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Crow tells students to lobby state
ASU President Michael Crow on Wednesday encouraged students worried about the recommended tuition increases to turn to the Legislature for more financial support.

He and other campus administrators took questions from about 60 students, most of them graduate students, at the tuition forum, held in the Memorial Union.

Prof.'s photos show fifty years of change
ASU students have met the man behind the college. James Elmore founded the College of Architecture and Environmental Design in 1964.

He was on campus Wednesday to open his first photography exhibit in the college's Gallery of Design, making his presence known to current students.

Junior helped family after crash
An ASU junior was a hero for one Mesa woman and five children who were victims of a three-car collision caused by a drag race.

Psychology major Danika Barela was at a Quik Trip convenience store near the intersection of Broadway and Dobson roads in Mesa at about 2 p.

E-mail worms, viruses slow Internet on campus
Recent e-mail worms have overloaded older ethernet networks on campus, slowing Internet access and frustrating students living in residence halls.

Variants of Mydoom and similar e-mail worms have been causing a lot of redundant computer activity over the networks since January, said John Babb, associate vice provost of ASU Information Technology.

Police Beat: Iron your own damn clothes!
A 50-year-old Tempe woman was arrested on charges of assault and domestic violence near the 400 block of South Priest Drive. She allegedly got into an argument with her son and struck him with a clothes iron.

Supreme Court Justice visits campus
Supreme Court Justice and former Arizona politician Sandra Day O'Connor visited ASU Wednesday to chat with students from the Barrett Honors College.

Reporters were not permitted to cover the content of O'Connor's talk due to her status as a Supreme Court Justice.

Piano professor plays with ballet
ASU piano professor Caio Pagano may be 63 years old, but he's still trying new things.

For the first time, Pagano, who has worked at ASU's School of Music since 1987, will be performing this weekend with Ballet Arizona in its production of "Valentine's Winter Treat.

Don't I Know You?: Josh Frank, romance specialist
Yup, it's that time of year again. Cupid will rear his ugly head, scope out a target or two and make people all over the world fall desperately in love. This is where Josh Frank comes in.

The 22-year-old Mesa Community College student ditched his job at UPS a little more than two months ago to become a "romance specialist," making Valentine's Day that much more enjoyable.

Atta Bui: Cool down
It doesn't take a Bill Nye the Science Guy to figure out what to expect when thousands of college students descend on the beaches for spring break: lots of relaxing, drunken madness, naked madness and more drunken madness.

And while all of this madness helps you escape from scary professors and homework, it might also lead to sunburns.

Eat it: Make Ma'I Grill yours
As the spring semester drags on, the days get warmer, clothes get skimpier and there is one thought on almost everyone's mind: "Four weeks until spring break!"

Professors drone on while most of us stare at the chalkboard, picturing a beach, picturing some place warmer, and at the very least, some place other than calculus.

See It: Imagine all the people
Nearly 40 years after Beatlemania started in the United States, Paul Jillson, owner of Pacific Edge Gallery in California, will bring his "Art of John Lennon" exhibit to the Valley.

When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison appeared on the 'Ed Sullivan Show' on Feb.

Medicine man: Cleansing mind, soul
"You stand out like a sore thumb," my friend Manuelito tells me as we walk into a little restaurant. "I know," I say as I look around me

. I am a short, white, blonde-haired thumb in more than a handful of Native Americans in Gallup. The small town in New Mexico borders Arizona and a large reservation.

Wicked words: Poison Pen cards
If you have a hard time conjuring up the words to tell your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend how he/she made you feel, then you need to check out the cards created by the folks at Poison Pen. The California-based company prides itself on making cards that have the ability to end relationships.

Brown ambrosia: Valley chocolate festivals
Once again, February is here, and the world is upside down. Love has struck in the holiday form and Valentine's Day is just a couple days away. Undeniably, it is the first thing most of us think of when February is mentioned (People who say they think of Groundhog Day when they hear February are lying).

Belly trance: The Bellydance Superstars
You might have seen belly dancers at Sinbad's or Oasis Cafe on a Friday night--beautiful ladies fluttering around in chiffon costumes, chiming finger cymbals to an exotic musical beat and shaking their hips to carry the rhythm. They may be perceived as light, "cultural" entertainment, but belly dancers have been shaking their way into pop culture, and the Bellydance Superstars are looking to change your perception of the art.

Far out: Gay, lesbian film festival
Every year, dozens of film festivals make their way in and out of the Valley, but none are "out" quite as literally as the annual Out Far! Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, which sashays into town on Feb. 13. The festival's movies will probably shock you, will perhaps move you and will most definitely make you laugh, but what the Out Far! Film Festival will not do is disappoint.

CD Review: Mest: 'Mest'
It is apparent that Mest (or perhaps its label) want to be generic pop-punk. Hell, they even have a song with Benji Madden from Good Charlotte. If they were aiming for punk rock credibility, they have effectively killed that dream with this CD. I had high hopes for the album.

CD Review: As I Lay Dying: 'Frail Words Collapse'
Who knew the label Metal Blade had a good hardcore band? I sure didn't! As I Lay Dying is one of the best hardcore bands I have heard in quite some time. The band exemplifies the elements of what a good hardcore band should have: beautiful, intricate guitar work, heavy drums and great vocal screaming.

CD Review: Stereolab: 'Margerine Rock'
I don't know why, but I feel as though I am supposed to like this album. As soon as I put it in my CD player, I am transported to London, feeling like I'm driving in a tiny Euro-car. Listen to the song "Vonal Declosion" and see if you do not feel the same.

CD Review: Viva 'ˇAmericano!'
I had almost given up on this city when I slipped Americano! into my car's CD player the other night. I was tired of the traffic and the pollution-sick of the constant movement, the incessant feeling of having to get somewhere.

But then I played track nine on Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers' new album, and I remembered what it was about the southwest that I love.

'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.

Editorial: Big props to foldable screens
ASU deserves an early "bravo" this week for raking in $43.7 million from the U.S. Army to help develop some top-of-the-line, cutting-edge computer screens that will knock your new plasma TV out of the water.

After kicking academia's more elite butts in October, including Ivy Leaguers Cornell and Princeton, ASU was chosen to be the home base for the Army's new project - flexible display screens U.

Chivalry gives way to civility
I was trying to park my car on the rooftop of Parking Structure 1 last week when some nimrod took a wide left turn and smashed into my fender.

Getting out of the car, I flashed back to the last interaction I had with the owner of a newly damaged vehicle: me getting called names, me crying, me receiving an angry phone call at 4 a.

Top-secret memos of big meat
Memo from Meat Industry Agent 723PBS000: To all agents, I am writing this to let all agents know that a critical failure in operations has occurred. There is a new movie that has entered the Sundance Film Festival called "Super Size Me." If people get wind of this, they may begin to realize they should just get their protein from leafy greens.

Kerry has his cake, eats it too
There's an old saying that "you can't have your cake and eat it, too." Well, if there were a way to bend the space-time continuum so that one could simultaneously eat AND have a cake, Democratic frontrunner John (F!) Kerry would do that. Word is that he's got scientists working on it even as we speak.

'W' gets naked on national TV
Naked. Alone. Vulnerable.

Have you ever felt like that before? It's eerie. It's like that scene we see in the movies where the guy falls asleep and begins to dream. In his dream, he's walking down the street, happy as can be, only to notice that everyone he passes is laughing at him.

Letters to the Editor: Palmer misses again, The solution to theft
Palmer misses it again I greatly appreciate that you accepted my challenge, Christian, and that you put my name in the paper. However, the warm fuzzy feeling wore off, and I have two questions. First, if the United Nations has impoverished Iraq with trade embargoes, and the United States has captured Saddam, why would the Iraqis trust the United Nations more than the United States? Seems a bit backward to me.

Talk Back: Caviar-eating grad students need to shut up
Caviar-eating grad students need to shut up "Okay, I'm sick of reading about Brian Collier. I'm sorry, but it's a simple fact that the University's number one priority has to be undergraduate education. Collier's complaining about the cost of caviar when there are people starving because they can't even afford tuna.

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.

State of the arts
There exists an undiscovered world of underground artists who target their passions toward helping us revive our wardrobes and ourselves. These artists bring the funk back into funky and the twist into our tango. They shake things up a bit by deviating from the dime-a-dozen Tiffany's bracelets and Von Dutch wristbands.

Food: Ma'I Island Grill is a taste of paradise
When most people think of Hawaii and other tropical paradise islands, the thought of hula skirts and many different native traditions come to mind. One of the most important traditions of the South Pacific is cuisine.

The picture of the succulent, juicy pig being brought up from deep inside its beach-dug hole creates that heavenly taste of hog in your mouth.

Lacrosse: Team looks to bounce back in Calif.
The ASU men's lacrosse team looks to rebound from their season opening loss to Colorado State last week when they travel to California this weekend for two important divisional games.

The Sun Devils play UCLA at 1 p.m. Saturday and Loyola Marymount at 1 p.m.

Hoops: Devils yearn for return home
If the ASU men's basketball team wants to keep its dream alive of qualifying for the Pac-10 Tournament, the Sun Devils will have to shake off their nightmarish start in conference play tonight against UCLA.

The Sun Devils have lost 10 of their past 11 games, with nine of those losses coming via the Pac-10, and are currently two games out of eighth-place.

W-Hoops: Round two vs. Women of Troy
The last time the ASU women's basketball team lost was on Jan. 17 to USC. Tonight, the Sun Devils will get a chance to avenge their most recent defeat and stretch their winning streak to six games as they once again do battle with the Women of Troy.

In the teams' last meeting, ASU was dealt its only loss of the season at home, as USC pulled off a 68-65 victory at Wells Fargo Arena.

Devil Dish: Stanford, St. Joe's won't last
The Stanford and St. Joseph's men's basketball teams have two things in common: they are both undefeated, and both will not get past the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

Frankly, I'm not sure how these teams have gotten this far through the season without losing.

Briefs: A new coach, ASU pride, Softball back in action
New Coach: ASU head football coach Dirk Koetter announced the hiring of Brent Meyers as the Sun Devils' new offensive line coach. Meyers, who coached under Koetter at Boise State (1998-1999), had previously served as offensive line coach at Utah (2003) and Washington (2000-2002).

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