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  • To the East Coast

    When I was getting ready to apply for colleges, I vowed to myself that there was no way I would go to school in state. I went on a Northwest tour of colleges with my mom over fall break of my senior year in high school. Together we visited U of O, Portland University, Seattle University, Vancouver, University of Washington and Western Washington University. I fell in love with the idea of going to school somewhere new and experiencing a new environment and essentially starting over someone where I wouldn’t know anyone. My mom and I in Vancouver during my Northwest college tour!

    I got accepted to the schools that I applied to but when it came down to it, even the scholarships I was offered from the out-of-state schools would force me into a deep hole of debt that would be impossible to climb out of. Next, I vowed that I would go to an in-state school but that it wouldn’t be ASU. I didn’t want to go to a school that was ten minutes from my house.

    When push came to shove, ASU offers one of the best journalism schools in the country and it seemed irresponsible for me to throw that away because of my prejudices against going to a school so close to home. see more

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    September 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm


  • From the Desk: Under pressure

    Breathe.

    Just close your eyes and breathe.

    The first full week of school has finally come to end. And we made it. see more

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    August 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm


  • Reset, Reboot, Record: The Present vs. The Future

    It’s a problem that exists everywhere. Countless times I have listened to people talk about how their life might be just a little bit better if they did this or they did that. But whats wrong with with being happy right now? Sure, you could build a house with a nicer pool and bigger square footage if you sold the one you have now, but whats wrong with what you have now?

    What’s wrong with being happy in the present, and why does it always seem happiness is saved for the future?

    I’m not really sure what it is about people, but for some reason the present is never good enough. For instance, I think months, no, years in advance of what my future will be like in order for me to be living a fun and plentiful life. But what I’ve learned recently is that maybe if I spent a little more time in the present, I might see that I can live just as an amazing life as I am hoping to have in the future. see more

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    August 29, 2014 at 4:01 pm


  • Why are denominations losing members?

    Christian denominations are experiencing rapid change. People are leaving denominations for unaffiliated places of worship. These non-denominational churches offer no specific “set in stone” beliefs other than worshipping God. There are no creeds, bureaucratic law-making processes, or specific liturgical calendars that the church is forced to go by.

    Non-denominational churches also feature a place to go for young youth, who disagree with their home denominations social beliefs. These youth may be supportive of gay marriage rights, which many denominations have either turned down, having large inner arguments over, or are waiting for to discuss. Members are leaving the church altogether because of stances on homosexuality, which is happening more frequently among millennial.

    According to a 2009 pew research poll, 44% of all adults no longer belong to their childhood faith. Fifteen percent of those polled say they have changed to a different protestant faith. see more

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    August 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm


  • A “tow” in the door

    My best friend Olivia loves to remind me of the time I made her multi-flavored cookies with the leftover cookie dough that we had from our middle school fundraiser. Whenever I suggest that I can make dinner or ask if we can bake a late night snack she never fails to say, “Like the time you made me eat a burnt peanut butter, chocolate chip, sugar cookie creation and I felt like throwing up?”The cookie creation hater, Olivia Guzman

    It was Olivia that sarcastically suggested that maybe I should add attempting to bake something edible to my bucket list. In an effort to prove her wrong, I made double chocolate chip brownies (the boxed kind, for the less advanced baker) and actually took the time to measure out the correct amount of ingredients. I thought the brownies turned out fantastic and when Olivia reminded me that I assured her of the quality of the disastrous cookie creation too, I took my delicious brownies over to my friends’ house to make them the official taste testers.

    While there were many comments about my less than pleasing appearance of the squished lump that were my brownies, the entire plate was gone in less than five minutes. I would say I definitely deserve a check mark for making an edible desert. Austin and Trent with their empty plate of brownie goodness see more

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    August 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm


  • Top six blogs art fanatics should read

    Does anyone here remember Stumbleupon?

    I have this obsession with combing the Internet on a scavenger hunt for new information regarding art, art history, artists and art humor. In fact, I would argue that it often surpasses the definition of obsession to become a crippling hobby comparable to Netflix binges (especially during finals week).

    Stumbleupon is where it all started. This precursor to Pinterest pulls from even the dustiest corners of the inter-web to find websites, articles, photos and videos that pertain to your selected interests. What could be better to cure the Sunday-night blues than getting lost down a rabbit hole of travel photography or in-depth discussions of literary icons? see more

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    August 27, 2014 at 11:30 am


  • The burning power of literature

    In middle school, my English teacher assigned us a project that visually represented a scene from Mark Twain’s 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Out of the desire to have the most interactive piece, our group chose to create a diorama of the scene. Our decision was also supposed to show that we worked long, grueling hours on the diorama– not just the few hours spent filling the box with dark paint and some pasted popsicle sticks.

    The most memorable element of the project was our decision to burn the edges of a few pages of writing. We thought it would give the diorama an “authentic literary flair”. At the time, it worked well. We got an excellent grade on the project, popsicle sticks, tiny wooden dolls, and all.

    The point of my story isn’t to say that what we did is the same as book burnings that have occurred in the history of our society. It’s to say that I’ve seen the way that pages curl and char as fire crumples its spirit. I’ve seen it happen to a simple piece of paper with insignificant scribbles, I can hardly imagine how heartbreaking it must be to see leather-bound classics and crisp pages thrown into flames. see more

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    August 27, 2014 at 10:00 am


  • What the ASU application lacks

    What do you expect when you open a recently downloaded app?

    My answer is very simple: self-containment. When I downloaded the Facebook app from the Apple App Store, it was not because I wanted it to give me a link that would open Safari. I wanted to open the Facebook app without the hassle of having to go through my browser. The opening screen to the ASU app.

    That is why I was very surprised to see how the Arizona State University app works. Opening the app, one finds that there are five categories to chose from. Unsuspectingly I opened the very first link, the MyASU link. Having heard that the university invested millions on the easy-to-use, and to-the-point website I was excited to see what was in store on the app. see more

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    August 27, 2014 at 9:00 am


  • Changing Pulpits: Religious Involvement

    Ever wondered, “Where is the Church? What happened to it? Why is it not as powerful as it once was?” Have you ever wanted to find out the inner workings of the church bureaucracy? Do you want to find out what your role is in the new Church, Mosque, or Temple? Then this is the right place for you.

    Before you go off thinking really deep into this, let me tell you a bit about myself. My name is Stephen. I am a freshman at Arizona State University, majoring in journalism at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. My father is a Presbyterian Minister at Trinity Presbyterian church in Mansfield, Texas. He has been a minister for over 15 years. I have been by his side during much of that time, learning about the inner workings of the church. I have always wondered about why the church is struggling. As you learn about what is going on, I will be pursuing a theoretical journey into the hearts and minds of the newest generation and their relationship with the church. see more

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    August 27, 2014 at 7:30 am


  • A Drop in the Bucket: Welcome

    Most of us spend our pre-college lives dreaming about the day when we leave for college and start what is said to be, “the time of our lives”. We enter college with high expectations of what the future holds, with the prospect of redefining who we are and a yearning for much needed independence. While each person has their own set of predetermined plans and goals for what college will hold, it’s easy to get sucked into a rut of mindless partying or a mundane schedule.

    College is a time about learning your likes and dislikes, getting out of your comfort zone and really finding your passions. Being young and growing as a person is the perfect time to dedicate yourself to doing things that you have never tried and are curious about. It’s hard to truly push yourself, especially when it is so easy to stay in your own little bubble.

    My name is Kassidy McDonald, I am an Arizona native born and raised. I have a passion for travel, Spanish and eating pazookies. When I was sixteen, I traveled to the Dominican Republic for two months with an organization called Amigos de las Americas and there I lived with a host family, took bucket baths, learned meringue and was one of the only two Americans in a village of 2,000 Spanish speaking Dominicans. see more

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    August 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm