Essays

Strike one: Remembering how baseball united the nation

A 9/11 commemorative logo is visible on the field as the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1, eliminating the A's from the playoffs, Sunday, September 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

By September 11, 2014 at 11:21 am

In remembrance of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, SPM contributor Stefan Modrich reflects on a time that galvanized American patriotism. It was a moment that briefly united an entire city, and eventually a country, with a feeling of optimism and hope in complete darkness. Along with Derek Jeter’s impending retirement, his central role in […]

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Creeping 101: Light Rail people watching

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By April 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

It’s plain to see that riding on the light rail is an experience in itself and ripe for people watching. see more

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Expanding my love for film at the Sedona International Film Festival

By March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm

The week of February 22 to March 2, filmmakers made Sedona their home as they shared their films at Sedona International Film Festival. All of us—the festival’s general audience, the press and the filmmakers—were here for a single purpose: a love for film. It's a love that seems even more special in a place with such unique energy. see more

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My adventure to Poly

By February 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm

I grew up not too far north of the campus, but never had I actually visited to see what it was like. I figured that now that I am an ASU student, it seemed fitting to explore the mysterious campus that was in my own backyard all along. see more

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'Cannabusiness' booms in Colorado

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By January 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

Writer Lauren Wong shares her experience of being front and center to see customer's reactions on the first day marijuana sales were legal in Colorado. see more

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A Driver's Turning Point

By October 4, 2013 at 9:06 am

A Driver’s Turning Point from The State Press on Vimeo. When I penned the article, “Moving On,” about nine months ago, I wrote it with no delusions and notions as to where it’s author would be in the following days and months. It started as a pitch that sounded appealing to a reader, and it […]

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Capturing Reactions

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By September 9, 2013 at 6:08 am

Push, shove, trip. React. Without a doubt,  our behaviors and attitudes differ depending on any given situation. But it is the candid nature of our reactions that we are vaguely aware about.  And then there is the reaction to a reaction. Personally, when an event of some sorts is happening, I tend to look more […]

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Learning in April

By May 2, 2013 at 3:10 am

An SPM photographer concludes her last self-portrait essay for the magazine, showcasing the things to come after graduating. see more

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Getting Under My Skin

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By April 29, 2013 at 12:18 am

State Press investigative reporter Nicholas Palomino Mendoza explores the murky, weird world of tattoo parlors and gets inked at what he considers the best tattoo shop in Tempe. see more

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Spring: An Accolade

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By April 25, 2013 at 1:51 am

As spring dwindles in the summer heat, one writer beseeches — look to the trees. see more

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From Reservation to City Lights

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By April 22, 2013 at 6:35 am

An SPM photographer illustrates a personal experience and view of life as an American Indian on ASU campus. see more

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Botched Printing

By April 11, 2013 at 1:50 am

After years of inky fingers and jammed papers, it's time for this SPM writer to give a not-so-pleasant goodbye to her printer. see more

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A Vegetarian in the Land of Meat

By April 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Meat was the basis for one writer's family and her Mexican community — until she came out as a vegetarian. see more

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Hunting Down Sweetness

By April 9, 2013 at 12:48 am

A non-candy lover asks students what reminds them of candy, portrays the answers through a series of photos, and in the end, has her scurrying for heavenly sweets. see more

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Coincidence vs. Fate: A Psychic Journey

By April 7, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Questions of chance and destiny are brought into light as a writer undergoes her first astrology and tarot readings from psychic Katherine Metcalf. see more

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Falling Into Place

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By April 3, 2013 at 12:45 am

The nature of falling can encompass the literal to the metaphoric as one SPM photographer discovered. see more

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The Voices of the Water Closet

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By March 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

An accumulation of inspirations, mishaps and self-discoveries can all occur on the walls of a bathroom stall, which stands as a medium of expression (that's not Twitter) for the young and disenchanted. see more

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Transforming in March

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By March 28, 2013 at 1:03 am

An SPM photographer shows us through her self-portrait project what she did to find positive energy this month. see more

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Exposing Motion

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By March 27, 2013 at 12:00 am

An SPM photographer expresses her ideas about movement around the Tempe campus, rendering her thoughts about the constant rush we live in. see more

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Unplugged

By March 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm

An SPM writer attempts to remain physically and mentally detached from the multitude electronics that constantly occupy his time. see more

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Yearning to Come Close

By March 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

One SPM writer goes on a journey to explore the idea of disappearing into the particles and grains that makes up her life. see more

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Coffee Withdrawal

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By March 18, 2013 at 12:00 am

An SPM photographer presents her voyage through an exam-crazed week without her constant companion: coffee. see more

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Of Honey Bees and Fashion Models

By March 8, 2013 at 2:26 am

As one SPM writer researched honey bee health on a Fulbright in France, her husband gained rapport as a photographer for French models despite his speaking hardly any French. see more

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Falling in February

By February 28, 2013 at 1:12 am

Through a collection of self-portraits, SPM Photographer Perla Farias showcases her February, from feeling sorrowful to finding hope. see more

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Unveiling Underground Artistry

By February 27, 2013 at 12:20 am

An SPM photographer seeks out the hidden talents of ASU students. see more

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K-Pop'd

By February 25, 2013 at 12:00 am

State Press executive editor admits to her K-Pop obsession and gives reasons why people should appreciate the somewhat tacky nature of it. see more

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My First Mistress

By February 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

One SPM writer recalls the development of his intimacy with food. see more

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Have a Peace

By February 20, 2013 at 12:00 am

The end of the media-driven beauty war begins with our decision to cease fire. see more

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My Spirit Animal, the Pack Rat

By February 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

It's not always easy to discern the difference between prized collections and useless clutter. One writer tries. see more

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How Ridiculous

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By February 15, 2013 at 12:10 am

SPM photographer takes her favorite word "ridiculous" and captures its essence on campus. see more

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Moving On

By February 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

Introspection provides a writer with the opportunity to examine a traumatic accident and learn how to take the wheel after. see more

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Slut Shaming: A Primer

By February 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

SPM writer Jessica Pruett details what it is, why we do it, and how to stop being part of the problem. see more

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Story Time: Public Transportation Trials and Triumphs

By February 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

Two SPM writers attempt to outshine each other's public transportation experiences — the good, the bad and the humorous. see more

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Reflective Portals

By February 5, 2013 at 12:41 am

There are more to windows than just meets the eye. SPM writer and photographer Mackenzie McCreary gives a glimpse. see more

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Healing in January

By February 1, 2013 at 6:08 am

Through 21 photos from a 365 self-portrait project, SPM Photographer Perla Farias presents her January and the journey of healing her body and soul. see more

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The Power of the Smile

By January 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

Smiling at strangers is a difficult habit to develop (and can sometimes get us into a little bit of trouble), but this small action can also change a person’s day for the better. see more

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Freaking (and then Speaking) in Public

By January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

One SPM writer overcomes that clenching, horrifying feeling of speaking in public and changes as a person on stage. see more

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What I Learned from Wearing a Suit

By January 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

A testament to the wonders of suits and the magical experiences that can occur when a man dresses classy. see more

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Embracing the Fitness Age

By January 7, 2013 at 12:00 am

An SPM writer shares advice on how to use smartphones and recent advancements in technology to shed those pounds that he once struggled with since high school. see more

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I'm a Worrywart To the Extreme

Pushing the call button doesn't seem like much, but for an anxiety ridden writer, it can mean salvation.
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By December 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

Trapped in a Taylor Place elevator during a dorm fire, an SPM writer recounts her eight minute ordeal and her struggle with generalized anxiety disorder. see more

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Wizardry By the Wayside

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By December 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

Most people would think this SPM writer and resident bookworm would be in love with the famed Harry Potter series. Secret's out — she's not. see more

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Auroran Endurance

The aftermath of the Aurora shooting still lingers in the tight-knit community.
Photo by Margaret McCreary

By November 15, 2012 at 12:00 am

On the morning of the movie theater massacre, this SPM writer and Aurora native was rocked to her core. But from the tragedy, arose a powerful community. see more

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Wickets in Wonderland

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By November 6, 2012 at 12:00 am

The ASU Sculpture Society delves into the world of Alice in Wonderland while creating wickets for Chow Bella’s Pie Social and Croquet Tournament. see more

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Jabber-walking Across the Stage

The jabberwocky stood no chance against the confident duct-tape warrior, Harmony Huskinson.
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By October 31, 2012 at 12:00 am

One unlikely SPM writer participated in a high school beauty pageant, equipped with a nonsense verse poem and donning duct tape armor and a Nerf sword. see more

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The First Time I Heard My Mom Swear

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By October 18, 2012 at 12:00 am

Ever since one writer’s mother had an unsolicited outburst on the driveway, she has had the privilege to curse freely in her mother’s presence, making her the politely profane woman she is today. see more

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SPM’s Resident Carnivore Goes Vegan (Almost)

Chicken parmesan without the chicken--is that even allowed?
Photo by Josh Loeser

By October 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

From eating fast food to greens, one SPM writer tries to set aside her more unhealthy food choices and embrace veganism for a week, resulting in restrictions, guilt and a certain cheeseburger fiasco. see more

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Challenging Taste Buds With Chiles

The Chile Pepper Festival offered its guests a variety of salsas at different heats.
Photo by Mackenzie McCreary

By October 1, 2012 at 12:33 am

One SPM writer takes on varying salsas at the Roosevelt Row Chile Pepper Festival to see which test her taste buds. see more

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Stilyagi: Fashion on the Eastern Front

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By September 17, 2012 at 12:00 am

After two life-changing visits to Moscow, one writer reflects upon the passion and poise of the Russian fashion scene. see more

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Hungary For Something New

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By August 24, 2012 at 12:05 am

From pre-travel jitters and communication mishaps to decadent dining and a personal realization, an SPM writer experiences what Hungary has to offer a traveler. see more

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Part II: Are You There God? It's Us, SPM Writers

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By April 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Two SPM writers go on a spiritual journey to churches, mosques and more. see more

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