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Editorial: ASU still weak despite the geeks
Even better, the old adage that the brainiacs really do win in the end has finally come to fruition, indicating that the rest of us may want to cozy up to our lab partner's Bunsen burner and pay attention.

Opinion: For sexually active adults, HIV testing a civic responsibility
On September 5, 2001, an all-star ensemble organized by U2's Bono came together to record a remake of the Marvin Gaye hit "What's Going On." The goal behind the project was to raise money to fight AIDS in Africa.

Opinion: Landmine ban needs U.S. support to succeed
Aside from a few wayward caves yet to be bombed by U.S. warplanes, it would appear that the war in Afghanistan is finally almost over. The Taliban is out and a new government that has been taking shape over the past month is now taking their place.

Opinion: No 'Kidd'ing: Spousal abuse by basketball star intolerable
There are stirrings that New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd is a candidate for MVP this year. We all know that he doesn't stand a cat's chance in a dog's world, but it is something to consider.

Ugly mark taints UCLA game
The Sun Devil head coach is rather sensitive when hearing about his program's lack of success against the Bruins, mainly due to the fact that he is only responsible for losses in the past four years. ASU has recorded just one win against UCLA in that timeframe.

Top of the Kee
Like most ASU students, I have just one memory of Muhammad Ali. That came in 1996 when the former heavyweight champion, who turns 60 years old today, stood atop a stage, shaking with Parkinson's disease while lighting the Olympic torch in Atlanta.

Devils looking for big splash
The team was included in order for the University to become compliant with Title IX regulations, which stipulate that women's funding must be equal to men's funding for team sports.

UA Baseball Preview
With last year's departure of head coach Jerry Stitt, one would think this is a rebuilding year for UA. After all, a new coach usually means a team needs to shed an old image for a new one.

ASU striving for contol of Pac-10
The ASU women's basketball team left Wednesday afternoon for a weekend showdown against the Los Angeles schools in the final stanza of the first half of Pac-10 play.

"Big Red" huge for Devils against UCLA
It was the loudest Wells Fargo Arena has been amplified to all season.

The most intense wailing came with nine seconds remaining in the Devils' Thursday night loss to UCLA, right after senior center Chad Prewitt drilled a three-pointer from several feet beyond the arc.

Prewitt's shot from no man's was the last of his gritty all-around performance. However, his solid performance was overshadowed by the Devils general ineptitude and eventual 82-79 loss.

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.

Apartment complexes often a haven for crime
Apartment complexes are "hot spots" for crime, and students often fall prey, Tempe officials say.

According to Tempe's Crime Analysis Unit, the numbers of crimes, particularly motor vehicle theft, are up from past years.

Most of these crimes occur in apartment complexes where students live, said Kathy Groenewold, the coordinator of Tempe's Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.

"Apartments in general are hot spots for crime," Groenewold said. "And college students tend to allow for crimes to happen."

Campus Environment Team is beginning its spring 2002 speaker series, "Understanding Global Conflict: World Events in Our Daily Lives." Michael Winkleman from the department of anthropology will present, "Cross-cultural Understanding and Adaptation" from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Murdock Hall Room 101.

Job market looking bleak, but hopeful, for graduates
Facing the slowest job market in years, ASU graduating seniors are abandoning dreams of easy recruitment and looking for ways to get an edge on the shrinking employment pool.

2001 a commendable year for ASU research, technology
ASU's science and research departments made numerous advancements last year - some gaining national attention - while changing the future of science.

Police Beat
A 22-year-old Tempe man was arrested for possession of marijuana at Cholla Hall. Charges are being referred to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Potential law may require insurance companies to provide birth control
Lawmakers will introduce a bill that would require private health insurance companies to provide all FDA approved contraceptive drugs and devices for women who have prescription coverage in their policy.

Cultural awareness discussion hits Murdock Hall
Dr. Michael Winkelman, senior lecturer at ASU's anthropology department, addressed the ASU Community on intercultural relations. This is the first in a Spring 2002 speaker series organized by the ASU Main Campus Environment Team (CET).

Winkelman urged people to move beyond being ethnocentric. To make us more culturally aware, we need to understand our values and the values of others, he said.

Dorm-dwellers talk about San Pablo
The San Pablo dorm located in North campus has impressed its residents.

The Freshman Year Experience dorm opened this semester after delays during construction. It features suite-style bedrooms and all floors are coed

Student Media candidate visits ASU
ASU Student Media's director position has been unoccupied since early September and student journalists are anxious to see solidarity in the role soon.

However, the wait will soon be over. This afternoon, a handful of staff members from the Web Devil, the State Press and Channel 2 got their first glimpse of one of two candidates for the director's chair.

Kristin Gilger, the current deputy managing editor and metro editor for The Arizona Republic, had her chance to field questions and state her intentions in applying for the position.

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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.

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.

Me, Tempe and puberty
I was a savvy young 13-year-old, full of self-loathing and melodrama (like all good pre-teens should be) walking the streets of Mill (in a very un-hooker like fashion).

Funny girl Tyler proves she's not all 'Talk'
Although this may sound like a headline from The National Enquirer, it was actually a talk show clip that Aisha Tyler, host of E! Entertainment's Talk Soup, played for her viewers during the popular comedy program.

Surreal 'Sky' life experience for Crowe, Cruise
Time Square is desolate. Ad lights flash to vacant bustlers and echo down canyon-like streets. The aerial image of Tom Cruise stepping out of his car and gingerly surveying the scene lingers for a moment. In a second he is running, searching, panicking. He is totally alone in Manhattan.

Tommy's boy holds his own in 'Orange County'
Welcome home to that dichotomous feeling so many college students experienced during winter break the comfort and serenity of returning home of not wanting to be anywhere else.

Feeding a sweet tooth with Sugarcult
Before their show Saturday night at the Nile Theatre, the State Press Magazine had the chance to sit down with a few of the members who make up Sugarcult.

Future still Unwritten for veteran punk band
This Sunday, Jan. 20, the band is back in town, but the show is not quite the same. They are now the veteran band opening for the overnight chart toppers, Sum 41. But whether they're opening for a punk rock legend or a pop rock newcomer, Unwritten Law doesn't take anything for granted.

Tempe tries for new East-Coast Culture Mill-ieu
At the center of this metamorphosis stands the latest and, arguably, most ambitious landmark of Tempe's redevelopment -- the Brickyard on Mill -- a three-structure, $70 million giant whose tenants finally opened their doors for business in late November after several delays and growing tension among downtown merchants.

a few Pointers for the age-impaired 'SPM' explores
Although his frustration is felt by many, especially on a campus with a growing freshman class each year, there are several, often unnoticed, escapes for entertainment-seeking students of any age to visit in Tempe.

'College Town' exhibits rich history
Once upon a time in a land not so far away, the citizens of a small agricultural town in the Arizona Territory had a dream. The people of Tempe wanted a place where teachers could be cultivated and trained to aid in the growing demand for education.

'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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