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Researchers work on HIV vaccine


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
Professor Bertram Jacobs holds a small virus model in his Biodesign Institute office.
Six years ago ASU Professor Bertram Jacobs walked along a street in a rural African village and had a dismal thought.

He knew the statistics, and looking around him, he realized 40 percent of the people he saw were probably infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

"It's like walking down the street and realizing within five years, half the people around you are going to be dead," he said.

That trip to Africa put a face - or rather, many faces - on Jacobs' research back in his ASU lab.

Now, six years later, he said he's less than a year away from perfecting a key component of an HIV vaccine, and if all goes according to plan, a complete vaccine might be ready in seven to eight years.

Tweaked wristband policy leads to longer wait, lines

ASU plans to add an additional gate to hand out wristbands for football games - adjusting an already adjusted system - after thousands of students waited in long lines for the first game Thursday.

Administration plans to have the new gate open for the ASU vs. University of Nevada game on Saturday, said Bill Givens, ASU assistant athletic director.

Mariposa hall, from dorm to dust

When they return for classes next semester, students now living in Mariposa Hall will find their old home a new pile of dust and rubble.

The south-campus residence hall will be destroyed at the end of the fall semester to make way for a new, modern student housing complex.
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Volleyball wins two of three in Auburn


Eric Binns / THE STATE PRESS
Senior outside hitter Nina Reeves spikes the ball during a match earlier this season against Utah Valley State.
The ASU volleyball team went on the road and won two of their three matches this weekend to finish second in the Auburn/Mizuno Challenge.

The Sun Devils (5-1) defeated host Auburn 3-1 and Virginia Tech 3-0 but fell in a five-game thriller to tournament champion, No. 16 Purdue.

The team entered the tournament with a nine-game win streak, sweeping their first three matches at home last weekend. They looked to continue that run against Auburn Friday night.

The first game against the Tigers was close throughout, as neither team ever got more than a four-point advantage. The Sun Devils trailed 23-22 but took over the game from there, winning eight of the next 12 points to win 30-27.
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Koetter not impressed with 'pistol offense'

The ASU football team will face an unusual offense for the second straight week when it takes on the University of Nevada, Reno this Saturday.

The Sun Devils tackled NAU's passing-happy spread offense in its season opener and will now be confronted with Nevada's "pistol offense."
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On the Cover: Spirited Redemption


Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Enjoying keg parties and two-for-one shot specials doesn't make you an alcoholic - but it can make you a murderer. Here's how drinking and driving for the first time led to disaster for one typically responsible 21-year-old and how it could happen to you.

Stephen Cauley doesn't remember killing Benjamin Johnson.


The night of June 19, 2004, Cauley left a South Carolina bar, clumsily climbed into his '96 Eclipse and drove to a nearby Waffle House to sober up.


It was the first time he'd driven drunk. And it was the last time 68-year-old Johnson ever went on an early-morning bike ride.

"I don't remember ever getting into the car," Cauley, now a 24-year-old student at Paradise Valley Community College, gravely says.

Cauley was blacked out during the accident. Too drunk to realize he'd gotten in his car. Too drunk to comprehend he was driving. Too drunk to realize he'd just hit a man.
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