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Student fees would come in phases
An increase in student fees to fund campus improvements would be phased in gradually and could start as early as fall 2004, student government officials said. In February, students are expected to vote on a referendum about new fees to fund upgrades to the Memorial Union and Student Recreation Complex.

'Shanty town' appears on Hayden Lawn
The "shanty town" ASU students will see this week as they pass Hayden Lawn is intended to make them think about the city's homelessness problem or even do something about it, organizers said.

The shanty town, an annual tradition in its fourth year at ASU, is organized and run this year by Circle K International and the ASU groups Helping Hands for the Homeless and Habitat for Humanity. It is part of the national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week activities.

Plan may separate alcohol ads, sports
Alcohol may be the only thing to distract ASU football fans from the team's losing record this season, but President Michael Crow said he would not allow beer and wine to be served inside the stadium.

Tom Collins, a senior associate athletic director with ASU, said the athletic department requested last semester that beer and wine could be served in some Sun Devil Stadium suites. But in Washington, one special interest group is working to fight the national influence of alcohol on college sports.

Police Beat: Crack up his sleeve, again
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Tempe male arrested after officers reportedly observed the suspect removing a glass crack pipe from his right sleeve. The suspect also reportedly was arrested for a prior warrant for the same charge.

ASU fine arts calendar
A calendar of events for this week.

'Average Joe' gets better with each sappy twist
OK, so I didn't see the truckload of surprises careening down the road of "Average Joe"'s capricious plot. Still, the show has made a 180-degree change in entertainment value. If you can ignore the emotional sap dripping off your television screen, you can actually enjoy the show.

Stolen limo, ugly dresses top off American Music Awards
Jimmy Kimmel's much-ballyhooed hosting gig at the 31st annual American Music Awards on ABC turned out to be something of a bust, but at least he got to say a lot of funny things. Other highlights included Missy Elliot's late arrival due to a stolen limo, skimpy outfits and a Clay-Ruben duet.

See 'Master and Commander' for high-seas suspense
After the first reel of this new adventure, you're plunged into the storyline, no longer a member of the audience. you can feel the wind on your hair, the salty smell in your nostrils. You're at the helm of the ship, along with all the sailors.

Percussion punk: The Panthers
Sometimes, complete ignorance is the cause for your existence. When asked how the Panthers have managed to stay together for three years, frontman Jayson Green replies, "Because we're too stupid to give up."

CD Roundup: Mary J. Blige, Ja Rule, Moonspell
Hail Mary! The reigning queen of hip-hop and R&B retains her crown, justifiably through Love and Life, Mary J. Blige's ninth album. In the album, she teams up with industry heavy-weights like Eve, Jay-Z, P.Diddy and 50 Cent.

Don't I Know You? Dance Dance Revolutionizer
Richard Simmons had it wrong all along, and I'm not just talking about those sparkly Hooters shorts he wears all the time. I'm talking about Sweatin' to the Oldies: What a boring waste of time. Perhaps if he'd met Mike Rak, Richie would have learned that Oldies ain't got nothin' on Dance Dance Revolution.

Hikin' it up
Every time I want to hike the only place my friends can come up with is Camelback Mountain. There is just a limit on how many times I can climb the same mountain. I may enjoy the view at the end, but I spend most of the hike looking at my feet or trying to get out of everyone else's way as they run up the mountain. I want a hike that I enjoy from beginning to end. So I arrive at the South Mountain Environmental Education Center around 8 a.m., still half-asleep, dreaming about a nap, but hoping for the best.

The 'eyes and ears' of Sundevil football
He has a clear, strong voice that flows from the radio. When he announces, "Touchdown Sun Devils," his voice booms. Listeners don't only hear the game - they see it. He isn't just Tim Healey, "Voice of the Sun Devils," he is the team's biggest fan.

The truth: 'Shattered Glass' review
Long before Jayson Blair made everyone hate journalists, there was this other freak named Stephen Glass. Glass was a burgeoning young journalist working for The New Republic, the magazine known as the in-flight magazine for Air Force One. Like his evil spawn, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass botched a number of his stories and was brought down by an outside team of real heroic, awesome journalists.

Eastern Philosophy: Singing about growing up Asian
Mike Park has never been on TV or the radio. He hasn't starred in a Pepsi commercial or churned out a music video. And as far as pushing his records go, it's just been him and two of his friends running his Asian Man Music label out of his parent's garage. But what seems like mediocrity to some, spells out success for 34-year-old Park.

Murphy's Law: Dream, dream, dream
Everybody dreams about a better life. Some people have more selfish visions, such as fame and fortune and all that crap, but others take a more social, global approach. The thing about dreams though, is that most of the time they don't become reality. People may dream of world peace or something similar, but in the end they really don't do anything to make it come true.

Crow should start building the 'New American Dormitory'
Two weeks ago, ASU sent students an online housing survey that could improve their future living conditions. As part of president Michael Crow's "New American University," ASU plans to build more on-campus housing, and if the survey succeeds, the campus could become a cool place to live.

Ten Commandments aren't the law of the land, thank God
Many moons ago I was a Boy Scout. Feel free to poke fun. As a Boy Scout, I was forced to pray at the end of meetings and before meals. On one occasion, a Scout leader said gays were evil. It's thinking like this that led to the ousting of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore last week.

Windows intentionally weak on worms, viruses
Microsoft's recent offer of monetary rewards to turn in virus writers is the latest effort in its campaign of fear, uncertainty and distrust, a campaign birthed from the company's justified fear of "open source software."

Israel sees wall as a placeholder for peace
With Yasser Arafat still in charge and terrorist groups such as Islamic Jihad and Hamas murdering Israelis, the chance of anyone stepping to the stage in the near future is unlikely. Until that time, Israel, as a sovereign nation, must do all it can to protect its citizens including building a fence.

Editorial: Keep far from the big sushi bar in the sky
Just a few weeks into her tenure as the world's oldest person, 114-year-old Hiroshima resident Mitoyo Kawate up and died. In recent months, two other Japanese people and one Albanian woman have continued the recent trend of obscenely old people dying. This epidemic must stop.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

One man's vision: Arcosanti
Paolo Soleri appears from an unseen corner of the library at Arcosanti and shuffles across the room to takes a seat.

The 84-year-old architect and philosopher shows signs of aging in his wrinkled face, hunched posture and a slight loss of hearing, but he still exhibits enthusiasm in his persona and in the way he sometimes leans back to tip his chair ever so slightly while he taps his foot on the ground.

Recorded cable classes now delivered on streaming video
For the incurable procrastinator, classes delivered on streaming video at ASU could possibly be a lifesaver. The old video resources department has been closed, and students no longer must check out VHS tapes of classes offered on television that they have missed.

On the Web: Cardboard cutouts, digital beer
You might want to "hop" on over to for a few lessons in Beerology. the site is a bit intimidating as it goes into remarkable depth about things I have no clue about, such as different kinds of thermometers and yeast blends.

Football: Mistakes cost Sun Devils in Wazzu loss
This season, ASU is not in a position to make mistakes and still win football games. While the Sun Devils hung tough against the No. 8 team in the country during a 34-19 loss at Washington State on Saturday, the mistakes began early for ASU as it gave the Cougars a gift touchdown.

Ike returns to lineup to defeat Germans
A familiar face was back in the lineup for the ASU men's basketball team as the Sun Devils defeated German traveling team Ratiopharm Ulm 94-74 Monday night.

Sophomore sensation Ike Diogu returned to the lineup and scored the Sun Devils' first six points on the night, including two thunderous dunks, and finished with a team-high 28 points.

Volleyball: Proctor attempting comeback
Sun Devil senior middle blocker Jodi Proctor has decided to test her knee out and attempt to come back for a sixth year at ASU. With just two matches left in the 2003 season, Proctor decided it was best for her to apply to the NCAA for a hardship redshirt and give it a go one more time.

Opinion: Sun Devils hit it big with Wooden
A barely known big man could allow ASU's other big man have the big season the Sun Devils need to get back to the Big Dance. Freshman center Keith Wooden is what the Sun Devil hoops team didn't have last year: someone who can take the pressure off star forward Ike Diogu.

Devil Dish: Romanowski a real class act in the NFL
I came across some shocking news today: Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski tested positive for the designer steroid THG. I know what you're thinking: Are we talking about the same player who spit in J.J. Stokes' face during a game on national TV?

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