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Common ground
Even when he was young, William Calvo knew he was different. Growing up in heavily Catholic Costa Rica, spirituality and the church always were important to Calvo. But there was another element to Calvo's personality that also was there, even though he did not know what it was at first.

Calvo was an effeminate child, a bit of an outcast. He liked He-man-type cartoons, not because he wanted to be like the superheroes, but because he was attracted to them.

In your own backyard: Caching in
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Business freshman Peter Belsky uses his GPS system and geocaching coordinates from the Internet to locate a cache in Papago Park.  Geocaching is a game for users of global positioning systems units, which use satellites to pinpoint latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates.
Peter Belsky pulls his Jeep out of the Saguaro dorm parking lot. It's a warm Thursday afternoon, and while most students are in class or tanning by the pool, Belsky is getting ready to go on a "treasure hunt."

"Sometimes I'll try to find little ones on campus on Saturday mornings," says the business freshman. "And there used to be one on 'A' Mountain."

Uncomfort Zone: Creepy Casey's
Casey Moore's Oyster House and Seafood Restaurant is said to be a pretty spooky place. With ghost sightings from owners, employees and patrons, the restaurant has even gained the attention of professional ghost  hunters. Pictured here is the 'Blue Room,' where most of the sightings and experiences are said to occur. 
It was a Friday night at Casey Moore's Oyster House in Tempe, and the hostess had just sat a party upstairs in the "white room."

It was the group's first time visiting the Irish pub and they were admiring the old-world decor. Curious about one particular painting, they asked the waitress about its origin. She wasn't exactly sure, but tracked down Patty St. Vincent, the restaurant's owner, to answer the question.

The Latest: Not just trendy
Now popular like iPods and portable PlayStations, Sidekicks have become a common and trendy piece of technology.  Sidekicks were originally used by people with hearing impairments to text message, surf the Internet and talk to friends. 
Being trendy doesn't just mean short, torn jean skirts and hideous Ugg boots.

These days, electronic devices such as the iPod and PlayStation Portable are part of the see-and-be-seen crowd. The T-Mobile Sidekick is one of those must-have devices.

Triple Shot: From exotic to luxurious
Located just west of the Grand Canyon, Havasupai is a great place to experience great backpacking and beautiful waterfalls.  Pictured here is Havasu Falls, about 100 feet high.  
Everyone has them -- friends, significant others and acquaintances with awesome summer plans.

Some are going river rafting on the Bhote Koshe of Nepal, some sea kayaking around a tranquil island in the Bahamas. Others are heading to Europe to fill their befuddled minds with famous art by day, and drink themselves into oblivion by night.

Off the Shelf: Absinthe minded
Although this alcoholic drink is dramatized in movies as having hallucinogenic properties, it can just get you really drunk. With real bottles of absinthe ranging in proof from 145 to 170, equating to about 73 to 85 percent alcohol, connoisseurs say you are more likely to pass out before hallucinating.
To hear Hollywood tell it, just a few swigs of absinthe is enough to send you on a hallucinogenic trip.

Then there's Vincent Van Gogh. He cut off his ear after drinking it. Many wild stories and myths surround the beverage, but some locals say it's not as dangerous or extreme as others think.

Medicine Closet: From veganism to meat week
SPM writer Katie Kelberlau tried a new diet for the past four days. This time it was the Atkins Diet. Similar to her journey as a vegan, Kelberlau didnít last very long. I have a nasty little confession. I am a cheater. Not on tests, homework or even exercise plans. But put me on a diet, no matter how lenient it is, and I will find a way to twist the rules.

So, from the day SPM editor Amanda Lee Myers sent me off on "meat week," I was bound to fail. Myers, who happens to be one of the many Americans currently doing the low-carb thing, thought it'd be interesting to see how I would fair on the Atkins diet, especially after the magazine received more than 100 e-mail responses to my attempt at being a vegan for four days.

Eating Out: Secret ingredients
It's a warm Saturday evening and Oregano's Pizza Bistro on University Drive is packed.

Patient customers fill the patio to capacity as they wait for a table. Most of them have been waiting for an hour or more.

Sexual Discourse: A tumultuous ride
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Marketing junior Travis Murphy. 
SPM has been running this column, "Sexual discourse," for the past four months. The topics have included everything from oral sex and novelty condoms to rape prevention and abstinence-only education.

During its four-month run, we feel "Sexual discourse" has served our readers for its informational and entertainment value.

Admyering the View: On the inside
Today is a sad day, my friends. It is the last issue of this semester's State Press Magazine, and therefore, my last day working in Student Media.

I have been here for three years, so it's the end of a chapter in my life that I will remember as one of the best.

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