Review Category : News

Hot Spot: Legalizing Marijuana

Hot Spot, Episode 3. In this episode we talk about legalizing marijuana. We discuss the benefits of legalizing marijuana versus the potential concerns. Moderator: Ty Hawkins Produced and directed by: Farzan Faramarzi ...

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*This message has been approved for mass email distribution by Kevin Satterlee, Vice President for Campus Operations/General Counsel, in accordance with Boise State Policy 8100.*   CAMPUS  SAFETY  ALERT Early this evening, April 19, 2014, a female jogger reported to Boise Police that while running on the Greenbelt near campus, 5 male subjects attempted to block her path and box her in. The female continued on her run and thereafter contacted the campus substation.  There was no reported physical contact. The subjects were described as college-aged males who were approximately 5’9″ to 5’10″ tall.  One male was described as wearing a ...

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@IsabelLCorona College students are at an elevated risk for developing eating disorders and Boise State students are not exempt. The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) reported 25 percent of college-aged females used binging and purging to manage their weight. Karla West, Ph.D. and director of counseling services, said peer pressure is a major reason why young people are so vulnerable to developing eating disorders. “They are still learning and developing that whole identity process—psychological development of identity—so that influence can be much stronger during those years,” West said. College students who live on campus may be ...

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Boise State partners with roughly 150 local nonprofit and government agencies to provide students with real work experience through the service-learning program. But not every class is a service-learning class, not every major requires service-learning and not every nonprofit and government agency is a part of Boise State service- learning. There are processes in which these come about and committees who are involved in making the decisions. Service-learning is a program Boise State offers for classes to work on real world experiences and still gain knowledge and learn course material. Faith Beyer Hansen, assistant director for faculty and community engagement for ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness.   As a twenty-four year old college senior, and the daughter of parents who raised me to be self-sufficient since I was fifteen, I am too proud to ask for help, but having a mental illness is expensive, even with insurance. During a discussion with a group of friends about health insurance, they erupted when I told them how much I pay for my doctor’s visits, therapy sessions, and prescription medications, with insurance. I often ask myself, why have insurance if it’s not going to cover anything? ...

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A donation of clothing this spring can mean more than just clearing out some extra closet space; it can give someone the opportunity to live a normal life. Boise State’s Net Impact Chapter and The Arc are teaming up to host a clothing drive at Boise State to take place  April 21 through May 5. The Arc currently provides jobs and services to more than 600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southern Idaho alone. “The goal is to make people as independent as their capabilities allow them to be,” said Brian Greber, board president of The Arc. Clothes ...

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Experiential Learning is the concept that students can learn the subject matter for a course best by doing an activity or creating an artifact rather than just reading about it and sitting through lectures.  With this method, students take the concepts that they have learned and then use that information to present a finished product showing that they understand the topics.  That’s all well and good, but how can this help you do better on a test?  Apply the idea of Experiential Learning to your course in order to better understand everything that you have assimilated this semester.  When you ...

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The Arbiter Minute for April 17, 2014

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 Holly Hovis © Boise State Student Media 2014 ...

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4/11/2014 Hello everybody, welcome back to Common Culture! Today I want to talk about Shia LaBeouf. Most of the Shia-related buzz died away around February, but I still can’t get Shia LaBeouf off my mind. When I wake up, I think of Shia LaBeouf. Before I go to sleep, I think of Shia LaBeouf. As I dream, I think of Shia LaBeouf. Okay, not really. But the truth is this guy is so interesting to me. So this blog will be a sort of rudimentary overview, psychoanalysis, and praise-fest of Shia LaBeouf. Get ready. Firstly, Shia was a Disney Channel ...

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Two former Boise State students have accused university athletic officials of ignoring sexual assault and harassment incidents involving a student athlete. According to the two women, athletic officials were aware of the accused athletes previous record of sexual assault and harassment and failed to stop the behavior, further emboldening the inappropriate actions of what the suit calls a “men’s star track and field athlete”. The women are being represented by nationally renowned lawyer Gloria Allred. Attorney Gloria Allred, seated left, and Dr. Caroline Heldman, along with six sexual assault victims (unrelated to the Boise State suit), at a news conference ...

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Courtesy: Zach Sparrow The Add the Words movement refers to the adding of the words “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to the Idaho Human Rights Act. Presently, the IHRA only protects against discrimination toward religion, age, disability, sex and race. Since 2006, Idaho’s top government officials have told the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community that soon there would be a change. Eight years later, people have grown tired of waiting. The Add the Words movement has gained traction this year due to the heavy media exposure of the voluntary arrest of protestors. Filmmaker Cammie Pavesic witnessed the rallies and ...

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Named one of the top cities for bicyclists, it’s no surprise many Boise State students chose bicycles as their main mode of transportation, not only around campus, but around town. Boise State’s campus is difficult for many students to conquer every day on foot. Incoming freshmen and transfer students learn quickly they’ll need something besides their feet to get them around the campus’ 180 acres. However, owning a bicycle can be a hassle, as they are often targets for theft.  According to Boise State campus security website, “Bike theft is a common crime on the BSU campus.  One of the ...

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After interviewing 22 international, immigrant, refugee and domestic students attending Boise State, students in the Intermountain Social Research Lab (IMSRL) have compiled individual student narratives which paints a broader picture of the direction the university is taking. In some cases, it’s not a pretty one. “All of them were spectacular in one way or another,” said Jamie Thomas, IMSRL student. “One in particular was a gentleman who immigrated here from Mexico at a young age … he’s American in every sense of the word, as far as living in the United States for the better part of his life and ...

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Boise State administrators and Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) representatives are planning for university growth. Future buildings, old buildings, green space, road ways, bike paths, future land acquisition and space purposes were a few of the topics addressed. Carolyn Krall, senior associate of ASG, broke down the physicality of future expansions into three areas (precients) of development: expansion, Greenbelt and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Athletics. On April 10, ASG hosted three campus master plan update meetings for faculty, staff, students and the community, faculty, and staff about the physical plans for Boise State’s expansion and how they align ...

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Brian Ohlen  spends his days getting his hands dirty as a coordinator at the Cycle Learning Center. Most weekdays, Ohlen can be found changing flat tires, adjusting faulty brakes and helping students understand how to take properly care for their bicycles. “We do offer maintenance classes. Once a semester we offer four classes that teach you how to do that kind of stuff,” Ohlen said. According to Ohlen, basic bicycle maintenance skills are easily taught to those who prefer to get around town on two wheels. “If you are comfortable using tools and are competent about how things work, it ...

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The Arbiter Minute for April 14, 2014

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 Holly Hovis © Boise State Student Media 2014 ...

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Vincent Serio, MD, director of Medical Services answered questions via email regarding menopause. Q. Have you seen an increase in complaints regarding menopause symptoms? A. I think the university actually feels that the number of traditional age (18-24) students is increasing.  From 2010 to 2013, the number of students in the above 50 age group is stable at 4 percent. So, to answer your question, no, I don’t feel like we are seeing more complaints directly related to menopause. However –we have always, and probably have also seen a small increase in symptom complaints related to the Perimenopause, again the demographic ...

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Students turned out to the last Service Saturday for the semester on April 5.  Quite a few were bleary-eyed having stayed up late participating in Relay for Life the previous night.  A breakfast of coffee, slices of fresh melon, muffins, bagels and a large assortment of breakfast burritos were enjoyed by all before getting down to work. The idea behind Service Saturday is to bring Boise State students together to work out in the community. “This event has been going on for the last four years.  My office, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center (SILC), picked it up last year,” ...

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Sophomore mechanical engineering major Jillian Helms enjoys riding her bike to and from campus. “I bike around all the time,” Helms said. But when it comes to drinking and biking, Helms prefers to stay safe and keep her consumption to a minimum. “A glass of wine or a beer and I will get on my bike,” Helms said. “Multiple drinks though? No.” According to Helms, drinking and riding among Boise residents is a frequent occurrence in areas where bars are plentiful. “I live downtown and I know that happens a lot. I think it is a better alternative but if you ...

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Tuesday night marked the beginning of a new reign on campus, the reign of a new Associated Students of Boise State (ASBSU) student government. Bryan Vlok, president of ASBSU, is excited to begin work with his fellow representatives. “I’m very excited. Even now this group has already started planning for what they want to do,” Vlok said. “They are driven students and they just have great ideas and are ready to take on the year and I’m excited to work with them.” Lisa Harris, vice president for Student Affairs, is confident these students will make an impact on campus. “The work ...

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Operating systems (OS) can slow down over time, causing computer users to shake their heads in frustration as it takes what seems like ages to load basic programs. For David Rencher, assistant manager of the Help Desk at The Zone, dealing with these sort of problems is a common occurrence. “We do see some that are running slow. It’s almost always software decay; they’ve loaded all sorts of junk, too many toolbars, stuff like that,” Rencher said. Software decay can be caused by an old OS’s inability to cope with newer programs, or because folders and files left over from ...

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Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) is reaching out. The Lambda Pi Eta Omega Omega Chapter gives members the opportunity to support their community, present original work at research conferences and engage in a variety of activities that further their academic success. “Being a member you are able to find more opportunities to visit with faculty and work one on one with them,” said Robin Jensen, president of the organization. LPE is a communication honor society which seeks to help members connect to the community around campus as well as to the larger academic community related to the major. Having inducted their ...

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Breaking Expectations is staff writer Danielle Allsop’s firsthand experience living with mental illness. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Some of you may not think of OCD as a mental illness, but as a way to say someone is “neurotic” in a demeaning way. According to the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), “feeling the need to check things repeatedly, or have certain thoughts or perform routines and rituals over and over… People with OCD can’t control these obsessions and compulsions. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.” ...

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Today I read about two interesting studies conducted by Kent State University regarding students and cell phone usage.  The first study surveyed 300 college students (and physically assessed 49 of them) to show the comparison between how much time they spent on their cell phones and their overall physical health.  The study showed that high cell phone usage equalled out to poor physical health.  The second study by Kent State looked at the results from 500 students comparing cell phone usage, GPA and overall happiness/anxiety levels.  The results from the second study supported the results from the first study; the ...

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The Arbiter Minute for April 10, 2014

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 Holly Hovis © Boise State Student Media 2014 ...

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