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Programs expose students to diverse educations


Ryan A. Ruiz / THE STATE PRESS
Pre-business freshman JiaQi Bao (top) is bilingual - speaking English and Chinese - while Ariana Mikulski, an assistant professor with the Southwest Borderlands Initiative, speaks English and Spanish.
JiaQi Bao left China for Arizona five years ago, hoping for a diverse education.

"I want to expose myself to different cultural elements so I can understand other people and the rest of the world," said Bao, a pre-business freshman.

With continual increases in faculty and staff diversity, ASU Vice President of University Student Initiatives James Rund said a diverse education for students like Bao is very important.

"[Diversity] is who we are, and are becoming," Rund said. "In 2009, for example, 50 percent of students enrolled in Arizona schools will be Latino."

This fall one in seven freshmen is from a Hispanic background, and 27.6 percent of the freshman class reported minority status, according to the ASU Office of Institutional Analysis.

Of all new faculty this fall, 37 percent are minority and 16 are Hispanic, according to data from the Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost.

Check your inbox, you've got Gmail

By next semester, ASU e-mail will let students instant message friends, schedule classes and search their inboxes, all with a little help from Google.

In the first project of its kind in the company's history, all 65,000 asu.edu student e-mail addresses are being switched over to Google e-mail, or Gmail, accounts.
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The real McFoy makes quick impact


Eric Binns / THE STATE PRESS
Arizona State safety Ryan McFoy tackles Nevada running back Robert Hubbard during the fourth quarter of a game at Sun Devil Stadium earlier this season.
When Ryan McFoy decided to join the ASU football team, he did more than just choose a college to attend - he split a family in half along college football rivalry lines.

McFoy, a true freshman safety, has an old brother, Chris, who is a senior wide receiver at USC, which happens to be ASU's opponent this week when the Sun Devils travel to Los Angeles.

It will be the second straight week the younger McFoy has stepped foot in the Trojans' Memorial Coliseum as he attended the game between USC and Washington Saturday during ASU's bye week.

McFoy said the game has been the cause for a lot of trash talking between him and his older brother, even though Chris will not be playing because of a shoulder injury.
SPORTS

Volleyball set for critical week

After four straight losses to top-10 teams in the last two weeks, the ASU volleyball team hits the road to face unranked Oregon and Oregon State this week.

The Sun Devils (9-7, 1-4) meet Oregon (12-3, 2-3) on Thursday and then face the Beavers (3-11, 0-5) Friday.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

On the Cover: Generation M


Jeremiah Armenta / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
We watched the clock tick down to midnight on the eve of the new millennium. We were old enough to understand the significance of the Twin Towers falling, but we were clueless about the Berlin Wall. We're a new generation - the millennial generation - and now the rest of the country is watching us.

You are being watched.

Researchers know who you are. They've seen what sites you visit on the Internet and how frequently you visit them. They monitor your text messaging, blogging and podcasting. They're aware of your attitudes toward minorities, your feelings about politics and your constant need to multitask.

And what they don't know, they'll soon find out.

At least, that's what experts hope. Researchers both nationwide and at ASU are devoting large portions of their time to learning more about our generation - the millennial generation.
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Local Limelight: Ride 'em, cowgirl

Stephanie Eason never thought she'd be a singer. But when her best friend secretly signed her up for a church talent show three years ago, she realized her hidden talent for singing.

She ended up singing Mandy Moore songs in the talent show two years in a row. Each time she competed against more than 15 other teens, and each time she took the bronze medal.
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