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Three ASU students grace Fiesta Bowl Court
The women who apply to serve on the Fiesta Bowl Court must demonstrate academic excellence and service to the community before being selected to represent Arizona during the festivities.

This year, three ASU students received that honor. Broadcast journalism senior Ashley Lobodzinski was chosen as the 2003-04 Fiesta Bowl Queen in October.

Two business students awarded for efforts
Supply-chain management senior Mariel Pereyra said that she is "different from the regular student you will find at ASU."

Pereyra, 35, is the recipient of the W. P. Carey School of Business' Civic Leadership Award for the fall 2003 semester. She came to America from Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1999 to pursue a higher education.

ASU students closely monitor police actions
Political science junior Mike Kramer said he and a group of friends approached a pair of police officers at a south Phoenix AM-PM convenience store on a dark night in 2001.

They were not armed with dangerous weapons but with a video camera, notebooks and a police scanner.

'Wheel of Fortune' holding auditions on campus
Energetic ASU students who want to buy a vowel will have their chance today when the Wheelmobile makes a stop on campus.

Auditions for the TV show "Wheel of Fortune" will be held today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Palo Verde Beach on University Drive. According to Sony Pictures Television, "Wheel of Fortune" is looking for good game players with a sense of humor, but not those who call out illogical letters.

ASU, Mexican university talk tech
ASU will begin to solidify its partnership with the Mexican university Tec de Monterrey today in a series of meetings. The two universities officially agreed they would like to collaborate when a delegation from Tec de Monterrey traveled to Arizona to meet with ASU officials in November.

Student health low on flu vaccine
The number of tested influenza cases at the University has reached an alarmingly high level, according to ASU Student Health and Wellness.

So far, the health center has seen more than 200 cases, said Gary Septon, chief of medical staff. As of Thursday, there were 42 patients who tested positive for the flu, but Septon estimated the health center had treated about five times that number.

Farrellys' conjoined comedy can't bring on the laughs
Five years ago, they brought us There's Something About Mary, an uproarious gross-out comedy that has plenty of unforgettable moments. Since then, it's been a downhill slope, from Me, Myself and Irene to Shallow Hal. Now, they bring us Stuck On You, a tale about Siamese twins trying to cope with their genes.

Dazzling 'Return of the King' best film of year
Pick any of these words: amazing, breathtaking, brilliant, fantastic, terrific, awesome, unforgettable, memorable, thrilling, dazzling. They can all be used to describe the third and final chapter of what is perhaps the best all-around movie trilogy of all time, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

'Gotta' give thumbs down to dumb romantic comedy
Something's Gotta Give, the new romantic comedy starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, is unjustifiably dumb, which is disappointing. What really gets me annoyed is how Nancy Meyers, the writer, producer and director, has deluded herself into thinking she's a smart filmmaker. Just because your main characters work as playwrights, professors, auctioneers, doctors and businessmen does not mean they, or you, are smart.

Let the battle of the bands begin at ASU
After three months of preparation, one ASU student is hoping to help "save the music" and put on a good show while he's at it. Broadcasting freshman Howard Henley has organized a Battle of the Bands contest at the Arizona Ballroom in the Memorial Union today at 7:30 p.m.

Dramatic 'Angels' climax requires leap of faith
There's something to be said for the power of television. Once a medium where the highest-quality show on the dial was "The Beverly Hillbillies," TV has evolved into something deeper and greater. (When it's good, that is. When TV is bad, it's really awful.) Reaching the peak of excellence is HBO's production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway play "Angels in America," set in 1985 in a time when AIDS was just beginning to spread.

'Medal Of Honor Rising Sun' worth renting and forgetting
Who hasn't seen the commercial for this Playstation 2 game playing repeatedly on television? I know I have, and I was really looking forward to writing this review until I played the game. The game wasn't a total waste of time, but it could have been quite a bit better. For those of you who don't have a television, this Medal of Honor installment is based on America's campaign over the Pacific beginning with the attack on Dec. 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor.

'Return of the King' disappointing, difficult
Ahh, movie-based video games. What a way for fat cat movie companies to make even more money. Has there ever been a good video game based on a movie? I can think of one, Goldeneye 007. It used the first person feel of the Doom games and expanded the story to make a game more memorable than the movie.

'FIFA 2004:' The other football game
Soccer is the world's most popular sport. It make's America's love for football seem like the following for the WNBA by comparison. People from all over the world travel thousands of miles to cheer their favorite team when they play. Maybe one of these fans could stop by my desk and tell me who the three guys on the cover of FIFA 2004 are.

Affleck gives fans holiday 'Paycheck'
If you listen to Ben Affleck, seeing a sci-fi thriller jam-packed with action sequences may be the perfect way to spend the holidays this year. Based on Phillip K. Dick's short story, Paycheck, director John Woo will bring his rendition, starring Affleck, to the big screen Dec. 25.

Don't I Know You?: Passing the torch: Joy Hepp
Every week this past semester, the lovely, talented and witty Joy Hepp has investigated the most interesting people and trends on campus. She has scoured the palm-tree-lined sidewalks of ASU with her photographer in tow; in search of those terribly interesting characters we get the pleasure of learning about each week.

CD Roundup: 2003 under the radar
Compared to 2002, this year has been a great year for music fans. Plenty of great mainstream bands like Radiohead and The Strokes put out fantastic new albums. Although the year had its sad moments - like the passing away of Johnny Cash and Elliott Smith, as well as the breakup of long-time indie rockers The Dismemberment Plan - 2003 was still packed with great releases.

A comprehensive list of all the best releases of 2003 would be near impossible, but here are a group of albums that may have flown just under the radar but should definitely be checked out, as they are some of the best that the year had to offer.

Murphy's Law: A new begınnıng
So here's the thing: This is my last column. It's sad, I know, but it's the truth. I've decided to be cheesy for this last column and say my last goodbyes, since I'm graduating in a few days and won't be back in January. It's sort of weird to write that I'm not coming back.

Foggy Recollection: 'The House of Sand and Fog' review
The plot seems simple enough - almost too simple: two people fighting over the ownership of one house, each trying to find a place to call home.

Turns out that nothing about The House of Sand and Fog is simple. In fact, the way the author of the book and the director of the film met and the way the plot and the film were conceived could be the subject of their own story. However, due to lack of time and space, a well-written synopsis of the fairy tale story will have to do.

Frodoitis takes its toll on America
There is a very serious problem affecting a large percentage of this population. Many of us don't recognize it for what it really is. It is a condition that forces its victims to spend a large amount of time in a darkened room, sitting in soft seats with others like themselves, escaping reality. They discuss make-believe events for hours and even get in arguments over them. I call it "extreme Frodoidis." Those afflicted need help.

Dope Dude: Howard Stern's "Jokeman"
Jackie Martling is a 55-year-old man with a teenager's sense of humor. But that's why Martling is known as "The Joke Man" on Howard Stern's famed radio talk show.

Martling is featured in High Times Magazine's first film, Potluck, which is opening tomorrow in select theaters around the Valley. He plays a bar owner who is trying to score with one of his waitresses who also moonlights as the lead singer of an all-girl rock band.

Breaking and entering: Darnell Calhoun on Fox Sports
Darnell Calhoun knew that breaking into the field of sports broadcasting would be rough. But he didn't imagine it would mean squaring up against a Sun Devil heavyweight.

That's only a sampling of the job responsibilities for Calhoun, the campus correspondent for the Fox Sports program Sun Devil Insider. Calhoun won the position over more than 40 other applicants, and for the last two months has covered a wide variety of ASU athletics for the brand-new show.

Dubya & Me: Michael Moore takes a shot at the prez
"In a world where fears of terrorism paralyze America and Republicans swarm like vultures, only one man can save America from swirling down the toilet. Michael Moore is armed only with his own body odor and has a plan to change the world - one Republican-in-Name-Only at a time."

'Average Joe' pads latest episode with fat suit gimmick
Between the accusations of pretension, reenactments, the clash of the self-appointed 'drinkers and thinkers' and a lovely replication of Shallow Hal-ness, we have "Average Joe." Still, the obvious bachelor of choice is Adam, the affluent Wall Street Trader.

Editor: Above (and beyond) the fold
A great former State Press editor once said, "Your success as editor depends on those you surround yourself with." My success this semester has been due to the various editors and all the employees of The State Press and Student Media.

Letters to the Editor: Speak up about dorm quiet hours
The letters in response to recent articles, including a letter from a reader saying that Residential Life's new quiet hours policies is an inappropriate imposition on students. The reader wrote that students should speak to their neighbors and learn to resolve conflict "like the adults that they are."

Marketing diseases to sell drugs
Rather than a medical discovery, Multiple Personality Disorder seems to have been a social fad. Often, the societal reaction toward a disease can be even more significant than its physical ramifications. Our drug-crazed society is normalizing the use of drugs as self-improvement tools.

Stub-out hotels snub smokers
In cities from New York to Tempe, smoking has been banned in enclosed public places. In recent years, the hospitality industry has volunteered to reinvent itself in this way, too. Midsized hotel chains like Howard Johnson and Comfort Inn have eliminated smoking rooms in many of their hotels.

MBAs' 'quality' calendar is an academic eyesore
MBA students Malcolm McLeod and Chris Clark are the founders of a company that is putting out a swimsuit calendar featuring female ASU students. Who likes to be taken seriously, anyway? It's not like we need funding and seem to be losing it to more serious campuses like UA.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

The eye of Ra and the Mexican Flag
It's November and too warm to feel like winter. Christmas lights blink and flash along the middle-class Tempe neighborhood. Plastic reindeer prance on brownish-gray rock lawns. At the end of the almost deserted street, intense green lights outline a one-story home.

Illegal gambling popular among students
Michael, a clean-cut, 22-year-old business student at Arizona State University, is watching the New Orleans Saints trounce the Atlanta Falcons on a big-screen TV in his home.

"Lost that one," he says in a casual tone. According to, where he checks odds, the Saints weren't supposed to win by quite so much.

University relies more on temporary, non-tenured faculty
The work and pay just don't match up. When Karen Connor went from a teaching assistant to a faculty associate at Arizona State University this fall, she was pleased: She was no longer at the bottom rung of the academic ladder. But then she looked at the pay difference and realized she would be earning exactly $11.50 more a week.

Student fees contribute to rising tuition costs
The cost of attending Arizona State University is likely to jump 25 percent over the next three years. Less than a year after the largest tuition increase in more than seven decades, university officials are considering raising tuition again. At the same time, students may face a plethora of new fees for everything from the student union and recreation center to the student health center and college programs.

Politicians need not apply
Though universities are traditionally hotbeds of activism, usually of the liberal sort, the collective personality of ASU seems averse to politics. Based on a random sample of 256 faculty members, approximately 80 percent are registered to vote (of those, approximately 51 percent are Democrats, 23 percent are Republican, 23 percent are independent or didn't choose a party, 1 percent are Greens and another 1 percent are Libertarians), and about 80 percent of those who registered actually did vote in at least two of the last three general elections.

Columnist speaks on guest-worker programs
Local commentator Ricardo Pimentel shared a bit of his enthusiasm for journalism with the ASU community as he spoke about immigration policies at the national and state levels on Thursday.

Men's basketball faces Temple at AWA tomorrow
While most students will be enjoying the winter break at home with their families, the holiday season will be a little more hectic for the ASU men's basketball team. The Sun Devils (3-1) will play 10 games from now until classes resume Jan. 20, including their first five Pac-10 games.

Women's hoops wins Holiday Classic
Today the ASU women's basketball team can call itself a champion. A champion of the 2003 Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, that is. But for the youthful Sun Devils, adding the four-team tournament victory over the weekend is a building block to possibly a bigger title down the road.

Wrestling places 5th at Las Vegas tournament
While roulette wheels were spinning and blackjack dealers were stealing, the No. 17 ASU wrestling team battled its way to a fifth place finish at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend.

Swimming wins 4 in Texas
The ASU swim team came home with four victories at the Texas Invitational this weekend despite sending only six swimmers to the meet. Junior All-American Agnes Kovacs led the way for the Sun Devils, claiming three victories over the weekend.

All-'State Press' Team 2003: Shivers bright spot on defense
Junior free safety Jason Shivers' 104 tackles led the Sun Devils for the third straight season. Shivers was often one of the few bright spots on a defense that severely underachieved. He also was tied for the team lead with three interceptions.

Devil Dish: Win at Holiday Bowl could have inspired ASU
In many bowl games, making the bowl is more important than the game itself. The implications of last year's Holiday Bowl, however, have extended far beyond the 2002 season. After a surprising ASU team nearly upset No. 6 Kansas State in San Diego last year, the talented teams looked to be heading in similar directions.

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