From magic carpets to potato chips, here are the week's top stories

Take a look at which stories were most popular over the past week and a few more we think you'll love.

Believe it or not, four weeks of school have already passed. Many big news stories have broken at ASU and The State Press has you covered. Take a look at the last week's top stories. 

ASU professor Matthew C. Whitaker placed on leave in connection to plagiarism scandal

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After being at the center of several plagiarism scandals this summer, ASU professor Matthew Whitaker was put on administrative leave this week. Reporter Isabella Castillo explains the background of Whitaker's situation and why he was put on administrative leave.

Read more: If plagiarist ASU professor Matthew Whitaker was a student, he would be expelled

6 times ASU was referenced in pop culture

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ASU is often the butt of many jokes about party schools and under performing academics. This is hard to avoid while being the largest public university in the U.S. Take a look at a few times when ASU was referenced in pop culture.

Read more: Why are sitcom writers so obsessed with ASU?

Rain blows through Downtown Phoenix

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Monsoon season is still here. Early this week a storm struck downtown Phoenix with so much rain that it left students trapped in elevators. Browse through State Press Photo's gallery of the aftermath.

Saturday's game against Cal Poly debuts new student section

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Over the summer break, Sun Devil Stadium constructed a new student section. The "Double Inferno" debuted this week during ASU football's game against Cal Poly. Reporter Justin Toscano explains the new student sections as well as the new wristband ticketing process. 

Read more: Camp Fargo not needed for student seats

Instant recap: ASU 35, Cal Poly 21

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It's not a motorcycle, it's not a bicycle, it's a magic carpet

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ASU graduate Tel Tucker received his degree in chemistry last year and decided to pursue his passion for bikes and his knowledge of batteries. Reporter Michael Close tells the story of how Tucker has built a battery powered bike that feels like a "magic carpet ride."

Lay's turn gyros, corned beef and breakfast into chip flavors that ultimately miss the mark

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Potato chips can be a great snack. But sometimes the "original" or "barbecue" flavors can get a little bland. Would you be open to try flavors such as "New York Reuben" or "Southern Biscuits and Gravy?" Reporter Shane Weinstein digs into the four new flavors from Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest.

Walk into the mind of artist Miguel Angel Rios with 'Landlocked' at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe

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The ASU Art Museum announced its Fall 2015 exhibitions this week. Reporter Obie Dieke previews one exhibition by artist Miguel Angel Rios, "Landlocked."

ASU innovates, but students aren't living up to it

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Last week, ASU was named the most innovative college by U.S. News and World Report, ranked above Stanford, MIT, Duke, Harvard and Cornell. Columnist Connor Murphy feels that although the award is deserved, the student body is not "living up" to the award.

Read more: ASU first to receive 'Most Innovative School' award


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