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Program relates freshmen courses to common theme
In an effort to make ASU seem a little smaller to incoming freshmen, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is piloting an integrated learning program. About 120 freshmen are involved this fall.

Computers, monitors stolen from campus
Two laptop computers, three computer monitors and a Dell desktop computer were stolen from campus last week, but ASU police say there is no obvious trend in the thefts.

Though ASU police Lt. John Sutton said police are investigating several "persons of interest" in each of the thefts, there have been no arrests.Two of the thefts may have been committed by the same person on the same day from the same building, according to witnesses.

Police Beat: Harassing notes hamper peaceful dorm living
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including harassing notes reportedly left in a room in Sahuaro Hall. One note said, "You owe (unidentified person) $10 for taking her hamper. Pay by Monday or else."

Bike co-op homeless after 27 years
ASU's Bike Co-op began offering students an on-campus location to fix their bicycles more than 25 years ago, but the shop lost its location early this semester along with more than $10,000 in funding.

In spring 2003, the staff of the co-op was told to relocate the shop to the Palo Verde East residence hall. Its former location in the Division of Undergraduate Academic Services building will be used for a new DUAS program.

Suspect nabbed in Tempe convenience store murder
Mesa police apprehended a suspect in the stabbing murder of J.P.'s Food Mart clerk Sukhvir Singh on Wednesday. Police arrested Bruce Reed early Wednesday after a resident identified him from police descriptions.

Prison rights activist Silky Shah speaks to students
National prison rights activist Silky Shah spoke to about 20 ASU students in the MU Wednesday night in an effort to create awareness of an anti-Lehman Brothers campaign that fights financing of private prisons.

Murphy's Law: A drum apart
Every person has his or her different ways of relieving stress. In the movies (and a lot of times in real life, too, I guess) people will pop open a bottle of liquor and cry away their problems. Other people beat their wives or children, and others do the healthier things, like exercising, reading or talking it out with their friends.

Defending a Town
Unless you knew Matthew Shepard or saw his picture in the news, you don't know what he looks like. You never see his face or hear his voice in "The Laramie Project," even though he is the focal point of the ASU Department of Theatre's production. There is not a slim shadow of his image or even a soft whisper of his words. Despite all of this, you might cry for him during the show - you might cry more than once.

Freedom facelift
Club Freedom has never been the most upscale place. Sure, every good deejay who passes through Phoenix ends up spinning there, but aside from Friday nights at Freedom, the club didn't have much going for it.

Today, however, the story is entirely different.

Dinner and a movie
Every once in a while, an opportunity comes that gives SPM the chance to inform our loyal readers about something they may find useful in the singles world.

Enter Farrelli's Cinema Supper Club: an experience that gives new meaning to the term "dinner and a movie." Combining a movie theatre environment with a fine dining restaurant, Farrelli's offers an innovative twist on the usual dating fare.

Half-baked Comic
Talking to funny man Harland Williams is like talking to a 10-year-old boy with a sugar high. And interviewing him, well, that's an even harder task.

"I'd love to get Fabio and Kenny G together, cover them in mayonnaise and roll them down a hill. Thank you," Williams says out of nowhere.

Family Therapy
In the early 1990s, Heidi Ramirez was a college student not unlike you or me. Amidst studying, partying and enjoying the California sun, she met a special guy. Not only was he a clean-cut, decent man, he was also a professional soccer player. They dated exclusively until she graduated and moved back home to Ohio.

Over the next 10 years Ramirez married, had three children, bought a new house and landed a general manager position for Hilton Hotels. Just when she thought she had it all, she became pregnant with a fourth child. Her youngest, Isaac, was born in 2001-a healthy, beautiful baby boy.

Don't I Know You? Party Thrıller
If stealing attention is a crime, Ryan Britt is the smoothest criminal of them all. Britt, a Mesa Community College student transferring to ASU in January, spends his weekends crashing parties with Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits in hand. With great stealth and dexterity, he makes his way to the CD player and pops in his CD. And, in the amount of time it took for Jacko's hair to catch on fire in a Pepsi commercial, Britt has made his own dance floor and gathered his own crowd to watch him moonwalk, spin around, hump the floor and grab his crotch. OWWWWWW! Sometimes he'll stick around to shake hands or talk about his techniques, but other times he moonwalks outta there before you can even say, "Sham-on."

'Under the Tuscan Sun:' Love and Marriage
Under the Tuscan Sun is a beautiful film about starting over and finding strength in yourself and love in a life you never imagined.

Strait up rock 'n' roll
When Los Straitjackets step onstage wearing Mexican wrestling masks and matching medallions, one might begin to worry what exactly is going to happen. Then the band grabs their guitars, plugs them into the amps and starts blasting out instrumental surf and rock 'n' roll jams.

Although the masks don't exactly correlate with the music that Los Straitjackets play, they do help personify the idea of fun that the band is trying to convey.

Review: 'Downhill Domination'
In the last few months of riding, I have gotten into a couple of accidents. I won't get into details, but in retrospect, they were pretty funny. I've been looking a bike video game that gives the spirit of no frills bike riding but still makes me cringe when I get in an accident. That's what made Downhill Domination so interesting to me. There aren't any half-pipes, strippers or anything else that previous BMX games have suffered from. It is pure downhill bike racing.

Nintendo cuts Gamecube price to $99
Nintendo announced today a $50 price cut for the Gamecube. According to Nintendo, the new hardware price spearheads an aggressive holiday campaign.

Review: 'F-Zero GX'
Once bitter enemies, now apparent friends, Nintendo and Sega have teamed up to reinvigorate the F-Zero series with F-Zero GX, and they definitely succeeded.

Emmy awards feature usual voting patterns, poor comedy
You would expect Sunday night's 55th Annual Emmy Awards to be funnier than usual because of its 11 hilarious co-hosts. But that's as fruitless an expectation as hoping that the awards would be given to the shows that deserve them.

Dixie Chicks ditch country
The notion that Dixie Chicks were ever "country" is one that would make the likes of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams roll over in their graves. But now the Chicks have signed off on that musical tradition for good.

Reflecting on Bush's post-terror track record
We talk and write about what a moron and an idiot our president George W. Bush is. So just for kicks, I'd like to reflect on what our president has done well. Let's allow Sept. 11, 2001 to be the defining measuring stick.

Bush's address to U.N. still reeks of hypocrisy
With criticism mounting over the lack of a clear exit plan from Iraq and overspending abroad while domestic issues remain unresolved, the president may be eager to displace the burden of financing postwar Iraq.

Editorial: Bring us the falconer!
The falconer is the best-hung guy in Tempe. Who cares if he has apishly long arms and looks like he was sculpted by a Godzilla-sized sixth-grader? We don't. At The State Press, we really want our own statue.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

The Rhythm of the Night
It's 12:30 a.m. on Mill Avenue, and a short brunette is about to lose her virginity. It will happen just off the beaten path, not too far away from hustle and bustle that is Mill Avenue on a Saturday night. And if Mill-goers listen closely, they just might be able to hear it all go down.

Amber Hanna, a virgin drum circle participant, has come from Paradise Valley to get involved in her first drum circle. She, along with veteran friend Amanda Aurand, waits around anxiously as the crowd begins to build around the tall iron statue behind My Big Fat Greek Restaurant.

'Hizzoner' Ed Koch speaks to honors students, praises Bush
The former Democratic New York city mayor known to many as "Hizzoner" from "The People's Court" said he supports President George W. Bush and his policies in a speech Wednesday on campus.

Koch held a discussion and question-and-answer session for Barrett Honors College students and faculty in the Agriculture Building. During the discussion, he said he disagreed with "ultraleft" liberal politicians about foreign policy.

Fashion flop: White trash meets uptown chic
From the Corn Belt to Hollywood and now ASU, the trucker hat trend keeps on truckin.'

The mesh hat popularized by such Hollywood hipsters as Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake went mainstream several months ago. Now, this white trash meets uptown chic look is popular than ever at ASU.

Beyond Broadway: 'Carmen Funebre' moving, 'disturbing'
"Scary...scary...scary," testified a child's voice from the audience. And it was true. Though most of the more than 700 other witnesses of Teatr Biuro Podrozy's performance of "Carmen Funebre" (Funeral Song) at ASU Saturday night were less vocal during the experience, they were no less moved by it.

Motivational team's message comes from experience
ASU graduate and motivational speaker Jonathan Couvdos, along with professional disc jockey Steve Simonis, has been teaching kids to "flip it'" since the pair formed the Positive Focus Program three years ago.

The Positive Focus Program is a nonprofit organization that aims to arm junior and high school students with positive mindsets in order to be productive in the school community. Couvdos, who said he struggled with negative pressures around him as a teenager, originally created the program while he was still a college student at ASU.

On the Web: LiveJournal
A Web site melding e-mail, guestbooks and instant messaging together, LiveJournal has been an online repository for the thoughts of millions since March of 1999. If you don't have one yourself, you might just know a user.

Hoops: Cameroon native Fameni adapting to college
For any student having trouble adjusting to life at ASU, just look for freshman men's basketball player Wilfried Fameni. It's hard to miss the 6-foot-8 forward who is expected to see time at both forward positions.

Devil Dish: Cubs, Red Sox fans fooling themselves
I never know whether to feel sorry for Cubs and Red Sox fans or to think those people are just plain dumb. Both teams are poised to make the playoffs this year. However, neither will win the World Series.

Football: Riley tries to finish what he started at OSU
The Oregon State Beavers have had only one losing season in the last four years. To some, it might sound like a modest achievement, but for a program without a winning season since 1970, it's a miracle.

Football: Speed key for ASU
After the ASU football team lost 21-2 to Iowa on Saturday, Hawkeye tailback Fred Russell said the Sun Devils were not as fast as he thought they'd be. But Riccardo Stewart said no one should worry about speed.

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