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President speaks to business freshmen
ASU President Michael Crow told more than 450 pre-business freshmen about the importance of 'thought leadership' on Wednesday.

Crow's lecture was the second of a six-part series focusing on core values of the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Council holds forum on party ordinance
The Tempe City Council will hear public reaction tonight on a proposed change to the city's loud party ordinance.

The amendment would substantially increase the amount of time in which people who are warned by police about a loud party can be fined if officers have to return.

New MU could have movie theater
Imagine coming out of a movie theater in the Memorial Union and heading over to the Student Recreation Complex to do a five-mile run on the indoor track.

Or imagine hanging out in new lounges after stopping by the MU bookstore. Now imagine paying $181 per semester in student fees to help the school afford it all.

Student faces Valley Fever debt, pain
Even though it's been more than a year since his diagnosis, ASU electrical engineering senior Vamsi Gurram still suffers from the overwhelming effects left by valley fever and wants others to be aware of the illness.

Police Beat: Spitting into the wind
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested after he reportedly engaged in a physical fight with a man and reportedly spit in his mother's face as he was being led away by officers.

Murphy's Law: Spiritual intuition or fortunetellers?
For as long as I can remember, my mom has been into astrology. She struggled during my birth and my brothers' to record the exact moments we were born, and she has spent hours drawing out our charts and analyzing our stars. I even was not allowed to take my driver's test on my 16th birthday because my mom saw in my chart that I would fail if I took it that day.

Don't I know you? Straight eye for the queer guy
After the adventures I had trying to find a subject for my column last week, it was a relief to run into Sam Holdren, the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, Queer) Coalition facilitator at National Coming Out Day on Hayden Lawn Thursday. I was there for the pizza, he was there to celebrate being queer.

Lovely 'ritas
Although Tempe may be in the middle of a state that is considered "all beach but no ocean," the city hasn't adopted a beach club until recently.

Margarita Rocks Beach Club, located at 410 S. Mill Ave. in Hayden Square, is a club reminiscent of the clubs you may have become accustomed to during spring breaks and getaway weekends in Mexico - but larger and with more flair.

The missing movie link caters to those who never want to leave their homes and don't mind being deprived of fresh air and direct sunlight. The site acts like an online Blockbuster. Visitors download movies after paying a rental fee of about $4 per movie. Once you download the movie, you have 30 days to watch it. But as soon as you access the film to play it, you only have 24 hours to finish watching before the file disappears from your computer.

We're jammin'
Justin Eck says the longest his band, Somebody's Closet, has jammed during one song was about 30 minutes. And he adds that it's not too exhausting to play for such an extended period of time.

The band will need to practice its jamming and dancing skills if it hopes to win the second annual "Battle of the Jams," promoted by Intelligroove.

Stoopified surf rock
It's nice to know that there are still musicians out there who are laid back. For Slightly Stoopid, a San Diego, Calif. band, business, work and touring aren't issues. Instead, they live for days spent with their puppies and barbecues in Ocean Beach.

CD Review: Maria's 'My Soul'
I don't own any "girly" albums. No Mariah Carey or Britney Spears CD ever has had the opportunity to make an appearance in my collection ... but I might have to end that trend very soon. If you've ever been in love, or ever had your heart broken, Maria My Soul is worth an hour of your time.

CD Review: Bingo's 'The Cicada and Other Stories'
I was going to describe Bingo as a Ben Harper/ Jack Johnson kind of fellow with a country twang. Others say he's "American Folk mixed with Eastern India blood." Personally, that sounds lame to me so I'm just going to stick with my "laidback guy rocking without all the fancy electronic mumbo jumbo" stereotype.

CD Review: Thrice's 'The Artist in the Ambulance'
Obviously Thrice didn't get the memo before they made their recent album. Trying to sound hardcore but instead sounding like a bunch of angry, confused poets, Thrice's music jumps all over the place.

CD Review: Outkast's double album set
The men of Outkast have really outdone themselves this time around. Their new album, featuring two disks, is full of the raunchy lyrics and fast-paced beats that make Outcast such a well-loved group.

CD Review: The Format's 'Interventions and Lullabies'
I must say, Arizona does breed some damn good artists. Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, and Authority Zero were all given birth to in the Arizona desert and a new arrival is on its way.

CD Review: April Sixth's 'Mariposa Avenue'
I can't say that I didn't enjoy this CD. I did ... I guess. But it didn't really capture my attention. It sounds just like everything else in the music scene right now. Just your typical guitar, bass, drums and guy singing cliché.

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.

Editorial: Branding victim with 'Scarlet K' sleazy defense
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant stands accused of raping a 19-year-old Colorado woman back in June. But defense testimony during the pretrial hearing this week has made Bryant's accuser into the defendant.

Bush's directness with local media bypasses bias
Bush's latest media move is bolder than ever - he granted five eight-minute interviews and sat down with all five of the major regional broadcasters for the first time, hitting the public hard and local.

Three cheers for Fall FestDevil and its motivated crew
The excitement has begun. Homecoming is only two weeks away, and this year's "Fall FestDevil" is bigger, better and different. A radical idea has swept though ASU, and homecoming is going to be about alumni.

Wild, unpredictable animals not to blame for human antics
In the days following Ray Horn's tiger attack, reports of tiger atrocities and the viciousness of Montecore infiltrated the media. The animal has been blamed for doing what it knows to do - acting upon instinct.

Pledge of Allegiance shouldn't be before Supreme Court
In deciding to hear arguments about the constitutionality of reciting the Pledge with the phrase "under God," the U.S. Supreme Court has succeeded in further intensifying an already heated debate on religion.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Psychic exposure
Meet James Betz: A resident of Tempe, he is the kind of next-door neighbor who would lend you a cup of sugar. He's soft-spoken, polite and possesses an almost eerie calmness to his demeanor. He is the founder of In-Sights Metaphysical Exchange and works as a psychic. This youthful-looking 50-year-old practices what he preaches: "People have to take care of themselves physically and spiritually."

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.

Football: Durant standing out on weak UNC team
In Chapel Hill, N.C., the only thing that matters to anyone is basketball, so when you take away the starting quarterback job from a two-sport football and basketball player, it's a pretty big deal.

Football: Walter, offense starting to click after slow start
The ASU football team may be suffering an identity crisis. But after the 59-14 annihilation of Oregon last Saturday, head coach Dirk Koetter said his players, like Andrew Walter, had gotten used to "who we are."

Volleyball hurts without Proctor
For those looking for a reason why the ASU volleyball team has struggled most of the season, they need to just look to the end of the bench, where they'll see the sidelined Sun Devil player wearing her maroon warm-ups.

Devil Dish: Look north for real football team
NAU has won every game this year except for the matchup against the Sun Devils in Tempe on Sept. 6. If you want to see some real football this weekend while ASU is out, head up to Flagstaff to watch a legit contender.

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