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Little India spices up Tempe


Ryan A. Ruiz / THE STATE PRESS
Raveen Arora owns and operates the India Plaza at 1874 E. Apache Blvd. in Tempe. The India Plaza sells authentic Indian food, groceries, clothes and more.
So many East Indians lived in Mayur Jain's old apartment complex that fellow residents dubbed it Bharat Bhavan, or India House, in the Hindi language.

Jain, 23, who lived in University Crossroads Apartments, would often watch movies, drink and play cricket with his fellow Indian students.

The apartments, located near Terrace Drive and Lemon Street, are at the heart of what some call a thriving Indian community.

"There was a time when they had about 95 percent Indians in those apartments," said Jain, who graduated from ASU in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in computer science.

Most of the estimated 200 Indians in the community are students, said Kalpana Batni, president of the India Association of Phoenix.

The area has been a vibrant Indian community for at least 20 years, she added.

"You can hear Indian music playing loudly in those buildings," Batni said. "Everyone's cooking for each other. It's almost like they're recreating India."

Bike theft still 'cycling' problem for students

It's no news that bike theft is a big problem at ASU. That's why political science freshman Bobby Kirby was surprised when ASU police returned his bicycle to him the same day it went missing.

Bike theft is the most commonly reported property crime at ASU, said Officer Randy Hoyum, of ASU Crime Prevention Unit.

About 1.5 million bikes are stolen every year, according to the National Bike Registry.

Bikes are stolen at all times during the school year, but the first month of classes, spring break and winter break are when bike thefts are most common, Hoyum said.
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Devils travel to Colorado


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Starting quarterback Rudy Carpenter gets ready to make a pass during last weeks victory over NAU.
When ASU football coach Dirk Koetter looks across the field Saturday at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colo., he will not only see one, but two familiar faces.

The University of Colorado, ASU's third opponent of the season, is led by new head coach Dan Hawkins and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, both of whom previously worked with Koetter. Koetter hired Hawkins and Helfrich to be assistants on his first coaching staff when Koetter was hired as the head coach at Boise State in 1998.

"Dan was a very important member of my first coaching staff at Boise State," Koetter said. "He helped me a lot as he had already had head-coaching experience and I had not."

Hawkins, who gave up a head-coaching job at Williamette University in Salem, Ore., to join Koetter, coached tight ends and special teams while Helfrich oversaw quarterbacks.

Together the three of them guided Boise State to a pair of 10-win seasons and Big West Conference championships in three years.
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Volleyball faces critical weekend tourney

In its final preparation for Pac-10 conference play, the ASU volleyball team (6-2) will host the Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic this weekend.

The Sun Devils will face Duke on Friday, Butler on Saturday, and then meet up with Notre Dame in the tournament finale Sunday.

With the next five matches after this weekend all coming against top-25 teams and Pac-10 foes, coach Brad Saindon said these three games are crucial for his team.
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On the cover: Buying beauty


Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
From Ashlee Simpson's nose and Pamela Anderson's breasts to Demi Moore's, well, everything, it's apparent that cosmetic surgery has become a frequent occurrence among celebrities today.

But celebrities aren't the only ones going under the knife.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, patients between the ages of 19 and 34 made up about a quarter of the 11.5 million cosmetic procedures last year. All together, Americans spent $12.4 billion nipping and tucking.

Mass marketing

With such a large pool of young people, it's no wonder that surgeons like Dr. Summer Daiza of the Plastic Surgery Center of Scottsdale, located at 10900 N. Scottsdale Road, are advertising directly to ASU students.

Daiza ran an advertisement for 10 percent off breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tucks, chemical peels, skin care and other cosmetic procedures in ASU's Camptoons promotion map.
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