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Police Beat: A scuffle at Casey Moore's
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested after he reportedly hit a member of Casey Moore's bar staff with a bar glass. The victim reportedly suffered a laceration and swelling.

Libraries to offer wider online access
ABOR approved a $1.3 million Tri-University Electronic Library grant on Aug. 15 to help university libraries put more journals and books online and purchase new journals.

Online access to more library materials could also allow ASU, NAU and UA to offer more online degree programs

Public Events dept. faces funding cuts
ASU's Public Events department has been forced to get creative since being informed last fall by President Michael Crow that the University would no longer supply it with a $1.5 million subsidy.

Public Events runs Gammage Auditorium, Sundome Center for the Performing Arts and Kerr Cultural Center. It also sponsors cultural programs at ASU and in the community, including events at area high schools.

Car fire damages three vehicles, lighting grid in Parking Structure 1
A car fire burned three vehicles and a lighting grid in Parking Structure 1 on Saturday. The fire kept hundreds from returning to their vehicles for about a half hour in the taped-off parking garage after two campus events let out.

New nasal spray could take needles out of flu vaccines
The prescription vaccine, FluMist, is a nasal spray available this fall from MedImmune, Inc. It is the first time a needle-free vaccine has been available for influenza, a seasonal respiratory tract disease.

MBA program to launch in Shanghai
Wm. Polk Carey and W. P. Carey School of Business faculty took off in a Carey-chartered airplane shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday for Shanghai, China.

The latest MBA program of ASU's School of Business will start classes there on Sept. 20. The W. P. Carey School is the first U.S. business school to have a signed partnership agreement with the government of the People's Republic of China.

Indian-Americans honor religion with festival
About 400 Indian-American students and community members attended a religious festival in the Memorial Union. Navaratri Dhamaka is an annual festival of nine nights celebrating Mataji, a Hindu goddess.

'Once Upon a Time In Mexico' entertaining, confusing
There is a plot in Once Upon a Time In Mexico, but it's way too complicated and muddled to go over without having to draw a map.

But what is proven by this movie - and that little-known pirate flick from a few months back - is that Johnny Depp needs to work as often as possible. Without Depp, Once Upon a Time In Mexico is a sometimes-confusing action movie. But with him, it is elevated to a quirky black comedy with tons of action.

Concert Review: The Format, unplugged
Temperatures soared as the audience boiled over the silken vocals and guitar strokes of The Format's Nate Reuss and Sam Means at Modified Arts Saturday. Probably breaking every building capacity code there is, the Modified brimmed with fans and sweat.  

NHOI Comes to Tempe
Never Heard Of It is trying their best to make sure everyone does hear of them.

The Southern California based pop-punk rock band is opening for Bowling for Soup and Lucky Boys Confusion at the Marquee Theatre Tuesday.

Conan's 10th anniversary special a treat for fans
The "Late Night With Conan O'Brien 10th Anniversary Special" culled some of the great highlights of the show. It's proof that O'Brien should get more credit than he's given. O'Brien is the king of late-night TV.

Review: 'Pokémon Pinball: Ruby and Sapphire'
So straight up you all know that I am well versed in the ways of what used to be an animation sensation. However, just because I liked the cartoon at one point in my life doesn't mean I will be as kind when judging a video game spin off. Pokémon Pinball is pretty dang boring.

Review: 'Final Fantasy Tactics Advance'
There are very few things in the world that make me drool: the smell of smoky barbeque on a summer day, a perfect morsel of dark Godiva chocolate and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Johnny Cash exemplifies a fruitful life
Johnny Cash was my hero. He was everything I want to be. He was a family man. He was a man of God. On the morning of Sept. 12, I was shocked to read that one of the greatest American music legends died.

Political agenda binds Campus Watch
I have to smile when I watch President George W. Bush on television. There's something quite comical about the man. But Daniel Pipes would have university professors double as government propagandists.

Gay high school wrong way to end discrimination
The nation's first gay public high school, Harvey Milk High School, opened its classrooms to 170 students this fall in New York City. But this is a quick fix for the long-running problem of discrimination.

Editorial: Give us a fall break
From Labor Day Monday students have a long haul to Thanksgiving break, with Veteran's Day as a hiccup in early November. This may be why some universities have a "Columbus Day" recess in mid-October.

Letters to the Editor: Oubai a 'disturbed individual'
The letters in response to previous columns, including two notes from people saying Oubai Shabandar exhibited characteristic negative behavior at last week's Daniel Pipes presentation inside Murdock Hall.

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.

Study Abroad Fair to bring world to ASU
The ASU community will get a little closer to the rest of the world Wednesday when the International Programs Office holds its biannual Study Abroad Fair.

Art exhibit showcases ASU grad's industrial inventions
The "mechatronic" art of ASU sculpting alumnus Byron Lahey enthralled patrons at the reZurrection gallery Saturday. The exhibit, Half Life, features Lahey's conceptual artwork. 

On the Web: Funky festivals
The annual Turkey Testicle Festival draws all sorts of colorful characters to the heartland to gobble down gonads cooked in various styles. Had I not visited, I never would have known about it.

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.

Devil Dish: Tucson does have its good points
Being an 18-year veteran Tucsonan, I am outraged with the way Andrew Bernick referred to my hometown. While it is true the UA campus is not as pristine as ASU's, the city does have something to offer.

Sloppy Devils slip past Utah State
Is it possible to play a game full of mistakes and still pick up the win? It is if the opposing team is ranked amongst the worst in the country. Such was the case for the Sun Devils as they outlasted the Utah State Aggies 26-16.

Fulton emerges as ASU's go-to wide receiver
Following last week's breakout performance by sophomore wide-out Moey Mutz, senior Sun Devil wide receiver Skyler Fulton decided it was time for him to take back the role of "Big Time" receiver for No. 16 ASU.

Sports Roundup: Golf wins first tourney of year
The ASU men's golf team started off its year in grand style, winning the 20-team Tucker Intercollegiate in Albuquerque, N.M. ASU shot a 54-hole total of 865 (282-286-297) to hold off host New Mexico.

Football: Aggies hang tough against ASU
Coming off two road games against heavy favorites Utah and Nebraska, the Aggies kept it close. Their defense forced four turnovers, and sloppy play from ASU resulted in over 122 yards in penalties against the Devils.

Soccer: No. 11 ASU ties Vanderbilt in home opener
With all the hype surrounding the ASU soccer team's home debut, somebody must have forgotten to tell the unranked Commodores that they were supposed to be an easy non-conference opponent.

Breakdown: Fumbles, turnovers dangerous for ASU
The Sun Devils fumbled the ball four times, losing three of them. The most frightening fumble was on a snap between junior center Drew Hodgdon and junior quarterback Andrew Walter, their second mishandle.

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