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Police Beat: On the count of 3... when I snap my fingers...
An 18-year-old Issaquah, Wash. man was arrested on charges of shoplifting and minor in possession of alcohol near the 900 block of East Broadway Road after he allegedly placed a bottle of Hpnotiq liquor under his jacket and attempted to leave a Safeway store without paying.

Body Pride Week focuses on food disorders, lifestyle
Eating disorder prevention and emphasis on a healthy lifestyle will be the central issues presented this week at ASU's seventh annual Body Pride Week today through Friday. "Having a good body image, for both men and women, is an important part of a person's self- esteem, especially for college students," said Lynda Seefeldt, Body Pride Week coordinator.

Minority women focus of conference
Though Arizona's state universities are becoming more diverse, numbers of minority women on campus are still not high enough, professors said Friday at a conference in the Memorial Union.

Faculty and students from ASU, NAU and UA discussed the role minority women are playing at the universities and the issues they face.

Activists hold sit-in on Mill Ave.
Some activists refuse to stand for Tempe's treatment of the homeless any longer. The Free to Camp Coalition, East Valley Food Not Bombs and Local to Global Justice organized a march and sit-in on Mill Avenue Saturday night to protest the city's urban camping ordinance.

Students talk state, college relationships
Students from around Arizona flocked to the state capitol to learn about current political issues and eat a free lunch Friday.

The Arizona Students Association Legislative Conference attracted approximately 100 students from ASU, UA and NAU, said Amy Hicks, associate executive director of ASA.

Memorial honors artist
Pedro Alvarez painted Cuba into the world and the world into Cuba.

He died Feb. 12 at the Twin Palms Hotel on Apache Boulevard near College Avenue.

But the artist's vibrant, cosmopolitan and multi-layered paintings live on at the ASU Art Museum in "Landscape in the Fireplace: Paintings by Pedro Alvarez.

Class performs narratives on oppression
Womanism and feminism can be studied and understood by everyone, said an ASU communication professor on Saturday.

Members of Olga Davis' fall 2003 black feminism and womanism class performed "Looking Forward, Looking Black: Student Narratives in Black Feminism" Friday and Saturday at the Empty Space Theatre in Tempe.

First 'Carnaval de Tempe' celebrates Latino voters
The city's first Carnaval de Tempe on Sunday wasn't just an excuse for pre-Lent merrymaking, but a voter registration drive targeted at the Latino community.

"We're celebrating the awakening of the sleeping giant; the Latino vote is growing, and so much has been placed on the Latino vote this year," said Lydia Guzman, state director of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project.

SSX3 seizure inducing
Remember the episode of the Simpsons where the whole family travels to Japan? They watch a seizure-inducing cartoon and fall to the floor, eye balls swirling and bodies convulsing. EA Sports' newest snowboarding game, SSX3, had the same effect on me, and I'm seriously considering a call to a neurologist-just to make sure I don't have epilepsy.

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.

Student voters still have long way to go
The 'Get Out the Vote' rabbits are no more. Our furry friends that popularized Memorial Union expansion and drew the ire of some of our campus' most ardent amateur graffiti artists are soon to be lost to the annals of ASU history.

A staunchly impassioned minority of students took to the polls in cyberspace last week to voice their opinion on campus modernization.

Letters to the Editor: Hunting the car beast
I enjoyed going on safari with Katie-Ellen McCrory ("Protect the endangered lesser-spotted pedestrian," Feb. 20). As a frequent lesser-spotted pedestrian, and more often an unspotted cyclist, I have learned to fear the car beast. Not to mention the feared and loathed SUVasaurus.

Editorial: Little hope for Tempe homeless
Do what you will in your dorm rooms, apartments or houses, but on the streets of Tempe, city officials refuse to let you sleep around.

In 1997, the Tempe City Council passed the Urban Camping Ordinance, which effectively criminalized homelessness in Tempe.

Get that age thing taken care of
The ASU campus is a beautiful thing. Thousands of attractive young women with their perfectly sculpted bodies and bronzed skin populate the University grounds, making ASU the Mecca of good looks in the desert.

It is this youthful vigor and energy that makes my mother long for the days of her youth every time she visits campus.

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

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

Narciso Rodriguez's spring line classic, clean
In the modern world of haute couture, Designer Narciso Rodriguez is known for his sleek signature style in women's clothing. This season is no different. His Spring 2004 Ready-to-wear collection had a Brazilian flair and was full of the usual form-fitting dresses and bodices.

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.

Aussie Football: Rounding up the Outlaws
The Australian Football Club at ASU defeated the defending league champions, the Chandler Outlaws, 9-15-69 to 6-3-39 in a physical, rough game Saturday afternoon. With the victory, ASU avenged an earlier loss to Chandler. The Sun Devils improved their record to 5-2.

W-Hoops: Devils beat OSU 73-60, end regular season 13-1 at home
The ASU women's basketball team won its 13th home game of the season, and in the process, solidified itself in the upper tier of the conference standings by knocking off Oregon State 73-60 on Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Arena. The win capped off a 13-1 home record this season for the Sun Devils (17-8, 11-5 Pac-10), which is the best single-season home winning percentage in school history.

Ice Devils embarrass UA 6-1 in penalty-filled game in Tucson
TUCSON - Between the second and third periods of Saturday's hockey game between ASU and UA, a man proposed to his girlfriend on the ice.

That was the only love shown in the Ice Devils' 6-1 victory in a game that featured a coach ejected and six players being forced to hit the showers prematurely.

Gymnastics: Devils nearly upset Utah
On Friday, the ASU gymnastics team was defeated for the first time at home this season.

But considering the Sun Devils' curve of improvement from their previous competition a week ago, the meet was by and large considered a success. ASU earned its second-highest team score of the season, a 196.

Softball:Devils erupt, score 24 runs in final game of tourney
It's a safe bet that things are going well when the scoreboard isn't even equipped to show the amount of runs a team puts up.

That was the case for the No. 22 ASU softball team on Sunday when it scored 12 runs in the second inning against Utah State. The scoreboard could only register single digits for runs scored in each inning - the extra three runs had to be placed under the eighth inning heading.

Tennis shocks No. 2 UCLA
On Friday afternoon, the ASU men's tennis team did something they had only done once since 1967: beat the UCLA Bruins.

The Sun Devils (4-1) made it look simple, winning the doubles point, and taking three of the first four singles matches to clinch the victory over the No.

Devil Dish: Cats continue classlessness
After journeying to Tucson in a mere 68 minutes to watch the ASU vs. UA hockey game on Saturday, I knew it was going to be a memorable evening.

I was at first taken aback by UA's facility, the Tucson Convention Center Arena. The Ice Cats had sold out the 7,000-seat facility after failing to qualify for postseason play.

Baseball leaves No. 1 Owls wondering 'who?'
Junior college transfer Jason Urquidez out-pitched and out-lasted last year's NCAA Pitcher of the Year, junior Jeff Niemann, to lead the ASU baseball team to a 3-1 victory over the defending national champion and No.1 ranked Rice Owls on Sunday in Houston.

ASU Briefs: Puhakka competes internationally, W-tennis falls, water polo splits 4 games
Puhakka competes internationally: Sophomore diver Joona Puhakka placed fifth in the 3-meter springboard event at the Fina Diving World Cup in Athens, Greece this weekend. It was Puhakka's highest finish in international competition on the 3-meter. Puhakka, the reigning national champion on the 1-meter springboard, barely qualified for the final round of the meet, as he made it into the final round as the last qualifier in 12th place.

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.

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