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NEWS
Bill would freeze tuition for students
The Arizona Legislature has been in session since Jan. 12, sifting through this year's proposed bills, which include several that could impact students and university employees throughout Arizona.



Proposed pieces of legislation include University issues such as tuition, admission and hiring practices at ASU.

Fire disrupts art exhibition at museum
An electrical fire interrupted an otherwise normal opening night at the ASU Art Museum Saturday.



At about 7:45 p.m., smoke triggered fire alarms and forced the evacuation of the museum, located at Tenth Street and Mill Avenue. ASU police and the Tempe Fire Department responded to the alarm at 8:05 p.

Tuition, fees worry GPSA
Frustration with the Arizona Students Association and rising tuition and fees are major concerns for the Graduate and Professional Student Association, said Brian Collier, association president.



Collier spoke about the group's 2004 agenda at a GPSA assembly Friday.

Student group discusses religion
After years of being dormant, the Religious Studies Society is active again on campus, due in part to a new popular discussion group that focuses on religion.



Students for Interfaith Dialogue meet to discuss and debate theological issues. In last Thursday's discussion, evil was the centerpiece.

Police Beat: Stop that beef!
Tempe police reported the following incidents on Friday: A 50-year-old Tempe man was arrested on a charge of shoplifting by concealment near the 900 block of East Broadway Road after he allegedly placed a beef roast inside his vest and attempted to walk out of a Safeway grocery store without paying.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'Girl With a Pearl Earring' artful, aloof
I confess that, aside from his name popping up in a few art museums and a sketch from Monty Python, I really donít know much about Johannes Vermeer, like most of us don't.



However, I do remember having seen his famous painting called Girl With A Pearl Earring, which was also the name of a novel by Tracy Chevalier, which is now the subject of a movie of the same name.

The many faces of McNamara: 'The Fog of War'
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the life of Robert McNamara is not a movie for everyone. I get the feeling that it all depends on your political point of view. If you are a fan of our current president, you might not enjoy what this documentary has to offer.

'21 Grams' spellbinding, gritty
The sophomore slump. In some ways, this happens to all of us. I don't know why. Sometimes, people are lucky enough to not have a sophomore slump, or any slump at all. The case is not so for Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of the Spanish-language drama Amores Perros.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

OPINIONS
Online voting better than Disneyland
When I was a naïve freshman, I once waited in line at the registrar's office for almost one hour just so I could get my class registration form filled out. Then I waited in line for what felt like another eternity wanting to deposit money into my Sun Card.

Editorial: Res. Life not a pretty package
Residential Life is a dominant force on campus - growing both in size and poor reputation - acting recklessly and often without regard for students or the public.



The department answers to a man named "Kevin Cook," who is known to the force as "director and assistant dean of student development.

All your Mars are belong to us
I've just returned from a week of meetings in Washington to determine the future of martian oil reserves.



What? You thought we were there looking for life? We have way too much of that here on Earth already. Why would we want to travel 10 million miles looking for more of it? That would be a lot like going to Iraq to corner the market on sand.

Talk Back: God says Georgia is stupid
"Hey, what's up State Press? I got two things to say. One: if you have an opinion section, you should have the cajones to leave your name with your opinion. And two: I read your article on how Georgia doesn't believe in evolution. Well they're stupid. God is sitting up in heaven saying, 'You know what? I invented evolution. Georgia, you're stupid.'"

The Vaughn File: Valentine's Day is just like any other
My first Valentine was a Woody. Woody Gunter, that is. When we were in the sixth grade at a little Episcopal elementary school in Dallas, he took me to the Valentine's Day dance and gave me a gold ring. I gave him a red paper heart and a box of Sweetheart candies.

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

COMICS
Haiku Circus
A weekly comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

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

F-Minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

SPECIAL REPORTS
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.

SPORTS
Lacrosse loses season opener
Though the ASU men's lacrosse team lost their season opener 24-7 to the defending national champions and No. 1 ranked Colorado State University Rams on Saturday night, the players and coaches held their heads high after the game.



Freshman Kalen Rickard led the team with three goals.

W-Hoops:Devils shock No. 7 Stanford, 73-53
During her playing career at Stanford, ASU women's basketball head coach Charli Turner Thorne was twice voted the Cardinal's "Most Inspirational Player."



On Saturday afternoon, Turner Thorne used those same inspirational skills against her alma mater as she helped the Sun Devils overcome a 14-point deficit and defeat No.

Men's hoops lose to Cal despite late rally, 85-83
BERKELEY, Calif. - Even some Eddie House-like heroics down the stretch weren't enough to prevent the ASU men's basketball team from remaining alone in the Pac-10 cellar.



The Sun Devils twice battled back from seven-point deficits in the closing four minutes Saturday, but couldn't get over the hump against California, and dropped an 85-83 decision to the Golden Bears before 11,041 at Haas Pavilion.

Ice Devils split two home games
Even with a revolving door at the penalty box and the officials calling a tight game, the Ice Devils were able to claw their way to a 3-2 overtime victory over Robert Morris College-Illinois on Saturday.



The win evened a two-game split against the Eagles following a 5-1 loss on Friday.

Baseball: Devils sweep No. 18 Florida St.
Except for one at-bat, the ASU baseball team had not led at any point during either of its first two contests of its three-game series against Florida State.



In the final game on Sunday, however, the No. 18 Sun Devils needed only three pitches to take the lead before winning 12-6, and completing a three-game sweep of the No.

Baseball: Transfers Asanovich, Urquidez propel Devils in first series
Who would have thought Clint Myers would still be making a contribution for the ASU baseball team?



Myers - a catcher for ASU from 1971-73 and father of former Sun Devil great Casey Myers - is now the manager for Central Arizona College in Coolidge.



In this weekend's opening series against Florida State, two of his former players, first-year transfers Jason Urquidez and Josh Asanovich, have already made immediate impacts for ASU.

Softball's bats fall silent
The ASU softball team was marred by a lack of offensive production as it dropped three of five games this weekend against Kansas and Northwestern in the Arizona State Triangular.



The Sun Devils (5-3) lost both their games against Northwestern, and defeated Kansas two out of three times.

Gymnasts defeat Oregon
The ASU gymnastics team had been hoping for a "breakout" performance going into its meeting with Oregon State on Friday. Mission accomplished; that is if a season-high score of 196.

Top 3 seeds soar in men's tennis opener
The ASU men's tennis team used strong performances from its top three weapons to defeat Santa Barbara 5-2 in its season opener Friday at the Whiteman Tennis Center.



Senior Chris Stewart, junior Clinton Letcher and freshman Chris Biro - ASU's top three seeds - all won both their singles and doubles matches in straight sets for the Sun Devils.

Devil Dish: Dating with St. Johns
This isn't our parents' St. John's University Red Storm (or Redmen for the older generations). Recently, one player was expelled and four were suspended after allegations that the players spent some inappropriate time at a Pittsburgh strip club. Now, reports are surfacing that include phrases like "38-year-old prostitute" and "reneged on sex deals."

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.

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