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Search for biz dean narrows to 3
There are three candidates for deanship of the W. P. Carey School of Business. Just one expressed clear goals for the job.



While candidates James Bean and Robert Mittelstaedt, Jr., said they thought it was too early in the process to develop objectives for the business school, Christopher Tang outlined five when The State Press interviewed him via e-mail.

Biz students win competition in 'mad blitz'
Students of the W. P. Carey School of Business cleaned up this weekend. They competed in and won the first Pac-10/Big Ten MBA Case Competition, which was held at ASU Friday and Saturday.

ASU East dean named Mesa Man of the Year
ASU East's Dean of the College of Technology, Albert McHenry, found out in an unusual way that he would receive the Mesa Man of the Year award on Feb. 18. On Dec. 20, McHenry was awakened by his wife, Annette at 4:30 a.m. and told to get dressed and get in the car to be somewhere by 7:30.

Legislative budget won't increase for ASU
The state Legislature's 2005 budget recommendation does not include an increase in funding for Arizona's universities, but ASU administrators are not worried.



If the budget is adopted, this will be the third year in a row ASU receives $311.8 million from the state. Also, the Legislature has advised setting aside $28 million for discretionary spending in the Arizona university system.

ASU ranks third among public schools for merit scholars
If ASU is the flame, National Merit Scholars are the moths. The University now ranks third in the nation among public universities for having the most Merit scholars, according to a report released last week.



The University ranks seventh out of all universities, public and private, the report said. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation publishes the report annually.

New senators sworn in
Two new senators from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design were sworn in at the Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting Tuesday night. Sen. Devin Harvath, an architecture junior, said the college needed more representation.

Information technology stops virus
Although ASU Information Technology staff stopped a virus from doing damage to campus computers, students may still be at risk at home. The virus - known as Bagle - was sent at random to ASU students, faculty and staff as an e-mail attachment.

Police Beat: Broom whacking causes wife's swelling
A 49-year-old Tempe man was arrested near the 1200 block of West University Drive on a charge of assault and domestic violence. He was charged with striking his wife with a broom, which caused swelling.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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.

OPINIONS
Editorial: Exploring the merit of National Merit
We admit it; we do it every semester. Without fail, we run a story about National Merit Scholars, and it's almost always good news for ASU. But it wouldn't be news at all if we didn't stop and say, "so what?"

'Morning after' could get too easy
The first week of the semester after break has always been a hectic time. We have to buy books and add classes, as well as rekindle romances that have been on hiatus for the past month. Then we have to deal with the issue of contraception.

Public's obsession with sex offenders unfounded
When taken in conjunction with other studies that have shown less than .002 percent of the population will report a sexual assault within a given year, and that the vast majority of such assaults will be committed by someone the victim knows, the current obsession with registering prior sex offenders and keeping tabs on them at all times is baseless.

Fatter SRC fees mean thinner wallets at ASU
Ever get that bloated, heavy feeling? No, it wasn't that bean and cheese burrito you bought at the gas station. You're probably just fat. Face it, obesity is getting out of hand when it is used in context with words such as "epidemic" and "litigation." I, myself, have been stricken by the so-called disease.

Letters to the Editor: Don't hate on Coor building
As I sit in the new Coor Computing Commons, I am disturbed by Tuesday's article on this great new building. To call the building a "disaster" and to imply that it should not have been built in the desert is, I think, wildly off the mark.

COMICS
F-minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joe Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

SPECIAL REPORTS
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.

WEB EXTRA
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.

SPORTS
Men's hoops get Serge of life
The ASU basketball team received a late Christmas present during winter break with the return of a highly touted recruit from last season. During a 63-62 loss to Stanford on Jan. 8, Serge Angounou returned to the Sun Devils for the first time since injuring his right knee during an exhibition game last season.

Hump Day Hoopla: A group effort
As has been the case with initial Hump Day Hooplas in the past, each person on the sports desk will contribute and tell a little bit about himself before each gets his own space in the Wednesday issues to come.

Baseball Preview: Trojans hope to rebound from 2003
This story is the first in a series of articles previewing the baseball teams in the Pac-10. Coming off of its worst season in the last 10 years, the USC baseball team is in the unfamiliar position of being unsure of themselves.

Devil Dish: Rodman should worm his way into Valley
We all know the Phoenix Suns have thrown in the towel this year, but if team owner Jerry Colangelo wants to put some butts in the seats for the remainder of the season without jeopardizing his spot in the NBA draft, he should look no further than "The Worm."

W Hoops: Coach makes one tough mom
ASU women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne didn't take a maternity leave when she gave birth to her third son earlier this month. For a coach whose players say nothing fazes her, labor and delivery were no different.

Breaking News: Miller picks ASU
Zach Miller, a tight end with Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, announced earlier today his intentions to play football at ASU.



The 6-foor-5 Miller is regarded as the best player in the state and top tight end in the country.

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