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Monday Night Football comes to ASU
As hordes of fans flocked to Sun Devil Stadium for a free ticket to a Monday Night Football game, ASU and Tempe police deployed additional officers for crowd and traffic control. Students scrambled for parking as tailgaters and fans filled lots near campus to watch the matchup of the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins.

Academic Senate looks at restructuring itself
ASU Academic Senate president and bioengineering professor Antonio Garcia proposed "radical departures" from traditional senate structure on Monday, including adding more student representatives to its body.

UA shootings inspire changes at ASU
In the year since a failing UA student murdered three professors, ASU officials said they have taken appropriate steps in preventing a similar tragedy from occurring here.

Some faculty members, however, fear they are inadequately prepared to handle such a situation.

ASU athletics drafts Nike as new sponsor
ASU athletes soon will be sporting a new look. ASU athletic director Gene Smith notified head coaches and department heads recently that Nike had been chosen to sponsor all ASU Intercollegiate Athletics teams.

Competition between Nike and adidas for sponsorship was possible because of recent academic accomplishments and overall success of athletic programs, said Tom Collins, a senior associate athletic director with ASU.

Police Beat: BAC to reality
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested with a blood-alcohol content reportedly measured at .105. Another man, a minor, reportedly was arrested with a .167 BAC.

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.

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.

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.

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: '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.

NFL compassionate under fire
The NFL has proven this week that it is about more than just the shield, keeping its commitment to providing America with entertainment while also sacrificing profits to protect players and fans at the Chargers game.

Schools' hypocritical drug policies short of breath, logic
A student in Conroy, Texas, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony for giving his girlfriend a shot from his inhaler. However, in Texas' health and safety code, the inhaler drug is listed as a "dangerous drug."

Big Brother is watching your T-shirt tag
A new policy announced by the U.S. Department of Defense will require Radio Frequency Identification tracking tags to be attached to every individual product in inventory, excluding bulk commodities.

Editorial: Monday Night Football won't be back soon
People skipped work and ditched class for it. As Tempe prepared for its first Monday Night Football game since 1999, we couldn't help but wonder: Isn't this what Sundays are supposed to be like around here?

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 Devil Stadium readies for busy week
From ASU's perspective, Monday's game means that over an eight-day period, Sun Devil Stadium will have hosted four games, with the Chargers-Dolphins game being the second.

The staff at the stadium is typically used in back-to-back games since the Cardinals and Sun Devils share the facility. This coming week, ASU will play against California on Saturday, and the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Cardinals the following day to end the eight-day marathon on the hybrid Bermuda grass.

Football: Walter not yet ready to get back to practice
After spraining his right ankle during the 20-17 loss to the Bruins, junior quarterback Andrew Walter is listed as day-to-day. The training staff has put Walter in a boot to protect the ankle while he undergoes treatments.

Sports Roundup: Fallout from fires strands soccer in L.A.
As if a pair of losses to UCLA and USC weren't hard enough for the Sun Devil soccer team, ASU was stranded in Los Angeles on Monday after road closures and canceled flights hampered the team's trip back to the Valley.

Opinion: San Diego's Monday wasn't so fun
While some people were all smiles knowing they could watch the Monday night game for free, others couldn't stop complaining about the parking problem. Free tickets weren't given out to entertain Phoenix residents.

Devil Dish: Walter gave up too soon
Perhaps ASU quarterback Andrew Walter would not have been effective had he returned to the field on Saturday against UCLA after spraining his ankle. But one thing is sure: It will stay a mystery since Walter didn't try.

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