From minimalism to pranksters, here are the week's top stories

Congratulations, you are one more week away from spring break. We feel your struggle. In the meantime, take a minute to brush up on the top stories of the week.

Simplifying life's clutter

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State Press Magazine reporter Courtney Diddell was the victim of consumerism. In this article, Diddell explains how she switched to a minimalistic lifestyle in order to become happier.

Read more: Keep it simple, stupid.

5 hidden study spots on ASU’s Tempe campus

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Midterms are coming and there is no escape. Thinking of studying at Hayden? Think again. Beat the crowds and consider a few of these places that are sure to give you those quality, quiet hours of studying.

Read more: 7 best places to cry on ASU's Tempe campus

Blake Stauffer grabs opportunity at ASU wrestling and doesn't let go

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Just two weeks ago, No. 6 ranked ASU wrestler Blake Stauffer won his 100th match. Reporter Ben Flores spoke with the senior wrestler and learned more about his small town upbringing, where "wrestling is king."

Read more: Stauffer's 100th win propels ASU wrestling over Cal Poly

Don't discriminate against others based on their major

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If you're an art major you've probably been annoyed by someone lecturing you about why your major is worthless. Columnist Katie Maher argues that society "needs balance" and art majors and other "worthless" majors are part of that balance.

Read more: More bang for your buck: science or liberal arts?

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Sen. John McCain talks about 2016 presidential race in video series for ASU students

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Sen. John McCain visited the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus this week to sit down with professor-of-practice Jeff Cunningham and participate in ASU's ongoing "Iconic Voices" video series. Reporter Allie Bice details the discussion that consisted of everything from ISIS and national security, and the controversial legal dispute between Apple and the FBI.

Read more: McCain shouldn't defend Kissinger

Track and field's Ahmed Hassan throws at ASU after living through Egypt's revolution

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ASU track and field thrower Ahmed Hassan has dreamed of becoming an elite athlete since he began training at the age of 15. Reporter Omar Soussi tells the story of Hassan's and how he kept his dream alive while living through Egypt's anti-government protests in 2011.

Read more: New hype, same mindset for ASU baseball's Colby Woodmansee

The editorial board plans the perfect Arizona spring break

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Spring break is finally just a few weeks away. If you can't afford to travel out of state for that week, the State Press editorial board has the perfect guide for you to plan your "staycation."

Read more: Mexico or bust: How to be safe over spring break

Behind the scenes of a campus prankster

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Dawson Gurley, better known as YouTube personality and "prankster," BigDawsTV, has been filming on ASU's Tempe campus since 2012. Since then, he has amassed 1.5 million subscribers and 170,500,000 views. State Press Magazine reporter Lindsay Hahn caught up with the YouTube star and learned more about how he got his start and why this Kansas City native wound up at ASU.

Read more: YouTube Sensation: Making A Career Out Of Pranking

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