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Editorial: Wine is fine, but students should drink responsibly
Drinking and college go hand in hand. Those who question that should watch John Belushi's performance in "Animal House." But being a college student is not an excuse to get crazy drunk. Columbia University released a study that found underage drinkers are responsible for consuming 11 percent of all alcohol.

Opinion: PE teachers should be role models for inactive, unmotivated students
After sitting on my couch for two weeks and watching endless amounts of Olympic coverage, I decided to make some positive changes in my life. I decided that if there were people my age who can perform triple lutzes, there was no reason why I couldn't be in better physical shape.

Opinion: White House 'Dog'gedly glamorizes military
"Why does a dog wag its tail? Because a dog is smarter than its tail. If the tail were smarter, the tail would wag the dog." So begins the witty political satire, "Wag the Dog." The plot revolves around a Washington spinster (played by Robert DeNiro) who attempts to bolster support for a president who has just been caught in a sex scandal (unlike Enron, sex is actually interesting, but not unlike Enron, it's still scandalous).

Opinion: Letters to the Editor
Months ago ASU employees were informed that we could expect to receive a 5% pay increase on April 1, 2001. Recently a state legislature representative verbalized on KTAR, "State employees will not be granted pay increases this year. With the deficit in our budget, the state employees should be happy that they even have a job."

Top of the Kee
In her first year on the ASU women's basketball team, forward Leah Combs endured a 32-point loss to Washington and a 20-point home defeat to Stanford.

Devils down Lumberjacks
The 42nd-ranked Sun Devils (4-2) dominated NAU in the 6-1 victory. Dual action was held at a different location because the women's tennis team was playing simultaneously against UA. Considering the alternate site, head coach Lou Belken said his team played well.

ASU puts postseason hopes on line, test begins tonight vs. Cal
The ASU men's basketball team will undoubtedly find itself in one of two places after this weekend's season-ending home series against the Bay area schools.

Ethier making most of chance to play at ASU
The right fielder arrived at ASU in the fall of 2000 from Phoenix St. Mary's High School as a three-year letter winner. While at St. Mary's, Ethier had grown from a green freshman into a senior outfielder, who hit .527 and was named second-team all-state and first-team Desert Valley Region.

ASU makes most of chances vs. Hawaii
Ever since coming home from Columbus, Ga., the ASU softball team has run by its competition like a freight train in the first four games of this week's seven-game home stand.

2 narrowed for new ASU president
Michael M. Crow and Karen A. Holbrook will interview with the 35-member search committee and spend the next two weeks on campus meeting with administrators, faculty and students. The Arizona Board of Regents is also expected to interview the candidates on March 15.

Runoff to pick ASASU president; repeal approved
The results of Associated Students of ASU elections were announced Wednesday and a run-off election next month will determine the next ASASU president. Voters also approved the repeal of the ASASU constitution.

ASASU voter turnout stays steady
A total of 2,991 students cast their ballots on Monday and Tuesday. Last year's total was 2,870, but since the ASU population has increased, the percentage of students who voted remained at 7 percent.

Drinking: necessity or ASU norm?
A study released Tuesday by Columbia University echoes that school of thought by reporting that underage drinkers account for 25 percent of all alcohol consumption in the United States.

T.H.E.M. is having a movie night at 6 p.m. in the basement of the Language and Literature building, Room LL002. Movies to be shown are "10 Things I Hate About You," "West Side Story" and "O, Brother WhereArt Thou."

Police Beat
Criminal damage was reported at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. A golf cart that had been stolen from ASU Residential Life was found in the diving pool. There are no suspects, and damage is estimated at $2,500.

Hull's task force aims to stop nurse shortage
Governor Jane Hull recently appointed a task force with the aim of reversing the nursing shortage that has been threatening Arizona health care.

Students share multitude of cultural heritages at World Festival
Thirty student organizations representing various cultures gathered to celebrate through dance, music and food at the 14th annual World Festival on Wednesday.

YogaVision comes to ASU
Relaxation and escape from the stress of life and midterm exams can be found at the third annual YogaVision conference at the Student Recreation Complex on March 8-14.

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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.

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.

Even cartoon sperm can't corrupt this coochie
As a curious 12-year-old with insomnia and a rising libido, I was glued to the late-night "informational" show, alternating my jaw-dropping gapes with paranoid sideways glances down the hall where my parents slept silently (in separate beds).

No Vatos needed to make Barcena a funnyman
After one of Willie Barcena's many performances on The Tonight Show, Jay Leno pulled the comic aside and confided in him. "He said I reminded him of when he was my age," recalls Barcena, who will be headlining at the Tempe Improv this weekend. "He said I was just a comedian."

Mute whiney bitch speaks to sell 'Jay and Silent Bob'
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was released on DVD Tuesday, but this high-budget, star-studded movie is a far cry from the director's first movie, Clerks, released at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. That movie was made with a $27,000 budget fronted by parents and credit card advances.

Geeks win out in life, on Comedy Central
I'm so geeky that I had nothing better to do on Friday night than visit, answer the "daily geek challenge" and engage in computer-assisted, asocial conversations with some of my fellow misfits.

'Storytelling' shocking but not telling
Todd Solondz, the maverick indie director who a few years ago caused a splash with the Sundance hit Welcome to the Dollhouse and followed it up with the equally abrasive Happiness, is back with a new film, Storytelling.

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.

It's all play time for Phantom Planet
Even though they have a new album, The Guest, out on Epic Records, and their single "California" is garnering a lot of radio attention, the group seems content trying to out-clown each other and has a hard time being serious, especially during an interview with State Press Magazine.

Imagine the art of John Lennon
The two of them possess a sincere and intense love for John Lennon and his art. Both traveled across the Pacific Ocean in the name of his legacy: one to celebrate Lennon's life and work, the other to emulate his messages of unconditional love and peace through his own life.

Sex & media go toe-to-toe: How does the media influence the choice to be chaste?
It's the oldest trick in the book. Amidst the barrage of ads and television shows, movies, radio commercials and billboards, there is no better marketing tool than sex. It's eye catching and demands attention, but most importantly, it sells.

One-toothed trainman tells all in New York
John likes the ladies, the doughnuts and buying things by the dozen. On top of that, he likes to wobble his tongue around his one remaining tooth that sticks out right in the center of his bottom gumline. If that doesn't qualify him for a story, what could?

Delhi Palace a feast for the palate
Dining at an Indian restaurant is an adventure that most of us have yet to embark on. The thought of eating dishes with hard-to-pronounce names and ingredients that we've often never heard of can be a bit daunting.

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