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ASU East: Campuses to be renamed
ASU East Provost Chuck Backus said the east campus and other ASU campuses would be renamed to reflect characteristics defined by the University's design teams. The east campus has been discussing possible name choices for a year now, Backus said. The ASU East Provost's cabinet has firmly decided on the name "ASU Polytechnic," he added.

ASU East: African drums visit east campus
ASU East students experienced authentic West African dances, chants and drum rhythms performed by Kawambe-Omowale as part of the campus' series of events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The performers took students on a cultural tour that started in Nigeria and went to Senegal and then landed in Northern Ghana.

PTS to raise rates for next fall
For ASU students, there are only two guarantees in life: death and parking rate increases.

Yearly parking decals at ASU will cost about $15 more next fall. The revenue from the rate increase will be used to pay for new parking structures, maintenance and services like the Free Local Area Shuttle, said Melinda Helton, assistant director of Parking and Transit Services.

ASU gets $43.7M in U.S. Army tech deal
ASU was awarded $43.7 million Tuesday as part of a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Army to develop flexible computer screens for soldiers to take into combat.

The agreement will establish the ASU-led Army Flexible Display Center. The center will be housed in the ASU Research Park in a building that was owned by Motorola and designed for research on flat-panel displays.

Timber Wolf closed due to unpaid rent
No more 'Big Ass Beer Night' on Wednesdays. Timber Wolf is closed.

The popular pub and grill, located at 740 E. Apache Blvd., shut down about a week ago, after its owner, Perry Thomson, couldn't pay the rent, said Raymond Evans, its landlord since 1991.

Pub's land may be future student housing
ASU students might one day live on the land where the former home of the Timber Wolf Pub and Grill now stands, the property's landlord said.

Raymond Evans, the property's owner, said now that Timber Wolf has shut down, he'd prefer to lease the space to the University for a residence hall, although he's had several inquiries from area bars and restaurants wanting to take it over.

Volunteer lobbyists trained to ask for money
ASU is turning ordinary people into lobbyists in the hope of getting a larger budget from the Arizona Legislature.

The ASU Alumni Association held the first of two training sessions this week to teach volunteers techniques to persuade members of the state Legislature to approve Gov. Janet Napolitano's budget plan.

Police Beat: Jack, Jäger, a kick in the nuts
A 28-year-old Mesa woman was transported to Desert Samaritan Hospital after being found intoxicated. She allegedly drank about a half-liter of Jack Daniels and two to three ounces of Jagermeister. The woman started getting out of control and trying to fight people at a party and kicked a man in the testicles.

'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.

'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.

Editorial: Stop the PTS reign of terror
If nothing else, the higher-ups at Parking and Transit Services are shrewd economists. Any economics professor will tell you what happens when you decrease the supply of a particular good or service. Demand stays the same, and as such, the equilibrium price increases.

ASU 101: Subway in a wind tunnel
Welcome back to ASU 101, the first class offered on ASU's Mars campus. And here's the man putting the "Eh?" in TA, me! Thank you, thank you. Now for anyone who missed the first week of class, here's how this works: you e-mail me a question about ASU, Tempe or The State Press, and I answer it in this easy-to-swallow distance learning course.

Braun for spaceship president
ASU alumnus Harry Braun has something to say, but no one will listen. Instead of seeking consolation from Tempe's favorite counselors, Mr. Daniels and Senor Cuervo, he has a different way of dealing with his lack of props -- he is running for president of the United States.

Atkins lulls dieters into low-carb heart attacks
These days it's just about impossible to escape the panoply of advertisements touting the praises of the Atkins Diet. We've seen commercials for everything from low-carb fast food to low-carb beer to low-carb condoms, yet the promise of rapid weight loss is always dubious.

Letter to the Editor: Victim of Res. Life
Res. Life does not just ignore its residents, it also seems to enjoy inconveniencing them. The department claims to have "quiet hours" in place so students have a chance to study and rest, yet during finals time, which is supposed to be 24-hour quiet hours, workers at Cholla Hall were allowed to remove the metal sunshades covering all bedroom windows starting at 7 a.m.

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.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

Haiku Circus
A weekly comic strip by Ken Sakamoto.

Who will be leader of the Pac?
With the Pac-10 regular season title all but wrapped up by the Stanford Cardinal, there is still one more race to keep an eye on down the homestretch of conference play, the Player of the Year award. While there are currently two players that appear to be the frontrunners, there is still time for a number of players to make up ground and steal the award.

Women's basketball builds momentum
The ASU women's basketball team (15-6, 9-3 Pac 10) is pleased to carry momentum as well as a five-game winning streak into matchups with USC and UCLA this week. The Sun Devils are coming off an undefeated three-game home stand, which was highlighted by wins over rival UA and No. 7 Stanford.

Hump Day Hoopla: Predicting the MLB season
Teams around Major League Baseball are finally beginning to take shape after one of the most turbulent offseasons in recent memory. The biggest trade in MLB history never happened (Boston-Texas), the worst trade did (Arizona-Boston), and George Steinbrenner kept dropping stacks of cash like he just won Power Ball.

Devil Dish: Coaches to blame for Lebron, Carmelo snubs
NBA All-Star 2004 hits Los Angeles this weekend; unfortunately two of the NBA's brightest stars won't be playing in the game. Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James finished third and fourth respectively in fan voting, which should have made them shoe-ins to make the team as reserves.

Opinion: 'Miracle:' simple, emotional, great
Like many hockey fans and players I've impatiently waited for the release of Miracle since I caught a glimpse of the tear-jerking trailer on Thanksgiving Day. I'm tired of hearing reviews from people who are more interested in critiquing the depth of Kurt Russell's Minnesota accent than realize what they were watching.

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