Less than 10K tickets remain for Blackout Game against No. 2 Oregon

October 11, 2012

Less than 10,000 tickets remain for the Blackout Game against second-ranked Oregon at Sun Devil Stadium on Oct. 18. Tickets are available at TheSunDevils.com, the Arizona State Ticket Office outside of the Carson Student-Athlete Center, or by phone at 480-727-0000.

Due to the fact that a sellout crowd is expected for this game, fans are advised to arrive early. Stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. Download Full Image

"We have received an overwhelming response this past week from our `Blackout The Duck' campaign and are urging fans to purchase tickets now before it sells out," said Rocky Harris, senior associate AD for external relations. "This is not only an important game for our football team, but also for the Sun Devil faithful as it offers them a chance to show they are the best fans in the Pac-12 in front of a national ESPN audience. We need our supporters to rally together and prove once and for all that our home field advantage is second to none."

Arizona State formed a Political Action Committee, the Concerned Citizens of the Pac-12, after the Oregon Duck announced his candidacy for President of the United States on Sept. 5. Take up the fight by Blacking Out the Duck and his platform, and unite with 71,706 of your friends all draped in black at Sun Devil Stadium.

Starting with the launch of "Part 1" on Oct. 1, new YouTube videos have been released throughout the next two weeks that highlight a different theme brought to the public's attention by the Concerned Citizens of the Pac-12. Along with the series of videos, a variety of radio, print, outdoor and social media, along with a dedicated website, have been unveiled as the primary drive to sellout the game against Oregon. 

Join the nationwide stand against the Duck at http://www.concernedcitizensofthepac12.org/ or via Twitter using the hash tag #BlkOutDuck, and become Sparky's advocate by helping him spread the truth. Get your official Arizona State Blackout gear at http://www.sparkysstadiumshop.com/Shop/Arizona-State-Blackout-Gear?sort=new to wear your Sun Devil pride on your sleeve.

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute


'English Patient' author to discuss 'Cat's Table'

October 11, 2012

It’s 1954. Michael, an 11-year-old boy, is on a three-week journey by sea from Ceylon to join his parents in England. He finds himself sitting at the “cat’s table” for meals with a group of other solo travelers, including two other boys about his age.

What could be a routine voyage turns out to be a cauldron of mystery and intrigue, fomented by the fact that there is a criminal on board, who appears on deck in handcuffs. Who is he? What has he done? Download Full Image

Thus begins “The Cat’s Table,” the latest novel by prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje, who will talk about the book and his other work during a free public discussion at 7 p.m., Nov. 8, at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

The event is sponsored by ASU’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, a research unit in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of International Letters and Cultures.

In “The Cat’s Table,” Ondaatje writes about the transitions between childhood and adult life, memory and imagination, truth and storytelling.

According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, Ondaatje's work “often blends or counterposes the factual and the imaginary, poetry and prose. His longer narrative works, often based on the unorthodox lives of real people, may contain documentary as well as fictional accounts. Ondaatje's imagery is characterized by its preoccupation with romantic exoticism and multiculturalism; its gravitation towards the bizarre, the exaggerated, and the unlikely.”

Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka, the former Ceylon, and emigrated to Canada by way of England. He is of Indian/Dutch ancestry.

The author earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from Queen’s University in 1971. He has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Man Booker Prize, the Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Medicis, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.

His best-known novel is “The English Patient,” which was made into an Academy Award-winning film. He also is a writer of poetry, memoir and film.

So what does the “cat’s table” mean? Is there one on every ship?

The novel got its name from one of the characters sitting at young Michael’s table in the ship’s dining room. Known as the “pigeon lady” because she keeps pigeons in her pockets, she remarks that their spot is “the cat’s table” since “we’re in the least privileged place.”

For more information about the Nov. 8 discussion and other events at the Piper Center, go to www.asu.edu/piper.