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OPINIONS
Editorial: Detainees' plight tests democracy
In the wake of attacks against the WTC and the Pentagon, some 700 people who either fit the description of suspected terrorists or were found to have overstayed their visas were picked up by state and federal authorities as law enforcement officials attempted to find a link between the individuals and the terrorist attacks.



Opinion: V-Day, Vagina Monologues hurt by 'cunt' appreciation
How do you feel about "cunt?" If you are anything like me you regard it as a foul word, filthy slang for a beautiful part of the female form. There are others though, an entire legion of people, including about 50 here at ASU, who want that word to enter your daily vocabulary. They are the women behind "The Vagina Monologues."

Opinion: Future of news looks a little strange
In national news, the United States is still searching for Osama Bin Laden, now thought to be living the sweet life in the lower regions of Antarctica. U.S. officials now believe the terrorist has managed to stay alive so long through some controversial uses of Viagra, and is selling the drug throughout the world to support his endeavor to clone himself.

Opinion: Letters to the Editor
I have been following your recent coverage of the university's implementation of a new grading system involving the pluses and minuses. While I generally share your concerns (inasmuch as I am able because I am no longer an undergraduate), I feel you have neglected to address a couple of important aspects of the use of students' GPAs.

SPORTS
ASU takes pair in Slugfest Tournament
When facing a challenge of endurance on the road this past weekend, the ASU water polo team responded successfully at the Slugfest Tournament in Santa Clara, Calif.

Devils gunning for sweep
The ASU men's basketball team will enter uncharted territory tonight when rekindling its rivalry against UA in what will mark the 200th meeting between the schools.

Hump Day Hoopla
Those games included something unprecedented, something that would become one of the most highly charged athletic competitions in history. Now Salt Lake City is being rocked to its core by this amazing part of the Olympics.

Ethier looks for continued success in series vs. Fullerton
After losing its last three games at Florida State, the Sun Devils will face a team that swept Nevada-Las Vegas this past weekend. In that series, the Titans outscored the Rebels, 41-4.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police to target panhandlers, sidewalk sitters
In an effort to stifle aggressive panhandling in downtown Tempe, police are encouraging businesses to act as witnesses to help make arrests, police said. Police will also be enforcing laws that prohibit sitting on the sidewalk.

ASU student who 'had a smile for everybody' dies
A 63-year-old ASU doctoral student suffered a massive heart attack and died Tuesday. He had collapsed on campus earlier that morning, ASU police said.

Poster sale to fund new scholarship
More than 2,000 posters are available. If every poster is sold, more than $40,000 will be raised for the scholarship fund, according to Barbara Eschbach, director of the Computing Commons gallery.

Today
ASU Center for Asian Studies is having a free showing of the Korean-language movie, "Joint Security Area," at 7:30 p.m. in the Nursing building, Room 101. An introduction to the film will be provided by Professor Hyaeweol Choi of ASU's Langauge and Literature department.

High profile bankruptcy cases spur interest at law school
Three Valley bankruptcy experts highlighted the uniqueness of Chapter 11 litigation for a group of approximately 35 corporate and business law student's Thursday afternoon at the College of Law.



Police Beat
A 41-year-old Guadalupe man was arrested for shoplifting, possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia at Wal-Mart, 1380 W. Elliot Road. He reportedly stole $55.83 worth of merchandise from a display. He was found in possession of a syringe of heroin.



Asian Film Festival seeks to educate, entertain
Looking for an opportunity to see "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" for free? The tenth Asian Film Series will begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. with "Joint Security Area"(2000). The films are subtitled in English, free and open to everyone. Professors will provide background information prior to each showing.



RHA budget laced with pork
Funding for the Residence Hall Association may come from students, but even the president of the organization says the group's budget doesn't help all hall residents.



Instead, the budget of nearly $50,000 goes to help people involved in the organization and even includes a fund of $700 for executive board members to "go out socially."



"It's not directly affecting each and every resident," said RHA president Gidi Goldberg of the semester budget, which was passed unanimously last month.

Gilger accepts Student Media post
The director of Student Media position has been filled, as Kristin Gilger, the current deputy managing editor and metro editor for The Arizona Republic, announced to her staff Wednesday that she has accepted the job.

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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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