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OPINIONS
Boos and Bravos
Well kids, the last edition of summer State Press is here. We are all looking forward to a little vacation until real school starts next month.

Here are the things that shook us, scared us and delighted us to our very core this summer.

Buying your good grades just ends up selling yourself short
Ahhh America, land of the free, home of the brave. A place where all hopes and dreams come true. A place like no other. Which other continent harbors a country in which you can buy anything your little heart desires?

SPECIAL REPORTS
Lattie's Legacy: A look at Coor's 12 years at the helm
Lattie Coor didn't want the job. Now, thirteen years after accepting the ASU presidency, Coor will leave office and turn over the reigns to Michael Crow. As the 65-year-old Coor prepares to retire, many are singing his praise and calling him the "right president" for ASU over the past 12 years.

Complete ASU presidential transition coverage
This summer, Michael Crow will become ASU's next president and will take on the challenge turning the university into a "world-class" institution. The 46-year-old executive vice provost of Columbia University has a history of turning heads and impressed audiences during his campus visits.

SPORTS
Sun Devils eager to open against Nebraska
Many odds-makers have the Sun Devils tabbed as long shots to defeat the Cornhuskers on Saturday in the Black Coaches Association Classic. But ASU has a different perception of the situation.

New look doesn't haunt Huskers
Many preseason prognosticators are dubbing this season the "beginning of the end" for the Cornhuskers, mainly because they have lost so much depth, including Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch.

ASU defense faces difficult task in shutting down the option
In the past 30 years of Nebraska football, one phrase stands above all others when it comes to stopping the option. ASU defensive coordinator Brent Guy is the most recent coach attempting to prepare for such a task.

Jones signs with NFL's Bengals
GEORGETOWN, Ky. After being selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 10th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, former ASU offensive lineman Levi Jones told his mother he was going to buy her a house. More than three months after hearing her son's name called on draft day, Joyce Robinson, who lives in the small town of Eloy, probably began growing a little impatient.

Baseball, sports provide common ground
If you weren't fortunate enough to grow up in a city where baseball ruled the roost, but are constantly surrounded by people who follow and enjoy the game, you may not get the importance of baseball.

Sure, the games are slow, the play linear, the season long.

CAMPUS NEWS
Cash-strapped students using credit cards more
From emergency cash at the bars to spring break airline tickets, words cannot begin to sing the praises of credit cards.

ASASU Executive VP in fraternity porno film
The executive vice president of the Associated Students of ASU, Brian Buck, participated in a porno film which was shot on campus during the Fall 2001 semester. Click here for a video clip.

MU credit union amazes students with new banking technology
They smile, wave and call out to perplexed passers-by - all while being viewed from a room smaller than most Manzanita dorm rooms. They are the new breed of bank tellers at ASU's new credit union, using new technology to connect ASU staff and students to their hard-earned dollars.

Police Beat: Woman moons security guard
Tempe and ASU police reported the following incidents for July 24 and 25.

Ex-ASU worker found shot to death in car
A former ASU employee was found shot to death in Glendale last week, according to Glendale police. Joseph Wessels, 43, of Phoenix, was found dead inside a parked car near a church at Glendale and 63rd avenues on July 21, police said.

The incident has been ruled a homicide.

New athletic center among top in nation
In Sports Illustrated's college football preview issue, the magazine will praise ASU's new Intercollegiate Athletics Center as the best in the nation, according to an ASU spokesman.

'Bonds Boulevard' a Tempe possibility
Time will tell whether Bonds Boulevard will be a hit with Tempe residents or strike out with Tempe City Council. ASU officials have plans to inquire about renaming 100 yards of Rio Salado Parkway to Bonds Boulevard after former ASU-hardhitter Barry Bonds.

Classifieds - 8/20/02
Notice to our readers: Before responding to any advertisement requesting money be sent or invested, you may wish to investigate the company and offer. The State Press cannot assume responsibility for the validity of the offers advertised in our classified section.

Large and loving it: Tempe nightspot caters to big men and women
Overweight people finally have a place of their own where they can shake their booties with ease of mind. Tempe's newest meet market, Club "Go Figure," is a nightclub for big and beautiful men and women and the people who adore them.

ENTERTAINMENT
Myers gleams in 'Goldmember'; plot dulls third time around
The latest installment of the Austin Powers films is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it's not that remarkable of a movie, surely nothing that we haven't seen before in the first two Powers films. But on the other hand, it can be downright hilarious.

Our Lady Peace: Up close and unplugged
Mention the word "change" to most rock fans, and they will cringe and think of Van Halen's evolution from Sammy Hagar to Gary Cherone, and the transformation of thin, cool Elvis to fat, Vegas lounge lizard Elvis. But change can also revitalize and rejuvenate. For Our Lady Peace, it came in the form of new lead guitarist Steve Mazur.

Aliens leave all the right 'Signs' in suspenseful thriller
There's just something creepy about cornfields in the movies. It probably goes back to "Children of the Corn," but "Signs" takes it to a whole new level. The new thriller starring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix is set about an hour outside of Philadelphia on Father Graham Hess' (Gibson's) farm.

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