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Athletic deptartment tweaks wristband policy

Recreation and tourism management senior and box office clerk at Wells Fargo Arena Bridgid Egan sells a season ticket to pre-bisuness sophomore Ruben Estrada Tuesday afternoon.
The ASU Athletic Department is retooling the controversial football wristband policy, hoping to make it more convenient for students.

Students wanting to cheer on ASU's football team from the lower level of the stadium still need a wristband to get in - but now the golden tickets would be handed out 90 minutes before kickoff instead of a day in advance.

"What we're trying to do is prevent the overcrowding issues and still provide an enjoyable atmosphere for the students to enjoy the game," said Bill Givens, ASU's assistant athletic director.

The policy debuted last season, replacing stamps.

Though he doesn't like the wristband policy in general, anthropology senior Ryan Leyba, who has been attending Sun Devil football games for five years, said the change is a good thing.

"I had work on Fridays, so I couldn't sit where I wanted to sit," Leyba said about last season's policy.

Marketplace mall may accent Mill Avenue

When Tempe gets a new mall next year, it will attract shoppers with more than one million square feet of shopping and a laser light display - but city officials don't think Mill Avenue business will suffer.

"I think there's a large enough market and there's certainly enough interest for both of them to do well," said Mary Ann Miller, president of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.

Parties, profs, students get low marks

ASU's academics are faltering and its party-school image is fading, according to a newly published national college ranking.

The Princeton Review's 2007 edition of "The Best 361 Colleges," released Tuesday, included ASU as an "America's Best Value" and "Best Western" college.

But it also listed ASU in the top 20 for absent and mediocre professors and apathetic students.

Facebook photos fair game

When sophomore Adam Fabian heard about a student being evicted from Manzanita Hall last spring because of photos, he took his pictures off the social networking site.

"I got worried after I heard about that," said Fabian, a computer systems engineering sophomore. "I just have normal headshot pictures now."

Sun Devils hope to reach Pac-10's top half

Junior defensive specialist Alison Lund gets ready to serve the ball during volleyball practice at Wells Fargo Arena Tuesday.
For this year's ASU volleyball team to reach its first NCAA Tournament since 2002, it will first need to survive playing in one of the premier conferences in all of college sports.

The Pac-10 has produced 11 of the last 16 national champions, including the last five - Stanford in 2001 and 2004, USC in 2002 and 2003 and Washington last year - and the league is projected to remain strong again in 2006.

Six teams are ranked in the CSTV/AVCA preseason top 25, highlighted by No. 3 Washington and No. 4 Stanford.

The Sun Devils finished eighth in the Pac-10 last season with a 3-15 conference record, but fourth-year coach Brad Saindon said he feels this year's team can move into the top half of the conference and get into the NCAA tournament.

Newcomers look to improve Devils' 'D'

It's no secret the fate of the 2006 ASU football team likely doesn't depend on who is under center, but on how well the defense plays.

A dismal performance in 2005 had ASU's defense ranked No. 114 out of 117 NCAA Division 1-A schools, as the unit gave up 35 or more points on five occasions.

Chocolate cell phone semisweet

Photo Illustration by Ryan A. Ruiz / THE STATE PRESS
Public relations and journalism junior Allie Wester talks on her MP3 phone in her Tempe apartment Tuesday.
With the sale of 32 million iPods in 2005, cell phone companies are taking notice of consumer demand for digital music.

Verizon's newly released VX-8500 Chocolate phone, while not the first of its kind, marks the latest music phone to hit shelves.

The phone has an expandable memory equal to the two-gigabyte iPod nano and the ability to download 1.3 million songs wirelessly from Verizon's V Cast mobile store. Chocolate's technology begs the question: Can a phone really replace your iPod?

Public relations junior Allie Wester already owns an iPod Nano, but got the first taste of her Chocolate phone when she received it Monday.

"I thought it would be cool to have both of them together so I wouldn't have to carry around a phone and an iPod," Wester said.

However, after looking further into the music aspect of the phone she decided not to use the much-advertised feature due to Chocolate's incompatibility with Apple's iTunes.
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