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Students: MU needs healthier food options
Several ASU students participated in a focus group held in the MU on Friday to discuss how food service could be improved across campus.

Carolyn Watkins, associate project manager for Porter Consulting Worldwide Inc., led the discussion. She said the company is here to engage a variety of students in conversations about their dining needs so that it can begin to aid ASU in reshaping food service.

ASU researching new vegetable vaccines
ASU researchers are working to engineer crop plants to develop vaccines, a project that potentially could save millions of lives annually.

The research team is developing genetically modified vegetables containing specific protein antigens. These can vaccinate people against the hepatitis B virus, escherichia coli and the Norwalk virus, an intestinal infection that accounts for the majority of food-borne illnesses.

Makeshift milk carton boats race in Tempe Town Lake
Nearly 5,700 milk cartons were made into boats Saturday to raise money for child abuse prevention. The first annual Milk Carton Boat Derby called for participants to race around a 150-meter track at Tempe Town Lake.

Police Beat: No porn peeping in the library
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 46-year-old man arrested in Hayden Library on charges of criminal trespass. The man reportedly was looking at pornography and was asked by staff to leave.

Students sweat out ASU Band Day
Sophia Negron and the other 22 members of the Carl Hayden marching band were one of 33 Arizona high schools that participated in Band Day at the stadium on Saturday. The band had its share of supporters that day.

The event, sponsored by the Sun Devil Marching Band, featured ensembles in three different categories based on enrollment and were scored by seven judges who evaluated their musical and visual performance.

'Chainsaw Massacre' remake too bloody to be stylish
Even if you haven't seen the original TCM, and hadn't heard of it before now, you can probably guess the plot: kids meet crazy guy with chainsaw, then get killed by crazy guy with chainsaw.

Story of journalist's murder borders on perfection
Based on a true story, Veronica Guerin stars Kate Blanchett as a fearless crime reporter whose mission to expose the driving forces behind Ireland's mid 1990s drug epidemic, results in her murder.

Belle & Sebastian's 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' ironic
This album injects me with guilt for giving up the trombone. Glasgow's ambitious independent rock band continues to dish out their ironic style marked with gleeful chords and vocals contrasted with dark lyrics.

The missing movie link caters to those who never want to leave their homes and don't mind being deprived of fresh air and direct sunlight. The site acts like an online Blockbuster. Visitors download movies after paying a rental fee of about $4 per movie. Once you download the movie, you have 30 days to watch it. But as soon as you access the film to play it, you only have 24 hours to finish watching before the file disappears from your computer.

CD Review: April Sixth's 'Mariposa Avenue'
I can't say that I didn't enjoy this CD. I did ... I guess. But it didn't really capture my attention. It sounds just like everything else in the music scene right now. Just your typical guitar, bass, drums and guy singing cliché.

CD Review: The Format's 'Interventions and Lullabies'
I must say, Arizona does breed some damn good artists. Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, and Authority Zero were all given birth to in the Arizona desert and a new arrival is on its way.

CD Review: Outkast's double album set
The men of Outkast have really outdone themselves this time around. Their new album, featuring two disks, is full of the raunchy lyrics and fast-paced beats that make Outcast such a well-loved group.

CD Review: Thrice's 'The Artist in the Ambulance'
Obviously Thrice didn't get the memo before they made their recent album. Trying to sound hardcore but instead sounding like a bunch of angry, confused poets, Thrice's music jumps all over the place.

CD Review: Bingo's 'The Cicada and Other Stories'
I was going to describe Bingo as a Ben Harper/ Jack Johnson kind of fellow with a country twang. Others say he's "American Folk mixed with Eastern India blood." Personally, that sounds lame to me so I'm just going to stick with my "laidback guy rocking without all the fancy electronic mumbo jumbo" stereotype.

CD Review: Maria's 'My Soul'
I don't own any "girly" albums. No Mariah Carey or Britney Spears CD ever has had the opportunity to make an appearance in my collection ... but I might have to end that trend very soon. If you've ever been in love, or ever had your heart broken, Maria My Soul is worth an hour of your time.

Lovely 'ritas
Although Tempe may be in the middle of a state that is considered "all beach but no ocean," the city hasn't adopted a beach club until recently.

Margarita Rocks Beach Club, located at 410 S. Mill Ave. in Hayden Square, is a club reminiscent of the clubs you may have become accustomed to during spring breaks and getaway weekends in Mexico - but larger and with more flair.

Stoopified surf rock
It's nice to know that there are still musicians out there who are laid back. For Slightly Stoopid, a San Diego, Calif. band, business, work and touring aren't issues. Instead, they live for days spent with their puppies and barbecues in Ocean Beach.

We're jammin'
Justin Eck says the longest his band, Somebody's Closet, has jammed during one song was about 30 minutes. And he adds that it's not too exhausting to play for such an extended period of time.

The band will need to practice its jamming and dancing skills if it hopes to win the second annual "Battle of the Jams," promoted by Intelligroove.

Don't I know you? Straight eye for the queer guy
After the adventures I had trying to find a subject for my column last week, it was a relief to run into Sam Holdren, the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, Queer) Coalition facilitator at National Coming Out Day on Hayden Lawn Thursday. I was there for the pizza, he was there to celebrate being queer.

Murphy's Law: Spiritual intuition or fortunetellers?
For as long as I can remember, my mom has been into astrology. She struggled during my birth and my brothers' to record the exact moments we were born, and she has spent hours drawing out our charts and analyzing our stars. I even was not allowed to take my driver's test on my 16th birthday because my mom saw in my chart that I would fail if I took it that day.

Don't be affected by beauty bias in teacher evaluations
Studies have shown that the most attractive college professors consistently received higher scores on student evaluations than their average-looking counterparts. It seems students are beauty-biased.

ASU research must be relevant to community
The New American University is important not only because of its contributions to technology, business and industry, but also because of the positive impacts it can have on the surrounding community and culture.

Filter out information overload
Technology has aimed to make our lives easier, but the opposite has occurred. The Internet has made it easier to acquire information, but there is so much to learn that we may in fact be comprehending less.

Editorial: Memorial Union bar is a half-empty idea
On-campus drinking in the form of a University-supported bar presents a number of issues that would send ASU's fresh-faced, quasi-respectable image as a serious academic institution back to the days of Brian Buck.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Psychic exposure
Meet James Betz: A resident of Tempe, he is the kind of next-door neighbor who would lend you a cup of sugar. He's soft-spoken, polite and possesses an almost eerie calmness to his demeanor. He is the founder of In-Sights Metaphysical Exchange and works as a psychic. This youthful-looking 50-year-old practices what he preaches: "People have to take care of themselves physically and spiritually."

On the Web: Dave Barry
I spent two hours reading about Dave Barry on the Internet, and all I got is this lousy column. For those of you not familiar with his work, Barry is sort of the Lord of the Everyman, with an emphasis in Cheez-its.

ASU immune to county's rise in viral meningitis
Despite an increase of viral meningitis cases in Maricopa County, students at Arizona State University do not have an increased risk of contracting it, according to Maricopa County Department of Public Health officials.

There have been more than 900 reported cases of viral meningitis in Maricopa County since of Sept. 19, 2003, according to the department. That same time last year, there were only 160.

Football: Despite win, Sun Devils question officiating
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - One may wonder how the ASU football team could out-gain an opponent 598 yards to 331 while committing only one turnover, yet win by just two points. The answer? Penalties.

Breakdown: Penalties rain down on ASU's dramatic finish
The refs whistled ASU for an astounding 16 penalties for 153 yards, while throwing the flag on the home team just three times. Tar Heel fans in the stands were heard whispering, "How much did we pay these officials?"

Devil Dish: Clark's World Series fundraiser strikes out
In a potential '04 presidential showdown, I'm not sure who's worse: a former owner of the Texas Rangers who can't even count as high as a pitch count or a general who thinks the Marlins have a fan base.

Men's hoops begins practice
About 75 people were scattered throughout the seats of Wells Fargo Arena at 8 a.m. to watch the team run its initial drills and some basic 3-on-3 scrimmages. The team also practiced a second time in the afternoon.

Soccer comes back to tie UA
TUCSON - If the No. 24 Sun Devil soccer team players can take anything away from their 1-1 tie Saturday with Arizona at Murphy Stadium, it's that they still never have been beaten by the archrival Wildcats.

Volleyball: Escobar, Harris lead sweep of UO, OSU
The hobbled came out this weekend and shined for the ASU volleyball team as the Sun Devils took both of their matches from the Oregon schools. Senior Juliana Escobar led the team in kills for the weekend.

Swimming and diving kicks off season at Hawaii
The ASU swimming and diving teams opened the season Friday night in Hawaii, with the women coming away with a 190-110 win and the men losing 162-132. Reigning champion sophmore Joona Puhakka dominated.

ASU pulls out last-minute win
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A lot can happen in three seconds. For the ASU football team, three seconds meant overcoming 16 penalties, snatching its first road victory of the season and turning a devastating day into what junior quarterback Andrew Walter called "the most exciting [game] without question."

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