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Let's talk about sex with RHA

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Freshmen Shannan Sorenson, Alexis Bobo, and David Clark contemplate products put on display by Fascinations during a
sex-education seminar held at the Sahuaro Cafe Thursday evening. After a representative from Fascinations dispensed advice on how to have safe and fun sex, students were treated to cup cakes, party favors and a viewing of the HBO hit “Sex and the City.”
"S-E-X" is spelled out in pink streamers on a brick wall, pink balloons are scattered across the floor and various massage oils, lubricants and toys are on display on the coffee table.

It's not your typical Thursday evening at the Sahuaro Cafe.

About 20 students attended the Residence Hall Association's "Sex and the City Night" Thursday to learn about safer and more enjoyable sex and watch the famed HBO series on DVD.

Cristina Wong, a party representative for Fascinations, dished out sexual health advice as well as tips on having creative orgasms with or without a partner.

"You don't need a man when you have one of these," Wong said, showing a vibrator called the Crystal Rabbit to the women in the crowd. "Men are nice, but this can't give you an STD, and it can't get you pregnant."

Students were quiet at first during Wong's presentation, but after some initial giggling subsided, the conversation turned to a free-for-all question and answer session.

"A girl once told me about the dolphin," said one male student. "What does it look like?"

City looks to sports to pump up budget

Tempe has lost a major deal for a proposed sports venue near Tempe Town Lake, but officials said this isn't a setback for plans to turn the city into an amateur sports Mecca.

A deal for a 19-acre facility fell through after the Kentucky-based developer, STH Enterprises, failed to meet contract deadlines, said Nancy Ryan, Tempe Town Lake project manager.

Munsil talks tuition with College Republicans

Republican gubernatorial candidate Len Munsil told about 30 College Republicans Thursday he would propose freezing tuition rates if he were elected governor.

Munsil, who graduated from ASU in 1985, spoke at the Agriculture Building, drumming up support in the last few weeks until the Nov. 7 election.

ASU students have a lot at stake in this race, Munsil said.

Devils visit UW for first time in 7 years

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Quarterback Rudy Carpenter gets ready to throw a pass during the third quarter of Saturday’s game against Stanford.
The ASU football team will be facing the unknown in more ways than one Saturday when it hits the road to square off against Washington.

The Sun Devils will be making their first appearance in Seattle in more than seven years. The last time an ASU football team played in Husky Stadium was in 1999 when a Ryan Kealy-led team triumphed over Washington, 28-7.

A scheduling snafu is considered the culprit that has forced Washington to travel to Sun Devil Stadium the past four times the teams have met.

In traveling to the Emerald City this season, the Sun Devils will be faced with the drastic change in climate that comes with playing in the northwestern part of the country.

Yet they don't believe that will be a problem.

"I'd say it would be very comparable to Colorado and we played fine in that weather," coach Dirk Koetter said. "In fact I think the players really enjoyed it."

Huskies go home after 2 near upsets

After nearly pulling off a miracle in Berkeley, the Washington football team will be returning home.

Coach Tyrone Willingham and the Huskies (4-4, 2-3) welcome ASU (4-3 1-3) to Husky Stadium on Saturday for their homecoming after nearly upsetting Cal in overtime last weekend.

On The Cover: Searching for Spirits

Pumpkins, graves and ghosts, oh my! While the sheet-spirit is obviously a fake, some people, like Mesa ghosthunter Debe Branning, believes ghosts are real.
The MVD Ghostchasers are who you're really gonna call for haunted houses, spirit-infested spots and any other ghostbusting needs in Arizona. This team of ghosthunters brings "Ghostbusters" from the silver screen to real life.

Debe Branning leads a double life.

By day, Branning is a receptionist at the Anasazi Animal Clinic. But at night, the 5-foot mother of two takes on the paranormal as the director of MVD Ghostchasers.

Branning, a 53-year-old Mesa resident, first plunged into the paranormal when she worked at the Mesa Motor Vehicle Division 15 years ago. Branning and a few other women who worked at the MVD wanted to take a weekend vacation with a creepy twist. That's when they found themselves in the midst of moving shadows at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas for a bit of ghost hunting.

Branning says the group smelled phantom cigar smoke and heard footsteps in the basement of the hotel. They also felt someone brushing up against them in a dark hallway.

Sitcom creator turns out side-splitting book

After some time out of the spotlight, funnyman Phil Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of one of our favorite shows, "Everybody Loves Raymond," is back in action.

Last week, Rosenthal released a new book titled "You're Lucky You're Funny."
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