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NEWS
Rocky Point gets tough on partying
Beware spring breakers: Mexican officials will be more aggressive in their pursuit of partiers.



For the first time, Mexican officials will automatically issue citations for alcohol and illegal substance violations in Rocky Point during spring break, Mexican authorities said Thursday.

Students get $13.86 in suit
Checks are in the mail for millions of music fans, including some ASU students, who filed an online refund claim in a $143 million settlement with record distribution companies last year.



Checks for $13.86 were sent out last month to 3.5 million consumers who bought compact discs, cassettes or vinyl records from Jan. 1, 1995 through Dec. 31, 2000.

USG to offer book scholarships
To help with the cost of expensive textbooks for students, the Undergraduate Student Government started a book drive on Wednesday.



The program aims to generate funds for textbook scholarships.

Student promotes college Web site
ASU student Barrett Masso may be touring the country promoting his new business, but the University is never far from his mind.



Although the interdisciplinary studies junior and his business partner are taking a year off from school to drive a Winnebago from one college campus to another in support of Ulife.com, he said he'll definitely return to finish his degree.

Police Beat: Butterfly knives and crack pipes
Tempe police reported the following incidents Thursday: A 43-year-old Tempe woman was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia near the 1000 block of East Apache Boulevard. During a search, police found a white rock believed to be crack, a leafy substance believed to be marijuana and several pipes used to smoke cocaine base.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'Vagina' returns to educate students
Vagina. It is one of the few words in the English language that can evoke hundreds of vivid images and has about as many nicknames and slang terms. ASU students will perform the latest production of "The Vagina Monologues" this weekend at Neeb Hall. The play explores the empowerment of females by their sexuality, said Jessica Tartaro, an ASU clinical psychology graduate student.

Don't even download 'Hidalgo'
It's too early to tell if Viggo Mortensen, one of the stars of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will continue to make movies like his latest, Hidalgo. However, if Viggo is going to continue on this path, I'd like to ask him to just disappear from the Hollywood scene for a long time, doing everyone a favor.

Snoop Dogg made for 'Huggy Bear' role
He's been a rapper for quite some time, but Snoop Dogg is now stretching his legs into acting. One of his biggest roles is in the new movie Starsky and Hutch, opening Friday, playing the lovable pimp Huggy Bear, alongside funnymen Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

One strange 'Tripped into Divine'
Pop rock, some have said, involves a musical cookie cutter. Like Play-Dough stars, circles and squares, sounds and lyrics squeeze out to leap onto the charts before drowning in mediocrity. Dexter Freebish's "Tripped into Divine" is no different, although vocal tendencies and beats offer a gleam of hope for these young rockers.

Put yourself first with 'Me First'
The Elected's Me First greets you like a sunrise: calm major chords urge you to sink from a tense L-position to a slouch of exhaustion. Sub Pop records retains a colorful cast, The Elected among the notable Postal Service and The Shins. Don't worry, it's still indie enough.

Polysics Neu: Soundtrack of a buzz
Asian Man Records continues to astound me with its eclectic mix of sounds. Japanese punk, ska, and ska-punk and other permutations of the two walk into Asian Man records and manage to plug in, grab some microphones and saturate listeners with unrivaled sonic density.

Kutting the crap: 'Riding in Vans with Boys'
Chris Cote, vocalist and guitarist of the unsigned band Kut U Up, came home from work with a new tattoo, a ton of life experience, new friends and a third degree burn on his ass. The burn was compliments of Cote's new friend "Uncle Billie," also known as Billie Joe Armstrong, the vocalist for punk pioneer Green Day.

Dynamic Duo: 'Starsky & Hutch'
In the history of comedies, there's been Cheech and Chong, Wilder and Pryor, Farley and Spade, and Martin and Lewis. We can now officially add Wilson and Stiller to that illustrious list of comedic duos. In their third film playing directly opposite each other, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller have the same natural chemistry as David Starsky and Ken Hutchinson.

For Review: 'Last Laugh'
Last Leg is a novel relevant to anyone and everyone participating in life. Besides being a captivating whodunit with humorous, sexual overtones, Last Leg shocks the reader into submission and proceeds on a ride exploring the raunchiest and most romantic aspects of human desire.

Fair Play: Arizona Renaissance Festival
Just east of the Valley, there is a place where fantasy comes to life. Where brightly colored flags wave high above castles, knights joust in heavy, clanking armor and peasants bow to their lords and ladies.



Each year, the Arizona Renaissance Festival transforms a dusty, dirt lot outside of Apache Junction into the vibrant, medieval village of Fairhaven.

Va Va Voom: Varga Valentine at reZurrection Gallery
It was standing room only as about 200 people crowded into reZurrection Gallery Feb. 14 for the opening of "Varga Valentine." Owners of the Tempe gallery, Darci and Damion Johnson, are showcasing artists whose works are devoted to the pinup girl style of art.

Bar Beat: Fat Cat
A fusion of senses will hit the Valley this weekend in the latest addition of Phoenix's First Fridays. Fat Cats', located on Grand and Seventh Avenues in Phoenix, will host "FF.001.002.003," a production of art and music using multimedia, lo-fi technology.

DUMP IT: Yikes! Stripes!
What's dark brown, blonde and striped all over?



Answer: Nasty hair. Thin, high contrast stripes were meant for zoo creatures, not human heads. Highlights that look more like racing stripes simply aren't flattering; they're cheesy.



And this is one overexposed fashion trend that should be DUMPED faster than you can chase down a truck driver and return his mesh hat--which, if you haven't done already, please do.

Chug IT: Don't pass on Pabst
Are we in the Twilight Zone?



I have recently visited several fine watering holes in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale and was surprised to find Pabst Blue Ribbon beer featured on tap.



Yes, the same cheap beer that was so un-cool to drink when you were in high school-the same beer that you passed up so your older brother could buy you Natural Ice instead.

Don't I Know You?: Wynne or lose
So you're pissed off about something some no-brained columnist wrote about in today's paper. What do you do? Write a lengthy letter to the editor explaining your utter disgust and contempt for the author. Or, you can do what communications junior Bryan Wynne has already figured out and Talk Back.

For Better or Wurst: Break time
Hurray for finally getting off your butts and sending in some outrageous spring break tales. Who cares if they all came rushing in at deadline? We journalists know how it is. It was tough deciding, but Bianca Van Rensburg is going to Durango, Colo. this spring break, courtesy of Durango Mountain Resorts.

Overthrow 'New Found Power'
I really disliked this CD. I hated listening to it and I had to listen to the whole thing for this review. The only track that I dug was the very ending of Track 14, "Soul Bleed." In order to like this CD, you have to have lots of anger in you. They scream into the mic in growling voices that eat at your spine and preach nothing but hatred and fury.

Twista's 'Kamikaze' nothing special
Good beats. Unique flows. Great for getting your groove on. But that's about it. Twista's lyrics aren't challenging. They're simplistic and full of ego. Somewhere between his last CD and now he became full of himself and let's listeners know this in almost every track.

OPINIONS
TalkBack: More about our boy Bryan
Ohio State is nuts



"Hey, State Press, this is J.R., I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to see that stupid Ohio State flag finally taken down and also how childish those stupid OSU fans are. This isn't the fourth grade where you put up underwear on the flagpole and gawk like idiots. This is college. If you want a real practical joke, try to pass off a nut as your mascot."

America needs to speak the language
I gasped when I watched Peter Jackson and his crew gather on stage to collect their Oscars. It wasn't their uncanny resemblance to the hobbits they had brought to life on the silver screen, but their wonderful, true-to-life British and Kiwi accents -- a shocking rarity on American television.

Editorial: BOOs & BRAVOS
BRAVO to the Icarus Group, the current and former ASU students whose rocket launch on Saturday puts them one step closer to being the first civilian group to break the space barrier. As William Shatner said in his notorious Elton John cover, "Rock ... it ... MAN!"

AZ moves beyond 'Squaw'
After almost a year of disputes regarding what should have been a more dignified change to an insensitive slur, the controversy surrounding Piestewa Peak still surrounds us today. But this time it's in a good way. On Thursday, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board renamed the central mountain park, this time ditching the word "squaw.

Letters to the editor
A global warming bet Nicole, Just thought I'd let you know, the "secret Pentagon report" you reference is not a Pentagon report at all, but rather a worst-case hypothetical scenario analysis done for the Pentagon. It's literally a massive "what-if" thought exercise, not an actual assessment of what Pentagon planners feel is likely to happen.

Millrants: 2 a.m. last call
People on Mill Avenue rant about the proposed later last call.

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
Dance dance revolutions
Tucked away in ASU's PE East building lies a nationally-ranked graduate dance program. This program is drawing in a new generation of artists who are reinventing contemporary dance through their interactions with technology, performance art and acrobatics.

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).

SPORTS
Devils know the way to San Jose
Two weeks ago, the ASU women's basketball team was coming off a sweep of the Oregon schools at home and looked destined for the NCAA Tournament with a 17-8 record.



A trip to the Pacific Northwest to face the Washington schools last week changed all of that. The Sun Devils suffered back-to-back losses to Washington and Washington State, and are now in a fight just to sneak into the Big Dance.

Hoops: UA to play for seeding, ASU plays to 'get better'
The Pac-10 season will come full circle Sunday when the ASU men's basketball team travels south to Tucson to end its year against the No. 22 Arizona Wildcats. Just over two months ago, the two teams squared off in Tempe for the start of the Pac-10 circuit, each with a sense of hope and loads of optimism for the 18-game stretch.

Devil Dish: Can't spell Super Bowl without T.O.
On Thursday the Baltimore Ravens traded for premier wide receiver Terrell Owens. Owens brings instant credibility to a Baltimore offense that was among the worst in the NFL last season. The acquisition of T.O., one of the most talented players in the game, automatically leapfrogs the Ravens to the top of the list of contenders for next year's Super Bowl.

Devils' hot bats to face ECU's fireballers
A week removed from its strongest offensive output of the season, the No. 10 ASU baseball team will face one of the nation's strongest pitching staffs. With a combined team ERA of 1.55, the No. 21 East Carolina Pirates have been winning behind the team's collection of arms.

Softball to host five games this weekend against NMS, Buffalo
The No. 20 ASU softball team returns home this weekend for a triangular against New Mexico State and Buffalo at Farrington Stadium. After playing in three consecutive tournaments involving ranked teams, the Sun Devils will be getting a break in the level of competition this weekend.

Women's tennis faces Stanford, Cal
The ASU women's tennis team faces a stiff test this weekend, as it hosts No. 1 Stanford and No. 9 Cal today and Saturday, respectively, at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The Sun Devils (3-3) are coming off a split of last week's matches, downing NAU, 7-0, but losing to UA, 5-2.

Gymnasts focus on consistency, confidence after big weekend
After one of the busiest and more successful weekends in the program's recent history, the ASU gymnastics team has just one goal for its next meet: consistency. Coming off a season-high team score of 197.7 against intrastate rival UA on Feb. 27 and a respectable and critical road score of 195.

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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