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Regents OK $35 million in renovations

The Arizona Board of Regents approved nearly $35 million dollars worth of renovations to ASU dining facilities, buildings and Sun Devil Stadium at its meeting at UA Friday.

About $4.8 million in renovations to dining facilities in the Memorial Union, Manzanita and Palo Verde Main came after regent and student concerns that approval would pressure the Regents into approving a possible mandatory meal-plan proposal in March.

Safety Escort keeps busy

On any Thursday or Friday night, economics senior Jim Mandes can tell you where the hottest fraternity parties are -- but not because he's in a fraternity himself.

Instead, Mandes, a safety escort service driver, spends the majority of his twice-weekly, four-hour shifts transporting females to frat row in a minivan so they will not have to walk in the dark.

Phoenix businesses move to make room for ASU

More than 20 tenants in downtown Phoenix must find new homes before their offices are transformed into ASU classrooms -- but several say they don't have hard feelings.
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ASU takes Holiday Classic


Jeremiah Armenta / THE STATE PRESS
ASU junior Emily Westerberg jumps for the basket early in the second half of the game against the University of Memphis at Wells Fargo Arena Friday.
Christmas came early for the women's basketball team when it claimed the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic Championship trophy for the fifth year in a row after defeating Western Kentucky 78-64 Saturday night.

The Sun Devils (6-1) gift-wrapped Memphis 103-57 in the first round of the tournament on Friday to set up a date with the Lady Toppers in the finals.
ASU trailed for the first seven minutes of the game before going on a 9-0 run to take a 17-10 lead midway through the first half.
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Hoops: Devils look to keep hot hand

The ASU men's basketball program finds itself in a relatively new position.

The Sun Devils have navigated through the first four games of their non-conference schedule unscathed, making them 4-0 for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
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High Marks


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A 15-page term paper looms over her head and a blank computer screen stares her in the face. After a week of this scenario, sociology senior Christine* decides to try a new approach to studying, something she's never done before: take a prescription pill to focus her concentration.

Her pill of choice is Adderall, a prescription central nervous system stimulant used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder and hyperactivity, disorders she does not have. In other words, Christine took an amphetamine to get her paper done. Christine swallows 5 mg of the drug -- half a pill -- around 5 p.m. on a Thursday evening at her parent's house. She says as she drives home a few hours later, the pill starts to kick in.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Bar Talk: Thirsty Thursday

On Thursday night McDuffy's bar on Fifth Street and Ash Avenue is crammed. A huge inflatable Corona bottle sits proudly at the bar's entrance, enticing hordes of alcohol-thirsty students. Outside, the line zigzags and reaches all the way around the parking lot.
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Locks: Hair Raising

Rebecca Stanton, a math sophomore, has styled her hair in dreadlocks for four years, she says. With thick blonde locks falling to her mid-back, she says people often make assumptions about who she is based on her hairstyle.
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