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OPINIONS
Editorial: Taliban gone, female oppression remains
The interim administration leader in Afghanistan signed a document giving Afghan women basic rights on Sunday, rights they lost in September 1996 when the Taliban took over the Afghan government.

Opinion: Student athletes not alone in facing graduation woes
The foundations of higher education are rattling again as the debate concerning academics and sports rages on, with ASU caught right in the middle of the playing field.

Opinion: CNN anchor sells sex before journalism
I take my cue on this picture policy from CNN anchor Paula Zahn, who was outraged recently when an ad ran on CNN implying that she was provocative and "just a little bit sexy."

Opinion: Media spin puts Pit Bulls in doghouse
Instead of taking the easy road, however, let's go on a detour. Let's put responsibility and accountability in dog ownership. The media, who created the image of the pit bull as a voracious beast, share the blame as well.

SPORTS
California Baseball Preview
California returned to postseason action last year for the first time since 1995, and even though its run eventually ended in the NCAA Regional with a loss against Virginia Commonwealth, the experience helped bolster the confidence of a staff capable of continuing that success again this year.

Hump Day Hoopla
The exciting world of collegiate athletics is about to kick into high gear, now that school has resumed following the holiday break. This semester has the potential to be one filled with greatness for the Sun Devils, as several teams seem poised and ready to make a run when the postseason comes calling.

Resilient Millage bouncing back
Curtis Millage is steadily progressing down the road to recovery after sustaining a bruised left hip during Saturday's uplifting win at Washington State.



Huskies pound Devils, 81-68
SEATTLE - The state of Washington is known for its continuous mountain ranges and burley hills, but the ASU men's basketball team couldn't jump even the smallest hurdle Thursday night.



After last weekend's eye-opening sweep of the Oregon schools, the Sun Devils came rolling into town with enough momentum to leap over Mount St. Helens. However, it was evident that ASU found difficulty in simply getting off its feet in a disheartening 81-68 loss before a crowd of 5,448 at Bank of America Arena.

Prewitt leads Devils to win over OSU
The ASU men's basketball team took the first step toward getting back on the right track after a prolonged drought from Pac-10 play that was evidently more beneficial than harmful.



The Sun Devils finally made their first rumbling in the conference Friday night with a 67-58 victory over Oregon State before a crowd of 6,284 at Wells Fargo Arena. The win keeps ASU alive as a viable Pac-10 contender following its last conference swing that included a pair of losses at the Oregon schools.



"Every game we play is a big game because we're trying to improve, continue to battle and finish high in the league," ASU head coach Rob Evans said. "We didn't shoot as well as we could shoot it, but if you play defense, you can still win games when you don't shoot very well. This is a game we would not have been able to win last year because we weren't as good a defensive team as we are at this particular point in the season."

Devils get win over Northwestern
The ASU men's basketball team knows it will get a chance to redeem itself in Pac-10 play when hosting the Oregon schools next weekend. But on Saturday night, all eyes were focused firmly on wrapping up the task at hand.



The Sun Devils did so in convincing fashion with a 77-60 victory over Northwestern in the championship game of the azcentral.com Hoops Classic in front of a vocal 6,894 fans at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU was still reeling off a narrow win against Montana State in its last meetings with Oregon and Oregon State, but will now be riding a heap of momentum when directing its attention toward garnering the first conference win of the season.

Devils get win over Canisius
After struggling to squeak out victories over non-conference opponents earlier in the year, Friday night's win for the ASU men's basketball team is just what the doctor ordered to turn around a season that appeared to be snowballing downhill.



The Sun Devils desperately needed something to get them headed back on the right track following last weekend's plunge to rock bottom that included a pair of losses at the Oregon schools. ASU got exactly what it was looking for with a 77-54 blowout win against Canisius in front of 6,411 fans in the first round of the azcentral.com Hoops Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.

Struggling Devils hit new low
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The ASU men's basketball team has already hit the low point of the season a mere two games into its Pac-10 campaign.



That's how junior forward Tommy Smith summed up the team's status following ASU's 62-57 loss against Oregon State in front of 5,821 fans Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The defeat will keep the Sun Devils (5-4 overall, 0-2 conference) winless in Pac-10 play until they test the conference waters once again when hosting the Oregon schools in early January.

Devils fall to Ducks, 103-90
EUGENE, Ore. - The growing pains for the ASU men's basketball team continued Thursday night in the Pac-10 opener at one of the rowdiest venues in the conference.



This week's lesson was how to run a patient offense that would translate into a consistent effort for an entire 40 minutes. Unfortunately for Sun Devil head coach Rob Evans, his troops had to learn the hard way.



ASU trailed by just three points at halftime against Oregon after shooting a sizzling 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from the field and forcing its opposition into committing nine turnovers. But all the confidence and momentum the Sun Devils had generated in the first half quickly dissipated when a prolonged defensive breakdown coming out of the locker room led to a disheartening 103-90 loss at McArthur Court.

CAMPUS NEWS
Study: Body piercings pose medical problems
More than half of college students surveyed have some type of body piercing, and 17 percent of those students had medical complications resulting from the piercing, according to a study released in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

New software to better market campus research
A partnership forged between the Patent and License Exchange Inc. and ASU's Office of Technology and Licensing will market research developed by ASU on an expanded level.

Student Health to offer new birth control
ASU's student health will carry one, the Ortho Evra Patch, but not the NuvaRing. ASU pharmacist Carl Labbe said he believes the patch is a safer method.

ASASU officers suggest changes to budget
Under ASASU's original budget proposal, GSA previously only had $500 to work with. Mark McKenna, ASASU executive vice president, said the GSA needs more money for organizing large events.

Today
The Today Section is a daily calendar of events printed as a service to the ASU community. Requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are printed as space permits. We do not take requests over the phone, via e-mail or fax.

Former ASU professor returns as dean after stint at UC Berkley
Eugene E. Garcia has been hired as the new dean for the College of Education. Garcia, a former ASU professor of education, is currently at the University of California-Berkeley and will return to ASU as dean in July.

Police Beat
A 42-year-old Tempe man was arrested on the 700 block of South Hardy Drive for possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, and assault. He was accused of punching and kicking his live-in girlfriend.

Diversity seminars examine race and gender issues
Applications are now available for students to participate in "Voices of Diversity," a program consisting of dialogue between individuals of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

ASASU seeks student regent
The student regent will represent students statewide on the Arizona Board of Regents and face many issues, such as tuition, budget, hiring of university presidents and faculty issues.

Councilman forges ties between 'town and gown'
As one of the ten elected members of the National League of Cities' University Communities Caucus, Mitchell will spend the next two years studying how Tempe needs ASU and how ASU needs Tempe.

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Arun Gandhi to visit Tempe
Legendary freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi will be the main speaker at Tempe's Martin Luther King Jr Day celebrations on January 19.

Winter Session enrollment highest ever
Students flocked back to campus Monday to attend Winter Session classes that have registered record enrollments this year. Over 1,400 students have already joined for classes, up 11% compared to the same period last year.



"Winter Session allows students to obtain credits to accelerate their degree program and some even graduate a semester earlier as a result," Patricia Feldman, director of academic and professional programs said in a news release.

ASU Washington, D.C. program accepting applications
ASU's Washington, D.C. Summer program, which allows undergraduate students to live, work and study in the nation's capital, is accepting applications for the 2002 summer semester.



The program, which was revived last summer after a yearlong hiatus, is directed by political science professor and former Capitol Hill staffer Dr. Glen Krutz.



Krutz said that a summer-long experience in the district can open doors for students. "I want students to learn about politics and make contacts, this way they will have more options after graduation," he said.

At 91, Army hero Sackton still making difference at ASU
Professor Frank Sackton claims to be way beyond retirement age. At 91 years old, he isn't lying. But Sackton isn't anywhere near quitting age. He can still fly up a staircase like an undergraduate and his handshakes still make students' hands numb.



Blessed with the gift of longevity, Sackton figures to stick around with his students at ASU a while longer. He believes there's too much knowledge, too many ideas, being shared on campus to leave.



As mentor to many students over his 25 year career as an ASU faculty member, Sackton doesn't want to miss taking part in the exchanges which drew him to education in the first place.

ENTERTAINMENT
'Clerks' artist a regular guy
He's the guy that drew the Clerks comic book for Kevin Smith and he wrote and drew Grrl Scouts. He's also done the art at some of the popular clubs around Tempe and Scottsdale, including Club Boston's, Club Insomnia, and Nita's Hideaway. He's Jim Mahfood.



When many people imagine a comic book fan, they imagine an over weight middle aged man, still living in his mothers basement, wearing a faded Star Wars t-shirt that is too small and in desperate need for his hair to be washed and cut like in the Simpsons.



However, not everyone interested in comic books fits into this stereotype, such as Mahfood, a local artist and comic book artist.

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