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Amy Merrill

Freelance journalist

Boise, ID

Amy Merrill

I knew I wanted to write for a living when I realized writing can change an individual, but it can also re-shape the world and the community we live in.

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Bikenomics

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Not Your Typical Garden Party

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Arbiter Online | Dollars should follow students: Funding inequality at public universities

Dollars should follow students. Stacy Pearson, vice president of Finance and Administration has said as much and so has Ryan Gregg, Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) president. The idea of state dollars following students—regardless of which four-year public institution they attend, seems sound; however, in the past few years Boise State lost out on $10.3 million dollars in Enrollment Workload Adjustment (EWA) funds.
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University policy protects free speech of students, preachers

As classes let out on Thursday, the quad filled with dozens of students congregated around the Business Building to watch the men who were preaching on campus. Some students listened quietly, while others shouted responses and a few individuals approached the man standing on the small wooden platform.
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Firefighters Test High-Rise Skills

Clouds were billowing from Boise State University early this morning, but City of Boise fire officials were quick to reassure the public there was no danger. The first tendrils of smoke escaping from a lone window on the sixth floor of the university's Towers dormitories signaled the start of a planned training exercise.
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Wrongly Convicted Prisoner, Ex-Boxer Tells Idaho Lawyers to Fight the Good Fight

Idaho's top lawyers spent their Friday morning with a man who said he had ample reason to distrust the legal system. Ex-boxer Dewey Bozella, who spent 26 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit, brought his compelling story to a meeting of the Idaho State Bar today, telling his true-life tale of persistence, forgiveness, determination, faith and hope.
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Health Officials Remind Idahoans That Heat Can Kill

Weather forecasters, sportsmen and gardeners have been keeping close watch on the forecast but perhaps none more than local health officials, as triple-digit temperatures this week become the norm rather than the exception. Four heat-related deaths have been reported in Idaho in five years, but none since 2009.
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Geothermal energy heats up campus, cuts costs

Construction on campus brings Geothermal energy. It may be difficult to ignore construction when it is affecting traffic flow, but what students may not know is the recent lane closure by the Brady Parking Garage, the road work on Boise Ave. and the interchange at Capital Blvd. is assisting in bringing geothermal.
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Medieval battles fought with foam

Belegarth (pronounced BEL-a-garth) is a term taken from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Sindarin language meaning “great realms.”. Belegarth itself is, “a medieval sword fighting sport where foam padding is used on the weapons to prevent serious physical injury to participants,” according to the Belegarth website.
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Boise Firefighters extinguish S. Vermont Ave. Apartment fire

Boise Fire responded to a two alarm fire at the Vermont Avenue Apartment complex located on the 12000 block of South Vermont Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Zac Fisher, a Boise State sophomore studying pre-med, was returning home from Jimmy John’s to his apartment, also located in the complex, when he saw smoke coming out of the building.
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Making the call: to close or not to close campus

Freezing rain covered outside surfaces, including vehicle windshields, roads and sidewalks with nearly a quarter inch of ice on Thursday, Jan. 24. More than 30 school districts in the Treasure Valley were closed due to the extreme weather conditions, with a few notable exclusions: Boise State University and Boise and Meridian schools.
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Arbiter Online | Voting: be part of the six percent

Voting is an odd phenomenon. In the 2012 presidential elections an estimated $8 billion was spent on campaigning, yet some 93 million eligible U.S. citizens didn’t vote. Similarly, voter turnout has been lackluster in past Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) elections as well, but what isn’t clear is why.
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About

Amy Merrill

Amy Merrill, originally from a beautiful valley where the Teton's form a border between Idaho and Wyoming, is a recent graduate from Boise State University located in Boise, ID. There she earned her BA in communication and English with a journalism emphasis and political science minor. Amy worked as a staff writer at Boise State's bi-weekly paper, The Arbiter. Amy wrote a variety of articles ranging from news briefs, breaking news, features, editorials and opinion. In 2011 she was promoted to assistant news editor where she began to learn editing skills and basic page layout, and in 2012 she was hired as the news editor. Amy hired and managed a small staff, assigning beats, teaching reporting basics and editing staff articles. Additionally, she used In-Design to complete basic page layout with the exception of in-depth graphic design. Over the summer before completing her senior year, Amy interned with The Boise Weekly, a local alternative paper covering events, openings and shows as well as completing assignments given by the news and arts editors. Amy took many of her own photos and created a handful of videos to accompany articles using IMovie for a full multi-media package and worked closely with social media to foster the Boise Weekly brand as well as her own.
Following graduation Amy has embarked on a freelance adventure, pursuing topics from non-profits, to Boise economics and education. Amy is currently doing some freelance work, but outside of writing she spends her time hiking, reading, perusing local breweries, snowboarding and having friendly discussions concerning government policy decisions.

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Skills

  • page layout using in-design
  • proficient with microsoft word
  • basic IMovie skills
  • enjoy working with deadlines