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  • The true story behind authors’ pen names

    In a world of harsh critics, it’s no wonder that so many famous authors have shielded themselves with pen names and pseudonyms. Most notably, and recently, J.K. Rowling published her book “The Casual Vacancy” under the pen name Robert Galbraith

    Why do writers do this? What could they benefit from by writing under a different name?

    Just last week, the developer of the app-phenom Flappy Bird, took to Twitter to announce the discontinuation of the game. Many assumed it was due to the attention the creator was receiving, and the hatred attributed to the game’s difficulty. see more

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    February 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm


  • Miss Movin’ On: Understanding Friendship

    Muhummad Ali said, “Friendship is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” Networking is the bread and butter of college. That may sound impersonal and opportunistic, but the friendships we make in college prove beneficial to our adult lives. We meet a wide range of people during our four years in university.

    Not only do we meet a plethora of people, we change an exorbitant amount ourselves.

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    February 17, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • Why Valentine’s Day is for everyone

    I used to have a negative outlook on Valentine’s Day. Bah humbug, single awareness day, the whole litany of bitter remarks.

    But in the past three years, I’ve come to realize that I’ve got some great friends that have been there through thick and thin. Friday, I celebrated Galentine’s Day, which for those of you who may not be familiar with the concept is a day to celebrate great girl friends. My best friend and I did dinner and a movie because… why not? And Galentine’s day definitely has it’s perks. I can eat whatever I want at dinner and not have to worry about whether my hair looks decent.

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    February 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm


  • Ancient Greek: so much more than the Olympic HQ

    What perfect timing! There is no better way to honor the great Olympic games than by spending some time with the game’s founding fathers: the ancient Greeks. Aside from the Olympics, the ancient Greeks are best known for their unparalleled excellence in art, architecture, poetry, drama, philosophy, government, law, logic, history and mathematics. They set so many of the standards that are seen throughout history as well as in today’s society, especially regarding the arts. Greek history is divided into several different periods: Geometric, Orientalizing, Archaic, Aegina, Early, High and Late Classical, and Hellenistic. As you can see, there is a ton of art from this time period. There is no way we’ll be able to cover all the time periods. So instead, we’ll be focusing on three areas: vase painting, sculpture and architecture. I will be choosing a few pieces for each category that, in my opinion, best represent ancient Greek skill and brilliance.

    The ancient Greeks were extremely skilled in everything their hands touched — so it seemed. Painting was no exception. Vase paintings were highly popular among the ancient Greeks. Artists would paint scenes and depictions of gods and heroes of Greek myths. They would also paint what was occurring in daily life such as the many battles or wars. The best period known for their vase paintings is the Archaic period. In this period, ancient Greeks painted vases in the black-figured style. This meant that black forms that stood out against a reddish clay background. Artists would etch an image on the vase that would then allow the red beneath to be exposed. Around 530 B.C. things were reversed. Now there were red figures set on a black background.

    An example of black figure | Exekias –Dionysus in a Sailboat” see more

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    February 13, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • Top 5 Kings Of Leon songs

    My dad introduced me to Kings Of Leon when I was in high school. They’re one of those bands that some recent fanatics might not realize have been around for quite a long time. In fact, this Tennessee garage rock band has been making music since 1999. In a sense, I think they’ve more or less coined the phrase “Southern rock,” or at least evolved it into a more tangible genre with country and blues influence, heavy guitar and scruffy facial hair. Swoon.

    These are my top five Kings of Leon song picks:

    1.)“Revelry” off of Only By The Night — This probably wouldn’t be everyone’s initial first pick for a Kings Of Leon song, but it’s the one that struck me, with the catchy soul and melancholy sway that only a really great rock song can capture. It’s slower paced by their standards, but a delightfully sad tale of demons inside being too strong to house love. see more

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    February 13, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • How to have a bibliophilic Valentine’s day

    I will be the first to admit that Valentine’s Day just seems to be a lesson in commercialism, where businesses make money selling chocolates and stuffed bears. However, I do see the value in a day dedicated to expressing love and friendship. And, I really appreciate the color red.

    I have compiled a few ideas of how to spend the day, either by yourself or with the special people in your life.

    For the single bibliophile: If you prefer to celebrate the “holiday” on your own, you can spend Valentine’s Day reading a book off of this excellent Huffington Post list, and cooking some wonderful desserts for yourself, and perhaps your family. see more

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    February 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm


  • To be happy or not to be happy; that is the question.

    Author Albert Camus said, “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

    Buzzfeed has numerous lists about what people should or shouldn’t do. Our society constantly searches for a guide to life. We want an explanation for why we feel unfulfilled, lonely or inadequate.

    We spend so much time searching that we forget to look at where we are. I used to yearn for the next great moment. I would be at a place, in the middle of a joke or resting in someone’s arms and I’d feel detached because I was too busy wondering what would happen next instead of participating. see more

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    February 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm


  • Ancient Egypt: The art of immortalization

    The Ancient Egyptians are most famous for their pyramids in Giza and their proud Sphinx. But there is more to these ancient people than their great artisanal skills.The ancient Egyptians had a profound obsession with immortality. It’s almost as bad as the current obsession with being young. Pharaohs building tombs to satisfy his or her need to immortalize himself or herself is comparable to middle-aged women receiving Botox injections. This is the very reason that the style of Egyptian art never changed. They followed a standard of beauty in their art. For this reason, all of their art is highly stylized and symbolic. Their art strictly adhered to a formula for representing the human figure. Nowhere can we find a naturalistic representation of the human body. Most sculptures of the pharaohs, usually men, have broad shoulders, narrow waists and with one foot forward. The closest that comes to a more naturalistic representation is Queen Nefertiti’s bust.

    The Egyptian state sustained its dynasty for over three millennia while other civilizations rose and fell. Egypt developed a ruling style and culture so that they could remain permanent. This need for immortality and permanence is seen in their art, especially in their architecture. The Egyptian rulers were seen as divine beings. The Pharaoh’s “ka,” or spirit, was thought to be immortal and so elaborate that tombs were created to hold the ka. The obsession with immortalization spilled into the material they chose for their statues. These statues that are created for the tombs are usually made of granite or diorite. This is because these types of stone are extremely durable. Since these statues are intended to last eternally, the stone must match the need. see more

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    February 11, 2014 at 7:00 am


  • Changing with The Head and the Heart

    You know a band has imprinted on your soul when you remember the exact moment you first heard them. I was a freshman in college when I first heard “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and the Heart. I distinctly remember sitting at Starbucks, studying for my midterms on the downtown Phoenix campus. It was kind of a moment of clarity while my discombobulated brain feebly attempted to decipher “z-scores” in statistics. Hearing Charity Rose Thielen’s voice allowed me to reach a level of comfort I hadn’t yet achieved while being away from my house in Wisconsin.

    I listened to their first, self-titled album religiously and was able to watch them play at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Another indication of an ace artist is when they grow with you. As strange as it sounds, I know I’m not the same person I was when initially sipping my latte three years ago. I dress differently, take less s— from people and have finally evolved my tidbits of interests and hobbies into something tangible: me. The Head and the Heart has not only supported that, but also assisted in it. This melodic, therapeutic blend of country, folk and indie rock has fostered the soundtrack of road trips, plane flights, study sessions and beach days. I think they’ve helped me fall in love with places, and even a few people.

    Here are two of my favorite songs. The first is from “Let’s Be Still.” The second is from “The Head and the Heart.” see more

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    February 11, 2014 at 12:00 am


  • Sun Devil Athletics spokesman: Security not an issue at basketball games

    Sun Devil Athletics spokesman Doug Tammaro refuted claims by Oregon basketball officials that ASU basketball and Wells Fargo Arena have a security problem. see more

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    February 10, 2014 at 7:48 pm