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On the cover: From student to stripper to prostitute

Straight, blond hair. Slender. Medium height. All in all, Summer looks like thousands of other ASU students.

But during the past two semesters, the 24-year-old Summer has taken time off from her communications studies at ASU.

Summer became a prostitute.

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Voice: A culture I've befriended for life
Sound: You, me and iji
Feature: 17 years with AIDS
Sex: T&A Q&A: No damsel in distress
Out: Beni's been better

Issue: Nov 02, 2006

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Cover Story: Keeping the culture
American Indian students are less likely to continue attending ASU after their first year than any other racial group.

Local Limelight: Stiletto Formal is back in town
On The Runway: Wear becasue you care
Brite's Bites: Breakfast and beer
Deliberate dialing
Students serving students

Issue: Oct 26, 2006

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On The Cover: Searching for Spirits
The MVD Ghostchasers are who you're really gonna call for haunted houses, spirit-infested spots and any other ghostbusting needs in Arizona. This team of ghosthunters brings "Ghostbusters" from the silver screen to real life.

Debe Branning leads a double life.

By day, Branning is a receptionist at the Anasazi Animal Clinic. But at night, the 5-foot mother of two takes on the paranormal as the director of MVD Ghostchasers.

Branning, a 53-year-old Mesa resident, first plunged into the paranormal when she worked at the Mesa Motor Vehicle Division 15 years ago. Branning and a few other women who worked at the MVD wanted to take a weekend vacation with a creepy twist. That's when they found themselves in the midst of moving shadows at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas for a bit of ghost hunting.

Branning says the group smelled phantom cigar smoke and heard footsteps in the basement of the hotel. They also felt someone brushing up against them in a dark hallway.

Local Limelight: Riding the greasemobile
The face of fear
Modern Monsters

Issue: Oct 19, 2006

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On The Cover: Star Struck
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
The New Black: Online and in style
Culture Shock: Breaking the fast
Local Limelight: Not playing around

Issue: Oct 12, 2006

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On the Cover: Generation M
We watched the clock tick down to midnight on the eve of the new millennium. We were old enough to understand the significance of the Twin Towers falling, but we were clueless about the Berlin Wall. We're a new generation - the millennial generation - and now the rest of the country is watching us.

You are being watched.

Researchers know who you are. They've seen what sites you visit on the Internet and how frequently you visit them. They monitor your text messaging, blogging and podcasting. They're aware of your attitudes toward minorities, your feelings about politics and your constant need to multitask.

And what they don't know, they'll soon find out.

At least, that's what experts hope. Researchers both nationwide and at ASU are devoting large portions of their time to learning more about our generation - the millennial generation.

Culture Shock: Don't like football?
And the tiara goes to...
You asked for it: Stop stressing
Haunted Havens

Issue: Oct 05, 2006

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On The Cover: When love hurts
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.

Wonder Boy
Finding fancy fizz
Domestic violence resources
Bridging the border

Issue: Sep 28, 2006

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On the cover: The other candidate
On Nov. 7, millions of Arizonans will head to the polls to choose between current Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano and Republican challenger Len Munsil. Oh yeah, that Libertarian guy's on the ballot, too. And he just so happens to be planning the largest upset in Arizona's political history.

If you feel like talking to Gov. Janet Napolitano, you can call up her campaign offices, talk to Noah, her campaign manager, get directed to Janine, her communications director, and set up an interview.

To get a word in with Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, first speak with Daniel, who'll give you the phone number of Vernon, the media director, and you'll be speaking with the candidate in a few days.

If you want to talk to Barry Hess, he'll answer the phone.

Local Limelight: Finally time to shine
The skinny on weight
Brite's Bites: Fahrenheit's turns up the heat
Top 5: Outlandish fashion trends
On the runway: Flaming fashion
Culture Shock: Take a dive
Tech Check: Old-West workout
You asked for it: Procrastinate now
All eyes on art
'Lost' and found

Issue: Sep 21, 2006

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On the cover: A walk down memory ave
Urban Outfitters, Starbucks and Hippie Gipsy by day. Hooters, the Library and the Big Bang by night.

These are several of the iconic locations that draw students to Mill Avenue.

But contrary to popular belief, it wasn't always the brew that brought visitors to this mecca of activity.

While some people might assume that Tempe is devoid of a rich culture and history, it turns out that Mill Avenue has been a hot spot of activity for decades - dating back all the way to the late 1870s.

In fact, Mill Avenue was established as a main gathering place for Tempe residents long before ASU became a university.

By taking a look at Mill Avenue's history, it's possible to get an idea of just how much Tempe's culture has evolved over the years.

Music Notes: Citizen Cope, Greeley Estates
Local Limelight: Greeley Estates wants your blood
On the runway: The common denim-inator
Ask Lisa: One is the loneliest number
Culture Shock: Different Strokes
Tech Check: Here comes the E-bride
A cult you'll want to join

Issue: Sep 14, 2006

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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.

Coming out… of the freezer
Risky Remodeling
Mother Earth: eat your veggies
Be FOURwarned
Local Limelight: Made in Manhatten
Culture Shock: Off-the-cuff originals
Tech Check: Flip-off film
Brite's Bites: Fake, offensive, and delicious
Ask Lisa: Tales of a weary waitress

Issue: Sep 07, 2006

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On the Cover: Standing Room Only
On a muggy Thursday evening in late August, Phoenix's Modified Arts is packed to the brim with sweaty attendees waiting to see Phoenix band Reubens Accomplice take the stage.

Two nights later, a long line of people stretches down Jackson Street in Phoenix, waiting to enter the Brickhouse Theater to see a show that features local acts The Stiletto Formal and DeSole.

Both crowds are here to see shows that feature both local and national acts.

While national magazines like Rolling Stone and Billboard have reported decreases in live music performance sales in the last few years, many Phoenix and Tempe venues are not experiencing a problem.

Local venue owners, ranging from the huge, superstar stadiums to the smaller clubs and music halls, claim that attendance is high, but there continues to be news of a national slump.

Bring back the bookworms
Music Notes: Los Abandoned, Persephone's Bees
Bicycle battle
Funky Feet
To infinity and beyond
Top 5 books to check out instead of your required reading
Tech Check: Personalized Playlists
Brite's Bites: Pizza preferable to pasties
You Asked For It: It's no surprise
Local Limelight: The world on his shoulders

Issue: Aug 31, 2006

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On the Cover: Spirited Redemption
Enjoying keg parties and two-for-one shot specials doesn't make you an alcoholic -— but it can make you a murderer. Here's how drinking and driving for the first time led to disaster for one typically responsible 21-year-old — and how it could happen to you.

Stephen Cauley doesn't remember killing Benjamin Johnson.

The night of June 19, 2004, Cauley left a South Carolina bar, clumsily climbed into his '96 Eclipse and drove to a nearby Waffle House to sober up.

It was the first time he'd driven drunk. And it was the last time 68-year-old Johnson ever went on an early-morning bike ride.

"I don't remember ever getting into the car," Cauley, now a 24-year-old student at Paradise Valley Community College, gravely says.

Cauley was blacked out during the accident. Too drunk to realize he'd gotten in his car. Too drunk to comprehend he was driving. Too drunk to realize he'd just hit a man.

In the know
Local Limelight: Rock on - online, that is
Cornish pasties: not tasty
Top 5: ways to make quick money - legally
Music Notes
Smart sentiments
On the runway: Beauty from abroad
Culture Shock: Irked and Inked
Tech Check: No more fuzzy mold sandwiches
Your health up in smoke
Ask Lisa: No need for plastic surgery

Issue: Aug 24, 2006

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On the Cover: Double Take
On a hot Sunday afternoon in August, Danielle and Barry Lindsey move into their new Tempe condominium. Two bicycles rest by the door, and the view from the foyer reveals a cluttered kitchen and a living room littered with boxes.

The Lindseys are in the middle of it all, trying to figure out where to move a large brown couch. While the room is in disarray from the move, Danielle and Barry work together seamlessly. It's no wonder - they've been roommates on and off for more than 20 years.

No, Danielle and Barry are not married - they are twins.

But Danielle says their relationship wasn't always this smooth when they were younger.

"We did not get along at all," she says.

Barry says they always had the same classes, the same friends and their teachers always knew them, because their parents were their school's band directors.

Ugga Mugga: A journey back to the cradle
In the Know
You Asked For It: Advice column by Lisa Przystup
Brite's Bites: Easy Eats
Tech Check: Pimpin' ain't easy
Culture Shock: Soft Drink Saga

Issue: Jul 06, 2006

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Routh a surprisingly super man
You've seen one caped-crusader sequel you've seen them all, right?
Join the club, if you are among the hordes of folks who weren't necessarily excited about yet another Superman adventure.

But Superman Returns is quite an engaging adventure. If you can manage to sit through the exhaustively boring opening credits and the first few minutes of the film, which is filled with obligatory character introductions, it will be worth the wait.

Brandon Routh (rhymes with South) is so perfect as Superman/Clark Kent, he sometimes looks like the valiant comic book character. A solid actor at only 27 years old, it seems that Iowa-born Routh will fly the Superman franchise torch for years to come.

Routh a surprisingly super man
Movie review: Caribbean pirates battle Superman

Issue: Apr 27, 2006

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Take it like a woman
On a small wooden rink toward the back of Castle Sports Club in Phoenix, 20 women race around on roller skates throwing large rubber balls at each other.

The balls are flying everywhere -- an exercise in learning to spot when a skater is coming up behind you. Skaters smash into walls and into each other. Every few minutes, someone takes a nasty spill onto the rink's starkly painted blue floor.

Outside this small circle, it's still largely a man's world. But inside, the women of the Arizona Roller Derby League are, literally, hell on wheels. They skate fast and viciously with the motto, "Get down and derby," they suffer broken bones and bruises and they often get into fist fights.

About Suffering: A Glimpse of the 'Invisible'
Remodeling: Haunted Past
Top 5: Ways to stay cool this summer
It's All Relative: No More Nap Time
Fashion: Actually, It's Pretty Easy Being Green
Off Key: Clampdown
Gadget Corner: Facebook Conquers the World
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
What's Happening: Calendar
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Apr 20, 2006

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Border Patrol
As hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in downtown Phoenix in mid-April to voice their dissatisfaction with anti-immigration legislation, two former ASU students were quietly continuing their own form of protest 30 miles southwest of Tucson. Ryan Riedel and Ray Ybarra are keeping a close eye on the civilian border watchdogs, the Minutemen.

Both men graduated from ASU with degrees in religious studies, though Ybarra is three years Ryan's senior. Both studied under religious studies professor Ken Morrison, who introduced them last year. Like many new graduates, Riedel says he was unsure of exactly what he wanted to do. He met his inspiration in the form of a 23-year-old cyclist who was bicycling his way from coast to coast.

Strange Education: Out of the Shadows
Feminism: Show Us Where the Babies Feed
New Geography: Will Phoenix Fry?
Top 5: Ways to learn more about yourself
It's All Relative: Is There Life After College?
Fashion: Are you an emotional shopper?
Local Limelight: Q & A With Wesley Hilsabeck
Off Key: Cover Me
Gadget Corner: Google in Your Pocket
Liner Notes: CD reviews
What's Happening: Calendar
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Apr 13, 2006

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Got Game?
"I'm a terrorist," casually declares global studies freshman Matt Morgan, staring intently into the glare of his computer screen. "It's my job to plant the bomb without any counter-terrorists getting in the way."

Morgan hardly looks the part. Dressed in shorts, a baggy T-shirt, with blond curls tucked neatly underneath a baseball cap, Morgan looks a lot like your average college student.

But then he is a college kid; it's just that he's also a terrorist in his spare time -- his video gaming time. Tonight, at Warzone Gaming on McClintock and Elliot in Tempe, Morgan's hands -- one massaging his mouse, the other twitching above his keyboard -- are about to start moving wildly, causing a havoc of bullets and explosions on the screen.

Future Credits: New Kids on the Block
It's All Relative: One And Only
Fashion: Shop Smart
Top 5: Myspace photos
Local Limelight: Q & A With Andrew Jackson Jihad
Off Key: The Language of Dance
Liner Notes: CD reviews
What's Happening: Calendar
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Apr 06, 2006

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Bigger Than Hip-Hop
Hip-hop is making a name for itself in the Valley thanks to a collective of musicians and artists known as Universatile Music. Acting as both a record label and promotion company, UM was founded in 1999 by ASU alum Michael Horowitz and DJ Pickster One.

UM's current lineup includes recording artists Anglo-Saxon, Brad B, The Drunken Immortals, Jawa, Foundation, Pickster One, Skip Skoolnik, Mic Cause, Deeskee, Morse Code, Die Young, and visual artists Jim Mahfood, Fyce, Dumperfoo, David Joseph Perez, Jay Fotos, Lalo, Matt Dickson, and Jeltsoe. "It all kind of came about through skateboarding," Horowitz says. "I started getting into hip-hop, started hanging out at local hip-hop nights and chilling pretty tough with Morse Code, Pickster and the Drunken Immortals.

Bigger Than Hip-Hop
Over Seas: Great Expectations
Built: Mod Squad
Real-Life Online: MySpace Memoriam
Top 5: Best places to get a drink and meal for under $7
Fashion: American Apparel
It's All Relative: It's Just A Number
Local Limelight: Q & A with Landmine Marathon
Off Key: Selling Out and Buying In
Gadget Corner: Spy Ware
Liner Notes: CD reviews
Calendar: Something to do
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Mar 30, 2006

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Political Passion
Sitting in an office in his campaign headquarters in Scottsdale, Len Munsil looks like the consummate politician. He wears a black suit, with a navy tie over his white collared shirt. Every hair on his head is in place. He crosses one leg over the other as he leans back in his chair. He slowly taps his fingers on the desk as he thinks, planning out the precise order of words before he speaks.

Looking around the office, there is no indication Munsil is gearing up for the biggest race of his life. Munsil, 42, hopes to win the Republican nomination for governor of Arizona. If he wins the primary in September, he will face current Democratic governor Janet Napolitano in November.

Governor: Other candidates running for the Republican nomination
On Tape: Film director Jason Reitman, "Thank You for Smoking"
Racked: Promising Print
At the Door: Fake Out
Local Limelight: Q & A With Colorstore
Fashion: Eye sore
Off Key: Cash is Money
Top 5: Gross drinks we guzzle anyway
Gadget Corner: 'Big' Screen
It's All Relative: Family Ties
Liner Notes: CD reviews
Calendar: Something to do
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Mar 23, 2006

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Kid in America
Corey Woods couldn't have done any worse. Out of five candidates in last week's election for the Tempe City Council, Woods, a 27-year-old ASU graduate student, came in dead last.

Fashion: Viva La Dolce
Theater: Border Dreams
Music: The British Are Coming
Local Limelight: Q & A With French Quarter
It's All Relative: Meeting your Match Online
Gadget Corner: Man's Best Digital Friend
Top 5: Cheap date spots on campus
What's Happening: Calendar
Off Key: Gimme Noise
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Mar 09, 2006

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Happy Housewives
Marina Mercer has already done more by 11:00 a.m. than some students do all day. The nursing freshman is on the women's volleyball team, and has to practice every morning for two or three hours.

Local Limelight: Q & A with Desole
Off Key: Take a Stand for Bands on Grand
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Fashion: Celebrity Style
Top 5: Dont's for Spring Break
Gadget Corner: Transfer your Call
It's All Relative: Long Distance Lovin'
Off of the Vine: Dirt Don't Hurt
Emo Culture: Girly Men
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Mar 02, 2006

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Parlor Games
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.

Expression: No Recruit Left Behind
Sketching Skin: Naked Power
It's All Relative: Apron Strings
Off the Rack: Here in the MU
Top 5: Most controversial moments in recent history
Gadget Corner: Find-a-cheater
Local Limelight: Q & A with Bodhisattva
Off Key: Play those old songs one more time
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
What's Happening: Calendar
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Feb 23, 2006

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Holding on to Hope
Shaney McCoy is a middle-class white woman from Clearwater, Kan. Raised in a Christian home, she's played by the rules most of her life. She's doesn't drink, she's not sexually promiscuous, she doesn't touch drugs and she's certainly never shared needles with anyone.

But this blonde-haired, blue-eyed picture of wholesome Midwestern values does share something with drug users, street workers and many poverty stricken people around the world.

Shaney McCoy is HIV positive. And she's not ashamed of it. In fact, she wants you to know it can happen to you. "This is a virus," says the psychology senior. "It doesn't choose who it infects."

Frat Talk: The Good Boys
Top 5: Tempe Scenic Views
It's All Relative: Roommate Rules
Stick It: Higher Calling
Off Key: Where's the Love?
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Editorial: From the Edge
Fashion: Street Wise
Gadget Corner: Window on the Future

Issue: Feb 16, 2006

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The Great Divide
It's Tuesday morning and Amber Guida has just marched into the Hayden Library cafe. The journalism freshman arrived on campus at 8:30 this morning, and this is her only break before 11:00 p.m. when she finishes for the day.

Dressed in a smart pin-stripe jacket and with a cigarette hanging casually between her fingers, Guida appears much older than her 18 years. Sitting down, she lights the cigarette and quickly exhales in one long, exhausted gesture.

Here's Your Bill: Don't let cheap food make you fat
Off Key: Oh, Canada!
Gadget Corner:
Bondage: Whip it Good
Local Limelight: Q&A with Dust Jacket
It's All Relative: No Sane person is a vegetarian
Top 5: Valentine's Day Detox Movies
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Feb 09, 2006

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Teaching America
In the Roosevelt School District, schools are so poor they can't even afford to pay substitute teachers. If a full-time teacher ever gets sick, they are forced to split the teacher's students into two other classes for the day, packing some classrooms that are already close to full.

As of this article's printing, Arizona is being fined half a million dollars a day by the federal government until it finds a way to educate students who aren't proficient in English.

On Jan. 31, President Bush announced in his State of the Union address that the country is currently experiencing a teacher shortage, especially in the sciences and mathematics.

Teaching America
The Word on the Street: Talking to Strangers
Breaking the Silence
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Off Key: Phoenix has risen
Local Limelight: Q & A With Psyko Steve
Here's Your Bill: That student loan money doesn't last forever
It's All Relative: Cell Phone Woes
Top 5 Awkward Tipping Situations
Gadget Corner: Nintendo redux
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Feb 02, 2006

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Different Strokes
A scattering of regular patrons mills about the dimly lit room, stopping to chat at the edge of the small stage. Some wander into the side room to view the black and white photos of women in g-strings and oil paintings of two nude women in seductive embraces.

The Paper Heart gallery is calm on this third Thursday of the month. This is the night where the artists who currently have their work on display at the gallery come together, chatting casually at the beer and wine bar. Chatting with them is the gallery's owner, who seems part artist, part rocker with his straight, dark, shoulder-length hair and his bright red jacket.

Inset: Living Canvas
Off Key: The Ghost of Napster
Local Limelight: Q&A with Todd Hoover
Fashion: How to wear it
It's All Relative: Plug In, Hook Up
Gadget Corner: Kicking the habit
Top 5: Web comics you should be reading
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Jan 26, 2006

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Modern Warriors
John, 22, and Cheston, 21, Bailon share a bond only brothers have. They finish each other's sentences, yet can communicate without words. The pair, both veterans of the current war in Iraq and corporals in the Marine Corps Reserve, have done everything together since childhood -- climbing mountains, attending the same schools and sharing the same dream of joining the military.

Theirs is a bond not even the horrors of war or distance from their desert home could destroy. The brothers grew up on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, N.M., and they say they never fought with each other. Sibling rivalry doesn't exist for these two -- their Navajo religion and culture taught them only to respect and love each other.

Healthy: Total Detox
Open Air: Bitch, Bitch, Bitch
Fashion: Do and Do Not
Local Limelight: Q&A with Zac Casey
Off Key: Sex, Drugs and Photo Shoots
Top 5: Local Coffee Houses
Gadget Corner: Role to Play
It's All Relative: Pro-choice and proud
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Jan 19, 2006

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Big Enough
A young man sits in the corner of a room by himself. He is wearing only ragged gym shorts and a white T-shirt. He stares intensly at the wall as sweat slowly beads around his face. After a few seconds, he stoops over and picks up the dumbbells that are resting at his feet. It's time for another set.

To Shannon Fabian, working out is an obsession that started in high school. He says he started bulking up to overcome his lackluster performance on the track team and his social short-comings. Soon he became infatuated with the goal of getting bigger. Grueling hours of torturous lifting became an escape from reality as well as a daily ritual for Fabian. He says he was "saved," by the gym.

Gadget Corner: A note from your spam folder
Off Key: Give Bono a Break
It's All Relative: Body Issues
Local Limelight: The Minibosses
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Dec 08, 2005

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Tara Reid still drunk
Students on Palm Walk were shocked to see Hollywood actress Tara Reid, intoxicated and stumbling back and forth across the sidewalk for more than an hour Monday afternoon.

Reid was allegedly in Scottsdale over the weekend in order to celebrate her 30th birthday, sources said. Although her birthday was Nov. 12, the notorious party girl continued to celebrate into this month.

Almoodi protests Playboy reality show, no one cares
Card's mascot succumbs to bird flu
New college named after Playboy great Hefner
Crow flattens 'A' Mountain
Holiday Horrorscopes: Why you suck
Entertainment Boxer-Briefs: 50 Cent auditions ASU talent for video

Issue: Dec 01, 2005

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High Marks
A 15-page term paper looms over her head and a blank computer screen stares her in the face. After a week of this scenario, sociology senior Christine* decides to try a new approach to studying, something she's never done before: take a prescription pill to focus her concentration.

Her pill of choice is Adderall, a prescription central nervous system stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder and hyperactivity, disorders she does not have. In other words, Christine took an amphetamine to get her paper done. Christine swallows 5 mg of the drug -- half a pill -- around 5 p.m. on a Thursday evening at her parent's house. She says as she drives home a few hours later, the pill starts to kick in.

TV Thrills: Come on Down
Locks: Hair Raising
Local Limelight: Q&A with Perry Allen
Gadget Corner: Movie Machine
Culture Shock: Humanitarian Hero
Top 5: Best places to sleep on campus
The New Black: Do's and Do Not's
Calendar: What's happening
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Scene Points: Winners' Circle
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Nov 17, 2005

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Pins & Needles
When psychology senior Jaclyn Trecokas was a freshman in college, drinking a glass of milk was enough to leave her body writhing in pain. But today she says she can eat or drink whatever she wants thanks to acupuncture, an ancient healing method. And she's not alone.

According to a 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acupuncture has become one of the leading forms of alternative healing in the United States helping to solve ailments ranging from bone injuries to drug addiction. While needling patients for treatment is a far cry from conventional Western medical practice, a growing interest by the American public in alternative healing has led them to discover a different path to better health.

Crafty: Gut Feeling
Time to Eat: Weapons of Mass Consumption
Fashion: Heart of Brass
Culture Shock: Make it hot
Top 5: Awkward Thanksgiving moments
Gadget Corner: Boxed In
Local Limelight: Q&A with Lydia
Calendar: What's happening
Liner Notes:CD reviews
Scene Points: Gift Guide
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Nov 10, 2005

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In a Strange Land
A bustling community exists at the Arcadia Palms apartment complex in Phoenix. Residents visit each other while their small children play on an old swing set in the courtyard. But when their mothers call them to come inside, they don't do it in English.

More than 10 Somalian refugee families live at the apartment complex. While one newly arrived family moves a blue mattress and an orange couch into their new home, Ayan Abdi and her family sit in their living room watching a surfing movie.

Stripped: Private Dancer
Gadget Corner: Flashy Friends
Culture Shock: Counter Culture
Top 5: Worst Part-Time Job
On Stage:The Format coming to campus
SoundRave: Breaking down musical boundaries
The New Black: Do or Do Not
Local Limelight: Q&A with Ember Coast
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's happening
Scene Points: Iraq's Casualties
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Nov 03, 2005

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The Cost of Culture
On the first Friday of every month, humble brick buildings turn into houses for festivals of light and sound. Innocent front yards are transformed into outdoor clubs as DJs spin records while pedestrians venture off the sidewalk to try a few new dance moves. The walkways come alive with people from every side of the Valley: roller derby enthusiasts, punks, soccer moms and college students.

Appropriately titled "First Fridays" what started as an agreement between a few galleries to hold openings on the same night has turned into one of the largest art walks in the country. A perusal of newspapers across the country reveals such art walks aren't uncommon in major cities and neither are the problems that come with their success.

Work and School: Will Clean for Food
Top 5: Ways to get your parents to give you money
Fashion: Phoenix Fashionista
Enjoy the Scenery: Ratings Game
Local Limelight: Interview with Asleep in the Sea
Gadget Corner: Beam Me Up
Culture Shock: Knitting Nuts
Calendar: What's Happening
Scene Points: Metal Chick
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Oct 27, 2005

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Get it Out
Jacie* lounges comfortably on a cream-colored leather chair just weeks before she will have the sexual reassignment surgery necessary for her to become a woman. The political science and history sophomore pushes back her dark, red-highlighted hair as she recalls how a fundamentalist Christian counselor caused her a painful bout of depression and self-doubt over her status as a male-to-female transsexual.

"Doctors aren't supposed to fuck with your head and play games," Jacie says. "That's nowhere in the Hippocratic oath."

Her feminine voice rises in volume as she describes the mental scars the therapy left behind.

Religion: Witch Hunt
Religion Research: Un-Godly Nation
Mindful: Psychiatric Revolution
Fashion: Do or Do Not
Local Limelight: Q&A with Army of Robots
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Halloween: Favorite Haunt
Calendar: What's Happening
Culture Shock: Pasty Man
Gadget Corner: Keying it in
Scene Points: Scene Stuff
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Oct 20, 2005

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Finding Shelter
On any given night, there are 3,000 homeless men, women and children roaming the streets of Maricopa County, searching for a place to spend the night. For one night, I was among 30 women who found refuge in a temporary shelter.

Science: You Are Getting Sleepy
Local Limelight: Q&A with The Cover Up
At Work: Construction Strike
Top 5: Party ideas that could rule...
Fashion: Hot or Not
Gadget Corner: Online Hookup
Culture Shock: Party for the Dead
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Scene Points: New Music Panic!
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Oct 13, 2005

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Wishful Thinking
John Tyler watches people walk by him as he sits near the fireplace inside the Memorial Union. He scrounges through his backpack, looking for his Japanese notes so he can study.

His thin body is engulfed by the chair as he searches through his textbook. Tyler takes off his sweat-stained ASU hat and reveals his jet-black hair as he scratches his head. The Japanese class is just one of the classes he is taking to complete a degree in English literature.

Culture Shock: Clever Clubs
Top 5: Campus Shortcuts
Local Limelight: Interview with Reindeer/Tiger Team
Gadget Corner: Blitz: The League
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
The New Black: Do's and Do Not's
Calendar: Local film and music events
Scene Points: Pretty Screams
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Oct 06, 2005

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Beating the System
Lupe Tovar, now 23, moved out five years ago and set off to make a life for herself. Fresh out of high school, the psychology major found an apartment near ASU and started classes at Scottsdale Community College to get her prerequisites out of the way.

She eventually transferred to ASU, joining multicultural clubs and working at the dean's office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Studio Visit: Wiley Wallace
Extra Coverage: 'The children in my group were not as different as I expected'
Top 5: Worst Haircuts
Gadget Corner: High-Heeled Hell
Culture Shock: Free Thinkers
Techy: Digital World
Interview: Q&A with Dear and the Headlights
Local: Artistic Benefits
Liner Notes: CD reviews
Calendar: What's Happening
Scene Points: Ex Favorites
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Sep 29, 2005

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After the Storm
On Sept. 5, 2005, seven days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged his family home in New Orleans, Michael Seidman, a student at the University of New Orleans, found himself boarding a bus outside Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

He was alone in a new city, a backpack holding the small catalogue of his worldly belongings -- a few pairs of socks, a pair of shorts, two T-shirts and the names of his fantasy football teams scrawled on a scrap of paper -- strapped to his back. His destination: ASU. His mission: to find some sense of normalcy in a world one act of nature had turned upside down.

On Campus: Religious Rights
Calendar: What's happening
Culture Shock: Animal Instincts
Top 5: Family-owned Tempe restaurants
Gadget Corner: Radio Revolution
Local Limelight: Q & A with Calabrese
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Scene Points: Punk Pin-Ups
Green: One World
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Sep 22, 2005

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Flipping Out
A dozen people dressed in white stand barefoot in a circle. Drums beat in the background. Two players stand face-to-face and recognize each other with a small bow as they bend their knees to a squat.

They enter the inner part of the circle, spinning and cartwheeling. The two prowl toward each other, moving their bodies to pace of the drum beats; kicking, bending and twisting into what becomes one fluid motion.

Local Limelight: Q & A with Dietrichs
Liner Notes: Minus the Bear & Devendra Banhart
Social: Un-Friendly
Scene Points: Not "Everything"
Gadget Corner: Parallel Pods
Culture Shock: One of T.H.E.M.
Top 5: Worst ways to break up with your significant other
The New Black: What to wear
Editorial: From the Edge

Issue: Sep 15, 2005

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Benefit Doubts
Sarah* has worked at ASU for more than 15 years. She's been presented with awards by both the university and professional organizations for her dedication to her department.

Yet, the woman in the office next door has two benefits from ASU that Sarah says she fears she may never have: health benefits and tuition waivers for her family.

Local: Tempe Music Scene
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Pod Stop: Ear budding
Scene Points: S-E-X Pistols
Top5: Songs that use Cowbell
Local Limelight: Q&A with Pokafase
Culture Shock: Booking It
It's the New Black: What to Wear
Fashion: SPM says 'No' to Boho
Gadget Corner: Royal Flush
Calendar: Hurricane Relief
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Sep 08, 2005

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On the Outside: These students refuse...
Mazeratie Stephens-Sweet has a high, singsong voice with a slight "valley girl" accent. She manages to include the words "like" and "whatever" into almost every sentence. On the phone, she sounds like your average white, suburban-bred, college student. But sounds can be deceiving.

Meet three ASU students who feel nothing like how they look -- Stephens-Sweet, along with Chris Ly and Ching Phuong, say they are racial and cultural outsiders: students who say they feel more comfortable socializing with people from a different race than their own.

Meet Your Match: Let SPM's personal yenta...
Colombian Nights: SPM photographer Deanna Dent...
Denim Desires: Sure they make your butt look good...
Local Limelight: Q&A with Before Braille
Scene Points: Banned?
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Culture Shock: Live Suryoyo
Gadget Corner: PlayStation Party
Top 5 most ridiculously overpriced beauty products
Calendar: Hurricane relief concerts
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Sep 01, 2005

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Lord of the Discs


Revenge feels good, especially when directed at a group who has wronged you.

Just ask ASU business senior Jared Mercier and his alter-ego "Scott Ron."

Touchdown: Fantasy Football
Stress Stinks: Here's how to cope
Bus Pass: ASU is solving parking problems
Culture Shock: Farsi fun
Fashion: It's the New Black
Top 5: Ways to ogle a hot professor
Scene Points: F#%k Cancer
Local Limelight: Q&A with the January Taxi
Liner Notes: CD Reviews
Pod Stop: You're dancing to what?
From the Edge: Editorial

Issue: Aug 25, 2005

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Action Hero
Grasping a straw basket of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, Little Red Riding Hood sets off into the forest to visit her grandmother. But this isn't your parents Red Riding Hood.

Dressed in a long, red leather cape and black, thigh-high boots, the masked woman smirks as she takes on the Big Bad Wolf. When he makes a pass at this savory Red Riding Hood she attacks from behind and sends him back into the woods, tail between his legs. This more "grown up" Riding Hood is just one of the many action figure creations spawned by Valley comic book artist Todd McFarlane.

Culture Shock: Weird Science
Extra Info: Top 5 places to buy comics in the Valley
Odd Couple: Art imitates life for this real world 'Will and Grace'
First Person: A Short, Strange Trip to the Other Side
City Survival: SPM's guide to your neighborhood
Hot for Fall: Dressing for a new year
Scene Points: Rock Speak
Local Limelight: Q&A with the Hiller Boys
Liner Notes: 3 new CDs
Music Notes: Pod Stop
Opinion: From the Edge

Issue: Jul 07, 2005

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'Phantom' haunts audiences yet again
"The Phantom of the Opera" once again haunted and delighted the minds of audiences at ASU's Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium this month.

The show completed a four-week run Sunday, with 92 to 95 percent of seats filled for the play's duration, said David Harrison, director of communications for ASU Public Events. The Phantom returned to Gammage after several years of negotiations. Since its third engagement in 2000, it had been the "most requested show ever by Gammage audiences," he said.
Issue: Jun 23, 2005

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Images from a Vietnamese orphanage
In a place where white teeth signify savagery and close to 30 percent of its population lives in poverty, Vietnam has a new story to tell. Documentary photographer David Stone, an ASU alumnus, spent three weeks overseas gathering breathtaking images to help with this task.

Vietnam boasts thousands of tourists each year that want to view the untouched landscape. But the land is not all beauty. Scattered with a tumultuous past, the permanent effects of the Vietnam War are still evident -- men and women with missing limbs and broken buildings and families that have never been repaired.

'Phantom of the Opera' doesn't disappoint

Issue: Apr 28, 2005

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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.

Uncomfort Zone: Creepy Casey's
The Latest: Not just trendy
Triple Shot: From exotic to luxurious
Off the Shelf: Absinthe minded
Medicine Closet: From veganism to meat week
Eating Out: Secret ingredients
Sexual Discourse: A tumultuous ride
Admyering the View: On the inside

Issue: Apr 21, 2005

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Knowing their roots
From under a white tent on Hayden Lawn, members of ASU's American Indian Council sell tacos and fry bread. In the background, contestants for Ms. Indian ASU and other organization members parade down a runway for the American Indian fashion show.

The event marks the start of ASU's Native American Culture Week, which will culminate this weekend with a powwow on the band practice fields. The week is the only time every year that ASU's relatively tiny American Indian population becomes one of the most visible.

Unusual Outings: Wiggling to the finish line
In your own backyard: A stimulating society
On the Web: Blogging for A's
Off the Shelf: Eerie encounters
In your own backyard: An Argentinean art
On Campus: Super seniors
Sexual Discourse: Is it too soon?
Admyering the view: A lesson in culture

Issue: Apr 14, 2005

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The Cartoonist
For four semesters, Tony Carrillo drew F Minus, a cartoon that ran at the top of the comics section of The State Press.

And in those two years, Carrillo became the Gary Larson of ASU, and F Minus its Far Side. But when Carrillo graduated in December, F Minus disappeared from the pages of the newspaper, leaving students to face a State Press without his unique wit.

Triple Shot: Not your mainstream music
The Latest: Going raw
Tuned In: Tuesdays with DJ Seduce
Tuned In: Balancing school and spinning records
In Your Own Backyard: Getting clean after 4/20
Sexual Discourse: Foreplaying around
Admyering the View: ASU's Far Side

Issue: Apr 07, 2005

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Controlling love
It was her freshman year at ASU when Becky met John. They were best friends for a while before attraction set in and the two began dating.

It seemed like the relationship would be perfect. But as soon as the words "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" came into the mix, John's behavior changed completely and the relationship turned from loving to abusive.

This and That: Over their heads
Tuned In: A Closed Jar
On Campus: Interpretation
Triple Shot: Outdoor adventures
In your own backyard: No roads, no conservatives
Sexual Discourse: Bedroom novelties
Admyering the view: Stay or go?

Issue: Mar 31, 2005

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An art of their own
A skateboarder rolls down University Drive and quickly slaps a light pole with a custom-designed sticker, leaving behind a symbol of himself, his crew and his passion.

Down the street, students walk past an electrical box showcasing the names of graffiti artists who left their mark, if only for a few days.

Tuned In: No more deaths
The Latest: More than a game
Religion: Christian in college
Friday Night: Bisexual Myths
Triple Shot: Irregular grocers
Sexual Discourse: True or false
Admyering the View: Poetry

Issue: Mar 24, 2005

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Forced recovery
Experiencing withdrawals, going to group meetings and confronting demons. Rehab isn't exactly what the college-aged population dreams about, but it often becomes a necessity, whether enrolling is a personal decision or a court order.

This week, SPM talks to people who were forced to join rehab by the courts and whose lives have been irretrievably altered because of substance abuse.

The Latest: Speed dating
Art and Artists: All there is
Triple Shot: Picnic Perfect
Tuned In: Head cases
Friday Night: Free flicks
Off the Shelf: BYO hookah
In your own back yard: A reclaimed passion
Sexual Discourse: Spicing it up
For Better or Wurst: Sad Visits

Issue: Mar 10, 2005

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Eastern neighbors
At the Matsuri Festival of Japan in downtown Phoenix, thousands �of locals and out-of-towners amble down the walkways of Heritage and Science Park. They are shopping for authentic Japanese products and eating at dozens of food stands, where barbecue fills the air with smoke and the smell of grilled chicken.

On three stages, Japanese and other performers model kimonos, sword fight, play Taiko drums and dance, educating audience members about Japanese culture while entertaining them. Though it draws an enormous crowd every year, the festival remains unknown to most locals, as does Japanese culture, rich in tradition and beauty.

Off the Shelf: Text one
Medicine Closet: Wrapping up
Learning How: Stick it
In Your Own Backyard: Call Desi, I'm drunk
Sexual Discourse: Spring danger
Admyering the View: New language, weird food

Issue: Mar 03, 2005

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To extremes
Muscles rippling, Holly Dison contorts her body and grips a sketchy pocket on the wall with her fingers. rnrnShe wraps her right leg around the back of her left, delicately balancing on a sliver of rock the size of a baby carrot. Her lithe body is completely taut as she grabs a good-sized slab and holds on tight. Finally, she drops onto the padded ground with a soft thud and announces she is starting to feel warmed up.

Tuned in: Our own supastar
Tuned in: Dreaming big
In Your Own Backyard: All the right moves
The Latest: Shopping at the Sexy Safeway
Sexual Discourse: Know yourself
Admyering the View: 13,000 feet and jumping

Issue: Feb 24, 2005

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His own direction
Zachary Yoshioka's parents wanted what every parent wants for their son: a decent job, a nice girl, some stability.rnrnBut Yoshioka, who graduated from ASU in May, isn't the type to do what other people expect him to do. While most students were struggling to figure out what the post-graduation road held for them, Yoshioka was paving his own.

Triple Shot: Franchise free
In your own backyard: Fire and Brymstonne
Drink Up: Brewding young men
Medicine Closet: Hyp treatment
Off the Shelf: Borne to be well
Sexual Discourse: Protect yourself
Admyering the view: Defying expectations

Issue: Feb 17, 2005

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More than a number
The sweat slowly trickles from 19-year-old Courtney Gagle's forehead. Her heart is racing and her breathing is strained. She thinks about stopping, but she knows she shouldn't.rnrnGagle thinks to herself about how thrilled she is to be at the happiest place on earth as she walks through Disneyland in California. She trudges on for a few more feet until she realizes that no amount of excitement is enough to make her get to the next ride. She spots a bench, walks over and collapses as if she just ran a marathon at a record-breaking pace.

Admyering the View: Weighing in
Tuned In: Polka ist gut
The Latest: Love 'em or laser 'em
Off the Shelf: Sockin' it to you
Create This: Setting up
In Your Own Backyard: Angels and goddesses
Sexual Discourse: Sexplanations

Issue: Feb 10, 2005

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Thrill sex
It's a quiet night in a Chicago diner.

A cook and a waitress don't have much work, so they head to the storeroom, which is brimming with boxes packed with ketchup, coffee beans and maple syrup.

The cook looks around before he puts his hand in the waitress' white, button-up blouse. After a few seconds, he gets a bit nervous.

Thought-Provoking: Nude realism
Medicine Closet: Herbs and cures
The Latest: All in for poker
Music Notes: Pod People
Triple Shot: An alternative V-Day
In Your Own Backyard: Cleaning up
Sexual Discourse: Simple satisfaction
For Better or Wurst: Playing around

Issue: Feb 03, 2005

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Challenged beliefs
With her veiled hair, modest clothing, and olive skin, pre-business junior Rema Nasaredden knows a thing or two about stereotyping.

Nasaredden says she was helping the Muslim Students Association at an informational table during the presidential debate when "this total right-wing Christian straight out of Texas walks up. He starts telling us how great it is that the U.S. is in Iraq and how what they are doing there is beautiful," she says.

Sexual Discourse: Difficult Positions
Create This: Musically minded
Uncomfort Zone: Welcome to the potty
Triple Shot: Boycott the big guys
On the Road: Bus Stop
Music Notes: Weir are you going, Weir have you been?
Music Notes: Mended music
Admyering the view: The danger of ignorance

Issue: Aug 21, 2007