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NEWS
Spring stressful for students
Stress dominates students more during the spring semester than any other time during the school year, but stress can be dealt with before becoming a problem, an ASU psychologist said.

Bush speech attracts crowd of protesters
President George W. Bush's speech at Mesa Community College Wednesday afternoon may have been an invitation-only event, but that did not discourage a crowd of about 200 people from standing outside the college hoping to catch a glimpse of the president in his motorcade.



No matter what their political views, many people were simply excited to know the President of the United States had decided to speak in Mesa.

Center helps growing minority population
Minority students enrolled at a record rate at all ASU campuses in fall 2003, increasing minority enrollment by 22 percent, according to the Office of Institutional Analysis. ASU's Multicultural Student Center is working to support this increase by providing cultural support and awareness to minority students.

ASU a hot spot for car break-ins
Pieces of shattered window covered the ground and driver's seat of a Saturn SL1 belonging to civil engineering freshman Brien Kunemund when he returned from lunch on Monday.



The incident occurred in Lot 17 on Apache Boulevard just east of College Avenue. It was the middle of the day, and the parking lot was nearly empty at the time.

ASU, Mexican educators discuss cooperation
Educators from Arizona and Mexico discussed the need to work together to improve education in their respective school systems at ASU on Wednesday. The meeting included delegates from the ASU College of Education, the Arizona Department of Education and the Department of Education in Sonora, Mexico.

Police Beat: Biker on crack
A 47-year-old Tempe man was arrested on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia near the 2000 block of East University drive. He was stopped for riding his bike after dark without a headlamp and consented to a search. Police discovered a crack pipe that he admitted to using earlier.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Atta Bui: Take IT or leave IT
Welcome back to a new semester of classes, but more importantly, welcome back to a new semester of wholesome (or not so wholesome) SPM fun. Some new things have happened to our publication since you beautiful students fled far from campus to bask in the glory of winter break.

Don't I Know You? When the crossword is too hard...
So here we go again, another semester chocked full of strange folk, unbelievable characters and the occasional weirdo. But since school just started, I didn't have time to scour campus for my diamond in the rough.

Skip It: Big Bang is a Bomb
Taking the challenge of replacing Beeloe's Bar and Restaurant's underground location on Fifth Street and Mill Avenue is quite commendable for Tempe's new piano bar, The Big Bang. However, standing up to this challenge is something quite different. The Big Bang features dueling piano players who incorporate musical talent with various voice inflections and audience participation to recreate decades of radio music.

Wear It: Buckle Up
Seatbelts are not just for saving lives anymore. Purses created from seatbelts are popping up on the arms of local fashionistas, and it appears, this spring, safety will take a backseat to fashion as the seatbelt's primary function. With a variety of styles that come in more than 10 colors and clever names, such as "Ferrari Red" and "DeLorean Silver," it is easy to see why the purse has revved the engines of many local hipsters.

The men of women's basketball
The ASU women's basketball team is tied for third place in the Pac-10 standings. Their success can be attributed to the efforts of the players, coaches and the guys who practice with them - except these guys aren't on the men's basketball team.



Scout teams, which are volunteer teams formed to practice against the girls, are an integral part of the women's basketball program. The practice team usually consists of a group of guys (and sometimes former members of the women's team) who practice with the ladies to help improve their game. Currently in its eighth season, the program has proved to be a helpful tool.

Review: 'Butterfly Effect' flighty
If you could go back into your past and change one thing, what would it be? Everyone has some moment from their past that changed their lives forever. Everyone wonders what could be different if they said something else or made another choice. The question is: if we could change the past would we be prepared to deal with the consequences? Would we be ready to handle the chain of events set off by the simplest actions? This thought has captured the imaginations of film makers for ages, and countless movies from Back to the Future to Time Machine have brought us depictions of how messy attempting to change the past can get.

Political defiance: Music in a divided nation
In converting a 1903 protest ballad into a 2003 protest rock song, singer John Mellencamp sparked a massive public uproar due to his version of "To Washington."



Angry fans flooded John and his wife, model Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp, with bomb threats and obscene phone calls because of the unpatriotic lyrics. Irwin-Mellencamp responded to the press, "I don't understand why people think it's not OK to question the government. I really don't."

The name game: Cajun House or the Venue?
The Wailers are scheduled to play at the Venue of Scottsdale on Jan. 30, but where or what is that place exactly? The Venue of Scottsdale was formerly known by the established name, The Cajun House.

Last man standing: Long Wong's on Mill
Every town has a bar to remember - a bar that is a bit smelly, a bit run down and a bit out of the ordinary. Every time you walk through the doors of this bar, whether you were there just last night or not since last year, it is a reunion of family, friends and lovers.

Ubisoft's groundbreaking 'XIII' is your lucky number
XIII isn't just a roman numeral to me after playing this exciting first-person shooter, but instead the name of a secret agent who wakes up on a beach with amnesia and slowly starts to realize he is a killer.

OPINIONS
Dean too 'awesome'
Howard Dean is too insane to be president. Or, if you prefer, he's too awesome. With some people there's not much difference. The Vermont doctor is truly amazing, a creature of unstoppable hilarity.

Editorial: College campus is no place for chalk
Look left. Look right. Look up. Now, look down. Notice anything? If you're standing up, you probably see you need new shoes. We know you're hanging your head in shame realizing you still sport Rocket Dogs or L.A. Gear. But besides your sorry shoes, when you look down, you might see a rainbow of chalk etched in the sidewalks of our beloved campus.

Kids get political with G.I. George
While the children in Saudi Arabia are no longer allowed to play with Barbie because she is a threat to moral upstanding (while having 12 wives is not), here in America, where 4-year-old children are dressing their dolls in garter belts and spiked heels, a new trend in political communication has developed: political action figures.

Tempe helps homeless cyborgs
Come one, come all! Gather 'round here kids and come and share in a glimpse of the solution to the homeless problem in Tempe. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, Robo-Trans!

Mallrants: Lattie Coor building
Students rant about their thoughts of the new Lattie F. Coor Building.

COMICS
F-minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joe Bowen.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

SPECIAL REPORTS
Party hearty: alternative political parties
"Why should young people vote when none of the candidates support issues that are important to them?" Alex Terzis asks. 2004 marks the first presidential election the 20-year-old pre-business sophomore can take part in; but will he? The presidential election fast approaches as jaded young Americans like Terzis scurry to find an umbrella of causes to stand under.

Student athletes gravitate toward similar degrees
When the football season begins each fall, Arizona State University's media guide proudly touts that year's athletes. On glossy paper, with color photos, the athletes are heralded for their accomplishments on and off the field. It's easy to find players' sizes, weights, heights, how many touchdowns they scored last season -- even their favorite movies.

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.

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.

WEB EXTRA
This week: Dr. Phil, eat your heart out
After I tasted one bite of the Low-Carb Six Dollar Burger at Carl's Jr., I realized that I couldn't fill up a whole column based on it. So instead I will just write about some bad kinds of columns I could have written.

SPORTS
Face in the Crowd: Mai Tais and Heartbreak in Green Bay
Welcome back, ASU. Well, the spring semester is upon us, ready or not. I'm at home on Tuesday night, watching the State of the Union Address on television. We're 20 minutes into this speech and every time the president says something, the room breaks out into applause.

Devil Dish: Cardinals on their way to playoffs
With the hiring of head coach Dennis Green, the Cardinals finally showed that they are tired of being the NFL's version of the Detroit Tigers. Green is one of the best coaches in the NFL. While in Minnesota, he drafted a couple guys by the names of Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper.

Football: Miller commits to Sun Devils
The ASU football team snagged its biggest recruit of the year Wednesday when Zach Miller, of Phoenix, committed to signing with the Sun Devils.



Miller announced his decision at a press conference at his high school, Phoenix Desert Vista. The 6-foot-5 senior gives ASU what most experts are calling the best tight end in the country.

Men hoops to take on Ducks
For ASU fans that remember last season's Pac-10 tournament, the sight of the yellow and gold of the Oregon Ducks (8-4, 3-2 Pac-10) will bring a feeling of disgust that has lingered for nearly a year.

Baseball Preview: Bruins hope to improve Pac-10 record
In head coach Gary Adams' 30th and final year as the head coach of UCLA baseball, the Bruins will bring back several experienced players from last year's squad. But the problem is they haven't learned how to win yet.

W Hoops: Devils to face Oregon teams
The ASU women's basketball team doesn't have to look very hard to find motivation when it travels to face the Oregon schools this week. Three Sun Devils - junior forward Betsy Boardman, sophomore forward Amy Denson and junior guard Carrie Buckner - each have a little extra incentive to pick up a pair of wins as all three hail from the Beaver State.

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