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Summer session commencement canceled
An ASU student's plans to walk in a graduation ceremony have screeched to a halt.



Sarah Macias, a fine arts and metals senior, planned to attend an ASU summer commencement ceremony this year. That is, until ASU decided to stop holding summer ceremonies. Her only notification of the cancellation was a chance visit to the ASU commencement Web site this month.

Senior promotes city's local bands
This is how it normally works when ASU bioengineering senior Mike Fitch tables for his club, Sonic Promotions, at the Memorial Union fountain: Mike Schmidt, a library specialist at Hayden Library, walked up to where Fitch was sitting Tuesday. "What's going on with local music?" Schmidt asked.



"Well I've got some stickers for you today," replied Fitch, who then proceeded to tell Schmidt about upcoming shows for Tempe and ASU rock bands he promotes.

Local rabbi: 'Passion' could manipulate viewers
A film that has stirred controversy nationwide is being released today, but some local groups on campus say the religious storm has gone too far.



Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ" has spurred cries of anti-Semitism from people ranging from film critics to members of the Anti-Defamation League, largely because of the film's portrayal of Jewish people beating and demanding the death of Jesus Christ.

Police Beat: .155 in Ocotillo
A 19-year-old student was arrested on charges of underage possession of alcohol and being underage with alcohol in his body at Ocotillo Hall after police allegedly found two cans of beer on his person. An alcohol breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of .155.

ASU East: East students start first fraternity
The first fraternity at ASU East is forming with hopes of being a full chapter of an international fraternity by 2005. Brian Hogue, an agribusiness sophomore, was state Future Farmers of America president for 2002-2003. He, along with the three other founding members, is interviewing potential east campus candidates for the Farm House Fraternity.

ASU East: Learning Comm. opens new space
The Learning Communities opened a large new study and workspace downstairs in the Center Building at ASU East. What was once the Oasis and Provost Office is now dedicated entirely to giving students a place to study, work in groups and have wireless access.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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.

OPINIONS
Editorial: Fundamental institution?!
We at The State Press aren't in the business of predicting the future. But a few years from now, we might look back and remember Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, as the day the fabric of American society as we knew it began to unravel. "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," proclaims the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.

Can't outsmart the carnies
College students think they're so smart. And why not? We spend most of our days in class, or studying for class, or coming up with reasons why we didn't do the first two. We are a sophisticated, educated and cultured people, who are surely going to graduate from this fine institution of higher learning and claim a valuable and rewarding job in the field of our choice.

How to beat the party ordinance
For every good thing you can find in Tempe, there is an equally oppressive buzz-kill waiting for the chance to drop you to the dirt and kick you in the head. Last weekend I faced the worst of the worst, the Jack the Ripper of party killings. I stared into the evil abyss that is the Tempe party ordinance.

Bush makes whiny Dems eat their vegetables
Last Friday, President Bush exercised his ability to make recess appointments to the federal bench and finally installed Judge William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, echoing his similar appointment of Judge Charles Pickering earlier this year.

COMICS
F-minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

WEB EXTRA
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.

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.

SPORTS
Baseball: Devils pounce on 'Cats early, win 4-0
The No. 12 ASU baseball team began Tuesday night's game against UA scoring runs faster than ladies were scoring beads on Bourbon Street. Yet, once again it was the pitching that stole the show in the Sun Devils' 4-0 win against the Wildcats, as sophomore lefthander Brett Bordes and freshman Pat Bresnehan combined for 15 strikeouts in nine innings of shutout baseball.

Baseball: Slumping players Bordes, Larish enjoy breakout performances
It took until the 11th game of the season, but two members of the ASU baseball team finally broke out of their slumps during a 4-0 win over UA on Tuesday. Sophomore pitcher Brett Bordes went six innings in the win, and junior left fielder Jeff Larish went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, as two of the Sun Devils' most highly-touted players were able to shake off their early season jitters with authority.

Women's tennis trounces 'Jacks
Although the sky was overcast and threatening to postpone the ASU women's tennis team's second straight game, not even Mother Nature could stop the Sun Devils' onslaught against NAU. ASU snapped a two-game losing streak with a 7-0 victory over the Lumberjacks (0-5) on Tuesday afternoon at the Whiteman Tennis Center.

Hump Day Hoopla: Introducing the All-Streetballer game
Remember back in the good old days when the NBA All-Star Weekend was exciting? Remember when Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkens threw down dunks that you couldn't even execute in your dreams? Well, that's all gone now. There's no more Michael, no more Dominique, and your new slam dunk champion is some guy by the name of Fred Jones.

Devil Dish: Coyotes, Sun, biggest jokes
The Phoenix Coyotes fired head coach Bobby Francis on Tuesday. Now, the Desert Dogs beat the Phoenix Suns for the title of biggest joke of a professional sport franchise in Arizona. What does Coyotes management think that Francis -- a coach who will definitely land on his feet somewhere in the professional ranks -- could have done with a team that is notorious for being cheap and trading away all of their legitimate stars (i.

Lacrosse: Devils defeat 2 top 25 teams
The ASU men's lacrosse team defeated No. 11 Oakland University and No. 25 Texas Tech in two physical, well contested games over the weekend. The victories put ASU over .500 for the first time this season, giving them a record of 3-2. They also gave ASU momentum heading into two important games this weekend.

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.

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