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Coming out… of the freezer
Frozen food thaws in the desert, unless, of course, you are a Hungry Man-junkie with multiple freezers in your apartment.

Following the success of last year's "Never Been Thawed" (a movie about fictitious frozen food collectors), local screenwriter Sean Anders has taken on a whole new role: highly sought-after comedic writer.

On the cover: Buying beauty
From Ashlee Simpson's nose and Pamela Anderson's breasts to Demi Moore's, well, everything, it's apparent that cosmetic surgery has become a frequent occurrence among celebrities today.

But celebrities aren't the only ones going under the knife.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, patients between the ages of 19 and 34 made up about a quarter of the 11.5 million cosmetic procedures last year. All together, Americans spent $12.4 billion nipping and tucking.

Mass marketing

With such a large pool of young people, it's no wonder that surgeons like Dr. Summer Daiza of the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, located at 10900 N. Scottsdale Road, are advertising directly to ASU students.

Daiza ran an advertisement for 10 percent off breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, chemical peels, skin care and other cosmetic procedures in ASU's Camptoons promotion map.

Risky Remodeling
The benefits of cosmetic surgery are almost always obvious - beauty, confidence, boobs. But what many people don't know is that cosmetic surgery also has a darker side.

Deborah Sullivan, sociology professor and author of "Cosmetic Surgery: The Cutting Edge of Commercial Medicine in America," says students are often unaware of the dangers associated with receiving cosmetic surgery.

The dangers associated with some procedures, like liposuction, are even life-threatening.

Mother Earth: eat your veggies
Maya Bailey doesn't need to be reminded to eat her vegetables.

She could talk about them for hours, describing each of their textures, colors, flavors and essences.

She would tell you that she grows three different types of eggplant, three types of squash and two types of melon, just to name a few.

Be FOURwarned
It's the wee hours of the morning at the club, and the not-so-sweet "Jaeger bombs," a combination of Red Bull and Jaegermeister, are wearing off.

That's where Four comes in.

Four, a new addition to the world of alcoholic drinks, made its debut in the Valley on Aug. 14. This berry-flavored alcoholic energy cocktail contains wormwood, one of the ingredients in Absinthe, an alcoholic beverage that's illegal in the U.S. Even though wormwood isn't harmful, some health officials say that Four's alcohol and energy drink combination can potentially be dangerous.

Genital lesions, discharge and burning sensation.

Do these words make you squirm in your seat?

If you think that because you get regular checkups and "usually" wear condoms you'll avoid ever having to use these words in reference to yourself, think again, says Freddy Roman, assistant director of Wellness and Health Promotion.

DIY fashion
Jazz up an old T-shirt by adding braids and ribbon detail embellishments or cut out designs and hand-stitch details. Finally, it's cool to be different.

In order to have a unique style, young adults are finding clothes at places other than Abercrombie and Fitch.

Local Limelight: Made in Manhatten
Courtesy of Jenn Hartmann
Eclectic rocker Jenn Hartmann's ballads range in topic from heartache to life in the Big Apple
Photo courtesy of Jenn Hartmann Jenn Hartmann, an ASU '01 theater graduate, is a Madonna-obsessed, former speech-and-debating, midnight music-writing, big-city devotee from Mesa.

This spunky and spontaneous 27-year-old woman of many talents is a folk/rock singer who made the voyage from Mesa to New York to begin her career.

Although she recently moved to Los Angeles, Hartmann's new album, "Silly Urban Girl," reflects her east-coast experiences.

Culture Shock: Off-the-cuff originals
If you'd prefer your laughs live instead of on TV, The Originals improvisational comedy troupe is sure to knock your socks off.

The Originals travels throughout Phoenix and performs in some of the Valley's most well-known comedy clubs. Cast members include former and current ASU students as well as Arizona residents who have a knack for improvisational acting.

Tech Check: Flip-off film
Going home to visit your parents comes with some hesitance, especially when they make you watch those old home videos again.

But now you can make those old videos much more exciting, thanks to the new technology of Flipclips.

Brite's Bites: Fake, offensive, and delicious
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), this week's restaurant review is dedicated to some self-proclaimed "authentic" Mexican food: Pancho's Mexican Buffet.

I ate at Pancho's (1356 W. Southern Ave., Mesa) one particularly hot Monday afternoon with my roommate, Kim Weidner. We had just spent a few hours basking in the sun at Sunsplash (a Mesa water park), when Kim got the craving for cheap Mexican food. But since "authentic" restaurants like Filibertos and Taco Bell were too far of a drive, we landed at Pancho's.

Ask Lisa: Tales of a weary waitress
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