Review Category : Opinion

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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“What do you think of people hooking up through online mobile apps like Tinder?”                                                             ...

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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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Dear Ryan, Your article seems like it was written in five minutes and then edited by a 5-year-old. It is confusing, argumentative, and has no defined purpose. If you don’t mind a short critique of your ideas, please continue to read. If not, well, your opinion means nothing anyway. First, Dirty Harry was a police inspector. Mostly, he was doing his job even if he did it poorly at times. As for the other two movies you mentioned, the good guys rose up in response to a corrupt system that was injurious to the public. You say “Wherever there is ...

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Dear Editors and fellow students: I am a current student at BSU and an enhanced concealed weapons permit (ECWP) holder. I have been hunting and shooting since I was able to hold a gun. I have also been taught the proper methods of gun handling and uses of guns. It is apparent that there is a lot of confusion over SB1254. The misconception being that if this bill passes “everyone will get their ECWP and pack on campus.” The fact of the matter is all this bill is doing is making it legal for the people that are already packing ...

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Dear Curt McKenzie, Dakota Brooke and all other Idaho gun advocates, Let me cut to the chase immediately: You scare me. Your personal positions regarding whether students on campus should have guns to “protect” themselves literally make me paranoid and afraid of you if I ever meet you on the street. And I think I know why. The concept of the vigilante is nearly as old as organized political systems themselves. Wherever there is proper enforcement of the law, there will always be one person who feels the need to take it into their own hands. However, during recent times, ...

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  Do you think concealed weapons should be allowed on campus?   “I don’t. I just think it causes unnecessary stress on campus with everyone.” Jacob Nelson Political science Sophomore       “I don’t think they should. I think if anything maybe professors should have them…I’m pro gun but I just don’t think they need to be on campus.” Hannah Zavaletta General Studies Senior        “I don’t feel that they shouldn’t be allowed on campus but I don’t think it’s necessary. I think that it’s still within our second amendment to be able to carry a concealed weapon ...

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Joel Robinson Part-time American sign language certificate Gun on campus? Yes! Here’s why. 1. It’s Constitutional   Being uncomfortable does not veto another person’s constitutional rights.  Think back to civil rights days.  Remember, some people were “uncomfortable” with segregated schools, the Voting Rights Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act. The courts and legislatures acknowledged the US Constitution trumped personal discomfort. We take equality for granted because it is in our constitution.  Well, we have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear (carry) arms. 2. It’s Infrequent   Those states acknowledging the Second Amendment have a handful of students and faculty ...

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Matthew Miller Senior Social Science A few months back working at Ye Olde Faste Foode Jointe, which shall remain unnamed but has some rather frosty drinks, a coworker and I were talking about the future of the world, particularly America. Now, it started off concerning current political topics, like where we’ll be if such-and-such bill goes through, or if x,y, or z occur, or what would happen to the price of meatloaf if Yellowstone blew a gasket. One was whether or not the Moon Landing was staged, but let’s not even poke that bear. However, it started to concern the ...

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Courtesy  Virginia Treat  Events & Marketing Manager for the Morrison Center  Lance Moore’s recent Arbiter article entitled: The Place Of Classical Music In A Modern World on Jan. 27. 2014 contains certain inaccuracies that the Morrison Center would like to address and see corrected. In our opinion, the article was not properly sourced and it is unfortunate that we were not offered the opportunity to be interviewed for the article prior to its publication.  It would be our pleasure to provide any additional information or answer any questions.  In regards to the statement: “The Morrison Center is host to the Boise Philharmonic and offers high discounts for Boise ...

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Question: What is the strangest thing your pet has ever done?   Courtney Corcoran: Senior / Exercise science major   “I was at the dog park with my 90-pound lab, Trotter. We were playing fetch with his tennis ball. There was another dog playing with their owner over to the side and Trotter ran over and stole their tennis ball and took off running.   When we finally got him to come back to us he had the tennis ball in his mouth and we went to get it out and he just swallowed it. It was the weirdest thing. ...

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There is a plague that spreads among us here on campus. Her name is laziness, and she is everywhere. Although I remain nameless, my voice is true and my experiences are real. I am troubled. I find it so difficult to rectify in my mind the deficits that play out every day in front of me at this institution. I hope in these words to address a pernicious problem, institutionalized laziness hat has created a culture of sloth and privilege in me and my fellow students. In order for my words to hold any weight, you must first accept my ...

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By Devin Ferrell   I do not care for the Valentine’s Day. Call me a pessimist, call me jaded, or call me a cynic, but I don’t give any credence to a day that celebrates romance or affection between two people. What makes one particular day more significant for showing love for another person than any other day of the year? Of course people will say that is not the case and folks show their affection for someone every day of the year but it is unequivocal that Valentine’s Day, in the modern frame of its observance, is aimed at ...

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Question: What do you think when a friend tells you they’re waiting until marriage to have sex?   Picture 1: “Laughter is my answer. It doesn’t fit in modern culture anymore.” – Annamarie Morehead, psychology, sophomore   Picture 2: “It sounds like they’re trying to be respectful of whoever they’ll be with in the future.” – John Crum, political science, sophomore   Picture 3: “Good for them. I did that.” – Tristan Winegar, general business, senior   Picture 4: “My first thought is religion. To be honest.” – Dani Leffler, communication, senior (left)   “Good for them. It’s a lot ...

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Question: Do you think concealed weapons should be allowed on campus? Caitlain McCarrel History major Senior   “No. I do not. For one, they scare me, and two, a lot of the incidents have involved gun shootings at schools and that just doesn’t make me feel safe.”     Clayton Carpenter Respiratory therapy major Freshman   “That’s tough. Yes, but I believe (people with concealed weapons) should have to go through a lot of psychological tests beforehand. Other than that, I think I agree with it.”     Sierra Hollar Health science/ Spanish major Freshman “No. The more weapons there are, ...

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Boise State is presently fighting an uphill battle trying to provide a quality education for all of its students, but especially for arts and humanities majors. With STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) having national priority, some students and faculty feel the arts and humanities have been put on the back burner. “Everybody in the humanities is frustrated here at Boise State,” said Nick Miller, history professor and director of the Arts and Humanities Institute. “I think we perpetuate it by complaining that STEM is emphasized. But what are you supposed to do? STEM is emphasized for reasons that might ...

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