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'Jab, cross, ee-yah!'


Ryan A. Ruiz / THE STATE PRESS
Undeclared freshman Kyle Stiak (right) practices a self-defense technique against business freshman Elyse Busa at Women’s Self-Defense Week in the Memorial Union Wednesday as Kaizen Martial Arts Academy instructor Paris Tucker looks on.
Four days after someone broke into six rooms in Adelphi Commons, sounds of 30 women fighting back echoed off the walls in the Memorial Union Wednesday evening.

The women participated in a free self-defense class put on by Kappa Alpha Order.

"It was great," said biology freshman Abby Stec, an Alpha Phi member. "We learned [self-defense] techniques that girls can use."

The fraternity organized a free self-defense class for female students in response to concerns about female safety on campus.

"In general, many women [we knew] weren't feeling safe across ASU," said psychology senior Rick Durley, a member of Kappa Alpha Order. "We wanted to do something to help."

The idea for the class - which is open to anybody, but advertised mainly to campus sororities - came after an alumnus suggested bringing back Women's Self-Defense Week; a program used in the 1990s, Durley said.

The program provided three self-defense sessions with trained professionals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, he said.

Scientists 'dig' ancient skeleton

A dig started by an ASU researcher in Ethiopia almost six years ago has unveiled a major discovery, scientists say.

Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged, a former ASU paleoanthropologist, announced last week that he and his team have discovered the oldest, most complete skeleton of a juvenile human ancestor in Dikika, Ethiopia.

Volunteer gives back to community

While her friends were romping on beaches last summer, Lindsay Samuell was in Tempe, passing her time at the city's historical museum - and loving it.

In fact, the marketing freshman has spent the past four summers working there, as one of the museum's youngest volunteers.
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Volleyball to take on Cal, Stanford


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
Junior setter Rachel Mittelstaedt dives for the ball during practice Wednesday morning at Wells Fargo Arena.
The ASU volleyball team begins a stretch of four straight matches against top-10 foes this weekend, traveling to play No. 7 California Friday and No. 6 Stanford Saturday.

After ending a five-match losing streak to UA with a 3-1 win last weekend, the Sun Devils (9-3, 1-0) will look to end two longer streaks against the Bears and Cardinal.

ASU has lost seven straight to California (12-1, 1-1), dating back to 2002, and have not beaten Stanford (10-2, 1-1) since 2000, a span of 11 matches.

Coach Brad Saindon said he hopes the team can find the form it had in what he said were its best three matches of the season, 3-0 sweeps of Loyola Marymount, Michigan State and Notre Dame.
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Soccer to host UNLV, Mexico national team

The ASU women's soccer team will look to finish its nonconference schedule on a high-note against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas tonight at Sun Devil Soccer Stadium and on Sunday by hosting a friendly against the Mexican Women's National Team.
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On the cover: The other candidate


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
On Nov. 7, millions of Arizonans will head to the polls to choose between current Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano and Republican challenger Len Munsil. Oh yeah, that Libertarian guy's on the ballot, too. And he just so happens to be planning the largest upset in Arizona's political history.

If you feel like talking to Gov. Janet Napolitano, you can call up her campaign offices, talk to Noah, her campaign manager, get directed to Janine, her communications director, and set up an interview.

To get a word in with Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil, first speak with Daniel, who'll give you the phone number of Vernon, the media director, and you'll be speaking with the candidate in a few days.

If you want to talk to Barry Hess, he'll answer the phone.
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Newsweek editor makes mark on campus Tuesday

Between Jon Meacham and Jay Leno, ASU has been rubbing elbows with some top-notch visitors lately.

On Tuesday, the Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series welcomed Newsweek editor Jon Meacham to ASU.

After having dinner with the Marshalls, Meacham spoke at Gammage Auditorium.
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