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Editorial: A fond farewell to fellow insomniacs, dungeon prisoners
It's true. We started the semester immediately with the journalism gods throwing news stories in our direction. First it was the hit-and-run accident involving an ASU student, then it was the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Opinion: Poetry not a dead art: Take a little time to soak in a rhyme
When most people think poetry, they think "dead art." After all, you spend your high school years reading poetry about dead guys either dying or trying to convince their female counterparts to gather rosebuds and get naked. Students in English classes are taught to deconstruct a poem for meaning until it bleeds.

Porn may not be appealing but has the right to remain online
Rim Job. Anal Fisting. Dildo. Blow Job. I can say these things because sexually explicit words are protected by the First Amendment. It is my right as an American (an important buzzword lately) to say these things, and it's important to protect these rights.

Letters to the Editor
Elizabeth Venable's column serves as a swift and painful reminder of what can happen when the press, especially the college press, is left to its own devices. For the sake of all those who read her column with slack jawed wonderment, I offer the following rebuttal.

Semester a roller coaster of events, emotions
It's more a chore than a joy to decorate the tree and hang stockings. Christmas lights are overrated, and if you've seen one nativity scene, you've seen them all. The long lines for Santa at the malls get annoying and holiday music gets old fast.

The Edge
Both teams have had problems at the quarterback position this season, but ASU's dilemma behind center is not alcohol-related. UCLA junior Cory Paus has been demoted to the team's third-string quarterback after getting busted for driving under the influence in mid-November.

The Starters
WR 6 Donnie O'Neal (6-2, 181, Sr.)

LT 78 Levi Jones (6-6, 332, Sr.)

LG 79 Marquise Muldrow (6-3, 317, Sr.)

Sun Devil season comes to close
The Sun Devils will be facing an undermanned UCLA football team Saturday, minus its starting quarterback and tailback, but ASU understands that the Bruins are still a very dangerous team.

ASU out of polls for Holiday Classic
The Sun Devil women's basketball team will host the 22nd annual ASU Holiday Classic this weekend at Wells Fargo Arena, as Fordham (1-3), Northwestern State (1-1) and Rutgers (1-1) comprise the four-team field.

Christmas season is here again, let's do some wishing
There are two things in particular that I despise about growing up. One is that life speeds up. Remember when a semester lasted forever? Not that we even knew what a semester was back then, but the time between school starting in August and Christmas vacation was an eternity.

Wrestling comes back to pin No. 24 Beavers
The 25-10 victory kept the Sun Devils undefeated in Pac-10 play and pushed their record to 2-0 overall. The Beavers dropped to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference with the loss.

ASU looking for big win on the Prairie
The ASU men's basketball team has a chance to blow out an opponent this weekend for the first time since celebrating a 31-point win over Stephen F. Austin two weeks ago in the season opener.

Soccer scoring awards
Sophomore forward Patrice Feulner and sophomore defender Amy LePeilbet were both named to the first-team All-Pac-10 Academic squad on Wednesday. Feulner holds a 3.79 grade point average, while LePeilbet maintains a 3.89 GPA.

Football attendance falls with poor record
After losing at home last weekend to rival University of Arizona, the

ASU football team watched their record fall along with the average

attendance at Sun Devil Stadium.

Devils burn past lowly Prairie View A&M
The Sun Devils had no problem getting over the .500 hump Saturday afternoon, as they trounced Prairie View A&M 100-62 at Wells Fargo Arena. Led by the sharp-shooting of swingman Kenny Crandall and a double-double from center Chad Prewitt, the Devils outmatched Prairie View, who performed sloppily throughout the game.

Devils win showdown with Utah, 71-62
The state of Arizona was well represented at America West Arena in Phoenix Tuesday night, as both ASU and UA were victorious in their games at the 2001 Southwest Showdown. In an impressive showing, the Sun Devils pounded the Utah Runnin' Utes 71-62 and the No. 7 Wildcats cruised to victory over No. 3 Illinois.

Knight silences critics with big game against Utah
After suffering through five consecutive games stricken with inconsistent play, ASU junior forward Donnell Knight finally had his coming out party Tuesday evening at America West Arena. Knight silenced the sentiments echoed from his critics by posting double figures for the first time this season in leading ASU to a 71-62 win over Utah in the Southwest Showdown.

Sun Devils squeak by Bobcats, 72-69
While struggling through a non-conference season that has been stricken with inconsistent play, the ASU men's basketball team received a rude awakening call Thursday night just in the nick of time.

Krohn to leave Devils
Sun Devil quarterback Jeff Krohn, the Pac-10's most efficient passer this season, will leave the team and transfer to an undisclosed school.

Krohn's injury-plagued season ended sitting on the bench, as sophomore Andrew Walter started for Krohn after he injured his throwing shoulder in the Nov. 10 game againt Washington State.

"Jeff has informed me that he is leaving," head coach Dirk Koetter said in a statement, "and I know I speak for everyone within the ASU program in wishing Jeff luck in his future endeavors."

Devils fall to Ducks, 103-90
EUGENE, Ore. - The growing pains for the ASU men's basketball team continued Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener at one of the rowdiest venues in the conference.

This week's lesson was how to run a patient offense that would translate into a consistent effort for an entire 40 minutes. Unfortunately for Sun Devil head coach Rob Evans, his troops had to learn the hard way.

ASU trailed by just three points at halftime against Oregon after shooting a sizzling 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the field and forcing its opposition into committing nine turnovers. But all the confidence and momentum the Sun Devils had generated in the first half quickly dissipated when a prolonged defensive breakdown coming out of the locker room led to a disheartening 103-90 loss at McArthur Court.

Struggling Devils hit new low
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The ASU men's basketball team has already hit the low point of the season a mere two games into its Pac-10 campaign.

That's how junior forward Tommy Smith summed up the team's status following ASU's 62-57 loss against Oregon State in front of 5,821 fans Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The defeat will keep the Sun Devils (5-4 overall, 0-2 conference) winless in Pac-10 play until they test the conference waters once again when hosting the Oregon schools in early January.

Devils get win over Canisius
After struggling to squeak out victories over non-conference opponents earlier in the year, Friday night's win for the ASU men's basketball team is just what the doctor ordered to turn around a season that appeared to be snowballing downhill.

The Sun Devils desperately needed something to get them headed back on the right track following last weekend's plunge to rock bottom that included a pair of losses at the Oregon schools. ASU got exactly what it was looking for with a 77-54 blowout win against Canisius in front of 6,411 fans in the first round of the Hoops Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.

Devils get win over Northwestern
The ASU men's basketball team knows it will get a chance to redeem itself in Pac-10 play when hosting the Oregon schools next weekend. But on Saturday night, all eyes were focused firmly on wrapping up the task at hand.

The Sun Devils did so in convincing fashion with a 77-60 victory over Northwestern in the championship game of the Hoops Classic in front of a vocal 6,894 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU was still reeling off a narrow win against Montana State in its last meetings with Oregon and Oregon State, but will now be riding a heap of momentum when directing its attention toward garnering the first conference win of the season.

Prewitt leads Devils to win over OSU
The ASU men's basketball team took the first step toward getting back on the right track after a prolonged drought from Pac-10 play that was evidently more beneficial than harmful.

The Sun Devils finally made their first rumbling in the conference Friday night with a 67-58 victory over Oregon State before a crowd of 6,284 at Wells Fargo Arena. The win keeps ASU alive as a viable Pac-10 contender following its last conference swing that included a pair of losses at the Oregon schools.

"Every game we play is a big game because we're trying to improve, continue to battle and finish high in the league," ASU head coach Rob Evans said. "We didn't shoot as well as we could shoot it, but if you play defense, you can still win games when you don't shoot very well. This is a game we would not have been able to win last year because we weren't as good a defensive team as we are at this particular point in the season."

Huskies pound Devils, 81-68
SEATTLE - The state of Washington is known for its continuous mountain ranges and burley hills, but the ASU men's basketball team couldn't jump even the smallest hurdle Thursday night.

After last weekend's eye-opening sweep of the Oregon schools, the Sun Devils came rolling into town with enough momentum to leap over Mount St. Helens. However, it was evident that ASU found difficulty in simply getting off its feet in a disheartening 81-68 loss before a crowd of 5,448 at Bank of America Arena.

Council agrees to revisit Town Center project
The Tempe City Council voted Thursday to reconsider its denial of ASU's plans for the University Town Center project at the corner of University Drive and Mill Avenue.

ABOR closes UA college program under budget cuts
Repercussions from proposed university budget cuts came home Thursday at the Arizona Board of Regents meeting when it took a painful step forward by ordering the closure of a relatively new college program.

Researchers discuss mental health disorders in minorities
Psychology researchers from colleges around the nation exchanged ideas on the prevention of mental health disorders in minorities in the Memorial Union on Thursday.

The Today Section is a daily calendar of events printed as a service to the ASU community. Requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are printed as space permits. We do not take requests over the phone, via e-mail or fax. Forms may be picked up in the basement of the Matthews Center, where they should be filled out completely and legibly.

Presentation focuses on fighting taxes on Internet
The Associated Students of ASU and the College Republicans presented Jennifer Holder, executive vice-president of, an organization that vows to protect the Internet and consumers from unnecessary taxation.

Police Beat
An unknown person(s) placed a dead cat with plastic tubing wrapped around it, two wooden replicas of cattle and several live chickens in front of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Boba, Asia's trendy tapioca tea, stirring it up twice in ASU area
The Asian trend of Boba Tea that has hit cafes in cities such as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco has begun to invade Tempe at two new local restaurants.

Finals, Sept. 11 cause high stress levels
The lasting effects of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks mixed with the finals season is causing an unusually high amount of stress for some ASU students.

At 91, Army hero Sackton still making difference at ASU
Professor Frank Sackton claims to be way beyond retirement age. At 91 years old, he isn't lying. But Sackton isn't anywhere near quitting age. He can still fly up a staircase like an undergraduate and his handshakes still make students' hands numb.

Blessed with the gift of longevity, Sackton figures to stick around with his students at ASU a while longer. He believes there's too much knowledge, too many ideas, being shared on campus to leave.

As mentor to many students over his 25 year career as an ASU faculty member, Sackton doesn't want to miss taking part in the exchanges which drew him to education in the first place.

ASU Washington, D.C. program accepting applications
ASU's Washington, D.C. Summer program, which allows undergraduate students to live, work and study in the nation's capital, is accepting applications for the 2002 summer semester.

The program, which was revived last summer after a yearlong hiatus, is directed by political science professor and former Capitol Hill staffer Dr. Glen Krutz.

Krutz said that a summer-long experience in the district can open doors for students. "I want students to learn about politics and make contacts, this way they will have more options after graduation," he said.

Stolen car recovered in Lot 63
ASU police recovered a stolen car in a university parking lot across the street from Cholla Hall Monday. When police officers checked the license plate of a suspicious looking car in Lot 63, it revealed that the car had been stolen.

Union Gallery's Eddy exhibit runs through Dec. 19
The travelling exhibit honoring the life of women's rights pioneer Mary Baker Eddy will stay at the Memorial Union's Union Gallery through Dec. 19 before moving to the University of Arizona.

Winter Session enrollment highest ever
Students flocked back to campus Monday to attend Winter Session classes that have registered record enrollments this year. Over 1,400 students have already joined for classes, up 11% compared to the same period last year.

"Winter Session allows students to obtain credits to accelerate their degree program and some even graduate a semester earlier as a result," Patricia Feldman, director of academic and professional programs said in a news release.

Arun Gandhi to visit Tempe
Legendary freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi will be the main speaker at Tempe's Martin Luther King Jr Day celebrations on January 19.

ASU prof indicted on drug charges
An ASU plant biology professor was indicted Thursday on 11 felony counts relating to the manufacture, possession and sale of illegal drugs, as well as money laundering and criminal racketeering.

Ralph Backhaus was arrested in early October in connection with an Ecstasy ring, in which he allegedly allowed his teaching assistant, Clayton Prepsky, to use University materials and laboratories to manufacture the illegal drug, Ecstasy.

Prepsky was listed as a plant biology junior, according to the office of the registrar. However, Prepsky may no longer be attending ASU now, University spokesman Keith Jennings said.

Court: Giuliano to stay in office until 2004
Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano congratulated voters Friday after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that he will stay in office until July 2004.

In the May 2000 election, Tempe voters passed a proposition that increased the length of the mayoral term from two to four years.

A group of Tempe residents contested the measure shortly afterward, claiming that the city failed to send out publicity pamphlets in time to reach early voters.

The Arizona Superior Court ruled in favor of Giuliano, but the Court of Appeals overturned the decision, causing the Supreme Court to hear the case.

As a result of the Supreme Court decision, there will not be a mayor's race on the March 12 ballot. The race for three open city council seats will be the only issue on that ballot.

Classifieds - 11/30/01
Announcements WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE - ASU Police Dept. is hosting a free class for training in Rape Aggression Defense. Enhance your desire/ability to defend yourself. Call for dates & info: 965-1972 Apartments 1214 E. ORANGE, Marianna Apts. 1bd & studios. Call for move in specials.

Student debt rising; state financial aid slipping
Byron Bjore said it would take a "miracle" to erase the $15,000 to $20,000 in debt he estimates he will have when he graduates from ASU in four years.

'Clerks' artist a regular guy
He's the guy that drew the Clerks comic book for Kevin Smith and he wrote and drew Grrl Scouts. He's also done the art at some of the popular clubs around Tempe and Scottsdale, including Club Boston's, Club Insomnia, and Nita's Hideaway. He's Jim Mahfood.

When many people imagine a comic book fan, they imagine an over weight middle aged man, still living in his mothers basement, wearing a faded Star Wars t-shirt that is too small and in desperate need for his hair to be washed and cut like in the Simpsons.

However, not everyone interested in comic books fits into this stereotype, such as Mahfood, a local artist and comic book artist.

Anderson's 'Tenenbaums' set for royal success
For starters, he writes out his screenplays in spiral notebooks before typing them "I like to be able to cross things out" and owns a blue corduroy suit.

Tomei hones indie sensibilities, paints portrait of grief in 'The Bedroom'
An Academy Award-winning actress in an indie film is a rare sight a sight that will grace local movie screens in late December when "In the Bedroom," starring Marisa Tomei, is released.

'State Press' really won't hire 'Anyone'
Anyone's confidence turned to outrage days later when he was rejected for every job, including biased reporter, mediocre opinion columnist and janitor.

Your World in Briefs
Religious Greek purges excess sin, pounds When freshman Mandy Nedermeyer first walked onto ASU's campus, she lived a life like most new college students days filled with ludicrous amounts of alcohol and sex.

Police Beat
Three male students were arrested on the third floor of the Hayden Library for indecent exposure after they were discovered in various states of undress as they busily pleasured each other.

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18) Avoid rental cars and that creepy guy in your biology lab he is scheming to ruin your day with a pesky plan that will either leave you dead or married at a Las Vegas drive-through wedding chapel. See Sagittarius horoscope for more insight.

Professional athlete turns down sex and drugs
Joe Traylor, a reserve guard for the New York Knicks, turned down a night of doing drugs and having sex Friday, choosing instead to simply go home and be with his family.

Ultimate 'crazy' sports fan sent to mental institution
Many of Gomez's coworkers expressed their feelings publicly about Brian's support for his favorite sports teams, saying that, at times, he went a little too far.

Evans declares hoops recruits 'mildly skilled'
ASU's men's basketball coach Rob Evans declared that his 2001 recruiting class is made up entirely of players who are 'mildly skilled' and 'well-rounded individuals, but not in a fat kind of way.'

Real World chooses ASU's Sparky as first mascot housemate
The flourish of reality television shows and the lengths other networks go to be cutting edge are no match for the seasoned reality creators at MTV. Just when MTV thought their audience had seen it all with a nose-picking, peanut butter scooping roommate Puck, they are managing to put a new spin on it all.

Tempe Center to reopen as brothel
The Tempe City Council voted 6-1 last night to convert the decrepit Tempe Center into a fully functioning and realized house of ill repute.

The ghost town of a strip mall will be renamed Sparky's Inferno and will cater to the tenured professors of ASU.

Letters to the Editor
I am alarmed by the amount of plaid-shirt wearers at ASU. I am Swedish, and in Sweden, only old men wear cotton plaid button-down shirts.

Man and his manhood don't see eye to eye
It's Friday night, and all the ladies here in Tempe best be on high alert, because the Rickster is on the prowl. Ain't nobody dope as me, I'm just so fresh and so clean. So fresh, and so clean!

Opinion: ASU eccentrics plan rally against hate, earthworms
Following the events of Sept. 11, tensions have run high at our usually tranquil and serene campus. In recent months, certain groups of students have been ostracized for their religious beliefs and ethnic heritage.

Editorial: Sigfried and Roy are definitely not 'the homo-gay'
That's right. Sigfried and Roy aren't gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that. As adoring fans, we wouldn't care if they were, but there's just no way.

ASU sophomore studies a broad
Peepinski, a sophomore double majoring in psychology and anthropology, began his study of freshman exercise science major Mindera Johnson a few days ago, and said that so far he's been very impressed.

ASU supports boobies with month-long event
The first annual Breast Implant Awareness Month was tipped off atop the Nipple of Knowledge early Wednesday morning. Nearly 500 advocates gathered at the pointed landmark to show their firm support for the matter.

Philosophy professor loses term paper, claims non-existence
This time, a 100-level philosophy term paper, equaling one half of a borderline-A student's grade, was not graded because, as far as the professor is concerned, the paper never existed.

God's gift to women turned down
To celebrate the 50,000th birthday of women inhabiting the planet Earth, God sent down what he considered one of his most impressive specimens to date.

Starbucks, Coffee Plantation battle for campus real estate
The company has bought a portion of the Computing Commons, two floors of the Language and Literature Building, a section of Hayden library and several more plots of land in and around the campus.

Sun City couple shocked by existence of 'French African Americans'
A Sun City couple and their small band of followers were attacked at a Wal-Mart center by angry mobs Thursday for handing out "offensive" pamphlets.

U.S. offers Taliban a truce
At a press conference Wednesday, a giddy group of U.S. foreign policy leaders announced they wanted to call a truce with the Taliban government.

Construction finally done!
ASU students, faculty and staff were shocked when they arrived at campus Wednesday, finding freshly paved streets and cleared walkways where, just a day earlier, countless construction signs and scads of obnoxious orange cones had so ominously loomed.

Giuliano a 'model' mayor
Amid rumors of yet another effort to recall Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano, the mayor said at a press conference Monday that he would not only stay in office, but also become the "g-darned fanciest looking hottie mayor in the United States."

'Chicken Soup' book for PTS gets the axe
Chicken Soup for the Soul series creators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen were forced to cancel production on their latest work, Chicken Soup for the ASU Parking and Transit Service Worker's Soul, on Wednesday, when scientists discovered that PTS workers do not, in fact, possess souls.

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