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Politicians are newest "friends" to join MySpace


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Post graduate Ed Ableser logs on to check Myspace.com Sunday afternoon.
No strangers to the World Wide Web, Arizona politicians are looking beyond conventional campaign sites to social network Myspace.com for an added boost on the campaign trail.

Sen. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe, has 109 MySpace .com "friends." Ableser says he continues to get "a ton" of new friend requests everyday.

"People on my friends list are anyone who's more interested in hearing about what I believe," Ableser said.

Ableser, a District 17 candidate for the state House seat in the September 12 primary, said MySpace.com has been an extremely useful and effective tool in his campaign since he joined the Web site in March.

MySpace.com is listed as one of the world's top ten most popular sites on the Internet, and has 500,000 new members signing up each week, according to Alexa, a branch of Amazon.com that ranks Internet traffic.

Koetter changes mind, Carpenter to start

Keller was originally announced the starter during the Sun Devils' final scrimmage Friday night when he took the field with the first team offense, but a series of events may have been factors in the change.

First, Carpenter outgunned Keller at the scrimmage, as the sophomore threw for 342 yards and five touchdowns.

Room service anyone?

When Pamela Salvador arrived Thursday at ASU's new Downtown campus, the last thing she expected was to move into a former hotel.

"We stayed at a hotel the night before, and this feels the same," Salvador said as she sat on one of the room's two full-sized beds in the old Ramada Inn. The former hotel is now known as ASU's Residential Commons.

Officials work out Downtown kinks

As the inaugural class of ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus began courses today, several challenges remained for the fledgling institution.

"There's a lot of stresses," said ASU President Michael Crow, speaking Tuesday about establishing the campus while simultaneously expanding it to more students.

MU eatery remodel unveiled

The Memorial Union's newest eatery, Pitchforks, opened Thursday with a backdrop of maroon and gold balloon archways and Caribbean drum beats after several months of renovations.

Pitchforks is part of the University's efforts to expand dining options in light of a mandatory meal plan for students living on campus that took effect this semester.
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SPORTS

Carpenter shines in final scrimmage


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Sophomore tailback Keegan Herring returns a punt during Friday's scrimmage at Sun Devil Stadium.
The ASU quarterback controversy came to an end Friday night when Sam Keller took to the field with the first-team offense.

At least, that's what everyone thought.

Coach Dirk Koetter announced days before that the starting quarterback would be revealed at the beginning of the team's final preseason scrimmage, held at Sun Devil Stadium. Whoever trotted out with the first-team offense would be the starter.

That was Keller, who was greeted by a roar of approval from fans in attendance. Keller had been in a heated competition for the starting job with sophomore Rudy Carpenter since spring practices in April.

"I feel really good," Keller said Friday. "I'm excited, I'm happy and I'm also very humbled. It's a dream to be a senior and to be able to play your last year and play for all the marbles."

On Sunday, Koetter reversed his decision, announcing Carpenter would be the team's starter.
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Movie Review: Why are there so many snakes on this plane?


James Dittiger / New Line Production (c) 2005
Samuel L. Jackson stars as “Neville Flynn” in New Line Cinema’s intense action feature Snakes On A Plane.
There are some movies in which the level of promotion makes it impossible for the viewer to come out of the theater feeling it was as good as what they expected.

For those who wonder if "Snakes on a Plane" can live up to its hype, Samuel L. Jackson had this to say:

"How can it not? The only way it wouldn't do well is if there was only one snake on the plane and it had no teeth and didn't bite anybody," Jackson told Entertainment News Wire. "That's the only way it could fail."

It was at that moment I knew I had to see "Snakes."

The plot follows FBI agent Neville Flynn (Jackson) on his assignment to protect pansy Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips) from kung fu gangster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson), after witnessing Kim murder a criminal prosecutor.
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