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A handshake deal

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By February 10, 2014 at 8:30 am

Much like a rock ballad itself, Phoenix’s music scene ebbs and flows. Owner of Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom and Stateside Presents concert promoters, Levy is restoring life into an industry that seemed to have reached an indefinite ebb. see more

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A challenge for innovators at ASU

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By February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

The Innovation Challenge attracts students with many different types of endeavors, at all different stages of development. see more

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A Mindful Body

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By February 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the media affect our esteem and assurance, especially when it comes down to our birthday suits. Harangued by images of what defines femininity or masculinity to images that define sexy or beauty, body pride is something we want but is most often challenging to fulfill. In an effort […]

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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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Making a place for women in engineering

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By February 5, 2014 at 8:00 am

It is no secret that science and math fields are still dominated by men. ASU professors Veronica Santos, Jennifer Blain Christen and Aditi Chattopadhyay are part of a growing community of women engineers hoping to change this statistic. see more

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An artistic treasure hunt

By February 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

Mesa painter James Hunt — more known by his moniker NXOEED — who hides his artwork that he doesn't claim himself is personalizing the experience between the artist and viewer see more

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SPM Coffee Conversations: Planting an Apple Tree

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By January 31, 2014 at 12:00 am

SPM Coffee Conversations: Planting an Apple Tree from The State Press on Vimeo. German monk Martin Luther once said, “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” State Press Magazine’s Coffee Conversation sits down with the students of the ASU downtown campus to discuss […]

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Local company connects volunteers with community projects

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By January 29, 2014 at 8:30 am

ASU alum Todd Byard is making a difference at HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a company dedicated to connecting local volunteers with those in need. see more

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How-To: Neglect your classwork, without really neglecting your classwork

By January 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

A scientific look on how to continue to devote time to your social calendar and television shows, while neglecting school work — and vice versa. see more

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Caffeine culture: How three downtown coffee shops got their start

By January 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

Three downtown coffee shop owners tell SPM the ins and outs of starting your own small business. see more

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A Path to Pixar

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By January 23, 2014 at 12:46 am

SPM Path to Pixar | Produced by Luu Nguyen | The State Press on Vimeo. Senior film student Joann Younan is a “third storyteller.” Third storytellers, she says, are film editors who come in during post-production and assemble the pieces of a story together that end up on the big screen. This past summer, she jumpstarted her […]

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How To: Actually afford your trip to Disneyland

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By January 22, 2014 at 10:21 am

Between balancing a close-to-minimum wage job, college payments, car insurance, etc., an escape to the "Happiest Place on Earth" often seems financially hindering. That didn’t stop me though – money (or the lack thereof) can’t quell this Disneyland addiction. 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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And the Stories Go On

By January 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

While fanfiction has always been a part of literature it is commonly known today as an element of internet subculture. see more

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Film alumnae entertain web with 'SpaceCatCasio'

By January 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

After graduating from ASU's film school, two students took a comedy sketch they had worked on a students and turned it into a "Portlandia"-inspired web series, "SpaceCatCasio." see more

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A Romp in the Lake

A view of office spaces on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake.The lake, on varying occasions, is opened up for swimming.
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By December 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

It’s just after 6:15 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Tempe Beach Park. The sun’s barely up. I’m looking at Tempe Town Lake while more people arrive at the 2013 Ironman Arizona Mayor’s Media Challenge. I’m here representing The Arizona Republic and the charity Valley of the Sun Dog Rescue. The winner of this race, which […]

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The Secrets of Tempe Town Lake

Sign on the southeast bank of Tempe Town Lake. Says,”DANGER Steep banks and fast currents, Stay out of flood channel.”
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By December 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

The artificial lake near ASU has always been controversial. Some say it shouldn’t exist in the desert, others say it is an economic engine for Tempe. Swimming is prohibited, except during occasional sanctioned events. The water quality can be a problem. But despite all the controversy, the ASU alum who tests the lake every week […]

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The 'Fitspiration' Fad and its Following

By December 3, 2013 at 8:00 am

A supposedly positive take on the concept of “thinspiration,” in which pictures of unhealthily skinny women are used as motivation to eat less and lose weight, fitspiration promotes clean eating and exercise as ways of establishing healthy lifestyles. Weight loss is not the ultimate goal; a total lifestyle change is. see more

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Conspiracy Culture

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By December 2, 2013 at 8:00 am

In years since the 9/11 terrorist attack, the sub-culture of people who believe in conspiracy is slowly building a following at ASU see more

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All Work and Play

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By November 26, 2013 at 8:00 am

Michael Hoenack is a medicinal biochemistry freshman in Barrett. He’s also 13 years old and an accomplished pilot. see more

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Staying Focused

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By November 25, 2013 at 8:00 am

For many young adults with ADD or ADHD, they turn to prescription medication like Adderall or Ritalin to help them focus. However, Steckman decided to opt out of any medication. see more

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SPM Coffee Conversations: Defining Joy vs. Happiness

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By November 22, 2013 at 12:00 am

SPM Coffee Conversations: Defining Happiness & Joy from The State Press on Vimeo. Is there a difference between joy and happiness? Do you have a specific memory that comes to mind you would use to define either of these emotions? Special thanks to music creator and ASU student Roddy Nikpour. Reach the videographer drinking coffee […]

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Why Do We Sext?

By November 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

SPM sat down with Nick, nonprofit managing sophomore; Douglas, marketing sophomore; and Julie, undeclared business sophomore, to talk about the motivation, nightmares and the process of obtaining an active sext life. see more

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Q & A with a Trans* Community Member

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By November 20, 2013 at 8:00 am

State Press Magazine sits down with Ira Bohm-Sanchez to discuss transgender issues and his experience with his transition from female-to-male. see more

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Like a Virgin

Like A Virgin: A discussion and exploration on what virginity represents today, and whether or not it is a repressed discussion among students at ASU.

By November 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

A discussion and exploration on what virginity represents today, and whether or not it is a repressed discussion among students at ASU. see more

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Q&A: Tilt Magazine

By November 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

Former SPM writer Kharli Mandeville talks about her new project in Tilt Magazine, a feminism and society-driven magazine. see more

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Concert in the Park Builds Awareness for Border Issues

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By November 16, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Performance in the Borderlands strives to bring up dialogue about cultural borders of many different types see more

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Six Sexy Facts

By November 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Sex is funny. It was funny in elementary school, it was still funny in sixth grade when I discovered "Sex and the City" and its giggle-worthy now. These six facts will have you knee-slapping, blushing and squirming before you can say “that's what she said.” see more

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How do You Define Feminism?

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By November 15, 2013 at 8:00 am

ASU students hold a variety of opinions about feminism. How do you see it? see more

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Sex in the Classroom

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By November 14, 2013 at 8:00 am

Once a forbidden fruit, sex is now a topic of candidness and open discussion for the thousands of university students on campus. see more

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'Don’t Drink and Vagina,' the Student Response

By November 13, 2013 at 8:00 am

Most nights of drunken fraternizing end with a permanent-marker penis elaborately drawn on one’s forehead. Case closed. But oftentimes, Friday nights take a darker turn. SPM spoke with ASU students to determine the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault. We found there’s a difference between correlation and causation and the one taking the risk versus the one who carries the responsibility. see more

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Asexuals Are Not Alone

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By November 12, 2013 at 8:30 am

College is known to be a hotbed for sexual activities and experimentation. This may make attending college uncomfortable or even hostile to those who do not experience sexual attraction. Aces of Arizona, an organization for asexual students at ASU, hopes to change that. see more

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Coffee Conversation: Things Left Unsaid

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By November 8, 2013 at 12:00 am

Coffee Conversation: Things Left Unsaid from The State Press on Vimeo. What is the one thing you wish you would have said to someone but never said out loud? What hindered you from saying so? Whether it was the timing or enough courage, these ASU Sun Devils reflect on things left unsaid. Special thanks to […]

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ASU InStyle: An Arizona Fall Lookbook

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By November 7, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  1)  Keep things cozy. We all know Arizona doesn’t allow for warm, snuggly clothing. With that said, make sure to whip out your cute scarves, knit hats and slouchy boots while you can!   2)  Embrace the gift of the thrift. Whether it’s from your local Buffalo Exchange, or good ol’ Goodwill, secondhand clothing […]

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Discussing Free Thought

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By November 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

The Secular Free Thought Society of ASU explores topics secular ethics, the existence of free will and ethics of technological development. see more

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Peace Corps Brings Alumna to Panama

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By November 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

The modern dream for many after graduating college is to get the job, get the home and pay the bills, but Anna Ortiz found herself deep in the country and culture of Panama for the Peace Corps, teaching English. see more

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Making a Career Out of Pranking

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By October 30, 2013 at 12:00 am

SPM Prankster from The State Press on Vimeo. When he’s not studying film and directing at Mesa Community College, Dawson Gurley is a professional prankster. He is planning on transferring to ASU next fall, but in the meantime, he frequently visits the campus to film footage for his YouTube channel, BigDawsTV. With over 28,000 subscribers, he entertains […]

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How To: Watch a Scary Movie, Beware the Junior Mints

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By October 28, 2013 at 8:00 am

My idea of a horror movie consists of a post apocalyptic world where Jeffrey Campbell and Chipotle have ceased to exist. But hey, blood, guts and hatchets are a close second. Afraid of the pulse-quickening thrill we call a scary movie? Follow these eight simple tips and you’ll make it out alive. see more

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Coffee Conversation: What are you afraid of?

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By October 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

Spooky SPM Coffee Conversations from The State Press on Vimeo. Sharks, the dark, E.T. …we’re all afraid of something. In honor of Halloween, these Sun Devils put on costumes and discuss their fears in this week’s “spooky” SPM Coffee Conversation. Reach the producer at ltnguy14@asu.edu or via Twitter @luu_t_nguyen

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Balancing Act: A Student's Starring Role

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By October 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Undergraduate student Desiree Srinivas talks about acting as the Vampire Queen in "Helsing." see more

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How To: Maintain Your Manliness During Halloween

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By October 23, 2013 at 12:00 am

Don’t be that guy who has a meme out on Tumblr. Here is a list of tips to keep masculinity during Halloween instead of trading it in for a Volvo. see more

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The Art of Science

By October 18, 2013 at 9:00 am

The high-pitched whirring of a 3D printer fills a classroom. Its extruding head is like a hot glue gun melting a strand of fuchsia plastic. The plastic is laid down layer by layer in a preprogrammed design that will finish within the hour. The seventh and eighth graders in the room chatter above the noise. […]

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A Student Perspective: The Government Shutdown

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By October 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hatty’s homework dilemma may seem trivial to some, but it represents just one of the many ways that Arizona State students are feeling the effects of the government shut down. see more

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Fresh Food and Local Spirit

By October 16, 2013 at 1:00 am

Bodega 420 is about community. There are regulars who come to buy weekly groceries, as well as visitors who simply come to just hangout. see more

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An Uptown Vig Visit

By October 11, 2013 at 8:00 am

If you're at that point where the dinning hall food and microwavable meals just aren’t cutting it anymore, it may be time to try out some local cuisine. see more

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Coffee Conversation: One Thing ASU Can't Live Without

By October 11, 2013 at 12:20 am

SPM Coffee Convos from The State Press on Vimeo. What is that one thing, aside from friends and family, that you couldn’t live without? This is what these ASU Sun Devils discuss in this weeks segment of SPM Coffee Conversations. Catch the producer drinking coffee at ltnguy14@asu.edu or via Twitter @luu_t_nguyen

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Our Mustachioed Mentors

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By October 9, 2013 at 8:00 am

Villains make our stomachs turn, our moral compass go into overdrive and our mustaches mysteriously grow shapelier, and yet, we root for them. see more

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Embracing Every Size

By October 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

The average size of an American woman today is a size 14, yet ironically, this size and any above are very difficult to find in your average retail-clothing store. Phoenix clothing boutique Vox aims to combat this issue by serving the “average” woman and a curvier audience. see more

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Fall of the House of Escher

By October 7, 2013 at 8:00 am

Punctum Theatre presents Fall of the House of Escher, a play that combines quantum mechanics, Poe, and Escher all in one. 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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