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Police Beat: A rose by any other name is just as drunk
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested after he reportedly provided a false name to officers upon his arrest for having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

Certain people on campus exempted from 'no porn' law
ASU President Michael Crow has exempted several groups of ASU employees from a state law that prohibits the use of state-owned computers for downloading or accessing images of nudity or pornography.

Event shows dangers of domestic violence
College students are at risk for domestic violence because many of them are in the process of forming intimate relationships, according to the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The University asked the group to participate in the ASU Domestic Violence Awareness Day on Hayden Lawn Wednesday. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

ASU virologist makes new smallpox vaccine
The United States is still facing a fear of bioterrorism and the risks of the current smallpox vaccine, but an ASU researcher is developing a safer way to protect people from the disease.

Bertram Jacobs, a virologist and microbiology professor at ASU, received a five-year, $5.5 million grant from the National Institute of Health's Biodefense partnership program to develop and test a safer smallpox vaccination.

Justice studies: We want to stay at Main
In response to the University Design Team report released in September, which began determining identities for ASU's campuses and recommending program placement, one program said a move would negatively affect the overall vision.

The School of Justice Studies submitted a response to the office of Executive Vice Provost Milton Glick, which oversaw the report. The team recommended that the department move from ASU Main's campus to merge with a criminology program at ASU West.

Murphy's Law: Making a difference
Last week, SPM writer, Lynh Bui brought in a copy of the most recent National Geographic. On the cover was the typical photo (a couple of zebras), but in the corner was a caption for a story about modern day slaves. I flipped through the article and couldn't believe it: There are approximately 27 million slaves in the world today.

Don't I Know You? The Tempe Flyer
Have you ever had that dream that you're flying...on your bicycle around the Memorial Union fountain? OK, maybe not. For 21-year-old undeclared junior Kyra Steinbach this dream is a reality. Steinbach spends her time gracefully balancing on her bicycle through campus. She just might blend in with the rest of the horde except for her technique; roll along, roll along and then out of nowhere she gracefully spreads out her arms and flaps them languidly up and down as her long brown hair blows in the wind. She appears to be flying on her blue cruiser bicycle.

Hog heaven
Chicks on bikes: Unless they're hanging onto the backs of their boyfriends, it's not something you see too often.

"When I pull up to a stop sign, everyone looks at me," CJ Culley says. "It used to make me nervous to stop. When I have my leathers on, you can't even tell I'm a girl. Sometimes I have chicks checking me out."

Birth order relationships
You and your man (or woman) are like Sonny and Cher, Bonnie and Clyde, Brad and Jennifer. You couldn't find two people more perfect for each other. Sure, you get annoyed when he insists on watching a "Rocky" marathon when you guys should be talking out your latest fight. And maybe it's a little annoying when she grimaces at the sight of your messy apartment and starts sounding like your mom when she demands to know if you even own Windex.

Adventures in wıne tasting
Riesling. Pinot noir. Shiraz. Zinfandel. Sound like a foreign language? Don't worry, you're not alone - and with the help of a friendly mom-and-pop wine stop on Mill Avenue, you don't have to be in the dark anymore.

Stranger fiction
Sing along: Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer had a very ... big Tourette's problem? May not be the most traditional version, but to Steve Gomph, a nationally known video artist who dubbed over the old Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer film, Rudolph needs his meds.

Don't tread on my comedy
There is an unwritten rule in journalism: It is impolite to call a comedian before 11 a.m., usually because he or she has been out late doing who knows what, and it's impossible for the comedian to put together a cohesive sentence.

SPM called Doug Stanhope, who will be performing at the Improv this weekend, at 1 p.m. He still was recovering from the previous night. Actually, he was recouping from several long nights of drinking and smoking cigarettes, and on the day of the interview, he simply just overslept and still was groggy.

'School of Rock:' Jack Black attack
Jack Black in a kid's movie? Right. After his performances in Shallow HalOrange County, not even Tenacious D's wonderboy would have guessed his next film would have him starring with a bunch of fourth-graders. He's got better things to do, like rockin' hard and meltin' faces.

Washington eases into bad-cop roles in 'Out of Time'
Interestingly, in Training Day and his newest film, the tense thriller Out of Time, Denzel Washington is slowly making a transition into a cop who's likable despite the bad deeds he commits.

CD Roundup: Dave Matthews' solo album in need of Band
Some Devil is a good album, but it doesn't have the same appeal as the whole band's work. Luckily the Band isn't permanently splitting up. Matthews needs the fiddler if he wants to keep putting out CDs.

Preview: Jak II
Jak II is an example of fine platform gaming. Though not perfect, it does plenty of things very well, and with excellent gameplay and refined graphics this is defiantly one to look out for this fall. Graphic are silky smooth, with a nice framerate, great level designs and inventive character models that make for some sweet eye candy.

Preview: Need for Speed: Underground
The Need for Speed series of games has built a reputation on stretching the boundaries of the racing genre. With over 20 installments in the past 2 decades, NFS has toured in porches, romped in rallies, and even run from the law on a few off occasions. The next installment, Need for Speed: Underground, will take the player to the increasingly hyped Illegal Street Circuit to race against rice burners and pilfer pink slips.

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.

Tinseltown's infamous Kazan deserves respect
Hollywood has a strong tradition of celebrating both great artists and those who stand by their convictions. After Elia Kazan's passing, we have a final chance to look back at Hollywood's most talented whistle-blower.

Editorial: On-campus porn peeking is strictly business
Down here in the depths of the Matthews Center basement, we treasure our porn Web sites. Well, actually, we treasure our freedom to view them wherever and whenever we want strictly for our research purposes.

Greeks break stereotypes
People rarely sit around at a party and talk about a fraternity's latest charitable donation. However, talking about a party that got broken up the week before is standard fare. I wish negative news could be balanced out.

New video games too real
As American youth sit at home in front of the television, we can only hope they are watching "South Park." For there is an evil out there that lies in an X-Box game that replicates the events of the Persian Gulf War.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

Refugee living
Eight thousand human skulls sit side by side, one on top of another in a 35-foot glass case. The memories resting in a former "killing field" near Phenom Penh, Cambodia, remind people of the genocide that occurred from 1975 to 1979, when an estimated 1.5 million Cambodians died.

Sambo Dul, who fled the country with her family when she was 4 years old and has not returned to Cambodia since, only has seen the skulls in pictures and documentaries. Dul, 20, says she doesn't remember much about her life in Cambodia but does recall the plane ride that took her and her family to America.

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.

Football: So. Cal natives on ASU roster energized for USC
There are more players on the ASU roster from California than from the Grand Canyon State. When the Devils face USC at Sun Devil Stadium, a great number of players will have extra motivation to win the game.

Football: Offensive coordinator responsible for USC's rebirth
When one thinks of USC's resurrection from mediocrity to domination, it is not often realized that behind the scenes is one of the most successful offensive coordinators in the history of college football: Norm Chow.

Volleyball: ASU to face powers Stanford, Cal
The upcoming weekend resembles a David vs. Goliath battle, except ASU will attack with their jump serve rather than the conventional slingshot and craggy boulder. A stretch of four straight top 10 teams awaits ASU.

Devil Dish: Cardinals the stupidest pro franchise
The Cardinals have let free agents leave town without signing. Terrell Suggs would have made an instant impact on the NFL's worst defense, and is tied for third in the NFL with four sacks - one in every game.

Braves hold off Cubs to tie series at 1
A leg injury to Marcus Giles thrust Mark DeRosa into the Atlanta Braves' starting lineup, and a pair of surprising walks put him in position to be a hero.

Marlins rally past Giants to even series
The San Francisco Giants had the Marlins exactly where they wanted them Wednesday, down a game in the best-of-5 series and down three runs on the Pacific Bell Park scoreboard. They had pushed the Marlins to the edge, because going down 2-0 in such a short playoff series is almost always tantamount to elimination.

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