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DESCRIPTIONThe January 20 issue of the Boise State student-run newspaper, The Arbiter.
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January 20, 2015 Vol. 27 Issue 36
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Faculty publishes original workpg. 8-9
Three strikes and youre out with academic probation, pg. 4
News Culture SportsPine trees and feathers:
check out 2014s top tattoos, pg. 11Mens tennis looks to ace the season, pg. 13
hoots & giggles
Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Lewis
FOR RELEASE JANUARY 20, 2015
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The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Muhammad Ali
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The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. Muhammad Ali
Obamas plan misses the mark
Mens Tennis swings into action
MANAGING EDITORJustin Kirkham
NEWS EDITORAlx Stickel
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOREryn-Shay Johnson
& Sean Buncenews@
SPORTS EDITORNate Lowery
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITORBrandon Walton
CULTURE EDITORPatty Bowen
ASSISTANT CULTURE EDITORAugust McKernan
PHOTO EDITORTyler Paget
COPY EDITORSBrenna Brumfield
Leslie Boston-Hydedesign manager
GRAPHIC DESIGNERSTed Atwell
BUSINESS MANAGERMacArthur Minor
NL News Director Farzan Faramarzi
cheaper oil prices shell out savings
2014 leaves a legacy of pinterest ink
Copy making is more than translucent
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Policy update demands immediate compliance Alx StickelNews Editor
For seven of Boise States 254 dismissed students, the third time will not be the charm for their academic success record.
Boise State is immedi-ately changing its academic probation, dismissal and re-instatement policy to be in compliance with state policy (which was updated April 2002)a limit of three dis-missals and two reinstate-ments. These limits are now enforced at Boise State as of last semester.
The seven students which Boise State dismissed fall 2014 semester have either reached or exceeded the al-lotted number of dismissals and reinstatements. In the future, Boise State will not readmit them for another try
at finishing their education.However, because stu-
dents were unaware of the change, the university is ready to be lenient and pos-sibly readmitting them one more time if these stu-dents choose to appeal.
It will eventually be strict-er, said registrar Kris Col-lins. But currently our goal is to be as lenient as possible I think a lot of times on some of our policies, Boise State has tended to be more lenient because we used to serve that role of a commu-nity college.
Collins explained that now having a community col-lege nearby, if students cant come back to Boise State they still have an opportu-nity to go to increase their GPA and hopefully find an-other route to education.
Collins and Tomas Baiza,
director of Academic Advis-ing and Enhancement, will be working with Chris Bow-er, ASBSU secretary of aca-demic affairs, and other de-partments to develop ways of preventing students reach-ing probation and dismissal status in the first place.
It is very challenging for institutions to identify strug-gling students who are not yet on probation, Baiza said. Individual instructors will know how most students are doing in their own classes, but many universities strug-gle to devise a cohesive, early response plan for the strug-gling student because most intervention models are based on final grades.
Bower sees a few consid-erable pros and cons with this new state policy. One benefit is that Boise State is becoming more competitive
with other universities in the region, as higher standards help give credibility and prestige.
However, higher academic success standards may be a double-edged sword for the
student body. According to Bower while higher aca-demic success standards are hoped to encourage higher self-worth and expectations, some students with extenu-ating life circumstances may
have a harder time remaining in compliance.
The goal never is, Lets make it so hard that we lose some students, Bower said. The incentive is on us to work with the students.
Gas prices plummet, lift student spiritsEryn Shay JohnsonAsst. News Editor
The Dallas Cowboys arent going to the Super Bowl, but gas prices still make it feel like the 90s.
In Boise, gas prices range from $1.79 to $2.29, but most places are seeing fuel dip below $2 for the first time in years.
According to John Mar-tin, economics lecturer, the prices are dropping due to the decrease in the price of oil. This could make a huge dif-ference for students commut-ing to and from campus and those looking to escape for a
weekend.Having low gas prices adds
a few more dollars to your income, Martin said. Its al-most like you have a pay raise.
According to Martin, the drop in fuel prices could add 0.5 percent to 1 percent gain in the nations gross domestic product. The GDP measures the health of a countrys econ-omy and the buying power of a countrys dollar.
The gain in GDP means that people are able to put more money into the economy than they had in previous years. A gain could be beneficial in adding more jobs.
People are getting jobs, but
theyre getting jobs at a lower wage than they were before, Martin said. The economy is, I dont want to say weak, but its not strong.
As time goes by and gas prices stay low, the economy could stabilize. Currently, the price decrease has a lot to do with the amount of oil the United States has been able to produce. The increase is due to the U.S. shale boom and Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries contin-ued production.
Supply is staying at its level, but demand is not nearly as much, so that in part is drop-ping the prices, Martin said.
The good news, from the standpoint of lower prices, is that certain things will get a little bit cheaper.
Students are starting to be affected by the drop in prices as well.
Its been really nice, said Hanna Gentry, freshman his-tory major. It used to be over $30 to fill my gas tank, but now its like $20. Im driving a little more than usual.
Since gas prices have been lo