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  • 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

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    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

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    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


  • 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 the University of Oregon, 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 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 follow.

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

    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