Scootin’ Boots

Scootin’ Boots is a country line dancing and two stepping venue that is open to the public. Every Wednesday and Thursday, Matthew Kirkland teaches from 8pm to 9pm. After lessons, the floor is opening to dance from 9pm to 11:30pm. Watch this video to get a better glimpse at this awesome place to learn and have fun.

Plays on the Move

The Rising Young Theatre group entertained light rail goers from Central and Roosevelt to Camelback going in each direction. They performed numerous plays both on and off the light rail. Check out this video to see what plays on the light rail are like.

Sunday Funday

If you are looking for a fun Sunday afternoon, the 6th Street Market is the place to go. Fun for children and adults alike, a variety of creative vendors display their artwork and food. Check out this video to catch a glimpse of what the 6th Street Market is all about.

Why do I love photography?

My favorite photographers, that inspire me, are Kareem Black, Annie Leibovitz, Sharon Montrose, and Neil Leifer. The things I love about photography are that I can capture the unexpected and between luck and skill I get that perfect image. Also, I love the thrill of hearing people rave about my work.


The creation of photography gives me a thrill, makes me excited, and provides me with joy of everyone’s pleasure making me feel accomplished.  I hope to convey the emotions of happiness, excitement, and a wow factor. If I bring a wow factor to your mind then I have done my job as an artist. I am inspired by famous photographers, friends and family, animals and my passion (beside photography) for sports.  My work is a reflection of me because I love animals, people, unique scenery and anything that has to do with being active. I have been doing photography since 2012 when I started my first photo class in high school. I started because I realized that I like taking photos and displaying them for others to see and admire. From there, I became a photographer for my school newspaper for two years while taking photography classes as well.  I have also entered my work into many photography competitions and was awarded some honorable mentions for a couple different photographs. As you will see, 
I have a range of styles some of which being; portraiture, sports, landscape, fashion, animals, and wildlife. My styles relate to photography because they are all different aspects to see in a photo. I create photos because I love capturing different moments to preserve a memory and show the world a different view on the subject. To me, my photography is a way of giving a different perspective to convey my vision. 

Condos and apartments are increasing

Condominiums and apartments have seen an increase in the Central Phoenix area due to the lack of building over the past 10 years.

The supply and demand is up for these places as the education rates have risen as well. This means students are spending more money on school and left with not much to spend on a place to live.

As Arizona State University’s undergraduate population grows every year, there is more and more students looking for condominiums and apartments.

“Essentially the cost of living is cheaper for buying condos,” said Nathan Anderson, an associate with Rebuild the Block.

Another option students have is to rent a house, but even with renting a house you are still paying for the mortgage on it. This means owning is better than renting in the long run.

However, Anderson said the age to have a home ownership has risen as well, which means owning a home is “a little less obtainable” with students as they are part of the younger generation.

 

By: Amanda Slee

New ASU food organization

Spoon University is an online food publication for students by students that is forming at ASU this semester.

According to Spoon University’s website, they provide easy recipes, tricks you never knew about and the best food spots around campus.

This organization has chapters at more than 150 college campuses helping students in two aspects. First, they are helping student journalists, marketers and event planners to build up skills for their future career by being a part of the team. Second, it is helping students on campus who are reading this publication learn about food in their area and even how to cook for themselves.

“I feel [this publication] would help out a lot especially incoming freshman,” Emilee Breaker said. “I’m a senior and I wish that would’ve been around.”

Coming to college tons of students are on their own for the first time and they don’t know how to provide for themselves. Breaker explains that the first thing students think of is fast food.

The goal for Spoon University is to help students understand food better and break the fast food habit.

ASU’s new chapter for Spoon University is looking for students to join their team. For those Interested visit, www.spoonuniversity.com/apply.

 

By: Amanda Slee

Cheer finishes in top ten

Previously printed in The Tribune, Volume 11, Issue 5, April 2014, at Liberty High School in Henderson, NV.

 

On Mar. 29, the Liberty competitive cheer squad went to compete at the USA Nationals in Anaheim, California.

They competed in the large varsity show cheer intermediate division against 18 other teams.

“I felt that our team had to show a way for us to stand out and have other judges notice us,” cheerleader Remeika Perea (12) said. “Otherwise, we would just be another team that they had to watch.”

To advance to day two, the team needed to be in the top six finalists, whereas to place with a trophy, they needed to come in 7th, 8th, or 9th.

“When I knew we had to be in the top six, I was a little nervous,” cheerleader Brooke Battistoni (9) said. “I knew if we all kept our heads high and did what we were supposed to, we would be fine.”

The squad came in 10th being 0.4 points away from getting a 9th place trophy.

“It was devastating news to hear [that we were that close],” Perea said. “It made me feel like our team as a whole didn’t give 100 percent, even though some of us put our hearts into it.”

The squad was disappointed, but they have improved from last year at nationals getting 22nd out of 25 teams.

The only penalty they got this time was a touch down out of a tumbling pass.

“I thought that the team did well. I was very proud of them,” head coach Jennifer Mercer said.

Even though the squad didn’t do as well as they had hoped, they still came out on top with better scores than last year at nationals and a better chance for next year.

 

By: Amanda Slee

Cheer prepares for national competition

Previously printed in The Tribune, Volume 11, Issue 4, March 2014, at Liberty High School in Henderson, NV.

 

Liberty’s very own competition cheer squad has qualified for nationals.

On Jan. 11, 2014 they competed against four other teams: Legacy, Sierra Vista, Durango, and Northwestern Career and Technical Academy.

They ended the competition coming in 2nd place, just below Legacy High School.

The judges gave them an end score of 78.33 points with penalty. Without penalty, they would have ended with an 81.33.

To qualify for nationals, a team must receive a score of 75 points or more from the judges.

“It was really blood-rushing just hearing liberty get the bid for nationals,” Kassidy Rivera (12) said.

The cheer squad hit a perfect routine with all stunts and tumbling. Unfortunately, they did get a warning on their music, as well as a penalty for an illegal stunt.

Their music went over by three seconds, putting them at a 2 minute, 33 second routine. Luckily, the judges decided to not penalize them for it.

When asked what it was like being called to the judges table, coach Jennifer Mercer said, “As I was walking over there I didn’t know what to expect.”

Also, in their pyramid they got a three-point penalty because one of their halves on the side didn’t have a back spot.

“For the music penalty, we tried to talk about it being the crowd and how the crowd was too loud to hear and for the other we didn’t try to fight that one a lot,” Mercer said. “He showed us in the book where the rule was and how we had disobeyed it because of our division.”

At their next competition, on Feb. 8 against two other teams, Sierra Vista and California High School, they placed 2nd again.

The squad performed well, considering they gained one girl and lost three, restructuring the routine in just two weeks.

“I feel like we did good,” Janea Tyler (11) said. “We learned our routine in a short time, so I feel like we’ve accomplished a lot as a team.”

Their scores seemed to remain the same between the two competitions.

At this competition, they lost 0.5 points for a bobble in the opening stunt sequence, as well as 1.0 points for a tumbling pass touching the floor out of the tuck.

Their scores with deductions were 78.83 points and without deductions it was 80.33 points.

After this competition, the squad’s next stop is nationals. They will be held in Anaheim, California on march 28-30.

“With nationals, if possible, it is a big goal and dream to make it to the second day, but if not, it’s always nice to place higher up,” Bailey Berlien (10) said.

To get ready for the big trip, the team is hoping to have all their girls back and healed.

Starting the first week in march, the squad is making changes in the routine.

The first thing they will do is start to make a new stunt sequence and make it more difficult, which is already underway and being worked on in practices.

After, they will add in the other girls back to every section of the performance. In doing that, they will also spice up their dance section.

Next, they will make transitions and tumbling more appealing to the eye

Lastly, they are going to change the cheer to make it more energetic.

Putting together the whole routine and cheer is the hardest part.

“I’m excited to have another road trip with my team and make new memories with everyone,” Tyler said.

This hard working team is pumped and ready to get going on the routine so they can have a successful journey at nationals.

 

By: Amanda Slee

Arizona State Fair Farm

The Arizona State Fair runs for the entire month of October every year. It is the biggest event in Maricopa County by far. Millions of people come to have fun, enjoy the food, shop, see shows and concerts, play games and even ride the rides. However, the most unique part is the farm. This is where farmers show off and sell their livestock they have raised. Their animals compete in competitions as well. In addition to that, there is a petting zoo which has a variety of animals to pet and feed. The animals range from goats and sheep to even kangaroos and ducks. So don’t miss your chance next year in October to check out all the adorable animals they have to show.

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Intramural Sports for Greek Life at ASU

Greek life at Arizona State University has made a huge presence on campus even within sport. When talking about intramural sport it has been just something fun to do for any student over the years. However, ever since Greek life has become more present, they have started to dominate these intramural sports. With it growing bigger and bigger, Greek teams have created their own league to play against each other within these sports. In this video, I got the insight from a student coordinator and a Greek student themselves on how these intramural sports have impacted Greek life on this campus.