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Students vote down referendum
The student referendum to increase fees to fund expansion for the Memorial Union and the Student Recreation Complex failed Thursday: 57 percent of undergraduates and 81 percent of graduate students voted "no."

The total number of ballots cast was 5,493. Ninety-three ballots were cast blank. The voter turnout totaled nearly 13 percent of eligible voters.

ASU grad runs for U.S. president
Harry BraunSome students said that ASU graduate and presidential hopeful Harry Braun's campaign is just a gas.

The independent candidate spoke on campus Thursday and told students that, if elected, he would wean America from using oil for energy.

Student's tactics worry Dean backers
ASU student Matthew Moellering has worked to spread John Kerry's campaign message since May, but his latest efforts have raised ethical and legal questions from Howard Dean supporters.

As president of the Sun Devils for John Kerry club, Moellering, an electrical engineering junior, has made phone calls in support of Kerry, met with fellow supporters and helped run the John Kerry table on campus.

Students to visit London for mock U.N.
Despite severe funding problems, four members of ASU's Model United Nations club will head to London for their first international mock United Nations conference on Feb. 27.

More than 20 members of the nonprofit club have spent the last two months scrambling for donations to fund the trip, but only four were able to collect enough.

Police Beat: Mom won't let you in with that attitude
A 45-year-old Tempe woman was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, domestic violence and criminal damage near the 5200 block of South Hazelton Lane. She allegedly went to her mother's house and started ringing the doorbell while kicking and banging on the security door, bending it and knocking the door off its frame.

New literary magazine aims for undergraduates
Into the wasteland cometh Marooned, a new campus literary magazine for and by ASU undergraduates.

The magazine's title is a reference to ASU's colors, maroon and gold. But Bryan Meyerowitz, an English and history sophomore and founder of the magazine, said it has another dimension.

Public art installations beautify campus
The "Kachina Fountain" located in front of Old Main on Arizona State University's campus was the final piece to be completed in a series of public art restorations that began last summer and were completed last fall.

Dianne Cripe, director of ASU's Office of Public Art, which was created in 2001 and is located in the Katherine K.

'Soaking Fused': Young Artists Push Boundaries
An intense melody perked up the audience's energy. Suddenly, no one could sit still; fans were crying for more. The music crept its way into the heads of the listeners as they rose from their seats and began to groove, keeping in beat with the song. Shea Marshall, the saxophonist of Soaking Fused, hopped off the stage, strolled through the dance floor and gingerly leaned against a wall as he unraveled his soul.

'Rockestra' comes to ASU
Daniel Bernard Roumain, an ASU artist in residence, will fuse classical and hip-hop music on campus Saturday. Roumain will perform "Rockestra: Hip Hop Music & Dance Party," at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grady Gammage Auditorium.

The performance will unite the ASU Symphony and Highland High School orchestras, the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church gospel choir, storyteller Fatimah Halim and members of the Desert Dance Company.

J-Lo in the Know: 'Friends' countdown continues
The six friends once again succeed in making its audience laugh. In tonight's episode Phoebe attempts to teach Joey how to speak French, Chandler and Monica meet the mother they are going to adopt from and are surprised by a little secret, Rachel experiences a traumatic event, and of course the reason why we are all watching the show; Rachel and Ross give us a prelude to what will happen with their relationship for the upcoming episodes.

Last week, SPM featured local artists who are creating their own niches in the fashion scene. However, due to space issues, we could not feature three of the artists SPM writer Christina Chomut interviewed.

Sage Advice: Non-Prophets at Club Freedom
"It's not hard to see who has purposefully jiggafied themselves in a shallow attempt to find their true supporters-or should I say the fans they specifically want?" says Joe Beats, one of two men making up the hip-hop duo, the Non-Prophets.

"Well, let's punish them.

Sweet treat: Peachcake at Modified Arts
The music scene in Tempe has always been known as a place where local musicians can experiment, get their feet wet and discover their sound. Unfortunately, all too often that "sound" is the same one every other band in the Valley has already discovered.

Luckily, Tempe is also home to Peachcake, a local electro collaboration that is not quite like anything this town has seen before.

Playing it straight: 'Straight Plan for the Gay Man'
Jonathon, a gay fashion executive, is curious. He has an inner desire to experience a change in lifestyle --just once. He isn't curious about his sexuality; he is proud to be gay. But, a part of him yearns to experience the life of a straight, blue-collar meatpacker.

Pairing painting and poetry
I am radiating under the eerie, orange glow of Casey Moore's heat lamps when I am first introduced to "New Religions," a new collaboration between Eric Susser, an ASU Barrett Honors College instructor, and John Nelson, a writer and Phoenix artist.

Maybe my long week has me wanting to grasp at deep truths, or maybe it's just the cider, but as Susser reads his prose poem, "Scourge," I swear he's letting me into some secret artistic truth, or at least, a richer understanding of the nature of evil.

The 'pianoman' can
When I think of record collectors, I always have the same pigeonholed idea of their images: quiet, reclusive, disenfranchised, and intense, but subdued. Quiet record collecting characters further perpetuate this stigma. Harvey Pekar of American Splendor, a discontent LP hoarder, and Seymour of Ghost World, a socially invisible, rare-blues record collector, are just two examples.

Ride IT: Slither onto a snakeboard
Long boards are yesterday's news, rollerblades went out with the '90s and skateboards are just too boring.

The evolution of personal transportation is now in the age of the snakeboard. The snakeboard is a space-age board, which propels riders when they stand on two platforms.

Wear IT/Dump IT: Scarf Savvy
I love cozy sweaters, yummy hats, and soft, knit scarves. Sadly, the Arizona weather does not. It's just too warm to wear all of those things.

But fear not, resourceful fashionistas: the scarves are salvageable. Just slide them through the belt loops of you favorite jeans, tie and voila! That funky scarf Grandma gave you is now a funky belt.

Don't I Know You?: Game show contestant Zeshan Dhanani
Game shows are the best. We spend countless hours watching other people win lump sums of cash, promising ourselves if we could just make it on the show, we'd strike big.

But one game show star, and ASU political science freshman, says it's a lot easier to play at home than it is in front of 3,000 members of a studio audience.

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.

Boos & Bravos: Bravo to 'Dos,' Boo to no more 'Sex'
BRAVO to Dos Gringos. For sweet, sweet nachos and black bean hummus that looks like what you would get if you mashed up this paper with some water. Our editor in chief thinks the hummus tastes like heaven. We think it tastes more like the paper mush, but we like that it makes her happy.

Letters to the Editor: What proposed NRA bill?
I was very disappointed in the article "Bulls Eye must be held accountable for guns," (Feb. 19) and was in fact offended by the intolerance and lack of reason or background in it. The article consistently refers to a mysterious "bill proposed by the NRA," never once stating anything relevant about it. "If the Senate passes the bill proposed by the NRA, it is my belief that gun shop owners will have no incentive or reason to behave responsibly," the column reads. Could their incentive be common human decency? Maybe these 'evil' gun store owners might have some concept of the possible results of the goods they peddle, and the consequences of not behaving in a responsible way. But then again, Americans have the "outrageous right to actually possess their own firearms" (as opposed to someone else's firearms?), and could not possibly have any kind of decency or reasoning skills. Shouldn't the editor of a newspaper read the articles and make sure that the arguments being expressed at least appear to have some background?

Take the immigration quiz
How many Mexicans and other Latinos can you fit inside one house? Your choices are a) 33, b) 159, or c) 32 because we're subtracting the child that coyotes used as collateral from option 'a.' Sounds like a trick question. And it is. The correct response is secret option d) all of the above, if they're illegal immigrants.

Protect the endangered lesser-spotted pedestrian
Let me take you into the tangled undergrowth of the busy intersection. Here we can watch the swarms of car-beasts as they fight for a run of the green light. If antagonized, they can be known to attack at incredible speeds. But look! Standing on the sidewalk is the lesser-spotted pedestrian.

Offer a degree in experience
Universities are efficient and effective assembly lines for higher education, pumping out thousands of well-educated but inexperienced students every year.

As a general rule, employers will tell us that experience trumps education any day of the week.

That is why I think there should be a university program where students travel for a year and receive an associate's degree in art history or communication or hotel management - something that adds incentive to getting out and gaining experience in the world before joining today's work force.

Mallrants: MU/SRC Referendum
Student rant about the MU/SRC referendum.

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

Mardi Gras Madness
Just like that wicked tequila shot you took last night, Mardi Gras creeps up on us every year. Even though this celebration falls on a weekday, Tempe locals definitely plan to participate anyway.

On Feb. 24, Mill Avenue will be lined with partiers and there will be more than enough booze to go around, as local bars hype up Mardi Gras events.

Devil Dating: Meet Annemarie Moody
I am a writer, but find it hard and somewhat awkward to write about myself. As I am being put on the spot, here is a little about me that I can think of in 200 words or less! I am graduating from ASU with a degree in journalism in December 2004, at which time I am moving to wherever I get a job. I love my family, but I can't live with them anymore, as my independence gets in the way! I also love hanging out with my friends, either just vegging out watching TV or going out and partying. I can't think of anything else that would make me interesting...sorry!

Devil Dating: Meet Jeff Hoodzow
A 20-year old sportswriter that enjoys hanging with the boys, playing poker and video games, but around women is really a soft guy inside of a hard, sweet candy shell. I guess I enjoy long walk on the beach (If it existed out here) or walks on the golf course with a girl, whichever is preferred. Hopefully, before I'm out of school I'll travel more, outside of horrible drives to Tucson or Los Angeles.

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.

Lacrosse: Team moves past loss, prepares for tough weekend matchups
The ASU men's lacrosse team hosts two ranked opponents this weekend when No. 25 Texas Tech and No. 11 Oakland University visit Tempe.

The Sun Devils currently have the third most difficult strength of schedule in the nation. "There are no pushovers in the top 25," said Jon Minder, ASU Head Coach.

Devil Dish: Pistons rock the Eastern Conference
The Detroit Pistons have a new "Bad Boy" in town after acquiring Rasheed Wallace in a three-way deal with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics on Thursday. Wallace will bring a tough mentality to the Pistons.

Not since the days of Bill Laimbeer, Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman have the Pistons had such a tough guy.

W-Hoops: Gov. Napolitano serves as guest asst. coach
Taking a break from such duties as balancing the state's budget and deflecting rumors of a possible vice presidential nomination, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano enjoyed a stint as guest coach for the ASU women's basketball team on Thursday.

Even though a seat at the bench was reserved especially for her, the governor rarely kept it warm.

Baseball heads to road tourney, will take on No. 1 Rice
The No. 16 ASU baseball team will be getting another dose of top-notch competition this weekend, including No. 1 Rice, at the Coca-Cola Classic in Houston, the Sun Devils' first road trip of the season.

"The kids are psyched about it," head coach Pat Murphy said.

Gymnastics thrilled to be home
Homesickness would be an excellent explanation for the ASU gymnastics team's performance last week at Washington, when it earned its worst team score in over two years.

Luckily, the Sun Devils will get an old-fashioned remedy tonight as they return to competition in the friendly confines of Wells Fargo Arena - a venue that has been significantly kinder to them than the road this season - to host the annual three-team UNO's Classic.

Ice Devils to face Wildcats, secure trip to Nationals
A typical trip to Tucson for the ASU ice hockey team is full of emotions already, but this weekend's two-game series with rival UA will be even more special for the Ice Devils.

Thanks to their split with Weber State last week, the No. 13 Ice Devils captured the last spot for the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I national tournament.

Softball hosts another tourney
The ASU softball team is at it again. For the second weekend in a row, the Sun Devils (10-5) will be hosting a major tournament in which they play six games in a three-day span.

Over the weekend of Feb. 13-15, No. 22 ASU used a solid offensive performance to garner a 4-2 record in the Fiesta Bowl Tournament.

W-Hoops: Devils pluck Ducks, win 65-40
With Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on the sidelines, the ASU women's basketball team made Oregon look as ugly as the Ducks' neon uniforms, as the Sun Devils pulled off a 65-40 victory at Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday night.

The win broke a two-game losing streak for ASU (16-8, 10-5 Pac-10), and gave the Sun Devils their 12th home victory this season.

Hoops: Men stumble in first half, suffer 68-81 loss to OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. -If the ASU men's basketball team could figure out how to put two halves together, there's no telling what could happen.

The Sun Devils might, at least, not be entrenched in last place in the Pac-10. What started as a deplorable game turned into a somewhat dignified performance Thursday night, but ASU couldn't complete a frenzied, second-half comeback, and dropped a 68-61 decision to Oregon State at Gill Coliseum.

Upper Deck Blues: Cheap throwback jerseys
Trade deadline day is always fun no matter what sport you follow. If it weren't for last-minute deals, we wouldn't have had the chance to experience the joy that was Raul Mondesi. If it weren't for these deals, we wouldn't have seen the complete dismantling of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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.

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