The Sun Devil Advocacy Network and ASU displayed exhibits at the State Capitol building on the Senate Lawn to thank Arizona officials on Feb. 11. (Photo by Diana Lustig)
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ASU students participated in a “hackathon” dubbed #hackPHX over the weekend, where more than 50 hackers, programmers and crafters met in a competition to create an interactive wearable device in less than 24 hours.
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When ASU alumnus Lock Kresler entered the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, he said he remembered his professor asking his art history class how many of them thought they would make money after they graduated. Kresler was the only one who raised his hand. “If you have the passion, you can do some really great things,” he said. On Nov. 12, Kresler auctioned off Francis Bacon’s "Three Studies of Lucian Freud," one of the most iconic pieces by Bacon. These series of paintings are a 1969 oil-on-canvas triptych by Bacon, of his friend Lucian Freud. Kresler moved to London nearly a decade ago with an interest in contemporary art. He began working for Christie’s, a British auction company, where he became director of private sales. Kresler said London was a very different environment than New York, where he used to work and do appraisals of artwork and other historic pieces. The triptych sold in the auction was separated into three paintings for nearly 15 years at one point in its history. The triptych had to be reassembled before being put up for auction. Kresler said obtaining the piece was a very huge victory for Christie’s. “When I saw it for the first time, I thought it was an absolute masterpiece,” he said. “Freud and Bacon are some of the most world renowned artists.” The piece sold for $142.4 million at Christie’s in to Acquavella Galleries, breaking a world record. This sale bested Edvard Munch's, “The Scream,” which sold in May 2012 for more than $20 million. Kresler said it was a very rare work of art. “To have one of these come up for auction, it was a rare moment for us,” he said. ASU alumnus Elliot Schmidt is a friend and colleague of Kresler. He said they belonged to the same fraternity. After graduating from ASU, the two of them stayed in touch. When Schmidt moved to London, the two of them reconnected. “We would try to catch Arizona State football games in London, which was easier said than done,” Schmidt said. Schmidt said Kresler had always planned to make it in the art world, and when he learned about the sale Kresler made with the Freud piece, he was beyond amazed. “I think it’s really inspiring,” he said. “If I were a professor at ASU, I would want my students to know about this.” Xan Serasin, who is a colleague of Kresler, is the director for the department for the evening sales at Christie’s. Serasin said it was a huge victory for the company when they obtained the piece, because it was highly competitive. “These triptychs are very rare,” Serasin said. “Everyone in the department decided the best course of action is to put it up for auction since it is such an exceptional painting.” Serasin said it was important for them to be cautiously optimistic when talking about numbers, but he thought it had the potential to make $120 million. “There were about six people bidding past $100 million,” he said. “Three people drove it to the final sales price, which was an incredible result, but I can’t say I was surprised.” Serasin said the subject matter of the piece is interesting because of the relationship between Freud and Bacon. “Some would say Bacon was infatuated with Freud, and it was a love and respect for one another,” he said. “You really feel that he captures the individual with intensity is inculpable.” Bacon and Freud were both friends as well as artistic rivals. Several times, the two artists painted each other. Kresler said he feel privileged to sell such a masterpiece. “I think it was the masterpiece of masterpieces that we have been privileged to sell,” he said. “I don’t think I will see anything like it for a very long time."Reach the reporter at email@example.com or follow her on twitter @kelciegrega
Most people wouldn’t expect to find an oceanographer in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, but ASU professor Susanne Neuer was featured on Cox 7 Arizona’s “STEM Journals” to discuss how studying Arizona rivers can help understand oceans.
Valley residents will get the chance to see the Holocaust in a brand new light when a museum opens in Chandler in the near future with exhibits to depict past and present examples of prejudice and other genocides.Steve Tepper, CEO of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, said Thursday at the Tempe campus there is no gold medal for suffering and no value in saying one's people suffered more than someone else’s people. Tepper is collaborating with RSP Architects to build the museum. “What we want to do is use examples from the Holocaust to compare and contrast with other genocides,” he said. “We believe the Holocaust is the best teaching example.” He wants the facility to be more dynamic than an average museum, Tepper said at the discussion titled "Building a comparative genocide museum in Chandler." “We looked at all sorts of different museums and examples around the world,” he said. “This museum will be unlike any other Holocaust museum." Tepper said the museum is expected to cost $20 million and will include a 70,000-square-foot facility. It will also have a 350-seat auditorium, meeting space, classrooms and a courtyard. “I estimate the project will take 12-18 months of construction,” he said. “I assume that there will definitely be delays.” Tepper said the exhibits will start at ground level and visitors will make a three-story climb up a ramp as they progress through exhibits. The ramp will make the museum wheelchair accessible. The museum will hold mostly Interactive exhibits and audio kiosks depicting real accounts by survivors. It will also have an orientation for visitors to promote a group experience. Walls will come to life with different images, quotes and videos to help people understand. Tepper said he wanted to emphasize a group experience, because he felt it is more comforting for people to see shocking images and exhibits among other people. “I think there is something powerful about a group coming together to do something positive,” he said. “We find there are a lot of conversations ignited by these sorts of themes.” Tepper said “Never forget and never again” are some of the most important things to remember when learning about the Holocaust. He said he thinks people have done a good job at practicing “Never forget” but not “Never again.” “Genocide still exists, and that’s one of the things we want to point out,” he said. The museum will have a section based on genocide on a global scale to show that there is still genocide happening in present times. Tepper said he doesn’t think he has a “Never again" solution. “We are hopeful by creating awareness, we can affect certain parts of the population,” he said. Volker Benkert, German language and history lecturer for ASU is collaborating with Tepper on this project.Benkert said it is important to address intergenerational commemoration of trauma. The museum will have an exhibit dedicated to Native Americans and their treatment during colonization making it unique and comparative to other Holocaust museums, Tepper said. When Hitler was looking at ideas about how to go about establishing concentration camps, one of the things he looked at was the American system of Indian reservations, he added. Tepper said there are a lot of similarities between the Holocaust and what happened to the Native Americans. “All of these are parallels,” he said. “For us, this is something that happened here in America and something that was important. History senior Joseph McManis said he thought the museum was taking an interesting stance. “This isn’t something other Holocaust museums have been doing,” he said. Reach the reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @KelcieGrega
Tempe Police reported the following incidents Thursday: A 27-year-old Tempe man was arrested Nov. 9 on Mill Avenue and University Drive on suspicion of possession of marijuana, narcotic drugs and prescription drugs, according to a police report. Officers said a vehicle was traveling southbound on Mill Avenue, and it appeared that the front seat passenger had a glass bottle of beer in his hands. Officers contacted the man and could smell burning marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, according to the report. A search revealed a plastic baggie with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana inside of the driver’s door handle, police said. The man told officers the marijuana belonged to him but he had a medical marijuana card. When the man gave the officers the card, they discovered it had expired, according to the report. The man kept leaning against a trash can and touching the back of his pants, according to the report. Police said he did this several times and was told to stop and finally had to be physically moved away from the trash can, the report said. After the man was arrested, police searched the trash can and it was revealed that he had dropped a baggie containing a rock substance that was later confirmed to be cocaine, police reported. When officers searched the man, they found four Carisoprodol prescription pills in his right front coin pocket, according to the report. Police said he did not have a prescription for the drugs in his possession or the prescription bottle. The man was transported to Tempe City Jail where he was booked. Reports compiled by Kelcie Grega. Reach the reporter at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @KelcieGrega
Shaun Attwood came to Phoenix in 1991 from a small industrial town in England with the intent of becoming rich stockbroking.
Officers said a black BMW was traveling southbound on Mill Avenue, and it appeared that the front seat passenger had a glass bottle of beer in his hands.
It's all too common to categorize the Roma as criminals, which has caused many to forget that they too were victims of the Holocaust, Nadine Blumer told students Wednesday at the Tempe campus. “These themes tie into the Roma holocaust,” she said. Blumer, a postdoctoral fellow at the Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies, is a strong advocate for Roma victim recognition in the Holocaust. Her project is called “From Victim Hierarchies to Memorial Networks: How Germany Remembers the Nazi Genocide of the Roma.” The Romani are an ethnic group living in Europe. They started arriving from northern India in the late 1300s. Blumer said she would refer to them as “Roma” as opposed to “gypsy,” which is considered politically incorrect. “Roma is an umbrella term referring to gypsies,” she said. “Nazis labeled the Roma people as gypsies.” Blumer began the discussion with an image of Romani Rosa, who is a Romani activist, holding up a copy of an International New York Times article about Romani people being accused of kidnapping, but a blood test confirmed the children were biologically related to their parents. “They were accused of kidnapping, because their children didn’t have Roma characteristics, because they had light skin and blonde hair,” she said. “It is also a stereotype that the Roma people kidnap children.” The Roma people been called social leeches of the welfare system and have historically been associated with crime, Blumer said. “Persecution of the Roma has been happening long before Hitler,” she said. “They have been living in Europe since the late middle ages and have always suffered from discrimination and exclusion.” Germans believed criminal behavior was genetic and associated with the Romani. German hygienists interrogated and tested their physical characteristics, Blumer said. “They categorized Roma as feeble-minded and incompatible with German blood,” she said. “Intermarriage was banned just as intermarriage between Aryans and Jews was banned.” During the 1936 Berlin Olympics, Germans transported the Roma to internment camps. Their intention was to keep the streets “safe” during the games. Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler signed an order in 1938 “to pursue a settlement of the Gypsy problems on grounds of race.” Mass deportations to concentration camps began two years later. They wore triangle-shaped badges sewn to their clothes to indicate they were Roma, just as Jews were forced to wear Stars of David sewn to their clothes. Blumer said the genocide of the Roma people was not recognized after the Holocaust because people thought that their genocide was the result of combating crime and not racially motivated. “Nazi’s blurred lines between racial and social categorizations,” she said. “Germany played down the genocide for decades.”Romani activists have slowly been able to reveal the truth to the German government about the genocide and have forged alliances with Jewish organizations. Blumer said Roma still continue to face discrimination. It is clear that racial stereotypes are still an ongoing problem in Europe. “There is still optimism for the future,” she said. “In 2012, a memorial to the persecution of Roma in Europe was inaugurated.” Exploratory freshman Reginald Sharman said he came to the discussion, because it was a topic he was interested in but did not know much about.“I ended up learning a lot about the persecution of the Roma people,” he said. “The extent of the persecution was a lot larger than I thought.”Volker Benkert, German language and history lecturer for ASU, said it was very fortunate that Blumer came to ASU.“I’m already very interested in this, because I am very involved with the Holocaust Museum (in Washington D.C.),” he said. “I want to get the ASU community involved in this project.”Reach the reporter at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @KelcieGrega
Tempe Police reported the following incident Wednesday:A 24-year-old Tempe man was arrested Nov. 8 on the 800 block of South Rural Road on suspicion of aggravated driving under the influence, according to a police report. Officers contacted the man during a vehicle stop when he failed to stay in his lane, the report said. Police said he had bloodshot eyes and there was a distinct odor of alcohol inside his vehicle, according to the report. When officers asked to see the man's driver's license and vehicle papers, he fumbled with his wallet to locate his ID card and could not find the papers, police said. Police asked the man if his license was suspended since he only had an ID card and he said it was, according to the report. When asked why it was suspended, the man said it was because of a DUI, police reported. Police asked the man if he had consumed alcohol that night and he said he had been drinking five “Vegas Bombers,” which he said contained Captain Morgan Rum. The man was slurring his speech, according to the report. The officers asked the man to step outside his vehicle and he could not stand or balance without swaying and there was a distinct odor of alcohol emitting from his breath, police said. Police asked him if he was drunk and he said he was, according to the report. The man submitted to Field Sobriety Tests that revealed he was impaired, police reported. The man also had a Breath Alcohol Content of .165 percent, according to the report. The man’s license had been suspended last year as a result of a DUI conviction. There was a second suspension later that year, and a third suspension earlier this year with an indefinite end date, police reported. The man was transported to Tempe City Jail where he was booked and held, according to the report. Reach the reporter at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @KelcieGrega
In 1977, social work freshman Mark Ledingham was diagnosed with brain cancer.
CBS anchor Bob Schieffer told ASU students on Tuesday that the road for newspapers is beginning to go uphill, but that doesn't mean the journalism field is dying.
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Uses of clay for healing and beautiful skin go back to prehistoric times, and many claim that it holds the secret to beautiful skin. Recently, microbiologists at ASU have discovered that clays can potentially treat skin infections.