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Tempe candidates talk ASU issues
Tempe residents will choose their first new mayor in a decade and fill three spots on the city council in Tuesday's city election.

To better inform campus voters, The State Press asked each candidate a series of 12 questions covering various issues of interest to the ASU community. The questions that prompted the most diverse responses are listed here.

Concern expressed for campus' trees
When Tempe resident Korky Day saw the condition of trees on the ASU campus, he took it upon himself to correct the problem.

He compiled a detailed list of more than 100 damaged trees and forwarded it to ASU officials only to see no changes. Day said he has contacted ASU Facilities Management repeatedly for about a year and received no response.

Association to investigate Get out the Vote group
An ASU organization could soon be investigated by the graduate student government for possibly misusing student funds.

On Friday the Graduate and Professional Student Association approved a bill that instructed the GPSA internal affairs committee to investigate the activities of the Get Out the Vote campaign.

Organization offers free seminars on Islam
ASU professionals and students are taking advantage of workshops aimed at educating professionals about Islam, the fastest growing religion in the nation.

The Islamic Social Services Association, a national organization addressing issues within the Muslim community, developed the seminars to promote tolerance and eliminate bias.

'Hidalgo' desert dry
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.

Haiti shows importance of U.S. foreign policy
In typical pre-election fashion, John Kerry used the crisis in Haiti as a political ploy last week, criticizing the Bush administration for its lack of assistance to former leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide. In classic if-I-were-in-his-shoes manner, Kerry admonished the president and declared boldly, "I would not have allowed it to arrive at where it was.

ASU 101: Secret underground tunnels
Hello and welcome to another action-packed meeting of ASU 101, the class that won't fill you up and never lets you down. I watch too many commercials. And I'm lying, because today's class will be a huge letdown. See, I got a question that was busting with the potential for a glamorous and science-fictiony answer.

Editorial: GPSA hung up on old news
For weeks, we've been plugging up our news hole -- the space left in our newspaper after the ads -- with stories about proposed student fees, voting on student fees and tuition recommendations. But come Thursday, the Arizona Board of Regents will set tuition for all three universities for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Get your 'I voted' sticker
True to form, it has been shown once again that ASU Cares. On Saturday, the ASU Cares community service initiative descended upon the local Sunshine Acres Children's Home in one of ASU's largest community service projects. Eager students brought shovels and paintbrushes and spent a good portion of the morning and early afternoon refurbishing buildings and playground equipment.

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

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

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.

'Swell' shopping
All season long, shoppers head to the nearest mall where mass-produced shirts run rampant and trendy accessories are abundant. But make no mistake, shop at the nearest Wet Seal or Pac Sun, and run the risk of making identical purchases to hundreds of other people.

Coloring Contest: Win spring training tickets!
In our endless quest of trying to have more fun, your friends at the Web Devil have decided to hold a coloring contest. Don't say that stuff's for kids! When you were a kid, did you win four tickets to a Cactus League Spring Training game? We will give away four tickets to see the Anaheim Angels take on the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium to whoever colors the picture below the best.

Postcards from London: Mind your P's and Q's
Since I didn't do much this week, other than a little schoolwork, even less sleeping, and lots of partying, I didn't really get to do anything of much interest. However, I did do a lot of thinking [in between hangovers] and compiled some of my most amusing observations of the charming city in which I reside.

Video games: SRC's newest sport?
Wednesday night Classroom 224, on the second level of the Student Recreation Complex, was host to one of ASU's newest intramural sports programs; The ESPN Xbox challenge. That's right, now playing video games is an official intramurals sport. While there were no uniforms to wear or hoards of adoring fans to meet and greet, those that participated in the tournament took their games very seriously.

Devil Dish: Childress is da man
I wrote a story a few weeks ago discussing the top prospects for Pac-10 Player of the Year, but I believe a new candidate has stepped to the front of the line. Stanford's Josh Childress has emerged after an early season injury to be the most dominant force in the league not named Ike Diogu.

WHoops: Offense collapses at Pac-10 tourney
Offense collapses at Pac-10 tourney Boardman-less Devils get ousted in opening game, 70-50 by UCLA SAN JOSE, Calif. -- ASU junior forward Betsy Boardman's knee was hurt and so was the Sun Devil offense on Saturday night, as ASU was handed a 70-50 defeat by the UCLA Bruins in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Hoops: A dismal end to a frustrating season
TUCSON -- This time UA coach Lute Olson didn't need to point to any scoreboard. The capacity crowd at the McKale Center already knew the score. After showing signs of life early, the ASU men's basketball team ended its disappointing season in typical fashion, rolling over to No.

Baseball sweeps No. 18 East Carolina
Travis Buck and the No. 6 ASU baseball team kept rolling this weekend as the Sun Devils beat the No. 18 East Carolina Pirates on Sunday to complete the three-game sweep and give ASU a record of 8-0 against ranked opponents this season. "When you have 35 guys all going for the same goal, something good is going to happen," junior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch said.

Softball: Wright ties ASU home run record
On Sunday against Buffalo, senior third baseman Phelan Wright tied former Sun Devil Kara Brun for most career home runs at ASU. A crowning achievement, no doubt, Wright just didn't know she did it. "It feels good, but I didn't really even know how many home runs I had," Wright said.

Gymnastics beats Eastern Mich.
While it might sound like a broken record, sophomore Ashley Kelly doesn't mind the racket. For the fourth straight meet, the diminutive Kelly was larger then her stature, again winning the all-around title and leading the No. 21 ASU women's gymnastics team to a 198.

Dismal weekend for ASU tennis
Over the weekend, Stanford and Cal showed ASU why they are both ranked in the top 10 in women's tennis. Both teams started off strong in doubles and were able to put away the Sun Devils in the singles matches to hand ASU (3-5) a season-high, three-game losing streak.

Track sets record in 4x400-meter relay
It might have been the first weekend at home for the ASU track and field teams, but the most noise was made on the road by the Sun Devils. The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Jason Barton, Steve Fitch, Seth Amoo and Domenik Peterson, regarded as one of the best in the country, set a new collegiate record of 3 minutes, 3.

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