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Tempe campus alcohol arrests up almost 50 percent in 2005


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
According to the ASU Department of Public Safety, alcohol arrests on campus have risen 47 percent in the last year. University officials say fraternities are partially to blame.
Alcohol arrests are on the rise on ASU's Tempe campus, and University officials think fraternities are to blame. In 2005, the ASU Department of Public Safety reported 407 alcohol arrests on the Tempe campus. In 2004, they reported 276. The previous year, only 231 alcohol arrests were made.

Sgt. James Hardina said DPS has not made any changes in its enforcement policy and thinks the rising numbers are due to the increase in student population. "[Alcohol citations] will rise proportionately," he said. "All crime will rise proportionately."

English-learner battle continues

Fines continue to add up as lawmakers work to resolve the issue of how to fund English-language-learner education.

YMCA opens doors to ASU

Downtown Phoenix's YMCA will serve as the recreation complex for an estimated 3,000 students when ASU's downtown campus opens next fall.
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    Myers era begins for ASU softball


    Alicia Garcia / THE STATE PRESS
    New softball head coach Clint Myers talks to his players about what they need to improve upon during practice Wednesday afternoon.
    The softball team enters a new era Thursday night when it kicks off its season against Utah State at Farrington Stadium. Clint Myers, the third head coach in team history, now stands at the helm, and he has already begun to transform the team's image and attitude.


    "He's inspired all of us to believe that we can be competitive and buy into the program," junior catcher Heidi Knabe said. "It's awesome he has so much confidence in us."
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    Hoops: Angounou, Krueger fight through bumps in road

    Sometimes a slight adjustment is all a struggling basketball player needs to regain confidence.
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    Teaching America


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    In the Roosevelt School District, schools are so poor they can't even afford to pay substitute teachers. If a full-time teacher ever gets sick, they are forced to split the teacher's students into two other classes for the day, packing some classrooms that are already close to full.

    As of this article's printing, Arizona is being fined half a million dollars a day by the federal government until it finds a way to educate students who aren't proficient in English.

    On Jan. 31, President Bush announced in his State of the Union address that the country is currently experiencing a teacher shortage, especially in the sciences and mathematics.
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    The Word on the Street: Talking to Strangers

    When you pass a stranger in a parking lot, the grocery store or in a class, most likely -- if you are anything like me -- you glance away, failing to acknowledge the presence of the other person, even if you are standing three feet away.

    Maybe I'm too over-analytical and eager to please, a couple of my obsessive Virgo tendencies, but this situation bothers me every time it happens.
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    Breaking the Silence

    Death can sometimes tell more than life.

    At least that is the message that two local filmmakers.
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