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O'Keefe-Zelman, Gingg head to runoff
Undergraduate Student Government candidates Sophie O'Keefe-Zelman and Julie Johnson will face Zachary Gingg and Ryan Owens in a runoff election for the president and vice president spots.

Election results announced Thursday night showed that O'Keefe-Zelman and Johnson received 1,045 votes. Gingg and Owens received 389, Tony Jackson and John Sullivan received 342, Kevin Bondelli and Miguel Ruiz received 296, Colin Peterson and Matthew Estes received 205 and Oquendo Perez and Mufaro Chidaushe received 149.

ASU Foundation to buy Brickyard
ASU's nonprofit fund-raising organization announced Thursday that it would buy The Brickyard on Mill.

"There is no specific price," said Charles Wagner, senior vice president and chief financial officer of the ASU Foundation. "But the total purchase price will not exceed $36 million."

Cesar E. Chavez breakfast honors student
He had only an eighth-grade education, never made more than $6,000 a year and never owned a home, yet civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez inspired millions to seek social justice and civil rights.

Born in Yuma in 1927, Chavez lead thousands in a fight to improve working conditions and rights of Hispanic migrant farm workers and increase educational opportunities for children.

Students volunteered to teach computer skills to residents
When ASU student Michael Evans saw an elderly man struggling to learn to use a computer to keep in touch with relatives, he got an idea.

Evans, a computer information systems senior, enlisted the help of two other ASU students to begin a volunteer program that teaches Tempe residents -- many of them senior citizens -- how to use computers.

New scholars to join business school
ASU is using part of its $50 million gift from W.P. Carey to bring in top scholars -- three new professors will be joining the school of business in the fall.

Robert Hoskisson, a noted expert of management from the University of Oklahoma, has accepted a chair position in management, said William Glick, who currently holds a management chair at the business school.

Police Beat: Still looked to pull over
Tempe police reported the following incidents Thursday:

A 25-year-old Tempe man was arrested on charges of criminal damage, domestic violence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia near the 1800 block of East Magdalena Drive. He allegedly damaged a large window on his ex-girlfriend's front door. He was stopped two days later while driving and was arrested for the damage. Police found drugs and paraphernalia during a search.

Thirty years of changing
Changing Hands Bookstore has changed locations three times in the past 30 years, but one thing hasn't changed: its relationship with ASU. "It's good to be close to great thinkers," said Cindy Dach, the marketing and events manager for the bookstore. The bookstore opened April 1, 1974 and celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with treats and cake for customers, who also signed a gigantic birthday card.

Tempe lightrail to display work of art
Art will take a front seat when Tempe's new light rail system opens in 2008. Buster Simpson's art on the lightrail bridge over Tempe Town Lake will attempt to express the "honesty of the structure, and artistically portray the compression and tension of the bridge," Simpson said.

A local kind of funk
With banana slurpees in hand, under the yellow light of 7/11, I was introduced to the members of the Funkyard, a local band from Phoenix. With Mike M. on the Keyboard, Stanko playing bass, Matt on guitar, Mike B. on the drums and Andrew as the D.J, they produce an eclectic creation of funk, free style hip hop, and blues.

Musical Notes: So many bands, so little time
The problem with music festivals is there are so many bands playing at the same time, it becomes hard to know where one should be. With the Tempe Music Festival this Friday and Saturday, I have decided to investigate and give you my guide to the highlights and tips on where to be to get the most out of the festival.

Reel Life: Smell what's cookin'
Action stars have no glory when they are old and wrinkled; they get no "Old Timer's Day," so every two decades or so, we must crown a new batch of them (as the old ones become more fit to battle osteoporosis, rather than bad guys.) When Victor Mature and Charlton Heston became too old to pick up boulders or kill "damn dirty apes" in their films, along came an Italian stud and an Austrian Terminator.

Reel Life: Silent Bob talks back
For the past 10 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.

Out of the Closet: Fashion flashback
Are '80s fashions back, or are the '80s back? About two decades ago, shag haircuts were slowly cropping down into the mullet, and what we today call "vintage" rock T-shirts draped the chest of every red-blooded rocker. A Republican was about to get reelected, Donald Trump was raking in big bucks and the world was about to learn from Gordon Gekko (Wall Street) that "Greed is good.

Local Beats: All dolled up
It's not just a series of performing spank lines and shimmies while wearing fishnets, bootie shorts, corset tops and heels for the Ragdolls. This burlesque-style dance group, which includes some ASU students, consists of well-trained dancers, some who have been dancing since they were 3 or 4.

Local Beats: Fast and furious
When driving eastbound on Grand Avenue toward the downtown district of Phoenix, two distinct features catch your eye. One is the giant, waving American flag in the center of the business district-the other is artist Karen Fiorio's billboard, which carries the faces of President George W.

Dump IT: Uggs look as bad as they sound
You have to wonder if the makers of this fashion atrocity ever considered the irony in naming their hideous boots Uggs. And for such an aptly named piece of dead cowhide, why is it we have to be subjected to seeing them everywhere? Because some sadistic soul decided to make them trendy, and when you see someone sporting them on "Sex in the City," expect fashion madness to ensue.

See IT: Film festivus for the rest of us
If you're running short on indie street cred, repent tonight by attending the Arizona Premiere of the film Saved!. Saved! was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and is part of the Phoenix Film Festival taking place this weekend through April 4 at the Harkins Cine Capri.

Don't I Know You? Viva Las Vegas
Turning the big "21" only happens once. For me, that "once" was last Thursday, and in celebration, I headed to Vegas where I could fulfill all the pleasures that come with being of age in one spot. There were two things I didn't expect to happen however. The first being, I won! That's right.

Atta Bui: Moove out
Sometimes, I feel like a cow. No, I'm not one of those whiney girls who are never satisfied with their weight, and I only have one stomach instead of four. Farmer John does not milk me on a daily basis, and I pass on cud as my meal of choice. Sometimes, I still feel like a cow.

Editorial: Boos and Bravos
BOO to tofu wrestling. The stunt pulled by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on University Drive on Tuesday makes us think that tofu's not tasteful. BRAVO to ASU gymnast Maggie Germaine. The two-time All-American has nine 'perfect 10s' in ASU's record books.

Stop those wacky sprinklers
Southern Arizona is a desert. Not some plithy sandbox at the bottom of the garden, but a stonking, great, big Sonoran Desert covering a whopping 120,000 square miles of dubiously shaped cacti. This is where we live and, being a desert 'n' all, it tends to get quite hot and dry until the rainy season comes.

Chavez deserves a paid holiday
His name is everywhere, on schools, parks and UA buildings. In November, his name may even be on the ballot. Cesar Chavez, political activist for migrant worker rights, is well known for achievements with the United Farm Workers Union. And while Chavez is recognized throughout the nation for his contribution to the civil rights movement, a local organization wants to take it up a notch by trying to change what's already recognized throughout the state as an unpaid holiday into a paid one.

Letters to the editor: Tofu gone wild
Editorial gender confused Having read Wednesday's unsigned editorial, "Still wrestling with PETA's new stunt," (March 31) I find myself a little confused. The State Press has been tremendously supportive of the GLBT community of late, yet your editorial refers to a transsexual woman as "a man with enormous fake breasts.

Mallrants: Student elections
Students rant about the upcoming student government elections.

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

I went to Haiti during spring break to see the country for myself and found it to be incredibly complex, both political and culturally.

Postcards from London: Flight anxiety
I was a little apprehensive about flying in airplanes after 9/11 and somewhat paranoid during the occasional 'Orange Alerts' popping up frequently in America. I was also worried during New Year's Eve as I downed champagnes amongst the sky rises of Las Vegas.

Beer, bands, babes at Tempe Music Fest
This weekend more than 40 bands will participate in the second annual Tempe Music Festival at the Tempe Beach Park Amphitheater. "Arizona doesn't have its own music festival, so we're starting this off thinking it will be bigger and better each year," said Ashley Saba, event marketing director.

'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.

Devil Dish: Playoff hockey fever in the desert
So, I hope everybody is done talking about how horrible Todd Bertuzzi is and how bad hockey is going. Yes, Bertuzzi punching Steve Moore was violent and, yes, there might be a player strike at the end of the season. Every sports columnist who is not a hockey fan got his chance to bash the sport after Moore's neck was discovered to be broken.

Softball faces defending champs
The ASU softball team will start the Pac-10 season off in style as it hosts No. 2 UCLA today and No. 7 Washington on Saturday and Sunday at Farrington Stadium. Today's matchup will be the conference opener for both teams, as the defending national champion Bruins look to follow up on a terrific run last season.

Baseball: USC invades Tempe to take on Devils
As early as it is in the Pac-10 season, it would seem unlikely that the No. 14 ASU baseball team's weekend series against the USC Trojans is a must-win situation. But if the team loses this weekend's series against the USC Trojans [13-14], it would be absolutely crippling to the Sun Devils' hopes of winning a Pac-10 Championship.

Gymnasts head to Central Regional as 'underdogs'
After the ASU gymnastics team's season opening victory over Stanford on Jan. 18, head coach John Spini said, "We don't have anything in our mind other than to make it to nationals and get in that Super Six." Flash forward three-and-a-half-months, and its put up or shut up time for Spini's Sun Devils, who are currently in Baton Rouge, La.

Water Polo tired of close losses
In the middle of an episode of the 1960s sitcom "Get Smart," star Don Adams' character jumps out of a window hoping to land on a truck loaded with mattresses. After falling short of the mattress truck and hitting pavement, Smart turns to the camera, puts his thumb close to his index finger and mutters his catch phrase, "Missed it by that much.

Sun Devil Weekend Preview: Track, Golf, Tennis
Track and field heads to Texas After spending the last two weekends at home, the ASU track and field team will travel to the Lone Star State for the Texas Relays. The event, which will be held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, the home of the University of Texas Longhorns, is also the home of the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held later this year.

Club Bowling: Knocking down the competition
Jeremy Cluff Web Devil The ASU men's bowling team looks to improve on their performance at sectionals as they prepare for next month's Intercollegiate Bowling Championships. "These guys came together in the last tournament," said Carl Ong, ASU head coach. "If these guys bowl the way they bowled at sectionals, we will win nationals.

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