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ASU plans $295M in new campus projects
ASU released its 2004 Capital Development Plan to the Arizona Board of Regents on Tuesday and will wait for an approval at the Sept. 26 board meeting to begin some planned development totaling over $295 million.

The plan designates $74 million for an Interdisciplinary Life Sciences and Technology building, $18 million for a Geosciences and Materials building, $57 million for the new W. P. Carey School of Business complex and $22 million for a telecommunications infrastructure upgrade.

Creative Writing to get $10M donation
A $10 million gift from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, to be announced today, will establish the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU, University officials told The State Press in a statement.

The statement said that the gift to ASU's Center for Creative Writing would bump its national ranking from the top 20 to an even more impressive spot and help metropolitan Phoenix become a haven for creative writing.

Police Beat: One man can 'see fear in your eyes'
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including an 18-year-old man arrested on charges of armed robbery. The man reportedly said, "I see fear in your eyes" to the victims.

Light rail team reveals station designs
The Valley's Light Rail Project Team revealed design plans for Tempe's light rail stations Tuesday. The Tempe stations, specially designed to deal with Tempe's weather concerns, will be designed with an oasis theme.

Pioneering ASU chemistry professor wins national award
The American Chemical Society announced last week it would present a national award to Charles Austen Angell, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at ASU. His work focused on glass forming liquids.

ASU West: Class sizes rise, days of intimate feel ending
The student-teacher ratio at ASU West has soared with the campus' recent surge in enrollment, rising from 22-to-1 in 2001 to 30-to-1 this year - with totals as high as 36-to-1 in some colleges.

Jewish politicians speak at ASU forum
The Hillel Jewish Student Center hosted "Jews in Politics: A Conversation" Tuesday night at the Hillel Jewish Student Center, showcasing national politicians with a Jewish background.

Politicians such as former U.S. Congressman Sam Coppersmith, Arizona state Senator Barbara Leff and many others discussed the importance in Jewish politics.

ASU East: Provost to call it quits after 30 years with ASU
Provost Chuck Backus at ASU East announced at a faculty breakfast that he is retiring at the end of June. He said he thought the momentum of his vision at East is now stable, and he is comfortable leaving the University.

ASU East: First campus student government to form
Students met Friday for the first time this semester to discuss how to conduct the approval process for the first constitution at ASU East, which is also the next step toward a new student government.

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.

Editorial: Kudos to Crow's creative humanities direction
Up until now, we sensed a trend: Lots o' dough and headlines for the techies and future business suits, but for the starving artists in the humanities ... well, there's a reason they're called "starving."

Blair's plagiarism shouldn't be rewarded with book deal
Jayson Blair made a short career out of plagiarism, and someone is willing to cut him a fat check to hear what he has to say. From this sorry deal we can take away one sad lesson: The truth doesn't matter.

Arnold's student-government campaign antics a flop
It's hard for Arizonans to ignore the spectacle that Arnold Schwarzenegger has created by running for governor of California. He has used his sophomoric campaign to trivialize our federal government.

Instead of worrying about Patriot Act, have fun with it
We've all heard that guy or girl at a party or at the bar, whining about personal freedoms and sounding off like some vegetarian ACLU weasel. Don't be that person. The Patriot Act opens the doors for loads of fun.

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: Women's sports must be as exciting as men's
Professional sports for women are an admirable idea, but to whom do those sports appeal? Until big-time women's athletics can provide similar excitement to male athletics, there won't be competition with the men.

Hump Day Hoopla: Shockey the NFL's shock jock
The nicknames are endless for one of the brightest young studs in the NFL, Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey. He is bringing America's biggest sport into the 21st century, one middle finger and remark at a time.

Moore blessed to play hoops, says he'll fit well with team
No longer a grunt at 6-foot-4 and just over 200 pounds, Steve Moore considers himself a "miracle baby." He was conceived shortly after his mother had a medical procedure that should have made her infertile.

Football: Defense confident about life after Suggs
The ASU football team lost the school's first consensus All-American, but apparently the rest of the Sun Devil defense isn't losing any sleep from not having defensive end Terrell Suggs along its front four this year.

Football: Special teams a deciding factor against Iowa
For the ASU football team's upcoming game against Iowa, special teams might be the key factor between the two ranked squads. Without kicker Mike Barth, No. 16 ASU had to juggle its kicking duties around.

Cross country opens season Friday at Tucson meet
The ASU cross country team will open its season on Friday when the Sun Devils head down to Tucson for the Dave Murray Invitational. The meet is a non-scoring meet and will be a tuneup for the Roy Griak Invitational.

Wrestling grapples with one of nation's toughest schedules
If ASU wrestling fans thought last season's schedule was too tough, they have another thing coming this year. The season kicks off in traditional Sun Devil style when the team hosts the Sunkist Kids/ASU Invitational.

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