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NEWS
Students wait to take rock climbing class
For eight years, adrenaline-craving ASU students have been taking rock climbing 105 at an indoor rock climbing gym near campus. But this spring, students found they were unable to register for the class. Students wanting to take the course from instructor Mike Covington, at ClimbMax on Rio Salado Parkway, were disappointed.

Police Beat: A DUI hat trick
Tempe police reported the following incidents Tuesday: A 26-year-old Phoenix man was arrested on a charge of aggravated DUI near the 800 block of South Rural Road. A records check revealed that he had a warrant out for two counts of the same charge. A 26-year-old Chandler man was arrested on a charge of urinating in public near the 2300 block of East Apache Boulevard.

ASU East: Coming up short out East
Campus hopes for more integrated University, end to money woes BY ERIKA CAMARDELLA THE STATE PRESS Students and faculty at ASU East don't have the same resources and infrastructure as those at main campus. But they said they accept the trade-offs of attending a younger campus and hope that changes will support the growth expected at the east campus.

House approves bill for later alcohol sales
The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow alcohol to be sold until 2 a.m. in Arizona



But before alcohol providers can stay open an extra hour, the bill needs to go through the Senate for approval, and then to Gov. Janet Napolitano's

ASU disputes tribal members claims
ASU disputed Tuesday the claims made by members of the Havasupai tribe that researchers used members' blood, handprints and medical information for unauthorized research.



"Arizona State University disputes the allegations made in a lawsuit filed by 52 individual members of the Havasupai Tribe and will vigorously defend itself," ASU said in a statement released Tuesday.

Campus eateries go low-carb to increase sales
ASU eateries have jumped on the low-carb bandwagon, but how do they measure up and are there enough options?



Most low-carb diets require the dieter to eat no more than 20 grams of net carbs, the remaining carbs after subtracting fiber and other carbs that don't affect the diet.

College students read to honor Dr. Seuss
They read Dr. Seuss on his100th birthday. They read it in many special ways. There is something about Dr. Seuss that is endearing to many people. For Phoenix College communication professor Laura Galloway, it is the complete package. "I love Dr. Seuss," she said.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
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.

OPINIONS
Not too hot to freeze tuition
Here's a quick reality check: This year's graduating seniors are paying 24 percent more for out-of-state tuition and a whopping 53 percent more for in-state tuition than they were upon enrolling at ASU four years ago. In dollars, in-state tuition went from $2,344 to $3,593 and out-of-state went from $9,800 to $12,113.

Arizona missed the vouchers bus
It is safe to say that most of us here at ASU have achieved a certain level of academic success. We're here in school, aren't we? If you're reading this, you made it to class today. Way to go. If I were sitting next to you I'd give you a high five. In all seriousness, we've been given the opportunity to control our own destinies while attending school.

Editorial: It's about politics, not abortion
Wednesdays are starting to become rather controversial here at The State Press. Last week, we used this space to, uh, strongly disagree with President Bush's support of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. We were flooded with e-mails from both sides of the issue, and it was only for lack of space (or coherence) that we failed to print them all.

Letters to the editor: Apology to the left
I'd like to apologize for the submission of my article "One Nation under Jesus" (March 1). My friends and I decided to write what we thought the "so far to the right, they fell off the scale" Republican might write. We composed this article in response to President Bush's recent speech regarding his view of what should be considered "Constitutional Marriage.

Talkback: Don't encourage tricked-out morons
"Hey, State Press, it's Bryan Wynne again. You guys had an article about street racers a couple days ago, and I was just calling to tell you guys that you do not need to encourage these people. If you want to take the time and customize your car and actually put money into it, cool.

Pop culture lost in Asian stereotypes
The image of Al Jolson singing "Mammy" in blackface is now considered disturbing. Speedy Gonzalez, the lovable Mexican Looney Toon, has been banned from Cartoon Network for being a dangerous stereotype. The film "Lost In Translation," featuring repeated use of broad Japanese caricatures, is lauded as an innovative modern classic with virtually no attention paid to the treatment of Japanese culture.

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

SPECIAL REPORTS
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.

WEB EXTRA
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.

SPORTS
Track and field finally returns home
After a hectic road schedule that featured trips ranging from Flagstaff to Fayetteville, Ark., it's time for the ASU track and field team - or at least some of its members - to get some home cooking and only light traveling.



The majority of the squad will open its outdoor season Saturday with the Bill Sawyer Invitational at Sun Angel Stadium while smaller groups of Sun Devils will travel to Washington and Iowa State University for meets.

Mendiola sisters at root of hoops feud
Scuffles in hockey are to be expected. Scuffles in basketball are much more rare. Scuffles in women's basketball are nearly nonexistent, that is, until the Mendiola sisters come to town. On Friday, Washington senior guard Gioconda Mendiola -- sister and fellow backcourt mate of reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Giuliana Mendiola -- was suspended one game for punching ASU junior point guard Kylan Loney in the face following the Huskies' 63-55 victory over the Sun Devils on Thursday.

Baseball: A team-by-team update of Pac-10 teams
Editor's note: The following is a look at the progression of baseball teams around the Pac-10 in the last two weeks. Arizona The No. 16 UA Wildcats have been as inconsistent as any team in the country this season. After opening up 5-1 with two wins against national power Cal State Fullerton, the Wildcats dropped two of three to UC Irvine partly due to a poor performance from their bullpen.

Devil Dish: Manning good, but not that good
Indianapo-lis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning likely became a lifetime Colt on Tuesday when he inked a seven-year $99.2 million deal. This season, Manning proved he was one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The only problem is that Manning's contract will put the Colts in a situation similar to that of the Texas Rangers, except the Colts will have to deal with a hard salary cap.

Hump Day Hoopla:Fans should stay in stands
While "The Lord of the Rings" was cleaning house Sunday night, the weekend's best performance by a villain was at the Match Play Championships. It's too bad that Oscar overlooked Davis Love III, because just as Love choked on another putt against Tiger Woods, a fan screamed out just what everyone was thinking, "No Love.

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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