ASU to welcome 13,000 students into residence halls

August 11, 2010

Both families and students may shed a few tears as they say “goodbye.” But both will be starting a grand adventure as students begin moving into campus housing at ASU this weekend.

More than 13,000 students will move into the residence halls at ASU Aug. 14-17, about 10,000 of them on the Tempe campus. ASU staff and volunteers at all four campuses will hoist computers and mini-fridges from cars, helping families make the trek to their students’ rooms in a “cruise ship” style check-in. Download Full Image

Palo Verde Main hall will even feature a telehandler, similar to a forklift,  on Saturday, lifting belongings up two or three floors to an opening in the side of the building. This beats negotiating the stairs.

Demand for on-campus housing is strong, with most halls reaching capacity. Freshmen are expected to live on campus, and an increased number of returning students have reapplied for housing, realizing the benefits of on-campus living.

Tempe has 14 halls and three apartment complexes, divided into neighborhoods to provide academic support services and activities to help students connect with each other. Within neighborhoods, smaller living-learning communities are organized to link students by interest or major.

A record 1,200 students are expected to move into Taylor Place on the Downtown Phoenix Campus on Aug. 16, more than double the number when the campus opened two years ago. Taylor Place residents will enjoy a brand new Devil’s Den recreation center, a 2,000-square-foot space outfitted with game tables, large-screen TV sets with Blu Ray DVD players and video game consoles.

The Polytechnic campus in Mesa will welcome another 1,200 residents to its halls and family housing on Aug. 16, with spaces also made available to students enrolled in Maricopa County Community College classes. A new Global Village is opening for international students.

Freshmen at the West campus will move into Las Casas on Aug. 14 for two days of Camp Solera, an orientation and getting-to-know-you weekend. Returning students move in on Aug. 16. West campus will house about 340 students.

Check-in at the Tempe campus begins at 7 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena all four days and features a streamlined, paperless process, as part of ASU’s commitment to sustainability. Students will have completed their forms online and will swipe their Sun Devil ID cards to receive their housing assignments on a personalized label.

As a respite from the heat, campus dining contractor ARAMARK will provide chilled towels, promotional water bottles, free water stations throughout campus and also bottled water for purchase.

New this year among Tempe’s 35 dining locations are two new venues on Forest Mall, E2 (E squared), offering made-to-order salads and fresh sandwiches to go; and Dave’s Dog House. There’s a new Subway at Hassayampa Academic Village (HAV) and Freshens frozen yogurt at the Memorial Union (MU).

The markets at the MU and HAV have been renovated to provide more fresh and healthy convenience foods, such as breakfast sandwiches, burritos, wraps, sushi and salads, as well as fresh produce, bakery and coffees. Both will provide vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and will offer information about origin and nutritional value.

Classes on all campuses begin on Aug. 19. The official Sun Devil Welcome by President Michael Crow will be at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 18, at Wells Fargo Arena, followed by whitewashing the “A” on Tempe Butte.

Among the Welcome Week activities are a free concert Aug. 17 by country recording artist Dierks Bentley and hip-hop artist Chingy at 8 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena. An ASU student ID is necessary to get in. For more Welcome Week events, go to">">

Piper Center offers a variety of fall writing courses

August 12, 2010

Do you have an unfinished novel tucked away in a drawer? An urge to write poetry but not the nerve? A story that’s done that you’d like to get published?

Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has fall classes for levels of all writers and interests, ranging from fiction and poetry to nonfiction and memoir, beginning Sept. 27. Download Full Image

All classes except the online sessions will be held in Piper Writers House on the Tempe campus.

The classes, which are appropriate for writers of all experience levels, include:

8-WEEK SESSIONS (Sept. 27-Nov. 15)

Cost: $400 ($360 for Piper Friends).

POETRY: “Eight Poems in Eight Weeks” with Leah Soderberg, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FICTION: “Driving Stories To Their Best Destinations” with Patrick Michael Finn, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FICTION/NONFICTION: “What a Character!” with Elizabeth Weld, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

ONLINE SESSIONS (week of Oct. 25-week of Nov. 15)

Cost: $200 ($180 for Piper Friends).

POETRY: “Coloring [Inside] the Lines: The Practice of Poetry” with Elizabyth A. Hiscox.

FICTION: “Writing the World a Better Place” with Shannon Cain.

FICTION/NONFICTION: “Press Start/Restart: Getting on Track [Again] With Your Writing Project” with Vyvyane Loh.

NONFICTION: “Writing For Real” with Jana Bommersbach.

MEMOIR/NONFICTION: “Writing the Memoir” with Matthew Gavin Frank.

ONE-DAY CLASSES (Sat., Oct. 23)

Cost: $100 ($90 for Piper Friends).

POETRY: “The Conjugation of Breath” with Jessica Burnquist, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

FICTION: “Enrich Your Writing Through Mining Your Past” with Mary-Rose Hayes, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

ALL GENRES: “How to Get Published in Literary Magazines” with Shannon Cain, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

ALL GENRES: “Living in a Material World” with Andrea Avery Decker, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

ONE-DAY CLASSES (Sat. Nov. 13)

Cost: $100 ($90 for Piper Friends).

FICTION: “The Truest Eye” with Bill Konigsberg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, (lunch included).

NONFNFICTION: “Making Your Story Sing: How to Write a Great Magazine Piece” with Jana Bommersbach, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch included).

YOUNG ADULT: “Through the Looking Glass: Writing Fantasy Fiction for the Young Adult Market” with Lucy Hawking, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch included).

Hawking has written two novels. And she co-wrote, with her father, Professor Stephen Hawking, the first two books of a trilogy aimed at bringing science to a young global audience. Hawking will be the ASU Origins Project Writer in Residence during the 2010-2011 academic year.

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