selecting vertices on back side

simple question: when i am in edit mode for a mesh i want to select a bunch of vertices with a box select but i can only select vertices on the front (immediately visible to my viewer) side of the object.
how can i select through the object. let me know if this is not a clear question.

thanks
alex

In Edit mode, there is a button, second in from the right, next to the Render Window button, that limits selection to visible. It is the fourth button of the selection group, where you click to select verts, edge, face, view

The icon in the screenshot below is the one you want. It toggles whether or not your model is “solid” or not in the edit window.

http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2348/toggleib4.jpg

thanks for the quick and helpful response!

and you, my man, are very welcome!

(I am curious as to how one cures a sick afro, though…)

its not easy.
the name actually came from some movies i made, in which we referred to our production company as afrobrothers productions, for reasons i cannot recall. here is some clips

http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=afrobrothers+productions&hl=en