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Frat students collect donations for troops
Alpha Kappa Psi, a fraternity of the W. P. Carey School of Business, is collecting donations for troops overseas.

The drive's organizer is a student and U.S. Navy veteran. Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Cosker, an interdisciplinary studies junior and vice president for the fraternity's pledge class, is leading the effort.

Local police have outside-the-force help
Beyond police officers and support staff, ASU and Tempe police depend on student volunteers and police aides to augment their presence in the community. ASU police accept volunteers throughout the year and currently have a student volunteer working in the records department, Lt. John Sutton said.

New building will consolidate foundation
Construction for the new ASU Foundation building at University Drive and College Avenue began Monday, and until its completion, area pedestrians will have to take a detour.

The building should be finished by January 2005. Due to construction, the west side of Parking Structure 5, Lot 50 and Palo Verde Main will be blocked off. Students will have to walk on the east side of these areas.

Police Beat: Bash on Ash customer couldn't hold it
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 29-year-old Queen Creek man arrested near West Fifth Street on charges of urinating in public after he reportedly urinated inside Bash on Ash.

Little chip speeds up medical tests
A device developed by ASU researchers can analyze DNA with a small plastic chip, a process that usually requires the work of an entire laboratory.

The biochip developed by researcher Robin Liu can genetically analyze DNA for a fraction of the cost and time of current methods. He and his research team have developed a biochip that can give medical test results in about two hours.

'Average Joe' an average show
Sometimes even the most homely of nerds gets a chance. A gorgeous girl gives them a shot. But as NBC's newest reality series "Average Joe" proves, that's just my own personal fantasy - and not reality.

'Breakthrough' a fine addition to 'Medal of Honor' series
The Medal of Honor videogame series has been kicking ass on every platform, but it shines on the PC. Breakthrough is an expansion for the popular multiplayer and single player game known as Medal of Honor Allied Assault. This game is based around World War II just like in all of the other games but instead of fighting solely the Germans in this expansion you are fighting the Italians also. The game starts out with a level in Africa. For those of you who have not heard but the United States (but mainly the British) did go to war in Africa during WWII. Then from their in expands on to Stalin's turf.

'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.

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.

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.

Letters to the Editor: One wonders about felony
The letters in response to recent news and columns, including a reader curious about professors' histories in response to a recent article about Dr. Christian Faltis, an ASU professor with a felony on his record.

NASCAR dads inside on campaign track
Political parties have begun setting up booths at NASCAR events to hand out brochures dads can read during races. And unfortunately for those of us who prefer real sports like WWE wrestling, NASCAR dads could be the key to the upcoming election.

U.S. guarding wrong side of new Berlin Wall
Almost 14 years after the Berlin Wall fell, the United States is supporting the installation of another wall that would cut deeply into the West Bank, the area of major contention between Israeli and Palestinian territories.

Web site offers salvation from candy, common sense
Occult, pagan rituals overtook our country on Friday. This news may be shocking shocking and a little scary, but it's true. After the madness and narcotic debauchery of Halloween, I was relieved to find that Christian ministries are looking out for me and other unsaved individuals.

Editorial: Party ordinance snubs students
Put simply, if you have a loud party in Tempe after the 29th of this month, be prepared not to have another one for three months. And put even more simply, we at The State Press are not happy about it.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

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.

Devil Dish: Let Emmitt quit while he's still ahead
The experiment is over. Emmitt Smith is too old and hasn't done crap for the Cardinals as a team or for attendance. Wait, I take that back. He did get injured so that Marcel Shipp could step up and reclaim his rightful job as starting running back.

Football: ASU's 'spirit broken' following loss
After the ASU football team's embarrassing 51-23 loss to California on Saturday, head coach Dirk Koetter said the disappointment was different for the Sun Devils (4-5, 1-4 Pac-10) than in other losses.

Swimming and diving has successful weekend
Both the ASU women and men's swimming and diving teams may not have had the opportunity to celebrate Halloween this weekend, but at least they were able to indulge in some victories.

Opinion: There's always next year for ASU football
Following a 51-23 loss to California on Saturday, the time has come for Sun Devil football fans to say the one thing that puts the smallest shimmer of hope into what has been an absolute disaster of a season. "Well, maybe next year."

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