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Napolitano: Higher graduation rates should mean more funds for universities


Alicia D. Garcia / THE STATE PRESS
Governor Janet Napolitano answered questions from voters and students during a conference sponsored by the Arizona Young Democrats Saturday.
Gov. Janet Napolitano wants to increase state and private aid for Arizona college students, according to plans she outlined at the Young Democrats of Arizona convention Saturday.

"I have recommended to the state Legislature that we more than double what the state has been putting into student aid funding, beginning July 1 in the fiscal year 2007," Napolitano said to the gathering of more than 200, most of whom were students, at ASU's Murdock Hall.

ASU bans booze at Alpha Drive frats - for now

Fraternity parties on Alpha Drive might be a little different since ASU banned alcohol from the houses.

Greek Life coordinators met with representatives from seven fraternities on Feb. 1, and told them they could not serve alcohol until further notice.

Hit-and-run trial to continue without defendant

The hit-and-run trial of an ASU graduate will continue as scheduled even though the defendant fled the country, a judge ruled Friday.
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    Baseball: Oregon State walks all over Sun Devils

    ASU baseball coach Pat Murphy's assessment that he doesn't have a true starting pitcher on his team rang true this weekend, as none of the three starters for the No. 16 Sun Devils lasted past the fourth inning at last weekend's fourth-annual Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise.

    The pitching staff hit a low on Saturday against No. 6 Oregon State (2-1), when eight ASU pitchers combined to walk 15 batters, tying a school record in an 11-0 loss.
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    M Hoops: Ducks take 'D' out of Devils

    Offense wasn't the problem. Normally, 87 points on 56 percent shooting is more than enough to win a game.

    But the ASU men's basketball team forgot to play both ends of the court Saturday night in a 98-87 loss to Oregon at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils (9-13, 3-10) gave up a season-high in points and allowed Oregon to shoot 59 percent from the field.
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    Breaking the Silence


    graphic courtesy of John Leanos
    A still frame of John Jota Leanos' short film "Los ABCs: !Que Vivan los Muertos!"
    Death can sometimes tell more than life.

    At least that is the message that two local filmmakers.
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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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    Here's Your Bill: That student loan money doesn't last forever

    We know that going to school is expensive -- we pay tuition, too. But we doubt that anything we write is going to enlighten the Arizona Board of Regents and make them lower tuition costs. Instead, let us to try to ease the financial burden with these suggestions for fiscal decisions you can make in order to save a few dollars and prepare for the future.
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