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Grad students questions increase
ASU graduate students voiced concern over President Michael Crow's proposed $1,200 graduate tuition increase at a forum held Wednesday on campus.

The meeting was the second of three forums set up by Undergraduate Student Government President Brandon Goad.

Power outage delays decal sales
A severed Internet cable caused ASU Parking and Transit Services to stop selling decals on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A backhoe severed a fiber - used to connect Internet and ethernet service - at the construction site at University Drive and College Avenue at noon on Tuesday, according to Justin Newman, a project manager for McCarthy Construction.

Herbarium curator remembered for work, wit
Bruce Douglas Ryan, assistant curator of the ASU Lichen Herbarium, dedicated the last months of his life to research for the University.

Ryan and his work will be remembered in a memorial service held at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Baha'i Information Center in Tempe, 903 E.

Professors question survey's validity
A recent tuition survey conducted by the student government is so flawed that it shouldn't have been administered, two ASU journalism professors said Wednesday.

But another journalism professor said the survey served its purpose: finding out what people think.

Professor heads to D.C. to study space
An ASU professor will leave for Washington, D.C., Sunday to begin serving on a presidential commission to study space travel.

Laurie Leshin, director of ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies, was named one of nine members of President George W. Bush's Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy.

Police Beat: Don't shoplift with a warrant out for you
A 47-year-old Phoenix man was arrested on charges of shoplifting and failure to appear in court near the 2300 block of West Baseline Road. After allegedly concealing a digital media player inside his shirt, he tried to leave Fry's Electronics without paying. A record check revealed there was a warrant out for the man for shoplifting.

Atta Bui: Expand
Do you remember your first cardboard box? You might have transformed yours into a cave where you dug for dinosaur bones. That paper box could have turned into a rocket ship where you became the first 7-year-old on Mars. The box your parents were ready to throw out was your submarine and your chance to dive beneath the depths of the ocean.

Dump it: Faux purses are faux pas
A fashion emergency is sweeping ASU, and we simply must put an end to one of the most offensive fashion crimes to hit campus: faux designer purses. It is almost impossible to walk down Palm Walk these days without being visually bombarded by garish rip-offs of high-end designer bags.

Drop it: Listerine for eyes
You've just finished your latest 1,050-word masterpiece for (fill in desired course prefix and number). Your eyes look like you just partied with Cheech and Chong, but they feel exhausted too. Clearly not a job for Clear Eyes, so what do you drop? Say hello to Rohto, the latest eye care product to hit our shores.

Don't I Know You? Yasser Alamoodi: Sorry, he's taken
During their college careers, some people sit on the sidelines. They go to class, go to work and don't make many waves on campus. It's not to say that there's anything wrong with this routine, but some people choose to break out of the traditional mold and stir things up.

Dying to dance
Depicting the tragedy of genocide on stage can be risky for any dance choreographer; however the real reason behind the production Fagaala is not to create controversy, but to reveal an interpretation of humanity. Inspired by a novel describing a fictionalized account of the Rwanda genocides, Germaine Acogny, director of Jant-Bi, an African dance troupe based in Senegal, decided to create a piece that fused the horrors of genocide with more universal themes.

Literature as life
Azar Nafisi's memoir Reading Lolita in Tehran (Random House, paperback $13.95.) is currently #1 on the New York Times' bestseller list. As a literature professor living in Iran after the Islamic revolution, Nafisi privately taught lessons from banned books to a select group of her female students.

Putting on the Ritz: Posh restaurants in Tempe, Scottsdale
I was comparing salaries with a friend the other night and discovered that in one week, he earned more than 10 times what this lowly journalist makes in one week. (Sigh!) Though I love dusting off my faux Gucci shoes and that little black top to drink martinis, eat pretty food, drink good wine and more martinis, my wallet does not.

Artistic moment in time
Downtown Phoenix's First Fridays is now a permanent installation of the city's cultural scene. And every day, another run-down house on "Roosevelt Row" paints its walls, hangs some art, plants a real-live indie-rock band or DJ on the lawn, and calls itself a gallery.

Nita's castaway
At the center of the music scene in any city across America, there is a club that is the heart and soul of it all. A venue that is known, not only for great music, but also for its character -- the oddball pictures on the wall, the names carved into bathroom stalls and the bartender who remains the same year after year.

Daze with Dez
It is 5 p.m. and Dez Fafara has just woken up. Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27 and his band DevilDriver is playing direct support to Opeth, a band that is changing the boundaries of the heavy metal genre.

'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.

Editorial: Flawed survey is bad news
They say college is a learning experience, and despite many signs to the contrary, we at The State Press generally agree with that sentiment. Anyone employed by this paper will tell you that what they've learned here is easily as valuable as anything they've learned in a class at ASU.

Dilemma of the 'lesser socialite'
Not long ago I ended up at a political conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. that had me sharing a hotel room with a couple college kids from out of state. When they discovered where I went to school, ASU's party rep awed them into stunned silence. Some even kept their distance from me afterward, as if attempting to keep too much of my party from rubbing off on them.

College follows rules of attraction
I make good money convincing grown women that brown and navy blue are a lovely combination. I write 10-page essays about the psychological aspects of rhetoric. I'm a state champion in public speaking. What I am not capable of however, is saying 'hi' to a boy I've had a crush on for seven months.

Mallrants: Health center fees
Students rant about having to pay more in health center fees.

Martha Stewart not a Bush-era untouchable
Martha Stewart, the daughter of Polish-born immigrants, grew up in Nutley, N.J. It was her mother and father who influenced what would later become her empire, as they began teaching her gardening, baking, cooking and sewing at a young age. She eventually made a name for herself in the entertainment industry in 1982 with her book, "Entertaining.

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.

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.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

Sign on the dotted line
Remember in the movie Wayne's World when Wayne and his cohorts manage to get his girlfriend's band, Crucial Taunt, to play for a record executive in hopes of getting them signed and becoming rich and famous? Millions of people dream of scoring that phenomenal record deal that will change their lives, but only a handful get signed to major labels and even less make any money.

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.

Face in the Crowd: Things to do in Tempe when the sports world is dead
Well kids, the Super Bowl defied tradition this year and actually gave us a super game. But now that the big game is history, what do we do with our lives? That's where your old pal Nick comes in, folks. From now until March Madness, as Andy Dufresne would say, "the pickins are pretty slim in the yard.

W-Hoops: Women looking to focus on the task at hand
The ASU women's basketball team has been asked various questions about their matchup this weekend with Pac-10 leader Stanford. Its answer: "We have to play Cal first."

Amid all the questions, ASU (13-6, 7-3 Pac-10) has remained confident, and focused on the task at hand as the team heads into tonight's game against California (9-11, 2-9 Pac-10) at Wells Fargo Arena.

Devil Dish:Revenge on Cal-State
It has been exactly 243 days since the Sun Devil baseball team was ousted from the Super Regional by Cal State Fullerton -- a position that head coach Pat Murphy's team should not have been in.

Although both teams deserved to be in Omaha for the College World Series, the NCAA felt that ASU should play in the Super Regional at Fullerton even though ASU had six more wins than the Titans.

Men's hoops travel to face No. 2 Stanford
The second run through the Pac-10 circuit begins tonight, and the ASU men's basketball team couldn't have a tougher opponent as the Sun Devils travel to Northern California to take on undefeated No. 2 Stanford. The Cardinal have won 12 straight against ASU (8-10, Pac-10 2-7), and 16 of the schools' last 17 meetings.

Wildcats to fill gaps in pitching staff
Editor's note: The following is the eighth and final article in a series previewing the baseball teams in the Pac-10.

In head coach Andy Lopez's first season as the UA baseball coach, the team's identity as an afterthought was almost instantaneously shifted to that of a contender.

Sun Devils sign 22 new recruits
As 22 football players made their desires to be Sun Devils official at 2004 NCAA signing day, head coach Dirk Koetter announced that the new recruits would allow the coaching staff to make changes to the team's game plan on both sides of the ball.

Not coincidentally, Wednesday's recruiting class was highlighted by a strong group of three linebackers and two safeties, as well as two of the top tight ends in the nation -- Valley natives Zach Miller and Andrew Pettes.

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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