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OPINIONS
Editorial: ASU students: true Hollywood stories
While ASU may be slowly dropping out of the party school ranks, academics haven't quite yet landed it on any Ivy League lists. But fear not, we here at State Press have uncovered a list way in the back of our Princeton Reviews that ASU tops.



Brace yourself for this: Our fine school holds the prestigious No.

Opinion: Criminal athletes despicable: Williams, Tyson shouldn't be excused from serving time
Costas Christofi is dead. The 55-year-old limousine driver bled to death on the floor of Jayson Williams' New Jersey mansion after the former NBA star allegedly accidentally shot him in the chest with a shotgun. After being shot, Christofi lay on the floor long enough to die from blood loss.

Opinion: Soldiers, not actors, the real stars of society
I saw a picture in the Arizona Republic the other day that kind of disturbed me. It was a picture of Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt signing autographs for a group of American soldiers in Turkey.

Opinion: September 11 documentary: A fitting memorial for firefighters
People of older generations are asked often, "Where were you when Kennedy was shot?"

SPORTS
ASU victorious in twin bill
The ASU softball team's return from its inaugural road trip turned out to be a smashing success.



Hits don't necessarily put runs on board for struggling Devils
Even though ASU dropped five of six games to third-ranked Florida State and No. 12 Cal State Fullerton, it out-hit both teams over the past two weekends.

Hump Day Hoopla
The past 10 days have brought significant changes to the Phoenix Suns franchise, leaving many fans in doubt and disbelief.



On Feb. 17, Scott Skiles stepped down as head coach and assistant Frank Johnson was promoted to fill the position. Johnson, better known as "fourth-quarter Frank," was a member of the Suns from 1992-94.

Hunt leads Devils to seventh-place finish
Consistency is the key to golf, and no other golfer demonstrated that better than junior Melanie Hunt in ASU's seventh-place finish at the Arizona Invitational.



Seniors still have much to prove
A talented senior class that has experienced numerous strides and setbacks will make its final appearance at Wells Fargo Arena this weekend when the ASU men's basketball team wraps up the season against the Bay area schools.

Sun Devil Sports Spotlight
As the cold days of winter come to an end and the sun once again shines strongly, a group of four individuals train, eagerly counting down the hours until the final day of February, which brings the 2002 Pac-10 Diving Championships to the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson.

CAMPUS NEWS
Lack of funding threatens ASU staff retention
As the chance of state employees receiving a 5 percent pay raise promised by the governor grows slim, ASU faces the consequences of a mounting faculty brain drain.



Plus-minus grading forum draws criticism, alternatives
Students struggled to find open seats in the audience of an Associated Students of ASU Senate meeting Tuesday to address the plus-minus grading system issue.

Appeals judge leaves bench to teach at ASU law school
Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Noel Fidel is retiring from his judgeship and will teach law at ASU for one year as a Merriam Distinguished Visiting Professor.

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. Forms may be picked up in the basement of the Matthews Center, where they should be filled out completely and legibly.

New 'arctic' reality show to feature ASU student
An Arizona native trekking through the Arctic Circle?



That will be the case because ASU senior Rosie Dossett will soon become a campus celebrity after "No Boundaries," a reality TV series, debuts Sunday on the WB network. Thirteen one-hour episodes will be shown.



Police Beat
ASU police reported the following incidents Tuesday:



• An aggravated assault was reported in the 600 block of South Alpha Drive. Reports indicated a fight broke out because someone urinated on the victim's car. Another man saw the suspect with a gun and hid in the bushes, and reported that he heard gunshots.

Students broaden horizons studying abroad
Elizabeth Venezia has never ventured outside the United States.



But this summer, she and approximately 30 other students will travel to Italy, an opportunity Venezia has been dreaming about since she began learning about the richness of the Italian culture from her father when she was in the second grade.



Cox, Leingang to battle in run-off
ASASU's next president will be chosen in a run-off election next month. Meghan Cox received the 1,150 votes in Monday and Tuesday's primary election and Mike Leingang received 899 to force another contest between the two. Candi Crisione, who received 604 votes, will not move on to the run-off.

Residents unaware of RHA benefits
On-campus residents are generally unaware the Residence Hall Association, the organization that is supposed to improve residential life. "Never heard of them other than they are residential something something," said Traci Fisher, a freshman who lives on the south campus.

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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.

Local bands sound off, go big
Like any music scene, Arizona's has certainly seen its ups and downs over the past few years. We watched the Gin Blossoms, the Refreshments and the Pistoleros score record label deals and create what would be dubbed as the "Tempe Sound," which bands like Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Dead Hot Workshop, Glortione and almost any band that plays at Long Wong's now fall into.

The Gin Blossoms' Unfinished Bu$$
The music business, like most industries, is cyclical. The funk and disco of the 70s came back in a big way in the 90s. In the past couple of years, music composed using Casio keyboards during the 80s has found its way back into the shallow-thinking crevasses of our hearts and minds and into heavy radio station rotation across the country.

Giving a little 'Hart' and soul
She poured her heart out to the bright February sun. Her powerful melodies carried beyond the commotion of Tempe city limits to reveal her soul's secrets.

Beware: Be a good groupie guru
System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian recently recited what is now my favorite line about groupies at Friday's sold-out S.O.D. concert: "So you wanna see the show? You don't have to be a ho."

Locals Lightyear leap ahead toward success
Sometimes something as simple as a name change can be just the thing that's needed to generate attention. Everyone remembers the Puff Daddy to P-diddy metamorphosis.

Heavens, havens for hunters of vinyl
I also really like music. I could have $15 dollars to speak of and some how rationalize that it is not only logical for me to spend it on the new Sir Mix-a-Lot CD, but it is necessary to my survival as a human being.

Renn fair, Scottish games awaken past times
The Renaissance was a time of artistic and musical innovation. The Arizona Renaissance Festival, on the other hand, prefers to stay away from scary new attractions and stick to their time-tested formula. All in all, it's the same old thing.



Music help from a hazy history
You may have noticed that this week's issue is one huge, pulsating, printed orgasm of music knowledge and know-how, with articles on everything from the Gin Blossoms' comeback to where to hunt down the best vinyl.

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