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Policy now protects transgendered
President Michael Crow put ASU at the forefront of the intersex and transgender equality movement recently by approving revisions to the University's non-discrimination policy.

The amendment states that one's sexual identity "refers to an individual's personal sense of masculinity or femininity, includes external characteristics and behaviors such as dress, mannerisms, speech patterns and social interactions."

Meet the candidates: Candidates want to meet ASU students halfway on ASU issues
This is the third in a series of six articles called "Meet Your Candidates" that The State Press will be running in anticipation of the student government election on March 31 and April 1. Undergraduate Student Government candidates will be asked questions and given equal opportunity to speak about issues in their campaigns.

Author to discuss religious evils
Charles Kimball, a controversial author and speaker, will discuss the warning signs of religion becoming evil on campus tonight.

Kimball, a religion historian and professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, will use historical and modern examples to explain why and how he says all religions become corrupt.

Jennings recovering from surgery
ASU spokesman Keith Jennings is recovering well after being hospitalized on March 2 due to a blood clot in his brain, said Nancy Neff, assistant vice president of ASU Public Affairs. As he works through rehabilitation therapy, Jennings is in "high spirits" and already thinking about his return to campus, she said.

Students to educate on AIDS
Four ASU students will spend part of their summers in Africa educating uninfected people in Tanzania on how to avoid contracting AIDS and HIV. The students will stay in Tanzania from May 22 to July 16 with 21 UA students to provide AIDS information to primary schools, secondary schools and community groups in the area.

Atta Bui: A different kind of dating
Google should be considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. Type in one simple subject, and it will bring the world to your feet-or your fingertips. This search engine has always held a special place in my heart, but my appreciation for all it could do peaked on Tuesday.

Don't I Know You?: On the 'Edge'
Internships. Oh, the dreaded word. Long days of unpaid, coffee-filling, paper filing, Xerox running escapades await those looking to further their careers. But this doesn't always have to be the case, as one ASU student discovered. Jaime Kaitz, broadcast junior, realized internship stereotypes don't always have to apply.

Click IT: Online porn for English majors
If the procrastination fairy leaves you staring at a blank Word document the night before the big paper, just click for inspiration. Visual Thesaurus (www. is an online thesaurus that connects words visually, allowing you to see how certain words connect to others.

Tips on hip
Lately, as I shuffle from class-to-class, I have begun to spot a growing number of fashionistas who sport carefully created unruly locks and who toss about words such as "kitschy" and "deck." Who are these trend-setting people? Meet the hipsters. So often, I sit in class and see those around me dumbfounded while overhearing conversations among me and my friends.

Biggies for Ziggies
Mill Avenue is jump started into high gear. On this last weekend of spring break, people crowd the streets and are enjoying the last bit of freedom break has to offer. Generic jukebox tunes are rolling out of Mill Avenue Cue Club and Fat Tuesday's, making people turn and watch the sporadic booty shaking and meat market talk.

Global warming
There were no blinds to stop the sun from coming in and warming the office, but the temperature fits the topic as ASU Professor Tad Day starts to speak about warming on a global scale. Day is very busy and glad today is Friday. He hasn't been back in Arizona for very long.

Sites to see: Turn the tables
Imagine being able to sign up for the easiest classes at ASU. Imagine being able to schedule your classes based on peer evaluations and remarks of current professors. Imagine raising your GPA without even cheating. Stop imagining. Start learning about online services that can make finding the right professor as easy as clicking a few buttons.

'Never Die Alone' should just die
Film noir was a movement that reflected a specific time and place in American film history. It was born in an uncertain post-war America during the mid to late '40s, and reflected changing social, economic and sexual ideology. Over time, the term "film noir" has gained a new definition-one that is more of a genre, rather than a movement.

The Strokes on par
Since the 2001 release of their debut album Is This It?, The Strokes have garnered uncanny amounts of attention from both music industry insiders and the general public. The garage-rockers from New York City have been praised as being the saviors of rock 'n' roll by their fans, while their critics have written them off as mere rip-offs of great bands that came before.

Click IT: Geeks unite
Alright all you SCA/RenFair weirdoes, this Web site is for you. In-between polishing your plus-one maces and filling your canteens with KeyStone, point your browser to It will give you a much-needed battle cry. The Web site is pretty simple and straightforward.

Into the swamp: Mojo Gurus rock
I'm a GRIT-a Girl Raised In The South, that is-so I find music with a soulful rock flavor unceasingly appetizing. The Florida-based Mojo Gurus appeal to southern sensibilities and definitely rock, roll and ramble in their new album "Hot Damn!" Laced with rock-a-billy, funk, blues, and southern rock rhythms, each song is a combination of original beats and outstanding lyrics.

Breaking the mold: Chatting with Kevin Smith
For the past ten years, Kevin Smith has been best known as Silent Bob, the "hetero life partner" of a stoner named Jay. Smith wrote, directed and appeared as Silent Bob in five movies, starting with the 1994 independent release Clerks and ending with 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Smith matures with 'Jersey Girl'
Let us get one thing straight immediately: Kevin Smith's new movie Jersey Girl has nothing to do with, and is not similar to, the following movies: Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back or (shudder) the Movie That Shall Not Be Named (I'll give you a hint: it swept the Razzie Awards last month).

Bond: Shaken, not stirred
Dear Diary- It was a calm clear night in an exotic land I've visited before. Maybe to assassinate a foreign ambassador or it could've been Spring Break. But I am sure it ended with me, a hotel full of empty Atkins Friendly water bottles, and an empty box of prophylactics.

Stop censoring your media
Last week's announcement by Spanish prime minister that Spain's military will be pulling out of Iraq raised some serious, thought-provoking questions in the minds of Americans. Some asked, "What does this mean for the relationship of the U.S. with its allies?" Some, "What does it signify for the efforts in Iraq?" And some, "The Spanish were in Iraq?" Well, yes.

Koetter sets Sun Devil Recruiters free
In an article published in February 2003, The State Press reported that a former Sun Devil recruiter, honors student Becky Stoltz, wanted to go in to sports marketing after she received her degree and, in many ways she felt the [Sun Devil Recruiters] program was like an internship.

Editorial: Policy puts ASU on cutting edge
Apathetic State University. You've heard the moniker many times before, but when we use it this time, we're talking about how a group of students took that nickname, punched it in the face and showed it what's what. The lobbying of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered and Queer/Questioning Coalition helped spur University officials to revise ASU's discrimination policy last week to include intersex and transgendered people.

CR: Unanimous about everything but pirates
It's my first day in hell, and I'm obviously underdressed. When I accepted Mr. Spratling's gracious invitation to attend a recent College Republicans meeting, he said nothing about the suits. There were at least three of them among the crowd. Coupled with my tardy entry to the meeting, I could tell it was going to be a long afternoon.

Cute, friendly hippies are not to be trusted
If you're a good, God-fearing, patriotic American, you probably often wonder just what the heck those liberals are up to, and would use any and all forms of subterfuge to find out. No, honestly, politics isn't about making enemies, and that's exactly the deceptive attitude I used to trick my way into a meeting of my most hated enemies here on campus: ASU's Young Democrats.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

Spiritual suffocation
Flora Jessop knew early on the life she was living wasn't normal. In her community, girls sometimes no older than 12 would marry older men. And more often than not, they were either cousins or uncles of the children, and already had a spouse.

The escalating saga of ridding Arizona of polygamous marriages has recently saturated the media. Every page you turn, every news channel you watch, state officials are campaigning for better enforcement against a practice outlawed in the United States.

Postcards from London: Life in the city of lights
After being perpetually tempted by endless billboard ads displaying exotic pictures with very low figures, I was finally persuaded to take another trip. Since my friend was in town for the week, and she speaks French, we decided to travel to Paris for a few days.

Disappointing year for young grapplers
The Rolling Stones once sang about not getting what you want all the time, but you just might find you get what you need. While Keith Richards and Mick Jagger certainly didn't have the 2003-04 ASU wrestling squad in mind for their tune, the chorus can be seen as prophetic for the Sun Devils.

Four teams to compete in Phoenix in NCAA tourney
Despite the Sun Devils and Wildcats not being in action, there will still be college basketball action in Arizona tonight. Four teams -- two from the Big East Conference and two from the Southeastern Conference -- will be in Phoenix to decide which team will represent the aptly titled Phoenix Region in the NCAA Championships in San Antonio.

Baseball: Urquidez takes top spot, Mousser goes to bullpen
One week after the first loss of his Division I baseball career, junior transfer Jason Urquidez has been upgraded to the top spot in the ASU baseball team's pitching rotation. Urquidez, 6-1 with a 2.43 ERA, has been the team's ace starter so far this season, leading all starters in ERA, wins and innings pitched.

Devil Dish: Okafor's greatness extends beyond court
UConn's Emeka Okafor is the perfect example of what is right with college basketball. The 6-foot-10 forward was not just the most dominating player in the NCAA this year but was also the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year. While his accomplishments on the court -- unanimous All-American, all-time leader in the Big East in blocks averaged per game for his career -- have been impressive, Okafor's off-the-court accomplishments might be more impressive.

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