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OPINIONS
Letters to the Editor: Bare nipples cross the line
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from a campus worker who found the visible nipples of a naked woman on Thursday's State Press Magazine cover to be offensive.

'Orange' you glad you've stockpiled your duct tape?
Since The U.S. Department of Homeland Security raised the national level of alert to the knee-shaking color "orange," shoppers have begun rushing out of their homes to hardware stores to prepare for war with Iraq.

Our pets deserve protection from animal abusers
Though I am not happy to have veterinary costs increase, I'm sick of hearing about people throwing puppies out of moving cars, dropping dogs off in the desert or poisoning neighborhood animals.

Editorial: Crow's pay raise bites the hands it feeds
Arizona's cost of living is rising. That's the reality of our state, world and economy. So we want to applaud ASU President Michael Crow for raising classified staff salaries. But truth be told, the $750 raise isn't really a raise at all.

Mouthing Off: Abuse reports fail to protect children
For those of you who may not know what CPS is, a fact you should be ashamed to admit, it stands for Child Protective Services. Or as others, like my friend who grew up in foster care under their "protection" call it: "Can't Protect Shit."

SPECIAL REPORTS
ASU professor applies theories to life, entertains students
Stephen Happel would never waste his time standing in a long line to buy tickets to a baseball game. That, he would insist, is a waste of opportunity costs, especially when there are scalpers just waiting to sell their extra tickets.

WEB EXTRA
Spend less money when you buy for your honey this year
Valentine's Day has evolved into a commercialized holiday with men showing their love for women with money. But who says you have to adhere to corporate America? It isn't necessary to spend $100 on the one you love.

'J.B.' evokes Sept. 11 images
An ASU theatre professor has brought back the memories of Sept. 11, 2001 in his revival of the Tony Award-winning play J.B., which was was originally based on the Bible story of Job.

Web site asks men to take charge of their valentine
Your gender notwithstanding, if the thought of asking men what they are thinking is too much to handle, then there's always the more reclusive, antisocial way of getting the scoop: askmen.com.

Museum tours reach out to community despite rain
The "We Love ASU Collections" open house tours opened Thursday to gray, cloudy skies over the ASU campus and threatened to curtail the event's ability to reach the greater community.

Shakespeare, Berger irritated with translation of plays
William Shakespeare was irritated with how actors interpreted his plays, Shakespeare expert Harry Berger Jr. told a group of English majors and teachers Thursday afternoon.

State climatologist Ellis keeps close watch on monsoons
Geography professor and State Climatologist Andrew Ellis, who went to the University of Delaware on a baseball scholarship, could tell you from personal experience why a baseball flies farther in warm weather.

Crane operator spends work days on high campus perch
As the primary Sundt crane operator at the construction site on the west side of campus, Ron Gray coordinates the efforts of what will yield a 288,000-square-foot, six-story mediated classroom facility.

SPORTS
Devil Dish: NHL milestones surpassed in San Jose
On Monday night, Detroit Red Wings right wing Brett Hull netted goal number 700 against the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. However, it was not coincidence the goal came at the expense of San Jose.

W Hoops: Devils look for revenge on UCLA road trip
With the Pac-10 tournament less than a month away, there is one opportunity left to vanquish a quality team on the road for the ASU women's basketball team.

Baseball: ASU looks to extend hot start in tournament
With a three-game tournament in Surprise this weekend, the No. 5 ASU baseball team and head coach Pat Murphy know they cannot take any opponent lightly and have to look at each game one at a time.

Softball set for 6-game tourney
For the second weekend in a row, the ASU softball team will host a number of out-of-town opponents seeking competition in a warm-weather climate, giving them additional practice and experience.

Tennis: Sun Devils start Pac-10 season with home meet
Looking forward to some challenging matches, the ASU women's tennis team shifts gears as they face Oregon, their first Pac-10 foe, this Saturday at noon at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

Gymnasts face No. 1 UCLA
The ASU gymnastics team will face one of their toughest opponents of the season in No. 1 UCLA Sunday at Wells Fargo Arena. If ASU wins Sunday, head coach John Spini well get his 150th home win of his career.

Hoops: Pressure 'D' opens game for Devils
ASU set the tone early Thursday in its 30-point victory over USC, and the tone was set on the defensive end. USC had a hard time finding quality shots and turned the ball over 13 times in first half.

Devils dominate USC
They say revenge is a dish that's best served cold. So on a chilly and wet Tempe evening, the ASU men's basketball team handed out a dominating 108-78 shellacking to USC, avenging the team's 76-74 loss against the Trojans in January.

UA Ticket Contest
Enter to win tickets to the sold out ASU/UA basketball game.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police Beat: Woman tries to hit boyfriend with Oldsmobile
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a woman arrested Tuesday on the charge of aggravated assault. The woman allegedly tried to hit her boyfriend with her 1999 Oldsmobile Alero.

Thief targets area businesses
Authorities are searching for a man they believe is responsible for a recent rash of alleged armed robberies near campus. Nine armed robberies were reported from seven businesses in an area near ASU.

Two students make All-USA
Two exemplary ASU students were nationally recognized for their academic achievements in USA Today on Thursday.



Collin Raymond and Esther Ellsworth were selected as two of the top undergraduates in the country for the 2003 All-USA College Academic teams.

Underpaid staff receives raises
About 440 of the lowest paid University employees will receive pay raises of $750 annually as part of a new directive from ASU President Michael Crow.



Those who qualified for the raise had an annual income of $27,000 or less, or earned at least 10 percent less than their job's "local market value."




ENTERTAINMENT
Take a look back at some of the best 'Simpsons' episodes
With the 300th episode of "The Simpsons," coming up this Sunday, it's time to take a look back at some of the best episodes of the greatest televesion show in existenece.

Laughable lovers
Calling all rejects! In case you haven't noticed, Valentine's Day is Friday. But do not fret, this may be the year when you break the cycle of lonely Valentine's Days past, spent home alone crying aloud to the Lifetime Channel.

Innocence lost, honesty found
It was just a little more than 365 days ago. This month, last year. The air was brisk, as it is now once the sun fades from our sight. I was nervous and vulnerable. I had no idea what to expect as I approached the steps of the unassuming house in central Phoenix.

Playing God
We live each day with the presumption that nothing can hurt us because we are inherently good. But according to "J.B.," a 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning play that will be coming to ASU next week, we are all fools.

In the name of 'Love'
The mile-high town of 50 views and 450 people is used to travelers passing through. After living through four fires and a depression, the people of Jerome, Ariz. don't expect many visitors, or much from them when they do come.

Texans tell all
Despite their precarious reputations, Texans can sure tell good stories. Kevin Russell, the guitarist/ mandolin player/singer for the Austin-based rock group, The Gourds, is no exception.

Big steps on the big screen
Amy Ettinger, the director and founder of the Outfar! Phoenix International Lesbian and Gay Festival, has been offering an alternative to the Valentine's Day movie doldrums for the past seven years. Each year, the festival showcases several movies from around the world that feature characters, themes and issues from the gay and lesbian community.

Not so Daring
Daredevil, the new movie based on the Marvel Comics superhero, is just about as good as most of the other recent movies based on comic-book heroes. Which is to say that it is derivative, unoriginal, and mostly unengaging on the human-interest level.

Bound and Determined
As Kim Moody begins to explain the House's 20-year history of the "Exotic Art Show," he starts to laugh and gestures to the object of his amusement. "Um, the dildo in the window," he says, referring to a piece displayed nearby. It is a metal-constructed banana covering a vibrator, placed high on a pillow so that it stands erect and is noticeable from the outside. "I haven't seen the show up yet," he says chuckling.

On the road to independence
If you want something done right, do it yourself. If you want to make an album the way you want, start your own record label. Which is exactly what Big Head Todd and the Monsters did when they were all at the ripe young age of 25. Fourteen years later, three Colorado natives - Todd Park Mohr [guitar], Brian Nevin [drums and vocals] and Rob Squires [bass and vocals] - who make up the rock band BHTM, have got the record business down pat, but it wasn't always the case.

T 'n 'Anus'
Lloyd Garner is a realist and somewhat of a masochist. The ASU broadcast senior, and graduate of Scottsdale Community College's two-year film program, didn't set out to make Anus Magillicutty - an $800 "skin-flick, action-comedy" - a cinematic masterpiece.

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