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Opinion: Tempe light rail long on problems
As we arrive back for classes, bright-eyed and eager to learn, our trek across campus is altered once again. Much of last semester's construction has been cleared away, while other sections on campus are fenced in and ready to face the orange cones.

Opinion: Start off the new year right: Smoke to your health
On New Year's Eve, between countless rounds of Forties and football games, I listened as my friends ambitiously resolved to remember every weekend, to not lose any fingers and to stop crashing into mailboxes.

Opinion: Proposed 'Call to Service Act' opportunity, not punishment
A congressional act is about to change the lives of every high school graduate in the United States, and you probably have never heard of it. It is an act that has the ability to positively shape the future of generations to come, and we need to embrace it.

Opinion: Exclusive! Penelope Cruz is not having Dave's baby
In case you have not heard, Penelope and I recently were both on the "Today" show on exactly the same day. As I am sure you are aware, Penelope is a top female star who has been romantically linked to Tom Cruise. Prior to that, she was romantically linked to Matt Damon and Nicolas Cage.

ASU halts road skid with win in Palouse
PULLMAN, Wash. It took a little longer than expected, but the ASU men's basketball team finally found success away from the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena for the first time this season.

Sun Devils power past hapless Cougars
The versatile senior guard sprained her left ankle on a drive to the basket Thursday night when the Lady Devils upended Washington. According to ASU head coach Charli Turner Thorne, the sprain is mild and Levens is progressing quickly with a possible return later this week.

Defense key for injury-ridden bunch
Despite having a host of players that were far from 100 percent health-wise at gametime, the ASU women's basketball team still had no problem swiftly disposing of an inept Washington State squad 68-40 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Devils pin foe in old setting
PEORIA The ASU wrestling team may have had a few flashbacks from high school on Saturday when competing in the classic gymnasium setting at Peoria High.

ASU victorious in opener
ASU's top scores came in the vault with a solid opening routine from freshman Nicole Gause, who received an event high score of 9.8. The Sun Devils have defeated the Aggies in the last five meetings, claiming a 10-3 overall regular season advantage.

USC Baseball Preview:Trojans still hopeful despite Prior's absence
To say that defending Pac-10 champion USC will be a different team this season without pitcher Mark Prior would be the understatement of the year. No one knows this better than USC head coach Mike Gillespie.

ASU Men's Hoops Game Report
THE GOOD After shooting 32.4 percent from the field against Washington, ASU found its rhythm once again in the Palouse. The Sun Devils blasted the Cougars by shooting 54.4 percent (31-of-57) from inside the arc. ASU is 23-3 (.885) under head coach Rob Evans when shooting at least 50 percent.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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 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.

Police Beat
A 43-year-old Tempe woman was arrested for assault on the 5200 block of College Avenue after hitting her live-in boyfriend in the face, ripping his shirt off, scratching his shoulder, kicking him in the shin and hitting him in the left side of the stomach.

EPA previews Arizona's environmental plan
Wayne Nastri, Environmental Protection Agency representative for the Pacific Southwest Region, spoke on Thursday afternoon to the ASU Economic Club of Phoenix announcing that one of Arizona's environmental protection plans was to be approved.

Professor indicted on 11 felony counts in Ecstasy case
ASU plant biology professor Ralph Backhaus was indicted Thursday on 11 counts of felony relating to the manufacture, possession and sale of illegal drugs, as well as money laundering and criminal racketeering.

Torre faces court in hit-and-run trial
Mark Torre, the Phoenix lawyer accused of killing an 18-year-old ASU student in a hit-and-run accident in August, appeared in Mesa Superior Court Friday.

Court upholds mayoral term increase
A group of Tempe residents, led by former City Councilwoman Barbara Sherman, contested the measure shortly afterward, claiming Tempe failed to send out publicity pamphlets in time to reach early voters.

ASU West receives $1.1 million donation
ASU West will be receiving a $1.1 million gift from Jacki and Howard Bowers to establish The Family Spirit Scholarship, said ASU West public relations spokesperson Matt Crum.

Construction brings changes to west side of campus
A number of changes are coming to the west side of campus, including the construction of a new building, plans for a new parking structure and the opening of a ceramics center.

Retreat focuses on cultural awareness
Activities at the retreat, Jan. 10-12, sponsored by the Intergroup Relations Center, included end-of-the-day group discussions aimed at presenting students with perspectives they may not have access to in their normal social groups.

Entrepreneurship encouraged by small business seminar
The seminar was sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Small Business. It was designed as an introduction to prospective students and Valley residents who wanted to enroll in the classes being offered starting this semester.

Tuition talks begin amid possible cuts
A battle over tuition increases is already brewing in the face of a bleak legislative session that portends extra budget cuts to Arizona universities.

UA President Peter Likins foresees a 10 percent tuition hike as a way to fend off further funding catastrophes that have already plagued UA in the wake of last year's budget cuts.

But last week Gov. Jane Hull said she would resist any attempts that the Arizona Board of Regents might make to raise tuition at any of the three state universities.

All three Arizona universities have been coping with funding problems caused by the 4.54 percent budget cut enacted by the state Legislature in December. Neither ASU President Lattie Coor nor NAU President John Haeger has made statements on next year's tuition. Coor was unavailable for comment last week.

Light rail stop on campus gets another review
ASU is giving second thought to a proposed light rail stop that may seriously affect nearby buildings and highly sensitive research equipment.

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Legislature to tackle budget, funding woes
The state Legislative session opens today with lawmakers preparing to battle Arizona's budget crisis that may have dire effects on ASU for fiscal year 2003.

East campus trims classes despite growing population
ASU East is offering fewer sections and having a dean teach a class because of a 4.54 percent reduction put into effect in December, said Jeff Holeman, assistant director of Institutional Advancement.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

'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.

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