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Let the race begin!


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
James Kerly of the Johnson Ranch area of Queen Creek yells out “Four more years,” during a Janet Napolitano rally before the taping of Thursday’s debate at KAET studios at ASU.
Campus was abuzz late Thursday afternoon as supporters of Arizona's gubernatorial candidates rallied before a televised debate at ASU.

Gov. Janet Napolitano and challengers Libertarian Barry Hess and Republican Len Munsil shared their views about tax cuts, education and the economy at KAET Eight Arizona State University studio.

Border security, a perpetual hot topic in Arizona, was also a primary focus of the debate. Munsil accused Napolitano of not taking proper action on securing Arizona's border in her last four years in office.

"The unsecured border affects the quality of life for the people of Arizona," Munsil said. "The governor has done nothing to make the borders more secure."

It's 'Patent or perish'

With ASU's focus on entrepreneurial initiatives, there's a new ultimatum for researchers in town - "patent or perish."

Arizona's number of patents increased last year, and ASU students and researchers are asking where the push for intellectual property, or IP, is leading the University.

Health services prepare to fight influenza

ASU Campus Health Service expects to have enough influenza vaccine for students and employees who want protection this flu season.

About 5,000 flu shots will arrive in two shipments this month and next, said Lori Lynn, a nursing supervisor.

Half of this supply is for students, the other half for employees, Lynn said.
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Torain 'the Train' paces ground game


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Junior tailback Ryan Torain charges up the field during last weekend’s football game against Oregon
Ryan Torain went from receiving just one offer to play college football to becoming the featured running back for a NCAA Division I program.

The transfer junior running back from Shawnee Mission, Kan., has quickly emerged as the ASU football team's go-to-guy on the ground, beating out the incumbent, sophomore Keegan Herring.

Torain also faced competition from sophomore Shaun DeWitty and true freshman Dimitri Nance, as all four running backs split carries at the start of the season.

"I knew coming in there was competition and I had to compete," Torain said. "But I expect to work hard and to play. When you work hard, good things happen."

And even though coach Dirk Koetter has named Torain his No. 1 running back and gave him his first start of the season against Oregon on Sept. 30, Torain feels he's just doing his job.

"I still feel like I am a role player," Torain said. "I got to know my role and keep doing what I'm doing.
SPORTS

Volleyball hosts pair of juggernauts

After losing to top-10 teams Stanford and California last weekend, the schedule gets even tougher this week for the ASU volleyball team (9-5, 1-2), as it hosts No. 4 USC Friday and No. 3 UCLA Saturday.

The Women of Troy (15-0, 4-0) and the Bruins (17-0, 4-0) both beat defending national champion Washington last weekend, and they sit atop the Pac-10 as the only teams without a conference loss.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

On The Cover: When love hurts


Jeremiah Armenta / THE STATE PRESS
We've all seen the images on the 5 o'clock news - women and children, beaten and bruised, living in shelters to escape their violent boyfriends and husbands. They're horrible, but they're also a stereotype. Men aren't the only ones who abuse.

On a night that she will never forget, Christina Castillejo took a knife out of the kitchen cabinet and contemplated committing suicide.

Trapped in her abusive relationship, the now 20-year-old secondary education major felt scared, worthless and alone. When her partner woke her up and threw her out of her bedroom in the middle of the night more than a year and a half ago, Castillejo reached her breaking point.

"It seemed like the only way out at the time," Castillejo says.

She had never thought about killing herself before. She didn't make the fatal choice that night, either.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

'Calamity Physics' is better than a twisted game of Clue

Tired of textbooks? Me too. I picked up "Special Topics in Calamity Physics" and discovered a new outlook on university curricula.

When to read? When you can't take any more textbooks or when you're avoiding them.

Your professor probably won't be offended to see the cover of the book when he glances over at you in class and notices your preoccupation. In fact, he may even applaud your extensive out-of-class research.
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