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From Camo to Casting Off – The State Press

Doug Coplan Jr. became part of the 83rd Engineer Detachment, whose objective in Iraq was “Rapid Crater Repair.” Photo courtesy Doug Coplan Jr.

Doug Coplan Jr. has seen struggle, has seen defeat, and to the eye, has seen nothing more than the ave…

Runner’s Paradise – The State Press

Runners line up before the start of the Adventure Run in Tempe. Photo by Monica Vainauskas.

Imagine no limitations or pressure during a friendly running competition, with new people that share your same interest.
As you walk up to the base you see hu…

Turf Talk: Knocking Sense into Students – The State Press

“Bottom line — come in with an open mind and enjoy the ride.”
When reality hits, some tell you to roll with it — the above philosophy. Otherwise, and in certain circumstances, Jeff Funicello applies this certain life philosophy to a sport. Thi…

Turf Talk: The YMCA! – The State Press

Let’s say you wanted to be the next Patches O’Houlihan. Where would you go? Say you wanted to shoot free throws like Shaq never could. Where would you go then?
The Young Men’s Christian Association—also the YMCA or plain “Y”—is yet anoth…