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From living room to lecture hall


Courtney Sargent / THE STATE PRESS
English literature freshman Kaylee Peelen was home-schooled through high school but has adjusted to life at a public university.
Despite having only one teacher until college - her mom - Kaylee Peelen found the transition from home schooling to the nation's largest public-university campus fairly painless.

Peelen, who grew up in Gilbert, said the transition to on-campus living wasn't a big deal.

"I was used to being around people, " she said.

While some people stereotype home-schooled students as shy and socially awkward, Peelen said that's rarely the case.

The home-schooled students she knows often break "all the stereotypes," said Peelen, who was one of an estimated 1.1 million students in the United States who are home-schooled each year.

"I know home-schoolers who will not be quiet," Peelen said. "I also know home-schoolers who are very academically minded and really enjoy sitting quietly by themselves."

University officials offer the same advice to home-schooled students that they would to any in-coming freshman, said Mistalene Calleroz, University Student Initiatives assistant vice president.

Phil Mickelson makes big donation on behalf of PGA

The Professional Golfing Association of America announced the donations to members of its Golf: For Business & Life program in September, and ASU was among those awarded.

PGA announced a sum of $50,000 that will likely go to the Professional Golf Management program at Polytechnic campus. The donation was announced in conjunction with the 36th Ryder Cup, played in Ireland Sept. 22-24.

Forget the rivalry, be a doctor

Overcoming a time-honored rivalry, ASU is welcoming UA into its backyard to bring the first medical college to Phoenix.

UA opened its College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix Tuesday in collaboration with ASU.

Faculty and administrators are moving into the three historic buildings that once housed Phoenix Union High School. Still, the first class of 24 students won't arrive until August 2007.
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Richardson still struggling


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Wide receiver Terry Richardson charges up the field during a game against Oregon earlier this season.
The 2006 football season was supposed to be the year ASU senior Terry Richardson finally proved he is every bit the wide receiver people expected him to be.

Yet Richardson, who came out of Centennial High School (Calif.) in 2002 rated the No. 3 wide receiver in the West by PrepStar, has just five catches for 113 yards in five games for the Sun Devils this season.

He was at a loss for words when asked to explain why he has only five catches, two of which have been for touchdowns.

"I don't know," Richardson said. "I can't really blame it on anybody. But if it was timing, we didn't have the time. Carpenter's attempts to me are up there, but the completions aren't. I really don't know, and I really haven't went in and played detective on exactly what's going on. All I can do is keep running my routes hard and try to turn it around."
SPORTS

Devils take early lead despite loss of top two players

After taking an early lead at the Edean Inlanfeldt Invitational, the No. 6 ranked ASU women's golf team fell back to third place at 29-over-par 605.
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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.
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Driving in Arizona: Safely cruising the Valley's roads

Driving in the region of Phoenix requires skill, attentiveness and patience.

Frustrated drivers commute, students scramble for parking, hastiness causes accidents, cars break down and just getting home safely is a feat.
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