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Challenged beliefs
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ON THE COVER With her veiled hair, modest clothing, and olive skin, pre-business junior Rema Nasaredden knows a thing or two about stereotyping.

Nasaredden says she was helping the Muslim Students Association at an informational table during the presidential debate when "this total right-wing Christian straight out of Texas walks up. He starts telling us how great it is that the U.S. is in Iraq and how what they are doing there is beautiful," she says.

Wrist-bandits
Brandon Quester
 Brandon Quester / STATE PRESS MAGAZINESince the national craze of the yellow Livestrong bracelets, many new and more colorful wristbands have flooded the market. Some of the new colors are pink, blue, green, and support anything from soldiers in Iraq to Nike. The craze started with Nike. In 2004, the sprawling athletic company began manufacturing rubber wristbands for basketball players embossed with words such as Player, Baller and Respect.

The bands became officially mainstream last May when famous bicyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong teamed with Nike to make a wristband solely to benefit cancer research. It is yellow and says, "Livestrong."

Sexual Discourse: Difficult Positions
Brandon Quester
Brandon Quester / STATE PRESS MAGAZINEVince Kozar says he might buy Cosmo Kamu Sutra: 77 mind-blowing sex positions as a joke. He adds that one day it might come in handy.  The amazing butterfly, the octopus and the mermaid aren't just creatures anymore. They are sexual positions, according to "Cosmo Kama Sutra: 77 mind-blowing sex positions," a new book by Cosmopolitan magazine that's spicing up bedrooms across the nation.

The book, which is hot pink and shaped liked a square, puts a new spin on "The Kama Sutra," the ancient Indian guide that shows couples how to tangle themselves in the most obscure positions to heighten sexual pleasure.

Create This: Musically minded
Danielle Peterson
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINETheater freshman Marissa Mills-Chandler puts her artistic skills to the test when SPM gives her an assortment of random items and the chance to play arts and crafts. Mills-Chandler will perform in the Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre production of Footloose Feb. 4-20 at the Stagebrush Theater in Scottsdale. Every week, The State Press Magazine features an artist by interviewing him or her, explaining his or her craft and challenging that person to spontaneously create. The artist, who can be an actor, painter, sculptor, dancer or musician, is given a goody bag of random materials and asked to make something out of them or use them in a creative way. This week's materials include old photos, gold stars, wire and beads. Read how musical theater freshman Marissa Mills-Chandler braves this installment of "Create this."

Music is Marissa Mills-Chandler's life.

Uncomfort Zone: Welcome to the potty
Preparing for a trip overseas is nothing short of a nightmare.

The traveler nervously jam-packs a suitcase in anticipation of every possible contingency: more than double the amount of necessary clothes, more makeup than a Las Vegas showgirl would need and enough film to supply The New York Times for a year.

Triple Shot: Boycott the big guys
Danielle Peterson
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE Scatter the Ashes lead singer Daryl Stamps performs at Modified Arts on Saturday afternoon.  
America West Arena and Cricket Pavilion may be the only options locals have to see acts such as Madonna and U2, but more often than not, oppressively large crowds and long lines at big venues make concert-going more of a torture than a treat.

So, check out some of these smaller, lesser-known Valley venues for a simpler night of live music.

On the Road: Bus Stop
Brandon Quester
Brandon Quester / STATE PRESS MAGAZINERiding the Greyhound bus is not as cheap as flying at 36,000 feet, but interesting people can make for a unique experience. It's a crisp, cool Tempe morning and the 8:20 Greyhound bus is not here. It is an hour late, but three people still wait. None of them seem all that surprised or upset.

A woman with long, dark hair sits on a metal bench, legs crossed, waiting patiently. An elderly lady with a cane wanders back and forth on the sidewalk. A young man spreads his multitude of bags across the remaining seats and leans on the Greyhound sign.

Music Notes: Weir are you going, Weir have you been?

Photo courtesy of AlvarezBob Weir of the bands Grateful Dead and Ratdog. Weir and Ratdog will be in Phoenix this Saturday for the second concert on their new tour. 
Planning ahead is something Bob Weir and his band mates from the Grateful Dead never did very well. "Whenever we tried planning for the future, we found that whatever we planned was more or less an exercise of futility," says Weir from his home in Mill Valley, Calif.

"We were never really thinking about the future. We were more concerned with what we were up to at the time."

Music Notes: Mended music
Danielle Peterson
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINEMike Counts, Vince Oleson, Nick Raminez and Erin Elliot are the members of Vistalance, a local hard-rock band that recently had $10,000 worth of equipment stolen from it. What would you do if your livelihood were stolen? For members of Vistalance, a local band, the only choice was to start over.

During one of its shows in November, Vistalance’s van, which was filled with $10,000 worth of equipment and merchandise, was stolen.

Admyering the view: The danger of ignorance
I am ashamed of myself. Before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, I was entirely unaware of Arabs and Muslims.

I had no idea who they were, what they believed or that they were my neighbors.

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