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Students get survey on party habits
As controversy increases over off-campus parties in Tempe, ASU students are being surveyed about their party habits.

The American Campus and Alcohol Team at Michigan State University sent a questionnaire to 15 schools around the country. ASU was selected because the student demographics are similar to those at MSU, said Project Manager Stacia Fejedelem.

'Mr. Homecoming' plans FestDevil events
Call him the new "Mr. Homecoming." Dave Wahls, homecoming director and marketing and communication senior, said homecoming is "the best thing I've had the opportunity to work on."

He has been working on events for this week since March, and he can barely contain his enthusiasm for FestDevil 2003. It is expected to be the largest homecoming in ASU history.

Cyclists tour Tempe paths
Close to 1,500 people rode bicycles throughout Tempe on Sunday, during an event meant to showcase the city's amenities for cyclists. The eighth annual Tour de Tempe Bike Ride offered bikers a chance to explore the city's bike paths in a noncompetitive event.

ASU prof develops 'Dewvaporation'
Phoenix water quality and compliance have been rated poorly, but an ASU professor could have the solution.

Jim Beckman, an ASU associate professor of chemical engineering, developed a way to purify water using an intricate device involving a technology he calls "Dewvaporation," which removes salt from water through dew formation and evaporation.

Police Beat: Hold on to your bicycles
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a number of bicycles stolen from various locations around the ASU campus.

Enjoy the witty company of Steve Martin in new book
Steve Martin has a great handle on calm, unbuilding and character-driven humor, which is why his new novel, The Pleasure of My Company, while having an extremely tidy happy ending, succeeds so well.

Scottsdale photo exhibit looks at endangered ecosystems
Water and sky swirl into a single entity in a series of photographs featured at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. "In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservatory's Last Great Places" contains photographs that were commissioned to capture endangered ecosystems.

Sept. 11 film's unsettling imagery seeks to unite world
Contrasting perspectives. Tragic crescendos of voices. The irony of American self-pity. Kissinger and Allende. Forced suicide. Protests in blank streets. Familiar thoughts shrouded behind the language barrier. A movie that is the brainchild of 11 directors, who brought to life 11 visions and 11 points of view - each exactly 11 minutes and 9 seconds long.

Touching 'Radio' tunes into human story of football player
Radio, originally inspired by a true story, focuses on the friendship between James Robert "Radio" Kennedy (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and Coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris), and how their example transforms the attitudes of a small South Carolina town.

Review: Career mode stands out in 'Gamebreaker'
If you dream of the latter, 989 Sports' NCAA Gamebreaker 2004 may make you dance an end zone jig in your living room. But, if you still dream of making the touchdown or sacking the quarterback, Gamebreaker will not be anything better than the last 2,000 college football simulations you've seen.

Don't I Know You? Al Franken
My dear "Don't-I-Know-You" readers, I must admit that I sort of cheated on this week's column. Every week I'm supposed to write about personalities from ASU's campus. Just when I thought I was hitting a dry spot, I found a whole new crop of personalities - and I promise I will be talking to them in the weeks to come. But this week I had the opportunity to interview one of the most controversial personalities in the country, Al Franken.

CD Round-up: Ari Hest, Vertical Horizon, The Raveonettes
CD reviews the current albums by the Raveonettes, Ari Hest, and Vertical Horizon.

Feeling hot, hot, hot!
Finally, the Valley has some theatrical entertainment that's hotter than the weather, but forget the suit and tie - this isn't Masterpiece Theatre.

Teatro Caliente (that's "hot theatre" for you non-Spanish speakers) is a two-day festival that features ethnically diverse performances in theater, performance art, installation art, cyber-art, dance and music.

Harry's Potshot: 'Barry Trotter'
Unless you've been living in a Siberian cave for the past three years, you have either been struck by Harry Potter mania or laughed at those who have. J.K. Rowling and her fictional protagonist with a lightning-bolt-shaped scar on his forehead have not only churned out books for the world to latch onto, but also has generated movies, toys, dolls, shoes, clothes, candy and all the other shameless merchandising you would come to expect with a pop culture craze. Everyone is cashing in on the magical land of wizards and witchcraft, and Michael Gerber seems to have no problem riding on Harry's coattails (or wizard's robes) to make a buck.

Giving Bon Jovi a good name
In front of the Hard Rock Café in Phoenix, adoring fans flock toward Tony, Paul, Bret, Donnie and Erik. Their names might not be well known across the country, but in the world of West Coast Bon Jovi cover bands, they're famous. Their band, New Jersey, named after the hometown of Bon Jovi and one of the first Bon Jovi albums, performs to packed houses several times a month in California and Arizona.

Murphy's Law: Café courtesies
What I've also noticed about people who are willing to do things sans cash is that they usually produce quality products. And this is why I'm interested to try the food at The Gallery Café in Phoenix.

Tubas Blow!
Five days a week, just past the crack of dawn, you can see them coming from all corners of campus, awkwardly misshapen packages in tow. Though it's early, as soon as the family of 18 congregates, the joking, giggling and snickering commences. A silent signal from the man in front tells them it's time to make love ... to their tubas, that is.

Review: 'Rugby 2004:' Steep learning curve but addictive
If looking for something that combines the confusion of psychedelic drug use with the violence of football, look no further than EA Sports Rugby 2004. Coming from a person who once actually played the game of rugby, this game is about as easy to pick up as a Calc II.

Review: GBA 'Super Mario 3' an improved blast from the past
There are many things in the world that are just good, but what happens when something good becomes something great? What words do you use to describe such a phenomenon? Sure, staunch linguists would probably bring up the words "improvement," "enhancement," "upgrade," "advance," "innovation," "development," and "progress" - but I don't need all those fancy words.

Review: 'Arc the Lad' gives 'Final Fantasy' run for money
Games of the turn-based variety have been sparse in the US since the heydays of the Super Nintendo, and the recent release of Arc the Lad is a welcome addition to the Playstation2 lineup.

Review: 'Max Payne 2' over before you know it
Although the excellent storytelling and the spot-on gameplay both have returned in this sequel, the true downfall of Max Payne 2 is the horrendously short length and abysmal replay value.

Students don't talk suicide
Whatever makes a student want to commit suicide, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which prohibits some communication between parents and their children, isn't to blame. Students need to reach out.

Letters to the Editor: Virtues, vices of velour pants
The letters in response to recent articles, including a few letters from readers giving their thoughts on the good, the bad and the just plain ugly of velour pants as mentioned in last week's "Boos & Bravos."

Living single not so great
Most of us have savored the joys of living with a roommate at some point during college. But it is likely that in time, many of us will find ourselves living in a different style: alone, surrounded only by our stuff, paying rent.

Editorial: Walks for the cure distort disease perceptions
If walking healed the world's wounds, our collective footsteps surely would have created a painless planet by now. But instead, walking has led to a distortion of perceptions about public health and disease.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

Roll models: Women's Arizona Roller Derby team
"Anyone who doesn't have any ethical issues getting spanked needs to be there," a pigtailed Denise Shuebert, president of the Arizona Roller Derby, says to a group of 15 punk rockers outside Casey Moore's bar in Tempe on Saturday evening. The tattooed individuals sit around a picnic table as the sun sets, smoking cigarettes, drinking beers and talking about their latest endeavors in their quest to bring the nearly dead sport of roller derby back to life.

Edible educatıon: Art Institute of Phoenix student chefs
"To cleanse your palette," my server says as she places a chilled glass of homemade sherbet in front of me. It is served between my salad and main course, and I almost tell her to take it back. My mom doesn't let me eat dessert in the middle of dinner. But Mom isn't here, so I indulge.

On the Web: Click-or-treat
The temperature is exclusively in double digits, kids are pretending to be the Devil and Christmas trees seem to be erupting from the linoleum on department store floors. 'Tis the season to be scary.

Sun Devils lose Walter, game
PASADENA, Calif. - Anyone who ever had any doubt as to how much experience matters at the quarterback position should look no further than the ASU football team's performance on Saturday against UCLA.

Devil Dish: No nightlife in UCLA's hometown
Part of the fun of hitting the road for a football game is checking out the nightlife in other college towns. A complete loop around Westwood, Calif. found us a couple of movie theaters, a Starbucks and two hookah bars.

True freshman QB baptized by fire against UCLA
With its Heisman hopeful quarterback limited to a stationary bike on the sidelines and facing a school undefeated in conference play, the ASU football team was forced to rely on the arm of an untested quarterback.

Moore's return sparks UCLA
With only 15 snaps coming into Saturday night's game, sophomore Matt Moore needed a boost during his first start since the beginning of the season, and he got one on the first play for the UCLA offense.

Volleyball swept by Wildcats
The Wildcats got the revenge they were looking for Saturday night as the ASU volleyball team fell to Arizona in a three-game sweep, 30-17, 30-26, 30-25.

Earlier in the year, the Sun Devils lost the first two games against the Wildcats at Wells Fargo Arena but came back to win the next three games.

Soccer loses 2 in road trip, falls to 2-2-1 in Pac-10
The No. 25 Sun Devil soccer team knew what it was in for this weekend when it traveled to Los Angeles. The weekend featured two matches that would have vital implications on the future of ASU's postseason hopes.

Breakdown: Sun Devils display worst offense of season
The bad: The Sun Devil offense was never worse this season than in the second half against the Bruins. True freshman quarterback Sam Keller was regularly picked on, and the running game became dormant.

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