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OPINIONS
Editorial: State must pay its employees
Gov. Jane Hull proposed a budget Monday that eliminates a raise for state employees and cuts state programs. The state employees, including our faculty and staff at ASU, don't earn enough money. In comparison to other institutions and states, they are very underpaid.

Opinion: New moral codes 'spacey,' not necessary for astronauts
Interstellar tourists must meet a moral code before saddling up a 200,000,000 horsepower craft. Earth's stratosphere will not be tolerating "criminal, dishonest, infamous or notoriously disgraceful conduct, along with heavy drinking, drug abuse and assorted other no-no's," the Republic reported.

Opinion: Overcome ignorance by understanding diversity
I do know one thing. February is African American History Month. I've also seen February referred to as Black History Month. So I guess it seems I don't know the one thing I thought I knew.

Opinion: Letters to the Editor
My medication with Cigna is costing me $80 every three months, and my co-pay is $10 for every doctor's visit. Further, when I had a cold in December, my two medications cost $20 each with Cigna.

SPORTS
Top of the Kee
When sophomore left fielder Rod Allen belted a go-ahead home run that lifted ASU to a 5-4 win over Oral Roberts on Saturday, he thought the ball might not carry out of the park.

ASU coach headed to UTEP
Swanson, 28, was named the fifth head coach at the University of Texas-El Paso last Thursday, as announced by athletic director Bob Stull. He replaces former head coach Revis Ward-Daggett, who resigned last month.

Opening trip fruitful for Devils
The eighth-ranked Sun Devils completed a sweep of the University of San Diego and No. 27 Pepperdine. ASU was flawless against San Diego on Saturday, winning all seven matches. Freshman Joslynn Burkett and sophomore Dora Krstulovic won their first doubles match of the year, 8-0.

Gymnasts master beam in win
The ASU gymnastics team dominated California en route to a 195.025-191.525 win before a small crowd of 241 on Sunday in Berkeley.

New kids on the diamond
Baseball season is upon us. Though it's only February, the Sun Devils have already opened their temporary, off-campus home in style.



ASU breezed through the Bill Kajikawa Baseball Classic like the first warm wind of Spring. With the help of four key newcomers, the Sun Devils initiated their season in style- they swept a four-game series, crushed a PAC-10 opponent...



...and Rod Allen belted a game-winning homer.

CAMPUS NEWS
Former student pleads innocent in faking attacks
Ahmad Saad Nasim, who is charged with two misdemeanor counts of false reporting to police, faces trial, which is scheduled to begin March 11.

Student drive to 'RESCUE' dogs, cats
While most animals are unable to enjoy heart-shaped candy and chocolates for Valentine's Day, some local pets will receive a special treat this year.

Special session attempts to fix $119 million revenue deficit
Gov. Jane Hull's attempt to stabilize a budget shortfall during a special session may halt action on state employees' raises but shouldn't affect ASU's funding.

Today
Muralcles is having a guest speaker at 7 p.m. in Cowden, Room 215. The topic is "It's not just music: A therapist's reflection on how music has touched her life and the lives of others." All ASU students welcome, free food to be served.

Flight training builds character for American Indian students
Part of the American Indian Program at ASU East now helps students living on Indian reservations in math and science with a hands-on class about flight instruction.

Police Beat
A 32-year-old Tempe man was arrested for assault at Brewski's Bar and Grill located at 5235 S. Kyrene Road after he reportedly hit a victim in the face and head several times.

Hazing accusations abound for Sigma Nu
Investigations. Allegations of hazing. They're nothing new to Sigma Nu.



Rumors and allegations of hazing have swirled around ASU's Sigma Nu chapter this semester after a complaint was filed against the organization in December. Since then, university officials have been gathering information about a hazing-related incident at a chapter function.



However, Tempe is only one of several university towns to see their Sigma Nu chapter accused of illegal activities. Since 1997, six other Sigma Nu chapters have been accused of hazing; some chapters have been proven guilty, while others have been wrongfully accused.

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ENTERTAINMENT
A super troupe of guys straight out of Sundance
In 1996, Puddle Cruiser was an official selection at The Sundance Film Festival and was awarded Grand Prize at the Hamptons Film Festival. Last year at Sundance, their newest movie Super Troopers was picked up by Fox Searchlight and is going to be released nationally within the month.



Shedding some sun on independent film
If the Phoenix Film Festival is a sea level starting point for independent filmmakers, then the pinnacle is actor/director Robert Redford's annual Sundance Film Festival.

Independent's day
If you take South Park to be an authority on all issues, as I do, you would know that all independent films are about nothing more than gay cowboys eating pudding. With this stunning revelation, you are probably wondering how to get involved.

Veteran performer gives a piece of his mime
Interpretive dance, artistic expression and trickery of the eye are intertwined in a unique sensory-appealing performance of mime for the mind.



Music Notes
It must be one laugh after the other being a member of Harvette's inner circle. It's obvious the LA-based trio likes poking fun at just about everything, including themselves, as evidenced on the 14-track, self-titled debut.

Local DJs create hopping hip-hop scene with new CD
Calle Recordz recently released its first Southwest compilation album, Scorpion Kingz, featuring local DJs, rappers and other hip-hop artists. Among the performers are two ASU students, Fabel and Cocoa Loco, who hope Arizona will become a permanent fixture on the urban scene typically dominated by the tiresome East Side/West Side monotypes.

Stand-up stardom: Finding funniest person in the Valley no laughing matter
It's been Chris Bennett's dream since he was a kid to be a stand-up comic and to eventually be immortalized among the legends of Saturday Night Live.



Red hot Griffin not just another Carrot Top
"The boys should be nicer and the girls should be more self-respectful,'' the red-haired bubbly funny woman says. "I don't want anybody calling anybody a biotch. I don't think the girls should think they have to dress like sluts and the guys can just have their baggy jeans and be fat.

Even dogs know they don't belong in film
Anyway, my significant caretaker (I find the term "master" a tad derogatory), Ashlea, has bestowed on me her creative duty as editor to come up with something worthy to say about independent filmmaking in her absence.

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