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Students brave commute

Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
Honors College sophomore Ty Rosensteel pulled out his homework for the ride downtown.
As ASU continues to spread out across four campuses, students must navigate miles of freeway or public transportation options to make it to class on time.

For students who live far from campus, their daily commutes can prove both costly and lengthy.

Anthropology senior Chelsea Thomsen drives to ASU's Tempe campus four days a week from north Phoenix, off Tatum Boulevard and the Loop 101.

The drive usually takes about 30 minutes, but it can take up to an hour, Thomsen said.

"My biggest issue is what I spend on gas ... I spend maybe $75 to $100 a week," she said.

Natalie Kiesler, an anthropology freshman, encounters similar problems when she commutes from north Scottsdale to Tempe.

Amnesty, library to showcase banned books

"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" has not always been on the required reading list.

In fact, the Mark Twain novel, like thousands of others, was previously banned by public-school systems for its supposedly inappropriate topics.

EPA delivers breath of fresh air

Construction crews around ASU and Tempe may soon have to step up their efforts to keep dust down, according to stricter air-quality rules announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday.

The regulations, which the EPA said are the toughest ever, do not directly require ASU to enact any policy changes but charge the state with meeting new federal standards for particulate matter air pollution.

Koetter not concerned about QB's struggles

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Rudy Carpenter hands the ball off at a game at Sun Devil Stadium earlier this year.
The effects of a sophomore slump seemingly have caught up with ASU sophomore quarterback Rudy Carpenter.

Carpenter, who started in five games last season, has struggled at times throwing the ball this year, most notably during ASU's 49-21 loss to California on Saturday.

Carpenter led the NCAA in 2005 in pass efficiency with a 175.0 rating but has tumbled to No. 31 in 2006 with a rating of 143.8.

His statistics through four games this season are 71 completions on 123 attempts for 1,019 yards and 11 touchdowns with eight interceptions.

Four of those interceptions were thrown against Cal and led Carpenter to say he wasn't as good as he thought he was.

But coach Dirk Koetter said it is just a matter of Carpenter getting back to basics.

Devils hope to avenge 2005 season

It isn't often that a collegiate athletic program is disappointed with a season in which it earned a berth in the NCAA tournament.

But when the ASU women's tennis team was upset in the first round of last year's tournament, the Sun Devils weren't content.

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.
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