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McDonald's should take responsibilty for obesity
McDonald's has made millions off of serving Americans the least nutritious foods available and now look where we are. "Over 10 billion hamburgers served," and a nation full of obese children and adults.

Saudi ally just for show
Once pesky ethics are pushed aside, it doesn't matter who's getting abused, as long as the particular country's religiously doctrinal smorgasbord permits someone to keep the oil flowing.

'New news' requires a new perspective
Why do you read this paper? I hope it's because it covers issues relevant to you as a member of the ASU community. Our student reporters live and work among you, so they are in touch with the community.

State Press Editorial: Crow, ASU make right decision for wrong reason
ASU's administration, including University President Michael Crow, is rethinking this $3.6 million renovation project -- hopefully realizing that such frivolous spending in a budget crisis might not be such a good idea after all.

Mall Rants: Holiday Shopping
ASU locals rant about holiday shopping.

Political Cartoon: 9/11 Commission
Cartoonist John West's take on Henry Kissinger and the 9/11 commission.

SPORTS
Hoops: Devils doomed against BYU
ASU shot only 5-15 from the free throw line Wednesday night while Brigham Young University made 17-24 of their foul shots, handing the Sun Devil men's basketball team a painful 64-60 loss.

Volleyball to takes on Cincinnati in tournament
ASU will make its 14th NCAA appearance tonight against Cincinnati at 5 p.m. CST in Lincoln, Neb. Cincinnati's impressive statistics come from a schedule in which they faced only two top-25 teams, whereas ASU played a schedule that included meetings with 11 top-25 teams.

Sun Devil wrestlers open Pac-10 schedule at home
The No. 10 Sun Devils are trying to forget the uncomfortable feeling left behind by a 32-7 loss at the hands of No. 2 Iowa on Sunday. Hoping to get back on the winning track, ASU (1-2) will host Pac-10 rival Portland State (0-0) tonight at Wells Fargo Arena at 6:30 p.m.

ASU water polo signs recruit
In its final season as an independent, the ASU water polo team is already beginning to prepare for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference with the signing of Katie Hedley to a national letter of intent.

CAMPUS NEWS
University cancels renovation plans
ASU administration has opted to delay $3.6 million worth of campus-wide renovation projects, including a new $200,000 presidential office. Potential public opposition to the spending due to the state's current budget crisis was one reason for the postponement.

ASU student receives grant to examine test scores
Kate Mahoney is one of only four people in the nation who have been awarded a $15,000 dissertation fellowship to begin examining if language plays a part in how non-English speaking pupils do on a test.

Ticket sales increase for ASU men's basketball
Season tickets sales are increasing for the ASU men's basketball team, thanks to a good coach, more student excitement and a better ticketing strategy, according to Jason Butikofer, ASU's director of ticketing.

Police Beat: Woman tries to make off with slippers
The incidents Tempe police reported Wednesday, including the arrest of a woman who put a pair of slippers in her purse and left the K-mart store on Baseline Rd. without paying for them.

Plus/minus grade system postponed
The controversial addition of pluses and minuses to the ASU grading system has been postponed and may be thrown away altogether.



The system, approved by the University's Academic Senate in 1992, was to be implemented in the 2003-2004 academic year, though it will now be pushed back to 2004-2005.

UA shootings incite more stringent policy
In light of the Oct. 28 gun slaying of three nursing professors on the UA campus by a failing student, the Tucson school has decided to implement a more stringent policy against threatening students.

Jobs still available despite poor economy
Even with the high unemployment rate in Arizona and the nation, companies are still hiring but employers are more cautious about whom they offer jobs to.

Experts predict gradual economic improvement
A weak but healthier outlook exists for the economy in 2003, according to economists at the 39th annual ASU Bank One Economic Forecast Luncheon.

ENTERTAINMENT
Crashing Christmas
Jeff Falk, not to be confused with the other four-letter word that starts with F, is the co-founder and perennial emcee of the 17th annual Bad X-Mas Pageant, an evening dedicated to making a mockery out of Christmas and other winter traditions.

Towering talent
If you're harboring any fears that The Two Towers, the second film in director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, will not equal the visionary grandeur of the first film, you may now officially sigh with relief.

Tori-teller
On the cover of her last album, Strange Little Girls, Tori Amos is portrayed differently in four different squares. She's an elegant chanteuse in one square, a sheik fashion maven in another, demure peacenik in a third, and an edgy provocateur in the last.

The Raw Deahl: A festive farewell
My reign as magazine editor ends with this issue, and I know my fan base will be heartbroken. But please, Mom, get a hold of yourself. It had to end sometime. So rather than gush about my time here, I'd like to give my writers a chance to ramble.

Spreading the Logik
A colorful array of fireworks burst into the night sky, causing car alarms to blare loudly in the parking lot of the Bash on Ash Saturday. It's mayhem. It's madness. And it's all due to holiday festivities taking place in downtown Tempe.

The brains behind hip-hop
Inspiration has no origin. This is true for any art form, including hip-hop. For GZA, the New York City rapper, the inspiration for his first album, Liquid Swords, came from a Shogun movie of the same title. The album had songs about lyrical swordplay, and a child from the Shogun movie introduced the tracks.

The fabulously gay duo
Herberger College's student production group will end the fall season with a bang this year, spreading gay and lesbian holiday cheer across the campus with their production of Paul Rudnik's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

Life After Death
Nikki Levato never thought she'd find herself rooting for a car accident on Christmas Day. But in December 1996, as her father lay dying in a hospital bed, someone else's tragedy was her only glimmer of hope.

Flute loops
Like many music performance majors, flautist senior Amy Tatum is concerned about finding a job after graduation. She's been playing the flute more than a decade, learning new styles and techniques and experiencing new styles of music, including some of the pieces that she will perform with the New Music Ensemble tonight at Katzin Recital Hall.

Make it a double
The new movie Adaptation comes from the convoluted minds of director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, the same team that gave the world the wonderfully eccentric Being John Malkovich.

Small art shop no longer able to compete at ASU
The sign in the window reads "Closed for Remodeling," but make no mistake, The Shop of Art in Tempe is done for, and with its closing comes the end of an ASU art era. The small art supply store at 26 E. University Drive closed its doors on Oct. 11 but will re-open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for a final liquidation sale.

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