Review Category : Opinion

@IsabelLCorona It’s your first day of college. You don’t know anyone there or in the whole state for that matter. Suddenly, you have that, “Oh crap, what was I thinking” moment. Although I initially had this feeling when I moved from California to attend Boise State, over the last four years I developed a deep love for Boise and my fellow Broncos. I know this connection wouldn’t run so deep, however, if I hadn’t spent three of my four years living on campus. As a freshman, I lived in the boonies, otherwise known as Towers Hall. What could be seen ...

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They call it a selfie. For some, it’s an act of narcissism, a definitive mark of the “Me Me Me” Generation. For others, it’s a work of art, an atlas for the future, or a moment of great and joyous honor. A selfie, therefore, is perhaps not something to shame, but rather something to celebrate. The demonization of the selfie suggests societal refusal to view anything with the implication of narcissism as more than that. To see a selfie as a self-portrait, then, would be nothing short of a desecration of art. Try explaining this to Vincent Van Gogh, Frida ...

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Question: Is living on campus beneficial to students?   Connor Mccoy-Michelson A: I believe it gives you good connections within the college community but can be very distracting at times, especially if your roommates are noise. Thomas Warner A: I feel it’s good for your first year in order to sort of acclimate you to the (college) environment, so far I’d say it’s been beneficial to me. Micah Urizar A: I think it’s nice because we have our own dining facility and I don’t have to commute so far to get to class. Tori Haeve A: I think so, my ...

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Being a male, I’m not inclined to voice my opinion on the matter of pro-life vs. pro-choice.  It’s not a decision I will ever have to make, so I believe my feelings on the matter are irrelevant.  The issue I’d like to discuss is the lack of civility within the debate itself.  How can you claim to be performing an act of love for an unborn child when you can’t even respect a person standing directly in front of you? Time and time again, I’ve witnessed someone be bullied and persecuted for their stance on the subject.  I understand it is a passionate topic ...

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It’s almost a mocking but true statement about the lack of things to do in Boise Idaho that the Spring Fling is attended and taken seriously. Let’s just hope that Cash Cash forgets their entire music career pre-Overtime EP. I don’t know if students could endure the awkward unbalanced rhythm and sloppiness of anything from Take it to the Floor. Unless I was mistaken when filling out college applications and failed to realize this institution was actually a high end middle school, I would prefer if the bands that my tuition is used to fund don’t that uses the phrase ...

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Eunice Macias Pychology Freshman   I haven’t heard anything about it, no.   Rick Anderson     I am not incredibly sure what’s going. I really try to stay away from that stuff.   Michael Wolf Mechanical engineering Sophomore   I know there are couple local people. It’s different than the usual. I’m kind of excited it’s more of an all-day thing than just a night thing. Paige Puccinelli Communication Senior I’ve never really heard of most of the people … I think it will be fun. It’s a free concert so people shouldn’t really complain. You might as well ...

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Sexism is not dead. It permeates American culture, infecting the minds of the young, old, male and female. Songs like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” –which essentially encourages date rape–constantly play on mainstream radio and in night clubs across the country. These types of dehumanizing images abound in pop culture. A universal understanding and practice of feminism is vital in order for change to take place. The problem remains that many people don’t fully understand the ideals of feminism. “We’re all bra-burning, man-hating, just raging, angry at the system, lesbians,” said Courtney Boyce, vice president of the Gender Studies Club at ...

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Question: What is your perception of America’s involvement in what is going on in the Middle East? Fawn Cooper, junior special education major “I haven’t kept up on it lately; I don’t necessarily agree with what we are doing there but like I said I haven’t kept up on it so I don’t know what the current situation is over there.” Keaton Beattie, sophomore liberal arts major “I’m not really up-to-date on what’s going on in the Middle East so I think what we’re doing is good and that it’s nice we’re trying to help other people out and stuff, ...

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Society today is obsessed with social media. Its all about posting on Instagram. Whether it’s #throbackthursday or #selfiesunday, its never ending. Instagram has become such a big part of all of our lives that it is hard to realize how obsessed the world has become.   The big question is who do people present themselves to be on Instagram? A hipster who drinks a lot of coffee? A health nut who meal preps every week? Or a selfie Queen/King? How people portray themselves on social media is how the world sees them. Or is it how they want people to ...

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For someone who already holds a relative distaste towards the American government, it may not have been the best decision for me to read the book, “Boomerang! How Our Covert Wars have Created Enemies across the Middle East and Brought Terror to America,” by Mark Zepezauer. In this book Zepezauer provides an in-depth, crash course history lesson in America’s policies in the Middle East from as far back as the mid-19th century up until 2003, when the book was published. Though it’s obvious in the introduction and afterword that Zepezauer holds a bias (we should stop causing destruction and turmoil ...

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I had FOMO (fear of missing out). Some would say I still suffer from the FOMO. I’d say I am a recovering from the FOMO. I remember creating my Facebook profile during my senior year of high school. It was taking over Myspace and we’d all rush home, just to sit and stare at the screen. But that was how we communicated, through statuses, messages, and comments. Looking back, I would spend hours sitting at my computer, waiting for my Facebook feed to update, hoping someone would post something interesting just so I could be the first person to “like” ...

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Imagine a scenario where your car breaks down and you don’t have the money to fix it. You live out in the suburbs and regularly commute downtown to attend classes and are now forced to find another way to get around. Suddenly you remember that Boise has a public transit system called ValleyRide prompting  you to hop online to see if you can take the bus to school. Boise State includes a bus pass with your school ID so maybe going without a car won’t be so bad. Your optimistic attitude soon turns sour when you realize most buses run ...

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Q. What do you think you would miss out on if you gave up your social media accounts?   Christa Christiansen, kineseology major “Probably being able to communicate with other students who I go to school with and I  don’t know their phone number. But mostly just keeping up with friends and family.”   Hank Davis, computer science major “News updates, I like to see what’s going on like around campus   Cody Wetherelt, linguistics major “All the little things my friends do back home and the things that are happening on campus like with my other friends.”   Sophie ...

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As my years at Boise State add up, and graduation steadily draws closer (yes, it really is getting closer), I have seen a trend that concerns me as a rather involved student here at Boise State. The more my peers and I start to think about what to do after graduation, the more I hear concerns that graduating from Boise State will impact people negatively in the application pool. I’ve heard this from multiple students, whether it be that they don’t feel prepared for a graduate program, or that they don’t feel like their resume is strong enough to get ...

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Naomi Aguirre – Marketing “Yeah, I think so. I don’t have reason to think otherwise I guess, so that’s why I wouldn’t say no.” Estaban Galn- Political Science “You get what you put into it. You can skate by in classes and not read your texts fully and just google all assignments through and you’ll probably walk out with a decent B and pass and feel like you paid for nothing. But if you engage yourself in your education and you actually spend the time doing the readings and then the supplemental material, which professors do give, and then come ...

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I think it’s time  we all grow up a little.  No longer are we bound by the chains of the high school education system, obsessed and solely driven by GPAs and test scores. You have nothing left to prove, so make the most of your time in college and get out of the classroom! I came into Boise State this past fall expecting to finally be enlightened, to have the opportunity to actually learn something instead of just regurgitating “knowledge” on a scantron. Instead, I was met with the cruel realization that college is just like high school. Boise State ...

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The Arbiter Minute for April 3, 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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Courtesy: Alexa Valladolid If you ask a thousand people for a dollar in Boise, it turns out you make $1,000 after just asking a few hundred. After reaching my goal I had a commitment to honor. I took a seat beside five other brave souls and prepared to lose my locks. I hadn’t planned on it, but there I was bald again. The clippers stopped and I ran my hand over my head; I had forgotten how soft buzzed hair feels. I decided to shave my head the first time after witnessing my classmates participate in the first event for ...

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Recently, I downloaded an app called Tinder. It’s marketed as a dating app, and I was curious to know what the hype is about. I caught on to tinder-ing quickly enough. Basically a potential match’s picture (usually their Facebook profile picture) comes up on your screen, a swipe one direction means you’d talk to them, the other way means you aren’t interested. When two people approve each other, a chat conversation is opened, either party can actually start the conversation. Tinder has only one definition on Urban Dictionary: “Dating app. Tinder is the McDonald’s for sex.” And after my short ...

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We’ve all seen it. Many of us have taken part in shooting pool or bowled a few frames in the SUB.  Despite the fact that popularity and participation has decline in recent years, it’s still one of the most iconic and historical spots on the Boise State campus. Now the beloved Game Center might be replace by the ever exciting Admissions Center. Last week, we discovered that the Boise State Game Center at the south end of the Student Union Building could be repurposed in the coming months. One of the most trafficked areas everyday at Boise State, the removal ...

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It started with the encouraging but strong nudges to participate in this program called Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars. I had been faithfully coming to the annual engineering outreaches for High School students Boise State University hosted, and they just knew I would enjoy the program. I completed the requirements for the application, which included writing my state legislator to ask for their nomination that I be in the program. I was accepted in December and in January I started one of the most challenging courses of my High School career. This one semester course takes students through knowledge of ...

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An open letter to Greg Hampikian, Professor at Boise State University: Students for Concealed Carry noted your recent op-ed in the New York Times on the subject of firearms in the college environment entitled “When may I shoot a student?” As you may be aware, Students for Concealed Carry is the only national gun rights group focused exclusively on the issue of the rights of law abiding adults possessing a concealed carry permit to be able to carry firearms while visiting a college campus. Thus, while your op-ed was not addressed to us and was written in an overtly facetious ...

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In response to the fanatical article about guns on campus, two things are falsehoods.  One, Uda’s declaration that the university would spend $2 million on extra security.  Concealed carry exists in malls and other large, public areas, and has existed for many years.  Weapons carry, open and concealed, has existed in this country since before its founding.  It has existed even in the state capitol building in areas open to the public.  None of those places have high walls, barbed wire, and metal detectors.  The notion of needing all that extra security has nothing to do with guns, it has ...

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Recently there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding the new Idaho initiative to allow concealed weapons on campus. I have noticed that much of the debate has centered solely on the prospect of an active shooter scenario and whether or not armed students would be a benefit or a detriment in such a situation. However, I believe this narrow focus (from both sides) misses the forest for the trees. Personally, I feel it is time to reexamine not only the restriction on concealed weapons, but also BSU’s entire weapons policy needs to be reconsidered. I know my opinions ...

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