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Campus could house nonstudents


Eric Binns / THE STATE PRESS
Yuki Obamoto and Saeko Sato take a smoking break outside Mariposa Hall, where they are students of the American English and Culture Program.
Living next door to a professor might be the last thing a student wants, but it's not being ruled out in plans for the development of ASU's South Campus.

An apartment-style residence will replace Mariposa and Sahuaro halls and is expected to be complete in 2009.

While the American Campus Communities private development is expected to house mostly upperclassmen and graduate students, the residence to nonstudents if the building is not fully occupied.

"That's just weird," said Daniel Cardenas, a music theater sophomore. "I wouldn't feel comfortable living there because it wouldn't feel like college."

Business static despite new residents

Business owners haven't yet felt the impact of the thousands of students attending the Downtown campus, but the city hopes to change that.

Students don't seem to frequent downtown businesses because they're not aware of what's down there, said Brian Kearney, president and CEO of the Downtown Phoenix Partnership.

Before election, polls, polls everywhere

A week before the election, political news is clogged with percentage points.

Political polls can be generally effective in reflecting expected voter behavior, but their results aren't always accurate come election time.
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SPORTS

Offensive line woes continue for Devils


Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
Safety Josh Barrett makes a tackle during a game against Oregon earlier this season.
The ASU football team's hard-fought 26-23 overtime win at Washington has brought some repercussions as the team took a serious blow to its offensive line with an injury suffered by right tackle Stephen Berg.

Berg, a senior who has started on the offensive line since 2004, injured his right knee Saturday with 6:46 left in the third quarter and had to be helped off the field before heading straight to the locker room.

He later returned to the Sun Devils' sideline late in the fourth quarter, but was out of uniform and wearing a knee brace while on crutches.

Coach Dirk Koetter said after the game he thought Berg's prognosis was not good and confirmed it on Monday.

"He is done for the season," Koetter said. "He's got some more follow-up testing and doctor appointments [Monday], but they are relatively sure he's got a torn [anterior cruciate ligament]."
SPORTS

Men's golf falls in match play event

Playing without two strong players is tough.

The No. 10 ASU men's golf team is finding out just how much senior Niklas Lemke and sophomore Benjamin Alvarado Holley mean to the team.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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

The face of fear

October is a month where anything that makes you jump, scream or pee your pants is fair play. While Halloween is a holiday that focuses on fear, many people have secret reservations that are not showcased in scary movies or haunted houses.
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