From raves to diamond rings, here are the week's top stories

Finals are quickly approaching but before you crack open your textbooks to study, take a minute to read the top stories of the past week.

Global Dance Festival showcases DJ talent, community of Arizona's rave scene

Photo by Jacob Goldstein | The State Press

Last year, Relentless Beats and Global Dance brought the Global Dance Festival to Tempe Beach Park. The EDM festival was back this week in Rawhide Western Town. Arts Editor Jacob Goldstein reported on this unique event.

Read more: Global Dance Festival: Come out west for these five must-see DJs

Working with Fun. and Justin Timberlake, ASU alumni plans to revolutionize sound

Photo by AfterMaster | Promotional photo

Two ASU alumni have an idea to improve the sound quality of your television. Their product, AfterMaster TV, plugs directly into your television and amplifies its speakers, bringing clearer audio. Reporter Shane Weinstein explains how this product could give you theatre quality sound in your living room.

From black beads to diamond rings

Photo by Cassy Saba  | Courtesy photo

ASU graduate Cassy Saba lives in New York City and runs her very own jewelry company. Getting there was not easy. State Press Magazine reporter Shelby Hyde tells the story of how Saba turned a hobby into a business.

Humbled patience: Gary Chambers closing out his final chapter in long tenure with ASU football

Photo by Fabian Ardaya | The State Press

Gary Chambers played his last regular season game on Saturday. Chambers is known as a funny and charming guy, but as reporter Fabian Ardaya says, more than anything, Chambers wants to be known for his work on the field.

Read more: ASU football wide receiver Gary Chambers relishes role as team leader

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The people we're forgetting when we talk about domestic violence

Photo by Jay Janner | Colorado Springs Gazette/KRT/TNS

According to a 2014 Center of Disease Control and Prevention survey, one in four men were victims of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner. Columnist Gabby Hirniese argues that this statistic is overlooked and that male victims of domestic violence should receive the same amount of attention as female victims.

Read more: Domestic violence study reveals gender stereotypes

USG West appoints new president after resignation

Photo by Ben Moffat | The State Press

Rachael Tashbook was appointed as USG West president after the resignation of former President Stephanie Bockrath. Reporter Jessica Suerth tells how this affects the student body of the ASU West campus.

Read more: USG West President Howard W. Waldie IV discusses future for students at West campus

Mental health a sweeping problem in U.S., needs to be acknowledged

Photo by Tynin Fries | The State Press

One in four American adults and one in five American youth live with a mental disorder. Columnist Kendra Pennington believes the U.S. should decriminalize mental disorders and change the way it treats people who have them

Read more: Mental health and you: facts and on-campus resources for ASU students

ASU's laptop orchestra challenges conventional approach to music

Photo by Matthew Briggs | The State Press

The Laptop Orchestra at Arizona State is the first student-run laptop orchestra in the nation. Reporter Isabella Castillo tells how this group of students is changing what people think of digital music.

Read more: Laptop Orchestra: A Sonic Experience

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