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National Merit Scholars at ASU surpass former enrollment
A record number of 173 National Merit Scholar freshmen have enrolled at ASU this fall, adding to the largest freshmen population of the University.



ASU Main enrolled 7,126 first-time freshmen this fall, an increase of nearly 800 more than last year's 6,348 and almost twice the number of 4,102 enrolled in 1994, according to the Office of Institutional Analysis.

ASU students audition for Playboy in Scottsdale
Nearly 100 women shed their clothing at a Scottsdale bar, hoping to attract the attention of Playboy editors on Thursday. And some of them were ASU students. Auditions were held at Sanctuary Bar and Nightclub to look for new faces for upcoming Playboy special edition magazines.

Winter session now costs almost $600
ASU students who have spent their fall disbursement of financial aid may have to cut back on holiday shopping if they want to take a course this winter session.



Winter intersession course tuition can be paid directly or with a debit from the spring disbursement of financial aid, but no provision is made for students who need to buy textbooks or other supplies for their classes.

Police Beat: Don't tow away my car!
A 36-year-old Tempe man was arrested near the intersection of Fairmont and Hardy roads on charges of aggravated assault after he reportedly used his vehicle to ram the truck that was towing his car.



And more...

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Sorority steps up for dance competition
The dancer's body becomes the drum, the feet stomp and the hands clap to produce the intricate, rhythmic experience of a step show competition.



ASU will host the third annual "Krimson and Kreme Klassic" Saturday at Gammage Auditorium and will welcome fraternities and sororities from around the country. ASU sorority Sigma Gamma Rho will compete in the event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

OPINIONS
Boos and Bravos: Playboy celebrates female form, ASU
BRAVO to Playboy tryouts. And to the ASU girls who had the guts to play bunny for the camera. We can't knock a publication that celebrates the female form AND ranked ASU as the No. 1 party school last year.

Design Team's idea to move justice studies fair
After reading Phase I of the Design Team's report, it seems a bit premature for the Turkey Lurkey attitude of "the program is falling, the program is falling." The recommendations are designed as a "road map."

Valley traffic planning still has potholes
Some Valley regions are missing the little things that could help to alleviate traffic a little more. A perfect example is the train on Rural Road. You may never have experienced the havoc wreaked by the friggin' train.

COMICS
F-Minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

W.M.U.
A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

SPECIAL REPORTS
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.

WEB EXTRA
Devil Bites: Memorable quotations from the past week
A look back over the past week through memorable quotations seen in the news, including "Zeta-Psi Zeta will never die," the message scribbled on the rear windows of several cars parked outside a fraternity's house.

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.

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.

SPORTS
Volleyball: Jump serve errors rampant in loss to Stanford
For the second straight week at home, the Sun Devil volleyball team fell into an early hole. Unlike last week's upset victory over then-ranked Arizona, ASU couldn't dig itself out and lost to Stanford in three games.

Devils face No. 10 Trojans at home
Before the 2003 NCAA football season began, USC and ASU were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in the Pac-10, immediately marking Oct. 4 as a key date on both teams' calendars. Experts said the date could decide the conference's champion and give one of the teams their first loss.



Flash forward two months, and the nationally televised game is still critical for both teams - not because they are undefeated but because the loser of the game could fall out of the conference's race altogether.

Football: Trojans hope to bounce back at ASU
Until last week, the Trojan defense hadn't allowed a 100-yard rusher for 17 games. But the Trojans will have some questions, with their leading tackler, sophomore linebacker Lofa Tatupu, possibly missing in action

Soccer: SDSU, USD mark final non-conference games
After an unbeaten home stand in which the No. 16 Sun Devil soccer team allowed only one goal, the Sun Devils will travel to play their final non-conference matches of the season in "sunny San Diego."

The Edge: Trojans a better team overall
The Sun Devils will not make as many mistakes as they did last week, and probably won't for the rest of the season. But the Trojans are still a national championship contender and the most talented Pac-10 team.

Devil Dish: Hudson the best candidate for cornerback
ASU football coach Dirk Koetter said there is a chance senior safety Brett Hudson could move over to cornerback during Saturday's game against USC. If Koetter has any sense, there won't be any hesitation to do it.

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