Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins will deliver his annual State of the University address at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 16, in the Bryan Hall Theater on the Pullman campus. Rawlins will offer his assessment of WSU’s progress over the past 12 months and will comment on issues and opportunities for the current academic year.  He also will discuss the status of and processes for the university’s budget.

Cougars First Down Friday, a downtown celebration of the opening home football game of the season, will be held from 6-10 p.m. Sept. 19. Scheduled events include a street dance with the band “Men in the Making,” food, arts and crafts, and a pep rally with the WSU Cougar Marching Band and cheerleaders, Coach Bill Doba and Cougar football team captains. For more information, check http://wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=4053

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The costs of debt:  President George W. Bush’s call for $87 billion in spending on the war in Iraq sets the stage for an upcoming political debate on the wisdom of that spending and its potential impact on our nation’s economic outlook. Lance LeLoup, the Claudius O. and Mary W. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is the co-author, with Steven A. Shull, of The President and Congress: Collaboration and Combat in National Policymaking, and is a student of the federal budget process. LeLoup says that while the debate might focus on the short-term deficit numbers, of more concern are the long-term economic and political consequences of the return of chronic deficits and growing national debt. LeLoup is available at 509/335-8929 or leloup@wsu.edu

Native American policing: Tribal police agencies face unique challenges, from whether the police chief is a tribal member or not, to involvement of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to culturally relevant accountability for offenders in the justice system. The Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety at WSU Spokane has worked with tribes from the Oglala Sioux to the Zuni Pueblo to the Northern Cheyenne and beyond, assessing community-oriented public safety capacity in the tribal context. John Goldman goldman@wsu.edu, 509/358-7953 and Mike Erp erpmj@wsu.edu, 509/358-7951 of WRICOPS can speak to tribal policing, and can connect reporters with tribal contacts as well.