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ASU student is St. Paddy's parade queen
While her peers wear shamrocks and consume festively tinted beer, an ASU student will be sitting tall in a downtown Phoenix parade.



Dance studies senior Sarah Houghtelin was crowned Colleen of Phoenix's annual St. Patrick's Day. In that role, she will represent the Arizona Irish community, Houghtelin said.

Police Beat: Scandal on Cedar Street
Tempe police reported the following incidents Tuesday: An 18-year-old Tempe woman was arrested on charges of assault and domestic violence near the 6800 block of South Roosevelt Street after she allegedly struck the victim with open and closed fists, causing a bloody nose and marks on his shoulder.

ASU East: Students grill candidates
Twenty-two students run for 13 ASU East government spots BY ERIKA CAMARDELLA THE STATE PRESS More than 60 students asked candidates for ASU East's first student government some tough questions at a forum recently. Students voted Tuesday and are voting today for those candidates they feel will best represent the east campus.

ASU East: Students showcase technology art
Some students at ASU East know that art means more than paint and paper. Forty graphics information technology students submitted artwork to the third annual art exhibition at ASU East sponsored by the campus's GIT club. This semester's club president, Magdalena Soto, a graduate student who specializes in photo manipulation, said many forms of art were submitted.

Pipe bursts, floods language building
About two inches of water saturated the main lobby of the Language and Literature Building Tuesday after a pipe burst in a women's bathroom on the first floor.



Water flowed from the pipe for 10 or 15 minutes, enough time for it to seep into six classrooms on the first floor and drip down into two classrooms in the basement, said Marty Miller, Facilities Management technician.

Hallman elected mayor of Tempe
Attorney and former city councilman Hugh Hallman will be Tempe's first new mayor in a decade.



Hallman led his opponent by a double-digit margin according to preliminary city election results released by Tempe City Clerk Kathy Matz Tuesday evening.

Grad design students compete for $50k
Real-world experience can be worth plenty -- as much as $50,000. That's the amount of money a team of five ASU graduate students could win at the end of the month when they again present their proposal for the Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

Students begin to campaign
The battle has begun. As of Tuesday, student government candidates can begin campaigning for election. Students will vote on campus March 31 and April 1.



Most undergraduate colleges had more than enough candidates Tuesday, but five colleges still lacked senate hopefuls: architecture, fine arts, nursing, interdisciplinary studies and education.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Play looks at go-go lifestyle
Picture scantily-clad dancers strutting around on stage to "I know what boys like, I know what guys want." No, this is not a scene straight from the stage of Babe's, a topless bar on Scottsdale Road. It's on campus in the play "True Confessions of a Go-Go Girl," which opens today at the Lyceum Theatre.

Wainwright plays at MU
Sounds of lyrical piano and a blasting yet enigmatic voice emanated from the Memorial Union's basement stage Tuesday. The owner of the voice and piano skills was Rufus Wainwright, a pop singer, piano player and songwriter, playing a free show for ASU students.

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
Editorial: State Press to Ike- Stay another year
So ASU basketball's Ike Diogu is considering bypassing his junior and senior seasons as a Sun Devil to pursue a career in the NBA. There is only one word to sum up what we at The State Press think about this, WHY?!? While Diogu has had possibly the finest first two seasons of any player in the history of Sun Devil hoops - which isn't too mind-boggling an accomplishment anyway - he has done nothing to warrant leaving school while still so young.

Sentence may soon fit crime
The Senate Judiciary Committee quietly voted 8-0 last week in favor of a bill that would allow judges some judicial discretion in murder cases where a reasonable claim of self-defense can be made.



The bill, objected to by prosecutors for obvious reasons, will now go before the full Senate.

Cactus League retains its majesty
Given the temperature increasing at an almost exponential rate, there is little doubt that it's springtime here in Arizona.



With that comes one of Arizona's longest and most revered traditions, spring training baseball. Newcomers and out-of-state students might not appreciate this as much, but us long-time Arizonans know that at one point (those halcyon days of, say, 1997 and earlier) spring training was the only chance for most of us to see major league baseball.

When a girl comes by, pause the video game
There is something wearing away at the very fiber of relationships. It has nothing to do with infidelity or irresponsibility. It's not domestic violence, a dead cell phone battery or even crack cocaine. It's an evil little box not limited to but including PlayStation.

Letters to the editor: Get those pinheads, GPSA!
Get those pinheads, GPSA! Bravo to the GPSA for investigating the "unbiased" Get Out the Vote campaign! It is quite clear that this band of pinheads grossly misused student dollars to further its own inane agenda. Anyone who went to the referendum forums or even looked at some of the propaganda that they spread could see this.

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

COMICS
Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

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

F-minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

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
'A' Mountain gets a facelift
For the second year in a row, "A" mountain will be getting some improvements done to it.



The 7th annual "Community Service Day Project" 2004 for the College of Public Programs will be taking place this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Hayden Butte, also known as "A" mountain.

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.

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.

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.

SPORTS
Devil Dish: Bertuzzi really a coward
Fighting is expected at hockey games. I, myself, can say that nothing gets the blood flowing more than watching two men knock each other's teeth out. But there is one thing that I will not stand for, cheap shots. On Monday night, Vancouver Canucks right winger Todd Bertuzzi skated up behind Colorado Avalanche winger Steve Moore, and punched him in the back of the head before slamming Moore's face into the ice.

Urquidez emerges as the Devils' ace
For a big-city kid like ASU pitcher Jason Urquidez, rolling into dusty little Coolidge, Ariz., home of Central Arizona Community College, brought home a few things for him.



"It was a culture shock," Urquidez's father, James, said. "We never did take him there [before] and I don't think he would have gone there if we would have.

Hump Day Hoopla: It's bracket time
I went online to check the balances in my bank accounts yesterday. It didn't look good, so I looked over my credit card statements. After realizing that my cards were maxed out and closed several years ago, I started looking at other options. I don't own a home, so I can't take out an equity loan.

Ice Devils hockey postseason wrap-up
In only their second year of competition and playing host to the Division III club ice hockey national tournament, the ASU Ice Devils clinched third place Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The tournament ran from Thursday to Saturday at the Alltel Ice Den in Scottsdale and featured teams from across the nation.

Wrestling: Williams buoyed by his littlest fan
It's early in the morning, so early that the birds are still humbly resting in their nests far from sight. Patrick Williams and his wife Vanessa are awakened by the sound of their 2-year-old daughter Vanessa Maree. In a typical household this is a typical occurrence.

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