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Body found in front of Tempe hotel
An unidentified man was found dead outside the Twin Palms Hotel on Apache Boulevard near College Avenue on Thursday night.

The man died sometime after 5 p.m. The cause of death is still under investigation, said Aki Stant, public information officer for Tempe police.

Schools sell online
Building a brand name means sticking logos on everything from license plates to pens, mugs and T-shirts, to make the brand stick in consumer's minds.

The W. P. Carey School of Business and the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering want to launch online stores for their merchandise to do just that.

National paper honors students
Two ASU students are making a difference in the lives of others - and receiving national attention for their work.

USA Today named bioengineering junior Lubna Ahmad and secondary education and Chicano studies sophomore Chris Tijerina to the 2004 All-USA College Academic Team.

Program aims to increase graduates
ASU is partnering with local K-12 schools to ensure that tomorrow's leaders stay in school.

The ALPHA partnership, the first of 10 planned partnerships over the next five years, is aimed at keeping West Valley students in school and on the college track.

College of Education Dean Eugene Garcia is acting as vice president of University-School Partnerships.

Goad approves $335 tuition hike
Undergraduate Student Government President Brandon Goad endorsed ASU President Michael Crow's recommended undergraduate tuition increase of $335 in a memo to administrators this week.

Goad approved of the increase under several conditions, including enhancing classrooms and providing 24-hour library access.

Gays campaign to marry
Feb. 14 is more than Valentine's Day for ASU student Kim Powers. The day also marks a year since her wedding ceremony. But according to state law, Powers cannot claim she's a married woman because her partner is one, too.

This week, National Freedom to Marry Week, the political science sophomore and Arizona's gay community are celebrating changes that may one day lead to the state's adoption of same-sex marriages.

J-Lo In the Know: Counting down to the 'Friends' finale
It's sad to think that with only five episodes left of 'Friends,' the show is quickly coming to an end. Thursday's episode was one I never would have expected. Wacky Phoebe actually gets married. Throughout the seasons she was always the one out of the six friends who attempted to have a serious relationship but never seemed to work it out.

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.

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: 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: 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: 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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Cholla shouldn't be the new Manzanita
"Dorm life." The phrase itself evokes visions of ramen noodle dinners cooked in microwaves sitting atop mini fridges, 18-year-olds saying goodbye to mommy and daddy and hello to leftover pizza breakfasts. But for some, dorm life means much more than the typical freshman year experience.

Letters to the Editor: Did you get that meat memo?
MEMO FROM M.I.A. SICKLYVEGAN: Uhh, yo nutrition know-it-all (Nicole Girard, "Top-secret memos of big meat," Feb. 12), forgive me for being so ignorant about nutrition, but which vegetables does one eat to get vitamin B-12?

Boos & Bravos: Boo to Juicy butts, Bravo to baseball
BRAVO to psychology junior Danika Barela who helped pull a Mesa woman and five children out of a minivan after it was hit by two drag-racing cars. Many people wouldn't take time out of their daily routine to be a hero, but Barela did, and six people are OK because of it.

Ode to men on Valentine's
This may be the one and only time I confess this, and it physically hurts to type these words. I FEEL SORRY FOR MEN.

Men don't have periods, endure childbirth, or get humiliating comments from builders, but they do have to face the torment that comes with Valentine's Day.

Child abduction exaggerated
"Will somebody please think of the children?" We've all heard this line at one time or another, and we heard it again this past week with the highly publicized abduction and murder of 11-year-old Carlie Brucia in Sarasota, Fla.

It was also the rallying cry behind a sudden burst of irrationality in a Phoenix neighborhood last month as parents decried having to live in the same neighborhood as prior sex offenders.

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.

Postcards From London: A Breath of Amsterdam Air
Part of living in Europe is travelling. Although this continent carries a large price tag for the cost of living, jetting around to other countries won't dent your pockets much more than a Southwest plane flight.

So over the weekend, I embarked upon my first trip, or holiday as the English say, to visit some friends in Amsterdam.

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.

W-Hoops: Women falter in 65-50 loss to USC
The ASU women's basketball team buried itself in a hole that it couldn't climb out of on Thursday night, as the team fell behind 17-6 early on, and was never able to recover, losing 65-50 to USC.

The loss snapped the Sun Devils' five-game winning streak, and was the team's first road loss since Jan.

Hoops: Devils fight back late, defeat UCLA in overtime
In a season that has been characterized by the ASU men's basketball team's inexperience, a veteran stepped up Thursday night to give the Sun Devils a 74-62 overtime victory against the UCLA Bruins.

Senior forward Justin Allen had season highs in scoring (11 points) - the most points he has scored since being diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease two years ago - and minutes (24).

Wrestling: Frost, Renzi relish final meet at home
The end is near. Our free society has produced countless street freaks who have donned full-bodied signs bearing that very morbid declaration, while handing out flyers to pedestrians who rarely extended their hands for the gloomy literature.

Although these pavement pounders' message has been that of a more apocalyptic nature, for a couple of ASU wrestlers, the phrase rings true on a different scale.

Devil Dish: Kirilenko is one bad mother
On Wed-nesday my colleague, Matt Reinick, made a case that Carmello Anthony should be an All-Star, which was a compelling argument. Up until I read the last paragraph I was ready to slam down the paper, and exclaim "Matt Reinick, you're the bomb! And so is Carmello!" Then he had to slam on my boy: Andrei Kirilenko.

Baseball set for five-team tournament
The No. 16 ASU baseball team will head into this weekend's three-game Coca Cola College Baseball Classic in Surprise, Ariz. with a little more swagger after an emotional three-game sweep of No. 25 Florida State last weekend.

One thing head coach Pat Murphy's 3-0 ASU club must guard against, however, is a let down after the draining series last weekend, in which the Sun Devils had to make ninth-inning comebacks in two games.

Softball faces multiple teams
The ASU softball team will be hosting the annual Fiesta Bowl Tournament today through Sunday at Farrington Stadium and the Rose Mofford Sports Complex in Phoenix.

The tournament has a total of 18 teams, many of which are ranked in the top 20 nationally. Top teams include Texas, Cal State Fullerton and UA.

Gymnasts head to Washington
ASU gymnastics coach John Spini has put difficult tricks in his team's routines since the beginning of the 2004 season.

At the start of the year, Spini did not mind if the Sun Devils made their share of mistakes due to the skill level of the routines. But as ASU (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) heads into the middle of the regular season with a meet against Washington in Seattle tonight, Spini is starting to expect more consistency.

Swim and dive to face Wildcats
After losing its last three dual meets against Pac-10 competition, the ASU swimming and diving teams have a shot at redemption against rival UA in a showdown at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center on Saturday.

The No. 15 men and the No. 21 women are coming off three weeks of practice since a disappointing Northern California road that saw both teams go winless against undefeated Cal and Stanford.

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.

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