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Tempe groups hail King
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover once declared Martin Luther King Jr. "the most dangerous man in America and a moral degenerate."

Nevertheless, King's words and nonviolent protests moved the United States to push for civil rights and change.

Coor building open for classes
Green mesh and sweaty construction workers vacated the Lattie F. Coor building over the break to make way for ASU students and faculty headed for class.

The $58.7 million building was officially opened Jan. 7 after two years of construction. The high-tech glass structure was constructed in the name of Lattie Coor, ASU's president from 1990 to 2002.

ASU the victor in registration contest
UA may have initiated the contest, but it couldn't muster up enough new voters to beat ASU in this year's Voter Registration Drive.

ASU and NAU accepted UA's challenge last fall to see which Arizona school could register the most student voters between Oct. 1 and Dec. 8. ASU registered 1,054 new voters, nearly twice the 548 students UA convinced to register.

ASU group helps with Mars rover's search for water, life
ASU researchers knew there was too much on the line for Spirit to fail. The Mars rover was roughly 300 million miles away from home and on its way to the Red Planet Jan. 3 while researchers waited and hoped for its safe arrival.

Police Beat: Taking a crack at bedsheet thievery
Tempe police reported the following incidents Thursday and Friday: A 24-year-old man was arrested for failing to provide proof of identity while driving a motor vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed possession of a concealed handgun. A 25-year-old man was arrested for assault and domestic violence and for touching to insult and provoke.

Cardinals won't be missed by ASU
When the Arizona Cardinals play their last down in Sun Devil Stadium at the end of the 2005 season, don't expect any tears from the ASU athletic department or administration.

True, a cash flow - ASU officials said in 2001 that annual revenue from the Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl was about $630,000 - that the University has enjoyed for nearly two decades will be gone. True, Sunday football will no longer happen in Tempe.

Coalition petitions council to repeal camping ordinance
Tempe's treatment of the homeless doesn't sit well with a group of local activists. The group, Free to Camp Coalition, presented a petition with 1,170 signatures denouncing the city's Urban Camping Ordinance to the Tempe City Council on Thursday night. The Urban Camping Ordinance prohibits people from laying down bedding, constructing shelters, living in vehicles, starting fires or preparing food on public land in Tempe.

Crow: funding outlook positive
Gov. Janet Napolitano's 2005 budget recommendation is "positive news" for ASU, said ASU President Michael Crow.

While it is still too early to determine where state money will go, enrollment-growth funding is ASU's top priority, Crow said. The recommendation, unveiled Jan. 15, included $792.8 million for all three Arizona universities and the Arizona Board of Regents.

Ubisoft's groundbreaking 'XIII' is your lucky number
XIII isn't just a roman numeral to me after playing this exciting first-person shooter, but instead the name of a secret agent who wakes up on a beach with amnesia and slowly starts to realize he is a killer.

Editorial: The 'State of the Press' address
We're back. And you're back. Back sitting in class, back speaking in front of classes or back behind the scenes making this OUMP run smoothly. That's One University, Many Places, not One University, Millions of People, though sometimes it might feel that way.

Letter from the editor
I know what you're thinking: "Isn't he the serious-about-boozin' columnist? The one who wrote that column about driving his van through puddles of water until it died outside Arizona Mills?" And the answer is no, you have me confused with someone else.

Meet the spring 2004 columnists
Some information about the new columnist for the spring semester.

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

Student athletes gravitate toward similar degrees
When the football season begins each fall, Arizona State University's media guide proudly touts that year's athletes. On glossy paper, with color photos, the athletes are heralded for their accomplishments on and off the field. It's easy to find players' sizes, weights, heights, how many touchdowns they scored last season -- even their favorite movies.

University relies more on temporary, non-tenured faculty
The work and pay just don't match up. When Karen Connor went from a teaching assistant to a faculty associate at Arizona State University this fall, she was pleased: She was no longer at the bottom rung of the academic ladder. But then she looked at the pay difference and realized she would be earning exactly $11.50 more a week.

Student fees contribute to rising tuition costs
The cost of attending Arizona State University is likely to jump 25 percent over the next three years. Less than a year after the largest tuition increase in more than seven decades, university officials are considering raising tuition again. At the same time, students may face a plethora of new fees for everything from the student union and recreation center to the student health center and college programs.

The eye of Ra and the Mexican Flag
It's November and too warm to feel like winter. Christmas lights blink and flash along the middle-class Tempe neighborhood. Plastic reindeer prance on brownish-gray rock lawns. At the end of the almost deserted street, intense green lights outline a one-story home.

This week: Dr. Phil, eat your heart out
After I tasted one bite of the Low-Carb Six Dollar Burger at Carl's Jr., I realized that I couldn't fill up a whole column based on it. So instead I will just write about some bad kinds of columns I could have written.

Devil Dish: Don't pick the Cardinals in any upsets
Welcome back avid readers of The State Press sports pages! Hope you had a good Christmas break, Happy New Year, etc., etc. Now, I'd like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that yours truly completed a perfect wire-to-wire victory in The State Press sports staff football picks with a solid handful of bowl game predictions (See page 25).

Hoops: Devils defeat Trojans, earn first Pac-10 win
The ASU men's basketball team's trip to the City of Angels featured a Hollywood-style ending following a horror flick-like opening. The Sun Devils fled Southern California with a split, dropping their first contest to UCLA, 66-58, and defeating USC, 100-85, in the team's first Pac-10 road trip of the season.

Football: Walter to stay at ASU for senior season
Signing day may not be for another month, but ASU football coach Dirk Koetter has already landed what he calls "his biggest recruit." On Jan. 9th, junior quarterback Andrew Walter announced that he would return for his senior season as a Sun Devil after entertaining thoughts of declaring for the NFL draft.

Wrestling wins two duals
The No. 13 ASU wrestling team grappled their way to a pair of Pac-10 victories over the weekend. Although the Sun Devils improved their record to 7-4 (3-0 Pac-10), the team has seen the highest of highs and the lowest of lows over the past month.

Hoops: Women fall to USC
The ASU women's basketball team had a nine-game home winning streak snapped Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena as a plethora of mistakes led to 68-65 defeat at the hands of USC.

Gymnasts upset No. 6 Stanford, old coach
In its first competition of the season, the ASU gymnastics team was able to accomplish something it couldn't do in nine previous tries: defeat perennial Pac-10 powerhouse Stanford. The Sun Devils were also able to remove an annoying monkey from their backs.

Weekend Roundup: Baseball opens with victory vs. alumni
The ASU baseball team opened the 2004 season with a 9-1 victory against some familiar faces in the annual alumni game at Packard Stadium on Saturday. Sophomore left-hander Brett Bordes earned the win by tossing four strikeouts in 3.1 innings of shutout baseball.

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