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Goodbye Print Anywhere Soft Launch : Pages 5

The tyranny of print anywhere is almost over!

Fall Trends: Pages 8

A look at fall fashion trends on campus

The Global Warming “Debate”:
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Dr. Ken G. Sweat explains the science of spin

ASU Gameday: West Style: Pages 11
West campus students show their spirit on gameday

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Role ASA’s Role At ASU In Question The Government
By Harmon Gale Downtown student government President Joseph Grossman and Tempe President Mark Naufel along with the Vice Presidents of Policy on the Downtown and Polytechnic campuses resigned from the ASA’s Board of Directors on Sept. 25. Created in 1974, the Arizona Students Association is a non-partisan advocacy organization that represents 140,000 Arizona public university students before the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona state legislature. In recent years, this advocacy has come in the form of voter registration drives at each university, developing internships for students and lobbying education at the state capitol. ASA is funded through a $2 fee from sent emails and text messages threatening legal action for speaking out against the ASA. “There’s a clause on defamation in the bylaws which say that sitting board members need to support ASA,” said Jordan King, a UA business economics senior and Vice Chairman of the ASA Board of Directors. “He [Grossman] can say or like whatever he wants as long as he doesn’t use ASA’s name.” In June, according to ASA’s meeting minutes, the Board of Directors, Grossman and Naufel present, unanimously approved donating $100,000 to the Prop 204 campaign. “The Student Body Presidents of Poly, West and Downtown also left the Board, so that we could be honest with you all, and see if this 3rd party organization serve on the ASA Board of Directors after he was elected in Spring 2012 semester. “I didn’t take an oath to the ASA, I took an oath to serve the students at the West campus,” Webster said. However, Webster said he wants to maintain connections with ASA, and has appointed two representatives from USGW to meet with ASA. “They [Grossman and Naufel] weren’t actively seeking to participate in the organization,” Vice Chairman King said. “They all voted for the affirmative,” said King referring to the June vote. Grossman, Naufel and Webster have all questioned the need for ASA. “We [USGW] can make decisions on behalf of students without becoming embattled and embittered,” Webster said. Whether ASU should remain a part of ASA is a question of ASU “getting the most bang for its buck,” Webster said. “You have to distance yourself,” said King. “It’s not just your campus,” he said. “ASA deals with issues that affect the entire state of Arizona.” King said that ASA could use some changes including restructuring the 26-member Board of Directors. “We don’t do a good job advertising who we are, or our past victories,” he added. “There are a lot of ideas.” In a Sept. 27 report the ASA by the Goldwater Institute, Will Creeley, an attorney with the Philadelphia-based Foundation for Individual Rights, said he could not see “much of a distinction” between donating to the Prop 204 campaign and donating to the Republican or Democratic parties. “We’re a collective voice of the [Arizona] student body,” Vice Chairman King said. “We support things that affect students. We have no right to support anything that doesn’t.” When discussing the ASA’s role at ASU, West campus student President Webster said, that “we [USG] already table for voter registration. We’re setting up internships at the state capitol and we meet with state legislatures on our own.” “I guarantee you that if you approach the legislators as one campus, nothing will get done,” King warned. “Individually, we’re weak, it shows we’re not united. There’s no longevity.” By Elizabeth Walters

of in Reducing Economic Inequality
On October 2, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, a school of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, presented ASU West’s campus with a debate over the topic of economic inequality in the government. The event was free to the public, and offered students and residents of the surrounding community a chance to get insight on the topic from professionals on the topic. The motion for the debate was that “the government has no place in reducing economic inequality.” Moderated by Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez, Latin affairs reporter for KJZZ/National Public Radio Arizona, the debate offered new vision and insight on the topic. This issue is becoming very prominent in our current society, especially with the current presidential election. Amit Ron, a political scientist and assistant professor at the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences said that the schools is “committed to engagement of civil discourse and conversation intended to enhance understanding of critical issues,” and that “as the election approaches, we are pleased to offer the public the chance to hear a thoughtful debate about the proper role of government in our society.” The two professionals arguing for the case were Dean Martin and William Boyes. Martin is an Arizona business owner, and former state treasurer and legislator. Boyes is an emeritus professor of economics from Arizona State’s top ranked W.P. Carey School of Business. He has received many awards throughout his career in business and economics, and has served as a consultant to the Commerce Department of the White House, among other institutions. Arguing against the case were Dana Naimark and Lane Kenworthy. Naimark currently serves as President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, an organization that “seeks to influence policies and decisions affecting the lives of Arizona children and their families”

each ASU, NAU and UA USGW President Luke Web- is worth our finanstudent each semester. cial commitment of ster gives report to Senate. The fee can be refunded around $300,000 evthrough a request if filed within 21 days ery year,” said Naufel in a September 28 of the start of the semester. Facebook post. ASA took in $584,908 in student dues “They don’t like me because I call in FY 2013. 53% of ASA’s funding comes truth on everything, all year, every year,” from ASU students. Grossman said in a Sept. 26 Downtown In April of last year, ASA organized Devil article by Kevin Fallon. “We need to support Proposition 204, the Quality to cultivate an environment in which Education and Jobs Act, a ballot initia- you can openly admit and dry out the tive which if passed would make a 1 cent failures of an organization, and you can Arizona sales tax to fund education set collectively come together as leaders to to expire in 2013 permanent. make it better. That was not able to hapGrossman and Naufel said they re- pen.” signed from the board because they felt Polytechnic student government they were unable to voice concerns over President Jeffery Herbert resigned from use of the $2 fee to support Prop 204. the board on Sept. 13. Grossman and Naufel both say that West campus student government ASA Executive Director Casey Dreher President Luke Webster chose not to

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on issues such as inequality. Naimark’s career history includes 19 years at CAA where she has been “conducting analysis, raising awareness, and lobbying the state legislature on a wide variety of policy issues that affect parents and children.” Kenworthy is a sociology and political science professor at the University of Arizona, who has written numerous works on his subjects. All four of the presenters appealed to their college-based audience in various ways. Those arguing for the motion used analogies that college students could understand and relate to, such as golf and football. While those arguing against the motion discussed history and the future. Naimark discussed the impact children have on the future, and even discussed a generalized transition into college, something much of the audience was all too familiar with. Overall, both sides presented their points in clear and concise ways, but the debate failed to meet the expectations of many students who found it bland and were hoping for something more extensive.

La Sala Health Care Conference
By Melissa Talic

System Outage
By Lance Dang

ASU’s Fourth Annual Pre-Health Conference will be held at the West campus in the La Sala Ballroom today, Oct. 9 from 4-8 p.m. Dr. Edgar Staren, the CEO and President of Cancer Treatment Centers of America will be delivering the keynote address. Workshops on interviewing tips, writing personal statements and taking the MCAT will be available. Attendees will also be able to meet representatives from Midwestern University’s admissions office and School of Podiatric Medicinel; NAU’s Physician’s Assistant and Physical Therapy Programs; the Princeton Review; the Southwest School of Naturopathic Medicine; University of Arizona Medical School; A.T. Still University and more. Anyone who is interested in attending the conference is welcome.

Fletcher Corner
By Dennis Isbell Have you recently been assigned a research paper? Are you feeling the pressure and don’t know where or how to start your research? Well let me introduce you to one of the ASU Libraries’ most flexible and useful search tools: Library One Search. You don’t have to search for Library One Search because it appears in the center of the ASU Libraries’ homepage (lib.asu.edu). Library One Search is a service that brings together dozens upon dozens of the Libraries’ databases into ONE search interface. In one search you can retrieve articles from newspapers, magazines, journals, books, media items, government documents, reports and dating opportunities. I made that last item up. You can’t really find dating opportunities on Library One Search; I just wanted to get your attention. But you will retrieve all kinds of sources on any subject you need to search. This search engine’s goal is to become the Libraries’ onestop search interface, saving students

For at least a week the University Technology Office advertised that on September 20, there would be a restriction of access to some functions of My ASU for 5 days while they integrated the currently existing system with PeopleSoft 9, a human resource management system software. According to both a flyer and email, students would not be able to access transcripts, conduct financial aid transactions, add or drop classes, make payments, make residence hall changes, report hours worked during the outage and update their address or their phone number. But on September 27, two days after the system outage was scheduled to end, a second one unexpectedly occurred. Instead of only affecting the functions it did during the upgrade, everything related to ASU was unavailable. This caused a great deal of inconvenience to some students. A few professors had scheduled exams to be taken online during that day so when every-

thing went down, students were left in the dark when their first major assignment was unavailable. Students that needed to access My ASU for finances and class changes were also in distress. Some students were apathetic to the situation since it did not affect them in any way. After the system outage, students were left with questions on what exactly happened. A couple answers students got were that ASU was hooking up the new building to the system, which caused the entire thing to crash, meaning additional maintenance was needed. However, a few students that were told this thought that these answers were untruthful and that UTO was trying to hide something. A faculty member said they never got an official report on what happened so faculty is just as knowledgeable as students are on what really happened. The system outage did not seem to have a major effect on anything in the long run, but the uncertainty of the issue leaves many questioning if it will happen again, or if there are more problems that we do not know about.

from having to go from one database to another to find what they need. Once you have entered a search into Library One Search, say “dating and college students,” you may retrieve thousands of entries. “Dating and college students,” for example, returns a little over 300,000 entries! Don’t be overwhelmed. The most relevant entries will be listed first, with the least relevant ones coming last. Also, start looking at the kinds of sources you have retrieved. At the bottom of each entry it tells you what kind of source it is (such as “journal article”) and if it is available in full text online. At the column of options on the left of the page you will find many options for limiting your search, in turn reducing the number of entries. There are a number of other details about Library One Search I could give you, but doing that without seeing the interface is not very effective. Take a look at it and if you need help ask a staff member in Fletcher or use the 24/7 online chat service for the ASU Libraries at http://lib.asu.edu/help. Good luck!

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We’ve all heard the age-old question, an imposed speed limit of 15 mph, and “Why did the chicken cross the road?” It’s for good reason. There are dedicated stuthe timeless conundrum that continues to dents, staff, faculty members and a variety be passed down from generation to gener- of wildlife risking their lives crossing that ation. Of course, by now most of us — ed- very road both day and night, for the same ucated or not — know what the answer is. reason any chicken worth her salt would It’s simply, “to get to the other side.” While cross the road — to get to the other side. Speaking of roadkill, just the other day I most of us are satisfied with that answer, I wonder what would happen if, after all nearly became an unexpected hood ornathese years, that same chicken just flat-out ment to an absent-minded road warrior refused to cross the road. What would his driving along University Way. She had her reasoning be? What would cause people pedal to the metal, and her attention at the to look up from their brand-new iPhones mercy of her cell phone. If not for the fact long enough to realize the sudden change that I am always aware of my surroundings (Thanks, Mom!), and I of heart or even care am never so proud that enough to pose the I can’t concede defeat, question, “Hey, why even when I, the pedesdidn’t the chicken trian, have the rightcross the road?” of-way, I might not be Would there be here to write this piece. long, arduous studHowever, far be it for ies to investigate why me to argue the “rightchickens all of a sudof-way” with a twoden stopped crossPhoto By Alexandra Grayson Barry ton automobile whose ing roads? Would driver is, otherwise, inquiring minds even want to know? Would scientists dig deep engaged. Believe me, I’m studying cominto corporate pockets to analyze the fowl pound probabilities this semester, and I am phenomenon? Perhaps they would on very aware that, in that particular scenarall accounts. However, allow me to save io, the odds of my survival weren’t good. Listen people! The speed limit signs you them (and you) the trouble. As it turns out, I just so happen to have the answer see on the side of the road are not merely as to why the chicken may have finally requests, they are the law. They are what decided enough is enough and quickly separate you from being charged with (and unequivocally) changed his position man-slaughter, and me from becoming a on his road-crossing practices — at least human speed bump. So for the sake of all that is good, and in the name of our feathin these neck of the woods. It’s no big secret, and it certainly ered friends everywhere, SLOW DOWN! doesn’t carry any political weight. It has I don’t care if you are late for class. It to do with his personal safety. You see, he might help you to know that most of us doesn’t want to succumb to a set of Good- students here on campus have big plans year tires — plain and simple. It’s because for “getting to the other side,” and I don’t of those idiots on the road — you know mean that in the “eternal” sense. I mean who you are — who don’t pay attention to it in the “graduating and getting a good lawfully imposed speed limits. Whether job” sense. Do your part! Drive the legal it’s in your neighborhood, along the high- limit or, if you just can’t resist the temptaway or on our very own campus, people tion, take the bus. Either way, we chickdrive as if posted speed limits are mere ens want to live to study another day! suggestions. Take for example University

Why Didn’t The Chicken Cross University Way? Town Hall Debate Was Lacking; Way, just north of our beloved West cam- Sports Simile Won’t Fix The Economy By Natalie June Reilly pus. In case you haven’t noticed, there is
By Carolina Hernandez With the statement, “Government has no place in reducing economic inequality” ying high like an invocation for the intelligent, I expected a lot of great things going into Tuesday’s town hall debate at our very own West campus. I was devastatingly disappointed instead, especially from those in support of the statement. e rst time this disappointment occurred was at the very beginning. I’m serious. Instead of being a truly informative debate, someone dimmed the lights until reducing economic inequality became an issue of the ever-feared word “socialism.” According to those in support of the statement, this was about “punishing” the rich just to give to the poor. Professor William Boyes said it best, “When we force equality, we don’t make the bottom rise, but make the top fall.” Except no one said anything about making the top fall. No one believed punishing the rich was a solution. However, it just so happens that our economic system has a little problem: money isn’t circulating the way it should. It just so happens that some people (1-2 percent) have a greater share of the money

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in our system. In fact, over the last 27 years, wages for this top tier have increased 200-300% while wages for the middle and lower tiers have increased by 10-20 percent. Meanwhile, the cost of living has risen. Is it then a crime to help money circulate by asking this 1 percent to give a teacup of their vast pool of wealth? Furthermore, this is an issue of trying to make the bottom rise while the top keeps moving up or stays the same. For someone who makes $250+million, the cost of living is just a speck on their paychecks; paying a little extra doesn’t make any multi-millionaire poorer. e “for” side countered this argument with a curious scapegoat for our economic problems: technolContinued on Page 5 . . .

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Continued from Page 4 . . . ogy. According to Dean Martin, cisions don’t always guarantee succomputers cause corporations to cess.” It’s true. No one thought that become more e cient, decimat- it was wrong to help the poor, but ing the need for some workers. I we forget that reducing government attest — the debate inequality means exactly rained half-truths and Life is not a this. Poverty is a masung-out statements sports game. In sive issue. Isn’t it natural all night. Martin failed then, that the impleto note that at the same a game, the los- mentation of the solutime computers were ers still walk o tion must also be large? developed, govern- the us, government intereld with a ference ment regulation of the for a nationwide salary problem? economy decreased colossal and companies began awaiting them. We need to overlook sending jobs overseas. the emotional, re-andWhat infuriated me the most was a brimstone appeal the condescendcertain football analogy. Here, gov- ing “for” debaters tried to sell us ernment reducing inequality was students on. We need to realize that equated to a referee calling penal- poverty isn’t just a number or the ties to help the losing team win. Life thing that keeps wages from risis not a sports game. In a game the ing too fast (as if that could happen losers still walk o the eld with a with such disparity.) I, for one, am colossal salary awaiting them. In not going to pretend that the richest real life, “losing” — weather it be country in the world’s economic inlosing your job, losing the ability equality problem can be xed with provide for your family, or even los- the very thing that caused it — coring because, say, your husband dies porate greed and lack of regulations. or you have a costly illness — means As Naimark put it, the “greatness of death and devastation. America depends on the greatness Another debater, Dana Naimark of its citizens.” America, open your put it best, “hard work and good de- eyes — it’s time to step it up.

E D I “The T O R I A L Parties Are Advised to Chill”
This month, Undergraduate Student Governments at ASU have decided to strike it on their own. By resigning from the Arizona Student Association’s Board of Directors, USG Tempe President Mark Naufel and USG Downtown President Joseph Grossman have chosen to break from an organization that has represented the interests of public university students in Arizona for nearly forty years at time when education funding is at risk of being slashed. The nimbleness and flexibility of working only within ASU or the individual campuses do not negate the benefits of an organization that represents all Arizona students. Our financial aid, academic programs, and student support services are infinitely more secure when 140,000 students from Arizona’s three public universities speak with the same voice. Lawmakers and hostile special interest groups will not hesitate to take advantage of a divided student body. ASA is certainly not blameless in this stand-off. Do you know what ASA is? Do you know what it does? Do you know that you, a student, can sit on its Finance Committee? Do you know you pay a $2 fee to the organization? If most ASU students are answering no to these questions, then something is seriously wrong. Yes, students can get their money refunded, perhaps it would have been better to let students opt-in to supporting ASA before their money is used to campaign for ballot initiatives. Transparency is not enough. ASA needs to do a better job of reaching out to the students it claims to advocate on behalf of. So — in the spirit of U.S. Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Justice Alex Kozinski’s opinion in Mattel, Inc. v. MCA Records, Inc. — we advise both parties to chill, relax any individual political ambitions this drama might be fueling and consider what could happen if ASA isn’t around to oppose another $2,000 tuition increase.

Goodbye, Print Anywhere Soft-Launch! Hello, Freedom to Print Anywhere Again!
By Alexandra Grayson Barry

e so launch of the “Print Anywhere Program” — which, in reality, has felt like a hard punch in the face — will nally be at an end upon our return from Fall Break. We can also be hopeful towards having wireless printing on campus once again. Quite frankly, I will be glad when the system is fully launched next week. Back in September, the day before we went to print the rst issue of @ West News, my “Print Anywhere” account was put under suspension. I was banned from printing “[i]n an e ort to support the University’s sustainability goals,” so says the generated email I received from the Canon Digital University o ces. I mentioned this environmental and economical sustainability reasoning in that rst issue, yet I forgot to emphasize the importance and validation of such reasons for implementing the new print program.

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I worked in the computer lab at Glendale Community College when I was a student there, and I absolutely understand the abuse of printing that certain irresponsible types commit. In fact, when we as the employees noticed an excessive amount of pages being printed (usually a er 30 sheets or so had run o a printer), we would nd the owner of the massive print job and directly address the issue of waste to the o ender. Yet, the decision of who is or is not an abus-

er of paper and ink under the so launch of the program has seemingly been a cold-shouldered robot, implementing an automated system to ban anyone who went over the 50 free prints. I soon found out I wasn’t the only one having my studies thwarted by a prohibition to print anywhere on the ASU campuses. I also learned that some students had even discovered the loop-hole of printing in the computer labs versus computers that

send directly to print release stations. What really grinds my gears is the fact that we’re expected to conform to a technology system that isn’t designed or programmed to conform to our diverse needs as students. (And, I won’t even get started about disability students who require reasonable accommodation). As an English major who takes a good chunk of her classes online, I will inevitably be printing more documents and text from blackboard than other degree majors. e same goes for degrees which may require more reading materials than my own. In short, we all vary in our chosen subjects, as does the volume of paperwork required. Luckily, with the full launch of the new print program, our own money will nally start being charged and we may return to printing based on our individual needs and not what an automated robot expects the page count to be.

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Mikunopolis Takes Over The World
By Lizette Gallardo Rojas On July 2, 2011, The Los Angeles Staples Center hosted the 20th anniversary of the Anime Expo, which celebrated cosplayers and fans of Japanese pop culture with their first “Virtual Guest of Honor,” Miku Hatsune. Known as “The Digital Diva,” Hatsune accepted the invitation to grant America its first taste of futuristic sound technology with a 3D concert at Nokia Theater. Fans went wild, nearly shedding tears when they heard the grand news. Tickets sold out within an hour for this Mikunopolis tour. Vocaloid is a computer program created by Yamaha, which creates voice synthesis. The software allows their users to create or input both melodies and lyrics to make a song,

Happy Birthday Libra!
Caring. Balanced. Communicative. September 22 to October 23 Your planet: Venus| Your Element: Air Strengths: We are all taken by your charming smile and helpful attitude! You are caring, helpful and social. You are very attentive to how you present yourself to the world, and some may accuse you of being a suck-up or a flirt.You are also quite refined in your tastes; try going to a free concert or a First Friday event. Weaknesses: You can come off as vain, so try to spend less time in front of the mirror and more time in the real world! You also tend to put others before yourself, which could easily tire you! Put your emotions and work first sometimes. Doing this will help you maintain the balance you strive for. Compatibility: Aquarius, Leo, Sagittarius and Gemini Famous Libras: E.E.Cummings, Matt Damon, Hilary Duff and Gandhi

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without the need of a singer. The voice is created through the “Singer Library,” and when this Library is utilized, many different voices are generated, such as our current example of Miku Hatsune. She has her voice actor, but that voice is changed to sound robotic, higher pitched and her words are much faster than a regular singer. This lets users manipulate the tone, voice, lyrics and the music. You can create anything as long as you have the tools necessary, like the program and a good computer. You can also purchase other Vocaloid programs and combine them for your songs. The programs can be purchased online or in store, and the price usually ranges from $200 to $500. As people from the 21st century, consider this: would you stop listening

to your favorite artist if you discoverd he or she was not real, but a hologram, animated character or a computer program like Hatsune? Believe it or not there are a lot of people out there that love Vocaloid and the technology that it is based off of. I asked Yvette Saldana of the Otaku Club here at the West campus whether or not she minds the fact that Vocaloid characters are not real. Saldana answered,” I don’t mind, since it makes the music interesting and different.” When asked the same question, Mitzi Jimenez from the Polytechnic campus said, “I find it cool that they are a computer program.” We all have different views on Vocaloid and holograms, so why not remain open-minded and find out if you like the music, style or the idea?

Fall Fashion: West Campus Style
By Melanie Koch

What’s fashionable for fall you ask? V-necks seem to be trendy for both men and women. Another unisex trend popping up is pairing up colored skinny jeans and Toms. Many women at ASU’s West campus can also be spotted wearing crop tops and high-waisted shorts. Also, make sure to strap up your boots because they are “in” this fall and can be incorporated into any outfit! Walking around campus you can spot women sporting boots with skirts, dresses, jeans and shorts. They give a rugged but cutesy look to dresses and a rocker look to skinnies! Like always, graphic tees and jeans will also be in style! To make your outfit stand out more, you can crop an old band t-shirt or create your own distressed jeans. On game days, students can be seen with cut up ASU t-shirts; the men cut their armpit holes bigger so their sides can show, and the women cut and tie the sides of their shirt into knots up the sides. Remember, school spirit is always in style!

Sophomore Kai is wearing high-waisted white shorts and a pink top with triangular cut-outs. Her brown belt ties in the pink top, and the white shorts give a clean, preppy look. The Ray-Bans go well with Kai’s crisp style. Sophomore Sam shows off her style with light wash jeans and a graphic tee. She incorporated the red from her shirt with the red tank underneath. Her jeans and shirt give her look a laid-back, rocker vibe.

Freshman Mariah Partin, business global leadership. Mariah is sporting a polka dot dress with a neutral colored bag. The bag, compliments her vibrant patterned dress. The ruffles on the neck of her dress also add a girly touch. Her metallic gladiators and simply accessories add flair but keep her outfit from becoming too loud.

Senior Robert Boreala, communications. Robert is wearing a Rolling Stones Vneck graphic tee. Robert chose black, which compliments his dark hair and eyes. He kept his outfit casual by pairing the shirt with a pair of medium wash jeans. He’s also sporting a fantastic smile!

Sophomore Teena Manuel, psychology. Teena is sporting a bright red skirt and combat boots. Her boots have knit design on the sides, which give them an autumn vibe. Her red skirt compliments her neutral colored bag, grey sweater and white shirt. The use of vibrant colors with neutral ones helps each individual clothing article pop.

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“Government Has No Place In Reducing Economic Inequality”
By Schemell Weech The motion of the American government having no place in reducing economic inequality was debated by a panel of qualified professionals on October 2 during the Town Hall Debate at ASU West campus. Each side presented a social, economic and global point of view. Statistics, facts and many analogies were used to substantiate the opinion of opposing panels. Mr. Dean Martin, business owner, entrepreneur and former state Treasurer for Arizona, presented in favor of the motion. He stated that a decrease in economic inequality is like taking from one group of people to give to the next. It was suggested that instead of decreasing economic inequality, the government should seek to decrease poverty through various incentive programs. In his opinion, the American government should act as a referee to ensure that there is no infringement of rights. He further stated that if people knew that they could not fail, they would not try to succeed. The second panelist for the motion, Mr. William Boyes, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, began his argument in favor of the motion by stating that since 1970 to the present economic inequality has increased globally but decreased in America. He said that when equality is forced, we increase the bottom and lower the top, for example socialism in the Soviet Union and China before it opened up. He pointed out that in both these system’s attempts to eliminate inequality failed. He agreed with his associate, Mr. Dean, that when there are attempts to reduce inequality, there is a lessening in incentive to produce personal wealth. Improvements in living standards have been great in countries with small governments because the citizens have the opportunity to capitalize on private property rights. Speaking against the motion were Mr. Lane Kenworthy, Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Arizona State University and Ms. Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. Mr. Kenworthy simply stated that the federal government is actively involved in reducing economic inequality as well as certain individual states; therefore, it is a question rather of how much involvement the government should have. Charts were used to show how, in America, income inequality has risen over the years (gross domestic product versus median family income). He further stated that the growth of economic inequality has adverse effects on society, giving various examples which included, rise in crime and decline in education, whereas there were no adverse effects in the reduction of economic inequality. Ms. Naimark approached the debate from a different angle. She questioned the ethics and practicalities involved. As an advocate for children, she remained true to her passion, stating that children make up 24% of the population but are 100% of the future of America. “The American government definitely has a place in the reduction of economic inequality and must not let the globalization and free trade arenas run wild,” was her emphatic statement to the audience. Ms. Naimark agrees that the government is the only organization that can perform this task. Her supporting points were as follows: The country loses when children are left behind and not allowed to reach their potential. The government should remove the road blocks to success, while constructing car pool lanes and safety rails to allow children to attain their goals. The game is not fair and the deck is stacked against the poor. Without government intervention, the less fortunate children cannot succeed, i.e. student loans, scholarships, etc. There was a comprehensive representation of students from across a variety of majors, yet the concerns voiced were very similar. The panelists were asked many thought provoking questions to which they gave equally stimulating responses. This debate provided a new perspective, giving eye opening details as to the general consensus on the “haves” versus the “have-nots.” The government is a ruling board of persons elected by the people, to work for the people, and not just to protect the interest of the elite few. The government should therefore be involved in any and all efforts to reduce economic inequality. I agree that the debate should be

Upcoming West Campus Events
By Taylor Skvarek Tuesday, October 9 from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Verde Dining Pavilion. “Well Devil’s Fair” Join the Well Devil’s Council for yoga under the awning, food, music, free massages, prizes and giveaways. Tuesday, October 9 from 11 a.m. — 3 p.m. Student Health Services. “HIV/AIDS and STI Testing” Free, quick and confidential testing. No appointments necessary. First come, first served. Tuesday, October 9 at 4 p.m. Kiva Lecture Hall. “ThinK: Pre-Health Conference” Keynote speaker: Dr. Edgar Staren, President and CEO, Cancer Treatment Center of America. Wednesday, October 10 from 8:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m. Verde Mall. “Midterm Bagels” Stop by to get a free breakfast before starting your day. Wednesday, October 10 at 9 p.m. La Sala Ballroom. “Movie on the Lawn: “Cyberbully” Hosted by Children’s Hope and PAB. Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. Verde Dining Hall. Come out and support your fellow Sun Devils as we take down Colorado University Boulder! about how involved the government should be in decreasing economic inequality, and in which ways. If this matter is ever publicly debated again, I Thursday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. Second Stage West, Lower Level UCBBuilding. “Underneath the Lintel” This unique play by Glen Berger tells the story of a librarian who embarks on a quest to find out who anonymously returned a library book that was 113 years overdue. A clue scribbled in the margin and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket takes him on a mysterious adventure around the world. This is a co-production with iTheatre Collaborative and features Christopher Haines. General admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/269010 Saturday, October 20. 5 p.m. Sun Devil Fitness Complex Fields – West Campus “Sparky’s Challenge” Race, walk and celebrate in Sun Devil fashion! Be a part of the kickoff event for Homecoming 2012: A Golden Decade! Activities range from a 5k fun run/walk, to a flag football tournament, live entertainment and much more. Register at: http://homecoming.asu.edu/ sparkyschallenge Sunday, October 21 at 3 p.m. Second Stage West, Lower Level UCB Building. “Underneath the Lintel” would like to see more variations in the professions represented to have a more social and humanitarian view, rather than just a dollar value point of view.

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The Age Of Discovery
By Brandon Riddle of years we should be able to statistically say that we saw three transits.” The reason we’re honing in on terrestrial Earth-like planets is because our current knowledge of habitable life is restricted to Earth. Our planet resides in the ideal “Goldilocks Zone”. We’re not too close to the Sun, like Mercury, that our atmosphere isn’t being stripped off by our star, and we’re not so far away from the Sun that we freeze over. In other words, we’re just right for life and those “Goldilocks” planets should have a similar orbit to ours. That’s why we expect a shorter period orbit. “If you think about a planet transit, as it goes in front of a disc.” The professor begins to draw a disc with a dot traveling along the diameter. “you’re not only blocking light but you’re also observing sunlight through the ring of the atmosphere. So you have very subtle spectral signatures.”

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A concept in development for NASA is the TPF, or Terrestrial Planet Finder, and those satellites will actually take pictures of the planets. Within their pictures, elements will be exposed. “And that gets really interesting. If you looked at Earth from afar and all you saw was oxygen in the atmosphere, you’d say ‘wow!’. You wouldn’t expect for oxygen to be a naturally occurring atmospheric constituent. So you have to scratch your head and ask why does this planet have oxygen.” Ladies and gentlemen, the Kepler is searching for life. It’s simply a fact of life that one day, billions of years from today, our Sun will extinguish and Earth will fade with it – maybe humanity doesn’t last that long. “Even Stephen Hawking has said that we have to get a plan B because eventually we’re going to end of our own devices. Poison, blow up or whatever in our society, or overheat it’s atmosphere or whatever… So if you want civilization to last more than the next billion years, you better find someplace else to live.” Every colonial voyage begins with a map. Kepler is humanity’s silent cartographer. Visit atwestnews.com to continue The Age of Discovery

A roadmap to our galaxy. A guide for future generations. NASA’s Kepler telescope is providing Google Maps for our next Magellan. Named after 17th century German Astronomer Johannes Kepler, the space-faring telescope is discovering planets in far off star systems nearly every day. “They monitor something like 100,000 stars, 24/7, 365 days a year.” Said Professor Paul Schmidtke, ASU West campus’ resident cosmos expert. Just like the Venus transit that eclipsed our Sun back in June, the Kepler measures a star’s brightness and waits for a dip. If the luminosity changes, then a planetary transit has occurred. “That is why the Kepler has to run several years. If I wanted to see a transit of Jupiter, I have to wait twelve years and that’s just one. This is why it’s designed to find just the terrestrial planets that are close to the parent star, and within a couple

By Brooke D’Adamo * Sputnik, the first artificial Earth Satellite was launched October 4, 1957. It was Sputnik’s 55th anniversary on October 4, 2012! * Lightning strikes the Earth 100 times every second. * Butterflies have food receptors on their feet, so they taste their food by standing on it! * Sex can release endorphins, neurotransmitters that are associated with blocking pain - helping cure a painful headache! * Each person sheds about 40 pounds of skin during their lifetime. * More germs are spread by shaking hands than kissing. * A shark could smell a single drop of blood in a large swimming pool. * Humans have unique fingerprints and unique tongue prints. * Only female mosquitoes drink human blood, which is often used to make eggs. * NASA turned 54 years old on the October 1

Surrounded By Science
By Jessica Alvarez Guevara

lot more fun and adventurous than working with them inside a clinic. That’s why I Science is present and all around us dur- became a field ecologist.” ing any given moment of our lives. Even as Dr. Ball is presently conducting research I sit here and type, there are microorgan- on the impacts of nutrient dynamics in isms all around the room, bustling about soils, focusing on belowground soil bioand perhaps even emitting carbon dioxide, geochemistry (the study of the chemical, just like I do. Their presence may seem un- physical, geological and biological processimportant and pointless, but their impact es that make up the natural environment). in our world is far larger than one might Studying the impacts of human-induced think. Many sciences emphasize the con- environmental change allows her research cept that all things — living or not — are in- to provide insight into the basic mechatertwined and dependent with one another. nisms of soil processes. As the environThe specific study of these interactions, ment changes, the nutrient cycles within however, is the science of Ecology. “The the soil are also likely to change. Changes to Earth,” states Dr. Becky Ball, “and all of the these cycles could influence the organisms biology inhabiting it, is complex and com- present, and could be harmful in the long plicated, and the run. “My current challenge of tryresearch,” Dr. Ball ing to untangle explains, “examines everything is soil nutrient cycling what makes it and soil biodiversity so interesting to in both a polar desstudy.” ert (McMurdo Dry Becky A. Ball, Valleys, Antarctica) an Ecologist and and a hot desert (the current profesSonoran Desert in sor here at West, Arizona).” grew up on a salt Given that these marsh on the types of ecosystems Photo Courtesy Professor Ball Chesapeake Bay. “I spent cover about one third of a lot of time outside,” she the Earth’s surface and are “increasing in says, “because I spent so much time out- extent due to desertification,” understanddoors, I liked learning about nature.” Her ing how deserts respond to human-induced first choice for a career, however, was not change helps us understand the response of ecology. Much like yours truly, she wanted a large section of our planet. to become a veterinarian, but like many These microorganisms, and the cycles college students will learn, not everything they perform, are essential to our lives. If goes according to plan. Nevertheless, that the cycles do indeed change along with our experience may not always be a negative environment, the plants, animals and even one. For Dr. Ball the inspiration for change neighboring ecosystems can all be affected. came from a high school teacher who lent It is important for us to understand these her a book written by a field biologist. “That changes in order to comprehend and preintroduced me to the idea that I could study dict how they will influence our future. animals outside in nature, which sounded a

The Global Warming “Debate”
By Jessica Alvarez Guevara

200 US cities have tied or broken their allSince the idea of the greenhouse effect time hottest temperatures. “The debate is was suggested by a man named Joseph dead,” states Sweat, pausing to make eye Fourier in 1824, the concept of global contact with his observers. warming has been a hot spot for debate “How many National Academies of Sciand controversy. As Dr. Ken G. Sweat ence reject the idea of global warming? It explained in his presentation, “Human happens to be a number between zero and Induced Climate Change: The Science of zero.” Very few — if any — scientists today the Spin” last Thursday, deny that we are experithe focus of the debate Very few — if any — encing a shift in our envihas shifted. It seems that ronment; the main point the insufficient argument scientists today deny of argument now seems to that global warming is that we are experienc- be whether or not human nothing more than natuactivity is speeding up — if ral climate change is ex- ing a shift in our envi- not causing — the issue. actly that: insufficient. ronment The remainder of Sweat’s The number of facts presentation focused on in favor of the concept the advantages and the have been and continue to be overwhelm- advancement of renewable resources as ing, while the cries against seem to grow opposed to fossil fuels; the misconception weaker as the temperatures rise. “The ten about science in politics; and the actions hottest years on record,” Sweat empha- that need to be taken today so that the sizes, “have all happened during your life- possibility of a better future may continue time.” He refers to the fact that the hottest to exist. All in all, Dr. Ken G. Sweat’s preyears on record have all occurred in the sentation was nothing short of informapast twelve years, temperatures that have tive, relevant and inspiring; an intelligent almost exceeded 130 degrees Fahrenheit discussion put together by an intelligent in some parts of the world. In fact, at least professor.

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For more information about our university team visit their website at www.asupowersoccer.com. purchased online or players can make them themselves. The homemade footguards are unique as players become very creative, making them out of aluminum or steel but all must meet the standard requirements. The game is played on a basketball size court inside a gymnasium. Each team has three offensive players and one goalie. The objective is to guide the soccer ball with the footguard past the goal line. The players turn into a different person as their competitive nature surfaces, maneuvering their wheelchairs quickly around each other as they race to attack or defend the ball. The spin kick takes skill as they literally spin their wheelchairs to “kick” the ball. It is an impressive tactic. The game is officiated by one main referee with two line judges. The duration of matches is two 20 minute sessions with a 10 minute interval. The intensity of the game makes the play periods an ideal time for the chairs to have full power and time to recharge in between. The team, coached by Gabe’s father, David Trujillo, practices weekly every semester at the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center for Person with Disabilities. They compete against two other local clubs and travel out of state to qualify for the nationals. Of the 60+ teams, ASU is currently ranked in 7th place and qualified for the nationals the past two years. Their goal is to win a USPSA Premier Cup Championship which is the highest level to achieve. If you have a non-powered wheelchair, don’t let that stop you from joining the club as they have spare electric wheelchairs you can borrow for the games. Come experience the game yourself, either as a player or part of the audience cheering on our team! anca De Garriz. She said, “We show a lot of pride here at West and make sure everyone knows it’s game day! We even host viewing parties for all away games. It’s great to celebrate the collaboration of all ASU fans every weekend.” After our pre-game festivities concluded, it was time to hop on the shuttle that ASU provides. Transportation is available free of charge for all students of the West campus who are heading over to Tempe for the big game. As I walked up the steps, and onto the bus, I was taken away by the rows and rows of pumped up students that were cheering their favorite Sun Devil Chants. The ride over to Tempe was an experience in itself with a bus full of animated members of the student body.

ASU Power Soccer
By A Texas Girl Power soccer is a highly competitive sport specifically designed for power wheelchair users with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and so forth. The sport began in France in the early 1970s and was introduced to the United States in the early 1980s.

est since he played soccer as a child before being confined (due to an illness) to a wheelchair in 1997. He is the team representative for the USPSA and the club president for the ASU team. The team also has a club advisor, Anthony Jackson, who has been playing power soccer for over three years. The sport is co-ed and comprised of five registered athletes. Any current student or alum-

Put Your Running Shoes On!
By Lauren Polson Mark your calendars because Sparky’s Twilight Dash is coming up on October 23! If you haven’t signed up for this event, you should. Not only does this provide a great opportunity to show off your ASU pride, it’s also a great fitness event, and it’s only a 5K If you’re worried about not being in shape for the 3.1 mile run, don’t be. First of all, there are other options. Many people who sign up to participate in events like this sign up to walk them, not run. If running just isn’t your thing, you too could sign up to walk. Then, you are still getting out and being active, one small step towards living a healthy life. If you don’t feel like you are in very great shape but still would like to run, here are some suggestions. First, in the next two weeks try to get out at least three times per week and run. If you haven’t been exercising much lately, start small and run for time, not distance. When running for distance while training, it is easy to go out and run as hard as you can and not be able to finish. However, when you run for time, it is easier to find a comfortable pace and run at it. Start with 15 minutes the first time, and add five minutes each day after. This will help you build up for the race. Finally, set a reasonable goal. Don’t base this off of your friend’s goals, but instead off of what you think you’re capable of doing. You can’t base your abilities off of somebody else. Then, go out and work for those goals. But remember, if you do the best you can there is really no shame. The bottom line is to have fun! The shuttle came to a halt on 6th Street and Mill Avenue; the official pregame block party known to the student body as “Devils on Mill.” The pre-game activities continued on the closed off street filled with booths that gave away free food, ASU gear, and other exciting freebies. At the game, students of West mixed right in with the Tempe, Downtown and Polytechnic campuses that made up the student body section. With an exciting game, and a stadium full of Sun Devils, there was no way I could’ve asked for a better night. As the night wrapped up I began to recap the experience by thinking about one thing: ASU West really knows how to bring it on Game Day!

The United States 3 - Jordan Dickey 4 - Gabe Trujillo 66- Tony ni is welcome Power Soccer As- Jackson 87 - Katie Dickey 29 - Ginny Munson to join and ages sociation (USPSA) vary as there is became a formal organization in 2006. no age limit. Currently, the youngest Arizona State University has its very player is 18 and the oldest is 35 years own power soccer club, ASU Power of age. Soccer Club, created in 2010 by Gabe The game of power soccer states Trujillo, a student in the College of Lib- you must have an electric wheelchair, eral Arts and Sciences. Gabe read about with a lap seat belt and a foot guard. the sport in an article about adaptive Seat belts are usually standard on the recreation back in 2005 and has been wheelchairs but the footguards (similar playing ever since. It piqued his inter- to the guards on bumper cars) are specially made. These foot guards can be

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ASU Gameday: West Style!
By Kyle Olden decorations. The Sun Devils would take on the University of Utah Utes later that night as a part of “ASU Family Weekend.” I was immediately greeted by the friendly community advisors who generously invited me for some pre-game tailgating in the Casa de Oro courtyard where they were firing up the grill. Once we had had some good laughs, and a few hot dogs, I had a chance to talk to some West campus students. After talking to communications freshman Nick Way, I got a sense of just how enthused the students really were. Nick Way stated, “I feel like I’m a part of something big! There is so much energy and everyone is reppin maroon and gold.” His feelings were easily matched by senior, and community advisor, Bi-

You can’t call yourself a Sun Devil until you’ve seen a football game at Frank Kush Field. The energy that runs through Tempe the night of the big game is drastically unique compared to any other university. From the pregame festivities, to the opening kickoff, to the celebrations that go late into the night, ASU is undisputedly a festive school. However, a common question is always raised. Does this hype carry over onto its neighboring campuses? To find out, I decided to dive into the experience myself by getting ready for the game, ASU West style. As I arrived at the West campus I immediately took notice of the game time

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