Hurricane Katrina: 5 years after the storm

August 29, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been called the deadliest, costliest, most eye-opening natural disaster in the history of the United States. Hurricane Katrina formed Aug. 23, 2005 as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, but rapidly gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico, just as government leaders began declaring it a state of emergency. Its landfall on the City of New Orleans resulted in levee breaches and the subsequent submerging of 80 percent of the city.

Five years after the storm, the political, social, economic and scientific impact of Katrina still weighs heavily on the American consciousness – and is still felt by the ASU community. In this retrospect, the university takes pause to examine the devastating storm and its ever-expanding wake. alt="" width="100" height="100" />"> style="font-size: medium;">1,825 days of lost opportunities: post-Katrina reflections
"A funny thing happened on the way to a better life for New Orleans," writes Robert Mittelstaedt, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU and Louisiana native, whose dismay over the disaster was further heightened not only by the fact that members of his family were among those affected by the city's destruction, but by the city's rejection of an innovative rebuild.

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Katrina">">Katrina in a historical climate context
As a historical climatologist working with the World Meteorological Organization, ASU's Randy Cerveny asks that we place Hurricane Katrina in its correct place in the global history of massive storms." alt="ASU rock entry" width="100" height="100" />

Family">">Family grateful for new life in Arizona
In the months that followed Hurricane Katrina, Arizona welcomed a large population devastated by the storm. New students joined the ASU community, and families began to recover and start anew." alt="" width="100" height="100" />"> style="font-size: medium;"> How the humanities will save New Orleans
Five years after Katrina, hands and hearts continue the work of helping the Crescent City and its environs come back together. Several students and scholars in the Department of English at ASU are among those doing this restorative work – with pens, compassion and generosity of spirit that refuses to forget." alt="" width="100" height="100" />A">">A look back at Katrina in poems, pictures
For 35 years, James Davidson lived peacefully and painted landscapes and skyscapes in New Orleans. After the storm, Davidson came to Tempe. His paintings were full of anger and frustration, and awe at the power of the storm. But then the calmness of the desert began to seep onto his canvases." alt="" width="100" height="100" />"> style="font-size: medium;">Video | When the Water Came: Evacuees of Hurricane Katrina
ASU professor and poet, Cynthia Hogue and ASU alumna, Rebecca Ross collaborated to create a book of photographs and poems culled from interviews with evacuees of Hurricane Katrina." alt="" width="100" height="100" />

Class">">Class examines Hurricane Katrina, environmental justice
Monica Casper’s graduate course, “Environmental Justice, Body Politics and Human Rights,” is taking her students by storm, literally and figuratively. “This course offers a unique perspective by examining environmental justice struggles, such as those that have occurred in NOLA (New Orleans, LA), through the conceptual lenses of body politics and human rights," said Casper." alt="" width="100" height="100" />"> style="font-size: medium;">Photo gallery | Rebuilding New Orleans
In an attempt to impact the situation in New Orleans in a positive way, students and faculty from ASU's School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture initiated its first ever design|build program." alt="" width="100" height="100" />

Professor's">">Professor's book offers new hero, emerging from the storm
Jewell Parker Rhodes penned children's story "Ninth Ward" in about three months, drawing on an already extensive knowledge of New Orleans and its history. “Lanesha is the character I would’ve loved reading about,” said Rhodes, who first felt the protagonist's voice creeping into her head in 2008, as Hurricane Ike threatened the recovering city of New Orleans.

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Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Soccer defeats Baylor

August 30, 2010

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A three-goal outburst in the first half proved to be all the offense the Arizona State women's soccer team would need on Sunday as it improved to 2-0-0 following a 3-1 win over Baylor. Download Full Image

Senior forward Karin">">Karin Volpe, freshman defender Jasmine">">Ja... Roth and redshirt sophomore forward Sierra">">Sierra Cook all scored goals within a 20-minute stretch to give the Sun Devils a 3-1 lead after the first 45 minutes of play. The Sun Devils were every bit as impressive on the defensive end in the second half as they limited to Bears to a single shot.

"We put together some really good moments and that's what I like. I wish we had done more in the second half," ASU head coach Kevin">">Kevin Boyd said following the game. "I thought we were a little more solid and more organized in our backline and our midfield. We defended better. There were moments when we showed our skill and our ability to keep [possession]. We need to make those moments longer."

The Sun Devils were frequent guests on the Baylor end of the field for much of the first half. The offensive pressure they exerted would pay off a little more than 10 minutes into the game when Cook played a ball perfectly to Volpe in front of the Baylor net. Volpe wasted no time in taking advantage of the shot in front of her and put the Sun Devils up 1-0.

"It was a tremendous finish," said Boyd of Roth's goal. "We need to be really dangerous on set pieces for the year and so to get another goal on a set piece is important."

The Bears would cut ASU's lead in half in the 20th minute following a play similar to ASU's second goal as junior defender Staz Salinas headed in a corner kick by teammate Hannah Dismuke.

After seeing their two-goal, first-half lead erased last week, the Sun Devils made sure no such occurrence would happen this time around. Still, a little extra breathing room couldn't hurt and Cook would supply just that in the 32nd minute. Volpe's pass to Cook culminated a series of several Sun Devil touches and then Cook's left foot would do the rest as ASU once again took a two-goal lead, 3-1.

For Cook and Volpe it represented the second straight week that each player scored a goal. With the 21st goal of her career, Volpe is now in sole possession of seventh place on ASU's all-time list. With her next goal, Volpe will tie former Sun Devil Antoinette"> Marjanovic for sixth place.

The Sun Devils return to action on Friday (7 p.m. ET) when they travel to Charlotte, N.C., to take on the Charlotte 49ers in a battle of 2-0 teams.

Less than four minutes later the Sun Devils found their way into the Baylor net again when senior forward Jill">">Jill Shoquist's well-placed corner kick was met by Roth, whose header was so well placed into the goal that a play by the defense was not possible on the ball.