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Editorial: Plus-minus debate surprises officials
Traditionally, true ASU style entails closed-door decisions made by higher-ups then sprung on students without warning or time to do anything about it. And the passive majority of ASU don't deny it, you have gained this school the nickname 'Apathetic U' usually accepts the changes and moves on.

Opinion: Rise in London crime makes student proud to be American
Whenever I think that I'm wasting my life getting a BIS degree I remind myself that yes, Ken Lay had a doctorate in economics, but Bill Gates dropped out of college.



Opinion: Politicians' shameless mugging sad
While potential Democratic candidates for the 2004 presidential election have not been nearly as proactive as I am, they're not doing too badly. Yesterday's New York Times even reports that a number of potential Democratic candidates have already hit the campaign trail, including Sens. John Kerry, John Edwards and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle.

Opinion: Relay For Life gives cancer survivors a chance to celebrate their stories
It was only a few months ago when I got a call from a friend that really scared me. By listening to the tone of her voice, I knew something was wrong. Our conversations usually start and end with a lot of laughter. This conversation was different.

Former ASASU exec speaks out against bill
As a former Safety Escort Service volunteer and previous ASASU Executive officer, I know the ins and outs of ASASU. I graduated in 1999 and moved out of state so there is absolutely no reason to sugar coat anything I am about to tell you.

SPORTS
Top of the Kee
Two weeks ago, Rep. Steve May (R-Phoenix) proposed a bill mandating that the stadium be built on top of Karsten. The state's Tourism and Sports Authority quickly ruled out the proposal, since all site applications were due before Dec. 2001.

ASU readies for Pac-10 play
The Sun Devils shutout Texas Tech 7-0 in last Thursday afternoon's match. ASU took two of three in doubles, as junior Mitchell Bowen and senior Matt Klinger celebrated an 8-4 victory against senior Richard Crabtree and sophomore Ben Gudzelak, while sophomores Olivier Charrion and Chris Stewart knocked down Texas Tech's doubles tandem by an identical score.



Devils lose to Huskies after being outscored in every event
The ASU gymnastics team fell short last Friday night when Washington turned in one of its top five performances in school history. Outscored in every single event, the Sun Devils suffered a 196.575-194.8 loss at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.

CAMPUS NEWS
Students disapprove of plus-minus system
About 30 students and 60 faculty members attended the Academic Senate meeting where the plus-minus system was being reviewed. Almost all students had their hands up to address the Senate. Each student who spoke was against implementing the plus-minus grading system.

State growth hinders job availability
In 2001, Arizona's population grew by 152,800 64 percent of which was in Maricopa County, according to a study released Monday by the Arizona Center for Business Research.

Study: exercise key to reducing stress
Midterms. Relationships. Bills. Deadlines.



These types of stress builders affect men and women differently but can be relieved in both sexes thorough exercise, according to a study at the ASU Stress Center, a division of the ASU Center for the Study of Stress and Adaptation.

Today
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic offers individual, couple and family therapy for students, staff and faculty with a low-sliding fee scale and flexible hours in Cowden-142. Call (480) 965-9373 for an appointment.

Students vs. residents in neighborhood feuds
Nearly 65 percent of housing units in Tempe were built prior to 1979, and a lot of them need work. Tempe operates a successful rehabilitation program that addresses substandard housing occupied by homeowners, but there is no program that targets substandard rentals.

Panel discusses religion in a global environment
Monday marked the end of a two-day conference focusing on religion and nationalism in a global environment, sponsored by the department of religious studies and attended by both professors and students.

Police Beat
Criminal damage was reported at Parking Lot 50. A man was reported standing on the roof of a 1999 BMW 323i. No visible damage was evident and the suspect was released at the scene without any further action.

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ENTERTAINMENT
Music Review
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.

Students sold on non-seedy sex shop
Naughty lingerie and sex toys, along with an unusually comfortable shopping atmosphere, can be found on Mill Avenue inside the fairly new Fascinations store.



Attention actors: Marathon of plays meant for you
Casting for the Master of Fine Arts program's New Plays Marathon is going on this Saturday in the Fine Arts Center. While it wouldn't hurt to have some acting experience under your belt, it's a moot point to the directors.



'Vagina' fights violence, opens minds
The voices of women from various cultural backgrounds and life experiences can be heard in The Vagina Monologues, yet they are all related by two universal themes: self-understanding and self-respect.

Detect-a-date
Well, you were right to think that the State Press Magazine was the only one that cares about you and is willing to help. When all the other magazines are off in Jamaica making love to your best friend, we are here for you.



'Calling' all music maniacs: Breakthough band hits Bash
The year 2001 was a memorable one for The Calling - they released their debut album Camino Palmero on RCA Records, watched their single "Wherever You Will Go" become a radio staple, toured with Lifehouse and broke through the teen pop craze on MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) three times.

Oh yeah, baby, it's B.B.
In the midst of a national, yearlong tour, during which he'll play his usual 200 to 250 shows, King took the time to talk with SPM via telephone from a hotel room in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Exotic arts excite, entice, intrigue
Luckily, there's the Exotic Art 2002 exhibit at the Alwun House in Phoenix, rekindling its annual assault of interpretations on our fantasies and fears, bringing together dozens of works by more than 50 local artists intent on opening our minds, and eyes, to sexual liberation and taboos.

Sculptured visions of a former Sun Devil
Hound dogs sing in chorus from some suburban backyard in the distance. Sculptor Melissa Martinez, 26, reclines in a yellow-cushioned antique chair, crusted in dust from too many days in her Tempe studio.

Somebody Spiked the cartoons
With all of the corporate-generated hype about Valentine's Day and its smoochy-smoochy love fests, no one ever really thinks about the day after - Friday the 15th, the day where all you fellas are still giddy from the candy and drunken love. How sweet!

Mohr than meets the eye
He's a chimpanzee and he's one of the most romantic birthday gifts Jay Mohr has ever given his wife. When asked if he considers himself romantic Mohr responds with a firm "Absolutely."

Looking for my online Valentine
Set up a profile for myself on Match.com, describing my every quirk and quality for thousands of hungry men to view and judge. Wait and welcome the (hopefully numerous) responses to my ad, pick out a few gems, go on a few dates and rate the overall online dating experience for you, my beloved readers, so you wouldn't have to. That's how much I care.

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