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Town Hall focuses on Design Team report
ASASU's President Brandon Goad helped give a few ASU students an inside look at the University Design Team report at a Town Hall meeting. The report proposed changes to the organization of ASU programs.

'CABIT' to host research to improve Amber Alert system
An ASU alumnus and the University's Center for Advancing Business through Information Technology are partnering to make the Amber Alert system, which helps find missing children, safe from power outages.

Controversy over student group persists
Controversy regarding the validity of the student group that brought speaker Daniel Pipes to campus continued Monday.

ASU still did not recognize the group, ASU Students for Democracy, as a registered student organization, according to the Student Organization Resource Center.

Students request ASA to refund $1
The Arizona Students' Association said it has received more $1 refund requests this semester than ever before due to efforts by ASU's Graduate and Professional Student Association.

ASA has received 103 refund requests so far this year, including 101 from ASU and two from UA. Maceo Brown, executive director of ASA, said there are usually fewer than 20 annual requests.

Pankration club is all the rage
Men and women jab, kick, toss and pin into submission. You would think you were watching the latest Ultimate Fighting cage match. But this is Pankration, the world's oldest martial art, and it is happening at ASU.

No one was cooler than Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash was cool. There was something so rugged, so independent and so original about him that even the MTV crowd recognized how cool he was, nominating him in several categories at this year's MTV Video Awards.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.  

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.

Editorial: Cancun talks collapse on the rich
It's easy for us to overlook an organization like the World Trade Organization. Relative to the rest of the world, most Americans will never know the poverty, hunger and hopelessness of developing nations.

Pepsi dries up Memorial Union water options
The daily herd of people at the Union Plaza Pepsi fountain doesn't usually notice the biggest flaw in the new design of it - no ice water. They sell loads of Aquafina bottles, but it's little better than tap water.

Solar savvy and new music mixers: relevant science news
The new structures being built on campus are in love with light. With new solar technologies available, all that window space could be put to more efficient use: It could help cool the classrooms and shade the students.

Police, public should think before they act
Police deserve the right to protect themselves if they feel threatened, but how in the world can you feel so threatened by a drunken 15-year-old with a knife that you need to empty rounds of ammunition into him?

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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: Firing McGinnis won't solve Cardinals' woes
After an embarrassing 38-0 loss Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks, one of the questions that local media is asking is whether coach Dave McGinnis should be fired soon. This would be the Cards' worst possible choice.

Opinion: No more hiding for ASU vs. Hawkeyes
On Saturday night, ASU football coach Dirk Koetter could emerge as a coaching genius or the village idiot of Tempe. The ASU football team will face off against Iowa, a team far better than NAU or Utah State.

Volleyball: Stephens has huge weekend in Dallas
A perfect opening weekend was capped off by a perfect effort by senior middle blocker Mandy Stephens. The SMU Radisson Volleyball Classic MVP finished the tournament with 27 kills and committed zero errors.

Football players healing quickly
Nearly half the starters on the ASU football team suffered minor injuries during opening night against NAU. Of that group, four prominent Sun Devils weren't healthy enough to return for the win over Utah State.

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