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An art of their own
A skateboarder rolls down University Drive and quickly slaps a light pole with a custom-designed sticker, leaving behind a symbol of himself, his crew and his passion.

Down the street, students walk past an electrical box showcasing the names of graffiti artists who left their mark, if only for a few days.

This and That: Making a buck
From testing emergency exit slides to selling plasma, students will do just about anything for money. Danielle Rainwater is standing above an inflatable slide more than 20 feet off the ground. Artificial wind from a giant fan blows in her face and hair. After one last deep breath, she takes the leap.

But this isn't Rainwater's extreme sport fantasy. Today, it's her job. Like many college students, Rainwater -- an incoming English linguistics freshman -- knows what it's like to be short on cash and would do almost anything for money.

Tuned In: No more deaths
He hadn't had water for two days, food for three. Abandoned by his group and no longer able to walk, he was alone in the desert, waiting for U.S. Border Patrol to find him, or worse, to die. But instead, a group of ASU students found him.

One of them was political science and Spanish sophomore Kyle Barron. She is the president of No More Deaths ASU, a new student organization working for immigrant rights and safety.

The Latest: More than a game
Photo illustration by Brandon Quester / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Sitting in front of the television for hours on end has become a common practice amongst video game junkies.  Some use it to relieve stress while others use it to zone out into worlds of Koopa Troopas and bouncing mushrooms.  It's 1990, and all you can think about is stomping goombas, killing Koopa and saving Princess Toadstool.

Fifteen years later, the video game scene has changed drastically, but there's one aspect of gaming that is still the same: its addictive quality.

Religion: Christian in college
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Pschycology junior Anthony Boyd is the president of The Rock at ASU, a Christian club that focuses on issues relevant to college age youth. For some college students, ordering a glass of wine at dinner is as natural as ordering dinner.

But for Daniel King, a Christian youth group leader and a preacher's son, it's more complicated. When he orders wine, he has to worry about someone from his youth group seeing him.

Friday Night: Bisexual Myths
Gina Aroneo, a high school English teacher in north Phoenix, walks to a Phoenix Film Festival screening in downtown Phoenix. The screenings are free every Friday night and are possibly the best-kept secret in the Valley. Picture two female students making out at a party. Amid shouts and whistles from a crowd of drooling men, the women kiss as if they're on a crashing plane.

Whether the women are lesbians, bisexual or are engaging in a random, drunken make-out session to please men, same sex affection is becoming more common and acceptable, as evidenced in pretty much any MTV spring break special or the scene at parties and bars.

Triple Shot: Irregular grocers
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Dance senior Marilyn Maywald enjoys a healthy lunch at Gentle Strength Natural Foods Co-op. Sure, it may be easy to stop by the local 24-hour megagrocer in the wee hours of the morning clad in pajamas and giant foam flip-flops. Safeway, Fry's, and Bashas have seemingly everything --from 18 flavors of Doritos to fridge-sized packs of Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper. Yet, there is nothing out of the ordinary or stimulating in those aisles -- nothing to discover

In this week's "Triple shot," SPM finds grocery store alternatives; markets that are full of exciting fare, spices, health foods and bargains. On some sunny afternoon, when the typical grub isn't that appetizing, head on down to one of the following shops and try some tasty, new food.

Sexual Discourse: True or false
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Finance junior Paul Komar and Journalism and Italian junior Lisa Zemaneck are tested on their knowledge of sex and body parts. When it comes to sex, most people like to think they have all the answers. But that's rarely the case.

This week, SPM pits a male versus a female to see which sex knows more about sex. We're also hoping you'll learn a little something you didn't know.

Admyering the View: Poetry
It was 2000 and Eminem wanted the real Slim Shady to "please stand up."

I was a junior in high school and was one of few students my age who just didn't understand Eminem or his music.

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