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Students would pay to improve MU, SRC
Most students who responded to a campus survey said they favored the expansion of the Memorial Union and the Student Recreation Complex and would be willing to pay more than $150 per semester for the projects.

At the Graduate and Professional Student Association assembly on Friday, ASASU GPSA president Brian Collier said out of 3,466 students who took the September survey, 79 percent said they thought something should be done to improve the MU, while 72 percent said improvements should be made at the SRC.

Project to restore Town Lake wildlife
A seed-throwing ceremony on Friday marked the beginning of a project that will turn the dirt stretch on the north shore of Tempe Town Lake into a wildlife and recreation park.

The ceremony signaled the beginning of construction for the second phase of the project, which will run along the north shore of Tempe Town Lake from McKellips Road to Curry Road. This phase will cost $3.5 million, according to a statement released by Tempe.

Crow: ASU needs to be more diverse
ASU President Michael Crow said he was not satisfied with diversity at ASU, but was pleased with progress the University has made in that area.

Crow served on a panel Friday during the national meeting of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held in Phoenix. The panel tackled affirmative action and what Supreme Court rulings on the issue would mean for the educational and business arenas.

250 families on waiting list for University childcare
The growing need for childcare on campus far outweighs the availability, and an ASU task force is working to change that. The waiting list has more than 250 families on it, and the wait for childcare could be two years.

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.

Editorial: University rankings get ridiculous
Last Monday's editorial touched on the misuse of rankings, but there are more rankings being released. The qualities of a good university, graduate program or education cannot be mined only from charts.

Bush legacy forever defined by a blip in history
After Sept. 11, the nation's loss became the president's gain: George W. Bush's approval rating soared to 90 percent. He had our approval, and we were thirsty for something to happen. So he started talking big.

ASU needs to schedule debate on foreign policy
This week, universities around the country will host a series of historic grassroots discussions on national security. These debates are reminiscent of the Vietnam era, when college students took a stand.

Corruption rampant among 'Big Oil' companies
When gas prices rose above $2 earlier this year, most of us complained about it. But these minor price hikes pale in comparison to the full spectrum of disgraceful actions taken by the worldwide oil industry.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

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: The Babylon 4
Millions of people watch "Babylon 5," while a few more millions are watching "South Park." So why not combine the two shows? Someone thought it would be funny to create a cartoon spoof called "Babylon Park."

Trojans outlast Sun Devils
The ASU football team had been starving for offensive production going into Saturday's game against USC. But three quarters' worth of nourishment was not enough, and the team's expectations went hungry.

Football: Leinart, White help USC pull away in second half
The Trojans started out flat but finished furiously Saturday in a 37-17 win, largely due to a courageous effort from sophomore quarterback Matt Leinart. Leinart returned in the second half from an injury to lead USC.

Football: Hagan steps in to pick up receiving slack
It took five games, but second-year wide receiver Derek Hagan finally might have broken out of his sophomore slump. Hagan pulled down eight balls for 170 yards and appears to have filled in Shaun McDonald's role.

Volleyball: Cal's Jerkov too much for ASU
It was a back-and-forth battle Friday night, but the ASU volleyball team came up short against No. 9 California, losing in four games. The Pac-10's leader in kills, junior All-American Mia Jerkov, led the Golden Bears.

Breakdown: Sun Devils allow too much Trojan yardage
ASU's defense was the bright spot through its first four games, but was less sharp this time. ASU gave up 529 yards of offense and allowed an opposing tailback to gain more than 100 yards for the third straight game.

Devil Dish: ASU continues to falter in second half
Like almost any other team sport, it's how you finish more than how you start, and so far, the Sun Devils just haven't been finishing. In every game this season, ASU has been outplayed in the second half.

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