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Nothing is private
Social media broadens
societies' expectations



Use of social media is rapidly becoming a must in our society.

Facebook profiles and what students post can reflect on their reputations.

Whether it’s a status on political beliefs, a rant on race, a passed out drunk photo or a picture showing drug use, can lead to regret. Some people may think it’s “cool” to have a picture of themselves partying, but what happens when a potential employer or a university representative sees that photo?

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Conquering procrastination
Experts offer tips on curbing bad habit



Amanda Parillo, student at Scottsdale Community College, sits anxiously awaiting the end of her last class for the day. The bell rings to Parillo’s rescue as her teacher reminds the class of the due date for the class research paper. To her dismay the papers due date is tomorrow.

Students wait and put off work, give in to distractions and shift their attention to unimportant things. This habit can be broken once it receives the right amount of attention.

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Barrett Jackson attracts
car fanatics nationwide


For a week in January, car enthusiasts from around the country and all over the world share their love for automobiles at the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

This year marks the 43rd annual Scottsdale auction exceeding $113 million in gross sales and an estimated attendance of 300,000. A total of 1,399 cars sold and 14 of those vehicles sold to benefit both local and national charities. This year’s auction proved to be the most successful in company history
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Thunder down under

Sexagenarian enjoys an extra helping
of Australian beefcake




Thunder Down Under:  Is it a tropical storm in another hemisphere, every single girl’s dream, number seven on my bucket list or a group of Australian hunks stripping down to nearly microscopic G-strings? If you picked two, three and four, you’re correct! Nearly naked young dudes wearing next to nothing: Oh, my! Could my heart take it?
        
“Thunder” showcases the hottest young gents from the Land of Oz: Daniel, Alex, Dylan, Mark and others appeared at Talking Stick Resort on Sept. 20 to 23.  There were six sold-out shows and I was lucky enough to be at one of them.
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Remembering Molly

Saying 'goodbye' is hard to do



The day had come. It was a fairly ordinary day, predictably warm and sunny outside but heavy with clouds of sadness in the hearts of Molly’s people. This would be her last day on earth and those of us who loved her could not bear to let her go.

Never have I felt the intensity of sadness involved in not only saying goodbye, but having to be the one to choose the parting. I had to make the extremely difficult choice that she had come to the end of her life. Who am I to make this choice for her? Who am I to insist she continue living miserably?
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Stabbing in the night

Walk in the park turns deadly
for local youth


Sam Kadvekar, a 21-year-old Glendale Community College student, arrives home from a long day of classes. He enters his house, greets his mother like he does every day, and then heads to his room to get ready for basketball. He sports his favorite jersey and then kisses his mother before leaving. He drives to the corner of Utopia and 19th Avenue arriving at Deer Valley Park and then walks to his favorite basketball court. He shoots and amazes as other people take notice. The park regulars aren’t amazed by his basketball skills; rather they are captivated by him playing at this park, the very same park he was stabbed on a night six years ago.
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DIY with Mir
Homemade stylus offers a creative
alternative to commercial options



Touch screens are becoming increasingly more popular in technology. They are being used for mobile phones, tablets, computer monitors, household appliances (i.e., refrigerators, microwaves, etc.) and more.

At some point most touch screen users will realize that using a finger isn’t the best. A finger doesn’t have the fine control needed for some apps; it leaves smudges; and long nails can hinder your ability to maneuver on and may even scratch the screen.

Many touch screen users invest in a stylus, which can range in price from $5 to $30. For those who don’t want to spend the money or who lose things easily, there is a crafty alternative.

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Commitment, time management
drive students to success





The American football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." 

To be able to achieve their goals in college and maintain successful lives, students need to commit to their education. This commitment requires time management. A common concern of students is the sense of being overwhelmed by the demands of school.


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Gender Communication
Experts weigh in on communicating
in a relationship



I sat there, trying to focus on my TV show as she ceaselessly carried on about her day and her friend’s day and her relationship with her coworkers and her friend’s relationships with coworkers. “Please honey get to the point,” I was pseudo listening, while trying desperately to juggle the numerous words and thoughts my mind can process in any given minute. I was caught, there was nothing to be done. She was indeed mad.

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Remember the good old 1980s?

Archive.org brings vintage home video games back from the days of Reagan


Nothing screams early 1980s more than Air Supply, “The Greatest American Hero,” and home video games. Quite possibly the seeds of the fattening of America were planted in the late '70s and early '80s when the Atari 2600 video game console dominated home entertainment. Then there was ColecoVision, Intelivision and many other home video game sets competing for as much of our free time on our butts as we could stand. Or, rather, sit. Yes, by today's standards they were primitive with their simple play and clunky graphics, but back then the sharp edges and blindingly hard colors were an orgiastic feast for the eyes.
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Head-to-toe stretching works out desk job kinks



For many students, business workers, teachers and high-end executives, getting kinks from sitting at a desk for long periods of time is normal. Sitting for hours in front of a computer or at a desk in a workplace causes tension to build up in muscles. Since working at a desk requires being in one spot, many people turn for relief to snacks, coffee and energy drinks, which aren’t very healthy.
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Austrian city gleams
from across the ocean

Vienna resonates with lively entertainment, food, night life



The city of Vienna is the capital and largest city in the Western European country of Austria. Year after year Vienna is named one of the most livable and not to mention beautiful cities in the world by The Economist Group .Vienna, or Wien, as it is called by All of Europe and much of the rest of the world, is the seventh largest city on the continent by population. Vienna’s population has been on the rise for the last four years.

Ranked first, overall, by Innovation Cities for its culture of innovation, Vienna is filled with fascinating buildings — whether were talking about buildings that are hundreds of years old or newly built  skyscrapers. Five million tourists visit the city every year, so it’s an extremely student-friendly city that welcomes everyone.
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Random Acts:
Librarian helps stressed student

Last Tuesday I was having a really bad day. One of those days where it seemed like one thing went wrong after another, like a stack of cascading dominoes. What made it worse was it was my day off of work, so I should have been able to enjoy myself, or so I thought. Fortunately, after all the things that went wrong and all the stressors and frustrations of the day, I met a true “angel” who works at the library I was visiting. What made her so angelic was her choice to override my library fines, even though I was over the limit and had less than a dollar on me. While I have trouble with receiving special favors most of the time, I was truly appreciative of her willing spirit this time and thanked her profusely. I hope she and all those who read this column realize that even the smallest actions can have a profound impact on others.
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Sharing family secret helps bring healing


By the time I got home from high school there was an empty mug on the table. “He’s already drinking…” I thought to myself. My father was outside in his lawn chair, speaking to the dog while chugging down another beer. My father often talked to himself out loud when he was drunk. His soft mumbles were like sirens to my family, warning us not to tread wherever he might be at the time.

I arrived at my room, but even there I wasn’t safe. My father eventually found me. “Did you get a job yet?” he asked.
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