Boise State University

6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Idaho Film Pioneer Returns To The Screen In Documentary About Her Life

Nell Shipman

Nell Shipman was already a star of silent films when she abandoned Hollywood in 1922.  She packed up her own zoo of 70 animal actors, including bobcats, bears, elk, eagles, and sled dogs, and moved to Idaho's Priest Lake to write, direct and star in her own movies.  Idaho filmmaker Karen Day is telling her story.

“Nell Shipman was the very first animal activist in Hollywood and the first action/adventure heroine in silent film," says Day.

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Idaho News
12:33 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

2 Women Sue Boise State University Over Sex Assault Response

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Two former Boise State University students are suing the school because they say athletic officials ignored their reports of sexual assault and harassment by a star athlete.

The women are represented by nationally known attorney Gloria Allred, who has handled similar lawsuits in several other states. They contend Boise State University athletic officials knew the athlete who abused them had a record of serially harassing and assaulting fellow students, and that the school's failure to take action spurred the athlete to continue the behavior.

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Higher Education
11:02 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Boise State Sets Policy As It Prepares For Guns On Campus

Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University has released its preliminary plans for implementing the state’s new guns-on-campus law. It and other state colleges and universities have until July 1 before the law goes into effect.

The update from the university came in the form of an email Thursday from university president Bob Kustra. He says the school is in the process of revising policies and procedures and that administrators have already made several decisions. 

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Idaho Legislature
3:10 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

More Than 200 Idaho Students, Faculty Rally Against Guns On Campus

Protesters against a bill that would allow some to carry concealed weapons on Idaho's campuses lined the Statehouse steps. Feb. 27, 2014.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

More than 200 people against a bill that would allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons on Idaho's university campuses protested Thursday in the rain outside the Statehouse. The group was made up primarily of students and faculty of Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho.

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Idaho Legislature
6:22 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Boise State President Says Guns On Campus Bill Solves A Problem That Doesn't Exist

Boise State University President Bob Kustra.
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Boise State University President Bob Kustra says he’s against proposed legislation that would allow guns on Idaho college and university campuses, because it addresses a problem that doesn’t exist.

Kustra is one of the eight Idaho academic presidents who came out this month in opposition to a proposal that would allow guns to be legally carried on campuses. The State Board of Education also opposes the legislation. 

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Campus Safety
10:28 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Boise State: Allowing Guns On Campus Will Cost University About $2 Million Each Year

Boise State University says proposed legislation that would allow guns to legally be carried on Idaho campuses would require an overhaul of its campus security.
Credit Scott Graf / Boise State Public Radio

Boise State University says proposed legislation that would allow guns to be legally carried on its campus would cost the school about $2 million each year.

BSU’s head of security and police services, Jon Uda, detailed the costs in a university memo. In it, he says having guns on campus would present “myriad” of new threats for campus security.

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8:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Study: Climate Change Means More Raptors Are Wintering In Idaho

The American Kestrel was one of six raptors whose winter range is changing. The others are golden eagles, Northern harriers, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, and rough-legged hawks.
Credit Neil Paprocki

People in Idaho are seeing more raptors because golden eagles and red-tailed hawks aren't flying as far south for winter. That's according to a new study from Boise State University. The study authors say the change in migration habits means fewer of the birds of prey are being spotted in southern states.

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6:32 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boise State's New Head Football Coach Says "It's Great To Be Home"

Bryan Harsin was officially introduced as Boise State's new head football coach Friday.
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Bryan Harsin was formally introduced as the new head football coach of Boise State’s Broncos Friday. The 37-year-old has a long history with the Broncos. He was a quarterback for the team in the late 1990s and was then an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010. Harsin was also an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Peterson from 2006 to 2010.

“It feels great to be home,” Harsin told the crowd at a press conference Friday. “It’s truly a privilege and an honor to stand here before you today as the next head coach of Boise State.”

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8:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Former Bronco Bryan Harsin Is Boise State's New Football Coach

Harsin is a Boise native who previous played and coached at Boise State.
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Update 9:55 a.m.: Boise State has hired a 37-year-old former assistant to be its next head coach.  Bryan Harsin will leave Arkansas State to be the next Bronco head coach. 

Harsin is a Boise native who was a BSU quarterback in the late 1990s. He then served as an assistant coach from 2001 to 2010.  Harsin was an offensive coordinator under former head coach Chris Petersen from 2006 to 2010.

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7:08 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Chris Petersen Says Decision To Leave Boise State For Washington Was About 'Timing And Fit'

Former Boise State coach Chris Petersen was introduced Monday as the next coach at the University of Washington.
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Former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen spoke for the first time Monday about his decision to leave Boise for the University of Washington.

The crowd chanted Petersen’s name as a press conference got underway in Seattle. Petersen began by thanking Boise State, the Broncos, fans and everyone who’s helped him reach this point.

“People keep asking me ‘Why now? You’ve been in Boise for so long.’ Two things keep coming to mind: timing and fit,” Petersen explained.  

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8:58 am
Mon December 9, 2013

'Tis The Bowl Season: Broncos Headed To Hawaii

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Boise State has accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas eve. The Broncos will take on Oregon State at Aloha Stadium.  It's the 12th straight year the Broncos have gone to a bowl game.  Boise State last played in the Hawaii Bowl in 2007, when the Broncos lost 41-38 to East Carolina. 

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11:03 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Chris Petersen Era Ends At Boise State As ‘Coach Pete’ Departs For Washington

Credit University of Washington

The University of Washington has announced Chris Petersen will be the school’s next head football coach. Petersen leaves Boise State after 13 years, eight of which he served as head coach.

Washington made the announcement official Friday morning with a news release. 

"On behalf of the University of Washington and the entire Husky Nation, I am proud to welcome Chris Petersen as our new head football coach," Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said.

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6:38 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Report: Boise State's Chris Petersen Leaving For Washington

Chris Petersen
Credit John Kelly / Boise State University/

ESPN is reporting Boise State head coach Chris Petersen will accept the same position at the University of Washington today. 

Reporter Joe Schad cites an unnamed source.  Nothing has been made official by either school.

On Twitter, Schad added:

Chris Petersen is ready for a new challenge and views the professional and family timing and UW destination as the perfect next step.  - Joe Schad, ESPN

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Boise State
10:52 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Boise State's Chris Petersen Withdraws From Coaching Search At USC

Boise State head coach Chris Petersen.
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Update, 12:17 p.m.:  ESPN is now reporting University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has accepted the USC job.

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12:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

BSU Researchers Find Road Noise Keeps Birds Away From Boise’s Foothills

Migratory songbirds, like this red-naped sapsucker, were caught and studied along the Phantom Road in the Boise Foothills.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Last December, we told you about Idaho researchers studying the impact of road noise on animals in Boise’s Foothills. Project Director Jesse Barber, Associate Professor at Boise State University, built a “phantom road” in the forest. Now, study results are in.

Researchers found that road noise did have an effect on birds. 

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9:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

University Of Idaho, Boise State Report Declining Enrollment

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Two of Idaho's largest universities reported enrollment declines this year.

Boise State University saw its total students during the fall semester sag to 22,003 from 22,678 last year, a drop of 3 percent.

Meanwhile, the University of Idaho said its overall enrollment plunged nearly 5.2 percent to 11,844, from 12,493.

Both schools sought to put a positive spin on declining enrollments.

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Higher Education
1:44 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Boise State University Begins Process Of Prioritization

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At his annual State of the University speech, Boise State President Bob Kustra says the school will spend a year ranking its programs, departments and offerings. The process is being dubbed "program prioritization."

He says the goal is to make Boise State programs more cost effective. “We know there will be some resources as a result of this study that will require re-allocation,” says Kustra.

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6:00 am
Sun July 14, 2013

“Pop” Or “Soda”? Map Shows How Idaho's Dialect Varies


Do you know what a sunshower is? Chances are you're not from Idaho if you do. If you say "pop" when referring to a sugary can of carbonation, you're more likely to be from Coeur d'Alene than Boise. And when it comes to what Boiseans call a sale of unwanted stuff, it's kind of a toss-up: "garage sale" and "yard sale" are both acceptable terms. 

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Nasa Rover
12:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

New NASA-Built Rover Back At Boise State After It Survives Greenland Test

BSU grad students Gabriel Trisca and Mark Robertson spent a month with Grover in Greenland
Gabriel Trisca and Mark Robertson

A roving robot recently returned from a trip to Greenland.  In the cold (-22 Fahrenheit) and windy (30 mph gusts) environment, the tough little rover was put through its paces. 

Two Boise State graduate students, Gabriel Trisca, computer science, and Mark Robertson, geophysics, spent a month with the rover on the frozen landscape.  The robot, which is as tall as a person, uses a radar system, developed by Boise State geosciences assistant professor Hans-Peter Marshall.

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Higher Education
9:46 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Idaho High School Students Get A Taste Of College Life

Shaleeni came to Idaho from her native Fiji. She has a list of colleges she's applying for and wants to double major in computer science and business.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

About 120 high school students are staying in the Boise State dorms, taking classes, and eating in the student union. And that’s going on at more than 900 other campuses across the country including at Idaho State and University of Idaho.

It’s part of a program to help kids from low-income families prepare for college. It’s called Upward Bound, and is part of the federal TRiO programs. Even though the program has been around for nearly 50 years, high school students are learning new technology during their summer at Boise State.

The Class

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