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Justice school move could end growth
In two years, ASU's School of Justice Studies undergraduate student enrollment has grown 28 percent, but a suggestion to move the school to ASU West could end that growth, the school's director said.

The ASU Design Team suggested in its Sept. 2 report that the School of Justice Studies move to the west campus to tie in with ASU West's criminology program.

Campus climate up, some fears remain
In the two years since Sept. 11, 2001, ASU's campus community has moved down a slow road from occasional violence to optimistic cooperation.

Nazeef Ebrahim, president of the Muslim Students' Association, said there have been more positive changes in the campus climate. But he added that the wounds haven't yet completely healed.

Police Beat: Where bank robbers eat before the job
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man who reportedly held up a bank teller. When arrested, he reportedly had $2,700 and a Church's Fried Chicken deposit slip in his pocket.

Latest island grill house opens
Flip Flops Island Grill House, the new restaurant next to Dos Gringos on University Drive, received final approval Wednesday from a Maricopa County health inspector just hours before opening its doors for the first time.

Tempe police enforce bicycle laws
The Tempe Police Department began strict enforcement of bike rules on Monday as part of the Tempe Police Department's Back to School Enforcement Week and has issued 580 warnings to hazardous bicyclists thus far.

Tempe police officers have increased patrols near campus intersections where bike traffic is heavy. They issued warnings to students Monday and Tuesday and began assessing fines to violators on Wednesday.

ASU study analyzes Ariz. domestic violence issues
A study conducted by ASU students found inconsistencies, including incidents of gender and race inequality, in how Arizona's domestic violence cases are prosecuted. It was the first study done in Arizona examining domestic violence prosecutions rather than arrests.

'SPM' Letters to the Editor
The letters The State Press Magazine has received about last week's Rentals Tempe article, including a correction for the story, titled "The Wright Idea."

Funky History
Groove is a sport; and if you don't believe that, just ask the 76 men and women who showed up at the Student Recreation Complex Saturday morning to boogie down in hopes of seeing their name on the Hip-Hop Coalition roster at the end of the day.

We be laughin'
Every now and then though, a story comes along and the interview ends up going better than you could ever imagine; for me, this was that time. Bob Marley is a funny, funny man. No, not "We be Jammin'," Bob, the legend, the other Bob Marley. And if you don't know who he is, this weekend is your chance to find out.

Hip to be gay
It's Friday night and I'm going out with one of my dearest guy friends. I go to pick him up and he's still running around trying to get ready. Unaccustomed to such a situation in which a guy takes longer to get ready than I do, I mill around his place and poke at his stuff. I pass his closet bursting with clothes, some gym equipment, a couple of Maxim's, a 20-piece cologne collection and a shoe collection that rivals that Imelda Marcos. Knowing full well that my buddy is a strapping hetero, some of these items make me raise my eyebrows. After he sprays on some expensive cologne from his vast selection, we head out the door when he exclaims, "I can't believe I lost my Gucci sunglasses!" Did he just say the "G" word?

Dating and Relating
The world of online dating has evolved faster than a 56K modem in the last five years and has upgraded the speed.

Blue In Black
You've probably seen Blue Swadener around campus dozens of times, but you may not have actually seen her. That's because when she is making her most bold statements: Blue is in Black. As a member of a local chapter of Women in Black, an international peace network with chapters from Arizona to Azerbaijan, Swadener participates in demonstrations in which dresses from head to toe in black clothing and silently hands out information regarding peace and nonviolent solutions to the world's problems.

A father figure
If Ridley Scott ever feels the need to stop making epic action dramas like Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, I imagine he'd find prosperity making movies like Matchstick Men.

Three cheers for Bill
Somewhere among the dazzling lights of Tokyo, a life-sized digital brachiosaurus walks across the face of the building. In a hotel down the street, two Americans are alone. Lost in Translation is the third film from Sofia Coppola, writer/director of The Virgin Suicides.

Ay, Ay, Ay!
The Chandler Center for the Arts will feature trumpets blaring, guitars strumming, violins crooning, and vocalists singing during its fifth annual mariachi festival on Saturday. Featuring several mariachi bands from the Valley and throughout Arizona, including Mariachi Azteca de Oro, Mariachi Passion, and Mariachi Tierra del Sol, the festival takes place just days before Mexican Independence Day. Joe Garcia, a member of the Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights, is coordinating the festival with proceeds going to support scholarships to high school and community college students.

Jogging in harmony
The Joggers utilize four-part harmonies in their pop songs like they've been around for hundreds of years. Although everyone from the Beach Boys to barbershop quartets have popularized these harmonies, The Joggers draw inspiration from shape note singing, a simplified form of music notation that was used predominantly in the South during the 1800s, and transfer this style of singing into four-part harmonies.

Review: 'Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction'
Everything about Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction is simple, which leads to good gaming for starters, but soon seems a little to shallow for a strategy game. AvP can draw in a crowd, yet simultaneously shoot itself in the foot, as the game's biggest draw and weakest flaw is one in the same: simplicity.

Review: 'Freaky Flyers'
When I picked up a copy of Freaky Flyers, I expected, well, a little freak. You know, something wild, outlandish, exciting. Sadly, this was not to be. Flyers turns out to be little more than a Mario Kart clone, without the smooth gameplay or the portly plumber.

Nintendo sets release date for 'Mario Kart'
Nintendo announced Mario Kart: Double Dash!! for the GameCube will be released on November 17.

'Whoopi' lacks good script, decent supporting cast
I am confused. Whoopi Goldberg, on more than one occasion, has made me laugh. I've seen Sister Act multiple times and it never fails to crack me up. One would then think that with the right people she could make a great network sitcom, which is what her new show "Whoopi" should be, but isn't.

'Splendor' splendid, odd little film
Face it - life is boring. However, watching other people's lackluster lives is not. That's why we have reality TV. The film American Splendor encompasses those same homely B-sides of the American Dream we love to watch, except on a more intelligent level.

Sharon and Ellen enter Oprah territory
For every Oprah, Dr. Phil and Maury, there is a fistful of hopefuls who tried - and failed - to find an audience: Rob Nelson, Caroline Rhea, the guys of "The Other Half." Even John Walsh, who came to daytime last fall with a built-in audience from "America's Most Wanted," failed to click with viewers and barely got renewed for a second season. But hope springs eternal each TV season, and this fall is no different.

Editorial: History must not be forgotten
Today, Sept. 11, 2003, some things will be remembered, and many will be forgotten. Amid the vigils, ceremonies, remembrances and prayers, we will move forward. Life continues. History is happening.

Losing patience with losing troops, dollars
Two years into the "post-9/11" era, the U.S. hasn't made much improvement. On the contrary, things have been on a pretty steady decline at the hands of our thoughtless, er, fearless leader, Dubbya.

Living at Ground Zero: a recollection
Living at Ground Zero, I watched people jump from the towers to their death, I watched the towers fall and I helped people to the hospital across the street. The black ash made mid-morning seem like midnight.

Moore rolls gutterballs at truth
Michael Moore is - even now, on the second anniversary of 9/11 - working on using the tragedy to further his agenda even more. His next film is called "Fahrenheit 911: The Temperature at Which Truth Burns."

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

Phat Tony!
It's 12:45 on Wednesday afternoon and "Fat" Tony Jackson is in the thick of "The College Rock Show," his weekly show on ASU's radio station, AM1260 The Blaze. He drops a wooden dowel, double the length and the same width of a pencil, from his mouth, and leans in toward the microphone.

Conan's zany late-night circus heads for prime time
Conan O'Brien's 10th anniversary prime-time special is approaching. It will celebrate the show's progression from a small-time production with a cult following to one of the high points of late-night television.

On the Web: Butt ugliness
I was not aware that ugliness was such a rare thing to behold that I should have to go on the Internet to find it. The mold in my refrigerator is ugly. Some politicians are ugly. Mullets are ugly, for Pete's sake.

Flirty fashions: Miniskirts unbelievably mini
It's time for President Crow to whip out that ruler because girls' hemlines are rising as high as Arizona's temperatures.

Despite their existence since the 1960s, miniskirts have been revolutionized once again, and ASU students are taking notice.

Football: Sun Devils hopeful for tailback revival
Ever since Dirk Koetter arrived in Tempe three years ago, he has answered countless questions about the Sun Devils' ground attack in relation to the pass-happy reputation he brought in from Boise State.

Devil Dish: Guerrero's success about more than looks
When Lisa Guerrero was hired as a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football, she was criticized for getting the job because of her good looks. But if a woman is good-looking, it doesn't mean she can't do the job.

Football: Utah St. on the outside looking in
Four years ago, Utah State coach Mick Dennehy and his team played Dirk Koetter's Boise State program with a chance for the Big Sky Championship. Since then, Utah State has been a program in disarray.

Injury bug hits volleyball team
The ASU volleyball team has looked more like a M.A.S.H. unit than a squad searching for its first tournament victory of the season, with its leading returning middle blocker and outside hitters nursing injuries.

Football Notebook: CT scan negative for Shivers
Junior free safety Jason Shivers underwent a CT scan on Monday to examine how badly his sternum was injured during the NAU game. The scan revealed no cracks in the sternum or cartilage damage in the area.

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