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Podcast editor Alfred Varela sits down with politics reporter Michelle Zhao to discuss the recent lawsuit from the Attorney General Mark Brnovich against the Arizona Board of Regents. They discuss the ensuing legal battle, the implications of the case's outcome and the potential concerns of an ASU student.
The sensation of plummeting towards the Earth with none of the life-jeopardizing hassle is now available just a short drive from the ASU Tempe campus. iFLY Indoor Skydiving offers a chance to free fall in a large wind tunnel to simulate the experience of actual skydiving. If that's not enough for you, they also combine this experience with virtual reality goggles, placing you in a variety of locations around the world for all your globetrotting desires.
The spread of competitive axe throwing is in full swing as locations continue to spring up throughout the U.S. Originally from Pittsburgh, LumberjAxes, an axe throwing facility, opened a new location in Tempe just this year. They welcome any and all seeking to hurl sharp objects with their friends. Housed in a former warehouse, this axe throwing range offers plenty of lanes to accommodate any party size.
As we continue to push the limits of virtual reality technology, getting a glimpse at what the experience entails has become progressively easier. The in-home usage of these goggles is mainly limited to online multiplayer video games in confined spaces. However, developments in this technology have enabled its application in a host of new environments.
Halloween once again gives the ASU community an opportunity to remind ourselves of the laundry list of reportedly haunted buildings around campus.
Built with scavenged materials strewn about the Arizona Desert, an 18-room, 8,000 square foot mansion looms over the valley from South Mountain. Known as the "Mystery Castle," this Phoenix Point of Pride offers tours from October through May and welcomes anyone seeking to admire an architectural wonder of the Arizona. After mysteriously deserting his wife and child in the early to mid twentieth century, Boyce Luther Gulley migrated to Phoenix and, throughout the remainder of his life, dedicated his time to building the castle for his daughter.
Fall marks the time of year when Sun Devils unite to celebrate some of the longest standing traditions in the University's history.
The chance for students to experience the viral sensation of combining farm animals and meditative exercise comes in the form of Arizona Goat Yoga. Just a half hour from the Tempe campus, April Gould along with her business partner Sarah Williams, hope to foster a community for anyone with a curiosity for yoga and a love of goats. They host classes for upwards of 150 to 200 people every week, and welcome anyone looking for an unorthodox yoga experience or simply an opportunity to play with baby goats.
Within walking distance of the ASU Tempe campus lies Arizona's first cat café, La Gattara Cat Lounge & Boutique, which seeks to provide a space for relaxation and an outlet for cat adoption. This cat lounge harbors over two dozen cats at any point in time, and patrons are encouraged to come and relieve their stresses all-the-while establishing a relationship with any one of the café's cats. Though La Gattara mainly serves as a sort of "safe space" with cats, it also hosts a variety of events that may be enticing to any ASU student in search of a memorable night. In addition, the café accommodates with a student's interest in mind, providing student discounts, semester passes and free Wi-Fi.
Located a mere hour from central Phoenix, Arcosanti is an "experimental new town" set on being a blueprint for how society could adapt to the ever-increasing need to remain sustainable in cities. Arcosanti prides itself on its eco-minded architecture in an attempt to combat the effects of not just urban spawn, but over reliance on energy resources. In addition, the community hosts a wide variety of events open to the public all throughout the year.
The pent up emotions surrounding life at a University can understandably be overwhelming. However, there now exists a service which grants you the opportunity to expel your negative emotions in an unorthodox and surprisingly therapeutic way. Simply Smashing, a rage release room, is a relatively new business located just minutes from the Tempe campus and it offers anyone, as they say, "a safe place to lose control."
Nearly 14-years after his passing, Pat Tillman's legacy is still proudly honored, especially at ASU. A statue was added to the Sun Devil Stadium in August of 2017 to commemorate his life, and a new tradition was started in which players touch the sculpture whilst exiting the tunnel.
You may have heard of the legends surrounding the tunnels just beneath ASU, but once you know the reality of what they are, they become far less mysterious. They serve a vital role in regulating building temperature, providing electricity, data security and even can act as passageways for students and police in the case of an emergency. Despite their allure, the tunnels are far more dangerous than they may seem. For this reason, facilities management isn't known for advertising them. Not only are the tunnels stocked with potential hazards, but trespassers are also turned over the law enforcement.
If you're like most people, you've probably never considered that the resounding sound of bells you hear around the Memorial Union actually have a deep history surrounding them. If you've ever had the pleasure of listening to the 20-minute long symphony everyday at 5 p.m., or even the briefer chimes throughout the day to signify the changing of the hour, then you've experienced one of the most sacred traditions at ASU that many people don't even know exists.
One might think that a functioning society would rely on a populace being fully informed of their rights, especially in court. And as most college students have reached the age where they're eligible for jury duty, it's imperative that we understand what we are and aren't allowed to do in court. While the common misconception is that jury members are bound by the options of guilty or not, there is actually an additional option that few people know of and courts will not tell you about. The concept of judging the laws being applied in a certain case or even how the defendant will be punished, rather than their guilt is what is known as jury nullification.
With the rise of e-cigarettes in recent years, especially on college campuses, it's a fair concern of many to be worried about inadvertently breathing vapor that still has uncertain health effects at best. Due to how relatively new the practice is, there are still a lot of questions left to be answered as to how cautious we should be about taking action against it. While the future of vaping's public use still remains uncertain, it's important that we understand what e-cigarette emission contains for students still wary.
On this episode of State Press Play, we discuss Bitcoin, Blockchain technology and all of the basic information a student should know before investing in cryptocurrency. Alfred Varela talks with Jeremy Liu from the Blockchain Innovation Society about the technology and the important things students should know about it.