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Students may study in Phoenix, but they're letting loose in Tempe


Ryan A. Ruiz / THE STATE PRESS
Undeclared freshman Jaqui Schraeder applies makeup in the mirror of her residence hall in the Residential Commons at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus Saturday evening with plans of attending a Tempe Halloween party.
Jaqui Schraeder came to ASU from Manhattan, the "city that never sleeps," so it's no surprise that the undeclared freshman is having a tough time adjusting to downtown Phoenix's bedtime - 2 p.m.

"Businesses are pretty much open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.," Schraeder said. "So when I get back from class, there's nothing to do."

Lack of late-night activity takes away from the college atmosphere in downtown Phoenix, driving many of the Residential Commons' 150 residents to Tempe.

Most students come to parties in Tempe on Friday and Saturday nights, said Schraeder, who applied to live on the Tempe campus as soon as a bed is available.

Lack of late-night activity takes away from the college atmosphere in downtown Phoenix, driving many of the Residential Commons' 150 residents to Tempe.

Most students come to parties in Tempe on Friday and Saturday nights, said Schraeder, who applied to live on the Tempe campus as soon as a bed is available.

ASU straddles national tuition averages

Compared to national averages, ASU's in-state students are getting a better deal on tuition than their out-of-state classmates, according to a recently published national report.

An annual survey by the College Board totals the national average for undergraduate resident tuition and fees at public four-year universities at $5,836. At ASU's Tempe and Downtown Phoenix campuses, students pay $4,689, about $1,200 less than the national average.

Professors building digital embryo-research library

Professor Jane Maienschein has more than 4,000 books in her personal library. Her colleague Manfred Laubichler has more than 8,000 in his.

Now, these two biology and society professors, along with an international team, are building a digital library for everyone's use.
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Devils overcome surroundings, penalties for must-win


Trevor Klein / The (UW) Daily
ASU Safety Zach Catanese dives for Husky tailback Louis Rankin during Saturday’s win over Washington.
SEATTLE — The Good: No matter how it comes or how good Washington happens to be, a win at Husky Stadium is no easy task. The environment is loud, the climate is damp and cold and no current Sun Devil had ever played there, as ASU last visited Seattle seven years ago. But the team persevered, getting its second consecutive Pac-10 win — no easy task in and of itself.

On the field, the Sun Devils' ground attack continued to roll, accounting for 190 yards to keep control of the game in ASU's hands. And except for a stretch in the fourth quarter, the defense again played well, holding UW to 274 total yards and just 177 through the first three quarters.
SPORTS

Volleyball can't pull any upsets

The ASU volleyball team fell short in its two upset bids this weekend, losing to No. 3 Stanford and No. 11 California.

The Sun Devils (11-11, 3-8) lost 3-0 to the Cardinal Friday and 3-1 to the Bears Saturday, meaning they will have to win four of their final seven matches to be eligible for an NCAA tournament bid.
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On The Cover: Searching for Spirits


Katie E. Lehman / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
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.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Museum celebrates death with art

A live Mariachi band, free tamales, and chips and salsa helped kick off the ASU Museum of Anthropology's seventh annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition Thursday evening.

The exhibit displays a wide variety of both traditional and nontraditional altars that portray the theme of the exhibit, "Transcending Borders."
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