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Diet pills made ASU student ill
When a patient entered ASU's Student Health and Wellness Center two weeks ago suffering from muscle stiffness to the point that she ground her own tooth off, doctors were puzzled.

"I have been following this patient for years because of asthma, and initially she thought it was related to that," said Dr. Irwin Levey.

Film explores Jewish gays
A movie that tackles homosexuality from the point of view of Orthodox and Hasidic Jews will be shown today at ASU's Grady Gammage Auditorium.

Sandi Simcha Dubowski, the filmmaker for "Trembling Before G-d," identifies himself as a gay Jew.

ASU wants $74M science building

The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on the construction of a new wave of technology buildings on the ASU and UA campuses Thursday and Friday at its meeting in Tucson.

Approval will be sought for a $74 million building to house space for the schools of life sciences, bioengineering and related fields, said Mernoy Harrison, executive vice president of administration and finance for ASU.

Grad students write bill of rights
Graduate students may not be able to bear arms on campus, but they do have rights. After a year of work, the Graduate and Professional Student Association passed a graduate student bill of rights in its most recent meeting. The student group will incorporate the document into its bylaws after the assembly and the association presidents sign it.

Carter, Mitchell regain their seats
City council incumbents Barb Carter and Mark Mitchell won second terms in the Tempe election Tuesday, but a third council seat is still up for grabs. Hut Hutson and Augustus Shaw will be on the ballot for the remaining council chair in a runoff election May 18.

Police beat: Glass pipes deter name recognition
A 20-year-old Tempe man was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to police, minor in possession of alcohol and consumption of liquor in public near the intersection of 15th and Roosevelt streets. He allegedly was in possession of a 24-ounce can of Bud Light when police contacted him and a search revealed two glass pipes. He gave a false name and date of birth to police.

BREAKING NEWS: Regents jack up tuition
The Arizona Board of Regents set ASU's tuition for the 2004-2005 school year at 3:30 p.m. today, at rates more than $100 per credit hour than what University President Michael Crow proposed.

During their meeting at UA, regents said they increased the tuition rate because students voted down a fee for improvements to the Memorial Union and Student Recreation Complex on Feb. 18 and 19.

BREAKING NEWS: Diogu staying
Sophomore forward Ike Diogu announced Thursday night that he will not enter the NBA draft and will return to ASU for his junior season.

The All-Pac-10 Diogu averaged a league-leading 22.8 points and 36.9 minutes per game and made the conference team for the second year in a row.

Atta Bui: The golden rule
I've noticed that the past few columns I've written involve some sort of event or memory from my childhood. I've talked about gambling with my family since I was a wee kindergartener to revealing what I wanted to be "when I grow up."

My columns' reflections on how I lived as a child not only reveal my screaming desire to go back to days where my biggest worry was whether I would get picked last for kickball, but they also reveal how important your experiences as a youngun' affect who you grow up to be.

Where have you bean?
Wherever you go, a Starbucks is a Starbucks, but Tempe has several independent coffee shops, each with unique vibe. To help you sort through the coffee scene, SPM dusted off its five senses to compile this nifty list for you. Three Roots (1020 S. Mill Ave.

Gay chic
Fifty years ago, being gay was unthinkable. Twenty years ago, being gay was to risk isolation from friends and family. Ten years ago, being gay still carried the weight of a heavy social stigma.

Today, some may say, gay is the hot thing to be. Over the past year, gay culture has become increasingly mainstream, compliments of the media and other pop culture outlets.

Don't I Know You?: Hammer Time: 'Playboy' model Jaime Hammer
As soon as Playboy puts out its "College Girls Special Edition," male students across the nation rush to newsstands everywhere in search of finding out what bombshell will represent their school. Not that ASU participants have ever let their student body down, but this year, we have a special treat; our bombshell is on the cover.

Spring Break: Outdoor adventures
If you're tired of the same old club scene and want to get in touch with nature over spring break, there's no better place to camp in Arizona than near the small town of Strawberry.

Strawberry is the starting point of Forest Road, which winds its way down treacherous switchbacks, through a deep canyon and down to the trailhead of Fossil Springs.

Spring Break: Capture the 'Flag'
If you're not headed out of state next week but still want a short vacation, consider my favorite Arizona town, Flagstaff. If you're into hiking or other outdoors-y things, Flag offers more cold air and crunchy good times than you can shake a snowboard at.

Spring Break:Not quite Rocky Point
Mexico has always been a popular spring break destination. It is the perfect place to lie on the beach all day and indulge in underage drinking all night. But for some ASU students, going to Mexico for spring break means something more than nights filled with drunken tomfoolery.

Spring Break: Road trippin'
So, you're stuck here for spring break. Sure all your friends are going to Rocky Point, Florida or San Diego, but that doesn't mean you can't have just as exciting a break as them. There are a lot of crazy things here in the Grand Canyon State. Grab your video camera and make it a statewide scavenger hunt.

Punk Interrogation
Punk Interrogation Authority Zero's Jason DeVore takes on the random questions posed by this reporter by Chelsea Ide People in rock bands are just the same as everyone else. We hear that all the time. If that's true, then we should be able to talk about the same dorky things with them as we would with a couple of friends over pizza.

Spring Break: Not so 'casual' encounter
The Casualties at The Mason Jar, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. 8 p.m. March 19. All Ages. 602.954.0455. People always describe punk music as powerful, and they may be right; some of it actually is. However, lately, the word powerful has become a word popularly used to describe pop-punk bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan.

Holding on: 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind'
If you could erase anyone from your memory, who would it be? A childhood bully? An unforgiving relative? Maybe an old boyfriend or girlfriend who meant the world to you?

In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind starring Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, the concept of erasing, or being erased from someone's memory, is the basis for the bittersweet romance of a man trying to hold on to a relationship that once was.

'Secret' formula: 'Secret Window'
These days, we're seeing a trend in horror films, 'slashers' and ghost stories: the movies have tired formulas that startle the audience with cheap thrills and obvious special effects. Refreshingly, Secret Window isn't keeping up with the trend. Director and screenwriter David Koepp has assembled crafty actors, Johnny Depp and John Turturro, in a game of nerves that plays out like a twisted chess match.

Homecoming: Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers
In the era of the "VH1 Behind The Music" tell-alls of hitting bottom in music, it seems Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers has found a solid formula for being sustained, career musicians. Both married, with children, Clyne and Naffah approach their passion as a profession.

Say 'sayonara' to Sacagawea
I know firsthand how unpopular Sacagawea can be. It's true, if the government wants to save what could be as much as $500 million dollars a year by replacing the costly $1 dollar bills with the all-too-weird and wonderful dollar coins, Sacagawea will have to go.

Liberals unite for good of the pie
It seems that at a young age, many college students become disillusioned with the mainstream politics of our country and in turn become enamored with dissent and progressive movements that push the limits of political ideology. But while we try to escape our newly found cynicism behind the Chomsky book covers, Radiohead T-shirts and soy lattes, our nation is facing a trillion dollar deficit, a Scalia court and herds of angry, soon-to-be evicted caribou.

Editorial: Serotonin syndrome sexy for spring break
Ahhhh, spring break. It's almost here, and so begins the hectic week of ab crunches, pill popping and hours at the Student Recreation Complex pumping iron in an attempt to fit into that itty-bitty bikini. You can walk into any drugstore these days and fall victim to the diet pill companies, preying on young people who are striving to fit a cookie-cutter image so often seen in magazines.

Ground Zero fair game in presidential campaign
In the world of politics, there are issues, there are non-issues, and then there are extremely annoying non-issues. And one such recent "issue" that scores highly on the "are you kidding me?!"-ometer is the recent eye-rolling absurdity caused by President Bush's opening volley of campaign ads.

Letters to the letter: Like seeing Britney naked
Way to go, editor. Why don't you just piss of Mr. Ike by writing a crappy editorial ("State Press to Ike: Stay another year," March 9) that attacks him? Instead of politely asking him to stay, you give him a good reason to leave.

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

Settling into a metal chair in the lobby of small cafe, Daniel Szyper plunks down two thermoses and a red, flour-like bag labeled "Yerba Mate" onto a table with a thud.

His light brown hair is slightly parted and sideburns slink down the sides of his face. His eyes stare, rarely blinking through his thick, black-rimmed glasses, as he explains he bought the South African tea on the Internet because it was cheaper than buying it at the health food store. He says it helps with allergies, among other benefits, and he drinks the concoction in place of soda for energy. It is his latest obsession.

Postcards from London: Walk on the wildside
Postcards From London By Katie McDevitt After a long week of breathing car exhaust on the street and second hand smoke in the clubs, I purified my lungs along with my spirit in Northern England's majestic Lake District. Known for having inspired the Romantic Movement's great poets, Coleridge, Southey, and Wordsworth, the Lake District is an arrangement of sprawling lakes that cradle rolling, emerald hills.

Review: 'Sunshine' bright
Having just seen the newest concoction from probably the most original screenwriter in Hollywood, I can only wonder this: what does Charlie Kaufman go through every day? What thoughts drift through his fertile, imaginative mind? They may seem odd, but these questions will probably drift through your own brain after you see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

'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.

Baseball: Difficult decisions await Murphy in Devils' infield
Head coach Pat Murphy is still unsure what the infield will look like for his No. 8 ASU baseball team when the California Golden Bears come to Tempe in two weeks. With the exception of shortstop, there is competition for every position. Second base: Fifth-year senior Nick Walsh has played exceptionally well this season.

Softeball: Wright breaks home run record
With almost half the season still remaining, the question for senior third baseman Phelan Wright wasn't if she would break ASU softball's all-time home-run record, but where and when. With 34 home runs in her career, Wright was tied with Kara Brun for the most career homers for a Sun Devil.

NCAA bids on the line at men's Pac-10 tourney
With only two teams that have all but secured a spot in the NCAA Tournament, six schools will be competing to make their way on the dance floor via the Pac-10 Tournament, which starts today in Los Angeles. The Stanford Cardinal lost only one game this season and have virtually secured a No.

Devil Dish: Ike needs another year
The buzz around the ASU campus is whether sophomore Ike Diogu will leave school early for the NBA draft. Diogu is undoubtedly one of the premier players in college basketball. He has a soft touch around the basket and can constantly score on double and triple teams.

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