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'Bowled' over academics

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Painting undergraduate Stephen Cummings and art history undergraduate Tim Witucky, of the Herberger College of Fine Arts Team, keep their spirits high at the Academic Bowl in the Memorial Union Thursday night. The final score at the end of round two was Herberger College, 75, and Fulton College, 270.
A buzzer sounds, a red light flashes, the crowd is silent ... "Is it 'Gunsmoke'?" says one team member, his voice unsure but quick to answer.

"No. 'The Golden Girls!'" the moderator says. The crowd laughs.

Eight teams battled for intellectual bragging rights Thursday in the first round of ASU's inaugural Academic Bowl.

Colleges from Group A of the competition competed in four matches of a game-show style trivia contest. Group B will compete in their first round Oct. 19.

The winning teams, including the Fulton School of Engineering, University College, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will advance to the next round on Oct. 25.

Karl Sturm, a civil engineering junior, led the Fulton team to victory, 270 to 75 against the Herberger College of Fine Arts.

"It was a little nerve racking," he said.

Sturm stunned the crowd when he knew which English-speaking country had a triton as its national symbol.

Police, fire fear loss of benefits

The gay marriage ban on Arizona's November ballot would hurt recruitment for Tempe police and fire, union representatives said Thursday at a press conference outside city hall.

"If Proposition 107 passes it will drastically affect the current benefits that our firefighters get today," said fire Capt. Rich Woerth, president of the Tempe Firefighters.

Devils, Trojans have changed since '06

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Sun Devil quarterback Rudy Carpenter looks downfield before tossing a pass during a game against Oregon earlier this season.
What a difference a year has made for the ASU football team.

Heading into a matchup with then-No. 1 University of Southern California last season, the Sun Devils were ranked No. 14 in the nation with a 3-1 record and would have had an unblemished 4-0 record if not for several special teams mishaps against then-No. 5 Louisiana State University three weeks prior.

The Sun Devils' and Trojans' 2005 game in Tempe also had the excitement and buildup of a big-time event.

National media took notice with ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcasting live from ASU's campus. The game was also broadcast nationally on ABC.

Junior wide receiver Rudy Burgess said he remembers all the attention.

"Last year was a lot more exciting and there was a lot more going on," Burgess said. "But I think that brought a lot of distraction to our team and maybe that's why it ended up the way it did. There's not so much hype on us this week and we've been able to stay focused and practice the way we do."

Cross country splits roster between Indiana, Tempe

Terre Haute, Ind., is familiar territory for the ASU men's and women's cross country teams.

The Sun Devils will be splitting the squads up Saturday, sending its top runners to the NCAA Pre-National Meet hosted by Indiana State at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center, while the rest will be staying in Tempe to compete in the Canyon West Classic at Kiwanis Park.

On the Cover: Generation M

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.

Go Greek without the hazing

ASU is well known for its Greek life when it comes to fraternities and sororities, but for real Greek culture, students should head over to the 46th annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival on Friday, Oct. 13.

Through Sunday, you can "Get a little piece of Greece here in Phoenix," said Chris Petroulakis, festival co-chairman.
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