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from the editor
Twelve issues as editor, 21 issues as a reporter and editor and here I am in my very last
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issue of State Press Magazine. I’ll be graduating in May and am heading off to Los An-
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geles to work at the LA Times for the summer, so after this issue I’ll leave you all in the
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capable hands of my successor. I guess I want this editor’s note to be a bit of a love letter to SPM and to the State Press, so prepare for the sap. I joined State Press as an arts and culture reporter four years ago, actually I started with SP before I started school. I didn’t find a home with that desk, so I moved to SPM in the spring, and there I stayed. I had
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people who believed in my abilities at internships and in school and had an outlet here at
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SPM, and when I became editor, well I consider that to be my crown jewel of my colle-
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giate journalism career. I put my heart, my soul and my sanity into this publication and this
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organization. I hope that I was able to inspire those younger than me like I was inspired
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by the upperclassmen when I joined State Press. I didn’t just find a job or an outlet to get clips here, I found a home, a family. I made life-long friendships here. I worked with some of the most amazing people Cronkite has to offer in my time here. And I worked with my
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reporters, with my staff, who matter more to me than they probably realize. It has been my
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honor growing up with this publication, and I can’t wait to see where it goes after my time.
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campus culture 06 FOOD SHAM I NG 08 IG N ITE @ ASU SPAR KS I NSPI RATION 10 TH E H EALI NG POWE R OF STORYTE LLI NG 12 ASU SCAN DALS 14 WE WOU LD PU B LISH “SE NSUAL STE E L” AGAI N
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business 22 FAST FASH ION 24 PUTTI NG TH E PE RSON FI RST
student life 26 TATTOO TAKEOVE R
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FOOD SHAMING BY LAUREN INTRIERI | PHOTOS BY MAZHAR BADANI
Food has a way of sparking memories. The smell of slightly burned hotdogs can take you back to a hot Fourth of July day. The sound of the electric mixer and the smell of whipped butter and sugar can transport you to your grandma’s kitchen. Whatever it is, food is personal. There are certain dishes you can’t go near, and then there are others that make you feel nostalgic. If what we eat is a personal preference, why are we judging what other people consume? Food shaming is the act of criticizing someone based off of the food they eat. What people are shamed for varies — whether someone’s food is healthy or unhealthy, how much food someone consumes and the type of diet someone follows. One area of food shaming that has been receiving attention is the difference between vegetarian and omnivorous diets. There are also people who follow a vegan diet and do not consume any animal products. There are organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, otherwise known as PETA, that aren’t shy about their dislike for a meat-loaded diet. PETA is known for its controversial demonstrations and campaigns showing images of skinned animals. Arizona State University sophomore journalism student Alyssa Williams remembers going to a First Friday in down6
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town Phoenix six years ago and walking by PETA activists. “They were naked on the street wrapped in Saran Wrap to imitate the packaging of meat and they had a TV set up showing the cruelty done to animals,” Williams says. “They usually paid you a dollar if you watched the whole thing, so I did, and I was mortified.” Williams decided to try a vegetarian diet after doing some research on her own and maintained a meat-free lifestyle for about seven months. Christmas food and her love of tamales made Williams return to eating meat around the holidays. Afterwards, Williams tried to go back to being vegetarian but only lasted four more months. “Growing up in a Mexican family and being vegetarian is hard, especially during the holidays when there’s meat everywhere,” Williams says. “I don’t think my grandma really understood the concept of vegetarianism and the rest of my family just thought it was a stage, so it didn’t help.” Culture and religious restrictions have an impact on what people eat. In India, around 33 percent of the country follows a vegetarian diet. This is high number when compared to the United States, where only 3.2 percent of the population is vegetarian. “Changing to a vegetarian diet would be extremely difficult,” says ASU business
sophomore Sayeg Arellano. “The main challenge would be eating at home because we eat as a family and most of our meals consist of a type of meat for the main part.” Around 54 percent of the American population who switched their diets said they did it for animal welfare and around 53 percent said they went vegetarian to improve overall health, according to Statistic Brain. There are a variety of reason why people decide to stop eating meat, but with any diet, one has to make sure they are getting the right number of nutrients. A lean meat diet has also been proven to be healthy. “I have been a vegetarian for about five years,” says ASU psychology sophomore Leanna Wickson. “And I honestly just don’t like meat so I stopped eating it.” Wickson says she will eat fish occasionally to make sure she gets protein and she “(doesn’t) care if people don’t agree” with what she eats because she can do what she wants. The reasons people choose to eat or stop eating meat are individual and personal, but people continue to comment on other people’s diets. “People on both sides should open their minds and accept that not everyone is vegetarian and not everyone eats meat,” Williams says. “Both education and an open mind are needed.”
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I G NITE @ A S U S PA R K S I N S P IR AT IO N BY OWEN BALDNER PHOTOS COURTESY IGNITE ASU
In a world filled with an infinite number of variations, combinations and classifications it’s enough to make anyone step back and take a vacation. However, as crazy as the world can be in size, scope and variety, it only means that there are an infinite number of stories to be told and it is the mission of Changemaker’s ASU event to hear as many of ASU’s stories as it can. Changemaker’s Ignite @ ASU is like the Ted Talk of ASU, except its subject matter is much more personal. It focuses on taking the voices and personal stories of the University’s student body and turning them into stories to be shared with their peers. The event, which happens once a semester, features an array of rapid-fire stories from several ASU students who apply and are accepted to speak. “It’s really a great place with an open environment,” says Joley Hamilton, the speaker preparation coordinator with Ignite. “One thing I really enjoy about Ignite is that during the intermission the speakers are really able to connect with the audience.” Hamilton says that the wide range of speakers and genres leads to really unique experiences. “Each Ignite has its own personality a lot of the time,” Hamilton says. “There’s a lot about home and identity. There are a lot of talks about their identities and nationalities and reli8
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gions … Just a lot about people’s identities and how they represent that every day of their lives.” All walks of life at the University can come into the Ignite ASU program and apply. The stories that come from it include words of wisdom from the speakers who have lived through their stories and seek to make a positive change from them. Katie Hawkins, sophomore digital culture major and current graphic designer for Changemaker and the Ignite @ ASU event, was a speaker before deciding to help the program out. “I originally heard about the program from a couple friends who did it in the spring and I had done a couple poetry slams previously,” Hawkins says. “I thought it would be a really cool opportunity just to open up and kind of explore my own limits and ... what I could dig up from the depths of my soul.” The topic Hawkins chose to share at Ignite ASU she says “wasn’t a fun topic” but it was important to share not only for the community, but also for herself. “I shared my experience with being sexually assaulted freshman year,” Hawkins says. “It’s definitely not a fun topic, but I think giving a voice to it is a good first step into accepting what happened and making the best out of what, you know — to put very bluntly — is a really s**t experience that unfortunately a lot of people have to deal with.” She says having this outlet, which allowed her the freedom
to speak about her experience, was the driving force behind her participation in the event. Thinking back to the moment of being on stage, relaying her story to hundreds of people, she lets out a sigh before explaining that it was the moment before being on stage that made her the most nervous. “When I was actually talking it went by so fast,” she says. “To be honest, I don’t really remember that much about speaking, per say, but what I do remember is towards the middle of the speech I got absorbed in the moment and actually added more emotion in it. It’s the time it really connected to my brain that I was talking in front of 200 people and they are listening.” Shantel Marekera, sophomore justice studies student and director of diversity and inclusion for Undergraduate Student Government, had a similar experience when she presented at Ignite. “I felt powerful,” Marekera says. “I don’t know what it is, but when you are on that stage and then you see all those people looking at you, you’re like, ‘OK, what am I doing here?’ But then you start telling your story and you feel so powerful. You feel like you’re in a position to impact the world.” Her topic for the event was talking about how her experience being an extrovert when she was at home in Zimbabwe and then transitioning into an introvert when she came to ASU for school. However, it was these classifications, she says, that were holding her back. This was the message she tried to bring to ASU students
when sharing her story. “As much as the world talks about open-mindedness and innovation, it still tries to put people in those boxes,” Marekera says. “A person can be anything at any time. Don’t let the world dim your light because of their expectations or because they expect you to act like this because you are this. Be who you want to be and decide your own narrative.” Hamilton says that it is this variety of stories and messages that Ignite ASU is all about. “My number one thing [with Ignite] is that you never really realize the power of stories and what they do for our culture, for humanizing each other,” Hamilton says. “You don’t realize the power of your story and telling your own story. What that can do for others as well as yourself. Ignite is a safe space to do that.”
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After a teaching career spanning 30 years, ASU alumna Sandra Marinella, who graduated from Arizona State University in 1995 with a master’s in humanities/humanistic studies, decided to tell the stories of real people rather than the creative ones she spent so much time teaching when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. Marinella’s first book, “The Story You Need to Tell” is designed to help people cope with trauma, illness or loss through the art of writing. Marinella worked with cancer patients, veterans in her years as a writing teacher to create a guide to transformational storytelling. The book will 10
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launch May 16. “I have a passion for words, and I think throughout my career. I have come to realize that words can play a phenomenal role in helping to heal us and grow us and transform us,” Marinella says. “My pivotal moment, the moment I decided to write the book , was in 2012. I discovered I had breast cancer and learning you have cancer is a very traumatic experience. You suddenly realize you have to navigate a whole new world and that you have to find new ways of coping with the world.” A writer herself, Marinella shares her experience with journaling and expressive writing to navigate challenges including her battle with breast cancer and postpartum depression.
Marinella spent some time looking around for a book like the one she had in mind. After finding nothing, she decided she could be the one to write it, realizing there was a real need for the kind of book she had in mind. Marinella also spent some time studying the effects that writing can have in times of crisis and found over 200 studies that show writing can provide physical, psychological and even social benefits. “Since I have been a writing teacher my whole career, I did what I always do — I turned to my writing,” Marinella says. “As I navigated the treatment, and the surgeries, I think I came to understand that my personal writing was profoundly helpful. I wanted to share that with others and it was pretty easy for me to do since I taught writing for 30 years. I knew a lot of ways that personal writing could be used to help us
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as a guide, even as a therapeutic tool.” To develop the exercises in her book, Marinella pulled together exercises she had used with her students. After trying these out while volunteering at the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center, and downtown at the Veterans Hospital, she found a number of strategies that helped people write through difficult times. Some of those exercises include: understanding a need for silence, a time to try and deal what happened, breaking your silence, changing your perspective on things to better understand the dynamics of the story and self-editing. “As you go through the experience, you first have to absorb it, then begin to talk about it, you have to accept it, but as you begin to accept it, then you have ways of dealing with it,” Marinella says. “The self-editing is ‘OK, now I can choose how this story is going to end. Am I going to be miserable… or am I going to find positive ways to integrate this event into my life?’ Self-editing is looking at that story objec-
suited me as a writer.” Another story, featured on the book’s website, is about Jen Campisano. When Campisano was 32, she was diagnosed tively and then having the power to rewrite with stage four metastatic cancer. At the that story in a way that will work for you as time of the diagnosis, the cancer had best as it can.” spread to her lungs, spleen and her breast. Marinella features stories of people “I have no idea why I got better,” she talked to while writing the book. One Campisano says. “My own oncologist of the stories is from Barbara Lee, who, in called it a miracle. Of course, the simple her own words, is explanation is dia female military agnostic error. But veteran who has writing my story I have come experienced milithrough my blog to realize that tary sexual trauma and my book during her time of helped me process words can play a service. Through everything I faced phenomenal role in those five years. a writing group at Phoenix Veterans Even if it didn’t helping to heal us Affairs, Marinella change my cancer, and grow us and helped her realize writing helped me her talent for writfind a voice as I transform ing. faced my mortality.” us. “From day For more inforone Sandi has mation about Maribeen a supporter nella and her projand mentor,” Lee ect, visit her website - Sandra Marinella says. “… She took — storyyoutell. me seriously as a poet. At one point, I com. Her book is available for pre-order thought I wanted to be a novelist. Sandi from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and helped to shape me as a writer. I learn from Indiebound. her which genres of writing I enjoy and
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Best of the Worst
BY SAVANAH YAGHSEZIAN PHOTO BY REILLY KNEEDLER
ASU POINT SHAVERS
In the 1990’s, Joe Gagliano gambled on basketball games and made a deal with one of the players to fix the game so ASU wouldn’t cover the point spread. Rumors began to spread about the point-shaving and students began to bet on games because they knew how they’d turn out. Authorities didn’t find out about the gambling until a few years later and Gagliano spent 15 months in prison. According to Gagliano, students weren’t charged because they provided information to the authorities.
ASU STUDENT IN ADULT FILM
The adult film site Backroom Casting Couch hired an ASU freshman in 2010 to appear in one of its “audition” videos. In the film, the student plays an aspiring nude model who is eventually coerced into having paid sex with the man interviewing her. A rumor spread that an “anonymous alum” sent a letter to the Arizona Board of Regents asking that her scholarship be revoked. The rumor was proven to be false.
An Associate Professor, Dr. Matthew Whitaker, allegedly plagiarized a large portion of a presentation he created to teach “cultural consciousness” to Phoenix police officers. The City of Phoenix sued him for $21,000, but Whitaker argues he is still owed money for the presentations he’s completed. The AZ Board of Regents, however, successfully removed him from his co-director position at the Center of Race and Democracy and Whitaker will leave his teaching position at ASU in May 2017.
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CHEER SQUAD REBRANDED
Photos of ASU cheerleaders in lingerie began to float around the internet in 2008. According to Fox News, the cheerleaders and ASU claim the team was going to be disbanded before the photos were released. However to protest the disbandment of the cheer squad, students held an underwear run. Today, the cheer team has been rebranded into the Arizona State Spirit Squad.
TAU KAPPA EPSILON’S CONTROVERSIAL PARTY
Tau Kappa Epsilon decided to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by throwing a racially insensitive party. Members of the frat and their guests dressed in basketball jerseys, flashed gang signs and drank from watermelon cups- all of which reinforce racist stereotypes. ASU responded by expelling the fraternity.
In 2004, State Press Magazine published an article about body piercings titled “Sensual Steel.” The story landed the cover page and featured a photograph of the profile of a topless woman’s nipple piercing. Ira Fulton, a prominent donor whose namesake is tied to the ASU’s engineering school, saw the magazine and demanded University President Michael Crow cut off funding for the State Press. In a victory for free speech on college campuses, the State Press was able to successfully defend their decision to publish the picture.
TEARING DOWN ALPHA DRIVE
At one point in time, ASU had two different frat rows: Adelphi Drive and Alpha Drive. However, after years of partying and neglect, ASU’s frat houses toppled one by one. Some frats were forced to leave due to their own scandals, and others let their homes crumble with the promise of the University providing new housing for Greek Life. The University and the frats could not reach an agreement and no new homes were built.
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WE WOULD PUBLISH “SENSUAL STEEL” AGAIN BY THE STATE PRESS EDITORIAL BOARD
The magazine cover was black and white. In the center, scrawled in cursive script, was the cover story’s title: “Sensual Steel.” Behind the script was the side profile of a female breast, a nipple pierced with a barbell. The photo was paired with an article on extreme body modifications. The response to the photo was similarly extreme. State Press Magazine published “Sensual Steel” and its accompanying photo in 2004, a decision that set off a controversy that would come to be known as “Nipplegate.” After the magazine’s publication, The State Press received some complaints that argued the photo was inappropriate. The State Press did not publish the photo because it wanted to spark controversy. The article did not focus on ear piercings or nose piercings — it focused on extreme body modifications. The photo was chosen because the editorial board decided that it adequately represented the story while at the same time was not too explicit for a print magazine directed at a college audience. As journalists, we must cover communities different than our own. The photo may have made some uncomfortable because it was different than what they were used to. But if we don’t represent diversity, we have failed our audience. The State Press believes that an independent student media is integral to en14
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sure accountability, accuracy and truth. We are thankful for our ability to remain independent and are committed to defending that ability steadfastly. Every publication faces criticism from readers. When we face criticism, we do so with confidence in our editorial process. A few weeks after the magazine was published, Cameron Eickmeyer, the State Press editor-in-chief at the time, says he was called into a meeting by the University administration to discuss the photo. The meeting was called by thenVice President of Student Affairs Juan Gonzalez and included the magazine editor as well as Cronkite Dean Kristin Gilger, a student media adviser. “At that meeting, (Gonzalez) told us that he was very displeased, that there was a donor who was upset — we learned that was Ira Fulton — and he says very directly, essentially, that if we didn’t change, or if we made a similar decision in the future, then we would be looking at an ‘exit strategy,’” Eickmeyer says. Michael Crow, who has served as ASU president since 2002, said that the administration’s response was linked to an agreed upon advertising policy. The Phoenix New Times reported that the administration was upset that the paper’s editorial policy did not follow its advertising policy, which charged the board with reviewing the “decency” of ads before publishing them.
Crow said the university was concerned with publishing ads for businesses like strip clubs in a magazine bearing ASU’s name. “We can’t take the University’s name ... and do something that wouldn’t be done at the Arizona Republic, the Wall Street Journal or the Washington Post,” Crow says in an interview with State Press editors on March 2, 2017. Crow maintains that any issues with content published in the magazine were based on revenue and advertising rather than editorial content. “We didn’t have a meeting with the editorial board, we didn’t have a conversation, there were some other things that were talked about, there were a lot of assumptions that people were making, but we didn’t give that … it was not a policy-related issue,” he says. Dr. James Rund, now senior vice president of Educational Outreach and Student Services, says the incident was an opportunity to “self-correct” the fact that the paper’s business model was not aligned with its purpose. Gilger recalled threats to kick The State Press off campus and discontinue funding. “We had a discussion about the editorial freedom of a college newspaper,” she says. “I don’t remember this story being tied to advertising decisions … although we were talking about advertising issues during that period.”
“Inside Reporting,” a journalism textbook by Tim Harrower taught in Cronkite classes, uses the controversy in its chapter on law and ethics. “The president, in response, tried to intimidate the student paper – even threatening, through a subordinate, to cut off funding and ‘kick the State Press off campus,’” the textbook says. The State Press works hard to support itself financially. Our partnership with ASU allows us remain editorially independent while still working with the University to receive resources such as space for our newsrooms. We collaborate with the University on projects such as the Off Campus Student Housing Guide to raise revenue through Student Media. While support for student media departments varies among universities around the country, ASU’s support for The State Press and respect for our editorial independence is something that we are grateful for — but it is also something that we think all student publications are owed. In 2004, the editorial board stood its ground in its decision to publish the photo. With the help of Gilger, the editorial board worked on a set of editorial decision-making guidelines that codified the process of deliberating complex editorial decisions. “It was a trying time, but I think what came out of it was a good thing,” Gilger says. “It’s important to show the public that you have a deliberative process.” For its response to this controversy, The State Press won a Payne Ethics Award from the University of Oregon. “I would say that the [award] was not necessarily for the content itself, but it was more for the process by which we came to this decision,” Eickmeyer says. “So we had our editorial budget meeting, we debated the pros and cons, we decided as young journalists what we thought was the best course of action at the time.” The Student Media process has con-
tinued to defend itself against threats. Last October, Barrett, The Honors College censored a piece of artwork depicting a nude female body from “Normal Noise,” a publication funded by the school, because it was deemed inappropriate. We believe this response contradicts our core beliefs as journalists. College campuses ought to be the place to freely express creativity and ideas. If there is no safe, public outlet to do so, then ASU is failing to serve its students. This is why the editorial board responded the way it did 13 years ago when its editorial freedom was threatened and why its response is one we continue to find value in revisiting. As students, the University has an enormous amount of control over our everyday lives. Student journalists play a critical role in informing students and holding our institutions accountable. When institutions try to control journalists, they become less fair, less transparent and less democratic. The First Amendment protects freedoms of speech and press, and its protections should not end when we step foot on campus. In 2009, the student publication at Thunderbird High School had an article about teachers’ opinions on standardized testing pulled by the principal. After a lengthy legal battle and seeking advice from the Cronkite School, the newspaper won the right to publish the article. “That was an important lesson in students sticking to their guns and holding their institutions accountable,” Gilger says. Currently, the Arizona Legislature is considering a bill that would provide new freedoms to student publications. SB 1384 would protect student journalists’ rights to freedom of speech even when their publications are funded by their schools or produced in a classroom setting. Good reporting will inevitably up-
set someone. Yet as conflicts continue to arise, it is our duty as journalists to represent the voice of the students in the best way possible, whether that method is deemed controversial or not. Journalistic freedom is crucial for campus media and must be preserved. It’s also something Crow and the ASU administration has placed a value on. “The fourth estate and the operation of a democracy at a national level, the local level, the university level is absolutely essential to the discourse within the democratic republic about public events,” Crow says. “I’ve never had one second in almost 15 years of concern about the newspaper.” Compared to some other student publications, The State Press is lucky. – the ASU administration have largely chosen to respect our independence and support our purpose. Other publications, like the Kentucky Kernel, which was recently sued by its university, have not been so fortunate. Still, we hesitate to characterize ourselves as lucky or fortunate. Because while we are glad that our university has given us editorial independence, we believe such independence ought to be a right for all student publications under the First Amendment. Of course, The State Press’s coverage of the University is not always strictly beneficial for the administration. In the past year we’ve reported on censorship within Barrett, we’ve investigated student cheating rings, we’ve delved into a campus church that has been called manipulative and cult-like by former members and we’ve covered the convoluted and often messy USG elections. Even more recently, we covered an ASU student accusing the administration of racial profiling. It’s not always an easy relationship, but it is, without a doubt, an important one.
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Best of Downtown Best Instagrammable Spot: Roosevelt ROw BY ELENA PELKEY-LANDES
Roosevelt Row in the arts district of downtown has so many things to offer anyone who visits. There’s food, shops, galleries and offers many services like haircuts or tattoos. It caters to creative customers and has what you might call a hipster vibe. It’s a fun place to spend a weekend day or evening. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, for friends or family, or just window shopping, you’ll find something that interests you. Or maybe it’s date night, squad night out, or you’re just going for a walk, you’ll have a good time, and probably feel like you took in some culture all at the same time.
Best place to buy music: Revolver records BY MADISON STATEN
If you want to lose yourself in music, Revolver Records is the store for you. With an enormous selection of vinyl records, customers can hunt for great deals on all of their favorite music. The store caters to all price levels, with boxes and boxes of records priced at only a dollar. The store also carries CDs, DVDs, books and an assortment of vintage electronics. Ranked by the Phoenix New Times as the No. 1 record store in all of Phoenix, Revolver Records is a must for any music lover.
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Best brunch: Snooze, an A.m. Eatery BY NINA NORTH
Snooze. It’s what most of us do every morning when our alarm goes off for our 9 a.m. class. It’s pretty much our go-to word, but it’s also the go-to brunch place in downtown Phoenix, even if it is a bit of a drive uptown. The food is a delight but the atmosphere is eclectic and energizing, the two things you need most in the morning. Their menu ranges from a wide variety of breakfast options, from the three-egg omelet to molten chocolate pancakes. Did I mention they have morning cocktails? It’s the perfect place to brunch with your friends and start your day!
Best place to hang out: First amendment forum BY NICOLE GIMPL
Each campus has that special place that people can go to mingle among friends… and is also a pretty comfortable place to fall asleep. Downtown, that place could only be the First Amendment Forum at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The comforting sounds of CNN anchor Jake Tapper’s voice and the manic typing as students’ fingers race to finish up articles is soothing to the budding journalist and makes the First Amendment Forum the best place to hangout — or shut down —in downtown. With plush chairs and tables to rest your feet on, the First Amendment Forum is the most comfortable place to sit back and relax.
Best place to see a show: Crescent ballroom
Best place to go on a date: Phoenix art museum
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BY NINA NORTH
If a typical experience at Crescent Ballroom had to be summed up in three words, they would have to be local, intimate and delicious. As an adaptive-reuse space, Crescent Ballroom is a modern concert venue/ restaurant with roots deep into downtown Phoenix. Cocina 10, Crescent’s kitchen, serves a one-of-a-kind, locally sourced menu developed by Chris Bianco. Seven days a week, Cocina 10 and the lounge are open for lunch and serve food and drinks until midnight on weekdays. If you love music, Crescent has that too. There’s a concert almost every night featuring local bands and national up-andcomers alike. With a max capacity of 550, catching a show at Crescent Ballroom is intimate, intense and a thrill for music lovers.
Tired of the typical dinner and a movie date? Next time try the Phoenix Art Museum. Yes, a museum. The Phoenix Art Museum in downtown Phoenix is not like most museums where all you can think about your next nap. It has a variety of exhibits and collections so you’re bound to find at least one that will interest you. It’s the perfect place for a date, because, unlike seeing a movie you can actually talk to each other. Also, students get a discount and the museum is free during voluntary donation times, which are every Wednesday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., every First Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., every second Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. So skip the movie and head on over to the Phoenix Art Museum for your next date.
Best dessert: Snoh ice shavery BY MADISON STATEN
Taking shaved ice to the next level, Snoh Ice Shavery blends the flavors of conventional ice cream and shaved ice to create a unique and flavorful experience for customers. Their unique menu offers an array of topping combinations, ranging from s’more inspired mix-ins to mochi balls and Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal. Located in the heart of central Phoenix, Snoh’s downtown location offers a relaxing urban experience, perfect for escaping the busy rush of the city. When you need to beat the heat, head to Snoh’s for an unforgettable dessert experience.
best comfort food: Matt’s big breakfast BY SUNAINA TANDON
Who is Matt and why does he have a big breakfast? Well, Matt and his big breakfast is there for you when you need some comfort food. Bad breakup? Matt’s Big Breakfast. Bad grade? Matt’s Big Breakfast. Bad hair day? Matt’s Big Breakfast is still the answer. Their menu ranges from omelets and waffles to burritos and burgers. For those of you looking to get your revenge body, they also have a variety of salads to choose from. Basically, if you want food that is real and honest, go to Matt’s Big Breakfast. Best Coffee Shop: Grand Central COffee BY MADISON STATEN
There’s no better place to go when pulling that college all-nighter than The Grand Central Coffee Company. Offering a wide range of selections, from house brewed lattes to diverse happy hour selections, this two story coffee shop boasts both a lively atmosphere and comfortable seating. Modeled after the train stations of days past, this coffee shop’s design will leave customers feeling transported. With so many nooks and crannies within the large space, The Grand Central Coffee Company is the perfect place to grab a drink and become immersed in the energetic atmosphere.
Best place to grab lunch: bowl of greens BY NICOLE GIMPL
The downtown Phoenix campus doesn’t stand alone from the community like the others campuses. Businesses are intertwined with classrooms and dorms. It’s extremely convenient when you have 15 minutes between your class that lets out at 12:45 p.m. and your next starts at 1 p.m. Bowl of Greens is the saving grace for diminished mealtimes in downtown. Located on the ground floor of the Walter Cronkite building, Bowl of Greens serves up healthy alternatives to burgers and fries just steps away from classrooms. Ask anyone who works there and they’ll tell you that their chicken caesar salad is the fan favorite. So much so that they ask everyone in line who’s getting it and they prepare it in bulk. Salads, sandwiches, healthy entrees and fruity shakes round out the menu. Check them out next time you’re downtown!
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Best of Tempe Best running spot: Tempe Town Lake BY LURISSA CARBAJAL
best food that’s worth the wait: Oregano’s
Best restaurants on mill: Fuzzy’s taco shop
BY NICOLE GIMPL
With 15 locations in central Arizona alone, it’s obvious that Oregano’s is one of the Valley’s favorite Italian restaurants. You can stop in during the midday rush for lunch, or stop by for a romantic dinner in the evening and have two wonderfully different experiences. Whether you’re in the mood for pan, thin or thick crust pizza, Oregano’s has it all. Long lines are because a) the food is amazing and b) Oregano’s carefully crafts each pizza and bakes them for about 30-45 minutes. From salads to pizza to their famous pizookies, in their own words, you don’t want to pass this joint.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop— tacos, margaritas, awesome prices. You really cannot go wrong with these Americanized tacos and a frozen margarita with a beer tipped into it. Though not traditional the spin that Fuzzy’s puts on their tacos with some feta and garlic sauce puts them in a league of their own. The atmosphere is fun and casual, good for going out with friends or bringing your laptop for some study time while you eat and have a drink. They also have a special every Tuesday, “Taco Tuesday” when most of their tacos are even cheaper than usual, and if you go expect to be part of a big crowd. All these things put together make for a delicious time.
Best late night snack: Taco Bell
Best breakfast spot: Snooze, an a.m. eatery
BY LAUREN INTRIERI
It’s 1 a.m. and you feel your stomach start to growl. Whether you’re out late with your friends or cooped up in your room doing a late-night study session, it’s a feeling you can’t ignore. And you don’t know if you’re really tired, or maybe delusional, but nothing sounds better than a Crunchwrap Supreme and a Doritos Locos Taco. The Taco Bell located on Apache Boulevard is open 24-hours and can cure all your late-night cravings. So head over to Taco Bell and grab yourself something you might be a little ashamed to eat in the light of day. 18
What promises a healthier body, a sunnier outlook and the perfect opportunity to catch up? Running, of course. With a blue body of water reflecting a variety of buildings and a bright blue sky, it is easy to see why Tempe Town Lake was chosen as the best place for a run. Whether you are looking to get out on a boat to fish, paddleboard or kayak this is the place to do it all without having to leave town. Along with these activities, one can simply bike, run, or enjoy the sunset, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
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BY ELENA PELKEY-LANDES
BY SUNAINA TANDON
With fresh ingredients used to prepare new seasonal dishes from scratch, Snooze AM holds the spot for best breakfast spot in Tempe. You may have to wait in a lengthy line but after a bite of the sweet utopia pancakes, you will be more than happy you waited. If you want something light after a crazy college night, you can order one of their light as a feather options. Who says the party has to end at night? Snooze A.M. also has a diverse selection of morning cocktails. Make breakfast a party at Snooze A.M.
Best healthy option: chopshop BY SAVANAH YAGHSEZIAN
best pizza place: mellow mushroom BY LURISSA CARBAJAL
Located in the heart of Mill Avenue, this pizza joint has a large variety of Italian and vegan options on the menu to satisfy the tastes of both vegetarians and carnivores. From building your own pizza or from choosing the “specialty” items, there is something for anyone. The service is always super friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is fun and almost Brewery-esque. The menu is large with all your favorite Italian bites for appetizers and a ton of vegan options. Not in the mood for a slice? Don’t worry, enjoy a calzone or a hoagie or maybe a salad. For anyone who’s 21 or older, there are a variety of craft beer available.
Tired of gorging on pizza and Chipotle burritos? Chopshop has you covered with healthy, organic meals and delicious, fruit-filled acai bowls. Great for lunch or dinner, you can choose between a variety of brown rice protein bowls, hearty sandwiches and fresh salads. Located just a few steps off campus, Chopshop offers a sunny atmosphere to brighten even your darkest days. Bring a friend or two and sit at the comfy outdoor picnic tables or cool off inside at the table closest to the freshly made iced tea and lemonade. If you’re in a hurry, Chopshop is a great to-go option. Either way, Chopshop is worth the $10 you’ll undoubtably spend.
best place to hang out on campus: outside the MU BY ALEXA D’ANGELO
Ever just want to take a breather between classes and decompress? Or maybe you just have a break between classes that’s too short to go all the way home, but too long to just sit and do nothing. Look no further than the Memorial Union. With a wide variety of things to eat on campus located in one convenient space, students usually congregate there to grab a bite between classes. But, if you are looking for something more entertaining, the MU is also a great spot for you. If you sit yourself at a table outside or at a window looking out, you have a great people-watching view. On some weekdays you might even be able to catch a couple of performances by students, or, if you’re really lucky, you can listen to a protest.
best bar on mill: whiskey row BY ALEXA D’ANGELO
Even if you don’t like country music, you can probably dig the vibe of Whiskey Row. With great music to dance to, Whiskey Row is a great time especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Don’t know how to two-step? No problem, by about 11 p.m. there isn’t much room for that anyway. There are two bars, which helps the ebb and flow of people trying to get a buzz. There is outdoor and indoor seating and a big dance floor — no cowboy boots needed.
best coffee shop: Dutch Bros BY ELENA PELKEY-LANDES
Dutch Bros. is great coffee for a great price. There is no fear of clearing out your bank account when you need that large quadruple shot iced latte to get through the three papers and two quizzes due tomorrow. You may have to wait in line, but the friendly staff helps everyone as quickly as possible so you’re not losing much precious study time. If you don’t like coffee there are also teas, smoothies, and sodas made in house. It is a great place to meet up with friends to decide plans for the rest of the day, or to chill and people watch. So, if you ever need a quick caffeine boost, Dutch Bros. is a good choice.
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Best of Polytechnic
best mexican food: the burrito shack
best fast food restaurant: Higley hot dog hut
BY ATTIE MURPHY
BY HAILEY MESNIK
For students at ASU’s Polytechnic campus, The Burrito Shack is a great nearby spot to grab a flavorful, appetite filling snack at an affordable price. Their “Shack Size” burritos are more than enough to keep you going until your next meal. Their breakfast burritos and carne asida fries are satisfying favorites. If you’re a fan of adding spice to your life, don’t forget to try their hot salsa. The “shack” lives up to its name by appearance, but the food is far from shabby.
This cash-only mom-and-pop shop is a favorite of many Mesa residents, offering delicious, authentic Chicago style hot dogs. An enormous hot dog cutout sits atop the tiny hut and the walls are covered in sports memorabilia. Menu items include a bagel dog, kraut dog, fire dog, chili dog and corn dog, among others. Both the chili cheese dog and fries definitely won’t disappoint.
best coffee: The coffee shop BY ATTIE MURPHY
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best hiking spot: Desert trails park BY HAILEY MESNIK
Desert Trails Park is known for its mountain biking trails, offering 35 acres surrounded by Mesa’s picturesque red mountains. Catering primarily to bikers, the trails can be challenging and differ in difficulty level. Before it’s too hot outside, enjoy the scenery and walk along one of the simpler trails for hikers – it’s a short drive from Polytechnic campus, right off the Loop 202.
best place to grab dessert: The soda shop BY HAILEY MESNIK
This instagrammable dessert spot lets you create your own refreshing, fizzy drink to sip on a blazing Arizona afternoon. You’ll find a list of cleverly named drinks on the menu, such as “the 480” with diet coke, cranberry, and lime, or perhaps the “Big Booty Judy” with coke, raspberry, vanilla and fresh lime. Switch it up and create your own – choose your soda base, flavors, purees, creams or make it a float with scoop of custard. It’s also one of the only places other than Harry Potter World or Hogsmeade to grab a glass of butterbeer.
“The Coffee Shop” reaches beyond the expectations of its title, with a variety of options on the menu. Breakfast choices include fresh burritos and “breakfastwiches.” The lunch menu offers a wide array of sandwiches and a “Fish Taco Friday.” If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try one of their mouth-watering pastries. And of course, their delicious lattes and chai drinks are a huge part of what has made this chic coffee shop a favorite place to sip and relax.
Best of West BY ALEXA D’ANGELO
best date night restaurant: The Yard House
best mexican food: Carolina’s
In the heart of Westgate, you can pretty much find something for everyone, and not coincidentally — The Yard House is where most students go to have a nice sit-down meal. With plenty of options on their menu including salads and sandwiches to steak, seafood and an assortment of street tacos, there is actually a menu option for every palette. For those over 21, there is a huge selection of draft beer — and the location has a great bar to pregame a Coyotes or Cardinals game.
Carolina’s has been a go-to hotspot for authentic Mexican cuisine in the Valley for years, so it’s no wonder it landed on our Best of ASU list. What started as a small tortilla shop out of the back of an old car in the late 1950s expanded (the story is great, check their website’s ‘“history” tab to read the full story) over the course of several decades to two locations and a notoriously good reputation. Any of the burritos are to die for, and the menudo is some of the best you can get without crossing the border.
best date night activity: Modern Round With an assortment of bar food, appetizers and drinks, Modern Round at first appears to be a pretty trendy bar in Peoria. But then there is a virtual shooting range. Who would’ve thought drinking and guns would be a good combination? Modern Round pulls it off. Perfect for a different kind of date night activity. Prepare to spend a little more than you would on dinner and a movie, but the fun (and guns) are worth it.
best dessert: Rita’s Italian ice It’s the closest thing the West Valley has to a Bahama Buck’s, but it’s the perfect treat for a ridiculously hot Arizona summer day. With a huge range in flavors, Rita’s Italian Ice has something for every taste bud. They also do variations with their classic ice that include ice cream, and it’s to die for. A fan favorite? Definitely the cotton candy — try that with ice cream and you’re in for a great sweet treat!
best pizza place: Giordano’s If you’re eating pizza at someplace that isn’t Giordano’s, you’re just doing it wrong. The Chicago pizza institution came to the Valley in 2016 and has become a staple of the West Valley. Giordano’s brings its signature deep-dish style pizza (some thincrust, too, for those thincrust lovers) to the heart of Peoria’s P83, taking over the lot where Corner Bakery used to sit. The restaurant also offers classic pastas, Italian sandwiches and desserts. The setup inside is an attempt to transport a guest to the streets of Chi-town, with exposed brick and rustic wood tables paired with bold red booths and topped (of course) with Chicago-themed sports memorabilia on the walls.
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BY HAILEY MESNIK | PHOTOS BY CELISSE JONES
About once a week, stores like Topshop, Forever 21 and H&M restock their merchandise with the most up-to-date trends they possibly can. A top similar to one worn by Kendall Jenner on her Instagram can be found hanging from a clothing rack just a few weeks later for about $10, a far cry from how much Jenner’s probably cost. Before trends were set online, notable new details, silhouettes, fabrics and colors worn by models at fashion week foreshadowed what will soon be for sale in traditional retail stores and worn ubiquitously in the coming months, as decided by spectating buyers who decide what and how much their customers and stores will need. But now celebrities and bloggers largely call the shots, replacing buyers in the front row at New York fashion week, posting constant photos of their ensembles
and ultimately mangling the once-rigid fashion cycle into accelerated disarray. The industry simply can’t keep up and it’s damaging both the environment and the supply chain. As the retail industry transforms, disposal of garments and other textiles is increasing fast while continuously damaging the environment. Meanwhile, sustainable alternatives of manufacturing, reusing and recycling clothing remain widely unused. An “insatiable consumer appetite” fueled by disposable fast fashion trends is what Tracey Martin, a Scottsdale-based sustainable designer and author who will speak in Tempe April 17, attributes the increasing rate in which Americans are purchasing and throwing out clothing. In 2016, every man, woman and child in the United States on average purchased 67.9 garments and 7.8 shoes, returning to
almost pre-recession levels, according to the American Apparel and Footwear association. Every year, every man, woman, and child in the United States also throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles, according to the Council for Textile Recycling. At the end of a garment’s useful life, it’s normally donated to a thrift store, where according to Eric Stubin, President of the Council for Textile Recycling, only about 10-20 percent of what’s donated is kept, with the remaining 80-90 percent sold to textile recyclers who sort the material for highest use value – to either be recycled into rags or fiber for carpet padding and insulation and then sold commercially, or to be exported to third world countries as secondhand clothing. But as sustainable as recycling and ex-
67.9 garments purchased per person in 2016
70 lbs. of clothing and other textiles thrown away every year
7.8 shoes purchased per person in 2016
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porting sound, both have their limitations. “We’re scattering our waste all over the world, and then it ends up in landfills and gives out toxic methane gas because of the chemicals the clothing’s been treated with,” Martin says. Once in the landfill, chemicals and dyes used to treat the garments affect the disposal process as well by emitting pollutants into the air. In an effort to mitigate fashion’s environmental impact, Martin works with De La Terre Colors, a Global and Organic Textile Standard (GOT) Certified, Paris-based company that produces the only natural, plant-based clothing dye that can be mass produced for large companies. De La Terre Colors is a small, yet effective, effort toward sustainability in fashion – Martin says she’s spoke with large brands such as Levi’s and Chanel to help them understand there are options to produce their garments sustainably, with sustainable design actually on the rise. “(Companies) have to think outside the box, because sooner or later you’re not going to have the option not to,” Martin says. Producing clothing domestically is another approach, but certainly has its restrictions. Angela Johnson, who teaches Fashion Design at ASU, has spent the past 15 years creating a space for those living in Phoenix to do so. The AZ Apparel Foundation, LabelHorde, AZ Fashion Source and the City of Tempe recently opened F.A.B.R.I.C., the Fashion and Business Resource and Inno-
vation Center. F.A.B.R.I.C. is downtown Tempe’s fashion incubator, standing three stories tall and offering local designers, entrepreneurs and students classes ranging from pattern making to photography. They can also rent time on expensive, industrial machines to produce garments indistinguishable from those professionally made. They can even use the sourcing library a room filled with books detailing where to purchase wholesale fabrics, what they look and feel like, who to call and which ones have low minimums or no minimums. Johnson says the library cuts about six months off a designer’s planning time. “The sheer fact that you’re not manufacturing overseas in China and making 100,000 of something is actually being responsible,” Johnson says. Textile Recycling is another alternative, and also a profitable one. All clothing, shoes and textiles can be recycled into either reclaimed wiping rags or fiber used for home insulation and carpet padding at textile recycling centers. Phoenix Fibers, one of only a few textile fiber converters in the southwestern United States, is located in Chandler. By shredding unwanted denim jeans and converting them into insulation and prison mattresses, Phoenix Fibers keeps textiles out of landfills and creates products that can be recycled again and again. But recycling has its constraints, such as a lack of facilities to process all the clothing, and even more so, a lack of awareness. Stubin cites the lack of awareness as the principal concern facing textile recy-
cling, and the EPA estimates that the industry recycles approximately 15% of all post consumer textile waste, leaving 85% in our landfills. Sustainability in fashion is actually becoming trendy, as mentioned earlier by Martin. Patagonia, a trailblazer in retail sustainability, promises customers their garment’s longevity, but also encourages them to repair their clothing and offers tips online how to do so, such as replacing a zipper or patching a hole to lengthen the garment’s lifespan, necessitating fewer purchases. Oddly enough, this approach at discouraging sales actually resulted in a sales increase for the company. They’ve also made strides toward gaining awareness, educating customers by having them pledge to buy only what they need and vowing to eventually recycle their clothing. At the individual level, shopping consciously is a simple way to be sustainable – at thrift shops, or for high-quality staple pieces that will last a while, rather than a $10 t-shirt made to last only five washes. “The fashion cycle has got to slow down, because the way it is now, there’s almost 52-56 collections a year,” Martin says. “It becomes a disposable product, rather than one that stays with you. A celebrity based fashion industry is just not sustainable.”
Only about 10-20% of donated clothes get sold
A pair of jeans takes 900 gallons of water to produce
Air drying clothes for 6 months a year could save 700 lbs. of CO2
*Statistics by American Apparrel and Footwear Association, thereformation.com, The Council for Textile Recycling
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In the middle of 24-hour clinical nursing rotations and classroom exams, junior nursing students Zia Tyree and Marina Birch quietly made history. With the click of a button and a focus on Down syndrome awareness, the pair is the first at Arizona State University to pursue impacting policy at the National Student Nurses’ Association. Tyree and Birch created a resolution that aims to reduce stigma and increase early education. When they present their research at the NSNA’s annual conference this April in Dallas, it will be the accumulation of a year’s worth of effort. “The feeling of actually hitting that submit button was surreal. It was something that we had been working on for such a long time,” Tyree says. “The conception of the idea happened in August, and by the time we go to the conference it will be April. This will be a year-long process. Just being able to have opportunities to talk about people with Down syndrome has made it all the more worthwhile.” Their campaign is made more personal through Birch’s 24
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brother Austin Birch. He is the inspiration for the resolution and the heart that drives the duo to fight for Down syndrome rights. “My older brother has Down syndrome,” Birch says, “He is my best friend in the whole world. The stuff he has been through sparked why we wanted to do this and bring a light to the situation.” As co-authors of the resolution, Tyree and Birch aim to help people look beyond a generalized stigma and see capable individuals. “We are trying to use person-first language,” Tyree says. “Person first language is saying that ‘Oh, he’s 12, and he happens to have Down syndrome.’ He’s a 12-year-old boy first. He’s not down syndrome first. It’s putting the person first, not the diagnosis.” Tyree and Birch say they believe that the best way to reduce stigma is through an increase in early education, understand in a both families and medical personnel alike need better access to educational resources.
“We learned from all of our research that the information is riences with Down syndrome. out there, but not in our nursing textbooks,” Birch says. “If nurses “Every single day I think about Marina’s brother,” Tyree says. are not getting that education, how do we expect the patients to “He’s the most loving and incredible person. If he can be so fulget it?” filled, I want other people to know that he can be fulfilled and Tyree and Birch know the positive effects that come with can make an impact.” furthering early education efforts. Birch Birch’s brother inspires her to work in looks to her own family’s experience to the nursing field as an agent for change. If nurses are attest to the importance of empowering “My brother had a lot of different health families. issues because of the Down syndrome, and I not getting that “My mom was really luckily,” Birch had some myself,” Birch says. “Getting those education, how says. “One nurse had a child with Down really good experiences with the nurses was syndrome that came in and educated her. really an inspiration to want to do that for do we expect the She was lucky because she had someone others. You are not at the hospital when you patients to get who was previously educated on it. Not feel well. There was someone for me — I everyone is getting that experience. Getwant to be there for someone else.” it? ting someone educated like that is amazAbove all, Tyree and Birch strive to eming because they can in turn provide that phasize the impact nurses can have. education to families.” “It’s something that you don’t just leave - Marina Birch Now Tyree and Birch are acting as in the hospital or that you leave in the classadvocates for patients with Down synroom,” Tyree says. “We are advocates for drome. They have made it their mission to showcase the scope of health, wellbeing, interprofessional communication. We are adpeople the disability impacts. vocates for healing communication. Nurses don’t just give out “There are about 600,000 people living with Down synmeds and say ‘Hey, your doctor will be in in a minute.’ People drome in the United States,” Tyree says. “It can affect you more don’t realize that, until they’re hospitalized or something hapthan you realize.” pens to them unfortunately, that nurses are the front lines of the By helping others to understand the widespread reach of the health industry. The realization that we can make such an impact disability, Tyree and Birch hope to bring awareness to the nursing together as a nursing society is unreal.” community. “You are going to be seeing it so much in any field you’re working in nursing,” Birch says. “It’s important that everyone gets that education and everyone realizes that stigma.” Once presented, the NSNA has the option to pass the resolution, making the contents of the resolution a priority for the organization. If passed, the resolution could affect national policy. “The American Nurses Association takes an interest in what the NSNA has to offer,” Tyree says. “If you get a resolution that passes then the ANA might actually help enact something that you passed. It’s crazy to think that two girls from ASU downtown can make an impact at the national level.” The impact of Tyree and Birch’s resolution has not gone unnoticed. ASU clinical professor Cheryl Schmidt says she is proud of the work the pair has put into their research. “I have been so impressed with the work that Zia and Marina have done on their resolution related to Down syndrome,” Schmidt says. “I have served as the consultant to the National Student Nurses’ Association Resolutions Committee since 1985, and am proud that our ASU students have developed one of the 75 resolutions to be considered at this year’s House of Delegates.” Tyree and Birch’s dedication stems from their personal expe-
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TATTOO TAKEOVER BY NICOLE GIMPL | PHOTOS BY CELISSE JONES
The art of printmaking was what drew Bree Stoffer to Arizona State University. Unfortunately, she discovered it wasn’t her passion. After working at various coffee shops in the Valley, Stoffer quickly realized that tattooing was her real passion. At 21-years-old, Stoffer walked into the Golden Rule Tattoo Roosevelt location looking for an apprenticeship. “Bree came into the shop about five years ago, with a stack of drawings looking for an apprenticeship,” Jason Freeman, a.k.a Jason Anthony, Stoffer’s mentor says. “I critiqued her stuff pretty hard but she wasn’t very deterred because she came back a week or so later with new drawings. This happened for about six months before I decided that she had the follow through to possibly finish out an apprenticeship.” After apprenticing for two and a half years, Stoffer started tattooing without her mentor watching over her shoulder. She decided to stay close to home, continuing her work at Golden Rule Tattoo.
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She has now been tattooing for over a year and a half. “Everybody at the shop taught me different things,” Stoffer says. “Jason Anthony was my mentor, though.” Anthony described Stoffer as “about the most awkward person” before she was comfortable in the tattoo shop. “She was a fast learner though and before too long she was very comfortable being in the shop and her personality really started to shine through,” Stoffer says. “She was funny as s**t and very much fit in with the vibe of the shop.” Both Anthony and Stoffer describe her work as illustrative. Stoffer works a lot with single needles, a style which takes a lot of practice and patience to master. Not every tattoo artist is willing to try this method, but Stoffer loves it. “I like dotwork pieces,” Stoffer says. “Whenever I get weird requests I get excited. I also enjoy tattooing flowers and animals.” Since tattooing on her own, Stoffer has attended several tattoo festivals and conventions, often posting about them on her Instagram. If you’re interested in viewing some of her work, her username is @breelintattoo. If you’re interested in getting tattooed by Stoffer, you should book an appointment now. According to her assistant, she is already booked up until June. Despite how busy she is, Stoffer always has time to chat about what kind of tattoo you’re thinking of getting or to get a price quote, if you stop by Golden Rule Tattoo any Monday, Tuesday, Friday, or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The standard appointment deposit at Golden Rule Tattoo is $60 which will go toward paying for the tattoo. After that, the hourly rate is $140. You can let Stoffer know what you’d like ahead of time by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call the shop to immediately book an appointment by calling (602)626-7297.
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