Frisbee Fanatics

Bright stadium lights illuminate a field of grass where more than 50 student athletes spend the evening throwing, and then running, leaping and sometimes falling to retrieve a 175-gram, white plastic disc.

The game is Ultimate Frisbee, and the ASU men’s team, the Diablos, couldn’t be more serious about their sport.

“We want ASU on the map,” says Andrew Salinas, vice president and treasurer for the Diablos and a senior in business management.

The plan to get on the map includes their new coach, Fernando “Fernz” Lugo, and his firm-yet-fun attitude. Otero captained the 2010 University of Florida team to win the national championship and currently plays on a local club team.

Chris Waltrip, Diablos co-captain and history senior, said that having a coach from outside the ASU system is a good way to keep coaching objective.

“He’s just the coach we needed,” Waltrip says. “He’s not here to be buddy-buddy.”

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Devil Dish: ASU Should Follow Dbacks’ Example

When choosing the new football coach, ASU should follow the Diamondbacks’ example.

In 2009 and 2010 the Dbacks were plagued with horrible management decisions. From the top down it was a bad scene.

It was finally bad enough that by the middle of 2010, A.J. Hinch was fired and Kirk Gibson became the interim and later official head coach.

With Gibson in charge, the team immediately improved.

Why?

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Biased

I discovered this amidst my notes from JMC301: Intermediate Reporting and Writing.

I think I’m developing a bias against reading/talking about bias in journalism.

I’m over it.

As a college junior is this opinion premature? Yes, but I can’t help it.

Bias is bad, bias is human, bias permeates everything. Blah, blah, blah.

I understand (and put into practice) that when reporting I need to keep my personal opinions out of my work. That is perfectly just. What I don’t like is when bias is confused with personality and uniqueness.

If being bias free means my writing needs to be dry and boring, I’ll quit journalism right here and now.

Journalism was never meant to be boring. It was meant to test the creative abilities of reporters by needing to be both interesting and opinion free.

Anyone can spit facts onto a page. It takes skill to engage and inform consumers in a memorable way.

I must have been frustrated when writing this…

Devil Dish: Mend Lockout Blues

My allegiance to the NBA is fleeting and apathetic, so I wasn’t disappointed when the 2012 season started rapidly vanishing into thin air.

For those who are saddened by the prospect of no basketball, my challenge is to take this as a chance to get to know new sports.

Cycling. Yes, at first it just seems like a bunch of people doing something we mastered at a young age.

Examine it more closely and you’ll start to cringe with excitement when two cyclists pass closely without crashing and hold your breath when someone pulls away from the pack to make a run at victory.

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Tennis finishes strong at Thunderbird

ASU’s women’s tennis team wrapped up their fall season with competitive matches on home court at the Thunderbird Invitational Nov. 4-6.

In doubles play on Friday the pair of senior Michelle Brycki and freshman Joanna Smith defeated the mixed pair of Bonacic of Kansas State and Becker of Ohio State, 8-4.

“Michelle and Joanna are complimentary,” coach Sheila McInerney said.

McInerney said that because Brycki’s a senior and more experienced she can help keep Joanna Smith calm and collected.

Senior Sianna Simmons and freshman Leighann Sahagun fell to Zsofi Susanyi and Alice Duranteau of Cal, 9-8.

“Sianna and Leighann played well together,” McInerny said. “They had a tough match.”

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