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Crow, city leaders discuss campus' future look
ASU President Michael Crow described plans for 7,500 new residence hall spaces to be built south of Apache Boulevard during a meeting with the Tempe city council on Monday.

The residence halls likely will feature a new headquarters for the Barrett Honors College, an auditorium venue for public events, a series of apartment-style rooms and a "solution to the fraternity problem," Crow said.

Chem TA fired after more sex charges
An ASU graduate teaching assistant was fired after he was arrested Thursday and charged with counts of sexual exploitation of a minor following a July arrest for the same offense.

Eric Brian Krause was fired by the University and banned from campus as of Friday, said ASU spokesman Keith Jennings. University officials were unaware of Krause's July arrest, something Jennings attributes to the fact that employees aren't required to disclose their criminal history and the failure of Phoenix police to provide ASU with that information.

Researchers develop new energy source
ASU researchers are working on a project that could revolutionize the production of hydrogen fuel cells, a solution to the rapidly depleting fossil fuel supply.

Not only is the supply diminishing, but there is also concern over the adverse environmental effects of burning fossil fuels. The fuels cause global warming, said Neal Woodbury, professor of chemistry and biochemistry.

Grant helps sports execs, students meet
ASU's sports business graduate program is teaming up with the National Sports Forum to offer a student the opportunity to network with professional sports teams.

The W. P. Carey School of Business will provide an undergraduate with a scholarship that would cover the cost of attending the 2004 forum in Chicago Jan. 26-28.

Police Beat: High school bomb threats
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including an 18-year-old Tempe man arrested near the 500 block of West Guadalupe Road on charges of disruption of an educational institution after he reportedly made repeated bomb threats at his high school.

Joes' pathetic rejections put show below 'Average'
In the most predictable 'Average Joe' episode ever, NBC's semiprecious gem sank below what this week could have been. Predictably, the untamable John and Alex are sardonically rejected. The choices from behind the camera provided the real entertainment.

'Quidditch World Cup:' Beautiful but boring game
Harry Potter and his Hogwart's pals come to life PlayStation-style in EA Games' Quidditch World Cup, but the game lacks the magic and adventure of the Potter books and movies. Rich with vibrant graphics and easy-to-follow tutorials, the game is visually brilliant and easy to master.

Kick some Commie butt with 'Freedom Fighters'
What would you do if Russia had invented the hydrogen bomb, dropped it on Berlin to end World War II, spread Communism throughout the world and ultimately invaded New York City? If your answer is "pick up a gun and kill some Commies," you need to play Freedom Fighters, the latest multiplatform action monster from EA Games.

Jokes in mediocre 'Cat in the Hat' ignore young audience
Saying that the film adaptation of Dr. Seuss's children's book The Cat in the Hat is better than the abysmal adaptation of How The Grinch Stole Christmas is faint praise. Still, if you compare the two, The Cat in the Hat is an Academy Award winner while Grinch is an easily forgettable, garish little movie.

'Gothika' nothing more than a dressed-up 'B' movie
Halle Berry may be beautiful, and she may have an Academy Award, but she better watch out: If she keeps doing movies like X-Men, X2: X-Men United and the new horror film Gothika, that Oscar may not have much clout in Hollywood.

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.

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.

Tempe Center should meet students' needs
Tempe Center remains a languishing eyesore. Nostalgic students, all of whom must be seniors at this point, yearn for the days when it was a popular student hangout where all the girls wore poodle skirts and all the guys wore ASU cardigans, and the Fonz would go "Aaaay!"

Science makes nano-steps on nature's turf
A team at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology manufactured a nanoscale transistor that self-assembles at room temperature using proteins - an achievement quite new to our petroleum-based economy but rooted in the very molecules of life.

Lessons from the Puffy professor
There is a group of magazine salesmen that has been hanging out on campus and stopping ASU students to ask, "Have you voted for me yet?" They need to think like P. Diddy. Instead of whoring themselves to magazines, they need to get out and run marathons.

Letters to the Editor: Criticism of mayoral candidate disturbing
The letters in response to recent articles, including a letter from a reader who expressed disappointment in a recent column that said ASU junior Brad McCauley is too inexperienced to become Tempe's next mayor. The reader wrote that a younger mayor can improve Tempe politics.

Editorial: ASU missed lesson on due process with chem TA
Yes, pedophilia and kiddie porn are serious charges, and if guilty, Eric Brian Krause should be fired, condemned and thrown in jail for a long, long time. And yes, the University has every right, legally, to put Krause out on the street. But people have the right to publicly defend themselves.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

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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.

Attell, Black's shocking humor tickles Phoenix's funnybone
To fans, it will come as no surprise that two of Comedy Central's best comics, Dave Attell of "Insomniac" and Lewis Black of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," thrilled the filled-to-capacity Dodge Theatre with outrageous humor during the Comedy Central Live show Saturday night.

On the Web: Update on the tracking of Jacko
This week, instead of reviewing an amalgam of pop culture sites and inane but humorous Flash games where you round up digital sheep and then cringe at the sound of repetitive "baaah" sound effects, I thought I would engage in some real journalism: I would track Michael Jackson.

Koetter: bye week adds to ASU, UA football rivalry
Aside from all the traditional factors of a rivalry, ASU head coach Dirk Koetter said something that makes his team's annual tilt with UA unique is that the two teams always have a bye week before the game.

Men's hoops improves to 2-0
In a battle of two schools better known for their play on the baseball diamond, the Sun Devil men's basketball team hit one out of the park Monday night against Cal State Fullerton. It wasn't exactly the tape-measure shot most were expecting, but ASU defeated the Titans 83-76.

Cross country: Hastings, Davila qualify as All-Americans
For the first time in the history of ASU cross country, the women's team will come home with two All-Americans. Sophomore Amy Hastings and junior Desiree Davila both qualified for the honor with finishes of 25th and 44th, respectively, at Monday's NCAA championships in Waterloo, Iowa.

Four wrestlers place at first match in Missouri
ASU's wrestling team traveled to the Hearnes Center Field House on the University of Missouri campus for the fourth annual Missouri Open on Sunday. The No. 20 Sun Devils saw four members place in the event, while several others gained some much-needed NCAA experience.

En guard: Fencing club, class lunge onto ASU scene
Any student who has ever fantasized about sword fighting like the heroes and heroines in movies can find a place to learn the sport of fencing at ASU. ASU also has its own fencing club, Salle Diablo, which has been on campus for 23 years.

Opinion: So long to Schilling; hello to rebuilding
The fairytale has finally ended. Since the team's inception in 1998, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been a blessing to the Phoenix area. But news of Curt Schilling's possible trade to Boston also brings news that the Diamondbacks joyride is over and that the team is coming down to earth.

Devil Dish: Mourning the retirement of an NBA great
The NBA lost a great competitor on Monday when Alonzo Mourning was forced to retire due to a kidney problem that has troubled him for the last three and a half years. What made Mourning so great was his desire, something that gave him the rep as one of the most tenacious competitors in the NBA.

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