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Her beauty runs deep

Public relations senior and Miss Tanzania 1999 Hoyce Temu came to the United States to pursue her education. Temu plans to return to her homeland to improve the rights of women and children there and to promote AIDS education.
Hoyce Temu loves being able to walk down Palm Walk without having her picture taken.

"In Tanzania, I can't even walk anywhere without someone taking a picture," said Temu, a public relations and mass communications senior. "They stick up a microphone and ask me where I'm going and what I'm talking to my friends about."

Temu has earned celebrity status as Miss Tanzania 1999 and Miss World Top 20. She has had more than her fair share of publicity, but she says she hasn't let it go to her head.

"I like to stay down-to-earth," she said. "I have to let my actions speak for me and not go around telling everyone who I am."

Those actions, she said, are going to be even more powerful when she returns to Africa after graduating in December to continue her work in women and children's rights issues and AIDS education.

"I have to go back to help build my country," Temu said. "I am so proud to be [at ASU] and I have to utilize the education I have been given."

Red light, green light

Christine Warren decides when drivers in Tempe stop and when they go.

Warren, senior civil engineer for the city, times the traffic lights in Tempe. But in doing so, she must balance the competing interests of businesses, pedestrians, drivers and public safety officials.

Students rally for immigrant rights

Banning in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is unfair and doesn't tackle the broader immigration issue, ASU student leaders said at a rally Wednesday.

The rally attracted about 25 people to protest Proposition 300, which would ban state-funded financial aid for illegal immigrants and require them to pay nonresident tuition at Arizona's universities.

James climbs back up LB rotation

Photo courtesy of Media Relations
ASU Junior linebacker Robert James runs to make a play against Nevada at Sun Devil Stadium Sept. 9.
A football team is often referred to as a family made up of nearly 100 "brothers" who spend countless hours together confronting the toughest of challenges.

For many players it is the only family they have while away at college.

ASU football junior linebacker Robert James, however, is an exception to the rule.

James, an Arizona native who played for Phoenix Maryvale High School, is surrounded by familiar faces in his home state.

"It's cool being able to play in your backyard," James said. "You know you got teammates, fans and family who came to Pop Warner and high school games. And now being able to have my mom come see my college games and everything, it is a good feeling."

The opportunity to stay around those he's close with is what attracted James to ASU.

Football Notebook: Torain makes short list on RB rotation

At this time last year, ASU junior tailback Ryan Torain was rushing for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan., a modest little town with a population of 13,000 people.

On the cover: A walk down memory ave

Photo illustration by Tiffany Tcheng/Katie Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Urban Outfitters, Starbucks and Hippie Gipsy by day. Hooters, the Library and the Big Bang by night.

These are several of the iconic locations that draw students to Mill Avenue.

But contrary to popular belief, it wasn't always the brew that brought visitors to this mecca of activity.

While some people might assume that Tempe is devoid of a rich culture and history, it turns out that Mill Avenue has been a hot spot of activity for decades - dating back all the way to the late 1870s.

In fact, Mill Avenue was established as a main gathering place for Tempe residents long before ASU became a university.

By taking a look at Mill Avenue's history, it's possible to get an idea of just how much Tempe's culture has evolved over the years.

Wet Paint hasn't dried up yet

Scattered among the tubes of paint and stacks of LPs, "Big Lebowski"-themed bowling pins line the walls.

Welcome to Wet Paint Art Supply and Gallery.

The Tempe store and gallery is proudly displaying the final remnants from the summer's popular Final Friday "Big Lebowski" gallery show, based on the 1998 cult film.
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