Sun Devil men's lacrosse team starts home season Feb. 21

February 5, 2014

Arizona State University’s men’s lacrosse team, ranked number one in the nation in the preseason Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) poll, kicks off its 2014 home season Feb. 21 at a new venue on ASU’s West campus.

A recently added competition field on the West campus will host all six home games during the spring 2014 semester. Men’s lacrosse becomes the first Sun Devil sports club to make the West campus the site of its home games. lacrosse game Download Full Image

The public is invited to attend the games, which run through April 19. There is no admission charge.

Games will be played on the 6-acre competition multipurpose field on the south side of campus, which is part of the recently constructed Sun Devil Fitness Complex. The 63,000-square-foot fitness facility includes amenities such as a lap pool, indoor track, indoor racquet ball courts, strength and fitness areas and a two-court gymnasium. Additional outdoor facilities include volleyball and basketball courts.

The men’s lacrosse sports club has achieved success on the field, earning the title of champions of the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference three of the last four years, and advancing to the Final Four of the MCLA tournament five seasons in a row.

“Hosting the lacrosse sports club games at ASU’s West location brings another positive level of student engagement to our community,” said Sharon Smith, dean of students on the West campus. “A year ago we hosted two home lacrosse games, and large numbers of West students cheered on their Sun Devil team to two victories. There is a lot of enthusiasm on campus about the team making West its home for competition games, with student groups planning to tailgate at the games. This is also great news for the surrounding West Valley.”

ASU’s West campus is at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix.

The schedule for home games is:

• Feb. 21: University of Minnesota Duluth, 7 p.m.
• March 19: Sonoma State, 7 p.m.
• March 22: Simon Fraser, 2 p.m.
• March 25: University of Illinois, 7 p.m.
• April 12: San Diego State, 1 p.m.
• April 19: Grand Canyon University, 1 p.m.

More information about men’s lacrosse at ASU may be found at

ASU Faculty Member Publishes Transformative Work in the Area of Interactive and Experiential Media and Arts

February 5, 2014

Sha Xin Wei, the new director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, has just published a book with MIT Press titled Poiesis and Enchantment in Topological Matter. MIT Press says of the book: “In this challenging but exhilarating work, Sha Xin Wei argues for an approach to materiality inspired by continuous mathematics and process philosophy. Investigating the implications of such an approach to media and matter in the concrete setting of installation- or event-based art and technology, Sha maps a genealogy of topological media—that is, of an articulation of continuous matter that relinquishes a priori objects, subjects, and egos and yet constitutes value and novelty.”

Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University writes of the book: “Sha Xin Wei moves fluently between ontological speculation and the pragmatics of designing digital environments; he is equally at home discussing the abstractions of topology and the aesthetics of interactive performance. He embraces the digital while moving beyond its limitations. 'Poiesis and Enchantment in Topological Matter' offers us the vision of a world rich in experiences and meanings: a common world that we share, as Alfred North Whitehead once put it, with ‘a democracy of fellow creatures.’ Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Download Full Image

And George E. Lewis, MacArthur Fellow and Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University, writes: “Sha's conception of topological media presents a radically interdisciplinary and ardently humanistic view of the complex relations among sound, vision, technology, aesthetics, agency, and ethics. Challenging conventionally ocularcentric media discourses, this book demonstrates the centrality of play to the realization of a new generation of responsive artworks that consummate the heretofore secret love between interactivity and improvisation.”

Sha is new to Arizona State University, having previously been the Canada Research Chair in New Media and a professor of critical studies of media arts and sciences at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. There Dr. Sha directed the Topological Media Lab, which he founded in 2001.

For more on Director Sha Xin Wei and the School of Arts, Media + Engineering, go to

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