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Make the Beaver Choice

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By March 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

It has a silly name, but Tempe's Scandinavian eatery Beaver Choice doesn’t require you to take it seriously — only that you love to eat and enjoy the absurd friendliness of its staff. see more

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Losing My Religion

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By March 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

For one SPM writer, ending her vegetarian diet felt like abandoning a religion. For years, she felt secretly rebellious for denying meat and going against the cultural norm. Now she just feels like a sell out. see more

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How to: Have a Classy Dinner in the Dorms

Photos by Peter Lazaravich.

By March 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Good food is for everyone, even college students. Using a small bag of groceries, class up your next residential-hall dinner. (Yes, it's possible to cook in those kitchens!) see more

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Happy Hour Spots You Can Rail To

Photo by Vivian Padilla.

By March 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

If you want to save your hard-earned cash but still be able to eat and drink out, there's good news. The ASU Tempe and Downtown campuses are both light rail stops away from some of the Valley's best happy-hour spots. see more

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Lessons from 1954

ASC 1955 baseball team, composed primarily of players from the 1954 season. Photo courtesy University Archives Photographs, Arizona State University Libraries.

By March 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

Take a trip back to 1954, when ASU’s hope of continuing its baseball team was about as likely as the 2011 team going to the postseason. But for some former Sun Devils, losing was just not an option. see more

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Inspiration, Recycled

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By March 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

If you had to pick a color to repaint the Herberger Institute building this year, green may be a good choice. That is, if the paint contained no materials harmful to the environment. Oh, and if you recycle the paintbrush, too, and dedicate the project to a social action group. see more

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The Duce: Phoenix's Mixed Bag

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By March 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

The Duce is a lounge, restaurant, gym, soda fountain, farmers market and vintage clothing store all packed into one 14,000-square-foot 1920s downtown Phoenix warehouse. see more

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Wisconsin in the Desert

The Wisconsin union protests made their way to the Arizona State Capitol. Photo by Scarlett Heydt.

By March 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

On an overcast Saturday in Phoenix, scores of people in red gathered at the Arizona State Capitol, waving their signs and standing in solidarity with protesters in Wisconsin. see more

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Frozen Success

Photo by Lauren Melby.

By March 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

Yogurtini is a household name around the ASU Tempe campus, but few know the story of the two young, entrepreneurial sisters behind the wildly successful frozen yogurt franchise. see more

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How to: Get Glowing Skin

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By March 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

As the Valley approaches its season of scorching sunlight, shorts and tank tops replace winter's sweaters and jeans. What's the best accessory for your summer wardrobe? Healthy, glowing skin. SPM shows you how to get it naturally, or with a little help from your makeup bag. see more

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Alternative Control: The Rebirth of IUDs

Photo by Lauren Melby.

By March 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

Due to misleading marketing and a bad reputation, only 5.5 percent of women are actually using the birth control method that sexual health experts agree is the most effective for preventing pregnancy. see more

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Graceful Thrifts

Photo by Lauren Melby.

By March 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

Located less than a mile from ASU’s Tempe campus, Gracie’s Thrift Store has served the community for more than 40 years, selling secondhand goods to starving families and starving students alike, all for a good cause. see more

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Dumbledore's Army Invades ASU

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By March 8, 2011 at 12:01 am

The Harry Potter franchise, though complete in print and nearly finished making movies, still manages to bring students together, building friendships and inspiring them to fight the world's real-life dark arts. see more

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SPM Acoustics: Boys and Frogs

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By March 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

Meet Boys and Frogs, a Peoria-based band whose indie-rock melodies burst with creativity and craftsmanship. see more

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Tonight: First Friday Night Live Splits Sides in Phoenix

Photo by Hugo Polanco.

By March 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

Itching to be in the "Saturday Night Live" audience? Head down to the Firehouse in downtown Phoenix for First Friday Night Live, a sketch comedy show staffed by local comedians. see more

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Steals From My Sister

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By March 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

Here's a question to ask yourselves, bargain shoppers: Do you need professional clothes? Do you want to treat yourself to an upscale, but reasonable, shopping experience? Step away from Savers and raid My Sister's Closet. see more

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Arab at ASU: Through Egyptian Eyes

Photo courtesy Diana Asaad.

By March 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

One Egyptian-American student speaks out about watching the protests unfold, Hosni Mubarak's resignation and what will become of the volatile Arab nation. see more

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Arab at ASU: Building Bridges

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By March 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

Meet the Arab Students Association, a student group connecting Arab, American and Arab-American students in an effort shatter misconceptions about the Middle East and Middle West. see more

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'Where’s the Weed At?'

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By March 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

Since the November passing of Proposition 203, media coverage of the medical marijuana movement has lessened and the fate of future dispensaries left unknown. Many now find themselves relating to the lyrics of an infamous stoner tune: "Where's the Weed At?” see more

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BLT Battle Royale

Photo by Kaila White.

By February 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

When done right, a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich can be the perfect combination of meaty satisfaction and light freshness, a true piece of art to be proud of — which is why one SPM writer embarked on a mission to find the best BLT in Tempe. see more

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Reel Luxury

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By February 25, 2011 at 12:01 am

Modern art, velvet rope, plush leather seats — this is not your average Harkins or AMC. This is iPic, Scottsdale's new luxury theater that seems more like an opulent resort than a movie theater. see more

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Horse Play

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By February 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

One Valley man has made it his mission to take in unwanted or uncared-for horses and rear them back to health — but not before training them in the world's most spectacular equine sport. see more

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Behind the Music

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By February 23, 2011 at 12:01 am

Meet Nate Anderson, the anything-but-conventional, curl-framed face behind Ear Candy, a Phoenix non-profit that provides kids access to music education. see more

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Up in Arms

Photo courtesy Dan Caldwell.

By February 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

Arizona legislators have proposed a law allowing people to carry guns on campus. So what would an armed ASU look like? Meet one certified gun holder looking forward to the idea. see more

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Bosa Donuts: A Sweet Seekers' Refuge

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By February 21, 2011 at 12:01 am

Bosa Donuts, a 20-year-old, family-owned local donut chain, is the ultimate sweet spot for those 2 a.m. cravings. see more

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Tonight: Steff Koeppen and the Articles at the MU

Steff Koeppen and the Articles will perform tonight at the Memorial Union for free. Photo courtesy River Jones.

By February 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Tonight, head over to the MU north stage to hear the musical crooning of Tucson natives Steff Koeppen and the Articles. SPM caught up with the front-lady and band namesake before her show for a little one-on-one time. see more

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Beers and Crafts

Photo courtesy Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

By February 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Feb. 19 marks the start of Arizona Beer Week, a statewide celebration of craft brewers and their beers. The idea is to celebrate small breweries that often get left out of mainstream drinking. see more

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Duct Tape, Rubber and Lace: Happy Valentine's Day

Welcome to another side of Valentine's Day: the Fetish Ball. Dressed like a geisha, Midori binds Kumimonster with frayed rope. Photo by Anthony Sandoval.

By February 18, 2011 at 12:00 am

Explore another side of Valentine's Day, designed for those with a less conventional appetite for affection — last Saturday's scantily-clad, cult-favorite ball at the Venue of Scottsdale. see more

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Coffee and Philanthropy

Photo by Alex Karamanova.

By February 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

In November 2009, a Scottsdale church opened Sola Coffee Bar. It wasn’t an unusual move — many churches operate cafes on or near their campuses. But a mere year after its opening, the faith-based coffee shop has transformed into a neighborhood beacon that is anything but typical. see more

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How to: Have a Long-distance Relationship

Photo illustration by Lauren Melby.

By February 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

As you’re about to embark on one of the craziest adventures you and your significant other will have, you’ll need a clear-cut strategy. That's where SPM comes in. Attempting to demystify long distance-relationships (LDRs), this writer speaks from experience —  and reading enough copies of Cosmopolitan. see more

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Breathe Owl Breathe on Grand Avenue

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By February 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

Get cozy at the Trunk Space with folk band Breathe Owl Breathe, whose whimsical harmonies are getting us all ready for spring. see more

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Sampling or Stealing?

Photo illustration by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 15, 2011 at 12:01 am

Over the years, the music industry has endured several scandals involving copyright infringement. Joining those ranks of alleged offenders, Britney Spears and Lady Antebellum have recently been accused of ripping off former acts. see more

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Re-defining the Homeless

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 15, 2011 at 12:01 am

Homeless shelters across the Valley are seeing more families and working poor as the economy continues to rebuild itself. But due to a lack of resources across the board, many people are being turned away. see more

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Flight of the Carillon

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By February 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

Most ASU students on the Tempe campus are familiar with the sounds of the carillon, but few can explain the source of the chiming bells at the top of the hour or the music ringing around the Memorial Union daily at 5 p.m. see more

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How to: Be Single on Valentine’s Day

Photo by Jessica Heigh.

By February 14, 2011 at 12:01 am

For many people, it’s difficult to swallow singleness when February rolls around. Some will scrounge around for a date, but is that really necessary? There are plenty of ways to keep your mind off the roses, chocolates, jewelry and fancy dinners that accompany the holiday of love. see more

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How to: Go Behind the Bar

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

Go behind the bar with one unemployed SPM writer as she, looking for an edge on those hard-to-come-by restaurant gigs, takes a week-long course in cocktail jockeying. see more

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Anatomy of a Flash Mob

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

Sun Devils in the Memorial Union were given a show Thursday as a coordinated freeze-flash mob filled the building’s hallways in attempt to re-energize and lift spirits during a stressful time of year. see more

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The Peddling Poet

Photo by Dante Graves.

By February 10, 2011 at 12:02 am

On any given day, chances are you have walked by William Wonderful, a 62-year-old poet who daily walks the streets of Tempe, selling his poetry and inspiring the community around him. see more

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10 Items or Less: Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By February 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

Chandler's Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket is a unique commodity to the Valley, offering products with exotic tastes, smells and textures. SPM goes on a grocery run to find 10 items you (probably) won't see anywhere else. see more

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Ancient Ink: Henna Swirls Up Alternative to Tattoos

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By February 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

In downtown Phoenix, a local art collective offers henna, an Eastern skin art that offers a rich history and a popular, whimsical alternative to permanent ink. see more

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Living in Limbo

Photo by Uriel Garcia.

By February 8, 2011 at 2:28 am

In high school, Pedro Gutierrez was abandoned by his only living relative. Now the undocumented 22-year-old faces delayed deportation, living in limbo while the government figures out just what to do with him. see more

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How to: Healthful Eating at the MU

Photo by Lauren Melby.

By February 8, 2011 at 2:11 am

Still trying to stick to your New Year's diet? SPM has your guide to avoiding the greasy trappings of the Memorial Union. We show you where to go, what to buy and offer a few dining-out rules to live by. see more

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Mellow Mushroom Preps for Mill

Photo by Ana Anguiano.

By February 7, 2011 at 12:01 am

All the fun of craft beers and quality pizza will soon be at Tempe’s fingertips. Mellow Mushroom, an East Coast-based pizzeria chain currently only serving Arizona in Happy Valley, will be opening a new location on Mill Avenue, promising to be “refined and better.” see more

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How to: Work the Headscarf

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By February 4, 2011 at 12:01 am

Spring is right around the corner and bright silk headscarves are all the rage this season. When you're having a messy case of bed head, there's nothing a scarf can't easily pin up and hide. Here are five ways to wear the bold, feminine and versatile accessory. see more

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Tempe's Dinosaur

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By February 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

The archaic building is surrounded by urban college life, and though its presence is well known, its history is not, resulting in the countless mysteries and ghost stories that surround the old Hayden Flour Mill. see more

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At the Kore

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 3, 2011 at 12:01 am

With a shop that seems more like a cool kid’s garage than a bike boutique, north Tempe's Kore Bicycles and its passionate owner focus on the core of biking — the riding experience. see more

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SPM Acoustics at the River Jones Music & Friends Festival

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By February 2, 2011 at 12:01 am

Watch as local label River Jones Music hosts the first RJM & Friends Festival, a 13 band set that provided more than nine hours of music. see more

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Tempe's Mormon Mystery

Photo by Joseph Bergdoll.

By February 2, 2011 at 12:00 am

Completed in 2007 at a cost of $20 million, the Tempe Institute of Religion is the only religious institution located within campus boundaries. But despite it being at the heart of the Tempe campus, most students have never seen the inside of the Mormon-services building. see more

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Crisis Control

Photo by Peter Lazaravich.

By February 1, 2011 at 12:01 am

In the wake of the Jan. 8 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others by Jared Loughner, news media has focused its 24-hour lens on how college campuses handle mentally disturbed students. Is ASU prepared for a Loughner-sized breakdown? see more

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Comfort Food Remix: Citizen Public House

Photo by Vivian Padilla.

By January 31, 2011 at 12:01 am

After two years of planning, Citizen Public House had its grand opening on Jan. 16 — and has already built quite a reputation. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen extends an inviting hand with a modern-comfort-food menu piled with delicious, completely original items. see more

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