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Controlling love
It was her freshman year at ASU when Becky met John. They were best friends for a while before attraction set in and the two began dating.

It seemed like the relationship would be perfect. But as soon as the words "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" came into the mix, John's behavior changed completely and the relationship turned from loving to abusive.

Medicine Closet: Addicted to Adderall
For many college students, going home for the weekend means eating a home-cooked meal and spending time with family and old friends. But for one ASU student, going home for the weekend means getting a fix.

When her family isn't paying attention, Emily -- who requested SPM not use her real name -- sneaks into the family medicine cabinet and looks for the prescription made out to her younger brother. When she finds the Adderall bottle, she opens it up and takes just enough to last her a while without her family becoming suspicious.

This and That: Over their heads
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Political science freshman David Kitchen, 17, is $8,000 in debt.  He received his first credit card when he was 16. Hunched over, Thomas Fagan pauses after a dropped call on his cell phone. He looks at his phone for a moment before dialing again, and soon continues his conversation.

"I was scared, I thought maybe I went over my credit card limit for this month and my phone bill didn't go through," Fagan says.

Tuned In: A Closed Jar
The Mason Jar in downtown Phoenix, long known as one of the best local spots for live music, shut down recently and soon will become a gay bar.
On any given weekend for the past 20 years, teenagers and 20-somethings have poured into The Mason Jar in search of great live music.

And they always found it. But now, the small, worn-down building no longer hosts some of the area's best bands. It has closed its doors and soon will become a gay bar.

On Campus: Interpretation
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Ava Fleming teaches a belly dancing class at ASU on Thursday evenings. The class is ASU's first and is an example of its widespread appeal. The soft, rhythmic sounds of Arabic music fill the room. Students arrange themselves about the floor, stretching and chatting while they get ready.

It's Thursday night, and this is ASU's first and only belly dancing class.

Triple Shot: Outdoor adventures
Horseback riding in Arizona is a fun and easy way to see the desert.  Many trails throughout the state are friendly to hikers and horseback riders. Ah, April. It's a glorious month in the Valley, and with summer looming around the corner, there's no time like the present to partake in some outdoor activities.

Whatever you do, don't wait until June or July, when just thinking about going outside can induce a sweating fit.

In your own backyard: No roads, no conservatives
Shannon Novotne
Arcosanti, which means “architecture before things,” relies on the passive solar architecture of architect Paolo Soleri. The style features half domes and green houses to reduce the use of heating, cooling and electricity.
It is a quiet Friday morning at Arcosanti, a small town 65 miles north of Phoenix. Though Interstate-17 is visible from here, the roaring sound of cars does not carry to the tiny settlement.

There are no roads in Arcosanti, which is actually more of an "urban experiment" in sustainable settlement architecture than a town, and there are only around 60 full-time residents. One small café and a convenience store that is open for only an hour a day are the only places to buy food. There is no hustle or rushed noise — just serene quiet.

Sexual Discourse: Bedroom novelties
ASU communication freshman Samantha Finkelstein says just as long as her partner is wearing a condom, she is happy. Condoms. They're rarely used for pleasure.

Rather, they act as a means of protection from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But one condom company wants to change the way some couples think of condoms -- as a hassle and pleasure barrier.

Admyering the view: Stay or go?
Witnessing my parents' abusive relationship taught me leaving is the best option. I've never been in an abusive relationship, but my mother has. Her abuser: My father.

No, he didn't hit my mother, but he inflicted on her an abuse just as destructive: emotional abuse, a subject SPM assistant editor and writer Erika Wurst explores in "Controlling love," this week's cover story on page 6.

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