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ASU gearing up for Valley light rail
With construction to start this summer, the Valley's light-rail system is almost a reality.



Valley Metro Communica-tions Manager Daina Mann was on hand to answer questions about the light-rail system and station designs at an exhibit in the Memorial Union Thursday.

Explosive shakes ASU facility
A device exploded in a trash can near the ASU Research Park approximately 1:20 a.m. Thursday, sparking bomb units from the Tempe Police Department to investigate.



A security guard on duty at the park, located between Warner and Elliot roads on Price Road, said he heard "a loud explosion" and went to investigate, according to Tempe police Sgt. Dan Masters.

'Dos Negros' hope to disregard the impossible
This is the fourth in a series of six articles called "Meet Your Candidates" The State Press is 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.

Bassoonist professor to hold recital
Take a musician who has played internationally and add a gorilla suit, an Elvis costume and some Latin jazz, and you get bassoonist and ASU music professor Jeff Lyman and his spring recital. While the bassoon, the larger and lower-pitched cousin of the oboe, has a reputation for being boring and stodgy, Lyman, 42, hopes to change that with his faculty recital Saturday.

Police Beat: Bike fugitive apprehended
A 26-year-old Prescott man was arrested near the intersection of East Terrace Road and South McCallister Avenue on a charge of an outstanding warrant on a bike violation.



PAB names new student leaders
The Programming and Activities Board's Board of Directors selected its two top executives for the 2004-05 school year Wednesday.



The eight-member board selected journalism junior Ferron Dunham and political science and Italian junior James Pedicone to the offices of president and vice president, respectively.

ASU, Mexico partner online
ASU and private Mexican university Tecnológico de Monterrey may be developing a distance-learning program, but the two schools are growing closer together.



Last week, the University and TM agreed to develop a pilot online course called introduction to construction management.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 http://bdmonkeys.net/~chaz/battle.php. It will give you a much-needed battle cry. The Web site is pretty simple and straightforward.

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. visualthesaurus.com) is an online thesaurus that connects words visually, allowing you to see how certain words connect to others.

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.

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.

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.

OPINIONS
Editorial: Boos and Bravos
BOO to Residential Life director Kevin Cook for refusing to comment for Wednesday's in-depth, "ASU department dominated by fear." He may be a busy man, but our reporter tried to get a statement from him for more than a month. In light of the story, which sheds light on Res.

AZ's a drag without the lag
Leading or lagging? Like the age-old "Pepsi/Coke" dilemma, leading or lagging left-turn arrows have their own fans and foes, as well as the ambivalent third party who can't really tell the difference. Though the difference between lagging left turn lights and leading left turn lights is seemingly insignificant, driving between Scottsdale and the rest of the Valley, one can quickly feel a difference.

Pledge of Allegiance getting old
I have vivid memories of mornings at junior high hoping no one would notice my closed mouth during the recitation of the Lord's Prayer. At eight years old, I wasn't trying to make a stand against organized religion -- I probably couldn't even spell it. I just didn't want to say something that meant nothing to me.

Letters to the editor: R.A. Edition
The following letters are part of the large response to Wednesday's special report, "ASU department dominated by fear," which dealt with the work environment for Residential Life employees, specifically Resident Assistants. Res. Life not so bad I really wish I could've reached you before the RA story was written.

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

WEB EXTRA
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.

SPORTS
Track's multi-meet week wraps up this weekend
The ASU track and field team concludes a hectic week tonight with a home meet at Sun Angel Stadium. After parts of the team ran in the Arizona Multi Event in Tucson on Tuesday and Wednesday, the rest of the squad will be either compete at the Arizona State Invitational tonight or the Stanford Invitational, which runs today and Saturday in Stanford, Calif.

Devil Dish: Keady's comb-over on the move?
Purdue Boilermaker head coach Gene Keady may be heading to San Francisco to pursue a job with the University of San Francisco. What is so perplexing is why Keady, perhaps the greatest comb-over to pace the sidelines of a college basketball court, would leave West Lafayette, Ind.

Baseball faces Huskies, looks to rebound from last weekend
Two months into a season that was expected to be a roller-coaster ride for an inexperienced club, 2004 has been more like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride for the ASU baseball team. With a young pitching staff, the No. 9 Sun Devils were expected to struggle at the beginning of the season as they learned the college game.

NCAA Hoops: UConn, Alabama advance to Elite Eight
It was billed as a battle of conferences -- one an overwhelming favorite (Big East) and the surprise underdogs from the south (Southeastern) -- for the right to represent the Phoenix Region in the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. In the end, only one of the Davids lived up to the billing of "upset" as No.

Men's tennis continues sporadic season with win over Santa Clara
If one word were needed to describe the ASU men's tennis team, streaky would definitely be it. The Sun Devils began the season by reeling off four straight wins, including a 5-2 upset of then-No. 2 UCLA. They followed that up with seven consecutive losses, including two that counted towards the Pac-10 standings.

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