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On The Cover: When love hurts
Jeremiah Armenta / THE STATE PRESS
We've all seen the images on the 5 o'clock news - women and children, beaten and bruised, living in shelters to escape their violent boyfriends and husbands. They're horrible, but they're also a stereotype. Men aren't the only ones who abuse.

On a night that she will never forget, Christina Castillejo took a knife out of the kitchen cabinet and contemplated committing suicide.

Trapped in her abusive relationship, the now 20-year-old secondary education major felt scared, worthless and alone. When her partner woke her up and threw her out of her bedroom in the middle of the night more than a year and a half ago, Castillejo reached her breaking point.

"It seemed like the only way out at the time," Castillejo says.

She had never thought about killing herself before. She didn't make the fatal choice that night, either.

Bentley is cruising the road to stardom
Photo courtesy of Micah Bentley
Local artist Micah Bentley identifies with bands who are in the business for artistic expression instead of money and fame. Micah Bentley has more in common with Michael J. Fox than his sheepish smile.

The singer/songwriter from Peoria recalls wanting to perform ever since he watched Fox play the song "Johnny Be Good" in "Back to the Future."

"When I saw that, I knew I wanted to rock out like that someday," Bentley says.

Tech check: Digital drink
Your lips are dry. You're parched, bordering on dehydration - but you just can't get up from your seat at the PC long enough to quench your thirst.

Now, you won't have to look farther than your laptop for that cool beverage you desire. The USB beverage chiller from Red Envelope looks like a mug warmer that plugs into a wall outlet. But this platform chills your drink, keeping it at a crisp 45 degrees. And because wall plugs are so archaic, this chiller plugs right into your computer's USB port.

Top 5 ways to repel mosquitos
Top 5 ways to repel mosquitos

On the Runway: Sunglasses showdown
Photo courtesy of MCT
The hot Arizona sun is certainly bright as ASU students race from the Languages and Literature building to psych class.

But while the purpose of wearing sunglasses to and from classes is clear, the purpose of wearing sunglasses three times the size of one's face is not.

Although a sea of oversized sunglasses have washed over ASU, not all students support the trend.

Just ask business sophomore Luke Adinolfi whether he likes the bug-eye glasses.

"No, absolutely not," Adinolfi says.

Oversized sunglasses have recently been made popular by celebrities like the Olsen twins and Nicole Richie. As a result, many students are sporting this trendy look. But just because big glasses are popular doesn't mean you must adopt them as your personal eyewear style.

Culture Shock: Out of the closet
It's not easy being blue. That's why one national organization is working with two ASU student groups to turn old blue jeans green.

The "Cotton. From Blue to Green" denim drive is coming to ASU Oct. 9 and 10 in conjunction with Cotton Inc. and Cotton's Dirty Laundry Tour. The organization teamed with two ASU groups, Pi Phi and RAD Recycling, to collect old blue jeans to help insulate an elementary school in Hurricane Katrina-torn Louisiana.

At the end of the 14-stop cotton tour, all the denim will be shredded and turned into UltraTouch natural cotton fiber insulation by Bonded Logic Inc., a Chandler company. Cotton and Bonded Logic will then donate the wall insulation to Advance Baton Rouge to help rebuild a Louisiana school.

Wonder Boy
Sienna Miller, Mena Suvari and Nick Nolte share a common bond.

In additon to their celebrity status, they'll soon be starring in the same film, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, due out in 2007.

But the stars of this film aren't the only stars involved in its making. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon, whose celebrity status among writers rivals these actors' statuses in Hollywood.

Finding fancy fizz

Sex Soda? Love Potion No. 69? Brainwash?

At Pop The Soda Shop, the selection is far greater than Pepsi and Coca-Cola.

Pop The Soda Shop, located just minutes away from campus on 74th Street and McDowell Road, sells close to 1,400 different soda pops, energy drinks, waters and teas from local and international beverage companies.

Domestic violence resources
Domestic violence resources

Brite's Bites: Taste of Thai
Thai Basil is a vegetarian's paradise.

Most Thai restaurants offer five or six tofu selections. But Thai Basil gives the option of dishing out every single one of its delicious entrees veggie-style with tofu substituting for meat. Having been a vegetarian for a solid six years, I can tell you that having more than a couple selections on a menu is a unique find.

Bridging the border
Photo courtesy of the Border Film Project
This image from the “Minuteman Series” shows the other side of the border, where U.S. citizens dedicate their time to keeping immigrants out of the country. A group of Mexican immigrants smile next to their sleeping bags while they make their journey to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. On the other side of the border, Minutemen laugh with each other while surveying open land. Although their lives are different on many levels, both groups have a belief in a better future.

The "Border Film Project: El Proyecto Fronterizo Fotografico" is a photography exhibit with no names and no picture descriptions. A selection of 2,000 photographs show only faces of undocumented migrants and Minutemen telling their sides of the immigration story.

The "Border Film Project" is a collective effort of three friends, Brett Huneycutt, Victoria Criado and Rudy Adler - a Rhodes Scholar, filmmaker, and a Wall Street analyst. In the summer of 2005, they distributed more than 600 disposable cameras in prepaid, stamped envelopes to two groups on both sides of the border.

The amateur photographs present a rare insight into the complexities of immigrants facing the dangers of the desert at all costs to reach their American dream. It also depicts U.S. citizens who attempt to secure the border against these newcomers.

Full Disclosure
"It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste." - Henry Ford

The topic of domestic abuse has always been important to me because of my past experience with emotional abuse. This is why I wanted to help ASU students become aware of the issues and stereotypes involved in abuse.

In the know
A little less than a year ago, I woke up in the middle of the night to screams coming from the house across the street. A male voice, full of rage, repeatedly shouted "Get out of my house!" The screams were female, and terrified.

I called 911, and watched three police cars surrounded the house. At the end of the night, officers took a man away in the police car.

This week's cover story (Page 8-9) uncovers relationship abuse stereotypes. But one common trait of all abusers is the control they have over their victims. The "loved ones" they manipulate may not even realize they're being abused.

Here are some questions to ask yourself from the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE or

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