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ASU receives $2.5M for housing research
A $2.5 million grant from the Stardust Foundation will allow ASU to "fill a void" by focusing on affordable housing and family success together. The University's partnership with the Stardust Foundation will combine scientific research and technological advances to try to solve problems of poverty and family instability.

Study abroad restrictions lifted
ASU has lifted any holds on upcoming fall study abroad and exchange programs after restricting several summer trips due to the SARS scare and terrorism warnings.

According to ASU's International Programs Office, summer programs destined for several Asian countries were affected by the SARS outbreak, and although some students have chosen alternative options for fall, no programs for next semester have been cancelled.

Tempeans support party regulation
Tempe citizens were given their first opportunity to voice their opinions on a draft of a revised party ordinance Thursday, most of which were in support of the strict changes.

The current ordinance states that if a police officer goes to a house to break up a party, he is to give a notice to a responsible party saying that if the police return within 12 hours, the person will receive a fine, according to Andrew Ching, Tempe's assistant city attorney.

Arsonist destroys India native's car, police have no suspects
Some might tell Mohammed Ghori that his dream went up in smoke the morning of July 2, but the 37-year-old Muslim who said he was a victim of a hate crime disagrees.

After hearing a loud explosion at about 2:44 p.m., Ghori woke up and ran out of his apartment to find his "dream car," a 1997 Mercedes Benz, on fire.

Police Beat: A family feud
A 29-year-old Tempe man was arrested on the charge of assault at the 1100 block of West Magdalena Drive. The man reportedly chest butted his brother and then punched him in the face.

And more...

Obstacle Course: Construction updates on campus
Since there are less people on campus during the summer, construction projects constantly spring up within the Universities boundaries. For our visitors, students, staff and faculty, this can make it difficult to maneuver around the grounds. The following is a list of projects that are currently underway.

After Arizona club scene drought, cool down in LA
It isn't a secret that Scottsdale's club scene is hotter than the Arizona sun on a summer day. But if going out to the usual places every weekend is leaving you thirsty for more, maybe it's time to down something cooler. Los Angeles, only a 6-hour drive from Phoenix, can offer clubbers a fun weekend with a dose of something new.

'Pirates' hits one out of the theme park
If memory serves, "Pirates of the Caribbean" is one of those rides people go on when lines at more popular rides are too long. But Pirates, the movie, gets the last laugh on its theme park brethren. It is a fast-moving, wickedly funny and vividly mounted distraction that brings to mind adventure romps like The Mummy, The Princess Bride and Disney's The Mask of Zorro, with Antonio Banderas, a midsummer tonic in 1998.

Connery can't save the 'League'
If you listen closely, you can hear the sound of the death knell approaching. Yes, the trend of turning comic books and graphic novels into big-budget movies is slowly dying. The first nail in the coffin was the recent movie The Hulk, which was pretty darn forgettable and just strange. Making a huge dent is The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, an equally forgettable foray.

Concert Review: American Analog Set charms Phoenix
Central Phoenix swooned to the rapturous rhythms of Austin's American Analog Set Wednesday night inside The Modified. The small club, a remodeled house with a low-level stage, offers a distinctive intimacy between band and audience.

'Big Brother 4' brings even bigger drama
Putting eight people in a house to compete just wasn't scandalous enough for "Big Brother" to hang with this season's plethora of unreal reality TV shows. So, even though those on the show were shocked to find a house equipped for extra people, we weren't. What's the quickest way to up the drama potential for a bunch of men and women? The answer is simple - bring in the exes!

'Banzai' full of shameless stereotypes and silliness
"Banzai" is an American version of a British parody of Japanese game shows. Confused yet, crazy man? You should be. The show is popular in Canada and elsewhere primarily because of its shameless use of cultural stereotypes and its inclusion of the occasional naked person or two.

Review: 'Wario Ware Inc: Mega Microgame$'
Wario Ware features well over 200 different games that only last no more than five seconds to play (see top). They range from stopping Wario from spinning on a turntable to catching a stick when dropped. Seems simple enough. No real strategy required. That's how they suck you in.

Drunk driving commercial uninformative
"You drink, you drive, you lose" doesn't work and sadly, the commercial presupposes that Americans are selfish people with no concern for the safety of others. It undermines the original purpose of DUI laws - to protect everyone from the dangers of impaired driving.

Backpacking should be done by all
Backpacking turns you into a child. It is like the first day of school, anxious and nervous,you don't know what to expect or whom you're going to meet. But youforce yourself to take the risk and the benefits you reap change you forever.

Your next trip, accordingly, is your next year in school. You are more confident, less anxious, you know where the bathrooms are and where to eat,but the first step off the bus is always an uneasy one.

Editorial: 'Mini-Mill' removes students from Mega-Mill
Everyone should have a college degree, but no one should be a college student. Sounds like a Catch 22, right?

But this is how college students are treated in Tempe. While the city works out a plan to end partying altogether, a side project has also sprung up aptly dubbed, "Mini-Mill."

The Attack on Terror
In the past two years, billions of dollars have been poured into biodefense initiatives and now university professors and researchers are stepping up to the federal government's call and cashing in.

On the Web: Africana
I happened upon Africana when I was looking around at reality TV recaps on the Internet several weeks ago. Little did I know that the shizzy on Diddy would lead me to an awesome site. I thought I would investigate it a little further.

'Web Devil' features new design
We dumped our cookie-cutter look to go with something with a little more functionality and style that is not seen on most college newspaper Web sites hosted by CollegePublisher.

Football: Weighting for the season
Ask most ASU football fans when the season starts and they'll tell you it's on a Saturday night against NAU on Sept. 6. But ask any ASU football player and he'll tell you the season is happening as we speak.

Sports Roundup: Canizares leads Europe to Palmer Cup
ASU golfer Alejandro Canizares won all three of his matches at this past weekend's Palmer Cup in Kiawah Island, S.C., to help lead the European team to a victory over the Americans.

Plus women's soccer and volleyball...

Devil Dish: Laker bomb waiting to go off
Karl Malone and Gary Payton to the Los Angeles Lakers...on paper the team should go undefeated but in reality, four future hall-of-famers on the same team could cause a problem.

Opinion: High school athletes shouldn't have to pay to play
Unfortunately, for many potential great Flagstaff students-athletes, the opportunity to participate in high school athletics may soon be a thing of the past, just like leaving campus for lunch. The Flagstaff school board will vote tonight at Coconino High School on a proposal that would require high school athletes to pay to participate in interscholastic athletics.

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