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On The Cover: Star Struck
Addictions to celebrity gossip seem to be a growing phenomenon. But is there a point when these obsessions can become unhealthy? Star. People. US Weekly.

We all see them as we stand in line at the grocery store, holding our boxes of Wheat Thins and bottles of Grey Goose vodka, waiting for the old woman in front of us to count out her pennies.

Some of us will glance at the latest picture of Nicole Richie's emaciated body and turn the other way, preferring to stare at the variety of flavors of gum rather than look at the paparazzi's pictures of her running on the beach. But others will grab the magazines and pore over every detail of the celebrities splashed across each glossy page.

With the rise of the get-it-now information available 24/7 on the Internet, it's easier than ever to get the latest gossip on Hollywood. And it seems that now more than ever, people really want it. Some students seem to care more about celebrities' lives than their own. And with gossip blogs, celebrity-magazine Web sites and stories about the latest fight on the set of "Grey's Anatomy" surfacing even on hard-news sites like, even those who don't care can't escape the coverage.

Romancing the phone
Cell phones and BlackBerries make text messaging easy. But some things shouldn’t be done through technology. Wandering around campus used to mean passing hundreds of students chatting away on their cell phones. Now, students are more likely to literally run into someone with his or her head down, furiously thumbing away at their phone as they text message a conversation instead.

Text messaging continues to gain popularity as a growing form of communication in relationships and friendships. But reactions vary on whether these abbreviated conversations have positive or negative effects on text messagers.

In The Know
I have quite a few vices that I'm willing to admit. Diet Coke addiction? Check. Starbucks Venti black iced teas and full-fat hot chocolates when it gets cold enough? You bet. An unnatural compulsion to check my e-mail every five minutes? Wait - let me see if there's anything new in my inbox before I respond to that one.

But there's always been one compulsion I've been hesitant to reveal. So now it's time for the truth: I absolutely love celebrity gossip blogs.

The New Black: Online and in style
When searching for the perfect outfit for a Friday-night date, many ASU students head to stores like American Eagle and Forever 21. But some students don't even leave their dorm rooms to add that luster to their look. They get online.

Web sites selling unique T-shirts, vintage finds and quirky accessories offer shoppers an accessible and easy way to take fashion to the next level - and prove that online fashion doesn't have to be dull.

At, shoppers can find cool T-shirts that are made by other young people from across the country. All the designs are original, and students can enter their own designs into a contest to get their own T-shirts printed. (This honor comes with a $1,500 cash prize, a $200 membership to the site's shirt-of-the-month club and a $300 gift certificate.) T-shirts on the site range from $15 to 25.

Culture Shock: Breaking the fast
Most students would get rumbles in their stomach if they skipped lunch. But members of the Muslim Students' Association are no strangers to missing meals

October is Ramadan, the month of fasting for followers of the Islamic religion. From late September through late October, Muslims abstain from eating from sunrise to sunset in the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad.

Rema Nasaredden, a nonprofit management senior and president of MSA, says anyone can break fast with the MSA.

Local Limelight: Not playing around
Many ASU musicians find it frustrating that they can only take music classes if they are music majors. or students who think that drama and music combine only on Broadway, think again.

Musically-inclined ASU students are frustrated that they usually can't take music classes at the University without being a music major. But while non-majors feel left out, music school administrators say they already have a full load of students to teach.

Brite's Bites: Greasy Fair Food
October is my favorite month of the year. This month marks the beginning of the end of the first semester of a new school year and the start of the holiday season. But the best thing October brings is the Arizona State Fair and a ton of fried goodness. So here's a guide to the best and greasiest foods for all you fair-goers.

Turkey leg

OK, so I obviously haven't tried this one myself, but plenty of my fair friends love ripping the meat right off the bone. When I went to the fair this weekend, one member of my party, Justin Manganiello, enjoyed his turkey leg so much that I think it took him back to the Stone Age. When asked what he thought about the meat, he simply grunted and nodded his head.

Tech Check: Listening in the loo

Photo courtesy of Atech Flash Magazines are no longer the only bathroom entertainment available. Now you can take your entire music collection with you whenever nature calls.

Atech Flash's newest iCarta iPod dock conveniently mounts to the wall right next to the toilet. Take your iPod in with you, pop it in the dock, sit down and listen to your favorite bathroom play list on four stereo speakers.

And if the surround-sound quality in the bathroom isn't enough to get you excited, the iCarta dock also holds a roll of your favorite bathroom tissue. That's right; this bad boy doubles as the sleekest looking toilet-paper holder on the planet.

You asked for it: Cleaning is for losers
It appears that my column has hit a bit of a dry spell. No telling how long this may last, so if you don't want to hear me rant about random things that annoy me or dole out advice about inconsequential nothings, please write me a letter.

In the meantime, I'm guessing that with students' busy schedules, all of our dorm rooms, apartments and homes are suffering just a bit.

I once had a roommate whose floor remained buried under layers of clothes, papers, books and other miscellaneous scary things the entire week of midterms and finals. If you all suffer from a similar predicament then heed these words of advice that follow.

Price Point: Do politics play a part in gas prices?
Some students believe extra dollars in their wallets because of lower gas prices may be due to the election season. Drivers are noticing something extra at gas stations: more money in their wallets.

Over the past three months, gas prices nationwide have plummeted from more than $3 per gallon to nearly $2 per gallon.

Price Point: Expense vs. Convenience at ASU's Union Market
Standing in front of the frosty freezers at the Union Market, drinks like Powerade, Aquafina and Red Bull beckon to the dehydrated student. But these beverages carry more than the ability to quench the thirst of anyone traveling through the Memorial Union. They also carry stickers with prices up to double what the drinks cost at nearby grocery stores.

Prices in the newly revised Union Market have caught the eye of many students who shop at the convenience store located inside the Memorial Union, prompting some to weigh the choice between paying less at a local grocery store versus paying more for the ease of shopping quickly while on campus.

Cody Carroll, an engineering and business freshman, has mixed feelings over shopping at the Union Market. "It's convenient, but I hate paying outrageous prices," Carroll says.

Don Bowen, a finance freshman, says the prices are difficult to swallow. "$1.35 for a pack of gum? I mean, come on."

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