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National board revokes charter of ASU's Lambda Chi Alpha
The action was necessitated by the violations and the fraternity's involvement in the hit-and-run death of 18-year-old incoming ASU freshman Jessica Woodin in August 2001, according to Eric Richards.

Crow to ask ABOR for new tuition hike
Several weeks after a $1,010 tuition hike took effect at Arizona's public universities, ASU officials are planning to ask the Arizona Board of Regents for another one. Arizona has slipped in national tuition rankings despite recent increases at all three public universities.

A tuition increase of $480 would be 13.4 percent higher than current levels, 63.8 percent more than a year ago, and 80 percent more than the fall semester of 2000.

Crow: ASU to become 'multi-versity' in future
ASU President Michael Crow discussed how the University would accommodate rapid enrollment growth and increase community outreach in a presentation Friday.

The kickoff presentation marked the first step in a planning process to create a development plan for ASU's future as a 'multi-versity.'" Crow said he envisioned "one University in many places"; he wanted all the campuses to be of equal quality and to evolve together.

Regents approve $105M for science, technology upgrades
The Arizona Board of Regents approved Friday three projects totaling $105 million as part of the overall capital development plan. The projects will update some of the University's science and technology facilities.

Regents OK $317M campus improvements
The Arizona Board of Regents approved ASU's $317.6 million capital development plan at its meeting Friday, but warned the University not to exacerbate parking problems at ASU Main.

Plans for ASU main include a new life sciences and technology building, a geosciences and materials building, a new business school, a combined heat and power project, and renovations for research laboratories.

ABOR: Students can get MBAs online next semester
The Arizona Board of Regents approved about $1 million at Friday's meeting to help ASU get the online connectivity support it needs to run a new degree program. The online MBA program starts classes in January.

Award-winning film beautiful, disgusting, amazing
If going to the movies to escape reality is your primary objective, treat Thirteen as if it were the bubonic plague. But if you're up for a heavy dose of the realistic, then sit down and feel the weight of the world through the eyes of a 13-year-old on her way to self-destruction.

Local band 2 Dimes releases new CD at Minder Binders
Local bands are having more success in recent years than ever before. 2 Dimes' first full length CD, entitled life goes on, in a concert at Minder Binders that featured the some of the band's Valley peers.

'K Street': a surreality show that takes politics seriously
The circle is now unbroken. The snake bites its own tail. Reality is now TV is now reality. Politics is now entertainment is now politics.

On the West Coast, a movie star (once again) is running for high office. From New York (where HBO offices are located), we have the new series "K Street."

'Trading Spaces' veteran declares 'House Wars' on USA
The initial slogan for USA Network's new home-building challenge show, "House Wars"-in which families compete to transform rough shells into dream homes-was "Four families ... four designers ... twenty-four days."

Now it's "Four families ... four designers ... four houses."

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Editorial: 'Topping off' reserved for beer, not ASU tuition
Leaving the Freudian implications of needing to be on top of the lowest tier to the imagination, we at The State Press think that Crow's idea for "topping off" tuition shows little regard for students struggling to pay.

Nuclear brinkmanship should be taken seriously
India and Pakistan, the two newest members of the nuclear club, hold all of South Asia on the brink of nuclear holocaust. While the tension is nothing new, both countries' extremist factions are growing in popularity.

Hollywood asks: what would Jesus do about 'Passion'?
Mel Gibson and Frank Rich have been duking it out in the media over the anti-Semitic implications in Gibson's upcoming film, "The Passion." For such a sacred subject, Gibson and Rich sure are acting juvenile.

Pressure on for female students to be perfect
Just walking around campus makes it clear that women face more pressures to be "perfect" in life than men. As women, we do not feel adequate enough just knowing we can ace a test. We have to look good.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

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.

On the Web: Flash Flash Revolution
Left. Right. Left. Left up. Right down. Or should it be right up and left down? Crap. Both feet. Hold it. Crap. Left... Somebody has taken the time to develop an adaptation of Dance Dance Revolution you can play online.

Carpet, workstations added to library despite budget cuts
Students may more safely walk and more easily access online catalogs inside Hayden Library this semester due to the addition of new carpet and workstations. To pay for the improvements, 18 jobs were left unfilled.

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.

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.

Devil Dish: Mackovic's exit from UA long time coming
It's time for everyone who had Sept. 28 in their "When will John Mackovic get canned?" pool to come forward and collect their bounty. It came with little surprise Sunday when the UA head football coach was let go.

Football: Hill gets starting nod, comes up big at OSU
Ever since the season started, ASU head coach Dirk Koetter has faced countless questions about his team's inability to run the football. But Koetter may have provided himself an answer to those questions.

Cross-country finishes big in Minnesota tournament
Led by Amy Hastings, the No. 19 Sun Devil women placed ahead of six higher-ranked teams in the Roy Griak Invitational. The men also fared well with junior Juan Reyes leading the way with a 16th-place finish.

Beavers thump Sun Devils 45-17
CORVALLIS, Ore - Finishing what you start seems like a simple enough concept. But the idea was one the Sun Devil football team couldn't grasp when it took on Oregon State in the Pac-10 opener on Saturday.

The Sun Devils were able to gain 381 yards in the game, only 16 less than the Beavers' total of 397. But a plethora of mistakes, including 76 yards of penalties and six turnovers, led to ASU's first loss in eight games to OSU before a sold-out crowd of 36,122 at Reser Stadium.

Volleyball: Sun Devils come back, upset Wildcats
It took two matches, but the ASU volleyball team found its game and upset No. 22 Arizona in what head coach Brad Saindon called the most dramatic comeback he's seen in his 20-year coaching career.

Breakdown: Beavers capitalize on Devils' many mistakes
The Sun Devils played a nightmarish game as far as mistakes go. Let's count the ways: three interceptions, two lost fumbles, seven penalties for 76 yards and getting stuffed on two fourth down and one situations.

Soccer shuts out New Mexico
At the conclusion of a four-match home stand, the No. 17 ASU soccer team finds itself amongst the top of the Pac-10 conference standings, although the team hasn't competed against a conference rival.

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