• 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


    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


    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


    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


    August 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

  • “I hope we passed the audition!”

    Life has eventualities. You must accept this at one point or another. When I graduate, someone will replace me as lead writer — someone possibly superior to me. The same follows anywhere.

    Work distracts you enough to where you rarely think about this. Neither does it occur that others were crazy enough to report in between about a dozen credit hours in years past.

    I’ll never forget the State Press experience and all the people working there. I got to meet an assortment of people whom I wouldn’t have otherwise. It was the best on-the-job experience imaginable. And I’ll never forget my very first job interview for them in winter 2011, wandering down Tyler Mall, trying to determine just where the hell was the basement of the Matthew’s Center. see more


    May 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm

  • Sound Devil: A Final Playlist and Goodbye SPM

    This little blog post is the last thing I’ll ever write for the the State Press. It feels appropriate that despite the often more than 3,000-word features I’ve written, this one last piece of me gets to be a casual, mere fragment of what the State Press offers as a glorious whole.

    Reminiscing becomes an unavoidable joy and curse when only a matter of days stands before a college graduation. Just like every other student who’s contributed to a school publication, I find myself tracing the journey, the ups and downs, the follies and triumphs that have somehow forged the writer I am today. Honestly, I’m still getting to know her.

    I’ve written for the State Press since I was a freshman. Thank you to everyone, from family to strangers, who has given me feedback on anything that’s been published. The only thing more helpful than positive reinforcement is candid criticism. For what it’s worth, this final semester has truly been my favorite. I’ve been able to explore new friendships, hobbies and yes, music, that used to appear just beyond my reach. see more


    May 2, 2014 at 7:00 am

  • Faulty Replication: A Goodbye

    Well, it has been one heck of a semester. I’ve done more than I ever thought I would do in a mere five months, but it’s about time that I wrap up my blog here. This will be my final post for the ASU State Press Magazine and the goodbye is bittersweet.

    Over this semester, I have learned a lot about what inspires me and what inspires others. I’ve taken a good look at why inspiration is such a vital part of our daily lives. Even with all of my research and experience, I have yet to understand humans.

    But I’ve come to learn that everyone needs something to work towards — an end goal, a progress point, or an ideal. Life without goals is pretty, but empty. I don’t mean careers or money or some sort of beauty standard. I mean the intrinsic goals that we keep deep inside of us. see more


    May 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

  • Review: Chet Faker’s “Built On Glass”

    It’s hard to sift through a music news site or blog without stumbling across the name “Chet Faker.” Faker, 24, is an Australian singer who dabbles in electronic, R&B, soul and jazz, with an unsurprising musical influence derived from Chet Baker and Motown.

    He gained unanticipated industry leverage through the widespread success of his “No Diggity” cover, the iconic Blackstreet song that set a precedent for ‘90s R&B. It was featured in the 2013 Super Bowl commercial for Beck’s Sapphire Beer: The rest is history.

    Although he teased us with an infectiously catchy 2012 EP that showcased the provocative track “Into You” and his beloved “No Diggity,” fans had to wait until April 15, 2014, to get their hands on a bonafide album. (Also worthy of mention is Faker’s collaborative three tracks featuring Flume in “Lockjaw.”) see more


    April 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

  • National Library Week remembers life-changing moments

    “What’s the point of thinking about how it’s going to end when it’s just the beginning?” – Judy Blume, “Summer Sisters”

    As we near the end of the semester, it’s easy to forget that there’s still a plethora of knowledge to uncover in the midst of finals and classes ending. Sometimes it can feel like the end of the world when we’re struggling to finish that last research essay and we forget that we have the rest of our academic career – the rest of our lives – ahead of us.

    I remember when I read this Judy Blume book, “Summer Sisters,” right before summer hit. It captured everything I thought the season should be and it caused me to contemplate the things that were happening in my life at the time. Judy Blume has been a staple in my literary diet, it seems. I first read “Freckle Juice” in the third grade and since then she has appeared on my bookshelf time and time again. see more


    April 23, 2014 at 9:38 am

  • The power in empowering others


    April 21, 2014 at 9:48 am