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Team of ASU students wins $50,000
Students Timothy Parke, Parul Mittal, Prasoon Kumar, Matthew Muller and Mohan Sankrit, returned from Pittsburgh on Friday after winning the annual Urban Land Institute Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.

The ASU team beat the other three finalist teams from Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a group representing Stanford University and University of California-Berkeley.

Carey bust unveiled
Wm. Polk Carey, the namesake of ASU's business school, eyed a bronze sculpture of his likeness Friday afternoon, and a look of surprise flashed across his face.

"The only problem is, I wish I looked that good," Carey said, stepping up to the microphone on a podium on the patio of the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Meet the candidates: Candidates seek to revitalize campus
The following is ths fifth in a series of articles calle "Meet the candidates" in The State Press ran in anticipation of the student government election on March 31 and April 1. Undergraduate Student Government candidates have been asked questions and given equal opportunity to speak about issues in their campaigns.

Meet the candidates: Candidates aim to aid student interests
The following is ths sixth in a series of articles calle "Meet the candidates" in The State Press ran in anticipation of the student government election on March 31 and April 1. Undergraduate Student Government candidates have been asked questions and given equal opportunity to speak about issues in their campaigns.

WWII veteran talks about internment
Once the last windowless boxcar was nailed shut and the train began chugging toward the Arizona desert, death seemed the only destination for the 500 Japanese people on board. Though the outcome was not death for the passengers, loss of civil rights and freedom was, said World War II veteran Masaji Inoshita.

Professors develop heart surgery drug
Three ASU faculty members are developing a side effect-free relaxant for smooth muscles in association with Arizona Biodesign Institute. The drug is being called the first of its kind. The trio, professors Colleen Brophy, Lokesh Joshi and Alyssa Panitch, said they expect their completed product to greatly reduce the failure rate of heart bypass surgeries.

Police beat: Sibling rivalry turns ugly
An 18-year-old Tempe man was arrested on charges of child abuse and criminal damage near the 5300 block of South Hazelton Lane. He allegedly assaulted his brother by hitting him with a shoe and rubbing his face into the carpet causing slight abrasions. He then allegedly exited the residence and damaged a car belonging to another brother by slashing the four tires and throwing a rock through the driver's window.

Dance board prepares for first concert
Undergraduate dance students soon will have their opportunity to shine as the Dance Advisory Board prepares to put on ASU's first undergraduate dance concert in late April. While ASU's dance department sponsors two graduate productions and a large concert each semester, undergraduates have never had a concert specifically featuring their work, said Maegan Enders, a dance education senior and member of the board.

ASU professor makes science-fiction spoof
The cheap and cheesy, yet classic, science-fiction films from the 1940s through 1960s have met their 21st-century match. "The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra," playing at the Valley Art Theatre on Mill Avenue until Thursday, is a corny and ridiculous spoof of sci-fi B-movies, said Miguel Valenti, the film's producer and a visiting ASU professor of film.

'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 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. 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.

GOP fixing financial aid?!
For once, the Bush administration is doing something I can't complain about ... almost. House Republicans, under the lead of Team Bush, are attempting to overhaul a decades-old financial aid system for this nation's colleges and universities. The system, known as base guarantees, doles out money based not on a particular student's or institution's needs, but instead on how good they were at haggling for funds when the system originated in the 70s.

Editorial: ASU needs a school of film
Despite $50 million awards, an abundance of National Merit Scholars, more than 50,000 students and other accomplishments, ASU is seriously lacking in an important industry, film. While UA and even Scottsdale Community College offer majors in accredited film programs, ASU remains leaps and bounds behind the two schools and the nation in teaching students how to produce, direct and act in films.

Death of Hamas leader could ignite 'powder keg'
Gavrilo Princip, a young Bosnian student living in Serbia, fired two shots to assassinate Archduke Francis Ferdinand, heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his wife Sophia in 1914. The great empire retaliated by declaring war on Serbia and World War I began.

Talk back: Damn, you fine girl!
"So this morning, I was walking from the west end of campus back to my parking garage, having one of the worst mornings I've ever had, and I look to my left and I see the single most beautiful girl I've ever seen in my entire life. She had dark skin and a light blue top and this awesome, sexy, tasteful tattoo on her hip, and she actually smiled. And I had one of those Cameron Crowe movie moments. I've never even thought they existed. Everything went out of focus. I had like three whole seconds of Matrix bullet-time looking at this girl.

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

'Ladykillers' goofball, grand
After a sabbatical that took more than a year, Hollywood Everyman Tom Hanks returns in an uncharacteristically vile yet hilarious role in the Coen Brothers' latest film, a dark heist comedy, The Ladykillers, a remake of the 1955 film of the same name. And what a rollicking success it is.

Puhakka captures national diving championship
After losing the 1-meter springboard on his final dive Thursday night, sophomore Joona Puhakka took home the 3-meter event to earn his second national title in as many years. "I really wanted to win both (events) but I was really happy to win one of them," Puhakka said.

Baseball: Devils drop two of three to Huskies
After just two series in the Pac-10, the same No. 9 ASU baseball team that coasted through one of the nation's toughest non-conference schedules has dug itself a hole. On Sunday in front of 2,761 spectators at Packard Stadium, the youthful No. 9 Sun Devils (21-7) dropped to 2-4 in Pac-10 play with an 8-6 loss to the Washington Huskies.

Devil Dish: "Big four" make Lakers unbeatable
Don't look now, but the Los Angeles Lakers are finally realizing their full potential, and it's just in time for the playoffs. With emphatic wins over the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves in their last two games, the Lakers find themselves just two games behind the Kings for the best record in the Western Conference.

NCAA Hoops: UConn wins Phoenix Regional, will face Duke
After Connecticut's 87-71 victory over Alabama on Saturday at America West Arena, one reporter at the postgame press conference described the Huskies' performance as if the team was playing with an "offensive viciousness." No matter how you describe it, one thing is for certain: UConn is peaking at the right time and is in the driver's seat entering the Final Four.

Weekend offers mixed results for track
Friday's Arizona State Invitational saw varied results for the ASU track and field team -- one Sun Devil set a new stadium record while one of the team's most dependable parts suffered an unexpected setback. Freshman Brandon Glenn tied the Sun Angel Stadium record in the pole vault by clearing 5.

Water Polo wins one, loses one at ASU Invitational
A close shave. It sounds like the slogan for any name-brand shaving device on the market today, but it belongs to the ASU water polo team. While any marketing genius would salivate over the fact that his company claims to have the blade with the closest shave, the Sun Devils would rather retire their season-to-date trademark.

Men's, women's tennis teams fall
In its past four losses, the ASU women's tennis team had fallen each time by just one point. On Saturday the trend continued, as the Sun Devils (4-10) dropped a 4-3 match to No. 21 Tulane at the Whiteman Tennis Center. "It's always frustrating when you lose a tight one," ASU coach Sheila McInerney said.

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