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ASU West: Campus minority enrollment up 5 percent
Minority students at ASU West have increased 84 percent since 1996, rising from 18 percent of the student body to 27 percent, according to recent figures. But stagnant minority faculty levels pose problems.

Police Beat: Shoe scalping
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Tempe woman arrested after she reportedly entered the Sports Authority with the intent to steal shoes and then sell them to her friends.

ASU East: Budget cuts, drought hurt landscaping
Drought, poor sprinklers and a lack of funding have given many ASU East residents brown and dried-up landscaping around homes and play areas. Portable sprinkler systems haven't worked as well as ground sprinklers.

ASU East: ABOR approves research facility
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved the first state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research facility for ASU East, which will be finished by the end of 2005, according to the 2004 Capital Development Plan.

Students can nominate TAs for awards
The Graduate and Professional Student Association is soliciting undergraduate student help to recognize excellent graduate teaching and research assistants.

The Associated Students of ASU's GPSA will award the Excellence in Teaching Awards to 15 outstanding graduate teaching and research assistants each semester, said Erin Mote, director of communications for the association.

Former Venezuelan president speaks in Memorial Union
Former President of Venezuela Carlos Andrés Pérez asked for support to overthrow the country's current president when he spoke in the Memorial Union on Tuesday. The Center for Latin American Studies at ASU brought Pérez to campus.

Sun Devil speaks on teaching experience
For Victor Diaz, the student who made a difference was Guadalupe, a 10th-grade girl with a chip on her shoulder.

She had come to class for one day, then ditched for the next two weeks. Diaz thought she was just another bored 15-year-old who was pissed off at the world.

Cuban art collection reflects politics of Elian, Americana
Familiar images of a terrified Elian Gonzalez flash on three television monitors in the Nelson Fine Arts Center. Originally commissioned at ASU, the exhibit is simultaneously on display in New York's Whitney Museum.

Bluegrass mood music for Halloween
Halloween is just around the corner. If you're looking for some appropriate bluegrass mood music, here are a few suggestions...

Clooney's star power in dark comedy is 'Intolerable' fun
Intolerable Cruelty is a darkly hilarious, uproarious battle of the sexes with twists and turns around every corner. George Clooney is the star, filling every scene with a new neurotic facial tic or eye twitch.

Driver's licenses help hold illegal immigrants accountable
Illegal immigrants should be held accountable for their actions and contributions in this country. And one way to start this process is by giving them driver's licenses. Gray Davis signed a measure to do so.

Blaming media for Arnold's groping scoop hypocritical
If Bill Clinton was bulletproof, Arnold Schwarzenegger is truly invincible. Last minute claims of sexual misconduct failed to derail the Terminator's bid for governor, but succeeded in placing media criticism in the forefront.

Anti-gay harassment must be handled without lawsuits
Backed by more than 120 documented incidents as support, a father of a gay California boy filed a $100,000 claim recently against the Pacifica School District. This suit is neither warranted nor the best way to react.

Editorial: Dear John letters from Uncle Sam
We were disturbed to read about how Letters to the Editor have been misused to spread war propaganda. In the past few weeks, newspapers have received carbon-copied letters from citizens with loved ones in Iraq.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

ASU immune to county's rise in viral meningitis
Despite an increase of viral meningitis cases in Maricopa County, students at Arizona State University do not have an increased risk of contracting it, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials.

There have been more than 900 reported cases of viral meningitis in Maricopa County since of Sept. 19, 2003, according to the department. That same time last year, there were only 160.

On the Web: As sand falls through the hourglass cursor...
"Love and Revenge," an online soap opera, makes no attempt to give characters premonitions or bring anyone back from the dead. This soap is as old-school as a soap can be, and supernatural creatures are conspicuously absent.

Leg warmers, pimps round out stores' Halloween trends
This year, Tempe Halloween costume sales will reflect a national explosion of 1970s and early 1980s fashion as well as themes from Pirates of the Caribbean, with trick-or-treaters busting out buccaneer outfits.

Hoops: Low expectations not bothering Sun Devils
If the Pac-10 were a movie, then the ASU men's basketball team would be played by Rodney Dangerfield, the actor who just wants a little respect. Most publications peg ASU from the middle to eighth in the Pac-10.

Football: Montesanto representing the old school
Most people likely never would guess who the most tenured player on the ASU football team is. Three years ago, senior defensive tackle Brian Montesanto started the last four games of his redshirt freshman season.

Hump Day Hoopla: Blame Cardinals' woes on Bidwill
Bill Bidwill, the current owner of the organization, was granted full control in 1972, and in 1974, the Big Red got its last double-digit winning season on record. Sundays in Tempe are like high noon in a ghost town.

Devil Dish: Don't take tinfoil of pot through metal detector
The UA couldn't have been exposed more as an inferior educational institution when Damon Stoudamire was arrested for entering a metal detector in Tucson with a tinfoil containing a half-ounce of marijuana.

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