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Donation to help ASU be 'comprehensive'
ASU President Michael Crow said Wednesday that a $10 million gift from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust would help ASU become a "comprehensive University."

Crow officially announced the gift on Wednesday as the largest amount ever received by a humanities program at ASU.

Police Beat: Making small talk with the ladies
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man who reportedly entered the room of two female Mariposa Hall residents and made small talk as he sat down at a desk. The man then reportedly fled.

Cars vulnerable to theft, burglary at ASU
Locking your door may not be enough to prevent your car from being stolen or burglarized on campus, ASU police said. They had no immediate plan for preventing such crimes.

In the past week, two cars were burglarized in Lot 17, one in Lot 37 and one in Lot 40. Two cars were stolen from campus. One was taken from Structure 5 and the other from Lot 63, according to police logs.

$80M complex could expand Biz school
The W. P. Carey School of Business could increase its capacity by nearly 40 percent if a plan to build a new $80 million complex is approved by the Arizona Board of Regents on Sept. 26.

ASU will put up $35 million for the new building from tuition finance debt and $45 million from private donations as part of a capital campaign now underway. Currently, the school takes up 209,940 square feet with its Business Administration and Business Administration C-wing buildings.

Opinion: Supporting passions
Everyone has a passion. Some of you may not know it yet, but it's true. Everyone has that one thing that they love to do and would rather do than anything else...even if they suck at it or don't have any support.

Wiener love
Though she's openly been a lesbian for 20 years, Laurel Johnson can't stop loving wieners. "I always say my parent's plane crashed in the Black Forest of Germany, and I was pulled from the wreckage by a pack of wieners, and they raised me as their own," says local artist Laurel Johnson who owns three dachshunds.

Of course, that's not quite the truth. In reality, Johnson always had wiener dogs growing up in the Valley, and though she's since had bigger dogs-a Great Dane and a Doberman-she can't shake her love of wieners. With no intentions of being a mother any time soon, Johnson loves her dogs like family. Thanks to their comical shape and quirky personalities, they've become the stars of her latest drawings.

Dying for dinner theatre
Even though I would label myself as an avid patron of the theatre, my experiences, from seeing "The Lion King" on Broadway to watching a high school performance of "Kiss Me Kate," had never included an interactive experience. In fact, before attending "Murder at the Milford's," the only knowledge I had about interactive theatre came from an episode of "Saved by the Bell." So when I heard about "Murder at the Milford's" playing at Monti's, I was ready to strap on my Sherlock cap and astound everyone by solving the mystery of Lord Maynard Milford's (Michael Liddy) death.

Don't I know you: Rootin' for the home team
Seriously guys, this guy's last name is Root. It's as if he was practically ordained by the guys of irony into being a world-class sports fan. Phil Root has probably incited more waves and been featured on the Jumbo-Tron more times than the whole college of education combined. If you've ever been to an ASU football, baseball, or basketball game you've probably seen Phil. He used to sport a multi-colored Mohawk, but recently cut it off because not only is he doing observation for his secondary education degree, but he is also assistant coaching for Chandler High School's junior varsity football team.

Off the Beat: Claw lovers anonymous
The claw goes by many names. Names like "Plush Palace" and "Plush Bus" flash across the tops of the machines in brilliant arcade lights. Some play carnival music and campy sound effects depending on whether you win or lose. They all have the same set of rules. You must position and lower the claw within the time limit or else it will lower itself.

Playing with fire
At about 9 p.m. on most evenings, you can find Steven Wang swinging his fire fingers in the air, creating six flames that resemble huge fireflies. When combined, these flames can create a massive-looking firebomb.

Singing no praise
Lucky for you, the beautifully Bootylicious Beyonce Knowles gets to do the crooning in MTV's latest musical film, The Fighting Temptations. The soulful musical from director Johnathan Lynn (The Whole Nine Yards) and writer of The Wood starts when Darrin Fox (Cuba Gooding Jr.), an advertising executive with an honesty problem, is summoned back to his hometown in Georgia when a wealthy aunt dies with a large inheritance. In order to get the booty, smooth-talking Darrin must form a successful gospel choir out of a cocktail of churchgoers who can hardly carry a tune, and especially don't want to work together. It seems only a Destiny's Child could save his chances.

'Cold Creek' blather
"Do you know what you're getting yourself into?" says Dale, as he looks forebodingly into the camera. If only I knew! I would have refused to do this movie review and begged my editors to send me out on another story far, far away from Cold Creek Manor.

ASU Homegrown
The story of the Modified Pulse is a familiar one to us on this campus. The four members of the local band all go to ASU, and like many students here, had moved from different parts of the state and wound up becoming friends.

CD Review: My Morning Jacket's 'It Still Moves'
My Morning Jacket is the band that indie rock fans have been waiting for

years to hear. Combining Wilco-like qualities and Uncle Tupelo alt-country sounds, along with lead singer Jim James dead-on in-key vocals, this is one of the best LPs of the year.

CD Review: Nicholas Payton's 'Sonic Trance'
On Nicholas Payton's seventh full-length album, Sonic Trance, the jazz trumpeter shifts from a more traditional style of jazz to a slightly techno/acid-jazz/free jazz form that plays off with surprising results.

CD Review: Bubba Sparxxx's 'Deliverance'
Bubba Sparxxx is doing his "hillbilly dance," and he really wants you to enjoy it. Really enjoy it. Nearly each track on Sparxxx's LP, Deliverance, includes some sort of southern melody mixed in with

the beat. "Jimmy Mathis" loops a harmonica melody while Sparxxx spits out rhymes, including the one about the hillbilly dance.

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.  

Long-gone Devils pitched in, today's students should, too
We're in tough economic times. It is unfortunate that ASU's Public Events department will have to do without $1.5 million in subsidies. It is now faced with wondering where and how it will raise money to keep afloat.

Graduation unification hurts ASU West identity
It is possible that ASU President Michael Crow's commencement unification concept bears at least some merit. But such gains cannot offset the immeasurable loss to the west campus and the West Valley.

Editorial: Rising auto thefts deserve police attention
It seems as though ASU police have their own George-Costanza-rocking-chair syndrome these days. Since January of this year, 75 cars have been stolen and 179 have been burglarized on campus.

'Anti-Bush party' losing relevance
The Democratic Party has become, essentially, the anti-Bush party. It doesn't rightly know what to do with the country, except that whatever path the president takes is certainly the wrong one.

Hope for little guy vs. RIAA
Even with the deluge of subpoenas from the RIAA seeking Internet user information about those it suspects of sharing copyrighted music, there remains a glimmer of hope that Goliath might not be guaranteed victory.

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.

Football: Ferentz striving to keep Iowa on top of Big Ten
After two years of struggling with a once-proud football program, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has reeled off two winning seasons, culminating in last year's surprise Orange bowl appearance and a 12-game win streak.

Sun Devils hungry for win against Hawkeyes
The Sun Devils are ranked No. 16 while the Hawkeyes are No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. But as huge as this Saturday's tilt with Iowa may be, it has no bearing on whether ASU makes the Rose Bowl. Still, ASU insists that beating the Hawkeyes is as important as any game it will have this season.

Devil Dish: Think of Steelers' bootylicious linebacker
If you catch the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game on Sunday, keep an eye out for big No. 55 in the Steelers linebacking core. Joey Porter missed the first two games after taking a bullet in the behind.

Volleyball opens Pac-10 play up North vs. Washington
Riding a three-game winning streak, the ASU volleyball team starts its Pac-10 season today on the road against Washington. The Sun Devils are going to need all the momentum they can find against the Huskies.

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