the bad initial (start).”

“All the negative stuff wasn’t coming from (the athletes), it was coming from the media trying to get out the story and looking for an issue,” Cunningham added.

Despite the negatives and controversies associated with this year’s Olympic Games, Fisher was at least able to take one positive from the experience:

“Free Big Macs.”

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The room was practically silent, exhausting your ears as you strained to pick up the humming of projectors against the hectic chaos that made love with the hot day on the first of May 2014.

Several short films came to life throughout the room making onlookers into trespassers consumed by creative freedom.

For the seventh year in a row, Modern Hotel has put on their Modern Art show, allotting local artists into its 33 rooms. Room 117 gave residence to Boise State University’s Art 397, a video arts class exhibiting their preferred personal film creation from the semester.

“I like to think of art as a way to understand myself more and communicate it to others,” senior fine arts major with an emphasis in printmaking Kevin
Ferney said.

Citing Matthew Barney, Ferney explained how the video medium allows artist to stretch their creative strings. For Ferney the inspiration for visual pieces draws from different corners within his mind, and he feels that artists who create content using negative habits, or thoughts driven from depression, must find a balance within themselves.

The films within Room 117 included a shot of a woman’s feet dancing, a man painting his face black and then pressing it to a blank sheet of paper, a film highlighting poverty and death by Google-searching several wars,  historical tragedies, a film of the forest floor, and an abstract projection of shapes on the ceiling.

“I still think video is a new formation and is being accepted on a wider scale,” said senior English major with a writing emphasis James Packer.

For the final video, the students were required to incorporate another medium of art in their creation.

“A cross pollination of disciplines…it is designed to push us.” Packer said.

Although Packer is still fairly new to film, he would like to continue working with the
medium.

Film allows for a wider audience to be reached because with digital options there is relatively no shipping cost, and film makers have the freedom to go back and edit whatever they would like within their film.

As compared to many other creative majors, film majors do
surprising well.

According to Forbes the graduates can make up to $77,000 annually
midcareer.

Within recent years, the global market for film has skyrocketed. Box-offices in just China reached an impressive $1.5 billion in 2013, and, according to the Economist, globally box office revenues have tripled in the last 10 years.

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Social media has drastically altered the landscape of athletics.

From improved connection with the fan bases of athletes and the increased role of sponsorships, athletes are always under the microscope.

This was the focus of the Boise State chapter of PRSSA’s keynote event of CommCon 2014, Social in Sochi.

The Social in Sochi event included a panel of U.S. Olympians with ties to the Boise area.

The panel was composed of bobsledder Nick Cunningham, a former captain of the Boise State track team, biathlete Sara Studebaker, a 2003 graduate of Boise High School and alpine skier Erik Fisher who originally began skiing at Bogus Basin.

All three spoke on how social media has affected their careers, as well as their experiences in Sochi.

While all agreed that social media can be a great tool for career advancement, gaining sponsorships and connecting with fans, they spoke of the dangers associated with social media.

“Social media can either build your career or kill it,” Cunningham said. “It’s like a car wreck.”

Cunningham went on to say how important it is to stop and think before hitting send on a tweet or Facebook post. Once it is out in the Internet, it’s there forever.

With the nature of their respective sports featuring long, continuous months of travel to competitions, social media provided each an outlet to connect with the fans and
the media.

Cunningham regularly held Q & A sessions on Twitter during the duration of the Sochi Olympics. The opportunity to open so many people to the culture of Russia was a responsibility Cunningham took upon himself.

Studebaker recounted an experience during the panel where social media was able to benefit herself.

After a poor performance during the biathlon, Studebaker received an outpour of support from fans from all walks of life through social media.

Cunningham attested as well to the support he received from fans after his crew in the bobsled “flat out choked.”

“The amount of support from people all over was amazing,” Cunningham said. “It really brought me back.”

There are both negatives and positives associated with social media. The ability to connect with fans and gain sponsorships is a great asset for athletes. If caution is not exercised however, social media can ruin an athlete’s career.

Pro Life Demonstration Devin Ferrell
Abolishionists4Life, a Boise State Club, hosted a demonstration on the quad in partnership with the Campus Outreach for Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust to protest abortion practices. Students from the Secular Student Alliance joined in a counter-demonstration. Devin Ferrell

Updated 5/2/2014

Students walking through the Quad were bombarded by pro-life and pro-choice activists. Images of aborted fetuses littered the walkway. In the midst of this chaos, sorority girls were handing out coupons for free tacos. This is the epitome of a college campus.

Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, a national pro-life group, and Abolitionists for Life, a campus pro-life club,   hosted the protest which inspired some and left others disgusted.

“It’s good to have an open dialogue,” said Lisa Atkins, president of Abolitionists for Life. “If this is happening legally every day then we should be able to talk about it.”

Students walking by the Quad could hardly pass through the gauntlet of photos without catching a glimpse of one of the large poster-sized images depicting the fetus in its aborted form. Many felt strongly toward these graphic images believing they weren’t suitable for the campus
environment.

“This is gross,” said Jake Wolford, president of Boise State’s Secular Student Alliance (SSA). “Is this even OK, to display
on campus?”

The pro-life group organizing the event believe these images are appropriate and need to be seen.

Christina Garza, director for campus outreach for Survivors, explained the group’s position toward the photos.

“We’re allowing the victims to speak for themselves,” Garza said. “It would be an injustice on our part if we let these victims die silently without anyone to defend them.”

Through talking to passersby, they found that many people will not take a stance on the issue.

“We would like students to choose one side or the other,” Garza said. “It’s not safe to stay in the middle because innocent lives are being killed.”

Protesters from the Secular Student Alliance believe either way, women who think abortion is right are going to use this method.

“I think people should have the right to abortion in any circumstance,” Wolford said.

He believes it is the right of every human being to choose their stance on this issue and having access to programs that provide education and aboritions will decrease abortion rates and complications from unhealthy alternatives.

For Garza, the question isn’t when is it OK, but whether the act of abortion is killing another human being.

“We should protect that human being,” Garza said. “Not look for situations where killing that person is justified.”

Wolford also feels the pro-life event is based on religious beliefs, which is something the club feels is inaccurate.

“We’re not here because it’s a religious issue but because it’s a human rights issue,”
Atkins said.

According to abortion statistics, approximately 1.06 million abortions took place in the U.S. in 2011.

“If we can save one life by changing someone’s mind about abortion,” Garza said. “Then all of this is worth it.”

On April 28, when the Secular Student Alliance and Campus Outreach for the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust were protesting, the Boise State University Student Foundation was holding an appreciation event for people who donated money to Boise State. They had placed flags on the quad, each flag representing 25 donations to the university.

According to club president, Katlin Bailey, there were 2,212 flags.

The original article reported these flags stood for the number of fetuses aborted ever day. This was incorrect, the two events had no correlation.

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Fast forward 35 years in the future, the bloodshot sky is sick and choking. Huddling in small circles with nowhere to go but back down into the empty pits of their stomachs, the last of humanity dangles forgetting to breath. The only entrance to the room, a metallic door that looks more like the front of a bank safe, unwillingly gasps just as a crumbling man flashes in, his red body suit and lightning bolt symbol faded. As his body gives in, a crawling mixture of machine and what might have once been an amazon warrior paints the air crimson with the entrails of a man just inches away.

This is the beginning of DC’s new comic “Future’s End” which will be given out for free at select locations on Saturday, May 3, to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. For its 12 year of celebration Free Comic Book Day will be offering 57 different comic books including “Future’s End,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Atomic Robo,” “Courtney Cumrin” and “Mouse Guard.”

“‘Mouse Guard’ is a hard cover and it’s really quality, really nice,” said Boise State graduate Korbit Wilkinn, and manager at Captain Comics.

Captain Comics, one of the stores that participates in Free Comic Book Day, will be opening at 9 a.m., an hour early, for the celebration and in addition to the three allotted free comic books customers can get; they also set out a variety of comics from their stock and allow customers to pick out three of them. Everything in the store is also 20 percent off.

“Why limit it?” explains Wilkinn.

“It’s a really cool time to see new literature, different artists, different writers and get a different feel for what is going on in the graphic novel genre,” says junior art major and leader of the Comic Book Club at Boise State, Michelle Estrada.

For the past three years, Estrada and the rest of the members of the comic book club have attended Free Comic Book Day together often adorning costumes.

“We like to surprise each other,” Estrada said.

Previously she dressed up as Delirium from the “Sandman” series, but is deciding whether or not to make a new costume or just modify an old one. As part of the free comic book day tradition, people who show up in costumes will also get two extra comic books at Captain Comic.

“The one that is making me the most excited the “Sandman Overture”…it’s philosophical, it goes into folklore, religion, dreams,” Estrada said.

She advises students to show up at least an hour early if they want to get good comics.

Captain Comics, Hastings and The Boise Comic Book Co. will all be participating in Free Comic Book Day this year. The Comic Book Club will be manning a booth at Captain Comics until noon. To learn more about them students can visit their Facebook page. Free Comic book day is Saturday, May 3.

Experiencing déjà vu can be uncomfortable to some. And rightfully so ­— repeating the same event in a Bill Murray Groundhog Day kind of way can be
disconcerting.

Head coach Greg Patton and the Boise State men’s tennis team are starting to get used to the same old same old routine.

For the third straight year, Boise State men’s tennis defeated New Mexico to claim the Mountain West Championship and secure a trip to the NCAA Championship.

The Broncos snagged the doubles point to start the day, and finished with three singles victories to earn the 4-0 victory.

The NCAA Championship begins May 9 for the No. 25 ranked Broncos.

“(New Mexico) is sick of us, and they don’t like us anymore,”  coach Patton said.

The team point has been the most consistent form of success for Boise State this season, and against New Mexico, the Broncos won their 18th-straight doubles point. The pair of Brendan McClain and Garrett Patton cruised with an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Boise State (28-4) hasn’t squandered a doubles point since losing to Oregon on the road on March 2.

“Doubles is all about collaboration, passion between two guys and about playing for each other,” Patton said. “Once we get the doubles point we know no one can touch us. And then it empowers the singles.”

After the team point is secured, the Broncos only have to split the six singles matches, something they are very confident in doing. That confidence comes from depth throughout the lineup and the success of the No. 3, four and five players.

Junior Garrett Patton has won 10 matches in a row while sophomore Toby Mitchell has won 12 in a row.

“Damn,” coach Patton said. “That’s impressive. These guys want to win and they’re hungry for that high.”

Boise State may have defeated New Mexico for the Mountain West Championship, but it was the win over Nevada, according to Coach Patton, which secured the title. The Broncos took down the Wolf Pack 4-2 to advance to the conference final.

Nevada also boasts arguably the most talented top-to-bottom roster in the Mountain West.

“Honestly Nevada was the best team in the conference,” coach Patton said. “Once we got past Nevada, I knew that if we won the doubles point there was no way (New Mexico) could touch us. (Nevada) didn’t play anyone, they could’ve beaten teams twice as good. That team is better than half of the teams that get into the NCAA’s.”

Now the Broncos move on to the NCAA Championship in pursuit of Boise State’s first Division I national championship. Patton and the Broncos have earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Championship in each of the three season they’ve been members of the Mountain West.

The last two seasons, Boise State has needed an at-large berth in order to slide into the NCAA’s. This season, however, the Broncos punched their ticket before the beginning of the conference championship.

“This year we knew we were getting in,” coach Patton said. “This is special.”

As Boise State gears up to face civil action from two former female athletes over alleged sexual harassment and assault incidents, officials at the university are keeping their lips sealed.

“I am really restricted on what I can say, so I am not going to be able to answer any questions,” said Greg Hahn, associate vice president for Communication and Marketing at Boise State.

Boise State officials did, however, release a written statement regarding the behavior, stating they dealt with the incident as soon as it presented itself.

“Right now we are sticking with that statement and are unable to comment on anything else,” Hahn said.

Whether former track and field coach JW Hardy’s abrupt dismissal by the university last spring was a result of his failure to address sexual assault, Boise State officials won’t say.

The two women suing Boise State claim Hardy was aware of alleged sexual assault and harassment claims against what the suit describes as a male track and field star failing to do anything to prevent further incidents.

The women are being represented by nationally renowned women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred.

While the university remains embroiled in sexual assault litigation, officials have taken steps to update Boise State code regarding reporting sexual assault and discrimination under the Clery Act.

According to Boise State Title IX/504 coordinator Annie Kerrick, the recent changes are a coincidence.

“It’s not related to the lawsuit but it was something a committee of people have been working on for a while to clean up our policy,” Kerrick said.

With the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act by Congress in 2013, Kerrick said changes to policy had been in the works for a while to ensure compliance with federal law.

“There were a lot of changes to the Clery Act and a lot of that was policy changes, so that is where these changes came in,” Kerrick said.

Boise State students like freshman biology major Nate Grant think athletes should not be protected when breaking the law by engaging in harassment and assault.

“I like sports, but just because you are really good at something, that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want without facing any consequences,” Grant said.

Junior Angelica Lopez said she and friends have experienced harassment and felt embarrassed to report the incidents for fear they would not be taken seriously.

“When you are partying and you’re drinking, it’s less likely that anyone will believe you if you tell them you were drunk,” Lopez said. “Even if you are drunk, people shouldn’t be allowed to do things to you without getting charged with a crime.”

Students explored their biological roots as they observed reflections of human emotions and personalities in the faces and behavior of Zoo Boise primates and monkeys.

The primates and monkeys intrigued the students with parenting skills and behavior changes when presented with enrichment tools the class provided as part of a service-learning project.

“For me the primates seemed more curious about the people than the people about the primates,” said Linda Hammond, junior anthropology and environmental studies major. “I mean, they’d be like ‘Ooh look a monkey’ and then they move on to the next one while all the primates were just kind of ‘what do you got there? What are you doing?’ Li Bao (a gibbon) especially. Today she came out of the tunnel because we were standing there waiting for her. She came out, stuck up her face and started posing. She was very curious and I think a lot of people here, they just kind of walk by (and) don’t really pay attention.”

The class created enrichment tools (food vessels) for the primates and monkeys to engage with when feeding time came around. The vessels were placed outside the captivity spaces while the primates and monkeys explored new ways of getting their food.

Some just reached in and grabbed out small amounts of food, like the capuchins; others—like the mangabeys—tried to detach the enrichment tools from the enclosure. Students also observed similarities in human behavior in how the primates and monkeys engaged with their babies.

“You have that childhood, and that motherhood, it’s kind of cute, and they even have that grandmother hypothesis which I didn’t know about,” said Corrine Walker, freshman political science major. “I really like that…it kind of goes with a lot like history and philosophy because you’re learning about what makes you human and those animal instincts that we all have; they said the lemurs were lazy and they’ll eat a ton and they have to be really careful about their diet and we’re the same way, like in survival it makes sense to put on more weight and when food is available and then just store it by being lazy.”

As a result of this exercise, Elizabeth Kringen, anthropology post-baccalaureate, and Chandra Reyna, senior psychology major, felt differently toward zoos and their keeping animals in captivity.

Kringen said she now sees the educational benefit of zoos, and both Kringen and Reyna said by providing enrichment tools, zoo keepers are bridging the gap between how monkeys would behave in the wild and how they engage with their current conditions.

“I think when we first started this I was…I don’t want to say against…but I really wanted to see the interaction between how they are in the wild and how they are here. I think that by giving them the enrichments it helps them engage more, so I’ve kind of changed my view from before,” Reyna said. “I was like ‘I don’t want to go to the zoo. I don’t even want to go there. I’m not even trying to be a part of that’. I still don’t like zoos but I can see they’re trying to do their best and even though the animals are captive they really are trying to do their best to make their lives full circle.”

Shades of Black, originally started at the University of Idaho, came to the Simplot Ballroom Saturday, April 23. Each performance was like a one-on-one conversation between the audience and the talent, in some cases speaking words that touched on the cracks within societal points of logic, and in other ways giving the sheer entertainment that can only come when bodies move effortlessly in an alliance with the music that climbs and makes home in our ear canals.

“Expression is divine—especially when it’s done creatively, intellectually and respectful(ly),” said the creator of Shades of Black, Kwapi Vengesayi. “We used the performing arts to tell stories and one can never underestimate how performance shaped the world.

From Shakespeare to Bob Marley, from dance and praise in the church to poetic speeches by JFK or MLK, this show taps into that same energy. I want the community, staff, and performers to walk away feeling enlightened, empowered, and/or entertainment,” Vengesayi said.

The wide variety of acts were woven together with the official theme of love. Shades of Black focuses on the acceptance of multiculturalism in aspects of self, others and society.

Acts ranged from the Underground Crew, a dance team who were so stunning they could give you a heart attack, to Give Chase, a girl band with raspy voices and  enough talent to take your breath away.

“One of the pieces is like, why do we long to be separatists and why do we crave  divisiveness? When we’re all reaching for goals, we’re all striving to be whole, we’re all on the same plane of existence,” said junior philosophy, political science, social work major Christopher Bower. “We have infinitely everything in common.”

Bower is part of Wooden Feels, an acoustic indie band that performed at Shades of Black this year.

Their piece, Quicksand Blues, married spoken word and acoustic guitar with lost lullabies and peace of mind. Quicksand Blues was the kind of song that skipped your ears and went straight to your soul.

“(Quicksand Blues is about) the puzzlement. Like whether or not to follow the alley that society prods us toward or whether to develop into the individual that we are,” explained freshman philosophy, creative writing major McAlister Mallory. “And according to the wifi password at the place I work love is the key.”

Wooden Feels comes straight out of Boise and is planning on recording their first album over this summer, but has had a couple of setbacks, including of the loss of their main guitarist when he left the band.

As the performance got closer, Wooden Feels had to change up their routine to be able to get ready in time for show day, and felt it was a great opportunity to not only be part of something that celebrates diversity, but to crack down on some of the songs they had been avoiding.

“We really have to hone in on stuff. Obviously it allows us to explore a little more. It’s like the spoken word piece they’re doing for this, obviously they wouldn’t have wrote that if it weren’t for this,” said junior environmental studies major  Drew Riemersma, guitarist for Wooden Feels.

As Shades of Black came to a close, all performers, volunteering members of Delta Sigma Phi, Martin Luther King Living Legacy Committee, and Afro-Black Student Alliance came on stage to perform the Cupid Shuffle.

As bodies meshed together in a medley of loud claps and stomping feet, more than half the audience got up to join them.

If you’re interested in being a part of Shades of Black, you can attend any of the upcoming events at in Salt Lake City, University of Washington, or Washington State University. Attend Shades of Black at Boise State next year, audition to be part of the show, or read Kwapi Vengesayi’s book “Hashtags: The dumbest, smartest, funniest, deepest things I’ve ever (and never) said about love, politics and everything in between.”

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All-American senior Ciera Perkins is leading her team through summer workouts. Devin Ferrell/The Arbiter

Junior Ciera Perkins made school history last weekend at the 2014 NCAA National Gymnastics Championship.

“It was definitely an awesome feeling,” Perkins said. “Having my teammates and my coaches by my side was really nice and such an amazing feeling.”

Perkins finished in eighth place in the floor exercise where she earned her second team All-American honors.

“She was confident in her ability and knew that she belonged at nationals,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “She performed her best routine of the season there and deserved her All-American Floor team status. We were so excited and proud to be her coaches.”

She became the first gymnast in school history to achieve All-American status in floor exercise and just the fourth All-American in school history.

“It was pretty amazing just watching her,” sophomore Maddie Krentz said. “She has been a great leader and great inspiration to
all of us.”

Competing on the national stage was quite the experience for Perkins.

“It was so surreal and insane,” Perkins said. “I had goose bumps on almost every single routine but then I got up on the floor and all my nerves calmed down.”

Perkins journey to becoming an All-American and one of the most prolific gymnasts in school history started at the age of four when she first started doing gymnastics.

“My mom saw an ad in the newspaper and decided since I flipped in all other sports we should try this,” Perkins said. “I ended up loving it and have loved it ever since.”

Perkins came to Boise State by way of Las Vegas where she was born and raised. She was part of the Gymcasts Gymnastics Club there and it wasn’t long before Boise State took notice.

“Her coaches contacted us and asked us to take a look at her as they thought she would be a perfect fit for our program and they were right,” Bird said.  “She attended our camp one summer as well and we all fell in love with her work ethic and enthusiasm. “

Soon after Perkins chose Boise State for one main reason.

“Definitely the coaches,” Perkins said. “They had this mentality of me improving each year and that is what I really wanted to do, not only athletically but academically as well.”

The rest is history as Perkins has gone on to become a vital part of the gymnastics team success over the last few seasons.

“She leads by example and next season we expect her to just keep on doing what she did this year,” Bird said.  “She is a workhorse who is fun to coach and is calm and steady in competition and her consistency is something that the team came to count on.”

Perkins credits many people with all the success she has had during her time here.

“Definitely my parents, coaches, and teammates,” Perkins said. “Without them I definitely would not have been on that national stage and they have supported me all the way.”

Perkins had one of the best seasons in school history and with still another year left perhaps the best is still yet to come from her.

“Ciera definitely will go down as one of the best gymnasts in school history,” Bird said.  “She had a record- setting season and I have no doubt she will continue that trend next season.”

The Boise State shuttle transports students from building to building rain or shine. In the last 10 years shuttle driver Ronald Mowry has seen some significant changes to the system and he’s about to see some more.

Every few years the shuttle program gets a little different, whether it is the route that changes or the shuttles themselves.

Mowry currently drives one of the buses chartered through the Caldwell Transportation department but has driven the Boise State shuttle route for 10 years and can speak to the trends of shuttle riders.

“I see about 125 to 135 (riders) a day,” Mowry said. “A good day is 180.”

Shuttle usage increases when the weather is poor but remains around the 200 riders per shuttle mark. The Department of Transportation and Parking is looking to make changes that will increase ridership.

The shuttles currently operate for 24 hours a day. This week last year, the shuttle service served over 1,100 students, a hefty number, but Nicole Nimmons, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services, thinks that some changes can be made to increase ridership.

“We’re going to be doing something completely different,” Nimmons said. “We’re going to be leasing some larger buses and then we have our five buses and we’re going to have all of those wrapped.”

According to Nimmons, the wrap plan will change the design of the bus. They will be wrapped in orange, blue and silver to coordinate with the routes. Currently there are two routes in place, the orange route that rounds Boise Avenue and heads to Park Center. The blue route heads westbound down University and eastbound up Cesar Chavez Lane, doing a loop around campus.

Part of the new plans will add a third route, silver, that will travel from a new park and ride being built off of Vista Avenue. The silver route will also add new stops downtown.

“We have our park and ride going in between the Super 8 and the Holiday Inn; it’ll be about 130 parking spaces,”
Nimmons said.

The park and ride will open mid fall.

In addition to the new route, Transportation and Parking will be discontinuing Caldwell Transportation services and will be updating the mobile app.

“We have a mobile app currently that we will be making digital enhancements to,” Nimmons said. “People can follow our shuttles currently live off of our website link.”

Nimmons’s goal is to make the shuttle map more user-friendly and ultimately develop a ‘check-in’ feature that would allow students to alert drivers they are at a particular stop or signal the drivers to wait.

Many of the riders use the website and ride the shuttle daily. One such rider is Kenzie Stallings, junior geology major.

“I use the shuttle everyday a couple of times a day,” Stallings said. “It’s a lot easier to get across campus.”

Stallings usually catches the shuttle at the Environmental Research Building and rides to the Morrison Center, two buildings on opposite sides of campus.

“It’s really convenient,” Stallings said. “But I think it would be nice to have (more) shuttles run down the other side of
University.”

Transportation and Parking is looking for more feedback from students. They will be hosting a survey online and will be offering comment cards on the shuttle as the semester draws to a close.

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Dressing up the northeast Brady Parking garage stairway, 14 panels are labelled throughout the levels with the caption Garage Art, and include a plea for artist submissions.

Opening this Friday, April 25, the Garage Art Exhibit will showcase work by 13 different Boise State artists for photography, story stories and painting. The idea for the garage art stemmed from Nicole Nimmons, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services, and was enhanced by Peter Kutchins, Sign Shop, and Karissa Sutton, event parking.

“I’m really excited to get the art students out of those PAAW buildings and those dingy hallways because very rarely do students go through those hallways and actually see the potential of the Boise State students. It’s a very exciting thing to get them into the public eye,” Sutton said. “Their exposure is amplified by being put into those garages.”

The exhibit will be up from April 25 until October 2014. New students’ works will be cycled in every semester and the Garage Art team is planning on slowly expanding their area, although currently, plans have been made to add four more frames for next semester’s Garage Art contest.

“A lot of my work is about fleeting moments in time, so capturing things that eventually will be gone,” said Tiffany Bingham, a senior in photography and one of the photographers whose work will be exhibited in the garage.

Her piece “Morning Frost” is a beautiful picture of a delicate branch with hair-like frost reaching from it.

“The way the frost had formed on the object really captured my attention. It had been blowing during the night and it was something I knew would eventually be gone, that if you weren’t up early enough you wouldn’t get to see it,” said Bingham.

“Morning Frost” was taken by Bingham over Christmas break while visiting her family in Shelley, Idaho.

In another piece that will be part of the exhibit entitled “The Dream,” senior and fine arts/criminal justice major Homeyra Shams turned a classroom assignment into a dreamscape of vibrant colors.

“I made up this background to look like a dream,” Shams said.

According to Shams the man’s face in the background was from a magazine.

“I don’t have ideas before I start drawing. When I start drawing I get ideas and soon all the pieces come together,” Shams said.

Despite Shams’s beautiful work that showcases her talent as an artist, when she graduates she plans to go to law school, still occasionally doing portraits of people. Shams said that art is her past time and that although she prefers oil paint, she likes to create in all mediums.

“I love all mediums. I use acrylic; I use chalk. It doesn’t matter what style I do.”

To check out all 13 pieces, students can take the northeast stairs in the Brady Garage starting Friday.