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OPINIONS
Editorial : Statue honoring NYC firefighters about people, not politics
A statue to be erected in front of the New York City Fire Department Headquarters in memory of September 11th has been criticized recently by firefighters and other members of the New York community.

Opinion: All bark and no bite: Budget cuts send Arizona prisons to the dogs
Terry Stewart, Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, announced on National Public Radio last week that budget cuts have resulted in the Arizona prison system losing $300 million dollars over the last three years.

Opinion: Closing tax loopholes an 'impossible dream'
Arizona has a wide variety of tax exemptions that, while beneficial to certain parties, seem unlikely to promote the general welfare. For instance, college basketball tickets are subject to a sales tax while college football tickets are not.

Opinion: Hoopla over new 202 freeway expansion just pure hokum
That 10-year-old boy, who is now a columnist for the State Press, saw the grand opening of a whopping three mile stretch of freeway known as: three more miles of the 202, now reaching Gilbert Road.

SPORTS
Allen assumes leadership role
ASU head baseball coach Pat Murphy does not believe in naming team captains to avoid the possibility of putting unnecessary pressure on his star players.

Top of the KEE: Hollywood film stars can't replace former Sun Devil quarterback
ASU sophomore quarterback Jeff Krohn spent his winter vacation visiting Amherst, Mass., home of the University of Massachusetts and its Division I-AA football program.



Washington Baseball Preview
Knutson has been down this road before, and is keenly aware of the detours that a talented team like his Huskies, ranked No. 24 in Baseball America's preseason poll, can take. Like last year for instance, when everything seemed to be going according to plan.

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 azcentral.com 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 azcentral.com 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.

CAMPUS NEWS
Arizona avoids flu outbreak
Arizona's flu season peaks in late December and early January. According to Casillas, it has not yet peaked and therefore she does not anticipate an outbreak in Arizona. The flu season in Arizona is estimated to last through April.

Nursing program retains students, defying national medic shortage
Nursing schools across the country have been scrambling to fill spots in undergraduate programs over the past five years, while ASU's School of Nursing continues to maintain maximum capacity.

Web site documents West's first freshmen
The students worked in teams to create surveys on the Web page. The surveys asked questions about what it was like to have freshmen on campus for the first time and what students thought about the learning community, Christie said.

Police Beat
A burglary was reported at Normal Road near Apache Boulevard. A 1977 Chevy Silverado had been broken into and several items taken. The estimated loss is $500.

Following the money trail of textbook business
When Jim Selby sits in his cluttered office among tall stacks of books and thinks about the college bookstore business, he smiles.



The ASU bookstore assistant director has been in the trade for 30 years and swears it's honorable work. But he can't even convince his own daughter.



"I put my daughter through college and paid for her books and still couldn't get it through to her that the bookstore isn't a rip-off," Selby said.

Tempe looks to reduce, cut bus routes
Under the proposal, FLASH Lite on Mill Avenue along with route 124–Warner would be eliminated. Routes that run outside of Tempe such as 30-University, 40-Apache and 81-Hayden would be reduced to run inside the city's boundaries.

Tempe non-smoking proposal goes to voting ballot in May
Tempe businesses are growing tense as a ban to restrict smoking in bars, restaurants, bowling alleys and other public places is hits the voting ballot in May.

Today
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.

Classroom technology advances with incorporation of hand-held computers
After spending a semester using the iPAQ Pocket PC's, professors and first-year students in the ASU masters of business high-technology program say the hand-held devices are a benefit to their education.

Classifieds - 1/15/02
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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.

ENTERTAINMENT
'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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