Asu Struggled To Become The Asu We Know

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Thumbing through a recently arrived copy of the ASU alumni magazine, I discovered a superbly and expertly written article called "It's all about U." The story details Arizona State's fearless battle to become a university.

The author thoroughly re-searched Arizona State's decade-long quest to become ASU and the opposition thrown up by Tucson businessmen, Pima County politicians and UA alumni and students

It wasn't until Nov. 4, 1958 that ASC became ASU and that occurred only because voters pass-ed Proposition 200, an unprecedented statewide referendum.

The final vote was 101,811 YES to 51,471 NO.

In Arizona, the measure lost in only Pima and Cochise counties and passed by an 11-2 margin in much of the state.

After reading the article, I was convinced the author must be a long time ASU alum who might have had first hand knowledge of the events.

So, I checked author -- it was Roundup reporter Peter Aleshire writing a freelance piece.

He graduated from Stanford.

D-backs in town

An Arizona Diamondbacks Training Center baseball camp will be held July 7 to 11 at Rumsey Park.

Shannon Godfrey, Diamondbacks assistant for Baseball Outreach and Development, said both baseball and softball will be offered.

The camps, which are held through the week from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., feature instruction in all aspects of baseball and fast pitch softball, including hitting, fielding, running, pitching, strategy and sportsmanship.

Coaches usually throw in spirit contests and games to keep the camp sessions fun and interesting.

Godfrey said the purpose of training centers are to instill an enhanced self-image, increase skills, improve knowledge of the game and greater community pride in the participants.

Godfrey estimates that since the inception of the program, "over 17,000 kids have ‘learned to play the D-backs way.'"

The training centers are open to all players from 6 to 18 years of age.

The fee of $150 includes 15 hours of instruction, a Diamond-backs cap and T-shirt, instructional DVD and the opportunity to attend select Diamondback home games.

All profits benefit Diamond-backs Youth Charities.

"We are excited for camp to be in Payson," Godfrey said.

The baseball camps usually fill to capacity, often attracting players who commute from the Valley eager to escape the searing desert heat.

The Training Centers have traditionally been held in Payson about the same time as Little League postseason area, district and state tournaments.

That will be the situation this summer.

Which means, some of Payson's finest baseball players -- usually the Little League all-star selections -- cannot participate.

Diamondback training center coaches sent to Payson in the past say they are aware of the problem, but because the camps are offered in about 40 towns and cities around Arizona in a short three-month period, the conflict would be tough to resolve.

For more information call 1-800-821-7152 or go to: dbacks.com/camp.

PEC to host team sorting

Team sorting equestrian competitions will be held March 22 and April 19 at the Payson Event Center. Gary and Sandra Walker of Rafter M Performance Horses in Camp

Camp Verde will sponsor both.

Registration for the sortings, which will be conducted in a jackpot buckle series format, begins at 10 a.m. and the competition at noon. A maximum of 25 teams will be allowed in. The entry fee is $25 per person and entrants must enter twice making $50 the total charge for the day.

The Walkers describe team sorting as "a working cow horse sport featuring fast-paced action in a friendly, yet competitive environment."

For the event, the Walkers anticipate forming three person teams who's job it will be to "sort" a particular cow from a herd of 11 in 2 1/2 minutes.

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