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ASU starts credit card fee

Beginning Nov. 1, students will no longer be able to pay for tuition with credit cards or debit cards unless they pay a 2.75 percent convenience fee.

That means in-state students who pay tuition bills with a credit card would add an additional $118.28 to their $4,301 tuition. Out-of-state students would add an additional $382.75 to their $13,918 tuition.

Student gadget going global

Rebecca Finell graduated from ASU in May with a bachelor's degree in industrial design and has already invented a product that has leapt into the global limelight. The product -- a frog-shaped bath caddy named Frog Pod that scoops bath toys and doubles as a storage unit -- has been picked up by Target and other large chains in countries around the world.

"Right now, we have orders all around the world that we are slowly tying to fill," Finell said. Finell said the projected volumes for Frog Pods, which retail for $29.99, should be 60,000 per month by January. Finell, 29, developed the Frog Pod concept for a class during her junior year.

Finell didn't begin her college career as a design major. When she started school in 1994, she tried art and pre-med before making the switch.

Women's Golf: Devils surge to the top

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ASU freshman Azahara Munoz climbed eight spots Tuesday to finish the second round tied for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at 5-over-par.
Most of the field at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational finished the second round realizing that even amongst some of the best golf programs in the country, the course can prove to be the fiercest competitor. The ASU women's golf team, led by freshman Jennifer Osborn, stood up to the 6,192-yard Sahalee Country Club and posted a second-round-best 7-over 295, taking full advantage of Tuesday's perfect conditions.

"This kind of golf course separates the best players from the field," ASU coach Melissa Luellen said. "You just don't get away with shots here, you have to make them." After passing No. 2-ranked Pepperdine early to take a three-stroke lead at the turn, the Sun Devils continued to break away from the pack. ASU sits at 19-over 595 after two days.

Football: Tillman scholars aim high

Pat Tillman's hard hits and touchdown-saving tackles may have made him a football icon, but it was his off-the-field contributions that made him who he really was.

Beating the System

Lupe Tovar, now 23, moved out five years ago and set off to make a life for herself. Fresh out of high school, the psychology major found an apartment near ASU and started classes at Scottsdale Community College to get her prerequisites out of the way.

She eventually transferred to ASU, joining multicultural clubs and working at the dean's office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Funny Man

Colin Quinn, probably best known for his work on "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1990s and Comedy Central's "The Colin Quinn Show," will be at Tempe Improv Thursday Oct. 6 through Sunday Oct. 9.

Gadget Corner: High-Heeled Hell

Last Monday as I stepped out of bed, I found myself wincing from the pain of my aching feet. They were still sore from wearing my strappy, 3-inch wedge-heeled shoes the Saturday before.

During my nine-hour shifts at a clothing store, I work solely on my feet, yet I often sacrifice the comfort of flat shoes for the satisfaction of knowing that my high-heeled shoes make me look taller, sexier and older. What girl doesn't? I mean, isn't this the classic struggle between comfort and beauty?
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