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Presentation will address body image issues
Eating disorders are an increasing problem at ASU, and the focus on body image likely is greater here than some other campuses, health officials said Friday.

According to a health assessment study done at ASU in spring 2002 by Student Health, around 58 percent of female students and 52 percent of male students said they were either trying to lose or gain weight.

College Store to close Apache location
The College Store will close its Apache Boulevard location at the end of this semester and consolidate its Tempe business to its store on Rural Road. It does not appear the store will extend its lease into January.

A 4-year lease on the property at 625 E. Apache Blvd. was signed in late 1999, said Mike Lammers, who manages the Apache Boulevard and Rural Road locations. The College Store owns locations in 12 states.

Peppers rock veteran fans, entice a mob of new ones
Even after 20 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers can still rock your mama's socks off. But first the crowd had to deal with $50 tickets and the concert's venue, Cricket Pavilion, which charged each car $10 to park.

Don't I Know You? Don't Keep on Truckin'
The most important and puzzling observation is that ASU loves mesh hats. Today, while Matt and I were searching for a subject for this column, we became transfixed at the sheer number of students sporting the same kind of hats that my grandpa wears while mowing the lawn. The only difference is, all Sundevils wear their hats slightly askew. All of this observation put us in a very perplexing position: I had a column to write, and Matt had a picture to take, but it's not like I could've said, "Don't I know you?" to a hat. But I had so many burning questions!

Sex in the City: The Naked Truth
But for more than 100 Valley women, getting butt-naked and landing a spot in an $8 magazine sold at every convenience store only to be jerked off to later ... well, that's their dream.

And on Oct. 2, these ladies took one giant step closer to living that dream. Playboy: Special Editions held a casting call at Sanctuary Nightclub in Scottsdale, inviting Valley women to bare it all.

'Kill Bill:' Great expectations
Let me just say that I had expectations of Quentin Tarantino's newest movie, Kill Bill: gruesome effects, confusion, twisted humor and a nonlinear plot line, to be exact.

And while all of my expectations were met, what I didn't expect was that I would like it. And maybe it's just because I've been watching a little too much "Alias" lately and am starting to love women who kick a lot of ass and cliffhanger endings (Kill Bill has a sequel, and therefore a wonderfully suspenseful ending)...but I don't think that's it.

It's all Greek to me!
The Greek festival is full of people who like to have fun, and it gives you a taste of a little country just off the Mediterranean Sea that also plays a big part in this world's history. It has Greek folk dancers in full traditional costumes and a host of cultural exhibits. They give tours of the church and slide shows of Greece. You can even win tickets to the country in a raffle. This year, they also have an exhibit where you can buy imported jewelry and prints from Greece.

Perla's Jam
Do you ever feel like you have to sing along to every song in an album, even if you don't know any of the words?

That is the feeling I became overwhelmed with when I began listening to Perla Batalla's music. I had no clue what the heck most of the songs meant on her Spanish-language CD, Discoteca Batalla, but her rich voice worked some sort of magic over me. Before I knew it, drivers on the road were shooting me goofy looks as they saw me riding by in my car, bopping my head up and down to her music, stumbling over the Spanish words and awkwardly tapping my fingers against the steering wheel.

Dust to dust
Many Master of Fine Arts candidates spend early mornings and late nights diligently working in the peaceful seclusion of ASU's Art Annex. At any one time, the building envelopes the heart and soul of more than a dozen students who know they can always retreat there to let the creative juices flow - uninhibited and, most importantly, undisturbed. That is, until MFA candidate Marc Leone moved in.

Murphy's Law: Imitation is the base of orıginality
My parents always have complained that so many of the musicians coming out today really just regurgitate music from their time. And I must admit this is true. Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Elvis, Little Richard (and the list goes on and on) all have had their lyrics and their rhythms taken and reworked by modern-day artists.

What I won't admit is that it's a bad thing. Music is constantly changing, and just like the history of anything else, musicians learn from those who came before them. (Besides, a good cover now and then never hurt anyone.)

Editorial: Hecho en Mexico
Tequila is a natural and economic resource for Mexico and a rare one, at that. The Mexican government is right to increase its oversight of the production and distribution of such a precious commodity.

Call ASU IT: I want my MP3
Battle lines have been drawn, and the consumer will be the innocent victim. It's Apple versus Microsoft all over again. This time the fight will be about how you listen to your legally downloaded music.

Kobe-free journalism best
As Kobe Bryant defends himself in Eagle, Colo., where his preliminary hearing took place Thursday, the nation receives trial updates and more. And we wonder why America knows more about celebrities than politics.

Letters to the Editor: Pay no attention to the porn
The letters in response to recent news and columns, including a letter from a reader who thought that The State Press has devoted excessive amounts of coverage to issues surrounding pornography.

Fighting tobacco, fat with ads
Obesity is now the latest "epidemic" hitting our consumer-crazed nation. Here is a perfect opportunity for positive marketing to have an effect on the way people eat and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

School for homeless will open near ASU
Community leaders and schoolchildren gathered in Tempe Friday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the third campus of the Thomas J. Pappas School.

The Pappas School was founded in 1989 to serve the educational and social needs of the Valley's homeless children. The school originally taught eight children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Now, the Pappas schools serve 105 children from kindergarten through high school.

Rockabilly, baby
A new genre of music that combines punk aesthetics with rockabilly rhythms has been gaining popularity in rockabilly and punk crowds that never used to mix.

And while these two groups once thought to be separate may not be sharing their Pabst's Blue Ribbon beers, a lot of them are listening to the same music. The guys with the pompadours can relate more to the upright bass and the rhythm-and-blues guitar, while the punks prefer the sped-up pace that they can still mosh to with the same ferociousness as they mosh to with their Minor Threat albums.

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