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Athletes, friends rattled by former player's murder


Sarah Regnier / THE STATE PRESS
ASU Athletic Director Gene Smith addresses the public Monday afternoon in front of Sun Devil Stadium regarding the University's reactions to Loren Wade's arrest in connection with the homicide of former defensive back Brandon Falkner.
As the ASU community reels from the murder of one of its former athletes, the University tried to soften the blow by providing counselors for the football team and holding a press conference to explain the situation.

Former ASU football player Brandon Falkner, 25, was shot in the head early Saturday morning outside the Coyote Bay Night Club in Scottsdale. Junior tailback Loren Wade, 21, was arrested in connection with the murder and is being held at the Madison Street Jail without bail.

Student government elections postponed

The Associated Students of ASU Supreme Court postponed on Monday the Undergraduate Student Government elections for an unknown period of time.

Elections will be held once polling locations and equipment are secured. The problem arose when the USG elections commission cited USG president and vice-presidential candidates Charles Ham and Charles Lundquist for campaigning in the Memorial Union.

ASU, Tempe break ground on McAllister Academic Village

Cookies, dirt and hard hats were plentiful at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the McAllister Academic Village on Monday.

The McAllister Project is the first portion of ASU President Michael Crow's vision of a "living and learning" community that will incorporate classrooms and residence halls into one location.
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SPORTS

Diogu declares for NBA draft


File photo / THE STATE PRESS
Junior forward Ike Diogu dunks the ball against California earlier this season at Wells Fargo Arena. On Monday, Diogu declared for the NBA draft, but he won't sign with an agent.
After spending three years wading in the college basketball pool, ASU junior forward Ike Diogu will test the waters of the NBA.

Diogu announced Monday that he'll declare for the NBA draft, creating the possibility that he'll forgo his senior season. He hasn't signed with an agent. He has until June 21 to remove his name from the NBA draft, scheduled for June 28 at Madison Square Garden.
SPORTS

Golf: Devils hit wall in Tucson

TUCSON -- With four holes remaining Monday in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament, ASU senior golfer Pat Moore approached the 15th tee sitting at 4-under after back-to-back birdies.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Forced recovery


ON THE COVER
Experiencing withdrawals, going to group meetings and confronting demons. Rehab isn't exactly what the college-aged population dreams about, but it often becomes a necessity, whether enrolling is a personal decision or a court order.

This week, SPM talks to people who were forced to join rehab by the courts and whose lives have been irretrievably altered because of substance abuse.
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Off the Shelf: BYO hookah

It's a Tuesday night and Arabic music fills King Tut's Hookah Lounge in Tempe. Smoke saturates the air as students huddle around hookahs, large water pipes that filter flavored tobacco. Laughter rings throughout the lounge from one booth to another.

For some hookah smokers, this is the ideal environment to have a good time and relax with ma'assell, Arabic for tobacco mixed with sugar syrup and fruit extract. Ma'assell comes in flavors including mango, coconut, raspberry, cappuccino and strawberry.
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