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Students question campaign's bias
Some students who attended a forum hosted by Get Out the Vote on Monday said they were frustrated with biased messages in the group's signs and promotional materials.

The group held the forum to provide students an opportunity to receive more information about this week's referendum on the proposed Memorial Union and Student Recreation Complex expansions.

Students lobby state lawmakers
ASU students asked lawmakers to consider funding the University's enrollment growth over a picnic lunch Monday at the state capitol.

The ASU Alumni Association and Office of Public Relations organized the 21st annual Statehood Legislative Picnic, an informal opportunity for members of the ASU community to meet their lawmakers, said Tracy Chavis, legislative events coordinator for the Alumni Association.

Halls compete in recycling contest
Recycling is not just for tree huggers anymore. ASU residence halls are competing this semester against 16 other universities to win the Recycle Mania contest.

The contest began in 2001 with Ohio University and Miami University of Ohio waging a trash war against each other, and has grown since then to include schools such as UA, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Dartmouth College and Carnegie Mellon University.

First gay sorority recognized
Gamma Rho Lambda is now the first primarily gay sorority to be recognized by ASU.

The women of the newly formed group say that it's not just about being the first gay sorority at the University; it's also about breaking through stereotypes and paving the way for change.

Police Beat: The kids are drinkin' tonight
ASU police reported the following incidents Monday: A 19-year-old student was arrested on a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. He was found sitting in a car drinking beer with three other subjects on the top level of Parking Structure 5 on College Avenue.

SOCOM II steals the show
What makes SOCOM II a great game isn't the stunning graphics, higher quality sound or interesting plot, although those are all great features.

The thing that blew me away was the size and detail of each level of the game.

CD Review: Viva '¡Americano!'
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.

Editorial: Read this before you vote
It's the biggest decision students have had the opportunity to make in the history of ASU. It's the first time in a long time that students have had the chance to make any noticeable difference on this campus.

And, if recent student government elections are any indication, a vast majority of student slackers won't take the time to care.

Imagining a better campus
As President of the Undergraduate Student Government, I am writing this column to explain the ramifications of tomorrow's student referendum.

Before attending Arizona State University, I imagined the University providing a tremendous college experience. I did not find that experience.

Only users should foot the bill
As a senior at ASU, I have witnessed the woes of the Memorial Union. I have waited 20 minutes in line to get an overpriced lunch.

I have tried to reserve a room for a student organization on a Wednesday night and been told, "Sorry, we're full." I have seen the MU hallways clogged worse than Robert Atkins' arteries.

Referendum leaves too many unanswered questions
I'll be voting "No" at the referendum for the Memorial Union and Student Recreation Complex this week.

Why? My reasoning is very simple. I'm not going to be here for most of it. If you follow the instructions on the many posters and signs which are multiplying like rabbits (or ASU students, take your pick) on the main campus, and go to www.

MU/SRC not No. 1 concern
Are your eyes itchy, scratchy, red and puffy? A slight hacking cough? No, it's not due to allergy season, but rather to the wool that's being pulled over your eyes by people who are consequently trying to cram the Memorial Union/Student Recreation Complex expansion down your throats.

Vote: it's your community
In presenting the student referendum agenda to the Arizona Board of Regents, ASU President Michael Crow highlighted the importance of the entire University supporting learning, developing community and enhancing the students' connection to the University, even after graduation.

Give students a say in MU/SRC
The next two days shall impact the future of ASU for years to come, and for once, it isn't plus/minus grading that I speak of.

Rather, the students of this University will be charged with deciding whether to accept fees for the expansion of the Student Recreation Complex and the Memorial Union.

Letters to the Editor: From the beast's heart
It's me again, the Student Recreation Complex employee that works "in the heart of the beast." I'm not here to persuade you one way or another, I just want to make sure that if you do take the initiative to vote, to make a decision based on the facts and what you want, not on what you've heard or think you may know.

Fee Hikes: Take 'em or leave'em? We'll leave 'em
As countless students and ASASU representatives continue to voice their opinions on the proposed MU and SRC improvement fee increase, we at the Web Devil are strangely silent. We have an opinion on everything else-from the finest teriyaki bowls in town to whom UA should consider for their commencement speaker-but the fee increases simply don't interest us.

Cartoon: Student apathy
A political cartoon by Joe Bowen

Cartoon: ASU in 2010
A political cartoon by Tony Carrillo

Fees hit freshmen hardest, put classrooms at risk
"Students, Students everywhere and not a classroom seat. But we sure will have the finest rec. and a great place eat."

The student association has proposed a new referendum to upgrade some of the facilities at ASU, i.e. the MU and the SRC. Some of the upgrades include a movie theater in the MU and improvements to the SRC that would boast new equipment and more room.

The Vaughn File: Hillary is no 'tough guy'
Hillary Rodham Clinton was named one of Men's Journal magazine's "25 Toughest Guys in America" last week, making her the first woman to claim a spot on the list.

She was ranked 25th, just behind crash test dummy Rusty Haight-a fitting placement, considering the reason the magazine's editor gave her the honor.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

Haiku Circus
A 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.

Wanted: Snow lovers stuck in Arizona
One would never put the words Tempe and snow together, but here at Arizona State the Snowdevils did just that.

The Arizona State Snowdevils is an organization on campus that provides students with inexpensive ski and snowboarding trips. The group makes three trips per year during break; their most recent to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

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.

Aussie rules football rules
The Australian Football Club at ASU may be a new club on campus and the team may be small in number, but that hasn't stopped them from making some lofty goals this season.

"We want to win the local league," said Jason Parks, club president. "We want to go to the college championships and win as well.

Devils jump on 'Zags early, win 10-7
It did not take long for the ASU baseball team to get on the board after getting shut out for the first time in 506 games on Sunday.

Unfortunately for the Sun Devils, the Gonzaga Bulldogs did not have much trouble scoring runs of their own against sophomore Erik Averill. After ASU started out the game hot with seven runs in the first inning, the 'Zags struck back in the second and third.

Hoops: Free throw success hasn't translated into wins
The ASU men's basketball team is connecting at the free throw line at just under a 74-percent clip, currently fifth-best in school history.

However, a quick look at the ASU record books shows that a Sun Devil team successful at the free throw line doesn't always translate to being successful overall.

Devil Dish: Rooting for 'Coach' Napolitano
Gov. Janet Napolitano will guest coach the ASU women's basketball team when it faces Oregon on Thursday. I can't wait to see Janet on the sidelines. It will be interesting to see whether our governor can match the intensity of Coach Charli Turner Thorne and guide the Sun Devils to a win over the Ducks.

Swimming: Olympian Szigeti makes transition to Pac-10
Four years ago, ASU junior swimmer Florencia Szigeti was at the pinnacle of her sport, competing alongside the top athletes in the world at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In a fraction of a second, all of the nights spent swimming in the dark in Mendoza, Argentina and all the months she trained at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center as well as the minute she raced in Sydney were for nothing. Szigeti had been disqualified for a false start, and she did not even know it.

Men's Tennis remains undefeated, wins two matches over weekend
The ASU men's tennis team stayed perfect on the year, defeating Wichita State and No. 29 Auburn on Friday and Sunday respectively, to improve to 3-0.

The Sun Devils won with ease over the Shockers, sweeping all of the matches for a 7-0 victory.

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