• From the Desk: When you wish upon a star

    Flashback to a month ago, I’m walking out the doors through the studio lot on my last day interning for a certain man and a mouse. I just spent an entire summer learning the ins and outs of the only field I can see myself working in, growing and learning in ways I never would have expected. After many sad goodbyes, I leave the busy city of Los Angeles and begin my journey home to the valley of the sun.

    Flash forward to today. I’m a month into school and the culture shock from this summer hasn’t worn off quite yet. In class I’m learning about the movie studio I had the privilege of working at. I’m back to writing and editing videos for the magazine, learning with each take and cut. Sounds like a pretty smooth transition, eh? see more


    September 12, 2014 at 3:29 pm

  • How I found that belief is better

    I’m touching the surface of a topic I am new with and am promoting an idea that I recently just adopted myself: believing in something larger than yourself.

    A week ago, the idea of believing in a truth larger than myself was something that I couldn’t wrap my mind around. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe that there was something larger than myself, but I suppose I was afraid to place my faith in something and then possibly realize I dedicated myself to nothing.

    But perhaps it takes falling down to realize that maybe you would stand stronger if you placed your faith in something. By no means am I saying that my belief in God will protect me from all negative energy or prevent headaches and heartbreaks that I may experience, but it will provide me with a sense of strength. see more


    September 11, 2014 at 10:34 am

  • Why you shouldn’t dismiss NSFW art

    I know how it goes. You’re torn between two evils: to click or not to click. That Not Suitable for Work (NSFW) tag is mocking you, egging you on to click through and see the scandal. But you’re at work or in class and what if people glance over your shoulder and see the eroticized superheroes or the nude photos of activists?

    You’d surely never live it down. see more


    September 10, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  • Week 4: Am I “In or Out?”

    One of the biggest threats to an ASU student living in Tempe comes in the form of late night hours and irresistible cravings. As a result, the undeniable freshmen (sophomore, junior, and senior) 15 starts to make an appearance. If you ever see Tempe at night, especially on a weekend, one of the first things you will notice is the massive herd of students making their way to Mill, parties or a neighboring house off of campus. The second thing you will notice is the insane lines late at night for Taco Bell, Dutch Bros, or In-N-Out.

    I, too, have fallen victim more than once to the calling of a late night fast food craving or even a pick me up after class. All of us college students are on a budget and if anyone ever wants to go out to eat, the least expensive choice for restaurant dining often has a drive-thru attached.

    During the summer, I joked to my friends and family that my move to Tempe in the fall would be dangerous because In-N-Out would finally be five minutes away, and I was right. It’s so easy to keep your college budget on track with gross $5 meals and your daily fix of morning coffee. It's so addicting! see more


    September 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm

  • An overview of the three main religions

    Religious differences

    Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are the three major religions in the world. They are known as Abrahamic religions because their founders, or major figures, are descended from Abraham.

    People in one of the religions can sometimes dislike people in one of the other religions. This comes partly from lack of knowledge or extreme radicalism. see more


    September 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

  • Literature teaches self-acceptance

    I don’t mean to sound depressed and sad, but sometimes I’m hit with the overwhelming qualm of hating my body, and at times, my personality. I’d say that this lack of self confidence comes from a desire to be the way that society often portrays the perfect woman.

    There are different shades to this perfection. She, or he, could be that person who gets perfect grades and still manages to look decent every day. That person who is happy with all aspects of their life, and opportunities come running their way. The perfect person who doesn’t gain weight and still manages to get in 8 hours of Netflix binge-watching and a carton of ice cream each day. What I see as perfection is what I seem to fail to be.

    The best way to get out of this hole is the encouragement of others. I’m under the impression that people are born to love; it’s the easiest instinct. That love is shared to those who most need it. It comes from friends and family, and it can also come from afar through social media inspiration posts and images. The other media that teaches and encourages us to love ourselves is literature. see more


    September 8, 2014 at 11:18 pm

  • “Before I Die” walls promote public participation in making art

    The wall is mounted on a shipping container with a row of turf running through it. The chalk imbeds itself into the paint, mingling with the dust from last night’s dust storm.

    It is hidden, pointed toward a neighboring building. But if someone catches a glimpse of the stark blackboard while walking between Mckinley and Roosevelt Streets in downtown Phoenix, they may be compelled to explore. see more


    September 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

  • Youtube is an app to watch

    What do you over the weekend? Read a book? Hike? Party? Binge watch Netflix?

    Personally, I divide my time between homework, reading, and YouTube. So for this week I decided that I would review the famous video-sharing application, YouTube. What I have seen is not a disappointment; but, with a powerhouse like Google behind it, how could it be?

    With millions of videos and viewers, Google had its work cut out when creating an app that could satisfy anyone. While holding the YouTube app, one is holding nearly the entire YouTube library. It is like holding the whole website at your fingertips. see more


    September 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

  • From the Desk: Being here is a sweet treat

    I should mention that as I’m writing this piece, I’m also snacking on a frosted brown sugar cinnamon Pop-Tart.

    I’m Marie. I’m the Assistant Editor of SPM, and I’m a fanatic of books and baked goods.

    I’m not normally a Pop-Tart consumer. In fact, I usually stray away from the boxed breakfast sweet at all costs. Today, however, I settle for a Pop-Tart. see more


    September 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

  • BUILD! exhibit brings families together

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about art, it’s that there’s always a new way of looking at things. This can mean a shift in perspective, a newfound symbolic meaning or even altering mediums.

    The Heard Museum currently displays the “BUILD! Toy Brick Art at the Heard” exhibition. This unique show features works that do just this: alter their medium to gain a new perspective.

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    September 3, 2014 at 9:27 am