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ASU students help out local high schools
In Arizona, there is one word to describe the state's high school dropout rate: high. But the Rodel Community Scholars program is hoping to change that and give business students some real world experience.

Police Beat: Watch for toxic, vapor-releasing substance
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested on charges of possession of a vapor-releasing substance. Officers reportedly confiscated a toxic substance used to clean stereos.

Thousands attend new FestDevil block party
Thousands of students, alumni, faculty and visitors crowded University Drive at the first ASU Homecoming block party Saturday.

Tempe police blocked University Drive from College to McAllister avenues for the FestDevil 2003 event. Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano said the block party had gone well, thanks to some hard work.

Engineering dept. to move to Mill Ave.
Mayor Neil Giuliano officially welcomed ASU to downtown Tempe on Friday as the University extended its boundaries to the Brickyard building on Mill Avenue.

The department of computer science and engineering will occupy five floors of the building. The move should be completed by the spring 2004 semester.

'Human Stain' distractions hinder plot
Anthony Hopkins, complete with his Welsh accent, as an American professor? The distracting contradictions in the casting of "The Human Stain" make for a nonlinear viewing experience that disserves its plot.

Hilarious after-Halloween special opens 'Simpsons'
The Simpsons," one of the truly great television programs of all time, is back for its 15th season. The three vignettes on last night's after-Halloween episode were all particularly funny and memorable.

'Arrested Development' may be FOX's next junked gem
You know how it works, if you know anything about television. There will be a new show on the air, and it will be brilliant, in a way you didn't think possible. Perhaps the show will put you on the edge of your seat.

Don't I Know You? Beth Clark and Sky Kurtz
Between school, editing at SPM, applying for internships, having a boyfriend and trying to catch the occasional episode of Queer Eye for The Straight Guy, sometimes I get overwhelmed and frustrated that I'm not getting enough "Joy Time." Then I met Beth Clark and Sky Kurtz.

The talented Ms. Tyler: Aisha Tyler plays the Tempe Improv
Aisha Tyler is a practical girl. When asked what three things she would want if she were stuck on a deserted island she replied, "A boat, a boat and a BOAT!" Who is Aisha Tyler? Maybe you've seen her on E!'s Talk Soup. Tyler was the first woman to host the now-canceled Emmy-award-winning comedy show that poked fun at daytime talk TV.

A cartoon craze: Jump in the pool with 'Adult Swim'
Cartoons have come a long way in the past couple of years. What used to be a Saturday morning tradition for toddlers has become a late-night obsession for college students - thanks to "Adult Swim," a block of shows featured on Cartoon Network. Many who started religiously watching the six-hour-long cartoon lineup actually came across it on accident.

3-D terror: Haunted house IMAX-style
Haunted houses can be a real pain in the ass. Nine times out of 10, you'll get stuck behind someone with raunchy body odor and an obnoxious scream as you make your way through, dark, humid, confined spaces. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just plop down in a comfortable seat, munch on some mini Butterfingers and be whisked through a house of terror? IMAX is making that dream of so many a reality ... or a virtual reality.

Longing to skate: The longboard trend hits campus
The landscape of the Valley is an open invitation to the growing trend of longboarding. It is hard not to notice those slick surfboards-with-wheels cruisin' around the ASU campus and downtown Tempe. The skateboarding industry has come a long way from old-school Tony Alva and the DogTown Z Boys.

Tai chi tea-cher: Tai Chi lessons at Fate Restaurant
Watching Hui Neng Amos perform tai chi can elicit a feeling of hypnotization. Graceful and smooth, Amos has been studying the form for nearly his entire life, and his patience with the difficult movements has paid huge dividends, not only in physical presence and balance, but emotionally as well.

The Art of Homecoming: Fine Arts college hosts first Art Walk
The Herberger College of Fine Arts is getting into the festive homecoming tradition by hosting the Herberger Art Walk on Saturday at the ASU Alumni Lawn in front of Old Main. Lasting from 10 a.m. to sunset, the Art Walk will be the only festivity that will last the entire length of Homecoming Day.

Murphy's Law: Trick or stress
Costume shopping never used to be complicated. I'd climb the stairs of my house, dig in the closet and pull out either the clown or pumpkin costume: Whatever I hadn't worn the year before. But over the years my brother and I started yearning for a bit more creativity, and we reached out a little bit more.

Review: 'WWE Raw 2' hot with all new matches
WWE Raw 2, THQ's Xbox-exclusive pro wrestling simulation, is already one of the hottest games around. Sadly, the fun won't last long for those of us who don't follow the "sport." A lot has changed since THQ made WCW vs. NWO for the Nintendo 64. Now there's no more WCW or WWF, wrestling moved to TNN which is now called Spike, and Hulk Hogan retired but then came back again.

Review: 'Tiger Woods' shoots for par, still the best
If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best. Or in this case, you have to compete against the only golf video game on the market.

In EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, players can compete on some of the best golf courses across the globe. From the TPC of Scottsdale to Pebble Beach, players will get the most realistic simulation of what it is like to play as Tiger Woods, as well as a variety of other famed PGA tour professionals such as John Daly, Justin Leonard, and Jesper Parnevik to name a few.

Preview: 'Ratchet and Clank 2' not just kids' stuff
While I never played the original Ratchet and Clank, due to my caution around games that have kiddie-cartoon-looking covers, the demo disc for its sequel, Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando, is making me wish that I had.

Live Free or move: Libertarians pack their bags
The porcupines are coming to New Hampshire. The Free Staters, a group of libertarians hell-bent on freedom that has adopted the porcupine as its mascot, just voted to make the state of New Hampshire its new home.

Firefighter should defend his right to privacy
Mesa fire Capt. Craig Petersen won't pee in a cup. He says he has never even sampled an illegal drug. If this is true, his job is not at risk as long as he consents to take the test. For Petersen, that is beside the point.

GM foods feed the future
By 2050, the global population will grow nearly 40 percent to reach 8.9 billion, according to the United Nations. Genetically engineered food may pose the best solution to the need to double current global food output.

Editorial: Global warming heats up Senate
As the ocean rises, so does political awareness and concern about global warming. We support hometown Sen. John McCain in his fight to implement federal environmental regulations on carbon dioxide emissions.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

ROTC cadets' numbers climb
By 6:30 a.m., nine ASU Army ROTC cadets are face-planted in the grass at Papago Park in Scottsdale, crawling their way to the end of a routine movement exercise. Blades of grass fly into the air as the camouflaged cadets kick and pull themselves across the lawn, trying to stay as low to the ground as possible.

Dressed to Kill: Arizona's largest costume stores
By 10:15 most mornings there are two coffins on the porch of Mardi Gras costume shop in Scottsdale. But inside the red brick building, the atmosphere is anything but dead, especially during October. The shop is open year-round and usually caters to community and school theaters, but this month is different - it's all about individual excess.

On the Web: 'Tis the season to start shopping
Whoever wrote about 12 days of Christmas is an idiot. Incidentally, the holidays are about more than partridges that freeze to death because they are dumb enough to hang out in pear trees during winter.

Koetter: 'We sucked'
After ASU football's game against California on Saturday, junior quarterback Andrew Walter summed up the day perfectly when he said, "We didn't counter their intensity and got our ass kicked because of it."

And how. It seemed the Sun Devils even surprised themselves with their poor execution and sub-par effort during a 51-23 loss in front of a clearly disappointed Homecoming crowd of 48,452.

Football: Cal brings big plays on both sides
When the California Golden Bears look at the tape of their offense in Saturday's game, one thing will stand out: big play after big play on offense and defense. Aaron Rodgers and Geoff McArthur started it all.

Hoops: Evans satisfied with first scrimmage
In preparation for a season that's less than two weeks away, the ASU men's basketball team scrimmaged Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. The team was split in two and played three 10-minute quarters.

Football: Devils can't swim, but they can Wade
In a game rife with disappointment, running back Loren Wade was one of ASU football's few bright spots, moving the ball effectively and solidifying himself as the team's top running back. ASU's game plan was all Wade.

Cross country: Sun Devils place high in Pac-10
The men and women's cross country teams began the championship season Saturday with mixed results at the Pac-10 Championships in the 30-degree chill of Pullman, Washington. The women placed second.

Soccer wins twice in final home series
The final home match of the regular season provided a pleasant farewell to four Sun Devil soccer seniors. A combined crowd of 1,140 witnessed two wild matches of Pac-10 soccer against Oregon and Oregon State.

Volleyball: Sun Devils swept in California trip
It was another tough weekend on the road for the ASU volleyball team as the Sun Devils dropped both games this weekend to fall to 8-13 overall and 3-9 in Pac-10 play. The team has yet to win a conference road match.

Breakdown: Football fans lucky to have left stadium
The Sun Devils' offense did not play terribly - it had the same amount of first downs as California. Other than that, the best thing out of this game is that most fans didn't have to see the second half. They already had left.

Devil Dish: Basketball looking good after loss to Cal
The several hundred fans who managed to stay until time ran out should think about suing ASU, claiming a breach of the implied contract that by attending a college football game, one will see college football teams play.

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