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Parlor Games
The waiting room at Massage Elite in Tempe. As Sam Friedman walks into Massage Elite, he doesn't know what to expect. A neon "Asian" sign shines out the window, illuminating the dark plaza. Another small sign reads "Open 9 to midnight, 365 days."

Friedman, a male SPM reporter, admits that he is nervous about being sent to check out an unconfirmed report -- that the massage practice offers not just massages but sexual favors in exchange for money.

Friedman takes a step into the empty waiting room. Curtains drawn across the windows make him hardly visible to the outside world. A small, framed menu hangs on the wall, listing Massage Elite's services. A half-hour massage is $40, three-quarter hour is $50 and one hour is $60. The practice also offers a twenty-minute milk and salt bath for $25.

Getting By: Blood money

Photo courtesy of ZLB Plasma Services
According to ZLB Plasma Services, many donors, like the one pictured above, work full-time jobs and also donate. Again and again my hand closes around the Zippo lighter. Over and over I make a fist. It feels as though my grasp on this lighter is the only thing keeping the blood pumping through my veins and up into the machine that will remove my white blood cells and return the red cells to me.

I'm donating plasma. Donating is easy money -- the average person can make $50 if they donate twice a week and new donors make $65 for their first two donations. So I head down to ZLB Plasma Services in Tempe to sell myself for cash.

Once inside the building, I go up to the front desk, write my name down on the returning donors list and sit down to wait. Because I am a return donor, my donation experience is slightly different than that of new donors.

V-Day: Taboo Talk
Communication and theater sophomore Heather Miller (left) and linguistics freshman Kathrine Reyes (right) practice the It's not every weekend that you find a group of diverse women talking about their vaginas. But thanks to ASU's V-Day and Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues," women on campus are getting more comfortable with their most intimate part.

Expression: No Recruit Left Behind
Former ASU student Terry Hughes uses You might remember getting a phone call from a military recruiter telling you the benefits of joining the armed forces before you graduated high school. But if you graduated before 2004 in the Valley, you missed Terry Hughes telling you why you shouldn't.

Sketching Skin: Naked Power
If you think she looks familiar, you might have seen her naked -- 
sophomore Erika Levin poses for the art school in life drawing class. Senior Will Penrose looks quizzically at the beautiful brunette chatting with his friend. He's sure he's met her before.

"Excuse me, do I know you from somewhere?" he asks finally.

Sophomore Erika Levin smiles back.

"No, but you've probably seen me naked," she says casually.

It's All Relative: Apron Strings
I had dinner this past Friday with an old friend of mine. We chatted about my classes, spring break plans and new boyfriend over carry-out. I left feeling happy that my friend still cared about my life and had so many encouraging words for my future.

But then again, I would have been shocked if she hadn't been supportive and loving, as a good friend should. She has known me for almost 21 years, and has seen me through all the major crises and triumphs of my life.

Off the Rack: Here in the MU
Need something to wear this weekend? Look no further. The hip and fun boutique, Here in the MU, opened their doors on the first day of this semester. Here on the Corner, the boutique's parent store, is located less than a mile away on the corner of University Drive and College Avenue, but sales associate Connie Farrell says the new location opened for students who live on the other side of campus. She adds it's a quick and convenient place for students to stop by on a break or between classes.

Top 5: Most controversial moments in recent history
1. Porno shame:
In fall 2001, men from four ASU fraternities took part in the infamous pornographic film, "Shane's World #29: Frat Row Scavenger Hunt 3." The video featured Brian Buck, ASASU executive vice president at the time.

Gadget Corner: Find-a-cheater
Mario, 29, from Tempe, recently cheated on his girlfriend with a co-worker.

Now he's paying for it.

Against the devil-red background of, his anonymous ex-girlfriend hurls insults over the Internet.

"He's a lying, cheating scumbag," she says in a posting on the site. "He seriously thinks he's God's gift to women."

Local Limelight: Q & A with Bodhisattva
Bodhisattva is going places. Literally. Its travel schedule is insane -- the band is going to play at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, this March, has a mini-tour planned for April and an East Coast tour planned for summer.

Bodhisattva consists of Justin Cory on guitar and vocals and Shane Sittig on drums and vocals.

Off Key: Play those old songs one more time
Since I moved to the Valley my freshman year, my favorite place to hang out has been Modified Arts in downtown Phoenix. It's on the corner of Third and Roosevelt streets, in an area that is a stark contrast to the spotless dorm I moved into and the clean streets of Tempe.

For the first year or so after I started going there, I noticed an older guy named Joe at a lot of the shows. He wasn't someone who was easy to miss. In the midst of all the black shirts and tight jeans at hardcore shows and thrift-store chic at indie shows, he'd be sitting in the same place in the corner, in a polo shirt and slacks.

Liner Notes: CD Reviews
The Expatriates

The Expatriates are three dudes from ASU who sound like they really like their classic rock -- and not in a "look at my ironic Led Zeppelin T-shirt" kind of way. They play a style of rock 'n' roll that pays homage to its roots in the blues, with a good amount of grit and funk. The songs on their five-song EP are far from formulaic, however, and don't just pay homage to their influences. The most notable of the tracks is "Risks," which features a string section throughout, a bit of noise at the end, and sounds downright eerie next to the sunny, foot-stomping sound of the other tracks. --

What's Happening: Calendar
She Wants Revenge
Tuesday, March 7

It's rare that you can call a love song creepy, but that's just about the only way you can describe She Wants Revenge's "Tear You Apart." Although this song has been getting a lot of radio play (usually the mark of death for any new group), we can't help but appreciate this band's new sound, which has been compared to Depeche Mode and Interpol, but definitely has a haunting quality all of its own. See the band at Martini Ranch (7295 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale) at their all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance at Call (480)-970-0500 for more information.

From the Edge: Editorial
I'll admit it. I used to kind of giggle when I heard the phrase "happy ending." For those of you not hip to sex industry, masturbatory lingo, a happy ending is a type of massage where the masseuse performs some kind of sexual favor at the end of the massage in return for a higher tip.

It sounds like something totally made up for the letters page of some porno rag. It sounds like something to roll your eyes at while making snarky comments about desperate businessmen, or the punch line to an off-color joke.

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