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Regents hear arts, business complex plan
TUCSON - ASU President Michael Crow, speaking before the Arizona Board of Regents at its meeting Thursday at UA, introduced a plan to build a new arts and business complex in the Tempe Center at Mill Avenue and University Drive.

The 10-acre complex would incorporate several new facilities, organized into different "zones" such as an "academic zone" with business, architecture and arts expansions. The "public activity zone" would include an "academic hotel" and retail shops.

ASU plans for private funding to raise rank
TUCSON - The three presidents of Arizona's universities presented their interpretation of the U.S. News and World Report higher education ratings to the Arizona Board of Regents Thursday.

The factors the report measures to determine rankings are factors ASU is interested in improving, said ASU President Michael Crow.

Chrissy Gephardt stops to support dad
Chrissy Gephardt said she was disappointed with the turnout when she spoke to only a handful of students Thursday at the Memorial Union.

The daughter of 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Dick Gephardt, she said she encouraged more involvement with her father's campaign. Organizers for the speech said Dick Gephardt was unable to make the trip because he was campaigning in Iowa.

ASU's tech transfer company makes deal with U of M
ASU's technology transfer company has finalized a deal to help fund the efforts of a similar company at the University of Michigan. Tim Becker detailed the agreement reached Tuesday between Michigan's Neural Intervention Technologies and ASU's Arizona Technology Enterprises.

Police Beat: Milwaukee's Best trip to park is worst
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested on charges of possession of alcohol in a park after he reportedly drank from a 12-ounce can of "Milwaukee's Best" at Hudson Park.

'Bad Santa' despicable, repulsive waste of film
In "Bad Santa," Billy Bob Thornton plays an inexcusable, incorrigible waste of a man with no ambition beyond stealing enough money to be permanently drunk. In a remarkable parallel, the movie itself has no ambition beyond lightening the Christmastime wallets of lowbrow suckers.

Love and Marriage in the middle of the semester
At this point in my life I have a hard time choosing which shirt to buy. A million questions run through my head: Is it the right color? Is it the right size? Will I really wear it out, or will I take it home and decide I hate it? That is why I'm amazed at students who not only are able to decide who they want to spend the rest of their lives with, but they also have time to plan a wedding right in the middle of the semester.

Grills just want to have fun: The new Grilled Expedition
Chris Dushinski climbs down from a ladder from where he is painting the awnings of the outside patio to prepare for tonight's grand opening of Grilled Expedition on Mill Avenue. Along with other members of the management, Dushinski is taking his one day off this week to come into the restaurant to make sure everything is ready. Although spending a Sunday painting may not be the most interesting task, it is an essential one.

Attell tale: Dave Attell coming to Phoenix
Dave Attell doesn't mind if you want to buy him a drink. The balding, hard-drinking stand-up comic will even do a shot with you, chat for a bit or even share a smoke. Just don't call him a sellout and then try to pawn your demo tape off on him.

Time for Walker: 'Timeline' review
Paul Walker has one regret about his new movie: "I wish I could have done more in the fight scenes." Timeline showcases fight scenes galore, since many of the scenes in the movie are based in Europe during the 14th century in the midst of the Hundred Years War. But don't think this movie is like Braveheart.

Don't I know you? Mayoral candidate Brad McCauley
If I were to run for mayor of Tempe, my speech would go a little something like this: "If you elect me, I will have free pizza parties on Hayden Lawn every Friday, and you can have all of the loud parties you want as long as you let your neighbors do keg stands whenever they want. Furthermore, I'll be your best friend."

I don't know how far I could make it with that stump speech, and that is why I decided not to run for mayor. Brad McCauley, however, is planning on running for the position. The 21-year-old has plenty of qualifications: He's a political science major, he's president of the German club, he's a Tempe homeowner, he's old enough to drink, and he is a direct descendant of two American presidents: Benjamin Harrison and William Henry Harrison.

Murphy's Law: No guts, no glory
I was 11 years old when my cousin Molly and I decided that we were going to New York to live with her actress aunt and make it big in the Big Apple. We combined our resources and saved $79 in a shoebox in my closet, excited because that seemed like enough money to start our lives in New York. What amazes me today is that there are thousands of people who don't give up on this dream. Most don't make it - but some do - and staff writer Erika Wurst looks at both sides of the coin in "Hollywood highway."

Leave 'Kirby Air Ride' for the kids
In search of quick fix before the release of Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, I decided to give the cutesy Kirby Air Ride a shot. Then I used the disc as a clay pigeon and went at it with my 12-gauge.

'Average Joe' gets better with each sappy twist
OK, so I didn't see the truckload of surprises careening down the road of "Average Joe"'s capricious plot. Still, the show has made a 180-degree change in entertainment value. If you can ignore the emotional sap dripping off your television screen, you can actually enjoy the show.

Stolen limo, ugly dresses top off American Music Awards
Jimmy Kimmel's much-ballyhooed hosting gig at the 31st annual American Music Awards on ABC turned out to be something of a bust, but at least he got to say a lot of funny things. Other highlights included Missy Elliot's late arrival due to a stolen limo, skimpy outfits and a Clay-Ruben duet.

See 'Master and Commander' for high-seas suspense
After the first reel of this new adventure, you're plunged into the storyline, no longer a member of the audience. you can feel the wind on your hair, the salty smell in your nostrils. You're at the helm of the ship, along with all the sailors.

Letters to the Editor: Liberals can be Christians, too
The letters in response to recent articles, including a letter from a reader writing to say that he found Eric Spratling's recent column chastizing a left-wing Christian group to be offensive. The reader wrote that conservatives are no more in line with Christian morals than liberals.

HIPAA hassles, protects patients
A new law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is intended to halt the unauthorized release of medical information by those other than the patient. Doctors and hospitals criticize the law because they say it hampers their ability to do their job. And it does.

Titillating Victoria's Secret thong displays not wrong
A few Greenwich citizens are up in arms over display advertising in the windows of Victoria's Secret stores. Mannequins and print models are dressed in thongs and fashionable underwear. Do people expect ads for candy apples or women dressed in thick parkas, or what?

Boos & Bravos: Bravo to Hollywood, boo to Wacko Jacko
The good and bad from the events of the past week. Bravo to all the Hollywood hopefuls who leave Phoenix to become stars in Tinseltown. Boo to Wacko Jacko for being suspected in yet another child molestation. Once was bad enough - and that was before he looked like a human skeleton.

Mind the gap, Dubya
The president is currently in the midst of the first state visit to Britain in many decades. One only can ask, however, whether his timing was a little off. America and Britain alike are in the thick of an increasingly complicated and unpopular war.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

Hollywood Holiday: Road to fame a long, well-traveled one
Starry-eyed 20-somethings are more willing than ever to chase their dreams of fame right out of Phoenix and into Los Angeles, but at what cost? Dreams rarely become reality in Hollywood, where the odds are stacked against those aspiring toward stardom.

Just two months ago, Tasha Dixon, a 22-year-old former Miss Arizona, decided to pack up her brains, beauty and talent and head out west to L.A. With a cheering squad of friends and family rooting for Dixon from their homes in Peoria, Ariz., the beauty queen made the journey on her own, hoping to succeed where so many others have failed.

Circ de paranormal: Crop circles fascinate earthlings
When the general public thinks about the crop circle phenomenon, people usually generate the idea of some freaky green alien hovering over a wheat field in a Podunk rural town making magnificent pictures with their extraterrestrial powers. But when 58-year-old Chet Snow, who has a Ph.D. in history, thinks about crop circles, he sees something more. Snow and his wife, Kallista, have been hooked on the freaky subject ever since.

The couple is hosting the Signs of Destiny II conference in Tempe this weekend, which will bring in speakers and guests from more than 20 U.S. states as well as folks from England, Holland, Canada and possibly Germany.

Devil Bites: Big resident assistant is watching you
Memorable quotations from the past week, excerpted from The State Press and other news sources. Journalism junior Casey Perry described his freshman year living in a residence hall as a time when resident assistants and other authority figures are watching over students.

'Aloha Week' festivities benefit Tempe YMCA, businesses
Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano declared the week of Nov. 17 to be "Aloha Week," benefiting the Tempe Family YMCA and reinvigorating local businesses. Events range from a preview of the Fantasy of Lights Ice Skating Rink at Tempe Beach Park, to a "Luau" at Tempe Town Lake.

Recorded cable classes now delivered on streaming video
For the incurable procrastinator, classes delivered on streaming video at ASU could possibly be a lifesaver. The old video resources department has been closed, and students no longer must check out VHS tapes of classes offered on television that they have missed.

On the Web: Cardboard cutouts, digital beer
You might want to "hop" on over to for a few lessons in Beerology. the site is a bit intimidating as it goes into remarkable depth about things I have no clue about, such as different kinds of thermometers and yeast blends.

Football: Koetter expects more emotion against UA
ASU head football coach Dirk Koetter has said in the past that he does not have the most vocal team. He did say, however, that the Sun Devils must bring all the energy they can into the team's matchup with archrival UA on Nov. 28.

Basketball opens regular season
Ike Diogu blocks a shot Monday night against the German traveling team Ratiopharm Ulm. The Sun Devils won 94-74. After weeks of practice and two exhibition games, the ASU men's basketball team finally is ready to tip off its regular season tomorrow against Arkansas-Little Rock.

Women's basketball young but experienced
The ASU women's basketball team may have the youngest group in the Pac-10 on paper, but head coach Charli Turner Thorne knows the team makes up for age with experience. Last season, Turner Thorne regularly rolled out a starting lineup of two sophomores and three true freshmen.

ASU wrestlers anxious for season opener
They've been counting the days - 243 to be exact. It's been precisely 243 days since the Sun Devil wrestlers last took the mat against an opponent, and Sunday they can finally wipe the saliva from their jaws as they travel to the Missouri Open.

W Cross Country: A long run to the championships
A year ago, current sophomore runners Amy Hastings, Anna Masinelli and the rest of their incoming freshman class joined an ASU cross country team that didn't have too many expectations. The team was without two-time All-American Lisa Aguilera, who had used up her eligibility.

Devil Dish: Apathy will Sting new Valley Lacrosse team
So I'm listening to sports-talk radio when my ears are assaulted by a bombastic advertisement for the Valley's newest sports team: the Arizona Sting. It seems the new Glendale Arena will not only host the Phoenix Coyotes, but also the newest franchise in the National Lacrosse League.

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