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ASU department all wet over move
A temporary relocation of the Department of Undergraduate Academic Services is causing problems with scheduling and academic services, the department's director said.

Severe water damage in the Undergraduate Academic Services building, the department's home, forced the move to the second floor of the Matthews Center.

Cafe's business booms as ASU moves
Standing behind eight people, ASU computer science junior Muhammad Lodhia waited Thursday morning to place his order at Borders Cafe on Mill Avenue.

More people joined him in line as two baristas rushed back and forth behind the counter, pulling levers and filling paper cups with teas and coffees, and then calling out the orders.

Mittelstaedt named new dean
After months of consideration, President Michael Crow announced Robert E. Mittelstaedt, Jr., as the new dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business on Monday.

Mittelstaedt will take office June 30 and receive a $400,000 salary. He currently is a vice dean and director at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Economics professor dies in Colorado
Roger Lawrence Faith, a professor of economics at ASU, died of congenital heart disease.

Faith suffered a cardiac arrest while skiing at Aspen Mountain Resort in Colorado Feb. 24, said William Boyes, professor of economics at the W. P. Carey School of Business. He was 58-years-old. Boyes said that heart disease sometimes is masked even when people are in good physical condition.

ASU researchers track harassment at work
Three ASU researchers launched an online survey Monday to determine the frequency of bullying in the workplace. The project, which aims to study a relatively unexamined topic in the United States, will continue until April 30.

Communication professors Sarah Tracy and Jess Alberts joined organizational communication graduate student Pam Lutgen-Sandvik to look into the issue.

Local conference talks data storage
Scholars from around the country gathered at ASU to discuss how universities store data for future use. The discussion was part of the fifth annual ECURE: The Preservation and Access for Electronic College and University Records conference. It began Monday at the Memorial Union and runs through Wednesday.

Police Beat: Necklace loses in showdown
Tempe police reported the following incidents Monday: A 43-year-old Tempe woman and a 55-year-old Tempe man were arrested on charges of assault and domestic violence near the 1400 block of East Woodman Drive. The two are a live-in couple and allegedly became involved in an argument, which led to a pushing match.

Oscar Fashion: The good, the bad & the ugly
From Australia to Zaire, the world watched the somewhat "live" 76th annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night.

There were definitely the good, the bad, and the ugly on the red carpet this year, but they all melted together in grand Oscar tradition.

A conversation with Starsky & Hutch
Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller have worked together many times in the past few years, from 2000's Meet The Parents to 2001's Zoolander.

Their sixth collaboration, the big-screen adaptation of the 70s crime drama Starsky and Hutch, opens on Friday, March 5th.

Shizz biz: Shizz-Stock at Modified Arts
The demise of Nita's Hideaway has left many concerned about the state of the local music scene. As a result, bands and fans alike have become dedicated to keeping their favorite local venues alive. Shizz-Stock, on Feb. 29 at Modified Arts, is a prime example.

The Rebirth of 'chick:' The Rebirth Festival
Depending on how the notion was first introduced, each person may have a different idea of the existence of a higher being, be it God or any other garden-variety divinity. At the age of 5, when I couldn't shake the thought of a monster lurking under my bed, my sister told me about God, so I wouldn't be scared.

Sexy 'Retrogirl'
After a long anticipated wait, RetroGirl fans finally got what they wanted. Local producer Andy Rodriguez, of New Phoenix Filmworks, has completed RetroGirl episodes four and five, "Nightmare", and "Nightmare's End", in a combined DVD. This live-action comic strip stars Megan Redstone as RetroGirl, a butt-kicking superhero clad in tight spandex.

The Rebirth of 'Chick'
Depending on how the notion was first introduced, each person may have a different idea of the existence of a higher being, be it God or any other garden-variety divinity.

At the age of 5, when I couldn't shake the thought of a monster lurking under my bed, my sister told me about God, so I wouldn't be scared.

Friendly furniture
The afternoon sun starts to go down as three friends begin to talk. They laugh at each other, finish each other's sentences and have a hard time staying on track as the conversation veers off into different tangents.

Rusty Guthrie, Ryan Murray and Jeb Gast all have a lot in common: shaggy hair, the fact that they all grew up together, a love of Vespas and, of course their furniture company, Il Veleno.

In good 'Company'
In most movies about dance, sprained ankles happen for the sole purpose of having the big Hollywood star rise from the ranks and become the hero of the company.

In Robert Altman's new film, The Company, sprained ankles happen because in the dance world, like anywhere else, shit happens.

Found in translation: Internation art exhibit
Art has always been interpreted in the eye of the beholder. However, the ASU Art Museum's newest exhibit features three international artists, whose work transcends cultural and political boundaries, while maintaining aesthetic beauty.

The artists are from Cuba, Vietnam and Poland, and although their works reflect their differing cultural backgrounds, it is evident that their art can be applied to international and intercultural situations as well.

All Fashioned Out: Ready to wear
Tempe is a city where, far too often, fashion feels completely pre-fabricated and uniform.

Women all seem to be wearing the same pair of Seven jeans and men are often under the impression that throwing on a sideways trucker hat makes them instantly hip and fashionable.

Dump IT: Cure VD
There is a VD epidemic spreading like wildfire across the ASU campus. No, not VD as in venereal disease.

This is much more severe than that. Von Dutch has infected our campus, turning even the most attractive students into mindless, style-less copies of one another, and it must be stopped before it spreads any farther.

Be IT: Searching for Starsky
There is at least one on every campus: The guy who drives, dresses and grooms like he is from another decade.

He may be a rockabilly type, with big lamb chops and a skeleton-head gear shifter. Or, he may be the '70s retro dude, sporting a full head of thick, black, curly locks.

Don't I Know You?: The MadCaPs: Come one, come all
"Wanted: Freaks, musicians, clowns, dancers, truck owners, jugglers, crazy people. Come join the MadCaPs traveling circus."

It's no wonder I had to steal the flier; I was intrigued. I must find out who's behind this madness, I thought to myself. And that's precisely what I did.

Atta Bui: Giddy up
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" Most people have probably heard that question at least once in their lives.

And any yahoo can tell you that the response you had when you were 5 probably doesn't match the reply you would give today. You might have had dreams of roping cattle and riding into the sunset, but now you are opting for a job as an accountant.

Editorial: Du Hast DUAS
We know from experience that the Matthews Center is a very hard building to find. It also seems to be the place where ASU sends the departments that it doesn't quite know what to do with. The political science department was housed on the second floor of this building last year when its original home, the fourth floor of the Social Sciences Building, was condemned.

Women invisible in Iraq
The scene is postwar Iraq. Nada Jassem is the flute player in an all-female band. Nada cannot walk down the street in Iraq carrying her flute. Sahera Zouhair, a Sunni Muslim, is abused if she stands on her own balcony with her hair showing. Rapes go unreported, women are afraid to go outside without an escort, and the hijab (head covering) is now, at least in practice, mandatory for all women.

Tempe steals our lunch money
So, the cities of Arizona and the other 49 states have been cutting deals to lure big-time corporations into their midst. So we provide huge, multi-million-dollar tax breaks or even pay companies outright to move in or build a stadium. It's no big deal. Tempe has followed suit, The Arizona Republic reported, promising Miravista Holdings $50 million to help clean up Tempe and to build the Tempe Marketplace on the corner of McClintock and Rio Salado.

Kids, you can beat that pesky Netsky
My computer and I evidently have something in common. I can't process information as fast as my computer, and I don't have the memory capacities it does, but we're definitely not performing up to par. We both have a virus. Okay, so mine is just a cold that's making me irritable enough to smash my computer to oblivion if it doesn't start working soon.

Letters to the Editor: Supporting Gay Divorce
Thank you for the coverage on the gay marriage issue. All you conservatives out there saving the sanctity of marriage make me giggle. Save yourself, with a greater than 50 percent divorce rate, I wonder how we can still call it a "sanctity." But I must say, your public voice is good to hear even when I don't like what it's saying. And to all you gay activists fighting for your constitutional rights, I applaud your vivaciousness and am saddened that we as a society have let you down. I see society's continued oppression of gays and lesbians as a civil rights issue, an issue that should have been addressed a long time ago.

Mallrants: Shout-Outs!
Students give shout-outs to everybody!

Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

Self sell: Underground AZ magazine
He walks from business to business in light-brown suede, Lugz boots that are almost hidden by the excess length of his baggy black Dickies pants.

His bandana matches the pair of Lugz on his feet, and he has on his best Perry Ellis shirt. He is not your typical entrepreneur.

Slideshow: Triathlete Blythe Liebermann
Blythe Liebermann, star triathlete, takes our stage to show her metal and her medals.

Slideshow: Wrangler Roger Young
Wrangler Roger Young saddles up for his morning ride at South Mountain.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers: Not your ordinary rockers
Even rock stars get the tuition increase blues. When Roger Clyne and P.H. Naffah graduated from ASU in the early 1990s, tuition costs had doubled since they enrolled.

But these musicians, who together with Danny White and Steve Larson make up Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, aren't your typical rockers.

Postcards From London: I love the nightlife
My travel books call London, "the greatest spot for nightlife in Europe" and although I haven't seen all that Europe has to offer after the sun goes down, I have experienced a little bit of London's scene.

Coming from the Los Angeles area and going to school at ASU, I've mingled in some of the West Coast's coolest places.

Diary of a press screener
I am not unfamiliar with the press media screening. For those of you not acquainted with this exquisitely odd experience, let me enlighten you. I'll set the stage properly. It's Wednesday, February 25, 2004. I'm at the Harkins Centerpoint Theatre on Mill Avenue, for a special press screening of the comedy Broken Lizard's Club Dread (by the way, it's good; go see it).

Devil Dating: Meet Tim Taylor
I am a Journalism major currently reporting for the State Press. I have one roommate and many friends. When not working on stories or class stuff, I am either socializing, partying, or relaxing. I like to cook for myself and others and enjoy outdoor activities.

Devil Dating: Meet Julie Messner
I am currently a Communication major and a freelancer for the Web Devil. I'm really in to music and movies and enjoy spending time with people who are in to those as well. Basically I'd say I'm just an all around nice person.

ABWA brings businesswomen together
Although few Sun Devils may know it, ASU has been host to a club geared towards women interested in business for over a year. The American Business Women's Association (ABWA) at ASU currently boasts about 35 dues-paying members who are united in their goal to "bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition," according to club President, Samantha DiPerna.

Devil Dish: Happy emails from Tucson
Outside of all the junk e-mail I receive throughout the week, one or two legitimate pieces usually find their way to my inbox. After a long weekend on the East Coast, I had four worthwhile e-mails, with the most interesting one coming from an associate editor with the Tucson Citizen.

Wrestlers finish 5th at Pac-10s
A takedown here, an escape there, and maybe it would be a different story for the ASU wrestling team. However, the Sun Devils could not come up with key points in crucial moments, resulting in a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships on Monday at Wells Fargo Arena, ending hopes of a repeat of last season's conference title.

Baseball: A return home for transfer Mousser
A lot of times when a college student moves back in with his parents during his senior year of college, some eyebrows get raised. Yet for ASU senior pitcher Jeff Mousser - a transfer from Brigham Young University - coming back home to live with his parents may have been one of the best decisions he has ever made.

Buck ties doubles record during spectacular weekend
Buck ties doubles record during spectacular weekend Sophomore hits four doubles in five at bats Saturday Sophomore right fielder Travis Buck had about as good a weekend as possible for the ASU baseball team, hitting for an average of .833 in three games. On Saturday, Buck tied a school record by hitting four doubles in five at bats.

Hoops: Devils still plan on learning in Tucson
As other schools attempt to position themselves for next week's Pac-10 Tournament, the ASU men's basketball team has nothing left to play for other than pride and a chance to mend its broken spirit. That doesn't mean, however, that the Sun Devils have cashed in the chips and are looking toward next season.

Face in the Crowd: Where have all the cowboys gone
As the college basketball regular season comes to an end, one question comes to mind-who is the player of the year? There is no clear favorite as this year's most dominant player, just as there is no clear favorite to win the championship. So why isn't anyone dominating college basketball? Consider the NBA players who could be in college this year.

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