Center offers fun, tranquility in middle of metropolis

January 9, 2009

The ASU Wells Fargo Student Center is one of the best kept secrets on the Downtown Phoenix campus, but that is certainly not by design.

Located in the Arizona Center at 455 N. Third St. directly above the AMC Theaters box office, the center serves as the Downtown Phoenix campus official student union. However, not many students know of its existence or use the facility as much as administrators would like. Download Full Image

“The student center is a bit tucked away from the beaten path but once students know how to find us, they are pleasantly surprised at the comfortable surroundings and the variety of amenities we offer,” says Dora Tompkins, coordinator of the student center. “It’s a place where students can have a cup of coffee or tea or hang out with friends in between classes. We are hoping that more students take advantage of these benefits.”

The facility offers several activities and programming for students. The center includes plasma televisions, crafts and board games, Wii, Playstation 3, sound system, pool and tennis tables and a meeting room for various student organizations.

“I like to go there when I want to get away from the dorm or school,” says Jasmine Dean, an 18-year-old freshman who resides at nearby Taylor Place. “It’s very quiet and relaxing and a place where I can study, play pool or watch TV.”

Activities include the popular Spoken Word Coffee House, Craft Corners, Karaoke, Free Movie Fridays, P.O.W.E.R. Leadership Seminars and talent shows. Tompkins said the center will host several events this semester, including a Super Bowl Party, an Oscar night bash, a Murder Mystery Dinner and outings to Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondback games. For more information on events on the Downtown Phoenix campus, visit">">

The center also serves as an informational resource for students, offering tips on off-campus housing, job opportunities, volunteer opportunities, scholarships, internships and how to get involved in student organizations.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 7 p.m. on weekends.

To learn more about the ASU Wells Fargo Student Center in the Arizona Center, call (480) 496-0973 or visit">">

Reporter , ASU Now


USTFCCCA ranks Sun Devil men second, women sixth

January 9, 2009

When the Arizona State University track and field program opens its 2009 indoor season later this month, it will do so with a pair of Top 6 national rankings, according to the USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Rankings that were released January 8. Although both the Sun Devil men and women's teams are the defending national champions, they enter the season ranked No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, based upon points earned.

The ranking system assigns point values to marks attained by individuals and relays in the contested events at the NCAA Championships based upon where that mark ranks nationally. Using marks recorded last year, the Sun Devil men have 129.59 points, trailing only Oregon (132.21) while the women have 84.35 points. Download Full Image

On the men's side, Oregon and ASU are followed in the Top 5 by Arkansas (129.31), Florida (126.03) and Florida State (104.43) while the remainder of the Top 10 is filled out by Texas A&M (102.28), Texas (81.73), LSU (79.42), Louisville (72.92) and BYU (71.06). Three other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the Top 25, including Arizona (No. 19), UCLA (No. 24) and Stanford (No. 25).

The women, who will look to capture their third indoor championship crown in a row, sit sixth with the five teams ahead of them being Texas A&M (149.39), LSU (127.20), Michigan (119.57), Tennessee (117.19) and Florida State (109.87). The Sun Devils are followed by Virginia Tech (82.42), Oregon (81.98), Texas Tech (81.27) and Minnesota (74.08) in the Top 10. Arizona (No. 15) and Stanford (No. 17) are the only other Pac-10 schools in the Top 25.

Ryan">">Ryan Whiting is the lone returning national champion for the men after he captured the shot put last year with a collegiate and NCAA meet record toss of 21.73m (71-03.50). Three-fourths of the national runner-up distance medley relay team also is back this year (Nectaly">">... Barbosa, Joey">">Joey Heller and Justin">">Ju... Kremer) while three-fourths of the third-place 4x400m relay also will be back on the track in 2009 (Darryl">">Da... Elston, Kremer and Joel">">Joel Phillip). Phillip will be another key to ASU's success after finishing second nationally in the 400m dash last year and earning All-America honors outdoors in the same event. ASU will, however, be without three All-Americans from last year's championship run, including Kyle">">Kyle Alcorn (3,000m run champion and anchor of the DMR), Jimmie">">Ji... Gordon (400m All-American and member of the 4x400m relay) and Matt">">Matt Turner (long jump All-American).

After winning a pair of national team titles, the women will be without the services of three national champions this year after they graduated in 2008, including Jacquelyn"> Johnson (seven-time champion), April">">A... Kubishta (2007 outdoor pole vault champion) and Jessica">"... Pressley (two-time outdoor shot put champion), who combined to earn five All-America honors last year. Despite the losses, the team is strong and led by Sarah">">Sarah Stevens, the 2007 indoor shot put champion and an improving sprint corps. Three-fourths of the All-American 4x400m relay team is back this year (Jeavon">">... Benjamin, Shauntel">">... Elcock and Dominique'">">... Maloy) while Stephanie"> Garnett will look for her second long jump honor in a row.

ASU will open its 2009 indoor season on January 23 with several athletes competing at the Friday Night Challenge at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.