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September 11 , 2012 VOLUME 3 ISSUE NO. 1
An Independent Newspaper Serving ASU’s West campus Community

Javier Urcyo, the youngest non-degree seeking student at ASU

West Campus Clubs: Page 11

A list of some of the clubs at the West campus

Curiosity Engineer: Page 14
An interview with David Andersen

Can You Be Perfect?: Page 15

Coach Graham leads the team to a 2-0 start

Beware the Sun Devil’s Pitchfork!

Find out how the new ASU ID program is raising your fees Page 4


September 11 , 2012


ASU Police Address Spring 2012’s Mini Crime Wave
By Harmon Gale The West campus has a reputation as the quiet one among ASU’s four. The statistics support that notion. According to the the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education, from 2005-2010 the West campus faced fewer reported cases of burglary, theft, violent crime and arrests than Polytechnic, Downtown and Tempe. However, the Spring 2012 semester saw a rash of petty crime at West, culminating in the campus’ first armed robbery. On the night of Feb. 27, a burglar struck the West campus. Café West in the UCB was hit first. The perpetrator managed to squeeze in through a gap between a wall and a window, making off with $142 in candy and juice. The gap has since been closed The same night, three unlocked cars in the Las Casas parking lot were broken into. The burglar took a car stereo and other personal possessions. ASU Police suspected the same person was responsible for several of the bike thefts in the preceding months. James Hardina, the then ASU Police Department spokesman and Commander on the Polytechnic campus, told @west’s Robert Gehl, “If people just lock their car doors [and] lock their bikes, it would prevent virtually all thefts on campus.” In July of this year, Hardina was promoted to ASU PD’s Assistant Chief in charge of Patrol Operations. Then in late March an armed robbery occurred; a first for West. On the 29th at approximately 6:50 p.m., two suspects identified as black males robbed a student of his laptop at gunpoint outside the CLCC building. A detailed description of the suspects, including a sketch of one, can be found at Nearly a month later, on Apr. 27, just off-campus at 51st Ave. and Sweetwater Blvd., a female ASU student and a male were robbed of their phones, as well as a bike and a laptop by three suspects described as black males. ASU’s text alert stated that the suspects “simulated a weapon,” meaning pointing fingers in the shape of a handgun through clothing or a similar gesture. ASU Police believe the suspects in the March robbery were involved. The Phoenix Police Department reports no arrests in the off-campus robbery. “Within days after the [March] robbery,” Hardina said in a May interview with @west, “we had undercover officers on campus posing with laptops as bait officers to get robbed.” Portable surveillance cameras were also deployed on the campus, according to Hardina. “Since then we’ve had no thefts or robberies or anything,” said Hardina, “so either it worked or for whatever reason the problem shifted off-campus.” Hardina said, “it’s not just ASU PD investigating” the West campus robberies. He said that a task force composed of investigators from the Arizona Department of Public Safety as well as the ASU, Phoenix and Glendale police departments “combine these robberies into one thing and investigate them.” Hardina was asked if the ASU PD force at West was undermanned. “We’ve gotten out of the mentality that we’re a West campus force, Tempe campus force or a Polytechnic campus force.” “We’ve restructured the way we deploy so we could adjust staffing on a dime,” Hardina said. He explained that the department sends more officers to a particular campus during the particular days and times of day when it is determined they are needed, rather than assigning an officer’s entire 12-hour shift to one campus. “You don’t want to plug an officer to one spot for 12 hours when you really only need him for that 4 hours.” For example, after the Las Casas burglaries, more officers were temporarily sent to West to conduct visible patrols at night. Hardina stated that “at any given time there is one ASU officer,” on the West campus, not including the Police Aide that may or may not be assigned to West at the time. “We have as many officers on the West campus as we need at a given time,” Hardina said. In an emergency, as per a mutual aid agreement between the university and the Glendale and Phoenix Police departments, officers from those departments will respond while ASU PD officers arrive from the Tempe and Downtown campuses. Hardina cited the Nov. 2011 incident in which 26 year-old non-ASU student David Huynh fired a single round at a group of people at the Las Casas volleyball court as an example of how ASU PD’s emergency dispatch system worked. “The officers and supervisors who managed that scene were from the Tempe cam-

pus. So we instantly deployed officers from Tempe campus to West campus.” No one was injured in the shooting and Huynh was later arrested. When asked why the West campus police station is usually unmanned, Hardina said that most police departments across the nation usually have no officers at the station unless they are filing reports. “We hope there’s never somebody at the police station, because we want officers out in the field where the people are,” Hardina said. “In the rare chance that you get attacked,” Hardina said, “and you have to run, run to where you know there are people. Don’t think ‘okay, I have to run to a police station.’” He also said students should be aware of their surroundings and avoid walking alone to isolated parking lots by taking advantage of the safety escort service available at each campus. According to an Apr. 26 story by Daniel Escobedo appearing in the Downtown Devil online newspaper, USGW Senator Howard Waldie said during an April student forum with ASU President Michael Crow that students have had to wait up to half an hour for a safety escort. Crow responded that of the campuses are working to reduce wait times. Hardina said that despite the on-campus population doubling with the construction of the Casa del Oro Residence Hall there are no plans to increase the number of officers stationed at the West campus at any given time. “As calls for service increase or those kind of things, we’ll determine if we need more or less,” Hardina said. “If you need more, the West campus will get more.” West campus Police Commander Kevin Williams confirmed this in an Aug. 29, 2012 e-mail. “There are seven (two sergeants, four officers and myself),” with at least one officer at West at all times. “We have PSAC, the Public Safety Advisory Committee,” Hardina said when asked

what students should do if they have campus safety concerns. “That’s the venue for more lighting, more call-boxes, ‘we need more officers,’ ‘we need more Police Aides.’” PSAC is an advisory and consulting committee that is a part of the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. Its members include representatives from Parking and Transit, ASU PD, University Housing and Student Government. West campus Vice President and Dean of Students Mistalene Calleroz-White said that the West campus PSAC holds a campus safety walk each semester. Hardina also advised students to follow ASU PD on Facebook (Arizona State University Police Department) and Twitter (@

ASUPolice) for alerts and crime prevention tips. “And it’s an opportunity for students to chime in,” Hardina said. “It’s typical of students and people in general,” Hardina said. “[to just] go about our lives until something bad happens and [then] we’re forced to think about it but then it wears off. Be safe all the time, not just after the robbery happens.”

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September 11 , 2012


Co-mingled Recycling
By Patrick O’Malley The West campus will be joining the rest of the ASU community, starting July 1, by implementing a new co-mingle recycling program. Co-mingled recycling is when all recycled materials are placed in the same bins, and consequently the same trucks, only to be sorted at a materials recovery facility. Starting July 1, the trash pick up dates will change to become more efficient. “Every other day will be a pick up day, Monday, Wednesday and Friday are trash, and Tuesday and Thursday will be recycle,” said George Clarke the Facilities Management Director. The days may change depending on how efficient the new system is, and how smelly. Most teachers, however, are not too concerned with trash build up, but are excited to have a more sustainable program. “I am very enthusiastic about the co-mingled recycling program,” said Assistant Professor Becky Ball. “I personally don’t produce enough trash in my office, classrooms or laboratory to be concerned about the reduction in pick-up every other day.” Originally, the staff would sort recycled material into several bins and then haul it out separately. The new program allows for the recycled material to be placed in the same compactor and hauled to the same facility. Alana Levine, the Ground Services Program Manager, said the new program will be more efficient, sustainable and will save money, provided students and faculty cut down on trash and recycle as much as they can. The new program will use fewer trucks as well, and therefore less fossil fuels according to Levine. One of the big factors in making this work is cutting back on contaminated recycling. Even though a plastic bottle is recyclable if there is liquid in it, this contaminates the bin; materials need to be as dry as possible. “I hope that [the] ASU West community will be more diligent about recycling now that you can drop any recyclable into any bin,” said Ball.

Young(est) Scholar
By Kristen Glocksien Most twelve-year-olds spend their days going to school, playing sports with friends and sitting in front of the television playing videos games. Javier Urcyo is not your typical 12-year-old. gram. He attends regular classes everyday starting at 8:15 a.m., and then takes his calculus class from 12-12:50 p.m., Monday through Thursday. “I enjoy it,” Javier said. “I think it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and you can’t do this every day. No one my age has done it before either, so that’s pretty cool.” Dr. Kimberly Lansdowne, executive director of the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, said Javier fits the idea of a “young scholar” perfectly. “Javier’s learning is vastly different from his chronological peer group,” Lansdowne said. “He learns things rapidly and has already learned content for his grade level. He has a very high ability and IQ, but in addition to that, he’s a mature young man, meaning that for him to be part of the students who take a college level class, he has what it takes to be a college student.” Javier’s professor Dr. Stephen Wirkus of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, said that Javier is the youngest student he has taught since starting his career in the mid-1990s. He also said he didn’t really think much of it at first. “For math, as long as you have had all the pre-requisites, you should be fine,” said Wirkus. “Dr. Kim Lansdowne explained that yes, he’s taken algebra and pre-calculus, so he was ready.” Javier said he thinks the other students were a bit surprised to see him the first day of class, but since then they have started to get used to it and now realize he’s supposed to be there. Wirkus agrees. “I think initially there were some strange looks, like ‘what is this 12-yearold doing in class?’, but soon they realized he’s supposed to be here,” said Wirkus. Wirkus explained that besides his age, Javier’s attentiveness makes him stand out among the other students in class. “He focuses better than your typical college student,” Wirkus said. “It’s nice when you have a student who looks like they are really paying attention the whole time. He’s one of them.” Javier, whose mother and father both

ASU Police Department Watching for Alcohol Traffic Violations
By Harmon Gale ASU Police Commander at the West campus Kevin Williams told @west news via e-mail that ASU PD has assigned additional patrols to West for “move-in and alcohol enforcement.” “We have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol use (or possession). Minors will be cited if found in violation of longstanding University policies related to alcohol or drugs,” wrote Williams. In addition, ASU PD is placing extra patrols at West “for traffic education and enforcement,” wrote Williams. “Our approach regarding traffic,” stated Williams “will be to focus on education prior to enforcement.” However, he noted that ASU PD “will issue citations for egregious violations without warning. An example would include blatant crosswalk violations that endanger community members.” A digital speed display unit hooked up to an ASU Police SUV has been parked along University Way North since at least September 2.

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As the youngest student taking classes at Arizona State University, Javier is tackling one of the most dreaded courses every Monday through Thursday for 50 minutes. That course: calculus. Javier is a student at the Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy located on ASU’s West campus. Although no records can confirm it, he is said to be the youngest non-degree seeking student enrolled at ASU. Having been advanced in math since the second grade, Javier jumped at the opportunity to become a student at the first full-time, university-based school in Arizona for extremely gifted adolescents. He completed Algebra 2 in fifth grade and has since finished all high school math requirements. Javier is currently enrolled in MAT 270: Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, through the Young Scholars Academy. “I like math because it’s easy and comes naturally to me,” Javier said. “I like the fact that you could have a complex problem and after a couple steps, you can find the answer.” Javier, who learned about the Young Scholars Academy through an email his father received, really likes the pro-

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September 11 , 2012


The Sun Devil Now Comes With A Pitchfork
By Alexandra Grayson Barry With the squelching summer heat being whisked away by the monsoon season we are entering into another Fall semester here at ASU, and at this time we are witnessing changes to our ID program and printing technologies. This summer marked the release of the new Pitchfork ID MasterCard® Check Card and the Print Anywhere Program, whilst our Sun Dollar Program has been discontinued. For the purposes of consolidating university business services, which in all probability includes budget and job cuts, these changes have only proven hectic up to now. In addition, we have to wonder who exactly are the beneficiaries involved with the new Pitchfork ID card. To begin with, the loss of our Sun Dollar Program isn’t something any student should be happy about; especially, if you didn’t spend all of your money and are now patiently awaiting a refund. The cancellation of the program has also brought us the new Print Anywhere Program (in association Canon), which has its own monetary downsides. First, under the new system, if we want to electronically fund our Sun Cards for printing there is a minimum $12 deposit, unlike the old $5 deposit. Moreover, your credit card information is now being directed through a third-party website, PayPal, rather than being handled by the Sun Card website. Remember, this is all for business consolidation, and ASU doesn’t seem to want to have much association with student accounts or extensive personal information anymore. It is not surprising that these changes come after the password hacker fiasco in January earlier this year. On top of having to create a new print account in order to load money on the nearly-defunct Sun Card, we’ve also been handed a 20 percent increase in printing fees. Plus, anyone who enjoyed wireless printing will have to wait until mid-October before getting access to the downloadable Canon application. Where is the benefit for us as students in all of this? We each pay a technology fee for tuition every single semester: why wasn’t the software available at the start of the semester, or better still, when the Print Anywhere Program was first released in early July? Among the issues of our ever-increasing tuition fees, and the sluggishness of student services, comes now the biggest conundrum of them all: the alliance with MidFirst Bank. What’s the big deal you ask? While some might be excited about the new banking options available through MidFirst Bank (or their comprehensive sponsorship program with Sun Devil Athletics), we have to wonder about the benefits received by, not just us students, but the University and bank as well. Sure, it’s a MasterCard® which can be used practically anywhere in the world, and we’ll soon be getting over 40 campus ATMs and two full-service banks. The cost of all this is a simple $25 opening deposit fee (a $75 dollar savings from all other checking account deposit fees with MidFirst). Which isn’t much, and many of us could probably afford this onetime fee any given day of the week. Surely, too, the removal of bulky paperwork and system maintenance involved with the old Sun Card Program is a relief to the university. MidFirst’s naming rights for the Sun Devil Stadium press box, as well, would appear as an incentive while the brand new $500,000 club area brings our facilities up to par with other PAC-12 sports programs. However, the biggest issue I see with this checking account deposit fee is that it’s included in our enrollment deposit. To be exact, our public tuition money is being funneled directly into a private corporate bank. To include a bit of math in this discussion: if about 60,000 students are enrolled at ASU at any given time, and every one of them signed up for the Pitchfork Card, there goes a huge cash infusion to the tune of 1.5 million dollars to MidFirst Bank. So if you are getting the new Pitchfork card, you can feel good about yourself for giving out a tiny bank-bailout (that’s for all the 1% out there). Additionally, ASU is no longer providing any services on their own under the new Pitchfork Program, yet they are still collecting the enrollment fees from those who attend this public university and handing it over to MidFirst Bank. MidFirst isn’t even a locally headquartered banking institution; they’re based out in Oklahoma. Technically, the bank can use that deposited money to lend on mortgages or car loans in other states if they wanted. Desert School Credit Union, as an example, has more locations in Arizona than MidFirst Bank does. Moreover, if any type of comprehensive deal was considered with this credit union (that already exists on campus), our tuition money would have been kept locally to support Arizona businesses or help us get mortgage loans for a new home in the valley. Education costs are on a permanent rise, and more of our money is being taken and used in strange ways for purposes unknown to the student body. Newer printing systems have lead to higher out-of-pocket costs for students. Justifications for these changes can be seen on the Print Anywhere website in words like “environmental and economical sustainability” and “digital infrastructure”. I have to wonder though, is eliminating programs provided by the University, minimizing and consolidating business and budgets and (in essence) sending the jobs elsewhere, truly a sustainable framework for our public university? I bet that if more programming and computer science majors were interning at the technology offices, we’d have wireless printing by now. Finally, this writer questions the justifications of funneling tuition and fees from a public university to a private banking conglomerate.

As the newest Opinions Editor here with @west news, I want to introduce myself to the readership, share my background at ASU and tell of some things to look for in this new semester. With the departure of Natalie Reilly (whose voice you will still be reading in issues to come!), there is a level of thoughtprovoking, rationalized inquiry on our student life I have to step up to and maintain. During my time here at ASU West and being an English major, I have learned about different ways we can view the world around us, inquire what motivates us, wonder about future possibilities and imagine a brighter tomorrow. My inspiration and motivation behind joining this great news staff was the mission statement posted on atwestnews. com which reads, “To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” This philosophy is one I hope to achieve during my stay with @west news; I want us to reflect about the news and issues that surround our university community, to further our pride in Gold & Maroon and to never stop thinking about tomorrow’s gift. - Alexandra Grayson Barry

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September 11 , 2012


Is 9/11 A Day Of Remembrance Greeting Card Stress Or Volunteerism?
We wanted to know what September 11 means to students. We asked what this time means to them now that it is 11 years after this Nation’s tragic event. Here are some student opinions of the memorial date. Shae Whiteman (Psychology) “I was in my first semester of Paramedic Sciences in North Carolina when 9/11 happened. Hundreds of peop le from the community volunteered to help New York at that time. Today should be a day to remember and to give back to the community.” Christopher Zomaya (History) “It should definitely be a day of remembrance. Volunteering is an option to an individual.” Betty (Applied Computing) “9/11 was such a shocking day. The strength of the nation helped the victims and those affected by the tragedy. I’m a believer in volunteering. It should be both.” Jaquez Goodall (Pyschology) “The day is both for remembering and volunteering.” Kaelynn Kopcik (Biological Sciences) “It’s more a day of remembrance, not just volunteering. Giving back to your community should be throughout the year.” Ben Cleaveland (Communications) “Definitely it is more a day of remembrance for me.” Michael Derck (retired U.S. Army, Psychology) “The day is a lot of going over what we have and what we have lost. As a veteran from NY, it’s definitely both a day to remember and come together as a community.” Melissa Petersen (President of the Veterans Club on West campus, Social and Behavioral Science) “Many meanings came out of 9/11 for everyone across the world. This event is the reason I, and many others, chose to serve this wonderful country. We were able to come together as a nation regardless of ethnic backgrounds, race, gender or sexual preference and it is important that we recognize this feat. Eleven years later we need to pull together again and remember those who have fallen in the name of unconditional service and commitment to our nation.”

By A Texas Girl Are you in the market for greeting cards? Be sure to have a spare hour or so if you go with me. My husband will walk into a store and pick a card within seconds. I, on the other hand, browse for about a half hour—all for just one card! I read, laugh, smile, giggle, or roll my eyes as I make my way up and down the aisle searching for the perfect card for the recipient. The last two were for in-laws; a birthday card for my new sister-in-law and a Mother’s Day card for my mother-in-law. I do not know my new sister-in-law that well yet (she lives in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas), but has identified herself as “likes to have fun and find the humor in EVERYTHING”. What type of humor does she have? Does she enjoy puns, practical jokes, wisecracks…the list goes on. I finally selected a Spanglish card that went along the lines of “Move out of the way, Jennifer…aste un lado, (move out of the way) Carlos, there’s a new star today and it is YOU… Happy Birthday.” Paparazzi were taking photos on the front of the card and the birthday wishes were inside. Silly but cute. Moving on to my mother-in-law, my husband requested a humorous card for her. I found a simple and lovely card that seemed wonderful, but it wasn’t humorous. Shucks! I kept it in reserve just in case there

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was nothing else. Then I struck gold and found the perfect card. I took a picture of it and sent it to my husband. He loved it. It was so him… it had a lapel button attached that read, Me! ME! Me! It’s ALL about MEEEE!!! The inside read, You can borrow this today if you want, MOM, but I’d really like to have it back tomorrow. Happy Mother’s Day. It was the perfect card for her from him (as he is known to be extremely selfish). I added my touch by crossing off tomorrow and writing in never — never return the lapel pin. He is not to be selfish anymore. Then there is the all-important issue of cost. In these times, we are all careful with our spending. If the card is for a teenager, I can get away with giving a dollar card as it will be trashed. Most teens just want the gift that goes with the card. However, if the card is for a wedding or anniversary, spending a little more than a dollar is justifiable. I spent $2.97 on the card for my sister-in-law, and $4.97 for my mother-inlaw’s (mainly due to the lapel button). Things I take into consideration… occasion, age, relationship. Is the card to put money inside or simply an acknowledgement? Should it be sentimental, humorous, religious or inspirational? Who am I giving it to again? And the final straw is… have I given this card to him/her/them before? Oh, the nonessential stress of greeting card shopping!!!

The @west news staff would like to introduce ourselves to all the new students at West campus and to welcome back all returning students. We are excited to bring you our first issue of Fall 2012! This issue contains something for everyone. If you’re interested in the current happenings at the West campus, check out the News section of our paper. More of the artsy type? Why not take a look at our Arts & Entertainment section? If you’d like to know more about the ASU West campus athletics, flip to the Sports section. Oh and be sure to also check out our brand new Science section! Why @west news? West campus undergrad and grad students founded @west news two years ago because they felt the need for a forum for the distinctive voices and concerns of our campus community. The organization is a unique hybrid of student club and entrepreneurial business venture. The student-produced newspaper is independent of ASU funding, we’re

funded by advertising sales and tax-deductible donations. We print 3,000 copies, bi-monthly and hand-distribute them on campus, barker style — so step right up and get your free copy! This past April,@ west news won the grand prize, all-ASU Pitch Fork award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Organization. As some of you might know our motto is: “To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Although many of our old staff has graduated, our current staff continues to hold onto that mission. We are committed to bringing you a newspaper that tells it like it is. We welcome your comments and invite you to come join our staff and write for @ west news! Email us at atwestnews@asu. edu, visit our web page www.atwestnews. com or stop by the @west newsroom located in Room 117 of Fletcher Library. See you in the next issue! - The @west news staff


September 11 , 2012


By Taylor Skvarek

An Interview with Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix
in an interview that you liked folk music, and others preferred R&B. So how difficult is it to decide on a song? You know, even though we all have our own separate styles, we all really love the Pentatonix style that has been formed. So basically any song that we choose, even if it’s a song that we don’t really like, we know that we can take it and make it into our own style, and into a song that we really love. So as for choosing songs, people bring ideas. A lot of times we get ideas from fans, and we let the fans choose for us what song they want us to do next. Really just whatever comes around; it depends on a lot of different things. Have there ever been any songs that you’ve had a really difficult time with? Yeah, I mean, a lot of songs we have a hard time with. I remember on the show we did a Britney Spears medley of three different songs. They were all different keys, and were mashed together, so that was really hard for us. And I’m not necessarily a Britney Spears fan, but some of the other members are. But once we were done with it, it really turned into something that we all loved. Are there ever times when you guys feel limited by a cappella, or do you feel that there’s more freedom with it? You know, I don’t feel like any of us feel limited by a cappella; it’s more of just a challenge. If we had instruments it would just be so much easier to make a track! But the thing that we love is that we can do everything with our voices, and the challenge is to basically make a track, with about five tracks, that other producers make with thousands of tracks. It’s a lot of fun doing that! And sometimes it’s hard, but it’s what we love to do, and I don’t think we would change it. That’s awesome. So, you guys also do a lot of fundraising for charity. Do you want to talk about that, for a bit? Yeah! We feel so blessed to be in the position that we are in, and really anything that we can do to give back is always a huge priority to us. We feel that talent and opportunity shouldn’t just be a selfish thing. We were given something, and so we want to give back. How about you tell us something about Pentatonix that no one else knows? Just something random. Uhm, I think that if we weren’t professional singers, we would all be professional eaters. We all love to eat! [Laughs] What kind of food? Every kind? All kinds of food! We all love food! I think that what we’re most excited about for touring is that we get to eat all this food from around the country. And of course the first thing is to sing around the country, but eating is a very close second. Yeah, you guys are definitely busy! We are very busy, but it’s so much fun. It’s definitely a dream come true. Is there anything else that you want to say to the students here at Arizona State University, to get them pumped up for the concert? Well we are super pumped for the show. I would just say to be prepared to hear a cappella music like you’ve never heard it before, and to just have a lot of fun with us. We’re some goofy people, and we’re just excited to have a lot of fun with everybody! We really hope that they enjoy the show. I have a feeling that we most definitely will. Pentatonix will be performing in La Sala Ballroom on Thursday, September 20 and again on Friday, September 21. While Friday is completely sold out, tickets for Thursday night’s performance can be purchased online at http:// or at the ASU West Cashier’s office, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for ASU students, faculty, and staff. Be sure to hurry and reserve your tickets soon, because this concert is definitely not something to be missed!

In 2011, the a cappella group Pentatonix won season three of NBC’s hit television show, “The Sing-Off.” The group is currently on their first tour across the country, and will be performing at ASU West campus on September 20 and 21. In preparation for their two upcoming concerts, I had the opportunity to interview Pentatonix’s very own Avi Kaplan. Skvarek: One of the first questions I wanted to ask you is why a cappella? How did your group come to decide that? Kaplan: Well, me and the trio (Scott, Mitch, and Kirstie) have all sung in choir for most of our lives. We love music, we love singing, we love harmonies and we love a cappella music, being that a lot of choral music is a cappella. So we all have those roots. I had actually done a cappella for a while in high school and in college, and then Scott went off to college from Arlington, Texas to LA. He went to USC, joined an a cappella group, and that’s where he really fell in love with it. And then he heard about the show “The Sing-Off,” and decided to put together a group to try out for that. So that’s kind of how we came about. So Scott was the one who put the whole group together, basically? Yeah, basically. Very cool! So, your concert on the 21st sold out so quickly that you’ve decided to do another one on the 20th. Why do you feel that a cappella is being received so well by college students? Well, I know that college communities have a lot of a cappella groups. It’s really a fun thing to do, and it’s a great thing to get involved with. It’s a great way to find friends, and they end up becoming your family. It’s just really fun. And so a lot of colleges look for arrangements to do, and they look for other groups to sound like, or to just get inspiration from. I think that college campuses like us because we’re something new and fresh, with a cappella, and also we incorporate things that they would listen to in their every day music. So I think that’s why. In the final episode, right before your group was announced the winner, the announcer was talking about how you guys made the decision to put your education on hold in order to audition for the show. How hard of a decision was that? All us were music majors. The only one who wasn’t, but who was going to be, was Kevin. He had already graduated, but was planning to go back to college to be a music major. So basically all of us wanted to be performers, anyway. And while it was a hard decision, it was a fair decision because you go to college, which is an amazing thing, and after that you get a job. But we talked about it, and we felt that we really had something special. So we decided to skip the college stuff, and just really put everything we had into [performing]. Well I think that’s great for you guys. We were sitting here a little while ago, watching some of your videos, and we were just amazed by some of the sounds that were coming out of your mouth. We were trying to imitate them, but it just wasn’t working. Aw, well thank you so much. You’re welcome. So, tell us what we can expect to see in your future albums. Is the group planning to do more covers, or is there more original material planned? We definitely want to keep writing originals. We have two originals on our EP (extended play) so far, “The Baddest Girl” and “Show You How to Love.” We definitely want to keep writing originals and become more of an original based band. But doing covers is what we started with and we really love doing them, so we’ll always do covers too. How hard is it to decide what covers to do? You mentioned

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Happy Birthday Virgo!
By Teena Manuel Balanced. Attentive. Detailed. Perfect. August 23 to September 22 Your planet: Mercury Your Element: Earth Strengths: Happy birthday to the virgin of the zodiac! That may not be taken literally, but in general you come off as a lot more, well, pure than the other signs. This is attributed to your clean appearance and penchant for perfection. You are detailed in everything you do, down to the last detail. You may come off as shy, but when you do speak it is with purpose. You are also very sincere and honest, adding to your crisp demeanor. Weaknesses: You may pay attention to detail too much. Try not to strain yourself over everything you do, sometimes you

may need to relax. You are very critical of yourself and others, and you may find others offended by something you thought was joking or helpful. Try to have more spontaneous fun! It may feel uncomfortable at first, but you will surprise those around you — in a good way! Compatibility: You get along well with those who share your interests or those who encourage you to loosen up. Your top matches are: Taurus, Capricorn, Cancer and Scorpio. Famous Virgos: Michael Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Lance Armstrong, Rachel Ray.


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Upcoming West Campus Events
By Taylor Skvarek

Summer Super Hero Movie Wrap-up
By Jordan Gerblick The summer of 2012 had some great movies and some not-so-great movies (just throw in the towel, Adam Sandler), but when you look at what the summer brought us in terms of superhero movies, it’s hard to complain. Was the new “Spider-Man” movie better than the original “Spider-Man” trilogy? Was “The Avengers” the only movie that did the Hulk justice? Was “The Dark Knight Rises” better than “The Dark Knight”? I’m going to try to do my best at giving an objective overview of the three movies and hopefully I’ll help everyone answer these questions themselves. So here is a quick rundown of the three movies: “The Amazing Spider-Man” is a really good movie, but it didn’t receive a lot of attention. This might have been because of how soon it came out after the original “Spider-Man” trilogy. However, I saw a lot of improvements in “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Peter Parker was actually a somewhat likable character, Mary Jane’s double-timing self wasn’t in it. It looked a lot better than the older ones and Peter Parker actually looked like a high schooler (even though I think the actor who played him was a little older than Tobey Macquire was when they shot the first “Spiderman”). The biggest difference however is that “The Amazing Spider-Man” didn’t seem to revolve around the romance(s) involved with the characters. In this one, there’s just one couple: Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy. The relationship does bring about an interesting story arch but it never really becomes the focus of the movie. Whether or not this is a good thing is up to viewer preference. Personally, I was happy to see more of Spider-Man swinging around, beating up bad guys than hanging upside down making out with a cheating ginger. The other possible reason that the new “Spider-Man” didn’t receive its deserved attention is that it sat its irrelevant self down right between two super-hero movie mammoths: “The Avengers” and “The Dark Knight Rises”, and both were incredible movies. “The Avengers” was the kind of movie I could watch over and over again. It doesn’t require any thinking, it was hilarious (mainly thanks to The Hulk), it had lots of stuff blowing up and if for some strange reason you ever got bored, you could just look at Black Widow. Not to devalue the story which was also great, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the more intricate plot in the Batman trilogy. However, The Hulk, played excellently by Mark Ruffalo, garnered a lot of praise and is often considered to be the best Hulk played in a movie. The main difference I see is that he is a character now and not a monster. You fear him as much as you feel for him. Every character was at the top of their game, and the relationships were interesting, especially Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, whose banter was endlessly entertaining. I wish I had more room to dedicate to this wonderful film, but it’s time to talk about the real heavy weight in the room: Batman. First and foremost, I’m not comparing “The Dark Knight Rises” to “The Avengers” because that’s a completely ridiculous comparison. The only thing the two movies have in common is that they’re both about superheroes. It’s impossible to compare two films that are in two completely different tones. Now, what is actually arguable is the comparison between “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The Dark Knight”. If there was a definite answer to that question, it would require much more delineation than I have the room for in this one-third of a newspaper article. However, I would like to offer my perspective on three controversial complaints/misconceptions. The first complaint is that Bane is not as good a villain as The Joker, and it’s a complaint I would let fall into the category of misconception. To be put into the position of having to follow what is possibly the most praised super hero movie villain of all time is a daunting task, and I believe Bane honorably delivered. Bane didn’t dig deep into your soul and chill your core, he didn’t make you laugh and then feel like a terrible person for laughing at someone being tortured, but he did scare you. I respected Bane for being genuinely scary. Who didn’t cringe when they saw Batman pick a fight with Bane and then subsequently get the tar kicked out of him? The next complaint is that the story didn’t impress as much as “The Dark Knight”. While the plot is agreeably simpler than its predecessors, that doesn’t make it not as good. It was meant to wrap up the story and leave viewers satisfied, and it did. “The Dark Knight” took place right in the middle of the whole story, and so naturally its job was to twist things up and leave the audience with unanswered questions and complications, prompting them to return for the third movie. In my opinion, both movies performed their objectives brilliantly. The third complaint is that the movie is too long. Well, it wasn’t. The last movie is always the longest, and there wasn’t a moment of noticeable filler in the entire movie. Everything that was there was there for a reason and added to the experience. I, along with most others, left the theatre with a wide grin on my face and was thoroughly pleased with the wrapping up of one of the most epic trilogies of all time. We can only hope for another super hero franchise to spawn such a groundbreaking movie experience. Hopefully the summer of 2013 will please superhero fans as much as 2012 did.

Tuesday, September 11 at 4 p.m. Kiva Lecture Hall.

“Let’s Talk ‘Greening’ Maroon & Gold” Presented by JoEllen Alberhasky and Chelsi Tryon. University Sustainability Practices.

Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. La Sala Ballroom.

“Ishmael Beah: A Long Way Gone” Author of the best-seller “A Long Way Gone”, Ishmael Beah will recount the riveting story of his childhood in Sierra Leone, where he witnessed unspeakable violence, was forced to serve as a soldier at 13, and yet ultimately found a life of redemption and hope. Presented by New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, W.P. Carey School of Business, University College, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College and CET West.

Thursday, September 20 from 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. La Sala Ballroom.

“Pentatonix Live Concert” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($15 for general admission, $10 for ASU students, faculty, and staff ) available at http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/268677 or at the ASU West Cashier’s office.

Friday, September 21 from 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. La Sala Ballroom.
“Pentatonix Live Concert” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out.

Tuesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. Kiva Lecture Hall.

“Meet the Tutors” Presented by The Student Success Center.


College: Myth vs. Reality
By Teena Manuel

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As freshmen, we all start college with certain expectations, whether formed from an older sibling, a TV show or our parents. Here are some myths that the first year of college has beat: The Freshman Fifteen: Coming to college, one of the biggest fears is that the comfy college sweatpants might become our only pants. However, the freshman fifteen might have become obliterated into urban myth with college campuses’ ever increasing options, such as salad bars, vegetarian options and more time and resources to create a customized workout. Nevertheless, drop by the Diablo Recreation Center if you’re still worried about packing on the pounds! Unattainable Faculty: Maybe it’s just the West campus, but another myth defeated by experience here is that professors are too busy and important to spend time with their students. In movies and television shows it seems like a big deal to talk to your professor. However, that’s not the case! Professors are friendly and more than likely to help you out. They want to see you succeed! Drop a line to one of your professors and they might just help you take your major to the next level (Internships, anyone?). Community Assistants in the Dorms are a Buzz Kill: They aren’t! At West, the C.A.s are helpful, friendly and throw fun events so the residents can get to know each other. It’s a myth that they are strict — they aren’t your parents! They may watch over the dorms well-being, but they can be friendly and fun while doing it! Other Myths: You may be tempted to put itching powder in your roommates clothes; you will never seem to make it in time for the breakfast buffet; you will wear pajamas to class at least once . . . Well, those things might be true! But in the end, the first year of college will exceed expectations in many great (albeit some not so great) ways!

West Campus Clubs
By Melisa Talic Welcome to the West campus! On the first day of classes there was an “Involvement Fair,” which featured many clubs here on campus. Whether to make new friends or to help fight for a good cause, they might be worth checking out. Here are some of those clubs: @west news: The newspaper was started two years ago by a group of graduate students and has evolved into something grandiose. They are constantly looking for new writers, editors, cartoonists, photographers, reporters, ad representatives, and so forth. If you are interested please send them an email at American- Israeli Alliance: The main purpose of this organization is to advocate and educate people on the current state of Israel. The organization believes that Israel should be able to have right of existence and the right of self-defense. If you are interested in joining, or just want to find out more about this organization, send an email to or visit their Facebook page at American-Israeli Alliance @ West Campus. Otaku Club: A club for people who enjoy anime, manga, video games, and basically anything that has to do with Asian culture. The main goal of this club is not only to have tons of fun, but to also raise awareness about the modern Asian culture. Contact for more information. Potter Watch: A club that is everything Harry Potter. Anyone that’s interested in more information or in joining can send an email to Spectrum: An organization based at the West campus that supports the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) community. This organization offers support not only to students but to staff and faculty as well. They also offer a safe and comfortable environment for people that are in the process of coming out. For more information you can email the Spectrum organization at spectrumasuw@ The Devils’ Advocates: An organization that offers tours to current or future students that have an interest in learning more about the campus. Contact for information. Young Life: A religious group based on the belief of Christianity. The group is university wide, with representatives at the West campus. One of the main purposes of this group is to provide a spiritual milieu for students. To get more information about this organization or to join you may go to their website at or send an email to Still not seeing anything you like? To find information on other clubs, or to start your own, visit

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Much Ado About Love and Baseball
By Natalie June Reilly What’s not to love about baseball? Aside from being one of the most romantic sports in the history of the United States, it is the quintessential American pastime. Come spring, baseball has been known to bring people out in droves, bring grown men to tears (depending upon the season) and now it’s best becoming known for bringing young couples together. This past Tuesday night our very own sports editor, Brandon Riddle, hit a home-run on his first date with our very own advertising beauty, Brittany MacPherson. A surprise to those of us who know them best, he invited her to a Diamondback game and it didn’t take long for the young couple to become the object of the stadium’s affection. It took a mere seven innings for the sparks to fly, and seeing as nothing else was flying on the field that night, this proved to be an entertaining night for baseball fans just the same. Advertising their first date with a large, white poster board, Brandon and Brittany blushed as they gave the game announcers something to talk about. Mark McClure took the opportunity to climb to the nosebleed section, seeking them out for an interview, offering two tickets to Saturday’s game for a possible second date. A text poll was held live on television to see if there would, indeed, be a second date. More than 50 percent of the people who responded specuBy Harmon Gale Dean Elizabeth Langland will be stepping down as Dean of New College and Vice Provost in Jun. 2013, announced the university press office last Fri. She “will remain at ASU to teach and continue research.” Since Feb. Langland has also served as interim director of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in Tempe in addition to her position at West and will be leaving that position as well according to the Dean’s Office. “Since her arrival in 2007,” Matthew Crum at Public Affairs wrote, “Langland has guided New College and the West campus through a period of significant growth and transformation.” In an Aug. interview with @west lated that there would be. Brittany confirmed the fact with a giggly “Yes” — as if we couldn’t tell by the way she twisted her long raven hair in her hand that Brandon had a shot. The whole world of baseball knew before those of us at @ west news even had a clue. So much for our investigative journalism skills! Ah, young love in the digital age! The next morning, before Brandon could even wipe the sleep from his eyes, he had learned that the video shot at the game had gone viral. Suddenly, he was receiving phone calls and emails from media producers inviting him to New York to appear on Fox and Friends, not to mention friends telling him that they found the video on the front page of Yahoo! Ya (freaking!) hoo! It would appear that Brandon and Brittany have quickly become the latest in celebrity couples. Hollywood has Brangelina; baseball now has Branttany. All I can say is batter up, Brandon! This first date is going to be a hard one to top. Of course — after Saturday’s game and the possibility of Fox and Friends flying you and Brittany out to the Big Apple for a possible third date – perhaps it’ll be a can of corn for a guy like you! Boy, this gives a whole new meaning of getting to first base on the first date! Way to go, Branttany! Enjoy the fame! But just remember: we loved you first!

Dean Langland Stepping Down In June

news, Langland said she was astounded at the recent growth of the West campus. “This is a wonderful moment,” Langland said. “We still have everything we wanted to have.” In June, Joseph Carder, Associate Dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business at the West campus will take on the duties of the Vice Provost. According to Crum, the university will, “initiate a search internally” to find a replacement Dean of New College. An internal search has surprised some at West, as universities generally look nationally when seeking highranking administration. The choice of someone from the business school has also surprised some as the business programs at West have

shrunk in recent years and has only recently been revived with the “BAGL” or B.A. in Global Leadership available to business students. Schemmel Heech also contributed to this story.

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have degrees in math, hopes to apply to college after finishing all high school requirements within the next year or so. He said he would like to receive his Ph.D. in math or business and maybe work within the medical field. As for free time, Javier plays

basketball, has a passion for poetry and loves video games. The Herberger Young Scholars Academy, part of the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College, is in its second year of operation and welcomed its first group of students in 2011. The academy strives to “educate and guide gifted students who are passionate about learning and share the joy of inquiry.” The academy was founded after the Herbergers wished to open a school for gifted middle school students. The Herbergers approached President Crow and the teacher’s college with the idea. In order to become a “young scholar”, students must have finished all eligible high school credits. At the academy, they work on regular high school curriculum, and then take specialized classes in their preferred areas. There are four teachers who teach at the academy, three of which are pursuing master degrees through ASU. Javier is one of 43 students, ages 10 to 14, currently enrolled in the academy.


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By Brooke D’Adamo Welcome back ASU students and faculty. We are here again, scrambling around the campus trying to get back into the swing of things. While signing up for classes, dropping classes and just trying to stay awake, we all come to realize our strengths and weaknesses within certain courses. For those of you that have come to the conclusion that your passion is embedded in the scientific field, congratulations! You most likely stayed up all night

So You Think You Can’t Science?
when Venus made its transit across the Sun this summer; it was well worth it. However, the rest of you might be thinking “I hate science classes” or “I am just taking this science course because it is required by my major.” Or saddest of all, “I am bad at science. I do not get it.” I am here to tell you ladies and gentlemen, that you are wrong. First of all, you cannot hate your science classes. That is an order! It is perfectly normal to struggle with science concepts. However, you

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The Fletcher Corner
By Dennis Isbell Director, Fletcher Library
In the next two weeks if you are in the library you may notice a young woman walking around with a clipboard counting people. Don’t worry about her. It is just Ashley, one of our student workers conducting our spring seating survey. Ashley likes to count things, so we send her out occasionally to count where students and other library users are sitting. It gives us a snapshot of how the Fletcher Library is used and helps us plan for the future. This week teachers from the Washington Elementary School District will be putting up their annual art exhibit on the second and third floors of Fletcher. They usually cover the walls with art and it is always worth a look. The end of the semester is only four weeks away! If you find yourself wrestling with research papers and running out of

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time, keep in mind that there are people in the Fletcher Library who can help and usually save you lots of time. I can’t count how many times I have helped students who tell me, “I spent two hours trying to find something I could use and it took you 10 minutes!” Well of course it only takes me and my librarian colleagues 10 minutes to find what you need. We are professionals! But seriously, you can’t afford to spend time in a fruitless search for information when you are trying to complete everything else.   Contact either myself, dennis. (Humanities and Arts), or one of my colleagues, Lisa Kammerlocher, (Social and Behavioral Science), Bee Gallegos, (Education and History), Rene Tanner, (Life Sciences), or Lydia LaFaro, lydia.lafaro@ (Business) for assistance. We can even help you through e-mail if that is most convenient.

must power these problems and seek help from beneficial resources. Thankfully we have a variety of services available to those individuals that might need additional assistance. Here at the West campus we have options. If you are looking for a personal tutor, online tutoring or supplemental instruction, visit the ASU website and get the help you need today. Online tutoring is useful and flexible around any demanding schedule and supplemental instruction is great for those who work best in groups. Also, do not forget to enjoy the required science courses because they relate more to your life than you may think. For example, do some of you wear makeup? According to Sandy Carosi, the publisher of “The Essence of Mineral Makeup,” the mineral Mica is a key factor in makeup products. Every time you put on eye-shadow or foundation, you can thank the mineral Mica for its beautiful sheen. If you find concepts similar to this interesting, you would love a Geology course. For those of you who enjoy baseball, whether that means just watching the game on TV or if you actually get out there and hit some balls, then you might love Physics. Franco Normani, the creator of “Real World Physics Problems,” states that Physics plays a part in hitting a baseball on the “sweet spot” of the bat. This “sweet spot” minimizes the vibration of the bat and allows the ball to travel the farthest and the fastest. How sweet is that? It can be a difficult task trying to find the simple joy in some science classes. Especially if that class starts at 7 a.m. and involves Biochemistry. However, I am giving you a simple experiment. Try to view these classes as more than just credit hours. Science is literally all around us and influences us every day. If you are struggling, do not be afraid or embarrassed to get help. Go put on your safety goggles and view science in a better, more positive way.

Live Long and Prosper: A Greeting
By Brandon Riddle In 1989, media mogul Ted Turner interviewed scientist Carl Sagan and discussed the topic of science in popular culture. In that conversation, Dr. Sagan said, “Every newspaper in America, with very few exceptions, has a daily astrology section. Astrology is bunk. Astrology is fraud. How many of them even have a weekly science column? Why that disproportion?” Nominal scientific events can’t garner the audience that a cat pouncing on boxes can. Few, if any, would tune-in to watch spreadsheets update. Not even the World Cup or Superbowl however, can touch our greatest achievement. One fourth of the human population watched the late Neil Armstrong set foot on our celestial partner. A quarter of everyone alive in 1969. That is the potential we have for our culture. Today, channels dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge are popping up. From the Science Channel to the Discovery Channel, science is gaining traction in today’s pop culture. Although, through an IAmA with Reddit, the Curiosity team admitted many of the documentaries are filled with hype and “factual inaccuracies”. We, the media, have the ability to promote these subjects. We just need to take it one small step at a time. With that, @west news is proud to present the first dedicated science section in any Arizona university newspaper. Our underlying motivation is to help the science culture grow on our campus and community. Explore with us.


On Frequency with a Curiosity Engineer
By Brandon Riddle The western horizon bears a tiny red dot drowning in dawn’s sunlight all of this week. We’ve studied that dot’s path for eons, speculated on its menacing glow since our existence, and now we’re exploring the planet itself. Our modern methods for studying Mars have evolved from Flagstaff ’s Lowell Observatory, where the Italian word “canali” was misinterpreted as canals, to the failed attempt of the Soviet’s Mars 2 in 1971. Today, there’s a mechanical beast blasting rocks with lasers on Mars that we’ve called Curiosity. A burst of applause and monumental cheering could be heard through televisions spanning the world on August 5. The vaunted seven minutes of terror – the time it took for Curiosity to touch Mars’s atmosphere and, seven minutes later, land on the surface – had ended with perfection. Those watching all over our own planet took a backseat to the celebrating Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineers, although David Andersen had just as much reason to cheer for the mini-cooper sized rover. “Oh yeah,” he said during an interview with @west, “I watched the seven minutes. I watched the NASA channel when it landed and was almost as nervous as those at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory).” David Andersen, a space software engineer, has been working with rovers and satellites for decades and it’s his software on Curiosity that allows direct contact with JPL back home. The Small Deep-Space Transponder (SDST) is located inside the rover in the rear right side and is the source of “direct-to-Earth” communications. If the signal is blocked by the planet, orbiters are used as a relay system back to Earth. The trans-celestial terminal is used to “acquire and track the signal coming from Earth.” The captured signal is then digitized and given to the main computer. The software he developed also collects telemetry and utilizes other signal processing controls. All of this from 80 million miles away, while most cell phones give away a few steps outside of a city. In fact, his software seems to be on everything that has ever been attached to a rocket. The first SDST launched into space was designed for 1994’s Deep Space 1 test mission and, judging by subsequent missions, the device was a complete success. Today, the 2.9 kg transponder has received signals on the twin Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Odyssey, the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) and the Phoenix Lander. His program is currently in orbit of Mercury on MESwhat or where I wanted to go with it,” David said. “To make a long story short, it took me 12 years to realize that I had blown it and started over at college.” Super seniors among us should take note that there is light at the end of the insurmountable tunnel. “After graduation (from Iowa State. Go Cyclones!) I came to Arizona to work for Motorola.” Motorola has since been acquired by General Dynamics. Once the company training was over, he was picked for and possible subsequent manned missions, are either too risky, expensive, of little scientific value, or a combination of the three to continue. The man who actually works with this technology has formed his own opinion on the future of space exploration. “I have no issue with sending people back to the moon. We made great technical advances the first time we did that.” A popular misconception is that space exploration offers little to no advancement here on Earth. “I do somewhat question the need to go beyond that. There needs to be a lot more advances done before I think that is a viable option (my opinion). When warp drive is perfected, then maybe. Sometimes I think I was born 100 years too early (beam me up, Scotty).” Those of us clamoring for the future have people like David Andersen to thank for giving rise to that more glorious dawn. “And besides,” he adds with a hint of boasting, “it is a lot cheaper to send a robot.” One day we will set foot on that tiny red dot. With sufficient advances in technology we may see all of David’s Martian endeavors: Spirit & Opportunity, Curiosity, the Phoenix Lander and the Orbiter, in a museum with a small tag underneath challenging, ‘Dare Mighty Things’.

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SENGER, with another copy Courtesy NASA a space electronics group on STERO watching the sun and an and has never looked back. “So I additional copy on the Kepler space guess you can say that I fell into it.” telescope, a satellite that discovers new The transponder was built over planets almost every day. “It is also on five years ago, as was all of Curiosits way to Jupiter on Juno” (Juno is a ity’s technology, so David had time mission to study the gas giant). He lat- to implement his work elsewhere. er added, “and several others that I for- “We have just completed developget where they are.” In short, David’s ment of the transponder that will fly expanding our dreams while living his on Orion.” Orion is the new manned own. mission designed after the Constel“I grew up in the Apollo era,” he said, lation program was scrapped two “so I thought that would be something years ago. “We are currently buildgreat to do someday. I was great at ing the ones to go into the first test science and math and was told that flight in 2014.” NASA’s aim is to use engineering could be a great path to Orion as the retired shuttles replacepursue.” Like so many of us here at ment, and also use it for something Arizona State University however, the shuttles could never do, deep his interests never cumulated into a space flight. The first manned misclear route. “My first attempt at col- sion for Orion is slated some time lege didn’t go well. I could handle the away, beyond 2020. courses just fine, but just didn’t know Many argue that the shuttles,


September 11 , 2012


2012 Sun Devil Fitness
By Brandon Riddle Most of us still have adrenaline from watching Michael Phelps only win 18 gold metals in the Summer Olympics. Luckily for us, the Diablo Performance Center, located in the basement of UCB, is offering an outlet for our competitive needs. This Thursday, Sept. 13, the Diablo Performance Center is featuring Hantis at the Las Casas Sand Volleyball pit. A hybrid between table tennis and volleyball, Hantis can be played with little to no experience! I suggest checking the game out online and watching the sensation yourself; it looks like a cross between beach soccer and ping

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sweat. Other mainstays are also present. There’s bowling later this month, the Volleyball tournament in November, and a slow pitch softball tournament. Something else that’s exciting is the new Home Run Derby at the SDFC Fields. Contestants get to put on their best Mike Trout swing and go for the fences! The Turkey Bowl is another main event in November. It’s another coed flag football tournament that, while still competitive, doesn’t require any extra testosterone to have a good time. Then to undo all the turkey and delicious stuffing eaten from Thanksgiving, the center is hosting the EnBy Brandon Riddle Sun Devil Football is 2-0 for the second time in as many years. That’s where the relations between seasons end. Under new coach Todd Graham, ASU has scored 108 points while giving up 20. That’s a +88 for you Pythagoras fans. Last season they owned a comfortable +55 point differential. So what’s the big deal? In 2011, fans were treated to the high expectations of then quarterback Osweiler and so called defensive beast Burfict. After promises and murmurs of a championship leaked out, they promptly led the team to a sub-mediocre 6-7 season featuring the some acronym bowl game loss. This 2012 team is, well, a team. The stars are all gone. Drafted or undrafted they went into the NFL, leaving their teammates behind, and those teammates, it turns out, are just what coach Graham was looking for. During the coach’s visit to the West campus last semester, he stressed the ideas of teamwork, chemistry and accountability. Any other coach would have promised the same thing, it’s their job after all. “Everybody dreams, everybody has a dream.” Graham said to the crowd last February. “You have a dream of what you want to accomplish. But you got to be willing to work with a passion in your heart. That’s the thing I’m telling you, this team will play with tremendous passion.” His character and style reminded me of Billy Bob Thornton in Friday Night Lights — and I thought he’d be eaten alive because of it. Graham’s promise of teamwork and passion, so far, has more merit than we’re used to seeing here at Arizona State. Against Illinois, the team gave up only two sacks all night. When starting quarterback Taylor Kelly came out during the second quarter, his teammate, Michael Eubank, tossed two touchdowns. Seven different receivers were targeted, six rushers came from the back line and the defense combined for six sacks. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a team. There was another thing from the 2011 campaign that was obviously missing from Saturday’s game. The Sun Devils committed just two penalties during the sixty minutes of play. Two. In their second game last season against Missouri, ASU was whistled eleven times for faults like unsportsmanlike conduct, facemasks, illegal formations and other simple mental mistakes. When coach Graham said, “our guys are going to be extremely disciplined” we all understood that that’s what he’s supposed to say. But none of us would openly admit to be expecting as much. If Todd Graham is truly a man of his word, as he’s proving to be thus far, 2012 will make us all forget about that disaster that was last season.

A Homage to Chess
By A Texas Girl I LOVE the game of chess. Unfortunately, I am an average player — and that is on a good day. It saddens me. I would love to be a superb player like my brother (in-law) or at least as good as my husband. My brother is an outstanding player. He unnerves me. I cannot play him without breaking into a sweat. My husband used to intimidate me until I figured out he has no patience for a long game. He is a speed player. Eureka! If I take my time, he becomes bored and loses concentration — game over, I win. It is not cheating… it is playing strategically… ha! I had no clue how political the game of chess is until I read “Searching for Bobby Fischer: World of Chess Observed by the Father of a Child Prodigy” by Fred Waitzkin. That was an eye opener not just because of the political insight but for the many variables players use. Some talk, fidget, ask questions, etc., anything to mentally distract and/or psych-out the other player. Apparently, you must also memorize loads of game openings, patterns and combinations which have names like Sicilian Defense and Boden’s Mate. The names alone are daunting. Furthermore, to play professionally, you must use a clock. I did that once. That was a whirlwind game. Of course, I lost. If I see a clock sitting next to a player, I run in the opposite direction. Nowadays, I play others via, an online website. Playing online allows games to be played instantly or over the course of days or weeks. However, I miss the human interaction of playing in-person. Fortunately, I was informed of a chess group that meets near Arrowhead mall. At my first attendance, I won the first game. At my second attendance, I won the first and lost the second. I was evaluated as a very aggressive opener but tethered in the endgame. The advice I was given? “Set up your pieces to defend in the opening moves, as well as continue to be aggressive, and you will be a superb player.” Just like everything else, chess involves practice and dedication. If it really meant that much to me, I would make time for it but until I do, I will remain a mediocre player!

pong, otherwise known as a good time. Later in the month, the famous 7 on 7 Flag Football League begins. It’s a coed league where games get competitive. Standings and playoffs are often decided by the last play, so step up to the pressure like a lucky Tebow and join the league! If football isn’t manly enough for you, then October is your month. The center is hosting a hiking trip through the Spur Cross Ranch on Oct. 6 and, after a successful first run, the center is bringing back Sparky’s Challenge! It’s a 5 kilometer run followed by flag football and “night entertainment.” There’s nothing better than enjoying the night while covered in layers of

Freshman Adrian Morales Works Out in the Diablo Performance Center duro-Devil

on Nov. 30. I’m fairly certain you’ll be as swift as a coursing river after competing in that. Weekly events are also available this year. Activities like yoga, kickboxing and the United Fighters Association are offered in the aerobics room in the Diablo Performance Center. You can pick up a schedule at the center and see where you best fit in!

September 11 , 2012