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$500 fee proposed for Barrett Honors College

Chris Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Dean of the Barrett Honors College, Mark Jacobs, speaks to students at a meeting where a proposal of an annual fee was discussed for honors college students Tuesday evening.
A proposed Barrett Honors College fee is back on the table after the Arizona Board of Regents rejected the proposal last April.

The fee would charge incoming freshmen $500 and upperclassmen $250 per year. The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on the proposal in March.

Honors College Dean Mark Jacobs spoke to a group of about 30 honors students during a meeting Tuesday night regarding the merits of the proposed fee.

"We think we could be a lot better honors college with this boost," he said.

Meyer and Simonhoff strive to increase student involvement, focus on textbook costs

What do you think the job you are running for entails? I believe this job requires more than is publicized. From the majority of students, one might believe it is an easy job that does not require much time. However, this is a grueling job that requires persistence, stamina and the ability to communicate well under pressure. If elected, I am excited to take on these pressures.

West student president will shave head for money

For $2,500, Saif Al-Alawi will shave his head.

The West campus' student government president Saif Al-Alawi agreed to do the deed only if the West campus is able to generate $2,500 in donations for the American Liver Foundation.

USG Senate sends book-rental bill back to committee

The Undergraduate Student Government Senate voted Tuesday to table a bill that would ask the ASU bookstore to launch a textbook rental program for fall 2006 so the issue could be researched further.

The bill was sent back to the University Affairs Committee for further consideration after a majority decided it did not solve the problem of over-priced textbooks in its current state.

Polytechnic meeting addresses safety concerns

The ASU Polytechnic campus hosted a town-hall meeting Monday on safety. Campus administrators, as well as representatives from the ASU and Mesa police departments, addressed issues like campus lighting and dangerous streets for pedestrians such as Sossaman Road.

Gerald Jakubowski, vice provost of the Polytechnic campus, opened the discussion saying since the campus opened in 1996, it has been seeing an enrollment increase of 20 to 25 percent each year. This places a greater importance on safety, he said.

Water polo: Devils continue hot start

Junior attacker Katie Hedley defends against a University of Hawaii player during a match at Plummer Aquatic Center Tuesday.
For the second time in 10 days, the No. 8 ASU water polo team defeated No. 5 Hawaii, except this time it meant a little more.

The first victory over Hawaii was at the Stanford Invitational, but Tuesday night's 8-7 win at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center was a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match, meaning it counted in the conference standings.

Lacrosse: ASU gears up for perennial powerhouse Sonoma State

The ASU men's lacrosse club will be the first to admit that, in athletic competition, there's always room for improvement.

The Great Divide

On the cover
It's Tuesday morning and Amber Guida has just marched into the Hayden Library cafe. The journalism freshman arrived on campus at 8:30 this morning, and this is her only break before 11:00 p.m. when she finishes for the day.

Dressed in a smart pin-stripe jacket and with a cigarette hanging casually between her fingers, Guida appears much older than her 18 years. Sitting down, she lights the cigarette and quickly exhales in one long, exhausted gesture.

'Yoga Chick' offers hip tips for chic beginners

Inhale, exhale and strike a pose -- the three simple rules to yoga.

Bess Gallanis, the author of "Yoga Chick: A Hip Guide to Everything Om," has given women of all ages a guide to becoming "centered."

Her book gives a step-by-step process, with a little philosophy and history in the mix, to help women on the go relax.

Spin this: Belle & Sebastian

During a time in the music scene when the British pop-rock revolution and bands such as The Cribs are getting heavy radio play, it's nice to see a band from nearby Scotland start to put its name on the map.

However, Glasgow's Belle & Sebastian is hardly just starting. Ten years and seven albums later, the band members are veterans in comparison to many of today's "mainstream indie rock" bands.
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