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  • 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


  • Reset, Reboot, Record: New Opportunities

    What are life lessons really? They can’t be the lessons that seem to end every Full House episode, like don’t put your boyfriend before your friend or that a bond between sisters is the best type of bond. I mean sure, those seem like good things to keep in mind but are those actually life lessons? To me, life lessons are the realizations you have once you’re finally forced to face yourself and the mistake, or mistakes, you just made. Life lessons aren’t spoken by the Tanner sisters and they surely aren’t spoken by John Stamos. Sometimes they are painful and unwanted. But after, you reset, reboot and record.

    My name is Brooke Ramos and I am from San Antonio, Texas with a passion for writing, traveling and experiencing life to the fullest. But like everything in life, it’s not always as easy it may seem and that’s exactly why I am writing this blog: to discuss the life lessons, big or small, that I have learned and will learn, and probably the lessons every individual will someday come face-to-face with. Machu Picchu

    During this past summer, I dedicated countless hours each day to creating a realistic plan of accomplishing my dream of living in Spain. Sadly despite the approval and support I received from my family, I opted for returning to ASU. Initially after I had decided that I wasn’t ready for such a life change, I thought I had made the smart decision. I had convinced myself that my reasoning for deciding to return to ASU wasn’t out of fear but out of rationale. At least that was until I was standing at the top of Machu Picchu. see more

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    August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am


  • Freshman? Confused? Here are some tips to get through your first full week

    Whether you’re coming from out of state or from Scottsdale, moving to a new place and having to learn a new campus is no easy task. see more

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    August 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm


  • Literally Speaking: Mastering Summer

    My name is Marie, and books are the loves of my life.

    Marie, a happy book lover.

    If I could establish a theme for this past summer, it would be the endeavor to become a master. For my Pokémon-loving friends, it’s like learning to become the very best. I took a Physics class, a class I struggled in previously, and strove to master it. I moved out on my own, and I’m still learning how to manage it. I was recently given the opportunity to be the Assistant Editor for State Press Magazine, and I’m working to be better at this job each day. see more

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    August 25, 2014 at 10:29 am


  • Outside the Lines: Opening our Minds

    Let’s just get this out of the way right now: I am an art freak.

    By that I mean several things: In my free time I am clicking through slideshows of often-misunderstood contemporary art. I own about three mugs that simultaneously display my love for both art humor and kitsch. I will stand in the middle of a crowded exhibition hall and get lost in a Rothko or a Pollock for at least 20 minutes. see more

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    August 25, 2014 at 10:08 am


  • App Theory: Welcoming the Present

    So what did I do this summer? Besides graduating high school, I mean.

    It didn’t really seem much to me, so my typical answer is nothing. But, I guess looking back at it, I did a lot of things. My summer opened up with a quirky physics class at South Mountain Community College. With the phrases that Professor Fender threw at us like “I do believe” and “momentum… whatever that means”, who couldn’t have fun in that class?

    A summer day spent horseback riding at South Mountain see more

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    August 25, 2014 at 10:08 am


  • Why Cersei Lannister is the most important villain on TV

    The evolution of villainous female characters has brought a new breed of three-dimensional evil that is prominently showcased in “Game of Thrones’” evil queen, Cersei Lannister see more

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    August 21, 2014 at 8:30 pm


  • Preview: ‘If I Stay’ Looks Promising

    With the book-to-movie trend still going strong, and it was only a matter of time until “If I Stay” was adapted from the shelf to the big screen. see more

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    August 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm