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  • 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


  • 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