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ASU East: Students irked by SRC, MU referendum
ASU Main and ASU West student governments participated, without ASU East's interim government, in a vote that approved the collection of a fee to improve the main campus Memorial Union and recreation complex.

ASU East: Campus preps for accelerated nursing program
ASU East will be welcoming a year-round, 16-month baccalaureate nursing program beginning Jan. 5 with the first 40 students scheduled to graduate by the end of April 2005. Construction is now under way to prepare the offices and labs.

Police Beat: Rooty-tooty, kick his booty
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 19-year-old Arizona City man arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after he reportedly attempted to start a fight in the IHOP parking lot.

Bomb threat disrupts hate-crime conference
A bomb threat was called in to disrupt a conference discussing intergroup conflict and hate crimes in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon at the Memorial Union.

Nemi Jain, a communications professor and co-chair of the conference, said he received a message Monday on his office phone. He said the message contained a male voice threatening to "blow up your seminar."

Israeli official to give speech on peace in MU
Avraham Burg, former speaker and current member of Israel's model of parliament, is coming to ASU at 6:30 p.m. and will be speaking in the Memorial Union's Arizona Ballroom.

Burg will speak on "Struggling Toward Peace in Times of Terror" at tonight's event, which is free and open to the public.

Veterans Day parade draws thousands
Thousands of Tempe residents took time out of their holiday to recognize U.S. veterans at Tempe's Veterans Day Parade on Tuesday.

Organizers expected 2,000 people and nearly 75 groups to march in the parade, said James Grone, chairman of the Tempe Veterans Day Committee and an ASU staff member.

Sigma Pi regains chapter status on campus
For the past two years, Sigma Pi hasn't let its "colony" status stop it from accomplishing feats like winning the 2003 Greek Week intramural football championship. And, as of Saturday, the fraternity shed that status.

'Love Actually' great despite romantic comedy mediocrity
I'm just going to say it right now: if I could have my life written out for me, I would pick Richard Curtis to write it. Curtis, one of the creators of "Mr. Bean" and the writer of such comedies as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary, has one of the most insanely upbeat outlooks on life. Just look at his directorial debut, Love Actually, a cheery look at people in love at Christmastime in London.

Ferrell's 'Elf' destined to be a classic cold-weather comedy
Not long from now, there will Christmas-themed movies which are released in the month of October. What's next? A Christmas movie coming out on Halloween, perhaps. No matter, because Elf, the first big Christmas movie of the season, is sure to be a classic.

'Matrix: Revolutions' a decent action film, little more
The Matrix: Revolutions is a better movie than Reloaded, though not as good as the original. I guess we'll have to settle for Revolutions, a great action movie that falters whenever the actors open their mouths to talk.

'2004' revives 'NBA Live' franchise
EA Sports has gone through many phases over the years. In the early to mid 90's, they were unquestionably the best sports video game maker. But then they messed with success and tried to get too cute with some of their games, letting other companies pull ahead of them in quality.

Point: Cancelling 'Reagans' miniseries will backfire
Conservatives should have shut their mouths. By preventing the release of a documentary that the Reagans' own daughter, Patti Davis, called "quite simply, idiotic," the conservative movement won a small battle when it could have helped win a war.

Counterpoint: No place for 'Reagans' on network TV
Jettisoning "The Reagans" is not indicative of a "Soviet-style chill" against dissent, as an editorial in The New York Times put it. This is not censorship or even a misunderstanding. There is such a thing as "artistic freedom," and there is also such a thing as "lying."

Too many sit behind bars
In Arizona, Gov. Napolitano wants to expand the existing state-owned prisons. But the state's Republican legislators contend that privately owned prisons provide a more economically efficient solution. Neither plan acknowledges the long-term problem of rapid inmate population growth.

Editorial: We honor the unknown on Veteran's Day
Yesterday there was no paper. No paper because there was no school. No school because a calendar day (Nov. 11) has been set aside to honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. uniformed services: Veterans Day.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

On the Web: Mind your Gothic manners
With several interviews looming in my near future, manners have been in the forefront of my mind - so much so that I have decided to share with you, the online reader, all that I have found in my search.

Former Rep. Hamilton speaks on death penalty, education
Audiences took a closer look at justice issues Thursday at ASU, as former Arizona House of Representatives Democrat Art Hamilton paid a visit. Hamilton's voice boomed, as he spoke of the problems surrounding law, education, common birthright, and citizenship in Arizona and the United States.

Practice won't get tougher for ASU football
Typically when something doesn't go right, teams take a new approach. But after a second three-game losing streak and a 38-27 loss to Stanford on Saturday, head coach Dirk Koetter said there would be no significant preparation changes for the Sun Devils.

Escobar dismissed from Sun Devil volleyball team
Former first-team All-Pac-10 outside hitter Juliana Escobar has been dismissed from the ASU volleyball team three days since Escobar and head coach Brad Saindon had a heated exchange after the senior was benched during the USC-ASU match.

Hump Day Hoopla: McGrady's 'retirement' ruins Magic
Recently, Orlando Magic star Tracy McGrady was quoted in the Orlando Sentinel saying that he was thinking about retiring after this season. That would mean McGrady would be retired at the age of 24 - or in other words, only two years older than I am, and I'm still in college.

Devil Dish: Money can't buy Yankees wins
After already sporting the largest payroll in baseball, now the rumor is the Yanks are after Arizona's Curt Schilling, arguably the best right-handed pitcher in the National League. I see the Yankees haven't learned the lesson that buying players doesn't equate to a World Series title.

Soccer: ASU heading to NCAA Tournament
ith two big-screen televisions and an entire sports bar to itself, the No. 14 ASU soccer team sat quietly in anticipation Monday afternoon. Finally, after nearly 15 minutes of silence, the crowd of players, coaches and executives cheered as the bracket read the words, "Arizona State."

Low experience, high expectations
Despite the team's lack of experience, expectations are high as ASU men's basketball kicks off action tonight at Wells Fargo Arena against the EA Sports All-Stars. The Sun Devils have another year of experience, and the taste of postseason play is fresh in their systems.

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