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ASU East:Fledgling student government would conduct own referendum
If students at the main campus vote to increase fees to fund campus improvements, it could pave the way for ASU East's future student government to initiate a similar referendum. East campus officials say that students are interested in improving recreation facilities there.

ASU East:Two groups rescue cats
Abandoned cats found roaming the east campus at night inspired the formation of two organizations to care for and rescue the animals. The two groups have the same goal - happy, healthy cats - but they have some differing philosophies on rescue efforts.

Architecture student had tragedy in family
ASU architecture student Vincent Richard Froio recently lost his life to epilepsy, becoming the third and final male member of his immediate family to pass away at a young age. His father, Rocco Joseph Froio, was murdered at the age of 31. His brother, Nicholas Froio, died of epilepsy at the age of 19.

ASU to start new nursing degree
Patients are not the only ones suffering in a nationwide nurse shortage that has spread through hospitals and some private practices; universities are beginning to feel the sting, too.



To meet the demand for a nursing faculty, the ASU College of Nursing will implement a new doctor of nursing science degree, said Barbara Durand, dean of nursing.

ASU entrepreneur hits it big
An ASU student and her boyfriend have achieved international success with their Tempe business.



With the help of eBay, other commercial Web sites and word of mouth, Anticonformity, their screen-printing business, has sold customized hats and shirts across the United States -- and even as far away as England and Japan.

Survey: Students oppose tuition hike
More than half of the ASU students who took an ASASU tuition survey said they oppose a possible tuition increase.



ASASU began administering the online survey Jan. 26 to gauge student opinion about a potential tuition increase scheduled for approval by the Arizona Board of Regents in March.

Police Beat:Run-by slicing
Tempe police reported the following incidents Tuesday: 44-year-old Guadalupe woman was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and failure to appear in court near the 1400 block of East Baseline Road. She allegedly concealed a tube of toothpaste in her purse while inside a Kmart.

Making campus safer
For ASU student Jessica Tartaro, it was the "Dave's Doghouse Signature Buns Competition" that fired up support for a quiet cause. The competition, held on campus in fall 2003, awarded women for shapely backsides and, in Tartaro's opinion, contributed to an unsafe campus climate.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'Mario Kart' continues to impress
Road rage just became a team sport. So put away your car keys, pick up a joystick, and leave the Arizona streets to the snowbirds, it's time to engage in some therapeutic road rage. Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is the long awaited sequel to the 1992 release of Super Mario Kart and the 1998 release of Mario Kart 64.

'Triplets of Belleville': French animation dazzles, puzzles audiences
At some point, people realize words are a small facet of communication. They are sprinkles of detail dashed onto an entree of facial expressions and gestures. Humans, to some extent, have a common body language and know the seasons of the eyes. Transcending the confines of the tongue, Sylvain Chomet's The Triplets of Belleville speaks in smiles, stomps, whistle blows and muted teacher-from-Snoopy-ish honks.

Preview: 'Jet Li: Rise of Honor' falls
I am not one to harp on a fighting game, but the demo I played of Jet Li: Rise to Honor for the PS2 needs quite a bit of work before it hits store shelves. The levels, characters, and the life-like look of Jet Li were astonishing but it always turns out to be the controls.

'The Big Bounce' to the rental shelf, late night TV
Elmore Leonard is usually a sure thing at the movies. His deliciously sneaky and sly style of writing novels makes for equally clever movies like Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Although he may have had some slower periods in his life, a bit of a writer's block, his books always entertain, as do most of the movies that are made from them.

OPINIONS
Editorial: Sunday brought worst halftime ever
With a Super Bowl as close as Sunday's 32-29 nail-biter, there may be no losers among the 110 players who competed. The same cannot be said, however, for the 89 million viewers who tuned in between the second and third quarters. Sunday's big game could have been the greatest Super Bowl ever, but the halftime show -- no matter which one you watched -- was a colossal bust.

Nobody wins in Kobe case
Men. They do so many wonderful things. They help us put on spare tires, fix short circuits, kill spiders, and magically leave the womb already knowing how to drive a manual transmission. Most notably, they seem to excel in one place the ladies do not, thinking objectively.

Cheers to riot-free Tempe
Sloppy, under-bathed and drowning in alcohol -- it's just a super way to spend a super Sunday. And the Super Bowl lived up to its name, entertaining all those who were not yet hugging the porcelain by the 4 p.m. kickoff. Too bad trying to care about the outcome was more difficult than tapping into the scrambled signal of the pay-per-view Lingerie Bowl.

Ms. Jackson if you're nasty
It is with great pain I write about Janet Jackson's Super Bowl fiasco. But writing about it may be like healing the wound she's inflicted. If you're reading this, you know what happened on Super Bowl Sunday. At the very end of the halftime show, produced by MTV, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were in the midst of performing Timberlake's song "Rock My Body" or "Rock Your Body" or "Rock A Body" or something like that.

Reshaping America's Melting Pot
Amidst a swarm of controversy, President Bush released a massive reform proposal for the current immigration system earlier this month. President Bush touted the plan, saying it would "serve the American economy and reflect the American dream." That dream, however, seems to be lost in a cloud of political milieu.

ASU 101: Shameless plugs and funny mugs
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to ASU 101. I hope you enjoyed having the first two weeks off (I did), but now we'll be meeting once a week for the rest of the semester. Unless it's raining.



I'll be your TA. Quit groaning. I'm not going to be one of those jerk TAs. I'll be a cool TA like big Mike Rogers in "Saved by the Bell: The College Years." Except he was an RA, but you get the point.

Liquor laws ludicrous
The introduction of a bill that would push back last call to 2 a.m. is a chance for the Arizona Legislature to take a step in the right direction for a change. In the past, where liquor laws are concerned, the trend has always been to steer clear of any semblance of reason.

Letter's to the Editor: Keeping ASU healthy
Keeping ASU healthy As the Medical Director of the ASU Student Health and Wellness Center, I would like to respond to the insulting editorial which was directed at the Health Center and its 85 employees. If you are critical of the proposed $40 per semester health fee, so be it.

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
Getting out the college vote
Democrats across the state are flocking to the polls today to voice their opinions on who they would like to see run against the president in November. This will be the first presidential primary most undergraduate ASU students will be eligible to take part in.

SPORTS
Baseball to deal with loss of 12 players
Last June the ASU baseball team lost more than just a shot at a national championship; it lost the bulk of what had been head coach Pat Murphy's winningest team in his nine-year tenure in Tempe. After finishing 54-14, and just one game shy of a trip to the College World Series, the Sun Devils lost a school-record 12 players to Major League Baseball's amateur draft.

Hump Day Hoopla: Fight Night at Dodge
In my illustrious career as a sports fan, and not so impressive time as a sportswriter, I have traveled long and far, and have done some amazing things. I have caught a pass in the end zone of the Rose Bowl, and banked in the equivalent of a half court shot at Wells Fargo Arena - with witnesses.

Devil Dish: Knight deserves praise
On Monday afternoon, infamous Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight was involved in a verbal altercation with University Chancellor David Smith at a grocery store in Lubbock, Texas. According to reports, the former Indiana coach yelled at Smith, calling him a liar and saying that there had been nothing wrong with his behavior throughout the year.

Upper Deck Blues: Wildcats, All-Stars, Tigers
"Liars!" "Cheats!" "Plagiarizers!" That's all I could think while reading the Daily Wildcat and assistant sports editor Shane Dale's article "Anatomy of a Cats-Devils matchup." The article is laid out on a minute-by-minute basis sort of like Web Devil sports columnist Nick Kramer's "Running diary from ASU vs. UA men's basketball" column that ran over a week before Shane's.

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